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* Inverted in ''VideoGame/{{Castlevania 64}}'' with Carrie and Actrise. Actrise proudly brags that, amongst the [[WouldHurtAChild 100 children she slew]] to obtain immortality was her own biological daughter. Carrie calls her out as pathetic for this, after remembering how her ''step''-mother loved her dearly and even [[HeroicSacrifice gave her life to save Carrie's]].

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* Inverted in ''VideoGame/{{Castlevania 64}}'' with Carrie and Actrise. Actrise proudly brags that, amongst the [[WouldHurtAChild 100 children she slew]] to obtain immortality immortality, the very first was her own biological daughter. Carrie calls her out as pathetic for this, after remembering how her ''step''-mother [[GoodStepmother loved her dearly dearly]] and even [[HeroicSacrifice gave her life to save Carrie's]].


* In ''Film/TheParentTrap'' (both the original and the remake), the twins almost end up with an Evil Stepmother. The one in the remake is especially egregious, since the girls' father is a millionaire and the stepmother-to-be is a bona fide GoldDigger.

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* In ''Film/TheParentTrap'' (both the original ''Film/TheParentTrap1961'' and the remake), ''Film/TheParentTrap1998'', the twins almost end up with an Evil Stepmother. The one in the remake is especially egregious, since the girls' father is a millionaire and the stepmother-to-be is a bona fide GoldDigger.

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** Emperor Arvis of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGenealogyOfTheHolyWar'' is both Seliph's evil stepfather ''and'' EvilUncle, [[spoiler: because he married his half sister, Seliph's mother]]. Bonus points for murdering his wife's first husband.


** Subverted with Perdita in ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'' as she technically becomes the stepmother to the additional puppies Roger and Anita adopt. This makes her Disney's first [[GoodStepmother heroic stepmother]].

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* In ''Series/GrandHotel'', Gigi was Beatriz Mendoza's best friend, but when Beatriz died, Gigi wasted no time moving on her husband Santiago, who just happened to be the owner of a gorgeous hotel. Santiago's children Alicia and Javi have never warmed to her, or her two daughters Carolina and Yoli.


* ''Series/TheCryOfMan'': Courtney is introduced as a catty, rude, spoiled woman, who only got into the family because she made Tank Mann happy as his wife. This is later explored, as though Berry claims Courtney was the problem, Courtney herself argued that she was always seen as an outsider anyway because she wasn't born rich like the Mann children were, making it ambiguous as to where the conflict started and how evil Courtney initially was.

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* ''Series/TheCryOfMan'': ''Series/TheCryOfMann'': Courtney is introduced as a catty, rude, spoiled woman, who only got into the family because she made Tank Mann happy as his wife. This is later explored, as though Berry claims Courtney was the problem, Courtney herself argued that she was always seen as an outsider anyway because she wasn't born rich like the Mann children were, making it ambiguous as to where the conflict started and how evil Courtney initially was.


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* ''Series/TheCryOfMan'': Courtney is introduced as a catty, rude, spoiled woman, who only got into the family because she made Tank Mann happy as his wife. This is later explored, as though Berry claims Courtney was the problem, Courtney herself argued that she was always seen as an outsider anyway because she wasn't born rich like the Mann children were, making it ambiguous as to where the conflict started and how evil Courtney initially was.


* Downplayed in [[Manga/BiNoKyoujin]]. Kabu's father left his mother for a younger and bouncier mistress that he made the clan's ''ane'' (usual title for a {{Yakuza}} leader's consort), much to Kabu's annoyance. While his stepmother never shows outward spite for Kabu, even helps him with the grooming of his lover Nirasawa, he goes as far as calling her a whore in front of his father, hinting that their relationship is less than cordial in actuality.

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* Downplayed in [[Manga/BiNoKyoujin]].''Manga/BiNoKyoujin''. Kabu's father left his mother for a younger and bouncier mistress that he made the clan's ''ane'' (usual title for a {{Yakuza}} leader's consort), much to Kabu's annoyance. While his stepmother never shows outward spite for Kabu, even helps him with the grooming of his lover Nirasawa, he goes as far as calling her a whore in front of his father, hinting that their relationship is less than cordial in actuality.

