An index consisting of tropes specifically related to adults. Adulthood is the stage preceding senior citizenship and following adolescence, at which point teenagers are granted many legal permissions, but also a lot of responsibilities should they chose to move out of their parents' house.
For the more explicit meaning of "adult", see Sex Tropes.
- Adult Fear: Adults have phobias that are portrayed as realistic or at least seem so.
- Adults Are Useless: Adults are portrayed as idiotic, spiteful, and unhelpful to the youth.
- Adults Dressed as Children: Adults dress up as children.
- Adults Only Rating: The highest ESRB rating, a game meant for the 18+ audience.
- Always a Child to Parent: An adult who is still treated like a child by their parents.
- Basement-Dweller: A grown man who still lives with his parents.
- Born as an Adult: A character was born in an adult body.
- Double Standard: Violence, Child on Adult: Children physically hurting adults is portrayed as funny. The roles reversed, on the other hand, is downright evil.
- Fun-Hating Confiscating Adult: A stern adult who takes away children's fun out of sadism.
- Immortal Immaturity: Being immortal doesn't stop you from behaving like a child.
- Immortality Begins at Twenty: Once you turn 20, you become immortal.
- Invisible to Adults: Children can see things that adults can't.
- Kids vs. Adults: The children and adult characters face a rivalry.
- Late Coming Out: A character comes out of the closet later in life.
- Manchild: An adult characters who behaves like a child.
- Most Writers Are Adults: Kids in fiction behave a lot like adults as a result of the show's writers being them.
- Never Grew Up: Physical maturity does not prevent emotional immaturity.
- Office Lady: A stereotypical low-level female office employee.
- One of the Kids: An adult character hangs out with children to signify their immaturity.
- Only Fatal to Adults: Something that only kills adults.
- Psychopathic Manchild: A completely unstable adult character who possesses childish traits that make them slightly endearing.
- Salaryman: Stereotypical low-income Japanese office worker.
- Separated from the Adults: A child becomes isolated from adult protection and as a result ventures on their own.
- She Is All Grown Up: Puberty did a woman well.
- There Are No Adults: Adult characters don't seem to be present in a work.
- Time to Move: The age of majority approaches and so does the time one has to move out of their parents' house.
- Token Adult: The only adult member of a group of children or teenagers.