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17th May '16 6:51:39 AM Defbye
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* Straight up with ''Manga/GakuenOuji'' where none of the teachers notice the rape of the boys, the absurd bullying and just the general horridness of all of the students. The beatings... seriously, the amount of rape and general sexual abuse is ridiculous- in the corridors! First chapter somebody screams and the teacher doesn't care. Somebody screaming 'let me out' in a locked room, they put it down to a ghost and don't check.

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* Straight up with In ''Manga/GakuenOuji'' where none of the teachers notice or care about the rape of the boys, boys or the absurd extreme bullying and just the general horridness of all of that occurs between the students. The beatings... seriously, the amount of rape When Rise gets locked in a closet and general sexual abuse is ridiculous- in the corridors! First chapter somebody screams and screaming for help, the teacher doesn't care. Somebody screaming 'let me out' in walking by ends up putting up a locked room, they put it down charm to a ghost and don't check.dispel bad spirits instead of letting the poor girl out.
10th May '16 2:24:50 PM Ninja857142
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* Subverted in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''. At first the adults seem like simple foils for the kids. Then John's dad is seemingly easily captured by the imps, and you expect the parents to be simple plot devices. Then it turns out that he and the other kids' guardians are immensely powerful and important to the game. [[spoiler:At least, until they all die.]]
** Also definitely subverted by the Condesce, which is the only living adult Troll... and is very much ''not'' useless.

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* Subverted in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''. At first the adults seem like simple foils for the kids. Then John's dad is seemingly easily captured by the imps, and you expect the parents to be simple plot devices. Then it turns out that he and the other kids' guardians are immensely powerful and important to the game. [[spoiler:At least, until they all die.]]
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]] Also definitely subverted by the Condesce, which is the only living adult Troll... and is very much ''not'' useless.



** Really, the adults are less useless on average than the children - it's more a problem of "next to Aang, Iroh, and Azula, no-one with significant screen time seems consequential."
8th May '16 8:40:03 AM JJHIL325
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** In the sequel ''Rainbow Rocks'' they are almost immediately brainwashed by the Dazzlings, ensuring that the Rainbooms have to solve the problem on their own.

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** In the The sequel ''Rainbow Rocks'' they are justifies this by Celestia and Luna getting almost immediately brainwashed by the Dazzlings, ensuring that the Rainbooms have to solve the problem on their own.



* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' typically does not play by this trope, as there are no kids on the police force, but there is one instance where it comes into play. [[spoiler:You have to wonder where the parents and/or counselors were when the Junior Ranger Scouts decided to harass and muzzle Nick, or if they cared that a fox was getting bullied.]]

