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* ''ComicBook/XMen'': Applies to the Xavier Institute and its many, many students over the years, who usually spend their time on adventures, romantic issues, and just generally trying to avoid dying horribly. Slightly justified since the school started as a front to let Mutants get a handle on their powers, but then they became an ''actual'' school.

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* The Swellview Academy for the Gifted in ''Series/DangerForce'' is just a made up school used to teach the young teenaged members of Danger Force to use their powers to fight crime. Apart from that, they aren't learning anything else. This actually was a plot point in "Ray Goes Cray" when they were given two other students as the other gifted schools were filled up.


* Downplayed in ''Manga/KaguyaSamaLoveIsWar''. Shuchi'in is an academically-focused school, studying is mentioned multiple times, and there are entire chapters devoted to end of semester exams, but the closest the series ever gets to showing the characters in class are a drawing session in art and cooking in home economics (the latter of which isn't actually shown).

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* Downplayed in ''Manga/KaguyaSamaLoveIsWar''. Shuchi'in is an academically-focused school, studying is mentioned multiple times, and there are entire chapters devoted to end of semester exams, but the closest the series ever gets to showing the characters in class are a drawing session in art and cooking in home economics (the latter of which isn't actually shown). Given how the manga developed the most likely explanation is that the author didn't want to develop many characters at once and thus had early on decided to split the grades and homerooms up for the primary cast so they'd be forced to interact primarily within the student council. The art class, an elective, was explicitly set up to allow characters in a "class setting" who wouldn't have normally been seen together in one, and came after the author knew what to do with them (such as what should happen when Ai, Chika, and Kaguya are all together in the same classroom).



* Nearly all of the focus in ''Manga/FoodWars'' is on cooking competitions despite the series taking place at a prestigious culinary school. There were some scenes set in classes early on with the students depicted studying (or trying to study), but they were eventually dropped, with downtime set instead at the dorms. It's as if the main method of learning new material at Totsuki is through self-studying and through challenging each other to cook-offs. Mimisaki is seen as offputting and weird for improving his cooking skills by observing people better than he is and learning how they do things, despite this being something ''every'' student ought to do at a culinary school.

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* Nearly all of the focus in ''Manga/FoodWars'' is on cooking competitions despite the series taking place at a prestigious culinary school. There were some scenes set in classes early on with the students depicted studying (or trying to study), but they were eventually dropped, with downtime set instead at the dorms. It's as if the main method of learning new material at Totsuki is through self-studying and through challenging each other to cook-offs. Mimisaki is seen as offputting and weird for improving his cooking skills by observing people better than he is and learning how they do things, despite this being something ''every'' student ought to do at a culinary school. (Granted, his habits of stalking them, tapping their phones, searching their bedrooms while they're out, and dressing up as them to study their personalities can be disturbing even in context, especially juxtaposed with his FaceOfAThug.)
** The most salient instance of this trope is that we aren't seeing any real trace of the non-cooking classes which presumably are there to get the high-school aged students their high school diplomas. We at least hear references to things students remember from cooking classes; de-emphasized because the narrative focus is usually on students whose backgrounds meant they already had semiprofessional skills upon entry.


* The Sun & Moon saga in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', while having a school and some studying, was underdeveloped in the usual school themes; from having no worries about failing a grade (because there weren't simply ''any'' to specifically study for), to a tremendous lack of elaboration on the other nameless students attending classrooms that are never seen.

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* The Sun & Moon saga in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', while having a school and some studying, was underdeveloped in the usual school themes; from having no worries about failing a grade (because there weren't simply ''any'' to specifically study for), to a tremendous lack of elaboration on the other nameless students attending classrooms that are never seen. Rather jarringly, the next series has Ash's two friends enrolled in a regular school, with Go specifically still being forced to occasionally visit the school ''for the sole purpose of taking tests'' and being free to carry out his duties with the Cerise institute otherwise.

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* ''Literature/TheLovelyBones'': Invoked in Susie's heaven—it's built around a high school, since she never got old enough to attend during her life, where there are never any classes to attend.

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* Nearly all of the focus in ''Manga/FoodWars'' is on cooking competitions despite the series taking place at a prestigious culinary school. There were some scenes set in classes early on with the students depicted studying (or trying to study), but they were eventually dropped, with downtime set instead at the dorms. It's as if the main method of learning new material at Totsuki is through self-studying and through challenging each other to cook-offs. Mimisaki is seen as offputting and weird for improving his cooking skills by observing people better than he is and learning how they do things, despite this being something ''every'' student ought to do at a culinary school.


* Most ''Series/{{Community}}'' characters worry more about campus life than their actual classes. In fact, the series features more and more episodes taking place off campus in Season 2 and beyond.

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* Most ''Series/{{Community}}'' characters worry more about campus life than their actual classes. In fact, the series features more and more episodes taking place off campus in Season 2 and beyond. Ironically, the reason the main cast came together in the first place was ''to form a study group''.


* Timmy Turner in ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' spends much more time at school than most of his cartoon comrades, yet almost never even ''thinks'' about his grades and is just a [[BookDumb straight-F student]].

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* Timmy Turner in ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' spends much more time at school than most of his cartoon comrades, yet almost never even ''thinks'' about his grades and is just a [[BookDumb straight-F student]].



