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Playing With: Parental Marriage Veto
Basic Trope: The parents don't approve of the Love Interest.
  • Straight: Alice brings Bob over to meet her parents, who act very cold towards him.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Alice's father chases Bob away with a gun.
    • Alice and Bob are killed by Alice's parents.
    • Alice is sent by her parents to live with a relative in a foreign country, because they don't want her to see Bob again.
    • Alice's parents hate Bob despite never having met him even once.
    • Alice's parents kidnap Bob and send him to a foreign country to prevent him from ever meeting Alice again.
  • Downplayed: Alice's parents would have preferred that she marry Charles instead, but know of other men who are worse than Bob.
  • Justified:
    • Alice's parents are xenophobic.
    • Alice's parents already know Bob, and they know he's a terrible person.
    • Bob is well into his 20's or 30's, while Alice is still in High School.
    • Bob has no manners or social skills.
    • Alice is still living with her parents, and therefore still subject to their rules and expectations.
    • Alice's parents want her to remain single.
    • Alice and Bob are of different social classes.
    • Bob is sterile, and Alice's parents want to have grandchildren someday.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • When Alice takes Bob to meet her parents, she warns him that they don't like him. However, Alice's parents are very polite to Bob during the visit.
    • Alice respects her parents' wishes and breaks up with Bob.
  • Double Subverted:
    • But once he leaves, they have nothing but bad things to say about him.
    • Alice's new boyfriend David dies, and Alice gets back with Bob against her parents' wishes.
  • Parodied: Alice's parents reject Bob for having a pulse.
  • Zig Zagged: Alice's parents are selective. They like some of her boyfriends, hate others, and want Alice's sister Claire to remain single no matter what.
  • Averted:
    • Alice's parents get along with Bob.
    • Alice's parents have never met Bob.
    • Alice and Bob are not a couple.
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: "Look, I know you hate Bob, but we're getting married anyway. And there's nothing you can do about it."
  • Invoked: Bob shows up at Alice's house looking like a punk-rocker or other such "undesirable person", specifically so Alice's parents will hate him.
  • Exploited: Romantic Runner-Up Charles kills Bob and frames Alice's parents.
  • Defied:
    • Alice's parents make an effort to accept Alice's Love Interests just the way they are, without judging or critiquing them.
    • Alice murders her parents. With them out of the picture, she can marry Bob without hassle.
    • Alice never lets her parents meet Bob.
  • Discussed: "Now, I have to warn you, baby, my parents are tough to impress. Maybe we shouldn't visit them until after the wedding."
  • Conversed: "What the hell does it matter what Mr. and Mrs. Troper think of Bob, as long as he loves Alice? It's Alice's choice, after all."
  • Implied: Alice and Bob never visit Alice's parents, though they live in the same city.
  • Deconstructed:
    • They may be making a rush to judgment, based on Bob's appearance or social class or simply out of concern for Alice.
    • Alice starts hating her parents for it.
    • Alice's parents attempt to thwart Alice and Bob's wedding, and are arrested.
  • Reconstructed:
    • But Bob proves what a good person he is, and proves his love for Alice. Her parents eventually come to accept him, though they still wish that Alice had gone with Charles.
    • Alice's parents are arrested for attempting to thwart Alice and Bob's wedding, but have a friend who is still plotting to break them up.
  • Played For Laughs: Alice's father slams the door in Bob's face... Don't worry! He'll be fine!
  • Played For Drama: Alice suffers Honor-Related Abuse for getting together with Bob.

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