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-> ''"You are nearly there," said James. "Very close. We are ... so proud of you."''
--> -- ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows''

Our young hero has accomplished! Perhaps he has triumphed, perhaps he has decided to undertake a HeroicSacrifice, perhaps he has proven worthy to respond to the Call.

How can this be fittingly celebrated? Why, have him be told how proud people are of him!

Normally this is said only by people who have reason to be proud: his parents, a ParentalSubstitute, [[{{Mentors}} his mentor]], the TeamDad, AFatherToHisMen, etc. This is usually done for a young hero, whose skills might have been in doubt, and had unquestionably been formed by the person saying it. It may happen very early in the story, as proof that he is ready for the call, but is more common at the end to validate his CharacterDevelopment.

May also be a form of encouragement after TheHero has progressed a certain amount but is feeling discouraged.

There is the form "I'm so proud of you." Or "We are so proud of you," if one can speak for more than one (a mother or father for both parents).

Then there is the form "Your father would have been so proud of you." Normally addressed to fatherless heroes, though any DisappearedDad may qualify them. May be spoken by the mother, or by any other mentor. They may not want, even in this moment, to have a NotSoStoic moment, and so distance themselves from the praise. They may be aware that the child [[WellDoneSonGuy craves his father's approval, and would value this.]] They may also not want to claim too much credit, since saying "I am so proud of you," implies that they have a reason to be proud.

While "father" is the commonest, "Your mother (or other figure) would be so proud of you," is also possible, in similar situations. "You should be proud of yourself" is another alternative, which ascribes even more of the credit to TheHero himself.

This is, in fact, what the WellDoneSonGuy craves, but the hero has not usually been striving with his eye on it, and the speaker is willing to tell him, freely.

This trope can also be PlayedForLaughs when the child does something despicable or even outright criminal, and the parent approves of their deviant behavior. Alternatively, the trope DontTellMama exists because a crooks wants to hear this and doesn't want their parents to be disappointed in them for taking up a life of crime.

Contrast ItHasBeenAnHonor, where the character is usually addressing someone he has not formed, though he may have led him. Powerful potential for a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming right here. Also contrast DisappointedInYou.

See YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame for when they don't want this praise.

Also see LikeASonToMe.

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* A rather terrifying (though oddly fluffy) example appears at the very end of the infamous original ending of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': [[spoiler:Shinji decides that he wants to be himself and to "stay here," the theatre scene disappears, and all the other characters congratulate him including Gendou and Yui]]. Pretty chilling due to its vagueness.
** One popular way of reconciling the movie and series is to see the movie as the physical world and the series as Shinji's personal mental world. Combining that with the various "the you which is in her" shenanigans, the series ends with Shinji congratulating himself, through the guises of various people he knows, on rejecting instrumentality. Which basically inverts this trope. Unverified research ho!
** Evangelion has a few more subversions. After his first battle, Misato tells Shinji that he did a noble thing and he should be proud, but he doesn't take it to heart due to the pain it caused him, the fact that he still thinks of her as a stranger, and getting punched by another kid in school. Later in the series, after another battle, his father tells him (unenthusiastically, by speakerphone) he did a good job. He actually really takes it to heart and feels good about it, but a few episodes later he criticizes himself for letting himself make a big deal out of a very small compliment.
* Inverted in ''FruitsBasket''. When Yuki rejects his mother's attempts at a parent-teacher conference to lay out his life for him, he says that he wants to become something ''he'' can be proud of.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', there's a moment somewhat like this when [[spoiler: Naruto's father, the 4th Hokage]], is shown telling Naruto that he believes in him, that Konoha [[spoiler: can be rebuilt]], and he's counting on him.
** [[BadassTeacher Iruka]] [[ParentalSubstitute Umino]] invokes this trope numerous times throughout the series, constantly praising and encouraging Naruto when everyone else ignored or mistreated him. During Naruto's battle with Pain, Iruka can be seen smiling with immense pride at everything Naruto has accomplished.
** It's even better when Naruto returns from a deadly battle with Pain and the ENTIRE VILLAGE--the vast majority of whom have hated him his entire life for something he didn't do--cheers his return. He also earns a hug from his crush, who's always considered him an annoying friend.
** It is revealed that before his death, [[spoiler:Fugaku said that he was proud of Itachi, no matter what]]. This same sentiment is carried over when [[spoiler:Itachi declares, no matter what Sasuke does, he will always love his younger brother]].
** Kakashi told his father he was proud of him, which also counts as Forgiveness. I'm pretty sure his dad [[WellDoneSonGuy returned the sentiment]].
* In ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'', Okita's older sister and foster mother Mitsuba says how proud of him she is [[spoiler:in her last moments. What results are the only tears Okita sheds during the entire series.]]
* Toward the end of ''WandabaStyle'', TeenGenius Susumu's father tells his wife that she should say this to their son, since he surpassed them both. We don't find out whether she does or not, though.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'': "You became a taller man than I was." [[spoiler:Such are the words of Kamina's ghost to Simon]].
* An interesting double subversion happens in ''KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'': [[spoiler:Kenichi's masters first chastise Kenichi for risking his life on a mission and put him on a house arrest. But later Kenichi's CoolBigSis mentor Shigure secretly sets him an eavesdropping device through which he hears that his masters are actually celebrating his courage.]]
* In ''Manga/DragonBall Z,'' [[spoiler:right before Vegeta [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifices himself]] in a (failed) attempt to kill Majin Buu]], Vegeta embraces his son, Trunks, and says "I want you to know that...you have made me proud."
** And later, Goku says this to Gohan after the latter's full potential is unlocked.
** Goku says it to Gohan after he beats [[spoiler:Cell, which is right before Goku teleports Cell away from the Earth before the android can blow up the planet.]]
* Subverted in ''Manga/DeathNote'', as Soichiro Yagami finally confirms [[spoiler:on his deathbed]] that his son Light isn't the mass-murderer Kira. [[spoiler:[[EverybodyKnowsThat He is.]]]]
** Played straight when ''Ryuk'' says this to Light at his graduation ceremony...
* In ''HighSchoolDXD'', after [[spoiler: Sairaorg's mom finally wakes up from a long coma, she sees her son and tells her she's proud of him. It causes him to shed a SingleTear.]]
* The ''{{Trigun}}'' manga has a version of this for Wolfwood. But instead of a parent figure saying it, [[spoiler: the children of the orphanage throw confetti out of their escape ship to tell him "welcome home." They've realized that the brutal, cynical, hardass man who just killed himself to save them is not only one of them but is actually their beloved "big brother" who left them just a few years prior. He's maybe in his late teens and only looks (and fights) like a full-grown man because of artificial enhancements.]]
* In ''MedakaBox'', Medaka [[spoiler:briefly dies]], and her consciousness briefly awakens in a room where Anshin'in had meant to meet her at one time. There she finds [[spoiler:the lost spirit of her mother, Hato Tsurubami. Tsurubami]] tells her that she doesn't need to fight any more. Medaka, however, refuses to accept that, even after [[spoiler:her mother]] asserts to her about the way the world is. Although she doesn't deny her logic, Medaka states that she'd rather question the way the world is rather than just accept the way it is, especially because of how much she loves people. After she leaves, [[spoiler:Tsurubami]] reflects on her own inability to continue fighting, and that there's only one thing that hasn't ever changed about her: [[spoiler:how happy she was to have given birth to Medaka]].
