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* In the ''Pokémon'' fic ''Fanfic/DenounceTheEvils'', it's implied that [[spoiler:Jessiebelle raped James]] when they were younger, likely even when they were kids.


In fiction, there's two ways this tends to occur. Sometimes the kid is shown engaging in such behavior as though it's normal for them, and this can be used to show that the child has had a harsh upbringing. Other times, the kid is trying an "adult" behavior for the first time, which may sometimes have [[CantGetAwayWithNuthin disastrous consequences]].

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In fiction, there's there are two ways this tends to occur. Sometimes the kid is shown engaging in such behavior as though it's normal for them, and this can be used to show that the child has had a harsh upbringing. Other times, the kid is trying an "adult" behavior for the first time, which may sometimes have [[CantGetAwayWithNuthin disastrous consequences]].



Note that if the kid is ReallySevenHundredYearsOld and just has the physical appearance of a child, it doesn't count. This is for when actual children are the ones engaging in the unchildlike behavior.

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Note that if the kid is ReallySevenHundredYearsOld and just has the physical appearance of a child, it doesn't count. This is for when actual children are the ones engaging in the unchildlike behavior.



* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ij2Xbu-XhCI This hilarious condom commercial.]] It shows a five year old getting a tattoo, cutting his teacher's chair with a chainsaw and being stopped by the police after stealing a car. He continuously explains that his mom said he could. It turns out he'd overheard her cry out "Yes! Yes! Yes!" during sex in another room and assumed that she was replying to him.

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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ij2Xbu-XhCI This hilarious condom commercial.]] It shows a five year old five-year-old getting a tattoo, cutting his teacher's chair with a chainsaw chainsaw, and being stopped by the police after stealing a car. He continuously explains that his mom said he could. It turns out he'd overheard her cry out "Yes! Yes! Yes!" during sex in another room and assumed that she was replying to him.



** Ciel is an aristocrat living in VictorianLondon. At the mere age of 13 (he starts off 12, but turns 13 early in the series) he is the head of the household, runs a successful toy and confectioneries company, and is the [[DirtyBusiness "Queen's Watchdog"]] which sends him out on often very dangerous and frightening missions such as helping to catch UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper. Personality-wise, he's bitter and jaded... but his darker view on things is because of a traumatic past experience. Still, he's an ImprobableAge character. Oh, did we mention he will command his [[BattleButler awesome butler]] to kill people without a second thought? In the manga he's also seen drinking champagne with his guests, but that could be because of his status, the time period, and [[DeliberateValuesDissonance the overall culture back then]] which wouldn't have batted an eye at this.
** Alois as well. For the whole first episode, he goes from acting completely innocent to downright crazy within a few seconds, and switches back and forth between the two personas. Not to mention how he acts as if he is trying to seduce any male character within five feet of him.

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** Ciel is an aristocrat living in VictorianLondon. At the mere age of 13 (he starts off 12, but turns 13 early in the series) he is the head of the household, runs a successful toy and confectioneries company, and is the [[DirtyBusiness "Queen's Watchdog"]] which sends him out on often very dangerous and frightening missions such as helping to catch UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper. Personality-wise, he's bitter and jaded... but his darker view on things is because of a traumatic past experience. Still, he's an ImprobableAge character. Oh, did we mention he will command his [[BattleButler awesome butler]] to kill people without a second thought? In the manga manga, he's also seen drinking champagne with his guests, but that could be because of his status, the time period, and [[DeliberateValuesDissonance the overall culture back then]] which wouldn't have batted an eye at this.
** Alois as well. For the whole first episode, he goes from acting completely innocent to downright crazy within a few seconds, seconds and switches back and forth between the two personas. Not to mention how he acts as if he is trying to seduce any male character within five feet of him.



** Kenshin (then known as Shinta) too, when he buried all the bodies of his guardians and the men who killed them, instead of, say, trying to find help. At this point he'd already seen one set of parents die of illness and then watched his {{Parental Substitute}}s die trying to protect him. Hiko is visibly disturbed by this and decides to take in the boy since it's clear he'll never live a normal life after this.

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** Kenshin (then known as Shinta) too, when he buried all the bodies of his guardians and the men who killed them, instead of, say, trying to find help. At this point point, he'd already seen one set of parents die of illness and then watched his {{Parental Substitute}}s die trying to protect him. Hiko is visibly disturbed by this and decides to take in the boy since it's clear he'll never live a normal life after this.



* In ''Manga/ProjectARMS'', there are quite a few children who end up this way, mostly because the Egrigori are very into using them for evil and dangerous experiments. The first ones we see are Al and Jeff Bowen, who attempt to blow up a high school partly for their mission, but moreso because they themselves were teased in school. Al spends the rest of the series methodically working his way through various battles and trying to kill a Keith with a gun at one point. [[spoiler:Also, a flashback shows us that the twins murdered their own parents and killed a bunch of kids at their school with a poisonous gas that they invented to leave no traces.]] Then we get Carol, an adorable little girl who is introduced cheerfully telling Ryo that she has the power to twist and crush things like metal and human bones with her mind and that she very much enjoys the power that comes with doing this. It's implied that she only went through life by having people fear her, and Ryo [[StepfordSmiler calls her bluff on her enjoying it]]. Finally, we get [[spoiler:Dark Alice, who is furious at the world for causing her death and is willing to nuke the entire planet to get her revenge]].

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* In ''Manga/ProjectARMS'', there are quite a few children who end up this way, mostly because the Egrigori are very into using them for evil and dangerous experiments. The first ones we see are Al and Jeff Bowen, who attempt to blow up a high school partly for their mission, but moreso more so because they themselves were teased in school. Al spends the rest of the series methodically working his way through various battles and trying to kill a Keith with a gun at one point. [[spoiler:Also, a flashback shows us that the twins murdered their own parents and killed a bunch of kids at their school with a poisonous gas that they invented to leave no traces.]] Then we get Carol, an adorable little girl who is introduced cheerfully telling Ryo that she has the power to twist and crush things like metal and human bones with her mind and that she very much enjoys the power that comes with doing this. It's implied that she only went through life by having people fear her, and Ryo [[StepfordSmiler calls her bluff on her enjoying it]]. Finally, we get [[spoiler:Dark Alice, who is furious at the world for causing her death and is willing to nuke the entire planet to get her revenge]].



** Broly is an extreme case, but Saiyan children in general are pretty disturbing by human standards. Originally, Kakarrot was sent to Earth to ''wipe out all life forms'', until brain trauma made him less aggressive. They may look cute and innocent, but looking is as far as it gets.

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** Broly is an extreme case, but Saiyan children children, in general general, are pretty disturbing by human standards. Originally, Kakarrot was sent to Earth to ''wipe out all life forms'', until brain trauma made him less aggressive. They may look cute and innocent, but looking is as far as it gets.



** It's downright creepy what children do in the series, even moreso that nobody seems to care that the main basis of the story is using children as {{Child Soldiers}} at the ripe old age of 12 until one of them goes half mad like Zabuza who [[DeadlyGraduation murders the entire graduating class of his school]] ''before'' he was even old enough to enroll. [[SubvertedTrope However]] in the beginning, at least in Konoha, children genin are basically [[AlmightyJanitor public service workers]] for the village. D-Rank, which is what they get the most? It basically consists of dog walking, babysitting, weed pulling, etc. C-Rank, which they rarely get is basically escort duty to protect caravans or [=VIP=]s against bandits (which they can easily deal with without killing). B-Rank and above, which are normally reserved for Chunin and Jonin (the more experienced and older ninja), Konoha Genin aren't supposed to get. Which is why the Wave Arc mission was peculiar since it was billed as a C-Rank, but in terms of difficulty and the danger was a A-Rank. [[note]]This was explained in one of the episodes: the guy who hired them couldn't afford an A-rank mission, so he lied about the danger level.[[/note]] There is no technical minimum age for becoming Chunin or even a Jonin so theoretically a middle school aged kid could go on high level missions and invoke this trope. Shikamaru became a chunin at thirteen and Kakashi was several years younger when he did.
** In the beginning Naruto himself is especially fond of doing inappropriate things like sneaking into girl's bathing rooms and turning himself into a naked blond girl for laughs.

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** It's downright creepy what children do in the series, even moreso more so that nobody seems to care that the main basis of the story is using children as {{Child Soldiers}} at the ripe old age of 12 until one of them goes half mad half-mad like Zabuza who [[DeadlyGraduation murders the entire graduating class of his school]] ''before'' he was even old enough to enroll. [[SubvertedTrope However]] in the beginning, at least in Konoha, children genin are basically [[AlmightyJanitor public service workers]] for the village. D-Rank, which is what they get the most? It basically consists of dog walking, babysitting, weed pulling, etc. C-Rank, which they rarely get is basically escort duty to protect caravans or [=VIP=]s against bandits (which they can easily deal with without killing). B-Rank and above, which are normally reserved for Chunin and Jonin (the more experienced and older ninja), Konoha Genin aren't supposed to get. Which is why the Wave Arc mission was peculiar since it was billed as a C-Rank, but in terms of difficulty and the danger was a an A-Rank. [[note]]This was explained in one of the episodes: the guy who hired them couldn't afford an A-rank mission, so he lied about the danger level.[[/note]] There is no technical minimum age for becoming Chunin or even a Jonin so theoretically a middle school aged school-aged kid could go on high level high-level missions and invoke this trope. Shikamaru became a chunin at thirteen and Kakashi was several years younger when he did.
** In the beginning beginning, Naruto himself is especially fond of doing inappropriate things like sneaking into girl's bathing rooms and turning himself into a naked blond girl for laughs.



** Gabi, a 12-year-old girl who is [[spoiler:Reiner's cousin and also a ChildSoldier]] has no problems with killing anyone she sees as an enemy (in a similar vein to Eren), and is arguably brainwashed by the military to the point where she's [[spoiler:the in-universe equivalent of a Holocaust denier (in her words, she didn't see the attack on the walls happen, so therefore those living in the walls didn't ''actually'' suffer)]]. She's also willing to sacrifice herself on the battlefield and at one point [[spoiler:cheerfully makes a hand grenade before pretending to surrender to the enemy (which involves taking off her military uniform)]].

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** Gabi, a 12-year-old girl who is [[spoiler:Reiner's cousin and also a ChildSoldier]] has no problems with killing anyone she sees as an enemy (in a similar vein to Eren), and is arguably brainwashed by the military to the point where she's [[spoiler:the in-universe equivalent of a Holocaust denier (in her words, she didn't see the attack on the walls happen, so therefore so, therefore, those living in the walls didn't ''actually'' suffer)]]. She's also willing to sacrifice herself on the battlefield and at one point [[spoiler:cheerfully makes a hand grenade before pretending to surrender to the enemy (which involves taking off her military uniform)]].



** The students of class 3-E. They are tasked with the mission to kill their own teacher and instead of displaying fear or hesitance, they show a great enthusiasm in planning how to kill him. Even more disturbing in that even after they've bonded with said teacher and developed affection for him, it didn't slow them down for a bit. Granted, the fact that their target is not human (he is [[spoiler:a constantly-smiling bullet-proof tentacle monster that destroyed most of the moon who has threatened to do the same to Earth in a year's time should they fail to kill him]]) may be a factor in this behavior, but still, as another teacher had said, this is not normal:

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** The students of class 3-E. They are tasked with the mission to kill their own teacher and instead of displaying fear or hesitance, they show a great enthusiasm in planning how to kill him. Even more disturbing in that even after they've bonded with said teacher and developed affection for him, it didn't slow them down for a bit. Granted, the fact that their target is not human (he is [[spoiler:a constantly-smiling bullet-proof tentacle monster that destroyed most of the moon who has threatened to do the same to Earth in a year's time should they fail to kill him]]) may be a factor in this behavior, but still, as another teacher had said, this is not normal:



** And among them, there is [[spoiler:Nagisa]], who displays this trope on an even higher level, as it had showed that [[spoiler:he will not hesitate to kill]] even if the opponent is human.

