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15th Sep '17 5:26:18 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* In ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'', [[spoiler:Hotohori's]] mother was completely determined to get her son atop the [[spoiler:succession line]] at any cost, even being willing to [[spoiler:kill the real heir if need be]]. She ends up [[spoiler:succeeding in making Hotohori the Crown Prince (without having to resort to murder), but then she dies and Hotohori is stuck as Emperor, which [[LonelyRichKid makes him extremely unhappy]]]]. The novels and an OAV reveal that this had repercussions much later: [[spoiler:the [[HiddenBackupPrince real Crown Prince]] came back and confronted Hotohori]].

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* In ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'', [[spoiler:Hotohori's]] mother was completely determined to get her son atop the [[spoiler:succession line]] at any cost, even being willing to [[spoiler:kill the real heir if need be]]. She ends up [[spoiler:succeeding in making Hotohori the Crown Prince (without having (and according to resort to murder), a novel she fatally poisoned one of Hoto's half-brothers, though not the Crown Prince), but then she dies and Hotohori is stuck as Emperor, which [[LonelyRichKid makes him extremely unhappy]]]]. The novels and an OAV reveal that this had repercussions much later: [[spoiler:the [[HiddenBackupPrince real Crown Prince]] Prince]], Tendou, came back and confronted Hotohori]].
11th Sep '17 4:22:48 AM ShadowoftheSun
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* Roy Jones Jr's father was an abusive man who was driven to mould his son into becoming a successful professional boxer, forcing him to fight grown men at the age of 8, train ridiculously hard at a young age, and encourage him into getting into cockfighting. Jones Jr has gone on record saying that he isn't afraid of any punishment he takes in the ring, because what his dad used to do to him was worse.
8th Sep '17 10:46:50 PM LinTaylor
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* ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'' had a story arc where the MonsterOfTheWeek, with power over aging, sells his services to people. One Stage Mom hires him to turn her daughter's rival into an old woman; when the victim's mother finds out, ''she'' hires him to do the same to the first woman's daughter as revenge. The two little girls saw one another as friends, not rivals, and the sight of the two of them huddled together and crying as their mothers shouted at one another triggered a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment.
** Interestingly, one of the Stage Moms was played by an actress who showed up as a VictimOfTheWeek in ''Series/KamenRiderKiva'' a couple of years earlier; her character there was the ''victim'' of a Stage Mom who pushed her to play the violin when she didn't want to, and the title character's BlitheSpirit father convinced her to chase her own happiness, resulting in her becoming an Olympic-level archer.

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* ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'' had a story arc where the MonsterOfTheWeek, with power over aging, sells his services to people. One Stage Mom hires him to turn her daughter's rival into an old woman; when the victim's mother finds out, ''she'' hires him to do the same to the first woman's daughter as revenge. The two little girls saw one another as friends, not rivals, and the sight episode of the two of them huddled together and crying as their mothers shouted at one another triggered a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment.
** Interestingly, one of the Stage Moms was played by an actress who showed up as a VictimOfTheWeek in
''Series/KamenRiderKiva'' focused on a couple of years earlier; her character there was the ''victim'' of a girl whose Stage Mom who pushed was pressuring her to play the violin when she didn't want to, and to; the title character's BlitheSpirit father convinced her encouraged the girl to chase find her own happiness, resulting which resulted in her becoming an Olympic-level archer.archer years later.
** Interestingly, the girl's actress returned to the franchise a couple of years later in ''Series/KamenRiderDouble''...[[IronyAsSheIsCast except this time she played the Stage Mom]]. She hired the services of a MonsterOfTheWeek with OvernightAgeUp powers to turn her daughter's "rival" into an old woman; when that girl's mother found out, she hired the Monster to do the same to the first girl. The two mothers get into a shouting match until someone draws their attention to their daughters (who saw each other as friends, not rivals) huddled together and crying in fear, which triggered a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment in the mothers.
31st Aug '17 7:50:43 AM Robbyn
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* In ''Manga/{{xxxHOLiC}}'', Kohane Tsuyuri's mother pushes her to appear on television specials. The girl is clearly uncomfortable with this and only [[WellDoneSonGuy wants her mother's love and approval]]. The mother denies her almost any affection to keep her powers from being tainted, doesn't refer to her by name, and [[spoiler: attacks her and Watanuki when Watanuki questions her on live TV.]]
* ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'':
** Onpu Segawa's mother, Miho, is a milder example. She does care for Onpu more than the typical Stage Mom, but she pushes her hard to be an IdolSinger like she used to be. When Onpu [[spoiler:falls into a ConvenientComa after using her power against the rules too frequently, Miho has a HeroicBSOD and [[ItsAllMyFault blames herself]] for pushing her too hard.]]
** Haruka Harukaze, Doremi's {{Tsundere}} mother and an ex-pianist, who lost her career due to a GameBreakingInjury, almost became a Stage Mom. When little Doremi showed some degree of musical talent, she tried to shape her into a good pianist, but [[HeroicBSOD Doremi panicked on stage]], and Haruka didn't insist. [[MyGreatestFailure She felt so guilty about it]] that when Doremi's little sister Poppu wanted her mom to teach her how to play, it took both her ''and'' Doremi's efforts to convince her.
* Subverted by Miyata's father in ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo''. While his son Ichiro took up boxing few after Miyata-san's forceful retirement, it was because of Miyata's own will and not because his dad pressured him to do it, and father and son care for each other very much.