* In ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'', Hana's mother, after a period of estrangement from her daughter over her doing tankery, comes to a flower exhibit that Hana put on, concedes that doing tankery enabled her to bring a new sense of personality to her flowers, and admits that while her methods are different, they are good on their own merits. At the end of the tournament, [[spoiler:Maho tells Miho that her way of fighting is different from the Nishizumi style and that she's glad she has found her own way of tankery. Even [[JerkAss Miho's mother]] is shown at one point sighing, before smiling and applauding for Miho's victory]].
* Chapter 36 of ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'' has Nanoha saying the following to her [[spoiler:unconscious]] daughter after she had just watched her give her all in her match against [[FriendlyRival Miura]].
--> '''Nanoha''': You were splendid, Vivio.
* Kikyo from HunterXHunter is a rather twisted example of this trope. Being part of a BigScrewedUpFamily of ProfessionalKillers, she regularly praises her son Killua for doing ruthless things like assaulting her or taking her hostage.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In an issue of ''YoungAvengers Presents'', BuckyBarnes tells Patriot that Jeff Mace, the [[LegacyCharacter original]] GoldenAge Patriot, would be proud to see his [[AffirmativeActionLegacy legacy living on]].
* In ''ComicBook/RedHoodAndTheOutlaws'' Jason is insanely surprised when Superman tells him that Batman vouches for him and the Outlaws. This touched briefly in #17, and in #18[[spoiler: the reader finally gets to see Bruce, both in Jason's memories and in the present, admit how proud he is of him.]]
* A ''stunningly'' dark subversion in Garth Ennis' Preacher series. Jesse Custer breaks the back of the man who shot his father in front of his eyes, then later killed his mother [[spoiler: (or so he thought)]] and generally acted like a world-class sociopath... all the while teaching Jesse to ride, shoot, fight and fix engines. What are Jody's last words to him? "Prouda' you, boy..." Custer reacts by snarling out "DIE!" and strangling whatever life is left in him.
** Also, near the end, when Jesse is getting ready for his final fight, the Cowboy, who has appeared several times to him over the course of the comic to inspire him, appears and tells him this.
---> Jesse: "Hey. I want to thank you."
---> Cowboy: "Thank me fer what...?"
---> Jesse: "For bein' a goddamn hero."
---> Cowboy: "Hell, pilgrim, I'm just a ...broke-down, wore-out ol' cowboy. But this broke-down, wore-out cowboy wanted ya to know, He's prouda ya."
* In ''ComicBook/AstroCity'', Steeljack tells one of the heroes of the Honor Guard that her (late) father would be proud of her. This produces a rather vehement reaction in her, since her father was a well-known super villain who fought the Honor Guard on a number of occasions. [[ComplimentBackfire Steeljack probably meant that he would be proud to see she didn't follow in his footsteps and became a member of the world's premier superhero team-up, but coming from a super villain...]]
* During ' ComicBook/DarkReign'', Phobos used his powers to briefly cause [[BigBad Norman Osborn]] to have a breakdown by telling him that even though he thinks he's in control of his Green Goblin persona, he's not & he ''will'' fail. His father Ares (Who it should be noted was aligned with Osborn at the time) is stood off to the side watching, with a proud look on his face that all but says "That's my boy".
* Just before the Clone Saga, Aunt May [[http://asylums.insanejournal.com/scans_daily/258495.html tells]] Peter she knows that he's SpiderMan, and that his uncle would be proud of them. Both of them are. Aww...
** In Amazing Spider-Man 600 there's a short story about Uncle Ben and Peter's relationship. Ben keeps telling Peter "your father would be so proud of you" but what Peter wants Ben to say is "I'm proud of you". When he does its CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming.
* ''ComicBook/{{Batwoman}}'': When Kate Kane comes home to her father and explains that she's been separated from the army, he naturally wants to know why.
--> "Article 125, that's homosexual conduct."
--> "Yes, sir."
--> "Why couldn't you tell him what he needed to hear?"
--> "I'd have been lying."
--> "Then you kept your honor and your integrity. I'm proud of you. [[MissingMom Your mother]] would have been, too."
* ''Comicbook/{{Flashpoint}}'': Thanks to some time-travel shenanigans, [[spoiler: TheFlash delivers a message to Bruce from an alt-universe Thomas Wayne, which brings tears to the man's face.]]
* In ''ComicBook/AllFallDown'', this is played for laughs when [[spoiler:IQ]] visits [[spoiler:IQ Squared]] in prison.
* ''Comicbook/XMen'': Emma says this to Kitty [[spoiler:while the latter is trapped in the Breakworld's bullet]].
-->'''Kitty''': Disappointed, Ms. Frost?
-->'''Emma''': Astonished, Ms. Pryde.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''Fanfic/BoysUndSenshado'', a surprising example comes from [[Anime/GirlsUndPanzer Shiho]], who, in canon, was [[AbusiveParents very unlikely to say anything of the sort]]. Shiho says this to Maho after [[spoiler:Shiho reveals that she has known for some time that Maho was willing to be her heiress for her younger sister Miho's sake, hoping to free Miho from having to live up to the family's standards]].
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon:
** Disney was going to have a song called "Proud of Your Boy" in ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', but it got scrapped along with the character of Aladdin's mother. After all, Disney has a [[MissingMom reputation]] [[ParentalAbandonment to]] [[DeceasedParentsAreTheBest keep]].
** Disney gets another chance with So Proud of You with ''Disney/{{Mulan}}''. The movie ends with Mulan coming home from the army. She presents her father with the sword of the Mongolian general and a medal from the emperor. He tosses these trinkets aside, embraces his daughter and tells her how proud he is of her.
-->'''Fa Zhou''': The greatest gift and honor is having you for a daughter.
* In ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'', after Stoick realizes his son, Hiccup, whom he earlier [[IHaveNoSon rejected]], is incredibly wise and brave and about to fight a giant dragon in an apparent HeroicSacrifice, he tells him how proud he is to be his father.
** This also includes an aversion of the earlier repeated line.
--> You just have to be a little less... ''(gestures at Hiccup)'' this.
--> '''Hiccup:''' You just pointed at all of me.
** Later on:
--> '''Stoick''': We just needed a little more ''(gestures at Hiccup)'' this
--> '''Hiccup:''' You just pointed at all of me.
* The end of ''WesternAnimation/RecessSchoolsOut''.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''The Adventures of Sinbad'':
-->'''Sinbad''': Rumina would be proud.
** Which probably counts as an inversion, Rumina being the series's VainSorceress and arguably main recurring villain that Sinbad has to deal with...
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** Episode I - ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'':
-->'''Shmi''': [to Anakin] I'm so very proud of you.
** Episode III - ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'':
-->'''Obi-Wan''': You are strong and wise, Anakin, and I am very proud of you. I have trained you since you were a small boy. I have taught you everything I know. And you have become a far greater Jedi than I could ever hope to be.
