In the first installment, we are introduced to the hero of the story. Then, when the sequel comes along, the hero either gets a call or an unexpected visit from who else? His mom and dad!
The parents introduce themselves to the hero's friends, as well as the audience, and the hero is usually embarrassed by his Amazingly Embarrassing Parents.
There are also some cases where, instead of meeting both parents, we only meet one; if it's the father, the hero will show that he doesn't get along with his father for some emotional reason. There are also some instances where it's not the hero's parents, but someone else's, usually his in-laws.
Not to be confused with the movie Meet the Parents or its sequels, Meet the Fockers and Little Fockers. See Meet the In-Laws for situations where someone is introducing their love interests to their parents.
- Aggretsuko: Season 2 gives us the debut of Retsukos overbearing mother.
- Hotel Transylvania 2: Dracula's father Vlad is introduced.
- How to Train Your Dragon 2: Though we've already seen Hiccup's father in the first movie, we end up seeing Hiccup's mom for the first time in the sequel.
- Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa: The protagonists end up in an African savannah where they end up meeting Alex's parents.
- Rio 2: Blu and the gang meet Jewel's father and to a lesser extent, Jewel's aunt.
- Shrek 2: Shrek goes to Far Far Away to meet Fiona's parents. They do not approve. Especially her father.
- In The Smurfs 2, Patrick's stepfather comes for a visit.
- In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Star-Lord's father drives a major part of the plot.
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: We meet Indiana's dad.
- Inverted by Meet the Parents and its sequels. The first one is about meeting the parents. The premise is recycled in Meet the Fockers and has the girl meeting the guy's parents, but the plot drifts in a slightly different direction, with slightly less focus on the parents. Little Fockers throws out the meeting the parents thing altogether (mostly because we've already met both sets of parents) and is about the main couple's kids being little Bratty Half-Pints and Greg's problems at work.
- Ben's father was already significant to the plot of National Treasure, but in the sequel, his mother joins the cast too. Since his parents are divorced, this is a recipe for trouble.
- In the third Night at the Museum movie, Larry, Ahkmenrah, and company go to the British Museum to meet Ahkmenrah's parents so they can give him the solution of the rusting magic tablet.
- In the third The Santa Clause movie, Scott and his second wife, Carol, invite her parents to the North Pole. Hilarity Ensues as they attempt to keep his identity a secret.
- In Spy Kids 2, we meet Ingrid's parents.
- Austin Powers in Goldmember is the debut of Austins Father, which is kind of odd that his dad is still alive given how Austin is from the 60s and the movie doesnt even bother to explain it...
- Korra's parents are briefly seen in the first episode of The Legend of Korra telling her goodbye as she heads off to Republic City. They're not seen for the rest of the season but are given a proper introduction the next season when she goes home.