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->''"They just keep knocking the crap out of me and waving a confession in my face. And I keep spitting blood all over it and laughing at how many fresh copies they come up with. Then along comes this worm assistant district attorney who turns the recorder off and says if I don't sign their confession, they'll kill my mom. I break his arm in three places and I sign it."''
-->-- '''Marv''', ''Film/SinCity''

Yep, even the biggest bad guy around can still have a soft spot for good old Mom. Sure you've killed scores of innocent people and commited several acts of terrorism but come on! She raised you and took care of you when you were sick!

A subtrope of PetTheDog, this is when a tough or intimidating character is made more endearing via a loving relationship with their mother. It is usually just used for a quick punchline, but occasionally the concept is a bit more fleshed-out.

While this trope usually focuses on mothers and their sons, it can just as easily focus on mothers and daughters, or fathers and their children.

This trope is why YourMom is a universal insult; villains from the petty thief to the serial killer don't take kindly to abuse thrown at their mothers.

Also a subtrope of EvenEvilHasLovedOnes. May overlap with MoralityPet. See MommasBoy for a similar Trope. The mama in question may or may not be a MamaBear.

When the villain tries to keep their mama in the dark about being a bad man, then you have a case of DontTellMama. If she finds out anyway, she might react with MamaDidntRaiseNoCriminal. See {{Matricide}} and SelfMadeOrphan for villains who ''really'' go out of their way to defy this.



