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22nd May '16 1:17:56 AM Tron80
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* In ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'', Asuka revealed Hikari that her stepmother never cared about her. She only took care of Asuka to get close to her father.
23rd Apr '16 4:12:35 PM Dravencour
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* In Creator/TheBrothersGrimm's "[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/grimms/47junipertree.html The Juniper Tree]]", the stepmother kills her step-child, [[ImAHumanitarian cooks the body]], and serves the dish to the boy's father. The stepmother's motive was that she wanted her daughter to get the family's money instead of the son. The girl is extremely distressed with the death of her half-brother. He gets better.
* In Creator/JosephJacobs's "Literature/TheRoseTree", the stepmother kills her step-daughter out of pure jealousy of her beauty, [[ImAHumanitarian cooks the body]], and serves the dish to her husband. In most versions, the child [[UnexplainedRecovery gets better.]] (The half-sibling in these stories is invariably on good terms with the stepchild.)

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* In Creator/TheBrothersGrimm's "[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/grimms/47junipertree.html The Juniper Tree]]", the stepmother kills her step-child, [[ImAHumanitarian cooks the body]], and serves the dish to the boy's father. The stepmother's motive was that she wanted her daughter to get the family's money instead of the son. The girl is extremely distressed with the death of her half-brother. He gets better.
better. The stepmother does not.
* In Creator/JosephJacobs's "Literature/TheRoseTree", the stepmother kills her step-daughter out of pure jealousy of her beauty, [[ImAHumanitarian cooks the body]], and serves the dish to her husband. In most versions, the child [[UnexplainedRecovery gets better.]] (The half-sibling in these stories both this story and "The Juniper Tree" is invariably on good terms with the stepchild.)
15th Apr '16 9:07:09 PM mlsmithca
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** Gojyo's stepmother despised him for being both her husband's ####### and a half-youkai. She was constantly abusive to him, which came to a head when she tried to kill him with an axe and her own son killed her to prevent it.

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** Gojyo's stepmother despised him for being both her husband's ####### bastard and a half-youkai. She was constantly abusive to him, which came to a head when she tried to kill him with an axe and her own son killed her to prevent it.



* In Creator/TomKratman's ''Literature/{{Caliphate}}'', Al Khalifa is a revolting ##### who's jealous that a girl (Besma) birthed by a slave was in line to inherit Abdul Mohsem's wealth over al Khalifa's own son. She agreed to allow her husband to purchase Petra because while al Khalifa couldn't harm Besma, as Abdul's cherished child, she ''could'' harm a slave without consequences.

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* In Creator/TomKratman's ''Literature/{{Caliphate}}'', Al Khalifa is a revolting ##### bitch who's jealous that a girl (Besma) birthed by a slave was in line to inherit Abdul Mohsem's wealth over al Khalifa's own son. She agreed to allow her husband to purchase Petra because while al Khalifa couldn't harm Besma, as Abdul's cherished child, she ''could'' harm a slave without consequences.



* Inverted with Jagodaís stepmother in ''Literature/KronikiDrugiegoKregu'' series. Nocny Kwiat is caring and supportive of her stepdaughter. Jagodaís biological mother was a cold-hearted #####, who neglected her child and even physically abused her on the one occasion.
* Inverted and discussed in ''Literature/TheOrphansTales''. Magadinís stepmother was wonderful and seemed to prefer her over her own birth daughter. Because of that Magadinís stepsisters got jealous and ratted her out to the resident EvilSorcerer, when he came looking for young maidens to experiment on.

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* Inverted with Jagodaís stepmother in ''Literature/KronikiDrugiegoKregu'' series. Nocny Kwiat is caring and supportive of her stepdaughter. Jagodaís Jagoda's biological mother was a cold-hearted #####, bitch, who neglected her child and even physically abused her on the one occasion.
* Inverted and discussed in ''Literature/TheOrphansTales''. Magadinís Magadin's stepmother was wonderful and seemed to prefer her over her own birth daughter. Because of that Magadinís stepsisters got jealous and ratted her out to the resident EvilSorcerer, when he came looking for young maidens to experiment on.



