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31st Oct '17 8:07:40 PM lakingsif
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Compare MinorLivingAlone for one of the more notable examples of this trope at work.

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31st Oct '17 12:43:03 AM RandomnessUnlimited
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': None of the characters are more than 13 years old, yet they do random things like going to outer space, fighting aliens, buying weapons, drinking alcohol, etc. and nobody has any problem with it. Though it's somewhat justified since ThereAreNoAdults in [[CrapsaccharineWorld Smileyland]], and especially in Mr. Cat and Quack Quack's cases since the former is a runaway and the latter is an orphan.
** Averted in [[CircusEpisode Episode 33]], where [[TheDitz Stumpy]]'s mother sees him [[JugglingDangerously juggling chainsaws]] on TV and calls him so she can tell him to stop because it's too dangerous.
27th Oct '17 11:15:29 PM ThatTwerp
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* The kids in ''Film/TheFloridaProject'' freely wander the Kissimmee strip area without supervision, with it not being until one major incident that one of the mothers take action.
27th Oct '17 8:58:21 AM merotoker
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** As a franchise, Pokémon follows this. [[ComicBookTime No matter how many seasons pass]], Ash remains 10 years old. Apparently this is an appropriate age to be given an incredibly powerful monster to keep as a companion and travel around a world inhabited by monsters and crooks with only the company of other children near their age. School is never mentioned whatsoever outside of Pokémon-based ones, and even these seem to be optional, and the one Ash attends in ''Sun and Moon'' has two adults/late teenagers, a girl who is an [[VagueAge ambiguous amount of years older than him]], and two kids about his age as his classmates. This may be a {{justified|Trope}} in that this is an alternate world where the societal beliefs are much different from our own. But considering that this is a world populated by dangerous monsters yet none of the adults seem too concerned for the children's safety, it still makes one wonder how this kind of society developed these standards in the first place. Most of these children have god-like monsters at their beck and call, giving them enough power to utterly destroy the world if they had half a mind to do so. We must all hope that none of them ever get dumped or depressed. There is even a Poke-Mafia/Yakuza, although [[GoldfishPoopGang the most recurring members at least really suck]] (aside from ''Best Wishes!'' where they are much more dangerous), as well as two warring eco-terrorist organizations, a cult with loads of weapons and technology lead by a man with a [[AGodAmI God complex]], and general WesternTerrorists. Since all of society revolves around Pokemon and journeys are the norm, kids seem to have some knowledge about survival. WordOfGod is that, by this time, people are considered of age for journeys. The (albeit non-canon) [[DarkerAndEdgier novelization]] by head writer of the original series Takeshi Shudo even explicitly mentioned that the legal age of adulthood is, indeed, 10, with all of the privileges and responsibilities that come with that.

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** As a franchise, Pokémon follows this. [[ComicBookTime No matter how many seasons pass]], Ash remains 10 years old. Apparently this is an appropriate age to be given an incredibly powerful monster to keep as a companion and travel around a world inhabited by monsters and crooks with only the company of other children near their age. School is never mentioned whatsoever outside of Pokémon-based ones, and even these seem to be optional, and the one Ash attends in ''Sun and Moon'' has two adults/late teenagers, a girl who is an [[VagueAge ambiguous amount of years older than him]], and two kids about his age as his classmates. This may be a {{justified|Trope}} in that this is an alternate world where the societal beliefs are much different from our own. But considering that this is a world populated by dangerous monsters yet none of the adults seem too concerned for the children's safety, it still makes one wonder how this kind of society developed these standards in the first place. Most of these children have [[OlympusMons god-like monsters at their beck and call, call]], giving them enough power to utterly destroy the world if they had half a mind to do so. We must all hope that none of them ever get dumped or depressed. There is even a Poke-Mafia/Yakuza, although [[GoldfishPoopGang the most recurring members at least really suck]] (aside from ''Best Wishes!'' where they are much more dangerous), as well as two warring eco-terrorist organizations, a cult with loads of weapons and technology lead by a man with a [[AGodAmI God complex]], and general WesternTerrorists. Since all of society revolves around Pokemon and journeys are the norm, kids seem to have some knowledge about survival. WordOfGod is that, by this time, people are considered of age for journeys. The (albeit non-canon) [[DarkerAndEdgier novelization]] by head writer of the original series Takeshi Shudo even explicitly mentioned that the legal age of adulthood is, indeed, 10, with all of the privileges and responsibilities that come with that.



*** ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' and ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' were {{deconstruction}}s of this trope -- the Digital Worlds of each ''were'' filled with dangerous monsters that wanted to kill them and the kids often had problems adjusting to the level of maturity needed to survive, and in ''Tamers'' their parents generally were at least initially opposed to letting them go there. In fact, Takato's father, who is not quite as stubborn on this topic as his understandably concerned wife is, [[DiscussedTrope briefly discusses this trope with her,]] convincing her that it's ultimately their son's decision [[spoiler:when the Tamers are preparing to head off to the Digital World to rescue Culumon and defeat the Devas.]]

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*** ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' and ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' were {{deconstruction}}s of this trope -- the Digital Worlds of each ''were'' filled with dangerous monsters that wanted to kill them and the kids often had problems adjusting to the level of maturity needed to survive, and in ''Tamers'' their parents generally were at least initially opposed to letting them go there. In fact, Takato's father, who is not quite as stubborn on this topic as his understandably concerned wife is, [[DiscussedTrope briefly discusses this trope with her,]] convincing her that it's ultimately their son's decision [[spoiler:when the Tamers are preparing to head off to the Digital World to rescue Culumon and defeat the Devas.]]Devas]].



** {{Deconstructed}} in one chapter. At the fireworks festival, because Yotsuba hasn't realized the potential dangers of getting lost in a crowd, after she runs off (the panel after being told not to let go of Koiwai's hand, naturally), Koiwai has Jumbo, Ena, and Miura hide to teach her a lesson.
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' five seven-year-old children with a knack for wandering into murder scenes are allowed free rein over Tokyo. Two of them happen to be OlderThanTheyLook but the parents don't know that. Somewhat more understandable when you remember that Japan has a much lower crime rate than the USA. Also kinda {{deconstructed}} in a {{backstory}} arc when the Mouris, before separation, found the Kudos' ''very'' laissez-faire parenting a bit annoying.
* FlyingWitch has an interesting exchange in episode 5. 9-year-old Chinatsu spots the cat Chito sneaking out, runs in and shouts to her mother that she's going out for a bit. When asked where she simply says "I don't know but I'm sure it's someplace amazing", and all her mother has to say is "watch for cars", at which point Chinatsu proceeds to follow Chito all around the town. And when she comes home covered in dirt from head to toe, her mother still asks nothing and just tells her to wash the dirt off before coming in.

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** {{Deconstructed}} {{Deconstructed|Trope}} in one chapter. At the fireworks festival, because Yotsuba hasn't realized the potential dangers of getting lost in a crowd, after she runs off (the panel after being told not to let go of Koiwai's hand, naturally), Koiwai has Jumbo, Ena, and Miura hide to teach her a lesson.
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' five seven-year-old children with a knack for wandering into murder scenes are allowed free rein over Tokyo. Two of them happen to be OlderThanTheyLook but the parents don't know that. Somewhat more understandable when you remember that Japan has a much lower crime rate than the USA. Also kinda {{deconstructed}} {{deconstructed|Trope}} in a {{backstory}} arc when the Mouris, before separation, found the Kudos' ''very'' laissez-faire parenting a bit annoying.
* FlyingWitch ''Manga/FlyingWitch'' has an interesting exchange in episode 5. 9-year-old Chinatsu spots the cat Chito sneaking out, runs in and shouts to her mother that she's going out for a bit. When asked where she simply says "I don't know but I'm sure it's someplace amazing", and all her mother has to say is "watch for cars", at which point Chinatsu proceeds to follow Chito all around the town. And when she comes home covered in dirt from head to toe, her mother still asks nothing and just tells her to wash the dirt off before coming in.



