Probably the least subtle version of this ever.
"I will not attempt to pick our son's wife based on whether or not she can feel a pea through a stack of mattresses. Any woman dainty enough to feel a single dried pea through one mattress much less dozens of them, is far too dainty to ever give me grandchildren."
So, you've grown up and flown the nest. When you look in the mirror, you see a confident, sassy young woman (usually) with a great career, and everything to be proud of.
Well. Not quite. See, your parents
know that the only way you'll truly make them
proud is to pop out a few kids of your own, allowing them to live their dream of being grandparents.
The reasons for this can differ from parent to parent. Maybe they really do think the only way for their child to be happy is to have children. Maybe they think the only reason you exist is to give them what they want. Maybe they just want some cute kids to dandle on their knee and show photos of them to strangers. Maybe they need someone to carry on the family name
. Maybe they want all the joy of children with none of the responsibility of raising them. Or maybe they just want to watch you endure all the torture you gave them. Or, if you want to go by evolutionary psychology on this, the entire point of life (as much as life can be said to have a point) is to produce healthy—and fertile—grandkids, as it means that your genes have passed the test of natural selection.
Either way, you can bet they'll be taking every opportunity
to remind their children that their biological clock
, and they should hop to it and make some kids. If the children resist, they can expect to be treated to Not Wanting Kids Is Weird
Expect things to be awkward if these parents get introduced to a new love interest, or even an opposite sex friend
. You can also expect the occasional mention of how the parents spent the child's entire teen years telling them sex is bad, only to turn a complete 180 at some point and suddenly start telling them to get on with it.
If the child is bereaved, this may be one reason why they urge them to seek out a new partner, telling them You Have Waited Long Enough
This can be Truth in Television
, to a rather extreme extent.
Note that, despite the above description, this trope is not Always Female
. Both male and female examples are straight uses.
Contrast Siblings Wanted
, where it's the characters' own children who demand from them to get busy (again) rather than their parents.
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- In Bitter Virgin, Daisuke's mother states early on that she'd like her son to get a local girl pregnant. This is not because she wants a continuation of the family line, though; it's because a baby will help tie him down so he can't escape her plans for his future.
- Present in Kage Kara Mamoru!. Since the line of Kagemori ninja needs to continue, Mamoru's parents are very pushy when it comes to these matters. For example, when he was possibly going on a date with Hotaru, he comes home to find that his parents have already named his and Hotaru's child.
- Maison Ikkoku:
- One reason why Grandma Godai uses her funeral savings to pay for Godai and Kyoko's wedding is that she wants to see her great-grandkids.
- Kyoko's mother is constantly pushing Kyoko at Mitaka, but when she discovers that Kyoko is fighting with Godai, she immediately begins asking about him, and encouraging Kyoko to forgive him for whatever it was that made her mad (accidentally proposing to another woman) and hurry up and get married. It greatly annoys Kyoko.
- Used along with a subversion of Virgin Power in Devil Hunter Yohko: Yohko's grandmother impresses on her that a Devil Hunter must be a virgin to take on the power — but once they've acquired their powers, they can go ahead and have sex! In fact, guess who wants great-grandkids...
- Similarly, her Mother wanted her to go out and get laid as soon as possible, presumably to avoid the whole Virgin Power thing.
- Kei's mother in the manga Houou Gakuen Misoragumi is so worried about the possibility that her daughter won't end up giving her grandchildren that she tricked her into going to an All Boys School; while this would be a secret fantasy for most girls, it's a nightmare for Kei due to a number of reasons. First, the Principal has threatened to erase her if she tries to expose herself as a girl (thus runing the school's reputation); second, she is allergic to guys which makes her throw up a lot; and lastly, she is a lesbian (it is this fact that the mother is trying to cure).
- The grandmother in Otome no Iroha came back to life due her concerns that her two grandchildren, Iroha, a masculine girl, and Hifumi, a feminine boy, won't be able to get married and continue the family line due to their gender dissonance. Her solution: magically Gender Bend them.
- In the Mai-Otome Arashi manga, Lena Sayers hopes for this.
- Japan Inc: Ueda's mom comments that Miss Amamiya (his boss!) has the right shape to get many children, hint hint. When the latter can hear it.
- Lady Ramia expresses this desire in the Vampire Game epilogue.
"Vord! Baby! Now!"
