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"Resenting their parents is the human way, sir. Black Widow spiders eat their mates after sex, humans blame their parents for all their failings. It's the characteristic that makes you lovably idiotic to all the other species."
Kryten, Red Dwarf: Last Human

Let's face it: No parent is perfect. Even the Good Parents in fiction can still make mistakes, and others make a lot of mistakes. Too many, in fact. Some of them may even be abusive or neglectful, perhaps even unintentionally so. And despite this, their kids still love them, right?



Sometimes, people just hate their parents. It may or may not be because the parent did anything to wrong them- the kid may simply think they've been wronged, or maybe they've reached such a rebellious stage that it just became "uncool" to love their parents. Maybe their dad went out to "get milk" and never returned, only to show up again expecting praise and affection. Maybe their mother had an affair with the milkman, and her cheating drove the family apart. Maybe they liked their brother more. Maybe the parents were part of a class or group they found to be morally repellant, uncultured, or backward. Or, it could be the kid just finds their parents corny and lame.

Whatever the reason, these parents are loathed. Far from being respected, trusted, or admired, they're seen as the enemy, regardless of whether or not they deserve it. Any attempts by the parent to win their child's love back will take a lot of work and time, especially if the underlying issue was a breach of trust.


How sympathetic the child and their parent(s) are played can vary, depending on what, if anything, the parent did, how long the child has been holding their grudge, and whether or not the parent attempted to make any amends. On one extreme, you can have the child rightfully and heroically opposing their Abusive Parent; on the other extreme, you have a "Well Done, Dad!" Guy struggling to please an Ungrateful Bastard (or Bitch), who is often depicted as an Emo Teen with a lot of Wangst, and a lot of Gray-and-Gray Morality in the middle.

If the child isn't just hateful, but actively opposing their parents, see Antagonistic Offspring; for parents who are hated for being evil, see Archnemesis Dad and the Evil Matriarch.

This may lead to Self-Made Orphan, You're Not My Father/Mother, Calling the Old Man Out/Calling the Old Woman Out, or Betrayal by Offspring. When parents hate their children, see I Have No Son!/Daughter!, Maternal Death? Blame the Child!, The Un-Favourite, and Resentful Guardian. Contrast Even Bad Men (or Women) Love Their Mamas and the "Well Done, Son" Guy/"Well Done, Daughter!" Girl; compare I Hate You, Vampire Dad. For the opposite of this trope, see Honor Thy Parent.


