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Evil Uncle
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"How come the kindest parents always have the most dickass relatives?"

Everyone has an uncle who they're not allowed to go camping with. For some reason, the brother and occasionally sister of the hero's father or mother has a tendency to be evil. No one is exactly sure why, given that the two were raised in the same environment and there was no Villainous Lineage. Maybe simply because of envy, and because the uncle will stand pretty high in the succession row.

The concept stems far back to the medieval days, where the firstborn son is the crown prince, the secondborn son is the "replacement" if the firstborn happens to die, and the thirdborn... well, he's sent off to the church. Naturally, the secondborn won't grow to like his position, in turn making this trope a corrupted version of Middle Child Syndrome — though in most media, there's only two brothers in the first place, if only to avoid cluttering up the story.


One result of this arrangement is that if the ruler dies while the heir is too young to take over, the old monarch's younger brother (i.e. the new monarch's uncle) would probably become the interim de facto ruler, and would be well positioned to take the crown permanently if something unfortunate were to happen.

This has a tendency to escalate to Cain and Abel; in fact, it almost always does. If he is from a royal family, which he frequently is, he is most commonly The Evil Prince. In those cases, he is usually the younger brother, with no children at all, while his older brother usually has at least one. He will usually end up killing his brother, thus triggering the hero's quest for vengeance. He may try to kill the hero by giving him The Quest for an Impossible Task; this is usually unwise.


A female equivalent is likely to be the Wicked Stepmother; she is unable to inherit herself, but her children can. When your mom and dad are the problem, see Evil Matriarch and Archnemesis Dad.

Can overlap with Cool Uncle (see: Evil Is Cool), in this case, the uncle himself might be a Freudian Excuse for a character's Start of Darkness or Face–Heel Turn. He rarely is a Creepy Uncle, however, though the two tropes are by no means mutually-exclusive. Contrast with Evil Nephew.

A common way to give a character a terrible childhood all in one go is to kill off their (invariably wonderful) parents and send them to live with their Evil Uncle (and/or their Evil Aunt) — the dark side of Nephewism.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • In Another Monster (a follow-up to Monster), the revelation that Johan and Anna's late father was the brother of Franz Bonaparta means that Bonaparta, the main figure who engineered the twins' birth at the expense of their father's life and arguably helped cultivate Johan into the person he is, was actually their own uncle all along.
  • V.V. of Code Geass is very much an Evil Uncle to Lelouch and some of his siblings like Cornelia, being the Man Behind the Man to Emperor Charles.
  • Detective School Q has a case that includes an Evil Aunt. Sachiyo Ichinose is a greedy Smug Snake who wants to place her paws in the hefty inheritance that her teenage niece Kaoru will get after the death of her very rich mother, Hanayo. However, Kaoru's knight templar big brothers Kunihiko and Akihiko are willing to do anything to protect Kaoru from Sachiyo's machinations... up and including murder.
  • In D.Gray-Man, Neah is this to Allen. The true motive of his actions are unknown, but he's certainly bad news for his nephew and perhaps all of humanity.
  • In Hellsing, Richard Hellsing, younger brother of Arthur Hellsing, has had his own plans about what to do after his brother's death - specifically, about who inherited the family title and leadership of the Hellsing Organisation. Oh, Arthur willed it all to his twelve-year-old daughter, but that just means Richard has to get little Integra out of the way. Unfortunately for Richard, he didn't account for a certain family heirloom down in the basement...
  • In Kemono Jihen, Kabane was left in the care of his aunt after his parents disappeared. Said aunt knew that he's half-Kemono and mistreated him from the start, using him for free labor, never sending him to school, and crushing his self-esteem to the point that basic human decency is a novelty to him. By the end of the first chapter, it's revealed that she hired Inugami to kill Kabane and pin the blame for the devoured animals on him.
  • In Innocent, Charles-Nicolas-Gabriel I plays this role in the third volume. Downplayed, since he doesn't actively tries to hurt his eldest nephew (and seems found of him) but is still willing to do some pretty nasty things to take his place as Monsieur de Paris. For example, replacing the strong horses by weak ones to make an already excruciating method of execution even more gruesome as a clumsy scheme to take his brother's place as executioner is pretty evil. Oh, and he's prepared to tie up Marie if it would benefit the family.
  • In Little Witch Academia (2017), Daryl is this towards Diana, being a selfish, snobby and greedy Rich Bitch who cares more about herself than the values of the Cavendish family and is causing the household to go into near bankruptcy due to using the family's fortune to fuel her own lifestyle. She also attempts to impede on Diana's ceremony to become family head so she can become the head of the family herself. It is implied however that she had a change of heart after Diana saved her from the family curse.
  • Maken-ki!: Chapters 51 - 53 is a flashback mini-arc, which recounts how Takeru Yamato slew his brother Ousuoo and his brother's wife, Yatsuno, in order to obtain her power. The only reason his niece, Himegami, is still alive is because her brother Yabiko slew Yamato in order to protect her. Except he refused to stay dead. Now, over 2,000 years later, Himegami is one of the few remaining people who possess the power to face her uncle.
  • MARRIAGETOXIN has Futae Urashino, who has apparently hired a hitman to kill her niece so that she can inherit her older brother's company. It is the girl's uncle who hired the protagonist to protect the girl.
  • Naruto:
    • The Sand siblings' maternal uncle Yashamaru appeared to be the only one who loved Gaara, but then tried to kill him under the order of Gaara's father, the Kazekage. When that failed, a dying Yashamaru told Gaara he always hated him for causing Gaara's mother to die, and said she never loved him either. It eventually turns out he was ordered to pretend to be evil.
    • Neji viewed Hinata's father Hiashi as this for a good portion of his life. He eventually learns he's not as bad as he seems, and he didn't force his twin brother to die in his place.
  • Raditz, the first villain that appeared in Dragon Ball Z. When his brother Goku refuses to help him exterminate the natives of other planets, he kidnaps Gohan, intending to use him as leverage over Goku and/or raise him to be a villain himself. Being the Starter Villain, he doesn't get that far.
    • Turles, at least in the dubs where he's Goku's other brother.
  • In The Rose of Versailles, the Count of Provence and the Count of Artois, Louis XVI's younger brothers, react to their nephew Louis Joseph' slow death by tuberculosis by hoping he'll just hurry up and die, and spread lies about the legitimacy of Louis XVI's other son in the hope they'll be thus able to succeed to the throne of France. Much annoyingly, they succeed thanks to The French Revolution.
  • In the original Shaman King, Ren has an evil father. In the 4Kids version, he's Len's uncle.
  • In Tokyo Ghoul, Ken Kaneki's maternal aunt is this combined with a hefty dose of Wicked Stepmother. She constantly went to her widowed, Extreme Doormat sister for money, requiring her to work extra jobs until she died from overwork. Kaneki went to live with his aunt's family, quickly discovering that they had been much better off to begin with and simply wanted more. Kaneki's aunt spent the rest of his years living with her neglecting his basic needs, leaving him out of family meals, berating him if he dared to speak in her presence, throwing out the books he inherited from his father out of spite, and generally doing everything in her power to grind every ounce of happiness out of him for the crime of existing. To top it all off, she also constantly complained about how terrible her sister, the woman that worked herself to death without complaint because her sister wanted a new fridge and a bigger television, had been, and all because she resented her sister for supposedly being smarter/better than her while they were growing up. To be fair to the aunt, it is later revealed that she was not wrong about her sister being a terrible person.
  • Rido from Vampire Knight is this to the protagonist Yuuki Kuran, especially when he becomes obsessed with Yuuki herself, to the point of wanting to make her his wife.
  • In Vinland Saga it's revealed that Thorkell, considered a lunatic Blood Knight by his fellow Vikings, is actually Thorfinn's great-uncle.
  • World's End Harem: Fantasia: After Arc's father falls ill and Arc becomes the acting Count of Nargala, his uncle Lord Tute attempts a palace coup with his aide Tia, who promises to serve "the head of the House of Nargala" (it's clear she means as Tute's mistress). It was a Batman Gambit by Arc himself: he suspected other nobles might try to make a power play with the Count incapacitated, and planted Tia, whom he had saved as a child, as a Honey Trap—as she said, she serves "the head of the House of Nargala". After retaking the castle, Arc summarily beheads Tute for treason.

