->''"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.
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* ''CromartieHighSchool'' has an entire cast of delinquents (and a robot delinquent...and a gorilla...and Freddie Mercury), though they mostly spend their time [[BadassOnPaper talking about who they think is the toughest, rather than proving it by having a brawl]]. If you haven't guessed it yet, this is one great big parody of delinquent manga.
* Kouji Kabuto from ''Anime/MazingerZ'' skipped school and used rough language.
* ''Manga/{{Beelzebub}}''
** Tatsumi Oga is such a violent delinquent that the son of Satan himself chooses him to be his guardian. Naturally, the people he associates with are delinquents as well.
** Hell, the school he attends, Ishiyama High, is repeatedly stated to have a delinquency rate of [[UpToEleven 120%]]. Everyone there is a delinquent, it's a [[TwoTeacherSchool No Teacher School]] ruled by the pseudo-AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil known as the Tohoshinki, with Oga himself being the technical StudentCouncilPresident, as he defeated all four of them.
* The student council in ''YankeeKunToMeganeChan'' consists of four legendary badass delinquents and one guy [[FaceOfAThug who'd easily pass as one]].
* England from ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' was said to be quite the delinquent as a teen, something which he fervently denies due to his current status as a (self-proclaimed) gentleman. This is also touched in [[HighSchoolAU Gakuen Hetalia]] where in England's official bio it mentions how he had been given such a reputation in the past.
* ''Manga/HarlemBeat'': Kiriko, Kosuke, Sawamura love to smoke, gamble and skip school. And then there's the Kyan team.
* ''Crows'' and it's sequel ''Worst'' center around a gang of delinquents of Suzuran High.
* Airs Blue from ''InfiniteRyvius'', a gang leader who gets his hands on the only gun on the Ryvius.
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'': Sailor Jupiter (aka Makoto Kino)]] has this reputation at her school, because she is so tall that she couldn't get a uniform in her size, and because she's the new kid. She's not actually a delinquent, though, just has the reputation. [[spoiler: In actuality, she was not expelled from another school for fighting, but left voluntarily because she couldn't deal with seeing her ex after a bad breakup.]] According to WordOfGod she was ''supposed'' to be an actual delinquent (a leader of a girl-gang, specifically), but the creator changed her mind about that.
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' has had delinquent protagonists of both the Japanese and Western mold - Joseph, Jotaro and Jolyne have even done jail time.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* The main nemeses of the young protagonist in ''OmegaTheUnknown''.
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[[folder:Film]]
* John Bender from ''TheBreakfastClub'', though he's actually a [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold pretty nice guy]] when you get to know him.
* The vampire gang in ''TheLostBoys''.
* The ''EastSideKids'' series from the 1930s & 40s, switching between the main characters and the supporting players.
* ''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.
* [[{{Deconstruction}} Deconstructed]] with ''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.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* OlderThanRadio: Tom and Huck of MarkTwain's ''TheAdventuresOfTomSawyer'' and ''TheAdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn''.
* Jason and his friends of RickRiordan's ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'' are students at a 'Wilderness School,' a BoardingSchool in Nevada for 'bad kids.'
* The main characters of the book ''TheOutsiders'' are a typical greaser gang.
* ''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.
* Billy Nolan and his friends in Creator/StephenKing's ''{{Carrie}}''. His girlfriend [[AlphaBitch Chris]] is also one of these, though the film adaptations downplay it.
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[[folder:{{Live-Action TV}}]]
* ''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.
* ''NorthernExposure'': Chris in the Morning was car thief [[spoiler:and a con]] in his youth.
* ''HappyDays'': Fonzie is a semi-reformed delinquent.
* ''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''
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[[folder: Music Videos]]
* The video for Music/{{Aerosmith}}'s "Livin' On The Edge" depicts several of these.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* Most of the characters in ''Theatre/WestSideStory''.
* Basically everyone in ''{{Grease}}'', even if they are singing the whole time.
* Jonny Warner of ''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''.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Alex of ''[[{{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 ''NoMoreHeroes''.
* Riki and Kunio (Ryan and Alex) from the ''Kunio-kun'' (''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 KingOfFighters 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, as illustrated above.
* Akira, from the near-future chapter of ''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".
* G-Bankaran in ''The Second VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'' is a HumongousMecha shaped like a stereotypical delinquent, piloted by an ''actual'' stereotypical delinquent.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* The Bloody Fists in ''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.
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[[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]].
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