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* ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'': Katsuki Bakugou's family consists of him, a mother that's just as fierce as him and a relatively mellow father. Katsuki and his mom are always at each other's throats, which embarasses the dad. In any case, Katsuki's parents love him, but acknowledge his problematic, confrontational attitude.


* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' likes to create some cases that involve such a big, usually long-running and traditional family.



* Well, it certainly helps explain some things about Harley Quinn. In ''ComicBook/GothamCitySirens'' we learn that her father is a con-artist who abandoned his family to scheme older women out of their fortunes, her brother is a shiftless deadbeat with multiple kids from different mothers and no job, and her mother might be suffering from Manic/Depressive Bi-Polar disorder. One of the reasons Harleen Quinzel became a psychiatrist in the first place, which was the first step on her trip to becoming Harley Quinn, was to try and understand all the emotional trauma her family put themselves and each other through.



* Oliver Stone's ''Film/{{Alexander}}'': That of UsefulNotes/{{Alexander the Great}}. Based on [[RealLife Real Life]] events, though - it is documented the marriage of Philip II and Olympias was indeed [[RoyallyScrewedUp Royally Screwed Up]].



* The [[spoiler:Roberts]] family in ‘’Film/{{Scream}}’’. [[spoiler:Maureen Roberts was raped as an actress, and put the baby up for adoption, starting her own family with Neil Prescott. Years later, the child, named Roman Bridger, found his mother but she rejected him. Roman persuaded Billy Loomis, whose father was having an affair with Maureen, to murder her, [[Film/Scream1996 starting off]] [[Film/Scream2 two serial-killing sprees]]. Several years later, Roman tries [[Film/Scream3 to finish what he started by trying to murder Maureen’s daughter Sidney]]. He’s killed but it doesn’t end there. 15 years after the first killing spree, Sidney’s cousin Jill, who is the daughter of Maureen’s sister Kate, [[Film/Scream4 masterminds her own killing spree]], and murders her own mother during said spree]].
* The ongoing saga that is ''Franchise/StarWars'' has as its almost exclusive central focus the terribly screwed-up Skywalker family. Strength in the Force [[PlayedForDrama does not bring peace]]. The original trilogy was hard enough on them, and retconning away the EU literature and replacing it with ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' has [[SerialEscalation only accelerated things]].



* The Fields in Creator/BarbaraGowdy's ''Falling Angels''. Not played for laughs, though.
* George R. R. Martin's ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' is replete with screwed-up aristocratic families:
** The multi-generational mess that is House Lannister is straight out of Greek tragedy, complete with incest [[spoiler:and {{patricide}}]].
** Craster's [[IncestIsRelative family]]/[[CrazySurvivalist survivalist compound]] could be called the Branch Davidians of Westeros.
** Other dysfunctional families include: the Targaryens (being RoyallyScrewedUp certainly helps make sure very few can ever get along without HotBlooded fireworks), the Baratheons (too many stubborn [[{{Determinator}} Determinators]] married into competing [[BigScrewedUpFamily political blocs rather than just families]]), the Boltons ([[TheSociopath Sociopaths 'R' Us]]), the interrelated mess that is the [[FeudingFamilies Bracken-Blackwood or Blackwood-Bracken feud]], the Cleganes (CainAndAbel is the beating, black heart of the "dynamic"), the Freys (they run on plain DysfunctionJunction crossed with WeHaveReserves via a tangle of [[SmugSnake SmugSnakes]] and [[WickedWeasel weasels]]), the Greyjoys (DysfunctionJunction care of HotBlooded anti-intellectualism, [[RapePillageAndBurn trauma]], {{Pride}} and a heavy dose of [[TheSociopath sociopathic cruelty]]), the Karstarks (oh, boy: sheer {{Envy}} did a number there)... *gives up listing* OK -- you can count the actually ''functional'' families in this series on about one hand.
* The central branch of the Achike family from ''Literature/PurpleHibiscus''. Father is a religious maniac, Mother is [[DomesticAbuse regularly beaten]] but too frightened of him to say anything but still considers herself lucky to be his wife, daughter is almost mute from terror and only the eldest son recognizes that something is really very wrong. Or so it is at the beginning of the novel, anyway.
* The Trethowans from Robert Barnard's mystery novel ''Death by Sheer Torture''. The author bases them on the real-life family, the Mitfords.

