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Hmmmmm I think we should replace the image with the Infamous picture of Child Soldiers from the MGSV redband trailer, since, in my opinion it fits the theme of Child Soldiers better then the anime one.
Even after reading that entire unending summery, I'm still not sure exactly what qualifies.
Would the Zoldyck family from Hunter x Hunter work as an example? Their children are all assassins. I considered Kid Samurai, but that one said it was for kids who hadn't actually done battle.
What about children of a hypothetical Proud Warrior Race who are given martial training long before they are expected to participate in actual combat? Shouldn't they be more the precociously talented type then the just plain tragic type?
Y'know, some of the examples listed in the Real Life "Just Plain Tragic" section would be more fitting under "Precociously Talented" and only seem to be there because that section doesn't seem to have a Real Life list, like Jack Lucas, the Lwow Eaglets, the Los Ninos Heroes, Willie Johnston, and Aldie Murphy. While I accept that most people don't see this kind of thing as being good, ever, I think that the "Precociously Talented" section could use a Real Life portion for these ones.
If I remember Audie Murphy enlisted of his own free-will and lied about his age. He was in a regular army and not in the infamous warlord-bands of human orcs made up of kidnapped and brainwashed children, that we hear so much of and he was only within a few years of his minimum age. He was a hero not a victim and is generally regarded as such. And while his life was as tragic as any soldier's it was not more so.
Should the Sailor Moon characters really count here? The Senshi live normal lives when they're not fighting, they're more just "magical girls" than equivalent to real soldiers. Because if they count, then other magical girls like Wedding Peach, Tokyo Mew Mew and Pretty Cure would count. Them being Senshi is more of a part-time job than a full-time job.
Eureka from the Eureka Seven anime is a Child Soldier. Renton, Anemone, those kids Dewey has working for him and probably Dominic also count.
Moved the following example from Section 1:
The reason being it's also listed under section 2, and I'm not sure which one should stay. Or if both types are covered, it should do a better job of differentiating the two.
There seem to be two extremely distinct tropes here, enough so that I think we could justify splitting them into two pages. Leave the "Just Plain Tragic" type in Child Soldier, which I'm sure is what first comes to mind for most people, and move the "Precociously Talented" type to its own page. Call it Badass Anklebiter or something.
If you can word the new trope title so that it's obvious you're talking about a soldier, go right ahead.
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