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->''"A certain kind of leader insists on controlling every aspect of an operation so that nothing can possibly go wrong. The downside to insisting on controlling everything is that when something bad happens, people tend to think it was all part of ''your'' plan."''
-->-- '''Michael''', ''Series/BurnNotice'' ("Scatter Point")

Someone who is obsessed with doing everything rigid, proper, and by the book -- even (or especially) if it interferes with doing it right.

On TV, a Control Freak is usually not the big boss; they act the way they do because they're stuck in a professional rut and they want out. Most end up as big fish in small ponds, abusing what little authority they have and hopelessly trying to impress the boss by forcing underlings to fill out all forms in triplicate with identical number-two pencils. They will brook absolutely no dissent from those below them -- for the Control Freak, it's MyWayOrTheHighway.

Every Control Freak specializes in endless stories about their past achievements, [[TheNeidermeyer usually involving the military]] and usually bogus.

With a bit more power, they're the ObstructiveBureaucrat. Ten steps beyond that is TheChessmaster. Often closely related to {{Pride}} and DespotismJustifiesTheMeans. TheNeidermeyer and the SadistTeacher are usually this.

Not all Control Freaks are self serving {{Glory Hound}}s per se; some may have perfectly kind intentions, but their egos drive them to think said kind intentions can only be set out through ''their'' way of doing things and if they are forceful enough in their ideals people will naturally see [[HolierThanThou they are for the best of everyone]]. Several realistic mental disorders, such as [[SuperOCD Obsessive Compulsive Disorder]], can also drive otherwise pleasant people to demand things just so almost subconsciously. Most RightlySelfRighteous characters become insufferable to others due to acting like this.

When it's parents that are involved, they're usually either a MyBelovedSmother or FantasyForbiddingFather. If said parent is in show business, they're likely to be a StageMom.

