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18th Jun '16 5:47:06 PM TroperDoper
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* The high school years of ''Series/Buffy the Vampire Slayer'' 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/Buffy the Vampire Slayer'' ''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.
18th Jun '16 5:25:58 PM TroperDoper
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* The high school years of ''Series/Buffy the Vampire Slayer'' 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.
14th Jun '16 2:09:36 PM katrinahood
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* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/ThreeTwoOnePenguins''. Jason and Michelle do have adult supervision when going on their space adventures, namely the eponymous penguins.

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* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/ThreeTwoOnePenguins''. ''WesternAnimation/ThreeTwoOnePenguins'' Jason and Michelle do have adult supervision when going on their space adventures, namely the eponymous penguins.
14th Jun '16 2:09:06 PM katrinahood
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* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/ThreeTwoOnePenguins''. Jason and Michelle do have adult supervision when going on their space adventures, namely the eponymous penguins.
31st May '16 10:47:27 AM Pichu-kun
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** Although it's implied in the second season that it's only because of going with Pokemon that kids are allowed to travel like that, and if someone under 10 wants to follow them they may only do so if the Trainer is a direct relative, who then becomes their legal guardian. May hated Pokemon at first, and simply wanted to travel and see the world but for some reason explicitly couldn't do so unless she reported to the local professor for a pokemon and dex and went out on a "Pokemon journey". Her younger brother meanwhile could only follow his big sister, a direct relative on her own journey. Once May decided to go off on her own at the end of season 2 Max had no choice but to go home to his parents until he came of age to become a trainer himself. He couldn't travel on his own until that day, nor could he remain with Ash and Brock, who aren't family, on their next journey to Sinnoh. Meanwhile the only other children encountered out on the road are also trainers. Kids seemingly not interested in doing this stay in their towns like regular kids.

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** Although it's implied in the second season that it's only because of going with Pokemon that kids are allowed to travel like that, and if someone under 10 wants to follow them they may only do so if the Trainer is a direct relative, who then becomes their legal guardian. May hated Pokemon at first, and simply wanted to travel and see the world but for some reason explicitly couldn't do so unless she reported to the local professor for a pokemon Pokemon and dex and went out on a "Pokemon journey". Her younger brother meanwhile could only follow his big sister, a direct relative on her own journey. Once May decided to go off on her own at the end of season 2 Max had no choice but to go home to his parents until he came of age to become a trainer himself. He couldn't travel on his own until that day, nor could he remain with Ash and Brock, who aren't family, on their next journey to Sinnoh. Meanwhile the only other children encountered out on the road are also trainers. Kids seemingly not interested in doing this stay in their towns like regular kids.



** It seems this concept was tried out in chapter 1 but was dropped because it made Mr. Koiwai seem neglectful rather than laid back and a bit forgetful. In the first chapter she wanders around the neighborhood and Koiwai is confident she'll come back to the house when she gets hungry. However, after all the trouble she causes during that escapade he becomes more protective of her. The next time she wanders around unsupervised he does punish her.

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** It seems this concept was tried out in chapter 1 but was dropped [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness dropped]] because it made Mr. Koiwai seem neglectful rather than laid back and a bit forgetful. In the first chapter she wanders around the neighborhood and Koiwai is confident she'll come back to the house when she gets hungry. However, after all the trouble she causes during that escapade he becomes more protective of her. The next time she wanders around unsupervised he does punish her.



* ''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 quite lower criminal range compared to the USA. Also kinda {{deconstructed}} in a {{backstory}} arc when the Mouris, before separation, found the Kudos' ''very'' laissez-faire parenting a bit annoying.

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* ''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.
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that. Somewhat more understandable when you remember that Japan has a quite lower criminal range compared to the USA. Also kinda {{deconstructed}} in a {{backstory}} arc when the Mouris, before separation, found the Kudos' ''very'' laissez-faire parenting a bit annoying.



* In ''Manga/BunnyDrop'' Rin and Kouki are two six year olds who are allowed to walk to and from school on their own together.



