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->''"You're right, Drakken. Boys? Dating? Oh it's hard. But this... is easy!"'' *PUNCH!*
-->-- '''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''', ''[[WesternAnimation/KimPossibleMovieSoTheDrama So the Drama]]''

When a show has a [[KidHero preteen or teen hero]], the message is usually as follows...

Beating up the BigBad, stopping some [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever giant monster]] from squishing [[CityOfAdventure the hometown]], protecting [[AcademyOfAdventure fellow classmates]] from the [[SealedEvilInACan creatures of darkness]], and [[TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed saving the universe from certain doom time and time again]]? ''Easy.''

Dealing with social pressures and crushes? ''[[SociallyAwkwardHero Hard]]!''

It's basically [[AnAesop one giant Aesop]], and can succumb to all the pratfalls and drawbacks that those things entail. Played right, it can be an effective way to communicate to the audience. Played wrong, and it can [[{{Narm}} be]] [[TotallyRadical disastrous]].

If the work becomes a LongRunner, this could become "Wake Up, Go To Work, Save The World" as the protagonist grows up. Such shows will often result in a OneHourWorkWeek. ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' are good examples.

Juvenile version of the PartTimeHero. Usually a TripleShifter. The mental and social counterpart to {{Mundangerous}}. Often overlaps with SociallyAwkwardHero. Can result in ShouldntWeBeInSchoolRightNow. Compare SleptThroughTheApocalypse.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/RedGarden'' deconstructs this, where the pressures of fighting monsters in the middle of the night cause problems for the main characters' social lives.
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'':
** Though ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' avoided this one, ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' waltzed right into it. A team of 11-year-old students who go to school during the day and face off against monsters and the evil emperor of another world in their spare time? Textbook. It has one interesting subversion: [[spoiler:said [[BigBad evil emperor]] is another eleven-year old student.]] But since he's evil he's allowed to ignore the Aesop and go full-time villain when it hits the fan.
** ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' subverted it as well. The Tamers lived like this at first, but when [[spoiler:Calumon/Culumon was captured about midway into the story]], they decided the "go to school" part was getting in the way and got permission (sort of) to take an indefinite leave.
* This happens to Nagisa in ''[[Anime/{{Iczer}} Fight! Iczer-One]]'', but only after being nothing short of abducted by the eponymous protagonist to man the [[HumongousMecha battle robot]] with her.
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname Kyon]]'s everyday life in ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' consists of being wrestled out of bed by his little sister, slogging to school, hanging out with his friends, and keeping the [[LockedOutOfTheLoop oblivious]] JerkAss GenkiGirl RealityWarper [[CharacterTitle titular character]] happy and not bored with her life as well as LockedOutOfTheLoop so she doesn't unwittingly unleash the [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the end of the universe]] with a temper tantrum.
* The premise of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' can be summarized as "Wake up, go to school, practice saving the world." [[SeriousBusiness By playing a children's card game]]. Which quickly turns [[{{Deconstruction}} much uglier]] than is typical. The school is also all about playing said card game. They might have overstepped this trope a bit.
* In ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', Yusuke flat out states that "school sucks" and that "this job" (basically, saving the world), is the only thing he's ever been good at. Probably justified in that Yusuke is extremely BookDumb.
* The ''Anime/PrettySammy'' series is based around this.
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon''. Maybe it's because Usagi/Serena totally sucks at/hates school (much like a lot of shoujo heroines).
** {{Downplayed}} in the [[Anime/SailorMoon first anime]]'s S season, where we see very little of the senshi at school, but nearly every episode starts with them studying for their exams (until they are inevitably distracted, either by the {{monster of the week}} or by some more mundane crisis).
** Averted in ''Sailor Moon [=SuperS=]''. They're all on summer break. During the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]] they've shifted to High School during this arc but it was pushed back an arc for the anime. The timeing pretty much ends up the same by the end though.
** Subtly {{Deconstructed}} in the manga when it comes to Minako, on whom the stress takes an increasing toll even before the [[WhamEpisode unexpected developments in the finale of]] ''Manga/CodenameSailorV'' turn her in a StepfordSmiler.
* ''Anime/MaiHIME'' does this as well. With one exception, the girls are more concerned with boys, food, classes and part-time jobs (or if they're not in school, with their own affairs) than with destroying monsters, though they are more than happy to do so when they show up.
** Later on in the series, this becomes increasingly averted [[spoiler: as the battles of the [=HiMEs=] end up partly destroying the school, and most of them either drop out, disappear, or otherwise stop caring about what's going on in school because they're too busy trying to kill each other.]]
* All but one of the Baka Rangers in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' are powerful fighters on Negi's team. Kaede and Ku Fei in particular were strong fighters even before the start of the series, yet their first major obstacle in the series was to receive adequate scores on their final exams.
* In ''Manga/FateKaleidLinerPrismaIllya'', Illya, Miyu, and Kuro continue their magical girl, [[spoiler:dimension-hopping]] adventures while attending elementary school.
