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Creepy Uncle
"Come over here and sit on yer uncle's lap!"

A version of the Dirty Old Man with some incest thrown in — a character who has a rather excessive attachment to their niece or nephew. Oddly, the Evil Uncle is rarely one of these, although overlap is not unheard of.

Compare Parental Incest and Kissing Cousins.


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Comics
  • In one Spider-Man comic, Spidey tells a kid worried about molestation about a kid who was molested by an older friend. He then ends with saying that that kid was him (Peter). The older friend looked suspiciously like Uncle Ben, and there is an Urban Legend that he was originally supposed to be Uncle Ben. Yeah.
  • Averted in, of all things, the Charles Addams cartoons. Fester is both an uncle and extremely creepy, but not in a perverted way.

Fan Works

Film
  • This is mentioned in a popular version of Les Misérables which is often shown in schools. To be more specific, Jean Valjean goes to get Cosette from the family taking care of her. Infuriated that they treat her as a servant, he demands that she be allowed to play. After they tell her to go play, the couple asks him if "Monsieur would prefer that she play on his lap."
  • This trope is mentioned in the "name your cliché" speech from Con Air about Billy Bedlam and his motivations for the murders that sent him to prison:
    Garland Greene: He's a font of misplaced rage. Name your cliché; Mother held him too much or not enough, last picked at kickball, late night sneaky uncle, whatever. Now he's so angry moments of levity actually cause him pain; gives him headaches. Happiness, for that gentleman, hurts.
  • Frank from Hellraiser. Initially, his main target of interest was Kristy's stepmother, with whom he had an affair. However, he eventually tires of her, and is shown to later set his sights on Kristy, whom he even mentions has "gotten beautiful." He later tries to rape her, and in the sequel, tries again... and gets a bit further when she kisses him to distract him.
  • In Slumber Party Massacre III, the killer's late uncle is hinted to be one.
  • Felicia from The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert describes sabotaging a creepy uncle in childhood. "Get your mum, Uncle's stuck in the plug hole!"
  • The direct-to-video horror spoof Jack Frost (1997) (not to be confused with the Michael Keaton family comedy of the same name) had the story of killer snowman Jack told by one of these characters to his niece (no incest, though). Even though the girl is American, the uncle is apparently British.
  • A deleted scene from Home Alone revealed Frank to be (possibly) one of these, as he gets enjoyment out of pulling Kevin's pants down.
    • Which would be ironic, since in the sequel he accuses Kevin of being an inversion of this, calling him a "nosy little pervert" for recording him singing in the shower.
  • Uncle Charlie from Stoker is one of these, though less overtly sexually than most, and he's awfully concerned with his niece India being "of age". Too bad that's not the biggest thing wrong with him.
  • There's a gender inversion in the French film, Lila Says, wherein the titular character is abused by her Creepy Aunt.
  • One of the subplots in Monsoon Wedding involves an uncle who abused the bride's cousin Ria as a child and now she's worried that he's doing the same thing to an even younger cousin.
  • Subverted with Mr. Prenderghast in ParaNorman. He's definitely a Cloud Cuckoolander, but his interest in his nephew is based solely around the fact that they can both speak to ghosts.

Literature
  • Baron Harkonnen from Dune, who wants to molest both his nephew and his grandson.
    • And when his memory-ghost or whatever-it-can-be-called takes control of his niece's mind, SHE gets pretty squicky too.
    • He's also pretty evil, but (per the trope) is not an Evil Uncle. Weird, eh?
  • In Mercedes Lackey's Brightly Burning, when Lavan bitterly remarks that his mother wouldn't believe that kids from good families - like the older kids at school - would be bullies, Lavan's fellow student Owyn shrewdly makes a few observations, culminating with a cut-off remark about "slick uncles" that act friendly to little kids.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire's Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish qualifies; his protegée Sansa Stark, on whom he's made frequent advances, is technically his niece since he married her maternal aunt, Lysa Arryn. Made even creepier by the fact that he is trying to pass her off as his daughter... while calling her by her mother's name, no less
  • Bridget Jones has one - although he isn't actually her uncle, just a pervy family friend. He's eventually revealed to be a closet homosexual, but this doesn't stop him making advances on her.
  • Karen/Charis's uncle in The Robber Bride takes this to its most logical, horrible extreme, continually raping her when she moves into his house aged nine. The abuse only stops when she starts puberty. He's creepily affectionate around other people and during the assaults, making it even worse.
  • In The Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries, Sookie's great-uncle Bartlett. When she tells Bill about this, Bill kills him.
  • There's a variant in Confessions of Georgia Nicolson with Georgia's older cousin James, who unsubtly hits on her, and even attempts to grope her while staying the night at her house.
  • One of the Teenage Worrier books has cartoons of annoying relations of Letty, including an uncle leering at her while commenting on how much she has grown since he last saw her.
  • Jeannette Walls' uncle in The Glass Castle is one of these. After he attempts to molest her, she refuses to continue going to his house to bathe, even though she has no other access to running water.
  • Pete from Alfie's Home
  • The Ayn Rand Expy in Illuminatus!, Atlanta Hope, is a cold rationalist anorgasmic woman who, secretly, longs to experience a sexual climax with somebody or something. In her back-story, it is revealed that a creepy uncle sexually molested her when she was twelve, exploiting her sexual ignorance.

