Child Beyond Redemption
Good Parents, terrible kid.

(permanent link) added: 2011-09-17 02:23:15 sponsor: MrInitialMan (last reply: 2013-09-09 01:33:58)

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A person tries to be a Good Parent--but no matter what they do, the child still does their own thing and charges headlong into trouble. This can lead to the parent disowning their child.

Compare Antagonistic Offspring, Enfante Terrible, Where Did We Go Wrong?


  • Game of Thrones: However cruel and idiotic she is, Cersei Lannister did try to be a good mother to her children. While things worked out with Myrcella and Tommen, the same can't be said for her eldest, Joffrey.

Live Action Television
  • EastEnders: Dot Cotton, a god fearing chain smoking member of society raised Nick. Although, she apparently did try.
  • Inverted with Joxer of Xena: Warrior Princess who is the White Sheep of the family - he comes from a long line of warlords but no matter how hard he tries he just can't be evil.

  • Mama Tried by Merle Haggard. He talks about turning 21 in prison, doing life without parole, and states he is the only one to blame, as Mama tried.
  • The first verse of "Don't go chasing waterfalls" by TLC has a mother trying to dissuade her son from dealing drugs. He gets killed.
  • Johnny Cash: "When I was just a baby, my momma told me 'Son, always be a good boy, don't ever play with guns' but I shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die..."
  • Another song, called Don't take your guns to town.

Western Animation
  • While Drew and Charlotte often spoil or enable Angelica in Rugrats, frequent attempts are made to properly discipline and educate their daughter, she never learns.

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