    Comic Books 
  • Arawn: Fenris tries to usurp his nephew Arawn's throne after he's become an Evil Overlord. Of course, since he's already a virtual deity by this point, Fenris' insurrection is squashed pretty quickly.
  • Jarvis Kord, uncle to the second Blue Beetle, and one of his more dangerous enemies.
  • Darkseid's uncle Steppenwolf is pretty evil and he wasn't too thrilled about Darkseid's rise to power (not out of ambition but simply because he didn't like the idea of anyone being able to take anything from him), but Darkseid is worse. Much, much worse. However, he's steadfastly loyal to his nephew, and unlike every other New God on Apokalips, he's not interested in ruling at all (which is one of the reasons he's loyal) — he much prefers hunting and leading the Parademons.
  • Disney Ducks Comic Universe: Scrooge Mc Duck, of all people (ducks), has occasionally bordered on this trope, especially in Italian comics. While not actively malicious — most of the time — he thinks nothing of exploiting and downright abusing his relatives, using various threats such as removing them from his will, evicting them from their homes or even heaps of physical violence in order to get them to work for him for one-tenth minimum wage. In addition, he uses any trick or excuse to avoid having to pay them at all, and interestingly enough he almost always gets away with it.
  • Miles Morales had his uncle Aaron Davis, the Ultimate Prowler (later rethemed into the second Prowler once Miles' history got brought into Earth-616).
  • Shazam!: In a short-lived '80s reboot Shazam!: The New Beginning, Billy "Captain Marvel" Batson's arch-nemesis Doctor Sivana was revealed to be his step-uncle. This was undone a few years later. Note that back in The Golden Age of Comic Books, Billy already had an Evil Uncle, Ebenezer Batson, who kicked him out on the streets after his parents died; Uncle Ebe was restored in the '90s Continuity Reboot that set the current canon.
  • In the U.K. TV book Look-In, the Danger Mouse stories feature Baron Greenback's "white sheep" nephew, Hopalong Casually, who helps DM and Penfold defeat the Baron's schemes.
  • She-Hulk has Brian Banner who gave her cousin hell as a child and even in death, Brian tries to attack Jennifer on several occassions just for being associated with poor Bruce.
  • Nasthalthia 'Nasty' Luthor was a criminal who tried to make Supergirl's life impossible back in the Silver Age. Her uncle is Lex Luthor, one of the main super-villains of The DCU.
  • Swamp Thing's archenemy Anton Arcane more than fulfills this role towards his niece Abby, including lusting after her in an entirely non-avuncular manner.
  • Teen Titans: Gar "Beast Boy" Logan was handed over to his uncle, Nicholas Galtry. Galtry was a vicious jerk who made it no secret that he was just after the money Gar's parents left for his care. The kid ran away and found Doom Patrol, and the Patrol had no problem telling the guy to pick on someone his own size and power level...
  • Wonder Woman:
    • Sensation Comics: Pete and Gertie Allen are abused by and have to be rescued from their villainous uncle Joe Bamko by Wonder Woman.
    • Wonder Woman (1942): The recently crowned King Philippe of Barania is imprisoned and declared to be losing his mind from grief and stress by his uncle Gaston, with Gaston's end goal being to kill Philippe and frame it as a natural death or suicide and take the crown for himself.
    • Wonder Woman: Black and Gold: In "Beyond the Horizon" Thomas Chapman kidnaps his four neiphlings for a ransom and then drinks himself to death, leaving the children to starve to death while trying to figure out how to sail his boat back to land. Only the youngest lives long enough to be rescued.
  • In X-Men: The Hidden Years, a series that chronicled early, apocryphal adventures of the original team of X-Men, Angel's uncle is revealed as an anti-mutant bigot who hates himself for not killing Angel when he was a child.
    • Even originally, Angel's uncle Burt was a supervillain responsible for the deaths of both his parents on separate occasions.

    Fairy Tales 
  • In "The Two Brothers", collected by The Brothers Grimm, the twin brothers' uncle is a wicked and greedy man, though not especially more so to his nephews than to anyone else.

    Fan Works 
  • In the second part of Apprentice and Pregnant, Laurelpaw meets her paternal uncle Old Gray for the first time. He's just as awful as her father was, if not worse. Old Gray murdered his mate and young daughter. When Laurelpaw refuses to give him his son back, he threatens to kill her, the friends that tagged along with her, and even her mother. After Laurelpaw's friends escape, he gets even angrier, resulting in him raping and attempting to murder his niece.
  • A Hetalia: Axis Powers fic, The Danish Slaughterhouse has Denmark plotting the murders of his family and raping his nephew, Sealand several times.
  • Destiny: Marie from The Aristocats was actually a little girl who was temporarily left with her angry, alcoholic uncle while her mother was in labor. Her uncle got drunk and took her out riding on his motorcycle. They were hit by a train and Marie died in the crash.
  • In the My Hero Academia fanfiction Fear of You one of the villains turns out to be Takami Keigo's Uncle "Takami Junto" aka. Harima Junto.
  • The Jem fanfic Fresh Blood, and other fics set its continuity, depict Roxy's uncle as this. Her aunt was also cruel, but her uncle haunts Roxy more-so. Roxy was raised by her aunt and uncle but they never loved her and always abused her. When she was little, Roxy's uncle would hold her off the balcony of their twelve story apartment and threaten to drop her. Eventually she ran away as a teenager.
  • The Dark Man, aka Gordon Freeman to Henry Freeman, in Half-Life: Full Life Consequences.
  • A recurring antagonist in Ma Fille is Katrina's maternal aunt Laura, who is hellbent on taking custody away from her father Joe, despite having cut off her sister Heather (Katrina's mother) and not even knowing Katrina was born until she was eight. Her escapades include trying to abduct Katrina from a mall, and later claiming to the police that Joe and her mother Louise (Katrina's grandmother) kidnapped her, which landed them all in court. In the end, Laura is finally defeated for good when she is sent to prison for breaking the restraining order and loses custody of her newborn baby.
  • Tabitha's uncle in Points of Familiarity keeps sending Tabitha on impossible missions to get her killed. She insists on not only surviving these missions, but successfully completes them.
    • This isn't an example specific to this fic. Tabitha's relationship with her uncle is canon.
  • In the The Shadow Wars Story Verse of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Fluttershy's Uncle Windvane, a Pegasus supremacist who launches a major armed rebellion against Equestria and routinely murders captive civilians to drain their Life Energy by means of his Pegasus Device, certainly qualifies.
  • Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik is this to Natural "N" Harmonia Blair in Tokimeki PokéLive! and TwinBee.

    Films — Animation 
  • Barbie movies:
    • Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses: Duchess Rowena is technically their first cousin once removed, but she acts the part for the twelve royal sisters.
    • In Barbie in a Christmas Carol, the "Jacob Marley" role goes to Eden's aunt Marie, her abusive guardian who raised her to be "a perfectly selfish ninny", in her ghost's words. In flashbacks to Marie in life, she's a vicious Stage Mom who controls every aspect of the girl's life and cuts her off from her friends to make her into London's next great songstress.
    • Merliah's nemesis in Barbie in a Mermaid Tale is her aunt Eris, who usurped the throne of Merliah's mother.
    • Blair Willows of Barbie: Princess Charm School learns that she has this dynamic with Dame Devin upon learning she is truly the long-lost princess Sophia.
  • Disney:
    • The Lion King: Scar is probably one of the most famous examples, murdering his brother and afterwards attempting to murder his nephew in order to take the throne, all based on Hamlet.
    • Hercules: Hades. The movie never mentions it, but Hades is technically Zeus' brother (Hell, most of the Greek gods are related), so he's Hercules' uncle and MAN, he's evil. He tries to usurp his brother Zeus, tries to kill Hercules lots of times, enslaves demons and mortals, and plans to rearrange the cosmos upon taking control of Olympus.
      • The TV series frequently mentions that Zeus, Poseidon and Hades are brothers. For some reason though, the uncle/nephew relationship between Hercules and Hades is glossed over.
      • Though it must be said, Hades was Hercules' uncle as well in the original myths, but it was Hera rather than Hades who was the main antagonist in the story. Granted, Hera is Hercules's aunt (and stepmother).
    • In the Finale Movie of Teacher's Pet, the main villain is a Mad Scientist named Dr. Ivan Krank, who also happens to be the uncle of Leonard and Spot's classmate Ian.
  • In Felix the Cat: The Movie, the main antagonist the Duke of Zill is Princess Oriana's uncle.
  • Isle of Dogs: Downplayed with Mayor Kobayashi. Even though he's the Big Bad of the movie, he takes in Atari (his nephew) when his parents are killed in an accident, even going so far as to give him a guard dog in spite of his hatred of dogs. He even sends his own army to Trash Island to rescue Atari when he realizes that the boy had flown there. Seeing what Atari had gone through on Trash Island with the dogs and hearing his haiku is enough for him to admit his wrongdoings, cancelling his decree to keep the dogs on the island, and donating a kidney to Atari.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Uncle Les in BrainDead is a repulsive sleazy Jerkass who tries to blackmail Lionel out of his mother's estate.
  • Sir Edgar from Ella Enchanted is one of these to Prince Char. In grand Hamlet fashion, he murdered Char's father in order to become King.
  • Michael Myers from the Halloween series tries to kill his niece Jamie in the fourth and fifth films, and his nephew John in Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later. This is avoided in the 2018 film, where Michael and Laurie are no longer siblings, so Michael has no relation to Laurie's daughter, Karen, or Karen's daughter, Allyson.
  • Frank from Hellraiser. First, he has an affair with Kristy's stepmother, making Kristy's father's marriage an unhappy one. Later, he causes the horrible death of Kristy's father. Not to mention that it's shown that the novelty of doing it with the stepmother had worn off for him... and he's shown to take very well to the idea of turning his attentions to Kirsty. Numerous times, he's shown trying to rape her, including a scene where they kiss.
  • Bo Baker's Uncle Bill from High Stakes, an abusive asshole who gave Bo his job at his news station just so he could have someone to kick around when he wasn't popping pills or drinking.
  • Kevin's Uncle Frank in Home Alone treats him quite poorly, and shows no emotion when his parents leave him behind accidentally. In the sequel, he hasn't changed much, although he does mellow slightly by the end. In fact, the original draft for the first movie was going to have Uncle Frank as a straight-up villain, who hired Harry and Marv to knock over the McAllisters' house in exchange for a cut of the loot.
  • The Huntsman: Winter's War: The big twist is that Freya's baby son was not killed by his father, but rather Freya's sister, Ravenna, who manipulated the events to bring out Freya's ice powers.
  • Jason Voorhees is upgraded into one in Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday as he suddenly has more relatives and has to possess one them to return back to life properly. Oddly, when given the chance he ignores his niece and tries to possess his grand-niece instead.
  • In Legend of the Black Scorpion, due to being an adaptation of Hamlet. Uncle kills father, takes power, tries to kill nephew.
  • In The Librarian 2, Flynn's Uncle Jerry is a lovely man who Flynn idolised growing up until The Reveal when he becomes a Smug Snake out for revenge and is revealed to have killed Flynn's father.
  • In The Northman, the Big Bad is Prince Amleth's uncle Fjölnir, who murdered his father and usurped his throne with the Scandinavian legend the story was based on being what inspired Hamlet.
  • Dastan's uncle in the Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time movie. His ultimate goal is to turn back time so that he can let his brother die as a teenager and reign in his stead.
  • Purgatory: Sonny's uncle, a ruthless bandit and rapist. In the end he tries to gun his own nephew down.
  • Uncle Charlie from the film Shadow of a Doubt is one of the first major examples of a psychopath in cinema and a very creepy and evil uncle.
  • In Stardust, The Reveal is that the scheming and fratricidal Seven Princes of Stormhold were actually Tristan's uncles. They're not the primary villains, though. This is more obvious in The Film of the Book.
  • The Fallen is this to Opimus Prime in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, although there might be a few greats in there, how many generations separate the two isn't made clear.
  • Sam Harper of Uncle Sam is a sadistic door gunner who was shot down in Iraq, and to the horror of the rest of the Harper family goes on a psychotic murder spree from the grave.
  • Uncle Silas is a 1947 Gothic Melodrama in which the eponymous uncle played by Derrick de Marney seeks to wrest Jean Simmons' inheritance from her. Released in the US in a butchered version called The Inheritance. Silas is this trope although more of the menace is provided by Katina Paxinou as the evil governess.
  • Prince John is Philip of Cognac's evil uncle in Princess of Thieves, and plots to keep Philip from ascending the throne.

