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* ''VideoGame/SuikodenII'' is the ur-example of this trope in {{Eastern RPG}}s. The story begins with two friends who, during military training in a youth brigade, are attacked by their own country's forces dressed up as a neighboring nation's units, just to justify going to war with that nation. Many child soliders such as Pohl are even killed (in his case, run through by Luca Blight). [[spoiler:Your childhood friend Nanami even tries on more than one occasion to get the protagonist to abandon the war, saying that they're just kids and they have no place in a war. Agreeing to run away with her leads into one of the most emotional scenes in the game, which is no small feat.]]

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* ''VideoGame/SuikodenII'' is the ur-example of this trope in {{Eastern RPG}}s. The story begins with two friends who, during military training in a youth brigade, are attacked by their own country's forces dressed up as a neighboring nation's units, just to justify going to war with that nation. Many child soliders soldiers such as Pohl are even killed (in his case, run through by Luca Blight). [[spoiler:Your childhood friend Nanami even tries on more than one occasion to get the protagonist to abandon the war, saying that they're just kids and they have no place in a war. Agreeing to run away with her leads into one of the most emotional scenes in the game, which is no small feat.]]


* Latooni, Seolla, Arado, and Princess Shine from ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration''. The first three are {{Tykebomb}}s, while the fourth is a [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses princess]] who isn't ''technically'' enlisted, and is simply allowed to fight alongside the other heroes to protect her Kingdom.

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* Latooni, Seolla, Arado, and Princess Shine from ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration''. The first three are {{Tykebomb}}s, while the fourth is a [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses [[GratuitousPrincess princess]] who isn't ''technically'' enlisted, and is simply allowed to fight alongside the other heroes to protect her Kingdom.

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** Huntsman don't begin their serious training until 17 and don't get licenses until their early 20s. Ruby is the exception. She's enrolled in Beacon at age 15 and by age 16 is already on the road due to [[spoiler:Beacon falling.]]
** Farmboy Oscar is forced to get involved with the fight against Salem and the Grimm at age 14.
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* Calvin Graham, one of the many underage enlistees who served in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and became a bit of a celebrity figure in his time (and underage enlistees were often made to run extra miles and lug extra loads in the TrainingFromHell). Unfortunately, due to the US government policy he was not able to get veteran benfefits. Despite that, his ship, the ''South Dakota'', was one of the most feared ships in the Pacific Front.

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* Calvin Graham, one of the many underage enlistees who served in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and became a bit of a celebrity figure in his time (and underage enlistees were often made to run extra miles and lug extra loads in the TrainingFromHell). Unfortunately, due to the US government policy he was not able to get veteran benfefits.benefits. Despite that, his ship, the ''South Dakota'', was one of the most feared ships in the Pacific Front.


* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', inside the Legion's fort two young boys can be seen receiving military traning, although they will not attack The Courier if the Legion becomes hostile (and [[InfantImmortality can't be attacked]] as well). Also, according to Ranger Andy in Novac, he suffered his leg injury by being caught off guard by a child (a Legion's slave) who was ordered to dropped a granade at his feet.

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* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', inside the Legion's fort two young boys can be seen receiving military traning, training, although they will not attack The Courier if the Legion becomes hostile (and [[InfantImmortality [[ImprobableInfantSurvival can't be attacked]] as well). Also, according to Ranger Andy in Novac, he suffered his leg injury by being caught off guard by a child (a Legion's slave) who was ordered to dropped a granade at his feet.


In fiction, this also has the convenience of explaining why [[PersonOfMassDestruction Persons Of Mass Destruction]] are obeying their weaker bosses and not running things, or at least not demanding wages and better job conditions. It simply doesn't occur to them; and even if they do rebel, they don't know how to do it properly.

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In fiction, this also has the convenience of explaining why [[PersonOfMassDestruction Persons Of of Mass Destruction]] are obeying their weaker bosses and not running things, or at least not demanding wages and better job conditions. It simply doesn't occur to them; and even if they do rebel, they don't know how to do it properly.


* The training of a Medieval [[KnightInShiningArmor knight]] was usually begun at the age of seven (7), and it was claimed ''after twelve, the boy is fit only for a priest''. When a [[KidSamurai young nobleboy]] made 13, he was expected to serve his master on battlefield as a valet. 17, he would serve as a fully armed man-at-arms. Of course, when the average life-expectancy of a male during the times was only ''31 years''[[note]](average including childhood mortality, which was also pretty grim.)[[/note]] it made much more sense at the time than it does now.

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* The training of a Medieval [[KnightInShiningArmor knight]] was usually begun at the age of seven (7), and it was claimed ''after twelve, the boy is fit only for a priest''. When a [[KidSamurai young nobleboy]] made 13, he was expected to serve his master on battlefield as a valet. 17, he would serve as a fully armed man-at-arms. Of course, when the average life-expectancy of a male during the times was only ''31 years''[[note]](average including childhood mortality, which was is still also pretty grim.)[[/note]] it made much more sense at the time than it does now.


