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11th Nov '17 4:07:54 PM Q4
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* Music/TheWho's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqeYrNYGzJc/ "Baba O'Riley"]], sometimes even called ''Teenage Wasteland''

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* Music/TheWho's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqeYrNYGzJc/ "Baba O'Riley"]], sometimes even called ''Teenage Wasteland''Wasteland'' [[note]]It recycles lyrics from a different song existing as a demo that ''was'' titled "Teenage Wasteland", but that's not the one everyone knows.[[/note]]
24th Oct '17 8:07:53 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/LarryNiven's "Literature/AWorldOutOfTime", most of the Earth was ruled by immortal boy-children who kept a supply of grown-ups around as breeding stock. (The immortal girl-children were wiped out by a gender war and environmental changes making their territory uninhabitable.) All new boy-children are taken from the adults and join troupes of the immortal boys; the ones that demonstrate "superior qualities" are sent back to the adults to become new breeding adults, while the rest become immortal and stay boys forever. Girls remain with the adults and grow into new breeding adults. Both the boys and girls are depicted as cruel despots, but not because of their "youth"; most were far older than the adults and had the mentalities to match. They're cruel because they're powerful, ancient immortals, and cruelty is how they alleviate their boredom.

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* In Creator/LarryNiven's "Literature/AWorldOutOfTime", ''Literature/AWorldOutOfTime'', most of the Earth was ruled by immortal boy-children who kept a supply of grown-ups around as breeding stock. (The immortal girl-children were wiped out by a gender war and environmental changes making their territory uninhabitable.) All new boy-children are taken from the adults and join troupes of the immortal boys; the ones that demonstrate "superior qualities" are sent back to the adults to become new breeding adults, while the rest become immortal and stay boys forever. Girls remain with the adults and grow into new breeding adults. Both the boys and girls are depicted as cruel despots, but not because of their "youth"; most were far older than the adults and had the mentalities to match. They're cruel because they're powerful, ancient immortals, and cruelty is how they alleviate their boredom.
24th Oct '17 8:07:35 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/LarryNiven's "A World Out Of Time", most of the Earth was ruled by immortal boy-children who kept a supply of grown-ups around as breeding stock (The immortal girl-children were wiped out by a gender war and environmental changes making their territory uninhabitable). All new boy-children are taken from the adults and join troupes of the immortal boys; the ones that demonstrate "superior qualities" are sent back to the adults to become new breeding adults, while the rest become immortal and stay boys forever. Girls remain with the adults and grow into new breeding adults.\\
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Both the boys and girls are depicted as cruel despots, but not because of their "youth"; most were far older than the adults and had the mentalities to match. They're cruel because they're powerful, ancient immortals, and cruelty is how they alleviate their boredom.

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* In Creator/LarryNiven's "A World Out Of Time", "Literature/AWorldOutOfTime", most of the Earth was ruled by immortal boy-children who kept a supply of grown-ups around as breeding stock stock. (The immortal girl-children were wiped out by a gender war and environmental changes making their territory uninhabitable). uninhabitable.) All new boy-children are taken from the adults and join troupes of the immortal boys; the ones that demonstrate "superior qualities" are sent back to the adults to become new breeding adults, while the rest become immortal and stay boys forever. Girls remain with the adults and grow into new breeding adults.\\
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Both the boys and girls are depicted as cruel despots, but not because of their "youth"; most were far older than the adults and had the mentalities to match. They're cruel because they're powerful, ancient immortals, and cruelty is how they alleviate their boredom.
8th Oct '17 1:32:24 PM nombretomado
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Not to be confused with RefrainFromAssuming, which is about songs with titles that are different from the refrain. For once, the correct name of the song isn't "Teenage Wasteland". Also not to be confused with Anne Tyler's short story of the same name, or Creator/JewelStaite's character's previous project in ''TheLAComplex''.

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Not to be confused with RefrainFromAssuming, which is about songs with titles that are different from the refrain. For once, the correct name of the song isn't "Teenage Wasteland". Also not to be confused with Anne Tyler's short story of the same name, or Creator/JewelStaite's character's previous project in ''TheLAComplex''.
''Series/TheLAComplex''.
31st Aug '17 12:28:01 PM Homemaderat
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* In ''Literature/OurMothersHouse'' the death of their soul parent Edna Hook leaves her seven children to run things for themselves and try to live up to mother's rules. This book splits from the this trope when Charlie Hook enters the picture but not in a complete order is restored way.
13th May '17 3:38:48 PM rjd1922
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* An interesting case was that of China when the Communists first took over. For a society that had always relied on an extremely rigid age-based hierarchy, suddenly teenage and young adult members of the Communist Party were given life-or-death power over their elder family and community members. Some of them went a little DrunkWithPower for a while. Curiously, many of those who were members of the original revolution as well as the Cultural Revolution are now leading the Chinese government. Considering that they seem obsessed with keeping things orderly, one wonders if it is a case of a FullCircleRevolution or [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone a result of lessons learned from an anarchic period]]. YMMV of course.

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* An interesting case was that of China when the Communists first took over. For a society that had always relied on an extremely rigid age-based hierarchy, suddenly teenage and young adult members of the Communist Party were given life-or-death power over their elder family and community members. Some of them went a little DrunkWithPower for a while. Curiously, many of those who were members of the original revolution as well as the Cultural Revolution UsefulNotes/CulturalRevolution are now leading the Chinese government. Considering that they seem obsessed with keeping things orderly, one wonders if it is a case of a FullCircleRevolution or [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone a result of lessons learned from an anarchic period]]. YMMV of course.



* ImageBoards, particluarly 4chan, are often stereotyped as such.