- Mentioned in a Naruto flashback, when the Konoha children and tenagers are banned from joining the adults in fighting the Kyuubi on the loose. The one leading the operation is Kurenai's father, who tells the trope almost word by word to not just his daughter but to the boys he's taking to safety as well.
- Notable in that this was more a case of More Expendable Than You than pressuring his child to have children. He's in no rush to be a grandfather; he just wants his kid to live long enough to have kids.
- In Rosario + Vampire, both Mizore and Kurumu's mothers tell them that they expect Tsukune to pop out some kids with them, much to his chagrin. Highly justified in Mizore's case, as her people hit menopause in their mid twenties, leaving them a very narrow window in which to produce the next generation.
- In Haiyore! Nyarko-san, Nyarko starts telling their friends that she's pregnant with Mahiro's baby...and to his annoyance, they believe it. He asks his mother to be the voice of sanity, but she's too busy blushing and muttering "My first grandchild..." blissfully to herself.
- In High School DXD, Issei's parents are happy when they see him genuinely interacting with girls. They expressed a fear that they would never have grandchildren because Issei is a perverted idiot who spends most of his time ogling girls or his Porn Stash instead of actually talking to them.
- In Kanojo ga Flag o Oraretara, the "Elder" praises Akane and encourages her and Souta to hurry and give her some grandchildren. It doesn't seem to matter to the Elder that neither of them are actually her children, or her relatives for that matter.
- Hajime's mother in Danna Ga Nani O Itteiru Ka Wakaranai Ken has a desire for grandchildren. A desire she expresses with [[shark teeth and demonic reverb.
- Ranma ½ Fanon traditionally has this as a major motivation for Ranma's mother, Nodoka. This probably arose as a way to justify her concern with Ranma's "manliness" with the opposite sex, especially since he spent most of his life away from her during his training trip. Canonically, both of the fathers want Ranma to "carry on the School of Anything-Goes martial arts", which would involve grandchildren.
- This pops in so many Dragon Ball Z fanfics, it's not even funny anymore. Chichi is the usual culprit, despite the fact that she's usually nagging her sixteen-year-old son while she still has a seven-year-old at home.
- In the Oneiroi Series, the only reason Redcloak's mother is willing to give Vaarsuvius, an elf, a chance with her son is because of this trope. That, and they already have a kid with each other and a second on the way.
- Nobody Dies: Lilith, progenator of humanity. Simply being in her presence compels humans (of opposite gender) to think of one thing and one thing only. Babies.
- Kyoko invokes the trope by name after Shinji and Asuka's first time.
- This carries over into ND's sister fic, Walking In The Shadow Of Dreams, as Rei is more or less fixated on the BABIESBABIESBABIES drive.
- Child Of The Storm has Frigga, though she's more laidback than most examples. Her lifespan means that she's perfectly happy to wait and, considering that she's already got a grandson to spoil and is the mother of Loki means that she could be doing it just to wind up Thor.
- Eakins Hard Reset: Twilight's mother feels this way. The fact that Twilight's a lesbian only means she expects both her and her future girlfriend to churn 'em out.
- Nyx's Family: Twilight Sparkle's mother has been standoffish and fearful ever since Twilight adopted Nyx, the filly version of Nightmare Moon... till the moment she sets eyes on the filly.
That instant, she realized that nagging fearful voice had a competitor. The moment she clapped eyes on the tiny, wide eyed little black filly, a second voice had come roaring up behind the first, chased it down a back alley of her mind, and gleefully stomped it into the mud: "I'm a Grandmama!"
- The Mixed Up Life Of Brad: Celestia playfully asks this of Cadence (who is her protege and thus the closest thing she has to a daughter.) Cadence responds by revealing to her "auntie" that she is, indeed, pregnant.
- A justified example in Empath: The Luckiest Smurf, in that since there's only one adult female Smurf among them who's about the same age physically if not chronologically as her fellow adult male Smurfs, Papa Smurf is hoping that one of his little Smurfs would marry her and have children so that their people would not die off. The only problem with that idea was that Papa Smurf was also in love with Smurfette, and in an alternate timeline even marries her.
- In A Brother's Price Queen Elder explicitly tells the protagonists that her family's numbers are reduced, and she wants grandchildren. Justified in that she is one of the Queens, and there need to be heirs of the throne. She doesn't pester her daugthers about this, though - they know what is expected of them.
- In Poppy Z. Brite's Liquor, Rickey's mother Brenda asks him when he's going to meet a nice girl and give her some grandbabies... despite knowing that he's gay.
