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[[caption-width-right:270:The smile says, "Yes, mommy." The eyes say, "[[ThousandYardStare I'm dead inside]]."]]

->'''Cosmo:''' I am not a mama's boy!\\
'''Mama Cosma:''' Yes you are!\\
'''Cosmo:''' Yes, mama.
-->--''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', "Apartnership!"

If a guy is excessively devoted to his mother and he's not obviously a [[SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan manly man, then he will be seen as a sensitive guy]] even if he doesn't act like one. His mother might try to completely dominate his life, to the point of telling him who to marry (and if he disobeys then she'll try to ruin his relationship or at least ruin her life too), turning him into a Momma's Boy: hopeless with women, timid, weak, and lacking the spirit to stand up to his mother. His father will be absent or [[HenpeckedHusband just as browbeaten]]. On the other hand, if he does stand up to her then he's not a Momma's Boy, even though she's still MyBelovedSmother.

Young examples are shown sympathetically, older ones are usually AcceptableTargets because no one can be [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas a badass]] if he always obeys his mother's instructions (unless she's encouraging him to be a {{badass}} which would make her more of an ActionMom). Note the DoubleStandard in this trope, as a girl with a controlling father is almost never PlayedForLaughs.

A young boy has a better chance of escaping mommy's patronage than an adult -- who will, if anything, end up with a domineering wife instead. Sometimes an OedipusComplex is involved. Rescue is unlikely: there aren't many {{Action Girl}}s running around looking for poor oppressed boys. So there's the real danger that Momma's boy will grow old alone, until [[MyBelovedSmother smother]] dies, when it's too late to change their ways and set right what went wrong.

To every Momma's Boy there is a [[MyBelovedSmother Boy's Momma]], of course.

Although the trope is usually played as inherently negative, it can also be portrayed in a more positive light, becoming essentially a [[GenderFlip gender-inversion]] of DaddysGirl in which mother and son are simply very close and utterly adore each other, often to the exclusion of the father (if he's even around to begin with); and while the well-meaning mother might naturally welcome the idea of her son getting hooked, the usual doting and spoiling with which she treats her son might be a bit overwhelming for potential {{Love Interest}}s... if she didn't accidentally scare them off with her overprotectiveness first. This form is still likely to be PlayedForLaughs, but in a more endearing way.

Compare EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas. See MommyIssues for when this trope gets violent. See also AllTakeAndNoGive. The DistaffCounterpart, DaddysGirl, is less often portrayed as inherently a bad thing.

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]
* Gohan and Goten in ''Anime/DragonBallZ''. In ''Anime/DragonBallGT'', Goten is nearly thirty and still living with Mom, while Gohan is pushing forty and lives right next-door with his wife and daughter. Chichi is overly strict with Gohan and seems to have realized her mistakes and been overly lenient with Goten, but both sons love her dearly.
* Ash Ketchum from ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''. [[JustifiedTrope Why wouldn't he be one?]] His mother is [[DisappearedDad the only family he has]], and he understandably flips out if something bad happens to her (see also: the third movie, ''Spell of the Unown''). To be fair, even a non-Momma's Boy would flip if their mother was in mortal danger.
* A quite weird case is shown in ''Manga/DetectiveConan''. [[spoiler:Conan and the detective kids actually find a "haunted house" where a mother keeps her son locked in the basement to wait until StatuteOfLimitations past, even when the guy ''is'' guilty and ''does'' want to go to jail for his crime. Eventually, Conan helps the culprit convince his mother to let him go and turn himself in.]]
* Kunio Murai from ''Manga/GreatTeacherOnizuka'' is ''incredibly'' overprotective from his mother to an obnoxious and paranoaic extreme. He hates when someone gets close to her, dislikes thinking maybe someday she'll remarry, and his BerserkButton is people getting pervy over her.
* Subverted in ''HajimeNoIppo''. Ippo and Volg both adore their mothers and they're ''huge'' parts of their lives, but both Hiroko and Mrs. Volg are [[OpenMindedParent caring and loving women who do not dominate their boys]].
* Edward and Alphonse Elric from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' both dearly loved their mother Trisha, so much that they didn't want to accept her death and attempted to revive her.
* [[MoeAnthropomorphism Greece]] from ''AxisPowersHetalia'' remains devoted to the memory of his mother long after her death, working to excavate the ruins and pass on the myths she left behind. This is not portrayed negatively (his mother ''was'' the great AncientGreece, after all) and while some fanfics have his SitcomArchnemesis Turkey mock him with this trope, it's usually presented as just a petty insult and Greece's relationship with his mother is usually portrayed positively/sympathetically in them.
* Sometimes in [[JungleWaItsumoHaleNochiGuu Hare+Guu]]; even though Hare often gets fed up with his HardDrinkingPartyGirl mother, he is still quite devoted.
