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1st Jun '16 1:34:21 AM Doug86
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* In ''Literature/{{Otherland}}'', Felix Jongleur, evil mastermind of the Grail Brotherhood, grew up in the UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne era and was sent to Cranleigh, a British boarding school that he remembers as a place of abject misery and torture, not the least of which because he is French. Even nearly two hundred years later (yes, he is that old), these memories give him BadDreams. Interestingly, they also cause him to pick Paul Jonas as his OppositeSexClone "daughter's" tutor, because he went to the same school, and this forms a minor plot point late in the story.

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* In ''Literature/{{Otherland}}'', Felix Jongleur, evil mastermind of the Grail Brotherhood, grew up in the UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne UsefulNotes/WorldWarI era and was sent to Cranleigh, a British boarding school that he remembers as a place of abject misery and torture, not the least of which because he is French. Even nearly two hundred years later (yes, he is that old), these memories give him BadDreams. Interestingly, they also cause him to pick Paul Jonas as his OppositeSexClone "daughter's" tutor, because he went to the same school, and this forms a minor plot point late in the story.
8th May '16 2:48:20 PM LondonKdS
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* There has been a saying in UK: ''When lower class boys turn bad, they are sent to borstal. When upper class boys turn bad, they are sent to boarding school.'' This implies that at least ''some'' UK boarding schools and institutions for juvenile delinquents are NotSoDifferent.

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* There has been a saying in UK: ''When lower class boys turn bad, they are sent to borstal. When upper class boys turn bad, they are sent to boarding school.'' This implies that at least ''some'' UK boarding schools and institutions for juvenile delinquents are NotSoDifferent. After the British politician Jonathan Aitken was imprisoned for perjury, he said that prison hadn't been too bad compared to boarding school.
6th May '16 2:18:03 AM Morgenthaler
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* David's boarding school in ''Literature/DavidCopperfield''. Had it not been for people like [[HandsomeDevil Steerforth]], Mr. Bell or Tommy Traddles, it would've been even worse. And it ''was'' pretty bad, thanks to [[SadistTeacher Mr.]] [[FatBastard Creakle]].

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* David's boarding school in ''Literature/DavidCopperfield''. Had it not been for people like [[HandsomeDevil Steerforth]], Steerforth, Mr. Bell or Tommy Traddles, it would've been even worse. And it ''was'' pretty bad, thanks to [[SadistTeacher Mr.]] [[FatBastard Creakle]].
4th May '16 6:59:00 AM Morgenthaler
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* The Graybridge school in "Tomkinson's Schooldays", the pilot episode of ''RippingYarns''. At Graybridge, School Bully is actually an official position functioning as a one-man AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil.

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* The Graybridge school in "Tomkinson's Schooldays", the pilot episode of ''RippingYarns''.''Series/RippingYarns''. At Graybridge, School Bully is actually an official position functioning as a one-man AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil.



* ''TowerPrep'', where kids with special gifts are knocked out and wake up at this school with no explanation, have no idea where they are, a giant wall keeps them from leaving, they are not allowed to contact the outside, and they are forced to act like they are simply normal students.
* Jennie Garth starred in a LifetimeMovie style ''WithoutConsent'' which is about teenage "re-education" facilities (see Real Life below). Along with torturing the students in their control, whether they've actually done anything wrong or not, the program ditches a clearly-troubled young man as soon as his parents' insurance runs out of money, claiming that he is now "cured". [[spoiler: He kills himself.]]

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* ''TowerPrep'', ''Series/TowerPrep'', where kids with special gifts are knocked out and wake up at this school with no explanation, have no idea where they are, a giant wall keeps them from leaving, they are not allowed to contact the outside, and they are forced to act like they are simply normal students.
* Jennie Garth starred in a LifetimeMovie style ''WithoutConsent'' ''Series/WithoutConsent'' which is about teenage "re-education" facilities (see Real Life below). Along with torturing the students in their control, whether they've actually done anything wrong or not, the program ditches a clearly-troubled young man as soon as his parents' insurance runs out of money, claiming that he is now "cured". [[spoiler: He kills himself.]]
28th Apr '16 11:14:08 AM TVRulezAgain
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* In ''Fanfic/SoulEaterTroubledSouls'', this is the type of school Ox attended before the Academy and even met Harvar here. It was called Washington Boarding School. If a student receives As, then they are golden. If not, well, this is where the nasty stuff comes in. {{Sadist Teacher}}s abound and an AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil is brought in to do something to students who make a B or lower on exams. CorporalPunishment and harsh lectures only scrape the surface. It is heavily implied worst punishments can be and have been inflicted. All this to ensure that their students are conditioned to make perfect markings, believing smarts are the most powerful tool ever.

