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15th May '18 4:29:01 PM DragonRanger
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[[caption-width-right:346:[-Alpha shows the world that he does not know the definition of the word [[{{Badbutt}} "attitude"]]. Or [[DawsonCasting "teenagers"]], for that matter.-]]]

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[[caption-width-right:346:[-Alpha shows the world 5 demonstrates that he does not know the definition of the word [[{{Badbutt}} "attitude"]]. Or [[DawsonCasting "teenagers"]], for that matter.-]]]



** ''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, "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.)
** The rest of the ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' franchise downplays this, however. Many seasons justify teen heroes by either having them already in training to fight evil when said evil emerges (''[[Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm Ninja Storm]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersJungleFury Jungle Fury]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersSamurai Samurai]]'') or the only ones in the vicinity to have powers (''[[Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder Dino Thunder]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersMysticForce Mystic Force]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge Dino Charge]]''). The third common setup narrowly averts this trope, as there the Rangers are usually twentysomething adults and, while not military, are specifically recruited for the skills that they do have (''[[Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue Lightspeed Rescue]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive Operation Overdrive]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersNinjaSteel Ninja Steel]]'').

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** ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'': ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' is 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, "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.)
** The rest of the ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' franchise downplays this, however. Many seasons justify teen heroes by either having them already in training to fight evil when said evil emerges (''[[Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm Ninja Storm]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersJungleFury Jungle Fury]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersSamurai Samurai]]'') or the only ones in the vicinity to have powers to begin with (''[[Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder Dino Thunder]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersMysticForce Mystic Force]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge Dino Charge]]''). The third common setup remaining entries narrowly averts avert this trope, as there the Rangers are usually twentysomething adults and, while not military, and either ''are'' a military unit (''[[Series/PowerRangersTimeForce Time Force]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersSPD SPD]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersRPM RPM]]'') or are specifically recruited for the skills that they do have (''[[Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue (''[[Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy Lost Galaxy]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue Lightspeed Rescue]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersWildForce Wild Force]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive Operation Overdrive]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersNinjaSteel Ninja Steel]]'').Overdrive]]'').


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** ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaSteel'' is another one of the entries that plays it straight, as the Ninja Nexus Prism grants its Power Stars to six teens it deems worthy.
22nd Apr '18 6:33:46 AM gophergiggles
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* The Mane Six in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' certainly act the part, being a group of youngsters who get thrust head-on into a battle against Nightmare Moon and end up becoming Princess Celestia's go-to team to take on enemies the Royal Guards can't handle (which, apparently, [[MilitariesAreUseless is all of them]]). Their exact ages are vague but their ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' counterparts are only in High School.
28th Mar '18 2:03:52 PM nighttrainfm
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* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', five teenagers are picked by an alien to save the world from an alien invasion. To its credit, the series ''[[DeconstructedTrope does]]'' deal with the absurdity of five teenagers being the world's only hope, and in the end they're all shown to have some fairly deep psychological trauma. Initially explained that said alien didn't have much choice, since [[ImDyingPleaseTakeMyMacguffin he was about to die and the kids happened to be there]].
** However, [[spoiler:it is later revealed that a SufficientlyAdvancedAlien EnergyBeing (read: stand in for {{God}}) hand-picked more than half of the kids for [[LukeIAmYourFather various]] [[ResetButton reasons]]; since it is involved in an absurdly complex universe-spanning game with an evil SufficientlyAdvancedAlien, the earth's defenders being teenagers might have been a restriction as part of one of the in-game deals]].

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* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', five ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'':
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teenagers are get picked by an alien to save the world from an alien invasion.invasion. They're eventually joined by the alien's younger brother, himself a teenager. To its credit, the series ''[[DeconstructedTrope does]]'' deal with the absurdity of five teenagers being the world's only hope, and in the end they're all shown to have some fairly deep psychological trauma. Initially explained that said alien didn't have much choice, since [[ImDyingPleaseTakeMyMacguffin he was about to die and the kids happened to be there]].
** However, [[spoiler:it is later revealed that a SufficientlyAdvancedAlien EnergyBeing (read: stand in for {{God}}) hand-picked more than half of the kids for [[LukeIAmYourFather various]] [[ResetButton reasons]]; since it is involved in an absurdly complex universe-spanning game with an evil SufficientlyAdvancedAlien, the earth's defenders being teenagers might have been a restriction as part of one of the in-game deals]].deals.]]
19th Feb '18 1:12:39 PM CrypticMirror
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* Mocked in ''Webcomic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'' [[http://thepunchlineismachismo.com/archives/comic/merry-200th-strip here.]]

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* Mocked in ''Webcomic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'' [[http://thepunchlineismachismo.com/archives/comic/merry-200th-strip here.]]here]], where the Commander delivers to Zordon teenagers with the modern definition of attitude instead of the 90's upbeat and "can do" attitude Zordon actually asked for (the definition of "attitude" as pertains to teens having shifted back and forward rapidly ever since the end of WW2).
5th Feb '18 3:50:04 PM margdean56
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* ''ComicBook/MightyMorphinPowerRangersBoomStudios'' [[DeconReconSwitch finally answers this]], Zordon did try to recruit capable people with training but it didn't work out because they couldn't tolerate one another at got killed in the first mission despite their abilities. At the end, he decided it was easier to hire a group of friends, willing to do the job and train them than hiring professionals and forcing them to befriend over unreasonable differences and prejudices.

