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->''"My father, ladies and gentlemen."''
-->-- '''Peter Bishop''', ''Series/{{Fringe}}''

A pair that consists of a silly, carefree or simply lighthearted parent and a child who is down to earth, [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]], brooding or all three. Usually parent and child will be of the same gender (so a wacky father with a brooding son or a ditzy mother with a serious daughter). In addition, the parent will often be [[AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents utterly embarrassing]]. Expect AwkwardFatherSonBondingActivity to pop out, which will usually end with an AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther moment. Can sometimes be played for drama and show how utterly messed up it is when the younger person has to be the more mature one. Undoubtedly TruthInTelevision.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Franchise/{{Dragonball}}'': PlayedWith with Son Goku and Son Gohan, particularily in the Frieza Saga. Both are pure-hearted and good-natures individuals while both can be dorks in their own right. However, [[ChildProdigy Gohan]] is a scholarly person and fights to protect others like his dad, but lacks the lust for battle that Saiyans are born with, which has often gotten Goku in trouble (there's also Goku having been raised in the wild and by Grandpa Gohan). Played with in GT when Goku (still technically his father), shrinks back into a child. He ''still'' acts wacky, while Gohan is serious.
** Gohan also has a bit of this dynamic with his comically overreacting mother, Chichi.
** Also Hercule/Mr. Satan and his daughter, Videl.
* ''Manga/SoulEater'':
** The {{Cloudcuckoolander}} Shinigami and his serious, SuperOCD son Death the Kid. However, Shinigami-sama's goofball moments were the result of him adapting a more holly personality since his grim and serious demeanor from centuries ago wasn't exactly the best for being in charge of a school; he still knows when to be deathly serious. Also, Kid's SuperOCD moments make him pretty wacky. at times.
** Maka is this with her father as well. Maka's more down-to-earth, while her dad's a goofball.
* Haruhi Fujioka in ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' is the most reliable and level-headed character in the show. Her father Ryouji aka Ranka is a flaming [[CrossDresser transvestite]] with emotional issues.
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''
** Chrono Harlaown was by far the most stoic character in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''. His mom Lindy, on the other hand, skirts it very close to a [[BunnyEarsLawyer Bunny Ears Admiral]].
** ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaInnocent'' shows that, [[DarkAndTroubledPast had certain unpleasant events not happened]], Precia would have been an [[AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents Amazingly Embarassing]] DotingParent. Her second daughter Fate, however, would have still been the same serious and responsible, [[ShrinkingViolet if a bit shy]], little girl.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Ichigo and Karin compared to their [[AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents Amazingly Embarrassing]] father, Dr. Isshin Kurosaki. [[spoiler:Unless Isshin drops his ObfuscatingStupidity facade, yeah.]]
* ''Anime/{{FLCL}}''. Naota Nandaba is fairly normal (at least for a child in anime) but his father Kamon is extremely immature, suffers emotional mood swings and exhibits inappropriate sexual behavior.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' :
** From what's been seen of Gold Roger, he is a man much like Luffy. However, [[spoiler:Ace]], his child, was serious and downright mean growing up. Since he wasn't raised by his father, and grew up hearing some unpleasant comments involving such matters, it isn't very surprising.
** [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] with Monkey D. Luffy, the goofy protagonist and his mysterious and serious father, [[spoiler:Revolutionary Leader Monkey D. Dragon]].
** Played straight with Luffy's father and grandfather, Monkey D. Garp, who appears to act like an older version of Luffy.
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'':
** BumblingDad Kogoro and his CuteBruiser daughter Ran.
** Shinichi is also less than impressed by the wacky antics of his novelist dad and former-actress mother, both of whom, among other things, left their teenage son living alone while they went on a trip to America for several years.
* ''Anime/MichikoToHatchin'': Michiko Malandro and Hana Morenos, although they aren't biologically related; nine-year-old Hana is much more thoughtful and less gullible than the loud, HotBlooded, easily-distracted Michiko.
