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16th Aug '17 1:07:04 PM DrOO7
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* Series/{{Amen}} Reuben's mother, who criticizes everything about Thelma, until the latter finally tells her off. Ernie is like this even though he likes Reuben, due to his overprotective ways.

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Reuben's mother, who criticizes everything about Thelma, until the latter couple finally tells her off. off.
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Ernie is like this even though he likes ''likes'' Reuben, due to his overprotective ways.ways.
** Ernie's own father-in-law was like this to him, cutting his daughter off because he disapproved of her marrying Ernie.
6th Aug '17 9:33:28 AM Hwarin
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* Literature/LightAPennyCandle has Maureen's mother-in-law, Mrs Daly, who is dismissive of everything Maureen does, and is very possessive of her grandchildren. Subverted with Aisling's mother-in-law Mrs Murray, who appears like this at first, but turns out to be a lonely old woman.
25th Jul '17 8:53:31 AM TMNTFanGirl
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A HappilyMarried couple faces various problems, but none quite like the SitCom In-Law. A member of one of the couple's family (often the wife's) has an obvious animosity towards their relative's spouse. They hate the person their daughter/sister/son/brother is married to and aren't shy about reaffirming it. While the object of this hate always tries to be nice to them (often at the insistence of their partner/spouse), the in-laws pull out all the stops to ridicule, abuse and undermine their target, and even try to set up their relative with somebody else, in spite of being married, and their spouse still living. Most of the time, they hate the poor guy for no reason [[WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent other than not being a millionaire.]] Some times, the spouse is considered a step down from a previous relationship. Occasionally the hate stems from a [[DisproportionateRetribution past incident that the hero/heroine has long since made up for.]] Or it could just be some people are... [[{{Jerkass}} just jerks.]]

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A HappilyMarried couple faces various problems, but none quite like the SitCom In-Law. A member of one of the couple's family (often the wife's) has an obvious animosity towards their relative's spouse. They hate the person their daughter/sister/son/brother is married to and aren't shy about reaffirming it. While the object of this hate always tries to be nice to them (often at the insistence of their partner/spouse), the in-laws pull out all the stops to ridicule, abuse and undermine their target, and even try to set up their relative with somebody else, in spite of them being married, and married (as well as the fact that their spouse is still living. alive. There are a few reasons why something like this happens:
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Most of the time, they just hate the poor guy (or girl in some cases) for no reason [[WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent other than not being a millionaire.]] Some times, the spouse is considered a step down from a previous relationship. Occasionally the hate stems from a [[DisproportionateRetribution past incident that the hero/heroine has long since made up for.]] Or it could just be some people are... [[{{Jerkass}} just jerks.]]
# Another common is that the spouse is considered to be a step down from a previous relationship--if that's the case, and the ex is still around, the person may be convinced to give their ex another chance.
# Occasionally, the hate stems from a [[DisproportionateRetribution past incident that the hero/heroine has long since made up for.]]
# Or it could just be some people are...[[{{Jerkass}} just jerks.]]



** In "Timmy Turnip", Timmy's maternal grandparents keep referring to Dad as the "son-in-law that we don't like" and, as a RunningGag, gives him bags full of rabid wesels.

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** In "Timmy Turnip", it turns out that Timmy's maternal grandparents keep mom's parents don't like his dad, even continuously referring to Dad him as the "son-in-law that we don't like" and, as a RunningGag, gives him bags full of rabid wesels.



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'', Wilma's mother is like this with Fred. Though, he does treat her appropriately with equal hostility. In at least some incarnations, this is because Wilma's family is rich, and they're rather disappointed that Wilma married "beneath" her.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'', Wilma's mother is like this with Fred. Though, he does treat her appropriately with equal hostility. In at least some incarnations, incarnations, this is because Wilma's family is rich, and they're rather disappointed that Wilma married "beneath" her.



* In ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'', Rick is treated as a burden by his son-in-law due to being a MadScientist who wrangles his grandson Morty (and inevitably the rest of the family) in weird and dangerous misadventures, but for whatever reason Rick's daughter insists on letting him stay in the family. Rick for his part treats Jerry with nothing but contempt due to the fact that Jerry is a dullard who got his daughter pregnant when she was 17. Rick also isn't fond of the fact that Jerry is the father of his grandchildren and that his genes could affect them and turn them into losers. There's also a hint that Jerry is possibly jealous of the amount of time Summer and Morty spend with Rick and that they might view Rick as a role model over Jerry. However, unlike most examples, Rick never attempts outright to try and break his daughter and son-in-law up. In one episode, he even books them a couples therapy to help fix their marriage.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'', Rick is treated as a burden by his son-in-law due to being a MadScientist who wrangles his grandson Morty (and inevitably the rest of the family) in weird and dangerous misadventures, but for whatever reason Rick's daughter insists on letting him stay in the family. Rick for his part treats Jerry with nothing but contempt due to the fact that Jerry is a dullard who got his daughter pregnant when she was 17. Rick also isn't fond of the fact that Jerry is the father of his grandchildren and that his genes could affect them and turn them into losers. There's also a hint that Jerry is possibly jealous of the amount of time Summer and Morty spend with Rick and that they might view Rick as more of a role model over than Jerry. However, unlike most examples, Rick never attempts outright to try and break his daughter and son-in-law up. In one episode, he even books them a couples therapy to help fix their marriage.
20th Jul '17 12:14:21 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Catelyn to Talisa, initially. In "The Rains of Castamere", she finally seems to warm up to her after overhearing Talisa say that she's going to name her and Robb's child, "Eddard", if it's a boy.

