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02:00:16 PM Jun 19th 2014
At what age does being a "young child" end? I could see this trope being extended to children until the age of puberty without weakening the grounds.
10:26:10 AM Jan 10th 2013
edited by TMOverbeck
Any discussion of spinning off the "exceptions", since they seem to be outnumbering the "played-straights" by now? I'd call it Death Knows No Age Limit or Any Kids Can Die or something like that.
06:08:57 PM Sep 25th 2014
12:33:40 AM Sep 26th 2014
Anyone Can Die is actually for stories where even the main characters aren't safe. It's not merely "lots of people can die".
03:27:09 PM Nov 1st 2011
I removed this because I don't think Greek myth has examples of this trope. Stories of Herakles's adulthood were probably older than stories of his infancy, and other than him Greek babies died a lot in stories. The trope just isn't this old, I think. This is the removed text:

  • In Greek myth, there is generally no Infant Immortality; Herakles is attacked by serpents sent by his jealous stepmother Hera as a baby, Hector's baby boy is thrown from the walls of Troy, and so on.
    • On the other hand, Herakles surviving past infancy is an example of the trope played straight, making it Older Than Dirt.
      • Nah, it's Plot Immunity. Everybody knows Herakles lived to adulthood to become famous, so authors penning his story cannot have him die as an infant.
      • Herakles lived to adulthood and later killed his own children. Medea is another example.
08:23:59 AM Oct 11th 2010
how does Children of Men fit in this one? Not a single child has been born for 18 years, the youngest person on the planet had the nickname 'Baby' and was stabbed to death just over 18 years old. And the lone baby born at the end survives it all.
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