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  • A downplayed example occurs in the fourth episode of Alice & Zoroku. Sanae calls out her grandfather Zoroku not because she has any personal issue with anything he's done so far, but because, by doing things like bringing Sana into their home and only telling Sanae after the fact or expressing his intent to formally adopt Sana, he displays a tendency to make decisions without consulting the people affected by those decisions. Sanae explains that's something they need to be especially watchful of since they're going to add a third person to their household. Zoroku takes this to heart and, when the time to adopt Sana finally comes, offers her the choice to refuse if she wishes.
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  • The entire plot of Baki the Grappler is Baki's quest to acquire enough Charles Atlas Superpower to do this to his insane and abusive, super-strong killing machine of a father, Yujiro, and survive. Sadly, he never really thinks of giving the same treatment to his equally insane mother, who treats him even worse than his father does because Baki isn't as strong as Yujiro.
  • It happens twice in Bakuman。:
    • When Takagi's father gets fired, his mother goes becomes an Education Mama, telling him to "avenge" his father by succeeding. He angrily yells "I'm not your puppet, Mom! I'll live my life the way I want to!". As a result, she became an Open-Minded Parent who did not oppose his going into manga.
    • Shun Shiratori, one of the main characters' assistants, has to deal with a mother who wants him to either go to work for his father's company or go to art school. Faced with this decision on the eve of his manga series being launched, he leaves home and lives on his own, but she tracks him down. She tries to remind him of everything she did for him, but he points out that she only cares for the Shiratori family's reputation. With his father and older sister supporting his career, she's forced to yield.
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  • Bleach: Uryu Ishida walked out on his father Ryuken by the age of 15 due to his father's intolerance of the family's Quincy heritage while Ichigo has received a very physically aggressive upbringing from his father Isshin. When the two fathers discuss their sons' latest quest, they call each other out on their bad parenting. The scene makes it clear they've been forced by circumstances into parenting roles they loathe but seem to feel is necessary.
  • Bunny Drop:
    • Daikichi calls out his family after each and every one of them are either unable or unwilling to take in his grandfather's illegitimate daughter Rin (age 6) by telling them that she'll grow into a much better adult than any of them, then asking Rin if she wants to come live with him.
    • One of the subplots is also finding out where Rin's mother Masako has gone and call her out on her abandonment of the little girl.
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  • In A Centaur's Life, Manami Mitama does a surprisingly polite variant of this. As the eldest of five sisters, and thus responsible for looking after her younger siblings, Manami has long been frustrated with her father's attempts to balance working part-time, painting and raising his five daughters when he can only handle two of the three. After Manami is forced to ask for donations after performing a cleansing ritual, Manami gives her father an ultimatum-choose between painting full time and working full time- without even raising her voice.
  • Code Geass: The whole point of Lelouch's rebellion is to call his Social Darwinist Old Man The Emperor out. And after he fails epically at the first attempt, he starts it all over again in the second season.
    • However, he does finally get to call out the Emperor (and his own mother!) in person. Even though they had an Assimilation Plot that they thought would make everything better, Lelouch points out that what was wrong was that they would let people suffer (that they'd let things in others' lives go wrong); they'd even let their own children die. What's especially karmic about it is that Charles dismisses their emotions (that is, humanity's will) as worthless, and, yet, you get to see him experience a Villainous Breakdown when Lelouch ruins his lifelong plans to slay God and he and his wife fry up as a result, exhibiting how he'd feel if he was on the receiving end of something going wrong (namely, his life being taken and him being unable to do anything about it).
      • Lelouch does it before the series even starts. Unfortunately, that tells you exactly how it went down: He gets abandoned in a war zone.
    • Also, Lelouch's Forgotten Friend, New Foe Suzaku tries to do that to his dad, Japanese Premier Genbu Kururugi, when Genbu decides he'd rather sacrifice the whole of Japan than surrender. It horribly backfires as young Suzaku kills his father in the process, which allows Britannia to invade the country. Suzaku himself is so traumatised that, despite never being formally punished, ends up with Trauma-Induced Amnesia and attempts to become The Atoner... with even worse results.
