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"I used to think there was some sort of mix-up at the hospital when Frasier was born. Of course, when Niles came along, it shot that theory all to hell."
Martin Crane, Frasier

Children sometimes share traits with their parents. Sometimes these traits are so pronounced that they are basically a Generation Xerox of their parent, probably thanks to it being In the Blood that they turn out like their parents.

However, sometimes children have traits that completely contrast with those of their parents, sometimes so much so that they can be seen as a Foil to their parents. The contrast can be as simple as a clash of different personalities such as for example, a stoic parent with a Hot-Blooded child or a Wacky Parent, Serious Child dynamic. The contrast however can be more complex such as a contrast in powers, political views or even a sense of morality. The contrast may even make a parent and child a Shadow Archetype of one another.

Sometimes the contrast may come about because the child doesn't want to follow in their parents' footsteps for whatever reason. Sometimes it may be the result of bad parenting, or it could be that the parent intentionally wanted their children to be as different from them as possible. Sometimes it may have come about simply because of the environment the child was raised in, regardless of the parent's involvement. Sometimes it's because the child takes after someone else, such as their other parent. Sometimes though there is just no explanation for the contrast between the child and parent other than that they are what they are, separate individuals.

The contrast between the child and their parent may sometimes be seen negatively by either one or both, such as a child viewing their parent as amazingly embarrassing or the parent being ashamed of them. If the contrast between parent and child is too great, it may naturally lead to a case of Archnemesis Dad and Antagonistic Offspring. However sometimes, even with the conflicting traits, there may be no animosity between the two as they may genuinely care for one another regardless of how different they are. For Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas and there are evil parents who want good kids.

A Super-Trope to Wacky Parent, Serious Child, Jock Dad, Nerd Son, Feminine Mother, Tomboyish Daughter, Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter, and The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter. A Sub-Trope of Foil. A Generational Saga often has multiple iterations of this, commonly with a grandparent/grandchild pair who are more similar to each other than they are to the generation in between.

The more dramatic and extreme the contrast between parent and child, the more likely the trope is being used to set up a Flash Back in which we see the parent in their youth or childhood, acting exactly the same as their child acts now. This can be to trigger a "Not So Different" Remark bonding moment, or it can trigger the parent doubling down on their refusal to accept their child's personality traits because they "know" it ended poorly when they tried it. Other ways in which the more extreme contrast can cause friction include the child seeking Stand-In Parents due to being embarrassed, or an enraged declaration of "You're Not My Father!" (Or "I Am Not My Father" if speaking to other people).

See Sibling Yin-Yang when the contrast is between siblings and not between a parent and child. See Contrasting Sequel Main Character when the contrast is specifically between main characters but not necessarily ones that are related. See also Against the Grain, when someone defies their expected roles.

Contrast Generation Xerox, and Like Father, Like Son.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Bakuman。: Moritaka Mashiro draws manga while his father Masahiro seems to be a salaryman who in fact used to be the captain of the karate club during his high school days. The series makes it clear that Mashiro has much more stronger parallels to his late uncle Nobuhiro; his uncle is an infamous mangaka who used to be pen-pals with the woman he loved but couldn't confess his feelings to, while Mashiro has a long-distance relationship with his girlfriend Azuki (the daughter of said woman). Mashiro's father is surprisingly supportive of Mashiro's career as a mangaka, thanks to experiencing Nobuhiro's dedication to his profession. The one thing Mashiro and his father have in common is their taste in manga.
  • A few Doraemon episodes set in the future feature the children of the main gang, and the personalities of their children are the exact opposite compared to their respective parents. Notably, Nobita's son, Nobita Jr. is a star athlete excelling in sports (which Nobita absolutely isn't) and the captain of his school's football team, as well as having an excessively rough, aggressive personality unlike his father. Meanwhile, Gian's son, Gian Jr. is timid, kind, and a Gentle Giant despite his size (compared to his father who was The Bully as a kid) while Suneo's son, Suneo Jr. is humble, Spoiled Sweet and doesn't like bragging despite being from a wealthy family (the opposite of his father who's often a show-off). The sole exception to this trope is Dekisugi Jr., the son of resident genius Dekisugi, who turns out to be as smart as his father as a kid.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • Bardock was a serious and proud warrior who would slaughter innocent races because it's in his blood, and despite being a low-class warrior, he was abnormally strong. His oldest son Raditz is similar, only openly more cruel and is a weak Dirty Coward. After getting hit on his head, Goku grew up as a cheerful and friendly Idiot Hero and he can be a Cloudcuckoolander.
    • Goku's first son Gohan is humble, soft-spoken, nerdy, and does not enjoy fighting for the sake of it, unlike his Blood Knight father. In times of peace, Goku continues to train while Gohan focuses on his scholarly pursuits. Goku's second son Goten started out as similar as Goku himself, but in the end, Goten has become tired of fighting and is more interested in dating girls.
    • Vegeta is a very serious and extremely proud Prince who loves fighting and he used to be very violent and he didn't care for anyone. Present Trunks is cheerful and a brat, while Future Trunks is humble, soft-spoken, and wouldn't risk the safety of his comrades for a fight like his father. Present Trunks would eventually become someone similar to himself from the alternate timeline.
  • In Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai, Pop has this dynamic with his father, Junk. Junk is The Blacksmith in the village where Pop was born and raised, with the physical strength and knowledge of weapons required for his line of work. Pop, meanwhile, is a Squishy Wizard whose specialty is spellcasting instead of brute strength or weapon-wielding.
  • Deconstructed in the case of Fruits Basket's Tohru Honda and her father, Katsuya. She didn't inherit his personality nor does she physically resemble him. The only obvious thing they have in common is their formal way of speaking, which is something Tohru started doing out of fear that her grieving mother would leave her again after Katsuya's death. At Katsuya's funeral, relatives commented on the lack of resemblance and openly speculated that Tohru was the product of an affair because of her mother's delinquent past, thinking the toddler Tohru wouldn't understand what they were saying.
  • I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying: Kaoru's father is a professional chef, while the only one who can eat her cooking is her husband.
  • Is It My Fault That I Got Bullied?: Shiori Suzuki is a sweet kindhearted girl, while Shinji Suzuki brutal sadistic bully. Aizawa eventually recognises that.
    Aizawa: [to Shinji] You've raised a very kind girl... one who understands the pain of others. You should be very proud, since she is nothing like you!
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: the first three protagonists are all related, and all very different.
    • While Jonathan was every bit a gentleman and a Gentle Giant so pure his mere presence makes flowers bloom, his grandson Joseph is a loud, Boisterous Bruiser with a propensity for Zany Schemes. Jonathan's tactics in combat were limited to "let's get him in a position where I can Overdrive him", while Joseph's solutions lean on the side of Success Through Insanity and outthinking his opponents. It most likely comes from the fact that while Jonathan was raised to be a British lord, Joseph's parents vanished early in his life, leaving only Erina and Speedwagon to raise him.
    • Joseph and his grandson Jotaro are even further opposites. While Joseph in his older years is still a loud, cheerful Boisterous Bruiser, Jotaro is very much The Stoic whose emotions are next-to-impossible to divine (ironically, he hides them because he believes he's easy to read). Joseph's enemies in Battle Tendency often found him amusing, while Jotaro sometimes manages to defeat his opponents through sheer intimidation alone. Moreover, when Joseph appears in Stardust Crusaders, Jotaro clearly thinks little of him, while when he himself appears in Diamond In Unbreakable, all the new characters consider him pretty much the coolest person in existence.
  • Major 2nd:
    • Goro from Major was a Child Prodigy baseball player who ended up going pro as an adult. His children in the sequel Major 2nd grew up wanting to be like him. His daughter is quite a baseball player. His son on the other hand... Daigo has a weak arm and can't pitch well. Daigo ends up so frustrated by his inability to pitch that he becomes cynical and quits baseball for several years. He returns thanks to Hikaru but ends up becoming a catcher.
    • Subverted with Hikaru. He initially seems to be in an identical situation to Goro, but it turns out that Hikaru simply doesn't know how to play baseball. When taught proper poses, it becomes apparent that Hikaru has a natural talent for pitching.
  • Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid: Kanna is pretty much the exact opposite of her father. She's a tiny, white-haired, unaligned dragon who is The Stoic. He's a large, black-haired, chaos-aligned dragon who is Affably Evil. Even their names have a Sky/Earth contrast, being named after a storm and mountain deity respectively.
  • Zig-Zagged in My Hero Academia for Bakugou, who doesn't take much after his father Masaru: a polite and somewhat timid man. Rather, Bakugou takes more after his mother Mitsuko, whose temper can be every bit as explosive as his.
  • Naruto:
    • At first glance, Naruto's son, the eponymous protagonist of Boruto, is an exact copy of his father. However, as we get to learn more about his character, differences start to appear. First of all, Boruto has the complete opposite early childhood that Naruto had, living with two Doting Parents and a little sister. He's also a Brilliant, but Lazy Child Prodigy, very unlike how his hard-working Boisterous Weakling father was. And compared to how Naruto was at his age, Boruto is well-mannered and socially adjusted. He also resents that his dad is too busy with his job and can be mouthy to him (Naruto always respected Minato, no matter what) or the Hokage title nor he has any will to pursue his father's path. He also breaks the usual Master-Apprentice Chain by having Sasuke as his master and not someone on the Generation Xerox spectrum of Naruto's side. It's also telling that his hairstyle resembles Sasuke's (during his youth) rather than Naruto's.
    • Chocho is a sassy, Fat and Proud girl. This contrasts with her father Choji having been shy and insecure as a child (and even as an adult Choji is softspoken). Chocho gets her spunk from her mother.
  • Negi Springfield and his father Nagi Springfield in Negima! Magister Negi Magi couldn't look more alike, and yet their personalities couldn't be more different. Negi is serious, studious, and a complete worrywart whereas his father is a boisterous, lazy man who can't be bothered to memorize his own spells. This also applies to their magical capabilities: Nagi was gifted insane magical power, whereas Negi had to work his tail off to achieve his magical prowess.
  • One Piece:
    • Wapol's father when he was alive was a benevolent king who was very much loved by his people. Wapol, on the other hand, is a spoiled Royal Brat who is so selfish that nobody can believe he is his father's son. When he took over the throne after his father died, he not only abused his power but also abandoned his people when Blackbeard attacked. Suffice to say, Wapol is hated very much by his subjects to the point that they arm themselves when he decides to show his ugly mug again.
    • Garp is the greatest Marine to have protected the peace of the World Government, having notably brought the Pirate King Gold Roger to justice. His son Dragon is the leader of the Revolutionaries who aims to topple the World Government.
    • Doflamingo is a manipulative asshole who only values the lives of those who prove useful to his goals, and even then towards them he doesn't take kindly to betrayal. In regards to his true origin, this is not surprising as he's actually a former World Noble, the same people who keep slaves and freely shoot others without repercussion. What's surprising however is in regard to his parents. His parents, namely his father, were actually genuinely good people unlike their World Noble contemporaries, who even decided to step down from their privileged but abusive social status to live among the common folk.
    • Sanji is nothing like his father, Vinsmoke Judge. Judge is a warmongering king, a Bad Boss, and a brutish man who believes in Might Makes Right and Virtue Is Weakness. Sanji on the other hand, is a low-class pirate and, while he has his faults, is a hero who refuses to be associated with his family or their Underworld activities and is willing to help others in need. It's later revealed to be justified; Sanji was genetically altered along with his then-unborn quadruplet brothers with the intention of turning them into ruthless killing machines, but his dead mother, Sora, took a dangerous drug that reversed gene modifications to save her sons, at the cost of his own life. Sanji was the only one who was born a normal kid who still retained his empathy as the result of the drug; Ichiji, Niji, and Yonji weren't so lucky.
    • Big Mom's children are mostly like her, but there are exceptions. Charlotte Praline, Charlotte Chiffin, and Lola are all incredibly nice people, unlike their tyrannical and brutal mother. The former two take it a step further by actually loving their husbands, instead of their mother's route of treating her spouses like living sperm banks.
  • Pokémon: The Series:
    • Jessie is very similar to her mother Miyamoto in many places. They both have similar hair colors, they're both extremely loyal to Team Rocket, and they're both excitable, borderline Woman Children. However, while Miyamoto was The Ace of Team Rocket and the favorite of the then-boss Madame Boss, Jessie is at the bottom of the barrel and is a pick in the side of the current boss (and son to Madame Boss) Giovanni.
    • Girly Serena wasn't the Rhyhorn Racer her hotblooded mother Grace was pushing her to be. When she found her true dream of being a Pokémon Performer, they had a Skiddo race before Grace gave her blessing.
  • The Quintessential Quintuplets: Male lead Fuutarou Uesugi is excessively serious and straight-laced, focusing mostly on his studies, to the point he's also fairly weak for physical tasks. His father Isanari, on the other hand, is rather easygoing, and his physique suggests that he exercises regularly. This wasn't always the case, though, as Fuutarou sported a delinquent look back in elementary school, something Isanari seems rather proud of, while Fuutarou sees it as an Old Shame.
  • Saber Marionette J: An episode of J to X has Hanagata being visited by his father, and the two couldn't be any more different from each other. Hanagata is blond, thin, effeminate and a Butt-Monkey, while his dad is dark-haired, muscular, imposing and (from what we know) pretty successful on everything he does.
  • In The Seven Deadly Sins, Dreyfus is an ambitious Well-Intentioned Extremist Knight Templar who won't let anything stand in his way, even going as far as to stage a coup against his king. Dreyfus' son Griamor is a loyal and devoted knight who has sworn to protect one of the kingdom's princesses. Their contrast is even highlighted by their powers. Dreyfus' power is to literally blast through anything in his way. Griamor's a Barrier Warrior. Despite their contrasts though, Dreyfus is a "Well Done, Dad!" Guy who cares deeply for his son.
  • The manga version of Soul Eater (the anime never reaches this point) paints the antagonism between Lord Death and Asura in another light as it is revealed Asura is a fragment of Death embodying Madness due to Order Death willingly cast away to further embody Order -as there has been revealed Madness does is not purely a force of chaos, as it can manifest from desires of Order, Knowledge, and Power, among other aspects-, making Asura the son of a Truly Single Parent. Guess who else is a fragment of Death? Death the Kid, who represents Madness due to Order.