* An advert for a courier service had a hardcore tattooed criminal being mailed a hang glider by his mother so he could escape.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* This concept is explored some in ''Manga/YuYuHakusho.''
** When Kurama, a fox-spirit, fused with his human mother's still unborn child to continue his existence after nearly being killed. He planned to leave and continue his criminal ways once he regained his demonic powers, but found that he had come to love his human mother (Shiori) too much to abandon her, and was even willing to give up his life to save her from an illness. He's willing to give up your life, too, if you threaten her safety in any way.
** At the beginning of the series, Yusuke is killed in a car accident through some grand cosmic accident: he performed a HeroicSacrifice a delinquent like him was never expected to do, but his sacrifice was also an unnecessary one. As he is told in the afterlife: even had he not intervened, the car about to strike a young child who had wandered into the street would have swerved out of the way at the last moment. Because he has died both unexpectedly and needlessly, the bureaucratic afterlife offers him a chance to be restored to life, but the apathetic and bitter Yusuke isn't even sure he wants his life back. He decides to take the chance after all when he attends his own wake and sees his mother is [[InelegantBlubbering a miserable wreck, sobbing uncontrollably.]]
* Creator/HayaoMiyazaki's ''Anime/CastleInTheSky'': Mother lovin' hairy sky pirates. A whole band of them. And their mum is the most badass of all!
--> "All good pirates listen to their Mom!"
* Lelouch Lamperouge aka Lelouch Vi Brittania, the MagnificentBastard from ''Anime/CodeGeass'', has as one of his motives to uncover the truth behind the ''really'' messy death of Marianne "The Flash" Lamperouge aka Marianne Vi Britannia, his beloved mother. [[spoiler:When he learns that she is alive (albeit, as a "spirit" of sorts) and the EvilPlan she concocted with his father, he kills both of them, not only to stop the plan all together, but as revenge for abandoning him and Nunnally in a war zone to move that plan forward.]]
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'':
** Jotaro travels all the way to Egypt, enduring constant attacks by enemy Stand users, and then faces off with a time-stopping vampire, all to save his mother Holly. Jotaro's JerkWithAHeartOfGold personality prevents him from ever really admitting that he loves his mother, but his actions speak volumes to her, as she has always has had faith in his inner kindness, and in the end, she was right.
** It's InTheBlood: in Part 2, Jotaro's grandfather Joseph was brash and prone to picking fights, but even he feared reprisal from his grandmother Erina after accidentally using his Hamon to fire a bottle cap at a corrupt constable's finger and snapping it, and he becomes quite cross with people who upset her.
** Believe it or not, '''Dio Brando himself''' counts. In Part 1, he harbors a fierce anger towards his father Dario because, according to Dio in his own words, he "made [my] Mother suffer", and he said this to Jotaro when he could have just said that he made ''him'' suffer. He cried ManlyTears when his father ordered him to sell his mother's old dress for booze. And shortly before becoming a vampire, Dio fought a duo of drunk JerkAss vagrants [[YourMom because they insulted his mother]]. Of course, it is possible he stopped caring after turning into a vampire, but it is quite surprising that, at least at one point, someone like Dio could have loved his mother, maybe even to the point of her death being his StartOfDarkness.
** ''Steel Ball Run'' is even more explicit about this trope with Diego Brando, who actually gets a backstory with his mother. Unfortunately, this Mrs. Brando died from being mistreated and neglected at the farm, causing him to become vengeful and power hungry.
* In ''Anime/FairyTail'', despite August repeatedly claiming not to understand the love between a parent and child, he ultimately ceases his [[ApocalypseHow suicide attack]] because he sees his mother suffering from it in the distance.
* ''Manga/InuYasha'':
** Youkai leaderess Abi-hime's main motivation to strike a deal with BigBad Naraku was to get the human blood she needed to save the life of her mother, Queen Tekkei, who was not only old but also was poisoned after defeating and eating an ogre. Granted, she's not portrayed as sympathetic and the mother is a giant bird youkai, but Abi's devotion to her mother is still noticeable.
** Inuyasha ''himself'' enters into this territory in the beginning of the series. At this point, he's still a {{Jerkass}} and very much an AntiHero (before his CharacterDevelopment occurs). Despite all this, he is shown to truly cherish his memories of his dead mother, despite Kagome assuming he resents her for being human. In fact, Inuyasha's love for his mother is what causes Sesshomaru to use her form to discover the secret of Tessaiga from Inuyasha.
** Downplayed with Sesshoumaru, who's a jerk to anyone, but when he turns to his ''mother'' for help to master his sword, she gives him a somewhat unempathetic DieOrFly [[BreakTheHaughty lesson]] in the value of compassion, the key to mastering Tenseiga, [[TheStoic he seems to respect her]] even with all she put him through.
* Female version. [[spoiler:[[DarkMagicalGirl Nao Yuuki]]]] from ''Anime/MaiHime'' is said to have been very close to her mother, [[spoiler: having become a cynical "lone wolf" and child prostitute of sorts as a twisted revenge after said mother was seriously injured by thugs]]. This is brought up twice: when Natsuki [[spoiler:whom she has attacked and kidnapped]] once accuses her of being selfish and cruel in her pursuits, causing a pissed off Nao to go into a MotiveRant and explain her backstory, and when [[spoiler:Shizuru attacks Nao in retaliation for her attacking and kidnapping Natsuki (twice), killing Nao's CHILD ''and'' Mrs. Yuuki]], which sends the girl into a heartbreaking VillainousBreakdown in which she falls to the ground, screams and cries for her mother's death. [[spoiler:Who fortunately gets better when Mashiro intervenes in the GrandFinale, though, letting Nao start all over.]]
* WholesomeCrossdresser version. In ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'', [[{{Bifauxnen}} Oscar]], a normally cool, passive, obedient royal guard, becomes quite outraged when [[TheVamp Madame Du Barry]], the mistress of the king, drags her mother into her high-stakes court battle against the then-dauphine MarieAntoinette. Oscar storms into Du Barry's private quarters and threatens her ''at swordpoint'' [mind, Du Barry is the favourite of the king, and needless to say threatening of any manner should have been punished by death], her sudden display of bloodlust frightening Du Barry such that she gave up the entire scheme despite having the king's protection. Although the very passionate Oscar has and would go on to [[BerserkButton lose his temper and do stupid/reckless/etc. things]] over other morally-charged conflicts [[spoiler:-such as the murder of a child-]] this would remain by far the angriest and the stupidest, suggesting that she is a mama's girl above all else.
* In the manga version of ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'', the BigBad has a very, very complex relationship with his mother, but he overall thinks highly of her--and, in fact, some of his motivation stems from an AwfulTruth that she's a part of.
* Askeladd in ''Manga/VinlandSaga''. His mother -- as well as the lineage he shares with said mother -- is very important to him, to the degree that despite being an amoral bastard he'll keep any oath he makes in her or his maternal ancestors' name. If he makes an oath on his father's name, however, there's a very good chance he's going to stab you in the back.
* Vanilla, the gruff and short tempered sheriff from ''Anime/{{Kaiba}}'' is revealed to have been struggling to earn enough money to buy a new body for his mother [[spoiler:shortly before he dies.]]
** Also Popo, who has to take over the world in order to see his mother again. But then her memory chip accidentally gets destroyed...
* Fate and Lutecia, [[AntiVillain villains]] from first and third seasons of ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'', who did what they did because the former wished to make [[EvilMatriarch her mother]] smile again and the latter hoped to awaken [[PeopleJars her comatose mother]]. [[spoiler: Fate failed, as Precia couldn't accept a [[CloningBlues clone]] as her daughter, and is later [[HappilyAdopted adopted by Lindy instead]]. Lutecia makes friends with the people that defeat her, reunites with her now awake mother, and is serving probation.]]
* The main reason the homunculi do what they do in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' is because they love their father. Father just uses them for his goal, as their love makes them loyal to the end. Pride finally figures out that it was [[spoiler:Mrs. Bradley]] who was the person that was giving him the love that they all crave.
** Averted in the [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist 2003 anime version]]: Two of the homunculi are the resurrections of people whose biological mothers are still alive--[[spoiler:Wrath is Izumi and Sig's dead son and Envy is Dante and Hohenheim's]]--but neither are particularly fond of at least one parent. [[spoiler:Wrath instead forms a parent-child bond with Sloth, the homunculus of Trisha Elric, with whom he plays it straight. Envy can't get over his hatred of Hohenheim, and would love nothing more than to kill Hohenheim and his sons with Trisha. Eventually Wrath does mend his bond with Izumi but they don't have time to reconcile as Izumi dies due to her illness not soon afterwards. They end up TogetherInDeath at least.]]
* ''Manga/DeathNote'': Teru Mikami is an inversion--he sees his mother as almost condoning the actions of evildoers by telling him that some things cannot be changed. When she is killed, he inwardly celebrates the death.
** VillainProtagonist Light Yagami counts as well, considering that he didn't care that his dad Soichirou died, and in the live-action movie, he was even willing to put his name on the Death Note.
** PsychopathicWomanchild Misa still remembers her dead parents kindly, and in fact she joined Light ''because'' he killed their murderer. In the live-action there's more emphasis in her bond with them, and seeing Light about to write Soichirou's name on the Death Note shocks her to tears.
* In ''LightNovel/TrinityBlood'', when Suleyman betrays and rebels against Empress Augusta Vradica, he nevertheless refuses to shoot her, instead TakingTheBullet himself. When she asks why he hesitated, all he replies before dying is: "Is there a child who doesn't love his mother?" Although he was probably not related to the Empress by blood, most [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires in the setting]] harbor filial feelings towards her.
** Suleyman was actually more a WellIntentionedExtremist who dearly loved the Empire and never discriminated Terrans (which casts him in a better light than most Methuselahs) in the novels, teaching this to his niece and ward Shahrazad. Also that Seth is rumored to be a monster to some people (including Lilith, who was a Messiah in the past, thought so). So their dynamic is much more complex than the anime lets on. There is a bit of parental incest on Suleyman's side (who claims she's the 'woman' he 'loves' earlier, but also the person he detests).
* ''Manga/AyashiNoCeres'': Aya Mikage's villainous cousin Kagami is shown visiting his insane mother in one episode, and it's implied that her legends of the 'celestial maidens' was the original driving force behind Kagami's determination to find them. It's one of the few PetTheDog instances he gets in the entire series, between backstabbing everyone else.
** Also, the {{Yandere}} [[spoiler:Miyori Sahara]]'s FreudianExcuse was her beloved mother's murder [[spoiler: at the hand of Ceres, during her first rampage.]]
* The whole reason why [[spoiler:Kaioh]] from ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' went AxCrazy in the first place. [[spoiler:His hatred for the main Hokuto family comes from the fact that his mother died while protecting a young Hyoh and Kenshiro.]]
** Devil Rebirth, a huge monstrous convicted criminal was quite fond of his mother, who defended him despite the fact that he killed 700 people. Surprisingly she looked like a gentle old woman.
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', the Espada Tia Harribel has [[AmazonBrigade an all-female Fracción.]] The three girls (Apache, Mila Rose and Sun Sun) fight all the time between themselves, but they're very devoted to their mistress and she also cares for them. [[spoiler:When they lose and get torched by Yamamoto, even after creating a ''fearsome'' Chimera by mutilating themselves, Harribel [[TranquilFury quietly and coldly]] goes MamaBear on her current opponent, Hitsugaya.]] In the end, this is reinforced when [[spoiler: the four women survive... and Apache, Sun Sun and Mila Rose beg Orihime to heal Harribel first, despite the horrifying injuries ''they'' also suffered.]]
* Kurei in ''Manga/FlameOfRecca'' is usually Recca's sadistic AloofBigBrother. He has different mothers (blood and adopted) and ''boy'' does he respect them well. In fact, his adopted mother is actually his MoralityPet.
* Nakago of ''Manga/FushigiYuugi''. [[spoiler:She was the only family he had left, and watching her get raped--and accidentally releasing his powers and killing her in a manner most gruesome out of horror--was the reason he became a psychotic MagnificentBastard in the first place.]]
* Played for laughs in ''Manga/DesertPunk'', where the leader of a gang doesn't even flinch when a letter addressed to him calls him a long list of scathing insults, but ends up "[[TheIncredibleHulk Hulking Out]]" when the postscript offhandedly mentions that his mother had a fat ''belly button.'' (or [[{{woolseyism}} in the English]] [[RuleOfFunny dub]] that she was a "dirty whore")
* There's a quick example in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''. When Nodoka is being attacked by Bounty Hunters, she uses her artifact to read their minds... only to find that in spite of their threatening, inhuman appearance, they're actually very typical guys. [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/mahou_sensei_negima/v24/c218/8.html One of whom is mainly concerned about sending a portion of his money for the job to his mother, and wonders idly how she's doing.]]
* Takenouchi of ''Manga/CromartieHighSchool'', purported to be the toughest student in the first year class, is quick to point out that no matter how badass you are, you still have to respect your parents.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** It turns out Portgas D. Ace took the last name of his mother Rouge [[spoiler: to honor her for extending her pregnancy at the cost of her own life so as to prevent him from being associated with his father Gold Roger. Due to having been told from a young age that his father was a demon and any children he might have had deserved to die for his crimes, Ace hated his blood father and preferred to honor his mother instead.]] He's not a villain, though he is a notorious pirate.
** One of the reasons Doflamingo [[spoiler:hated his father for giving up his title as a World Noble, ultimately enough to ''kill him'']] was because he believes the squalid conditions they were forced to live in [[spoiler:contributed to his and his brother Rocinante's mother dying of illness.]]
* Mina, a Contractor introduced in the second season of ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' gradually comes across as an AntiVillain, but is icily emotionless and kills without mercy (but also without taking any pleasure in the act). It's implied that she was disowned from her family prior to becoming a Contractor (perhaps because of her lesbianism), and while she doesn't get along with her father, she is taken aback when he tells her that her mother is on her death bed, and [[TinMan to her surprise]], this distracts her during a fight with Hei.
* The eponymous VillainProtagonist of ''Literature/KaiketsuZorori''. He seeks out a cute bride and Zorori Castle to make her proud of him [[spoiler:And is more than a little overjoyed at the idea of reuniting with her in Heaven]].
* Gender-flipped in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' where {{Evil Prince}}ss and [[TheBaroness uberbitch]] Kycilia Zabi's love for her father, Degwin, is her only redeeming trait.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' where Ezalia Joule, fascist politician and [[TheDragon right-hand woman]] to [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Patrick Zala]] is spared from being irredeemable by her genuine love for her son, Yzak. Yzak, himself a colossal {{Jerkass}}, [[MommasBoy returns her affections.]]
* In ''Manga/MariaHolic'', the only person that [[CreepyCrossdresser Mariya]] seems to truly care for is his dead grandmother. So much that he took the whole "spend a year crossdressing in an all-girls school" deal because it came as a last test of character from her.
* In the ''Manga/{{Area 88}}'' manga, Kanzaki is a ruthless sociopath who lusts for power. However, he loved his late mother, and her suicide deeply traumatized him. When Kanzaki tells Ryoko about his mother's suicide, [[JerkassBall the otherwise sensitive Ryoko responds that she must have been a weak woman]] -- and the look in Kanzaki's eyes afterwards is ''chilling''.
** Kanzaki's love for his late mother might be more than filial. He remarks that Ryoko looks like his mother, only to propose a {{scarpia ultimatum}} to her several pages later.
* Lucia Ravegroove from ''Manga/RaveMaster'' is one of the most AxCrazy homicidal villains in the series, and he doesn't care about his father at all. But he loved his deceased mother very much, to the point that he named the final form of his sword, Dark Emilia, after her.
* Done subtly in ''Manga/Cyborg009''. In the original manga and the earliest series, Joe/009 grew up to be a delinquent because his mother died and left him in an orphanage and he was ridiculed for being half-Japanese. When Joe is finally fighting Black Skull, [[spoiler:he's being strangled and has visions of the three women who were most important to him. The first two are his friend Helena (who he regretted being unable to save) and Francoise/003 (his LoveInterest, herself a rather motherly girl). The last is his mother. Upon seeing her, he smiles and mutters "Mom..." before breaking free.]]
** Also done in the 2001 series. [[spoiler: Carl "Sphynx" Eckermann was an AntiVillain whose mother died when he was a child. He never recovered from the loss, and in fact he became a MailerDaemon and StalkerWithACrush towards the aforementioned Francoise/003 ''because'' she looked a lot like his deceased mother.]]
* In ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', Jack Atlas (the AntiHero of the series) has no recollection of his real mother, who perished in Zero Reverse, but he's very affectionate towards Martha, a maternal figure to ''all'' the children who were orphaned from the disaster. In one episode where he greets her during the Dark Signers arc, she asks him to greet her as he did when he was a child (which is the way a knight knees while addressing a queen) and he does, even though the other Signers are watching.
* In ''Anime/KirbyRightBackAtYa'', Escargon ([[DubNameChange or Escargoon in the dub]]) is TheDragon to despicable dictator King Dedede, and especially in the dub, is almost as cruel as Dedede. Nevertheless, he cares about his mother a lot, and passes himself off as a king so she won't be disappointed.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Giovanni speaks very fondly of his mother in the ''[[Radio/PokemonTheBirthOfMewtwo The Birth Of Mewtwo]]'' radio drama despite her seeming [[AbusiveParents emotionally abusive]] and referring to him as a "brat". [[NoNameGiven Madame Boss]] was the previous leader of Team Rocket.
** No matter how brutish and menacing a Pokemon is, you can expect them to still be [[UndyingLoyalty infinitely loyal]] to their master. Jessie's thuggish Seviper for example stuck by her side for three regions worth of Team Rocket pummellings, it looked elated when it finally managed to win a contest ribbon for it's overjoyed master.
* A twisted example comes from Gaara in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}.'' He thinks of the Tailed Beast sealed in him - Shukaku - as his "mother" and when "she" tells him to kill people, he obeys "her". But then, a few years after his HeelFaceTurn, his [[spoiler: resurrected father tells him that his real mother, Karura, actually ''did'' love him and she's been with him protecting him all this time in the form of his sand shield.]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Marv of ''ComicBook/SinCity'' visits his frail old mother. Later he concedes to sign a confession for the villains when they threaten his mother, though he breaks the lawyer's arm first.
* ''ComicBook/OneHundredBullets'': Remi and Ronnie Rome. Very much so.
* In a GoldenAge story, ComicBook/PlasticMan convinced Woozy Winks to give up crime and make a HeelFaceTurn by asking him what his mother would think of him being a criminal.
* Mirror Master, a regular ''[[ComicBook/TheFlash Flash]]'' villain, regularly donates money he steals to the orphanage where he was raised.
* ComicBook/DoctorDoom, resident BigBad of the Franchise/MarvelUniverse, spent years of his life trying to rescue his mother from Hell after she made an unfortunate DealWithTheDevil during his childhood. [[spoiler:Doom eventually succeeds, due to a clever plan but in the process sacrifices her love for him.]]
* In ''Lord Havok And The Extremists'', this is the motivation behind Lord Havok's turn to villainy. Born horribly deformed, his father, the Czar of Russia, rejected him while the Czarina harbored him and paid for his education overseas. When he receives word that the Czar killed his mother, the only person who ever cared for him, he returns to Russia to attend the funeral, kill his father, and utterly obliterate his home country as his revenge.
-->''You see, Father,'' I ''can take, too''.\\\
Havok is an AlternateCompanyEquivalent to Doom; his backstory has all the elements of Doom's turned up to eleven.
* One issue of a Dutch comic ''ComicBook/Agent327'' has the villain defeated by one of his own mooks, after said mook heard the song "Always think kindly of your mother" being used to torture the hero.
* A couple of Creator/MarvelComics villains use their ill-gotten gains to support their mothers or grandmothers, most notably the Wrecker, an enemy of [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]], and 8-Ball, an enemy of ComicBook/{{Sleepwalker}}.
* The first sign of ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' and ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' villain Sandman's eventual HeelFaceTurn was a Christmas story where he broke out of jail to visit his elderly mom, who had no idea he was a villain. It's later established that he changed his name so his mother wouldn't know he was a crook. Much later, before he apparently dies, he asked Spider-Man to tell his mother he was sorry for not being a good-guy.
* Bork, a misguided, mutated criminal, in ''ComicBook/PowerCompany''. Committing robberies to cover for his ailing mother's medical bills, he surrendered only after Batman assured him that she would be taken care of.
* ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' villain the Doppelganger is a pitiful mindless creature who knows only rage, confusion, and love for his surrogate mother Shriek, who dotes on him and refers to him as her "son."
** This also applies to Spider-man villain [[TheBrute Rhino.]] During the ''Fallen Son'' arc mourning Captain America's death, Spidey is visiting the grave of Uncle Ben, and sees Rhino walking through the cemetery. He attacks, thinking he's up to something (despite Rhino pleading that he isn't here to fight), and their fight breaks a gravestone belonging to Rhino's mother... which was the only reason he was there in the first place. When he realizes this, Spider-Man attempts to apologize, but Rhino is, understandably, far too angry to listen.
* ''ComicBook/IronMan'' baddie Blacklash[=/=]Whiplash, after hearing of a vigilante targeting supervillains, went on a mad robbing spree in an attempt to amass enough money to take care of his mom once he's killed.
* In the Creator/CarlBarks story "The Money Champ", Flintheart Glomgold is sad for having betrayed his mother's hopes when he used crooked means on his efforts to become the world's richest duck and feels he must get the title [[SunkCostFallacy so this betrayal won't be in vain]].
* Daniel "the Battler" Axum from the brief ''ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}}'' retool was a colossal, superstrong ex-supervillain and ex-con who made a living out of metahuman fights and spent a lot of his earnings on gifts for his poor mother.
* ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' has an inversion of the trope. [[SociopathicHero Nominally good guy]][=/=]AxCrazy KnightTemplar Rorschach hates his ([[AbusiveParents abusive]]) mother. Upon learning that she died, forced to drink cleaning fluid by her pimp, he comments: "Good." Even Good Men Hate Their Mamas, sometimes.
* Crutch from ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable''.
* Walter in ''ComicBook/TheMask'' Dark Horse comics universe--we never learn anything about this mysterious mute killer in the series other than that he has a "♥ Mother" tattoo on his right shoulder.
* Subverted in ''Comicbook/MsMarvel''. After Ms. Marvel defeats Moonstone, she ripped away the latter's power source, leaving her to die in 3 days unless she can find it again. Ms. Marvel then puts it on Moonstone's mother's tomb, hoping that this trope would apply and Moonstone would pull a HeelFaceTurn after apologizing to her deceased mother for what she has done. Turns out EvilCannotComprehendGood, so Moonstone reclaimed her power source... and smashed her mother's tomb. [[spoiler:Moonstone ''killed'' her own mother and thought she was a weak failure.]] She never loved her mother or anyone else except herself.
* In ''Franchise/WonderWoman'', when [[{{Jerkass}} Heracles]] was changed from a god back to a demigod, he wasn't mad about his reduced power, because he was glad to have his mother's blood back in his veins.
* ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke''
** Joe, William, Jack and Averell Dalton love their [[RetiredOutlaw Ma]], and not just because she sends them... iron-enriched... cakes in prison.
** In ''Black Hills'', a DumbMuscle-type named Nebraska Kid is challenged to a swordfight which requires both participants to strip to the waist. He does so reluctantly, revealing [[CrowningMomentOfFunny a giant flower tattoo with "To My Mommy" written around it]]. He then warns the people watching that the first to laugh gets it good.
* The only thing approaching a soft spot the manipulative and amoral supervillain {{ComicBook/Daken}} from ''ComicBook/DarkAvengers'' seems to have is for his deceased mother, Itsu. He hates his father Wolverine with a passion, yet he seems to have a very loving memory of his mother, in spite of her dying shortly before his birth.
-->'''Ares:''' I'm wondering what woman in her right mind would crawl in bed with that ferret of a man--\\
'''Daken:''' That's my mother you're speaking of!
** The above quote was also a CrowningMomentOfFunny, as nobody present was aware that Daken was actually Wolverine's son at the time. Their expressions were priceless.
* A sibling variation with Terra, of ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' fame. Terra used everyone, hated good, and only cared for herself. The only times she showed true compassion were when she interacted with her long lost older brother.
* Played straight in ''ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX'' comic. Leon Rastovich was part of a child pornography ring that was busted. He turned over on a lot of his partners for a lighter sentence, but no matter what the prosecution offered him, he never turned on his mother, who was suspected of involvement.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Luke Cage|HeroForHire}} Noir'', we never see it in action so much as get it spelled out for us. Josephine tells Cage that there isn't a lot to like about a creep like Tombstone... but he was always a mama's boy.
* ComicBook/TheHood loves his mother and part of the reason he [[JustifiedCriminal got into crime]] (aside from being able to support his wife and daughter) was to take care of her.
* Out of all of the ''Terror Titans'', the third Persuader, Elise Kimble, seems to have had a loving relationship with at least one of her parents. Her father utterly adored her, but her mother eventually drove him away, and it was because of her upbringing that Elise became a killer. She actually killed her mom when she found out. When she's reunited with her father years later, he tells Elise that he wanted to take her with him, but she was a dependent, which meant she was worth money to her mother. Her mom threatened to make it look like he was abusing her if he tried to take Elise, so her dad tried to spare her a life of being on the run from the law by leaving. Their happy reunion is cut short when Elise's boss, Clock King, kills her dad right in front of her.
* An issue of ''ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}'' revealed that ComicBook/{{Sabretooth}} of all people was this. Having his old mother living in one of the most expensive nursing homes in the world and often visiting her when he wasn't out murdering people. She is beaten to death with a hammer by a member of the Red Right Hand.
* Fantomex, an amoral mercenary from the ''Comicbook/XMen'' comic books, who was raised to become a heartless weapon, visits his blind, old mother regularly in her world.
* In the ''Havok & Wolverine'' miniseries, ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} gets into a barfight in Mexico after somebody called his mother a ''puta''.[[note]]slut[[/note]]
-->'''Havok:''' Logan, you [[LaserGuidedAmnesia don't even know]] who your mother '''was'''.\\
'''Wolverine:''' No reason not to treat her with respect.
* Comicbook/{{Loki}}, for all his DaddyIssues, even has this once in awhile. Tyr once got Loki to help him overthrow Asgard by saying Odin had dishonored Frigga (aka Loki's adoptive mother). Loki switched sides the second he found out that wasn't true.
* The first Dr. Ivo Robotnik from the ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog''. He had two pictures of his mom, one in his bedroom and one in his office, and once the Freedom Fighters attacked, he said that he couldn't run away as he was holding scissors and his mother always told him that he should never run with scissors.
* In ''ComicBook/DeathOfTheFamily'', [[spoiler: this is James Jr's reason for selling Barbara (his sister) out to Joker]].
* In ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'s case, "bad" is subjective (it depends on the situation, really), but he does love his mother dearly. A very long series of strips had him run away from home, get lost, and end up in a touching reunion with her. (The later animated special ''Garfield on the Town'' was an expanded adaptation of this story.)
* Coldcast of ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueElite'' may be a ScaryBlackMan, but he still cares for his blind mother. [[spoiler:He was also the reason for her blindness; his powers first emerged when he tried to save her from being raped by a gang, and well, he didn't have very good control over all the energy he produced...]]
* ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty.'' Steve, crossed with an OhCrap moment for Opus, from the October 14, 1985 strip. Opus tells Steve that a crazy woman is ransacking his room and bellowing like a "great, ugly, squat walrus." Steve asks, "Squat walrus?" Opus says, "Yeah." Steve yells upstairs, "MOM?" and Opus says, "Oh, but a very '''NICE''' squat walrus!" In future strips, while his mother nags him endlessly, she is one of the few people Steve is even polite to.
* Bohr in ''ComicBook/{{Sojourn}}''. Even if this [[TearJerker means]] [[spoiler:to MercyKill her]].
* The Penguin in ''ComicBook/PenguinPainAndPrejudice'' is devoted to his ailing mother.
* ComicBook/LadyDeath is a female example: An undead DarkActionGirl originally conceived a NinetiesAntiHero who would overthrow {{Satan}} for the control of Hell. She is mostly driven to save her mother's soul, who was sacrificed at the hands of LD's [[ArchnemesisDad abusive father]].
* ''ComicBook/BlackMoonChronicles'':
** Ghorghor Bey is a dreaded warlord who could snap a person in half thanks to his enormous size. However, he dearly loved his late mother, since she was pretty much the only person in his village who loved the half-ogre boy, [[ChildByRape a result of her being raped]] during an ogre attack. He makes a point to [[GraveMarkingScene visit her grave]] when he and his army are marching through the area when he's an adult.
** Wismerhill himself is an AntiHero at best, but his mother was the only person he knew for the first few years of his life, since she had to keep her bastard son hidden from her husband, who eventually finds out and kills her. Wismerhill repays him for this (and the abuse he suffered at the lord's hands) years later by hacking off his fingers and letting him fall to his death.
* In ''ComicBook/BackToBrooklyn'', Paul Saetta's last words before dying is to ask his brother Bob to take care of their mother.
* Snivelitch from the ''ComicBook/{{Madballs}}'' comic published by Star Comics (a now defunct subsidiary of Creator/MarvelComics) must have loved his mother a lot, since a picture of her can be seen on his desk in the second issue.