  • In James Thurber's The 13 Clocks, the duke sets Impossible Tasks to the princes who want to marry his niece and kills many of them.
  • In 1066 and All That, King John, by murdering his little nephew, becomes "the first memorable wicked uncle" in English history.
  • The uncle from Babes In The Wood, who hires two thugs to kill his nephew and niece so he can be rid of them and reap his dead brother's fortune.
  • The Black Witch Chronicles: In stark contrast to her brother Edwin, Vyvian Damon is a power-hungry member of the Mage Council of Gardneria who will do anything to keep her seat and wholeheartedly supports fascist theocrat Marcus Vogel in his reign of terror. She's interested in using her niece and nephews as weapons to increase the country's power, and tries to make Elloren's life at university as uncomfortable as possible so she'll marry the Ambiguously Evil man she's picked out for her. After Rafe and Trystan get arrested and later run away, she forces Elloren to marry Lukas Grey while being held down by armed guards after having Edwin, who was already sick, beaten to the point of death so she becomes Ren's legal guardian.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: Miraz from Prince Caspian, and Digory's Uncle Andrew in The Magician's Nephew. Andrew gets slightly better, Miraz doesn't and dies. Miraz only becomes one once he has his own son, though. Before that he was happy for Caspian to be his heir.
  • The Camp Half-Blood Series:
    • Zeus is this to Percy Jackson. Zeus is angry at Poseidon for breaking the Pact of the Big Three by fathering Percy (despite being revealed to have been fathering not only one but two demigods himself), so Percy is warned never to take a plane flight lest Zeus try to kill him. Hence why Percy always does his quests on foot. He is also this to Nico and Bianca di Angelo, since it's revealed that Zeus killed their mother Maria di Angelo and would have tried to kill them as well, if not for Hades being a protective dad.
    • After his mother's death, Leo Valdez was denied shelter by his aunt Rosa, who shipped him off to foster care instead. Rosa also blamed him constantly for Esperanza's death, calling him El Diablo ("the Devil") for it.
  • In A College of Magics, one of the obstacles Faris must deal with on the way to inheriting the Duchy of Galazon is a wicked and scheming uncle. It turns out he's not the one sending assassins after her, though, if only because he needs her alive a bit longer until his own plans mature.
  • The Cosmere: Edwarn Ladrian from Wax and Wayne is this to his nephew Waxillium. At first, he tried to raise his nephew as a worthy (in his eyes, meaning ruthless) heir of the family fortune, but Wax rebelled and ran away. Later, he will stop at nothing, up to killing his nephew — who in turn just wants to bring him to justice for his crimes.
  • Red's Uncle Richard in Juliet Marillier's Daughter of the Forest. He's so determined to get his hands on Red's land by marrying him to his daughter that he tries to murder his younger nephew, whom his daughter actually loves, then tries to murder the heroine when she foils his plans by marrying Red.
  • Laharl’s aunt Yasurl from the Disgaea novels wants him off the throne because he is half human. If Laharl don’t step down she would prefer him dead, so she tries to have him assassinated.
  • Inverted in Dragon Bones; Ward's father (who dies at the beginning of the novel) was abusive and an all-around jerk, while his uncle, Duraugh, is a quite decent person, who tries to convince himself that he doesn't want castle Hurog (which Ward is going to inherit). He does want it, but it's not his fault, everyone who grew up there is attached to the area, it's a place of magical power. In the end, he doesn't get in the way of Ward inheriting it.
  • Baron Harkonnen from Dune is evil and an uncle, but he's surprisingly not a straight example of this. He's well aware of his own mortality and he wants to raise a worthy heir to the Harkonnen name. Since he's gay and he has no desire to father children of his own, he looks to his nephews instead. He's still willing to throw his nephew Glossu Rabban to the wolves to help his other nephew Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen's rise to power.
    • Arguably, this is an inversion—he is in fact the maternal grandfather of Paul Atreides, i.e. his sworn enemy; he's more evil to his own (unwitting) progeny than to his nephews. Admittedly, the Bene Gesserit did essentially blackmail him into giving his genes...
  • Elemental Masters: Book 2, The Gates of Sleep, has Arachne Chamberten, aunt of heroine Marina. In part due to jealousy from not inheriting any of the powerful elemental magic that runs in her family, she teaches herself black magic and attempts to murder her niece, and does kill her brother and sister-in-law.
  • In the Enchanted Forest Chronicles, the Right Honorable Order of Wicked Step-mothers has a male auxiliary for Evil Uncles.
    • The one who appears in person is Prince Rupert of Meriambee, a Card-Carrying Villain who's really quite fond of his nephew Prince Jorillam but has to do something wicked to keep his membership in the Wicked Stepmothers' Travelling, Drinking and Debating Society (Men's Auxiliary). (Jorillam, by the way, knows all about this and constantly encourages his uncle to abandon him in the forest so he can have adventures.) So the solution is: abandoning him in the woods is not wicked, because he wants it. Send him to school instead!
  • Esperanza Rising: Esperanza's uncle Tío Luis burns down the ranch after Esperanza's mother refuses to marry him. Even after they flee, he continues to spy on Abuelita, and something bad happening to her because of him worries Esperanza for much of the book.
  • Inverted in Fate/Zero, where Sakura's adoptive uncle Kariya sacrifices his life in an attempt to save her from her adoptive father and grandfather.
  • Isaac Asimov's Foundation Series: "The Mayors": Prince Regent Wienis often gives advice to his nephew, King Lepold. Some of the advice has been to attack Terminus, and sometimes he hints that the Hunting "Accident" which killed King Leopold's father might have been arranged and the same could happen to Lepold if he doesn't go along with Wienis's plans.
  • In "Gentlemen, the King!" by Damon Runyon, the plot against the boy king's life originates with his uncle, who is next in line to the throne.
  • The Gesta Danorum was a 12th century collection of Danish legends and history, with the story of Prince Amleth and his brother-killing uncle serving as the Trope Maker that inspired Hamlet.
  • Prince Robert, the brother of the King of York in the Goosebumps book A Night in Terror Tower, usurped the throne by killing the rightful king and queen before arranging to execute their children, Edward and Susannah of York, the time-displaced Eddie and Sue's real identities.
  • Here Comes Santa Claws, the second of the two Christmas Episode books in the Graveyard School series, had Kyle Chilton dealing with a so-called evil great aunt looking after him for a few days before Christmas. This is a subversion in that said aunt hadn't actually done anything to him yet when she arrived, and Kyle was acting like a spoiled brat because he thought she was going to "ruin his Christmas". Which makes all the magical havoc she wreaked on him justified. Of course, it's implied that she's the distantly related great aunt of numerous children and she enjoys causing a little holiday mischief on the ones who cause trouble unprovoked. Her name, Mab, is a reference to the fairy queen Mab, so it seems only natural that she would be a Karmic Trickster.
  • Coryn from Guardians of Ga'Hoole was raised by his mother Nyra to believe that Soren was this, having killed his father Kludd. But a later vision tells him of the inversion of this trope: Kludd was trying to kill Soren (who was conflicted about whether to kill Kludd to end the war or not) only to be killed in return by Twilight. After finding out the truth, Coryn rejects the harsh ideals of his father and accepts the truth about his uncle, seeing Soren as more of a father figure.
  • Harry Potter:
    • Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia were both abusive to their nephew, Harry. His bedroom for all but one of the first ten years of his life was the cupboard under the hall stairs and barely gave him any freedom. genderflipped in that instead of the father's brother and his wife, we have the mother's sister and her husband.
    • Also genderflipped with Gormlaith Gaunt, the maternal aunt of Isolt Sayre. Gaunt was a descendant of Salazar Slytherin and believed in pureblood families. When Isolt (herself a pureblood descendant of Slytherin by way of her mother and of the witch Morrigan by way of her father) was very little, Gaunt attacked and murdered her parents (for daring to be nice to their Muggle neighbors) and took the girl to raise her in her own twisted views, telling Isolt that she was rescuing her from some other attackers. Eventually, Isolt learned the truth. She also desperately wanted to attend Hogwarts, but Gaunt forbade it, claiming that the other three founders distorted Slytherin's original vision for the school by allowing Muggle-born wizards and witches to attend. Isolt eventually fled across the pond to the American colonies and settled in the wilderness, befriending a Pukwudgie, a short creature related to goblins. She later adopted two orphaned boys, whose wizard parents were slain by another creature, and fell in love with a Muggle (or No-Maj) settler (an unintentional "screw you" to Gaunt). When Gaunt learned that her niece started a new school in North America and married a Muggle, she secretly crossed the ocean and tried to slaughter the entire family, except for Isolt's infant twin daughters, whom Gaunt was planning on raising herself. The family was saved by the Pukwudgie Isolt had befriended earlier, who killed the evil witch with a poisoned arrow.
    • Another evil aunt example is Bellatrix Lestrange. Besides being one of Voldemort's most loyal Death Eaters and a former prisoner of Azkaban, she successfully killed her niece, Nymphadora Tonks, during the Battle of Hogwarts, whom she already hated due to being the daughter of her "blood traitor" sister Andromeda and later marrying the werewolf Remus Lupin.
  • Cutter Amberville in I'll Take Manhattan, who is really pissed off because he wasn't born first compared to his "perfect" brother. Thus, he proceeds to knock up his brother's wife, molest his niece a little, cheat on his own wife with her sister (causing her to kill herself), and that's what he gets up to before he starts re-enacting Hamlet.
  • Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker from James and the Giant Peach are evil aunts.
  • Jane Eyre gives an interesting case of this. Jane's aunt is a Wicked Stepmother in all but name, but both of Jane's uncles in the book are portrayed as nice, charitable men, including the evil aunt's husband and another that left Jane an inheritance.
  • Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson has Ebenezer Balfour, uncle of protagonist David, a miser who plots to murder his nephew. When that fails, he arranges to have him sold into slavery.
  • Beause collecting billions from his Evil Plan is somehow not enough, Dr. Anton Murik in Licence Renewed plans to assassinate his ward, a daughter of his half-brother, for her inheritance.
  • Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles, which is a retelling of the Cinderella story, uses an "evil aunt" as a plot twist. Towards the end of the book, the heroine, Cinder, learns that the wicked Queen Levana, who has been trying to entrap Prince Kai, is her mother's sister.
  • In The Mad King by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Prince Peter is regent to his nephew, the boy king Leopold. He has Leopold locked away, announces that the boy has lost his wits from grief at his father's death, and attempts to set himself up as Regent for Life.
  • Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: Magnus Chase's uncle, Randolf, sides with Loki against him, because Loki promises to bring his dead family back. Thanks to a family dispute, Natalie Chase also raised Magnus to distrust his other uncle, Frederick, hence why he is not close to him or Frederick's daughter, Annabeth.
  • Fanny Price of Mansfield Park is sent to live with her mother's sister's family when she's ten years old. Although her uncle Sir Thomas Bertram is stern and intimidating, he's still a decent man who cares about his niece as much as his children. Her mother's other sister Mrs. Norris, on the other hand, could give Jane Eyre's Mrs. Reed a run for her money in the Cruelest Evil Aunt category.
  • Miss Honey's aunt Trunchbull in Matilda, who not only abused her throughout her childhood, but also allegedly killed her father, Magnus.
  • Jasper in Charles Dickens's unfinished The Mystery of Edwin Drood, who is the murderer, according to reports from Dickens' friends and relatives.
  • Swedish writer Simona Ahrnstedt gives us Wilhelm Löwenström in Överenskommelser. While even his treatment of his own children has been awful in the past, he now has his niece Beatrice as his favorite victim. He abuses her for five years, to the point of bullying her into marriage with a man, who's like forty years older than her and treats women like dirt under his shoes. Wilhelm's attempts to break Beatrice down into becoming a subservient woman includes threats, nearly starving her to death and direct physical violence.
  • Phenomena has an interesting take on this where Tarkan is actually the Chosen Ones' adoptive father Sha-ra's younger brother Mentor, making him pretty much this. Interestingly does he take a Heel–Face Turn to help out when Sha-ra dies to make up for his sins.
  • The Reynard Cycle: Corvino, the Countess Persephone's uncle by marriage, is perceived to be this by many people. Persephone herself believes that he was the source of the numerous attempts on her life over the years, in order that he might inherit her title. Turns out it was actually her cousin, Celia, who wanted her dead.
