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Narrative trope

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Proposed By:
Inksqueezer on Mar 10th 2018 at 4:45:42 AM
Last Edited By:
Arivne on Mar 13th 2018 at 4:22:25 PM
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In fiction, some characters have kids that behave well and some grow up badly. However, sometimes ideas clash. For example, a villain may want their kids to be evil but the kids don't want to.


Western Animation

  • Family Guy. One episode has a fight scene between Lois and Stewie. She is fighting him because she don't want him to be a tyrant. She ends up killing him in the fight.

Feedback: 10 replies

Mar 10th 2018 at 7:53:54 AM

It would help a lot if your description more fleshed out than a single vague sentence. We have a lot of Parental Issues tropes, and even more tropes about parents, so it's hard to tell if it's a dupe. You might also want to ask Trope Finder if you're not sure if we already have a specific trope before making a draft.

Off the top of my head, the title (parents vs. children) makes me think of Archnemesis Dad and Evil Matriarch. The description, however, honestly sounds like People Sit On Chairs — of course some kids will be well-behaved and some kids won't be. You'll have to elaborate more about what you exactly want to trope.

Mar 10th 2018 at 5:51:00 PM

I'll add examples later.

Mar 11th 2018 at 9:32:03 AM

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Mar 12th 2018 at 8:40:37 PM

Inksqueezer, examples will only be of minimal help. The main problem is in the vague description. Now, it's entirely possible that the examples you provide will catalyze ideas for a better description, but make a backup plan for fixing the description in case that doesn't happen.

Mar 12th 2018 at 9:05:40 PM

I was going to put Han Solo and Kylo Ren but Han was just trying to talk Kylo out of being bad that's more of a case of antagonistic offspring than parents vs children.

Mar 12th 2018 at 10:23:12 PM

So is this a trope about parents and offspring being at an actual war with each other, rather than just disliking each other?

Mar 13th 2018 at 3:48:36 AM

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Mar 13th 2018 at 4:22:25 PM

Yes it's a trope about parents fighting their kids and vice versa in combat.