* Wallace in the first ''DigimonAdventure02'' movie is shown to be this, calling his mother several times during the course of the movie. Daisuke chides him for this, [[FreeRangeChildren although from a realistic standpoint . . . .]]
* Takashi in ''Manga/{{Nicoichi}}'' is extremely attached to his mother such that when she passed away in a traffic accident when he was two, he kept on clamouring for her without knowing she could never return, forcing his new guardian (and protagonist of the series) to assume the [[WholesomeCrossdresser role of a mother]] and kickstarting the plot.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Ichigo was one when he was younger. Yes, '''[[PerpetualFrowner that]]''' [[{{Badass}} Ichigo]]. Back then, he used to be a major crybaby, but whenever his mom appeared he would stop and would immediately smile. She was the center of not only his world, but his family as well. Her death is what caused him to be what he is today.
* Side material for ''LightNovel/FateZero'' says that the most effective counter to Rider is his mother. A completely JustifiedTrope: [[spoiler: this particular Rider is Alexander the Great, who ''was'' a MommasBoy in history.]]
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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* Franchise/{{Superman}} is very much a momma's boy and will proudly proclaim to anyone who asks (and those who don't) that his mother made his costume for him. (Though in the New52 era it looks like some kind of Kryptonian armor.)
* Perhaps the ultimate example in comics is Peter Parker alias Spider-Man, although to be pedantic he really is an Auntie's Boy.
* Chas Chandler in ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}''.
* The ''ComicBook/WhizzerAndChips'' character ''Mummy's Boy'', but he is only a boy, there's time.
* The ''{{Viz}}'' character Sid the Sexist - also a grown-up virgin and [[AManIsNotAVirgin ashamed of it]], hence constant [[SexAsRiteOfPassage crass attempts to get laid]]
* ComicBook/WarMachine has some characteristics of this trope. He tries to do good deeds like stopping acts of genocide and thwarting likes of [[Comicbook/DarkReign Norman Osborn]] so his mother can be proud of him.
* In ''ComicBook/CerebusTheAardvark'', the pub owner [[PunnyName Pud Withers]] is very devoted to his mother, to the point that his diary entries are addressed to her [[spoiler:even though she's dead]]. He even apologizes to her as he's praying to Tarim for forgiveness for [[spoiler:almost forcing himself on Jaka]].

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[[folder:Film]]

* Norman Bates from ''Film/{{Psycho}}'' must be the creepiest and most dominated example of this in film history. Even though [[spoiler: he killed his mother, she still dominates him from beyond the grave.]]
* Alex Sebastian from ''Film/{{Notorious}}''. He's not as obvious an example as Norman Bates, but his mother still has her hooks in good and deep. [[spoiler: Alex manages to stand up to her by marrying Alicia. Unfortunately, Alicia turns out to be a American spy, and so Alex's mother is able to step in and exert control again]]
** Bruno Anthony, from ''Film/StrangersOnATrain'', is another dark [[Creator/AlfredHitchcock Hitchcock]] example.
* Lionel from ''Film/{{Braindead}}'' (also called ''Dead Alive'') is a perfect example. He's so emotionally dependent on his mother that after she gets zombified he hides her in the basement, unable to bring himself to destroy her. [[spoiler:That is, until he learns she killed his father for having an affair. That knowledge lets him break free just in time for the final battle.]]
* Grendel in ''Film/{{Beowulf}}''. It's more obvious in TheMovie.
* Mikey in...''Momma's Man.''
* Raymond Shaw, the protagonist of ''TheManchurianCandidate'', is controlled utterly by his mother, to perhaps the most frightening possible degree.
* Owen in ''Film/ThrowMommaFromTheTrain''.
* German comedy ''Ödipussi''. He gets better, which is symbolized when he pulls down his mother's hat over her face.
* Ernest Borgnine's title character in ''Marty''. His cousin Tommy is one too.
* The title character in ''Film/{{Cyrus}}'' is one... except that he's the one that's manipulative and controlling.
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[[folder: Folk Lore ]]
* In many European folk tales (for instance among the UsefulNotes/{{Romani}}), TheDevil is sometimes described living in hell together with his mother and grandmother. (Since he can't be a married man obviously - marriage is a Catholic sacrament.) That makes this also a case of TheDevilIsALoser.
* More "heroic" example: in GreekMythology, the demi-god and hero Perseus was ''very'' protective of his beautiful mother, Danae. His adventures kickstarted when she was courted by an evil king who wanted her as his wife and him dead, so he tasked the guy with bringing him [[TakenForGranite the monster Medusa's head]], and thus began Perseus's ComingOfAge story...
