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->''"I really used to be a bad girl\\
I got gangbanged in the bathroom at my high school prom\\
Yes, I used to be a real wild child\\
But now I am a Volvo-driving soccer mom."''
-->-- '''Everclear''', "Volvo Driving Soccer Mom"

An older character, who is seen as stodgy, virtuous, or law-abiding. We eventually learn that, in their youth, they were rather less so.

When the older character is a mentor figure to the protagonist, TheReveal that they fit this trope can sometimes be part of the process of turning them into a CoolOldGuy. It's also related to MysteriousPast, though there doesn't have to be any mystery involved. RuleAbidingRebel or BourgeoisBohemian can be the result if the character tries to have it both ways. This can lead to a case of GenerationXerox if the former rebel now has rebel kids of their own. Overcompensating for their rebellious past by being stern with their kids may increase the likelihood of their kids turning out just like them, while increasing the children's shock when they find out what Mom and/or Dad were like at their age.

People who were rebellious in their youth -- especially if their actions included a strong sexual element -- are said to have been "sowing their wild oats." (This is also said in the present tense of older philanderers.) The etymology of the phrase is explained [[http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-sow1.htm here.]] "Sowing one's wild oats" is often a great understatement of reality.

On a few rare occasions, a former teen rebel was actually a closet rebel who was LivingADoubleLife. An extreme example might be TheFundamentalist kid you knew in high school and/or college, the one who always complained about all the other believers who didn't live exactly by their strict interpretation of AsTheGoodBookSays. Then -- sometimes decades later -- the truth comes out. That obnoxious bible-thumper had actually gone through high school and/or college [[SexIsEvilAndIAmHorny regularly cheating, lying, stealing and/or screwing]] AnythingThatMoves. Of course, such people don't exist in a vacuum. Somebody -- a cohort or an adversary -- knew the truth all along, but their warnings usually went unheeded. TheReveal allows this person to say "IKnewIt" or "IWarnedYou" to all the doubters.