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* Downplayed in [[Manga/BiNoKyoujin]]. Kabu's father left his mother for a younger and bouncier mistress that he made the clan's ''ane'' (usual title for a {{Yakuza}} leader's consort), much to Kabu's annoyance. While his stepmother never shows outward spite for Kabu, even helps him with the grooming of his lover Nirasawa, he goes as far as calling her a whore in front of his father, hinting that their relationship is less than cordial in actuality.

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* In ''Film/ChaiLaiAngelsDangerousFlowers'', Miki's stepmother Mei Ling is in league with the BigBad Dragon. She arranges for her husband to be attacked (and later murdered) and for Miki to be kidnapped, as well as faking her own kidnapping and torture in an attempt to extract the location of the Andaman Pearl from Miki.


** Subverted with Perdita in ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'' as she technically becomes the stepmother to the additional puppies Roger and Anita adopt. This makes her Disney's first heroic stepmother.

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** Subverted with Perdita in ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'' as she technically becomes the stepmother to the additional puppies Roger and Anita adopt. This makes her Disney's first [[GoodStepmother heroic stepmother.stepmother]].


** In ''[[http://www.worldoftales.com/Asian_folktales/Japanese_folktale_16.html The Mirror of Matsuyama]]'' the stepmother isn't very kind to her teenaged stepdaughter, but that's because she fears that the girl hates her so much that she's secretly cursing her, and [[AngerBornOfWorry lashes back in that belief.]] At the end of the story, the father finally steps in and asks his daughter to explain everything; she says that she was actually just looking at a mirror, [[TragicKeepsake which was the last thing her dead mother ever gave her]]. [[note]](Not to mention the girl is very naive and believes the reflection in the mirror is her mom's, not hers, helped by the uncanny physical resemblance.)[[/note]] Upon hearing this, the stepmother realizes that she was wrong, begs for forgiveness and apologizes for being cruel, and once she's forgiven the family lives together happily after that.

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** In ''[[http://www.worldoftales.com/Asian_folktales/Japanese_folktale_16.html The Mirror of Matsuyama]]'' the stepmother isn't very kind to her teenaged teenage stepdaughter, but that's because she fears that the girl hates her so much that she's secretly cursing her, and [[AngerBornOfWorry lashes back in that belief.]] At the end of the story, the father finally steps in and asks his daughter to explain everything; she says that she was actually just looking at a mirror, [[TragicKeepsake which was the last thing her dead mother ever gave her]]. [[note]](Not to mention the girl is very naive and believes the reflection in the mirror is her mom's, not hers, helped by the uncanny physical resemblance.)[[/note]] Upon hearing this, the stepmother realizes that she was wrong, begs for forgiveness and apologizes for being cruel, and once she's forgiven the family lives together happily after that.



* Just like in the novel it was ''very'' loosely based on, Murdstone from ''[[WesternAnimation/DavidCopperfield1993 David Copperfield (1993)]]'' is a wicked step''father''.

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* Just like in the novel on which it was ''very'' loosely based on, based, Murdstone from ''[[WesternAnimation/DavidCopperfield1993 David Copperfield (1993)]]'' is a wicked step''father''.



* In the manga sequel to ''Labyrinth'', ''Return to the Labyrinth'', Irene is evil even with her own biological child, Toby. She goes as far as not even showing up to his play and going out with his father instead, and Sarah has to make him dinner.

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* ** In the manga sequel to ''Labyrinth'', ''Return to the Labyrinth'', Irene is evil even with her own biological child, Toby. She goes as far as not even showing up to his play and going out with his father instead, and Sarah has to make him dinner.



* An interesting case in ''Film/TheSixthSense''. Kyra's mother is often assumed by many viewers to be her stepmother, despite the film never saying it. Presumably all because of this trope's influence. For reference - she poisoned her daughter to make her sick. The script merely calls her 'Kyra's Mother'.

