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- One Piece:
- Wapol's father when he was alive was a benevolent king who was very much loved by his people. Wapol on the other hand, is a spoiled Royal Brat who is so selfish that nobody can believe he is his father's son. When he took over the throne after his father died, he not only abused his power but also abandoned his people when Blackbeard attacked. Suffice to say, Wapol is hated very much by his subjects to the point that they arm themselves when he decides to show his ugly mug again.
- Garp is the greatest Marine to have protected the peace of the World Government, having notably brought in the Pirate King Gold Roger to justice. His son Dragon is the leader of the Revolutionaries who aims to topple down the World Government.
- Doflamingo is a manipulative asshole who only values the lives of those who prove useful to his goals, and even then towards them he doesn't take kindly to betrayal. In regards to his true origin, this is not surprising as he's actually a former World Noble, the same people who keep slaves and freely shoot others without repercussion. What's surprising however is in regards to his parents. His parents, namely his father, were actually genuinely good people unlike their World Noble contemporaries, who even decided to step down from their privileged but abusive social status to live among the common folk.
- At first glance, Naruto's son, the eponymous protagonist of Boruto is an exact copy of his father. However as we get to learn more about his character, differences start to appear. First of all, Boruto has the complete opposite early childhood that Naruto had, living with two Doting Parents and a little sister. He's also a Brilliant, but Lazy Child Prodigy, very unlike how his hard-working Boisterous Weakling father was. And compared to how Naruto was at his age, Boruto is well mannered and socially adjusted. He also resents his father and has no respect for him (Naruto always respected Minato, no matter what) or the Hokage title nor he has any will to purse his father's path. He also breaks the usual Master-Apprentice Chain by having Sasuke as his master and not someone on the Generation Xerox spectrum of Naruto's side. It's also telling that his hairstyle resembles Sasuke's (during his youth) rather than Naruto's.
- In The Seven Deadly Sins, Dreyfus is an ambitious Well-Intentioned Extremist Knight Templar who won't let anything stand in his way, even going as far as to stage a coup against his king. Dreyfus' son Griamor is a loyal and devoted knight who has sworn to protect one of the kingdom's princesses. Their contrast is even highlighted by their powers. Dreyfus' power is to literally blast through anything in his way. Griamor's a Barrier Warrior. Despite their contrasts though, Dreyfus is a "Well Done, Dad!" Guy who cares deeply for his son.
- In Pokémon, girly Serena wasn't the Rhyhorn Racer her hotblooded mother Grace was pushing her to be. When she found her true dream of being a Pokémon Performer, they had a Skiddo race before Grace gave her blessing.
- Dragon Ball:
- Bardock was a serious and proud warrior who would slaughter innocent races because it's in his blood, and despite being a low-class warrior, he was abnormally strong. His oldest son Raditz is similar, only openly more cruel and is a weak Dirty Coward. After getting hit on his head, Goku grew up as a cheerful and friendly Idiot Hero and he can be a Cloudcuckoolander.
- Goku's first son Gohan is humble, soft-spoken, nerdy and dislikes fighting, unlike his Blood Knight father. In times of peace, Goku continues to train while Gohan slacks off. Goku's second son Goten started out as similar as Goku himself, but at the end, Goten has become tired of fighting and is more interested in dating girls.
- Vegeta is a very serious and extremely proud Prince who loves fighting and he used to be very violent and he didn't care for anyone. Present Trunks is cheerful and a brat, while Future Trunks is humble, soft-spoken and he wouldn't risk the safety of his comrades for a fight like his father. Present Trunks would eventually become as someone similar to his self from the alternate timeline.
- The Runaways are a team of Heroes With Bad Publicity, whereas their parents were villains with good publicity.
- XMen: Nightcrawler is one of the kindest mutants of the series and a devout Catholic as well. His mother Mystique, on the other hand, has committed many villainous acts, and his father Azazel fancies himself as Satan.
- In White Sand, Praxton is the most powerful of the Sand Masters and their leader, as well as a firm believer in "stronger is better". His son Kenton is the weakest of his diem and a perpetual student, with ironclad belief that ability beats raw power. The only trait they seem to share is sheer stubborness, which explains why they're not on best of terms.