* ''Lightnovel/FullMetalPanic'' practically runs on this. Most of Sōsuke's issues involve being unable to explain distressingly common situations and failing in epic fashion. [[spoiler:In one episode, Kaname visits while Testarossa is in the shower and Sōsuke tries to explain why Kaname can't come in. Cue Testarossa sticking her head out asking if she can borrow clothes.]] He will generally sweat bullets in these situations -- and yet, when he appears to be totally screwed in a military situation, he will either find a way out of it or somehow stay calm.
** This is probably because, in those situations, he can't [[IncrediblyLamePun shoot]] anyone...
* Subverted by ''Manga/DeathNote''. Or possibly played straight. It depends on your moral stance on Light's actions; he definitely believes he's playing it straight as he interweaves his increasingly meaningless social life with his genocide, doing math homework with his right hand while killing people and eating potato chips with his left hand.
* Shinichi, the hero of ''Manga/{{Parasyte}}''. Somewhat deconstructed towards the end. Though he just barely manages to graduate, he flunks all his college entrance exams and [[{{Ronin}} is forced to work exceptionally hard to catch up the next year]].
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' has something similar to this, but it's more like [[WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld Wake Up, Go To School,]] TakeOverTheWorld.
** Maybe played straight -- all depending on your [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation interpretation of certain characters]]. There's Lelouch, who seems to [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters fight for freedom]] but also has more selfish motives (revenge for his mother's death, serious daddy issues), Kallen, who actually does believe she's saving the world (okay, Japan), and Suzaku, who's trying to end war and [[StepfordSmiler keep from going insane]]. In R2, Gino wants to save the world and [[BunnyEarsLawyer have fun in the process]], Anya -- [[EmotionlessGirl well, nobody's really sure what Anya wants]].
* In the first and last Eldran series, the kids actually ''had'' to go to school in order to save the world, as that's where the local SuperRobot was normally kept.
* Altered in ''Manga/{{Kekkaishi}}'', where it's usually Wake up, save the world (school), go to school.
* Invoked in the English release of the ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'' manga, whose tagline is "Saving the world is easier than falling in love..."
* Deconstructed in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''. Being a MagicalGirlWarrior and fighting monsters in your spare time isn't as fun and innocent as it appears to be, mainly because the monsters in question can and will ''kill you'' if you should make a mistake, [[spoiler: as shown in the infamous Episode 3.]] And let's not even mention [[spoiler:[[AndThenJohnWasAZombie what ultimately happens to you]] if you ''don't'' end up dead]].
** It also subverts this to some degree; it's indicated that many girls stop taking part in school activities once they make their contract, since the job is so intensive and often requires a mobile lifestyle. Mami lacked any close friends in her class, Sayaka frequently skipped school and ran away from home at one point, and Kyouko was a street urchin.
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' has this in the first two seasons. After the TimeSkip though, Nanoha has [[StayWithTheAliens moved to another planet]] and become a combat instructor.
** Nanoha actually averts this during the final third of the first season since she takes an extended leave of absence from school (with her parents' permission) to focus on collecting the Jewel Seeds.
* ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'' inverts this. The students of class 3-E have challenging social and academic lives--they're in the 'outcast' class at a very prestigious school--but the task of killing Koro-sensei is more difficult by far.
* In ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'', Touma Kamijou was already doing poorly in school before he got dragged into conflicts of the Science and Magic Sides. Once he starts saving the city or world on a regular basis, his grades and attendance really suffer.
* ''Manga/MeiCompany'' shows the aftermath of this. The main characters were {{Magical Girl Warrior}}s who learned that because they spent all their time fighting monsters, they failed a lot of classes and couldn't get into college.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''[[Comicbook/SpiderMan The Amazing Spider-Man]]'' may well have ''[[UrExample invented]]'' this trope, and Peter's constant struggles to keep his life on track while fighting crime shows up in almost every other incarnation of the series. In fact, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko created Spider-Man around this very premise. They wanted a young superhero who, unlike the then-popular "sidekick" depiction of such a character, had to simultaneously deal with the social and emotional pressures of becoming an adult... and the parade of crazy costumed baddies.
* Marvel has tried to recapture this a couple of times with [[Characters/NewWarriors Speedball]] and ComicBook/{{Darkhawk}}.
* ''ComicBook/MsMarvel2014'' follows suit, with the added complications of being a Muslim woman in America ''and'' joining the Avengers post-Secret Wars 2015.
* [[{{Deconstruction}} Deconstructed]] in Scott [=McCloud=]'s ''ComicBook/{{Zot}}''. The problems in Zot's world are on the surface bigger, but since it is ultimately a fantasy world the much smaller problems in Jenny's world are real problems and therefore more serious. The {{Deconstruction}} comes in the exploration of why high school life seems more serious than fighting super-villains.
* Ostensibly, the ''Comicbook/TeenTitans'' -- but the comics tend to ignore the characters' lives outside of super heroics to the point that Titans Tower occasionally seems like a weird super-teen commune.
* Similarly, the ''Comicbook/XMen'' mansion is technically supposed to be a "School for the Gifted" but only a couple of writers (among them Grant Morrison) really paid anything more than lip-service to the concept.
* ''ComicBook/PowerPack'', the Marvel-verse kid superheroes.
* ''ComicBook/{{WITCH}}''. The girls have quite a bit of trouble dealing with their double life, especially after magical means to hide their absence are somehow eliminated.