* In ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'', Hera, Queen of the Gods, acts as this towards her husband's ####### son Hercules. This is in keeping with original myths of their relationship, as Hera was responsible for the majority of hardships the hero faced in his life.

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* In ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'', Hera, Queen of the Gods, acts as this towards her husband's ####### bastard son Hercules. This is in keeping with original myths of their relationship, as Hera was responsible for the majority of hardships the hero faced in his life.



* ''Videogame/DragonAgeOrigins'' Isolde Guerrin was one to Alistair in his childhood. According to him, it's because she thought that there was some truth to the rumors that he was her husband's #######.

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* ''Videogame/DragonAgeOrigins'' Isolde Guerrin was one to Alistair in his childhood. According to him, it's because she thought that there was some truth to the rumors that he was her husband's #######.bastard.
14th Apr '16 1:16:53 PM 20person
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** Played with regarding Lady Catelyn Stark and both her husband's ####### son Jon Snow, and his ward Theon Greyjoy who was taken as a child hostage and fostered alongside the Stark children. Catelyn isn't a stepmother to either Jon or Theon by the standards and values of Westeros, but her children consider them brothers. While Catelyn was never exactly abusive towards Jon, she made it quite clear he's not part of the family and she says she never liked or trusted Theon. Sadly, when your normally loving and faithful husband comes home with an infant he claims as his ####### son, insists on openly raising said ####### at home in defiance of all custom, and not only refuses to discuss the matter but actually ''frightens'' you when you try to ask who the mother is, it's gonna be pretty hard to bear in mind that it's really not the kid's fault.
** When Cersei Lannister's husband King Robert Baratheon dies, she orders the deaths of his ####### children [[spoiler:to help cover up the fact her children are illegitimate, as the ######## resemblance to him helped Stannis Baratheon, Jon Arryn, and Ned Stark to realise this.]]

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** Played with regarding Lady Catelyn Stark and both her husband's ####### bastard son Jon Snow, and his ward Theon Greyjoy who was taken as a child hostage and fostered alongside the Stark children. Catelyn isn't a stepmother to either Jon or Theon by the standards and values of Westeros, but her children consider them brothers. While Catelyn was never exactly abusive towards Jon, she made it quite clear he's not part of the family and she says she never liked or trusted Theon. Sadly, when your normally loving and faithful husband comes home with an infant he claims as his ####### bastard son, insists on openly raising said ####### bastard at home in defiance of all custom, and not only refuses to discuss the matter but actually ''frightens'' you when you try to ask who the mother is, it's gonna be pretty hard to bear in mind that it's really not the kid's fault.
** When Cersei Lannister's husband King Robert Baratheon dies, she orders the deaths of his ####### bastard children [[spoiler:to help cover up the fact her children are illegitimate, as the ######## bastards' resemblance to him helped Stannis Baratheon, Jon Arryn, and Ned Stark to realise this.]]



** Going further back, Queen Visenya Targaryen is suspected of poisoning her [[EvilAunt nephew]]/stepson Aenys (Aenys's father and Visenya's brother Aegon [[BrotherSisterIncest married both of his sisters]], and Aenys is the other sister's son) so [[MotherMakesYouKing her son]] [[TheCaligula Maegor]] could take the throne.

