'''Basic Trope''': A character who desperately wants the approval of another - most often his father.
* '''Straight''': Bob tries his hardest to gain the approval of Al, his incredibly distant father.
* '''Exaggerated''':
** Bob does everything in his power to gain Al's approval, when he barely registers on Al's radar.
** Bob does everything in his power to gain Al's approval, [[GloryHound he's even willing to use questionable or underhanded methods to get what he wants]].
* '''Downplayed''': It's important to Bob that he gain his father's approval, but it isn't a significant story element. However, it is one part of the character's drive to excel.
* '''Justified''':
** Bob wants Al to love him.
** Bob's mom Dahlia died when he was very young, so to him Al is the only parent he has, even if Al is a {{Jerkass}}.
** EducationMama
* '''Inverted''':
** [[WellDoneDadGuy Al tries his hardest to gain the approval of Bob, his incredibly distant son]].
** Alternatively, Bob, a total {{Jerkass}} {{teen|s Are Monsters}}ager, tries his hardest to piss off his formerly-proud dad Al.
*** Alternatively from ''that'', Bob tries his hardest to piss off his dad Al, but no matter what he tries, Al is still proud of him and approves of everything he does.
** Doubly alternatively, Bob receives respect and praise from Al, who is a horrible man Bob despises, [[YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame making the praise little more than a cruel mockery to him.]]
** Al is trying to force Bob to do things his way, but Bob won't follow along.
** Bob is CallingTheOldManOut.
* '''Subverted''': Al tells Bob that he didn't need to do anything to gain his approval - which confuses Bob, as he started doing things to improve his life for his own sake.
* '''Double Subverted''': However, as Bob really analyzed his behavior, he realized that subconsciously, he ''did'' do those things because that's what Al wanted.
* '''Parodied''':
** The workaholic or working-class son Bob tries to win the approval of his high-culture or art-focused father Al. (A good example is a Monty Python sketch called [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLoVF7vcBtY Working-Class Playwright]].)
** Bob gets a [=PhD=], then wins the Nobel Prize, then becomes an acclaimed Hollywood director, then becomes the President of the United States. But no matter what, Al can never remember Bob exists and must be reminded every time Bob comes up in conversation, even when other people speak of him.
* '''Zig Zagged''': Bob, an executive chef at a Michelin-starred restaurant, desperately tries to make Al proud, but Al is secretly already proud of Bob--though in Bob's encyclopedic knowledge of automobile parts, as Al hates how Bob chose to pursue the culinary arts instead of auto mechanics. Meanwhile, Al is always yelling at Bob about how he has to pay so much in taxes but quietly admires how Bob fills out those tax forms so quickly, efficiently, and without any mistakes.
* '''Averted''': Either Al is open with his approval of Bob, or Bob feels no need to prove himself.
* '''Enforced''': "I know a situation to change Bob's [[TeensAreMonsters unruly behavior]]: have him earn the respect of his dad."
* '''Lampshaded''': "Why is it that no matter what I do he'll never say 'I love you' or 'I'm proud of you'?"
* '''Invoked''':
** Bob doesn't feel he needs to win Al's approval, but a third-party insists he must.
** Al's father was like that with him, and he credits the emotional distance for allowing him to succeed. So, he does the same thing with Bob.
* '''Exploited''': Al is a {{Jerkass}} who deliberately maintains a facade of emotional distance so Bob will do things for him.
* '''Defied''': "Ah, screw it. I'm proud of you, son."
* '''Discussed''': "Seriously, it's impossible to please your parents, especially if it's your dad."
* '''Conversed''': "I'm not going to wait another 2 seasons until Bob gets the respect he deserves from his father!"
* '''Deconstructed''':
** Al dies without ostensibly letting Bob know that he loved him. This tears Bob up inside and causes him to lash out at everyone and everything.
** Alternatively, Al lets Bob know that he really ''doesn't'' care about him, which warps Bob psychologically.
** Alternatively: After had for so long tried to gain Al's approval, Bob becomes more bitter and bitter about his father. When the day comes that Al finally express his approval, it's too late for Bob and instead of satisfaction Bob feels bitterness and even spite for the approval.
** Bob was an unruly teenager who has given Al a hard time, but [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone after realizing this]], he decides to do whatever he can to gain back his father's respect, [[ReformedButRejected only for his attempts to fall on deaf ears.]]
* '''Reconstructed''':
** Bob eventually comes to terms with his relationship with Al - he decides that raising him was a pretty good way to show love, even if he didn't say it all the time.
** The {{Jerkass}} Al is soon reprimanded from someone outside the family, and he finally see that when everyone left him, Bob is the only one who still revere him. Al TookALevelInKindness.
"Maybe- MAYBE dad will like me if I click [[WellDoneSonGuy this link!]] Right? RIGHT?!"
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