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-> ''"But nobody else is gonna put it right for me,''
-> ''Nobody but me is gonna change my story,''
-> ''sometimes you have to be a little bit '''naughty'''!"''
-->-- ''[[Theatre/{{Matilda}} Matilda; The Musical]]'', "Naughty"

While society tends to prefer children to be polite and well behaved, but still adventurous and cheerful, in fiction there seems to be an either/or set up. Children who are adventurous and who have interesting stories to tell, or to tell about, always seem to be mischievous at least and sometimes downright naughty and ill behaved.

Well-behaved children are often antagonists to the main character if he or she is a child, and these "good" kids can be portrayed as being anything from just [[GoodIsBoring absolute bores]], to evil incarnate. The reason for this might be because the well behaved children in the stories are often viewed as being suck-ups to the evil adults, who only want to take away all the fun stuff for little kids. These kids also tend to be "tattle tales" if they're real sticklers for the rules.

This trope has been around in some form for quite a while, at least since the early twentieth century. Before that, and especially during the Victorian era, naughty children in fiction would usually endure very bad [[CantGetAwayWithNuthin repercussions for their actions]]... [[DisproportionateRetribution sometimes they would far outweigh the actions they committed]]. After all, in Victorian times, MostWritersAreAdults was in force to a great degree.

This doesn't necessarily mean the kids will ''get away'' with being naughty in Naughty Is Good stories. They're just as likely to find they CantGetAwayWithNuthin, but the story will still be on their side, rather than just saying "[[AnAesop And it served them right!]]"

Counterpart to DevilInPlainSight. Compare HighSchoolHustler. It's actually pretty closely related to GoodIsBadAndBadIsGood, and some naughty characters believe in both ideas.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': The [[CharacterTitle eponymous character]] himself, prior to the TimeSkip. There he would pull pranks like defacing the Hokage Monument and often use techniques like "Sexy Jutsu." Since he's TheHero of this story, it is sympathetic to him.
* Ruby of ''Franchise/{{Jewelpet}}''. Known for messing around during classes and pulling pranks. She is the (non-human) heroine.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Comicbook/TheBeano'' features ComicStrip/{{Dennis the Menace|UK}}, Minnie the Minx and The Bash Street Kids, who routinely use catapults (slingshots) on passers-by, charge through the town in carties knocking over pedestrians, and so on. An early Minnie strip had her mother encourage her to take up a "ladylike" hobby such as scrapbooking. After using the scrapbook as an ImprovisedWeapon, she told her mum "I won three scraps with it!" Villainous "good kids" include Dennis's neighbour Walter and Bash Street school swot Cuthbert Cringeworthy, both of whom are tell-tales whose main interest is getting the main characters into trouble. In Walter's case, recent stories have stretched the concept of "goody-goody" a bit, as he's been shown as quite happy to ''frame'' Dennis.
%%** Also Roger the Dodger, though he's more of a [[MagnificentBastard schemer]].
%%* ''Comicbook/TheDandy'' has/had this with most of its characters like Beryl the Peril, Cuddles and Dimples, etc., but Bully Beef and Chips.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes''. Calvin is a little hellion a lot of the time, but the strip just wouldn't have been nearly as good if he were well-behaved. This is proven when Calvin makes a good duplicate of himself. The Good Calvin is interesting only in contrast to the {{Jerkass}} Calvin.

