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->''Father--"Yes, son?"--I want to kill you.\\
Mother, I want to… '''fuck you!!!'''''
-->-- Music/TheDoors, "The End"

The Oedipal archetype deals with any conflict between father and son, particularly where the son must supplant the patriarch or must extricate himself from his father's shadow and find his own place in the world.

Much of the time this presents as the son's aim of removing his father to further himself in the eyes of his mother, not necessarily into her bed. This archetype shares some themes with both the MessianicArchetype (rebirth and renewal) and {{Tricksters}} (out with the old, in with the new).

The female equivalent, of wanting to kill the mother and sleep with the father, was called the "Electra complex" by Carl Jung, but this term was rejected by Freud, saying that "Oedipus complex" sufficed for both men and women[[note]]a bit HilariousInHindsight since most modern Freudian apologists claim girls ''also'' want to supplant their fathers. Freud was generally critical of what he felt was Carl Jung's facile separation of male and female traits when according to him both men and women have masculine and feminine traits[[/note]]. This makes sense, since the character of Electra in the plays of both [[Theatre/{{Electra}} Sophocles]] (who wrote ''Theatre/OedipusTheKing'') and Euripides saw her more in filial love and deep mourning for her father and in need of some good revenge against her murderous mother. [[Theatre/TheOresteia The story of this family]] is another trope altogether, anyway.

''Theatre/OedipusTheKing'', the Greek Tragedy dramatized in BC 429 by Creator/{{Sophocles}}, is the TropeNamer, and UsefulNotes/SigmundFreud is the TropeCodifier. Oedipus, however, is '''not''' an example of the trope because Oedipus ''never'' knew who his mother and father were until it was too late. The Oedipus is '''not''' someone secretly wants to kill his father and sleep with his mother--he's a man who desperately doesn't want to, but ends up doing so anyways because YouCantFightFate.

The supplanting part is key here. Without it, you've just got CallingTheOldManOut--when someone calls his dad out for his transgressions, but doesn't supplant him. If the supplanting takes the form of murder, it's {{Patricide}} and MurderInTheFamily. If there's an explicitly sexual relationship, see ParentalIncest. If there's a partner who's ''like'' their parent, see LikeParentLikeSpouse. And if there's incestuous subtext ''without'' wanting to supplant anyone, then it's just IncestSubtext. See also ArchnemesisDad, which makes the father figures into outright villains while leaving out the Freudian implications. Compare JealousParent. Also compare WellDoneSonGuy--who actually ''wants'' his father's ''approval''.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Baki from ''Manga/BakiTheGrappler'' starts off wanting to beat his father to make his mother happy--then because he figures out his father is out of his damn mind after he does crap like getting one step from killing an important governmental figure just to prove he can and [[spoiler:killing his mother.]]
* Dr. Manga/BlackJack has some issues to work out concerning his parents. For example: when his [[DisappearedDad estranged father]] contacts and hires him to conduct reconstructive plastic surgery on his second wife Renka to make her the "most beautiful woman in the world," Black Jack decides to makes her look exactly like ''his mother''--half because he wanted to [[IronicHell constantly torment his father with the face of the woman he ran out on]], and half because he actually ''did'' think his once-gorgeous mother the was most beautiful woman in the world.
* Lelouch Lamperouge, the protagonist of ''Anime/CodeGeass'', has the ultimate goal of learning who killed his mother, and then killing his father the Emperor, whether or not he's responsible. Of course, since momma Marianne is portrayed as only two steps short of sainthood, and poppa Charles is a SocialDarwinist {{Jerkass}}, his attitude may be justified. At least until Episode 21 of R2 where [[spoiler:it's revealed his mother Marianne, who wasn't really dead, doesn't give a damn about either Lelouch or his sister, who in turn was actually crippled by their dad Charles, all because she was Charles' co-conspirator in their AssimilationPlot the whole time. In fact she spins around giddily while talking about their shared plans, not even greeting Lelouch. Talk about AbusiveParents. Lelouch understandably snaps and calls them out for abandoning him and Nunnally in Japan and not bothering to look for them, instead focusing on finding C.C. and going forward with the plan, on the basis Lulu and Nunners didn't need to be ''alive'' to be reunited with their parents in [[AssimilationPlot Ragnarok]]. Lelouch then proceeds to erase both his parents out of existence.]]
* TheLancer of ''Anime/DigimonSavers'', Touma, is very cool to his father, Franz Norstein, but is endlessly devoted to Relena, his younger half-sister, and clearly adores his [[MissingMom deceased mother]]. This is both made obvious and foreshadowed by his almost instant "crush" on Masaru's mother Sayuri and younger sister chika. [[spoiler:While it's never stated outright, it is heavily implied that Touma was born out of wedlock, and his mother was a foreign exchange student who had an affair with his father. Touma's hatred of his father stems from Franz's weakness of character: his inability to defend his son from his judgmental mother, and to do what is right to save his [[IllGirl daughter]], rather than what is ''there'' and easy.]]
* In ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'', Naota's father Kamon is constantly making passes at Haruko and Naota keeps catching them in NotWhatItLooksLike situations. Meanwhile Haruko is aggressively flirting with Naota. In the fourth episode, Naota snaps and accidentally kills Kamon, but it turns out to be a robotic duplicate of him, and his actual father is a decaying corpse in the closet. He comes BackFromTheDead later in the episode and they make up.
* In ''Manga/FreeSoul'', an Electra complex is what drives a good deal of [[spoiler: Nikki]]'s behavior.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** Ed seems afflicted with the full Oedipal syndrome complete with a love-hate relationship with his father Hohenheim, whom he emulated to become an alchemist (originally ''to please his mom'') but also repeatedly insults and beats up (the fact that he also suffers from a bad case of ParentalAbandonment only makes matters worse for him… and for Hohenheim).
** Greed also has issues with his dad and seems complacent about his role as "daddy's rebellious son", even going as far as to tell him something along the lines of "Father should be the one who understands best, ain't I the manifestation of his greed?". To be honest, though, Father is one hell of a tyrannical father.
** In [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version]], [[spoiler:the homunculus Envy's goal in life is killing Hohenheim. At the same time, he's immensely jealous of Edward because he is Hohenheim's ''real'' son--and, presumably, because he is the most similar to Hohenheim and [[FanNickname Hoju]] in appearance and personality. In the movie, he even succeeds not only in killing Hohenheim before Ed's very shocked eyes, but also in ''not'' crying "Daddy, why don't you love me?"]].
* ''Anime/{{Gankutsuou}}'':
** The manga implies that Albert is looking for a father figure in the Count because he has issues with his authoritarian real father. He also has an interesting relationship with his mother.
** There's also Andrea who takes this to the logical extreme: [[spoiler: although he doesn't kill his father, "only" gives him a poison that destroys his mind, he has sex with his mother and tries to rape his half-sister.]]
* Prince Sincline from ''Anime/GoLion'' absolutely despised his father and sought to overthrow him, while his obsessive love for Fala seemed to be based on the fact [[spoiler: she looks and acts like his deceased mother, whom he's been having dreams of.]]
* In ''Anime/GunXSword'', we have [[AlliterativeName William Will Woo]], [[spoiler: who ended up killing his own mother when he tried to kill his father while he was a kid (She jumped in the way of the blade).]] Because of this, he seeks redemption by blindly following his father ([[spoiler:who is The Claw]]) to [[TheAtoner to atone]] for what he did, telling [[TheHero Van]] he did it all "for his sake". Is of the "worships his mother to extreme levels" type, which allows him to use ThePowerOfLove in his battle against [[TheHero Van]], although it's debatable whether it's lust or love, as he is seen naked around her portrait most of the time.
* Haré from ''Anime/HareGuu'' has a bit of an implied crush on his mom. His father isn't likely to be on the best terms with him either. Guu even says that he has this in one episode.