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* In ''Manga/{{xxxHOLiC}}'', Kohane Tsuyuri's the hospital arc in ''Manga/CandyCandy'', the eponymous Candy has to deal with the overbearing and bitchy mother pushes of a young piano prodigy who's been hospitalised in the clinic she works in. It turns out that [[spoiler:the massive pressure she put on the girl drove her to appear on television specials. The girl is clearly uncomfortable with this illness in the first place. Candy figures out what's up and only [[WellDoneSonGuy wants her mother's love and approval]]. The mother denies her almost any affection to keep her powers from being tainted, doesn't refer to her by name, and [[spoiler: attacks her and Watanuki when Watanuki questions her on live TV.]]
* ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'':
** Onpu Segawa's mother, Miho, is a milder example. She does care for Onpu more than the typical Stage Mom, but she pushes her hard to be an IdolSinger like she used to be. When Onpu [[spoiler:falls into a ConvenientComa after using her power against the rules too frequently, Miho has a HeroicBSOD and [[ItsAllMyFault blames herself]] for pushing her too hard.]]
** Haruka Harukaze, Doremi's {{Tsundere}} mother and an ex-pianist, who lost her career due to a GameBreakingInjury, almost became a Stage Mom. When little Doremi showed some degree of musical talent, she tried to shape her into a good pianist, but [[HeroicBSOD Doremi panicked on stage]], and Haruka didn't insist. [[MyGreatestFailure She felt so guilty about it]] that when Doremi's little sister Poppu wanted her mom to teach her how to play, it took both her ''and'' Doremi's efforts
manages to convince her.
the mother to see the error of her ways and seek forgiveness from her daughter]].
* Subverted by Miyata's ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa'':
** Averted with Karl-Heinz Schneider's
father in ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo''. While his son Ichiro took up boxing few after Miyata-san's forceful retirement, it Rudi. He was because of Miyata's own will a former player himself and not because his dad pressured him to do it, now coaches the team, so there's speculation that he pushed Karl-Heinz into doing it himself. But Karl-Heinz genuinely loves soccer and father and son care for each other is happy being TheAce of the German team.
** The patriarch of the Konsawatto family is implied to be a Stage Dad. The three sons play soccer, but are also
very much.popular ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sepak_takraw sepak takraw]]'' players in their native Thailand, and their dad was a former player as well. [[spoiler:Mr. Konsawatto tells his kids that if the Thai team qualifies for the WYC, he'll let them switch from sepak takraw to soccer. They lose to Tsubasa and Co., but he still allows them to keep on playing soccer.]]



* Sawakita's father in ''Manga/SlamDunk'' looks like this a little, but he's actually an aversion since he does truly care for Sawakita himself.
* In ''Anime/SpeedGrapher'''s first episode, a young would-be ballerina and her stage mom visit the ballet dancer Kazuya Shirogane in his camerino so the girl can show off her dancing skills and become his pupil. Shirogane turns out to be an Euphoric, [[KickTheDog and ends up breaking the girl's arm]] while screaming [[MadnessMantra "Not flexible! Not flexible! NOT FLEXIBLE"]].

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* Sawakita's In ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', Conan, Ai and their friends step in a kidnapping case that has ''two'' of these. [[spoiler: One is the mother of a boy named Keita, who forces her son to practice endlessly on the piano. The other is the father in ''Manga/SlamDunk'' looks like this a little, but he's actually an aversion since of the kid's rival, Chiaki, who wants his daughter to win so badly that he does truly care for Sawakita himself.
* In ''Anime/SpeedGrapher'''s first episode, a young would-be ballerina
kidnapps Keita and her stage mom visit tries to kill him so that he won't interfere in Chiaki's career. The father [[WhatHaveIBecome realises how fucked up that is]] and tries to go the ballet dancer Kazuya Shirogane in his camerino so BathSuicide way; thankfully the girl can show off her dancing skills children [[InterruptedSuicide rescue him]], Keita is released, the mother [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone apologises to him]], and Keita and Chiaki become his pupil. Shirogane turns out to be an Euphoric, [[KickTheDog and ends up breaking the girl's arm]] while screaming [[MadnessMantra "Not flexible! Not flexible! NOT FLEXIBLE"]]. friends.]]



* In the hospital arc in ''Manga/CandyCandy'', the eponymous Candy has to deal with the overbearing and bitchy mother of a young piano prodigy who's been hospitalised in the clinic she works in. It turns out that [[spoiler:the massive pressure she put on the girl drove her to illness in the first place. Candy figures out what's up and manages to convince the mother to see the error of her ways and seek forgiveness from her daughter]].
* ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa'':
** Averted with Karl-Heinz Schneider's father Rudi. He was a former player himself and now coaches the team, so there's speculation that he pushed Karl-Heinz into doing it himself. But Karl-Heinz genuinely loves soccer and is happy being TheAce of the German team.
** The patriarch of the Konsawatto family is implied to be a Stage Dad. The three sons play soccer, but are also very popular ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sepak_takraw sepak takraw]]'' players in their native Thailand, and their dad was a former player as well. [[spoiler:Mr. Konsawatto tells his kids that if the Thai team qualifies for the WYC, he'll let them switch from sepak takraw to soccer. They lose to Tsubasa and Co., but he still allows them to keep on playing soccer.]]
* In ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', Conan, Ai and their friends step in a kidnapping case that has ''two'' of these. [[spoiler: One is the mother of a boy named Keita, who forces her son to practice endlessly on the piano. The other is the father of the kid's rival, Chiaki, who wants his daughter to win so badly that he kidnapps Keita and tries to kill him so that he won't interfere in Chiaki's career. The father [[WhatHaveIBecome realises how fucked up that is]] and tries to go the BathSuicide way; thankfully the children [[InterruptedSuicide rescue him]], Keita is released, the mother [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone apologises to him]], and Keita and Chiaki become friends.]]



* Kousei's mother Saki from ''Manga/YourLieInApril'' wanted him to become famous and perform in Europe, which she couldn't herself do [[IllGirl due to illness]]. She demanded him to play the piano to perfection and made him practice for hours, often beating him up for small mistakes. [[spoiler:Turns out she actually wanted him to become successful so that he could live on his own when she was gone, as her illness was a fatal one; however, her initially understandable worries became anger and despair, and things went FromBadToWorse.]]
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'' has a brotherly example with Siegfried pushing his younger brother Leon to beat Yugi at all costs, even if it means cheating. Joey lampshades this in the dub.
-->'''Siegfried:''' Now crush Yugi Muto, just like we rehearsed it a thousand times!\\
'''Joey:''' Sheesh... Who knew Siggy was such a stage mom?
* ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal'' features a child actor who's under his mother's constant control, wrecking any chance for a social life. Things then go FromBadToWorse when he ends up with a mind-warping Number card.