* This trope is usually deconstructed and portrayed as negative in ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit''. It is usually because of ParentalNeglect and is often the cause of children being kidnapped, injured, or raped. One episode has Munich mentioning to a ten year old boy that, when he was his age, his parents wouldn't even let him ride around the block on his bike but the boy goes on the subway by himself.

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* This trope is usually deconstructed and portrayed as negative in ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit''. It is usually because of ParentalNeglect and is often the cause of children being kidnapped, injured, or raped. One episode has Munich Munch mentioning to a ten year old boy that, when he was his age, his parents wouldn't even let him ride around the block on his bike but the boy goes on the subway by himself.


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** ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon'' is no better then the main games. {{Kid Hero}}es and young civilians alike walk around on their own with no adults.
31st May '16 10:36:19 AM Pichu-kun
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* This trope is usually deconstructed and portrayed as negative in ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit''. It is usually because of ParentalNeglect and is often the cause of children being kidnapped, injured, or raped. One episode has Munich mentioning to a ten year old boy that, when he was his age, his parents wouldn't even let him ride around the block on his bike but the boy goes on the subway by himself.



* ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'': Lan and Mega Man save the world left and right, and wander about it, but Lan is only 11 years old and in fifth grade (a year or two older in later games). Lan's parents sometimes show worry, but he's still able to battle dangerous criminals without being held up in his room. To say nothing about Mayl, Dex, and Yai. While they occasionally can't accompany Lan to something or other due to something during the main plot, they always at least try to follow Lan into the evil base at the end of each game. The epitome of this has to be the 5th game where Yai manages to take the entire gang to a ''deserted island'' two hours away from home. And then they go to explore an ''abandoned mine'' with predictable results. You'd think after that their parents would never let them go anywhere on their own again.
** The second anime eventually solves this by making Lan a "Net Savior", basically an agent of the Net Police. After this he stops randomly wandering into criminals on random adventures and is actively dispatched into crime scenes and anyone attempting to stop him on the grounds that a dangerous site is no place for a child will immediately yield when he shows them his badge.

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* ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'': Lan and Mega Man save the world left and right, and wander about it, but Lan is only 11 years old and in fifth grade (a year or two older in later games). Lan's parents sometimes show worry, but he's still able to battle dangerous criminals without being held up in his room. To say nothing about Mayl, Dex, and Yai. While they occasionally can't accompany Lan to something or other due to something during the main plot, they always at least try to follow Lan into the evil base at the end of each game. The epitome of this has to be the 5th game where Yai manages to take the entire gang to a ''deserted island'' two hours away from home. And then they go to explore an ''abandoned mine'' with predictable results. You'd think after that their parents would never let them go anywhere on their own again.
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again. The second anime eventually solves this by making Lan a "Net Savior", basically an agent of the Net Police. After this he stops randomly wandering into criminals on random adventures and is actively dispatched into crime scenes and anyone attempting to stop him on the grounds that a dangerous site is no place for a child will immediately yield when he shows them his badge.



** The [[VideoGame/MOTHER1 first]] [[VideoGame/EarthBound two]] ''MOTHER'' games are somewhat egregious examples, but ''VideoGame/MOTHER3'' justifies it by having the island be a [[spoiler:former]] utopia.

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** The [[VideoGame/MOTHER1 [[VideoGame/EarthboundBeginnings first]] [[VideoGame/EarthBound two]] ''MOTHER'' games are somewhat egregious examples, but ''VideoGame/MOTHER3'' justifies it by having the island be a [[spoiler:former]] utopia.



*** Even protagonists aside, kids Ness's age or even younger can be seen here and there without direct accompaniment, such as a little girl near the path leading from Onett to Twoson or a young boy on the path from Twoson to Peaceful Rest Valley.

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*** ** Even protagonists aside, kids Ness's age or even younger can be seen here and there without direct accompaniment, such as a little girl near the path leading from Onett to Twoson or a young boy on the path from Twoson to Peaceful Rest Valley.



* ''WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer'' and her cousins in 'WesternAnimation/GoDiegoGo''. Dora is a little girl let run around the rain forest with her equally young monkey friend, while Diego and his sister aren't even high schoolers yet go on ''animal rescue missions'' on their own. In ''WesternAnimation/DorasExplorerGirls'' Dora is a preteen with a group of similarly aged friends yet they are allowed full range of the city.