* Another example from GreekMythology is Hypnos, the god of sleep. He once sent Zeus to sleep so Hera could dick with Heracles without her husband finding out. When Zeus woke up, he was understandably pissed, so Hypnos ran off and hid behind his mother, Nyx, the AnthropomorphicPersonification of night, and one of the few things in creation more powerful than an angry Zeus.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The title character from the novel ''Literature/PortnoysComplaint''.
* Neville Longbottom from ''Literature/HarryPotter''. Since his mother Alice is [[TheOphelia mentally broken]] from many years ago and so is his father Frank, his grandmother Augusta raised him. She has him completely under her thumb, but while that is played for laughs, he eventually gains courage and his grandmother's pride of him during the GrandFinale.
* Eddie Kaspbrak from Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/{{IT}}'' is a former Momma's Boy with a domineering wife but manages to be kind of a hero too.
** Another King example would be Larry Underwood from ''Literature/TheStand'', though to a lesser degree.
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures novel ''The Blue Angel'' is an AlternateUniverse in which the Doctor is kind of one of these. (He's also AmbiguouslyGay -- Freud wouldn't have been surprised.) He's about forty and she's still trying to meddle in his personal life. To be fair, she's [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent a mermaid]] who lives in a normal house in a nice little village and is therefore stuck in a wheelchair, and he's pretty far off his rocker -- it makes sense they'd need each other's help. He lampshades it -- as he has a bad leg when he goes to visit his mother, he comments on being reminded of Theatre/OedipusRex. Interestingly, even in the several paragraphs of {{backstory}} about his childhood, his father is never mentioned, although an ex-boyfriend of his mother is.
* ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'': Fëanor. He never knew his mother, but was ferociously devoted to her memory; he took personal offense when people mispronounced her name.
* In ''Literature/PercyJacksonandTheOlympians'', Percy Jackson adores his mother and would do anything for her. His [[ParentalAbandonment dad]], though...
* Similar to Percy, Nick Gautier in ''Literature/TheDarkHunters'' is a troubled magical teen who loves his mother to death, and insulting/harming her is his one BerserkButton - though comparing him to his scumbag of a dad comes close, too.
* ''Literature/The39Clues'' has a few- [[CoughSnarkCough *cough*Ian and Jonah*cough*]].
* Webcomic/BobAndGeorge [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/050426c Dr. Light tries to create one]].
* Paul Atreides in ''Literature/{{Dune}}''. That Momma's Boy ain't no Momma's Boy!
* Literature/{{Oblomov}} shares many characteristics with them, although his father isn't absent and also never shown to be a typical HenpeckedHusband.
* Literature/InDeath series: Bobby from ''Memory In Death'' is this for his mother Trudy Lombard. He is told by Eve at the end that his ManipulativeBitch of a wife killed his ManipulativeBitch of a mother, and she would have killed him too. He knows that she is giving it to him straight, but he is unable to accept it. He is a victim to Eve cannot reach, and is clearly pitiable.
* In John Gardner's ''Literature/{{Grendel}}'', which is Beowulf told from the monster's point of view, Grendel was quite the little Mama's Boy as a lad.
** It including hurling himself at his mother when he became frightened (or when he feels horribly displaced or 'obscene'), followed by a very vague implied comfort-nursing. Since Grendel is recalling it in first-person, he ''remembers'' this.
*** His traumatic growing up scene begins with straying out too far into the morning, following the scent of a newborn calf. He finds it to be "as sweet as his mama's milk". Once again, he ''remembers''. How old was he when this happened... eleven, maybe?
** In his adult life, he inverts from being a Mama's Boy a little, despising his mother's apparently inability to speak or desire to leave their cave.
*** And yet he always returns to her, with Mama trying to keep him from leaving her until he actually picks her up and puts her aside. Literally and figuratively. She didn't react well to "being put aside" and never tries to stop him from leaving again. Which is where Beowulf later kills him.
* In ''Literature/ReturntoNeverend'', David Inari's reaction to his mother's death caused him to withdraw from society at large and stop visiting the land he and she had created. [[spoiler:His fixation is responsible for creating the White Queen.]]
* In Creator/PGWodehouse's work, usually a sign of WrongGuyFirst -- though he can also be the hero of the BetaCouple.
** Derek in ''Jill the Reckless''.
* ''Literature/TrappedOnDraconica'': Kalak idolized his mom as the ideal warrior. She's the main reason he wants [[EvilOverlord Gothon]]'s head on a stick.
* Ivan Vorpatril in the Literature/VorkosiganSaga.
* Christopher in ''Literature/FlowersInTheAttic'' will not tolerate any criticism or questioning of their mother, no matter how terrible things get as they spend years locked in the attic.
* David Rain from [[Literature/{{Dragons}} The Last Dragon Chronicles]].
