"I'm trying to make you proud
Do everything you did
I hope you're up there with God
Saying, that's my kid
—If You Could See Me Now, The Script
"If you can keep your head when all about you
are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
if you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
but make allowance for their doubting too.
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
or being hated don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise. (...)
Yours is the Earth, and everything that's in it!
And, which is more... youíll be a Man... my son!"
— Fragment of the poem "Ifó", by Rudyard Kipling.
"And he said: "Son, this world is rough,
And if a man's gonna make it, he's gotta be tough,
And I knew I wouldn't be there to help ya along.
So I give ya that name and I said goodbye.
I knew you'd have to get tough or die,
And it's that name that helped to make you strong."
— Shel Silverstein, "A Boy Named Sue"
"For you, I'd do anything,
Just to make you happy, hear you tell me that you're proud of me.
For them, I'll kill anything.
Cut the throats of babies for them Break their hearts all day for them
Waiting for you to say
— Coheed and Cambria, "In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth: 3
Theo: You're a doctor and Mom's a lawyer, and you're both successful in everything and that's great. But maybe I was born to be a regular person and have a regular life. If you weren't a doctor, I wouldn't love you less, because you're my dad. So rather than feeling disappointed because I'm not like you, maybe you should accept who I am and love me anyway, because I'm your son.
Cliff: Theo... THAT'S THE DUMBEST THING I'VE EVER HEARD IN MY LIFE! No wonder you get D's in everything!
Popeye: Ain't you anxious to see me?
Pappy: What d'ya want me to do, kiss ya?
Popeye the Sailor, "Goonland"
"If I knew shooting someone would make you proud Dad, I would've done it a long time ago."
— Marty Huggins, The Campaign
Gob: "I can do this dad. I can make you proud!"
"Someday... someday I may be as strong and couragous as Caeser, when I'm older and have a beautiful white mane, and all of the other animals will look at me and say, 'There goes Kimba the white lion, he's just like his father.' Yeah, someday."
— Kimba on filling his father's shoes, Kimba the White Lion
"Hey, Dad, look at me. Think back and talk to me. Did I grow up according to plan? And do you think Iím wasting my time, doing things I wanna do? But it hurts when you disapproved, all along."
— Simple Plan, "Perfect"
"I can't believe he's blood."
"All I ever did, I did to make you proud! Tell me how proud you are, Shifu! Tell me! TELL MEEEE!!!"
— Tai Lung, Kung Fu Panda
Picard: Is it so important that you to win one last argument?
Spock: No, it is not. But it is true that I will miss the arguments. They were, finally, all that we had.
— Star Trek: The Next Generation, "Unification Pt. 2"
Commodus: I search the faces of the gods... for ways to please you, to make you proud. One kind word, one full hug... where you pressed me to your chest and held me tight.... would have been like the sun on my heart for a thousand years. What is it in me that you hate so much?
Marcus Aurelius: Shh, Commodus.
Commodus: All I've ever wanted was to live up to you, Caesar. Father.
Marcus: [kneels] Commodus. Your faults as a son are my failures as a father. Come... [hugs Commodus]
Commodus: [hugs Marcus and cries] Father. I would have butchered the whole world... if you would only love me! [begins to smother Marcus]
"Yeah," Jack said with a smile that was half-embarassed, half-reminiscent, "I bought a book about [ventriloquism] when I was only eight, and stuck with it mostly because my dad said it was like throwing money away. I gave up on everything. [...] I never got great at it but I got good enough to win the sixth grade talent competition. My dad hung the medal on his office wall. That meant a lot to me."
"Yeah," Wireman said, "There's nothing like an 'Atta boy' from a doubtful dad."
Jack smiled, and as always it illuminated his whole face.
— Duma Key
"Hey, dad, are you proud of me yet? ... Okay, I'll keep trying."
— Robin, How I Met Your Mother
Shepard: Seeing a bit of yourself in Miranda fighting her father?
Tali: I spent my life trying to live up to [my father], then making up for his mistakes, doing what he'd have wanted.
Shepard: It's never that easy.
Tali: When do we get to stop reacting to our parents and start living for ourselves?
I'm coming to kill you, old man. You really know how to piss me off, you know... Would it have killed you to say 'thank you' for once in your life? To say 'Vlad, my son... can I call you my son because I sure do love you like one.' 'Vlad my son, you are a true prodigy. Everything you touch turns to gold.' Oh... wait, it is going to kill you! I'm done doing your dirty work for you. You should be proud. I have learned all you've taught me. I'm coming to show you.
— Vladimir Lem, Max Payne 2
Young Solid Snake: Dad, guess what? I learned my sixth language today!
Big Boss: Good work, son, your made your father proud.