[[folder:Eastern Animation]]
* The Alien Sultan, the main villain in the ''Animation/KapitanBomba'' series, sincerely loves his mom and keeps her portrait in his private chamber.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* [[http://hetalia-kink.livejournal.com/20706.html?thread=87776226#t87776226 This fic]] was the result of the author disliking fics in which Japan of ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' is portrayed as a monster towards his siblings while simultaneously not wanting to deny that the Japanese did very bad things to the Koreans and Chinese. Japan is technically not much less of a monster in it, but he does love his brothers. Possibly because they're just as bad.
* This is a central theme in ''Fanfic/PastSins''. [[spoiler:Another central theme is the question of whether Nightmare Nyx is really bad...]]
* ''FanFic/UltimateSleepwalker'' has a male example that shows how Even Bad Men Love Their Papas. The supervillain 8-Ball, a sociopath who's killed at least a dozen people during his armed robberies, and has also done such horrible things as firebombing a hospital for pay, uses some of the proceeds from his criminal activities to pay for the long-term hospital care of his father, whose drinking has nearly killed him.
* In the ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'', [[BadFuture Dark World!]][[PsychopathicManchild Fluttercruel]] claims to still love her "mother" Fluttershy, despite having [[spoiler: tortured her for ''five hundred years'']]; due to her [[TheSociopath psychosis]], she actually thinks that's how she was expressing her love.
** [[spoiler: [[BigBad Discord]] seemed to genuinely love his mortal mother Shady, and seems to still be haunted by her betrayal during his FinalBattle with the Princesses.]]
* ''[[DefiedTrope Defied]]'' with the Shadow Queen's childen in ''[[Fanfic/YuGiOhTheThousandYearDoor Yu Gi Oh: The Thousand Year Door, Redux]]''. She's such an abusive parent, that her current six children (known collectively as [[QuirkyMiniBossSquad the Shadow Spawn]]) despise her and obey mostly out of fear; their predecessors were worse, having [[TheStarscream been behind several attempts on her life.]] (At least she strongly suspects so.) The whole focus of Stan's TheReasonYouSuckSpeech revolves around this specific Trope and how despicable the Queen must have been to make her own children hate her so, [[spoiler:and it actually sends her into a brief VillainousBreakdown that is key to their victory in the FinalBattle.]]
* In ''Fanfic/FrozenHearts'' [[spoiler:Prince Hans]] views his father as one of the few people he respects, and is deeply moved by how his mother still cares for him after everything he's done.
* ''Pokemon'' fanfic {{Fanfic/Obsession}} shows Jirarudan (the delusional antagonist of {{Anime/Pokemon 2000}}) as idolizing his dead mother to the point of associating her with angels.
* ''[[Fanfic/TheUltimateEvil The Stronger Evil]]'': Drago, Shendu's KidFromTheFuture, has a strained relationship with his father, but he hardly has bad memories of his mother [[spoiler:Valerie Payne]], saying that she did what she could for him. Though the present version of his mother has sided with his enemies, he avoids hurting her as much as possible, even saving her from Tarakudo's PsychicStrangle.
* Paul in ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'', {{Jerkass}} as he is, apparently misses his late mother.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Disney's ''Disney/RobinHood'' has a RunningGag of the evil Prince John remembering his mother and going sucking his thumb because he was TheUnFavorite, compared to his brother King Richard. He even does it while attacking his snake right-hand man. And remember, Prince John is voiced by Peter Ustinov. Also an HistoricalInjoke, as Richard really ''was'' Eleanor of Aquitaine's favorite child.
* Creator/{{Disney}}'s ''Disney/PeterPan'':
** When Wendy is singing "Your Mother and Mine" to her brothers and The Lost Boys, Captain Hook and the other pirates overhear her. AntiVillain Smee gets emotional, as he lifts up his shirt -- and displays the "Mother" tattoo.
** And apparently, if the sequel and the prequel novels are to be believed, Hook himself falls under this trope. The ''WesternAnimation/PeterPanAndThePirates'' version of Hook keeps a portrait of his sainted mother in his cabin, and, in "Hook the Faithful Son," is tricked into believing his mother wished for him to be a ''pilot'', not a pirate.
** In Creator/CosgroveHall's adaptation of ''Discworld/SoulMusic'', AntiVillain Satchelmouth Lemon has an identical tattoo, revealed in similar circumstances (although the song isn't specifically about mothers).
** One of the most common instances of this trope is the stereotypical image of a large, imposing, angry [[AllBikersAreHellsAngels biker]] sporting a large tattoo of a heart with "Mom" written in it on his shoulder. One would assume it's not a chest tattoo like Smee's because the giant ZZ Top beard they all seem to have have would cover it up.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' sequels show that Prince Charming is a complete and utter Mama's boy. In fact, it's his desire to make her proud that leads him to hatch another villainous plan in ''WesternAnimation/ShrekTheThird''. [[spoiler:And his last word, before he gets trapped under a tower, is "Mummy?"]]
* Hopper from ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'' may have loved or at least respected his mother enough to honor her promise to not kill his younger (annoying) brother Molt when she was on her deathbed.
-->'''Hopper:''' I ''swear'', if I hadn't promised Mother on her deathbed that I wouldn't kill you, I would '''''kill''''' ''you!''\\
'''Molt:''' And believe me, no one appreciates that more than I do.\\
'''Hopper:''' SHUT UP! I don't want to hear another word out of you while we're on this island. Do you understand me? ''(Molt whimpers)'' I SAID, DO YOU UNDERSTAND ME?!\\
'''Molt:''' Well, how can I answer? [[ExactWords You said I couldn't say another word!]] ''(Hopper growls with increasing rage and raises his fist)'' AAH! ''REMEMBER MA!''\\
''(Hopper spins around and [[BlofeldPloy punches another grasshopper to the ground]])''
* A very cynical approach to the trope shows up in ''Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride''. [[BigBad Zira]] treated all her offspring cruelly, but especially [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain Nuka]]; yet Kovu and Vitani were the ones who actively rebelled, while Nuka went out of his way for Zira, such as when Kovu first refused to take part in an attack on the pridelands, and Nuka tried to take charge to win Zira's attention, yet died in the process.
* Played with in ''Disney/WreckItRalph'' when [[DrillSergeantNasty Sgt. Calhoun]] yells at her squad to make their mothers proud and Ralph shouts back that he loves his mother. Averted in that he's only "[[PunchClockVillain officially]]" a Bad Guy, not a bad ''guy''.
* Kadaj, Yazoo, Loz and eventually [[spoiler:Sephiroth]] in ''Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren'' won't stand for anyone insulting their mother.
* Big Baby in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'', while Lotso's henchman, qualifies. Before turning, he called his previous owner "Mama". It makes sense seeing that he's a baby doll.
* The Bog from ''WesternAnimation/StrangeMagic'' who while frustrated by his mother's constant attempts to set him up with women, is also humanized by her badgering.
* [[spoiler:Titan]] from ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'' has no qualms about stealing, killing, robbery or burning down an entire city for fun, but he's genuinely upset when he figures that [[spoiler:Megamind]] lied to his [[PaperThinDisguise stepmom]].
* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': According to ''Literature/AFrozenHeart'', [[spoiler:Prince Hans]] genuinely cares about his mother, one of the few people who was never cruel to him and worries about disappointing her.
* ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'': Dr. Jumba Jookiba, a self-proclaimed EvilGenius, objects to Stitch (apparently) insulting his mother during one fight sequence.
-->'''Stitch:''' ''[alien gibberish insult]''
-->'''Jumba:''' Oh! Leave my mother out of this!


[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/ThreeTenToYuma2007''. After a member of the posse transporting him to the eponymous prison train insults his mother, shackled MagnificentBastard Ben Wade promptly throws him into a ravine, and utters this line to justify it.
-->'''Wade:''' Day I die, Byron, I'm gettin' sprung from hell.\\
'''Byron:''' I might think that too, if I came from the seed of a drunk gravedigger, and the rancid womb of a whore.\\
'''Wade:''' ''[Whirls round, knocks back his captors, and grabs Byron from behind, holding a knife to his throat]'' I've always liked you Byron, but you never know when to shut up. Even bad men love their mommas. ''[hurls him over the cliff edge]''
* ''Film/AmericanGangster'': Frank Lucas, drug king pin, uses his fortune to buy a BigFancyHouse for his mother and fills her room with copies of furniture that was taken from them when he was five, which he had remade ''from memory''. When the [[DirtyCop dirty detectives]] invade the house looking for Frank's getaway money they assault his wife, [[KickTheDog shoot his dog]] and demolish the furniture. Frank's mom talks him out of a RoaringRampageOfRevenge ("You don't kill cops, even I know that") by threatening to abandon him. It works, and they go to church instead [[spoiler: where Frank is arrested by the un-corrupt cops who were investigating him.]]
* ''Film/AmericanMe'': Santana may be a brutal gang leader but he loves his mother, as she's always taken care of him even though [[ChildByRape he's the product of a gang rape]] against her by a bunch of racist sailors.
* In ''Film/AnalyzeThis'', mob boss Paul Vitti gets ''very'' angry when Dr. Sorbel suggests that he might have an Oedipus complex (clearly, Vitti doesn't understand the term, and thinks that Sorbel is suggesting that he is actually sexually attracted to his mother). In a later scene, he's still angry at Sorbel, saying that he's been afraid to call his mother.
* ''Film/AnchormanTheLegendOfRonBurgundy'' has this little exchange:
-->'''Champ Kind:''' I will smash your face into a car windshield, and then take your mother, Dorothy Mantooth, out for a nice seafood dinner and ''never call her again!''\\
'''Wes Mantooth:''' Dorothy Mantooth is a ''saint!'' You understand me? Dorothy Mantooth is a ''saint!''\\
'''Ron Burgundy:''' Hey, let's leave the mothers out of this.
* ''Film/TheBigHouse''. Butch is a hardened killer who has committed who knows how many murders and is serving a life sentence in jail. He breaks down sobbing after receiving a letter telling him that his mother died.
* Noah from ''Film/TheBoyNextDoor'' loves his deceased mother. He loves her so much that he declares that he could never hurt her in the climax, mainly because [[spoiler:his father cheated on her and she was so devastated that she killed herself.]]
* In ''Film/{{Brick}}'', [[spoiler:the Pin, a drug lord, lives with his mom.]] His mom even goes so far as to serve snacks during his business meetings.
* In ''Film/CharliesAngelsFullThrottle'', the assassin known as The Thin Man has a soft spot for the orphanage where he grew up. He regularly donates money and gifts [[spoiler:and the reason he gets involved in the plot is to protect Max since he was also raised at the same orphanage.]]
* ''Film/TheCraft'': The AxCrazy witch Nancy Downs has a pretty good relationship with her mother. When her belligerent stepfather strikes the mother in a mild rage, Nancy uses her newly-received powers to give him a fatal heart attack, and ignores his suffering while checking to see if her mother is all right.
* Defied in ''Film/DemolitionMan''. When Huxley is looking over the list of [[SealedEvilInACan Cryo-]][[HumanPopsicle Cons]], she notes to John Spartan, "Most of these guys don't like you." He answers that most of them don't even like their own mothers.
* ''Film/TheFifthElement'': Korben Dallas is a muscular blond hero, former soldier, who likes shooting at things and who is afraid of virtually nothing... except of his irritable mom's phone calls, during which he never dares to talk back while she generously berates him as the worst son ever for not calling her enough. Although he probably is simply [[MotorMouth unable to]].
* One particularly badass villain from the ''Literature/{{Fingerprints}}'' turns out to be doing everything to get revenge for her mother, who was murdered when she was a child.
* ''Film/FourBrothers'' combines this with RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
* The page image is [[TheFamilyThatSlaysTogether Jason Voorhees and his mother Pamela]], who have a close and otherworldly relationship in the ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' series.
** In [[Film/FridayThe13th1980 the first film]], the mother kills off kids in vengeance for Jason. The iconic leitmotif "ki ki ki... ma ma ma" is Mama Voorhees imagining Jason telling her, "Kill kill kill... mom mom mom!"
** Before the events of ''[[Film/FridayThe13thPart2 Part 2]]'', Jason made a little shrine for his mother's decapitated head and presented his victims to it.
** In the crossover movie ''Film/FreddyVsJason'', Jason comes back to life because his mother tells him to do it. The "mother" was a image made by Freddy Krueger in order to start a killing spree on Elm Street. That kind of obedience can't be faked. When he found out who his 'mother' really was, Jason was [[BerserkButton not happy...]]
* In ''Film/TheGodfatherPartII'', After Michael Corleone learns of [[spoiler: Fredo]]'s treachery, he orders that nothing will happen to him while their mother is still alive. [[spoiler: Once we see that shot of Mama Corleone in that casket...]]
* Joe Pesci's murderous psycho, Napoleon-complex character in ''Film/{{Goodfellas}}'' loves his mama.
* Michael Myers is quite fond of his mother in Rob Zombie's ''Film/{{Halloween 2007}}'' and ''Film/HalloweenII2009''. Not only does he kill the kids who insult his mom, he also has hallucinations about her [[WomanInWhite wearing completely white]] and urging him on while he murders.
* J.D. from ''Film/{{Heathers}}'' outright admits he isn't sure if he even ''likes'' [[AbusiveParents his father]], but he clearly loved his late mother, regarding her fondly when showing her picture to Veronica.
* In ''Film/{{JCVD}}'', The bank robbers get in multiple heated arguments over the brutal treatment of the hostages--two of them are AffablyEvil, star-struck fanboys, who'd rather get Van Damme to show off his moves than extort the hostages, while the other one opens fire on the cops multiple times, and shoots an escaping hostage in the leg. The arguments become more heated as the film progresses, but they manage to keep it all together. [[spoiler: Until the bastard insults another robber's mother. A point-blank headshot is the response from the other robber. His reasoning?]] "We agreed. Nothing about our mothers."
* ''Film/KindergartenCop'': [[BigBad Cullen Crisp]] deeply cares for his mother. This ''would'' be heartwarming... if she wasn't a psychotic partner in his criminal schemes.
* In the second ''The Legend''[=/=]''Fong Sai Yuk'' movie, when the bad guys kidnap Fong's mom, Fong goes through hell and high water to get her back, including [[http://youtube.com/watch?v=vSLgstEbe1s this scene]], qualifying as one of Jet Li's greatest fights, where he uses an arsenal of katanas to tear apart an alley full of mooks standing between him and where the bad guys have taken her. While blindfolded. His mother may be even more badass than he is. When he is defeated by his prospective mother-in-law in the first movie, it's his mum who goes and restores the family honor (disguised as his brother).
* One of the first things [[SerialKiller Jeffrey Dahmer]] says in the 1993 biopic ''The Life and Times of Jeffrey Dahmer'' is that his grandmother might be the only person he ever loved. Indeed, he regularly brings over men to his bedroom in her house before killing them, but [[DontTellMama tries to hide this from her]]. He's later brought to tears when his MissingMom calls him up out of the blue.
* Ronnie from ''Film/LittleChildren'' is a convicted pedophile who loves his mother more than life itself, and is fully aware that she is probably the only person in the world who loves him. [[spoiler: The film is notable for making a pedophile into TheWoobie upon her [[TearJerker death.]]]]
* Orin Scrivello, D.D.S. from ''Film/LittleShopOfHorrors'' has a shrine dedicated to his deceased mother, who encouraged him to become a dentist due to his sadistic nature as a child.
* ''Film/LongPigs'': Anthony may be a cannibal and murderer, but he's still distraught when he learns his mom is dying.
* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse:
** A gender-flipped version in ''Film/IronMan2''. Ivan Vanko, while bitter towards Tony, is perfectly willing to quietly take care of his invalid father, even though the film implies his father was abusive when he was well. [[MoralityChain But then his father dies…]]
** [[Characters/MCULoki Loki]] from ''Film/{{Thor}}'' still loves Frigga, his mother. It's implied she was the more attentive parent, and she gave Loki the throne in ''Thor'' when Odin was in the Odinsleep. According to his actor Tom Hiddleston, "Frigga is the only one who still cares; the only one who still sees good in him. Everyone else has let him go."
*** In ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'', Thor gets Loki to cooperate by reminding him that [[spoiler:Malekith killed Frigga]], knowing that as much as Loki wants power, he wants revenge more. When he is informed of the news, he waits until he's alone before he lets his grief-inspired rage be shown by telekinetically destroying the furniture in his cell. For a character whose main trait is deception and playing with emotions, seeing a genuine reaction to an event is ''meaningful''. It's also revealed that it was Frigga who taught Loki a lot of his magic, so she ''was'' the more attentive parent.
* ''Film/MenaceIISociety'': If you value your life, do not insult O-Dog's mom. [[BerserkButton He will kill you.]]
-->'''Store Clerk:''' I felt sorry for your mother.\\
'''O-Dog:''' What you say about my mama?
* In ''Film/TheNakedGun 33 1/3'', Rocco [[spoiler:sees his mother fall off a stage, presumably dead, and shouts down to her, "I'm coming, Ma!"]]--possibly the most devoted mama's boy on this list. It is parody.
* Julian Karswell, the Satan-worshiping cult leader from ''Film/NightOfTheDemon'', is very affectionate and kind to his mother.
* In ''Film/{{Popeye}}'', Castor Oyl vainly attempts to box the feared contender Oxblood Oxheart for a sizable amount of money when the Oyls are evicted. Oxblood is clearly shown to have a soft spot for his doting mother/manager, which Popeye uses to his advantage when he enters the ring.
* Norman Bates in ''Film/{{Psycho}}'' has always had a [[OedipusComplex special relationship]] with his mother, keeping her in the old family mansion and taking care of her needs and demands, [[spoiler:even twenty years or more after she died]].
* Tony Montana from ''Film/{{Scarface 1983}}'' somewhat loves his mother, even if there are rough edges to their relationship due to her being aware of his criminal activities.
* ''Film/{{Scream 1996}}'':
** After being informed by Sidney that she's called the police, [[spoiler:Stu]] (who has apparently lost all rationality and is bleeding to death) pathetically breaks down and sobs, "My mom and dad are gonna be so mad!"
** Another example would be [[spoiler: Billy]], whose motive for killing Sidney's mother (and later Sidney) was that Mrs. Prescott had an affair with his father, which led to his mother walking out on them both. Sidney even calls him a "pansy-ass momma's boy."
* In ''Film/{{Scrooged}}'', the Ghost of Christmas Past shows to Bill Murray's character one of his first Christmas evenings. Murray begins to cry. Earlier, the Ghost had claimed that even Attila the Hun had to cry when he saw his own mother. Murray then claims (unconvincingly) that he's crying over the lump of meat his father got him as his Christmas present, which he didn't appreciate back then.
* Jacob Goodnight of ''Film/SeeNoEvil'' has a very good reason to love (or at least respect) his mother: she's the one who turned him into a serial killer in the first place! At first appearing to be a dotty old woman and one of Jacob's potential victims, she is eventually revealed to have been controlling him all along. You see, she's really a religious fanatic who believes that people [[DisproportionateRetribution deserve to die for having even the smallest of faults]], and she uses her son as the vehicle for dispensing her twisted brand of justice.
* In the ''Film/SilentHill'' movie, after the terrible and bloody vengeance that Alessa Gillespie unleashed on Christabella and the whole town that burned her alive for being born out of wedlock many years ago, the only survivors are ActionMom Rose, her daughter Sharon, and Dahlia, Alessa's mother. When Dahlia asks Rose why she is the lone survivor out of all the Silent Hill inhabitants, Rose tells her "Mother is God in the eyes of a child."
* In ''Film/SinCity'', [[BadassNormal Marv]] has the crap beaten out of him by crooked cops trying to get him to sign a confession. Marv spits blood at every paper they wave at him, until a slimy District Attorney shows up and threatens to kill Marv's beloved mother. Marv signs the confession almost immediately, but not before breaking the DA's arm in several places.
* 2009 ''Film/StarTrek''--Though he's not exactly "bad" (more like a {{Jerkass}}) for the first half of the movie, the only way to make [[TheSpock Spock]] react in the movie is to insult his mother or imply he doesn't love her. You do ''not'' want to do that unless you want the shit beaten out of you. [[spoiler:So they kill her off.]]
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': A case of 'Even Bad Men Love Their Fathers', [[BountyHunter Boba Fett]] from Film/AttackOfTheClones was shown as this. He became the most feared bounty hunter in the Galaxy and recreated the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Mandalorians]] to honor dear old dad. [[note]] It should also be noted that in the Mando culture, it's the ''father'' who does the bulk of the child-rearing. And their second-worst insult more or less translates to "[[FamilyValuesVillain deadbeat dad.]]" [[/note]]
** Boba was a clone himself; his father's price for giving his genes to make the clone army included one "unmodified" clone to be his son.
* The HeelFaceTurn of [[FemmeFatale Eve Teschmacher]] from ''Film/{{Superman}}'' is prompted by the threat of her mother becoming collateral damage. She's all about being a vampy super-villain before that, too, with the [[SuperheroesWearCapes big cape]] and the [[MostCommonSuperpower bigger boobies]] and everything else the job entails.
* Susano-o in ''Film/TheThreeTreasures'' is a troublemaker, but he's shown to have loved his late mother Izanami.
* In ''Film/WereTheMillers'' One-Eye is offended when Kenny sheepishly declines a gift basket filled with fruit (and a tarantula) from the former's mother.
* James Cagney as Cody Jarrett in ''Film/WhiteHeat''.
* In ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', Magneto is obsessed with taking revenge for his murdered mother. The whole "tortured in a Nazi concentration camp" thing didn't necessarily help either, though.

* ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' inverts this trope. Some villainous sisters boast with having killed their elderly [[ExoticExtendedMarriage mothers]] in cold blood when said mothers started to become senile.
* Lestat in Creator/AnneRice's ''Literature/TheVampireChronicles'' is a mother's boy. He adores Gabrielle, revels in being her favorite son, and still resents every second she's not paying attention to him. [[spoiler:He also turns her into a vampire so he never has to live through her dying.]]
* In ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}'', the mortally wounded Grendel returns to his mother to die. Grendel's mother then takes up the vendetta against Beowulf.
* In ''Literature/GoodOmens'', [[LouisCypher Nanny Astoreth]] teaches about Vlad Drakula and Attila the Hun, but omits the points about Drakula always saying his prayers, or Attila being nice to his mother.
* ''{{Literature/Discworld}}'':
** Seen (to an extent) in ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}''; the Lilywhite boys greatly respect their deceased mother, as much out of quivering fear as love. They turn on Mr. Teatime after he snaps and goes, "To blazes with your mam!".
** Invoked unsuccessfully by Mrs Plinge in ''Discworld/{{Maskerade}}'', when she attempts to appeal to a gang of muggers by saying surely they have mothers. One replies that he did but he thinks he "must of [[ImAHumanitarian et her]]". Granny Weatherwax is relieved by this, since it means [[PayEvilUntoEvil she doesn't have to be nice]].
* In the first ''Literature/ThursdayNext'' book, ''The Eyre Affair'', one of the main villain's dimwitted henchman wants a motorway services named for his mother as his part of the ransom. [[spoiler:It's the only part of the ransom that is granted before the situation blows up.]]
* After being [[TenPacesAndTurn shot in a duel]] with Pierre in ''Literature/WarAndPeace'', [[ManipulativeBastard Dolokhov]] goes delirious in the carriage towards the hospital, murmuring about how he can't die yet because his mother will be heartbroken.
* In the ''Literature/{{Sharpe}}'' series, the DrillSergeantNasty Obadiah Hakeswill keeps trying to kill Sharpe. He has a picture of his dead mother inside his hat. "Mother, spread your wings and lift me high!" is his catchphrase. He once justifies an act of rape by saying, "Mother, you always wanted me to be happy." His mother helped to save him from the gallows, so he does have a point.
* In ''Literature/SecondApocalypse'':
** Xerius's mother Istriya is the only person he is not ready to execute at the first hint of a suspicion of possible treason. But then, Istriya is the person who made Xerius who he is, and they have a history of mother/son incest.
** Anasurimbor Kelmomas is a ChildProdigy and an EnfantTerrible who is obsessed with being the ''only'' one to receive his mother's love, even if this means burning the whole world down.
* In Ken Follett's ''A Dangerous Fortune'', the death of Edward Pilaster (a minor villain and son of EvilMatriarch Augusta) is commented on thusly by the heroes:
-->'''Hugh:''' He loved his mother.\\
'''Maisie:''' Why do you say that?\\
'''Hugh:''' [[NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead It's the only good thing I can think of to say about him.]]
* Downplayed in ''Literature/CrimeAndPunishment'': at the beginning, SympatheticMurderer Raskolnikov is very fond of his mother and sister, but, after his crime, he begins to feel uncomfortable around them and actually feels he is starting to hate them.
* In the ''Literature/DeepgateCodex'', main villain [[spoiler:Menoa]]'s StartOfDarkness was triggered when he was killed protecting his mother during his parents' war.
* In Creator/TheBrothersGrimm's tale #50 ("The Devil And His Grandmother"), ''the Devil himself'' cares about his grandmother--and thus, [[TheDevilIsALoser the hero can outwit him]].
* The last word of the mad god Torak in the ''Literature/{{Belgariad}}'' is "Mother!" It's identified by Belgarath as a cry to the one thing in the universe Torak thought loved him. (Granted, as a god, Torak's mother ''is'' the universe--long story.) [[spoiler:He was right--for a split second after Torak's death, everything ''stops'', as the universe mourns her lost child.]]
* ''Literature/TheTamuli'' has Scarpa calling for his mother as he is dying. Subverted in that [[spoiler:he had her--and all his sisters--murdered before the start of the series.]]
* In the non-fiction novel ''Inside Delta Force'', the ex-Delta operator Hanley explains an incident from the training where he received a strike against him by the evaluating shrink for being "uncooperative." The reason? He refused to complete the portion of the psych eval which asked selectees to complete the phrase "I love my mother but..." When questioned about this, Hanley replied, "I love my mother. No buts. Don't project your issues onto me." The strike was removed and Hanley went on to pass selection.
* Mark Brandon "Chopper" Read wrote in his first book, ''Chopper: From the Inside'', that the best way to find a criminal that didn't want to be found was either to wait outside their mother's house or to put her in hospital. They would always turn up because their love for their mums was so predictable
* Dong Zhuo in ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'' is possibly the most vicious tyrant in the book. When he finds out he's going to ascend to emperor, one of the first people he tells is his mother.
* Paul Atreides in ''Literature/{{Dune}}''. Even psychic demigod warlords love their mamas.
* The Inquisitor and powerful vampire Witeslaw in the ''Literature/NightWatch'' series is mostly completely stoic and utterly ruthless, and in his first meeting with the protagonist, casually mentions that he's eaten children. However, in ''Twilight Watch'', she shows a reluctance to interact with an elderly woman and to use the word mother. It's explained that as a young vampire, he lost control of himself and killed his mother, something which fills him with great shame.
* Fëanor, in ''Literature/TheSilmarillion''. Don't you ''dare'' thay Serindë. Also applies to [[AntiHero Túrin]]. Insulting his mother, Morwen, is [[BerserkButton not a very good idea]].
** Of all Fëanor's sons, Maglor is closest to his mother Nerdanel. He's arguably one of the ''least'' nasty of the bunch, though.
* In ''Literature/TheEyesOfKidMidas'', sadistic schoolyard bully Bertram gets [[BerserkButton very angry]] if you insult his mother.
* In Creator/JohnCWright's ''Literature/ChroniclesOfChaos'', the very stoic Ares only becomes angry when his mother [[Myth/GreekMythology Queen]] [[IHaveManyNames Basilios]] is slandered. At which point, he offers to break the speaker's kneecaps if they don't shut up.
* ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'':
** The title character may be a criminal mastermind, but he'll do anything--including giving up half of his loot or traveling to the past to save an extinct species--to make his mother Angeline healthy and happy again.
** Butler invokes this in the first book when WeNeedADistraction. He approaches a gang of hoodlums hanging about the area and taunts them relentlessly, capping it off with a sarcastic "your mothers must be so proud", which is what finally provokes them into a fight.
* The Army of Helaman or Helamen's Stripling Warriors from ''Literature/TheBookOfMormon'' are in fact heroic young men who learned righteousness from their mothers.
* Clearly ''not'' the case with Literature/LeftBehind Antichrist villain Nicolae Carpathia, as he and Viv Ivins had engineered Marilena Carpathia's death when he was no longer in need of his mother.
* At one point in ''Literature/TheBlackCompany'' series, [[KnightInSourArmor Croaker]] and [[EvilOverlord Lady]] are arguing about [[BiggerBad Dominator]] -- former, believing in GrayAndGrayMorality is trying to convince the latter that even he had to have a good side and uses this trope as one of the possibilities. Lady says he probably ripped his mother's throat with his bare hands.
* The Literature/InDeath series: Averted. A number of the murderers in the series murdered their mothers first.
* ''Literature/PeterPan'':
--> ''"See," said Hook in answer to Smee's question, "that is a mother. What a lesson! The nest must have fallen into the water, but would the mother desert her eggs? No."\\
There was a break in his voice, as if for a moment he recalled innocent days when -- but he brushed away this weakness with his hook.''
* ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'': [[spoiler:Simon Heap still cares about his mother while he's trying to kill his siblings.]]
* In the third entry in ''Literature/TheSellswords'' by R. A. Salvatore, [[ProfessionalKiller Artemis Entreri]] returns to his hometown of Memnon in Calimshan and butchers the [[CorruptChurch corrupted priesthood of Selûne]] who made his life hell as a child. What sets him off is when he asks for a prayer for his mother's soul, and the high priest tries to exact payment for it.
* One of the major unanswered questions of ''Literature/WeNeedToTalkAboutKevin'' is what Kevin (a school shooter who seemed to deliberately cultivate the image of TheSociopath) really felt towards his parents. Despite seeming to have tried from infancy to make his mother, Eva, as miserable as possible, even if it hurt him too, many of his actions could be interpreted as a ''phenomenally'' twisted means of trying to bond with her in his own way. His relationship with his father is also quite difficult to fathom, as he hid his sociopathy from him and played the perfect son, and years later Eva still can't tell if Kevin was trying to hurt her by causing her husband to mistrust her when she tried to tell him that Kevin was seriously disturbed, or whether Kevin was trying to please his father by concealing what he truly was, or was actually showing some sort of respect for Eva by letting her see his true self. She is also unsure as to whether Kevin's reaction to his father being completely taken in by the charade was simple contempt for his stupidity or emotional pain that his father clearly loved the mask and never tried to look past it. The best example of this ambiguity is TheReveal that [[spoiler: before he started the school shooting, he killed his father and his little sister (who hero-worshipped him,) while leaving his mother alive. Whether this was because he loved her more than them and so couldn't bear to kill her, or because he wanted her to live on and suffer, is unclear.]] The fact that Kevin is a ConsummateLiar and Eva is an UnreliableNarrator makes it even more difficult to form conclusions.
* Elmer in the novel ''Literature/ElmerGantry'' is a self-absorbed sociopath and a religious huckster, who nevertheless speaks warmly of his mother. Part of the reason he became a minister at first is that he genuinely wanted to make her proud. Elmer admits to Sharon that she and his mother are the only women he's ever respected.
* Female example: in the sequels to ''Literature/TheWardedMan'', Inevera is a ManipulativeBitch, [[EvilSorcerer Evil Sorceress]] and LadyMacbeth to a KnightTemplar warlord, but she legitimately loves her mother, a humble basket merchant, and is even shown going to her for advice on occasion (Inevera, for the record, is a law unto herself and never takes advice from ''anyone''--except her mom). Now, she hated her ''[[AbusiveParents Father]]'', on the other hand, which was in large part due to how he [[KickTheDog treated]] her mother and older brother (and she ended up exacting revenge on him for it).
* In the Creator/CarlHiaasen novel ''Stormy Weather'', mobster Ira Jackson goes on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against the real estate agent who sold his mother a defective home and the roofing inspector who didn't do his job properly, after a hurricane destroys the property and kills Jackson's mother.
* ''Literature/{{Thinner}}'': Mobster Richie Ginelli adores his Italian mother and loves to keep her around.
* Despite being a [[LargeHam hammy]] bad guy, Hawkfrost from ''Literature/WarriorCats'' loves his mother Sasha. In fact, he scolds the [=ThunderClan=] cats for chasing her and bids farewell to her when the Clans move.
** A fan asked on [[Creator/ErinHunter Vicky Holmes]]' Facebook page, "Does Tigerstar love his mommy?" The answer was "Oh yes."
* Kalide in ''Literature/TheLegendsong'' is quite devoted to his mother, although this is to be expected given that Coralyn is [[LadyMacbeth the one with the power and schemes]]. What is more surprising is the way that Tarsin puts up with her, despite knowing that she and his brother are plotting against him.
* The Literature/CharlieParkerSeries has Jackie Garner and the Fulci brothers, thugs whose only real redeeming factor is their love for their mothers. Arguably, Louis also fits this trope, a hardened assassin whose love and respect for the women who raised him has led him to swear to never kill a woman.
* Guthrum the Unlucky from ''Literature/TheSaxonStories'' is a Viking warlord, a leader of [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Great Heathen]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Heathen_Army Army]], who is quite willing to ruthlessly kill and then RapePillageAndBurn in order to conquer England. He's also a hopeless MamasBoy who pays bards to sing songs of his long dead mother, breaks down into sobs upon hearing the songs, and wears one of her rib bones in his hair to have her with him always. He's also known to be a complete sucker for people complimenting his mother, and flattery of her can get him to do just about anything for you.
* ''Literature/StarWarsLegends'': Han Solo's cousin Thracken Sal-Solo was a greedy, power-hungry bigot who killed Corellia's leader, seized power, wanted to force planets into submission with a space station, was willing to kidnap, betray and even kill Han and the rest of the Solos...but he loved his mother, Tiion Sal-Solo, and was known to be violently protective of her.
* ''Literature/HowNotToWriteANovel'' discourages the use of this trope, as it can come across as a cheap way to humanize a villain. The example they use to illustrate this involves a character reminiscing about his mother as he gleefully forces young girls into prostitution.