Definitely TruthInTelevision. Contrast with UsedToBeASweetKid where a villainous or otherwise unpleasant character is shown to be much nicer and polite as a child. Compare ParentalHypocrisy.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'':
** England was a pirate in his youth, but now considers himself to be a gentleman [[ClusterFBomb (though he still curses like a sailor)]]. And everyone knows that...something happened during the 70's and England went through a punk phase. [[BerserkButton It's not really]] [[TranquilFury mentioned too much.]]
** Denmark, Norway and Sweden during their Viking phase; while Denmark remains quite [[BoisterousBruiser boisterous]], Sweden is mentioned to have calmed down considerably since those days, putting his energy into [[HouseHusband more domestic matters]].
** Hungary used to be a part of a group of nomadic warriors, and spent her childhood fighting various invaders. Upon learning she's [[ItMakesSenseInContext actually female]], she decides it's time to be a "frickin' lady" and ends up being a maid at Austria's house, and later becomes his wife. She still retains much of her HotBlooded personality, though.
* ''Manga/GreatTeacherOnizuka'': Danma Ryuji, the other half of Onibaku, is now a car repairman. Onizuka would himself apply, except that he's not that different than before.
* Reki from ''Anime/HaibaneRenmei'' was rebellious during her teens due to receiving FantasticRacism related to [[spoiler:her off-colour wings]]. She even tried to [[TheRunaway run away]]. As an adult, she's a kind-hearted TeamMom, though she keeps some old habits such as [[SmokingIsCool smoking often]]. [[spoiler:Double subverted as, while her behavior changed, she's still a BrokenBird who just learned to [[StepfordSmiler be more friendly looking]]. Her decision to become friendlier was for selfish reasons of trying to [[HeavenSeeker reach salvation]], though she ended up BecomingTheMask.]]
* Late in ''Manga/MinamiKe'', it is revealed that the oldest Minami sister, Haruka, who has previously been established as a thoroughly reliable CoolBigSis with YamatoNadeshiko tendencies, has been a legendary school {{Delinquent|s}} in the past.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Asuma Sarutobi, whose past was expanded on in the anime, had a falling out with his father Hiruzen, the third Hokage, when he was a young adult and joined the Guardian Ninjas, bodyguards to the daimyo of the Land of Fire.
** [[SternTeacher Iruka]] [[ParentalSubstitute Umino]] used to, like Naruto, be a prankster as a means of coping with his parents' death, making him strict but sympathetic with Naruto (he makes Naruto clean up his graffiti on the Hokage faces, but after Naruto points out he has no one to go home to, he offers to buy him ramen).
** Naruto himself becomes this in the DistantFinale. Long gone is the annoying, loud prankster. [[spoiler:Now Naruto is the hokage and has a family of his own to take care of.]] That isn't to say he still isn't a knucklehead but he isn't the IdiotHero he used to be.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': Gendo Ikari was something of a delinquent in college before Fuyutuski was more or less forced to take him on as a kind of apprentice. It's subverted, in that he is even ''worse'' than he was before. [[MagnificentBastard Horrifically worse]], to be honest actually, and Fuyutsuki had a role reversal in that he's now his NumberTwo instead of being his teacher, and openly objects to lots of the stuff Gendo pulls.
* ''Anime/RurouniKenshin'': The main character was a mild one, being rambunctious and hot-blooded as a kid. He would take this UpToEleven in the revolution, though, as an assassin against the government.
* ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'': Later on in the series, there are a lot of hints that the gentle, unassuming teacher, Jinroku, was a former member of the {{Yakuza}} and probably not [[NeighbourhoodFriendlyGangsters the nice kind]] either.
* Amagasa-sensei in ''Manga/{{Hyakko}}'' was feared throughout the school back when he was one of its students. Now he's a teacher.
* [[SenseiChan Sawako-Sensei]] from ''Manga/KOn'' was a Punk-Metal performer when she attended the school as a student. Very rebellious and goth-like.
* A popular hair dresser in ''Manga/IceRevolution'' fit the JapaneseDelinquents archetype to a T in her teenage years. She states her reasons for being violent and aggressive was due to being a closeted {{Transgender}} woman. After transitioning she calmed down considerably.
* Mari Katsuragi from ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'' counts as well. While she was introduced early in the series as a YamatoNadeshiko with a {{Meganekko}}, once TheGlassesComeOff, one will realize why she was previously known as the ''[[RedBaron Snow Lady of the Mountain Pass]]'': she was previously a member of a biker gang.
* Midori in ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' looks like a very level-headed HouseWife, but the flashbacks in the episode we "meet" her state that she was [[JapaneseDelinquents a membress of a delinquent gang.]]
* Kyouko Katsunuma from ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' was also an infamous [[JapaneseDelinquent girl gangster]] as a teenager, but [[BrokenBird that left her emotionally broken]]. She decided to put her DarkAndTroubledPast behind, married [[HotForTeacher her handsome teacher]] Kazuma Honda (who was also [[OnlyFriend the only one who cared for her]]), and became Kyouko Honda aka Tohru's beloved mother. (Well, [[MissingMom dead but much beloved mother]])
* Sentaro from ''Manga/KidsOnTheSlope'' is a gentle teenage boy but is constantly getting into fights and skipping class. The DistantFinale shows that [[spoiler:some time between running away from home and the eight year timeskip, he began training to be a priest]].
* The main characters' homeroom teacher Akari Koumoto in ''Manga/MyMonsterSecret'' used to be the legendary delinquent known as "Akari of the Hundred Visits". Nowadays her anger mostly shows up in reference to her {{Troll}}ish multi-great-grandmother Akane, who loves rubbing [[ChristmasCake Akari's singleness]] in her face, and an enraged Akari is said to be more terrifying than Godzilla. Akari herself treats her past as OldShame, mostly since [[spoiler:those "hundred visits" were her unsuccessful attempts at getting a boyfriend and flipping out when she failed. However, the story has a happy ending, since her past allowed Akari to connect with her student Sakurada and reform him into one of these, which lead to their [[HotForTeacher becoming a couple]] later on in the manga's run.]]
* Downplayed with Kaoru from ''Manga/ICantUnderstandWhatMyHusbandIsSaying''. Prequel series ''Metsuko ni Yoroshiku'' shows that her high school sempai's were both JapaneseDelinquents, but she never took place in any of their insane activities. Played straight by said sempai's though, Akiko became the assistant to a detective and Yuzu became a mangaka. Akiko's friend Yuki also retired from delinquency and went on to have a successful music career (posters for his concerts can be found throughout TheVerse).
* Vol. 7 of ''Manga/HighSchoolOfTheDead'' reveals that Rei's mom used to be a girl gang leader.
* Before Youichi of ''Manga/FatherAndSon'' got married and became a teacher, he used to be in a gang. He had quite a temper, which only shows when he's really angry as Shou learns the hard way every now and then.
* Yukiko Kanzaki from ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'' is a variation in that she ''still is'' a teenager, but has gotten over a rebellious phase. Her parents were incredibly strict, expecting nothing short of perfection from her, so in order to rebel against them and let off pressure, she ended up visiting arcades and dressing more provocatively. This caused her grades to slip so strongly that she ended up falling to Class 3-E.

[[folder: Fan Works]]
* Apollo Justice in ''FanFic/DirtySympathy'' used to have been a delinquent in his teenage years.
* The MuggleFosterParents in the Fanfic/MyImmortal parody Fanfic/XtremlyScray, Billy and Mae [[MeaningfulName Poseran]] turn out to have been [[HollywoodSatanism goffic]] as teens in [[PresentDayPast the Fifties]].
* ''Fail Better'': Lucia is rather virtuous and her rebellious tendencies are always about bringing justice and mercy into a cruel system. Her [[HappilyAdopted adopted daughter]] is shocked when she realizes that she was a HardDrinkingPartyGirl in her youth.

[[folder:Film -- Animation]]
* A few of the more famous Creator/{{Disney}} [[{{Sequelitis}} direct to video sequels]] made use this trope:
** ''Disney/TheLionKing'' follows Simba's character development from a rambunctious kid to a lazy teen to a responsible adult. ''Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride'' shows Simba trying to emulate his father in raising his own cub, but taking a more strict, overprotective stance while doing so.
** In ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', Ariel often went up to the ocean's surface, despite knowing full well that her father forbade it because she thought he was being unreasonable and overprotective. Come ''Disney/TheLittleMermaidIIReturnToTheSea'', Ariel's own daughter Melody [[GenerationXerox does the very same thing]] (going into the sea when she knows it's forbidden), and Ariel becomes angry and scolds her when Melody reveals she did so. In both cases, it's about parents worrying for their children.
** Disney would recycle the concept again with ''Disney/LadyAndTheTrampIIScampsAdventure''. In the first film, the Tramp was a stray dog who railed against the domesticated life, and spent his time doing things like chasing chickens and helping other stray dogs escape from the dog catcher; this naturally changed when he met Lady, so the second film has their son Scamp growing tired of the domesticated life and wanting to be a stray, totally ignorant to the fact that his father was once one.

