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->"''Never trust a relative. It is far worse than trusting strangers. With a stranger there is a possibility that you might be safe.''"
-->-- '''Corwin''', ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfAmber''

This is the family with issues, from which many, many kinds of FreudianExcuse can be taken. It's often very wealthy and powerful, when it's not {{royal|lyScrewedUp}}ty, and has many traditions. They have secrets, skeletons in their cupboards (sometimes literally) and are overly proud of their long (and bloody) history. Abusive behaviors of some kind are almost certain to have occurred. While they may display affectionate behaviors as well, to them CainAndAbel is a way of life -- though if you piss off one of them, the rest will instantly band together to destroy you.

They're very likely to feature at least one MagnificentBastard, EvilMatriarch, ManipulativeBastard, WellDoneSonGuy, [[TheUnfavourite Unfavorite]] or BlackSheep. There may be a LadyDrunk. While not frequent, BrotherSisterIncest and other kinds of canonical incest are most likely to be featured within this family. They also like to [[FeudingFamilies wage war with other families]]. {{Decadent Court}}s typically feature several of them. If they've been screwed up for a while, they're likely to have a TangledFamilyTree.

This family is often contrasted by the existence of a more traditional, if poorer, family, where everyone loves and supports each other despite occasional bickering.

A subtrope of TheClan. See also RoyallyScrewedUp, ItRunsInTheFamily, DysfunctionalFamily, and DysfunctionJunction. Contrast ThickerThanWater. May form a SuperFamilyTeam. If the family is screwed up in the narrative sense, because of complexity, {{Continuity Snarl}}s and the like, see TangledFamilyTree instead.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The Sohma clan in ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' has many instances of DomesticAbuse, some perpetrated by the head of the family, Akito Sohma, and some by various AbusiveParents [[spoiler: (With Akito as one of the victims, which is his... er, ''her'' FreudianExcuse)]]. It has a deep dark secret -- 13 of its members are cursed to turn into animals if hugged by members of the opposite sex, which has been protected by memory manipulation. Family tradition states that the one cursed as 'the cat' must be [[spoiler: imprisoned in an isolated room for life]]. Also, plenty of KissingCousins here, although in Japan, this is not considered incestuous.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'':
** The Ishtar family, judging by what we see in flashbacks. Most of this can be blamed on their father, whose abuse gave Marik a SuperpoweredEvilSide whose first act was to become a SelfMadeOrphan.
** The Kaibas. Each member is an egomaniac and megalomaniac except for Mokuba, who was neglected by the father and ironically this is why he is the only normal one in the family aside from a sadistic streak in the manga.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'': The Akabas, who continue this tradition, are this mixed with TangledFamilyTree. We start with a basic family of Reiji, Himika, Leo and Reira. [[spoiler:With Reiji and Himika being [[WellIntentionedExtremist a bit extreme in their desire to protect their home]], Leo [[TheAtoner obsessed with fixing his mistakes]] and Reira [[TraumaCongaLine having a mess of a life.]] And this isn't even mentioning [[BigGood Ray.]]]]
* ''Manga/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic'': The [[RoyallyScrewedUp Kou Royal Family]] is such a soap opera, a ''deranged'' soap opera. There are some exceptions, such as [[WhiteSheep Hakuei]], her brother [[TheWisePrince Hakuryuu]] and their cousin [[spoiler:[[IJustWantToHaveFriends Kougyouku]]]] post development... Sadly it doesn't mean that they are free of the ''consequences'' of [[DeadlyDecadentCourt where]] [[DefectorFromDecadence they]] [[TheEmpire live]].
* ''Manga/BoboboboBobobo'': The titular character's family revolves around an incredibly violent [[SiblingRivalry war between him and his older siblings.]] The oldest and second oldest (the latter being the last BigBad of the original manga) are trying to rule the world, the middle daughter is a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} and the second youngest [[spoiler:was brainwashed by ''another'' BigBad, before his defeat at Bo-bobo's hands]]. And the parents? Dad's a hair follicle and mom's absent. ''Sweet lord.''
* Nothing is ever seen in the series proper, but WordOfGod stated that [[IdiotHero Gourry Gabriev]] the swordsman of ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' has one. Owning a ForgottenSuperweapon from another world, the Sword of Light, that can kill nearly anything mundane and even inflict damage to the equivalent of Satan in the show/novel's universe has more or less caused the entire family to go bonkers over who would own it, hence, [[KillEmAll a multitude of family civil wars]] occurred through the Gabriev family's generations. The author of the novels stated that Gourry's only family left are a grandmother and a dead older brother. Gourry himself finally decided to steal the Sword of Light and leave the family once and for all.
** [[GenkiGirl Princess Amelia Saillune's]] uncles and cousin tried to kill her father many times via questionable methods, her mother was murdered, and her older sister [[spoiler: was [[BreakTheCutie so traumatised]] after witnessing their mom's murder (and how [[BloodyMurder she killed]] [[RazorFloss the assassin]]) that she ran off to become a manic sorceress. Said sorceress, Naga the Serpent, journeyed with Lina for some time]]. Since Saillune is a rather prosperous kingdom, constant murder scares are not uncommon.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** The Hyuugas, where the main family rules the branch family through [[AppliedPhlebotinum a cursed forehead seal]] that causes agonizing pain. Amazingly, they look downright well-adjusted next to...
** The Uchihas, whose very brains are wired to [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity go crazy and make them more powerful]] when they lose someone... which many times led to some of them purposefully killing some others to get that power. They met their end by [[GenocideFromTheInside complete slaughter carried by two members of the clan itself]], one of which had gone crazy enough to think that it was the only way to prevent war. The other had already gone crazy long ago and was probably doing it for fun, and then went on to trigger the war the other one wanted to prevent, anyway. The only survivor [[ShadowDictator tried to take over the world]] after dealing with every other Uchiha (or Uchiha ancestor) villain.
** The [[OnlyOneName Sand Siblings]] family was like this, with their father trying to assassinate the youngest sibling, mother dying giving birth to [[spoiler: and cursing the birth of]] the youngest sibling, and an uncle dying after trying to kill the youngest sibling. Oh yeah, and the sand demon possessed the youngest sibling. After an encounter with the titular character, the siblings themselves get better, moving safely into plain old DysfunctionalFamily territory. [[spoiler: It's eventually revealed that the mother did not curse Gaara, but the father had ordered the uncle to tell him she did in order to test him. But in fact both the mother and uncle had loved Gaara. And Gaara himself magificently [[CallingTheOldManout called his dad out on his bullshit]]. And the old man [[WhatHaveIDone realized how he had fucked up and took the call out]].]]
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' is... [[EveryoneIsRelated complicated]]. [[spoiler:[[EvilTwin Father is a clone]] of Hohenheim and [[AnthropomorphicPersonification the homunculi]] are [[CloneDegeneration clones of Father]]. The relationship between Father and Hoenheim can be liked to a combination of [[EvilTwin sibling]] and [[LukeIAmYourFather father]]-[[LukeYouAreMyFather son]], while the relationship Ed and Al have with the seven Homunculi can be likened to that of [[LongLostRelative siblings, cousins]], ''and'' [[IncestIsRelative mutual nephews/nieces]].]]
** And with [[spoiler: the homunculi]], that's only the beginning. The eldest son ([[spoiler: Pride]]) tends to be a tad [[AloofBigBrother aloof]] and distanced from his siblings, and has [[ImAHumanitarian a fairly impactful of a way of showing it]]. The second daughter (Lust) is somewhat [[CombatSadomasochist sensation-oriented]] and often [[LivingEmotionalCrutch forms unhealthy attachments]] to her siblings. The third child (Greed) is a [[DefectorFromDecadence runaway]] and [[DefiantToTheEnd doesn't quite respect his father the way he ought to]]. The fourth child (Envy) is [[AxCrazy a little]] [[InferioritySuperiorityComplex unstable]], and deals with it [[DrivenToSuicide rather poorly]]. The fifth (Sloth) is [[UpToEleven not really]] [[LazyBum what one could call a hard worker]]. The sixth (Gluttony) is somewhat [[PsychopathicManchild immature]] and [[DumbMuscle less-than-intelligent]], [[ExtremeOmnivore has a quite an appetite]] ''and'' [[MoralityPet latches so much]] on his older sister [[spoiler: that he LOSES it when she's killed]]. The seventh ([[spoiler: Wrath]]) [[BloodKnight enjoys fighting]] [[TheBerserker perhaps a bit more than is]] [[GeneralRipper strictly healthy]], and [[HeroKiller doesn't really leave much of a positive impact on the plot]]. The father has a bit of a [[AGodAmI superiority]] complex, and his [[CruelAndUnusualDeath punishments]] [[OffingTheOffspring to his disobedient children]] may be considered [[OmnicidalManiac an overreaction at times]]. As a whole (with the possible exception of [[NobleDemon the]] [[AntiVillain third]] [[AntiHero son]]), they all tend to [[LackOfEmpathy shut off]] [[TheSociopath their emotions]], [[EvilerThanThou even for each other]]. Yeah.
** The Xingese royal family is a pretty spectacular case. The traditional modus operandi of Xingese Emperors is taking fifty wives, one from each [[TheClan clan]], and basically expecting the resulting children to [[SuccessionCrisis fight each other for the throne]]. Ling and May, two of these children, are shown to not be... exactly happy about it.
** In [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime adaptation]], there's a whole other bucket of fish. [[spoiler:Hohenheim's "immortality", his little thing with Dante, the demonic homunculus son that resulted from Hohenheim and Dante's little thing,]] and then of course the whole deal with Trisha dying and the two sons' subsequent screw-up, followed by various angst and suffering.
* The Britannia royal family in ''Anime/CodeGeass'' [[RoyallyScrewedUp are certainly the embodiment of this trope]]. In particular their actions can only be explained by nearly the entire family being insane. To wit, Lelouch is basically the poster child for a MagnificentBastard, Clovis is an iron fisted despot, Cornellia is a bloodthirsty, brutal warmonger who heavily criticises her younger sister for ''daring'' to treat the "Elevens" as equals, and Schneizel is a ManipulativeBastard [[spoiler:with delusions of godhood]]. Pretty much the only Britannias who are in any way sane is Euphemia, [[spoiler:which ends up costing her her life]] and Nunnally.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' has the Zabis. Patriarch Degwin is a WellIntentionedExtremist who sought to bring his political philosophy to Earth, but has since been [[PuppetKing cut off from all power]] by his [[EvilChancellor eldest son's]] scheming. Youngest son Garma is a WellDoneSonGuy who [[spoiler:proved too optimistic for the [[CrapsackWorld Universal Century]]]]; second son [[TheBrute Dozle]] has [[OnlySaneMan his head screwed on for the most part]] (and clearly loves [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes his wife and baby daughter]] and [[AFatherToHisMen treats his subordinates decently]]), but becomes an AxCrazy [[TheBerserker berserker]] and OneManArmy whenever he's turned loose on the enemy. Kycilia, [[DaddysLittleVillain his only daughter]], [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes loves her father]], but is otherwise a cold-blooded, ManipulativeBitch and LadyOfWar who firmly believes that WeHaveReserves. Then there's the second oldest son and "biggest prize", [[EvilPrince Gihren]]: he's a manipulative, ruthless, scheming bastard who isolates his father so he can [[TheStarscream usurp his position]], feels no sorrow when his [[spoiler:brother dies]] and eventually commits [[spoiler: {{patricide}} when the old man is about to ask for an armistice]]. He and Kycilia ''[[CainAndAbel hate]]'' each other, [[spoiler: and she ends up ''shooting him dead'' after the patricide incident]]. The fact that the least maligned scion of the family, Degwin's [[PosthumousCharacter eldest son, Sasro]], who was assassinated early in the story by ''someone'' of his siblings,[[note]]The jury is out as both Gihren and Kycilia had the equally plausible motive and means, and the authors only give a ShrugOfGod[[/note]] was "just" a SleazyPolitician is quite telling.
** According to ''Manga/MobileSuitGundamTheOrigin'' the Deikun family, whom the Zabis deposed, were in some ways even worse. Former leader Zeon Zum Deikun, far from the sage NewAgeRetroHippie intent on helping humanity realize its "true potential" that Char and other supporters nostalgically remember him as, was a twisted, angry neurotic who wanted a war with Earth at least as badly as the Zabi family and whose death probably saved the colonies from getting completely crushed in a battle they were not at all prepared for at that point; his mother, Roselucia apparently raised him to have such extreme political beliefs and also had incestuous feelings toward him, resenting his wife because she got to bear his children instead of her and imprisoned her in a tower after Zeon was dead; then of course there's Char, ([[AdaptationalVillainy who's even more of a violent sociopath]] in ''Origin'' than he was in the anime) he of the [[MemeticMolester suspicious relationships with underage girls]] and [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack ill-conceived attempt to blow up the Earth in a fit of oedipal angst]]. The only one who came out relatively well adjusted is Sayla. ''Relatively'' being the operative word.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn'' adds the Vist family, who are apparently as dysfunctional as the Zabis: there's their Suzerain [[SoleSurvivor Syam]] who apparently found Laplace's Box during his time as a right-wing terrorist, hid the same, and is now regretting the actions he committed back then; his grandson [[TheAtoner and fellow atoner]] Cardeas, who shares his desire to rewrite the Universal Century back to how it should have been before the Laplace Station incident, even if it meant breaking the family's ties with the Earth Federation; his granddaughter [[TheBaroness Martha]], who still resents her grandfather for killing her father, and is willing to take Laplace's Box for her own interests by any means necessary; and his great-grandson [[ObstructiveBureaucrat Alberto]], who is willing to follow her Aunt Martha's orders, even committing patricide on Cardeas (although later episodes show that even [[EvenEvilHasStandards he's not at all supportive of some of his aunt's methods]]). The odd one out on this family is Cardeas's illegitimate son, [[MartialPacifist Banagher]] [[HeroicBastard Links]].
* The Kuhoin family in ''LightNovel/{{Kurenai}}'' is seriously messed up, as they lock away their daughters [[spoiler:to give birth to the children of their ''brothers'']].
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'': The Joestars would subvert this tropes due to Jotaro (Kujo) and Josuke (Higashikata)...until you count [[BigBad Dio]] into the family. [[spoiler:Dio cranks up this trope by placing his [[OffWithHisHead decapitated head onto a Jostar -- Jonathan Jostar.]]]] Downplayed with Josuke, who was fathered by Joseph Joestar. This makes Jotaro his nephew (Jotaro being about twice Josuke's age) and Jotaro's mother Holly his older sister. The family gets along well for the most part, though.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' has the Ikari family, with [[ButtMonkey Shinji Ikari]], [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory Yui Ikari]], and [[AbusiveParents Gendo]] [[LoveMakesYouEvil Ika]][[ManipulativeBastard ri]], [[DrivenToSuicide The Soryu Family]], [[RedemptionEqualsDeath The Katsuragis]], [[BetaTestBaddie The]] [[LoveMakesYouEvil Akagis]]... and ''all that'' is just the tip of a far more messed-up iceberg. Which has mass added to as the series goes by. [[DysfunctionJunction One simply does not know where to start.]]
* The Kunōs from ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''. They make the [[DysfunctionalFamily Saotome/Tendō household]] look positively normal.
* The Vongola family in ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' is the biggest Mafia family in the story and has its share of CainAndAbel [[http://www.onemanga.com/Katekyo_Hitman_Reborn/1/32/ killings]] and freakish [[http://www.onemanga.com/Katekyo_Hitman_Reborn/31/07/ traditions]]. This is initially played for laughs but following the manga's GenreShift, it means that the UnexpectedSuccessor Tsuna receives daily death threats [[spoiler:to the point that he claims he'll destroy the family if he has to carry on its bloody legacy]].
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia:'' tends to get this trope PlayedForLaughs:
** The Northeastern European nations. The members include PsychopathicManchild Russia, the constantly stressed out TeamMom Ukraine, ShrinkingViolet Latvia, ultra {{Yandere}} Belarus (who wants very much to [[BrotherSisterIncest marry Russia]]), and Russia's favorite [[TheChewToy Chew Toy]] Lithuania. [[AmbiguouslyGay Poland]] and [[UnclePennybags Estonia]] could very well be the [[OnlySaneMan sanest and most well adjusted members]].
** The former British Empire. Canada and Seychelles are pretty much [[ButtMonkey ignored]], though otherwise they're normal. (And Canada is shown [[ThrowTheDogABone to do quite better]] later). Nobody cares about [[TheUnfavourite Sealand]]. England had a terrible relationship with his other siblings, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, and also possibly has an [[AllLoveIsUnrequited unrequited]] love towards [[LoveHurts America]], whom he [[BrotherSisterIncest adopted]]. On the other hand Australia, New Zealand, Tonga, India and Wy seem to be pretty sane by ''Hetalia'' standards.
** The Asians. China is TheWoobie who gets no respect anywhere but tries to get said respect [[AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents via treating his siblings pretty much like babies]] and [[OverprotectiveDad doesn't understand why they wouldn't like it]], Japan is an InscrutableOriental who is ''very'' complex to say it politely, Korea is a {{Keet}} who has a good heart but isn't taken seriously even by Japan and China, Hong Kong is TheTrickster with an almost perfect poker face and has a ''very'' snarky view of the world, Taiwan is arguably one of the most normal and yet she can't also take China seriously, Macau is the closest to an OnlySaneMan but becomes quite passive-aggressive when crossed, etc.
* The Nanjous from ''[[Manga/{{Zetsuai 1989}} Zetsuai]]'' and ''Bronze.'' Between the old man, his wives/mistresses, the three brothers (Hirose, Akihito and Kouji) and the sister (Nadeshiko)... hard to see who is the most fucked up.
* The Itoshiki family of ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' is apparently a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zaibatsu zaibatsu]], and are quite wealthy, and the paterfamilias is a member of parliament, but they are really messed up. They essentially control the entire area on which their estate is, and one of their traditions is to have a ceremony where they force people to marry whoever they first make eye contact with. All of the members of the family seen in the show are nice enough, but they are either eccentric (Rin and Matoko) or downright crazy (Nozomu, the protagonist, is the most neurotic person imaginable, and his brother Kei is an insane artist married to a stain on the wall). Majiru is a fairly normal young boy, but he was abandoned by his apparently disinherited father Enishi and gets ''Nozomu'' of all people as his caretaker. Finally, all of the Itoshikis have embarrassing names formed by reading their names horizontally, and "Itoshiki family" itself can be read as "dying family".
** Even their butler [[spoiler: and true heir]] Tokita fits the bill: [[spoiler: turns out the Itoshikis we see are descendants of ''impostors'' the Itoshiki family hired to pose as them while they went into hiding, and eventually [[BecomingTheMask became the mask]], and Tokita is the descendant of the ''real'' Itoshiki family. When this is revealed, he promptly orders everyone to go back to the status quo cause he'd rather be the butler]]. And before you ask, yes, the unfortunate naming applies to him too.
* The Zoldyck family from ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' fits this perfectly. The family profession is assassination, and from birth until death, you assassinate people or train to assassinate people. Instead of timeout, you get whips to the face. Older brothers Illumi and Milluki plus the youngest, Kalluto, are the good sons, faithfully obeying orders [[spoiler: (until Kalluto gets tired of this and Illumi really goes off the deep end]]), Killua is the BlackSheep, running away from home, etc. And, poor Alluka is the almost gothic, obligatory MadwomanInTheAttic. Yup, just a generally screwed up family with some very twisted forms of love and caring underneath it all.
* ''Manga/CountCain'': The Cain Saga/Godchild. There's incest of all types, [[AbusiveParents child abuse]], pedophilia thrown in there (and thrown in remarkably casually), poisons, angst [[DysfunctionJunction (Jesus there's a lot of angst)]], FoeYay, HoYay, IncestSubtext, [[ImAHumanitarian Cannibalism Yay]], and some fucking gorgeous art. Also, many ''many'' TearJerker scenes. Plus a ton of death in general.
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya'': The Kido Family. Saori Kido turns out to be the Goddess Athena and used to be a massive SpoiledBrat who [[OlderAndWiser only wised up]] after her grandfather's death, and yet she's also a borderline MartyrWithoutACause who places herself regularly [[BarrierMaiden in next-to-no-win situations]] to save the world. As for said grandfather, Mitsumasa Kido... he's not an ''evil'' person, but he takes ''seriously'' screwed-up decisions [[WellIntentionedExtremist while trying to help keep the world safe]]: in the manga [[spoiler:has 100 kids and then sends them to go become Saints]], which is so bad that [[{{Bowdlerise}} the anime softens it up]] by [[spoiler:making them orphans taken into the Kido clan (sometimes forcibly, like in Seiya's case) and ''then'' sent off to train]]. Also Hyoga and his OedipusComplex with his dead mother.
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'':
** The Hatamoto, Yabuchi and Nagato families. [[spoiler:In each case, a member of the family (''two'', in the case of the Hatamotos) is ''very'' messily murdered... by another. (Though the Yabuchis also subvert the last part: the killer was ''[[DeadPersonImpersonation impersonating]]'' a family member had already died years ago, and as much he was a family friend due to his long-standing friendship with the dead family member.)]]
** The Takedas don't fare much better. [[spoiler: The eldest son was infertile and this broke his wife's heart so badly that she secretly begged her then-unmarried younger brother-in-law to impregnate her, which he did out of a misguided desire to help. The eldest son found out years later and [[AbusiveParents became psychologically abusive to his "daughter/niece"]] and his wife. The girl ultimately [[KillTheCutie killed herself]] for this [[HeroicSelfDeprecation and]] [[GoodScarsEvilScars several]] [[RescueRomance other]] [[NotGoodWithRejection reasons]], her mother soon followed, the second son (who was now more-or-less HappilyMarried) [[MyGreatestFailure was completely heartbroken]], and the family's matriarch, [[SecretKeeper who knows the truth behind everything]], has all but totally freaked out. And this is not counting what [[TheLostLenore the girl's]] [[CrusadingWidower boyfriend]] [[SerialKiller did]] [[LoveMakesYouCrazy for her sake]]...]]
* The Lightsphere family of ''Manhwa/CielTheLastAutumnStory''. They're a notorious evil line of aristocrats, and their political connection to the royal family allows them to get away with committing many heinous crimes, usually against one another. The head of the family actually raised two of his own children apart, just so they could be [[BrotherSisterIncest married off when they became adults]], and hopefully produce a child with a very specific magic power. Then the siblings died, and when it was made clear that their son, January, was going to one day lead the family and inherit the title of duke, every relative instantly turned on him and started [[OffingTheOffspring making attempts on his life]]. There have been a few examples of decent people, but with the exception of [[IronWoobie January]] and his cousin [[{{Tsundere}} Socie]], they've all ended up dead.
