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17th Jul '16 6:57:30 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* The Japanese legend ''[[http://www.worldoftales.com/Asian_folktales/Japanese_folktale_16.html The Mirror of Matsuyama]]'' plays with this trope. The stepmother isn't very kind to her teenaged stepdaughter, but that's because she fears that the girl hates her so much that she's secretly cursing her, and [[AngerBornOfworry lashes back under that belief.]] At the end of the story, the father finally steps in and asks for his daughter to explain everything; she says that she was actually just looking at a mirror, [[TragicKeepsake which was the last thing her dead mother ever gave her]]. [[note]]Not to mention the girl is very naive and believes the reflection in the mirror is her mom's, not hers, helped by the uncanny physical resemblance.[[/note]] Upon hearing this, the stepmother realizes that she was wrong, begs for forgiveness and apologizes for being cruel, and once she's forgiven the family lives together happily after that.
** That is not to say the figure of the WickedStepmother is foreign to Japanese folklore. Some variants of Hachikazuki (the princess who had to wear a wooden-bowl on her head) has the heroine driven from home by one after years of abuse.

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* The Japanese legend JapaneseMythology
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''[[http://www.worldoftales.com/Asian_folktales/Japanese_folktale_16.html The Mirror of Matsuyama]]'' plays with this trope. The the stepmother isn't very kind to her teenaged stepdaughter, but that's because she fears that the girl hates her so much that she's secretly cursing her, and [[AngerBornOfworry lashes back under that belief.]] At the end of the story, the father finally steps in and asks for his daughter to explain everything; she says that she was actually just looking at a mirror, [[TragicKeepsake which was the last thing her dead mother ever gave her]]. [[note]]Not [[note]](Not to mention the girl is very naive and believes the reflection in the mirror is her mom's, not hers, helped by the uncanny physical resemblance.[[/note]] )[[/note]] Upon hearing this, the stepmother realizes that she was wrong, begs for forgiveness and apologizes for being cruel, and once she's forgiven the family lives together happily after that.
** That is not to say the figure of the WickedStepmother is foreign to Japanese folklore. Some variants The tale of [[https://justanimeforum.net/threads/japanese-culture-princess-hachikatsugi.5389/ Hachikazuki (the princess who had to wear a wooden-bowl on her head) head)]] has the heroine driven from home by one after years of abuse.



** Averted in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', [[spoiler: Queen Mikoto loves her four stepchildren just as much as her biological child, the Avatar, and they love her back.]]

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** Averted in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', [[spoiler: Queen Mikoto loves her four stepchildren just as much as her biological child, the Avatar, and they love her back.back and even refer to her as "Mother", since [[ParentalSubstitute she raised all of them]].]]
6th Jul '16 12:56:14 PM XFllo
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** 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 (her brother married both her and her sister, and her [[BrotherSisterIncest brother and sister]] are Aenys's parents) 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 nephew/stepson Aenys (her brother married both her and her sister, and her [[BrotherSisterIncest brother and sister]] are Aenys's parents) so [[MotherMakesYouKing her son]] [[TheCaligula Maegor]] could take the throne.



----->'''Persephone''': [coldly] "We had a little family spat."
----->'''Nico''': "Family spat? You turned me into a dandelion!"
** Juno/Hera is an aversion, but only because she can be just as awful to her own kids. Yeah, she drove Hercules insane so that he killed his wife and kids, but she also threw her own son, Hephaestus, off Mount Olympus for being ugly.
* Enforced in the ''Literature/TalesOfTheFiveHundredKingdoms''; because the world runs on narrative causality, even stepmothers who don't start out evil become evil, unless GenreSavvy people can subvert it. Played with in ''The Sleeping Beauty'', where no less than three evil sorceresses try to enchant the king while he is still mourning his beloved wife; the local Fairy Godmother beats them to it and marries the king herself in disguise as the ObviouslyEvil Wicked Stepmother.
** However, the next book ''Beauty And The Werewolf'' has it revealed the heroine's stepmother avoided this fate (as much as her stepsisters avoided becoming wicked) thanks to her being a ''busybody''. A rare occasion of a flaw saving people, though the heroine learns to calm down and calls herself out for being such a busybody when she realizes people really didn't need her being so controlling to have things work.

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----->'''Persephone''': --->'''Persephone:''' [coldly] "We We had a little family spat."
----->'''Nico''': "Family
spat.
--->'''Nico:''' Family
spat? You turned me into a dandelion!"
dandelion!
** Juno/Hera is an aversion, but only because she can be just as awful to her own kids. Yeah, she She drove Hercules insane so that he killed his wife and kids, but she also threw her own son, Hephaestus, off Mount Olympus for being ugly.
* Enforced in the ''Literature/TalesOfTheFiveHundredKingdoms''; because the world runs on narrative causality, even stepmothers who don't start out evil become evil, unless GenreSavvy people can subvert it. Played with in ''The Sleeping Beauty'', where no less than three evil sorceresses try to enchant the king while he is still mourning his beloved wife; the local Fairy Godmother beats them to it and marries the king herself in disguise as the ObviouslyEvil Wicked Stepmother.
** However,
Stepmother. the next book ''Beauty And The Werewolf'' has it revealed the heroine's stepmother avoided this fate (as much as her stepsisters avoided becoming wicked) thanks to her being a ''busybody''. A rare occasion of a flaw saving people, though the heroine learns to calm down and calls herself out for being such a busybody when she realizes people really didn't need her being so controlling to have things work.



* Averted in Jeanne Birdsall's ''The Penderwicks on Gardam Street'' with Iantha.

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%% * Averted in Jeanne Birdsall's ''The Penderwicks on Gardam Street'' with Iantha.
16th Jun '16 11:16:31 PM Morgenthaler
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* Subverted on ''WheelSquad'', where Mr. Rotter, the only character who qualifies as somebody's stepparent, treats his stepdaughter Emilie like a real daughter. Even on the Cinderella parody he was just strict and punishing her for a prank that could have gotten herself and her victim seriously hurt (and for not keeping satisfactory grades).

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* Subverted on ''WheelSquad'', ''WesternAnimation/WheelSquad'', where Mr. Rotter, the only character who qualifies as somebody's stepparent, treats his stepdaughter Emilie like a real daughter. Even on the Cinderella parody he was just strict and punishing her for a prank that could have gotten herself and her victim seriously hurt (and for not keeping satisfactory grades).
8th Jun '16 9:08:16 AM JoeMerl
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* ZigZagged in ''{{Enchanted}}:'' the villain, 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]].

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* ZigZagged in ''{{Enchanted}}:'' the villain, Nerissa, is a WickedStepmother, but oddly her target is not her stepson, Prince Edward, but his betrothed, Giselle. Giselle; Edward has spent years gallivanting around like a KnightErrant while Nerissa runs the kingdom, but now she's worried about him settling down. There's also a scene where Morgan complains about her father planning to marry Nancy because of this trope; given trope (given that [[MythologyGag Nancy's surname is]] "[[{{Disney/Cinderella}} Tremaine]]," that's understandable.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]].
8th Jun '16 8:40:22 AM JoeMerl
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* "[[https://www.nytimes.com/books/first/b/bly-king.html The Maiden Czar]]" gives the stepmother an unusual motive, in that she's actually [[LoveFatherLoveSon fallen in love]] with her stepson and thus schemes to keep him from the title character.
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]].)
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