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"Don't trust anyone over 30."
— Jack Weinberg

Sometimes, a kid gets so fed up with something that was inflicted on them by adults that they completely lose trust in adults and consider them either evil or just plain ineffectual. In other words, they become this. Ironically enough, they're pretty oblivious to the fact that like it or not, they will become an adult in time. Other times, they might covet being an adult so that they can be in control of their lives without other adults telling them how to live (or they may just grow up to hate other adults who may be old enough to be their own parents). How they take it depends on if they have some Character Development or stay adult-hating.

This type of character is very likely to be (or wish to be) an Abusive Offspring, a Manipulative Bastard to adults or an outright Self-Made Orphan, though this isn't necessary. They might even aim for a Teenage Wasteland, in which case they may fight in, or even invoke a Kids Versus Adults conflict. They are also likely to discover or create a Fountain of Youth or something else that's Only Fatal to Adults.

Contrast Child Hater. This trope heavily overlaps with Growing Up Sucks.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Petermon in Digimon Ghost Game is a Psychopathic Manchild Corrupted Character Copy of Peter Pan who abducts human children & Rookie-level Digimon to his Land of Faerie Pocket Dimension called "Never-Ever Land" while attacking the teenage protagonists who try to stop him, calling them "adults" despite being an Adult/Champion-level Digimon himself. When an Elecmon casually says he wishes he were bigger after missing the ball in a soccer game, Petermon takes it to mean that he wants to Digivolve and threatens him with violence until he begs for mercy.
  • Tsukasa Shishio from Dr. STONE, except he's a teen, not child, but he's an Evil Luddite who literally blames everything that has gone wrong ever on adults and even goes so far as smashing petrified adults and trying to kill the protagonists because they are trying to find a way to de-petrify everybody, including adults.
  • Great Teacher Onizuka: Miyabi Aizawa is famously this, especially in the anime version. Her parents are barely there for her, but her mom tries to act as if everything's perfectly fine and her best friend committed suicide due to getting pregnant by a teacher. Thus, it leads to her hatred towards both teachers and adults.
  • Happy Sugar Life: As a result of his father's abuse, Asahi developed trust issues towards adults.
  • In Shibatora, the mysterious Onigami founds a street gang that goes around smashing storefronts and stealing primarily out of their hatred for adults. Their secret code phrase is "Never trust adults" spelled backwards and all of its members are wary of anyone who isn't their age. Its founder, Katou, was abandoned by his parents while he was still in middle school and organized the gang to both support himself and lash out at the adults he feels wronged him.
  • Chris Yukine from Symphogear. Ever since she was a child and lost her parents, she was forced to become a child slave and was many times tortured and raped by adults. By the time she's a teenager, she utterly hates and distrusts adults. It's not until some encounters with Genjuro that she finds out that her parents, despite going missing, must've loved her that she broke down and got better in perspective, dedicating her Heroic Sacrifice that didn't stick eventually for her parents.

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    Films — Animation 

  • In The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict, Nicholas's life experience has led him to believe that adults are inherently crueler and less trustworthy than children. He worries about who he'll turn into when he grows up.
  • Peter Pan in all incarnations hated the very thought of becoming an adult and went away to a magical place where he'd never have to grow up.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In the The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. episode "Brooklyn Dodgers", Brisco tries to help a pair of runaway orphans who hold this opinion because of their mistreatment by the head of the orphanage, who is currently trying to beat them to San Francisco so he can falsely claim their inheritance.
  • Extraordinary Attorney Woo: Downplayed by the defendant in "The Pied Piper." He's a political activist engaging in crimes of protest against the Cram School system, and openly disparages schools, teachers, and most parents as being the enemy of fun, freedom, and children's very health. He temporarily kidnaps some children on their way to a particularly brutal (and borderline abusive) academy, giving them a day of playing outside and having fun rather than doing homework and being forced to study until late at night with no breaks or food, and outright encourages them to fight back and rebel against the grown-ups who are stealing their childhoods. However, he's perfectly cordial to all the adults he comes into conflict with, even apologizing to the bus driver he had to knock out in order to get to the kids. He seems to hate adult society and the abusive system they prop up more than he hates individual adults.
  • In "Miri" of Star Trek: The Original Series, some aliens are infected by a plague that means that the children never hit puberty and live forever and the grown-ups become violent and zombie-like. This causes the alien children to become very suspicious of all adults, including the Enterprise crew.