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* ''WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer'' and her cousins in 'WesternAnimation/GoDiegoGo''.''WesternAnimation/GoDiegoGo''. Dora is a little girl let run around the rain forest with her equally young monkey friend, while Diego and his sister aren't even high schoolers yet go on ''animal rescue missions'' on their own. In ''WesternAnimation/DorasExplorerGirls'' Dora is a preteen with a group of similarly aged friends yet they are allowed full range of the city.



* ''WesternAnimation/MaxAndRuby'' features an older sister who seems to care for her younger brother 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with only sporadic intervention by their grandmother. The two regularly go shopping across town via bus, among other things.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MaxAndRuby'' features an older sister who seems to care for her younger brother 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with only sporadic intervention by their grandmother. The two regularly go shopping across town via bus, among other things. Supposedly the parents are [[InvisibleParents offscreen]] but nothing suggests this in-series.
28th Apr '16 10:45:28 PM JMQwilleran
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* On ''WesternAnimation/GoldieAndBear'', Goldie, Bear and the others pretty much have the run of Fairytale Forest on their own. Their parents are apparently entirely unconcerned about there being any real danger within it that could trouble unsupervised children.
27th Apr '16 10:47:20 AM TobuIshi
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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.]]
11th Apr '16 12:56:15 PM Pichu-kun
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* {{Deconstructed}} in ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'' 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.



* The Powerpuff Girls in ''Anime/DemashitaPowerpuffGirlsZ''.

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* The Powerpuff Girls in ''Anime/DemashitaPowerpuffGirlsZ''.''Anime/DemashitaPowerpuffGirlsZ'' are only twelve but run around the city without much issue.



* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' this was generally averted due to all of the pre-teen ninja being assigned an adult supervisor. The Sasuke Retrieval Arc was the only canon departure from this. With all the adult ninja being assigned to other missions, none of the members of the retrieval team were older than fourteen. This trope also extends to the Sand siblings who came to their rescue, as there is no evidence their teacher was present.

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was generally averted due to all of the pre-teen ninja being assigned an adult supervisor. The Sasuke Retrieval Arc was the only canon departure from this. With all the adult ninja being assigned to other missions, none of the members of the retrieval team were older than fourteen. This trope also extends to the Sand siblings who came to their rescue, as there is no evidence their teacher was present.



* ''FanFic/TheTwilightChild'': The main character, when she was a foal, as the first flashback shows. In one instance, she runs off just seconds after being lectured for wandering off.

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The main character, when she was a foal, as the first flashback shows. In one instance, she runs off just seconds after being lectured for wandering off.



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* ''Series/KyleXY'' tends to zigzag this a lot, varying between impromptu investigative adventures into the woods, hidden bunkers, or just the other side of Seattle, to take down evil megacorps, ferret out conspiracies, or even get a friend's car out of a towing lot to the kids getting grounded and forced to sneak around (and out of) the house. Lying to parents, covering for siblings, and generally skulking about is all over, especially if the quest involves going to a party or a bar. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that they are high-schoolers, some of them are even touring colleges they plan to attend, several of the kids have their own cars, and that Nicole trusts Kyle more than the other kids because he's a super-genius and not a regular, impulsive teenager.
** Also increasingly justified as the super-genius starts to change into [[spoiler: actual superpowers]] and the parents, though they legitimately try to keep an eye on their charges, are increasingly outgunned.

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* ''Series/KyleXY'' tends to zigzag this a lot, varying between impromptu investigative adventures into the woods, hidden bunkers, or just the other side of Seattle, to take down evil megacorps, ferret out conspiracies, or even get a friend's car out of a towing lot to the kids getting grounded and forced to sneak around (and out of) the house. Lying to parents, covering for siblings, and generally skulking about is all over, especially if the quest involves going to a party or a bar. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that they are high-schoolers, some of them are even touring colleges they plan to attend, several of the kids have their own cars, and that Nicole trusts Kyle more than the other kids because he's a super-genius and not a regular, impulsive teenager.
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teenager. Also increasingly justified as the super-genius starts to change into [[spoiler: actual superpowers]] and the parents, though they legitimately try to keep an eye on their charges, are increasingly outgunned.



