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Basic Trope: A spellcaster is also a pre-teen.

  • Straight: Ichigo is the youngest member of Sol's party at twelve years old.
  • Exaggerated: Ichigo is only five, and not in a Really 700 Years Old context, either.
  • Downplayed: Ichigo is seventeen, and technically a child.
  • Justified:
    • Ichigo is one of The Chosen Ones destined to defeat Emperor Evulz, and they can't exactly wait until she grows up before taking care of him.
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    • Children never have the physical strength to be a weapon user but they can have the intelligence to be a caster.
  • Inverted:
    • A magic user is elderly.
    • Or, to take it one step further, a role usually given to a younger character is given to someone older. Instead of having a White Magician Girl as the healer, they have grizzled Badass Grandpa Richard taking care of their medical needs.
  • Subverted: She looks younger than the rest of them, but she's older than she looks.
  • Double Subverted: Ichigo is around the same age as her teammates, but they're all Kid Heroes, and she's still the youngest of the lot.
  • Parodied: Ichigo, a newborn, has been trusted with the prestige of magehood.
  • Zig Zagged: Ichigo is in a group of Kid Heroes. However, she's Really 700 Years Old, but is cursed to keep the maturity of a seven year old.
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  • Averted: Ichigo is about the same age as the rest of her party of adults.
  • Enforced:
    • "Let's make our best spellcaster a kid; that way she'll be extra-special and adorable!"
    • They needed a Token Mini-Moe, but thought a Cute Bruiser would be too unrealistic.
  • Lampshaded: "Aren't you a little young for adventuring?" "Fragaria FLARE--!"
  • Invoked: The party draws cards with jobs on them, and Ichigo happens to get the wizard card.
  • Exploited: Being such a young kid lets Ichigo take advantage of Cuteness Proximity, making charms and other such spells in her arsenal doubly effective.
  • Defied: The party refuses to bring a child into battle, preferring to go without a mage than endanger Ichigo.
  • Discussed: "Oh, boy, that red-headed kid's got a unique sprite... how much you wanna bet she's gonna turn out to be our Token Mini-Moe spellcaster?"
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  • Conversed: "Why is a child mage more convincing than a child warrior?" "Err... wands aren't as heavy as swords?".
  • Deconstructed:
    • Though powerful, Ichigo still gets treated like she's Just a Kid due to her youth... rather ironic, given she basically sacrificed her childhood for training. She may physically still be a child, but mentally, she hasn't been one for so, so long...
    • Alternatively, Ichigo is a powerful mage, but too immature to wield her power wisely, and frequently gets the team into trouble this way.
  • Reconstructed:
    • Over time, her comrades get to know her better and treat her as an equal, while also helping her to learn how to be a child rather than "just" a magical prodigy.
    • Powerful but immature, Ichigo is better off with Sol's party than she would be left to her own devices, as Sol's guidance provides her both a good role model and a set of rules... She very quickly learns to work with others, as well as becoming noble and brave, because she doesn't want her friends to get hurt.
  • Played For Laughs: Ichigo is a Glass Cannon, but more keenly aware of the 'Cannon' aspect than the 'Glass' and acts like she's the team leader. Opponents tend to underestimate her until the first time a bright pink fireball erupts in their face.
  • Played For Drama:
    • Ichigo is The Chosen One who is supposed to prove key to defeating Emperor Evulz. However, Emperor Evulz learned of this prophecy and attempted to wipe out her bloodline. She survived, but now the prophecy has to be fulfilled before the emperor takes care of her.
    • Magic powers or not, the heroes' potential allies tend to be upset with them for endangering a child.

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