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* Kousei's mother Saki from ''Manga/YourLieInApril'' wanted Subverted by Miyata's father in ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo''. While his son Ichiro took up boxing few after Miyata-san's forceful retirement, it was because of Miyata's own will and not because his dad pressured him to become famous do it, and perform in Europe, which father and son care for each other very much.
* ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'':
** Onpu Segawa's mother, Miho, is a milder example. She does care for Onpu more than the typical Stage Mom, but
she couldn't herself do [[IllGirl due pushes her hard to illness]]. She demanded him be an IdolSinger like she used to play be. When Onpu [[spoiler:falls into a ConvenientComa after using her power against the piano to perfection rules too frequently, Miho has a HeroicBSOD and made him practice [[ItsAllMyFault blames herself]] for hours, often beating him up for small mistakes. [[spoiler:Turns out she actually wanted him to become successful so that he could live on his own when she was gone, as pushing her illness was a fatal one; however, her initially understandable worries became anger and despair, and things went FromBadToWorse.too hard.]]
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'' has a brotherly example with Siegfried pushing his younger brother Leon ** Haruka Harukaze, Doremi's {{Tsundere}} mother and an ex-pianist, who lost her career due to beat Yugi at all costs, even if it means cheating. Joey lampshades this in the dub.
-->'''Siegfried:''' Now crush Yugi Muto, just like we rehearsed it
a thousand times!\\
'''Joey:''' Sheesh... Who knew Siggy was such
GameBreakingInjury, almost became a stage mom?
* ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal'' features
Stage Mom. When little Doremi showed some degree of musical talent, she tried to shape her into a child actor who's under his mother's constant control, wrecking any chance for a social life. Things then go FromBadToWorse good pianist, but [[HeroicBSOD Doremi panicked on stage]], and Haruka didn't insist. [[MyGreatestFailure She felt so guilty about it]] that when he ends up with a mind-warping Number card.Doremi's little sister Poppu wanted her mom to teach her how to play, it took both her ''and'' Doremi's efforts to convince her.



* Sawakita's father in ''Manga/SlamDunk'' looks like this a little, but he's actually an aversion since he does truly care for Sawakita himself.
* In ''Anime/SpeedGrapher'''s first episode, a young would-be ballerina and her stage mom visit the ballet dancer Kazuya Shirogane in his camerino so the girl can show off her dancing skills and become his pupil. Shirogane turns out to be an Euphoric, [[KickTheDog and ends up breaking the girl's arm]] while screaming [[MadnessMantra "Not flexible! Not flexible! NOT FLEXIBLE"]].
* In ''Manga/{{xxxHOLiC}}'', Kohane Tsuyuri's mother pushes her to appear on television specials. The girl is clearly uncomfortable with this and only [[WellDoneSonGuy wants her mother's love and approval]]. The mother denies her almost any affection to keep her powers from being tainted, doesn't refer to her by name, and [[spoiler: attacks her and Watanuki when Watanuki questions her on live TV.]]
* Kousei's mother Saki from ''Manga/YourLieInApril'' wanted him to become famous and perform in Europe, which she couldn't herself do [[IllGirl due to illness]]. She demanded him to play the piano to perfection and made him practice for hours, often beating him up for small mistakes. [[spoiler:Turns out she actually wanted him to become successful so that he could live on his own when she was gone, as her illness was a fatal one; however, her initially understandable worries became anger and despair, and things went FromBadToWorse.]]
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'' has a brotherly example with Siegfried pushing his younger brother Leon to beat Yugi at all costs, even if it means cheating. Joey lampshades this in the dub.
-->'''Siegfried:''' Now crush Yugi Muto, just like we rehearsed it a thousand times!\\
'''Joey:''' Sheesh... Who knew Siggy was such a stage mom?
* ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal'' features a child actor who's under his mother's constant control, wrecking any chance for a social life. Things then go FromBadToWorse when he ends up with a mind-warping Number card.



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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Sing}}'', one of the auditionees is a kangaroo joey who was dragged along by her mother in her pouch. After they get rejected, her mother insists that she will become a star.
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[[folder:Film - Live Action]]



%%* Spanky's mother (Kitty Kelly) in ''Beginner's Luck''.
* Noni Jean's mother, Macy, in ''Film/BeyondTheLights'' is a stage mom, even smashing a second place trophy that Noni received because she thought SecondPlaceIsForLosers. Her treatment of her results in [[spoiler:[[DrivenToSuicide Noni attempting suicide]]]] and a well-deserved [[CallingTheOldManOut calling-out]].
* Erica Sayers of ''Film/BlackSwan'', the [[MyBelovedSmother smothering mother]] of the main character, who has a lot of issues.
* ''Film/TheBreakfastClub''
** Andrew's dad is a male example:
-->"Andrew! You've got to be ''number one''! I won't tolerate any losers in this family! ''Win, win, win!''"
** Brian's parents live vicariously off of his academic achievements.



* Creator/KirstieAlley's character in the black comedy ''Film/DropDeadGorgeous'' takes it to the biggest extremes, as she's determined to have her daughter Rebecca (played by Creator/DeniseRichards) win every single contest she's in by sabotaging them. [[spoiler:The kid finally ends up ''dead'' -- when her mom lights up fireworks placed under a swan float she's in.]]



