->''"I'm trying to make you proud\\
[[LikeFatherLikeSon Do everything you did]]\\
[[DisappearedDad I hope you're up there with God]]\\
Saying, [[SoProudOfYou that's my kid]]''
-->--'''If You Could See Me Now''', ''The Script''

->''"[[OnlySaneMan If you can keep your head]] when all about you\\
are losing theirs and [[JerkAss blaming it on you]];\\
[[HeroicResolve if you can trust yourself]] when all men doubt you,\\
but [[HumansAreFlawed make allowance for their doubting]] too.\\
[[IWillWaitForYou If you can wait]] and not be tired by waiting,\\
or being lied about, [[LivingLieDetector don't deal in lies]],\\
[[TheStoic or being hated don't give way to hating]],\\
And yet [[TheEveryman don't look too good, nor talk too wise]]. (...)\\
Yours is the Earth, [[WealthyEverAfter and everything that's in it]]!\\
And, which is more... [[SoProudOfYou you’ll be a Man... my son]]!"''
-->-- Fragment of the poem ''"If—"'', by {{Creator/Rudyard Kipling}}.

->''"And he said: "Son, this world is rough,\\
And if a man's gonna make it, he's gotta be tough,\\
And I knew I wouldn't be there to help ya along.\\
So I give ya that name and I said goodbye.\\
I knew you'd have to get tough or die,\\
And it's that name that helped to make you strong."''
-->-- '''Creator/ShelSilverstein''', "A Boy Named Sue"

->''"For you, I'd do anything,\\
Just to make you happy, hear you tell me that you're proud of me.\\
For them, I'll kill anything.\\
Cut the throats of babies for them\
Break their hearts all day for them\\
Waiting for you to say\\
-->-- '''CoheedAndCambria''', "In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth: 3

->''"It is a father's nature to be [[FinalBoss the ultimate obstacle]] for his child!"''
-->--'''Great Father''', ''[[{{Persona2}} Persona 2]]''

->'''Theo:''' You're a doctor and Mom's a lawyer, and you're both successful in everything and that's great. But maybe I was born to be a regular person and have a regular life. If you weren't a doctor, I wouldn't love you less, because you're my dad. So rather than feeling disappointed because I'm not like you, maybe you should accept who I am and love me anyway, because ''I'm your son.''\\
'''Cliff''': Theo... [[RealityEnsues THAT'S THE DUMBEST THING I'VE EVER HEARD IN MY LIFE!]] No wonder you get D's in everything!

->'''Popeye:''' Ain't you anxious to see me?
->'''Pappy:''' What d'ya want me to do, kiss ya?
-->''[[{{ComicStrip/Popeye}} Popeye the Sailor]]'', "Goonland"

->''"If I knew shooting someone would make you proud Dad, I would've done it a long time ago."''
-->-- '''Marty Huggins''', ''TheCampaign''

->'''Gob''': "I can do this dad. I can make you proud!"
->'''George Sr.''': "[[{{Jerkass}} Well, it's never too late to start.]]"
-->-- ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment''

->"Someday... someday I may be as strong and couragous as Caeser, when I'm older and have a beautiful white mane, and all of the other animals will look at me and say, 'There goes Kimba the white lion, he's just like his father.' Yeah, someday."
-->-- '''Kimba''' on filling his father's shoes, ''Manga/KimbaTheWhiteLion''

->''"Hey, Dad, look at me. Think back and talk to me. Did I grow up according to plan? And do you think I’m wasting my time, doing things I wanna do? But it hurts when you disapproved, all along."''
-->-- '''Simple Plan''', "Perfect"

->''"I can't believe he's blood."''
-->-- '''{{Darkseid}}''' on '''Kalibak''' after he gets KO'd by '''{{Superman}}''', ''SupermanTheAnimatedSeries''

->''"All I ever did, I did to make you proud! Tell me how proud you are, Shifu! Tell me! TELL MEEEE!!!"''
-->-- '''Tai Lung''', ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda''

->'''Picard:''' Is it so important that you to win one last argument?\\
'''Spock''': No, it is not. But it is true that I will ''miss'' the arguments. They were, finally, all that we had.
-->-- ''StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', "Unification Pt. 2"

->'''Commodus:''' I search the faces of the gods... for ways to please you, to make you proud. One kind word, one full hug... where you pressed me to your chest and held me tight.... would have been like the sun on my heart for a thousand years. What is it in me that you hate so much? \\
'''Marcus Aurelius:''' Shh, Commodus. \\
'''Commodus:''' All I've ever wanted was to live up to you, Caesar. Father. \\
'''Marcus:''' ''[kneels]'' Commodus. Your faults as a son are my failures as a father. Come... ''[hugs Commodus]''\\
'''Commodus:''' ''[hugs Marcus and cries]'' Father. I would have butchered the whole world... if you would only love me! ''[begins to smother Marcus]''
-->-- ''Film/{{Gladiator}}''

->"Yeah," Jack said with a smile that was half-embarassed, half-reminiscent, "I bought a book about [ventriloquism] when I was only eight, and stuck with it mostly because my dad said it was like throwing money away. I gave up on everything. [...] I never got great at it but I got good enough to win the sixth grade talent competition. My dad hung the medal on his office wall. That meant a lot to me."\\
"Yeah," Wireman said, "There's nothing like an 'Atta boy' from a doubtful dad."\\
Jack smiled, and as always it illuminated his whole face.
-->-- ''Literature/DumaKey''

-> "Hey, dad, are you proud of me yet? ... Okay, I'll keep trying."
-->-- '''Robin''', ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''

-> '''Shepard:''' Seeing a bit of yourself in Miranda fighting her father?
-> '''Tali:''' I spent my life trying to live up to [my father], then making up for his mistakes, doing what he'd have wanted.
-> '''Shepard:''' It's never that easy.
-> '''Tali:''' When do we get to stop reacting to our parents and start living for ourselves?
-->-- ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''

