Created By: pidget_spinner on April 26, 2018 Last Edited By: pidget_spinner on May 17, 2018
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Parent-Child Team

When a parent and child team up to take on the world together.

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Occurs when a parent and child team up as equals, especially with a common goal in mind. Beating up bad guys together, or something of the like, often comes in tow. In this scenario, the parent is very often single, and almost always very close to their child. Notably, parental substitutes may also apply in such team-ups.

A sister trope to Sibling Team. May be part of a Badass Family or The Family That Slays Together. If the parent is also a part of their child's team-up, they may be the Token Adult.


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     Comic Books 
  • Bruce Wayne as Batman and Damian Wayne as Robin, during the periods when both of them are alive and working together.
    • Also, Batman's relationships with the other incarnations of Robin apply.
  • The Punisher: Subverted in one What If? story where Frank has a daughter with Elektra. Said daughter grows up to be a murderous vigilante and tries to encourage her son to follow in her footsteps by taking him along when she goes on missions. It ends with her death and the son telling her grave that he won't be pursuing that life.

     Films - Animated 

     Films - Live-Action 
  • After Jango Fett from Star Wars Attack of the Clones receives his "son" Boba from the Kamino clone breeding facility, the two prepare for a career of collecting bounties on wanted outlaws. When Boba sees the elder Fett die at the hands of a Jedi Master, it seeds a resentment of the Jedi Order that culminates in a grown Boba Fett siding with The Empire in eradicating the last surviving Jedi Knights.
  • In the film version of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry and his godfather Sirius Black have a moment where they together battle Lucius Malfoy alone. For several seconds, they work in total tandem, as a means of highlighting their bond, right before Bellatrix kills Sirius.
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade has the title Adventurer Archaeologist team up with his father in search of the Holy Grail. Adding to the challenge of this quest is the fact that the two are estranged from years apart as well as the fact that the senior Jones is rather inept as an adventurer.
  • Logan and Laura are this in the film Logan as Logan tries to get Laura and the remaining mutant children to a sanctuary in Canada away from the profiteering American company that created and are now hunting them. Logan is older but still able to fight. Despite being young, Laura is a female clone of Logan and has a great deal of his berserker abilities, allowing her to be an equal combatant, particularly against people who underestimate her because of her size, age, and gender.

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     Live-Action TV 
  • Alias: Sydney Bristow and her father Jack Bristow both work together under the CIA and are double agents to take down SD-6.
  • In some episodes of season 3 and 4 of Arrow, Thea Queen and Malcolm Merlyn work together to protect Star City against bigger threats. However, because of Malcolm's love of the HeelFace Revolving Door, Thea tends to default to working as a Sibling Team with her brother, Oliver.
  • Lorelai and Rory Gilmore of Gilmore Girls share an extremely close bond, regarding each other as genuine friends and equals. In addition to viewing each other as best friends, they also function as a Parent-Child Team. On one occasion, for example, they compete together as dance partners in a 24-hour dance-a-thon.
  • In Stranger Things, Eleven and her adoptive father, Hopper. The two form a parent-child relationship during the year between season one and two, albeit with some bickering, where he takes her in. At the end of season two, he take her back to the lab so she can close the portal to the upside-down. A month later, Owens forges a birth certificate for Eleven, and thus Hopper manages to legally adopt her.

     Professional Wrestling 
  • Randy Orton and his father, Cowboy Bob Orton teamed up with each other whilst Randy was feuding with The Undertaker during the latter part of 2005.

     Video-Games 
  • God of War (PS4) picks up a few centuries after the events of God of War III, with Kratos having fathered a son named Atreus (the death of his wife, Faye, being the starting point for the game's plot). While the player still controls Kratos, Atreus can be commanded to perform actions such as reading text which Kratos doesn't understand and slowly learns to fight alongside him.
  • Although not actually biologically related, Ellie and Joel function as a Parent-Child team in The Last of Us. Ellie is a capable fighter and at one point in the game when Joel is injured, the player assumes control of Ellie who has to protect Joel and gather the supplies the pair needs in order to survive.

     Web Comics 
  • Lady Spectra And Sparky are a mother-daughter superhero team that protect their hometown of Apollo City from villains great and small.