- In Jasper Fforde's The Eyre Affair, Thursday's father asks about the possibility of grandchildren.
- Jehana to her son Kelson before he leaves for Torenth in King Kelson's Bride: "All apart from Gwynedd's need for an heir, I would have grandchildren to dandle on my knee."
- Honor Harrington's mother is obsessed with getting her daughter knocked up and drops hints about bring vials when she meets her boyfriend. Since they can raise the babies in tubes, it's not even a problem that she's an active duty navy officer. In some ways not having grandchildren actually creates huge problems when Honor is believed dead due to inheritance laws being complicated.
- In Agatha H. and the Clockwork Princess, one Jager is a nuisance to his great-great-grandson owing to his wanting great-great-great-grandchildren. It is noted that many Jagers have hobbies trying to reconnect with the humanity they left behind him, and preoccupation with his family is his, and has nearly wiped out his descendents.
- In The Decline of the West, Oswald Spengler gives the justification for this trope: "He does not entirely die who lives on in sons and nephews."
- In Seanan McGuire's October Daye novel Rosemary and Rue, Toby suggests that the message Luna is trying to send Connor is that she wants him, and her daughter, to give her grandchildren. Connor points out what would Luna do with a grandchild?
Live Action TV
- In Frasier, Daphne has a dream in which her mother shows up to do just this. And when Gertrude moves to Seattle, that dream becomes a constant reality.
- Don and Charlie's father in NUMB3RS isn't too pushy about it, but he does give his sons the occasional nudge.
- Black Books: When Manny's parents believe he's dating Fran:
Manny's mother: People are leaving it too late these days, and I don't think that's wise.
Fran: Leaving what late?
Manny's mother: Babies.
- Both Ross and Emily's parents in Friends seem to be keen on the idea, since Ross threatens them with "No Grandkids!" when they are squabbling at his wedding. Ross' parents already have a grandson prior to that event, but they frequently forget about Ben, as well as about their own daughter Monica.
- In the CBC adaptation of Douglas Coupland's jPod, Carol is continually pressuring Ethan for grandchildren.
- In The Nanny, Fran's mother was very obsessed with having grandchildren from Fran, despite the fact that her other daughter has several children. It's stated several times that Yetta nagged Sylvia about giving her grandchildren years ago (specifically, when Fran was giving Sylvia grief, Sylvia turned and blamed Yetta for pressuring her for grandchildren. Yetta simply responded, "That's right, Cookie, it's payback time.")
- Discussed in an episode of Designing Women. Mary Jo tells the story of the first time she visited her parents after being married. They told her they weren't comfortable with her and her husband having sex under their roof, then spent the entire trip pestering them for grandchildren.
- Living Single has Laverne Hunter who finds a way to work in the need for her daughter Regine to 'settle down and put some beans in that oven'.
- In 30 Rock, this is a major source of tension in Liz Lemon's otherwise ideal relationship with her parents.
- Marie in Everybody Loves Raymond, to the point of making a "love nest" for her son Robert and his wife in their house complete with Barry White CDs. Robert moans "I can't breed in captivity!". What makes this an interesting case is that she already has three grandchildren but because they are no longer excited to see her when she comes over (due to both growing out of it and, as Debora pointed out, simply by virtue of her spending more time at their house than her own) and simply wants new ones so she can "be grandma" again. Marie is generally considered one of, if not THE, most selfish, self centered characters on the show because of actions like these.
- Variation occurs in the "Look at the Princess" trilogy of Farscape. A Sebacean princess can only become Empress if she marries a man who can provide her with viable offspring and thanks to DNA poisoning by her brother, only John can "put the sword IN the stone" as he puts it. For good measure, on their first meeting, the current Empress tells John "I expect sturdy grandchildren from you."
- A particularly obnoxious (and, thanks to the Imagine Spot inserts that were a motif of the programme, hilarious) incarnation of this kind of parent was added to the BBC's 2009 sitcom Reggie Perrin. This was a new addition for the remake- in the original, The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, Reg hated his mother-in-law and had two independent adult(ish) children. Possibly it was felt that, as the actors were very slightly younger and middle-class people like the Perrins now have children rather later, they would be unlikely to have children that old, and the dynamic would be different if their children were still young.
- Full House. Despite having three granddaughters, throughout the second season Jesse's parents pestered him to marry Becky so they could have more grandkids.