- The grown up Godzilla Junior in The Bridge is a Gentle Giant towards humans, a leader of his allies; and was effectively Terra's Big Good while being a Horrifying Hero at worst. His adoptive father, the late Senior, was a highly destructive Chaotic Neutral, solitary, and absolutely loathed humans. Granted the traits they do share such as desires for revenge, bouts of rage; and single minded focus make Junior fear he's not unlike his father enough.
Film - Animation
- In The Book of Life, the Sanchez family has a long line of bullfighters for which Carlos is a part of. As such he hopes for his own son Manolo to uphold the family tradition. Manolo however prefers to be a musician who plays songs rather than a bullfighter who finishes off bulls.
- Hotel Transylvania: the trope is played with. Dracula hates and fears humans, justified because they killed his wife, leaving him to raise his daughter alone. His daughter Mavis, however, despite being told all her life that humans hate and fear monsters, is curious and adventurous, wanting to meet them and see the world. In the end, Drac relents because his daughter's happiness matters more to him, and because he gets to see with his own eyes that the world has changed since he was a young vampire in love.
- In How to Train Your Dragon, Stoick the Vast is a big bearded man who is every bit a typical Viking warrior whose main defining feature is his strength. Stoick's son Hiccup is a rather scrawny weak kid who is more of a Gadgeteer Genius than a fighter. Despite this, Stoick cares for his son and eventually becomes proud of him as well.
- Kronk from The Emperor's New Groove is a Gentle Giant who enjoys baking and other similar hobbies. His father who is introduced in the sequel is a short statured man who doesn't view such things as being merits of someone he would consider as successful. Upon seeing the lengths Kronk's friends would do to help him out and their overall view of him however, Kronk's father gives his approval in light of his son's character rather than the standards that he personally believes in.
- The Little Mermaid: Ariel is one of seven daughters. The other six are blonde and brunette, and perfectly content being mermaids. Ariel is the only redhead, and the only one who finds any interest at all in the surface world. This drastic contrast causes severe friction between her and her father, Triton.
Film - Live Action
- In Big Bully, a dynamic like this exists between the two main fathers and their respective sons. David is a nerdy guy who was bullied when he was a kid. David's son is the typical 90's cool kid but a bully. Roscoe is a big guy who was once David's bully who decides to continue his antics when David returns back home as a full grown man. Roscoe's son is somewhat of a nerd and is also ironically the victim of David's son's bullying.
- Back to the Future,
- George McFly in the first movie's original timeline was a spineless geek who let Biff Tannen continue to bully him even after they graduated high school. George's son Marty is a cool but hot headed kid who stands up to bullies especially if they call him chicken.
- Marty's own future son in Back to the Future Part II is also a contrast to himself. Whereas Marty stands up for himself and has some smarts in him, his future son is a pushover and appears to be a bit of a dumbass.
- In Matilda, the title character's parents are incredibly horrible and stupid people who prefer watching mindless Soap Operas and Game Shows. Matilda's father in particular is an incredibly dishonest car salesman. Matilda in contrast however is a very sweet and extremely intelligent girl who loves books and learning. She's also fully aware how wrong and dangerous the stunts her father pulls to make a quick buck. How she could be the child to such horrible people is beyond baffling.
- In Austin Powers, Dr. Evil is an Affably Evil James Bond styled villain who frequently carries the stupidity of one in more than one way. His son Scott is somewhat of a Jerkass but is far more intelligent and competent. In particular, Scott is smart enough to know that shooting a person is far more efficient than just simply leaving them in an overly elaborate Death Trap.
- The films based upon Robert Anderson's plays, Tea and Sympathy and I Never Sang For My Father, are driven by this trope. Both works feature sons who can't live up to their father's expectations, and feel an uncomfortable mixture of father worship and repulsion towards his domineering personality.
- This seems to run in the Skywalker clan of Star Wars. Luke is completely unlike his father Darth Vader, being a kind and compassionate Jedi with Incorruptible Pure Pureness while his father is the The Dragon and Mascot Villain of the series. This even carries over to next generation seen in The Force Awakens, where Kylo Ren takes after Darth Vader, his grandfather, being a violent psychopath, as opposed to the sarcastic rogue that is his father, Han Solo.
