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* A [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6RvnwZRs0Q UNICEF PSA in Hong Kong]] advocating the benefits of unstructured play has a ball bouncing and rolling towards the front doors of children. Each time it arrives at the child's door, his or her parent would take him or her inside, shutting it out so he or she can concentrate on practicing the piano, doing homework, and studying. The ball forlornly rolls throughout the city, being neglected due to parents restricting their children from playing with it because doing so interferes with their highly-expected educational pursuits. When it rests on the field, one boy tries to pick it up, but his mother led him away to attend a class. [[spoiler: Fortunately, the PSA ends on a happy note, with the children eagerly playing with it after being neglected and abused for a while.]]


* ''Film/AkeelahAndTheBee'' has a male Japanese version in the form of the main rival's father. [[spoiler: Luckily, all was resolved by both of them winning the contest.]]

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* ''Film/AkeelahAndTheBee'' has a male Japanese version in the form of the main rival's father. [[spoiler: Luckily, all was resolved by both of them winning the contest.]]]] His son isn't too bothered by his opinion, telling Akeelah not to sabotage her chances of winning to appease his father.


** [[BlackAndNerdy Jodie]]'s nouveau riche parents push her into [[ExtracurricularEnthusiast every extracurricular activity]] possible. This is augmented by Jodie's own perception (possibly inherited from them) that she needs to [[PositiveDiscrimination prove herself as a black student]] in a school that's primarily white. AllThereInTheManual: The ''Daria'' Database has one picture of several character's new year resolutions. Jodie's imply that she actually dives into extracurriculars to escape her parent's behavior in this regard as much as to please them. However, Jodie does wish she could have more freedom to just enjoy her spare time instead of filling it up with extra work, especially during the summer, and her parents aren't exactly above having her do extracurricular work that would make ''them'' look good. However, they finally concede in ''Is It College Yet?'' after realizing Jodie applied to Turner, an all black college, behind there backs, for the sake of being among people like her and being able to relax for once.

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** [[BlackAndNerdy Jodie]]'s nouveau riche parents push her into [[ExtracurricularEnthusiast every extracurricular activity]] possible. This is augmented by Jodie's own perception (possibly inherited from them) that she needs to [[PositiveDiscrimination prove herself as a black student]] in a school that's primarily white. AllThereInTheManual: The ''Daria'' Database has one picture of several character's new year resolutions. Jodie's imply that she actually dives into extracurriculars to escape her parent's behavior in this regard as much as to please them. However, Jodie does wish she could have more freedom to just enjoy her spare time instead of filling it up with extra work, especially during the summer, and her parents aren't exactly above having her do extracurricular work that would make ''them'' look good. However, they finally concede in ''Is It College Yet?'' after realizing Jodie applied to Turner, an all black college, behind there their backs, for the sake of being among people like her and being able to relax for once.


-->'''Asian Father''': You got beads at Mardi-Gras? Why not... [[StealthPun nevermind. Beads are fine]].


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-->'''Asian Father''': You got beads at Mardi-Gras? Why not... [[StealthPun nevermind. Beads are fine]].


** Sora Takenouchi's mother, [[YamatoNadeshiko Toshiko]], was a mixture of this and MyBelovedSmother before the girl was spirited to the Digital World. Since Sora's father Haruhiko is well-intentioned but workaholic ''and'' works in Kyoto, poor Sora had huge identity issues that took quite a while to be resolved, [[spoiler: and not before Toshiko went MamaBear and allowed herself to be captured to saver Sora and Biyomon.]]

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** Sora Takenouchi's mother, [[YamatoNadeshiko Toshiko]], was a mixture of this and MyBelovedSmother before the girl was spirited to the Digital World. Since Sora's father Haruhiko is well-intentioned but workaholic ''and'' works in Kyoto, poor Sora had huge identity issues that took quite a while to be resolved, [[spoiler: and not before Toshiko went MamaBear and allowed herself to be captured to saver save Sora and Biyomon.]]


[[caption-width-right:339: There's a [[HiddenDepths good]] [[DarkSecret reason]] for that, Nanase.]]

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[[caption-width-right:339: There's a [[HiddenDepths good]] [[DarkSecret good reason]] for that, Nanase.]]


* Parodied and GenderFlipped in a sketch from the TV adaptation of ''Radio/GoodnessGraciousMe''. An Indian father opens his son's exam results and is horrified to see that his son [[TheBGrade got a B]]. When his wife points out how well their son is doing (he got As in six other subjects and a place to study medicine at Cambridge University) the father then complains that the boy is "only" taking A-Levels and should be sitting a [=PhD=]. It's revealed at the end of the sketch that the son is only six years old.

