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12th Jan '18 1:52:33 PM TheJ0ker
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* The BigBad of Arc 1 of ''Literature/{{Mavericks}}'' is [[PrivateMilitaryContractors Rebecca Napier]], [[TrulySingleParent clone-mother]] of series main protagonist Jessica Napier.
11th Jan '18 11:38:17 AM dsneybuf
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* ''WebAnimation/TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool'': Mrs. Van Buren has shades of this since she eagerly helps Shay, Mikayla, and [[TrueNeutral Deandra]] in their plots to humiliate the Cheerleaders, even lecturing them on the proper way to spike their energy drinks with laxatives and the correct time to do so.

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Mrs. Van Buren has shades of this since she eagerly helps Shay, Mikayla, and [[TrueNeutral Deandra]] in their plots to humiliate the Cheerleaders, even lecturing them on the proper way to spike their energy drinks with laxatives and the correct time to do so.


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* In Creator/SamAndMickey's videos, Barbie's estranged mother, Margaret, has a snobbish and condescending attitude, and isn't above physically harming babies.
8th Jan '18 4:39:59 PM Draghinazzo
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* Beatrice Horseman, the mother of the eponymous protagonist of WesternAnimation/BojackHorseman, blames her son's birth for ruining her life and leaving her stranded in a horrible loveless marriage, which led her to becoming a horrible abusive mother and heavily contributing towards Bojack ecoming an extremely messed up individual with deep emotional scars. Season 4 goes into great detail explaining her backstory and humanizing her, but the show still makes it clear that regardless of what happened to her, the way she treated her son was not acceptable simply because she had a difficult life.
3rd Jan '18 3:41:54 PM LadyofAsshai
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** Gertrude in ''Theatre/Hamlet'' may be one if the reader interprets Gertrude as implicit in her husband's death.

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** Gertrude in ''Theatre/Hamlet'' Hamlet may be one if the reader interprets Gertrude as implicit in her husband's death.
3rd Jan '18 3:40:54 PM LadyofAsshai
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** Gertrude in ''Theatre/Hamlet'' may be one if the reader interprets Gertrude as implicit in her husband's death.
30th Dec '17 6:18:34 AM MajinAkuma
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* ''Manga/{{Karin}}'''s grandmother Elda Marker can come off like this at times, but, given that she's a vampire who spends long periods of time isolated from society (to sleep) and has an '''''intense''''' distrust of humanity [[spoiler: because of the massive TraumaCongaLine process she and others went through decades ago]]... well, she is not very well in her vampire head.

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* ''Manga/{{Karin}}'''s grandmother Elda Marker can come off like this at times, but, given that she's a vampire who spends long periods of time isolated from society (to sleep) and has an '''''intense''''' distrust of humanity [[spoiler: because [[spoiler:because of the massive TraumaCongaLine process she and others went through decades ago]]... well, she is not very well in her vampire head.



* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabrielle_de_Polastron,_duchesse_de_Polignac Duchess Martine Gabrielle de Polignac]] is written like this in ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles''. Her treatment not only of her daughter Charlotte, but of [[spoiler: her illegitimate daughter Rosalie]] and other people, ''specially'' MarieAntoinette, goes beyond pale.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabrielle_de_Polastron,_duchesse_de_Polignac Duchess Martine Gabrielle de Polignac]] is written like this in ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles''. Her treatment not only of her daughter Charlotte, but of [[spoiler: her [[spoiler:her illegitimate daughter Rosalie]] and other people, ''specially'' MarieAntoinette, goes beyond pale.



* Kagura's mother, Shinzen Tennozou, in ''Anime/SpeedGrapher''. Not only does she constantly belittle and starve her daughter [[spoiler: out of resentment because her husband/Kagura's father abandoned her and that was the corollary to her DarkAndTroubledPast]], she even goes out of her way to show that thanks to her ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney mentality, there is virtually nothing anybody can do to help, until Saiga shows up (he has it '''''hard''''').

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* Kagura's mother, Shinzen Tennozou, in ''Anime/SpeedGrapher''. Not only does she constantly belittle and starve her daughter [[spoiler: out [[spoiler:out of resentment because her husband/Kagura's father abandoned her and that was the corollary to her DarkAndTroubledPast]], she even goes out of her way to show that thanks to her ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney mentality, there is virtually nothing anybody can do to help, until Saiga shows up (he has it '''''hard''''').