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* The Fields in Creator/BarbaraGowdy's ''Falling Angels''. Not played for laughs, though.
* George R. R. Martin's ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' is replete with screwed-up aristocratic families:
** The multi-generational mess that is House Lannister is straight out of Greek tragedy, complete with incest [[spoiler:and {{patricide}}]].
** Craster's [[IncestIsRelative family]]/[[CrazySurvivalist survivalist compound]] could be called the Branch Davidians of Westeros.
** Other dysfunctional families include: the Targaryens (being RoyallyScrewedUp certainly helps make sure very few can ever get along without HotBlooded fireworks), the Baratheons (too many stubborn [[{{Determinator}} Determinators]] married into competing [[BigScrewedUpFamily political blocs rather than just families]]), the Boltons ([[TheSociopath Sociopaths 'R' Us]]), the interrelated mess that is the [[FeudingFamilies Bracken-Blackwood or Blackwood-Bracken feud]], the Cleganes (CainAndAbel is the beating, black heart of the "dynamic"), the Freys (they run on plain DysfunctionJunction crossed with WeHaveReserves via a tangle of [[SmugSnake SmugSnakes]] and [[WickedWeasel weasels]]), the Greyjoys (DysfunctionJunction care of HotBlooded anti-intellectualism, [[RapePillageAndBurn trauma]], {{Pride}} and a heavy dose of [[TheSociopath sociopathic cruelty]]), the Karstarks (oh, boy: sheer {{Envy}} did a number there)... *gives up listing* OK -- you can count the actually ''functional'' families in this series on about one hand.
* The central branch of the Achike family from ''Literature/PurpleHibiscus''. Father is a religious maniac, Mother is [[DomesticAbuse regularly beaten]] but too frightened of him to say anything but still considers herself lucky to be his wife, daughter is almost mute from terror and only the eldest son recognizes that something is really very wrong. Or so it is at the beginning of the novel, anyway.
%% Administrivia/ZeroContextExample * The Trethowans from Robert Barnard's mystery novel ''Death by Sheer Torture''. The author bases them on the real-life family, the Mitfords.



* The five Dunbar brothers from ''Literature/TheBridgeOfClay''. Their mother has died, their father has left them and they are left to their own devices, even though the oldest one, [[{{Narrator}} Matthew]], is barely 18 at that time.
* Deconstructed with Prince Hans of the Southern Isles' family in ''Literature/AFrozenHeart'', a TieInNovel to the Creator/{{Disney}} animated film ''Disney/{{Frozen}}''. The book portrays Hans' family as a RoyallyScrewedUp family full of arrogant royals, an EvilPatriarch who encourages his thirteen sons to violently torment each other as part of his SocialDarwinist philosophy, and women who [[LadyDrunk drink a lot]] to cope. Most of Hans' older brothers end up becoming borderline sociopaths, [[BigBrotherBully bullying]] Hans at every opportunity for not conforming to their standards. With such experiences, Hans [[EvilCannotComprehendGood assumes]] LoveIsAWeakness and one must be devoid of it in order to survive in what he thinks is a CrapsackWorld. Due to the king's corrosive influence, some of his 13 sons develop serious mental health issues such as a LackOfEmpathy, [[{{Manchild}} immaturity]], and WellDoneSonGuy tendencies.

