Incest in popular culture

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Incest is a popular topic in English erotic fiction; there are entire collections and websites devoted solely to this genre, with an entire genre of pornographic pulp fiction known as "incest novels." This is probably because, as with many other fetishes, the taboo nature of the act adds to the titillation. With the advent of the Internet, even more of this type of fiction is available.

Besides this, incest is sometimes mentioned or described in mainstream, non-erotic fiction. Connotations can be negative, positive, or neutral.

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Literature[edit]

Incestuous families in fiction[edit]

Sibling incest in fiction[edit]

Fantasy fiction[edit]

Science-fiction[edit]

Historic fiction[edit]

Contemporary fiction[edit]

Non-consensual incest[edit]

Young-adult fiction[edit]

Incest between same-sex siblings[edit]

Parent-children incest in fiction[edit]

Father/daughter incest[edit]

Sexual abuse[edit]

Father/son incest[edit]

Mother/son incest[edit]

Other adult/child incest in fiction[edit]

Grandparent incest[edit]

Parental incest in non-fiction[edit]

Incest as sexual abuse[edit]

Comic books[edit]

Japanese manga and anime[edit]

Incest has been a recurring subject in Japanese manga such as Osamu Tezuka's Ayako (1972–1973). Incest has also been a subject in Japanese anime, dating all the way back to one of the medium's earliest pornographic titles, Cream Lemon. Sibling incest is the most common manifestation.

Sibling incest[edit]

Certain anime programs, such as Koi Kaze and Please Twins!, are serious, even sympathetic, studies of the characters as they struggle with their emotions and societal taboos. In Please Twins! this is because both girls fell in love with the protagonist, despite knowing that either of them could be his biological twin sister. Also the side character Matagu has shown an obvious sexual attraction to his younger sister, who is fully aware that he is a pervert. In Koi Kaze, a brother and sister fall in love without realising their blood relationship, and when they do find out, they struggle with continuing the relationship and hurting their parents or moving onto a platonic relationship and lying to themselves. They even consider a suicide pact, but they ultimately decide to continue the relationship and live together.

The incestuous feelings may be a source of trouble or angst for the protagonists. In shojo manga Boku wa Imōto ni Koi o Suru, Yori and Iku are twin brother and sister who have been extremely close all their lives and who now begin to fall in love with each other and have to face the consequences of it. It is later revealed that they are half-twins due to them being the product of a heteropaternal superfecundation (they have different fathers). At the end, Yori attempts to separate from her for 10 years but when he and Iku reunite, he says that he still loves her and it is hinted that they have resumed their relationship. In the manga Tsumi Ni Nureta Futari, Kasumi begins an incestuous affair with her younger brother, Yoshiki, after being separated most of their lives. Their friends and mother try to separate them, even by kidnapping and violence. At the end, Yoshiki fakes his death so he and Kasumi can move to Rome and be together for good.

In the manga series Oniichan☆Control, Noa's big brother Hirose Goushi is in love with her, but tries to control himself, as he knows he should not. However, Noa is fully aware of this and is in love with her brother, so she does everything she can to get him to stop restraining himself all while pretending to be an innocent little sister.

Shojo manga author Kaori Yuki has used this theme twice. In Godchild, the protagonist, Cain Hargreaves, is the product of the incestuous union of his father and his father's older sister, inheriting gold-green eyes and the curse of being unable to love anyone who was not blood related to him. Cain also has a love interest in his half-sister/cousin who doesn't return his feelings. Later, in Angel Sanctuary, she uses incest as a necessary plot device. Setsuna Mudo is in love with his sister, Sara, who returns his feelings. As it turns out, Setsuna is the reincarnation of the angel Alexiel, who long ago was punished to be reincarnated as a human, while Sara is in fact Jibril, the Angel of Water. They are so determined to stay together that they willingly abandon their family and future without a second thought and Setsuna searches relentlessly in Hell for Sara's soul.

Sometimes the incest is ambiguous or suggested. In Revolutionary Girl Utena, the character Nanami Kiryuu expresses sexual desire and jealousy towards her older brother Touga, who is the school playboy. Another character, Kozue Kaoru, uses her sexuality to elicit a frustrated protectiveness from her twin brother Miki. Incestuous themes between the central character Anthy Himemiya and her brother Akio Ohtori develop towards the end of the show.

Sometimes, these feelings end up happily. In Myself ; Yourself, twins Shuusuke and Shuri elope near the end of the series. In the epilogue, it is implied that they return to Sakuranomori and are a couple. In Yosuga no Sora, Sora has feelings for her twin brother, Haru, ever since they were kids. After their parents passed away, they moved back to the old house and Sora has been keeping her feelings suppressed while she fantasizes being with him. In episode 11 and 12, they had opened themselves to their feelings and decide to abandon their friends and home to be together. in the manga sequel called Haruka na Sora the twins are living together in Scandinavia and is revealed they got married and are expecting their first child.

Other times, the love story ends dramatically. In the manga series Flowers of Evil, Se-Joon has loved his twin sister, Se-Wan, ever since childhood. They eventually make forbidden love one night, which Se-Joon regrets. They attempt to redeem themselves by running away, during which Se-Wan dies. At the end, despaired over the loss of his beloved sister, Se-Joon commits suicide with a photo of him and her in his arms.

In some series, sibling incest is shown to be common or allowed in a particular setting. In anime and manga Vampire Knight, pureblooded vampires often marry siblings to keep their bloodline pure – Yuki Cross's parents were siblings, and it was stated that she was "born" to be Kaname's (her older brother) wife. In Tenchi Muyo!, the character of Ayeka was once engaged to her half-brother, Yosho. On Ayeka's planet, such a thing is not considered bad. She is later shown to have feelings for Yosho's grandson Tenchi, who is technically her nephew.

In other occurrences, the incest is the result of special circumstances. In Hitsuji no Uta, the two protagonists (who are twins) suffer from a strange disease that forces them to isolate themselves from society and develop an infatuation with each other as a consequence of that.

Sometimes, the incest is reserved to the antagonists. The anime and manga Black Lagoon alludes to an incestuous relationship between two antagonists, the Romanian young twins Hansel and Gretel. It is mainly used to enhance the repercussions of their highly traumatic childhood and illustrate their unbalanced mental state. In Shakugan no Shana, the Tomogara twin siblings Sorath and Tiriel publicly expressed incest through kissing each other. In the anime Twilight of the Dark Master, an incestuous relationship is hinted at/revealed between two of Tsunami's enemies, the Long siblings.

The incestuous feelings are not always returned. In the anime/manga series Shugo Chara!, the character Utau is in love with her older brother, Ikuto. She forcefully kisses him in both the anime and manga. Ikuto, though, does not return her feelings. In the manga series 17-Sai no Real, Ruri finds out that her brother, Keito, has feelings for her. He is very jealous of her relationship with Jyunya and attempts to rape her once. At the end, they reconcile and remain close.

Others use incest mainly for shock value and titillation. For example, in Ouran High School Host Club, two of the main characters, Hikaru and Kaoru Hitachiin, are identical twins who often engage in romantic displays to titillate the female patrons of the Host Club; the two have a close bond, but there is no clear evidence that their romantic behavior is anything but an act. However, they do sometimes act affectionate with each other while no one else is around, and they share a bed as well.

In the anime and manga .hack//Legend of the Twilight, the characters Rena and Shugo, siblings, carry out actions that allude to an incestuous attraction to each other's in-game avatars. This is usually done through as a running gag, or more serious instances. Shugo's dedication to saving Rena when she disappears may be an incarnation for an incestuous romantic caring for her, although this is questionable.

There may also be cases, used for dramatics, where one or both of the characters do not know of their relationship, such as seen in Berserk where the character Farnese appears to house incestuous feelings for her (although unknown to her) half-brother Serpico. He knows and refutes her advances. In the manga Andante, Natsu discovers that his girlfriend, Mei, is his half-sister by the same father and they break up. Previously, Natsu had dated Mei after his father married her mother but they broke up when they became attracted to other people. In Jewelpet Sunshine, Kanon and Mikage break off their love relationship when they learn they are twins.