- In an early episode of The Cosby Show, Claire's mother explains the trope:
Claire's Mother: "You know, when you and Cliff got married, what did I say?"
Claire: "You wanted me to have a child."
Claire's Mother: "You know why?"
Claire's Mother: "If you want the joy of a child without the bother, There's a perfectly simple answer."
Claire's Mother: "They're perfect. If you don't like them, you go home."
- In Game of Thrones, Lord Walder Frey constantly expresses this. Although for him, it's less about the grandkids and more he wants his many, many children to finally get married and move out of his house.
- Something of an after-the-fact variant in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Amends" where the First Evil appears to Angel in the form of Jenny Calendar, who he killed earlier that year:
Angel: What do you want?
First/Jenny: To die in bed surrounded by fat grandkids, but I guess that's off the menu.
- The Bible has this in Genesis, as the first thing God tells his living creations is to "Go forth and multiply". By extension, He also expects this from the animals. To drive the point home, after Adam and Eve sin and become mortal, God promises to multiply Eve's "conceptions," though this is possibly so there would be saints to replace the souls who would be damned.
- In the story of Apollo and Daphne in Ovid's Metamorphoses (making this trope Older Than Feudalism): "Saepe pater dixit 'Generum mihi, filia, debes.' Saepe pater dixit 'Debes mihi, nata, nepotes'". "Often [Daphne's] father said, 'You must [give] me a son-in law, daughter.' Often her father said, 'You must [give] me grandchildren, daughter'".
- Also in Greek Mythology, King Thespius promised his daughter to Heracles if the hero would hunt a lion that was plaguing Thespiae. Thing is, he has fifty daughters, but still kept his promise, giving Heracles one of them a night. Some versions of the story say the reason for this was because he wanted strong grandchildren, and thought Heracles was an ideal sire. He certainly got grandkids; all fifty of his daughters became pregnant as a result.
- In Animal Crossing your parents will send you a letter asking if you've met anyone special. They claim they want grandchildren... even though you live in a village full of animals.
- Eli Vance in Half-Life doesn't take it to extremes, but he does tease his daughter Alyx about her affection for the hero because, "can you blame an old man for wanting grandkids?". This comment was particularly significant because it was made shortly after the destruction of a device that the occupying alien force had set up the to make human reproduction impossible.
- In Ar tonelico, Lyner's father encourages him to get married soon because he wants grandchildren. Lyner responds that he doesn't have anyone in mind, eliciting the groans of the three potential love interests.
- In Plumbers Dont Wear Ties, both John's mother and Jane's father are pressuring them to have children.
- If you marry Nera in Dragon Quest V, Nera's mother will pressure Nera to have grandchildren right after you're married. She eventually does, giving you twin children, a son and a daughter. Strangely, she doesn't say this to Debora, her other daughter. Though she gets the two grandkids either way.
- If you spared Teryn Loghain and married Anora (only possible as a male Human Noble) in Dragon Age: Origins, Loghain will reappear in Awakening and remind you that you have a duty to produce an heir. Ostensibly it's because the Ferelden throne needs a clear line of succession, but this trope is probably in play as well. However, the game implies that having children can be difficult for Grey Wardens.
- The opening of King's Quest VII: The Princeless Bride opens with Valanice attempting to marry Rosella off and listing who she thinks are suitable candidates. Rosella is less than thrilled with the idea. Yes, it's justified by the fact that Alex took up ruling the Green Isles, leaving her as Daventry's only heir. Still, she's no more eager to be "up for auction" than her dad was in King's Quest II: Romancing The Throne.
- Older Family-oriented parents in The Sims 2 will often have a want to get grandchildren sometimes as soon as their oldest child progresses to adulthood.
- This returns in The Sims 3, where Sims will often roll the "Become a Grandparent" wish as soon as their grown child gets married. (If said wish is fulfilled, the new grandparents may then wish for five grandkids altogether)
- If you get Fayt's ending with Adray in Star Ocean Till The End Of Time, Adray makes it clear that he intends for Fayt and his daughter Clair to get together for this purpose. Clair is not quite as supportive of this (she calls her father into the other room, then beats the crap out of him). It's a bit more subtle in his solo ending where he has Clair's subordinates in a push-up competition for the right to marry her.
- Tales of Graces: Lady Kerri Lhant makes it abundantly clear that she wants Asbel to settle down and have a child. Much to Asbel's chagrin, she already has marriage proposals ready.
