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"Women, listen to your mothers.
Don't just succumb to the wishes of your brothers.
Take a step back, take a look at one another.
You need to know the difference between a father and a lover."
The White Stripes, "Passive Manipulation"

Something often depicted in media as much squickier than Brother–Sister Incest, Twincest or Kissing Cousins is incest between a parent and their child. Sigmund Freud had a lot to say about the Oedipus and Electra complexes, and could find subtext in quite a lot of places. But in Big Screwed Up Families, Deadly Decadent Courts, particularly abusive households and elsewhere, one is likely to find examples of this trope.


When this trope shows up in media, it's usually used to highlight the specific psychological issues that a character has, particularly if it features in the Backstory of a Serial Killer or other psychopath, or to give an already nasty villain that extra bit of shudder factor. When the parent is the aggressor in the relationship, it is usually quite predatory in nature, and in many cases (particularly in the case of fathers and daughters), it's a crossing of the Moral Event Horizon when it's revealed. If the child is the aggressor in the relationship, it usually means he or she is seriously twisted in some way or in the very least has serious issues. In non-consensual cases where the parent is the victim, it’s usually Elder Abuse. Sometimes this is played for Black Comedy, particularly in the case of mothers and sons, with the son understandably freaked out due to the mother's advances.


This trope appears with step, foster, or adoptive parents as well as biological ones, sometimes to Bowdlerise it somewhat, although the power dynamics are still much the same as in parent/child incest. Wife Husbandry is one way to Bowdlerise it still further — though not out of Squick range.

This is a type of Unequal Pairing, since the parent is almost always at least psychologically if not always physically in a much more powerful position than the child. See also Rape as Backstory and Abusive Parents.

Also see Surprise Incest, where the couple involved do not know they're related, as well as Brother–Sister Incest, Creepy Uncle, and Kissing Cousins. When children innocently suggest this, it's Father, I Want to Marry My Brother. See Pervert Dad for parents who don't quite go this far, but still have an (un)healthy dose of weirdness, and Lecherous Stepparent. See I Love You, Vampire Son, when the "parent" is the vampire that sired his "son".



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  • Attempted in Alice in Murderland. Ibara goes to her adoptive father's room to seduce him, not out of any attraction—she actually despises him and doesn't think he's good enough for her adoptive mother—but because she worships her mother so completely that she wants to be just like her, and believes sleeping with her mother's husband will bring her closer to that goal. Unfortunately for her (or fortunately, as the case may be), she discovers that night that neither she nor her mother ever stood a chance.
  • Beastars: Melon was sexually harrased by his mentally disturbed mother as a child because he reminded her of his Disappeared Dad. While there is no indication that she ever actually raped him, she clearly got sexual pleasure from making him help her undress. This likely contributed to him coming to the conclusion that she was planning to eat him.
  • In Kanon by Chiho Saito the incestuous parent/child relationship is the hub of the whole plot.
  • In He Is My Master, the sister-maids ran away from their home in the first place because they got tired of resisting their father's constant sexual advances.
  • The ironically aptly-named Electra Complex relationship between the surrogate father and daughter pair of Nemo and Electra in Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water.
  • The anime villain Furumizu from Witchblade has some creepy implications of this. Doesn't help the man has a very messed up reverse Oedipus Complex.
  • Berserk has an incredibly creepy example in the King of Midland and his feelings for his only daughter, Princess Charlotte, who is unfortunate enough to bear a quite strong resemblance to the late Queen of Midland. After Griffith has sex with Charlotte following Guts' leaving him and the Hawks, the King goes crazy, and after throwing Griffith into the Tower of Rebirth to be put to the torture and declaring the rest of the Hawks outlaw, he tries to rape Charlotte. She barely manages to fight him off, and the experience wracks him with incredible guilt, to the point where he visibly ages and falls ill. Charlotte (very understandably) wants nothing to do with her father afterwards, and won't even see him on his deathbed.
  • Seishirou Sakurazuka and his mother Setsuka in Tokyo Babylon and X/1999. No evidence about sexual encounters, thank God, but the Sub Text is incredibly strong — specially in the CD dramas. Not helped by their Last Kiss in the manga, which comes after a teenage Seishirou fights, defeats and kills Setsuka as the requirement to become the Sakurazukamori.
  • It's implied in Shadow Star that Shiina's friend Akira Sakura was molested by her father, which would be the reason why she has severe problems.
  • This, along with many other types of perversion, occurs in Texhnolyze with Toyama and his dad. It's also implied to be a part of the carefully crafted breeding program among the Class. The ultimate result is Kano, a guy with deformed legs (soon replaced with cybernetics), and an even more deformed mind. Just for example, he seems to genuinely believe that the world exists only inside his mind, and all his atrocities are just a form of self-discipline.
  • Kill la Kill:
    • Ragyo Kiryuin is uncomfortably affectionate towards her daughter, Satsuki, outright molesting her in one particularly infamous scene in the bathhouse under the pretext of "purification".
    • Later on, after rediscovering her long lost daughter Ryuko (who she had thought was dead), Ragyo apparently has a threesome with her and her adopted daughter Nui Harime. It's later implied that this was a Fake Memory Ragyo implanted, but even if that's true, it brings up the question of why the hell she would implant a memory like that.
  • In Saiyuki, one of the ways Jien (Dokugakuji) protected his younger brother (by his father's mistress) was by "taking [his] father's place" and sleeping with his mother to calm her down. He ends up killing her to keep her from killing Gojyo. Naturally, Dokugaku feels incredibly guilty about all of this, and, like the Brother–Sister Incest between Hakkai and Kanan, this is never spelled out in the anime version.
  • In Gankutsuou, Andrea Cavalcanti not only tries to rape his half-sister, but actually has sex with their mother, Victoria. Note that he knew she was his mother at the time, while she was unaware.
  • In Karas, Otoha is revealed to be a Child by Rape, his mother having been raped by his brother/father. It is suggested that his congenital insensitivity to pain is a result of his being a product of incest.
  • Played for Laughs with Yuuna Akashi from Negima! Magister Negi Magi, who never really grew out of the innocent childhood desire to marry her father. Among her friends, she's known to get really jealous if other women seem interested in her father. One chapter shows that this is maybe due to inherent innocence about love rather than romantic designs on her father, though, as she apparently doesn't really know the difference between a kiss on the cheek and a "deep, passionate kiss". This leads to her saying that she wouldn't mind giving the latter to her dad, which elicits a disgusted "No. Just... No" Reaction from Yuuna's friend Ako.
  • While the paedophile cop in Paranoia Agent doesn't actually do anything to his daughter, he did set up cameras in her room to get pictures of her undressing and insists on the hookers The Mafia was bribing him with calling him "Daddy."
  • Franken Fran, with the eponymous character having a crush on her father/creator. In the chapter where this is revealed, she receives a movie where the main characters are her and her father... it turns out to be a porno and the makers of it are killed shortly after Fran finishes watching it.
  • Initially averted in My-Otome, Nina is in love with her adoptive father, though Sergey doesn't feel the same (and probably doesn't know about Nina's). Though Nina and Sergey come close to doing... well, you know... together close to the end, though Sergey chickens out at the last second, due to the fact that he only thought of her as his daughter and was disgusted by her feelings for him. In the end, Sergey loses his memories and it seems Nina has dedicated herself to nursing him back to health. However, My-Otome Zwei reveals they never had sex, as Nina still has the nanomachines that make her an otome. This isn't present in the manga, where Sergey is the Big Bad and not related to Nina, biologically or through adoption.
  • This is apparent especially in the omake in Game×Rush, though in this case the "parent and child" in question only think that they're related.
  • In Sailor Moon's Black Moon arc, brainwashed villainess Black Lady targets her own father for brainwashing to monopolize his attentions, kissing him on-panel. It's implied that the Wiseman, The Man Behind the Man responsible for Black Lady's brainwashing, twisted her simple juvenile Electra Complex into something inherently warped.
  • In the manga Battle Royale, Mitsuko has this a bit, leading to her, at that time, stable morals being broken and turning her into The Vamp she is as of the series beginning; and this event repeatedly comes up a lot, particularly when she israping Yuichiro, as well as when Kiriyama was torturing her with bullets.
  • In Kaze to Ki no Uta, Gilbert and his sexual relationship with his uncle Auguste is made even worse when we find out that Auguste is not Gilbert's uncle, but his father.
  • In Chobits, Freya fell in love with her father/creator. It did not end well.
  • Bleach: Zigzagged between Mayuri and his "daughter", Nemu, after she's killed by Szayel Granz. Mayuri revives her through unknown means, since the camera remains focused on his back. All the audience sees are his hips thrusting, which causes Nemu to gasp and moan in pleasure, until she finally screams. But when Renji and Uryuu call what he's done "indecent" for television, Mayuri says he's done nothing of the sort and calls them twisted for having such thoughts.
    Mayuri: [indignant] What?? You say that wasn't suitable for television...? How absurd. Admit it: you're really the perverted ones for having such thoughts, aren't you.
  • In Kaguya Hime Akira is her adoptive mother's lover.
  • In Not Simple, it is revealed that the older sister the protagonist Ian has been searching for all these years was, in fact, also his mother, impregnated by his father after the two slept together when she was in her early adolescence. His father's wife was forced to raise him as her own child, and she explained that the rage and resentment she felt towards his sister was the reason that she abused Ian so horribly.
  • Defied in Bloodline. Chong Yin and his classmate first believe Lilo and Last are a sexually parental love couple when the former calls the latter "Master". They immediately jump and say that wasn't the case.
  • Black Butler:
    • Freudian Excuse for some of Alois's behavior. The very first scene of Season 2 gives us the blink-you'll-miss-it visual of Alois getting out of a bed in which an old man is sleeping before the much more noticeable bruised-butt shot. The kid only mentions his father during his clearly false innocent moments, otherwise freaking out at the mention of him, stating hysterically that he "got rid of all the old man's things". The numbers of when he was "saved" from his kidnapping experience, when his father is stated to have died, and when he contracted Claude all match up. It's eventually shown that the man wasn't his real father. He eventually had to act as Earl Trancy's son, as well as the obvious fact that it's an old man having probably non-consensual sex with a boy who's only just hit puberty.
    • Played for Laughs in the OVA. Grell, Lovable Sex Maniac that she is, gets cast as Ophelia in the Phantomhive production of Hamlet. Hilarity Ensues when she Glomps Agni (playing Ophelia's father) during her Sanity Slippage scene. Naturally, it worked.
  • In MM! the main character Taro is actively pursued by his sister AND mother who agree to share him between themselves and nobody else although they still compete with each other to see who will win his heart.
  • Strongly implied in the case of Yuri Tokikago and her Mad Artist father in Penguindrum. In the episode focusing on her past and her bonds to the late Momoka, there are some shots involving Yuri lying down and apparently naked in a room that looks like her father's studio...
  • In Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas one character states that the four Dream Gods, servants of Hypnos (the God of Sleep), are referred to as being either his brothers or his children in the myths. It is never explained what they actually are, but from what we know about the Greek Gods...
  • Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS had an... unusual case with Scaglietti, who impregnated his cyborg daughters with clones of himself that had all his memories. There's no indication that any actual sex occurred, but it's still incredibly creepy.
  • It's very, very heavily implied that Sho Shibuya from Great Teacher Onizuka was sexually abused by his mother. Not only that, but nobody believed him when he went to the authorities, so he murdered her (or at the very least attacked her with murderous intent) and then attempted suicide.
  • Implied for Kazutaka Muraki of Descendants of Darkness. His mother had a huge doll collection (which he has inherited and apparently maintains) and treated him as part of it. There is some highly symbolized flashback imagery of him as a little boy trapped by her with her terrible smile. Slight spider vibe; definitely playing up the 'predator' side. And look how he treats his human dolls... Also, he killed her. According to him. Note that all of this is only in the manga; the Gecko Ending of the anime is an adaptation of the same volume most of this comes from, but they left out all the child abuse and focused on making his vendetta against his half brother's severed head make some kind of sense.
  • Ooku: The Inner Chambers:
    • Sakyo's mother first forced herself on him when he was fourteen, and the relationship carried on for almost ten years, long enough for him to father two children on his own mother. Little wonder that Sakyo was willing to enter and work at Ienobu's household with no pay, if it meant getting away from his mother. She did NOT take it well when he announced he was leaving, and threatened to curse him.
    • Ieyoshi raped his daughter Iesada since she was a teen. When she (and her advisor Masahiro Abe) started taking steps to prevent this, Ieyoshi turns full Yandere at being denied her: poisoning a husband, trying to stop her from getting a harem, sabotaging her second marriage by marrying her to a literal child, then poisoning her and her husband because if he couldn't have her, no one could. All this has left a nasty legacy on poor Iesada, even after her father dies: she's afraid to have sex at all (even with her trusted bodyguard Taniyama) and the poison is slowly killing her.
  • Weirdly averted in Arina Tanemura's Time Stranger Kyoko, where in the ending Kyoko ends up possessing her long-dead adoptive mother's body—which her father preserved. So, while there's no actual incest, the King's adoptive daughter is possessing his wife's body. The body that gave birth to the body she used to possess.
  • Played with in Bunny Drop. Daikichi adopts his grandfather's daughter at a young age and is her father figure. Rin never refers to Daikichi as her father, which foreshadows the fact that post-timeskip they become love interests. This is after it's revealed that Rin isn't Daikichi's aunt.
  • Yuureitou:
    • Marube is creepily touchy-feely and overly protective toward his daughter Satoko, while she's in turn terrified of him. Later when Satoko meets her mother, Marube says he "confirmed her chastity every night, as a father" and says he wanted to take her virginity once she turned twenty. It turns out they're probably not biologically related. This causes Satoko to become furious at him.
    • Later on Marube tries to seduce Tetsuo, who turns out to be his son. He's attracted to him due to his Strong Family Resemblance to his deceased mother.
  • The Testament of Sister New Devil: Among Basara's many master/servant contracts, he has an ongoing incestuous relationship with his biological aunt, Chisato, who also happens to be the School Nurse. The OVAs only have them go as far as brief make out sessions and foreplay. But their relationship is much more explicit in the light novels, themselves.
  • Implied in Tokyo Ghoul. Juuzou Suzuya was raised from a very early age by a wealthy and sadistic ghoul called Big Madam. When he wasn't being tortured or forced to kill for her amusement, "Rei-chan" was dressed up and treated like a doll. Big Madam praises him for being so beautiful, playing with his mouth while he stares blankly ahead. To preserve his doll-like appearance, she castrates him so he'll always be beautiful.
  • Don't Meddle with My Daughter!: Clara has the hots for her Action Mom, Athena Haruka. which gets lampshaded twice in the "Amazing Eighth Wonder Vol.1":
    Hanna: "Her beloved mother, who she kept to herself until now, has been stolen by a man."
    Athena: (over the phone) "But it's her own father!"
    Hanna: "Even if she understands that with her head, she can't be convinced, can she? Furthermore, every night her parents have been fucking like rabbits in the next room over, and she's been hearing your voices."
    • Mei reaffirms it when she points it out to Clara, by explaining what she's feeling:
    Mei: "Clara... you saw the "woman" in your mother. It must have been shocking, huh...? Experiencing raw emotion towards your own parent...."
    • It comes to fruition when Clara gets possessed by the parasite. She makes physical copies of herself and uses the parasite as a strap-on to gangbang Athena all at oncenote .
    • Clara gets to do it again during "Uncanny Eighth Wonder no.2", in order to free her mother from Blowjob's control. Clara and her girlfriend, Mei, double-team Athena in a threeway until she finally climaxes hard enough to return to her senses.
  • The episode "The Coat of Many Colors" of Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics is based off the fairy tale Allerleirauh (a variant on Donkeyskin). It has a mentally unstable king falling into despair and trying to marry his daughter, Princess Aleia, because she is the only woman who is beautiful as his wife was. Aleia runs away, becomes a Fallen Princess, and, unlike in the original, she ends up deeply traumatized by the ordeal.
  • In an anime-only episode of Nyaruko: Crawling with Love!, several characters end up unknowingly ingesting Love Potion-dosed chocolates that make you fall madly in love with the first person to speak to you after you hiccup. Because he spoke up after a chain-reaction hiccup, Mahiro ended up with almost the entire cast chasing him, including his own mother Yoriko; thankfully he was able to find a place to hide out until the drug wore off.
  • Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor has some romantic subtext between Glenn and his adoptive mother Celica. It's made somewhat weirder by the fact that Celica is immortal and looks the same in the present as when she first adopted him.
  • In Baki the Grappler, Baki's mother Emi tries to motivate him to become stronger than his father and gain her acceptance by nonchalantly kissing him on the lips, in front of bystanders who are aware that she is his mother. No one seems to really care, though.
  • In one episode of My Bride is a Mermaid Nagasumi ingests a particularly insidious love potion. It makes all women love him and all men hate him. Not only did his ostensible mother-in-law proposition him but his own mother was also heavily affected when she came face to face with him. Luckily a Megaton Punch from his father prevented it from going any further.
  • There exists a yuri manga called 1 x 1/2 about a teenage girl who is sexually attracted to her mother, and it's made pretty clear how abundantly messed up everyone involved would have to be for her to even have such feelings to begin with, since the girl has some Yandere tendencies and abandonment issues, possibly stemming from her having been abused by an older classmate years before and considering this to be normal behavior as a result. The mother does eventually find out, and even though she’s horrified, she's ultimately too passive to put her foot down and stop the situation from escalating to the point of them kissing and sharing a bed, which is hinted to be because she has only ever been in dysfunctional relationships which she doesn’t know how to get out of.
  • This is played very darkly in the Stop Motion short My Little Goat, where it's revealed that Natsuki's father abuses him both physically and sexually. While at first he seems like a normal father who's relieved to have found his missing son, it's quickly revealed what his real intentions are when he attempts to molest Natsuki right in the middle of Mother Goat's house. Luckily, Mother Goat arrives just in time to use a taser on Natsuki's father before things get even worse.

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  • Volume 3 of Yandere Heaven provides Hajime, the protagonist's stepfather. Like her twin brother, he desires a more intimate relationship with her and he wants to be seen as a man rather than a parental figure.