* Eric in ''Manga/TheHeartOfThomas'' has an unhealthy attachment to his mother, to the point that he freaks out when his mother is affectionate to her lovers. He eventually grows out of it, albeit under tragic circumstances.
* Female example from ''Manga/IonoTheFanatics'', the titular character's love of black hair was because of her mother. Made rarer by the fact that there is no father in the equation. And even weirder since Iono has black hair ''herself''.
* Another female example in ''Anime/ItazuraNaKiss'': Kotomi ''worships'' her father and competes with her mother for his attention.
* The main theme of ''Anime/KamisamaKazoku'', as main character Samataro wants to prove that he doesn't need his father, a god, doing everything in his omnipotent (and [[BumblingDad bumbling]]) power to make Samataro's life easier. Samataro's goddess mother self-admittedly [[MyBelovedSmother adores her son like a lover]], and repeatedly shocks and embarrasses him with her InnocentFanserviceGirl ways.
* On the subject of people who love their parents, almost disturbingly, we have Yuna from ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' and her feelings for her father. This is taken to a disturbing level when Haruna brings up the subject of "deep, passionate kissing" (supposedly for [[AMagicContractComesWithAKiss Pactio purposes]]), Yuna remarks that she wouldn't mind if it were her dad. The other girls are quite {{Squick}}ed by this revelation. She also carries a picture of her kissing her father around [[VictoriasSecretCompartment in her cleavage]], ''even while trapped in an AlternateUniverse for several weeks''.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'': Andrei Smirnov utterly loathes his father, Sergei, who he blames for the death of his mother Holly. [[spoiler: For worse, thanks to a misunderstading he believes Sergei to be a traitor, and ends up killing him in battle. When he's told by his adoptive sister Marie how wrong he was, he's ''deeply'' shaken.]]
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', Gaara's conflict with his father, the Fourth Kazekage, is perhaps the main reason why he went insane and stayed that way until he met Naruto. The man sealed a well-known psychotic demon into his pregnant wife Karura, killing her in the process, in order to make Gaara into a [[TykeBomb weapon]]. To say nothing of when he forced Gaara's maternal uncle and caretaker to make an assassination attempt on his nephew in order to judge his worth as a weapon for the village. His treatment of his son was so bad that it was enough to get an entry on the ArchnemesisDad page. Ironically, though, Gaara's not the one who kills him--Orochimaru is. At the same time, [[spoiler: Karura loved her son enough to be the driving force of his automatic sand defense, even though she had long since passed from the world.]]
* Marion from ''Manga/NatsuENoTobira'' is believed to have this, since his mother is always away with a boyfriend [[spoiler: and he later falls for an older woman named Sara.]]
* The manga ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'':
** Ruby runs away from home to escape his father Norman and prove to him that he can live his dreams. In the end, he sees that everything Norman did was really out of love for Ruby. Later, Silver finds out that his father is Giovanni. He refuses to accept this at first, but Blue talks him out of it eventually.
** No mention of Falkner and Janine? Those kids have got some very apparent daddy issues, not only in the games (in which they're the new gym leaders to their respective gym, overshadowed by their fathers, who were the previous gym leaders), but also in the manga (same issue as above, but [[DisappearedDad both fathers are currently missing]], which adds frustration to both of them at one point in the manga). A call from Janine on the Pokegear in [=HGSS=] even lampshades this:
-->'''Janine''': This is Janine. How are you doing? Falkner in Violet City… he’s talking about his dad all the time! Seriously, he’s such a daddy’s boy, he needs to become his own person sometime, you know? What do you mean, I should talk? Ha ha--mind your own business! [click]
* Ayato Kamina from ''Anime/RahXephon''. Although he only gave vibes to this ([[FirstGirlWins considering another trope comes into effect later]]), while it was more explicit with [[spoiler:Itsuki Kisaragi, his ''brother'',]] towards [[spoiler:Quon Kisaragi, their '''mother'''.]]
* Chibiusa of ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' is attracted to a literal younger version of her father and is usually in conflict with the younger version of her mother. Thus the perils of [[KidFromTheFuture time traveling family members]].
* Cygnus Hyoga from ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' with his dead frozen mother Natasha. Who, for worse, died to ''save'' him when he was a little boy. He's had ShipTease with two girls on the anime, [[HasAType and both of them]] are blonde {{nice girl}}s like Natasha.
* [[PersonOfMassDestruction Nataku]] of ''Manga/SoulHunter'' has some serious daddy-issues surrounding the nature of his existence, and his mother is more or less his MoralityChain.
* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'':
** Koutarou Amon is driven by the hatred and guilt he feels over the actions of his foster father, Donato Porpora. The [[BadHabits Priest]] was in fact a Ghoul using the orphanage to raise children as [[ChildEater livestock]], butchering them once they'd been "adopted". While his friends were being devoured in secret, he was showered with affection and spared even when he discovered the horrible truth. This is something he simply can't come to terms with, especially since Donato continues to survive as an [[ConsultingAConvictedKiller informant]] and enjoys every chance he gets to taunt his "beloved son". But when [[spoiler: critically wounded in his final duel with Kaneki, Amon finds himself calling out to his father]]. To say that their relationship is… complicated is putting it lightly.
** The sequel reveals that [[spoiler: Eto[=/=]Sen Takatsuki]] suffers from a Gender-Inverted case of this. She considers her father [[spoiler: Yoshimura]] a coward and gleefully subjects him to a FateWorseThanDeath while promising to get revenge for the mother she never knew, [[spoiler: Ukina]].
* [[spoiler: Wolfwood]] from ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' has one big, big problem with his adopted dad/tyrannical father figure. Interestingly, [[spoiler: he has a different father figure in the anime and in the manga]]. Also note that there are indications that unlike his manga equivalent, [[spoiler: anime Chapel]] has genuine affection for his young "charge", albeit in a completely twisted way.
* [[spoiler:"Syaoran"]] of ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' has a version of this, being in love with what appears to be an ''alternate universe clone'' of his mother. Instead of wanting to ''kill'' his father, he wants to ''be'' him. To the point that he's been going by his father's name since he was seven [[spoiler:his real name is Tsubasa]] and for several years (until it was revealed that he was the ''son'' of [[spoiler:Syaoran]]) he was thought to ''be'' his father by most of the fandom, as he looks exactly like him, acts similarly, has identical abilities, etc. The problem has later been justified or muddled, its hard to tell, [[spoiler:by the fact that his father is apparently [[MyOwnGrampa his clone]], and his mother is a clone of his own Sakura]]. At precisely which point in the either [[spoiler:4-man or 2-man loop]] (which one it is depends on perspective) this trope sets in is a matter best left to philosophers on illegal substances with mental disorders. The philosophers have the mental disorders. [[MindScrew Probably]].
* Touta Konoe from ''Manga/UQHolder'' has a crush on his adoptive mother Yukihime (the only parental figure he's ever had). He even asked her to marry him while under the effects of a truth potion.
* Seishiro Sakurazuka of ''Manga/{{X1999}}'' had an… interesting relationship with his mother, Setsuka, who was one disturbed woman. [[spoiler:Setsuka implies that her soulmate was her own son. The relationship, however, was one-sided, as Seishiro's soulmate was very obviously (and reciprocally) Subaru, and she's at least aware of said soulmate's existence.]] Oh, [[SelfmadeOrphan and he killed her]]. [[KlingonPromotion At her request.]]