*** Which makes what happens later in the film [[TearJerker bitterly tragic.]]
* In ''TheSixthSense'', Lynn Sear is not happy her son is crazy and claims to see dead people. He then [[spoiler:says about her mother: "She said you came to the place where they buried her. Asked her a question. She said the answer is...Every day." What did you ask?" Lynn replies, "Do... Do I make her proud?"]].
* A [[InvertedTrope reversal]] with Lulu saying this to her crazy father, [[Creator/SamuelLJackson Romulus]], in ''The Caveman's Valentine''.
* When [[Film/StarTrek James T. Kirk]] is [[Awesome/StarTrek promoted to Captain]] of the ''Enterprise'', he takes over from Captain Chris Pike, who [[DareToBeBadAss convinced him to join Starfleet in the first place]]. After the formal dialogue, Pike shakes Kirk's hand and says simply,
-->'''Pike''': Congratulations, Captain. Your father would be proud.
** And likely was in the prime timeline.
* In ''Film/IronMan2'', it comes in a slightly different form. It's more accurately ''confidence'' that the hero will eventually make him proud, but it's really the same thing. Tony Stark recalls that his father was "cold and calculating," and that he "never told me he loved me, [and] never told me he liked me"). Thus, when Nick Fury tells him that his dad always believed he would carry on his legacy and take the arc reactor to the next level, Tony scoffed at the notion. Later, while going through his old man's stuff, he stumbles upon a [[VideoWills recording his father left]] that was meant only for him. In it, he reveals that all of his life's work had always been for Tony. He also states that he is confident his son would change the future where he could not, and leaves him with [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming this final message]],
-->'''Howard Stark''': What is, and always will be, my greatest creation... is you.
* At the end of ''AKnightsTale,'' the goofy sidekick says: "''Sir William Thatcher.'' Your father heard that."
* From ''Film/BatmanBegins'':
--> '''Rachel Dawes''': Your father would be very proud of you. And so am I.
** This is a callback after an earlier WhatTheHellHero moment when she says he would be ashamed of him
* In ''Film/{{Thor}}'', this conversation at the end of the movie between Thor and Odin.
--> '''Thor''': One day, I shall make you proud.
--> '''Odin''': [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming You've already made me proud.]]
* Papa Smurf shows this to Clumsy near the end of ''Film/TheSmurfs.''
* Inverted and unspoken with ''RealSteel''. [[spoiler: As Max Kenton watches his father Charlie [[CrowningMomentofAwesome shadow box with Atom to absolutely beat-down Zeus]], Charlie has the most ecstatic look on his face as he boxes again. The look on Max's face screams that he is proud to be Charlie's son]].
* ''HorseFeathers'' - subverted in typical Marx Brothers fashion, as Frank Wagstaff (Zeppo) congratulates his father (Groucho) on becoming college president:
-->'''Frank''': Dad, let me congratulate you. I'm proud to be your son.
-->'''Professor Wagstaff''': My boy, you took the words right out of my mouth. I'm ashamed to be your father. You're a disgrace to our family name of Wagstaff, if such a thing is possible.
* In ''Film/OzTheGreatAndPowerful'', after the climatic battle, the Master Tinker assures Glinda that her father would have been so proud of her.
* In ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', during Shaw's final words to Erik, he compliments his former pupil on becoming such a powerful and superior mutant since he last saw him and says that he makes him proud. This would be endearing if only it didn't come from Erik's EvilMentor and the murderer of his mother.
* A particularly lovely moment in ''Film/TheGoonies'' where Data's dad, an inventor like his son, tries to take a picture with a spring-loaded camera though it fails. Data tells his father that it's alright, since he cannot hug a photo. His dad responds with "You are my greatest invention."
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[[folder:Literature]]
* [[spoiler: James, Lily, Sirius and Remus to Harry,]] in the end of ''Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows''.
** Also in the end of the final book, when [[spoiler: [[TheChewToy Neville Longbottom]] meets and exceeds his unattainable goal of being as good as his parents were, and his Grandmother tells him how proud she is]].
** Another, unspoken, one from ''Deathly Hallows'', when Harry enters Dumbledore's office after the Final Battle:
---> [[spoiler:But Harry had eyes only for the man who stood in the largest portrait directly behind the headmaster's chair. Tears were sliding down from behind the half-moon spectacles into the long silver beard, and the pride and gratitude emanating from him filled Harry with the same balm as phoenix song.]]
* ''Literature/TheBible'':
** After Jesus' baptism and during the Transfiguration, God shows up to declare that "this is my Son, in whom I am well pleased".
** Matthew 25:23, the parable of the talents: "His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!' Other parables have similar "so proud of you" moments.
** The final judgement is this for those in humanity who believed in Jesus.
* In the flashback at the end of Creator/DanAbnett's Literature/GauntsGhosts novel, ''First & Only'', Gaunt's mentor Oktar tells him, "Your father would be proud of you," after his first military victory. Gaunt tells him that he is sure his (dead) father is.
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' series, the tearful reunion between Rand al'Thor and his adoptive father in ''Towers of Midnight'' certainly invokes this trope. Especially since the [[TheStoic aloof,]] [[OneManArmy all-powerful]] [[TheChosenOne Dragon Reborn]] ends up ''weeping'' in his father's arms. [[HeartwarmingMoments Quite unashamedly too. And in front of a crowd.]]
-->'''Rand:''' "I've done so much that is terrible."
-->'''Tam:''' "Nobody walks a difficult path without stumbling now and again. It didn't break you when you fell. That's the important part."
* In LoisMcMasterBujold's ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga The Warrior's Apprentice]]'', Miles says he wants to make his life "an offering fit to lay at my father's feet":
-->'''Aral Vorkosigan:''' ''Clay, boy. Only clay. Not fit to receive so golden a sacrifice.''
* Invoked in SandyMitchell's CiaphasCain novel ''The Traitor's Hand''. Cain engaged in a conflict with Chaos forces that were chasing a praetor; the praetor filled him on the danger and was injured. Later, he met a PDF general, his father, and praised his son's courage to him, manifestly inspiring paternal pride. He heard afterwards that the general had objected to his son's going into the praetors, and the incident brought about a reconciliation.
* In William King's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} SpaceWolf novel ''Grey Hunters'', after Ragnar's FieldPromotion, the gravely wounded Hakon gives him some warnings about tendencies which might undermine him, and then
-->''Despite what I just said, I wanted to tell you that I was proud of you. You were the best batch of aspirants I ever trained at Russvik. Maybe the best I ever saw. See to it that you live up to that.''
* In GrahamMcNeill's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Literature/{{Ultramarines}} novel ''Warriors of Ultramar'', after their first battle, Learchus praises the soldiers he had put through TrainingFromHell: "I am so proud of you." When one says it was his training, he [[ThinkNothingOfIt sloughs off the credit]], declaring the greatness had been in them, he had merely brought it out. "You are warriors of Ultramar, and I am proud to call you brothers." (He had, in fact, planned on doing this, for morale: when a captain had complaining that the men thought he was showing off in training, he explained that he had been, so they would know what a great warrior he was, and when it came time for him to praise them, it would mean much to them.)