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** Going further back, Queen Visenya Targaryen is suspected of poisoning her [[EvilAunt nephew]]/stepson Aenys (Aenys's father and Visenya's (her brother Aegon married both her and her sister, and her [[BrotherSisterIncest married both of his sisters]], brother and Aenys is the other sister's son) sister]] are Aenys's parents) so [[MotherMakesYouKing her son]] [[TheCaligula Maegor]] could take the throne.
13th Apr '16 10:11:27 AM Goldfritha
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* Chinese exemplary tales of filial piety feature many wicked stepmothers.
** ''The Twenty-four Filial Exemplars'' included Shun, who was protected by Heaven from the usual abuse; Min Sun, who pled with his father to not divorce the stepmother who had failed to dress him warmly, because if he did so, his brothers would also be neglected; Wang Xiang, who melted ice in winter with his own body in order to catch a carp for the stepmother who had abused him to his father and caused his father to stop loving him; and Zhu Shouchang, whose mother was driven off by his stepmother.
** Another such tale includes the righteous stepmother of Qi. When her son and stepson were found by a murdered man, and both confessed in an obvious attempt to shield each other, she said they should execute her son -- both because her husband had particularly put her stepson in her care, and because it was the place of her son, who was the junior and therefore inferior. (For which devotion to duty both men were [[ThePardon pardoned]].)
13th Apr '16 9:45:48 AM Goldfritha
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* In "[[http://www.mythfolklore.net/andrewlang/147.htm How Ian Direach got the Blue Falcon]]", a stepmother's curse turns her stepbrother into a falcon.

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* In "[[http://www.mythfolklore.net/andrewlang/147.htm How Ian Direach got the Blue Falcon]]", a stepmother's curse turns forces her stepbrother into stepson to track down the blue falcon after he had found only a falcon.feather from it. (He counter curses her to do things while he's away, and then, when he returns, she's so angry she kills herself.)
31st Mar '16 4:37:13 PM fearlessnikki
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* Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon:
** Queen Grimhilde of ''Disney/SnowWhite'' dresses the young princess in rags and forces her to do all the chores in the castle. As in the original tale, she sends her huntsman to cut out the princess's heart. Probably the TropeCodifier as far as Disney goes.
** Lady Tremaine of ''{{Disney/Cinderella}}'' is far more cruel and manipulative than her fairy tale counterpart. When Cinderella is about to go to the ball, she manipulates her two daughters into destroying Cinderella's dress so she can't go. Later on, she locks Cinderella in her attic room to stop her from trying on the glass slipper. The sequels show that she can be just as rotten to her own daughters.
** Madam Medusa from ''Disney/TheRescuers''. She 'adopts' Penny from the orphanage so she can send her into the bayou to fish out a rare diamond. She keeps the girl at bay with a shotgun and her pet alligators. She also takes special time to call Penny "homely" and other nasty names.
** Really PlayedForDrama in ''{{Disney/Tangled}}''. Mother Gothel is an emotional abuser, who keeps Rapunzel manipulated and trapped in a tower for eighteen years. Many critics noted how the portrayal was very much TruthInTelevision.
** Subverted with Perdita in ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'' as she technically becomes the stepmother to the additional puppies Roger and Anita adopt. This makes her Disney's first heroic stepmother.
** Gender Flipped in ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' where Frollo is the wicked stepfather to Quasimodo. Like Gothel above, he keeps his 'son' locked away for years and conditions him to believe the world won't accept him.
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAsRapunzel'' has Gothel kidnapping Rapunzel as a baby - out of revenge for the girl's father never loving her back. The girl is forced to be her servant for years, though only gets trapped in the tower for one day.



* ZigZagged in ''{{Enchanted}}:'' the villain, Narissa, is a WickedStepmother, but oddly her target is not her stepson, Prince Edward, but his betrothed, Giselle. There's also a scene where Morgan complains about her father planning to marry Nancy because of this trope; given that [[MythologyGag Nancy's surname is]] "[[{{Disney/Cinderella}} Tremaine]]," that's understandable. Giselle, however, assures her that plenty of stepmothers subvert this trope.

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* ZigZagged in ''{{Enchanted}}:'' the villain, Narissa, Nerissa, is a WickedStepmother, but oddly her target is not her stepson, Prince Edward, but his betrothed, Giselle. There's also a scene where Morgan complains about her father planning to marry Nancy because of this trope; given that [[MythologyGag Nancy's surname is]] "[[{{Disney/Cinderella}} Tremaine]]," that's understandable. Giselle, however, assures her that plenty of stepmothers subvert this trope. [[spoiler: Giselle herself becomes an aversion, as she ends up as Morgan's stepmother by the end]].



