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Basic Trope: Parents are very, very irresponsible.

  • Straight: The Troper siblings - Alice, Bob, Chester, Dan, and Ethel - are a Five-Kid Band of Free-Range Children who frequently go on adventures in dangerous settings. Their parents are too lazy and/or neglectful to care.
  • Exaggerated: Every Nuclear Family in Wackyville is like this, resulting in a veritable army of Kid Heroes.
  • Downplayed: The parents are somewhat irresponsible (e.g. "Kids, your dinner's in the fridge.") but it's not like they let their children risk their lives.
  • Justified:
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    • The parents in question are hippies.
    • The father is at work or on business trips all the time, while the mother is an artist.
    • They're both always at work.
  • Inverted: The parents care too much; Alice, Bob, Chester, Dan, and Ethel are supervised 24/7.
  • Subverted: The Team prepares to go on an adventure, but their mother asks, "Where do you think you're going?"
  • Double Subverted: The father adds, "You forgot your snacks. Don't you want to bring all that delicious candy we bought you?"
  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: The parents look after their children normally.
  • Enforced: "It's a kid's show, so it should be centered around kids. We should make them Free-Range Children with lazy parents."
  • Lampshaded: "Mr. and Mrs. Troper should be ashamed of themselves, letting their children wander like that."
  • Invoked: "Sorry kids, I just got called into work. See you in 8 hours!"
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  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Alice says, "Mom, you don't look after us well enough. Please take better care of us."
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: "Those children are Exploring the Evil Lair alone? They must have the worst parents ever!"
  • Deconstructed: As a result of having parents that neglected to teach responsibility, the children too have become irresponsible, and this shows later in life.
  • Reconstructed: Not being able to depend on their neglectful parents for anything means that the kid has to learn how to be mature and self reliant. They also learn valuable lessons from these adventures that they wouldn't otherwise learn from their parents.

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