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"He may have been your father, boy, but he wasn't your daddy."

In fiction, how you refer to your parents is a sign of your relationship with them. "Mom"/"Mum" and "Dad" (or the languages counterparts) are the most neutral and "normal" terms that most characters use. Other titles have more meaning behind them.

In some cases, switching from "Mommy"/"Mummy" and "Daddy" to "Mom"/"Mum" and "Dad" is just a matter of a younger user wanting to be seen as a "big kid." A Spoiled Brat or Daddy's Girl will often refer to her father as "Daddy" even as most of her peers outgrow the title, especially if she's rich. In contrast, a full-grown man calling his mother "Mommy" or "Mummy" is seen as goofy or weird, signifying he is either a Momma's Boy, a Manchild, or that his mother is the My Beloved Smother type.

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"Mother" and "Father" used to be perfectly neutral terms but have become formal and old-fashioned over time. It can signify that the characters are uptight and formal, they're royalty, or that their parents are distant. Using "Sir", "Ma'am", and other extremely formal titles has even more weight to it than referring to them as just "Mother" and "Father". It's almost always to signify that the character's parents as abusive, aloof and unaffectionate, or are militaristic. Some children may be expected to address parents by their professional titles, in lieu of using parental titles if they're also their children's students or subordinates, out of respect and keeping personal and professional lives separate.

Works of Xenofiction often have animals refer to their parents as "mother" and "father" (assuming he's present) in order to emphasis their otherness.

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There's some Values Dissonance to this trope. For example, using "Mama" and "Papa" as an adult can be seen as childish in one area or during one time period but perfectly normal and affectionate in another.