* Velma Von Tussle in ''Film/{{Hairspray}}'', among other things, tries to [[spoiler: seduce Tracy's dad to get her kicked off the Miss Teenage Hairspray competition, and later tries to tamper with the votes]].
* Troy's father and basketball coach from ''Film/HighSchoolMusical'' is a less exaggerated example, but he's clearly suffering from his own high school basketball failures.
* ''Film/{{Highway 61}}'' has Mr. Watson, who is trying to bring his three daughters to stardom.
%%* Kim Cattrall's character in ''Film/IcePrincess'', in a rare semi-sympathetic example.
* Spike's dad in ''Film/LittleGiants'' is your typical "sports dad" variation; in his words, his son was "bred for football glory." As such, Spike is a merciless JerkJock, stronger and faster than any other kid his age. Spike's dad is in tears when his son's team loses at the end.



* Velma Von Tussle in ''Film/{{Hairspray}}'', among other things, tries to [[spoiler: seduce Tracy's dad to get her kicked off the Miss Teenage Hairspray competition, and later tries to tamper with the votes]].
%%* Kim Cattrall's character in ''Film/IcePrincess'', in a rare semi-sympathetic example.
* Creator/KirstieAlley's character in the black comedy ''Film/DropDeadGorgeous'' takes it to the biggest extremes, as she's determined to have her daughter Rebecca (played by Creator/DeniseRichards) win every single contest she's in by sabotaging them. [[spoiler:The kid finally ends up ''dead'' -- when her mom lights up fireworks placed under a swan float she's in.]]
* ''Film/TheBreakfastClub''
** Andrew's dad is a male example:
-->"Andrew! You've got to be ''number one''! I won't tolerate any losers in this family! ''Win, win, win!''"
** Brian's parents live vicariously off of his academic achievements.
* Troy's father and basketball coach from ''Film/HighSchoolMusical'' is a less exaggerated example, but he's clearly suffering from his own high school basketball failures.
* Erica Sayers of ''Film/BlackSwan'', the [[MyBelovedSmother smothering mother]] of the main character, who has a lot of issues.
* Spike's dad in ''Film/LittleGiants'' is your typical "sports dad" variation; in his words, his son was "bred for football glory." As such, Spike is a merciless JerkJock, stronger and faster than any other kid his age. Spike's dad is in tears when his son's team loses at the end.
%%* Spanky's mother (Kitty Kelly) in ''Beginner's Luck''.
* ''Film/{{Highway 61}}'' has Mr. Watson, who is trying to bring his three daughters to stardom.
* Noni Jean's mother, Macy, in ''Film/BeyondTheLights'' is a stage mom, even smashing a second place trophy that Noni received because she thought SecondPlaceIsForLosers. Her treatment of her results in [[spoiler:[[DrivenToSuicide Noni attempting suicide]]]] and a well-deserved [[CallingTheOldManOut calling-out]].



* Spoofed in ''{{Series/Roundhouse}}'': the main character had a bitchy rival in a talent or other competition, and in response to his "What do you have that I don't?" she brought out her stage mother (castmate David Sidoni), who proceeded to launch into an IAmSong.
* A recurring sketch on ''Series/LittleBritain'' featured a stage mom who would sabotage other kids' chances and even harm them to get her son even a minor part.

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* Spoofed ''Series/ThirtyRock'':
** Jenna Maroney's mother Verna showed no concern for her safety back when she was filming commercials at one point forcing her to stand dangerously close to a live alligator. She also used to force Jenna to sing
in ''{{Series/Roundhouse}}'': department stores, so that she could use the main character distraction to shoplift. Doing so was the one thing Jenna enjoyed about Christmas, and it led to her becoming an AttentionWhore as an adult.
** Angie Jordan shows these tendencies to Tracy Jordan, who's not her son, but her ''husband'' (and a famous ManChild). Tracy's biggest complaint was [[spoiler:her attempt to get into a CatFight with Liz Lemon, which bothered him so much that he
had to behave maturely, which he ''really'' didn't want to do]].
* The ''Series/{{Bones}}'' episode "The Girl with the Curl" features
a bitchy rival in a talent or other competition, child beauty pageant queen as the VictimOfTheWeek, and one of the prime suspects is her mother, who is universally described as a stage mom. [[spoiler:She's not the murderer, but security footage from before the murder shows that the mother was very controlling and abusive.]]
* In an episode of ''Series/CSIMiami'', a pop star's mother pushed her daughter into a pop music career because she wanted to live on her daughter's success. The girl's manager is even more exploitative, though, and deliberately drives a wedge between them. [[spoiler:The mother was ProperlyParanoid to put a GPS chip
in response her daughter, but she ruins her daughter's career by encouraging a LoonyFan to his murder her daughter's BodyDouble.]]
* All of the mothers on ''Series/DanceMoms''.
* There's a
"What do you have that I don't?" she brought out if" episode of ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' in which Gabrielle pushes her stage mother (castmate David Sidoni), who proceeded youngest daughter to launch into an IAmSong.
* A recurring sketch on ''Series/LittleBritain'' featured
become a stage mom who would sabotage child star, despite her absolutely sucking at acting. It ends up with both of them wasting their lives, and her husband and other kids' chances daughter leaving them.
* ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'' had Fran becoming one of these when Baby becomes a big star in frying pan commercials. It takes a calling out from her best friend Monica
and even harm them to get her son even husband Earl, as well as a minor part.bad dream about Baby as an adult, to make her realize that what she was doing was wrong.