* [[Comicbook/RobinSeries Tim Drake]] being essentially unsupervised while he is not at school allows him to follow Batman around on his bicycle when he is concerned that the Dark Knight has become reckless. His parents' [[ParentalNeglect constant absences]] are what gave him the time to occasionally follow Batman and Robin around on patrols when he was younger as well, in [[WretchedHive Gotham]].

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* [[Comicbook/RobinSeries Tim Drake]] being essentially unsupervised while he is not at school allows him to follow Batman Franchise/{{Batman}} around on his bicycle when he is concerned that the Dark Knight has become reckless. His parents' [[ParentalNeglect constant absences]] are what gave him the time to occasionally follow Batman and Robin around on patrols when he was younger as well, in [[WretchedHive Gotham]].



* In ''Film/TheHumanComedy'', five-year-old Ulysses is allowed to wander all over Ithaca, CA with a group of older boys. Eventually he wanders away from them and winds up alone and crying. Since Ithaca is an absurdly idealized EverytownUSA, he's immediately recognized and given back to his older brother.

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* In ''Film/TheHumanComedy'', five-year-old Ulysses is allowed to wander all over Ithaca, CA with a group of older boys. Eventually he wanders away from them and winds up alone and crying. Since Ithaca is an absurdly idealized EverytownUSA, EverytownAmerica, he's immediately recognized and given back to his older brother.



* The parents of the seven main kids in Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/{{IT}}'' might as well be nonexistent, considering how they let their kids roam around unsupervised all day despite there being a killer preying on children loose in town. Of course, one of Pennywise/IT's powers seems to be making the townsfolk indifferent, maybe even accepting, of his evils, so it might be justified. Partially justified in story for Bill Denborough's parents, whose grief over the death of his younger brother has made them both withdraw emotionally (even by the standards of the era).
* Creator/StephenKing wrote the novella ''The Body'', which became ''Film/StandByMe''.
* Elizabeth Enright's Literature/MelendyQuartet has the Melendy children running unsupervised all over New York City and the countryside.
** When Oliver (who's six) does it in imitation of the older ones, it's not with permission, and he gets into trouble. After that, the older kids decide that they'll accompany him to do whatever he wants on his Saturday, because it's not fair that they have more freedom than he does.

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The parents of the seven main kids in Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/{{IT}}'' might as well be nonexistent, considering how they let their kids roam around unsupervised all day despite there being a killer preying on children loose in town. Of course, one of Pennywise/IT's powers seems to be making the townsfolk indifferent, maybe even accepting, of his evils, so it might be justified. Partially justified in story for Bill Denborough's parents, whose grief over the death of his younger brother has made them both withdraw emotionally (even by the standards of the era).
* Creator/StephenKing wrote the ** The novella ''The Body'', which became ''Film/StandByMe''.
* Elizabeth Enright's Literature/MelendyQuartet has the Melendy children running unsupervised all over New York City and the countryside.
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countryside. When Oliver (who's six) does it in imitation of the older ones, it's not with permission, and he gets into trouble. After that, the older kids decide that they'll accompany him to do whatever he wants on his Saturday, because it's not fair that they have more freedom than he does.



* The kids in most of Zilpha Keatley Snyder's books are this. In ''TheEgyptGame'' it becomes a plot point because of the child murders in the area.

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* The kids in most of Zilpha Keatley Snyder's books are this. In ''TheEgyptGame'' ''Literature/TheEgyptGame'' it becomes a plot point because of the child murders in the area.



* Sara-Kate's family situation in ''Literature/AfternoonOfTheElves'' is at the darker end of this trope. She runs wild and does whatever she wants, apparently free of adult supervision [[spoiler:because her mother is too sick and/or depressed to look after her, and Sara-Kate is trying to keep it a secret so she won't be taken away by CPS.]]

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* Sara-Kate's family situation in ''Literature/AfternoonOfTheElves'' is at the darker end of this trope. She runs wild and does whatever she wants, apparently free of adult supervision [[spoiler:because her mother is too sick and/or depressed to look after her, and Sara-Kate is trying to keep it a secret so she won't be taken away by CPS.]]CPS]].