-> I'm coming to kill you, old man. You really know how to piss me off, you know... Would it have killed you to say 'thank you' for once in your life? To say '[[spoiler:Vlad]], my son... can I call you my son because I sure do love you like one.' '[[spoiler:Vlad]] my son, you are a true prodigy. Everything you touch turns to gold.' Oh... wait, it ''is'' going to kill you! I'm done doing your dirty work for you. You should be proud. I have learned all you've taught me. ''I'm coming to show you''.
-->-- '''[[spoiler: Vladimir Lem]]''', ''MaxPayne 2''

->'''Young Solid Snake:''' Dad, guess what? I learned my sixth language today!
->'''Big Boss:''' Good work, son, your made your father proud.
->'''Young Solid Snake:''' Yea--
->'''Young Liquid Snake:''' '''''[[RunningGag FAAAAAATHEEEERRR!]]''''' ''I'' learned my ''seventh'' language today!
->'''Big Boss:''' '''[[GetOut GET OUT.]]'''
-->-- Webcomic/{{Hiimdaisy}} - ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPortableOps Lets Destroy the FOX Unit!]]''

->'''[[AntiVillain Loki]]:''' (hanging from the edge of the Bifrost) I could have done it, Father! I could have done it! For you! For all of us!
->'''Odin:''' [[PoorCommunicationKills No, Loki.]]
-->-- ''Film/{{Thor}}''

->''"Time to make Daddy love me!"''
-->-- '''Zuko''', AvatarTheAbridgedSeries

->'''Jason Neville:''' "What'd I do wrong? I did everything you asked me to. I hurt people. Killed people. For you."
-->-- ''Series/{{Revolution}}'', "[[Recap/RevolutionS1E13TheSongRemainsTheSame The Song Remains the Same]]", Jason is essentially asking his father Tom Neville why his father always kept seeing through him.

->''"You hear that, guys? My dad's proud of me!!"''
-->-- '''Rachel''', ''Series/{{Friends}}''

->''"We'll have to have dinner now!"''
-->--'''Creator/KieferSutherland''' addressing his father Donald Sutherland, 2006 Emmy [[GallowsHumor acceptance speech]]

->''"He can't even shoot straight."''
-->--'''JosephStalin''', on his son Yakov’s failed suicide

->''"I just achieved my life's ambition of climbing Everest with no food and no equipment. NOW DO YOU LOVE ME DADDY? NOW DO YOU LOVE ME?"''
-->-- '''Creator/FrankieBoyle''', ''Series/MockTheWeek''

->''"The ''StarWars'' prequels are the worst thing to happen since [[{{Dissimile}} my son!]]... And while my son did eventually hang himself in a gas station bathroom, the unfortunate reality of the ''Star Wars'' prequels is that they'll be around forever."''
-->-- '''Mr. Plinkett''', ''WebVideo/RedLetterMedia''

->'''Adm. Owen Paris''': You need to climb, and you need to be sure the rope will slide in only one direction:\\
'''Lt. Tom Paris''': I'd tie a guarda hitch knot!\\
'''Owen''': The fear of long words is:\\
'''Tom''': Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia!\\
'''Owen''': A picardy third is:\\
'''Tom''': Is when you suddenly solve a minor composition in major triad.\\
'''Owen''': The leg before wicket rule:\\
'''Tom''': Uh, [[CricketRules in Cricket]], [[ThatOneRule the batsman's out because he... er, um, no. It's... the bowler is]]--\\
'''Owen''': Just as I thought, you're '''''useless!!'''''\\
'''Tom''': ''(sobs)'' I'M SORRY I LET YOU DOWN DAD!
-->--'''{{Website/SFDebris}}''' on ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', "Coda"

->''"The father is of course a far more interesting figure than any of his sons if only because his will to impose himself on a society which he felt had snubbed him has been in a more extraordinary way fulfilled. He drove his sons to 'win, win, win.' But never at any point did he pause to ask himself to them just what it was they were supposed to win. He taught them to regard life as a game of {{TabletopGame/Monopoly}} (a family favorite): you put up as many hotels on Ventor Avenue as you can and win. Consequently, some of the failure of [[UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy his son's administration]] can be ascribed to the family philosophy. This absence of any sense of the whole emerged in the famous exchange between him and James Reston, who asked the newly elected president what his philosophy was, what vision did he have of the good life. Mr. Reston got a blank stare for an answer."''
-->--'''Creator/GoreVidal''', "The Holy Family"

->''"Jaden Smith does alright, although I find him to be a creepy Mini Me clone of his father Creator/WillSmith. Seriously, it is like Will cloned himself and brainwashed him as a boy to be a money making tool like his dad. Frankly I would like a kid with a personality of his own than someone doing an impression."''
-->--'''[[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Miles Antwiler]]''' [[http://moviemoses.wordpress.com/2010/06/15/the-karate-kid-harald-zwart-2010// on]] ''Film/TheKarateKid'' (2010)

->''"In case you were wondering, [=Joe MacTaggert=], [[StrawmanPolitical Family Values Candidate]], is a complete scumbag to a truly hilarious degree. When Moira and Professor X tell him that Proteus is on the way, he refuses to believe that he’s in any danger, and when Moira asks him to speak to him because all the boy really wants is his father, he tells her to 'tell him [[MamasBabyPapasMaybe Charles is his father]].' That is an '''a m a z i n g''' dick move, and as you might expect, does not do much to endear him to the X-Men."''
-->--'''Chris Sims''' [[http://comicsalliance.com/the-x-men-episode-guide-4x05-proteus-part-ii/ on]] ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}}'', "Proteus, Part 2"