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%% Administrivia/ZeroContextExample * The five Dunbar brothers from ''Literature/TheBridgeOfClay''. Their mother has died, their father has left them and they are left to their own devices, even though the oldest one, [[{{Narrator}} Matthew]], is barely 18 at that time.
* Deconstructed with Prince Hans of the Southern Isles' family in ''Literature/AFrozenHeart'', a TieInNovel to the Creator/{{Disney}} animated film ''Disney/{{Frozen}}''. The book portrays Hans' family as a RoyallyScrewedUp family full of arrogant royals, an EvilPatriarch who encourages his thirteen sons to violently torment each other as part of his SocialDarwinist philosophy, and women who [[LadyDrunk drink a lot]] to cope. Most of Hans' older brothers end up becoming borderline sociopaths, [[BigBrotherBully bullying]] Hans at every opportunity for not conforming to their standards. With such experiences, Hans [[EvilCannotComprehendGood assumes]] LoveIsAWeakness and one must be devoid of it in order to survive in what he thinks is a CrapsackWorld. Due to the king's corrosive influence, some of his 13 sons develop serious mental health issues such as a LackOfEmpathy, [[{{Manchild}} immaturity]], and WellDoneSonGuy tendencies.
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* The Crane family from ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' is a mild version (seeing as they are as close-knit as they are combative), with the "children" starting as adults in their late 30s. Their dysfunction is exacerbated at the beginning by the fact that the family's late matriarch Hester Crane was the lynchpin that held her sons and her husband together, and Frasier and Niles' SiblingTeam dynamic had been put on hold during Frasier's [[Series/{{Cheers}} decade-long absence.]] One of the show's underlying story arcs, especially in the first couple of seasons, involves Frasier and Niles rebuilding a close relationship with their father in the absence of their mother to facilitate things.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Every family to some degree, but particularly the Lannisters, the Targaryens, and the Freys. Each member of the Lannisters has their own issues with themselves and each other. Their patriarch Tywin is a conservative and domineering man who reduces his children to pawns, yet they all desperately seek his approval. Jaime is a JadedWashout burdened with ConflictingLoyalty despite his prodigious talent, Cersei is resentful of her own gender for hampering her ambition, and Tyrion is heavy-drinking and resentful and gets grief from both family and Westerosi society for being a dwarf. Aside from the {{Twincest}} between Cersei and Jaime, only Tyrion and Jaime get along; the only thing keeping the family together is their shared disdain for everyone else and their TeethClenchedTeamwork against them. Naturally, things fall apart when their enemies have apparently all been defeated. Tywin and Cersei also blame Tyrion for their wife/mother dying while giving birth to him. In fact, the Starks are the more close to a happy family in the story, at least at first, and even they had internal tensions over patriarch Eddard (Ned) forcing his wife Catelyn to put up with raising his (supposed) bastard Jon Snow alongside the trueborn children... [[spoiler:after the Starks are decimated from the political scene with only the children surviving but separated,]] House Tyrell takes the stage as the most prominent ''stable'' family, unlike the aforementioned clans.
** The Greyjoys are another notable example. Balon despises and abuses his son Theon and favours his daughter Yara. Yara bullies Theon, but is surprisingly protective of him when after Theon is castrated, in the Season 3 finale, Balon basically declares he wouldn't piss on Theon if he were burning. They are turning into an EnemyCivilWar after the Kingsmoot in mid-Season 6. Euron is crowned king and promptly orders the deaths of his niece and nephew who stood against him in the election, but they flee with a sizable portion of the fleet which is still loyal to them. As of the most recent novel, it hasn't turned into an outright civil war yet but is on the verge of doing so. Victarion (cut from the show) is sent east with the Iron Fleet but plans to later turn it against Euron — in the show Yara takes his place but openly takes the Iron Fleet. In the books Yara only flees with her own ship back to Deepwood Motte, where she only commands about 200 men, who are soon destroyed by Stannis while she is captured. As in the show, Euron controls the Iron Islands themselves and most of their forces, though privately several major Houses have grown fearful of him and regret that Yara didn't win. They don't speak up because Euron outright executed Lord Blacktyde for vocally supporting Yara at the election. Meanwhile, the Drowned priests absolutely ''loathe'' Euron and are actively planning to raise an insurrection among the smallfolk of the islands against him. {{Subverted}} insomuch as at least Yara and Theon give a shit about each other, despite starting out on antagonistic terms, and they eventually manage to mend their relationship.