** In ''Dead Sky Black Sun'', after the climactic battle, the Lord of the Unfleshed solicits praise from Uriel: "Emperor happy?" Uriel looks at the damage and assures them that they made the Emperor very happy with their work.
*** Earlier, Uriel had seen a once-possible future that involved a fine son whom he would have been proud of; he regrets it, but does not let that stop him.
* In GrahamMcNeill's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} novel ''Storm of Iron'', [[spoiler:Leonid]] speaks to praise the troops and encourage them. One assures him they won't let him down, and [[spoiler:Leonid]] says that he knows it, and he's damned proud of them.
* In GrahamMcNeill's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} (again) HorusHeresy novel ''False Gods'', when Horus sees how Maggard fought against [[ZombieApocalypse the walking corpses]], he admires his [[CoolSword Kirlian blade]] but his skill as well, telling him that he should feel proud of himself. Overwhelmed, Maggard sinks to his knees before him, and when Horus tells him that that is inappropriate for so great a warrior, he has Maggard's complete loyalty. (Somewhat assisted by how House Carpinus treated him -- [[NiceToTheWaiter taking out his vocal cords so he can not speak inappropriately in his mistress's presence]].)
** In Matt Farrer's "After Desh'ea" (in ''Tales of Heresy''), Kharne tells Angron of how the Emperor [[MeaningfulRename named them the War Hounds]] and that they were proud of it and hoped that he would be proud of that, too.
* At the end of ''Literature/TheGraveyardBook'', Bod thinks he hears his mother's voice telling him she's proud of him.
* In Patrick Rothfuss's ''TheNameOfTheWind'', Kvothe's mother gets him to study formal etiquette by asking him if he wants her to be proud of him.
* In Rick Riordan's ''PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' books, Poseidon tells Percy that he is his favorite son. [[spoiler:At the end of the series, several gods show extreme pleasure with their demi-god children, as with Ares slapping Clarisse on the back and telling her "That's my girl."]]
** Early on in PercyJackson, Percy's mother tells him that his father would be proud of him. Understandably, Percy is angry because at this point he doesn't know who his father was and he's furious that his father never came to see him or his mom. But after finally meeting him face to face at the end of the first book, while not exactly saying the words, Posideon tells Percy that he did well on his quest with his eyes gleaming with pride.
* In Jim Butcher's DresdenFiles novel ''Proven Guilty'', at the end [[spoiler:Ebneazer to Harry]].
* In Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs's ''[[JohnCarterOfMars The Gods of Mars]]'', John Carter, prisoner, meets another prisoner, a young man who recounts how he fought valiantly with [[AncestralWeapon his father's sword]] before his capture, and has the consolation that his DisappearedDad would have been proud of him, if he had known.
** Later, speaking of his fights within the GladiatorGames he says his mother would be proud to see "how well I have maintained the traditions of my father's prowess"
*** The reader, who is hopefully not quite as thick as Captain Carter, probably figures out well before it's stated that [[spoiler:the young man, Carthoris, is his own son.]]
* There are a few times in the XWingSeries where Mirax Terrick, who grew up like a sister to Wedge Antilles, tells him that his parents would be proud of him. Her father basically helped raise him after Jagged and Zena Antilles were killed.
* In Creator/PatriciaCWrede's ''ThirteenthChild'', after Lan deduced that there was something about the Rationalist settlement, his father spent the next weeks oscillating between bursting with pride over Lan and frustration with {{Obstructive Bureaucrat}}s preventing them from doing anything about it.
* In JamesSwallow's ''[[Literature/BloodAngels Deus Sanguinius]]'', a woman is mortally wounded striving to be one of Arkio's chosen soldiers. Sachiel assures her that her children are proud of her, mercy-kills her with a weapon meant for Space Marines, and [[DiesWideOpen closes her eyes when she dies]].
* In Chris Roberson's ImperialFists novel ''Sons of Dorn'', Captain Taelos tells the Scouts and sergeant that he is proud to have served as their commander when facing a LastStand. Afterward, he tells the newly minted Imperial Fists that he summoned them to commend them -- and expresses it in concrete form, restoring to them the swords that had been taken from them when they were chosen as aspirants, after having them adapted to be suited for a SpaceMarine to fight with.
* In JohnCWright's ''[[Literature/ChroniclesOfChaos The Orphans of Chaos]]'', after Quentin stands off the [[spoiler:Lamia]], Boggins tells him how proud he is and what a pity it is that Quentin will not remember.
* In JasperFforde's ''[[Literature/ThursdayNext Lost In A Good Book]]'', when Landen is eradicated, Thursday assures his parents that they would have been proud of him.
** In ''The Woman Who Died a Lot'', Thursday tells Friday she's proud of him having found his purpose for even a moment (he will forget because he's changing timelines) before urging him to think of a different way to achieve it.
* In ''{{Warcraft}}'' ''LordOfTheClans'', after Thrall mortally wounds him Blackmoore tells Thrall that he is everything he wanted Thrall to become and that he is proud of him. Thrall is understandably upset since Blackmoore made his youth a living hell and had just murdered his beloved foster sister Taretha. Hearing the bastard ''approve'' of Thrall denied him any satisfaction from killing him.
* In JackCampbell's ''TheLostFleet'' book ''Dreadnaught'', Captain Desjani smiles as she watches Geary watch the fleet go into formation, and explains that he's obviously so proud of them.
* In Creator/GeneStrattonPorter's ''Literature/{{Freckles}}'', Freckles gets it second-hand from his ParentalSubstitute; Angel tells him of it.
-->''"Well, Mr. McLean said We'd probably find his son here"\\
"His son!" cried Freckles.\\
"That's what he said. And that you would do anything you could for us; and that we could trust you with our lives. But I would have trusted you anyway, if I hadn't known a thing about you. Say, your father is rampaging proud of you, isn't he?"\\
"I don't know," answered the dazed Freckles.\\
"Well, call on me if you want reliable information. He's so proud of you he is all swelled up like the toad in AesopsFables. If you have ever had an arm hurt like this, and can do anything, why, for pity sake, do it!" ''
* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', Marco's mother has said this to Marco about his heroic activities in fighting the Yeerk presence on Earth. It means a lot coming from her: She forms a lot of his motivation for fighting, for she has been abducted away from Earth and seldom has an opportunity to say anything to anyone.
* [[TheLostFleet 'Black Jack Geary']] says this ''a lot'' to his sailors and officers and means it sincerely dispite the problems they've given him.
* The phrase shows up in at least two different picture book based on the children's show ''WesternAnimation/LittleEinsteins'' - ''Quincy's Dream'' and ''Annie's Solo Mission''. It may appear in the episodes they're based on as well.
* In Creator/SeananMcGuire's ''Literature/OctoberDaye'' novels
** ''Late Eclipses'', the Queen says her mother would have been so proud of her after appointing her Countess. Later Toby, musing, thinks that her father would have been proud of her heroics.
** ''Ashes Of Honor'', Toby talks of how proud his parents must be after Quentin breaks them into a place. Quentin only grins.