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** And among them, there is [[spoiler:Nagisa]], who displays this trope on an even higher level, as it had showed that [[spoiler:he will not hesitate to kill]] even if the opponent is human.



* When in one of (many) flashbacks of ''Manga/TheFiveStarStories'' [[EvilGenius Bosjathfort]] came to the Float Temple to challenge [[TheHighQueen Amaterasu-no-mikami]] to her post of the [[PsychicPowers Divers Guild head]], her son [[TheProtagonist Amaterasu-no-mikado]], who was just a kid at the time, [[PhysicalGod banished him into]] [[DisproportionateRetribution the very fires of Hell]]. Which was but one of the signs that something is odd with the lad, and a first sign of his future BlueAndOrangeMorality.

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* When in one of (many) flashbacks of ''Manga/TheFiveStarStories'' [[EvilGenius Bosjathfort]] came to the Float Temple to challenge [[TheHighQueen Amaterasu-no-mikami]] to her post of the [[PsychicPowers Divers Guild head]], her son [[TheProtagonist Amaterasu-no-mikado]], who was just a kid at the time, [[PhysicalGod banished him into]] [[DisproportionateRetribution the very fires of Hell]]. Which was but one of the signs that something is odd with the lad, and a the first sign of his future BlueAndOrangeMorality.



* In ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', Shinichi appears to have been obsessed with mysteries since he was a small child, which is fine except this involves him reading books like ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' when he's in preschool and visiting murder scenes with his father. A flashback to him starting preschool has him walk in on a roomful of children napping and mistaking it for a morgue, at first (this does freak him out, but the fact that he made the mistake at all is pretty troubling). This leads to him as a teenager being remarkably unfazed by the gory murders he comes across pretty frequently.

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* In ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', Shinichi appears to have been obsessed with mysteries since he was a small child, which is fine except this involves him reading books like ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' when he's in preschool and visiting murder scenes with his father. A flashback to him starting preschool has him walk in on walking into a roomful of children napping and mistaking it for a morgue, at first (this does freak him out, but the fact that he made the mistake at all is pretty troubling). This leads to him as a teenager being remarkably unfazed by the gory murders he comes across pretty frequently.



* Mikazuki Augus of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'' is a {{Child Soldier|s}} who has no qualm on gunning down his enemies and prisoners [[KilledMidSentence without letting them to finish their last words]]. Although when Kudel, one of his enemies called Mikazuki out and accused him for enjoying killing, he was outright disturbed. In a brief flashback, it was implied he was [[ChildrenForcedToKill forced to kill since his childhood]]. [[spoiler:shortly after [[MoralityChain Biscuit's death]], he [[RevengeBeforeReason decided he'll crush whoever blocks his way]].]]

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* Mikazuki Augus of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'' is a {{Child Soldier|s}} who has no qualm on gunning down his enemies and prisoners [[KilledMidSentence without letting them to finish their last words]]. Although when Kudel, one of his enemies called Mikazuki out and accused him for of enjoying killing, he was outright disturbed. In a brief flashback, it was implied he was [[ChildrenForcedToKill forced to kill since his childhood]]. [[spoiler:shortly after [[MoralityChain Biscuit's death]], he [[RevengeBeforeReason decided he'll crush whoever blocks his way]].]]



* In ''Manga/Brave10'', setting up {{Death Course}}s and bombing things are not the healthiest hobbies that children should have, and eleven year old Benmaru's strikingly unconcerned about collateral damage to boot.

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* In ''Manga/Brave10'', setting up {{Death Course}}s and bombing things are not the healthiest hobbies that children should have, and eleven year old eleven-year-old Benmaru's strikingly unconcerned about collateral damage to boot.



* Kanna and Saikawa's [[SchoolgirlLesbians relationship]] in ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'' feels more like that of teenagers than children in elementary school at times. The best example being when they [[InterruptedIntimacy almost]] had sex during a play date. Mind you, Kanna was the one who instigated it and she's ReallySevenHundredYearsOld (though still a child by dragon standards), but Saikawa wasn't exactly adverse to the idea.

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* Kanna and Saikawa's [[SchoolgirlLesbians relationship]] in ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'' feels more like that of teenagers than children in elementary school at times. The best example being when they [[InterruptedIntimacy almost]] had sex during a play date. playdate. Mind you, Kanna was the one who instigated it and she's ReallySevenHundredYearsOld (though still a child by dragon standards), but Saikawa wasn't exactly adverse averse to the idea.



* In ''ComicBook/KickAss'', if you are in any way associated with organized crime, Hit-Girl will brutally chop you up and shoot you in the head while cursing like a sailor. [[LittleMissBadass She's a cute 10 year old.]] A short scene in [[Film/KickAss the film]] [[InvertedTrope inverts this for a while]]. Her father is very disturbed that she is acting like a normal girl, until she reveals she's screwing with him.

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* In ''ComicBook/KickAss'', if you are in any way associated with organized crime, Hit-Girl will brutally chop you up and shoot you in the head while cursing like a sailor. [[LittleMissBadass She's a cute 10 year old.10-year-old.]] A short scene in [[Film/KickAss the film]] [[InvertedTrope inverts this for a while]]. Her father is very disturbed that she is acting like a normal girl, girl until she reveals she's screwing with him.



* ComicBook/{{X 23}}'s first assassination was at age 9. She was immediately put to work by the Facility afterwards, and by 16 she's an accomplished enough killer to worry ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica''. {{Justified| Trope}} since she was bred and raised from birth ''specifically'' to be a LivingWeapon, but her utter ruthlessness and cold detachment makes her an even better killer than ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}. It's mildly subverted in that she doesn't ''want'' to be a weapon, but it nonetheless comes completely naturally to her. [[Comicbook/{{NYX}} This doesn't even touch on her stint as a 15 year-old prostitute on the streets of New York City]].
* ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'', in the issue "Business", addressed the subject of child prostitutes from broken families and foster homes. By itself that's horrifying enough, but the real kicker is that the kids are doing it for themselves, not to afford food or shelter or to pay off a pimp. Some of them even own luxury apartments from the money they make that they haven't already spent on drugs, and the homes are tripping over themselves trying to get the kids to stop.
* ''Webcomic/AfterlifeWithArchie'': Jason Blossom has always been too into his twin Cheryl. As a child, he murdered her puppy, and made it look like an accidental, all because he thought Cheryl liked Sugar more than him.

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* ComicBook/{{X 23}}'s first assassination was at age 9. She was immediately put to work by the Facility afterwards, and by 16 she's an accomplished enough killer to worry ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica''. {{Justified| Trope}} since she was bred and raised from birth ''specifically'' to be a LivingWeapon, but her utter ruthlessness and cold detachment makes make her an even better killer than ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}. It's mildly subverted in that she doesn't ''want'' to be a weapon, but it nonetheless comes completely naturally to her. [[Comicbook/{{NYX}} This doesn't even touch on her stint as a 15 year-old 15-year-old prostitute on the streets of New York City]].
* ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'', in the issue "Business", addressed the subject of child prostitutes from broken families and foster homes. By itself itself, that's horrifying enough, but the real kicker is that the kids are doing it for themselves, not to afford food or shelter or to pay off a pimp. Some of them even own luxury apartments from the money they make that they haven't already spent on drugs, and the homes are tripping over themselves trying to get the kids to stop.
* ''Webcomic/AfterlifeWithArchie'': Jason Blossom has always been too into his twin Cheryl. As a child, he murdered her puppy, puppy and made it look like an accidental, all because he thought Cheryl liked Sugar more than him.



* Rose Potter (from ''The Girl Who Lived'' septology fame/infamy) murders Professor Quirrel at the age of eleven, and encourages her friends to use lethal force by the age of fifteen. She's also in an active sexual relationship by about that time.

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* Rose Potter (from ''The Girl Who Lived'' septology fame/infamy) murders Professor Quirrel at the age of eleven, eleven and encourages her friends to use lethal force by the age of fifteen. She's also in an active sexual relationship by about that time.



* Later on, in the ''Fanfic/Gensokyo20XX'' series, we have Reimu. Being mentally reconditioned to and being so detached from pain stimuli as a result, she has been noted to be harming herself, something that a normal person wouldn't find from a three year old, not one without severe mental or behavioral problems, unless otherwise. To top it off, Reimu has a habit of hitting, scratching, and biting others, apparently, unaware that the others can and do respond to pain and injuries or she is merely trying to relearn how to feel and respond to pain, though the former is likely than the latter.

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* Later on, in the ''Fanfic/Gensokyo20XX'' series, we have Reimu. Being mentally reconditioned to and being so detached from pain stimuli as a result, she has been noted to be harming herself, something that a normal person wouldn't find from a three year old, three-year-old, not one without severe mental or behavioral problems, unless otherwise. To top it off, Reimu has a habit of hitting, scratching, and biting others, apparently, unaware that the others can and do respond to pain and injuries or she is merely trying to relearn how to feel and respond to pain, though the former is likely than the latter.



** In that vein, we have Yume Ni and she is noted to be fairly violent for a child, this even escalating to a degree that she tried to toss Reimu over railing without a second thought as to whether or not that could kill her and this isn't first time she has actually been that cruel to them, though the trying to kill Reimu thing isn't arguably new, seeing as she did come close to seriously injuring the other kids.
* In Webcomic/KillLaKillAU, we have an eight-year old juvenile delinquent Ryuuko smoking, as well as the fact that she has led a life of crime, earning the nickname "Repeat Offender". In that vein, we Nui, Mako, and Nonon who are also delinquents and they smoke, as well as the fact that, as a first time offender, Nui has gotten multiple charges, to which she shrugs off like it nothing.
** There is also the fact that Ryuuko counts how long she has to live, which is not typical for a nine-year old. The fact that she does is this and [[TearJerker depressing]].

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** In that vein, we have Yume Ni and she is noted to be fairly violent for a child, this even escalating to a degree that she tried to toss Reimu over railing without a second thought as to whether or not that could kill her and this isn't the first time she has actually been that cruel to them, though the trying to kill Reimu thing isn't arguably new, seeing as she did come close to seriously injuring the other kids.
* In Webcomic/KillLaKillAU, we have an eight-year old eight-year-old juvenile delinquent Ryuuko smoking, as well as the fact that she has led a life of crime, earning the nickname "Repeat Offender". In that vein, we Nui, Mako, and Nonon who are also delinquents and they smoke, as well as the fact that, as a first time offender, Nui has gotten multiple charges, to which she shrugs off like it it's nothing.
** There is also the fact that Ryuuko counts how long she has to live, which is not typical for a nine-year old.nine-year-old. The fact that she does is this and [[TearJerker depressing]].



* Sabrina's StartOfDarkness in ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'' began with her writing a school essay about a figure in story she admired. Her subject of choice was Twenty Gyarados Bill, an infamous criminal who brought death and destruction to coastal Johto and the in-universe reason why there's a six Pokémon limit for trainers. While she acknowledged him as a mass murderer, the fact that she ''praised'' [[EvilVirtues his better qualities]] (such as his determination and drive to rise [[FromNobodyToNightmare from being a nobody to the most powerful trainer in the world]] in just one year) quickly alarmed her father and teachers.

