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Your Tradition is Not Mine is a situation where either a White Sheep or the Black Sheep of the family do not intend to uphold their family traditions, and simply want to start a new life for themselves. Their parents will scorn about this, and try to get them to change their mind for the better.

A White Sheep will have a perfect reason why he or she does not want to partake any of their family traditions, whether they are assassins, thieves, and so forth. A Black Sheep is likely to be not a religious devote, a teen rebel, and if they are in a different race, is in a relationship with someone their family or race utterly despise. For royalty, the prince or princess definitely will have issues with their higher authority parent. And sometimes they will force them against their will or cut them off. It can be race-related, with a My Species Doth Protest Too Much. An evil apprentice will have this viewpoint when they question the old traditions of their old masters. Drama would definitely ensue.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Yosho Masaki Jurai (also known as Katsuhito Masaki) of Tenchi Muyo! is half-human and half-Jurain, and is the son of the king of Jurai and his human mother Funaho. Yosho is the crown prince of Jurai, and was to take the throne. The Jurain nobles took issues with this, and so he was bethrothed with his half-sister Ayeka. However he had no intention of doing so, and used Ryoko's attack as an excuse to leave. Further complications reveal that he was in a relationship with Airi, who was a native of Airai, and pregnant with his child. Eventually, he used Ryoko's attack on Jurai as an excuse to disappear off the radar with few people knowing where he is.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • At the beginning of Dragon Ball Z, Son Goku finds out he belongs to a race of warrior Blood Knights called Saiyans. He also found out he was sent to Earth to destroy all life on it. The reason he didn't was because of a head injury as a baby. Initially he rejected his heritage as a Saiyan, but eventually embraces it during the Frieza Saga facing the titular Big Bad.
    • In Dragon Ball Z's sequel Dragon Ball Super, Zamasu is an apprentice Supreme Kai who would take his master's place as the Supreme Kai of Universe 10. However his black and white views on mortals caused him to see the beings he's supposed to protect as unworthy of the gods' knowledge. Meeting Goku and going to Planet Babari only solidified his bias, and concludes that all mortals need to be wipe out for universal peace. To that end, Zamasu tries to murder Gowasu and steal his Time Ring. When Gowasu was told of this, he is definitely not pleased. The Zamasu who would become Black not only killed his master for the earrings, but also killed Future Gowasu.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Star Wars: Anakin Skywalker has this issue in the prequel trilogy since, as a Jedi, he cannot be in a relationship with the love of his life, Padmé Amidala. In Revenge of the Sith he completely solidifies his Face–Heel Turn after being convinced by the Big Bad that turning to the Dark Side would save his wife from dying, which he'd been having visions of.

  • In the Warrior Cats prequel Tallstar's Revenge, Tallpaw's family has always been tunnelers, and he knows that his father is eager to train him and patrol with him. Tallpaw dreams of being a moor-runner, however - which Heatherstar senses, and assigns him as - but Tallpaw can't help but feeling bad for disappointing his parents.

    Live-Action TV 
  • There is an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation where the Klingon court rules that Worf has the right to kill the (teenaged) son of the man who killed his family. Worf refuses, saying "It is not my way."

    Myths & Religion 
  • In The Book of Mormon, there are far more examples than you'd expect.
    • In 1st Nephi, Nephi's brothers, Laman and Lamuel, are rebellious, they are willing to kill Nephi just because he follows his father's visions. When they went to the Americas, they try to kill him. Nephi at that point was warned ahead of time ad formed his own nation while Laman and Lamuel become the Lamanites who abandoned everything their father stood for.
    • In Mosiah, we have Alma and the four sons of Mosiah. Alma openly opposes the church his father worships, and convinces his friends, who are the sons of King Mosiah, to join him. However he eventually subverts this after going into a coma and had a Heel–Face Turn.

    Puppet Shows 
  • There are many episodes of Dinosaurs where Robbie eschewed traditions like hunting, Howling Day and leaving Grandma to die.

  • Fiddler on the Roof is a Maligned Mixed Marriage example. Tevye's daughter Chava wanted to marry a non-Jew out of love, but he was highly against it. The drama eventually resulted in him disowning her as a result.

    Video Games 
  • This is the backstory of Genji of Overwatch. Genji enjoyed his life in Hanamura with his brother Hanzo, but the Yakuza forced them into a situation where one of them had to be the family successor. Genji was heavily injured and was rescued and cyberized by Overwatch agents. He eventually decides to take down his family's criminal activities. Hanzo, while involved, is deeply affected by what happened to his brother. When the two face off again, Genji reveals himself and hopes Hanzo would change his path.