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11th Dec '17 12:59:55 PM DustSnitch
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** And then the GrandFinale has [[spoiler:the {{old master}}s, a whole ''squad'' of {{Badass Grandpa}}s ''and'' some of the most powerful benders in the world, both taking back Ba Sing Se themselves and making the plan that finally defeated the Fire Nation]].

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** And then the GrandFinale has [[spoiler:the {{old master}}s, Order of the White Lotus, a whole ''squad'' of {{Badass Grandpa}}s ''and'' some of the most powerful benders in the world, both taking back Ba Sing Se themselves and making the plan that finally defeated the Fire Nation]].
11th Dec '17 12:51:46 PM DustSnitch
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** Most adults, and at least one of them is a BadassGrandpa, have proven to be anything but useless, what with saving Negi's behind after he was OHKO'ed by the incoming BigBad.

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** Most adults, and at least one of them is a BadassGrandpa, badass, have proven to be anything but useless, what with saving Negi's behind after he was OHKO'ed by the incoming BigBad.
22nd Nov '17 5:54:11 PM AnoneMouseJr
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* ''FanFic/ThePiecesLieWhereTheyFell'':
** Played with in much of the story - the protagonists themselves are young adults, but most of the adults in Canterlot who are older than them are unaware of the situation [[spoiler:with the Nightmare]] and, though skilled at their actual jobs, are led to believe the ''protagonists'' are the villains. [[spoiler: They drop this entirely when Memorizing Gaze finds out the identity of the Nightmare's host and informs Captain General Gentle Step of the truth, at which point the Guards do all they can to help the heroes.]]
** [[spoiler: Utterly averted by the ''Equestria Girls'' arc, as Principal Celestia and Vice-Principal Luna are, unlike their canon counterparts, absolutely ''not'' oblivious to Sunset's behavior; they just can't act against her without physical proof or personally catching her in the act of breaking the rules (and she's ''very'' good at not being seen doing so), and go out of their way to help the Bearers. Also unlike their canon counterparts, they are present during the final battle and, though they aren't very effective, are still part of the group that tries to get the Element of Magic from Sunset.]]
18th Nov '17 3:58:18 PM Origamidragons
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--->'''Dustin''' ''(to Ted)''''':''' [[LampshadeHanging You know, you're really no help at all, you know that?]]

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--->'''Dustin''' ''(to Ted)''''':''' [[LampshadeHanging Son of a bitch. You know, you're really no help at all, you know that?]]
14th Nov '17 6:50:33 PM DustSnitch
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* ''Series/StrangerThings'': Zig-zagged.
** Naturally, policemen, scientists, and other qualified grown-ups have no role in resolving the mysterious happenings around Hawkins when compared to the role of our five child protagonists.
** On the other hand, Joyce and Hopper are the competent adults in the cast; they're the ones who [[spoiler:enter the Upside Down and save Will]]. Season two also adds Bob and Dr. Owens, who prove very useful in the home stretch.
** Mike and Nancy's parents are a straight example. Their son hides his esper girlfriend in their basement for almost a week without them ever even noticing. This carries over to season 2, as the Wheelers spend the last few episodes blissfully unaware of where their kids are and simply assume they're with their friends somewhere. Considering the town has a habit of disappearing children, you'd think they would be more concerned.
--->'''Dustin''' ''(to Ted)''''':''' [[LampshadeHanging You know, you're really no help at all, you know that?]]
26th Oct '17 4:10:22 PM otemple700
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* ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'':