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* Sabrina's StartOfDarkness in ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'' began with her writing a school essay about a figure in a story she admired. Her subject of choice was Twenty Gyarados Bill, an infamous criminal who brought death and destruction to coastal Johto and the in-universe reason why there's a six Pokémon limit for trainers. While she acknowledged him as a mass murderer, the fact that she ''praised'' [[EvilVirtues his better qualities]] (such as his determination and drive to rise [[FromNobodyToNightmare from being a nobody to the most powerful trainer in the world]] in just one year) quickly alarmed her father and teachers.



* The frequently unchildlike behavior of the Powerpuff Girls is used in court against them in ''Fanfic/TheUtoniumTrials''. They're on trial trying to prove they're just normal kids that just happen to have superpowers, and that they aren't a danger to society, but it's hard to keep this image up. They're much more precocious than normal eight year olds (''especially'' Blossom, who is outright more mature and intelligent than most adults) and to make it worse [[NotAllowedToGrowUp they still look five]]. One such example used against them is that Buttercup publishes stories online as escapism, but her stories include sexual content.

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* The frequently unchildlike behavior of the Powerpuff Girls is used in court against them in ''Fanfic/TheUtoniumTrials''. They're on trial trying to prove they're just normal kids that just happen to have superpowers, and that they aren't a danger to society, but it's hard to keep this image up. They're much more precocious than normal eight year olds eight-year-olds (''especially'' Blossom, who is outright more mature and intelligent than most adults) and to make it worse [[NotAllowedToGrowUp they still look five]]. One such example used against them is that Buttercup publishes stories online as escapism, but her stories include sexual content.



* Thelma and Elizabeth in ''Film/LittleSweetheart''. Both of them are guilty of stalking, theft and blackmail. Elizabeth also mentioned watching porn on TV at one point (it was 1989). Thelma is solely guilty of [[spoiler:attempted murder and using a cop to murder someone]] and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking filing a false police report.]]

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* Thelma and Elizabeth in ''Film/LittleSweetheart''. Both of them are guilty of stalking, theft theft, and blackmail. Elizabeth also mentioned watching porn on TV at one point (it was 1989). Thelma is solely guilty of [[spoiler:attempted murder and using a cop to murder someone]] and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking filing a false police report.]]



* ''Film/LilyaFourEver'' has its title character drinking, smoking and sniffing glue at the age of 14. Then family troubles (specifically lack of any family) force her to enter prostitution. [[TearJerker It all goes downhill from there.]]
* The movie ''Young Thugs: Nostalgia'' has protagonist 6th grader Riichi Nakaba get drunk twice in the movie. In one scene his family and the guests at the party encourage him to get drunk.

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* ''Film/LilyaFourEver'' has its title character drinking, smoking and sniffing glue at the age of 14. Then family troubles (specifically (more specifically, the lack of any family) force her to enter prostitution. [[TearJerker It all goes downhill from there.]]
* The movie ''Young Thugs: Nostalgia'' has protagonist 6th grader Riichi Nakaba get drunk twice in the movie. In one scene scene, his family and the guests at the party encourage encouraged him to get drunk.



* In ''Film/CityOfGod'' Lil Dice [[spoiler:goes on a shooting spree in a hotel]]. Also, many children are involved in the gang war. (Horrifyingly enough, this is more or less TruthInTelevision.)
* In ''Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'', the title character finds Toby easy to bribe with gin. As Toby tells Mrs. Lovett, they used to give the stuff to kids like him in the workhouse (child labor laws didn't exist way back when) so they could sleep -- though as he mentions, you wouldn't ever want to sleep there, "not with the things that happen in the dark." There's also the ending, when he [[spoiler:coldly and quietly slits Sweeney's throat]].

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* In ''Film/CityOfGod'' Lil Dice [[spoiler:goes on a shooting spree in a hotel]]. Also, many children are involved in the gang war.warfare. (Horrifyingly enough, this is more or less TruthInTelevision.)
* In ''Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'', the title character finds Toby easy to bribe with gin. As Toby tells Mrs. Lovett, they used to give the stuff to kids like him in the workhouse (child labor laws didn't exist way back when) so they could sleep -- though as he mentions, you wouldn't ever want to sleep there, "not with the things that happen in the dark." There's also the ending, ending when he [[spoiler:coldly and quietly slits Sweeney's throat]].



** Somewhat DownPlayed in the sequels. Though they have same concept, this time with TWO children taking part of destruction and mischievousness, since it has a lot more slapstick and more comedy than the first makes it hard to take seriously, being more like a live-action cartoon. There is also no abuse inflicted on animals as in the first.
* In ''Film/TheGoodSon'', 12 year old Henry (played by Macaulay Culkin) smokes, drinks alcohol, vandalizes property, builds homemade weapons, conducts horrible schemes, tortures and kills animals, and kills people all like it's an everyday thing.
* ''Film/TheProfessional'' starts with 12 year-old Mathilda (Creator/NataliePortman) smoking and hitting on the middle-aged neighbor. This is all before she becomes an [[LittleMissBadass assassin's apprentice]].

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** Somewhat DownPlayed in the sequels. Though they have the same concept, this time with TWO children taking part of destruction and mischievousness, mischievousness since it has a lot more slapstick and more comedy than the first makes it hard to take seriously, being more like a live-action cartoon. There is also no abuse inflicted on animals as in the first.
* In ''Film/TheGoodSon'', 12 year old 12-year-old Henry (played by Macaulay Culkin) smokes, drinks alcohol, vandalizes property, builds homemade weapons, conducts horrible schemes, tortures and kills animals, and kills people all like it's an everyday thing.
* ''Film/TheProfessional'' starts with 12 year-old 12-year-old Mathilda (Creator/NataliePortman) smoking and hitting on the middle-aged neighbor. This is all before she becomes an [[LittleMissBadass assassin's apprentice]].



* Speaking of Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio, he himself had portrayed a 14-year-old Catholic school boy's descent into heroin-addiction and prostitution in order to support his drug habit in 1995's ''Film/TheBasketballDiaries''.

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* Speaking of Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio, he himself had portrayed a 14-year-old Catholic school boy's descent into heroin-addiction heroin addiction and prostitution in order to support his drug habit in 1995's ''Film/TheBasketballDiaries''.



* ''Film/EvesBayou'' plays with this, starting the film with "The summer I killed my father, I was 10 years old." [[spoiler:The truth is more complicated and she isn't nearly as hardened as that implies. It is her childish confusion mixing with her fledgeling adult understanding of events that leads to tragedy, as she curses her father and reveals his affair to his lover's husband.]] The fact that she's named "[[Literature/BookOfGenesis Eve]]" and has [[WorldOfSymbolism repeated associations with apples and snakes]] is just icing on the cake.

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* ''Film/EvesBayou'' plays with this, starting the film with "The summer I killed my father, I was 10 years old." [[spoiler:The truth is more complicated and she isn't nearly as hardened as that implies. It is her childish confusion mixing with her fledgeling fledgling adult understanding of events that leads to tragedy, as she curses her father and reveals his affair to his lover's husband.]] The fact that she's named "[[Literature/BookOfGenesis Eve]]" and has [[WorldOfSymbolism repeated associations with apples and snakes]] is just icing on the cake.



* EverybodySmokes in ''Film/StandByMe'', especially the twelve year olds. Even by TheFifties standards that's quite young.

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* EverybodySmokes in ''Film/StandByMe'', especially the twelve year olds.twelve-year-olds. Even by TheFifties standards that's quite young.



* ''Film/HenryFool'' CrossesTheLineTwice when Fay comes upon Henry and her three year old son in a bar.

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* ''Film/HenryFool'' CrossesTheLineTwice when Fay comes upon Henry and her three year old three-year-old son in a bar.



* In ''Film/{{Matilda}}'', the titular girl is hyperintelligent and has rather neglectful parents. She also goes to a school with an insane principal called the Trunchbull who almost kills kids for silly reasons. This trope comes into play near the end of the film when Matilda causes a chalk to float and write about how Magnus will get the Trunchbull like she did him if she does not stop her evil ways. The Trunchbull leaves and gives Ms. Honey, her niece, the house and inheritance. ''However'', it could be that Magnus' ''ghost'' was working through Matilda. That would also explain why all the kids were speaking at the same time...

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* In ''Film/{{Matilda}}'', the titular girl is hyperintelligent and has rather neglectful parents. She also goes to a school with an insane principal called the Trunchbull who almost kills kids for silly reasons. This trope comes into play near the end of the film when Matilda causes a chalk to float and write about how Magnus will get the Trunchbull like as she did him if she does not stop her evil ways. The Trunchbull leaves and gives Ms. Honey, her niece, the house and inheritance. ''However'', it could be that Magnus' ''ghost'' was working through Matilda. That would also explain why all the kids were speaking at the same time...



* Craig Ferguson ended one of his comedy specials with one of these: A Police officer goes to a house because of a noise complaint. When he knocks on the door, it is answered by a nine year old boy wearing a corset, a g-string, garters, and smoking a cigarette and holding a bottle of gin. The police offer asks, somewhat taken aback, "Son, is your mom or dad home?" and the kid shoots back with "What the fuck do you think?"

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* Craig Ferguson ended one of his comedy specials with one of these: A Police officer goes to a house because of a noise complaint. When he knocks on the door, it is answered by a nine year old nine-year-old boy wearing a corset, a g-string, garters, and smoking a cigarette and holding a bottle of gin. The police offer asks, somewhat taken aback, "Son, is your mom or dad home?" and the kid shoots back with "What the fuck do you think?"



* In ''Crooked House'' by Creator/AgathaChristie, twelve year old Josephine investigates the murder of her grandfather, using her [[SnoopingLittleKid naturally snoopy nature]] to provide clues that the outsiders to the family never manage to find. [[spoiler:Then it turns out she's the ''murderer'', having decided to kill her grandfather over [[DisproportionateRetribution his not getting her ballet lessons.]] She decides to investigate the murder to get further attention from her family and the police.]]

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* In ''Crooked House'' by Creator/AgathaChristie, twelve year old twelve-year-old Josephine investigates the murder of her grandfather, using her [[SnoopingLittleKid naturally snoopy nature]] to provide clues that the outsiders to the family never manage to find. [[spoiler:Then it turns out she's the ''murderer'', having decided to kill her grandfather over [[DisproportionateRetribution his not getting her ballet lessons.]] She decides to investigate the murder to get further attention from her family and the police.]]



** Ian March in the ''Early Spring'' series is a thirteen-year-old boy obsessed with performing "experiments" involving his sister Jordan, who is going through precocious puberty at age seven. He then murders their governess after she tries to intervene. The governess herself is horrified at what she sees as unchildlike behavior from both the kids, since Jordan already knows the word orgasm (although she learned it from an older teenager) and uses tampons, rather than sanitary towels, for her premature periods.

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** Ian March in the ''Early Spring'' series is a thirteen-year-old boy obsessed with performing "experiments" involving his sister Jordan, who is going through precocious puberty at age seven. He then murders their governess after she tries to intervene. The governess herself is horrified at what she sees as unchildlike behavior from both the kids, kids since Jordan already knows the word orgasm (although she learned it from an older teenager) and uses tampons, rather than sanitary towels, for her premature periods.



* Pretty much all the kids from ''Literature/ChroniclesOfMagic'', but special mention goes out to Queen Cinder, who not only enjoys torturing and executing her subjects, but has been trained to kill without remorse since she was five. She is now fourteen.

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* Pretty much all the kids from ''Literature/ChroniclesOfMagic'', but special mention goes out to Queen Cinder, who not only enjoys torturing and executing her subjects, subjects but has been trained to kill without remorse since she was five. She is now fourteen.



