->''"Just barely out of school, came from the edge of town\\
Fought like a switchblade so no one could take him down\\
He had no money, no, no good at home\\
He walked the streets a soldier and he fought the world alone"''
-->-- '''Music/SkidRow''', "18 and Life"

The formal adjective definition of the word "delinquent" describes something or someone who fails in their duty. This sums up its more popular usage quite nicely; a delinquent is someone (generally a young person) who fails in their "duty to society" by being anti-social. They won't be plotting to take over the world or rob banks and they're more likely to be an AssholeVictim of TheAggressiveDrugDealer than an example. They are, however, likely to refuse to turn up to school (or are [[ClassClown disruptive]] if they do), harass people in the street, [[FiveFingerDiscount shoplift]] and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking drink or smoke]] ([[AndThatsTerrible possibly even both!]]).

If the protagonist encounters them, they're probably going to either be bullied by them, or fall in with them. In the later case they'll serve as {{Poisonous Friend}}s who use [[PeerPressureMakesYouEvil peer pressure]] to encourage the protagonist to join them in their misdeeds (naturally this "friendship" will be short lived, as the protagonist [[CantGetAwayWithNuthin will be caught the moment they try it]] and subsequantly be abandoned by them at best or made their {{scapegoat}} at worst). Alternatively, the trope can be played more lightly, with a delinquent acting as a sort of TokenEvilTeammate, or as an outright AntiHero.

Delinquents have come in many types in different times and places, but the stereotype tends to attach itself to whatever scary new subculture the kids have come up with recently: greasers in [[TheFifties 1950s]] US, mods and rockers in [[TheSixties 1960s]] Britain, punks everywhere since the [[TheSeventies 1970s]].

This trope can overlap with SpoiledBrat or LowerClassLout (depending on who their parents happen to be). Expect them to act as {{mooks}} or be the "hat" of a GangOfHats. For the leather-clad delinquents of TheFifties and TheSixties, see GreaserDelinquents.

For tropes and stereotypes about delinquents in Japan, see JapaneseDelinquents. Please move the Anime and Manga examples to this page.


[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* See JapaneseDelinquents.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The main nemeses of the young protagonist in ''ComicBook/OmegaTheUnknown''.
* ''ComicBook/AdventureTimeIceKing'' has the Dark Moon Esbats, a gang of unpleasant but not very powerful young wizards who have stereotypical juvenile delinquent personalities.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/GhostsOfEvangelion'': Shinji and Asuka's daughter Ryuko went through a delinquent phase during her teen years: she dyed her hair dark lavender, had her eyebrow, nose and tongue pierced, wore ragged clothes and showed a devil-may-care attitude. Her parents sometimes called her a delinquent, but they didn't really mind.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' featured a quartet of troublemaking young cars composing of a purple and gray car with rocket boosters as their leader, a green and white car with oversized spoilers, a blue van with speakers all over his body, and an orange drag racer with an oversized engine.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* John Bender from ''Film/TheBreakfastClub'', though he's actually a [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold pretty nice guy]] when you get to know him.
* The vampire gang in ''Film/TheLostBoys''.
* The "Dead End Kids" series from the 1930s, switching between the main characters and the supporting players, eventually becoming the Bowery Boys (and sliding into BMovie territory) when the actors got too old to play teens. They were somewhat more hard-edged in their film debut ''Film/{{Dead End|1937}}'', in which they assault and rob a rich kid, and one of them has to be stopped from slicing another's face with a knife. In ''Film/TheyMadeMeACriminal'' they are petty criminals (vandalism, burglary) who have been sent out to a date farm in Arizona in order to get straightened out.
* [[{{Deconstruction}} Deconstructed]] with ''Film/RebelWithoutACause'', in which the teens act the way they do because they lack competent guidance from adults. In fact, the main character of the film, Jim, ''wants'' to be a good person, except society - including his own parents - is keeping him form being so.
* Carmen in ''Film/TheColorOfMoney'' was this before the movie begins. She first met Vincent after she got arrested for driving the getaway car while her (former) boyfriend was robbing his parents' house.
* The teenage leads of ''Film/LordsOfDogtown'' are this: growing up too wild in Venice Beach, California, "the ghetto by the sea", skipping school to surf in the early morning and joy-riding behind buses on their skateboards.
* John Connor in ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay''. He skips school to steal from ATM machines, play at the arcade, and ride around on his motorbike playing loud metal music. It's basically him venting his frustrations at being taught from a young age that he'll be the leader of humanity in the Armageddon by (from his point of view) his insane terrorist mother.
* In the ''Film/StTrinians'' series, the ''entire school'', including the faculty, are delinquents. The shoplifting, harrassment, drinking and smoking mentioned in this trope's description are '''nothing''' compared to what they get up to.
* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'':
** ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'': Quicksilver is a juvenile delinquent whose favourite hobby is [[FiveFingerDiscount shoplifting]].
** ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': Ororo Munroe and her gang of street urchins steal from market vendors in order to survive.
* ''Film/OverTheEdge'' Is basically about what happens when you build a planned community and make no plans for the fact that 25% of the population is under 15.

