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Bart: We came to talk to you about your son.
Rabbi Krustofski: I have no son! [slams the door]
Bart: Oh, great! We came all this way and it's the wrong guy.
Rabbi Krustofski: [opens door] I didn't mean that literally! [slams door again]

Sometimes, what parents want for their children differs from what the children want to do, especially if the parent has plans for the child to Follow in My Footsteps. Sometimes the child wants to be himself in a career the parent dislikes. And sometimes, the parent struggles with this, but eventually comes around and supports his child.

And sometimes he doesn't. And if the child, usually a son, doesn't step into line quickly, the offending parent quickly disowns him, disavowing all knowledge that this "son" ever even existed.

Cue the sad violin music —it looks like the kid is going to have to learn to make his own way in this harsh, harsh world all alone.

This doesn't mean that reconciliation is impossible further on down the track. But it usually happens years later, when the kid's a success and often when the parent is on their deathbed, and it's a long, bitter road until that happens.

Rest assured, however, that the chances of this happening are far higher than one might expect. The initial sequence typically takes place in flashback — we only learn the story because the now successful disowned son is giving us a sob story about how much he wishes his father would approve, or at least acknowledge his existence. If we see the event unfold in real time, then usually it gets wrapped up much sooner.

Bear in mind that the parent doing the disowning might not be entirely a jerk; sometimes, the kid just crosses a line they shouldn't cross (especially if they've grown up wrong or done something that violates their parents' trust) and deserves being kicked out with all ties severed. Again, reconciliation isn't an impossibility, but since this kid's bitter and twisted anyway don't expect it happening any time soon. And rest assured that the parent is going to have to justify their actions to the audience explicitly anyway, since the act of disowning one's own flesh and blood for any reason is well, pretty harsh. A justification commonly seen in a Crime and Punishment Series is when the parents essentially disown the child due to a crippling drug habit that the child has plunged into; this is often accompanied with a justification about how "there's only so long you can watch or enable them to destroy themselves before you have to sever all ties."

This trope has various roots — most obvious is the tendency of many writers to be of Jewish descent. Orthodox communities could be particularly unforgiving when it came to children (particularly males) who decided to try making their own way outside of the Jewish community. The same holds true for members of the LGBTQ+ community. Coming out has often led people to be disowned by their parents and their broader community.

Of course, overuse of this term has caused the words themselves to be considered a Dead Horse Trope, if not the entire plot itself. As a result, most modern examples tend to skew toward the side of comedy and frequently involve something absurdly trivial. When the question is not about comedy but the descendant actually is the culprit, this trope can constitute Know When to Fold 'Em.

The exaggerated variant of this trope is honor killing, where the parents not only disown the child, but murder them.

Can result in Disinherited Child. Compare Prodigal Family, when estranged family members show up after a long time to complicate a character's life.

See also: Changeling Fantasy, Unperson, Acquaintance Denial, and Where Did We Go Wrong?. Not to Be Confused with That Thing Is Not My Child! or with Heir Club for Men, where literally not having a son is the source of the problem. Contrast the inverse trope, Disowned Parent (where a child disowns their parent), You're Not My Father, which is the opposite and is more often aimed at a Parental Substitute, and Hates Their Parent, the more general trope for when it's the kid with the issue, not the parent. Related to Disowned Sibling, where a sibling disowns another. Overlaps with Threatening to Cut Ties if a parent threatens to disown their child.

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  • One advert for Oak milk uses this.
    Downright Weird Guy: I wish I'd given Oak to my son when he was a child...haha, just kidding, I don't have a son, well technically I do, but he's in real estate.
  • An extremely harsh example in the "Can't Look" PIF for NSPCC.

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  • The 100 Girlfriends Who Really, Really, Really, Really, Really Love You: Nadeshiko's parents were so angry and disgusted that she had abandoned the Yamato Nadeshiko lifestyle they forced upon her for a more American way of living (to the point of dying her hair and calling herself Naddy) that they threw her out of the house and forbade her from returning.
  • AIR: Minagi's mother does this, although to be completely fair this was after the dream she had about the time she miscarried Michiru caused her to ever forget she had a daughter, and they make up later.
  • Attack on Titan:
    • As a child, Historia Reiss desperately wanted acknowledgment and affection from her distant mother. On the one occasion when Historia dared to approach her mother, the woman struck her violently and stated she wished she had the courage to kill "that thing".
    • After years of dreaming about meeting his father, Reiner Braun finally went to see the man. His father screamed in his face, accusing him of being there for revenge and stated his Secret Other Family would be in danger if anyone found out about it. The man then called him a monster and slammed the door in his face before he could manage to get a word out.
  • Cardcaptor Sakura: Nadeshiko Kinomoto was cut off from her highly wealthy family after she married a poor, humble student-teacher and the protagonist's father; more hatred was directed at the husband both for being of a lower class and because she was a school student when she married him, but she was disowned anyway. Interestingly, she wasn't upset with this, and her living family, especially her cousin, talk of her as if she were a saint.
  • Code Geass:
    • Lelouch vi Britannia gives up his claim to the Britannian Imperial Throne in outrage after his father, Emperor Charles zi Britannia, shows complete indifference to his mother and sister, who were killed and crippled respectively. The Emperor then verbally declares his ten-year-old son always dead from the moment he was born, before sending Lelouch and his sister, Nunnally, to Japan to serve as hostages, meant to be killed if Britannia ever invades. Less than a year later, Britannia does invade, and (as far as Charles knows) condemns his children to death. However, out of all his children, the Emperor actually liked Lelouch and Nunnally the most and sent them over to Japan for their safety (though Lelouch furiously calls him out for the senseless hypocrisy of this plan). The Nightmare of Nunnally reshapes them into more sympathetic characters, as well.
    • Inverted when Lelouch accidentally forces his beloved half-sister, Princess Euphemia li Britannia, to commit genocide against the Japanese population, an act which causes the Japanese people to rise up in open revolt, giving Lelouch the chance to drive Britannia out of Japan once and for all. His father's reaction to this? "Ha! Finally, an act which proves him worthy to be my son!"
  • Cross Ange: This is expected of parents in the Society of Mana who conceive a Norma, a child who can't use the Light of Mana. In the world of Cross Ange, Norma are seen as violent, depraved monsters that must be separated from this peaceful society. This happens to several characters:
    • The first episode shows our main character, Princess Angelise Ikaruga Misurugi, telling a begging mother of a Norma baby to "rid herself of the memory of this creature, and give birth to a new daughter who is not a Norma". The mother's response is to toss her baby's bottle at Angelise in a grieving rage.
    • The plot manages to kick off because Angelise is actually a Norma herself, but her parents defied this trope and tried to pass Ange off as a respectable Mana user. However, Angelise's brother, Prince Julio, became aware of Angelise's Norma status, and sabotaged her Baptism Ceremony to reveal to the Misurugi Empire the truth. When Angelise gets her mother killed trying to resist arrest, Empress Sophia reveals in her final moments that she tried so hard to protect Angelise from the truth. The huge reveal is played as a case of Laser-Guided Karma for Angelise as well, as her own friends turn on her and reject her as well. We even get to see the mother of the Norma baby watching the whole ordeal on TV and shouting at the screen, "You deserve it!".
    • Hilda is put on the receiving end of this trope when she reunites with her mother, who has already long forgotten about her and has had a new daughter whom she's named Hilda. When she finally gets her identity out (and scares the other Hilda by shattering a Mana spell due to her Norma status), her mother furiously claims that she wishes she'd never given birth to a "beast" like her, and demands she Get Out!. Poor Hilda even gets a piece of apple pie thrown at her when she doesn't immediately respond. The whole ordeal is made even more jarring when earlier in that episode, a flashback was shown of Hilda's mother trying to keep the police from taking the original Hilda away.
  • Count Cain: Played for Laughs and drama during the Red Ram arc, when Oscar is introduced initially as one of Emmeline's suitors. He takes Mary off on a trip fairly late in the story, when it's become pretty clear Jack the Ripper is one of the people in the story, and when Cain telephones the baron Oscar said was his father to ask if he knows where his son is right now he gets "there's no one called Oscar in this household." Cain understandably freaks. After everything is sorted out with the real culprit and Cain has lost another Love Interest, Oscar's line when confronted is the spectacularly unclear "Aargh! That old bastard denied I was his son?" As it turns out, Oscar was pretty-much-disowned for being useless and dissolute and getting kicked out of college repeatedly after his fiancee died. No reconciliation is ever shown, but then apart from coming under suspicion over the Rose Scar thing, Oscar is a comic relief character for the rest of the series.
  • Doki Doki! PreCure: This is King Jikochuu's first reaction when Regina doesn't want to destroy the human world for him. His second reaction is casting a thunder on her. When he wants her to come back to him, she reminds him of what he said to her. He "apologizes" for that. Though, it's obvious his apology is not meant seriously. He brainwashes her.
  • Fairy Tail:
    • Invoked in Chapter 491: Irene transforms Hisui into a mouse, intending for her father to be disgusted by his daughter's new form and throw her away. The exact opposite happens, as Toma makes it clear that no matter what form Hisui is in, she's still his daughter, and swears on his life that he'll do anything to return her to normal.
    • Irene refused to acknowledge Erza as her daughter and even tried to kill her when they reunited. In turn, Erza disowns Irene, claiming that her only parent was Makarov Dreyar and true family was Fairy Tail. Though after her mother chose to kill herself in an act of redemption and parental love, Erza's opinion towards her has softened over the past year, even referring to Irene as her mother after her death.
  • Fruits Basket:
    • Kyoko Katsunuma is disowned by her parents because she tarnished their rep by being a sukeban (delinquent girl). She sort of was luckier than other examples, though: this happened right when her counselor and until-then Big Brother Mentor, Katsuya Honda, was about to ask them for permission to marry her (she was a minor back then); once he saw how badly the Katsunumas treated her with his own eyes, he gave them a very deserved tongue-lashing and took Kyoko into his home.
    • Momiji's mother rejected him for his Zodiac curse. Just before her memory was wiped, he overheard her calling him "that creature" and stating that she regrets ever giving birth to him. She refuses not only to see him as her son but also to consider him human.
    • Kyo was kicked out of the house because his father constantly blamed him for "causing" his mother's suicide... even though she committed suicide thanks to said father's abuse for being the mother of the Cat.
    • Rin was effectively disowned by her parents after an unfortunate question she asked shattered their Stepford Smiler attitude.
    • Ren Sohma's treatment of her daughter Akito is an extreme example. She sees her not as a daughter, but as a love rival for attracting the attention of her dead husband. While the Sohma were discussing about Akito's inheritance, Ren called her "that." Flashbacks reveal that Ren came very close to aborting Akito upon learning that she's female (before Akira vetoed it in exchange for Akito to be raised as a man), and refused to hold her as a baby, leaving Akito to be raised by the Sohma retainers.
  • In the OVAs to Fushigi Yuugi, after the events of the series proper, Miaka goes to live with her father, before marrying Taka Tamahome at the age of 18, to get away from her overbearing mother, who was not pleased that she ended up going to Yotsubadai High School instead of Jonan High School. Mrs. Yuuki is not seen at Miaka's wedding, or at the birth of Miaka's daughter, and it's implied that they no longer speak to one another.
  • Girls und Panzer:
    • Hana gets temporarily disowned when her mother finds out about her doing tankery, but her mother later comes around and they reconcile.
    • Miho's mother decides that as she is not living up to the family's standards, she will be disowned. In the anime, Shiho has not told Miho as of the end of the first season, but claps after her victory over Maho. In the manga, Shiho sends Kikuyo, one of the family maids, to tell Miho that if she loses against Pravda, she will be disowned; Miho has not reacted to this apart from becoming a Stepford Smiler.
  • Heaven's Lost Property: Eishiro Sugata accidentally got his older brother killed when he neglected to inspect a hang glider, causing his brother to crash. His parents angrily kicked him out of the house, and when they had another son, they did not tell him about Eishiro. When they briefly meet again, his parents act like he is not there, and when his younger brother asks who he is, they say he is just a stranger.
  • Hunter × Hunter: The Zoldyeks were notably known for, among many things, having only sons, and Alluka was presumed to be one as well, but she is "not to be thought of as human or as family."
  • I Belong to the Baddest Girl at School: Kanade's mother threatens to strip Kanade of her family name if she doesn't break up with Fuyuhiko. Luckily, it doesn't come to that.
  • Isabelle of Paris:
    • Léon' disowns Geneviève for falling in love with a commoner.
      Geneviève: Father-
      Léon: Do not call me that. (to his crying wife) Marie, do not be upset. The Geneviève we know is dead. Our only children are now Andréa and Isabelle.
    • He does this again to Andréa after his actions inadvertedly cause Marie's death.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
    • Golden Wind: In his backstory, Fugo reached his Rage Breaking Point when his college professor attempted to molest him, he then assaulted the professor with a textbook, getting expelled from university and disowned by his parents.
    • Steel Ball Run: Johnny's father disowned him after a brief argument led to him getting injured and declaring he should have died in place of his brother, ordering him to Get Out! of their house.
  • Jujutsu Kaisen: Ogi blames Maki and Mai for his standing within the clan, claiming their weakness as the reason he didn't become clan head.
  • Kaze no Stigma: Kazuma wasn't a fire mage like the rest of the family, so Genma disowned him and kicked him out. Slowly subverted through the rest of the series mostly through Ren, Kazuma's brother and resident Morality Chain.
  • Kotoura-san:
    • Haruka's parents disown her after she (innocently) reveals that they are both having affairs. Kumiko even tells Haruka that "[she] should never have given birth to [her]". It's revealed, in the final episode, that Kumiko regrets all this, but the damage had been done.
    • It is implied that Haruka's grandfather then disowned his own daughter, Haruka's mother, and took Haruka under his care.
  • Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha: This is Precia's reaction to Fate when she realized that she's her own person and not a perfect clone of her dead daughter, Alicia, leading to much emotional and physical pain for the young girl.
  • Magilumiere Co. Ltd.: Koshigaya's father cut ties with her and no longer wants to have any connection with her after she entered the magical girl industry.
  • Metamorphosis: Saki's own mother, after finding out about the apparent affair her husband was having with their own daughter (actually him raping her), ends up kicking Saki out of their house, with Saki's father also wanting nothing to do with her as well.
  • Naruto: In the Land of Tea arc, Idate Morino, who had always been regarded as cowardly and unfit to be a ninja by his brother Ibiki, ends up separated from Ibiki through an incident that Idate thought had resulted in Ibiki's death. He joins the Wasabi family, and after saving his clan from dissolution by winning a race with Team 7's help, sees Ibiki again, who says that he doesn't recognize him as his brother, since his brother was a coward, in a roundabout So Proud of You way.
  • One Piece:
    • Whitebeard considers every member of his crew, past and present, to be his sons. For the crime of killing another member of Whitebeard's crew, Blackbeard is the only one to ever be disowned. To put things into perspective, he even still considers the man who got manipulated into stabbing him his son.
    • When Baby 5 was a little girl, her mother harshly abandoned her after telling her she's a bother, and isn't useful or needed. She's had a habit of doing things for others if she thinks that they need her ever since.
    • Vinsmoke Judge doesn't consider Sanji a son of his or anything more than a means to an end.
    • Lola herself still likes her mother, Big Mom, despite running away, so much so that she thought Big Mom would be glad to give the Straw Hats help if they showed up with a piece of Big Mom's Vivre Card that she had given them. In truth, Big Mom hates her daughter for running away because doing so ruined an especially important Arranged Marriage Big Mom had set up that would have given her enough power to become the King of the Pirates. This left Big Mom so angry that she is ready to have hitmen sent after her daughter if she ever finds her.
  • PandoraHearts: Zai Vessalius calls his son, Oz Vessalius, "it" and says he's filthy. Subverted in that the real Oz Vessalius was stillborn and Zai replaced his dead child with Jack Vessalius, who was trapped in an ever-repeating Fountain of Youth due to the Abyss rejecting his soul, and given that Oz himself is the Bloodstained Black Rabbit who was responsible for carrying out the Tragedy of Sablier, there's no reason why Zai wouldn't consider him filthy. Not only that, it seemed like an example of Even Evil Has Standards when he is revolted by Jack asking him to "replace" his dead son and dismissing his son's death. Basically, Jack just rubbed his son's death in the dirt and asked him to replace him with an imposter. Justified Trope indeed.
  • Punchline: Ito has been disowned by her politician father for dropping out of high school. He doesn't want people to know he has a daughter that won't go to school.
  • Ranma ½: Genma has done this to Ranma a few times. However, Genma does this for petty reasons, like Ranma stealing his food, or being beaten in a sparring match. Or if, y'know...he's a girl at the moment. This is Genma's default threat and response for all petty grievances, although in something of a subversion, whenever Ranma really is in trouble or needs help Genma is the one that he always turns to, and he's gone to lengths to help his son. Taking anything in Ranma 1/2 seriously leads directly to something bad, but Genma is a hideously abusive parent, and probably the main reason Ranma relies on him at all is that with the long training trip he's never known anyone else long.
  • Shibatora: "Surprise Acquittal" Kuma Gorou, a defense attorney with his own TV show, implied to be an Amoral Attorney, is called in by his son, who's been arrested for violation of juvenile prostitution mediation, juvenile prostitution solicitation, and anti-child pornography laws, to be his defense attorney. However, it turns out that Kuma Gorou is actually a Crusading Lawyer, who immediately recognizes his son's guilt and disowns him, saying that he encouraged his son to study law, not because he needed a successor, but because he hoped it would improve his son's character. He rescinds his disownment, to the detriment of his own career and public image, on the condition that his son confess to everything.
  • Skip Beat!: Kyoko's relationship with her mother is incredibly strained. Her mother, Saena, was always emotionally distant, quick to anger, and left Kyoko in the care of Shou's parents at a young age. Kyoko has come to terms with being disliked. Through a circumstance on a televised show, Saena gets asked if she has any children at all. Saena cooly claims on TV that she has none. Kyoko does not react kindly to those words, absolutely devastated that her existence is being denied by her mother.
  • Takopi's Original Sin:
    • When Shizuka finally reaches her dad's city apartment, he's lovingly taking care of two other kids. They ask about the dirty, disheveled girl at the front door, to which he pretends he doesn't know her and goes back inside.
    • Despite studying hard, Azuma comes home with a bad grade on one of his tests. His mom gives him the pancakes he's craved, with him believing his mom finally understands his pain... only for her to declare that she's given up on him, and she won't even bother trying to be a good mom.
  • Tweeny Witches: After 14 years of separation, Atelia blatantly lies to her own son, Lennon, that she's not the woman he's looking for. Even when she takes it back, he attempts to kill her because her Conflicting Loyalty reinforces his false belief that she abandoned him and his father to satisfy her lust for power. Fortunately, they reconcile after she sacrifices her reputation in exchange for his freedom with the encouragement of Arusu.
  • Urusei Yatsura: Ataru's mother's catchphrase is that she wishes that she never had him.
  • Wandering Son: Yuki is shown to have a tough time with her mother, whose visits are just stressful, and her father, who's more or less told Yuki not to come home because she's Transgender. The fact that she's "Mama" of a gay bar probably doesn't help, either.
  • Your Name: The side novel Another Side: Earthbound reveals that Toshiki's family originally had someone in mind for him to marry. When he chose to pursue a relationship with Futaba instead despite various attempts to persuade him to do otherwise, they disowned him.