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* In ''Fanfic/SoulEaterTroubledSouls'', this is the type of school Ox attended before the Academy and even met Harvar here. It was called Washington Boarding School. If a student receives As, then they are golden. If not, well, this is where the nasty stuff comes in. {{Sadist Teacher}}s abound and an AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil is brought in to do something to students who make a B or lower on exams. CorporalPunishment and harsh lectures only scrape the surface. It is heavily implied worst punishments can be and have been inflicted. All this to ensure that their students are conditioned to make perfect markings, believing smarts are the most powerful tool ever.



* ''Film/{{Scum}}'' offers an example of this trope, though in fact it is set in a borstal (what we would now call a young offenders' institute), so the less-than-pleasant nature of it is understandable...if not in any way justified, since some pretty horrific stuff happens. The film (and the play it was based on) were an AuthorTract against the institution of borstal, and the details are not entirely inaccurate.

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* ''Film/{{Scum}}'' offers an example of this trope, though in fact it is set in a borstal (what we would now call a young offenders' institute), so the less-than-pleasant nature of it is understandable...if not in any way justified, since some pretty horrific stuff happens. The film (and the play it was based on) were an AuthorTract against the institution of borstal, and the details are not entirely inaccurate.



** Even the original St. Trinian films and the Ronald Searle cartoons were pretty much like this,1950s style.

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** Even the original St. Trinian films and the Ronald Searle cartoons were pretty much like this,1950s style.



** You also find out that Hailsham is actually quite nice compared to the schools run by [[spoiler: people who approve of the whole scheme instead of reformers who settled for giving the clones normal(ish) childhoods when they realized that they couldn't convince the public to scrap the project entirely.]]

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** You also find out that Hailsham is actually quite nice compared to the schools run by [[spoiler: people who approve of the whole scheme instead of reformers who settled for giving the clones normal(ish) childhoods when they realized that they couldn't convince the public to scrap the project entirely.project.]]



* ''AChristmasCarol'' rounds out the Charles Dickens hat-trick: Ebenezer Scrooge spent his childhood years at one. Uniquely, ''A Christmas Carol's'' horror is on a more abstract, intellectual level: at Scrooge's school, his teachers strove to pound out any and all glimmers of imagination and fantasy and replace them with cold, hard, facts. Said teachers are not presented as out-and-out villains (indeed, we never see them as characters in their own right), but as practitioners of [[SocietyMarchesOn then-accepted teaching standards]]. As an amusing side note, the Ghost of Christmas Past effectively punctures Scrooge's NostalgiaFilter over his school days and forces him to confront what it ''really'' did.

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* ''AChristmasCarol'' rounds out the Charles Dickens hat-trick: Ebenezer Scrooge spent his childhood years at one. Uniquely, ''A Christmas Carol's'' horror is on a more abstract, intellectual level: at Scrooge's school, his teachers strove to pound out any and all glimmers of imagination and fantasy and replace them with cold, hard, facts. Said teachers are not presented as out-and-out villains (indeed, we never see them as characters in their own right), but as practitioners of [[SocietyMarchesOn then-accepted teaching standards]]. As an amusing side note, the The Ghost of Christmas Past effectively punctures Scrooge's NostalgiaFilter over his school days and forces him to confront what it ''really'' did.



* The school in Creator/MercedesLackey's ''[[Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar Brightly Burning]]'' isn't a boarding school, but otherwise matches this trope. An elite group of "sixth form" students can get away with anything, including severely beating a younger boy for not stealing on their behalf. At least until they manage to cause a TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening to the lead character (the one who would go on to be called Lavan '''[[PlayingWithFire Firestorm]]''') and got most of themselves killed. The incident was so big that it got the ''[[TheGoodKing King]]'' himself aware of things. Considering what Valdemar is built on (it's basically what America is ''supposed'' to be at heart, enforced thanks to the Companions) no one is pleased at all and a very swift and permanent reform is forced on the school, with plenty of people and rich families who knew what was really going on punished as well.