  • The Saga of the Faroe Islanders: For personal gain, Thrand of Gotu participates in the murder plot against his own cousins Brestir and Beinir, and sells their sons Sigmund and Thorir into slavery, thus setting off their life-long conflict. When Sigmund returns to the islands triumphantly, Thrand fakes remorse and tries to capitalize on his blood ties to Sigmund to escape punishment, but weasels out of the peace agreement as soon as the opportunity presents itself, and again plots against Sigmund. Thrand's behaviour contrasts with that of Sigmund, who spares Thrand's life twice on account of their kinship, even though he knows Thrand feels no such compunctions.
  • Sans Famille: Big Bad James Milligan is the uncle of protagonist Remi.
  • The uncle of Uhtred in Bernard Cornwell's Saxon novels stole his title and fortress.
  • Closely done with the Elf Maeglin in The Silmarillion. While not Earendil's uncle, he is the cousin of their mother Idril, who he desires. During the Fall of Gondolin he attempts to murder the 7-year old Earendil and take Idril, but her husband Tuor throws him off the walls. Interestingly enough Maeglin also technically counts as an Evil Nephew, as his betraying Gondolin leads to the death of its King, his Uncle Turgon. It is thought Maeglin's attempt to kill Earendil may be partially resentment that it ruins his chances of succeeding Turgon and anger that his cousin married a man, who he thought little of.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire:
    • As far as most of the Seven Kingdoms are aware, King Joffrey has a whole parade of Evil Uncles: the usurpers Renly and Stannis Baratheon, the "twisted little monkey demon" Tyrion Lannister, who is eventually convicted of Joffrey's murder, and the bloodthirsty Jaime Lannister. The subversion is that none of them are actually evil uncles: The Baratheons aren't really Joffrey's uncles since Joffrey wasn't fathered by Robert Baratheon, Tyrion actually cares for his nephew (at first), Jaime is also Joffrey's biological father as well as his uncle and, while not a straightforward hero, is a far more morally complex character then he first appears, Stannis is trying to take the throne out of his sense of duty. Renly may play this slightly more straight as he was planning on overthrowing Joffrey while thinking they were his nephew, though ironically despite being the most villainous of this four he is the most well-liked, partially because he died before he could dethrone Joffrey and it is believed his ghost helped defeat Stannis. And while none of the four are saints, Joffrey is much more evil than all of them put together, with Jaime even thinking that Joffrey deserved to die and Tyrion, though knowing Joffrey's younger brother Tommen would probably be a better king, will not kill Joffrey despite Joffrey delighting in tormenting him.
      • Played with slightly more with Stannis. At one point, he considers burning one of Robert's illegitimate children, Edric Storm — his nephew — because, according to the Sorceress Melisandre, Edric's kingsblood will enable Stannis to raise a dragon. Stannis is encouraged in this by one of the uncles of his wife Selyse, Ser Axell Florent, even though Edric is also one of Axell's great-nephews (Edric's mother, Delena, is the daughter of Axell's brother Colin). Stannis does eventually seem to come round to the idea of sacrificing Edric, but he is clearly very reluctant, only agreeing as he feels it's his duty to become king and promises Melisandre that she'll die if this fails. Thankfully, his loyal adviser Davos Seaworth smuggles Edric away before Stannis can go through with this.
    • Downplayed and played straight in Theon and Asha Greyjoy's case. Their uncles Aeron and Victarion are no more evil than any other Ironborn, don't have any particular grudge against their niece and nephew, and are fanatically loyal to their father Balon. Aeron does oppose Asha inheriting the Seastone Chair after Balon's death despite Balon's wishes, but this is because of his religious belief that a woman can't sit the Seastone Chair. Their uncle Euron, on the other hand, raped one brother's wife and is heavily implied to have molested the other as a child. When he wins the throne of the Iron Islands, Asha makes sure to be as far away as possible as quickly as possible, on the advice of her favorite uncle Rodrik Harlaw, who knows she threatens Euron's power. We hear that among the Ironborn it is not unusual for an uncle to dethrone and murder a weaker nephew. Similarly, we hear that Tristifer Botley's father, Lord Sawane Botley of Lordsport, was drowned by Euron for refusing to support their claim, and Lordsport was given to Tristifer's uncle, Germund.
    • Arnolf Karstark's great-nephew (and liege lord) Harrion is taken hostage by the Lannisters in an attempt to force his allegiance. Instead, he declares against the Lannisters, not out of defiance but in the hope that Lord Harrion will be executed, leaving Harrion's sister (Alys Karstark) the heir so Arnolf's son Cregan can forcibly marry her, making himself the Lord of Karhold. And then, for good measure, Arnolf plans to betrays his sworn king Stannis Baratheon as well. Cregan can also count as this trope since Alys has always referred to him as her uncle and they are referenced as uncle and neice in-universe (he is actually her first cousin once removed). Cregan wants to forcibly marry Alys to become Lord of Karhold and Alys fears he'll kill her once she's given birth to an heir, so she runs off to the Wall, where Jon Snow marries her off to a wildling lord.
    • From the early Targaryen dynasty was Maegor the Cruel, son of Aegon I Targaryen. After his half-brother Aenys died, he claimed the throne, beheaded the Grand Maester who dared to call him out on this, killed two of Aenys's sons (the eldest, Aegon, Maegor personally killed on the battlefield; the second, Viserys, was kept at court as Maegor's squire/hostage to ensure his mother Alyssa Velaryon's good behaviour, only to be tortured to death for information on Alyssa's whereabouts when she fled King's Landing) and married one of Aenys's daughters Rhaena (who also happened to be Prince Aegon's widow). He was thought to be the cruelest Targaryen King until Aerys II over 200 years later. The youngest son of Aenys, Jaehaerys (who was only 14 at the time), led a successful rebellion and Maegor died mysteriously before Jaehaerys reached King's Landing, many thinking Maegor killed himself with the Iron Throne—or that the Iron Throne somehow killed him.
    • Viserys II was suspected of having his well-liked nephew Baelor the Blessed poisoned. However, it looks more likely Baelor died from his excessive fasting. Also, Viserys was the one really running the Seven Kingdoms as Hand of the King during their reign as his nephew's excessive piety meant he wasn't an efficient King, and Baelor may have intended to try converting all the Seven Kingdoms, which would have caused trouble with the North and the Iron Islands.
    • Visenya Targaryen is suspected of having her nephew and stepson Aenys (due to Aegon marrying both his sisters) poisoned so her son Maegor could succeed ahead of Aenys' sons.
    • Happened during "The Dance of the Dragons", a civil war between two branches of House Targaryen from the two marriages of Viserys I. Hostilities really began when one of Rhaenyra's sons, Lucerys Velaryon, was killed by one of Rhaenyra's half-brothers, Aemond Targaryen, even though Lucerys had come as a messenger. For this Lucerys' stepfather Daemon Targaryen had Jaehaerys, one of Aegon II's sons and his half-nephew by marriage/great-nephew (he had married his niece Rhaenyra) killed. Later Daemon and Aemond killed each other in battle (Daemon's body was never found but it is very unlikely he survived). Aegon, the oldest surviving son of Rhaenyra, was kept hostage by his half-uncle Aegon II after he had Rhaenyra eaten by his dragon. When the war began turning against Aegon II, he ordered his nephew's ear to be cut off, though was poisoned before this could happen, meaning his nephew became Aegon III.
    • Brynden Rivers "Bloodraven" plays with this. When one of his half-brothers Daemon Blackfyre rebelled against their legitimate brother Daeron II Targaryen, Brynden slew Daemon and his two eldest sons, Aegon and Aemon, with his arrows, though as they were rebels trying to overthrow the King and Brynden was supporting the King this could be justified. Later, at a Great Council to determine succession after the death of Daeron's youngest son Maekar I, another of Daemon's sons, Aenys, tried to make a claim. Bloodraven offered him safe conduct, but when he was in King's Landing Brynden had him executed. The new King, Maekar's youngest son Aegon V, exiled him to the Wall for this, not because of who he'd killed but because he'd broken the word of the Iron Throne.
    • Tywin Lannister's grandfather Gerold became Lord of Casterly Rock after the sudden death of his brother, Tybolt, and shortly after Tybolt's daughter, Cerelle, died, meaning he was suspected of murdering them.
    • Cersei Lannister is an Evil Aunt to Stannis' daughter, Shireen. To counter the claims that Cersei's children are born of incest (which they are), she drums up Malicious Slander that Shireen is the illegitimate daughter of Axell Florent (her great uncle) or Stannis' fool Patchface.
    • Lysa Arryn is revealed to be this in A Storm of Swords. Not only was she an accomplice in Littlefinger's ploy to destroy the Seven Kingdoms, she nearly kills her niece Sansa Stark because she thinks she will take him away from her.
  • Split Heirs: Prince Mimulus, alias the Black Weasel, is already plotting when the story ends to assassinate his niece, newly crowned Queen Arbol. Given that she's popular and well defended, he sees this as a nice challenge.
  • In Sophia House by Michael D. O'Brien, Great-Uncle Nicholas is a pedophile, who molests his six-year-old great-nephew, the protagonist. Also, a Creepy Uncle.
  • Jason Compson from The Sound and the Fury. He is cruel to his niece Quentin (as well as to almost everyone else) and he has been stealing the money her banished, suffering, hard-working mother Caddy sent for her, without having even the excuse of being poor.
  • In Stardust, The Reveal is that the scheming and fratricidal Seven Princes of Stormhold were actually Tristran's uncles. Although they're not the primary villains.
  • In Lewis Carroll's Sylvie and Bruno, the Sub-Warden, Sibimet, is the title characters' uncle, and is trying to take control of Outland from their father, the Warden (his brother).
  • Subverted in Tom's Midnight Garden, with the Kitsons. Tom is bored and miserable, at first, when he must stay with his aunt and uncle, and he wishes they were evil so he could be justified in running away. The same book features an Evil Aunt in Grace Melbourne, who terrorizes and emotionally abuses her niece, calling her a monster and a charity-child.
  • Tortall Universe:
    • Song of the Lioness: Duke Roger of Conté is technically Prince Jonathan's cousin, but Jon calls him "Uncle". Roger poses as a Cool Uncle, but is actually an Evil Sorcerer hell-bent on murdering his aunt, uncle, and cousin to become king. And after he Comes Back Wrong, he decides to try and destroy the entire kingdom.
    • Beka Cooper: In Mastiff, although Prince Baird is not the leader of the conspiracy trying to overthrow his brother King Roger, he's still willingly involved in it, which includes the kidnapping and enslavement of his four-year-old nephew Prince Gareth.
  • A Twisted Tale: The evil Queen, named "Ingrid" here, is not only Snow White's Wicked Stepmother but also her maternal aunt.
  • Thantos and Fredo DuBaer of T*Witches. Fredo kills his brother Aron, the father of protagonists Alex and Cam. Thantos tries killing his nieces multiple times, and tries to marry their mother. In the movies (TV movies on the Disney Channel), there is no Fredo; it is Thantos who kills Aron, along with trying to kill Alex and Cam.
  • In Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu's Uncle Silas, the heroine is made the ward of her Black Sheep uncle after her father dies; her father believed that Silas was a reformed man, and wished to give him an opportunity to prove himself. Unfortunately, it turns out her father was wrong, and Uncle Silas attempts to murder her so her inheritance will pass to him.
  • Until We Meet Again: This is a big reveal in this book. Lawrence's uncle, Ned Foster, had apparently racked up gambling debts that he's unable to pay off. In desperation, he made a deal with the Cartelli family. They would help him out of his situation, and in return, Ned would give them Lawrence to act as their lawyer. To that end, he started pushing Lawrence into a relationship with Fay, a member of the Cartelli family, in hopes they'd fall in love. When that doesn't work out, he gets so angry he decides to kill Lawrence.
  • Warhammer 40,000: In Dan Abnett's Gaunt's Ghosts novel First & Only, Gaunt's "Uncle Dercius" is not a real uncle, and does his best to look out for Gaunt. However, in the end, this was because Gaunt's father had died because of Dercius's cowardly flight from battle.
  • Wings of Fire: Tsunami's uncle Shark is a commander in the SeaWing army, and he's very grouchy and aggressive. So much so that Tsunami suspects that he might've been the one to kill most of Queen Coral's daughters so that he could get the throne. This is eventually subverted, for despite his aggressive attitude, Shark ends up fighting loyally for the Sea Kingdom when under attack.
  • Wonder Woman: Warbringer: Michael Santos, Alia's godfather and Theo's father, is set up to appear as this. He's a Red Herring, deliberately set up by Jason, and at the end there's nothing indicating that he's actually a bad guy.
  • In the second half of Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff becomes this to his niece-by-marriage Catherine Linton, whom he imprisons at Wuthering Heights and forces to marry his son to solidify his claim to her dying father's property.
  • Seen near the very end of The Last Unicorn. With the main plot resolved, Schmendrick and Molly are on their way out of Haggard's realm when they encounter "the Princess Alison Jocelyn, daughter to good King Giles, and him foully murdered by his brother, the bloody Duke Wulf..." She goes on to explain that her uncle not only killed her father, but also took her three brothers captive in order to force the princess to marry his son; she managed to bribe a guard and escape, but needs help to save her brothers and reclaim the kingdom. Schmendrick gives her his horse and sends her in the direction of Haggard's son, whom he knows needs a new quest, adding that "I send all my princesses to him."