[[folder:Film -- Live Action]]
* ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'':
** Marty's mother, Lorraine Banes [=McFly=] in the [[Film/BackToTheFuture first film]]. We don't see much of her in the present, but when he goes back to [[TheFifties the 1950's]] Marty is definitely shocked to see her smoking and drinking. She also flirts with Marty and wants to [[AutoErotica park with him]], despite her assertion thirty years later that girls shouldn't chase boys and her insistence that she never did that kind of thing with a boy.
** [[spoiler: There's also Biff Tannen. Subverted at first with him being [[SchoolyardBullyAllGrownUp exactly the same as an adult]] in]] [[TheEighties the 80's]] as he was in the 50's as a teenager. However, after Marty changes the past, he plays this straight in the new timeline.
** Additionally, an [[Script/NumberTwo original draft]] for the [[Film/BackToTheFuturePartII second movie]] had George and Lorraine as members of the hippie counter-culture of [[TheSixties the 1960's]].
* The ''Film/BeverlyHillsCop'' films. Protagonist, Axel Foley (Creator/EddieMurphy)
-->'''Axel:''' You know, I wasn't always a cop; I fractured an occasional law.
* ''BubbleBoy'', the 2001 remake. The main character's mother was incredibly controlling, ignored all of her son's concerns in favor of her shockingly over-the-top Fundamentalist beliefs, and treats her son like an infant the entire way through the movie, even going so far as to [[spoiler: lie about the actual state of her son's immune system; he NEVER needed the bubble after age 4. She's a bit of a Karma Houdini herself, really]]. And as it turns out in the end, she actually used to be [[spoiler: "Wildfire", the former love interest of that motorcyclist tough guy that was one of the first people the bubble boy met on the road]].
* WordOfDante says Creator/HeathLedger learned how to skateboard for ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', as he considered ComicBook/TheJoker a character who probably was a skateboarding teenage rebel.
* ''Film/TheEdukators'' kidnap a wealthy, middle-aged businessman who reveals that he and his wife used to be members of a socialist commune and got up to all sorts of shenanigans.
--> "We were six. Rolf, Bernard, I, Lizzy, Gabi, my wife. First, Rolf and Gabi were together. Then, Bernd and Gabi, then Lizzy and me. Then Bernd and Lizzy, then Lizzy and my wife for a while..."
* Kelly Radner from ''[[Film/{{Neighbors2014}} Neighbors]]'', claims to have managed to avert TheBroCode before, and proves it by instigating a YourCheatingHeart situation by way of GirlOnGirlIsHot.
* ''Film/RenaissanceMan'' a 1994 film in which Danny [=DeVito=] plays a laid off advertising executive who gets hired to work with a [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits group of misfit army recruits]]. The first thing he has them do is write essays about why they joined the Army. Several of them reveal that they fit this trope and the reason they joined the Army was to get away from it.
* ''Film/{{Superbad}}'' [[spoiler: Officers Slater and Michaels reveal to Fogle/[=McLovin=] that]] they were this. [[spoiler: They knew his fake [=ID=] was fake all along but let him slide and did all their shenanighans with him because they saw their younger selves in him.]]
* ''Film/WhatToDoInCaseOfFire'', a German film is about a group of now-successful ex-anarchists in Berlin, who band back together after a bomb they had made 15 years earlier and forgotten about blew up, and they have to get rid of any evidence linking it to them.
* Much of the premise of ''Film/TheBangerSisters''.
* In the comedy performance movie ''Himself'', Creator/BillCosby notes that one of the first things a parent says about their children entering adulthood is that they hope their child has children of their own, who will act just like they did as kids. Cosby says that is a ''curse'', and it ''works.''
* ''Film/{{Windtalkers}}'' Sergeant Joe Enders (Nicolas Cage). His commanding officer tells him that he's done much better as a Marine than as a civilian, reading off from Enders' record that he stole a motorcycle and crashed it and got kicked out of high school for assaulting the assistant principal.
* ''Film/BlueRuin'': The main character is a timid beach bum, but he sports a few heavy metal-style tattoos he got before dropping out of society. After cleaning himself up and reuniting with his old buddy Ben, who [=DJs=] at a club, Ben tells him that he looks "square."
* ''Film/SoundOfMyVoice'': Lorna had her first hangover at 12. She lived an early life of decadence before straightening out and trying to become a writer/filmmaker.

-->'''Mother:''' What kind of behavior is that? When I was your age, I always stayed at home in the evening.
-->'''Daughter:''' Naturally you did. I was eight months old already by then.