* One of '''many''' interpretations of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', and interviews with Creator/HideakiAnno [[WordOfGod suggest that he was actually aiming for this]], since Shinji has a [[WellDoneSonGuy love]]-hate relationship with his [[AbusiveParents father]] and motherhood is a central theme of the series. [[spoiler: And most importantly, one of Shinji's love interest [[EmotionlessGirl Rei]] turns out to be clone of [[ParentalIncest his mother]] and her soul (or at least part of it) is part of his EVA Unit]]. This is even lampshaded in Shinji's (BlooperReels only) [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments rant]]:
-->And what's an [[HumongousMecha Eva]]? Is that like, a [[LampshadeHanging Freudian]] thing?

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The DCU is full of this although it is strictly subtext. There are Franchise/{{Batman}}-[[ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} Dick Grayson]]-[[ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} Catwoman]], Batman-[[ComicBook/{{Robin}} Jason Todd]]-[[ComicBook/RasAlGhul Talia]], ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}-Tempest-Dolphin, ComicBook/GreenArrow-Arsenal-ComicBook/BlackCanary, Franchise/{{Superman}}[=-=]ComicBook/{{Superboy}}[=-=][[ComicBook/LanaLang Lana]] / [[ComicBook/LoisLane Lois]].
** To simplify it somewhat, anyone who's A: a sidekick or B: a younger/alternate version of a hero has had iffy subtext with ''someone'' they shouldn't have had it with. This goes double (triple?) for Batman and the Robins (even after they've stopped being Robin).
*** And you thought Ultron was sick.
** In ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'' Carrie Kelly's parents are neglectful to the point of not even remembering they have a kid, so she latches onto Batman. She makes no bones about loving him before she comes out and says it in the sequel.
* '''[[RuleOfThree Again]]''' with Creator/DCComics: Each [[LegacyCharacter Brother Blood]], the leader of the [[ReligionOfEvil Church of Blood]], has ascended to his position by killing his father (the previous "Brother Blood") and making his mother the new High Priestess.
* The 2000 ComicBook run of ''ComicBook/CaptainMarVell'' has said hero destroy the universe at the behest of Entropy and Epiphany, actually AnthropomorphicPersonification children of the AnthropomorphicPersonification of the universe. Later he dies and beats up his own dad on the other side.
* Marvel provide a strange example with Nate Grey (ComicBook/XMan), who has a close--it is never outright stated whether it was platonic or romantic, but the general implication is much more the latter than the former --relationship with the psionic ghost (made physical by his vast psychic power)of Madelyne Pryor, when he instinctively reached out for his biological mother, Jean Grey (from whom Madelyne Pryor was cloned, making Maddie to be Jean's identical twin sister-daughter) when he arrived in Marvel-616 reality from the Marvel-295 (Age of Apocalypse) reality. Nate and Madelyne are effectively alternate reality biological mother and son or nephew and aunt and/or older sister-younger brother.
* ComicBook/{{Ultron}}, the killer robot nemesis of ComicBook/TheAvengers, hates his "father" [[ComicBook/AntMan Hank Pym]], and loves his 'mother' [[ComicBook/TheWasp Janet Van Dyne]].
** Ultron at one point created a sexy fem-bot using Janet Van Dyne's psyche as the template for her robotic intelligence. As a shout-out to the TropeNamer, he named this fem-bot Jocasta, which is the name of Oedipus' mother.
*** The obsession has gone far enough that in a more recent appearance, Ultron made himself into a ''herself'',using [[ComicBook/IronMan Tony Stark]]'s body/armor in order to form a biomechanical clone body of Janet.
* PlayedForLaughs in Creator/ChrisSavino's comic strip ''[[http://imgur.com/a/ikrgs The Complex Adventures of Eddie Puss]]'', where the young kitten Eddie consonantly tries peeping at his mom and one-upping his dad. For example, Eddie drops his fork during dinner to look up her skirt and in another comic he gets his mom to breastfeed him while his dad sits beside her, angry that she wouldn't fool around with him because of Eddie's presence.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* This comes up in the ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'' series when Empath realizes he is competing with Papa Smurf for the affections of Smurfette. In the normal timeline, after Papa Smurf has his oversexed HulkingOut moment, it is resolved peacefully by Smurfette telling Papa Smurf that she could only love him as a father and nothing more. In an alternate timeline, though, Papa Smurf and Smurfette begin a relationship with each other that forces Empath to lead a LaResistance group against his own father and expel him, Smurfette, and the daughter they have together from the village.
* In ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'':
** Misato had a form of this towards her father due to her abandonment issues. Since she couldn't have him, she lusted after her surrogate son, Shinji.
** In turn, Shinji is attracted to her, although he's more drawn to Asuka.

* Amusingly mentioned in ''Film/AnalyzeThis'':
-->'''Dr. Ben Sobel''': Oedipus was a Greek king who killed his father and married his mother.\\
'''Boss Paul Vitti''': [[DoubleEntendre Fuckin' Greeks]].
* ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' has a lot of fun with this, but most obviously comes down on the side of inversion; neither Lorraine or George are aware that "Calvin Klein" is their future son Marty, but Lorraine wants to get very close to Marty (much to his horror), and rather than supplanting his father Marty has to do the exact opposite and build him up to make sure that his family fortunes end up okay.
** The [[Literature/BackToTheFuture novelization]], on the other hand, actually plays it ''straight''. Marty continually insults his father, calling him a nerd every chance he gets (''B to the F'' goes as far as to use the phrase "nerd racist"), and hating him for his severe lack of a spine. While he does insult his mom as well, and expresses disbelief at Doc's creepy "She hasn't given birth to you ''yet,'' so it's O.K. to get down and dirty with her" comments, during the actual make-out scene with her, he seriously gets ''into'' it. Ahhh, the things that change when you script doctor a movie...[[note]]The novelization was written before the movie's script was finalized.[[/note]]
*** The actual movie could be considered this if you look too deeply into it, as ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' did.
* In ''Film/BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure'', Sigmund Freud analyzes Ted onstage, explaining about Ted's father's resentment to him. As Ted gets up, Sig motions to Bill to take the "couch." Bill, whose father married a girl Bill & Ted went to high school with, merely shrugs him off with "Nah, I'm good. Just a minor Oedipus Complex, dude."
* In the war drama ''Film/{{Conspiracy}}'', Dr. Kritzinger relates a story to Reinhard Heydrich about an old friend of Kritzinger who hated his abusive father but loved his doting mother. To the friend's surprise his mother's death didn't affect him all that much, but his father's death made him cry uncontrollably. The tragedy was that the son's hatred for his father became more important to him than his mother's love, turning him into an empty shell after the man's death.
* In ''Film/CrookedHouse'', Philip and Roger both harbour a deep resentment towards their father Aristide, and wish to supplant him as head of the family. For his part, Aristide took a great pleasure in keeping his sons solidly under his thumb. To add to the mix, Philip's son Eustace admits to having the hots for his step-grandmother.
* In the German-Italian movie ''Film/TheDamned1969'' this is taken UpToEleven by the love-hate [[ParentalIncest relationship]] between [[PsychopathicManchild Martin von Essenbeck]] and his [[EvilMatriarch mother]].
* ''Junior'', also known as ''Engine Trouble'', featured a bizarre version where the protagonist attempts to seduce the mentally disabled title murderer, by dressing as his mother and then proceeding to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFdmKi3A1fA grab his crotch to get him to drop his weapon.]] She then sets him on fire. This works.
* The driving force of ''Film/JupiterAscending'' is the conflict between the Abrasax siblings and Jupiter, the genetic recurrence of their mother. While the Abrasax patriarch is never mentioned or seen, the two Abrasax brothers definitely have an unhealthy interest in their mother.
** Titus is TheCasanova whose defining scene is a ZeroGSpot pseudo-orgy of heavy petting. He plans to secure his claim to Earth by [[spoiler:marrying Jupiter, [[ParentalIncest and all that implies]]]].