    Comic Books 
  • In Fallen Angel, it is widely believed, but not confirmed (although he has not denied it, either), that Xia has this relationship with her son, Jubal.
  • In the X-Men comics, Legion (a.k.a. David Haller), the psychotic, overpowered son of Professor Xavier with a legion of split personalities, time travels to the past and is implied to have raped his own mother Gabrielle Haller.
  • In the dystopian divergent timeline of the Age of Apocalypse, Magneto and Rogue eventually marry and have a son despite their initial surrogate father-daughter relationship after she permanently absorbed the powers and part of the psyche of his own secretly long-lost biological daughter Polaris. In addition, Rogue is canonically even younger in this reality than any of Magneto's prior biological children: Polaris and their fellow X-men Pietro and Wanda. One saving grace might be the fact that the mainstream continuity hadn't settled on Polaris being Magneto's actual daughter when this story was written, so the Oedipal aspect wasn't as blatant originally. Though it still was a story where Rogue wound up in love with her main father figure...
    • Their fellow AoA X-Men, the reformed berserker Sabretooth and the jailbait amazon Blink are a fan-favorite cult pairing despite having a surrogate father-daughter relationship, as he rescued her as a child from Apocalypse's slave pens and raised her to adolescence. This is due to the intense Beast and Beauty pseudo-Battle Couple nature of their relationship, which is exacerbated by the fact that they are both highly sensuous warriors with a deeply intimate psycho-emotional bond and physically demonstrative displays of affection. They were separated when they were both made to lead separate teams of inter-dimensional heroes known as Exiles, but were eventually reunited on a single team. In fact, Blink's then-boyfriend and fellow Exiles teammate Mimic was revealed to have known that she would never love him or anyone else as much and feared that she loved Sabretooth instead. This was shown by the fact that despite having proven herself as a leader, Blink deferred to Sabretooth during field missions. Despite later being separated again on different teams, they are currently still both single, leaving fans ever hopeful. The fact that Mimic resembled Victor in more ways than one though is hardly coincidental.
    • Fellow AoA mutant Nate Grey has one hell of an Oedipus Complex story. The genetically-engineered son of his reality's Scott Summers and Jean Grey, he crosses over to the original timeline of Marvel-616 where he gets involved with Madelyne Pryor, the long-deceased clone of his biological mother. It is later revealed that he accidentally physically resurrected her with the sheer force of his immense mutant talent when he unconsciously and instinctively tried to psionically contact Jean Grey upon his arrival in the other reality (his interactions with 616!Jean as a rule, are all mother and son, which she reciprocates). He also later gets involved with yet another counterpart of his biological mother, when an evil counterpart of Jean Grey from yet another alternate reality disposes of and impersonates Madelyne Pryor. This Queen Jean, a Jean Grey corrupted by her own power, was revealed to have had a prior consort who was her reality's counterpart of Nate, essentially her own genetically-engineered son, who rebelled against her and was ultimately executed, but not before helping his alternate counterpart defeat his mother Queen Jean.
      • It should at this point be noted that he only met AoA!Jean once, briefly (though there was an instinctive connection), and it was quite some time before he realized what relation either Jean or Madelyne had to him. After that, he backed off, fast, from Maddy's advances. Maddy, on the other hand, didn't seem to have the slightest problem with it and acted as a textbook, if somewhat homicidal, Tsundere towards him. And his relationship with Queen Jean (who, again, he thought was Maddy) was, at least on his part, platonic (it was implied that she wanted him as a sex slave as well as a Living Weapon). His mental fantasy of the perfect life, Greyville, had Maddy as his best friend. Further, it also doesn't really help that he was forcibly aged to 17 and for a number of his appearances had absolutely nothing in the way of life experience. Still, with all of the above experiences, it isn't exactly surprising that the first rule he made when he attempted to create a utopian reality was 'No Relationships'.
  • A plot line in Mighty Avengers has one of the characters (the gynoid Jocasta) ending her relationship with her grandfather (Hank Pym, who created Ultron who created Jocasta) when she realizes that he is still in love with her dead sister/mother (his ex-wife/on-off lover Janet van Dyne — whose brainwave patterns Ultron copied to create Jocasta's AI). She marries her father (Ultron) instead (that was why Ultron initially created her in the first place years ago, as he himself had an Oedipus Complex to his "mother", the wife of his creator-father).
  • The main character of The Tale of One Bad Rat is trying to come to terms with having been molested by her father as a child.
  • Crazy Jane from Grant Morrison's celebrated run on Doom Patrol is a multi-powered Metahuman who lived with multiple personalities after being raped by her father. Morrison based Jane on the Real Life Split-Personality Team memoirist Truddi Chase.
  • Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash: The Nightmare Warriors has a brief scene featuring Freddy making out with his daughter, who had just pulled a Face–Heel Turn.
  • One Bronze Age Superman story told the tale of the end of the Golden Age of Krypton. An overprotective mother created a younger clone of herself and raised it to be her son's ideal wife and married them off, since she didn't think any other woman would be good enough for him. When the son found out, he snapped, killed his mother, his wife and then himself. This eventualy lead to a civil war which devastated Krypton and turned it into a xenophobic, compassionless society.
  • The famous Twinkie House meme actually comes from a(n) (in)famous gay comic called My Wild and Raunchy Son 2. It's an entire series of exactly what you think it is from an artist (Josman) famous for that specific genre (once even involving a grandfather of all people). To avoid allegations that he had a serious thing for his own dad, the artist said in an interview what he really loved were twins doin' it, and drew a token twincest story to prove it. No one believed him when that story still somehow managed to involve an older man in the mix...
  • One of the minor characters seen in hell in The Sandman tells the newly-arrived young thugs that "I took my mother by force, and strangled my sister when she wouldn't submit to my advances."
  • Such is the case in the Sin City short story 'Daddy's Little Girl'. Although it's unclear if they really are related, or it's just a fetish.
  • Part of Willow's backstory in Dreadstar.
  • Toyed with in the Golden Age comic book series featuring The Clock/Brian O'Brien (1936-1944). In a 1942 storyline, the eponymous hero is injured and dying. He is nursed back to health by preteen girl "Butch" Buchanan. She becomes his sidekick, legal ward, and surrogate daughter for the rest of his series. But she originally viewed him as a gangster and declares herself his "moll", doing her best to seduce him.
  • The Walking Dead comic had a scene where the Governor kisses his zombie daughter. To make it worse, she can't be older than eleven. It could be seen as a platonic parental kiss, but that's screwed by the fact it's an open mouth kiss (he even removed her teeth in order to do it).
  • In Barbara Slate's Angel Love, Angel finds out that her sister Mary Beth left home and changed her name to Maureen McMeal due to the shame she carried of Angel and Mary Beth's father sleeping with Mary Beth, and is even ashamed that she actually enjoyed it. After Angel's father left the house when this was discovered, Angel was told by her mother that her father died and went to heaven.
  • A variation occured with the pre-Crisis Black Canary. Dinah was inhabiting the body of her (near identical) adult daughter when she fell in love with the alternate universe version of her deceased husband. Post-Crisis, the grossness and general oddness of the situation was fixed by simply making two Black Canaries: the modern day one is the daughter of the (now retired) original Black Canary from the '40s.
  • The infamous Avengers #200 contained something of this. Carol Danvers was kidnapped, mind controlled, and impregnated by Marcus Immortus, the son of Immortus. Carol ends up having a Mystical Pregnancy with no memory of the incident. The baby grew into an adult in under a day and turned out to be another version of Marcus, reborn on Earth. Carol hated the baby, but when she saw Marcus as an adult, she fell for him. Eventually they left together to go to another dimension, and the crazy part was, the other Avengers seemed perfectly okay with it. Despite Marcus handwaving it as not really being pregnancy and just something that "resembled pregnancy", he still refers to Carol as "Mother" and she did give birth to him. Avengers Annual #10 brought Carol back, made it clear she was raped, and let her give a What the Hell, Hero? speech to the others (and by proxy, to the writers of the original story who thought this was acceptable).
  • The eleventh issue of Spider-Girl had a time-displaced Spider-Girl encounter her father during his earlier days as Spider-Man. Much to her disgust, Spider-Man at one point hits on Spider-Girl, not knowing that she is his future daughter.
  • The DC standalone story "Smells Like Teen President" follows a disaffected grunge musician who believes he is the son of Prez Rickard. He isn’t, he’s the product of his mother being raped by his grandfather, but she lied to give him a father he could look up to.
  • In Alan Moore's Lost Girls:
    • While Dorothy Gale is recounting this version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, she reveals that her uncle is actually her father who takes her to New York under the pretense of seeking psychological help, but he has sex with her repeatedly while they're in the city. Feeling guilty for the pain the affair caused her stepmother, she leaves home to travel the world.
    • In Alice Fairchild's retelling of her story, she attends drug-fuelled lesbian orgies, including Mrs. White and her daughter.

    Fairy Tales 
  • Commonly referenced in fairy tales. The heroine's father decides to marry her — often because she resembles her mother, or because she is the only person who can wear something that belonged to her mother, and her father promised to marry only such a woman. Some of these include "All-Kinds-of-Fur", Allerleirauh, "Donkeyskin", "The King Who Wished Marry To His Daughter", "The She-Bear", "Margery White Coats", and "Golden-Teeth". She usually attempts to hold him off, demanding Impossible Tasks for her consent, but this always fails. The princess must run away to escape, before going to a ball and winning a prince. Many folklorists interpret tales where she must flee her father for other reasons, such as "Catskin", where her father wanted a son and so marries her off with no care, or "Cap o' Rushes" where he takes offense at what she says, or "The Bear" where she is smothered and wants to escape, as Bowdlerised variants. Note that Brother–Sister Incest can substitute, with the brother taking the father's place for the threat.
  • There is an extremely bizarre Russian fairy tale which involves a priest's daughter being tricked by a farmhand into having sex with him, without her knowing what it is (he tells her that his dick is a "comb" and that he is "combing" her). When her father finds out her confusion, he has sex with her and the tale ends with the narrator telling the audience that from then on, the priest had sex with both his wife and his daughter.

