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27th Oct '16 9:00:49 AM Saber15
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* In ''Videogame/EliteDangerous'', the passengers of Wedding Barges will sometimes say "At least I don't have to meet the in-laws" when their starship blows up.
18th Oct '16 7:29:38 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10724053/1/Code-Geass-The-Prepared-Rebellion-V2 Code Geass: The Prepared Rebellion]]'', the usual dynamic is inverted. Reuben Ashford is continuously vexed by his daughter-in-law Melisande's attempts to replace him as head of the family.

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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10724053/1/Code-Geass-The-Prepared-Rebellion-V2 Code Geass: The Prepared Rebellion]]'', ''Fanfic/CodeGeassThePreparedRebellion'', the usual dynamic is inverted. Reuben Ashford is continuously vexed by his daughter-in-law Melisande's attempts to replace him as head of the family.
28th Sep '16 12:21:23 PM DrOO7
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* In Maeve Binchy's Scarlet Feather, main character Cathy has a hate-filled relationship with her mother-in-law Hannah Mitchell. Mrs. Mitchell cannot stand her for two reasons: she dared to marry her son Neil, and she is the former maid's daughter so not of the same 'class'.

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* In Maeve Binchy's Scarlet Feather, Creator/MaeveBinchy's ''Scarlet Feather'', main character Cathy has a hate-filled relationship with her mother-in-law Hannah Mitchell. Mrs. Mitchell cannot stand her for two reasons: she dared to marry her son Neil, and she is the former maid's daughter so not of the same 'class'.



* Series/{{Amen}} Reuben's mother, who criticizes everything about Thelma, until the latter finally tells her off.

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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.



* ''Series/GrowingPains''. Maggie's father hated her husband Jason, despite Jason being the kind of son-in-law you'd order from a catalog. His anger stems from the couple running off and eloping 20-something years ago.

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* ''Series/GrowingPains''. Maggie's father hated her husband Jason, despite Jason being the kind of son-in-law you'd order from a catalog.catalog and has always been a good husband to Maggie and a good father to their children. His anger stems from the couple running off and eloping 20-something years ago. It's especially bad considering that Maggie's mother adores Jason and Jason's mother and Maggie get along beautifully.
** Jason himself is this to his mother's new husband.
* ''Series/ADifferentWorld'': Angered by Whitley mistaking her for a maid, Dwayne's mother is relentlessly nasty to Whitley throughout their relationship, despite her repeated, sincere attempts at making amends for this. It gets cranked UpToEleven after Dwayne and Whitley marry, with her sending them a ''funeral wreath'' with a note that says, "Call me when you divorce her", then apparently holding firm to this, as Dwayne mentions that she hangs up on him everytime he calls.
26th Sep '16 5:06:01 AM Andyroid
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* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'': "Game of Flags" shows there's more than a little hostility between Queen Moon's side of the family (the Butterflies, a clan of conniving and foppish nobles) and King River's side of the family (the Johansens, a clan of uncouth barbarian warriors).
18th Sep '16 1:08:06 PM tv1995
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** Peter usually gets along well with Lois' sister Carol, though is implied to loathe all of her previous husbands for their annoying habits. Her current spouse, Mayor Adam West is kooky and childlike enough to become Peter's friend however.

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** Peter usually gets along well with Lois' sister Carol, Carol (she being the only one in Lois' family who supported Lois and Peter's relationship), though is implied to loathe all of her previous husbands for their annoying habits. Her current spouse, Mayor Adam West is kooky and childlike enough to become Peter's friend however.
18th Sep '16 1:04:05 PM tv1995
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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.

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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 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.



** 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.

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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.
24th Aug '16 9:39:43 PM nombretomado
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* In the seventh book of the ''TheBlackCompany,'' the annalist, Murgen, gets married. His mother-in-law, Ki Gota, seems to have been specifically crafted to amplify the horrors of the siege conditions the book takes place under. In the following book, it's noted that her own people refer to her as "the troll" behind her back.