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* The Crane family from ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' is a mild version (seeing as they are as close-knit as they are combative), with the "children" starting as adults in their late 30s. Their dysfunction is exacerbated at the beginning by the fact that the family's late matriarch Hester Crane was the lynchpin that held her sons and her husband together, and Frasier and Niles' SiblingTeam dynamic had been put on hold during Frasier's [[Series/{{Cheers}} decade-long absence.]] One of the show's underlying story arcs, especially in the first couple of seasons, involves Frasier and Niles rebuilding a close relationship with their father in the absence of their mother to facilitate things.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Every family to some degree, but particularly the Lannisters, the Targaryens, and the Freys. Each member of the Lannisters has their own issues with themselves and each other. Their patriarch Tywin is a conservative and domineering man who reduces his children to pawns, yet they all desperately seek his approval. Jaime is a JadedWashout burdened with ConflictingLoyalty despite his prodigious talent, Cersei is resentful of her own gender for hampering her ambition, and Tyrion is heavy-drinking and resentful and gets grief from both family and Westerosi society for being a dwarf. Aside from the {{Twincest}} between Cersei and Jaime, only Tyrion and Jaime get along; the only thing keeping the family together is their shared disdain for everyone else and their TeethClenchedTeamwork against them. Naturally, things fall apart when their enemies have apparently all been defeated. Tywin and Cersei also blame Tyrion for their wife/mother dying while giving birth to him. In fact, the Starks are the more close to a happy family in the story, at least at first, and even they had internal tensions over patriarch Eddard (Ned) forcing his wife Catelyn to put up with raising his (supposed) bastard Jon Snow alongside the trueborn children... [[spoiler:after the Starks are decimated from the political scene with only the children surviving but separated,]] House Tyrell takes the stage as the most prominent ''stable'' family, unlike the aforementioned clans.
** The Greyjoys are another notable example. Balon despises and abuses his son Theon and favours his daughter Yara. Yara bullies Theon, but is surprisingly protective of him when after Theon is castrated, in the Season 3 finale, Balon basically declares he wouldn't piss on Theon if he were burning. They are turning into an EnemyCivilWar after the Kingsmoot in mid-Season 6. Euron is crowned king and promptly orders the deaths of his niece and nephew who stood against him in the election, but they flee with a sizable portion of the fleet which is still loyal to them. As of the most recent novel, it hasn't turned into an outright civil war yet but is on the verge of doing so. Victarion (cut from the show) is sent east with the Iron Fleet but plans to later turn it against Euron — in the show Yara takes his place but openly takes the Iron Fleet. In the books Yara only flees with her own ship back to Deepwood Motte, where she only commands about 200 men, who are soon destroyed by Stannis while she is captured. As in the show, Euron controls the Iron Islands themselves and most of their forces, though privately several major Houses have grown fearful of him and regret that Yara didn't win. They don't speak up because Euron outright executed Lord Blacktyde for vocally supporting Yara at the election. Meanwhile, the Drowned priests absolutely ''loathe'' Euron and are actively planning to raise an insurrection among the smallfolk of the islands against him. {{Subverted}} insomuch as at least Yara and Theon give a shit about each other, despite starting out on antagonistic terms, and they eventually manage to mend their relationship.
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* Anton Chekhov's ''Theatre/TheSeagull'' lives and breathes on this trope.



* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' has this with Elan, his EvilTwin Nale, and their also evil father Tarquin who raised Nale after divorcing Elan's mother. Elan is a Chaotic Good bard who likes his role as support, Nale is an egotistical villain with complexity addiction, and Tarquin takes being Genre Savvy to the level of outright treating people like characters in a story who can be replaced. This means Tarquin is a control freak who wants to tell the greatest story ever with himself as the villain, Nale wants to usurp his father since he doesn't care for storytelling tropes, and Elan deeply wishes they could all just get along despite knowing that there's little to no chance of it. In the end it [[spoiler: leads to Nale's death at Tarquin's hands and Elan eventually rejecting his father entirely in a ''weaponized anti-climax'' as the only thing that would hurt Tarquin as much as Nale's death hurt Elan.]]