    Fan Works 
  • While not biologically related, the May–December Romance of Papa Smurf and Smurfette in the Empath: The Luckiest Smurf alternate timeline story "Papa Smurf & Mama Smurfette" is disgusting enough for the other Smurfs to treat it as that to the point where some even cover their eyes when they kiss each other at the wedding. Otherwise averted in "Papa's Big Crush," where Smurfette confesses to Papa Smurf that she could never love him as anything other than a father (and this is after purging a horny Hulked Out Papa Smurf of his feelings with a Smurfette sex doll).
    • In the Mirror Universe story "Smurfed Behind: The Other Side Of The Mirror", that universe's Smurfette is married to its Papa Smurf, although she admittedly doesn't stay faithful to him. The Empath of the normal universe is still disgusted to see that version of Smurfette and Papa Smurf kissing each other on the mouth.
  • Hivefled: the Condesce and the Grand Highblood had kids specifically for this purpose.
  • Chibiusa's Seventh Birthday has this trope in play, with Usagi and Mamoru raping their daughter alongside the rest of the Senshi.
  • What Lies Beyond the Walls has Log-a-Log Brugo, who raped his son multiple times in his life until he broke him into being his most trusted ally.
  • Indirectly in Dead or Alive 4: The Devil Factor; in chapter 7, Dante and Trish briefly make out and begin to have sex, but it ends badly when Dante remembers that she looks like his Missing Mom.
  • To Lead The Way's Serena is subject to this as part of her backstory.
  • Bordering on Villainous Incest, there's Ashley's Troubling Unchildlike Behavior towards Blossom in Ladder. Ashley kisses Blossom (with tongue) twice and, though it's not described much, the Professor saw Ashley doing something to a (near catatonic) Blossom that made him so pissed he punched her. This also counts as Sister/Sister Incest, but Blossom has a near-maternal affection for Ashley and Ashley sees Blossom as her mother. To make everything worse, Blossom's only eleven while Ashley is physically five and chronologically a few days old. She doesn't seem to understand her behavior is wrong, but then again Ashley's behavior overall tends to be wrong.
  • In Restraint, Azula reveals that her father Ozai began abusing her after she turned thirteen. Due to the trauma, she has a tough time being in a relationship with Ty Lee. When visiting him in prison, Azula ends up calling Ozai out one day and burning his face, like he did her brother's.
  • The Troll Fic StarKitsProphcy takes this one step further. Firestar is in love with Jayfeather's daughter Stargleam. The writer never notes this, but this means Firestar is Stargleam's great-grandfather.
  • You Are Mine: Frollo took in Esmeralda after accidentally killing her mother. The child, renamed "Agnes", is raised as his daughter. Frollo spends the first several years thinking of Agnes as simply his daughter, but things change when Esmeralda grows into adulthood.
  • Things Jade Hates involves Jade's mom being let out of jail prematurely and coming back home. She was in jail for having abused Jade. Jade fears her mother might abuse her six year old brother, so she wants to live away from her mother.
  • In UNDERTOW, Minx theorizes that her step-uncle and father were sexually abused by their father. This is why her Creepy Uncle abused her and why her father was so afraid to touch her.
  • The anthology fanfiction Mother's Dark Love is devoted to mothers from different films/cartoons/etc. and their unhealthy obsession with their children.
  • Enlightenments doesn't dwell on it too much, but given that the Queen of the Castle in the Mist is immortal through stealing her daughters' bodies yet has the same immortal husband through the ages, it's an odd example of father/daughter incest, one that the father very much does not want to participate in but is forced to go through with and the daughters themselves aren't aware of.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The inbred family of the Wrong Turn movies are prime examples of this. We even get to see one of them give birth in the second movie, which spawns a very deformed member of the family.
  • In Aleksandr Sokurov's film Father and Son, Aleksey and his father's relationship is about as uncomfortable as it gets without actually doing the deed. This l includes homoerotic smackdowns and almost-naked caressing.
  • The main character of I Stand Alone (who's nicknamed "The Butcher"), has sexual feelings for his mentally handicapped daughter. In the finale the Butcher has sex with his daughter before killing her and himself, this ends up being an imagined scenario and he puts his gun away. However, he makes it clear that he is going to act on his urges, as he believes he is doing her a favor.
  • Implied between Jessica and her father in The Gift
  • Babs Johnson with her son in Pink Flamingos
    'Let mama make a gift to you! A gift that only a mother can give, a gift so special it will curse this house for years, a gift of supreme motherhood.'
  • The Grifters. Implied until the end when indeed the mother's lust comes out into the open with tragic results.
  • Savage Grace. The film focuses largely on the real-life incestuous relationship between heiress Barbara Daly Baekeland and her son.
  • Three seats for the 26, a French movie where Yves Montand plays himself and buxom sex bomb Mathilda May plays his illegitimate daughter Marion (a character created for the movie, not based on any real person). They meet and, not knowing that they are parent and child, feel attracted to each other and eventually have sex. The Reveal comes when Marion's mom tells her that Montand is her biological father. Marion isn't shocked or anything, she just makes an "oopsie!" face. Later, the two go tell Montand the truth. Montand, unlike Marion, is shocked, and looks at her daughter with a horrified face... but Marion just smiles and shrugs, which makes Montand relax and realize that Parental Incest is no such a big deal after all. They all become a happy family.
  • Similarly, in the French Murmur of the Heart, eventually, the main character (a 15-year-old) and his mother have a one night stand. They decide to treasure it and never bring it up again.
  • Chinatown featured Father/Daughter incest in an infamous reveal about Mrs. Evelyn Mulwray and a woman named Katherine who Jake Gittes took to be the mistress of Mulwray's late husband. Katherine turns out to actually be the sister and the daughter of Mrs. Mulwray because Mrs. Mulwray was raped by her father, Noah Cross. Noah crosses the Moral Event Horizon even further when at the end, when, after Mrs. Mulwray is killed, he forcibly takes Katherine, his daughter/granddaughter, into his car, implying he wants to do the exact same thing to her. Evelyn Mulwray was going to be played by Anjelica Huston, John Huston's real-life daughter, as an utterly perverse Casting Gag.
    • Spoofed in a cutaway on The Cleveland Show, where Cleveland mentions a remake of Chinatown with Miley Cyrus reenacting the famous "She's my sister and my daughter" scene.
    • Also spoofed in E!'s 100 Shocking Moments In Entertainement Countdown. When they bring up Chinatown, they play the iconic scene between Jake and Evelyn... and then one of the commentators is seen slapping himself and screaming "Mother! Father! Sister! Brother!" several times before he gives his opinions on it.
  • Father/Daughter happens to Forrest's love interest Jenny in Forrest Gump, not that Forrest understands it. Her dad was "a very loving man, always touching and kissing Jenny and her sisters".
  • Back to the Future
    • Marty McFly has to deal with the romantic attentions of his own '50s-era mother in Back to the Future after unwittingly recreating the events which led her to fall in love with his father. Marty then has to get his mother and father together so that he isn't erased from history before trying to get back home to his own time. It's not actually as bad as it could have been, though when she kisses Marty (much to his horror), she says that it's like kissing her brother.
    • This is referenced and lampooned in Back to the Future Part II's Call-Back scene, when Marty is again woken up by Lorraine — except this time, it's 1985-A, their house is a casino, and she has ridiculously huge breast implants. Onward, to psychotherapy!
  • Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, though it was never pursued beyond a few "Dude, your mom's hot!" "Shut up!" exchanges and Bill eventually telling Sigmund Freud that he has a "slight Oedipal complex". Of course, "mom" was actually a stepmother only a few years older than her stepson, not his birth mother. And, of course, Missy ends up divorcing him and marrying Ted's dad at the start of the sequel Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, followed by the Big Bad De Nomolos in the closing credits.
  • Oldboy and Angel Heart both have lead characters who accidentally sleep with their own daughters as a result of years-long plots orchestrated by a manipulative villain.
  • The mother and son cat-people villains in Stephen King's film Sleepwalkers. They're apparently the last of their kind, though.
  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street: While she's not his biological daughter, Judge Turpin wanting to marry his adopted daughter Johanna (with all that entails) certainly qualifies. Turpin also had a serious lust toward Johanna's mother, Sweeney's wife, which set the entire plot in motion with the awful things he did in pursuit of it.
  • The French film Ma Mère has a very complicated incestuous relationship between a mother and her son.
  • And let's not forget the infamous "bath scene" in Pia Zadora's classic Butterfly.
  • Heavily implied in The Manchurian Candidate as part of the More Than Mind Control of the title character, but the Hays Code wouldn't let them say it outright.
    • The original novel was much more explicit about this, hence the film's notoriety even before the Kennedy assassinations.
    • Strangely, the '60s version with the Hays Code in full force was actually more explicit with this than the later remake. That was not a motherly kiss.
  • In the (in)famous indie film Spanking the Monkey, a drunken assignation between the lead character and his mother leads to him leaving home at the end.
  • Rebel Without a Cause: subverted, in that the attempts to deny even the appearance of incest destroy the normal expressions of affection. Judy's father refuses to show affection for her, stating that she's "getting too old for that kind of stuff", and when she kisses him, he slaps her.
  • An early version of Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday revealed that Jason and his mother regularly had sex with each other, with this revelation even having an accompanying flashback of them doing it.
  • In Japanese film Inugami, the main character eventually discovers that the older woman he's been sleeping with was his mother, and that his father was his uncle. It doesn't end well.
  • Pedro Almodovar's Volver has Attempted Rape by Paco towards Paula. Later, we learn that poor Paula was conceived in a manner similar to Katherine from Chinatown.
    • Some supplementary material states Freddy once beat and raped his mother.
  • In The Quiet, Elisha Cuthbert's character has an incestuous relationship with her father.
  • The main female character of Natural Born Killers is molested by her father. It's played like a sitcom, to make you extra uncomfortable.
  • The romantic interest in Aussie film Romper Stomper is also molested by her dad.
  • In Dogma, while not specifically stated, it is suggested by the following exchange:
    Bartleby: But you, Mr. Whitland, you have more skeletons in your closet than the rest of this assembled party. I cannot even mention them aloud. [whispers something in Whitland's ear]
    Loki: You're his father, you sick fuck!
    [Whitland starts crying]
  • In An Awfully Big Adventure, Alan Rickman's character P.L. O'Hara deflowers his daughter. In all fairness, though, not only did he not know she was his kid, she didn't know it, either, and it's implied that she never found out. O'Hara, on the other hand, did, and drowned himself because of it.
  • 17 Again: Mike's daughter briefly falls for him, not knowing that he is her dad. Thankfully, it doesn't go any further than that.
  • In An American Haunting, it turns out that the "ghost" haunting the house is actually a psychic phenomenon caused unconsciously by the daughter's trauma of being raped by her father. In scenes set in the modern day the daughter's ghost appears to a mother whose daughter, it turns out in the end, is also being molested by her father.
  • In The Damned (1969) Helmut Berger's character, Martin, has an unhealthy love/hate relationship with his mother, which culminates with a sex scene that he initiates. Afterward, the mother falls into a catatonic state and is then pushed to commit suicide by her son. Even if it doesn't really qualify as parental incest, Martin is also a paedophile and it is implied that he molests his little cousin.
  • In Peter Greenaway's 8 1/2 Women, Philip, while mourning his late wife, wakes up in bed with his adult son Storey; from the pillow talk viewers are to understand that something sexual happened between them. The father is horrified; the son is alarmingly eager to rationalize it. After this, the two men fill the house with a group of mistresses, but the Oedipal implications... pale by comparison.
  • Played for laughs (yes, laughs) in History of the World Part I:
    Oedipus: (walking around collecting donations) Give to Oedipus! Give to Oedipus! Hey, Josephus!
    Josephus: Hey, motherfucker!
  • In the movie of Tank Girl, the character makes a joke implying that her first sexual experience was with her father.
  • In Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire the title character is raped by her father, resulting in two children and HIV. The first child has Down's Syndrome. And it's strongly implied that Precious's mother forces her to "take care of her" (i.e., perform oral sex on her) because she feels that her daughter drove her boyfriend off and, as she says, "Who was gonna love me?"
  • The Black Christmas (2006) remake has a flashback sequence that reveals Mrs. Lenz, drunk one night and obsessed with having another child, went up to the attic where her son Billy was kept and raped him. She wound up giving birth to a daughter named Agnes nine months later.
  • In the indie film Unspeakable, James Fhelleps loses his teenage daughter in a car wreck, then goes on a killing spree when he thinks his daughter is talking to him through a dead hooker, pleading with him to save her. After this ends in his death, it turns out to be a dream, caused by guilt over his incestuous molestation of his daughter.
  • According to Danny Butterman in Hot Fuzz, Michael "Lurch" Armstrong's mother and sister are one and the same. Implicitly, this is why Lurch is mentally handicapped.
  • In The Goddess of 1967, Deidre is the product of this. Perhaps that's why she's blind...
  • This is hinted at or added subtextually to several of the Hellraiser films:
    Film/Pinhead: That is the gun you used to kill your parents. Oh, what else could you do? They thought you were so tempting, their affections so conditional.
  • Splice: Dren with both of her/his parents, although technically Clive is only a step-parent, at best.
  • In the Millicent and Therese segment of Trilogy of Terror, about two sisters who hate each other, Millicent claims that Therese seduced their father when she was sixteen. Since Millicent and Therese are actually the same person, it's likely that this is an ... uncharitable interpretation of what actually happened.
  • National Lampoon's Vacation: Cousin Eddie and his daughter Vicki.
    Vicki: I'm going steady, and I French kiss.
    Audrey: So? Everybody does that.
    Vicki: Yeah, but Daddy says I'm the best at it.
  • In Year One, Zed rather casually admits to laying with his mother, although he does say he felt rather awkward about it in the morning.
  • Not stated outright, but the possibility is certainly implied in Psycho, between Norman and his mother.
    • In Psycho IV: The Beginning, this gets a bit more detail: she apparently teased him sexually in his adolescence and then punished him for his natural reactions. As a result, he lusted after his mother and was jealous of her many boyfriends, and assumed the reverse was true, which resulted in a woman being knifed in the shower some 20 years after Mrs. Bates died. It is not clear if they ever consummated this or if he just had one hell of an Oedipus complex.
  • Averted but Played for Laughs in Nanny McPhee: midway through the movie, they pass the maid, Evangeline, off as one of Cedric's daughters to trick Great-Aunt Adelaide. At the end of the movie, when Cedric and Evangeline decide to get married, the confused aunt lets out a shocked cry of "Incest!" before they explain the truth.
  • Part of The Reveal about Whoopi Goldberg's character in Clara's Heart is that she was raped by her son, who then killed himself.
  • Implied between Nina and her mother in Black Swan. Fan debate rages heavily.
  • In Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare, Freddy takes the form of the sexually abusive father of Tracy, and demands that she give him some "honey". He also tries to "convert" his ACTUAL daughter to his side of things, and whether intentional or not on his part he's just as skeevy in his advancements on her. Flashbacks to when he was still alive were deliberately vague in whether he had the same murderous intent with his daughter as with the other kids on Elm Street, or if she was the one exception and he just couldn't help being creepy around her.
  • Meet the Robinsons: Averted/Inverted/generally weird example: Through Time Travel, Lewis is almost adopted by his own future wife. She looks understandably disturbed when she realizes who he is, though.
  • This is pretty common in Tyler Perry's movies, because of the fact that he experienced this as a child.
  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God: Just after his crew is dead Aguirre declares that he'll marry his daughter and found a new 'pure' dynasty. It's evidence of his looming madness ... hopefully, and not something he planned all along.
  • Whether or not a "mild" form of this occurred is the central focus of Eve's Bayou. The theatrical release makes it more explicit that Cisely kissed her father and he stopped her, while the director's cut leaves it ambiguous who initiated the kiss.
  • In Machete, Booth admits to Padre in Confessionals that he has feelings for his daughter April, and he's disturbed by this. Later, it is revealed that April and her mother June film Home Porn Movies while he's away, lesbian scenes with each other and/or threesomes.
  • In Womb, a woman impregnates herself with the embryonic clone of her dead lover, brings him up to adulthood, and proceed to have a sexual relationship with him again. Technically, it is not incest as the "parent" and "child" do not share any DNA.
  • In The White Ribbon we see a father molesting his daughter.
  • In Good Dick, one of the characters is a survivor of the father/daughter type.
  • The Loved Ones: Although Lola and her father have never slept together, it is clear that both want to, Lola being the aggressor in this case. Unlike her, her father at least seems somewhat hesitant, and understandably so.
  • In Girl, Interrupted, this has secretly being going on with inmate Daisy, and when Lisa calls her out on it and tells her everyone knew about it, it drives Daisy to commit suicide.
  • In Jupiter Ascending, the several millenniums old Titus Abrasax tries to force Jupiter Jones, the reincarnation of his mother, to marry him. However, while he does creepily try to charm her, he only wants to marry her so he can be her heir, then immediately kill her to get the inheritance.
  • Society: Bill is horrified to discover that his parents have been engaging in orgies with his sister. After he discovers that they're actually humanoid monsters who can distort their bodies, his sister even mockingly invites him to join in.
  • The Australian movie Bad Boy Bubby depicts a mother having sex with her simple-minded son who doesn't know any better.
  • Faust: Love of the Damned: It turns out that "M" had possessed Jade's father in the past to molest her as a child, in order to indoctrinate her so "M" could later impregnate her as an adult with his demonic spawn. She can only recall traumatic flashes of a faceless man having his way with her.
  • Brimstone: The Reverend is Elizabeth's father, and the reason she ran away from his was because he "married" her against her will following her mother's death. At the end of the movie, he declares his intent to top his previous crime by killing Elizabeth and raping his granddaughter.
  • Narrowly averted in Soapdish, a movie that parodies soap operas. Celeste, a soap opera superstar, starts acting... suspiciously when her former lover and co-star Jeffrey takes her niece Lori on a date. Later, when he's about to kiss Lori, Celeste completely freaks out, tearfully revealing that Lori is actually their daughter whom she gave up when she was born under pressure from the television studio. Naturally, everyone starts remarking on how this is very much like the plot of a soap opera.
  • Pieta: Kang-do, an adult, rapes Mi-sun, who claims to be his mother. Later, she starts giving him handjobs somewhat consensually.
  • Malevolent (2002): The killer's backstory involves a sexually abusive mother who was also the Trophy Wife to a wealthy businessman. In addition, she was rumored to have been in a relationship with her own father.
  • The titular Strange Thing About the Johnsons is that the son is raping his father. Albeit at the end the son claims that the father instigated it.
  • The Savage Is Loose was a 1974 vanity production from George C. Scott about a couple shipwrecked on an island with their infant son. As the boy grows from toddler to puberty, he spies on his parents making love. As a young adult, he is suddenly competing with his dad for his own mother for the sake of lust. After getting rid of dad, the boy returns to conquest mom, only he can't bring himself to it. Dad returns and the film ends with a Power of Love message. The film was critically reviled for its overtone of parental incest to the point where Scott sent out bulk messages to movie theaters entreating patrons to see the film as a message of the bonding of a child with his parents.
  • Orphan: The original screenplay used this in Esther/Leena Klammer's Freudian Excuse. She was sexually abused by her father all the way from infancy to adulthood, causing her body to be rendered permanently infertile before she was even out of diapers and for her to spend her entire life believing that sexual relations between fathers and daughters were completely normal.
  • The Secret (2007): Being in her daughter's body means things get very awkward between Hannan and Ben. He chides her for acting overly affectionate while they're at a restaurant, and later she's also quite suggestive toward him while wearing a pretty revealing nightie. They never actually cross the line, but it was obviously difficult for them still wanting intimacy but unable to because of the bizarre happenstance.
  • Implied as part of Lucille Sharp's backstory in Crimson Peak. Lucille drives an ongoing incestuous relationship with her brother, which began before he was twelve and she was fourteen (and she murdered their mother to keep said relationship secret). The novelization also reveals that she had poisoned their abusive father; this fact, coupled with the fact that she initiated a sexual relationship with her pre-teen brother, suggests that Sir John Sharpe may have been molesting her.

  • An old Jewish Mother joke: A psychoanalyst has finished talking with little Irving. His mother asks, "What's wrong with him?" The doctor responds, "I'm afraid he has an Oedipus Complex." "Eh, Oedipus, schmoedipus!" she responds. "Just so long as he loves his mother!"
  • A girl asks her dad if she can get a tattoo for Christmas. He agrees, so long as she gives him a blowjob. She reluctantly complies, but then says, "Dad, your dick tastes like shit!" The dad replies, "Oh, yeah, your brother wanted a computer."
  • A joke involves a father stating that his daughter has got to the age where she starts to ask awkward questions about sex, said questions involve sex with him.
  • A young man is going at it hot and heavy with a young lady. He finishes, rolls off her, then says, "Gee, sis, you're even better in bed than Mom!" She says, "Thanks, I know, Daddy said the same thing!"

  • Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks? has a parody of this as the main setting of the plot, practically depicting the main heroine and mother of the protagonist as an adult analogue of the Little Sister Heroine.
  • In Lolita, Humbert is the eponymous character's stepfather, and says at one point that he, "with an incestuous thrill," had started thinking of her as his daughter, and had planned on impregnating her so that when she's too old, he'd have the next one ready. Lolita actually brings up the subject first, coyly suggesting that if they became lovers, that would be incest as Humbert is now married to her mother. This, along with other comments she makes, allows Humbert to portray himself as being seduced by her instead of the other way round.
  • Filmmaker Bertrand Blier wrote a Lolita-like novel, Beau-père. A 29-year-old sadsack failed musician, Remy, lives with his 35-year-old girlfriend, Martine, and her 14-year-old daughter, Marion. Remy has been raising Marion since she was 6, so when Martine is killed in a car crash, she wants to stay with him instead of going to live with her real father. She soon reveals that she's attracted to him and sets out to seduce him. He resists at first, but eventually gives in. Blier subsequently made a film of his novel.
  • From the Gemma Doyle trilogy. This is Felicity's backstory. When she got "too old," Daddy dumped her, later taking in another young relative as a "ward"...
  • The father threatening marriage is found in many medieval Chivalric Romances. These include Vitae Duorum Offarum, Emare, Mai and Beaflor, and La Belle Helene de Constantinople. These are close to the fairy tale The Maiden Without Hands — so close, in fact, that the Grimm Brothers are often suspected of bowdlerising the tale with a Deal with the Devil.
  • Gregorius or The Good Sinner, a 12th-century German epic poem by Hartmann von Aue. The orphaned son and daughter of the ruler of Aquitaine have an illicit love affair, resulting in the birth of a baby son, who is put into a box and cast adrift. He lands on an island in the Channel, where he is christened Gregorius. After growing up he becomes a knight and comes to the aid of the queen of a besieged city, whom he marries. It is then discovered that she is his mother. She becomes a nun, he a penitent hermit who has himself chained to a rock for seventeen years, after which he is elected pope. Thomas Mann retold the story in his novel Der Erwählte (The Chosen One, 1951). Here Gregorius and his mother/wife Sibylla have two daughters.
  • There's an e. e. cummings poem about this: 'annie died the other day'.
  • William Carlos Williams's poem 'Youth and Beauty' is about the narrator's seeing a dishmop as a substitute daughter, "naked, as a girl should seem to her father".
  • Dealing with the Borgia family (who were historically defamed as a bunch of incestuous murderers), Gregory Maguire's Mirror, Mirror, a retelling of Snow White, has Lucrezia Borgia not only sleep with her father and brother, she also seduces her product-of-incest son.
  • The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. Subverted slightly in that Elena, who is the product of rape between Thomas Covenant and her mother Lena, actively pursues a sexual relationship with her father, without his knowing for most of The Illearth Stone that she's his daughter.
  • In Henry Fielding's The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling, Jones sleeps with a woman who, it is later revealed, is thought to be his mother. (Turns out she isn't.)
  • Pedro Castera's Carmen deals with the relationship between a father and his daughter. Through the second half of the book, the question arises whether she is his biological daughter or not although never confirmed in the story nor by the author (given that it was written in the 1860s), it becomes clear once you analyse it that he is indeed her biological father.
  • Robert A. Heinlein is notable for the Free-Love Future portrayed in many of his novels, in which familial relationships are sexually taboo only by tradition, which most sensible people discard as long as the matter is consensual and there's no genetic risk.
    • His protagonist Lazarus Long sexes up his mom towards the end of Time Enough for Love. He goes back in time to when he was 5 or so. At first he's disgusted by the thought, but then realizes they're not procreating so it's OK. After all, he has sex with his female half-clones, and most other people he has sex with are his descendants at some level already. (Not to mention that genetic testing indicates that he has absolutely no harmful genes whatsoever — so even if he did get his mom pregnant, the baby would be perfectly healthy.) Later, in The Number of the Beast, he rescues her from death and brings her to his present (her future) so the relationship can be formalized.
    • And let's not get started on Heinlein's —All You Zombies—. The protagonist is a hermaphrodite, who travels through time, has sex with him/herself and becomes both his/her own father and mother. And son and daughter, logically. And is also the same person who took himself back in time to meet herself. Yeah. This short story is weird.
    • Lazarus came by it honestly. In To Sail Beyond the Sunset, Maureen tries to have sex with her father. (By the end of the book, it's strongly implied that she finally manages it.) In the same book, there's a consensual sexual encounter between Maureen's first husband (Lazarus/Woodrow's father) and their oldest daughter, who is an adult, pregnant, and soon to marry her child's father.
    • In Farnham's Freehold, Farnham's daughter mentions to him that, of the three men she's been stranded with, he's the one she'd prefer to father her child (if she weren't already pregnant just now). Her dad is completely undisturbed and in fact flattered by this.
    • In The Number of the Beast, Lazarus Long's free-spirited ways inspire protagonists Deety and Jacob (her father) to do the deed.
  • Invoked in Red Dragon, when the FBI agents claim that the eponymous Serial Killer "may have had sexual relations with his mother" as part of the highly sensational smokescreen that they feed to the press, because they specifically want to offend him into doing something stupid. In actuality, the killer's Freudian Excuse is significantly less Freudian, though still fairly messed up.
  • The title character of Stephen King's Dolores Claiborne had an asshole husband who, among other things, was trying to get into the pants of his own teenage daughter. This was one of several factors that eventually led to Dolores killing him.
  • The long flashback that makes up the second act of Stephen King's Gerald's Game depicts main character Jessie being sexually molested by her father during a solar eclipse.
  • V. C. Andrews dealt with incest all over the board in her books, including between parents and children.
  • In the novel Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami, the 15-year-old main character gets involved in a relationship with a woman who is heavily implied to be his estranged mother. It's also heavily implied that she knows this but doesn't care.
  • Lord Raith in The Dresden Files novel Blood Rites is an incubus who binds all his daughters to him in sexual slavery (and kills all his sons. It's a theme...)
    • Lara Raith engages in a similar behavior at the end of Blood Rites, turning the tables on her father, and binding him to be her slave instead. By way of explanation, it's not pure sexual slavery, it's complete mental control, achieved through the use of their supernatural mojo.
    • Nicodemus also enjoys "indulging his daughter"...
  • Zillah and Nothing in Lost Souls by Poppy Z. Brite are a rare father/son pair. It seems incest runs in Nothing's family, as his mother Jessie seduced her father.
  • Craster in A Song of Ice and Fire, who has an arseload of wives, married all his daughters (and sacrificed all his sons to the Others). At least one of the daughters is shown to be pregnant, and though it's never made explicit how many generations it goes back, he's not young and girls in Westeros are considered marriageable as soon as they hit puberty, so it could be a few.
    • A variation: The Chessmaster Littlefinger is simultaneously trying to pass off his childhood friend and unrequited love Catelyn's daughter Sansa (who looks strikingly like her) as his natural-born child and trying to seduce her, apparently seeing Sansa as a Replacement Goldfish for her mother. Fatal Flaw, anyone? Eh? Eh?
    • Speculated to have happened with Aegon IV "the Unworthy". One of his nine mistresses, Jeyne Lothson, was the daughter of his first mistress Falena Stokeworth. Many believe he was her real father and was said "he enjoyed mother and daughter together in one bed". While he wouldn't have known, he probably wouldn't have cared.
    • The prostitute Shae was sexually abused by her father who also treated her like a kitchen wench.
  • The main male character in the Spellkey Trilogy is the product of father/daughter incest and is an outcast as a result.
  • In 1980, Judith Rossner, the author of Looking For Mr Goodbar, published Emmeline, loosely based on the tragic life of Emeline (one m) Bachelder Gurney. Emeline was also the subject of an early American Experience episode, "Sins of Our Mothers." However, the story is mostly folklore and bears little resemblance to the truth. Author/artist Juli Kearns did more research and reveals the true story of Emeline on her blog.
  • Duncton Wood: Mandrake is disturbingly obsessed with the Action Girl lead Rebecca, ultimately culminating with him raping her literally just after he killed her mate in cold blood.
  • Deerskin, by Robin McKinley, is based directly on the original "Donkeyskin" fairytale - except unlike in the various folk stories, the princess's father actually does rape her, and impregnate her, and she winds up miscarrying his incestuous baby in the snow on top of a mountain. While largely an amnesiac. It's not a happy story. It is, however, a beautiful story, in its way.
  • In Mercedes Lackey's Heralds of Valdemar series, this theme gets used several times. In Magic's Promise, a minor character was sexually molested by his mother; the trauma from this triggered his latent Psychic Powers. Further, in the Mage Winds trilogy, Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter Nyara is raised by her father, Big Bad Mornelithe Falconsbane, as a sex toy and guinea pig for his sadistic magical experimentation.
    • In another Valdemar book, Talia uses her powers to punish a man who raped both his daughters and murdered one by forcing him to relive his younger daughter's experiences.
    • Also in Lackey's book with Holly Lisle, When the Bough Breaks, a young girl is being molested by her father and develops psychic powers and split personalities. You later find out the dad used to be mentally tortured by his own father, and his eventual comeuppance is very fitting.
    • Another of Lackey's books, Unnatural Issue, is based on the fairy tale "The King Who Wished To Marry His Daughter," and had a more disturbing version. He wishes to use his daughter's body as a vessel for her dead mother's spirit, and marry her all over again, even making plans to dismiss all the servants who knew about the girl and return with his new 'young bride'. In a particularly creepy scene, the heroine overhears her father ruminating on the things he's going to do to her (well, her body anyway) and is as horrified as you might expect.
  • A book that may have taken place in The Low Middle Ages had a Bastard (that's his name or nickname) as its narrator. At one point he's forced to settle with the (third?) cheapest whore at a brothel — an unattractive older woman — and the two have a conversation while getting busy. Several unnerving coincidences later ("What's your name?" "My name is Antonio." "I had a baby I named Antonio...") and the poor Bastard has to leave. His friend/mentor tries to assure him that "he has no mother or father", but it doesn't help very much. Played for laughs, but it probably was his mother.
  • In Lewis Grassic Gibbon's Sunset Song, Chris's (the female protagonist) father tries to talk her into sleeping with him, although she refuses.
  • In Watch Your Mouth by Daniel Handler, there's an incest epidemic amongst the Glass family. Cynthia Glass sleeps with her father. Her mother sleeps with her son. Cyn and her brother sleep together. And then there's a golem.
  • A character in Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern short story "Rescue Run" rapes his three daughters to produce grandchildren. Then he rapes his daughters/granddaughters, as do his sons/grandsons.
  • Paradise Lost: Though it's all very metaphorical, the idea goes that Sin sprang fully-formed from Satan's head (not unlike Athena with Zeus). He then had sex with her, impregnating her with Death, who after he was born raped her repeatedly. One Big, Screwed-Up Family.
  • Peyton Place: There are undertones of this with Norman Page and his overbearing mother, who punishes him (for talking to girls) with enemas and naked whippings.
  • In The History Of Danish Dreams, as a child, Carsten often spies on his mother Amalie while she's undressing or having sex; when he's a teenager, they start a sexual relationship. Eventually, Amalie comes to her senses and sends him off to a boarding school so they won't be tempted to do it anymore.
  • In Salman Rushdie's The Enchantress of Florence, this is used to account for the youth of the supposed relative of the Emperor by a doubting Akbar.
  • In The Cider House Rules, Mister Rose is the father of Rose Rose's baby. This is the first case where Homer is actually compelled to perform an abortion, having been trained to do so but morally opposed to it.
  • In Isaac Asimov's The Robots of Dawn, there is a planet with such loose morals that one of the characters received a lifelong trauma when her father refused to become her first man (to the extent that she was apparently still a virgin at the age of 300). And he could never figure out why he refused.
    • To explain, Aurora, the planet mentioned, has done away with the concept of family. A centralized system tests the genetics of people who want to produce offspring together and gives the go-ahead. Once a child is born, the centralized system takes the child into custody and s/he is brought up in a communal nursery with no further interaction with her birth parents. Aurora is also a perfect example of Free-Love Future, where sex is a casual pastime for everyone and no commitment is considered necessary. As such, as long as two closely related people do not procreate, sexual relations between them are perfectly normal and acceptable - and until procreation is intended, they are unlikely to know of the relationship in the first place. The example refers to an anomaly within this system, where a roboticist interested in social dynamics decides to personally rear his daughter in his own home (he had to call in a lot of favors to be allowed that). The girl grows up with her father, an unusual circumstance, and falls in love with him. He rebuffs her advances, but is unable to explain why, beyond the fact that he considers it 'an emotional response'. The protagonist, an Earthman with recognizable morals, is very disturbed by all this.
  • Dean Koontz uses non-consensual incestuous relationships fairly frequently in character backstories. In addition to the Brother–Sister Incest that figures into The Bad Place, in both Whispers and Life Expectancy, a major character is the product of a father raping his daughter. Additionally, in What the Night Knows, a major character is the product of three generations of line-breeding in his family, starting with a brother-sister pairing, then the father/uncle impregnating his daughter/niece, then impregnating his twin daughters/granddaughters/grandnieces, one of whom is the mother of the character in question. The other twin and her daughter (also fathered by the family patriarch) state in their last documented conversation with their relative that they're both about a month pregnant.
  • Rant has possibly the most horrific example of this, and also one of the more unusual in that it's the son who rapes the mother... and the grandmother... and the great-grandmother, and... obviously, there's a bit of time travel involved.
  • Similarly in Up the Line, by Robert Silverberg, one of the Couriers, who has some major father issues, has a goal to sleep with every female ancestor he has, as a gesture of contempt toward their mates. (Although he does skip his actual mother: "I draw the line at abominations.")
  • In Octavia Butler's Imago, part of the Lilith's Brood series, almost all of the human race has been rendered sterile. At least one woman and at least one man are still fertile, though—we know because she gets pregnant. He runs away immediately after the conception and is never seen again, so the only way to perpetuate the species is in fact mother/son incest.
  • Due to their obsession with blood purity, the God Emperors in The Stone Dance of the Chameleon have been known to engage in this, as well as in Brother–Sister Incest. We see this happen in the story when Molochite (who is himself already a product of Brother–Sister Incest) weds his mother Ykoriana after he ascends the throne. He is 13 at the time, while she's in her early 40s. The two eventually have a child together.
  • Heavily implied in To Kill a Mockingbird — when Mayella is testifying against Tom Robinson, she says that she'd never kissed a grown man before, because what Papa did to her "don't count".
    • This line was cut from the film for obvious reasons, but Mayella's actress Colin Wilcox-Paxton said that she communicated the incestuous relationship through her body language and facial expressions. She revealed in the documentary, which comes with the deluxe DVD set, that she was acutely aware that Mayella's experience was real. "I saw these girls on the streets of violence, these very underprivileged girls. These girls from awful, awful backgrounds. I mean, most of them took it for granted they'd be molested by the time they were... certainly 12, by a father, an uncle, a brother — or someone down the road."
  • The "novelization" of Flash Gordon (1980) included a small scene of Emperor Ming and Princess Aura pleasurably reminiscing about the most recent time they had (BDSM-heavy) sex together.
    • The conversation begins with Aura complaining about 'missing their closeness'. Seems Daddy's been too busy oppressing to have time for her lately.
  • In the short story "Clean Slate," the protagonist kills her parents and becomes a serial killer when her father breaks off their long-term affair after she turns 18.
  • In the Chinese Cinderella story Bound by Donna Jo Napoli, Xing Xing's Wicked Stepmother suggests this to Xing Xing to mock her, though there was no denying that Xing Xing's father was much closer to her than to his stepdaughter Wei Ping.
  • In Book Girl and the Famished Spirit, one character is implied to have been sexually abused by her uncle/guardian, who is eventually revealed to be her real father — which she knew, but he didn't.
  • In one of his columns, Dave Barry called for readers to send in candidates for what should be the national insect. In his next column, he mentions that someone wrote in saying, "My vote for the national incest is mother-son. Thank you for asking."
  • Invisible Man contains a scene where the narrator finds a man with two pregnant women in his yard. It turns out one is his wife and the other his daughter whom he accidentally entered (they shared a bed) while dreaming. She enjoyed it so much that she begged him to continue, resulting in both his wife and daughter being pregnant by him at once. It is strongly implied that the rich white man the narrator is escorting envies this relationship.
  • This is actually the motive behind the major case in the novel Case Histories and its subsequent TV adaptation. The little girl at the center of case was murdered by her oldest sister because the sister realized that their father had the intention of sexually abusing her like he had been doing with the sister. In order to spare her little sister from the same fate, she murdered and buried the little girl in their neighbor's yard and subsequently entered a convent.
  • In Death: Eve Dallas was subjected to this by her own father. She had to kill him to get out of it. Born In Death reveals that Madeline Bullock and her son Winfield Chase had been in a sexual relationship for years.
  • Millennium Series: The book (and the subsequent Swedish and American film versions) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has the character Harriet Vanger being raped from a young age by her father, Gottfried, and after his death by her brother Martin, which is why she leaves Sweden.
  • In The Thirteenth Tale, it's implied that George Angelfield at least had a sexual interest in his daughter. Certainly when she ran off, his reaction was more like a spurned lover than a father.
  • In Sara Douglass' The Wayfarer Redemption sextet, this is the only form of incest not permitted to the Icarii. Everything else, including grandparent/grandchild, is fair game (so long as it's consensual). When Wolf Star kisses Azhure passionately, he admits that what he did was "unclean"... and thereby admits his parentage.
  • In the Old Norse Saga of Hrolf Kraki, King Helgi of Denmark kidnaps (he thinks) a servant girl, falls in love with her, and marries her. Then it turns out she is his own daughter he begot by rape.
  • Most marriages in A Brother's Price consist of a number of women, some of them full sisters, some half-sisters born from different mothers and all considered sisters, and one or more unrelated men. One family, the Brindles, is suspected thanks to the age of the husband and a twelve-year gap in new children to be having their single son servicing his mothers. While most characters think this is a disgusting possibility, a contrary Whistler who's interested in that son retorts that at least it's proof that he's fertile.
  • In the Dreamblood Duology, Tiaanet is repeatedly molested by her father and at one point gives birth to a daughter.
  • Emperor Nero with his mother Agrippina, both (rumoured) in Real Life, and in I, Claudius.
  • In John C. Wright's The Hermetic Millennia, in Nymph culture, it was expected that a man's first sexual intercourse would be with his mother.
  • Various early Christian writers, discussing pagan charges that their secret rites were sexual, countered that actually Christians are obviously more scrupulous than pagans in sexual matters, since they do not expose their children, knowing they will be taken up and raised as whores, and they do not frequent brothels — and the pagans do both, and must often commit this.
  • In the short story Florville et Courval by the Marquis de Sade, Florville marries her father and becomes pregnant with his child. Florville's mother kept the pregnancy secret and gave Florville away without the father knowing of her existence.
  • In Odd John by Olaf Stapledon, the superhuman protagonist — partly out of a desire to declare his independence from normal human morality — sleeps with his mother.
  • Imperatot Kurj of Catherine Asaro's Skolian Saga lusts after his mother, Roca, but never acts on it. However it does create considerable tension between him and the rest of his family. She is unaware but his father suspects and the tension escalates after his father dies and she remarries.
  • Lirah the Serker, in The Lumatere Chronicles, was born from her father and his eldest daughter.
  • The plot of James M. Cain's novel The Butterfly is driven by a man's lust for his daughter.
  • Central to the plot of Daniel Gonzalez's Un grito en las tinieblas (A Scream in the Dark) horror novel is Zárate Arkham's history of incestuous abuse from her father.
  • In Shovel Ready Persephone claims that her father is also the father of her child. He's not, although he did rape her.
  • In Doctrine of Labyrinths, Diokletian lusts after Felix because Felix reminds him of the woman he loved, who happens to have been Felix's mother. This means there's a definite chance of Diokletian being Felix's father. Oddly, this bothers Diokletian a lot more than it bothers Felix, who doesn't seem to have an issue with incest.
    • Also, Kolkhis and Mildmay. They aren't blood related but Kolkhis essentially acted as a mother towards Mildmay, raising him like a son from the age of three and then began sleeping with him when he was fourteen.
  • William Johnstone's horror novel The Toy Cemetery has a few disturbing depictions of this. The town of Victory, South Carolina is controlled by a cult that has been making its citizens propagate by making them sleep with their children via magical control. The first opening chapters actually has the main character almost sleep with his daughter, who was willing to go along with it before they both snapped out of it. Sadly, the book ends with said daughter, now thoroughly brainwashed, secretly planning to one day seduce or rape her father.
  • Ice Forged by Gail Z. Martin starts with Lord Blaine McFadden running his father Ian through with a broadsword after Ian rapes Blaine's sister Mari. It's this that convinces King Merrill to commute what should be a beheading offense to exile to a Penal Colony, which naturally proves fortuitous later.
  • In Bent Road a little girl goes missing. We find out through her mother that her father accidentally killed her and had sexually abused her as well, because as she put it, "Some men don't know the difference between a daughter and a wife."
  • One of the two main characters of Matilda's Last Waltz is raped by her alcoholic father after her mother's death until he himself dies, leaving her pregnant and responsible for their farm while she's still in her teens. However, there was no biological incest between them, as the girl was actually the offspring of her mother's affair.
    • Then it's played horrifically straight. When Matilda gives birth to her son, the midwife decides to keep the baby for herself and tells Matilda she had a stillbirth, before taking the baby and her husband to New Zealand. The baby is happily raised under the name Finn MacKaulay, and decides to go back to Australia following his parents' deaths. There, he seeks to buy a farm, which leads him to meet Matilda, falling in love and marrying her. Matilda is pregnant with their child and about to give birth when she discovers a box of photographs and letters Finn kept from his parents. The shock and shame are so strong she suffers Death by Childbirth, and poor Finn is so broken he decides to leave his daughter in an orphanage and commits suicide.
  • There are implications in The Catcher in the Rye that Jane's alcoholic stepfather has at a minimum sexually harassed her.
  • The short story "Goat" by James McBride has this as the Twist Ending: the narrator sees the birth certificates of his friend Goat and Goat's two brothers, which have "Irving Evans" listed as the father, and then sees the birth certificate of Irving Evans, who apparently has the same mother that Goat and his brothers do.
  • In Push by Sapphire, the protagonist Precious is raped by her father and mother, resulting in two children and HIV. The first child has Down's Syndrome. Precious's mother also forces her to "take care of her" (i.e., perform oral sex on her) because she feels that her daughter drove her boyfriend off and, as she says, "Who was gonna love me?"
  • The protagonist of The Color Purple, Celie, has been abused by her father and has three kids by him. It's later revealed that he's her stepfather.
  • The heroine of the Danielle Steel novel Malice is a victim of this, having been forced to be her father's lover because her cancer-stricken mother can't be. Even more horrifying, she reveals that her mother held her down for him. She finally snaps and kills him when he rapes her yet again the night of her mother's funeral.
    • The heroine of the novel Accident reveals that she's a victim of this also during an argument with her mother and sister (who was a victim too), blasting them for their denial and insistence that it didn't happen. Paired with Gratuitous Rape, as there were no hints of this before the supposed Wham Line, and it had no relevance or impact on the story before or after.
  • Judge Dee: While it doesn't actually happen, there are several characters who seem a bit too close to their own daughters:
    • One man, whose daughter was kidnapped before she could reach her husband's home, bursts into the tribunal to accuse the husband's father of kidnapping her for his own sick ends in what certainly looks like a case of Psychological Projection.
    • In one story, a young man is having an affair with one of his father's concubines (who's his own age), even conspiring to murder his father so they can elope in peace. An unbelievably pissed-off Dee tells him in barely-disguised terms to kill himself (note that the man's father was very much an Asshole Victim, being the general whose betrayal caused Tsiao Tai to desert and turn to banditry in the first place), which he does and is joined by the concubine. Their devotion to their filial and marital duties are widely celebrated.
    • In "Necklace and Calabash", one court lady claims the reason the Third Princess has remained unmarried for so long is that the Emperor has an unnatural fixation on her. Dee shakes it off as rumors spread by eunuchs.
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events: In the first book, Count Olaf is not actually the Baudelaire's father, but he is their legal guardian, and as such has the right to consent to Violet's forced underage marriage— to him.
  • In Jenna Rhodes's Elven Ways series, House Andreion is the ruling house of the Vaelinar elves. They were not the original ruling house. The previous ruling house had its king die in battle without issue, and his second in command took over. This new king had a daughter that he married off, but displeased that his grandson lacked the scrying powers typical of House Andreion, the king got his daughter pregnant himself. The resulting daughter/granddaughter had the scrying ability and was declared the true heir over her older half-brother.
  • Lucy Stone Mysteries: In Tippy Toe Murder, a particular repugnant example happens in the book's main plot. The main story involves the disappearance of a retired dance instructor, with a few chapters revealing she's seemingly kidnapped a small child. It turns out the instructor's trying to help one of her former students by hiding her daughter from her father, who's been accused of sexually abusing the girl. Halfway through the book it's confirmed the father has indeed been molesting his child, and he even reminisces on the first time he did it. When she was a baby. Main character Lucy takes it upon herself to hide the girl with her family after the father brutalizes the instructor when he can't find his daughter.
  • One Chicken Soup for the Soul story has a girl's friend committing suicide to escape her (the friend's) father repeatedly sexually abusing her, as detailed in her suicide note. Months after he's arrested, he finally confesses.
  • Phantastes: Referenced, with a Older Than They Look grandmother and her apparent grandson:
    Overcome with the presence of a beauty which I could now perceive, and drawn towards her by an attraction irresistible as incomprehensible, I suppose I stretched out my arms towards her, for she drew back a step or two, and said—

