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Basic Trope: A character's parent is overly obsessed with their formal schooling.

  • Straight: Bryan's mother Alice is constantly riding him to go study when he'd rather play.
  • Exaggerated: Bryan isn't allowed to have a social life or any friends his age because it might distract him from his studies.
  • Downplayed: Bryan's mother Alice keeps getting on him about studying and keeps an active check on his school-work. He tends to get out once she's checked all his work.
  • Justified:
    • Alice only wants the best for Bryan, as she had to undergo some rather tough studies to become who she is.
    • Conversely, Alice's own education stopped at the middle school level and she was unable to continue her studies because her parents needed her to find a job and help the family stay financially afloat. As a result of her own poor education, Alice doesn't want to see the same thing happen to Bryan.
    • Alternatively, Alice is using Bryan as a means of gaining prestige in the community.
    • Queen Dowager Alice is acting as regent for her son King Bryan, and is fully aware that a badly educated or ill-prepared ruler could spell the end of the monarchy.
  • Inverted:
    • Any time Bryan tries to study at all, Alice gets in his way and forces him to play outside.
    • Alice is taking post-graduate classes, and her son Bryan is constantly stepping in and refusing to let her do anything but study.
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  • Subverted: Bryan's been studying for several hours. Alice comes up to his room and tells him to take a break.
  • Double Subverted: go outside and collect soil samples, which he is then to study intensely.
  • Parodied:
    • Bryan has large welts and cuts all over him, and tends to rub a specific one whenever he's asked a question in school. His weight also fluctuates regularly, and the teachers know when he's having trouble focusing when he's skinny.
    • Bryan's resentment of Alice causes him to put all of that studying she made him do to good use: He becomes an evil Mad Scientist who takes over the world, and keeps Alice locked in a cell, forcing her to constantly do boring and tedious activities, under threat of Agony Beam should she take a break for longer than a few seconds.
  • Zig Zagged: Bryan's been studying for several hours, after which he's allowed to go collect soil samples, which he studies immediately. After which, he's legitimately allowed to take a break. A very short break.
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  • Averted: Alice is not overly concerned with Bryan's grades.
  • Enforced: "We've got our Five-Man Band for this shonen series all squared away. We just need this one character to have some limiting factor that would prevent him from going on missions...wait, I've got it. Let's make it to where his mother is one of those pushy school types."
  • Lampshaded:
    • "You'll thank me when you don't end up on the street!"
    • "Geeze, is she helping you studying, or trying to get you to skip a grade?"
  • Invoked: Bryan doesn't do so well in his first years of school - and Alice, realizing that a change in her parenting is needed, becomes far stricter.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: "Getting into a good college is important... but so is growing up properly."
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed:
    • Alice's constant riding of Bryan causes him to start to resent her. He makes the grades, but their relationship is soured for the rest of their lives.
    • Alternatively, it's revealed that Bryan isn't really all that bright, and Alice, who wanted a smart boy, is never able to get past that.
    • Bryan does his best to graduate high school and college at the top if his grade so Alice will stop nagging him, then promptly stop talking to her once he is done with his education.
    • Alice gets Bryan to make the grades, but she never gives him a chance to develop his social skills or prepare for the real world. She never realized that it takes more than good grades to succeed in life.
    • Alice's efforts do help Bryan become a success, but after focusing so much on hard work for so long, he becomes a Married to the Job Workaholic who never gives her grandkids.
    • All of that hard work and pressure takes its toll on Bryan and he develops severe emotional or mental issues.
  • Reconstructed:
    • Alice eventually realizes that while Bryan doesn't excel in studies, he shows skill/talent outside of academics, and supports him for it.
    • Bryan makes the grades, after which Alice backs off considerably and gives Bryan some breathing room.
    • Alternatively, Bryan reveals that while he may not have enjoyed it, it was Alice's determination that got him through the school system.
    • While Bryan initially resents her, he eventually comes to understand why Alice pushed him so hard (i.e. to prepare him for the future).
    • Alice genuinely thinks she is helping Bob by making him study. When she finds out all the pressure she has put him under, she is horrified and does her best to back off.
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