    Comic Books 
  • Batgirl (2000), Cassandra Cain, is the daughter of Lady Shiva (Sandra Wu-San) and David Cain, both of them feared assassins. Cassandra herself is a superheroine who deeply believes in Thou Shalt Not Kill.
  • Vril Dox II, the son of Brainiac, hates his father and does not want to turn out like him. How well he succeeds is debatable, considering his own megalomaniac tendencies, willingness to mind control entire planets, and inability to be a good parent.
  • The Runaways are a team of Heroes With Bad Publicity, whereas their parents were Villains With Good Publicity.
  • In the Ultimate Marvel universe Wolverine had a son, Jimmy Hudson. He gave him as a baby to a friend, specifically to Give Him a Normal Life and make sure that he does NOT turn out like him.
  • In White Sand, Praxton is the most powerful of the Sand Masters and their leader, as well as a firm believer in "stronger is better". His son Kenton is the weakest of his diem and a perpetual student, with ironclad belief that ability beats raw power. The only trait they seem to share is sheer stubbornness, which explains why they're not on the best of terms.
  • X-Men: Nightcrawler is one of the kindest mutants of the series and a devout Catholic as well. His mother Mystique, on the other hand, has committed many villainous acts, and his father Azazel fancies himself as Satan.

    Comic Strips 
  • Popeye, as unrefined as he is, has a very strict moral code that he follows. He's very chivalric, goes out of his way to help others who can't help themselves, and refuses to fight women under any circumstances. His father, Poopdeck Pappy, on the other hand, is much more opportunistic and at times, downright hedonistic. It's not uncommon to see Popeye trying to parent his own father and regularly finds himself "disgustipated" with his actions.