    “Foolish boy, if you could touch me, I should hurt you. Besides, I was two hundred and thirty-seven years old, last Midsummer eve; and a man must not fall in love with his grandmother, you know.”
    “But you are not my grandmother,” said I.
    “How do you know that?” she retorted. “I dare say you know something of your great-grandfathers a good deal further back than that; but you know very little about your great-grandmothers on either side. Now, to the point.
  • A Discovery of Witches: Ysabeau reveals that her sire and his other male children raped and abused her to try to break her.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Arrested Development loves to play with this one with Buster and Lucille.
  • The Farscape episode "Won't Get Fooled Again" dropped John Crichton into a Lotus-Eater Machine which resembled a sick parody of present-day Earth. At first, John merely finds this ruse annoying, but things take a turn for the kinky as everyone (read: everyone) on the series start making passes at him. At one point, John finds himself ambushed by his mother in a pink negligee.
  • Game of Thrones: Craster and his harem of daughter-wives.
  • In Sparkhouse the character Carol is a victim of incest by her father.
  • Skins implies this between Michelle's stepfather and stepsister and gangster Johnny White with his daughter.
  • Buried has a prison bully revealed to be victim of rape by his father.
  • A character in an episode of Cracker grew up watching her father sexually abuse her sisters.
  • Steve Owen in EastEnders was French kissed by his dying mother.
  • In an episode of Wire in the Blood a killer was having an incestuous relationship with his abusive mother.
  • In Bad Girls the character Shell Dockley was raped as an adolescent by both her parents.
  • Battlestar Galactica, in a very roundabout way coupled with Cloning Blues: Ellen Tigh sleeps with human-like Cylon Cavil in order to protect her husband. It's later revealed that Ellen is one of the Initial Five Cylon scientists who created the Significant Eight human-Cylons, and Cavil was modeled after Ellen's father and knew all along who she was (Cavil is an angry, spoilt, sadistic teenager with an Oedipus complex in an old human's body, which he hates Ellen for "blessing" him with). Then there's Saul Tigh himself, also a member of the Initial Five, who becomes infatuated with much younger-looking Caprica-Six, possibly because she looks a lot like a young Ellen. Tigh gets Six pregnant, but she suffers a Convenient Miscarriage after Tigh switches (is forcibly switched?) his affections back to Ellen. Ellen calls Tigh out on basically screwing (one of) his own daughter(s). But doesn't do so to Tyrol, another member of the Five, even though he too was doing it to one of the Eights. This calling out is doubly ironic given that Ellen slept with Cavil on New Caprica to get Tigh released.
  • In Beverly Hills, 90210, Valerie makes a sad example of this when her backstory is finally revealed.
  • Boston Legal had a plotline that involved a mother sleeping with her son.
  • On Grounded for Life, Claudia accidentally takes Jimmy to see a movie about this. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Angel:
    • "Untouched" features a woman who was sexually abused by her father
    • Cordelia, albeit Cordelia possessed by Jasmine, and Connor are also essentially this trope in season 4, since Cordelia acted as a surrogate mother to Connor as a baby in season 3.
  • Attempted in Forever Knight when LaCroix's daughter, Divia, attempts to get LaCroix to sleep with her after she brings him across (makes him a vampire.) LaCroix responded by staking her and killing her, though she revived centuries later and came after him and his vampire children.
  • Used in the third season episode of House "Skin Deep," between a father and his intersex daughter.
  • Nip/Tuck has a few:
    • One season had some mother & (adopted) son incest. Additionally, the mother is actually a male-to-female transgender. It all ends in tragedy, with the son committing suicide and the mother leaving town.
    • A one-off episode features Christian having a threesome with a mother and daughter, who regularly pick up men to sleep with together. He eventually gets just a bit too squicked out by their relationship and kicks them out of his apartment.
    • During the filming of a medical soap opera the doctors are consulting for, one of the actors insists on adding this to her character's backstory. It's played for complete Narm in universe.
  • There were a couple NYPD Blues where it was one of the plots-of-the-week, both father-daughter and mother-son. It was also eventually revealed as part of Diane Russel's backstory.
  • The The X-Files episode "Home" centered around an murderous family of inbred hicks, complete with mother/son incest. The eldest brother turns out to be his younger brothers' father.
  • CSI:
    • An episode revealed that the recently introduced character Keppler had, some years ago, murdered a man whom he believed had raped his wife (or possibly girlfriend or fiancée, it's not made clear). He is then blackmailed by his father-in-law, who has just murdered a prostitute, and a fellow officer, who had helped cover up the crime (which the CSIs are investigating). In the end he realises that his wife's rapist was her father. He proceeds to track down the villain to stop him murdering the last witness to his crime, getting shot for his trouble and then getting back up in time to shoot him and protect the witness, before he dies.
    • The episode "Burden of Proof" reveals in the end that the murdered stepfather wasn't molesting his stepdaughter - the biological father was. When the daughter told the stepfather about it, the father murdered him, telling the daughter afterward that he'd kill anyone else she told and her too if the need arose. The father lies about it when arrested, saying he killed the stepfather because he was abusing the daughter. Then the team confronts him with the proof that it was him abusing the daughter. He tells his lawyer to get him out of it, mentioning that the lawyer just got him off the hook for murdering the stepfather. The lawyer, and the CSI, clearly explain to him that the rape of a child under Nevada law carries a mandatory sentence, for which there can be no plea bargains.
    • In another episode, an investigation of a murder led to the discovery that the suspect, a married man with a teenage daughter, had seemingly had incestuous sex with said daughter (that had left her pregnant) and so the investigators theorized that the murder (of the man's wife) had been because she figured this out. It then turned out that the daughter fantasized said relationship with her dad (to the point that her body started to show pregnancy-like symptoms out of sheer delusional willpower) and she killed her own mom out of murderous jealousy. Her father had been clueless about this all along.
    • A horrific episode from the first-season, "Blood Drops", features two sisters who survive the murder of their father, mother, and two brothers. In the end, the older girl is revealed to have arranged the murder of her father, who had raped her, fathered her sister/daughter (played by Dakota Fanning), and was now molesting the little girl. The others were killed because they had never stopped him.
    • In the episode "Committed" from Season 5, they are investigating a murder at a criminally insane institution of a male inmate, and find out that the victim was having an illicit affair with a fellow male inmate. Turns out that the mother of the patient with whom the victim was having an affair had lied her way into being a nurse at the mental hospital so that she could continue her lifelong Parental Incest relationship with her son. When she found out that he was "cheating" on her with an inmate, she demanded that he end it. When he refused, she killed the victim out of jealousy. The truly horrible part is that she used her power over her mentally ill son to force him to cover up the murder of his lover.
    • Season 10 episode "Lost and Found" has the team assuming that dear old dad had knocked up his own daughter with their son/half-brother before disappearing. Turns out she was raped by her mother's brother.
    • Season 12, "Genetic Disorder". Mother does it with son, gets pregnant, dumps off baby to hide it. The kid goes Ax-Crazy later and lashes out at the genealogist who uncovered the secret, and the body gets left in the bed of Doc Robbins and his wife, the genealogist's next clients.
  • Shameless (US):
    • When Mandy gets pregnant (and subsequently gets an abortion), her closest friends Ian and Lip learn that the father of the baby was Mandy's own father, who's an alcoholic to the extremes that he blacks out and has on occasions raped Mandy, because (according to her) of how similar she looks to her deceased mother. This is also the reason why Mandy asks the Gallaghers to look after her half-sister Molly when she has to take her in.
    • There's also Steve/Jimmy's mother kissing him on the lips back in season 1, which Debbie comments was particularly disgusting.
  • The Practice had an episode involving a case about this. It was very vague about whether or not they actually had sex and who was the aggressor was, which was part of what the case hinged on. In the end, it showed the mother sleeping peacefully and the son watching her, implying he was in love with her.
  • Supernatural:
    • Played with in an episode. Dean goes back in time to see his parents as teenagers. Dean comments on how his mom is a total babe and that he will be going to hell (again) for thinking that. Also in that ep, the Yellow-Eyed Demon possesses Dean's mom's father and kills Dean's dad. The Demon makes a deal with Dean's mom that promises he'll bring him back to life and Dean's mom accepts. How is the deal sealed? With a kiss. Dean's mom kisses her demon-possessed father.
    • In an earlier episode, Agent Henriksen tells Dean that he thinks John brainwashed Dean into believing that demons and ghosts are real and probably molested him as a child. Of course, Henriksen said this just to make Dean angry.
    • In "Family Remains", the antagonist is first believed to be the ghost of the daughter of the first victim. After all of the standard ghost-warding stuff fails, they figure out it was the dead daughter's daughter, who was a result of her father/grandfather raping her mother/half-sister. Jeez, these genealogies get complicated.
    • Let's not forget poor Bela/Abby, who sold her soul to Lilith in exchange for having her father (and it may be implied her mother as well, though we never see her) killed because he was molesting her.
    • Subverted in "Heartache". Sam and Dean break into the house of a deceased baseball player named Brick Holmes, but discover to their disgust that he apparently shared a bed with his mother Eleanor. It turns out that she was only posing as his mother, since "Brick Holmes" (born as a Mayan named Inyo) was an immortal man who met Eleanor when she was still a young woman, and she continued to age while he remained young.
  • In Scrubs, after a session with Wide-Eyed Idealist psychiatrist Dr. Molly Clock, it is revealed that The Todd's issues with women stems from his relationship with his mother (they made out once).
  • In Profit, Jim and his step-thanks-to-Executive Meddling-mother are engaged in an on-off sexual relationship, when she isn't threatening to tell the cops he set his dad on fire so he'll buy her things.
  • In Season 2 of Carnivàle, through a chain of heavily destiny-mediated consequences, Sofie winds up working as a maid for Brother Justin, who becomes creepily obsessed with her and vice versa. A good deal of Sofie's childhood trauma comes from having been raised by her batshit-crazy, telepathic, catatonic mother (roll with it, it's that kind of series) who hated her due to the circumstances of her conception: her mother was raped by a strange man who became obsessed with her when she was working as a fortune teller. In the city where Justin went to seminary. 20-odd years ago. You see where this is going, right? Ironically enough, the only person with enough information to put the pieces together is Justin's sister Iris, and even she's a little weirded out.
  • Scott Barringer, Hayden Christensen's character on Higher Ground, was seduced and sexually abused by his stepmother. His love interest, Shelby, just happened to have had the same thing happen to her from her stepfather (who got her younger sister too).
  • Law & Order:
    • There's an episode about the murder of a teenage girl. The cops keep pursuing the girl's father, as evidence indicates the girl was sexually abused, but he keeps protesting his innocence. It's ultimately revealed that it was the girl's mother who was raping her and ultimately murdered her. The father didn't know anything about it, and is devastated by The Reveal.
    • Used again by a young man facing a murder charge as part of an insanity plea that he'd regularly been pressured into sex with his mother. The court ordered shrink doesn't believe his insanity plea but does admit that the incest makes him look sympathetic in front of a jury. When his wife faces attempted murder charges for trying to kill his mother, he's offered a lighter sentence for himself and his wife if he'd testify against his mother. He chooses to protect his mother instead, much to the wife's devastation.
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, as a show focusing on sex crimes, has a long list of these:
    • There's an episode about a college student caught dumping her unwanted baby. By her father. Whom she basically just met. Because she tracked him down. And it's not the first time she's gotten pregnant by him. Naturally, their father is an upstanding pillar of the community. After she's sentenced, he tries for custody of his (grand)son, but is shot down hard by Benson and Stabler.
      • She's committed — but not for the unwanted live baby they found; she is acquitted of that. But later they find that she had a "stillbirth" a couple years prior, and Benson confronts her with that - and the girl blurts out that her father was also THAT baby's father, and she'd actually killed that baby herself. So she's committed for that earlier murder. The fact that the father had been schtupping his daughter longer than they'd thought makes them all the more determined to deny him custody.
    • A court judge was harsh on sex offenders after he raped his 11-year-old stepdaughter and conceived a son.
    • A Gold Digger seduced her stepson and convinced another man with whom she was having an affair to kill the father.
    • A murderer was in an incestuous relationship with his mother and killed her to free himself from her control.
    • Two brothers from season 1 were molested by their father: one grew up to be a serial rapist, the other turned out normal but got drunk and killed a man he thought was his brother.
    • There was also the episode with a man who wanted lots of kids so he arranged for other men to impregnate his wife and, when she could no longer conceive, he artificially inseminated his daughter. It wasn't his sperm, but really that hardly matters.
    • Then there was the infamous reveal that Fin's stepson, Darius, was the result of his mother being raped by her father.
    • Subverted in one episode guest-starring Jeremy Irons as a therapist specializing in sexual addiction. He's ridden with guilt because he, a recovered sex addict himself, believes he raped his daughter during an incoherent moment in the past, but he finds out by episode's end that it was actually consensual sex with his daughter's friend, and the reason she was mad at him was that she was in love with her friend and was mad that her father came between them.
      • A later episode in which Irons' character plays a supporting role involves two women sexually abused by their mother. The older one managed to get through it and live a relatively normal life, but the younger sister was so warped by the abuse that she tried to molest a little girl and then killed her when she freaked out.
    • A teenage girl goes missing and it's believed she was murdered by a man on trial. She's found having an affair with her music teacher and convincing herself they're in love. Her mother is upset as she charges the teacher and slaps him. She then starts talking about his seduction methods with first-hand knowledge. With her husband and the cops all staring, she says she and the guy had a one-night stand... 17 years ago. "Do the math," she snaps as she reveals he's been sleeping with his own daughter. Unlike others from the show, he's more horrified than anyone else, begging "I didn't know" when the man everyone thought was the father has to be held back from throttling the guy. The girl's reaction? She smiles brightly as she's happy her father is a great musician rather than a garbage man, completely ignoring the incest part.
    • In another episode, a slew of young girls have been seduced by a man they believe to be their biological father (the result of a sperm donation he made in college). Mercifully, he actually isn't (he's impersonating the real donor, jealous of his perfect life—beautiful house/family/career and trying to destroy it), but that doesn't change the fact that he used their supposed biological connection to cajole them into bed. By the episode's conclusion, he's bedded the man's actual daughter (a child that he had with his wife and raised, rather than just being a donor) under the same pretext, claiming that her mother had an affair with him and he's the daughter's real father.
    • Another episode has the detectives investigating the apparent murder of a woman in her early thirties, who seems to have been thrown off of the building where she lived. It was suicide, and it's only solved when her older sister comes forward with the information that the dead girl had mailed to her before she died. Both daughters had been repeatedly raped by their father as teenagers, and while the elder sister was able to get away and make a life for herself, the younger one became trapped in a cycle of bad relationships and substance abuse until she finally killed herself.
    • In addition to being the focus of some episodes, this occasionally comes up as part of the backstory of a guest character, usually to explain some aspect of the character's situation or personality. In the most memorable example, a teenage girl who had been raped and pimped out by her biological father has lost her capacity to care about or empathize with anyone, to the point where she actively coerces her boyfriend into raping her adoptive sister (the reasons for which are never explained).
  • Law & Order: Criminal Intent had one in an early season: A stepmother, her stepson, and her son by her stepson's father are suspected in a series of church burnings. Goren thinks the arsonist has a Freudian Excuse, and it turns out that the stepmother thought the best way to get to know her teenage stepson was to seduce him one weekend when his father was out of town on an extended trip. She got pregnant by her stepson and covered it up by inducing labor perilously early to create the illusion that she had been pregnant before her husband left. The child in question, now an adult, has recently been told of his true parentage by his church secretary, and has been lashing out at churches along with his adrenaline-junkie roommate.
    • This is also part of the backstory of recurring antagonist Nicole Wallace. For most of her run on the show, this is only Goren's theory, but she seems to confirm it in her second-to-last episode when she tells Gwen Chapel that "sometimes daddies can love too much".
    • A slimy politician in the Season 8 opener has a history of molesting his stepdaughter, who later became a drug addict. He also seems to be grooming his younger daughter who is actually the stepdaughter's child born of the incest. And his mother put a hit on the stepdaughter's blackmailing boyfriend to cover it all up.
  • Shane on Weeds masturbates to pictures of his mother for a bit. After being discovered, his mother delivers an exquisitely uncomfortable discussion on the subject.
  • In Malcolm in the Middle, Reese finds a diary belonging to a girl he thinks goes to his school, and begins to read it. As he does, he gradually starts to fall for her, and fantasizes about kissing her. When Lois off-handedly reveals that the diary is hers, unaware of the fact that Reese has developed a crush on the girl in the diary, Reese imagines going to kiss his mother as she is now, and is horrified.
  • An early episode of All Saints features an abandoned baby. When her teenage mother is found, she reveals, in a heartbreaking scene, that her father raped her and fathered her daughter, and that she abandoned her because she knew he'd do the same to another daughter.
  • In the old original Dark Shadows TV 'supernatural soap', the modern-day character of Roger Collins makes a reference to his ancestors, but the actor bungles the line and says 'incestors' instead. This was ironic or prescient, because we later learn that his late wife and the mother of their son was also his own grandmother, having returned to life supernaturally after a failed attempt to murder Roger's father and aunt, Jamison and Nora Collins. Poor Roger never had any idea that he had married his grandmother, however... and neither did the writers until later.
  • On Red Dwarf, it's revealed in Series VII that Lister had spent the first six and a bit series ogling and apparently briefly dating his own mother, Kristine Kochanski. That said, the father is Lister himself.
  • In the Cold Case episode "Blackout" its discovered that the victim, a grandmother, was extremely abusive, regularly molesting her son when he was young. She had her sights set on her thirteen-year-old grandson when she was killed.
  • Strongly averted in one episode of Dollhouse, where the body surfing mother is investigating her own murder and is suddenly kissed by her adult son. She quickly pushes him away and starts gagging.
  • series/shameless: Zig-zagged with Frank and Samantha. They made out and dry-humped, but only Frank knew she was his daughter at the time.
  • The teaser for the pilot of The Mentalist involves a case of a murdered teenage girl. A neighbor boy is blamed but Jane deduces that the father is responsible. It turns out that the father and daughter were having a sexual relationship and the father killed the daughter when she wanted out.
  • In one episode of NUMB3RS that deals with an Expy of the FLDS, a girl finds out that she is the product of Parental Incest - her father married his own daughter, who was apparently so brainwashed that this didn't register as wrong or problematic to her. The girl, who has largely broken out of the cult brainwashing, was not happy about this.
    • An earlier episode features a child pornographer who's been molesting his elementary-school-aged daughter; when the mother found out and tried to get the kid away from him, he claimed she was the abusive one and that she had kidnapped the child. Fortunately for everyone except him, the perpeterator was also a Cop Killer, so the FBI had dug into his background and already found evidence that he was the abuser.
    • In "Killer Chat", the Knight Templar Serial Killer started tracking down and murdering child molesters after she found out her husband molested their daughter. In fact, he was her first victim.
  • In an episode of ER, a little girl innocently reveals the "game" her father plays with her. The information causes Malucci to have a terrible Heroic BSoD: he charges into the other trauma room, where said father is being treated, and attacks him.
  • Criminal Minds had quite a few Serial Killers with this backstory, but the one that takes the cake has to be the killer from "Reflection of Desire" whose mother was an actress from 1950s films. To perfect the romantic plots they staged and re-enacted when she was younger, he cut off the lips of his first victim and affixed them onto his mother's long-rotted corpse, which he hallucinated was her, still alive.
  • Outrageous Fortune has Judd sleeping with his girlfriend's mid-twenties daughter during mid six season, and they get married at the end of the season.
  • Lincoln Heights: "Baby Doe". Jenn (a nurse) and Eddie (a police officer) find an abandoned baby in a dumpster. They track down the mother, a teenager with abusive parents. Her father is especially hateful and at one point at the hospital where Jenn works, he spits in his daughter's face. Jenn wipes it off and has the saliva tested for DNA. Yep, he's the father of his daughter's baby.
  • The Secret Life of the American Teenager: Ricky was molested by his father, who claimed he was teaching Ricky "what it means to be a man." This led to Ricky constantly sleeping around in an attempt to feel in control of his sexuality.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Spike, as a fledgling vampire, turned his own mother, as she was dying of tuberculosis. His newly vamped mom then promptly accused him of doing so because he had a thing for Mommy. Spike, however, argued that he did it only to keep her alive, and ended up staking her when she started coming on to him.
  • The Steve Wilkos Show:
    • They had a father/daughter couple on the show. The father justified it by claiming that because he hadn't been in his daughter's life, he didn't develop any of the usual genetic disgust about having sex with his offspring. Steve thought that they were trolling, so he made them take lie detector tests... and they came back positive that this was true.
    • Another infamous episode of Steve's show featured a woman who'd molested her daughter orally and offered to make child pornography of her.
  • On Roar, Fergus is initially quite attracted to Molly until he realizes that she's his daughter.
  • In the Doctor Who episode "Father's Day", Rose's father Pete (who is encountered long in the past, while his daughter is still a baby,) unknowingly invokes it in a hypothetical remark of "if I was going out with you" with the time-travelling adult Rose and is confused about her emphatic, repeated protests.
  • In Boardwalk Empire, this is revealed to be in the back story of Jimmy Darmody and his mother Gillian and was at least partially the cause of Jimmy enlisting in World War I.
  • Played for Laughs in a sketch on Jam. A man is called over to help his godson's parents, who have recently discovered that their son has a gay friend. The father has been distracting the gay friend with sex to keep him away from the son, while the mother is trying to "keep her son interested in ladies" by disguising herself as a prostitute and having sex with him.
  • Midsomer Murders: Taken up a notch in an episode in which the murders revolve around a family's secret eugenics scheme that paired a father with his daughter and with that daughter's daughter. The episode is "Master Class". A skilled young pianist is seduced by her world-renowned piano teacher, and nearly goes to bed with him, until she finds out that he's her father and her grandfather. The pianist was trying to pass on an increasingly pure copy of his musical genes.
  • In the miniseries The Pillars of the Earth, William Hambly and his mother are very close. They never actually have sex but the desire is obvious on both sides. He finally kills her in a guilt induced rage
  • American Horror Story:
    • Grace's back story in American Horror Story: Asylum reveals that she murdered her father for molesting her, and her stepmother for not doing anything about it.
    • In American Horror Story: Coven Kyle and his mother had a longstanding relationship. When he returns as FrankenKyle, she renews the relationship. Unfortunately for her, the returned Kyle is not as submissive as he originally was and kills her.
    • In American Horror Story: Roanoke , it's implied that the matriarch of the Polk clan has sex with her sons.
  • Almost canon in Bates Motel , Norma and Norman are basically a codependent married couple, head over heels in love with each other.
    • In Episode 2.10, Norma kissed Norman.
    • In Season 3 Norman confessed to his mother that he had sexual attraction to her.
  • In the Masters of Horror episode "Imprint", it's strongly implied that the disfigured prostitute was raped by her abusive father when she was a child. She was herself also a product of incest, as her parents were secretly siblings.
  • Part of The Reveal on Twin Peaks is that Laura Palmer was the repeated victim of sexual abuse by her father, Leland, who has been victim of a partial Demonic Possession ever since he was molested by a neighbour of his grandfather, as a child. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, the movie prequel to the series, shows Laura trying, and failing, to repress the knowledge of her rapist's identity, in a plot that shows almost the exact opposite of what Freud thought was really going on in such cases.
  • In Night and Day, the affair between Alex Wells and (at the time, underage) Jane Harper, who learn at the end of the series that they are biological father and daughter, is a central plot point. In the late-night omnibus editions, Steph McKenzie also fights off a seduction attempt by her biological son Josh Alexander – and appears at one point to have a sexually-charged daydream involving being strangled by him.
  • Implied in The Walking Dead with Ed, Sofia's father. As far as we know, he never actually did anything to her, but the intention was there. At one point he grabs her arm when the two are alone in a tent, and he's been accused of looking at her the wrong way.
  • The Lifetime Movie of the Week A Long Way Home (also known as Aftermath) essentially begins In Medias Res with a family trying to heal after such an incident—the mother walked in on the father fondling the daughter and dialogue reveals that this was the third time that this had happened, though they are both adamant that he never raped her. Unusually, the recovery process involves them trying to reconcile with the father, who is coming home after being kicked out. In the course of counseling, it comes out that both parents suffered this at the hands of their own fathers. Ultimately, Surprisingly Realistic Outcome—everyone, including the father, is unable to trust him and constantly afraid that it will happen again, leading them to give up and him to move out for good.
    • In another movie, titled Shattering The Silence, a woman slowly recovers her repressed memories of being abused by her father and realizes that this is the reason her sister has been estranged from the family for years (she remembered and left home as soon as possible). She resolves to seek counseling and get on with her life... until she notices that her niece (her brother's daughter) is acting strangely and comes to the horrified realization that he's now abusing her.
  • One Life to Live. During a confrontation between archenemies Viki and Dorian, the latter screams at her to stop defending her father, as he sexually abused her throughout her childhood.
  • General Hospital's Serial Killer Ryan Chamberlain was noted by several other characters to have a major Oedipus Complex, yet at the same time, his victims were all blonde, like his mother was. Shortly after coming to town, his twin brother Kevin recalled always feeling jealous over the fact that their mother clearly favored Ryan over him. However, Kevin began to have flashbacks of their mother taking Ryan into the bedroom or bathroom with her and suddenly realized what her "favor" really meant.
  • Millennium (1996): The episode "The Well-Worn Lock" features Catherine Black in her job as a social worker having to deal with a domestic abuse situation. The father had already sexually abused one of his daughters and impregnated her, but she carried the child to term and continued to live with her parents because she had nowhere else to go. When she starts seeing signs that he's going to repeat it with his younger daughter/granddaughter, she finally goes to the authorities. Even then it's a long and arduous process to prove his guilt and get him convicted.
  • Million Yen Women: The background of one of the women, who was abused by her father. The same one later turns out to be a Self-Made Orphan.
  • On The Drew Carey Show, Lewis once mentioned that he used to be such a Hormone-Addled Teenager that he would have had sex with any woman who'd let him, even his own mother. After everyone else reacts with disgust, he adds, "Remember, I'm adopted, so it's not as sick as it sounds!"
  • On Degrassi: The Next Generation, Jane begins having flashbacks and depressive episodes when her father comes back into her life, eventually remembering that he had molested her as a child.
  • Higher Ground: Step-parental incest, actually.
    • We learn in episode one that Scott's issues and drug abuse stem from being repeatedly raped by his stepmother.
    • Later it turns out Shelby was raped by her stepfather, along with her sister.
  • Dark Desire: Dario it turns out was raped by his aunt/foster mother, who took advantage of him as a minor.