** The Griffins (Family Guy) started out as a more traditional sitcom setup in the style of The Simpsons, but eventually degenerated into the darkest form of this trope. Peter Griffin (originally a sexist BumblingDad) is a PsychopathicManchild who combines low intelligence and massive emotional immaturity with a dangerous lack of common sense. Lois Griffin is a neglectful, shrewish housewife who can't control her husbands behavior. Chris Griffin, like his father, is a FatIdiot who shows glaring warning signs of psychopathy. Meg Griffin is the ButtMonkey of the entire family, if not the whole town. It's telling that the best adjusted members of the family are the one-year-old EnfantTerrible Stewie (who's a murderer a dozen times over) and KnowNothingKnowItAll FunnyAnimal Brian, who are able to rely on each other for emotional support.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}''. Here, the central character's family, the Morgendorffers, are seemingly screwed up; but the family of Daria's best friend - the Lanes - is far worse, to the point that they're the former {{Trope Namer}}s for HandsOffParenting.
** ''Daria'' doesn't so much have dysfunctional families as it technically has a few families that might, under a generous reading, count as functional. The issues the Morgendorffers have, at least in part, derive from the somewhat messed-up nature of their parents' own families; Brittany has a stepmother who doesn't really "mother" and a father who spoils her and is dismissive of her younger brother, who's kind of a budding serial killer; Jodie's parents are extremely pushy and don't let her relax much; even relatively minor characters like Mr [=DeMartino=] have have histories involving bad parenting from screwed-up people.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': While most of the families in South Park has some measure of problems, by far the worst are Kenny and Cartman's families. Kenny's parents are both unemployed alcoholics who constantly emotionally and physically abuse each other (though they dont generally target their kids), and their three children are forced to rely on each other for support. They've been taken by social services at least once. Cartman is the BastardBastard son of a Denver Broncos player, and lives with his enabling doormat of a mother, who's lax parenting has resulted in her son becoming a full-blown sociopath by age 10.

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** The Griffins (Family Guy) started out as a more traditional sitcom setup in the style of The Simpsons, but eventually degenerated into the [[BigScrewedUpFamily darkest form of this trope.trope]]. Peter Griffin (originally a sexist BumblingDad) is a PsychopathicManchild who combines low intelligence and massive emotional immaturity with a dangerous lack of common sense. Lois Griffin is a neglectful, shrewish housewife who can't control her husbands behavior. Chris Griffin, like his father, is a FatIdiot who shows glaring warning signs of psychopathy. Meg Griffin is the ButtMonkey of the entire family, if not the whole town. It's telling that the best adjusted members of the family are the one-year-old EnfantTerrible Stewie (who's a murderer a dozen times over) and KnowNothingKnowItAll FunnyAnimal Brian, who are able to rely on each other for emotional support.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}''. Here, the central character's family, the Morgendorffers, are seemingly screwed up; but the family of Daria's best friend - the Lanes - is far worse, to the point that they're the former {{Trope Namer}}s for HandsOffParenting.
** ''Daria''
''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' doesn't so much have dysfunctional families as it technically has a few families that might, under a generous reading, count as functional. The issues the Morgendorffers have, at least in part, derive from the somewhat messed-up nature of their parents' own families; Brittany has a stepmother who doesn't really "mother" and a father who spoils her and is dismissive of her younger brother, who's kind of a budding serial killer; Jodie's parents are extremely pushy and don't let her relax much; even relatively minor characters like Mr [=DeMartino=] have have histories involving bad parenting from screwed-up people.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': While most of the families in South Park has some measure of problems, by far the worst are Kenny and Cartman's families. Kenny's parents are both unemployed alcoholics who constantly emotionally and physically abuse each other (though they dont generally target their kids), and their three children are forced to rely on each other for support. They've been taken by social services at least once. Cartman is the BastardBastard son of a Denver Broncos player, and lives with his enabling doormat of a mother, who's lax parenting has resulted in her son becoming a full-blown sociopath by age 10. The only they're on this page is due to ''South Park'' being satire.