    Comic Books 
  • In the Astro City story "Enemy of the Empire", Ziriza the Zirr is shunned by her parents after she failed to defeat the First Family in combat and is Reassigned to Antarctica by the Zirr Empire.
  • The Best We Could Do: Bích was disowned by the family for living with her then-boyfriend, though that she and her husband eventually come to live "two towns away" means they eventually reconciled.
  • Blue Is the Warmest Color: Clémentine is disowned by her parents when they find her and Emma nude together.
  • Parodied in The Bojeffries Saga in which Reth Bojeffries was disowned by his entire family after achieving literary fame with a memoir all about how much he hated them. When they're brought together again, they aren't reconciled. Instead his Uncle Festus kicks him to death, with the others' reactions ranging from apathy to And There Was Much Rejoicing.
  • In Booster Gold's origin story, his mother disowned him when she realized that he was gambling, much like his father was. In one account, he took up gambling in order to pay for an expensive medical procedure to save his mother's life, which made the disownment much more heartbreaking, with his mother saying she would rather have died than live to see her son take up gambling for any reason.
  • Cable once had an evil clone named Stryfe. This evil clone captured Cable's wife Aliya and raped her, leading to her having a son that, while genetically the same as if it had been Cable's, was not his son. Cable had a lot of issues with the boy; it got so bad that Professor X called Cable on it when Cable referred to him as "Aliya's son" at one point.
  • In the origin story for Captain Klutz, Captain-to-be Ringo Fonebone's father says this of his useless comic-book obsessed offspring.
  • In Chassis, Sabotage was initially banished to America by his wealthy, traditional father: essentially becoming a Remittance Man. However. Sabotage's antics eventually become so extreme that his father disowns him altogether. Sabotage doesn't care.
  • Copperhead: After his selfish actions result in his family being murdered, Floyd Sewell is exiled by his mother with this line.
  • Renee Montoya's parents disowned her when Two-Face outed her as a lesbian and she admitted it to them in the Gotham Central arc "Half A Life." Her father appears in a later arc; from the look on his face when he sees her, he clearly regrets what he did, but by that point Renee is understandably unwilling to have anything to do with him. They're able to make up before he passes away in Convergence: The Question #2.
  • Green Arrow threw out his ward Roy Harper when he discovered Roy was a heroin addict and called him a no-good punk, then later acted proud as if he was responsible for Roy going cold turkey and beating his addiction, when it was really because of Black Canary and Green Lantern. Much later, after Roy's arm was cut off and his daughter was killed, Roy angrily lapsed into being a drug-addicted anti-hero before he was found and knocked out by Dick Grayson. When he awoke, Roy discovered he had been strapped to a bed in St. Virgil's, a center for supervillains with substance abuse problems. Dick had done this with Black Canary's consent, who later flat out said that Roy was beyond help and washed her hands of him. In a later issue of Birds of Prey, it's shown that Canary very much realizes this was a mistake when she's subjected to Mind Rape involving an image of Roy asking how she could let him become "this thing" he is now.
  • Iron Man: Tony Stark's verbally and emotionally abusive father, Howard Stark, is brought back in spirit while Tony is trapped in Mephisto's Realm in the Iron Man: Legacy of Doom run. After cruelly and viciously castigating Tony, Howard sneers, "You're no son of mine."
  • Jonathan Hickman's Avengers: When T'Challa refuses to blow up an alternate Earth to save his, the ghost of T'Chaka disowns him.
  • In Magneto Rex, Quicksilver is captured by a rival faction and Rogue asks Magneto to organize a rescue. Magneto flatly tells her that since Pietro keeps refusing to join him in ruling by his side, he has no son.
  • In the initial "Moon Knight" series, Marc Spector (Moon Knight) has this in his background. It happened after he one-punched his father, which should count as some sort of justification.
  • New Mutants: After realizing his father had tried to have his mother killed, Roberto da Costa goes to confront him about it. After a tense standoff, Old Man da Costa disinherits Roberto, who shoots back with his own usage of the trope, declaring he is now half an orphan.
  • This is a large concern for many young mutants, but a particular standout would be Surge from New X-Men. When her father finds out that she's a mutant, he disowns her, because he "doesn't believe in mutants." When she tries to get back in contact with her family, in particular her little brother, he basically says that she's not his daughter. It should be noted that this is entirely on his part, as her mother is just relieved that she's safe and learning to control her abilities.
  • Runaways: After Klara Prast began talking to the plants on her farm (and they started responding), her religious asshole parents not only disowned her, they sold her to an alcoholic creep who took her off to America to be his wife... at 11 years old. All manner of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse ensued. Thankfully, she later befriended the Runaways, who took her off to the future, where her asshole parents and abusive husband were both long dead.
  • The Sandman (1989): Orpheus and Morpheus go through a mutual one. Orpheus refuses his father after Eurydice dies and Morpheus tries — in his own way — to encourage him to live on. This wounds Morpheus' pride, so he ends up reciprocating. It takes the two roughly two millennia to so much as talk with each other again, at which point both have matured considerably and are able to reconcile.
  • Spider-Man: In The Amazing Spider-Man (J. Michael Straczynski), the "American Son" arc ends with Norman Osborn loudly declaring that Harry Osborn was not his son, when Harry sided with Spider-Man against him. Considering that this came directly after Osborn attempted to have Harry killed in an effort to gain public sympathy, Harry didn't object. Recently, before he started working for Peter Parker's new company Parker Industries, Harry legally changed his last name to "Lyman", after his mother's maiden name.
  • Superman: Invoked in the story arc New Krypton. When Superman and his aunt Alura are on the brink of fighting, Supergirl tries to calm her mother down... but then Alura threatens to disown her daughter if Kara doesn't stand with her.
  • After the events of The Avengers, Odin disowns his adopted Loki at his trial by calling him "Laufeyson" in the Thor: The Dark World Prelude comic. In the scene in the actual movie however, Odin does not call him that.
  • Three: When Nestos returns home after he's denounced as a 'Trembler' (an outcast of Spartan society who showed cowardice) for failing to kill the Helots who killed his father, his widowed mother declares that her son never returned home and considers the man standing in front of her lower than her racing horses.
  • In V for Vendetta, Valerie brings her girlfriend and tells her parents she's a lesbian. The parents were furious and scream at their daughter to leave the house. Then, the mother, in tears, grabs a picture of her daughter when she was young and throws it in the trash.
  • Venom: Eddie Brock's father Carl blamed him for his beloved wife's death in childbirth. While Eddie did his best to impress his father by becoming a successful journalist, Carl seized upon the Sin Eater incident as an excuse to disown him.
  • In the X-Men storyline "Grey's End", Elaine Grey, Jean Grey's mother, curses both Jean and Rachel with this before she is struck down by a Shi'ar Extermination Squad after the group murdered every last Grey.
  • In X-Statix:
    • Vivisector's father insists that the fact that Myles is his son is "a matter of opinion". Why? Simple - Vivisector is a gay mutant. Joining the X-Force was evidently the last straw, because by becoming a celebrity daddy couldn't pretend he didn't exist anymore.
    • Played for Laughs by supporting character Lacuna, who actively tries to get this reaction from her parents after discovering she's a mutant. When they accept her mutation with open arms, she tries to join the X-Force... and they're supportive of that, as well. Finally, she becomes a talk show host, squandering her incredible gift by chatting up celebrities. All she ever wanted was for her parents to be disappointed in her. Because how else do you know you're doing the right thing?