      • In the Suzaku of the Counterattack manga, Genbu does the opposite; he schemes with the Emperor to eliminate the remaining Japanese officials who supported continuing the war. Suzaku overhears it and ends up killing his father. In the Knightmare of Nunnally adaptation, this is averted. C.C. kills Genbu when he's about to kill Lelouch.
  • Ian does this a couple times in A Cruel God Reigns, although it is long after Greg has died and after Jeremy finally confesses what Greg did to him.
    Ian: Have you never cried for longing? Why did you do such a thing to Jeremy? Lilia, whom you loved, Lilia, who hanged herself in front of you- How could you laugh while she killed herself?
  • In Detective Conan, the "Small Client" case is about Conan, Ran and Kogoro helping Child Prodigy Kazuki Kinukawa to find his long-lost mother who abandoned him. Kazuki wants to call his mom out on that and warn her that he won't let her have access to the money he's making as a child star. What Kazuki actually wants is to regain contact with her, as she used to write him unsigned postcards. He does so once his mom's identity is confirmed and she's cleared off from a murder charge.
  • In Digimon Savers, Touma calls his father Franz out for never standing up to his grandmother for him, for further endangering his half-sister Relena's life, and for being manipulated by the Manipulative Bastard Kurata.
  • An indirect version occurs in Dragon Ball Z. Goku at first refuses to step in, or allow anyone else to step in against Cell while he's attacking Gohan, knowing that once Cell pushes hard enough Gohan would be able to effortlessly pick Cell apart, and that no one, not even Goku himself, can actually stop Cell. Piccolo verbally tears Goku to shreds, noting that Gohan doesn't enjoy the fight the way a Saiyan would, and that he's currently wondering why his father is standing there, watching him be tortured. The music and Goku's expression really sell the moment. It is worth noting that Goku was 100% correct, though it took Android 16's death and the beat down of the rest of the fighters before Gohan's true power could awaken, and even still, Goku ended up dying as well. This is why he did decide to stay dead; Cell and the Androids were built specifically to kill him, so maybe by staying dead he'd keep everyone else safe.
    • More traditionally Future Trunks gets to tear into his father Vegeta several times. First when Dr Gero almost kills Bulma and baby Trunks, Future Trunks after saving his mother and infant self calls Vegeta out for being a callous prick who didn’t lift a finger to protect his family from harm. However Vegeta cold heartedly claims he doesn’t have time to worry “about that foolish woman and her blasted child” before pushing past Trunks whose shocked at how cruel his father is. A more epic example happens later when Vegeta lets Semi-Perfect Cell hunt down Android 18, Trunks rips into his dad for letting his Saiyan pride put everything at risk and when Vegeta tries to stop Trunks’s own attempts to kill Cell before he absorbs 18, Trunks (not willing to put up with his father’s bullshit any longer) blasts Vegeta a mile away. Ironically this time Vegeta is actually proud of his son being ballsy enough to attack him.
  • Elfen Lied: Upon finally meeting her father Kurama in person, Mariko Kurama is heartbroken when he pulls a gun on her and tearfully recounts how often she hoped they'd meet, demanding how he could do this to her. Discovering that he had treated Nana as his own daughter while she was locked in confinement with barely any human contact only pisses Mariko off even more. It really, really doesn't help that said confinement left the kid incredibly screwed up.
  • Fairy Tail:
    • The Phantom Lord arc, dealing with Fairy Tail's war against the latter guild after it destroys Fairy Tail's guild hall, attacks Team Shadow Gear and kidnaps Lucy Heartfilia, was unknowingly set in motion when her father, Jude, requested Phantom to bring her back unharmed. Lucy suffers a Heroic BSoD throughout much of the arc. After the end of the arc, she decides to go home... whereupon she flat-out tells him not to cause any harm to her or Fairy Tail, or else they'll declare war on him, and also that she can't return to her estate again.
    • In a flashback, Laxus does this to his grandfather, Makarov, complaining about how Makarov exiled his own son Ivan, Laxus' father, from the guild. While Makarov explains that he did it because Ivan endangered his comrades, it causes a rift between grandson and grandfather for many years.
