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10 Of Our Favorite Incestuous Relationships

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So we decided to do a grid about incest, because who doesn’t love incest?

…Okay, everybody. Everybody doesn’t love incest.

But first, let’s take a time out for a helpful vocabulary lesson:

What squick means.

Now that we have sufficiently educated everybody who didn’t gleefully, purposefully seek out and devour bad fanfiction when they were teenagers, we can get back to our point.

Despite incest being one of the most universal* cultural taboos in world history (right up there with cannibalism!), we sure like incest in our fiction. In folklore, where the Greek and Egyptian pantheons are founded on incestuous couples, and incestuously romantic or born heroes abound, not to mention all the examples (or near examples) from the Bible. And we like to put it in our popular culture as well! Sometimes we’re subtle or wishy washy about it, sometimes it’s a great big squickfest, but these are our favorites because we find them fascinating.

We’d like to thank our runners up, Revolutionary Girl Utena (disqualified not because it doesn’t totally have incest in it like ALL the time, but because we put RGU on almost every power grid), Veronica Mars (because wow, that was complicated), Back to the Future, and Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch.

*I said “most universal,” so as to imply that it’s not entirely universal. As with all taboos (including, again, cannibalism) there are exceptions.

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  • Francesca M

    “I did the Nasty in the Pasty.”  – Fry

    Still one of my favorite running bits from the series. The reaction when he realizes that she’s actually his grandmother is freaking brilliant.

  • Erin Norris

    What, no Arrested Development love?

  • Anonymous

    I think this is my new favorite grid ever. For reals.

    Not canon, but you gotta love the Magus/Schala “implied action” in Chrono Trigger.

  • Nikki Lincoln

    Not including Veronica Mars on here means I will probably have to get rent the whole series from Netflix. Again. 

  • Sylvia

    “got the fifteen-year-old president of his fan club pregnant (the sex was consensual)”

    No. No, it wasn’t. By definition it wasn’t consensual, because the whole point of statutory rape is that the child isn’t old enough to give consent yet.

  • Anonymous

    You are correct. Doc definitely emotionally manipulated her into having sex with him. 

    By saying that it was “consensual” I meant imply that Doc did not force her to have sex with him with physical or violent means, which is of course not the actual meaning of the term. I should have been more clear, and I’m going to go edit the entry. My apologies. 

  • Ana Laura Lopes

    No Angel Sanctuary? :(

  • natface

    Ha, I just said the same thing to Susana!

  • Sarah

    You might want to take a second look at the “King Arthur and Mongrause [sic]” entry. There are a whole bunch of typos in there.

  • Femanon

    No Lestat and Gabrielle? Although I prefer Lestat with his little kitten Louis better, his love with Gabrielle is part of my wincest list.

  • Anonymous

    What about the kids from “Flowers in the Attic”?

  • Teresa Rebecca Cunningham

    The Hannah Montana pic isn’t Jackson/Hannah, it’s Jackson/Lily (Hannah’s best friend).

  • st3v1 f3rg

    Connor & Cordelia in Angel. Not technically incest, but close enough = all kinds of squicky.

  • Frodo Baggins

    You… have… a “wincest” list?


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  • Dave Lowe

    Let’s not Magenta and Riff Raff, the two aliens from planet Transexual Transylvania in the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Science fiction double feature, indeed!

  • Sylvia

    Thank you, I appreciate the correction.

  • Randy Bounder

    I thought I was the only person who ever read “Splinter of the Mind’s Eye.”  

    And I think that Futurama episode is one of the funniest ever.  ”Ohh, a lesson in not changing history from Mr. ‘I’m My Own Grandfather!’” 

  • Anonymous

    How about Hikaru and Kaoru From Ouran High School Host Club? Come on twincest for the win?

  • Nicole Winchester

    RGU SHOULD be on every power grid.  Nanami forever.

    (She didn’t want to sleep with her brother, just be him.  That’s my story, anyway.)

  • Anonymous

    Didn’t Lazarus Long sleep with his own mom toward the end of “Time Enough For Love”? I think that should have made the list.

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  • K

    Does Venture Bros. count?  Doesn’t incest require the two to be related by blood to each other?  Unless Hank’s half-brother’s mom was also *Hank’s* mom, I don’t see how it’s incest.

  • Kristin Frederickson

    “Jackson eventually gives up trying to be his sister’s girlfriend,”

    Double oops

  • Ernesto Jose Narvaez Osorio

    I hate you….. 

  • Anonymous

    Heck, what about the entire V.C. Andrews* canon?

    *The actual V.C. Andrews, not the “completist” who wrote everything after her car wreck.

  • Karen C

    I believe V.C. Andrews died of cancer, not in an accident.

  • Kim H

    I can’t be the only one who wanted to see Wincest on here, right? Right? You guys? Oh, I feel gross.

  • Niala Wesley

    I thought Winifred was closer to being a mother figure to Connor. She was the first to hold him, was there when Cordy was off on her sexcation with Groo, and was there taking care of him for the months that Angel was locked in a box in the ocean, Wesley was ostracized, and Cordelia was dangling in the sky waiting to be rescued.
    But yeah, it went from Cordy changing Connor’s diapers & asking if he should be circumcised to the very next season Jasmi-Cordy taking Connor’s virginity and impregnating herself/Cordy’s body with herself.
    Connor basically had sex with his own daughter (Jasmine) and she gave birth to herself. And during that time Angel was all goo eyed after her so basically Angel was in a love triangle with his son and granddaughter. Angel basically had a sex dream (that fake day) that involved his son telling him to forget that he (Connor) slept with his daughter (Jasmine) because she was always meant to be with her grandfather (Angel).

  • Niala Wesley

    It should definitely be on the list! It may be the most incestuous show I’ve ever watched.
    There is Michael/Lindsey (she admitted she was always attracted to him and tried to get him to have sex with her), Job/Lindsey (he wanted to have sex with her after finding out), Job/Michael (he slept with several women simply because he thought Michael had), George Michael/Maebe (they kissed and he was in love with her), Lucille/Buster, etc.