  • "The End" by The Doors from their debut album The Doors has the protagonist tell his mother he wants to rape her, but it is almost incomprehensible on the studio recording.
  • "Alive" by Pearl Jam from Ten is - according to this article - about a mother who reveals to her son that the man he thought was his father was actually his stepfather (a real event in frontman Eddie Vedder's own life)... and then she seduces her son because he looks like his dead (birth) father (not a real event in Vedder's own life, one hopes), leading the protagonist to become so messed up that he becomes a Serial Killer of prostitutes (the song "Once"), and ends up on death row (the song "Footsteps"). However, Vedder has veered away from this interpretation in later years, claiming that the fans "lifted the curse" off the song, and he now sees it as a life-affirming anthem.
    • "Daughter" sounds rather explicit in its subject matter (Father/Daughter incest), once you get past Vedder's nigh-unintelligible singing voice. Though it reads like that ("she holds the hand that holds her down"), "Daughter" is actually about a child with dyslexia ("mother reads aloud—child tries to understand it"), whose parents don't understand her disability and use harsh physical punishment to deal with it ("the shades go down"). Explained here on The Other Wiki.
  • No sex happens, but the video for "Lemon Incest" by Serge Gainsbourg and his young daughter Charlotte is extremely creepy.
    • The video for "Charlotte Forever", on the other hand, feels more romantic than creepy. Of course for some that may make it all the creepier.
  • "The Father of a Boy Named Sue" by Johnny Cash - maybe. It's implied, but not stated out loud.
  • "Magdelena" by Frank Zappa from Just Another Band from L.A. is a detailed confessional by a father to his 13-year old daughter of what he'd like to do to her.
  • "Tier" (German for "Animal") by Rammstein tells the story of a man who rapes his daughter and her getting revenge by killing him. Made even creepier by the fact that one notable live performance included the presence of the young daughter of guitarist Richard Kruspe onstage. The song "Laichzeit" ("Spawning Time") also talks about a man who harbors sexual desires for both his mother and his sister.
    • The song "Wiener Blut" ("Viennese Blood") from the album Liebe ist für alle da is about the Josef Fritzl case.
  • Tom Lehrer:
    • Played for laughs in "I Got It From Agnes" (which is probably about venereal disease) with the lines:
      Max got it from Edith, who gets it every spring
      She got it from her daddy, who gives her everything.
    • An Evening Wasted with Tom Lehrer included this wonderful ditty about the most famous incident of this trope in the Western Canon:
      There once was a man named Oedipus Rex
      You may have heard about his odd complex
      His name appears in Freud's index 'cause he
      Loved his mother!
  • Also played for laughs with The Lonely Island's "Motherlover", where two studs agree to "fuck each other's mothers" for Mother's Day.
  • "Janie's Got a Gun" by Aerosmith. "What did her daddy do?" indeed.
  • Motörhead's "Don't Let Daddy Kiss Me" from Bastards.
  • "Royally Fucked" by Mindless Self Indulgence.
    "Mommy, daddy, why don't you finger me too?"
  • "Kiss Daddy Goodnight" by Carey's Problem is a blatant example of this.
  • Big Black has "Jordan, Minnesota", inspired by an infamous case from the 1980s, which describes a man abusing his five-year-old son.
  • "Amy in the White Coat" by Bright Eyes is about a teenage girl who is being molested by her father (and the lyrics outright state he's done the same to her sisters).
  • Within Temptation's music video for "Frozen" has a man implied to rape his daughter. His wife poisons him at the end of the video and that's why she's in jail.
  • Spawn of Possession gives us grandparental incest in the song "The Evangalist", as per The Reveal that the protagonist's mother was Father Dorian's daughter, and Father Dorian raped her until she gave birth to said protagonist... who was also raped by him. It's one big cycle of disgusting.
  • Supplementary material for the Evillious Chronicles reveals that a mother/son relationship resulted in Nemesis Sudou. It's worth noting that the son was totally unaware that the woman he had an affair with was his long presumed-dead mother; while he did notice a resemblance, he figured that she was just a devotee of his mother and was too young to actually be her, not knowing she was immortal.

    Myths & Religion 
  • Classical Mythology:
    • The most famous example of Parental Incest comes from with Oedipus Rex, about a prince who is prophesied to kill his father and marry his mother. After being left to die by his father and then found by someone else, he meets him unrecognized on the road and kills him. He has several adventures (including solving the Riddle of the Sphinx) before heading home and marrying the Queen, who, yes, turns out to be his mother. He spends years with her — and they have childrenbefore finding out the truth about what happened, and is so horrified by it all that he goes into exile, after exacting the punishment on himself for killing the old king to end a curse on the land, while she commits suicide.
    • Electra. She murdered her mother Clytemnestra in revenge for killing her father Agamemnon, and her name was used for the gender-inversion of the Oedipus complex. Of course, her father was already dead by that point, but she takes a very idealized view of him in the legend.
    • Other examples from Greek mythology beside Oedipus:
      • Myrrha tricked her father Cinyras into incest, after Aphrodite inspired her with passion for him, and got pregnant. Cyniras, horrified and angry, killed Myrrha with an axe. Her corpse turned into a myrrh tree and, ironically, produced Adonis.
      • Nyctimene committed incest with her father and was turned into an owl. Owls are therefore not seen by day because they are ashamed of themselves.
      • Phaedra's unrequited love/lust for her stepson Hippolytus, which ended with Hippolytus dead (or banished away and then taken in by Artemis in other versions) and Phaedra Driven to Suicide.
    • Thyestes was told by an oracle that he could only avenge the murder of his three sons on his brother Atreus if he had a son by his own daughter. So he raped his daughter Pelopia (in some versions, though, he just raped a woman not knowing who she was), fathering Aigisthos, who, after being abandoned and nursed by a goat, was adopted by Atreus and raised as his own son. Later, after Thyestes was captured by Atreus' sons Agamemnon and Menelaos, Atreus sends Aigisthos to the dungeon... but Thyestes reveals the truth to Aigisthos and Pelopia. Poor Pelopia kills herself with shame, while Aigisthos kills Atreus.
    • Antaeus is the son of Poseidon and Gaia. Gaia is Kronos's mother. Kronos is Poseidon's father. Truly, Greek myth knows no limits.
    • Also consider that Oranos was both Gaia's first son and the father of her other children.
    • Gaia also provides quite possibly one of the only instances of great grandparental incest. Hephaestus (who is the son of Hera, who is the daughter of Kronos, who is the son of Gaia) was overcome with unrequited lust after he tried and failed to rape his half-sister Athena, and promptly ejaculated on the earth. Since the earth IS Gaia, she became pregnant.
    • Well, Heracles is Zeus' son. And his great-great-grandson (his mother Alcmene was the granddaughter of another of Zeus's bastards, the hero Perseus). This happens a lot. Danae was the great-great-great-great-great-great-granddaughter of Zeus and Io, as were (give or take some greats) Semele (whom Zeus impregnated with Dionysos) and Europa (who gave Zeus Minos, Rhadamanthos, and Sarpedon).
    • The homosexual variety also occurs. In some versions, Eros is the son of Ares, and they clearly go the Erastes Eromenos way. On other stories, though, Eros is the son of Khaos, which is the mother of Gaia, which is the mother of Kronos, which is the father of Zeus, who is the father of Ares.
    • Otos and Ephialtes are the sons of Poseidon and Iphimedeia, herself a granddaughter of Poseidon through Triopas.
    • An aversion with one of Heracles' descendants, who was wed to a king's widow when a snake jumped up between them just as they were about to consummate the marriage. The snake had been sent by Heracles to prevent the man from bedding his long-lost mother.
  • Older Than Dirt: In Mesopotamian Mythology, Nammu sleeps with her son An and births Enki. Enki then sleeps with Nammu's daughter Ninhursag, fathering Ninsar. Enki then sleeps with Ninsar, fathering Ninkurra. Enki then sleeps with Ninkurra, fathering Uttu, who he consequently sleeps with. Slightly pissed at Enki, Ninhursag takes the semen from Uttu's womb and impregnates herself with it, giving birth to eight new gods.
  • Pacific Mythology:
    • The Maori forest god Tane made Hine out of earth and breathed life into her, technically becoming her father. They then married, but upon discovering the truth of her parentage, Hine was so shocked that she ran into the underworld to become the Goddess of Death. Wonder what she would've done if she saw the examples above...
    • The Hawaiian sky god Wakea cheats on his wife with the star-goddess Hoʻohokukalani (his own daughter.) To get the necessary alone time with her, he instated the laws of Ai Kapu which, among other things, separated men and women at mealtimes.
  • In Aztec Mythology the god of wind, wisdom, arts and other stuff Quetzalcoatl became human (as the historical figure Ce Atlat Topiltzin Quetzalcoatl) and became the King of the legendary city of Tula, which was seen by the Aztecs as their own version of Arcadia. His rule was cut short when the god of earth, night and war Tezcatlipoca, who in different myths is his brother, appeared as a member of the court and got him drunk, prompting him to sleep with his daughter Quetzalpetatl (in some versions, she is his sister and he had made a Celibacy Oath. Pre-Hispanic myths vary a lot). A weirder and more complex example, as Quetzalpetatl wasn't a goddess in most stories, just merely a human related by blood to the incarnation of the god. Quetzalcoatl was so ashamed he exiled himself either way.
  • Book of Genesis:
    • Noah cursed the entire family line of his youngest son Ham for Ham's having "seen his father's nakedness". Since a fair number of Biblical scholars doubt he would have punished him so harshly over merely a little embarrassment, they suggest this phrase was actually some kind of euphemism for molestation or even full-fledged rape. "Uncovered his (or her) nakedness" is often used as a euphemism to mean sex in other verses, supporting this.
    • After Lot and his daughters escaped from Sodom's destruction, the daughters believed that since their fiancés were dead, they were the last living women and their father the last living man in the area. Having children to populate your locale being rather Serious Business back then, they got their father drunk and raped him in order to have his babies. Nine months later, they each had a son, Moab and Ben-Ammi. The former's name sounds something like the Hebrew word for "from father" and the latter's name means (literally) "son of my paternal uncle" or (figuratively) "son of my people" in Hebrew, and these boys eventually married and had families of their own that grew into two entire nations.