The Super-Trope to Calling Parents by Their Name, which is used when characters call their parents by their given name and usually signifies either lax parents or bad familial relationships. Compare New Parent Nomenclature Problem, which is like this trope but applied to a "new" parent (adoptive, stepparent, etc.) See also Japanese Sibling Terminology and Japanese Pronouns, which are just as personal for the user. Related to You Called Me "X"; It Must Be Serious and You're Not My Father.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • In Digimon Adventure 02, thirteen-year-old Mimi is known to lead a comfortable life. When being picked up from a party in one episode, she calls her father "Papa" in the original version and "Daddy" in the dub. It may have had more to do with Gratuitous English in one case, and matching lip flap in the other. In Digimon Adventure, she was ten, but called her father "Dad."
    • In his Lotus-Eater Machine experience in the second-to-last episode, eight-year-old Cody thinks he's with his father, who had died by the time he was four or five. He's a very intelligent and serious young man; that the subtitles for the original version of this scene have Cody addressing his father as "Daddy" speaks to the emotional impact his father's loss has on him. The dub team made him a year older, so it makes sense that they had him call his father "Dad".
  • Naruto:
    • Boruto usually calls his father Naruto "oyaji" (old man) to emphasis his feelings of neglect by his father. When he's happy with his dad, he calls him the very affectionate "tou-chan" ("Dad" in the English dub).
    • Sarada does not know her father Sasuke well due to him being on a mission since she was a toddler, however, she refers to him with the affectionate "Papa" (changed to "Dad" in the English dub). She also refers to her mother by "Mama" ("Mom" in the English dub).
    • In Itachi's Story, Itachi usually calls Fugaku "Father" after graduating the academy at a very young age, which Itachi sees as "a distinction he drew for himself as a full-fledged ninja." When the time comes for the massacre, Itachi switches back to using "Dad," (even though he can't remember the last time he called Fugaku that), because now that he knows that he's going to be parted from his parents forever, Itachi longs for the good old days when they were a family.
  • In One Piece, Vivi usually calls her father, Cobra, "Papa," but at the end of the arc, tells him "Sit down, Papa... I mean, Father." Cobra briefly remarks at how much Vivi's grown up.
  • In Comic Girls, Tsubasa, a tomboyish girl who comes from a very wealthy family, addresses her parents by the very formal "Otou-sama" and "Okaa-sama" (translated as "Father" and "Mother") while at home. It's played with, though, in that this is less proof of the kind of person Tsubasa is and more of the kind of person her parents expect her to be.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist
    • Most of the Homunculi call the Big Bad "Father," but Greed, the rebellious offspring, is far more casual and flippant with Father, calling him "Dad" or other such terms.
    • Ed usually calls Hohenheim by name due to their strained relationship (something Ed's traveling companions once call him out on), while Al, who's less judgmental of his father, still calls him "Dad." At the end of the series, after Hohenheim offers to sacrifice himself to bring Al back from the other side of the Gate, Ed angrily refuses the offer, saying "You're useless, Dad!", something that Hohenheim's happy to hear.
  • Lyrical Nanoha
    • Chrono, a TSAB Enforcer who's highly professional and serious to a fault, almost always refers to his mother Lindy, who commands the ship he serves on, as "the captain." There are only two exceptions- he calls her "Mom" once when highly flustered in the original series (before correcting himself), and once refers to her as "my mother" in passing during the second season.
    • Subaru and Ginga generally call their father, Major Genya Nakajima, "Otou-san"("Dad") but Ginga switches to "commander" while on duty since she serves in her father's battalion. Their adopted siblings have varying modes of address- the very formal Cinque calls Genya "Chichi-ue" ("Father"), Genki Girl Wendi uses "Papa-rin," and Dieci and Nove also use "Otou-san."
    • In some fan translations, Fate calls Precia "Mother," but calls her adoptive mother, Lindy, "Mom," signifying she has a closer relationship with the latternote . Of course, while her relationship with Lindy is better, it isn't easily established, as it takes her the entirety of the second season to call Lindy "Mom" rather than "Admiral Lindy" (or "Lindy-san" around people who don't know about the TSAB).
  • Citrus
    • Mei calls her father, who was a teacher at her family's school for much of her childhood, "Sensei" rather than "Father," as a show of respect for his work. Unfortunately, after Shou leaves, Mei is greatly shaken, although she does eventually come to terms with his decision and calls him "Father" as she sees him off on his latest trip.
    • Yuzu, who's by far the more laid-back of the two stepsisters, calls her mother "Mama," and calls her late father and stepfather "Papa." By comparison, Mei calls her stepmother "Mother."
  • Pokémon:
    • James calls his grandparents "Nana" and "Pop-Pop", implying both that he's a bit preppy and that he's close to them.
    • Lillie usually calls Lusamine "Mother", with one exception in the English dub — she briefly calls out for "MOMMY!" when Lusamine is kidnapped by Nihilego.
  • In New Game!, Ko Yagami starts to call her mother "Mama" ("Mommy" in the dub), but then switches to "my mother," when talking to Aoba, apparently not wanting to seem childish, since Ko is 25 at the start of the series. Ko's best friend, Rin, teases her about it when she overhears Ko on the phone with her mother.
  • Ranma ½: Ranma's love-hate relationship with his Jerkass father is cemented by always referring to him as "oyaji", rather than "otou-san" (in English, this becomes "Pop"). He has a greater deal of respect for his mother, but his casual manner of speaking is set in stone, so it earns her an "ofukuro" from her son (literally "bag", but it stays "Mom" in other translations).
  • My Hero Academia
    • Katsuki Bakugo is a hotheaded and rude individual who doesn't even bother to learn most of his classmates' names, instead using insulting nicknames on them. He's similarly rude to his mother, calling her names like "hag," much to her displeasure.
    • By contrast, Momo Yaoyorozu, a polite girl from a wealthy family and Tenya Iida, a serious and upstanding young man, respectfully call their parents "Mother" and "Father." Tenya's older brother Tensei also does the same.
    • Shoto Todoroki uses various disparaging terms while referring to his father, due to their extremely strained relationship. He also sometimes refers to him by his hero name, Endeavor, less out of disrespect and more as a way of acknowledging that while Endeavor is a terrible father, he's a great hero, thereby being entirely different people in public and in private.
  • Are You Lost?:
    • Homare calls her father "Papa," which Shion finds cute.
    • Shion uses the very respectful "Otou-sama" and "Okaa-sama" ("Father" and "Mother") on her parents, reflecting her privileged upbringing.
  • In the English dub of the second season of Sword Art Online, Asuna alternates between using "Mother" and "Mom" on Kyouko, using the former in more tense moments, and the latter when they're getting along better. She also meekly obeys a request to come to dinner with a "Yes, ma'am."
  • In A Tropical Fish Yearns For Snow, Koyuki Honami, the daughter of a teacher at her school, refers to her father as "Honami-sensei" while at school, one of many things she does to keep up her reputation as a model student.
  • My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!
    • In the novels, Keith mentions that as an illegitimate child, he was not allowed to call his father or his wife "Father or "Mother." Even after finding a more loving home with Catarina and her parents, he calls Catarina's father "Duke Claes" and Catarina's mother "Madam Claes" in his narration.
    • Catarina uses "Okaa-sama" on her mother ("Mother" in English), since her mother is a noblewoman who is strict about etiquette. When Catarina wakes up in a dream of her old life as "the monkey girl," she calls her mother that. The monkey girl's mother is rather confused, presumably more used to being called "Okaa-san" ("Mom").
  • Yuri Oyako:
    • Yuuki calls her mother Sayaka, by name, because she has an incestuous crush on Sayaka.
    • Sayaka most often calls her mother, the president of the company where they both work, "President," since Sumika is her boss as well as her mother. Sumika insists that Sayaka call her "Mom"note  off the clock.