    • During the Grand Magic Games arc, Laxus, evidently having realized his father's true nature, does this to Ivan when Ivan demands that Laxus tell him where to find Lumen Histoire. Laxus says Fairy Tail is his family and he will protect it from its enemies before beating Ivan and his team in a Curb-Stomp Battle.
  • Food Wars!:
    • Alice Nakiri calls her uncle Azami out in the most epic way, both on his current ambition of streamlining the world's perception of what constitutes "good food" to match his personal views, and his abusive treatment of his daughter Erina.
    • Erina herself stands up to Azami when she resigns from the Elite Ten to side with her friends.
  • In Fullmetal Alchemist, Edward Elric berserks all over his runaway father, Hohenheim, going so far as to punch him with his automail arm. They sort of get reconciled later- at the end of the series, Ed actually calls him "Dad" when refusing Hohenheim's offer to sacrifice himself to bring Al back.
  • Full Metal Panic!. Seina, the leader of the A12 terrorist group, spares Andrei Kalinin because he reminds her of her own surrogate father, a former mercenary who trained the group of delinquent youths in survival and warfare, but who failed to prepare them to live in a Japan at peace. Her dying words as she's cradled in Kalinin's arms are "You speak like you know everything. I hate you. You make me sick." It's obvious who she's really referring to.
  • In Fushigi Yuugi (especially the manga version), Miaka Yuuki's very strict single mother is screaming at her for "seeing a guy" instead of studying for high-school entrance exams (after reading and misinterpreting Miaka's diary.) In the manga, Miaka screams back at Yuuki-san about how she can't possibly pass the exams despite studying hard, and that she's tired of playing her mother's agenda to get her praise, and that it's not fair of her mom to criticize her for being interested in a guy Tamahome when her mother is seeing someone herself. Yuuki-san responds with an Armor-Piercing Slap, causing Miaka to run away and go inside the Book. When she returns to Tokyo after the first part of her adventures, after some tense moments her mom apologizes to her.
  • In Girls und Panzer, so far Miho has not called out her mother Shiho on her cold personality and insistence on upholding the "victory at all costs" ideology of the family tankery school to the point of planning to disown her for being an embarrassment. In the "Little Army" prequel manga, though, when Miho notices her older sister Maho acting cold and distant when the truth about her shooting an enemy flag tank that was rescuing one of her teammates comes to light, Miho summons the nerve to ask Shiho whether it was necessary to do so. Shiho shrugs it off as a "foolish question", but Maho, noticing that Miho must have been desperate, goes to Miho afterward to apologize and urge her to follow her own path.
  • Gundam
    • Rain Mikamura does this to her father when she learns that he betrayed his old friend Dr. Kasshu and is directly responsible for the tragic mess that Domon's life became as a result, as well as forcing her to become involved in his and Ulube's schemes. Up until then, Dr. Mikamura didn't have any remorse — it was Rain rejecting him that made him realize his wrongdoing.
    • In Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Athrun does this to his dad Patrick. Totally justified, considering that his father is becoming increasing unstable and trying to kill all the Naturals . Athrun gets shot for his troubles , and is unable to stop him.
  • In the second part of Kaleido Star, Rosetta Passel wants to join the Kaleido Stage but her Stage Mom won't let her. She first runs away from home and hides in Sora's dorm room, then Mrs. Passel comes searching for her and she has to confront her mother on how she wants to start taking control of her own life and decide what she wants to do. It ultimately works and Rosetta is allowed to stay at the Stage.
  • In the final episode of Kotoura-san, Haruka calls out her mother Kumiko on her treatment. After having enough of her insults, not to say the Kumiko had caused a very long-term breakage of Haruka by disowning her. Haruka even assaults Kumiko with a pillow.
  • Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha:
    • Fate Testarossa, after years of abuse by her mother Mad Scientist Precia, subverts this when instead of calling her mother out, she tries to redeem her to the very end. Instead, Nanoha and Lindy Harlaown are the ones to call her out. Psycho lady is so far gone that she just shakes their insults off and commits suicide with the jar containing the dead body of little Alicia, the daughter Fate was supposed to replace.