Not to be confused with the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' villain named Control Freak.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Chiri of ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'', who, like everyone else in the show, is [[RefugeInAudacity an extreme exaggeration]]. Even her CrossPoppingVeins appear neatly and symmetrically.
* In ''Manga/FutureDiary'' [[spoiler:Yuno]] had a [[AbusiveParents control-freak mother]] who measured everything she did from how many hours she got to sleep to how many calories she had a day. She also kept her in a cage and starved her in an effort to raise her to be a model person. If you ever wondered why [[spoiler:Yuno]] is so [[{{Yandere}} utterly messed up]], look no further.
* In Sherry Belmont's [[DarkAndTroubledPast backstory]] from ''Manga/ZatchBell'', her mother is shown to be one of these, dictating pretty much how she lived her life, putting her through TrainingFromHell, and coming inches from sending her over the DespairEventHorizon.
* Bright Noa is one of these early on in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' trying to control the lives of everyone in the crew. Given the stress he's under it's not surprising and he loosens up as the show goes on.
* ''Manga/MyBrideIsAMermaid'': Mawari Zenigata is this to the extent that others refer to her as the "demonic" head of the disciplinary committee.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'''s BigBad Gilbert Durandal is one, and it becomes his FatalFlaw. His inability to abide unpredictability causes him to antagonize a number of very powerful people long before he needed to, eventually bringing his plans crashing down.
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': Griffith obviously believes that he can use his comrades whenever and however he feels like. But when Guts and Casca have plans outside of his control? [[{{Yandere}} NO]] - [[IfICantHaveYou that will NOT be permitted!]]
-->'''Griffith''': You will fight for my cause, because you belong to me. I will decide the place where you die.
* ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'':
** Asuna's mother, Kyouko, wants to ensure a good future for Asuna, but her methods of doing so are by trying to control every aspect of her daughter's life, from her education institution to her future spouse. She mellows out over time.
** Quinella is a corrupt, narcissistic, and callous psycho [[spoiler:who is not above killing, torturing, and brainwashing anyone to keep UW for herself]], though her methods of doing so are different from the standard. [[spoiler:She spends most of her time asleep in order to preserve precious memory space, but the laws she placed over the land and its people might as well be God-given edicts to follow consciously or subconsciously [[RealityWarper given her Authority]] and are enforced by her Integrity Knights. In the backstory, while she fused with the Cardinal System to regulate UW, her original intention was to outright steal its powers and authority for herself.]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Leetah in ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'' considers herself one of these: she wants to have complete control over her healing powers, going so far as to ''stab herself in the stomach'' to force her powers to surge. Granted, she was reacting to severe emotional trauma at the time, but she's admitted that the attitude extends to her daily life and her family. Often, her first reaction to panic is to take charge, heal ''everything'' in sight, fix what can be immediately fixed (even if it's a terrible idea to do so) and have a proper emotional breakdown later.
* Sally Acorn had shades of this in the earlier more comical issues of ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog'' (and it's animated counterpart), usually butting heads with the reckless and free spirited Sonic as a result. This was diluted as the stories matured, the rare occasion she delves back in this trope are more PlayedForDrama.
* ComicBook/{{Darkseid}} is a highly extreme example. He wishes to impose not just his rule, but his will, upon every single sentient being in the universe. He considers [[TheEvilsOfFreeWill free will a threat to him]], so he seeks the Anti-Life Equation to eliminate free will and impose only his own will upon the universe. [[spoiler:He actually gets to use the Anti-Life Equation in ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'', and he was taking over the {{Multiverse}} doing so.]]
* ComicBook/{{Brainiac}} is another extreme example. He travels world to world, stealing technology and culture and then destroying the worlds, keeping one city bottled up for him to remember it by. He hates any situation in which he is not in control, despises developments that are not supervised by him, and would sooner see the universe remain in stasis or be reduced to nothingness than let it change.
* ComicBook/{{Deathstroke}} has a warped sense of familial responsibility but also enjoys using drugs to keep control over younger heroes he's "taken" on as proteges. This includes his daughter Rose Wilson, even after her drug induced psychosis made her gouge out an eye, Cassandra Cain in an effort to take revenge on the Bat Family taking Rose from him, one of the explanations as to why the first Terra had a manic breakdown, and later with Roy Harper after his daughter died via getting Roy unknowingly addicted to Bliss.
* Yet another Franchise/{{Superman}} villain: ComicBook/LexLuthor is definitely one. A CorruptCorporateExecutive, MadScientist, and DiabolicalMastermind all in one, he slowly built his control over Metropolis to the point he controls the media, politics, and even the criminal element of the city. One of the main reasons he hates Supes so much is that he ''can't'' exert his control over him in any way, thus he pours millions of dollars into giving himself comparable power just to prove he's superior.
* [[spoiler:Getaway]] from ''ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'' proves to be this. On the surface he's a friendly guy willing to do anything for the crew, but scratch that surface and you'll find a possessive and controlling narcissist who's [[TheChosenWannabe deluded himself into thinking he's destined to be Prime]]. He basically expects everyone to unhesitatingly do what he says, believing that everything would be perfect if people would just shut up and listen to him. Getting contradicted, disrespected, or disobeyed in any way sends him on childish temper tantrums; at one point he goes into a psychotic fit of rage because somebody ''[[FelonyMisdemeanor refused to answer his phone call]]''. Eventually, [[spoiler:everybody catches on to the fact that he's a lying nutcase and refuse to follow his orders anymore. Getaway responds by using his nudge gun to brainwash them before they can leave the ship so that they ''have'' to do what he says.]]
* ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'': This trope is the entire reason Dr. Eggman comes into conflict with Sonic and the Freedom Fighters during the [[VideoGame/SonicUnleashed Shattered World Crisis]]. In a nutshell, ''he'' wants to be the one in charge of when and how Mobius is put back together.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Notably, while [[Music/PaulMcCartney Paul]] is a RealLife Control Freak, he doesn't exhibit much of that in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'', probably because he's not got a lot of control over his own ''body'', let alone the circumstances the four have been thrust into.
* Spectrem in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World''. At least, he attempts to be one. George and Paul won't let him.
** Probably Simon too.
* Leviathan from ''FanFic/AvatarOfVictory'' ''really'' doesn't like people touching his things and screwing up his plans. When Shepard frees the Prothean he's using to spawn Collectors, he throws what amounts to a child's temper tantrum and ups his efforts to kill them.
* ''Fanfic/SoulEaterTroubledSouls'' turns Medusa Gorgon into one of these. In one part of the Cobra Island Arc, she is noticeably frustrated and fidgety during the [[DeadlyGame maze level]]. She expected Maka and everyone else to struggle hopelessly as they encounter death trap after death trap while being [[TimedMission on the clock]]. What instead happens is they put their heads together and rally through the maze with ease. When the game inevitably goes awry, Medusa is ''ecstatic'' that she is back in control. Furthermore, there is the haughty and superior attitude she displays toward Shaula. Finally, Crona’s [[EnemyWithout shadow]], who is pretty much Medusa’s mouthpiece, tells Crona how he/she is nothing without her. All in all, Medusa can’t stand not being in control of people she deems lesser.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Count Dracula from ''WesternAnimation/HotelTransylvania'' goes to extreme lengths to keep his daughter safe. He even built an entire village and dressed all his zombie employees up as townsfolk in order to convince her that humans were evil. He also insists on taking an active role in every aspect of running the hotel. He even corrects his friends when they call him "Captain Control Freak" by telling them that it's "COUNT Control Freak".
* Mr. Huph, Bob's boss in ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' is certainly a cut from this mold. Granted, Bob isn't a great employee for an insurance firm (given his conscience won't let him deny any claims), but Huph's pure bullying nature and reactions of offended dignity point to Bob not quite being the problem here. He even gives Bob a pre-planned disciplinary speech much like the "monologues" given by the super-villains Bob used to fight as Mr. Incredible. While cartoonish, his comeuppance is way too satisfying to watch. The commentary on the DVD reveals that director Brad Bird, who had been fired from his first two jobs, had middle-management bosses like Huph.
* [[BigBad President/Lord Business]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie''; everything in his city runs on conformity and following the rules, and his EvilPlan is to glue everything down so that no one can mess with his things. [[spoiler: The Man Upstairs, whom Lord Business is partially based off, is just as much of a control freak, but he changes his ways when he sees just how creative his son is and that [[HeelRealization his son made him the villain of the story]]]].
* Joy from ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'' is decidedly more upbeat and wacky than most examples of this trope, but she's still an example; she's the leader among Riley's emotions and the others happily take orders from her, but her determination to [[KnightTemplarParent keep Riley from ever experiencing anything short of perfect happiness]] is such that she prevents Sadness from doing her job, even drawing a chalk circle and ordering her not to step outside of it.
* Rabbit of ''Franchise/WinnieThePooh'' whose overattention to detail and zero tolerance for his friends' nonsense often leads to him acting as this. A nightmarish dream sequence in ''[[WesternAnimation/WinnieThePoohSpringtimeForRoo Springtime For Roo]]'' portrays his overbearing demeanor as becoming so intolerable that everyone in the Hundred Acre Wood leaves home just to get away from it all.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Sing}}'', this is one of Buster's main character flaws. While he means well, his micromanaging of the acts in the show leads to many things that make the performers uncomfortable, such as making Rosita and Gunther a team act (despite having just met), making Johnny play a piano (despite being years out of practice), and making Ash dress and sing like a pop princess (even though she's a tomboy who prefers rock). [[spoiler: In the end, though, this all works out for the best -- Rosita and Gunther make an excellent team, Johnny turns out to have a natural talent for the piano, and Ash combines the dress she's given with her normal outfit to create a glam rock look (and switches out her initial song with one of her own writing, again at Buster's insistence).]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
%%* All the characters in ''Film/{{Brazil}}'' who are not heroes, love interests, or ninja plumbers are this. - ZCE
%%* First Officer Lieutenant Martin Pascal in ''Film/DownPeriscope''.
%%* Abby from ''The Ugly Truth''.
* "Ace" Rothstein in ''Film/{{Casino}}''. Such a perfectionist that he insists on an equal number of blueberries in every muffin.
* J. Daniel Atlas (Creator/JesseEisenberg) in ''Film/NowYouSeeMe''. This proves to be a plot point, as the FBI finds out he likes to keep track of his entire crew by making them wear GPS bracelets. The FBI try to use them to spy on the Horsemen, except [[spoiler:they manage to slip one of the trackers into a lead agent's pocket, causing him to run around New Orleans chasing himself]]. However, given TheReveal, it's possible [[spoiler:he knew about the tracker in his pocket and was deliberately making a fool of himself to keep the other agents following him and not the Horsemen]].
* ''Film/TheCatInTheHat'': Sally is stated to have ended two of her friendships because the friends in question either didn't let her be the head chef while they were baking or because they talked back to her. The Cat's "phunometer" even explicitly labels her a control freak.
* Terence Fletcher of ''{{Film/Whiplash}}'', an unforgiving psychopathic perfectionist who will try to find a great musician by any means necessary. A turning point is when protagonist Andrew arrives late without his drumsticks. Doesn't matter if Andrew is the core drummer, or if the replacements could borrow their sticks, Fletcher won't let him play. So Andrew drives back to get the sticks [[spoiler: and his car is hit by a truck. No wonder Andrew tackles Fletcher later, he nearly died simply because the SadistTeacher was an overtly methodic asshole.]]
* ''Film/OneNightOfLove'': Giulio the voice coach, to his student, would-be opera singer Mary. He demands and gets full control of her life while training her to be an opera star, right down to who she sees and what she eats. One scene has Mary getting annoyed when Giulio orders a sumptuous steak dinner at a fancy restaurant but only lets Mary have the peach Melba.
* Francis Whitman from ''Film/TheDarjeelingLimited'' starts out like this. He acts incredibly controlling towards his two brothers (Even ordering their meals for them at first) and has their entire journey through India already planned out. We meet his mother at the end of the movie where it turns out [[SharedFamilyQuirks she has similar qualities]].

