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2nd Oct '17 11:48:57 AM SeptimusHeap
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* This is what happens to Lily Floris in the 1864 novel ''[[https://books.google.com/books?id=E_dBAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false Quite Alone]]'' by George Sala. Initially left at a strict but reasonable boarding school, she later ends up dumped in one of these. The Pension Marcassin is a hellhole that makes Dickens' worst schools look good. Even the best students are ridiculed as completely without merit, the rules are set up so that it is impossible not to break them, punishments are sadistic and the food is ghastly. Lily isn't even a student most of the seven years she spends there; her tuition money runs out and she ends up like ''[[ALittlePrincess Sara Crewe]]'', an indentured servant.

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* This is what happens to Lily Floris in the 1864 novel ''[[https://books.google.com/books?id=E_dBAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false Quite Alone]]'' by George Sala. Initially left at a strict but reasonable boarding school, she later ends up dumped in one of these. The Pension Marcassin is a hellhole that makes Dickens' worst schools look good. Even the best students are ridiculed as completely without merit, the rules are set up so that it is impossible not to break them, punishments are sadistic and the food is ghastly. Lily isn't even a student most of the seven years she spends there; her tuition money runs out and she ends up like ''[[ALittlePrincess ''[[Literature/ALittlePrincess Sara Crewe]]'', an indentured servant.
30th Aug '17 2:50:19 AM nighttrainfm
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** ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'' features 71-Hour-Ahmed, a warrior [[spoiler: and CowboyCop]] from Klatch who attended the Assassin's Guild school. He notes that seven years of an Ankh-Morpork public school "patronized by the sons of gentlemen", life among the most feared warrior tribe in Klatch is an absolute picnic.
15th Aug '17 12:35:29 PM SkylaNoivern
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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. About the only thing it doesnt have is corporal punishment, since the game is set in present day, and physical abuse of 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, quite a few teachers are very nice, most notably the art teacher Miss Phillips and the English teacher Mr Calloway.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}'' takes place in one of these.these - Bullworth Academy. 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. About the only thing it doesnt doesn't have is corporal punishment, since the game is set in present day, and physical abuse of the students would lead to a PR nightmare. Not that the resident SadistTeacher [[SadistTeacher Sadist Prefects]] and DeanBitterman doesnt don't have other ways of making you miserable. Unusual for this trope though, quite a few teachers are very nice, most notably the art teacher Miss Phillips Philips and the English teacher [[TheAlcoholic Mr Calloway.Galloway]].
18th Jul '17 6:05:09 PM JohnnyHuang
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* ''Manga/{{Shitsurakuen}}'''s Utopia Academy, and specially for the girls, the guys have it easier as they can treat the girls anyway they want.

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* ''Manga/ResidentEvilTheMarhawaDesire'': Even before the outbreak, Marhawa Academy is not the nicest school to attend. The first chapter's title of the first volume, "[[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace Academy of Tragedy]]", should tell you something about it. To the rest of the world Marhawa Academy is a wonderful place, and headmistress Gracia spends much of the manga trying to keep it that way.
* ''Manga/{{Shitsurakuen}}'''s Utopia Academy, and specially for the girls, the guys have it easier as they can treat the girls anyway any way they want.



* ''LightNovel/SundayWithoutGod'' has Goran Academy in the third arc. Children with special abilities are kidnapped by the staff and aren't allowed to leave, and the trigger-happy headmistress prefers to use her revolver to keep the students in line.



* ''LightNovel/SundayWithoutGod'' has Goran Academy in the third arc. Children with special abilities are kidnapped by the staff and aren't allowed to leave, and the trigger-happy headmistress prefers to use her revolver to keep the students in line.

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* ''LightNovel/SundayWithoutGod'' has Goran Academy in the third arc. Children with special abilities are kidnapped by the staff and aren't allowed to leave, and the trigger-happy headmistress prefers to use her revolver to keep the students in line.
18th Jun '17 1:21:41 PM nombretomado
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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. (This is also in Dickens' ''Hard Times''). 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]]. 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'' ''Literature/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. (This is also in Dickens' ''Hard Times''). 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]]. The Ghost of Christmas Past effectively punctures Scrooge's NostalgiaFilter over his school days and forces him to confront what it ''really'' did.
14th Jun '17 9:30:44 PM nombretomado
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* Cackle's Academy in ''TheWorstWitch'' teeters on being an example. The school is described as cold during the winter and the girls are forced to spend break outdoors even when it's cold. The food is also always served cold (mostly because it takes half an hour to carry up to the Great Hall from the kitchens). And while there is a SadistTeacher Miss Hardbroom and a few strict others, the headmistress Miss Cackle is good natured and friendly. The school's conditions are all in the name of tradition rather than any desire to be cruel. The TV series does also help make the school a little more welcoming.

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* Cackle's Academy in ''TheWorstWitch'' ''Literature/TheWorstWitch'' teeters on being an example. The school is described as cold during the winter and the girls are forced to spend break outdoors even when it's cold. The food is also always served cold (mostly because it takes half an hour to carry up to the Great Hall from the kitchens). And while there is a SadistTeacher Miss Hardbroom and a few strict others, the headmistress Miss Cackle is good natured and friendly. The school's conditions are all in the name of tradition rather than any desire to be cruel. The TV series does also help make the school a little more welcoming.
11th Jun '17 9:01:18 PM jtierney50
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* WesternAnimation/{{Archer}} attended several boarding schools in his youth, almost all of which were horribly traumatic experiences. He rarely had any friends, he was frequently forgotten there by Mallory, and in one episode, it's revealed he got pnuemonia from being swirlied in a toilet filled with pee.
2nd Jun '17 8:52:44 AM Madrugada
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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.
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2nd Jun '17 8:50:10 AM Madrugada
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* [[TropeBreaker Broken]] in ''Series/{{Zoey 101}}''. The boarding school is so perfect it's unbelievable.
2nd Jun '17 8:37:26 AM Madrugada
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A sub-trope of this is the Day School of Horrors, of which the most notable exponent was probably the Overly Strict Catholic School (circa 1930-1960). It was bad enough when [[SternNun the nuns could make you stand in a trash can or beat you with a yardstick in front of the class for such minor infractions as improperly polished shoes or sneezing in church, all the while telling you that beating the tar out of your living body was good for your immortal soul]]. Got turned UpToEleven when we all found out the extent of sexual assault at the hands of the clergy. In Australia at least this was paralleled in the state-run orphanages, in which the sexual abuse of minors was also depressingly common...

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A sub-trope subcategory of this is the Day School of Horrors, Horrors: same sort of which thing, but the most notable exponent was probably kids get to go home at the Overly Strict end of each day; The more common types of this variant tend to be schools run by religious organizations, Catholic School (circa 1930-1960). It was bad enough when [[SternNun the nuns could make you stand in a trash can or beat you with a yardstick in front of the class for such minor infractions as improperly polished shoes or sneezing in church, all the while telling you that beating the tar out of your living body was good for your immortal soul]]. Got turned UpToEleven when we all found out the extent of sexual assault at the hands of the clergy. In Australia at least this was paralleled in the state-run orphanages, in which the sexual abuse of minors was also depressingly common...
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* ''Manga/AliceAcademy'' has the titular school, which seems to involve children being abused horribly, sent on dangerous missions and forbidden to contact their families.

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* ''Manga/AliceAcademy'' has the titular title school, which seems to involve children being abused horribly, sent on dangerous missions and forbidden to contact their families.
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