    Fan Works 
  • Abraxas (Hrodvitnon): Ren Serizawa is less stoic and secure than his late father Dr. Ishirō Serizawa was, and he's only just beginning to understand why Ishirō and Vivienne Graham had such a reverent outlook on Godzilla and his Titan allies.
  • The Belle and the Baron: In contrast to his mother Lila Rossi, who's a vindictive Consummate Liar and Attention Whore, Nolan Rossi is a calm and heroic young man as the Ladybug Hero Baron Beetle. There's a good reason why he's close to his fiance Emma Agreste and her family, along with taking his wife's last name when they get married.
  • The grown-up Godzilla Junior in The Bridge is a Gentle Giant towards humans, a leader of his allies; and was effectively Terra's Big Good while being a Horrifying Hero at worst. His adoptive father, the late Senior, was a highly destructive Chaotic Neutral, solitary, and absolutely loathed humans. Granted the traits they do share such as desires for revenge, bouts of rage, and single-minded focus make Junior fear he's not unlike his father enough.
  • A Burning Flame In My Soul: Garrus, the son of Gallus and Silverstream, is way different from both of his parents. While Silverstream is excited and happy about almost everything, and Gallus knows how to party and have fun, Garrus is so quiet he could be mistaken for Fluttershy's child, preferring quiet activities like reading, writing, and singing.
  • In Alya and the Harem Reality, like in canon Miraculous Ladybug, the shy and quiet Juleka's parents are very much not this, and her exact parentage outright baffles Chloe, who wonders how on earth a wallflower was the result of a pirate and a rock star banging.
  • In From Muddy Waters, Izuku is almost nothing like his father in personality. All For One thinks nothing of people who aren't affiliated with them, happily murdering dozens of heroes to steal their Quirks to hand Izuku as presents. He's utterly self-assured, emotionally manipulative, and does everything For the Evulz. Izuku wants to be a hero who saves people like All Might. He's highly emotional, overly apologetic, and terrified of being ostracized for his parentage. This is what convinces All Might that Izuku couldn't be All For One's son, as they were just too different in personality, even if their Quirks are eerily similar.
  • In The Lion King: Hidden Stories, Mheetu is nothing like his hateful and cruel father Scar. He's a cheerful, loyal lion who loves his siblings.
  • Yamujiburo:
    • Ash and Misty's son Cane is nothing like his parents. His two parents adore Pokémon and are very loud and self-confident. Cane is awkward and shy. He doesn't really care for Pokémon and instead only went on a journey because he was bored.
    • Dawn and Zoey are both self-confident but their daughter Aurora is a Shrinking Violet.
  • In Pain And Blood: Like his mother, Aksel is a studious bookworm with ice powers. However, while Elsa has a strong love for her younger sister Anna, Aksel hates his older brother. Likewise, Aksel is easily angered while Elsa is stoic.
  • Discussed in Raisa's Secret. Raisa interacts with Quentin Lance (and his typical bad attitude) and wonders how "a man so predisposed towards mistrust and judgement could produce such a sweet girl as Miss Laurel."
  • The Rigel Black Chronicles: It doesn't take long for the Hogwarts staff to determine that "Rigel Black" bears little resemblance to Sirius Black. Ironically, the true Arcturus Rigel Black is indeed quite a bit like Sirius — but Harriett Potter, who's impersonating him, is still quite different from James Potter. She has a sense of humour but is generally reserved, respectful, and studious. (She certainly wouldn't get any positive attention from Professor Snape if she was like either James or Sirius.)
  • Well, "Like mother, unlike son" in The Silver Raven. As much as he loves his mother, Nero is a naturally rebellious person who can't stand the rigid structure of Hexside and the covens. He doesn't want to join a coven because of how limiting it is and definitely doesn't want to become eternally indebted to the Emperor, heavily contrasting Lilith's loyalty and servitude towards Belos. For this reason, he quickly strikes up friendly conversation with Eda over their mutual distaste for the Emperor's rule even before learning that Eda is his aunt.
  • Learning How to Be a Princess has Emperor Belos and his daughter Luz. While Emperor Belos brought peace to the Boiling Isles, he did so by cementing himself as a terrifying, all-powerful tyrant who's willing to punish even the smallest infractions. Keeping up this appearance is a source of joy for him as well. Meanwhile, Luz is a kindhearted individual who looks up to one of the very "wild witches" her father wants to stamp out, is occasionally embarrassed by some of his more violent actions, and feels guilt whenever she does have to act cruel to accomplish a task. Doesn't stop her from adoring her dad and wanting to live up to his legacy though, and Hawk did end up becoming just as merciless and driven as her version of Belos.
  • In the epilogue of Son of the Sannin Itachi Uchiha and Natsu Hyuga have a daughter who lucks out in the Superpower Lottery by not only inheriting both of their bloodline limits but also her father's natural talent. She develops quite the ego as a result, something very much at odds with her parents' more humble personalities.
  • Played for Laughs in The Truth about Bickslow, where the Fairy Tail guild are surprised that not only are Bickslow's parents alive and he isn't Conveniently an Orphan like most of them (they actually live in Magnolia), but they're a cheerful, doting, and ordinary couple composing of an accountant and a housewife.

    Films — Animation 
  • Aladdin and the King of Thieves: Aladdin and his father Cassim may look alike, but they quickly realize that they have virtually nothing in common. Aladdin sees theft only as a means to survive, while Cassim enjoys being a thief, and is too much to resist using Aladdin's wedding as a way of stealing the oracle. Whereas Aladdin wishes to stay and own up to his responsibilities, Cassim runs away from them. This argument causes their falling out.
  • In The Book of Life, the Sanchez family has a long line of bullfighters of which Carlos is a part of. As such he hopes for his own son Manolo to uphold the family tradition. Manolo however prefers to be a musician who plays songs rather than a bullfighter who finishes off bulls.
  • Kronk from The Emperor's New Groove is a Gentle Giant who enjoys baking and other similar hobbies. His father who is introduced in the sequel is a short-statured man who doesn't view such things as being merits of someone he would consider as successful. Upon seeing the lengths Kronk's friends would do to help him out and their overall view of him however, Kronk's father gives his approval in light of his son's character rather than the standards that he personally believes in.
  • Played with in Hotel Transylvania. Dracula hates and fears humans, justified because they killed his wife, leaving him to raise his daughter alone. His daughter Mavis, however, despite being told all her life that humans hate and fear monsters, is curious and adventurous, wanting to meet them and see the world. In the end, Drac relents because his daughter's happiness matters more to him, and because he gets to see with his own eyes that the world has changed since he was a young vampire in love.
  • In How to Train Your Dragon, Stoick the Vast is a big bearded man who is every bit a typical Viking warrior whose main defining feature is his strength. Stoick's son Hiccup is a rather scrawny weak kid who is more of a Gadgeteer Genius than a fighter. Despite this, Stoick cares for his son and eventually becomes proud of him as well.
  • The Little Mermaid: Ariel is one of seven daughters. The other six are blonde and brunette, and perfectly content being mermaids. Ariel is the only redhead and the only one who finds any interest at all in the surface world. This drastic contrast causes severe friction between her and her father Triton.