Other times, incest is just a passing reference. In Tenjho Tenge, Mana Kuzunoha, the deceased girlfriend of the deceased brother of Maya Natsume, Shin Natsume, once stated that Shin and Maya treated each other like lovers instead of siblings.

Sometimes, they may be the representation of a character's desire. In the manga After School Nightmare, by Setona Mizushiro, one of the three main characters, the teenage student Sou Mizuhashi, is often persuaded by his elder sister Ai into having sexual intercourses with her (he even loses his virginity to her). Though, it is later revealed in the story that this does not occur in reality, but it only happens in a sort of oneiric/subconscious state of the characters' mind.

Even in other cases, the incestuous relationship happens when the characters are not themselves, by reason of brainwashing, amnesia or other circumstances. In the series Big O in Episode 9, it is revealed that Mr. Wise's 40 year old son is a child of incest with his sister, though this due to the fact at the time when all memories were wiped out at the time they were unaware of who the other was. In the series Ayashi no Ceres, Aya is nearly raped by her twin brother, Aki, when he is brainwashed by Mikagi.

In Maze, Mei and her brother, Akira, had an incestuous encounter when they were young and this led him to being viewed as an outcast by their parents. However, they are still in love with each other and remain together, despite their love being a taboo.

The manga series Densen Complex, portrays several stories of sibling incest.

In True Love, Ai and her older brother, Yuzuru, fall truly in love with each other after being separated for nine years.

Brother/sister complex[edit]

Incest often takes the form of brother/sister complex. The series B Gata H Kei, the character Kyouka Kanejou is known to have a severe brother complex. To the point she has a room with nothing but his images everywhere, uses her influence to keep any other girls away from him, and even wishes for nothing more than for her brother to take her virginity.

In the series Kiddy Grade, the agent Tweedledum is known to have a strong sister complex towards his partner/sister Tweedledee.

In the anime/Light Novel series My Little Sister Can't Be This Cute, it is heavily hinted that the character Kirino has a brother complex as she loves adult games with a little sister love theme. She also hints a feeling of jealousy when her brother is with, or shows interest in, other girls.

In the manga series Girls Saurus, Subaru Chiryū, the main character Shingo Chiryū's little sister, has a strong incestuous love towards him, to the point that tries to drive away the other girls who are interested in him, as well as proclaiming she wishes to bear her brother's child.

In the anime/manga To Love-Ru, it is often highly suggested that Mikan Yuuki has feelings beyond sisterly affection to her brother, Rito. This was more evident in the OVA, where she even asked if they were not blood related, so he would marry her. In the 5th OVA, when the main female cast is stricken by a pollen that confesses their true feelings, Mikan was infected and almost confessed to Rito that she loves him before being interrupted.

In the anime/manga Baka and Test, Akira Yoshii, the main protagonist Akihisa Yoshii's older sister, possesses strong affections for her younger brother. She consistently tries to seduce him by kissing him or bathing with him, will reduce his allowance out of her own volition, as well as flirting and trying shamelessly to engage in mild sexual relations with him. Akira also tends to blush extremely red whenever Akihisa admits that he loves her, as well as showing jealousy and mild anger when she finds him in a "relationship" with another girl, forcing and warning him not to unless its herself.

In the anime/manga Tona-Gura!, it is suggested that Marie Kagura has a secret brother complex to her older brother Yuji, with stronger hints later as she becomes jealous of Yuji's and Kazuki's growing relationship

In the manga Super-Dreadnought Girl 4946, Kuumi, despite her usual dark and cold personality towards her brother Makoto, reveals she actually is in love with her brother. Revealed she adopted that personality both as a way to distance him from her, as well as feeling she was nothing more than a hindrance to him while they were children. However, she often shows strong hints of jealousy towards Mana and any other girl that shows interest in him.

In the series They Are My Noble Masters, Both brother and sister Ren and Mihato comment they have brother/sister complex. Also it is often suggested that Shinra regularly "molests" her little sister Miyu due to the fact Shinra cannot resist anything she finds "cute".

In Re:Birth - The Lunatic Taker, Ayaka is known to have a deep love for her younger brother Renji. However, she hides a disturbing yandere personality, and would not hesitate (if anything she finds pleasure in do so) to kill whomever is believed to be a threat to his safety.

In the manga and anime series Magikano, the character Maika displays a brother complex towards her older brother and central protagonist Haruo. She becomes jealous when other girls try to get close to Haruo, and one episode focuses around several other characters trying to figure out why Maika developed a brother complex in the first place.

In the manga version of Kirarin Revolution, a minor character, Ren, appears to be in love with his twin sister, Rin, as he does whatever she tells him to do and almost kissed her.

In This Ugly Yet Beautiful World, Kimi has a brother complex towards her older brother, Ryou. She is overprotective of him to the point that she tries to keep Ryou and Akari separated from each other. Elsewhere, Takeru is the object of unrequited love from Mari, his cousin, who is very jealous of Takeru and Hikari's relationship, to the point of verbal and physical violence.

In Sister Princess, all of Wataru's twelve younger sisters have a brother complex for him. While this may seem normal, one sister, Sakuya, has much deeper feelings for him that she gets very jealous of the other sisters and has breakdowns when she thinks Wataru is not getting close enough to her.

Another example from Hetalia: Axis Powers, Russia's younger sister, Belarus has the Yandere tendencies toward his brother and reveals that she has deep infatuation for him that occurred her obsessive ideal to force her brother in marriage, which appalls Russia exceedingly. She shown stalking after him, and also in fact envious or averse anyone else who is near to her brother and often stick by his side to threaten other countries with a knife.

Siblings with no blood relation[edit]

A similar theme sometimes explored in both media is pseudo-incest, which is most often depicted as romantic/sexual relationships between step-siblings or adopted siblings. The plot in Marmalade Boy revolves around this theme: step-siblings Miki and Yuu at one point believe they are half-siblings but this turns out to be false and they actually get married in the anime.

In the Mitsuru Adachi's manga and anime "Miyuki" (manga publicated in 1980, 1983 for the anime), the main character Masato Wakamatsu is in love with his step-sister Miyuki Wakamatsu. But they have no blood relations because Masato's father had remarried with another woman who already had a daughter, Miyuki. Being aware they have no relationship, Masato prefers to hide the truth for the sister's welfare. However, he doesn't know she has romantic feelings towards him and it's at the end of the twelfth volume that they get married.

In the series Kiss×Sis, the twin sisters Ako and Riko are in love with their step-brother Keita. However they have no blood relations to each other. In one chapter and an OVA episode however, Ako and Riko do experiment with each other to practice for if ever they ended up having a threesome with Keita.

In the anime version of Blood Plus, Diva's rape of Riku is technically incest, since Riku is the adopted younger brother of Saya, who is Diva's twin sister. If so, then the Diva's twin daughters, that resulted from the rape, are the somewhat product of incest.

In the series Oniichan no Koto Nanka Zenzen Suki Janain Dakara ne!!, Nao has a sexual attraction to her brother Shūsuke before it was revealed to her she is adopted, to the point she was completely shocked that she could no longer have the tragic romantic life of incest lovers.

In the manga series Kimi ga Uso o Tsuita, the main character Saki falls in love with her older brother Midori, whom she has recently met, as well as he is in love with her. It is later revealed they are not blood related, and in the end of the manga get married.

In the manga Sugar Family, Yuka is said to have some degree of romantic interest in her step-brother/teacher, Taichi, who has a severe case of sister complex towards her.

In the anime series Da Capo, Jun'ichi is in love with his adopted sister, Nemu, and is pursued by his cousin, Sakura. Since they are not related by blood, they relationship is accepted by their friends. In Da Capo II, it is revealed that the two female main characters, Otome and Yume, are their granddaughters and both are in love with Yoshiyuki, the imaginary son Sakura wished she had with Jun'ichi.

In the manga series Cherry Juice, Otome develops feelings for her step-brother, Minami, who has always loved her. Even their own family and friends encourage them to get married. At the end, they begin dating after confessing.

