In storylines involving children or teenagers, the issues raised by the AdultsAreUseless trope sometimes are handled more dramatically. Adults become rare to non-existent, occurring primarily as off-screen background. The adults might continue to set the contextual rules of the story, but they are not individuals to whom the children can appeal.

See also: InvisibleParents, TeenageWasteland, WorldOfNoGrandparents, and ParentalAbandonment. Sometimes caused by a catastrophe of some sort that was OnlyFatalToAdults. Compare HideYourChildren, where the ''kids'' are theoretically around somewhere, but never shown on-screen.

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* Inverted in ''Fanfic/CanYouImagineThat'' - all the kids are abducted by Retro.
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[[folder:Film]]
* With very minor exceptions, the movie ''{{Brick}}''.
* Also with very minor exceptions, the movie ''Film/{{Kids}}''.
* A number of teen movies, such as ''Film/DazedAndConfused''.
** In ''Dazed and Confused'' adults do occasionally impact the story. One couple ends their plans to go on a trip so they can shut down a party that their son was planning on hosting in their house while they were to be gone. Another mother threatenens some seniors with a shotgun when they try to haze her boy. One stoner hypothosizes that the adults are complict or at least apathetic to the strange situation of the local highschool. Randy "Pink" Floyd's entire personal storyline centers around his conflicts with his football coach, who is seen harassing him to sign a "drug-free" pledge, and he and his teammates make fun of him near the end of the movie.
* The 1976 cult classic movie ''Film/BugsyMalone'' is a musical comedy about 1920s gangsters played entirely by children. It launched the careers of Scott Baio and Jodie Foster.
* ''Film/LogansRun'', anyone?
** Specifically [[Literature/LogansRun the book]] had lastday be the 21st birthday. The Movie pushed this up (and avoided DawsonCasting by having lastday become the 30th.
* This trope becomes literal in ''WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutronBoyGenius'', where the entire adult population of Retroville is abducted by aliens.
* Very deliberate in ''Film/FastTimesAtRidgemontHigh'', there are teachers, but no parents.
* The ''MST3K''-featured ''Film/CityLimits'' took place in a future where nearly all adults had been wiped out by a plague.
* There are "adults" in the film ''Film/ClassOf1999'' -- but they are robots: violent, bloodthirsty robots.
* The Creator/RogerCorman film ''Gas-s-s-s'' has a plot where the title poison gas causes everyone over the age of thirty to quickly age and die. A very seventies youth culture oriented take on the idea.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Marc Laidlaw's awesomely weird CyberPunk short story ''400 Boys'' features street gangs of psychic teenagers battling posthuman giants after the classic adults-only pandemic, topped off with 'World War Last'.
* ''Literature/LordOfTheFlies''.
* ''Literature/TheGirlWhoOwnedACity'' is a post-apocalyptic story after a OnlyFatalToAdults plague, where children are trying to survive on their own and dealing with issues of suddenly having to watch for infants, etc.
* The young adult series ''Countdown'' began with all adults -- and all children, sparing only teenagers -- vaporizing into puddles of black goo. The result is a world run by teenagers as ancient prophecies come to life.
*** Just wait until you're on the other side of ''Literature/LogansRun''.
*** ''Shade's Children'', the occasional clues to the pre-apocalyptic tech level indicate that it was TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture (at minimum) even before the Change.
* There literally are no adults in ''Literature/ShadesChildren'', with one highly technical exception. The kids are forced to wage their guerrilla war in a post-apocalyptic world alone.
* Jack Dann's short story "The Marks of Painted Teeth" has teens competing for territory and provisions in a post-apocalyptic setting. They've apparently developed moderate telekinetic powers and a taste for Carl Jung.
* Michael Grant's ''Gone'' series begins with everyone over the age of 15 disappearing, so children are left to run the community.
* Literature/TheFireUsTrilogy follows a band of kids a while after a virus (which is, of course OnlyFatalToAdults) has rampaged the town. Unable to remember their names before hand, they have christened themselves with their jobs ('Mommy', 'Teacher', 'Hunter'. It appears the older children have renamed the younger children arbitrarily. 'Doll', 'Baby', 'Action Figure').
* The Enemy by Charlie Higson takes place in a world in which all adults have been turned into zombies by a virus.
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* ''Series/TheOdyssey'' (a Canadian kids drama) took this to a very literal level. A main character who after receiving a concussion, found himself in a world where there were no adults. This is the start of a journey he makes through this strange land where he encounters weird societies and places while he searches for his Dad (long story; don't ask).
