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2nd Apr '16 10:00:44 AM Kirayoshi
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*** Wesley Crusher entered Starfleet Academy, inspired by both his father and Captain Picard. Subverted in his final appearance on the show, "Journey's End"; when Wesley has a vision of his father saying "Do not follow me," he sees this as a sign that his future is not in Starfleet and announces that he is quitting the Academy.
5th Mar '16 3:34:35 PM Anddrix
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* In ''Literature/VampireAcademy'', Sydney Sage's father is an Alchemist and raised her to follow in his footsteps. By age 18 she is forced into active service. She would rather be going to college. She is more interested in art and architecture than interactions with the supernatural, but he gave her no choice.

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* In ''Literature/VampireAcademy'', Sydney Sage's father is an Alchemist and who raised her to follow in his footsteps. By age 18 eighteen she is forced into active service. She herself would rather be going to college. She is more interested in art and architecture than interactions with the supernatural, but he gave her no choice.
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31st Dec '15 12:08:02 PM chicagomel
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* This is essentially what happens with Darth Vader in ''Franchise/StarWars''. After he learns he has a son and daughter, he wants to turn them to the DarkSide so they'll join him and WeCanRuleTogether.
27th Dec '15 8:23:23 PM nombretomado
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* Shawn and Henry's relationship in ''{{Psych}}'' is something like this; Henry wanted Shawn to grow up to be a cop and follow in his footsteps. Shawn had other plans, eventually growing up to be a complete slacker. Unfortunately, Henry is a WellDoneSonGuy and didn't take this well, to the extent that their relationship is strained at best (and is implied to have been estranged at some point). Of course, Henry's ambitions weren't helped by the fact that he was a bit of a ControlFreak who subjected Shawn to a junior version of the TrainingFromHell at an early age to ensure his goals, to the point where Shawn's grandfather, also a cop, disapproved.

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* Shawn and Henry's relationship in ''{{Psych}}'' ''Series/{{Psych}}'' is something like this; Henry wanted Shawn to grow up to be a cop and follow in his footsteps. Shawn had other plans, eventually growing up to be a complete slacker. Unfortunately, Henry is a WellDoneSonGuy and didn't take this well, to the extent that their relationship is strained at best (and is implied to have been estranged at some point). Of course, Henry's ambitions weren't helped by the fact that he was a bit of a ControlFreak who subjected Shawn to a junior version of the TrainingFromHell at an early age to ensure his goals, to the point where Shawn's grandfather, also a cop, disapproved.



* In ''MadAboutYou'', Paul's father averts the trope entirely and gives the family sporting goods business to Ira (Paul's cousin) because Paul is busy being a documentary filmmaker. Paul's father didn't ask Paul because he knew his son had his own life. Paul is nonplussed - he didn't want to go into sporting goods, but he assumed he would be asked, and maybe even guilt-tripped into it.

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* In ''MadAboutYou'', ''Series/MadAboutYou'', Paul's father averts the trope entirely and gives the family sporting goods business to Ira (Paul's cousin) because Paul is busy being a documentary filmmaker. Paul's father didn't ask Paul because he knew his son had his own life. Paul is nonplussed - he didn't want to go into sporting goods, but he assumed he would be asked, and maybe even guilt-tripped into it.
19th Dec '15 10:23:32 PM nombretomado
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* Kate Blackwell wants her son Tony to take over Kruger-Brent, Ltd. in SidneySheldon's ''Master of the Game'', but he wants to become a painter. [[spoiler:Her constant manipulations to get him on the path she wants him to take, or at least sire him a grandchild who will be more likely to follow it, eventually lead to his wife's DeathByChildbirth, and he goes insane and tries to kill Kate. He is subsequently institutionalized and, as he is incapable of being brought back to normal, lobotomized. Of her two granddaughters, Alexandra doesn't want to run the business, and Eve does but proves unworthy. Thus the book ends with Kate planning to groom her great-grandson to take over, probably with similar manipulation.]]

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* Kate Blackwell wants her son Tony to take over Kruger-Brent, Ltd. in SidneySheldon's Creator/SidneySheldon's ''Master of the Game'', but he wants to become a painter. [[spoiler:Her constant manipulations to get him on the path she wants him to take, or at least sire him a grandchild who will be more likely to follow it, eventually lead to his wife's DeathByChildbirth, and he goes insane and tries to kill Kate. He is subsequently institutionalized and, as he is incapable of being brought back to normal, lobotomized. Of her two granddaughters, Alexandra doesn't want to run the business, and Eve does but proves unworthy. Thus the book ends with Kate planning to groom her great-grandson to take over, probably with similar manipulation.]]
7th Dec '15 9:42:26 PM PaulA
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* A major subplot in the ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'' [[TheMovie feature film]]. [[LonelyRichKid Gary Nolan]] is expected by his father to continue in his footsteps as editor of the Madison Express. Nolan is failing in English, and has no interest in running the paper. Turns out he just resents his father's lack of attention - and falls in love with reporting once convinced to write an article for the school paper.

