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13th Sep '16 10:56:19 PM PaulA
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** In ''Shadow of the Hegemon'', Ender's mom reveals that they knew all along about Peter and Valentine's online personas but decided not to interfere. They read everything Peter publishes and then pretend not to know anything about international politics. They also were smart enough to know that trying to teach religion to a child after infancy is pointless.

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** In ''Shadow of the Hegemon'', ''Literature/ShadowOfTheHegemon'', Ender's mom reveals that they knew all along about Peter and Valentine's online personas but decided not to interfere. They read everything Peter publishes and then pretend not to know anything about international politics. They also were smart enough to know that trying to teach religion to a child after infancy is pointless.
12th Sep '16 6:51:53 PM PaulA
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** When one of the teenagers asks the oversoul why no one in the older generation is standing up to Elemak's tyranny in ''Earthfall'', it explains that they don't dare while he's holding their children hostage. The children being held are free to act (apart from being locked up).

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** When one of the teenagers asks the oversoul why no one in the older generation is standing up to Elemak's tyranny in ''Earthfall'', ''Literature/{{Earthfall}}'', it explains that they don't dare while he's holding their children hostage. The children being held are free to act (apart from being locked up).
4th Sep '16 9:20:24 PM Mullon
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** The adults in Snicket's prequel series ''Literature/AllTheWrongQuestions'' are just as stupid, or evil, or in some cases out of commission, leaving their children to run several businesses in their stead. At one point all the kids agree that their parents have given up on trying to make the town a better place, and it's up to them to fix everything.
3rd Sep '16 3:17:41 AM CaptainTedium
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* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' has Herb and Binkie Muddlefoot. They are complete morons who do nothing to reprimand their eldest son Tank for bullying his younger brother Honker. In the episode "You Sweat Your Life", it is even implied by Herb that Tank once [[TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior dismembered his grandfather with a chainsaw when he was an infant]], yet he describes the incident as if it's perfectly normal.
2nd Sep '16 10:16:24 PM Gamermaster
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* Played in ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple''. In most of Kenichi's fights his masters stand on the sidelines, even joking and gambling on the outcomes, even if his life is in danger. This is because they believe that a good master stays out of their disciple's fights. It's subverted to hell and back whenever Kenichi is attacked by a master-class or something: they'll step in and beat the life out of whoever attacked their disciple. However, it is played completely straight with the staff of Kenichi's high school, who seem completely unaware of the massive gang activity right under their noses, and his parents, who are oblivious that their son has a habit of getting into life-or-death battles with skilled martial artists from arround the world.

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* Played in ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple''. In most of Kenichi's fights his masters stand on the sidelines, even joking and gambling on the outcomes, even if his life is in danger. This is because they believe that a good master stays out of their disciple's fights. It's subverted to hell and back whenever Kenichi is attacked by a master-class or something: they'll step in and beat the life out of whoever attacked their disciple. However, it is played completely straight with the staff of Kenichi's high school, who seem completely unaware of the massive gang activity right under their noses, and his parents, who are oblivious that their son has a habit of getting into life-or-death battles with skilled martial artists from arround around the world.



* Averted in ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'' when [[DarkMagicalGirl Einhart]] is captured and befriended by the adult cast before she even gets the chance to meet Vivio.

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* Averted in ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'' when ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'', where [[DarkMagicalGirl Einhart]] is captured and befriended by the adult cast very early on, before she even gets the chance to meet Vivio.(and fight) Vivio. It helps that that the ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' franchise as a whole lacks a CompetenceZone.
2nd Sep '16 10:10:42 PM Gamermaster
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* Averted in ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'' when [[DarkMagicalGirl Einhart]] is captured and befriended by the adult cast before she even gets the chance to meet Vivio.
16th Aug '16 3:58:35 PM res20stupid
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* * ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange'' is ''all'' over the place with this trope.

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* * ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange'' is ''all'' all over the place with this trope.


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** Could also be said of the police who have stopped investigating Rachel's disappearance. [[spoiler: However, once Max exposes the BigBad they immediately arrest him.]]
*** And in the scenario where [[spoiler: Max lets Chloe die, they immediately come down on Jefferson after Nathan confesses to his involvement in his crimes. They also go after Nathan's father for his involvement.]]
16th Aug '16 3:54:58 PM res20stupid
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* * ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange'' is ''all'' over the place with this trope.
** Principal Wells is almost guaranteed not to believe Max in any situation. If you tell him about Nathan Prescott having a gun in the bathroom, Wells will cite Nathan's family and status as an honor-roll student as reasons why this is unlikely. The worst he does is call him to the office. The action also backfires on Max, as he'll then contact her parents and accuse her of "telling tall tales". If you try to report David Madsen before class in Episode 2, Wells always finds an excuse to not trust what Max says no matter what choices the player has made. The only time he's remotely helpful is in the aftermath of [[spoiler: Kate's suicide]]. Depending on your previous choices, he can be convinced to [[spoiler: suspend Nathan on suspicion of drugging Kate and recording the salacious video of her, suspend Madsen for antagonizing Kate (but only if you have proof), or lightly punish Mr. Jefferson for VictimBlaming Kate]]. Chloe picks up on this, deriding him as a drunk more concerned with the school's bottom line. In Nathan's case, Wells is being pressured by his rich father, [[spoiler: to the point that Nathan's records are outright falsified]].
** The local security guard, David Madsen, is outright antagonistic to Max and Kate, though he's at least shown intervening in the fight between Nathan and Warren after Chloe takes off with Max. He can be seen grilling Nathan in Episode 2. He does seem to mean well, it's just that he has trouble separating his prior military from civilian life. [[spoiler: He ultimately turns out to be a subversion: David is actually the only authority figure investigating Rachel's disappearance and he's the key to defeating the villain. And his earlier pressuring of Kate? He knows she was sexually assaulted by a member of the Vortex Club and was trying to help but he was too heavy-handed.]]
** Mr. Jefferson is a nice guy in Episode 1, but when confronted with cruel gossip about a student in Episode 2, he resorts to VictimBlaming. [[spoiler: He also turns out to be the BigBad all along and murders Chloe upon his reveal. It's likely he willfully invoked this trope to manipulate Kate and clean up a possible loose end.]]
** Ms. Grant is also shown to be nice, but the extent of her help so far is a petition to stop Madsen from putting up security cameras. If Max signs the petition, it will pass.
13th Aug '16 5:01:49 AM Nerrin
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* In ''TabletopGame/MonstersAndOtherChildishThings'', adults are completely useless as only monsters can fight monsters... and only kids have monsters. Well, an adult can have a monster, but he's more likely to be a PsychopathicManchild than anything remotely helpful. The closest most adults get to useful is if your character has a [[LevelUpAtIntimacy5 Relationship]] with one, like their parents, which means they inspire the kid to do better.
8th Aug '16 1:21:48 PM SuperSonicHeroes
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** They are certainly friendly and caring, but the Useless part comes from them being oblivious to a single student ruling the school for years by terrorizing all the other students, and Luna being easily fooled by falsified evidence in a scene pretty much designed to give credibility to the SatelliteLoveInterest. [[TheScrappy Who was not well received]] by a majority of the fandom.

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** They are certainly friendly and caring, but the Useless part comes from them being oblivious to a single student ruling the school for years by terrorizing all the other students, and Luna being easily fooled by falsified evidence in a scene pretty much designed to give credibility to the SatelliteLoveInterest. [[TheScrappy Who was not well received]] by a [[BaseBreakingCharacter majority of the fandom.fandom]].
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