** Balem's main goal is to kill Jupiter to retain his claim to Earth. Pretty standard villain fare, until [[spoiler: his VillainousBreakdown culminates in the reveal that he murdered their mother in the first place, and he screams '''''"SHE BEGGED ME TO DO IT!!"''''' That's more than a little obsessed with her]].
* Pointed out in ''Film/TheProducers'' song "Keep It Gay"
-->''Oedipus won't bomb\\
if he winds up with mom''
* This seems to be at play in ''Film/{{Psycho}}''. [[spoiler:Norman Bates' mother deliberately isolated her five-year-old son from the outside world and made him utterly dependent on her after Mr. Bates' death. Naturally enough, the twelve-year-old, completely co-dependent Norman then reacts rather badly to her remarriage.]] One of the sequels outright shows in flashback that [[spoiler: Mrs. Bates was sexually abusing Norman until she remarried]].
* While Lilli never knew her birth mother in ''Film/SnowWhiteATaleOfTerror'', her initial hatred of her stepmother is sparked by jealousy that someone else was taking her father's attention away. This leads to one interesting scene, where Lilli wears one of her mother's dresses to a party, in the hopes of impressing her father.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** Anakin Skywalker was very obsessed with his mother. He marries an older woman who looks like his mother. His mother's death is one of the things that drives him to the Dark Side. He supposedly doesn't have a biological father, but Palpatine is hinted to have used the Force to create him and acts as a father figure. Obi Wan is also a father figure to Anakin. He kills both of them. Ironically, [[PapaWolf being a father himself had helped him turn away from the Dark Side]].
** OedipusComplex seems run hard in [[InTheBlood the Skywalker line]]; just take a look at Anakin's IdenticalGrandson Ben Solo aka Kylo Ren, who definitely has a case. Despite his contempt for and murder of his father, Kylo ultimately can't bring himself to do the same to his mother. He also fixates on Rey, who bears a strong resemblance to his mother, [[spoiler: and kills his ''other'' father figure, Snoke, to save her life.]]
* India, the protagonist of ''Film/{{Stoker}}'' is implied to have a bit of an Electra complex. She was [[DaddysGirl very close to her father]], but has a strained relationship with her mother (though she does love her). She later becomes infatuated with her uncle, whom she notes looks a ''lot'' like her father. As India's relationship with her uncle deepens, her relationship with her mother only gets worse... especially since her mother is infatuated with him as well.
* ''Film/TheTerminator'' and its sequels is chock-full of this. It's even lampshaded in ''Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines'', when Kate (Creator/ClaireDanes) shoots one of the machines. John admiringly says "You remind me of my mother."
* ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'': Loki genuinely loves his mother Frigga, [[spoiler:and overthrows his father Odin--whom he now loathes after being disowned and nearly executed--usurping the Asgardian throne in the process.]]
* ''Film/{{Wicked}}'' (1998). Julia Stiles has an Electra Complex that proves deadly to anyone who shows more than a passing interest in her father.
* ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'': [[spoiler:Elektra King hated her father and arranged to have him murdered, but she clearly adores her mother, and Elektra's actions are partially fueled by her love for her mother's side of the family, as she claims that she is taking back the kingdom that her father stole from her mother. The Electra Complex plays into her relationship with Renard, even though he's not much older--watch the positively girlish way that she runs to the window to see him arriving, flings herself into his arms when he enters, then leads him off to present the captive M to him as a gift. M herself is somewhat of a maternal figure towards Elektra because M was a close friend of Elektra's father, and Elektra wants M dead for leaving her at the mercy of her kidnappers.]]

* Nicholas Harpole and Alec Checkerfield from ''Literature/TheCompanyNovels'' have a real doozy of a situation: [[spoiler: Once upon a time three guys were cloned, two died and became virtually undead, sharing the third body. Deciding to (a) claim their mutual girlfriend for himself, and (b) make sure that the two extra guys got bodies of their own, Edward takes over the body and arranges for Mendoza to bear twin sons and sticks digital Nick and Alec inside them. They grow up, again, with Edward and Mendoza as their parents. Remembering the whole time that "Mommy" is really their girlfriend. Yeah, issues much?]]
* In ''Literature/DangerousSpirits'', Konstantine's conflict with his son had a significant impact on him and greatly colors his interactions with Alexei.
* The Literature/DollangangerSeries of books by Creator/VCAndrews includes some heavy implications that oldest son Chris is attracted to his mother, enough to remain completely in denial to how her feelings towards her children have changed from love to apathy. In the last book of the series, Cathy's younger son Bart alternates between idolizing her and hating her (he's disgusted by her incestuous relationship with her brother, but continuously falls in love with women who are very similar to her).
* In Creator/JohnCWright's ''[[Literature/TheGoldenOecumene The Golden Age]]'', the amnesiac Phaethon learns that he is suing to have his father Helion declared dead. Later he offers Helion the information he needs to restore a lost hour to his memory and so be the same person--at a price. Only in ''The Golden Transcedence'' does Daphne reveal to Helion that [[spoiler:in that hour, he had [[IGaveMyWord promised]] Phaethon the price that Phaethon had set for the memory.]]
* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', Voldemort killed his [[DisappearedDad Disappeared Muggle Dad]]. [[spoiler:Barty Crouch was also killed by his son, although you'd never figure it by watching the ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire Goblet of Fire]]'' movie.]]
** Adding to this, it is also apparent in his later years that Voldemort at least respected his mother for giving birth to him, while still despising his father. Even more interesting is that Severus Snape also hated his father enough for fans to speculate that's where his muggle prejudice stemmed from while attaching himself the name "Prince", taken from his mother, and being fond of Lily Evans because he saw her as having maternal attributes.
** Interestingly, in the case of Voldemort, we see that it starts out as an inversion. He excitedly figures that he inherited his magical powers from his ''father'', because in his mind, his mother was too weak to have them because she died. (Not exactly love, but it's as close as the CreepyChild ever got)
* The Warhammer 40,000 spin-off Literature/HorusHeresy novels tend to present the eponymous rebellion of Warmaster Horus against the Emperor in very oedipal terms. The Primarchs, and Horus in particular, constantly refer to the Emperor as their father (and since he created them all with genetic manipulation and arcane science, he is the closest thing to a biological father any of them have). Horus becomes disillusioned with the Emperor's plans for humanity and the galaxy in the aftermath of his near-death experience on Davin, and ever after determines to overthrow his father and rule humanity in his stead. His brother Primarchs are split down the middle, some staying loyal to their father, others having nursed similar hatreds and disillusionments and siding with Horus against him. The maternal aspects of the trope do not apply, however, as the Primarchs were vat-grown from synthetic genetic material and thus do not have a mother.
* The Oedipal conflict between KingArthur and his son Mordred is what brings down the Round Table.
** This is taken UpToEleven in ''Literature/TheOnceAndFutureKing'', when Mordred decides to get as close as he can to re-enacting the complex by [[spoiler: pretending that Arthur was dead so that he could marry Guenevere (the first thing noted when word of this gets out, is how the queen is old enough to be Mordred's mother).]]
* {{Creator/Haruki Murakami}}'s ''Literature/KafkaOnTheShore'' has this… plus 1.[[spoiler:Kafka's father prophesied that he would murder him, sleep with his mom '''and''' sleep with his sister. He does all three, if that's the way you interpret it (Murakami purposefully made the father and sister part something that you had to interpret yourself, as there's evidence for sleeping with and killing his sister/dad and ''not'' sleeping with and killing is sister/dad]]
* A recurring theme in Creator/DennisLehane's ''Literature/KenzieAndGennaroSeries''. TheHero, Patrick Kenzie, hates his abusive father more than anybody else on Earth. Also, the first book features gang leader Roland Angeline and his father Marion Socia, who end up waging a brutal gang war against each other. And the third book subverts it by featuring [[spoiler: CorruptCorporateExecutive Trevor Stone waging a war for control against his psychopathic daughter Desiree]].