      Some detractors contend that the Hebrews made up this story to smear the Moabites and the Ammonites, who were Semitic cultures like the Hebrews, though polytheistic and pagan. However, these particular acts occurred centuries before the institution of the sexual laws in Leviticus. As such, they may serve as a kind of retroactive Aesop: "This is the kind of skullduggery people used to do back before we had those laws against sleeping with close relatives, so aren't you glad we have them now?" Also, later books of The Bible clearly state without shame that the Davidic line (including none other than Jesus Christ) came from the Moabites through Ruth.
  • The Talmud (Sanhedrin 103b), expanding on the evil deeds of the biblical king Amon of Judah, claims that he raped his mother, though not for quite the reason one might expect. Afterward, when she asked him bitterly, "Did you derive any pleasure, then, from the place whence you issued?" he allegedly responded "Did I do this for any other purpose than to provoke my creator?"
  • In 1 Corinthians 5:1-3, Paul chides the Corinthian believers' fellowship for not having expelled a certain man for sleeping with his father's wife (probably referring to a step-mother), pointing out that not even the pagans around them (Corinth being a rather decadent and sex-obsessed city) would tolerate that kind of sexual immorality and that they ought not to associate themselves with it, either.
  • Even after The Bible came to its close, certain Christian denominations' legends of the saints had some of this:
    • The legend of Saint Dymphna says that, after her mother died, her father Damon fell for her due to how physically similar she was to her mother, went Yandere for poor Dymphna, and tried to force her to marry him.
    • Saint Markella was a Christian girl from the Greek island of Chios, and her pagan dad wanted both to marry her and force her to renounce Christianity. After a very eventful pursuit, Markella's dad found her near a cave: the rocks had half-swallowed the poor girl, but her head stayed out, so he beheaded her (and in versions where she was swallowed only up to her waist, also mutilated her breasts) and then threw her head away, which is said to have floated to another island. Markella herself ultimately came to be considered a much-venerated Orthodox Patron Saint of Chios, with a monastery built in the place where her father is supposed to have murdered her.
  • Indonesian folklore Sangkuriang, basically the country's very own Oedipus. Sangkuriang accidentally killed his animal father, driven away by his angry mother who regretted it big time and prayed for the Gods for a reunion that she was given immortality, only for her son with extra levels of badass to come back home, didn't recognize her mom and fell in love and tried so hard to marry her, with his horrified mother actively refusing him (and they ended up creating a "Just So" Story for one of the mountains in Indonesia) and ended up having to get God to turn her into a flower to get away from him, and Sangkuriang went insane because of it.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • Belial and Fierna are an ambiguous example of father/daughter incest among archdevils. Being devils, it's very much a Big, Screwed-Up Family. Of course, both of them are embodiments of Lust, so it sort of makes sense. It's not confirmed in the books, but stated to be a rumour... one that isn't hard to believe.
    • A grandparental example: Lolth, evil goddess of the drow, forced her grandson, a drow war-god, to be her bodyguard and consort for a long time before he was killed off. He apparently hated both positions.
    • A rather unpleasant way of avoiding this due to Loophole Abuse is found in the Book of Vile Darkness, where it mentions a cruel tyrant who was a previous owner of the Despoiler of Flesh, a cursed artifact which could reshape the flesh of others. This despot was attracted to his very beautiful daughters, but he refused to force himself on them. Instead, to satisfy his urges, he used the Despoiler on his slave girls to make them look like his daughters, and used them instead.
    • Van Richten's Guide to Witches tells the myth of how hags were first created, and this trope plays a vital part. note  Van Richten himself admits in his narrative that the ghastly story is likely apocryphal, and a sidebar confirms this view.
  • In Warhammer the Dark Elf Witch King Malekith and his mother Morathi were implied to be lovers in an early edition. Given that Morathi is a devoted follower of Slaanesh and will screw Anything That Moves, this is likely true. Given that Malekith is a 4th degree burn victim permanently encased in full body armor, not so much. That being said, incest (no matter the exact kind) isn't unheard of in Druchi society.
  • Exalted:
    • The setting book for the Blessed Isle says that a high-ranking Mortal Realm official is in a relationship with her Dragon-Blooded father. It's apparently taboo enough for them to keep it a secret, but not so taboo that there are any consequences for the fact that the rest of the Dynasty knows anyway.
    • One of the minor characters in Aspect Book: Wood was in a sexual relationship with his mother from the age of eleven. He Exalted — and went utterly insane — upon witnessing her death. These days, he's in the habit of having children brought to his manse, dressing as his mother, giving the children toys and sweets to win their trust, and then violating and strangling them.

  • William Shakespeare: This gets the plot rolling in Pericles. Pericles want to marry the daughter of King Antiochus but the king demands Pericles solve a riddle. The riddle basically says the king is having sex with the daughter. Pericles figures out the riddle but doesn't actually answer, but the king figures out that Pericles figured it out and sends goons after Pericles to silence him. In the end, both Antiochus and his daughter spontaneously combust. Shakespeare is awesome.
    • The amount of truly unsettling sexualized language in King Lear has led to a number of productions implying some kind of abusive relationship between the title character and one or more of his daughters. Notable examples include Jonathan Pryce's Lear forcibly kissing Zoe Waites' Goneril on the mouth, Anna Maxwell Martin's Regan climbing into Simon Russell Beale's lap to tell him how much she loves him (complete with him slapping her ass as she walks away), and about half of everything Anthony Hopkins does in the 2018 BBC adaptation.
  • The plot of Paula Vogel's How I Learned To Drive. (Well, actually her uncle, but Peck is as close to a father as L'il Bit has.) Oddly enough, the relationship is presented as sympathetically as possible, without downplaying the fact that Peck does horrible things.
  • ... Oedipus Rex?
  • There's an uncomfortable moment in act 2 of Wicked where the Wizard is trying to seduce Elphaba back to his side. The implication is there and you later find out that he's her father.
  • In Arthur Miller's play A View from the Bridge the main character is in love with his niece, whom he raises as a daughter, but he can't even admit this to himself.
  • There are no actual cases on incest in Eugene O'Neil's Mourning Becomes Electra (note the name) but the female lead character and the male (who are siblings) have serious cases of Elektra and Oedipus complexes, respectively, leading to the murders of both their parents.
  • In Spring Awakening one of the boys is said to have had a wet dream about his mother, and also the characters of Martha and Ilse are/were both sexually abused by their fathers.
  • In The Marriage of Figaro (both the Mozart opera and the original Beaumarchais play), Marcellina is determined to make Figaro follow through on a contractual obligation to marry her. Until it's discovered that Figaro is her long-lost bastard child.
  • "Accidentally" implied (and, like everything, played for laughs) in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), when they combine all sixteen comedies into one.
    The Play: The pages' clothes get ripped off, revealing female genitalia. The Duke recognizes his daughter's.
    Everyone: ...
  • Some versions of the musical Pippin imply this with Fastrada and her son Lewis.
  • In Richard Wagner's Die Walküre, Wotan seems way too fond of his daughter Brünhilde. His wife Fricka calling Brünhilde "the bride of his desire" also doesn't help.
    • "Sie selbst war meines Wunsches schaffender Schoß" — "Herself was my wish's life-giving womb."
  • Accidentally suggested via Ambiguous Syntax in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, briefly alarming the protagonists.
    The Player: The old man thinks he's in love with his daughter.
    Rosencrantz: Good God. We're out of our depths here.
    The Player: No, no, no! He hasn't got a daughter! The old man thinks he's in love with his daughter.
    Rosencrantz: The old man is?
    The Player: Hamlet... in love... with the old man's daughter... the old man... thinks.
    Rosencrantz: Ah.
  • In Lizzie, the titular character is being raped by her father. It's implied it's happening to her older sister, Emma, as well.

    Video Games 
  • The patron saints of this trope have to be Aleph and Hiroko of Shin Megami Tensei II. Not only do they play the exact role of Official Couple Kazuya and Yuka from the previous game, but they set out to "rebuild the world" at the end of the game, possibly with Adam and Eve in mind (well, they did just fight God). Bear in mind that Hiroko is Aleph's mother...
  • In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, The Truth takes umbrage at being called "motherfucker" by a gangbanger.
    "Firstly, you are a real buzz killer, amigo. And secondly, I never made love to my mother — She wouldn't. And thirdly..."
  • In Grand Theft Auto V, Trevor also reacts harshly to being called a "motherfucker" and starts rampages because of this. However, some of his missions imply it's true.
    "It's not legally fucking if you do not penetrate!"
  • Otacon reveals that he slept with his stepmother during a conversation in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. He was a teenager at the time, and it's implied that his stepmother was predatory. This was outright stated to be the reason why his father killed himself, cementing Otacon's Woobie status.
  • Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines:
    • It's revealed that Therese was raped repeatedly by her father as a child, which is part of the reason why she has a split personality (the other part being she's a Malkavian.)
    • The player character can get this as well with the optional runaway backstory. It limits your social and seduction skills, but gives you great bonuses on hiding and staying quiet.
  • Hitman (2016): If you read into Silvio Caruso's family tape's song as being a reflection of his adolescence, the "There were candles burning as we made love" gets a whole lot more disturbing.
  • This is more of a fan reaction than anything that actually happens in the game, but for some reason, an alarming number of naughty Oblivion mods are targeted at Seed-Neeus and Dar-Ma, the mother-and-daughter Argonian team in Chorrol. (Some involve threesomes with the player character, some just have them directly go after each other, but most at least involve the two naked in the same room....) That, or when advertising more generic naughty mods (nudity mods, remodeled/textured female bodies, etc.,) Seed-Neeus and Dar-Ma seem to be the examples in the screenshots a disproportionate amount of the time.
  • Silent Hill:
    • Angela Orosco in Silent Hill 2 is revealed to have been raped and abused by her own father. She eventually killed him, which led to her running away to Silent Hill.
    • Some fans have actually shipped Heather, the heroine of Silent Hill 3, and her father in a combination of Wife Husbandry and May–December Romance. There are some mitigating circumstances, though the power dynamic can still make this one awfully disgusting. The fact that the opening song's lyrics, confirmed by Word of God as describing Heather's feelings about her father, use a lot of sexually charged metaphors certainly doesn't help matters any. The two were originally going to be named Humbert and Dolores in the original Silent Hill as a direct reference to Lolita, so the developers definitely wanted the subtext to be there.
    • Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, a sort-of remake of the original game, is a lot more forward with the subtext. This incarnation of Cheryl does indeed love her father. Very, very much. And this time, there's not even the mitigating circumstances anymore. She's his blood daughter, as far as we know.
  • In Clock Tower 3, Lord Burroughs is so obsessed with his daughter that he ignores his wife, murders his son-in-law, and abducts his daughter. Later, he transfers his obsession to his granddaughter, the heroine Alessa, who's the very image of her mother. She manages to stop him though. Also a case of Love Makes You Evil.
  • In the Princess Maker series, it is possible to make the girl marry her adopted father. (See Wife Husbandry.) They are not blood related and, some games let the age of the "father," be pretty low, so the age gap isn't big at all.
    • In Anime/Manga, a 15-year-old raising a 10-year-old is often used in those cases of "older sibling raising younger sibling(s) due to being orphans." Considering the "father" is a war hero (there are just as many young heroes as there as old in Anime/Manga), it "should" be easier.
    • In the second game... not only the ending is very hard to get (the daughter must have very low morals, to start), but it's frowned upon by the Gods and the townspeople. The Guardian Deity openly says they're very surprised that this is happening, and only (reluctantly) approve because they're not related by blood.
  • This trope is a significant component of the premise of the bishoujo game Ko-ko-ro... The protagonist, Souji Kuonji, is tormented by memories of being sexually assaulted by both his parents long after their deaths.
  • Warden Clement of House of the Dead: Overkill almost definitely had this relationship with his mother, transplanting her brain into the body of Varla Gunns and making out with her. In the end, after the main characters kill the giant mutant version of his mother, he insists on returning to the womb in order to undo his wrongs. Agent G then notes the irony of Cluster F-Bomb flinging Washington using Motherfucker all the time except with Clement, which he somehow relates into how deep down, Washington actually likes G as a friend.
  • The Pokedad meme has Lickitung representing this trope. Also Ninetales and Gardevoir.
  • In Ending E of the PS2 adventure game Shadow of Destiny, Eike Kusch, a de-aged immortal bishounen with recurring permanent amnesia, gets together and lives happily ever after with his biological daughter Dana, who was switched with another child as an infant in medieval Germany, and brought to the present day as a baby by the manipulative djinn Homunculus, in one hell of an insanely convoluted backstory. Neither of them apparently know they are actually blood-related, and it is unclear whether or not Eike still has eternal youth.
  • Characters in Medieval: Total War can have this as a surprisingly common trait, reducing their religious support if it's discovered. This can sometimes happen with rather unlikely characters, such as unmarried 15 year olds. Strangely, Brother–Sister Incest never happens unless you specifically order it.
  • Crusader Kings II:
    • Can rarely happen in an event in which you can fall in love/impregnate a random adult courtier (below 45) in your court, and it doesn't check for blood relationship so it can be your daughter (or granddaughter even). If your character is lustful you can't say no.
    • In the Old Gods expansion Zoroastrians were given the option of marrying close relatives, including children and parents, it gives a boost to vassal opinion as they view it as a holy marriage. Messalian Christians (treated as a heresy of Nestorianism) have a similar feature. Due to this, children born of "Divine Blood" marriages have five times less chance to acquire the Inbred trait as an Anti-Frustration Feature, though they are five more times likely to get the Lunatic trait.
  • In the dimension of Praetoria in City of Heroes, the evil Emperor "Tyrant" Cole, mirror of the main hero "Statesman", has his needs attended to by the villainess "Dominatrix"—his granddaughter.
    • As of a recent official Q&A for the Going Rogue expansion, this has been rather humorously averted. The devs of the game had actually failed to notice this implication when the Praetorians were featured originally, and several fans calling attention to it got a rather entertaining "oh, crap, we did not mean to do that" reaction from them. Content since has been revised to avoid any sort of implication along these lines.
      • The comic actually implied it a lot more directly while at the same time pointing out the familial connection.
  • Used as a path to immortality by the villain Croesus Verlac in the interactive fiction game Anchorhead — and continues in the family for nearly four centuries.
  • Since The Wolf Among Us features fairy tale characters in '80s New York, this was probably gonna happen at some point or another. But really, who expected the above-mentioned Donkeyskin to show up?
  • The Dark Parables installment The Final Cinderella reveals that the second girl who was designated a Cinderella (and was in fact the Cinderella who married the Frog Prince, as shown in the second game of the series) ran away from home because of Donkeyskin-type circumstances.
  • In Dreaming Mary it is strongly hinted that Mari's father (represented by Boaris) had been abusing and molesting her.
  • Implied in Mass Effect 2. Though Miranda's stated reason for running away from her father/creator was that he was an overbearing Control Freak, she occasionally hints at other problems in their relationship that she'd rather not discuss.
  • Cantr II: A commonality is for people to RP as a "family". That doesn't stop this, nor Brother–Sister Incest. A part of why most players refuse to act like a family, because of the taste these Big, Screwed-Up Family leave in the mouth, mind and history.
  • An odd indirect example can occur in Fire Emblem Fates. Nina has a personal skill called "Daydream," which grants her a Status Buff when she's adjacent to any two paired up men. This is not disabled for fathers and sons (such as Leo and Forrest, for example), meaning that Nina is fantasizing about this trope.
  • In Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Mercedes's supports with Jeritza reveal that their (technically adopted in her case, birth in his) father intended to marry the former to produce more children. Suddenly, no one feels very sorry for him when Jeritza kills him on the spot.
  • This was part of the original conception of Summertime Saga, until Patreon objected to the direction the dating sim was taking; the Main Character is now renting a room in a house owned by a woman who is totally unrelated to him although she does look like she could be related when viewed from some angles, and is clearly old enough to be his mother. Amazing coincidence, what are the odds, eh?
  • In the controversial Rapelay, you can force the mother to have sex with her daughters, just as you can force any of them to have sex with you or the daughters to have sex with each other.
  • Okiku, Star Apprentice: Slightly referenced with an Sexual Euphemism-type Innocent Innuendo scene involving a son talking about his mother:
    Boy: Is it just me, or is mommy's tummy getting bigger?
    Okiku: It sounds like she had some fun.
    Boy: We played together just yesterday, but...
    Okiku: Uhhh, that wasn't exactly what I was talking about!
    Okiku: Oh, never mind, Don't worry about it.
  • Annabelle (RPG Maker): It is heavily indicated that Jason Sunray sexually abuses his daughter Annabelle. The versions of him appearing in her nightmares tell her that she will be 'his' in a creepily lustful manner. He outright declares near the end of the first game's remake that she will dance, dress, and strip for him. Exorcism also has Annabelle recount an experience where Jason was on top of her while she was sleeping.