    Video Games 
  • BlazBlue. After seeing the things his father Relius did, Carl Clover started to hate and distrust adults altogether, thinking that they're all like his father. He's momentarily proven wrong after encountering Bang Shishigami, and eventually, after further interacting with Litchi Faye-Ling, he eventually decides that not all adults are bad and wishes he could grow into an adult like Litchi... that is, if he doesn't freak out on the eventual reveal that Litchi is practically choosing to side with Relius, even if it's against her will. By the last game, he found out, after awhile doubting he managed to defend her, but then the timeline is reset, where Carl, despite having animosity with his father, came to downplay the trope in the end: He decided that his father has a point for doing what he did to achieve his goal, thus going to the dark side on his own.
  • Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls: The villains of the game are a group of children who all grew up with such horrifically Abusive Parents that they now despise all adults to the point of trying to commit genocide against them and create a Teenage Wasteland.
  • Digital Devil Saga 2: While Fred is a teenager, he still considers adults to be utterly untrustworthy. His beliefs are rather justified, as his current guardian is The Alcoholic who is overly paranoid and thus doing a very bad job at leading La RĂ©sistance.
  • Fallout 3 gives us the town of Little Lamplight, which is completely populated with young children who distrust adults in one way or another. Gaining enough trust with them as an adult is needed in order to enter their town and be able to progress further in the main story of the game.
  • In Five Nights at Freddy's 2, the Killer Robot toy animatronics are said to be perfectly friendly with the children who visit the restaurant during the day but are hostile towards adults, staring at parents menacingly while acting aggressive towards staff. It's implied that these ones were also possessed by dead kids and saw every adult as their potential murderer.
  • One of the newly-introdcued characters in The King of Fighters XV, Isla, grew up in an Orphanage of Fear due to Parental Abandonment, and thus she despises adults, as well as anyone who are on good terms with adults such as Shun'Ei. Ironically, Isla's teammates in that game are the very-much-adults Heidern and Dolores, and she makes no effort to mask her contempt for them.
  • In Persona 5, a major theme is that of adults who selfishly hoard power for their own purposes, screwing over the young and vulnerable in the process. Ryuji is particularly defined by his hatred of exploitative adults, and tends to be distrustful of adults in general.
  • Downplayed in Warframe. The Ventkids are a group of orphans, troublemakers, and other young outcasts who live in the vents of Fortuna. While they don't hate adults per say and are willing to work with the adult members of Solaris United, it's clear that they're distrustful of most adults and prefer to hang out with their "logical fam" who won't abandon them.

    Web Animation 
  • Max from Camp Camp, seems to have a disdain for adults, treating David and Gwen like crap most of the time and generally being cynical about the outside world. Turns out to be Justified by his horrible upbringing by neglectful parents. Though after David and Gwen begin to show kindness to him over it, he starts to respect them a lot more.

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  • Many children in The Innocent are this, or at least enough to defeat the adults and place the adults under total control of the children.

    Western Animation 
  • Early episodes of Codename: Kids Next Door portrayed the main characters more as Anti Heroes who hated any rule or restriction placed on them by an adult. Even in later episodes, where the adult characters tended to be more genuinely villainous (though not Always Chaotic Evil outright), the kids tend to indiscriminately hate adults and the thought of becoming one, with any member of the unit over 12 years old mind wiped and exiled. A later episode does make it clear they don't hate all adults, just evil ones, as the team is horrified by a bullfighting ring that replaces bulls with caffeine-crazed adults. Additionally, they all have loving parents who they have good relationships with, which Numbah 5 reminds 4 of when he short-sightedly says he sees nothing wrong with the extremist splinter cell wanting to wipe out adults.
  • In the Danny Phantom episode "Pirate Radio", Ember and Youngblood team-up over their mutual hatred of adults. Ember releases a hypnotic album that has all of the adults (and Jazz, who thinks she's an adult) to go on a cruise that is actually Youngblood's disguised pirate ship. They use exercise equipment they stole from around town and the adults to power Youngblood's ship and Ember gains unobstructed free-reign over Amity Park's youth.
  • Miraculous Ladybug: In "The Bubbler", Nino gains some contempt for adults after Adrien's father forbids him from having a birthday party — a contempt that escalates into him ridding Paris of all adults once he gets akumatized.
  • Timmy Turner in School's Out! The Musical. After too much mistreatment from adults that are in context sending kids off to a safety camp while they have fun and thanks to some destructive prodding by the Pixies, Timmy declares an absolute hatred of adults in song form in his song Adults Ruin Everything and eventually wishes that children have all the power and authority on Earth.
    Adults Ruin Everything, with all their rules and laws!
    Adults Ruin Everything, we must fight back because,
    Adults Ruin Everything, time and time again
    Adults Ruin Everything, trust no one over ten!
  • Totally Spies!: One Villain of the Week is a kid who wants children to rule the world instead of adults and considers anyone older than 12 as an enemy (including the three protagonists, who are teenagers). His Freudian Excuse was that his father would always neglect him in favor of his job.