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* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' typically does not play by this trope, as there are no kids on the police force, but there is one instance where it comes into play. [[spoiler:You have to wonder where the parents and/or counselors were when the Junior Ranger Scouts decided to harass and muzzle Nick, or Nick. Granted, it was during the night and it was clearly an unauthorized hazing practice, but you can't help but wonder if they cared that a fox was getting bullied.bullied if news got out about it.]]
5th May '16 9:13:17 AM Ninja857142
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episodes featuring the Cutie Mark Crusaders will often feature this to one degree to another, such as the first such ep having well-meaning teacher Cheerilee inadvertently create the insult "Blank Flank" for kids without a Cutie Mark. However, the episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E4OneBadApple One Bad Apple]]" subverts it in that, throughout the episode, Sweetie Belle keeps trying to get the other two to appeal to a ReasonableAuthorityFigure for help against Babs Seed's bullying. Applejack later explains that, had they done so, she could have told them what Babs had been going through at home, which the Crusaders immediately realized explained ''why'' she had behaved as he did. Applejack had initially held this information back to avoid getting Babs feeling singled out by the kids and reminded of what she was getting away ''from.''
** Admittedly Applejack could have avoided the problem completely by sharing that bit of info, seeing as Applebloom knows from personal experience how it feels to be bullied about your blank flank. Also, she ''knows'' that the Cutie Mark Crusaders are completely obsessed about cutiemarks. Does it make sense to hand over a filly who's extremely uncomfortable about the subject to them without a quick explanation?
** Though the subversion gets [[DoubleSubversion subverted]] when Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon show up to bully the CMC at the very end. The whole "telling an adult when you're bullied" thing loses a lot of weight when the bullying happens right in front of the adult who does nothing more than simply frown.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episodes featuring the Cutie Mark Crusaders will often feature this to one degree to another, such as the first such ep having well-meaning teacher Cheerilee inadvertently create the insult "Blank Flank" for kids without a Cutie Mark. However, the Mark.
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episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E4OneBadApple One Bad Apple]]" subverts it in that, throughout tries to subvert it, but [[BrokenAesop fails]]. Throughout the episode, Sweetie Belle keeps trying to get the other two to appeal to a ReasonableAuthorityFigure for help against Babs Seed's bullying. Applejack later explains that, had they done so, she could have told them what Babs had been going through at home, which the Crusaders immediately realized explained ''why'' she had behaved as he did. Applejack had initially held this information back to avoid getting Babs feeling singled out by the kids and reminded of what she was getting away ''from.''
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from. However, Applejack could have avoided the problem completely by sharing that bit of info, seeing as Applebloom knows from personal experience how it feels to be bullied about your blank flank. Also, she ''knows'' that the Cutie Mark Crusaders are completely obsessed about cutiemarks. Does it make sense to hand over a filly who's extremely uncomfortable about the subject to them without a quick explanation?
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explanation? Additionally, the subversion gets [[DoubleSubversion subverted]] when Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon show up to bully the CMC at the very end. The whole "telling an adult when you're bullied" thing loses a lot of weight when the bullying happens right in front of the adult who does nothing more than simply frown.


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** Ironically, Babs deals with Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon in "One Bad Apple" by threatening to tell their mothers. Come "Crusaders of the Lost Mark", [[spoiler:Tiara's mother is revealed to be nastier than she is]], so this really wouldn't be a valid solution. The same episode has adults be useless again; Cheerilee does nothing about Tiara's rude behavior, and in the end, [[spoiler: the one to stand up to Diamond Tiara's mother is Diamond Tiara herself!]]
1st May '16 10:26:25 AM IdeaMaster
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* On ''WesternAnimation/ChalkZone'', this applies to most of the adults in the series- they're either villains (Vinnie Ratton, Terry Bouffant), [[{{Jerkass}} jerkasses]] (Mr. Wilter), or completely oblivious (Joe and Millie Tabootie).

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* On ''WesternAnimation/ChalkZone'', this applies to most of the adults in the series- they're either villains (Vinnie Ratton, Terry Bouffant), Bouffant, Mrs. Tweaser), [[{{Jerkass}} jerkasses]] (Mr. Wilter), or completely oblivious (Joe and Millie Tabootie).
25th Apr '16 9:41:59 AM GlassRain
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** Gary suffered a puritannical religious upbringing that he claims left him socially disabled.

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** Gary suffered a puritannical puritanical religious upbringing that he claims left him socially disabled.


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* ''Webcomic/BugMartini'': Instead they [[http://www.bugmartini.com/comics/gamblin-guardians/ gamble on your every move]].
23rd Apr '16 11:41:42 PM merotoker
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-->-- '''Timmy Turner''', ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'', [[HypocriticalHumor commenting on a parody of]] ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.

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-->-- '''Timmy Turner''', ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'', ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', [[HypocriticalHumor commenting on a parody of]] ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.