* Villanous example in the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' novels: [[BigBad Albrecht]] [[TheChessmaster Detweiler]] says this in a speech he gives to the Mesan Alignment Navy after their successful completion of Operation Oyster Bay.
* In AndreNorton's ''Storm over Literature/{{Warlock}}'', Ragnar, thinking he is talking to Garth, tells him how glad he is that he made despite the black marks on his record, and how their father would have been so proud of him. (Shann, who was the butt of Garth's relentless bullying, adn is the one actually listening, finds it rather hard.
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* ''{{Frasier}}''. Frasier gives this as his speech to his son Frederick at his bar mitzvah. Albeit [[InTheOriginalKlingon in the Klingon language]] (ItMakesSenseInContext).
* ''Series/TheATeam'' [[spoiler: Murdock discovers that former criminal A.J. Bancroft is Face's father.]] While talking to [[spoiler: Face]] in one scene, Bancroft just can't work up the courage to tell him, but he manages this:
-->'''Bancroft:''' Any father would be proud of you.
* A truly heartwrenching episode in ''Series/{{Bones}}'', when Zach reveals his connection with the [[spoiler:Gormogan]].
-->'''Zach''': If you understood, you would be proud of me.
-->'''Brennan''': I have always been proud of you, Zach.
* ''Series/CriminalMinds''
** After Reid [[spoiler:shot the [=UnSub=]]] at the end of "LDSK", Gideon reassures him that he did the right thing. Clip can be seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gR0FNNx5kn0 here]].
--->'''Gideon''': This is going to hit you, and when it does, there's only three facts you need to know. You did what you had to do, and a lot of good people are alive because of what you did.\\
'''Reid''': What's the third?\\
'''Gideon''': I'm proud of you.
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', after the Doctor saves his home planet from a [[ShapedLikeItself Deadly Assassin]], his former teacher (who ''just barely'' passed him out of school) has a word for the departing hero:
-->'''Borusa''': Oh, Doctor? Nine out of ten.
** Years later, when Wilfred Mott was mistaken for Ten's father, he says that he isn't, but would be proud if he was.
** And before that, virtually every time Peter Tyler, of either universe, has with his daughter and acknowledges her as such.
** Also, the scene from ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' episode [[Recap/TheSarahJaneAdventuresS4E5E6DeathOfTheDoctor Death of the Doctor]], when the Doctor tells Jo that just before his previous regeneration, he went back and visited ''every single companion''. He rounds it off with this [[CrowningMomentofHeartWarming heartwarming]] line.
--> "And I was so....proud."
* In ''Series/{{Flashpoint}}'', Parker says this to the team [[spoiler: after a particularly difficult and exhausting mission, to which they were immediately interrogated by a investigator afterwards.]]
* Blair says this to Chuck a lot in season three of ''GossipGirl''. Until he [[spoiler:sells her to his uncle for a hotel]], that is.
* Al and Peg Bundy sometimes felt this way whenever their kids did something despicable on ''Series/MarriedWithChildren''. Whether it was Al being proud of Bud beating up larger men in a bar fight,[[CombatPragmatist especially by playing dirty]] or Peg being proud of Bud and Kelly when they blackmailed her into sharing the money she would have made on selling the engine of Al's [[TheAllegedCar Dodge]], what would be a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming on any other show is instead a CrowningMomentOfFunny here.
* Guinevere tells Arthur "I'm so proud of you," in the season three finale of ''Series/{{Merlin}}''.
* ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'': In the SeriesFauxnale "Doomsday Part 2", with Rita apparently out of tricks, Zordon offers the Rangers a chance to hang up their morphers. When they very firmly reject it, he has this to say:
--> '''Zordon:''' "I am very pleased to hear you say those things. The world is very lucky to have you, and so am I. May the Power protect you, always."
* ''{{Misfits}}'' brought out a rather unexpected example from [[JerkAss Nathan]], of all people. Over the course of this episode, [[ButtMonkey Simon]] has ended up in a relationship with Jesica, who's believed to be a serial killer; naturally, the other Misfits do their best to try and keep him safe- even Nathan, who spent most of the first season bullying Simon. However, it turns out that the murders were all committed by the woman's overprotective father, and at the end of the episode, Simon actually explains that Jessica was never a psychopath- she was a virgin.
-->'''Nathan:''' I ''knew'' there was something wrong with her.
-->'''Simon:''' (grinning) Fixed that.
-->( {{Beat}} )
-->'''Nathan:''' I'm proud of you, man!
-->([[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming He hugs Simon]])
* In the ''Series/{{Monk}}'' episode "Mr. Monk Meets his Dad," Adrian goes on a cross country trip with his father Jack after being reunited with him for the first time in years. During the episode Jack tells him of his other son ("Jack Jr.") who's a famous doctor. Near the end after the two wind up bonding and Adrian manages to figure out the murder of the episode, Jack eventually apologizes for how he treated Adrian and never being there for him, saying how horrible a father he's been. Adrian reminds him what he said about Jack Jr., but Jack reveals everything he said was a lie. When Adrian asks why he did made it up, Jack simply responds:
-->'''Jack Monk:''' I wanted to have a son that I could be proud of. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming I didn't know I had one in San Francisco.]]
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''
** After spending endless hours tormenting JD, Dr Cox tells him he's proud of him when JD's father dies (as they watch sports on the TV together with JD's brother, no less).
** In an interesting reversal, JD tells Cox that he is proud of him because of his severe reaction to losing three patients in quick succession (which is actually the catalyst for Cox to recover, and hence heavily implies that JD's opinion is the only one that really matters to him).
** An example occurs in the [[SeriesFauxNale last episode]]. A running subplot in the episodes leading up to the final is Cox's inability to admit to missing JD. In the end, JD leaves, Cox say nothing, apparently because he was a teacher, albeit a good one, and JD was just another student. Of course, [[spoiler: he is near-immediately tricked into singing JD's praises in a low-key ZanyScheme, which still manages to be a kind of [[HoYay totally platonic]] ''[[AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther aw, look, they really do respect each other]]'' moment.]]
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
** In ''Progeny'', Clark reveals to Chloe that he told her mother everything he knows about Chloe before she [[spoiler:[[{{TearJerker/Smallville}} goes completely catatonic]]]] and she is very proud of her daughter.
** ''Bizarro''
-->'''MartianManhunter''': ''Your father would be proud. He did everything he could to prepare you, but bravery... is not something you can learn.''
** Aunt Nell tells Lana that she's proud of her on her wedding day to LexLuthor, though doesn't specify what for.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek''
** ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''
*** Throughout the episode "Final Mission," [[CreatorsPet Wesley]] has been struggling to get water and save the life of his mentor/father-figure Jean-Luc Picard. Near the end, when it looks as if he has failed Picard tells him:
---> Wesley, you remember...I was always proud of you.
** ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''
*** Garak spent his entire life seeking his father's approval and never getting it. It's only when his father is on his deathbed that he finally learns, with his father's dying breath, that his father's always been proud of him.
---> [[spoiler:'''Tain:''']] "Elim, remember that day in the country? You must have been almost five."
---> '''Garak:''' "How can I forget it? It was the only day."
