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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]].


* In the ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' episode "Diamond Dogs", Logan and Barek search for a mother-son duo of jewelry-store thieves.

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* ''Series/LawandOrder'' and its spinoffs have many examples:
** The ''Series/LawAndOrder'' episode "Venom", is about a pair of mother-son con artists, and murderers, who married wealthy people for their money and then killed each other's spouses in order to inherit the money. [[spoiler:The son's wife forgives him and still intends to defend him, but he refuses to turn against his mother, even after it turns out she abused him. (This is a theme with the Law And Orders.)]]
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In the ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' episode "Diamond Dogs", Logan and Barek search for a mother-son duo of jewelry-store thieves.thieves.
** In the ''Series/LawandOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' episode "Pique" there's a variant. Mother and son Grace and Jason Mayberry don't kill or commit crime together, but Grace raped Jason from the age of six...to [[{{Squick}} present day]], which drove him to rape and kill other women he was attracted to. Grace covers up for him, but only, it seems, out of concern for what might happen to her or her reputation.


* In ''Myth/KingArthur'', 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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* In ''Myth/KingArthur'', 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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* ''Series/ResurrectionErtugrul'': Downplayed with Mahperi Hatun and Giyaseddin. While the former certainly holds a grudge against Ertugrul and has her own agenda for dethroning Sultan Alaeddin, the latter only acts hostile toward Ertugrul [[spoiler: after his father dies, not knowing that Sadettin was the one who administered the murder]] or that his mother had conspired against the sultan. Not only that, [[spoiler: but both of them reform after being offered shelter in the Kayi grounds]].


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* ''Film/TheAddamsFamily'' featured Abigail and Gordon Craven, a mother and son team of grifters, loan sharks and scam artists, who seek to defraud the Addamses and steal their vast fortune by passing Gordon off as long lost family member Fester, who Gordon happens to bear a very strong resemblance to. Gordon mostly acts as Abigail's enforcer, and she is very controlling and even abusive to him at times, but despite him starting to identify with and even genuinely love the Addams clan, he stays loyal to his mother, up until the point Abigail orders the ColdBloodedTorture of family matriarch Morticia. Gordon then pulls a HeelFaceTurn, helping free Morticia and putting a stop to Abigail's schemes. It is later revealed that Gordon [[spoiler: isn't even Abigail's real son- he's actually Fester Addams, whom Abigail discovered years ago shipwrecked in the Bermuda Triangle, suffering from amnesia]].

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* ''Film/TheAddamsFamily'' featured Abigail and Gordon Craven, a mother and son team of grifters, loan sharks and scam artists, who seek to defraud the Addamses and steal their vast fortune by passing Gordon off as long lost family member Fester, who Gordon happens to bear a very strong resemblance to. Gordon mostly acts as Abigail's enforcer, and she is very controlling and even abusive to him at times, but despite him starting to identify with and even genuinely love the Addams clan, he stays loyal to his mother, up until the point Abigail orders the ColdBloodedTorture of family matriarch Morticia. Gordon then pulls a HeelFaceTurn, helping free Morticia and putting a stop to Abigail's schemes. It is later revealed that Gordon [[spoiler: isn't [[spoiler:isn't even Abigail's real son- son -- he's actually Fester Addams, whom Abigail discovered years ago shipwrecked in the Bermuda Triangle, suffering from amnesia]].



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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.

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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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.

NightmareFuel. It also commonly overlaps with ExtremelyProtectiveChild, when the son will do ''anything'' to protect his mother.

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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* ''WesternAnimation/ThePrincessAndTheGoblin'': The Goblin race is being led by Prince Froglip and his mother the Goblin Queen. Froglip aims to conquer the humans in large part to make his BrawnHilda of a goblin mama proud.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ThePrincessAndTheGoblin'': The Goblin race is being led by Prince Froglip and his mother the Goblin Queen. Froglip aims to conquer the humans in large part to make his BrawnHilda of a goblin mama proud. The Queen in turn is genuinely loving and extremely doting towards her son, constantly praising Froglip and supporting him.


* in ''Myth/KingArthur'', 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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Mothers and sons are supposed to be loving and supportive of one-another. Sons turn to their mothers for comfort, advice, guidance and their mothers provide it, together with constructive criticism, telling them when they've done something right and warning them when they're falling into error! Well, not these two.

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Mothers and sons are supposed to be loving and supportive of one-another. Sons turn to their mothers for comfort, advice, and guidance and their mothers provide it, together with constructive criticism, telling them when they've done something right and warning them when they're falling into error! Well, not these two.


Mothers and sons are supposed to be loving and supportive of one-another. Sons turn to their mothers for comfort, advice, guidance and their mothers provide it, together with constructive criticism, telling them when they've done something right and warning them when they're falling into error! Well not these two.

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Mothers and sons are supposed to be loving and supportive of one-another. Sons turn to their mothers for comfort, advice, guidance and their mothers provide it, together with constructive criticism, telling them when they've done something right and warning them when they're falling into error! Well Well, not these two.

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* ''Series/CriminalMinds'' has had one true set in the case of the imprisoned Truckstop Killer and the son she rediscovers and manipulates into killing her "enemies", and one son who ''believes'' his crimes are going to get his WhiteDwarfStarlet mother back into the limelight and prove himself to her, while she's actually been dead (and [[MummiesAtTheDinnerTable a mummified corpse in his house]]) for years.

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