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* ImageBoards, particluarly 4chan, Website/FourChan, are often stereotyped as such.
29th Apr '17 11:32:24 AM nombretomado
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* This apparently happened in the backstory of TimothyZahn's ''A Coming of Age'', which takes place on a colony planet where some unknown environmental factor gives preadolescent children powerful telekinetic abilities. This led to an extremely destructive period known as the Lost Generation; by the time of the novel adults have reasserted control, but only by isolating the kids and strictly limiting their access to information.

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* This apparently happened in the backstory of TimothyZahn's Creator/TimothyZahn's ''A Coming of Age'', which takes place on a colony planet where some unknown environmental factor gives preadolescent children powerful telekinetic abilities. This led to an extremely destructive period known as the Lost Generation; by the time of the novel adults have reasserted control, but only by isolating the kids and strictly limiting their access to information.
22nd Apr '17 8:50:04 PM nombretomado
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* ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'', being inspired by ''Literature/BattleRoyale'', is all over this trope.

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* ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'', ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'', being inspired by ''Literature/BattleRoyale'', is all over this trope.
12th Mar '17 5:16:50 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* Happens to the children of Springfield in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode [[WholePlotReference "Das Bus"]], which was a parody of ''Literature/LordOfTheFlies''.

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* Happens to the children of Springfield in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode [[WholePlotReference [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS9E14DasBus "Das Bus"]], which was a parody of ''Literature/LordOfTheFlies''.



** The droogs and the [[FutureSlang Nadsat]] slang in the ClockworkOrange are modelled after the ''stilyagi''. Anthony Burgess witnessed them while in the USSR. He himself was mugged by hoodlums known as the "teddy boys" in UK.

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** The droogs and the [[FutureSlang Nadsat]] slang in the ClockworkOrange ''Literature/AClockworkOrange'' are modelled after the ''stilyagi''. Anthony Burgess Creator/AnthonyBurgess witnessed them while in the USSR. He himself was mugged by hoodlums known as the "teddy boys" in UK.
12th Mar '17 5:13:42 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* As mentioned above, the Creator/StanleyKubrick film ''ClockworkOrange'' describes a UK where youth groups are out of control and routinely perform acts of ultraviolence (the term came from this movie, in fact).

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* As mentioned above, the Creator/StanleyKubrick film ''ClockworkOrange'' ''Film/AClockworkOrange'' describes a UK where youth groups are out of control and routinely perform acts of ultraviolence (the term came from this movie, in fact).



* The ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek]]'' episode "Miri" featured a planet where a virus had killed off all the adults, leaving the children to look after themselves.

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* The ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek]]'' episode "Miri" "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E8Miri}} Miri]]" featured a planet where a virus had killed off all the adults, leaving the children to look after themselves.



%% * ''TwentyThirtyCE'', another Canadian Series

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%% * ''TwentyThirtyCE'', ''Series/TwentyThirtyCE'', another Canadian Series



* The ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' episode "Taking The Stone'' had a slightly similar premise, with the members of a hedonistic tribe suffering from cumulative radiation poisoning in their early twenties. Most of them "[[SuicideIsPainless Take The Stone]]" at around twenty-two years of age, or else join the outcast "Lost People" wandering the abandoned catacombs for the rest of their lives.

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* The ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' episode "Taking The Stone'' "[[{{Recap/FarscapeS02E03TakingTheStone}} Taking the Stone]]" had a slightly similar premise, with the members of a hedonistic tribe suffering from cumulative radiation poisoning in their early twenties. Most of them "[[SuicideIsPainless Take The Stone]]" at around twenty-two years of age, or else join the outcast "Lost People" wandering the abandoned catacombs for the rest of their lives.



** The ''Buffy'' episode "Band Candy" has [[SmugSnake Ethan Rayne]] curse chocolate to mentally turn adults into teenagers. The results include [[DeanBitterman Snyder]] out partying, Giles reverting to a teen rebel and Joyce macking him, all so the BigBad can steal babies to be sacrificed to a demon.

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** The ''Buffy'' episode "Band Candy" "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E6Band Candy}} Band Candy]] " has [[SmugSnake Ethan Rayne]] curse chocolate to mentally turn adults into teenagers. The results include [[DeanBitterman Snyder]] out partying, Giles reverting to a teen rebel and Joyce macking him, all so the BigBad can steal babies to be sacrificed to a demon.



* The Who's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqeYrNYGzJc/ "Baba O'Riley"]], sometimes even called ''Teenage Wasteland''

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* The Who's Music/TheWho's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqeYrNYGzJc/ "Baba O'Riley"]], sometimes even called ''Teenage Wasteland''



* Parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "The Wacky Molestation Adventure", when the kids cause all of the adults in town to be taken away by social services by claiming they were molested. A couple then comes to the town and finds it in ruins and overrun by children. By this time they've split into factions, developed communities and created bizarre religions. Later we find out that [[AndManGrewProud it's only been ten days since the parents were arrested.]]

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* Parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "The "[[Recap/SouthParkS4E16TheWackyMolestationAdventure The Wacky Molestation Adventure", Adventure]]", when the kids cause all of the adults in town to be taken away by social services by claiming they were molested. A couple then comes to the town and finds it in ruins and overrun by children. By this time they've split into factions, developed communities and created bizarre religions. Later we find out that [[AndManGrewProud it's only been ten days since the parents were arrested.]]



%% * The ''CodenameKidsNextDoor'' MirrorUniverse, before the intervention of the heroes.

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%% * The ''CodenameKidsNextDoor'' ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' MirrorUniverse, before the intervention of the heroes.
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