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"You are nearly there. Very close. We are... so proud of you."

Our young hero has accomplished! Perhaps they have triumphed, perhaps they have decided to undertake a Heroic Sacrifice, perhaps they have proven worthy to respond to the Call.

How can this be fittingly celebrated? Why, have them be told how proud people are of them!

Normally this is said only by people who have reason to be proud: their parents, a Parental Substitute, their mentor, the Team Dad, A Father to His Men, etc. This is usually done for a young hero, whose skills might have been in doubt, and had unquestionably been formed by the person saying it. It may happen very early in the story, as proof that they are ready for the call, but is more common at the end to validate their Character Development.

May also be a form of encouragement after a character has progressed a certain amount but is feeling discouraged.

There is the form "I'm so proud of you." Or "We are so proud of you," if one can speak for more than one (such as a mother or father for both parents).

Then there is the form "Your father would have been so proud of you." Normally addressed to fatherless heroes, though any Disappeared Dad may qualify them. May be spoken by the mother, or by any other mentor. They may not want, even in this moment, to have a Not So Stoic moment, and so distance themselves from the praise. They may be aware that the child craves his father's approval, and would value this. They may also not want to claim too much credit, since saying "I am so proud of you," implies that they have a reason to be proud.

While "father" is the most common, "Your mother (or other figure) would be so proud of you," is also possible, in similar situations. "You should be proud of yourself" is another alternative, which ascribes even more of the credit to the person themselves.

This is, in fact, what the "Well Done, Son" Guy craves, but the hero has not usually been striving with their eye on it, and the speaker is willing to tell them, freely.

This trope can also be Played for Laughs when the child does something despicable or even outright criminal, and the parent approves of their deviant behavior. The Doting Parent does this all the time, and gushingly so, which means the one they are so proud of is likely terribly embarrassed. Alternatively, the trope Don't Tell Mama exists because a crook wants to hear this and doesn't want their parents to be disappointed in them for taking up a life of crime.

One variation takes up the form of The Ghost. The one who is proud of the other has died prior to the protagonist's great accomplishment. The happy ending may include a scene with the spirit of the deceased party looking down and smiling proudly. Sometimes the protagonist gets to see them. Sometimes only the audience does.

Contrast It Has Been an Honor, where the character is usually addressing someone he has not formed, though he may have led him. Also contrast Disappointed in You.

See Your Approval Fills Me with Shame for when they don't want this praise.

Also see Like a Son to Me.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • In the anime version of Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky, Lucille, a wealthy heiress who dreams of making medicine and curing all disease gets this from her father after the vaccine she submits to Central is chosen as the best of the submissions.
  • Bleach: During the second Vandenreich invasion, Byakuya comes to Rukia's aid after her opponent releases his true form. He directly acknowledges how far she's come and how strong she now is. She's so overwhelmed by Byakuya's acknowledgement, that her confidence is instantly restored, allowing her to thrash her opponent.
  • By the end of Code Geass Lelouch says this to Nunnally, though while she's under Geass as he's pulling a Thanatos Gambit that requires him to be the most hated person in the world, acknowledging how far she's come and how she isn't helpless needing her big brother all the time to protect her. It's more poignant considering he briefly breaks his Evil Overlord character and takes the time to say this to her despite the fighting going on outside; and his Knight Templar Big Brother status makes it very meaningful as he now can fully trust her to be okay without him.
  • Subverted in Death Note, as Soichiro Yagami finally confirms on his deathbed that his son Light isn't the mass-murderer Kira. He is.
    • Played straight when Ryuk says this to Light at his graduation ceremony...
  • In Dragon Ball Z, right before Vegeta sacrifices himself in a (failed) attempt to kill Majin Buu, Vegeta embraces his son, Trunks, and says "I want you to know that... you have made me proud."
    • And later, Goku says this to Gohan after the latter's full potential is unlocked.
      • He says it earlier in the series, right after everybody is sure that Cell is finally gone; "Gohan, I'm so proud of you!"
  • Inverted in Fruits Basket. When Yuki rejects his mother's attempts at a parent-teacher conference to lay out his life for him, he says that he wants to become something he can be proud of.
  • In the final episode of The Galaxy Railways, The Hero Manabu gets to hear this from his father in a sort of vision thing.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist has Truth praising Edward when he finally realizes the lesson no other alchemist has before: Their friends and family are more valuable than alchemy.
    Truth: [grinning with delight] You've done it! That's the right answer! Good job! You beat me! Go ahead! Take him home! The back door's right over there! Goodbye, Edward Elric!
  • Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. In "Solid State Society" Aramaki goes to visit a mentor in hospital. It's not a dignified sight — his mentor is dying alone and in pain, rambling incoherently, with only his SexBots to tend him. When Aramaki goes to leave however, the mentor appears to mistake Aramaki for his son and says, "I'm glad an old fool like me sired a genius like you."
  • In Gintama, Okita's older sister and foster mother Mitsuba says how proud of him she is in her last moments. What results are the only tears Okita sheds during the entire series.
  • In Girls und Panzer, Hana's mother, after a period of estrangement from her daughter over her doing tankery, comes to a flower exhibit that Hana put on, concedes that doing tankery enabled her to bring a new sense of personality to her flowers, and admits that while her methods are different, they are good on their own merits. At the end of the tournament, Maho tells Miho that her way of fighting is different from the Nishizumi style and that she's glad she has found her own way of tankery. Even Miho's mother is shown at one point sighing, before smiling and applauding for Miho's victory.
  • In High School D×D, after Sairaorg's mom finally wakes up from a long coma, she sees her son and tells her she's proud of him. It causes him to shed a Single Tear.
  • Kikyo from Hunter × Hunter is a rather twisted example of this trope. Being part of a Big, Screwed-Up Family of Professional Killers, she regularly praises her son Killua for doing ruthless things like assaulting her or taking her hostage.
  • An interesting double subversion happens in Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple: Kenichi's masters first chastise Kenichi for risking his life on a mission and put him on a house arrest. But later Kenichi's Cool Big Sis mentor Shigure secretly sets him an eavesdropping device through which he hears that his masters are actually celebrating his courage.
  • Little Busters!:
    • In the visual novel, Kyousuke thinks that he's proud of Riki at several points, but the anime introduces a scene where he explicitly says this to him, after the accident when Riki and Rin are in the process of saving everybody:
      I never imagined you'd be able to do all that. You've grown far stronger than even I'd hoped. I'm glad. I'm proud of you, Riki. You have finally… surpassed me.
    • It's also present in the drama CD, made before the anime, in which the climax involves Kyousuke and Riki standing on the beach in the water, Riki crying because he's so happy to see Kyousuke back, and Kyousuke telling him he's proud of all he's done and how he's taken care of the Little Busters in his absence.
  • Lyrical Nanoha:
  • In Medaka Box, Medaka briefly dies, and her consciousness briefly awakens in a room where Anshin'in had meant to meet her at one time. There she finds the lost spirit of her mother, Hato Tsurubami. Tsurubami tells her that she doesn't need to fight any more. Medaka, however, refuses to accept that, even after her mother asserts to her about the way the world is. Although she doesn't deny her logic, Medaka states that she'd rather question the way the world is rather than just accept the way it is, especially because of how much she loves people. After she leaves, Tsurubami reflects on her own inability to continue fighting, and that there's only one thing that hasn't ever changed about her: how happy she was to have given birth to Medaka.
  • Gundam:
    • Toward the end of Mobile Fighter G Gundam, Dr. Kasshu, Domon's father, is released from his cryonic state and acts as his son's adviser when it comes time to deal with the Dark Gundam once and for all. But before Domon heads off, he adds this: "You've grown up. You've really grown up, Domon."
    • Mobile Suit Gundam SEED has a heart-wrenchingly powerful moment in Phase 40 (Phase 38 in the Remastered Version as Uzumi Nara Athha is preparing to sacrifice himself to allow the newly-created Three Ships Alliance to escape, as he presents his adopted daughter, Cagalli Yula Athha, with a picture revealing that she is Kira's twin sister. Despite the revelation that Cagalli and Uzumi are not related, he nevertheless acknowledges her as his own child as he sends her off, much to her horror as she knows she's about to lose him for good.
    Uzumi Nara Athha: I feel very fortunate to have been your father.
  • Played for Laughs in Monkey High! — when Macharu's dad sees that his son, who very strongly resembles a monkey, manages to get a beautiful girlfriend, he lets loose a large stream of Manly Tears and says this trope to Macharu.
  • Naruto:
    • There's a moment somewhat like this when Naruto's father, the Fourth Hokage, is shown telling Naruto that he believes in him, that Konoha can be rebuilt, and he's counting on him.
    • Iruka Umino invokes this trope numerous times throughout the series, constantly praising and encouraging Naruto when everyone else ignored or mistreated him. During Naruto's battle with Pain, Iruka can be seen smiling with immense pride at everything Naruto has accomplished.
    • It's even better when Naruto returns from a deadly battle with Pain and the ENTIRE VILLAGE — the vast majority of whom have hated him his entire life for something he didn't do — cheers his return. He also earns a hug from his crush, who previously considered him an annoying friend. That particular moment is lessened because Naruto did not hug her back, which, in retrospect, foreshadowed what was to come nineteen chapters later.
    • It is revealed that before his death, Fugaku said that he was proud of Itachi, no matter what. This same sentiment is carried over when Itachi declares, no matter what Sasuke does, he will always love his younger brother.
    • Kakashi told his father he was proud of him, which also counts as Forgiveness.
    • This is Kakashi's reaction when, during Team 7's final mission/battle together in the manga, Naruto, Sakura, and Sasuke successfully pull off Kakashi's plan to defeat Kaguya, using absolutely flawless teamwork.
      That was picture-perfect. Right now, the way you all are together...I love you.
  • Hakase has this reaction in Chapter 75 of Negima! Magister Negi Magi when Chachamaru attacks her due to a breach in privacy.
    Hakase: No way, she attacked me, her creator!? Changing her priorities programmed into her, all by herself? Fu... fufufu, You've grown, Chachamaru...
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion:
    • After Shinji's first battle, Misato tells him that he did a noble thing and he should be proud, but he doesn't take it to heart due to the pain it caused him.
    • Later in the series, after another battle, his father Gendo tells him by speakerphone that he did a good job. He actually really takes it to heart and feels good about it, given that his father is usually a cold-hearted jerkass towards him.
    • In the last episode Shinji decides that he wants to be himself and to "stay here," the theatre scene disappears, and all the other characters congratulate him including Gendou and Yui.
  • One Piece has a non-parent variation: following the Whole Cake Island arc, several of Luffy's friends from around the world are shown reacting with elation and praise towards Luffy's latest achievements and new bounty, with Vivi, Koby, Rebecca, Shanks, and Sabo among them.
  • Both of Luluco's parents do this on separate occasions in Space Patrol Luluco. Keiji bursts into tears over the fact that she's managed to grow up fairly normally despite their family situation in the first episode, and Lalaco says that she's grown into a fine woman upon seeing her resolve to confess to Nova in episode 12. The moment with Lalaco is even more powerful since her eternally smug grin is replaced with a gentle smile of motherly affection.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: "You became a taller man than I was." Such are the words of Kamina's ghost to Simon.
  • The Trigun manga has a version of this for Wolfwood. But instead of a parent figure saying it, the children of the orphanage throw confetti out of their escape ship to tell him "welcome home." They've realized that the brutal, cynical, hardass man who just killed himself to save them is not only one of them but is actually their beloved "big brother" who left them just a few years prior. He's maybe in his late teens and only looks (and fights) like a full-grown man because of artificial enhancements.
  • Toward the end of Wandaba Style, Teen Genius Susumu's father tells his wife that she should say this to their son, since he surpassed them both. We don't find out whether she does or not, though.