* ''Anime/{{Sailor Moon}}'': Though Chibiusa is technically Usagi's child from the 30th Century, she and Usagi qualify to a certain extent. Usagi is a lot goofier than Chibiusa, who is sometimes more serious than Usagi.
* ''Anime/{{Toradora}}'': Ryuuji is the Serious Child to his mom Yasuko's Wacky Parent. He cook and cleans the house, since Yasuko works late at a bar, and therefore she's a bit drowsy and odd during daytime. Also, she was 16 when she had him.
* In ''LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh'', ''all three'' of Lady Celi's sons are serious in comparison to her, although Gwendal, the eldest, takes the cake on stoicism. This is mostly PlayedForLaughs, except when it isn't: being on an eternal quest for free love is an amusing quirk as a woman with adult children, but it's sometimes shown that this behavior had a not-always-positive effect on her sons when they were growing up, and her irresponsibility played a factor in the tragedy of the Lutenberg Division twenty years ago.
* In ''Manga/DagashiKashi'', we have the son Kokonotsu and his eccentric father, You.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The adult comic ''{{Viz}}'' includes the comic strip "The Modern Parents" by John Fardell. It is the satire of an extremist "green"/New Age couple and their antics, while their young son is the OnlySaneMan.
* ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'''s semi-sequel ''ComicBook/TheKingdom'' featured Plastic Man and Offspring, respectively, in these roles. Plastic Man is FunPersonified and can't stay out of his son's life; Offspring is comparatively humorless and doesn't appreciate his father's meddling.

* This facet of [[ConsummateProfessional Chr]][[TheStoic ono]] and [[BunnyEarsLawyer Lin]][[ObfuscatingStupidity dy]]'s relationship is played up considerably in ''Fanfic/{{Infinity}}''.
-->'''Chrono''': Isn't it supposed to be that the ''child'' gives the ''parent'' grey hairs?

* In the ''{{Film/Halloweentown}}'' films, Grandma Aggie is a proud, whimsical witch while her daughter, Gwen, married a {{Muggle}} and [[IJustWantToBeNormal continues to live a "normal" life]] even after his death. Both of Gwen's daughters take after Aggie, though her son DoesNotLikeMagic even more than she does.
-->'''Aggie:''' Oh, being normal is ''vastly'' overrated.
* In ''Disney/MeetTheRobinsons,'' [[spoiler:Lewis with Bud and Lucille, who [[HappilyAdopted adopt him]] at the end]]. Wilbur and Franny are a much milder example: he's always a little goofy while she [[YoYoPlotPoint jumps around]] from serious to very wacky.
* In ''Film/AnywhereButHere'', Creator/SusanSarandon plays the free-spirited Adele who wants her daughter to become an actress. Creator/NataliePortman is Ann, the much more level-headed daughter who dreams of attending an Ivy League university - and getting as far away from her irresponsible mother as possible.
* ''Film/MeAndEarlAndTheDyingGirl'': Greg's dad, who hangs around the house in a kimono eating cuttlefish and talking to his cat is definitely this compared to Greg, who is slightly quirky at most. A more serious example is Rachel's mom, who starts drinking heavily after her daughter's diagnose, and Rachel, who takes it more calmly.


* ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'' has BumblingDad Silas Heap and [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Boy]] Septimus Heap.
* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'': The brooding (very, very brooding) Bella and her mother, Renee, who Bella paints as completely flighty and incapable of taking care of herself without Bella's assistance. (She paints her father, Charlie, in a similar light.)
* In ''How NOT to Become Popular'' by Jennifer Ziegler, Maggie's parents are quirky, free-thinking hippies who move around every few months, meanwhile Maggie tries her best to be a normal girl.
* Common in the novels of Creator/JacquelineWilson. Examples include ''Amber'', ''The Illustrated Mum'' and ''The Diamond Girls'', all based around irresponsible and/or mentally ill parents whose antics leave their more down-to-earth children struggling.
* ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub'': Dawn and her mother Sharon. Both of them are {{Granola Girl}}s but Sharon is known for being a messy and absent minded {{Cloudcuckoolander}} and her daughter is way more mature.