** Korra's parents kept her confined to a compound for most of her life (due to terrorists wanting to kidnap and kill her in infancy, but she was kept there even after they were arrested), Asami's father never got over the death of his wife (killed by a firebender, meaning he looks on Mako with more than a little suspicion), Mako and Bolin's parents are dead, Amon's father forced him and his brother to learn bloodbending... Until Zuko reappeared in season 3, the fandom joked that ''Unalaq'' (the villain of season 2) was [[ExpectationLowerer the best father on the show]] (and he's a seriously messed-up case of AmbitionIsEvil whose children are CreepyTwins with boundary issues).



* The [=DeFaults=] in ''WesternAnimation/RobotAndMonster'' are a rich family example.
* The Petes on ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' consist of a father who [[ParentalFavoritism abuses one child while spoiling the other]] when he's not neglecting both of them (Pete), a mother who is usually yelling at her husband and daughter (Peg), a son who is emotionally damaged, disillusioned with his father, and impatient to leave home (PJ), and a BrattyHalfPint daughter who gets on everyone's nerves (Pistol). They are the {{foil}} family for the main QuirkyHousehold from whom the show takes its name, and when PJ is in focus (and occasionally when he's not) it's portrayed more as a BigScrewedUpFamily.

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* The [=DeFaults=] in ''WesternAnimation/RobotAndMonster'' are a rich family example.
* The Petes on ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' consist of a father who [[ParentalFavoritism abuses one child while spoiling the other]] when he's not neglecting both of them (Pete), a mother who is usually yelling at her husband and daughter (Peg), a son who is emotionally damaged, disillusioned with his father, and impatient to leave home (PJ), and a BrattyHalfPint daughter who gets on everyone's nerves (Pistol). They are the {{foil}} family for the main QuirkyHousehold from whom the show takes its name, and when PJ is in focus (and occasionally when he's not) not), it's portrayed more as a BigScrewedUpFamily.



* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': [[MadScientist Heinz Doofenshmirtz]] lived with two generations of a dysfunctional family (the first was a severe case, the second was more mild though), which gives him a FreudianExcuse for his evil plans. He was [[HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood raised]] by emotionally [[AbusiveParents abusive]] and [[ParentalNeglect neglectful]] parents who eventually [[ParentalAbandonment abandoned]] him to [[RaisedByWolves live with wild animals]], while having a [[SiblingRivalry bitter jealousy]] of his [[ParentalFavoritism more favored brother]]. He is currently divorced from his former wife (although they [[AmicableExes don't seem to resent each other]]), and he has an [[AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents uneasy relationship]] with his daughter (though fortunately she gradually warms up to him).

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* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': [[MadScientist Heinz Doofenshmirtz]] lived with two generations of a dysfunctional family (the first was a severe case, the second was more mild though), which gives him a FreudianExcuse for his evil plans. He was [[HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood raised]] by emotionally [[AbusiveParents abusive]] and [[ParentalNeglect neglectful]] parents who eventually [[ParentalAbandonment abandoned]] him to [[RaisedByWolves live with wild animals]], while having a [[SiblingRivalry bitter jealousy]] of his [[ParentalFavoritism more favored brother]].brother]] (all PlayedForLaughs). He is currently divorced from his former wife (although they [[AmicableExes don't seem to resent each other]]), and he has an [[AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents uneasy relationship]] with his daughter (though fortunately she gradually warms up to him).



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': Mr. Cat's family, apparently. It's hinted at several times in the series that he has a FreudianExcuse for his AxCrazy behavior and {{Sadis|t}}m.
-->'''Mr. Cat:''' [[AlcoholicParent Papa drank]], [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Mama screamed]], [[BigBrotherBully my brothers beat me up]]...


* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': The Fire Nation royal family. Fire Lord Ozai is the BigBad of the first series, and is an OmnicidalManiac warlord who's continuing his family's policy of active genocide across the entire planet. He has raised his children to be as bad as he is, resulting in his daughter Azula becoming a very powerful sociopath [[spoiler: whose perfectionism and inability to socialize eventually lead to her having a mental breakdown]], and his son a WellDoneSonGuy obsessed flop. Ozai also horrifically scarred his sons face for talking back to him, and banished their mother from the capital city, preventing her from having any positive influence on the children at all.


See also BigScrewedUpFamily, who are more numerous, more dysfunctional, and not (usually) PlayedForLaughs.

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See also BigScrewedUpFamily, who are more numerous, even more dysfunctional, and not (usually) PlayedForLaughs.


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* ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'': The Belchers are composed of Tina, the [[NoSocialSkills socially-awkward]], [[AllWomenAreLustful boy-crazy]] teenage daughter; Gene, the [[NoIndoorVoice loud]] and [[CloudCuckoolander eccentric]] middle child; Louise, the [[TheGadfly mischievous]] and [[HeroicComedicSociopath somewhat sociopathic]] youngest daughter; Linda, the [[MyBelovedSmother doting]], [[LargeHam enthusiastic]], and [[TheAlcoholic occasionally drunk]] mother; and Bob, the family patriarch and StraightMan who's [[NotSoAboveItAll not without his own quirks and obsessions]]. They love each other, but also drive each other up the wall to various degrees.


The entire premise for many {{Dom Com}}s is that the lead characters are a family of maladjusted people who generally don't get along. Usually they consist of a JadedWashout and/or BumblingDad father, a mother who is either a [[WomenAreWiser paragon of common sense]] and efficiency or a repulsive harridan (or both, a la ''Series/{{Roseanne}}''), and two-four kids who are unhappy, dislike each other, and resent at least one of their parents. Also, the father and his mother-in-law tend to hate each other. The family is generally [[LowerClassLout fairly poor]], although not always — ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' is about a large, rich dysfunctional family. And even they won't remain wealthy. (It was seized by the government.)

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The entire premise for many {{Dom Com}}s is that the lead characters are a family of maladjusted people who generally don't get along. Usually they consist of a JadedWashout and/or BumblingDad father, a mother who is either a [[WomenAreWiser paragon of common sense]] and efficiency or a repulsive harridan (or both, a la ''Series/{{Roseanne}}''), and two-four kids who are unhappy, dislike each other, and [[HatesTheirParent resent at least one of their parents. parents.]] Also, the father and his mother-in-law tend to hate each other. The family is generally [[LowerClassLout fairly poor]], although not always — ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' is about a large, rich dysfunctional family. And even they won't remain wealthy. (It was seized by the government.)


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The entire premise for many {{Dom Com}}s is that the lead characters are a family of maladjusted people who generally don't get along. Usually they consist of a JadedWashout and/or BumblingDad father, a mother who is either a [[WomenAreWiser paragon of common sense]] and efficiency or a repulsive harridan (or both, a la ''Series/{{Roseanne}}''), and two-four kids who are unhappy, dislike each other, and resent at least one of their parents. Also, the father and his mother-in-law tend to hate each other. The family is generally [[LowerClassLout fairly poor]], although not always--''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' is about a large, rich dysfunctional family. And even they won't remain wealthy. (It was seized by the Government)

Don't get them wrong, though; for all the family arguments, the typical dysfunctional family never engages in actual abusive behavior--any that did would [[DudeNotFunny immediately lose all audience sympathy]]. Furthermore, when the family is facing a major problem from outside, they will generally pull together to face it. Dysfunctional Families may not get along, but they rarely actually ''loathe'' each other, and often receive AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther moments.