    Comic Books 
  • All Fall Down: This is played for laughs when IQ visits IQ Squared in prison.
  • Astro City: Many characters have this; even the retired villain Quarrel readily admits that he's proud of his daughter's heroic career.
    • In "The Menace From Earth", Zo's mother ie ecstatic after seeing his high aptitude scores, as they indicate he's an extremely talented Zirr and may get to choose his own role in Zirr society.
  • Batman:
    • Batgirl: In Batgirl (2000), Alfred gives Cassandra Cain this speech on Batman's behalf.
      Alfred: You have achieved more in your few short years as Batgirl than many costumed heroes manage in a lifetime. You have saved countless lives, brought justice to the wicked and helped this city regain hope during the most difficult time in its history. I know for a fact that Master Bruce is immeasurably proud of you...and grateful for all that you've done.
    • Batwoman: When Kate Kane comes home to her father and explains that she's been separated from the army, he naturally wants to know why.
      "Article 125, that's homosexual conduct."
      "Yes, sir."
      "Why couldn't you tell him what he needed to hear?"
      "I'd have been lying."
      "Then you kept your honor and your integrity. I'm proud of you. Your mother would have been, too."
    • Identity Crisis: Jack Drake tells Tim he's proud of him as Tim heads out as Robin for the night. Shortly later that same night Jack's final words are:
      I love you Tim, just like your mother loved you. What you do for all those people, it's worth it Tim. Never question it. It's worth it.
    • Red Hood and the Outlaws: Jason Todd is insanely surprised when Superman tells him that Batman vouches for him and the Outlaws. This touched briefly in #17, and in #18 the reader finally gets to see Bruce, both in Jason's memories and in the present, admit how proud he is of him.
  • Flashpoint: Thanks to some time-travel shenanigans, The Flash delivers a message to Bruce from an alt-universe Thomas Wayne, which brings tears to the man's face.
  • The Mighty Thor: Odin is generally a terminal case of Cannot Spit It Out, but he did get to this point towards the God(dess) of Stories incarnation of Loki in issue #16 of Loki: Agent of Asgard, going so far as saying that Loki is a worthier son than Thor (they were on kind of bad terms those days)... and then Loki rejected him. The end must be nigh or something. Oh. Wait.
    • This is a running theme in Thor's relationship with Odin in modern times, especially since JMS' run in the mid 2000s, to the point where in Aaron's run, present Thor was resigned to a bad relationship with his father, and old King Thor bluntly told young Thor (the Thor of about 1000 AD) that he'd never get what he wanted most — not Mjolnir, but Odin telling him that he was proud of him. Then at the very end of that run, at the end of War of the Realms, Odin grabs all three Thors (who'd time-travelled to abuse a loophole to get at Malekith) in a massive hug and tells them he's proud of them. Their utterly baffled expressions are both hilarious and depressing.
  • Preacher:
    • A stunningly dark subversion in Garth Ennis's series. Jesse Custer breaks the back of the man who shot his father in front of his eyes, then later killed his mother (or so he thought) and generally acted like a world-class sociopath... all the while teaching Jesse to ride, shoot, fight and fix engines. What are Jody's last words to him? "Prouda' you, boy..." Custer reacts by snarling out "DIE!" and strangling whatever life is left in him.
    • Also, near the end, when Jesse is getting ready for his final fight, the Cowboy, who has appeared several times to him over the course of the comic to inspire him, appears and tells him this.
      Jesse: Hey. I want to thank you.
      Cowboy: Thank me fer what...?
      Jesse: For bein' a goddamn hero.
      Cowboy: Hell, pilgrim, I'm just a... broke-down, wore-out ol' cowboy. But this broke-down, wore-out cowboy wanted ya to know, He's prouda ya.
  • Secret Warriors: During Dark Reign, Phobos used his powers to briefly cause Norman Osborn to have a breakdown by telling him that even though he thinks he's in control of his Green Goblin persona, he's not & he will fail. His father Ares (Who it should be noted was aligned with Osborn at the time) is stood off to the side watching, with a proud look on his face that all but says "That's my boy".
  • The Simpsons Futurama Crossover Crisis: After Bart manages to get rid of a wampa expy, thus saving himself, his family, and the Planet Express crew:
    Homer: Good work, boy!
    Marge: I'm very proud of you!
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics) In the short story, "Sonic Comic Origins: Sally - The Exiled Leader", we learn that, in the rebooted universe, Princess Sally begged her father, King Acorn, to allow her to stay with the Freedom Fighters after he was rescued from the Special Zone. He allows her to, openly admitted that he would be worried for her safety, but he would be so proud of what she has done for him and their kingdom.
  • Spider-Man:
    • Just before The Clone Saga, Aunt May tells Peter she knows that he's Spider-Man, and that his uncle would be proud of them. Both of them are. Aww...
    • In The Amazing Spider-Man (Dan Slott) #600, there's a short story about Uncle Ben and Peter's relationship. Ben keeps telling Peter "Your father would be so proud of you" but what Peter wants Ben to say is "I'm proud of you". And he eventually does.
  • Superman:
    • In Superman: Secret Origin, Jimmy laments to Superman of his "Well Done, Son" Guy status with his family, and how they didn't expect much of him when he left for Metropolis. This causes Superman to remember when he left Smallville and the exchange he had with his parents.
      Clark Kent: I'll make you proud.
      Jonathan Kent: You already do.
    • In The Unknown Supergirl, Linda Danvers reveals her foster parents that she is Superman's cousin. Her mother says she is proud of her.
      Edna Danvers: Then the daughter we love is a... Supergirl! I'm so proud!
    • The Death of Luthor: After Kara has turned Luthor over to the police, her adoptive parents state how proud they are of her.
      Edna Danvers: "I'm so proud of you! You're not only the most famous girl in the world, but a darling daughter!"
    • In Supergirl (Rebirth), Supergirl has a flashback in which her father Zor-El said he was proud of her compassion and hopefulness during a school excursion:
      Zor-El: The Kamnium in the lake petrified these animals ages ago. They're not going anywhere.
      Kara: Exactly. They're stuck here. But If I holo-photo them all, then a little piece of them can escape with me. It's pretty strange, I know. Everyone else thought so.
      Zor-El: That's because no one else would ever see it that way, Kara. I would never say that's strange. That's Hope. That's what the crest we wear stands for. That's why I'm proud you're my daughter.
  • Wonder Woman:
    • DC Comics Bombshells: Hippolyta's bodyguards, Episteme and Techne, initially fight Diana when she comes to steal the royal armour and bracelets, but they reveal that they approve of her actions and will lead the Amazons to her side when she calls for them.
    • Wonder Woman (1942): After Diana leads a coalition of super-women from across multiple earths in preventing the Adjudicator from destroying all the linked earths across the multiverse in Judgment In Infinity, Donna gives her big sister a big hug while telling her how proud she is of her.
  • X-Men:
    • In Giant Sized X-Men #1, when Peter Rasputin left his family farm to join the X-Men, he told his parents, "I will make you proud of me." His father assured him, "We are proud of you."
    • Rachel Summers has been on the receiving end of several of these:
      • In the third issue of The Adventures of Cyclops and Phoenix, after discovering Rachel is still mind-linked to Nathan, struggling to protect her brother despite being in a coma herself, Cyclops stays beside her bed and states he's proud of being her father:
        Scott: Sorry... I never treated you much like a daughter when I had the chance. I just wanted you to know... How very proud I am to have been your father.
      • When they meet again after Grant Morrison's run, Cyclops reiterates she makes Jean and him proud.
        Scott: I'm glad you kept Jean's name. You make us both very proud.
    • Emma Frost says this to Kitty while the latter is trapped in the Breakworld's bullet.
      Kitty: Disappointed, Ms. Frost?
      Emma: Astonished, Ms. Pryde.
  • Young Avengers: In an issue of Young Avengers Presents, Bucky Barnes tells Patriot that Jeff Mace, the original Golden Age Patriot, would be proud to see his legacy living on.

    Comic Strips 
  • In Prickly City, when they admit to having just left him in prison, Kevin weeps Tears of Joy because they had learned so well from him.

