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When there is a group of friends all the same age, generally there is the couple in the group who act as the adults, sorta the parents of the group. Together they are like the superego of the gang and are actually recognized as the "[[TeamMom Mom]]" and "[[TeamDad Dad]]" of their friends.

Compare PromotionToParent and the girl and boy in ABoyAGirlAndABabyFamily when the group is a family.

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
%% The following {{Zero Context Example}}s have been commented out and copied to the Discussion page. Please don't uncomment them or add them back unless you add enough information to show how they fit the trope.
%% * Joe and Sora from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure''.
* Roy Mustang and Riza Hawkeye to their State Alchemist subordinates in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''.
* Hikitsu and Inami from ''FushigiYuugiGenbuKaiden'' were recognized as the parental figures of the Genbu Celestial Warriors.
* Franky and Robin from ''Manga/OnePiece'' act as the parents of the Straw Hats.
* Tamaki from ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' constantly refers himself as the club's "[[TeamDad dad]]" and calls Kyoya the "[[TeamMom Mom]]". Their actual roles are the reverse, though.
* In ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'', Fai accurately identifies himself and Kurogane as the "[[TeamMom mommy]]" and "[[TeamDad daddy]]" of the group.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In the season four premiere of ''Series/{{Angel}}'', "Deep Down," most of the Fang Gang of Angel Investigations have gone their separate ways, with Angel, Cordelia, Lorne, and Wesley all enmeshed in some situation that keeps them from seeing the group. Subtracting these characters from the group left us with Gunn, Fred, and Connor: i.e., a romantically involved adult couple and a teenage boy. Gunn and Fred were clearly growing into the role of acting as Connor's parents, worrying about his tendencies toward destructive rebellion in the way that his own parents might worry about it.
* On some episodes of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', Leonard and Penny assume the role of parents to Sheldon, especially Penny. Not so much with Howard and Rajesh, since they don't live in the apartment complex.
* An interesting example: On ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' when Buffy was dead, Willow and Tara became sorta the [[TeamMom surrogate mothers]] while Xander and Spike became somewhat of the [[TeamDad substitute fathers]] for Dawn. Buffybot became the public face of Buffy for Dawn at school before [[MakesSenseInContext Buffy was brought back from the dead.]]
* Piper and Leo from ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' started to fulfill these roles after they got married and Prue died.
* In ''Series/{{Community}}'', Jeff and Britta serve as the mom and dad of the study group in several situations. Repeatedly {{Lampshaded}}, [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]], [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]], and PlayedForLaughs in the show's typical BetterThanABareBulb fashion.
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Doctor and (when she's around) River Song are like this, especially with Amy and Rory. Winds up being a bit ironic, since [[spoiler:Amy and Rory are River's parents]].
** Played for similar irony in the very first series, where Ian and Barbara are the "parents" of both Susan (and later Vicki) and the Doctor, even though he's by far the oldest and Susan's grandfather.
** Played more straight with the Doctor and Romana to Adric (child) and K-9 (pet) in season 18.
* Ross and Monica, though brother and sister, act as the grownups on ''Series/{{Friends}}'' in earlier seasons. Later, Ross becomes [[{{Flanderization}} more childlike,]] while [[{{DeadpanSnarker}} Chandler]] [[{{CharacterDevelopment}} matures]] and marries Monica so they become the adults of the group.
* Marshall and Lily from ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' to the point that they question Ted's new girlfriends to see if they are right for him. In the few times where Marshall and Lily don't fill this role, it's usually taken up by Robin and Ted.
* Nate and Sophie on ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' act as the TeamDad and TeamMom respectively, with Eliot as the older brother, and Hardison and Parker as the younger siblings.
* John Sheppard and Elizabeth Weir on ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' are this to the entire expedition, especially the command team.
* Eric and Donna from ''Series/That70sShow'' were noted in an episode where the gang were dining and ditching a restaurant to be the parents of the group. After they broke up there was an episode where they fight over their friends' attention with clear overtones of divorcÚs working out a custody dispute.
* Senator Lance and Valerie Prevert on ''Series/YouCantDoThatOnTelevision'', they appear to be ALL the child cast members' parents.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Carlisle and Esme Cullen of ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' are the adoptive parents of Edward, Emmett and Alice Cullen, as well as Rosalie and Jasper Hale despite the fact that everyone except Carlisle is about the same age.
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[[folder:Music]]
%% The following {{Zero Context Example}}s have been commented out and copied to the Discussion page. Please don't uncomment them or add them back unless you add enough information to show how they fit the trope.
%% * Meiko and Kaito in ''Music/{{Vocaloid}}'' fanon.
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