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17th Jul '17 8:01:38 AM bitemytail
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** ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'': the TropeNamer. In the pilot, mentor Zordon asked for "five overbearing and over-emotional humans" in the area, and helper robot Alpha said, complete with facepalm, "[[AnythingButThat Oh no, not that!]] Not... teenagers!" to which Zordon responded, "that's correct Alpha," to which Alpha sighs, "[[AfraidYouWereGoingToSayThat I was afraid of that]]." Only one of the group didn't have any martial arts training and they were fairly decent shots on the very rare occasion when they actually used their blasters. The reasoning behind this, stated in the first episode, was that as teenagers they would be the generation to inherit the planet, and thusly should be the ones who protect that inheritance. ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'' would later make it a plot point in order to justify a cast shakeup; the older Rangers from ''Mighty Morphin''' were dismissed from Ranger duty and replaced so they could begin establishing normal grownup lives. (Also, these "teenagers" definitely are NOT as Zordon described them. They're neither angsty nor overbearing.)

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** ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'': the TropeNamer. In the pilot, mentor Zordon asked for "five overbearing and over-emotional humans" in the area, and helper robot Alpha said, complete with facepalm, "[[AnythingButThat Oh no, not that!]] Not... teenagers!" to which Zordon responded, "that's correct Alpha," to which Alpha sighs, "[[AfraidYouWereGoingToSayThat I "I was afraid of that]].that." Only one of the group didn't have any martial arts training and they were fairly decent shots on the very rare occasion when they actually used their blasters. The reasoning behind this, stated in the first episode, was that as teenagers they would be the generation to inherit the planet, and thusly should be the ones who protect that inheritance. ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'' would later make it a plot point in order to justify a cast shakeup; the older Rangers from ''Mighty Morphin''' were dismissed from Ranger duty and replaced so they could begin establishing normal grownup lives. (Also, these "teenagers" definitely are NOT as Zordon described them. They're neither angsty nor overbearing.)
21st May '17 6:31:15 PM nombretomado
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* [[spoiler: In {{Worm}} we have a rare villainous example: supervillain Coil assembled the Undersiders from a group of teenage solo villains that would have never thought to work together otherwise.]]

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* [[spoiler: In {{Worm}} Literature/{{Worm}} we have a rare villainous example: supervillain Coil assembled the Undersiders from a group of teenage solo villains that would have never thought to work together otherwise.]]
10th May '17 11:14:44 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* Par for the course in the ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona'' series, where most of the party members are high school students. This is downplayed in the ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}'' duology, where ''Innocent Sin'' has one adult in the core lineup and one adult GuestStarPartyMember, and ''Eternal Punishment'' has the entire team consist of adults except for one guy, [[RippleEffectProofMemory who has a very good reason to be there]]. The trope is justified in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', where the party consists of [[AmateurSleuth Amateur Sleuths]] and near-victims of the SerialKiller who can't go to the police because [[YouWouldntBelieveMeIfIToldYou nobody would believe them]].[[/folder]]

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* Par for the course in the ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona'' series, where most of the party members are high school students. This is downplayed in the ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}'' ''VideoGame/Persona2'' duology, where ''Innocent Sin'' has one adult in the core lineup and one adult GuestStarPartyMember, and ''Eternal Punishment'' has the entire team consist of adults except for one guy, [[RippleEffectProofMemory who has a very good reason to be there]]. The trope is justified in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', ''VideoGame/Persona4'', where the party consists of [[AmateurSleuth Amateur Sleuths]] and near-victims of the SerialKiller who can't go to the police because [[YouWouldntBelieveMeIfIToldYou nobody would believe them]].them]], and in ''VideoGame/Persona5'', where the heroes are social outcasts explicitly rebelling against corrupt adults.
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27th Apr '17 2:25:19 AM LondonKdS
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* ''Series/Class2016'': [[Series/DoctorWho The Doctor]] trusts a bunch of six-formers to look after a rift in time at their school (which is largely due to him dropping in there too often).

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* ''Series/Class2016'': [[Series/DoctorWho The Doctor]] trusts a bunch of six-formers to look after a rift in time at their school (which is largely due to him dropping in there too often). Deconstructed as the psychological strain has some realistically traumatic effects on the characters, and [[spoiler:they end up committing a genocide that might have been justifiable to them (the aliens in question were by all experience AlwaysChaoticEvil and implacably hostile to humanity and them in particular) but would probably horrify the Doctor if he found out about it]].
23rd Apr '17 10:40:06 AM nighttrainfm
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** ''Film/MightyMorphinPowerRangersTheMovie'' (considered non-canon, but still interesting) implied that Zordon had been recruiting teenagers for centuries. Ivan Ooze remarks with disgust that "Zordon's still using a bunch of kids to do his dirty work" when he meets the current team, and clearly hates teenagers even ''more'' than he hates humans in general because of it.

