Created By: somerandomdude on January 3, 2012 Last Edited By: TheWanderer on March 26, 2014

Sore Loser Parent

Parents who punish their kids when the kids beat the parents at something

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It's a well known fact that parents often punish their kids, whether the punishment take place for the kids' antics, disrespect, ignoring parents' instructions, or...beating them at chess?

Some parents abuse the power they have to discipline their children and use it to be sore losers. This trope is when parents punish their kids when their kids beat them at something.

Subtrope of Sore Loser and Hilariously Abusive Childhood.

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Examples

  • The German comic Vater & Sohn (Father & Son) shows the dad spanking his son when his son repeatedly kicks his ass at chess, as shown in the image.
  • In Family Guy, one episode had Peter repeatedly defeating his son Chris in multiple events, and being a really bad winner and rubbing his victories in Chris' face, while Chris, for his part, was a very good loser. Then when they hit the showers afterward Peter sees that Chris has a much, much larger penis than him, and spends the rest of the episode being a huge asshole to Chris (in a way that is not played for laughs) and Compensating for Something.
  • Saki Morinaga, the main character of Saki, had both parents and an older sister with this mentality when they played Mahjong. This was compounded by said family also being sore winners. They'd make a big deal of winning, and get mad at Saki if she won. Saki's response was to develop the ability to essentially break even at the end of every game.
Community Feedback Replies: 13
  • January 3, 2012
    RedneckRocker
    I think there was a Saturday Night Live sketch called "Kids vs. Adults" that had this. Confirmation, anybody?
  • January 4, 2012
    Ryuuma
    Subtrope of Sore Loser
  • January 4, 2012
    TheWanderer
    • In Family Guy, one episode had Peter repeatedly defeating his son Chris in multiple events, and being a really bad winner and rubbing it in Chris' face, while Chris, for his part, was a very good loser. Then when they hit the showers afterward Peter sees that Chris has a much, much larger penis than him, and spends the rest of the episode being a dick to Chris and Compensating For Something.
  • January 5, 2012
    sgamer82
    • Saki Morinaga, the main character of Saki, had both parents and an older sister with this mentality when they played Mahjong. This was compounded by said family also being sore winners. They'd make a big deal of winning, and get mad at Saki if she won. Saki's response was to develop the ability to essentially break even at the end of every game.
  • January 5, 2012
    Chabal2
    Tangentially evoked by one of Dave Barry's columns where his son beats him at Zelda: "He is always trying to cheer me up by saying "Good try, Dad!" in the same sincerely patronizing tone of voice that I once used when praising him for not getting peas in his hair."
  • January 5, 2012
    DracMonster
    Also a subtrope of Hilariously Abusive Childhood.
  • August 10, 2012
    Omeganian
    Henry Kuttner has a short story named "Absalom", where for some reason, more and more smarter and smarter children are born every generation. The father of the titular boy was hated by his father (who was a first generation genius), now he envies and hates his own son. When the father tries resorting to physical abuse, the boy manages to turn the tables. In the end, it is implied the cycle is far from over.
  • August 11, 2012
    DaibhidC
  • August 11, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    The Family Guy example should have "being a really bad winner and rubbing it in Chris' face" potholed with Unsportsmanlike Gloating.
  • August 12, 2012
    randomsurfer
    @Redneck Rocker: Do you mean this SNL sketch? A tv gameshow pitting kids against adults, where all the questions are things adults would know but kids wouldn't. Sort of a reverse Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader and a decade earlier.
    Kyle [kid contestant]: No fair!
    Jeffrey [host]: What? Did you say something?
    Kyle: It's not fair! It's all grownup questions.
    Jeffrey Moore: Oh, it's not fair! Well, boo hoo hoo! What are you going to do, tell your Mommy? Okay.. here's one about a Walt Disney movie.. turns to the kids Okay, Kyle, are you happy? reads card "In the Walt Disney movie Aladdin, Aladdin falls in love with a beautiful princess. What is the name.."
    Samantha [another kid contestant]: buzzes in Princess Jasmine!
    Jeffrey Moore: angry You want to let me finish?! Would you let me finish the question! reads card "What is the name of the CEO of the Walt Disney company?"
  • August 12, 2012
    RedneckRocker
    Yeah, that's the one, randomsurfer.
  • March 25, 2014
    StrixObscuro
    An inversion occurs in an episode of Daria where Daria and Quinn get grounded. While Quinn chafes at the sudden restrictions, Daria goes along with it... and convinces her parents to play board games against her. It turns out she's ruthless at board games, and eventually, she convinces her parents to un-ground her so that they don't have to keep losing to her every night.
  • March 26, 2014
    DAN004
    Title is confusable with the parent being a Sore Loser in general.

    Maybe Beaten By Your Child? (Well that's too broad...)
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