* In ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'', the Party are extreme control freaks, and nowhere is this more evident than in the concept of {{Thoughtcrime}} -- they have made even ''thinking'' against the government a crime.
%%* In ''Literature/{{Gone}}'', Astrid.
* In Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/TheShining'' Ullman the hotel manager is like this. Jack Torrance thinks he is an "officious little prick" and this opinion is shared by more than one member of the Overlook's staff.
** Even though most of the staff consider Ullman an officious little prick, they admit that he's good at his job. Watson, the maintenance man, who HATES Ullman admits that Ullman is good at at what he does and definitely earns his salary. Ullman is the first manager of the Overlook who's ever turned a profit for the place.
** From the same author, ''Literature/{{It}}'' gives us [[DomesticAbuse Tom Rogan]], who micromanages every single aspect of his wife's life and beats her when she doesn't do ''exactly'' what he wants. It's not made entirely clear whether he carries this attitude to work with him, or if his wife is the sole victim of it.
* In ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'', there is only one correct way to do things, and that is Lady Catherine de Burgh's way... at least, in ''her'' head it is, and she's very fond of loudly and at length explaining to people what they ''should'' be doing. And as she's one of the landed gentry, people are very reluctant to disagree with her. This leads to a certain amount of tension when she eventually meets Elizabeth Bennet, who is not the sort of person to let other people push her around and bully her. [[spoiler: Especially when one of the things that Lady Catherine believes is the "wrong" way of doing things is Elizabeth getting married to Mr. Darcy...]]
* Charlie, a middle-manager in the tooth-fairy operation in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'', and the subject of the above quote. Takes severe pride in his work (making sure the cart-driver signs his paperwork), is quick to make it clear that any problems are someone else's fault, would be on a tropical island if the organisation didn't need him; and has ''never wondered'' what happens to the teeth, because that's not his job.
* Brother Jerome in the ''Literature/BrotherCadfael'' novels and [[Series/{{Cadfael}} television series]].
* Dolores Umbridge from the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series. This gets even better/worse when she quite obviously doesn't practice what she preaches. She intends on using the torturing spell, the Cruciatus Curse, on Harry to get information on Sirius' location, but Hermione says that it's illegal to use it on another human being (It is.) Umbridge decides to use it anyway since "what Fudge (the Minister of Magic) doesn't know won't hurt him!"
** Vernon and Petunia Dursley are more comedic examples of this. They're quite proud of the totally mundane middle-class life they live, and go to great lengths to keep it up. While they and their son have little trouble with this, this trope comes into play in regards to the strange things that happen because Harry's a wizard. Even seemingly harmless things, like Ron thinking he had to yell through a phone or Mrs. Weasley covering an envelope in stamps because she wasn't sure how many were meant to go on for Muggle post, get the Dursleys angry simply because they hate any magical-related things interfering with their lives.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Descent}}'' novelization, this is St. John's largest character flaw. To his credit, he does recognize this after the first book and [[CharacterDevelopment begins taking steps to tone it down]].
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has a lot of nobles who are accustomed to total obedience and so come across as this. [[ThePatriarch Tywin]] [[AbusiveParents Lannister]] takes the cake, however, as he dictates every little detail of his family's lives, and goes well past the MoralEventHorizon to prevent [[TheUnfavourite Tyrion]] "dishonouring" the family in any way. Even the family members he actually likes get disowned if they defy him, even if they were still loyal to the family.
* ''Literature/TheSagaOfSevenSuns'' has [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Chairman]] [[SmugSnake Basil Wenceslas]], whose pretensions to {{Magnificent Bastard}}ry fail because he wastes too much time and effort trying to dominate the teenage king Peter. Even though Peter is TheGoodKing, and would be quite happy to work with Basil for the good of the people, Basil's refusal to accept anything less than subservience from the "intractable" king greatly undermines his own position, and leads him into acts of petty [[KickTheDog dog-kicking]] out of simple spite. These tendencies eventually take him past the MoralEventHorizon and into his prolonged VillainousBreakdown, during which he becomes even more controlling, and alienates previously loyal subordinates.
* Alice Cullen of ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' often comes across as this. She dictates what clothes her family wears and apparently rarely allows them to wear the same things twice. Throughout the series, she also forces Bella to act as a living Barbie, making her put on make-up and dresses Alice approves of and forcing her to go to dances Bella has no interest in attending. When she finds out that Bella simply wants a shotgun wedding without any fancy ceremonies, she promptly guilt-trips Bella into letting her arrange a massive wedding, even though the Cullens periodically re-marry for public appearances and thus there's no shortage of weddings to plan. In one of the outtakes, Alice is so determined to make Bella wear an outfit she approves of that she forces Bella to wear stiletto heels while Bella's in a foot cast and on crutches, has her broken foot be given a pedicure, and gives serious thought to removing the cast early just so Bella can wear matching shoes.
* Curran from ''Literature/KateDaniels'' fits this in the extreme. He cares about his people, but it turns out that due to childhood trauma his main motivator is that he is hellbent on keeping his future family safe. Forcing the various shapeshifter Clans to make peace and work together, shaping them into the Pack single-handedly? All so his future mate would never be caught in the crossfire between Clans. Building the Keep, which is a huge sprawling castle designed to be easily defended, and can protect about 1500 shapeshifters? All so his mate and children would have a safe place to live. Unfortunately he didn't count on falling for Kate, who rebels against all authority by nature. Naturally, this causes tension.
* Arin in ''Literature/TheOutcasts'' is obsessed with order in his personal life. [[spoiler:He uses the eagles to drive away the nearby villages so that their relative disorder does not upset his life]].
* [[TheProtagonist Troll prince Tristan]] from ''Literature/MaledictionTrilogy''. He is so single-mindedly devoted to his one cause (overthrowing his father and improving the life of his subjects) that he wants to control everything: those around him (and he has [[IKnowYourTrueName magical means]] to do it), his speech and facial expressions, even his feelings for his wife. He gets called upon it. Several times.
* Warlord Leon Abbott, BigBad of ''Literature/ArtemisFowl: The Lost Colony'' and supreme leader of the demons following their exile. He expects all other demons to share his ideals, controls their lives to the point of choosing names for them when they reach adulthood, and inflict humiliating punishments on anyone who he thinks is a dissenter.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Tywin Lannister, of the highest, most unhealthy order, in that he wants to control everything and everyone. Justified in that his father being the complete polar opposite and too laid back (Laughing Lion for a reason) caused House Lannister to be in the mess it was until Tywin restored them to power during his times as Hand of the King at least.
* Mr. Conklin, the principal of Madison High School on ''Series/OurMissBrooks''. Miss Brooks once even refers to him as Madison's "beloved dictator". In "Project X", he goes so far as to bug every room in the entire school, so he can listen in from his office. The audio system works both ways, Mr. Conklin can issue orders though it as well!
* Gareth Keenan, ''Series/{{The Office|UK}}'' (and his counterpart on the [[Series/TheOfficeUS American version]] of same, Dwight Schrute).
** So is Angela Martin as the head of the party planning committee.
%%* Captain Peacock, ''Series/AreYouBeingServed''
* Arnold Rimmer ''Series/RedDwarf'' (example: he insists on meticulously inventorying the ship's massive food stocks, even though there's only two living creatures left on board and he isn't actually one of them).
%%* Monica Geller, ''Series/{{Friends}}''.
%%* Series/{{Dexter}}
%%* Barney Fife, ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow''
%%* Kate Gosselin, ''Series/JonAndKatePlusEight''.
%%* Kathleen Mead, ''Series/DegrassiJuniorHigh''
%%* Liberty Van Zandt, ''Series/DegrassiTheNextGeneration''
%%** Also, Emma Nelson. To the point where she developed anorexia.
%%** Holly J for the later seasons.
%%* Major Frank Burns, ''Series/{{MASH}}''
%%* Mr. G, ''Series/SummerHeightsHigh''.
* Carlton Lassiter from ''Series/{{Psych}}''.
** And also Henry Spencer, who once informed his son Shawn that Shawn wanted to be a cop. Shawn did not agree.
** It's implied several times that had Henry not spent so much time pushing Shawn to be a cop, "training" an eight year old in police techniques and such, Shawn might have decided to become one after all. But all that pressure caused Shawn to rebel for a different life. In one episode, Henry and Lassiter go fishing and Henry spends the entire time criticizing Lassiter on his technique and what he should be doing instead. When he sees Shawn again, Lassiter admits he now understands Shawn a bit better.
%%* Taylor Doose, perennial Town Selectman (among other things), on ''Series/GilmoreGirls''.
* Chloe in ''Series/{{Smallville}}''. She starts believing in Orwellian methods to "protect" Metropolis and the world after [[spoiler: her fiance is killed]]. This could possibly be seen as a manifestation of PTSD as a result of the aforementioned tragedy.
