Created By: Wacky Meets Practical on December 6, 2009
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In television, parents are either dorky, busy, abusive, embarrassing, evil, overbearing, overprotective, absent or dead, squicky, lost, or just plain useless.

But what about parents who get things right? The parents who are always there. The ones who support their children no matter what they do and attend all their events. They tell them how proud they are of them. They give out useful advice and help them on their homework. They keep their children safe without being overprotective. They punish them when they're bad and award them when they're good. But they will always love them. Through good times and bad, these parents are always there for their kids. They will sacrifice just about anything for their children, even their own lives.

This parents can be the Mama Bear or the Papa Wolf, and can even be the Action Mom. They are often found in a Nuclear Family so will often consist of a Happily Married couple. They can even be a part of a Badass Family or Tag Team Family. They are also not against using Tough Love when necessary. They can also turn out to be an Open-Minded Parent.

When the Good Parents aren't the actual parents of the character, it's Parental Substitute. When the Good Parents are the adoptive parents, it's Happily Adopted. If they were good parents at one time, but forcefully removed from this realm of existence, then they are DeceasedParentsAreTheBest.

Examples:

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Community Feedback Replies: 19
  • December 5, 2009
    jason taylor
    Brady Bunch

    Boy meets world.
  • December 5, 2009
    Blunderbuss
    Do adoptive parents and related parental figures also count? I know it's about parents, but so many parental figures so such a good job they deserve a mention (like my below example).

    While Firelord Ozai of Avatar The Last Airbender fails utterly, Uncle Iroh is the most perfect, heartwarming example of a loving parent, both to his own late son and to his nephew Zuko.

    Trisha Elric from Full Metal Alchemist was a kind and loving mother who praised her two children for their alchemy - in fact they became alchemists purely because their mother was so proud of them. Their father Hohenheim seems to fail them by abandoning them, but then we learn he left to help save the country, and now that he's back in their lives he's a good, loving father who's also proud of his kids. He even glared at a Eldritch Abomination to warn him to never mock his sons.
  • December 5, 2009
    Wacky Meets Practical
    Not sure if Uncles or other parent-like non-parents should count, since most Parental Substitutes are Good Parents by nature and they've already got their own trope. I think we can include adoptive parents, though, if we could find any examples of them.
  • December 5, 2009
    Dcoetzee
  • December 5, 2009
    Wacky Meets Practical
    It looks like nearly all of our examples come from sitcoms. Should we classify this as a Sitcom Trope if and when it gets launched? I actually had no idea we'd get this many examples so quickly.

    EDIT: Apparently, we don't have Sit Com Tropes. Maybe we should.
  • December 5, 2009
    random surfer
  • December 5, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Veronica Mars's father Keith
  • December 5, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Sanae and Akio of Clannad. Just about the best parents ever, if a little eccentric sometimes.
  • December 5, 2009
    Wacky Meets Practical
    Looks like we have plenty of examples. This could be ready to launch. I'll give it at least 24 hours, enough time for anybody to object, offer alternate titles, or suggest other changes.
  • December 5, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    I'd have to say Mr. and Mrs. Weasley from Harry Potter qualify as good parents - a bit overprotective, but never unreasonably so.
  • December 5, 2009
    Game Chainsaw
    Kat's parents in Gunnerkrigg Court. Especially when compared to Annies lot in parenting.
  • December 5, 2009
    arromdee
    For adoptions we already have Happily Adopted.
  • December 5, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Similar to Harry Potter:
  • December 5, 2009
    Wacky Meets Practical
    ^ That's a good example, but perhaps deceased parents deserve a separate trope of their own. You're example got me thinking that most characters whose parents die early on in the series or story always seem to be the ideal parents. Like Bruce Wayne's parents (Especially in Batman Begins, though I'm not familiar with any other depictions) and even Simba's dad from Lion King. If we don't have such a trope already (It doesn't look like we do), I think I'll start it up.
  • December 5, 2009
    jason taylor
    Reuven Malter's Father David in The Chosen

    Sostratos' father Lysistratos in Over The Wine Dark Sea
  • December 5, 2009
    Amazingly Enough
    You forgot to add abusive and dead to the list, although dead parents are usually always good ones if we get to hear about them at all.
  • December 6, 2009
    Cao Cao
    Is this just for TV shows? Because Miyazaki's movies contain examples of good parents and/or parental figures.
  • December 6, 2009
    Vree
    Like Sosuke's mother Lisa in Ponyo On A Cliff By The Sea - the Useless Parents would be all over the wall if you brought home a fish girl who turns into a human, but not her.
  • December 6, 2009
    Wacky Meets Practical
    @Cao Cao: Like any other trope, this trope applies to any medium and genre where it is found. It's just that the majority of the examples found so far just happen to be classic sitcoms. If you want to add examples from films, go right ahead.
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