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Undergrads}}'' is exactly like this. The characters are in every social event on the campus, but they never appear studying on screen. All of the action happens between classes and free time, and it's never revealed what they're even studying.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Undergrads}}'' is exactly like this. The characters are in every social event on the campus, but they never appear studying on screen.on-screen. All of the action happens between classes and free time, and it's never revealed what they're even studying.

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* The Sun & Moon saga in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', while having a school and some studying, was underdeveloped in the usual school themes; from having no worries about failing a grade (because there weren't simply ''any'' to specifically study for), to a tremendous lack of elaboration on the other nameless students attending classrooms that are never seen.


Due to TheLawOfConservationOfDetail, it's not surprising that most stories that take place in a school setting, or have school-aged characters as the main characters, wouldn't focus too much on the studying and taking-tests side of things. There are [[AcceptableBreaksFromReality more interesting]] things to show than that, after all, and AliceAndBob having to buckle down and practice for their Trigonometry midterms would severely wreck their abilities to prevent [[ObviouslyEvil Dr. Demonface]] from TakingOverTheWorld.

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Due to TheLawOfConservationOfDetail, it's not surprising that most stories that take place in a school setting, or have school-aged characters as the main characters, wouldn't focus too much on the studying and taking-tests side of things. There are [[AcceptableBreaksFromReality more interesting]] things to show than that, after all, and AliceAndBob having to buckle down and practice for their Trigonometry their midterms would severely wreck their abilities to prevent [[ObviouslyEvil Dr. Demonface]] from TakingOverTheWorld.


* While the main characters of ''Series/{{Euphoria}}'' attend classes in almost every single episode of the first season, close to none of their time is spent doing or acknowledging any kind of schoolwork and instead furthering the drama in each others' lives. Many of the scenes that take place within the school, as well as some of the choices in outfits makes the lack of presence in teachers or administrators quite evident.

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* While the main characters of ''Series/{{Euphoria}}'' attend classes in almost every single episode of the first season, close to none of their time is spent doing or acknowledging any kind of schoolwork and instead furthering the drama in each others' lives. Many of the scenes that take place within the school, as well as even some of the choices in outfits and music during the Winter Formal makes the lack of presence in teachers or administrators quite evident.

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* While the main characters of ''Series/{{Euphoria}}'' attend classes in almost every single episode of the first season, close to none of their time is spent doing or acknowledging any kind of schoolwork and instead furthering the drama in each others' lives. Many of the scenes that take place within the school, as well as some of the choices in outfits makes the lack of presence in teachers or administrators quite evident.


* ''Franchise/WonderWoman'': Despite years of stories that either partially take place on the Holliday College campus or include students from the college, none of the students are ever seen studying, and they're only seen in class on a handful of occasions.

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* ''Franchise/WonderWoman'': ''Franchise/WonderWoman'' [[ComicBook/WonderWoman1942 Vol 1]]: Despite years of stories that either partially take place on the Holliday College campus or include students from the college, none of the students are ever seen studying, and they're only seen in class on a handful of occasions.


Due to TheLawOfConservationOfDetail, it's not surprising that most stories that take place in a school setting, or have school-aged characters as the protagonists, wouldn't focus too much on the studying and taking-tests side of things. There are [[AcceptableBreaksFromReality more interesting]] things to show than that, after all, and AliceAndBob having to buckle down and practice for their Trigonometry midterms would severely wreck their abilities to prevent [[ObviouslyEvil Dr. Demonface]] from TakingOverTheWorld.

Sometimes, though, there's a real lack of logic to it. In RealLife, most kids in school focus much more on their studies than petty campus drama, but it's the exact opposite in "realistic" series like ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'' or ''Series/{{Glee}}''. In less realistic, more fantastic series (like ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya''), not even the {{Ordinary High School Student}}s seem to care about tests and exams. Especially JustForFun/{{egregious}} in HighSchool series, where the importance of good grades and stable [=GPAs=] are at an all-time high.

Can be a JustifiedTrope since the amount of time spent in school with lessons not occurring in one school day can cover the runtime of even a one-hour episode; lunch alone can equal that of a half-hour one and many school-set shows take place over several days per episode.

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Due to TheLawOfConservationOfDetail, it's not surprising that most stories that take place in a school setting, or have school-aged characters as the protagonists, main characters, wouldn't focus too much on the studying and taking-tests side of things. There are [[AcceptableBreaksFromReality more interesting]] things to show than that, after all, and AliceAndBob having to buckle down and practice for their Trigonometry midterms would severely wreck their abilities to prevent [[ObviouslyEvil Dr. Demonface]] from TakingOverTheWorld.

Sometimes, though, there's a real lack of logic to it. In RealLife, most kids in school focus much more on their studies than petty campus drama, but it's the exact opposite in "realistic" series like ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'' or ''Series/{{Glee}}''. In less realistic, more fantastic series (like ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya''), not even the {{Ordinary High School Student}}s seem to care about tests and exams. Especially This is especially JustForFun/{{egregious}} in HighSchool series, where the importance of good grades and stable [=GPAs=] are at an all-time high.

Can It can be a JustifiedTrope since the amount of time spent in school with lessons not occurring in one school day can cover the runtime of even a one-hour episode; lunch alone can equal that of a half-hour one and many school-set shows take place over several days per episode.



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* ''WebAnimation/TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool'': The series takes place mostly in a high school, but the focus is pretty much entirely on football, cheerleading, and school events. Characters are only ever shown in class once, and the only school staff member with any screentime to speak of is a lunch lady.

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