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Hyakunen hayai ze!

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A stock insult used by the Japanese to show the confidence of a certain character in a one on one match, or just to say that a character is out of their league.

Most commonly used before a fight. A character will often say "You're 100 years too early to be facing me." (or any number of years they choose. 100 is most common.) The English equivalent would be to call someone "too green" or, less literally, "out of their league."

Not to be confused with years Too Soon to joke about a tragedy.

Examples of Years Too Early include:

Anime and Manga

  • In Fairy Tail Laxas says this to Natsu before he beats him up
    • Although on that note, Natsu ends up winning the fight thanks to the help of Gajeel
  • One Piece characters in general are quite fond of using this, but of particular note is Shanks, of the Four Emperors, who uses it to tease over-ambitious kids like Luffy. What makes this notable is a flashback that shows when this was said against the same character by his fellow Emperor, Whitebeard, he took such offense that they clashed swords over it!
  • Urd uses this on Skuld in Ah! My Goddess all the time, with incredibly ridiculous numbers for how long it'll take. Mostly she uses it because she knows Skuld will react.
  • Used by Deidara on the title character of Naruto: "You're a hundred years too young to be giving ME orders, hmmm!"
    • Deidara also says this to Tobi in the Sanbi filler arc. Which becomes Hilarious in Hindsight when we find out that Tobi actually is a hundred years older than Deidara.
  • Eyeshield 21 likes having people use the phrase.
  • Used in Ranma ½, by Cologne, when Ranma goes up against her. The number of years too early it is changes every time she says it, too... and of course, she turns out to be wrong, thanks to Ranma's 'Fist of The Cat' Super Mode.
    • Shampoo uses this statement as well to Akane
  • Sci-fi variation from FLCL:
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Haruko: You're a million years underevolved, primitive monkey!
Amarao: That's discriminatory language used against underdeveloped cultures!

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"You're 20 years too early for this stuff! I take that back, you shouldn't learn about [it] for your entire life!!!"

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  • A common occurrence in Bleach, although usually scaled up to factors of millennia due to the Soul Reapers' extremely long life span.
    • Anime episodes 57-58. After Ichigo demands that Byakuya use his Bankai, Byakuya says "It's a thousand years too soon for you to die by my Bankai." Instead, he uses his Shikai to attack Ichigo. After Ichigo defeats Byakuya's Shikai with his own Getsuga Tensho blast, Byakuya changes his mind and does use his Bankai on Ichigo.
    • At the end of anime episode 86 (during the Bount arc), the Bount Sawatari tells Chad, Noba and Rangiku Matsumoto that they're "100 years too early" to defeat him. Notable in that it's stated that Chad COULD have killed Sawatari if Ururu had not been stuck inside his whale doll.
    • Played for Laughs in one of the manga fillers where Soifon and Kiyone try to surreptitiously take pictures of Yoruichi, who remarks that "[Soifon] is 1000 too early to be doing that" after discovering them.
  • Konata in Lucky Star says this to Kagami, while cosplaying as Haruhi Suzumiya.
    • In the manga, Akira says that Minoru should be a million years too early to get pictures of him featured in a magazine.
  • Used in Gintama by Gintoki to Hijikata when the former defeats a ghost (who turns out not to be a ghost at all, but an alien woman with mosquito-like features, and who happened to look like a ghost) by throwing her upon the latter.
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"You're still a hundred years too early to teach me on the ways of the samurai."

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  • Variant from Maison Ikkoku episode 91: Akemi refers to Kyoko and Godai's relationship squabbles, saying that it's "going to take about 100 years to settle this". (It ends up taking 96 episodes).
  • Toutaku delivers this line in episode 4 of Ikki Tousen to thugs from his school after they are completely outclassed by Hakufu's mother.
  • Leozack says exactly this to Star Saber when they meet for the first time in Transformers Victory. Later, in Transformers Return of Convoy, Super Megatron tells Sixliner that he's two million years too early.
  • From The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya:
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Haruhi: You peeping Kyon! Trying to peep on Mikuru-chan's underwear? You are two-million-five-thousand-six-hundred years behind!

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Teana: You're 10 years too early to even worry over Nanoha-san!
Subaru: Ah, yeah, true that.

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Fan Works

  • In Kyon: Big Damn Hero, after Kyon's sister awakens her brother by trying to tickle him, Kyon tells her she's a hundred years too young to try that on him.

Video Games

  • In Super Mario RPG, when you're chasing down the crocodile thief, there's a point when you have to sneak up behind him. When you do, he says, "At this rate it will take 100 years for you to catch me" and runs away. The second time you catch him, he says it'll take fifty years. The third time, before he can come up with a proper number, Mallow interrupts and demands the stolen property, prompting the boss fight.
  • In Pokémon Red and Blue/Yellow, there's a trainer in Brock's gym who tells you that you're "light-years away" from facing Brock (or something along those lines). After you defeat him (the gym trainer, that is, not Brock), he says this line:
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    • His annoyance at this unit confusion makes more sense in light of this trope.
  • The Higurashi no Naku Koro ni series has Mion saying pretty much the same thing as the previous example, with Keiichi making the same correction.
    • Satoko always says something similar.
  • Soulcage pulls something like this when you fight it in Final Fantasy IX, claiming that it has foreseen its death.
  • EarthBound:
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Porky: It is a gazillion years too early for you to oppose Giygas!

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Yuri: It'll be a hundred years before you can beat me!
Estelle: Because you've lived a lot longer, right?
Yuri: ...Not exactly.

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"No!!! With those herbs, I could've regained my levels! Ugh... why'd you have to go out of your way to ruin my life, you little brat?!"
"What's the matter? Are you hungry or something?"
"I'm pissed off!! I don't care about our level difference anymore... today's the day I beat the crap outta you, you hear me?!"
"Don't you know anything? It's a million years too early for you to beat me!"

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  • Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan has the "Thrill" level, where Ryuuji says that "Wakana-chan is one million years too early for you!"
  • Said by a few characters when evading an attack in Super Robot Wars.
  • Lass of Grand Chase tends to use this as a victory quote and/or a taunt.
  • In the first Advance Wars game, Kanbei says, "Come back when you've matured some! Say, in ten years!" the first time he uses his CO Power in the mission "Kanbei's Error?".
  • The arcade game The First Funky Fighter by Taito has the most exaggerated example where the main character says "You're one million years too young to be challenging human beings!!!" when he beats a monstrous animal.
  • If Robin Mask loses a match in Kinnikuman: Muscle Fight, Robin Knight makes a cameo in the character victory screen and tells Robin Mask that he's ten years too inexperienced.

Web Comics

Web Animation

Western Animation

  • Shego constantly addresses Kim Possible with childish nicknames, implicitly dismissing her as someone too young to be fighting grownup battles.

Real Life

  • Before the 2006 World Baseball Classic, Ichiro Suzuki spoke about how badly he wanted to "make the other teams [in the Asian group] think they wouldn't be able to beat them for the next 30 years". Then Japan lost a game to South Korea. Of course, their broken pride was repaired when they won their first WBC title.
  • Frequently mentioned in boxing, as in a recent example from ESPN's Friday Night Fights:
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Joe Tessitore: "Mike Arnaoutis beat Juan Urango back in 2004, but that was a young Urango, not the one we know today."

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