: In a story about children or teens, no adults seem to be present.
- Straight: All visible characters - heroes, villains, and background characters - are under 18.
- Exaggerated: All visible characters are under 12.
- Downplayed: All the main characters are children, but a few adults are shown in the background.
- Subverted: A Token Adult shows up and decides to accompany the heroes.
- Double Subverted:
- The Token Adult dies or goes missing.
- The "adult" was really two children disguised as an adult.
- Parodied: Only older adults (those over 50) have been wiped out, and the survivors are worried that it's the end of the world, just as if all the adults had died.
- Zig Zagged: ???
- Averted: Characters of all ages coexist.
- Enforced: "We want the show to appeal to children. Let's make all the characters Free-Range Children, and show as few adults as possible."
- Lampshaded: "Why aren't there any adults present? And why don't we have any memory of our own parents?"
- Invoked: The villains release a toxin that is Only Fatal to Adults.
- Exploited: ???
- Defied: Not applicable. (This trope is beyond human control.)
- Discussed: ???
- Conversed: "It's strange how this show never depicts any adults. Do these kids live alone or what?"
- Deconstructed: Society is falling apart due to the lack of adults.
- Reconstructed: Laws are made and enforced by robots, or by Teen Geniuses.
- Played For Laughs: The children do dumb things because they are too young to know better.
Let's go back to There Are No Adults
. Maybe we'll find adults there.