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* Subverted and played straight in ''VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}}'' just by the nature of the plot revelations. [[DeadlyGame The situation which the students face]] is most assuredly horrific and not at all in line with a normal curriculum. That is until the 6th and final chapter where it gets revealed that [[spoiler:EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether for at least a year's worth before [[ApocalypseHow/{{Class 0}} The Tragedy]] took place and [[LaserGuidedAmnesia their memories had been forcibly erased]] of ever [[GildedCage locking themselves inside the school]]. The old photos found by the protagonist generally show the students looking happy during their highschool years with the implication that many of them [[DysfunctionJunction moved past the crippling emotional/psychological issues]] that lead some of them to kill each other during the game's course]].

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* Subverted and played straight in ''VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}}'' ''VisualNovel/DanganronpaTriggerHappyHavoc'' just by the nature of the plot revelations. [[DeadlyGame The situation which the students face]] is most assuredly horrific and not at all in line with a normal curriculum. That is until the 6th and final chapter where it gets revealed that [[spoiler:EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether for at least a year's worth before [[ApocalypseHow/{{Class 0}} The Tragedy]] took place and [[LaserGuidedAmnesia their memories had been forcibly erased]] of ever [[GildedCage locking themselves inside the school]]. The old photos found by the protagonist generally show the students looking happy during their highschool years with the implication that many of them [[DysfunctionJunction moved past the crippling emotional/psychological issues]] that lead some of them to kill each other during the game's course]].


* GenkiGirl Yuki from ''Manga/SchoolLive'' ''thinks'' her school life is this. It's [[SubvertedTrope everything but]]. She's delusional and in denial about the fact that [[ZombieApocalypse almost everyone is a zombie]]. The series begins with her lamenting how she loves school [[spoiler:and the line is darkly repeated later when her [[BreakTheCutie delusions start giving way to reality]] after she's forced to kill a zombie]]. Even ''before'' the apocalypse, Yuki was shown to have been bullied [[DeconstructedCharacterArchetype for being a peppy goofball who acts overly immature]].

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* GenkiGirl Yuki from ''Manga/SchoolLive'' ''thinks'' her school life is this. It's [[SubvertedTrope everything but]]. She's delusional and in denial about the fact that [[ZombieApocalypse almost everyone is a zombie]]. The series begins with her lamenting how she loves school [[spoiler:and and, in the manga, the line is darkly repeated later when her [[spoiler:her [[BreakTheCutie delusions start giving way to reality]] after she's forced to kill a zombie]]. Even ''before'' the apocalypse, Yuki was shown to have been bullied [[DeconstructedCharacterArchetype for being a peppy goofball who acts overly immature]].


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* ''Film/FridayNightLights'', the football team is shown as some of the most important people in town, and it explicitly says the players will never be as important as they are now. This is emphasized in one scene where a former player freaks two players out by telling them this and saying they need to get a championship ring. The film plays the trope so straight it practically deconstructs it.
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* ''Film/FridayNightLights'', the football team is shown as some of the most important people in town, and it explicitly says the players will never be as important as they are now. This is emphasized in one scene where a former player freaks two players out by telling them this and saying they need to get a championship ring. The film plays the trope so straight it practically deconstructs it.
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These being the BestYearsOfYourLife may or may not be strongly implied as well.


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A subtrope of HighSchool. [[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with naturally occurring aggregates of minerals and/or mineraloids that attend high school.]] See also GrowingUpSucks and FutureLoser.

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A subtrope of HighSchool. [[IThoughtItMeant [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with naturally occurring aggregates of minerals and/or mineraloids that attend high school.]] See also GrowingUpSucks and FutureLoser.

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* ''VideoGame/AvatarHigh'' is a browser game where you play as high schoolers. It's aimed more at middle schoolers than high schoolers, and thus leans into this trope.


While few shows will go so far as to claim learning is fun for its own sake, or that the AlphaBitch or a JerkJock can't make life troublesome, several shows seem to think high school is not all that bad. They seem to have a point: You get to play sports (if you want), find your [[HighSchoolSweethearts High School Sweetheart]] at the HighSchoolDance (if you are lucky) and make some of the best friends you will ever meet. Indeed, even those shows that paint an extremely negative picture of high school life usually acknowledge the importance of friends.

