Playing With / My Beloved Smother

Basic Trope: A mother is a bit too controlling and has a hard time "cutting the apron strings" from their kids.
  • Straight: Alice dotes on her son Charlie a little too much.
  • Exaggerated: Alice constantly calls Charlie and meddles with his everyday life to make sure he is always comfortable.
  • Downplayed: Alice calls Charlie at least once a week, occasionally offering to do his laundry or asking if he's still single.
  • Justified:
    • Charlie is a really dependent person who needs attention and help from his parents even as he gets older.
    • Alice is the one who's really dependent and needs attention. Life wasn't kind to her, and now Charlie, her only child (or, perhaps, her only son - she doesn't care about daughters that much), is the only person in her life she can cling to.
  • Inverted:
  • Gender Flip:
  • Subverted:
    • Charlie complains about his mother's overbearing nature to everyone in earshot; when she finally appears, it's revealed he was exaggerating wildly and she's a perfectly normal mother.
    • The first time Charlie's friend Bob meets Alice she's asking Charlie whether he remembered to brush his teeth. Bob is briefly scandalized before Charlie lets out an exasperated, "Mom, that was one time!" and Alice laughs - turns out Alice is just teasing him and is just putting on a show to break the tension.
  • Double Subverted: ...Or at least, it seems that way, until she asks him if he washed behind his ears.
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged: Alice is a beloved smother, but realizes she needs to give her son some space. But when Charlie manages to make a mess she's overbearing again and the cycle repeats, ad nauseam...
  • Averted:
  • Enforced: The writer has encountered one of these species (which is, sadly or gladly, very much Truth in Television) and wants to show the problems that will ensue if the mother doesn't back down one day.
  • Lampshaded: "Isn't she a bit too watchful over her son?"
  • Invoked: Charlie is The Chosen One or is otherwise prophecised to have some kind of significant destiny; Alice smothers in in order to ensure that his destiny either comes to pass or is avoided.
  • Exploited: Bob gets Charlie to do something by talking Alice into telling him to do it.
  • Defied:
    • Alice's own mother smothered her, so she decides to focus on making her child comfortable, but not overbearing.
    • Demetra, Alice's old friend, after seeing everything in her family finally gives her an Anti-Smother Love Talk, which prompts Alice to loose her grip over Charlie,
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: "She better learn to cut those apron strings soon enough..."
  • Implied: Charlie leaves the room in a big hurry because his mom is calling him.
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed:
    • Alice comes to realize that she needs to give Charlie his own space to grow and develop; she lightens up and backs off a bit, becoming less overbearing and allowing Charlie to mend his friendships and romances. She remains quick to interfere, however.
    • After Alice dies, Charlie realizes how ungrateful he's been and dedicates his life to his own son.

And don't be late back to the main page! Mommy'll be missin' ya so much, and it's gonna be cold in the evening...
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