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* ''Series/TheAffair'': John Gunther, the sadistic prison guard stalking Noah throughout Season 3, gets incredibly pissed off after Noah visits his mother in his parent's hunting store.
* Non-human example: On ''Series/AllCreaturesGreatAndSmall'', the two vets were chased up a tree by an enraged bull, which the farmer didn't dare approach for fear of being gored. To rescue them, he brought an elderly cow to the paddock, and the bull immediately calmed down and became tractable in her presence. She was the bull's mother.
* GenderFlipped on ''Series/{{Angel}}'' with Lilah, an AmoralAttorney employed by the forces of Hell. Her mother has Alzheimer's and Lilah pays for her to stay in a nursing home in another city. In one episode, the two have a phone conversation, during which the mother apparently starts crying when Lilah tries to explain that she can't visit her that day.
* Even though he is not a "bad" man [[ScaryBlackMan (just a scary black one)]], B.A. Baracus from the ''Series/TheATeam'' loves his mother so much, he temporarily gives up his fear of flying to quickly get to his mother when she needs help.
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' has a zigzag.
** [[spoiler:Cavil]] refuses to acknowledge that he loves [[spoiler:Ellen as his mother]] but is implied to have loved her all along and sought her approval, only to believe that [[spoiler:Ellen]] never loved him back. [[spoiler:Ellen]] insists she always cared for [[spoiler: Cavil]] but she can't convince him because she never shared his more morally-grey beliefs and philosophies. The result of those differences make their relationship a supremely messed up one.
** The whole Cylon race counts really. They persistently refer to humanity as their parents, yet have gleefully justified their genocide at the same breath.
* Tuco Salamanca ''Series/BetterCallSaul''. Though portrayed as a violent and psychopathic killer elsewhere in ''Better Call Saul'' and in ''Series/BreakingBad'' (and to some extent in this episode) he is surprisingly calm and collected around his abuelita (grandmother). Somewhat like [[Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly his namesake]], actually.
* Sheldon Cooper in ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' is incredibly stubborn, but he listens to his mother, who Leonard refers to as [Sheldon's] Kryptonite. Sheldon is even more devoted to his grandmother, whom he calls Mee-maw. This comes to the forefront when Raj and Howard try to upset Sheldon with YourMom jokes. When that doesn't work, they start talking about his Mee-maw, which pisses Sheldon off pretty much immediately.
* Rather magnificently averted in ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'':
-->'''Blackadder:''' If I don't make it back, please write to my mother and tell her that I've been alive all the time; it's just that I couldn't be bothered to get in touch with the old bat.
* Beautifully inverted by Bernard in ''Series/BlackBooks''. Whilst filling out his tax form: "Mother's maiden name… Christ, what's her first name? I just knew her as ma! That'll have to do. Ma. ''[{{Beat}}]'' Possibly deceased." Later in the same episode, while procrastinating on his taxes, he actually calls his mother, cue ''11 seconds later''.
-->'''Bernard:''' I know... I am... yeah, I know... yes, yes... yep... Yes I know, goodbye, I have to do my taxes!
* In ''{{Series/Bones}}'', Sweets tricks a sociopathic murderer into confessing...by telling him his mother had confessed, which caused him to panic and confess, providing details only the real killer could have known.
* Cesare Borgia of ''Series/TheBorgias''. DomesticAbuser and {{Jerkass}} Baron Bonadeo had little to no chance of survival after calling Cesare's mother Vannozza a "Spanish whore" ''twice''. Cesare even gave him the opportunity to apologize, but [[TooDumbToLive Bonadeo didn't take him up on it]] and gets his throat slit for his trouble.
* Doug Judy of ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'', an unrepentant liar, car thief, manipulator and all-around petty criminal, who, in spite of it all, seems to genuinely love his mom. And, yes, DontTellMama is in play here, too.
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Spike gets along with Buffy's mother, both because she treats him with courtesy (even commiserating when Drusilla dumps him) and because of his close relationship with his own mother, which ended badly after he made her a vampire so that he could live in blissful trinity with her and Drusilla (to Dru's consternation).
* As Michael from ''Series/BurnNotice'' puts it, "Thirty years of karate. Combat experience on five continents. A rating with every weapon that shoots a bullet or holds an edge. Still haven't found any defense against Mom crying into my shirt."
** In a later episode, Madeline goes to a man's apartment to get something for Fiona, but instead of giving it to her, he terrorizes her and kicks her out of the apartment. So Madeline turns to Michael for help. Michael, having obtained what he came for, breaks the guy's arm.
-->'''Mook:''' What was that for?!\\
'''Michael:''' [[AndThisIsFor That was for my mother.]]
* Seen in ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' when John Casey (not actually evil but not the nicest guy on the show) calls his mother during a hostage situation. [[spoiler:Subsequently subverted when it's revealed that his birth name is Alex Coburn. The call can then be interpreted as him reporting on the situation to Beckman.]]
-->'''John Casey:''' Mom? It's Johnny Boy.
* Inverted in ''Series/CriminalMinds'' in one episode: the killer's mother was his first victim. However, in another instance, a serial killer's entire spree was leading to the end game of being sent to the same prison as his father (who murdered his mother when he was a child by setting fire to their apartment), so that he could stab him to death.
* Clavo Cruz in ''Series/CSIMiami''. He's a drug dealer, murderer, and generally appalling person, but when his father makes a threatening move towards his mother, he ''instantly'' puts himself between them.
* ''Series/Daredevil2015'':
** Wilson Fisk killed his abusive dad to defend his mother. In the present day, his love for his mother is still present, as he takes great care to watch his language and his behavior around her. He and James Wesley are also very protective of Fisk's mother: Karen Page kills Wesley after Wesley finds out that she and Ben Urich visited Marlene and tries to threaten Karen into silence. Fisk later personally kills Ben after he learns of Karen and Ben's visit from his mole at the ''Bulletin''.
** In prison, Fisk buys the loyalty of the Valdez brothers by ensuring their mother's financial well-being.
* Played straight in ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Vampires of Venice"; Rory begins insulting Francesco in order to distract him from Amy, but it has no effect [[BerserkButton until he insults his mother]].
-->'''Francesco:''' ''Did you just say something about mummy?!''
* Many suspects on ''Series/DogTheBountyHunter'', even those with myriad felony charges against them, will often become emotional when family members or loved ones are mentioned when talking to them en-route to jail. Some will even take the opportunity to call them to apologize for their actions before being taken to jail.
* On ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'', Drew's BadBoss Mr. Wick does ''not'' take it lightly when when Mimi insults his mother over the phone:
-->'''Mr. Wick:''' Mimi, I may be power-mad, I may be a corporate weasel, [[AtLeastIAdmitIt I may even be a sleaze-bag]], but I am first and foremost a mama's boy, and you NEVER ''EVER'' insult the mama of a mama's boy!
* On an episode of ''Series/{{ER}}'', the normally {{Jerkass}} surgeon Dr. Robert "Rocket" Romano is gleefully describing the elaborate plans he has for his mother to celebrate Mother's Day. At the stunned reaction from the rest of the ER staff, he quips, "I bet you didn't even think I ''had'' a mother, did you?". To which one of the nurses muttered, "Can't imagine what ''she's'' like."
* [[BigBad Scorpius]] from ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' genuinely loves his mother, in spite of having never met her [[DeathByChildbirth for obvious reasons]], and flies into a furious rage when he discovers [[spoiler: [[ChildByRape that he was produced when his mother was raped]] as part of a Scarren breeding program]], and it is this, as well as his own abusive childhood at the hands of the Scarrens, that fuels his deep hatred for them. Later, [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Crowning Moment Of Heartwarming]] he is seen cracking a genuine smile as he caresses a flower that reminds him of his mother]].
* In the British comedy sketch show ''The Fast Show'', the incredibly posh-accented Cockneys go up north, and immediately prior to meeting incredibly-posh-accented Geordies and an incredibly-posh-accented Yardie from Kingston (near Richmond-upon-Thames), they announced themselves as "tough as old boots, but we love our old mums". This is likely in reference to one or more of several real-life East End gangsters who were known to be in thrall to their mothers.
* Jayne Cobb, the TokenEvilTeammate of ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', is seen in "The Message" to have a close relationship with his mother, judging by the letter (and the "cunning" [[NiceHat knit hat]]) he receives from her. The other crewmembers are clearly amused by this discovery, but it also served as evidence that Jayne has some HiddenDepths. In the comic "Better Days", his fantasy ship is called the "Radiant Cobb". When everyone finds this amusing, he protests, "That's my mama's name!"
* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'', unlike in the books, Cersei genuinely loved her mother and was saddened by her DeathByChildbirth, blaming her brother Tyrion for it.
** A far more famous example would be the biggest of Daenerys' dragons, Drogon. He is easily the most aggressive dragon compared to his brothers, and Daenerys sometimes has trouble controlling him. Despite that, there is no doubt that Drogon loves his mother and is incredibly protective of her. Because of this, he does not take kindly to anyone who threatens his mother's life. Jaime nearly learns this the hard way when he charges at Daenerys, only to see Drogon ready to burn him alive.
* ''Series/{{Gotham}}'':
** Carmine Falcone loved his mother, and connects with Liza, a young woman, over listening his mother's favorite aria. [[spoiler:Liza's a HoneyTrap set by [[TheStarscream Fish Mooney]]. Using his mother against him is also a BerserkButton, as he kills Liza when he learns the truth and plans to have Fish tortured.]]
** Oswald "Penguin" Cobblepott likewise is utterly devoted to his mother, to the point that he [[DontTellMama lies to her]] about what he does for a living so that she won't be disappointed in him. In Season 2, this is used against him, as new BigBad Theo Galavan kidnaps his mother in order to force Penguin to do his bidding. [[spoiler: And when Galavan ultimately [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness kills her]], Penguin has a terrifying VillainousBreakdown and swears revenge.]]
* Gabriel Gray (or Sylar) from ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' is revealed to be a mama's boy in his Season 1 BackStory episode. His whole obsession to be special came from his mother constantly telling him that he was and he needed to prove it to himself. [[spoiler:Too bad she got shocked at what he became, tried to attack him with a scissors, which he stopped, but accidentally stabbed her in the chest. To top it off after her death he finger-paints a vision of the destruction of N.Y. city with her blood.]] He even loves the mama he never knew so much that he tracks down his biological father so that he can kill him.
* ''Series/{{House}}'': Gregory House loves his mother; [[FreudianExcuse it's his father he hates]].
* ''Series/HouseOfSaddam'': Saddam with his own mother at first, before telling her that she "gave him nothing" on her deathbed. Played straight with Qusay and Uday concerning their relationship with Sajida. Uday brutalizes a confidante for setting up his father with a new mistress to protect his mother's honour.
* Danny from ''Series/{{Hustle}}'' is very close to his grandmother despite being something of a {{Jerkass}} on occasion.
* Bound to show up eventually in ''Series/{{Justified}}'' given the nature of the setting, and it did with Tanner Dodd, a thug and fugitive from Season 3.
* ''Series/KamenRiderGhost'':
** [[TheEmperor Adel]] is revealed to be this in episode #45 [[UsedToBeASweetKid when he was still a child]]. After his mother dies, this motivated his father to create a perfect world until Adel himself dethroned and killed him. [[spoiler:When his sister brought up about their mother in said episode, [[VillainousBreakdown he snaps]].]]
** His brother, Alain, is an example of Even Bad Men Love Their Daddies. His sister, Alia, admittes that Alain is a [[PsychopathicManchild brat]], but still firmly believes that he would never do this.
* Garthe Knight from ''Series/KnightRider'': When the mother is a sociopathic DotingParent and the son is ''TheSociopath'', things can get ugly. It should be noted that despite his setting into motion a plan to kill him, Garthe flies into a rage and attacks Michael after Michael off-handedly insults his MommasBoy status.
* ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'':
** When a convicted mass murderer escapes from prison, he visits his dying mom at the hospital and asks her to forgive him for his crimes. She refuses, and he goes to shoot a bunch of kids for no reason.
** In "Jeopardy," a triple murderer accepts a plea deal for the maximum if [=McCoy=] doesn't prosecute his mother [[spoiler:for bribing a judge to get his first case thrown out]].
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Life}}'', a scammer got murdered, because he scammed a biker guy's mom.
* An interesting example in ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''. It's clear that Dr. Forrester blames his violent, cruel mother Pearl for making him the hate-filled sociopath that he is. That said, in the episode where she is introduced, Forrester desperately attempts to gain his mother's approval, and in later seasons where Pearl was a recurring character, he was almost HER lackey. Sadly, it's also made painfully clear that Pearl's feelings towards her son are significantly less than favorable. [[spoiler:However, when he dies during the course of the series (due to the actor leaving the show), she responds with remarkably powerful grief and ''rage''.]]
* GenderFlipped on ''Series/{{Once Upon a Time}}'' which gives us “Even Bad Women Love Their Daddy” [[spoiler: not enough to not sacrifice him for revenge, however against Snow White.]]
* ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'': Bad is perhaps pushing it, but LoveableRogue Del Boy Trotter is absolutely devoted to the memory of his now-deceased mother Joannie. He sees her as truly TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth, never allowing a single bad word to be said about her in earshot and completely obliviously ignoring several details suggesting she really wasn't all he cracks her up to be - like the fact she was the first woman on the estate to smoke menthol cigs, and that she was often seen in the pub hanging with shady looking men. And in the spin-off ''Rock and Chips'' where Joan is the main character, you find out [[spoiler:she was every bit as devious and cunning as Del is now, though also CloserToEarth and quite a bit more kindhearted. She has an affair with Reg (though Reg's neglectful, crude, lazy and at times abusive attitude allows Joan to be painted sympathetically for it) and uses the resulting pregnancy (Rodney) to secure the family a better home at Nelson Mandela House.]]
* In an episode of ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963,'' a group of Earth soldiers are captured by an alien race. They are tortured and subjected to hallucinations. A young Martin Sheen plays a loud, bigoted soldier who is reduced to tears (and possibly treason) by a visit from his mother (visible only to him).
* ''Series/PrisonBreak'':
** The Company implicitly threatens Bagwell's mother. This leads to him threatening dire vengeance should they follow through.
** When T-Bag returns on ''Series/BreakoutKings'', he demonstrates just how far he's willing to go to deal with the two former orderlies [[spoiler: who sexually assaulted his mother in a nursing home]].
* At the end of the first episode of ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', Mycroft and Holmes bicker over who upset their mother more. [[UnreliableNarrator Given that they're a pair of High-Functioning Sociopaths]], this may not be entirely based in fact, but Watson appears to believe it.
* [[BadassBiker Badass biker]] Jax Teller does not hesitate to kill people when needed through the run of ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'' However, he still shows a great deal of deference and respect towards [[ManipulativeBitch his mother, Gemma]]. His devotion towards her does not allow him to see how toxic her influence really is. When her manipulations lead to the death of several club members and club law demands that she die, tough guy Jax breaks down crying.
-->'''Nero:''' And what about Gemma? I get the pain that you're in, Jax. And the damage that she has caused is unbelievable. But a son killing his mother? That's a wound that's too deep to heal. And I know you, 'mano. That is going to swallow you up. That is going to destroy you, man.
-->'''Jax:''' I know. That's the part that hurts the most about all this, man. After everything she did, all the lies, the death and the wreckage... I still love her, you know? She's my mom. How could she do this to Tara? [[note]][[spoiler:Jax's wife, who Gemma murdered in a jealous rage]][[/note]] How could she do this? [''dissolves into sobs'']
* ''Series/TheSopranos'':
** Paulie Walnuts is so nuts about his mother that he gets violent when ''other'' wise guys insult ''their'' mothers in his presence. [[spoiler: That is, until he finds out his "mother" was really his aunt, and his real mother was a nun who broke her vows. Then he goes crazy on both of them. He later makes up with her though.]]
** Played with with Tony and his deeply troubled relationship with [[EvilMatriarch Livia]]. He goes through a lot of effort to take care of her even though she's a cold, manipulative EvilMatriarch. He eventually severs ties with her after she [[spoiler: tries to have him killed.]]
* A female example in ''Series/StargateSG1'' with Season 10 BigBag Adria. Even though Adria knows Vala was impregnated against her will, Adria maintains a fondness for her mother, going out of her way to find and protect Vala despite Vala's clear opposition to Adria's regime. Vala, on the other hand, firmly believes ThatThingIsNotMyChild and eventually tells Adria this to her face once it becomes clear their relationship will not persuade Adria into a HeelFaceTurn.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'': The Ferengi are a zigzagged trope. Ferengi Rule of Acquisition #31: "Never make fun of a Ferengi's mother." The ExpandedUniverse adds, "Insult something he cares about instead." However, Quark and Rom are both mama's boys. It doesn't hurt that Quark got his [[UnusualEuphemism lobes for business]] from his mother. As such, once his mother's business acumen is out in the open, and Quark is willing to accept [[ValuesDissonance a female earning profit]], she's his only family member who shares interests with him. Ishka is no saint. While she does push for equal rights for women, it's the equal right to be just as greedy as the men. The love of greed only gives her and Quark more to bond over.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** The one thing [[BerserkButton guaranteed to piss off]] the Alpha vampire is to insult his mother Eve.
** We learn in Season 8 that in human life Crowley's mother was a witch. He speaks of her in passing, but she did pass some of her magical knowledge on to him (which also explains how he came in contact with demons before becoming one himself), implying a close bond. Subverted in "Inside Man" where he [[spoiler:kicks his real mother Rowena to the curb. It's clear that she doesn't care at all about him, either.]]
* [[CheshireCatGrin Grinning maniac]] Judge Frasier of ''Series/ThisIsWonderland''. Although his own mother is probably long dead, he has a great respect for the bond between mother and child, and tends to be more lenient when moms are on trial.
* In ''Series/{{Tyrant}}'', one of the few people that Jamal Al-Fayeed listens to is his beloved mother. [[spoiler:Which makes it all the more tragic when she's killed off as a result of one of his paranoid machinations.]]
* ''Series/TheWalkingDead'':
** The convict Big Tiny expresses concern for his mother after learning of the [[ZombieApocalypse walker apocalypse]].
** The twist in "Vatos" when a grandmother comes out of nowhere and manages to defuse the impending shootout between Rick's group and the Latino gang. [[spoiler:It is revealed that the gang were actually good people all along trying to protect the residents of an elderly home.]]
* Omar Little of ''Series/TheWire'' is a stick up boy, an armed robber who targets drug dealers and other criminals for his heists. He was also raised by his grandmother, inherited a strict moral code from her, [[DontTellMama keeps her ignorant of his criminal activities]], and takes her to church on Sundays. When a pair of gunmen open fire on him during one of those Sundays, their bosses are ''horrified''. EvenEvilHasStandards after all, and those standards include not shooting at a man taking his grandmother to church on Sunday, even if you have a grudge against him.[[note]]Indeed, it appears that ''all'' of Baltimore's "official" gang activity goes silent on Sunday during church, as a matter of tradition and honor, basically for this reason.[[/note]] What's worse is that Omar's grandma's Sunday hat--or "church crown", and most likely her most prized possession--was damaged by the idiot gunmen's bullets; the bosses send the grandma a new crown as an apology for their underlings' stupidity.