** Lana also could be described this way, in terms of how she treats Clark. She wants Clark to divulge all his secrets to her, whether he likes it or not, and be completely under her thumb. Whenever any of the characters doesn't initially go along with what she wants them to do, Lana typically chews them out and then stomps out of the room; by the end of most episodes, the other characters have usually capitulated and apologized to her.
** Which is nothing compared to ComicBook/LexLuthor and the lengths ''he'' goes to. Lex gradually seemed to come to the conclusion that the only way he could secure a happy existence for himself is if the people in his life are completely under his control (he himself would probably view it as "guidance", but that's a case of BelievingTheirOwnLies). Lex, like Lana, wants to know Clark's secret and is willing to go to life-threatening lengths to obtain it: sending superpowered murderers to hold Clark's family hostage in an attempt to force him to reveal any superpowers he may have (this ends up being what breaks his and Clarks' friendship). He's willing to let his dad stick around, but only as long as he's subordinate to Lex. He also misses his deceased brother and clones him so that he can have him back... but gets insanely angry when the clone no longer wants to follow the script that Lex wants him to live by. Terrifyingly, it is implied that Lex [[spoiler: has the clone killed, viewing him as a failed experiment.]] And, of course, there's the horrifying twist of late Season 6 where we learn that Lex [[spoiler: chemically-manipulated Lana's body with hormones to simulate a pregnancy, in order to help push her into marrying him, and then letting her believe that she had miscarried afterwards]], causing her to fall into a deep depression. Through it all, Lex maintains that this is all okay, because he views it as simply carving out his world and the people in it to be the way he wants them to be, and he [[{{BelievingTheirOwnLies}} tells himself that it's for their own good anyway]].
** Lex's beliefs that influence his behavior this way are possibly best summed up at the end of Season 5's Christmas episode "Lexmas", where--after considering it all episode--he decides to use dirty tricks to try and win the election he's in, saying "What I want more than anything is to live HappilyEverAfter. And do you know what the secret to living happily ever after is? *pause* ''Power.'' [[{{FamilyUnfriendlyAesop}} Money and power]]. See, once you have those two things, you can secure everything else. And ''keep'' it that way. I want to be Senator. ''I want it all.''"
* ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'': Debra and Marie are both this trope. Marie has been pulling this on the whole family for decades, using guilt to get everyone to go along with her wishes. Debra is also this trope, wanting Ray to be completely under her control, telling him when he's "allowed" to relax or spend time with his friends, beating him and emotionally tormenting him when she doesn't get her way. Arguably, a large amount of the conflict between Marie and Debra could be chalked up to the fact that they're both control freaks with competing agendas: each wants complete, uncontested control of Ray for herself, and since they can't both have this, they end up fighting, while poor Ray ends up living a miserable existence between the two of them.
* Lois on ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' has been called this, but doesn't fit it to a T. She did get called out on it by a construction worker in the second season premiere.
%%* Georg Bjarnfredarson in ''Series/{{Naeturvaktin}}'' is a textbook example.
* Cindy from Season 19 of ''Series/TheAmazingRace'' admitted to being one of these, and pretty much confirmed it by controlling her fiance throughout the season. Before the race she made him prepare with her for any possible situation, including studying geography, intensive language courses, and rock climbing
* Casey [=McDonald=] of ''Series/LifeWithDerek'' has these tendencies, exemplified when she was making a documentary about her family for a school project. She actually fired family members from the cast when they wouldn't behave the way she wanted to portray them.
* Any competitive reality game show that forces people to work together will always have at least one person being the control freak of the group that pisses everyone else off to no end.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': In the Mirror Universe, Mirror!Odo is a sadistic slave overseer who imposes his "Rules of Obedience" on the Terran slaves, so he's got some serious power and control issues.
** The entire changeling race as personified by the Female Changeling. They are absolutely obsessed with controlling every other race because they see it as the best way to protect themselves.
* Sheldon Cooper from ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' is really bad with this. He made his roommate sign an agreement dictating at what time he could go to the bathroom and that's on the more REASONABLE side of things he's done.
* ''Series/BreakingBad'': Both Walter and Skyler, though in vastly different ways. Walt has both a massive chip on his shoulder and the ability to rationalize almost anything he does to people. Skyler, though far more well-intentioned, likes to plan things out ahead of time and doesn't appreciate people veering off "script".
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'': Beckett is this for some time, especially at the beginning of the series (with Esposito calling her exactly that), but being with Castle almost every day mellows her out a lot.
%%* Kerry Weaver on ''Series/{{ER}}''.
* Ben Chang from ''Series/{{Community}}'' is this when he's not being a PsychopathicManchild.
** Jeff Winger likes to present himself as the cool guy who's permanently in control and laid-back and uncaring about everything. But whenever it starts to look like his position as leader of the group or his command over things is slipping, he gets very uptight and very tense very, very quickly. He later admits that he's one of these, and it's only because he usually is in control that he's able to act so relaxed about things.
* This is explored with one of the [[MonsterOfTheWeek Villains of the Week]] in ''Series/BurnNotice''. Timo is an extremely skilled thief specializing in banks, armored cars and other places with a vault, and he's so secretive with his plans that Michael finds it impossible to disrupt them ahead of time, and winds up with Timo holding a gun to his face more than once during the episode for asking basic questions. According to Sam, the approach has worked since Timo's suspected of being behind numerous high-end and unsolved heists yet has only been arrested once (and the only witness to said crime was "mysteriously" murdered). On the other hand, when Michael makes the job go bad, all he has to do to make the gang turn on Timo is cause Timo to be late to the gang's rendezvous (thanks to a simple flat tire) and plant an explosive nearby. The explosive could come from anywhere, but the idea that Timo's meticulous plans would somehow go wrong ''and'' that Timo would be late is so unfathomable that the entire crew jumps to the conclusion that Timo must have decided to kill them to keep all the money for himself.
* Detective Rosa Diaz in ''Series/BrooklynNineNine''. It's subtle, and she keeps it well hidden underneath a tough, intimidating and no-nonsense exterior, but a closer examination reveals that practically everything about her is designed to rigidly maintain control over every aspect of her life and relationships with others. This includes her job (being a police officer puts her in authority over others), her personality (her intimidating stoicism enables her to control people through fear of her), her personal life (she refuses to divulge any information about herself, no matter how harmless, so that no one has anything they can use against her), her relationships (she only dates certain types of men to ensure that she's always the one to end the relationship) and so on. As with Jeff Winger above, the reason she's able to maintain an unflappable exterior is that she's usually in control; whenever something does go wrong, she tends to melt down quick (she's almost reduced to tears when kids make fun of her instead of being intimidated by her, technology failing on her sends her into a violent tantrum, etc.).
* Joy from ''Series/HouseOfAnubis'' developed this trait in the second season. Whenever she was given some sort of authority, be it being in charge of setting up the school dance, being the main editor of the school blog, or being in charge of the Senet game, she had a tendency to get very pushy and stubborn, keeping everyone working and making sure they were doing things her way. Fabian eventually calls her out on this.
* Kim Kaswell on ''Series/DropDeadDiva'': According to Fred, she's more of a control freak than his last boss. Take note: Fred is an angel; his last boss was ''God''.
* ''Series/TheAffair'': In season 3 Noah's sister Nina accuses Helen of having control freak tendencies, and that she was mostly attracted to Noah because she wanted to nurture someone who was in emotional pain (Noah's mother had recently died when they met in college). She seems to be mostly oblivious to this, coming across as much more emotionally manipulative in Noah's POV than her own.
%% * ''Series/TheShield'': Vic Mackey of the Strike Team. Which makes his IronicHell in the final episode that much more ironic.
* Clara Oswald in ''Series/DoctorWho'' can be like this. She once forced the Doctor to pose as her boyfriend to her family at Christmas. He had little choice but to obey. Later, there was this gem of a conversation:
-->'''Doctor:''' Never try to control a control freak.\\
'''Clara:''' I am not a control freak!\\
'''Doctor:''' Yes, ma'am.
* Susan Harper of ''Series/MyFamily'' insists on personal intervention in every aspect of her husband's and children's lives. As a result of which many of them go to extreme lengths to keep her away. Fortunately, Janey is very good at it; having kept the identity of her own child's father a secret from her for years and secretly planned her entire wedding ceremony behind her back.