* OlderThanDirt: The ancient Hittite story called "The Kingship of Heaven" tells the myth that may have inspired Hesiod's ''Literature/{{Theogony}}'': The god Alalu is overthrown by his son Anu, he's then overthrown by his son Kumarbi, and he in turn gets overthrown by his son Teshub. Teshub is a thunder god like Zeus, and Kumarbi bites off sky-god Anu's genitals, just as Cronos later castrated the sky-god Ouranos. Like Cronos, Kumarbi produces some of his children from his own body, though in this case it's male pregnancy resulting from said castration.
* In Creator/JaneAusten's ''Literature/LoveAndFreindship'', Augustus and Sophia to their parents.
-->''Convinced as you must be from what I have already told you concerning Augustus and Sophia, that there never were a happier Couple, I need not, I imagine, inform you that their union had been contrary to the inclinations of their Cruel and Mercenary Parents; who had vainly endeavoured with obstinate Perseverance to force them into a Marriage with those whom they had ever abhorred; but with an Heroic Fortitude worthy to be related and admired, they had both constantly refused to submit to such despotic Power.\\
After having so nobly disentangled themselves from the shackles of Parental Authority, by a Clandestine Marriage, they were determined never to forfeit the good opinion they had gained in the World, in so doing, by accepting any proposals of reconciliation that might be offered them by their Fathers--to this farther tryal of their noble independance, however, they never were exposed.''
* In Creator/DevonMonk's ''Literature/MagicToTheBone'', Allie fought quite hard to extricate herself from her father.
* The main character's son in UsefulNotes/BorisJohnson's ''Seventy Two Virgins'' is referred to as having an Oedipus complex; the book opens with a number of examples of his sinister behaviour towards the protagonist.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': Cersei is plenty incestous, but this is a supplanting-only example. Cersei doesn't hate or want to kill her father--she greatly admires him… and wants to supplant him anyways. She wants to be so much greater than him--so overshadow him--that when people look back at it their time in history, he will only be remembered as her father. ''She'' wants to be the power of house Lannister.
** Also an element is the colder relationship with her mother. While she had a [[DaddysGirl huge deal of admiration]] for her powerful father, she resents her nother for [[spoiler: keeping her and Jaime apart after catching them in incestuous practices]] and never speaks of her.
* Creator/SylviaPlath had a couple of poems dealing with her father issues, primarily "Daddy."
* In-story example: in ''Literature/TenderIsTheNight'', a group watches the aptly-named movie ''Daddy's Girl'' at the end of which a young woman comes back to her father. Although most of the audience is overjoyed by the ending, the psychanalist Dick Diver is described as wincing because of the obvious implications of Oedipus complex. Yes: somewhere, a psychanalist is wincing.
* Creator/{{Hesiod}} made a plot of this in his ''Literature/{{Theogony}}'', in which the god Cronos overthrows his abusive father Ouranos, then (as a result of [[NiceJobBreakingItHerod a prophecy that he'd meet a similar fate]]) [[SwallowedWhole abuses his]] [[EatsBabies own children]] until his son Zeus (with the help of Cronos' wife Gaia) overthrows him in turn.
* ''Literature/TheThornBirds'' is rife with this. Primarily, with oldest Cleary son Frank and mother Fee. Frank is positively obsessed with his mother, to the point of being sickened and angry when he sees that she's pregnant again, even moreso when Fee makes it clear that Paddy, her husband, did not force himself on her. In fact, the constant estrangement between Paddy and Frank is described as "the rivalry for Fee".
** Reversed (in what some psychologists have termed "The Jocasta Complex") with Meggie and Dane. Meggie uses Dane as an emotional substitute for his father Ralph, her true love, but she actually wants her son to get married and have children, rather than keep him to herself, but she still sees his decision to become a priest as a personal attack on her.
* William de Worde from ''[[Literature/{{Discworld}} The Truth]]'' hates his father, but his mother is a complete nonentity.
* An inversion occurs in ''Literature/WashingtonSquare''--Lavinia Penniman and Morris Townsend correspond heavily throughout the story (she fancies herself a match maker for her niece), and while she finds him attractive and charming, she also loves him like the son she never had with her late husband. Morris, on the other hand, despises her.
* ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'': [[Literature/FateOfTheJedi Fate of the Jedi: Allies onward]], Luke's son Ben likes a girl who's similar to his (dead) mother, and sides with her over his father in every argument…

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Connor on ''Series/{{Angel}}'', paralleling Oedipus to an unusually large extent--to many viewers' disgust. No, Cordelia wasn't Connor's mother, but she did change his diapers. [[PlotRelevantAgeUp The previous year.]] It's lampshaded by the captured [[ManipulativeBastard Angelus]]: "Doing your mom and trying to kill your dad. Hmm. There should be a play." Of course this taunt is clearly meant for viewers; Connor was raised in another dimension and has no idea what he's referencing, and in any case from his perspective has no reason to see Cordelia as someone maternal. Even after Angel made a DealWithTheDevil to give Connor fake memories and a new family, Connor still LikesOlderWomen. Angel complains that "they were supposed to fix that."
* ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'':
** Lee Adama is presented as forever looking for a way out from under his father's influence. As Lee is a fighter pilot and his father is his commanding officer, this is more than a little difficult. He gets a bit closer to actually doing so in Season Four [[spoiler:when he resigns from the military to become a politician]].
** And [[spoiler:John Cavil]] on the Cylon side, complete with [[UnusualEuphemism frakking]] his humanoid Cylon "mother".
* ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'' features James Darmody, who is extremely close to his (thirteen years older) mother, Gillian. Eventually, we learn that [[spoiler: Jimmy once slept with his mother while both were drunk. He then kills his father, the Commodore, in the same episode where this is revealed, and had earlier tried to have his father figure Nucky killed as well.]]
* Reversed (some psychologists have dubbed this "The Jocasta Complex) on ''Series/TheBoldAndTheBeautiful''. Forrester matriach Stephanie was positively ''obsessed'' with oldest son Ridge, much to everyone's annoyance and disgust, particularly her other children. Even favorite daughter-in-law Taylor finally got fed up with it when she realized that the real reason that Stephanie always supported her in the competition between her and Brooke is because Taylor reminded Stephanie so much of herself. Therefore, if she herself couldn't be married to Ridge, she'd settle for manipulating him into marrying someone just like her.
* ''Series/{{Borgia}}'' is plenty incestous, but Cesare's Oedipus complex toward Rodrigo isn't.
-->'''Cesare:''' A son exists to glorify the life of his father--as meaningless and worthless and that life might be. But if a boy is to become a man, he must glorify himself… and make a name even greater than his father's. A name… that will shout throughout history. '''I am ''Cesare Borgia''!'''
* Referenced in ''{{Series/Community}}'', where Britta (presumably correctly) surmises that Jeff's CallingTheOldManOut speech to Pierce's father is a manifestation of his unresolved animosity towards his own dad.
* Joked about in ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' when Lynette pretends to be a teenage girl online and inadvertently causes her son to [[LovesMyAlterEgo fall in love with her alter ego]].
-->'''Tom''': Are you gonna tell him the truth now or wait until he kills me and blinds himself?
* The family dynamic of the seemingly dysfunctional Barones could well be this; two grown man-children alternately terrified of their [[MyBelovedSmother mother]] whilst fighting for her approval and attention, and fending off a sarcastic and insensitive father. The last ever episode of ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'' lampshades this. Hearing late at night how near Raymond came to death, Marie Barone rushes across the street in her nightwear, storms up to her son's bedroom, pushes his wife out of the way, and leaps on him to smother him in hugs and kisses. It is left to Debra Barone to make the obvious comment:
-->'''Debra:''' I '''always''' knew this was gonna happen someday.