    Films — Live Action 
  • In The Abduction of Saint Anne, the Mafia godfather Frank Benedict is the father of the titular saint, a deeply devout teenager who may be able to work miracles. When Dave expresses disbelief, Bishop Logan says, "Grace is the gift of God. I don't think one's mother or father has anything to do with it."
  • Jughead was a notorious Celibate Hero as a teenager. In the Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again film, he has a Dirty Kid son.
  • In Austin Powers, Dr. Evil is an Affably Evil James Bond styled villain who frequently carries the stupidity of one in more than one way. His son Scott is somewhat of a Jerkass but is far more intelligent and competent. In particular, Scott is smart enough to know that shooting a person is far more efficient than just simply leaving them in an overly elaborate Death Trap.
  • In Big Bully, a dynamic like this exists between the two main fathers and their respective sons. David is a nerdy guy who was bullied when he was a kid. David's son is the typical '90s cool kid but a bully. Roscoe is a big guy who was once David's bully who decides to continue his antics when David returns back home as a full-grown man. Roscoe's son is somewhat of a nerd and is also ironically the victim of David's son's bullying.
  • Back to the Future,
    • George McFly in the first movie's original timeline was a spineless geek who let Biff Tannen continue to bully him even after they graduated high school. George's youngest son Marty is a cool but hot-headed kid who stands up to bullies especially if they call him chicken, although the "original" version of his eldest son Dave appears to be closer to George personality-wise.
    • Marty's own future son in Back to the Future Part II is also a contrast to himself. Whereas Marty stands up for himself and has some smarts in him, his future son is a pushover and appears to be a bit of a dumbass.
  • Bones (2001): Jeremiah is a Sharp-Dressed Man who is contemptuous of his old neighborhood, while his children are hipsters who want to revitalize his old neighborhood and bring something good back to it. At the end of their first scene, they help Cynthia and Pearl (who are both strangers to them) carry their groceries in from the street.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Black Panther (2018) has a big one between T'Challa and his father, though T'Challa is still proud to be his father's son. When T'Challa has to choose between bringing an ally to Wakanda for medical treatment, he brings him home. When T'Chaka (the father) has to choose between leaving his young nephew alone in Oakland or taking him home, he abandons him. When T'Challa found out, he was not amused.
    • Finally cemented in Avengers: Endgame that while Tony Stark shares a strikingly similar personality and characteristics with his father, Howard Stark, they differ in several key ways. One of which is parenting as Tony is an excellent and admirable father to his daughter, Morgan, than his father ever was to him.
  • In Matilda, the title character's parents are incredibly horrible and stupid people who prefer watching mindless Soap Operas and game shows. Matilda's father in particular is an incredibly dishonest car salesman. Matilda, in contrast, is a very sweet and extremely intelligent girl who loves books and learning. She's also fully aware of how wrong and dangerous the stunts her father pulls to make a quick buck. How she could be the child of such horrible people is beyond baffling.
  • MonsterVerse:
    • Godzilla: King of the Monsters: According to the Monarch Sciences website promoting the film's release, the timid, nerdy and skinny Sam Coleman had a jock dad.
    • Godzilla vs. Kong:
      • Ren Serizawa. He may look and sound like his deceased father from the previous films at first glance but beyond that, about the only common trait they share is a genius-level intellect, and it becomes clear that Ren and his father could not be more different. Ishirō Serizawa was a naturalist with a deep and profound reverence for the Titans (especially Godzilla), respect for nature, and criticism of mankind's arrogance and destructive hubris, and he heroically gave his life reviving Godzilla. Ren is supporting Apex Cybernetics' Muggle Power agenda to dominate, enslave and kill the Titans (who are forces of nature) using technological means, including Apex's obscenely Too Dumb to Live use of King Ghidorah's still-telepathic alien skull as the damned brain for a Mecha they've designed to be the World's Strongest Man (in fact, the novelization suggests it was probably Ren's idea to use Ghidorah's remains in such a way in the first place). And the novelization shows Ren believes Humanity Is Superior and humanity has The Right of a Superior Species to dominate the Titans, and that he despises Godzilla as the focus of his Parental Neglect resentment towards his father. In stark contrast to his father's death, Ren was forcibly killed by Ghidorah's skull and met a completely forgettable and almost humiliating demise.
      • Madison Russell also has this in the film's novelization. She and her father Mark Russell differ in that Madison has no interest in being normal following her early upbringing with her mother in a Limited Social Circle at Monarch and her experiences in the previous film which turned her into a Shell-Shocked Veteran. Mark on the other hand has implicitly rejoined Monarch out of a sense of duty and would be all too happy to never have to deal with Titans again if it could be helped, and unfortunately he's projecting his own expectations of what would be an ideal life onto Madison which is straining their relationship.
  • National Treasure: Ben Gates strongly believed in the Templar treasure sought by his ancestors and searched for it for nearly 30 years, while his father Patrick was the family skeptic who believed that there was no treasure and that the family's search was chasing after fool's gold. This even crops up between Patrick and his father John, who also believed in the treasure and was the one who told Ben the story.
  • This seems to run in the Skywalker clan of Star Wars. Luke is completely unlike his father Darth Vader, being a kind and compassionate Jedi with Incorruptible Pure Pureness while his father is The Dragon and Mascot Villain of the series. This even carries over to the next generation seen in The Force Awakens, where Kylo Ren takes after Darth Vader, his grandfather, being a violent psychopath, as opposed to the sarcastic rogue that is his father, Han Solo.
  • The films based upon Robert Anderson's plays, Tea and Sympathy and I Never Sang For My Father, are driven by this trope. Both works feature sons who can't live up to their father's expectations, and feel an uncomfortable mixture of father worship and repulsion towards his domineering personality.
  • T2 Trainspotting: Begbie escapes from prison, and hides with his wife and son, and decides to get back to a life of crime, making his son come with him on his robberies. His son, however, has grown up barely knowing him, and had been use to living on the straight and narrow and isn't interested in a life of crime.

