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3rd Nov '17 7:40:02 PM tv1995
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* In ''Film/{{Juno}}'', Juno's relationship with her stepmother is not too bad and it also improves greatly throughout the film. Her biological mother is estranged.

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* In ''Film/{{Juno}}'', this is subverted. Juno's relationship with her stepmother is not too bad and it also improves greatly throughout the film.film. Her stepmother even defends her against an ultrasound technician who says Juno would've been a bad mother. Her biological mother is estranged.
2nd Nov '17 12:04:07 AM Gamermaster
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* Inverted in ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}''. Yang's mother, Raven, ran off soon after she was born and is, at best, apathetic to her existance. Meanwhile, her step-mother Summer was such a {{Good Parent|s}}, that Yang was under the impression that she was her biological mother, not learning the truth until after Summer's death.
29th Oct '17 2:25:35 PM nombretomado
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* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12506800/5/The-Unrelenting-Frozen-Seas-The-Trials The Unrelenting Frozen Seas: The Trials]]'': Rhode isn't keen on meeting Amphitrite because of this trope. ''Especially'' when she knows what kind of horrors [[ClassicalMythology Hera]] visited upon her husband's illegitimate offspring. However, Triton's claim that Amphitrite would like to talk with her and has this desire for some time points to the goddess averting this. WordOfGod is that she can afford to be nice since [[HeirClubForMen a daughter is unable to challenge her son for Poseidon's succession]].

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* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12506800/5/The-Unrelenting-Frozen-Seas-The-Trials The Unrelenting Frozen Seas: The Trials]]'': Rhode isn't keen on meeting Amphitrite because of this trope. ''Especially'' when she knows what kind of horrors [[ClassicalMythology [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Hera]] visited upon her husband's illegitimate offspring. However, Triton's claim that Amphitrite would like to talk with her and has this desire for some time points to the goddess averting this. WordOfGod is that she can afford to be nice since [[HeirClubForMen a daughter is unable to challenge her son for Poseidon's succession]].
17th Oct '17 10:15:54 PM Draghinazzo
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* In {{Series/MadMen}}, flashbacks to Don Draper's (or Dick Whitman as he known back then) childhood reveal that his stepmother, Abigail Whitman, was a horrible maternal figure, referring to him as a "whore-child" (she only took him in because all her children up until that point had been stillbirths). It's telling that when Don learns of her death, his response is "Good".
8th Oct '17 12:41:22 PM Astrophile
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*Lampshaded in Cymbeline, where the Queen tells her step-daughter Imogen, 'No, be assured you shall not find me, daughter, After the slander of most stepmothers, Evil-eyed unto you.'
3rd Oct '17 3:01:39 PM WillKeaton
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Sadly enough, TruthInTelevision; children are vastly more likely to be abused by stepparents (and people cohabiting with the parent are even worse). In fact, in some languages, the word for "stepmother" is the word for "mother" followed by a pejorative suffix[[note]]such as Spanish ''madrastra'' -- the Latin suffix is the same as in "poetaster," a hack poet; in French, the cognate ''marâtre'' is now ''so'' associated with this trope that it's only used for wicked ones, with the common word being ''belle-mère'', same as "mother-in-law."[[/note]]. For any or all of these reasons, even decades (centuries?) of [[SubvertedTrope subversion]] have not transformed her even into a DiscreditedTrope; she can still be played straight or subverted. {{Shout Out}}s are commonplace whenever dealing with a stepfamily.

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Sadly enough, TruthInTelevision; children are vastly more likely to be abused by stepparents (and people cohabiting with the parent are even worse). In fact, in some languages, the word for "stepmother" is the word for "mother" followed by a pejorative suffix[[note]]such as suffix.[[note]]In Spanish ''madrastra'' -- the Latin suffix is the same as in "poetaster," a hack poet; in French, the cognate ''marâtre'' is now ''so'' associated with this trope that it's only used for wicked ones, with the common word being ''belle-mère'', same as "mother-in-law."[[/note]]. "[[/note]] For any or all of these reasons, even decades (centuries?) of [[SubvertedTrope subversion]] have not transformed her even into a DiscreditedTrope; she can still be played straight or subverted. {{Shout Out}}s are commonplace whenever dealing with a stepfamily.
24th Sep '17 10:48:31 AM Clanger00
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She generally favors her own children -- whether from a previous marriage or this one -- over her stepchildren. Not that that causes this trope, because it's kind of natural. It's just another symptom. Sometimes her [[{{Greed}} economic motives]] are made clear: there is only so much to go around, and she wants it for herself or her own children. An equivalent male figure is the EvilUncle -- because inheritance is generally through the male line, the uncle can inherit his brother's children's estate. [[GreenEyedMonster Envy]] is another common cause; the Wicked Stepmother either wants to be FairestOfThemAll or to have her daughters be so. A special subtrope deals with those with grown stepsons; she may wish to marry him off to her own daughter, and thus make a victim of her step-daughter-in-law, or she may attempt to seduce him and then [[WomanScorned accuse him of rape]] when she fails.