    Comic Strips 
  • Bitterman, a recurrent strip of MAD magazine, had one issue of the titular character visiting his father in the old folks home, so the attendant knocks on the door.
    Attendant: Mr. Bitterman! Your son has come to visit you!
    Father: Son? I don't have a son!
    Attendant: It's okay, at this age, the memory of the residents tend to fail.
    Bitterman: Oh, his memory is all right. We just hate each other.
  • Doonesbury: There is a series of strips where Mark Slackmeyer's father used this phrase when he came to the conclusion that what he really had was "...a parasitic offspring who year after year just barely manages to pass his classes in time for me to shell out another four thousand bucks". This punchline lent itself to the name of the collection it was later reprinted in.

    Fan Works 


  • The Dragon and the Butterfly: As in canon, Stoick disowns Hiccup after learning that he's befriended a dragon. Unlike in canon, Hiccup and Toothless escape Berk before the father and son can make up. The boy and dragon land in the Encanto, where Hiccup is adopted into the Madrigal family and comes to realize just how affected he was by Stoick's treatment. A year after he escaped, Stoick manages to track him down (legitimately sorry for what he's done and wanting his son back). Hiccup, however, wants nothing to do with him, and gives him a few choice words.
  • A rare heartwarming version in Harry Tano. After saving four-year-old Harry from the Dursley house, Ahsoka is declared Harry's official mother by Lily's ghost. After this, Harry denies anyone's claims that Ahsoka isn't his mother, claiming that Lily and James gave him life and sacrificed themselves for him, but that Ahsoka is the one who truly raised him.
  • Hunters of Justice: An inverted example of this trope occurs when Weiss discovers that her father sold out her mother and brother to Brainiac to save his own skin.
  • In Incarnation of Legends, Haruhime's father disowns her for her independent streak and desire to leave her Gilded Cage to be with Bell, telling her to just go if she wants to leave so badly.
  • In Lost in Camelot, Morgana invokes a sibling version of this when Morgause reveals that she is Morgana's sister shortly before she essentially tricks Morgana into acting as the host for a curse that puts the rest of Camelot into a deep sleep. After Bo breaks the curse by taking it into herself only to be left in a state that will inevitably kill her, Morgana orders Morgause to leave Camelot if she can't save Bo, making it clear that after Morgause manipulated and tricked her to the extent that the woman Morgana loves is now dying because of Morgause's actions, Morgana never wants to see Morgause again.
  • The Night Unfurls: Michelle is disowned by his father Michael for dishonouring the Pantielle family name, as well as losing patience with his son after he caused a commotion with Maia during the party in Chapter 5 of the original. Michelle then ruins part of the Pantielle estate, steals the ancestral sword, and runs off to Ansur as retaliation, in hopes of fulfilling his wish of having Maia via joining the Black Dogs.
  • In Origin Story, which takes place in the Marvel Universe, Louise Fulford reveals to her girlfriend, Alex Harris, that her parents threw her out of the house and told her not to come back not because she (Louise) was a lesbian, but rather because she was a mutant.
  • In A Spark of Ice and Fire, after Asha Greyjoy chooses to live with and study under Agatha Heterodyne, whom the Iron Islands consider an enemy, her father Balon angrily disowns her. He tells his men that when they inevitably go to war, he doesn't care if Asha gets killed.
  • A Starstruck, Phantasmic Romance: Val-Yor disowned his daughter because she chose a Tamaranean explorer as her boyfriend. Their family disowned him in response.
  • Superwomen of Eva 2: Lone Heir of Krypton: During her Mind Rape, Arael sends Asuka an illusion masquerading as Superman -who in this fic is Asuka's sperm donor- which tells her he has no daughter and she is unworthy of being a hero. It breaks her down.


  • Parental version in Blackbird. By the end Laurel has implicitly disowned her mother, made clear when she refers to Dinah as "[her and Sara's] birth mother". Even in her thoughts, she addresses Dinah by her first name.


  • Turning Point:
    • When Dracula loses his temper and kicks Lisa out, he says to "take your half-breed bastard with you." It is not until after does he regret it.
    • Inversely, Alucard takes his mother's banishment better than she did, refusing to even talk about him for any long duration of time.

Code Geass

  • In The Black Emperor, Charles zi Britannia posthumously disowns Clovis after Zero exposes the truth about his actions in Shinjuku.

Dragon Age

  • Endrin practically says he's given up on Trian and Bhelen in Dragon Age: The Crown of Thorns, only it's the dwarven noble protagonist that he tells it to, just before the whole kinslaying happens (or does it?) and he sweeps the second son under the rug while passively watching Bhelen get things going his way. It's no wonder the DN takes matters into his own hands and manipulates the entire city-state, including Endrin, Trian, Bhelen, you name it, the way he does. Later, it is revealed that Endrin played it straight with Bhelen, although the fact he didn't do it publicly allowed the guy to take control of House Aeducan after the king died.

Fire Emblem

  • Those With Ruinous Envy starts with Margrave Gautier officially disowning Miklan for his actions. His mother is initially regretful, but fully embraces this trope later when Miklan kills his father.
    Miklan: I know you do. (Knocks her out)


  • In TO On the Streets, Judy orders Monica out of the house on her eighteenth birthday, revealing that she actually wanted an abortion when she realised that she was pregnant with Monica and Jack and Ross are on holiday specifically to avoid dealing with this expulsion. Monica only learns the truth years later at her wedding to Chandler, as Chandler invited Ross as his college roommate unaware that Ross was Monica's brother, after which Ross confirms that he and Jack had no idea what Judy was going to do. Once Jack learns the full situation, he leaves Judy as soon as she confirms what she did, making it clear to her that just the fact she'd ask him to choose between his wife and his daughter is all Jack needs to realise that there isn't a choice as far as he's concerned.

Girls und Panzer

  • In Boys und Sensha-dō!, found here, it is revealed that Shiho is still planning on disowning Miho, despite her having won against Black Forest because her way is not the traditional Nishizumi way, and she now has boys on her team. Shiho carries out this threat in Chapter 7, while Miho is in the hospital no less, although she later claims that it's to allow Miho to follow her own path, with the support of her friends.


  • Abraxas (Hrodvitnon): The sibling-to-sibling variation. San, formerly Ghidorah's left head before his head was cut off and he merged himself with Dr. Graham, stops seeing Ghidorah's other two heads as his "elder brothers" after his Heel Realization. Justified, as Ghidorah's definition of siblinghood is two or more heads Sharing a Body with each-other, like San now does with Vivienne and like he used to but no longer does with Ichi and Ni.

Gravity Falls

  • In Three Can Keep a Secret, Dipper inverts this. When Mabel asks Dipper how he could leave their parents behind in Piedmont, Dipper flatly tells her that life in Piedmont was terrible for him, that he's surprised if their parents ever noticed he was gone, and that it's always been obvious that they loved Mabel more than him. As far as Dipper's concerned, Stan and Ford are his parents.

Infinity Train

  • Unlinked: Downplayed. Amelia cares deeply about Hazel's wellbeing and enjoys having her in her life despite her general distaste for children. However, she dislikes thinking of the girl as her daughter and hates when Hazel calls her "mom".


  • The Ripple Effect:
    • Danse is reunited with her Missing Mom only to be disowned a few moments upon revealing she has a girlfriend.
    • Raya's devoutly Catholic mother threatens to disown her upon learning that Raya has gotten pregnant out of her wedlock. After a heated argument, Maria comes to terms with it.

Kung Fu Panda

  • In The Vow, which is essentially Lord Shen's story narrated more deeply, Shen's father Lord Goa says this word to word when he's forced to banish Shen.
    Lord Goa: I have no son... No son of mine would disgrace me as you have done.

The Loud House

  • Burning Secret:
    • Discussed when Lincoln fears being disowned for starting the fire.
    • Also discussed when Tetherby threatens to disown Chandler if the latter doesn’t confess.
  • In Chapter 10 of Loud Heroes, Chandler's father made for the fic, Mr. McCann, says to Chandler "You're not my son." when he sees the latter's burnt appearance (to which he claims "No son of mine is a hideous freak.") as a result of getting soaked in toxic waste spilled by collateral damage from the fight Mr. McCann had with the L-Crew beforehand, because of which he ends up caught by the police and arrested shortly after. It bites back on Mr. McCann (who regrets what he told Chandler too late) when Chandler goes to disown him and kill him in prison after being healed from his injuries and getting a new chance to live by Andrew Tetherby.
  • Syngenesophobia:
    • In Chapter 2, Lynn Sr. briefly considered to disown the Loud sisters (sans Lily) for beating up Lincoln to the point that he had to be hospitalized in the first chapter, but thankfully didn't follow up on it.
    • A Downplayed sibling version, because Lily's only a baby and can't exactly disown them. But she is smart enough that she's furious with the other sisters and wants nothing to do with them. In later chapters, she lets go of her resentment after seeing how miserable the sisters ended up getting.
    • Played straight in Lincoln's dreams as Ace Savvy, wherein The Deuce (his superhero version of Lily, now aged up to seven), disowns her older sisters.
    • When the rest of the sisters confront Lori about losing her temper and yelling at Lincoln, Lynn threatens that they'll disown her if her actions ruin their chances to make up with Lincoln. Leni follows it up by saying Lynn isn't making a hollow threat, and none of the other sisters disagree with her (Leni herself actually does, but she was too shocked to protest against Lynn).

Marvel Universe

  • In Ultimate Spider-Woman: Change With The Light, Harvey Broxtel's parents call their son a "monster" and declare that he's dead to them. They also show more concern for Spider-Woman than for Harvey, even though she was the one who beat him unconscious. This is because Harvey is a sadistic psychopath with a long history of committing very violent crimes who became the full-blown Pyromaniac Firebrand after he acquired the ability to generate and control fire. The reason Harvey's parents are thanking Spider-Woman for knocking him out is because he tried to kill them for cutting him out of their will and using their money to compensate all of the people he murdered both before and after he became a supervillain.