* An episode of ''Series/InTheHeatOfTheNight'' showed a young woman entering a local beauty pageant. Her RichBitch mother -- who had been pushing her into these contests since she was a little girl -- was so determined that she win that she arranged for someone to drug the girl's chief rival, take nude pictures of her, then threaten to leak the photos to the press unless the girl dropped out of the pageant. The other girl was so devastated and traumatized by the entire thing that she killed herself. The bigger problem was that the two girls were friends, the victim really ''did'' want to be a model and was genuinely passionate about it, and the daughter really wanted the victim to win. The daughter is so disgusted by what happened that she dedicates her victory to her friend, whom she calls the "real winner", flings her sash and crown at her mother ("you wanted it so badly, here it is!"), and storms out of the auditorium and presumably out of her mother's life.
%%* ''Series/{{Jessica Jones|2015}}'' has Trish Walker's mother, who also qualifies as an AbusiveParent.
* Creator/TomHanks [[AdamWesting portrayed himself as a stage dad]] in a ''Series/JimmyKimmelLive'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPLWKBWkn3s sketch]] that parodied ''Series/ToddlersAndTiaras''.
* ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'' had a story arc where the MonsterOfTheWeek, with power over aging, sells his services to people. One Stage Mom hires him to turn her daughter's rival into an old woman; when the victim's mother finds out, ''she'' hires him to do the same to the first woman's daughter as revenge. The two little girls saw one another as friends, not rivals, and the sight of the two of them huddled together and crying as their mothers shouted at one another triggered a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment.
** Interestingly, one of the Stage Moms was played by an actress who showed up as a VictimOfTheWeek in ''Series/KamenRiderKiva'' a couple of years earlier; her character there was the ''victim'' of a Stage Mom who pushed her to play the violin when she didn't want to, and the title character's BlitheSpirit father convinced her to chase her own happiness, resulting in her becoming an Olympic-level archer.



* There's a "What if" episode of ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' in which Gabrielle pushes her youngest daughter to become a child star, despite her absolutely sucking at acting. It ends up with both of them wasting their lives, and her husband and other daughter leaving them.
* All of the mothers on ''Series/DanceMoms''.

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* There's A recurring sketch on ''Series/LittleBritain'' featured a "What if" episode of ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' in which Gabrielle pushes her youngest daughter to become a child star, despite her absolutely sucking at acting. It ends up with both of them wasting their lives, and her husband and stage mom who would sabotage other daughter leaving them.
kids' chances and even harm them to get her son even a minor part.
* All Averted for the most part on ''Series/MakeItOrBreakIt''. Kelly's mom, Kaylie's father, and Lauren's father fit this trope, but the other parents of the mothers on ''Series/DanceMoms''.main cast are properly supportive without being pushy.



* ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'' had a story arc where the MonsterOfTheWeek, with power over aging, sells his services to people. One Stage Mom hires him to turn her daughter's rival into an old woman; when the victim's mother finds out, ''she'' hires him to do the same to the first woman's daughter as revenge. The two little girls saw one another as friends, not rivals, and the sight of the two of them huddled together and crying as their mothers shouted at one another triggered a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment.
** Interestingly, one of the Stage Moms was played by an actress who showed up as a VictimOfTheWeek in ''Series/KamenRiderKiva'' a couple of years earlier; her character there was the ''victim'' of a Stage Mom who pushed her to play the violin when she didn't want to, and the title character's BlitheSpirit father convinced her to chase her own happiness, resulting in her becoming an Olympic-level archer.
* An episode of ''Series/InTheHeatOfTheNight'' showed a young woman entering a local beauty pageant. Her RichBitch mother -- who had been pushing her into these contests since she was a little girl -- was so determined that she win that she arranged for someone to drug the girl's chief rival, take nude pictures of her, then threaten to leak the photos to the press unless the girl dropped out of the pageant. The other girl was so devastated and traumatized by the entire thing that she killed herself. The bigger problem was that the two girls were friends, the victim really ''did'' want to be a model and was genuinely passionate about it, and the daughter really wanted the victim to win. The daughter is so disgusted by what happened that she dedicates her victory to her friend, whom she calls the "real winner", flings her sash and crown at her mother ("you wanted it so badly, here it is!"), and storms out of the auditorium and presumably out of her mother's life.
* ''{{Series/Dinosaurs}}'' had Fran becoming one of these when Baby becomes a big star in frying pan commercials. It takes a calling out from her best friend Monica and her husband Earl, as well as a bad dream about Baby as an adult, to make her realize that what she was doing was wrong.
* The sports version is invoked and lampshaded on ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'' when Dick decides Tommy should play basketball:
-->'''Tommy:''' Why?\\
'''Dick:''' Because it's important that you experience the humiliation of adolescent boys at the hands of bitter adults trying to rewrite the failures of their youth. It'll be fun!
* Averted for the most part on ''Series/MakeItOrBreakIt''. Kelly's mom, Kaylie's father, and Lauren's father fit this trope, but the other parents of the main cast are properly supportive without being pushy.
* ''Series/ThirtyRock'':
** Jenna Maroney's mother Verna showed no concern for her safety back when she was filming commercials at one point forcing her to stand dangerously close to a live alligator. She also used to force Jenna to sing in department stores, so that she could use the distraction to shoplift. Doing so was the one thing Jenna enjoyed about Christmas, and it led to her becoming an AttentionWhore as an adult.
** Angie Jordan shows these tendencies to Tracy Jordan, who's not her son, but her ''husband'' (and a famous ManChild). Tracy's biggest complaint was [[spoiler:her attempt to get into a CatFight with Liz Lemon, which bothered him so much that he had to behave maturely, which he ''really'' didn't want to do]].
* Two spectacular examples appear in the ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'' episode "Don't Stop Dancing, Girl"; they become the prime suspects after the mother of a rival dancer is murdered.



* ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' features Shelly Stoker, Joy's [[TheRival rival]] from their child beauty pageant days.[[note]]She also happens to be played by the same woman who played Mrs. Beauregard in ''Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'', [[TypeCast another character like this]].[[/note]] Ms. Stoker now has a daughter named Candi whom she's training to be a pageant winner, even though Candi wants to go to school and eventually become a doctor.
* In ''Series/{{Pitch}}'', Ginny's dad wanted a major-league pitcher in the family, and to this end put both her and her brother through TrainingFromHell. While Ginny ended up going pro at 23, her dad's abuse has left her with some issues that she has to work through.
* ''Series/{{Psych}}'' shows us that Shawn and his father have had this relationship for Shawn's entire life -- even in the present, where Shawn is ''over thirty years old''. Interestingly, it's not about sports or academics, but detective work. Given the show's irreverent comic nature, this is usually played for laughs.
* Two spectacular examples appear in the ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'' episode "Don't Stop Dancing, Girl"; they become the prime suspects after the mother of a rival dancer is murdered.
* Spoofed in ''Series/{{Roundhouse}}'': the main character had a bitchy rival in a talent or other competition, and in response to his "What do you have that I don't?" she brought out her stage mother (castmate David Sidoni), who proceeded to launch into an IAmSong.
* In an episode of ''Series/SmallWonder'', Ted and Joan pretend to be a pair of stage parents in an attempt to get Vicki removed from a cereal commercial, after they learn that the product is comprised mostly of unpronounceable additives.



* Creator/TomHanks [[AdamWesting portrayed himself as a stage dad]] in a ''Series/JimmyKimmelLive'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPLWKBWkn3s sketch]] that parodied ''Series/ToddlersAndTiaras''.

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* Creator/TomHanks [[AdamWesting portrayed himself as a stage dad]] in a ''Series/JimmyKimmelLive'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPLWKBWkn3s sketch]] The sports version is invoked and lampshaded on ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'' when Dick decides Tommy should play basketball:
-->'''Tommy:''' Why?\\
'''Dick:''' Because it's important
that parodied ''Series/ToddlersAndTiaras''.you experience the humiliation of adolescent boys at the hands of bitter adults trying to rewrite the failures of their youth. It'll be fun!



* The ''Series/{{Bones}}'' episode "The Girl with the Curl" features a child beauty pageant queen as the VictimOfTheWeek, and one of the prime suspects is her mother, who is universally described as a stage mom. [[spoiler:She's not the murderer, but security footage from before the murder shows that the mother was very controlling and abusive.]]
* ''Series/{{Psych}}'' shows us that Shawn and his father have had this relationship for Shawn's entire life -- even in the present, where Shawn is ''over thirty years old''. Interestingly, it's not about sports or academics, but detective work. Given the show's irreverent comic nature, this is usually played for laughs.
%%* ''Series/{{Jessica Jones|2015}}'' has Trish Walker's mother, who also qualifies as an AbusiveParent.
* ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' features Shelly Stoker, Joy's [[TheRival rival]] from their child beauty pageant days.[[note]]She also happens to be played by the same woman who played Mrs. Beauregard in ''Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'', [[TypeCast another character like this]].[[/note]] Ms. Stoker now has a daughter named Candi whom she's training to be a pageant winner, even though Candi wants to go to school and eventually become a doctor.
* In an episode of ''Series/SmallWonder'', Ted and Joan pretend to be a pair of stage parents in an attempt to get Vicki removed from a cereal commercial, after they learn that the product is comprised mostly of unpronounceable additives.
* In an episode of ''Series/CSIMiami'', a pop star's mother pushed her daughter into a pop music career because she wanted to live on her daughter's success. The girl's manager is even more exploitative, though, and deliberately drives a wedge between them. [[spoiler:The mother was ProperlyParanoid to put a GPS chip in her daughter, but she ruins her daughter's career by encouraging a LoonyFan to murder her daughter's BodyDouble.]]
* In ''Series/{{Pitch}}'', Ginny's dad wanted a major-league pitcher in the family, and to this end put both her and her brother through TrainingFromHell. While Ginny ended up going pro at 23, her dad's abuse has left her with some issues that she has to work through.



* ''WesternAnimation/AllHailKingJulien'' features the large Tammy and her son Todd. She has him so well trained that she essentially commands him to perform like a machine.
-->'''Tammy:''' Get back out there or I will put you up for adoption!!\\
'''Julien:''' What?\\
'''Tammy:''' Oh, it's how I motivate Todd!
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' episode "Ezekiel", Shake forces his son Ezekiel to play basketball and tennis in an attempt to make him a sports star, constantly berating him when Ezekiel shows no talent or interest in it, and tries to commit suicide to make him feel guilty. When he finds out Ezekiel is so skilled in chess that he beat the Chess Dragon, Shake shows pride in him and plans on taking him to the Olympic committee. (Shake's not very smart, and doesn't know chess isn't an Olympic sport anymore.) That's when Frylock tells him [[spoiler:not only is Ezekiel not his son, he's actually ''older'' than Shake.]]
-->''[Ezekiel] is going to be a professional basketball star because that is what ''his father'' demands of him.''
* In ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'', Linda is shown to have shades of this when Gene becomes a member of the cheerleading team at school, and Linda attempts to use this as an opportunity to live out her own dreams of being a cheerleader back in high school. It doesn't go as far as this trope usually takes it, as Gene quickly puts his foot down and confronts her that her ideas are terrible and she isn't a cheerleader now either. Unsurprisingly, Linda does not take this well.



* Helga's parents in ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' [[ParentalNeglect neglect Helga's needs]] and [[ParentalFavoritism shower her sister Olga with attention]] -- except they become stage parents, and Olga has become a neurotic FragileFlower who thinks ''Helga'' has the easier of the two, because while her parents ignore her and it sucks, it's still better than having them obsess over her every move.

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* Helga's ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''
** In the aptly named episode "Brian's A Bad Father", Brian becomes one when he meets up with his son Dylan Flannigan and discovers his television connections. He then exploits these (and Dylan's kind nature) to improve his failing writing career in the TV business. He's found out and disowned by the end of the episode, leading him to be kicked off the writing board. Brian and Dylan do reconcile by the end of the episode.
** Olivia's mother provides the current page quote, complete with SuspiciouslySpecificDenial and LampshadeHanging for good measure.
** In "The Peanut Butter Kid", Stewie lands a part in a commercial. He soon lands more commercial parts and his
parents in ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' [[ParentalNeglect neglect Helga's needs]] and [[ParentalFavoritism shower her sister Olga with attention]] -- except let it go to their heads. They buy luxury goods they become don't need and work Stewie to exhaustion. Peter even gives Stewie an energy drink that includes cocaine. Brian plays the voice of reason this time and tries to convince Peter and Lois that they are ruining Stewie's life, to no avail. He convinces Stewie that the life of a child actor is a thankless and brutal one that often leads to a bad end later in life, pointing out former child stars who either ended up in porn or died unpleasant deaths. In the end, Brian and Stewie convince Peter and Lois to stop being stage parents, and Olga has become a neurotic FragileFlower who thinks ''Helga'' has the easier of the two, because while her parents ignore her and it sucks, it's still better than by having them obsess over her every move.Stewie pretend to have a total meltdown during his next commercial shoot.