- Harry Potter downplays this a bit. While Harry definitely has some traits shared with his father James, there's a big difference between them in regards to their interactions as Hogwarts students. While Harry as a student is the type of guy who would stand up for the little guy, James when he was a student was a bit of an asshole especially in regards to his treatment towards a young Snape. James' attitude in this matter in fact kinda makes him comparable to Draco Malfoy whom Harry is vehemently against. If Quidditch is added to the equation, Harry would be a Lovable Jock while his father James would be a Jerk Jock.
- Ward of Hurog has his father's looks, but is otherwise very different - while his father was abusive towards the whole family, Ward is a Gentle Giant who spent his childhood trying to protect himself and his siblings from his father.
- In Dune, Paul Atreides/Muad'Dib often feels horribly constrained by his role as the Physical God to an entire people. His son Leto, by contrast, embraces this role. Also, whereas Paul tries to get everyone to follow him willingly and constantly worries whether he is doing the right thing, Leto has no compunctions about bullying the galaxy into following him and is utterly convinced that his way will preserve human civilization for thousands of years.
- Done with the Steward of Gondor's family in Lord of the Rings. Denethor is The Strategist, scholarly, and has powers of foresight thanks to his strong Numenorean blood. His eldest son Boromir is a frontline warrior who is more akin to the Warrior Poets of Rohan and his clairvoyance is very limited. (While Denethor and Faramir have the same prophetic dream several times, Boromir has it only once.) Denethor's youngest son Faramir is similar to himself—however, the contrast makes Boromir his father's favorite.
- In Worm Theo Anders's parents are both neo-Nazis, and in fact co-lead a Nazi supervillain gang. Theo made his opinion of that lifestyle clear when he became a superhero and named himself after the Jewish legend of the Golem.
- A Song of Ice and Fire:
- Samwell Tarly. His father is a Colonel Kilgore, he is a plump, pacifistic nerd. This led Sam's father to disavow and disinherit him, and force him to join the Night's Watch under threat of death.
- Tywin Lannister's father was an airheaded weak-willed hedonist and spendthrift who knew nothing about politics. He is an aspiring tyrant, practical with money and an astute politician. In turn, his son Tyrion has his political acumen but not his ruthlessness. His other son Jaime has no ambition at all other than being a Kingsguard. His daughter Cersei has all his ambition and ruthlessness but her politics isn't as sharp as his.
- Ramsay Bolton's father is a cold-hearted tyrant of the same caliber as Tywin (and an ally of him); he is an impulsive psychopath, not very smart and only a real expert on torturing people, sucking at pretty much anything else.
- The Dresden Files. The Carpenter family is a wholesome Catholic family...
- ...except for Molly who hit her teens and started going punk and dyeing her hair in unique colors. She is also a warlock who ends up apprenticed to Harry Dresden, resulting in Harry figuring out that there's a subversion of Not So Different with Molly's mother, who was a warlock but gave up her magic altogether...
- ...and her oldest younger brother who, while devout, is far more Hot-Blooded than calm and serene Michael Carpenter.
- Katniss Everdeen of The Hunger Games is a lot like her father but very different from her mother. Her mother is docile and soft spoken, is a healer and when faced with the death of her husband she completely breaks apart and shuts down. Katniss is driven and energetic, loves being out hunting in the woods but can't stand the sight of injured or sick people and when faced with the loss of the boy she loves she rallies and channels her pain into becoming the figurehead of the revolution. They do have one big thing in common though - both fell deeply in love with a man from their opposite social standing and started a family with him, something Katniss initially swore she would never do.
- One Nation Under Jupiter: Both of Diagoras' parents are devout Roman citizens.
- Family Ties. The very liberal parents, Steven & Elyse have two daughters who don't have any particular political leaning. And then there's their son Alex, who is a hard right winger, who tries to remake his younger brother in his own image.
- Game of Thrones: This has happened to the Northerners. After the War of Five Kings has ended and the fallen lords's sons took charge most of them aren't as honorable or fond of the traditional feudal system. That's mostly because they saw what the old way of oaths and loyalty gave to their fathers and with the Boltons instead of the Starks in charge, you don't show respect as much as you show usefulness. Even those who aren't that extreme refuse to help the Starks simply because they asked. As well as the above, Smalljon Umber is also less noisy than his father.