** Henry Bowers, the local town bully. He's only one year older than the Losers, and he's so violent and crazy that [[EvenEvilHasStandards fellow bullies are shocked by some of his actions]]. Throughout the novel, Henry does such things as attempt to drown Bill in a dunk tank, white-wash Stan's face in snow until it bleeds, poison Mike's pet dog just to hurt him, break Eddie's arm, attempt to carve his name into Ben's belly (only managing the "H" before Ben gets away), and later kill his father with a knife. Needless to say, it's easy for It to use him as a scapegoat for Its 1957-1958 killing spree.

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** Henry Bowers, the local town bully. He's only one year older than the Losers, and he's so violent and crazy that [[EvenEvilHasStandards fellow bullies are shocked by some of his actions]]. Throughout the novel, Henry does such things as attempt attempting to drown Bill in a dunk tank, white-wash Stan's face in snow until it bleeds, poison Mike's pet dog just to hurt him, break Eddie's arm, attempt to carve his name into Ben's belly (only managing the "H" before Ben gets away), and later kill his father with a knife. Needless to say, it's easy for It to use him as a scapegoat for Its It's 1957-1958 killing spree.



* There's an episode of ''Series/{{House}}'' where a mother brings her young daughter into the clinic for possible epileptic behavior. House examines the girl, and determines that she's merely been "[[ADateWithRosiePalms ya-yaing the sisterhood]]". The mother is shocked, to say the least, but House says that it's reasonable behavior, if a bit atypical, and says to just teach her to do it in private.

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* There's an episode of ''Series/{{House}}'' where a mother brings her young daughter into the clinic for possible epileptic behavior. House examines the girl, and determines that she's merely been "[[ADateWithRosiePalms ya-yaing the sisterhood]]". The mother is shocked, to say the least, but House says that it's reasonable behavior, behavior if a bit atypical, and says to just teach her to do it in private.



* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' had one in the form of a 12 year old girl who was taking senior level high school courses. At her older brother's trial for murder of a classmate, she testifies that she's the real murderer and produces evidence to support her case. She pulls off the plan so well that she convinces the court that there is too much doubt to her brother's involvement (mainly, that he was a D student in chemistry and the murderer needed to know how to handle pure Sodium) and that there was too much doubt to convict her (she was too small to move the victim's body). As if that wasn't the worst of it, she says to Sarah that had she been convicted, she could get her degree by 18 and/or write a book about the crime, since Nevada has no "Son of Sam" law. Finally, it was revealed that [[spoiler:she had no involvement in the murder and Sarah just got played]].

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* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' had one in the form of a 12 year old 12-year-old girl who was taking senior level high school courses. At her older brother's trial for the murder of a classmate, she testifies that she's the real murderer and produces evidence to support her case. She pulls off the plan so well that she convinces the court that there is too much doubt to her brother's involvement (mainly, that he was a D student in chemistry and the murderer needed to know how to handle pure Sodium) and that there was too much doubt to convict her (she was too small to move the victim's body). As if that wasn't the worst of it, she says to Sarah that had she been convicted, she could get her degree by 18 and/or write a book about the crime, since Nevada has no "Son of Sam" law. Finally, it was revealed that [[spoiler:she had no involvement in the murder and Sarah just got played]].



* ''Series/JessicaJones2015'': In "AKA 99 Friends," Kilgrave commandeers an eight year old girl to approach Jessica with a message. It is a bit unsettling when the girl (parroting Kilgrave) tells Jessica "You're a bitch! You could've stopped that bus. You left him there to die in the street like a goddamn dog. You turn everything to shit."

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* ''Series/JessicaJones2015'': In "AKA 99 Friends," Kilgrave commandeers an eight year old eight-year-old girl to approach Jessica with a message. It is a bit unsettling when the girl (parroting Kilgrave) tells Jessica "You're a bitch! You could've stopped that bus. You left him there to die in the street like a goddamn dog. You turn everything to shit."



* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'': Poor Parker. Mostly, it's played for laughs, but the ages at which she started committing various crimes is alarming. Car stealing at twelve, and getaway driving ''before'' that. Cut to a flashback of what looks like a nine year old Parker skidding around an old lady with a terrified robber in the passenger seat.

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* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'': Poor Parker. Mostly, it's played for laughs, but the ages at which she started committing various crimes is alarming. Car stealing at twelve, and getaway driving ''before'' that. Cut to a flashback of what looks like a nine year old nine-year-old Parker skidding around an old lady with a terrified robber in the passenger seat.



* Parodied in a ''Series/{{Jam}}'' sketch where a man believes he has accidentally killed his friend during an argument. He calls a professional killer/"cleaner" named Maria to dispose of the body, but she turns out to be only six years old. She [[ClusterFBomb uses language that would make a sailor blush]], carries a gun, and when the victim wakes up (revealing that he was only unconscious) she shoots him in the head then hacks him to bits with a saw blade. In the end, the police are called and Maria instantly reverts to a cutesy child act. ''Jam'' was based on the radio series ''Blue Jam'', which featured several sketches about Maria. More disturbingly, in this version she is only ''four'' years old!

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* Parodied in a ''Series/{{Jam}}'' sketch where a man believes he has accidentally killed his friend during an argument. He calls a professional killer/"cleaner" named Maria to dispose of the body, but she turns out to be only six years old. She [[ClusterFBomb uses language that would make a sailor blush]], carries a gun, and when the victim wakes up (revealing that he was only unconscious) she shoots him in the head then hacks him to bits with a saw blade. In the end, the police are called and Maria instantly reverts to a cutesy child act. ''Jam'' was based on the radio series ''Blue Jam'', which featured several sketches about Maria. More disturbingly, in this version version, she is only ''four'' years old!



* Francis Wilkerson, or heck, any of the kids from ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'', easily qualify. Francis, aside from attempting to douse his teddy bear (as noted in the subtrope "Kids trying this behavior out for the first time" below), also frequently tortured his younger brothers (barring Dewey), stole their toys, locked them in a closet, and scarred Reese with a bayonette, all as a child, and he also implies when telling Dewey this that this is ''exactly'' what being a good brother is all about. As a teen, he frequently goes on destructive rampages/rebellions, such as stealing his mother's car, sleeping around, smoking, drinking, getting four nose pierces, and other similar behaviors all just to spite his mother or [[ForTheEvulz just for the heck of it]]. Reese is very much prone to violence, and enjoys hurting people.

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* Francis Wilkerson, or heck, any of the kids from ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'', easily qualify. Francis, aside from attempting to douse his teddy bear (as noted in the subtrope "Kids trying this behavior out for the first time" below), also frequently tortured his younger brothers (barring Dewey), stole their toys, locked them in a closet, and scarred Reese with a bayonette, all as a child, and he also implies when telling Dewey this that this is ''exactly'' what being a good brother is all about. As a teen, he frequently goes on destructive rampages/rebellions, such as stealing his mother's car, sleeping around, smoking, drinking, getting four nose pierces, piercings, and other similar behaviors all just to spite his mother or [[ForTheEvulz just for the heck of it]]. Reese is very much prone to violence, and enjoys hurting people.



* Megan Parker in ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'', a young girl who takes great pleasure in pranking her titular brothers for no reason other than enjoying seeing them suffer [[ForTheEvulz for the heck of it]], which, of course, isn't helped by the fact that she became more sadistic and a demon child as {{Flanderization}} kicked in, and the worst part? ''[[KarmaHoudini She is even let off the hook real easily for them]]!''

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* Megan Parker in ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'', a young girl who takes great pleasure in pranking her titular brothers for no reason other than enjoying seeing them suffer [[ForTheEvulz for the heck of it]], which, of course, isn't helped by the fact that she became more sadistic and a demon child as {{Flanderization}} kicked in, and the worst part? ''[[KarmaHoudini She is even let off the hook real easily easy for them]]!''



* ''Series/LawAndOrder'' had episodes featuring child killers several times, but in most cases the kids went bad because of abuse, drugs, or, in one case, intentional brainwashing by a parent. The most notable -- and most chilling -- example of a child killer was Jenny Brandt from the episode "Killerz", a ten year old girl who not only intentionally murdered a six year old boy, but mutilated his body on top of it all. She would later taunt Jack [=McCoy=] about getting away with it, openly bragged that she planned on doing it again to another boy because, in her own words, "[[ForTheEvulz That's what boys are for]]," and actually had the brass balls to ''pick her next victim'' in front of [=McCoy=], who was horrified when he realized what she was doing. The child actress who played Jenny Brandt, Hallee Hirsch, was only 12 at the time and honestly should have won an Emmy for that performance.

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* ''Series/LawAndOrder'' had episodes featuring child killers several times, but in most cases cases, the kids went bad because of abuse, drugs, or, in one case, intentional brainwashing by a parent. The most notable -- and most chilling -- example of a child killer was Jenny Brandt from the episode "Killerz", a ten year old ten-year-old girl who not only intentionally murdered a six year old six-year-old boy, but mutilated his body on top of it all. She would later taunt Jack [=McCoy=] about getting away with it, openly bragged that she planned on doing it again to another boy because, in her own words, "[[ForTheEvulz That's what boys are for]]," and actually had the brass balls to ''pick her next victim'' in front of [=McCoy=], who was horrified when he realized what she was doing. The child actress who played Jenny Brandt, Hallee Hirsch, was only 12 at the time and honestly should have won an Emmy for that performance.



* More than one case on ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' has been advanced with this trope. The first instance was when Elliot Stabler got blatantly hit on by a seven year old.

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* More than one case on ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' has been advanced with this trope. The first instance was when Elliot Stabler got blatantly hit on by a seven year old.seven-year-old.



** Seen in another, where a maybe 12 year-old Dean witnesses a monster creeping up on his brother and instead of freaking out like a normal kid would, calmly and quietly reaches for his shotgun.

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** Seen in another, where a maybe 12 year-old 12-year-old Dean witnesses a monster creeping up on his brother and instead of freaking out like a normal kid would, calmly and quietly reaches for his shotgun.



* Octavian in ''Series/{{Rome}}'', though DeliberateValuesDissonance is also involved. He goes with veteran legionnaire Titus Pullo to kidnap and interrogate a man they suspect of adultery. Octavian calmly gives him a choice: hours of ColdBloodedTorture, or confession and a quick death. When Pullo admits that he's not a TortureTechnician, Octavian advises him to start by cutting off the man's thumbs.

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* Octavian in ''Series/{{Rome}}'', though DeliberateValuesDissonance is also involved. He goes with veteran legionnaire Titus Pullo to kidnap and interrogate a man they suspect of adultery. Octavian calmly gives him a choice: hours of ColdBloodedTorture, or confession and a quick death. When Pullo admits that he's not a TortureTechnician, Octavian advises him to start by cutting off the man's thumbs.



* ''Series/DCIBanks'': In "Wednesday's Child", Banks and his team investigate the abduction of an 11 year old boy. As the investigation proceeds, they discover the boy has been delivering heroin for a local dealer and helped to bury one of his friends who had died of an overdose.

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* ''Series/DCIBanks'': In "Wednesday's Child", Banks and his team investigate the abduction of an 11 year old 11-year-old boy. As the investigation proceeds, they discover the boy has been delivering heroin for a local dealer and helped to bury one of his friends who had died of an overdose.



