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* In ''Literature/TheDinosaurLords'', vaillainous count Falk is one of the finest warriors of the Empire, yet has something of a masochistic relationship with his mother. He despises her, yet craves her approval; he desperately wants her to appreciate his accomplishments, yet knows it will never happen; he tries anyway.
19th Apr '16 10:28:41 PM sorako
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* Unusual example in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', Negi really wants his father's approval and in volume one even uses the exact words "well done" when talking about what he wants to hear from his father. On the other hand his father is a DisappearedDad rather than emotionally absent.

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* Unusual example in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'': Negi really wants his father's approval and in volume one even uses the exact words "well done" when talking about what he wants to hear from his father. On the other hand hand, his father is a DisappearedDad rather than emotionally absent.
19th Apr '16 10:27:45 PM sorako
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* This is a major plot point in the one-shot manga ''Vitamin''. Sawako wants her mother's praise, so she tries to finish school and get into a good career.. However she becomes bullied by her ex-friends and refuses to go to school, causing problems.


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* This is a major plot point in the one-shot manga ''Vitamin''. Sawako wants her mother's praise, so she tries to finish school and get into a good career.. However she becomes bullied by her ex-friends and refuses to go to school, causing problems.
19th Apr '16 10:25:04 PM sorako
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*** Between this and the below example, it turns out to be a case of ItRunsInTheFamily. [[spoiler:Hinata]] & Naruto's son Boruto is probably '''the epitome of this trope''' In-Universe. Having a great childhood with his family, Boruto's life turns upside down when Naruto is appointed as Hokage. Losing his hero's attention and feeling distant to him, Boruto does everything to spend time with his father, even acting out just so he could be lectured by him. On the other hand, his accomplishments are overlooked due to being the son of Naruto and this makes him feeling inadequate and insecure, even though he's a prodigy. He doesn't want to enter Chuunin Exams until it's pointed out to him that his father would be watching him. During the exams, [[spoiler: when he receives a "Well Done" from his father for passing the test, ''he is moved to tears''. This desperation to keep his father's acknowledgement drives him to cheat. And it goes without saying, [[GoneHorriblyWrong everything ends in a fiasco]].]]


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** It turns out to be a case of ItRunsInTheFamily: Naruto and [[spoiler:Hinata]]'s son Boruto is probably '''the epitome of this trope''' InUniverse. Having a great childhood with his family, Boruto's life turns upside down when Naruto is appointed as Hokage. Losing his hero's attention and feeling distant to him, Boruto does everything to spend time with his father, even acting out just so he could be lectured by him. On the other hand, his accomplishments are overlooked due to being the son of Naruto and this makes him feeling inadequate and insecure, even though he's a prodigy. He doesn't want to enter Chuunin Exams until it's pointed out to him that his father would be watching him. During the exams, [[spoiler: when he receives a "Well Done" from his father for passing the test, ''he is moved to tears''. This desperation to keep his father's acknowledgement drives him to cheat. And it goes without saying, [[GoneHorriblyWrong everything ends in a fiasco]].]]
19th Apr '16 10:22:10 PM sorako
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* ''Manga/ArataKangatari'' has a rare mother-son example, with Yorunami and his deceased mother.
* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'''s [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter Chane Laforet]] is prone to bending over backwards to please her father [[MadScientist Huey]], up to and including [[TheSpeechless giving up her voice]] just to better keep a secret for him. This is not helped by the fact that Huey, while surprised by her behavior, actively ''[[ManipulativeBastard encourages]]'' [[{{Jerkass}} this sort of thing for fun and profit]].



* The [[Anime/MazingerZ Mazinger]] trilogy treated this trope in a pretty tragic fashion:
** One of the reasons Sayaka from ''Anime/MazingerZ'' could be so prideful, impulsive, hard-headed and obsessed with showing off was to get some measure of praise and acknowledgement from her MarriedToTheJob, caring-but-emotionally-distant father. Unfortunately it did not work very well. In spite of all times she risked her life, Gennosuke Yumi rarely gave praise.
** The case of Tetsuya Tsurugi from ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' was much worse. He was an orphan with a ton of abandonment and [[InferioritySuperiorityComplex self-confidence issues]]. He constantly and ''[[BloodKnight gleefully]]'' risked his life on a daily basis by riding a HumongousMecha to fight [[AbusivePrecursors ancient]], [[{{Robeast}} giant monsters]] from BeneathTheEarth so his adoptive father approved of him. Kenzo ''actually'' was proud of him, but he hardly thought of ''telling'' Tetsuya that, being more concerned with disciplining him when Tetsuya did or said something stupid (and since Tetsuya was a JerkassWoobie and an IdiotHero, it happened frequently). Because of this, Tetsuya was always frightened to ''death'' of losing his father if he was not good enough, and he suffered a breakdown at the end of the series when he thought it might happen.
** Subverted in ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer''. Minister Zuril, one of the CoDragons, had a son obsessed with proving his worth to his father, even jeopardizing his life. However, Zuril was proud of him and tried to make him aware of that fact and he did not want him risking his life. Unfortunately, his son did not listen. He kept being obsessed with earning his father's approval, and finally he [[spoiler:committed a HeroicSacrifice to save his father's life.]] Zuril became very cold and fatalistic because of it.
* Unusual example in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', Negi really wants his father's approval and in volume one even uses the exact words "well done" when talking about what he wants to hear from his father. On the other hand his father is a DisappearedDad rather than emotionally absent.
* After spending 70+ chapters of trying to find a goal that wasn't already done or easily obtainable, Touta Konoe of ''Manga/UQHolder'' finally settled on making his adoptive mother acknowledge him. There's also a hint of an OedipusComplex.
* In ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', Shinji Ikari is desperate for any kind of approval from his father Gendō who seems not noticing or not caring. Finally, in the movie ''End of Evangelion'' it is revealed that [[spoiler:Gendō actually cared about Shinji -- but he was ''as afraid of his own son as Shinji was of him''. His last words before his head gets chomped are "sorry [for all that crap I put you through], Shinji."]])
** Gendo does praise Shinji once -- ''just once'' -- over the phone. "Good work, Shinji." That one tidbit of approval is still ringing in Shinji's ears episodes later.
** Asuka is a GenderFlip of the trope. As a young child, she desperately sought her mother's approval of her being selected as an Eva pilot. [[spoiler:The problem is that by that time, her mother was too insane to even recognize Asuka as her daughter, much less give her praise. This is because much of her personality was transferred to EVA-02, where her will only really gets to manifest itself through HumongousMecha action; Asuka catches on, but only near the bitter, bitter end, where otherwise [[MindRape nothing]] [[DudeShesLikeInAComa good]] [[ChunkySalsaRule is happening]] to her...]]
** This trope is still obviously present in ''[[Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion Rebuild]]'', although Gendo and Shinji are shown to actually try to reconnect. They've made only a bit of progress (with Shinji being stunned by the first bit of praise he's ever received from his father), but it's Eva, so even this much is significant.