Miraculous Ladybug


My Hero Academia

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

  • A Diplomatic Visit:
    • Johnny Apple disowned his daughter Slice n' Dice, who'd become a butcher in the Packlands, over false information that her temporary laborers brought him; he even forced his wife Lazuli to destroy their pictures of her and pretend their second-born, Bramley, was their only child. He eventually comes around though when Celestia presents him with evidence that he'd been lied to about her.
    • Downplayed with Lazuli herself, who acted like she agreed with him in public. Privately though, she refused to forget her eldest and only destroyed extras of the photos to fool her husband, having always kept the originals and a set or two of duplicates in a safe place; when Celestia comes to the family with proof that Slice n' Dice is not a criminal like they thought, Lazuli is the first to openly ask for more information in the hopes that she was right to continue believing in her daughter.
  • How I Lost My Mother has this as part of Cozy Glows' Start of Darkness, being not only abandoned by her mother, but also Un-Person'd through Celestia casting Laser-Guided Amnesia to erase all traces of her ever having a child in the first place and using both Cozy's aunt Luna and Twilight Sparkle to fill in the void afterwards. Made all the worse when Cozy discovers her mothers' personal diary to find out why this happened in the first place: Celestia essentially experienced a prophetic vision of Cozy Glow potentially becoming a threat to Equestria, but mere hours after banishing her realized it could be a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy. Instead of trying to track down her daughter, Celestia doubled down, hoping that Cozy would just stay away and live out the rest of her life in quiet exile rather than threatening her public image. Needless to say, Cozy Glow is completely unamused by this revelation.
  • Loved and Lost, an extended retelling of "A Canterlot Wedding", has a sibling variant; the manipulated Twilight Sparkle disowns her brother Shining Armor when she mistakenly believes Princess Cadance just became injured because of him as well as her former friends and Celestia. She also does that in retaliation of the way he renounced her at the wedding rehearsal, wording her words the same way he did. She does later regret this once she realizes how she's being manipulated and reconciles with Shining Armor who in turn owns up to his own actions toward her.
    Twilight: And you can forget about me calling you my BBBFFnote  anymore! In fact, I don't even have a brother.
  • A Moon and World Apart:
    • In chapter 5, it's mentioned that the Apple family disowned one of their own after that pony was discovered to be part of the "avengers" hate group. The rest of the clan won't even mention their name.
    • Variant in chapter 27. After discovering he was behind the storming of Canterlot Castle and the attack on her personally, Celestia disowns Blueblood, declaring angrily that "You are no nephew of mine!"
  • An interesting variant of this trope happens in the Reading Rainbowverse when Spitfire disowns Lightning Dust. At first it seems the usual "disappointed mother" route, but then Spitfire is relieved of duty and forced into therapy; she admits she's actually very sure that Lightning Dust hates her and that she deserves a better mother.


  • Itachi is disowned by his clan in Son of the Sannin due to him being against their planned coup. His disownment ends up being rescinded when the coup fails since only two other members of the clan survived and the new clan head is his best friend Shisui.
  • Will Of Foxfire: Itachi finds out that this was done to Naruto by his entire family to the point they pulled a partial Unperson on him by erasing his personal history before shoving him into foster care with fake induction papers at the age of five before threatening to kill him should he tell anyone who his real family is. The reason for this drastic action? Naruto is a werewolf born into a family of Kitsune. To be fair, the reason he was disowned was due to pressure from outside the family; while undoubtedly some of them wanted him gone, there were plenty of them who liked him. Also, the others wanted Naruto killed, it's arguable that the only way to keep him alive was to do what they did.

Neon Genesis Evangelion

  • Father: After Asuka is taken advantage of at a party and becomes pregnant, her father immediately intends to drag her back to Germany and "restore their family honor" by forcing her to get an abortion. When she resists, he strikes her, and Shinji responds by beating seven shades of crap out of him. Sohryu then disowns Asuka, declaring that he's seizing all the family property for himself... but Gendo bluntly informs him that not only are Asuka and Shinji untouchable due to being under NERV jurisdiction, her mother's will made Asuka the sole inheritor of the family fortune. By disowning her, Sohryu forfeited his own beneficiary rights. What's more, Shinji and Asuka are engaged, and Gendo makes clear that he considers her part of his family now and will protect her at all costs.

Once Upon a Time

  • Mr and Mrs Gold: Maurice essentially disowns Belle when he finds out that she married Rumpelstiltskin of her own free will and became a sorceress, denying her even when she offered to help him when he fell ill. In Storybrooke, Moe French did the same thing when she broke it off with her handsome finance Gaspard and cancelled all plans last minute to marry Mr. Gold, who he sees as an Ambiguously Evil landlord and implied criminal. They eventually reconcile after Mr. Gold gives him a "The Reason You Suck" Speech after rejecting Rose's offer to give one of her kidneys to save him.


  • This is used non-conventionally in Achilles' Heel when Lusamine wonders whether she has the right to call Gladion and Lillie her children after their abusive upbringing.
  • A common occurrence in Pokémon Reset Bloodlines. Many parents have disowned their children when they turn out to be bloodliners, though in Belladonna's case, she was thrown out for being a lesbian instead.


  • In Ma Fille, Louise disowns Laura after the latter tries to have her and Joe arrested in a ploy to take Katrina away from them. She words it as "having no children left", as her older daughter Heather had died over a decade prior from childbirth complications.



  • Arc Corp: An interesting variant. When Blake finally breeches the topic with Raven about the bandit being Yang's mother, the latter denies it. When Blake attempts to push the issue, Raven all but calls herself a Glorified Egg Donor when stating that the title of "mother" should only go to a woman who actually raises a child, which she obviously didn't do, and to lay claim to it would be an insult to her late friend (and Yang's stepmother) Summer.
  • Weiss' father in Fighting for the Future disowned her long before the story starts. He doesn't even refer to her as his daughter, but as "a lunatic who endangered [the] family".


  • In Saki: After Story, Teru keeps denying that Saki is her sister, even though Sumire knows otherwise. When Saki tries to go over to talk to Teru after defeating her in the final round of the tournament, Teru flies into a rage and beats up Saki with a metal pipe, a box cutter, and a chair (also attacking Nodoka when she tries to help). It takes the rest of Teru's team to restrain her, and Sumire telling Teru that she spoke with her parents and obtained proof that Saki is her sister before Teru realizes what she's done.
  • In two 4komas, (here and here) Teru's disowning Saki is parodied, when it's indicated that Teru is denying Saki's existence due to being angry over Saki making fun of her small breasts.

The Smurfs

  • Empath: The Luckiest Smurf: In an alternate timeline where Papa Smurf marries Smurfette and has a child with her, he becomes such a draconian leader that he is ultimately overthrown and run out of the village along with his new nuclear family by Empath and the rest of the smurfs. Later, when he learns that Empath and several other smurfs have been trapped in time, he declares that they're his "former little smurfs", disavowing even his relationship with his son Empath.

