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13th May '18 11:07:57 PM foxley
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* In ''Film/CrookedHouse'', Philip and Roger both harbour a deep resentment towards their father Aristide, and wish to supplant him as head of the family. For his part, Aristide took a great pleasure in keeping his sons solidly under his thumb. To add to the mix, Philip's son ustace admits to having the hots for his step-grandmother.

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* In ''Film/CrookedHouse'', Philip and Roger both harbour a deep resentment towards their father Aristide, and wish to supplant him as head of the family. For his part, Aristide took a great pleasure in keeping his sons solidly under his thumb. To add to the mix, Philip's son ustace Eustace admits to having the hots for his step-grandmother.
13th May '18 11:04:28 PM foxley
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* In ''Film/CrookedHouse'', Philip and Roger both harbour a deep resentment towards their father Aristide, and wish to supplant him as head of the family. For his part, Aristide took a great pleasure in keeping his sons solidly under his thumb. To add to the mix, Philip's son ustace admits to having the hots for his step-grandmother.
29th Apr '18 7:12:22 PM AdelePotter
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* India, the protagonist of ''Film/{{Stoker}}'' is implied to have a bit of an Electra complex. She was [[DaddysGirl very close to her father]], but has a strained relationship with her mother (though she does love her). She later becomes infatuated with her uncle, whom she notes looks a ''lot'' like her father. As India's relationship with her uncle deepens, her relationship with her mother only gets worse... especially since her mother is infatuated with him as well.
26th Apr '18 12:52:23 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the German-Italian movie ''Film/TheDamned'' this is taken UpToEleven by the love-hate [[ParentalIncest relationship]] between [[PsychopathicManchild Martin von Essenbeck]] and his [[EvilMatriarch mother]].

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* In the German-Italian movie ''Film/TheDamned'' ''Film/TheDamned1969'' this is taken UpToEleven by the love-hate [[ParentalIncest relationship]] between [[PsychopathicManchild Martin von Essenbeck]] and his [[EvilMatriarch mother]].
17th Apr '18 6:20:32 PM intastiel
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Mother, I want to… '''[[AtomicFBomb fuck you!!!]]'''''

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Mother, I want to… '''[[AtomicFBomb fuck you!!!]]''''''''fuck you!!!'''''
14th Apr '18 9:09:03 PM costanton11
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*** The actual movie could be considered this if you look too deeply into it, as ''WebOriginal/{{Cracked}}'' did.

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*** The actual movie could be considered this if you look too deeply into it, as ''WebOriginal/{{Cracked}}'' ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' did.
27th Mar '18 5:18:04 PM TheNerevarine
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* Patroklos Alexander in ''VideoGame/SoulcaliburV''. While he lacks any ill will towards his father Rothion, he certainly has an obsession with his MissingMom Sophitia, who died while he was a kid and he grows up to become . The implications become even stronger when [[spoiler:[[BigBad Elysium]], the spirit of Soul Calibur, manipulates him to do her bidding by [[AFormYouAreComfortableWith assuming his mother's appearance]]... While said form was [[MsFanservice near-naked]]]].

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* Patroklos Alexander in ''VideoGame/SoulcaliburV''. While he lacks any ill will towards his father Rothion, he certainly has an obsession with his MissingMom Sophitia, who died while he was a kid and he grows up to become .become a holy warrior like her. The implications become even stronger when [[spoiler:[[BigBad Elysium]], the spirit of Soul Calibur, manipulates him to do her bidding by [[AFormYouAreComfortableWith assuming his mother's appearance]]... While said form was [[MsFanservice near-naked]]]].
27th Mar '18 5:16:53 PM TheNerevarine
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* Patroklos Alexander in ''VideoGame/SoulcaliburV''. While he lacks any ill will towards his father Rothion, he certainly has an obsession with his MissingMom Sophitia, who died while he was a kid and he grows up to become . The implications become even stronger when [[spoiler:[[BigBad Elysium]], the spirit of Soul Calibur, manipulates him to do her bidding by [[AFormYouAreComfortableWith assuming his mother's appearance]]... While said form was [[MsFanservice near-naked]]]].
19th Mar '18 1:29:16 PM Eievie
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It's fairly difficult to use this trope explicitly, since the psychological aspects of the mother figure involved are usually lost to cruder imaginations.

