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9th Sep '17 11:36:39 AM Kissinger113
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In some shows that revolve around teenagers, preteens, or younger children, adults can't do anything right -- [[ThereAreNoAdults if they appear on-screen at all]]. Teachers tend to be annoying sticks-in-the-mud who do nothing but [[SadistTeacher spoil people's fun]]. Parents are [[NotNowKid clueless]], [[StoppedCaring no longer care]], and either [[OverprotectiveDad over-]] or [[FreeRangeChildren under]]protective. And any other designated authority figures the kid might come across? [[PoliceAreUseless Forget it]].

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In some shows that revolve around teenagers, preteens, or younger children, adults can't do anything right -- [[ThereAreNoAdults if they appear on-screen at all]]. Teachers tend to be annoying sticks-in-the-mud who do nothing but [[SadistTeacher spoil people's fun]]. Parents are [[NotNowKid clueless]], [[StoppedCaring no longer care]], and or are either [[OverprotectiveDad over-]] or [[FreeRangeChildren under]]protective. And any other designated authority figures the kid might come across? [[PoliceAreUseless Forget it]].
6th Sep '17 1:10:17 AM Nintendoman01
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** The headmaster of Yokai Academy, Tenmei Mikogami, certainly comes across as such. He is the principal of a school that promotes human/monster co-existence, and yet, among other things, he allows a Swimming Club full of mermaids to [[LifeDrinker suck the life out of any males]] they persuade to join, as well as [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Kuyou]] (who happens to be an [[FantasticRacism anti-human extremist]] and [[spoiler:a [[FarEastAsianTerrorists terrorist]]]]) and the [[AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil corrupt Student Police]] to [[ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem abuse their authority]] and make the other students' lives miserable, leaving Tsukune and his friends to sort such things out. In fact, when Kuyou had Tsukune scheduled for public execution because he was human, Mikogami explicitly said he wasn't going to stop it and forbade Ms. Nekonome from doing anything to intervene, something she rightfully [[WhatTheHellHero calls him out on]].
22nd Aug '17 12:48:29 AM infernape612
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-->-- '''Timmy Turner''', ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', [[HypocriticalHumor commenting on a parody of]] ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.

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-->-- '''Timmy Turner''', ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', [[HypocriticalHumor commenting on a parody of]] ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
27th Jul '17 7:59:51 PM Nicoaln
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In some shows that revolve around teenagers, preteens, or younger children, adults can't do anything right -- [[ThereAreNoAdults if they appear on-screen at all]]. Teachers tend to be annoying sticks-in-the-mud who do nothing but [[SadistTeacher spoil people's fun]]. Parents are [[NotNowKid clueless]], and either [[OverprotectiveDad over-]] or [[FreeRangeChildren under]]protective. And any other designated authority figures the kid might come across? [[PoliceAreUseless Forget it]].

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In some shows that revolve around teenagers, preteens, or younger children, adults can't do anything right -- [[ThereAreNoAdults if they appear on-screen at all]]. Teachers tend to be annoying sticks-in-the-mud who do nothing but [[SadistTeacher spoil people's fun]]. Parents are [[NotNowKid clueless]], [[StoppedCaring no longer care]], and either [[OverprotectiveDad over-]] or [[FreeRangeChildren under]]protective. And any other designated authority figures the kid might come across? [[PoliceAreUseless Forget it]].
20th Jul '17 11:13:04 PM darkemyst
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* In ''Webcomic/CharbyTheVampirate'' as Victor is growing up his mother emotionally abuses him while doting on his brother, his father turns a blind eye, child services leaves the family alone after decided his mother is a wonderful person and his paternal grandfather, the only person who seems to truly understand why he is a WeirdnessMagnet and target for the supernatural, leaves Vic and Kellwood without explaining things to him since his presence is making Vic ill.
19th Jul '17 9:50:22 AM salvadorfranz
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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.
11th Jul '17 4:52:35 PM MajinAkuma
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** ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' played it straight; since no adult had a Digimon partner (even though some of them didn't ''[[BadassNormal need]]'' one), and only Digimon are powerful enough to fight another Digimon, it meant that parents had to watch their kids saving the world.

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** ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' played it straight; since no adult had a Digimon partner (even though some of them didn't ''[[BadassNormal need]]'' one), and only Digimon are powerful enough to fight another Digimon, it meant that parents had to watch their kids saving the world. That doesn't stop some parents to fight back even if it's futile or help their children to figure out a semi-cryptic prophecy.



** ''Anime/DigimonSavers'' averts it, since humans [=manly/hotblooded=] enough can '''punch out''' skyscraper sized Digimon (by the tip of their weapons), adults can now have Digimon partners and nearly [[BigBad everything that went wrong]] is due to an [[Monster/{{Digimon}} sorry excuse for an human adult]].

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** ''Anime/DigimonSavers'' averts it, since humans [=manly/hotblooded=] [=manly/hot-blooded=] enough can '''punch out''' skyscraper sized Digimon (by the tip of their weapons), adults can now have Digimon partners and nearly [[BigBad everything that went wrong]] is due to an [[Monster/{{Digimon}} sorry excuse for an human adult]].
8th Jul '17 4:56:08 AM ShorinBJ
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* ''Series/{{Riverdale}}'' has a variation: The adults are criminals, even evil and crazy, like Betty's mom. Archie's dad seems to be the only normal one.
14th Jun '17 9:43:17 AM Kissinger113
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Not to be confused with HumansAreBastards, which deals with ''everybody'' being violently like this.

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Not to be confused with HumansAreBastards, HumansAreMorons, which deals with ''everybody'' being violently like this.
9th Jun '17 10:54:03 PM waters20
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* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' is pretty much the epitome of this trope. Aside from the fact that the adults are never shown physically throughout the series, the titular trio's parents also don't seem to be cognizant of their troubles. Ed's mother apparently favors his little sister over him, and his dad is implied to be little more than apathetic of his son. Edd's parents are hardly ever there for him, and only communicate through sticky notes. Eddy probably has the worst parents of them all. His brother has bullied him all his life, and their parents did ''absolutely nothing'' to stop him. On top of all that, the kids seem to take great pleasure in unnecessary cruelty towards the Eds, and the adults don't seem to punish them in any way for their troubles. [[spoiler:This is taken UpToEleven in the movie, where the kids actually tried to ''murder'' the Eds due to what their scam did to them. Seriously, ''where the hell are the adults at a time like this?!'']]
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