- The Munsters. Marilyn's parents are never seen, but she's the dramatic contrast — a "normal" human — to her family of literal Classic Hollywood Monsters.
- The Twilight Zone (1959): "Beauty Is In The Eye of the Beholder" has dramatic visual contrast instead, with the main character looking like (to the audience) a normal human while her parents (never seen) and the rest of the world (as depicted by the hospital staff & TV) all look alike.
- Namond Brice from The Wire doesn't have the stuff to become a gangster like his father Wee-Bey.
Dennis: "They got the same blood but not the same heart."
- Luke Cage: Zip, an enforcer in Cottonmouth's gang, gets seen as this by Shades and Turk compared to his father, in the span of a couple episodes.
Turk Barrett: Romeo would roll over in his grave, the way you're hop-skippin' with these cats nowadays. He was a man on these streets. You's just a boy.Zip: What the hell are you talking about? You're down here in his [Diamondback's] pocket, same as me.Turk Barrett: I'm doing business with him, yes. But I ain't his boy. And I definitely ain't his bitch.
- First, it's Turk, criticizing Zip's willingness to work for Diamondback as an errand-boy:
Shades: Romeo would be ashamed of you. You're such a disappointment.Zip: You're the second person whose told me that today. I'm my own man, Shades!Shades: Tell him yourself. [shoots Zip in the head]
- After Zip later attempts to kill Shades, and fails, Shades gets hold of a gun and kills Zip's men, before beating a confession out of him:
- Daredevil: Wilson Fisk takes a lot of effort to prove to himself that he's not like his abusive father.
- In The Legend of Zelda Oracle games, the son of Bipin the Gasha Seed farmer can grow up to have a completely different job than his father depending on certain player choices. While Bibin's son growing up to be either a warrior or a musician has varying degrees of contrast to his father, it is if he grows up to be a complete "slacker" that he contrasts the most with his hardworking father.
- Castlevania: Lords of Shadow:
- Gabriel Belmont is a dark haired Anti-Hero who set out on a journey to defeat the Lords of Shadow and bring back his wife back from the dead only to be become as evil as the creatures he fought against. He willingly turned himself into the vampire overlord known as Dracula and later decided to make it his mission to get revenge on all those who used him as an Unwitting Pawn.
- Gabriel's son Trevor is a dark haired hero who set out to avenge his mother whom he is told that Dracula supposedly killed. He unfortunately failed in his mission, however he was turned into the Long-Haired Pretty Boy vampire known as Alucard against his will in an desperate act by his father to save his life. As Alucard though, he decided to fight against evil rather than succumb to it like his father and other vampires.
- Trevor's son Simon is a noticeably more muscular Dark Skinned Fiery Redhead Walking Shirtless Scene Barbarian Hero Raised By Wallachian Mountain Dwellers who set out to avenge his parents who were killed by Dracula's forces. He is considered a much more skilled warrior than his father and was the first human ever to successfully defeat Dracula.
- The Howe family in the Dragon Age series. Its patriarch in Dragon Age: Origins, Rendon Howe, is a morally bankrupt individual who betrays and slaughters the Cousland family to usurp their holdings, supports Teyrn Loghain's betrayal of the king, then kidnaps and tortures his opponents, cracks down on the Denerim Alienage elves, and even has the freaking Queen imprisoned. In short, while Loghain is a textbook morally ambiguous villain, Howe has no redeeming qualities whatsoever. Come Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening, we meet his two kids: the oldest son Nathaniel is a chivalrous and honorable individual who spent too little time with his father to recognize his wickedness and thus falsely idolizes him, while the oldest daughter Delilah recognized it long ago and cut all ties to her family, also helping Nathaniel to see the truth once they reunite after many years.
- Fire Emblem:
- In Fire Emblem Fates, the conflict between Saizo and his son Asugi comes from how the father is an extremely no-nonsense Fiery Redhead who loathes anything sweet and takes everything seriously, while the son is a mischievous Loveable Rogue in-training with a massive Sweet Tooth, and who is so bothered by this trope that he's terrified of potentially not being able to live up to his family legacy.