* ''Literature/TheRifter'': Fikiri. Represented as being very attached to his mother at a young age, and not growing away from her, and also being cowardly and petty. [[spoiler:She is burned as a witch, and Fikiri blames John, whom he already hated, but this cements an undying enmity.]] Not that it’s shown to be wrong, in general, to love and look up to your mother: the warm relationship between Saimura and his mother Ji demonstrates that.
* ''ASongOfIceAndFire'' has a few. In a number of flavours. In the outright creepy corner, we have Robert "Sweetrobin" Arryn and his Epic-class MyBelovedSmother Lysa -- this pair manage one of the most horrible takes on the trope you'd ever hope not to meet -- the poor boy is so smothered, his ''physical'' health is directly impacted, not just his mental. In the mixed-bag section, we have Cersei Lannister and her two boys. One isn't what you'd expect in a typical [[DeconstructedTrope Momma's Boy]] at all. Except, she went out to emotionally cripple our [[StupidEvil implusive]] [[RoyalBrat Joffrey]] quite handily. Tommen, however... is the trope played both sweetly and very, very straight. For more marginal examples, there are Brandon Stark and Samwell Tarly. Deliberate it wasn't in either case: but, they're their mothers' darlings. Thankfully, they are among the most lightly smothered you'll find still kind of meeting this trope. And, as far as Sam is concerned, it's unclear how much is actually a case of "''really'' didn't get along with [[AbusiveParents Monster Dad]], so had only one other option". Most of their sufferings have little to do with this trope, in fact. There are a few more knocking about the series, both in the backstory and the main one, but these are the big ones.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Dabney from ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' takes this trope to a hilarious extreme when Dabney says "I know you think I'm a momma's boy", in which Malcolm replies "No, the momma's boys are laughing at you with their mothers!".
* Sylar from ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' is definitely an example.
** Also the Petrelli boys, in a BIG way.
* Hoyt from ''Series/TrueBlood''
* Textbook case: Buster Bluth from ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment''. This provides fertile ground for a ''lot'' of incest jokes. (For instance, his first girlfriend is a woman of his mother's age with the same name.)
* To a large extent, Ray Barone in ''EverybodyLovesRaymond''.
* Frank Pike in ''Series/DadsArmy''.
* Howard Sprague in ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow''.
* ''Series/PushingDaisies'': [[spoiler: John Joseph Jacobs]]
* Cliff Clavin in ''Series/{{Cheers}}''.
** Lampshaded by Fraiser Crane when he meets Cliff's mother in one episode:
-->"I suddenly have this image of [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Cliff]] as being heroically well-adjusted."
* Surprisingly, ''[[Series/HellsKitchen Chef Gordon Ramsay]]''. Yes, I said [[DrillSergeantNasty Gordon]] [[ClusterFBomb Ramsay]]. He actually cleans up his language around her.
* Al Borland from ''Series/HomeImprovement'', later overlapped by MyBelovedSmother.
* Ted from ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', occasionally taking it to creepy levels.
* Ronnie Corbett's character Timothy Lumsden from ''Sorry'', whole point of the series, which outstayed its welcome despite BritishBrevity.
* Brutus on ''Series/{{Rome}}'' is controlled and manipulated by his mother Servilia, to the point of betraying his father figure to the death. Though at one point in season one he goes against her wishes, and sides with Pompey in the civil war.
* Tiberius from ''Series/IClaudius'' is his mother's favourite. Unfortunately, this means that his life is not his own, and he is the constant focus of her manipulations. He may say that he resents her actions, and sulk a lot, but he goes along with her schemes.
* Howard Wolowitz from ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''. In fact, this is what elevates him from merely practicing InformedJudaism.
** To lesser degrees, there's also Sheldon, whose mother still treats him like a child and is the only person who can tell him what to do, and Raj, who is frequently lectured via web-cam by his parents in India, who he still calls mummy and daddy.
*** Leonard, meanwhile, is NOT overly fond of his mother.
* Vinton Harper in ''Series/MamasFamily''. Despite being a grown adult, he still lives in the basement of his mother's house with his wife and always succumbs to his mother's strong iron will and a stronger temper. Even on the few occasions where he does back talks to his mother, he later feels guilty about it.
* William, later known as Spike, in flashbacks on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. He is devoted to his mother as a human (and it's his first defining relationship), and turns her into a vampire after Drusilla turns him because she was dying of tuberculosis. [[IHateYouVampireDad She's not particularly grateful, though,]] so he stakes her, though it obviously pains him to do it. This is also the root of his attraction to Drusilla, as his sire.
* Mr. Wick in ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow''. Mimi offending her once managed to press his BerserkButton.
* A ''Series/{{Mash}}'' episode finds Frank Burns wigging out after sometime-girlfriend Hot Lips announces her engagement to another man. He winds up blubbering to his "mommy" on the phone.
** Frank was also frequently depicted as regarding Hot Lips herself as a kind of surrogate mother figure...making their relationship more than a little {{squick}}-y.
