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

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




[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
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* Reliable rule-follower Joe and warm, caring Sora in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure.'' Both of them have a tendency to sacrifice their own wellbeing for the others. Each of the kids has a "Crest" that channels their strongest virtue into power for their BondCreature-- Joe's is Reliability and Sora's is Love.
%%* Roy Mustang and Riza Hawkeye to their State Alchemist subordinates in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''.
* Hikitsu and Inami from ''Manga/FushigiYuugiGenbuKaiden'' were recognized as the parental figures of the Genbu Celestial Warriors.
* Franky and Robin from ''Manga/OnePiece'' act as the parents of the Straw Hats.
* Tamaki from ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' constantly refers himself as the club's "[[TeamDad dad]]" and calls Kyoya the "[[TeamMom Mom]]". Their actual roles are the reverse, though.
%%* In ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'', Fai accurately identifies himself and Kurogane as the "[[TeamMom mommy]]" and "[[TeamDad daddy]]" of the group.
* Sugawara Koushi and Sawamura Daichi from ''Manga/{{Haikyuu}}''. Sugawara acts as the gentle and caring 'mom' of the team and Daichi acts as the 'dad' who getts them into line.
* ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}'' has Sanzo and Hakkai. The former is the team leader who controls the finances of their journey, and exercise discipline on {{Man Child}}ren Goku and Gojyo by beating them up when they start bickering (usually over food), while the latter is the gentle medic who typically cleans up after the rest of the guys.

* Carlisle and Esme Cullen of ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' are the adoptive parents of Edward, Emmett and Alice Cullen, as well as Rosalie and Jasper Hale despite the fact that everyone except Carlisle is about the same age.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In the season four premiere of ''Series/{{Angel}}'', "Deep Down," most of the Fang Gang of Angel Investigations have gone their separate ways, with Angel, Cordelia, Lorne, and Wesley all enmeshed in some situation that keeps them from seeing the group. Subtracting these characters from the group left us with Gunn, Fred, and Connor: i.e., a romantically involved adult couple and a teenage boy. Gunn and Fred were clearly growing into the role of acting as Connor's parents, worrying about his tendencies toward destructive rebellion in the way that his own parents might worry about it.
* On some episodes of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', Leonard and Penny assume the role of parents to Sheldon, especially Penny. Not so much with Howard and Rajesh, since they don't live in the apartment complex.
* An interesting example: On ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' when Buffy was dead, Willow and Tara became sorta the [[TeamMom surrogate mothers]] while Xander and Spike became somewhat of the [[TeamDad substitute fathers]] for Dawn. Buffybot became the public face of Buffy for Dawn at school before [[MakesSenseInContext Buffy was brought back from the dead.]]
* Piper and Leo from ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' started to fulfill these roles after they got married and Prue died.
* In ''Series/{{Community}}'', Jeff and Britta serve as the mom and dad of the study group in several situations. Repeatedly {{Lampshaded}}, [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]], [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]], and PlayedForLaughs in the show's typical BetterThanABareBulb fashion.
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Doctor and (when she's around) River Song are like this, especially with Amy and Rory. Winds up being a bit ironic, since [[spoiler:Amy and Rory are River's parents]].
** Played for similar irony in the very first series, where Ian and Barbara are the "parents" of both Susan (and later Vicki) and the Doctor, even though he's by far the oldest and Susan's grandfather.
** Played more straight with the Doctor and Romana to Adric (child) and K-9 (pet) in season 18.
* Ross and Monica, though brother and sister, act as the grownups on ''Series/{{Friends}}'' in earlier seasons. Later, Ross becomes [[{{Flanderization}} more childlike,]] while [[{{DeadpanSnarker}} Chandler]] [[{{CharacterDevelopment}} matures]] and marries Monica so they become the adults of the group.
* Marshall and Lily from ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' to the point that they question Ted's new girlfriends to see if they are right for him. In the few times where Marshall and Lily don't fill this role, it's usually taken up by Robin and Ted.
* Nate and Sophie on ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' act as the TeamDad and TeamMom respectively, with Eliot as the older brother, and Hardison and Parker as the younger siblings.
* John Sheppard and Elizabeth Weir on ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' are this to the entire expedition, especially the command team.
* Eric and Donna from ''Series/That70sShow'' were noted in an episode where the gang were dining and ditching a restaurant to be the parents of the group. After they broke up there was an episode where they fight over their friends' attention with clear overtones of divorcés working out a custody dispute.
* Senator Lance and Valerie Prevert on ''Series/YouCantDoThatOnTelevision'', they appear to be ALL the child cast members' parents.
* ''Series/CriminalMinds'' has Hotch (TheLeader) and Rossi (the CoolOldGuy), who the team jokingly refer to as 'mom and dad' on at least one occasion. Hotch is TheStoic and rather authoritarian, making him the TeamDad to Rossi's more emotional and empathetic TeamMom.

* Meiko and Kaito in ''Music/{{Vocaloid}}'' fanon, presumably due to the fact that of the Crypton Future Media Vocaloids, they're the "oldest" and most mature looking. Kaito is typically seen as the Vocaloids' [[BumblingDad bumbling]] TeamDad while Meiko plays a [[WomenAreWiser wiser]] but [[HairTriggerTemper more aggressive]] [[TeamMom mother figure]].

[[folder:Video Games]]
* No other ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' game has had anywhere near so clear Designated Parents as Gladio, a macho and protective TeamDad, and Ignis, a domestic and neurotic TeamMom, from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV''. (The other two party members, Noctis and Prompto, are more childish in personality as well as being [[TeensAreShort shorter]].)

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Pearl and Garnet from ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''. Pearl's status as the Crystal Gems' TeamMom is lampshaded quite often and with the absence of his real mother, Steven seems to be happy to see Pearl as his mother, with her acting quite motherly to him in return. Garnet is a RareFemaleExample of the TeamDad trope, being somewhat more stoic but at the same time loving towards Steven and more willing to let him figure things out on his own.
* Applejack and Twilight Sparkle from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. Applejack's TeamMom status is best displayed in "Dragonshy", wherein she shows saintlike patience with Fluttershy's crippling shyness, while Twilight tends to try and keep everyone in line, making her more of a TeamDad.
* Edd and Eddy in ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy''. The former is a NeatFreak who's often seen scolding his friends when they act up (making him the [[TeamMom "mom"]] of the trio), while the latter is a bit more aloof but still makes sure to break up fights between his friends (putting him in the [[TeamDad "dad"]] category). In a way, [[TheDitz Ed]] is essentially their "child".
* Katara and Zuko are this in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. Katara as the TeamMom is the most caring of the group, often to the point of being naggy. She can easily pass herself off as actual Aang's mother, and Sokka even says to Toph that Katara had replaced Kya in his mind. Zuko is the TeamDad, he is caring but not sentimental like Katara is. He is instead focused on discipline and order within the group. He encourages Aang to work out problems on his own and breaks up a fight between Toph and Bumi. Zuko and Katara are seen discussing on how best to deal with Aang's obsession with Sokka's non-benders club, and they take over leadership when he temporarily disappears in the finale.