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[[caption-width-right:350: Cheer up, Cap. [[GoodIsOldFashioned Old-fashioned]] or not, you're ''[[TheCape classic]]''.]]

This is the general portrayal in fiction that any character who displays any sort of aloofness or indifference to an authority figure, for any reason, must be incredibly cool. Quite often the person against whom the "rebellion" is directed is an ObstructiveBureaucrat or some variant.

Expect "authority" to be heavily tainted in TheWarOnStraw in some way or another, when the audience inevitably asks "[[FridgeLogic What's so bad]] about [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure the authority figure]], anyway?". Indeed, {{deconstruction}}s and {{parodies}} of this trope are becoming more and more common. Some works may point out that acting 'rebellious' to be cool is just another way to conform to a different authority. Others might portray the rebel as a needlessly belligerent and pretentious douchebag. They might also remind us that "TheMan" is capable of good things (Governments protect people and provide services while big businesses produce things and hire people) as well as bad. This ValuesDissonance can result in audiences RootingForTheEmpire. See also SillyRabbitCynicismIsForLosers.

A very common trait of the MarySue.

Supertrope of GoodIsOldFashioned, when coupled with DarkerAndEdgier. The supertrope of SchoolIsForLosers. If the so-called rebel becomes ''too'' culturally influential, expect either RuleAbidingRebel or TheManIsStickingItToTheMan.
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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' plays with the trope. Once Team Dai-Gurren ''wins'' they become their own authority, and the epilogue features the kind of ultra-high-tech society (and its military) that wouldn't get built if everyone spent their time rebelling for the sake of rebelling.
*** This is a point of the CharacterDevelopment of Simon vs Kamina. Kamina would always have found something to rebel against, some further powa to rowrowfight. Kamina fought to fight; Simon fought to achieve a goal. When he dug through it meant he'd emerged into a world he could live in. Team Dai-Gurren could never have become anything more than a rebellious guerrilla unit without the change of leadership. Kamina knew this; that's why all his faith was in Simon instead of himself.
* ''[[Anime/CodeGeass Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion]]''. Right there in the title. Heck, Lelouch attracting followers to [[LaResistance his rebellion]] through sheer charisma is a major plot point. It helps that TheEmpire he's rebelling against is only a couple steps shy [[ANaziByAnyOtherName of being a Nazi regime]].
* ''[[Anime/AngelBeats Angel Beats]]'': The SSS. Since it's the afterlife, they can get away with quite a lot.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': Ranma Saotome has little to no respect for authority. He physically fights with teachers on a regular basis and goes out of his way to piss them off. Then again, one of his teachers disciplines him with [[KiAttacks Ki Attacks]], another one [[ShipperOnDeck tried to make him confess love to Akane]] during his time as a teacher, and the principal of the school is just batshit insane, so it's kind of understandable.
* ''{{Robotech}}''. Lynn-Kyle looks like he ought to be a Cool Guy. He's TallDarkAndHandsome, the ladies drool over him. He's self-disciplined, a master of combat martial arts, and unquestionably intelligent. Some of his opinions about the situation they're all in are valid. Yet... his rebelliousness rings false, he comes across, over time, as self-righteous and selfish, increasingly so as time passes and his ''personal'' resentments against various people overcome the principles that he originally did espouse. By the end, he merely comes across as a selfish and destructive jerk.
* Riki in ''LightNovel/AiNoKusabi'' is notorious in the slums for being a very headstrong and defiant BadassBiker rebel. So much so that he's admired by people who have not ever met him but heard of his exploits. He's aware of his status and proud of it until he is [[MadeASlave Made A Sex Slave]].

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[[folder: Fanfic ]]

* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' [[PlayingWithATrope plays with this]]. On the one hand, as part of Harry's opening up and being able to express his emotions more, he becomes more confident and much more of a DeadpanSnarker (due to the profound weirdness of his life, how much of this is being a StepfordSnarker is up for debate), and it is implied that he's playing this trope straight, since he looks up to and lives with the Avengers, who are collectively described by WordOfGod as 'an anti-authoritarian snark patrol'. On the other, he gets gently called up on it by [[spoiler: Sean Cassidy]], who reminds him that there are boundaries.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* In keeping with the above picture, CaptainAmerica in the 1970s grew increasing disenchanted with America until it climaxed with him becoming Nomad for a few adventures. Fortunately, he soon realized that he can still be Cap and fight for America's ''ideals'', rather than its government. He ended up doing it ''again'' (this time without name change) in the 2000s after a reporter told him that America was about Facebook and voting for the girl with the biggest boobs on ''Series/AmericanIdol'', and not silly things like truth and justice and being able to trust in your government without looking like a fool.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/BonnieAndClyde'':
* ''Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff'':
* ''OverdrawnAtTheMemoryBank'': Fingal takes over the computer that controls the world's weather, causing hurricanes, typhoons, and blizzards, probably killing thousands of people. The Fat Man is trying to stop him from doing so. Fingal is the hero of the movie for "fighting against the system"; [[strike:Fat Man]] FatBastard is the villain.
* ''RebelWithoutACause'': Has it in the title.
* ''Film/{{Revolution 1968}}'': That is precisely the reason people became hippies in the sixties.
* ''Film/SchoolOfRock'': Even though Dewey himself starts out as a washed-up loser, this is his argument for why the kids should join his rock band. Rock sticks it to The Man, and that's what makes it ''cool''.
* ''Film/TheWildOne'': Marlon Brando is probably the pioneer of this trope, turning into MrFanservice, despite its very famous LampshadeHanging of Brando's lack of motivation with the exchange:
-->'''Mildred:''' What're you rebelling against, Johnny?\\
'''Johnny:''' Whaddya got?