- And previously in the Elibe saga, The Blazing Blade's Hector is usually known for his big stature, expertise at axe-fighting, and Brilliant, but Lazy and Hot-Blooded personality. His daughter Lilina from The Binding Blade is quite petite, a magical prodigy (despite Hector's possible spouses being physical fighters), a hard worker, and is far closer to being a sweet All-Loving Hero.
- Eggs Benedict in Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location and his father are strongly implied to share similar physical traits...and that's about it. While his father, William Afton is a sociopathic serial killer, Eggs (Michael Afton) just wants to help free the ghostly children from their Animatronic tombs. Unfortunately for Eggs, the ghostly children mistake him for William causing him to hide in desperation and ultimately causes him to become Springtrap.
- Canon Foreigner Lucy in Injustice 2 is a pretty typical, well-adjusted little girl, which is quite impressive given that her biological parents are Harley Quinn and the Joker. Harley did arrange for her to be raised by her sister, knowing full well she and "Mistah J" were not parenting material.
- In The Most Popular Girls in School, Brittnay is a Hot-Blooded, violent, Hot-Headed, foul-mouthed bitch and her friend Mackenzie is much more cool-headed and controlled Head Cheerleader. The former's mother is a submissive and a timid, anti-cursing woman who spoils her daughter while the latter's mother is a foul-mouthed, bitchy business woman who is always on her phone and ignoring her family, often screaming at somebody named Frank. However, Mrs. Zales ends up making Mrs. Matthews more similar to Brittnay by getting her to curse at least once. Veronica ends up swearing uncontrollably.
- Although she bears quite the resemblance to her mother, Yang Xiao Long couldn't be any more different than Raven Branwen. Whereas Yang is a great sister to Ruby, looks out for her friends and especially her sister, has a rather nuturing personality and takes responiblity for her actions, Raven is a Missing Mom who doesn't even care about her, saved Yang only once out of some sort of rule, is am extreme Social Darwinist and adopts a Never My Fault look on her problems.
- The Order of the Stick has two examples:
- Roy's family has one over three generations; his grandfather was a Book Dumb fighter, his father was an Insufferable Genius wizard and he's a Genius Bruiser fighter (partly from stories of his grandfather's heroism, partly from resentment of his dad). All three chose their paths out of stubbornness, though.
- Elan is a Genre Savvy Cloudcuckoolander bard who defers to Roy, while his father's a wannabe Overlord...who isn't actually as clever or important as he thinks.
- In Skin Deep, Ike's mother is super racist (speciesist?) and obsessed with "proper behavior befitting a proud buggane family", and it's all her husband can do to keep her from going into offensive tirades in public. Ike himself (who actually moved to another city to get away from her) gets along with almost everyone and is in an Interspecies Romance, and his two half-brothers seem to be following his example.
- In Codename: Kids Next Door, Mr. Boss oppresses kids and is an enemy of the KND. His daughter Numbah 86 is against adult tyranny and is a member of KND. Despite this, they care for one another partially thanks to Mr. Boss having a Double Standard to his treatment of kids whether or not they are his own.
- In The Legend of Korra, the Spin-Offspring of the characters from Avatar: The Last Airbender contrast a bit from their parents.
- Aang in the first series was often a playful happy-go-lucky kid. Aang's son Tenzin is grew up to be a stern mentor figure who's often a stick-in-the-mud. Despite this, Tenzin was considered the favorite of Aang's three children (in part due to being the only Airbender among them) and it's implied they had an extremely close relationship, though in the present Tenzin feels he can barely keep up with Aang's power and fame and has a strained bond with his siblings Kya and Bumi.
- Toph in the first series was an independent girl snarker who ran away from her strict home which wanted her to follow tradition. Toph's older daughter Lin is a serious Iron Lady who became Da Chief in order to follow in her mother's footsteps as a cop despite Toph's own wishes against such a choice. The contrast is even more highlighted in their actions as police chiefs. Whereas Lin is a strict By-the-Book Cop who only did things not by the book after resigning from her position, Toph abused her position as she immediately covered up for her other daughter Suyin when she got arrested.