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* In the seventh book of the ''TheBlackCompany,'' ''Literature/TheBlackCompany,'' the annalist, Murgen, gets married. His mother-in-law, Ki Gota, seems to have been specifically crafted to amplify the horrors of the siege conditions the book takes place under. In the following book, it's noted that her own people refer to her as "the troll" behind her back.
23rd Jul '16 12:52:20 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* ''Film/FattysTintypeTangle'' features Creator/FattyArbuckle being harassed by his domineering mother-in-law, who appears to live with them despite having her own house.
* In ''Film/TheRef'', this is played straight with the mother-in-law from hell Rose Chasseur, but subverted with both of her sons' families. Brother and sister-in-law Gary and Connie Chasseur initially seem like classic obnoxious in-laws, but they become slightly sympathetic characters when it turns out they're as fed up with "Mother Rose" as everybody else. Plus, even though the main couple played by Kevin Spacey and Judy Davis get the SympatheticPOV, it's clear that ''they'' could just as easily be considered obnoxious in-laws themselves.
-->'''Gus:''' ''(holding a gun to Mrs. Chasseur's head)'' Nobody move or I'll shoot!\\
'''Connie:''' Go ahead, kill her.
* This is basically the plot of the 2005 movie ''Film/MonsterInLaw''.
* ''Film/EatDrinkManWoman'' has Madam Liang, who spends almost all of her screen time berating her daughters as burdensome and insulting the men they married. She is visibly elated when her daughter in America gets divorced, and vows to mount the divorce papers over the toilet.
* Robert De Niro's character in ''Film/MeetTheParents'' is this to the Nth degree, trying everything to ruin the life of his daughter's latest fiancé. It gets to the point that you wonder why she doesn't say or do anything to stop it, particularly when its mentioned he does this with every boy she brings home.
* An [[ImpliedTrope offscreen example]] in ''Film/GetSmart''. Dalip, TheBrute working for KAOS, has a hellish sister-in-law who's constantly undermining his relationship with his wife and trying to break them up, which causes him endless grief at home. Max manages to keep Dalip from killing him by giving him advice on how to keep his wife and her sister from spending too much time together without looking like the bad guy.
* ''Film/ItsAMadMadMadMadWorld'' has Milton Berle hounded by his harridan mother-in-law (Ethel Merman) and hipster-doofus brother-in-law (Dick Shawn). In all fairness, his own wife (Dorothy Provine), faced with the opportunity, shows a desire to flee them all.
* ''Film/{{Fargo}}'' has the obnoxiousness of Jerry Lundegaard's father-in-law Wade Gustafson be one of the primary ways that Jerry's BatmanGambit turns into a ''very'' dark FawltyTowersPlot.
* ''Film/GuessWho'' features a white man dating a black woman whose father would rather have her dating a fellow African-American.
* On ''Film/OverTheTop'', we have grandfather Jason Cutler, who hates Lincoln and [[JerkassHasAPoint while in the right that Lincoln (a simple trucker and estranged father) cannot provide to Michael in the way that he (a millionaire) can]], especially once Michael's mother dies and leaves Lincoln with the kid's custody, still tries to invoke ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney (trying to buy Lincoln off, hiring an army of lawyers to try to find a legal loophole to take Michael away from Lincoln), ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections and makes a continuous barrage of KickTheDog moments (every conversation he has with Lincoln including a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, ''keeping the letters Lincoln wrote to his family locked away and telling Michael that Lincoln never cared for him'' and '''hiring people to kidnap his grandson and rough Lincoln up''') on his single-minded quest to keep father and son apart. Even after Lincoln signs off Michael's custody to Cutler, Cutler still flies to Las Vegas and tries to bribe Lincoln into disappearing forever from the Cutlers' sights, apparently because he disliked the fact that Michael disobeyed him to go cheer Lincoln at the arm wrestling competition.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/FattysTintypeTangle'' features Creator/FattyArbuckle being harassed by his domineering mother-in-law, who appears to live with them despite having her own house.
* In ''Film/TheRef'', this is played straight with the mother-in-law from hell Rose Chasseur, but subverted with both of her sons' families. Brother and sister-in-law Gary and Connie Chasseur initially seem like classic obnoxious in-laws, but they become slightly sympathetic characters when it turns out they're as fed up with "Mother Rose" as everybody else. Plus, even though the main couple played by Kevin Spacey and Judy Davis get the SympatheticPOV, it's clear that ''they'' could just as easily be considered obnoxious in-laws themselves.
-->'''Gus:''' ''(holding a gun to Mrs. Chasseur's head)'' Nobody move or I'll shoot!\\