* Dennis [=DeYoung=], former keyboardist of the American rock band Styx, because musicals aren't for rock stars.
* [[Music/GunsNRoses Axl Rose]]. Offend him in the slightest and you'll end up without a job.
* [[Music/PinkFloyd Roger Waters]]. If David Gilmour is to be believed, his control-freak mode kicked in around 1977's ''Animals''. It got worse with ''Music/TheWall'', which was almost entirely his writing, and culminated in ''The Final Cut'', which infamously had the words [[IAmTheBand "Written by Roger Waters; performed by Pink Floyd"]] printed on the back cover. Then he left the band and a series of lawsuits ensued involving who had the right to use the ''Animals'' pig and whether the rest of the band had the right to use the name "Pink Floyd."
* Music/PaulMcCartney, during the final years of Music/TheBeatles. Semi-justified though, in that Lennon was preoccupied with his side projects/relationship with Yoko Ono and generally pissing off George Harrison and Ringo Starr off, to such a degree, that [=McCartney=] had to literally take over the recording sessions with an iron hand just to keep things going.
** Even after the Beatles broke up. When Music/TheBeatles version of ''Twist and Shout'' became a hit again after being in the movie ''Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff'' [=McCartney=] was upset because a marching band in the movie was playing horns on it. Never mind the original Isley Brothers version actually did have horns on it!
*** Exhibit A: "Let It Be, '''Naked'''"
** Every so often, [=McCartney=] will vocally gripe about the familiar "Lennon/[=McCartney=]" credit for Beatles songs, and how it unfairly implies that Lennon was the main creative force of the group. While this isn't an entirely unreasonable point of contention on [=McCartney=]'s part, he has also tried on several occasions to convince or force the rest of the world to start using "[=McCartney=]/Lennon" instead, at least regarding songs he was primarily responsible for writing. Given how culturally embedded "Lennon/[=McCartney=]" is by this point, this quest is quixotic at best, and he appears more or less resigned to defeat in this case.
* Noel Gallagher joined Music/{{Oasis}} on the condition of taking creative control of the group and becoming its sole songwriter. The rest of the band didn't object, though, since their own songwriting skills were limited. Noel eventually let the others write songs for the band as well.
* [[Music/CreedenceClearwaterRevival John Fogerty]]
* [[Music/{{Eagles}} Don Henley]] was one; this was a major force in the Eagles' 1980 breakup.
* So was [[Music/TalkingHeads David Byrne]]. Talking Heads finally broke up when the other members had had enough.
* Lawrence Hayward of Music/{{Felt}}. (Actually, [[IAmTheBand he was Felt]].) Among other things, he once fired a drummer for having curly hair.
* [[Music/DeepPurple Ritchie Blackmore]]. It was bad enough while he was in Deep Purple, but singer Ian Gillan and organist Jon Lord had enough clout to hold their own. There was no one to keep him in line in Music/{{Rainbow}}, however, and it showed.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ComicStrip/{{Calvin|And Hobbes}} once asked his father what the term meant. The very ''favorable'' definition he received ("That's what lazy, slipshod, careless, cut-corner workers call anyone who cares enough to do something right") led Calvin to wonder aloud, "Am I in the presence of their king? Should I kneel?"