* Given a DeconReconSwitch in ''Film/SnowWhiteATaleOfTerror''. Lady Claudia starts out quite willing to love her stepdaughter Lilli. But years of the girl shunning her and rebuffing her slowly turns her against her. Once Claudia suffers a miscarriage, she goes mad with grief and tries to murder Lilli.
* An interesting case in ''Film/TheSixthSense''. Kyra's mother is often assumed by many viewers to be her stepmother, despite the film never saying it. Presumably all because of this trope's influence. For reference - she poisoned her daughter to make her sick. The script merely calls her 'Kyra's Mother'.



* In ''Series/OnceUponATime'', it turns out that the Evil Queen who poisoned Snow White was actually Snow's stepmother.

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* In ''Series/OnceUponATime'', it turns out that ''Series/OnceUponATime'':
** Played straight initially with
the Evil Queen Regina, but eventually subverted. It's revealed that she was once a kind and good-hearted woman who poisoned Snow White was actually Snow's stepmother.corrupted from years of manipulation by Rumpelstiltskin. She eventually makes a HeelFaceTurn out of love for her stepson Henry. And as nasty as she was before, she was nothing compared to her wicked biological mother Cora.
** Gender Flipped with Zelena. Her adoptive mother is shown to have been a nice and caring woman, while the father was the drunkard who abused her.
** Cinderella has one of course but we never see her. The spin-off hints that she wasn't much better to her own daughters either.
31st Mar '16 2:44:55 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' plays with this trope. The protagonist's Temperance Social Link centers around a stepmother named Eri Minami, who is having trouble with her stepson, Yuuta. Yuuta is convinced that his stepmother hates him. In turn, Eri is convinced that Yuuta hates ''her''. Both of them ''do'' care for each other, but it takes some help from the protagonist to get them to express it.
* ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe FireEmblem: The Blazing Blade]]'' features Sonia, a wicked stepmother to Lloyd and Linus. Oddly enough [[spoiler:or not]], she doesn't treat Nino any better than she treats her stepsons.
** Averted in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemFates''. Mikoto loves her four stepchildren just as much as her biological child Corrin.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' plays with this trope. The protagonist's Temperance Social Link centers around a stepmother named Eri Minami, who is having trouble with her young stepson, Yuuta. Yuuta, a kid that TheProtagonist tutors. Yuuta is convinced that his stepmother hates him. In him, while in turn, Eri is convinced that Yuuta hates ''her''. Both of them ''do'' care for each other, but it takes some help from the protagonist to get them to express it.
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' doesn't lack of examples:
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''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe FireEmblem: The Blazing Blade]]'' features Sonia, a wicked stepmother to Lloyd and Linus. Oddly enough [[spoiler:or not]], she doesn't treat her daughter Nino any better than she treats her stepsons.
** Averted in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemFates''. ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', [[spoiler: Queen Mikoto loves her four stepchildren just as much as her biological child Corrin.child, the Avatar, and they love her back.]]
29th Mar '16 12:19:53 PM LordGro
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No RealLife examples, please! It is sufficient to say '''they do exist''' and this trope is all too often TruthInTelevision.
28th Mar '16 5:15:59 PM cococrisp
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** Gojyo's stepmother despised him for being both her husband's bastard and a half-youkai. She was constantly abusive to him, which came to a head when she tried to kill him with an axe and her own son killed her to prevent it.

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** Gojyo's stepmother despised him for being both her husband's bastard ####### and a half-youkai. She was constantly abusive to him, which came to a head when she tried to kill him with an axe and her own son killed her to prevent it.



