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Motmot
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11:26:40 PM Apr 13th 2012
edited by Motmot
"...they seldom affect the plot in any way other than being a way to highlight some basic character motivation, or perhaps provide the origin of some Catch Phrase."

I think that sheds an unnecessarily negative light on this trope. There are number of examples on this page that prove that it's often not just a relatively meaningless intro. This trope can be used to show an event in the character's past that kicks the plot off or establish a character issue or motivation as being long-standing or long-developing, which can be favorable as a 'show, don't tell' story approach. A lot of stories start off with an event that happened in a character's past to show the audience why they are what they are. It's just that in this case, it may incidentally be a point in time when the characters are children.
LoserTakesAll
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12:26:11 AM Apr 4th 2011
Removed:

  • Titan A.E. begins with the destruction of earth and the launch of the titular Titan, then jumps into the future, where humans have become a minority, because so many were killed when the earth was destroyed

Because it's simply not this trope. If the movie does open with the main character as a child, someone please restore that example, but also make sure to actually mention that fact when you put it back.
68.9.40.64
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01:16:24 PM Aug 16th 2010
this trope reminds me of Jesus in the Temple when he was 12. Older than Feudalism?
Lesath
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09:45:10 PM Mar 28th 2010
I'm not fond of this trope's name. Someone in the archived discussion suggested "A Minor Introduction". It's not perfect, but it's better.
Spookybishop
06:59:32 PM Oct 12th 2010
I agree, this trope is in serious need of a renaming.

"Kidroduction" is so poorly conceived a portmanteau that I don't even think it qualifies as a pun.
Mudze
08:30:48 PM Oct 4th 2011
Yeah, this really does need to be renamed...
Motmot
11:28:37 PM Apr 13th 2012
Agreed also.
TigerHunter
11:30:16 AM Oct 22nd 2013
Fourth'd
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