'''Connie:''' Go ahead, kill her.
* This is basically the plot of the 2005 movie ''Film/MonsterInLaw''.
* ''Film/EatDrinkManWoman'' has Madam Liang, who spends almost all of her screen time berating her daughters as burdensome and insulting the men they married. She is visibly elated when her daughter in America gets divorced, and vows to mount the divorce papers over the toilet.
* Robert De Niro's character in ''Film/MeetTheParents'' is this to the Nth degree, trying everything to ruin the life of his daughter's latest fiancé. It gets to the point that you wonder why she doesn't say or do anything to stop it, particularly when its mentioned he does this with every boy she brings home.
* An [[ImpliedTrope offscreen example]] in ''Film/GetSmart''. Dalip, TheBrute working for KAOS, has a hellish sister-in-law who's constantly undermining his relationship with his wife and trying to break them up, which causes him endless grief at home. Max manages to keep Dalip from killing him by giving him advice on how to keep his wife and her sister from spending too much time together without looking like the bad guy.
* ''Film/ItsAMadMadMadMadWorld'' has Milton Berle hounded by his harridan mother-in-law (Ethel Merman) and hipster-doofus brother-in-law (Dick Shawn). In all fairness, his own wife (Dorothy Provine), faced with the opportunity, shows a desire to flee them all.
* ''Film/{{Fargo}}'' has the obnoxiousness of Jerry Lundegaard's father-in-law Wade Gustafson be one of the primary ways that Jerry's BatmanGambit turns into a ''very'' dark FawltyTowersPlot.
* ''Film/GuessWho'' features a white man dating a black woman whose father would rather have her dating a fellow African-American.
* On ''Film/OverTheTop'', we have grandfather Jason Cutler, who hates Lincoln and [[JerkassHasAPoint while in the right that Lincoln (a simple trucker and estranged father) cannot provide to Michael in the way that he (a millionaire) can]], especially once Michael's mother dies and leaves Lincoln with the kid's custody, still tries to invoke ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney (trying to buy Lincoln off, hiring an army of lawyers to try to find a legal loophole to take Michael away from Lincoln), ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections and makes a continuous barrage of KickTheDog moments (every conversation he has with Lincoln including a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, ''keeping the letters Lincoln wrote to his family locked away and telling Michael that Lincoln never cared for him'' and '''hiring people to kidnap his grandson and rough Lincoln up''') on his single-minded quest to keep father and son apart. Even after Lincoln signs off Michael's custody to Cutler, Cutler still flies to Las Vegas and tries to bribe Lincoln into disappearing forever from the Cutlers' sights, apparently because he disliked the fact that Michael disobeyed him to go cheer Lincoln at the arm wrestling competition.
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23rd Jul '16 12:38:24 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10724053/1/Code-Geass-The-Prepared-Rebellion-V2 Code Geass: The Prepared Rebellion]]'', the usual dynamic is inverted. Reuben Ashford is continuously vexed by his daughter-in-law Melisande's attempts to replace him as head of the family.
11th Jul '16 2:59:57 PM WillBGood
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* On ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'', Roseanne and Dan despised Becky's greaser boyfriend Mark. This case is somewhat Justified, as Mark doesn't treat Becky exceptionally well initially, being really selfish and obnoxious. When Mark confronts Roseanne about this, she says she would have treated him like a king if she felt like he'd treated Becky with any kind of respect. Darlene's steady boyfriend fared quite a bit better. After initially disliking him for being Mark's brother and assuming David was just like him. However, when they realize he was almost his exact opposite, they warm up, allowing him to live with them to escape his abusive mother and Roseanne even trying to shove them back together after they break up.

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* On ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'', Roseanne and Dan despised Becky's greaser boyfriend Mark. This case is somewhat Justified, as Mark doesn't treat Becky exceptionally well initially, being really selfish and obnoxious. When Mark confronts Roseanne about this, she says she would have treated him like a king if she felt like he'd treated Becky with any kind of respect. Darlene's steady boyfriend David fared quite a bit better. After initially disliking him Initially they dislike David for being Mark's brother and assuming David was assume he's just like him. However, when they realize he was almost his exact opposite, they warm up, allowing him to live with them to escape his abusive mother and mother; Roseanne even trying tries to shove them David and Darlene back together after they break up.
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