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* The [[Anime/MazingerZ Mazinger]] trilogy treated this trope in As a pretty tragic fashion:
** One
kid, Guts of the reasons Sayaka from ''Anime/MazingerZ'' could be so prideful, impulsive, hard-headed and obsessed with showing off was ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' wanted more than anything to get some measure of praise and acknowledgement from her MarriedToTheJob, caring-but-emotionally-distant father. Unfortunately it did not work very well. In spite of all times she risked her life, Gennosuke Yumi rarely gave praise.
** The case of Tetsuya Tsurugi from ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' was much worse. He was an orphan with a ton of abandonment and [[InferioritySuperiorityComplex self-confidence issues]]. He constantly and ''[[BloodKnight gleefully]]'' risked his life on a daily basis by riding a HumongousMecha to fight [[AbusivePrecursors ancient]], [[{{Robeast}} giant monsters]] from BeneathTheEarth so
please his adoptive father approved Gambino, the leader of a mercenary band that took him in. Unfortunately, as this is the ''[[CrapsackWorld Berserk]]'' [[CrapsackWorld universe]], things turn out badly for him. Kenzo ''actually'' was proud of him, but he hardly thought of ''telling'' Tetsuya that, being more concerned with disciplining him when Tetsuya did or said something stupid (and since Tetsuya VERY badly. [[spoiler:Turns out that Gambino was a JerkassWoobie complete asshole who blamed Guts for the death of his lover Shisu from the plague, and an IdiotHero, it happened frequently). Because of this, Tetsuya was always frightened who went as far as to ''death'' of losing his father if he was not good enough, and he suffered a breakdown at the end of the series when he thought it might happen.
** Subverted in ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer''. Minister Zuril,
''have him raped by one of the CoDragons, had a son obsessed with proving his worth to his father, even jeopardizing his life. However, Zuril was proud of him and tried to make him aware of that fact men'' because he considered Guts "disgusting" and he did not want him risking his life. Unfortunately, his son did not listen. He kept being obsessed with earning his father's approval, and finally he [[spoiler:committed a HeroicSacrifice to save his father's life.]] Zuril became very cold and fatalistic because of it.
* Unusual example in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', Negi really wants his father's approval and in volume one even uses the exact words "well done" when talking about what he wants to hear from his father. On the other hand his father is a DisappearedDad rather than emotionally absent.
* After spending 70+ chapters of trying to find a goal
feel that wasn't already done or easily obtainable, Touta Konoe of ''Manga/UQHolder'' finally settled on making his adoptive mother acknowledge him. There's also a hint of an OedipusComplex.
* In ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', Shinji Ikari is desperate for any kind of approval from his father Gendō who seems not noticing or not caring. Finally, in the movie ''End of Evangelion'' it is revealed that [[spoiler:Gendō actually cared about Shinji -- but
he was ''as afraid of his own son as Shinji was of him''. His last words before his head gets chomped are "sorry [for all that crap I put you through], Shinji."]])
** Gendo does praise Shinji once -- ''just once'' -- over the phone. "Good work, Shinji.
could be "raised to be loyal like a dog." That one tidbit of approval is still ringing It all comes to a head when Gambino, having lost a leg in Shinji's ears episodes later.
** Asuka is a GenderFlip of the trope. As a young child, she desperately sought her mother's approval of her being selected as an Eva pilot. [[spoiler:The problem is
battle (the same battle that by that time, her mother was too insane to even recognize Asuka as her daughter, much less give her praise. This is because much of her personality was transferred to EVA-02, where her will only really saw Guts taking violent revenge upon his rapist), gets drunk and heads into Guts's tent in order to manifest itself through HumongousMecha action; Asuka catches on, but only near the bitter, bitter end, where otherwise [[MindRape nothing]] [[DudeShesLikeInAComa good]] [[ChunkySalsaRule is happening]] murder him, and Guts has to her...kill him in self-defense.]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** This trope is They're estranged because Ryuuken [[RefusalOfTheCall rejects]] his family's Quincy heritage, but [[AloofAlly Uryuu]] still obviously present in ''[[Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion Rebuild]]'', although Gendo desires his [[HeroicNeutral father's]] approval. As a child, Uryuu once promised his [[TheObiWan grandfather]] that he would become very strong to prove the worth of the Quincies to Ryuuken. It's heavily implied that Uryuu has misunderstood his father's behaviour and Shinji that Ryuuken's encouraging this misunderstanding to [[MysteriousPast hide the truth]].
** Rukia always seeks approval from her adopted brother, [[AloofBigBrother Byakuya]]. He spent decades brushing her off by saying not to bother him with 'trivial' matters, resulting in her thinking he hated her. It turns out he was [[PillarsOfMoralCharacter conflicted by two clashing vows]] that prevented him from getting too close to her. Once Ichigo kicks some sense into his head, he becomes [[KnightTemplarBigBrother much less obscure]] about his feelings for Rukia. In the final arc, he finally [[SoProudOfYou acknowledges her strength]], almost reducing her to tears.
* ''Manga/ConfidentialConfessions'' has this in Volume 3. Kyoko's father graduated from Tokyo University, so naturally she's expected to match up not just by him, but everyone. This, combined with her own [[HollywoodPudgy weight issues]]
are shown what drive her to actually try drugs. [[spoiler:In an unusual variation, it's not Kyoko, but her ''father'' who realizes (after some soul searching) that he screwed up and drove her to reconnect. They've made only a bit of progress (with Shinji being stunned by the drugs in the first bit of praise he's ever received from place.]]
* A fairly bizarre example occurs in ''Manga/TheDayOfRevolution'' when an intersexed schoolboy opts for gender reassignment surgery largely because he hopes becoming a girl will mend
his father), but broken relationship with his cold and distant father (fortunately it's Eva, so not his only reason.)
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'':
** Future Trunks kind of got to have it both ways. Despite being repulsed by his father Vegeta's evil behavior, he still wanted his approval and often [[ShrinkingViolet behaved deferentially]]. Vegeta, being [[{{Jerkass}} Vegeta]], considered this a weakness and mocked him for it. He was surprised (and more than a little pissed off) when Trunks actually followed through on his threat to attack him if necessary to prevent Cell's transformation,
even though that meant giving up all hope of winning his approval. When Trunks later ''died'' at Cell's hands, Vegeta found himself experiencing guilt for probably the first time ever, and [[PapaWolf went APESHIT on the murderer]]. Realizing that, after Trunks was revived and returned to his own timeline, Vegeta gave a small but powerful farewell salute.
** Present Trunks also has
this much is significant.towards his father, but Vegeta seems to have learned a small lesson, and shows pride in his son from time to time. This generally takes the form of 'land a punch on my face and we'll go to the park for an hour'.



* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' is rife with this. A few examples:
** As a child, Sasuke constantly pushed himself to be the best in his class and get his father Fugaku's attention until, you know, his brother killed his entire family. His relationship with said brother is also like this -- even after Itachi was believed to have slaughtered the entire clan.
** Hinata Hyuuga, resident ShrinkingViolet and {{Unfavorite}} of her clan, also desperately seeks approval from her father. She gets her "Well Done, Daughter!" at the end of Part I and seems to be held highly by the Hyuuga Clan in Part II.
*** Between this and the below example, it turns out to be a case of ItRunsInTheFamily. [[spoiler:Hinata]] & Naruto's son Boruto is probably '''the epitome of this trope''' In-Universe. Having a great childhood with his family, Boruto's life turns upside down when Naruto is appointed as Hokage. Losing his hero's attention and feeling distant to him, Boruto does everything to spend time with his father, even acting out just so he could be lectured by him. On the other hand, his accomplishments are overlooked due to being the son of Naruto and this makes him feeling inadequate and insecure, even though he's a prodigy. He doesn't want to enter Chuunin Exams until it's pointed out to him that his father would be watching him. During the exams, [[spoiler: when he receives a "Well Done" from his father for passing the test, ''he is moved to tears''. This desperation to keep his father's acknowledgement drives him to cheat. And it goes without saying, [[GoneHorriblyWrong everything ends in a fiasco]].]]
** And for the last few: Naruto constantly seeks Sasuke's approval. Rock Lee seeks the approval of Might Guy, who seeks the approval of Kakashi, who seeks the approval of [[spoiler:his dead friend Obito]]. Young Gaara started out seeking the approval of anyone who would give it to him, [[spoiler:but nobody did]]. During the Chunin Exam arc, it seems like at least half of the characters are trying to get some teacher or rival to acknowledge their worth, and the rest are trying to get their ''crushes'' to acknowledge their worth.
** Naruto gets his "Well Done, Son!" moment from echoes of his parents in the chakra they left behind. To their credit, they both had [[PosthumousCharacter a perfectly legitimate reason]] for not giving their approval sooner...

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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' A female example is rife found in ''Anime/ElfenLied'' with this. A few examples:
** As a child, Sasuke
Nana who sees Professor Kurama as her father, whom she calls "Papa," because she needed something to keep her from going insane during the torturous experimentation, believing that she is making him proud. Kurama, in turn, sees her as his own daughter and cares very much for her.
* Gender-flipped in ''Manga/FushigiYuugi''. In the manga (the anime only hints at it), [[TheFool Miaka Yuuki]] was portrayed as seeking her EducationMama's approval
constantly pushed himself before she was spirited to be the best in his class and get his father Fugaku's attention until, you know, his brother killed his entire family. His relationship with said brother is also like this -- even after Itachi was believed to have slaughtered the entire clan.
** Hinata Hyuuga, resident ShrinkingViolet and {{Unfavorite}}
Four God's Universe. [[spoiler:The manga explained such a conduct as a side-effect of her clan, also desperately seeks approval from parents' divorce: child Miaka saw her father. She gets her "Well Done, Daughter!" at the end of Part I and seems to be held highly by the Hyuuga Clan in Part II.
*** Between this and the below example, it turns out to be a case of ItRunsInTheFamily. [[spoiler:Hinata]] & Naruto's son Boruto is probably '''the epitome of this trope''' In-Universe. Having a great childhood with his family, Boruto's life turns upside down when Naruto is appointed as Hokage. Losing his hero's attention and feeling distant to him, Boruto does everything to spend time with his father, even acting out just so he could be lectured by him. On the other hand, his accomplishments are overlooked due to being the son of Naruto and this makes him feeling inadequate and insecure, even though he's a prodigy. He doesn't want to enter Chuunin Exams until it's pointed out to him that his father would be watching him. During the exams, [[spoiler: when he receives a "Well Done" from his father for passing the test, ''he is moved to tears''. This desperation to keep his father's acknowledgement drives him to cheat. And it goes without saying, [[GoneHorriblyWrong everything ends in a fiasco]].]]
** And for the last few: Naruto constantly seeks Sasuke's approval. Rock Lee seeks the approval of Might Guy, who seeks the approval of Kakashi, who seeks the approval of [[spoiler:his dead friend Obito]]. Young Gaara started out seeking the approval of anyone who would give it to him, [[spoiler:but nobody did]]. During the Chunin Exam arc, it seems like at least half of the characters are trying to get some teacher or rival to acknowledge their worth, and the rest are trying to get their ''crushes'' to acknowledge their worth.
** Naruto gets his "Well Done, Son!" moment from echoes of his parents in the chakra they
mother crying often after Mr. Yuuki left behind. To their credit, they both had [[PosthumousCharacter a perfectly legitimate reason]] for and vowed to not giving their approval sooner...make her cry.]]