Total Drama

    Films — Animation 
  • In The Book of Life, after Manolo refuses to kill the bull, Carlos disappointingly tells him he is "not a real Sanchez."
  • In How to Train Your Dragon (2010), Hiccup is told this by his father Stoick. Fairly predictable though, given Stoick's personality and Hiccup's actions. Unlike many other examples of this trope, Stoick is hurt by his words as badly as Hiccup is — he physically staggers when he leaves the room and realizes what he's said.
  • Kung Fu Panda:
    • Kung Fu Panda, the first movie: When Tai Lung, who was all but a son to Master Shifu, confronts Shifu at the temple with "I'm home, Master." With barely restrained grief, Shifu retorts to his "son" with "This is no longer your home. And I am no longer your master."
    • Kung Fu Panda 2: Lord Shen was also essentially disowned by his parents when they banished him from his ancestral home. It's rather hard to blame the parents in this case as this was in response to Shen committing genocide. Despite this, it's later revealed that Shen's parents truly did care about him as the pain of having to do this to their son literally killed them.
  • In The Sissy Duckling, during an argument Elmer's father tells his mother that he doesn't have a son. He considers Elmer a weakling and a sissy for being so flamboyant.
  • Wonder Woman Blood Lines: When Diana chooses to help Steve escape Themyscira, she briefly battles with Hippolyta over aiding a prisoner and running off with the sacred armor. In response, Hippolyta proclaims she's not her daughter and essentially kicks her off the island. When Diana returns home and saves it from Medusa, Hippolyta welcomes her home and even proudly accepts her Man's World title of Wonder Woman. This is a huge departure from Hippolyta's usual characterization, where she wants to protect her daughter from the outside world.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Saleh from The Air Up There wasn't always an only son. His older brother Halawi made a deal with Tyrannical Town Tycoon Nyaga behind his father Urudu's back. When Urudu found out, he banished Halawi from Winabi. Now Halawi works for Nyaga while his parents pretend he doesn't exist. He is accepted back into the family after he turns on Nyaga and joins the Winabi basketball team.
  • American History X: After the Neo-Nazi Derek attacks his own sister during a family dinner and drives his mother's Jewish boyfriend away, she realizes how lost her son is to her and disowns him. When she later visits him in prison she tells Derek that Danny worships him and is starting to follow in his path, but she doesn't want to give up both her sons. After Derek gets out of prison and becomes The Atoner, his relationship with his mother has improved a lot.
  • The Angel Levine: Morris is Jewish, and ever since his daughter Ruth married an Italian, he has refused to acknowledge her as his daughter.
  • In the 1994 version of Angels in the Outfield, Roger asked his biological father when they could become a family again. His father sarcastically replied "When the Angels win the pennant," spurring his son to Wish Upon a Star for that very thing to happen, not realizing his father was being sarcastic. Later, when his father officially gives up custody of Roger to the state of California, Roger is excited to be called in, as the Angels are rocketing up the standings and on the verge of winning the American League... only for his father to pat his shoulder one last time, quietly apologizing before walking out of his life. As the movie is focused entirely on Roger's perspective, the only insight offered as to why his father gave up custody is him remarking to the judge that he's not proud of it, leaving it open as to whether he was just selfish and didn't want to deal with raising a kid, or if he gave him up to give him a chance at a better life than he could provide.
  • In the Apocalypse film series movie Tribulation, Tom Canboro's brother Calvin disavows any knowledge of their sister Eileen and has his family pictures photoshopped to remove any evidence of her, at the time of the Tribulation when Eileen was Caught Up in the Rapture and Calvin had taken the Mark of the Beast.
  • A common trope in Bollywood movies and Baghban is no different. Raj disowns his four sons after the misery they put him and Pooja through. A bit of an Inversion with Alok, though. He is not biological, but the adopted son of Raj and Pooja. However, in the end, Raj sees him as his only son.
  • Bonnie & Bonnie: Yara's older sister Leyla was disowned for marrying someone whom her father didn't approve of (implied to be a non-Muslim) and moved away. Her sister resents her "abandoning" them though Yara comes to understand after doing much the same thing over her forbidden love for Kiki.
  • While the exact words are not used in Boone: The Bounty Hunter, Cole abandons Ryan as dead weight at the end of the film.
  • Carmen y Lola: Lola's father angrily declares she's no longer his daughter publicly after learning about her dating Carmen and being a lesbian.
  • In the 2000s film version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, this is used as part of Willy Wonka's backstory, which was made up just for this movie.note  Wilbur, his father and a dentist, did not want his son to be a chocolatier, so Willy tells him that he will run away from home. Wilbur angrily responds, "I won't be here when you get back." Becomes an Exaggerated Trope when Willy returns to find the entire house missing from the street. However, it turns out that he had saved every newspaper article about his son.
  • The Hong Kong film Cold War 2012. Deputy Commissioner Lee discovers his own son Constable Joe Lee — a talented police constable — is behind the conspiracy to abduct five Hong Kong police officers (to discredit Lee's rival for promotion, whom his son thinks is a desk man not suited to the job). Joe refuses to believe his father will arrest his only son, only for Lee to draw his pistol on him...then offer it butt first. Joe smirks and takes the pistol, only to be immediately shot by a police sniper. Lee says afterwards that offering Joe the pistol was a test, and that by failing it he is no longer his son.
  • Die Another Day: Colonel Tan-Sun Moon/Gustav Graves attempts to explain his Evil Plan to his father General Moon, telling how the Kill Sat he obtained could be used to destroy the Korean Demilitarized Zone, allowing renegade North Korean soldiers to invade and occupy South Korea. But his father, who had hopes of having a peaceful reunion between the two Koreas and hoped his son would act as a bridge between North Korea and the West, simply disowns him by telling that his son died the day he plunged into the waterfall, having realized and ashamed the cold-blooded monster his son has now become. This causes Graves/Moon to kill him out of anger, only for 007 to kill him in rage.
  • In The Hands of Orlac, Orlac's father despises his son for reasons that are never established. When Orlac's wife Yvonne goes to him to beg for help because they are on the verge of financial ruin because of Orlac's Career-Ending Injury, the father refuses because he wishes to see his son suffer.
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Barty Crouch Jr. is ratted out by Igor Karkaroff in the middle of the latter's trial, which he was observing. He tries to walk out before he can be arrested, but Karkaroff is too quick, and Mad-Eye Moody stuns him with a spell as he tries to run. He is dragged before his father, and eagerly (in a deranged way) greets him, but Crouch Sr. looks on him with shock and disappointment and dismisses him.
    Barty Crouch Jr.: Hello, father! (sticks out tongue and retracts it like a snake)
    Barty Crouch Sr.: (looks at Jr. in disappointment) You are no son of mine.
  • Head Office: Senator Issel's reaction to his son being honest about how his employer's and the senator's bribe-givers are Corrupt Corporate Executives is to say "[n]o he isn't" when a reporter asks if Jack is his son.
  • The Incredible Hulk (2008): After Banner is captured in New York, Betty Ross deploys this on her father, the general who's been hounding him for the entire movie.
    Betty: Don't ever speak to me as your daughter again.
  • Famously done in the 1980 version of The Jazz Singer, with that very line delivered by Laurence Olivier in full-on Large Ham mode. Slightly more underplayed in the 1927 version, with the Trope Namer title card "My son was to stand at my side and sing tonight — but now I have no son."
  • After Dr. Lanyon hears that his daughter Sara has been once again seen together with Dr. Jekyll in Jekyll & Hyde (1990) tv-movie, he disowns her and has her thrown out of his house, because he believes that she is cheating on her husband with Dr. Jekyll, bringing shame to her family.
  • Happens in any number of Bollywood films. Kabhi Kushi Kabhie Gham is a good example that adds an extra twist since the disowned son is actually adopted and states that if his father had not specifically said "You're not my son", he may have actually tried to mend bridges sooner.
  • In The Karate Kid Part II, Chozen refuses to help Daniel rescue the bell ringer girl during a hurricane, and when his uncle Sato helps Daniel instead, Sato declares that he is "dead" to Chozen...thus setting up the final climactic battle between Chozen, Daniel, and uncle issuesnote .
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King: In a marvelously hammy yet tragic scene, Denethor tells this to Faramir.
  • Lord of War: An unusual example, in that it happens towards the end and isn't reconciled. The main character's brother is killed after being dragged back into an illicit business for "One last time," and the main character is arrested. He calls his parents from jail to tell them what happened to him and his brother, to which the mother's only response is "Both my sons are dead."
  • In the Ally Sheedy comedy Maid to Order (1987), she plays the daughter of a wealthy philanthropist (played by Tom Skerritt) who has been magically unpersoned from her father's life when her carefree hard-partying lifestyle wears thin on his patience with her, and thus she has to seek employment as a maid in order to regain any respect.
  • A New York Christmas Wedding: Gabby's parents disowned her when she got pregnant out of wedlock. Twenty years later in the new timeline, they still haven't reconciled, and only her brother goes to her wedding.
  • Nocturnal Animals: Susan says that her parents have disowned her brother because he's openly gay.
  • In Peach Blossom Weeps Tears of Blood, Mrs. King refuses to let her son Teh-en marry peasant girl Lim. But after Teh-en receives word that Lim is dying, he rejects his mother, saying "Consider that you have never had me as your son."
  • In Please Turn Over, Edward declares this about Jo after he and his family are made a mockery in her book, Naked Revolt:
    Gladys: I have some digestive biscuits in my room, Edward. They will suffice until I finish reading your daughter's book.
    Edward: What's all this "your daughter's" stuff, may I ask? She's your niece, you know! And there aren't any writers in my family!
  • A Princess for Christmas: Edward had disowned Charles in the past for marrying a commoner. His butler invites Charles' children and their aunt to Edward's home for Christmas, which kicks off the plot. Edward admits doing this was wrong, regretting it after Charles died along with his wife.
  • In the American version of The Ring, after Rachel Keller asks former horse breeder Richard Morgan about where his daughter would be, he coldly responds with, "I don't have a daughter." This doesn't stop her or her ex-husband Noah from digging deeper into the family's history.
  • The Robe: When Marcellus Gallio helps his former slave, Demetrius of Corinth, escape from Caligula, Marcellus' father, Senator Gallio, says this to Marcellus and accuses him of "making himself an enemy of Rome" when doing this for Demetrius.
  • In Shanghai Knights, Chon Wang's father has disowned him for staying in America and abandoning his family. The ending may or may not be a subversion due to the puzzle box message.
  • Star Trek V: The Final Frontier: Sybok was exiled from Vulcan for his heretical beliefs and lifestyle. He was cut off from his family officially and so completely that Starfleet had no record of Spock having an older brother until circumstances forced a confrontation between Sybok and the Enterprise. Although Sybok and Spock reconciled, Sybok's outcast status did not (especially since Sybok was killed shortly thereafter).
  • In The Stoning of Soraya M., right before throwing his stone at Soraya, the father proclaims that he doesn't have a daughter anymore.
  • In A Study in Terror, the Duke of Shires disowned his eldest son Michael for daring to study medicine against his wishes. As he puts it, no Osborne should ever sink so low as to pursue 'a trade'.
  • Tevya: "Khave is no more! She is dead!", says Tevye after his daughter goes through with converting to Christianity and marrying a Gentile.
  • Justified in There Will Be Blood: As it turns out, the father in this case has a very valid reason to make such a claim.
  • The Viking: When Leif reveals himself as a Christian, his father Eric makes his disapproval known by hurling an axe at him, and when Leif reproaches him for attacking his own son, Eric asserts that "[w]hen you turned from the gods of our fathers, you ceased to be a son of mine."
  • A brotherly version happens in the Walking with Dinosaurs movie, when Scowler callously kicks Patchi out of the herd and leaves him to die. When Juniper tries to get him to help because they're brothers, he coldly tells her "I don't have a brother". But immediately afterwards Gorgon attacks and mauls Scowler to near death, causing Scowler to take back disowning Patchi and warn him to stay away from Gorgon and head to safety.
  • Exaggerated and definitely not played for laughs in When Darkness Falls, after Nina is honor-killed by her family and her non-participant sister Leyla asks her father where her sister's body is:
    Leyla: Where is Nina?
    Father: You've never had a sister who is called "Nina".
  • To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar: It's implied that Vida Boheme got disowned by "her" family, or at least her mother, for becoming a Drag Queen. When she drives by her old home, her mother steps outside, though scowls before walking back. This prompts a minor Heroic BSoD in Vida.
  • Played With in X2: X-Men United. When Xavier asks William Stryker how he could think of lobotomizing his son, he replies "my son is dead", but before he orders him to launch his attack against all mutants, he says "Make me proud, son."
  • Young & Wild: Daniela's older sister was disowned for having had extramarital sex with her boyfriend then marrying him against her mother's wishes. She won't let Daniela see her, though their aunt still arranged a secret reunion. When her mother catches on that she's been having sex with Tomás, it's later implied that she'd been disowned for this since she just stays off to the side with her sister at their aunt's funeral, her mother giving them dirty looks.
  • Derek Zoolander's estranged father feels and acts this way when the remaining family members are in the "Mining Shaft" bar in rural "Mine Country" and a somewhat embarrassing advertising spot comes on TV that shows Derek as a Mermaid uttering nonsensical phrases about water and being wet.
    Derek's father: You're dead to me, son. You're even more dead to me than your dead mother. I just thank the Lord she didn't live to see her son as a mermaid!
    Derek: Merman! Merman!!!

  • The Courtyard Hounds' song "Ain't No Son", which deals with a father disowning his son, directly references this trope.
    He said "You ain't no son to me
    You ain't no son to me
    Eight-pound baby boy I bounced on my knee
    No, you ain't no son of mine"
  • "The Last Song" by Elton John actually averts this. The song is about a young gay man who is dying of AIDS, and his estranged father returns to care for him at his end, leading to them coming to an understanding with each other.
  • The Genesis song "No Son of Mine" is about an abused son and his abusive father. After having enough of the torment, the unnamed boy runs away. However, he cannot escape the emotional scars his father left him with and some untold time later he returns to his family. When he returns his father sits him down and tells him, "You're no son, you're no son of mine / You're no son, you're no son of mine / You walked out, you left us behind / And you're no son, you're no son of mine". The boy, still trapped in this abusive relationship, states he will live to regret being told these words.
    • Also, band member Mike Rutherford's solo hit "The Living Years".
  • The lines of George Michael's "Praying For Time" implies this on a cosmic scale with God:
    And you cling to the things they sold you.
    Did you cover your eyes when they told you
    That He can't come back
    'cause He has no children to come back for?
  • "Jesse Younger" by country musician Kris Kristofferson deals with a man named Jessie Younger who is disowned by his parents in all but name after he starts refusing to live his life the way they want him too and insists on speaking his own mind. As a result, his younger brother is treated by his parents as if he is their only son.
  • Victor Lundberg's Vietnam-era spoken-word hit "Open Letter to My Teenage Son" ends with the narrator-father telling his kid, "If you decide to burn your draft card, then burn your birth certificate at the same time; from that moment on, I have no son!"
  • In W.A.S.P.'s 1992 concept album The Crimson Idol, the protagonist Jonathan calls his estranged parents one last time after realizing how unfulfilling his life as a rock star is. The conversation ends with "we have no son." Jonathan then kills himself on stage during the concert later that night.

    Myths & Religion 
  • In The Bible, according to some students of it, Cain's murder of his brother Abel caused him to be disowned by his parents, as they started over with their third son Seth and numerous other sons and daughters.
  • In the Book of Hosea, Hosea marries a prostitute who bears three children. Two of them God tells him to name "Lo-Ruhama" and "Lo-Ammi", which literally mean "not loved" and "not mine".
  • In The Four Gospels, Jesus treats His mother Mary and His relatives as if they weren't biologically related to each other, with Jesus Himself saying, "Whoever does the will of My Father in heaven, the same is My brother, My sister, and My mother," emphasizing the spiritual birth of becoming believers over the natural birth of fleshly beings. Not that Jesus treats His biological relatives with any ill-will, as on the cross before His death He does give His mother's care over to His disciple John, "the disciple that He loved".
  • Also in the Gospels, in the Parable of the Prodigal Son, when the father receives the titular son back into the family and kills the fatted calf for him to celebrate his return, the other son refuses to join in the celebration and also refuses to acknowledge the titular son as his brother, saying to the father, "I have obeyed all your commandments, and you never gave me a young goat so I can celebrate with my friends. But this, your son, who wasted all his living on prostitutes, you killed the fatted calf for him upon his return."

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    Tabletop Games 
  • Space 1889: In the adventure Mission to Shaptash in Challenge 76, a wealthy American has the player characters inform his son that unless he stops fighting the British as a privateer he will be disowned and disinherited.