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* ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'':''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'' Has this as CentralTheme:
26th Oct '17 2:36:48 AM darkemyst
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** Subverted in the first book. When Harry and his friends tell Professor [=McGonagall=] someone is planning to steal the Philosopher's Stone, she merely tells them off for interfering with business that isn't their own. The problem here is that the Stone's presence at Hogwarts should have been top secret and if three first year students know of it, she should have realized security has been compromised. On the other hand, Dumbledore saves Harry's life by arriving at the nick of time during his confrontation with the Voldemort possessed [[spoiler:Quirrel]].
** Played straight in Prisoner of Azkaban. When the truth about [[spoiler:Sirius']] innocence comes to light, the Ministry of Magic does not believe Harry and his friends and still wants to sentence [[spoiler: Sirius]] to a FateWorseThanDeath. The characters who do believe Harry know they can't do anything to change the Ministry's point of view, So Dumbledore leaves it to Harry and Hermione to save the day.
** Played straightest in ''Goblet.'' Several powerful wizards vow to find out how Harry's name got into the cup, and apparently find out ''nothing'' over the course of a school year. (The fact that one of those wizards is actually behind it all merely highlights that the others never noticed anything even though he was circumstantially a prime suspect.)
** The biggest subversion happens in the sixth book. Harry is aware of an evil plot, in which Draco Malfoy is one of the key players. When he tries to warn the adult characters, most notably Dumbledore, of this plot, he gets the feeling he is constantly brushed off and tries to stop Malfoy himself. [[spoiler: It turns out that Dumbledore is aware of this evil plot, but chooses not to act to keep Malfoy safe from Voldemort's wrath, should he fail. The evil plot in question is in fact a murder plot against Dumbledore himself. Since Dumbledore [[SecretlyDying was already fatally cursed and had only one year to live]], he used this murder plot to arrange a ThanatosGambit with Snape to prevent Voldemort from ever posessing the power of the Elder Wand. He left Harry out of the loop because these details would only distract him from what he really needs to know.]]
** Book seven lampshades this trope with this exchange:

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** Subverted in the [[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone first book.book]]. When Harry and his friends tell Professor [=McGonagall=] someone is planning to steal the Philosopher's Stone, she merely tells them off for interfering with business that isn't their own. The problem here is that the Stone's presence at Hogwarts should have been top secret and if three first year students know of it, she should have realized security has been compromised. On the other hand, Dumbledore saves Harry's life by arriving at the nick of time during his confrontation with the Voldemort possessed [[spoiler:Quirrel]].
** Played straight in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban Prisoner of Azkaban.Azkaban]]''. When the truth about [[spoiler:Sirius']] innocence comes to light, the Ministry of Magic does not believe Harry and his friends and still wants to sentence [[spoiler: Sirius]] to a FateWorseThanDeath. The characters who do believe Harry know they can't do anything to change the Ministry's point of view, So Dumbledore leaves it to Harry and Hermione to save the day.
** Played straightest in ''Goblet.''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire Goblet]].'' Several powerful wizards vow to find out how Harry's name got into the cup, and apparently find out ''nothing'' over the course of a school year. (The fact that one of those wizards is actually behind it all merely highlights that the others never noticed anything even though he was circumstantially a prime suspect.)
** In ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix The Order of the Phoenix]]'' Harry feels that the adults are unnecessarily keeping him in the dark about what is happening, not to mention that the Ministry spends most of its energy making sure Harry and Dumbledore shut up about Voldemort by any means necessary. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] when it's explained they had perfectly good reasons for keeping him in the dark (namely, [[spoiler:Voldemort has figured out how to read Harry's thoughts]]), and Harry's own plan backfired spectacularly because [[spoiler: Voldemort had also figured out how to ''influence'' his thoughts]]. That said, Dumbledore concedes to Harry that he, Dumbledore, could have handled the situation better and allowed Harry to get more help, and misunderstood how Voldemort was trying to manipulate him.
** The biggest subversion happens in the [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince sixth book.book]]. Harry is aware of an evil plot, in which Draco Malfoy is one of the key players. When he tries to warn the adult characters, most notably Dumbledore, of this plot, he gets the feeling he is constantly brushed off and tries to stop Malfoy himself. [[spoiler: It turns out that Dumbledore is aware of this evil plot, but chooses not to act to keep Malfoy safe from Voldemort's wrath, should he fail. The evil plot in question is in fact a murder plot against Dumbledore himself. Since Dumbledore [[SecretlyDying was already fatally cursed and had only one year to live]], he used this murder plot to arrange a ThanatosGambit with Snape to prevent Voldemort from ever posessing the power of the Elder Wand. He left Harry out of the loop because these details would only distract him from what he really needs to know.]]
** [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Book seven seven]] lampshades this trope with this exchange:
20th Oct '17 12:46:09 AM darkabomination
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* The ''VideoGame/KisekiSeries'' overall subvert this trope as much as they can as they constantly show up the heroes, who are in their teens, every step of the way. They only hold back as much as they can to let the kids build up experience if they travel with them but otherwise are able to kick a lot of ass if they go all out. This is also one of the reasons why the overall villains of the series, [[AncientConspiracy Ouroboros]] easily get what they want as their almost all their members are competent adults.