    Fan Works 
Crossovers
  • Child of the Storm:
    • Has Thor (formerly James Potter — the first attempt at the whole 'humility' experiment had mixed results) express this to Harry on several occasions.
    • In the sequel, Doctor Strange expresses this twice to his former student Wanda Maximoff, also formerly his ward. In the former case, he states that his choosing her to succeed him is not what makes her the best person to take his place; on the contrary, he chose her because she was the best person to succeed him. Since the two have had an often difficult relationship, owing to Strange's deeply manipulative nature and skills as a master Truth Twister (he never lies, but is rarely honest), it's actually rather sweet.
  • Firefly feels this way about Rainbow Dash being Supermare in Justice League of Equestria.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion Senshi No Michi: Before saying goodbye to his disciples, Gouken takes Asuka aside to say he is proud of how much she has matured since he took her in.
    Gouken: You've come a long way, Asuka.
    Asuka: Hm? Yeah, I guess I have... I was a nightmare when I first came here...
    Gouken: You certainly were… I spent endless days wondering what horrors awaited Shinji in his next training session, how you would blow up next. But... (smiling) I worry no longer. You've grown into a stronger, more balanced person.
    Asuka: I guess so... But I couldn't have done it if you hadn't put up with me.
    Gouken: True. It wasn't easy — but it was worth it. And to see you, and Shinji, grow into strong, honourable warriors under me –- I couldn't be more proud.
  • The Night Unfurls: After sparring with all four of his apprentices, Kyril says he is proud of all of them, clearly pleased with their progress. In response, Sanakan assures her mentor that the four of them are getting better every day.
  • Seraphina's Tea Quest: Captain Shalala personally visits the Health Clinic to tell Sora how proud she is of her for defeating the Ranborg threatening to destroy the clinic, even if it resulted in her catching Purple Spot Pox.
  • Thousand Shinji:
    • Upon realizing how manipulative Shinji is, Gendo actually weeps with joy, declaring that he's truly his son.
    • When Asuka feels her mother's presence beside her, Kyoko tells that she's proud of her:
      Kyoko: She... I'm here with you... I've always been here with you. I'm proud of you Asuka. I don't care what you've become; you're still my daughter, my baby to me.

Amphibia

Avatar: The Last Airbender / The Legend of Korra

  • The Worst Prisoner: Iroh tries to use this with Zuko after realizing how little praise he has been getting. Zuko is weirded out by this and asks him to stop doing it so much.

Castlevania

The DCU

  • Hellsister Trilogy: Right before the final battle against Darkseid, Doom Patrol member Steve Dayton makes sure that his son Changeling knows both he and his wife are proud of him:
    Changeling was at Steve's side immediately. "Don't worry, Dad. We'll take care of you, no matter what happens. I'll make sure of that, and so will the Titans."
    Steve lay an arm across Gar's shoulders. "I know you will, son. What I feel for what you and Raven did for me goes beyond gratitude. And even though she's not here to confirm it, I think we both know Rita would be proud of you."
  • In Kara of Rokyn, Superman expresses this to his younger cousin before her final duel with her rival Jasmine.
    Superman: Prayers and luck accompany you back home. Show Jasmine what it's like to go up against the brand- new Kara! We both know that you've got what it takes... and you should know I'm very proud of you.
  • young scrappy and hungry (rise up, rise up): A reversal of the usual positions, when Bruce Wayne's public disapproval of a presidential candidate's disgusting behaviour grants him the mother of all hugs from his son Damian. Sometimes, you just don't need a cape to feel like a superhero.

Disney Animated Canon

  • The Bolt Chronicles: Blaze tells his son he is proud of him just before they bid farewell to each other in "The Cameo." Their short visit has its share of disagreements, but the older dog clearly holds Bolt in high regard.
    Blaze: One more thing before I take off, son — just know I love you, and that I’m really, really proud of you.

Dragon Age

  • Beyond Heroes: Of Sunshine and Red Lyrium: He doesn't say it out loud (and it's implied that he doesn't really need to), but Varric has a moment of this kind of thinking in this Dragon Age: Inquisition AU. After the defeat of the Big Bad, he watches the Inquisitor — Bethany Hawke — receiving the thanks of her advisory council and thinks that he's never been prouder of anyone in his life. Dorian interrupts by teasing him about the "ridiculously dewy-eyed expression" he's wearing.

Dragon Ball

  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged:
    • In episode 51, Future Trunks finally stands up to Vegeta after enduring several episodes' worth of abuse from his (alternate timeline) father and blasts Vegeta over the horizon. As a result, Vegeta feels pride in someone else for the first time... but it's quickly overshadowed by "UNYIELDING RAGE!"
      Vegeta: Huh, this is a new feeling: pride in someone else...
    • Also in another spot for that, Goku also has a lot of pride in Gohan for going Super Saiyan. An idiot or not, Goku clearly felt a lot of pride in his son at that moment.
  • The Warrior's Daughter: When Bulma's family is saying goodbye to Bulla before she goes back to the future, Bulma says she is proud of her incredible daughter. And Vegeta, of all people, says she is a real Saiyan warrior. Bulla feels so warmed up she hugs her father.

Final Fantasy

  • Guardian: Yuna is nervous when Lulu doesn't react much to her first full Sending dance on the water (though without anyone to send). Lulu assures her that yes, she is very proud of Yuna. And she is. But she's also very sad because she knows it means Yuna will die on a pilgrimage.

Fullmetal Alchemist

  • My Master Ed: When Hohenheim is feeling discouraged by what he perceives as a lack of progress in his alchemy training, Edward tells him that he’s been learning faster that he expected and that he was proud of what he’d accomplished. It also marks a change in how Edward trains Hohenheim, using positive encouragement from then on.

Fusion Fic

  • Children of an Elder God (Cthulhu Mythos & Neon Genesis Evangelion): Several instances.
    • Before dying, Asuka's father told that he was proud of her because she had potential to pilot and Evangelion and save humanity.
      "He told me to be brave, that he was proud I would be an EVA pilot, and he wanted me to do my best to save humanity."
    • In Chapter 7, Shinji tells that Gendo caught him when he was leafing through a dangerous-looking book and his father spanked him... but intriguingly, Gendo looked mad and proud at the same time.

Girls und Panzer

  • In Boys und Sensha-do!, a surprising example comes from Shiho, who, in canon, was very unlikely to say anything of the sort. Shiho says this to Maho after Shiho reveals that she has known for some time that Maho was willing to be her heiress for her younger sister Miho's sake, hoping to free Miho from having to live up to the family's standards.

Godzilla/King Kong/MonsterVerse

  • Abraxas (Hrodvitnon):
    • Vivienne's memories reveal that her mentor and Parental Substitute Ishirō Serizawa gave her the "I'm so proud of you" form — specifically, he quoted it ad verbatim — when giving her a gift on her thirtieth birthday, as depicted in Chapter 5.
    • The late Serizawa's son Ren (who, by the way, is not a mass-murdering Evil Genius obsessed with killing Godzilla like he was in Godzilla vs. Kong) receives the "Your father would have been so proud of you" form from Mark Russell, in Chapter 17, and he's visibly touched to hear it.

Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation: Mo Dao Zu Shi / The Untamed

  • call it what you want has Yanli's grandmother say this to her:
    Grandmother Yu: You have surpassed my every expectation. I spent a very long time being afraid for you, and now I know that I never had to be.

Harry Potter

Hetalia: Axis Powers

Marvel Universe

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

  • A Diplomatic Visit: Used a few times in the sequel Diplomat at Large.
    • In chapter 2, it's age-inverted — Spike is proud of Twilight for standing up to her principles and handling the griffon debt crisis her own way, and declaring that she'd do it the same way all over again if she had to.
    • In chapter 7, this is Pharynx's reaction to Thorax finally standing up to him.
  • Loved and Lost: When Twilight reconciles with Princess Celestia, the latter is overjoyed that her student has shaken off the negative influence of Celestia's evil nephew Jewelius and come back to her senses.
    Celestia: I'm so happy to see that you haven't strayed from your true path.
    Twilight: For awhile, I think I did.
    Celestia: But now you've found it and I've never been more proud of you than I am now.
  • Parting Words: After Twilight calls Princess Celestia out for being a Trickster Mentor who kept sending her off on adventures with minimal information and resources, Celestia eventually admits that she was deeply impressed by how she and her friends triumphed against Nightmare Moon, and that she kept challenging them because Twilight kept exceeding her expectations.
  • The Pieces Lie Where They Fell: Variant in that he hasn't actually told her face-to-face, but in the sequel Picking Up the Pieces, the omake for Chapter 25 reveals that Shining Armor and Cadance, who watch over Shining Armor's descendents from the afterlife, are very proud of his youngest descendent Page Turner.

Naruto

  • Black Flames Dance in the Wind: Rise of Naruto: After she plays a crucial role in fending off an assault on Konohagakure, Naruto tells Sakura he's proud of the kunoichi she's become. Especially poignant because Naruto used to consider her nothing but a waste of space that'd be killed off eventually. Also Tear Jerker because he still fully intends to kill Sakura's mother for what she's done to him.
  • Son of the Sannin:
    • When Haku demonstrates the ability to match Sasuke's swordfighting skill during their match in the Chunin Exam, his foster mother Yugao can't help but give a smile despite needing to remain impartial as the referee.
    • The ghosts of Naruto's biological parents both express pride over his accomplishments when they finally get to meet him, though it also spills into Amazingly Embarrassing Parents due to Kushina putting specific focus on the fact that he has a cute girlfriend.

