Quotes: "Well Done, Son!" Guy

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    Anime and Manga 

"I Beg you. Pilot it. I believe in you. I love you." If you hear those words, will you pilot it, Shinji? But, I can't bring myself to love you. For you, I have never felt love.

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

Time to make Daddy love me!

    Comic Books 

Popeye: Ain't you anxious to see me?
Pappy: What d'ya want me to do, kiss ya?
Popeye the Sailor, "Goonland"

I can't believe he's blood.
Darkseid on Kalibak after he gets KO'd by Superman, Superman: The Animated Series

    Fan Works 
"I don't blame Ayanami. It's not her fault. How would she know? But I… I don't know how I could ever forgive my father. He considered it an important enough demand on his time to raise her, however badly. Why send me away? I… I'd still do almost anything to get him to look at me. I hate him so much, but… You know how much that once little scrap of praise he gave me after the Tenth Angel made me feel good. Gods, I'm such a weak idiot if I still want that."
"I agree you're a dummy if you Pilot to try to earn his praise," Asuka snorted. "You don't need that."
"Don't you? I thought that's why you were so driven to be the best Pilot, so people would praise you?" he asked right back. "'To display your talents to the world', you said."
Asuka said nothing for a moment. "I used to," she said softly. "I needed it. I was so afraid no one would want me unless I was the best. I had to make people look at me, or I might disappear. But now…" She freed one hand from embracing him to softly stroke his face. "I'm not as worried. I know, no matter what, that you're looking at me. That if I should fall, you'll keep my memory close. Now I Pilot, I push myself to be the best because I want to be the best, and drag you with me. The two of us, the best in the world, defending humanity. You're a good Pilot, Shinji, almost as good as me. You have a better reason to Pilot now than hoping for empty words from your father."
Shinji looked at her, waiting.
"Misato. Wondergirl. Me. Even the Stooges. The people who care about you praise you, baka. Not lip service from a jerk who's unworthy of a son like you. Forget him. Do it for us. For me especially. I won't have anyone else as wingman but my baka-Shinji. You promised me; You and me, together, against everything. Lean on us, Shinji." 'I need you. I can't even tell you how much. You have to stay with me. You make me strong.'

"We get paid?"
Asuka facepalmed externally for good measure. "Yes, Shinji, we get paid. Quite well, in fact. Did you think the only thing you were getting out of this gig was empty promises of basic parental affection?"
"Actually... yeah."
Asuka pondered this information for a long moment. "Well, that explains a lot," she concluded. "C'mon, Shinji, let's go spend your dad's money!"
Doing It Right This Time, chapter 1

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 upmoving the goalposts, if they didn't set them somewhere that's impossible for you to reach to begin with.
Teru Miyanaga discusses this trope with Maho Nishizumi, Necessary To Win

    Film — Live-action 

Perry: Did your dad love you?
Harry: Only when I dressed up like a beer bottle, how about you?

Hank Palmer: Why'd you pull me out of Boy Scouts?
Hon. Joseph Palmer: As punishment for blowing up the McCraw's mailbox with M80s.
Hank: I was 13. THAT you remember! THAT!
Joseph: Old enough to know better.
Hank: You didn't come to my high school graduation or college. Why?
Joseph: Oh, boo-fucking-hoo. "Why?" Jail time, truancy, I don't get to reward anything! None of your shit!
Hank: I graduated from law school, for Christ's sake!
Joseph: As opposed to what? Dropping out?
Hank: Fuck you!

If I knew shooting someone would make you proud Dad, I would've done it a long time ago.
Marty Huggins, The Campaign

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.


"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"

"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.

    Live-action TV 

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?

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!

My mother's understanding of my career changes with what she wants from me. One day, she can name everyone on the National Security Council, the next day, she thinks I work for the post office.
Michael, Burn Notice ("Identity")

Gob: I can do this dad. I can make you proud!
George Sr.: Well, it's never too late to start.

You hear that, guys? My dad's proud of me!!
Rachel, Friends

Picard: Is it so important that you win one last argument with him?
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"

Hey, dad, are you proud of me yet? ... Okay, I'll keep trying.


"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

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"

"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

    Video Games 

It is a father's nature to be the ultimate obstacle for his child!
Great Father, Persona 2

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."
Vladimir Lem, Max Payne 2

Tali: I spent my life trying to live up to him, 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?


Young Solid Snake: Dad, guess what? I learned my sixth language today!
Big Boss: Good work, son, your made your father proud.
Young Liquid Snake: FAAAAAATHEEEERRR! I learned my seventh language today!
Big Boss: GET OUT.

    Web Original 

You know your daughter hates you more than she hates wearing a color that’s not black or beige when you find out about her wedding from an Inside Edition reporter. Not even Entertainment Tonight! Inside Edition!

Jon [Voight] later told TMZ that he’s not farting out a stream of sadness over not getting invited, because he wouldn’t have been able to go anyway. Jon had to go to the Emmys on Monday.. You know your daddy hates you when he’d rather go to some boring ass award show and sit with a bunch of assholes (although, he’s the asshole of assholes) than go to your wedding. So much for those two 'making amends' a few years ago.

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 Superman’s Girl Friend Lois Lane and Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen. Superman’s A**hole Dad Jor-El.
David: One day, Grant Morrison’s going to end up on the main Superman titles, and he’s going to retcon Superdickery as a two-year period in Superman’s life where he was possessed by the ghost of Jor-El.
ComicsAlliance on Smallville ("Prophecy")

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 he’s 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...
Chris Sims on X-Men, "Proteus, Part 2"

    Web Video 

"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, RedLetterMedia

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:
Tom: Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia!
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!!

Future!Trunks: "NOTICE ME!"

    Western Animation 

Marge: Homie, are you really going to ignore Grampa for the rest of your life?
Homer: Of course not, Marge, just for the rest of HIS life. He said I was an accident... he didn't want to have me.
Marge: You didn't want to have Bart.
Homer: I know, but you're never supposed to TELL the child!
Marge: You tell Bart all the time! You told him this morning!
Homer: Yeah, but when I do it, it's cute!

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

    Real Life 

He can't even shoot straight.
Joseph Stalin, on his son Yakov’s failed suicide

In 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.

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"

Prove that you are bigger, tougher, more patiently enduring, and are unmoved by his wailing. Defeat him totally. Accept no conditions for surrender. No compromise. You are to rule over him as a benevolent sovereign. Your word is final.
Michael Pearl, To Train Up a Child

We'll have to have dinner now!
Kiefer Sutherland addressing his father Donald Sutherland, 2006 Emmy acceptance speech

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 it’s not an activity he can control or succeed at the high level of accomplishment to which he is accustomed.”