* Played with in ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex''. On the one hand, most adults shown are reasonably competent (or villains), and include police officers, teachers, and doctors. The problem is that Academy City consists of over ninety percent students, so there simply aren't enough adults to do everything. The primary police force isn't even made up of adults, but is the student-run Judgement organization (adults make up the SWAT-squad Anti Skill). Throw in the fact that all espers shown have been under twenty, and adults tend to get [[TheWorfEffect worfed]] a lot.
* All of the adults in ''Manga/ACruelGodReigns'' except for Lindon and Dr. Orson, who [[spoiler: dies of cancer.]] Greg is the cause of all of Jeremy's problems, Sandra needs taking care of by her son and not the other way around, Natasha [[spoiler: spots the abuse but doesn't say anything,]] the dorm leader moves Jeremy to a new dorm away from his only steady friend, Cass' parents are abusive alcoholics, the teacher at the alternative school tries but is ineffective at managing his trouble students, Jeremy's Aunt Karen banishes him after he [[spoiler: attempts suicide twice and attempts to seduce her husband]], etc, etc.
* ''Manga/AlienNine'' has a premise where all of the adults at an ''elementary'' school stay inside heavily armored rooms while sending ''their students'' to capture the ''aggressive aliens''.
** It didn't help that at least some of the adults, namely the teacher in charge of the school's alien catching group, and the principal, were deliberately useless as part of some sort of conspiracy. The rest of the adults were just useless. Yuri's mother is especially bad; Yuri comes home from an alien assault that is [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything awfully reminiscent of a rape]], and her mother just tells her to cheer up and do her job.

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* Played with in ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex''. On the one hand, most adults shown are reasonably competent (or villains), and include police officers, teachers, and doctors. The problem is that Academy City consists of over ninety percent students, so there simply aren't enough adults to do everything. The primary police force isn't even made up of adults, but is the student-run Judgement organization (adults make up the SWAT-squad Anti Skill). Throw in the fact that all espers shown have been under twenty, and adults tend to get [[TheWorfEffect worfed]] a lot.
* All of the adults in ''Manga/ACruelGodReigns'' except for Lindon and Dr. Orson, who [[spoiler: dies of cancer.]] Greg is the cause of all of Jeremy's problems, Sandra needs taking care of by her son and not the other way around, Natasha [[spoiler: spots the abuse but doesn't say anything,]] the dorm leader moves Jeremy to a new dorm away from his only steady friend, Cass' parents are abusive alcoholics, the teacher at the alternative school tries but is ineffective at managing his trouble students, Jeremy's Aunt Karen banishes him after he [[spoiler: attempts suicide twice and attempts to seduce her husband]], etc, etc.
* ''Manga/AlienNine'' has a premise where all of the adults at an ''elementary'' school stay inside heavily armored rooms while sending ''their students'' to capture the ''aggressive aliens''.
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aliens''. It didn't help that at least some of the adults, namely the teacher in charge of the school's alien catching group, and the principal, were deliberately useless as part of some sort of conspiracy. The rest of the adults were just useless. Yuri's mother is especially bad; Yuri comes home from an alien assault that is [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything awfully reminiscent of a rape]], and her mother just tells her to cheer up and do her job.



* In ''Manga/BloodyMonday'' it seems that the only heroes capable of doing anything competent are high school students, from the legendary hacker Falcon to the master archer. In fact, [[spoiler:evil agent J is actually the twin(?) brother of said archer, and K turns out to be a student from the school's Newspaper Club.]]

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* In ''Manga/BloodyMonday'' it seems that the only heroes capable of doing anything competent are high school students, from the legendary hacker Falcon to the master archer. In fact, [[spoiler:evil agent J is actually the twin(?) brother of said archer, and K turns out to be a student from the school's Newspaper Club.]]Club]].



* Played with in ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex''. On the one hand, most adults shown are reasonably competent (or villains), and include police officers, teachers, and doctors. The problem is that Academy City consists of over ninety percent students, so there simply aren't enough adults to do everything. The primary police force isn't even made up of adults, but is the student-run Judgement organization (adults make up the SWAT-squad Anti Skill). Throw in the fact that all espers shown have been under twenty, and adults tend to get [[TheWorfEffect worfed]] a lot.
* All of the adults in ''Manga/ACruelGodReigns'' except for Lindon and Dr. Orson, who [[spoiler: dies of cancer]]. Greg is the cause of all of Jeremy's problems, Sandra needs taking care of by her son and not the other way around, Natasha [[spoiler: spots the abuse but doesn't say anything,]] the dorm leader moves Jeremy to a new dorm away from his only steady friend, Cass' parents are abusive alcoholics, the teacher at the alternative school tries but is ineffective at managing his trouble students, Jeremy's Aunt Karen banishes him after he [[spoiler: attempts suicide twice and attempts to seduce her husband]], etc, etc.