* Music/InsaneClownPosse, best known for excessively weird, violent lyrics and their constant [[ClusterFBomb swearing]], gave us the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ibs-1DWcKI surprisingly heartfelt "Mom Song".]]
* Music/{{Nas}}, a famous rapper who's made several very dark/violent songs, made a tribute song to his mother on his album God's Son named [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrTu4dFr-Ow "Dance"]]. May induce tears.
* Ghostface Killah, a rapper from the Wu-Tang Clan (self-explanatory), made a song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaIAeO2IiZ8 "All That I Got Is You"]] dedicated to his "mommy" on his first album.
* Music/TheDecemberists' "Mariner's Revenge Song" tells the story of a young gentleman whose mother is seduced by a conman and left to die penniless. He spends the rest of his life haunted by visions of his mother imploring him to hunt down and slaughter the man. Even when [[spoiler:he and his quarry are swallowed by a whale, doomed to certain death in its belly, he's almost giddy that he has the opportunity to tell the conman why he's about to torture him to death as his final act.]]
* Music/LilWayne:
--->"And mama don't cry, ya son can handle his/ I got her out the hood and put her in the hills/ Yeah when I was fourteen I told my mom we will see better days/ And sure enough I got Miss Cita in a better place"
* Merle Haggard:
** ''[[http://www.cowboylyrics.com/lyrics/haggard-merle/mama-tried-507.html Mama Tried]]'':
--> And I turned twenty-one in prison doing life without parole.\\
No-one could steer me right but Mama tried, Mama tried.\\
Mama tried to raise me better, but her pleading, I denied.\\
That leaves only me to blame 'cos Mama tried.
** ...and before that, "Sing Me Back Home," where a death-row inmate recalls--on the day of his execution--his winsome, carefree days, many of those memories including his mother, before he turned to a life of crime. A church choir had been visiting the prison that morning, and as they pass through the condemned prisoner's cell, they perform a hymn that he notes was one of his mother's favorites.
* A fascinating version comes off of Music/{{Tool}}'s ''10,000 Days'' album. Though Tool certainly doesn't classify under "bad men," the song "Wings of Marie", is certainly a representation of something like this trope. A two part, seventeen minute long EpicRocking tribute from Maynard James Keenan to his mother, who lived [[TitleDrop approximately ten thousand days]] while paralyzed and wheelchair-bound from a severe stroke, it's arguably the most loving and emotionally wrenching song Tool has ever done.
* ''Angry (Feet)'' by Music/TimMinchin both plays with this trope.
-->My mother was a [[FreudianSlip stupid bitch]]… caring lady\\
She taught me all I know\\
Although I was a little slow, she never gave up\\
She never let me [[FreudianSlip slut]]--down\\
Although she spent a lot of time at the neighbor's house\\
When my dad was out of town...
* Creator/MrT's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_rBidCkJxo "Treat Your Mother Right" vid]].
* [[Music/TupacShakur Tupac]] gave us the song "Dear Mama". While Tupac didn't grow up in the best of backgrounds, his undying love for his mother bleeds through in the lyrics. Whether it's her supporting him through the best (and worst) of times, or vice versa, the mother-son bond never broke.
** This is true for most HipHop[=/=]RAndB stars who came from rough neighbourhoods[=/=]single-parent homes: first thing they do after making it big is to buy a house for their mothers.
* Diamond Head's "Am I Evil?" has the protagonist's StartOfDarkness triggered by seeing [[BurnTheWitch his witch mother burned]].
* Music/TheLonelyIsland's "Mama" parodies the tendency of otherwise "bad boy" type rappers to make sensitive shout-outs to their moms. They're in the middle of recording such a song when one of the guy's mothers enters the studio unannounced, and she repeatedly gets verbally abused by the guys for doing so.

[[folder:Religion, Mythology and Fairy Tales]]
* [[Myth/ClassicalMythology King Oedipus]]. ([[{{Squick}} Not like that]]!) He left home at once when told he was going to kill his father and marry his mother, which he thought meant the people who'd raised him. It didn't work out, but he tried.
* Stretching "bad" a bit (if you consider someone bad simply because he was a heavy drinker who liked to party all the time), but [[TheHedonist Dionysus]] loved his mother Semele enough to rescue her from TheUnderworld once he reached adulthood. Plus the [[DisproportionateRetribution excessive revenge]] he took in ''Theatre/{{Bacchae}}'' when his mortal family [[YourMom insulted her...]]
* In ''The Story of the King, Hamed bin Bathara, and of the Fearless Girl,'' the titular king has instituted a literal NoWomansLand, exiling every female in his kingdom...except for his mom, who advises him about the traveler whom he suspects (correctly) of being a SweetPollyOliver.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/TheUndertaker. In 1998, during the introduction of Wrestling/{{Kane}} and the revelation of Wrestling/PaulBearer being Kane's father, the Deadman received quite a few beatings and insults. But it wasn't until Paul Bearer called Taker's mom a whore live on TV that he sprung into action and gave his former ally the asskicking he deserved. Even the Lord Of Darkness loves his mama.
* Wrestling/ShaneMcMahon. Not quite as evil as [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon his father]], but harming Linda is a surefire way to set him off.
* In Wrestling/{{Ivory}}'s segment on the ''WWF Divas: Postcard from the Caribbean'' 2000 VHS release (see below under {{Kayfabe}}), she says that when she was growing up her grandmother would always refer to her as "her little ''SNOT!'' She'd say, 'There's my little snot, my little brat'. So when I'm being Ivory with her big mouth, cutting someone up on the mic, I think of my grandma. I'm thinking, 'Yeah grandma, here's your little snot, doing it again.'"

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Can even an [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils Archdevil]], a ruler of Hell who is, for all practical purposes, MadeOfEvil, show love for her mother? If the case of Glasya, the ruler of the sixth layer of Hell in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' cosmology, definitely. Her mother was the consort of Asmodeus, the Overlord of Hell (her father, naturally), who was murdered by Levistus, the ruler of the fifth layer of Hell centuries ago (a treasonous crime that caused Levistus to become both the ruler and a prisoner of his domain). It's no secret that Glasya utterly despises Levistus for the death of her mother, and one of her biggest goals since becoming ruler of her own layer is revenge, possibly by finding enough evidence of Levistus' treachery (or planting some) to convince her father to eradicate him completely.
** Another extreme example from this cosmology is Bahgtru, the orcish god of strength and the son of Gruumsh, the chief god of the orcs. Bahgtru is known for [[DumbMuscle being incredibly stupid]], but he has UndyingLoyalty towards his father; and one source claims he has even ''greater'' loyalty towards his mother, Luthic. (Given that orcs tend to be misogynistic as a species, and Luthic is willingly submissive to her husband, that's ''really'' saying something.)
* ''TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasy'': You can find bad guys loving their mommas. Malekith is the king of possibly the most evil race in Warhammer (which tells you something), but he is nothing if not absolutely devoted in loving his eternally young mom/concubine Morathi.
* A milder and gender flipped version with the Chaos Marines in ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000''. Despite their treacherous, cutthroat, and back stabbing nature, some of the Chaos Marines do still hold some measure of reverence and loyalty to their Primarchs.