In the anime and manga series Georgie!, Georgie has been extremely close with her adopted brothers, Abel and Arthur, all their lives. However, the brothers have feelings for her and Georgie eventually realizes that she loves Abel. They have a night together and she moves in with Arthur to give birth to her and Abel's son, whom she named after Abel, after Abel is executed.

In the manga series Flower of Eden, Midori has feelings for her brother, Tokio. However, he admits that they are actually step-siblings and he confesses his love to her. His family, who hates Midori and blames her for their parents' death, try to separate them. But at the end, they marry when his family understands what makes Tokio happy.

In the manga series Kiken Junai D.N.A, Ami develops feelings for her brother, Chihiro, even though she knows it's wrong. However, Chihiro admits that he is actually her adopted brother and they can have a relationship. At the end, they are married and have a daughter.

In a manga one-shot, Suki to Ienai, Shiina is in love with her adopted brother, Kiri. She keeps this and his adoption a secret, but he later admits that he knew of the adoption all along and confesses his love to her.

In the manga series Ano Koro ni Aitai, after Yuzuru found out that her older brother, Fuyuhisa, is adopted, she tried very hard to forget her feelings for him, but failed in this.

In the manga series, Desire Climax, Mio is heavily pursued by her younger brother, Hina, who even tries to rape her and tries seduce her boyfriend, Shoei. She later begins to suspect that Shoei is her half-brother when she thinks her mother had an affair with his father. However, it turns out that neither Shoei and Hina are her brothers, but are half-brothers themselves (they have the same father).

In the series, Happy World!, Elle comes to live with Takeshi as his step-sister. However, as time goes by, they begin to fall in love with each other, despite her being an angel and he being human. At the end, they have a daughter named Prayer. However, Prayer is not Takeshi's child biologically because she was hatched from an angel's egg and was adopted by him.

In True Tears, Shin'ichiro is in love with his adopted sister, Hitomi. However, because she was told by his mother that he is her brother, she keeps her feelings for him suppressed, even though she wants to be with him. However, she does eventually learn that it was a lie and they begin a relationship.

In Yoru Made Matenai, Haruka and her step-brother, Tsukasa, have been in love with each other since they began living under the same roof and began their intimate relationship at age 12.

In Oniichan Love, Sumire has feelings for her older step-brother, Kon, who returns her feelings, even though not until the very end due to their status as siblings by marriage.

In the series, Mamotte Lollipop, Ichi was in love with his step-sister, Sarasa, in his young teens. However, she never returned his feelings and ended up marrying Zero's older brother, and he does eventually get over her after he realizes that she is happy.

In the manhwa series, Forbidden Kiss, Haeun falls in love with her step-brother Shin, who has loved her ever since he first met her. After their parents and friends refuse to acknowledge this, they break up. They, however, reconcile after he survives from dying in a fire.

In Love Hina, Kanako is adopted by Urashima family. She develops a crush on her older step-brother Keitaro, who seems to be very understanding and caring of her. Soon after adoption Keitaro leaves Kanako and his family in order to study further. He leaves her with a carefree promise that they'll once manage together a rotenburo hotel. When Kanako arrives back, she pokes Keitaro with her adolescent curves and tries to seduce him, as well as recalls him of making a promise. It soon came out that they're not blood-related, but even that doesn't convince Keitaro to change the way he perceives Kanako, as his younger sister. In the series Kanako shows some of her brother complex habits/fetishes, such as smelling his garment or revealing naked body in his presence, but also deep affection and sentiment towards Keitaro.

Cousin couples[edit]

In anime and manga, cousin coupling is very common, this because cousin marriages are not considered incestuous, but actually have been desirable in Japan.[4]

In the anime and manga series Elfen Lied, Kohta and his first cousin, Yuka, had been extremely close as children and eventually develop a romantic relationship as teenagers. At the end, they marry and have a daughter, Nyu, who was named after Kohta's first love.

In the series Black Butler, Ciel is engaged to his first cousin, Elizabeth. While he is not completely open about his feelings for her, he cares deeply for her and feels it is his duty to protect her. She, on the other hand, is more open about her feelings for him and is always trying her hardest to make Ciel smile more.

In the series Kaze no Stigma, Ayano develops feelings for her second cousin Kazuma, though is more one-sided. At first, the two did not like each other and only had a mutual respect for one another, until later they start to love each other mostly due to the influence of others trying to get them together. Ayano shows great jealousy and frustration whenever she sees Kazuma with another girl or woman.

Fruits Basket involved incest between several of the members of the zodiac. It consists of mainly cousin relationships and one case of an affair between a nephew and aunt by marriage.[citation needed]

In Kokoro wo Hadaka ni Shite, Mina and her cousin, Yukiya, have romantic feelings for each other.

In Kodomo no Jikan, Rin's mother, Aki, was in a romantic relationship with her first cousin, Reiji, who became a father figure to Rin. After Aki's death, Reiji took custody of Rin and seems to be projecting his feelings for Aki to Rin, as he gets jealous over Daisuke and is possessive of her.

In Canvas 2, Elis is in love with her first cousin, Hiroki, who doesn't return her feelings until the end.

Other examples[edit]

Sometimes, the fantasy elements makes it very difficult to track the exact relationship between the characters. In the manga version of Card Captor Sakura, it is revealed that Sakura and her love interest, Syaoran, are related in some way. Syaoran's ancestor, Clow Reed, had reincarnated himself into two people when he died: one into a boy named Eriol and another into Sakura's father. In Tsubasa Chronicle, Sakura and Syaoran's son, Tsubasa, develops feelings for his mother's counterpart, Princess Sakura, who returns his feelings. It is also specultated that Sakura's second cousin, Tomoyo, has feelings for her and Syaoran is heavily pursued by his first cousin, Meiling, who proclaims herself as his fiancée.

Similarly, in the series Kamichama Karin, Karin begins to suspect that her love interest, Kazune, is her half-brother after finding out that they have the same picture of their parents. However, this turns out to be false when Kazune reveals that he is his father's clone and she is his wife turned back into a child and that his cousin, Himeka, who had feelings for Kazune, is their daughter. In Kamichama Karin Chu, it is revealed that they will marry and Suzune is their son from the future.

In the manga Ai to Himemoto, Mao has had romantic feelings towards her uncle, Jin, ever since she went to live with him. However, she finds out they are not blood-related and begin a relationship. At the end, they are married and have two children.

In the manga version of Pita-Ten, Kotarou discovers that his first crush, Shia, is actually his great-grandmother who is a demon in a permanently young body.

In the manga version of Kodocha, it is said that Sana's biological parents were uncle and niece.

In the series, Crimson Climax, Ryo develops feelings for her cousin, Hotaruko. She later has sexual relations with a man named Mizuno. Hotaruko was raped by Bungo, who is revealed to be her uncle. Near the end, it is revealed that Hotaruko is not Ryo's cousin but is her mother and Mizuno is Hotaruko's twin brother. It is also presumed that Ryo is the product of incest between Hotaruko and Mizuno because it was said that if the twins had not been born, Ryo would not have been born.

Parental incest[edit]

In the manga series Sankarea, it is highly suggested that Danichirou Sanka has a disturbing incestuous love towards his daughter Rea, such as taking photos of her naked and wishing to kill Chihiro Furuya under the belief he "stole" his daughter from him. The maids even rumor that his wife sleeps with other men because of her husband's attraction to their daughter.

In the manga series, Bitter Virgin, Hinako was sexually abused by her stepfather, resulting in the birth of a child and a miscarriage.

In Black Butler anime series, Alois Trancy was sexually abused by his father during his childhood.

In the series Kaze to Ki no Uta, Gilbert is physically, emotionally, and sexually abused by his father, Auguste, who poses as his uncle. Auguste, who is interested in making Gilbert as his own personal pet, can be kind to Gilbert at one time and then be cruel in another. His influence is so strong that Gilbert actually believes they are in love.

