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.
He didn't have them at the finals, though, but he simply could not outshine his opponents that day in taijutsu, either because he didn't use it or because they had a superior style already mastered.As a side note, Naruto is still weaker than Sasuke in taijutsu, but not as much as depicted.However, this trope can occasionally be used in a more mature fashion to demonstrate a moral about growing up and realizing that adults are not all-powerful.This is especially common in military or war-themed shows and literature, where the point is that adults are ultimately unable to protect the younger generation.A) Naruto always wears weights (after Jiraya allowed him to, naturally), and he spars with those.
Naruto sometimes simply forgets he has them on (see chapter 25) because his increased regeneration enhances his muscles faster than ordinary people.
This can be especially true in a lot of shows involving the police or military; the ones who strictly adhere to code are always shown incompetent whereas the ones who break code are the competent ones.
It may be a good way to teach that you can't solve all your problems by just asking the grown-ups to help.
(And yes, I have a planned scene with Sasuke complaining that Naruto was holding back his 'true strength')However the basic fact still remains: In the hospital roof and in the chase Naruto is clearly much inferior to Sasuke in Taijutsu: despite his greater strength and stamina he has almost no style.
He can compete with the Uchiha only with numbers (Shadow clones, that Dot P Naruto won't use in pure taijutsu spars) or the Kyubi's chakra.
Parents are clueless, no longer care, or are either over- or underprotective.