** Shizaku is a [[ZigZaggedTrope zig-zagged]] case. When she was first introduced, she was very much TheLoad. Later on, she became TheMedic, but still had no fighting ability at all. [[BadassDriver And then she got behind the wheel...]]

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** Shizaku is a [[ZigZaggedTrope [[ZigZaggingTrope zig-zagged]] case. When she was first introduced, she was very much TheLoad. Later on, she became TheMedic, but still had no fighting ability at all. [[BadassDriver And then she got behind the wheel...]]



* ''Manga/SatouKashiNoDanganWaUchinukenai'': Nagisa comes to this conclusion after talking with her teacher about her friend's [[AbusiveParents abusive father]]. Her teacher has a similar reaction when he cries over [[spoiler:their inability to have saved Umino from [[OffingTheOffspring her father]].]] There were multiple signs of abuse but adults either didn't notice, didn't want to get involved, or thought Umino was lying.

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* ''Manga/SatouKashiNoDanganWaUchinukenai'': Nagisa comes to this conclusion after talking with her teacher about her friend's [[AbusiveParents abusive father]]. Her teacher has a similar reaction when he cries over [[spoiler:their inability to have saved Umino from [[OffingTheOffspring her father]].]] father]]]]. There were multiple signs of abuse but adults either didn't notice, didn't want to get involved, or thought Umino was lying.



* The [[TeenageWasteland only adult]] in ''Manga/SchoolLive'' is the SenseiChan Megu-nee, who is a ButtMonkey who consistently gets ignored by most characters and doesn't really do anything.Subverted later when it's revealed that [[spoiler:Megu-nee has been DeadAllAlong and what we see is really a hallucination of [[UnreliableNarrator Yuki's]]]], explaining why the others treat her like she's barely there.

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* The [[TeenageWasteland only adult]] in ''Manga/SchoolLive'' is the SenseiChan Megu-nee, who is a ButtMonkey who consistently gets ignored by most characters and doesn't really do anything. Subverted later when it's revealed that [[spoiler:Megu-nee has been DeadAllAlong and what we see is really a hallucination of [[UnreliableNarrator Yuki's]]]], explaining why the others treat her like she's barely there.



** Ryousuke tries to avoid telling others that his mother has fallen mentally ill in the wake of his sisters death, and that he [[MySiblingWillLiveThroughMe dresses up as her]] to appease his mom, however [[spoiler:when his girlfriend finds out she confronts him about his crossdressing, learns his reasons why, and gets him to allow her parents to get involved.]] Ryousuke's mother is then sent to a mental health facility, where she's shown better later, [[spoiler:and he gets sent to live his father]].

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** Ryousuke tries to avoid telling others that his mother has fallen mentally ill in the wake of his sisters death, and that he [[MySiblingWillLiveThroughMe dresses up as her]] to appease his mom, however [[spoiler:when his girlfriend finds out she confronts him about his crossdressing, learns his reasons why, and gets him to allow her parents to get involved.]] involved]]. Ryousuke's mother is then sent to a mental health facility, where she's shown better later, [[spoiler:and he gets sent to live his father]].



** Comicbook/CloakAndDagger nearly subvert this, by finding out what's really going on in Los Angeles and telling the kids that they'll get in contact with Captain America and send him to take out the Pride. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, they are caught and brainwashed by Molly's parents into forgetting everything]].

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** Comicbook/CloakAndDagger nearly subvert this, by finding out what's really going on in Los Angeles and telling the kids that they'll get in contact with Captain America and send him to take out the Pride. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, they are caught and brainwashed by Molly's parents into forgetting everything]].everything.]]