    • Arf did this earlier, following Precia whipping Fate to unconciousness. Given the massive difference in power between them, it did not go over well for Arf.
  • In Men's Love, after years of working for his father doing everything he's been told to, Daigo finally stands up to him with regards to an Arranged Marriage and keeping him from going back to Japan. With a conveniently timed threat from another CEO about Daigo's father threatening his employee (Daigo's lover), it works pretty well.
  • My Bride is a Mermaid: A minor example; when Sun discovers that her father arranged for Shark Fujishiro to attack Nagasumi at the Obon festival, she confronts him and demands that he apologize to Nagasumi, remarking that she "can't respect a father who won't even act like a man."
  • Kaoru of Nana to Kaoru does this twice for Nana. First he barges into a police box and yells down a phone at her police chief mother to come home and take care of her sick daughter. Then, because Nana is The Ace, everyone at school relies upon Nana to do their activities — so much so they go round to her house when she isn't answering her phone. Going over to Kaoru's house, Kaoru chews everyone present out for not taking care of their own business, even the teacher. The fact that he's hiding Nana in full bondage gear underneath his sheets while pretending to watch porn is almost beside the point.
  • In Narutaru, Akira Sakura eventually calls out her father, who is heavily implied to have sexually abused her when she was younger, by stabbing him to death. This is a Shrinking Violet we're talking about here, by the way.
  • Naruto:
    • In Chapter 440, Naruto calls out his father Minato Namikaze (quite physically at first), the 4th Hokage, (or the spirit of the 4th, it's not really clear) on his decision to seal the Nine-tails in Naruto, which led to his early years of loneliness and becoming a target of Akatsuki. Minato goes on to explain his reasons (which are pretty good, by the way), but he does acknowledge that he caused Naruto a great deal of pain and that he probably doesn't have a right to act like a father anymore.
    • We have Naruto chewing out and calling out Tsunade as a drunken coward unworthy of the title of Hokage after Sarutobi dies. As the whole reason he and Jiraiya found her was that she was supposed to be his new boss, this would have to count. Admittedly, she does smack him around in the fight, but he makes her go beyond her boast of doing it with but a single finger. Naruto's a master of taking every victory he can.
      • Naruto calls Tsunade out again when she has Jiraiya go after Pain which results in his death. Upon hearing the news, Naruto wastes no time tearing into “Granny Tsunade” for letting Jiraiya go out there and is furious at her apparent apathy towards one of her oldest and dearest friends dying. Subverted though as while Tsunade on the surface casts off his comments, the moment she’s alone Tsunade cries openly over Jiraiya showing she’s just torn up as Naruto is, but as Hokage is repressing her emotions out of duty.
    • As of Episode 546, it's Gaara's turn to call out his abusive father (whose treatment of his son was enough to get an entry on the Archnemesis Dad page), recently revived via Edo-Tensei. In that case, they both fight and Gaara ultimately wins, the former Kazekage fully admits to being an awful parent, to the point of shedding tears before being re-sealed.
    • Boruto himself does this with his father Naruto in Boruto: Naruto the Movie after Naruto sends a Shadow Clone (which poofed and dropped the cake) to his little sister's birthday. He calls Naruto out for working too much.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion:
    • Despite really deserving it, Gendo Ikari never got called out by his son Shinji, although his wife's ghost did confront him about his behavior close to the end and his last words before dying were "I'm sorry, Shinji". For what it's worth, Shinji admits late in the series that his main motivation for coming to Tokyo-3 was originally to tell Gendo off for abandoning him. But when Gendo sprung the surprise on Shinji that he wanted him to become Unit-01's pilot, Shinji's resolve vanished and he never got around to it.
    • Shinji calls the old man out spectacularly in Rebuild of Evangelion by attempting to smash NERV HQ after the Dummy Plug that Gendou ordered activated nearly kills Asuka. Repercussions come after, but Shinji didn't regret his actions, not after that.
    • A variation occurs in the manga adaptation, after Gendo instructs the usage of the Dummy Plug, which winds up killing Touji. Shinji tries to punch Gendo in the face instead of saying anything. Kaji stops him before he can land a hit, but we do get to savor Gendo's look of genuine shock and fear as Shinji's fist was less than an inch away from connecting with his nose.