  • The Beast Player: According to Sohyon, Asson was a kind and gentle man unlike either of his parents.
  • The Montefeltros' stories seen throughout The Divine Comedy clearly contrast each other. Guido da Montefeltro is in the eighth circle of Hell: even though he died a monk in a monastery (usually viewed as a good death for a Christian), he never repented for his greatest sin, as receiving absolution before committing a sin kind of misses the absolution’s whole point. St. Francis came to meet his soul initially but had to admit Guido was damned, and a demon dragged Guido off to Hell. Meanwhile, Guido’s son Buonconte fell in a battle of a civil war (to put it mildly, not the best Christian way to go) but repented his sins as he lay wounded and died praying to the Mother of God. An angel and a demon argued for his soul too, but this time, as Buonconte’s repentance, though expressed at the last moment, was genuine, the angel was victorious. Dante meets Buonconte among the saved in Ante-Purgatory.
  • The Dresden Files. The Carpenter family is a wholesome Catholic family...
    • ...except for Molly who hit her teens and started going punk and dyeing her hair in unique colors. She is also a warlock who ends up apprenticed to Harry Dresden, resulting in Harry figuring out that she's not that different from Molly's mother, who was a warlock but gave up her magic altogether...
    • ...and her oldest younger brother who, while devout, is far more Hot-Blooded than calm and serene Michael Carpenter.
  • In Dune, Paul Atreides/Muad'Dib often feels horribly constrained by his role as the Physical God to an entire people. His son Leto, by contrast, embraces this role. Also, whereas Paul tries to get everyone to follow him willingly and constantly worries whether he is doing the right thing, Leto has no compunctions about bullying the galaxy into following him and is utterly convinced that his way will ensure the survival of humanity. Paul rejected the Golden Path out of horror and fear, unwilling to do what his prescience showed him was necessary, while Leto embraces it despite knowing the personal prices he'll have to pay for the sake of humanity.
  • Subverted in A Frozen Heart, a tie-in novel to Frozen. Prince Hans is the youngest of 13 sons of a dysfunctional royal household. His older brothers, except for one, were molded into becoming ruthless and unfeeling men by their father, the King of the Southern Isles. Though Hans starts out not wanting to become like them, but as he becomes increasingly desperate in trying to control Arendelle in Queen Elsa's absence, he ends up becoming similar to his family (namely, becoming the king of Arendelle by attempting to assassinate Elsa and Anna), courtesy of their toxic influence.
  • Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen!: Coach K is friendly and supportive, but his son Kyle is The Bully who makes fun of Vivy and tries to get her kicked off the team. Vivy thinks it's like how her mom is outgoing and talkative, while she isn't at all.
  • Harry Potter downplays this a bit. While Harry definitely has some traits shared with his father James and is compared a lot to him at first (mainly because of their uncanny resemblance), there's a big difference between them in regard to their interactions as Hogwarts students. While Harry as a student is the type of guy who would stand up for the little guy, James when he was a student was a bit of an asshole, especially in regards to his treatment towards a young Snape (though Snape was, by common consent, hardly a defenceless victim). James' attitude in this matter in fact kinda makes him comparable to Draco Malfoy whom Harry is vehemently against, albeit with a spine and a heart of gold that Draco didn't possess. If anything, Harry takes much more after his mother. If Quidditch is added to the equation, Harry would be a Lovable Jock while his father James would be a Jerk Jock.
    • Draco Malfoy invokes this with his son Scorpius. Draco was himself a Jerkass who gradually became disillusioned with the Pure-Blood Supremacy. As an adult, he completely abandoned the ideal, married a humble woman, and raised his son to become more tolerant. Scorpius wasn't allowed to spend much time with his paternal grandparents.
  • The History of Bees features two opposing sides. George and Tom are the complete opposite of each other. George is a simple hard-working commercial beekeeper, attempting to create a long-lasting business for his son to inherit. While Tom is a book-smart college student with dreams of becoming a writer and leaving his old life behind him. Likewise, William is a smart inquisitive entomologist, that spent his early years diligently studying insects, completely lost in the exploration of knowledge. His son Edmund however is a self-indulgent slouch with no drive for work or the pursuit of knowledge.
  • Katniss Everdeen of The Hunger Games is a lot like her father but very different from her mother. Her mother is docile and soft-spoken, is a healer and when faced with the death of her husband she completely breaks apart and shuts down. Katniss is driven and energetic, loves being out hunting in the woods but can't stand the sight of injured or sick people, and when faced with the loss of the boy she loves she rallies and channels her pain into becoming the figurehead of the revolution. They do have one big thing in common though — both fell deeply in love with a man from their opposite social standing and started a family with him, something Katniss initially swore she would never do.
  • Ward of Hurog has his father's looks, but is otherwise very different - while his father was abusive towards the whole family, Ward is a Gentle Giant who spent his childhood trying to protect himself and his siblings from his father.
  • Done with the Steward of Gondor's family in The Lord of the Rings. Denethor is The Strategist, scholarly, and has powers of foresight thanks to his strong Numenorean blood. His eldest son Boromir is a frontline warrior who is more akin to the Warrior Poets of Rohan and his clairvoyance is very limited. (While Denethor and Faramir have the same prophetic dream several times, Boromir has it only once.) Denethor's youngest son Faramir is similar to himself — however, the contrast makes Boromir his father's favorite.
  • Mindblind: Nathaniel's parents split up when he was eight, and he dreads his weekend visits with his father, a successful motivational speaker and "people person" who loves sports and trucks and thinks Nathaniel's Asperger's is just an excuse to act like a brat. His father has a much better relationship with Nathaniel's outgoing three-year-old half-brother Joshua.
  • One Nation, Under Jupiter: Both of Diagoras' parents are devout Roman citizens.
  • The Scholomance: Galadriel 'El' Higgins's demeanor (she's standoffish, ill-tempered, rude, sharp-tongued, and often hostile even to people she likes), mystical talents (she is an Apocalypse Maiden who combines WMD-tier destructive power with a palpable inborn affinity for The Dark Arts so strong she has to constantly guard against ripping the lives out of those around her and masters any curse she so much as glances at even when she is trying not to), and even looks (everyone who has met the tall South Asian fellow that got eaten by a Maw-Mouth getting his sawed-off Welsh girlfriend out of the Scholomance's graduation hall six months before El's birth swears she looks just like him) are a study in contrasts with her mother the famous and saintly (if stubbornly independent and outright eccentric) gently-spoken healer Gwen Higgins. However El does share her mother's compassion, low tolerance for injustice, and gut-level desire to help others in full measure.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire:
    • Samwell Tarly. His father is a Colonel Kilgore, he is a plump, pacifistic nerd. This led Sam's father to disavow and disinherit him, and force him to join the Night's Watch under threat of death.
    • Tywin Lannister's father was an airheaded, weak-willed hedonist and spendthrift who knew nothing about politics. He is an aspiring tyrant, practical with money, and an astute politician. In turn, his son Tyrion has his political acumen but not his ruthlessness. His other son Jaime has no ambition at all other than being a Kingsguard. His daughter Cersei has all his ambition and ruthlessness but her politics aren't as sharp as his.
    • Roose Bolton is a cold-hearted tyrant of the same caliber as Tywin (and an ally of his). His bastard son Ramsay is an impulsive psychopath, not very smart, and only a real expert on torturing people, sucking at pretty much anything else.
    • Daeron II the Good was very much unlike his father Aegon the Unworthy.
    • In the case of House Targaryen, this pattern occurs for several generations:
      • Aegon the Conqueror was martial-inclined and resolved man who nevertheless had a moral anchor and was remembered fondly by the people. His older son, Aenys I, inherited his morality but lacked his martial prowess or resolve, while his younger son, Maegor I, inherited his martial prowess and resolve but lacked his morality. Aenys I's son Jaehaerys I had martial prowess, resolve, and morality, hence why he was considered the best king Westeros had since Aegon the Conqueror (and even to this day).
      • Prince Daemon Targaryen lived and loved dangerously and epitomized everything good and bad about being Targaryen, while his sons Aegon III and Viserys II were Boring, but Practical, with Viserys serving as a capable Hand of the King to Aegon and his sons for decades. Aegon III's eldest son Daeron I was an ambitious Young Conqueror, while Baelor I was a Cloudcuckoolander who was called "the Blessed" and "the Befuddled" in equal measure. Viserys' son was Aegon IV the Unworthy, a hedonist who cared nothing about ruling, while his son Daeron II was a principled and self-controlled man who took his duties seriously. This helped fuel the rumors that Daeron was not Aegon's biological son but rather the son of his uncle Aemon the Dragonknight who was the Knight in Shining Armor.
  • Wicked: Elphaba is the (non-biological) daughter of a deeply devout Unionist preacher. Her younger sister Nessarose is similarly religious, but Elphaba is an agnostic atheist. Both daughters defied their father by becoming particularly infamous witches (something condoned by Unionism). Elphaba became the Wicked Witch of the West while Nessarose became the Wicked Witch of the East.
  • In Worm, Theo Anders' parents are both neo-Nazis, and in fact co-lead a Nazi supervillain gang. Theo made his opinion of that lifestyle clear when he became a superhero and named himself after the Jewish legend of the Golem.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Belgravia: James Trenchard and his son Oliver. James is an ambitious and hard-working businessman while Oliver is sullen and disinterested in work, wanting to be a country gentleman. James' dynamic with his daughter Sophia is more of a Generation Xerox, which continues with her son Charles Pope.
  • Family Ties: The very liberal parents, Steven and Elyse, have two daughters who don't have any particular political leaning. And then there's their son Alex, who is a hard right-winger, who tries to remake his younger brother in his own image.
  • Frasier: Martin Crane is a retired cop who loves beer and sports. His two sons Frasier and Niles are both opera-loving, sherry-drinking psychiatrists. Whilst they start the series estranged, by the end of the run all three have a much happier relationship.
    • Coming full circle in Frasier (2023), Frasier's son, Freddy, has dropped out of Harvard and become a firefighter. Their relationship at the start of the series is strained, to say the least.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • This has happened to the Northerners. After the War of the Five Kings has ended and the fallen lords' sons took charge, most of them aren't as honorable or fond of the traditional feudal system. That's mostly because they saw what the old way of oaths and loyalty gave to their fathers and with the Boltons instead of the Starks in charge, you don't show respect as much as you show usefulness. Even those who aren't that extreme refuse to help the Starks simply because they asked. As well as the above, Smalljon Umber is also less noisy than his father.
    • Myrcella was sweet and kind, completely unlike her cruel, self-obsessed mother. Cersei talked about this after Myrcella's death:
      Cersei: She was good. From her first breath, she was so sweet. I don't know where she came from. She was nothing like me. No meanness, no jealousy, just good.
    • While Gendry does have a lot of Robert's physical traits, in terms of personality, he is almost the exact opposite. Robert was a boisterous irresponsible king who preferred fighting, drinking, and whoring to actually ruling. Gendry is a bastard who is more reserved, practical, and levelheaded and only fights to protect himself and others and doesn't seem to enjoy it. He also thinks things through much more than Robert tended to do.
  • House of the Dragon: Aegon, the son of King Viserys, is the complete opposite of his father, he's a drunk Serial Rapist and he's never been interested in ruling (and yet is forced to do by the Hightower side of his family) nor is he interested in his sister-wife Helaena, while his father, despite not being quite the best choice to rule, took his duty seriously, never raped someone and cared about both of his wives (though he was in love with Aemma, not so much the case with Alicent).
  • Justified: Raylan Givens is a US Deputy Marshall. His father Arlo is a career criminal who hates that his son is a lawman. Arlo's father was a fire and brimstone preacher who hated that his son was an unrepentant scofflaw. Raylan theorizes that he and Arlo each hated their father so much that they both picked diametrically opposed professions guaranteed to piss off their respective fathers.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Daredevil (2015): Wilson Fisk takes a lot of effort to prove to himself that he's not like his abusive father.
    • Luke Cage (2016): Zip, an enforcer in Cottonmouth's gang, gets seen as this by Shades and Turk compared to his father, in the span of a couple episodes.
      • First, it's Turk, criticizing Zip's willingness to work for Diamondback as an errand boy:
        Turk Barrett: Romeo would roll over in his grave, the way you're hop-skippin' with these cats nowadays. He was a man on these streets. You's just a boy.
        Zip: What the hell are you talking about? You're down here in his [Diamondback's] pocket, same as me.
        Turk Barrett: I'm doing business with him, yes. But I ain't his boy. And I definitely ain't his bitch.
      • After Zip later attempts to kill Shades, and fails, Shades gets hold of a gun and kills Zip's men, before beating a confession out of him:
      Shades: Romeo would be ashamed of you. You're such a disappointment.
      Zip: You're the second person whose told me that today. I'm my own man, Shades!
      Shades: Tell him yourself. [shoots Zip in the head]
  • The Munsters. Marilyn's parents are never seen, but she's the dramatic contrast — a "normal" human — to her family of literal Classic Hollywood Monsters.
  • Never Have I Ever: Fabiola's mother is a girly (and heterosexual) woman. She's decidedly neither of those things. That being said, they do get along better than most versions of this sort of contrasted mother/daughter and have a healthier, more loving, and open relationship than most children and their parents in the series.
  • On Star Trek: The Next Generation, Captain Jean-Luc Picard is a Bold Explorer in contrast to his father Maurice, a vintner who was tied to both his vineyard and the old traditions. On the other hand, Jean-Luc's older brother Robert was much more like Maurice, to the point that their meals were still cooked over a fire. Oh, and then Robert's son René started showing signs of wanting to join Starfleet like his uncle.
  • Supernatural:
    • Jack Kline, the half-human son of Lucifer. Multiple characters including his birth father's brother Gabriel have noted he may be half-archangel but he's fortunately nothing like his biological father in heart.
    • Dean Winchester II, son of Sam Winchester, named after his late uncle. Apparently, Sam doesn't raise him to be a badass like he or Dean were, but instead he is shown to live a normal life, studying and playing with his Dad.
  • The Twilight Zone (1959): "Beauty Is In The Eye of the Beholder" has dramatic visual contrast instead, with the main character looking like (to the audience) a normal human while her parents (never seen) and the rest of the world (as depicted by the hospital staff & TV) all look alike.
  • Namond Brice from The Wire is the son of Wee-Bay Price, legendary enforcer for the Barksdale gang. However, while he acts tough at school, and tries to engage in the drug trade, he doesn't have the work ethic nor the ruthless nature for the job. He ends up getting adopted by Bunny Colvin, as Wee-Bay also sees that his son would not survive in the streets for long, especially after the Barksdales stop paying his mother.
    Dennis: "They got the same blood but not the same heart."

