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* At the beginning of ''[[SuperMarioBros Yoshi's Story]]''. Baby Bowser transforms Yoshi's Island into a figure book, and all the Yoshis become zombie-like (not dangerous, just zoned out and miserable). The only ones that weren't affected were a couple of Yoshi eggs that later hatched and took on Baby Bowser.

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* At the beginning of ''[[SuperMarioBros Yoshi's Story]]''.''VideoGame/YoshisStory''. Baby Bowser transforms Yoshi's Island into a figure book, and all the Yoshis become zombie-like (not dangerous, just zoned out and miserable). The only ones that weren't affected were a couple of Yoshi eggs that later hatched and took on Baby Bowser.


* During a side-event in ''Videogame/TalesOfSymphonia, Genis's [[PromotedToParent older sister Raine]] is discovered to have contracted an illness called the Ozette Flu, which Genis openly states is fatal if contracted in adulthood. This requires Genis and Mithos to [[FindTheCure climb to the top of a mountain to get a flower able to cure it.]]

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* During a side-event in ''Videogame/TalesOfSymphonia, ''Videogame/TalesOfSymphonia'', Genis's [[PromotedToParent older sister Raine]] is discovered to have contracted an illness called the Ozette Flu, which Genis openly states is fatal if contracted in adulthood. This requires Genis and Mithos to [[FindTheCure climb to the top of a mountain to get a flower able to cure it.]]


* During a side-event in ''Videogame/{{TalesOfSymphonia}}, Genis's [[PromotedToParent older sister Raine]] is discovered to have contracted an illness called the Ozette Flu, which Genis openly states is fatal if contracted in adulthood. This requires Genis and Mithos to [[FindTheCure climb to the top of a mountain to get a flower able to cure it.]]

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* During a side-event in ''Videogame/{{TalesOfSymphonia}}, ''Videogame/TalesOfSymphonia, Genis's [[PromotedToParent older sister Raine]] is discovered to have contracted an illness called the Ozette Flu, which Genis openly states is fatal if contracted in adulthood. This requires Genis and Mithos to [[FindTheCure climb to the top of a mountain to get a flower able to cure it.]]

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* In one of the most recent events in ''[=DragonVale=]'', which had all of the adult wizards and witches [[TakenForGranite turned to stone]] thanks to unpredictable energy floating up from the Surface. Downplayed in that they're [[AndIMustScream still alive like this]]. At any rate, it's up to you and the young folk to find new dragons who can harness this energy to reverse the effects of the wayward forces.

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* During a side-event in ''Videogame/{{TalesOfSymphonia}}, Genis's [[PromotedToParent older sister Raine]] is discovered to have contracted an illness called the Ozette Flu, which Genis openly states is fatal if contracted in adulthood. This requires Genis and Mithos to [[FindTheCure climb to the top of a mountain to get a flower able to cure it.]]

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* In games in ''VideoGame/{{The Sims}}'' series, toddlers can't die, and children can rarely die. Teens and older can starve to death, however, if a child or toddler gets too hungry they will be taken away by Sims Social Services. This child can then be adopted into a different household.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Terranigma}}'', the Asmodeus virus wipes out everyone in the city it gets deployed in except for one little girl. It's unclear if she was the only child in the city or ended up being somehow immune to the virus.


** The ''Varicella zoster'' virus (aka Chicken pox), while mostly harmless to children, can be fatal if contracted in adulthood, which is why before a vaccine was available, parents would often try to get their children infected while they were still young so they can develop immunity. Since there are still minor risks in childhood (approximately the same risks one would have from a case of the flu, plus the obvious danger of passing on the virus to a non-immune adult), the development of the vaccine has been quite welcome. And if that's not enough, even if you get it as a child it can turn up again when you're adult in the much more uncomfortable form of Herpes Zoster (shingles).

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** The ''Varicella zoster'' virus (aka Chicken pox), while mostly harmless to children, can be fatal if contracted in adulthood, which is why before a vaccine was available, parents would often try to get their children infected while they were still young so they can develop immunity.immunity, and those opposed to vaccination still do. Since there are still minor risks in childhood (approximately the same risks one would have from a case of the flu, plus the obvious danger of passing on the virus to a non-immune adult), the development of the vaccine has been quite welcome. And if that's not enough, even if you get it as a child it can turn up again when you're adult in the much more uncomfortable form of Herpes Zoster (shingles).