  • The two times his son William is inquired about in 1776, Benjamin Franklin is dismissive about him — he first asks rhetorically "Son? What son?", and then later asks what happened to "the little bastard" after he is arrested. While Benjamin is one of the major Founding Fathers of the United States and a major driver behind the push for independence, William was the royal governor of New Jersey and very much in the Loyalist camp; William's arrest was by the Continental Army when independence was decided upon. The "bastard" quip is in both senses of the word, William being the product of an affair by the notoriously lusty Benjamin and their relationship forever strained by their different political allegiances.
  • In Beyond the Horizon, James says "You're no son o' mine" after Andrew rejects him and the farm, electing to go off to sea.
  • In Fiddler on the Roof, Tevye agonizes over his first two daughters willfully opposing tradition and marrying men they choose rather than ones chosen for them by the matchmaker. The first begged for permission to marry her childhood friend, which Tevye granted; the second married an itinerant tutor who had been teaching her, and they made clear that they would be marrying, permission or not, but would be grateful for his blessing. Tevye eventually came around on that one, too... but when his third daughter marries outside the faith, Tevye can't take it: "if I bend that far, I'll break!" Though it breaks his heart, he disowns her.
    • In the original stories by Sholem Aleichem, Tevye can't ever bring himself to forgive her; in the musical, just at the end, Tevye bends just enough to at least acknowledge her, and her husband, when the husband makes a valid point:
      Fyedke: Some are driven out by edicts. Others... by silence.
      • Actually, the Chava of the original stories delivers a twist on the trope by being the one to fold, leaving her husband and reconciling with the family before emigrating with them to America.
  • In The Gentleman Ranker, Lieutenant Graylen was cashiered from the army after forging his father's signature on a bank draft. He rejoined as Private Smith and ended up under his father's command. When they recognized each other, Colonel Graylen said that his son was dead.
  • Played With in The Importance of Being Earnest: Cecily tells Jack his brother Ernest is in the dining room, and he replies "I haven't got a brother". Cecily thinks he's disowning his brother, and the other characters on stage think Ernest has just died, but Jack actually means it literally; he lied about having a brother, and the man in the dining room is his friend Algernon pretending to be Ernest who is later revealed to actually be his brother.
  • In Abraham's Bosom: Abe proclaims this after Douglass drops out of school and turns to a life of drinking and dissolution. ("He ain't no longer mine, and that's the end of it.")
  • The early 20th-century musical The Jazz Singer, (probably better known today as being the first talkie) featured this as the central plot: Jakie Rabinowitz wants to sing jazz in blackface and his rabbi father disapproves. No, not for the same reasons we would disapprove of this action today. Actually somewhat Based on a True Story, making this one Truth in Television.
  • At the end of The Lion in Winter, a despondent Henry II makes this remark about all of his sons' collective betrayals. Well, in the next line, he acknowledges that he had offspring; what he seems to be saying is "My children aren't real men" rather than "I have no children".
  • Oddly enough, averted in The Merchant of Venice: despite Shylock's anger at his daughter's marriage and conversion to Christianity, he never actually disowns her. Later in the play, he mentions her, saying "I have a daughter..." The Al Pacino film version changed the line to say "I had a daughter", turning the film into a straight example. As a matter of fact, it's Jessica who disowns Shylock: "I have a father, you, a daughter lost."
  • Subverted in The Music Man when Harold Hill suggests that the Mayor order a fluglehorn on the grounds that his son would be a virtuoso. The Mayor almost falls for it before realizing (loudly) that he doesn't have a son.
  • Because they abandoned him in favour of seeking power over Thebes and only sought him out once he was useful to them, Oedipus curses his sons to kill each other in Oedipus at Colonus shortly before he dies.
  • Played for laughs in Ruddigore, when the protagonist is afflicted with an ancient curse that obliges him to commit a serious crime every day. He tries to satisfy the letter of the curse without doing anything genuinely terrible, so one of his "crimes" is to disinherit his only son. There's just one small problem:
    Roderic: But you haven't got a son.
    Robin: No — not yet. I disinherited him in advance, to save time. You see — by this arrangement — he'll be born ready disinherited.
    Roderic: I see. But I don't think you can do that.
    Robin: My good sir, if I can't disinherit my own unborn son, whose unborn son can I disinherit?
  • Parodied in Rossini's opera Il Signor Bruschino. When Bruschino senior looks at the young man who supposedly is Bruschino junior and claims "This isn't my son!" Gaudenzio assumes he's evoking this trope. Actually, he's just telling the truth – it isn't his son, but an imposter, the tenor lead Florville.
  • In Spring's Awakening by Frank Wedekind, after Moritz flunks out of school and commits suicide his father says at Moritz's funeral that Moritz was "no son of mine."
    • Damn that is cold.
  • Older Than Steam: In Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare, the titular character kills one of his sons for challenging Titus' decision as to who will be the next emperor. Another of his sons, Lucius, reprimands him, leading to this exchange:
    Lucius: In wrongful quarrel you have slain your son.
    Titus: Nor thou nor he are any sons of mine.
  • No literal disowning, but in La Traviata Germont exclaims "Where is my son? I no longer see him," after Alfredo insults Violetta by throwing money at her. Alfredo immediately repents, and the two are later shown as reconciled. It's ambiguous whether Germont is evoking this trope or just calling out Alfredo for not acting like his normal self.

    Video Games 
  • In Baldur's Gate II, Anomen's father threatens him with this. If Anomen refuses to take revenge on the merchant believed to have murdered his sister, his father will reject him. And if he does take revenge, and the PC is romancing him, his father will reject him anyway.
  • When the party inadvertently breaks into the Wyndian royal castle in Breath of Fire II, the king and queen completely ignore Nina's presence as they have the group ejected, even silencing their other daughter when she attempts to identify her older sister. They know perfectly well who she is, and actually do this out of kindness. Nina was born with black wings - and any child with black wings is supposed to be put to death since they're prophesied to bring tragedy to Wyndia. The royal family covered up the truth and disowned her so at least she'd have a chance to live. Nina understandably has a complex about this, but doesn't blame her parents for it.
  • Chrono Trigger: After having enough of her father's overprotective tendencies, Marle shouts and blames him for her mother's death, causing him to give up on her and orders him out of his sight.
  • When Jessica of Dragon Quest VIII stubbornly declares her intent to find her brother's murderer and bring him to justice - at the urging of her brother's ghost, no less - her mother (who wants her to stay at home and "mourn like a proper lady") equally-stubbornly declares that she has no longer has a daughter. However, returning later in the game enables them to reconcile, though Jessica insists that she must stop the one who killed her brother.
  • Dyztopia: Post-Human RPG: If the player chooses Detritus for the Romance Sho, Zazz calls into the show to publicly disown Detritus for siding with Akira's resistance, who disowns him in turn for being a tyrant.
  • If you played through the entire plot of Fallout 4 by destroying the Institute, but completely ignore Codsworth your robot butler from before the bombs, you can still find him and catch up with him. At that point, you can sadly inform Codsworth of your spouse's death, but when he asks about your son Shaun, you can dismissively respond with "Forget him!" This is because Shaun grew up to become the sociopathic amoral Director of the Institute while you were in cryogenic stasis. And you had to leave him to die when you destroyed the Institute.
  • Final Fantasy:
    • Wild child Gau in Final Fantasy VI was abandoned at birth by his father because the mother died during childbirth and he went mad from it. This leads to Gau being raised by monsters and while Gau isn't fully capable of meshing with society, he considers the main characters his friends and he helps them out to save the world. A year later after the world is ruined, the party finds Gau's father and they go to great lengths to dress up Gau and teach him how to speak properly so that the reunion would be a happy one. However, the man is still insane and claims that he has no son, but briefly mentions that he once had a nightmare of the birth of a "demon child" that he abandoned. He actually believes that it was only a dream and that he really never had a son, but he compliments Gau on being a fine young man. Gau chooses not to tell him the truth but is happy that he was able to see him again.
    • Final Fantasy XIV:
      • The Level 50-60 Dark Knight missions deal with this: the Player Character aids a Dark Knight named Sidurgu protect a young girl named Rielle, who is being hunted by Ishgard's Temple Knights. As you take down the knights and protect the girl, you're ultimately confronted by Ystride, who is revealed to be the girl's mother, who keeps referring to Rielle as an "it" and refuses to do anything with her. As Sidurgu reveals to you at the start of the Level 58 mission after piecing together all the clues, Rielle was the daughter of Ystride and a man later revealed to be a Heretic spy who had apparently drank dragon's blood for decades. Ystride, a fervently religious woman snapped at the revelation and locked away her daughter, declaring her a monster and attempts to murder her.
      • During the main scenario quest in Patch 5.55, Fourchenault Leveilleur, a powerful member of the Forum, the governing body of the isolationist nation of Sharlayan, arrives to Gridania to deliver a callous refusal from Sharlayan to intervene in the growing conflict between Eorzea and the Telophoroi. When his children, twins Alphinaud and Alisaie, protest the decision, a furious Fourchenault, perceiving the opposing as a sign of his children Going Native against Sharlayan's isolationist philosophy, disowns both of them in public. One can tell the twins do not take this well.
      • Though ultimately a more positive example, Fourchenault always loved his children deeply and worked only to make sure they, and as many people as they could take with them, survived a prophesized apocalypse.
  • In Guild Wars, Adelbern does this in spirit, if not using the exact words, after the Nolani Academy mission. He wants to continue to defend his kingdom from invasion, while his son wants to evacuate to one across the mountains.
  • In God of War: Ascension, Orkos is the son of Ares, the God of War, and Alecto, the Queen of the Furies. Ares thought such a union would produce an "ultimate warrior", but while Orkos has some powers, he is relatively weak and not warrior material. Ares angrily disowned him and left him to be raised by the Furies.
  • In Guilty Gear, since getting actual confirmation Dizzy is his daughter in Xrd, Sol has been very cautious in ever directly referring to her as such, he even tries to get a cheap rise out of Ky in their personal fight to end their rivalry, by the end of the same game, by claiming Ky married a monster which immediately enrages him; that said, Sol doesn’t dislike Dizzy in any way, since he has saved her once, it just seems Sol doesn't quite want to bond with her as a daughter, also this is entirely one-sided since Dizzy quickly goes to try to call Sol father once.
  • In Injustice: Gods Among Us, we find out that the Nightwing in the Regime universe is actually Damian Wayne and that, prior to the story, he killed Dick Grayson. When Insurgency Batman and Regime Nightwing fight and Batman wins, he tells Damian "You're dead to me." ... Except the tie-in prequel comic revealed that Damian killed Dick by accident and was devastated at what he did, but Batman still ignored his pleas and took Dick's body away, leaving Superman to take Damian in.
  • A scene like this kicks off the plot of Metal Max Returns. A more moderate version also kicks off Metal Saga.
  • Tatsuzou Sudou from Persona 2: Eternal Punishment went to a LOT of effort to get his son, Tatsuya Sudou, sent to a sanitarium so he could be rid of him, and he also worked very hard to eliminate any connection said son had to him. Justified, as he's a politician and his son became a crazy arsonist, and that would not have been good for his political career, among other things.
  • Pokémon:
    • Happens in the climax of Pokémon Black and White, when Ghetsis storms in and disowns N for allowing the player to defeat him, spoiling Ghetsis's plans to conquer Unova. Rather than saying, "I have no child", the line is "you are unworthy of the name Harmonia", but the effect is the same.
    • And from Pokémon Sun and Moon, we have Lusamine, the president of the Aether Foundation, disowning her children (Lillie and Gladion) when it's revealed that she's the main antagonist of the story. It's implied she was Brainwashed and Crazy as she later seems to take it back after being defeated.
  • An Easter Egg in Red Dead Redemption 2 allows you to loot Herbert Moon's body to find a letter. The letter reveals that he has a daughter whom he disowned for marrying a Jewish man (Herbert hates everyone that's not a WASP, but especially despises Jews).
  • In Riven: The Sequel to Myst, if you fail to imprison Gehn before opening the Star Fissure, Atrus will show up only to be surrounded by Gehn and his goon. Atrus will react to his unexpected appearance (you were supposed to have imprisoned him before signaling Atrus, after all) with "Father..." only for Gehn to shout "[Y]ou are no longer my son!" before having his henchman shoot him.
  • Lara's backstory in the Core era of the Tomb Raider games has her being disowned by her parents when she breaks off the arranged marriage set up by them in order to be an adventurer and explore tombs. The reboots would undo this and have Lara being very close with her parents.
  • In World of Warcraft, one world quest in Stormheim, "Rise of Skovald," has you re-enact God-King Skovald murdering his mother, after killing his father and brothers in order to seize power. Queen Bretta gives Skovald a "The Reason You Suck" Speech, saying his "fel tricks" will not save him from her wrath. As she dies, she says this trope.
    Queen Bretta yells: You... are no longer... my son...
    Jarl Skovald yells: No, mother. I am your KING!

