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Basic Trope: Kid Heroes who skip school for plot reasons.

  • Straight: Ivan and James are rarely seen going to school when they should.
  • Exaggerated: Ivan and James skip a full year of school.
  • Downplayed: Although Ivan and James often complain about homework and how cruel their teachers are, they are never actually seen attending school.
  • Justified: They attend such a Sucky School that nobody would begrudge their skipping.
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  • Inverted: The kids never leave their school.
  • Subverted: They're not seen at school, but at the end they are.
  • Double Subverted: But something else happens, so they leave again.
  • Parodied: Ivan and James casually leave math class, and while plenty of people, including the math teacher and the principal, see them go, nobody lifts a finger to stop them.
  • Zig Zagged: Some days they go to school, other days they don't, and on the days when they do go to school, they spend varying amounts of time there.
  • Averted: The kids are often seen attending classes between adventures.
  • Enforced: The writers would rather focus on the kids' adventures than on 'boring' lessons.
  • Lampshaded: "Shouldn't we be in school right now?"
  • Invoked: The kids learn about an event that affects them personally, so they decide to intervene and try to shift the outcome in their favour.
  • Exploited:
    • An Obstructive Bureaucrat gets wind of their truancy and makes their parents' lives hell.
    • A Beleaguered Bureaucrat gets wind of their truancy and tries to impress on them the importance of education in a formal setting.
  • Defied: The kids' parents make them attend classes in case they learn something that could be useful outside.
  • Discussed: "What's the point of going to school when we could be doing something important?"
  • Conversed: Kids who watch the show get into an argument with their parents over the pros and cons of emulating its protagonists.
  • Deconstructed: Because the kid is constantly missing school to go on adventures/save the world, his grades plummet and his GPA falls, ruining his future.

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