Get out of my sight right now if you know what's good for you! I'm not taking orders from you anymore. You will obey me, or this defiant breath will be your last! I am going to speak my mind Is endlessly sucking up to the "Well Done, Son! This is when standing your own ground comes to play. Time for a real shout-down with that dysfunctional parental figure.
Possibly even a beat down, if you really get into it. We suggest you try not to go any farther than that; killing a parent , even one who arguably deserves it, tends to put you in the villain camp by default.
You see this trope whenever a child figure who is most often fully adult in age, but in rare cases may still be a child or teenager goes into full-on confrontational mode with a parent figure they feel has severely wronged them.
For some reason, father figures are far more often targeted for this, due to the general belief that most women tend to be better parental figures than fathers , or maybe it's just not considered nice to yell at Mom. This can be a double whammy if the "parent" is also The Caretaker , since they're essentially the child's lifeline and are wronging them. Also, for this trope to come into play, the parental figure must truly have transgressed, or the child figure must have good reason to believe the transgression has happened.
If the child figure is not at least somewhat justified in their accusations, it's not Calling The Old Man Out — it's just throwing a temper tantrum. Bonus points are awarded if the child is able to correctly point out that they have managed not to repeat the parental mistakes with their own offspring.
Penalty points are awarded if they have tragically repeated exactly the same mistakes with their own offspring. Of course, the parent may be happy either way. Sometimes, the writer may not want the child figure to be the one doing the calling out.
Maybe they want to keep the child figure Really Nice, so nice they won't even yell at an abusive parent. Maybe they want to show that the child figure is still so thoroughly whipped by the abusive parent that they are still incapable of facing them. Maybe the child is hoping that Daddy may still turn out to be good after all, despite the abuse, and is therefore holding back on giving him the what-for.
Maybe they feel that the accusation will seem less whiny if an outsider delivers it, thereby validating the abuse in the eyes of a third person. In such a case, someone who loves the child figure may step in and deliver the calling out vicariously — "How dare you treat your child like that, you monster!
Clearing the air might be a good thing, and result in some kind of parent-child reconciliation. A common variant is when the parent can provide some kind of reasonable explanation for why bad things were allowed to happen that the child was not previously aware of.
It might result in a permanent break between parent and child. It might even provide a powerful catharsis for the child figure, allowing Character Development to take place through resolving that Freudian Excuse , Parental Abandonment issue, or "Well Done, Son! If the parent being called out is a villain, it might result in that parent having a breakdown if the parent hasn't had one already and going on the warpath against the child.
In extreme cases, the parent , the child , or both, might end up dead. Maybe the parent is touched by what the child said and reconciles with the child. Maybe nothing at all changes. Just out of fairness, it should be mentioned that good old Oedipus himself is not truly an example of this trope, as he did not know he was killing his father when it happened, and was not intentionally doing it as revenge for his father spiking his feet and leaving him to die on a hillside as a baby.
Oedipus killed the old man for cutting him off in traffic. Subtrope of Grew a Spine. Compare Rage Against the Mentor. As noted, Abusive Parents will likely be on the receiving end, putting this on the far side of the Sliding Scale of Parent-Shaming in Fiction.
Sanae calls out her grandfather Zoroku not because she has any personal issue with anything he's done so far, but because, by doing things like bringing Sana into their home and only telling Sanae after the fact or expressing his intent to formally adopt Sana, he displays a tendency to make decisions without consulting the people affected by those decisions. Sanae explains that's something they need to be especially watchful of since they're going to add a third person to their household.
Zoroku takes this to heart and, when the time to adopt Sana finally comes, offers her the choice to refuse if she wishes. The entire plot of Baki the Grappler is Baki's quest to acquire enough Charles Atlas Superpower to do this to his insane and abusive , super-strong killing machine of a father, Yujiro, and survive.
Sadly, he never really thinks of giving the same treatment to his equally insane mother, who treats him even worse than his father does because Baki isn't as strong as Yujiro. When Takagi's father gets fired, his mother goes becomes an Education Mama , telling him to "avenge" his father by succeeding.
He angrily yells "I'm not your puppet, Mom! I'll live my life the way I want to! As a result, she became an Open-Minded Parent who did not oppose his going into manga. Shun Shiratori, one of the main characters' assistants, has to deal with a mother who wants him to either go to work for his father's company or go to art school. Faced with this decision on the eve of his manga series being launched, he leaves home and lives on his own , but she tracks him down.
She tries to remind him of everything she did for him, but he points out that she only cares for the Shiratori family's reputation. With his father and older sister supporting his career, she's forced to yield. Uryu Ishida walked out on his father Ryuken by the age of 15 due to his father's intolerance of the family's Quincy heritage while Ichigo has received a very physically aggressive upbringing from his father Isshin. When the two fathers discuss their sons' latest quest, they call each other out on their bad parenting.
The scene makes it clear they've been forced by circumstances into parenting roles they loathe but seem to feel is necessary. Bunny Drop 's Daikichi calls out his family after each and every one of them are either unable or unwilling to take in his grandfather's illegitimate daughter Rin age 6 by telling them that she'll grow into a much better adult than any of them, then asking Rin if she wants to come live with him.
