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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 contry to prevent him from ever meeting Alice again.
  • Downplayed: Alice's parents would have preferred that she marry Charles instead, but Bob isn't that bad.
  • Justified:
    • Alice's parents are xenophobic.
    • Alice's parents already know Bob, and they know he's a terrible person.
    • Alice is already betrothed to someone else.
    • 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.
  • Inverted:
    • Bob does not like Alice's parents.
    • Alice's parents really like Bob, and encourage her to keep seeing him.
    • Alice and Bob are married. Alice wants to divorce Bob, but her parents don't want to let her.
    • Alice doesn't want her mother to remarry.
  • 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.
  • Double Subverted: But once he leaves, they have nothing but bad things to say about him.
  • 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.
  • Averted:
    • Alice's parents really like Bob.
    • Alice and Bob are not a couple and/or Alice's parents have never met Bob.
  • Enforced:
    • Alice's social class
    • Values Dissonance
    • The author remembers this happening to him/her.
  • Lampshaded: "But Daddy, he loves me!"
  • Invoked: Bob shows up at Alice's house looking like a punk-rocker or other such "undesirable person". (as defined by the likes of Alice's parents)
  • Exploited: Romantic Runner-Up Charles kills Bob and frames Alice's parents.
  • Defied:
    • Alice and Bob's parents make an effort to accept Alice's Love Interests just the way they are, and get to know them before judging or critiquing them.
    • Alice disobeys or kills her parents.
  • Discussed: "Now, I have to warn you, baby, my parents are tough to impress."
  • Conversed: "What the hell does it matter what Mr. and Mrs. Troper think of Bob, as long as he loves Alice?!"
  • 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, and her parents eventually accept him.
  • 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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