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3rd Aug '17 7:39:56 AM StFan
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-> '''Norman Osborn''': Peter! Good to see you! Here to help Harry, eh?
-> '''Peter Parker''': We help each other, Mr. O.
-> '''Norman Osborn''': Now, now, Peter, modesty doesn't become men like ''us''. Smart, driven, responsible. Self-made.
-> '''Peter Parker''': I'm...more of a work in progress.
-> '''Norman Osborn''': (''With a significant glance at Harry'') At least you're ''making'' progress.

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-> '''Norman Osborn''': ->'''Norman Osborn:''' Peter! Good to see you! Here to help Harry, eh?
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eh?\\
'''Peter Parker''': Parker:''' We help each other, Mr. O.
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'''Norman Osborn''': Osborn:''' Now, now, Peter, modesty doesn't become men like ''us''. Smart, driven, responsible. Self-made.
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Self-made.\\
'''Peter Parker''': I'm...Parker:''' I'm... more of a work in progress.
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progress.\\
'''Norman Osborn''': (''With Osborn:''' ''[with a significant glance at Harry'') Harry]'' At least you're ''making'' progress.



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* This was the FreudianExcuse of 90s ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' enemy Kenny Braverman / Conduit (''ComicBook/TheDeathOfClarkKent''), who was convinced Clark was always one step ahead of him as teens because his powers had already manifested. Superman was pretty disgusted to find Kenny's dad still disparaging him after his death.

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* This was the FreudianExcuse of 90s '90s ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' enemy Kenny Braverman / Conduit (''ComicBook/TheDeathOfClarkKent''), who was convinced Clark was always one step ahead of him as teens because his powers had already manifested. Superman was pretty disgusted to find Kenny's dad still disparaging him after his death.



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-->'''Mayor Prentiss''': You were always the truer son, Todd. The one with the potential, the one with the power, [[WeCanRuleTogether the one I'd be proud to have serve by my side.]]\\

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-->'''Mayor Prentiss''': Prentiss:''' You were always the truer son, Todd. The one with the potential, the one with the power, [[WeCanRuleTogether the one I'd be proud to have serve by my side.]]\\



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* Subverted in the episode dealing with Daedalus and Icarus in ''Series/TheStoryteller''. Daedalus is frustrated by his son Icarus' clumsiness and lack of inventive genius. A cousin comes to stay with them who does have this brilliance and attracts Daedalus' favor. The twist, is that although he acts like a WellDoneSonGuy towards Icarus, Daedalus "accidentally-on-purpose" kills his nephew, both because he reminds him of disappointment in his own son, and because he sees him as a rival.
** This also happened in the actual myths and was much less "accidental."
* In ''Series/{{Kings}}'', the ruling King Silas prefers David to his son [[DepravedHomosexual Jack]] because Jack's homosexuality and generally hedonistic lifestyle prevents him from being capable of taking over the kingdom.
** The plot being lifted from the story of Saul, Jonathan, and David from ''The Bible'' makes this Older Than Feudalism.

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* Subverted in the episode dealing with Daedalus and Icarus in ''Series/TheStoryteller''. Daedalus is frustrated by his son Icarus' clumsiness and lack of inventive genius. A cousin comes to stay with them who does have this brilliance and attracts Daedalus' favor. The twist, is that although he acts like a WellDoneSonGuy towards Icarus, Daedalus "accidentally-on-purpose" kills his nephew, both because he reminds him of disappointment in his own son, and because he sees him as a rival.
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rival. This also happened in the actual myths and was much less "accidental."
* In ''Series/{{Kings}}'', the ruling King Silas prefers David to his son [[DepravedHomosexual Jack]] because Jack's homosexuality and generally hedonistic lifestyle prevents him from being capable of taking over the kingdom.
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kingdom. The plot being lifted from the story of Saul, Jonathan, and David from ''The Bible'' makes this Older Than Feudalism.



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* Hwang in the VideoGame/SoulSeries. Seung Han Myong basically treats him like the son he never had, and whilst he loves his daughter Seung Mina, will not allow her to go out to fight because it wasn't considered proper for a woman to do so in Korea at the time.

