Sure, because they're both still heroes
. They're protagonists, they're leaders, they're well-rounded in attributes, they succeed in most of their endevors, they-re in charge of the main plot, theirs are the story's most important relationships. The current The Hero
page doesn't just say, "He is sometimes a knight, or he could be trying to heal people. He may even have superpowers." It instead says a lot about the way the trope plays out the majority of the time, even if examples differ in specifics.
We can't do the same for Absurdly Youthful Mother
. Beyond the definition, which describes what the mother isn't more than what she is, there's nothing we can say that covers the majority of examples because the examples are such unconnected things.
Let's look at the current description.
When you subtract the age (or apparent age) of a child from that of their parent, this results.
Okay, that's the definition. Unclear, but that's not relevant right now.
Typically done to justify a hot mom
A relic from when "Hot Mom
" was a trope. The page image itself isn't an example of this. None of the other/combination entries are examples of this.
But sometimes, she really was that young when she gave birth (or the other gender around).
What? Yes, this is true, hot mom or not. This just repeats the definition.
Sometimes she only appears this way because of the art style.
Covers just a small fraction of the examples.
In Real Life, a girl can conceive as soon as she has her first menstrual cycle, generally around 11 or 12 years old... although in rare cases this can occur at an even younger age, such as five years old.note Lina Medina, the girl in question is an example of a case of extreme precocious puberty i.e. puberty at an absurdly young age, and reportedly had started getting her period while she was still an infant. She is the youngest mother ever in recorded history, though she was too young to fully remember the pregnancy and her parents raised the baby as her brother. While the girl's father was eventually cleared of rape charges, there's still the Fridge Horror question of who the parents allowed around their daughter.
Real-life information that says nothing about how this plays out in fiction.
Somewhat justified if set in the past when girls might get married at 12-14 and boys at 15-19.
Again, doesn't apply to the majority of examples. And if it makes sense and is realistic in context, what's the point in labeling it "absurd"?
In modern times, it depends on your country and the culture you live.
This applies only to stuff like "mother is 14 years older than daughter," which might have been the trope's original meaning. It doesn't apply to all those many subtypes about adoption, time travel, retcons, errors, illusions etc.
Avoid posting examples of why you believe a relationship is squicky unless it is declared as such in-universe by the author or the characters themselves. This trope isn't about the morality of Teen Pregnancy or what is considered statutory rape.
Posting advice. We still have nothing to say about how this trope normally plays out - because we don't have a trope that plays out.
Compare Playing Gertrude if the actress playing the mother is absurdly youthful.
And, closing by directing to something that's not this trope, because there's nothing more to say about this trope.
edited 3rd Dec '13 12:30:23 PM by AmyGdala