* In ''Theatre/DeadEnd'', gangster Baby-Face Martin returns after ten years to see his mother... and is genuinely hurt when she rejects him for being a killer.
* The indie play ''Murder's in the Heir'' features handsome ManipulativeBastard and [[TheCasanova Casanova]] Jordan Starkweather, a greedy, selfish, enormously cocky playboy who tries to con several people into killing his great-uncle Simon Starkweather for Simon's multibillion dollar estate. He doesn't give a rat's ass about anyone but himself--and his mother, Fiona, the only person in the show he shows genuine affection and caring towards.
* Just like his film counterpart, J.D., the villain of ''{{Theatre/Heathers}}'', dislikes his father but loved his mother, even if he doesn't talk about her much. The reason he doesn't like to talk about her is because she committed suicide (implied to be because of her husband's abuse), and he still misses her terribly.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Not ''quite'' played straight, but in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' and the sequel movie ''[[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Advent Children]]'' Jenova's "children" (Sephiroth and the WhiteHairBlackHeart threesome) are doing their best to fulfill their "mother"'s desire to… destroy life on earth.
-->'''Reno:''' Mother, schmother… It's [[EldritchAbomination Jenova's]] freaking head!\\
'''Yazoo:''' I will not have you refer to Mother that way!\\
'''Loz:''' You meanie!
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', [[spoiler:Seymour]]'s mother sacrificed herself when he was a child and he didn't take it well).
** [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential And if you want to twist the knife even further]], try [[spoiler:summoning Anima, the Aeon created by his mother's sacrifice, during the final battle against him]].
* Teyrn Loghain and his daughter Queen Anora in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' serve as each others' {{Morality Pet}}s. No matter how much of a self-serving power-hungry {{Jerkass}} either is, they still love each other, though power never stops being a conflict between them.
** Shown also in the Human Noble origin, where no matter what personality you assign to the Warden, s/he loves both his/her parents very much. S/he's very clearly father Bryce's favorite child, and a large chunk of the origin story is spent protecting mother Eleanor during an invasion. [[spoiler:This makes the ending of the origin especially heartbreaking, since the Human Noble is the only origin who has two good, loving parents. They both get murdered.]]
** The Dwarf Noble gender-flips the trope by being the favorite child of King Endrin, the ruler of Orzammar. The love between the father and his middle child is so well-known to the citizens of the dwarven city, most of them expect Endrin to name the Dwarf Noble as heir to the throne rather than firstborn son Trian.
** The sequel has [[spoiler: Anders]] - while not an outright villain, by the end of the game he's willing to [[spoiler: get a lot people killed to expose Meredith's brutality.]] Even at his lowest point, however, his most prized possession is the embroidered pillow his mother made for him, the only thing of his parents' he was allowed to keep [[spoiler: when he was taken by the Templars at age twelve and imprisoned in the Circle Tower as a mage. His giving it away to Varric is a good sign that he's become a DeathSeeker. This is probably why Varric refuses the gift and insists that Anders keep the pillow.]]
** Also in the sequel, no matter how hard-ass, violent, or outright psychotic Hawuke is played, [[spoiler: his/her voice still trembles and sounds as if he/she is holding back tears while searching for their mother Leandra after she had been abducted in Act 3.]]
* ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice -- Season 1 Episode 3: The Mole, The Mob, and the Meatball'' has a professional card shark who is very fond of his late mother. When he gets on the protagonists' bad side and decides to withhold information, they decide to [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment interrogate him]] with '[[YourMom Yo Mama]]' jokes.
* Downplayed on ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII''--if you listen to the Chatterbox radio station, eventually you'll hear Tony (the local Mafia boss) call in and complain bitterly about being smothered by his 'ma'.
-->'''Tony:''' It's my ma. She don't think I'm a real man. Can you imagine that? I mean, I do a man's job and all, but… she treats me like a little boy! All I get is 'Your pa' this, and 'Your pa' that, and 'You're not a real man, Tony!' And it's driving me… freakin' nuts!
** In ''Liberty City Stories'', the prequel where you play as Tony, his mother actually [[spoiler:puts out a hit on him (in a ShoutOut to ''Series/TheSopranos''), but retracts it once he becomes a made man.]]
* Umberto in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity''
-->'''Umberto:''' I love women chico. I love my mother!
* Oddly enough, Dr. Eggman pulls this near the end of ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2''.
--> "As a child, I looked up to my grandfather for all the great things he accomplished in his life. He was my hero, and I wanted to be a great scientist like him."
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''[='s=] [[SergeantRock Sgt. Johnson]], who is devastated when he returns home from a long mission to find his elderly aunt dead, as shown in the ExpandedUniverse novel ''Literature/HaloContactHarvest''.
* ''VideoGame/{{EarthBound}}'': This is actually a huge part of Giygas' backstory. ''[[VideoGame/{{Mother1}} Earthbound Zero]]'' implies that [[spoiler:his insanity was caused by his inability to understand or cope with his feelings toward Maria, the human who raised him.]]
* [[spoiler:Porky]] in ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}''. His favorite restaurant is staffed with robots in his mother's likeness. Sure, it's creepy, especially when you consider the fact that she [[AbusiveParents hated his guts]], but that's about as close to love as he's capable of.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'', your character can be a living, walking embodiment of good, or Satan's favorite mortal. Either way, you'll goes through hell and high water just to find your dad. This being ''Fallout 3'', you have the choice of why. At one point in the game, you also can, if you choose, express explosive anger over your mother [[DeathByChildbirth dying in childbirth]].
* "Skinny" Malone's gun moll Darla from ''VideoGame/Fallout4'' is normally a violent psycho, and if you talk Skinny out of fighting, she chews him out for going soft and ditches him. However, if you appeal to Darla directly by reminding her that her parents are worried about her, she'll have a brief MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment and realize she's better off going back home to her family.
* Kanji from ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' is an odd example. He loves his mom and he feels sorry for her for all the stuff he puts her through. To make up for it he beats up a biker gang that kept her up at night.
* Warden, the ManBehindTheMan in ''VideoGame/HouseOfTheDeadOverkill'', has an [[{{Squick}} unsettlingly carnal]] relationship with his aging mother, and developed the zombie virus in an effort to keep her alive.
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'':
** The Sniper. Although considering his father has essentially forsaken him as a "crazed gunman", it's more or less by default.
** The Scout too: he is a major {{Jerkass}} and a SociopathicHero but gets majorly pissed off when he finds out that the enemy Spy is having sex with his mother. Further in-game quotes also suggest he loves his mother very much. Although [[spoiler:that freakin' Scout was the Spy, so that would probably have been the Scout's reaction to seeing the pictures anyway.]]
** The Demoman bought a mansion for his mother, and makes her tea.
*** He holds down three multi-million dollar jobs just to make her happy. She doesn't need the money, having those jobs are her requests.
** The Heavy is very protective of his mom and his sister, not that [[BadassFamily they aren't capable of taking care of themselves.]]
* ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive'': Ayane, generally a cold and bitter girl as a result of her upbringing and the prejudice against her for the circumstances of her birth nonetheless lets the armor crack and the tears slip when she's forced to kill her adoptive father(and the only person that ever showed her concern growing up besides Kasumi and Hayate), Genra, after DOATEC transforms him into the demonic Omega.
** ''Dead Or Alive Dimensions'' reveals that Ayane also has a good relationship with her biological mother.
* Malik of ''VideoGame/WildArms3''. After all, he chose life technology as his field of research was [[{{Necromantic}} to find some way to resurrect his mother]].
* The remake of the original ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil'' gives us Lisa Trevor, a humanoid abomination subjugated to numerous tests for a slew of viruses for years. Although she's chronologically forty and devoid of sanity, she still just wants to see her mother.
** [[AntiHero Anti-heroic example]]: ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6'' gives us Jake Muller, a seemingly sociopathic mercenary who has a [[MoneyFetish remarkably high need for money]]… all for the sake of supporting his mother, [[spoiler:who was abandoned by BigBad Albert Wesker after he slept with her.]]
* In ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'', the death of Laharl's mother is one of the main reasons he's so emotionally messed up. Likewise, in ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|CursedMemories}}'', Axel's primary motivation for his acting career is so he can take care of his sick mother. And according to ''The World of Disgaea 2'', the jacket he wears was made by her as well.
* ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'''s resident BadassBiker Francis, when he isn't [[ScreamsLikeALittleGirl screaming like a little girl]], sometimes calls out for his mama when he gets killed.
* In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'', EnemyChatter reveals that at least one of the Joker's mooks is nervous about dumping a suspicious contaminant into the Gotham City water supply because his beloved mother, who lives down by the docks, might get affected by it. The other men laugh at him, and imply his mother is an ugly whore.
** Averted by Calender Man in Arkham City. In his own words
-->"M" was for the murderous look she gave me.\\
"O" meant only that she was weak and old.\\
"T" is for her terror as she fought me.\\
"H" is for her heart that I now hold.\\
"E" is for her eyes swiftly dimming.\\
"R" means rot, and soon rotting she will be.\\
Put them all together, they spell "MOTHER", a word that means a corpse to me. Happy Mother's Day, Mommy.
** Averted in the sequel game, where one mook tells of how he killed his mother with a poisoned birthday cake. Played straight with another conversation in ''Harley Queen's Revenge"" DLC where a mook wanting to make a name for himself is said to have killed a whole family on Thanksgiving only to take their turkey because he promised his mother a new one.
* Perhaps the only redeeming feature of the [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Glukkon]] race of the ''VideoGame/OddWorld'' games is their absolute devotion to their mother. That "Mother" singular, as every Glukkon is the child of [[HiveQueen Lady Margaret]].
* The reason main character Batsu gets involved in the events of ''VideoGame/RivalSchools: United by Fate'' is because his mother Shizuku is one of the school kidnapping victims. [[spoiler:The kidnappers happen to be Batsu's estranged father (who to be fair is BrainwashedAndCrazy) and his previously unknown cousins (and one of them [[BecomingTheMask ultimately joins Batsu's cause]]).]]
* ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'': John Marston is a pretty polite guy, but still a hardened outlaw through and through; the only people in the game that he doesn't see as either a means to an end or as a disposable nuisance is [[{{Foil}} Bonnie MacFarlane]], and his wife and son.
* [[AxCrazy Walter]] in ''VideoGame/SilentHill4'' became a Serial Killer precisely for a ritual he was [[BlatantLies told would allow him to be reunited with his mother]]. Then again, [[spoiler: he ''thinks'' his mother is the room he was born in, having been abandoned by his actual one not long after]].
* In a side quest in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'', [[spoiler:[[EvilCounterpart Asch]] [[GuestStarPartyMember temporarily joins the party]] to get a mushroom that will cure an [[IllGirl illness with which his mother]] ([[CloningBlues and Luke's]]) has been afflicted.]]
* Kratos from ''VideoGame/GodOfWar''. He is shown to care for his mom. When she was turned by Gods into a monster which Kratos had to kill, thus killing his own mother, he was shown to be very devastated by her death, and outraged at Gods. He took her body into his arms. And he also did her will, and decided to look for his brother.
* The Agorian Leader in the Battle of Zanifar in ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureACrackInTime'', when you shoot down his ship, ends up sinking into the water, during which he promptly screams for his momma to save him because he can't swim.
-->'''Commander Argos:''' [[FamousLastWords Help! I can't swim! Momma, your little booboo needs help! MOMMA!]]
* Muggshot from the ''Franchise/SlyCooper'' series. When Bentley is trying to lure him into a fight in [[VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves the third game]] (a trick to get him to fight Sly's police officer LoveInterest and eliminate both as a threat to their current scheme), all of his insults Muggshot either brushes aside, either with surprising wit, bashing through them with raw ego, or outright dismissing what he said because it was too complicated. Only when Bentley insults Muggshot's mother does he become angry enough to agree to the fight.
* Dante from ''VideoGame/DantesInferno'' is [[HeroicBSOD shocked]] to find his mother [[spoiler:condemmed in the Wood of the Suicides. Granted, he had been led to believe that she died of a fever, but it's still a TearJerker moment. Especially considering that she did it out of desperation, no thanks to her husband's abuse and mistreatment of her and Dante]].
* In ''VideoGame/DoubleSwitch'', [[spoiler:Eddie]] loves his mother very much, possibly to OedipusComplex levels.
* In ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'', Takahashi Takeda is on the good guys' side, but he's clearly an example of GoodIsNotNice, and he [[RelativeButton gets]] ''[[RelativeButton really]]'' [[RelativeButton mean]] if anybody, ''even his own father'' says something bad about his now-deceased mother, [[spoiler: who died protecting him]].
* In ''VideoGame/ScarfaceTheWorldIsYours'', when Tony's mother is killed by enemy gangsters, he goes on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against her killers.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'''s ''Tribunal'' expansion, King of Morrowind Hlaalu Helseth is a ManipulativeBastard of the highest order with no qualms about [[MasterPoisoner poisoning rivals]] or [[MurderInc siccing assassins]] on threats to his authority. Despite this, he is still highly protective of his mother, Former Queen Barenziah, and, though she publicly maintains that she has backed away from politics, it is believed that she still wields massive influence through Helseth.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', Mathieu Bellamont of the [[PsychoForHire Dark Bro]][[MurderInc therhood]] loves his mother very ''very'' much. [[spoiler:So much, in fact, that he is actually a traitor with a lifelong vendetta against the Dark Brotherhood, planning to assassinate the Night Mother and bring down the Brotherhood from the inside, because his mother was killed by Lucien Lachance. [[ALoveToDismember He even keeps his mother's severed and mummified head in his cellar]]]]. [[spoiler:Bringing the head to the place where Lucien was executed and kicking it around the room nets an understandably shocked reaction from Mathieu.]]
* ''VideoGame/CliveBarkersUndying'': Lizbeth kept the animated corpse of her mother in her lair, seated at a dining table and presumably "keeping her company." Becomes somewhat more tragic (but no less creepy) when you remember that Evaline Covenant died while giving birth to Lizbeth, making Lizbeth the only one of the Covenant children who never actually knew their mother.
* In his arcade intro in ''[[VideoGame/StreetFighterIV Ultra Street Fighter IV]]'', [[TheGiant Hugo]] is challenged by a crowd of rogue [[VideoGame/FinalFight Mad Gear]] members. He stomps out of his trailer, making the ground shake with every step. He looms over his foes, and slurps down an entire can of potatoes. There's an ominous moment of silence... and then Hugo ''starts bawling because he misses his mother's home-grown potatoes!'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cfpHVOd3Ss It must be seen to be believed.]] Turns out that making fun of potatoes is Hugo's BerserkButton.
* Kazuya Mishima from ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'', despite being an unabashed asshole and an incarnation of Devil himself, has a soft spot to his mother, Kazumi. While at first only shown in the non-canon movie, ''Tekken 7'' reveals that he LOVES his mom, and the fact that Heihachi killed her, according to him, was just one of the reasons why he hates his old man.
-->''[[YouKilledMyFather You killed my mother…!]]''
* ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' has a couple cases in the ''Knights of the Fallen Empire'' and ''Knights of the Eternal Throne'' expansions; one is that the Trooper's TokenEvilTeammate Tanno Vik is found running a black market in a pirate sanctuary. Typical for Vik, but one way to get him ''really'' mad during the conversation is to bring up his mom. She died in the process of smuggling him to [[ViceCity Nar Shaadaa]] as a small child. And in a case of "even mothers love their murderous children," Senya signs on with the player's party to try and redeem her surviving kids [[spoiler: that happen to be the nutcases ruling Zakuul at the moment.]] And while it seems to be ''completely'' defied in their case [[spoiler: you can eventually bring Arcann to heel because he regains enough sanity to at least ''listen'' to his mother.]]
* ''VideoGame/Borderlands2'':
** A mercenary/hunter named Taggart is the subject of the mission "Stalker of Stalkers". While not a villain, he was certainly bloodthirsty and badass. Collecting pieces of his journal, you learn that he was a man who really loved his mother, naming a particularly impressive [[InvisibleMonsters stalker]] after her--which means that his mother's name is [[GenderBlenderName Henry]]. He met his doom by going after Henry (the stalker) for eating his Mother's Day present.
--->'''Taggart:''' This will be the best. Mother's Day. EVER! Do you hear me, Henry? You hear that? MOTHER'S DAY!
** Another character who is not a villain but is an acute case of TestosteronePoisoning is Mr. Torgue. In the Thanksgiving mini-DLC "The Horrible Hunger of the Ravenous Wattle Gobbler", Mr. Torgue offers the Vault Hunters an important task: Say hi to his grandmother, who is a big fan.
--->'''Mr. Torgue:''' I LOVE YOU, GRANDMA!

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Female example: in ''Webcomic/BoyMeetsBoy'', Tabitha's mother is the Devil. Tabitha loves her and it appears the only thing she fears is her mother being disappointed in her.
* Although not a bad man by any stretch of the imagination, LawfulGood DeadpanSnarker Webcomic/{{Nodwick}} complains about being cloned, "Could you at least tell me which helmet is mine? It was a gift from my mom."
* Drip, the Sin of Lust in ''Webcomic/{{Jack|DavidHopkins}}'', utterly perverts this in the form of his relationship with his grandmother. Her constant emotional and sexual abuse towards him as a child shaped him into becoming the sadistic rapist we met him as, so it's no surprise she ended up in Hell, too. She's now imprisoned in a wall of Drip's infernal lair, but that doesn't stop her from continuing the same abuse--all of it--right where she left off, nor does it make Drip any less cowed by her.
* The darker-haired Mystery Solving Teen from Kate Beaton's ''Webcomic/HarkAVagrant'' "Fuckin' loves [his] grandma, so fuck off."
* ''Webcomic/{{Achewood}}'': Ray Smuckles may at times be a bad dude with a rich elitist streak. But true to the trope, he loves his mama so much that when she tells him to back down from running for President, he backs down.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** Redcloak, the LawfulEvil KnightTemplar, loved his mother and still wants to avenge her death decades later.
** Xykon, the ChaoticEvil CardCarryingVillain, is hinted at this in his StartOfDarkness by keeping and [[TheUndead reanimating]] first his pet dog, then the corpse of his grandmother... [[spoiler:and a few pages later he orders Grandma to kill and eat his parents.]]
* ''Webcomic/SlightlyDamned'': Iratu is a General for the LegionsOfHell and is [[spoiler:leading an invasion of the mortal world]] but he still loves his long dead ([[spoiler:not really]]) [[spoiler:[[InterspeciesAdoption angel]] father Darius and adoptive sister Sakido]] but in a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]] he hates his adopted brother [[spoiler:Buwaro]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* It's not being puked on by a possessed game cartridge of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'' that results in ''WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd'' bringing out the big guns. It's said possessed cartridge insulting his mother.
-->'''Possessed Cart:''' [[spoiler:[[Film/TheExorcist Your mother sucks cocks in Hell!]]]]\\
'''AVGN:''' The ''fuck'' did you just say?!
* Brian Goldstein, the Big Bad Pirate King in the ''Literature/UnionSeries'' exemplifies this. When the ship carrying his mother is seized by a Colonial frigate [[spoiler:[[BlackandGrayMorality So they can use his mother as a bargaining chip.]]]] causes him to take a level in Badass just to rescue his mother, ultimately being shot for his trouble. His last words to his mother, as she cradles his broken and bleeding body. "Mama, it hurts." Heartbreaking, even for a Big Bad.
* While he's not ''evil'', [[WebVideo/TheAngryJoeShow Angry Joe]] is, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin angry]] often, as well as TriggerHappy. However, when [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony]]'s subconscious implies that he has mommy issues in ''WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee'', Joe replies "Hey! I ''love'' my momma!" The actual Joe (the actor, not the character) has confirmed that he's a momma's boy himself, so there's a good chance it translated into the character. On the commentary for his ''Film/ManOfSteel'' crossover review, he got extremely pumped up when Superman (one of his idols) defended his mother with extreme force, saying he could empathize.
-->'''Angry Joe:''' You don't mess with my momma!
* In ''WebVideo/VaguelyRecallingJoJo'', J. Geil doesn't care about Joseph when he got infected with the Lovers Stand. He cares about Enya Geil's welfare and takes her to the hospital with Dio after Steely Dan uses the Lovers Stand on her.
* ''Podcast/BlackJackJustice'': While being held prisoner by a crime boss, Jack taunts one of his goons as part of an escape plan. The boss manages to hold the goon in check until Jack brings his mother into it.
-->'''Jack:''' Never fails with these big dumb types. If you can't get 'em with the manhood, get 'em with the mother.
* Jane, a murderous teenage girl and the villain of ''WebVideo/TheVeronicaExclusive'', obviously loves her mother. Or rather, [[MissingMom loved]].
-->''A genie offers you three wishes. What do you wish for?''\\
'''Jane:''' New trenchcoat, personal [[TrademarkFavoriteFood slushie]] machine, and... one more day with my mom.
* ''LetsPlay/TwoSaiyansPlay'':
** During Krillin's playthrough of ''VideoGame/AmongTheSleep'', he compares the nightmare-mother to Vegeta's mom. Vegeta eventually catches wind of this, and is ''not'' happy.
** Reinforced during Vegeta's playthrough of ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' he says this after Toriel tells him to go to his room:
--->'''Vegeta:''' ''[sarcastically]'' Yes, Mom... ''[sincerely]'' [[IMissMom I miss my mom.]]
** Later on, when he finds out he has to kill Toriel, [[ParentalSubstitute who had been like a mother to him,]] in order to proceed with the game, [[EvenEvilHasStandards he is visibly shaken,]] and after she dies, he quits the game out of saddness. Let me clarify that for you: [[JerkAss VEGETA]] quit a game not out of rage, but [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone out of shame.]]
** Eventually carried over into ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' itself when Cell works a YourMom joke into his Cell Games broadcast.
--->'''Cell:''' And much like Vegeta's mother, I will accept ''all'' comers.\\
'''Vegeta:''' HOW DARE...