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* Hwang in the VideoGame/SoulSeries.''VideoGame/SoulSeries''. Seung Han Myong basically treats him like the son he never had, and whilst he loves his daughter Seung Mina, will not allow her to go out to fight because it wasn't considered proper for a woman to do so in Korea at the time.



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* [[http://www.channelate.com/2012/04/04/question-for-mom/ This]] ''{{Channelate}}'' strip takes it to hilarious extremes.
* ''WebComic/DragonBallMultiverse'': U18 Vegeta appears to have this briefly when he see's how strong U16 Bra is, and gets annoyed with his own daughter when she rejects his suggestion for her to train to get as strong as her counterpart.

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* [[http://www.channelate.com/2012/04/04/question-for-mom/ This]] ''{{Channelate}}'' ''Webcomic/ChannelAte'' strip takes it to hilarious extremes.
* ''WebComic/DragonBallMultiverse'': ''Webcomic/DragonBallMultiverse'': U18 Vegeta appears to have this briefly when he see's how strong U16 Bra is, and gets annoyed with his own daughter when she rejects his suggestion for her to train to get as strong as her counterpart.



* Yet another Spider-Man example: Norman thinks this of Peter in ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'', though it's somewhat mitigated by the fact that this version Norman does care about his own son, Harry. Becomes blatant in the episode "Carnage" though:
-->'''Goblin/Norman''': Ah, Welcome home, son.\\
'''Peter''': What do you want? Let me go. Did you just say "son"?\\
'''Goblin''': The son I've always wanted. Harry and I share a few recessive genes, but nothing more. You're smarter, more driven. And as a wimpy, defenseless kid, you appreciate power. You can be a greater creation than the late, great Spider-Man."

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* Yet another Spider-Man ''Spider-Man'' example: Norman thinks this of Peter in ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'', though it's somewhat mitigated by the fact that this version Norman does care about his own son, Harry. Becomes blatant in the episode "Carnage" though:
-->'''Goblin/Norman''': -->'''Goblin/Norman:''' Ah, Welcome home, son.\\
'''Peter''': '''Peter:''' What do you want? Let me go. Did you just say "son"?\\
'''Goblin''': '''Goblin:''' The son I've always wanted. Harry and I share a few recessive genes, but nothing more. You're smarter, more driven. And as a wimpy, defenseless kid, you appreciate power. You can be a greater creation than the late, great Spider-Man."



* On ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice,'' [[AnIcePerson Icicle Sr.]] praises Tommy Terror (actually ComicBook/{{Superboy}} in disguise) and compares him favorably to his son, Tommy/Superboy's cellmate [[WellDoneSonGuy Icicle Jr.]]

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* On ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice,'' ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'':
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[[AnIcePerson Icicle Sr.]] praises Tommy Terror (actually ComicBook/{{Superboy}} in disguise) and compares him favorably to his son, Tommy/Superboy's cellmate [[WellDoneSonGuy Icicle Jr.]]



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'': In "The Perfect Brother", Brain stays over at Arthur's house for the weekend, and Arthur's family constantly compliments him on his polite and helpful behavior, such as eating his food neatly and offering Arthur's dad a cooking tip. This leads Arthur to become slightly angry at Brain...until Arthur decides to come over to Brain's house and notices that Brain's room is actually as messy as his own room. Brain's parents even start complimenting Arthur on ''his'' good behavior.
-->'''Arthur''': I don't believe it! You were so neat at my house.\\
'''Brain''': Yeah, and it almost ''killed'' me! I was a guest in your house, I had to be polite.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'': In "The Perfect Brother", Brain stays over at Arthur's house for the weekend, and Arthur's family constantly compliments him on his polite and helpful behavior, such as eating his food neatly and offering Arthur's dad a cooking tip. This leads Arthur to become slightly angry at Brain... until Arthur decides to come over to Brain's house and notices that Brain's room is actually as messy as his own room. Brain's parents even start complimenting Arthur on ''his'' good behavior.
-->'''Arthur''': -->'''Arthur:''' I don't believe it! You were so neat at my house.\\
'''Brain''': '''Brain:''' Yeah, and it almost ''killed'' me! I was a guest in your house, I had to be polite.