    Comic Books 
  • The rich Daddy's Girl Veronica from Archie Comics refers to her father as "Daddy" even as an adult.
  • Batman:
    • Lonely Rich Kid Tim Drake usually addresses his father as "dad" or "sir", but when talking about him to others or in his inner monologue it's more often "father" or "Jack". His mom is "mom" or "mommy" regardless.
    • Damian Wayne calls his dad “father”. It’s representative of being raised in a formal, hands off cult of assassins.

    Fan Works 
  • Used with Yang in the one-shot Love, Lose, Repeat, Prioritize. As a child she referred to her step-mother Summer as "mommy" or "mama", but strictly used a more formal and distant "mom" for her absent biological mother Raven.
  • In Goldstein, the Orthodox Jewish characters usually call their parents "Mummy and Tatty." One of Yehudah's friends, Danzinger, comes from a family that used to be less observant than their neighbors; the fact that he called his mother "Mum" was one thing that set him apart from the other children.
  • In Let The World Smile, Zelda refers to her father as "my lord". This emphasizes the distant relationship between the two. Her father is more king than parent.
  • In Where Talent Goes on Vacation, Chiyuri Nagato generally refers to her mother, Yukari, as "Mom," but is expected to call her "Nagato-sensei" while in class, as a way of keeping their private lives separate from their time at school, and showing Yukari the appropriate respect owed to a teacher. While Chiyuri occasionally slips up, she doesn't mind, seeing this as Yukari's way of acknowledging her as a student. The Tachibana sisters, who had a similar arrangement the year they were in their mother's class, know where Chiyuri is coming from, but Akira Azuki, whose mother is her manager, is initially put off by Chiyuri having to treat her mother differently (since Akira is allowed to call her mother "Mom" no matter where they are).
  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged: Freeza is portrayed as an even bigger Spoiled Brat than his canon counterpart, which is only reinforced by his constantly calling his father "Daddy".
  • In Continuance, Soji Seta (aka the protagonist) calls his parents "Mother" and "Father," showcasing his distant relationship from them. Yukiko calls her father "Daddy," (in the game, she uses "Mother" on her mother, and uses "Father" on her father in the manga adaptation), to show a hidden playful side to her.
  • A Different Point Of View: Even after turning fourteen, Muffy still calls her father "Daddy" (but her mother is just "Mom"). This shows that she's a Daddy's Girl.
  • Violet's abusive Stage Mom in the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory fic Through Their Eyes enforces this. When Violet was four, she forced Violet to begin using "mother" instead of "mommy".
  • Invoked by Jacques in Lullabies and Fairy Tales. He insisted that his daughter Weiss use a formal "Mother" instead of "Mommy".