* Creator/AgathaChristie's Literature/HerculePoirot has alluded to the "fast living" of his youth, but details are few.
* Literature/MissMarple has also made a few allusions to when she was a girl and [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys looking for a man that her parents would disapprove of.]]
* The ''Literature/{{Chrestomanci}}'' series by Creator/DianaWynneJones. Christopher Chant definitely fits the bill. It's implied that Gabriel [=DeWitt=], his predecessor, does as well, though we never learn enough of his backstory to be entirely certain.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' In one of the novels, Vimes was shocked to find his [[BattleButler butler Willikins]] (gained when he married Sybil) was once a rather vicious street thug.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' Charity Carpenter used to be quite the rebel, running away from home when her magic developed and getting involved with a number of bad crowds, ultimately joining a cult whose leader was sacrificing its members to a dragon. When Charity was [[RescueRomance saved from the dragon]] by [[KnightInShiningArmor Michael Carpenter]], she settled down as a good Catholic and {{Housewife}} and gave up her magic. Some of the other skills she picked up during her rebellion (notably fighting, metalworking and vehicle repair) are still used to [[MamaBear aid her husband and defend her family]].
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** The Marauders ([[spoiler: save for Peter Pettigrew]], who was less a rebel than he was a hanger-on). In their schooldays, they were some of Hogwarts' most notorious pranksters and illegally became underage Animagi [[spoiler: to keep Lupin company during his werewolf transformations. That's without mentioning Sirius and James' years-long feud with Snape.]] James settled down and got married to Lily, while Lupin became the Defense Against the Dark Arts professor, [[spoiler: albeit temporarily.]] And [[spoiler: Sirius Black, despite his incarceration and RoaringRampageOfRevenge against Peter]]... well, two out of four ain't bad.
** In ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire Goblet of Fire]]'', Molly Weasley recounts her Hogwarts days and describes a time when she and her future husband snuck out after curfew to have a nighttime stroll. Her son Bill is quite surprised and impressed.
** The epilogue of ''Deathly Hallows'' has [[spoiler: Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Ginny be this]]. After spending the books (most notably most of that same book) as resistance fighters against Voldemort, we see that they all married, got jobs (most of which were for the Ministry of Magic), and had several kids. WordOfGod details this happening for a good many other characters, including [[TookALevelInBadass Neville]] (he becomes a Hogwarts professor who marries Hannah Abbott, who herself becomes the landlady of the Leaky Cauldron) and [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Luna]] (she becomes the wizarding equivalent of a naturist, along with marrying another naturist and having two sons).
* ''Literature/StillLifeWithCrows'' by [[Literature/AgentPendergast Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child]]. Winifred Kraus is a matronly old maid [[spoiler:who was a terribly rebellious teenager who got pregnant out of wedlock. Her overprotective father forced her to give birth to the child in secret and hid him in the caves. When her father passed away, she became just as overprotective and kept the boy there his entire life so she could "protect" him from the outside world.]]