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* Comes up briefly a time or two in the XWingSeries. In MichaelStackpole's run Rogue Squadron - who got that name in the first place purely for the coolness factor - is MildlyMilitary and quite happy to ignore minor directives and rules... which is usually seen as quite positive, with most people accepting it because they get amazing results, and [[TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong the one who thinks they're irresponsible]] generally getting ignored. Then the complainer saves their skins after ignoring a rule himself - and rather than shrugging it off, insists that he be reported, because rigid rulebound discipline is all that keeps his people alive in the long run. In the end Rogue Leader Wedge Antilles has to accept this as valid.
** During ''Wraith Squadron'', Wedge has to train and lead a squadron of misfits that make the ''Rogues'' look rulebound, and this includes a woman with a kneejerk hostility to authority, including to him. He reflects that in the old days of the Rebel Alliance she wouldn't be considered dangerous, but just another Rebel, and eventually earns respect from her and the rest of the squadron by, when she challenges him, winning by somewhat underhanded means - proving himself still too rebellious to win conventionally.
* [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] by several characters stuck in an elevator in Creator/DavidFosterWallace's posthumous novel ''ThePaleKing''. A few of them point out how, in the wake of the Civil Rights Movement, this trope has been made into a fashion trend in the US by the early 80's (when the story is set) for corporations and politicians to use to their advantage -- the Apple 1984 ad is indirectly referenced, Ronald Reagan directly.
* Crops up a lot in the ''LeftBehind'' books, for some reason. Perhaps it's an attempt to counteract the fact that when the Antichrist showed up, Buck Williams and Rayford Steele immediately went out and [[LesCollaborateurs got jobs with him]] (ostensibly to undermine him from within, but they never seem to actually do any of that, instead simply acting as passive [[FirstPersonPeripheralNarrator Peripheral POVs]]), and that might look cowardly and submissive if they didn't remind you of their manliness by posturing and sneering at every minor functionary who crosses their paths.
* ''{{Twilight}}'': All the cool kids and vampires rebel against authority even when the authority figures are being reasonable:
** Bella constantly disobeys and lies to her father, who happens to be the chief of police, despite the fact that he just wants her to be safe; while she loves him to bits she doesn't want to actually get married to Edward because she doesn't want to repeat her parents' mistake (while being perfectly fine with becoming an immortal vampire, faking her death, and never seeing her parents again); she fights to keep her baby even when everyone is saying it will kill her.
** Edward is haughty and rude to the Volturi ''after'' they let him off for trying to expose his sparkly self to humans in an elaborate SuicideByCop and are perfectly fine with Bella knowing about vampires as long as she's transformed quickly.
** Garrett, a vampire who was transformed while fighting for the US during the AmericanRevolution, makes a RousingSpeech against the Volturi despite the fact that he's aware his side could all be killed and their entire plan hinges on ''not'' fighting [[spoiler: and since they don't fight it means the Volturi can find him later and end his rebellious streak for good]].

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[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]