*** When Radar asked why Frank would be upset that his wife found out about his affair because it would free him to marry Margaret, Hawkeye responds, "He doesn't want to leave mommy.".
* Nina from ''JustShootMe'' dated a hunky actor who was really a momma's boy. It wasn't till the end of that episode that he showed how much of a momma's boy he really was.
* Ducky of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' is a subversion, as due to his mother's dementia he's caring for her.
* Jack from ''Series/ThreesCompany''. Although his mother only ever appears on the show once, his catch phrase is practically "Mommy!"
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Vampires of Venice" had the villain's son be this. When Rory insults him, he goes after him ''with a rapier'', eventually turning off his perception filter so he could rip him apart.
* Gene Simmons of ''Series/GeneSimmonsFamilyJewels'' is a self proclaimed momma's boy.
* Mr. Humphries from ''Series/AreYouBeingServed''.
* Luke Smith from ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' absolutely ''adores'' his mother. The adoration is mutual and not in any way creepy. In fact, their relationship is the heart of the show. Even sweeter because Luke is adopted.
* Jason Teague of ''Series/{{Smallville}}'''s fourth season is a scary example, functioning as his EvilMatriarch of a mother's [[TheDragon Dragon]]. She's more or less destroyed his self-esteem to the point where he can't do anything else.
* Mitchell on ''ModernFamily'' is said to be this by his partner Cameron:
-->There's a fish in nature that swims around with its babies in its mouth. That fish would look at Mitchell's relationship with his mother and say, "That's messed up."
** Cameron's not one to talk though as he's very close to '''his''' mother. To the extent that he doesn't believe Mitchell when he says she's always inappropriately touching him.
* The 2009 NBC reality dating show called, appropriately enough, ''Momma's Boys'', centered around three momma's boys whose mothers were along for the ride as the young men took part in the game to find a girlfriend. The show had many notable moments, among them:
** One of the frontrunners for firefighter Michael was Erica Ellyson, the 2008 ''Penthouse'' Pet of the Year. Erica was terrified to tell Michael and his mother, Lorraine, about this fact, but she eventually came clean to both. Ironically, Michael was the one who expressed doubt as to whether or not he should ultimately choose Erica, while Lorraine actually encouraged him to choose her ("I have a choice between a doctor and a ''Penthouse'' Pet... and my mom wants me to choose the ''Penthouse'' Pet!"). [[spoiler: Michael ended up not choosing Erica, but Erica and Lorraine had become close in spite of this. After the show and after the expiration of her contract with ''Penthouse'', Erica went to Florida to visit Lorraine.]]
** Jewish real estate broker Rob was clearly smitten with Camilla and was shown to have plenty of chemistry with her, but [[JewishMother his mother]], Esther, disapproved of Rob's choice because Camilla was black. Though she did not explicitly mention Camilla's race, Esther strongly hinted her disapproval of such by telling Rob, "Think of what the Passover table will look like," when trying to press him to choose a girl named Lauren. When Rob tried to plead his case by asking Esther, "What about my happiness?" in response to Esther's demand that he make her happy (by choosing Lauren), Esther coldly replied that she didn't care. [[spoiler: Rob eventually caved in to his mother and chose Lauren to go with him on a romantic island trip, but was reported to have returned home from the trip after just one day, and without Lauren.]]
** Khalood, mother of hockey player Jojo, famously insisted that her potential daughter-in-law not be black, Asian, Latino, "fat butt," Jewish, and so forth; Khalood wanted a girl who was "white, petite, and do what I tell her to." Her litany upset many of the girls, and created tension between them and her. When Jojo went out on a date with African-American Misty, Khalood demanded that the producers fly her via helicopter so that she could spy on them. Upon seeing Jojo and Misty in a hot tub embracing, Khalood became enraged. When the time came for the mothers to choose between two girls for one of their sons' two final dates (their sons would choose a different girl for the other final date), Khalood decided to deny both girls the final date and punctuated her decision by ripping up the plane ticket that was meant for whoever she had chosen. During her "final date" with Jojo, Khalood took the squick factor UpToEleven when her comments about "her" Jojo being handsome and sexy came across sounding like she was sexualy attracted to him herself. [[spoiler: Jojo, much to Khalood's disappointment, chose to go away with Mindy instead of going home with her. Khalood was offered counseling by the show's producers, which she rejected.]] She's since made multiple appearances on ''Dr. Phil,'' showing she's just as bad with her daughter's husband.
* ''Film/FrankieHowerdRatherYouThanMe'': Frankie and his mum are very close. His dad isn't on the scene because [[his mother threw him out when he discovered that he was a child molester.]]
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[[folder:Music]]
* The Suzi Quatro song "Mama's Boy"; she wishes he was more manly.