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* This trope is the entire premise of ''Series/ThirtySomething''. The series' protagonists are a group of members of the 60's counter culture and peace movement turned 80's yuppies.
* [[FairCop Kate Beckett]] from ''Series/{{Castle}}''--up until she started college, she had a rebellious wild child-streak. It's kind of played with in [[TitleCharacter Richard Castle]]'s case, in that he's still kind of rebel in some ways and likes getting on people's nerves sometimes, but it's generally in a more focused and ''mostly'' law-abiding way.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Fred. When a spell caused her to regress to her teenage self "It'd be cooler if we could score some weed, though!" was one of the first things she said.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Calling Giles a Former Teen Rebel is more than a slight understatement. Initially portrayed as the epitome of the [[BritishStuffiness stuffy Brit]], the few clues of his youth reveal that he was an ultra-violent warlock known to his cronies as "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Ripper]]". One of his former friends shows up in a few episodes as a sadistic priest of chaos who is more than disappointed that his big idol turned out to be such an uptight bore.
** When first introduced Faith was an EthicalSlut and BloodKnight who didn't mind if she had to ShootTheDog because Buffy wouldn't, such as whether or not Angel was good. After her FaceHeelTurn she became a male raping psychopath who killed and did wrong ForTheEvulz, and actually tried to be this to attempt suicide by vampire. After breaking out of prison she has become one of the nicest people in both series, a SergeantRock to younger Slayers, and had not only seemingly grown out of her bad habits such as heavy drinking but she keeps others from doing so.
* Jane from ''Series/HappyEndings'' was something of a wild girl in college-with hot pink hair, revealing outfits, dating a ton of girls and guys [[NoodleIncident flashing a police horse]], but matured into a competitive, career-minded ControlFreak.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek''
** Captain Jean-Luc Picard of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' was a delinquent and skirt-chaser at the Academy, culminating in a bar fight with a group of {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s in which [[spoiler: he got stabbed in the heart]]. After that, he apparently became rather more focused.
** Oddly inverted with [[TheKirk Captain James Kirk]] from ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', who is...well, [[TropeNamer The Kirk]] in the present day but had a reputation for being a swot at the academy.
*** In the 2009 film, Kirk plays this straight, largely on account of not having a father growing up. He changes when he decides to follow [[GenerationXerox in his father's footsteps]]. Though he certainly manages to hold on to part of his rebellious attitude.
** Chakotay from ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' is shown in "Tattoo" as a petulant youth who rejects his father's attempts to instruct him in [[MagicalNativeAmerican The Ways Of His People]] because he'd rather run off and join Starfleet. Likewise even staid Tuvok was shown to have rejected the Vulcan philosophy of logic when he fell in love with an alien girl as a youth.
*** Vulcans generally have a very strong tendency for this. Their philosophy of cold logic and detachment from emotion is their way to compensate for and restrain their violent and confrontational nature.
* In ''{{Series/Firefly}}'':
** We never really learn Shepherd Book's backstory, but what hints we get definitely suggest this trope. [[note]]He was actually an Operative. Unless he wasn't.[[/note]]
** While Simon is generally shown as being responsible to the point of often being TheComicallySerious, one episode has him telling Kaylee about various shenanigans he got into in medical school, which apparently involved him and his friends being very drunk.
* In ''Series/RumpoleOfTheBailey'':
** Rumpole's stuffy boss, "Soapy" Sam Ballard, president of the Lawyers as Christians Society, nitpicker about missing nailbrushes and anti-smoking crusader, once had long hair, called himself "Bonzo" and played lead guitar for an amateur rock group called the Pithead Stompers.
** Rumpole himself is a subversion of this: he was probably quite the rebel in his youth...and he remained one for the rest of his life. Granted, it's a much more subdued sort of rebellion, but then his youth was during TheGreatDepression.
* Dr. Gordon Gordon-Wyatt from ''Series/{{Bones}}'' used to be a glam rocker.
* The ''Series/RedDwarf'' gang go back in time and see Lister at age 17 with his [[DreadfulMusician head-banging "sham glam" band]]. According to Lister, the crazy whacked-out hippie drummer became a police officer and a Freemason, and the "neo-Marxist nihilistic anarchist" bassist became an insurance executive with his own parking space.
* The protagonist of ''Series/WelcomeBackKotter'' was a delinquent in high school and now teaches a class of delinquents. He often butts heads with the principal, who taught Kotter back in his teenage punk days.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
** Captain Lochley joined the military to clean herself up after she found her best friend Zoe dead from drug overdose.
** Dr. Franklin is a minor example. He took up medicine partially to spite his soldier father.
* ''Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger'' has an example in team mentor Miki Misaki to the point that she is still remembered and feared by the current batch of teen rebels. She's also capable of kicking more ass ''now'' than she was back then thanks to studying Geki-Ju-Leopard-ken (Fierce Beast Leopard-Fist) in the intervening period.
* Joey Jeremiah in ''Series/{{Degrassi}}''.
* ''Series/ModernFamily'': Claire Dunphy used to be much more like her wild-child eldest daughter Haley than she'd like to admit. Haley was actually conceived in the backseat of Phil's car after a Music/DuranDuran concert.
--> '''Claire''': Your kids don't need to know who you were before you had them. They need to know who you wish you were, and they need to try to live up to that person. They're gonna fall short, but better they fall short of the fake you, than the real you.
* Willie and Kate Tanner from '''Series/{{Alf}}'' used to be hippies and rebels during the 1960's, but by the time the series takes place both have become responsible adults and parents.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' Mary Cooper, Sheldon's mom, is devoutly Christian in the present. In "The Rhinitis Revelation" she tells Penny "When I was your age [[ReallyGetsAround you could have me for a car ride and a bottle of strawberry wine]]."
* Hal in ''Series/{{Malcolm in the Middle}}'' as a teenager was, essentially, Francis. His misadventures include running a pirate radio station as "Kid Charlemagne", which he attempts to revisit in one episode.
* Felicity Smoak in ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', introduced as a very proper and easily flustered IT technician at Queen Consolidated, albeit one who has the skills and flexibility to deal with the boss's more "off the book" requests, eventually becoming part of Team Arrow. The FlashBack in her DayInTheLimelight episode reveals that when she was a student she was a somewhat {{Goth}}y PlayfulHacker.
* A plot line in season one of ''Series/VeronicaMars'' made use of this trope, when students in Neptune High paid PI in training Veronica to "dig up dirt" on their parents. Each of the students who came to Veronica came to find the trope was true about all of their strict parents, and their spotty records include reckless driving, Vegas weddings and wet t-shirt contests.
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'': In the first season, Regina, the Evil Queen, is a very strict and harsh towards her adoptive son Henry, to the point of {Gaslighting}} him. Little did he know then that in her youth she used to run away from her own evil mother, The Queen of Hearts, and was quite the RebelliousPrincess.
* In the Japanese WorkCom ''Series/KeishichouNasiGorengKa'', division head Detective Chief Kazahaya Kyoko is formerly Salt, the powerful yankee leader of ''Series/MajisukaGakuen'', and goes undercover as her old self in an episode of the latter series.
** An unnamed female detective in season 2 of ''Series/MajisukaGakuen'' is also a former yankee.

* In ''Manhwa/WestwoodVibrato'', [[spoiler:Father Thomas]] used to be a rebellious rocker.

* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwzMuuGOsVI "Death or Glory"]] by Music/TheClash, formerly in the page quote, is about the mellowing out with age. "Death or glory becomes just another story."
* Everclear's "Volvo Driving Soccer Mom", as seen in the page quote, is entirely about this trope. Supposedly Art Alexakis wrote it after meeting a porn star who was a soccer mom.
* "The Ascent of Stan," by Music/BenFolds, describes a man who used to be a "textbook hippie" who "wanted revolution", but has become part of the "institution".
--> "And you wondered why your father was so resigned...now you don't wonder any more."
* Clay Walker's "Fore She was Mama" is about a couple of kids who find a box of pictures in the back of a closet showing their mother when she was young, wearing skimpy clothes and hanging out with bikers.
* Ace from Music/TheWho's RockOpera Quadrophenia, as explained in the song "Bell Boy".
* Creator/AllanSherman's "The Rebel" ends when the Rebel decides to non-conform by going square. He marries his hippie girlfriend and moves out to the suburbs.
* Music/HueyLewisAndTheNews' "Hip To Be Square" is sung from the viewpoint of a [[NewAgeRetroHippie 1960s hippie]] turned [[NouveauRiche 1980s yuppie]].
* Music/JudasPriest's "Parental Guidance" veers in this direction toward the end: "There's no communication / I'm tired of explanation / Is this message getting through? / You went through the same thing, too!" (Since Rob Halford was [[ManChild already in his mid-thirties when he sang those lyrics]], the effect is doubly ironic.)