- The Earth King in the first series was a Nice Guy and Friend to All Living Things, but was a Puppet King who was not even aware of the corruption going on in his own kingdom. His daughter on the other hand is a Jerkass dictator who is fully in control of the Secret Police that once controlled her father. Furthermore, she is allergic to animals but has no problem eating Exotic Entrees. Rumor has it that she even ate her father's own pet bear.
- In Goof Troop and its movie spinoffs, Goofy and Pete have this dynamic with their respective sons:
- Rarity from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is a sophisticated fashionista who can easily fit in with any of the upper class. However, her traits contrasts with both of her parents who can be best described as the run of the mill middle class uncultured gaudy clothes wearing ponies. The contrast between her and her parents is even highlighted by their accents. Rarity has a Mid-Atlantic accent which sounds very cultured and almost British. Her father and mother have accents that are very undeniably American, an exaggerated Midwestern Accent and Joisey accent respectively.
- Jake from Adventure Time is a fun loving adventurer who lives life without a care in the world. His son Kim Kil Whan is a no nonsense businessman who takes matters very seriously to a point that he can come off as Jerk Ass even towards his own father. Kim Kil Whan however genuinely loves his father though, he just feels that Jake should be more responsible and get a job rather than being so carefree.
- Finn's father Martin is the exact opposite of his son in personality. Instead of being selfless and moral like his son, he is a criminal with truly sociopathic behavior and Lack of Empathy. His appearance is also different, dressed in red and bald, unlike his son, who is dressed in blue and has long hair.
- In My Dad the Rock Star, the eponymous title character Rock Zilla is a Hot-Blooded Rock Star makeup wearing expy of the show's creator Gene Simmons. Rock's son Willy is an average bespectacled kid in both looks and personality, a definitely far contrast from his father.
- In El Tigre, one of the more prominent elements is a rather pronounced recurring parent child contrast within the Rivera family.
- Puma Loco is a Evil Genius supervillain who primarily uses technology and his Transforming Mecha. His son White Pantera is a superhero who is a physical fighter who uses magical boots to aid him. This setup is actually a recurring theme that seems to skip generations. Dark Leopard the first Rivera supervillain was a Mayincatec themed villain with abilities similar to Puma Loco. Golden Leon the first Rivera superhero and Dark Leopard's son is a conquistador themed hero with abilities similar to White Pantera. Mighty Cheetar Golden Leon's son is a Steam Punk pirate themed villain with abilities similar to Puma Loco. Justice Jaguar Mighty Cheetar's son and Puma Loco's father is a Mexican sheriff themed hero with abilities similar to White Pantera. Despite these differences in alignment, the Rivera family however has a deep familial love and respect for one another.
- El Tigre himself is also a contrast to his own father with the addition of being also a contrast to his own grandfather. He is a physical fighter who uses mechanical grappling hook-like claws. While he does indulge in villain activity once in a while and abit of a trouble maker, he is at most an Anti-Hero as most of his deeds are on the side of good. He is actually more similar to the Rivera progenitor whom he is a Legacy Character of. The only difference though is that the original El Tigre has a Split Personality and talks to himself having gone mad from not deciding on whether to be a hero though the original hints that his successor may eventually become this.
- Outside of the Rivera family there is Frida Suarez. Frida is a troublemaker who in more than one occasion is the one who encourages Manny to partake in more bad acts. Frida's father is the ever strict no nonsense law-abiding Chief of Police of Miracle City and Frida's mother from what little was shown of her, pretty much shares her husband's police viewpoints. Despite the contrast, hurting Frida is enough to set at least her father's Berserk Button off.
- Stan Smith from American Dad! is an extremely patriotic Republican CIA agent who advocates things such as the legalization of guns. Stan's daughter Hayley is a Granola Girl whose political views completely contrast those of her father, such as being against guns. Despite the contrasting views, the two actually care for each even if they don't show it often. Stan in particular doesn't like people calling Hayley a whore.