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While few shows will go so far as to claim learning is fun for its own sake, or that the AlphaBitch or a JerkJock can't make life troublesome, several shows seem to think high school is not all that bad. They seem to have a point: You get to play sports (if you want), find your [[HighSchoolSweethearts High School High-School Sweetheart]] at the HighSchoolDance (if you are lucky) and make some of the best friends you will ever meet. Indeed, even those shows that paint an extremely negative picture of high school life usually acknowledge the importance of friends.






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-->'''Twilight''': I used to fight dragons and go on adventures\\
'''Twilight''': I used to think my life was so-so.\\
'''Twilight''': But now I see that being queen isn't half as fun as trigonometry.\\
'''Twilight''': High school is the place I'm meant to be.\\
'''Twilight''': (...) Pony princess: Good. High school: Great.

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-->'''Twilight''': I -->'''Twilight:''' ''I used to fight dragons and go on adventures\\
'''Twilight''': I used to think my life was so-so.\\
'''Twilight''': But now I see that being queen isn't half as fun as trigonometry.\\
'''Twilight''': High school is the place I'm meant to be.\\
'''Twilight''': (...) [...] Pony princess: Good. High school: Great.''



* The ''VisualNovel/TokimekiMemorial'' series. This DatingSim franchise from {{Creator/Konami}}, in which the player's goal is to get the LoveConfession of a [[HighSchoolSweethearts High School Sweetheart]] of his choice at a place of legend that'll grant them eternal happiness as a couple, is renowned for [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism its very sweet and idealistic stance]].

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* The ''VisualNovel/TokimekiMemorial'' series. This DatingSim franchise from {{Creator/Konami}}, Creator/{{Konami}}, in which the player's goal is to get the LoveConfession of a [[HighSchoolSweethearts High School Sweetheart]] of his choice at a place of legend that'll grant them eternal happiness as a couple, is renowned for [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism its very sweet and idealistic stance]].



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--> '''Mabel:''' Why aren't they singing about following their dreams? TV taught me that high school was like some sort of ''[[Film/HighSchoolMusical musical]].''
--> '''Wendy:''' [[BitingTheHandHumor TV lied, man.]]

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--> '''Mabel:''' -->'''Mabel:''' Why aren't they singing about following their dreams? TV taught me that high school was like some sort of ''[[Film/HighSchoolMusical musical]].''
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'''Wendy:''' [[BitingTheHandHumor TV lied, man.]]



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Depending on the troper, this may or may not be TruthInTelevision. For the latter, this trope exists pretty far toward the idealistic end of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism. The opposite trope (naturally) is HighSchoolIsHell. Relatively few shows occupy much of a middle ground; either high school is a place of utter misery or despair, or it's a wacky fun-filled ride.

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Depending on the troper, this may or may not be TruthInTelevision. For the latter, this trope exists pretty far toward the idealistic end of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism. The opposite trope (naturally) is HighSchoolIsHell. Relatively few shows occupy much of a middle ground; either high school is a place of utter misery or despair, or it's a wacky fun-filled ride.



* ''Film/FridayNightLights'', the football team is shown as some of the most important people in town, and it explicitly says the players will never be as important as they are now. This is emphasised in one scene where a former player freaks two players out by telling them this and saying they need to get a championship ring. The film plays the trope so straight it practically deconstructs it.

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* ''Film/FridayNightLights'', the football team is shown as some of the most important people in town, and it explicitly says the players will never be as important as they are now. This is emphasised emphasized in one scene where a former player freaks two players out by telling them this and saying they need to get a championship ring. The film plays the trope so straight it practically deconstructs it.



* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', Mabel believes in this trope due to overexposure to such portrayals in the media, asking Wendy if her high school experience is "more rom-com or wacky romp." [[HighSchoolIsHell Wendy quickly sets her straight]]. WordOfGod is that this is reflective of creator Alex Hirsch's experience.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', Mabel believes in this trope due to overexposure to such portrayals in the media, asking Wendy if her high school experience is "more rom-com or wacky romp." [[HighSchoolIsHell Wendy quickly sets her straight]].straight. WordOfGod is that this is reflective of creator Alex Hirsch's experience.