* ''ComicBook/CindyAndBiscuit'' is a particularly tragic version, as Cindy's schoolfellows just think she's weird and bully her, and her mother and teachers think she's being naughty and making up stories.
* ''{{ComicBook/Superboy}}'' pre-Crisis was this, as Clark attended Smallville High along with being a superhero. It stays this way once he goes to Metropolis University (and changes his name to {{Franchise/Superman}}), and shifts to "Wake Up, Go to Work, Save the World" once he graduates college and starts working at the ''Daily Planet.'' In ''Comicbook/KryptonNoMore'' he thinks he is an outcast and cannot have normal relationships.
* ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} always finds harder to attend school and make friends than being a super-hero. ''[[ComicBook/Supergirl1972 When she goes to San Francisco Vandyre University]]'', she cannot keep a boyfriend and her classmates think she is weird. When ''[[ComicBook/Supergirl1982 she moves to Chicago]]'', she deals with all her enemies neatly, but she still has boyfriend troubles and her friends also think she's weird. In ''Comicbook/SupergirlRebirth'' she attends National City High School along with being a teen superhero, but she doesn't manage to fit in with her schoolmates because she isn't familiarized with human social customs and Earth's science is primitive and ancient to her. In ''ComicBook/SupergirlCosmicAdventuresInThe8thGrade'' she quickly becomes her school's ButtMonkey and has a hard time to make friends.
-->'''Kara:''' What am I even doing here? I'm from a distant planet with super smart technology! I already know stuff! Superman says I need socialization. Yeah, right. That's going great. I just want to be a superhero. I don't need any friends...

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* [[{{Deconstruction}} Deconstructed]] in [[http://www.gocomics.com/tomthedancingbug/2007/09/08/ this episode]] of ''ComicStrip/TomTheDancingBug''.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'': Given their lack of people skills, going to school and talking to other kids is harder for Shinji, Asuka and Rei than fighting massive aliens. In chapter 8 Shinji says he is more afraid of going to his classmates and coming clean about his and Asuka's relationship than of fighting Sachiel.
* In ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfAnElderGod'', Shinji, his girlfriend Asuka, Rei and -to a lesser extent- their friends, Rei, Touji, Hikari and Anna... could fight and kill [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Elder Gods]] easily, but socializing and fitting in with other people became increasingly hard. After every battle they became more powerful and simultaneously less human. And at the end, Rei knows she'll never be capable of leading a normal life, and Shinji and Asuka don't belong among humans anymore.
* ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'': Fighting giant monsters? The teen main characters have done that and keep doing it. Socializing with their classmates is the hard part, and it didn't got easier after the War.
* Shinji in ''Fanfic/LastChildOfKrypton'' is able to toss armed thugs around and crush gigantic monsters easily. Figuring out his feelings for Asuka and spitting them out is hard to him.
* ''Fanfic/SOE2LoneHeirOfKrypton'': Asuka is an excellent mecha fighter and an overpowered super-hero. She can handle herself efficiently when she has to fight criminals, aliens or monsters. However she has absolutely NO social skills and she's massively frightened of other people.

* ''FanFic/BattleFantasiaProject'': The plot is kicked off by a horrific deconstruction of this trope: Akiko Yamaguchi has spent her childhood fighting evil alone. A fight that [[TraumaCongaLine has done horrendous damage to her social life and mental health]]. She is so broken, she publicly throws herself off of Tokyo Tower, only to be rescued by another MagicalGirl.

[[folder:Films -- Live Action]]
* ''Film/LetTheRightOneIn'' doesn't deal with world-saving, but still exhibits signs of this trope. Oskar finds romancing his vampire (girl/boy)friend to be pretty easy; dealing with bullies, on the other hand, is much harder.
* ''Film/{{Kickass}}'' and the sequel involve teen and pre-teen superheroes.
* ''Film/{{Goosebumps}}'' is about a boy named Zach Cooper who moves in to Madison, goes to school, meets his neighbor, Hannah ([[spoiler: who is secretly a CuteGhostGirl]]), and helps her dad save the world from the monsters he created.

* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' got dangerously close from ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire Goblet of Fire]]'' onwards, but ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]'' abandoned many of the school based subplots to focus on the final confrontation with Voldemort, which nevertheless takes place at Hogwarts. Justified in-universe in that Voldemort had an especially soft spot for the school - Hogwarts was probably the one of the only things in his life he came close to actually loving.
* ''Literature/YoungWizards'': Played straight through most of the series, with the mundane world and school not stopping for Kit, Nita, and Dairine's wizard duties. Many of the subplots throughout the series deal with them working around their wizard life so that non-wizards don't notice, including the ramifications of what happens when their parents do find out. The series handles it believably, and doesn't let anyone off easy, with both wizardry and non-wizardry shown to be equally problematic and difficult to deal with.
* The ''Literature/AlexRider'' series deals with the potential real-world ramifications of just how much school one would have to miss to save the world. Not to mention what might happen to the school itself once the BigBad knows exactly ''which'' school the teen- or KidHero goes to.
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' made some use of this, but partially subverted it, as the characters soon find that fighting a guerrilla war against an alien conspiracy/invasion is physically and emotionally taxing, and their grades start to suffer. They lose all their friends not in the know, and stay in school just to keep up the pretense. Next to the enslavement of humanity, school seems kind of meaningless.