* OlderThanRadio: Tom and Huck of Creator/MarkTwain's ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfTomSawyer'' and ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn''.
* Jason and his friends of Creator/RickRiordan's ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'' are students at a 'Wilderness School,' a BoardingSchool in Nevada for 'bad kids.'
* The main characters of the book ''Literature/TheOutsiders'' are a typical greaser gang. Their rivals are the Socs, who are true delinquents that get away with most of their crimes due to being rich.
* ''Literature/BlackboardJungle'', a schoolteacher drama from TheFifties that helped codify this trope; the [[FilmOfTheBook movie adaptation]] was the first major motion picture with a RockNRoll soundtrack.
* Most of Slytherin House in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series.
* Billy Nolan and his friends in Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/{{Carrie}}''. His girlfriend [[AlphaBitch Chris]] is also one of these, though the film adaptations downplay it.
** Creator/StephenKing is fond of this trope, with many versions turning up as bullies and agents of more malevolent forces. Some other examples include Henry Bowers and his friends from ''Literature/{{IT}}''; Ace Merrill's gang in ''Literature/StandByMe''; the three greaser types from ''Literature/SometimesTheyComeBack''; and Buddy Repperton and his group in ''Literature/{{Christine}}''. He subverts the trope with many of his "good kids gone bad" characters, particularly Todd from ''Literature/AptPupil''.
* Victoria Martin in ''Literature/HanginOutWithCici'' is a [[RareFemaleExample rather hard-to-find female example]], especially considering [[TheSeventies when the book was written.]]

[[folder:{{Live-Action TV}}]]
* ''Series/ICarly'': Sam has been arrested more than once, asks Freddie to hide her backpack when a cop shows up at Carly's apartment, was seen shaking down some kid in the pilot, solves most of her problems with violence, is generally the first (and only) member of the main threesome to suggest criminal action... you get the idea.
* ''Series/NorthernExposure'': Chris in the Morning was car thief [[spoiler:and a con]] in his youth.
* ''Series/HappyDays'': Fonzie is a semi-reformed delinquent.
* ''Series/That70sShow'': Hyde is a lifelong delinquent even after he becomes the manager of his own record store.
* ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'' has an interesting subversion: Gentarou dresses up like one, but he's the most likable guy out there!
* A group is seen in the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' short ''Film/WhatAboutJuvenileDelinquency''.
* Mac and Charlie from ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' were this as children / teens (and grew up to become [[LowerClassLout Lower-Class Louts]]). Flashbacks to them at the age of 8/9 show their main hobbies as throwing rocks at trains / cats and burning trash.
* Two companions in ''{{Series/Doctor Who}}'':
** Dorothy "Ace" [=McShane=], an [[TheEighties Eighties]] delinquent who travelled with the Seventh Doctor.
** Courtney Woods, a [[TheNewTens New Tens]] delinquent who travelled with the Twelfth Doctor. Inkeeping with the show's general anti-establishment vibe, both Courtney and Ace are portrayed positively.
* ''Series/OpenHeart'' has Dylan and the group was with before her arrest and community service. Dylan still retains some of the delinquent traits, as they help her sneak around the hospital while she's [[AmateurSleuth sleuthing]].
* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS10E09TheThingsWeLeftBehind "The Things We Left Behind" (S10, E09)]], [[Characters/SupernaturalOtherHumans Claire]] is in a solitary cell in a juvenile center after running away. Later we see that she is shoplifting and mixed up with a dangerous man, Randy.
* Mirabelle of ''Series/TheKicks'' is a frequent rulebreaker and as such, is constantly in detention. Parker, her best friend, is also one of these. They even met in detention.

[[folder: Music]]
* The video for Music/{{Aerosmith}}'s "Livin' On The Edge" depicts several of these.
* "Bad Kids" by Music/TheBlackLips is about this.
-->''Bad kids all my friends are bad kids''
-->''Product of no dad kids''
-->''Kids like you and me''
-->''Bad kids ain't no college grad kids''
-->''Livin' out on the skids''
-->''Kids like you and me''

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Young Wrestling/GeorgeWagner, before he became GorgeousGeorge, was a delinquent. Being a deliquent didn't stop him from being a baby {{face}} though, [[FaceHeelTurn until]] became AmbiguouslyGay.[[/folder]]

* The Zodiac Order in ''TabletopGame/PsionicsTheNextStageInHumanEvolution'' is basically made of delinquents. Their M.O. is making and dealing drugs, crashing parties, and making as much trouble for the authorities as possible. Artwork in the book depicts them as punks and hippies.
* ''Hellcats and Hockey Sticks'', being essentially ''Film/StTrinians'' with the SerialNumbersFiledOff, has the school being just as bad as its inspiration (and that's without taking magic and weird science into account).