* Creator/PGWodehouse's ''Literature/{{Psmith}}'' series, in which Psmith and his father are...actually both kind of odd. The difference lies in the fact that Psmith is far more dignified and grounded than his flighty parent, enabling him to manipulate any situation with a professional level of ease.
* ''Literature/HalfwayAcrossTheGalaxyAndTurnLeft'' has this as a major plot element; part of the alien culture native to Zyrgon means that X, who is a 10 year old girl, is officially responsible for managing all the grown-up aspects of life (like paying the bills, telling her parents to go to work, etc), leaving her parents free to goof around and act like kids.
* Briefly mentioned in ''Literature/AnansiBoys''; In the BabiesEverAfter epilogue; the protagonist has children of his own. "His name is Marcus: he is four and a half and possesses that deep gravity and seriousness that only small children and mountain gorillas have ever been able to master.
* A {{downplayed}} example in the [[Literature/XWingSeries Wraith Squadron]] novel ''Mercy Kill'' with Mulus Cheems and his (adopted) son Viull "Scut" Gorsat. Whereas Scut is deathly serious most of the time, driven by an intense desire to prove himself and repay his family's debt to Wraith Squadron (and haunted by lingering FantasticRacism -- his species [[RememberWhenYouBlewUpASun invaded the galaxy that one time]]), Mulus is a [[CoolOldGuy cheerful elderly professor]] who shows up to lend his expertise to the men and women who saved him many years before, and is both honored and delighted to make a difference in such a critical operation.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/FamilyTies'' was based on this. Alex P. Keaton was a strait-laced Young Republican who was born to two aging hippies.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': [[ParentalSubstitute The Mayor]] is always cheerful and upbeat, even when [[AffablyEvil planning his Ascension]], while Faith, whom [[LikeASonToMe he treats like a daughter]], is generally brooding and aggressive.
* ''Series/AbsolutelyFabulous'' featured bumbling, selfish, impulsive, party girl mother Edina and her long-suffering, OnlySaneWoman daughter Saffron.
* A female version is provided by Susan Mayer and her daughter Julie in ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' (at least, before Julie left Wisteria Lane). Hillariously when Susan's own mother Sophie appears she turns out to be so ditzy (to BrainlessBeauty levels) that Susan was apparently the serious child herself when she was younger.
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'':
** Rick Castle and his daughter Alexis. He's a hyperactive manchild played by Nathan Fillion. She's a straight "A" student who is racked with guilt after jumping a subway turnstile to get out of the rain. Although he's a {{Good Parent|s}} whenever it counts.
** Castle and his mother Martha are a more complex example. He seems a little more grounded than his flighty, WhiteDwarfStarlet mother, but she does feel like part of her job is to bring him back down to earth occasionally.
* Lisa and Tia Landry in ''Series/SisterSister''. Her long-lost twin sister Tamera and her father have the opposite relationship.
* Blair Sandburg and his mother Naomi in ''Series/TheSentinel.'' Naomi can be fairly described as 'the last flower child who hasn't gone to seed,' while Blair--although highly energetic--is finishing his doctorate in Anthropology and working as a consultant for the police.
* ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'':
** The title character's conservative mother Bev has this relationship with her own mother, Nana Mary, a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} who claims to have had affairs with every prominent artist from the 1920s. At one point Mary comments that Bev is really just as much as a rebel as she is, the only difference being that they had different lifestyles to rebel against.
** Roseanne herself with her daughter Darlene is a less extreme example. Becky might have counted, too, except usually she was wound a little too tight.
** Dan and his mother is a much darker version of it. Dan is naturally a little goofy, but his mother was legitimately insane, having spent several years in a mental institution and attempting to literally kill Dan in one episode.
%% * Hal and Malcolm from ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle''.
* ''Series/That70sShow'': Mature, smart, independent Donna and her dim-witted parents Bob and Midge.
%% * Respectively, Walter and Peter Bishop from ''Series/{{Fringe}}''.