Finally, see also the Dysfunctional Family, which can have this dynamic as part of the dysfunction.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Code Geass: Lelouch vi Britannia despises his father, Emperor Charles di Britannia, for not telling him about the death of his mother, Marianne, and for sending him and his sister, Nunnally, away to Japan which was eventually conquered by the Britannian Empire. This is one of his reasons for aiding the Japanese rebels against Britannia after he obtains the power of the Geass and dons the mask of Zero. Then, it turns out Charles actually sent him and Nunnally to safety because his older twin brother (Lelouch and Nunnally's uncle) murdered Marianne, who is actually alive due to her Geass. It even gets complicated in that Charles and Mariane are working together to destroy the collective unconscious so they can "make a world without lies". However, Lelouch doesn't appreciate this answer because they started a war that killed millions of people and they essentially left their children to die in favor of their own happiness.
  • In Fairy Tail, Lucy Heartfilia resents her father Jude for neglecting her after her mother Layla's death, especially after she unsuccessfully gives him a rice ball on her 11th birthday. It gets to the point where she disowns him for inadvertently starting the guild war between Phantom Lord and Fairy Tail. In the end, however, Lucy gets over this resentment shortly after Jude loses his fortune and grieves his death after the Time Skip hammers in just how much she missed.
  • Fruits Basket:
    • Akito can't stand the mere fact that her mother Ren is alive and the feeling is mutual, and it's completely understandable since Ren has emotionally and psychologically abused her for years. In fact, the only reason Akito hasn't killed Ren is because Ren wants to die so she can be with Akito's father, Akira.
    • In the sequel Another, with help from Hajime and the rest of the Sohmas, Sawa admits that she hates her mother for being such an emotionally and verbally abusive Jerkass, and wishes she wasn't around. The final straw is when she discovers that her mother not only drove her friends away with her insults but when Sawa fell off the stairs, she decided to blame Shiki and use it as an opportunity to sue the Sohmas for a payoff. Upon hearing that, Sawa disowns her mother and vows to never forgive her.
    • In regards to Hajime himself, he loves his parents, but makes it clear in no uncertain terms that he hates his biological grandfather and doesn't consider him family at all, and no matter how many times people tell him otherwise, nothing will change his mind. Perfectly understandable, considering Kyo's biological father was an extremely unpleasant person who viewed Kyo himself as a horrifying monster and abused his mother to the point she jumped in front of a train.
    • Tohru (Hajime's mother) is something of a deconstruction. Following the death of her father, her mother fell into a deep depression that almost led to suicide. Tohru began to speak formally like her late father did in order to remind her mother of him and keep him from leaving. Further complicating matters is the fact that relatives had told Tohru to her face that she probably wasn't even her father's child anyway, thinking she wouldn't understand. As a result, Tohru harbors some negative feelings toward her father in the present, and feels guilty as a result, since it wasn't her father's fault that he suddenly died and the few memories she has of him are good.
  • In GTO: The Early Years, Onizuka says "I don't have a father" when someone asks if he'd seen him recently. Understandable, as his father was never around, and he hates deadbeat dads in general.
  • In High School D×D, Akeno Himejima despises her father Baraqiel since he was too late to save Shuri from being killed by her own relatives. Fortunately, with Issei Hyoudou's help, she and Baraqiel reconcile at the end of Volume 7.
  • Satsuki Kiryuin in Kill la Kill has pretty resentful feelings toward her mother, harboring that for more than a decade before making a move to kill her. It's pretty understandable since her mother is a sociopathic, physically, sexually, and psychologically abusive monster who used Satsuki as a Life Fiber experiment when she was a child and callously discarded Satsuki's unnamed baby sister (Ryuko) like trash on the assumption that she died in the experiments.
  • In A Love Letter For The Marching Puppy, Fujino Kagami has a rather cold relationship with her own mother, who belittles Fujino when the latter visits her, while doting on Shinobu Iindou, the orphaned daughter of an old friend of hers who sees Fujino's mother as an Honorary Aunt. Fujino later tells Iindou that she'd once tried to meet her mother halfway, but is currently fine with how things are between them and has no problem saying that she hates her mother, especially after her mother apparently pulls strings to separate her and Iindou at the academy.
  • My Hero Academia:
    • Shoto Todoroki holds his father, the Number Two Hero Endeavor, in contempt for fostering an abusive household and possibly killing his oldest brother Toya while trying to turn Shoto into a Tyke-Bomb powerful enough to unseat All Might as the Number One Hero. As a result, he refuses to use the half of his Quirk he inherited from his father in favor of using the ice inherited from his mother to deny Endeavor the satisfaction of being the heir he always wanted. This backfires on Shoto when Izuku notes that said refusal is disrespectful to his peers and himself (not to mention detrimental as Shoto's lack of pushing himself means he is in danger of getting left behind.) However, he does not completely hate his father as he goes through a rollercoaster of fear and relief when his dad nearly dies against the High End Nomu. His resentment toward his father does soften as he does work with him professionally and the man makes changes in his behavior after All Might retires and he talks to him. However, he does grapple with whether to forgive him. Bakuguo notes that Shoto has no obligation to while Izuku speculates that Shoto does want to forgive his father, but he is not ready to.
    • As for the rest of the Todoroki children, it varies. Natsuo hates Endeavor even more than Shoto does (though like Shoto, still loves him enough to be worried when he's in mortal danger) and won't forgive him. Fuyuki, his and Shoto's older sister and second oldest child, is ready to forgive them and wants them to be a real family. Toya hates Endeavor the most having dedicated his supervillain career to spite his father and is even willing to cause the deaths of his other relatives to do so.
    • Tomura Shigaraki or rather, Tenko Shimura, is shown to hate his father in flashbacks to his childhood. In fact, his treatment of Shigaraki was so bad that he outright murders his father with gleeful joy when given the opportunity.
  • In Neon Genesis Evangelion, Shinji resents and loathes his father Gendo, due to him being absent, cold, and neglectful for most of Shinji's life. Despite this, he still wants Gendo's approval and it's painfully clear they're cut from the same cloth. And why did Gendo exclude himself from Shinji's life? Because he was afraid of hurting Shinji.
  • In One Piece, Sanji resents his biological father Vinsmoke Judge since the latter abused him as a child.
  • Tweeny Witches:
    • Sheila resents her mother for abandoning her to stay with her father in the Warlock Realm. She goes as far as to throw the birthday cake her mother made for her on the floor. They eventually reconcile, however, after which she calls her mother reliable.
    • Lennon believes that his witch mother Atelia abandoned both him and his human father Jidan so that she could come to power. Her initial disownment of him during their reunion, along with her word that she gave him up to fulfill her duty as a leader, doesn't help matters. After her Zero-Approval Gambit for him, Wil confirms the truth that she was desperately looking for their family, causing him to soften up and decide to stay by her side.

    Comic Books 
  • Wonder Woman: Ares has made multiple attempts on his father Zeus' life, and while they both hate each other Ares is the only one of the two who will happily explain why he loathes dear old dad while Zeus usually tries to act as if he's just disappointed and doing what his position dictates he needs to in reaction to Ares' behavior.

