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* The short-lived ''WesternAnimation/GodTheDevilAndBob'' had "Bob's Father", which shows that [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Bob's father]] was an emotionally-abusive {{Jerkass}} who did nothing but belittle his son. Later in the episode, Bob shouts at Andy for leaving his toys out, and Andy calmly replies "That's okay Dad. I know you're upset about Grandpa." Doing so [[JerkassRealization calms Bob down]], and he immediately apologizes and compliments Andy on being so insightful.

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* In ''Film/SpiderManHomecoming,'' Tony calls Peter to check in, mentioning that his father was never really there for him and saying he's trying to "break the cycle." While he's making an effort to be a more active mentor/father-figure, he still rarely takes Peter's calls, having him make reports to Happy instead (though he does refer back to one of those reports, proving that he did listen to them), and when Peter comes to him for advice about an illegal arms deal, Tony basically blows him off, leading to the situation getting worse, for which he then blames Peter. He's gotten better by ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar,'' where he still tries to keep Peter away from dangerous situations, but does take time to discuss plans with Peter and actually takes advice from him. By ''Film/AvengersEndgame,'' he's improved greatly. [[spoiler: When Peter is restored from Thanos's dusting, Tony's immediate response is to give him a hug, to ensure he knows Tony cares, and every scene with Tony's new daughter Morgan shows that he's emotionally invested with her]].
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* ''FanFic/TheSecondTry'': [[spoiler:Both Shinji and Asuka are phenomenally better parents to their daughter, Aki, than their own parents ever were for them, managing to raise her in a post-apocalyptic environment while dealing with their own psychoses and still have her come out well adjusted enough to integrate into normal society when they're sent back in time. They both lampshade this repeatedly.]]

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* ''FanFic/TheSecondTry'': Both [[spoiler:Both Shinji and Asuka Asuka]] are phenomenally better parents to their daughter, Aki, than their own parents ever were for them, managing to raise her in a [[spoiler:a post-apocalyptic environment environment]] while dealing with their own psychoses and still have her come out well adjusted enough to [[spoiler: integrate into normal society when they're sent back in time.time]]. They both lampshade this repeatedly.]]


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* ''Fanfic/ExTenebrisLux'': Cinderella's biological parents [[ParentalAbandonment died when she was young]] and she grew up with an abusive WickedStepmother. As a result, Cinderella wants to be the best mother she could be to her own children. She gets upset when her husband tells her that he's been keeping their young son away from her because she's weak from her difficult pregnancy. Years later, Cinderella's bottled up emotions explode and she grabs her son's hand in anger, but she's instantly [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone horrified by being so physical with her child]].


** Hinata is a kind but still strict mother to both Boruto and Himawari. Contrast to her own father Hiashi who was emotionally distant and looked down on Hinata because he thought she was weak.

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** Hinata is a kind but still strict mother to both Boruto and Himawari. Contrast to her own father Hiashi who was emotionally distant and looked down on Hinata throughout most of her childhood because he thought she was weak.


* Zigzagged in ''Series/{{Mom}}''. Christy was raised by her alcoholic and drug using mom Bonnie who messed up her childhood. Unfortunately, Christy does the exact same thing to Violet and Roscoe. However, the series does start with her in recovery and makes genuine efforts to be a good parent and make up for her mistakes. It just doesn't stick most of the time. Even Bonnie's own mother left her when she was young and never return even when her life was stable. While Bonnie did keep Christine and did attempt to raise her, she still messed up.

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* Zigzagged in ''Series/{{Mom}}''. Christy was raised by her alcoholic and drug using mom Bonnie who messed up her childhood. Unfortunately, Christy does the exact same thing to Violet and Roscoe. However, the series does start with her in recovery and makes genuine efforts to be a good parent and make up for her mistakes. It just doesn't stick most of the time. Even Bonnie's own mother left her when she was young and never return even when her life was stable. While Bonnie did keep Christine and did attempt to raise her, she still messed up. And while Violet did give up her baby, she made sure she went to a loving family.



** Sabrina was a LonelyRichKid whose parents were barely there. Worst was her mother who would bad mouth Sabrina, hurting her emotionally. Sabrina became a wonderful mother to Hope. One episode had Sabrina trying to give Hope a great family vacation despite ot going wrong. And when Sabrina has a nigtmare in which Hope grew up in the same lonely family life like her, she was terrified and tried to fix it.

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** Sabrina was a LonelyRichKid whose parents were barely there. Worst was her mother who would bad mouth Sabrina, hurting her emotionally. Sabrina became a wonderful mother to Hope. One episode had Sabrina trying to give Hope a great family vacation despite ot everything going wrong. And when Sabrina has a nigtmare nightmare in which Hope grew up in the same lonely family life like her, she was terrified and tried to fix it.