** It also helped that they gained advanced ancient androids as allies who could take their place in school for long absences thanks to their advanced hologram technology.
** Near the end of the series the war has escalated significantly, pressuring the kids to devote their entire lives to fighting. Jake notes that none of them get to school consistently anymore, to the point where Jake can't even recall what they're studying in class. They go on missions pretty much full-time, almost every day, and they rarely get more than a couple hours of sleep either.
* ''Literature/TheDemonHeadmaster'' series of books. That crazy headmaster is always trying to take over the world (although he's not always a headmaster), and apparently this small group of children are the only ones who can ever spot it. But they still have to go to school and be home for tea.
* ''Literature/{{Percy Jackson and the Olympians}}'' is "Wake up, Go To Summer Camp, Save the World from Myth/ClassicalMythology".
** And now in ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'' it's: "Wake up, Go To Summer Camp/Demigod City/World Traversing Flying Boat, Save the World from Myth/ClassicalMythology".
* ''Literature/ThePowerOfFive'': Minus the going to school part, at least after ''Raven's Gate''.
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' Telos Novella ''Time and Relative'' is about Susan struggling with being the odd one out at school whose only friends are the violent kid and the nerd, being bullied by her nasty Geography teacher, not being cool enough or knowing how to go out with boys, a Trinidadian boy she babysits having to deal with 1963 racism, and not really understanding who she is yet. The killer snowmen are significantly less difficult than knowing she'll have to talk to her grandfather to find out what to do about them. The book also operates on the conceit that, although Susan knows she is an alien with two hearts, she cannot properly remember her life before she came to Earth or even if she did much travelling beforehand - the only way she can make herself recall Gallifrey is by retelling the story of what happened with things from 1960s schoolgirling (she writes that her grandfather is playing truant and if he gets caught by the Truant Officer he will have to do a million lines).
* Jeremy Itsubishi from ''Literature/StrengthAndJustice'' juggles his time between going to school, spending time with his girlfriend and fighting abuse of superpowers as a law enforcement cadet.
* In ''Literature/TheHouseOfNight'', Zoey is not only dealing with many mystical issues threatening the vampyres, but also juggling multiple boys and a couple of men (both of them bad guys).
* ''Literature/{{Mindwarp}}'' starts out this way, as each character's daily life and routine is disrupted by their new powers and being stalked by an alien killer. After book six, they're no longer even pretending to go to school or maintain a normal life.
* ''Literature/TheHeartsWeSold'': After making a DealWithTheDevil, Dee has to learn how to balance her prestigious prep school with her new job working for the Daemon. She manages, with some help from her roommate, and because wanting to stay at the school is what drove her to make a deal in the first place.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** That high school was infinitely worse than, or at best merely even with, fiends from hell was one of the show's basic concepts. Of course, this particular high school was built on a Hellmouth's centre, so the line between scholastic evil and demonic evil is blurred.
** The season 3 finale ends thus (after having graduated and averted the apocalypse on the same day).
--->'''Oz:''' It's worth taking a moment just to think... we survived.\\
'''Buffy:''' It was one hell of a battle.\\
'''Oz:''' Not the battle. High school.
** There's also the series finale. Right before the final battle, Buffy, Xander, and Willow start making plans for the day after, which involves shopping. Wake up, save the world, go shopping.
** It is frequently lampshaded on the show that this trope is the reason Buffy is able to survive so long as a Slayer. Previous Slayers focused so much on training and fighting monsters that they never got to experience the normal lives and problems of a teenage girl. Without these experiences and connections the Slayers became careless and [[DeathSeeker Death Seekers]].
* In ''Series/TeenWolf'', for Scott and Stiles since the first episode as they try to protect Beacon Hills from all manner of supernatural creatures, while trying not to destroy their grades or get kicked off the lacrosse team. They're later joined by Allison and Lydia (once they discover the secret going-ons), and Isaac (once he decides to stop being a jerk and save people instead). Somewhat more murky on Jackson's part, as he has no interest in saving the world or anyone, and is unknowingly the creature that's a threat. Kira, Malia and Liam join fall into this as well, to varying degrees of success.
* In an episode of ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', after John helped destroying a batch of coltan, a metal used to build terminators, he comes back home to do his homework for school. Of course, he's since dropped out.
* In ''Series/AceLightning'', Mark Hollander, a thirteen-year-old boy, unintentionally gets himself elected as the superheroes sidekick: this pretty much costs him his social life, including two girlfriends.
* Disney's ''Series/AaronStone''.
* Series/{{Chuck}} Bartowski's spy work is often impacted by the equally complex, though not as dangerous, life he leads as a Buy More employee.
* Early episodes of ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' take this formula to a T. More often than not, the MonsterOfTheWeek they were facing would [[MonsterOfTheAesop correlate to whatever problem they were dealing with in real life.]]
** [[LampshadeHanging Which was lampshaded]] by the Red Ranger and Alpha the robot in a TV promo for the series. Red Ranger describes how he's a martial arts master and has girls drooling over him, then tells the audience: "What a cool gig. I save people, protect cities, fight monsters...." - only to be interrupted by a message from Alpha telling him that he has to do his homework.
