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See also: chan, shota, Lolicon, aged up, age statement
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A filk by a fan (age about 14) printed in Grip #3 (1978). Note that the fanworks cited range from very sexually explicit to very mild sexual or intimate descriptions or portrayals. Until fairly recently, same sex fanworks, regardless of their content (including passing references to, and, implied), ALWAYS required an age statement and were off-limits to minors.

Underage is a common warning on fanworks indicating that characters under 18 or under the age of consent for sex are depicted in sexual situations. Different age ranges of underage characters in sexual situations can have specialized terminology, for example shota or chan.

AO3's official posting tutorial describes the archive's "Underage" warning as follows:

This is for descriptions or depictions of sexual activity by characters under the age of eighteen (this doesn't include dating activity like kissing or vague references with no actual description/depiction). This generally applies to humans; if you are writing porn about space aliens who only live for a month or thousand year-old vampires with sixteen year-old bodies, please just use your best judgment. You are always free to specify characters' ages or to use "Choose Not to Use Archive Warnings".[1]

Underage may also be used to describe fans who are under 18 or not legally adult and Minors in Fandom. Many fan communities where sexually explicit fanworks are common have rules banning underage fans from joining. These rules usually rely on age statements or ages provided in user profiles on social networking sites.

Meta: Underage Characters

Meta: Underage Readers