Hentai[edit]

Incest is also a common theme in hentai manga and anime; there, its treatment ranges from lighthearted to serious, and can go as far as mixing the theme with controversial sub-genres such as ero guro. In Juan Gotoh's Boys Empire, Makoto Tamura, who appears 12 years old, impregnates his same age girlfriend Hitomi, his older sister Mina, and his mother Umeko.

In the manga Aki Sora, Aki is in love with her little brother, Sora, and is later able to persuade him into a sexual relationship, though he often considers breaking it off due to the fact he cannot see a future with this relationship. In the final chapter, they compromise and end their forbidden relationship. Later on in the manga he is repeatedly forced to have sex with his twin sister Nami. It is later discovered that their parents had been brother and sister.

In the series Sakura Diaries, the lead female Urara Kasuga is in love with her cousin, Touma Inaba. She would make a number of attempts to playfully seduce him by wearing skimpy to little clothing, affectionately referring to him as "Tonma-chan" and making sexual innuendoes in order to "cheer him up." Touma often feels aroused by her actions, but claims to love another girl named Mieko Yotsuba. He, however, does not object to the idea of using his cousin as practice for future sexual relations with other girls or Mieko and both cousins would like to lose their viginities to each other.

Yaoi[edit]

Incest is also a theme used in yaoi and shonen ai manga. Apart from the previously mentioned Kaze to Ki no Uta, examples include Love Prism by Asami Tojo and Uso to Kiss by Masara Minase.

Papa to Kiss in the Dark centers around a 15 year old boy having an incestuous relationship with his father, who is later revealed to be his uncle.

Film[edit]

Incestuous families[edit]

Sibling incest[edit]

Historical films[edit]

Fantasy and horror films[edit]

Other films[edit]

Incest between twins[edit]

Incest between half-siblings=[edit]

Incest between same-sex siblings[edit]

Relationship unknown to the characters[edit]

Sometimes, two characters do not know about their blood relationship when they enter a sexual or romantic relationship, or one of them knows while the other does not.

At the end of the 1996 film Lone Star, Sheriff Sam Deeds (Chris Cooper) and his high school sweetheart and current lover Pilar Cruz (Elizabeth Peña) both learn they have the same father, Pilar's mother having been Sam's father's mistress.

Non-consensual incest[edit]

Siblings with no blood relation[edit]

Make-believe incest[edit]

Parent/children incest[edit]

Father/daughter incest[edit]

Sexual abuse[edit]

Father/son incest[edit]

Mother/son incest[edit]

Mother/daughter incest[edit]

Stepparents/stepchildren incest[edit]

Mixed[edit]

Make-believe incest[edit]

Cousin incest[edit]

The practice of cousin incest remains legal in many USA states today as well as many countries, where cousin marriage is allowed.

Aunt/uncle incest[edit]

Television[edit]

Several kinds of incest on the same show[edit]

The CW television series Supernatural stars two brothers, Sam and Dean Winchester, who are mistaken for lovers on occasion, and even go along with it a few times. The show openly plays this, going as far as having one of their characters, angel Zachariah, describe the siblings as "erotically codependent on each other".[11] Sam and Dean also happen to be "soul-mates", as stated in season 5 (episode 16). Their relationship is constantly reported by other characters as co-dependent, dysfunctional, unhealthy, and generally "weird". In the season 4 episode "The Monster at the End of This Book", fans of a fictional Supernatural book series are revealed to have a subgroup who believe the brothers to also be lovers, this is also true of the TV show fans itself; this phenomenon is called "Wincest". The show has used incest as a plot device on several occasions. In season 1, the episode "The Benders" featured an incestuous family. In season 4 (episode 7), incest is implied between two witches (brother and sister) that are trying to raise a demon. Again in season 4, in the episode "Family Remains", they find a wild girl and a wild boy living in a secret room under a house; they are the product of a girl having been raped by her father. It is also heavily implied and, though never made explicit, widely accepted as fact that Bela Talbot, a reoccurring character in season 3, was sexually abused by her father throughout her early teenage years. Supernatural has dealt with non-sibling incest within the Winchester/Campbell family a few times as well. In season 3, an FBI agent falsely states that Dean was brainwashed and molested by his father. In the season 4 episode "In the Beginning", Dean travels back in time and, upon seeing his mother as a young woman, proceeds to say that she is a "babe", and then, "I'm going to hell. Again.". In the same episode, Mary Campbell (their mother) makes a deal with a demon possessing her father's body. The deal is sealed with a drawn out, open mouthed kiss between the two. In season 6, a few of Dean's distant cousins are introduced and one flirts with him a few times. More recently, in the season 7 episode "The Mentalists", Sam and Dean investigate in a Museum and stumble upon a photograph of 2 brothers whose last name is none other than Campbell (Sam and Dean's mother's maiden name). It then turns out that the two men on the photograph weren't brothers but lovers. In a recent season 8 episode, incest is implied between a dead football player and his mother before it is revealed that the player was actually a god who didn't age, and the woman posing as his mother had been his mortal lover.

The 1980s American soap opera Dynasty featured a storyline whereby Fallon Colby and Adam Carrington become attracted to one another, eventually sharing a kiss, not realising that they were in fact sister and brother. Fallon would also go on to marry and divorce two of her cousins, Myles and Jeff Colby.

The FOX television drama House featured two young patients, a husband and wife, who share the same symptoms. Later it is revealed that they are agnate half-siblings and they suffer from hereditary angioedema inherited from their father. (Episode 3x05, Fools for Love). In the episode 2x13, Skin Deep; a teenage supermodel confesses to having an incestuous relationship with her father simply to get what she wants.

In The Simpsons, Springfield's rival town Shelbyville was founded specifically to allow men to marry their cousins because, according to Shelbyville Manhattan, the founder of the city, "they're so attractive". There was also the relationship between Cletus Spuckler and his wife Brandine, who may be siblings, mother and son, or even father and daughter.

Incest is sometimes added to the plot of episodes of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. In the episode "Blood Drops" (1.07), a young girl is sexually abused by her father, who is also her grandfather. Her mother is also her half-sister. The episode "Committed" (5.21), portrays mother-son incest. In "Table Stakes" (1.15), a brother and sister fake being a couple to avoid the authorities; they even allow themselves to be caught making love by the CSIs. In "Burden of Proof", the Father raped his daughter as she reminded him of her mother back when she was younger, and the father killed the soon to be step father after she told him while trying to frame him for molesting her.

The Fox sitcom Arrested Development constantly plays with the idea of incest. The most ongoing is George Michael Bluth's (Michael Cera) crush on his cousin Maeby Fünke (Alia Shawkat), who in turn has a crush on Steve Holt (Justin Grant Wade), another cousin. In another scene, Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman) sings the song "Afternoon Delight" with his niece Maeby at the company Christmas party, not realizing the sexual innuendo of the song, Lindsay Bluth (Portia de Rossi) and her nephew George Michael also sing the song in the same episode, also not realizing the sexual content. Lindsay reveals to her brother Michael, that she has always had a small attraction towards him once it is stipulated that she was adopted. Lindsay also attempts to steal her daughter Maeby's love interest, Steve Holt (her nephew), by pretending to be Maeby's sister, although she is unsuccessful. Lucille Bluth (Jessica Walter) and her son, Buster (Tony Hale), live together, even though Buster is in his mid-30s and they have a comedic codependent relationship, although it is not sexual. It is later revealed that Linsay Bluth is adopted, and thus neither the relationship between her and Michael nor Maeby and George Michael is actually incestuous.

In HBO's Rome, Octavia seduces her brother Octavian in the hopes of learning some of his secrets during pillow-talk, and Octavian is once accused of having an affair with his great uncle, Julius Caesar.

Incestuous families[edit]

The FOX television drama The X-Files featured an episode, "Home", in which a family in the real Pennsylvania town of Home had pursued incestuous relationships for several generations and, as a result, developed genetic deformities. The episode received a TV-MA rating and was banned from replaying for years.[citation needed]

Sibling incest[edit]

British shows[edit]

I, Claudius was a 1976 BBC Television adaptation of Robert Graves's I, Claudius and Claudius the God. In it, the sordid lives of the Caesars are detailed, including the historical incestuous relationship between Caligula and his sister Drusilla.

