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* A more serious example in ''VideoGame/GodOfWarPS4'', where this is basically the entirety of the game. It all starts with Kratos's wife Faye already dead, her last wish is for her ashes to be spread on the highest peak in all of the realms. His young son Atreus is alongside him for the whole journey, but there is little comedy here. The death of Faye leaves Kratos adrift in a position he admits he's just not yet ready to return to: having to be a father figure again. Despite the fact that his hugely traumatic past life is centuries behind him at this point, Kratos is still so terrified of messing up with Atreus (as he has with so many other things) that he really doesn't know what to do or how to act, now that he and his son are forced to deal with each other. It certainly doesn't help that Kratos kept himself distant from Atreus throughout most of the boy's childhood, again likely because of his own insecurities towards being a father again. As a result, both of them have opposing personalities, mindsets, and opinons. Faye had always been the mediator between father and son, and now without her, Kratos is left grasping at straws.
-->'''Kratos:''' Faye... What do I do? Our son is not ready to carry your ashes to the top of the mountain... and neither am I. I do not know how to do this without you.\\


* Playing baseball in the garden. May often not include the Son-Doesn't-Like-It bit. For some reason, American media tend to depict this as iconic stock image of Dad and Son genuinely having a splendid time together. Might have something to do with [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff baseball being more popular in the US than in many other parts of the world]]. For that matter, Dad and Son throwing a(n American) football to and fro might convey the same associations.

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* [[PlayingCatchWithTheOldMan Playing baseball in the garden.garden]]. May often not include the Son-Doesn't-Like-It bit. For some reason, American media tend to depict this as iconic stock image of Dad and Son genuinely having a splendid time together. Might have something to do with [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff baseball being more popular in the US than in many other parts of the world]]. For that matter, Dad and Son throwing a(n American) football to and fro might convey the same associations.


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* [[TakeYourChildToWorkDayPlot Taking the son to their job]]. Usually ends with the child either causing trouble at the workplace or being extremely bored the whole time.



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* ''VideoGame/WhatRemainsOfEdithFinch'' features a father-daughter variant. After his harsh parenting has caused him and his daughter to drift, Sam Finch takes his daughter Dawn (mother of Edith) on a camping and hunting trip. Despite a begrudging and awkward start, Dawn does start to have fun. When Dawn shoots a buck on a cliff, Sam decides to set his antique camera on a timer to take a commemorative photo with her. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, he doesn't check to make sure the deer is dead, and the camera captures him being bucked off the cliff to his death right in front of Dawn.]]


* In ''VisualNovel/WhenHeavenSpitsYouOut'', in order to make up with Ryan after [[spoiler: breaking his arm]], Simon takes Ryan to the park for a walk, although Ryan is initially reluctant to do so. Once there, the pair do very little interaction, mooching silently around the lake while walking their dog, Chester.

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* In ''VisualNovel/WhenHeavenSpitsYouOut'', ''Webcomic/WhenHeavenSpitsYouOut'', in order to make up with Ryan after [[spoiler: breaking his arm]], Simon takes Ryan to the park for a walk, although Ryan is initially reluctant to do so. Once there, the pair do very little interaction, mooching silently around the lake while walking their dog, Chester.


* Subverted in one silent ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' strip, where Calvin asks his dad to play outside. His dad points at all the paperwork on his desk, Calvin leaves disappointed, his dad looks disappointed and it cuts to both making snowmen.



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* In one episode of ''Series/FamilyMatters'', Carl realizes he hasn't been spending as much time with Eddie as he used to and decides to taking him on a fishing trip the latter wanted to do. The problem is it's the middle of winter so it becomes an ''ice fishing'' trip and not the warm weather activity that Eddie was hoping for. The combination of freezing conditions as well as Steve tagging along and catching all the fish makes Eddie miserable and he and Carl start arguing, only to be interrupted by the ice on the lake beginning to crack.

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* Subverted in one silent ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' strip, where Calvin asks his dad to play outside. His dad points at all the paperwork on his desk, Calvin leaves disappointed, his dad looks disappointed and it cuts to both making snowmen.

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* In ''VisualNovel/WhenHeavenSpitsYouOut'', in order to make up with Ryan after [[spoiler: breaking his arm]], Simon takes Ryan to the park for a walk, although Ryan is initially reluctant to do so. Once there, the pair do very little interaction, mooching silently around the lake while walking their dog, Chester.

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** Later in that same trip, he wakes the boys up to get them to go fishing. When both refuse, he says ''some'' of them will be eating fish that evening. Cut to dinner, where Peter and Jason are eating canned tuna on crackers (Roger angrily saying he doesn't want any).


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** Roger gets his sons to play football in waist-deep snow, citing it as a tradition of the Fox family.
-->'''Jason:''' Ever worry that our bloodline contains a bunch of idiots?


* Rock is convinced by Willy in ''WesternAnimation/MyDadTheRockstar'' to bond with him more and they find out they have nothing in common.

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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/MyDadTheRockstar'', Rock is convinced by Willy in ''WesternAnimation/MyDadTheRockstar'' to try find something they can bond with him more and over, leading them to engage in a lot of these kinds activities. Ultimately, they find out they have nothing in common.common [[spoiler:until the very end of the episode when the pair find some common ground in stargazing.]]


* Oh ''Series/HouseOfAnubis'' Jerome refers to the search for the gem as a 'bonding thing' with his father.

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* Oh On ''Series/HouseOfAnubis'' Jerome refers to the search for the gem as a 'bonding thing' with his father.


* A major part of ''Film/FieldOfDreams'' is Ray's rough relationship with his dad, who loved baseball. [[spoiler: At the end of the movie, [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments his father's ghost comes to the baseball field to play with him]].]]

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* A major part of ''Film/FieldOfDreams'' is Ray's rough relationship with his dad, who loved baseball. [[spoiler: At the end of the movie, [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments his father's ghost comes to the baseball field to play with him]].]]


* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': In "Legend of the Gobblewonker", Grunkle Stan drags Dipper and Mabel off on a fishing trip in a poorly-built dinghy for Family Bonding Day. Considering how the last Bonding Day got the family arrested for counterfeiting ("The county jail was so cold..." says Mabel), the twins are more than happy to escape for a monster hunt. They go back and fish in the end.

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* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': In "Legend of the Gobblewonker", Grunkle Stan drags Dipper and Mabel off on a fishing trip in a poorly-built dinghy for Family Bonding Day. Considering how the last Bonding Day got the family arrested for counterfeiting ("The county jail was so cold..." says Mabel), the twins are more than happy to escape for a monster hunt. They After Dipper and Mable discover [[spoiler: the lake monster was a fake built by Old Man [=McGucket=], a lonely old man desperate for attention]], they feel guilty about ditching Stan and go back and fish in the end.with him.


* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', Grunkle Stan drags Dipper and Mabel off on a fishing trip in a poorly-built dinghy for Bonding Day. Considering how last Bonding Day got the family arrested for counterfeiting ("The county jail was so cold..." Says Mabel), the twins are more than happy to escape for a monster hunt. They go back and fish in the end.

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* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', "Legend of the Gobblewonker", Grunkle Stan drags Dipper and Mabel off on a fishing trip in a poorly-built dinghy for Family Bonding Day. Considering how the last Bonding Day got the family arrested for counterfeiting ("The county jail was so cold..." Says says Mabel), the twins are more than happy to escape for a monster hunt. They go back and fish in the end.

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