* In "Brenda's Got a Baby" by [[Music/TupacShakur 2Pac]], Brenda (then 12 years old) [[CantGetAwayWithNuthin gets into a relationship]] with her [[NoYay 20-something]] [[IncestIsRelative cousin]] after becoming frustrated with life [[CrapsackWorld at]] [[BigScrewedUpFamily home]]. She becomes pregnant, but manages to hide the pregnancy from her family. She ends up giving birth on the floor of the girls' bathroom at school, and tries to dispose of the baby in a dumpster (only to [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone feel bad]] and take it out). She and her mother are constantly at each others' throats, and finally Brenda is kicked out of the house. She is too young to be hired for honest work and has no place to go, so she sells drugs...until she is robbed at gunpoint and is driven to prostitution. [[DisposableSexWorker It does not end well.]]

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* In "Brenda's Got a Baby" by [[Music/TupacShakur 2Pac]], Brenda (then 12 years old) [[CantGetAwayWithNuthin gets into a relationship]] with her [[NoYay 20-something]] [[IncestIsRelative cousin]] after becoming frustrated with life [[CrapsackWorld at]] [[BigScrewedUpFamily home]]. She becomes pregnant, pregnant but manages to hide the pregnancy from her family. She ends up giving birth on the floor of the girls' bathroom at school, and tries to dispose of the baby in a dumpster (only to [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone feel bad]] and take it out). She and her mother are constantly at each others' throats, and finally finally, Brenda is kicked out of the house. She is too young to be hired for honest work and has no place to go, so she sells drugs...until she is robbed at gunpoint and is driven to prostitution. [[DisposableSexWorker It does not end well.]]



* Tiny Tina, from ''VideoGame/Borderlands2'', is the world's deadliest 13 year old and an explosives expert. In her introduction cutscene, she proceeds to [[StuffBlowingUp blasting]] a [[FacelessGoons Psycho]] into oblivion while singing to the tune of Pop Goes the Weasel. And thats just the start.

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* Tiny Tina, from ''VideoGame/Borderlands2'', is the world's deadliest 13 year old 13-year-old and an explosives expert. In her introduction cutscene, she proceeds to [[StuffBlowingUp blasting]] a [[FacelessGoons Psycho]] into oblivion while singing to the tune of Pop Goes the Weasel. And thats just the start.



* ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUs'' has Ellie, a fourteen year old girl who can shoot, swears like a sailor, and her biggest reaction to someone being shot to pieces is 'Oh [insert swearword here]'.
* B.B. Hood, the current posterchild of TheFakeCutie from ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'' carries a hamper full of goodies that are actually missiles and flamethrowers, and almost all her gun-based attacks are accompanied by a SlasherSmile even in her sprite! In one of her victory poses she also takes out a cigar while flicking through her killing contracts.
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'': [[OverlordJr Bowser Jr.]] made [[VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine his debut]] by vandalising an entire island with toxic graffiti in an attempt to frame Mario. When that plan started to go south, he [[LikeFatherLikeSon kidnapped Peach]] and tried to kill Mario with a giant robot. Since then, he's been shown still using his Magic Paintbrush, summoning giant killer robots, and kidnapping Peach, along with assisting in unprovoked military attacks. There are also some implications that he's a gambler. All this, from a [[VagueAge 3 to 5 year old child]].

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* ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUs'' has Ellie, a fourteen year old fourteen-year-old girl who can shoot, swears swear like a sailor, and her biggest reaction to someone being shot to pieces is 'Oh [insert swearword here]'.
* B.B. Hood, the current posterchild poster child of TheFakeCutie from ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'' carries a hamper full of goodies that are actually missiles and flamethrowers, and almost all her gun-based attacks are accompanied by a SlasherSmile even in her sprite! In one of her victory poses she also takes out a cigar while flicking through her killing contracts.
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'': [[OverlordJr Bowser Jr.]] made [[VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine his debut]] by vandalising an entire island with toxic graffiti in an attempt to frame Mario. When that plan started to go south, he [[LikeFatherLikeSon kidnapped Peach]] and tried to kill Mario with a giant robot. Since then, he's been shown still using his Magic Paintbrush, summoning giant killer robots, and kidnapping Peach, along with assisting in unprovoked military attacks. There are also some implications that he's a gambler. All this, from a [[VagueAge 3 a 3- to 5 year old 5-year-old child]].



* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'': Meet Maria Ushiromiya, 9-year-old walking encyclopedia of all things relating to Western occult lore and "black magic." Also has a rather [[AnnoyingLaugh irritating]] EvilLaugh and a habit of using it at [[CreepyChild incredibly inappropriate times]], like after seeing [[spoiler:her mother and 5 of her relatives']] horribly mutilated corpses.
* Illyasviel von Einzbern from ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' is a... [[PlayingWithATrope strange case.]] At first, she's trying to kill Shirou and Rin... then depending on the route [[ZigZaggingTrope she goes to play with Shirou, her "onii-chan", frequently.]] Then it turns out [[spoiler:[[DeconstructedTrope she's a homunculus created as a vessel for the Holy Grail]]. Finally [[SubvertedTrope it's revealed that she's 18 but has the body of a young child, and is in fact the biological daughter of Shirou's adopted father Kiritsugu. She's also not as childish in mentality as she appears.]]]] Plus she also tries to have sex with Shirou at two points in Fate and one in Heaven's Feel. Which is... [[NoYay a little disturbing.]]

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* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'': Meet Maria Ushiromiya, a 9-year-old walking encyclopedia of all things relating to Western occult lore and "black magic." Also has a rather [[AnnoyingLaugh irritating]] EvilLaugh and a habit of using it at [[CreepyChild incredibly inappropriate times]], like after seeing [[spoiler:her mother and 5 of her relatives']] horribly mutilated corpses.
* Illyasviel von Einzbern from ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' is a... [[PlayingWithATrope strange case.]] At first, she's trying to kill Shirou and Rin... then depending on the route [[ZigZaggingTrope she goes to play with Shirou, her "onii-chan", frequently.]] Then it turns out [[spoiler:[[DeconstructedTrope she's a homunculus created as a vessel for the Holy Grail]]. Finally [[SubvertedTrope it's revealed that she's 18 but has the body of a young child, and is is, in fact fact, the biological daughter of Shirou's adopted father Kiritsugu. She's also not as childish in mentality as she appears.]]]] Plus she also tries to have sex with Shirou at two points in Fate and one in Heaven's Feel. Which is... [[NoYay a little disturbing.]]



** Amisia, a preteen who beheads trolls to make paint from their blood and is flirted with for a moirallegiance (a [[PlatonicLifePartners nonsexual relationship]] that is still considered romantic by her society) by a troll weeks away from legal adulthood.

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** Amisia, a preteen who beheads trolls to make paint from their blood and is flirted with for a moirallegiance (a [[PlatonicLifePartners nonsexual relationship]] that is still considered romantic by her society) by a troll troll, weeks away from legal adulthood.



** Cirava, who casually offers drugs to the PC, smokes up themselves, and talks about how they [[spoiler:cut out their own eye]].

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** Cirava, who casually offers drugs to the PC, smokes up themselves, themselves and talks about how they [[spoiler:cut out their own eye]].



* Namah in ''Webcomic/{{Dreamkeepers}} Prelude'' is a milder version then people on this page, but she still did a SlasherSmile when she went into the ventilation system, stole knives, poured hot sauce in the eyes of one of her guards. [[spoiler:Considering that she is being kept in her room to prevent knowledge of a secret affair being leaked, it's kinda justified.]]

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* Namah in ''Webcomic/{{Dreamkeepers}} Prelude'' is a milder version then than people on this page, but she still did a SlasherSmile when she went into the ventilation system, stole knives, poured hot sauce in the eyes of one of her guards. [[spoiler:Considering that she is being kept in her room to prevent knowledge of a secret affair being leaked, it's kinda justified.]]



* Nadia (and possibly Dark) in ''Webcomic/{{Kagerou}}'', although whether they're actually children, or even real, is highly debatable. Their actions are made more disturbing by the presence of Kid, who ''is'' very childlike.

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* Nadia (and possibly Dark) in ''Webcomic/{{Kagerou}}'', although whether they're actually children, children or even real, is highly debatable. Their actions are made more disturbing by the presence of Kid, who ''is'' very childlike.



** Vista is an extremely nihilistic thirteen year old superheroine who's been fighting since she was ten, [[CrapsackWorld experiencing all the wonders that Brockton Bay had to offer.]] While she is upset by her friends dying, she copes with it ''far'' better than is normal.
** [[AllYourPowersCombined Glaistig Uaine]] actively looks forwards to the end of the world because it'll mean more dead [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual Parahumans]] for her to collect and add to her own power, and has personally killed at least one hundred. [[OlderThanTheyLook She appears to be twelve or so years old]], despite being somewhere around thirty, so this trope is somewhat {{justified|Trope}}, but she's been like that ever since getting her powers as a pre-teen.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''WebAnimation/TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool''. Even ignoring the how inappropriate the teenage characters act, elementary-aged Mikayla is just as much of a foul-mouthed, violent AlphaBitch as her older sisters.

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** Vista is an extremely nihilistic thirteen year old thirteen-year-old superheroine who's been fighting since she was ten, [[CrapsackWorld experiencing all the wonders that Brockton Bay had to offer.]] While she is upset by her friends dying, she copes with it ''far'' better than is normal.
** [[AllYourPowersCombined Glaistig Uaine]] actively looks forwards forward to the end of the world because it'll mean more dead [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual Parahumans]] for her to collect and add to her own power, and has personally killed at least one hundred. [[OlderThanTheyLook She appears to be twelve or so years old]], despite being somewhere around thirty, so this trope is somewhat {{justified|Trope}}, but she's been like that ever since getting her powers as a pre-teen.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''WebAnimation/TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool''. Even ignoring the how inappropriate the teenage characters act, elementary-aged Mikayla is just as much of a foul-mouthed, violent AlphaBitch as her older sisters.



* ''Literature/EntirelyPresentingYou'': Alexis starts the story as an innocent 15 year old, who's quickly forced to grow up in order to deal with her new powers and vampiric thirst. And then there's D, a little girl who's willing to [[spoiler:crash a bus]] in order to escape a gang that was after her.

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* ''Literature/EntirelyPresentingYou'': Alexis starts the story as an innocent 15 year old, 15-year-old who's quickly forced to grow up in order to deal with her new powers and vampiric thirst. And then there's D, a little girl who's willing to [[spoiler:crash a bus]] in order to escape a gang that was after her.



** Overlaping with FridgeHorror, Lucy Loud depressed gothic personality might just seem like typical preteen or teenage angst, until you realize she's ''actually just eight years old.''

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** Overlaping Overlapping with FridgeHorror, Lucy Loud depressed gothic personality might just seem like typical preteen or teenage angst, until you realize she's ''actually just eight years old.''



** Remy Buxaplenty also shows traits of this trope. While at first he was just a stereotypical mean rich kid who wanted Timmy to lose Cosmo and Wanda out of jealousy, in ''Operation F.U.N'', he tried to outright ''kill'' Cosmo and Wanda and even laughed about it. And unlike Vicky, who is at least 16, Remy is ''11-years old''.

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** Remy Buxaplenty also shows traits of this trope. While at first first, he was just a stereotypical mean rich kid who wanted Timmy to lose Cosmo and Wanda out of jealousy, in ''Operation F.U.N'', he tried to outright ''kill'' Cosmo and Wanda and even laughed about it. And unlike Vicky, who is at least 16, Remy is ''11-years ''11 years old''.