* Pretty much the entire Shuzen family in ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'', sans Akasha, has some issues. To make things clearer, among the four children of the family, [[BloodKnight Moka]] is the most stable among them, followed by [[AxCrazy Kokoa]].
* The royal family of Pheliosta in ''Manga/VampireGame''. {{Incest|IsRelative}} is the law of the land, power struggles abound, people everyone thinks are related aren't, surprise relatives show up at the drop of a hat; half the family's evil and the other half's just plain nuts.
* ''Manga/{{Loveless}}:''
** The Kaidou family, which Kio comes from. He has a daughter, who appears to be around ten (Kio himself is only 21) and doesn't have [[VirginityFlag cat ears]], and who was apparently born ''"without his knowledge"'' (which given the closeness in age, suggests that Kio's backstory contains either sexual abuse or a StalkerWithATestTube). Said daughter is also the head of the family. Oh, and his twin sister has connections to Septimal Moon and works for [[BigBad Seimei]] and [[TheDragon Nisei]].
** The Aoyagi famiy isn't much better, between the mentally unstable Misaki who abuses her youngest son and is all but stated to already being messed up from WAY before, and the psychopath older brother who faked his own death and has some creepy IncestSubtext with the main character, as well as treating his already crazy mother like crap.
* The Hückebein of ''Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce'' also become this one. On the one hand, they seem to care about each other, even share dinner together at one table. But on the other hand, they seem to not care about anyone but themselves.
* The Arima family from ''Manga/KareKano'' suffered from [[LoveHurts a continuing cycle of abuse and heartache.]] Reiichirou, Souichiro's grandfather and Eiko/Soji/Reiji's father, [[spoiler: was horribly physically abused by his own father because his father couldn't stand how beautiful he was]]. Reiichirou as a result was disconnected emotionally and abused his own children emotionally: Eiko became a bitter and angry person who couldn't get over her broken dreams, but Soji managed to rise above it and ultimately become a better man. Reiichirou [[spoiler: later connected with another woman, where Reiji was conceived]], but [[spoiler: harassment from the Arima family caused the woman to attempt murder-suicide with Reiji, destroying the boy emotionally]]. Finally, [[spoiler: Reiji's son Souichiro was emotionally stunted because of physical and emotional abuse he suffered from his biological mother Ryoko, and from the isolation he felt from the Arima family, who hated him because of Reiji and openly wondered [[SinsOfOurFathers if he'd become a bad person because of him]]]].
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': The entire Quincy Clan is ultimately descended from [[BigBad Yhwach]], their progenitor-king. While the Ishidas [[spoiler:and Kurosakis]] come from a WhiteSheep non-genocidal faction, they're still mired in conflict with the evil majority and their immediate family relationships are still a hot mess. Since his grandfather Souken was murdered, Uryuu has been so deeply estranged from his father Ryuuken that he refers him by his first name, refuses to live under his roof, and honestly believed at one point that Ryuuken was attempting to kill him instead of fulfilling a bargain they had struck (although Ryuuken actually was keeping his word). Ryuuken works hard to [[JerkassFacade give his son the impression]] that he regards him as a disappointment although he seems to be deeply concerned for the boy's well-being [[BeneathTheMask underneath it all]]. Ryuuken was in turn badly enough estranged from Souken (for reasons that are still somewhat hazy but probably have to do with the murder of Uryuu's mother [[spoiler:Kanae Katagiri]]) that he forbade Uryuu to visit him. Which Uryuu still did until Souken's murder. [[spoiler:The dysfunction is revealed to go back even further in the "Everything but the Rain" flashback arc: Souken's frequent absences caused tension with his [[NoNameGiven unnamed]] wife, who took out her frustrations on Ryuuken and ''specially'' on Ryuuken's ArrangedMarriage fiancee (and [[KissingCousins first cousin]]), Masaki Kurosaki. Oh and did we mention that the engagement was somewhat coercive, since poor [[ConvenientlyAnOrphan Masaki]] had no other family to turn to?]]
* ''Anime/KillLaKill'' has the Kiryuuin family. Every single member of the family has tried to kill at ''least'' one other member of the family, the mother Ragyo is an abusive incestuous molester, the father Souichiro [[spoiler: started a nudism-based terrorist organization to fight said mother, for which she killed him]], the elder daughter Satsuki is a totalitarian dictator [[AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil student council president]] [[spoiler: with an extremely understandable Elektra complex]], and the younger daughter [[spoiler: Ryuko]] was dropped down a garbage chute as an infant[[spoiler:, lived, was found by her runaway dad who raised her under secret identities, and grew up to be a juvenile delinquent]]. It gets even worse if you count [[spoiler:the ArtificialHuman created by the mother as her "daughter", since said...''creature''...is more or less a psychopathic, murderous Looney Toon, known as Nui Harime]]. Similarly one could also count [[spoiler: Senketsu among the family, being the second human Life Fiber hybrid created by Soichirou. Ryuko's "brother" is her armor. The cast never quite draws this conclusion though as, unlike Ryuko and Nui, Senketsu's form is that of clothing]].
* The Washuu Clan from ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'', in spite of their honorable facade. While everyone is aware of the tension between Chief Yoshitoki and his son, Matsuri.....it's only the tip of the iceberg. [[spoiler: TheClan has been involved with a BreedingCult for generations, engaging in slavery and incest to produce both {{Breeding Slave}}s and ChildSoldiers to serve them. Clan patriarch Tsuneyoshi has numerous bastard children, including not only BigBad Nimura Furuta, but [[TheAce Kishou Arima]] and [[FemmeFatale Rize Kamishiro]]. Both of his illegitimate sons were plotting against him, while it's revealed that Rize was being raised for the purpose of bearing children to Tsuneyoshi and his legitimate heirs.]]
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has two examples. Where to begin with them...?
** Charlotte Linlin aka "Big Mom" is one Hell of an EvilMatriarch, plus one of the Four Emperors aka the four most powerful pirates in the whole world. She has literally dozens of children, ranging from adults to little kids, with several of them [[BadassFamily doubling as members of her also VERY powerful crews]] and others in {{arranged marriage}}s to Big Mom's allies. And she sees nothing wrong with [[AbusiveParents treating her children like shit]] if they defy her ([[spoiler: Lola]]), mess up/remind her of a mess up ([[spoiler: Lola's twin sister Chiffon]]), try to stop her in one of her psychotic hunger fits [[spoiler: Moscato]], etc.; as a result, many of her kids live in absolute fear of her. Not even her [[ParentalFavoritism favorite child]], [[spoiler: Pudding]], is immune: not only [[spoiler: she's one Hell of a BitchInSheepsClothing]], but she's aware that [[DotingParent Big Mom's spoiling of her]] comes solely from [[spoiler: her ThirdEye, supposed to unlock a completely game-breaking skill she has]].
** The Vinsmoke clan, supposed to be allies to Big Mom, aren't much better. The father, Judge, is the leader of the Germa Kingdom and its military, plus an EmperorScientist who [[spoiler: creates lots of soul-less mooks for his army]] and experiments on [[spoiler: his own children ''when still in their mom's womb'' [[TykeBomb so they'll be extremely badass but empathy-less as possible]].]] As a consequence his sons Ichiji, Niji and Yonji are [[WarriorPrince incredibly good fighters]] but act like {{royal brat}}s, his WhiteSheep son [[spoiler: Sanji]] was incredibly damaged [[spoiler: and ran away]] and his ActionGirl daughter Reiju feels powerless and trapped in her role. (For the record, the [[WomenAreWiser kindly]] matriarch Sora [[spoiler: pretty much killed herself in a desperate gambit to reverse the modifications on the unborn boys, but only managed to save Sanji.]])
* In ''Franchise/TenchiMuyo: Ryo-Oh-Ki'' we only see the [[RoyallyScrewedUp Jurai clan]] through the most sane and well-adjusted Masaki and Kamiki branches of the family, and even they are ''quite'' [[CloudCuckooLander eccentric]] and not always in a nice sort of way:
** Seto Kamiki Jurai is a [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative]], [[JerkAss jerk-assish]] [[TheManBehindTheMan woman behind the man]] who openly manipulates her son-in-law TheEmperor ([[AllLoveIsUnrequited who's still]] [[LoveHurts madly in love with her]]), enjoys [[TheMatchmaker messing with the people's love]] [[ItAmusedMe lives for the lulz]] and would've qualify as an EvilMatriarch if she hadn't been a [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold fundamentally good person at heart]], just… a bit inconsiderate. It's a little surprise that her ''official'' nickname is ''[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Devil Princess of Jurai]]''.
** Her daughter and [[MarryThemAll one of the ruling Empresses]], Misaki Kamiki Jurai, is a CloudCuckooLander of the such caliber that she has difficulties distinguishing her stepson from her husband and a notorious {{Space Pirate|s}} ''from her own daughter'', but is at the same time a [[OneManArmy One-Woman Army]] and a PersonOfMassDestruction who commands [[ActionGirlfriend the elite cadre of Emperor's bodyguards]].
** Said stepson, Yosho Masaki Jurai, is a RebelPrince who couldn't handle the pressures of the court, and after being forced into one ArrangedMarriage to quell the scandal after his affair with his stepmom (see above), finally snapped and [[DefectorFromDecadence ran away to Earth]] to escape another one, this time [[IncestIsRelative with his own half-sister]], daughter of the said step-mom.
** Aeka Masaki Jurai, the said sister, was [[IncestIsRelative so madly in love with Yosho]] that she spent 700 years mostly in suspended animation looking for him, dragging together her little sister Sasami, but once she found Yosho to be an old man already (though not really), she immediately switched her affections to [[IdenticalGrandson his identical grandson Tenchi]], and is a ClingyJealousGirl almost to a {{Yandere}} level.
** All this considered, [[AllThereInTheManual the supplemental materials]] imply that the other, largely unmentioned branches, Amaki and Tatsuki, are ''even worse'', and all the scheming around make this a DeadlyDecadentCourt, especially given that Amaki clan [[TheRival is a bitter rival of Masakis]], and has once almost succeeded to ostracize their head Funaho (the other Empress) [[FantasticRacism for being an Earthling]], almost leading to their extinction, hadn't Seto allied her Kamiki clan with them.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The Franchise/{{Batman}} Family. Almost all of them are orphans brought together by tragedy. First [[Comicbook/{{Nightwing}} Dick]] was raised by Bruce and suffered tension to the point that they seemed ready to break. Then Bruce took in Jason, who was ultimately killed (and brought back to become a wayward son). Barbara was crippled and had to rebuild her life as a paraplegic superheroine. Tim volunteered and his family fell apart for it, [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl2000}} Cassandra]] was drugged into becoming the very thing she feared most, Stephanie was tortured half to death, it took [[ComicBook/{{Huntress}} Helena]] years before she gained acceptance and started to trust the others, and Damian's problems start with being raised in a clan of assassins... they're all waifs, misfits and strays that would belong nowhere if not together.
* The Wilsons. Slade "ComicBook/{{Deathstroke}}" Wilson may actually be the only ''sane'' one left. His wife, Addie, was ostensibly on the side of angels, but her methods weren't. They only seemed to get worse with time. Eldest son Grant was a PsychoForHire who ended up killing himself when going up against the Comicbook/TeenTitans. Middle child Joseph "Jericho" Wilson was the WhiteSheep; a genuinely nice, artistic sort and a Titan in good standing...until he made contact with Comicbook/{{Raven}}'s demonic side and the corrupted remnants of Azarath and [[GoMadFromTheRevelation went nuts as a result]]. Rose, the youngest, and the product of Slade's affair with a brothel keeper/mercenary, gouged her own eye out in an attempt to be just like daddy (that, before her HeelFaceTurn). So Yeah.
* The Endless from ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' portray this trope very well. They argue, they're petty and some of them are downright bastards. In ''ComicBook/TheSandmanOverture'' [[spoiler:we meet the Endless's parents - in fact, the universe's parents - Night and Time, who are just as dysfunctional as their children]].
* The Roark family from ''ComicBook/SinCity''. While we don't see a lot of politics among them, the members that we do meet (Cardinal Roark, Senator Roark and Roark Junior) are evil to the core, and John Hartigan states that the bad shit that they get up to on the [[TortureCellar Farm on North Cross and Lennox]] has been going on for generations.
* Comicbook/{{Venom}}'s family from Franchise/SpiderMan; most of them want to kill each other.
* The Pyms over at the Franchise/MarvelUniverse. [[ComicBook/AntMan Hank Pym]] and ComicBook/TheWasp, their robot son ComicBook/{{Ultron}} who later marries Jocasta who has the brainwave patterns of his mother... Yeah.
* From ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'', Jesse Custer's family will literally send chills up and down your spine. Trying to describe the revulsion that they inspire does not do the book justice.
* We can officially list [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk Bruce Banner's]] family at this point. It would take a long while, a lot of space on this page, and several spoiler blocks to list all the issues he, his kids, [[ComicBook/SheHulk his cousin]], and his ex-wife have. Don't even get started on his father.
* Comicbook/FantasticFour, Marvel's original dysfunctional family. Famous for operating so brilliantly as a team in the face of danger that they are the stuff of cosmic legends, but immediately falling apart into all kinds of internal strife from passive-aggressive warfare to spontaneous fistfights to stewing in bottled self-pity/resentment, all with a big helping of PoorCommunicationKills, whenever the action abates.
%%* The Nu'um family in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' comic book miniseries ''Jabba the Hutt: The Art of the Deal''.
* Enforced in ''Comicbook/NikolaiDante'': Dmitri Romanov encourages his children to be cruel, lying, ruthless, heartless backstabbers in order to strengthen the family and ensure strong leadership.
* The Pride in ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' is a collection of messed up families. Every single one of them has some strange quirk besides Alex's family and are all rather lacking in any sense of morality, only obsessed with their own children. Said children hate them for being crazy obsessed murderous supervillains and the parents never listen to them at any point and think [[spoiler:killing the kids that aren't theirs]] can only help in the long run. The Runaways themselves could possibly count, turning into a makeshift family with a constantly shifting dynamic that goes through members with surprising speed.
* The [[ComicBook/XMen Lensherr]]/[[ComicBook/TheAvengers Maximoff]]/[[ComicBook/FantasticFour Amaquelin]]/Android/Dane family is screwed up in so many ways. [[ComicBook/{{Magneto}} The patriarch]]'s a WellIntentionedExtremist supervillain with a terrible case of HeelFaceRevolvingDoor, [[ComicBook/{{Quicksilver}} the son]]'s a JerkAss SmugSuper bigot with marital problems, [[ComicBook/ScarletWitch the daughter]]'s insane, [[ComicBook/PolarisMarvelComics the other daughter]] has mental health issues of her own, [[ComicBook/TheVision the son-in-law]]'s an android, the grandkids have [[ComicBook/YoungAvengers their own problems]], and everybody keeps losing track of just how many family members there are. (Given that Magneto and Professor X apparently [[HoYay/XMen share a soul]] or some such, we can throw [[SplitPersonality Legion]] and all of the X-Men (as Charles's adopted children) in there as well.)
* While fairly mundane compared to some of these examples, the Chu family from ''ComicBook/{{Chew}}'' includes Tony (a cibopath -- someone with Postcognition applying to anything (or any''one'') he tastes), his fraternal twin Antonelle "Toni" ([[spoiler: a cibovoyant -- essentially the precognitive version of a cibopath]]), his older sister Rosemary (who, along with her husband, absolutely hates Tony for unknown reasons), Olive ([[spoiler: Tony's daughter, who hates her dad in part because she inherited cibopathy from him]]), his younger brother Harold (a [[{{crossdresser}} drag]] actor under the stage name "Miso Honey") and his older brother Chow (a professional chef who [[ConspiracyTheorist insists that the government faked the Bird Flu epidemic]] and so insists on involving himself in the illegal underground trading of poultry products).
* ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'': Where do we even begin with the Ducklairs? First off the father: Everett is one of the smartest minds on the planet but his Science-Related Memetic Disorder caused him to turn everything he touched into a superweapon: it took him several years of meditation far away from civilization to resolve that. He is also [[spoiler:an alien escaped from planet Corona. He brought his daughters with him, to save them from becoming the queen of said planet. Unfortunately, due to a series of accidents upon their arrival on Earth, he left them when they were children and found them again as adults]]. He still has regrets over this. His daughters, Korinna and Juniper, are basically two kids trapped in adult bodies because of this, and they refuse to forgive him. They also plan [[spoiler:to turn Earth into a new [[CrapSaccharineWorld Corona]]]]. And then there is Serifa, Everett's wife and Korinna and Juniper's mother, who is just interested in using her children to obtain the title she never got. Man, is this enough for everybody?
* Where to even ''start'' with Franchise/{{Wolverine}}. One [[ComicBook/{{Daken}} legitimate son]] is a {{manipulative| Bastard}} sociopath who enjoys toying with others for his own amusement, while another he hasn't seen since he was a baby. His [[ComicBook/{{X 23}} "daughter"]] is a depressed and likely suicidal ex-child soldier and prostitute struggling to turn her life around. He has a ''who knows'' [[ReallyGetsAround how many illegitimate children]], many of whom were sent to kill him and he was forced to kill first, only later discovering who they really were, and his father wasn't actually his biological father; his actual biological father Thomas Logan tried to kill him. And we ''still'' haven't even touched on his brother "Dog" Logan and adopted daughter.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* No matter what medium they appear in, Franchise/TheAddamsFamily is always a spectacular aversion of this. They might be creepy, kooky, spooky, mysterious, and ooky, but without exception, they all love each other dearly. Their level of affection for non-family members can vary widely.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
%%* In ''FanFic/TheThreeKingsHunt'' the Andrews family is this.
* Two examples in ''Fanfic/TheLionKingAdventures'':
** Simba's family. [[spoiler: He becomes a murderer in Series Five, his parents are possessed by aliens and his uncle is a psychopath. Not to mention his girlfriend's eyes glow red whenever she's feeling particularly evil.]]
** Tama's family is just as bad. [[spoiler: Her parents were abusive, three of her brothers were drowned and two of them ate each other.]]
* ''Fanfic/ShinraHighSOLDIER'' has ''two'' screwed up families which merge together through the marriage of their son and daughter. Let's begin with Julia, a sadistic, petty and arrogant psycho stemming from a violent, murderous, incestuous father and a highly emotionally unstable mother. Julia's husband Sephiroth is a cold-blooded, amoral and sadistic killer. Julia's father-in-law is the insane professor Hojo, whose main hobbies involve torturing and experimenting on teenagers and chopping people up with his battleaxe. The only seemingly normal member of the family is Tseng, Julia's foster brother, although even he begins displaying sociopathic tendencies toward the end of the story.
* In ''Fanfic/FamilyTies'' the canonical screwed up British Isles family arguments wind up causing WorldWarIII. The screwed up psyches and relationships are expanded on in Vincere and the related drabbles [[spoiler: confirming RapeAsBackstory for both England and Ireland and confirming Northern Ireland as a child by rape and BrotherSisterIncest]].
* In ''Fanfic/WhatAboutWitchQueen'' it's implied that Von Schwalbe family is this. Among who we get to see of them, Hans attempted regicide, Michael considers killing his younger brother or seven-year-old niece to be par for the course, Margaret schemes to prolong a war and Friedrich has occasional attacks of UnstoppableRage during which he can't even recognize whom he's attacking. When one of them has a mental breakdown, the others rush to him... because they want to grab the throne for themselves. Out of all of them, Ferdinand stands out like a WhiteSheep, and he considers his brother hugging him to be suspicious.
* In ''Fanfic/TheStrexFamily'', the titular group consists of a "father" (who happens to be a [[spoiler:renegade angel]] and not all that much older than his eldest "son"), a son working in "reeducation", another son who has a GlasgowGrin and synthesia plus a rather unique form of reeducation, HalfIdenticalTwins who were genetically engineered and are actually fifteen years old while appearing thirty-something, one heart-of-gold son who keeps the rest in line, a son [[KnifeNut obsessed with knives]], and a daughter who is generally a SpoiledBrat or BrokenBird depending on the day. And in ''Procedure'', [[spoiler:Carlos joins the group, and he's worse than all of them]].
* Inverted twice in the ''Manga/PandoraHearts'' fanfic ''Fanfic/BeyondTheWindingRoad.'' The Tale family is rather large and not without its conflicts but still very open and healthy in dealing with its problems. The Lyman family, on the other hand, is small and consists mostly of strained or broken relationships.
%%* In ''Fanfic/TheRacketRotterChronicles'', the Racket Family as a whole is considered this.
* When [[Franchise/HarryPotter Harry]] learns he's adopted in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10964874/1/Dark-Dynasty Dark Dynasty]]'' and is reunited with his father, it should be a great thing... except that his father is ''Series/OnceUponATime Rumplestiltskin'', the Dark One, infamous for trading babies and luring people into DealWithTheDevil. Harry himself is born from Rumple's deal with Cora, meaning he's the Queen of Hearts'offspring and the Evil Queen's older half-brother - technically, as she's physically in her thirties and he's around twelve. TimeyWimeyBall and all this.
** It gets better: as Cora doesn't remember her son - courtesy of [[WellIntentionedExtremist Dumbledore]] - she assaults him when they meet and later bargains with Pan for his death - for the record, Pan is Rumple's ''father'', so Harry is targeted by his own granddad. Oh, and when they find Baelfire, the guy is revealed to be [[spoiler: Sirius Black]], making Harry his own brother's [[spoiler: godson]]. And before that, Henry developed a crush on Harry, who's his - unknown to everyone - biological uncle by his father's side and adopted uncle by his mother's side. And because he came out to Snow White, she freaked out and kicked him outside.
** As Emma perfectly resumes it:
--> God, did she feel sorry for what that kid had to endure at Christmas.
* Maud Pie in ''WebVideo/MyLittlePonyTotallyLegitRecap'' claims that her and Pinkie's family is this and is one the reason she comes close to completely cutting herself off from pony society to settle down with her ''[[ImaginaryFriend rock family]]''.
--> '''Maud:''' Pinkie, look at our family's track record with offspring; I know we call our business a rock farm, but it would be more accurate to call it a personality disorder farm. Because that's the only thing we actually produce. It's better if I don't have biological offspring and I'll be happy with my rock children