* The high school years of ''Series/BuffytheVampireSlayer'' used this trope. The teenage scoobies will be seen wandering around numerous points of town from their school building to a restricted research facility, during and after school hours. Buffy herself is used to climbing in and out of her bedroom window to hunt vampires at the local cemetery. It's explained in season 2 that each of the scoobies allow themselves the free time to fight evil and save the world by calling their respective parents and telling them they're staying at everyone else's house.

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* The high school years of ''Series/BuffytheVampireSlayer'' ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' used this trope. The teenage scoobies will be seen wandering around numerous points of town from their school building to a restricted research facility, during and after school hours. Buffy herself is used to climbing in and out of her bedroom window to hunt vampires at the local cemetery. It's explained in season 2 that each of the scoobies allow themselves the free time to fight evil and save the world by calling their respective parents and telling them they're staying at everyone else's house.



** Deconstructed in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'', as teenager Bianca's father goes nuts at the thought of his daughter traveling out there alone in the dangerous world. [[spoiler:Reconstructed as he's reminded that his daughter isn't alone as she has friends and monster bodyguards, and that roaming the world is a good way to expand one's horizons]].

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** Deconstructed in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'', as teenager Bianca's father goes nuts at the thought of his daughter traveling out there alone in the dangerous world. [[spoiler:Reconstructed as he's reminded that his daughter isn't alone as she has friends and monster bodyguards, and that roaming the world is a good way to expand one's horizons]].horizons.]]



** In ''VideoGame/{{The Sims 3}}'', any Sim older than toddler can go anywhere in town the player or their own free will sends them, subject to curfew restrictions on children and teens.

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** In ''VideoGame/{{The Sims 3}}'', ''VideoGame/TheSims3'', any Sim older than toddler can go anywhere in town the player or their own free will sends them, subject to curfew restrictions on children and teens.



* Most ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' characters are minors (Tails is 8, Sonic is 15, Amy is 12, etc.) but only three have characters that could be their legal guardians - Cream the Rabbit, who has her mother Vanilla, as well as Charmy [[SpeciesSurname Bee]] and Espio the Chameleon, who have Vector the Crocodile. The latter is a guess, but it makes sense. Charmy and Cream are the youngest characters, both being 6, but everyone from age 7 and up (minus Espio) seems not to even ''have'' parents, or any legal guardian for that matter. There's only a few cases where the lack makes ANY sense: With Knuckles, as he's the only echidna left [[spoiler:outside of the Twilight Cage.]] Tails was the only inhabitant of a very small island before meeting Sonic. It's not clear what happened to his parents. Blaze is a princess, and her royal family is stated to be alive, though they are unseen. Sonic, [[EpilepticTrees as his parents could be there and just not have caught up]]...

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* Most ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' characters are minors (Tails is 8, Sonic is 15, Amy is 12, etc.) but only three have characters that could be their legal guardians - Cream the Rabbit, who has her mother Vanilla, as well as Charmy [[SpeciesSurname Bee]] and Espio the Chameleon, who have Vector the Crocodile. The latter is a guess, but it makes sense. Charmy and Cream are the youngest characters, both being 6, but everyone from age 7 and up (minus Espio) seems not to even ''have'' parents, or any legal guardian for that matter. There's only a few cases where the lack makes ANY sense: With Knuckles, as he's [[LastOfHisKind is the only echidna left left]] [[spoiler:outside of the Twilight Cage.]] Cage]]. Tails was the only inhabitant of a very small island before meeting Sonic. It's not clear what happened to his parents. Blaze is a princess, and her royal family is stated to be alive, though they are unseen. Sonic, [[EpilepticTrees as his parents could be there and just not have caught up]]...



* {{Deconstructed}} in ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' when Rosa frequently leaves Maria alone so she can run off on vacation with her boyfriend, and other adults like the owner of a local convenience store are troubled to see her wandering around with nothing but a stuffed animal (which turns out to be intelligent, but that's neither here nor there). Any attempts to intervene with social services usually ends badly, and it's acknowledged to be traumatizing for Maria.

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* {{Deconstructed}} {{Deconstructed|Trope}} in ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' when Rosa frequently leaves Maria alone so she can run off on vacation with her boyfriend, and other adults like the owner of a local convenience store are troubled to see her wandering around with nothing but a stuffed animal (which turns out to be intelligent, but that's neither here nor there). Any attempts to intervene with social services usually ends badly, and it's acknowledged to be traumatizing for Maria.