** We first see Azula, aged ten, in a flashback in the first appearance, smirking with glee as her brother and father have a fight. [[spoiler:That ends with her father calling his apologetic son a disrespectful traitor before ''burning off half of his face'' for refusing to fight back.]] At age fourteen, Azula isn't much better. She constantly lies and is cruel as ever. Her introduction scene has her threatening to throw a man off a boat. In the end, [[spoiler:Azula ends up having a VillainousBreakdown during a life-or-death duel against her brother]]. Unlike other examples; it is darkly fascinating as a study. As Azula felt neglected or like a monster to her mother, she ended up emulating her father; like children tend to do sometimes. It gets a bit gray as to how much of Azula's cruelty is a byproduct of neglect and Ozai's (and by extension, her environment) upbringing and how much was legitimately her own doing.

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** We first see Azula, aged ten, in a flashback in the first appearance, smirking with glee as her brother and father have a fight. [[spoiler:That ends with her father calling his apologetic son a disrespectful traitor before ''burning off half of his face'' for refusing to fight back.]] At age fourteen, Azula isn't much better. She constantly lies and is as cruel as ever. Her introduction scene has her threatening to throw a man off a boat. In the end, [[spoiler:Azula ends up having a VillainousBreakdown during a life-or-death duel against her brother]]. Unlike other examples; it is darkly fascinating as a study. As Azula felt neglected or like a monster to her mother, she ended up emulating her father; like children tend to do sometimes. It gets a bit gray as to how much of Azula's cruelty is a byproduct of neglect and Ozai's (and by extension, her environment) upbringing and how much was legitimately her own doing.



* Played for laughs in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark,'' where pretty much all the kids ([[TokenWholesome even Butters occasionally]]) cuss like sailors and emanate adult behavior all the time. Taken to extremes with [[TokenEvilTeammate Cartman]], however, who has gone so far as [[MoralEventHorizon attempting to start new Holocausts]].
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}},'' [[DumbBlonde Brittany's]] little brother Brian not only acts out of control, he is [[AllThereInTheManual apparently]] the reason why the family [[FridgeHorror doesn't even bother naming their pets anymore]].

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* Played for laughs in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark,'' ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' where pretty much all the kids ([[TokenWholesome even Butters occasionally]]) cuss like sailors and emanate adult behavior all the time. Taken to extremes with [[TokenEvilTeammate Cartman]], however, who has gone so far as [[MoralEventHorizon attempting to start new Holocausts]].
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}},'' [[DumbBlonde Brittany's]] little brother Brian not only acts out of control, but he is also [[AllThereInTheManual apparently]] the reason why the family [[FridgeHorror doesn't even bother naming their pets anymore]].



* In ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice Invasion'' Jade's baby laughs at the fighting she, and Red Arrow are engaging at an army of {{Mooks}}. Partly because the baby came from a family of supervillains.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice Invasion'' Jade's baby laughs at the fighting she, she and Red Arrow are engaging at an army of {{Mooks}}. Partly because the baby came from a family of supervillains.



* ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'''s main protagonists have become so accustomed with close encounters with death that [[CasualDangerDialogue they show little to no worry whenever it seems like it's going to be the end for them.]] And the oldest one is ''fifteen''.

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* ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'''s main protagonists have become so accustomed with to close encounters with death that [[CasualDangerDialogue they show little to no worry whenever it seems like it's going to be the end for them.]] And the oldest one is ''fifteen''.



** Huey is a ten year old ConspiracyTheorist who thinks EverythingIsRacist. He's quite into politics for his age, which isn't a bad thing, however he goes to WellIntentionedExtremist territories with his views. Huey also owns a katana, has hijacked a bus, and tried to kill someone with a bomb once.
** Huey's BrattyHalfPint eight year old brother Riley is [[IJustWantToBeBadass obsessed with]] looking "gangsta". He can act like a delinquent, his speech is peppered with a lot of TrashTalk, and occasionally he is an accomplice in crimes. He ([[DependingOnTheWriter usually]]) [[EvenEvilHasStandards stops]] at actually hurting people though and it's implied most of his reputation is a lie.
** Cindy is a girl scout who plays up a [[GirlScoutsAreEvil certain common joke]]. She sells cookies [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything as if]] she's selling drugs. Cindy is also PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy, though unlike most examples she is authentically into hip-hop, and is a counterpart to Riley (though she is less prone to profanity). Unlike Riley she actually seems more hands-on violent, such as when she beat up another girl scout or when she chased a man with a bat.
* ''Franchise/{{Ben 10}}'': Kevin 11 in the Original Series tried to cause a subway accident that would result of tons of dead just so he could pick money from their corpses, attempted revenge on bullies using [[PlayingWithFire pyrokinetic powers]] and later went on a crime spree across America where he tried to stab people with diamond blades while [[SlasherSmile grinning maniacally]]. Any of these actions would be disturbing of its own already for an adult character, and Kevin was ''11 years old'' when he did them.

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** Huey is a ten year old ten-year-old ConspiracyTheorist who thinks EverythingIsRacist. He's quite into politics for his age, which isn't a bad thing, however however, he goes to WellIntentionedExtremist territories with his views. Huey also owns a katana, has hijacked a bus, and tried to kill someone with a bomb once.
** Huey's BrattyHalfPint eight year old eight-year-old brother Riley is [[IJustWantToBeBadass obsessed with]] looking "gangsta". He can act like a delinquent, his speech is peppered with a lot of TrashTalk, and occasionally he is an accomplice in crimes. He ([[DependingOnTheWriter usually]]) [[EvenEvilHasStandards stops]] at actually hurting people though and it's implied most of his reputation is a lie.
** Cindy is a girl scout who plays up a [[GirlScoutsAreEvil certain common joke]]. She sells cookies [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything as if]] she's selling drugs. Cindy is also PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy, though unlike most examples she is authentically into hip-hop, and is a counterpart to Riley (though she is less prone to profanity). Unlike Riley Riley, she actually seems more hands-on violent, such as when she beat up another girl scout or when she chased a man with a bat.
* ''Franchise/{{Ben 10}}'': Kevin 11 in the Original Series tried to cause a subway accident that would result of tons of dead just so he could pick money from their corpses, attempted revenge on bullies using [[PlayingWithFire pyrokinetic powers]] and later went on a crime spree across America where he tried to stab people with diamond blades while [[SlasherSmile grinning maniacally]]. Any of these actions would be disturbing of on its own already for an adult character, and Kevin was ''11 years old'' when he did them.



** The 34th episode of the series revealed that Mr. Cat is less than 13 years old, yet over the course of the show he has tried to have sex, gotten drunk several times, and is an AxCrazy psychopath who owns an arsenal of weapons.

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** The 34th episode of the series revealed that Mr. Cat is less than 13 years old, yet over the course of the show he has tried to have sex, gotten got drunk several times, and is an AxCrazy psychopath who owns an arsenal of weapons.



* Unfortunately, what is considered appropriate for children and what not is [[ValuesDissonance very much a cultural issue]] and varies over time. Sad examples of this include child brides, child soldiers, child laborers etc.
* Comedian Brendon Burns tells a story about catching his 5 year old son masturbating with a soaped up shark toy, his advice was:

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* Unfortunately, what is considered appropriate for children and what not is [[ValuesDissonance very much a cultural issue]] and varies over time. Sad examples of this include child brides, child soldiers, child laborers laborers, etc.
* Comedian Brendon Burns tells a story about catching his 5 year old 5-year-old son masturbating with a soaped up shark toy, his advice was:



* In the oneshot ''Fanfic/FinalToll'', this is invoked. CheerfulChild Romani drinks seven bottles of Chateau Romani (a type of milk drink that is implied to be alcoholic), which is a lot even for adults but nevermind for someone who is twelve at oldest. Her older sister Cremia lets her do this specifically so that Romani will be knocked out until the next morning. Or, at least, knocked out when the moon crashes into their town.

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* In the oneshot one-shot ''Fanfic/FinalToll'', this is invoked. CheerfulChild Romani drinks seven bottles of Chateau Romani (a type of milk drink that is implied to be alcoholic), which is a lot even for adults but nevermind for someone who is twelve at oldest. Her older sister Cremia lets her do this specifically so that Romani will be knocked out until the next morning. Or, at least, knocked out when the moon crashes into their town.



* O-Ren Ishii of ''Film/KillBill'' commits her first murder at the age of eleven, an incredibly bloody revenge upon Boss Matsumoto, who just two years earlier murdered both of her parents with the help of his men. And the reason that O-Ren was able to get close enough to Matsumoto to kill him? Matsumoto was a pedophile.

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* O-Ren Ishii of ''Film/KillBill'' commits her first murder at the age of eleven, an act of incredibly bloody revenge upon Boss Matsumoto, who just two years earlier murdered both of her parents with the help of his men. And the reason that O-Ren was able to get close enough to Matsumoto to kill him? Matsumoto was a pedophile.



* In the classic children's book ''Literature/NothingsFairInFifthGrade'', one of the main character's friends decides to hitchhike a ride to a local fair, as she's tired of walking. The rest of the kids are shocked, but go along so as not to get left behind. The hitchhiking adventure ends up having disastrous consequences for the kids. The man drives off away from their intended destination, and the kids jump out of his truck at a red light. But one of them, a 7-year-old, goes back for her purse which she forgot, and the truck drives off with her in it. Looking for a phone so they can call the police, the kids head towards the nearest building they can find: a tavern. Suffice to say everyone in the tavern finds the procession of fifth-graders and the one girl's 3-year-old brother to be a rather strange sight.

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* In the classic children's book ''Literature/NothingsFairInFifthGrade'', one of the main character's friends decides to hitchhike a ride to a local fair, as she's tired of walking. The rest of the kids are shocked, shocked but go along so as not to get left behind. The hitchhiking adventure ends up having disastrous consequences for the kids. The man drives off away from their intended destination, and the kids jump out of his truck at a red light. But one of them, a 7-year-old, goes back for her purse which she forgot, and the truck drives off with her in it. Looking for a phone so they can call the police, the kids head towards the nearest building they can find: a tavern. Suffice to say everyone in the tavern finds the procession of fifth-graders and the one girl's 3-year-old brother to be a rather strange sight.



** The torture scene is particularly telling, since Octavian actually seems more comfortable with it than the battle-hardened veteran he's working with, openly explaining to the victim that they're going to kill him either way, and telling them what they want to know will make it easier. When the victim still refuses, Octavian suggests cutting off his thumbs as a good way to get started.
* When we first see Mordred in ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'', he's a normal child, albeit telepathic. Then the next time we see him, his camp gets attacked and several knights are [[WouldHurtAChild about to take him back to Uther, who has drowned children in the past.]] He kills them. It's justified, but afterwards he just gives a small satisfied smile. Keep in mind this kid is 9 or younger, and has been raised by Gandhi-level pacifists.

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** The torture scene is particularly telling, since Octavian actually seems more comfortable with it than the battle-hardened veteran he's working with, openly explaining to the victim that they're going to kill him either way, way and telling them what they want to know will make it easier. When the victim still refuses, Octavian suggests cutting off his thumbs as a good way to get started.
* When we first see Mordred in ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'', he's a normal child, albeit telepathic. Then the next time we see him, his camp gets attacked and several knights are [[WouldHurtAChild about to take him back to Uther, who has drowned children in the past.]] He kills them. It's justified, but afterwards afterwards, he just gives a small satisfied smile. Keep in mind this kid is 9 or younger, and has been raised by Gandhi-level pacifists.



