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Playing With: Papa Wolf
Basic Trope: A man fiercely defends his loved ones.
  • Straight: A man's children are threatened and he leaps to their defense.
  • Exaggerated: A man inflicts Disproportionate Retribution on anyone who even annoys his children — even justifiably. See Knight Templar Parent.
  • Downplayed: A man gives a stern lecture to someone who threatens his children.
  • Justified:
    • They're his children, and his protectiveness is an expression of his love for them.
    • The protective dad is a wolf.
  • Inverted:
  • Gender Inverted: Mama Bear
  • Subverted:
    • A man's defense of his children keeps them too sheltered to survive when he dies, so they end up worse off than before.
    • The father tries to be a Papa Wolf, but proves woefully inadequate against the threat against his children...
    • The father looks like he's going to protect his children from an angry mob but suddenly supports the children's attackers...
    • The father prepares to protect his children only to discover that they don't need him to.
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied: Unending conflicts between fathers over real and imagined slights to their children.
  • Zig Zagged:
    • The little girl who the old man goes out of his way to protect at all costs is under a magical effect that has reduced her to the appearance of a child. She's his mother.
    • The father and the daughter are a Battle Couple protecting each other fiercely.
  • Averted:
  • Enforced: "If he doesn't protect his kids, it means he doesn't care about them, and it makes him look like a jerkass.
  • Lampshaded: "Just because he's a shop clerk doesn't mean we can risk his seeing us harm his kids!"
  • Invoked: "I knew if they did that, they would bring down the father's wrath on them."
  • Exploited: "Jane, I'm your brother and I know you're mad at Bob. So I'm going to arrange a date between Bob and Alice. You know what her dad is like don't you?"
  • Defied: "I know my kids can take care of themselves — I won't steal their thunder."
  • Discussed: "He would do anything to protect his kids."
  • Conversed: "You have to write in a son for him. It gives him a motive. Men in stories like that will punch out God to save their son."
  • Deconstructed:
    • Fathers obsess over their children to the neglect of what else is their duty, and shelter them into helplessness.
    • Or his zeal to protect his children scares them, and his wife(if he has one)and end up driving then away.
    • Alternatively, a genuinely good person of similar age (to the offspring of course) who's romantically interested in his children (most likely the daughter) shies away out of fear of inadvertently provoking his wrath somehow.
  • Reconstructed: A father learns his Aesop and teaches his children to defend themselves, and brings them along to help others.

Back to Papa Wolf, and get your hands off my son!

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