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7th Jun '16 9:56:26 PM Kid
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The alternatives are not that much better: OverprotectiveDad, EducationMama, HandsOffParenting, or even outright ParentalAbandonment. Compare ParentalObliviousness, where the secret still has to be kept- but it's strangely easy. See also DotingParent, MilhollandRelationshipMoment, ReasonableAuthorityFigure.

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The alternatives are not that much better: OverprotectiveDad, EducationMama, HandsOffParenting, or even outright ParentalAbandonment. Compare ParentalObliviousness, where the secret still has to be kept- but kept--but it's strangely easy. See also DotingParent, MilhollandRelationshipMoment, ReasonableAuthorityFigure.
3rd Jun '16 5:57:59 PM AdelePotter
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** Daria's own father Jake is a slightly saner example. When Trent's girlfriend showed up at Daria's house looking for him, Jake at first mistook her to be Quinn's date. He just shrugged and commented, "Huh. I guess I really ''don't'' know my kids," clearly not bothered by the idea that his daughter may be bisexual or a lesbian.
31st May '16 10:09:16 PM Discar
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29th May '16 7:35:28 AM Arcana4th
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* ''Webcomic/CheckPlease'' has Bad Bob, Jack's father. Although the name, he is a very supportive father through his son's [[spoiler: rehab and after that]], ultimately, during Jack's graduation even telling him to [[spoiler: "go really say goodbye" to Bittle, whom he was in love with]]. He seems to be the only one to play it straight, though as Bittle's father is implied to be very conservative and Shitty and his family do not agree on most ideas.
2nd May '16 5:17:48 PM WillKeaton
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* Mr. and Mrs. Dunkel from ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' are a perfect example. After Elliot is accidentally transformed into a girl, he breaks into a government facility looking for a cure and accidentally clones himself in the process. When he brings the resulting OppositeSexClone back home, his punishment is to be allowed only one brownie after dinner, and that's [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2003-02-10 only because he lied to his parents about his plans for the evening]]. Meanwhile, the clone goes unpunished because she wasn't created until AFTER Elliot lied and therefore can't be held accountable for his actions.

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* Mr. and Mrs. Dunkel from ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' are a perfect example. After Elliot is accidentally transformed into a girl, he breaks into a government facility looking for a cure and accidentally clones himself in the process. When he brings the resulting OppositeSexClone back home, his punishment is to be allowed only one brownie after dinner, and that's [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2003-02-10 only because he lied to his parents about his plans for the evening]]. evening.]] Meanwhile, the clone goes unpunished because she wasn't created until AFTER Elliot lied and therefore can't be held accountable for his actions.
2nd May '16 5:16:36 PM WillKeaton
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* Back in the original [[DigimonAdventure Digimon]], Izzy's parents take well to Tentomon once they're introduced, and his mother even jumps into linking {{Cupid}} to a Digital World prophecy despite not knowing the Digital World existed until recently. The trope is oddly [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] when [[spoiler: Izzy himself finds out his parents' long-kept secret that he's [[HappilyAdopted adopted]], and reveals he'd suspected it already, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming still loves them and considers them very much his real parents]].]]

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* Back in the original [[DigimonAdventure Digimon]], ''[[DigimonAdventure Digimon]]'', Izzy's parents take well to Tentomon once they're introduced, and his mother even jumps into linking {{Cupid}} to a Digital World prophecy despite not knowing the Digital World existed until recently. The trope is oddly [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] when [[spoiler: Izzy himself finds out his parents' long-kept secret that he's [[HappilyAdopted adopted]], and reveals he'd suspected it already, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming still loves them and considers them very much his real parents]].]]
2nd May '16 5:15:45 PM WillKeaton
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* The parents of the three main protagonists of KissXSis take this UpToEleven and are ridiculously understanding about Keita's love life. They are completely fine with both pseudo-incest and student-teacher romance (which even the teacher in question finds disturbing). They also permit (and sometimes even encourage) their children's not-so-innocent games. The only time they oppose their kids' decisions is when Keita talks about marrying both his step-sisters, which they don't do because they are morally opposed to it, but because of the Japanese legal status of polygamy.