** Played with regarding Lady Catelyn Stark and both her husband's bastard son Jon Snow, and his ward Theon Greyjoy who was taken as a child hostage and fostered alongside the Stark children. Catelyn isn't a stepmother to either Jon or Theon by the standards and values of Westeros, but her children consider them brothers. While Catelyn was never exactly abusive towards Jon, she made it quite clear he's not part of the family and she says she never liked or trusted Theon. Sadly, when your normally loving and faithful husband comes home with an infant he claims as his bastard son, insists on openly raising said bastard at home in defiance of all custom, and not only refuses to discuss the matter but actually ''frightens'' you when you try to ask who the mother is, it's gonna be pretty hard to bear in mind that it's really not the kid's fault.
** When Cersei Lannister's husband King Robert Baratheon dies, she orders the deaths of his bastard children [[spoiler:to help cover up the fact her children are illegitimate, as the bastards resemblance to him helped Stannis Baratheon, Jon Arryn, and Ned Stark to realise this.]]

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** Played with regarding Lady Catelyn Stark and both her husband's bastard ####### son Jon Snow, and his ward Theon Greyjoy who was taken as a child hostage and fostered alongside the Stark children. Catelyn isn't a stepmother to either Jon or Theon by the standards and values of Westeros, but her children consider them brothers. While Catelyn was never exactly abusive towards Jon, she made it quite clear he's not part of the family and she says she never liked or trusted Theon. Sadly, when your normally loving and faithful husband comes home with an infant he claims as his bastard ####### son, insists on openly raising said bastard ####### at home in defiance of all custom, and not only refuses to discuss the matter but actually ''frightens'' you when you try to ask who the mother is, it's gonna be pretty hard to bear in mind that it's really not the kid's fault.
** When Cersei Lannister's husband King Robert Baratheon dies, she orders the deaths of his bastard ####### children [[spoiler:to help cover up the fact her children are illegitimate, as the bastards ######## resemblance to him helped Stannis Baratheon, Jon Arryn, and Ned Stark to realise this.]]



* In Creator/TomKratman's ''Literature/{{Caliphate}}'', Al Khalifa is a revolting bitch who's jealous that a girl (Besma) birthed by a slave was in line to inherit Abdul Mohsem's wealth over al Khalifa's own son. She agreed to allow her husband to purchase Petra because while al Khalifa couldn't harm Besma, as Abdul's cherished child, she ''could'' harm a slave without consequences.

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* In Creator/TomKratman's ''Literature/{{Caliphate}}'', Al Khalifa is a revolting bitch ##### who's jealous that a girl (Besma) birthed by a slave was in line to inherit Abdul Mohsem's wealth over al Khalifa's own son. She agreed to allow her husband to purchase Petra because while al Khalifa couldn't harm Besma, as Abdul's cherished child, she ''could'' harm a slave without consequences.



* Inverted with Jagodaís stepmother in ''Literature/KronikiDrugiegoKregu'' series. Nocny Kwiat is caring and supportive of her stepdaughter. Jagodaís biological mother was a cold-hearted bitch, who neglected her child and even physically abused her on the one occasion.

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* Inverted with Jagodaís stepmother in ''Literature/KronikiDrugiegoKregu'' series. Nocny Kwiat is caring and supportive of her stepdaughter. Jagodaís biological mother was a cold-hearted bitch, #####, who neglected her child and even physically abused her on the one occasion.



* In ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'', Hera, Queen of the Gods, acts as this towards her husband's bastard son Hercules. This is in keeping with original myths of their relationship, as Hera was responsible for the majority of hardships the hero faced in his life.

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* In ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'', Hera, Queen of the Gods, acts as this towards her husband's bastard ####### son Hercules. This is in keeping with original myths of their relationship, as Hera was responsible for the majority of hardships the hero faced in his life.



* ''Videogame/DragonAgeOrigins'' Isolde Guerrin was one to Alistair in his childhood. According to him, it's because she thought that there was some truth to the rumors that he was her husband's bastard.

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** Averted in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemFates''. Mikoto loves her four stepchildren just as much as her biological child Corrin.
* ''Videogame/DragonAgeOrigins'' Isolde Guerrin was one to Alistair in his childhood. According to him, it's because she thought that there was some truth to the rumors that he was her husband's bastard.#######.
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