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* Parodied and GenderFlipped in a sketch from the TV adaptation of ''Radio/GoodnessGraciousMe''. An Indian father opens his son's exam results and is horrified to see that his son [[TheBGrade got a B]]. When his wife points out how well their son is doing (he got As in six other subjects and a place to study medicine at Cambridge University) the father then complains that the boy is "only" taking A-Levels and should be sitting on a [=PhD=]. It's revealed at the end of the sketch that the son is only six years old.

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* ''Film/MollysGame'': Larry pushed Molly for greatness when she was growing up, and she recognizes this quality in Charlie towards his own daughter.


* British statesman Lord Chesterfield, as shown in his ''Literature/LettersToHisSon''. He expected his son to learn not only Latin and Greek, but to speak the important languages of the continent - that is, French, German, Spanish and Italian - as well as his native language. Not like the average speaker, but at the level of a courtier, with spirit and perfect manners. Also, he should have a foundation in geography and history. And know the basics of various arts and sciences, like architecture, geometry, astronomy, logic... And know about the important parts of economy of the various countries, their political/judicial systems and military. Or rather, gather these informations by himself while in other countries. After all, he expected his son to become a minister one day. Note: His son was fourteen when he left Britain for the "grand tour". Also note that the Earl did ''not'' expect his son to learn to play a musical instrument, deeming this as below a gentleman's dignity.
* In IsaacBabel's ''Odessa Tales'', [[TheEdwardianEra Edwardian Age]] poor Jews from Odessa push their boys to learn music, violin being their instrument of choice. Even if the kid had no musical talent at all. They scrabbled together the last coins to pay for a violin and music classes, seeing the musical career as one of the few paths out of [[CrapsackWorld the miserable existence in the Tsarist state]]. When the hero's father finds out the boy had dodged the music classes, he chases him with openly expressed murderous intentions.
* The third ''Literature/BridgetJones'' book features Nicolette, a mother at the school Bridget's children attend, who puts her young sons under a huge amount of pressure to succeed at school. When it's pointed out to her what this is doing to her children, she has a breakdown and eventually learns to relax a little after Bridget reaches out to her.

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* British statesman Lord Chesterfield, as shown in his ''Literature/LettersToHisSon''. He expected his son to learn not only Latin and Greek, but to speak the important languages of the continent - that continent--that is, French, German, Spanish and Italian - as Italian--as well as his native language. Not like the average speaker, but at the level of a courtier, with spirit and perfect manners. Also, he should have a foundation in geography and history. And know the basics of various arts and sciences, like architecture, geometry, astronomy, logic... And know about the important parts of economy the economies of the various countries, their political/judicial systems and military. Or rather, he should gather these informations by this information himself while in other countries. After all, he Chesterfield expected his son to become a minister one day. Note: His son was fourteen when he left Britain for the "grand tour". Also note that the Earl did ''not'' expect his son to learn to play a musical instrument, deeming this as below beneath a gentleman's dignity.
* In IsaacBabel's ''Odessa Tales'', [[TheEdwardianEra Edwardian Age]] poor Jews from Odessa push their boys to learn music, the violin being their instrument of choice. Even if the kid had no musical talent at all. They scrabbled together the their last coins to pay for a violin and music classes, seeing the musical career as one of the few paths out of [[CrapsackWorld the miserable existence in the Tsarist state]]. When the hero's father finds out the boy had dodged the music classes, he chases him with openly expressed murderous intentions.
* The third ''Literature/BridgetJones'' book features Nicolette, a mother at the school Bridget's children attend, who puts her young sons under a huge amount of pressure to succeed at in school. When it's pointed out to her what this is doing to her children, she has a breakdown and eventually learns to relax a little after Bridget reaches out to her.


* ''Series/MacGyver'': Ma Colton when it comes to the education of her youngest son Billy. She seems to have given up on the older two.

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* ''Series/MacGyver'': ''Series/MacGyver1985'': Ma Colton when it comes to the education of her youngest son Billy. She seems to have given up on the older two.


* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', one episode had a Valedictorian student whose mother was like this. He had the second-best score on a school-wide test, falling short of Max, and his mother considered it terrible. The show, however, demonstrates why this attitude was bad; her strict upbringing drove him to become a member of the Jokerz just to have some freedom.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', one ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''
** One
episode had a Valedictorian student student, Carter, whose mother was like this. He had the second-best score on a school-wide test, falling short of Max, and his mother considered it terrible. The show, however, demonstrates why this attitude was bad; her strict upbringing drove him to become a member of the Jokerz just to have some freedom.freedom.
** The comics reveal that his capture and subsequent rehabilitation backfired. Now Terminal, Carter's gang persona, is a separate personality that Carter [[EnemyWithin is doomed to be at war with]] for control of his mind. A constant battle that takes place within the confines of Arkham Asylum.



-->"Dad, it's just one point."
-->"One point away from a perfect score!"

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-->"Dad, it's just one point."
-->"One
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"One
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* Goes ''way'' wrong in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''. Carter Wilson's mother expects perfection in every aspect of his life. Upon finding out he got the second best score out of the hundreds of kids who took said test, she coldly reprimands him for not getting the highest score and leaves his room. In response, he dons his Jokerz gear and sets out to kill the student who got the highest score in an effort to be the best. The comics reveal that his capture and subsequent rehabilitation backfired. Now Terminal (Previously Carter's gang persona) is a separate personality that Carter [[EnemyWithin is doomed to be at war with]] for control of his mind. A constant battle that takes place within the confines of Arkham Asylum.


* ''Series/{{Glee}}'': Flipped around with Mike Chang's parents. His mother is the understanding one, while his father flips out over [[TheBGrade an A-minus]], or, as the episode calls it, "an Asian F."

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* ''Series/{{Glee}}'': Flipped around ''Series/{{Glee}}'' combines this trope with BillyElliotPlot. Mike Chang's parents. His mother is the understanding one, while his father flips out over [[TheBGrade an A-minus]], or, as the episode calls it, "an Asian F."F" and thinks Mike's involvement in sports and the Glee Club is distracting him from his studies. Even Principal Figgins, normally an ObstructiveBureaucrat towards the Glee Club, thinks Mike's father is over-the-top. Meanwhile, his mother is the understanding one and supports his dreams of becoming a dancer. This is because ''her'' parents played this trope straight and crushed her own dreams, and she doesn't want to repeat that experience with her own son.


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* Goes ''way'' wrong in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''. Carter Wilson's mother expects perfection in every aspect of his life. Upon finding out he got the second best score out of the hundreds of kids who took said test, she coldly reprimands him for not getting the highest score and leaves his room. In response, he dons his Jokerz gear and sets out to kill the student who got the highest score in an effort to be the best. The comics reveal that his capture and subsequent rehabilitation backfired. Now Terminal (Previously Carter's gang persona) is a separate personality that Carter [[EnemyWithin is doomed to be at war with]] for control of his mind. A constant battle that takes place within the confines of Arkham Asylum.