* ''Series/{{Merlin}}''--Arthur in "Sins of the Father" borders on this. He meets a (young and beautiful) ghost of his mother, who tells him that his father is to blame for her death. So he tries to kill Uther.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'' is chock-full of this. Nearly every character has some sort of paternal baggage, and [[spoiler: Ben kills his father; Kate kills her father; Locke gets Sawyer to kill his father for him]].
* The ''Series/{{Monk}}'' episode "Mr. Monk and the Three Julies" had the RedHerring suspect, a schizophrenic man named Matthew Teeger, being almost completely obsessed with his mother, almost to [[Film/{{Psycho}} Norman Bates]] levels, once even severely injuring his stepdad under the belief that the stepdad was hurting her, and even taxyderming his mother after she died in order to keep people thinking that she was still alive, including himself apparently. However, despite these facts, it turns out that he's completely harmless, or at least not the person targeting the various Julie Teegers.
* ''Series/OneLifeToLive''. Victoria Lord apparently had some version of this. She idolized and adored her father and seemed flat-out jealous of his marriage to her rival Dorian--who at one point once told her "Watch it, Viki. Your Electra Complex is showing". It's also implied that a large part of her attraction to Sloan Carpenter was due to his physical and personality resemblance to her father. When it's revealed that Victor sexually abused Viki from when she was 7 until she was a young adult, the reasons for her feelings become quite disturbing.
* Jim Profit, on ''Series/{{Profit}}'', takes this archetype to the logical extreme--by murdering his father and having sex with his (step)mother.
* In a rare maternal case, in ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'' Charlie and Alan loathe [[EvilMatriarch their mother, Evelyn]]. Although not shown or implied to hate their father(s), considering how many husbands she went through (at least four) during their childhood, it's not likely that they'd actually care about him/them, either.

* Music/ReginaSpektor's song "Oedipus".
* Music/TheDoors' "The End".
-->''Father--"Yes, son?"--I want to kill you,\\
Mother, I want to… '''fuck you!!!'''
* "Momma's Boy", by Chromeo.
* Music/TomLehrer's "Oedipus Rex", from ''Music/AnEveningWastedWithTomLehrer'':
-->''There once lived a man named Oedipus Rex\\
You may have heard about his odd complex\\
His name appears in Freud's index\\
'cause he ''loved'' his mother...''
* ''The Three Shadows, Part II'', by Music/{{Bauhaus}}.
-->''Oh, classic gentlemen, say your prayers, to the wind of prostitution\\
To your faces, and Rex Complexes, riddle my breast, full of the oppressed pus.''
** Though, in this song, the ''Rex Complexes'' bit is a polite way of calling someone a mother fucker.
* Music/StephenLynch's "Mother's Day" is this PlayedForLaughs.
-->'''Lynch''': I thank you, dear lady./ For being my mom./ You did all my homework/You took me to prom./ And I was the on-ly guy... who got lucky that night! (''audience groans in disgust'') '''[[DefensiveWhat What?!]]''' Oh, like you never ''fucked your mom'' before!

* Despite there being almost no textual evidence for it, generations of Creator/WilliamShakespeare scholars, directors, and actors have projected a deeper, less conscious motive onto Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'s revenge plot against his uncle (who has married his mother). Creator/MelGibson's 1990 film version especially plays up this aspect of Gertrude and Hamlet's relationship.
** Then there's the Creator/ReducedShakespeareCompany version, which includes the immortal line from Hamlet to Claudius "You killed my father and slept with my mother! That's my job!"
* Creator/HaroldPinter's plays. Though, to be honest, ''everybody'' hates ''everybody'' in the Pinter verse.
* Creator/{{Euripides}}' tragedy ''Theatre/{{Hippolytus}}'' recounts this myth, though with the monster sent from Poseidon causing Hippolytus's chariot to crash and Phaedra hanging herself.
* Eugene O'Neill's ''Mourning Becomes Electra'' adapts a classic Greek tragic trilogy, the Orestia, relocating it to New England after the end of the Civil War. Incestuous undertones are a major motivation of the murderous actions of the characters--at the least, both of the children display unhealthy obsession with the parent of the opposite gender, and deep-seated dislike of the parent of the same gender.
* Though ''Theatre/OedipusTheKing'' is not a true example,
* ''{{Theatre/Hippolytus}}'': Kinda. Phaedra, wife of Theseus, is in love with her stepson, Hippolytus. He is appropriately {{squick}}ed out, and [[LoveMakesYouEvil this drives her crazy]] so she tells Theseus that [[YouKnowWhatYouDid Hippolytus raped her]]. It all ends with Hippolytus being eaten by a [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere sea monster in the middle of the grassland]], and Phaedra drinks some poison to kill herself.
* In ''Theatre/{{Peter Pan|1904}}'', the pre-teen Wendy Darling has undertones of an Electra complex. It's telling that the original play instructs the casting director to cast the same man as Mr. Darling and Captain Hook wherever possible.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' bleeds Oedipal subtext, no shortness of thanks going to Dante's love interest who looks exactly like his mother. The new game looks poised to continue this tradition with the new main character's non-blood mother-figure.
* ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'':
** In ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'', Laharl has shown signs of this, claiming that he wanted to kill his father. (How much of that is just bluster is unknown).
** Mao spends almost all of ''VideoGame/Disgaea3AbsenceOfJustice'' training to '''kill''' his father. Subverted when it turns out that [[spoiler: his hatred for his father came from Aurum's brainwashing, he actually admired Daddy very much]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'', Emily's feelings for Corvo range from treating him as a ParentalSubstitute to having a crush on him, though she doesn't bear her mother any ill-will. (In fact, she seems to believe that Corvo would ''like'' to marry her mother but can't, and offers her own hand in substitute. She is only a child.) [[spoiler:It's confirmed in the sequel that Corvo is her father.]]
* ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' (as noted above) not only features a streamlined (but ultimately less hostile) version of the Tidus/Jecht conflict, but has another example that you need to read inbetween the lines to uncover. [[OriginalGeneration Cosmos]] and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI Chaos]] have a substantial amount of FoeYay going on between the scenes. It is later on revealed that despite their status as the [[OrderVersusChaos Goddess of Harmony and God of Discord]], the two once benevolently ruled the world together in bliss, [[BeastAndBeauty apparently as lovers]]. [[UnfortunateImplications Now here comes the]] {{Squick}}: [[spoiler:It is heavily implied that Cosmos is some permutation of [[InteractiveNarrator Cid of the Lufaine]]'s wife, [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence her memories transferred into]] [[ArtificialHuman a construct made in her image]]. This was done to soothe the soul of Garland, Chaos' [[TheDragon Dragon]] and a former {{Tykebomb}} [[ChildSoldiers Kid Soldier]] who was HappilyAdopted by Cid and his wife. [[LateArrivalSpoiler For those not in the know]], Garland and Chaos (via a StableTimeLoop {{plan}}) ''are one in the same''. In other words, Chaos' [[LikeParentLikeSpouse partner is also]] [[ParentalIncest his adoptive mother]]. When he kills her, his act throws the multiverse into whack and [[DespairEventHorizon shocks him]] into a SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum, as [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds he]] [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone didn't want to live with the atrocities he committed]]. [[LoveMakesYouCrazy Without the presence of Cosmos]], [[DeathSeeker he saw no more meaning in his existence, actively seeking for the heroes to kill him, not only as a way to restore the balance, but to ease his torment]], and perhaps [[TogetherInDeath allow him to reunite with his beloved once more]].]] There are so many Freudian and Oedipal overtones just ''oozing'' from this.
** There's also the narrator, [[spoiler:Cid of the Lufaine, who is Cosmos's husband and Chaos's adoptive father]]. While Chaos can't kill him, he does the next best thing and turns him into a Moogle before locking him away.
