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9th Oct '17 10:02:31 AM intastiel
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* Subverted in ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' novella ''Edgedancer''. Lift suspects that the Stump is using her orphanage as a money-laundering operation because she receives donations in [[{{Mana}}Stormlight]]-infused currency but pays exclusively in (less valuable) non-infused money. Ultimately, she realizes that [[spoiler:the Stump is an untrained Surgebinder who's been subconsciously draining the Stormlight to heal the children under her supervision]].

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* Subverted in ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' novella ''Edgedancer''. Lift suspects that the Stump is using her orphanage as a money-laundering operation because she receives donations in [[{{Mana}}Stormlight]]-infused [[{{Mana}} Stormlight]]-infused currency but pays exclusively in (less valuable) non-infused money. Ultimately, she realizes that [[spoiler:the Stump is an untrained Surgebinder who's been subconsciously draining the Stormlight to heal the children under her supervision]].
9th Oct '17 10:02:15 AM intastiel
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* Subverted in ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' novella ''Edgedancer''. Lift suspects that the Stump is using her orphanage as a money-laundering operation because she receives donations in [[{{Mana}}Stormlight]]-infused currency but pays exclusively in (less valuable) non-infused money. Ultimately, she realizes that [[spoiler:the Stump is an untrained Surgebinder who's been subconsciously draining the Stormlight to heal the children under her supervision]].
31st Aug '17 6:27:01 PM foxley
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* Ruth starts out this way in Literature/TheGirlNextDoor. It turns horrible very quickly.

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* Ruth starts out this way in Literature/TheGirlNextDoor.''Literature/TheGirlNextDoor''. It turns horrible very quickly.


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* ''Literature/JoePickett'': The foster home where April winds up in ''Below Zero'' is taking in as many foster kids as possible for the money provided by the state, keeping the kids in terrible conditions, and the foster father is pimping the girls out. The scam is exposed after one of the girls runs away.
31st Aug '17 6:15:55 PM foxley
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* In ''Theatre/TheMousetrap'' it is mentioned that PosthumousCharacter Maureen Lyon and her husband had used their three foster children as essentially slave labour on their farm, with their ill-treatment resulting in the death of one of the children.

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17th Aug '17 6:26:03 AM CosmicFerret
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* There's a family like this in Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's "not quite a remake of ''Film/TheParentTrap'' movie, ''Film/ItTakesTwo''.

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* There's a family like this in Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's "not quite a remake remake" of ''Film/TheParentTrap'' movie, ''Film/ItTakesTwo''.
9th May '17 2:20:26 PM tromag
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* Played for BlackComedy in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', Bender adopts a houseful of orphans for the government checks, but then [[FunnyRobot realizes that the kids expect to be fed]], which keeps him from making a profit. He ultimately tries to break even by attempting to [[ComedicSociopathy ''sell the children to a slaughterhouse'']] before he's caught.

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* Played for BlackComedy in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', Bender adopts a houseful of orphans for the government checks, but then [[FunnyRobot realizes that the kids expect to be fed]], which keeps him from making a profit. He ultimately tries to break even by attempting to [[ComedicSociopathy ''sell sell the children to a slaughterhouse'']] slaughterhouse]] before he's caught.
9th May '17 2:19:27 PM tromag
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* Seen in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', where Bender is told the government gives checks for adopting orphans. He learns later he's supposed to use that money to take care of the kids, and that the government stipend barely covers it. Ironically, despite the abuse, the kids love him. He then tries to break even by selling the kids as food.
-->'''Police officer:''' "You're under arrest for [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking child cruelty, child endangerment, depriving children of food, selling children as food and misrepresenting the weight of livestock.]]"

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* Seen Played for BlackComedy in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', where Bender is told adopts a houseful of orphans for the government gives checks for adopting orphans. He learns later he's supposed to use that money to take care of the kids, and checks, but then [[FunnyRobot realizes that the government stipend barely covers it. Ironically, despite the abuse, the kids love him. expect to be fed]], which keeps him from making a profit. He then ultimately tries to break even by selling attempting to [[ComedicSociopathy ''sell the kids as food.
children to a slaughterhouse'']] before he's caught.
-->'''Police officer:''' "You're under arrest for [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking [[LongList child cruelty, child endangerment, depriving children of food, selling children as food ''as'' food]] and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking misrepresenting the weight of livestock.]]"
7th Feb '17 6:51:57 PM NineballCirno
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* In [[GoldenAgeOfComics the old days]], [[{{Shazam}} Billy Batson]]'s back story involved living with an EvilUncle named Ebeneezer who tried to force him to steal money for him, who later stole some money that Billy was set to inherit from another relative. By that point Billy had run off and wound up living on the street.

