A+ Parenting

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Synonym(s)Bad Parenting, Parental Neglect
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A+ Parenting is a term used sarcastically in fandom to point out individuals who have failed their children through either abuse, neglect or indifference.

The term originated in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and then turned into an accepted tag for the Bad Parenting/Parental Neglect trope on AO3 quickly, first referring to Odin's mistreatment of his sons Thor and Loki, and then referring to Howard Stark's indifference to his son Tony. After the release of Thor: Ragnarok, many fans came to the conclusion that Hela, Odin's oldest child and only daughter in the Thor Movieverse, has been maltreated and neglected by the All-father [1] too.

In anime fandom the term is used in relation to the joke that many shounen protagonists have tragic backstories involving their poor parents.

Example Parents




  • Grievance by PeaceHeather: Tyr starts to notice that Odin treats Loki in ways that are neglectfull and borderline abusive and starts to feel very uncomfortable about it. (2015–2016)
  • The Breadth of His Domain, Archived version by Kadorienne: "When Alexander saw the breadth of his domain, he wept for there were no more worlds to conquer." ~Plutarch. The story takes place right after the first Avengers movie. (2016)

Howard Stark

"Tony Stark is Iron Man. Before that, he was an man with bigger heart than brain. Before that, he was an asshole with a bigger mouth than sense. And before that, he was was a scared little boy. Not that it matters. Stark's always have had iron in their backbone."


  • Burn and Breathe by PitViperOfDoom (2017): "Soulmates are connected through pain, and some bonds have more to share than others. Todoroki Shouto wishes he could reject his soulmate. Midoriya wants nothing more than to protect his own."
  • Compromised by Leisey (2018):

    When the Department of Hero Affairs receives one too many complaints about the Pro Hero, Endeavour, their best agent is sent to investigate. Izuku might be quirkless and desperately falling in love with his target’s son, but he’s also Special Agent Deku and he’s determined to complete his assignment.

Qui-Gon Jinn

"Eighteen-year-old Obi-Wan struggles to support Qui-Gon, who never recovered from the losses of Xanatos and Tahl. He's in pain from a blocked lifebond. All he wants is knighthood and a future with his bondmate. As Qui-Gon's mental health deteriorates, that dream seems to be slipping through his fingers.
"Obi-Wan Kenobi comes back from Melida/Daan alive. Quinlan Vos is very happy about this. Qui-Gon Jinn comes back from Melida/Daan alive. Quinlan Vos is less happy about this. He hugs Obi-Wan about it.


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  1. ^ Alföðr (anglicized: All-father) is one of Odin's monikers in Norse mythology. See: Wikipedia:List of names of Odin.