17th Jul '17 11:25:26 AM SpongySpongyLiam
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* In ''Literature/ChaosWalking'' [[MagnificentBastard Mayor Prentiss]] makes it clear multiple times that he prefers the protagonist, Todd, over his own son [[TheUnfavorite Davy]]. He even goes as far as saying so right after he [[spoiler: [[OffingTheOffspring shoots Davy]] to stop Todd using him as leverage in a stand-off.]]
-->'''Mayor Prentiss''': You were always the truer son, Todd. The one with the potential, the one with the power, [[WeCanRuleTogether the one I'd be proud to have serve by my side.]]\\
11th Jun '17 2:46:09 PM StarTropes
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* A variation on ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''--while Nog's father Rom is fully supportive of his son's desire to join Starfleet, Uncle Quark isn't.
--> '''Quark:''' Why can't you take after your friend here? ''(motions to Jake)'' He knows enough to stay out of Starfleet.
30th Oct '16 2:12:29 PM nombretomado
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* They aren't necessarily friends, but in Shakespeare's ''HenryIV Part 1'', the titular king openly compares his son Harry to rebel leader Hotspur and considers the latter far superior.

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* They aren't necessarily friends, but in Shakespeare's ''HenryIV ''Theatre/HenryIV Part 1'', the titular king openly compares his son Harry to rebel leader Hotspur and considers the latter far superior.
16th Sep '16 9:48:25 AM Plactus
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* Done lightly on ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'': When Emily stays with Hanna while her parents move to Texas, she cooks breakfast the first morning as a "thank you," and Hanna's mom jokes about considering keeping the "daughter upgrade."
12th Sep '16 9:11:01 AM nighttrainfm
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' also uses the Norman Osborn/Green Goblin preferring Peter Parker to his son Harry plot.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' also uses the Norman Osborn/Green Goblin preferring Peter Parker to his son Harry plot. This version of Norman is by far the most blatant, contrasting the two of them right to Harry's face.
18th Jun '16 11:52:24 PM JackG
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* ''Film/KickAss''. Frank D'Amico can't help being impressed by Hit Girl, and gives this trope as he's about to put a bullet in her head.
-->'''Frank:''' God, I wish I had a son like you.
4th Jun '16 12:30:29 PM Morgenthaler
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* In ''ClanOfTheCaveBear'', Brun shames his son Broud by referring to Ayla, a girl, as the son he should have had.

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* In ''ClanOfTheCaveBear'', ''Literature/ClanOfTheCaveBear'', Brun shames his son Broud by referring to Ayla, a girl, as the son he should have had.
25th May '16 12:00:24 PM MikeW
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* In the third season of ''Series/Damages'' Joe, the son of Louis Tobin, the late runner of a Ponzi scheme, confronts the family attorney, Leonard on how [[spoiler: Leonard isn't even a real lawyer but stole his identity]]. Leonard scoffs that Louis knew the truth about him for years, that he trusted Leonard totally and openly says "I was more his son than you ever were." Joe laughs that Louis openly called Leonard "my little monkey" and never saw him as more than just another employee to use.

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* In the third season of ''Series/Damages'' ''Series/{{Damages}}'' Joe, the son of Louis Tobin, the late runner of a Ponzi scheme, confronts the family attorney, Leonard on how [[spoiler: Leonard isn't even a real lawyer but stole his identity]]. Leonard scoffs that Louis knew the truth about him for years, that he trusted Leonard totally and openly says "I was more his son than you ever were." Joe laughs that Louis openly called Leonard "my little monkey" and never saw him as more than just another employee to use.
25th May '16 11:59:28 AM MikeW
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* In the first series of ''Series/{{Skins}}'', Sid's episode shows that his father clearly prefers Tony over him.

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* In the first series of ''Series/{{Skins}}'', Sid's episode shows that his father clearly prefers Tony over him.him, not getting that Sid is trying to be a hero helping people while Tony is a boderline sociopath.


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* In the third season of ''Series/Damages'' Joe, the son of Louis Tobin, the late runner of a Ponzi scheme, confronts the family attorney, Leonard on how [[spoiler: Leonard isn't even a real lawyer but stole his identity]]. Leonard scoffs that Louis knew the truth about him for years, that he trusted Leonard totally and openly says "I was more his son than you ever were." Joe laughs that Louis openly called Leonard "my little monkey" and never saw him as more than just another employee to use.
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