  • One Piece:
    • One of Whitebeard's allies Squardo stabs Whitebeard and angrily calls him out for selling out his allies to the Marines, which was a lie that Akainu made up. His bitter resentment towards Ace's father (who had eliminated his crew, leaving him the sole survivor) and discovering just who Ace's father was also led to the calling out.
    • The best instance of this trope, however, comes in the Four Emperors Saga. Sanji gets to do this again... but towards his own biological father, the local Emperor Scientist and his Archnemesis Dad Vinsmoke Judge, who had treated him like crap through all of his life.
  • A regular occurrence between Hachimaki and Goro Hoshino in Planetes, because the latter abandoned his family on Earth to pursue his career as an astronaut. Not that it actually works, since Hachi shares Goro's all-consuming passion for space.
  • Pokémon:
    • Subverted in an early episode of Pokémon. Flint presents himself upon his son Brock after having abandoned him and his nine siblings some time ago, and tells him he's going to take care of them again. Brock approaches Flint while he braces himself, preparing for the worst, when Brock gives him... a needle and cloth. Brock then proceeds to list all the tasks his father has to do daily to care for the children, while Flint struggles to take notes of them all. Afterward, Brock is free to leave with Ash and Misty. (Surprisingly, in an abridged series, this is played far straighter.) He gets a chance to call out both his parents properly later in two separate episodes for not taking care of the Pewter Gym properly.
    • Lusamine gets this from both her kids in Sun and Moon. Gladion rightfully gets harsh at the fact she never realized her own daughter suffered a lot of mental trauma because of the Ultra Beasts she ignored both of them to study. Lillie gets her turn after Lusamine gets kidnapped by Nihilego and fuses with it, yelling at her for treating her like a baby when at that very moment Lusamine was acting much more childish.
  • Near the end of Princess Tutu, Rue rebels against the Raven—who had raised her after he kidnapped her as a child—by saving Mytho from him and shouting at him "You're Not My Father!" Later, Mytho and Rue deliver the final blow to the Raven together.
  • Neatly played with in Private Actress. Another Mariko has gone all the way from her native Manila to Tokyo to start her acting career. She is the illegitimate daughter of a rich Japanese executive; she doesn't intend to call him out, however, and only want to meet him and have him see her on-stage. She then gets acid thrown to her face by her father's jealous star pupil and Big Bad of the manga, however, and cannot make it in time, so she asks the titular P.A Shiho to take her place; then, Shiho easily manages to use the audition to tell Mariko's father that she's in Tokyo, she's hospitalized, and that he should take care of her from now on. The dad, who had never done anything for his kid aside of sending her and her mother money, has a change of heart and not only he directly meets up with Mariko, but calls off all the deals with the actress who harmed her.
  • Ranma ½:
    • Although Ranma and Genma routinely fight as part of both their training routine and their personal interaction, the former really let the latter have it when he recalled that his father regularly bullied him for food... merely because Ranma was still comparatively weaker and couldn't stop the then-older, stronger martial artist from taking his meal. And the incidents with the Cat Fist or the very fact that Ranma turns into a woman because of him...
    • Kasumi, of all people, gets angry enough to yell at Genma and demand explanations for why he took Ranma to a place as dangerous as Jusenkyo.note 
    • In the anime, an exclusive episode has Tatewaki Kunō call out his father, when the latter attempts to return to their estate and retake command after having abandoned them to their own devices for at least three years. Between this and the downright abusive way that his father treated him early in life, Kunō refuses to allow this to happen, actually challenging his father to a fight. Kunō technically wins the fight, but the principal deceives him and kicks him off the roof when Kunō has him almost beaten. While this doesn't do anything serious to Kunō, the principal declares that he will not return to the estate and goes back to Fūrinkan High, possibly afraid after having realized that his son A: truly hates him, and B: is quite capable of kicking his ass. The two do seem to get on a little better afterward, but they're still a dysfunctional family to the core.