---> [[spoiler:'''Tain:''']] "I can still see you on the back of that riding hound. You must have fallen off a dozen times, but you never gave up."
---> '''Garak:''' "I remember limping home. You held my hand."
---> [[spoiler:'''Tain:''']] "I was very proud of you that day."
* John Winchester says this to Dean in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'''s "In My Time Of Dying" [[spoiler:right before he dies]]. Of course, he fucks up this very nice, well-deserved sentiment by also telling him that he'll [[spoiler:have to kill Sam if he ever turns evil]].
** Dean also says this to Sam in "Scarecrow," and implies it often even if he doesn't outright say it.
* ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'' had this when Bonnie was told this by her grandmother's ghost after she closes that gates to send all the ghosts back.
* ''Series/TheWestWing'' had the episode Ellie, where the president's middle daughter crossed horns with her father, telling him that she felt that she didn't know how to please him.
-->'''Bartlet:''' The only thing you had to do to make me happy was to come home at the end of the day.
** In season seven after [[spoiler:Leo, Josh's father figure]] dies Donna comforts Josh by telling him "''He was so proud of you''."
* ''Series/{{Psych}}'': Although Henry Spencer rarely admits it, he's proud of what his son had accomplished over the years.
* In ''Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood'', this was practically a {{catchphrase}} as Fred Rogers regularly told [[NoFourthWall his viewers]], "I'm proud of you just the way you are."
* A real life version appeared ''HolmesOnHomes'' when Mike Sr, informs his son Mike Jr, who turned 19 the day the episode was filmed, in front of the entire crew how proud he was of him. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming And then gave him his birthday present, a new pickup truck.]]
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* In ''PricklyCity'', when they admit to having just left him in prison, Kevin weeps TearsOfJoy because they had learned so well from him.
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* Guan Yu in the ''DynastyWarriors'' games. His children are warriors in the service of Shu just like him, and he makes it a point to show them how proud he is of them, calling them the future of Shu.
* The first ''BaldursGate'' game does this really well; if Khalid is in your party, and your character is Good, then he will compliment you, saying, "Gorion would be so proud of you" (Gorion is your foster father). Since this usually only occurs when you do some significant Good act, it does make your character feel like a hero.
* In the first ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClank'' game, [[spoiler: Clank meets up with the computer that created him for final instructions on Chairman Drek. He leaves saying "I will try to make you proud, Mom." The computer displays "You already have." Clank never sees it.]]
** [[RatchetAndClankFutureACrackInTime "But intelligence and logic would have been wasted gifts]] [[TearJerker without honor and loyalty.]] [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming I am proud to see that you came into those on your own."]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' , [[spoiler:The PC's father]] basically gives you one of these at the Jefferson Memorial, if you've been playing the good side of the KarmaMeter.
* Titania says this to Ike in ''FireEmblem: Path of Radiance''. In the [[MultipleEndings Best Ending]] of ''Radiant Dawn'', too, [[spoiler: Almedha is proud of Soren for "having lived and grown strong."]]
* The ending theme of ''RType Final'' is actually ''called'' "Proud Of You", and includes the words as GratuitousEnglish lyrics. (Unfortunately, Fresh Games butchered the game's finale and replaced the song with [[strike: a generic techno piece]] Music/{{Blue Man Group}}'s "Piano Smasher," giving a more DownerEnding feel.)
* VideoGame/StarFox 64, after [[spoiler:defeating the real Andross by the game end, and then escaping from his exploding lair with Fox's father.]] "You've become so strong, Fox..."
* A rare version that comes from one ChildhoodFriend / HeterosexualLifePartner to another can be found in ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia.'' After an entire game's worth of [[VitriolicBestBuds headbutting, occasional death threats,]] [[FightingYourFriend a friendly duel to work out their issues,]] and a sequence in which Yuri basically rewrites physics to save humanity, we get this line from Flynn to tie up the game:
-->'''Flynn''': [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming I am so proud to call you my friend, Yuri Lowell.]]
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''. [[TearsFromAStone Seto, father of Nanaki]]. ManlyTears.
** ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' gives us Tidus' storyline, where after Tidus defeats his father in battle Jecht tells him 'You've grown up strong.' Coming from Jecht, well, those who played VideoGame/FinalFantasyX may well be moved to sniffles.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyCrystalChroniclesRingOfFates'', Latov says that he's proud of how strong and good Yuri and Chelinka have grown [[spoiler:just before he moves on to the true afterlife]].
* In ''WorldInConflict'', just before [[spoiler:Captain Bannon]] stays behind to [[YouShallNotPass hold back the Soviets]] until [[HeroicSacrifice they are both hit by an incoming nuke]], Colonel Sawyer, who has previously (entirely justifiably) treated him like total dog crap, utters "[[ItHasBeenAnHonor I am humbled to have served with you...]]" and we know that at that moment, he really means it.
* In the second ''JakAndDaxter'' game, [[BadassBiker Jak]] leaves the group in a huff right before the critical Class Two race, leaving [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Daxter]] to take his place. After, Jak comes back and tells Daxter that he's proud of him. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Daxter's excited "Really?"]] is guaranteed to make fans of their [[HeterosexualLifePartners friendship]] {{Squee}} in delight.
** Then there's Damas in Jak 3: Wastelander, who says that he's proud of Jak after the latter wins an arena match. He then swiftly tries to keep up his disguise of the tough guy warrior king by saying what he's really proud of is the training program. [[spoiler: Which, coupled with all of the other fatherly moments in the game Damas and Jak have, makes the revelation that he was Jak's father hit home even harder.]]
* In the first ''VideoGame/{{Klonoa}}'' game, Klonoa's [[spoiler:[[TomatoInTheMirror adoptive]]]] grandfather gives a SoProudOfYou speech to Klonoa [[spoiler:during his monumental TearJerker of a death scene]].
* In the third generation ''{{Pokemon}}'' games, you can rematch Gym Leaders after you beat the Elite Four. One of them is Norman, your character's father. After you beat him in the rematch:
--->'''Norman''': ...what is your dream? My dream...hah. It has already come true, actually.
* In the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' series:
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'', if you bring Liara to Noveria, [[spoiler:as Matriarch Benezia is succumbing again to the indoctrination, the last thing she says as herself before attacking you again is [[TearJerker "Liara, you always made me proud."]]]]
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'':
*** Samara the Asari Justicar has a variation. During the process of [[spoiler:fighting her SerialKiller daughter to the death, she heaps abuse on her, but after she is dead she tells Shepard how proud she is of her daughter's strength and cleverness]].
*** A Paragon Shepard invokes this trope just before the FinalBattle, asking the surviving squadmates to make him/her proud in the final RousingSpeech.
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'':
*** Samara can say this again (if the right player choices are made) to her surviving daughter. [[spoiler:These can be her last words before committing suicide if you don't stop her.]]
*** If you selected the Spacer background and play the "Citadel" DLC, you get a call from Shepard's mother saying how proud she is of you.
*** At the very end of the game, [[spoiler:Admiral Anderson tells Commander Shepard that he is proud of him/her just before he dies of his injuries]]. The music track that plays in that scene is even titled [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqTDh6wiTM8 "I'm Proud of You"]].