Neon Genesis Evangelion

  • Advice and Trust: Subverted. Shinji sought his father's approval and praise for a long while, and when Gendo congratulated him for his part in defeating Sahaquiel, he felt happy... but after hearing how his father had treated Rei, he decides he was a fool for desiring his approval and being happy of having it earned that time.
  • Ghosts of Evangelion: Asuka says she is proud of Ryuko when her daughter stands up to her:
    Asuka: You little brat. Not even your father talks to me that way.
    Ryuko: Tch. He calls you out on your bullshit all the time. Misato does, too. I'm not an idiot, mom; I see what's going on around me. How the hell would I have the nerve to speak up otherwise?
    Asuka: (laughing and hugging her) You stupid little brat! I'm glad to see you take after your father in ways other than musical talent!
    Ryuko: Cut it out, mom! Jeez, you're embarrassing me!
    Asuka: I'm proud of you, little girl. I truly am.
  • HERZ: In chapter 10 Gendo manages to show he is proud of his son:
    Gendou looked like he was going to say more. Instead he smiled, a genuine smile that spoke of love and how proud he was of the fine young man his son had grown up to be.
  • Higher Learning: In the last chapter, Yui and later Gendo tell Shinji that they are proud of him.
  • In Neon Genesis Evangelion: Genocide:
    • After Shinji makes amends with Asuka, Misato tells that she's proud of him:
      He felt her move, heard the rustle of skin and cloth as she rose from the chair. Then he felt her hand on his knee. "You were there for her, and that's hard enough," she said, so quietly it was barely a whisper. Yet the depth of her caring was obvious and welcome.
      When he failed to react to her touch, she added, "It's been a bad day for everyone. Don't feel like you have to worry about homework tonight. You've earned a little break. I'm proud of you."
      Shinji could not tell her how much those words meant to him, nor refuse to accept the weight they placed on his shoulders.
    • Unexpectedly, Shinji gets praise from his father after telling he doesn't want to forget his mother, not matter how much it hurts:
      "I... I don't believe that," Shinji brought up his head. "I won't forget about mother. I miss her, and it hurts, but I won't forget."
      Gendo's hard, dark eyes met him, his features carved out of stone, completely devoid of any emotion, good or bad.
      Shinji stood his ground, even though he knew he sounded like a little boy who missed his mother. For better or worse, that was exactly what he was. Gendo could admonish him for it, but it was the truth, and he would rather live missing his mother than forget her because it hurt too much. His father had forgotten; to Shinji that was yet another sin.
      To his surprise, Gendo nodded. "Then you are a stronger man than I."
  • Once More with Feeling:
    • Subverted. Shinji was initially overjoyed when his father praised him after stopping Sahaquiel... but after a while he decided that he had clung to his father's praise in a pathetic way.
      Once in his life, he would have leapt at the offer from his Grandfather, in the same pathetic way he had clung to his Father's praise after he had stopped the 10th Angel, letting those three worlds play over and over in his head.
      -("Good work, Shinji...")—
    • Played straight when Misato praised Asuka after the latter fought Sandalphon.
      So don't give a damn about those armchair Generals second guessing you either Asuka. You're a hell of a pilot — today was the toughest battle we've ever been in and you handled yourself incredibly well. Regardless of our motives going into this, you rose to the challenge today. I'm proud of you — and Rei of course.
  • The One I Love Is...: After the Final Battle, Fuyutsuki tells Shinji that his mother would be proud of him for what he had done.
    "Your mother would be proud of you."
  • Scar Tissue: After returning from the Red Sea Gendo asks what his son has been up. After hearing an account of it:
    Gendo: That boy, he is uncorrectable.
    Ritsuko: Is that pride I hear in your voice, Advisor?
    Gendo: The boy successfully shattered SEELE's plan for the next step of evolution and gave a big "Fuck You" to Keel Lorenz himself, completely burned my scenario along with any hope of reuniting with his mother, and bit me in half. Literally. Then, he proceeded to refuse the godhood I devoted my life to and the endless ecstasy of Instrumentality so he could return to the deserted wasteland we once called home, only to be beaten half to death by the deranged banshee he fell for… saving mankind in the process. What's there not to be proud of?
  • The Second Try:
    • During her Mind Rape, Asuka sees a vision of Aki, and they have a mother-daughter moment. Right after saying goodbye to her, someone touches her shoulder, and Asuka turns around and sees her mother Kyoko smiling down to her, and nodding approvingly.
    • When Yui is saying her final goodbye to Shinji, the narration states that she's proud of her son.
    • Gendo's final thought toward Shinji having achieved happiness, upon which the story ends.
      But Gendo couldn't follow the discussion much longer. The low chatter faded out and the veil before his eyes seemed to grow again, leaving the picture of this family lingering in his mind as the last one before sleep slowly consumed him again.
      A family...
      Unnoticeable to him, he smiled at that thought. That was what he had always wanted. He had almost forgotten it over the path he had taken in these past ten years, but... they had been like that once too. Only with Yui gone, there had been a critical part missing that he couldn't see replaced by anyone else but her. Without her, they couldn't have possibly been happy.
      Now Shinji had all he had ever wanted for himself. A life with people who loved him without question. People he could be happy with.
      Gendo felt envy toward his son for that. But most of all, he –- for once -– was as proud of him as a father could possibly be.

Power Rangers

  • In the Power Rangers: Dino Thunder fic "Duty & Honor", as the Dino Thunder team (including Kimberly as the Pink Dino Thunder Ranger) face the threat of Zordon's brother Xondar, who is attacking the Rangers as he perceives them as having failed to save his brother, they are aided by Zordon, who has been brought back to life as an energy being by the Priests of Orlin. When he makes contact with Tommy and Kimberly as the representatives of Earth's current Rangers, Zordon affirms that Tommy has always been one of the best Rangers he has ever known, and adds that he is glad to see Kimberly returned to both the duty of a Ranger and Tommy as well. As an extension of his respect for Tommy, Zordon affirms his belief that the Dino Thunder team will prove worthy of the power they must gain to defeat Xondar's forces simply because Tommy has chosen then, and when Xondar finally expresses regret, Zordon proclaims Tommy as "the truest example of redemption", assuring his grieving brother that Tommy is a worthy example to follow.

RWBY

  • Children of Remnant: Ozpin tells Jaune that he's proud of the man that he's become despite Salem's influence.