* The Wilco song "Misunderstood" has the line ''You know you're just a mama's boy''.
* BritneySpears says "Go run to your mother" after a rather Dramatic break up in the song of the same title. Implying the boy this song is about is a mommy's boy.
* The Franchise/EvilliousChronicles' character Hansel is a rare PlayedForDrama example: His MommyIssues make him obsessed with anyone who looks like his mother. He also...[[AxCrazy isn't]] [[CreepyChild the sort]] [[ObliviouslyEvil you'd expect for this trope.]]
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[[folder:Radio]]
* Dennis Day on ''TheJackBennyProgram''.
* Arthur Shappey of ''Radio/CabinPressure''.
-->'''Mr. Burling:''' You're twenty-eight, you have a ridiculous job, and you still live with your mother.\\
'''Arthur:''' Well, yeah, but not in the "ooh, still lives with his mother" way people are thinking when they laugh about it. I just live with her because we get on really well, like friends, so why pay rent?\\
'''Mr. Burling:''' That is precisely what people are thinking when they laugh about it.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* ''Theatre/OedipusRex''. Now excuse me while I get the BrainBleach.
** In his defence, he [[SelfFulfillingProphecy didn't know]] until after the {{Squick}}. And in fact [[EyeScream his immediate reaction]] was the UrExample of BrainBleach.
* Prince Dauntless in ''OnceUponAMattress'' (which is [[IntentionallyAwkwardTitle not what it might sound like]]).
* Albert Peterson in ''Theatre/ByeByeBirdie''.
* Mitch in ''AStreetcarNamedDesire''.
* Nero in ''Britannicus''. The play describes Nero's attempt to break free from Agrippina. It ends badly.
* The title character of Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/{{Coriolanus}}'' is presented as upholding [[KnightTemplar the most rigid ultra-conservative version of Roman virtue]] in order to impress his mother, and suffers a VillainousBreakdown when his mother denounces him for turning against Rome because the city had [[DefectorFromDecadence failed to live up to his ideals]].
* The title character of ''Albert Herring'' is often teased for living under his mother's thumb. Being crowned King of the May only heightens his shame, and he decides he needs to cut loose in the worst way.
* In ''Theatre/PokemonLive'', Delia sees Ash as this, although he wants to get out of it and be a man. It turns out Delia wants Ash to remain like this in order to protect him from Team Rocket.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** Would Sephiroth from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' be a twisted take? Thanks to ''AdventChildren'', it's even more twisted!
** Extra credit for being a more spiritual sort of "motherhood" [[spoiler: courtesy of the Jenova cells Sephiroth was originally infected with, and also courtesy of Jenova not even being determinately female or necessarily even fully aware of it]]. It's definitely how Sephiroth acts about the whole affair, though.
*** He might just have delusions that his imaginary Mother loves him and would like him to turn the planet into their own personal family barbecue, then using it as a transport to go to new planets to eat at, as it is unknown how Jenova can even communicate with him.
** Cloud is a positive take on this trope, having been raised by a single mother.
** Good ol' Seymour Guado from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''. The guy's got some massive [[OedipusComplex Oedipal issues]]. Though the hate he has of his father completely overrides the love for his mother. Unlike a certain other Final Fantasy Momma's Boy...
** Hope Estheim from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII''.
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'':
** Pelleas from ''Radiant Dawn'' would probably qualify, [[spoiler: if he were actually Almedha's son]]. Tibarn even calls him a Momma's Boy.
** Morgan of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', if the [[PlayerCharacter Avatar]] is female. [[spoiler:Enough so that he stands with her even after she gets ''[[GrandTheftMe possessed by an]] EldritchAbomination.'']]
*** While Morgan's friend Brady loves his mother [[spoiler: Maribelle]] dearly, he criticises her at some point because, since she once was a MyBelovedSmother to him, he turned out to become this [[spoiler: and couldn't save her from death.]]
* In ''BatenKaitos Origins'', one of Sagi's defining character traits is his love for his mother, and many of the decisions he makes throughout the game are attempts to help or please her. It later leads to one of his best moments.
* In ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', about half of the Scout's lines that aren't insults are related in some way to [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas his beloved 'ma]]... The other half is bragging.
* [[spoiler:Walter Sullivan]], the BigBad from ''SilentHill4: The Room'', believes that an ''apartment'' is his mother. It only gets [[MindScrew weirder from there]].
* {{Badass}} and ScaryBlackMan Sig in the ''JakAndDaxter'' series, who reminisces about his mother telling him stories and handing him warm milk and his "little Poopsie Bear" when he was a child. (He's about the only character whose mother has even been ''mentioned'' besides Keira, which puts him one up on the rest of the world.)