* The ''Comicbook/UltimateSpiderMan'' series by Creator/BrianMichaelBendis puts a big emphasis on Peter Parker being a teenager, and hanging out with his teenage friends. The other books of the ''UltimateMarvel'' line also retool every other major Marvel hero as an asshole ([[DarkerAndEdgier because that's way edgier]]). This can lead to plenty of times when Peter risks his neck for his heroes only to find they don't share his ideals or views of responsibility, and are often ungrateful for his efforts. While the Adults aren't exactly useless, Spidey has good reason to be pissed off whenever he deals with them.

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* The ''Comicbook/UltimateSpiderMan'' series by Creator/BrianMichaelBendis puts a big emphasis on Peter Parker being a teenager, and hanging out with his teenage friends. The other books of the ''UltimateMarvel'' ''ComicBook/UltimateMarvel'' line also retool every other major Marvel hero as an asshole ([[DarkerAndEdgier because that's way edgier]]). This can lead to plenty of times when Peter risks his neck for his heroes only to find they don't share his ideals or views of responsibility, and are often ungrateful for his efforts. While the Adults aren't exactly useless, Spidey has good reason to be pissed off whenever he deals with them.



* Both used and subverted in ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}''. Coraline's parents didn't do much. But Bobinsky gave Coraline a subtle warning and Spink and Forcible also warned her that she was in terrible danger. And at the end, [[spoiler: Spink and Forcible gave Coraline an important item to help her find the eyes of the ghost children.]]

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* Both used and subverted in ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}''. Coraline's parents didn't do much. But Bobinsky gave Coraline a subtle warning and Spink and Forcible also warned her that she was in terrible danger. And at the end, [[spoiler: Spink and Forcible gave Coraline an important item to help her find the eyes of the ghost children.]]children]].



* ''Film/SkyHigh'' has the Commander and Jetstream as the only competent heroes shown in work, but [[DeusExitMachina they are taken down in seconds]] by the villain in the final. Principal Powers is only seen putting students in detention. Anything worthwhile is done by adolescents. Even the villains are all young. Sort of. (Except Stitches, but he's basically controlled by Royal Pain anyway.)

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* ''Film/SkyHigh'' ''Film/{{Sky High|2005}}'' has the Commander and Jetstream as the only competent heroes shown in work, but [[DeusExitMachina they are taken down in seconds]] by the villain in the final. Principal Powers appears to be competent but she is only seen putting students in detention. Anything worthwhile is done by adolescents. Even the villains are all young. Sort of. (Except Stitches, but he's basically controlled by Royal Pain anyway.)



* This was subverted in the 2010 remake of ''Film/TheKarateKid''. Mr Han trained Dre for the tournament. Dre's mother supported him and would have [[MamaBear beat the snot]] out of the kids who messed with her son, if she knew who they were. And the school principal sent both Dre and Cheng out after Cheng purposely tripped Dre, not favoring one side over the other. And she kept an eye out for Dre on the school trip, indirectly preventing Cheng from bullying him. The original plays it straight and subverts it. On one hand, Mr. Miyagi is there to stop the fighting between Daniel and Johnny. On the other hand, the kids' parents do nothing at all to prevent the fights. Daniel's mom provides moral support for her son, but doesn't do much. Ali's parents shrug off the fighting like it is nothing. Johnny's parents don't even appear in the film.

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* This was subverted in the 2010 remake of ''Film/TheKarateKid''.''Film/TheKarateKid2010''. Mr Han trained Dre for the tournament. Dre's mother supported him and would have [[MamaBear beat the snot]] out of the kids who messed with her son, if she knew who they were. And the school principal sent both Dre and Cheng out after Cheng purposely tripped Dre, not favoring one side over the other. And she kept an eye out for Dre on the school trip, indirectly preventing Cheng from bullying him. The original plays it straight and subverts it. On one hand, Mr. Miyagi is there to stop the fighting between Daniel and Johnny. On the other hand, the kids' parents do nothing at all to prevent the fights. Daniel's mom provides moral support for her son, but doesn't do much. Ali's parents shrug off the fighting like it is nothing. Johnny's parents don't even appear in the film.