** With the exception of one episode which ended with a couple of parental arms reaching into view from the edge of the screen and dragging two of the trio away.
** There was also an [[InvertedTrope inversion]] in an episode where they reached a wall that separated their world from a world of adults, where there were no kids
* This was more or less the whole premise of ''Series/PartyOfFive'' at the outset.
* The Canadian teen drama ''Series/{{Edgemont}}'' (Kristin Kreuk, anyone?).
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "Miri" uses this. Beware the grups!
* New Zealand show ''Series/TheTribe'' has all the adults of the world dying of a mysterious virus.
* ''Series/ICarly'' another "older sibling has custody," something that has to be vanishingly rare in real life, but this show is camp bordering on fantasy, so it works.
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* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'', which generally did not even show adults in the panels. The kids are often shown REACTING to adults, but they are always shown talking to someone who is off-panel. Anything the adults do or say has to be inferred by the actions of the kids.
** Charles Schulz is on record saying that the moment he did introduce adults -- in the background of a tennis court -- was a big mistake.
*** It was actually a series of strips in either the late 1950s or very early 1960s involving Lucy competing in an amateur golf tournament while being coached by Charlie Brown. [[spoiler: She has to withdraw and go home or miss her bedtime, even though she was winning.]] The adults make up the gallery, and are drawn more or less realistically, which doesn't remotely work in terms of scale with the regular characters. They appear in the Complete Peanuts anthologies, the first time they've been reprinted.
** The cartoons substitute the famous gibberish horn sound for adult speech. The animators' original plan was for adults to have no presence whatsoever like in the comic. This idea was abandoned when it turned out that without some indicator of their existence, all the kids seemed like they were talking to themselves.
*** One animation exception: ''This Is America, Charlie Brown!'' The kids experience historical milestones by, among other things, interacting with the Wright Brothers. (no explanation was given for their displacement in time.)
**** Other animation exceptions include the movies ''Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown'' and its "this is a sequel?" ''What Have We Learned, Charlie Brown?'', both of which feature talking adults, though not always seen.
** Also the original reason was they "literally would not fit" in the close up style of the strip; children would just be at most a half panel instead of being focused on.
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* During a mission in a ''Series/StargateSG1'' based RPG, our team went to an [[AdventureTowns Adventure Town]] planet with no adults. Lampshaded by the CunningLinguist wondering how kids managed to function as a working society. Then 3/4 of the team became children. And it turned out that [[spoiler: The kids of the planet were the adults, aged down through AppliedPhlebotinum that allowed our team to return to adulthood.]]
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Possible in ''VideoGame/{{Fable|I}}'', if you kill every adult in a town. [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential And you can then buy back the affections of the children whose parents you've killed with gifts.]]
* The ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'' games and cartoons technically have adults, and some of the heroes are over 18, but there are an awful lot of characters, notably Sonic, Tails, Amy and Knuckles, who have no legal parents or guardians, and seem to live entirely on their own. In the post VideoGame/SonicAdventure world, the games don't even have the excuse of Robotnik ruling the world and having roboticised their parents.
** This was subverted in the comics, where gradually more and more parents turn up whenever the writers feel like having a reunion.
* ''[[BackyardSports Backyard Skateboarding]]''
* Originally in ''VideoGame/RuleOfRose'' there are whole two adults and one sixteen-year old in the Rose Garden Orphanage supervising over twenty children, and by the end they all have mysteriously dissappeared without anyone from the outside noticing, leaving the orphans to their own devices.
* You never see any adults in ''VideoGame/HighSchoolStory''. Occasionally one shows up for plot-related reasons, but you always hear about it second-hand from other students telling you what the adult said or wants. Then again, [[AdultsAreUseless they're pretty useless in the game anyway]].
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the TV show ''WesternAnimation/MaxAndRuby'', the parents of Max and Ruby are never shown, though their grandma sometimes makes an appearance.
** And while she makes appearances, she does not live with them. Ruby does all the mother work.
*** The stage show "Max & Ruby: Bunny Party" lampshades this with a song that is actually called "Where Are the Parents?" According to the song "They're busy making plans, scrubbing pots and pans / Writing letters, folding sweaters..." and "They're not too far way / They're on the sundeck just to relax / Not too far from Ruby and Max."
* No adults appeared in ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy''. Later episodes are a little less strict with the rule, showing certain body parts and representing their speech with sound effects, but the only adult to make a full on-screen appearance was [[spoiler:Eddy's brother]].
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' had the children all accuse their parents of molesteration, getting all of them arrested at once. Naturally the town goes to hell in a few hours.