One of the subplots is also finding out where Rin's mother Masako has gone and call her out on her abandonment of the little girl. As the eldest of five sisters, and thus responsible for looking after her younger siblings, Manami has long been frustrated with her father's attempts to balance working part-time, painting and raising his five daughter when he can do, at most, two of the three.
After Manami is forced to ask for donations after performing a cleansing ritual, Manami gives her father an ultimatum-choose between painting full time and working full time- without even raising her voice.
And after he fails epically at the first attempt, he starts it all over again in the second season. However, he does finally get to call out the Emperor and his own mother! Even though they had an Assimilation Plot that they thought would make everything better, Lelouch points out that what was wrong was that they would let people suffer that they'd let things in others' lives go wrong ; they'd even let their own children die.
What's especially karmic about it is that Charles dismisses their emotions that is, humanity's will as worthless, and, yet, you get to see him experience a Villainous Breakdown when Lelouch ruins his lifelong plans to slay God and he and his wife fry up as a result, exhibiting how he'd feel if he was on the receiving end of something going wrong namely, his life being taken and him being unable to do anything about it.
Lelouch does it before the series even starts. Unfortunately, that tells you exactly how it went down: He gets abandoned in a war zone. It horribly backfires as young Suzaku kills his father in the process , which allows Britannia to invade the country.
Suzaku himself is so traumatised that, despite never being formally punished, ends up with Trauma-Induced Amnesia and attempts to become The Atoner In the Suzaku of the Counterattack manga, Genbu does the opposite; he schemes with the Emperor to eliminate the remaining Japanese officials who supported continuing the war. Suzaku overhears it and ends up killing his father.
In the Knightmare of Nunnally adaptation, this is averted. Kazuki wants to call his mom out on that and warn her that he won't let her have access to the money he's making as a child star. What Kazuki actually wants is to regain contact with her, as she used to write him unsigned postcards. He does so once his mom's identity is confirmed and she's cleared off from a murder charge.
In Digimon Savers , Touma calls his father Franz out for never standing up to his grandmother for him, for further endangering his half-sister Relena's life, and for being manipulated by the Manipulative Bastard Kurata.
An indirect version occurs in Dragon Ball Z. Goku at first refuses to step in, or allow anyone else to step in against Cell while he's attacking Gohan, knowing that once Cell pushes hard enough Gohan would be able to effortless pick Cell apart, and that no one, not even Goku himself, can actually stop Cell.
Piccolo verbally tears Goku to shreds, noting that Gohan doesn't enjoy the fight the way a Saiyan would, and that he's currently wondering why his father is standing there, watching him be tortured. The music and Goku's expression really sell the moment. This is why he did decide to stay dead; Cell and the Androids were built specifically to kill him , so maybe by staying dead he'd keep everyone else safe.
Ian does this a couple times in A Cruel God Reigns , although it is long after Greg has died and after Jeremy finally confesses what Greg did to him. Have you never cried for longing? Why did you do such a thing to Jeremy?
Lilia, whom you loved, Lilia, who hanged herself in front of you- How could you laugh while she killed herself? Upon finally meeting her father Kurama in person, Mariko Kurama is heartbroken when he pulls a gun on her and tearfully recounts how often she hoped they'd meet, demanding how he could do this to her.
Discovering that he had treated Nana as his own daughter while she was locked in confinement with barely any human contact only pisses Mariko off even more. It really, really doesn't help that said confinement left the kid incredibly screwed up. Lucy doesn't get to do much during this arc and instead spends most of the time being depressed about how she's causing them problems. After the end of the arc, she decides to go home In a flashback, Laxus does this to his grandfather, Makarov, complaining about how Makarov exiled his own son Ivan, Laxus' father, from the guild.
While Makarov explains that he did it because Ivan endangered his comrades, it causes a rift between grandson and grandfather for many years. During the Grand Magic Games arc, Laxus, evidently having realized his father's true nature, does this to Ivan when Ivan demands that Laxus tell him where to find Lumen Histoire.
Laxus says Fairy Tail is his family and he will protect it from its enemies before beating Ivan and his team in a Curb-Stomp Battle. In Fullmetal Alchemist , Edward Elric berserks all over his runaway father, Hohenheim, going so far as to punch him with his automail arm. They sort of get reconciled later- at the end of the series, Ed actually calls him "Dad" when refusing Hohenheim's offer to sacrifice himself to bring Al back.
Seina, the leader of the A12 terrorist group, spares Andrei Kalinin because he reminds her of her own surrogate father , a former mercenary who trained the group of delinquent youths in survival and warfare, but who failed to prepare them to live in a Japan at peace. Her dying words as she's cradled in Kalinin's arms are "You speak like you know everything.
You make me sick. In Fushigi Yuugi especially the manga version , Miaka Yuuki's very strict single mother is screaming at her for "seeing a guy" instead of studying for high-school entrance exams after reading and misinterpreting Miaka's diary. In the manga, Miaka screams back at Yuuki-san about how she can't possibly pass the exams despite studying hard, and that she's tired of playing her mother's agenda to get her praise , and that it's not fair of her mom to criticize her for being interested in a guy Tamahome when her mother is seeing someone herself.
When she return to Tokyo after the first part of her adventures, after some tense moment her mom apologizes to her. In Girls und Panzer , so far Miho has not called out her mother Shiho on her cold personality and insistence on upholding the "victory at all costs" ideology of the family tankery school to the point of planning to disown her for being an embarrassment.