Main Well Done Son Guy Discussion

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12:41:51 AM Oct 24th 2017
What's the non-parental version of this trope? Like there's a mook who isn't biologically related to the Evil Overlord, but they're desperately seeking their master's approval.
04:24:42 PM Jun 15th 2013
Is the Bible example explicit in all versions of the book or is that a specific interpretation or translation?
05:18:29 PM Nov 11th 2012
I know this has been discussed before, but has anything been decided/changed? The description makes the "Well Done Son" Guy the one who, well, says "Well done, Son"- i.e. the father figure. That's also what the title would seem to describe, but the Distaff Counterpart "Well Done Daughter" Girl and some of the examples on other pages seem to indicate that the child is the character described by the trope.
10:36:35 PM Dec 31st 2012
Yeah, I just came here to say the same thing. I was confused by this very misleading title.
05:15:35 PM Oct 23rd 2013
Yes, plenty of people still think son-guy is one term for the child figure as well.
01:57:05 PM Jul 25th 2014
As far as I know, the trope is for a person seeking the approval of someone he or she respects, who may not be a father or even a parent, not the person whose approval is being sought. If, for example, Alice is seeking her father Bob's approval, Alice is the "Well Done, Son!" Guy, not Bob.
08:48:40 AM Apr 3rd 2012
Why is this trope showing up as \"Well Done, Son\" Guy on all pages? Who screwed up escaping out the quotation marks?
11:45:25 AM Apr 25th 2011
Change the pic back to that of Shinji and Gendo! It's one of that series' main themes, while Nigel doesn't even appear in 2 of the 3 movies.
06:49:51 PM May 6th 2012
That picture was shown because the issue was immediately obvious just from looking text within it; you don't have to watch Austin Powers beforehand to know what it's talking about.

With the former trope image, that was considered a problem. Not everyone has watched Evangelion. You would need to have either watched or at least heard of the series beforehand to see it in the image.

The rule of thumb for trope images is that the tropes they portray have to be apparent enough on its own, without actual knowledge of the show being necessary. It doesn't necessarily mean it will be the most iconic examples most of the time.
09:45:35 AM Jan 19th 2011
Could we have a clearer description of just who the "Well Done, Son!" Guy is - whether it's describing the parent from whom a character wants approval, or whether it's describing a person who wants his parent's approval? The page description indicates that it's the former, but I'm seeing a number of examples on other pages that seem to indicate the trope is describing the child of the parent (Kick-Ass being just one example).
03:29:56 AM Oct 19th 2010
Wait, Shouldn't the "'Well Done, Son' Guy" be the SON who is trying to win the authority figure's praise? As the very article mentions, the 'father' can have any kind of personality, but I don't think this wiki has a term for the 'son' character.
07:24:44 PM Dec 22nd 2010
edited by cg12345
Yeah, the title always confused me; I'm never sure if it's the son who's looking for approval, or the father figure the son wants it from. Is this enough to warrant a Trope Repair thingy?
07:17:27 PM Jan 19th 2011
Went ahead took the initiative on that call. Take all discussion about this over to the Trope Repair page.
10:08:07 AM Aug 28th 2010
Ursa wasn't the kind of parents who favors a child over another like Ozai. She was just focused on giving Zuko more love since his father didn't love him. Truly, she loved Azula but she couldn't show it more clearly. As a result, Azula felt her mother didn't love her.
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