* ''WesternAnimation/StrawberryShortcake'', especially in the 2003 version, where the characters are designed and act more like real kids than the other versions. In this version, Strawberry Shortcake and Apple Dumpling are sisters, yet no parents are seen or mentioned.
* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo''. Those teens travel all around the world with their talking dog, capturing nut jobs in Halloween costumes. [[ShouldntWeBeInSchoolRightNow Don't they have to go to school at some point?]]Do they have a curfew? Do their parents care about enforcing this stuff? Do they even know or care where they are? Apparently not.
** The very latest series, ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated, in fact does bring their parents in; they very much do not approve (also, Frank Welker voices Daphne's dad. And he still does Freddy. Don't think about that too much).
* ''Literature/CharlieAndLola''. Though they TALK about "Mum" and "Dad," there's never any sign of them, not even Charlie or Lola reacting to them. This is sometimes taken to ridiculous and often frustrating extremes. For example, in the episode "Charlie is Broken". After Charlie breaks his arm, Marv informs him that his father is coming to help him, only for the episode to cut jarringly to another scene. Also, in the episode "I Am Really, Really, Really Concentrating" at the end of the episode, Lola recieves a unique rosette from a teacher for managing to participate in an egg-and-spoon race without her egg falling off her spoon once. She is shown to have recieved this rosette seconds after the race finishes, no teacher in sight to have given it to her. Charlie, age 8, could have been raising his little sister and has instructed her to talk about their parents (and grandparents), so that the authorities won't separate the children. However, Simon Pegg has been [[http://twitter.com/#!/simonpegg/status/67500161156395008 threatening.]] Although, someone must be driving on the rare car rides.
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "Kid Stuff" had the heros become 8 years olds in order to exist in a world were adults were magically removed.
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' had a similar episode, "Misplaced", where a group of evil sorcerers creates two separate worlds, one with adults and no children and one with children and no adults, based on the "World Without Grown-Ups" storyline.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' when Homer and Grampa distribute their "re-vitalizer" to Springfield, adults excuse themselves to their bedrooms, leaving the town children wondering if the grown-ups have become reverse-vampires.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', a squadron of broccoli-shaped aliens attempts to conquer Townsville by contaminating the broccoli harvest, hypnotizing anyone who consumed the vegetable. This leads to the trope, since all the city's children consider it [[PickyEater too disgusting to eat]].
* ''Franchise/WinnieThePooh'' should be mentioned here. In none of the [[Disney/TheManyAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh original Disney animated shorts]] are parents, with the exception of Kanga, present, however, being a stuffed animal, I don't think she qualifies. However, this is subverted in ''[[WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh The New Adventures]]'', as Christopher Robin's mom, as well as other adults, appear in the animated series. Hell, she, and a theater usher appear in just the very first episode, "Pooh Oughta Be In Pictures".
** If Kanga applies, then so does Lumpy's mother, deemed "Mama Heffalump", in ''Pooh's Heffalump Movie'', and in ''My Friends Tigger & Pooh''.
** The original whole ''point'' of Winnie the Pooh was that it was the world Christopher Robin had created to play with his stuffed animals in. He's often away, of course, having other claims on his time, and at the end of the last book he's growing up. It's sort of a precursor to WesternAnimation/ToyStory, only without a real-world context.
* Taken to extremes in ''WesternAnimation/LittleEinsteins''. Not only do we never see the main characters' parents, there doesn't appear to be any other humans, period.
* In the short lived ''WesternAnimation/{{Flintstones}}'' spinoff Cave Kids, a MuppetBabies or {{Rugrats}} -esque show focusing on Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm's "adventures", their parents were no where to be seen.
* ''WesternAnimation/RainbowBrite'' and the Color Kids didn't seem to have any parents. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] as they seem to be AmbiguouslyHuman.
* Though there are (if mostly evil or incompetent) adults in the ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' universe, the rumored goal of the apparent KND Splinter Cell was to wipe them all (good and evil alike) out, [[spoiler: however, it turns out to be just cover-up for the KND Galactic branch, [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot much to the ire of some fans.]] ]]
* Although it's averted in the main series, ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' plays this straight with the human world -- aside from Principal Celestia and Vice-Principal Luna, the only other adults are cameos with no effect on the plot (Granny Smith, Cheerilee, and Mr. & Mrs. Cake). The absolute lack of parents is puzzling; the total absence of law enforcement [[spoiler:after a flying fire demon demolishes the front of the high school]] totally boggles the mind.
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