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Catelyn to Talisa, initially. In "The Rains of Castamere", she finally seems to warm up to her after overhearing Talisa say that she's going to name her and Robb's child, "Eddard", if it's a boy.boy.
** Robert used to rub Tywin the wrong way by patting him on the back.
4th Jul '17 2:53:09 PM Linda58
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* In ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/8793565/chapters/20159878 How the Light Gets In]]'', Laurel's parents hate [[Series/{{Supernatural}} Dean]], her father largely because he thinks Dean isn't good enough for her and recognizes Dean's basically a criminal, while her mother blames Dean for strained her relationship with Laurel is ([[NeverMyFault smoothly ignoring that's her own fault]]). Dean isn't very fond of them either. However, he adores Laurel's grandmother and his relationship with Sara is dysfunctional but still relatively loving.
** Completely averted with Laurel however, who gets along with Sam and the rest of Dean's extended family very well.
2nd Jul '17 10:34:19 AM nombretomado
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* One level in the second ''OsuTatakaeOuendan'' centers on a female pro wrestler who marries the heir to a traditional Japanese inn... only to find his mother does ''not'' approve. The level involves said wrestler proving she can be a good inn hostess in order to earn the old woman's approval.

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* One level in the second ''OsuTatakaeOuendan'' ''VideoGame/OsuTatakaeOuendan2'' centers on a female pro wrestler who marries the heir to a traditional Japanese inn... only to find his mother does ''not'' approve. The level involves said wrestler proving she can be a good inn hostess in order to earn the old woman's approval.
21st Jun '17 7:33:04 AM tropower
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'''Hilda:''' Kidnapped?... ''My'' Daphne, kidnapped again?!! Idiot! ''Dun-kof!'' You! Better! Find! My! Daughter! OR! ELSE! ''(throws a crate full of chickens at Dirk)'' COWARD!!! DIRK! I KNOW YOU'RE IN HERE!! Did I raise my Princess to marry a ''frog''!?! Dirk! Hold still! You can run boy! But you cannot hide!

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'''Hilda:''' Kidnapped?... ''My'' Daphne, kidnapped again?!! Idiot! ''Dun-kof!'' ''[[GratuitousGerman Dummkopf!]]'' You! Better! Find! My! Daughter! OR! ELSE! ''(throws a crate full of chickens at Dirk)'' COWARD!!! DIRK! I KNOW YOU'RE IN HERE!! Did I raise my raised a Princess to marry who married a ''frog''!?! ''frog''!! Dirk! Hold still! You can run boy! But you cannot hide!
24th Apr '17 4:23:50 PM mr3urious
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* Murray Goldberg from ''Series/TheGoldbergs'' didn't get along with his father-in-law at first, though he eventually warms up to him. It's his biological father that he's on poorer terms with, however.
13th Apr '17 11:10:45 AM marcoasalazarm
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** Patty and Selma (and their mother to a lesser extent) hate Homer so much they've nonchalantly reacted to his heart attack then proceeded to find Marge a man despite the fact he hadn't died, bought a tombstone with "Homer J. Simpson. We are richer for having lost him.", tried to get him kicked out of town, and kidnap/torture him during his renewal of his vows with Marge. This doesn't even include the verbal insults. Obviously, this is [[DependingOnTheWriter depending on the episode]]. In one episode, Selma thanks Homer for helping her get Ling (her Chinese adopted baby), and Marge's mother didn't really get angry and actually said that Patty and Selma were evil. Selma is more often the more civil one and Patty even asked Homer to perform her wedding after he became an ordained minister.

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** Patty and Selma (and their mother to a lesser extent) hate Homer so much they've nonchalantly reacted to his heart attack then proceeded to find Marge a man despite the fact he hadn't died, bought a tombstone with "Homer J. Simpson. We are richer for having lost him.", tried to get him kicked out of town, and kidnap/torture him (in full-blown LighterAndSofter-ish ''Film/{{Saw}}'' rip-off style) during his renewal of his vows with Marge.Marge (they seriously thought that if they kept him away Marge would just up and go choose another man eventually). This doesn't even include the verbal insults. Obviously, this is [[DependingOnTheWriter depending on the episode]]. In one episode, Selma thanks Homer for helping her get Ling (her Chinese adopted baby), and Marge's mother didn't really get angry and actually said that Patty and Selma were evil. Selma is more often the more civil one and Patty even asked Homer to perform her wedding after he became an ordained minister.
2nd Apr '17 4:14:16 PM DustSnitch
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* A man is vacationing in the Middle East with his wife's family. While in Jerusalem, his mother-in-law dies. He goes to the American consulate to arrange for the body to be transported back to the States for burial, where the consul informs him that it would be much cheaper to just bury her in Jerusalem. The man insists that the body be returned to the States. The consul comments that he must love her very much, but the man replies that he once heard of a case where [[{{Jesus}} someone buried in Jerusalem rose from the dead three days later]], and he didn't want to take that chance.

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* A man is vacationing in the Middle East with his wife's family. While in Jerusalem, his mother-in-law dies. He goes to the American consulate to arrange for the body to be transported back to the States for burial, where the consul informs him that it would be much cheaper to just bury her in Jerusalem. The man insists that the body be returned to the States. The consul comments that he must love her very much, but the man replies that he once heard of a case where [[{{Jesus}} [[UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} someone buried in Jerusalem rose from the dead three days later]], and he didn't want to take that chance.
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