* While Lorelai can handle being a parent when it counts, the Series/GilmoreGirls tend to follow this trope. One episode revealed that, while Lorelai was going commando thanks to running out of clean underwear, Rory had been secretly doing her own laundry.
* ''Series/Psych'' has an inverted example with serious control freak Henry Spencer and BrilliantButLazy Shawn Spencer. Shawn acts like a goofball and has a silly but effective approach to solving crimes, compared to the more methodical way his dad does it.
** However, it is subtly implied that Henry and his own father was like this. Both were cops, but Grandfather Spencer certainly seemed more laid-back, wisecracking and jovial when we saw him in Shawn's youth. Outside of chiding Henry for interrupting his bonding time with Shawn and over "if he had to drain the fun out of everything", he advises Shawn to make his own choices, travel the world, meet interesting people and have adventures, something to which the young Shawn took to heart.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* A couple of [[WrestlingFamily second generation]] wrestlers come to mind:
** Wrestling/DustyRhodes and his son Wrestling/CodyRhodes
** "Cowboy" Bob Orton and Wrestling/RandyOrton

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** ''Videogame/FinalFantasyVIII'': Though they don't know it, [[spoiler: Laguna is Squall's father. Squall]] is brooding, stoic and professional while[[spoiler: Laguna]] is a BunnyEarsLawyer who tends to misuse words and in general is a total loon. [[spoiler: When Squall first meets Laguna by experiencing his memories in a dream, Squall thinks of Laguna as a moron.]]
** Taken even further in ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' where Laguna and Squall meet, have a few awkward conversations, yet ironically [[spoiler: neither ever find out they're related]] Would have been even more awkward if they did, since they were brought from their respective timelines as roughly around the same age.
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'':
** Nowi is a free-spirited [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Manakete]] who acts like a little girl because she likes it. Her [[HalfHumanhybrid half-dragon]] daughter Nah is far more serious and level-headed.
** Laurent, who is basically a male version of his mother [[TheStoic Miriel]], can be this if fathered by [[BoisterousBruiser Vaike]] or [[PerkyGoth Henry]].
* In ''VideoGame/FantasyLife'':
** Daemon is a NiceGuy trying to be a good Dark Sultan and to make friends. His father, the [[NoNameGiven Former Dark Sultan]], does a FakingTheDead stunt just to play a prank on the king that the player is serving.
** In the blacksmith guild, there's also Vulcan, the master who gets so carried away into praising the job that his daughter and assisstant Fyra ends up doing the actual teaching.

[[folder: Web Comic]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Roommates}}'' has Javert and his mother, the [[spoiler:bipolar Morgan]].
* Also in the spin off ''Webcomic/{{Superintendent}}'', him and his father [[spoiler:Clopin]], who is a LovableRogue.
* ''Webcomic/{{Paranatural}}'''s [[DeadpanSnarker Max]] and his [[ManChild dad]] to a tee.
--> '''Max:''' Hey, Dad. I've got a question for you.\\
'''Dad:''' Ask ye, mine sweet loinsfruit.\\
'''Max:''' Can you never, ever call me your loinsfruit again? ever?
* Webcomic/OzyAndMillie: With Ozy being more or less TheStraightMan, Llewellyn arguably needs his adopted son just as much as Ozy needs Llewellyn.

[[folder: Web Video]]
* In {{WebVideo/Idiotsitter}}, this trope is played with. Gene is a total adult child, but her father and stepmother aren't much better. However, while her dad is portrayed as a lousy parent (in one episode, titular Idiotsitter Billie has to coach him through punishing Gene, and he's all over the map), he's also rich and successful, somehow.
* In ''WebVideo/SuperMarioLogan'', Cody is the Serious Child to his mother and his stepfather's Wacky Parents.
* In ''ImAMarvelAndImADC,'' [[BreakoutCharacter the Green Goblin]] is a wacky HarmlessVillain who usually winds up helping the heroes. As such, the [[AbusiveParents usual]] [[WellDoneSonGuy dynamic]] he has with his son [[TheVoice Harry]] is changed to that of a CloudCuckooLander bickering with the OnlySaneMan.