*** Cut content has [[spoiler:[[TokenEvilTeammate Jack]] of all people]] giving a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=k_AK6vz4_bM quick speech to her students]], in which she basically abandons the DrillSergeantNasty facade to be outright encouraging and says that she is so ''damn'' proud of them with a quaver in her voice. What ''did'' make it into the game is that she considers them to be like family. [[spoiler: Jack went through a ''lot'' of CharacterDevelopment.]] Done more comically during the escape from Grissom, where she offers to get all of them tattoos as a gesture of congratulations.
** He doesn't use the words, but lifelong assassin Thane's expression and tone when he realises his son has stepped away from Thane's own path and is spending time with the drell priesthood says it all.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', if you are playing the Human Noble origin, you will eventually go through the gauntlet to retrieve [[CrystalDragonJesus Andraste's]] sacred ashes. While going through the challenges, you will run into the spirit of [[spoiler: your dead father]], [[TearJerker who tells you how proud he is of you]] and to be strong and [[spoiler: to let go of your grief at losing your family.]]
** And then, near the endgame [[spoiler: [[BrokenAesop The Warden proceeds to enact revenge on his family anyways]]]]. The Warden can choose to say that [[spoiler:he/she is not fighting Arl Howe for revenge, but rather because he's made himself an obstacle in the Warden's quest to end the Blight.]]
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' gives us a note in the Hawke Estate that reads "I'm very proud of you. Love, Mother." Easily missed, but hardly forgettable [[spoiler: especially after your mother is killed by a crazy mage.]] Additionally, your sister Bethany or brother Carver will give you one [[spoiler: if they manage to survive until the final battle.]]
** Leandra actually tells you this twice, once through written text, again [[spoiler: [[DiedInYourArmsTonight as she dies in your arms.]]]]
* In the end of ''EternalDarkness,'' the ghost of Alex's grandfather appears to tell her how proud of her he is, for holding her own against Pious and the forces of the ancients themselves. [[spoiler: He also offers her one last bit of help, sealing away the summoned ancient for her--while all the others who were killed in possession of the Tome of Eternal Darkness got to strike a blow to the artifact of the ancient, actually stopping the summoned beast is his contribution.]]
* After defeating the final boss of ''{{Solatorobo}}'', [[spoiler:Baion]] admits that he is proud of Red for standing up for his friends ([[SaveTheWorld and the world]]), even though he initially considered him a failure. His mother [[spoiler:Merveille]] also says that she is quite proud of him as well, though she never considered him a the spectacular failure that his father did. Perhaps notably, they are only his biological parents and did not raise him, nor was he [[WellDoneSonGuy actively seeking their approval]] or even [[HappilyAdopted incredibly interested in where he came from]].
* In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'', Haytham Kenway's [[spoiler:last]] words to Connor has him saying that he's proud of him to an extent and that Connor has shown courage, strength and conviction. He caps it off by saying that he should have killed him long ago, which is sort of his way of considering him a WorthyOpponent.
* In ''[[VideoGame/AtelierMeruruTheApprenticeOfArland Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland]]'', Meruru gets this from her father, Dessier, if she achieves her goals.
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* He doesn't say it to her face, but WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic's pride and respect for the WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick is obvious when he believes TheSmurfettePrinciple is ''her'' creation.
** Despite her usual LackOfEmpathy, she got in first when she affectionately pinched his cheek in the ''{{Ferngully}}'' review for understanding the BigLippedAlligatorMoment.
** In the biggest/sweetest WHAM moment in WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee, Critic gets a YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre talk ''[[spoiler: from Doug Walker himself]]''.
* When sick, Tacoma from WebVideo/DemoReel admits that all he's ever wanted to do was make someone proud. Donnie being [[DesperatelyCravesAffection Donnie]], immediately gives it to him.
-->'''Donnie''': [cuddling Tacoma's head] I will avenge you.
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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** Haley doesn't ask the dirt farmers for a reward; when Elan comments, she [[ThinkNothingOfIt dismisses it]], but Elan says he's still proud of her. Cue blush.
** Elan gets to be on the receiving end of this after meeting [[spoiler: his father Tarquin]]. [[spoiler: Tarquin is happy that Elan is just as GenreSavvy as him and doesn't let his ego get in the way of doing things the right way (unlike [[TheUnfavorite Nale]]) even if they are on opposite ends of the alignment scale.]] Later, this acquires a bitter connotation to Elan.
** Ian expresses pride in Haley's subtlety -- while refusing to believe that Roy is really the the leader. Later, however, he sends her off on the actual quest with an injunction to make her mother proud of her, and when she asks what will happen to him, to make him proud of her too -- with obvious confidence that she will do so.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'':
** He doesn't say it directly to his son, but after [[Webcomic/GirlGenius Gilgamesh Wulfenbach]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20071123 defeated]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20071126 an entire army]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20071128 of war machines]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20071130 singlehandedly]], his father Baron Klaus Wulfenbach, normally a WellDoneSonGuy while grooming his son to take his position some day, expresses perhaps the highest praise of Gilgamesh he is capable of to Dr. Sun.
--> '''Dr. Sun:''' I do hope [being forcibly dragged, while recovering from horrible injuries, from a hospital bed to a window and back again to see Gilgamesh's feat] was worth it.
--> '''Klaus:''' ''Anything'' - being paralyzed for ''life'' - would be an acceptable price for seeing [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome what I have seen my son do this day]]. [[SoProudOfYou Oh,]] ''[[SoProudOfYou yes.]]''
** Carson von Mekkhan gives one to his grandson Vanamonde, when he offers to be the first to test Agatha's MadScience brewed coffee.
-->'''Vanamonde''': As your seneschal, I should be the first to try this.\\
'''Vanamonde''' ''(aside)'': Besides, if the regular coffee set her off, who knows what this will do.\\
'''Carson''': I'm proud of you, m'boy.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': John's Dad is constantly telling him this, probably in response to the [[HeroicSelfDeprecation self-abusive]] [[RoomFullOfCrazy graffiti John wrote on his wall in his sleep]]. John [[ParanoiaFuel isn't aware that the graffiti is there at all]], so he finds it overbearing and stifling and constantly complains about it to his friends. One of Dad's favourite ways of spreading the encouragement is through leaving John little printed notes (one of which is the page image).
** Later, Diamonds Droog seems to have an attitude like this toward Aradia, the troll he advises as an exile. His directions to her largely consist of praising [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown her actions]] and encouraging her that her decisions and feelings are the right way to go.
** Post-Scratch, Dad has the same approach to his daughter Jane, congratulating her on being strong enough to lift the fridge he uses to stop her from going outside. (Although he still wants her to stay inside where it's nice and assassin-free.)
* ''Webcomic/EvilDiva'' [[http://www.evildivacomics.com/?p=454 Because your father and I couldn't be prouder]]
* In ''{{Endstone}}'', [[http://endstone.net/2010/03/29/issue-3-webpage-20/ Kyri assures Cole she's proud of her for getting so far in so little time, before explaining her errors.]]