- King of Fighters 2000: During the Kyoukugen Team's ending, Takuma saves King from being annihilated by a direct blast from the Zero Canon. Just as she starts to thank him, he invokes the trope as his reason for doing it.
- The plot of True Love Junai Monogatari is tied to this, in a way. The PC's father is desperate to see his son married with kids, so he forces the PC to live on his own in a family-owned apartment so he will look more independent anf attractive to any prospect girlfriend...
- Joyce's mother in It's Walky! Big time.
- Blue's grandmother (father's side) in College Roomies From Hell.
- The Order of the Stick
- Girl Genius:
- Oggie, despite not being human anymore, is very concerned about the continuation of his family line. His great-great-grandson is currently in hiding to avoid being pestered about when he'll settle down and father some great-great-great grandchildren. Oggie's great-great-grandson also made the mistake of telling his ancestor he'd "get married when you find a Heterodyne!" As he shortly discovers, that's not as far-fetched as he'd thought. Oggie's response? "Iz going to be great-great-GREAT grandpapa!"
- Castle Heterodyne has a bit of this, what with pestering Agatha to get busy making the next generation of Heterodynes and pointing out that she has two healthy available young men around.
- Fa'lina of Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures : "Hey, hey! Get back here! Do not run in fear from me when I'm plotting my grandbabies' futures!". Becomes kind of sad when you look into the backstory here. Fa'lina adopted Pyroduck after Pyro was taken as a hostage in the Dragon-Cubi war, during which Fa'lina's entire clan (which she founded) was killed. Cyra (Dan's grandmother) does this to Dan as well.
- In Schlock Mercenary Kaff Tagon's father berates him about his life in general, and not producing grandchildren. Eventually he steps it up a notch.
Kathryn: So instead of nagging your son about producing grandchildren, you nag women who may or may not be remotely interested in him?
General Tagon: This is a new tactic. I guess I do both.
Kathryn: For as stupid as your selfish DNA is, I'm surprised you were able to reproduce at all.
General Tagon: The boy's mother used to say the same thing.
- Crest's mother in Flipside indicates this in this strip.
- Yuko's mom in the slice-of-life webcomic Johnny Wander.
- Drowtales contains one of the most horrific instances of his trope in fiction with the relationship between Quain'tana and her daughter Mel'arnach. Basically, she couldn't have children anymore but needed an heir, so she wanted to get one from her daughter — by force. And to rub salt in the wound once the child (Ariel, who was actually born from a consensual relationship with another elf turned giant spider) was born, she was taken away from her real mother and raised without knowing her true lineage or even seeing her real mother for 10 years, did not know their real relationship for over 30 chapters. Minus a single, non-canon and very spoilerific chibi page (which indulge in Black Comedy anyway) this is not played for laughs at all, and many fans consider it a Moral Event Horizon crossing for Quain'tana. After a 10 year timeskip it's also shown that in exchange for not killing Mel after she came back after running away (again) Quain has gotten her wish and Mel already had two more children with a third on the way, and though her circumstances are better Mel still lives in a Gilded Cage and the two young children are being raised elsewhere.
- In Kevin & Kell, Desdemona Fuscus is seen asking Kell which of them should be the first to bring the topic of grandchildren up to the recently married Fenton and Lindesfarne.
- Taken to terrifying extremes in this Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. When Mom said she wanted grandkids, that was not a request.
- In Route 148 this trope is used to hint at one of the protagonists' homosexuality when Frank, on the same page he is introduced, jabs at Linton about probably never pruducing any great-grandkids.
- Something Positive:
- Faye once became depressed that Davan didn't seem like he would ever settle down and Dahlia was on the record that she didn't want kids. She briefly considered finding a way to trick Davan and his girlfriend Branwen into getting pregnant (to Fred's surprise, since she's usually the sane one in the family).
- Chirag is gay. His parents know he's gay, but they don't know that he knows that. His brother and sister are also gay, and once they came out of the closet their parents immediately started bugging them about settling down and having kids. To avoid this, he still pretends to be in the closet when they visit him, begging his female friends to play The Beard.
- Takeru Oyama in Ménage à 3 demonstrates the trope within seconds of meeting his daughter Yuki's new boyfriend Gary. Faintly creepy, or at least Freudian, in that his relationship with Yuki has previously been difficult, and that's largely because childhood exposure to the tentacle-porn Hentai which he created damaged her psychologically.
- In The Non-Adventures of Wonderella, Wonderella's mother Titania hires Wonderella's villains to try to convince her to have a baby.