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* The ''VideoGame/KisekiSeries'' overall subvert subverts this trope as much as they possible while still keeping its younger viewpoint characters relevant. There are several competent, more experienced adults that can as they constantly and do show up the heroes, who are in their teens, younger characters, every step of the way. They only hold back as much as way in skill and practice. Which is exactly why they stay out of situations their Bracers/police/soldiers in training can work with on their own. A student cant truly learn to let the kids build up experience rely on their skills if they travel with them but otherwise are able had to kick a lot of ass if depend on their mentors to get by. However, when they go all out. decide not to hold back, they frequently reach StoryBreakerPower levels of competence. This is also one of the reasons why the overall villains of the series, [[AncientConspiracy Ouroboros]] easily get what they want as their almost all their members are competent adults.adults. They also aren't afraid to weaponize adults' vulnerability and trust toward children, [[spoiler:as the Black Fang and the Angel of Slaughter demonstrate]] with chilling effectiveness.
17th Oct '17 9:56:55 PM JoeMerl
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** Played straight in book 50, when Marco says that they can't work with adults because adults are too reality bound, and could never believe that they were actually fighting aliens.
*** And then there was that Trekkie . . .

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** Played straight in book 50, when Marco says that they can't work with adults because adults are too reality bound, and could never believe that they were actually fighting aliens.
aliens. (Though as Blog/CinnamonBunzuh notes, this comes off more as a HandWave for why the book is stubbornly sticking to its target demographic.)
*** And then there was that Trekkie . . . Trekkie...
1st Oct '17 7:20:41 AM CG-Druid
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* In ''Manga/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic'' we see the adventures of Aladdin, Alibaba and Morgiana, which are all teenagers. And they are involved in saving many people, fighting dangerous monsters, and evil mages. While many adults are not incompentent, starting with Sindbad and his generals, only a few of them are morally pure, so the real heroes are just the teenagers.


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* Also ''Film/KickAss'' shows this trope. Dave alias Kick-Ass is a 17-year-old boy, and as a superhero far from being [[BadassNormal Badass Normal]]. He is known to have fought against three gangsters to protect an innocent. But later the mafioso of New York believes that he is the one who kills his subordinates and hurts his "company". Still, neither the people who work for him, nor the New York police, who are partially corrupt, can track him.
** Red-Mist, another teenager who is a supervillain, can find Kick-Ass, however, within a day and lure him into the trap because he is a superhero. A simple teenager had more success than mafia and police together.
** The film also features Hit-Girl, who is an effective, badass [[ActionGirl Action Girl]].
** It is inverted by the superhero Big-Daddy, who is by far the strongest fighter in the movie. But even though he is one of the few, competent adults, he is far from being morally pure. At best, he is an anti-hero.


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** When the mother of Simon finds out that he is a vampire, she calls him a monster, and disowns him. His sister Rebecca, on the other hand, who is also a teenager, continues to be with him.
** Valentin, the first [[BigBad Big Bad]], has failed miserably. His plan was thwarted by Clary and Jace, who were both teenagers. His son Jonathan, on the other hand, was a much more dangerous opponent, and almost overthrown the shadowhunters. And he could only be defeated by other teenagers.
** The sequel series ''Literature/TheDarkArtificies'' shows even more examples for this trope. In the Institute of Los Angeles are two adults. One is completely insane so that practically his nephew directs the institute. Another adult would be more competent but has no interest in guiding the institute, leaving the teenagers simply to themselves. A third adult, who is competent enough, is separated from her family for racial reasons because she is a [[HalfBreedDiscrimination half-fairy]]. And last but not least, the villain of the first book is also an adult.


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** In a episode, Buffy is searched for murder. At first she can escape only on account of her special powers, but then she returns to the scene of the crime unharmed, without being started by the police. In the hospital, two policemen practically run past her without recognizing her, and lastly, she can leave the city even in the bright day, in a public transport.
** Gunn and his (on the street living) friends are also teenagers who have to fight constantly against vampires. The comics show that a group of teenagers is much more effective in the fight against vampires, than a military unit of the US army, which is suffering large losses, and can not defeat the vampires.
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