    • When the Principal goes back home to attend Kodachi's school conferences instead of Kunō, whos had to raise his little sister himself ever since Daddy left. Kunō, no matter how he can't get along with Kodachi and how she actually is a Daddy's Girl, refuses to just take it and again challenges his dad. Again, Kunō wins. Noticeable in how these two episodes are among the very few times when Kunō, normally a Jerkass Small Name, Big Ego who's hated even by the plot, comes out favorably.
  • Subverted in Sakura Gari. Souma starts to call his father out loudly for his Loving a Shadow obsession with his Missing Mom Abigail... but what works is to kindly speak to him and tell him that Abigail has forgiven him.
  • Subverted in Soul Eater. Medusa starts treating Crona kindly after s/he kills Tsar. Crona is so shocked that s/he kills Medusa brutally, saying that his/her abusive mother wouldn't treat him/her so kindly ever. But actually, it was a Thanatos Gambit from Medusa, who by making him/her throw away the last one s/he relayed on by killing her (Medusa), Crona completed the whole Black Blood process, thus making Crona crazier than ever. Just like Medusa wanted. Hoo. Lee. Sheeeeeet.
  • Sword Art Online: When she finds out that her mother tried to use a New Year's celebration as an excuse to play matchmaker for another Arranged Marriage with the son of a banking family, Asuna is anything but pleased and calls Kyouko out on it. When her mom tries to force the issue and say Asuna should respect her decisions, Asuna retorts that Kyouko also tried to set her up with Nobuyuki Sugou, and look how that turned out. Given Sugou is a sore spot for Kyouko, she unsurprisingly asks Asuna not to mention his name again and disagrees with her dating Kazuto, at which point Asuna has had enough and walks out on the conversation, but not before giving her an Armor-Piercing Question about Kyouko's dead parents.
  • In the manga version of Tales of Symphonia, Zelos tries this by calling out Lloyd's father Kratos for betraying his own son and pushing all his problems onto him. It's not very effective as he receives the brush off and Zelos admits he was channeling his anger at his own parents who would do the same thing to him and his hatred towards himself for having the same tendencies.
  • In UFO Robo Grendizer (one of the Mazinger Z sequels), Rubina, daughter of Big Bad King Vega, calls her father out TWICE in the same episode (and it was quite awesome): The first time she rightly accused him from lying to her about her fiancé's fate, and bluntly states finding out that lie had turned her life upside down. And later she told him his wars to conquer other planets were stupid and they just should find another world to settle on.
  • Ryuunosuke in Urusei Yatsura does this to her father on a regular basis. Considering that he's raised her all her life as a boy and goes to great lengths to keep her away from anything feminine, as well as being a misogynistic asshole that physically abuses her on a regular basis, this is somewhat understandable.
  • Subverted with Allen and Leon Schezar in The Vision of Escaflowne. Allen badly wants to call Leon out for having abandoned his mother to pursue his investigations on the Draconians, which alongside the disappearance of his younger sister Serena contributed to her Death by Despair years ago. When he finally gets the chance to do it... he does that to Leon's spirit. And Leon's soul explains that he never abandoned the family — but he actually was murdered by the Zaibach Empire to both silence him and steal the information he had gathered about the Draconians, and this took place right before he could come back home. (And Mrs. Schezar herself knew that Leon had died, but didn't tell that to Allen.) With this knowledge, Allen manages to make peace with his father and himself.
  • In one chapter of With the Light, Masato's mother, Takako, while well intentioned, can't seem to accept Hikaru for who he is, especially when Kanon gets older and the differences between the siblings become more apparent. When she suggests taking custody of Kanon and sending her to a special private school, Masato is very appalled by the idea and awesomely tells her to stay out of his family business.
  • Kousei from Your Lie in April dealt with his sick mother Saki's abuse in hopes of making her happy and helping her recover. After one piano performance she beats him up for not performing up to her standards. Kousei gets angry and tells her he wishes she would die. Saki does soon later, and those final words to her haunt him even three years later.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! GX: Judai first calls Manjoume's older brothers on the way they mistreat and disrespect him, and Manjoume later finally gives them what they have coming in a duel.


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