Compare WellDoneSonGuy--who actually ''wants'' his father's ''approval''--and CallingTheOldManOut--when someone calls his dad out for his transgressions, but doesn't supplant him. If the supplanting takes the form of murder, it's {{Patricide}}. See also ArchnemesisDad, which makes the father figures into outright villains while leaving out the Freudian implications. If there's an explicitly sexual relationship, see ParentalIncest. If there's a partner who's ''like'' their parent, see LikeParentLikeSpouse. And if there's incestuous subtext ''without'' wanting to supplant anyone, then it's just IncestSubtext.

''Theatre/OedipusTheKing'', the Greek Tragedy dramatized in BC 429 by Creator/{{Sophocles}}, is the TropeNamer, and UsefulNotes/SigmundFreud is the TropeCodifier. Oedipus, however, is '''not''' an example of the trope because Oedipus ''never'' knew who his mother and father were until it was too late, a la [[SurpriseIncest until long after the fact]]. The Oedipus is '''not''' someone secretly wants to kill his father and sleep with his mother--hes's a man who desperately doesn't want to, but ends up doing so anyways because YouCantFightFate.

A subtrope of MurderInTheFamily. Compare JealousParent.

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It's fairly difficult to use this trope explicitly, since ''Theatre/OedipusTheKing'', the psychological aspects Greek Tragedy dramatized in BC 429 by Creator/{{Sophocles}}, is the TropeNamer, and UsefulNotes/SigmundFreud is the TropeCodifier. Oedipus, however, is '''not''' an example of the trope because Oedipus ''never'' knew who his mother figure involved are usually lost and father were until it was too late. The Oedipus is '''not''' someone secretly wants to cruder imaginations.

Compare WellDoneSonGuy--who actually ''wants''
kill his father's ''approval''--and father and sleep with his mother--he's a man who desperately doesn't want to, but ends up doing so anyways because YouCantFightFate.

The supplanting part is key here. Without it, you've just got
CallingTheOldManOut--when someone calls his dad out for his transgressions, but doesn't supplant him. If the supplanting takes the form of murder, it's {{Patricide}}. See also ArchnemesisDad, which makes the father figures into outright villains while leaving out the Freudian implications.{{Patricide}} and MurderInTheFamily. If there's an explicitly sexual relationship, see ParentalIncest. If there's a partner who's ''like'' their parent, see LikeParentLikeSpouse. And if there's incestuous subtext ''without'' wanting to supplant anyone, then it's just IncestSubtext. \n\n''Theatre/OedipusTheKing'', See also ArchnemesisDad, which makes the Greek Tragedy dramatized in BC 429 by Creator/{{Sophocles}}, is the TropeNamer, and UsefulNotes/SigmundFreud is the TropeCodifier. Oedipus, however, is '''not''' an example of the trope because Oedipus ''never'' knew who his mother and father were until it was too late, a la [[SurpriseIncest until long after figures into outright villains while leaving out the fact]]. The Oedipus is '''not''' someone secretly wants to kill his father and sleep with his mother--hes's a man who desperately doesn't want to, but ends up doing so anyways because YouCantFightFate.

A subtrope of MurderInTheFamily.
Freudian implications. Compare JealousParent.
JealousParent. Also compare WellDoneSonGuy--who actually ''wants'' his father's ''approval''.



* ''Franchise/StarWars'': Anakin Skywalker was very obsessed with his mother. He marries an older woman who looks like his mother. His mother's death is one of the things that drives him to the Dark Side. He supposedly doesn't have a biological father, but Palpatine is hinted to have used the Force to create him and acts as a father figure. Obi Wan is also a father figure to Anakin. Guess what happens to both of them. Ironically, [[PapaWolf being a father himself had helped him turn away from the Dark Side]]. Perhaps this is InTheBlood, since in the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse ([[Literature/FateOfTheJedi Fate of the Jedi: Allies onward]]), Luke's son Ben likes a girl who's similar to his (dead) mother, and sides with her over his father in every argument…
** OedipusComplex seems run hard in [[spoiler:[[InTheBlood the Skywalker line]]; just take a look at Anakin's IdenticalGrandson Ben Solo aka]] Kylo Ren, who definitely has a case. Despite his contempt for and earlier murder of his father, Kylo ultimately can't bring himself to do the same to his mother. He also fixates on Rey, who bears a strong resemblance to his mother, [[spoiler: and kills his ''other'' father figure, Snoke, to save her life.]]