The British soap opera Brookside ran a controversial storyline featuring consensual incestuous sex between the two sibling characters, Nat and Georgia Simpson, in the 1990s.

In "The Killings at Badger's Drift", an episode of the British television series Midsomer Murders, an old woman discovers a brother and sister in an incestuous relationship.

The British soap Family Affairs featured a storyline involving Gavin and Polly Arnold, a brother and sister in a consensual incestuous relationship.

In the Coming Up series for the UK's Channel 4, a woman who is obsessed with breaking social taboos seduces her brother during the 7 July 2005 London bombings. They eventually part ways as they realize they cannot be a normal couple.

American shows[edit]

Incest features heavily into the plot of a second-season episode of the NBC medical drama ER, titled "The Secret Sharer" (air date: 16 November 1995). A seventeen-year-old girl named Julia (Miriam Reichmeister) is brought in after a suicide attempt. She at first resists all attempts at treatment and will not talk about the reason for trying to take her own life. As the episode progresses, however, the reason for her bizarre behaviour is revealed: following the death of their mother, the girl's attempts to comfort her younger teenage brother Kyle (Austin O'Brien), who was hit particularly hard by the loss, eventually resulted in a sexual encounter between the two and she is now pregnant with his child.

The television series Prison Break (2005) portrays the character Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell (Robert Knepper) as the product of incestuous rape, specifically that of his Down syndrome-afflicted aunt by his father; he was also molested by his father. Siblings President Caroline Reynolds and Terrence Steadman were also incestuous lovers.

In the finale episode of the third season of FX Network's television drama Nip/Tuck, Quentin Costa (Bruno Campos) and Kit McGraw (Rhona Mitra) are exposed as incestuous lovers, of likewise incestuous parents. This discovery comes soon after Quentin is unmasked as the serial killer The Carver, the main antagonist of the third season, along with his accomplice, Kit. In the sixth season, it is Matt Macnamara who has incestuous intercourse with a girl who turns out to be his sister.

In Law & Order: Special Victims Unit season 12 episode "Bombshell", a woman who cons men from a popular Swinging club and her jealous boyfriend turn out to be twins in a romantic and sexual relationship, as confirmed by the DNA tests.

In the FX Network's comedy series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, the McPoyle brothers are heavily "implied" to have an incestuous relationship with each other and are explicitly seen publicly tongue kissing their deaf-mute sister.

In Degrassi Takes Manhattan, a drunk Fiona gets jealous when she sees her twin brother Declan making out with his girlfriend Holly J. at a party. She grabs Declan and pulls him into the middle of the room and kisses him.

In the Family Guy episode "Hannah Banana", Meg Griffin reveals that she and her brother, Chris Griffin, practice kissing on each other. Another instance is in the episode "Halloween on Spooner Street", when siblings Meg and Chris Griffin unknowingly play Seven minutes in heaven at a Halloween party. Upon finding out each other's identities, they are shocked and disgusted, but in a later scene they are proud of themselves for finally "hooking up" with someone.

In American Dad, an explicit example is seen in the episode "Stannie Get your Gun". After Steve stole Roger's cookie, in revenge, Roger convinces Steve that he was adopted (and later, that he was kidnapped by his "fake" parents). Then, Steve tells Hayley, his big sister, that he is going to do "something they both wanted to do for years", and then, he French kisses Hayley passionately. So: Steve is in love with Hayley, but he respects the line between brothers and sisters. In a later episode Steve masturbates to a nude portrait of Hayley done by Roger (though he only painted from the chin down), becoming obsessed with it. However he became horrified upon discovering it was of his sister.

In the Showtime series The Borgias the growing and obvious romance between siblings Lucrezia and Cesare is major subplot.

Half-siblings incest[edit]

A recent Hollyoaks plot has dealt with incest between two members of the Ashworth family, Rhys Ashworth and his half-sister Beth Clement. They did not know they were half brother and sister when they began seeing each other; upon finding out they were related when their dad died, they tried to halt the relationship, but in the end could not stay away despite Rhys moving into a relationship with Mercedes McQueen and Beth moving into a relationship with Rhys' best friend, Gilly Roach. When Beth is planning to be married to Gilly, they decide they must leave Hollyoaks, as they cannot end their relationship and see no other way to be together.

In the German television soap opera Alles was zählt, one of the main characters, Jennifer Steinkamp, had a secret affair with her half-brother Maximilian.

In British soap opera Emmerdale, characters Ryan and Maisie were in a romantic and sexual relationship until it was revealed that they shared the same father.

In the CBS horror series Harper's Island, it is revealed in the last episode that main characters Abby Mills and Henry Dunn are half siblings, sharing the same mother even though the mother gave Henry up for adoption. Henry learned of this from his biological father and is still in love with Abby. However, when Abby finds out, she calls him sick and wants to leave him.

In the ABC Family series Pretty Little Liars, Jenna Marshall forced her half-brother Toby Cavanaugh to have sex with her.

In the FOX Television series Two and a Half Men, Charlie Harper has a one-night stand with a woman named Gloria, who is revealed to be his and Alan's half sister from when their mother's husband had an affair with another woman.

In the FX original series Sons Of Anarchy, Protagonist Jax Teller and Irish IRA family member Trinity Ashby were developing romantic interest towards each other while Jax and SAMCRO were in Belfast, Ireland. Before they had sex, both of their mothers walked in and were forced to tell them that they are paternal half siblings as a result of an affair between Jax's father and Trinity's mother.

Relationship unknown to the characters[edit]

In the CSI: Miami episode "Divorce Party", two teens who are in love and having a child discover they are actually half-brother and sister when they figure out they have the same father, who had two families under different names.

In the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode "Families" in season 5, a young girl is found dead in an ally. It is revealed that she is pregnant with her brother's child. They initially question her brother, until they realize that the victim's father and the father of her boyfriend Aidan Connor are the same person, and the victim's mother was Aidan Connor's father's mistress.

Siblings with no blood relation[edit]

The ABC television drama Lost features two step-siblings, Boone and Shannon, who engaged in an incestuous encounter.

In the 2009 remake of Melrose Place, there was a storyline of Violet (Ashlee Simpson) having a relationship with her stepbrother, Levi. Both adopted into the same family, they had a romance during high school and had plans to run away together. However, Violet left their family, stealing money as well, and ended their relationship.

Make-believe incest[edit]

In ABC's Ugly Betty, Amanda Sommers and Daniel Meade, sexual lovers, briefly panic when they believe Amanda's father is Bradford Meade (also Daniel's father). However, this proves not to be the case, much to the relief of both Daniel and Amanda.

In the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode "Repression", Megan Ramsey, after having a session with her therapist, reveals that she was raped by her father when she was fifteen. However, it is later revealed this was all just a delusion brought up by a suggestive state in a sodium pentothal session with her therapist, and in fact she was still a virgin. Also in the episode "Father Dearest", a man posing as a sperm donor seduces young teenage girls, pretending to be their biological father. Psychiatrist Dr George Huang identifies the girls' desire to have sex with their father as Genetic sexual attraction.

In Veronica Mars, we can piece together from flashbacks that Duncan Kane's father Jake Kane told him that his high school girlfriend Veronica may be his half-sister and his father Jake and Veronica's mother were high school sweethearts and had continued to have an affair over the years despite their marriage to others. This prompted Duncan to break up with Veronica (before Lily Kane's death). Shortly afterwards, the two consensual sex while both were under the influence of GHB. When Veronica finds out and asks Duncan about it, he says it was wrong of him to do it because he knew that they were brother and sister. A DNA test later reveals that Veronica was not Jake Kane's daughter and therefore Duncan was not her brother.

Parent/children incest[edit]

Father/daughter incest[edit]

In the PBS Mystery! production of Heat of the Sun (1999), former Scotland Yard detective Albert Tyburn investigates a murder that involves what seems to be father-daughter incest in colonial Nairobi, Kenya.