* Ragyo Kiryuin from ''Anime/KillLaKill'', the powerful head of the Kiryuin Conglomerate and GreaterScopeVillain of the series. A sinister EvilutionaryBiologist that has used her own family in experiments and subjects her daughter to rather.....[[ParentalIncest disturbing]] displays of affection. Little surprise that [[spoiler:Satsuki stabs her in the back. Too bad it didn't take, since she's a Life Fiber-fused monster that can reattach her own ''head'']]. [[spoiler: And then there's what she did to her ''other'' daughter, and her husband, and...]] We would say more, but this is a good sign to say that Ragyo right now is the reigning champion of 'Anime's Worst Mother'.
* [[spoiler:Ren Gyoukuen]] from ''Manga/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic''. She claims responsiblity for the horrible deaths of her first husband and her two elder sons and later off-handedly wonders if she should kill her daughter as well. All in front of her youngest son, whom she taunts for being powerless to do anything about it. Said youngest son is very screwed up as a result...and that's almost certainly intentional on her part. She's also TheUsurper of an empire and the leader of an organization that wants to summon a GodOfEvil to kill everyone on the planet. [[spoiler: Actually subverted since Gyokuen ''used'' to be a kind and good mother in the past, but she was subjected to DemonicPossession by Arba (the leader of the evil organization Al-Thamen and pretty much the BigBad) and shit hit the fan from then on.]]
** [[spoiler: And speaking of [[StealthPun the devil]] Arba herself is an exaggeration of this trope. First, she was the mother figure to TheHighQueen Sheba, then she killed her cold-bloodedly despite Solomon and Sheba believed her so much. Then after Ugo moved the people of Alma Torran to the current world, she comes along with Al-Thamen. Unlike the other Al-Thamen members however, she can maintain almost all of her power [[MagicKnight (be it magical of physical)]] ,[[GrandTheftMe with possessing her own children]], [[BodySurf and if her previous vessel have grown too old, she will move to the child of the previous vessel]]. She prefers women as her vessel, but she can possess men too if she didn't have a daughter at any generation.]]Truly a wicked mother...
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has Charlotte Linlin aka "Big Mom", one of the Four Emperors. Despite her horrifying physical appearance, she has 39 daughters ([[spoiler: one of which is to be married to [[RebelPrince Sanji]] as part of a political alliance with the Vinsmoke BigScrewedUpFamily]]) and 46 sons, each of which she marries off in order to extend her power. This doesn't stop her from [[OffingTheOffspring murdering one of her own children]] on a whim during a hunger-motivated, psychotic episode, plus actively encouraging her young children to be violent and psychotic- even against their own siblings-. Her son Charlotte Opera flat out notes that ''she'll consciously kill him herself'' if she finds out that he failed to stop [[spoiler: Jimbei.]]

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* Ragyo Kiryuin from ''Anime/KillLaKill'', the powerful head of the Kiryuin Conglomerate and GreaterScopeVillain of the series. A sinister EvilutionaryBiologist that has used her own family in experiments and subjects her daughter to rather.....[[ParentalIncest disturbing]] displays of affection. Little surprise that [[spoiler:Satsuki stabs her in the back. Too bad it didn't take, since she's a Life Fiber-fused monster that can reattach her own ''head'']]. [[spoiler: And [[spoiler:And then there's what she did to her ''other'' daughter, and her husband, and...]] We would say more, but this is a good sign to say that Ragyo right now is the reigning champion of 'Anime's Worst Mother'.
* [[spoiler:Ren Gyoukuen]] from ''Manga/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic''. She claims responsiblity for the horrible deaths of her first husband and her two elder sons and later off-handedly wonders if she should kill her daughter as well. All in front of her youngest son, whom she taunts for being powerless to do anything about it. Said youngest son is very screwed up as a result...and that's almost certainly intentional on her part. She's also TheUsurper of an empire and the leader of an organization that wants to summon a GodOfEvil to kill everyone on the planet. [[spoiler: Actually [[spoiler:Actually subverted since Gyokuen ''used'' to be a kind and good mother in the past, but she was subjected to DemonicPossession by Arba (the leader of the evil organization Al-Thamen and pretty much the BigBad) and shit hit the fan from then on.]]
** [[spoiler: And [[spoiler:And speaking of [[StealthPun the devil]] Arba herself is an exaggeration of this trope. First, she was the mother figure to TheHighQueen Sheba, then she killed her cold-bloodedly despite Solomon and Sheba believed her so much. Then after Ugo moved the people of Alma Torran to the current world, she comes along with Al-Thamen. Unlike the other Al-Thamen members however, she can maintain almost all of her power [[MagicKnight (be it magical of physical)]] ,[[GrandTheftMe with possessing her own children]], [[BodySurf and if her previous vessel have grown too old, she will move to the child of the previous vessel]]. She prefers women as her vessel, but she can possess men too if she didn't have a daughter at any generation.]]Truly a wicked mother...
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has Charlotte Linlin aka "Big Mom", one of the Four Emperors. Despite her horrifying physical appearance, she has 39 daughters ([[spoiler: one ([[spoiler:one of which is to be married to [[RebelPrince Sanji]] as part of a political alliance with the Vinsmoke BigScrewedUpFamily]]) and 46 sons, each of which she marries off in order to extend her power. This doesn't stop her from [[OffingTheOffspring murdering one of her own children]] on a whim during a hunger-motivated, psychotic episode, plus actively encouraging her young children to be violent and psychotic- even against their own siblings-. Her son Charlotte Opera flat out notes that ''she'll consciously kill him herself'' if she finds out that he failed to stop [[spoiler: Jimbei.]][[spoiler:Jimbei]].



* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', all organized crime is expected to be managed by an evil matriarch, as families are very close, and usually all members of a family are brought to court for a crime one of them committed. Rank is determined by age, the eldest sister in a family is named Eldest and becomes Mother Elder when she has her first child. The evil matriarch in any given family of criminals is therefore the Mother Elder. Strictly enforced discipline, and the fact that criminal individuals are thrown out of lawful families, more or less guarantees that a family that turns to crime will have an evil matriarch in charge. [[spoiler: The villains actually murdered their own mothers (who were in on the conspiracy, so likely evil matriarchs themselves) in order to shut them up, as the family "doesn't age well" and tends to senility. The main villain has already one child, and is the Eldest of the family, so she is well on her way to becoming an evil matriarch herself.]]

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* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', all organized crime is expected to be managed by an evil matriarch, as families are very close, and usually all members of a family are brought to court for a crime one of them committed. Rank is determined by age, the eldest sister in a family is named Eldest and becomes Mother Elder when she has her first child. The evil matriarch in any given family of criminals is therefore the Mother Elder. Strictly enforced discipline, and the fact that criminal individuals are thrown out of lawful families, more or less guarantees that a family that turns to crime will have an evil matriarch in charge. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The villains actually murdered their own mothers (who were in on the conspiracy, so likely evil matriarchs themselves) in order to shut them up, as the family "doesn't age well" and tends to senility. The main villain has already one child, and is the Eldest of the family, so she is well on her way to becoming an evil matriarch herself.]]



* Queen Cersei Lannister from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. Many of her villainous deeds stem from protecting her children, but mostly from a prophecy about her years ago. [[spoiler: She would outlive all of her children who would die as kings and queens, and she would be overthrown by a younger queen, and killed by one of her siblings.]]

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* Queen Cersei Lannister from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. Many of her villainous deeds stem from protecting her children, but mostly from a prophecy about her years ago. [[spoiler: She [[spoiler:She would outlive all of her children who would die as kings and queens, and she would be overthrown by a younger queen, and killed by one of her siblings.]]



* Prim from the Franchise/EvilliousChronicles, although this isn't expanded on until the revelations in ''LightNovel/PraeludiumOfRed'' and ''LightNovel/PraefacioOfBlue'' where it becomes apparent she [[spoiler: raped the king of Lucifenia and used the resulting child as little more than a spy slave, manipulated every aspect of her son's life to make him a king he didn't want to be (including letting him get possessed by a demon), and triggered 20 years of international warfare just to get back at a former friend. Who was already dead halfway through those 20 years.]]

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* Prim from the Franchise/EvilliousChronicles, although this isn't expanded on until the revelations in ''LightNovel/PraeludiumOfRed'' and ''LightNovel/PraefacioOfBlue'' where it becomes apparent she [[spoiler: raped [[spoiler:raped the king of Lucifenia and used the resulting child as little more than a spy slave, manipulated every aspect of her son's life to make him a king he didn't want to be (including letting him get possessed by a demon), and triggered 20 years of international warfare just to get back at a former friend. Who was already dead halfway through those 20 years.]]



* ''Literature/TalesOfTheFrogPrincess'' [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queen]] Olivine becomes this after the curse affects her when Chartreuse and Grassina are in their mid teens, and makes their lives miserable and tragic. While she doesn't plot anything evil on a large scale (she's already the queen) she doesn't allow her daughters to attend their father funeral and turns them into animals just to be cruel. On at least one occasion Chartreuse was very nearly caught and killed as a turtle. Oh, and she turns 14-year-old Haywood, Grassina's fiancé, into an otter. For at least fifteen years. And when they finally break that spell, [[spoiler: they find Olivine has rigged it so that when he turned back into a man, Grassina would fall under her own curse, turning her into an ugly, evil old hag just like her mother.]]