* ''{{Firefly}}'' has this in ''The Serenity'''s crew. Mal "aims to misbehave" and loves ticking off TheAlliance.
* Virtually every American TV show made in the last forty years which even mentions government might as well flash "government, bad" on the screen in neon.
** The big exception being those that are BackedByThePentagon, and even they can push things pretty close.
* Hawkeye from ''{{Series/Mash}}'' might fall under this, although he usually only rebels against authority when authority is being stupid. Which is, admittedly, [[OnceAnEpisode every episode]]. This is the whole purpose of the show, to rebel against authority. Hawkeye even interrupts the peace talks because he feels they aren't doing enough.
** Other episodes play with this trope. For instance, Frank Burns was left in temporary command and decided that the medical staff were verging on alcoholism, and declares the 4077th 'dry'. By the end of the episode, despite Hawkeye's furious protests and rants, it's become clear and is portrayed as such that Frank ''did'' have a point, he just took it a bit too far. More brutally, on a later occasion Hawkeye himself is left in temporary command of the 4077th, and rapidly gains a different perspective on the sort of shenanigans he himself often pulls, to the point that he actually muses over charging B.J. Hunnicutt with being AWOL because he wasn't there when Hawkeye needed him for a medical crisis (he was responding to a different problem on his own, without authorization). Margaret even teases Hawkeye about this realization.
* Played for laughs with Britta Perry on ''Series/{{Community}}''; she clearly ''believes'' this, about herself especially, but her overall cluelessness about many of the things she protests about (or life in general) and the fact that deep down she's basically sweet and {{Adorkable}} no matter how much she wishes she wasn't means that she generally tends to come across as self-righteous, annoying and not nearly as cool as she believes.
* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' is PlayingWithATrope.
** Coulson's team ''is'' authority and they don't rebel the higher authorities in SHIELD. Indeed, [[spoiler: they belong to the loyalist faction during the civil war that starts in "Turn, Turn Turn".]] However, they have several ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight moments.
** Skye does this by default, because she's a hackivist, but her CharacterDevelopment moves her away from "SHIELD is made of scary MenInBlack" and more towards "SHIELD is the nice BigBrother". Even she herself gets a few WhatTheHellHero moments when she goes too far.
** Miles, another Rising Tide member, is portrayed as a doofus who is willing to sell out for the right price.
** Villains tend to be inversions (e.g. Quinn - who espouses libertarian views, [[{{Hypocrite}} but is happy to use his money to act exactly as he accuses governments of acting]]).

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[[folder: Music ]]

* {{American Idiot}} plays this straight at first, with the main character Jimmy (styling himself "Jesus of Suburbia") leaving his town to live a punk life in the city. Then the trope is [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]] when he eventually despairs and returns home to life the conformist life he rebelled against.
* Parodied by "Threw It On The Ground" by TheLonelyIsland in which a bespectacled {{hipster}} overreacts to imagined insults by angrily ranting about "the system." And, of course, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin throwing things on the ground]].

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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* One of the premises of ''Cyberpunk2020'', the characters are typically depicted as being future Robin Hoods who use their skills to challenge the megacorporations who rule over the world with an iron fist. Heck, there's even an attribute called "Cool"!

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[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* Averted in ''NipAndTuck''. The ShowWithinAShow ''Rebel Cry'' features our hero defying the authorities again, and [[http://www.rhjunior.com/NT/00703.html it hits him hard because he had sworn to give it up.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'',
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2007-12-26 Lil' E tries this. Jesus ignores him. He's got no right to do that.]]
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2004-02-27 An appreciation of Satan dwells on this.]]
* In ''Webcomic/QuentynQuinnSpaceRanger'', Quinn explains he expects no trouble from his {{Pirate}} prisoners because [[http://www.rhjunior.com/QQSR/00013.html their attempt to play this trope showed how stupid they were.]]
* Sal of ''Webcomic/DumbingOfAge'' has a leather jacket, a CoolBike, a knack for attracting admirers whether or not she actually wants to, and zero patience for rules. This applies to everything from maths to room-mate agreements to Franchise/MarioKart.
-->'''Ruth:''' The fire alarm is not a toy. It's not.
-->'''Sal:''' Shit, now ah ain't never wanted to pull a fire alarm so bad in all my life.

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* Parodied by Website/TheOnion. [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/teen-rebel-refusing-to-purchase-yearbook,19901/ Teen Rebel Refusing To Purchase Yearbook]].
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick rips this trope apart in her review of ''Film/RealityBites''.
* Deconstructed in [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18916_5-reasons-why-anticonformity-worse-than-conformity.html this article]] by Website/{{Cracked}}.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Craig Hoffman in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
-->'''Meg:''' Hi, Craig. Umm, I was wondering if maybe you would want to, I don't know, go out sometime?\\
'''Craig Hoffman:''' Huh, that's about as likely as me playing by someone else's rules besides my own. Which I would never do. I play by my own rules, nobody else's, not even my own.
** Rush Limbaugh (in a guest appearance) pointed out that Brian does this because he liked being the underdog.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Bart questions what the baby sitter sees in Jimbo. "[[WhatDoesSheSeeInHim What do you like about him]]? [[YouAnsweredYourOwnQuestion He's just a good-looking rebel who plays by his own rules.]]" [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys Cue sighing of female characters present]].
** Played straight with Bart, at least in the early years. This was his appeal as a merchandising icon during that time period.
* Parodied by the Goths (erm, [[InsistentTerminology nonconformists]]) in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''.

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