In the 2006 episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit named "Taboo", a young woman seduces and is impregnated by her father. The franchise touched again the issue in the 2009 episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent named "Family Values". Paul Devildis develops an incestuous attraction towards his daughter Kathy, which due to his deep religious beliefs makes him believe everyone else as well is attracted to her in a lustful way and therefore sinners. In turn he goes on a killing spree under the belief he is doing god's work.

In Twin Peaks, David Lynch's 1990–91 cult hit, seventeen year-old Laura Palmer, whose brutal murder causes the events depicted in the series to unfold, has been sexually abused on a regular basis by a demonic entity referred to as Bob, who has taken possession of her father Leland.

A storyline arc at the end of Melrose Place's second season (which concluded early in the third) dealt with Alison Parker (Courtney Thorne-Smith) and her sister Meredith being molested by their father when they were children.

The Storyteller episode Sapsorrow features a situation where a daughter is forced to engagement with her father.

In the Breakout Kings episode Out of the Mouths of Babes, a young girl named Tess is revealed to have been sexually abused by her father, but blamed the school councilor out of fear.

Anaïs Nin's first work of fiction House of Incest, published in 1939, was based in part on an incestuous relationship with her father.

In the postmodern Latin American literary classic, "Empire of Dreams" by Giannina Braschi the heroine Mariquita Samper of "Intimate Diary of Solitude" has an incestuous relationship with her father.

In CBS's Numb3rs, episode 12 of season 3 ("Nine Wives") features the discovery of incest in a polygamist fundamentalist cult. A teenage victim, Josephine Kirtland learns that her mother, Emmanueline (played by Anne Dudek) is also her half-sister.

Mother/son incest[edit]

The British comedy Green Wing features a mother and son, Joanna and Guy, sleeping together, albeit unknowingly as Guy was abandoned by Joanna as a baby.

In the seventh season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, its revealed that after Spike bit his own mother, she was so overwhelmed with the power that she tried to rid herself of him. Spike tried to reason with her, but his mother grew so angry that she insinuated that Spike had always had a sexual fascination with her. She even tried to seduce Spike before he killed her.

In the NCIS episode "Meat Puzzle", a killer named Vincent Hanlan (Morgan Weisser) is convicted of the rape and murder of a female Navy Lieutenant but Ducky notes Vincent was unable to rape the woman as he was impotent and he beat her to death in a rage. Later Vincent's brother implies Vincent and their mother have a consensual sexual relationship ("They have lots of secrets, terrible secrets with each other") This is also implied when his mother, Mary (Lee Garlington) caresses Vincent's face and winks at him in a seductive way.

In season 4 of Smallville, it is implied that Jason Teague (Jensen Ackles) is in a relationship with his mother, Genevieve (Jane Seymour); this is hinted at by Lionel Luthor (John Glover) many times.

In Boardwalk Empire, Gillian Darmody (Gretchen Mol) was a dancer who was raped at the age of 13 and gave birth to Jimmy Darmody, (Michael Pitt). Their relationship is unusually close and a flashback in the second season episode "Under God's Power She Flourishes" reveals that Gillian had seduced Jimmy when he was a student at Princeton, leading to him dropping out and enlisting to fight in World War I.

At the end of a 5-episode arc in Boston Legal's third season (beginning with "New Kids on the Block" and ending with "The Verdict"), the suspected murderer is revealed to have an incestuous relationship with his mother (played by Katey Sagal).

The 2013 reboot series Bates Motel features a heavily suggested incestuous relationship between Norman Bates and his mother Norma Bates.

In the FX series, "American Horror Story: Coven", Kyle has an incestious relationship with his mother, shown when he is brought home after being resurrected. It is not revealed if the relationship is consented on Kyle's part, and it seems that his mother is incredibly in love with him

Mother/daughter incest[edit]

In Law & Order: Special Victims Unit season 12 episode "Totem" features a domineering mother who sexually abused her two daughters for years, until the younger one ended up killing a young girl, which led Detectives Benson and Stabler to unravel the truth.

Cousin incest[edit]

In an episode of the FOX sitcom That '70s Show entitled "Eric's Hot Cousin", Eric Forman (Topher Grace) is tricked into thinking that he is not related to his cousin, whom he desires but only learns the truth as he is embarrassed in front of his parents.

In the episode of King of the Hill, The Wedding of Bobby Hill, Bobby plays a prank on Luanne of taking away her birth control pills and his parents teach him a lesson by saying that he made her pregnant so he has to marry her.

Another FOX sitcom, Arrested Development, two prominent characters, the cousins George-Michael Bluth and Maeby Funke become involved in an intimate relationship whose intensity builds up over the course of the first three seasons. However, in the final episode of the third season, it is revealed that they are not related by blood.

In an episode of Seinfeld named "The Junk Mail", George Costanza convinces his cousin to start a romantic relationship with him. However, he was not actually interested in her; he simply wanted to anger his father (although she was into it, even referring to herself as his girlfriend). They never have sex, however.

In the 7th season of the popular sitcom Friends Ross was shown sexually attracted to his cousin Cassie (Denise Richards).

In The Big Bang Theory episode "The Adhesive Duck Deficiency", Howard Wolowitz reveals he lost his virginity to his second cousin at his uncle's funeral. Wolowitz lived with his mother until age 30, (when he got married) and has a strong attachment to her, and hatred for his father who abandoned them when he was 10 years old, possibly the origins of his unresolved Oedipus complex. He is also turned on when he wife Bernadette imitates his mother's manner of speaking (high pitched screaming), and later began calling herself "mama" when speaking to him in a dominant tone.

A recent storyline in the BBC soap EastEnders involves a romance between cousins Lauren and Joey Branning.

Other kinds of incest[edit]

EastEnders also featured a storyline between Zoe Slater, Kat Slater and Harry Slater. Zoe discovered Kat who she thought was her sister is actually her mother who had been sexually abused by her uncle Harry resulting in her becoming pregnant with Zoe.

In the Futurama episode "Roswell that Ends Well", the crew is sent back in time to the 1940s while watching a supernova occur. With the loss of all guidance systems, their ship crash lands at Roswell, where Philip J. Fry meets his grandfather, Enos. Professor Farnsworth then warns Fry not to interfere with anything lest he disrupt his own timeline. In an attempt to prevent his grandfather's death, however, Fry locks him in a cabin out in the middle of nowhere – which unknown to him is a nuclear test zone (resulting in his grandfather's death). Soon afterward, he quickly becomes entangled in his young grandmother's emotional despair and ends up sleeping with her. He justifies this by thinking that, since he still exists, the people he thought were his grandparents must not have been. The Professor, after discovering the two, then informs Fry that he is his own grandfather. This is a reference to the famous Grandfather Paradox of time travel. A later episode("The Day the Earth Stood Stupid") cites this scenario as the cause for Fry's lack of a cognitive function called the Delta Brain Wave, enabling him to be immune to an invasion of intelligence-absorbing flying Brains.

In the TV series Malcolm in the Middle episode College Recruiters, Reese's Russian bride claimed that the man she was having sex with was her brother, though this was an obvious lie to cover up her affair.

Popular music[edit]

One of the first incest lines was a song called "The End" by psychedelic rock band The Doors, in which Jim Morrison sings, "Father/ Yes son?/ I want to kill you/ Mother, I want to... (fuck you),"

In his classic song for the Flamin' Groovies' 1970 album "Flamingo", Roy Loney's song "Second Cousin" describes a man's desire to marry his second cousin ("with the kind of body on her make a bald man tear his hair!") despite the opposition of their families.

Prince's groundbreakingly explicit album Dirty Mind contains the song "Sister", an ode to incest.

British musician Kate Bush's song "The Kick Inside" from her 1978 album of the same name depicts an incestuous relationship, pregnancy and suicide involving a brother and sister.