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* ''ComicBook/MightyMorphinPowerRangersBoomStudios'' [[DeconReconSwitch finally answers this]], this]]. Zordon did try to recruit capable people with training but it didn't work out because they couldn't tolerate one another at and got killed in on the first mission despite their abilities. At In the end, he decided it was easier to hire a group of friends, friends willing to do the job and train them than hiring to hire professionals and forcing force them to befriend over bond despite unreasonable differences and prejudices.



* ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' -an incredibly powerful sixteen-year-old who was a ball of angst and anger issues before her CharacterDevelopment- agrees to work for the DEO -a Government agency in charge of neutralizing alien threats- in ''Comicbook/SupergirlRebirth''. Director Chase notes that her newest agent used to be out of control.

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* ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' -an ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}''--an incredibly powerful sixteen-year-old who was a ball of angst and anger issues before her CharacterDevelopment- agrees CharacterDevelopment--agrees to work for the DEO -a DEO--a Government agency in charge of neutralizing alien threats- in threats--in ''Comicbook/SupergirlRebirth''. Director Chase notes that her newest agent used to be out of control.



* 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 friends 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).

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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 Earth''--no matter their previous relationships (of the five, only Irma and Hay Lin are shown to be already friends 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).
23rd Jan '18 10:43:57 AM idominatio2
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* ''ComicBook/MightyMorphinPowerRangersBoomStudios'' [[DeconReconSwitch finally answers this]], Zordon did try to recruit capable people with training but it didn't work out because they couldn't tolerate one another at got killed in the first mission despite their abilities. At the end, he decided it was easier to hire a group of friends, willing to do the job and train them than hiring professionals and forcing them to befriend over unreasonable differences and prejudices.
11th Jan '18 7:46:37 PM NOYB
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** Volume 3 goes further with the deconstruction; Realizing that the villains aren't finished, Ozpin asks Pyrrha Nikos, TheAce of Beacon, to inherit the power of the Fall Maiden and become the savior of mankind. However, said inheriting relies on an experimental and dangerous machine that may destroy Pyrrha's identity, causing her much angst on whether or not she can go through with it. [[spoiler: In the end, she's unable to accept the power before Cinder steals it for herself. Pyrrha attempts to fight Cinder, but all she accomplishes is dying which causes Ruby to awaken her own latent powers.]]

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** Volume 3 goes further with the deconstruction; Realizing realizing that the villains aren't finished, Ozpin asks Pyrrha Nikos, TheAce of Beacon, to inherit the power of the Fall Maiden and become the savior of mankind. However, said inheriting relies on an experimental and dangerous machine that may destroy Pyrrha's identity, causing her much angst on whether or not she can go through with it. [[spoiler: In the end, she's unable to accept the power before Cinder steals it for herself. Pyrrha attempts to fight Cinder, but all she accomplishes is dying dying, which causes Ruby to awaken her own latent powers.]]
11th Jan '18 7:45:25 PM NOYB
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* Played with in Anime/DigimonTamers, as for a good chunk of the series the adults refuse to work with the kids and even at the end make several good arguments why using them as frontline soldiers is unethical.

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* Played with in Anime/DigimonTamers, ''Anime/DigimonTamers'', as for a good chunk of the series the adults refuse to work with the kids and even at the end make several good arguments why using them as frontline soldiers is unethical.
11th Jan '18 7:44:18 PM NOYB
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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).

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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 friends 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).
11th Jan '18 7:43:26 PM NOYB
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* Justified in ''WesternAnimation/VoltronLegendaryDefender''. Allura wakes up from a ten-thousand year cryosleep to discover that her entire species has been wiped out and that a Garla ship is on its way to Arus to destroy what's left, so she has to settle for the RagtagBunchOfMisfits that stumbled upon her [[TheBattlestar castle-slash-spaceship]] to assemble Voltron and save the day. She is, however, wise enough to pass over the RookieRedRanger and instead appoint the [[TeamDad one responsible adult in the group]] as TheLeader, LawOfChromaticSuperiority be damned. Additionally, while four of the five Paladins are bickering teenagers, they were also military academy students prior to getting stranded on an alien planet, and thus at least have ''some'' training in aeronautics, engineering, and hand-to-hand combat.

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* Justified in ''WesternAnimation/VoltronLegendaryDefender''. Allura wakes up from a ten-thousand year cryosleep to discover that her entire species has been wiped out and that a Garla ship is on its way to Arus to destroy what's left, so she has to settle for the RagtagBunchOfMisfits that stumbled upon her [[TheBattlestar castle-slash-spaceship]] to assemble Voltron and save the day. She is, however, wise enough to pass over the RookieRedRanger and instead appoint the [[TeamDad one responsible adult in the group]] as TheLeader, LawOfChromaticSuperiority be damned. Additionally, while four of the five Paladins are bickering teenagers, they were also military academy students prior to getting stranded on an alien planet, and thus at least have ''some'' training in aeronautics, engineering, engineering and hand-to-hand combat.
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