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* An interesting case in ''Film/TheSixthSense''. Kyra's mother is often assumed by many viewers to be her stepmother, despite the film never saying it. Presumably all it, presumably because of this trope's influence. For reference - she poisoned her daughter to make her sick.sick; with the elder daughter dead, she has now moved on to doing the same to the younger one. The script merely calls her 'Kyra's Mother'.



* ''Series/TheStoryteller'' episode "The Three Ravens" (based on "Literature/TheSixSwans" by the Creator/BrothersGrimm) makes the common fairy tale trope even worse for the princess, as her father is finally poisoned by his second wife, who then remarries another king, a prince's father. The poor princess marries said prince, and discover her former stepmother is now [[FromBadToWorse her]] [[ObnoxiousInLaws mother in law]].
* In the ''Film/HellRaiser'' Julia marries Kristy's father and proceeds to have an affair with his brother, Frank. When Frank escapes from hell Julia then kills several men so he can be brought back his original state. Once they're discovered by Kristy, Julia helps Frank with trying to murder her.

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* ''Series/TheStoryteller'' episode "The Three Ravens" (based on "Literature/TheSixSwans" by the Creator/BrothersGrimm) makes the common fairy tale trope even worse for the princess, as her father is finally poisoned by his second wife, who then remarries another king, a prince's father. The poor princess marries said prince, and discover her former stepmother is now [[FromBadToWorse her]] [[ObnoxiousInLaws mother in law]].
mother-in-law]].
* In the ''Film/HellRaiser'' Julia marries Kristy's father and proceeds to have an affair with his brother, Frank. When Frank escapes from hell hell, Julia then kills several men so he can be brought back to his original state. Once they're discovered by Kristy, Julia helps Frank with trying to murder her.



* Queen Ravenna in ''Film/SnowWhiteAndTheHuntsman'' is Snow White's horrible stepmother.
* In ''Film/MirrorMirror'', Snow White's evil stepmother (played by [[PlayingAgainstType Julia Roberts]] of all people) is a semi-immortal being who seems to have murdered Snow White's father to gain control of the kingdom. [[spoiler:He's not dead - which, for Creator/SeanBean, is an accomplishment - and returns before the end of the film.]]



* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV'' has the Queen Consort of Coburg, who plots to put her own son on the throne over his stepbrother, [[RoyalBrat Prince Harry]]. She is [[ObviouslyEvil entirely transparent]] about her planning this.

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* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV'' has the Queen Consort of Coburg, who plots to put her own son on the throne over his stepbrother, [[RoyalBrat Prince Harry]]. She is [[ObviouslyEvil entirely transparent]] about her planning this.



* In ''Rise of the Snow Queen'', the third installment of the Videogame/DarkParables games, an in-game storytelling device talks about how Literature/SnowWhite's father was riddled with guilt over having been unable to protect her from her evil stepmother. Said stepmother is a PosthumousCharacter during the game itself.
* In ''[[VideoGame/CrusaderKings Crusader Kings II]]'', expect stepmothers (and [[{{Polyamory}} other wives or concubines of the same husband]]) to try to get rid of their husband's children by other women to make room for their own. Family politics can get very messy in this game.

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* In ''Rise of the Snow Queen'', the third installment of the Videogame/DarkParables ''Videogame/DarkParables'' games, an in-game storytelling device talks about how Literature/SnowWhite's father was riddled with guilt over having been unable to protect her from her evil stepmother. Said stepmother is a PosthumousCharacter during the game itself.
* In ''[[VideoGame/CrusaderKings Crusader Kings II]]'', ''VideoGame/CrusaderKings II'', expect stepmothers (and [[{{Polyamory}} other wives or concubines of the same husband]]) to try to get rid of their husband's children by other women to make room for their own. Family politics can get very messy in this game.



