My character Niccolo has an uncle, Beni, who showers him with love and a father, Cosimo, who abuses him emotionally, but he always sides with his father and "Well Done, Son!" Guy
pretty much eats his life.
I'm not sure if this comes off as odd.
Beni, while being a man who adopts stray cats and gives candy (usually giant lollipops) to children, funds that by being a Mafia Underboss. Niccolo knows that since his father is the Boss. Though there isn't much proof that Beni would do ill to Niccolo as a child (Beni has no problem hurting adults).
Though Cosimo might just be incredibly clueless about parenting rather than actively out to get Niccolo because Cosimo's character history is peppered by getting homicidally-angry over violence committed or threatened against his family, including Niccolo. But Niccolo generally acts afraid of his father and is incredibly upset if his dad comes even close to being criticizing him. And it doesn't help that Cosimo will criticize Niccolo for things that aren't entirely his fault to start with. And Niccolo sometimes connects what looks like a petty offense with resulting in murder since he knows his dad is a criminal, but Cosimo doesn't show Niccolo everything he does.
Niccolo rationalizes why he likes his father despite his father's lousy treatment of him. He expresses that he wants to be like his father in terms of everyone being terrified of or respecting his mobster power. And since he worries so hard about what his father thinks of him, he might be afraid that caring for his uncle means his father would like him less. Cosimo and Beni don't get along beyond basic decency at best.
Does that make sense?