* ''TokimekiMemorial Girl's Side'''s flamboyant artist, Mihara Shiki, loves his mommy and doesn't mind saying so. In this case it's not exactly presented as a negative so much as simply an indication of his quirkiness - for example, in one of his events he drapes himself against a bust he made of his mother, lamenting that she's not there right now, giving the heroine the impression that his mother is dead... but no, she's at home making dinner.
* Jin Kazama from the highly-popular 3D fighting series ''{{Tekken}}''.
* One staple of the ''{{MOTHER}}'' series is that the protagonists all have really, really good relationships with their moms. [[spoiler: This gets PlayedForDrama in the [[VideoGame/{{Mother 3}} third game]]. [[BreakTheCutie Poor Lucas]]...]]
* In ''[[{{VideoGame/Borderlands2}} Borderlands 2]]'', Psychos have some... ''interesting'' things to say about their mothers. Hell, the challenge for killing certain numbers of them is even called "Mama's Boys". From the [[http://borderlands.wikia.com/wiki/Assassinate_the_Assassins Assassinate the Assassins]] mission:
-->'''Psycho #1''': I can still taste her lovely sweatbox! She fed me such tears of ecstasy!
-->'''Psycho #2''': LIAR! I ripped out her bumpy tummy, and her hot screams were for ME!
-->'''Psycho #1''': Mommy bled for us both! ''She bled for us both!''
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* Teruteru Hanamura from ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2'' really loves his mom and it's even stated to be one in his profile. [[spoiler:This is what drives him to murder because he wants to get out of the island so he can find out if she's okay, since she's also an IllGirl ''and'' a {{Workaholic}}.]] He also he has a brief flashback after the first trial as he tells how he is [[spoiler:worried about her declining health due to overwork in her restaurant,]] and he screams for his mother before the [[spoiler:execution]] starts.
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* [[CrystalDragonJesus The Signless/Sufferer]] from ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', who was stated to have been extremely, lovingly close with his surrogate mother, The Dolorosa. This relationship is mirrored by their descendants, [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Karkat Vantas]] and [[TeamMom Kanaya Maryam]], although their relationship is more LikeBrotherAndSister.
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* Zaboo from ''TheGuild'' is this trope to the comic extreme. The last few webisodes of the first season center on the guild helping him break free of his mother, treating her as the most scary and powerful boss of all time
* Regular Bakura from ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries''.
--> "My mummy says I'm a good boy!"
* Silverwing of the WhateleyUniverse. He even let her pick out his courses when he went to SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy, which is why he's a sophomore only now taking freshman martial arts.
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic. A mass case of TheDutifulSon-slash-StockholmSyndrome.
** Played even sadder with Donnie's love for his mom in WebVideo/DemoReel. Why? [[spoiler: Because she committed suicide when he was a kid.]]
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* Walt, Larry and Igner of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' are a trio of this trope. They allow themselves to be entirely dominated by their mother, Mom. Igner is a retard, Larry is a coward, and Walt has the worst OedipusComplex you'll ever see.
-->'''Walt:''' ''(right after being insulted and slapped by Mom)'' "Some day I want to marry a girl like her."
* Modo of ''WesternAnimation/BikerMiceFromMars'', only [[BruiserWithASoftCenter he's no wimp.]]
* Tohru in ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures''.
* Cosmo in ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''.
* JohnnyBravo.
* Principal Skinner in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', even drawing references from ''Psycho''. Also, Bart Simpson to a lesser extent. (it's a more MyBelovedSmother kind-of thing.)
* Bud Manstrong in ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers''
* ''WordGirl'' has two examples:
** Chuck the Evil Sandwich Making Guy, who lives in his mother's basement.
** Tobey, a young EvilGenius who can bring his city to its knees with his large robots and gives the title heroine a run for her money...but is very often thwarted when his mother appears, snatches away his controls, and drags him away by his ear.
* It's especially creepy with Todd in ''CodeMonkeys''.
* [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark Kyle]] is berated by his stereotypical JewishMother, and it's even made a plot point in the movie.
* [[TheSecretSaturdays Zak]] irritably calls Fisk 'Mama's boy' when he sucks up to Drew to avoid getting scolded.
* DJ from ''TotalDramaIsland''.
* [[{{Archer}} Sterling "Duchess" Archer]] is rather more of one than he cares to admit.
* [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Prince Zuko]] - his mother was the best and steadiest influence on his life, until she vanished mysteriously. When he struggles with the morally right thing to do, the idea of what his mother would want of him is never far away.
* [[{{Chowder}} Gazpacho]], full stop.
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* Legendary Snickers-hurling, van-driving, anything-welding badass Mr. T has declared himself to be "Just a big tough overgrown mama's boy". Suddenly the term loses a lot of its force as an insult...
--> '''Mr T.''': "I am a Momma's Boy. I PITY THE FOOL WHO AIN'T ONE!"