* Former Indiana University basketball coach Bobby Knight, also known for his GeneralRipper tendencies off the court. Of course, when he was actually winning titles, nobody cared about his behavior...

* Lucy from ''Theatre/{{Thirteen}}'' is [[ClingyJealousGirl going to get her way]]. '''[[TheChessmaster Or else]]'''.
* [[Theatre/StarlightExpress ENGINES MUST OBEY CONTROL!!]] ''[[BreakTheCutie ENGINES MUST OBEY CONTROL!!]]'' '''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis DO!! WHAT!! YOU'RE!! TOLD!!!]]'''
** [[BrickJoke Subverted]] once everyone shouts: "Shut it, control!!"
* Hermia's father Egeus in ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'' is all over this. Even after his daughter refused to marry Demetrius, the man ''[[ArrangedMarriage he chose for her]]'', he had Theseus ''[[{{Blackmail}} threaten to execute her if she doesn't]]''.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'': She Who Lives In Her Name is the literal embodiment of control freakishness. Her Charmset has large chunks devoted to stripping those annoying little hairless apes of their [[TheEvilsOfFreeWill free will]] so they ''have'' to do what they're told. There's a reason she's known as the Principle of Hierarchy.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* If you're a villain with ComicBook/TheJoker as your mentor in ''VideoGame/DCUniverseOnline'', he'll comment that Brainiac is a Control Freak that "makes Batman look slightly neurotic".
* One of the female bullies, Meg, from ''VideoGame/RuleOfRose''. Highly intelligent, but inflexible, she holds the third highest spot under the Princess of the Rose.
* Andrew Ryan became this by the time of ''Videogame/{{BioShock|1}}'' as he started implementing more extreme measures to stay in control of Rapture, eventually turning Rapture into an elitist dictatorship, the kind of thing he despised.
** Sophia Lamb also, when she took over rapture she turned most of the splicers into obedient cogs of her so called perfect society, anyone who doesn't fit in or listen to her gets eliminated.
** Zachariah Comstock imprisoned his own daughter for over twenty years with only a psycho giant bird for company, and treats the minorities like animals; if they won't sit and stay, he'll order his men to hunt them down.
* The Allies in ''VideoGame/RedAlert3Paradox'' control freak tendencies end up isolating the United States when they take over the government to prevent infiltration.
* By the time of ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', The Illusive Man has gone full Control Freak. He regularly "[[BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord terminates employment]]" of scientists [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness whose work has been completed]] so there's no chance that anyone else can acquire the science, and [[spoiler:has [[BodyHorror partially huskified]] huge hordes of people to make an obedient private army in short order.]] In fact, his espoused method of dealing with the Reapers [[spoiler:is to attempt to gain control of them]].
** From the same series, Miranda Lawson's father not only genetically engineered his children to be perfect, but he uses mercenaries to try to recapture them by force when they defy him. ''Lair Of The Shadow Broker'' DLC reveals that [[spoiler: Miranda has a neoplasm in her uterus which renders her incapable of getting pregnant. The most likely explanations are that her father deliberately engineered it so that his "dynasty" would only develop along the lines he desired, or that it was the "imperfection" that prompted him to attempt to discard Miranda like he had her older sisters and create an even more perfect child in Oriana.]]
** Miranda herself also has this as an issue. It's heavily implied that she keeps a constant eye on Shepard's private messages and is overly-concerned about her sister's private life. This is in addition to originally wanting to implant a control chip in Shepard's brain when she brought him/her back to life. What separates her from her father is that her over-concern for her sister is motivated by genuine love and protectiveness, and as for the control chip, she eventually reveals to Shepard how much guilt she feels about it and practically begs him/her for forgiveness.
* Pretty much everything the [[UsefulNotes/TheKnightsTemplar Templars]] have been doing since they have existed in ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' is to control everyone in the world. The Assassins believe in free will and fight to stop them.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** Jyggalag, the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] of Order, is essentially the divine ''embodiment'' of this trope. [[KnightTemplar It is his driving mission to put the universe in perfect order]]. In an age before recorded history, the other Daedric Princes, who feared Jyggalag's growing power, came together and [[IronicHell cursed]] him into [[BecameTheirOwnAntithesis his own antithesis]], Sheogorath, the Daedric Prince of [[MadGod Madness]]. The plot of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'''s ''Shivering Isles'' expansion is [[spoiler:Jyggalag finding a way to escape this]].
** Astrid, the leader of the [[MurderInc Dark Brotherhood]] in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]''. She forced the Brotherhood to abandon the tenets that guided them for centuries in favor of her own leadership style and claimed to have authority over the Night Mother, who the Brotherhood believes to be ''the wife of their god''. When the [[PlayerCharacter Last Dragonborn]] is named Listener by the Night Mother, Astrid sees this as a threat to her authority and tries to have them killed (which backfires horribly).
* Elder Elijah, the BigBad of the ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' DLC, ''Dead Money'', par excellence. He is a brutally pragmatic man, who thinks people should be basically machines and tools to achieve his ends; he tells them what to do and they go do it, and he gets incredibly angry if they disobey or question him, or merely do things he did not expect them to do. He was once a bit more stable, but a disastrous tenure as Elder of a Brotherhood of Steel chapter cracked the shell off the nut. Now he aims to plunder the treasures of the lost Sierra Madre Casino: Noxious lingering gas cloud to wipe the Mojave clean, immaterial death ray-shooting hologram soldiers to kill anyone that tries to intervene, and bomb collars to ensure compliance of whoever survives.
* YHVH, the MadGod of Order, in the ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' series. He's the ultimate KnightTemplar, seeking to erase TheEvilsOfFreeWill from the heart of humanity, so he may reign for all time, unchanging, unending. It's not quite clear if he was always like this, [[ParanoiaFuel and signs point to "no".]]
* Staya from ''VideoGame/TinkerQuarry'' is ''determined'' to make sure everyone stays in the Dollhouse. He has written signs all over the place commanding its residents to stay where they are, and he angrily confronts anyone who he believes is trying to escape.

* ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'': Kanata, the leader of the school disciplinary committee, is ''very'' strict when it comes to rules, [[AllWorkVsAllPlay in complete contrast to unashamed troublemaker Haruka]].
* Captain Antares Fairchild in ''Visual/Novel/StarshipPromise'' demonstrates a nigh-obsessive need for control over himself and his surroundings, probably rooted at least in part in his childhood [[spoiler:growing up in poverty in a colony slum]]. His attitude is illustrated in his response when the player character asks him why he keeps fish as pets - one of the reasons he gives is that he has total control over their environment, and can thus protect them. He takes a similar though less immediately obvious attitude toward the protagonist and the crew under his command, and the constant attitude of confidence and control he puts forth inspires a great deal of faith and loyalty from them.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': Weiss' father, Jacques, dominates his children, expecting them to obey his orders without question and to lead lives and careers that further his agenda. He has no interest in their personal desires, only in what they can do to further the business interests of the Schnee Dust Company. When Weiss states she wants to leave Atlas, he imprisons her in her room; her confinement is to last until they reach an "agreement" about how her future will unfold. When Weiss realizes that Whitley has been waiting for Jacques to disinherit both daughters so that he will inherit everything, he makes it absolutely clear that there is only one way to handle Jacques: to become exactly the people Jacques demands them to be.