* Lampshaded in ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', with Corelle, who has the strength of personality to get her sisters to join her in doing things she is not supposed to do. She is severely punished for leaving the family farm unprotected, but it is mentioned that she is to be raised as future leader of a family unit, because her strength of character, together with some more commonsense she still has to gain, will make for a good authority figure.
* In the kids' book ''Conrad'' by ChristineNostlinger, an old woman gets a giant can that turns out to contain a mostly-dehydrated boy, straight from a factory that creates boys for families who want perfect children. After she gets to know the kid, the factory guys realize they sent him to the wrong house, and come to try to get him back. The old lady and her allies manage to get rid of them by ''training Conrad to be naughty''. Specifically, they teach him to write on walls, slide down banisters, call adults names, and all the myriad things he was specifically designed ''not'' to do (they even have to punish him for doing the right thing, for a while). In other words, he was misbehaving because it was the only way to behave for his mother-figure.
* Gene Kemp's "Cricklewood School" series, starting with ''The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tiler'', all feature kids who are basically decent, but end up causing trouble, usually due to the inflexibility of a SadistTeacher. The exception is ''Gowie Corby Plays Chicken'', where the title character is an outright bully who has a HeelFaceTurn over the course of the book.
* ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid'': [[TheProtagonist Greg]], isn't what you'd call a good kid, and most of the time he's not even aware of how morally wrong his behaviour is.
* ''Literature/JustWilliam'' is the terror of his family and his teachers, and pretty much the embodiment of every "undesirable" trait an eleven-year-old boy can have, but he's also a beloved children's book protagonist. His friends, the Outlaws, are pretty much the same type of characters, though the series do also include some "naughty" children who are portrayed in a far less favorable light and serve as occasional antagonists. "Good" children tend to swing between being well-meaning but annoying nuisances and malicious antagonists.
%%* The ''Tracy Beaker'' series by Creator/JacquelineWilson.
%%* The ''Literature/HorridHenry'' series.
* ''TheHickoryLimb'': the main character, a little girl, decides to go swimming in the same pond as some boys. Though she gets in trouble for it, we're ultimately meant to sympathise with her.
* ''Literature/CaptainUnderpants'' has George Beard and Harold Hutchins, a pair of incorrigible pranksters and agents of chaos who frequently mess with their teachers and their classmate [[InsufferableGenius Melvin]] as often as they can. They are unambiguously the heroes of the story, however, and most of their antagonistic behavior stems from the fact that the staff of their school are incompetent, authoritarian, and are adamantly opposed to the displays of creativity and independence that the boys hold so dear.

[[folder:Live-Action Film]]
* ''Film/{{Fresh}}'': Fresh, while not anywhere near a little devil, does pretty bad things, specifically selling drugs, and a backtalker, to his dad, because the life of crime is appealing to him. He even talks back to his dad when he scolds him for saying "nigga." The movie is a very dark misadventure which leads to serious consequences for surrounding characters, many of whom are crime bosses who are taken down. Chuckie is also very mischiefous, although way more prone to crime.

* {{Music/Madness}}'s hit single "Baggy Trousers" is all about the protagonist's memories of raising hell in secondary school.

* ''{{Theatre/Matilda}}'' has a whole song dedicated to it: "Naughty". Which is about putting her mother's hair dye into her father's hair oil. Then she makes the head teacher leave. The former was abusive and the later was a sadist so everyone's happy, even the teachers.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* VideoGame/{{Cuphead}} and his brother Mugman, the two boys who gamble at [[{{Satan}} the Devil's]] Casino despite the Elder Kettle's warnings to stay away, happen to be [[spoiler:the same ones who save many of the Inkwell Isles' residents from eternal servitude to the Devil himself]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'': The perfectly well-behaved Delightful Children From Down the Lane are creepy, sadistic villains; the heroes are rebellious, mischievous, and disobedient, but fight for the rights of kids everywhere. Interestingly, all the Kids Next Door appear to be pretty good sons/daughters if not 'good' kids. They all stop in their tracks when their parents tell them to. (And their parents are very GoodParents for the most part, as opposed to being strict and controlling like Father is.)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' tends to play with this trope a lot.
** While [[TheProtagonist Ben Tennyson]], is an immature kid who is not above using his powers for childish reasons, and as such seems to play it straight, his attitude is often shown to attract him trouble and get in the way of his heroic actions. It's usually only when he gets serious he proves to be a true hero, and his maturity in the sequel ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce is portrayed as a good change (later shows made a balance between the two).
** Ben's arc enemy and rival Kevin, who is even more mischevious than him, is portrayed as AxCrazy in the original show and a AntiHero in the sequels.
** Ben's cousin, Gwen, is a more ambivalous case. She is more reasonable than Ben but her exact portrayal is unclear; in the original show, she was a DeadpanSnarker and could be as naughty as Ben when she went at it with him but otherwise was rule-abiding and well behaved, though she was definitely not evil nor boring. In the sequels, she is portrayed as less snarky and much more cool-headed, but usually this is shown as the right attitude compared to Ben's and Kevin's.
* The main characters of ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'' rarely obey their parents' rules. Then again, [[AdultsAreUseless considering not one of their parents' rules has ever been shown to help with anything]], it's hard to blame them.