Sherlock Holmes

    Films — Animation 
  • At the end of Adventures in Zambezia, Kai's father, Tendai, tells him that he is proud of him and that his mother would be proud of him too.
  • A Bug's Life: Atta says this word-for-word after Flik inspires the ant colony to Zerg Rush the grasshoppers.
  • At the end of Despicable Me, Gru's mother tells him that she's so proud of him, that he's become a great parent, "just like me." He rolls his eyes, because flashbacks have shown that she was actually a pretty lousy parent, and then she adds, "Maybe even better," which makes him smile.
  • Disney Animated Canon:
    • Disney was going to have a song called "Proud of Your Boy" in Aladdin, but it got scrapped along with the character of Aladdin's mother. After all, Disney has a reputation to keep. Eventually, Aladdin would get to sing the song in the Broadway adaptation of the movie.
    • Disney gets another chance with So Proud of You in Mulan.
      • Captain Li Shang is visibly proud to see his Ragtag Bunch of Misfits growing into properly trained soldiers.
      • The movie ends with Mulan coming home from the army. She presents her father with the sword of the Mongolian general and a medal from the emperor. He tosses these trinkets aside, embraces his daughter and tells her how proud he is of her.
        Fa Zhou: The greatest gift and honor is having you for a daughter.
    • In The Origin of Stitch, a bonus short subject found on the Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch DVD, when Stitch enters Jumba's lab, he encounters a video on Jumba's computer showing how each part of his body consists of parts Jumba gathered from other alien monsters, and Stitch's potential for destructive capabilities. Jumba then tells Stitch how he hoped to create a genetic experiment that would surpass all the others as his masterpiece of evil, and to Jumba's initial disappointment, all of that changed when Stitch found his one true place and a family, and Jumba tells Stitch, "You are my greatest success, and I am very proud of you."
  • How to Train Your Dragon:
    • After Stoick realizes his son, Hiccup, whom he earlier rejected, is brave enough to fight a giant dragon in an apparent Heroic Sacrifice, he tells Hiccup that "I'm proud to call you my son," explicitly taking back his previous rejection.
    • The ending includes an aversion of an earlier line.
      Gobber: You just have to be a little less... (gestures at Hiccup) this.
      Hiccup: You just gestured to all of me.
      • Later:
      Stoick: We just needed a little more of (gestures at Hiccup) this.
      Hiccup: You just gestured to all of me.
  • The Incredibles:
    • Said word-for-word in by Helen to Dash on the beach after they arrive at Nomanisan Island, thanks to Dash using his Super-Speed to get them there after their plane crashes into the ocean.
    • Later at the climax when Violet uses her force field to protect the family from Syndrome's rocket exploding (something she struggled with earlier in the film), Helen just looked at her, smiled, and said, "That's my girl."
  • In Incredibles 2, Helen is proud of her kids for going onto the Deavors' superyacht and saving her, their dad and Frozone.
  • Played with at the end of Kung Fu Panda. The villain, Tai Lung, after Calling the Old Man Out, beats his teacher (and father figure) Shifu into helplessness and demands to know whether Shifu is proud of him now. Shifu earnestly replies, "I've always been proud of you." It does shake the villain for a moment... but a moment later, he decides I've Come Too Far.
  • In Megamind, his former arch-enemy Metro Man says this to the titular (ex-)supervillain — even though the latter can't hear it.
  • In Robots, Herb Copperbottom continuously expresses adoration and overwhelming support for his son Rodney and encourages him to pursue his ambition of meeting Bigweld and becoming an inventor. However, the crowning moment of his pride comes at the end of the film when Rodney becomes not only Bigweld's assistant but his eventual successor, and Rodney thanks him for staying by his side from the very beginning.
    Rodney: Dad, I know you kind of felt bad when I was growing up that you couldn't give me a lot of stuff. But you gave me the most important thing — you believed in me.
    Herb: From the second you were born.
  • In Sing, Marcus comes to realize singing really is his son's true calling after seeing him perform on TV, and he regrets shunning him for it earlier (out of anger that Johnny's secret ambition inadvertently got him and his entire gang imprisoned). So he decides to break out of jail to apologize to him, and he doesn't waste any time letting Johnny know how proud of him he is for staying true to himself.
    Marcus: I'm so proud of you.
  • In Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Peter B. tells Miles he's proud of him when he finally gains control over his powers and joins the rest of the Spiders at the climactic final fight.
    Peter B.: I love you! I'm so proud of you!
  • In The Super Mario Bros. Movie, after Mario and Luigi save Brooklyn from Bowser, their father doesn't hide his feelings when he tells them how proud he is of them.
    Mario and Luigi's father: These are my boys!
  • In Turning Red, two different examples, at the beginning and climax of the story, are used to show Ming's Character Development:
    • Early in the movie, she enthusiastically approves of Mei's perfect scores on three tests, a feat which demonstrates how Mei is exactly the daughter Ming wants.
    • After Ming's Heel Realization, she sees that her daughter is beginning to find her own path, including the decision to keep her red panda spirit, and tells this new Mei that the further Mei goes in her new changing life, the prouder Ming will be.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Adventures Of Sinbad: Probably counts as an inversion, Rumina being the series's Vain Sorceress and arguably main recurring villain that Sinbad has to deal with.
    Sinbad: Rumina would be proud.
  • From Batman Begins:
    Rachel Dawes: Your father would be very proud of you. And so am I.
    • This is a callback after an earlier What the Hell, Hero? moment when she says he would be ashamed of him.
  • Occurs at the end of Big Fat Liar at the conclusion of Jason's big plan.
    Mr. Shepard: You did all this just to tell me you weren't lying?
    Jason: I wanted to gain your trust back, Dad.
    Mr. Shepard: You've earned it.
  • Black Widow (2021). Played for Black Comedy when Alexi (the former Soviet supersoldier Red Guardian) expresses his pride to his "daughters" for growing up to become such excellent killers. ("You have both killed so many people, I am so proud of you! There is a lot of red in your ledgers!") while hugging both girls, who are visibly very uncomfortable.
  • In Blue's Big City Adventure, both Steve and Joe tell Josh that they're so proud of him before he heads in for his audition with Rainbow Puppy.
  • A reversal with Lulu saying this to her crazy father, Romulus, in The Caveman's Valentine.
  • Dead Poets Society: After Mr. Keating gets fired over allegedly causing Neil's death, the formerly timid Todd stands up on his desk to salute Keating, leading his fellow society members, and even some other students not part of the society, to also stand up in defiance of Dean Nolan's demands that they stay seated. This moves Mr. Keating, who says "Thank you, boys. Thank you." before leaving.
  • Parodied in Freddy Got Fingered, where Gord and his father get on this subject and spend the better part of several minutes just saying "Proud!" to each other. Later parodied even harder when Gord begins to do increasingly outlandish stunts in order to make his father "proud," such as masturbating first a horse and later an elephant, skinning a roadkill deer to "get inside of the animals", and so on.
  • A particularly lovely moment in The Goonies comes when Data's dad, an inventor like his son, tries to take a picture with a spring-loaded camera though it fails. Data tells his father that it's all right, since he cannot hug a photo. His dad responds with "You are my greatest invention."
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Peter gets this but not from his actual father.
    Yondu: I’m sorry I didn’t do none of it right... I'm damn lucky you's my boy.
  • Horse Feathers — subverted in typical Marx Brothers fashion, as Frank Wagstaff (Zeppo) congratulates his father (Groucho) on becoming college president:
    Frank: Dad, let me congratulate you. I'm proud to be your son.
    Professor Wagstaff: My boy, you took the words right out of my mouth. I'm ashamed to be your father. You're a disgrace to our family name of Wagstaff, if such a thing is possible.
  • In Iron Man 2, it comes in a slightly different form. It's more accurately confidence that the hero will eventually make him proud, but it's really the same thing. Tony Stark recalls that his father was "cold and calculating," and that he "never told me he loved me, [and] never told me he liked me"). Thus, when Nick Fury tells him that his dad always believed he would carry on his legacy and take the arc reactor to the next level, Tony scoffs at the notion. Later, while going through his old man's stuff, he stumbles upon a recording his father left that was meant only for him. In it, he reveals that all of his life's work had always been for Tony. He also states that he is confident his son would change the future where he could not, and leaves him with this final message,
    Howard Stark: What is, and always will be, my greatest creation... is you.
    • Tony has a moment of this toward Peter at the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming, after Peter catches the guy selling and distributing alien weapons. He has his arm around his shoulder and everything, and even offers Peter a new suit and a place in the Avengers.
  • Said indirectly in Kingdom of Heaven, when Godfrey is dying. His last act is to knight his illegitimate son, Balian, before making his confession.
    Hospitaller: Are you sorry for all your sins?
    Godfrey, looking Balian proudly in the face: For all but one.
  • At the end of A Knight's Tale, the goofy sidekick says: "Sir William Thatcher. Your father heard that."
  • Ocean's Twelve: Linus has been arrested by Interpol, but once he's alone with the agent, it turns out that she's in on the con. They talk for a few minutes, with her chiding him for his mistakes in a kind-hearted way, ending with this:
    Female Interpol Agent: I'm proud of you... we both are.
    [Linus looks confused for a moment... before settling on annoyed]
    Linus: Oh come on, you told Dad?!
  • Our Miss Brooks: Lawrence Nolan, praising his son Gary's reporting work, in the cinematic series finale.
  • In Oz the Great and Powerful, after the climatic battle, the Master Tinker assures Glinda that her father would have been so proud of her.
  • Inverted and unspoken with Real Steel. As Max Kenton watches his father Charlie shadow box with Atom to absolutely beat-down Zeus, Charlie has the most ecstatic look on his face as he boxes again. The look on Max's face screams that he is proud to be Charlie's son.
  • In The Sixth Sense, Lynn Sear is not happy her son is crazy and claims to see dead people. He then says about her mother: "She said you came to the place where they buried her. Asked her a question. She said the answer is... Every day. What did you ask?" Lynn replies, "Do... Do I make her proud?".
  • Papa Smurf shows this to Clumsy near the end of The Smurfs.
  • In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Sarek tells Spock that "I am most impressed with your performance in this crisis." Given that it's Sarek, that's extremely high praise.
  • When James T. Kirk in Star Trek (2009) is promoted to Captain of the Enterprise, he takes over from Captain Chris Pike, who convinced him to join Starfleet in the first place. After the formal dialogue, Pike shakes Kirk's hand and says simply,
    Pike: Congratulations, Captain. Your father would be proud.
    • According to Spock Prime, Kirk's father proudly saw his son become captain of the Enterprise in the prime timeline as well.
  • Star Wars:
    Shmi: [to Anakin] I'm so very proud of you.
    • Episode III — Revenge of the Sith:
      Obi-Wan: You are strong and wise, Anakin, and I am very proud of you. I have trained you since you were a small boy. I have taught you everything I know. And you have become a far greater Jedi than I could ever hope to be.
    • Episode VI — Return of the Jedi: Not verbally expressed — but Darth Vader tells Luke "You were right about me" and dies with the smile of a proud father on his lips. Afterwards, his Force Ghost (with him having been redeemed and once again Anakin Skywalker) joins the Force Ghosts of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda smiling at Luke.
  • In Thor, this conversation at the end of the movie between Thor and Odin.
    Thor: One day, I shall make you proud.
    Odin: You've already made me proud.
  • Violent Night Wealthy matriarch Gertrude Lightstone tells her son this after learning that he stole $300 million in cash from the vault in her house. Whether this leads to a case of Your Approval Fills Me with Shame is not explored as the characters have more pressing concerns going on.
  • Women Talking: Agata tells August how proud they all are of him for his helping them near the end, assuring him that his mother would be too (she's dead), and he cries in response to this.
  • Wonder Woman (2017) has a non-verbal version of this trope when Diana passes her final test as a warrior, by beating her aunt and trainer Antiope with just a shockwave of her bracelets. Despite being blown away across the field, Antiope smirks in approval of having made her niece such a great warrior.
  • Sebastian Shaw towards Erik in the climax of X-Men: First Class, whom he congratulates for finally becoming a superpowerful mutant. It's pretty goddamn creepy, considering Shaw is an ex-Nazi Mad Scientist who destroyed most of Erik's life to motivate him to become what Shaw always dreamed Erik would be.

    Music 
  • The independent artist Kalieha has a song called "Proud of You." It's about not only being proud of someone, but working hard to achieve your goals.

    Podcasts 
  • The Adventure Zone: Balance: Played for Laughs in the fourth episode of "Here There Be Gerblins". After Tres Horny Boys somehow manage to see through his Spot the Imposter trick,note  Magic Brian proves to be a Graceful Loser and congratulates them with his dying breaths as "quite the adventurers" and says how "PROUD of zem!" he is. The absurdity of the situation and his ridiculous accent makes the scene hilarious instead of at all emotional.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • In what became a Tear Jerker for some in hindsight, the final image of Chris Candido on live television was of him letting The Naturals know this after they beat America's Most Wanted for the NWA World Tag Team Titles on a TNA show.
  • SMASH owner Yoshihiro Tajiri made the public announcement in February 2011 that he was very proud of his student KUSHIDA before acknowledging that he would be leaving the roster to wrestle full time for New Japan Pro-Wrestling in April.
  • Matt Hardy insisted he and Jeff were very proud of where Caprice Coleman's career had gone by December 2012. Unfortunately for Matt, the only thing Caprice wanted was a victory over Matt.
  • Before their SHINE Title match in Full Impact Pro, the challenger, La Rosa Negra, went in depth about how proud she was of the champion, Ivelisse Vélez.
  • Ric Flair's happy teared congratulations to Charlotte when she wins her first title in wrestling, proclaiming she'll be the greatest of the Flairs.
  • Treacherous Advisor Konnan may not have had Prince Puma's best interest at heart, but he couldn't help but show pride and congratulations when he outlasted Mil Muertes and Johnny Mundo, among many others, to become the first Lucha Underground Champion.
  • An odd case was Velez herself saying this to the older, more established wrestler Mercedes Martinez, which was basically Velez's way of excusing Martinez repeatedly putting her individual career before their Tag Team and Power Stable.
  • After Brock Lesnar won against The Undertaker at WrestleMania XXX, a surprised Paul Heyman shouted out a few Big "OMG's!" before running up to Brock and shouting "You did it!" repeatedly while feeling so proud for him at the same time.

    Puppet Shows 
  • In "Bobbly Ball" from Donkey Hodie, when Purple Panda catches the ball for the first time, his surprise is it summoning his Uncle Panda, who sings a song about how he's proud of him, and he hopes he's proud of himself too.