* ''Webcomic/BadMachinery''.
* ''Webcomic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'' parodies the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' tradition with Jared Kowalski, a teenager who balked at the idea of leaving home on a Pokemon journey (because it would [[ThisLoserIsYou separate him from his Xbox games]]), until his parents got fed up and kicked him out of the house. They were shocked and upset that he wouldn't take off to WalkTheEarth with his pet Pokémon.

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* ''Webcomic/BadMachinery''.
''Webcomic/BadMachinery''. Most of the time; though in one storyline, with a predator terrorizing the town, the parents do clamp down on the kids' movements, interfering with their sleuthing; and in another, they need to pretend to be at one another's houses in order to free themselves to go out at night.
* ''Webcomic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'' parodies the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' tradition with Jared Kowalski, a teenager who balked at the idea of leaving home on a Pokemon journey (because it would [[ThisLoserIsYou separate him from his Xbox games]]), until his parents got fed up and kicked him out of the house. They were shocked and upset that he wouldn't take off to WalkTheEarth WalkingTheEarth with his pet Pokémon.



* Deconstructed, in a way, in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', where a bunch of kids can travel around the world because, with the exception of a few characters, all of their parents are either dead or busy fighting the war. It doesn't help that every one of the kids is essentially a ChildSoldier. There's also some DeliberateValuesDissonance involved; sixteen year olds are considered full adults, and many of the villains have high military rank despite being in the same age range as the heroes.

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* Deconstructed, in a way, in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', where a bunch of kids can travel around the world because, with the exception of a few characters, all of their parents are either dead or busy fighting the war. It doesn't help that every one of the kids is essentially a ChildSoldier.{{Child Soldier|s}}. There's also some DeliberateValuesDissonance involved; sixteen year olds are considered full adults, and many of the villains have high military rank despite being in the same age range as the heroes.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'': Jimmy and friends, whom are in probably fifth grade, are given incredibly free rein, often making trips to space, Egypt, and the depths of the ocean with minimum interference from parents. There are a few instances where Jimmy is prevented from flying in his homemade rocket into space (Without a space helmet even!) before finishing his chores, but still, that is incredibly free rein. On a typical day, the kids will go down to the local fast food joint to hang out, and their parents are nowhere in sight. Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutron'' where the plot revolved around the kids feeling annoyed about the restrictions their parents keep placing on them. But really, the only thing they kept him from doing was going to a theme park on a school night, which really isn't that bad.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'': Jimmy and friends, whom are in probably fifth grade, are given incredibly free rein, often making trips to space, Egypt, and the depths of the ocean with minimum interference from parents. There are a few instances where Jimmy is prevented from flying in his homemade rocket into space (Without a space helmet even!) before finishing his chores, but still, that is incredibly free rein. On a typical day, the kids will go down to the local fast food joint to hang out, and their parents are nowhere in sight. Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutron'' ''WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' where the plot revolved around the kids feeling annoyed about the restrictions their parents keep placing on them. But really, the only thing they kept him from doing was going to a theme park on a school night, which really isn't that bad.



** Part of Ben and his cousin Gwens' free rein comes from their grandfather Max, who drives them around the USA for their summer camping trip. Still, being part of an interstellar policing counter-terrorist organization would give him the common sense to keep better watch around Ben (who's only 10), who happens to have the most powerful transforming technology in the galaxy but repeatedly disregards caution and attacks alien evildoers with no concern for the consequences. Same goes for Gwen, but her surprising maturity in accessing dangerous situations sort of justifies the lack of supervision. Also the fact that Max should be in his 60s and is not as physically fit as he was in his younger days.