** Specifically, the high school element was dropped early in the sixth season, Power Rangers In Space, because the team was traveling to different worlds in search of Zordon who had been captured by Dark Specter. This raised the question of when the Rangers had time for school when the fate of the universe was in their hands.
** Was picked up again in ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'', though the Rangers in question were seniors and their science teacher (the very familiar [[LivingLegend Tommy]] [[BadassTeacher Oliver]]) was their mentor and one of their teammates, so it didn't really bother them as much.
** After ''Dino Thunder'', the series didn't pick this concept up for nearly a ''decade'', up until ''Series/PowerRangersMegaforce'', an anniversary season which is more-or-less a throwback to the original ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers''.
* ''Series/MIHigh''
* ''Series/BigWolfOnCampus'' is a more light-hearted take on this - the main character is a werewolf in high school who deals with a parade of AffectionateParody-style monsters.
* Early seasons of ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' should qualify, while later seasons are more like "Wake Up, Go to Work, Save the World."
* ''Series/{{Hex}}'' did a boarding school version, although it can be debated how much saving actually took place.
* Likewise ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'' where the world may not exactly be at stake, but there is a whole lot of saving and battling the forces of evil going on. They even do school reports on the subject of vampires!
* Short lived British fantasy show ''Series/{{Demons}}'' focused on the teenage heir to the Van Helsing title.
* While technically not in school, ''{{Series/Merlin|2008}}'' does face both [[BigBad Big Bads]] and the trouble of dealing with teenage hormones, friendship issues and crushes.
* ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures''-- though it often seems like the kids have all the free time in the world, they do go to school and a number of episodes either take place or have a number of scenes set in school.
* ''Series/TheSecretWorldOfAlexMack'' has this. Alex occasionally has to handle threats at her (junior?) high school.
* The Canadian series ''Series/ToddAndTheBookOfPureEvil'' features a cast of students and faculty battling the eponymous ArtifactOfDoom. The series relies on various issues facing teens (bullying, loneliness, obesity, etc.) to set up its MonsterOfTheWeek premise.
* ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'': Conveniently, the school just happens to located at a major source of cosmic energy. Inconveniently, this is because it was founded by the series BigBad to advance his plans - and several members of the staff are his subordinates who are responsible for turning students into the MonsterOfTheWeek.
* ''Series/TheNewAdventuresOfBeansBaxter'' has Beans attempting to balance life as high school student with becoming a TeenSuperspy and having to save the world from the forces of U.G.L.I.
* K.C. Cooper in ''Series/KCUndercover''. K.C's role as resident ordinary schoolgirl/TeenSuperspy on the Creator/DisneyChannel as of 2015 has ''not'' [[http://www.justjaredjr.com/2015/02/20/a-kim-possible-k-c-undercover-crossover-christy-carlson-romano-says-yes/ gone unnoticed]] by Christy Carlson Romano, the voice actor who played the title role of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' and a fan of the show, who offered Creator/ZendayaColeman on Website/{{Twitter}} to guest star on a future episode of ''Series/KCUndercover'' in tribute to this.
* In ''Series/TheAmazingExtraordinaryFriends'', Ben and Roy attempt to balance being trainee superheroes with going to school.
* ''Series/MechX4'' has a subversion: The team still has to juggle school along with saving the world from giant monsters, but they're frequently in danger treated as more significant than high school. To make matters worse, their principal is one of the villains who is aware that one of them is a student.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'' mentioned this when describing how the GameMaster could use character backgrounds to make the game more interesting. Fighting the AncientConspiracy of wizard-scientists trying to eradicate magic from the world, the bunch of [[EvilSorcerer Evil Sotcerers]] trying to destroy everything that has ever existed, the mad mages whose very existence warps reality, and the odd elder horror from beyond the stars gets a lot harder when your mom is going to kill you for staying out past curfew.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona'':
** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' bases both its storyline and gameplay around this concept, requiring you to balance fighting demons with [[DatingSim day-to-day activities]] to succeed. It also subverts it, to an extent -- the characters frequently admit that they find fighting Shadows much more difficult than dealing with school. Played straight in the metagame - while the actual fighting can be quite tough, as is standard for ''SMT'' games, nothing compares to the difficulty of [[GuideDangIt trying to max out all Social Links]] (as in, you can make like three mistakes at most, across '''an entire year''').\\
Amusingly enough, most of the world-saving goes on AT [[EldritchLocation school]] (albeit a supernaturally altered one). It also plays with this a bit as unlike most of the examples here, the actual world-saving happens not only at the school but also at a specific (and supernatural) time of day that can be planned around; this allows for the balancing aspect of the trope to be a touch easier. Said time is TheHiddenHour after midnight, making your schedule "Wake Up, Go to School, Hang Out, Go to Evil Warped School Trying to Save the World".
** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' does much the same thing, though in this case it's Wake Up, Go To School, Catch a Serial Killer. [[spoiler:Although as you find out later, catching the Serial Killer is part of saving the town, so it's actually both.]] In fact, amusingly enough, you can only go into the TV (to save the world) ''after'' school every day. You ''literally'' have the schedule of Wake up, Go to school, Save the world.
** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'': Your party spends their days going to school and their afternoons and nights reforming corrupt adults and trying to dismantle a criminal conspiracy.
* Both ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' and ''VideoGame/MegaManStarForce'' play this one straight by having the main protagonist be a fifth/sixth-grader who also happens to either own or ''be'' the most powerful being on the internet. Throw in a villain of the week or fifty and you're set to go. In ''Star Force'''s case, it takes a lot of work from Echo Ridge's local ClassRepresentative/#1 Mega Man fangirl to get the hero to "GO TO SCHOOL" (emphasis hers).
* Ernie Eaglebeak of ''VideoGame/TheSpellcastingSeries''. An impending calamity even follows him to Spring Break.
* Humorously averted with Riki and Mami in ''VideoGame/BangaiO'', who spend the entire game travelling through the galaxy to defeat the Cosmo Gang. This results in Riki's health teacher tracking him down with a stolen mech.
* ''VideoGame/LollipopChainsaw'' begins as just another school-day for our heroine Juliet Starling, but soon escalates to a grand adventure of saving the world from a ZombieApocalypse.
* In ''VideoGame/CommanderKeen'' Episode 2, ''The Earth explodes'', the goal of the game is to destroy the Vorticons before they blow up the Earth and get home before school begins. The protagonist even considers letting them off with their plan so that he doesn't have to go to school anymore (and it's possible, netting you a NonStandardGameOver). After the end of the game, school is canceled due to snow anyway.
* The middle part of ''VideoGame/RuneFactory2'' has the main character build a school for the village kids to study in. From that point on you play as his child, alternating classes with exploring monster-filled dungeons and searching for the world-ending dragon your father set out to stop.
* Happens in ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsZ Third Super Robot Wars Z: Jigoku-hen]]'', where most of the teenage cast ends up transferring to [[LightNovel/FullMetalPanic Jindai High]], forming the Campus Defense Force with Watta and Shotaro's nearby elementary... and assistant janitor Ryoma Nagare (turns out adventuring doesn't pay much). This trope plays in when they start collecting a ''lot'' of unexplained absences, forcing Kaname to create the Volunteer Club, draft all of the pilots, and peg Suzune as club advisor (it's a club activity if the teacher says it is! Even if the activity is world-saving and said teacher rides in the back of a giant robot in a really lewd pilot suit).
* The aversion is justified in ''VideoGame/DigimonStoryCyberSleuth''. The protagonist, despite being a high school student, takes an extended leave of absence in order to work as a detective solving crimes related to EDEN and Digimon with their friends showing shock about this. However, the hero had ''already'' taken an extended leave in order to leave the country to stay in another country with their mother before the plot kicked off - they have no other option but to work as a detective, especially since they're essentially a digital ghost...

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', three of the seven Masters in the Holy Grail War are students at the same school [[spoiler: and another one is a teacher]]. Only Shirou is interested in saving the world, though; the others have more selfish motivations. [[spoiler:Granted, this is also perhaps a bit unfair to Rin, since even outside of her route (where she basically joins Team Shirou) she also doesn't have an interest in ''harming'' the world and her victory would prevent a lot of harm from happening, but that's really incidental to her main goal of fulfilling her dad's dream of reaching The Root. Sadly, the same can't really be said of Souichirou (who is basically a pawn of Caster) or ''either'' of the Matous...]]

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Very much a part of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', as the girls need to balance their studies at Beacon Academy with thwarting the show's {{Hidden Agenda Villain}}s. {{Invoked|Trope}} in the blurb for Volume 2 on the Creator/RoosterTeeth website. [[spoiler: The end of Volume 3 [[NothingIsTheSameAnymore upends this]], with the school being overrun by Grimm, and [[BreakingTheFellowship what's]] [[CharacterDeath left]] of team RWBY and JNPR heading off to Haven to get some answers.]]
** Interestingly, the main characters are going to a school that is explicitly meant to teach them how to save the world. The problem is they're being taught how to save the world from the Grimm, not from the people they're investigating.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Touched on in ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'': EmotionlessGirl Antimony has no problem talking with ghosts or judo-flipping the class bully, but she has difficulty making normal conversation with her classmates. She's gotten better since opening up to her friend, Kat.
* Several of ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'''s characters have struggled with issues such as coming to terms with their sexual orientations and standing up against unfair school policy. Meanwhile, there are interdimensional conflicts going on that directly relate to the central cast, but those only come up in conversation as direct responses to the events happening, and even then they don't last very long.
** Ellen and Nanase go to school during the day and spend their evenings chasing strange rumors and paranormal sightings. Most of them end up being [[ScoobyDooHoax mundane issues]].
* Used in ''Webcomic/AngelMoxie'', and some teachers are more than meets the eye.
* The {{magical girl}}s of ''Webcomic/HiToTsukiToHoshiNoTama'' are publicly known to be saving the world, but this does not get them an exemption from school rules.
-->'''School administrator''': Look, I don't care if you girls are mutants or Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}s or [[Franchise/WonderWoman Wonder Women]] or what, you do not get out of having your parents called when you bring God only knows what kind of {{mon}}sters to school with you. Not to mention skipping out of class.
