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This is a case when a villainous case of MyBelovedSmother uses her son as a pawn and an accomplice to further her own ambitions. Maybe he's a ManchurianAgent whom she aims to get into a position of power so that [[MotherMakesYouKing she can wield power with him as her puppet]] or maybe she just treats him as a standard {{Mook}} in her criminal plans. Or maybe he's her [[TheDragon Dragon]]. The son himself may be a weak-willed and not particularly evil individual who goes along with his mothers twisted machinations out of a sense of loyalty to her, combined with love and fear or maybe he's a willing participant. In some cases he's a DragonWithAnAgenda whose [[ServileSnarker snarkiness]] towards his mother indicates that he's planning on becoming TheStarscream and maybe even a SelfMadeOrphan! Or he may pull a HeelFaceTurn. As for the mother, domineering as she is, she may absolutely dote over her son or [[YouFool verbally abuse him]] and [[AbusiveParents put him down at every turn]]. Or a mixture of both. In any case, VillainousIncest is all too frequently a [[IncestSubtext subtext]] here, making this a particularly {{Squick}}y trope and a frequent source of NightmareFuel. It also commonly overlaps with ExtremelyProtectiveChild, when the son will do ''anything'' to protect his mother.

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This is a case when a villainous case of MyBelovedSmother uses her son as a pawn and an accomplice to further her own ambitions. Maybe he's a ManchurianAgent whom she aims to get into a position of power so that [[MotherMakesYouKing she can wield power with him as her puppet]] or maybe she just treats him as a standard {{Mook}} in her criminal plans. Or maybe he's her [[TheDragon Dragon]]. The son himself may be a weak-willed and not particularly evil individual who goes along with his mothers twisted machinations out of a sense of loyalty to her, combined with love [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas love]] and fear or maybe he's a willing participant. In some cases he's a DragonWithAnAgenda whose [[ServileSnarker snarkiness]] towards his mother indicates that he's planning on becoming TheStarscream and maybe even a SelfMadeOrphan! Or he may pull a HeelFaceTurn. As for the mother, domineering as she is, she may absolutely dote over her son or [[YouFool verbally abuse him]] and [[AbusiveParents put him down at every turn]]. Or a mixture of both. In any case, VillainousIncest is all too frequently a [[IncestSubtext subtext]] here, making this a particularly {{Squick}}y {{squick}}y trope and a frequent source of NightmareFuel. It also commonly overlaps with ExtremelyProtectiveChild, when the son will do ''anything'' to protect his mother.



* In ''Fanfic/DeadlyNightshade'', Poison Ivy's idea of family bonding is letting her son participate to her eco-terrorism campaign. Note that the preteen boy is a willing and enthusiastic accomplice, something that the boy's father really doesn't like. Besides that, they're shown to have nothing but a loving, healthy relationship.

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* In ''Fanfic/DeadlyNightshade'', Poison Ivy's idea of family bonding is letting her son participate to her eco-terrorism campaign. Note that the preteen boy is a willing and enthusiastic accomplice, something that the boy's father really doesn't like. Besides that, they're shown to have nothing but a [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes loving, healthy relationship.relationship]].



* ''{{Literature/Redwall}}'': In ''Taggerung'', Antigra is obsessed with the idea of her son Gruven being the titular Taggerung (a prophesied warrior meant to be TheAce). Unfortunately, Gruven is an utter dumbass lacking the wit, strength and skill to be even a competent vermin leader (and would have no drive at all if it wasn't for his mother's ambitions).

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* ''{{Literature/Redwall}}'': ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'': In ''Taggerung'', Antigra is obsessed with the idea of her son Gruven being the titular Taggerung (a prophesied warrior meant to be TheAce). Unfortunately, Gruven is an utter dumbass lacking the wit, strength and skill to be even a competent vermin leader (and would have no drive at all if it wasn't for his mother's ambitions).