* A female example is found in [[BrokenBird Layla Hamilton]] from ''Anime/KaleidoStar'', who after [[MissingMom losing her mother]], swore to not ever disappoint and make her father sad. [[spoiler: She couldn't keep her promise when she chose the Stage over a filming career, but did reconcile with Dad later]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** They're estranged because Ryuuken [[RefusalOfTheCall rejects]] his family's Quincy heritage, but [[AloofAlly Uryuu]] still desires his [[HeroicNeutral father's]] approval. As a child, Uryuu once promised his [[TheObiWan grandfather]] that he would become very strong to prove the worth of the Quincies to Ryuuken. It's heavily implied that Uryuu has misunderstood his father's behaviour and that Ryuuken's encouraging this misunderstanding to [[MysteriousPast hide the truth]].
** Rukia always seeks approval from her adopted brother, [[AloofBigBrother Byakuya]]. He spent decades brushing her off by saying not to bother him with 'trivial' matters, resulting in her thinking he hated her. It turns out he was [[PillarsOfMoralCharacter conflicted by two clashing vows]] that prevented him from getting too close to her. Once Ichigo kicks some sense into his head, he becomes [[KnightTemplarBigBrother much less obscure]] about his feelings for Rukia. In the final arc, he finally [[SoProudOfYou acknowledges her strength]], almost reducing her to tears.
* Gender-flipped in ''Manga/FushigiYuugi''. In the manga (the anime only hints at it), [[TheFool Miaka Yuuki]] was portrayed as seeking her EducationMama's approval constantly before she was spirited to the Four God's Universe. [[spoiler:The manga explained such a conduct as a side-effect of her parents' divorce: child Miaka saw her mother crying often after Mr. Yuuki left and vowed to not make her cry.]]

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* ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'':
** Maho's motivation for following the Nishizumi style of tankery seems to be to please her and Miho's mother. [[spoiler:It's [[SubvertedTrope actually]] so that her sister won't feel pressured to serve as heiress, and so that Miho can live her life her own way]]. Miho, on the other hand, shows no desire to live up to her mother's standards, and even states in a WorldOfCardboardSpeech near the end of the ''Little Army'' manga that her reasons for doing tankery are not "for the sake of (her) home)".
** Mako Reizei is implied to not only be afraid of angering her grandmother, but also genuinely wanting her approval, possibly motivated by her guilt over [[NeverGotToSayGoodbye her mom dying after their last conversation was an argument]]. Her character song makes reference to this ("I don't want to disappoint that person I love").
* Arslan in ''Anime/TheHeroicLegendOfArslan'' works hard to try to please his parents who both act rather coldly towards him.
* ''Manga/InuYasha'': Inuyasha never knew his father but he desires [[AloofBigBrother Sesshoumaru's]] approval. However, Sesshoumaru feels like TheUnfavourite so [[SiblingRivalry bullies]] Inuyasha. Fortunately, their father left a [[SecretTestOfCharacter legacy]] that taught his sons to make peace with his memory and so make peace with each other.
* A female example is found in [[BrokenBird Layla Hamilton]] from ''Anime/KaleidoStar'', who after [[MissingMom losing her mother]], swore to not ever disappoint and make her father sad. [[spoiler: She couldn't keep her promise when she chose the Stage over a filming career, but did reconcile with Dad later]]
later.]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** They're estranged because Ryuuken [[RefusalOfTheCall rejects]]
The main character from ''Manga/KimbaTheWhiteLion'' has this relationship towards his family's Quincy heritage, father who was killed before he was born.
* What [[spoiler: Sophie Montgomery]] from ''Manga/{{Lady}}'' actually wants from her mother Jeanne; as she is ''very'' desperate for her mom's love and approval,
but [[AloofAlly Uryuu]] still desires his [[HeroicNeutral father's]] unfortunately, [[spoiler: Jeanne is using her as a pawn as a way to getting inheritance to the Montgomery family fortune and she threatens to send Sophie back to France if she fails to do so.]]
* In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', Fate is desperately seeking her AbusiveMom's
approval. As a child, Uryuu once promised his [[TheObiWan grandfather]] that he would become very strong to prove the worth of the Quincies to Ryuuken. It's heavily implied that Uryuu has misunderstood She never does get it, but she overcomes her insecurities after being [[DefeatMeansFriendship befriended]] by Nanoha and HappilyAdopted by Lindy.
* Unusual example in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', Negi really wants
his father's behaviour and that Ryuuken's encouraging this misunderstanding to [[MysteriousPast hide the truth]].
** Rukia always seeks
approval and in volume one even uses the exact words "well done" when talking about what he wants to hear from his father. On the other hand his father is a DisappearedDad rather than emotionally absent.
* The [[Anime/MazingerZ Mazinger]] trilogy treated this trope in a pretty tragic fashion:
** One of the reasons Sayaka from ''Anime/MazingerZ'' could be so prideful, impulsive, hard-headed and obsessed with showing off was to get some measure of praise and acknowledgement
from her adopted brother, [[AloofBigBrother Byakuya]]. He spent decades brushing MarriedToTheJob, caring-but-emotionally-distant father. Unfortunately it did not work very well. In spite of all times she risked her off by saying not to bother him life, Gennosuke Yumi rarely gave praise.
** The case of Tetsuya Tsurugi from ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' was much worse. He was an orphan
with 'trivial' matters, resulting in her thinking he hated her. It turns out he was [[PillarsOfMoralCharacter conflicted by two clashing vows]] that prevented him from getting too close to her. Once Ichigo kicks some sense into his head, he becomes [[KnightTemplarBigBrother much less obscure]] about his feelings for Rukia. In the final arc, he finally [[SoProudOfYou acknowledges her strength]], almost reducing her to tears.
* Gender-flipped in ''Manga/FushigiYuugi''. In the manga (the anime only hints at it), [[TheFool Miaka Yuuki]] was portrayed as seeking her EducationMama's approval
a ton of abandonment and [[InferioritySuperiorityComplex self-confidence issues]]. He constantly before she and ''[[BloodKnight gleefully]]'' risked his life on a daily basis by riding a HumongousMecha to fight [[AbusivePrecursors ancient]], [[{{Robeast}} giant monsters]] from BeneathTheEarth so his adoptive father approved of him. Kenzo ''actually'' was spirited proud of him, but he hardly thought of ''telling'' Tetsuya that, being more concerned with disciplining him when Tetsuya did or said something stupid (and since Tetsuya was a JerkassWoobie and an IdiotHero, it happened frequently). Because of this, Tetsuya was always frightened to ''death'' of losing his father if he was not good enough, and he suffered a breakdown at the Four God's Universe. [[spoiler:The manga explained such end of the series when he thought it might happen.
** Subverted in ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer''. Minister Zuril, one of the CoDragons, had
a conduct son obsessed with proving his worth to his father, even jeopardizing his life. However, Zuril was proud of him and tried to make him aware of that fact and he did not want him risking his life. Unfortunately, his son did not listen. He kept being obsessed with earning his father's approval, and finally he [[spoiler:committed a HeroicSacrifice to save his father's life.]] Zuril became very cold and fatalistic because of it.
* Subverted in ''Manga/MensLove''. Everyone who knows just who [[HeroicBastard Daigo's]] father is assumes this is why Daigo works so hard. Actually, he just wants to take care of his mom and doesn't even view his dad
as a side-effect of her parents' divorce: child Miaka saw her mother crying often after Mr. Yuuki left and vowed to not make her cry.]]parent, just a difficult employer.