* ''Webcomic/SleeplessDomain'' is set in a nameless city [[http://www.sleeplessdomain.com/comic/interstitial-2 where the entire society is based around this trope]] and fighting monsters is treated like an after school job. Any MagicalGirl can participate in the nightly monster purge. Registered magical girls are 70% less likely to experience serious injuries or fatalities!

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Literature/TheCoolKidsChronicles'' is about a group of schoolchildren whose other day job is being an independent team of superheroes.
* To the kids attending [[Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse the Hyperion Academy]] or enrolled at [[Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse the Venture Institute]], beating up bad guys is nothing compared to life in High School. Booster is wondering what his friends on the soccer team will think if he tells them he is gay. Barnstormer likes that he's popular, but is worried that he won't pass College Algebra. Donnybrook not only thinks the Headmaster of the Hyperion Academy is a butthead, he wonders how in the heck he can get a new CodeName, because... Donnybrook? Really? Calendar is worrying her head off over whether she should go to Harvard or Cambridge. Bouncer hates being thought of as "The Fat Kid", but worries that his powers depend on being as heavy as he is. Double Trouble is beginning to suspect that the two girls he is using his duplication power to date simultaneously have learned of each other's existence. Typical teenage angst, really.
* {{Deconstruct|ion}}ed in ''Literature/SailorNothing'', where fighting the forces of mad, sadistic evil turn out to be much worse than dealing with the AlphaBitch after all.
* ''ComicBook/LessThanThreeComics''' Brat Pack are an example of this trope, being made up of high school students, who also save the world on a regular basis.
* Pretty much standard for the superpowered kids of Team Kimba at the SuperHeroSchool Whateley Academy in the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse''. They even have specific scenes or story lines focused on classwork: Tennyo has trouble with math; Chaka is struggling with English; Shroud doesn't get some of the aspects of physics that her body apparently violates; Phase is bored stiff in her Intro to Superpowers class because the professor is so tedious...
* The younger heroes in ''Literature/TheDescendants'' attend high school, but are rarely shown in classes. Meanwhile, the students in the SpinOff, Liedecker Institute are shown almost exclusively in school, but haven't performed any heroics yet.
* Literature/{{Worm}} starts out like this in the very beginning and then deconstructs it hard.
** Taylor, the protagonist, is not merely using the superhero life as an escape from her miserable high school experience, she gained her powers from a TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening ''caused'' by [[AlphaBitch her high school tormentors]] -- and she finds herself cutting classes more and more often as a result.
** Among the Undersiders, Brian, the oldest, has already graduated and is working to take care of his younger sister, Lisa tested out early using her power to cheat on the GED test, and Alec and Rachel never went to school regularly due to their unstable, extremely dysfunctional home lives.
** Even [[HeroesRUs the Wards]], the official training program for {{Kid Hero}}es in the US, sees their enforcement of the trope for their members in [[TheCity Brockton Bay]] take a severe hit when [[spoiler:Leviathan's attack leaves the city in an almost post-apocalyptic state of chaos]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* [[FollowTheLeader Popularized]] within American cartoons by ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''. Even before the series rolled out, TV previews summarized the premise of the series as a girl who finds saving a hijacked space station far easier than asking a cute boy out, a problem she faces in the very first episode to be broadcast ("Crush"). Highlighted within the series itself in TheMovie, when Kim responds to Drakken's taunting about her social drama with, "You're right, Drakken. Boys? Dating? It's hard. But this? Is ''easy!''" [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome At which point she slugs him]].
** A variation on the theme shows up in the driver's-ed episode -- the teenage rite of passage of learning to drive a car was a lot harder for her than flying a jet pack or landing a space shuttle.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'': "Saving the world... before bedtime."
** When their enemies have a moment of FridgeBrilliance about this in ''Daylight Savings'', HilarityEnsues. [[spoiler: A pity they forgot about daylight saving time...]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'': The entire premise of this is summed up via intro song quite nicely.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLifeAndTimesOfJuniperLee'': Juniper faces many struggles in balancing her normal and magical life, and keeping her powers a secret from her family, friends and anyone non-magical, all while saving the world from any magical evil in the vicinity.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'': It's deconstructed as the burdens of maintaining TheMasquerade have had consequences on Jake's life, such as missing school and social obligations to those not in the know. In "Being Human", he purposely gets his position as the American Dragon revoked to have some time off, and the duty falls to his younger sister Haley. Within ''one week'' she's reduced to being a nervous wreck, and when she hears their grandfather and her own dragon master complaining about Jake not rising flawlessly to the job, [[CallingTheOldManOut this]] is her response:
-->"HEY! When's the last time either of you were the American Dragon? Well as the little troll girl currently filling the position, let me tell you it's stinkin' hard! I can't imagine doing it two more days let alone two more years. And to think about everything Jake's gone through; he's had to save magical creatures on a daily basis, lie to his own dad about who he is, say good-bye to the girl he loved, all to protect a mystical world that nobody knows about. He may be the American Dragon but he is also a 14 year old kid who just wanted a couple days off. If that makes him immature, fine, but self-serving? With all due respect to both of you, STEP OFF!!"
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'': No matter how many ghosts he defeats, Danny still spends most of his time running from [[JerkJock Dash]] or being shoved into lockers.