* The two feuding gangs, the Polish-American Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks, in ''Theatre/WestSideStory''. Each gang even gets a song about it; the Jets have "Gee Officer Krupke," where they mock how every adult offers up different explanations for "delinquent" behavior without actually doing anything about it, while the Sharks have "I Like It Here In America," where the men of the Sharks protest to their girlfriends how xenophobic New York is.
* Basically everyone in ''Film/{{Grease}}'', even if they are singing the whole time.
* Jonny Warner of ''Theatre/ZombieProm'' is ''treated'' as a delinquent. He has a motorcycle, but the most rebellious thing he does is spell his name without the customary "h".
* "Three Juvenile Delinquents" from Noel Coward's ''Ace of Clubs''.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Alex of ''[[VideoGame/{{TCT RPG}} The Colour Tuesday]]'', mostly due to no one taking her [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synesthesia Synesthesia]] seriously as a kid, and authority figures generally putting her down even for reasonable things. In reality, she's less an actual delinquent and more the [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Girl]] in a world where the adults are morons. [[spoiler: As it turns out, having the adults be pawns of the Others doesn't help matters.]] Alex's status as a rebel is a sign of her destiny to break the control of the Others.
* The {{Mooks}} of the school level in ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes''. Shinobu sort of falls into this until she reforms after Travis defeats her.
* Riki and Kunio (Ryan and Alex) from the ''Kunio-kun'' (''VideoGame/RiverCityRansom'') series, including ''Super Dodgeball''. Also about everyone else. Well, except the shop keepers, waiters, children, the old man at the sauna, Roxy, and Ryan. But still!
* Kyo Kusanagi from ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' is a mild example, he gets into fights, skips school almost constantly, ignores/neglects his girlfriend and seems to enjoy brawling random people.
* Daigo Kazama, Eiji "Edge" Yamada and Gan Isurugi from ''VideoGame/RivalSchools''. Of course, the school they attend is [[PlanetOfHats nothing]] ''[[PlanetOfHats but]]'' [[PlanetOfHats deliquents]].
** In the sequel ''Project Justice'', they're joined by female delinquent Aoi "Zaki" Himezaki and her all-female gang, the Ladies Team. The two gangs even face off against each other in the game's story mode.
* Akira, from the near-future chapter of ''VideoGame/LiveALive'', is the very image of a delinquent. He even slouches.
* Masamune Date and his men from ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara''. Think Sengoku Era biker gang.
* ''Inverted'' in ''VideoGame/Disgaea3AbsenceOfJustice''. The term is used to describe demons who attend the school that do... "odd" things. [[FelonyMisdemeanor Donating blood, picking up trash, attending classes, and even doing]] ''[[FelonyMisdemeanor homework]].'' Honor Students are the real delinquents; they skip class, cause fights, and so on. Of course this still fits the formal description of the term, as most of the students are aspiring {{Card Carrying Villain}}s and the school is supposed to train them to be "evil".
** The protagonist Mao is considered the top honor student because he has ''never attended a single day of school yet.'' He is deeply ashamed of that one time his rival forced him to perform "delinquent acts" of cleaning up and donating blood.
* G-Bankaran in ''The Second VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'' is a HumongousMecha shaped like a stereotypical delinquent, piloted by an ''actual'' stereotypical delinquent.
* The ZX Spectrum and C64 classic ''VideoGame/SkoolDaze'' has the player controlling Eric, a delinquent schoolboy who has to steal his report card from the school safe to avoid expulsion. The sequel, ''VideoGame/BackToSkool'', has him trying to return a forged positive report card to the safe. Both games allow you to punch people, fire catapults, get other students into trouble, and in ''Back To Skool'', cause chaos by releasing mice and frogs in the school, dropping stink bombs and more. The non-player characters Angelface and Boy Wander also count as delinquents.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'': All of the party members beside [[NonHumanSidekick Morgana]] are high school students who moonlight as anti-heroic criminals. Ryuji and Ann also have the standard looks down when attending school, with blond hair (Ann's being natural) and extremely NonUniformUniform school clothing.


[[folder:Web Original]]
* The Bloody Fists in ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' version two start out this way, but eventually turn into a full fledged criminal gang. Alexander Stevens, leader of the Hellbirds, also qualifies, though he tends to avoid making trouble in the schools themselves.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'': the "Tough Customers" gang is a kid-friendly group of delinquents.
* The "Bad Kids" from ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'', usually consisting of Kurst the Worst (who really doesn't take pride in her mean acts), Mundy, Skeens, Sue Bob Murphy, and Lazy Kid.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': The teenage dragons Spike meets in Dragon Quest are delinquents, and a fairly nasty bunch too.
* Terry, the new Batman from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', is a former delinquent. This trait is [[DownplayedTrope downplayed]], however, as it's not brought up until Terry's character arc has been established, so that it doesn't [[NeverLiveItDown take over his characterization]].
* ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfKorra'' reveals Suyin Beifong was this in her youth. She skipped school, hung around criminals, and took part in a robbery.