    Visual Novels 
  • As indicated by the title, Daughter for Dessert revolves around this.
  • Episode 7 of Umineko: When They Cry reveals that Kinzō had a child with an Italian woman named Beatrice, who died in the process. He then had the not so bright idea of naming the child after her, and since she grew up to look so much like her mother he convinced himself that his daughter was his lover reincarnated. The result was a Child by Rape, who would grow up to become the Big Bad of the first half of the story.
  • In Mystic Messenger, a flashback of Jumin's backstory heavily implies that when he was growing up, one of his stepmothers tried to sexually groom him.
  • Features into the backstory of Yaginuma and Shinji in Kara no Shoujo. The first's sister was raped by their father in an attempt to shield him, causing him to act like a jerk that you only get to see come down once. The latter was raped by his mother and accidentally killed her.
  • Long Live the Queen has a couple of examples.
    • A completely screwed-up example occurred when the Duke-Consort of Lillah seduced his stepson, the Earl of Io, which is part of what led to the boy going Ax-Crazy.
      • The seduced bit is putting it lightly considering that, judging by his oldest half-brother's age, Kevan was 14 at most when it started.
    • Conversely, an example that crosses over with Brother–Sister Incest occurs in one ending, and is portrayed as completely benign. Elodie's lover Brin marries her father, and Elodie marries Brin's brother Banion, so Elodie is having an affair with her stepmother/stepsister. In this case, the relationship predates the marriages.
  • The entire Overflow universe (including School Days) exist under the shadow of Tomaru Sawagoe doing this constantly with his daughters, their daughters, their daughters' daughters, etc.
    • In Strip Battle Days 2, after defeating her in a rock, paper, scissors match, Makoto and his mother Moeko both admit to having feelings for each other and they have sex, which leads to her getting pregnant with his child/sibling.
  • Thwarted hard in Dra†Koi, in which the protagonist's loli mom (it's a long story) has decidedly non-parental designs on him, and is extremely frustrated when attempts to raise him for reverse-Wife Husbandry are spoiled by the arrival of his girlfriend. All of this is played for laughs.

    Web Animation 

  • In Cheating Men Must Die, Su Lüxia adopts the young prince Yun Ling and raises him as her son, leaving the world and letting her host character die when he's ready to rule without her. A much later arc sees her return to the same world some years after the empress dowager's death, and her new incarnation catches the eye of the young emperor. While they eventually marry, the incest is mitigated somewhat when they speak frankly after the wedding, and all Yun Ling asks is for her to pat his head before she leaves his world again, like she used to do when he was a child.
  • Sexy Losers has the "Kenta's Horny Mom" arc, which was Exactly What It Says on the Tin. (It is unrequited, though, and most of the humor comes from poor Kenta's weirded-out reaction when his mom keeps all but throwing herself at him.) There were also a couple of fourth wall-breaking strips later where the author, in an interview, pitched the idea of a Gender Flip version of that same story with a father and daughter, and all of a sudden it went from funny to seriously creepy.
    • And each such strip featured the author beaten to a pulp by the same people who had laughed at the original version.
    • In an uncanny turn, this later changes gears to Kenta's mother relentlessly pursuing Kenta's girlfriend. To the point of death. And then some.
    • Also played with in a one-shot strip, where a man, who is sleeping with his mother, thinks their secret is out because everybody (who he angers for unrelated reasons) keeps calling him "motherfucker".
    • There's also a strip where a boss catches his employee, who called in sick, having sex with an older woman. The boss is angry, of course, as the employee can't be all that sick if he's bumping uglies, but he explains that he's actually very sick.
  • Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures joked about this.
    • Twice.
    • Makes sense since she is a succubus.
  • This is one of the multiple reasons Lita in the webcomic Jack hates her father so much. It's also pretty clear that Drip raped his son Fnar; nothing was actually shown, but Fnar was found naked, weeping, and with Drip's trademark eye markings.
  • Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff does this in one comic. The exchange goes something like this:
    "I took [off my pants] because I was banging your mom for a minute there. And now you are banging her. HE HE HE."
  • Questionable Content: in the very first appearances (only two or three strips) of Marten's mom, her face is drawn EXACTLY like Faye's - and Marten at the time has a crush on Faye. Her look changes quickly until she looks almost identical to Dora - who Marten will become involved with shortly afterword. Dora also used to masturbate to Marten's mom's image, the disgusting nature of which is brought up by a horrified Marten.
  • In the old Drowtales, the manual stated exclusively that this is common practice among Drow. Since the number of children one has is a status symbol, parents often train their own children the art of conceiving offspring. Drowtales has been dramatically toned down with each remake, removing all references to underage sex in particular, so it's very unlikely this still is the case.
  • Implied but averted in Girl Genius, where Prince Aaronev of Sturmhalten was trying to download the mind of Lucrezia/the Other into his daughter's body. The process fails and eventually he kills her; but given just how obsessed he is with the Other, and how the Other in Agatha's body fawns all over his son saying how alike they look, what he appears to have had in mind for his daughter's possessed body becomes pure Fridge Horror.
  • The doom cultists in 8-Bit Theater are implied to do this.
  • The title character of Niels thinks of sex as the ultimate expression of paternal love (whether for an actual father, or merely a father figure.) The author has lampshaded the implications for when his foster son turns eighteen.
    • Peter, Niels' rival and enemy is the leader of a Cult, but instead of convincing his followers that he is the messiah, he's told them that he will be the father of the messiah, and that the mother will be his own sixteen-year-old daughter.
  • Sinfest has had many gags that imply Lil' E has a crush on the devil. Recent revelations about his relationship with the devil have moved that to this trope.
  • In Erstwhile, the king resolves on this in "All-Furs".
  • Homestuck has some awkward Surprise Incest Subtext revolving around Dave: firstly, we hear that he used to pretend to hit on Rose's mom to annoy her, which becomes a pretty weird memory when they later find out that, ectobiologically speaking, Dave and Rose are full-blooded siblings. Then, Dave encounters a hot girl in a dream bubble and wonders who she is...only to find out that she is the post-scratch, teenage version of the same mother. Dave is not amused. Rose, an amateur psychologist, finds the whole thing hilarious.
    • Later, Cronus hits on Eridan, his genetic father (who, thanks to time-travel-related weirdness, is younger than him), and he reluctantly agrees to go on a date with him. However, since trolls have no concept of either parents or incest due the way their reproduction works, this isn't seen as anything more than awfully pathetic.
  • Karin-dou 4koma: Elza is a Lovable Sex Maniac, and not even her adopted daughter Seren is exempt. Played for laughs.
  • In Forest Hill, Benni is implied to have been raped by his father for running away from home. Later it is revealed that he ran away because his father and Talitha's father forced him to have sex with Talitha because she is too small for her father to do it himself.
  • As part of the brainwashing both Chibiusa and Endymion go through at Servant Chaos's hands in Sailor Moon Cosmos Arc, they believe they are husband and wife, rather than the father and daughter they are. Luckily it doesn't get further than kissing before they break their brainwashing. Also sort of counts as Surprise Incest.

    Web Original 
  • Subverted in Tea, Biscuits and Incest where Makayla is impregnated by her father Chad but neither of them know he's the father because it was artificial insemination by sperm donor. But then played straight (so to speak) when Chad finds out that Jayden, with whom he was having an affair, is his long lost son and Makayla's twin brother And then Chad reveals that their mother is also his daughter.
  • Like other incest tropes, End Master's works feature parental incest frequently.
    • Eternal: Semra had a child with her father. Apparently this is not abnormal in svelk culture.
    • Repression: The main character ends up sleeping with his mother in certain paths.
    • Suzy's Strange Saga: Suzy sleeps with her son Anu in one epilogue.
    • Tales From The Basement: In one ending, the E-Bay escapist repopulates the earth with mutant children together with his mother after the nuclear apocalypse.
  • In The Guild this is played with, and depending on how literal you take the Hinjew warlock, possibly played straight. This overlaps with over protective parental action...with naked baths and breast feeding till you're eleven. Predictably, Codex and the rest pity Zaboo, a lot.
  • In The Nostalgia Critic's first commercial special, he riffs on a Does This Remind You of Anything? advert for a slide with an unfortunate name. When the mother slides down it, he shouts "Mom! Get off my wet banana! ...what would Dad say?" The joke is that if his (established to be very abusive) mother tried to be sexual with him, all he'd be freaked out by would be his dad's reaction.
    • Earlier, in Drop Dead Fred, he says, "Yeah, I remember the last time I laughed at my mom's cooch" in a sarcastic but oddly sad tone.
  • Heavily implied in Occupy Richie Rich, as one cover features Richie romanticizing his own mother.
  • It doesn't go anywhere but a joke, but in Dragonball Z Abridged, Bulma starts hitting on Future Trunks. Trunks doesn't take it well:
    Bulma: So hey, like just gonna throw this out there. You're really cute.
    Trunks: Well, you know, my mom always said I was a cute kid.
    Bulma: Oh a momma's boy huh? I'll be your mommy. *winks*
    • To be fair, Bulma didn't take it well either when she realized (three years later) what she had done.
    Bulma: Oh my god, I solicited my son for sex.
    • Future Bulma, however, is completely unsurprised that her past self hit on Trunks.
    Trunks: Before you found out I was your son, in the past, you... might have made a pass at me.
    Bulma: Well duh.
    Trunks: MOM!
    Bulma: Hey, it's not my fault your dad's genetics and mine got along like chocolate and peanut butter.
  • Justified in "Body Shifter Universe" due to Bizarre Alien Reproduction. Shifters reproduce by mitosis, the shifter parent is replaced by two children. The offspring shifters have no problem with mating with their other parent.

    Western Animation 
  • American Dad!:
    • In the episode "Pulling Double Booty", Hayley dates her father's identical body double. Her mother Francine is understandably uncomfortable with it, making her feel sick emotionally and physically. Stan and Francine get rid of the body double after he makes a move on Francine. But to make sure that Hayley doesn't lose it, Stan pretends to be his own double on the camping trip Hayley and body double planned together. Unfortunately for Stan, Hayley decides that they are finally going to have sex, and Stan has to fend off increasingly explicit advances Hayley makes towards him while being disturbed that she would do such things. Including a threesome with a waitress.
      Stan: (crying) You used to watch Sesame Street.
    • The episode "Oedipal Panties" focused on Stan's relationship with his mother.
    • In "Francine's Flashback", Francine loses her memory and runs off with Hayley's boyfriend. Stan suggest that both he and Hayley should get back at them by dating each other. He quickly reconsiders.
    • Steve in "Rubberneckers" literally sings twice about how he would have sex with Francine if she wasn't his own mother.
  • American Dragon: Jake Long In episode when Jake return to the parents' past, his grandpa paired Jake and his mother together, to their horror. He didn't know the future though, and later when he said they were on a date... they didn't agree.
  • Todd of Code Monkeys makes several comments that imply he is at least attracted to his mother, though it's never made clear if they're in a sexual relationship or not.
  • Drawn Together: Princess Clara's father loves watching strippers... even if they're his own daughter. He especially loves watching his daughter make out with her attractive black roommate, Foxxy Love. And Clara, naïve person that she is, equates his leering with paternal love.
    "You smell like your mother..." Said while making out with her.
  • Family Guy:
    • The show plays up this vibe deliberately with Chris, who has a pretty obvious attraction to his mother Lois. She seems more or less oblivious to it, and it's always Played for Laughs as a Running Gag, but a brief scene in the extra material of The Movie's DVD showed just what it would look like if the writers ever decided to do something serious with it.
    • In "Airport '07", when Peter wants to be a redneck, he tries to hit on Meg, using the Yawn and Reach. She runs away screaming.
    • In "Dial Meg For Murder", Meg takes a level in badass after spending some time in prison. In one scene, she goes into a shower stall with her father Peter still in there, and does terrible things to him with a loofah. We don't see what happens, but considering what goes on in prison...
    • One episode also has a joke in this vein about Gilmore Girls characters Lorelai and Rory Gilmore.
    • From The Movie: "Now that we've practiced kissing and cuddling, we'll practice eating out... at a fancy restaurant!"
    • Peter develops an attraction towards Meg in the episode "Go Stewie Go!"
    • However, whenever Meg makes any advances towards Lois, even if Chris did so first with no repercussions or if it was only a joke (as both of this scenarios did happen), she is immediately reviled and forced from the house/room.
    • There's also "Peter's Progress," which has Peter's past life involved with at least a woman identical to (and named) Meg, but is most likely actually Meg's past life. Lois' past life, on the other hand, marries Stewie's past life when she's misled to think Peter is dead.
    • Glenn Quagmire, on the other hand, goes beyond subtext several times. Petergeist has the Griffins interrupt his "family game night"note  while Brian The Bachelor shows him setting up a threesome between the lovely girl-de-jour and his mother. One of their infamous cutaways makes a gag about how he, as a baby, somehow got off on breast feeding. ...this explains a LOT about his character.
    • There was also the time he got an erection while hugging his transgender mother. A later episode has Quagmire having sex with his transgender mother due to meeting a woman even kinkier than he is.
    • After giving his daughter up for adoption, Quagmire suggested that maybe he'll see her again when she's 18.
    • "Fresh Heir" from Season 12 is this trope to the point where it would have been better off being called either "Incest: The Episode" or "How Many Tasteless Incest Jokes Can We Force Down Your Throat in 22 Minutes?". In fairness, some of the jokes technically have context. The main plot of Peter wanting to marry Chris is played as him wanting Chris' inheritance from Carter than anything sexual, but there are plenty of gags of Peter eying younger male teens or even prepubescent boys implying he certainly wouldn't hesitate if that's what it would take.
    • Chris teaches Carter about masturbation by giving him a handjob, though the act was done off-screen and there's no indication this wasn't anything but a (not-well-thought-out) desire from Chris to show his grandfather a handy trick to "relax" (something that could have been taught through letting Carter use his own hand). In fact, Chris and Carter have enough (non-sexual) fun time together that it's what prompts Carter to write Chris into the will.
    • In "Mister Act", Stewie ends up falling for Lois after she bulks up with an exercise bike Peter bought her.
  • Futurama: Fry became his own grandfather by having sex with his grandmother. "I did do the nasty in the pasty." And that past nastification actually makes him the only person capable of saving the entire universe.
  • In Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, Phil constantly hits on Birdgirl, not knowing that Birdgirl is his own daughter Judy. Judy does know, butadded evidence , being a constant slave to the Superhero Sidekick Code of Conduct, is willing to go as far as to marry her own father to keep him from finding out her secret identity. Luckily, he leaves her at the altar for Aunt Phyllis. He figures it out in the final episode, and promptly accuses her of deliberately hitting on him.
  • Winx Club: In Season 3, it's learned that Lord Valtor is the "son" of the Ancestral Witches. Throughout the season, the Trix were competing for his affections. Since he is technically related to them, it makes him some sort of great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather. The Trix, of course, were oblivious to that fact.
  • Played With in Adventure Time, when the Ice King, who cannot remember his own past, once tries to kiss Marceline, whom he was once a Parental Substitute for. She's understandably disgusted.
  • In one episode of Kaeloo, Mr. Cat mentions having developed an Oedipus complex at some point in time.
  • BoJack Horseman:
    • Very strongly implied that Sarah Lynn was molested by her bear stepfather (as evidenced by: her telling Joelle that her stepfather is a photographer in a flashback; she abandons her own dressing room because he's in it “being weird”; being able to distinguish the taste of bear fur from any other fur; the bear's design meant to directly resemble Terry Richardson). It's usually used as Gallows Humor, although there's a moment in one episode that briefly features him and she seems to go from ecstatic to dejected.
    • Although consensual and both being of age, as well as not actually being related in any way (BoJack played her adopted father in a 90's sitcom) she had sex with BoJack, someone she'd previously seen as a Parental Substitute, while high and/or drunk. BoJack jokingly acknowledges the level of disgust, saying he would be flamed if it got out... which does actually happen much later.
  • Chase Young and Shadow from Xiaolin Chronicles often act affectionate to one another and are heavily implied to have some romantic thing going on. What qualifies it as incest is the fact that Chase created Shadow out of his rib (similarly to Adam and Eve's story). After Shadow finds out her origin story, she lampshades how inappropriate is to consider Chase her father. A few later episodes imply this might not be Shadow's actual origin story, but due to the show being a Short-Runner, this is never fully addressed. These implications go hand in hand with Shadow gradually growing a dislike for Chase until she leaves him for good.

Alternative Title(s): Parent Child Incest, Child Parent Incest