Kids Versus Adults
When the "generation gap" turns into rivalry or all-out war between children and adults. Often goes hand-in-hand with Adults Are Useless. See also Teenage Wasteland.
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- This was a pretty common trope in children's advertising during the early to mid-1990s (examples are Frosted Mini Wheats, Hi-C, and even one anti-smoking PSA from 1992/93).
- Battle Royale 2 goes down this road.
- It also occurred in the backstory of the original.
- Children of the Corn film series is an endless parade of cultist children killing adults.
- While it's only two adults and two children, Little Sweetheart is a prime example. Two bank robber criminals vs. two blackmailing, stalking, thieving little girls.
- The 1968 film Wild in the Streets has the voting age lowered to 14; the 24-year-old rock star subsequently elected president then has everyone over 30 put in re-education camps.
- The film ends on a punchline suggesting a Full-Circle Revolution when the young president pisses off a couple of 7-year-olds.
- "The Grandfathers' War", one of Murray Leinster's Med Ship stories, featured a war between generations (although the younger was of the age of maturity).
- Stanley Kiesel's novels The War Between The Pitiful Teachers And The Splendid Kids and Skinny Malinky Leads the War for Kidness take this trope quite literally.
Live Action TV
- It's certainly been the premise of a couple of game shows over the years:
- The Adventures of Pete & Pete had the International Adult Conspiracy.
- Two Star Trek: The Original Series episodes about conflict/war between kids and adults: "Miri" and "And the Children Shall Lead".
- A majority of Kamen Rider Gaim is spent focusing on the conflict between the kids (Beat Riders) and the adults (Yggdrasil), however, the sides get skewered as the series goes on. The kids have grown up ideals (fighting for what is right, might makes right) while the adults have childish goals (half of them wanna be an all-powerful being). The conflict between Sid and Kouta perfectly highlights this, as Sid's banters often involves how kids often are stupid and need to be ruled over by their adult superiors.
- Codename: Kids Next Door has this as the premise.
- The Musical Episode of The Fairly OddParents, "School's Out", has this as a major song, as, how do you say, adults ruin everything.
- Happens now and again in Recess.
- An episode of The Simpsons had the adults enforcing a curfew, and the kids rebelling against it by broadcasting all the adults' dirty secrets. Subverted in that, during the grand finale song-and-dance number, the elderly got in on the fight and won, forcing everyone under 50 to adhere to the curfew, allowing them free roam of the streets.
- Some South Park episodes have this.