    Religion 
  • The Bible:
    • In the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, when Jesus was baptized in the Jordan, the heavens opened, the Spirit came upon Him like a dove, and a Voice from Heaven said, "This is My beloved Son, with Whom I am well pleased." And also, "You are My beloved Son; with You I am well pleased."
    • In the gospel of Matthew, in the Parable of the Talents, when two of the three servants who were given talents by their master came back and reported that they made double of what they were given, their master said, "Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful in a few things, you shall be ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord." This is contrasted with the third servant who was given only one talent, but didn't do anything with it except bury it and then return it to his master, to whom his master says, "You wicked and slothful servant, why didn't you leave it with the bankers so that I could have received back my own with interest?"
    • The final judgement is this for those in humanity who believed in Jesus.

    Roleplay 
  • Played for Laughs in Dawn of a New Age: Oldport Blues. Mirielle, a student with a perfect record, needs to get everyone out of the school without alerting them to the presence of bombs. She does so by jamming up a microwave, starting a small fire, and lying to the principal about it when the fire alarm goes off. Her best friend Zia, who overhears this with her telepathy, is so proud of the bad influence she's had on her buddy.

    Toys 
  • BIONICLE: Towards the end of the story, a group of heroes meets one of the Great Beings who created their world. He tells them, "How proud I am. If I could, I would embrace you all."

    Video Games 
  • In Assassin's Creed III, Haytham Kenway's last words to Connor has him saying that he's proud of him to an extent and that Connor has shown courage, strength and conviction. He caps it off by saying that he should have killed him long ago, which is sort of his way of considering him a Worthy Opponent.
  • In Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland, Meruru gets this from her father, Dessier, if she achieves her goals.
  • The first Baldur's Gate game does this really well; if Khalid is in your party, and your character is Good, then he will compliment you, saying, "Gorion would be so proud of you" (Gorion is your foster father). Since this usually only occurs when you do some significant Good act, it does make your character feel like a hero.
  • In the Season of Infamy mission "Shadow War" in Batman: Arkham Knight, if the player chooses to destroy the cure instead of giving it to Ra's al Ghul, Ra's tells Batman how proud he is for letting him die, which he views as Batman overcoming the shackles of his "no killing" rule (Ra's won't actually die in-game, but his daughter Nyssa indicates he has at most days to live).
  • Borderlands 3: Played for Laughs. When Clay discovers that one of his men faked his death, killed his team, and sold out the survivors to the maniacs ruining their planet, Clay is very impressed with how much he got for the deal ("Two planets and enough money to build a waterslide between them").
    Clay: I'm proud of you, man. You're living the dream. [chuckles] Vault Hunter; kill this traitorous son of a bitch!
  • Mission Control in Deep Rock Galactic is an easily annoyed Deadpan Snarker at his worst, but knows when to praise you for your professionalism and success. He's especially proud of you for coming so far when you earn a promotion.
  • Die Hard: Vendetta sees the return of John McClane from the Die Hard films, and John's daughter Lucy a rookie cop like her dad. The Nakatomi Plaza level ends with a cutscene where Lucy kills the Big Bad and uttering her father's trademark "Yipee-ki-yay, motherfucker!", and John is quite proud of it.
    "That's my girl!"
  • Dragon Age:
    • Dragon Age: Origins:
      • If you are playing the Human Noble origin, you will eventually go through the gauntlet to retrieve Andraste's sacred ashes. While going through the challenges, you will run into the spirit of your dead father, who tells you how proud he is of you and to be strong and to let go of your grief at losing your family.
      • The City Elf Origin has multiple. First one being saving your cousin Shianni after she is kidnapped and raped by Vaughan where she tells you she loves you. Second is selflessly taking all of the responsibility of Vaughan's murder has Soris tell you that you've always been his hero. And Lastly in the Landsmeet where your people, including your father, have been kidnapped and are about to be sold into slavery. Rescuing him has him express that he's never been anymore proud of you and gives you a dagger that belonged to your late mother. And once again if you survive killing the Archdemon and he wishes your mother was alive to see you.
    • Dragon Age II:
      • There's a note in the Hawke Estate that reads "I'm very proud of you. Love, Mother." Easily missed, but hardly forgettable especially after your mother is killed by a crazy mage. Additionally, your sister Bethany or brother Carver will give you one if they manage to survive until the final battle.
      • Leandra actually tells you this twice, once through written text, again as she dies in your arms.
      Leandra: I love you. You've always made me so proud.
      • If Bethany is brought along in the Legacy DLC, she acts as a proxy so the siblings' late father can give one. As she was his only mage child, he had to spend the extra time with her to minimize the risk of Power Incontinence and Demonic Possession, but he was no less proud of Hawke and Carver, or "his little soldiers/his scoundrel and his soldier" as he called them.
  • Dragon Ball Fighter Z:
    • If Goku or Piccolo win a match while on a team with Ultimate Gohan, they may tell him this in their victory screen. Goku's line had a passive-aggressive "finally" attached in the demo, but this was removed from the finished product after fans pointed out how jarring and out-of-character it was.
    Goku: Gohan! You've gotten a whole lot stronger. That makes me proud.
    Piccolo: I'm proud of your growth, Gohan. That was an admirable performance.
    • Goku also has a more to-the-point version with SSJ2 Gohan.
    "Gohan, I'm proud of you."
  • Cranky Kong in Donkey Kong Country is generally a cranky old ape who belittles the heroes for not being as good as he was when it comes to beating the game quickly or finding all the secrets. In the second game, he mellows out a bit but is still judgmental of Diddy's performance at the end of the game, which is based on how many Hero Coins you found. If you do manage to find all of said coins, Cranky admits that he was wrong and is proud of Diddy for proving himself as a hero.
    Cranky Kong: I'm not afraid to admit it, Diddy m'boy. Even I'm wrong occasionally. You're as a big of a hero as they come. You must take after me and Donkey. Well done!
  • Guan Yu in the Dynasty Warriors games. His children are warriors in the service of Shu just like him, and he makes it a point to show them how proud he is of them, calling them the future of Shu.
  • In the end of Eternal Darkness, the ghost of Alex's grandfather appears to tell her how proud of her he is, for holding her own against Pious and the forces of the ancients themselves. He also offers her one last bit of help, sealing away the summoned ancient for her—while all the others who were killed in possession of the Tome of Eternal Darkness got to strike a blow to the artifact of the ancient, actually stopping the summoned beast is his contribution.
  • In Fallout 3 , The PC's father basically gives you one of these at the Jefferson Memorial, if you've been playing the good side of the Karma Meter.
  • Done in a heartbreaking way in Fallout 4. Paladin Danse is the PC's mentor on the Brotherhood route, and he says this if the PC executes him once he's revealed to be a synth.
  • Final Fantasy
    • Final Fantasy VII. Seto, father of Nanaki. Manly Tears.
    • If you garner high enough affection with Tifa and have her in the party when you meet Zack's parents, talking to her after she runs outside she will reveal how proud of Cloud she is for coming as far as he has.
    • Dissidia Final Fantasy gives us Tidus' storyline, where after Tidus defeats his father in battle Jecht tells him "You've grown up strong." Coming from Jecht, well, those who played Final Fantasy X may well be moved to sniffles.
      • Alternatively, Final Fantasy X has Tidus tell Jecht that he's proud of him during Jecht's final moments.
    • In Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates, Latov says that he's proud of how strong and good Yuri and Chelinka have grown just before he moves on to the true afterlife.
    • In Final Fantasy XV, Regis declares the pride he harbours for his son in the post-credits scene when the sun rises, addressed to Luna seemingly in the Afterlife.
    • In World of Final Fantasy, the spirit of Lann's father, Rorrik, tells him that he's proud of him, that he's become someone who cares about more than his own cause. "Hang on to that, and you'll go far."
  • Titania says this to Ike in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance. In the Best Ending of Radiant Dawn, too, Almedha is proud of Soren for "having lived and grown strong."
  • Jak and Daxter:
    • In Jak II: Renegade, Jak leaves the group in a huff after an argument with Keira right before the critical Class Two race, leaving Daxter to take his place. After Daxter wins the championship, Jak comes back and tells Daxter that he's proud of him. Daxter's gives an excited "Really?".
    • Then there's Damas in Jak 3, who says that he's proud of Jak after the latter wins an arena match. He then swiftly tries to keep up his disguise of the tough guy warrior king by saying what he's really proud of is the training program. Which, coupled with all of the other fatherly moments in the game Damas and Jak have, makes the revelation that he was Jak's father hit home even harder.
  • At the end of Half-Life 2: Episode Two, as Alyx and Gordon prepare to leave in a helicopter to rescue Judith Mossman, her father Eli tells her, "I just… wish all this didn't have to fall on you, Alyx. Your mother would be so proud."
  • In Klonoa: Door to Phantomile game, Klonoa's adoptive grandfather gives a So Proud Of You speech to Klonoa during his death scene.
  • In Knights of the Old Republic going out of your way to do a lightsided deed with Juhani in the party will get a similar response to Khalid: "This is how a Jedi acts, with honour." It's easy to forget being a Jedi is more than stabbing things with a lightsaber.
  • In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, King Dorephan says this to his son Prince Sidon after Divine Beast Vah Ruta is freed from Ganon's corruption. Sidon seems surprised by his father's praise, feeling that Link was the one who did the bulk of the work subduing the Vah Ruta. Urbosa also wants Link to convey how proud of Zelda she is.
  • Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon has Trickster Mentor E. Gadd remark on Luigi's bravery before the final battle, after spending the entire game making jokes at the character's expense and hinting that Luigi wasn't his first choice.
  • In the Mass Effect series:
    • In Mass Effect, if you bring Liara to Noveria, as Matriarch Benezia is succumbing again to the indoctrination, the last thing she says as herself before attacking you again is "Liara, you always made me proud." Benezia is Liara's mother.
    • In Mass Effect 2:
      • Samara the Asari Justicar has a variation. During the process of fighting her Serial Killer daughter to the death, she heaps abuse on her, but after she is dead she tells Shepard how proud she is of her daughter's strength and cleverness.
      • A Paragon Shepard invokes this trope just before the Final Battle, asking the surviving squadmates to make him/her proud in the final Rousing Speech.
    • In Mass Effect 3:
      • Samara can say this again (if the right player choices are made) to her surviving daughter. These can be her last words before committing suicide if you don't stop her.
      • If you selected the Spacer background and play the "Citadel" DLC, you get a call from Shepard's mother saying how proud she is of you.
      • Cut content has Jack of all people giving a quick speech to her students, in which she basically abandons the Drill Sergeant Nasty facade to be outright encouraging and says that she is so damn proud of them with a quaver in her voice. What did make it into the game is that she considers them to be like family. Jack went through a lot of Character Development. Done more comically during the escape from Grissom, where she offers to get all of them tattoos as a gesture of congratulations.
      • He doesn't use the words, but lifelong assassin Thane's expression and tone when he realises his son has stepped away from Thane's own path and is spending time with the drell priesthood says it all.
      • At the very end of the game, Admiral Anderson tells Commander Shepard that he is proud of him/her just before he dies of his injuries. The music track that plays in that scene is even titled "I'm Proud of You".
      "You did good, son/child.note  You did good. I'm proud of you."
  • An extremely warped example occurs in Octopath Traveler II. During Hikari's story, Ritsu tells Mugen that General Rou turned traitor and helped Hikari, so Ritsu killed him and brought Rou's head to Mugen as proof. Mugen promotes Ritsu to general on the spot, commending him for his skill in the process. When Ageha asks if Mugen actually believes him, Mugen replies that he realizes Ritsu is lying (Hikari had already fought Rou, and Ritsu simply finished him off in an attempt to make the failed arms trade not a complete bust). However, Mugen is still pleased by this turn of events, since he is impressed by Ritsu getting creative to turn the situation in his favor.
  • The very end of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Trials and Tribulations has Mia congratulates Phoenix for an exceptionally job well done in the trial and says she is very proud of him for coming so far as a defense attorney.
  • In the third generation Pokémon games, you can rematch Gym Leaders after you beat the Elite Four. One of them is Norman, your character's father. After you beat him in the rematch:
    Norman: <Name>...what is your dream? My dream...hah. It has already come true, actually.
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  • In the DLC Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare, there is a non-verbal, internal version with John and his son Jack in the beginning of the game. As Jack starts explaining the story he is reading and the view changes to John, the audio begins to fade and replaced by light piano notes, implying John lost his concentration in favor of admiring his son.
  • The ending theme of R-Type Final is actually called "Proud Of You", and includes the words as Gratuitous English lyrics. (Unfortunately, Fresh Games butchered the game's finale and replaced the song with a generic techno piece Blue Man Group's "Piano Smasher," giving a more Downer Ending feel.)
  • After defeating the final boss of Solatorobo, Baion admits that he is proud of Red for standing up for his friends (and the world), even though he initially considered him a failure. His mother Merveille also says that she is quite proud of him as well, though she never considered him a the spectacular failure that his father did. Perhaps notably, they are only his biological parents and did not raise him, nor was he actively seeking their approval or even incredibly interested in where he came from.
  • At the end of Spider-Man (PS4), Aunt May espouses the pride she feels for Peter in her dying moments after revealing that she had long known her nephew was Spider-Man. She also states that she knows Uncle Ben would've been proud of him, too.
  • At the end of Spirits of Anglerwood Forest, Albert says this to Edgar after he saves his friends and family.
  • Star Fox 64, after Fox defeats the real Andross, and then escapes from his exploding lair with his father.
    James McCloud: You've become so strong, Fox...
  • In Star Trek Online, Admiral Jorel Quinn, the Big Good for the Federation, will act this way towards your player during the Klingon War missions. In the mission "Surface Tension", he does it again, this time to prove that he isn't an Undine.
  • A rare version that comes from one Childhood Friend / Heterosexual Life-Partner to another can be found in Tales of Vesperia. After an entire game's worth of headbutting, occasional death threats, a friendly duel to work out their issues, and a sequence in which Yuri basically rewrites physics to save humanity, we get this line from Flynn to tie up the game:
    Flynn: I am so proud to call you my friend, Yuri Lowell.
    • Before that, we have the whole party doing this to Karol after he holds the line against a dangerous boss that had the rest fully trapped. Lovable Coward that he is, this is the final moment of Karol's development into a badass. And everyone is proud of him. So very proud.
  • Once the player finishes Uncle Albert's Magical Album and Uncle Albert's Fabulous Voyage, Uncle Albert tells the player he's proud of them.
  • If you go fully Pacifist in Undertale, Sans sounds genuinely proud of you during his judgement.
    sans: no matter the struggles or hardships you faced... you strived to do the right thing. you refused to hurt anyone. even when you ran away, you did it with a smile. you never gained LOVE, but you gained love.
  • When Clem meets Lee again in her dreams in Episode 3 of The Walking Dead: The Final Season, Lee express how proud he is in Clem and how far she's come.
  • In World in Conflict, just before Captain Bannon stays behind to hold back the Soviets until they are both hit by an incoming nuke, Colonel Sawyer, who has previously (entirely justifiably) treated him like total dog crap, utters "I am humbled to have served with you..." and we know that at that moment, he really means it.