    Video Games 
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow:
  • In Coffee Talk Episode 2: Hibiscus and Butterfly, Officer Jorji reveals to the Barista that he's afraid of ghosts, unlike his grandfather and one of his daughters, who are fascinated by the unknown.
  • Deltarune: While appearance-wise Lancer is the spitting image of his father King, personality-wise, Lancer is a sweet Cheerful Child, while King is a cruel Evil Overlord.
  • The Howe family in the Dragon Age series. Its patriarch in Dragon Age: Origins, Rendon Howe, is a morally bankrupt individual who betrays and slaughters the Cousland family to usurp their holdings, supports Teyrn Loghain's betrayal of the king, then kidnaps and tortures his opponents, cracks down on the Denerim Alienage elves, and even has the freaking Queen imprisoned. In short, while Loghain is a textbook morally ambiguous villain, Howe has no redeeming qualities whatsoever. Come Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening, we meet his two kids: the oldest son Nathaniel is a chivalrous and honorable individual who spent too little time with his father to recognize his wickedness and thus falsely idolizes him, while the oldest daughter Delilah recognized it long ago and cut all ties to her family, also helping Nathaniel to see the truth once they reunite after many years.
  • Fire Emblem:
    • In Fire Emblem Fates, the conflict between Saizo and his son Asugi comes from how the father is an extremely no-nonsense Fiery Redhead who loathes anything sweet and takes everything seriously, while the son is a mischievous Loveable Rogue in-training with a massive Sweet Tooth, and who is so bothered by this trope that he's terrified of potentially not being able to live up to his family legacy.
    • The Blazing Blade's Hector is best known for his big stature, expertise at axe-fighting, and Brilliant, but Lazy and Hot-Blooded personality. His daughter Lilina from The Binding Blade is quite petite, a magical prodigy (despite Hector's possible wives being physical fighters), a hard worker, and is far closer to being a sweet All-Loving Hero.
    • The Blazing Blade also has Canas, a shaman on a quest for knowledge who's quite kind and mild-mannered, if a bit lacking in social graces. His son Hugh, from The Binding Blade, is an anima mage (which his grandmother Niime hates him for), a mercenary, brash, and a tad violent. He's acutely aware of the contrast, to the point he initially dismisses the possibility of them even being related. It's implied that this awareness is partially why he acts the way he does.
    • In Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Duke Aegir is a corrupt and scheming Fat Bastard, while his son Ferdinand is honest, kindhearted, and rather handsome.
  • Eggs Benedict in Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location and his father are strongly implied to share similar physical traits...and that's about it. While his father, William Afton is a sociopathic serial killer, Eggs (Michael Afton) just wants to help free the ghostly children from their Animatronic tombs.
  • God of War: Atreus is very unlike his father Kratos; where Kratos is gruff, unsociable, and dead-focused on completing their quest and going home, only helping others when it would aid them, Atreus is friendly to everyone, always wants to help people just for the sake of it, and embraces the adventures they find themselves on. This is partly intentional on Kratos' part, as he very much does not want his son to be anything like him, and it's implied he took a very hand-off approach to parenting before Atreus' mother passed. This changes somewhat, after Atreus learns that he's a god, at which point he begins acting disturbingly like his father, in all the worst ways; it takes a major Break the Haughty moment for him to get back to his old self.
  • Grand Theft Auto V: Michael is frequently frustrated with his son Jimmy, who has grown up to be lazy and entitled, and while Jimmy wants to join Franklin's gang he also doesn't have any ambition towards criminal work either. Jimmy however also lacks Michael's angry and violent impulses, and is quick to call him out when he's acting irrationally.
  • Bobbie Grail in Growing Up is a big and loud aspiring Broadway actress, unlike her military parents who try discouraging her from following her dreams because they think it's "girly" and people might make fun of her for being fat.
  • While Zagreus of Hades is easily identified as Hades's son on sight thanks to their Shared Unusual Traits, people are quick to also note that he's otherwise nothing like his father. He takes this as a compliment.
  • Hi-Fi RUSH: Roxanne Vandelay, the former CEO of Vandelay Technologies, is a kindhearted philanthropist that worked hard to make technological breakthroughs that revolutionized the world. By contrast, Kale, her son and the new CEO, is greedy, cruel, petty, and lazy, making him a Sketchy Successor. Her daugher, Peppermint, is closer to her in ideals and personality, though with a Deadpan Snarker streak.
  • I Was a Teenage Exocolonist: When the protagonist first meets Marz's dads at the construction site, they note that they're "honest, friendly, straightforward guys with wide shoulders, strong backs, and soft hearts", in stark contrast to Marz's loud and sassy personality.
  • Canon Foreigner Lucy in Injustice 2 is a pretty typical, well-adjusted little girl, which is quite impressive given that her biological parents are Harley Quinn and the Joker. Harley did arrange for her to be raised by her sister, knowing full well she and "Mistah J" were not parenting material.
  • In The Legend of Zelda: Oracle Games, the son of Bipin the Gasha Seed farmer can grow up to have a completely different job than his father depending on certain player choices. While Bibin's son growing up to be either a warrior or a musician has varying degrees of contrast to his father, it is if he grows up to be a complete "slacker" that he contrasts the most with his hardworking father.
  • In Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Huey Emmerich turns out to be one of the most evil, narcissistic characters in the series, while his son Otacon in Metal Gear Solid has certainly made mistakes but is always going out of his way to do the right thing, even when doing so is difficult. Christopher Randolph, voice actor for both Otacon and Huey, has discussed his personal theory that the reason Otacon is such a moral paragon is because he knows about what horrible things his father tried to do, and has made the conscious attempt to reject that part of his personality.
  • Pokémon Sword and Shield:
    • The Isle of Armor Downloadable Content has Mustard (and, to an extent, his wife, Honey, as well) and Hyde. Mustard was the Galar region champion in his prime (for 18 years) and is still a formidable trainer even in his current age. Honey, despite not being into Pokemon battles until Mustard suggested for her to try it out, turned out to be quite good at it herself and is also a capable Pokemon battler in her own right. Hyde, their son, is a Child Prodigy who specializes in inventing gadgets and devices instead of Pokemon battles. Given that Pokemon battles are given similar comparisons to real-life spectator sports here, this contrast also makes for an example of Jock Dad, Nerd Son as well.
    • It's "daughter" instead of son in the Crown Tundra Downloadable Content, but the example fits otherwise. Peony goes to the Crown Tundra with his daughter Peonia in the hope of exploring and solving mysteries in the area, but Peonia is only interested in battling in the raid arena within the region instead, and, the moment she spots the playable protagonist, she asks you to join her father in the expeditions in her place (Peony later mentions that she's asked some other trainers to battle him so she could get away from him in the past). As Peony is more excitable and emotional than Peonia, this example also overlaps with Wacky Parent, Serious Child, too.
  • Pokémon Scarlet and Violet: The Indigo Disk DLC introduces two young characters who contrast with their older family members to varying degrees.
    • Lacey is a dainty girl and a Fairy-type specialist, while her father Clay is an imposing man and a Ground-type specialist. However, both of them have Excadrill as their ace (in Lacey's case, she uses Terastalization to turn her Excadrill into Fairy-type).
    • Drayton is a Brilliant, but Lazy battler who doesn't take his education seriously, in contrast to his grandfather Drayden who is a stern and dedicated mayor. Their only similarity is that Drayton still specializes in Dragon-type like dear granddad.
  • System Shock: Edward Diego is the guy who sets the entire plot in motion by having SHODAN's ethical restraints removed. He's shown to be a greedy, corrupt sociopath who sells out anyone and everyone for his own gain. In System Shock 2, the military liaison on board the ship is his son, William Diego... who is a professional, straight-laced, reasonable person who does his personal best to resolve the crisis. Lampshaded by William himself in one of his emails: telling the local Corrupt Corporate Executive that he is nothing like his father and will not be bribed or coerced in any way.
  • Zig-Zagged in TRON 2.0. Jet is a laid-back Playful Hacker that contrasts greatly with his serious father, Alan, a pioneer of computer security (to the point where their opening conversation has Alan grumbling "You sound like Flynn"). Jet also has a talent for combat and isn't good with thinking ahead, where his father has absolutely zero ability to defend himself, but has a terrifying gift for strategy. The zig-zag kicks in on a meta-level; Tron takes after Alan in terms of appearance and personality, but Jet is the one who takes after his "brother" in terms of kicking butt with a disc. It also kicks in when you factor Jet's mother and Alan's not-so-late wife, Lora. Personality-wise, Jet is more Lora's boy than Alan's, which is why Ma3a, Lora's Virtual Ghost, knew he would be willing to help. Jet's job as a video game programmer? Well, it's not the job his parents picked, but it is the function his "sister" Yori had in the first film.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3: Future Redeemed: Glimmer is Rex’s daughter and is implied to be Pyra’s as well. However, while her dad is a Pollyanna (although he Took a Level in Cynic as he got older), and her mother is a Nice Girl, Glimmer is a Deadpan Snarker, making her much more like her Aunt Mythra.