Live-Action TV
  • Buck Henry's "Uncle Roy" character from the earliest seasons of Saturday Night Live.
  • Charlie's Uncle Jack from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
    • That guy was waaaaaaaaaay too into having Charlie "show on the doll" where his old coach supposedly touched him. It's also been mentioned that he was always trying to wrestle with him when he was a kid. Charlie is very uncomfortable, even as an adult, with the prospect of sharing a bedroom with him (preferring to be homeless instead). It's definitely implied that the man is attracted to children (he tries to defend child pornography while on television at one point) and he may have at least tried to molest Charlie as a kid.
  • Sookie's great-uncle Bartlett in True Blood. Like in the book series, Bill kills him in revenge for what he did to Sookie. Sookie later learns that Bartlett had left her everything he owned in his will.
  • J.D. and Carla in Scrubs each seem to have had one who came to their ballet classes and said, "Keep dancing, pretty girl."
  • Merlin Shades of this pop up in one of the early Agravaine eps of season 4...he doesn't actually molest anyone, given it's a family show, but he really gives the indication of wanting to try something with Gwen. Who, of course, will be his niece one day even though she isn't yet.
  • Troy in Community pretends to have one of these in order to gain sympathy from Britta and his drama class.

Music
  • Uncle Ernie from Tommy.

Stand-Up Comedy
  • In Chris Rock's comedy special, Bigger & Blacker, he talks about how your uncles prepare you for life due to all the subtypes of uncles there are (e.g., the gay uncle, the alcoholic uncle, and so on). This bit naturally includes an anecdote about how "Everybody's got that one molester uncle."

Theatre
  • The play How I Learned To Drive is a Family-Unfriendly Aesop version, as the play and the protagonist are inclined to sympathize with the uncle that molested her (and taught her to drive).
  • William Shakespeare's Richard III tried to marry his niece Elizabeth. He's primarily interested in her claim to the throne, but his plan creeps everyone else out.
  • William Shakespeare arguably has one with Pandarus in Troilus and Cressida- he seems a little too interested in hooking up his niece, Cressida with sex partners.
    • And in the source material, Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde, Pandarus is even creepier. The morning after the eponymous characters have consummated their relationship, he gets into bed with Criseyde after Troilus's departure. What exactly happens next is ambiguous, but it's certainly unsavory at best.
      • Debatable. There is no evidence in the text that Pandarus rapes or seduces Criseyde. She is mad at him and then forgives him, but the simplest explanation is that this is because he allowed her to be seduced by Troilus.

Video Games
  • Astrid of the Dark Brotherhood from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim had one of these, who became her first kill.
  • Grand Theft Auto IV parodies this trope via radio-commercial for a show named "My drunk Uncle".
  • In Grand Theft Auto V Trevor will say “Who’s your creepy uncle now?” while receiving services from a prostitute.
    • Though it's very much averted with his adopted niece and nephew (Michael's children), to whom he plays the role of Cool Uncle.
  • Gamlen Amell in Dragon Age II has shades of this. If female Hawke romances Isabela, he asks them for details and apparently makes a few inappropriate comments that even Isabela finds uncomfortable. In Mark of the Assassin DLC, Hawke's sister Bethany reveals he has been sneaking into her room at night. She think he does so to find some coin among her belongings, but the matter is never really resolved.

Western Animation
  • Poor little Butters from South Park seems to have one of these, among his many other misfortunes.
    • One episode also has Cartman muttering "No, Uncle Jesse don't!" in his sleep.
  • The Venture Bros. episode has The Monarch, missing his family connections, trying to bond with his captives Hank and Dean with fresh baked cookies and taking their ineffectual fighting as good-natured roughhousing. The boys are overjoyed to be rescued, Hank claiming Monarch "was getting all 'creepy uncle' on us!" (Which, if you were really digging for clues, could imply Doc Venture and The Monarch are brothers?)
    • Sgt. Hatred is a variation as well. He is first mentioned by Hank in a passing reference to the guy being so creepy that Dean has repressed the memories of being his prisoner. Later he shows up as Doctor Venture's new arch-villain, but a few legal complications about how close he's allowed to be to any "beautiful young boys" come up here and there (the look of panic on his face when he shows up and the Doctor is running a day camp for preteen boys is priceless). Part of his eventual Heel-Face Turn involves taking a special serum that suppresses those impulses, so he's not an actual threat anymore, but now he LIVES IN THEIR HOUSE, and is still pretty creepy from time to time...

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