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': The Skywalkers, especially in the [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse expanded universe]]. Marrying into said family has caused this to extend to the Solos as well. In the Bantam Era, the Solos and Skywalkers were relatively normal, well adjusted. It wasn't until Del Rey decided to inject massive amounts of {{wangst}}, killed off many popular child characters starting with Anakin Solo, as well as turning Jacen Solo into Jacen InNameOnly that everything became messed up. Gets even more interesting in the ExpandedUniverse now that Jaina Solo (Han and Leia's daughter) has accepted a marriage proposal from Jag Fel. Jag's dad is defected Imperial Baron Soontir Fel, who married Wynssa Starflame...only, that wasn't her birth name. Y'see, she's [[VideoGame/RogueSquadron Wedge's]] sister. ''ComicBook/{{Legacy}}'' establishes that Jaina and Jag establish a kinder, gentler version of The Empire, and their descendant is starting to flirt with Cade Skywalker in a KissingCousins scenario...\\\
Now that everything set after Episode VI has been wiped away and replaced with ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' you might hope things would be better for the Skywalkers. You would be horrifically wrong. There are familiar elements [[spoiler:like Han and Leia's son turning to the Dark Side]] but it plays out in different and equally tragic ways. This family cannot catch a break.
* ''Film/TheGodfather:'' The Corleones. They ''are'' a mafia family after all. And there's murders, assassinations, assassination of in-laws, [[spoiler: fratricide]]...
* ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera'':
** The Largo family. It has [[ManipulativeBastard Rotti]], [[BrainlessBeauty Pavi]], [[PsychopathicManchild Luigi]], and [[TheVamp Amber]]. They're [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder constantly bickering]], and Luigi and Amber are [[BrotherSisterIncest eerily close]].
** The Wallaces, Nathan and his daughter Shilo, are screwed up enough to count even though there are only two of them. [[spoiler:Three if you count the heavy implication that MissingMom Marni still hangs around as a ghost. But even aside from ghost mom, the fact that Nathan is poisoning Shilo to keep her dependent on him makes him count all on his own.]]
* ''Film/TheRoyalTenenbaums''. They'd probably be happier if it weren't for [[WellDoneSonGuy dad]]. Many elements of the film--particularly child prodigies' unfulfilled potential -- are lifted from J.D. Salinger's Glass family stories.
%%* The titular family in ''Film/TheMagnificentAmbersons'', in Orson Welles's movie as well as the original book.
* The Pascals from ''Film/TheHouseOfYes''. Insanity, incest, murder... all at one Thanksgiving dinner.
* ''Film/WintersBone'': Nearly everyone in the area is related to one another, and almost all of them are meth-addicted and unhelpful in Ree's quest to find her father
%%* The family from the ''Franchise/TheTexasChainsawMassacre'' film series.
* Asgard's royal family in ''Film/{{Thor}}'', especially Odin and Loki. [[CainAndAbel Thor and Loki]] go without saying. And that is before ''Film/ThorRagnarok'' reveals that [[spoiler:they have an even more evil [[CainAndAbelAndSeth older sister]], Hela, who is also the Goddess of Death, and was imprisoned by their father a millennia ago for wanting to violently conquer all realms.]]
* The Prescotts in the ''Franchise/{{Scream}}'' series. Sidney's mother was [[ReallyGetsAround the village bicycle]] who was murdered for breaking up a marriage, she had a [[LongLostRelative long-lost half-brother]] who [[spoiler:became a film director and then tried to kill her because "she got all the attention"]], her little cousin was [[spoiler:a narcissistic, fame-hungry psychopath who engaged in mass murder to try and make herself a celebrity like Sidney]], and of course, Sidney herself is frequently stalked by {{serial killer}}s. Fortunately, by this point Sidney has gotten ''very'' good at dealing with said serial killers.
* Madea's family in ''Film/MadeasFamilyReunion''. Her niece Lisa is in an abusive relationship with a man she doesn't love. Meanwhile her sister Vanessa was allowed to be raped by her stepfather so that he wouldn't leave her mother, Victoria, who was sold by ''her'' junkie mother for 10 dollars and a fix.
* Billy's family from the ''Film/{{Black Christmas|2006}}'' remake. Billy himself was born with a liver condition that caused his skin to turn yellow, but that's the least of it-- his birth father (the only one who cared for him) was killed by his mother, who then locked him in the attic for most of his life. When her new husband was impotent she [[ParentalIncest raped Billy]] resulting in the birth of his sister/daughter Agnes and making Billy even more TheUnfavourite, not to mention more insane. Eventually Billy snaps and murders (and eats) the parents but spares Agnes (mutilating her in the process). Years later he and Agnes reunite for a killing spree.
* The Browns from ''Film/Buffalo66'' fit this trope. The mom is a sports nut that ignores anything that doesn't have to do with the Buffalo Bills, the father is a basket case who lip synchs to old records and accuses his son of trying to stab him (a knife was on the dinner table), and Billy is a ManChild who resorted to a life of crime.
* ''Film/{{Melancholia}}'': The only issue-free person is Clair's little boy, who's also the only person who can make his severely depressed aunt smile. [[spoiler: And then a planet falls on top of them.]]
* The Essenbecks in ''Film/TheDamned''. A wealthy German steel family scheming, backstabbing and murdering each other to gain favor with the Nazis, several members sexually deviant (to be kind) or otherwise having skeletons in the closet.
* The Talbots from ''Film/TheWolfman2010'' got issues to say the least. To expand upon that, they're all either werewolves, or have been murdered by werewolves.
* The Brewsters of ''Theatre/ArsenicAndOldLace'' are without exception either insane or homicidal or both. Our protagonist is ''delighted'' to discover he was adopted.
%%* ''Film/TheCrazyFamily''...well, as one might imagine.
* ''Film/CriesAndWhispers'': The three aristocratic sisters who serve as the protagonists have an extremely strained relationship, aggravated by their personal flaws and situations in life. The eldest sister Karin is trapped in a loveless marriage and is repelled by any sort of intimacy, so she projects an aloof exterior to shield herself. The youngest, Maria, is a BitchInSheepsClothing who's unashamed of cheating on her husband and toys with Karin. The middle sister Agnes does sincerely wish they were all close again, but she's rather obsessed with their dead mother and had a rivalry with Maria over ParentalFavoritism when they were children.

* As it turns out, the de la Rosa family in ''Literature/TheseSavageBones'' is very screwed up. Everyone (except maybe Esperanza herself) has something they're hiding.
* ''Literature/WarriorCats'':
** Every Clan is so inbred at this point that every Clan-born character is related to everyone else. It isn't uncommon for someone to have an affair with their cousin, or even sibling. One character even went out with her half-uncle for a while.
** At best, they're suspicious of each other, at worst, they're constantly trying to kill each other... yeah.
** {{Subverted|Trope}} with inter-Clan mating, and the (very) rare newcomer.
* The royal family from ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfAmber'' kind of define this trope. So much backstabbery your brain will give up. Let's just say that if you assume the alliances that develop in the first book are anything but the sheerest tissue of lies and fabrication, you're ''severely'' mistaken. Corwin's siblings fall into three categories: those who are in active opposition to him at some point during the series, those who do almost literally ''nothing'' throughout the series, and Random (and even he only throws in with Corwin to start with because he thinks Corwin's in a stronger position than he actually is).
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** The House of Black. Their house elf servants are traditionally ''beheaded'' once they're too old to fetch and carry, and anyone who shows signs of not being a [[FantasticRacism Fantastic Racist]] is kicked out and has their name blasted off the family tapestry (Sirius's uncle got blasted off just for giving him some money after he left the house). Sirius's brother Regulus was considered TheDutifulSon for joining a terrorist group, [[spoiler: though he eventually got a dose of reality]].
** The Dumbledores may also count. [[spoiler: Percival maims a group of Muggle boys and goes to Azkaban, Kendra is thought to have imprisoned Ariana for being a Squib though it was common knowledge that she herself was Muggle-born, Ariana is driven insane by the Muggle boys (which is why Percival maimed them) and hidden by her mother. Albus develops a big gay crush on Gellert Grindelwald, who later gets into a fight with him and Aberforth, and one of the three winds up killing Ariana. Then Albus and Aberforth get into a fight at Ariana's funeral, and they have a very strained relationship for years.]] Whew.
** Of course we should add Tom Riddle's (a.k.a. Voldemort's) family, the Gaunts, who are descended from notorious pureblood supremacist Salazar Slytherin. The family married their own cousins to preserve the bloodline and squandered their wealth, leaving his grandfather Marvolo in poverty. Marvolo and his son Morfin, Voldemort's uncle, were typical [[FantasticRacism racist]] pure bloods who physically and psychologically abused Marvolo's daughter and Voldemort's mother, Merope. When they both got sent to Azkaban, Merope went on to [[StalkerWithACrush drug a Muggle boy]] with a love potion in hopes that he would love her for real. The [[ExpandedUniverse Pottermore]] tale of the Ilvermorny School sheds light on the Gaunt family's horrible acts back in the seventeenth century. Specifically, Gormlaith Gaunt being a cruel and abusive [[WickedStepmother wicked stepmother]] to her niece Isolt Sayre, murdering her parents and refusing her to be educated at Hogwarts with the intent of turning her niece into a pure-blood supremacist. Isolt managed to escape to America, marry a Muggle man, adopt a pair of boys and found her own school - this act ''really'' pissed Gormlaith off, driving her to travel to America in an attempt to start the cycle again. Thankfully, Isolt's own children, despite being related to the Gaunts, shed the screwed-up traits of their ancestors.
%%* The Mayfair family in Creator/AnneRice's trilogy ''Literature/LivesOfTheMayfairWitches'' fits this trope to a T.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' examples:
** Nanny Ogg's ginormous family has enough grudges "to keep an entire Ozark of normal hillbillies going for a century". It's noted that the only way the various branches will stop fighting each other is if [[HypocriticalHeartwarming some outside party insults any family member.]]
** Played surprisingly straight by the Lavish family of ''Discworld/MakingMoney''. They can't even have dinner together without their ArmyOfLawyers. At one point, Cosmo attempts to "reassure" an employee he's extorting that he's always thought of the man as family. He thinks about this for a second and adds "but in a good way."
* Several noble families in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' fit the bill, DeadlyDecadentCourt oblige. Our main protagonist Stark family however seems immune at the start of the series [[spoiler: which didn't save them at all. On the other hand, though they have currently been displaced from their lands, they look more likely to win in the long term then many of the more villainous families.]]
** The Lannisters are pretty much a textbook example. Not only are they wealthy, powerful and ambitious, but [[TheChessmaster scheming]] and [[DeadpanSnarker snarking]] seem to run in the family. Not to mention [[{{Twincest}} incest]], [[CallingTheOldManOut father-son conflicts]] and [[TheUnfavourite horrendous parenting]]. They also scheme against each other almost as much as they do to other people.
** The Targaryens are not very far behind, similarly incestuous, and RoyallyScrewedUp to boot. Especially prevalent during the Dance of the Dragons, with the branches from Viserys I's two marriages scheming against each other, while Viserys' ambitious and dangerous brother Daemon plotted to gain more power, even marrying his niece Rhaenyra to assist him.
** The Freys are the ''biggest'' of the screwed-up families present. Their current patriarch has fathered 22 legitimate sons and 7 legitimate daughters (officially), to say nothing of his many bastards (plus grandchildren, great-grandchildren, grandbastards etc.), and if only half of what is said of the machinations of his progeny is true (particularly those surrounding Black Walder, who may have fathered some of his great-grandfather's younger official children), they have already begun clandestinely, and even murderously, manoeuvring against one another... in addition to the usual constant complex political plots to curry favor up and down the various chains of command. They basically need only the death of the head of the family (currently over 90) to erupt into open, bloody struggling. It even goes down to the youngest members of the family, with one of Walder Frey's grandsons, "Big" Walder, [[spoiler:probably having secretly murdering another grandson, "Little" Walder, while they are both nine. Yet the lad somehow ''still'' comes across as a TokenGoodTeammate for the possible [[PragmaticHero putting down a future uncontrollable monster along the lines of Ramsay Bolton]]]].
** Craster's family. It doesn't ''exactly'' fit the description (though they are relatively well-set for wildlings), but "''big and screwed up''" doesn't begin to describe it: Craster has nineteen wives, [[ParentalIncest most of whom are his daughters]] and it's understood that his [[TangledFamilyTree grand-daughters of the right age are/would also be his wives]]. He rules the family with an iron first, makes the women do all the work and forbids them to speak to strangers as well as the strangers speaking to them. Oh, and the skeleton in his cupboard? His wives sometimes bear him sons, which he then sacrifices to the Others.
** The Greyjoys. Considering they're the ruling family of a culture that considers RapePillageAndBurn a ''good thing'', it's no surprise they are screwed up. Theon Greyjoy was relatively well-adjusted living with the Starks as a "''ward''"[[note]]read: hostage[[/note]], but his reunion with his birth family and the conflict between their values and Stark values screwed him up fast. However even by Ironborn standards Theon's uncle Euron Greyjoy is considered particularly bad, [[spoiler:not only murdering three of his brothers but raping two of them]].
** Marrying into the Boltons? Might we cordially suggest diving into chummed waters around the Summer Isles without a cage, rather? You'd have better luck with the sharks -- what with the greater than 66.67% chance you'll just end up wishing to die quickly to get it over with. And, this is not hyperbole: count the number of dead or really, really messed-up wives -- with just two husbands involved... [[spoiler: Of four that we know much about, two are dead (one very horribly; the other a little mysteriously of a fever -- whatever ''that'' means), one so [[DomesticAbuse badly abused]] and on the run, your heart goes out to her... and the other is so far fine. So far. It's doubtful much of the fanbase is holding their breaths on this staying the case, however (if Roose doesn't try to kill her, Ramsay is likely to). Oh: and, there is a fifth. But, we don't even know what her name was or what happened. Just that she's not around.]] And, if [[TheBluebeard the rumours]] that have surrounded House Bolton for centuries are even remotely true... this is not new. And, puts the relatively [[OnlyChildSyndrome small number]] of Boltons into a ''very'' interesting light, considering their mileage on wives -- [[SerialRapist and]] [[HuntingTheMostDangerousGame temporary]] [[DroitDuSeigneur others]].
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': The Raiths, [[RoyallyScrewedUp the royal family]] of the [[OurVampiresAreDifferent White Court]], are a whole bunch of scheming [[HornyDevils succubi and incubi]] with a SmugSnake at the head. On the other side of the playing field, [[TheHero Harry's]] family is also pretty screwed-up, with multiple people treading dangerously close to the BlackMagic line. [[spoiler:Amusingly enough, these two families are actually related through Harry and Thomas's mother, making it one ''giant'' screwed-up family.]]
%%* ''Literature/{{Gormenghast}}:'' The House of Groan is the ''epitome'' of this trope.
* The Do'Urden family from ''Literature/TheDarkElfTrilogy'' and pretty much ''every'' dark elf family from Menzoberranzan in the ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' universe; [[AlwaysChaoticEvil comes with the territory]].
* ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'': The Marlfoxes. The Pure Ferrets of Riftgard in the same series would probably count if there were more than three of them. Verdauga Greeneyes and his two offspring don't count because the only truly screwed-up member was Tsarmina.
* Any family in Creator/WilliamFaulkner's novels is, in all likelihood, quite large and quite screwed-up. The Compsons, the Bundrens, the Sutpens... implied incest, murder, cruelty, bad luck, you name it.
* Any family the heroine is a member of in any Creator/VCAndrews novel is screwed up by default.
** The Foxworths in the ''Literature/DollangangerSeries''. Generations of incest, parental abandonment, and abuse (emotional, physical, and psychological) are only made worse by the fact that these people are richer than God and can do whatever they want.
* Creator/AgathaChristie used this trope to maximize the pool of suspects in ''Literature/DeathComesAsTheEnd'', ''Crooked House'', and ''[[Literature/MissMarple A Pocket Full of Rye]]''.
* The House of Finwë from ''Literature/TheSilmarillion''. Finwë, king of the Noldor, remarried[[note]]after his first wife died ... sorta, it's complicated, because Elves can ''choose'' to stop living, but then are reborn, kind of, it's complicated... either way he was the first Elf widower and thus the first to remarry[[/note]]; his son by his first wife was very, very bitter: the BigBad, a ManipulativeBastard, stirred things up: numerous feuds ensued. Brother tried to kill brother, brother forgave brother, brother did it again; cousin saved cousin, cousin tried to kill cousin, there was a bit of incest, etc. Finarfin is completely aware of how messed up his family is, and tries to distance himself from them. The House of Fingolfin (Finwe's second son), are more decent save for Maeglin, who desires his cousin and attempts to murder her son. [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Galadriel, Elrond, and his children]] are the last (mostly elven) members of that family in Middle-Earth in the Third Age, by the way, but by this time the craziness has mostly run out. Aragorn is also technically of the House of Finwe, since his umpty-great grandfather was Elrond's brother, but there are ''a lot'' more generations in between him and the crazy.
** The crazy is mainly in Finwë's eldest son Curufinwë/Fëanor and his descendants; Galadriel and Elrond are descended from Fëanor's half-brothers, who were generally the more responsible/reasonable parties in the tried to kill/forgave/tried to kill again pairings mentioned. Only two of Fëanor's sons aren't killed, and even they don't get ''happy'' endings.
* The Buchanons, from the Maggody mysteries. No, they're not even close to rich, but they're screwed up enough to qualify for this trope several times over.
* Creator/IainBanks likes these, occasionally when writing as Iain M. Banks too. Probably the best example is Prentice [=McHoan=]'s family in ''The Crow Road'', but ''The Business'', ''Whit'' and ''The Steep Approach to Garbadale'' also centre around similar families.
* The Vangers in Stieg Larsson's ''[[Literature/TheMillenniumTrilogy Millennium Trilogy]]'' are big and they're ''definitely'' screwed up. [[spoiler:Zalachenko]]'s children, for that matter.
* The Buendías in Creator/GabrielGarciaMarquez's magnum opus ''Literature/OneHundredYearsOfSolitude''. Many editions of the book come with a family tree — it's nearly impossible to navigate the story without it, especially since the family [[DeadGuyJunior recycles the same few names]] every generation.
* The Wildesterns from Oisín [=McGann's=] ''Ancient Appetites'' heartily approve of the use of ''murder'' to improve one's standing in the family.
* At the beginning of ''Literature/FloraSegunda'', Flora describes how messed up her family is, what with her mother being [[MarriedToTheJob Married to Her Job]] as Commanding General of the Califan Army (and being away from home for long stretches of time), while her father is [[DrowningMySorrows a drunk]] [[HairTriggerTemper prone to fits of violence]] as a result of having spent three years in their world's equivalent of the Hanoi Hilton. Though in the next book, we learn they're practically [[Series/LeaveItToBeaver the Cleavers]] when compared to the extinct Hadraada family.
* The [[IronicName Breedlove]] family in ''Literature/TheBluestEye.'' The parents are always fighting, the father is an alcoholic who rapes his 12-year-old daughter, and said daughter is DrivenToMadness.
* Creator/JonathanFranzen loves this trope. The Lamberts in ''Literature/TheCorrections'' are a prime example, as are the Hollands in ''Literature/StrongMotion'' (for a given definition of big).
%%* The Marsh Family from "Literature/TheShadowOverInnsmouth".
* The Malagash family in ''Literature/ChroniclesOfMagravandias''. They are constantly plotting the downfall of other family members and shifting allies in their DeadlyDecadentCourt.
* Creator/PGWodehouse's [[Literature/JeevesAndWooster Woosters]] are this trope PlayedForLaughs. "Family rows" are nasty and complicated, there's more than one instance of diagnosed insanity, a lot of things are kept hushed up, and EvilMatriarch Aunt Agatha frequently resorts to bribery and trickery to stop members of the family from marrying into common blood. According to Bertie, the Woosters can trace their ancestry all the way back to the Crusades.
* ''Literature/AFrozenHeart'': In this TieInNovel to Disney's ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', the Westergaard clan, which rules the Southern Isles with an iron fist, are RoyallyScrewedUp, and serve as a {{Foil}} to the royal family of Arendelle.
** [[EvilOverlord The king]] is an abusive man who treats his family and subjects with complete apathy and has turned the kingdom into a corrupt PoliceState where regime critics, delinquent taxpayers and dissenters [[AmbiguousSituation are subjected to unknown but gruesome punishments]]. He also micromanages and emotionally manipulates most of his thirteen sons into becoming his sycophantic henchmen, treats his wife with complete indifference and [[AbusiveParents frequently abuses his youngest son Hans]]. It's [[TheCorrupter his toxic]] [[GreaterScopeVillain influence]] that led Hans to do morally questionable things in Arendelle.
** Except for Lars, the only one of Hans' 12 older brothers who was nice to him, most of them have been [[TykeBomb forcibly indoctrinated into thinking that]] [[TheSocialDarwinist the strong have a right to pick on the weak from the get-go]], frequently abuse Hans for being ineffectual and not following their father's cruel orders, and don't seem to get along with each other. And like their father, they don't care much for their wives, as they've been relegated to becoming baby-producing objects.
** Hans' mother and most of his sisters-in-law [[ExtremeDoormat are]] [[DomesticAbuse abused]] and relegated to [[BabyFactory siring more heirs to the throne]]. It's implied Hans' father and most of his brothers married [[ArrangedMarriage for the sake of keeping up appearances]], [[AltarDiplomacy to maintain the Southern Isles' bilateral relations with other countries]], and for politics. To cope with the abuse they get from their husbands, it seems [[TheAlcoholic they drink a lot]].
** [[TragicVillain Prince Hans]], the BigBad of ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', is a zealously stubborn and obsessive WellDoneSonGuy, as he [[FreudianExcuse was ridiculed and abused by most of his family for his ineptitude in conforming with siblings who are high-achievers in the eyes of their father]]. His nigh-impossible goal of proving himself worthy to his family ultimately led him to do morally unethical things in Arendelle.
* ''Literature/The39Clues'' has the Cahill family. [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy Nearly every influential historical figure born in or after the 16th century is related to them (by blood or marriage)]], and quite a few of the family members are extremely rich and powerful. The family is big enough to be divided into four rival branches, which formed from the descendants of the four original Cahill children, as well as [[spoiler: the Madrigal branch, which is made up of people descended from Madeline Cahill, the fifth sibling, and members of other branches who wish for peace]]. Most of the time, the four branches are spying on or trying to kill each other, and even individual family branches experience internal conflicts a good deal of the time.
* Most of the Israeli author Meir Shalev's books contain examples of this; examples appear in, among others, ''Esau'', ''A Russian Novel'', and ''A Pigeon and a Boy''.
* ''Literature/{{GONE}}'' series:
** [[BigBad Caine Soren]] and [[DarkChick Diana Ladris]] both came from big, (rich), messed up families, which could of been {{foreshadowing}} for their future relationship. Caine's mother gave him up for adoption and then he was adopted into a family with a step father and mother who literally thought he was evil and sent him away to Coates Academy so they wouldn't have to deal with him (he never hears from them again). Diana's situation was arguably even worse, as her father was having a affair, and her parents were getting divorced. That's not even the bad part. Then her mother fell down a flight of stairs and became paralyzed from the neck down, and Diana blamed her dad, who was arrested and imprisoned. It was even lampshaded that Diana was sexually abused by her mothers boyfriends (her mother was apparently, also unfaithful).
** This becomes Fridge horror/brilliance, when you think about how in ''PLAGUE'' and ''FEAR'' [[spoiler: Caine and Diana form their own *estranged* big messed up family when their demon daughter Gaia is born, who tries to kill her father and comes pretty close, too. Also a little messed up as Caine and Diana are only 16/15 years of age when they had her, and that they aren't even together anymore]].
** Most everyone else had abusive parents too: Dekka Talent, Brianna, Orc, Zil... Basically, all families apparently sucked in Perdido Beach.
* In Creator/TomHolt's ''Literature/ExpectingSomeoneTaller'' (a very loose comic sequel to Wagner's ''Theatre/TheRingOfTheNibelung''), the Gods, much as in the opera, are severely dysfunctional. Wotan and the Valkyries, in particular, have a passive-aggressive thing going where he refuses to wipe his feet before entering Valhalla, or to clean up after himself, and they bitch about how insensitive and uncaring he is, and everyone's happy.
* J. B. Priestley's ''Benighted'' ([[AdaptationDisplacement more well known]] from its film adaptation ''Film/{{The Old Dark House|1932}}'') features the charming Femm family. Of the group, only Sir Roderick, the oldest, seems sane, but he's also bedridden and effectively trapped upstairs. His brother Horace is on the run for committing some mysterious crime, while his sister Rebecca, who is almost completely deaf, suffers from religious mania. [[spoiler: And then there's the murderous Saul, kept locked away--until the drunken servant lets him out.]]
* Restrepo's ''Literature/{{Delirium}}'' pretty much revolves around this, from IncestSubtext to some brutal Brainwashing through out PlausibleDeniability.
* A lot of the minor characters in ''Literature/WhiteAsSnow'' are King Draco's bastard children and issues arise for his legitimate daughter from how well he treated them.
* Creator/SimonaAhrnstedt gives us the Löwenströms in her debut novel ''Literature/{{Overenskommelser}}''. They might seem to be an ordinary upper middle class family. The sad truth though is that the head of the household is a cruel domestic abuser, who has made his wife ill from unhappiness. He has also abused his own children until his son became a sadistic [[TheSociopath sociopath]] and his daughter became a "flawless" [[ExtremeDoormat extreme doormat]]. He has now moved on to abuse his niece...
** Illiana Henriksdotter in "Betvingade" also comes from a screwed-up family, with a tyrannical father and a cold-hearted mother.
** And the Gripklos of "De skandalösa" also have their issues, with a tyrannical father and a neglectful mother.
* ''Literature/TheAccursedKings'' interlaces two of them, the small d'Artois and the much larger French Royal Family (including its laces to other European regnant families), and runs on it for [[DoorStopper seven books]]. Not for nothing has Creator/GeorgeRRMartin declared he used it as an inspiration for ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''...
* The Furstans, the royal family of Torenth in the ''Literature/{{Deryni}}'' series, with a special mention for the Festillic branch of same descended from an incestuous affair.
* Being full of proud West Virginia hillbillies the town of Grantville, transposed to ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo'' thanks to alien carelessness, has lots of these, not to mention being home to some seriously {{tangled family tree}}s. This turns out to be one of the few things they have in common with the aristocracy of their new time.
* The Literature/MastersOfRome series has nothing ''but'' Big Screwed Up Families in it - and since the 'Famous Families' are all interrelated by marriage and adoption you might say the entire ruling class is one supersized example.
* ''Literature/TheGoblinEmperor'': The Drazhada, due to Maia's father having married five times. The first wife was set aside for being barren, the second, third, and fourth wives were all dead before thirty, and the fifth wife is young and stupid with pretensions to grandeur. Not to mention all the minor members of the family running around.
* Most of the families in the novels of Creator/JackieCollins, but especially the Santangelos and the Stanislopouloses.
* The dynasty at the center of ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'': Paul Atreides' grandfather murdered Paul's father and tried to murder Paul and his mother. Paul's little sister subsequently murdered their grandfather. Paul himself killed his first cousin once removed in a duel. Later on, Paul's sister also had their grandmother killed as well, despite Paul's having ordered her not to. Oh, and Paul's marriage was completely loveless and [[SexlessMarriage sexless]].
* The so-called 'beautiful' Sinclair family of ''Literature/WeWereLiars'' by e. lockhart. Throughout the novel it's clear that something's being hidden even aside from the exhausting inheritance disputes, messy divorces and controversial relationships, and towards the end it's revealed that [[spoiler: three of the teenage family members (and several dogs) were killed in an arson attack initiated by ''the protagonist herself'']].
* The Literature/JoePickett novel ''In Plain Sight'' centres around the Scarlett family: one of the oldest and most powerful families in the Twelve Sleeps Valley. The matriarch of the family regards herself as the rightful rule of the whole county and deliberately plays her sons of against one another. When Sheridan has dinner with the family, she suddenly understands the meaning of the term 'Gothic' for the first time.
* ''Literature/WolfHall'':
** The Boleyns. They pimp out their elder daughter Mary to King Francis and then Henry VIII to raise their standing, then insult and disregard her whenever she doesn't have a powerful paramour (she eventually elopes with a poor knight and doesn't look back). Anne takes a lesson to be flirtatious but not actually promiscuous and routinely mocks Mary for having been such a fool. Their brother George is in a [[AwfulWeddedLife loveless marriage]] and his wife Jane despises him and Anne so much she's happy to see them both dead. Their father Thomas is concerned only with his advancement and position; when Anne loses Henry's favor he doesn't lift a finger to help and his main concern is whether or not he gets to keep his titles. Her uncle Norfolk and cousin Francis Bryan, meanwhile, actively assist Cromwell in bringing her down, and Norfolk presides over the court that sentences her to death.
** The Seymours don't flaunt their horrific behavior towards each other in quite such a public manner, but they're not much for family values either. The tale that reaches court is how Old John Seymour slept with his son Edward's wife--not just once, but weekly, and long enough that Edward doesn't know if her kids are his sons or his half-brothers. Edward and brother Tom both discuss their sister Jane Seymour as a commodity to be traded; while she affects a meek air, some of her comments make it clear that she's got some Opinions on them both. Really, she and her sister Bess are the only people in the family who are basically reasonable.
* The Sunset Lineage in the ''Literature/DreambloodDuology'' tends towards this as the Prince is required to have 256 wives, and succession is decided by who can best the others whether by murder or clever schemes. One of Eninket's reasons to take over the world is to change that situation and allow every member of his family to live freely.
* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': The Davar clan consists of the father who is slowly going murderously insane, the eldest son who abandons the family for years to make dangerous deals to get revenge on said father for a perceived crime, the second son who tortures animals in his spare time, the third son who does nothing but stare at the wall all day, the fourth son who drinks and gambles his money and prestige away, and Shallan. Shallan seems like the most well-adjusted despite being a ShrinkingViolet, but she [[BeneathTheMask is probably the most messed-up of them all]]. [[spoiler:And since everything started when Shallan killed her mother as a child (her mother was trying to kill her at the time) and her father took the blame, she has good reason to believe that everything wrong with her family is her fault.]]