* General DouglasMacArthur's mother always told him he had to grow up to be as great as his father, Arthur [=MacArthur=], Jr. (Lieutenant General, and military governor of the Philippines for a time). Also, while he was a bachelor, he kept a mistress in a hotel, unbeknownst to his mother.
** He had a second reason for this: his mistress [[MayDecemberRomance was 34 years younger than him]].
* Creator/JorgeLuisBorges was like this too. One example: when he was in his 60s, he was offered some wine, and his mother said, "The boy doesn't drink wine." He had become blind at that time, if you wonder why his mother still had to care for him.
%% * Adam Lanza.
* Jake Gyllenhaal appears to be this, if one of his interviews with Jimmy Kimmel is any indication. He told a very lengthy anecdote about her getting him a present, describing her as a "badass chick" for her sheer persistence.
* ProfessionalWrestling has Wrestling/{{WCW}} wrestler Buff Bagwell and his mother, Judy, who was made one-half of the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-t.html WCW World Tag Team Champions]] in 1998 with Rick Steiner. Both Buff and Wrestling/{{Kanyon}} would fight in a "Judy Bagwell on a [[strike:Pole]] Forklift" match in 2000. It was also rumored that Bagwell was fired from the [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]] in 2001 because Judy was calling the WWF offices to complain about Buff's travel schedule. However, it was also likely due to his notorious stinker of a match against Wrestling/BookerT on the July 2 ''[[Wrestling/{{WWERaw}} Raw]]''.
* You'd have to be suicidal to tell GenghisKhan he wasn't "manly", but he did love his mother, [[CoolOldLady Hoelun]]. She was his advisor from time to time, and also helped raise boys who were orphaned in his raids.
* Music/MichaelJackson adored his mother Katherine, and apparently so did everyone else according to his memorial ("Mrs. Jackson... [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Joe]]"). If I recall correctly, one of the first things Michael did when he became a successful solo artist was to throw a big birthday party for her, which nearly backfired horribly because she is a devout Jehovah's Witness (they compromised by having all the gifts "wrapped" in plain brown bags).
* Javier Bardem; he notably dedicated his Oscar win for ''NoCountryForOldMen'' to his mother (In Spanish, no less), and cites her career as an actress as his inspiration for becoming an actor himself.
* Former World Heavyweight Boxing Champ Lennox Lewis' autobigraphy was even entitled "Mommas Boy". Not that I would call him on it or anything.
* AdolfHitler seems to have been one of these. JosefStalin, too.
--> [[Film/TheProducers Franz Liebkind]]: The Fuhrer wasn't a mousy little mama's boy! The Fuhrer was BUTCH!
** Hitler loved his mother, Karla, so much that he put Eduard Bloch, the Jewish doctor who cared for her when she was dying of breast cancer, under special protection of the Gestapo and allowed Bloch and his family to emigrate to the United States.
* The Roman Emperor Severus Alexander, who was only fourteen when his mother arranged for him to come to power. She was known as 'Mother of Augustus, and of the camps, and of the senate, and of the Fatherland', in case anyone was in any doubt about who was really in charge. Eventually, they were both murdered.
* ElvisPresley made a promise to ''both'' his parents that he would take care of them once he made it big, and he kept that promise, even bringing them to live at Graceland. Their graves are there, right beside his.
-->'''Johnny Cash:''' (Elvis Presley) was a kid when I worked with him. He was nineteen years old, and he loved cheeseburgers, girls, and his mother, not necessarily in that order (it was more like his mother, then girls, then cheeseburgers).
* German author Erich Kästner (whom you may know from the book that became adapted as ''TheParentTrap'') was this in RealLife and also wrote many characters like this in his books.
* Ronnie and Reggie Kray were notorious {{London Gangster}}s, "but they loved their mum".
* NFL receiver Andre Johnson, after being goaded into a fistfight with opposing cornerback Cortland Finnegan, was later asked in an interview what his mother thought about it. He responded that he'd rather not say what his 'Momma' said about him fighting.
** Speaking of NFL players, the very first thing that linebacker Ray Lewis, considered one of the game's toughest, most physical players, bought after he got his first contract? An apartment in the city he moved to play in for his mom, down the hall from his apartment. The two still have a close relationship.
* Russian NHL winger and current super star Alexander Ovechkin is an admitted Momma's Boy. He is single and often stays with his parents, while his mother cooks and washes for him.
* Creator/StephenColbert is one both in- and out-of-character. He's the youngest of eleven children and his mom had to raise him alone for much of his childhood because [[DisappearedDad his father (and two of his brothers) were killed when he was a boy.]] Stephen has done several tributes to her on ''Series/TheColbertReport'', often in response to her health issues (and ultimately her death at age 92 in June 2013).
* In the wild, killer whales stay with their mothers for her whole life, but males get especially attached to their mommas. A male orca won't usually live much longer after his mother dies.
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