* ''Film/TheNightOfTheHunter'': Rachel Cooper, the foster mother who takes in the Harper children, is the only adult in the film who is immune to [[ManipulativeBastard Harry Powell's]] charms. Uncle Birdie does put in an effort, but after [[spoiler: he discovers the mother's body he apparently doesn't report it because as the town eccentric/drunk he fears people will blame him.]]

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* ''Film/TheNightOfTheHunter'': Rachel Cooper, the foster mother who takes in the Harper children, is the only adult in the film who is immune to [[ManipulativeBastard Harry Powell's]] charms. Uncle Birdie does put in an effort, but after [[spoiler: he discovers the mother's body he apparently doesn't report it because as the town eccentric/drunk he fears people will blame him.]]him]].



* One of Holden Caufield's schoolmates is bullied to death by his classmates in ''CatcherInTheRye'' and teachers do absolutely nothing.

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* One of Holden Caufield's schoolmates is bullied to death by his classmates in ''CatcherInTheRye'' ''Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye'' and teachers do absolutely nothing.



** [[spoiler: Molly's]] parents are worse. They are raising a [[FreeRangeChildren free-range child]] and when a girl looking like their dauighter, just with amnesia runs away from them, the mother just writes to her to wish her luck.

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** [[spoiler: Molly's]] parents are worse. They are raising a [[FreeRangeChildren free-range child]] and when a girl looking like their dauighter, daughter, just with amnesia runs away from them, the mother just writes to her to wish her luck.



** This also applies to bullying: the kids are in constant danger from violent bullies with almost no help from adults, and by the time adults do try to intervene, the big head bully Henry has got so close to AxeCrazy that he intimidates them too. And when the police are called as a result of this and an attack that puts one of the kids in the hospital, they can't prove who was behind the attack. And while Mike Hanlon's parents actually take attacks on him seriously, they also know that the current local authorities are too racist to stand up for the only black kid in town.

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** This also applies to bullying: the kids are in constant danger from violent bullies with almost no help from adults, and by the time adults do try to intervene, the big head bully Henry has got so close to AxeCrazy AxCrazy that he intimidates them too. And when the police are called as a result of this and an attack that puts one of the kids in the hospital, they can't prove who was behind the attack. And while Mike Hanlon's parents actually take attacks on him seriously, they also know that the current local authorities are too racist to stand up for the only black kid in town.



* In ''[[Literature/RachelGriffin The Unexpected Enlightement of Rachel Griffin]]'', the teachers of the AcademyOfAdventure are good at helping deal with bullies, but not with invisible vampire-wraiths after curfew. [[spoiler: And at least one of them is evil.]] Summed up in this quote from one senior student:

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* In ''[[Literature/RachelGriffin The Unexpected Enlightement Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin]]'', the teachers of the AcademyOfAdventure are good at helping deal with bullies, but not with invisible vampire-wraiths after curfew. [[spoiler: And at least one of them is evil.]] Summed up in this quote from one senior student:



* Arguably ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', as while all of the adults in the show constantly make terrible decisions and ruin any good thing that they get, George-Michael is running a relatively successful business and Maeby [[spoiler: cons her way into a job as a movie studio executive. This is further highlighted by the fact that one of Maeby's better ideas as an executive is ruined by Michael.]]

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* Arguably ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', as while all of the adults in the show constantly make terrible decisions and ruin any good thing that they get, George-Michael is running a relatively successful business and Maeby [[spoiler: cons her way into a job as a movie studio executive. This is further highlighted by the fact that one of Maeby's better ideas as an executive is ruined by Michael.]]Michael]].



