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8th Aug '16 9:23:43 PM eowynjedi
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* ''Literature/WolfHall'' opens with young Thomas Cromwell being so badly beaten by his father Walter that his own sister can barely recognize him. She and her husband are too intimidated by Walter to even be able to protect Thomas under their own roof--as is the rest of Putney--so Thomas leaves England entirely to find mercenary work on the Continent. Years later, after he returns and starts his own family, Thomas promises himself he'll give his children the loving upbringing he was denied and refuses to even consider letting them anywhere near Walter.
16th Jul '16 5:09:17 PM AshlynNyx
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* Creator/VCAndrews: A favorite trope. A particularly horrific example is found in Literature/TheCasteelSeries, where not only does Jill Tatterton refuse to believe her daughter Leigh when she tells her that her stepfather Tony raped her (instead believing Tony's claim that the ''14-year-old'' Leigh attempted to seduce him), in a later book it's implied that Jill offered Leigh to Tony when she refused to continue having sex with him, believing that it would diminish her youth and beauty.

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* Creator/VCAndrews: A favorite trope. A Creator/VCAndrews, the woman herself and her [[OutliveItsCreator ghostwriter]], use this a lot.
** All over the place in ''Literature/TheCasteelSeries''. Heaven is neglected by her [[spoiler:step]]father Luke since he believes that Heaven was the cause of her mother Leigh's death. Speaking of which, Leigh went through a
particularly horrific horrible example is found in Literature/TheCasteelSeries, where not only does Jill Tatterton refuse of this with her own mother Jillian, who [[spoiler:refused to believe her daughter that Leigh when she tells her that was being raped by her stepfather Tony raped her (instead believing Tony's claim and actually believed that the ''14-year-old'' (14-year-old) Leigh attempted to seduce him), had seduced him]]. It gets worse in a later book it's implied that Jill offered the prequel ''Web of Dreams'', where Jillian [[spoiler:intentionally used Leigh to 'distract' Tony when she refused to continue having sex so that he wouldn't tire Jillian out with him, believing that it his need for sex, which she believed would diminish ruin her youth and beauty.beauty.
** Corrine from the ''Literature/DollangangerSeries'' didn't really start out as abusive, but her obvious self-centeredness and greed led to her keeping her children locked up for three years [[spoiler:and she eventually decided to just poison them to get rid of them once and for all (and succeeded with one of the younger kids)]].
** Damian Adare in ''Literature/MySweetAudrina''. He abuses his illegitimate daughter Vera, and his obsession with getting the First Audrina 'back' drives him to emotionally abuse the Second Audrina. [[spoiler:It gets worse when it is revealed that the two Audrinas are indeed the same person, and that he has been gaslighting her for years]].
13th Jul '16 2:21:47 AM PaulA
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* VCAndrews: A favorite trope of his. A particularly horrific example is found in the ''Casteel'' series, where not only does Jill Tatterton refuse to believe her daughter Leigh when she tells her that her stepfather Tony raped her (instead believing Tony's claim that the ''14-year-old'' Leigh attempted to seduce him), in a later book it's implied that Jill offered Leigh to Tony when she refused to continue having sex with him, believing that it would diminish her youth and beauty.

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* VCAndrews: Creator/VCAndrews: A favorite trope of his. trope. A particularly horrific example is found in the ''Casteel'' series, Literature/TheCasteelSeries, where not only does Jill Tatterton refuse to believe her daughter Leigh when she tells her that her stepfather Tony raped her (instead believing Tony's claim that the ''14-year-old'' Leigh attempted to seduce him), in a later book it's implied that Jill offered Leigh to Tony when she refused to continue having sex with him, believing that it would diminish her youth and beauty.
29th Jun '16 5:16:51 PM nombretomado
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* ''TheAdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn'': Huckleberry Finn's [[TheAlcoholic alcoholic]] dad beats him, verbally abuses him, takes his money to buy whiskey, leaves him to live on the streets, and at one point kidnaps him and keeps him hidden in the woods. In ''TheAdventuresOfTomSawyer'' it's implied that he also abused Huck's [[MissingMom late mother]]--"They used to fight all the time."

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* ''TheAdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn'': ''Literature/AdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn'': Huckleberry Finn's [[TheAlcoholic alcoholic]] dad beats him, verbally abuses him, takes his money to buy whiskey, leaves him to live on the streets, and at one point kidnaps him and keeps him hidden in the woods. In ''TheAdventuresOfTomSawyer'' ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfTomSawyer'' it's implied that he also abused Huck's [[MissingMom late mother]]--"They used to fight all the time."
27th Jun '16 9:39:38 PM Resolution
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* ''Literature/AnEmberInTheAshes'' has the Commandant, who teams up with her sons rivals for succession and therefore tries to kill him. She doesn't single him out in training, but she's never imparted any maternal love (except for the first few hours of his life).
13th May '16 11:04:03 PM Doug86
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* ''CloudOfSparrows'': Emily was raped by her [[WickedStepmother evil stepfather]], and her brothers were regularly whipped and beaten at the slightest pretext.

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* ''CloudOfSparrows'': ''Literature/CloudOfSparrows'': Emily was raped by her [[WickedStepmother evil stepfather]], and her brothers were regularly whipped and beaten at the slightest pretext.
10th May '16 5:18:04 PM Lokoron
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* Austin, the protagonist of ''Literature/HollowPlaces,'' went through three sets of parents/guardians. His biological parents were authoritarian cult leaders. Later, he and his sister were taken in by their older brother and his girlfriend, who both eventually began to neglect them and became domestic terrorists. They forced the two children under their care to sit in the crossfire when they were beset by an attack drone, resulting in Austin suffering horrific injuries and his sister's death. Luckily, the foster parents who took Austin in were good people.
8th May '16 1:32:34 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''InDeath'' series:

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5th May '16 4:24:09 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''KnightAndRogueSeries'': Michael's father comes off as just a strict man with his sons. One who also told Michael that being honest was the only thing he could do right, and who was willing to let him go off as a man with no legal rights to try and take down a murder suspect to win favor with a higher authority figure, and who permanently stripped away those legal rights to try and force a life on Michael that he knew his son didn't want.

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* ''KnightAndRogueSeries'': ''Literature/KnightAndRogueSeries'': Michael's father comes off as just a strict man with his sons. One who also told Michael that being honest was the only thing he could do right, and who was willing to let him go off as a man with no legal rights to try and take down a murder suspect to win favor with a higher authority figure, and who permanently stripped away those legal rights to try and force a life on Michael that he knew his son didn't want.
30th Apr '16 12:55:37 PM TVRulezAgain
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* ''ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'': Count Olaf was the Baudelaires' legal guardian, and, really, he covered all the abuses. He hit Klaus, called Sunny names, and was going to force Violet to marry him, all to get the family fortune. It was mainly played for dark comedy, but in TheMovie, Olaf's abuse was a bit less comedic and a bit more shocking. The Baudelaires also managed to avoid the FreudianExcuse and grew up fairly well because they had each other to lean on despite the horrors plaguing them.

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* ''ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'': ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'': Count Olaf was the Baudelaires' legal guardian, and, really, he covered all the abuses. He hit Klaus, called Sunny names, and was going to force Violet to marry him, all to get the family fortune. It was mainly played for dark comedy, but in TheMovie, Olaf's abuse was a bit less comedic and a bit more shocking. The Baudelaires also managed to avoid the FreudianExcuse and grew up fairly well because they had each other to lean on despite the horrors plaguing them.
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