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  • A Day With Bowser Jr: In Two Koopas for a throne (part 3), Bowser says this to Junior after being saved from certain death at the hands of Ludwig.
  • Played more than a few times in RWBY:
    • In "Mountain Glenn", there's a bit where the girls sans Ruby are discussing their reasons for becoming Huntresses after a round of Armour Piercing Questions from Oobleck. They conclude the answers they gave the first time weren't satisfying for their teacher, and that being a Huntress takes more than they expected... But it's still a worthwhile job. In the corner, a small smile creeps across the (apparently asleep) Oobleck's face.
    • In "Two Steps Forward, Two Steps Back", when Yang is training with her father Tai, he gives her a harsh wake-up call about her over-reliance on her Semblance and her simple fighting style. When they have one last spar before dinner, she fights him to a standstill, leading him to say "Now you're using your—". He doesn't get an opportunity to finish before she trips him and catches him before he falls. He looks up at her and gives the warmest smile yet seen on the show.
    • Yang gets it again in "Lighting the Fire", this time from her Missing Mom. Raven congratulates Yang on making it to her hideout, citing her patience, determination, and strength in making the journey. She doesn't even mind that Yang beat-up her guards when they attacked her. She's also (Albeit grudgingly) impressed that Yang didn't visit her for reconciliation, but to demand a favor of her.

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  • Can You Spare a Quarter?: Frank is proud that his son Jason both managed to find Jamie after the latter ran away and to direct people after they have found the boy.