* Future Trunks from ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' kind of got to have it both ways. Despite being repulsed by his father Vegeta's evil behavior, he still wanted his approval and often [[ShrinkingViolet behaved deferentially]]. Vegeta, being [[{{Jerkass}} Vegeta]], considered this a weakness and mocked him for it. He was surprised (and more than a little pissed off) when Trunks actually followed through on his threat to attack him if necessary to prevent Cell's transformation, even though that meant giving up all hope of winning his approval. When Trunks later ''died'' at Cell's hands, Vegeta found himself experiencing guilt for probably the first time ever, and [[PapaWolf went APESHIT on the murderer]]. Realizing that, after Trunks was revived and returned to his own timeline, Vegeta gave a small but powerful farewell salute.
** Present Trunks also has this towards his father, but Vegeta seems to have learned a small lesson, and shows pride in his son from time to time. This generally takes the form of 'land a punch on my face and we'll go to the park for an hour'.
* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'''s [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter Chane Laforet]] is prone to bending over backwards to please her father [[MadScientist Huey]], up to and including [[TheSpeechless giving up her voice]] just to better keep a secret for him. This is not helped by the fact that Huey, while surprised by her behavior, actively ''[[ManipulativeBastard encourages]]'' [[{{Jerkass}} this sort of thing for fun and profit]].