-->'''Harry:''' ''AGH!'' Dad, why are there ''hyenas'' in my room?!
-->'''Green Goblin:''' Because that's where Bud and Lou mark their territory! You know how [[HarleyQuinn your mother]] is about these things!
-->'''Harry:''' [[NewParentNomenclatureProblem She's not my mother!]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Anais is the Serious Child to Richard's Wacky Parent in ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball''.
* Dexter is the Serious Child to both of his parents' Wacky Parents (mostly his dad), in ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory''.
* Timmy is the Serious Child to his parents' Wacky Parents in ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''.
* Meg, Chris, and Stewie are the Serious Children to Peter's Wacky Parent in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''.
* WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}} and Max, especially in ''WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie'' and its sequel.
* On ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim,'' [[HeroAntagonist Dib]] and [[CreepyChild Gaz]] to their father, [[ReluctantMadScientist Professor Membrane]]. Well...kind of. At the very least they're the closest we have to [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Kids]] in a world where everyone's crazy, and he's the [[LargeHam hammiest]] in a WorldOfHam.
* Jimmy is the Serious Child to Hugh's Wacky Parent in ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius''.
* Rarity and her parents fall under this pairing in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''.
* Kit and Baloo have a surrogate version of this relationship in ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin''.
* Homer is the Wacky Parent to Lisa's Serious Child in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' has MadScientist Dr. Doofenshmirz and his deadpan daughter Vanessa.
** [[TheStoic Ferb]] can come off this way compared to [[UnfazedEveryman Lawrence]].
* From ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'': neurotic dad, CloserToEarth teenage daughter.
* On ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' a running theme is that the kids tend to be a lot smarter than their parents, who usually represent whatever social trend the episode is mocking. However, the best example are Randy and Stan, the former being a ManChild and the latter being the show's biggest OnlySaneMan.
* Franklin Sherman and his daughter Margo from ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'', he's a wacky, hyperactive, extremely eccentric man while she's a sane teenage girl.
* On ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold,'' ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} is a BoisterousBruiser while his son, Arthur Jr., is a [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] teenager. (Also, [[SparedByTheAdaptation still alive]] for some reason.)
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' and the SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' has [[LittleMissBadass Toph]] and her daughter, [[DaChief Lin]]. We don't see them together until late in the final season of ''Korra'', but the dynamic is present still. To a lesser extent one could add [[CheerfulChild Aang]] and [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Tenzin]]. Though scenes showing Aang as an adult seem to imply he became much more straight-laced when he grew up, so maybe not.
* A variant on ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''--[[PowersuitMonkey Gunter]] is a monkey given artificial intelligence by [[ReluctantMadScientist Professor Farnsworth]]'s technology, and attends Mars University. On Parent's Day, the Professor brings Gunter's mother and father--two normal monkeys--and Gunter is humiliated when they get out of their cage and cause a fiasco.
* Roger Baxter and his daughter Blythe on ''WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012''.
* [[CrazyHomelessPeople Old Man McGucket]] and [[TheStoic the Lake Ranger]] in ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''.
** Old Man McGucket and his son are a somewhat tragic example. Before becoming the town kook, Fiddleford Hadron McGucket [[spoiler: was once a very intelligent computer scientist and engineer. He was called in my Stanford Pines to help create the Portal. However, during its activation, Fiddleford caught a glimpse of what lay on the other side and Bill's plans. Desperate to remove the memories, he invented a mindwiping device and founded the Blindeye Society. Constant usage ended causing permanent brain damage and memory loss. Presumably, McGucket was already a dad at the time and one wonders how it was for the Lake Ranger to see his father descend into madness.]] Good news though; [[spoiler: Fiddleford is on the road to recovery with his memories and his sanity and the credit scenes show he is on good terms with his son.]]
** To say nothing of Grunkle Stan and Dipper.