* Several examples in ''Series/{{Friends}}'' :

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** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in the episode ''On My Way''. When Karofsky [[spoiler: tries to kill himself]] the faculty of [=McKinley=] conference in the principal's office. Among the things said, Sue says that [[spoiler: she should've seen it coming, because she was principal when he was bullying Kurt and she knew something was up.]] Will says that [[spoiler: they were all hard on Dave because they thought he'd hurt Kurt, they just didn't imagine that he'd hurt himself.]]

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** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in the episode ''On My Way''. When Karofsky [[spoiler: tries to kill himself]] the faculty of [=McKinley=] conference in the principal's office. Among the things said, Sue says that [[spoiler: she should've seen it coming, because she was principal when he was bullying Kurt and she knew something was up.]] Will says that [[spoiler: they were all hard on Dave because they thought he'd hurt Kurt, they just didn't imagine that he'd hurt himself.]]himself]].



* Uther Pendragon from ''[[Series/{{Merlin 2008}} Merlin]]''. All this guy does is make everything worse, he is an ego-maniac, massive hypocrite and lacks the competence to make up for his flaws.

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* Uther Pendragon from ''[[Series/{{Merlin 2008}} Merlin]]''.''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}''. All this guy does is make everything worse, he is an ego-maniac, massive hypocrite and lacks the competence to make up for his flaws.



** Also deconstructed in the fact that there's a very good reason not to trust some of the adults at the Court: [[spoiler: an old conspiracy of the court's founders to sacrifice Jeanne and her lover so she would become a rage-filled wraith that would protect the Annan Waters.]] The problem is that the adults are very powerful and competent people ... and that is exactly why you should fear them, because some of them are ''not'' good people.

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** Also deconstructed in the fact that there's a very good reason not to trust some of the adults at the Court: [[spoiler: an old conspiracy of the court's founders to sacrifice Jeanne and her lover so she would become a rage-filled wraith that would protect the Annan Waters.]] Waters]]. The problem is that the adults are very powerful and competent people ... and that is exactly why you should fear them, because some of them are ''not'' good people.



* Taylor Hebert, protagonist of the {{superhero}} story ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', begins the story as a student at Winslow High and subject of [[PlayedForDrama an extended and vicious]] [[TheBully bullying campaign]]. Of all the teachers and administrators at the school, exactly one notices, exactly zero offer any meaningful assistance, and some are actively, wilfully against her. It's tragically telling that when Taylor finally meets a genuine ReasonableAuthorityFigure, she suspects she's under some mental compulsion.

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* Taylor Hebert, protagonist of the {{superhero}} story ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', begins the story as a student at Winslow High and subject of [[PlayedForDrama an extended and vicious]] [[TheBully bullying campaign]]. Of all the teachers and administrators at the school, exactly one notices, exactly zero offer any meaningful assistance, and some are actively, wilfully willfully against her. It's tragically telling that when Taylor finally meets a genuine ReasonableAuthorityFigure, she suspects she's under some mental compulsion.



* In ''WesternAnimation/APupNamedScoobyDoo'', the kids end up chasing a lot of people in costumes committing a number of illegal acts. Yet adults never seem to step in on any of the cases, even if minors risk getting injured and will sometimes actually hire the kids themselves. This was lampshaded in at least one episode when Fred asks a client why they aren't going to the police instead.



** However one of the Operatives' father ([[spoiler:namely Niegel aka Numbah 1]]'s) turns out to be [[spoiler:The KND's greatest agent, Numbuh Zero, and was briefly recommissioned to help the KND fight against Grandfather and his legion of Senior Citizombies.]]

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** However one of the Operatives' father ([[spoiler:namely Niegel aka Numbah 1]]'s) turns out to be [[spoiler:The KND's greatest agent, Numbuh Zero, and was briefly recommissioned to help the KND fight against Grandfather and his legion of Senior Citizombies.]]Citizombies]].



* In ''WesternAnimation/APupNamedScoobyDoo'', the kids end up chasing a lot of people in costumes committing a number of illegal acts. Yet adults never seem to step in on any of the cases, even if minors risk getting injured and will sometimes actually hire the kids themselves. This was lampshaded in at least one episode when Fred asks a client why they aren't going to the police instead.