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* In [[GoldenAgeOfComics [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks the old days]], [[{{Shazam}} [[ComicBooks/{{Shazam}} Billy Batson]]'s back story involved living with an EvilUncle named Ebeneezer who tried to force him to steal money for him, who later stole some money that Billy was set to inherit from another relative. By that point Billy had run off and wound up living on the street.



* Seen in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', where Bender is told the goverment gives checks for adopting orphans. He learns later he's supposed to use that money to take care of the kids, and that the government stipend barely covers it. Ironically, despite the abuse, the kids love him. He then tries to break even by selling the kids as food.

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* Seen in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', where Bender is told the goverment government gives checks for adopting orphans. He learns later he's supposed to use that money to take care of the kids, and that the government stipend barely covers it. Ironically, despite the abuse, the kids love him. He then tries to break even by selling the kids as food.



* Occured in ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyDucks'' with Buzz Blitzman, a ChildProdigy who was pretty much ''confined'' by the company he was in the custody of since he could come up with great tech ideas for them and they didn't want to "risk" him by letting him out into the dangers of the real world, causing him to run away. They wouldn't even let him ''go to hockey games'' when he wanted to, which was implied to be pretty much the ''one'' thing that would have kept him from running away in the first place. While initially a BrattyHalfPint who drove the ducks nuts, once this side of him comes out his idol Mallery uses the events of the episode to help him get out more often.
* {{Inverted}} on ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''--[[SatisfiedStreetRat Kai]] grew up in an orphanage until he was adopted by a nice family...whom he proceeded to rob blind before running away. Soon after he gets [[BlowYouAway Airbending]] powers and is reluctantly taken in by Team Avatar, only for him to screw ''them'' over too. Fortunately, [[BreakTheHaughty he gets his comeuppance]] and improves shortly thereafter.

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* Occured Occurred in ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyDucks'' with Buzz Blitzman, a ChildProdigy who was pretty much ''confined'' by the company he was in the custody of since he could come up with great tech ideas for them and they didn't want to "risk" him by letting him out into the dangers of the real world, causing him to run away. They wouldn't even let him ''go to hockey games'' when he wanted to, which was implied to be pretty much the ''one'' thing that would have kept him from running away in the first place. While initially a BrattyHalfPint who drove the ducks nuts, once this side of him comes out his idol Mallery uses the events of the episode to help him get out more often.
* {{Inverted}} {{Inverted|Trope}} on ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''--[[SatisfiedStreetRat Kai]] grew up in an orphanage until he was adopted by a nice family...whom he proceeded to rob blind before running away. Soon after he gets [[BlowYouAway Airbending]] powers and is reluctantly taken in by Team Avatar, only for him to screw ''them'' over too. Fortunately, [[BreakTheHaughty he gets his comeuppance]] and improves shortly thereafter.
1st Oct '16 9:35:44 AM GlitteringFlowers
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* In ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', Mrs.Kudo/Mrs.Edagawa eventually shows up and asks the Moores to take care of her son a little while longer. Richard wasn't very keen on the idea until she handed him the $10,000 (1 million yen in the original) check for Conan's expenses.

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* In ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', Mrs.Kudo/Mrs.Edagawa Yukiko Kudo eventually shows up and asks the Moores Mouris to take keep taking care of [[FountainOfYouth her son "young son"]] a little while longer. Richard Ran's father Kogoro wasn't very keen on the idea until she handed him the $10,000 (1 million yen in the original) check for Conan's expenses.expenses. The whole situation is PlayedForLaughs.
29th Aug '16 11:16:18 AM Wordpainter
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** Thankfully, this particular variant is specifically prevented from becoming TruthInTelevision by special restrictions that apply to any research, clinical trials, or other studies that intend to enroll wards of the state as subjects. Such research can only enroll "vulnerable populations" such as wards of the state if they stand to benefit directly from the research.
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