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Zits}}'': A Sunday strip has Jeremy having a nightmare where this happens to him. He meets his future self and is dismayed to discover that he is not a rock god but is dressed in a business suit, balding with a comb over, and has a dental practice in the suburbs. The last panel has Hector asking him why he's dressed in a stereotypical thug outfit. Jeremy calls it "self defense against my future".
* It's hinted in ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' that Calvin's parents may have been like this, such as this memorable example when Calvin goes through his dad's old college yearbook.
-->'''Calvin:''' Is this you with the keg and the "Party Naked" t-shirt?
-->'''Dad:''' (snatching the yearbook from Calvin) GIVE ME THAAAT!

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Inverted in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. Young [[StateSec Inquisitors]] are freshly indoctrinated and therefore puritanically orthodox. Those who survive to old age tend to lose their naivety and innocence to the setting's BlackAndGrayMorality, making them more radical and rebellious, and frequently the target of the next generation of Inquisitors.

* Ash's mom Delia is his in ''Theatre/PokemonLive''. She even dated Giovanni, the future leader of [[{{Yakuza}} Team Rocket]], and was Team Rocket affiliated herself. Now she's a mild mannered, loving if strict stay-at-home mom. Delia's quite ashamed by her past.
* Jean Valjean in ''Theatre/LesMiserables'', by some definition of "teenage" and "rebel". He tries to keep his past as a convict a secret from his daughter Cosette, even going so far as attempting to ''move to America'' to escape his past. Eventually, he tells his son-in-law Marius, although begs him to keep the secret from Cosette, and eventually passes the information to Cosette [[spoiler:on his deathbed]].
** Implied with Javert, who reveals he was born in a prison and that he upholds the law so strictly to escape his own past as the son of criminals.
* Implied with Vi and Shaw Moore in the ScreenToStageAdaptation of ''Film/{{Footloose}}'', the latter of whom implores Shaw to forgive their daughter Ariel for sneaking out, lying, drinking, and dancing by urging him to remember what they were like at that age.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' [[spoiler: Martin Septim is a priest]] but dabbled in Daedric magic (apparently until [[spoiler: it resulted in the death of his friends]]).
* Jolee Bindo from ''Franchise/StarWars VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic''. And a Jedi one to boot!
* If the Earthborn backstory is selected for Commander Shepard in ''VideoGame/MassEffect'', he/she was a gang member as a teenager who cleaned up and went straight before joining the military.
* Jack in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' is a mild version of this: she's now a teacher at a school for biotics instead of a criminal, but she kept the tattoos and still likes drinking and swearing (though she tries not to do the latter too much in front of her students).
* ''Franchise/DragonAge'':
** Wynne in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' has got a milder variation, she tells stories of a time when she was significantly more hot-headed and rebellious than she is today. As her DLC reveals Leliana had very little in the way of morals: theft (from the church no less,) seduction, murder, humiliating people, her mentor did a number on her all right. Far from the sweet and pious girl in the main game.
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' has Sebastian, who drank and whored so much in his teen years that his family forced him into a monastery, where he [[HeelFaithTurn found religion]].
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' has Solas, a professorial mage who alludes to being far more HotBlooded and fight-happy in his youth. In the most extreme case thus far, he turns out to be [[spoiler: Fen'Harel / the Dread Wolf, an ancient eleven rebel now remembered as a trickster god. Moreover, while he's less hot-tempered, his actual plans haven't mellowed out at all.]]
* ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM'' seems to show that Samus Aran might have been one of these. The Behind The Scenes trailer shows her former CO, Adam Malkovich, giving out orders, and while everyone else gives the thumbs up, she gives the thumbs down. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-9pBSpSSWU Seen here at 07:56]]
** The reason behind Samus' thumbs down was she was always at odds with Adam when she was under his command, but over time, her thumbs down became a sign of trust and understanding between the two of them. Towards the end of the game [[spoiler: after Adam's death]], Samus gives a thumbs up in Adam's honor.
* [[spoiler:Virgil]] from ''VideoGame/ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura'' was a thief and all-around careless thug, until other criminals he angered decided to make him care by taking it out on his brother.
* Valkenhayn R. Hellsing of ''VideoGame/{{Blazblue}}'' is a profoundly loyal and unflinchingly polite BattleButler in his old age, but humorously, in his younger years, he was actually very little different from [[NinetiesAntiHero Ragna]].
* FBI agent Francis York Morgan of ''Videogame/DeadlyPremonition'' fame was a punk rocker in his teenage years. It seems to have formed the basis of his current quasi-philoshopical pop-culture obsession.
* In ''VideoGame/LeisureSuitLarryMagnaCumLaude'' Assistant Dean Abrahamson, a well known DeanBitterman, was a member of a satanic, sex-themed metal band in his youth. In one story arc, Larry blackmails him with this knowledge to make him back off from trying to discipline one of his many crushes.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Chief Lara in ''Webcomic/GiftsOfWanderingIce'' fell in love with a Mute [[spoiler: (a guy belonging to different human species related to Neanderthals)]] in her youth and married him against her mother's wishes. She used to be a tomboyish, reckless girl, quite the opposite to the austere, cold woman she became later.