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  • 101 Dalmatians: The Series: Once Cruella finally has enough of her mother's relentless criticizing and calls her out for being a hateful, domineering bitch, Malevola de Vil bursts into Tears of Joy and exclaims how proud she is at seeing Cruella's spine.
    Malevola de Vil: At last! The daughter I've always wanted! COME TO MOMMY!
  • In Adventure Time Finn gets one from his (adoptive) father.
    Joshua: Finn! If you're seeing this pre-recorded holo-message, it's because you finished the dungeon that I made for you. I'm proud of you. You're gonna do great things in this world. I love you, son.
  • At the end of "Muffy's Soccer Song," an adaptation of "Muffy's Soccer Shocker" from Arthur, featured on the Arthur's Really Rockin' Music Mix album, Ed Crosswire tells Muffy "I'm so proud of you."
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • When Zuko returns to the Fire Nation his father tells him he's proud of him and why. It's a creepy scene, since Ozai is praising Zuko for killing Aang. It's also something Zuko didn't actually do.
    • There's the finale, when Zuko is reunited with his uncle. It starts with Zuko outside the tent, paralyzed with shame at his betrayal of his uncle. He only goes in once Katara gives him assurance (a tearjerker in itself, given that Katara used to hate him). When he goes in, he finds uncle asleep, so Zuko kneels and waits the entire night for Iroh to wake up, all the while stewing in his own shame. When Iroh wakes, he turns away from Zuko as Zuko makes his apology, giving you the impression that he actually is ashamed of Zuko and angry at the betrayal. It's only when he turns around and fiercely embraces Zuko that you realize that Iroh was just trying to keep it together because he was filled with such joy and pride in his adopted son for finding his way back to the light.
    • At the end of the series, Hakoda exclaims he's the "proudest father in the world".
    • Not to mention Katara taking Aang aside to tell him how proud she is of his progress, just before the Black Sun invasion. That one got a little sidetracked, though.
    • And in The Legend of Korra, Tenzin, after witnessing Korra restore Lin Beifong's bending to her in the season finale, tells her "I am so proud of you, Avatar Korra". The final point that subverts the Bittersweet Ending the series was building up to. He does it again later, telling Korra that she's achieved more in the last five years than most Avatars do in an entire lifetime. He also expresses pride in the achievements of Jinora when she leads Korra into the spirit realm, and newly minted Airbender Bumi when he leads the trainees to defeat some poachers. Basically, when the universe isn't conspiring to make him lose his dignity, Tenzin is a full-time so-proud-of-you engine.
  • At the end of "King Badou vs. the Pirates" from Babar and the Adventures of Badou, after the situation with the pirates is resolved, Babar tells Badou "You're going to make a fine king one day, Badou. I am very, very proud of you."
  • Batman: The Animated Series:
    • After Batman is exposed to Scarecrow's fear toxin, he starts seeing images of his father calling him "a disgrace".
    Alfred Pennyworth: That's rubbish. I know your father would be proud of you because... I'm so proud of you.
  • Big City Greens: The phrase is said three times in "Homeshare Hoedown"; the first two by Bill to Cricket for learning how to cater to his homeshare tourists (when in reality it is irritating him) and letting him share the kids' room with them, and the third by Gloria after teaching Cricket and Tilly to be "cultured, urban sophisticates".
  • Captain Planet and the Planeteers: Gaia says this in regards to the Planeteers at least three times.
    • In "Volcano's Wrath", when the kids rush off to stop Sly Sludge, she says, "Children. They make a mother proud".
    • At the end of "Fare Thee Whale", after they've exposed Plunder and Blight's scheme, she tells them, "I'm proud of all of you".
    • In "Future Shock", after Ma-Ti takes the zap meant for a little girl, the future Eco-Villains are wiped out from existence and Zarm dematerializes, Gaia hugs the boy and declares, "I'm proud of you, Ma-Ti. You did the right thing today".
  • Danny Phantom: The Mansons said this to their daughter Sam (and her friends) after they foiled the Big Bad of the episode. Considering how Sam and her parents don't get along, it's a positive moment.
  • The Defenders of the Earth episode "A Demon in His Pocket" (in which Kshin disobeys an order not to touch Mandrake's sorcery books, then has to confess when the demon he summons in a misguided attempt to "show" the school bullies runs amok in Central City) ends with the following exchange:
    Kshin: Mandrake, I'll take my punishment like a man. But please don't send me away!
    Mandrake: Who said anything about sending you away?
    Kshin: Shogoth showed me the future. How you would send me away if I told you about him and... and...
    Mandrake: And you told me anyway. That took a lot of courage, Kshin.
    Kshin: You're not gonna send me away?
    Mandrake: No. This is your home, now and forever. You'll still be punished, but no-one's sending you anywhere, Kshin.
    Kshin (sobbing with relief): Oh, Mandrake, you can trust me! I'll never disobey you again! I'll make you so proud of me!
    Mandrake: You already have, Kshin. You already have.
  • In the DuckTales (1987) episode " Top Duck", Launchpad's family finally gets the chance to tell Launchpad how not-ashamed of him they are at the episode's end.
    Ripcord: Launchpad, will ya shut your beak and listen to me for just one minute? I'm so proud of ya, I'm about to explode. But you never give me the chance to say so.
    Launchpad: R-r-really? You're not just saying that?
    Birdy: Oh, we're all proud of you, Launchpad.
    Loopy: Like, totally, to the max, for sure!
  • The Grand Finale of DuckTales (2017) provides a rather dark example when Bradford pushes Black Heron into the Solego Vortex. Seeing as she had spent the past fifty years trying to get him to embrace his inner supervillain, all she does is smile and comment "Oh, Bradford, how villainous." before she's wiped from existance.
  • A darkly humorous one occurs in Evil Con Carne. When Major Dr. Ghastly creates a robot army for Hector, Hector entrusts Skarr to keep an eye on them. Skarr then has the robots reprogrammed to obey him by putting his name on the controls. Afterwards, Skarr has Ghastly create a robot in his image that he calls his son, Skarr Junior. And when Skarr entrusts Junior to watch over the robot army, Junior puts his name on the controls to take over the robot army. When Skarr realizes that his son has betrayed him, his last words before he’s killed are that he’s proud of his son.
  • Futurama episode "The Route Of All Evil" sees Cubert and Dwight starting a newspaper delivery service that performs so well that they manage to usurp Professor Farnsworth and Hermes — their own father figures — out of Planet Express, partly out of revenge for how poorly they mistreated them in their endeavors. However, the stresses of keeping up with the ever-increasing demand catches up to them, and they tearfully ask their fathers for help, admitting that in the end, they just wanted to make them proud of their accomplishments, prompting this reaction:
    Hermes: Proud of you?! You ruined us with sleazy business practices, and a complete disregard for human decency! (beat) Of course we're proud of you!
    Farnsworth: Damn right we are!
  • Gargoyles: Goliath to Angela at the end of "Mark of the Panther":
    "Your quick thinking helped us defeat Anansi. I am proud of you, my daughter."
    • This is especially heartwarming as it marks the moment that he finally acknowledges her as his daughter. Note that the lack of acknowledgment wasn't because he ever disapproved of her personally, but because gargoyles traditionally didn't keep track of who laid which eggs.

  • He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983): Prince Adam usually receives some variation of a Disappointed in You comment from someone once an episode, normally his faher, King Randor. Naturally, none of them are aware of Adam's secret identity as He-Man, the effort he puts into protecting Eternia, and how his carefree attitude is mostly just how he relaxes between world-ending crisises. Still, He-Man usually gets all the praise while Adam has to good naturedly take whatever criticisms come his way. This all changes in the 'Secret of the Sword' movie, where Prince Adam is able to return his sister Adora to Eternia after she'd been kidnapped to another world as an infant. Adora gives Adam and not He-Man full credit for going to another world and bringing his sister home. Randor, crying Tears of Joy from having his daughter returned, goes over to Adam and tells the Prince exactly what he thinks of him before giving Adam a big damn So Proud of You hug.
    King Randor: Son, I want you to know that today you've made me the happiest man in all of Eternia.
  • I am so proud of you, part of the It's Such a Beautiful Day film cycle by Don Hertzfeldt, plays around with this.
  • On Jimmy Two-Shoes, Lucius sometimes does this to Beezy after Beezy has done something evil.
  • Justice League:
    • In "A Better World", the idea is used as a What the Hell, Hero? statement and/or Armor-Piercing Question when Batman is talking to his Knight Templar alternate universe counterpart.
      Batman: They'd love it here, don't you think?
      Lord!Batman: Who?
      Batman: Mom and Dad. They'd be so proud of you.
      Lord!Batman: ...Just drive.
    • Darkseid says this to Orion in "Twilight", while Orion is trying to kill him. Darkseid then breaks his back.
      Darkseid: You make an old man proud.
  • In Mike the KnightJourney to Dragon Mountain, Mike and Evie get this from their father, Squirt the dragon gets it from his Disappeared Dad after he finds him.
  • In the Molly of Denali episode "Lynx to the Past," after Grandma Elizabeth tells Trini the Yup'ik origin of the Lynx Dance, Trini understands why she can't change it. She then decides to join the dance at the Spring Fling after previously dropping out, and does it perfectly. After that, Elizabeth says that the kids have made her and her ancestors proud.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Princess Celestia to Twilight Sparkle and her friends at the end of "Return of Harmony part 2".
    • Celestia to Twilight again in "A Canterlot Wedding", where she commended her for managing to bring the real Cadance back and save the day by trusting her instincts and persisting in the face of doubt.
    • And again in "The Crystal Empire". Princess Celestia makes it quite clear that she couldn't be prouder to have Twilight Sparkle as her personal student after Twilight deliberately disobeyed Celestia's stipulations for passing the test in order to ensure that King Sombra is defeated once and for all.
    • Celestia to Twilight, again, in "Magical Mystery Cure". This time in song!
    "You've come such a long, long way
    And I've watched you since that very first day
    To see how you might grow
    To see what you might do
    To see what you've been through
    And all the ways you've made me proud of you"
    Applejack: (to Apple Bloom) Oh, sugarcube, if Mom and Dad were here, they’d be so proud of ya. (...)
    Rainbow Dash: (to Scootaloo) I'm so proud of you, little buddy. You've taught me a thing or two.
    Rarity: (to Sweetie Belle) You've inspired everypony around you, and you've inspired me, too.
  • In Numberjacks, at the end of most missions, the Numberjacks back at base praise the Numberjack/s who went on the mission. Special mention goes to the episode Three Things Good where Six has a particular hint of pride when Three returns home from her first ever solo mission.
  • The Owl House: Implied. When Amity goes into battle against the Abomiaton 2.0, Alador Blight looks very concerned for his daughter but shifts to an intrigued and delighted smile when she and Luz prove capable of handling it.
  • During the song Summer Belongs to You Candace sings about how proud she is of Phineas and Ferb
  • At the end of "Alien Encounter" from Shelldon Herman's Disappeared Dad, from afar, says that he did well and makes him proud, having apparently heard of his actions in freeing a group of fish during the episode.
  • The Simpsons:
    • Played with in "Brother's Little Helper", when Bart, whacked out on way too Ritalin Focusyn, hijacks a tank and runs amuck around town.
      Nelson: You've raised the bar for all of us, Simpson; and I thank you. *bows*
      Bart: Wow! Praise from Caesar!
      Nelson: Huh?!
    • In "The PTA Disbands", Bart and Lisa realize that each has the other's packed lunch by comparing the notes that Marge had left in each. Lisa's reads, "We're so very proud of you." Being The Simpsons, the treacle is cut by Bart's note, "Be good. For the love of God, please be good."
    • "Bart Gets an F" ends with the family having this reaction to Bart's barely-passing D-minus grade, giving it pride of place on the refrigerator where Lisa's A grades typically go. It's a celebration that feels fully earned after the events of the episode, which saw Bart studying as hard as he could and just managing to avoid being held back a year because of his effort.
      Homer: We're proud of you, boy.
    • In "Lisa on Ice", Bart and Lisa resolve their rivalry over joining opposing hockey teams during the final play of the game. As they toss aside their gear and embrace, Marge declares that she's never been so proud of them. Homer on the other hand considers them both losers as the game ended on a tie.
  • On Special Agent Oso, the kid who was helped in the episode may get this from their parent or parents after successfully completing whatever it was Oso was helping them to learn.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: At the end of "Grandpappy the Pirate", Mr. Krabs's pirate grandpa declares that he is proud of Mr. Krabs even though Mr. Krabs lied about being a pirate because to him, Mr. Krabs's greedy prices in Krusty Krab is "real piracy".
  • In Thunder Cats 2011, Claudus telling Lion-O that he is proud of him is particularly poignant because Lion-O has spent his entire life trying to make his father proud of him and because these are Claudus' last words.
  • Ultimate Spider-Man: In the episode "Carnage", the Green Goblin/Norman Osborn tells his son, Harry, how his father (Norman) would be proud of what Harry did that day. Goblin drops Harry to his doom right after.
  • In "You're a Big Boy, Roo," from My Friends Tigger & Pooh, Roo is tasked with delivering a pouch watch to Kanga, but loses it. The Super Sleuths help him find it, but afterwards he has to decide whether or not to tell her that he lost it, afraid she won't think him a big boy. Instead, she says she's proud of him for telling the truth and that she knows he's growing up.

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Mulan's father doesn't care about the honor of the world, but only that Mulan is his daughter.

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