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* Future Trunks from ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' kind of got ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' is rife with this. A few examples:
** As a child, Sasuke constantly pushed himself
to have it both ways. Despite being repulsed by be the best in his class and get his father Vegeta's evil behavior, he still wanted Fugaku's attention until, you know, his brother killed his entire family. His relationship with said brother is also like this -- even after Itachi was believed to have slaughtered the entire clan.
** Hinata Hyuuga, resident ShrinkingViolet and {{Unfavorite}} of her clan, also desperately seeks
approval from her father. She gets her "Well Done, Daughter!" at the end of Part I and often [[ShrinkingViolet behaved deferentially]]. Vegeta, seems to be held highly by the Hyuuga Clan in Part II.
*** Between this and the below example, it turns out to be a case of ItRunsInTheFamily. [[spoiler:Hinata]] & Naruto's son Boruto is probably '''the epitome of this trope''' In-Universe. Having a great childhood with his family, Boruto's life turns upside down when Naruto is appointed as Hokage. Losing his hero's attention and feeling distant to him, Boruto does everything to spend time with his father, even acting out just so he could be lectured by him. On the other hand, his accomplishments are overlooked due to
being [[{{Jerkass}} Vegeta]], considered the son of Naruto and this a weakness makes him feeling inadequate and mocked him for it. He was surprised (and more than a little pissed off) when Trunks actually followed through on his threat to attack him if necessary to prevent Cell's transformation, insecure, even though he's a prodigy. He doesn't want to enter Chuunin Exams until it's pointed out to him that meant giving up all hope of winning his father would be watching him. During the exams, [[spoiler: when he receives a "Well Done" from his father for passing the test, ''he is moved to tears''. This desperation to keep his father's acknowledgement drives him to cheat. And it goes without saying, [[GoneHorriblyWrong everything ends in a fiasco]].]]
** And for the last few: Naruto constantly seeks Sasuke's
approval. When Trunks later ''died'' Rock Lee seeks the approval of Might Guy, who seeks the approval of Kakashi, who seeks the approval of [[spoiler:his dead friend Obito]]. Young Gaara started out seeking the approval of anyone who would give it to him, [[spoiler:but nobody did]]. During the Chunin Exam arc, it seems like at Cell's hands, Vegeta found himself experiencing guilt least half of the characters are trying to get some teacher or rival to acknowledge their worth, and the rest are trying to get their ''crushes'' to acknowledge their worth.
** Naruto gets his "Well Done, Son!" moment from echoes of his parents in the chakra they left behind. To their credit, they both had [[PosthumousCharacter a perfectly legitimate reason]]
for probably not giving their approval sooner...
* In ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', Shinji Ikari is desperate for any kind of approval from his father Gendō who seems not noticing or not caring. Finally, in the movie ''End of Evangelion'' it is revealed that [[spoiler:Gendō actually cared about Shinji -- but he was ''as afraid of his own son as Shinji was of him''. His last words before his head gets chomped are "sorry [for all that crap I put you through], Shinji."]])
** Gendo does praise Shinji once -- ''just once'' -- over the phone. "Good work, Shinji." That one tidbit of approval is still ringing in Shinji's ears episodes later.
** Asuka is a GenderFlip of the trope. As a young child, she desperately sought her mother's approval of her being selected as an Eva pilot. [[spoiler:The problem is that by that time, her mother was too insane to even recognize Asuka as her daughter, much less give her praise. This is because much of her personality was transferred to EVA-02, where her will only really gets to manifest itself through HumongousMecha action; Asuka catches on, but only near the bitter, bitter end, where otherwise [[MindRape nothing]] [[DudeShesLikeInAComa good]] [[ChunkySalsaRule is happening]] to her...]]
** This trope is still obviously present in ''[[Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion Rebuild]]'', although Gendo and Shinji are shown to actually try to reconnect. They've made only a bit of progress (with Shinji being stunned by
the first time ever, and [[PapaWolf went APESHIT on the murderer]]. Realizing that, after Trunks was revived and returned to bit of praise he's ever received from his own timeline, Vegeta gave a small father), but powerful farewell salute.
** Present Trunks also has
it's Eva, so even this towards his father, much is significant.
* ''Franchise/OnePiece'': A younger Luffy wanted to be friends with Ace, the older kid living with him, [[spoiler: and Ace's friend Sabo,]] who found him to be a weak, annoying crybaby, and lead him into tons of deadly situations to escape him,
but Vegeta seems to have learned a small lesson, and he kept coming back. Eventually, Luffy shows pride in his son from time to time. This generally takes the form of 'land a punch on my face how tough he really is, and we'll go to the park for an hour'.
* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'''s [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter Chane Laforet]] is prone to bending over backwards to please her father [[MadScientist Huey]], up to and including [[TheSpeechless giving up her voice]] just to better keep a secret for him. This is not helped by the fact that Huey, while surprised by her behavior, actively ''[[ManipulativeBastard encourages]]'' [[{{Jerkass}} this sort of thing for fun and profit]].
they become brothers.



* Chibi-Usa and Usagi's relationship in ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' does not ''seem'' to be like this, as they treat each other [[VitriolicBestBuds like squabbling siblings]] most of the time. However, [[KidFromThefuture Chibi-Usa]] and Usagi's ''[[SheisAllGrownUp future self]]'' Neo Queen Serenity fit in to a T: Chibi-Usa's relationship with her dad King Endymion (future!Mamoru) is very much DaddysGirl-like, but she half-loves Serenity like the good mom she is and half-idolizes her to the point of [[HeroicSelfDeprecation inferiority complex]]. It doesn't help that Serenity is quite OlderAndWiser compared to the Usagi we know as Sailor Moon. (Though sometimes NotSoAboveItAll.)
* In ''LightNovel/SaiunkokuMonogatari'', Li Kouyuu, who is actually very accomplished for a young man, desperately wants to be helpful to his foster father Kou Reishin. Unfortunately, Reishin, though an OverprotectiveDad in his own right, is something of a JerkAss {{Tsundere}}.
* ''{{Manga/Saki}}'':
** Nodoka's father [[FantasyForbiddingFather seems to disapprove of her playing mahjong]], saying that it's nothing more than a game of luck and that the friends she makes are of no use in a "hick town" like the one she lives in. She seems to want him to approve of her playing mahjong, at least to the extent that he will allow her to continue attending school at Kiyosumi.
** Nodoka herself has Maho Yumeno, a kouhai who is striving to get Nodoka's approval, and while she tries to emulate Nodoka, Saki and Yuuki's play styles, she often makes many basic mistakes. As such, Nodoka does end up having to scold Maho, upsetting her, although she acknowledges Maho's efforts.
* ''Manga/ShokugekiNoSoma'': Jouichiro is this to Erina. He was the one who taught her to love food and cooking, and was the chef she strove to impress. Funnily enough, Jouichiro's relationship with his son Soma is somewhat vitriolic (mainly due to Jouichiro's immaturity and Soma's extreme competitiveness) but loving, supportive and significantly less dysfunctional than most shonen manga father-son relationships.



* As a kid, Guts of ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' wanted more than anything to please his adoptive father Gambino, the leader of a mercenary band that took him in. Unfortunately, as this is the ''[[CrapsackWorld Berserk]]'' [[CrapsackWorld universe]], things turn out badly for him. VERY badly. [[spoiler:Turns out that Gambino was a complete asshole who blamed Guts for the death of his lover Shisu from the plague, and who went as far as to ''have him raped by one of his men'' because he considered Guts "disgusting" and he did not feel that he could be "raised to be loyal like a dog." It all comes to a head when Gambino, having lost a leg in battle (the same battle that saw Guts taking violent revenge upon his rapist), gets drunk and heads into Guts's tent in order to murder him, and Guts has to kill him in self-defense.]]
* A fairly bizarre example occurs in ''Manga/TheDayOfRevolution'' when an intersexed schoolboy opts for gender reassignment surgery largely because he hopes becoming a girl will mend his broken relationship with his cold and distant father (fortunately it's not his only reason.)
* ''Manga/ArataKangatari'' has a rare mother-son example, with Yorunami and his deceased mother.



** Inverted example with Spirit and Maka. Spirit wants his daughter to think he's cool. She has [[AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents numerous]] [[LovableSexManiac reasons]] to disagree.