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The entire premise for many {{Dom Com}}s is that the lead characters are a family of maladjusted people who generally don't get along. Usually they consist of a JadedWashout and/or BumblingDad father, a mother who is either a [[WomenAreWiser paragon of common sense]] and efficiency or a repulsive harridan (or both, a la ''Series/{{Roseanne}}''), and two-four kids who are unhappy, dislike each other, and resent at least one of their parents. Also, the father and his mother-in-law tend to hate each other. The family is generally [[LowerClassLout fairly poor]], although not always--''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' always — ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' is about a large, rich dysfunctional family. And even they won't remain wealthy. (It was seized by the Government)

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Don't get them wrong, though; for all the family arguments, the typical dysfunctional family never engages in actual abusive behavior--any behavior — any that did would [[DudeNotFunny immediately lose all audience sympathy]]. Furthermore, when the family is facing a major problem from outside, they will generally pull together to face it. Dysfunctional Families may not get along, but they rarely actually ''loathe'' each other, and often receive AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther moments.



Contrast with QuirkyHousehold, where the people are merely ''weird'', but generally happy--indeed, more happy than more conventional households. If a family member makes friends who they understandably prefer to the family, they'll probably mutter that FriendsAreChosenFamilyArent.

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Contrast with QuirkyHousehold, where the people are merely ''weird'', but generally happy--indeed, happy — indeed, more happy than more conventional households. If a family member makes friends who they understandably prefer to the family, they'll probably mutter that FriendsAreChosenFamilyArent.



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* The Moody family of ''Series/AMoodyChristmas'' fits this trope.
* The Cryers, the Youngs, and the Harringtons in ''Series/TheHavesAndTheHaveNots'' ''definitely'' qualify.

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* %%* The Cryers, the Youngs, and the Harringtons in ''Series/TheHavesAndTheHaveNots'' ''definitely'' qualify.



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** Hephaestus, Aphrodite, and Eros.

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** Seventy years later, most of the original Gaang has a more realistic, ParentsAsPeople-based version of this. Aang unknowingly favored his airbending son Tenzin over his other two kids (partly out of necessity as Tenzin would have to guide all future airbenders), Toph couldn't bring herself to discipline her kids (having been raised by overprotective parents) leading to one joining a gang and the other becoming an uptight jerk who never knew who her father was, Sokka doesn't seem to have started a family, and only Zuko's daughter seems to not be carrying any lingering luggage from her childhood. That being said, ''unlike'' the Fire Nation Royal family, it was still very clear that they all loved all of their children and all of said children still carry fond memories of their parents as well.

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** Seventy years later, most of the original Gaang has a more realistic, downplayed ParentsAsPeople-based version of this. Aang unknowingly favored his airbending son Tenzin over his other two kids (partly out of necessity as Tenzin would have to guide all future airbenders), Toph couldn't bring herself to discipline her kids (having been raised by overprotective parents) leading to one joining a gang and the other becoming an uptight jerk who never knew who her father was, Sokka doesn't seem to have started a family, and only Zuko's daughter seems to not be carrying any lingering luggage from her childhood. That being said, ''unlike'' the Fire Nation Royal family, it was still very clear that they all loved all of their children and all of said children grew up to be functional halthy adults who still carry fond memories of their parents as well.


* The Gosselins of ''LiveActionTV/Jon&KatePlusEight''. Things started to go downhill when the titular Jon and Kate split up. After the show was canceled, the family was financially ruined, things are still bitter between Jon and Kate, and reportedly the kids have been acting out ever since.

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* The Gosselins of ''LiveActionTV/Jon&KatePlusEight''. Jon and Kate Plus Eight. Things started to go downhill when the titular Jon and Kate split up. up in 2009. After the show was canceled, officially canceled in 2017, the family was financially ruined, things are still bitter between Jon and Kate, and reportedly the kids have been acting out ever since.


* The Gosselins of ''Series/Jon&KatePlusEight''. Things started to go downhill when the titular Jon and Kate split up. After the show was canceled, the family was financially ruined, things are still bitter between Jon and Kate, and reportedly the kids have been acting out ever since.

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* The Gosselins of ''Series/Jon&KatePlusEight''.''LiveActionTV/Jon&KatePlusEight''. Things started to go downhill when the titular Jon and Kate split up. After the show was canceled, the family was financially ruined, things are still bitter between Jon and Kate, and reportedly the kids have been acting out ever since.

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