    Fan Works 
  • Abraxas (Hrodvitnon): Madison Russell does not have a high opinion of her late mother Emma after everything the latter did in MonsterVerse canon — anyone daring to try painting Emma's crimes in a positive light is a Berserk Button for Maddie, and she shows she's scared of turning out like her mother.
  • In The Apprentice, the Student, and the Charlatan, protagonist Nova Shine lives his life trying his damnedest to stay away from his parents at all costs, due to years of being neglected as a child. A major part of the first half of the story is Nova letting go of his hatred for them, forgiving them, and letting them into his life again.
  • In BlazBlue Alternative: Remnant, after Yang learns from Luna that her biological mother, Raven Branwen, is a murderous bandit leader who robs and kills innocent people while leaving any survivors to die to the Grimm, she grows to despise her. In Chapter 62, after she learns from Qrow that he has an idea where Raven will end up, she tells him that she has no interest in finding her anymore, deciding that she's not worth the effort. When Qrow offers to pass along a message, Yang tells him that the only thing she has to say to Raven is for her to "piss off", making it clear she wants nothing to do with her.
  • Codex Equus: The Vaughoof brothers, Moon Ray and Sunny Field, both hate their biological father, Sunny Mane Vaughoof, an ill-tempered drunkard who terrorized and even physically scarred them as foals. However, their reactions are different - Moon Ray fears Sunny Mane to the point of fleeing on instinct, while Sunny Field tries his hardest not to be like his father, but his grudge ensures he ends up repeating the cycle of abuse. It's eventually deconstructed, as by continuing to remember what Sunny Mane did to them, both Moon Ray and Sunny Field became 'addicted' to the fear and pain they felt, allowing Sunny Mane to influence them even in death. It's only by letting go and forgiving Sunny Mane that the Vaughoof brothers are able to grow as stallions, with Moon Ray Ascending to demi-godhood because of it.
    • This also applies to Moon Ray and Sunny Field's mother, Pepper Cook. Sunny Field initially hated Pepper Cook for not divorcing Sunny Mane and stopping his abuse thoroughly enough, but once he learns post-mortem that her actions stemmed from the deeply misogynistic societal standards of her time, he gained a better understanding of Pepper Cook's actions and eventually forgave his mother. By contrast, Moon Ray, while acknowledging that Pepper Cook had flaws, is a total Momma's Boy and has a much closer relationship with her since she genuinely loved her sons and tried to protect them.
  • In Conversations with a Cryptid, Izuku goes from not giving a damn about his Disappeared Dad, Hisashi to deeply hating his revealed father All for One. Which is awkward considering that Hisashi deeply loves his son and left to keep his criminal past from affecting Izuku.
  • The Flash Sentry Chronicles: Doom Raizer hates his father Grand Hoof, blaming his negligence towards him and the rest of their family as the source of everything that has ever gone wrong in Doom's life. This includes the deaths of Doom's wife and mother, and the status of Doom's own son Lightning Blitz. While Grand acknowledges that he didn't do the best job raising Doom, Doom himself refuses to take responsibility for any of his own actions and just continues to blame everything on his father and anyone who sides with him.
  • From Muddy Waters: All For One is depicted as a possessive Control Freak who seeks to take complete control of his wife and son's lives. Understandably, Izuku lives in utter fear of both being discovered by him and people's potential reaction to finding out he's All For One's child.
  • Infinity Train: Blossoming Trail: Chloe hates her father with a passion because he never pays any attention to her problems — like the fact that maybe, just maybe — she doesn't want to have a career in Pokémon and how he focuses more on his research and on his "research fellows" Ash and Goh. She tears into him after she passes her Rage-Breaking Point that all he cares about is if she's involved with Pokémon, not her in general. This comes to a head during the Unown Arc when Chloe's grudges push Parker to release the Unown onto Vermillion City with intent to 'punish' its citizens for hurting his older sister. Many people come to realize that Chloe is a spiteful child who is essentially throwing a tantrum over her father not paying more attention to her, and she is called out by Talia, who makes it clear that unless she stops with the childish attitude, no one will forgive her.
  • In Karma in Retrograde, Touya possesses a burning animosity towards his father Endeavor for what the man did to his children. The feeling is mutual, as Endeavor despises Touya for becoming the villain Dabi. Natsuo has similar feelings towards Endeavor, but Shouto and Fuyumi are trying to mend the bridge as their father tries to be a better person.
  • Pokémon: A Marvelous Journey: Twelve-year-old Caiseal Brownstone has come to utterly despise his biological parents due to years of being neglected and verbally abused because as a fetus he absorbed his twin in utero. His mother, Nollaig, openly favors his younger sister over him, abandoned him in the Ice Path—which, keep in mind, is an icy cave where lots of territorial, dangerous Pokemon live—cursed him out when he returned home, and outright disowned him, whereas his father Fergus doesn't want him around, putting his wife's needs above those of his children. The only person in the family who cares about him is his younger sister Violet, who is fully aware of the mistreatment he endured but doesn't have the power to do anything, what with being only a child. He did get Happily Adopted by another family and does try to maintain contact with Violet as much as humanly possible, but he wants nothing to do with Nollaig and Fergus, to the point where he doesn't refer to them as Mom and Dad but by their first names.
  • Pokémon: Nova and Antica: Ash expresses clear bitterness about his father leaving him and his mother but would rather not go into detail.
  • The Ultimate Evil: Whilst Shendu genuinely seems to have unresolved abandonment issues towards his mother Tiamat, there is flat-out no love lost towards his Disappeared Dad Typhon, who took advantage of Shendu's mother's raw grief.
  • White Sheep (RWBY): Yang was never sure how to feel about Raven, the mother who abandoned her as a baby, but she didn't feel great about her. Then she actually met her, discovered she was cowardly, self-centered, and decided she wanted nothing to do with her. Then it got worse when Raven tried to kill Yin, Yang's Grimm-parasite of an arm, who Yang considers a son. Yang's boyfriend Jaune does more to keep Raven alive than Yang does.
    Jaune: Cinder, you can't kill Raven.
    Yang: Now Jaune, let's hear her out.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Star Wars:
    • Luke Skywalker is understandably horrified when he learns in The Empire Strikes Back that his father Anakin is, in fact, the murderous and ruthless Darth Vader, declaring that it's impossible and burning with enough hatred to overwhelm him in their final duel. However, in the end, he acknowledges the man Vader once was and forgives him. Contrastly, his sister Leia Organa takes a lot longer to come to terms with it and never fully forgives Anakin, to the point of concealing their relation from the public and even her own son.
    • Ben Solo/Kylo Ren hates his father Han, and while his relationship with Leia is sort of better, it's not by much. This mostly stems from frequently feeling neglected by them (especially Han), suspecting they see him as a disappointment, and resenting the expectations put on him because of his relation to them. Those feelings were exacerbated when they shipped him off to train as a Jedi under his uncle, and egged on by Snoke, who pretended to be a confidante to young Ben and exploited his resentment to lead him into The Dark Side. This all ultimately culminates in Ben murdering Han.
  • In The Suicide Squad, Polka-Dot Man, who was experimented on by his mother alongside his siblings in order to give him superpowers, violently hates his mother, to the point where the only way he can kill people is if he imagines them as being her.
  • Wolves: Cayden towards Connor, for oh so many reasons.