* ''Series/LawandOrder'' and its spinoffs have many examples:

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* ''VideoGame/WildArms1'' takes this to a rather disturbing level. Zeikfried revives Mother out of a sense of loyalty and duty towards her but [[spoiler: quickly rethinks this decision when she reveals she intends to destroy him as well the world. Zeikfried then betrays her by helping the heroes get the Tear Drop back and urging them to destroy her as soon as possible. But then the game brings in the [[NightmareFuel Nightmare Fuel]] by having Mother [[DevourTheDragon eat him alive and take over his body]]. The penultimate boss is the two of them fused as one entity.]]
** ''VideoGame/WildArmsMillionMemories'' does the same but greatly tones it down. [[spoiler: This time Zeikfried openly betrays Mother with the final chapter opening with him and Rudy fighting to take her down, and a ''huge'' argument between mother and son.]]

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* In ''Fanfic/DeadlyNightshade'', Poison Ivy's idea of family bonding is letting her son participate to her eco-terrorism campaign. Note that the preteen boy is a willing and enthusiastic accomplice, something that the boy's father really doesn't like. Besides that, they're shown to have nothing but a loving, healthy relationship.
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* ''Series/MagnificentCenturyKosem'': Played with Halime and her children. Nominally, her goal is to [[MotherMakesYouAKing make her son Mustafa a sultan]], however, he is unable to help her in any way because of his mental illness and even when he becomes a ruler, he's basically her puppet. Halime is instead helped by her daughter princess Dilruba and Dilruba's husband Davud pasha.

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* ''Series/MagnificentCenturyKosem'': Played with Halime and her children. Nominally, her goal is to [[MotherMakesYouAKing [[MotherMakesYouKing make her son Mustafa a sultan]], however, he is unable to help her in any way because of his mental illness and even when he becomes a ruler, he's basically her puppet. Halime is instead helped by her daughter princess Dilruba and Dilruba's husband Davud pasha.


* ''Series/MagnificentCenturyKösem'': Played with Halime and her children. Nominally, her goal is to [[MotherMakesYouAKing make her son Mustafa a sultan]], however, he is unable to help her in any way because of his mental illness and even when he becomes a ruler, he's basically her puppet. Halime is instead helped by her daughter princess Dilruba and Dilruba's husband Davud pasha.

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* ''Series/MagnificentCenturyKösem'': ''Series/MagnificentCenturyKosem'': Played with Halime and her children. Nominally, her goal is to [[MotherMakesYouAKing make her son Mustafa a sultan]], however, he is unable to help her in any way because of his mental illness and even when he becomes a ruler, he's basically her puppet. Halime is instead helped by her daughter princess Dilruba and Dilruba's husband Davud pasha.


* ''{{Literature/Redwall}}'': In ''Taggerung'', Antigra is obsessed with the idea of her son Gruven being the titular Taggerung (a prophesied warrior meant to be TheAce). Unfortunately, Gruven is an utter dumbass lacking the wit, strength and skill to be even a competent vermin leader (and would have no drive at all if it wasn't for his mother's ambitions).



* Myth/ArthurianLegend: Morgana le Fay is often depicted as the mother of Mordred, raising him to kill King Arthur and usurp his throne in revenge on Arthur's father for killing her father and seducing her mother.

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* Myth/ArthurianLegend: Morgana le Fay is often depicted as the mother of Mordred, raising him to kill King Arthur and usurp his throne in revenge on Arthur's father for killing her father and seducing her mother.mother (and in some versions, she and Arthur are siblings!).

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* ''Series/MagnificentCenturyKösem'': Played with Halime and her children. Nominally, her goal is to [[MotherMakesYouAKing make her son Mustafa a sultan]], however, he is unable to help her in any way because of his mental illness and even when he becomes a ruler, he's basically her puppet. Halime is instead helped by her daughter princess Dilruba and Dilruba's husband Davud pasha.

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* In ''VisualNovel/SablesGrimoire: Man and Elf'', the dark elf Meave and her son Hagan are partners in crime. Hagan is just a child and doesnít want to do bad things or hurt anybody, but he goes along with his motherís schemes out of a desire to please her. Meave doesnít care what Hagan wants and will MindControl him if he objects to her commands even slightly.


* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queen Cersei Lannister]] is a very ambitious and cunning woman [[MamaBear who holds her children very dearly]] particularly with her eldest son, Joffrey, who has shown signs of being a narcissist and sociopath. After [[TheCaligula Joffrey]] becomes King of Westeros, Cersei doesn't care about the abuses that her son made during his reign as long as he holds in the Iron Throne regardless what their opponents say about his parentage and her incestuous affair with her twin brother, Jaime.[[spoiler: When Joffrey was poisoned during his wedding, she becomes very paranoid of the people around her to the point of attempting to control her youngest son, Tommen, after he becomes king only to be very disappointed that he's nothing like his abusive older brother]].

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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queen Cersei Lannister]] is a very ambitious and cunning woman [[MamaBear who holds her children very dearly]] particularly with her eldest son, Joffrey, who has shown signs of being a narcissist and sociopath. After [[TheCaligula Joffrey]] becomes King of Westeros, Cersei doesn't care about the abuses that her son made during his reign as long as he holds in the Iron Throne regardless what their opponents say about his parentage and her incestuous affair with her twin brother, Jaime.[[spoiler: When [[spoiler:When Joffrey was poisoned during his wedding, she becomes very paranoid of the people around her to the point of attempting to control her youngest son, Tommen, after he becomes king only to be very disappointed that he's nothing like his abusive older brother]].


* ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'': James Darmody teams up with his (very young) mother Gillian in their plot to take over Atlantic City from Nucky Thompson in season 2. The Darmody family history is ''very'' sordid and tragic. Gillian was [[RapeAsDrama pimped out as an innocent teenage girl]] to the Commodore by Nucky, resulting in [[ChildByRape Jimmy's conception]]. Gillian herself would later initiate a sexual encounter with Jimmy during a drunken night at his college. To complete the entire Oedipal drama, Gillian egged him on to kill both the Commodore, Jimmy's biological father, as well as Nucky, Jimmy's adopted father figure.

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* ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'': James Jimmy Darmody teams up with his (very young) mother Gillian in their plot to take over Atlantic City from Nucky Thompson in season 2. The Darmody family history is ''very'' sordid and tragic. Gillian was [[RapeAsDrama pimped out as an innocent teenage girl]] to the Commodore by Nucky, resulting in [[ChildByRape Jimmy's conception]]. Gillian herself would later initiate a sexual encounter with Jimmy during a drunken night at his college. To complete the entire Oedipal drama, Gillian egged eggs him on to kill both the Commodore, Jimmy's biological father, as well as Nucky, Jimmy's adopted father figure.


Subtrope of MyBelovedSmother and EvilMatriarch. Overlaps with AbusiveParents and TheFamilyThatSlaysTogether. SpearCounterpart to DaddysLittleVillain. Often coincides with EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas, although as stated above, their relationship may also be one of (mutual) hatred or distrust.

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Subtrope of MyBelovedSmother and EvilMatriarch. Overlaps with AbusiveParents and TheFamilyThatSlaysTogether. SpearCounterpart to DaddysLittleVillain. Often coincides with EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas, although as stated above, their relationship may also be one of (mutual) hatred or distrust.
TheFamilyThatSlaysTogether.

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* ''Film/BadBoysForLife'' has the Aretas family, with [[BigBad Isabel]] calling the shots and [[TheDragon Armando]] answering to her.

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* ''Film/{{Searching}}'': [[spoiler:Downplayed. Detective Rosemary Vick's son stalked, catfished, attacked, and - they thought - killed Margot. When he told her, Vick volunteered for the investigation and manipulated an ex-con into falsely confessing, then [[NeverSuicide probably killed him]] so that David might never know the truth about his daughter's murder. However, Vick is shown to feel genuinely remorseful, completely TrappedInVillainy and to only want to protect her son, while Robert -- [[UnreliableNarrator if we can trust Vick]] -- apparently feels the same.]]

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* ''ComicBook/{{Bone}}'': The final story of the ''Tall Tales'' anthology has "Big" Johnson Bone, founder of Boneville and ancestor of the three Bone cousins, go to the Valley and swing Rat Creatures around by their tales. The antagonists are the [[LargeAndInCharge queen of the rat creatures and her even more gigantic son Tyson]].

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