** Same deal as with the anime, the characters wander about their local region at a young age, with little concern from any adults. Although to be fair, the regions appear to so small that if one chucked a rock hard enough, it could cross several cities. It also makes sense that only children with tamed Franchise/{{Pokemon}} are allowed to roam freely. It seems to almost be a rite of passage. Even then most child trainers don't appear to really go far from home until they're in their late teens (Ace Trainers for example). However it's a bit odd seeing very young trainers such as the kids you see at beaches and Twins being farther from home than Campers and Youngsters. The beach kids, at least, usually make some reference to their parents being around (in RBY, one of them notes that her mom won't let her swim without a float ring).
** Deconstructed in ''Black and White'', 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]].
* ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonAWonderfulLife'': Your children can wandering about the valley (mostly to and from Vesta's ranch) from the time they're a ''toddler'' (though it rarely happens at that age). This can be justified being that the valley is quite small, there's really nowhere to go, and everyone knows each other.

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** Same deal as with the anime, the The characters wander about their local region at a young age, with little concern from any adults. Although to be fair, the regions appear to so small that if one chucked a rock hard enough, it could cross several cities. It also makes sense that only children with tamed Franchise/{{Pokemon}} are allowed to roam freely. It seems to almost be a rite of passage. Even then most child trainers don't appear to really go far from home until they're in their late teens (Ace Trainers for example). However it's a bit odd seeing very young trainers such as the kids you see at beaches and Twins being farther from home than Campers and Youngsters. The beach kids, at least, usually make some reference to their parents [[InvisibleParents parents]] being around (in RBY, one of them notes that her mom won't let her swim without a float ring).
** Deconstructed in ''Black and White'', ''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]].
* ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonAWonderfulLife'': Your In ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonAWonderfulLife'' your children can wandering about the valley (mostly to and from Vesta's ranch) from the time they're a ''toddler'' (though it rarely happens at that age). This can be justified being that the valley is quite small, there's really nowhere to go, and everyone knows each other.



* {{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.



* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': The kids are the same age as those from ''Arthur'' and have even more "adult" adventures, with little interference from their parents. There was one episode where Stan goes to New York to return a margarita maker, and you never see Randy or Sharon questioning where their son has gone, despite the fact ''he's on the other side of the country by himself.'' In "Night of the Living Homeless," they go so far as to ''applaud'' the fact that the boys are driving a bus cross-country by themselves, as it spares them the trouble of stopping the homeless problem. On the ''very'' rare occasions when their parents are aware that they're missing, the approach they take to getting them back is...less than effective, to say the least. Then again, all of the [[TooDumbToLive adults]] on ''South Park'' have the IdiotBall every episode. The kids have also been to Ethiopia, Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Peru, Costa Rica, Imaginationland, at least two other solar systems, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and Canada]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
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The kids are the same age as those from ''Arthur'' and have even more "adult" adventures, with little interference from their parents. There was one episode where Stan goes to New York to return a margarita maker, and you never see Randy or Sharon questioning where their son has gone, despite the fact ''he's on the other side of the country by himself.'' In "Night of the Living Homeless," they go so far as to ''applaud'' the fact that the boys are driving a bus cross-country by themselves, as it spares them the trouble of stopping the homeless problem. On the ''very'' rare occasions when their parents are aware that they're missing, the approach they take to getting them back is...less than effective, to say the least. Then again, all of the [[TooDumbToLive adults]] on ''South Park'' have the IdiotBall every episode. The kids have also been to Ethiopia, Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Peru, Costa Rica, Imaginationland, at least two other solar systems, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and Canada]].



* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'':

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** "How could this have happened?! We're always so careful with the kids!"



* ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers'': The kids run all about saving the Earth, but we never hear any complaints from any of the moms and dads about what their kids are doing (the one or two that are still alive, that is).
** Would you argue with the Spirit of the Earth? Or your kids if they had super powers they could kill you with?