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* It is generally believed that Ludwig van Beethoven's father beat his son to make him practice. However, this is disputed by some historians. Neighbors who had a clear view through a window all said they could remember him quite frequently "standing in front of the clavier [piano] weeping." People who knew the family testified to his dad's harshness and unfairness, but also to his loving kindness and attempts to be a good father. However, the rock-bottom truth is that he was grooming Ludwig as a marketable commodity.
* A extreme and tragic case of TruthInTelevision: [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4967340.stm Esmie Tseng]]'s parents pushed her to her limits - where she was threatened with grounding if she got below 96% on her exams - to the point where she [[TheDogBitesBack lashed out]] and [[SelfMadeOrphan fatally stabbed her mother]].
* Chinese-American Christina H [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19026_5-reasons-parenting-one-place-we-shouldnt-imitate-china.html weighs in]]. The article was sort of in response to ''Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother'', but based on the assumption that people were taking it dead serious.[[http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-lessons-from-1970s-female-programmer/ Here]], she discusses how her mom tried to educate her on computers and push her into being a computer programmer against her wishes. Christina didn't become a computer programmer. But she understands why her mom wanted her to[[note]](considering her mom worked very hard at getting her job as a computer programmer)[[/note]] and respects her for it.
* The "hardass immigrant parent" stereotype is inverted by British comedian Shappi Khorsandi, who says that she wanted to be a doctor, but her Iranian parents pushed her into show business.
* A "good" example would be China's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mencius Mencius]]. Legend says his mother moved 3 times (In an age before U-Haul) to make sure had a good educational environment. Worked out pretty well.
* The father of British philosopher John Stuart Mill firmly believed in bringing up his son through rigorous education. Mill was taught Greek starting from age three, and Latin from eight. His father prevented him from interacting with other children of his age and playing around so as to not "waste" his time. Suffice to say that Mill was not in good mental health as a result of all this, leading to a complete mental breakdown at the age of twenty. He still managed to sort himself out in adulthood and become one of the fathers of the philosophy of Utilitarianism.
* [[http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/12/05/koran-beaten-murder-ege-sara_n_2245077.html Sara Ege]], who beat her son to death for failing to memorize the Quran.
* The parents of Burmese-American lesbian Emily Tay, the subject of the documentary ''[[http://www.hyphenmagazine.com/blog/archive/2011/07/documentary-review-no-look-pass-love-and-basketball No Look Pass]]''. They want her to go to Harvard yet they want her to have an ArrangedMarriage (to a [[MalignedMixedMarriage Burmese]] [[IncompatibleOrientation man]]) and become a housewife. Their attitude extends to sports as well. While Emily's teammates chanted "MVP! MVP!" for her, her parents merely said she played "pretty well".
* [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/25/kirill-bartashevitch-points-gun-at-daughter-grades_n_2552801.html?utm_hp_ref=weird-news&ir=Weird+News This]] dad pointed an AK-47 at his daughter over a B.
* [[http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/01/08/chinese-father-hires-hitman-video-game-addiction_n_2430306.html This]] Chinese father [[WhatAnIdiot hired "hitmen" to kill his son's characters in an MMORPG because he blamed the game for his son's poor grades and inability to find a job.]]
* K-pop rookies BTS debuted with a concept that involves rising up against overbearing parents forcing their own dreams of a higher education upon children who may not want that life.
* Extreme cases of YouHaveFailedMe for bad grades are not unheard of. [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/10/dad-beats-son-to-death_n_4078216.html: A father in the United Arab Emirates]] [[OffingTheOffspring actually beat his son to death]] for [[DisproportionateRetribution getting bad grades in school]].
** Another incident of this occured in Las Vegas where parents ended up [[http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2012/dec/03/mother-stepfather-arrested-beating-death-7-year-ol/ killing their 7-year-old for not doing his homework]].
* Contrary to popular belief, TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons didn't cause the disappearance of [[Film/MazesAndMonsters James Dallas Egbert III]], but rather academic pressure from his parents was one of many causes of his depression, causing the suicide attempt.
* Another tragic example comes from Jennifer Pan, a Canadian-born Vietnamese girl who ordered a pair of hitmen to kill her parents. She cited the intense school schedule and unrealistic expectations they placed on her as well as her utter fear of punishment for failures, which led to her spinning a very long and complex web of lies to keep them from knowing that she failed a class as the reason.
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* It is generally believed that Ludwig van Beethoven's father beat his son to make him practice. However, this is disputed by some historians. Neighbors who had a clear view through a window all said they could remember him quite frequently "standing in front of the clavier [piano] weeping." People who knew the family testified to his dad's harshness and unfairness, but also to his loving kindness and attempts to be a good father. However, the rock-bottom truth is that he was grooming Ludwig as a marketable commodity.
* A extreme and tragic case of TruthInTelevision: [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4967340.stm Esmie Tseng]]'s parents pushed her to her limits - where she was threatened with grounding if she got below 96% on her exams - to the point where she [[TheDogBitesBack lashed out]] and [[SelfMadeOrphan fatally stabbed her mother]].
* Chinese-American Christina H [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19026_5-reasons-parenting-one-place-we-shouldnt-imitate-china.html weighs in]]. The article was sort of in response to ''Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother'', but based on the assumption that people were taking it dead serious.[[http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-lessons-from-1970s-female-programmer/ Here]], she discusses how her mom tried to educate her on computers and push her into being a computer programmer against her wishes. Christina didn't become a computer programmer. But she understands why her mom wanted her to[[note]](considering her mom worked very hard at getting her job as a computer programmer)[[/note]] and respects her for it.
* The "hardass immigrant parent" stereotype is inverted by British comedian Shappi Khorsandi, who says that she wanted to be a doctor, but her Iranian parents pushed her into show business.
* A "good" example would be China's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mencius Mencius]]. Legend says his mother moved 3 times (In an age before U-Haul) to make sure had a good educational environment. Worked out pretty well.
* The father of British philosopher John Stuart Mill firmly believed in bringing up his son through rigorous education. Mill was taught Greek starting from age three, and Latin from eight. His father prevented him from interacting with other children of his age and playing around so as to not "waste" his time. Suffice to say that Mill was not in good mental health as a result of all this, leading to a complete mental breakdown at the age of twenty. He still managed to sort himself out in adulthood and become one of the fathers of the philosophy of Utilitarianism.
* [[http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/12/05/koran-beaten-murder-ege-sara_n_2245077.html Sara Ege]], who beat her son to death for failing to memorize the Quran.
* The parents of Burmese-American lesbian Emily Tay, the subject of the documentary ''[[http://www.hyphenmagazine.com/blog/archive/2011/07/documentary-review-no-look-pass-love-and-basketball No Look Pass]]''. They want her to go to Harvard yet they want her to have an ArrangedMarriage (to a [[MalignedMixedMarriage Burmese]] [[IncompatibleOrientation man]]) and become a housewife. Their attitude extends to sports as well. While Emily's teammates chanted "MVP! MVP!" for her, her parents merely said she played "pretty well".
* [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/25/kirill-bartashevitch-points-gun-at-daughter-grades_n_2552801.html?utm_hp_ref=weird-news&ir=Weird+News This]] dad pointed an AK-47 at his daughter over a B.
* [[http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/01/08/chinese-father-hires-hitman-video-game-addiction_n_2430306.html This]] Chinese father [[WhatAnIdiot hired "hitmen" to kill his son's characters in an MMORPG because he blamed the game for his son's poor grades and inability to find a job.]]
* K-pop rookies BTS debuted with a concept that involves rising up against overbearing parents forcing their own dreams of a higher education upon children who may not want that life.
* Extreme cases of YouHaveFailedMe for bad grades are not unheard of. [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/10/dad-beats-son-to-death_n_4078216.html: A father in the United Arab Emirates]] [[OffingTheOffspring actually beat his son to death]] for [[DisproportionateRetribution getting bad grades in school]].
** Another incident of this occured in Las Vegas where parents ended up [[http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2012/dec/03/mother-stepfather-arrested-beating-death-7-year-ol/ killing their 7-year-old for not doing his homework]].
* Contrary to popular belief, TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons didn't cause the disappearance of [[Film/MazesAndMonsters James Dallas Egbert III]], but rather academic pressure from his parents was one of many causes of his depression, causing the suicide attempt.
* Another tragic example comes from Jennifer Pan, a Canadian-born Vietnamese girl who ordered a pair of hitmen to kill her parents. She cited the intense school schedule and unrealistic expectations they placed on her as well as her utter fear of punishment for failures, which led to her spinning a very long and complex web of lies to keep them from knowing that she failed a class as the reason.
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** Hinata has signs of this in. She's really into Boruto studying in the academy, and is angry when he tries to (blatantly) fake an excuse note. She's rather justified, as Boruto is a BrilliantButLazy ChildProdigy who cuts corners whenever he can, and expects cool ninjutsu to just fall into his lap.