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* ''Literature/TalesOfTheFrogPrincess'' [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queen]] Olivine becomes this after the curse affects her when Chartreuse and Grassina are in their mid teens, and makes their lives miserable and tragic. While she doesn't plot anything evil on a large scale (she's already the queen) she doesn't allow her daughters to attend their father funeral and turns them into animals just to be cruel. On at least one occasion Chartreuse was very nearly caught and killed as a turtle. Oh, and she turns 14-year-old Haywood, Grassina's fiancé, into an otter. For at least fifteen years. And when they finally break that spell, [[spoiler: they [[spoiler:they find Olivine has rigged it so that when he turned back into a man, Grassina would fall under her own curse, turning her into an ugly, evil old hag just like her mother.]]



** [[spoiler: Rumplestiltskin's]] mother is shaping up to be this. She is a legendary dark magical being mentioned several times throughout the show before her appearance. Thus far, her crimes include [[spoiler: [[InvasionOfTheBabySnatchers stealing babies]] on a regular basis, [[ParentalAbandonment abandoning her child as an infant]], laughing in his face and throwing him to the ground when he confronts her as an adult, [[AdultFear stealing his and Belle's infant son]], raising said infant son away from his parents to be evil and kill Emma, and hospitalizing the [[BigGood Blue Fairy]].]] And that's in the span of ''two episodes''. It's likely [[GreaterScopeVillain season 6B will make the list even longer.]] She's a very literal matriarch too as she is [[spoiler: also Neal's grandmother and Henry's great-grandmother, thereby making her indirectly related to the entire cast.]]

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** [[spoiler: Rumplestiltskin's]] [[spoiler:Rumplestiltskin's]] mother is shaping up to be this. She is a legendary dark magical being mentioned several times throughout the show before her appearance. Thus far, her crimes include [[spoiler: [[InvasionOfTheBabySnatchers [[spoiler:[[InvasionOfTheBabySnatchers stealing babies]] on a regular basis, [[ParentalAbandonment abandoning her child as an infant]], laughing in his face and throwing him to the ground when he confronts her as an adult, [[AdultFear stealing his and Belle's infant son]], raising said infant son away from his parents to be evil and kill Emma, and hospitalizing the [[BigGood Blue Fairy]].]] And that's in the span of ''two episodes''. It's likely [[GreaterScopeVillain season 6B will make the list even longer.]] She's a very literal matriarch too as she is [[spoiler: also [[spoiler:also Neal's grandmother and Henry's great-grandmother, thereby making her indirectly related to the entire cast.]]cast]].



* Flemeth of ''Franchise/DragonAge'' is Morrigan's mother and AmbiguouslyEvil at best, but she and Morrigan don't really like each other and fully expect to come to blows one day. Whatever affection Morrigan still had for her goes out the window when she discovers that [[spoiler: Flemeth's immortality comes from possessing the bodies of her own children.]] After that, Morrigan asks the Warden to (temporarily) kill Flemeth while she makes longer-term plans. The third game complicates this: [[spoiler: Flemeth, while still extremely manipulative, tells Morrigan that she could never have possessed an unwilling host, and is willing to let Morrigan (and her son, if he exists) go free.]]
** It's heavily implied that [[spoiler: Flemeth's treatment of Morrigan is more of ToughLove, judging her sorrowful reaction when Morrigan (particularly if she becomes a mother) angrily states that she will never be the mother Flemeth was to her/calmly telling Flemeth that Kieran will be better off without her just as she was better off without Flemeth.]]

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* Flemeth of ''Franchise/DragonAge'' is Morrigan's mother and AmbiguouslyEvil at best, but she and Morrigan don't really like each other and fully expect to come to blows one day. Whatever affection Morrigan still had for her goes out the window when she discovers that [[spoiler: Flemeth's [[spoiler:Flemeth's immortality comes from possessing the bodies of her own children.]] After that, Morrigan asks the Warden to (temporarily) kill Flemeth while she makes longer-term plans. The third game complicates this: [[spoiler: Flemeth, [[spoiler:Flemeth, while still extremely manipulative, tells Morrigan that she could never have possessed an unwilling host, and is willing to let Morrigan (and her son, if he exists) go free.]]
** It's heavily implied that [[spoiler: Flemeth's [[spoiler:Flemeth's treatment of Morrigan is more of ToughLove, judging her sorrowful reaction when Morrigan (particularly if she becomes a mother) angrily states that she will never be the mother Flemeth was to her/calmly telling Flemeth that Kieran will be better off without her just as she was better off without Flemeth.]]



* VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney: Justice for All has Pearl's mother and Maya's [[EvilUncle Evil Aunt]], Morgan, who [[spoiler: plans to murder her niece Maya (using the spirit of her ''other'' daughter, Dahlia) so the ChildProdigy Pearl will become the head of the Fey family.]]

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* VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney: Justice for All has Pearl's mother and Maya's [[EvilUncle Evil Aunt]], Morgan, who [[spoiler: plans [[spoiler:plans to murder her niece Maya (using the spirit of her ''other'' daughter, Dahlia) so the ChildProdigy Pearl will become the head of the Fey family.]]



* While Frances Clara Censordoll of ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'' physically ''can't'' become a mother [[spoiler: thanks to her own mother removing her reproductive organs in a form of female castration]], she regards herself as the matriarch of the entire town of Moralton. A town she is constantly playing MoralGuardian in. She once even ran for town "mayor-triarch". [[spoiler: She withdraws upon realizing her opponent Clay has a massive OedipusComplex and plays up to it to become his 'mommy' and manipulate him that way.]]

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* While Frances Clara Censordoll of ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'' physically ''can't'' become a mother [[spoiler: thanks [[spoiler:thanks to her own mother removing her reproductive organs in a form of female castration]], she regards herself as the matriarch of the entire town of Moralton. A town she is constantly playing MoralGuardian in. She once even ran for town "mayor-triarch". [[spoiler: She [[spoiler:She withdraws upon realizing her opponent Clay has a massive OedipusComplex and plays up to it to become his 'mommy' and manipulate him that way.]]
30th Dec '17 6:14:45 AM MajinAkuma
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** The [[OneBadMother Night Mother]] is a mysterious figure who leads the Dark Brotherhood, an illegal [[MurderInc assassins guild]] whose members typically take a [[PsychoForHire sadistic glee]] in killing and who practice a ReligionOfEvil, worshiping the "Dread Father" Sithis, the [[GodOfEvil primordial "Is-Not" antithesis of creation]] represented by [[ThePowerOfTheVoid a great void]]. According to legend, the Night Mother was [[DeityOfHumanOrigin once a mortal woman]] who [[OffingTheOffspring sacrificed her five children]] in the name of Sithis, and became the wife of Sithis after her death.



** The [[OneBadMother Night Mother]] is a mysterious figure who leads the Dark Brotherhood, an illegal [[MurderInc assassins guild]] whose members typically take a [[PsychoForHire sadistic glee]] in killing and who practice a ReligionOfEvil, worshiping the "Dread Father" Sithis, the [[GodOfEvil primordial "Is-Not" antithesis of creation]] represented by [[ThePowerOfTheVoid a great void]]. According to legend, the Night Mother was [[DeityOfHumanOrigin once a mortal woman]] who [[OffingTheOffspring sacrificed her five children]] in the name of Sithis, and became the wife of Sithis after her death.
12th Nov '17 10:15:40 PM Gamermaster
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* Oryou Sonozaki in ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', Head of the Sonozaki Family (a {{Yakuza}} of some sort). [[spoiler:Subverted; she ''is'' a complete JerkAss to her granddaughters and not too kind to her daughter as well, but is responsible for far, '''far''' less than she's suspected of]]. Shion's not convinced though.

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* Oryou Sonozaki in ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', Head of the Sonozaki Family (a {{Yakuza}} of some sort). [[spoiler:Subverted; she ''is'' a complete JerkAss {{Jerkass}} to her granddaughters and not too kind to her daughter as well, but is responsible for far, '''far''' less than she's suspected of]]. Shion's not convinced though.
1st Nov '17 12:37:02 AM darkemyst
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* In Creator/JKRowling's ''Literature/HarryPotter'', Sirius Black's mother Walburga is heavily implied to have been an Evil Matriarch. Sirius is known to exaggerate, however, her [[{{Pun}} portrayal through her portrait doesn't paint a very good picture of her]]. Essentially, she and the rest of her family disowned any decent people.

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* In Creator/JKRowling's ''Literature/HarryPotter'', Sirius Black's mother Walburga is heavily implied to have been an Evil Matriarch. Sirius is known to exaggerate, however, her [[{{Pun}} portrayal through her portrait doesn't paint a very good picture of her]].her]] when it appears in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Order of the Phoenix]]'' and ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]''. Essentially, she and the rest of her family disowned any decent people.
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