    Films — Animation 
  • Brave: Rebellious Princess Merida refers to her mother Elinor as either "Mum" or "Mother". She regresses to "Mummy" in the climax when she begins crying due to believing her mother is permanently a bear.
  • Frozen:
    • Frozen: The sole time Elsa refers to her parents by their title is when she cries for help. She uses the affectionate and childish "Mama" and "Papa". This fits her young age in the scene (eight), but also shows she has a loving relationship with her parents. Over the course of her childhood, she withdraws from her family due to fearing she might hurt them.
    • In Frozen II, Elsa and Anna are shown calling their parents "Mother" and "Father". This fits the 19th century time period as well as their royal upbringing.
  • In Shrek 2, the fully grown Prince Charming calls his mother, the Fairy Godmother, "Mummy," and it isn't lost on Fiona. As it happens, Fairy Godmother is controlling Prince Charming.
  • Throughout Bambi II Bambi refers to the Great Prince as "Sir" to reflect the latter's distant and somewhat intimidating nature to him. Them fully developing a loving bond is culminated by Bambi finally calling him "Dad", an even less formal term than his "Mother" whom he had a far more relaxed and affectionate relationship with beforehand.
  • The Land Before Time:
    • Daddy's Girl Cera calls her father "Daddy" but her mother "Mom", showing that she's closer to her dad.
    • Littlefoot refers to his mother as "Mother", although their relationship is definitely warm and close. It highlights the Bambi parallel when his mother meets her fate.
  • The Little Mermaid (1989): Ariel always calls King Triton "Daddy," highlighting her youthful innocence, and showing that despite their painful conflict, their relationship is ultimately close and caring.
  • The Lion King:
    • The Lion King (1994): Simba calls Mufasa "Dad" as a cub, highlighting their close, playful bond, but as an adult calls him "Father" when speaking in awe to his spirit in the clouds.
    • Kiara in The Lion King II: Simba's Pride uses "Daddy" on default to show that she's a Daddy's Girl. When speaking more formally, she uses "Father" due to her upbringing as a princess and having become the lioness equivalent of a young woman.
    • All of Zira's children use "Mother" towards her. She's a strict and abusive mother who doesn't coddle or allow for fun.
  • In Mulan, Mulan usually calls her father "Father," but when they reunite at the end of the film when she comes home from the army, she touchingly calls him "Baba" (Mandarin for "Daddy").

    Films — Live Action 
  • At no point does Kylo Ren in The Force Awakens refer to Han Solo as his "father", showing just how much Ren wants to cut himself off from who he once was.
  • At the beginning of Big Mommas: Like Father Like Son, Malcolm expresses disappointment that his stepson Trey won't call him "Dad". Trey does so at the end of the film after they come to an understanding (and get through a lot of trouble together).
  • The Santa Clause: Seven-year-old Charlie addresses his parents as "Mom" and "Dad" throughout. Scott and Laura's divorce probably made Charlie feel like he had to grow up a bit more quickly, but he still loves them.
  • In Bye Bye Birdie the lead begins referring to her parents by their given names because it's the "modern thing" to do. When she freaks out about winning a contest to kiss her favorite singer, she switches to "Mother" and then "Mommy".
  • In Hook, The titular character tries to get Peter Pan's son, Jack, on side by being more present and supportive than Peter himself. However, Hook doesn't really care for Jack, so despite being sore at Peter, Jack only ever addresses Hook as "Captain."
  • A weird thing happens with Violet Beaureguarde of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on film:
    • In Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, both of her parents are present. She addresses her mom as "mother." Judging from the fact that Mrs. Beaureguarde's only line is a First Name Ultimatum directed at Violet, we can assume that she takes a strict line with her daughter. Violet calls her father "Dad"; he indulges her competitiveness, and they appear to be much closer.
    • In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Violet's dad is nowhere to be found. Violet probably calls her mom "Mother" here because her mother is her coach. They seem to take their relationship as seriously as everything else, and to them, competition is everything else.
  • In Little Annie Rooney, Annie calls her father "daddy dear" when she tries to sucker up to him while avoiding punishment.

