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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.
28th Mar '16 3:02:46 AM zerohelix
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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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* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/TheWeekenders''. The characters' parents are all {{Reasonable Authority Figure}}s who're receptive and in-touch with their children, and ''always'' have the right thing to say. (Especially Tino's mom, who is GenreSavvy.) Even Tish's mom, when she is shown as acting like a child eventually realizes that it was bothering Tish and stopped, but nevertheless enjoyed the weekend she spent with Tish and her friends. Carver's dad, portrayed as a rather uncaring authority figure by Carver is simply just stern...and it was Carver misinterpreting every chore and favor as a "punishment".

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* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/TheWeekenders''. The characters' parents are all {{Reasonable Authority Figure}}s who're receptive and in-touch with their children, and ''always'' have the right thing to say. (Especially Tino's mom, who is GenreSavvy.) Even Tish's mom, when she is shown as acting like a child eventually realizes that it was bothering Tish and stopped, but nevertheless enjoyed the weekend she spent with Tish and her friends. Carver's dad, portrayed as a rather uncaring authority figure by Carver is simply just stern...and it was Carver misinterpreting every chore and favor as a "punishment".
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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 if they cared that a fox was getting bullied.]]
14th Mar '16 9:52:22 PM Pichu-kun
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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.
* 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...



* Subverted by The Children's Television Workshop and ''Series/SesameStreet''. Mr. Snuffleupagus was originally created as a way for children to relate to having an imaginary friend whom adults didn't believe in. The problem, though, was that Snuffy was undeniably real; it was just the adults' bad luck that they never ran into him. Critics pointed out children could interpret the situation another way: [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop Adults would never believe you even when you're telling the truth]] - a dangerous moral when trying to get kids to report child abuse to an authority like a teacher or the police. As a result, Snuffy was revealed to the adults, and to drive the point home, the adults even apologized to Big Bird for not believing him.
** However played straight in Abby's Flying Fairy School with Ms. Sparklenose. For each crisis of the day, Ms. Sparklenose's guidance to her preschool-age students is always some variation of her telling them to solve the problem themselves.

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* Subverted Zigzagged by The Children's Television Workshop and ''Series/SesameStreet''.''Series/SesameStreet''. Subverted at first. Mr. Snuffleupagus was originally created as a way for children to relate to having an imaginary friend whom adults didn't believe in. The problem, though, was that Snuffy was undeniably real; it was just the adults' bad luck that they never ran into him. Critics pointed out children could interpret the situation another way: [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop Adults would never believe you even when you're telling the truth]] - a dangerous moral when trying to get kids to report child abuse to an authority like a teacher or the police. As a result, Snuffy was revealed to the adults, and to drive the point home, the adults even apologized to Big Bird for not believing him.
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him. However played straight in Abby's Flying Fairy School with Ms. Sparklenose. For each crisis of the day, Ms. Sparklenose's guidance to her preschool-age students is always some variation of her telling them to solve the problem themselves.



* Both played straight and subverted depending on the ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry''. In some arcs the parents and teachers are more-or-less oblivious of the protagonist's SanitySlippage and murderous behaviors, the police aren't much help, Child Services is useless, and the doctors seem to be in on the conspiracy. In others it's shown the police are keeping close watch, the local doctor [[spoiler:is studying [[HatePlague Hinamizawa Syndrome]] while he is oblivious to his nurse being the BigBad]], and adults in general are the key to most of the non-DownerEnding arcs.

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* Both played straight and subverted depending on the ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry''.''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' arc. In some arcs the parents and teachers are more-or-less oblivious of the protagonist's SanitySlippage and murderous behaviors, the police aren't much help, Child Services is useless, and the doctors seem to be in on the conspiracy. In others it's shown the police are keeping close watch, the local doctor [[spoiler:is studying [[HatePlague Hinamizawa Syndrome]] while he is oblivious to his nurse being the BigBad]], and adults in general are the key to most of the non-DownerEnding arcs.
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* The mother of Hinako Aikawa in ''Manga/BitterVirgin'' is arguably ''worse'' than useless. Not only did she flat-out refuse to believe her new husband was molesting her daughter Hinako until Hinako's ''second'' pregnancy, she also made a point of hiding the ''first'' pregnancy from him so he wouldn't know "what a horrible kid" Hinako was. In fairness, when she finally ''did'' accept the truth, the first thing she did was chase said husband out of the house with a knife, and soon they moved away.
** Though she actually assumed that Hinako was making a FalseRapeAccusation against him and was actually just sleeping around. It wasn't until the doctor stated that from the bruises she wasn't a willing participant did she start to listen.