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She generally favors her own children -- whether from a previous marriage or this one -- over her stepchildren. Not that that causes this trope, because it's kind of natural. It's just another symptom. Sometimes her [[{{Greed}} economic motives]] are made clear: there is only so much to go around, and she wants it for herself or her own children. An equivalent male figure is the EvilUncle -- because inheritance is generally through the male line, the uncle can inherit his brother's children's estate. [[GreenEyedMonster Envy]] is another common cause; the Wicked Stepmother either wants to be FairestOfThemAll or to have her daughters be so. A special subtrope deals with those with grown stepsons; she may wish to marry him off to her own daughter, and thus make a victim of her step-daughter-in-law, or she may attempt to seduce him and then [[WomanScorned accuse him of rape]] when she fails.
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10th Sep '17 4:52:48 AM LordGro
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** From the second edition of the Grimm tales onward, "Literature/HanselAndGretel" has the father only sending the kids out after the stepmother convinces him to do it.

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** "Literature/HanselAndGretel": From the second edition of the Grimm tales onward, "Literature/HanselAndGretel" has the plan to abandon Hansel and Gretel in the woods is put forward by their stepmother, and the father only sending complies because of her pressuring. The trope does not appear in the kids out after first edition, where the stepmother convinces him to do it. woman is the kids' actual mother, and the father shares the blame for abandoning the children.
10th Sep '17 4:49:38 AM LordGro
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** In "The Seven Ravens", seven princes are changed into ravens by their witch stepmother, and their sister chased away by the queen as well.

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** In "The Seven Ravens", "Literature/TheSevenRavens", seven princes are changed into ravens by their witch stepmother, and their sister chased away by the queen as well.


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* ''Series/TheStoryteller'' episode "The Three Ravens" (based on "The Six Swans" by the Creator/BrothersGrimm) makes the common fairy tale trope even worse for the princess, as her father is finally poisoned by his second wife, who then remarries another king, a prince's father. The poor princess marries said prince, and discover her former stepmother is now [[FromBadToWorse her]] [[ObnoxiousInLaws mother in law]].
10th Sep '17 4:42:51 AM LordGro
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** In "The Seven Ravens", seven princes are changed into ravens by their witch stepmother, and their sister chased away by the queen as well.
** "Literature/{{Rapunzel}}" had a WickedWitch for an ''adoptive'' mother, but when you consider that her real mother was basically a drug-addict who sold her own daughter to get her next fix, she was probably better off that way. In the original Grimm version, the witch was actually Rapunzel's godmother.



* Said tale inspired both Grimm brothers, in ''The seven ravens'', and Hans Christian Andersen in ''The wild swans''. In both stories, the seven or twelve princes are changed into birds (ravens or swans) by their witch stepmother, and their sister chased away by the queen as well.[[Series/TheStoryteller The Storyteller]] adaptation makes this story even worse for the princess, as her father is finally poisoned by his second wife, who then remarry another king, a prince's father. Poor princess marry said prince, and discover her former stepmother is now [[FromBadToWorse her]] [[ObnoxiousInLaws mother in law]].

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* Said tale inspired both Grimm brothers, in ''The seven ravens'', and Hans Christian Andersen in ''The wild swans''. In both stories, the seven or Creator/HansChristianAndersen's "The Wild Swans", twelve princes are changed into birds (ravens or swans) swans by their witch stepmother, and their sister chased away by the queen as well.[[Series/TheStoryteller The Storyteller]] adaptation makes this story even worse for the princess, as her father is finally poisoned by his second wife, who then remarry another king, a prince's father. Poor princess marry said prince, and discover her former stepmother is now [[FromBadToWorse her]] [[ObnoxiousInLaws mother in law]].



* Many versions of "Literature/{{Cinderella}}".
* "Literature/{{Rapunzel}}" had a WickedWitch for an ''adoptive'' mother, but when you consider that her real mother was basically a drug-addict who sold her own daughter to get her next fix, she was probably better off that way. In the original Grimm version, the witch was actually Rapunzel's godmother.
* Played with in "[[http://www.gutenberg.org/files/30129/30129-h/30129-h.htm#BLONDINE Blondine, Bonne-Biche, and Beau-Minon]]". Blondine's first stepmother Fourbette is a straight example. Fourbette is responsible for Blondine's disappearance - she tricks the driver of Blondine's carriage into leading Blondine into the Forest of Lilacs. Fourbette later dies. At the end of the story, Blondine meets the fairy Bienveillante, who had once been Blondine's friend Bonne-Biche the deer. Bienveillante brings Blondine back to her father. The fairy marries the king, becomes Blondine's second stepmother, and averts this trope. Inverted for Blondine's half-sister Brunette, whose mother was the wicked Fourbette and her stepmother the good Bienveillante.

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%% * Many versions of "Literature/{{Cinderella}}".
* "Literature/{{Rapunzel}}" had a WickedWitch for an ''adoptive'' mother, but when you consider that her real mother was basically a drug-addict who sold her own daughter to get her next fix, she was probably better off that way. In the original Grimm version, the witch was actually Rapunzel's godmother.
"Literature/{{Cinderella}}" Zero Context Example
* Played with in "[[http://www.gutenberg.org/files/30129/30129-h/30129-h.htm#BLONDINE Blondine, Bonne-Biche, and Beau-Minon]]".Beau-Minon]]" by Sophie de Ségur. Blondine's first stepmother Fourbette is a straight example. Fourbette is responsible for Blondine's disappearance - she tricks the driver of Blondine's carriage into leading Blondine into the Forest of Lilacs. Fourbette later dies. At the end of the story, Blondine meets the fairy Bienveillante, who had once been Blondine's friend Bonne-Biche the deer. Bienveillante brings Blondine back to her father. The fairy marries the king, becomes Blondine's second stepmother, and averts this trope. Inverted for Blondine's half-sister Brunette, whose mother was the wicked Fourbette and her stepmother the good Bienveillante.
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