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* The parents of the three main protagonists of KissXSis ''KissXSis'' take this UpToEleven and are ridiculously understanding about Keita's love life. They are completely fine with both pseudo-incest and student-teacher romance (which even the teacher in question finds disturbing). They also permit (and sometimes even encourage) their children's not-so-innocent games. The only time they oppose their kids' decisions is when Keita talks about marrying both his step-sisters, which they don't do because they are morally opposed to it, but because of the Japanese legal status of polygamy.
11th Apr '16 3:59:28 PM zookx1
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* The parents of the three main protagonists of KissXSis take this UpToEleven and are ridiculously understanding about Keita's love life. They are completely fine with both pseudo-incest and student-teacher romance (which even the teacher in question finds disturbing). They also permit (and sometimes even encourage) their children's not-so-innocent games. The only time they oppose their kids' decisions is when Keita talks about marrying both his step-sisters, which they don't do because they are morally opposed to it, but because of the Japanese legal status of polygamy.
23rd Mar '16 9:38:10 AM AtticusOmundson
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19th Mar '16 12:11:06 PM Pichu-kun
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* Hazumu in ''KashimashiGirlMeetsGirl'' worries about the reaction to his accident, then finds his parents happily chatting with an alien in their kitchen.

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* Hazumu in ''KashimashiGirlMeetsGirl'' ''Manga/KashimashiGirlMeetsGirl'' worries about the reaction to his accident, then finds his parents happily chatting with an alien in their kitchen.



* Mrs. Ketchum has no problem with allowing her son Ash, age 10 ([[NotAllowedToGrowUp we]] [[PlotRelevantAgeUp think]]), to travel the [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Pokémon]] world - with or without any [[TrueCompanions traveling companions]] and amass a small personal army of creatures who protect him; it's a custom that borders on RiteOfPassage, after all. Plus, his friends sometimes crash at his place for arbitrary lengths of time as well; again, she's cool with this, and dotes on them almost as though they were her own children.
** In [[TheMovie the second movie]], she's slightly annoyed with him being right in the middle of the end of the world. But she loosens up later.
** Ash does, eventually, have a loyal companion who can throw thunderbolts at will.
* ''[[PokemonSpecial Pokémon Special]]''. Gold's mom asks where her son is, but turns around and says "Oh well, he'll be back when he wants to." before getting an answer.

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* Mrs. Ketchum has no problem with allowing her son Ash, age 10 ([[NotAllowedToGrowUp we]] [[PlotRelevantAgeUp think]]), 10, to travel the [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Pokémon]] Anime/{{Pokemon}} world - with or without any [[TrueCompanions traveling companions]] and amass a small personal army of creatures who protect him; it's a custom that borders on RiteOfPassage, after all. Plus, his friends sometimes crash at his place for arbitrary lengths of time as well; again, she's cool with this, and dotes on them almost as though they were her own children.
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children. In [[TheMovie the second movie]], she's slightly annoyed with him being right in the middle of the end of the world. But she loosens up later.
** Ash does, eventually, have a loyal companion who can throw thunderbolts at will.
* ''[[PokemonSpecial Pokémon Special]]''. In ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'', Gold's mom asks where her son is, but turns around and says "Oh well, he'll be back when he wants to." before getting an answer.



* Shinichi's parents in ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' don't seem to mind that he's staying as a child so he can be with his girl friend more.
** Not exactly in the beginning, where Yusaku and Yukiko played a BatmanGambit to try force Shinichi/Conan come with them to the USA, so he'd get his condition cured and then testify against the Black Organization. He had to talk with them quite a bit to convince them otherwise.
* Sosuke's mother in ''Anime/{{Ponyo|On The Cliff By The Sea}}'' is awfully quick, if flabbergasted, to accept the reality of Ponyo as a transforming goldfish girl, not to mention when the nursing home she works at is covered by the sea protected by a magic bubble and she has a heart to heart chat with the Queen of the Sea who wants her to adopt Ponyo if she chooses to become human.

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* Shinichi's parents in ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' don't seem to mind that he's staying as a child so he can be with his girl friend more.
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more. Not exactly in the beginning, beginning though, where Yusaku and Yukiko played a BatmanGambit to try force Shinichi/Conan come with them to the USA, so he'd get his condition cured and then testify against the Black Organization. He had to talk with them quite a bit to convince them otherwise.
* Sosuke's mother in ''Anime/{{Ponyo|On The Cliff By The Sea}}'' is awfully quick, if flabbergasted, to accept the reality of Ponyo as a transforming goldfish girl, not to mention when the nursing home she works at is covered by the sea protected by a magic bubble and she has a heart to heart chat with the Queen of the Sea who wants her to adopt Ponyo if she chooses to become human.
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* Mako's mother from ''Manga/WanderingSon'' is the only parent depicted who takes their child coming out as transgender with stride; the others are either angry or confused. Mako expects her mom to be upset but she ends up being supportive.