* ''Series/TheWalkingDead'': Rick's fear of what the post-apocalyptic world is doing to his son Carl's psyche is an ongoing subplot in seasons 2-4. In season 2 he wants to learn how to shoot guns, not unjustified given the setting, but his attempt at stealing one from Daryl causes his parents to question whether he's ready for the responsibility or not. Later, he takes a creepy interest in the idea of Rick having to execute Randall, even showing up at the barn to watch him do it (which is also what causes Rick to not be able to go through with it). In season 3 he insists he be the one to put down [[spoiler:his mother Lori]] to stop her from reanimating after her death, barely showing any emotion while doing so. In the finale he shoots and kills the surrendering Jody, initially claiming that Jody was planning to pull an ISurrenderSuckers but later admitting he felt that every time they've spared someone in the past it's come back to haunt them and that he "couldn't take the chance". This causes Rick to feel that Carl is becoming [[MurderIsTheBestSolution too okay with killing]], and he attempts to reevaluate their roles in the group to get Carl out of the fighting.
* After his parents are murdered in front of him, twelve year old Bruce Wayne from ''Series/{{Gotham}}'' starts acting very inappropriately. He engages in very reckless, self-destructive behavior and nearly beat a [[TheBully bully]] to death.
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'': In "Cat's in the Cradle", an eight year old girl murders her CrazyCatLady neighbour to gain possession of a kitten, and then attempts to frame her mother for the crime.

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* ''Series/TheWalkingDead'': Rick's fear of what the post-apocalyptic world is doing to his son Carl's psyche is an ongoing subplot in seasons 2-4. In season 2 he wants to learn how to shoot guns, not unjustified given the setting, but his attempt at stealing one from Daryl causes his parents to question whether he's ready for the responsibility or not. Later, he takes a creepy interest in the idea of Rick having to execute Randall, even showing up at the barn to watch him do it (which is also what causes Rick to not be able to go through with it). In season 3 he insists that he be the one to put down [[spoiler:his mother Lori]] to stop her from reanimating after her death, barely showing any emotion while doing so. In the finale he shoots and kills the surrendering Jody, initially claiming that Jody was planning to pull an ISurrenderSuckers but later admitting he felt that every time they've spared someone in the past it's come back to haunt them and that he "couldn't take the chance". This causes Rick to feel that Carl is becoming [[MurderIsTheBestSolution too okay with killing]], and he attempts to reevaluate their roles in the group to get Carl out of the fighting.
* After his parents are murdered in front of him, twelve year old twelve-year-old Bruce Wayne from ''Series/{{Gotham}}'' starts acting very inappropriately. He engages in very reckless, self-destructive behavior and nearly beat a [[TheBully bully]] to death.
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'': In "Cat's in the Cradle", an eight year old eight-year-old girl murders her CrazyCatLady neighbour to gain possession of a kitten, and then attempts to frame her mother for the crime.



* This is Gohan in spades after he goes Super Saiyan 2 in ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged''. While normally polite and reserved, after he transforms he becomes bitter, spiteful, and a bit unhinged. He has no problems insulting others or putting them down, and takes joy in beating the hell out of Cell. While in the original manga, Gohan just didn't want Cell's suffering to end too soon, here he's actively trying to torture him.

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* This is Gohan in spades after he goes Super Saiyan 2 in ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged''. While normally polite and reserved, after he transforms he becomes bitter, spiteful, and a bit unhinged. He has no problems insulting others or putting them down, down and takes joy in beating the hell out of Cell. While in the original manga, Gohan just didn't want Cell's suffering to end too soon, here he's actively trying to torture him.



* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "Bender Should Not Be Allowed on TV", Dwight and Cubert take up smoking, robbery, and other activities to emulate Bender. It's played for laughs, and there are no dire consequences, but the kids do projectile vomit after smoking. Even better, their accomplice in this is [[HeartwarmingOrphan Tinny Tim]]. The robbery is his idea: "Gentle jerkwads! I know of a way we can emulate Bender ''without'' throwing up!" Best part: Tim's a robot, so alcohol shouldn't, logically, make him throw up anyway, because he runs on it, so this falls purely under RuleOfFunny.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'', Ben meets Kevin 11, an eleven year old boy who gambles and steals things. This is troubling enough, but Ben still thinks Kevin's a cool guy to hang out with...until Kevin is willing to use his energy absorbing powers to crash two subway trains together and take the cash from the wreckage. When Ben points out that "hundreds of people could DIE!", Kevin shrugs and says "Hey; no pain, no gain."

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "Bender Should Not Be Allowed on TV", Dwight and Cubert take up smoking, robbery, and other activities to emulate Bender. It's played for laughs, and there are no dire consequences, but the kids do projectile vomit after smoking. Even better, their accomplice in this is [[HeartwarmingOrphan Tinny Tim]]. The robbery is his idea: "Gentle jerkwads! I know of a way we can emulate Bender ''without'' throwing up!" Best part: Tim's a robot, so alcohol shouldn't, logically, make him throw up anyway, anyway because he runs on it, so this falls purely under RuleOfFunny.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'', Ben meets Kevin 11, an eleven year old eleven-year-old boy who gambles and steals things. This is troubling enough, but Ben still thinks Kevin's a cool guy to hang out with...until Kevin is willing to use his energy absorbing powers to crash two subway trains together and take the cash from the wreckage. When Ben points out that "hundreds of people could DIE!", Kevin shrugs and says "Hey; no pain, no gain."



** That "childhood" thing isn't so certain either. When Bundy was 14, an 8-year old neighborhood girl disappeared and has never been found. Until the day he was executed, Bundy denied any involvement in her presumed murder, but many investigators believe she was his first victim, especially since he was already displaying deliquent behavior at this age--theft, voyeurism, etc.

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** That "childhood" thing isn't so certain either. When Bundy was 14, an 8-year old neighborhood girl disappeared and has never been found. Until the day he was executed, Bundy denied any involvement in her presumed murder, but many investigators believe she was his first victim, especially since he was already displaying deliquent delinquent behavior at this age--theft, voyeurism, etc.



* The disturbing tale of 2 year-old [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_James_Bulger James Bulger's murder]] by two ''ten year-old boys''.
* About a dozen twelve year old religious Israeli girls in Hebron (town in the West Bank) decided to go into the Palestinian section of town one day and start harassing vendors in the market. The three Israeli soldiers on the scene (who lacked the power to arrest Israeli citizens) could not even touch the covered arms of the girls since the soldiers were all men (there's a religious taboo), and if the Palestinians had fought back, the soldiers might have had to arrest them, even knowing how ridiculous the situation was! Since police never came, all the outnumbered soldiers could do was try to stand between the girls and the vendors. Clearly, the girls had planned ahead and realized what they would be able to get away with considering the division between army and civilian control. This incident was not repeated.

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* The disturbing tale of 2 year-old 2-year-old [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_James_Bulger James Bulger's murder]] by two ''ten year-old ''ten-year-old boys''.
* About a dozen twelve year old twelve-year-old religious Israeli girls in Hebron (town (a town in the West Bank) decided to go into the Palestinian section of town one day and start harassing vendors in the market. The three Israeli soldiers on the scene (who lacked the power to arrest Israeli citizens) could not even touch the covered arms of the girls since the soldiers were all men (there's a religious taboo), and if the Palestinians had fought back, the soldiers might have had to arrest them, even knowing how ridiculous the situation was! Since police never came, all the outnumbered soldiers could do was try to stand between the girls and the vendors. Clearly, the girls had planned ahead and realized what they would be able to get away with considering the division between army and civilian control. This incident was not repeated.


* Many children who grow up in [[AbusiveParents abusive or neglectful homes]] display behaviors that are very adult-like or disturbing given their young ages. And the children themselves are often very surprised when another child or adult points out that such behavior is odd and abnormal.
** Troubling unchildlike behavior is often a major indicator to psychologists, teachers, and healthcare professionals that a child may be living in an abusive/neglectful home or environment.

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* Many children who grow up in [[AbusiveParents abusive or neglectful homes]] display behaviors that are very adult-like or disturbing given their young ages. And the children themselves are often very surprised when another child or adult points out that such behavior is odd and abnormal.
** Troubling unchildlike behavior is
abnormal. It's often a major indicator to psychologists, teachers, and healthcare professionals that a child may be living in such an abusive/neglectful home or environment.


* In ''Film/Matilda'', the titular girl is hyperintelligent and has rather neglectful parents. She also goes to a school with an insane principal called the Trunchbull who almost kills kids for silly reasons. This trope comes into play near the end of the film when Matilda causes a chalk to float and write about how Magnus will get the Trunchbull like she did him if she does not stop her evil ways. The Trunchbull leaves and gives Ms. Honey, her niece, the house and inheritance. ''However'', it could be that Magnus' ''ghost'' was working through Matilda. That would also explain why all the kids were speaking at the same time...

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* In ''Film/Matilda'', ''Film/{{Matilda}}'', the titular girl is hyperintelligent and has rather neglectful parents. She also goes to a school with an insane principal called the Trunchbull who almost kills kids for silly reasons. This trope comes into play near the end of the film when Matilda causes a chalk to float and write about how Magnus will get the Trunchbull like she did him if she does not stop her evil ways. The Trunchbull leaves and gives Ms. Honey, her niece, the house and inheritance. ''However'', it could be that Magnus' ''ghost'' was working through Matilda. That would also explain why all the kids were speaking at the same time...


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* Played for laughs in ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit''. Early on there is a rather heartwarming, nostalgic moment where Eddie rides on the back of the red car with a group of local boys. His parting words to the boys are "Thanks for the cigarettes."


[[ChildrenAreInnocent Kids should be kids]], at least that's how the saying goes. That means worrying about little kid things and doing little kid things, such as playing on the trampoline, watching TV, going fishing, or whatever it is that kids do locally. What we don't expect kids to do is to drink alcohol, smoke, have sex, use drugs, hitchhike, commit violent crimes, or do other things we associate only with teenagers or adults. Yes, many adults get upset when a teenager drinks beer, but when a 10-year-old does it, outrage turns to concern and worry.

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[[ChildrenAreInnocent Kids should be kids]], at least that's [[ShapedLikeItself how the saying goes.goes]]. That means worrying about little kid things and doing little kid things, such as playing on the trampoline, watching TV, going fishing, or whatever it is that kids do locally. What we don't expect kids to do is to drink alcohol, smoke, have sex, use drugs, hitchhike, commit violent crimes, or do other things we associate only with teenagers or adults. Yes, many adults get upset when a teenager drinks beer, but when a 10-year-old does it, outrage turns to concern and worry.


** Broly in the eighth movie was shown in a flashback to destroy a planet, and then [[LaughingMad laugh hysterically]] as his father attempts to restrain him, all while he's a child. It's implied that this behavior stemmed from the trauma he endured on the day of his birth (Kakarot [Goku] crying next to him, his narrowly surviving execution by King Vegeta simply because the latter feared Broly's abnormal power level [he was born with a power level of 10,000], and later narrowly escaping Frieza's destruction of Planet Vegeta with his father.
** Broly is an extreme case, but Saiya-jin children in general are pretty disturbing by human standards. Originally, Kakarot was sent to Earth to ''wipe out all life forms'', until brain trauma made him less aggressive. They may look cute and innocent, but looking is as far as it gets.

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** Broly in the eighth movie was shown in a flashback to destroy a planet, and then [[LaughingMad laugh hysterically]] as his father attempts to restrain him, all while he's a child. It's implied that this behavior stemmed from the trauma he endured on the day of his birth (Kakarot [Goku] crying next to him, his narrowly surviving execution by King Vegeta simply because the latter feared Broly's abnormal power level [he was born with a power level of 10,000], and later narrowly escaping Frieza's Freeza's destruction of Planet Vegeta with his father.
** Broly is an extreme case, but Saiya-jin Saiyan children in general are pretty disturbing by human standards. Originally, Kakarot Kakarrot was sent to Earth to ''wipe out all life forms'', until brain trauma made him less aggressive. They may look cute and innocent, but looking is as far as it gets.