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* The school in Creator/MercedesLackey's ''[[Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar Brightly Burning]]'' isn't a boarding school, but otherwise matches this trope. An elite group of "sixth form" students can get away with anything, including severely beating a younger boy for not stealing on their behalf. At least until they manage to cause a TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening to the lead character (the one who would go on to be called Lavan '''[[PlayingWithFire Firestorm]]''') and got most of themselves killed. The incident was so big that it got the ''[[TheGoodKing King]]'' himself aware of things. Considering what Valdemar is built on (it's basically what America is ''supposed'' to be at heart, enforced thanks to the Companions) no one is pleased at all and a very swift and permanent reform is forced on the school, with plenty of people and rich families who knew what was really going on punished as well.



** Another example is (potentially) Durmstrang Institute, first mentioned in ''Goblet of Fire'', which is one of the premier wizarding schools of Europe. We never actually ''see'' Durmstrang, but there's tell that the faculty and students are cruel and that it involves setting people on fire. It also doesn't help that their headmaster, Igor Karkaroff, was one of [[BigBad Voldemort]]'s minions before the events of the series ''or'' that it was the school where Gellert Grindelwald (who is basically the wizarding world's version of Hitler) attended as a student before he [[EvenEvilHasStandards was expelled for "twisted experiments".]]

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** Another example is (potentially) Durmstrang Institute, first mentioned in ''Goblet of Fire'', which is one of the premier wizarding schools of Europe. We never actually ''see'' Durmstrang, but there's tell that the faculty and students are cruel and that it involves setting people on fire. It also doesn't help that their headmaster, Igor Karkaroff, was one of [[BigBad Voldemort]]'s minions before the events of the series ''or'' that it was the school where Gellert Grindelwald (who is basically the wizarding world's version of Hitler) attended as a student before he [[EvenEvilHasStandards was expelled for "twisted experiments".]]



* The Prufrock Preparatory school in ''The Austere Academy'', Book The Fifth of ''ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents''. The buildings are even shaped like ''gravestones''. The school is run by Vice Principal Nero. When the Baudelaire siblings first arrive he informs them about the fine dormitories they have, but that unless students have parental permission, they must sleep on hay in a tin shack (known as the Orphan's Shack). He considers himself to be a genius and thinks that he plays the violin well, but in fact he is unworthy, stupid, mean, arrogant, obnoxious, annoying, and cannot play the violin well at all. Nonetheless, students must attend his lengthy violin recitals every day, or else they must buy him a large bag of candy and watch him eat it. The Baudelaires are forced to live in the Orphans' Shack which is infested with crabs, fungus drips from the ceiling, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and the tin walls are covered in horrible wallpaper (green with pink hearts)]]. They are also regularly bullied by a rude, violent girl named Carmelita Spats and Sunny (a baby) is made to be a secretary for Nero. There's also a rule that if students are late to class (or Sunny is late to work) their hands will be tied behind their backs during meals and they'll have to "lean down at eat their food like a dog". Sunny has her silverware taken away because she must work in the administrative building where students are not allowed. Also if students are late to meals (which are not at specified times) their glasses are taken away and beverages are served in large puddles on the trays.

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* The Prufrock Preparatory school in ''The Austere Academy'', Book The Fifth of ''ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents''.''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents''. The buildings are even shaped like ''gravestones''. The school is run by Vice Principal Nero. When the Baudelaire siblings first arrive he informs them about the fine dormitories they have, but that unless students have parental permission, they must sleep on hay in a tin shack (known as the Orphan's Shack). He considers himself to be a genius and thinks that he plays the violin well, but in fact he is unworthy, stupid, mean, arrogant, obnoxious, annoying, and cannot play the violin well at all. Nonetheless, students must attend his lengthy violin recitals every day, or else they must buy him a large bag of candy and watch him eat it. The Baudelaires are forced to live in the Orphans' Shack which is infested with crabs, fungus drips from the ceiling, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and the tin walls are covered in horrible wallpaper (green with pink hearts)]]. They are also regularly bullied by a rude, violent girl named Carmelita Spats and Sunny (a baby) is made to be a secretary for Nero. There's also a rule that if students are late to class (or Sunny is late to work) their hands will be tied behind their backs during meals and they'll have to "lean down at eat their food like a dog". Sunny has her silverware taken away because she must work in the administrative building where students are not allowed. Also if students are late to meals (which are not at specified times) their glasses are taken away and beverages are served in large puddles on the trays.



* In ''Literature/RedPlanet'', the main characters are sent to a dispassionately oppressive boarding school where the headmaster attempts to steal the hero's (sentient) pet and the heroes discover a plot against the entire colony.