*** On the Hoshidan side, [[spoiler: Queen Mikoto averts this as she loves her four stepchildren just as much as her biological child, the Avatar, and they love her back and even refer to her as "Mother", since [[ParentalSubstitute she raised all of them]].]]
*** However in ''Nohr'', Garon is the stepfather of Azura, one of the game's main characters. He's ObviouslyEvil - and even on ''Conquest'' (Which features Azura returning to Nohr) he doesn't seem to care that much. [[spoiler: This may actually be justified - Garon is revealed to have been a construct created by Anankos. The real Garon might actually have been much nicer in the past, since the characters reveal that the true Garon was stern but still a loving father]]. Given that Garon is in many ways a product of Nohr's DeadlyDecadentCourt and Azura spent most of her life as a hostage in Hoshido (With her aunt), it's hard to say just ''how'' Garon was during the brief moments when he was ''with'' Azura as his stepdaughter.
* ''Videogame/DragonAgeOrigins'' Isolde Guerrin was one to Alistair in his childhood. According to him, it's because she thought that there was some truth to the rumors that he was her husband's bastard.
* In ''[[VideoGame/NancyDrew Nancy Drew: Curse of Blackmoor Manor]]'', it turns out that [[spoiler: Jane Penvellyn sees her stepmother, Linda, as this.]] However, this seems to be an instance of the jealous DaddysGirl variation mentioned above, rather than a straight example of the trope.

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*** On the Hoshidan side, [[spoiler: Queen Mikoto averts this as she loves her four stepchildren just as much as her biological child, the Avatar, and they love her back and even refer to her as "Mother", "Mother," since [[ParentalSubstitute she raised all of them]].]]
*** However in ''Nohr'', Garon is the stepfather of Azura, one of the game's main characters. He's ObviouslyEvil - and even on ''Conquest'' (Which (which features Azura returning to Nohr) he doesn't seem to care that much. [[spoiler: This may actually be justified - Garon is revealed to have been a construct created by Anankos. The real Garon might actually have been much nicer in the past, since the characters reveal that the true Garon was stern but still a loving father]]. Given that Garon is in many ways a product of Nohr's DeadlyDecadentCourt and Azura spent most of her life as a hostage in Hoshido (With her aunt), it's hard to say just ''how'' Garon was during the brief moments when he was ''with'' Azura as his stepdaughter.
* ''Videogame/DragonAgeOrigins'' In ''Videogame/DragonAgeOrigins,'' Isolde Guerrin was one to Alistair Alistair, her husband's ward, in his childhood. According to him, it's because she thought that there was some truth to the rumors that he was her husband's bastard.
bastard. [[spoiler:There was not.]]
* In ''[[VideoGame/NancyDrew ''VideoGame/NancyDrew Nancy Drew: Curse of Blackmoor Manor]]'', Manor'', it turns out that [[spoiler: Jane Penvellyn sees her stepmother, Linda, as this.]] However, this seems to be an instance of the jealous DaddysGirl variation mentioned above, rather than a straight example of the trope.



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* In the ''[[Franchise/EvilliousChronicles Daughter of Evil]]'' novels, Queen Prim poisons most of her stepchildren so her son Kyle can be king. Of course, she doesn't treat her own children any better; forcing the aforementioned son to be king and having him possessed by a demon so he'd be easy to control and using her daughter as little more than a tool in her plans for her son.



* ''Literature/ElementalMasters'':
** ''Literature/TheSerpentsShadow'', the series' Snow White retelling, actually averts this by changing the evil stepmother character into our heroine's [[EvilUncle evil aunt]] instead.
** ''Literature/PhoenixAndAshes'', based on Cinderella, has Allison, who uses her powers as a dark Earth Master to murder Eleanor's father for his money, before magically binding her to the house and forcing her to be a servant for Allison and her two daughters. She's also implied to have caused the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic to try and make UsefulNotes/WorldWarI last longer.