    Live-Action TV 
  • Subverted in Arrested Development. Michael briefly dates a beautiful heiress whose sinister uncle controls her money band refuses to let her see Michael. It's later revealed that she has the mind of a kindergartener and her uncle is her concerned guardian. He controls her money because she's not competent to use it, and keeps her away from Michael because she doesn't have the capacity to consent.
  • Subverted technically, in Blackadder's first season, which is set in an Alternate History where Richard III was a kind and loving uncle who was succeeded by one of the Princes in the Tower, Richard the Fourth, and the Evil Uncle and double murder history recorded was the result of a later king going back and falsifying records. That said his nephew was a homicidal maniac who suggested using his own son as arrow fodder and he was doting and supportive of him so he was not a much better king otherwise.
  • Cathedral Of The Sea: Grau Puig, a greedy merchant who married into the nobility. He profits from slavery, commits murder, and made his orphaned nephew a servant.
  • Criminal Minds: The episode, "Seven Seconds," had an evil uncle and an evil aunt, with the latter being the Villain of the Week. As revealed in the episode, the uncle had been molesting his niece, and the aunt decided to kidnap and attempt to kill her niece out of jealousy.
  • Justin Morningway from The Dresden Files. Among dear old Uncle Justin's crimes: arranging for his sister Margaret's murder ("she had dangerous ideas!")and, some years later, killing his brother-in-law with a voodoo doll in order to get custody of his magically gifted eleven-year-old nephew, whom he, with the help of a necromancer's cursed ghost, hoped to turn into a loyal political ally and supporter steeped in Black Magic. Oh, and let's not forget that although this failed spectacularly, Uncle Justin left behind a doppelganger who resurrected the necromancer and then forced the necromancer to steal the nephew's life force and implant it in Morningway's corpse.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Deconstructed by Stannis and Renly Baratheon, who contest their nephew's claim to the throne. However, Joffrey is The Caligula and neither the rightful king nor their nephew. Besides it takes more than just wanting to depose him to make them "evil." However, though this is downplayed in the show Renly was willing to usurp who he believes was his nephew from the Iron Throne before Ned revealed their illegitimacy. Granted, Joffrey was a monster, but by supporting the rumor of their illegitimacy, Renly and Stannis were also willing to disgrace Myrcella and Tommen. Played straight with Stannis in Season 3, when he contemplates burning his biological nephew, Robert's bastard son Gendry, to gain magical advantage for his campaign.
    • Played totally straight by Euron Greyjoy to Theon and Yara. He shows up to seize the throne of the Iron Islands by killing his brother Balon and usurping Yara's right to it, then planning to kill both of them to eliminate a threat to his power, but they manage to flee successfully. At first.
    • Ellaria Sand is more than willing to have her innocent nephew Trystane assassinated in cold blood under the prospect that "weak men" like him will never rule over Dorne again.
  • The Glamorous Imperial Concubine: Fu Ya's uncle usurps the throne and murders most of his family.
  • Chuck's uncle Jack on Gossip Girl is definitely evil. He doesn't particularly mind if his seventeen year-old, newly orphaned nephew falls off the rooftop of a building and he delights in ruining said nephew's life a year later.
  • Guardian: The Lonely and Great God: Eun-tak's aunt and cousins force her to do their chores, verbally and physically abuse her and try to steal Eun-tak's mother's life insurance.
  • In Help! I'm a Teenage Outlaw, Sir John Snakelaw is Lady Devereux's uncle and legal legal guardian. He has commandeered her castle for his own use and keeps her a virtual prisoner within it while he schemes ways to take full possession of her fortune.
  • In I, Claudius, Emperor Caligula is technically this before he becomes an Uncle. He impregnates his sister, but thinks he and his sister are Gods, so tries to imitate the birth of Athena by cutting the child out of her womb and eating it. Then there is his Great-Uncle Tiberius, who apparently murdered his nephew Germanicus, Caligula's Father, as he was more popular. It turns out that Caligula assisted with his father's murder and one of his henchmen ends up murdering Tiberius so Caligula can become Emperor.
  • In From the Cold: Felipe and Andrés Calero to their nephews Rámon and Diego. They're either treated badly or worse drawn into terrorism.
  • Justified: Johnny Crowder definitely has this opinion of his Uncle Bo, who crippled him with a shotgun blast to the gut. Of course, Johnny himself is a criminal who was setting Bo up to take the fall for his, and his cousin Boyd's actions, so while Bo's certainly evil, his attitude towards Johnny is fairly understandable.
  • Legacies has Kai Parker, the Saltzman twins' maternal uncle, who killed their mother (his own twin sister) on her wedding day and was trapped in a prison dimension.
  • Lost Love in Times: Yuan An plans to kill his nephew Yuan Ling. Made even more complicated because Yuan Ling grew up thinking Yuan An is his father, and he only discovers the truth as an adult.
  • The Nennog of Maddigan's Quest was this to Timon, Eden and Jewel; it's made clear from the start he wants them dead. Well, Eden and Jewel, at least...
  • Count Dregon was the main villain of Masked Rider and Prince Dex's uncle.
  • As of Season 4, Prince Arthur from Merlin has his uncle Agravaine, who's secretly working with Morgana, partially in revenge for his sister dying birthing Arthur, and Arthur's father Uther killing his brother when they fought Uther over this.
  • Power Rangers Ninja Storm: Big Bad Lothor is revealed to be this to Cam, son of Big Good Sensei, during a time travel story. This is actually brought up more often than the fact that Lothor killed Hunter and Blake's parents.
    "You can't choose your family, Lothor, and I certainly didn't choose you."
  • The Princess Wei Young: Tuoba Yu and Tuoba Han are Tuoba Jun's uncles, and both are plotting against him to get the throne.
  • Resurrection: Ertuğrul: Kurdoglu serves as this to Ertugrul, Gundogdu, and Dundar in season 1. However, it only becomes fully obvious to them upon hijacking the Kayi Tribe and ordering the alps in his service to carry the unwilling ones to their execution.
    • Aslihan’s uncle, Bahadir Bey, shows up early in season 4 to claim the Cavdar tribe alongside his wife Karaca, who thereby serves as her evil aunt since Karaca has no opposition to Bahadir’s schemes.
  • The Rise of Phoenixes: Helian Lie tries to usurp Helian Zheng's throne by crowning Zheng's two-year-old half-brother.
  • The Tales from the Crypt episode "Fitting Punishment" centres around a homeless, orphaned teenager being sent to live with his miserly uncle. The uncle treats him as slave labour, cripples him for life during a beating, and then murders him after deciding that the boy is costing him too much money. Eventually the boy returns as a zombie and beats his uncle to death.
  • The primary antagonists of the first season of Teen Wolf and the fourth season as well are Derek's evil uncle Peter, who wants to subdue everybody under his alpha powers, and Allison's evil aunt Kate, who kills innocent people in contrast to the more lawful Hunter's Code. In contrast, the major parents shown in the series (Scott's mom, Stiles's dad, Allison's father) are strictly on the side of good.
  • In Trail of Lies, Felix Khoury is to his niece Paulinha at first, considering that he abandoned her in a trash bin when she was just a newborn, just because he didn't want to have to compete with anyone for his inheritance.
  • None of the elder Marquezes in Velvet are particularly good people, but Pilar plays this role most directly in her efforts to destroy the Galerias Velvet and prop up her own department store.