The song "Fa La Fa Lee" by rock band Sparks contains the line: "Fa la fa lee /she ain't heavy, she's a brother to me/ What I need, she can't be / Nature, nurture, who's to say?/ But still fa la, fa lee / Anything between us is a felony"

Southern Californian Pop Punk band Blink 182 are notorious for being lighthearted about it in songs like, "The Grandpa Song", and "The Country Song", as well they joke about it frequently at live shows.

The song "Weakest Moments" by American rock musician John Mellencamp contains the line "Well, I hear you downstairs/ you're fooling around/ with your father's brother/ and your mother's gown".

The song "Don't Wake The Baby" by Jack Off Jill is also apparently about father-daughter incest.

American rock band Giant Drag have a song called "YFLMD" – which stands for "You Fuck Like My Dad".

Alternative rock band Pixies utilize themes of incest in several songs, including "The Holiday Song", "Nimrod's Son", "Break My Body", and "Broken Face".

The German metal band Rammstein touches on incest in "Spiel mit mir", ("Play with me"), featuring an incestuous relationship between brothers. In "Spiel mit mir", the older brother apparently forces himself on his younger brother for sex so he will be able to sleep. Rammstein has written other songs dealing with incest including "Laichzeit" ("Spawn time") and "Tier" ("Animal").

Alternative rock band 3 Doors Down also deals with father-daughter incest in the song "Sarah Yellin'", and the subsequent murder of the father by his daughter.

The song "Little Sister" by Queens of the Stone Age deals with what can be seen as a brother-sister relationship.

Nirvana released an album entitled Incesticide on December 15, 1992.

Steely Dan's "Cousin Dupree" from their 2000 album Two Against Nature is about a travelling singer who lusts after his cousin. For example, "When I see my little cousin Janine walk in / All I could say was ow-ow-ouch / ... How about a kiss for your cousin Dupree."

American singer Sophie B. Hawkins sings about brother-sister incest in her song "Don't Stop Swaying" from the 1992 album Tongues and Tails. The spoken phrase at the end of the song is explicit: "Hansel and Gretel are holding hands deep in the forest. They are lost. This is their own story. The two have fallen in love, and so, after a long quietness amidst the creatures of the night, they begin to kiss."

There are many examples where incestuous themes are interpreted into lyrics that are undoubtedly dealing with "normal sex". For instance, the term "mama" and "my old lady" are sometimes misinterpreted as representing "mother".

Arena rock band Queen was criticized for their song "Tie Your Mother Down", for the theory that the song was about incestuous rape, although cursory inspection of the lyrics reveals that the song actually refers to the singer's girlfriend's mother, who wants to prevent her daughter from seeing the singer.

On his 2003 album Poodle Hat, "Weird Al" Yankovic included a parody of Avril Lavigne's song, "Complicated (Avril Lavigne song)" titled "A Complicated Song". The song was sung in the first-person, and one of the verses sung was about going to dinner to propose to his girlfriend, only to learn that she was his cousin. The verse was sung as, "How was I supposed to know we were both related?/Believe me, if I knew she was my cousin, we never would have dated."

In their 2003 "metal opera" Days of Rising Doom, the band Aina tells through music a story that features an unknowing incestuous relationship between the Ainae princess Oriana and her half-brother Syrius. The evil warlord Sorvahr abducts the queen Oria from his brother Talon, the king of the land of Aina, and rapes her until she bears a son named Syrius. Oriana, whom Oria had conceived with Talon before Sorvahr kidnapped her, encounters Syrius many years later, who was being groomed to be the leader of Sorvahr's Krakhon army, falls in love with him, and has sexual intercourse with him. In a later battle between the Ainae and Krakhon, Syrius calls a truce between his forces and the Ainae when he spots Oriana on the Ainae battle line. Furious, Sorvahr kills Syrius with magic and appears in the sky, telling Oriana how Syrius was her brother. Oriana then destroys Sorvahr, and with the help of the Ainae army, defeats the Krakhon, rescues her mother, and restores peace to the realm of Aina.

Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers based their song "The Deeper In", from their Decoration Day album, on the real-life consensual incestuous relationship between Allen and Patricia Muth. The Muths are a brother and sister from Wisconsin, although Hood mistakenly implies Michigan in the song. In interviews he has claimed this is due to incorrectly recalling an article from Esquire magazine, in which he read about the couple. Patricia was adopted at birth and did not meet Allen until she was eighteen and he thirty-three, however both were aware of their relationship to each other. They went on to produce four children, one of which was disabled; this led to their arrest and subsequent imprisonment in 1997. Allen was sentenced to eight years and Patricia five, to be served in maximum-security prisons, twenty-five miles apart.

The song "This Love is Fucking Right" by The Pains of Being Pure at Heart is about a consensual brother-sister relationship that is both romantic and sexual in nature.[12]

The so-called "Mamasan Trilogy" by Seattle rockers Pearl Jam tells the story of a man's incestuous relationship with his mother and the subsequent unfolding events. The trilogy begins with Alive, which singer Eddie Vedder explains as being part autobiographical and part fiction. When Eddie was a teenager, his mother revealed to him that the man he thought was his father was actually his stepfather, and his biological father was dead. It is the first piece to a trilogy of songs: "Alive", "Once" and "Footsteps." "Alive" tells a story of incest, which leads to the murderous killing spree described in "Once", and eventually looking back from a prison cell in "Footsteps".

The song "My Promiscuous Daughter" by West Chester, Pennsylvania band CKY starts off with lyrics, "I caught my daughter giving head to my brother", suggesting sexual relations between a man's daughter and her uncle.

Eyehategod have a song called "Sister Fucker."

"Suck My Left One" by Bikini Kill was about father-daughter incest.

South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut features the song "Uncle Fucka", in which accusations of incest are leveled by Terrance and Phillip.

"Chinese Dunkirk" by the Australian blues/hard rock band, Rose Tattoo, on their 1981 album Assault & Battery contains lyrics that suggest brother-sister incest.

The indie rock band from Boston Jaggery released a song entitled Incestuous Tendencies off their 2010 album Upon a Penumbra.

The song "Ark" from the Japanese band Sound Horizon deals with a brother-sister relationship where the sister falls in love and kills her older brother.

The horrorcore rapper King Gordy talks about smoking crack with and repeatedly raping his sister on the song "This World" in 2009.

There is a brutal death metal band named Begging for Incest from Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.[13]

Parental incest in songs[edit]

A thirteen year-old boy is molested by his mother because he looks like his deceased father in the song "Alive" by Pearl Jam, from the album Ten. Similarly, The Prize Fighter Inferno released a song titled "Our Darling Daughter You Are, Little Cecillia Marie" on the album My Brother's Blood Machine, detailing a case of habitual father/daughter incest/rape, resulting in her attempted murder of her father. In Bad Cliché by Cosy Sheridan, from the album Grand Design, a girl is sexually abused by her uncle from the age of nine to twelve.

"Breaking Silence" by Janis Ian, from the album of the same name, is about fathers sexually abusing their daughters. In "Cherokee Louise" by Joni Mitchell, from the album Night Ride Home, a young girl hides from her sexually abusive stepfather. In "Crack in the Mirror" by Betty Elders, from the album Peaceful Existence; also covered by Joan Baez on Gone From Danger, a girl is sexually abused from the time she is a baby. In "Daddy's Girl" by Scorpions, from the album Face the Heat, a mother denies that her daughter is being molested by her father. In "Daddy's Song" by Toni Childs, from the album House of Hope, an incest survivor sings of sexual abuse by her father. In "Fiddle About" by the Who from the rock opera Tommy, Tommy is molested in bed by his uncle.

In "Nightmare" by Gaye Adegbalola, from Bitter Sweet Blues, a girl molested by her father forgives, but does not forget.[citation needed] Sleep by Stabbing Westward, from Wither Blister Burn & Peel tells of the despair felt by a child who is a victim of incest, and her withdrawal from reality.[citation needed] "Island" by Heather Nova, from her album Oyster, deals with a daughter being sexually abused by her father with nowhere to escape.[citation needed]

"Razorblade" by Blue October, appears to relate the occurrences of a boy being sexually abused by his previously idolized uncle.