     Western Animation 
Community Feedback Replies: 32
  • April 26, 2018
    pidget_spinner
    Needs expansion and examples.
  • April 27, 2018
    AnitaShower
    Alias: Sydney Bristow and her father Jack Bristow both work together under the CIA and are double agents to take down SD-6.
  • April 27, 2018
    AnitaShower
    Professional Wrestling
    • Randy Orton and his father, Cowboy Bob Orton teamed up with each other whilst Randy was feuding with The Undertaker during the latter part of 2005.
  • April 27, 2018
    4tell0life4
  • April 27, 2018
    LondonKdS
    Bruce Wayne as Batman and Damian Wayne as Robin, during the periods when both of them are alive and working together.
  • April 27, 2018
    Arivne
    • Examples section
      • Added [[foldercontrol]] .

    Zero Context Examples have been marked as such. They need more information to show how they fit the trope. Please don't remove the marking unless you add enough context.
  • April 27, 2018
    AmourMitts
    The Amazing Race usually has at least one every season.
  • April 27, 2018
    bitemytail
  • April 28, 2018
    oneuglybunny
    Film Animated
  • May 1, 2018
    Rytex
    Film - Live-Action
    • In the film version of Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix, Harry and his godfather Sirius Black have a moment where they together battle Lucius Malfoy alone. For several seconds, they work in total tandem, as a means of highlighting their bond, right before Bellatrix kills Sirius.
  • May 1, 2018
    Bisected8
    • God Of War PS 4 picks up a few centuries after the events of God Of War III, with Kratos having fathered a son named Atreus (the death of his wife, Faye, being the starting point for the game's plot). While the player still controls Kratos, Atreus can be commanded to perform actions such as reading text which Kratos doesn't understand and slowly learns to fight alongside him.
  • May 1, 2018
    AndreaTx
    • Although not actually biologically related, Ellie and Joel function as a Parent-Child team in The Last Of Us. Ellie is a capable fighter and at one point in the game when Joel is injured, the player assumes control of Ellie who has to protect Joel and gather the supplies the pair needs in order to survive.
  • May 3, 2018
    Pichu-kun
    Batman and both Jason and Dick also count.
  • May 5, 2018
    Bisected8
    Expanded Batman:

    • Batman:
      • Bruce Wayne is typically a father figure to (and in some continuities outright adopted) Jason, Dick and Cassandra and various other members of the "bat family" who've fulfilled the role of his sidekick Robin. His status as a serial adopter of orphans often gets played up in fanon and contrasted with darker "loner" portrayals.
      • Even more so in the case of Damian Wayne, his biological son via Talia al Ghul, who was raised by the League of Shadows (some continuities play with this by contrasting the relationship he has with his adopted children with Damian).
      • Batman himself often has Alfred, the man who raised him, serving a support role (if not as an outright Battle Butler if the situation calls for it) and replacement father figure.
  • May 5, 2018
    BKelly95
    Film - Live Action
    • Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade has the title Adventurer Archaeologist team up with his father in search of the Holy Grail. Adding to the challenge of this quest is the fact that the two are estranged from years apart as well as the fact that the senior Jones is rather inept as an adventurer.
  • May 5, 2018
    oneuglybunny
    Film Live Action
    • Grifter Moses Pray from the Depression-era Period Piece Paper Moon is cajoled into escorting orphan Addie Loggins to Missouri. It's left ambiguous whether Moses and Addie are truly related, but they pose as father and daughter at times to fleece some suckers along the way.
  • May 5, 2018
    Malady
    If they're not fighting something together, it doesn't count, right? Remove this from Live-Action TV?

    • Lorelai and Rory Gilmore of Gilmore Girls share an extremely close bond and act like genuine friends and equals.
  • May 5, 2018
    pidget_spinner
    No, it still counts.
  • May 5, 2018
    oneuglybunny
    Film
    • After Jango Fett from Star Wars Attack Of The Clones receives his "son" Boba from the Kamino clone breeding facility, the two prepare for a career of collecting bounties on wanted outlaws. When Boba sees the elder Fett die at the hands of a Jedi Master, it seeds a resentment of the Jedi Order that culminates in a grown Boba Fett siding with The Empire in eradicating the last surviving Jedi Knights.
  • May 7, 2018
    mahidevrans
    ^^ I'm not really sure it should, though others' input is needed. But this reads not so much a "team" to me as "parent and adult child who are like best friends". Fighting in particular may not be required, but having a common goal or opponent to take on together seems to be a specific aspect of the trope, no? Otherwise, it seems too general.
  • May 14, 2018
    AndreaTx
    I think Gilmore Girls comes across as weird because most of these teams are fighting teams. Also, you say this is a sister trope to Sibling Team, Badass Family, and The Family That Slays Together which are most definitely about physical fighting. So it's almost like "one of these things is not like the other" and if you include GG, this trope becomes much broader. After all, the Gilmores are definitely not a Badass Family or The Family That Slays Together.
  • May 14, 2018
    AndreaTx
    • In some episodes of season 3 and 4 of Arrow, Thea Queen and Malcolm Merlyn work together to protect Star City against bigger threats. However, because of Malcolm's love of the Heel Face Revolving Door, Thea tends to default to working as a Sibling Team with her brother, Oliver.
  • May 14, 2018
    AndreaTx
    • Logan and Laura are this in the film Logan as Logan tries to get Laura and the remaining mutant children to a sanctuary in Canada away from the profiteering American company that created and are now hunting them. Logan is older but still able to fight. Despite being young, Laura is a female clone of Logan and has a great deal of his berserker abilities, allowing her to be an equal combatant, particularly against people who underestimate her because of her size, age, and gender.
  • May 16, 2018
    Chabal2
    The Punisher: Subverted in one What If story where Frank has a daughter with Elektra. Said daughter grows up to be a murderous vigilante and tries to encourage her son to follow in her footsteps by taking him along when she goes on missions. It ends with her death and the son telling her grave that he won't be pursuing that life.