  • There is a German band known as Boehse Onkelz, which translates as... well, you know.
  • The Who's Tommy's Wicked Uncle Ernie. He molested Tommy when Tommy was a teenager, and exploits him after Tommy's cult becomes a religion.
  • Uncle Meat by Frank Zappa was the intended soundtrack to "a movie we haven't got enough money for to make yet". In the liner notes of the album we find out that Uncle Meat is a Mad Scientist who wants to rule the world with an army of mutant monsters. He would return in the liner notes of The Grand Wazoo.

    Myths & Religion 
  • Gender-Flipped with the Goddess Hera, who often tortured her brother Zeus's children. Since she was also his wife, and the kids she did this to were his children by other women (which pissed her off like you wouldn't believe) she literally doubles as a Wicked Stepmother.
  • Older Than Dirt: Set, the Egyptian god of chaos, violence, and the desert, murdered his brother Osiris and usurped his kingdom. Then afterwards, Osiris's sister/wife Isis had to hide their infant son Horus from Set. When Horus gew up, Set refused to return the kingdom to Horus, leading to a long fight between them.
  • In Hindu Lore, the Avatar Krishna's uncle Kamsa was a kind fellow who loved his sister until he heard a prophecy stating that his nephew would overthrow him. This made him go berserk, imprisoning his sister and killing her nine children in succession as soon as they were born. Needless to say, the tenth child escaped and kicked his ass after he grew up.
  • Also in Hindu mythology is the uncle Shakuni from the Mahabharat, who right from the start hates that his sister marries a blind man(and subsequently blinds herself with a cloth as well) and forever plots for his nephew to be king, while plotting against his other nephews who have a better right to be king.
  • Loki in the actual Norse Mythology, is not Odin's son as in the Marvel version but his foster-brother (a custom of the Norsemen where very close friends took an oath that made them legally siblings). Although mostly a trickster, in the end he is destined to murder his foster-nephew Baldr and start the process that will lead to Ragnarök!
  • The founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus, killed their grand-uncle, Amulius. He had usurped the throne of Alba Longa from his brother Numitor and killed his son and daughter (the mother of the twins).