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** ''Film/MightyMorphinPowerRangersTheMovie'' (considered non-canon, (an alternate continuity, but still interesting) implied that Zordon had been recruiting teenagers for centuries. Ivan Ooze remarks with disgust that "Zordon's still using a bunch of kids to do his dirty work" when he meets the current team, and clearly hates teenagers even ''more'' than he hates humans in general because of it.
15th Apr '17 12:41:43 AM thatother1dude
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* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': Kyubey only recruits young and inexperienced teenage girls to fight the Witches. Most of the main characters are completely normal schoolgirls. [[spoiler:[[PoweredByAForsakenChild There is a reason why it has to be teen girls.]]]]

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* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': Kyubey only recruits young and inexperienced teenage girls to fight the Witches. Most of the main characters are completely normal schoolgirls. [[spoiler:[[PoweredByAForsakenChild There [[spoiler:Kyubey's true goal is a reason why it has to be teen girls.]]]][[PoweredByAForsakenChild convert their despair into energy]], suggesting he picks teenagers because they're more emotional and/or easier to manipulate.]]
15th Apr '17 12:41:43 AM thatother1dude
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9th Apr '17 1:34:34 PM nombretomado
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* ''SailorNothing'' also [[{{Deconstruction}} deals with the absurdity]] of choosing teenaged girls to save the world. Who would come up with such a ridiculous idea? A villain who actually wants the good guys to lose?

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* ''SailorNothing'' ''Literature/SailorNothing'' also [[{{Deconstruction}} deals with the absurdity]] of choosing teenaged girls to save the world. Who would come up with such a ridiculous idea? A villain who actually wants the good guys to lose?
8th Apr '17 11:46:15 AM EDP
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* In ''ComicBook/{{WITCH}}'' both the current and the previous team of Guardians of Kandrakar were chosen as teenagers (Cornelia actually [[LampshadeHanging wonders why them]]). {{Justified}} because they were selected by the Heart of Kandrakar itself, a magical artifact that reasons in a different way than humans do and is implied to have selected the best five for the job ''out of the whole planet Earth''-no matter their previous relationships (of the five, only Irma and Hay Lin are shown to be already friend when selected a year before the series) or where they lived (Will and Taranee are from two different cities, and the prequel issue shows the Heart's magic subtly leading to them moving to Heatherfield).
25th Mar '17 11:49:08 PM infernape612
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** ''Film/PowerRangers2017'' changes the original origin to the five teenagers stumbling on the Power Coins and Zordon's ship. Zordon himself is actually quite skeptical about their capabilities for most of the movie.



* ''Series/LabRats'':Leo sends three teenagers aged 14-16.
* [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in ''Series/{{The 100}}''. TheArk space station decides to send one hundred people down to the Earth's surface, ostensibly to see if the planet is livable again after the nuclear war, but really because the Ark is running out of oxygen, and sending the 100 down frees up more air for the rest of the population. Since almost everyone expects the 100 to quickly die of radiation poisoning, the plan is to only send down [[BoxedCrook expendable criminals (with the promise of a full pardon if they survive)]]. However, since [[AllCrimesAreEqual any adult who breaks the law gets an automatic death sentence]], the only criminals they have handy are their juvenile delinquents. Cue one hundred rebellious teenagers being sent to recolonize the Earth.

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* ''Series/LabRats'':Leo sends three teenagers aged 14-16.
* [[JustifiedTrope Justified]]
{{Justified|Trope}} in ''Series/{{The 100}}''. TheArk space station decides to send one hundred people down to the Earth's surface, ostensibly to see if the planet is livable again after the nuclear war, but really because the Ark is running out of oxygen, and sending the 100 down frees up more air for the rest of the population. Since almost everyone expects the 100 to quickly die of radiation poisoning, the plan is to only send down [[BoxedCrook expendable criminals (with the promise of a full pardon if they survive)]]. However, since [[AllCrimesAreEqual any adult who breaks the law gets an automatic death sentence]], the only criminals they have handy are their juvenile delinquents. Cue one hundred rebellious teenagers being sent to recolonize the Earth.
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