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Basic Trope: A character of evil alignment, regardless of gender, still harboring feelings of sentiment for their mother.

  • Straight: In the city of Troperia, Bob, head of the city's largest criminal organization, loves his mother, Alice. Even when ordering his mob to carry out less-than-legal actions, he still has time to do things like write her letters and treat her to dinner.
  • Exaggerated: Bob almost has the entire city at his fingertips; but even when he's one press of a trigger away from taking over Troperia, he'll drop everything because Alice wants him to look after her cat for a few days.
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  • Downplayed: Bob is a jerk but always acts very polite to his mother.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
    • Even Bad Women Love Their Children: Alice runs a drug cartel and has no qualms about buying off the police, but doesn't mind stopping what she's doing to spend time with her son Bob.
    • Bob holds nothing but contempt for Alice, and seems to take delight in making her life miserable.
    • Bob is a Friend to All Living Thingsexcept his mother.
    • Bob is a Friend to All Living Things… his mother most of all.
    • Even Bad Women Love Their Daddies: Diane runs a rival organization but loves her father Charles, and visits him while she has the chance.
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    • Even Bad Men Love Their Children: Bob would give his daughter Alice the world. In fact, he plans to do exactly that.
    • Bob's mother loves him unconditionally, even knowing he's a Complete Monster who can never return the same affection.
    • Bob saves the world from time to time, but completely hates his mother.
  • Gender Inverted: Even Bad Girls Love Their Daddies: In the city of Troperia, Beatrice, a greedy CEO who's broken a lot of hearts and kicked a few puppies to get where she is, loves her father, Alan. Even when ordering her minions to carry out less-than-legal actions, she still has time to do things like talk to him on the phone and buy him something nice for Father's Day.
  • Subverted:
    • Bob runs a mob and seems to love Alice, but is in reality using her as a pawn to fulfill his own goals.
    • Bob really can't stand his mother.
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    • Bob loves his mother, but it turns out he's not a bad guy at all; he's been framed by the true Big Bad.
  • Double Subverted:
    • Said goals, in one way or another, also help out his dear mother.
    • That is, his biological mother, who was an asshole who abandoned him. But definitely loves his adoptive mother.
    • Turns out, even being framed was all part of the plan, and Bob is a bad man after all.
  • Parodied:
    • Alice is an overprotective shrew of a mother who constantly nags at Bob for seemingly every little inconvenience, but he loves her all the same.
    • Despite being a crazy psychopath, Bob is a childish momma's boy who still lives with his mother, and still depends on her for food, shelter, and emotional comfort.
    • Bob is literally a malevolent deity who obliterates continents for fun, but he loves his mother very much and hates disappointing her even more than he loves obliterating continents.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob's treatment towards Alice depends on her relevancy to whatever plot Bob has in mind and how it would affect Troperia.
  • Averted: Bob keeps his personal life and his criminal life completely separate.
  • Enforced: "Bob is a crime lord here, but he still needs to be shown as a human. Write in a few scenes that have him take time off from his activities to go visit Alice."
  • Lampshaded: "You sure do love Alice, don't you, Bob?" "I feel sorry for any man/I pity the fool who doesn't care for their mother as much as I care for mine."
  • Invoked: After a particularly gruesome hit that makes national news, Bob is advised by some of his henchmen to try being a bit less brutal in his actions. He thinks of where he could get inspiration from to help become less violent, thinks of his dear old mom, and starts getting ideas…
  • Exploited: In order to entrap Bob, Anti-Hero Emily exploits Bob's love for Alice by putting an (empty) gun to her head and threatening to kill her unless Bob gives himself up.
  • Defied:
    • Bob orders Alice and her belongings moved elsewhere; not out of concern for her safety, but because she'd only get in the way of his plans.
    • Bob is a Self-Made Orphan, and shows contempt at the idea of even respecting one's parents.
  • Discussed: "First thing you should know about Bob: there's nothing he loves more than his mother."
  • Conversed: "It's a little funny, don't you think? These guys kill, bribe, and steal, but you just mention their mom and all of a sudden it's like they're greeting her after coming home from school."
  • Deconstructed:
    • Diane, who commands a criminal outfit that rivals Bob's, finds out about how much he loves Alice and uses this information against him; she kidnaps Alice and threatens to kill her unless Bob gives in to demands that would leave her as the greatest crime lord in Troperia.
    • Bob may love his mama...but Alice herself is torn between her love for Bob and her growing horror at his ever-escalating crimes, leaving their relationship strained.
  • Reconstructed:
  • Implied: Marsha, Bob's mother is the only one to survive the destruction of Bob's home town.

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