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** The Harrises. Xander's the only good one out of them; his parents are such drunken abusive jerks that Xander would rather sleep outside, at night, in vampire-infested Sunnydale.
** Tara's family - or, at least, the men. Women in her family tend to have a gift for magic, so the males created a story that there was something demonic about them to keep them in line. Thankfully, by the time we actually see them, Tara's found a [[TrueCompanions real family]].
%%* Arguably, the Barones from ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond''.
* The Bluths in ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment''. Let's see: The patriarch of the family gets arrested in the first episode for stealing from his company, his wife is mean to all of her children who don't get along that well with each other except compared to with her, two of whom are self-absorbed to a great degree and one of whom is a ManChild, one of the grandchildren has a crush on his cousin, whose parents are extremely neglectful and have an extremely rocky marriage, and only one of the adults has any work ethic of any kind (did we mention that a ''teenage girl'' is the most well-respected businessperson in the family?). [[OnlySaneMan Said adult]] is seen as the "boring" one by his relatives. Later in the series the family gets even more screwed up.
* The Hardacres in ''{{Series/Brass}}'' are a very conscious exercise in playing this trope for laughs.
* The Maguire family in ''Series/{{Shameless}}'' embodied this trope, being aggressive Irish drugdealers, and as such were the feared family in their area. Paddy the PapaWolf, Mimi the MamaBear, Micky, who is tough but gay, Jamie the ex-con, Shane the violent but clumsy stoner, Mandy, the only nice member of the family, who later dies.
** The Gallagher family from the American version qualify too.
* While most of the families on ''Series/CoronationStreet'' [[DysfunctionJunction are screwed up]] the Barlows are the only ones really large enough to meet the "Big" qualifier. Being in the third and fourth generation helps, along with serial philanderer Ken having five children. The Barlows have fought with each other and everybody else over the years. They've also stood together through bigamy, alcoholism, cold blooded murder, and more adultery than most can count.
%%* The Petrellis in ''Series/{{Heroes}}''.
%%* The Pucketts in ''Series/ICarly''.
%%* The Gavins in ''Series/RescueMe''. Doubly so if you included Sheila Keefe, the window of Tommy's cousin.
* Jack Bauer is revealed to come from this type of family in season six of ''Series/TwentyFour''. They are also, however, a total BadassFamily.
* The whole family in ''Series/{{Titus}}'' is severely screwed up, where mental illness, alcohol and drug abuse are common affairs. And they were based off of his actual family, so [[TruthInTelevision guess what that makes this]]. Erin's family also qualifies, as it seems to consist mainly of thieves, gamblers and drug dealers/addicts.
* The Ewings of ''Series/{{Dallas}}''. And of course their counterparts from ''Series/{{Dynasty}}'', the Carringtons and Colbys, and the Channings from ''Falcon Crest''.
* The Lopez family of ''Series/TheGeorgeLopezShow''. Max is dyslexic, but there's nothing wrong with that. However, later, he gets mixed up with a gang, gets in a knife fight, frenches behind a dumpster until he gets hungry, then shoplifts, and launched a bottle rocket that destroyed the garage and put the family in horrible debt, got alcohol poisoning as a young teen, and tore up a perfectly good pillow. Carmen got featured in a rap video, having a pillow fight, if you know what I mean, then went to a party with beer, then drank beer (elsewhere from the beer party), then planned her pregnancy with a boy she was dating (and she was very CrazyPrepared for it, too), and insulted her father in her diary. Their GRANDMA, even, is alcoholic, addicted to smoking, and hit a guy in the nuts this one time. George Lopez... nothing too wrong with him. He lies. A lot. Then Angie, who... actually, she's the sole refugee from this trope in the family, even though she does tend to scold George for things he can't help at all.
* Half of the ''Series/MidsomerMurders'' episodes feature a feud between two Big Screwed Up Families.
* The Nichol/Cohen family in ''Series/TheOC''. The patriarch, Caleb Nichol, is a MagnificentBastard par excellence. His daughter Kirsten married Sandy Cohen, had Seth, and adopted Ryan, so that's four of the main characters. But Nichol went on to marry Kirsten's best friend Julie; this added her ex-husband Jimmy and daughters Marissa and Kaitlin to the clan (and gave Ryan's relationship with Marissa a vaguely incestuous quality). It gets worse: Caleb's illegitimate daughter Lindsay was also at the kids' school and she ''also'' dated Ryan. Then after Caleb is gone, Julie marries Summer's father. And Summer marries Seth in the finale. End result, thanks to Caleb's [[strike:industriousness]] willingness to marry a woman his daughter's age, ''ten'' of the 12 characters who were cast members are eventually related by marriage -- only Luke and Taylor escape. (And Taylor lived with the Cooper side of the family for a while at one point anyway, to the point of almost becoming an adoptive member.)
* The Wilkerson Family in ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'', as part of an effort to make the world's worst dysfunctional family.
* Blanche's family in ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' is a comical example. In the episode "Adult Education", Rose is quizzing Blanche in psychology and asks, "Who said that the son wishes to extract revenge on the father by having sex with the mother?" Blanche responds, "I don't know who said it, but my cousin did it!"
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' features the delightful blend of the Winchesters and the Campbells. Between manipulations, impossible orders, and the possibility that the family patriarch might have once set his nine and five year old sons up as bait for a child-eating monster, there's a bunch that's screwed up in this family. What's best is that the reasons why things are so messed up weren't known for years and some of them we're still learning about.
** The entire Heavenly Host, full stop. So screwed up in fact that [[spoiler: one of the four archangels, Gabriel, decided to run away and join the Norse Pantheon and become Loki. Yes, ''THAT'' Loki. And considering how screwed up the Norse gods are]], that's saying something.
%%* ''Series/{{Revenge}}'' has the Graysons.
* The Bristow family from ''Series/{{Alias}}''. Jack, Irina, Sydney, Nadia, Katya, and Arvin, by various connections. Six people, of whom 2 are actually Bristows by blood and 1 by marriage (depending on whether you count Jack and Irina's marriage as valid).
* The Collins family on ''Series/DarkShadows''. In the original series, it was intended that Victoria Winters be Elizabeth Stoddard's illegitimate daughter. Roger Collins [[spoiler:let another man take the fall for vehicular homicide]] (and is a cowardly, arrogant, jerk into the bargain); Elizabeth Stoddard confined herself to the estate for 20 years because [[spoiler:she thought she'd killed her husband (and she didn't even like him that much)]]; David Collins, besides having his own problems, [[spoiler:was the son of a supernatural being who would kill her child as part of her rebirth]]; Carolyn Stoddard deliberately dated a biker to piss off her mother (and was supposed to be wed to a demon before he underwent a ''HeelFaceTurn'') -- and then there are the sins of Collinses past, which regularly come back to haunt the modern family. Barnabas was supposed to be one of those, until the character proved too popular to get rid of. On the other hand, at times most of the Collinses can display sudden and surprising impulses toward genuine goodness. It's complicated. Most of them would actually behave fairly decently, if circumstances were not so weirdly freakish.
* The detectives of ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' have some family issues, to say the least:
** Olivia Benson is a ChildByRape, [[AlcoholicParent her mother being an alcoholic]] who died falling down some stairs. She also has a half-brother through her rapist father, Simon Marsden, who always seems to find himself in some sort of serious trouble.
** Elliot Stabler was suggested to have an abusive father. His mother, meanwhile, has bipolar disorder, causing him to become estranged from her. Not helping matters is that his daughter, Kathleen Stabler, inherited the disorder, accounting for her bizarre behavior in her early adulthood.
** Odafin Tutuola may have the most dysfunctional family of the entire main cast: the long amounts of time he spent undercover caused his wife to leave him and his son, who is gay, to be estranged from him, the schism between him and them never fully recovering. Worse still, Fin's ex-wife was raped by her father, resulting in the birth of Darius Parker, who she resented and who later went on to commit murder.
** John Munch didn't get along with his father. The last thing he said to him was that he hated his guts before he killed himself. His uncle, Andrew, also suffers from mental illness.
** Amanda Rollins' father walked out, her mother had a series of abusive boyfriends, and her sister is more or less a sociopath.
** Nick Amaro's father was regularly violent with him and with Amaro's mother. Years after the fact, Amaro's mother and sister ''still defend'' the father, and all three of them [[{{Gaslighting}} insist that Amaro is either overemotional or misremembering]] when he brings up the abuse.
* ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' has Detective Goren's family. Goren's older brother is a loser drug addict who's always asking him for a handout. Goren's mother is almost [[TheUnfavourite always rude and disrespectful]] to him, regardless of him being the successful son in the family and Goren treating her with nothing but respect. Meanwhile, the mother treats her loser son with love and affection, even though he hardly visits and takes of care her like Goren does. Besides the clear display of favorites among her sons, Goren's mother [[spoiler: had him by cheating on her husband with a man who turned out to be a serial killer. Which explains her treatment of Goren compared to his older brother]].
* ''Series/GossipGirl'':
** The van der Bilts (including Archibalds).
** The van der Basses (now also known as the Bass der Humphreys) could also count, if you consider all of them truly related at this point. Screwed-up is really putting it mildly, Dan and Serena have an on-and-off romance while their parents are married and they share a half-brother. Chuck tried to rape both Serena and Jenny before he became adoptive brother to the former and stepbrother to the latter, though ''after'' they became stepsiblings Jenny decided to lose her virginity to him. Oh, and Dan and Chuck have both slept with Vanessa who also bedded their half-brother Scott. Throw Uncle Jack into the mix and it gets even crazier...
* ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'': Every family on the show is screwed up one way or another.
* ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' arguably tops them all: on that show, Hercules came (via a human mother, Alcamene) from a family of screwed-up ''gods''! "I really hate my family," Herc complained in one episode. And who can blame him? His father (Zeus) is a dried-up old adulterer; his stepmother (Hera) is a homicidal bitch; his uncle (Hades) is a borderline rapist; his aunt (Demeter) is an embittered hag; his cousin (Persephone) proves herself to be [[ReallyGetsAround a total slut]]; his half-brother (Ares) is a psychopathic BloodKnight; his half-sister (Aphrodite) is a BrainlessBeauty (with a touch of AlphaBitch); and his nephew (Cupid) is a moody delinquent who changes from an angel-winged hunk to [[OneWingedAngel a literal monster]] whenever he gets jealous, due to a curse put on him by Hera. His other half-brother Apollo is a SmugSuper {{Jerkass}} who treats mortals like garbage. The only halfway decent members of the pantheon are Athena and Hephaestus who each only appear once in the series.
* ''Series/TheBorgias'', of course. AffablyEvil Rodrigo [[RefugeInAudacity buys the Papacy, makes his son a cardinal, and installs his mistress Giulia into his dead rival's apartments]]. Cesare follows it up by being a MagnificentBastard, acquiring a personal assassin, dispatching a rival for insulting his mother, and having a [[BrotherSisterIncest worryingly close relationship]] with his sister Lucrezia. Said sister is turning into quite the manipulative seductress and plots against her DomesticAbuser husband while having an affair with his servant. Meanwhile Juan is a dim-witted, sociopathic SpoiledBrat who has sex with his brother Gioffre's wife on a table surrounded by stuffed corpses. And Vannozza, former Spanish courtesan and mother to Rodrigo's children, while not as overtly homicidal and violent as the rest, still manages the balls to [[WomanScorned storm into the Vatican, slap the Pope across the face, and call Giulia a whore in front of most of the college of cardinals]]. Gioffre has a twenty-something-year-old wife at thirteen. And the marriage was consummated. Less than five minutes after she had sex with Juan. Again.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** The Lannisters fit the above description perfectly, which isn't surprising, since the series centres around a DeadlyDecadentCourt and FeudingFamilies. Neither Tywin nor his descendants would be called well-adjusted, apart from Myrcella and Tommen. They will indeed instantly band together to destroy you if you attack one of them, despite not liking each other. In fact, a general rule of thumb is that out of the four primary Lannister characters (Tywin and this three children), each of them loathes all of the others — ''except'' for Jaime, who gets along well with all of them. To put this in perspective, the family that has killed the most Lannisters in the series, are Lannisters themselves - Jaime kills his Cousin Alton, Cersei murders her Uncle Kevan and Cousin Lancel, and Tyrion murders his father, Tywin. They have a TangledFamilyTree, as being one of the great families, they have studiously married into all of the other noble families, to form alliances. Tywin is the MagnificentBastard and WellDoneSonGuy, Tyrion is the TheUnfavourite, and you don't want to know [[BrotherSisterIncest what's up]] with Jaime and Cersei. All that's missing is an EvilMatriarch, as Mummy Lannister had no record of being evil and [[DeathByChildbirth died giving birth to Tyrion]] (Tywin is quite fond of reminding Tyrion that he "''murdered his mother''"; it's one more reason he's TheUnfavourite, as if being a usually drunken debauched "half-man" wasn't enough... though the drinking and debauchery came later, Tywin hated him long before those particular things were true).
---> '''Tyrion:''' Let's raise a toast to the proud Lannister children! The Cripple, the Dwarf, and the Mother of Madness.
*** Part of the collision between House Lannister and House Tyrell when they interact is the Tyrells realizing just how screwed up their allies are, as the internal acrimony the Lannisters exhibit is utterly alien to the Tyrells that we see.
** The Baratheon brothers. Robert considers Ned as more of a brother than either Stannis or Renly, a fact he laments. Stannis in turn declares that he didn't love Robert any more than Robert loved him, and both Robert and Stannis belittled their youngest brother Renly for his squeamish disposition.
** Craster reigns over his own twisted clan with an iron fist by marrying his daughters and sacrificing his sons to the White Walkers, which takes on the feel of a {{Cult}} when he refers to himself as a "godly man" and his wives call a new son "a gift for the gods."
** The Freys are the largest screwed up family on the continent. Their current patriarch Walder Frey is past ninety and has fathered more than two ''dozen'' legitimate children as well as numerous bastards, many of whom have children and grand-children of their own. And only ''one'' of them can be the heir.
* The Pendragons on ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'', composed of a tyrannical king, his emotionally-damaged son, their illegitimate daughter/sister who keeps trying to kill them both, and an EvilUncle (who seems to have a thing for the earlier-mentioned niece).
* ''Series/TheCloser'''s "The Butler Did It" featured a family of three that is the combination of this and RichBitch. The eldest member, Dennis Dutton, is a psychotic guy who sees women frequently, and whenever one of the women he sees denies him, he cuts her up. The sole daughter, Deanna Dutton, was a woman who is on-and-off on drugs, frequently going through detox. What is presumably either the youngest or middle child, Devlin Dutton, is a DepravedHomosexual who often sleeps around with guys and hustles around. Surprisingly, none of them committed the murder against the only sane member of the family: The Butler did.
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'':
** Keep in mind that pretty much all of the main characters are related in some way or another.
** Emma Swan's family. Emma is twenty eight and is roughly the same age as her mother Snow White, her father Prince Charming, and her mother's step mother Regina the Evil Queen, and because of a curse they are under none of them know they are related to each other and from another world. And then there's her fight with Regina over who her son Henry's real mother is, the one who gave him up at birth or the one who adopted him. This also being a story with Snow White, you know there's already a few murder attempts and entire kingdoms hanging in the balance, not to mention the way the writers take liberties with the original story lines, particularly Charming's.
** Then there's the fact that Henry and his grandmother Snow could be considered step-siblings through the complexity of the relationship between Snow and Regina; the two were stepmother and stepdaughter, and Regina became Henry's adoptive mother. Regina is Snow's stepmother, making her Emma's step-grandmother, and Henry's step- great-grandmother, but is also Henry's adoptive mother. While no one has mentioned it yet, this means Henry and Snow are step-siblings which means his own mother is technically his step-niece.
** Add [[EvilMatriarch Cora]] for even more good times. She was having a TeacherStudentRomance with Rumplestitskin, and her illegitimate daughter,[[spoiler: This universe's [[Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz Wicked Witch of the West]] later tried the same thing. Cora abandoned her because her scheming for power was more important]], ''killed'' Snow White's mother so she could force Regina into an ArrangedMarriage for Regina to gain power, and killed ''Regina's'' lover. Regina blames Snow for this, as she told Cora, and spends the next thirty years bullying and then trying to kill her stepdaughter and everyone else in range. [[spoiler:Finally, Snow White has enough of this and murders Cora, her step-grandmother, out of revenge for killing her mother (and throwing Snow's elderly nanny to her death ForTheLulz). Oh, and she used Regina to do it.]]
** Did we mention Henry's adoptive aunt, the Wicked Witch of the West, [[spoiler:''killed Henry's father?'']] Boy, you bet they get along.
** And that's just the ''maternal'' side of the poor kid's family. His dad turns out to be [[spoiler: Baelfire ([[MagnificentBastard Rumplestiltskin's]] son), meaning their world's equivalent of Dark Lord is his grandpa. Great-Grandpa is even ''worse,'' as he de-aged himself into ''Peter Pan'' (who actually makes his son, the Dark Lord, look like a good guy by comparison) Baelfire's mom ran off with Captain Hook.]] Great-Grandma, Rumple's mother, is actually [[spoiler: the black fairy, one of the darkest, most evil beings in the realm, who steals babies for likely very dark, powerful spells,]] and she abandoned Rumple with his father when he was a baby. [[spoiler: Baelfire's dad is hooked up with Belle (who, like Henry, is pretty much an innocent caught in the crossfire). Baelfire]] was forced to leave Emma in jail and knocked up, and now he's built a new life complete with fiancee...[[spoiler: said fiancee turns out to be part of a [[MageKiller magic-killing]] order of {{Knight Templar}}s who is using Baelfire, and actually romantically involved with Owen Flynn, and jury's still out on if Owen's related to ''[[Film/{{Tron}} that]]'' [[Film/TronLegacy Flynn]] family...]]
** Prince Charming summarizes it with:
--->'''Prince Charming:''' [[CrowningMomentOfFunny It's a good thing we don't have Thanksgiving in our land, because that dinner would suck.]]
** Oh, and the true loves of Emma and Regina are, respectively, [[spoiler: Captain Hook and Robin Hood. The same Hook that was previously in a relationship with Rumplestiltskin's wife Milah and briefly took on Baelfire as one of his crew. To top it all off, Robin was tricked by Zelena, Regina's half-sister disguised as Maid Marian at the time, into having a child with her]].
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': The Luthors. ''Good god.'' Between [[MagnificentBastard Lionel]], [[FromNobodyToNightmare Lex]], [[TheSociopath Lucas]], [[OffingTheOffspring Lillian]], [[spoiler: [[WellIntentionedExtremist Tess]]]], and [[EnfantTerrible Alexander]] there's so much deceit, manipulation, murder, and betrayal that it's amazing ''any'' of them are still alive. On [[AlternateUniverse Earth-2]] it somehow gets worse even though there are fewer of them, with Earth-2 Lionel being the AxCrazy [[TheSocialDarwinist Social Darwinist]] who manipulates the hell out of Earth-2's versions of Clark, Lex, and [[spoiler: Tess]].
* One episode of ''Series/{{Scandal}}'' featured an extremely wealthy and politically powerful family that has run on this trope for generations. In more recent history the patriarch of the family was almost a presidential candidate but that was scuttled when the press found out about his secret second family in Canada. The daughter was the Attorney General of Texas but had to resign when her massive cocaine use came to light. The two sons are the current faces of the family and seem to be nice men with no real vices. In fact Olivia is called in when the younger brother's political campaign starts to flounder because he is seen as too asexual. The solution is to get him into an ArrangedMarriage so the voting public can relate to him more. In the end Olivia discovers that [[spoiler: he has been having a decade long affair with his older brother's wife]]. The older brother knew all about it from the beginning but did nothing because the arrangement kept the family together.
* ''Series/TheVampireDiaries''. The Originals. Let's face it, any family where Klaus carries his family around the world in coffins after sticking daggers in their hearts and their mother wants to kill off her children qualifies.
* The villains in ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' were a family that got more screwed up as the series progressed. It started when [[UnholyMatrimony Rita married Lord Zedd]], and that might have actually worked out... But then Rita's brother Rito showed up, and his incompetence drove both his sister and brother in law crazy. But it didn't stop there. Then Rita's dad Master Vile appeared (at which point Tommy actually commented on how screwed-up Rita's family was) and things went downhill. Right from the moment Zedd and Vile met, they hated each other, and argued constantly. It was a relief to everyone concerned - especially Zedd - when he left.
* The Hunters in ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' - an intermarriage of rednecks and Italian immigrants made up of a sprawling gaggle of cousins, aunts and uncles, grandparents, and half-siblings, all of whom are trailer trash as well as crooks, con-men, delinquents, and criminals so suspicious of the cops they refuse to be filmed even for innocent reasons. This is in direct contrast to the Matthews' loving, quiet, tidy nuclear family.
* In ''Series/{{Justified}}'', the Crowders and Bennetts qualify. Both are longstanding criminal families brimming with deception, betrayal, resentment, and favoritism.
* In the ''Series/MastersOfHorror'' episode "Imprint", this is the nicest thing to say about the disfigured prostitute's one. [[spoiler:The father and mother were incestuous siblings who lived in poverty. The father beat the mother, while the mother aborted or murdered all her inbred infants, except for the resilient girl who eventually became the prostitute. The father raped the girl during one of his violent stupors and she beat him to death in return. The mother sold her daughter into sexual slavery because she couldn't care for her anymore with the father gone. Finally, the girl has a mutant, evil twin sister growing out of the side of her head.]]
* The Doyle-Wells clan in ''Series/NightAndDay'' has it all: inadvertent father-daughter incest between Alex and Jane; inadvertent cousin incest between Della and Tom; Alex's secret son with Steph the vicar; Dennis's father switching his half-sister Della at birth; a pair of CreepyTwins; Django plotting to seduce stepmother Dona and murder dad Charlie; sixteen-year-old Jimmy getting his aunt Begonia pregnant; and to top it all off, the family ends up inheriting the Harpers' [[ItCameFromTheFridge evil fridge]].
%%* The Lyons from ''Series/{{Empire}}''.
* ''Series/YouMeAndTheApocalypse'': Oh boy, where to start...
** Jamie and Ariel's [[spoiler:father]] is [[spoiler:Father Jude]].
** And [[spoiler:their grandmother]] is the [[spoiler:woman behind the bunker, who abandoned her kids and is, as far as people are concerned, legally dead]].
** And as well as [[spoiler:Jude, she]] is also [[spoiler:mother to Scotty and Rhonda]].
** Plus Jamie has a [[spoiler:daughter, Frankie, with Layla]].
* As mentioned in the Real Life folder below, ''Series/{{Victoria}}'' depicts just one small portion of the messy, sprawling web of intermarriages and dynastic alliances that made up European royalty. Regarding the characters in the series, we have Victoria's mother, who is implied to be involved with her manager Sir John Conroy, who in turn is conspiring with Victoria's uncle, the Duke of Cumberland, to have Victoria disqualified from ruling. Victoria herself only came to the throne because of a succession crisis due to the fact that none of George III's children had surviving heirs, despite a (frankly hilarious) race to find young wives of noble blood in an attempt to have heirs first (though they had plenty of illegitimate offspring).
* On ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', the House of Duras does perhaps the worst job of upholding the ProudWarriorRaceGuy ideal that Klingons pride themselves on. To wit:
** Ja'rod, Duras' father, betrays the Klingon colony on Khitomer by facilitating a Romulan attack. (He ''is'' killed in the attack, though, so he's RewardedAsATraitorDeserves.)
** Duras knows about his father's treason, but conspires to [[DeceasedFallGuyGambit pin the blame on the far more loyal Mogh, who was also killed in the attack]]. He and his minions are also willing to murder anyone who [[HeKnowsTooMuch gets too close to the truth]]. It's also heavily {{implied|Trope}} (and confirmed by WordOfGod) that he slowly poisons Chancellor K'mpec to death, which Klingons consider one of the least honorable ways to kill someone. (This also puts him squarely into UngratefulBastard territory, as K'mpec helped him cover up Ja'rod's treachery.)
** After Duras falls at Worf's blade (he made the foolish, ''foolish'' mistake of killing Worf's mate), his sisters Lursa and B'Etor launch a civil war against the rightful Chancellor Gowron (K'mpec's successor), with the aim of establishing Duras' son, Toral, as a PuppetKing. (They're also receiving secret aid from the Romulans, well-established as enemies of the Klingon Empire.) When ThePlan goes belly-up thanks to the intervention of TheFederation, they [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere bugger off]] and leave Toral at the mercy of Gowron's loyalists. Fortunately for him, Worf chooses to spare his life, as he's merely a pawn of his family.
** Despite being shown mercy instead of suffering for his family's crimes, [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Toral then launches his own quest to take over the Empire by finding the Sword of Kahless]]--and in doing so, tries to kill Worf, even [[UngratefulBastard taunting him for having spared his life]]. Fortunately for the Empire (and perhaps the entire Alpha Quadrant), his plans fail.
** ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' then reveals that the family's corruption goes back a few centuries, with one of their ancestors (also named Duras) bullying a group of defenseless and starving refugees. When ''Enterprise'' comes to their defense, with Archer trying to talk things out and only firing back when things go south, Duras lies and claims that Archer attacked him as an act of war against the Klingon Empire.
* ''Series/JaneTheVirgin'': The Solanos, a wealthy hotelier family. The patriarch, Emilio, was apparently such a terrible husband to his first wife Mia that she had a psychotic break and killed herself[[note]]later revealed that she just left to live a quiet life by a lake[[/note]]. He paid off his second wife, Elena, to stay away from their son Rafael. Emilio seriously played favorites with his kids, and his favored child, daughter Luisa (by Mia), is a mentally unstable alcoholic whose marriage ends in the first episode, and starts shacking up with her ex and ''stepmother'', Emilio's third wife Rose. Rafael is married to Petra, who brings her own issues to the table; she tries TheBabyTrap to keep their marriage going so she can get her hands on the money specified in the prenup (at the behest of her evil mother, Magda). Oh yeah, and Elena and Rose? [[spoiler:Both murderous drug lords.]] It's frequently lampshaded that their dysfunction is straight out of a telenovela, and is often used as a point of contrast to Jane's more stable and down-to-earth family.