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Inverted in ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' with Demona and her daughter.
* From the ''WesternAnimation/PlanetSheen'' episode "Is This Cute?":
-->'''Emperor:''' He once fed an entire village...\\
'''Sheen:''' Oh, that's nice!\\
'''Emperor:''' To his mother.\\
'''Sheen:''' That's... less nice, but at least he cares about his mama!
* WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo loves his mama; in fact, it's one of his few redeeming qualities. He isn't actively BAD; however, he is obnoxious, vain, and so clueless it can warp the laws of time and space. But he loves his mom.
* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'':
** Ma Beagle is loved by her criminal boys.
** Defied in one episode; after Launchpad is accidentally stows away on a space probe that lands on Mars, the tyrannical ruler of the planet, Emperor Ping the Pitiless (an obvious parody of [[ComicStrip/FlashGordon Ming the Merciless]]) has him arrested and thrown in prison. While there, he meets an old woman who claims she was [[DisproportionateRetribution arrested for jaywalking.]] This makes Launchpad angry, and he says he'd bet Ping would "throw his own mother in the slammer". To which the old woman replies, "I ''am'' his mother."
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** Mom, of Mom's Friendly Robot Company. All robots love her, so much that it's sickening -- and we do mean ''all'' of them, from the animated gift cards to the Destructor, a Robotic armor-tank whose very use in battle has been ruled a war crime, and including the Gender-Bender robot who wears a pink tutu.
** The closest Bender has to a "mother" is the industrial robot who built him. Still, he gets kind of choked up when he gets an X-Mas card from "her" in one episode.
* Spoofed in the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "Deduce, You Say", in which the little old flower seller Dorlock Holmes [Daffy] harasses turns out to be the hulking Shropshire Slasher's beloved Mother. After the ensuing melee dies down, they head off down the street:
-->'''Slasher:''' I told the nice gen'lman I'd give meself up now, mother.\\
'''Mother:''' You always was a good boy, Slasher.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** Averted with the Springfield Mafia:
-->'''Louie:''' Man that's a spirit lifter. I could whack my own mother now.\\
'''Fat Tony:''' Funny you should mention that...\\
'''Louie:''' What?! Aw, but she makes such great pasta sauce!\\
'''Fat Tony:''' It comes in a can.\\
'''Louie:''' She's a corpse.
** In the episode "Sweets and Sour Marge", the day planner of an [[CorruptCorporateExecutive evil CEO]] consists of nothing but "Evil Deeds", except for an hour break for "Lunch with Mom".
** Bart Simpson is proud to be America's Bad Boy, but he really does love his mom Marge. Examples:
*** In the VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft-expy where he was a DarkLord and protected his mother's character from goblins and revived her.
*** Then there's the real world where he's willing to defend Marge from an Ultimate Martial Artist.
*** In "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire," Bart asks his parents for a tattoo for Christmas and Marge said no. Later, Bart gets a tattoo with "MOTHER" written on a heart, hoping it would flatter her. (It didn't, logically.)
*** In "Hurricane Neddy", after Ned Flanders, of all people, lashes out at Marge, Bart immediately jumps to his mom's defense: "Hey, back off, man!"
*** He also knows when his antics goes too far when they upsets her.
** A variant: in "I Don't Wanna Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," the criminal Dwight's problems seem to stem largely from [[ParentalAbandonment being abandoned by his mother]] as a child. He latches onto Marge as a ParentalSubstitute after she shows him some compassion during a hostage situation and becomes hurt when Marge doesn't want to visit him in prison.
** Averted with Mr. Burns. He never forgave his mother after her affair with President Taft.
*** On the other hand, he does get ''very angry'' with Homer later in the same episode for impersonating her, and at Smithers for putting him up to it.
** Whether Krusty counts as "bad" or not is subjective, but he does seem to have a soft spot for his mom. In "Krusty Gets Kanceled", when it is revealed that Luke Perry is his "worthless half-brother" whom he hates, Perry convinces him to let him have a part on his special "for mom's sake". (Of course, he's close to his formerly estranged father too, the entire plot of "Like Father, Like Clown" dealing with that.)
** Continuity regarding [[TheBully Nelson's]] parents tends to vary, but he does tend to at least respect his mom. In one episode when Milhouse's parents divorce, Nelson actually sympathizes with him, and is nearly brought to tears remembering his own mother's addiction. In a later episode, Nelson's dad picks him up and says he's taking him to Hooters, and Nelson is a little upset, saying, "Aw, I don't wanna bother mom at work!"
* In ''WesternAnimation/EvilConCarne'', Hector is terrified of disappointing his elderly mother. All these years he's been [[DontTellMama telling her he's a dental hygienist]] as opposed to an international arch-criminal. Apparently, his mother never watches the news, because Hector's charade works for far longer than it should, even when his mom visits his lair.
** In truth, [[spoiler:she knew, she just didn't say anything.]]
** Averted with [[TheDragon Skarr]], who ''hates'' his mother.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': At times, when it seems like Eric Cartman [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1ZcswP3nPs zigzags on this trope]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'':
** In [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 the 1987 version]], Shredder was revealed to have a still-living mother on the show, whom he presumably loved but who really cramped his style. By the end of the episode he teleports her out of the Technodrome and back to her retirement home, then laughs triumphantly and with great relief.
** Rocksteady loves him mom too, even if she does [[EvilMakesYouMonstrous scream and run away]] every time she sees him.
** In the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 2003 series]], the horror-filled[=/=]TearJerker episode "Insane in the Membrane" focuses heavily on Baxter Stockman's loving memories of his dead mother.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'':
** Dr. Drakken. Despite being out to rule the world and loudly bragging about his supervillain status to anyone who will listen, [[DontTellMama he still hasn't managed to "come out" to his mom]] about being a maniacal powermad villain. She thinks he has his own radio show -- his real name is Drew Lipsky, and it's implied she mistakes him for Dr. Drew Pinsky.
** Professor Dementor has a soft spot for his mother.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** Female version: Princess Azula, otherwise a prominet EvilOverlord, completely loses it in the GrandFinale, hallucinating a vision of her MissingMom. Her latent Mommy issues are exposed, leading to one HELL of a VillainousBreakdown.
** And by the same token, her brother Zuko, [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor when he's evil]]. However, the flashbacks show that Zuko ''was'' very devoted to their mother, Princess Ursa, who doted on him. [[spoiler:The finale gives us a scene of Zuko asking his father, in prison, a question to which we still don't know the answer: "'''Where is my mother?'''"[[note]]We eventually got an answer in the comic book "[[Comicbook/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheSearch The Search]]"[[/note]]]]
** The series also has an aversion. Yon Rha is not very fond of his abusive hag of a mother, at one point suggesting that another character kill his mother so as to PayEvilUntoEvil. He is very obviously excited by this prospect.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'': When Noatak [[spoiler: Amon]] rebels against his father, he leaves and tells his brother [[spoiler:Tarrlok]] to come with him. The latter doesn't want to leave his mom despite his father's cruelty.
* [[TheBully Sperg]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' has gotten upset when Mandy has called his mother a "respected and worthy person of the community" ([[BadIsGoodAndGoodIsBad which is bad in Sperg language]]) and in another episode where Billy calls her ugly and makes her cry (which also turns out to be quite ironic, incidentally).
* Inverted to humourous effect in ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog''. Robotnik has a mother, but she's bats-in-the-belfry insane and he hates her! He's absolutely terrified of her as well, since she's even worse than he is.
* ''WesternAnimation/UglyAmericans'':
** [[HalfHumanHybrid Half-demon]] ([[AntiAntiChrist Anti]])AntiChrist [[HornyDevils Callie]] has a very close relationship with her human mother.
** Also, Twayne Boneraper is full demon, and killed all seven of his brothers, but he appears to have a close relationship to his mother, Violet.
* ''WesternAnimation/GaryTheRat'' goes well out of its way to avert this. Gary is often seen talking on the phone with his mother, who will be suffering some important malady, and all he'll do is make a crass remark about how much worse her situation will get, or that he can't wait for her to die, or what-have-you.
* ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'': Don't talk bad about Varg's mommy.
* On ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold,'' {{Superman}} is temporarily affected by Red Kryptonite, [[TookALevelInJerkass leading to some very serious instances of]] SuperDickery. Though perfectly willing to let ComicBook/LoisLane and ComicBook/JimmyOlsen fall to their deaths, he goes into a TranquilFury when Franchise/{{Batman}} asks "[[ArmorPiercingQuestion What would Ma Kent think?]]"
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'', the villain-vanquishing vigilante is trying to improve his public image, and as a result is not allowed to use his gas gun or karate skills to take down some criminal thugs. He resorts to threatening to tell their mothers, which turns out to be an incredibly effective tactic.
* In Season 5 of ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'', Spider-Man, in a bid to get Scorpion to release Aunt May from his grasp, calls the green-garbed crook a coward who would probably send his own mother to fight his battles. Now, this might not seem like much on its own, but it had been established as far back as Season 1 that Scorpion's BerserkButton is being insulted and called names, so one would think that Spidey calling him a coward would have been enough. However...
-->'''Scorpion:''' That does it! ...Callin' me names is one thing, but nobody talks trash about my mother!
** Which is a ridiculous reaction and shows his blind aggression since Spidey didn't even badmouth his mother but him. For him mentioning her was bad enough.
* Averted on ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' during the [[FunWithAcronyms L.O.V.E.M.U.F.F.I.N.]] Pageant of Evil. The first event was upsetting a Mom Bot. When Lawrence is nice to her, the announcer proclaims in shock, "He's serving her tea! Without irony!" [[spoiler:Doofenshmirtz]] wins the event with a single sentence: [[spoiler:I'm getting married again.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Gender-flipped in the episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E11FamilyAppreciationDay Family Appreciation Day]]," wherein obnoxious brat [[AlphaBitch Diamond Tiara]] seems to at least be enough of a DaddysGirl to be genuinely interested in her dad's speech about how his business succeeded, even while said speech left the rest of the class asleep.
** On the flip side, it's later revealed in "Crusaders of the Lost Mark" that Diamond Tiara has a very strained relationship with her mother.
** This is evidently a very effective technique for [[FriendToAllLivingThings Fluttershy]] to use against dragons.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGrinchGrinchesTheCatInTheHat'': The Cat in the Hat discovers that the Grinch's mother is his soft spot.
* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', Supergirl clone Galatea shows a bit of affection for her "father" Professor Hamilton before she goes on her mission against the Justice League in "Panic In The Sky".
* ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'': Sure, Tohru's Mom wasn't even mentioned before his HeelFaceTurn but the fact that he kept his criminal life a secret from her even then shows the DontTellMama aspect of the trope.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'', Clay Puppington is shown to have loved his [[spoiler:late]] mother. [[spoiler:[[{{Squick}} He actually has a bit of an]] OedipusComplex]]
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'': One of the ComicBook/NewGods poses as a thug's mother. When the rest of the New Gods + Superboy show up, he's actually moves to protect her and tells her to get out until the New God in question drops the disguise.
* Arktos, the BigBad of ''WesternAnimation/{{Tabaluga}}'', an EvilOverlord snowman. In a movie adaptation "Tabaluga and Leo", it was revealed that Arktos motivations for the conquest of Greenland were because his mother wanted to do it and he wants to do it all for her. He even sheds icy tears.
* In a {{Flashback}} episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheLifeAndTimesOfJuniperLee'', there was this exchange between three demons as they discuss their EvilPlan, when one of them produces a ''very'' powerful magical scepter:
-->'''First small demon:''' Uh... Where'd you get the scepter?\\
'''Big Demon:''' Swiped it from my mum when she fell asleep watching the telly.\\
'''Second small demon:''' You stole from your ''mother''??\\
'''Big demon:''' Yeah, and we'd best do this and get it back before she wakes up for tea, or she'll have a fit!\\
'''Second small demon:''' You stole from your ''mother''??\\
'''Big demon:''' HEY! [[CardCarryingVillain I am evil, you know!]]\\
'''First small demon:''' [[EvenEvilHasStandards I should say so...]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/Ben10'' episode "Last Laugh", Ben faced the villain Zombozo's three henchmen, the Circus Freak Trio, one of which was named Acid Breath, a deformed man who was able to spit caustic acid and exhale acidic vapor. There was this dialogue between him and Ben:
-->'''Ben:''' Didn't your mom ever tell you not to spit?\\
'''Acid Breath:''' Who do ya think taught me in the first place?
* Double gender-swap in ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse2002'' where Evil-Lynn is a case of "even bad girls love their daddys". She's ''very'' hesitant to help Skeletor steal the Ram-Stone from it's protector the Faceless One, claiming she doubts she can defeat him. The true reason is, the Faceless One is her dad who she still has feelings for, despite the fact that he clearly shows disappointment in her working for Skeletor. This plotline is important later, when she double-crosses Skeletor and finds herself over her head; her father is the only one who can provide help (or rather, find someone who can).
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': ''{{Inverted|Trope}}'' by [[EnfantTerrible Stewie Griffin]]. His mother Lois is his worst enemy, although she doesn't see it that way. [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain It's pretty hard to take a one-year-old seriously]]. Ironically, this trope is played straight with him in an earlier episode where he sings a song about how much he misses her since she spends too much time campaigning against his father for school president. Even getting an 'aww' from the audience before he blasts them.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MuchaLucha'', Ricochet was able to make a ''three-headed troll'' guarding a bridge upset by insulting his mother.
* In ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero'', it was revealed that Gung-Ho, a US Marine who is a large man that is known for being an expert bare-knuckle brawler and knife fighter is a total MamasBoy.
* A subversion is the one-shot villain Black John Licorice ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'', who would "do anything for candy, even steal it from his mom."
* ''ComicBook/BuckyOHareAndTheToadWars'' gave us Bruiser, the Betelgeusian Berserker Baboon. SpaceMarine by trade, OneManArmy by inclination, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome broke enemy resistance across entire planets by yelling at people on TV]] ''[[UpToEleven on two separate occasions]]'' and unrepentant MamasBoy. However, there is a darker tone to all this, since it's heavily implied that his mother is all the family Bruiser has left (his father is never shown, and his brother is outright stated to have fallen in the line of duty).
* ''WesternAnimation/CelebrityDeathmatch'': The fight "Nick Diamond vs. Zatar the Alien" was kicked off when Peter Mayhew attempted to do a Chewbacca noise. Zatar [[MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels misinterprets this as an insult in the language of his home planet]] and screams "Nobody talks about my mother that way!" and quickly kills Mayhew [[MisplacedRetribution and Mark Hamill.]]
* Gargamel is clearly close to his [[IdenticalGrandson identical mother]] in ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': Mr. Cat, despite being an AxCrazy psychopath and a {{jerkass}}, clearly loves his mother. Unfortunately, he wound up developing an OedipusComplex towards her.
* ''WesternAnimation/BojackHorseman'': Diane's [[BigBrotherBully brothers]] dearly love their Ma, and she smothers them--a stark contrast to how she herself treats Diane.