    Visual Novels 
  • Multiple examples in Daughter for Dessert:
    • Kathy, the liberal, bisexual feminist, had a very conservative upbringing.
    • Lily doesn’t think the cultural image of a “good Korean girl” is for her, no matter what her parents say.
    • Lainie had a very different attitude toward the world from that of the rest of her wealthy family, wanting to mix with the common people. She was also quite a bit more naive than they are.
  • Somewhat downplayed with Amy from Double Homework. She doesn’t like being a princess and wants to be treated as “normally” as possible. However, she is aware that she is still representing her country whether she likes it or not, so there are some things (like being part of a harem relationship) that are a bridge too far for her.

    Web Animation 

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • Hamster's Paradise: It's heavily implied to be the case with Ashfall and his unnamed biological father. Ashfall is a ruthless leader of his outlander pack who seeks to kill all other southhounds to both eliminate any perceived threats and to take their lands, while what little we see of his father is that he's a wise, contemplative member of the reclusive yet peaceful white-eyes who cut ties with Ashfall's mother after learning of the outlander's wicked way.

    Western Animation 
  • In The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius Jimmy is an an adventurous boy genius. His dad Hugh is a rather dull-witted pie and duck enthusiast and his mom Judy plays up a stereotypical housewife image. However, Judy is much smarter than she lets on and it's revealed that the super-intelligence actually runs in his dad's family, as revealed in the family reunion (unfortunately, the only other super-genius was his baby cousin who is also evil).
  • Adventure Time:
    • Jake is a fun-loving adventurer who lives life without a care in the world. His son Kim Kil Whan is a no-nonsense businessman who takes matters very seriously to a point that he can come off as Jerkass even towards his own father. Kim Kil Whan however genuinely loves his father though, he just feels that Jake should be more responsible and get a job (though we're not sure what Kim's thoughts are on Jake being a hero.)
    • Finn's father Martin is the exact opposite of his son in personality. Instead of being selfless and moral like his son, he is a criminal with truly sociopathic behavior and Lack of Empathy. His appearance is also different, dressed in red and bald, unlike his son, who is dressed in blue and has long hair. The episode "Min and Marty" does show a bit light on his character, showing Martin was nowhere near as bad as we see him now.
  • The Amazing World of Gumball:
    • Mr. and Mrs. Robinson are Cranky Neighbors who are often very serious and grumpy in demeanor. Their son Rocky in contrast is a Nice Guy with a rocker-like personality. Furthering the contrast is that Mr. and Mrs. Robinson are gray-colored "human" Muppets while Rocky is a brightly colored furry "monster" Muppet. Though they have their differences as shown in "The Boss" episode what with Rocky not having a high-paying business-oriented job, they do care for one another despite Mr. Robinson's personal reservations on the matter.
    • Jamie is a Barbaric Bully that beats up her classmates a lot and likes seeing them suffer. In the only two appearances of her father, however, he was shown to be a nice man who loves his family and helps people in danger.
  • Stan Smith from American Dad! is an extremely patriotic Republican CIA agent who advocates things such as the legalization of guns. Stan's daughter Hayley is a Granola Girl whose political views completely contrast those of her father, such as being against guns. Despite the contrasting views, the two actually care for each even if they don't show it often. Stan in particular doesn't like people calling Hayley a whore.
  • Arcane: Whereas Mel is a bureaucrat who doesn't like physical conflict, dresses in white and gold, her mother Ambessa is a Noxian warrior, covered in scars, and she proudly wears Noxus red and grey colors.
  • Big City Greens: The differences between Chip Whistler and his father are as different as night and day. While Chip's father is a kind and wise man on top of being an Honest Corporate Executive, Chip is a spoiled brat all grown up who becomes a Corrupt Corporate Executive.
  • In Codename: Kids Next Door, Mr. Boss oppresses kids and is an enemy of the KND. His daughter Numbah 86 is against adult tyranny and is a member of KND. Despite this, they care for one another partially thanks to Mr. Boss having a Double Standard to his treatment of kids whether or not they are his own.
  • In Danny Phantom, Sam Manson is an ultra-recyclo-vegetarian goth, who hates anything not black, and cultivates her gloomy persona. Her parents are super cheerful. Apparently this continues more when we meet her grandmother (implied to be paternal) who was much like Sam in her youth. It's implied that her grandfather's wealth was the reason why Mr. and Mrs. Manson turned out the way they were.
  • Dexter's Laboratory
    • Dexter and Dee Dee's parents are average and ordinary. Dee Dee is a happy-go-lucky ballerina, kind of taking after her mother, who also walks on her toes. Dexter is a secretive, sneering Mad Scientist boy genius — with a pronounced German-type accent, yet (which no one else in his family has).
    • Mandark's parents are flower children. Mandark himself is a brooding, plotting Mad Scientist Evil Genius rival to Dexter. His sister Olga, who was introduced seasons before their parents were but pretty much forgotten after her debut episode, also qualifies as well as she shares more traits with Mandark rather than their parents, though she's more of a ballerina than a Mad Scientist.
  • In Evil Con Carne, Hector Con Carne the Villain Protagonist of the series is an evil crime lord reduced to an anthropomorphic Brain in a Jar bent on taking over the world. Hector's son from the future Destructicus Con Carne whom Hector somehow conceived with his Mad Scientist minion Major Dr. Ghastly (it's complicated) is completely different in alignment to him. The muscular non-Brain in a Jar Destructicus decides to become a superhero who fights against the forces of evil such as his parent's organization. Destructicus however still loves his parents, though only Ghastly, both her present and older self, and Hector's older self returns their son's affections (again it's complicated). On the other end of the spectrum, Hector's mother is shown to be a harmless old lady who wanted her son to become an oral surgeon.
  • Gargoyles: Angela may look almost exactly like her mother, Demona (except for having her father's skin and hair color), but their personalities are as different as their names imply. Demona is a revenge-obsessed Fantastic Racist, while Angela is sweet, moral, and genuinely bewildered by the concept of racism.
  • In Goof Troop and its movie spinoffs, Goofy and Pete have this dynamic with their respective sons:
    • Goofy is a very goofy klutz of a father who isn't very bright. Goofy's son Max is a cool kid who is way smarter and more sensible than his father.
    • Pete is a boisterous loudmouth jerk who lies for a living. Pete's son PJ is a Shrinking Violet Nice Guy who is way more honest than his father.
  • Gravity Falls:
    • Wendy Corduroy is a cool, mischievous, and pretty chilly lumberjane, compared to the hypermasculine intense and driven Manly Dan. Her brothers take more after their dad, though they're not as intense. The episode "Society of the Blindeye" has Wendy confess her cool nature is a coping mechanism to the chaotic nature of her family which drives her nuts.
    • Robbie, Wendy's ex, is a brooding goth boy. His parents are super cheerful and pleasant people who also happen to be in charge of a funeral home. Robbie himself lampshades the contrast as well as how he finds it weird his parents' chipper demeanor despite running the funeral home (pictures of him younger show him as a Cheerful Child though a time travel bit shows him he was kinda a jerk then).
  • Kick Buttowski: The Buttowski family has three kids, with variations on the trope.
    • Eldest son Brad is a slacker who is very mischievous and a troublemaker. His dad is a straight-arrow car salesman.
    • Baby child Brianna is a stuck-up pageant kid. Her mom is not quite a pageant mom, more average.
    • Kick is the middle kid, and is a stunts-obsessed daredevil with Hidden Depths. He has this in common with his mother, who is a retired daredevil. She tends to treat him like a baby now, though, and often has panic attacks at the danger Kick exposes himself to.
    • Kick's grandfather is old, slow, and grumpy, but he, being the father of Kick's mother, is also a retired daredevil, to the point that he looked and behaved almost exactly like Kick at that age.
  • King of the Hill: Hank Hill is a hard-working man with a love of football and a dislike of anything out of the norm for him. His son Bobby is a goofball who has no desire for sports and is always interested in something new and unique. Hank also is very much unlike his father, Cotton, who is a borderline abusive, bitter WWII veteran.
  • In The Legend of Korra, the Spin-Offspring of the characters from Avatar: The Last Airbender contrast a bit from their parents.