* In ''VideoGame/DoubleSwitch'', [[spoiler:Eddie]] gives off very strong vibes of this, because he apparently wishes that his father was dead, and he loves his mother. In fact, he did say something like "Why don't you just get out of our lives?!" to his father.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** Hinted at with Sephiroth of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' but [[{{Flanderization}} completely exaggerated]] in the fandom. That said, he ''is'' obsessed with what he perceives as his "mother" and he absolutely ''hates'' his father, (even if he doesn't know who his father is) [[spoiler:[[MadScientist Professor Hojo]]…]] Funnily enough, he doesn't seem to pay much attention to his birth-mother (well, of the regular kind), Lucrecia, most likely not even knowing she existed.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' has ''tons'' of this. Tidus, TheHero, hates his father, [[JerkAss Jecht]], with a passion. Not only has his entire blitzball career played out in the shadow of his famous father, as a child he was also constantly competing with him for the mother's attention. The fact that his father was basically an insensitive, alcoholic bastard might also have had something to do with it, though... and of course, [[spoiler: Tidus ends up killing his father in the semi-final boss-fight--in the very best Oedipal tradition.]] Compounding the Freudian subtext is one of the game's primary antagonists, [[CorruptChurch Maester Seymour Guado]]. To sum up: He loved his mother deeply, but she out of misguided love for him felt that the only way for [[HalfHumanHybrid him to be accepted in a xenophobic world]] would be for him to become a [[HeroicSacrifice High]] [[SenselessSacrifice Summoner]] and use [[HeroicSacrifice her]] as his [[{{Metamorphosis}} Final]] [[CosmicHorror Aeon]]. The end result was Mommy dearest becoming [[http://guidesmedia.ign.com/guides/14008/images/ffx_s_anima.jpg this]]. As for his father, Jyscal, Seymour kills him before the game even starts to [[KlingonPromotion gain his position]] as Maester (think fantasy!Cardinal) as part of a long and convoluted EvilPlan to MercyKill [[OmnicidalManiac the]] [[DarkMessiah entire]] [[NietzscheWannabe planet]], and presumably as revenge for his father exiling him. In addition to the practical gains made by removing Jyscal, the backstory hints at how Jyscal was not a loving parent--nor even a presence in his life, really, as he spent his childhood in seclusion with his mother--hence Seymour grew to resent and hate him. And none of this is going into [[WhiteMagicianGirl Yuna's]]… relationship with ''her'' father. Truly, the ''issues'' of the characters in this ''Final Fantasy'' iteration are staggering.
* A good part of the reason why [[spoiler: Lord Arvis of Velthomer]] from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral'' is so fucked up comes from this, since [[spoiler: his father Viktor was a philandering asshole and rapist who killed himself once he found out his wife Cigyun cheated on him with Kurth Prince of Grandbell, and said mother ran away in shame afterwards and never returned (She was pregnant with Kurth's child, and ultimately fell victim to DeathByChildbirth). All of this happened when Arvis was seven years old: he grew up into a conflicted MagnificentBastard with ''serious'' issues with almost every female (except for his aidé Aida and his half-brother Azel's mother) to the point of ''killing'' whoever mentioned his idealised MissingMom in a bad light in front of him. It is heavily implied that the reason Arvis [[SurpriseIncest unknowingly]] fell in love with his half-sister is because she so greatly resembles their mother.]]
* In ''[[VideoGame/FatalFury Garou: Mark of the Wolves]]'', Rock Howard is pretty much ''defined'' by his hate of his DisappearedDad, Geese.
* Basically deconstructed as Raziel's entire character arc in ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKain''. His entire motivation initially seems to be to exact revenge on his father Kain after an apparently very Oedipal preventive attempted infanticide. However, [[spoiler: it turns out that the entire chain of events was set into motion by Kain himself as a very complex GambitRoulette involving TimeTravel to induce a ScrewDestiny to actually, in the end, save Nosgoth from corruption and Raziel himself from becoming a soul attached to a sword, meaning that Kain more or less killed Raziel [[MercyKill out of love]] to prevent him from suffering a FateWorseThanDeath.]]
* The simplest way of describing the entire plot of the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' saga is this trope. For every major character in it. Yes, all of them.
** Bonus points to Naked Snake for having an Oedipus complex plot with a woman who is, biologically, unrelated to him.
** The members of the Cobra Unit all regard [[ActionGirl The Boss]] as a mother figure… including The Sorrow who would go on to become her LoveInterest and the father of her child. This is, unsurprisingly, made fun of in [[http://www.gigaville.com/comic.php?id=333 this]] strip of ''Webcomic/TheLastDaysofFoxhound''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}: Innocent Sin'' is the most Oedipal game ever. [[spoiler: Ten years ago, the shrine where the main characters played as kids was burnt down (with two of them inside, no less) and Tatsuya's father was put on the case. He nearly found the culprit, Tatsuya Sudou (a different Tatsuya), and was kicked off the police force because Sudou's father is the foreign minister. Tatsuya became ashamed with his father for losing his job (and not looking for another one), and tried to break away from his family and become independent.]] Eikichi has had a bad relationship with his father [[spoiler:since the 1989 Tanabata Festival, at least]], who wants him to inherit the family business, a sushi shop. However, Eikichi hates sushi, and wants to become a VisualKei star (because of some other issues), and VisualKei is probably the least traditional thing in Japan, so Eikichi is stuck as the non-traditional son of a very traditional man [[note]]At one point in the comedy CD, Eikichi's makeup washes off during the HotSpringsEpisode, and Tatsuya compares him to his father, causing him to say a BigNo[[/note]]. Lisa's father wants her to be a "traditional Japanese lady", only he's a Japanophile who hasn't done much research, so "traditional Japanese lady" means "YamatoNadeshiko in a kimono" to him. She rebels by speaking Cantonese, doing more modern things, [[spoiler:and dating older men and experimenting with drugs for money.]] Maya's father [[spoiler:was a war photographer who had to leave a lot, and was eventually killed in action. She decided to become a journalist who balances her family and her work.]] Yukino's father walked out on her family, so she's a total tomboy, turned into a gangster (but she gets better before the start of VideoGame/{{Persona}}) and has a thing for her boss, a slightly older man. Jun's father [[spoiler:was an occultist who believed that aliens lived beneath Sumaru City and Hitler was a Mayan sorcerer, annoying his mother (a model). She spread nasty rumours about him until he killed himself (or was possibly killed by Hitler's minions), and Nyarlathotep, the BigBad, disguised himself as the "cool dad" Jun told his friends about. Jun's mother abandoned him and he ran away from home to live with Nyarlathotep, eventually becoming the DiscOneFinalBoss, The Joker, and believing that Lisa, Tatsuya, and Eikichi ''killed'' Maya, his CoolBigSis. Oh, and the Sudous we mentioned earlier? Tatsuzou shut his son up in a mental asylum due to his schizophrenia and pyromania and forgot about him. Tatsuya Sudou is pretty pissed off by the time ''Eternal Punishment'' starts.]]
* Sasha Nein of ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'' has no mother, as the player finds out when accessing his memories. He remembers her death, and as a child practised his unfamiliar psychic abilities on his father, who was tight-lipped about his mother. His father unknowingly supplies many of his own memories of Sasha's mother via psychic means, including one nearly-explicit memory that makes Sasha retreat like a bat out of hell.
** Raz himself also has this going on, since he states that his father has him train constantly as an acrobat and rejects his attempts to use his psychic powers, as well as psychic gypsies cursing his family with SuperDrowningSkills, which leads to Raz's mental image of his father as a psychic-hating sadist. [[spoiler:Turns out at the end that his father is actually a psychic himself and was merely trying to help train Raz to control his powers, even helping him combat his FreudianExcuse incarnate.]]
