Fathers Overprotective of Daughters

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Explanation of Conservative Trope

It is such an overdone sexist cliche with fathers depicted as overprotective of their daughters on screen. They are concerned about them having boyfriends, going on dates or even going out in public sometimes but you never see mothers express the same concerns about sons.

Main Description

Many dads with conservative beliefs related to raising children like to say things about being overly concerned about their daughter spending time with boys. I mean, this is rampant in conservative culture. No matter how serious they actually are, they will make comments about being overly protective of their daughters directly in person or to friends and family. Even if it is sarcasm there is always a hint of truth to it. You can find a lot of pictures on the Internet with fathers intimidating boyfriends with guns, looks of concern, wearing intimidating shirts (or having daughters wear embarrassing shirts) and what not. We personally know of instances of fathers chasing away boys with guns in the south for just talking with their daughters.

Hollywood drives this culture to the point that many dads in America probably think it is their duty to act this way. It's so easy for Hollywood to get chuckles by throwing in a few overprotective father lines here and there. And it's not just for high school kids. They make comments with kids in college or older too. 

Conservative Trope Examples

  • Why Him (2016)
    Ned Fleming (Bryan Cranston) questions Laird's (James Franco) motives with his daughter Stephanie (Zoey Deutch) from the start and encourages her to reconsider her relationship with him on multiple occasions.
    Staff Aside
    Laird is over-the-top eccentric and says everything that is on his mind regardless of whether it's kosher or not.
  • The Hangover Part II (2011)
    Stu's future father-in-law Fohn constantly points out how Stu is not good enough for his daughter and that he is not a "man" including comparing him to his younger brother Choi who has learning disabilities. After a crazy evening with the guys where Stu does a lot of stupid aggressive things, he stands up to Fohn who then respects him for being "manly".
  • Taken (2008)
    Liam Neeson's character's overprotectiveness as a father is proven right when his daughter is kidnapped because of her irresponsible friend.
  • Live Free or Die Hard (2007)
    At the beginning of the movie, John McClane confronts his adult daughter's boyfriend while they are in a car on a date together. At the end, hacker Matt helps save John McClane's daughter Lucy's life and they ask him about each other in separate scenes. John's response to Matt is "After all we've been through, I'd *hate* to have to beat you to death" and with his daughter, "Jesus, Lucy" and "I'm in enough pain already".
  • Meet the Parents (2000)
    Greg Focker's girlfriend's father is very distrusting of him and constantly criticizes his life choices and also gives him a lie detector test (he's former CIA). He doesn't think he is good enough for his daughter and even says, "So what if he took the MCATs? He's still not good enough for Pam." Additionally he makes Greg sleep in a separate room than his daughter even though they are both grown adults because they aren't married and even spies on him via hidden camera.
  • 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
    Walter (Larry Miller) doesn't let his youngest daughter Larisa date until his older daughter Kat (Julia Stiles) does. When she asks, "what if she never dates?" he responds, "then you'll never date. Oh, I like that." Later when Larisa says she's going to a small study group he responds, "Otherwise known as an orgy?" In another scene, he lies and says one of his teenage patients said, "I should have listened to my father." He also says, "And I'll get to sleep at night. The deep slumber of a father whose daughters aren't out being impregnated." And another one, "What are the two house rules? Number One: No dating till you graduate. Number Two: No dating till you graduate."
  • Armageddon (1998)
    Harry (Bruce Willis) is so super over-protective of his daughter Grace that when he finds out she slept with his employee AJ (Ben Affleck) on an oil rig, he chases after him around the oil rig with a shotgun actually shooting at and almost hitting him.
  • Clueless (1995)
    Cher's dad refuses to shake her dates hand and then sternly interrogates him about his intentions with Cher while he's waiting for her to arrive downstairs. Once she does he criticizes her choice of outfit that "looks like underwear" and makes her find something to cover herself up more. As they are about to leave her dad threatens her date by telling him that if "anything happens to my daughter, I got a .45 and a shovel. I doubt anybody would miss you."
  • Father of the Bride (1991)
    George (Steve Martin) doesn't like his daughter Annie's (Kimberly Williams) fiancé from the moment he meets him and spends nearly the whole movie doing whatever he can to sabotage their wedding.