* ''ComicBooks//ArchieComics'' is traditionally like this - Archie is on pretty good terms with everyone, has little-to-no problems, and is a ChickMagnet (even [[EarlyInstallmentCharacterDesignDifference back]] when he was less attractive and had buck-teeth) - however newer spinoffs like ''ComicBook/AfterlifeWithArchie'' and ''Series/{{Riverdale}}'' deconstruct it to be less than perfect.

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* ''ComicBooks//ArchieComics'' ''ComicBook/ArchieComics'' is traditionally like this - Archie is on pretty good terms with everyone, has little-to-no problems, and is a ChickMagnet (even [[EarlyInstallmentCharacterDesignDifference back]] when he was less attractive and had buck-teeth) - however newer spinoffs like ''ComicBook/AfterlifeWithArchie'' and ''Series/{{Riverdale}}'' deconstruct it to be less than perfect.


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* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' is the TropeCodifier for SchoolgirlSeries and [[FollowTheLeader inspired other series]] with similar themes. It's a series about a group of quirky high school girls (one who is [[GradeSkipper initially ten]]) and their two {{Sensei Chan}} friends having fun. It's a near-perfect high school experience.



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* ''LightNovel/MariaSamaGaMiteru'' has a lot of melodrama but not much of is related to the actual school. The main characters are all well-respected at their school and, despite going to a Catholic school, no one blinks an eye at the entire school council being full of {{Romantic Two Girl Friendship}}s.
* ''Manga/KOn'' is a series virtually devoid of negativity. It's just a bunch of schoolgirls in a band together and having fun.



* Yuki from ''Manga/SchoolLive'' ''thinks'' her school life is this. It's everything but as she's delusional and in denial about the fact almost everyone is a zombie. The series begins with her lamenting how she loves school [[spoiler:and the line is darkly repeated later when her [[BreakTheCutie delusions start giving way to reality]] after she's forced to kill a zombie]].

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* GenkiGirl Yuki from ''Manga/SchoolLive'' ''thinks'' her school life is this. It's [[SubvertedTrope everything but as she's but]]. She's delusional and in denial about the fact that [[ZombieApocalypse almost everyone is a zombie.zombie]]. The series begins with her lamenting how she loves school [[spoiler:and the line is darkly repeated later when her [[BreakTheCutie delusions start giving way to reality]] after she's forced to kill a zombie]]. Even ''before'' the apocalypse, Yuki was shown to have been bullied [[DeconstructedCharacterArchetype for being a peppy goofball who acts overly immature]].



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* ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' is traditionally like this - Archie is on pretty good terms with everyone, has little-to-no problems, and is a ChickMagnet (even [[EarlyInstallmentCharacterDesignDifference back]] when he was less attractive and had buck-teeth) - however newer spinoffs like ''ComicBook/AfterlifeWithArchie'' and ''Series/{{Riverdale}}'' deconstruct it to be less than perfect.

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* ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' ''ComicBooks//ArchieComics'' is traditionally like this - Archie is on pretty good terms with everyone, has little-to-no problems, and is a ChickMagnet (even [[EarlyInstallmentCharacterDesignDifference back]] when he was less attractive and had buck-teeth) - however newer spinoffs like ''ComicBook/AfterlifeWithArchie'' and ''Series/{{Riverdale}}'' deconstruct it to be less than perfect.



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* ''Series/SavedByTheBell'' and most of its clones (''Hang Time'', ''CaliforniaDreams'', etc.) are the kings of this trope. Extra points for ''Saved by the Bell'' for having the ''principal'' as one of the gang.

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* ''Series/SavedByTheBell'' and most of its clones (''Hang Time'', ''CaliforniaDreams'', ''Series/CaliforniaDreams'', etc.) are the kings of this trope. Extra points for ''Saved by the Bell'' for having the ''principal'' as one of the gang.



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