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* ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers'': The kids A few of the main characters are not adults yet run all about saving the Earth, but we never hear any complaints from any of the moms and dads about what their kids are doing (the one or two that are still alive, that is).
** Would you argue with the Spirit of the Earth? Or your kids if they had super
is). They have powers they could kill you with?but that isn't much better.



* ''WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer'' and her cousins in 'WesternAnimation/GoDiegoGo''. Dora is a little girl let run around the rain forest with her equally young monkey friend, while Diego and his sister aren't even high schoolers yet go on ''animal rescue missions'' on their own.

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* ''WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer'' and her cousins in 'WesternAnimation/GoDiegoGo''. Dora is a little girl let run around the rain forest with her equally young monkey friend, while Diego and his sister aren't even high schoolers yet go on ''animal rescue missions'' on their own. In ''WesternAnimation/DorasExplorerGirls'' Dora is a preteen with a group of similarly aged friends yet they are allowed full range of the city.



* This trope may be an understatement in ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor''. The child-based organization's operatives get their training in an Arctic Base built in the coldest part of Antarctica, they are brought to the Moon (toward the KND Moonbase, natch) to be submitted into the KND when training's finished, and while they're KND Operative, usually depending on their job within the KND, may sent anywhere in the world, All with their parents taking little to no notice.
** In ''some'' cases their parents notice, and often even ''approve''. In fact, Numbuh 5 points out to Numbuh 4 that the KND only fight ''evil'' adults--while their parents may be kind of strict and perhaps embarrassing at times, they aren't necessarily "evil" and only want what's best for their children.

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* This trope may be an understatement in ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor''. The child-based organization's operatives get their training in an Arctic Base built in the coldest part of Antarctica, they are brought to the Moon (toward the KND Moonbase, natch) to be submitted into the KND when training's finished, and while they're KND Operative, usually depending on their job within the KND, may sent anywhere in the world, All with their parents taking little to no notice.
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notice. In ''some'' cases their parents notice, and often even ''approve''. In fact, Numbuh 5 points out to Numbuh 4 that the KND only fight ''evil'' adults--while their parents may be kind of strict and perhaps embarrassing at times, they aren't necessarily "evil" and only want what's best for their children.



* This essentially applies to Megan, Molly, and Danny in [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTVSpecials the original]] [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie incarnation]] [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends of]] ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'', as well as the baby ponies whenever the plot calls for it. This also applies to the main characters in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTales''.
** ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has the Cutie Mark Crusaders, 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.
*** Subverted in the episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E21DragonQuest Dragon Quest]]", where the girls let Spike go alone on a quest to join migrating dragons, but it turns out they were planning to follow him all along anyway.
*** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E8JustForSidekicks Just for Sidekicks]]," nobody apparently bats an eye at them being missing while they head off with Spike on a train ride to the Crystal Empire.

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* This essentially applies to Megan, Molly, and Danny in [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTVSpecials the original]] [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie incarnation]] [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends of]] ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'', as well as the baby ponies whenever the plot calls for it. This also applies to the main characters in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTales''.
''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTales'' as well. They're all quite young yet go on adventures around anywhere they please with little issue.
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** ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has 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.
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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.
*** ** Subverted in the episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E21DragonQuest Dragon Quest]]", where the girls let Spike go alone on a quest to join migrating dragons, but it turns out they were planning to follow him all along anyway.
*** ** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E8JustForSidekicks Just for Sidekicks]]," nobody apparently bats an eye at them being missing while they head off with Spike on a train ride to the Crystal Empire.


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* In both ''Disney/TheLionKing'' and ''Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride'' this is averted as cubs get scolded for wandering too far away from Priderock. In ''WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard'', Kion and his friends seem barely older than Simba was in the first half of the original film yet are allowed to run around everywhere, even into the Outlands. They are at least ''partially'' justified due to being {{Kid Hero}}es however Kion's only slightly older sister Kiara and her friends can do the same despite not having any powers.
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* Fi's mother in ''Webcomic/{{Storywisher}}'' is apparently fine with her daughter and nephew wandering through the woods alone.
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