  • The Beast Player: Yuyan's discussion with Elin about her Ahlyo heritage makes Elin realize how much she's been hurt by the callous treatment of her by her paternal relatives and Asan, her foster father's biological son. She comes to consider her paternal grandfather "no better than trash" for letting Toda attack his daughter-in-law and young granddaughter.
  • In The Camp Half-Blood Series, numerous demigods side with the Titans to spite their divine parents who refused to acknowledge them and left them alone in a dangerous world filled with monsters trying to eat them around every corner.
  • Marcy Lewis, the protagonist of Paula Danziger's The Cat Ate My Gymsuit, hates her father for reasons that very quickly become evident: he's an emotionally abusive waste of flesh that constantly belittles his entire family. This never changes throughout the story.
  • In Strangers on a Train, Charles Bruno despises his father so much that he's accumulated a large mental repertoire of ideas on how to murder him; what kicks off the plot is him meeting a man named Guy Haines on the train, instantly becoming enamored with him, and trying to convince him to kill Bruno's father in the dead of night, and in return, he'll kill Guy's wife who refuses to finalize their divorce.
  • Harry Potter:
    • Tom Riddle, the boy who would be Voldemort, hated his father Tom Marvolo Sr. for being a Muggle and for abandoning his mother for being a witch. Tom would then track down and murder his father and his parents. However, Harry later finds out that Sr. was an unwilling participant in the marriage (Dumbledore believes she either gave him a love potion or cursed him) and she'd raped him for over a year but it's never made clear if Jr. ever managed or wanted to find out the full story.
    • Sirius Black comes from a noble Pureblood family that shares the same bigoted views on blood-Purity that Voldemort champions despite not being Death Eaters themselves. Sirius's mother Walburga is especially unpleasant and her portrait at Grimmauld's Place 12 would constantly scream insults at visitors not befitting of her class. Sirius himself never passes the chance to speak ill of her, calling her a heartless witch who "only kept herself alive out of pure spite". Sirius hates them so much that he ran away from home at 16 to live with James's family.
  • I've Got You Under My Skin:
    • Nina Craig loathes her mother and it's not hard to see why, considering how Muriel has been making her life miserable for decades. A big part of the reason Nina agrees to appear on the Under Suspicion programme is because she could use the $300,000 payment to buy her mother her own house and finally be rid of her. Notably, besides being a bit shocked, Nina isn't that affected by Jane's attempt to kill Muriel, and tells her she can have all of the money she was paid for appearing on the show on the condition she never speak to her again.
    • Contrary to what her stepfather Robert Powell claims, Claire despised her mother by the end of her life. Claire loved her mother when it was just the two of them, but after she married Rob Powell she came to see Betsy for who she really was, hating her for being an utter Manipulative Bitch who didn't care about anyone but herself and for letting her husband molest her.
  • A number of characters in Jacqueline Wilson's novels don't have the best relationship with their parents, as her stories frequently revolve around dysfunctional families and abuse.
    • In Lola Rose, Jayni states that she knew she hated her father after seeing her mother's bruises from him beating her worse than ever. Him verbally abusing her and eventually hitting her across the face when she calls him out doesn't improve her opinion of him; however, she later privately admits to herself that part of her still loves him as well as hating him.
    • Beauty from Cookie becomes increasingly alienated from her father, who is verbally and emotionally abusive to her and her mother. The last straw is when Beauty discovers her father got her pet rabbit killed, at which point she openly states she hates him. After she and her mother leave, she's quite happy to never see her father again.
    • Martine from The Diamond Girls resents her mother Sue, feeling that she always puts her siblings before her, never confides in her and disliking the fact that Sue is making her move away from her boyfriend (whom Sue disapproves of) into a rundown house. During an argument, Martine even states to Sue's face that she thinks she's a slag note  due to all her children being fathered by different men and moves out. However, Martine is actually quite horrified at herself for saying this and in the end she comes back and reconciles with her mother, with both of them admitting they made mistakes.
  • In Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Magnus's father, Frey, fully expects this when he finally meets his son face-to-face. He's completely taken aback when Magnus instead rushes to Glomp him, subverting this trope.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire: Tyrion Lannister resents his father Tywin for the mistreatment that he received because of his dwarfism and that his birth killed his mother Joanna. It eventually evolved into pure hatred after his brother Jaime told him that Tywin tricked him into thinking that his first wife Tysha is a whore, leading her to be gang-raped by the guards. Eventually, Tyrion murders his father for this unforgivable act and flees to Essos.
  • Okonkwo of Things Fall Apart despises his father Unoka, who spent more time singing than tending his fields and fighting for his clan, resulting in him growing poor. After he died, he refuses to sacrifice a goat to him, saying he didn't even have a goat when alive.
  • Warrior Cats:
    • As a result of Crowfeather treating Breezepelt more like a Trophy Child than an actual son, all the while showing actual fatherly love to his ThunderClan children Lionblaze, Hollyleaf, and Jayfeather, Breezepelt despised him. His constant Parental Neglect led him to join the Dark Forest and attempt to murder his half-siblings multiple times.
    • After the reveal that Leafpool and Crowfeather were the parents of the protagonists, rather than Squirrelflight and Brambleclaw, Hollyleaf grew to hate her biological mother for keeping the secret and being "selfish". She hated her so much, in fact, that after murdering Ashfur, she started to go crazy, and tried to make Leafpool eat Deathberries.
  • All four girls in The Wildflowers hate their parents and for good reason.
    • Misty's parents use her as a pawn in their bitter divorce, her father is emotionally neglectful and her mother is arguably emotionally abusive and manipulative. She even states she hates them more than Charles Allen, her callous boyfriend who manipulated her into sleeping with him; the other girls correctly guess it's because she thinks it wouldn't have happened if her parents hadn't left her in such an emotionally vulnerable state.
    • Star's father abandoned her and her brother with their neglectful, alcoholic mother, who then abandoned them to run off with her boyfriend.
    • Jade's parents act like she doesn't exist except when they're forcing her to testify during their grueling divorce trial; they didn't even notice she'd been missing for nearly two days. She ends up telling the judge she doesn't care which parent gets custody of her because she hates them both equally which actually serves as a wake-up call for them and they start trying to improve their relationship with her.
    • Cat's mother is a controlling religious fundamentalist, while her father is a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing who took advantage of her naivety and longing for affection to sexually abuse her. However, Cat actually ends up forgiving her mother after finding out about her own Dark and Troubled Past and expresses a wish for them to both heal together.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Justified on Bones.