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Anakin Skywalker was very obsessed with his mother. He marries an older woman who looks like his mother. His mother's death is one of the things that drives him to the Dark Side. He supposedly doesn't have a biological father, but Palpatine is hinted to have used the Force to create him and acts as a father figure. Obi Wan is also a father figure to Anakin. Guess what happens to He kills both of them. Ironically, [[PapaWolf being a father himself had helped him turn away from the Dark Side]]. Perhaps this is InTheBlood, since in the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse ([[Literature/FateOfTheJedi Fate of the Jedi: Allies onward]]), Luke's son Ben likes a girl who's similar to his (dead) mother, and sides with her over his father in every argument…
Side]].
** OedipusComplex seems run hard in [[spoiler:[[InTheBlood [[InTheBlood the Skywalker line]]; just take a look at Anakin's IdenticalGrandson Ben Solo aka]] aka Kylo Ren, who definitely has a case. Despite his contempt for and earlier murder of his father, Kylo ultimately can't bring himself to do the same to his mother. He also fixates on Rey, who bears a strong resemblance to his mother, [[spoiler: and kills his ''other'' father figure, Snoke, to save her life.]]




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* ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'': [[Literature/FateOfTheJedi Fate of the Jedi: Allies onward]], Luke's son Ben likes a girl who's similar to his (dead) mother, and sides with her over his father in every argument…



* Though ''Theatre/OedipusTheKing'' is not a true example, the story of Phaedra is more Oedipal. Kinda. Phaedra, wife of Theseus, is in love with her stepson, Hippolytus. He is appropriately {{squick}}ed out, and [[LoveMakesYouEvil this drives her crazy]] so she tells Theseus that [[YouKnowWhatYouDid Hippolytus raped her]]. It all ends with Hippolytus being eaten by a [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere sea monster in the middle of the grassland]], and Phaedra drinks some poison to kill herself.

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* Though ''Theatre/OedipusTheKing'' is not a true example, the story of Phaedra is more Oedipal. example,
* ''{{Theatre/Hippolytus}}'':
Kinda. Phaedra, wife of Theseus, is in love with her stepson, Hippolytus. He is appropriately {{squick}}ed out, and [[LoveMakesYouEvil this drives her crazy]] so she tells Theseus that [[YouKnowWhatYouDid Hippolytus raped her]]. It all ends with Hippolytus being eaten by a [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere sea monster in the middle of the grassland]], and Phaedra drinks some poison to kill herself.
19th Mar '18 1:18:19 PM Eievie
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''Theatre/OedipusTheKing'', the Greek Tragedy dramatized in BC 429 by Creator/{{Sophocles}}, is the TropeNamer, and UsefulNotes/SigmundFreud is the TropeCodifier. Oedipus, however, is not an example of the trope because Oedipus ''never'' knew who his mother and father were until it was too late. He does not discover [[SurpriseIncest until long after the fact]] that he has killed his father, or that he has married his mother, and is horrified on both counts. [[DramaticallyMissingThePoint Not that you'd ever know any of this beyond "slept with his mother"]] without reading at least something about the original tragedy and its bloody finale.

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''Theatre/OedipusTheKing'', the Greek Tragedy dramatized in BC 429 by Creator/{{Sophocles}}, is the TropeNamer, and UsefulNotes/SigmundFreud is the TropeCodifier. Oedipus, however, is not '''not''' an example of the trope because Oedipus ''never'' knew who his mother and father were until it was too late. He does not discover late, a la [[SurpriseIncest until long after the fact]] that he has killed fact]]. The Oedipus is '''not''' someone secretly wants to kill his father, or that he has married his mother, father and is horrified on both counts. [[DramaticallyMissingThePoint Not that you'd ever know any of this beyond "slept sleep with his mother"]] without reading at least something about the original tragedy and its bloody finale.
mother--hes's a man who desperately doesn't want to, but ends up doing so anyways because YouCantFightFate.
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