* Helga's parents in ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' [[ParentalNeglect neglect Helga's needs]] and [[ParentalFavoritism shower her sister Olga with attention]] -- except they become stage parents, and Olga has become a neurotic FragileFlower who thinks ''Helga'' has the easier of the two, because while her parents ignore her and it sucks, it's still better than having them obsess over her every move.



* The ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Dead Celebrities" has the kids take Ike[[note]]or rather, [[ItMakesSenseInContext Michael Jackson's soul inhabiting Ike's body]] for the purpose of living his dream of being a little white girl and finally moving on from his untimely death, to be more accurate[[/note]] to a child beauty pageant where all the parents are like this. When Ike wins, the other parents' reactions range from crying fits to [[DudeNotFunny physically abusing their children for not winning]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', it's revealed that Sadie's mother [[MyBelovedSmother Barb]] does this ''every single time'' Sadie expresses the slightest interest in sports or the performing arts. Played with in that Barb genuinely does love her daughter, but has a bad habit of "taking over everything" and pushing Sadie to do more than she's comfortable with, rather than letting Sadie do it her way. The worst part is that Barb genuinely didn't realize she was actually doing anything wrong until Sadie finally [[CallingTheOldManOut called her out on it]].
--> '''Barb:''' I just wanted everyone to see how talented my daughter is!\\
'''Sadie:''' ''This'' isn't your daughter!



* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''
** In the aptly named episode "Brian's A Bad Father", Brian becomes one when he meets up with his son Dylan Flannigan and discovers his television connections. He then exploits these (and Dylan's kind nature) to improve his failing writing career in the TV business. He's found out and disowned by the end of the episode, leading him to be kicked off the writing board. Brian and Dylan do reconcile by the end of the episode.
** Olivia's mother provides the current page quote, complete with SuspiciouslySpecificDenial and LampshadeHanging for good measure.
** In "The Peanut Butter Kid", Stewie lands a part in a commercial. He soon lands more commercial parts and his parents let it go to their heads. They buy luxury goods they don't need and work Stewie to exhaustion. Peter even gives Stewie an energy drink that includes cocaine. Brian plays the voice of reason this time and tries to convince Peter and Lois that they are ruining Stewie's life, to no avail. He convinces Stewie that the life of a child actor is a thankless and brutal one that often leads to a bad end later in life, pointing out former child stars who either ended up in porn or died unpleasant deaths. In the end, Brian and Stewie convince Peter and Lois to stop being stage parents by having Stewie pretend to have a total meltdown during his next commercial shoot.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'', Linda is shown to have shades of this when Gene becomes a member of the cheerleading team at school, and Linda attempts to use this as an opportunity to live out her own dreams of being a cheerleader back in high school. It doesn't go as far as this trope usually takes it, as Gene quickly puts his foot down and confronts her that her ideas are terrible and she isn't a cheerleader now either. Unsurprisingly, Linda does not take this well.
* The ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Dead Celebrities" has the kids take Ike[[note]]or rather, [[ItMakesSenseInContext Michael Jackson's soul inhabiting Ike's body]] for the purpose of living his dream of being a little white girl and finally moving on from his untimely death, to be more accurate[[/note]] to a child beauty pageant where all the parents are like this. When Ike wins, the other parents' reactions range from crying fits to [[DudeNotFunny physically abusing their children for not winning]].
* In ''{{WesternAnimation/Sing}}'', one of the auditionees is a kangaroo joey who was dragged along by her mother in her pouch. After they get rejected, her mother insists that she will become a star.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' episode "Ezekiel", Shake forces his son Ezekiel to play basketball and tennis in an attempt to make him a sports star, constantly berating him when Ezekiel shows no talent or interest in it, and tries to commit suicide to make him feel guilty. When he finds out Ezekiel is so skilled in chess that he beat the Chess Dragon, Shake shows pride in him and plans on taking him to the Olympic committee. (Shake's not very smart, and doesn't know chess isn't an Olympic sport anymore.) That's when Frylock tells him [[spoiler:not only is Ezekiel not his son, he's actually ''older'' than Shake.]]
-->''[Ezekiel] is going to be a professional basketball star because that is what ''his father'' demands of him.''
* ''WesternAnimation/AllHailKingJulien'' features the large Tammy and her son Todd. She has him so well trained that she essentially commands him to perform like a machine.
-->'''Tammy:''' Get back out there or I will put you up for adoption!!\\
'''Julien:''' What?\\
'''Tammy:''' Oh, it's how I motivate Todd!
* In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', it's revealed that Sadie's mother [[MyBelovedSmother Barb]] does this ''every single time'' Sadie expresses the slightest interest in sports or the performing arts. Played with in that Barb genuinely does love her daughter, but has a bad habit of "taking over everything" and pushing Sadie to do more than she's comfortable with, rather than letting Sadie do it her way. The worst part is that Barb genuinely didn't realize she was actually doing anything wrong until Sadie finally [[CallingTheOldManOut called her out on it]].
--> '''Barb:''' I just wanted everyone to see how talented my daughter is!\\
'''Sadie:''' ''This'' isn't your daughter!
28th Aug '17 8:56:32 PM M84
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** In "The Peanut Butter Kid", Stewie lands a part in a commercial. He soon lands more commercial parts and his parents let it go to their hands. They buy luxury goods they don't need and work Stewie to exhaustion. Peter even gives Stewie an energy drink that includes cocaine. Brian plays the voice of reason this time and tries to convince Peter and Lois that they are ruining Stewie's life, to no avail. He convinces Stewie that the life of a child actor is a thankless and brutal one that often leads to a bad end later in life, pointing out former child stars who either ended up in porn or died unpleasant deaths. In the end, Brian and Stewie convince Peter and Lois to stop being stage parents by having Stewie pretend to have a total meltdown during his next commercial shoot.