** In a {{Flashback}}, after Cole explains the price she promised to save Kyri, [[http://endstone.net/2011/12/29/7-10/ Kyri tells her that she is brave and honest, and she is proud of her.]]
* In ''{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=3421 a father-son moment]]
** Also [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=1837 Pooch toward Bally]]
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=2793 Percy to Yarney -- his ball of yarn.]]
* In ''BlueYonder'', [[http://www.blueyondercomic.net/comics/1173198/blue-yonder-chapter-1-page-8/ Jared's father tells him, "Good work, son."]] in a Flashback Dream.
* In ''TheSpecialists'', the OldRetainer [[http://thespecialistscomic.com/page-85/ assures Henry that both he and Henry's father are so proud of you.]] It may even be true about the Old Retainer.
* In ''Webcomic/NoRestForTheWicked'', [[http://www.forthewicked.net/archive/01-20.html Colette tells November that her mother is no doubt proud of her -- obviously humoring her "delusions."]]
* In ''{{Webcomic/Freefall}}'', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01698.htm hearing this from Sam does not inspire confidence in Florence]], given that he often views [[BadIsGoodAndGoodIsBad "bad" things as being good]].
* In ''DragonMango'', [[http://dragon-mango.com/comic/chapter04/dm04-10.htm the farmer that Mango used to work for admits it's kinda strange for him to say it, but it's amazing how she's moved on from protecting his farm from such humble threats to the great achievements since.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'', Syphile spent her whole life trying and failing to earn Quain'tana's approval. Eventually she got fed up and defected to the Vel'Sharen. Like most of Syphile's decisions, it wasn't a very good one; she was immediately sent to assassinate Quain'tana, an effectively impossible task. Syphile barely has time to call out Quain'tana on her [[CallingTheOldManOut lousy parenting skills]] before Quain'tana breaks her neck. Quain'tana remarks that Syphile finally displayed the inner strength needed to be Sarghress.
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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'':
-->'''Alfred Pennyworth:''' That's rubbish. I know your father would be proud of you because... I'm so proud of you.
** Used as a WhatTheHellHero statement and/or ArmorPiercingQuestion in ''JusticeLeague'' when Batman is talking to his KnightTemplar alternate universe counterpart.
--->'''Batman''': They'd love it here, don't you think?\\
'''Lord!Batman''': Who?\\
'''Batman''': Mom and Dad. They'd be ''so'' proud of you.\\
'''Lord!Batman''': ...Just drive.
*** Darkseid says this to Orion in "Twilight", while Orion is trying to kill him. Darkseid then breaks his back.
--->'''Darkseid:''' You make an old man proud.
* WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender: When Zuko returns to the Fire Nation his father tells him he's proud of him and why. It's a creepy scene, since Ozai is praising Zuko for [[spoiler:''killing Aang.'' It's also something Zuko didn't actually do.]]
** There's the finale, when [[spoiler: Zuko is reunited with his uncle.]] It overlaps Heartwarming into [[{{Tearjerker}} Tearjerking]]. [[spoiler: It starts with Zuko outside the tent, paralyzed with shame at his betrayal of his Uncle. He only goes in once Katara gives him assurance (a tearjerker in itself, given that Katara used to hate him). When he goes in, he finds uncle asleep, so Zuko kneels and waits the entire night for Iroh to wake up, all the while stewing in his own shame. When Iroh wakes, he turns away from Zuko as Zuko makes his apology, giving you the impression that he actually is ashamed of Zuko and angry at the betrayal. It's only when he turns around and fiercely embraces Zuko that you realize that Iroh was just trying to keep it together because he was filled with such joy and pride in his adopted son for finding his way back to the light.]]
** At the end of the series, Hakoda exclaims he's the "proudest father in the world".
** Not to mention [[TeamMom Katara]] taking [[HotForTeacher Aang]] aside to tell him how proud she is of his progress, just before the [[StormingTheCastle Black Sun invasion]]. That one got [[ForcefulKiss a little sidetracked]], though.
** And in ''TheLegendOfKorra'', Tenzin, after witnessing Korra [[spoiler: restore Lin Beifong's bending to her in the season finale, tells her "I am so proud of you, ''Avatar'' Korra". The final point that subverts the BittersweetEnding the series was building up to.]]
* The Mansons in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' said this to their daughter Sam (and her friends) after they foiled the BigBad of the episode. Considering how Sam and her parents don't get along, it's a brief, but heartwarming moment.
* On ''{{Jimmy Two-Shoes}}'', Lucius sometimes does this to Beezy [[GoodIsBadAndBadIsGood after Beezy has done something evil]].
* ''I am so proud of you'', part of the ''WesternAnimation/ItsSuchABeautifulDay'' film cycle by Creator/DonHertzfeldt, plays around with this.
* Played with on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', when Bart, whacked out on way too [[strike: Ritalin]] Focusyn, hijacks a tank a runs a muck around town.
--> '''[[TheBully Nelson]]''': You've raised the bar for all of us, Simpson; and I thank you. *bows*
--> '''Bart''': Wow! Praise from Caesar!
--> '''Nelson''': Huh?!
** In ''The PTA Disbands'', Bart and Lisa realize that each has the other's packed lunch by comparing the notes that Marge had left in each. Lisa's reads, "We're so ''very'' proud of you." Being ''The Simpsons'', the treacle is cut by Bart's note, "Be good. For the love of God, ''Please'' be good."
* Goliath has a moment of this when he finally [[WellDoneSonGuy acknowledges Angela as his daughter]]. Note that the lack of acknowledgment wasn't because he ever disapproved of her personally, but because ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' traditionally didn't keep track of who laid which eggs.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Princess Celestia to Twilight Sparkle and her friends at the end of "Return of Harmony part 2".
** And again in "The Crystal Empire". Princess Celestia makes it quite clear that she couldn't be prouder to have Twilight Sparkle as her personal student after [[spoiler: Twilight deliberately disobeyed Celestia's stipulations for passing the test in order to ensure that King Sombra is defeated once and for all]].
** Celestia to Twilight, ''again'', in "Magical Mystery Cure". This time in '''song'''!
--> "'' You've come such a long, long way''
--> ''And I've watched you since that very first day''
--> ''To see how you might grow''
--> ''To see what you might do''
--> ''To see what you've been through''
--> ''And all the ways you've made me proud of you''"
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'', Claudus telling Lion-O that he is proud of him is particularly poignant because Lion-O has spent his entire life trying to make his father proud of him [[spoiler:and because these are Claudus' last words.]]
* During the song [[PhineasAndFerb Summer Belongs to You]] Candace sings about how proud she is of Phineas and Ferb
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Ultimate Spider-Man}}'': In the episode "Carnage", [[spoiler: Green Goblin/Norman Osborn tells his son, Harry, how his father (Norman) would be proud of what Harry did that day. Then in nasty subversion of the heartwarming part that comes with this trope, Goblin drops Harry to his doom right after.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' Finn gets one from his (adoptive) father: Joshua: Finn! If you're seeing this pre-recorded holo-message, it's because you finished the dungeon that I made for you. I'm proud of you. You're gonna do great things in this world. I love you, son.
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