** Hinata is a kind but still strict mother to both Boruto and Himawari. Contrast to her own father Hiashi who was emotionally distant and looked down on Hinata because je thought she was weak.

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** Hinata is a kind but still strict mother to both Boruto and Himawari. Contrast to her own father Hiashi who was emotionally distant and looked down on Hinata because je he thought she was weak.


* John Marston from ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' and its {{Prequel}} ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption2'' rarely talks about his long-dead biological father but makes clear that he wasn't a good parent. He was a pimp who got blinded in a bar fight and died from the complications, leaving John to grow up in an orphanage and then join a gang. John certainly has his issues as a parent (at least at the start) but is determined to give his son, Jack, a better life than he did and ultimately succeeds in doing it, including [[spoiler: [[HeroicSacrafice giving his own life]] so Jack can be free of his (John's) past]].

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* John Marston from ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' and its {{Prequel}} ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption2'' rarely talks about his long-dead biological father but makes clear that he wasn't a good parent. He was a pimp who got blinded in a bar fight and died from the complications, leaving John to grow up in an orphanage and then join a gang. John certainly has his issues as a parent (at least at the start) but is determined to give his son, Jack, a better life than he did and ultimately succeeds in doing it, including [[spoiler: [[HeroicSacrafice [[HeroicSacrifice giving his own life]] so Jack can be free of his (John's) past]].


* John Marston from ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' and its {{Prequel}} ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption2'' rarely talks about his long-dead biological father but makes clear that he wasn't a good parent. He was a pimp who got blinded in a bar fight and died from the complications, leaving John to grow up in an orphanage and then join a gang. John certainly has his issues as a parent (at least at the start) but is determined to give his son, Jack, a better life than he did and ultimately succeeds in doing it, including [[spoiler: [[HeroicSacrafice giving his own life]] so Jack can be free of his (John's) past]].



** Zuko famously had an extremely abusive father who burned his face for daring to speak against him. From what little we see of her, his daughter, Izumi, is a well-adjusted and capable leader who raised her son to be the same.

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** Zuko famously had an extremely abusive father who burned his face for daring to speak against him. From what little we see of her, his daughter, Izumi, is a well-adjusted and capable leader who raised her son own two children (though her daughter was never actually in the show) to be the same.


* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'': Cotton was emotionally abusive to Hank that led him to repress most emotions. Hank tries to be a better father to Bobby, but Bobby is a very different person than Hank, and Hank ends up being somewhat abusive in his attempts to help him. While he does give genuinely good advice and loves his son, he has to [[AesopAmnesia relearn the same lesson]](that accepting Bobby for who he is leads to a better outcome than trying to change him) multiple times a season. Hank once expressed worry that he is a bad father to Cotton who responded with this gem:

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* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'': Cotton was emotionally abusive to Hank that led him to repress most emotions. Hank tries to be a better father to Bobby, but Bobby is a very different person than Hank, and Hank ends up being somewhat abusive in his attempts to help him. While he does give genuinely good advice and loves his son, he has to [[AesopAmnesia relearn the same lesson]](that lesson]] (that accepting Bobby for who he is leads to a better outcome than trying to change him) multiple times a season. Hank once expressed worry that he is a bad father to Cotton who responded with this gem:


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* Fate Testarossa from ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' was raised by her incredibly abusive mother (at least until she was adopted by [[GoodParents Lindy Harlaown]]), and from ''[=StrikerS=]'' onward she is driven to be as good a parent as possible to her three adopted children. While she normally does a good job, [[IAmNotMyFather her desire to not repeat her mother's mistakes]] occasionally causes her to overcompensate and come across as MyBelovedSmother.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'': Big Mom, while generally generous towards her children, is quite abusive towards Chiffon specifically because of what her twin did, i.e [[spoiler:Lola ran away from an ArrangedMarriage with a prince of the giant race that will help Big Mom Pirates achieve her dream of becoming the Pirate King]]. By contrast, Chiffon herself is a good parent towards her own son (with Capone Bege), Pez.
* In the final episode of ''Anime/MichikoToHatchin'', a TimeSkip shows [[spoiler:Hatchin with a baby]] who she actually cares for. This actually makes her a much better parent to [[spoiler:Hiroshi who abondoned Hatchin twice]].


