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14th Jul '16 7:50:16 PM BattleMaster
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* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor''. In it, almost all the characters over thirteen (including [[TeensAreMonsters teenagers]]) are either malicious, ignorant, or incompetent. [[BlatantLies This is excusable]] since as the title implies, it's a show for young children. But older viewers who can't take the show for what it is may try to overthink it and see the adult villains as criminals; perhaps even omnicidal maniacs because a few villains wish to eliminate every child in the world. Heck, one episode taking place in a possible future has the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES of all people about to sign a bill stripping kids of all their Constitutional rights. Then again, [[spoiler:this was really Numbuh 1 being placed in the Happy Headband, and thus, it never happened.]] But WHY was every politician accepting of the bill and not calling for the secession of their respective states, basically starting a second civil war? These are questions that burn within this troper.

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* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor''. In it, almost all the characters over thirteen (including [[TeensAreMonsters teenagers]]) are either malicious, ignorant, or incompetent. [[BlatantLies This is excusable]] since as the title implies, it's a show for young children. But older viewers who can't take the show for what it is may try to overthink it and see the adult villains as criminals; perhaps even omnicidal maniacs because a few villains wish to eliminate every child in the world. Heck, one episode taking place in a possible future has the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES of all people about to sign a bill stripping kids of all their Constitutional rights. Then again, [[spoiler:this was really Numbuh 1 being placed in the Happy Headband, and thus, it never happened.]] But WHY was every politician accepting of the bill and not calling for the secession of their respective states, basically starting a second civil war? These are questions that burn within this troper.]]



** However; this has [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation been interpreted]] as ObfuscatingStupidity. Proponents of this school of thought say that Gadget (And possibly even DaChief!) is ''aware'' that his ten year old niece and his dog are the ones doing all the work. They seem to have the formula down to a T, Inspector Gadget walks around getting into trouble and keeps the criminals (for the most part) distracted, while the case is solved from the shadows by Penny and Brain. He also takes the credit for it, so MAD only targets ''him''. There have been occasions where he ''knew'' Penny and/or Brain was in danger and then becomes ''scarily'' competent.

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** However; this has [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation been interpreted]] as ObfuscatingStupidity. Proponents of this school of thought say that Gadget (And possibly even DaChief!) is ''aware'' that his ten year old niece and his dog are the ones doing all the work. They seem to have the formula down to a T, Inspector Gadget walks around getting into trouble and keeps the criminals (for the most part) distracted, while the case is solved from the shadows by Penny and Brain. He also takes the credit for it, so MAD only targets ''him''. There have been occasions where he ''knew'' Penny and/or Brain was in danger and then becomes ''scarily'' competent.''[[LetsGetDangerous scarily]]'' [[LetsGetDangerous competent]].


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** On a more serious note, Princess Celestia is usually instantly shut down by every major villain who appears and thus must rely on Twilight Sparkle, who's basically an extremely mature but still only partially trained teenager, and her friends to save Equestria.
29th Jun '16 3:38:54 PM Anddrix
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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]] [[BaseBreaker 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]] [[BaseBreaker by a majority of the fandom]].fandom.
16th Jun '16 2:44:28 AM Nintendoman01
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* ''FanFic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness'': As in canon, Headmaster Mikogami's general response to any threat amounts to "sit on my ass and do nothing while Tsukune's group risks their lives in my place." Best displayed in Act III chapters 40-44; both Kuyou and a Fairy Tale armada invade and attack Yokai Academy one after the other, and instead of trying to stop them, he sits back and watches as Tsukune's group fights them back in his stead.
11th Jun '16 6:11:26 PM gumballclarence
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Clarence}}'': The title character's stepfather, Chad, has even less common sense than his step-son and doesn't have any idea what others think "causing trouble" means.
** This is justified with Mary, the mother, because she usually has too much work to be able to watch her son carefully.
11th Jun '16 9:10:47 AM Pichu-kun
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* Subverted twice in ''Manga/BokuraNoHentai'':
** 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]].
** Marika is transgender and was having fears about puberty. With the encouragement of her friend and his family she came out to her mom, who was understanding and took her to a doctor. [[spoiler:She then began going to school as a girl.]] The adults treat her fine but [[KidsAreCruel some of her classmates]] on the other hand...



* In ''Manga/FruitsBasket'', virtually every adult is neglectful or outright abusive. As a child, Yuki is forced to stay with a person who verbally abuses him and his mother brushes his complaints off. Kyo is completely hated by his father, who does absolutely nothing to prevent him from [[spoiler:being locked up upon graduation]]. Akito's [[spoiler:father is dead and her mother outright hates her]]. Rin is abandoned by her parents, so they are unaware when she is [[spoiler:pushed out a window and locked up in a room]]. All of the older servants in the household allow Akito to act freely, because they feel that the [[spoiler:God of the Zodiac]] has the right to treat the Zodiac any way.

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* In ''Manga/FruitsBasket'', virtually every adult is neglectful or outright abusive. abusive:
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As a child, Yuki is forced to stay with a person who verbally abuses him and his mother brushes his complaints off. Kyo is completely hated by his father, who does absolutely nothing to prevent him from [[spoiler:being locked up upon graduation]]. Akito's [[spoiler:father is dead and her mother outright hates her]]. Rin is abandoned by her parents, so they are unaware when she is [[spoiler:pushed out a window and locked up in a room]]. All of the older servants in the household allow Akito to act freely, because they feel that the [[spoiler:God of the Zodiac]] has the right to treat the Zodiac any way.



* ''Manga/LetsLagoon'': There's only one adult, he just washed up on the island and is probably injured, but he's pretty useless (and probably [[HotForStudent had a thing going on with the female castaway]]) which irritates the resourceful protagonist to no end.
** Turns out he didn't have a thing going on with the female castaway, but instead ''her sister''.

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* ''Manga/LetsLagoon'': There's only one adult, he just washed up on the island and is probably injured, but he's pretty useless (and probably [[HotForStudent had a thing going on with the female castaway]]) which irritates the resourceful protagonist to no end.
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end. Turns out he didn't have a thing going on with the female castaway, but instead ''her sister''.



* 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. [[spoiler:The actual Megu-nee was responsible and even died as a HeroicSacrifice.]]



* 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.
* Averted twice in ''Manga/BokuraNoHentai'':
** 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]].
** Marika is transgender and was having fears about puberty. With the encouragement of her friend and his family she came out to her mom, who was understanding and took her to a doctor. [[spoiler:She then began going to school as a girl.]] The adults treat her fine but [[KidsAreCruel some of her classmates]] on the other hand...
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.
** The
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.''
** Admittedly
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?
** Though
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!]]
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