"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... you’ll be a Man... my son!"
— Fragment of the poem "If—", 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
"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?"
"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 I’m 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.
Picard: But your fight with Sarek is over, Spock, and you have none with me.
Spock: I always had a different vision than my father. The ability to see beyond pure logic. He considered it weak, but I have discovered it to be a source of extraordinary strength.
— 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!
Odin: You'll be a wise king.
Thor: There will never be a wiser king than you. Or a better father. I have much to learn. I know that now. One day, perhaps, I will make you proud.
Odin: You've already made me proud.
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!
Odin: No, Loki.
(Loki stares for a moment, then lets go, falling into the wormhole, apparently committing suicide. He survives.)
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