Young Solid Snake: Yea—
Young Liquid Snake: FAAAAAATHEEEERRR! I learned my seventh language today!
Loki: (hanging from the edge of the Bifrost) I could have done it, Father! I could have done it! For you! For all of us!
"Time to make Daddy love me!"
— Zuko, Avatar: The Abridged Series
Jason Neville: "What'd I do wrong? I did everything you asked me to. I hurt people. Killed people. For you."
"You hear that, guys? My dad's proud of me!!"
— Rachel, Friends
ďIn America men often work long hours even when they are well off; such men, naturally, are indignant at the idea of leisure for wage-earners, except as the grim punishment of unemployment; in fact, they dislike leisure even for their sons.Ē
"The father is of course a far more interesting figure than any of his sons if only because his will to impose himself on a society which he felt had snubbed him has been in a more extraordinary way fulfilled. He drove his sons to 'win, win, win.' But never at any point did he pause to ask himself to them just what it was they were supposed to win. He taught them to regard life as a game of Monopoly (a family favorite): you put up as many hotels on Ventor Avenue as you can and win. Consequently, some of the failure of his son's administration can be ascribed to the family philosophy. This absence of any sense of the whole emerged in the famous exchange between him and James Reston, who asked the newly elected president what his philosophy was, what vision did he have of the good life. Mr. Reston got a blank stare for an answer."
—Gore Vidal, "The Holy Family"
"We'll have to have dinner now!"
"He can't even shoot straight."
—Joseph Stalin, on his son Yakovís failed suicide
"I just achieved my life's ambition of climbing Everest with no food and no equipment. NOW DO YOU LOVE ME DADDY? NOW DO YOU LOVE ME?"
"The Star Wars prequels are the worst thing to happen since my son!... And while my son did eventually hang himself in a gas station bathroom, the unfortunate reality of the Star Wars prequels is that they'll be around forever."
— Mr. Plinkett, Red Letter Media
Adm. Owen Paris: You need to climb, and you need to be sure the rope will slide in only one direction:
Lt. Tom Paris: I'd tie a guarda hitch knot!
Owen: The fear of long words is:
Owen: A picardy third is:
Tom: Is when you suddenly solve a minor composition in major triad.
Owen: The leg before wicket rule:
Tom: Uh, in Cricket, the batsman's out because he... er, um, no. It's... the bowler is—
Owen: Just as I thought, you're useless!!
Tom: (sobs) I'M SORRY I LET YOU DOWN DAD!
"Jaden Smith does alright, although I find him to be a creepy Mini Me clone of his father Will Smith. Seriously, it is like Will cloned himself and brainwashed him as a boy to be a money making tool like his dad. Frankly I would like a kid with a personality of his own than someone doing an impression."
Chris: It almost makes me wish there was a companion book to Supermanís Girl Friend Lois Lane and Supermanís Pal Jimmy Olsen. Supermanís A**hole Dad Jor-El.
David: One day, Grant Morrisonís going to end up on the main Superman titles, and heís going to retcon Superdickery as a two-year period in Supermanís life where he was possessed by the ghost of Jor-El.
"In case you were wondering, Joe MacTaggert, Family Values Candidate, is a complete scumbag to a truly hilarious degree. When Moira and Professor X tell him that Proteus is on the way, he refuses to believe that heís in any danger, and when Moira asks him to speak to him because all the boy really wants is his father, he tells her to 'tell him Charles is his father.' That is an a m a z i n g dick move, and as you might expect, does not do much to endear him to the X-Men."
"Dr. Seth Aidinoff, a New York-Presbyterian Hospital psychiatrist who practices on the Upper East Side and also consults for hedge funds and Wall Street firms, illustrated the consequences with the Saturday-afternoon choice faced by 'your typical master of the universe,' who can either play outside with his 7-year-old or stay inside to complete a business deal on the phone.
'The phone call might involve the most important and interesting people in the world, being well compensated for his time, and the chance to handle it with A-plus skill,' Dr. Aidinoff said. 'Whereas playing with his 7-year-old might be sort of boring, or unsatisfying; his son might not fully express his appreciation, or the child could even be in a bad mood. So this person might find himself terrified of spending time with his child because itís not an activity he can control or succeed at the high level of accomplishment to which he is accustomed.Ē"
—Eric Konigsberg, "Age of Riches - Challenges of $600-a-Session Patients"
"In my opinion, living your life purely for someone else's approval sounds like an almost impossible task. Said approval often is a moving target, and it's all too likely that the person you want to please will end up moving the goalposts, if they didn't set them somewhere that's impossible for you to reach to begin with. Did you honestly think everything would just be fine as far as Miho was concerned if you did what your mother wanted and won against Pravda in the semifinals this year?"