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** Inverted * Inversion: In ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', the only person who [[HumbleHero Kotetsu]] really cares about winning the respect and approval of is his daughter, Kaede. Later on, Barnaby starts feeling this way in respects to Kotetsu.
-->'''Barnaby:''' I just aspire to be someone worthy of his trust.
* In ''Manga/{{Tsukigasa}}'', Kuroe starts crying when his dad unexpectedly forgives him for running away.
* This is a major plot point in the one-shot manga ''Vitamin''. Sawako wants her mother's praise, so she tries to finish school and get into a good career.. However she becomes bullied by her ex-friends and refuses to go to school, causing problems.
* In ''Manga/UmiNoMisaki'', Shizuku puts her all into being a proper cape maiden to try to get her ''mom'' - a previous cape maiden - to approve of her.
* After spending 70+ chapters of trying to find a goal that wasn't already done or easily obtainable, Touta Konoe of ''Manga/UQHolder'' finally settled on making his adoptive mother acknowledge him. There's also a hint of an OedipusComplex.
* Few
example from ''Manga/YourLieInApril'':
** Even despite the abuse he got from her, Kousei's motivation for doing well at piano competitions as a child was to please his mother and make her feel better. [[spoiler: Then he snaps after being publicly beaten and says that after doing so much to try and make her happy despite not playing
with Spirit his friends, practicing, and Maka. Spirit wants getting beaten up by her, he just wishes that she'd die already.]]
** In a way, Takeshi and Emi to Kousei. Takeshi and Emi have been in the same competitions with Kousei since they were children, and Emi even became a pianist after being emotionally moved by Kousei's performance, but they could never beat him and he never paid them any mind (justified however, because he was busy being abused by
his daughter StageMom). After Kousei left, they spent two years perfecting and becoming amazing pianists with Takeshi getting ready to think he's cool. She has [[AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents numerous]] [[LovableSexManiac reasons]] go overseas and when they find out that Kousei is returning, they're excited and sign up for the same competition that they've gone through year after year, just to disagree.show Kousei how much better they've gotten and how they believe they can stand side-by-side with him. And when Kousei praises Takeshi on his performance, he is incredibly happy.



* The main character from ''Manga/KimbaTheWhiteLion'' has this relationship towards his father who was killed before he was born.
* A female example is found in ''Anime/ElfenLied'' with Nana who sees Professor Kurama as her father, whom she calls "Papa," because she needed something to keep her from going insane during the torturous experimentation, believing that she is making him proud. Kurama, in turn, sees her as his own daughter and cares very much for her.
* Subverted in ''Manga/MensLove''. Everyone who knows just who [[HeroicBastard Daigo's]] father is assumes this is why Daigo works so hard. Actually, he just wants to take care of his mom and doesn't even view his dad as a parent, just a difficult employer.
* Chibi-Usa and Usagi's relationship in ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' does not ''seem'' to be like this, as they treat each other [[VitriolicBestBuds like squabbling siblings]] most of the time. However, [[KidFromThefuture Chibi-Usa]] and Usagi's ''[[SheisAllGrownUp future self]]'' Neo Queen Serenity fit in to a T: Chibi-Usa's relationship with her dad King Endymion (future!Mamoru) is very much DaddysGirl-like, but she half-loves Serenity like the good mom she is and half-idolizes her to the point of [[HeroicSelfDeprecation inferiority complex]]. It doesn't help that Serenity is quite OlderAndWiser compared to the Usagi we know as Sailor Moon. (Though sometimes NotSoAboveItAll.)
* In ''Manga/{{Tsukigasa}}'', Kuroe starts crying when his dad unexpectedly forgives him for running away.
* Inversion: In ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', the only person who [[HumbleHero Kotetsu]] really cares about winning the respect and approval of is his daughter, Kaede. Later on, Barnaby starts feeling this way in respects to Kotetsu.
-->'''Barnaby:''' I just aspire to be someone worthy of his trust.
* This is a major plot point in the one-shot manga ''Vitamin''. Sawako wants her mother's praise, so she tries to finish school and get into a good career.. However she becomes bullied by her ex-friends and refuses to go to school, causing problems.
* ''Manga/ConfidentialConfessions'' has this in Volume 3. Kyoko's father graduated from Tokyo University, so naturally she's expected to match up not just by him, but everyone. This, combined with her own [[HollywoodPudgy weight issues]] are what drive her to drugs. [[spoiler:In an unusual variation, it's not Kyoko, but her ''father'' who realizes (after some soul searching) that he screwed up and drove her to the drugs in the first place.]]
* ''Manga/InuYasha'': Inuyasha never knew his father but he desires [[AloofBigBrother Sesshoumaru's]] approval. However, Sesshoumaru feels like TheUnfavourite so [[SiblingRivalry bullies]] Inuyasha. Fortunately, their father left a [[SecretTestOfCharacter legacy]] that taught his sons to make peace with his memory and so make peace with each other.
* In ''Manga/UmiNoMisaki'', Shizuku puts her all into being a proper cape maiden to try to get her ''mom'' - a previous cape maiden - to approve of her.
* ''Franchise/OnePiece'': A younger Luffy wanted to be friends with Ace, the older kid living with him, [[spoiler: and Ace's friend Sabo,]] who found him to be a weak, annoying crybaby, and lead him into tons of deadly situations to escape him, but he kept coming back. Eventually, Luffy shows how tough he really is, and they become brothers.
* In ''LightNovel/SaiunkokuMonogatari'', Li Kouyuu, who is actually very accomplished for a young man, desperately wants to be helpful to his foster father Kou Reishin. Unfortunately, Reishin, though an OverprotectiveDad in his own right, is something of a JerkAss {{Tsundere}}.
* In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', Fate is desperately seeking her AbusiveMom's approval. She never does get it, but she overcomes her insecurities after being [[DefeatMeansFriendship befriended]] by Nanoha and HappilyAdopted by Lindy.
* In ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'', Maho's motivation for following the Nishizumi style of tankery seems to be to please her and Miho's mother. [[spoiler:It's [[SubvertedTrope actually]] so that her sister won't feel pressured to serve as heiress, and so that Miho can live her life her own way]]. Miho, on the other hand, shows no desire to live up to her mother's standards, and even states in a WorldOfCardboardSpeech near the end of the ''Little Army'' manga that her reasons for doing tankery are not "for the sake of (her) home)".
** Mako Reizei is implied to not only be afraid of angering her grandmother, but also genuinely wanting her approval, possibly motivated by her guilt over [[NeverGotToSayGoodbye her mom dying after their last conversation was an argument]]. Her character song makes reference to this ("I don't want to disappoint that person I love").
* In ''{{Manga/Saki}}'', Nodoka's father [[FantasyForbiddingFather seems to disapprove of her playing mahjong]], saying that it's nothing more than a game of luck and that the friends she makes are of no use in a "hick town" like the one she lives in. She seems to want him to approve of her playing mahjong, at least to the extent that he will allow her to continue attending school at Kiyosumi.
** Nodoka herself has Maho Yumeno, a kouhai who is striving to get Nodoka's approval, and while she tries to emulate Nodoka, Saki and Yuuki's play styles, she often makes many basic mistakes. As such, Nodoka does end up having to scold Maho, upsetting her, although she acknowledges Maho's efforts.
* What [[spoiler: Sophie Montgomery]] from ''Manga/{{Lady}}'' actually wants from her mother Jeanne; as she is ''very'' desperate for her mom's love and approval, but unfortunately, [[spoiler: Jeanne is using her as a pawn as a way to getting inheritance to the Montgomery family fortune and she threatens to send Sophie back to France if she fails to do so.]]
* Few example from ''Manga/YourLieInApril'':
** Even despite the abuse he got from her, Kousei's motivation for doing well at piano competitions as a child was to please his mother and make her feel better. [[spoiler: Then he snaps after being publicly beaten and says that after doing so much to try and make her happy despite not playing with his friends, practicing, and getting beaten up by her, he just wishes that she'd die already.]]
** In a way, Takeshi and Emi to Kousei. Takeshi and Emi have been in the same competitions with Kousei since they were children, and Emi even became a pianist after being emotionally moved by Kousei's performance, but they could never beat him and he never paid them any mind (justified however, because he was busy being abused by his StageMom). After Kousei left, they spent two years perfecting and becoming amazing pianists with Takeshi getting ready to go overseas and when they find out that Kousei is returning, they're excited and sign up for the same competition that they've gone through year after year, just to show Kousei how much better they've gotten and how they believe they can stand side-by-side with him. And when Kousei praises Takeshi on his performance, he is incredibly happy.
* Arslan in ''Anime/TheHeroicLegendOfArslan'' works hard to try to please his parents who both act rather coldly towards him.
* ''Manga/ShokugekiNoSoma'': Jouichiro is this to Erina. He was the one who taught her to love food and cooking, and was the chef she strove to impress. Funnily enough, Jouichiro's relationship with his son Soma is somewhat vitriolic (mainly due to Jouichiro's immaturity and Soma's extreme competitiveness) but loving, supportive and significantly less dysfunctional than most shonen manga father-son relationships.
19th Apr '16 7:55:18 PM sorako
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** After spending 70+ chapters of trying to find a goal that wasn't already done or easily obtainable, Touta Konoe of ''Manga/UQHolder'' finally settled on making his adoptive mother acknowledge him. There's also a hint of an OedipusComplex.