* The training of a Medieval [[KnightInShiningArmor knight]] was usually begun at the age of seven (7), and it was claimed ''after twelve, the boy is fit only for a priest''. When a [[KidSamurai young nobleboy]] made 13, he was expected to serve his master on battlefield as a valet. 17, he would serve as a fully armed man-at-arms. Of course, when the average life-expectancy of a male during the times was only ''31 years''[[note]](averaged including childhood mortality)[[/note]] it made much more sense at the time than it does now.

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* The training of a Medieval [[KnightInShiningArmor knight]] was usually begun at the age of seven (7), and it was claimed ''after twelve, the boy is fit only for a priest''. When a [[KidSamurai young nobleboy]] made 13, he was expected to serve his master on battlefield as a valet. 17, he would serve as a fully armed man-at-arms. Of course, when the average life-expectancy of a male during the times was only ''31 years''[[note]](averaged years''[[note]](average including childhood mortality)[[/note]] mortality, which was also pretty grim.)[[/note]] it made much more sense at the time than it does now.


* The training of a Medieval [[KnightInShiningArmor knight]] was usually begun at the age of seven (7), and it was claimed ''after twelve, the boy is fit only for a priest''. When a [[KidSamurai young nobleboy]] made 13, he was expected to serve his master on battlefield as a valet. 17, he would serve as a fully armed man-at-arms. Of course, when the average lifespan of a male during the times was only ''31 years'' it made much more sense at the time than it does now.

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* The training of a Medieval [[KnightInShiningArmor knight]] was usually begun at the age of seven (7), and it was claimed ''after twelve, the boy is fit only for a priest''. When a [[KidSamurai young nobleboy]] made 13, he was expected to serve his master on battlefield as a valet. 17, he would serve as a fully armed man-at-arms. Of course, when the average lifespan life-expectancy of a male during the times was only ''31 years'' years''[[note]](averaged including childhood mortality)[[/note]] it made much more sense at the time than it does now.


* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', inside the Legion's fort two young boys can be seen receiving military traning, although they will not attack the courier if the Legion becomes hostile. Also, according to Ranger Andy in Novac, he suffered his leg injury by being caught off guard by a child (a Legion's slave) who was ordered to dropped a granade at his feet.

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* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', inside the Legion's fort two young boys can be seen receiving military traning, although they will not attack the courier The Courier if the Legion becomes hostile.hostile (and [[InfantImmortality can't be attacked]] as well). Also, according to Ranger Andy in Novac, he suffered his leg injury by being caught off guard by a child (a Legion's slave) who was ordered to dropped a granade at his feet.

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* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', inside the Legion's fort two young boys can be seen receiving military traning, although they will not attack the courier if the Legion becomes hostile. Also, according to Ranger Andy in Novac, he suffered his leg injury by being caught off guard by a child (a Legion's slave) who was ordered to dropped a granade at his feet.


* In the original ''WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats}}'', the Thunderkittens are apparently about twelve, or their species' equivalent, but they go into combat just as much as the adults. Lion-O is a borderline case, since he begins the series physically adult, but mentally a child.

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* In the original ''WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{ThunderCats|1985}}'', the Thunderkittens are apparently about twelve, or their species' equivalent, but they go into combat just as much as the adults. Lion-O is a borderline case, since he begins the series physically adult, but mentally a child.


** ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Aang--the only character who knows what it is to live in a time of peace (other than Bumi, who is at this point over 100 years old)--is the last survivor of a genocide. Then you have [[WellIntentionedExtremist Jet]], Sokka (who is put in charge of the defence of a village ''and'' an invasion), ''Zuko'' (the poster child for emotionally/physically scarred ChildSoldiers), Katara (her childhood ended at ''nine'')... One of the main villains is a ''fourteen year old girl'' [[spoiler:who ends up having a VillainousBreakdown]]. It's even lampshaded a few times.

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** ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Aang--the only character who knows what it is to live in a time of peace (other than Bumi, who is at this point over 100 years old)--is the last survivor of a genocide. Then you have [[WellIntentionedExtremist Jet]], Sokka (who is put in charge of the defence of a village ''and'' an invasion), ''Zuko'' (the poster child for emotionally/physically scarred ChildSoldiers), Katara (her and Sokka (Their childhood ended at ''nine'')...''nine and ten'')... One of the main villains is a ''fourteen year old girl'' [[spoiler:who ends up having a VillainousBreakdown]]. It's even lampshaded a few times.


* Creator/AudieMurphy enlisted in the US Army at the age of 17. By the time he established himself as one of ''the'' most decorated soldier of UsefulNotes/WorldWar2 he is isn't even old enough to vote.

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* Creator/AudieMurphy enlisted in the US Army at the age of 17. By the time he established himself as one of ''the'' most decorated soldier of UsefulNotes/WorldWar2 he is isn't wasn't even old enough to vote.

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* Creator/AudieMurphy enlisted in the US Army at the age of 17. By the time he established himself as one of ''the'' most decorated soldier of UsefulNotes/WorldWar2 he is isn't even old enough to vote.

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