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* Fate Testarossa from ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' was raised by her incredibly abusive mother (at least until she was adopted by [[GoodParents Lindy Harlaown]]), and from ''[=StrikerS=]'' onward she is driven to be as good a parent as possible to her three adopted children. While she normally does a good job, [[IAmNotMyFather her desire to not repeat her mother's mistakes]] occasionally causes her to overcompensate and come across as MyBelovedSmother.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'': Big Mom, while generally generous towards her children, is quite abusive towards Chiffon specifically because of what her twin did, i.e [[spoiler:Lola ran away from an ArrangedMarriage with a prince of the giant race that will help Big Mom Pirates achieve her dream of becoming the Pirate King]]. By contrast, Chiffon herself is a good parent towards her own son (with Capone Bege), Pez.
* In the final episode of ''Anime/MichikoToHatchin'', a TimeSkip shows [[spoiler:Hatchin with a baby]] who she actually cares for. This actually makes her a much better parent to [[spoiler:Hiroshi who abondoned Hatchin twice]].


* ''Manga/{{Boruto}}'': Sasuke had a distant relationship with his WellDoneSonGuy father. He's trying to be a more affectionate father towards his own daughter Sarada.

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** Hinata is a kind but still strict mother to both Boruto and Himawari. Contrast to her own father Hiashi who was emotionally distant and looked down on Hinata because je thought she was weak.
** Gaara ends up adopting a son named Shinki. Shinki is shown to be very happy with Gaara and Gaara himself is very encouraging towards Shinki. Compare that to Gaara's father who ordered his death when he was still a child.


* ''WesternAnimation/Daria'' had Jake and Helen Morgendorffer, the former having been abused and traumatized by his DrillSergeantNasty father well after the old man died and into his middle-age and the latter having had her Mother shower affection and attention on her sister Rita, they are not perfect parents what with the fact they are self-absorbed by their need for attention or career ambitions but they do prove to be better parents to Quinn and Daria than their own parents have been to them. Jake tries to understand his daughters (backing up Daria's less conformist moments and personality and merely expressing surprise at the idea that Quinn could be dating women without any sense of contempt)and Helen's relationship with Daria actually evolves from that of a social/career climbing woman who has more or less sold out her Sixties era feminist beliefs to urge her daughter to fit in, to that of a trusted mother and a sensitive young adult daughter who can communicate on an emotional and intellectual level.

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* ''WesternAnimation/Daria'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' had Jake and Helen Morgendorffer, the former having been abused and traumatized by his DrillSergeantNasty father well after the old man died and into his middle-age and the latter having had her Mother shower affection and attention on her sister Rita, they are not perfect parents what with the fact they are self-absorbed by their need for attention or career ambitions but they do prove to be better parents to Quinn and Daria than their own parents have been to them. Jake tries to understand his daughters (backing up Daria's less conformist moments and personality and merely expressing surprise at the idea that Quinn could be dating women without any sense of contempt)and Helen's relationship with Daria actually evolves from that of a social/career climbing woman who has more or less sold out her Sixties era feminist beliefs to urge her daughter to fit in, to that of a trusted mother and a sensitive young adult daughter who can communicate on an emotional and intellectual level.

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* ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'' could be called "Breaking The Cycle Of Bad Parenting: The Series" where a few episodes would show that Frank is snarky and distant with his sons as adults and even when they were children, in contrast to Ray and Robert being a good father and CoolUncle to Ray's kids. One episode revealed that Frank was abused by his father growing up.
-->'''Ray''': So granddad hit your dad, and your dad hit you, and... you never really hit us.\\
'''Frank''': I couldn't, you know. I was always weaker than him.\\
'''Robert''': Maybe you didn't want to ''be'' like him.\\
'''Frank''': I ''didn't''.


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* ''WesternAnimation/Daria'' had Jake and Helen Morgendorffer, the former having been abused and traumatized by his DrillSergeantNasty father well after the old man died and into his middle-age and the latter having had her Mother shower affection and attention on her sister Rita, they are not perfect parents what with the fact they are self-absorbed by their need for attention or career ambitions but they do prove to be better parents to Quinn and Daria than their own parents have been to them. Jake tries to understand his daughters (backing up Daria's less conformist moments and personality and merely expressing surprise at the idea that Quinn could be dating women without any sense of contempt)and Helen's relationship with Daria actually evolves from that of a social/career climbing woman who has more or less sold out her Sixties era feminist beliefs to urge her daughter to fit in, to that of a trusted mother and a sensitive young adult daughter who can communicate on an emotional and intellectual level.

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* ''Manga/{{Boruto}}'': Sasuke had a distant relationship with his WellDoneSonGuy father. He's trying to be a more affectionate father towards his own daughter Sarada.

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