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* The mother of Hinako Aikawa in ''Manga/BitterVirgin'' is arguably ''worse'' than useless. Not only did she flat-out refuse to believe her new husband was molesting her daughter Hinako until Hinako's ''second'' pregnancy, she also made a point of hiding the ''first'' pregnancy from him so he wouldn't know "what a horrible kid" Hinako was. In fairness, when she finally ''did'' accept the truth, the first thing she did was chase said husband out of the house with a knife, and soon they moved away.
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away. Though she actually assumed that Hinako was making a FalseRapeAccusation against him and was actually just sleeping around. It wasn't until the doctor stated that from the bruises she wasn't a willing participant did she start to listen.



* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' subverts this, [[spoiler:and it even serves as the solution to one of the arcs]].






* Played with in ''Literature/TheMysteriousBenedictSociety''. Rhonda, Mr. Benedict, Milligan, and Number Two are actually quite useful however being adults they are unable to do certain things to prevent the Emergency. They have to get a gang of children to do so, which makes them ''feel'' useless because they're stuck on an island while the kids are out undergoing a dangerous spy mission.



* Two teenagers in a parking lot are entirely capable of starting a school on their own in ''VideoGame/HighSchoolStory''. It just builds from there.
** When Hope is bullied on her school's website, the principal demands that she show proof of the bullying before he will do anything. This despite the fact that ''it's the school's website'' and he should be more than capable of accessing the public pages where other students were posting about her. There's also the fact that it went on publicly for ''months'' and absolutely no teachers or moderators took notice. [[spoiler:He does finally call the police after she brings him the evidence, going from "does nothing at all" to "gung-ho borderline-overreacting" in record time.]]

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* Two teenagers in a parking lot are entirely capable of starting a school on their own in ''VideoGame/HighSchoolStory''. It just builds from there.
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there. When Hope is bullied on her school's website, the principal demands that she show proof of the bullying before he will do anything. This despite the fact that ''it's the school's website'' and he should be more than capable of accessing the public pages where other students were posting about her. There's also the fact that it went on publicly for ''months'' and absolutely no teachers or moderators took notice. [[spoiler:He does finally call the police after she brings him the evidence, going from "does nothing at all" to "gung-ho borderline-overreacting" in record time.]]



* ''{{Videogame/Psychonauts}}'': Pretty much every adult at Whispering Rock will be of little direct help once the serious trouble starts. Agents Nein and Vodelo get sent away on some unrelated mission, Coach Oleander [[spoiler:is a villain]], and Agent Cruller can't leave his HQ [[spoiler:because his mind is too fractured and keeps devolving into the custodial staff roles he has all over the camp if he tries to leave]]. Although Cruller does play a decent MissionCommand, providing useful tactics and advice.
** After freeing Fred Bonaparte (who's actually an orderly) from his psychological issues, Raz assumes he'll help get rid of Crispin (who's actually an inmate) and avoiding the need for a disguise. Fred decides to take a ''nap'' instead. (After you've gotten past Crispin, Fred will show up and chase him away. At least this means you'll be able to use the elevator again without a disguise.)

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* ''{{Videogame/Psychonauts}}'': ''Videogame/{{Psychonauts}}'': Pretty much every adult at Whispering Rock will be of little direct help once the serious trouble starts. Agents Nein and Vodelo get sent away on some unrelated mission, Coach Oleander [[spoiler:is a villain]], and Agent Cruller can't leave his HQ [[spoiler:because his mind is too fractured and keeps devolving into the custodial staff roles he has all over the camp if he tries to leave]]. Although Cruller does play a decent MissionCommand, providing useful tactics and advice.
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advice. After freeing Fred Bonaparte (who's actually an orderly) from his psychological issues, Raz assumes he'll help get rid of Crispin (who's actually an inmate) and avoiding the need for a disguise. Fred decides to take a ''nap'' instead. (After you've gotten past Crispin, Fred will show up and chase him away. At least this means you'll be able to use the elevator again without a disguise.)
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* Both played straight and subverted depending on the ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry''. In some arcs the parents and teachers are more-or-less oblivious of the protagonist's SanitySlippage and murderous behaviors, the police aren't much help, Child Services is useless, and the doctors seem to be in on the conspiracy. In others it's shown the police are keeping close watch, the local doctor [[spoiler:is studying [[HatePlague Hinamizawa Syndrome]] while he is oblivious to his nurse being the BigBad]], and adults in general are the key to most of the non-DownerEnding arcs.
* Miho from ''VisualNovel/LiarLiar'' was being stalked by [[StalkerWithACrush Wakabayashi]] for a while. He sent her letters daily, called her house, and took pictures of her behind her back and left some on her desk. She feared for her life but the police couldn't do anything until he physically harrassed her and the adults at school didn't believe her. She decided to kill him, though she couldn't get herself to do it so she got [[VillainProtagonist Yukari]] to do it instead.
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