** Coach Oleander, as a child was traumatized by the fact that [[spoiler:his father was a butcher who chopped up any bunnies that he kept as pets, which along with the fact that he's never been able to get into the military leads him to try and TakeOverTheWorld. The final boss in fact is a monstrous combination of both Raz and Oleander's mental images of their fathers.]]
* Present as a strong subtext, if not text, in ''VideoGame/SilentHillShatteredMemories''. "I love my Daddy" is used as a MadnessMantra in the game, and depending on how you see the Raw Shocks, it can be argued that Cheryl has feelings for her father that are not appropriate. Since we find out that Cheryl spent much of her teen years seeking out relationships with significantly older men, it's not hard to draw that conclusion.
* Patroklos Alexander in ''VideoGame/SoulcaliburV''. While he lacks any ill will towards his father Rothion, he certainly has an obsession with his MissingMom Sophitia, who died while he was a kid and he grows up to become a holy warrior like her. The implications become even stronger when [[spoiler:[[BigBad Elysium]], the spirit of Soul Calibur, manipulates him to do her bidding by [[AFormYouAreComfortableWith assuming his mother's appearance]]... While said form was [[MsFanservice near-naked]]]].

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* It's not explicitly stated in the story itself, but ''VisualNovel/AkaiIto'' can be approximately summarized as Oedipus Complex meets GirlsLove. Of the girls that the main character (a girl named Kei) can end-up living together with, two of them are as if mother to her. Another one come from a family of her mother. [[spoiler:Kei has the memory of killing her own father. The memory is real… [[FakeMemories just not hers]].]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Blip}}'', one of the girls gets set up on a blind date with a guy who ends up mentioning his mom a little bit too much. This turns out to be one of the ''least'' creepy things about him.
* Creator/ChrisSavino's short-lived webcomic ''The Complex Adventures of [[PunnyName Eddie Puss]]'', which is about [[FunnyAnimal a cat]] who engages in antics based on his attraction to his mother.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Endstone}}'', [[http://endstone.net/2009/09/10/issue-2-page-13/ father and son argue about the Banestone]].
* In ''Webcomic/ImpureBlood'' [[http://www.impurebloodwebcomic.com/Pages/Chapter003/ib014.html the father tries to foil the son's plots by persuading him to give them up.]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' Molly the monster goes through a brief period of this with Bob, but concludes she was just [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20061010.html confused about her feelings.]]
* In ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure'', [[http://danielscreations.com/ola/comics/ep0248.html Julie's big brother quarrelled with their father and left home.]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic is terrified of his dad and has no misconceptions about what a prick he is, but acts like a LoveMartyr in StockholmSyndrome towards his mom.
* In ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', Agent Carolina hated Agent Texas and constantly competed against her for the Director's favor. It is later revealed that [[spoiler:the Director is Carolina's father and Texas is an AI based on her mother Allison.]]
* LetsPlay/{{Slowbeef}} pointed this out in WebVideo/{{Retsupurae}}'s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TttcEFhFYdk A Son's Revenge Retsuflash]]
-->'''slowbeef:''' Oedipus would be like, "This kid is fucking creepy."

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'':
** In an episode appropriately titled "Oedipal Panties", Stan is shown to have {{Yandere}} tendencies towards his mother, having kidnapped her boyfriends and dumped them on a deserted island so she can depend on him. Includes a scene with the two naked in the tub with Stan singing a song about scrubbing her vagina. [[{{Squick}} Be right back, throwing up!]]
** Steve with Francine became, in later seasons, an object of his confusing Oedipal emotions. In "Rubberneckers", Steve literally sings twice about how he would to have sex with Francine if her wasn't his own mother.
* Sterling Archer from ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' [[BerserkButton freaks out]] at the mere hint of anyone having sex with his mother and reacts even more hysterically whenever anyone shows interest in marrying her. So much so that he put a mind control chip in Len Trexler's skull to brainwash him into despising Malory, kidnapped Burt Reynolds when he started dating her, and suffered near-permanent amnesia (thinking he was Bob from ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'') when she actually did marry Ron Cadillac.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Azula is DaddysLittleVillain and felt like she was the UnFavorite of her mother compared to Zuko. [[spoiler: As things fall apart in the end, she hallucinates her mother saying "I love you." This drives her into full VillainousBreakdown.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBeatles'': In "Hold Me Tight," George and Ringo take a ferry to the Statue of Liberty. In spite of not being American, the Statue gets Ringo emotional because "the old girl looks just like me mum waiting for dad to come home with his pay cheque."
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': Stewie seems perpetually confused whether he should kill his mother or kill ''for'' her (that is, when he isn't being coded as heavily closeted) up to and including singing "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face" from MyFairLady, and he holds Peter in deep contempt.
* Walt from ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''. It's supposedly what keeps him in line, although he's not especially bright in any case. Most worryingly, when he shamelessly admits it, his brothers actually smile in a manner that suggests they agree with him.
-->'''Walt:''' ''(right after being insulted and slapped by Mom)'' "Some day I want to marry a girl like her."
* Thailog of ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' is an EvilTwin of Goliath, cloned by Doctor Sevarius and trained by Xanatos; his goal in life is to upstage all three fathers (or at least Goliath and Xanatos, Sevarius not so much). Taken to unsettling extremes concerning the women in Goliath's clan, as he has seduced Goliath's ex-mate Demona and made a pass at his daughter. At one point, he cloned Evil Twins of the rest of the clan, and while he was at it he cloned a concubine, Delilah, for himself, made from a combination of DNA from both Goliath's previous and current love interests. ''Creepy…''
** The latter was one of Thailog's major KickTheDog moments, since Demona had no idea he would create Delilah (she was involved with the cloning of the others), and he more or less stated outright that Delilah was her ''replacement''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': Mr. Cat mentions having an Oedipus Complex, but later gets over it with psychotherapy and decides that he never liked his mother.
* Tai Lung and Shifu of ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda''. Though never explicitly stated in the film (par for the course for this trope), both the {{Subtext}} and [[AllThereInTheManual information revealed elsewhere]] imply that by [[MeaningfulName naming Tai Lung "Dragon"]] and filling the snow leopard's head with dreams and fantasies about becoming the Dragon Warrior, Shifu was living vicariously through his son, trying to turn the foundling into what he was not and could never be. By the same token, it's fairly clear that aside from [[WellDoneSonGuy wanting to earn the red panda's pride and approval]], Tai Lung fully intended to prove himself Shifu's better and replace him, both at the Jade Palace and as the ultimate kung fu warrior in the valley.
* Clay from ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'', largely courtesy of the fact his mother spoiled him rotten and ignored his father to the point of leaving him to eat Clay's leftovers. His Oedipus Complex is played quite disgustingly in the episode [[RuleOfSymbolism Nesting]], in which [[spoiler:he has a High Octane NauseaFuel moment in which he imagines himself naked climbing the legs of a chicken--[[AnimalMotifs representing his mother]]--and bathing in the egg fluids. Also Miss Censordoll takes advantage of him, only adding more {{Squick}}]]. Clay's antagonism towards his father is also very intense.
** It's briefly implied that [[NotSoDifferent Bloberta]] might have had an Electra Complex herself. Her mother was very strict with her and showed ParentalFavoritism towards her siblings. When her [[HenpeckedHusband much more understanding father]] tried to "try" to help her, she says "I love you Daddy," then he looks notably uncomfortable and leaves.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Homer fears that Marge and Bart have fallen in love. Lisa brings up this term when talking to Homer.
* The ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "201" retcons "[[spoiler:Scott Tenorman Must Die]]" into this: [[spoiler:Eric Cartman kills his father without realizing it's his father. And fed his remains to his half-brother.]]