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** Part of Ben and his cousin Gwens' Gwen's free rein comes from their grandfather Max, who drives them around the USA for their summer camping trip. Still, being part of an interstellar policing counter-terrorist organization would give him the common sense to keep better watch around Ben (who's only 10), who happens to have the most powerful transforming technology in the galaxy but repeatedly disregards caution and attacks alien evildoers with no concern for the consequences. Same goes for Gwen, but her surprising maturity in accessing dangerous situations sort of justifies the lack of supervision. Also the fact that Max should be in his 60s and is not as physically fit as he was in his younger days.
24th Oct '17 7:11:48 AM NESBoy
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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRCNNZGlZeA This video]] found on Website/YouTube [[DiscussedTrope discusses]] both sides of this trope.

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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRCNNZGlZeA This video]] found on Website/YouTube [[DiscussedTrope discusses]] {{discusse|dTrope}}s both sides of this trope.
8th Sep '17 4:05:51 PM AdamC
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* A big problem for the 2007 ''Literature/BridgeToTerabithia'' film, which is set after 2000. Nowadays, the well-off city-born Burke parents would '''never''' have allowed Leslie (their only child and only ten) to go even near the rope or in the woods by herself (or even with Jess), ''precisely'' out of fear that something might happen, despite the natural tendency of country-born parents often letting their kids do exactly that, after of course teaching them how to do so safely (or not, it's pretty much Russian Roulette).

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* A big problem for the 2007 ''Literature/BridgeToTerabithia'' film, which is set after 2000. Nowadays, the well-off city-born Burke parents would '''never''' have allowed Leslie (their only child and only ten) to go even near the rope or in the woods by herself (or even with Jess), ''precisely'' out of fear that something might happen, despite the natural tendency of country-born parents often letting their kids do exactly that, after of course teaching them how to do so safely (or not, it's pretty much Russian Roulette). As with the Harriet The Spy example above, the book was written in the seventies, where one could arguably see this happening, but the movie is clearly set in the year it was released.
22nd Aug '17 6:57:17 PM TomWalpertac2
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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRCNNZGlZeA This video]] found on Website/YouTube seems to argue fairly strngly ''in favor'' of this trope.

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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRCNNZGlZeA This video]] found on Website/YouTube seems to argue fairly strngly ''in favor'' [[DiscussedTrope discusses]] both sides of this trope.
22nd Aug '17 6:52:04 PM TomWalpertac2
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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRCNNZGlZeA This video]] found on Website/YouTube seems to argue fairly strngly ''in favor'' of this trope.
22nd Aug '17 8:29:41 AM Pichu-kun
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* The characters in ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'' live in a society where it's perfectly normal for fourteen year olds to visit an adult nightclub and hang out at night. This also applies to Taro and his friends, who are even younger.



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* Deconstructed in Disney's ''Disney/TheRescuersDownUnder''. Cody is free to run around the local areas of the Australian outback...but runs into the film's villain (a poacher) and...then you have the plot of the movie.

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* Deconstructed in Disney's ''Disney/TheRescuersDownUnder''. Cody is free to run around the local areas of the Australian outback... but runs into the film's villain (a poacher) and...and... then you have the plot of the movie.



* ''VideoGame/YokaiWatch'' allows the elementary aged protagonist to run around wherever they please with no issue. They spend all day running around town, running to other towns, and even traveling by train alone. This is played with when it comes to night though. On one hand, they use a {{youkai}} to sneak out. On the other hand, [=NPCs=] only mildly scold you if they see you walking around in the middle of night.



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20th Aug '17 10:07:00 AM WKennedy334
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** There are the Cutie Mark Crusaders, who are able to wander all over town and the overlying regions with no supervision, even into the local EldritchLocation on occasion. Only Sweetie Belle is confirmed as having parents; we don't even know if the other two ''have'' parents, although Apple Bloom has older siblings. It's debatable exactly how old the CMC are, however. If one views Cutie Marks as an analogy to puberty the trio could very well be the equivalent of 9 or 10 in human years (possibly even older) which is plenty old enough to be wandering around a sleepy rural village on their own.

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Only Sweetie Belle is confirmed as having parents; we don't even know if the other two ''have'' parents, although Apple Bloom has older siblings. It's debatable exactly how old the CMC are, however. If one views Cutie Marks as an analogy to puberty the trio could very well be the equivalent of 9 or 10 in human years (possibly even older) which is plenty old enough to be wandering around a sleepy rural village on their own.
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