** The ''Varicella zoster'' virus (aka Chicken pox), while mostly harmless to children, can be fatal if contracted in adulthood, which is why parents often try to get their children infected while they're still young so they can develop immunity. Since there are still minor risks in childhood (approximately the same risks one would have from a case of the flu, plus the obvious danger of passing on the virus to a non-immune adult), the recent development of a vaccine has been quite welcome. And if that's not enough, even if you get it as a child it can turn up again when you're adult in the much more uncomfortable form of Herpes Zoster (shingles).

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** The ''Varicella zoster'' virus (aka Chicken pox), while mostly harmless to children, can be fatal if contracted in adulthood, which is why before a vaccine was available, parents would often try to get their children infected while they're they were still young so they can develop immunity. Since there are still minor risks in childhood (approximately the same risks one would have from a case of the flu, plus the obvious danger of passing on the virus to a non-immune adult), the recent development of a the vaccine has been quite welcome. And if that's not enough, even if you get it as a child it can turn up again when you're adult in the much more uncomfortable form of Herpes Zoster (shingles).


* Franchise/TheDCU miniseries ''WorldWithoutGrownups'' had all the adults spontaneously disappear from the face of the earth. Robin, Superboy, and Impulse had to get everything together if humanity was to be saved, leading directly to their formation of ComicBook/YoungJustice.

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* Franchise/TheDCU miniseries ''WorldWithoutGrownups'' ''ComicBook/WorldWithoutGrownups'' had all the adults spontaneously disappear from the face of the earth. Robin, Superboy, and Impulse had to get everything together if humanity was to be saved, leading directly to their formation of ComicBook/YoungJustice.

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** The story also deconstructs the trope: without adults to take care of them, many children end up dying from starvation, accidents, disease, or wild animals.


This will pretty much always lead to a TeenageWasteland. Compare {{Gendercide}}. Also see InfantImmortality and WorldOfNoGrandparents.

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This will pretty much always lead to a TeenageWasteland. Compare {{Gendercide}}. Also see InfantImmortality ImprobableInfantSurvival and WorldOfNoGrandparents.


* PlayedWith on ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice:'' five powerful magic users cast a spell that makes every adult on the planet disappear. However, halfway through the episode it's revealed that they actually split the world across two dimensions--from the adults' perspective, every ''[[ChildlessDystopia child]]'' in the world under 18 just vanished. Meanwhile [[{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]], who can switch from a kid to an adult, shifts between worlds when he transforms, coordinating the effort to fuse the worlds back into one. Notably, the kids' dimension is portrayed as fairly stable, with the older kids looking after the younger ones and waiting patiently for the heroes to save the day. The adults' dimension suffers widespread rioting and panic, though some of this was made worse by [[BigBadEnsemble the Light's]] interference.

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* PlayedWith on ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice:'' five powerful magic users cast a spell that makes every adult on the planet disappear. However, halfway through the episode it's revealed that they actually split the world across two dimensions--from the adults' perspective, every ''[[ChildlessDystopia child]]'' in the world under 18 just vanished. Meanwhile [[{{Shazam}} [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]], who can switch from a kid to an adult, shifts between worlds when he transforms, coordinating the effort to fuse the worlds back into one. Notably, the kids' dimension is portrayed as fairly stable, with the older kids looking after the younger ones and waiting patiently for the heroes to save the day. The adults' dimension suffers widespread rioting and panic, though some of this was made worse by [[BigBadEnsemble the Light's]] interference.


* This is apparently the background story for ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]'' veteran ''Film/CityLimits'', set in a post-apocalyptic TeenageWasteland. James Earl Jones escaped the effect because, well, ''James Earl Jones''!



* This is apparently the background story for ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]'' veteran ''Film/CityLimits'', set in a post-apocalyptic TeenageWasteland. James Earl Jones escaped the effect because, well, ''James Earl Jones''!


* An episode of ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' centers around Chiana running off after hearing of the death of her brother to join a group of children who either jump to their death in a sort of trial or end up infected and dying. Either choice eventually ends with their death.

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* An episode of ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' centers around Chiana running off after hearing of the death of her brother to join a group of children who either jump to their death in a sort of trial or end up infected and dying. Either choice eventually ends (which is usually timed to coincide with their death.the birth of a baby) or die of long-term radiation exposure. Crichton figures out that the caves they live in magnify the radiation exposure so they can live normal lives if they move to the surface.

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