* The Music/TomWaits song "Cemetary Polka" runs through a list of aunts and uncles, each of whom is screwed up in their own unique way.
* Most {{Anti Christmas Song}}s at least give a mention of having one of these that makes the holidays a special kind of hell.
* "Dollhouse" by Music/MelanieMartinez is about one of these. The protagonists dad cheats on his wife, her mom is [[DrowningHerSorrows an alcoholic]] due to it but ignores the cheating, her brother uses illegal drugs, and yet they keep a [[StepfordSmiler facade]] of normality.

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek mythology]]. Just about anyone with any relation to the gods falls under this, not to mention the gods themselves. And a lot of people were related to [[ReallyGetsAround the gods]].
** The House of Atreus is the best example. Menelaus is the ''only'' adult member who doesn't commit some sort of unforgivable crime. Except for that time in ''Andromache'' when he threatened to murder her child if she didn't come out and admit she was bewitching his daughter Hermione, who was no bag of sunshine herself, so that she would be barren; the plan was, naturally, to kill both Andromache and her little boy. Of course, that characterization can be attributed to Euripides's dislike of Sparta at the time.
** The House of Thebes is another cursed dynasty. While the founder of the House Cadmus did quite well for himself and married Harmonia, the daughter of Ares, ''all'' of their descendants fared poorly. The most famous ones are of course Oedipus and company mentioned in the Theater folder.
* Myth/NorseMythology has this in spades. Whether it's Odin's family or Loki's many kids, there is always a reason to have a duel or a shouting match.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon The]] [[Wrestling/ShaneMcMahon McMahon]] [[Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon family]]. At any given second during the heyday of the Wrestling/AttitudeEra, you can count on a ton of dysfunction going on with this family, usually as a result of Wrestling/VinceMcMahon. Even when it seems like they're all one big happy family, it's usually the result of one of them pulling a complicated {{plan}}. Just to give you an idea of how screwed up this family is, Wrestling/TheUndertaker kidnapped daughter Wrestling/{{Stephanie|McMahon}} in order to convince Vince to hand over the company to him...and then it was revealed that Vince was Undertaker's [[Wrestling/TheCorporation "Higher]] [[Wrestling/MinistryOfDarkness Power"]] and the person telling him to pull off this scheme in the first place, which means that Vince basically had his own daughter kidnapped. And that's not even going into all of the crap from 2000. This quote sums them up nicely:
-->'''Wrestling/TripleH:''' What the hell kind of family did I marry myself into?!
* The Hart Family is a real life version. As are the [[Wrestling/VonErichFamily Von Erichs]], what's [[DownerEnding left]] [[DrugsAreBad of]] [[DrivenToSuicide them]].

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'', the Giovanni Vampire clan fits the description (incestuous, power-grubbing {{necromancer}}s) to a tee.
** The new version, ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'', brought them back as the Sangiovanni bloodline of the Mekhet in the {{Sourcebook}} ''Bloodlines: The Chosen''. They're still one big, happy, inbred, necrophiliac family. You don't want to know how they got into the vampire business.
** Likewise the inbred, insanely wealthy Crassus family is the Ghoul equivalent. Their masters use them not as servants or proxies, but as playthings.
** Really, ''any'' ghoul family is this (VTM calls them "revenant families"). The Crassus just have the advantage of wealth.
** Frankly, the Giovanni clan takes this UpToEleven. How does an incestuous family of necrophiliac vampire mobsters take things too far, you ask? They've also married into the Dunsirns of Scotland, an equally inbred CannibalClan of [[FelonyMisdemeanor corrupt bankers.]]
* The Whateleys from ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}''. BrotherSisterIncest, [[DealWithTheDevil worship of evil spirits]], locking less "viable" family members in the attic, and [[spoiler:allowing their patron demon to consume the newest, youngest member of the family corporeally to become a god on Earth]]. Also, the entire family has incredibly weird genetics from swimming around in a shallow gene pool for so damn long. C'mon. [[GuiltyPleasures Admit it]]. You're dying to [[PlayerCharacter create one of your very own]] (who is of course a [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch nice guy]]). Bear in mind if you do make one, however, that yours is going to be from a fairly distant branch. That's the only way to make them ''playable''. How bad does it get? Looking at the Family Tree in their Family Bible can cause SanitySlippage.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** The TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}} setting was ''born'' from this trope. It's got enough of these families to write a book about how screwed up they are... and Arthaus did so, with ''Legacy of the Blood: Great Families of the Core''.
** The Karanok family in the TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms city of Luthcheq is filled with insane devotees to the "god" called "Entropy," which seeks the destruction of all magic. The 2nd Edition sourcebook ''Old Empires'' details a few members of the family, and explicitly states that [=DMs=] should feel free to come up with however many more evil lunatics in the family he or she wants.
* An epic case of this resulting in [[TheStarscream betrayal]], [[KillEmAll a bloodbath]] and [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the shattering of an empire]] is the main {{backstory}} of the [[CrapsackWorld unimaginably brutal setting]] of ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000''. It involves [[PhysicalGod The Emperor]] and his [[TrulySingleParent twenty cloned sons]], and various cases of ParentalFavoritism, CainAndAbel, TheUnfavourite and others, culminating in the great betrayal known as the Literature/HorusHeresy.\\\
Just the highlights: Horus was chock full of pride and superiority; Leman Russ didn't see anything suspicious with his father ordering an execution of Russ's own brother; Angron never forgave the Emperor and was always on the edge of UnstoppableRage; Lorgar tried worshiping his father as a god; the Emperor himself never told his children anything and mistrusted them; Konrad Curze tortured the WhiteSheep Vulkan to prove his theories; Fulgrim cut the head of his best friend and brother Ferrus; and all the Primarchs jumped at each other's throats the moment Horus switched sides.
* At one point or another, ''every'' ruling family in ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' has been like this. House Liao is probably the most obviously screwed up, with a long history of internecine familial conflict up to and including secession, terrorism, assassination and abortive coups (all in the same generation even). The Kuritas of the Draconis Combine are also notorious for killing each other off to ascend to the Coordinatorship, and while there are many members of the family with diverse goals, these too spend most of their time putting on an external visage of cooperation while attempting mutual treachery behind closed doors. The Clan invasion dampened this tendency somewhat, but it probably says something that a minor member of the ruling family far from succession who was quietly plotting in the background to weaken their enemy, the Clans, via cultural and psychological warfare was suspected of conspiring to claim the throne instead, and was nearly assassinated by the SecretPolice for ''helping'' his nation. As most of its ruling caste are connected by their bloodlines thanks to the enormous importance placed on genetics and DesignerBabies, [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy the Clans]] are all in essence big screwed up families on their own. Even members of the same blood house were known to plot against each other politically, which was seen as especially serious business.
* The Shiawase clan in ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'', and by extension the MegaCorp that bears their name. Shiawase (the corporation) prides itself on its 'corporate family' image, where employees are born, baptised, married and buried under the aegis of the corporation and considered 'part of the family'. Naturally, this means it's the mega most prone to infighting, as family members (both literal and figurative) struggle over their shared fortunes. Shadowrunners can make good money exploiting this tendency.

* The Hubbard family in ''Theatre/TheLittleFoxes''. The planned first-cousin marriage between Alexandra and Leo would not have been the first in the family. The Hubbard siblings are all greedy and selfish and loathe each other. Leo's father Oscar basically forces Leo to steal $75,000 in bonds from his uncle Horace.
* The Brewster family ''Theatre/ArsenicAndOldLace'', to the extent the only sane one in the family [[spoiler:turns out not to be blood related]].
* The Duke's family of ''The Revenger's Tragedy''. Brothers and stepbrothers conspire to have each other executed [[spoiler:and actually end up stabbing each other later in the play]], the mother sleeps with her step-son, the youngest brother is a rapist, and the Duke himself has a history of having women who reject him poisoned.
** The 2002 film adaptation just makes matters worse by styling the brothers as camp cyber-punk/glam-rock types and ramping up the incestuous subtext (e.g. the Duchess and Junior after Junior is arrested, not to mention Ambitioso and Supervacuo's somewhat excessive hand holding and pawing at each other)
* The Capulets in Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet''. Juliet's father decides to marry her off against her wishes a day after her cousin gets killed, to "cheer her up", and when Juliet protests he threatens to let her "beg, starve, die on the streets!" He also hits his wife, but when Juliet goes to her mother for sympathy, she's equally nasty. The [[Theatre/RomeoEtJulietteDeLaHaineALamour musical]] went ahead and added incest (by some people's standards) into the mix by presenting Tybalt, Juliet's cousin, as ''also'' being in love with her. The Hungarian adaptation of the musical took this even further by making him epileptic (probably as a result of an injury incurred as part of his harsh, almost military upbringing as a designated champion for his family in their feud with the Montagues -- who interestingly ''don't'' seem to fit this trope) ''and'' having a pervasive level of sexual tension with Lady Capulet, who at least knows well enough to firmly turn him down when he tries to lunge at her and kiss her. For that matter, Lady Capulet is cheating on her husband with a servant and ends up a LadyDrunk after Tybalt's death.
* [[OffingTheOffspring Laius]], [[IncestIsRelative Jocasta and Oedipus]], [[SiblingRivalry Polyneices and Eteocles]], [[IncestSubtext Antigone]], [[SurvivorGuilt Ismene and Creon]], [[DrivenToSuicide Eurydice and Haemon]]...no one in the entire family catches a break throughout Creator/{{Sophocles}}'s Theban plays ''Theatre/OedipusRex'', ''Theatre/OedipusAtColonus'', ''Theatre/{{Antigone}}'', and ''[[MissingEpisode The Progeny]]''.
%%* ''Theatre/TheOresteia'': Agamemnon, Clytaemnestra, Aegisthos, Elektra, and Orestes.
* ''Theatre/TheLionInWinter'', play and film. Henry II of England, his estranged wife Eleanor of Aquitaine, three sons, and one French king (who's also the boyfriend of one of the princes). Oh, and the French king's half-sister Alais, who is betrothed to one of the princes and is ''also'' Henry's mistress. Each plots against most or all of the others, over the course of the story. Lampshaded by Eleanor: "All families have their little ups and downs."
* ''Theatre/AlisonsHouse'': Alison fell in love with a married man. John was in a loveless marriage despite loving another woman, Ann's mother. Eben and Louise don't even seem to like each other. Elsa has gone away with a married man. Only Ted seems untroubled, and his banality is a dramatic contrast to the rest of the family. Ted, the youngest child, is symbolic of the new age.
* ''Theatre/{{A Delicate Balance|1967}}'': Agnes and Tobias haven't slept together in a long time, and their marriage has descended to a bitter Agnes passively-aggressively sniping at a weak-willed Tobias. There's Agnes's sister Claire, who is pretty much permanently drunk. They had a son who died young. Their daughter is calling it quits on her fourth marriage.