The song "Amy In The White Coat" by indie rock artist Bright Eyes tells the story of a girl (and her sisters) being molested by her father.

The German thrash metal band Sodom has a song titled "Incest" on their album Agent Orange.

"Family Tree" by the thrash metal band Megadeth, from their album Youthanasia, is about incest between a father and daughter.

"Embryo" by the Japanese band Dir En Grey is about a mother dying and the father raping the daughter. At the end of the song, the girl kills the father and discovers she is pregnant with his child.

The song "Sugar Pain" by the Japanese band The GazettE depicts the struggles of a man who can't tell the difference between platonic and sexual love and ultimately goes insane and rapes his own mother.

The song "The Dark I Know Well" in the 2006 musical Spring Awakening is about a girl who admits to her friends that she is sexually and physically abused by her father, and that her mother is either oblivious or uncaring "Mom just smiles that smile/just like she never saw me/ just like she never saw me." "You say all you want is just a kiss goodnight/then you hold me and you whisper/ "Child the Lord won't mind"/ It's just you and me,/ Child you are a beauty."

"Royally Fucked" by Mindless Self Indulgence off their "Frankenstein Girls Will Seem Strangely Sexy" album has the teller complaining "Mom, Dad, why don't you finger me too?" and how he will "never be loved" because he was not sexually touched by his parents like his sibling was. This song could also be about inbreeding in royal families which had been happening from the 17th to late 18th century.[citation needed] Being royally fucked is being deformed and tainted. "All of them dead now, let me be the same", could be referencing the dead inbred kings/queens of the time.

The song Lemon Incest by Charlotte and Serge Gainsbourg is a song and music video about an incestuous relationship between a father and her daughter. The single cover is a picture of the half-clothed father with his daughter lying across his chest. Considering that father/daughter was the same family tie that the singers shared it caused suspicions that the song may be autobiographical. However, the Gainsbourgs denied these allegations and the song became very popular in France.

In "Janie's Got a Gun" by the band Aerosmith, Janie kills her father after he sexually abuses her.

The Bravery's song "Tragedy Bound" involves a girl abused by her father. (Her daddy was a demon watching her dress./ He shriveled her down, wore her like a crown.)

G Tom Mac's song 'Cry Little Sister' recorded for the movie The Lost Boys, may imply incest between siblings. The song was covered by bands such as Aiden, and BluTengel. Although the literal interpretation hints at incest, It is most commonly interpreted as a metaphor for vampirism.

The song My Secret Friend by IAMX and Imogen Heap depicts the tight-knit relationship of two siblings, maybe implying that it's incestuous. In the video, the siblings (played by Chris Corner and Imogen Heap) are in two rooms separated by a boarded up wall and when they finally break through it, they decide that the only way they can truly be together is if they die by drowning themselves.

Kathleen Hannah's former band The Fakes released a spoken word piece entitled Held (sometimes referred to as Safety Cuts). Told from the point of a view of a girl named Billie, it recounts the memories and trauma sustained due to a childhood filled with sexual abuse at the hands of the character's father. Though it is unclear whether the abuse is an actual memory or some sort of grandiose delusion as it becomes apparent throughout the monologue that the girl is severely psychologically disturbed and is admittedly somewhat of an unreliable narrator.

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Kana: Little Sister is a visual novel game about the relationship that develops between an older brother and his ill younger sister. Depending on the choices made by the player the relationship can develop along traditional brother-sister roles or can become an incestuous relationship. (by the time the brother makes a choice to have sex with her, he discovers she is adopted)

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories is a game where Victor Vance's important ally, Phil Cassidy, confesses that he was beaten by his father under the belief that he had sexual attraction for his sister and cousin, which Phil denies. Later on in the game when Vic starts dating Phil's sister, Louise Cassidy-Williams, Phil is fine with that relationship.

In Fire Emblem: Seisen no Keifu, the Archbishop Manfloy of the Lopt Sect, attempts to revive the dark dragon lord Loptous by manipulating Duke Arvis of Velthomer and the maiden Deirdre into marrying each other. The two of them are, unbeknownst to each other, half-siblings and the only living carriers of Loptous' blood, and their union will produce a human vessel capable of hosting the consciousness of Loptous. Manfloy kidnaps Deirdre from her husband, Lord Sigurd of Chalphy, and erases her memory and manipulates Arvis into finding and falling in love with her. Arvis, who is in league with Manfloy to overthrow the Granvallean Empire but completely unaware of Manfloy's true intentions, murders Sigurd and his army under the guise of a celebration. Arvis and Deirdre marry and eventually have twins, Julius and Julia, the former becoming the host of Loptous. Julia, however, does not inherit Loptous' blood but instead inherit's the blood of Naga, Loptous' sworn enemy. Years later, after Julius becomes completely possessed by Loptous, attempts to kill his sister but Deirdre sacrifices herself and teleports Julia to safety, at the cost of her own life. Shortly before her death she regains her memories. Julia eventually reunites with her half-brother, Seliph, who is Sigurd and Deirdre's son and the leader of a resistance army against Arvis and Julius. Julia begins to harbor romantic feelings for Seliph but stops after finding out he is her half-brother. Eventually with the help of Julia, Seliph kills Arvis, Julius, and Manfloy. avenging his parents' deaths.

In Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Dr.Hal "Otacon" Emmerich confessed to his dead step sister Emma that he had an affair with her mother and his step mother, Julie. The affair was what led Hal's father to kill himself by drowning in the family's swimming pool and nearly killed Emma in the process. As a result, Hal left the family, unable to face Emma for not being able to save her. Emma grew to resent Hal in the years that followed, but continued to feel a degree of romantic attraction towards him (even though he admitted that he could never see her as a woman).

In Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines, the two "sisters" Therese and Jeanette Voerman are revealed to be the same person: Therese was the original personality, and Jeanette was a sex-obsessed personality created so that Therese did not have to consciously experience being repeatedly sexually abused by her father. One day, "their" father forced himself on her when Therese was still in control, and she murdered him with a shotgun and was sent to an asylum. There, a Malkavian turned her into a vampire. The resulting supernatural psychosis caused her personality split to worsen, each side becoming a wholly fleshed out consciousness, with "Therese" being cold and repressed, and "Jeanette" getting the hyper-sexuality and Borderline Personality Disorder.

In Resident Evil Code: Veronica, it is heavily implied that Alfred Ashford had a sexual relationship with his sister Alexia Ashford.

In Grand Theft Auto IV, Michael Keane (a.k.a. Saint-Michael), a minor character, is often said by other characters to be born from an incestuous relationship between siblings. This is not confirmed nor denied by Michael himself. Also in Grand Theft Auto IV, It is revealed by Patrick 'Packie' McReary that both he and his older brother Gerald were molested by their father at a young age and he implies that Gerry murdered their father and made it look like suicide.

In Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, the main villain, historical figure Cesare Borgia has an incestuous relationship with his younger sister Lucrezia, who it is suggested was also sexually manipulating her father, on the instructions of her brother.

In the BlazBlue series, incest is a recurring theme; Jin lusts after his brother Ragna in multiple "omake" segments, and in the main story of Calamity Trigger, Ragna is pursued by a cyborg clone of his sister Saya, who is madly in love with him. The main heroine of the series, Noel, is also a clone of Saya, and it's repeatedly hinted that she has a romantic interest in Ragna.

In Fatal Frame IV: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse the character You Haibara harbored a "twisted love" for his older sister, Sakuya. It is also hinted throughout the game that the character Ayako is their daughter.

Incest as a metaphor[edit]

Sometimes the word "incestuous" is also used metaphorically to describe other inappropriately close relationships, for example between an authority figure and a subordinate, between co-workers, or between people in the same profession or creative field. The term "incest group" is also common in high school, and denotes a group of friends that only date others within their group. Institutions such as churches, colleges, and sometimes whole nations can be described as incestuous when inappropriately close relationships, corrupt conflicts of interest and secret collusions occur inside the institution and especially within the institution's top echelons such as in cases John Boyd exposed in the Pentagon.

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