    • Aang in the first series was often a playful happy-go-lucky kid. Aang's son Tenzin grew up to be a stern mentor figure who's often a stick in the mud. Despite this, Tenzin was considered the favorite of Aang's three children (in part due to being the only Airbender among them) and it's implied they had an extremely close relationship, though in the present Tenzin feels he can barely keep up with Aang's power and fame and has a strained bond with his siblings Kya and Bumi.
    • Toph Beifong in the first series was an independent girl snarker who ran away from her strict home which wanted her to follow tradition. Toph's older daughter Lin is a serious Iron Lady who became Da Chief in order to follow in her mother's footsteps as a cop despite Toph's own wishes against such a choice. The contrast is even more highlighted in their actions as police chiefs. Whereas Lin is a strict By-the-Book Cop who only did things not by the book after resigning from her position, Toph abused her position as she immediately covered up for her other daughter Suyin when she got arrested.
    • The Earth King in the first series was a Nice Guy and Friend to All Living Things but was a Puppet King who was not even aware of the corruption going on in his own kingdom. His daughter on the other hand is a Jerkass dictator who is fully in control of the Secret Police that once controlled her father. Furthermore, she is allergic to animals but has no problem eating Exotic Entrees. Rumor has it that she even ate her father's own pet bear.
  • Miraculous Ladybug: The shy and quiet Juleka and her brother Luka, a quite mellow and introspective type, are both the children of a loud, bombastic, pirate-talking ex-rocker. Their father is a world-renowned rock star. The only thing they clearly inherited was a fondness for music.
  • In My Dad the Rock Star, the eponymous title character Rock Zilla is a Hot-Blooded Rock Star makeup wearing expy of the show's creator Gene Simmons. Rock's son Willy is an average bespectacled kid in looks and a more quiet and intellectual sort of kid. Even as musicians, they have different approaches, with Willy being a trumpet player and his dad loving the guitar.
  • Rarity from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is a sophisticated fashionista who can easily fit in with any of the upper class. However, her traits contrast with both of her parents who can be best described as run-of-the-mill middle-class uncultured gaudy clothes-wearing ponies. The contrast between her and her parents is even highlighted by their accents. Rarity has a Mid-Atlantic accent which sounds very cultured and almost British. Her father and mother have accents that are very undeniably American, an exaggerated Midwestern Accent and Joisey accent respectively.
  • The Owl House: Odalia Blight is a status-obsessed Control Freak who happily manipulates those around her for profit. While she tries to steer her children into taking after her (even forcing Amity to dye her hair a similar color to hers) they all end up veering away from her. Amity Blight chooses to hang out with the lower-status friends, Odalia doesn't approve of and sheds much of the cold facade her mother forced her to adopt. Edric and Emira are mischief makers and tearaways; happy to go behind their mother's back if it means helping out Amity. It's notable that none of them ended up studying the same oracle magic as her with Amity pursuing abominations like her father and the twins pursuing illusions. As the show goes on Edric and Amity show more in common with their father than their mother.
  • Paradise PD: Chief Randall Crawford is abrasive and corrupt, and he is only driven to solve crimes when they involve payment. His son Kevin, while misguided, is outgoing and friendly and tries his best to assist the residents of Paradise.
  • In The Proud Family Coach Collins is a stereotypically hardline and masculine guy. His son Michael is effeminate, small, and interested in fashion (to the point of being Ambiguously Gay).
  • In The Simpsons, goofy Lower-Class Lout Homer Simpson somehow wound up fathering Lisa Simpson, a sensitive, socially conscious Child Prodigy. This makes a bit more sense in the episode "Mother Simpson," in which we learn that Homer himself was the son of free-spirited social activist and Granola Girl Mona Simpson, whom Lisa takes after. (Homer most obviously takes after his father Abe, who did the bulk of raising him after Mona left, though he and Mona have some noticeable Shared Family Quirks.)
  • Skull Island (2023): Cap is a calm cryptozoologist who loves his job, scouring the seas for evidence of marine monsters like the one he saw as a young man, and he tells his son that normal life boring and a path to mediocrity. The son in question, Charlie, is a stressed teenager who would love nothing more than to leave his father's job behind, go to college and be normal.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil:
    • Star Butterfly, the main character, is upbeat and energetic to the point of being almost hyper. Her parents are stodgy, deadpan, and display a tiny bit of strictness. Eventually we find out Star's father is boisterous and adventurous like she is when out of the public eye, so it's just her mother that Star contrasts with. We eventually see Moon Butterfly was more like Star when she was younger, but Moon was forced to grow up much faster when Toffee killed her mother, Comet Butterfly and thus became a queen much faster.
    • Marco Diaz, despite his protestations to the contrary, is a very safe person, to the point he is almost doing it unconsciously. His parents, however, are free spirits who embrace new experiences even if they are dangerous. Marco is trying to change out of his safe nature (and going to increasingly reckless lengths to do so.)
    • Solaria and Eclipsa Butterfly are a much more extreme contrast. Eclipsa is a Lady of Black Magic who fell in love with a monster and abandoned her kingdom to marry him. Her mother Solaria was Mina Loveberry's mentor, and a militant swordswoman who took Van Helsing Hate Crimes to genocidal levels. Their names and motifs are literally night and day.
  • Steven Universe:
  • Teacher's Pet: The Helperman family consists of only mother and son. Leonard is shy, bashful, well-meaning, and introverted while Mary-Lou is excitable, dynamic, perky, and extroverted.
  • In El Tigre, one of the more prominent elements is a rather pronounced recurring parent-child contrast within the Rivera family. The good-aligned members use the Bronze Boots, which give them Super-Speed while the villains use the Sombrero of Chaos, a hat that transforms into a mech suit.
    • Puma Loco is an Evil Genius supervillain who primarily uses technology and his Transforming Mecha, through the Sombrero of Chaos. His son White Pantera is a superhero who is a physical fighter who uses the mystic Bronze Boots of Truth to aid him. This setup is actually a recurring theme that seems to skip generations. Dark Leopard, the first Rivera supervillain, was a Mayincatec-themed villain with abilities similar to Puma Loco. Golden Leon the first Rivera superhero and Dark Leopard's son is a conquistador-themed hero with abilities similar to White Pantera. Mighty Cheetar, Golden Leon's son, is a Steampunk pirate-themed villain with abilities similar to Puma Loco. Justice Jaguar, Mighty Cheetar's son and Puma Loco's father, is a Mexican sheriff-themed hero with abilities similar to White Pantera. Despite these differences in alignment, the Rivera family however has a deep familial love and respect for one another.
    • El Tigre himself is also a contrast to his own father with the addition of being a contrast to his own grandfather. He is a physical fighter who uses mechanical grappling hook-like claws. While he does indulge in villain activity once in a while and is a bit of a troublemaker, he is at most an Anti-Hero as most of his deeds are on the side of good. Turns out he is a Legacy Character to the first Rivera with superhuman abilities, the original El Tigre (and Dark Leopard's father.) The only difference though is that the original El Tigre has a Split Personality and talks to himself having gone mad from whether to become a hero or villain. He's also much more powerful than either of his descendants with the implications Manny will grow just as strong when fully grown.
    • Outside of the Rivera family there is Frida Suarez. Frida is a troublemaker who on more than one occasion is the one who encourages Manny to partake in more bad acts. Frida's father is the ever-strict no-nonsense law-abiding Chief of Police of Miracle City and Frida's mother from what little was shown of her, pretty much shares her husband's police viewpoints. Despite the contrast, hurting Frida is a sure way to get her father's wrath.
    • This continues in the future according to Word of God; Manny and Frida marry and end up having triplets with one becoming Good, one Evil, and the other Undecisive. Furthermore, Word of God confirmed Manny would choose a side and Nick let the viewers pick, the final episode implies he picked Good.


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The Clades

The opening introduces us to both Jaeger & Searcher Clade. The dad is shown to be a well-known, daring, and prideful adventurer in search of what's beyond the mountains. His son Searcher meanwhile is shown to be much less adventurous and bold, more interested in plants and knowledge than his father, which eventually leads to a falling out.

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