     Literature 
  • Taken one step further in a flashback to Arnold Rimmer's childhood in Red Dwarf, in which his father - who is also his professor at college - admonishes Arnold for calling him "father" and insists on "Sir" or "Professor Rimmer".
  • In A Song of Ice and Fire, it's part of standard etiquette among nobles to address their parents "My lord father" or "My lady mother" in public situations, but Tyrion Lannister nearly always calls his father that, because they hate each other.
  • Artemis Fowl: When Artemis and his father are reunited after several years, Artemis slips into this. Fowl Sr. shakes his head, remembering that he was indeed that stern and demanding, but has now reverted to the personality his wife was attracted to (that he no longer has to deal with The Mafiya probably helps).
  • In Messenger: The Legacy of Mattie J.T. Stepanek and Heartsongs, there's some discussion about the difference between being a father (merely siring a child) and being a daddy (committing to and nurturing a relationship with the child). Sometime in Mattie's early life, his parents divorced, note  so he never got to know his father.
  • In Out of the Dust, Billie Jo switches from "Daddy" to "[my] Father" after he accidentally causes her and her mother to get burned and [[spoiler:leaves her to tend with her dying mother while he goes out drinking. She goes back to "Daddy" when they reconcile.
  • Erin Hunter:
    • Most adult cats and older kittens in Warrior Cats refer to their parents by name. In the rare occasion that they do use a title, it's usually "Mother" or "Father".
    • Dogs in Survivor Dogs refer to their parents are "Mother-Dog" and either "Father-Dog" if they're present in their life or "Sire-Dog" if they're not.
  • Wolves in Firstborn call their parents the formal "mother" and "father".
  • Squirrel in A Dog's Life notes that her mother's name was "Stream", but that to her and her brother she was just "Mother".
  • Bambi from Bambi calls his mom "Mother". This could be because of the time period of the book, but it also could be to emphasize that he's an animal.
  • In A Dog's Purpose, all dogs presumably only use "mother". The protagonist doesn't understand that "mom" is another term for "mother" and thinks that Ethan's mother is literally named "Mom".
  • A Tale Of...:
    • Snow White referred to her biological mother who died in childbirth as "Mother", showing her lack of a bond with her. She referred to her step-mother Grimhilde as the affectionate "Momma" growing up but switched to an aloof "Mother" when she became more abusive. She switched back to "Momma" after Grimhilde turned sweet again after becoming the new Slave in the Mirror, and she uses that even years later when her own children are grown.
    • Subverted with Maleficent. She only calls her adopted mother "Mother" once. She's usually referred to as "Nanny". However, it's not meant in a negative manner. It's just everyone calls her "Nanny".
    • Gothel and her sisters refer to Manea as a stern, distant "Mother", which Manea enforced. Manea was a neglectful and emotionally abusive mother.
  • In The Color Purple, Squeak was in jail for over a decade. As a result, her kids call their step-mom "Mama" but Squeak "Miss." It upsets Squeak.
  • In Harry Potter, all of the Weasley kids refer to their parents as "Mum" and "Dad," except for Percy, who calls them "Mother" and "Father" to show that he's stuffy and overly serious. After a three-year estrangement, he calls Arthur "Dad" when apologizing to him.
  • In the Ramona Quimby series, Ramona calls her mother "Mama" in the earlier books, but switches to "Mother" as she gets older. She always calls her father "Daddy," though.
  • Les Misérables:
    • Grandparent example: Marius calls his grandfather "Father" (since his grandfather is the one who raised him) when they're on good terms, but "Monsieur" when they're estranged. When he's unsure of where they stand, he avoids addressing him by any name. By the end, he's back to "Father," though.
    • Cosette usually calls her adoptive father Jean Valjean "Father," while Éponine and Azelma usually call Thénardier "Papa" – this highlights the class difference between the girls, and rings somewhat ironic too, since Valjean is the warm, loving father of the two, while Thénardier is an abusive one. Averted in the musical adaptation, however, where Cosette calls Valjean "Papa." Also, when Valjean is trying to distance himself from Cosette for her own good after her marriage, he insists that she call him "Monsieur Jean," but gets to hear her say "Father" again when they reunite just before he dies.
  • In the Hannah Swensen mystery novels, Hannah and her two sisters always call their mother Delores "Mother." Since Delores is a Proper Lady and My Beloved Smother, in sharp contrast with her Girl Next Door baker daughter, the formal title suits her much better than "Mom" would.
  • Madeleine L'Engle's Time Quartet (aka, A Wrinkle in Time and its sequels) Inverts the usual way this works: the Murry kids call their parents "Mother and Father" despite being close to them, while Calvin uses "Mom and Dad" despite his family being very dysfunctional. In A Swiftly Tilting Planet Meg (now Calvin's wife) calls his mother "Mom" simply because that's what he does, but privately thinks that it feels odd to address her by anything.

