Analysis

25 – Parents as Characters

The Mythcreant Podcast
Chris, Oren, and Mike discuss the depiction of parents in popular stories. They describe why so many parents are cast in a negative light, share their favorite parent characters, and rediscover sexism for the gazillionth time.

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Opening and closing theme: The Princess Who Saved Herself by Jonathan Coulton. Used with permission.

Show Notes:

Benjamin Sisko

Easy A

The Legend of Korra

Ezri Dax

Giant Stone Currency

Madoka Magica (on Netflix)

Trope: Invisible to Adults

Binders Full of Women

The Forgotten

Terminator 2: Judgement Day

Troy loses her empathic powers in The Loss

Connor from Angel

Jumangi (on Netflix)

October Daye Series

Battlestar Galatica (on Netflix)

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Rory Williams from Doctor Who

Surprise child in Kill Bill 2 (on Netflix)

The Addams Family TV Series

Phineas and Ferb (on Netflix)

Origins of Snow White

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Comments

  1. Laili

    The only other character(s) that I know that have supporting, positive relationship with their parents are most of the original Power Rangers, especially Billy–who ends up going to the “Alien Power Rangers” homeworld to help them.

  2. Kim

    I remember seeing a Disney Channel original movie that had the boy decide to leave the “warrior role” (baseball) against his father’s wishes and go be a cook instead. It was called Eddie’s Million Dollar Cook-Off (there’s a wikipedia page for the movie) and it was some years ago. I really liked it though, because it also subverted “the one” trope – when Eddie leaves the baseball finals/whatever, his team step up without him and win. Also, Eddie’s dad finally comes around to supporting him (dad is the baseball coach). And because Eddie doesn’t win the cooking competition because he started so late. But dad’s support is the real win anyways.
    That is the only story I can think of where the guy rejects a traditional male role for that of a traditionally feminine one. I’d like to see more.

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