    • Booth's father was a drunk, abusive jerk who Booth says probably would have killed him if not for his grandfather intervening. He does see in a letter his father wrote that he regretted his actions, but only softens slightly.
    • Intern Finn Abernathy had a similar issue with his stepfather. He actually threatened to kill him when he beat Finn's mom. Only his fear of Booth and Brennan hunting him down stopped him.
    • Brennan resents Max early on for leaving her and her brother as teens, though she forgives him later and is saddened by his Heroic Sacrifice in season 11.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Xander does not like his Abusive Parents at all and rarely talks about them unless he's making fun of them. He also takes every opportunity to stay away from them, from sleeping in the backyard every Christmas Eve to avoid their drunken arguments, to taking the first chance he can find to move out of their basement in Season 5, to deciding to connect with Willow's parents following Joyce's death over his own. The point is driven home in "Gone," when he disapproves of Anya arranging for Buffy to sit next to his family on her chart for their wedding:
    Xander: Great. Yeah... except we don't hate Buffy.
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Rebecca's mother Naomi is aloof and critical of her daughter, making the relationship very strained. Rebecca also has issues with her neglectful father.
  • The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance: Seladon resents her mother Maudra Maylin for saddling her with a lot of royal duties and ignoring her in comparison to her sisters. This eventually culminates in her usurping the throne by selling her out as a traitor to the Skeksis and burning her corpse out of spite.
  • House of Anubis:
    • Downplayed with Jerome and John Clarke. Jerome initially hated his father for all of the mistakes he'd made, which eventually landed him in prison and forced him to abandon Jerome and his daughter Poppy. Even when they reunited, Jerome was almost too angry to actually speak with him, even comparing him negatively to Darth Vader. However, when they actually began to talk, and when it was clear that John wanted to be a good parent, Jerome cooled down, and their relationship grew strong.
    • Eddie resented Mr. Sweet for abandoning him as a child, revealing that after years of longing for him, he eventually grew bitter. Because of this, he intentionally stirs up trouble in school, and tries to goad his father into punishing him- only for Mr. Sweet to intentionally not punish him, making him even more resentful. Eventually, though, Eddie began to forgive him and their relationship improved, though it's still distant and awkward.
  • Malcolm in the Middle: To say that Francis hates Lois would be a vast understatement. Any comment that's even remotely kind to her will get you chewed out, and he'll often bend logic to "prove" that she's responsible for anything and everything wrong in his life.
  • Reboot (2022): Hannah begins the series deeply resenting her father Gordon for abandoning her. She angrily quits on the spot when he arrives on set and tries to assert his authority and experience over her. They begin to mend their relationship over the course of the show.
  • In Roseanne, while Roseanne and Jackie have each expressed their hatred for their mother, Jackie is the more venomous of the two since Bev always complains about how Jackie lives her life. On the other side, Roseanne actually hates her father more because he used to beat them when they were kids.
  • Runaways (2017): While some members of the titular team continue to try and make excuses for their parents, for certain, Alex and Nico definitely hate their parents after finding out who they really are, with Alex's season 2 arc ultimately culminating in him having them arrested.
  • Scream: Piper and Kieran both hated their respective parents, with Piper blaming Maggie for the death of her father, Brandon James, and Kieran suffering from his dad's Parental Abandonment. The two of them bonded over their issues... and used them as motivation to murder people as Ghost Face.
  • This is pretty common in Shameless (US):
    • It's practically a rite of passage for Gallagher kids to start Calling Parents by Their Name as a mark of showing they have no trust or respect for said parent. Patriarch Frank definitely deserves it, seeing how he's an utterly useless Junkie Parent who's never worked an honest day in his life.
    • In the episode "Requiem for a Slut", Fiona spitefully declares that she's happy that her mother Monica is dead, as she no longer has to deal with the woman who abandoned her and the rest of the family only to waltz back in expecting hugs and forgiveness, all the while forcing Fiona to be Promoted to Parent and put her own life on hold to take care of her siblings.
    • Mickey and Mandy are at their happiest when their abusive father Terry is in prison, as the man is a viciously homophobic Heteronormative Crusader who went as far as to force Mickey to have sex with a prostitute to "fuck the queer out of him" and has molested Mandy more than once.
  • Tiberius in Spartacus: Blood and Sand is a zig-zagged example. He is desperate to earn the approval of his father Crassus but it doesn't always work, for which Tiberius resents him. After an attempt to capture Spartacus goes horribly wrong, Crassus punishes Tiberius and his troops by forcing them to take part in decimation during which Tiberius is forced to kill his best friend, Sabinus. Tiberius hates his father for this but doesn't take it out on him directly. Instead, he wages a campaign of terror behind the scenes on those closest to Crassus, starting with raping Kore, his father's mistress, when she attempts to reconcile him to Crassus. In a twisted way, Tiberius enjoys both gaining his father's respect publicly and privately tormenting others he cares about for revenge.
  • Stranger Things:
    • Jonathan Byers completely loathes his and Will's father Lonnie. Justified because Lonnie is a Jerkass, sleazy and emotionally and physically abused Jonathan as a child. He wasn't any better towards Will and their mother Joyce, having cheated on the latter at least once during their marriage.
    • Although he's never been shown onscreen, Steve Harrington hates his father, calling him an asshole more than once.
    • Billy Hargrove greatly dislikes his abusive father Neil.
  • Supernanny: Some children feel this way about one or both of their parents; sometimes with justifiable reason, and other times without. One noticeable case has Maryann Agate confess how she feels about her own mother in the Reflection Room:
    Maryann: I don't like my mum. She's definitely horrible. She's selfish and horrible. She never lets me do nothing. She just tells me off. Putting her face straight up to me, and looking into my eyes, and saying "I hate you".
  • Victorious: Jade has problems with her father, describing him as cold and judgmental. This animosity stems from him not approving of her pursuing a career in the creative arts. In addition, it is implied her childhood was less than ideal. For instance, the only time her Dad cooked breakfast for her, she spent the rest of the day throwing up. That being said, she does try to prove herself to him, even inviting him to one of her plays.
  • The Wilds: Boy does Devon, and with good reason. He’s the frat bro who accidentally got Nora’s ex Quinn killed in a Deadly Prank and feels immense guilt for it. Then he looks at his mother Gretchen, an adult who willingly and remorselessly puts kids at risk, traumatizing them and ruining their lives all to prove Women Are Wiser, which horrifies him.