  • In the backstory of Mad Daedalus, the Greek inventor Daedalus murders his nephew due to jealousy over the accolades the latter received.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Magic: The Gathering has Uncle Istvan, from The Dark expansion. Although we only have the card's name to take for the fact that he is an uncle, his flavor text makes it clear that he is quite evil.
  • Warhammer features Nagash, who in addition to his many, many, many other crimes murdered his nephew, the legitimate heir to his brother Thutep's throne (who he also murdered) and then tricked the kid's mother into drinking a potion containing her murdered son's remains.

  • Electra: Aegisthus, being a close cousin who became Electra's step-father after murdering her dad and marrying her mom. He also plans to seal her up in a cave.
  • The Lion King: Scar believes that having heirs will make him feel complete as a king. It's in fact his guilty conscience about killing his own brother and exiling his nephew that makes him feel empty, but that doesn't stop him from hitting on Nala.
  • Hamlet: Claudius, generally considered the Trope Codifier, having killed his own brother and then married his wife, prompting Hamlet to seek revenge at the behest of his father's ghost.
  • The Little Mermaid: Ursula is Ariel's evil aunt. This connection was cut from the movie, but it was restored for the Broadway musical.
  • William Shakespeare's Richard III is one of the most famous examples of an uncle out to kill his nephew, so he can assume the throne himself.
  • Thyestes: Atreus is the definitive Evil Uncle — he feeds his nephews to their father to avenge Thyestes' affair with Mrs. Atreus.

    Video Games 
  • Harebrained Schemes' Battletech gives us Santiago Espinosa, who usurps the throne of The Aurigan Reach from his niece Kamea and attempts to kill her.
  • In Bravely Default II, the Night's Nexus was once the sister of the ancient Musan king who gave his life to seal her away, and is thus Gloria's evil great-aunt several dozen generations or so removed.* Unavoidable in Crusader Kings, since all children who don't inherit a title will get a claim to the title. So if your character dies, all your former brothers become this trope. It is rather common that your uncle takes up arms to get the title by force. Unless you take another succession law where your heir isn't your child, but that opens another can of worms.
  • Dishonored 2 gives us Delilah Copperspoon, who usurps the throne of The Isles from her niece Emily and attempts to kill her.
  • In The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, Orvas Dren is the leader of the Camonna Tong, the mafia-esque native Dunmeri criminal syndicate which controls Morrowind's smuggling and slaving operations. His niece, Ilmeni, is the leader of the Twin Lamps, a slave freeing organization. Naturally, as Slavery Is a Special Kind of Evil, the two are at odds. You can assist Ilmeni as part of a side-quest line, while you'll need to deal with Orvas one way or another during the main quest line.
  • Far Cry 4: Pagan Min. He's the self-appointed "King of Kyrat", a dictator of a small drug-manufacturing country who kills citizens for fun and profit. He also has his ex-girlfriend's son kidnapped and transported into the house of a slave torturer to dine on Crab Rangoon together. Ajay's first instinct is to run. He then gives out hints that "Uncle Pagan" is setting up Ajay as his heir... even though neither of them are blood related or royalty. He's not joking.
  • In Final Fantasy XV, Ardyn is actually the brother of the ancient Lucian king who betrayed and usurped him, and is thus Noctis' evil great-uncle several dozen generations or so removed.
  • Fire Emblem has many examples:
    • In Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War, Prince Lewyn has two of these to contend with, Maios and Daccar. ( Though in the Oosawa manga, Daccar is shown to have some Hidden Depths and then goes the Redemption Equals Death way). Later on Bloom is this to Tine and if Tailtiu didn't have kids, to Linda, though he isn't as cruel to her as his wife and Tine's Aunt, Hilda was. Hilda actually tortured Tine or Linda's mother to death and has children gathered up as Human Sacrifices in her free time, lovely woman really. If the player pairs up Lex and Azelle with anyone, Danan and Arvis become Evil Uncles to their children. Of course, even if Azelle isn't paired up with anyone, Arvis is still technically this to Seliph.
    • Lord Lundgren, younger brother of Lyndis's grandfather, Hausen, in Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade. Lundgren desires his brother's position as Marquess and is angered by the possibility of Hausen reuniting with his long-lost granddaughter. Thus, to secure his inheritance, Lundgren has his brother poisoned, frames his grandniece as an impostor, and tries to have her assassinated.
    • Radiant Dawn manages to subvert this with Queen Elincia's uncle, Lord Renning: he cares deeply for her, and wants her to take the throne. The not so good actions that Renning performed as Bertram, one of the Four Riders of Daein, came from him being Brainwashed and Crazy via a Psycho Serum.
    • It's subverted in Fire Emblem Fates: Azura's mother Queen Arete of Nohr and the Avatar's mother Queen Mikoto of Hoshido are actually good persons... who Came Back Wrong thanks to the Big Bad Anankos. Even more - Arete battles her niece/nephew, her daughter and their troops not knowing who they are since she's got Laser-Guided Amnesia. Once either of them is defeated (and in Arete's case, she recovers her memories), they die in peace and speaking to their relatives kindly.
    • In Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Dimitri's paternal uncle Rufus was the unseen regent of the Kingdom of Holy Kingdom of Faerghus who gets killed during the Time Skip. The worst that was mentioned of Rufus was that his leadership was far from competent and that there were unproven rumors that he was involved in the Tragedy of Duscur that got Dimitri's father killed. Three Hopes reveals however that Rufus was in-fact complict in the Tragedy of Duscur, and sought to kill Dimitri by means of the Uriah Gambit. At the same time, he was became paranoid of Dimitri taking revenge.
  • In Granblue Fantasy, Loki is this to Orchis, as it's revealed that he's Orchis' father's brother. He loathes her to the core and wishes to never hear her call him that ever. If the Black Knights's information is to be taken to any hint, it may have to do with him not approving of the marriage of Orchis's parents.
  • Guenevere: Lancelot saves a princess from her Evil Aunt during one of his Time Skip adventures.
  • Wilfred Hermeien from The Last Remnant. He is Marina's brother, making him Irina and Rush's uncle, who's willing to use Irina's power to control the Remnants of the world. Bonus points for seriously threatening to feed her to his pet Harpylia at one point, and pulling a knife on her at another.
  • Nioh 2: "The First Samurai" DLC reveals that the main villain, Otakemaru, is the protagonist's uncle. Otakemaru himself is unaware of the relationship up until his defeat in the base game.
  • Persona 5: After her mother Wakaba died, Futaba was sent to live with her uncle Youji, whose abuse (he refused to even let her have a bed) led to her present social anxiety issues. After Futaba was Happily Adopted by Wakaba's friend Soujirou (in exchange for the inheritance fund), Youji began threatening him with trumped-up abuse charges and lawsuits out of resentment towards his naturally successful sister..
  • Heiss from Radiant Historia winds up hitting almost every point in the description. Jealous, childless younger brother? Check. Royalty? Check. Cain and Abel? Check. Ex-Cool Uncle? Check. Repeatedly tries to kill his niece and sends his nephew out on blatantly impossible missions? Check. However, twisting the trope a bit, he deeply and genuinely loves his nephew and considers himself a Stealth Mentor. As far as he's concerned his niece can go die in a fire, though.
  • The Wedding: Uncle Jack, who is the main antagonist of the game. Except that the family didn't know about his insanity or evil deeds, until Anima went into his house and read his diary notes. Said notes indicate that he was taking pills to assume a normal demeanour when in public.
  • X-Wing Alliance, Ace's uncle Antan sides with the Empire.