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** In "The Peanut Butter Kid", Stewie lands a part in a commercial. He soon lands more commercial parts and his parents let it go to their hands.heads. They buy luxury goods they don't need and work Stewie to exhaustion. Peter even gives Stewie an energy drink that includes cocaine. Brian plays the voice of reason this time and tries to convince Peter and Lois that they are ruining Stewie's life, to no avail. He convinces Stewie that the life of a child actor is a thankless and brutal one that often leads to a bad end later in life, pointing out former child stars who either ended up in porn or died unpleasant deaths. In the end, Brian and Stewie convince Peter and Lois to stop being stage parents by having Stewie pretend to have a total meltdown during his next commercial shoot.
28th Aug '17 8:56:01 PM M84
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** In "The Peanut Butter Kid", Stewie lands a part in a commercial. He soon lands more commercial parts and his parents let it go to their hands. They buy luxury goods they don't need and work Stewie to exhaustion. Peter even gives Stewie an energy drink that includes cocaine. Brian plays the voice of reason this time and tries to convince Peter and Lois that they are ruining Stewie's life, to no avail. He convinces Stewie that the life of a child actor is a thankless and brutal one that often leads to a bad end later in life, pointing out former child stars who either ended up in porn or died unpleasant deaths. In the end, Brian and Stewie convince Peter and Lois to stop being stage parents by having Stewie pretend to have a total meltdown during his next commercial shoot.
23rd Aug '17 2:45:21 AM PaulA
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* A minor character in ''[[Literature/ElementalMasters The Gates of Sleep]]'' is a child chess prodigy, whose father drove him into a breakdown by pushing the kid into more and more public exhibition games.

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* A minor character in ''[[Literature/ElementalMasters The Gates of Sleep]]'' ''Literature/TheGatesOfSleep'' is a child chess prodigy, whose father drove him into a breakdown by pushing the kid into more and more public exhibition games.
22nd Aug '17 5:53:08 PM nmn3r3
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* Kotoko Utsuki's mother from ''VideoGame/UltraDespairGirls'' was a stage mom, among other worse things. If nothing else, Kotoko herself is an excellent child actress now.

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* Kotoko Utsuki's mother from ''VideoGame/UltraDespairGirls'' was a stage mom, among other worse things. If she had to offer her body to the managers in order to get her daughter a role, she would do it. If she had to offer her preteen daughter's body to those same managers, she would do it. If nothing else, Kotoko herself is an excellent child actress now.
14th Aug '17 9:59:30 AM Dravencour
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* In Creator/JamesJoyce's ''Literature/{{Dubliners}}'', the short story " A Mother" reads this way today. At the time, given the limited career opportunities for women, it's more an example of an UnbuiltTrope.

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* In Creator/JamesJoyce's ''Literature/{{Dubliners}}'', the short story " A "A Mother" reads this way today. At the time, given the limited career opportunities for women, it's more an example of an UnbuiltTrope.



* In ''Virtuosity'' by Jessica Martinez, Carmen's mother Diana is a former opera singer who gets throat cancer and can no longer sing. Diana instead ends up living vicariously through Carmen, a violin prodigy. In the end, [[spoiler: Diana ends up bribing the judges in a competition (in which the prize is a priceless violin and a concert series) so that Carmen's only worthy opponent doesn't make it past the semifinals]].

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* In ''Virtuosity'' ''Literature/{{Virtuosity}}'' by Jessica Martinez, Carmen's mother Diana is a former opera singer who gets throat cancer and can no longer sing. Diana instead ends up living vicariously through Carmen, a violin prodigy. In the end, [[spoiler: Diana [[spoiler:Diana ends up bribing the judges in a competition (in which the prize is a priceless violin and a concert series) so that Carmen's only worthy opponent doesn't make it past the semifinals]].
31st Jul '17 12:49:01 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', [[spoiler: Subaki's parents wanted him to be a good retainer for the Hoshidan Royal Family, which is okay. What's not okay is them pressuring their son to be perfect in everything he did, causing him to be a BrokenAce who is seen as pretty much the perfect fighter and retainer, but is actually a StepfordSmiler who is terrified of messing up in anything.]]



* In ''VisualNovel/TrueLoveJunaiMonogatari'', [[spoiler: Ryouko's [[PromotionToParent brother and guardian]] Tadaki]] is essentially a Stage Dad who doubles as her manager. It seems to work, as she's [[spoiler:the famous IdolSinger Sonoko Takahashi.]] She explains to the protagonist that he sacrificed almost everything in life so that she could be successful, but he's also extremely demanding and [[spoiler:has staged more than one risky BatmanGambit to try to further her career.]] If the player wants the protagonist to romance this young lady, the conflict ''must'' be resolved to her favor.

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* In ''VisualNovel/TrueLoveJunaiMonogatari'', [[spoiler: Ryouko's Shimazaki's [[PromotionToParent brother and guardian]] Tadaki]] is essentially a Stage Dad who doubles as her manager. It seems to work, as she's [[spoiler:the famous IdolSinger Sonoko Takahashi.]] She explains to the protagonist that he sacrificed almost everything in life so that she could be successful, but he's also extremely demanding and [[spoiler:has staged more than one risky BatmanGambit to try to further her career.]] If the player wants the protagonist to romance this young lady, the conflict ''must'' be resolved to her favor.
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