* [[OldRetainer Carson von Mekkhan]] and [[ChefOfIron Old Man Death]] from ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' both "rode with the Jägers" i.e. acted as auxiliaries to Europe's [[EvilOverlord evilest overlord's]] BadassArmy in their youths. Carson is currently retired from his position as seneschal to said overlord's family and lives with his daughter-in-law, and Old Man Death runs a deli.
* Ki's father in ''Webcomic/GeneralProtectionFault'', didn't go nearly as far as some examples, but he, a Japanese man, committed the cultural taboo of marrying a Chinese woman. As he aged, he became more traditional, and after some unpleasant experiences with Ki's former fiance Sam, he becomes adamantly opposed to her marrying Nick.
* ''Webcomic/{{Roommates}}''' InspectorJavert, believe it or not. To elaborate: When we saw his younger self he swore like a sailor, picked fights with authority figures and [[EvilIsPetty stole a child's cookie]].
* Ye Thuza in ''Webcomic/SandraAndWoo'' is literally a former teen rebel, having [[ChildSoldiers fought in the Burmese]] [[LaResistance resistance]] in her youth.
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' comic, "How the Paladin Got His Scar", it is revealed in O-Chul's backstory that he was the son of a married bandit couple and that the soldier responsible for his parents' arrest later adopted him and turned him into one of the most LawfulGood characters in the entire comic.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Koneko is revealed to have been like this in ''WebAnimation/NekoSugarGirls''. She's currently a soft spoken [[NiceGuy nice girl]] who wears a conservative style. In college she wore heavy makeup, a midriff baring shirt, shorts, and is shown popping bubble gum like the delinquent stereotype goes. Apparently she received a breast reduction as well because she no longer has GagBoobs.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Principal Skinner aka Armin Tamzarian, of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', who actually assumed somebody else's identity as part of getting over his rebellion. Accidentally. He honestly intended to tell Mrs. Skinner that [[spoiler: her real son was believed to be dead - but she thought he was her son when he showed up at her door, and he just didn't have the heart to tell her otherwise.]] Fans ''hated'' this episode due to how crazily most of the cast was out of character in order to make the plotline work, but interestingly, the writers never retconned it in response--Lisa actually uses the plot as a threat against him in an episode years later.
** Though "Boy Meets Curl" eventually retconned this by flash-backing to Mrs. Skinner pregnant with Seymour.
* Ms. Finster from ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'', in the episode "Weekend at Muriel's".
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'':
** Francine Smith was quite the party girl in college.
** In Season 2's "Bush Comes To Dinner" then-President UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush brings this trope up to Stan after he angrily tells Hayley that she's a lost cause. Bush reveals that he was a very wild party boy when he was younger (which is TruthInTelevision) and that Hayley, due to her rebellious ways, is not a lost cause, but is on the track to becoming President of the United States.
* Terry [=McGinnis=] from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''. His reputation as such is a big reason as to why [[TheAtoner he puts on the suit]], and often comes back to bite him on the ass. As a teen, he was caught breaking and entering as part of a gang initiation. The way he describes it, he followed his best friend into the building and directly into the cops' hands. He also got into a lot of fights, but said flat out that most of what he did before the arrest was penny-ante stuff.
* Khan of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', even looking like a 50's teen rebel, complete with pompadour, in the late 70's.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', Kyle's mom Sheila was once a wild [[{{Joisey}} Jersyite]] known as "S-Woww Tittybang". Today, she's the poster girl of KnightTemplarParent.
** Sharon (Stan's mom) also appears to be an example of this. She and Randy were both hippies in the 60's. While Randy is essentially a ManChild (in later seasons), Sharon is a pretty strict and upright parent.
* While not a teenager, Professor Utonium from ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' was shown to be an obnoxious, bratty prankster as an elementary school student in the episode "Get Back Jojo".
* In the ''Franchise/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' universe:
** Toph in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' is TheLadette and a ConArtist. Toph in the SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' is remembered for founding Republic City's Metalbending Police Force.
** Toph's youngest daughter Suyin hung out with gangsters and was almost arrested for being a GetawayDriver. Now she's the motherly matriarch of Zaofu, although she still maintains a bit of her carefree attitude from her teen years.
* WesternAnimation/{{Fillmore}} and Ingrid are not even teen yets but otherwise fit the trope. As a throwback to a popular cliche in {{Cop Show}}s, the two used to be troublemakers until they both decided to stop. Now they're on their school's Safety Patrol.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'''s parents, Helen and Jake Morgendorffer, were 60's flower children, while in the present, Helen is a workaholic lawyer and Jake runs a successful business consulting firm. The Season 2 episode, "That was Then, This is Dumb", focuses on their old hippie friends, The Yeagers, who still haven't changed.
* Implied in a scene in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' episode "Naked Tommy". Tommy's mother Deedee is trying to convince Phil and Lil's mother Betty that stripping their clothes off is a phase all babies go through, but Betty isn't buying it.
-->'''Betty:''' The sixties are over, Deed, and we lost!
* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'': Star's uptight mom, Queen Moon, is implied to be one in "Game of Flags".
-->'''Star:''' You played Flags when you were my age!\\
'''Moon:''' I did a ''lot'' of things [[ParentalHypocrisy you won't be doing.]]