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* A major subplot in the ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'' ''Film/OurMissBrooks'' [[TheMovie feature film]]. [[LonelyRichKid Gary Nolan]] is expected by his father to continue in his footsteps as editor of the Madison Express. Nolan is failing in English, and has no interest in running the paper. Turns out he just resents his father's lack of attention - and falls in love with reporting once convinced to write an article for the school paper.
23rd Nov '15 1:27:03 PM Morgenthaler
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*** And inverted as well because seeing his son going to become something more than a money-loving Ferengi, Rom leaves the bar himself to work as an engineer.

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23rd Nov '15 10:10:58 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the movie ''WhileYouWereSleeping'', the male romantic lead is in this situation with his father. Luckily, his father's an understanding sort, so when he finally plucks up the nerve to confess his feelings about the subject his father's biggest annoyance is that he didn't take up a chance to sell the business the previous year because ''he'' was under the impression his son had his heart set on taking it over.

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* In the movie ''WhileYouWereSleeping'', ''Film/WhileYouWereSleeping'', the male romantic lead is in this situation with his father. Luckily, his father's an understanding sort, so when he finally plucks up the nerve to confess his feelings about the subject his father's biggest annoyance is that he didn't take up a chance to sell the business the previous year because ''he'' was under the impression his son had his heart set on taking it over.
16th Nov '15 9:04:29 AM tropower
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* In the late ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' episode, "Riot's Hope", we learn the backstory of Rory Llewellyn (AKA: Riot of The Stingers): his father hated having his son learn music, and constantly pushed him to join the Army, like he did. Riot did join, but was dishonorably discharged after he went AWOL, and the tension finally exploded when the father declared that [[IHaveNoSon he had no son]], and banished him from the household. It finally took Jerrica Benton (as Jem) to convince them to make up, and for the father to at least try to understand his son. [[spoiler:especially since their animosity was part of the reason Riot's mother ended up in the hospital...and why they both almost lost her.[[/note]] Eventually, Riot's father shows up at one of The Stingers' concerts, pretty much excepting the path that his son decided to follow.
** This episode notably features a DarkReprise of "Take it or Leave it", one of The Stingers' songs, which had been used in a previous episode to establish them as selfish and uncaring. A later (new) song, "Let Me Be" basically sums up Riot's feelings about wanting to "follow [his] own star".



* In a RealLife aversion one noted Sherpa guide made it his effort to save up money from his climbs to put his children through school, saying "I climb so my children won't have to."

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16th Nov '15 8:52:17 AM tropower
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Parents often want the best for their children. It's only natural. Unfortunately, some parents take this to the conclusion that "whatever worked for me ''will'' work for my kids -- ''end of discussion''" -- so the kid will find themselves being groomed and press-ganged into stepping into their parent's shoes, whether they particularly want to or not. This is particularly the case if the steps in question lead to the FamilyBusiness, and especially if the parent is a SelfMadeMan.

Thing is, the kid usually has their own ideas about what they want to do with their lives, and following exactly in their parent's footsteps isn't part of the plan. This leads to tension; the kid wants to live their own life, but at the same time family loyalty is an extremely strong thing to overcome and they don't want to disappoint their folks, either. So a choice has to be made; will the kid let themselves be pushed into a life they don't want to lead, or will they attempt to break free and [[BeYourself be themselves]], and risk losing their parent's love?

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Parents often want the best for their children. It's only natural. Unfortunately, some parents take this to the conclusion that "whatever worked for me ''will'' work for my kids -- ''end of discussion''" -- so the kid will find themselves being groomed and press-ganged into stepping into their parent's shoes, whether they particularly want to or not. This is particularly the case if the steps in question lead to the FamilyBusiness, and especially if the parent is a SelfMadeMan.

SelfMadeMan (or woman).

Thing is, the kid usually has their own ideas about what they want to do with their lives, and following exactly in their parent's footsteps isn't (always) part of the plan. This leads can often lead to tension; the kid wants to live their own life, but at the same time time, family loyalty is an extremely strong thing to overcome and they don't want to disappoint their folks, either. So a choice has to be made; [[Catch22Dilemma will the kid let themselves be pushed into a life they don't want to lead, or will they attempt to break free and and]] [[BeYourself be themselves]], [[Catch22Dilemma and risk losing their parent's love?
love?]][[note]]In some cases, there are some who are able to TakeAThirdOption[[/note]].



Owing to traditional family roles, the parent and child in these cases is [[AlwaysMale Usually Male]].

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Owing to traditional family roles, the parent and child in these cases is [[AlwaysMale Usually Male]].
usually (but not always) male.
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