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    Web Comics 
  • Can't See Can't Hear But Love: Yun-Jeong's mother forced her into ballet. When she quits to pursue her dream of being a manhwa artist, her mother disowns her.
  • Cyanide and Happiness explores the phrase's use as a pick up line.
  • Used in DMFA as part of Pyroduck's backstory: "he [Pyroduck's father] considers me one of the five [of his children] that were 'destroyed' by the cubi" (shown here). He later has one of his servants force him into an Involuntary Battle to the Death.
  • Dork Tower: Said word for word by the owner of the Friendly Local Gaming Store when he learns his son isn't all that interested in gaming.
  • In Dubious Company, when Elly returns home only his sister is happy. His parents are displeased and won't welcome him back until he fixes "his personal problem". Sound familiar? They are actually upset that he is unable to control his "pet" raccoon.
  • Michael Alan Avariss of Gene Catlow is this way about his son, Steven over his associations with anthropomorphic animals, or, as Michael puts it, "beasts".
  • A sibling variant in El Goonish Shive. While clarifying the relationship between Tedd and Nanase (their mothers are sisters) for the Fourth-Wall Mail Slot, Amanda phones Nanase's mother to ask why Tedd's mom never gets mentioned. When she gets the reply "I have no sister!", she wonders if her initial explanation was wrong.
    • Considering her doting over Tedd, she must feel that Noriko's abandonment was something no mother should ever have done.
  • Hero Oh Hero: In Justopea it's not uncommon to disown children if they manifest magic abilities, because of fear and hatred of magic. Noah's mother does this when his abilities are recognized. Presence of any legal guardian seems to severely limit what Justopean government people are allowed to do to magical children. Thus Noah's estranged father shows up to help him.
  • In Impure Blood, Caspian's father threatens it: If you ever show your face in Turien again, you are not my son.
  • The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal: The story starts with Amal's father kicking him out for being gay, and while Amal thinks that's it for his relationship with his family it becomes clear that his mother still wants him in her life. His father, though never accepting of his son's sexuality, backs down from outright disowning him for the sake of Amal's mother and sisters.
  • One Oglaf story tells the story of Kronar, Son of Man — whose bloodline has been free of women for a hundred generations. When his child is born a daughter, he orders her hair decorated with the Bow of Shame and herself thrown in the wolf pit. When she kills all the wolves barehanded, he declares her his son.
  • The Order of the Stick:
    • In the prequel Start of Darkness, Right-Eye and Redcloak always called each other "Brother" rather than going along with Xykon's renaming of them based on visual traits. When Redcloak kills Right-Eye to protect Xykon (since Xykon is needed to continue the Plan that Redcloak has devoted his entire life to fulfilling), Redcloak says "Goodbye, Brother." Right-Eye says "Goodbye, Redcloak". With his dying breath, Right-Eye disowned Redcloak as his brother and denounced him as Xykon's lackey.
    • Desperate to get out of his father's shadow, Nale essentially disowns him, urging him to stop coddling him as his son and start treating him as a man. Tarquin sighs and agrees... and promptly treats him like he would have treated any other man who just murdered his best friend as Nale did.
  • One Penny Arcade strip had Gabe declare his son dead for not liking Star Wars as much as he did.
  • Rebirth: One of Noah's greatest regrets is saying this to Neo after he found out that he was his brother's son, whom his wife had been having an affair with. He went on to ignore him for much of his life.
  • Subverted in this Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. The guy's actually shouting "I have no son" to his daughter, so it doesn't seem to mean anything in particular.
  • Shot and Chaser: Tre's fundamentalist mother disowned him for being trans, and regularly commits credit fraud using his deadname which ruins his credit score and means collections agencies are constantly calling him using his deadname and the wrong gender.
  • Parodied in Sluggy Freelance in the Oceans Unmoving storyline. Calix sends one of The Greys, aliens with a slim to nil understanding of human social behavior, to talk to his father being held captive in the hold. Unfortunately, Calix's father blames his son for their capture, which he views as a deliberate act of betrayal (which is not the case), and has disowned him. Hilarity Ensues as the Grey is clearly incapable of understanding that the proclamations of I Have No Son! are strictly for dramatic effect. He ends up reporting ("logically" enough) that he didn't find Calix's father since obviously that guy no longer was.
    • Riff ends up being disowned after using a mechanical replica of himself (piloted by Bun-Bun and Kiki) as a stand-in at one of his mother's parties, resulting in his doppelganger behaving disgracefully, such as punching out one of the guests while trying to shake his hand. Considering that Riff can't stand his mother, he's actually somewhat glad but finds the circumstances to be quite humiliating.
  • Walking in the Dark: There is a heartstring-yanking one of these moments between Ben and his dad, just before a newly-turned Ben kills him.

    Web Original 
  • In AsteroidQuest, The Don Father Zozu chews out his treacherous biological son Maklata after the latter orchestrates a bank job against his brother and tries to have everyone involved (most of which are "family members") killed in the ensuing coverup attempt. Zozu then proceeds to disown Maklata and has him executed.
    Father Zozu: Now.... as I have said, I do not kill my sons. But in light of your recent actions, you are no longer any son of mine.
  • Tsar Alexander of Malê Rising invoked this after his daughter, Anastasia, announced she will marry Prince Tewodros of the Ethiopian Empire. Of course, her finding out what her father did during the Great War also influenced the falling-out.
  • Played for Laughs in a certain edit for a promo image of the Hentai Oide yo! Mizuryuu Kei Land:
    Child: (arrived at Bimbo Land with his mother) I can't come in the theme park, mommy?
    Woman: No, sweetie. This theme park is just for mommies and daddies. It's okay, I'll be back in a little while.
    Child: O-okay mommy...
    (after spending the day at Bimbo Land)
    Woman: (clearly about to get it on with some blonde hunk) Son!? I don't have a son! Stuff like that is just soooo dumb! All I care about now is cock! ❤
  • Played for Horror by SCP-3344 which causes Site 24 Director Carter (and anyone with whom he interacts) to believe that his adult son Niklas, who is living in Site 24 and desperate to contact his family, does not exist and to be completely unable to perceive any evidence to the contrary.
  • Common in the Whateley Universe, where mutants are often disowned by their family. Of the main cast, Ayla gets this most literally, to the point that his mother actually refuses to believe that "that thing" used to be Trevor.

    Web Videos 
  • The College Humour video "Sexually Confused Ninja" invokes this trope when a swordsman named White Falcon is impaled by his rival, the Black Eagle. Falcon implores his son Lee to avenge him, at which point Lee starts pulling off his father's pants, believing "avenge" to be a verb for sucking his father's dick. Thankfully, White Falcon ends up subverting this trope via a Verbal Backspace while still calling his son an idiot.
    White Falcon: So from the clues and context, you deduced and readily embraced the notion that to avenge means to suck your own father, you idiot?!
    Lee: Yes.
    White Falcon: I have no son.
    Lee: Father!
    White Falcon: I have no smart son.
    Lee: OK.
  • In a Downer Ending in the SML Movie, Bowser Junior's Cheeseburger, Bowser does this to Junior.
  • A Tom Grossi Comedy video made in early 2021 about the Cincinnati Bengals depicts a fan of the team as childlike and innocently naive for rooting for a team with a history of playoff ineptness (at that point, they had lost eight consecutive playoff games dating back to 1990). A flashback in the video shows that his father, a Baltimore Ravens fan, disowned him for drawing a crude bengal tiger with crayons and saying "Kitty goes meow" as a rallying cry, which the now-grown-up Bengals fan uses to console himself after another terrible season. It became Hilarious in Hindsight as in the next season the Bengals suddenly became good beyond expectations, not only winning a playoff game but making it all the way to the Super Bowl.