* The Gallagher children in both [[Series/ShamelessUK the British]] and [[Series/ShamelessUS American]] versions of ''Shameless'' are all examples of this (or were, at some point in the show's backstory), but they run the spectrum from PromotionToParent "responsible" types like Fiona and Debbie to absurdly worldly but irresponsible or immature StreetUrchin-types like Lip and Carl (the American version even gleefully goes to prison for a time so [[HadToGoToPrisonToBeACrook he could learn the crime trade]]). Ian's somewhere in the middle, being self-disciplined and responsible but not taking as active a role in raising his younger siblings.

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* The Gallagher children in both [[Series/ShamelessUK the British]] and [[Series/ShamelessUS American]] versions of ''Shameless'' are all examples of this (or were, at some point in the show's backstory), but they run the spectrum from PromotionToParent "responsible" types like Fiona and Debbie to absurdly worldly but irresponsible or immature StreetUrchin-types like Lip and Carl (the American version even gleefully goes to prison for a time so [[HadToGoToPrisonToBeACrook [[HadToComeToPrisonToBeACrook he could learn the crime trade]]). Ian's somewhere in the middle, being self-disciplined and responsible but not taking as active a role in raising his younger siblings.


* The Gallagher Children in ''Series/{{Shameless}}'' are all examples of this (or were, at some point in the show's backstory), but they run the spectrum from PromotionToParent "responsible" types like Fiona and Debbie to absurdly worldly but irresponsible or immature StreetUrchin-types like Lip and Carl (who is arguably way more naive than the others). Ian's somewhere in the middle, being self-disciplined and responsible but not taking an active role in raising his younger siblings.
* Let's not even forget to mention Megan Parker in ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'', a young girl who takes great pleasure in pranking her titular brothers for no reason other than enjoying seeing them suffer for the heck of it, which, of course, isn't helped by the fact that she became more sadistic and a demon child as {{Flanderization}} kicked in, and the worst part? ''[[KarmaHoudini She is even let off the hook real easily for them]]!''

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* The Gallagher Children children in ''Series/{{Shameless}}'' both [[Series/ShamelessUK the British]] and [[Series/ShamelessUS American]] versions of ''Shameless'' are all examples of this (or were, at some point in the show's backstory), but they run the spectrum from PromotionToParent "responsible" types like Fiona and Debbie to absurdly worldly but irresponsible or immature StreetUrchin-types like Lip and Carl (who is arguably way more naive than (the American version even gleefully goes to prison for a time so [[HadToGoToPrisonToBeACrook he could learn the others). crime trade]]). Ian's somewhere in the middle, being self-disciplined and responsible but not taking an as active a role in raising his younger siblings.
* Let's not even forget to mention Megan Parker in ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'', a young girl who takes great pleasure in pranking her titular brothers for no reason other than enjoying seeing them suffer [[ForTheEvulz for the heck of it, it]], which, of course, isn't helped by the fact that she became more sadistic and a demon child as {{Flanderization}} kicked in, and the worst part? ''[[KarmaHoudini She is even let off the hook real easily for them]]!''

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** In another episode, an eight-year-old boy whose sister is a patient displays sexually aggressive behavior towards Cameron. They end up finding that both children were inadvertently exposed to high levels of testosterone, causing the boy's behavior as well as his sister's illness.


* ''Film/ProblemChild'' has 7 year old Junior who causes chaos for the sake of it. He delights in hurting people, torturing cats, stealing a car and driving recklessly and causing accidents, all without remorse. In one scene, Junior sets fire to someone's house, and blows up a girl's birthday party making her cry, and takes pictures of nuns while they're undressing and takes a good shot at a priest using the toilet. Junior also looks up to a criminal the majority of the film and pretty much aspires to be just like him. Ben, Junior's well-meaning, [[NiceGuy good-hearted]] adoptive father, puts up with Junior's behavior the majority of the film and is patient about it, despite the rest of his family telling him to get rid of him with his wife even suggesting to replace the boy and get another cat. ''Averted'' in the ending, when Junior does a [[Main/HeelFaceTurn]] after he is kidnapped by his "idol" and apologies to Ben for his behavior. While [[Main/PlayedForLaughs]] Junior's behavior can be seen as accurately depicting a severe personality disorder and some of his actions, especially his knack of harming and almost killing cats, can be seen as horrific to many.
** Somewhat ''Downplayed'' in the sequels. Though they have same concept, this time with TWO children taking part of destruction and mischievousness, since it has a lot more slapstick and more comedy than the first makes it hard to take seriously, being more like a live-action cartoon. There is also no abuse inflicted on animals as in the first.

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* ''Film/ProblemChild'' has 7 year old seven-year-old Junior who causes chaos for the sake of it. He delights in hurting people, torturing cats, stealing a car getting behind the wheel and driving recklessly and causing accidents, all without remorse. In one scene, Junior sets fire to someone's house, and blows up a girl's birthday party making her cry, and takes pictures of nuns while they're undressing and takes a good shot at a priest using the toilet. Junior also looks up to a criminal the majority of the film and pretty much aspires to be just like him. Ben, Junior's well-meaning, [[NiceGuy good-hearted]] adoptive father, puts up with Junior's behavior the majority of the film and is patient about it, despite the rest of his family telling him to get rid of him with his wife even suggesting to replace the boy and get another cat. ''Averted'' Averted in the ending, when Junior does a [[Main/HeelFaceTurn]] HeelFaceTurn after he is kidnapped by his "idol" and apologies to Ben for his behavior. While [[Main/PlayedForLaughs]] PlayedForLaughs, Junior's behavior can be seen as accurately depicting a severe personality disorder and some of his actions, especially his knack of harming and almost killing cats, can be seen as horrific to many.
** Somewhat ''Downplayed'' DownPlayed in the sequels. Though they have same concept, this time with TWO children taking part of destruction and mischievousness, since it has a lot more slapstick and more comedy than the first makes it hard to take seriously, being more like a live-action cartoon. There is also no abuse inflicted on animals as in the first.


* "Film/ProblemChild" has 7 year old Junior who causes chaos for the sake of it. He delights in hurting people, torturing cats, stealing a car and driving recklessly, and causing accidents, all without remorse. Ben, who wanted a son of his own and adopted him, puts up with Junior's behavior the majority of the film, despite the rest of his family telling him to get rid of him with his wife even suggesting to replace the boy and get another cat. In one scene, Junior sets fire to someone's house, and blows up a girl's birthday party making her cry, and takes pictures of nuns while they're undressing and takes a good shot at a priest using the toilet. Junior also looks up to a criminal the majority of the film and pretty much aspires to be just like him. Averted in the ending, when Junior does a [[ Main/HeelFaceTurn ]] after he is kidnapped by his "idol" and apologies to Ben for his behavior. While [[Main/PlayedForLaughs]] Junior's behavior can be seen as accurately depicting a severe personality disorder and some of his actions, especially his knack of harming and almost killing cats, can be seen as horrific to some.
** The sequels have the same concept, but with a lot more slapstick and more comedy than the first. And this time, while there is no abuse inflicted on cats as in the first, humans are still tortured, this time by TWO problem children.

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* "Film/ProblemChild" ''Film/ProblemChild'' has 7 year old Junior who causes chaos for the sake of it. He delights in hurting people, torturing cats, stealing a car and driving recklessly, recklessly and causing accidents, all without remorse. Ben, who wanted a son of his own and adopted him, puts up with Junior's behavior the majority of the film, despite the rest of his family telling him to get rid of him with his wife even suggesting to replace the boy and get another cat.remorse. In one scene, Junior sets fire to someone's house, and blows up a girl's birthday party making her cry, and takes pictures of nuns while they're undressing and takes a good shot at a priest using the toilet. Junior also looks up to a criminal the majority of the film and pretty much aspires to be just like him. Averted Ben, Junior's well-meaning, [[NiceGuy good-hearted]] adoptive father, puts up with Junior's behavior the majority of the film and is patient about it, despite the rest of his family telling him to get rid of him with his wife even suggesting to replace the boy and get another cat. ''Averted'' in the ending, when Junior does a [[ Main/HeelFaceTurn ]] [[Main/HeelFaceTurn]] after he is kidnapped by his "idol" and apologies to Ben for his behavior. While [[Main/PlayedForLaughs]] Junior's behavior can be seen as accurately depicting a severe personality disorder and some of his actions, especially his knack of harming and almost killing cats, can be seen as horrific to some.
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** The sequels Somewhat ''Downplayed'' in the sequels. Though they have the same concept, but this time with TWO children taking part of destruction and mischievousness, since it has a lot more slapstick and more comedy than the first. And this time, while there first makes it hard to take seriously, being more like a live-action cartoon. There is also no abuse inflicted on cats animals as in the first, humans are still tortured, this time by TWO problem children.first.

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* "Film/ProblemChild" has 7 year old Junior who causes chaos for the sake of it. He delights in hurting people, torturing cats, stealing a car and driving recklessly, and causing accidents, all without remorse. Ben, who wanted a son of his own and adopted him, puts up with Junior's behavior the majority of the film, despite the rest of his family telling him to get rid of him with his wife even suggesting to replace the boy and get another cat. In one scene, Junior sets fire to someone's house, and blows up a girl's birthday party making her cry, and takes pictures of nuns while they're undressing and takes a good shot at a priest using the toilet. Junior also looks up to a criminal the majority of the film and pretty much aspires to be just like him. Averted in the ending, when Junior does a [[ Main/HeelFaceTurn ]] after he is kidnapped by his "idol" and apologies to Ben for his behavior. While [[Main/PlayedForLaughs]] Junior's behavior can be seen as accurately depicting a severe personality disorder and some of his actions, especially his knack of harming and almost killing cats, can be seen as horrific to some.
** The sequels have the same concept, but with a lot more slapstick and more comedy than the first. And this time, while there is no abuse inflicted on cats as in the first, humans are still tortured, this time by TWO problem children.


* In ''SecretsNotMeantToBeKept'', Adri and her friends are [[{{Squick}} squicked]] when her three-year-old sister, Becky, French-kisses Adri's boyfriend, Ryan, who is a high school senior. Later, Ryan tells Adri that, when he suggested that he and Becky play hide-and-seek, Becky got undressed in front of him, saying that this is how the game is played. These are some of the clues that lead Adri to realize that Becky is being molested at her preschool.

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* In ''SecretsNotMeantToBeKept'', ''Literature/SecretsNotMeantToBeKept'', Adri and her friends are [[{{Squick}} squicked]] when her three-year-old sister, Becky, French-kisses Adri's boyfriend, Ryan, who is a high school senior. Later, Ryan tells Adri that, when he suggested that he and Becky play hide-and-seek, Becky got undressed in front of him, saying that this is how the game is played. These are some of the clues that lead Adri to realize that Becky is being molested at her preschool.

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* In ''SecretsNotMeantToBeKept'', Adri and her friends are [[{{Squick}} squicked]] when her three-year-old sister, Becky, French-kisses Adri's boyfriend, Ryan, who is a high school senior. Later, Ryan tells Adri that, when he suggested that he and Becky play hide-and-seek, Becky got undressed in front of him, saying that this is how the game is played. These are some of the clues that lead Adri to realize that Becky is being molested at her preschool.


* Film/HenryFool CrossesTheLineTwice when Fay comes upon Henry and her three year old son in a bar.

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* Film/HenryFool ''Film/HenryFool'' CrossesTheLineTwice when Fay comes upon Henry and her three year old son in a bar.


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* ''Film/{{Detainment}}'' is a BasedOnATrueStory film of the terrifying 1993 murder of James Bulger, a 2-year-old boy, by two ten-year-old boys. See RealLife below.

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