** Mr. Adams is a subversion. In "The Poor Kid" he acts as the caseworker to the McCormick children when they are taken from their parents. He ''is'' a dimwit who would prefer to tell Penn State jokes rather than help the children adjust, but when he finds the foster home to be terrible too, he is ''very'' ashamed for having put them there, which is more than we get from the average adult. He did [[StatusQuoIsGod send the children back to their original homes]] but only because he felt the system couldn't help them.

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** Mr. Adams is a subversion. In "The Poor Kid" he acts as the caseworker to the McCormick [=McCormick=] children when they are taken from their parents. He ''is'' a dimwit who would prefer to tell Penn State jokes rather than help the children adjust, but when he finds the foster home to be terrible too, he is ''very'' ashamed for having put them there, which is more than we get from the average adult. He did [[StatusQuoIsGod send the children back to their original homes]] but only because he felt the system couldn't help them.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' averts this trope by having many adult characters, most villains, constantly outsmarting and one-upping the heroes. Especially in the second season when some of the villains [[spoiler:are the previous Guardians, who have the same power-set as the heroes, but years more experience in using them, as well as being more powerful. The heroes must rely on their wits to even stand a chance.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' averts this trope by having many adult characters, most villains, constantly outsmarting and one-upping the heroes. Especially in the second season when some of the villains [[spoiler:are the previous Guardians, who have the same power-set as the heroes, but years more experience in using them, as well as being more powerful. The heroes must rely on their wits to even stand a chance.]]chance]].
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* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueVsTeenTitans'': Zigzagged -- Batman can't keep Damian on a leash forever and thus opts to send him to the Titans to cool him off. However, when the potential for Raven's danger is made real, the League steps in, not wanting a threat like this to spread. That last bit is vastly different from both the comics and previous animated variations, which they are either ignored or AdaptedOut.
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* In ''Series/{{Shadowhunters}}'', while they mean well, the adults of the Institute tend to get in the way more than they help because of their very strict adherence to their laws. The younger characters are the ones that are actually getting close to stopping Valentine by bending some of the more restrictive laws.
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* The [[TeenageWasteland only adult]] in ''Manga/SchoolLive'' is the SenseiChan Megu-nee, who is a ButtMonkey who consistently gets ignored by most characters and doesn't really do anything. [[spoiler:Subverted later when it's revealed that Megu-nee has been DeadAllAlong and what we see is really a hallucination of [[UnreliableNarrator Yuki's]], explaining why the others treat her like she's barely there.

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* The [[TeenageWasteland only adult]] in ''Manga/SchoolLive'' is the SenseiChan Megu-nee, who is a ButtMonkey who consistently gets ignored by most characters and doesn't really do anything. [[spoiler:Subverted Subverted later when it's revealed that Megu-nee [[spoiler:Megu-nee has been DeadAllAlong and what we see is really a hallucination of [[UnreliableNarrator Yuki's]], Yuki's]]]], explaining why the others treat her like she's barely there.



** Ryousuke tries to avoid telling others that his mother has fallen mentally ill in the wake of his sisters death, and that he [[MySiblingWillLiveThroughMe dresses up as her]] to appease his mom, however [[spoiler:when his girlfriend finds out she confronts him about his crossdressing, learns his reasons why, and gets him to allow her parents to get involved.]] Ryousuke's mother is then sent to a mental health facility, where she's shown better later, [[spoiler:and he gets sent to live his father]]

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** Ryousuke tries to avoid telling others that his mother has fallen mentally ill in the wake of his sisters death, and that he [[MySiblingWillLiveThroughMe dresses up as her]] to appease his mom, however [[spoiler:when his girlfriend finds out she confronts him about his crossdressing, learns his reasons why, and gets him to allow her parents to get involved.]] Ryousuke's mother is then sent to a mental health facility, where she's shown better later, [[spoiler:and he gets sent to live his father]]father]].
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