** The very second episode shows that he finds it easier to fight Paulina as a giant ghost dragon than ask her to the dance as a human.
* ''WesternAnimation/RandyCunninghamNinthGradeNinja'' with Randy protecting his school from supernatural evil while trying to retain a normal (but fun and infamous) high school life.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}} W.I.T.C.H.]]'' actually used this phrase during early (pre-AnimatedAdaptation) US promotions for the chapter books.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko''. TimeTravel helps with the missed classes and tests on occasion.
** Increasingly deconstructed, as the constant attacks leave little room for studying or staying in class. Particularly from the second season onward, where the [[ResetButton Return to the Past]] is used less and less [[spoiler: as each use increases the memory of the supercomputer and thus XANA's power]].
* ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' Though in the early seasons this got a bit of flak for too much school, not enough world saving (less "how can I use my powers to help people?" and more "how do I stop people from knowing I have powers?" essentially). The outing of mutants "fixed" that though, bringing in more action and less {{Wangst}}.
** That problem with not enough action stemmed form a BrokenAesop for the first two seasons: Xavier preached about how humans needed to learn to accept mutants. Humanity does not know mutants exist (one assumes there are no other superheroes in the world, but then they had a flashback with Captain America....), so how can they learn to accept them?
* ''WesternAnimation/GormitiTheLordsOfNatureReturn''
* ''WesternAnimation/MonsterBusterClub''
* Parodied, mocked, and even averted in ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim''. The eponymous character may be an evil green alien attempting to bring about the [[EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt annihilation of the human race]], but of course he spends plenty of time pretending to be an elementary student ("It's a... skin condition"). ''Almost'', because the good guy, [[DoomMagnet Dib]], a classmate of Zim, spends much of his screentime either ostracized in school, dealing with his [[KidsAreCruel cruel little sister]], and... trying to save expose/save the world to/from supernatural threats.
* Who could forget ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', since this was a major dilemma for the Batman-who's-still-in-high-school Terry [=McGinnis=]. A lot of sub-plots in the episodes revolve around this, and even a few major plots do, like when Terry takes his schoolwork on the job in "The Eggbaby". Rather coincidentally, a lot of the villains and problems in the show ALSO come out of Terry's high school.
** What makes this notable is that Bruce allowed Dick and Tim time off to go to school, do homework etc since they were Robin. But since Terry is Batman, he is expected to be on call 24/7.
* For ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'', this would be the girls' daily routine during seasons 1 through 3 as they attend Alfea. The Winx graduate during ''[[TheMovie The Secret of the Lost Kingdom]]'', so they no longer apply for this after that.
* Same thing with Sam, Alex and Clover of ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies''
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'': Though its more like "Wake Up, Go To School, Help The Giant Robots Save The World And Maintain Their Cover." Jack takes it the most seriously, though [[PlayfulHacker Raf]] is probably the most helpful. Miko can get a little carried away with her excitement.
* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/IronManArmoredAdventures''. Tony Stark has very little interest in keeping up with his school life and would much rather be working on new armour in the lab or flying around, saving the world. Nevertheless, he seems to have made friends pretty easily despite never being in a high school before and taking very lengthy "bathroom breaks" seemingly every other day.
* ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan'', although they started going to school around the same time they started saving the world, the former is more of disguising themselves as Earthlings.
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' has elements of this in the first season. Downplayed in the second, which takes place after a TimeSkip: most of the original cast are now university age, and more emphasis is placed on their covert war against aliens and supervillains.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' basically has two plots: SliceOfLife and MagicalGirl. One day Twilight wakes up to worry about what dress she wears to the gala, the next day she wakes up to worry about saving the [[AncientRome Crystal Empire]] from King [[LivingShadow Sombra's]] [[EvilOverlord tyranny]]. Day after ''that'', let's have a picnic!
* ''WesternAnimation/TeamoSupremo'' plays it straight, and the heros get around the school part as they are given passes by the govenor, and are excused when saving the world.
* ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'': Not only does Marinette have her superhero duty with Cat Noir to stop the chaos created by Hawk Moth and his akumas, but she also faces the struggles of family, friends, and her crush on Adrien.
-->'''Marinette:''' Ladybug saves the world from evil, but who will save ''me'' from homework?
* ''WesternAnimation/AtomicPuppet'': Joey Felt teams up with the eponymous [[BalefulPolymorph superhero-turned-sock-puppet]] to fight crime when not in school, though the show tends to focus more on the superhero antics than the school part.
* ''WesternAnimation/PennZeroPartTimeHero:'' Instead of their own world, [[PartTimeHero part-time heroes]] Penn, Sashi, and Boone zap to worlds in [[AnotherDimension other dimensions]] to save them.
* ''WesternAnimation/SuperNoobs'' mentions this Trope right up front in the theme song.
* Take Violet Parr of ''WesternAnimation/{{The Incredibles}}'' , who fails to have a normal school life, but totally in her element when doning her superhero persona.
* Disney's TV show ''WesternAnimation/{{Hercules}}'' is basically this trope in a ClassicalMythology setting. Hercules is here a hero in training, who has to fight his evil uncle Hades and several other villains and monsters. But he also has to go to High School and deal with normal teenage issues.