* Sort of, for ComicBook/SpiderMan. Aunt May is on her deathbed and reveals that she knew of and approved of Peter being Spider-Man for some time now. Then she dies. Of course, this later turns out to be a big Mind-Screw (she was... an actress?). When Aunt May does find out for real, she has a difficult time accepting this; once she does, though, she is Spider-Man's biggest fan. Having Mary-Jane to talk with helps. And of course, Peter isn't a kid anymore. Thanks to ''ComicBook/OneMoreDay'', the poor woman's back in the dark.
** In ''Comicbook/UltimateSpiderMan'', Aunt May has a much harder time dealing with Peter being Spider-Man. This was more because that was dropped on her at the same time she was informed that Gwen Stacy and her brother-in-law (Pete's father) [[spoiler: turned out to be clones, the latter being an aged clone of Peter whom later died.]]

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* Sort of, for ComicBook/SpiderMan. Aunt May is on her deathbed and reveals that she knew of and approved of Peter being Spider-Man for some time now. Then she dies. Of course, this later turns out to be a big Mind-Screw (she was... an actress?). When Aunt May does find out for real, she has a difficult time accepting this; once she does, though, she is Spider-Man's biggest fan. Having Mary-Jane to talk with helps. And of course, Peter isn't a kid anymore. Thanks to ''ComicBook/OneMoreDay'', the poor woman's back in the dark.
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dark. In ''Comicbook/UltimateSpiderMan'', Aunt May has a much harder time dealing with Peter being Spider-Man. This was more because that was dropped on her at the same time she was informed that Gwen Stacy and her brother-in-law (Pete's father) [[spoiler: turned out to be clones, the latter being an aged clone of Peter whom later died.]]



* Sosuke's mother in ''Anime/{{Ponyo|On The Cliff By The Sea}}'' is awfully quick, if flabbergasted, to accept the reality of Ponyo as a transforming goldfish girl, not to mention when the nursing home she works at is covered by the sea protected by a magic bubble and she has a heart to heart chat with the Queen of the Sea who wants her to adopt Ponyo if she chooses to become human.



* In ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', Ferb's father and all four grandparents have participated in their creations at some point or another, none of them even once questioning the massive, overdone creations they manage to put together. Their mom, on the other hand...
** Ferb's father is a special case. He thinks that the (step)mother gave them permission to do the things they do (which is true, only that she doesn't understand what they meant.)
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'''s parents are completely supportive of their daughter's {{supervillain}}-fighting activities and don't bat an eyelid over her flying halfway around the world to stop Dr. Drakken's latest scheme and risk life and limb in the process, so long as she's doing well on [[WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld the home front]]. Dating boys, though, her father [[OverprotectiveDad isn't so happy with]].
** This also extends to Kim's younger twin brothers, Jim and Tim. Their parents are apparently completely okay with them blowing up the garage with their experiments (though it's somewhat justified in that Mr. Possible, their father, did just that when he was their age.)
* Same deal with ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' during the times where his SecretIdentity has been revealed to his folks (before the ResetButton, that is). They're always shocked at first, but they happily and unquestionably accept that their son is both a hero and half ghost, despite their prejudice towards them. In the GrandFinale, Jack goes as far as claiming Danny should be his sidekick.
** Sam's parents however '''inverts''' this as they can't imagine ''anything'' their daughter does is for her own good.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', Ferb's father and all four grandparents have participated in their creations at some point or another, none of them even once questioning the massive, overdone creations they manage to put together. Their mom, on the other hand...
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hand... Ferb's father is a special case. He thinks that the (step)mother gave them permission to do the things they do (which is true, only that she doesn't understand what they meant.)
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'''s parents are completely supportive of their daughter's {{supervillain}}-fighting activities and don't bat an eyelid over her flying halfway around the world to stop Dr. Drakken's latest scheme and risk life and limb in the process, so long as she's doing well on [[WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld the home front]]. Dating boys, though, her father [[OverprotectiveDad isn't so happy with]].
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with]]. This also extends to Kim's younger twin brothers, Jim and Tim. Their parents are apparently completely okay with them blowing up the garage with their experiments (though it's somewhat justified in that Mr. Possible, their father, did just that when he was their age.)
* Same deal with This occurs in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' during the times where his SecretIdentity has been revealed to his folks (before the ResetButton, that is). They're always shocked at first, but they happily and unquestionably accept that their son is both a hero and half ghost, despite their prejudice towards them. In the GrandFinale, Jack goes as far as claiming Danny should be his sidekick.
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sidekick. Sam's parents however '''inverts''' this as they can't imagine ''anything'' their daughter does is for her own good.



* Deconstructed with the parents of Goo from ''[[{{WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends}} Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends.]]'' We never see them, but given they let Goo pick her own name when she was a baby and don't even try to discourage her constant and problem-causing friend creation, they seem to be ''too'' open-minded.

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* Deconstructed with the parents of Goo from ''[[{{WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends}} Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends.]]'' ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends''. We never see them, but given they let Goo pick her own name when she was a baby and don't even try to discourage her constant and problem-causing friend creation, they seem to be ''too'' open-minded.
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