- In Evil Inc. Lightning Lady's mother starts off discussing her daughter's scandalous wardrobe (LL dresses like a typical comic book supervillainess), but when her daughter protests she mentions grandchildren. Lightning Lady goes back to the conversation about her costume .
- In Fans!, when Rikk and his wife Aly formed a polyamorous union with Rumy, Rikk's conservative mother did not take it well and nearly stopped speaking to her son. Later, at dinner with Rikk's parents, Rumy accidentally let it slip that she was preparing to act as a surrogate mother for Rikk and Aly (Aly wanted a baby but due to a disease that nearly killed her before she did not have viable ovaries, and Rumy was too active as a member of AEGIS to carry a baby to term, so Rumy conceived the child with Rikk, and then doctors used alien-tech to transplant the fetus into Aly's still-functioning womb). Rikk's mom then approached Rumy, hugged her fiercely and declared, "You're my new favorite daughter-in-law!" Her desire to be an active part of her grandchild's life won out over any objections to her son's unconventional lifestyle.
- In Freefall, as the creator of Bowman's wolves, and at his age, Dr. Bowman feels entitled to bug Florence about grandchildren.
- Mnemosyne to Thalia and the rest of the Muses in Thalia's Musings.
- Tobuscus does a spoof of a deodorant commercial in which his mom tells him 'Now go make me some grandchildren!' He later jokes that she wasn't acting when she said that.
- This not always related. One nosy mother bluntly asks her child about "sex with ex".
- From Cinnamon Bunzuh!, an Animorphs Review Blog.
Ifi: Hi Mrs. Cassie's Mom
Ifi: I'm gonna look up your name
Adam: Her name is "Cassie's Mom"
Adam: Her parents were very presumptuous about grandkids.
- The Lizzie Bennet Diaries: Mrs. Bennet's only goal in life is to have her three daughters married. According to Lizzie, she once cried hysterically: "It's your fault if I die without graaandbabiiieees!"
- Not Always Right has this story, where an older woman freaks out about her age and mentions trying to pressure her 30-year-old daughter into dating for this purpose.
- Amy Wong's parents in are an extreme example.
We met a nice boy in the cabin next to ours. Amy's Dad: He's not very ugly
. Amy's Mom:
You should marry him. Or at least use him to conceive a grandchild for us. Amy: I already have a boyfriend
. Amy's mom:
Really? Then where is he? Amy's dad:
And why isn't he here right now, fathering our grandchild?
- When Kif gets pregnant, Amy struggles to explain to her parents. Their response?
Mom, Dad, I know this is weird but— Mrs. Wong:
Yeah, yeah. We don't care how squishy alien get pregnant
. All we care is that we have grandchild now! Kif:
You're very open-minded, Mrs. Wong. Mr. Wong:
Hey! You call her "Grandma" now! Mrs. Wong:
Call me Grandma like crazy! All the time!
- In a later episode, they bug Amy again. Possibly they were disappointed that their grandkids are tadpoles who have about a decade or two until they metamorph into children.
- There's the episode where the crew (including Amy) are all reverted to their early teenage years:
: This is like a mother's dream! (beat
dream that is - at this rate I'm never going to get a grandchild!
- Used in The Fairly Oddparents, of all places, where, when the writer of the Crimson Chin comic book gets kidnapped by one of his fictional villains, his mother (who he lives with) doesn't notice, and simply shouts "Don't come back unless you bring me grandchildren!" at him as he's being dragged out.
- The Simpsons:
- The episode "The Burns and the Bees": When Marge is asked what her greatest fear is, she instantly replies: "Never being a grandmother."
- Another episode has Marge, who believes she is about to be executed, despairing that she wouldn't see her children grow up and start their own families, etc.
- In King of the Hill when Bobby has joined a cult of geeks — after he got sent to the Principal's office for what they think is witchcraft — when Hank and Peggy are called over; Bobby does this dance to provide a positive vibe. Peggy says:
"I may be a mother, but I am also a woman, and I know a girl repellent when I see it. I. Want. Grandchildren, will you fix this!?"
- On Daria, the title character writes about a story about her family's ideal future. Quinn already has five kids, but Helen still prods Daria and her unseen husband to start a family of their own.
- On Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, Mayor Jones and the Sheriff are having lunch when they spot Fred completely fumbling his date with Daphne. The Mayor groans and says that at the rate Fred is going, he's never going to have grandchildren.