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* While not especially powerful, the generational family that forms the core of the ''VideoGame/{{Myst}}'' games fits this trope far better than any mere dysfunctional family:
** Ti'ana (great-grandmother) managed to cause a civil war in an ancient civilization (granted, not her fault).
** Aitrus (great-grandfather) got vengeance on the man who killed his family by trapping him in another world ''and destroying it''.
** Gehn (grandfather) set himself up to be [[AGodAmI worshiped as the god]] of multiple private universes, keeping his subjects in check by feeding dissidents to his pet beasties.
** Atrus (father) is [[ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder a little too concerned with his research]] and not concerned enough with raising his family, and ultimately [[ItsUpToYou relies on other people to solve most of his problems]].
** Katran (mother) was (and presumably still is) worshiped by rebels against Gehn, and represses a few things about her sons that she'd [[LoveMakesYouDumb really be better off concerning herself with]].
** Achenar (elder brother) is [[spoiler: an AxCrazy psychopath with a macabre taste in decoration and a penchant for ElectricTorture]].
** Sirrus (younger brother) is [[spoiler: a narcotics abuser and MadScientist with serious [[CainAndAbel sibling rivalry issues]]. He and Achenar plundered the dozens of populated worlds, massacring their inhabitants and wrecking their ecosystems, then imprisoned their father and trapped their mother in a universe with Gehn, who wants her dead]].
** Yeesha (younger sister) is a bit of a creepy but naive {{Cloudcuckoolander}} who [[spoiler: helps her brothers escape their prisons by mistake, is briefly imprisoned in [[JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind Dream]] and [[GrandTheftMe possessed]] by her older brother]] and comes out of the whole mess with a [[MessianicArchetype Messiah complex]] and [[ProphecyTwist an inability to communication clearly]].
*** Oh, yeah. And just about all of them are capable of carefully RewritingReality. [[spoiler:''Especially'' Yeesha, who is apparently right about being the Messiah.]] This bodes not well.
* In ''VideoGame/HauntingGround'' -- the Belli family. Ugo was [[OnlySaneMan the only normal child]] and he escaped when he met Fiona's mother.
* In ''[[VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon F.E.A.R.]]'' you're a [[HeroicMime mute supersoldier]] known as the Point Man. The man you've been sent to kill, Paxton Fettel ([[spoiler:who is your brother]]) is a cannibalistic, psychic psychopath who is going on a violent rampage with his army of telepathic soldiers and merely gets pissed when you kill him. Alma [[spoiler:Wade]] ([[spoiler:who is your mother]]) is a homicidal ghost out for revenge (and to protect [[spoiler:her children]]). Harlan Wade ([[spoiler:your grandfather]] [[spoiler:''AND'' technically your father]]) is the person who caused this mess by working with an evil corporation to experiment [[spoiler:on his own daughter who happens to be the aforementioned ghost that is your mother]]. Note that this is just the ''first'' game. In the second one, Alma decides to add [[spoiler:Michael Becket]] to your relations by [[spoiler:[[StalkerWithATestTube using him to father another child]]]], but this is ''after'' a gene-splicing operation that [[spoiler:directly links him to your bloodline]]. By the third game, Alma is expecting ''again''. On top of that, [[spoiler:while grandpa is still dead, the worst parts of him are ''back'' and want you dead too]]. And at the very end, [[spoiler:the Point Man and Fettel face off, and one of them gets killed/consumed, leaving the other to raise the newborn as their own]].
* Most families in ''VideoGame/CrusaderKings'' ends up this way after a while. Favorite gameplay example when playing as the Sverkers: Son gets "You have fallen in love with a girl in your court." event... With his SISTER. A week later sister gets "Death By Suicide". A generation later the son-and-heir assassinated his father...
** You think that's bad? Try playing the ''Sword of Islam'' expansion. Muslim rulers can have up to four simultaneous marriages, and technically every child from all of them is legitimate. This means your wives will be doing a lot of plotting and political maneuvering to try and get their kid as heir to your throne. There's also the decadence mechanic for Muslim dynasties, which causes huge problems for dynasties with unlanded males: the only thing worse than a plotting family member is a plotting family member with their own land and armies... and family members who disgrace the family name by sitting around the palace all day drinking and chasing servant girls. If you're not the plotting type yourself, you can quickly end up feeling like your dynasty's OnlySaneMan.
* ''VideoGame/CliveBarkersUndying'' has the Covenant family, even ''before'' the last members were horribly cursed. It's hinted that the Covenant family has a dark history involving untimely deaths, creating all sorts of bloody rumors.
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlueCalamityTrigger'':
** To summarize the story: [[spoiler:3 Orphan Siblings + TimeTravel + CloningBlues + AxCrazy = Big Screwed Up Family + TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt [[GroundhogDayLoop Repeatedly]]]]. To specify, [[spoiler:the younger brother is driven to insanity by the BigBad, so he cuts off his big brother's arm, then later supervises a clone of his sister, whom he hates, who is a main piece in the Big Bad's plan to destroy the world, and is then driven to hunt his thought-to-be-dead big brother, who will also destroy the world, and it turns out the sister who disappeared is the villain behind the main antagonist. In the original timeline, the big brother was turned into a monster and sent back in time, while his younger brother turned himself into a hero to atone for everything he had done before. Even as a reformed hero, he is still intent on killing his big brother, though now he wants to do it for the sake of the world and not because of {{Yandere}} tendencies. Speaking of Yandere tendencies, there's also another clone of their sister who has some serious hots for Ragna, and when he rejects her she decides to kill him so that they can fuse and become the earlier mentioned world destroying monster together... Yes, this game is ''very'' [[MindScrew confusing]]... Credit where credit is due, though: The family have become a little less dysfunctional by the end of the second game. Well, except that sister-turned-villain... Though all hope is not lost for this family, due to persisting rumors that this sister-turned-villain could be just a victim of manipulation of the BigBad and her villain status was just a front provided by the BigBad so he could move as he like and {{Troll}} the brothers]].
** The Clover family. The father, [[EvilGenius Relius]], is a [[LackofEmpathy sociopath]] who turned his daughter into a machine and then used the experience to turn his wife into a superior version... ForSCIENCE All while, his [[ParentalAbandonment abandoned]] son, Carl, who was forced to finish the experiment that his father begun, because Relius couldn't be bothered to finish the job on Carl's sister, was understandably deeply traumatized by these events. He now greatly distrusts adults and will do ''anything'' to return his sister to normal and get revenge. When they eventually reunite? Relius brags about how he has [[LargeHam "ACHIEVED PER-FEC-TION"]] with his wife and promptly tries to [[OffingTheOffspring demonstrate her power on his children]].
** [[MsFanservice Mak]][[CuteMonsterGirl oto]]'s family is heavily implied to be this in two of the [[PlayedForLaughs gag reels]] from ''Continuum Shift: Extend''. While a bit exaggerated in Makoto's own gag reel, it's still nowhere ''near'' as bad as what Ragna and Carl had to endure.
--->'''Narrator:''' Mommy ends Mikoto's rant with [[ComedicSociopathy a wicked right cross to the mouth]] -- a textbook example of the famous Nanaya "tough love".\\
'''Makoto[[spoiler:-in-Ragna's-Body]]:''' Geez, [[EveryoneHasStandards and I thought]] [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments my family was nuts]]!
** And then there's the Yayoi dynasty, who have been trying to keep their magical power up through the generations by [[IncestIsRelative keeping it in the family]] for far too long now. Put it this way: it's made explicitly clear that Tsubaki isn't the firstborn of her house, merely the first ''to survive''.
* The Mishima family from ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}''. It's {{badass|Family}}... and it's also ridiculously shattered. By ''Tag Tournament 2'', there are certifiably ''five'' family members competing. There's Jinpachi, his son Heihachi, his son Kazuya, ''his'' son Jin, and Heihachi's illegitimate son Lars (there is also Heihachi's adoptive son Lee Chaolan, although his involvement with the "family business" varies). You can basically draw a web of who wants to kill who and why. The only one who is 'good' in the general sense of the term is Jinpachi (he has a good heart but is unable to fight the engulfing evil force that has possessed his mind and body; although Lars is heroic his disgust with his parentage does cause him to shoot at Heihachi unprovoked when the two cross). This basically all starts with Heihachi, who tried to overthrow his dad, and threw his son Kazuya into a ravine to kill him, and ''then'' a volcano, when that didn't take. Jin's family on his mother's side is relatively sane [[spoiler:though his mother Jun has a creepy SuperpoweredEvilSide and terrible taste in men (she did fall in love with Jin's father Kazuya and still thinks he can be redeemed)]].
** In ''Tekken 7'', Heihachi's estranged wife, Kazumi, joins the fray and goes as far as [[GuestFighter hiring Akuma]] from ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' to take out Heihachi and Kazuya. She's [[spoiler:also the originator of the Devil Gene that plagues her grandson so much]].
* Honorable mention goes to Kasumi, Hayate and Ayane from ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive''. Kasumi was sentenced to death because she was trying to find the (at the time) missing Hayate. Regardless of the reason, leaving the clan is punishable by death. And her own half-sister Ayane (who is a ChildByRape from a clan outcast and thus was considered TheUnfavourite among the clan throughout her childhood) is the one trying to kill her. And you thought [[Franchise/MortalKombat Sub-Zero had it rough...]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' has a good example of this in the form of the Yurievs. You have father Dimitri, who is ReallySevenHundredYearsOld, a {{Body Surf}}er, and a WellIntentionedExtremist (on the surface), among other things. Next, we have the mother(s) who, for all we know, could have been used as ThePawn. Then there's big brother Jr (Rubedo), who's [[OlderThanTheyLook older than he looks]], being raised by his younger brother as his son (at least, to the public eye), and [[spoiler:the "Link Master" in an experiment to control and defeat the existence known as U-DO (later revealed to be God itself)]]. After that, there's [[spoiler:Rubedo's conjoined twin,]] Albedo Piazzola, who gets less and less mentally stable as he grows up. As a child, he was the CreepyChild and generally shows traits of UndyingLoyalty towards Jr. However, after finding out he was immortal and his siblings weren't, he went off the deep end, winding up to be a LargeHam, PsychoForHire, [[StrawNihilist Nietzsche Wannabe]], and WickedCultured as an adult. Following up is Gaignun (Nigredo), who seems to be mostly normal, even hinted at being [[WiseBeyondTheirYears wise beyond his years]]. However, it's revealed that [[spoiler:he was responsible for killing Rubedo, should his special power, Red Dragon, ever get out of control. Also, he killed Dimitri in an attempt to free himself from this, as well as his other purpose, which was to serve as a body should Dimitri ever have to BodySurf]]. Also, [[spoiler:he dies near the end of the third game, eliminating Dimitri in the process as well]]. Which leaves Citrine, the only woman actually shown in the family. Put simply, she's a ChekhovsGunman whose only purpose was to also [[spoiler:kill Rubedo in case his power went out of control]]. Also, she's the only one of the family who still sees Dimitri on a regular basis. Last are the other 665 other siblings, who were created to be standard [=URTVs=] (basically the counter to the existence, U-DO), with Rubedo, Albedo, Nigredo, and Citrine as the variants (who get more attention, stronger abilities, and a bad case of ThemeNaming). Also, all of the standard units are [[spoiler:all dead]]. And, quite honestly, this doesn't even begin to explain everything...
* ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'' features the Touchdown family, which in the last 10% of the game is revealed to be incredibly expansive. There's Travis Touchdown, otaku assassin; [[spoiler:his mother, murdered; his father, who cheated on Travis's mother with another woman, who committed suicide, resulting in resulting in the murder of himself and his wife at the hands of his mistress's daughter Jeane (who Travis was dating, unaware that she was his half-sister); this is all revealed after Jeane kills Dark Star, the number 1 ranked assassin who also claims to be Travis's father. In an unrelated plot, Travis discovers that his rival, Henry, is actually his twin brother, and is married to Sylvia, the woman Travis was pursuing. And they have a daughter, also named Jeane. You might as well count Travis's cat, Jeane, as part of the family to round out the hat-trick]].
* In ''VideoGame/TheSims2'', the Curious/Smith/Singles family sprawls diagonally over Strangetown, dominating the town's drama. Apparently it all started when Glarn Curious was abducted by an alien [[FaceFullOfAlienWingWong pollination technician]]. Sick of caring for his alien daughters, Glarn abandons them to wife #1 Glabe, took off and remarried to Kitty, proceeded to have four children with her the old-fashioned way, one of whom proceeded to ''marry the alien who inseminated him'' and have two kids of her own. Then the younger son Pascal, err, followed in his father's footsteps, and is "expecting" at the beginning of the game. If you play your cards right, brother Vidcund can reach the same happy state shortly thereafter, by the same alien daddy -- leaving you with two adorable green brats who are both cousins and siblings. Not to mention the special relationship between the Singles sisters and the Smith kids. [[http://sims.wikia.com/wiki/File:Curious-Smith_Family_Tree.png Check out this fancy family tree]] including the antecedents from ''VideoGame/TheSims3''.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid''. First off we have Big Boss who is the most gifted soldier of the 20th century and would be recognized by America as their greatest asset, but after many hardships, betrayals, and tragedies were thrown his way by the government he swore his life to, he became disillusioned and drifted the world as a mercenary. Eventually his disillusionment reached such a point that he sought revolution, overthrowing America and the corrupt forces behind it, the Patriots, who controlled everything in secret, thus bringing a new birth of freedom to the country. Meanwhile the Patriots cloned Big Boss so as to have copies of the greatest living soldier in the world to use at their disposal, and the sons of Big Boss would go on to agree with their father's stance (Liquid and Solidus both try making their own Outer Heavens) and have feuds (Snake and Liquid fought their father) with their genetic father, and the protagonist of the series Solid Snake would eventually defeat his father in single combat, being the lapdog of America that Big Boss had once been. Liquid Snake, failing in his feud with Big Boss, took up his cause in order to prove he was better than his father by succeeding in the dream of defeating the Patriots where his father had failed, and Solidus the third son takes up his father's cause as well, but both brothers are stopped in part by their brother Solid Snake just as he had stopped their father. The Snake family only knows how to fight one another, which comes off as sad as all of them have noble causes but they all get manipulated so that they have to fight each other, and even when this is brought to their attention their differences are never settled. Also Ocelot, who's The Boss's son, but comes to admire Big Boss as a father figure, too, in his own way. Or the Emmerich family, as elaborated upon in ''Peace Walker''. Hell, it's even suggested that Otacon's mother is [[DepravedBisexual Strangelove]]!
* The Fact Family of ''VideoGame/{{Ys}}'' takes this trope UpToEleven.
* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreed'':
** The Borgias of ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood'', albeit this is just an adaptation of their own, also-screwed-up RealLife selves mentioned below. Even [[spoiler:Lucrezia's son]] Giovanni Borgia the Younger is not spared due to being warped by [[spoiler:the Shroud of Eden]], though he ends up leaving them to [[spoiler:join the Assassins]].
** On the heroes side, we have the Kenways who in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'' and prequel ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag'' contain three generations of PlayerCharacter. Edward Kenway abandoned his wife for riches [[spoiler: and unknowingly fathered a daughter, Jenny Kenway who comes to have issues with him not being around]]. His son Haytham becomes the family BlackSheep, a Templar Grandmaster and becomes an ArchEnemy to his own son Connor, who [[spoiler: murders his ArchnemesisDad out of Self Defense when the former tried to strangle him]].
* ''Franchise/MortalKombat'':
** [[BadassFamily As badass as they may be]], we see some serious family issues between [[spoiler:Younger Sub-Zero and Noob Saibot]] and [[spoiler:Kitana and Sindel]] in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9''. Both involve extensive amounts of [[KickTheDog puppy-kicking]] from Person B, and the latter example actually culminates with the ''death'' of Person A.
** ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' has even more family drama. First, we have the Cages: Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade married and had Cassie, then divorced, with Johnny and Sonya sniping at each other while Cassie tries to win her mother's approval. Next, Kenshi and his son Takeda: Kenshi left Takeda in the care of Scorpion and the Shirai Ryu to pursue the ones responsible for the death of his mother, and Takeda resented him for being a DisappearedDad. Finally, Jackson Briggs and his daughter Jacqui: he does not approve of her being in Special Forces. All this before we get into the fact that they can fight (and brutally murder) one another in-game.
* A good bit of the cast of ''VideoGame/OdinSphere'' turns out to make up one big RoyallyScrewedUp family:
** Demon King Odin's legitimate daughters Griselda and Gwendolyn are desperate for his love and approval to the point that they long to die in battle in the hopes that it will prove their worth to him; Griselda ''does'' die in the opening of the first leg of the game, and Odin uses Gwendolyn's longing for his affection to manipulate her throughout nearly her entire book.
** Odin also has two illegitimate children, Velvet and Ingway, from an affair with Princess Ariel of Valentine. Seeing his beloved daughter give birth to his enemy's children caused King Valentine to ''snap'': he forced Velvet and Ingway to renounce their mother and claim they never loved her, executed Ariel, and abused and terrorized both twins, Velvet especially. Thanks to Velvet's UncannyFamilyResemblance to her mother, she's the only one of Odin's children he shows any affection towards, while she blames him for her mother's death and wants nothing to do with him; meanwhile, Ingway [[spoiler:destroyed the entire country of Valentine in order to save Odin from dying in battle against Valentine's superior army]] only for Odin to dismiss him with a callous, "Well done, traitor."
** Gwendolyn eventually marries Shadow Knight Oswald, the adopted son of Melvin, who is the cousin of the Fairy Queen of Ringford. Melvin adopted Oswald when he found him abandoned as an infant, and even after Melvin sold Oswald's soul to the Queen of the Netherworld in order to make him the Shadow Knight, Oswald is fanatically loyal and obedient towards him right up until Melvin [[spoiler:dies in a failed attempt to seize the throne from Queen Mercedes and admits in the process that he never saw Oswald as anything but a tool with which to take over Ringford]]. Unbeknownst to Oswald, his real father was actually [[spoiler:the exiled Prince Edgar of Titania, who renounced his claim to the throne in order to marry a peasant woman, and who was assassinated for it by his father King Gallon. This makes him the cousin of Prince Cornelius of Titania, whose father King Edmund was forced to take up a magic sword and kill his own father after King Gallon turned himself into a monstrous man-eating beast and ravaged his own country]].
* Most of the playable characters and major antagonists in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War]]'' are related, most of them by incest. [[spoiler: The entire playable first generation characters are either killed, tortured, or severely crippled by the villains with the exception of Sigurd, leading to the children attacking for revenge.]]
** From ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemFates Fire Emblem: Fates]]'', we have the royal family of Nohr, or what's left of it at any rate. It's fair to say that these guys have some ''serious'' issues, especially with regards to the children and their father. At one point in time, according to the accounts of his children, Garon was a pretty great parent. He was a compassionate father, a fair ruler to his subjects, and a loving husband to his mistresses... [[ReallyGetsAround yes mistresses]]. That should be the first clue that not everything is stable in that household. In fact crown prince Xander is the only one related to his legal wife, with ''all'' of the other children having come from different mothers. He certainly loved them, but he just couldn't break off any ties to them after he fell in love, thus he kept them around as his mistresses. Unfortunately, his mistresses did ''not'' share that same love for each other, and the whole place devolved into a [[DeadlyDecadentCourt battlefield]] between concubines. In this state of paranoia they would often resort to flat out murdering one another, and in many cases each others' ''children'' (sometimes forcing said children to ''kill each other''), all in their efforts to garner Garon's favor. It got so bad that the royal family dwindled down to just Garon and his four remaining children (Xander, Camilla, Leo, and Elise) after the children resolved the issue of succession themselves. This experience left Garon a bitter and heartless shell of his former self, and traumatized his children so badly that they defer to his wishes, no matter how cruel they may be, all in an attempt to end the conflict currently going on with Hoshido, under the belief that with the war over he will return to his kinder self. [[spoiler: What they don't know is that Garon is actually dead, and that his corpse is being possessed by a familiar to fulfill the plans of [[GreaterScopeVillain Anankos]] to destroy both Nohr and Hoshido.]]
* The Drevis family in ''VideoGame/MadFather'' have a great list of issues. Aya's father, the titular mad father, killed animals and people [[spoiler:including his own mother]] when he was a child, experiments on people and animals as an adult, [[spoiler:killed his wife and plans to turn his daughter into a doll, which he's done for his previous victims.]] Aya's mother reads very disturbing books to her young daughter, [[spoiler:developed feelings for her husband after he refused to kill her and was excited by the prospect of her daughter growing up to be like her father.]] Then there's Aya herself. She loves her father regardless of what he's doing in the basement, enjoys playing with a mini chainsaw, [[spoiler:has killed small animals like her father had, and is implied to be continuing her father's experiments in the True End.]]
* In the RPG Maker game ''VideoGame/MermaidSwamp'' there is the Tsuchida family. In the game, there is a legend of a man who kidnapped a mermaid and kept her alive with swamp water only for her to die, and now the mermaid wants vengeance. [[spoiler: In reality, there is no mermaid and the entire legend was fabricated by the women of the Tsuchida family in an effort to keep travelers away from their village. Turns out that the men of the Tsuchida family have a strong romantic attraction for women who are underwater and they would kidnap girls from the village in order to force them to live in tanks. The fact that the girls would become sick and eventually die did not bother them in the slightest. That's what preservatives are for.]]
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' has the Dren family. Vedam is the Duke of Vvardenfell, and a [[TheGoodKing good one]] at that, if a little biased toward his own Great House. He has a CainAndAbel situation going on with his crime boss brother, Orvas, referred to in the editor as "Orvas Dren Druglord," who leads the Camonna Tong, a native Dunmer mafia-style gang of slavers, drug peddlers, and thugs who are extremely xenophobic. A late game quest (which also features into several faction quests) has you uncover evidence that Orvas is planning to assassinate Vedam. The Camonna Tong has bribed and extorted their way into the highest levels of leadership within House Hlaalu and the Fighters Guild, giving them massive influence and resources. Finally, there is Ilmeni, the daughter of Vedam who lives as a pauper in a lower-class area of Vivec. She's active in the Twin Lamps, an illegal slave ''freeing'' operation, which is directly opposed to her uncle Orvas on ideological grounds, and cannot be officially supported by her father because slavery is technically legal and protected in Morrowind.
* ''Videogame/{{Smite}}'' has various gods from the Greco-Roman, Egyptian and to a lesser extent Norse Pantheons so this is a given. Using their historical counterparts as a basis:
** Egyptian: Neith is the mother of Sobek, Serqet, Khepri and Ra, who is the father of Anhur and Bastet. He is also (through his son Shu) the grandfather of Nut and Geb, who are the parents of Isis and Osiris. Osiris in turn is the father of Anubis through his sister-in-law Nephthys, who disguised herself as Isis due to her husband/Osiris' brother Set being sterile. Most of the screwed up revolves around Ra.
*** That's every playable character in the pantheon, just so you know.
** Greek: Poseidon, Hades, and Zeus are brothers who don't like each other very much. The latter is the father of Apollo, Artemis, Ares, Athena and Aphrodite. Thanatos and Nemesis are siblings, and cousins once removed to Zeus (their mother Nyx is the sister of Zeus' grandmother Gaia). This isn't including the zig-zagged relations they have with the Roman gods.
** Roman: Bellona, Bacchus, Hercules, Mercury and Vulcan are all siblings. Nox is their great-great aunt. Cupid is their nephew. With opinion leaning more towards the Roman gods being the same as the Greeks, we can now add all of them to the mix, with the sibling sets of both Pantheons being siblings to each other (10 kids and counting; Zeus has been busy), Vulcan being married to his sister Aphrodite, Cupid being the son of Aphrodite and Ares, and Nox being Thanatos' and Nemesis' mother and Zeus', Poseiden's and Hades' great aunt. The upcoming god Charon, is also son of Nox and brother of Thanatos and Nemesis.
** Norse: Borr married one of Ymir's descendants, from whom Odin was born. Thor is his son. Loki is the father of Hel and Fenrir. Ullr is Thor's stepson (son of Thor's wife Sif and an unknown father).
** Among the rest, Hou Yi and Chang'e are husband and wife, and He Bo is brother of Chang'e; Xbalanque and Hun Batz are half brothers (same father, Hun's the older), and Awilix and Ixbalanque are technically the same person (Ixbalanque is the incarnation of Awilix); Ravana and Kumbhakarna are brothers, and Vamana and Rama are ''technically the same person'', Vishnu.
* In the ''VideoGame/FatalFrame'' series, many a family in close connection to the rituals in each game tends to be this, such as the Himuro family in ''I'' and the Kuze family in ''III''.