* ''Literature/MercyThompson'':
** Inverted hard by Mercy, she couldn't have a better relationship with her stepdaughter, Jessie. [[PapaWolf Adam]] wouldn't have married Mercy if it were otherwise. Jessie's biological mother, on the other hand, is a shallow, [[ItsAllAboutMe self-absorbed]], [[AbusiveParent negligent]] twit who tries to use Jessie as a weapon against Adam. Jessie finally calls her out on this in ''Fire Touched'', when her mom ended up endangering the entire Columbia Basin pack and tried to shift the blame on Adam.
** Played straight with Leah, Bran's wife, given that Bran effectively became Mercy's defacto father after her adopted father committed suicide. Leah is described as being an unpleasant bitch under the best of circumstances and hated Mercy from the start. This led to Leah becoming the victim of an ever-increasing prank war from Mercy.



* ''Literature/TheOgreDownstairs'': [[GenderInvertedTrope Gender-Inverted]] with the "Ogre", as the children call their new stepfather. Also zig-zagged; while he and his wife have [[ParentsAsPeople realistic relationship issues and shortcomings as parents]], some of his alleged nastiness is hinted to be a [[DeadpanSnarker dry sense of humour]] that the children [[SarcasmBlind mistook for literal statements]], and he succeeds in improving his relationship with the kids after having a minor JerkassRealization.



* ''Literature/MercyThompson'':
** Inverted hard by Mercy, she couldn't have a better relationship with her stepdaughter, Jessie. [[PapaWolf Adam]] wouldn't have married Mercy if it were otherwise. Jessie's biological mother, on the other hand, is a shallow, [[ItsAllAboutMe self-absorbed]], [[AbusiveParent negligent]] twit who tries to use Jessie as a weapon against Adam. Jessie finally calls her out on this in ''Fire Touched'', when her mom ended up endangering the entire Columbia Basin pack and tried to shift the blame on Adam.
** Played straight with Leah, Bran's wife, given that Bran effectively became Mercy's defacto father after her adopted father committed suicide. Leah is described as being an unpleasant bitch under the best of circumstances and hated Mercy from the start. This led to Leah becoming the victim of an ever-increasing prank war from Mercy.
* ''Literature/TheOgreDownstairs'': [[GenderInvertedTrope Gender-Inverted]] with the "Ogre", as the children call their new stepfather. Also zig-zagged; while he and his wife have [[ParentsAsPeople realistic relationship issues and shortcomings as parents]], some of his alleged nastiness is hinted to be a [[DeadpanSnarker dry sense of humour]] that the children [[SarcasmBlind mistook for literal statements]], and he succeeds in improving his relationship with the kids after having a minor JerkassRealization.
* In the [[Franchise/EvilliousChronicles Daughter of Evil]] novels, Queen Prim poisons most of her stepchildren so her son Kyle can be king. Of course, she doesn't treat her own children any better; forcing the aforementioned son to be king and having him possessed by a demon so he'd be easy to control and using her daughter as little more than a tool in her plans for her son.



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* RareMaleExample from Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale. Its eventually revealed that Cecil's hatred of Steve Carlsberg stems from him being one of these to his niece Janice, citing too much drinking and gambling. Potentially subverted, however; Steve genuinely seems to love his step-daughter, shows up to every PTA meeting, and angrily explodes when a villain threatens to '[[ThrowingOffTheDisability fix]]' her.

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* RareMaleExample from Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale. Its It's eventually revealed that Cecil's hatred of Steve Carlsberg stems from him being one of these to his niece Janice, citing too much drinking and gambling. Potentially subverted, however; Steve genuinely seems to love his step-daughter, shows up to every PTA meeting, and angrily explodes when a villain threatens to '[[ThrowingOffTheDisability fix]]' her.



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-->'''Ivan:''' "Oh my, you must have a ''very'' wicked stepmother!"
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* In the ''Film/Hellraiser'' Julia marries Kristy's father and proceeds to have an affair with his brother, Frank. When Frank escapes from hell Julia then kills several men so he can be brought back his original state. Once they're discovered by Kristy, Julia helps Frank with trying to murder her.

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* In the ''Film/Hellraiser'' ''Film/HellRaiser'' Julia marries Kristy's father and proceeds to have an affair with his brother, Frank. When Frank escapes from hell Julia then kills several men so he can be brought back his original state. Once they're discovered by Kristy, Julia helps Frank with trying to murder her.

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