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Mon Mothma: On your own from the age of fifteen. Reckless, aggressive, and undisciplined.
Jyn Erso: This is a rebellion, isn’t it? I rebel.

An attitude of defiance, rebellion, resistance, and revolution. These defy Authority Tropes. Might be Help! Help! This Index Is Being Repressed! or Civil Unrest Tropes, but just as easily applies to the young and rebellious with nothing but a bad attitude.

See A Reluctant Index where characters do things even though they don't want to do it. See also Military and Warfare Tropes and Terrorism Tropes.

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Political Rebels

Social Rebels

  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: A woman dates or is attracted to a man specifically because he's a rebel (sometimes as an act of rebellion herself).
  • Chafing Against the Dress Code: A character dislikes the dress code and probably moves to resist it in some way.
  • Cool People Rebel Against Authority: Characters who disobey and/or disrespect authority figures are depicted as cool.
  • Cult Defector: A person who defects from a religious cult.
  • Cultural Rebel: A character who rebels against the norms of their culture.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: A person (usually a teen girl) intentionally pursues a relationship with someone their parents don't approve of.
  • Defiant Strip: Removing your clothes as an act of defiance or protest.
  • Delinquents: Youths who buck social expectations and break rules by skipping school, being violent, engaging in petty crime, etc.
  • Delinquent Hair: Some form of nonconformism or rebellion indicated by unconventional hairstyles.
  • Forbidden Fruit: Being told you can't have or do something makes you want to have or do it even more.
  • Former Teen Rebel: A character who was rebellious as a teen but mellowed out when they got older.
  • Japanese Delinquents: The specific depiction in Japan of delinquents and all related stereotypes.
  • The Last DJ: A character who values their personal integrity over career advancement, even if it means being demoted or fired.
  • Misfit Lab Rat: The propensity for punks, goths, and other non-conformists to work as lab technicians and scientists.
  • Nonconformist Dyed Hair: Some form of nonconformism or rebellion indicated by unnatural hair color.
  • Polite Villains, Rude Heroes: The hero in question is very rebellious towards the very system created by the villains with good public relations.
  • Rebel Prince: A prince who doesn't like being a prince and defies societal or familial expectations of his title.
  • Rebel Relaxation: Rebellious characters tend to lean against a flat surface with their arms folded.
  • Rebellious Princess: A princess who doesn't like being a princess and defies societal or familial expectations of her title.
  • Rebellious Spirit: A character whose dislike of following rules or being told what to do is a major personality trait.
  • Rule-Abiding Rebel: Outwardly, they appear to be a rebel, but in practice they're rather conventional.
  • Sneaking Out at Night: Going on a late-night adventure against the rules.
  • Sneaking Snacks: Stealing snack foods you're not supposed to have.
  • Strict Parents Make Sneaky Kids: Children of overly-strict parents simply get better at hiding illicit activities from their parents.
  • Teen Rebellion: Teenagers are often stereotyped as rebellious in fiction.
  • Tempting Cookie Jar: A hard-to-reach jar or container of cookies that a character tries to get even though they're not supposed to have them.
  • Vampire Refugee: A vampire (or werewolf, zombie etc.) infectee fights to retain their humanity and find a cure (often going head-to-head with the one who infected them).
  • The Voice of a Generation: A rebel who speaks for a generation that can't talk for themselves.