  • Mentioned and Played for Laughs in Bowling for Soup's "I'm Gay":
    Well, we've all heard about how the guys in the band
    Weren't the popular kids in school
    And you hate your parents 'cuz the way it turned out
    But in the end, the blame's on you

  • The Bible plays with this trope. On one hand, one of the 10 Commandments is to honor your mother and father. Despite this, Jesus claimed his arrival would turn parents and children against each other and that children should turn against their parents if it would be for his sake.

  • In Jasper in Deadland, Jasper resents his mother for leaving him and his father, and he resents his father for being a Junkie Parent. When Agnes gets her memories back, she reveals that she hates her father for being physically abusive, and that she feels bad for hating him.
    Agnes: Aren't I supposed to love them? The fact is I don't. Is that wrong of me?

    Video Games 
  • While "hate" might be pushing it, Ashley of Another Code spends much of the sequel filled with animosity towards her father both for the initial abandonment of a decade and the fact that it nearly happened again when he got a new job to get his life back in order. It takes near the end of the game before they're on better terms with each other.
  • Best of Three: While Helen is okay with her father, she resents her mother. Helen's mother constantly belittles her, didn't want her to apply to college, and tried to guilt trip her into taking care of her younger brothers.
    Helen: We don't discuss things in my house. We communicate by a process of applied guilt.
  • Played with twice in Devil May Cry:
    • While Nero may not have forgiven and is infuriated by his father, Vergil, for ripping off his Devil Bringer arm among his many crimes, and during their fight in the last mission of Devil May Cry 5, Nero gives an atomic middle finger to the guy for insulting his existence, one would be hard-pressed to argue he'd still try as hard as he did to prevent his duel to the death and protest his departure to Hell if he truly hated him in the end.
    • It's implied in Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening that Dante dislikes his father Sparda, whose enemies killed his mother and ended up driving him and Vergil apart. Dante being frequently compared to him both negatively and positively doesn't help either. However, this only really applies in 3; in other games, Dante is either respectful of his father or is apathetic to his name being mentioned.
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition: Elven companion Sera intensely hates her deceased human noble foster mother, who started Sera's Internalized Categorism over being one of Thedas' Enslaved Elves due to Honor-Related Abuse. Sera becomes intensely angry just talking about her, and throws out words like "bitch" and "monster" to describe her.
  • In Façade, both Trip and Grace resent their parents, which is just one part of their many, many issues. Trip resents that his parents are poor and uneducated, which resulted in him growing up in poverty and constantly feeling he was never good enough. Grace resents her parents for being image-obsessed snobs who spoiled her, thus leading her to avoid responsibility for her actions and let others make decisions for her. Ironically, they both like each other's parents; Trip likes that Grace's parents are sophisticated and successful, while Grace likes Trip's parents for being 'real' and not caring only about wealth.
  • Ethan Seed from Far Cry: New Dawn is the illegitimate son of Joseph Seed, the Big Bad of Far Cry 5, who went to live with his father after the Collapse and his mother's death by cancer. From his childhood, Ethan desperately wanted to be named the heir to his father's kingdom of New Eden, partially due to being his last living blood family, and partially because he wanted the power of the mystical apples Joseph discovered that gave him the power to defend his people. Joseph, however, feared that Ethan's soul was becoming dark and corrupted, and therefore the apple's power would destroy him, so he refused. Years later, Ethan, a man in his 20s, is first introduced to the Player Character going on an explosive rant against his father for entrusting his kingdom to whoever found his personal book of guidance instead of just his son. Needless to say, Ethan doesn't get along with his father.
  • Tidus from Final Fantasy X loathes his father Jecht, who he remembers being a drunken, verbally abusive father during his childhood. Throughout the game, Tidus' feelings gradually become more complex, as while Jecht certainly wasn't a good father Tidus learns to accept that Jecht was a complicated figure who changed after arriving in Spira and did care about Tidus even if he didn't express it well.
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses has several examples:
    • Ferdinand von Aegir has a rather low opinion of his father, although it has nothing to do with how Ferdinand was treated, and rather how he treats everybody else and embodies the worst traits of a noble. If his Goddess Tower scene is obtained, Ferdinand hints that he's willing to commit Patricide. It's more complicated than it seems, however, as while Ferdinand will readily admit his father was greedy and arrogant, he's also conflicted after his father is deposed and imprisoned after Edelgard ascends the throne. If his paralogue is cleared, while Ferdinand does admit his father did deserve to die, he also mourns.
    • Bernadetta's opinion towards her own father is no different, but it is based on how awfully she was treated. She's more concerned with her mother when her parents end up under house arrest in the second half of the story.
    • Hubert has nothing nice to say about his father, outright calling Marquis Vestra a "miserable piece of filth" for his betrayal of Emperor Ionius IX (along with Duke Aegir and the other Imperial courtiers). As Hubert's family has protected every emperor since the foundation of the Adrestian Empire, he takes his devotion to Edelgard completely seriously, and when the chaos of the war between the Empire and the Church of Seiros erupts, Hubert wastes no time in executing the former Marquis for treason.
    • Felix has strained relations with his father Rodrigue due to their differing views of his brother's death, and is hostile toward him in most of their conversations,though he quietly grieves on the Blue Lions route when Rodrigue dies taking an attack meant for Dimitri. If recruited on other routes (besides Crimson Flower), he'll reveal that he hasn't heard from his father in some time because of the war, and it's clear that he's worried.
  • Garou: Mark of the Wolves: Rock wants absolutely nothing to do with his father Geese Howard for abandoning him and his mother, refusing to help said mother as she was dying, and generally being villainous scum. Unfortunately, any chance at revenge is long gone as Geese has been dead for ten years.
  • God of War (PS4): During the second visit to Helheim, Kratos and Atreus discover that Freya is Baldur's mother and that she was responsible for the invincibility spell that cost him the ability to feel any pain or pleasure of any sort. Since he has suffered this Fate Worse than Death for over 100 years, he is completely psychotic and depressed and wishes nothing more than to have violent revenge on her as Kratos had on Zeus in the Greek Pantheon. Kratos also qualifies in God of War 2 and 3 against daddy Zeus.
  • In Hades, Zagreus' relationship with his father Hades is deeply strained. Hades is a cold and distant parent who continually puts down Zagreus' attempts to be helpful (dipping into I Have No Son! territory at worst), and Zagreus resents his father as a result. The tipping point comes when Zagreus learns Nyx, who he actually respects, isn't his birth mother, and Hades forbids him from trying to find out more about his parentage. Zagreus does eventually meet his birth mother Persephone who asks if he really hates his father. Zagreus admits to holding a grudge against Hades, but can't say he truly hates him when he knows how Hades and his siblings violently warred against their own parents.
  • In Psychonauts, Raz hates his father for hating psychics and trying to dissuade him from becoming one. As a result, Raz runs away from the circus in hopes of becoming a Psychonaut like the ones he's always admired. In truth, Raz's father doesn't hate psychics and is, in fact, one himself. His attempts to dissuade Raz were born from a desire to protect him, as their family had been cursed by another group of psychics to always drown in any remotely deep body of water.
  • Red Dead Redemption II: Arthur Morgan speaks of his biological father twice over the course of the game, and both times the only thing he has to say on the subject is that he didn't die soon enough.
  • Tiny Tina's Wonderlands has a side quest called "Lyre and Brimstone" where a character named Archon loudly proclaims multiple times he hates his mother, and once that he hates his brother. It's Played for Laughs where Archon is clearly misbehaving or overreacting in these short stories and acts like he's the victim in this scenario. It seems his reason for joining the Metal Concert is to show up his strict parents, and, given the world this takes place in, it results in him being killed by his own actions and the other band winning by default.

    Visual Novel 
  • Fate/stay night: Illyasviel "Illya" Einzbern once resented her father Kiritsugu Emiya because he seemingly abandoned her and took it out on Shirou Emiya. Once she learns the truth, that Kiritsugu didn't know she was alive and that her caretakers kept him from seeing her, Illya softens up and becomes more amicable.
  • Rena Ryugu of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni has made it abundantly clear that she wants nothing to do with her mother, thanks in part to Mrs. Ryugu's attempts at manipulating Rena into liking the man she was cheating on Rena's father with. Rena's since cut all ties with her mom, refusing to speak with her and having no interest in the sibling that was later born to her mother and her new husband.