* In ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'', Ash's father Edward used to be this, to the point that Ash's mother abandoned them both when Ash was three. Edward has since learned from his mistakes, and subscribes to a HandsOffParenting approach with Ash.
* Miwa in ''Webcomic/NeverMindTheGap'' has tendencies of this kind, especially when aggressively playing matchmaker.
* There are a few in ''Webcomic/{{Pacificators}}'', but by far the biggest one is [[StubbornMule Muneca]]. Hoo, boy.
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', this (combined with ItsAllAboutMe) turns out to be General Tarquin's main weakness. He's so GenreSavvy that he treats everyone as elements in a narrative he's planned out, and leaps at the chance to be his heroic son's ArchnemesisDad. When Elan refuses to take the bait and insists he's a supporting character rather than the real hero, Tarquin tries to force him into the protagonist seat by attacking his friends.
-->'''Tarquin:''' I'm sorry, Elan, [[WhyDidYouMakeMeHitYou but you brought this all on yourself.]] I tried to give you a dramatically significant death scene to swear vengeance over, but you seem to prefer this... this disjointed anarchy. There's no unity of theme here at all!
-->'''Elan:''' [[ThisIsThePartWhere Didn't we... already do the scene...]]where you try to convince me to do things your way?
-->'''Tarquin:''' (grabbing Elan, face twisted with rage) Yes, and it didn't go right, so we are [[VillainousBreakdown DOING IT AGAIN]]. And we will CONTINUE to do it until you understand that it is in your best interest to...
* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': In the prologue, Ulrika Västerström acts like this. She berates her husband for taking too long to pick up the newspaper in an abandonned gas station, and doesn't let her husband's parents or daughter leave the car during the stop despite at least one of them needing to use the bathroom. Later, when her husband's parents and daughter start rioting against basic demands not being met, she dangerously swerves the car to calm everyone down. Since she happens to be driving everyone to the family private cabin to escape ThePlague, it's hard to tell if it's her usual attitude or just her being on the edge about what's going on.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Mr. Herriman from ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' is very strict and proper when it comes to enforcing the rules in Foster's home. The one time he ''does'' become laid back, the house eventually turns into chaos.
* Hermes Conrad, ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' is a parody in two ways; first, he knows what he is and revels in it; second, he also has elements of the stereotypical laid-back Jamaican interspersed with his ObstructiveBureaucrat persona.
* Frylock from ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' is usually the straight man and voice of reason, but some of his more pathetic moments approach a Control Freak (especially when he's trying to entertain anyone).
* Mechanicles in ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'', though he was more of an obsessive-compulsive flavour, with dashes of scheduling mania.
* Principal Skinner on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has shades of this, though his war stories are never to impress anyone, more to traumatise them. This is the main reason he'll never impress his boss, the more laid-back Superintendent Chalmers, since he gets on Chalmers's nerves.
* Earl of Lemongrab of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime.'' He's a failed science experiment, how well would you EXPECT someone like that to rule a kingdom?! Also Goliad, as an evil (and scary) example.
** Princess Bubblegum is a low-key example. Granted her kingdom is full of people who can barely take care of themselves. But she can be rather short-sighted in a few decisions and often go to questionable methods that border on this trope.
* One showed up in the last ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'' episode. Courage defeats her when his imperfectness proves to be too much for her to handle.
* Jen from ''WesternAnimation/{{Sixteen}}'', being pretty obviously the Monica of the ''Series/{{Friends}}''-based group, gets accused of being this fairly often.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', Stan Smith is such a Control Freak that [[{{God}} the Almighty Himself]] called him out on it:
--> '''God:''' Stop trying to control everything!
--> '''Stan:''' I don't do that!
--> '''God:''' Stan, you're holding a gun to God's head. I mean, I can't even think of a metaphor that's better than this, and I'm a published poet.
** Though this can also be considered an aversion as Stan actually has very little control over his life. He doesn’t want Haley to date Jeff, he moves in. He doesn't want another baby, Francine tries to rape him. And while Hayley’s actions are usually given the excuse of his harsh rules, they’re usually things like don’t come in pass curfew, don’t drink while underage, don’t steal monkeys and keep them in the house. Its reach the point where the family does the complete opposite of what he says the moment he says it.
*** This is perfectly exemplified in “Wiener of Our Discontent” where [[SpoofAesop the Aesop]] was that Stan doesn't have the right to deny Roger control over all human life just because he felt he didn't have any control over his.
*** A later episode implies that his control freakiness is a direct result of his lack of control, as a close brush with death resulted in him going on a miniatures craze that causes him to use a shrink Ray to shrink down and live in the mini town he built.
* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' with Rebecca Cunningham, the boss of Higher for Hire. While she has a rather shrill attitude and frequently manipulates or bullies Baloo and the others into following her schemes, she fails to have much intimidation over them or take much action against their own incompetent or obnoxious habits, leading her to come off more as a bossy friend than a domineering boss.
* Menlo from ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has [[BigBad Ozai]] and [[TheDragon Azula]]. They both demand total obedience and subservience from their underlings, and the former permanently scarred and banished his son simply for speaking out of turn. The latter is an extreme perfectionist whose "friends" only follow her because they're terrified of disobeying her.
** [[TyrantTakestheHelm Councilman]] [[TheChessmaster Tarrlok]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''
*** It's also Kuvira's core character trait in the final season. [[WellIntentionedExtremist She genuinely wants to do what's best for her people]], but her obsession with controlling everything causes her to turn into a villain.
* One could interpret the Warden from ''WesternAnimation/{{Superjail}}'' as being this. Despite his PsychopathicManchild personality and propensity for ridiculous schemes, one should remember that he is still a totalitarian dictator who runs every nook and cranny of his domain with complete disregard for its imprisoned inhabitants. Anyone who disobeys his orders or even question his ideas (I'm looking at you Jared) is either completely ignored, bullied until they comply, or even outright killed if they hinder his "controlled chaos".
** Also happens when he replaces his faithful robot, Jailbot, with a more advanced model named Jailbot 2.0. Said robot was completely dedicated to organizing the prison as much as possible, sterilizing its rowdy and chaotic environment and even disobeying its own creator for the sake of cold-hard efficiency.
* Twilight Sparkle from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' though a low key one at best. Princess Celestia had sent her to Ponyville in the hopes of easing her off of this as well as learning the meaning of friendship. Though it was mostly successful, the other ponies still sometimes have to deal with Twilight's SuperOCD tendencies and occasionally pious attitude.
* 3rd season BigBad of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' Brother Blood has this, big time. Put bluntly, Blood has mind-control powers, and doesn't like it when his targets break free or resist. This is what leads to his obsession with Cyborg, as noted by the creators on the DVD commentary; Brother Blood has finally met someone who can't be controlled, and it gets under his skin so much that Blood goes to extremes to find out what's causing that.
* Brendon in ''WesternAnimation/HomeMovies'' when it comes to having to direct someone else's film. As explored when his musician, Dwanye, asked that he help make a rock opera based on Franz Kafka. You'd think he be honored by this. But nope, Brendon is just a sour puss throughout the whole procedure because it wasn't ''his'' script.
* Benson from ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' episode "Return of Mordecai and the Rigbys".
* WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}} can sometimes be one of these to her friends.
-->'''Kaeloo (during a game she suggested that the others play)''': This is my game, and I'll do whatever I want!

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Of course, this is also TruthInTelevision. There are people at school or work who either demand that [[KnowNothingKnowItAll they tell the rest of the group what to do since they know best]] or [[GeneralRipper forcibly push their own ideas onto the others without listening to the opinions of the other people]], especially when they [[InsufferableGenius think]] that they are [[NeverMyFault faultless]].
** Certain co workers tend to freak out if cleaning is done wrong not exactly how they want it
** Whether it's school, college, or business, no matter how "well-intended" the Control Freak's contributions and/or help may be, [[LampshadeHanging it never ends well for anyone involved... the controllers themselves]] ''[[YouHaveFailedMe included]]''.
** Then again, it is sometimes useful to have someone take charge of the situation, such as in an emergency, if [[ApatheticCitizens no one else is doing so]]- assuming that they are prepared to give up control should someone more qualified show up.
* Control freaks can also pop up in cooperative video games. In games where massive teamwork is necessary, there will sometimes be a player who will constantly tell other players what to do and treat them like they never played the game before.
** And more often than not, the people who constantly bark orders are usually the players with the least amount of skill in the team. Bonus points if said "commander" gets into trouble by his own accord and [[NeverMyFault blames the rest of the team for the mishap.]]
* StopHavingFunGuys and {{Scrub}}s fall under this. The former will criticize you for playing the game "wrong" while the latter will yell at you for not playing by their house rules.
* Totalitarian dictators and authoritarian rulers in general are control freaks by nature. Nothing angers them worse than people who won't go along with whatever they want them to do, which is why SecretPolice and other systems are frequently put in place.
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obsessive%E2%80%93compulsive_personality_disorder Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder]] ([[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant no, NOT Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder]]) can definitely turn a person into this, in a mentally crippling way.
* Creator/DougWalker admits he's this in products he has a say in, but mixes it with his usual GuiltComplex. He only wants to do all the work by himself so he can freely say ItsAllMyFault if people don't like it.
* We've all had that friend, either abusive or not, who does this.

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