- In The Amazing World of Gumball, Mr. and Mrs. Robinson are Cranky Neighbors who are often very serious and grumpy in demeanor. Their son Rocky in contrast is a Nice Guy with a rocker-like personality. Furthering the contrast is that Mr. and Mrs. Robinson are gray colored "human" Muppets while Rocky is a brightly colored furry "monster" Muppet. Though they have their differences as shown in "The Boss" episode what with Rocky not having a high paying business oriented job, they do care for one another despite Mr. Robinson's personal reservations on the matter.
- In The Proud Family Coach Collins is a stereotypically hardline and masculine guy. His son Michael is effeminate, small and interested in fashion (to the point of being Ambiguously Gay).
- In The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius Jimmy is an an adventurous boy genius. His dad is a moronic pie and duck enthusiast and his mom plays up a stereotypical house wife image.
- Dexter's Laboratory
- Dexter and Dee Dee's parents are average and ordinary. Dee Dee is a happy go lucky ballerina, kind of taking after her mother, who also walks on her toes. Dexter is a secretive, sneering Mad Scientist boy genius.
- Mandark's parents are flower children. Mandark himself is a brooding, plotting Mad Scientist Evil Genius. His sister Olga, who was introduced seasons before their parents were but pretty much forgotten after her debut episode, also qualifies as well as she shares more traits with Mandark rather than their parents, though she's more of a ballerina than a Mad Scientist. Olga's contrast to her parents in fact is actually pointed out in the Fan Web Comic Powerpuff Girls Doujinshi.
- In Danny Phantom, Sam Manson is an ultra-recyclo-vegetarian goth, who hates anything not black, and cultivates her gloomy persona. Her parents are super cheerful.
- In Evil Con Carne, Hector Con Carne the Villain Protagonist of the series is an evil crime lord reduced to an anthropomorphic Brain in a Jar bent on taking over the world. Hector's son from the future Destructicus Con Carne whom Hector somehow conceived with his Mad Scientist minion Major Dr. Ghastly (it's complicated) is completely different in alignment to him. The muscular non-Brain in a Jar Destructicus decides to become a superhero who fights against the forces of evil such as his parent's organization. Destructicus however still loves his parents, though only Ghastly, both her present and older self, and Hector's older self returns their son's affections (again it's complicated).
- Gravity Falls:
- Outwardly Wendy Corduroy seems just another flannel-clad lumberjack type, but in "Society of the Blind Eye", we discover that conforming to the family style is extremely stressful for her.
- Robbie, Wendy's ex, is a brooding goth boy. His parents are super cheerful and pleasant people who also happen to be in charge of a funeral home.
- Kick Buttowski: The Buttowski family has three kids, with variations on the trope.
- Eldest son Brad is a slacker kid. His dad is a straight arrow car salesman.
- Baby child Brianna is a stuck up pageant kid. Her mom is not quite a pageant mom, more average.
- Kick is the middle kid, and is a stunts-obsessed daredevil with Hidden Depths. He has this in common with his mother, who is a retired daredevil. She tends to treat him like a baby now, though, and often has panic attacks at the danger Kick exposes himself to.
- Kick's grandfather is old, slow, and grumpy, but he, being the father of Kick's mother, is also a retired daredevil, to the point that he looked and behaved almost exactly like Kick at that age.
- Star vs. the Forces of Evil:
- Star, the main character, is upbeat and energetic to the point of being almost hyper. Her parents are stodgy, deadpan, and display a tiny bit of strictness. Eventually we find out Star's father is boisterous and adventurous like she is when out of the public eye, so it's just her mother that Star contrasts with.
- Marco, Star's Sidekick, despite his protestations to the contrary, is a very safe person, to the point he is almost doing it unconsciously. His parents, however, are free spirits who embrace new experiences even if they are dangerous.
- Steven Universe:
- Jenny and Kiki's father, Kofi, is hot-tempered, stern, and bossy. His mother Nanefua is a laid-back wise-cracker, while his daughters are fun-loving and irresponsible average teenage girls.
- Sour Cream is a mellow, laid back, extremely nice guy. In other words, the exact opposite of Marty, Greg's old manager and Sour Cream's complete jerk of a biological father.
- Sadie and her mother Barb are both kind people, but while Sadie is gentle and a bit withdrawn, Barb is very overbearing toward Sadie and basically everyone else. That seems to be why Sadie acts the way she does.