     Live-Action TV 
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Buffy finds her mother lifeless on the couch and regresses from confident young adult to frightened child in the space of three words, the last of which is achingly quiet.
    Buffy: Mom? Mom? (beat) Mommy?
  • M*A*S*H: It is established that stuffy Charles calls his parents Mother and Father, while most other characters call their parents Mom and Dad. Lampshaded in one episode where Charles is trying to console Hawkeye, who just learned that his father is in the hospital and is trying to contact home for news.
    Charles: While I had a father, you had a dad.
  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air:
    • Hilary calls Philip "Daddy" when she wants money;
    • Carlton calls Vivian and Philip "Mom" and "Dad" respectively, except for that one time they caught him stripping, at which point an alarmed Carlton blurts out "Mommy!"
    • Philip is "Daddy" to Ashley, who is Philip's baby girl and has him wrapped around her finger.
    • Nicky can't be older than seven by the end of the show's run, but he's very bright and addresses Philip as "Dad."
    • Will's father Lou, who walked out on Will and Vy when Will was three, comes to the Banks residence to visit Will. Will is so happy to have his father back in his life that he calls him "Pop" and "Daddy-o." When Lou announces he's leaving Will again, a crestfallen Will addresses his father for the last time as "Lou."
  • In Vida, the Hernandez sisters' relationship with their late mother is clearly demonstrated by how they address her. Emma, who is still angry and hurt about being sent away for liking girls, calls her by her full name, Vidalia. Lyn had a much warmer relationship with her and calls her "Mommy".
  • Prodigal Son: Malcolm pointedly calls his estranged dad "Dr. Whitly" to maintain a sense of distance from him. He also doesn't have a very close relationship with his mom, whom he calls "Mother".
  • Frasier: Frasier and Niles refer to their deceased mother, Hester Crane, as "Mother" and to their (still living) father Martin as "Dad". Ironically at the start of the series they had had a much better relationship with Hester than with Martin. This could be due to Martin being a Seattle cop who loves sports and Hester being a respected psychiatrist who loved opera.

    Music 
  • In the story that inspired "Monster" by Meg and Dia, the Villain Protagonist had abusive parents who made him call them "Sir" and "Hannah".
  • Both "Daddy" and "Papa" are used in Madonna's "Papa Don't Preach" to show what a Daddy's Girl the protagonist is. The song is about a young woman (or maybe even a teen) who ends up pregnant by her "bad boy" boyfriend.

    Theatre 
  • The intro to "What Is This Feeling?" in Wicked establishes the differences between the two main characters by how they address their parents. The spoiled Daddy's Girl Glinda refers to her parents by the cutesy-sounding "dearest, darlingest Momsie and Popsicle". On the other hand, Elphaba (who is more serious and has a distant relationship with her father) refers to her father as "my dear Father".
  • Bye Bye Birdie:
    • Kim calls her parents by their first names because it's the "modern" thing to do. But when she gets the call informing her that she's been chosen to be kissed by Conrad Birdie on live TV, she calls "Mommy! Mommy! Mommy!" in wild excitement to tell her the news.
    • Albert still calls his mother "Mama" in his late thirties, highlighting that he's a Momma's Boy and that Mae is My Beloved Smother.