    Visual Novels 
  • Higurashi: When They Cry: Satoko's uncle Teppei physically abuses her in Tatarigoroshi-hen and Minagoroshi-hen. Her aunt, Tamae, wasn't very nice either.
  • Morgan Fey in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is an evil aunt. First she tries to get Maya framed for murder, and then when that doesn't work she outright tries to get Maya killed. Note that, since Morgan actually was the older sister and was passed up for the position of Master of Kurain because her spiritual power was weak compared to her younger sister's, this technically isn't for her own benefit, but rather to install her Child Prodigy daughter, Pearl, as the next Master, with her controlling the kid.
  • Crow Harbor in the backstory of Sunrider was the bastard son of the Ryuvian Infinite Emperor, and after the Emperor and the crown prince were assassinated by an unknown party (it is never confirmed whether it was Crow, his brother, or someone else entirely), he plunged the galaxy into a devastating civil war in a bid to put himself on the throne. His niece Sola, who happened to be a bastard herself, led the fight against him, and it’s implied that he tried to kill her many times. Then he and his fleet wind up traveling forward in time, creating a rift in time, and he becomes the Greater-Scope Villain, lying in wait to conquer the galaxy.
  • Umineko: When They Cry has Kasumi Sumadera, an Evil Aunt who's out for revenge against her niece Ange since her mother Kyrie's marriage to Rudolf Ushiromiya ruined her life.

    Web Animation 
  • Lilium -Sims 2 has a case of an evil aunt. The protagonist, Isis, is in love with her brother; however, her brother rejects her and marries another. The two have a daughter together. Upon meeting her young niece, Isis is struck by how much she resembles her mother. In her jealousy, she kills her.
  • In the story titled, "My Mom is Too Overprotective," from My Story Animated, it is revealed that the reason why Princess Aurora's parents kept her from leaving their castle for her entire life is because when Aurora was a baby, her evil aunt abducted Aurora in an attempt to become next in line for the throne.

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    Web Original 
  • "The Head Start," an edition of R.L. Stine's Rainy Night Theater, featured a boy and her female cousin learning about a werewolf committing various attacks in the forest, and they are led to believe the werewolf was the boy's father (the girl's uncle). In actuality, the werewolf was revealed as the girl's aunt (the boy's mother).

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    Western Animation 
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • Inverted in Avatar: The Last Airbender, where Zuko's father is the evil, younger brother who stole the throne, while his uncle is a genuinely nice, caring person. Zuko himself said his uncle was more of a father figure to him when he was Calling the Old Man Out. Interestingly, though, Iroh was originally this while the show was still in design. Before he was redesigned into the tea-loving, Pai Sho playing Big Fun that we all know and love, he would have taught Zuko incorrect firebending on Ozai's orders and fought Zuko in season 3. Ozai would've become this to Lu-Ten, Iroh's late son.
    • Played straight in The Legend of Korra with Unalaq, Korra's uncle. Not only does he fix the trial to get his brother Tonraq sent to prison for life, but he also arranged for him to be exiled by paying barbarians to attack the city and hide in the spirit forest, which Tonraq destroyed. When Korra learns this, she turns against him and calls him out on his jealousy. He also trained Korra for his own desires - unlike Iroh, who genuinely cared for his nephew Zuko. Not only that, but he appears to be a neglectful father to the Creepy Twins Eska and Desna as well, such as leaving an injured Desna on the ground just to try and open the Spirit World portal. The contrast between Iroh and Unalaq becomes more evident in the episode "A New Spiritual Age", when both appear in different moments and interact with Korra. Then he fuses with Vaatu, becoming Korra's Evil Counterpart, the Dark Avatar.
  • Double Dragon: The Shadow Master. In one episode, Mrs. Lee, the mother of Billy and Jimmy makes an appearance. She reveals that not only is she their mother, but the main villain, the Shadow Master is none other than her brother, making him the twins' uncle.
  • Biker Mice from Mars:
    • The original 1993 series revealed the main villain Lawrence Lactavius Limburger to be an uncle in the episode "Modo Hangs it Up", although his nephew Marshall is even worse.
    • The 2006 revival episode "Swimming with Sharks" introduces Vinnie's maternal aunt Mago, who is a space pirate who wants to kill Stoker for becoming leader of the Martian freedom fighters instead of her. She also attempts to make a deal with her nephew, Throttle, and Modo to rehydrate Mars by beaming all of Earth's water to the planet, a deal that the Biker Mice obviously refuse.
  • Masters of the Universe: A reference in the tie-in comics indicates that Skeletor is actually King Randor's long-lost brother Keldor, which would make him Prince Adam/He-Man's uncle.
  • In Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Aquaman's first episode features his brother, who despite having rebelled against him in the past, is accepted back some years later. He immediately tries to usurp Aquaman's crown again.
  • The Weird Al Show: In the animated "Fatman" segments, Fatman has an Evil Uncle Frank who was intended to be a recurring villain.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door
    • It's revealed in Operation: Z.E.R.O. that Father (AKA the Big Bad in the series and archnemesis to Numbuh 1) is Benedict Uno, and that he and Monty Uno (Numbuh 1's father) are both brothers.
    • An official comic story reveals the Toiletnator, the show's resident Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain, is Numbuh 4's long-lost uncle.
  • Felix the Cat: The Professor is an enemy of the titular cat, but his nephew Poindexter is friends with Felix.
  • Rambo: The Force of Freedom:
    • "Reign of the Boy King": Black Duke Lucan wants to usurp the throne of Morovia from his nephew King Alexander.
    • "Robot Raid": Merick wants to prevent his niece Jennifer from inheriting the family's company.
  • Punky Brewster: Punky discovers she has an aunt and an uncle in "Punky the Heiress," and they've offered to reunite her with her missing mother. But (a) they're actually servants for the Chester Henderson estate, and (b) they're using Punky to embezzle the inheritance of Henderson's granddaughter, of whom they have Punky dressed up to look like.
  • All Hail King Julien has Julien's uncle, King Julien XII. In the pilot, he passes the crown to his nephew because the king was predicted to be sacrificed to the fossa. He returns in the fifth episode to take back his reign, sending Julien to be unwittingly eaten by the fossa, and removes all the fun things his nephew did for the kingdom.
  • The Smurfs (1981): King Gerard has his aunt Imperia and his uncle Sir Leopold, both evil and both desiring to go after their nephew's throne.
  • Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders: Lady Kale, Princess Gwenevere's power-hungry aunt (and Queen Anya's twin sister), wishes to control all magic and take over Avalon.
  • In Jonny Quest: The Real Adventures, the sequel to the 1960s series, Hadji is revealed to be a prince and back during his childhood, his uncle and cousin wished to kill him so they could usurp his family's kingdom. Fortunately, the assassin they hired, Pasha, couldn't bring himself to kill (the then-four-year-old) Hadji and just took him away to save them both. Hadji's uncle, Deepak, soon took over after his brother (Hadji's father) passed away from an illness, but later in the future, Hadji's cousin, Vikram, eventually kills his father and becomes sultan. When Hadji returns home to find Pasha, Vikram attempts to kill him, but winds up getting his just desserts, allowing Hadji to take his birthright, which he shares with his mother.
  • Casper the Friendly Ghost: How evil they are may depend on the writer, but the Ghostly Trio are Casper's uncles (and in some continuities guardians) and always portrayed as much meaner than him. Wendy's witch aunts are the same case with the genders inverted.
  • Time Warp Trio has Mad Jack, twin brother of the main character's Uncle Joe who gave him The Book. He wants to steal it for himself in order to Take Over the World and is willing to off anyone who gets in his way, including his ten-year-old nephew.
  • In Steven Universe, though both sides were unaware of the relation for the longest time, Yellow Diamond and Blue Diamond are the gem-equivalent of Steven's maternal aunts since Rose Quartz was actually their "sister" Pink Diamond all along.
  • In The Crumpets, the titular family were frequently swindled by Uncle Hurry and Aunt Harried, who were Pa Crumpet's brother and sister-in-law.
  • In Princess Natasha, Natasha's arch-nemesis is her uncle Lubek who seeks to take the throne of Zoravia for himself. Natasha is a teenage princess of a foreign country who is transferred to the United States to be a secret agent as a student of a high school, where her evil uncle is the principal.
  • Young Justice (2010):
    • Actually downplayed with Ocean Master, mostly because he's Out of Focus. He does try to kill his nephew, along with many other children, in "Home Fires", though more out of revenge than a hope of actually getting the throne.
    • Count Vertigo apparently killed the old king of Vlatava (relation to him unknown) and now wants to do the same to his niece, Queen Perdita. This is a change from the comics, where he's the last member of the Vlatavan royal family and wants to overthrow its republican government.
    • Baron Bedlam is this to the Markovian royal family, killing his sister and brother-in-law and then trying to steal the crown from his nephew, Gregor. Like Vertigo, this is an adaptational change; in the comics he's not related to them at all, his family just replaced them as a puppet government for the Nazis.

Alternative Title(s): Evil Aunt