    Web Animation 
  • ATTACK on MIKA: Herika hates her mother, Megumi, for having to work as a hostess. Her sister Chiyo, however, loves her despite that and understands the circumstances that led her to work there in the first place.
  • RWBY:
    • Both Mercury Black and his father, Marcus, hated each other. Marcus raised Mercury to be an assassin, and often brutalized him. Eventually, Mercury killed Marcus, for unknown reasons, but he makes it no secret he loathed his father.
    • Winter Schnee loathes her father Jacques for being an abusive Control Freak and joined the Atlesian military to get away from him. Come Volume 8, while Weiss ultimately can't abandon any sense of family towards Jacques, Winter has no such sentiment and makes it clear she couldn't care less what happens to him. Though he thanks Winter for promising to evacuate him from Atlas, she bluntly informs him it was actually Weiss' decision.

  • In The Order of the Stick:
    • Roy has no love lost with his father, Eugene. Eugene never respected Roy due to his dream of becoming a Fighter (Eugene was a proud wizard who looked down on non-magic users), and Roy resented his father for being a neglectful parent whose over-focus on work led to the accidental death of Roy's younger brother. A good deal of Roy's character arc is driven by his desire to one-up his father and the mutual dislike between the two.
    • Even though they're both Evil, Nale can't stand his father, who he considers overly controlling. He spends his whole life trying to get out from under his wing and establish himself as a villain in his own right, doing things his own way. This leads to his demise, as he rejects his father's protection at a moment when his life depended on it.
  • True Villains: Bayn is a comically serious Evil Sorcerer whose father is a quirky, whimsical gadfly of vastly greater power. Bayn loathes him for his attitude, the harmless-yet-annoying Curses he stuck on Bayn for fun, and some implicit serious Dysfunctional Family drama, but they reconcile after Bayn's Darkest Hour.
    Dove: I am going to murder your entire family.
    Bayn: Please do.

    Web Novel 
  • Can You Spare a Quarter?: When Graham muses to the street child Jamie that it must be bad to lose one's parents, the boy responds angrily that "nothing happened to them" and thinks to himself that his situation would be much better if he did in fact lose them. Graham realizes that Jamie is running from Abusive Parents.

    Western Animation 
  • Adventure Time: When Finn meets his biological dad in person, he quickly grows to hate him due to his openly dismissive attitude towards Finn and immediately runs away again, indirectly leading to his right arm being ripped off. The following episode has Finn trying to reach space to find his dad, beat him up, and rip off his arm as revenge, one of the few times in the series when Finn succumbs to evil thoughts. In another episode where Finn is under a curse that turns anyone he looks at into how he imagines them, Finn imagines himself as someone uncaring, judgemental, self-centred, and monstrous, turning into an ogre-like caricature of his dad. In their final episode together, Finn comes to an understanding that his dad will always be a selfish deadbeat and nothing's going to change that now, moving beyond his hatred of him right as they say goodbye.
  • Family Guy: Meg seems to greatly resent Peter and Lois, even giving them a verbal dressing down in one episode. Justified given their treatment of her.
    • Likewise, Stewie holds the parents with no respect. This especially applied to Lois in the earlier seasons, with Stewie's repeated attempts at matricide. Even if he's since moved past this, he rarely speaks of her or "The Fat Man" outside of disgust or contempt.
  • Harley Quinn (2019): Harley absolutely loathes her deadbeat mobster of a father. Since he's the reason why she was forced to lose a gymnastics competition she wanted to win badly just so he could win a bet he made against her, it's hard to not see why she hates him so much. To top it off, just when she starts to think her father isn't so bad, he tries to kill her for money.
  • Moral Orel: As the series progresses, Orel loses more and more respect for his father Clay until, at the end of season two, he ends up outright saying "I hate you" with complete sincerity after Clay spends a father-son hunting trip getting violently drunk and bullying him. The fact that Clay's response to hearing this is a mirthful "Hate away, sister! Hate away!" is downright horrifying.
  • She-Ra and the Princesses of Power: Both Adora and Catra have severe issues with their adoptive mother Shadow Weaver, although Catra spends most of the first two seasons alternating between hating Shadow Weaver's guts and desperately craving her approval. Justified in spades because Shadow Weaver is an Abusive Parent to the core. She gave Adora a steady supply of praise mixed with manipulation that left her with a diminished sense of self, an out-of-control Guilt Complex, PTSD symptoms, and severe limitations on her emotional intelligence, while the open dismissal and intermittent bouts of magical torture she inflicted on Catra played a major role in making Catra the walking, talking open wound she's been for most of the show; with Shadow Weaver, all hatred is earned.
  • The Simpsons: Ned Flanders hates his Beatnik parents due to their incredibly lax parenting. During an episode where he suffered a psychotic breakdown, him outright admitting that he hated his parents is treated as a good thing since it meant that he's openly processing his anger rather than bottling them up.
    • A few early episodes revolving around the Lisa-Homer relationship dealt with Homer's fear that she might be getting into this territory with regard to him, such as "Lisa's Pony," which saw him desperately buying her the pony she'd always wanted after his latest disappointment meant that he no longer saw "love in her eyes." He always managed to earn her affection back by the end of the episode.