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* In ''Literature/RedPlanet'', the main characters are sent to a dispassionately oppressive boarding school where the headmaster attempts to steal the hero's (sentient) pet and the heroes discover a plot against the entire colony.



* [[TropeBreaker Broken]] in ''Series/{{Zoey 101}}''. The boarding school is so perfect it's literally unbelievable.

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* [[TropeBreaker Broken]] in ''Series/{{Zoey 101}}''. The boarding school is so perfect it's literally unbelievable.



* In VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic and its sequels, the Korriban Sith Academy doesn't just live down to the reputation, it ''revels'' in it. Teachers backstabbing one another, students backstabbing one another, recruits sent to the school just to become saber fodder, a student complaining that they've run out of unarmed, starving prisoners for him to kill, and even a torture chamber on school grounds. [[DrunkOntheDarkSide Then again, we are]] [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity talking about the Sith]].

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* In VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic and its sequels, the Korriban Sith Academy doesn't just live down to the reputation, it ''revels'' in it. Teachers backstabbing one another, students backstabbing one another, recruits sent to the school just to become saber fodder, a student complaining that they've run out of unarmed, starving prisoners for him to kill, and even a torture chamber on school grounds. [[DrunkOntheDarkSide Then again, we are]] [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity talking about the Sith]].



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': "The Secret War of Lisa Simpson" showcases the military school example. Although that was something of a subversion; the school itself was fairly decent (the principal even seemed a fair and friendly man) and the only abuse we see was focused entirely on Bart and Lisa (later only Lisa), and was based on other students resenting Lisa for being given the good dorm.
** Well, that and the DeathCourse that's getting retired at the end of the year due to silly things like "students dying". Before they had THAT, the school year used to be finished off with a full-out battle royale between the students. Keep in mind, the students here are CHILDREN, most of them not older than 10.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': "The Secret War of Lisa Simpson" showcases the military school example. Although that was something of a subversion; the school itself was fairly decent (the principal even seemed a fair and friendly man) and the only abuse we see was focused entirely on Bart and Lisa (later only Lisa), and was based on other students resenting Lisa for being given the good dorm.
** Well, that and the DeathCourse that's getting retired at the end of the year due to silly things like "students dying". Before they had THAT, the school year used to be finished off with a full-out battle royale between the students. Keep in mind, the The students here are CHILDREN, most of them not older than 10.
21st Apr '16 1:48:11 AM LeGeekSherChic
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* Sokolov Academy from Webcomic/BadMoonRising more than qualifies for both students and staff. Deformed werewolves lived in the basement, multiple teachers used their positions to sexually abuse their students, children were used as hostages against their parents, and every headmaster the school ever had met a grisly, violent end at the hands of a student.
20th Apr '16 11:09:14 AM SilentStranger
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* ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}'' takes place in one of these. It starts out miserable and ends up just really sucky. Cliques run the school, classism runs rampant, and physical violence is the only way to solve your problems. It ascribes more to the AdultsAreUseless end of things, though, so there isn't a SadistTeacher.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}'' takes place in one of these. It starts out miserable and ends up just really sucky. Cliques run the school, classism runs rampant, the prefects are thuggish and violent, and physical violence is the only way to solve your problems. It ascribes more to About the AdultsAreUseless end only thing it doesnt have is corporal punishment, since the game is set in present day, and physical abuse of things, the students would lead to a PR nightmare. Not that the resident SadistTeacher and DeanBitterman doesnt have other ways of making you miserable. Unusual for this trope though, so there isn't quite a SadistTeacher.few teachers are very nice, most notably the art teacher Miss Phillips and the English teacher Mr Calloway.



** Well, that and the DeathCourse that's getting retired at the end of the year due to silly things like "students dying".

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** Well, that and the DeathCourse that's getting retired at the end of the year due to silly things like "students dying". Before they had THAT, the school year used to be finished off with a full-out battle royale between the students. Keep in mind, the students here are CHILDREN, most of them not older than 10.
19th Apr '16 10:55:47 AM GlassRain
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* ''Radio/BleakExpectations'': [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast St Bastard's]].