     Video Games 
  • Blazblue Central Fiction: When Kokonoe finally meets her mother, Nine, she addresses her with "haha-sama", "haha" being the formal word for "mother" and "-sama" being an honorific that signifies deep respect.
  • Pokémon:
    • Gladion from Pokémon Sun and Moon refers to his mother as both her first name and as "mother", to show their distant relationship. His sister, Lillie, uses "Mother" as well. Their family seems to be wealthy, so that might be a reason for the title even without the abusive aspect.
    • As with all protagonists, Eilio/Selene from Sun and Moon refer to their mother as "Mom". In a throwaway line, they refer to their father as "father". This implies a distant relationship, made more noticeable by the fact Mom seems to have moved to Alola alone and Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon implying that the father lives overseas, however, it's never given any further specification.
  • Fire Emblem Fates:
    • Hinata is slightly dismayed to hear his son Hisame, a very serious and mature individual, calling him "Father" when Hinata visits Hisame in the Deeprealms, since the last time Hinata visited, Hisame called him "Dad." Hisame then reminds Hinata that given the nature of the Deeprealms, it's been much longer since the last visit than Hinata realizes, and Hisame's bitter about his father not visiting that often.
    • In Birthright, the Avatar generally calls their father Garon "King Garon, or just "Garon," as a result of no longer considering him a father. Just before the final battle, the Avatar gets upset enough to call him "old man" when he only shows mild surprise after hearing that two of his children just died.
  • In Chrono Trigger, Marle calls her father, the king of Guardia, "Father," partly due to being royalty and partly due to having a strained relationship with him. At the end of Marle's personal quest, she hears a story about her being happy to see all her favorite people gathered around her mother's deathbed. The following exchange then takes place, signifying the reconciliation between father and daughter.
    Marle: So that's how it was...
    King: Yes, why?
    Marle: I used to call you «Daddy?»
    King: You did.
    Marle: I'm sorry...Daddy. I'm really sorry for doubting you.
  • Given that the franchise takes place from 1899-1914, most of the characters in Red Dead Redemption and Red Dead Redemption II call their parents “Ma” and “Pa” but there are some exceptions. Upper-class women (like Arthur Morgan’s ex Mary) call their fathers “daddy” directly. Men like Dutch and Micah will sometimes use “daddy” to indirectly mention their fathers. Jack Marston usually uses “Pa” for John but will call him “sir” a lot to show their somewhere distant relationship. He's also the only one in the entire series who uses "Dad" occasionally, showing that he's from a different generation.
  • Bayonetta 2: Bayonetta often refers to the Masked Lumen, the younger version of her father Balder, by his name, partially because she doesn't want him to know she's his future daughter Cereza and partially because she still doesn't forgive his future self for starting the Witch Hunts and dragging her into the events of the first game. By the game's end, she switches to "Daddy" after realizing that his future sins aren't really his fault, and he reveals that he knows she's his daughter (though, to be fair, he told her to call him that just once).

     Visual Novels 

     Web Animation 
  • RWBY: The affluent Weiss calls her abusive father "Father". In contrast, she has a better (but still troubled) relationship with her mother, who she calls "Mom".
  • In Caillou The Grown Up, Caillou calling his parents "Mommy" and "Daddy" emphasises that he's an immature Manchild.

    Web Comics 
  • In Kevin & Kell, Lindesfarne starts off calling her father "Daddy," but gradually switches to "Dad" as the strip starts allowing its characters to age, and she goes off to college. While she called her adoptive mother Angelique "Mother" in her youth, after Angelique walks away from her family, Lindesfarne eventually calls her by name, signifying that she no longer considers Angelique a mother.