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** Hinata has signs of this in.this. She's really into Boruto studying in the academy, and is angry when he tries to (blatantly) fake an excuse note. She's rather justified, as Boruto is a BrilliantButLazy ChildProdigy who cuts corners whenever he can, and expects cool ninjutsu to just fall into his lap.


* In the Korean Drama "Sassy Go Go", Kwon Soo-Ah's mother is an extreme version of this, and could easily be the page image. She considers anything less than being the top ranked student is failure, severely chastises Soo-Ah for not getting a perfect score on an exam, forbids her from closely associating with the Real King dance club members (or anyone else, really) and makes her focus exclusively on her studies, and pushes Soo-Ah to follow her own carefully laid out road map to get into an Ivy League college. With all this pressure, it is hardly surprising that Soo-Ah is such a messed up girl who spends most of the series undergoing increasingly rapid [[SanitySlippage Sanity Slippage]].

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* In the Korean Drama "Sassy Go Go", Kwon Soo-Ah's mother is an extreme version of this, and could easily be the page image. She considers anything less than being the top ranked student is as a failure, severely chastises Soo-Ah for not getting a perfect score on an exam, forbids her from closely associating with the Real King dance club members (or anyone else, really) and makes her focus exclusively on her studies, and pushes Soo-Ah to follow her own carefully laid out road map to get into an Ivy League college. With all this pressure, it is hardly surprising that Soo-Ah is such a messed up girl who spends most of the series undergoing increasingly rapid [[SanitySlippage Sanity Slippage]].

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