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** * After spending 70+ chapters of trying to find a goal that wasn't already done or easily obtainable, Touta Konoe of ''Manga/UQHolder'' finally settled on making his adoptive mother acknowledge him. There's also a hint of an OedipusComplex.
19th Apr '16 4:59:28 PM Gamermaster
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** After spending 70+ chapters of trying to find a goal that wasn't already done or easily obtainable, Touta Konoe of ''Manga/UQHolder'' finally settled on making his adoptive mother acknowledge him. There's also a hint of an OedipusComplex.
19th Apr '16 4:44:39 PM binaroid
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* Reporter Takashi Jo from the manga ''Eagle: The Making of an Asian-American President'' also frequently tries to meet the challenges that his long-lost father, Democratic presidential candidate (and ZenSurvivor of the Vietnam War) Kenneth Yamaoka, poses to teach his illegitimate son the way of the MagnificentBastard. Takashi's attempts to understand Yamaoka conflict with his resentment over Yamaoka's abandoning his mother -- [[spoiler:and the suspicion that her recent, suspicious death was no accident...]]

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* Reporter Takashi Jo from the manga ''Eagle: The Making of an Asian-American President'' ''Manga/EagleTheMakingOfAnAsianAmericanPresident'' also frequently tries to meet the challenges that his long-lost father, Democratic presidential candidate (and ZenSurvivor of the Vietnam War) Kenneth Yamaoka, poses to teach his illegitimate son the way of the MagnificentBastard. Takashi's attempts to understand Yamaoka conflict with his resentment over Yamaoka's abandoning his mother -- [[spoiler:and the suspicion that her recent, suspicious death was no accident...]]
19th Apr '16 7:30:03 AM Berrenta
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** Subverted in Season 6 King Crab with Wild Bill's son, Zack Larson.
*** ItGotBetter as Zack Larson is on the ''Kodiak'' for Season 7. Season 8 revealed that Bill didn't think he was pulling his weight, though Zack's tweets seemed to indicate he didn't see anything unusual about it (or at least didn't consider it to be "yelling").

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** Subverted in Season 6 King Crab with Wild Bill's son, Zack Larson.
*** ItGotBetter
Larson, though it got better as Zack Larson is on the ''Kodiak'' for Season 7. Season 8 revealed that Bill didn't think he was pulling his weight, though Zack's tweets seemed to indicate he didn't see anything unusual about it (or at least didn't consider it to be "yelling").
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