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* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'':
** The Fey Family has a long history of in fighting, in murder, and dysfunction. The Kurain Master position is usually held by the oldest daughter of the Master, but Misty Fey turned out to be more powerful than her sister Morgan and stole the position out from under her, dooming Morgan Fey to become the "branch family". Her rage at this and her desire to make her daughter Pearl the next master leads her to [[spoiler: try and get rid of Maya ''twice''. The first by framing her for murder, the second by getting Pearl to channel her other daughter Dahlia, who would then murder Maya in Pearl's body. Did we mention Pearl is ''nine''?]] And her father divorced because, in Kurain village, men are pretty much useless since only women inherit psychic powers.
** Surprisingly subverted with the von Karmas. While Manfred von Karma himself is an AmoralAttorney of the highest caliber and [[spoiler: murdered Miles Edgeworth's father before adopting him with intention of raising him to be another AmoralAttorney before having him convicted of his own father's murder fifteen years later]], he seems to have treated both Miles and Franziska with no more unkindness than your average demanding parent. The [[spoiler: murder thing]] is still sort of messed up, though.
** Although not all of them are actually related, the Gramarye Troupe from ''Apollo Justice'' certainly fit this trope. [[spoiler: Accidental shootings, blackmail, suicide, frame-ups]]... Trucy's lucky that she's not being raised by them, really. Same goes for [[spoiler:Apollo]].
* The Matou/Makiri in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''. Not the best family to [[spoiler:give your extra daughter away to]].
** Also the Einzberns. Chasing after the Holy Grail and nothing ''but'' the Holy Grail for a thousand years? Turning your girl children into homunculi? Trying to summon the devil to win the Grail War? They must be so pissed when [[spoiler:the Grail is destroyed in every route without Ilya ever even getting to the finals]].
** Really, this trope seems to apply to pretty much every mage family since only one child can inherit the family magic with each generation with siblings being kept in the dark about magic at best or made servants (without the capital "S") to the heir. Even Tokiomi Tohsaka, a relatively moral mage claiming to be acting in his family's best interests describes the idea of Rin and Sakura growing up and one eventually killing the other as an ideal situation.
* The Tohnos of ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' are kind of this trope as well. Luckily, [[spoiler:it seems they've been killing themselves and each other for so long that by the end there's only Akiha and the relatively normal branch families left]]. Yay?
* ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'' has the [[spoiler:Saigusa]] family, once fairly powerful but gradually lost it, and got a little screwed up as a result, [[spoiler:mandating all daughters have TWO husbands from other powerful families, somehow this managed to work out for a while. Things get complicated when one of the husbands doesn't stand for it[[note]]He wanted to get his wife out of the horrible system[[/note]], and breaks into and kills some of the higher ups in the family, and then twins are born of both him and the second husband. The family doesn't want the daughter of 'that' man to drag the name of the family down, so the family, unaware of which is the daughter of which, decides that the twins should compete at everything, and the 'worse' twin is declared the 'bad' daughter and gets to enjoy ridicule and beatings for things as little as using her left, her dominant hand, because its different, and gets beaten for screwing up when she uses her right. To make things even more fun, the 'good' twin was raised by a branch family while they were 'competing', a branch family that believes belts are a good motivator, just ask the scars on her back. She's also told to hate and pick on her sister, lest she wants to take her place]].
%%* The Sonozaki clan in ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' qualifies.
* Exaggerated in ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays'': [[spoiler:Makoto's father is such a notorious womanizer that his son winds up having sex with several members of his family throughout the series. In fact, one of the main heroines in the series, Sekai, is actually his ''paternal double half-niece'' because her mother Youko is his ''sister'']]!
* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' features the Ushiromiya family. Oddly enough, though, they also qualify as a BadassFamily.
** Starting with the family head, Kinzo, who is completely insane, obsessed with black magic and with the Golden Witch, Beatrice, [[spoiler:who happens to be a LegacyCharacter, and in fact is based on two people: his mistress Beatrice Castiglioni, and his daughter Beatrice II, with whom [[ParentalIncest he had a child with]] [[ChildByRape through rape]].]] He's also hostile to his own children and is, in fact, [[spoiler:[[DeadToBeginWith dead]]]].
** His eldest son, Krauss, is a failure as an investor and doesn't get along with his siblings for being a ManipulativeBastard. This causes much stress for his wife Natsuhi ([[spoiler:a girl from an ImpoverishedPatrician clan, whose ArrangedMarriage to Krauss was [[ScarpiaUltimatum brought up as a way to pay off the family's debts to Kinzo]]]]), who in turn puts a lot of pressure on their daughter Jessica to be a suitable heiress to the family (even though it's her future husband who will be the head, not her), especially since Krauss and Natsuhi couldn't have a child after trying for years. In fact, poor Natsuhi has so much baggage over not being able to produce an heir sooner that [[spoiler:when she's given a child to raise by Kinzo, she pushes a servant who was looking after the child off a cliff because the child reminded her of her failure. Said child later starts making creepy calls to Natsuhi and possibly attempted to frame her for murder]].
*** [[spoiler:Said child is actually a result of Kinzo's ParentalIncest with his mistress's daughter. Said child grows up in an orphanage and brought as a servant to the family, and orchestrates the murders that occur on the island.]]
** His eldest daughter Eva has some major issues with her older brother and treats Natsuhi poorly, not to mention they pretty much had a "competition" to see who'd first give birth to a child who could be appointed as successor. She also dislikes [[{{Meido}} Shannon]], and is against her relationship with Eva's son, George. [[spoiler:When she finds the gold in Episode Three, she becomes a witch and basically goes insane.]] Beyond that, in Episode 6, [[spoiler:when George tells her he's going to marry Shannon, she basically goes insane again, and [[SelfMadeOrphan George kills her]]]]. Not to mention how Kinzo denied her the right to be the successor despite her intelligence and investing talent, [[HeirClubForMen solely for her gender.]] [[spoiler: Except in one timeline.]]
** His ''other'' son, Rudolf, is a known philanderer. This philandering, in fact, caused his own son Battler (the main protagonist) to leave for six years when he remarried way too soon after the death of his first wife. It has also caused a lot of EpilepticTrees since the fourth arc regarding [[spoiler:Battler's parentage]]. As for that remarriage? The woman he married and with whom he had Ange, Kyrie, is a [[spoiler:{{Yandere}}]] RunawayFiance [[spoiler:who leaves her younger sister Kasumi to be forced into her own ArrangedMarriage with the ditched fiance. Kasumi herself goes insane, abuses poor Ange and tries to get revenge years later]]. In fact, it's implied that Kyrie [[spoiler:goaded Rudolf into trying to murder everyone on the island except Battler in an attempt to gain the inheritance money]]. It blows up in their face. [[spoiler:[[KillEmAll Literally.]]]]
** The youngest daughter, Rosa, is a horribly [[AbusiveParents Abusive Mom]] towards her daughter, [[CreepyChild Maria]]. This is because she is incredibly stressed out as a young, single mother whose husband left her, [[spoiler:and even now, she's trying to convince him to come back by cosigning a loan for him that threw her deep into debt. He, of course, has no intention of returning]], and Rosa knows that even as she tries to do this. Some of the abuse also comes from her own frustration at having been bullied by her siblings when she was a kid, which Rudolf comes to acknowledge at some point. [[spoiler: And it's later shown that, again as a kid, she tried to help Beatrice Ushiromiya aka Beatrice II to escape... but she died, and the adult Rosa still blames herself for it.]]
* In ''VisualNovel/LongLiveTheQueen'' all the noble families are screwed-up in some fashion, but the biggest is the family of the Duchess Arisse of Lillah. Her three marriages as well as the marriages of her children have secured her immense power, enough to be called Nova's Eastern Queen. Too bad this resulted in her being the [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Woman]] leading a family of broken and messed-up individuals.
** Her stepson from her first marriage turned out to be a DepravedHomosexual who abused and killed an ever increasing number of servants. Eventually it became too much [[spoiler: and Arisse had him killed]].
** Her second husband, a commoner, [[spoiler: possibly raped a teenaged duchess and "seduced" her (Arisse's) son Kevan who was either a preteen or in his early to mid-teens at the time it started]]. When Arisse found out about this she tried to make him stop and when that failed [[spoiler: she had him killed as well]].
** Kevan became estranged from his mother and ended up as a rage-fueled JerkassWoobie, obsessively devoted to his family to a [[LeeroyJenkins suicidal degree]]. He also moved in with his older sister [[spoiler: and the two got a little [[BrotherSisterIncest too close for comfort]]]].
** The whole [[spoiler: "affair"]] was discovered when a very young Thaddeus [[spoiler: walked in on his father and half-brother]], an event that made him rebellious, broody and gave him extreme trust issues he never quite got over.
** And finally there is Arisse's stepson from her third marriage, who is constantly targeted by assassins [[spoiler: send by a foreign duke who is set to inherit his lands if he dies]]. His mother was also the woman [[spoiler: who was most likely raped by Arisse's husband number two]].

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* The descendants of Melete and Syllor, so much to the point where Melete doesn't want anything to do with her family, not even the nice ones. They can't even be divided into "bad" and "okay" - it's more like "avoid if you value your life" and "decently tolerable".
* In ''God Mode'' Marceline's family seems [[http://godmodeonline.com/d/20060224.html really screwed up]]. But what can you expect when [[RedEyesTakeWarning red eyes]] run in a family?
* At least three of the 11 noble families from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod''.
** The Zahard family, comprised of the King of the Tower and his adopted daughters, is by nature of the adoption requirements full of rather peculiar individuals, but the most disturbing thing is that there is a strict rule against romance, dating and sex that is enforced with the threat of assassination.
** The Koon family, which is quite the inverse: The family head, Koon Eduan, is a notorious playboy and has the greatest amount of wives throughout the whole tower. His children are basically are uncountable so that when two meet they have to confirm that they really are of the same family, despite rather [[CurtainsMatchTheWindow obvious]] [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair signs]]. Family branches easily fall out of grace and Koon Agero Agnis's experiences with his family lead him to mistrust everybody. Children who don't win a competition against one of their brothers get kicked out of the family at the tender age of ten.
** Finally, there is the Hendo family. The name of the head, Hendo Lok Bloodmadder, is fitting. The less you know about them, [[PoweredByAForsakenChild the better]].
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' takes a mostly-feudal society with RealLife amount of [[CloakAndDagger grand scheming and backstabbing]] and adds an equal amount of {{mad scientist}}s, so it's an entirely expectable result for many nobles.
** Valois/Sturmvoraus/Other-Last-Names-in-the-Line clan look like this. At least, Tarvek called it "[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110422 a bunch of evil-minded, cynical, backstabbing old fools]]" and [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100512 mentioned]] that "the only caretaker who showed him love or kindness" was a [[RaisedByRobots construct]] usually seen in the moods from "foul" to "murderously foul" and whom Tarvek himself defined as "terrifying". Oh, and his sister slowly died because their father tried to upload into her brain a copy of the insane lady he was infatuated with. And the level of abuse his distant cousin Violetta constantly piles on Tarvek from her introduction on was already adjusted for [[spoiler:the discovery that he pulled her butt out of a big meat grinder]] not long before. And Violetta's deeply moved by the death of one particular relative, because she's ''pretty'' sure Aunt Margolotta never tried to kill her... or at least never tried very hard, which by Sturmvorus standards is "[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20141208 She was always nice to me]]".
--->'''Tarvek:''' And how is it even ''possible'' you're on ''my'' side here?\\
'''Violetta:''' Oh, well, you know, ''family''...\\
'''Tarvek:''' ''That'' means I should be looking for the ''knife'' in my back.
** The Heterodyne family ''was'' known primarily for their bloodthirsty and tyrannical ways until Bill and Barry gave the family a bit of an image makeover with their heroics. Armored toys in the nursery is a telltale sign, though little iron cages were used more sparingly.
** The Mongfishes aren't much better. Case in point: Lucrezia and her sister Serpentina. Then the rest of their clan trying to subvert Lucrezia's minions and hijack her scheme -- not because they disagree about the whole ZombieApocalypse thing, they only want a good share of its fruits.
** And then there's Lucrezia and her other sister, Demonica, not to mention Demonica's daughter Zola. During a complicated argument between The Other and Zola, she simply asks why Zola, whom she'd knocked out, strapped down and prepared to hijack with her own brain, doesn't just give her the information she needed earlier. Zola's only response is a meaningful silence.
* The Masters Family in ''WebComic/ChessPiece'' fit this rather well. Danny's cousins both seem to want to boink him. One is much younger and the other has tried poisoning him.
* The bloodline-obsessed Jansen clan and the Calley family in ''Webcomic/{{Concession}}''. Raj Jansen, the good ol' EvilMatriarch of the clan, [[spoiler:had one of her nieces raped in order to carry on her bloodline]], and ...Jesus Christ. Joel Calley is a Satanist with magical powers and one of the most massive and convoluted {{evil plan}}s I've ever seen, because [[spoiler:his brother Julian murdered Joel's twin sister Miranda when they were kids AND took over his late father's company rather than letting his mother have it. The aforementioned father was a religious douchebag, a WellDoneSonGuy and, possibly, an {{Abusive Parent|s}}]]. The only one who seems anywhere near normal is Lorelei Calley. [[spoiler:Oh wait, she's tried to seduce several of Joel's friends (including his boyfriend, unsuccessfully). Never mind.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Digger}}'' there's Grim Eyes, [[spoiler:whose mother went insane and beat up her father, further encouraged by her aunt due to jealousy. When she was born, her mother started abusing her as well, and her father killed her in order to protect his daughter, resulting in his exile from the tribe and leaving her all alone. In short, the only member of her family who wasn't completely insane [[DisappearedDad ended up leaving her]]]]. It's a wonder she grew up to be relatively normal and stable.
* ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'', let us count the ways. First off, the Val'Sarghress ruling family--Quain has Mel locked up and possibly raped and [[spoiler: stole her daughter to raise as her own]], Laelle is dead and being used as some kind of creepy golem, Syphile hated herself and pretty much everyone around her. Her ''son'' is pretty much the only one who turned out alright, and given that drow society is matriarchal, this isn't really something for Quain to be proud of. The Val'Sharen clan is also screwed up: Snadhya'runes, Zala'ess, and Sarv'swati [[spoiler:made a coup against Diva'ratrika, their own mother,]] and blamed their sister for it. During this, Zala'ess suggested [[spoiler:they take Diva's dead body and hang it naked from the gate]], and although her sisters vetoed the idea, it was on the grounds that there were too many chances to be seen rather than that it was distasteful. After forcing Sii'lice into hiding, they tainted Nishi'kanta by force. And the Vloz'ress clan: fronted by an insanely powerful sorceress with the mind of a child who likes to [[LivingDollCollector turn people into dolls]] and can swallow the auras of others, now led by [[spoiler: Kiel, who is the equivalent of fifteen or sixteen]], and pretty much tainted to the core.
* There's the royal family of Spain, the Estabens, of ''Webcomic/{{Pacificators}}''. The King set up a contest between his four children to see who would inherit his throne. What's this contest? ''A war.'' [[spoiler: Princess Belinda managed to mislead her brothers, so nobody died in this war. In response to this, the King named her the heir. Oh, and he knew that [[SelfMadeOrphan she was poisoning]] [[KlingonPromotion him the whole time]].]]
* ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'' has the Soulstealer family. Lorenda grew up with a single mom because her mother, Kria, ''ate her boyfriend, Lorenda's dad, for cheating on her''. Beyond that, Kria is a mass-murdering cannibalistic whim-driven DirtyOldWoman. Her uncle Aliph is better known as Dark Pegasus, a would-be conquering EvilOverlord who created the arts of {{necromanc|er}}y and the undead. Lorenda herself has been shown engaging in murder/cannibalism. The most ''normal'' member is Lorenda's adoptive brother Devin, who's an undead ex-slave that Kria used to keep and decided to rear after Aliph's spell to redefine the undead suffered a case of GoneHorriblyRight and he went from a mindless zombie to a full-fledged sentient.
* In ''Webcomic/UrbanUnderbrush'', [[http://www.lepusstudios.com/uu0150.html the rabbits can choose one of five screwed-up Christmas by joining any of their friends.]]
* The Travorias in ''WebComic/DominicDeegan'', WhiteSheep Luna was mistreated by the rest of her family because of her orc-like teeth (result of a curse), her mother tried to drive her to suicide, one of her sisters had a habit of enchanting rich men into challenging her husband to duels to the death then claiming their money afterwards, another sister is a lawyer (and the second most ethical of the lot after Luna), and the third sister was an assassin.
* The titular family of ''Webcomic/TheScumthorpeFiles''. Most of the members of this large clan despise each other, and the patriarch -- Larry Scumthorpe -- is a StupidEvil CorruptCorporateExecutive who cares about nothing but money. Of Larry's 8 children, one is a Supervillain, another is a BasementDweller, and there's also the good-for-nothing loser and the psychopathic SerialKiller. The most well-adjusted person in the whole family, Lester, is a Tiberium mutant.
* The Lashiecs from ''Webcomic/{{Heartcore}}'' as as screwy as they come, which is not helped at all by the fact that they are a family of [[OurDemonsAreDifferent demons]]. Amethyst has a major bone to pick with her father Royce after forcibly syphoning her power and scarring her. Her mother, Lilium, also doesn't care much for Royce and tends to but heads with Ame as well. Sukina gets along well with her big sister Ame, while Royce is not above hurting her to get Ame's goat. [[spoiler:Not to mention, Carval is her half-brother, being reincarnated from Volaster and "[[BizarreAlienReproduction fathered]]" by Royce, and he's certainly not above blowing Ame to bits (or anyone else: he's bloody insane!).]]
* Implied by Anpu in ''Webcomic/{{Godslave}}'' when he calls his family "terrible". Then there's a fact that Heru convinced all the rest to lock Anpu up in a jar for two thousand years, Oziris is a living corpse and Isis once set a child on fire.
* ''{{Webcomic/Precocious}}'': The Et clan. Every member of the Et's extended family seems to be either a kook, a crook, a thrill-seeker, a mad scientist, or just a bit touched in the head. Even the Ets we know [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2017/06/19 are scared of their family.]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''TabletopGame/NewVindicators'' has plenty of examples of this trope, including the Seven Fallen Seraphim and their extended families, since they're all older than history and their children are the reason for Neo-Sapiens in the first place. The Loder dynasty is another-there are superheroes, super villains, a superhero grandpa who gets deaged, and one of Magnus Loder's cousins eventually turns out to be an immortal who, in one timeline, puts himself up as a god and rules the solar system for decades.
* The Fiametta triplets from ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' [=v4=]. One (Rosa) is pretty much the poster girl for LookingForLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces, and has been known to hit on AnythingThatMoves, another (Frankie) regularly uses drugs, and the last, and the one male out of the three (Ilario), not only is heavily pressured by his father, but has to look after the other two in spite of actually being the ''youngest'' (albeit by a matter of minutes), and is somewhat neurotic as a result. You can add to that mix a clueless stepmother with no emotional connection to the children whatsoever and a father who only really cares about his son, showing it by... insisting that he ''must'' perform well at school and more or less ignoring his daughters.
* ''WebVideo/LawnJustice'': Every time a new member of Shelly or Ophelia's family is revealed, it gets a little more screwed up. And now that [[spoiler:Shelly is pregnant, probably with Oscar's baby, which combines the two families]] it's going to get much, much worse.
* In ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'' the Emperor is quick to list the flaws of all of his sons, both loyal and disloyal (apart from [[ParentalFavoritism Sanguinus]]), making it look like this is the case. Magnus' recount of him being bullied by others for his psyker powers (and the Emperor, their father, doing nothing about it) supports this theory. As ''Literature/HorusHeresy'' can attest you, this is very much canon. [[spoiler:Corvus Corax]] seems to agree in this regard; when he finds himself in the middle of a traitor Primarch panicking after having killed one of his Loyalist brothers to be par for the course as far as the family goes, and is really only missing ''more'' death and despair.
-->''"It shall be a regular family reunion. Awful, awkward and an atrocity upon family values."''
* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': Sara Waite has one fucked up family. Let's see... Her daddy is Gothmog, Demon Lord of Lust and Perversion; her mother mutated into a freakish Deep One thing that drives Sara (then known as Michael) insane when (the then) he killed her; the Necromancer is her uncle; her blood-sister is the ultimate [[strike: elvish]] Faerie Queen; her family tree includes several Great Old Ones; Tennyo, if actually part of the Mythos, is possibly a relative, and therefore [[SociopathicHero Ja]][[HelloKitty de]] would be too (adopted); Sara herself is an [[AnythingThatMoves omnisexual]], tentacle-raping, part-demon, part-were, part-fey, part-Deep One, part-Great Old One, part-human who is supposed to destroy the world, but decided to ScrewDestiny.
* In ''Roleplay/WeAreAllPokemonTrainers'' there's the Cain-Davis family, of which Herbert and Psyche are probably the two most prominent members. Nearly every member of the extended family that's been shown onscreen is either evil, highly traumatised, just kind of a jerk, or some mixture of the three. The few decent ones almost always seem to end up [[KillTheCutie dead]] or [[BreakTheCutie broken.]]
%%* ''{{Literature/Pact}}'' has the Thorburn family.
* In ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', Carolina's family is this. Her mother/Allison was never around much and died when Carolina was young. Her father/the Director acted very coldly towards her and barely acknowledged Carolina as his daughter, being obsessed with trying to bring back his dead wife. The closest thing Carolina has to siblings are tortured A.I.s, created at the hands of her father and all have varying issues (suffering PTSD, being AxCrazy, murdering Freelancers and taking the other A.I. fragments to become metastable, attempting suicide, etc)
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': The Schnee family. Good grief, are they ever. Mrs. Schnee is a depressed alcoholic wreck, Mr. Jacques Schnee is a cold-hearted monster of a man who controls and abuses Weiss and only respects any of her abilities or accomplishments when he can use them for his own gain, Whitley Schnee is a bratty SmugSnake who despises Winter and is secretly scheming against Weiss, Winter is a JerkWithAHeartOfGold SternTeacher who put Weiss through TrainingFromHell and got out of dodge as soon as she could... Weiss is, if you'd pardon the pun, the [[WhiteSheep Weiss-Sheep]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* [[RoyallyScrewedUp Zuko's family]] in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' fits this trope to a T. His great grandfather Sozin was an idealistic man who started a war he ended up regretting at the end of his life, [[spoiler:which included the [[MurderByInaction murder of his best friend.]] and the genocide of a people, except only one]]. His son was a brutal tyrant who got angry and demanded that his younger son ''murder'' his grandson. Said son, Ozai, was going to do it before his wife murdered her father in law. ''Their'' children are a psychologically damaged young man and a psychopath for a daughter, [[spoiler:though at least the son repents and ends up leading the Fire Nation at the end.]] Iroh is a good man, but was politically marginalized and only able to help provide a good example for his nephew. Commenting on it later, Toph says that given what his family was like Zuko actually turned out a lot better than you might have expected.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'':
** In Book 2, Korra's family shows signs of this, [[spoiler: at least until Unalaq's defeat]].
** Later, in Books 3 and 4, the extended Beifong family is effectively this, [[spoiler:due to a police incident involving Lin and Suyin Beifong]]. It only gets worse in Book 4, [[spoiler: where Baatar Jr., Suyin's oldest son, is engaged to that Book's BigBad, and former protege of Suyin, [[IronLady Kuvira.]]]]
%%* ''WesternAnimation/TheOblongs''. Are they ever.
* ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' has the [[UltimateEvil Demon Sorcerers,]] [[BiGBad Shen]][[EvilSorcerer du's]] [[OurDemonsAreDifferent brothers]] [[DemonLordsAndArchDevils and sisters.]] While Shendu was imprisoned in a [[TakenForGranite statue,]] they were [[SealedEvilInACan banished]] to a [[PhantomZone prison]] [[EldritchLocation dimension]] and hate Shendu for never trying to release them (even before his imprisonment). They're not above annoying each other whenever. Then there's Shendu's relationship with his son Drago. In the finale while they're SealedEvilInADuel, Shendu admonishes Drago for trying to take over his father's world while Drago complains about how Shendu was always off fighting wizards.
* The Patakis in ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold''. Abusive father, alcoholic mother, one daughter that pretends to be the [[MarySue perfect girl]] is massively messed up on the inside, and another daughter that's overly grumpy, and, compared to the rest, looks like the OnlySaneMan in this screwed-up setting. Not really big as a family, but quite big in name, though. It's the nearest of a really screwed-up family one could see in a kids' show. Interestingly, both Helga and Olga each see each other as "getting the better deal from their parents". Helga just wants to be ''[[ParentalNeglect noticed]]'' by her parents, darn it! But they're too busy pouring all their love and adoration on her perfect older sister Olga. Unfortunately, Olga (who is ''not'' perfect, [[StepfordSmiler she just seems that way]]) is being crushed under her parents' ridiculously high standards, and a lifetime of this has turned her into a neurotic ExtremeDoormat, deathly afraid of even the slightest hint of TheBGrade. She is incredibly envious of Helga's freedom to be her own person, away from the ever-watchful eyes of her parents.
* The Blakes from ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryInc''; not only is Daphne's mother committed on a regular basis, Daphne and her sisters once caught their father in the kitchen jay-bird naked gnawing on a can of soup.
* The Lanes from ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' certainly qualify. The parents are never home, leaving major character Jane and brother Trent to fend for themselves. Speaking of them, while Jane is comparatively normal, she's still quite jaded, while Trent is a lazy burnout who's never worked a day in his life. The rest of the kids are even worse: Penny is bitter and spends most of her time peddling handcrafts, Wind is an overemotional man who's been divorced at least 3 times, Summer is worn down by raising 3 out-of-control kids, and the rest of their family hates them, including an alcoholic self-proclaimed bum, and a grandmother who screams "What the Hell is wrong with you?" into Jane's ear.
* The Griffin family in later seasons of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' have become a complete incarnate of this trope. To the point where they're just as screwed-up as [[Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond the Barones]].
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'':
** If you count her {{creati|ngLife}}ons as her children, Princess Bubblegum's "family" counts. Her "son," Lemongrab, was "the first of her experiments gone wrong," and has an AmbiguousDisorder due some kind of error in his creation. He's a perpetually unhappy, sour, bitter, angry, isolated person who was sent by Princess Bubblegum to a castle outside of the Candy Kingdom walls, presumably to keep him away from everyone else. And they DESPISE each other. If you think about their family situation long enough, it gets very depressing.
** Bubblegum eventually created a second Lemongrab to keep the original company. The two discovered how to create candy life of their own and made a bunch of other Lemon children. The Lemongrab family is [[UpToEleven even more screwed-up]] than the Candy Kingdom, and may be almost as big.
** [[TheDitz Cinammon Bun]] isn't much more functional, but he at least seems to be happy in his [[CloudCuckooLander weirdness]].
** Goliad is even worse than Lemongrab. She isn't even a day old before she decides that she wants to be TheSocialDarwinist tyrant. She also has incredible PsychicPowers. It's not a good combination. Her "brother" Stormo seems like a pretty good guy, if [[spoiler: [[HeroicSacrifice locking himself into psychic combat with his sister for all eternity]] to keep her from ruling the Candy Kingdom with an iron fist is any indication]].
* The Puppingtons in ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel''. Clay is an alcoholic that thinks abuse is how you show love, and is estranged from his father Arthur after Arthur blamed him for his mother's death (which to be fair, is a fair cop). Bloberta is a neat freak who had her own brush with alcoholism (and sent Clay on his path), only married Clay so she can feel needed, and cheated on him at least once and tried to do so again. The one time we know Bloberta cheated on Clay resulted in younger son Shapey, who's still breastfed at ''seven'' and [[spoiler: until near the end of the series]] only spoke in screeches and one-word sentences, and was accidentally swapped for another boy and neither parent either noticed or cared. Orel is the OnlySaneMan, but that doesn't mean much when his attempts of following God's word end up setting the town on fire, or killing a woman, or causing a zombie apocalypse. Of course, this is just ONE family in a Big Screwed Up ''Town''.
* Ed and Eddy from ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' are implied to have bad families. The former has parents who are {{abusive|Parents}} and [[PushoverParents far too submissive to their bratty daughter Sarah]] and a bratty little sister and the latter has two abusive parents who berate him for his bad grades and an [[spoiler:abusive BigBrotherBully]]. It's implied that Double D's parents are hardly ever around, being so busy with work that they mostly communicate with their son through sticky notes.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': The Northwest Family are very reputable throughout Gravity Falls, but we get hints about them not being as good as they appear: Pacifica's jerk behavior, and her father Preston's "encouragement" of his daughter: "You're a Northwest. Don't lose." [[spoiler: Than it turns out the whole family has been one 150 year long line of cheats and swindlers. Preston himself is a classist creep who was willing to endanger his party guests by not following through on an old curse and let the townspeople enjoy a party, just to maintain his sophisticated image. Not to mention treating Pacifica like a dog, including controlling her ''Pavlov-style'' with a bell, and encouraging her AlphaBitch attitude. Pacifica herself seems to be averting this, putting aside her prejudices and ending the 150 year old curse by opening her family's party to the town. [[MeaningfulName Her name means 'Peaceful', after all.]]]]
* ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'': The Bagges are a very messed up case and an example of a vicious circle of abuse and cruelty. Let's see: Ma Bagge mistreated Eustace and was a greedy and ruthless executive, Horst also mistreated his younger brother Eustace and committed crimes against animals, deers and goats specifically, and Eustace himself ended up an unhappy, miserable jerk who... mistreats his dog Courage and isn't kind to almost anyone and has his fair share of crimes motivated by greed and spite like the rest of his family.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'': The Unos. Nigel Uno, aka Numbuh 1, the main protagonist of the series, is the greatest KND operative on the planet and also a ProperlyParanoid ConspiracyTheorist. His BumblingDad, Monty Uno, is [[spoiler:a decommissioned Numbuh 0, founder of the Seventh Age of the Kids Next Door]]. His brother and Nigel's uncle, Benedict Uno, is [[spoiler:Father, the BigBad of the series]]. Benedict's children and Nigel's cousins are [[spoiler:the Delightful Children from Down the Lane, who also happen to be the permanently BrainwashedAndCrazy long lost Sector Z]]. To top it off, Nigel's grandfather is [[spoiler:Grandfather, the PredecessorVillain and GreaterScopeVillain of the series, whose rule and subsequent downfall were the impetus for the start of the Seventh Age]]. Not even Nigel's mother, who married into the family, is immune -- [[spoiler:she's Numbuh 999, the first female operative of the Kids Next Door]].

