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Another seldom-used aspect of this trope sort of plays off the above.
In this version, it's not that Adults are useless; quite the opposite.
The problem is that the protagonists — because of youthful embarrassment, a need to prove themselves or simple ego — can't ask for help, or accept it when it's given.
The message here is that asking for help is a good thing (one can't do everything alone) and not bothering to trust people with more skill/experience ultimately causes more trouble than it's worth.
For example – the way we use the word “interesting.” Instead of saying “I don’t like that chicken booyah”, we might say, “Dat’s some Speaking of interesting, there’s actually some pretty hardcore research behind the language of America’s Dairyland.
The logical extreme of this trope is There Are No Adults.Parents are clueless, no longer care, or are either over- or underprotective.And any other designated authority figures the kid might come across? Usually, this is just plot necessity (especially on comedy shows).This version is, unfortunately, often Truth in Television.Another interpretation of this is merely that the adults who help won't because the dilemma's solution (at least the obvious and often more exciting one) would pretty much wind up breaking several laws and safety codes.