     Western Animation 
  • The Amazing World of Gumball:
  • Archer’s relationship with his mother is dysfunctional, to put it mildly. Their love-hate enmity is so inappropriate it borders on the psychosexual, and definitely not helping the case is the fact that Sterling Archer, a grown man who—for all his flaunting and disrespecting of his mom—only ever (unconsciously) refers to her as "Mother". As he put it, she’s gripping him "tightly, by [his] childhood’s throat".
  • In an early episode of Family Guy, Meg calls her grandmother Babs "Nana". It's worth noting that she's a member of Newport high society, and she's in a position to have doted on Meg before, along with and because of her successful corporate CEO husband, Carter.
  • In The Cleveland Show, Cleveland periodically berates Cleveland Jr. because, among other things, he still calls Cleveland "Daddy" at fourteen years old.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy: Edd always refers to his parents as Mother and Father. They also refer to themselves this way in the sticky-notes they leave along with the house.
  • Jem:
  • The titular character of Little Bill is five years old. He calls his mother "Mama," but admires and wants to emulate his father enough to call him "Dad." Little Bill's siblings, eight-year-old Bobby and ten-year-old April, call their parents "Mom" and "Dad." Everyone thinks so highly of their great-grandmother that they call her Alice the Great.
  • OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes:
  • There's a boy in The Proud Family named Michael. He can't be much younger than fourteen-year-old schoolmate Penny, and he calls his father "Daddy." The problem is that his father is the school's P.E. teacher, who would rather Michael call him "Coach" in public.
  • Raven from Teen Titans at first calls her mom by her name when they meet. She switches to "mother" a sentence later. This shows her detached, emotionally repressed upbringing.
  • Utilised iconically in The Simpsons. Bart regularly calls his father, Homer, by first name or other more derogatory titles to display his cocky impudence (though he also calls him "Dad"). In the original shorts, Lisa did similar to show her similar bratty characterization, though when she diverged into a more precocious, well-behaved child, she started referring to him solely as "Dad". As shown in the flashback episode "Lisa's First Word", both kids referred to Homer by first name even as a toddler, building up to the heartwarming final scene where Maggie calls him "Daddy", though out of earshot.
  • Used in Miraculous Ladybug:
    • Protagonist Marinette refers to her parents as "Mama" and "Papa" despite being a teenager, hinting at their close and loving relationshipnote . Co-star Adrien in contrasts uses "Father" for the present but emotionally absent parent he has remaining, alternating between "Mom" and "Mother" for his Missing Mom. In French, he uses vous for "you" when talking to his father, which is far more formal than any normal parent/child relationship.
    • Though parents don't come up as much with other characters, Marinette's babysitting charge Manon uses "Mama" and "Mommy" for her mother and Adrien and Marinette's classmate Alix uses the age-appropriate but affectionate "Pops" when she is seen with her father. Alpha Bitch Chloe uses both "Papa" and "Daddy" depending on dub, indicating her Spoiled Brat status and his Pushover Parent nature.
  • Throughout the entirety of Steven Universe, Steven called Greg "Dad", reflecting their close but casual relationship. In the Steven Universe: Future episode "Bluebird", Steven grimly calls him "father" after Greg narrowly escapes a Hostage Situation. Partly it's Steven trying to seem more mature, but mostly emphasizes that Steven was very serious and incredibly pissed at Greg's assailant.
  • The Jetsons: Judy Jetson will sometimes refer to her parents as "Mom" and "Dad" but occasionally "Mother" and "Daddy". Brother Elroy always uses "Mom" and "Dad". Jane always refers to her mother as "Mother".
  • Recess: Whilst most characters do refer to their parents as "Mom" and "Dad, Gus refers to his father as "Sir" and the Ashleys will often refer to their fathers as "Daddy".

     Real Life 
  • When TLC's titular Little Couple, Jennifer Arnold and Bill Klein, adopted their son Will from China, they encouraged Will to call Bill "Baba," Mandarin for "Daddy." After Bill and Jennifer adopted daughter Zoey from India, the children were encouraged to simply call Bill "Daddy." This was probably done to make it easier on the kids, as Bill had become a father to children from two different cultures by this point.
  • Fred Rogers consistently referred to his parents as "Mother" and "Dad," implying that while Fred and his father had a more playful relationship, mom was the disciplinarian of the household.
  • Even her closest blood relatives have to address the Queen as "Your Majesty" in formal situations. Apparently, official protocol dictates that when first meeting Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh in the morning, even her immediate family have to call them "Your Majesty" or "Your Royal Highness" on the first encounter of the day. It is believed the current monarch is more informal than that to her children and grandchildren. Apparently.


Alternative Title(s): Parental Title Characterisation

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