    Western Animation 
  • Invoked in The Amazing World of Gumball in "The Words", when Gumball is trying to get his adopted brother Darwin to realize how all his verbal abuse is hurting people. After simple insults don't work, Gumball resorts to this trope ("You, are not my brother. You are just a pet! Who grew legs!"), which sends Darwin through a wall—literally—and reduces him to tears until Gumball, having made his point, hurriedly takes it back.
  • American Dad! had one episode with Stan and Francine getting roped into a situation with their gay neighbors Greg and Terry when the latter's father comes to visit who oblivious of his son homosexuality. When Stan drunkenly reveals this, Terry's father in a rather calm manner states he has no son. Even when presented in front of a stadium full of people, Terry's father refuses to take back his claim. Terry eventually says "Forget him" and gets on with his life with Greg.
  • Referenced in an episode of Arthur:
    Mr. Frensky: If you win, I'm taking you out for ice cream. If you lose—
    Binky: You'll take us to the outskirts of town and leave us there?
    Mr. Frensky: No Binky. If you lose, I still take you out for ice cream.
    Binky: I'll never get to see the outskirts of town.
  • Avatar:
    • In Avatar: The Last Airbender, Ozai clearly had no regard for his son Zuko, stating he was "Lucky to be born" and even burning his face when Zuko questioned his logic during a war meeting. Zuko at first tries to get his respect for most of the series. But in the end, Zuko realizes Ozai's a Jerkass, gives an absolutely awesome example of Calling the Old Man Out, and helps the main heroes in stopping him. After that point, Zuko would gladly welcome his father's demise, but he was content with Aang taking away Ozai's firebending.
    • In the interquel comic The Rift, Toph gets this from Lao Beifong. Apparently this was his Plan B after the "kidnap her back with mercenaries" plan fell through.
    • The Legend of Korra:
      • When Asami confronts her father, Hiroshi, as he's gathering his tanks for a full scale attack on benders. Hiroshi lost his wife to firebenders and feels every bender is evil. Asami however has more sense and tries to get him to see reason that he's becoming no better then his wife's murderers. However he's far too gone to realize this and states that if Asami won't aid him, then she doesn't deserve the right to be his daughter.
      • This is revisited in Book 4, when Asami visits him in prison. By this point, he HAS realized what a monster he had become, and is trying to make up for it. He does so in the Book 4/series finale, where he assists Team Avatar in confronting Kuvira's Colossus mech by finishing and piloting one of two machine prototypes. While they are successful, Hiroshi is killed in the process, but not before saving Asami's life and saying he loves her.
  • Bob's Burgers: Played for Laughs in "Broadcast Wagstaff School News" when Gene starts acting and dressing like his dad Bob. When Tina begins acting up, he declares "I have no daughter!" Linda tells him not to say this while Bob bluntly points out the truth in the statement.
  • Clone High has this happen when Gandhi tells his foster father that he wants to be a trucker.
  • In the movie of Curious George, Mr. Bloomsbury says "Ted, I am so proud of you. You're like the son I never had." His son Junior says "Father, I'm your son, remember?" to which Bloomsbury replies "Yes, but I had you."
  • During a role-playing exercise on Drawn Together where Xandir came out of the closet to his parents (played by Toot and Captain Hero), Toot (his father, for some reason) says "My son is dead!", tears her sleeve and recites the Kaddish, reflecting the tendency of this trope to be centered on Jews.
  • DuckTales (2017):
    • In the Season 1 finale, Magica mocks Lena for the latter continuing to call her "Aunt" even though Magica created Lena out of her own shadow. This would practically make her Lena's mother. Not that it matters to Magica one bit - in her words, Lena was never family.
    • Played for Laughs in "The Lost Harp of Mervana!" when Dewey shows off his "mermaid tail" to Della, who can't stomach anything related to fish.
      Della: (dry heaves) I have no family.
  • Elena of Avalor: Throughout the course of the series, Elena ends up doing this to both of her cousins:
    • Elena's paternal cousin Cristobal shamelessly accepted Shuriki's gold in exchange for his loyalty, and after Shuriki was overthrown, was far from grateful. Once Shuriki found him again, he sold his family out to her and accepted her renewal of their deal, leading Elena to disown him, telling him he doesn't know the meaning of familia.
    • Season 3 has Elena find out her cousin Esteban's past treachery in helping Shuriki invade Avalor all those years ago, which led to the deaths of both her parents. Despite how much Esteban regretted his betrayal since that moment, Elena can't forgive him, and tells him he is no longer familia. In the finale however, she finally forgives him and welcomes him back..
  • Family Guy lampshades this by having Peter gradually admit that even if Chris isn't his son, he still has Stewie and Meg.
    • Another episode revealed that this Death himself
      Death: You know, actually, kid, I kind of fell into this gig. You know, I really wanted to be a wood nymph. But, man, the second Dad found out, he started in with the whole: "I have no son. I have no son," and Mom...Mom just stood there.
    • Parodied when the Griffins visit an Italian street festival, and Peter tries an attraction called "Teach An Old Italian Woman How to Use an iPad", which quickly devolves into the two arguing about a dead older brother that Peter insists was corrupt (despite not being related to the woman or ever having met her before), and finally ends with him insulting her.
    Woman: I guess I don't have any sons now! (storms off)
    Peter: Ma! I'm sorry, ma! MA!! (falls to his knees)
  • Gargoyles:
    • When Angela tells Demona that she is Demona's biological daughter, Demona responds with "I have no daughter!" In this case, though, it's not based on disapproval—Demona honestly did not realize her child (last seen as an egg with people she considered her enemies) was still alive. When she realizes the truth, the only thing keeping her and Angela from bonding is Demona's genocidal hatred of the human race.
    • In another episode, Elisa is arrested on the island of New Olympus for being human. While being escorted to her cell, an elderly minotaur calls out for the guard to have mercy on his old father. "You put your own father in prison?" "That's not my father." The audience thinks it's a generation-inversion of this, but it's almost immediately revealed that this is the shapeshifter who murdered the guard's father attempting to pull a Shapeshifter Guilt Trip.
  • A key element of Stan Pines' backstory in Gravity Falls: After accidentally ruining his brother Ford's science project and wrecking his dream college enrollment, he is disowned by his family and kicked out of the house. At the end of the same episode, Stan and Ford pull this on each other, thirty years after the initial breakdown of their relationship: Ford is angry that Stan risked a possible End of the World as We Know It scenario by saving him from the portal; Stan is angry that Ford isn't interested in thanking him for the thirty years he sacrificed to save him, and even angrier when he discovers that Ford wants him out of the Mystery Shack. For good measure, he says that Dipper and Mabel are the only family he has left. By the finale, they do patch things up, especially when Stan nearly sacrifices his memory to defeat Bill, finally making Ford realize how foolish he's been.
  • Jem:
    • Riot's father literally said "I have no son." when he disowned him in the episode "Riot's Hope". His father disapproved of Riot being into music - insisting only "sissies and women" were musicians - and Riot joined the army due to his dad. He eventually informally quit and joined a band. When he came home after being dishonorably discharged his father disowned him. They rekindle their relationship later after Riot's mother's health deteriorates due to stress related to them fighting.
    • Pizzazz's father disowns her partway through the series because he's fed up with the trouble and money he costs her.
  • Jimmy Two-Shoes: They never really had anything that could truly be called a father-son bond, but in the Season 2 episode "You Can't Keep a Heinous Down", Lucius finally tells Beezy "You're no son of mine" after Beezy sells off the entirety of Lucius' fortune to the rest of Miseryville.
  • Kaeloo:
    • Played for Laughs with the Alpha Bitch Pretty, who keeps threatening to disown her twin sister Eugly if she doesn't do what she says. For example, in Episode 131, Pretty is in a bad mood and refuses to allow Eugly to be happy because she herself isn't. Kaeloo asks them to smile for a picture, and Pretty says that if Eugly smiles, she will no longer accept her as her sister.
    • Played for Laughs again in Episode 209. Stumpy is forced to spend a day babysitting his annoying little sister, Nombril, who likes to spend her time following Stumpy around and trying to get his attention. When Kaeloo asks about it, Stumpy insists that he "has no sister" and spends most of the episode pretending he doesn't know who Nombril is.
  • King of the Hill Played This For Laughs in one episode between Kahn and Kahn Jr.--aka "Connie," his daughter. He said she wouldn't be his "son" anymore if she didn't go through with You Go, Girl!-style wrestling match against her best friend. (As you can probably tell, he wanted a boy. The wrestling thing was her idea, though.)
  • Parodied in a dream sequence in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Apple Bloom had a nightmare of her apple farmer family shunning her for not getting an apple-related Cutie Mark.
    • Played tragically straight in "The Perfect Pear", when the secret wedding of Pear Butter and Bright Mac (the parents of the Apple Siblings) is discovered by bitter rivals Grand Pear and Granny Smith. The former forces his daughter to choose which family she wants to be a part of, and when she declares the Apples as her new family, Grand Pear angrily disowns her before leaving for Vanhoover, only to be comforted by Granny Smith, who immediately drops her bigotry and accepts Pear Butter as one of her own. It wouldn't be until years later until Grand Pear finally came around when visiting Ponyville and seeing his grandkids for the first time. Of course by then, Pear and Bright have...passed on. Something he does regret but doesn't want to make the same mistake with her daughter's family, even finally making peace with Granny Smith.
  • Said word-for-word by the recently Came Back Wrong Lord Garmadon to his son Lloyd in the Ninjago episode "True Potential" when Lloyd tries and fails to find the good in him.
  • This trope is one of the main reasons Dr. Doofenshmirtz from Phineas and Ferb grew up to be a villain. The worst part was he didn't really deserve it. His parents were so ridiculously negligent, they were never around for any of his birthdays, even the day he was actually born. He was completely ignored when he failed to jump off a high dive at the city pool (which was considered a rite of passage). Heck, his father even named the family dog "Only Son"! While his mom preferred his more successful brother Roger.
  • One episode of Pinky and the Brain has Brain giving this treatment to a clone who has decided that he doesn't want to take over the world — "I have no clone."
  • Rocko's Modern Life:
    • Ralph Bighead's decision to become a cartoonist results in his being disowned by his father, and he isn't particularly interested in reconciling. It requires intervention by Rocko and friends to restore the family relationship. The title of the episode is "I Have No Son!", and Ed Bighead even says it word-for-word a couple of times, while Ralph says "I have no father."
    • In the Static Cling special, Ed says that he has no daughter after seeing that Ralph is now a woman named Rachel.
    • In "Who's For Dinner?", Heffer runs away from his surrogate family, the Wolfes, and looks for his real parents after he finds out he's adopted. He eventually meets the spirit of his real (living) father, who reveals that he disowned him because he found him ugly, just like his real brothers and sisters. After meeting his real father's spirit, Heffer comes to accept the Wolfes as his real family.
  • The Simpsons
    • In "Like Father, Like Clown", as a parody specifically of the scene in The Jazz Singer:
      Lisa: Excuse us. Rabbi Krustofski?
      Rabbi Krustofski: Oh, what can I do for you, my young friends?
      Bart: We came to talk to you about your son.
      Krustofski: I have no son! (slams the door)
      Bart: Oh, great. We came all this way and it's the wrong guy.
      Krustofski: (opens door) I didn't mean that literally! (slams door again)
    • Parodied again in "The Principal and the Pauper", when Agnes Skinner learns that the real Seymour Skinner was imprisoned in Vietnam and the man she has raised as her son is an impostor; her dramatic declaration that she has no son is somewhat undercut by Homer rather acerbically pointing out that she obviously has at least one son. She responds by saying "No, I have one stranger, and one fraud!"
    • Parodied in another episode when Patty declares that if Marge doesn't come to her gay wedding then "I have no non-identical sister!"
    • Played relatively straight in "Old Money" when Abe blames Homer for dragging him away on his girlfriend's birthday and causing her death by burst ventricle broken heart. He even says the trope word-for-word:
      Abe: You made me miss the last precious moments of Bea's life! I'll never speak to you again! I HAVE NO SOOOOOON!
    • Parodied in yet another episode when the Squeaky-Voiced Teen working at the Bowling Alley says that he can't even give a lane to his own mother on League night. Lunchlady Doris walks past and says, "I have no son!"
    • Played seriously with Homer's long-lost half-brother Herbert, who lets Homer design a car that will make or break his company, assuming Homer knows what The Everyman wants. Homer botches it, leading Herb to tell him rather venomously, "As far as I'm concerned, I have no brother." They patch things up in a later episode, after which Herb is never seen again.
    • Inverted in the episode "MoneyBART", as Bart is running the bases on his Little League game.
      Homer: If he makes it, that's my son!
    • Played straight and then subverted in "Burns, Baby Burns" when Mr. Burns finds out he has a son, Larry. At first, Larry proves an embarrassment to Burns (who calls him a "a coarse, boorish ignoramus") and he says this Trope almost word for word. He changes his mind quickly after Larry is kidnapped (actually, Homer and Larry stage a kidnapping, hoping it will help them reconcile) saying angrily that "nobody takes what's mine, whether it's my newspaper or my good-for-nothing son!"
    • In "Old Yeller-Belly," Homer gets annoyed by Santa Little Helper's cowardice and tells Kent Brockman "I have no dog!" in a manner parodying this trope. This comes back to bite him in the ass later when the dog's former owner comes to take him back and uses the interview to prove that he's no longer Homer's.
    • While Marge doesn't officially disown Bart nor kick him out of the house, she becomes so disappointed in him that she becomes distant.
      • In "Bart the Mother," when Bart accidentally shoots a bird and Marge finds out, what she tells him in response is pretty much this trope.
        Marge: What's the point, Bart? I punish, and I punish, and I punish, but it never sinks in. So you know what? Do what you want. You wanna play with little hoodlums, fine. Have fun killing things.
      • Played Straight in Marge "Love Is a Many-Splintered Thing" for siding with his father during an argument about women and love.
      • Marge gives up on Bart again in "Peeping Mom" when her attempts get him to confess his plans involving a bulldozer fail and he becomes too stubborn to insufferable levels.
        Marge: You're in charge of yourself. Get home whenever. My parenting stops now. (prepares to leave, but then stops to wipe mud off his face) Okay, now.
  • Parodied on South Park as part of the parents' hysterical, intense reaction to the news that the boys have been smoking. Stan tries to bring Randy back to earth, but as soon as he calls him "dad," Randy shouts, "I DON'T HAVE A SON!"
    • South Park: The Streaming Wars: Downplayed. While Liane still plans to raise her son Eric, she is resentful that he made her quit her job, causing them to lose their house and move into a hotdog house, and refuses to let him blame her for the loss of their house. When Eric comes up with a plan for them to move in with a rich old guy by Liane seducing him and need her to get breast implants, Liane refuses, pointing out that they don't have the money for breast implants. And when Eric got the money for the breast implants, Liane outright refused to get them, saying that when Eric made her quit her job, she promised herself that she would never give in to him ever again. Liane refuses to give in, even when Eric threatens to either call the police or runway, telling her son she is done with this. And when Eric said that he himself would take the breast implants, while shocked, Liane called his bluff and was annoyed and disappointed when Eric actually took the breast implants. When Eric asks Liana what she will do now that she knows he is serious about his threats, Liane tells Eric that she plans to go grocery shopping. Liane leaves as Eric threatens to go to school with his breast implants. It is implied that while Liane will not abandon her son Eric and will support him financially until he becomes an adult, she has given up on having a relationship with him and closed off emotionally from him.
  • Near the third season of Star Trek: Lower Decks, Captain Freeman and Ensign Mariner have always had a contentious relationship due to Mariner's Military Maverick ways (which have resulted in her needing to be on her mother's ship because any other captain would probably court-martial her sooner rather than later). They work on their relationship over the course of three seasons, but when Mariner gives an unauthorized interview to a Federation reporter everyone assumes she's the source of all the embarrassing stories the reporter is now asking about. Captain Freeman says that not only is she transferring Mariner to the worst posting in Starfleet, she's not even sure if she can call Mariner her daughter anymore. Even her Number Two, who had reported Mariner, is shocked, to say nothing of how gutted Mariner herself is. Especially since Mariner didn't betray them at all. Her description of life on the Cerritos was glowing. Meanwhile, all the officers Freeman had hand-picked to be "credible" casually dropped those embarrassing tidbits during their interviews. By the time Freeman learns this and tries to get Mariner back, however, Mariner's already resigned her commission.
  • Played for Laughs in Steven Universe. In "Giant Woman", Steven finds a goat who he named Steven Jr. and adopts as his "son". When the goat tries to steal the Heaven Beetle from him, he bitterly yells "You're no son of mine!"
  • Darkseid pulls this in Superman: The Animated Series after sending his son Kalibak to a slave pit with his Omega beams. His exact words in response to Desaad saying that Kalibak was his son, "A technicality regarding his birth. As far as my destiny lies, I have no son." (This may or may not have been a subtle reference to Orion, another of his sons and one of his worst enemies. Ironically, when Orion appears several episodes later, Darkseid openly acknowledges him as his son and takes pride in Orion's boldness and ferocity. To add insult, he says this in the presence of Kalibak.)
  • Voltron: Legendary Defender: Not only does Zarkon disown Lotor, but he also orders his entire empire to kill Lotor on sight.
  • In the Hanna-Barbera TV special "The Little Troll Prince," Ulvik, the King of the Trolls, disowns his son Prince Bu once the latter professes his faith in Christ (thus committing blasphemy against the troll code) and (unwittingly) sheds his troll like appearance in front of him, and then strips him of his royal title, leaving him to the mercy of a hostile crowd. Afterwards, he's shown to be visibly upset that he lost his favorite son, and when his wife Serena fears that Bu would lead humans to their kingdom for revenge, he assures her that Bu is not a traitor and he will not cause them any trouble. He tells her to let him go as "it's all over."
  • When reunited with her father in Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego? in "Can You Ever Go Home Again?", Carmen's dad has a less-than-pleasant reaction. He refuses to believe that the toddler he thought died in an accident survived and grew up into a thief.
  • Zeroman: Rusty Woodenwater's mother renounced him as her son when he got booed off his own show.
  • While not imminently evident, The Dragon Prince gives us Rayla, who nearly doomed her first assassination mission when the egg was revealed to be alive. Ranaan, the leader of the mission and later revealed to be Rayla's own foster father, says he will kill her for this and indeed draws his weapon against her. Subverted somewhat, as Word of God claims that Ranaan wouldn't have been able to kill Rayla if it came to it and would have probably settled for disarming her. Muddied a little with Ranaan's husband, Ethari, who has joined their village in their shared shunning of Rayla and blames her for Ranaan's apparent death, but he's also clearly heartbroken over it and momentarily breaks the spell to speak to her one last time.

Alternative Title(s): I Have No Daughter


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Unable to reason with Nemo, his son, Jules, is forced to confront him.

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