  • May 16, 2018
    pidget_spinner
    ^What is that? A movie? A comic book? What?
  • May 16, 2018
    Dravencour
    @pidget_spinner: You're serious, right? Even the Main link (a disambiguation page) will point you toward where Punisher generally came from. And What If stories are generally comic books anyway.

    Webcomics
    • Lady Spectra And Sparky are a mother-daughter superhero team that protect their hometown of Apollo City from villains great and small.
  • May 16, 2018
    mahidevrans
    Andrea Tx — it's not so much the fighting aspect that makes me question the inclusion, but that merely "parent and child are best friends and equals" seems far too general for what the trope implies. Maybe some specificity could help here — I'll admit I'm only familiar with Gilmore Girls in passing. Do they ever team up for say, a fundraiser or competition? That would be more fitting in with the other examples and the description.
  • May 16, 2018
    AndreaTx
    ^umm... Once Rory and Lorelei were dance partners in a marathon? Gilmore Girls is a more a quirky “my mom/ daughter is my best friend!” kind of show. Maybe mentioning the one time they actually partnered in a competition will make it sound like a better fit?
  • May 16, 2018
    Berrenta
    This draft was rogue-launched by a user not imvolved in the conversation. Unlaunched.
  • May 16, 2018
    AndreaTx
    The wording on the GG example is still clunky. Might I suggest:

    • Lorelai and Rory Gilmore of Gilmore Girls share an extremely close bond, regarding each other as genuine friends and equals. In addition to viewing each other as best friends, they also function as a Parent-Child Team. On one occasion, for example, they compete together as dance partners in a 24-hour dance-a-thon.

    Having seen Gilmore Girls, I'm still not sure I agree this fits. Lorelai's big thing is that she and Rory don't have a typical mother-daughter relationship. They are equals, but in the same way friends are equal in a friendship. It actually leads to disputes whenever Rory does something Lorelai disagrees with (sleeping with Dean, dropping out of Yale, etc.) because Rory rebels against Lorelai pulling rank as her mother rather than continuing to behave as her best friend. I agree that they are best friends and equal, but despite their biological relationship, I don't think they function as a parent-child team.

    The distinction between GG and the other examples, I believe, lies in that the other examples all have adults who are clearly the lead, usually physically, who are there to protect the child. However, the child's contributions, while not always physically or financially equal, are perceived as equally valuable in whatever goal they are trying to reach. If push comes to shove, the child is to demure to the adult's leadership for their own safety. For example, at the end of the day, Batman is in charge and Robin will do as he says. Or Logan is in charge and Laura has to listen for her own safety.

    I also think it's because GG lacks an immediate goal. With the Thea Queen/ Malcolm Merlyn example they're working towards saving Star City. With Kratos and Atreus, they're trying to get to Jotunheim to spread Faye's ashes. Lorelai and Rory are just living life, trying to get by like everybody else. Every day general survival is a common goal, but it's also a common goal that equates to People Sit On Chairs.

    Just my thoughts.
  • May 16, 2018
    mahidevrans
    I completely agree with what you say (especially with regards to People Sit On Chairs), and that the proposed rewrite gives the example more meat.

    (This also prompted me to search for a "Parent is Best Friend" trope, and I couldn't find one. That might be a good TLP in the future to consider).
  • May 17, 2018
    pidget_spinner
    I could really use some more examples from animation
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