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Some former gang-members and thieves have gone on to become police officers and security alarm manufacturers, using what they learned from their former life to their advantage in their careers.
* Creator/JohnnyDepp was once a conceited, self-centered JerkAss young actor who openly dissed the Academy and Hollywood in general. After several arrests and the birth of his first child, Depp has "grown up" and become a serious and respected actor. The Academy doesn't seem willing to let him live it down, though.
* Right-wing Republican author P.J. O'Rourke was an anarchist hippy. What changed? "I got my first paycheck".
* A common story with many hippies and flower children from the 1960's and 70's as well. After they got older, many of them out of the hippie phase, and had kids of their own. They freaked out just like their own parents once the kids started into SexDrugsAndRocknRoll for themselves. They tried to differentiate their experiences from those of their kids, with the most common justification being that it was "just so much more innocent then."
** One of the more public examples is Creator/JonVoight, who embraced counter-culture and opposed UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar in his ''Film/MidnightCowboy'' days. Today, he's a Tea Party speaker and strongly pro-military.
* Music/JohnnyCash embraced Christianity after he earned a reputation as an outlaw in his twenties and thirties. He wound up using his experiences to serve as a strong advocate for social justice and prison reform, but themes of guilt and repentance were fairly common in his lyrics all the same. (He originally attempted to break in as a gospel singer, as seen in TheMovie. He left his original label because they wouldn't let him record gospel stuff.)
* Creator/StephenFry. As a teenager he was expelled from school twice, was a serial thief, and served several months in prison; now he's well-known as "the politest man in England."
* Music/AliceCooper, original shock rocker, has a Christian summer camp for troubled youth and owns a [[http://www.alicecooperstown.com/ sports-themed BBQ joint.]] Cooper found Christianity in the mid-1970s during treatment for alcoholism. While his music act hasn't changed much, he's very careful to keep his stage persona seperate from who he really is.
* Believe it or not, Ben Stein (of [[Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff "Bueller....Bueller...."]] fame) wasn't quite so stuffy when he was in college 45 years ago and was protesting UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar. (Even more shockingly, his mother ''approved'' of it!)
* And everyone's favorite sardonic moralist, Creator/BillOReilly, was - by his own admission - quite the womanizer back in TheSeventies.
* Myster writer Anne Perry, who was revealed to be murderer Juliet Hulme after the release of the movie ''Film/HeavenlyCreatures''.
* Considering just how notorious ''Series/MurphyBrown'' was InUniverse, it might not be a surprise that Creator/CandiceBergen was pretty rebellious. One prank she was a part of (when she was 21, which kind of deflates the "teen" part) required a temporary shut down of the New York Stock Exchange.
* Creator/JackKerouac, whose semi-autobiographical novel ''Literature/OnTheRoad'' became a counterculture icon, ultimately became a political conservative and observant Catholic - albeit one still more than happy to partake in frequent recreational drug use. Stories tell of him getting smoking pot, watching the [=McCarthy=] trials on TV, and rooting enthusiastically against the communists.
* Glen Matlock, former bass player of Music/TheSexPistols, named his autobiography "I Was A Teenage Sex Pistol". In an [[http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2005/mar/01/arts.artsnews interview in 2005]], he expressed contempt for gratuitous swearing in modern society.
* It's very common for youth ministers and even general audience ministers to be former teen rebels. In fact, former teen rebels are among the most common adherents of [[TheFundamentalist extremist religious sects.]]
* German foreign minister (1998-2005) Joschka Fischer of the Green Party used to hang out with Daniel Cohn-Bendit (himself an example of this trope) and other left wing radicals in Frankfurt during the 1970s. He also beat up police and (in his own words) "Just threw stones in the air.[[note]]Given as a BluntYes in the parliamentary hearing, which you can watch [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOGNqEo9FF4 here]][[/note]] When elected to the Bundestag in 1983, he was famous for his confrontational debating style, including one famous exchange in which he told the President of the Bundestag "''Mit Verlaub, Herr Präsident, Sie sind ein Arschloch.''" ("[[WithDueRespect With respect]], [[SophisticatedAsHell Mr. President, you are an asshole]].") In 1985, he left federal politics to became the Minister of Environment of his home state of Hesse--but he still had some of his old spirit, appearing in (gasp!) sneakers! Though if you believe his later statements the sneakers weren't his idea. His past caught up with him during his term in office when the conservative opposition held hearings into his violent acts he committed in the 1970s.
* Fischer's coalition partner Gerhard Schröder reportedly banged against the fence of the chancellor's office screaming "I want to be in there" in his "wild days". He was also a member of the left wing of his party in his youth, often clashing with the (more centrist) higher ups. Given his policies as chancellor, most notably the "Hartz reforms" [[note]]Basically the German version of "New Labour" or the Clinton administration, with an emphasis on cutting unemployment benefits[[/note]] it is quite likely that young Schröder would have hated the breathing guts of old Schröder.
* Saint Augustine of Hippo, who is described as sexually adventurous and frequently drunk during his youth. Before becoming a priest, he had several children out of wedlock, and famously popularized the mock prayer "Grant me chastity and continence, but not yet."