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* ''Radio/BleakExpectations'': [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast [[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace St Bastard's]].
19th Apr '16 10:51:45 AM GlassRain
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* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' fic [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5055274/1/The-Graduation-Class The Graduation Class]], a younger Miss Alice Band revisits her own schooldays at the Quirm Academy for Young Ladies, ''far'' less fondly than Sybil Ramkin does. To Alice, schooldays became purgatorial, following an all-too-brief visit to Paradise. Miss Butts and Miss Delcross are seen far less sympathetically and come out as somewhat hypocritical[[note]]There is a strong implicatiion, even in canon, that Delcross and Butts are not just unmarried spinsters of a certain age - they are a long-standing lesbian couple themselves.[[/note]], in that Alice is punished both by the School and her own father for breaking one of the most fundamental rules in ''any'' single-sex boarding school. Her latter years there are Hell at the hands of both unkind peers and head-teachers who are closely watching her for any further infractions. This colours her later career as a boarding-school teacher at the Assassins' Guild School, where she resolves never to punish any of her girls for the same "crime" and to protect and guide them if she can. (See ''Literature: The Historical Illuminatus'', below.)

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* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' fic [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5055274/1/The-Graduation-Class The Graduation Class]], a younger Miss Alice Band revisits her own schooldays at the Quirm Academy for Young Ladies, ''far'' less fondly than Sybil Ramkin does. To Alice, schooldays became purgatorial, following an all-too-brief visit to Paradise. Miss Butts and Miss Delcross are seen far less sympathetically and come out as somewhat hypocritical[[note]]There is a strong implicatiion, implication, even in canon, that Delcross and Butts are not just unmarried spinsters of a certain age - they are a long-standing lesbian couple themselves.[[/note]], in that Alice is punished both by the School and her own father for breaking one of the most fundamental rules in ''any'' single-sex boarding school. Her latter years there are Hell at the hands of both unkind peers and head-teachers who are closely watching her for any further infractions. This colours her later career as a boarding-school teacher at the Assassins' Guild School, where she resolves never to punish any of her girls for the same "crime" and to protect and guide them if she can. (See ''Literature: The Historical Illuminatus'', below.)



* ''Literature/{{Murderess}} features a [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] version of this trope. The James Centre Boarding School is shabby and grey, the food served in the cafeteria is awful (rumours say that a boy who ate everything he was served for a week [[LethalChef died because of it]]), the teachers are a bit mean and grating (but by no means blatantly sadistic), and the magic-wielding AlphaBitch Bridget seems to terrorise her fellow student, but all in all, it could be much worse.

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* ''Literature/{{Murderess}} ''Literature/{{Murderess}}'' features a [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] version of this trope. The James Centre Boarding School is shabby and grey, the food served in the cafeteria is awful (rumours say that a boy who ate everything he was served for a week [[LethalChef died because of it]]), the teachers are a bit mean and grating (but by no means blatantly sadistic), and the magic-wielding AlphaBitch Bridget seems to terrorise her fellow student, but all in all, it could be much worse.



* [[TropeBreaker Broken]] in ''Series/{{Zoey 101}}''. The bording school is so perfect it's literally unbelievable.

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* [[TropeBreaker Broken]] in ''Series/{{Zoey 101}}''. The bording boarding school is so perfect it's literally unbelievable.



* ''Radio/BleakExpectations'': St Bastard's.

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* ''Radio/BleakExpectations'': [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast St Bastard's.Bastard's]].



* Henry from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' was sent to a [[WizardingSchool magical-based]] version of these in the English version of the game [[spoiler: after he awoke to his powers and [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge killed those]] who murdered his OnlyFriend, the local wolf]]. (The Japanese original only mentions "an institution", likely an OrphanageOfFear). And [[BloodKnight it]] [[AxCrazy didn't]] [[SociopathicHero do him]] [[BlueAndOrangeMorality many]] [[CutePsycho favors.]] (Moreso in the English version)

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* Henry from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' was sent to a [[WizardingSchool magical-based]] version of these in the English version of the game [[spoiler: after he awoke to his powers and [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge killed those]] who murdered his OnlyFriend, the local wolf]]. (The Japanese original only mentions "an institution", likely an OrphanageOfFear). And [[BloodKnight it]] [[AxCrazy didn't]] [[SociopathicHero do him]] [[BlueAndOrangeMorality many]] [[CutePsycho favors.]] (Moreso (More so in the English version)
12th Apr '16 12:47:11 AM Dravencour
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* The Italian horror film ''Film/{{Suspiria}}'', which has a dance academy [[spoiler:run by a coven of witches.]]

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* The Italian horror film ''Film/{{Suspiria}}'', which has a dance academy [[spoiler:run by a coven of truly evil witches.]]
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