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* The Julio-Claudian dynasty was not only a big RealLife example, but they have also figured in the shows ''Series/TheCaesars'', ''Series/IClaudius,'' and ''Series/{{Rome}}''.
* Then there's the Borgias. According to contemporary gossip - which may or may not have been based on fact - in addition to poisoning everybody in sight, Rodrigo (aka [[UsefulNotes/ThePope Pope Alexander VI]]) and his offspring were given to fratricide and incest as well as literally cut throat power politics. It is a fact that Cesare Borgia murdered his sister Lucrezia's second husband and had an affair with his brother Jorge's wife Sanchia of Aragon (the fact that Jorge was barely pubertal probably had something to do with this).
* In fact, given the incredible network of intermarriages that was key to diplomacy in medieval times, European royalty as a whole can easily fit into this trope. Especially notable are the utterly screwed up relations between the English and Scottish royalty.
** For some Swedish examples: The Bjälboätten) (English: Bjelbo) dynasty. First generation had the king falling in love with his brother's wife and getting deposed for it. Third generation had three brothers engaged in a complicated conflict ending with two of them starved to death and the third killed by supporters of the other two.
** The Vasa dynasty, who tended to be either really competent, really crazy or, quite often, both. With juicy scandals like alleged wife-murdering, poisoning, random stabbings, castration of foreign dignitaries and stuff like that. They produced sociopaths, religious fanatics, one BloodKnight and one almost clean-cut case of a female to male transsexual. Really, the Tudors have nothing on their Swedish contemporaries. Granted, the branch of the Vasa family which ruled the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth for two generations (Sigismund III and his two sons) seemed to be of the competent kind, behaving within the norms of the aristocracy of their times: Sigismund burned down his palace (and a part of Cracovia along with it) [[MadScientist while playing alchemist]], the elder son Vladislav was a legend among the whores of most major Polish and Lithuanian cities, and the younger son Casimir was infamous for his affairs with married women (regardless of social standing).
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarI was a feud between the European royal families, '''all of which were blood-related'''! Yes, this does include the Osman dynasty (of the Ottoman Empire), which were related to the Habsburgs through the Byzantine house of Gonzaga (however, they were on the same side.) Not that the Osmans didn't have their own [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fratricide#Ottoman_Empire issues]]...
** The Habsburgs -- any family whose family tree actually bends back on itself, and generally resembles a bramble thicket, is hardly the most stable, but as monarchs they generally all loathed each other.
** Wilhelm II of Germany, George V of the United Kingdom, and (Tsarina) Alix/Alexandra of Russia were all grandchildren of Queen Victoria, and therefore first cousins to each other. Alix's husband Nicholas II was more distantly related, being a ''third'' cousin of Wilhelm's (both were descended from Paul I of Russia). And those were just the most recent common ancestors.
** Hell, to many people, WWI was "The Great Family Food Fight".
*** However, it's worth nothing that the actual monarchs didn't start off hating one another. Wilhelm and Nicholas exchanged a series of telegrams in the lead-up to World War I known as the "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willy%E2%80%93Nicky_correspondence Willy-Nicky Correspondence]]" because that's what they called each other. It's difficult to know how much of the sentiment expressed in them was real, but taking them at face value it appears that neither of them particularly wanted the war but were being pushed into it by their respective governments (who got along rather less well).
* The descendants of Music/RichardWagner, whose lives and fights for control over the composers legacy and the World famous Bayreuth Wagner Festival are truly the stuff of operas.
* The German writers' family of Heinrich and Thomas Mann (and the latter's six children, three of which were authors too).
* The O'Carroll Clan. After the death of Mulrooney O'Carroll in 1532, they got into horrific power struggles. It got so bad that, for example, one guy killed his priest brother ''while the latter was celebrating Mass for his family'' at Leap Castle. (The room is now known as the [[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace Bloody Chapel]].)
* [[UsefulNotes/CleopatraVII Cleopatra]] (Julius Caesar's girlfriend) sided with the Romans against her own family members. All of her siblings were either assassinated or killed in battle. (Apparently if you were a ruler in Ancient Egypt and you had siblings, you either married them or had them murdered.) The '80s era British historical miniseries ''The Cleopatras'' examines not only this branch of the family, but also Cleopatra's equally screwed up ancestors.
* The Angevins, who were actually nicknamed the devil's brood by people at the time. King Henry II of England spent most of his life fighting his sons and his wife for control of his empire, with his sons often taking time to fight each other. This didn't stop after his death either.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackson_family The Jackson family]] is perhaps the most infamously troubled of show business families, thanks largely to abusive, greedy patriarch Joe, who relentlessly rehearsed, bullied, and beat the five sons who made up the bubblegum pop group The Jackson 5. Working through a show business gauntlet that worked its way up from strip joints to the Apollo in New York City, they became a hit act at Motown, but from there, of his nine ''legitimate'' children...
** Music/MichaelJackson went on to superstardom as a solo act in TheEighties, but also became a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} ManChild. He died at 50 of a prescription drug overdose, leaving behind three children to be raised by their grandmother (or Diana Ross, according to his will) rather than their birth ones. This came after spending two decades in the public eye more for child molestation accusations brought against him, two failed marriages, plastic surgery, etc. than his music despite recording the biggest-selling album ever. ''And he was the most successful of the siblings''.
** The most ''notorious'', La Toya, was the first to spill the beans publicly about Joe and other family members -- including Michael when the first round of molestation allegations came out. She has since claimed that then-husband/manager Jack Gordon, who himself was an abuser, forced her to lie about and exaggerate her family's sins. She and brother Jermaine currently put forth a UsefulNotes/{{conspiracy theor|ies}}y that Michael's woes at the TurnOfTheMillennium were all an evil plot by Sony to claim his half of the ATV (Song) Publishing Catalog, and that this plot culminated in his ''assassination'' in 2009.
** After Michael became a megastar, his siblings -- save for Music/{{Janet|Jackson}} -- couldn't manage thriving careers and were left unsuccessfully clawing at his coattails, constantly begging him to rejoin them to capitalize on offers of millions of dollars for reunion shows. In 2012 several of them -- ''including'' Janet -- became embroiled in an ugly dispute with the executors of his estate regarding the legitimacy of his will (he left everyone in his family, save for his mother and children, out of it), which also led to conflicts between them and his children, the oldest of whom was only 15 when the trouble started. In 2013, Katherine and the family sued [=AEG=] Live (the promoter of what was to be Michael's final tour), claiming they were culpable in Michael's death for hiring the doctor who administered the fatal prescription drug overdose, and sought millions, even billions, of dollars in what they claimed would have been his future earnings. They lost that lawsuit, but not before Michael's daughter Paris attempted suicide, suggesting that things will not improve anytime soon.
* The Kennedy family is the TropeCodifier for American political families. From Father Joe's bribery and political scandals, to the random deaths of older Kennedy children, to the lobotomy of Rosemary, to UsefulNotes/{{John F|Kennedy}}.'s well-known adultery, they certainly qualify as being screwed up -- and that was in the early half of the twentieth century. After the assassinations of JFK and UsefulNotes/{{Robert|FKennedy}} and the murderous and political scandals of later Kennedys -- they can write their own edit.
* Creator/{{TBN}}, the world's largest Christian TV network, is run by the Crouch family, which has been consumed in an ugly legal battle over the past few years. While televangelists Paul and Jan Crouch presented themselves as wholesome MoralGuardians, some of the allegations put forth in court have undercut that image:
** In early 2012, Brittany Koper, TBN's former Chief Operating Officer and the granddaughter of Paul and Jan, went public with claims that the family used viewer donations to fund a wealthy lifestyle. She later claimed in affidavits that she was threatened by Paul, Jan, and uncle Matthew Crouch (who she claimed had brandished a gun) when she decided to blow the whistle.
** When Brittany's claims broke in the press, Paul and Matthew Crouch appeared on their TV show and made what many people interpreted as an on-air ImpliedDeathThreat. TBN also began firing her close relatives (including her father Paul Crouch Jr, who until that time had been Paul Sr's heir apparent) to force her into silence.
** Shortly thereafter, Carra Crouch, a younger granddaughter, claimed she had been raped by a TBN employee when she was thirteen, and that Jan and a TBN lawyer let the rapist off the hook on the condition that he not seek worker's compensation. (As an ordained minister, Jan was legally obligated to report a sexual assault against a minor.) In June 2017, one year after Jan's death, a jury found her liable for covering up the rape and awarded $2 million to Carra.
** Media reports repeated claims made in 2004 that Paul and Jan, despite appearing together on television for forty years as a devoted married couple, couldn't stand each other behind the scenes and had been living in separate residences for years. Eventually Jan fought Paul for control of the network with help from Matt, and [[http://www.ocregister.com/taxdollars/strong-478909-crouch-trinity.html celebrated over Paul's apparent deathbed]] in anticipation of Matt's promotion as TBN president. After Paul's death in 2013, Jan revamped TBN's schedule to suit her theological views instead of her late husband's.
* The Komnenoi imperial family of Byzantium destroyed itself over the course of several decades as family members backstabbed, poisoned, imprisoned, exiled, blinded, executed, and led armed insurrections against one another. By the time Constantinople fell to the Fourth Crusade in 1204, no less than ''26'' members of the Komnenos dynasty had been taken out of commission by their close relatives [[note]]In no particular order: Alexios II, his sister Maria ''porphyrogenita'' and her husband Renier of Montferrat, Alexios II's illegitimate half-brother Alexios Komnenos, Alexios II's mother Maria of Antioch, Maria's lover Alexios ''protosebastos'', Ioannes Axoukh, Alexios III, his brother Isaakios II, Isaakios II's son Alexios IV, Alexios III and Isaakios II's brothers Theodoros and Konstantinos Angelos, their cousin Alexios Angelos, Andronikos I, Andronikos I's sons Manuel and Ioannes Komnenos, Andronikos Kontostephanos and his four sons, Ioannes and Manuel Komnenos Vatatzes, Alexios Komnenos the Cupbearer, and Andronikos Komnenos Bryennios.[[/note]]
* The medieval Nemanjić dynasty of Serbia was a nest of snakes; like the mythical House of Atreus, each generation preyed on the next, pitting father against son, uncle against nephew, brother against brother, and cousin against cousin.
** Stefan Nemanja, grand prince of Serbs from 1166 to 1196, was betrayed and imprisoned by his brothers in a cave. He escaped and had his brothers exiled. Later in life, he preferred his younger son, also named Stefan, to his elder son, Vukan, ensuring that Vukan and Stefan would someday clash over the throne.
** Stefan Nemanjić, king of Serbia 1217-1228. His first wife, the Byzantine princess Eudokia Angelina, quarrelled with him, declaring that he cheated on her and was "drunk from morning to night", so Stefan threw her out of the castle in her undergarments. She had to seek refuge with Stefan's brother, Vukan, himself a troublemaker and self-proclaimed king.
** Stefan Radoslav, son of Stefan Nemanjić and Eudokia Angelina, king of Serbia 1228-1233. He and his wife, Anna Doukaina Angelina of Epiros, were so unpopular that they were driven out and he was replaced by his younger brother, Vladislav.
** Stefan Vladislav I, king of Serbia 1233-1243. Deposed by the nobility and replaced by his younger half-brother, Uroš.
** Stefan Uroš I, king of Serbia 1243-1276. Son of Stefan Nemanjić by his Venetian second wife, Anna Dandolo (herself granddaughter of the notorious doge Enrico Dandolo), he preferred his younger son, Milutin, to his elder son, Dragutin. Dragutin led an armed insurrection against his father and forced him to abdicate.
** Stefan Dragutin, king of Serbia 1276-1282. Unexpectedly surrendered his throne to his younger brother, Milutin, after being injured in 1282. Some years later Milutin apparently reneged on an agreement to let Dragutin's son Vladislav succeed him, resulting in the brothers quarreling until Dragutin's death in 1316.
** Stefan Uroš II Milutin, king of Serbia 1282-1321. Warlike, quarrelsome, and oversexed, he seduced his sister-in-law Erzsébet (daughter of the king of Hungary), with whom he fathered a son. He ditched her for a Bulgarian princess, Anna Terter, and then divorced Anna to marry a five-year-old Byzantine princess, Simonis. He raped Simonis and left her infertile. Upon returning to Constantinople for her mother's funeral in 1317, Simonis begged to stay and had to be forced by her brother the emperor to return to her husband. Milutin sent his son, Stefan Uroš, to the Mongols as a hostage and later had him partially blinded.
** Stefan Konstantin, king of Serbia 1321-1322. Son of Milutin and the Hungarian princess, Erzsébet. A three-way war erupted upon his father's death, pitting Konstantin against his half-brother, Uroš, and his cousin, Vladislav (son of former king Dragutin, Vladislav had been imprisoned during Milutin's reign and only released upon his death). Konstantin was captured by his cousin Vladislav and crucified to a tree.
** Stefan Uroš III, king of Serbia 1322-1331. Son of Milutin and his Bulgarian wife, Anna Terter, he spent his youth a hostage at the Mongol court and was later partially blinded on the orders of his father. He drove his cousin Vladislav out of the country in 1322. His own son and heir overthrew him and had him strangled.
** Stefan Uroš IV Dušan, king of Serbia 1331-1355. Son of Uroš III and Theodora of Bulgaria, he was a great warrior-king and lawmaker. He overthrew his father and had him strangled. He died under mysterious circumstances, possibly poisoning, while embarking on an offensive against the Turks.
** Stefan Uroš V, king of Serbia 1355-1371. Son of Dušan and Elena of Bulgaria, he was a gentle and modest ruler. His uncle Simeon tried to usurp power in Serbia. He also died young under mysterious circumstances (his co-ruler, Vukašin, popularly credited with having murdered him in folk tales, actually died a couple months before Uroš himself). His death extinguished the dynasty in Serbia.
* Although not every child who has a bad upbringing grows up to become a criminal, most serial killers and violent offenders did not have what you would call healthy home lives. The one who takes the cake however is Richard Ramirez, aka "The Night Stalker", who had a backstory most cop shows would consider unrealistic. He had an abusive father who beat him, his brother-in-law was a disturbed voyeur who bonded with Richard over stalking people, and his childhood hero was his Vietnam veteran cousin- a SociopathicSoldier who carried around photos of the atrocities he'd committed (including raping and then beheading a woman).
* Inbreeding was a common flaw among royal families but The House of Habsburg, one of the most powerful and influential royal families in European history, [[http://io9.gizmodo.com/a-family-in-spain-displayed-three-generations-of-the-h-1679771704 seemed to have the worst luck]] when it came to intermarriages. Epilepsy, gout, dropsy, depression, unusually-shaped heads, and the telltale Habsburg jaw, all plagued several generations of their descendants which played a crucial role in bringing suffering and eventual ruin to the House of Habsburg.