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21st Jun '17 4:48:26 PM ectostar
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* You watch the news, don't you? [[HumansAreBastards There are some seriously sick people out there.]]

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* You watch the news, don't you? [[HumansAreBastards There are some seriously sick people out there.]]there]].
7th Jun '17 3:44:02 PM heartauthor
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* Depending on [[ArtGame your interpretation of its events]], {{VideoGame/The Path}} features the six playable [[LittleDeadRidingHood Red sisters]] being exposed to the darker aspects of life. [[spoiler: When each sister encounters her "wolf" in the woods, they reappear unconscious in front of Grandma's house, looking noticeably roughed up.]]
25th May '17 9:51:35 PM mariovsonic999
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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' Backstory for Ken Amada is that he's an orphan and that his mother died two years ago. Okay. [[spoiler: The fact that his mom is apart of an AccidentalMurder was ignored until it's too late and [[TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior he's about to kill her murderer]], fellow teammate Shinjiro.]]

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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' Backstory for Ken Amada is that he's an orphan and that his mother died two years ago. Okay. [[spoiler: The fact that his mom is apart of an AccidentalMurder was ignored until it's too late and [[TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior he's about to kill her murderer]], fellow teammate Shinjiro. And then Shinjiro died in front of him as [[HeroicSacrifice he saved his life]] from Takaya's bullet.]]
18th May '17 10:38:04 AM ladyofthelibrary
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* [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12288661/1/A-Dark-House-Inadequate A Dark House Inadequate]] has two big examples. The first example is less "in your face" than the usual but for [[TheLoudHouse Lucy, Lisa and the twins, Lincoln]] admitting to [[DrivenToSuicide trying to kill himself]] (and those are his exact words so while the twins don't understand the exact nature of his problems, they're very aware of what he tried to do) definitely counts; Lucy ends up begging Lincoln to let her sleep with him, cuddling him like a teddy bear when he agrees and openly saying she loves him (to his obvious surprise) and has a PleaseDontLeaveMe moment in her dream that renders her grip on her brother almost impossible for him to break and the other girls don't react much better. Then he tries to suicide again and Lucy sees him from the vents. This is her response when Lincoln finally comes to again after being rushed to the hospital (which implies the other girls saw the end result of his second suicide attempt).

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* [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12288661/1/A-Dark-House-Inadequate [[https://pastebin.com/5xvRv7Ck A Dark House Inadequate]] has two big examples. The first example is less "in your face" than the usual but for [[TheLoudHouse [[WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse Lucy, Lisa and the twins, Lincoln]] admitting to [[DrivenToSuicide trying to kill himself]] (and those are his exact words so while the twins don't understand the exact nature of his problems, they're very aware of what he tried to do) definitely counts; Lucy ends up begging Lincoln to let her sleep with him, cuddling him like a teddy bear when he agrees and openly saying she loves him (to his obvious surprise) and has a PleaseDontLeaveMe moment in her dream that renders her grip on her brother almost impossible for him to break and the other girls don't react much better. Then he tries to suicide again and Lucy sees him from the vents. This is her response when Lincoln finally comes to again after being rushed to the hospital (which implies the other girls saw the end result of his second suicide attempt).
16th May '17 2:19:56 PM nombretomado
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* ''VideoGame/{{Tsukihime}}'':

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26th Apr '17 9:46:07 PM Katsuhagi
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** Her sister Sansa hasn't had it any better. She had to endure the violent attentions of her fiance Joffrey, watching people get killed while enduring her share of physical abuse and humiliation as well. She was threatened with rape several time and almost raped twice, half stripped and beaten in the audience of court. She was also forced on her bed forced to sing for a drunk man who at the time was holding a knife to her throat. These Stark girls have seen too much.

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** Her sister Sansa hasn't had it any better. She had to endure the violent attentions of her fiance Joffrey, watching people get killed while enduring her share of physical abuse and humiliation as well. She was threatened with rape several time and almost raped twice, half stripped and beaten in the audience of court. She was also forced on her bed forced to sing for a drunk man who at the time was holding a knife to her throat. These Stark girls have seen too much.
26th Apr '17 9:34:49 PM theuser
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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' Arya Stark spends a few weeks watching people get tortured every night and seeing women both willingly have sex and get raped. She herself has been threatened with rape. In Harrenhal she sees several women put in stocks getting raped by Roose Bolton's men as a form of punishment. She was also beaten bloody and caned until blood ran down her thighs more than once. She's not even 12 yet. Arya also saw multiple people get murdered and has forced herself to grow numb to death and violence on her journey.
** Her sister Sansa hasn't had it any better. She had to endure the violent attentions of her fiance Joffrey, watching people get killed while enduring her share of physical abuse and humiliation as well. She was threatened with rape several time and almost raped twice. She was also forced on her bed forced to sing for a drunk man who at the time was holding a knife to her throat. These Stark girls have seen too much.

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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' Arya Stark spends a few weeks watching people get tortured every night and seeing women both willingly have sex and get women getting raped. She herself has been threatened with rape. In Harrenhal she sees several women put in stocks getting raped by Roose Bolton's men as a form of punishment. She was also beaten bloody and caned until blood ran down her thighs more than once. She's not even 12 yet.once. Arya also saw multiple people get murdered and has forced herself to grow numb to death and violence on her journey. \n She's not even 12 yet.
** Her sister Sansa hasn't had it any better. She had to endure the violent attentions of her fiance Joffrey, watching people get killed while enduring her share of physical abuse and humiliation as well. She was threatened with rape several time and almost raped twice.twice, half stripped and beaten in the audience of court. She was also forced on her bed forced to sing for a drunk man who at the time was holding a knife to her throat. These Stark girls have seen too much.
26th Apr '17 9:31:36 PM theuser
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* 10-year-old Arya in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' spends a few weeks watching people get tortured every night. And her sister Sansa having to endure the violent attentions of her fiance Joffrey, watching people get killed while enduring her share of physical abuse as well.


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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' Arya Stark spends a few weeks watching people get tortured every night and seeing women both willingly have sex and get raped. She herself has been threatened with rape. In Harrenhal she sees several women put in stocks getting raped by Roose Bolton's men as a form of punishment. She was also beaten bloody and caned until blood ran down her thighs more than once. She's not even 12 yet. Arya also saw multiple people get murdered and has forced herself to grow numb to death and violence on her journey.
** Her sister Sansa hasn't had it any better. She had to endure the violent attentions of her fiance Joffrey, watching people get killed while enduring her share of physical abuse and humiliation as well. She was threatened with rape several time and almost raped twice. She was also forced on her bed forced to sing for a drunk man who at the time was holding a knife to her throat. These Stark girls have seen too much.
3rd Apr '17 5:13:48 PM Joysweeper
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* PlayedForLaughs in ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', when Jack has to take care of a baby. The child remains [[CheerfulChild cheerful]] through various misadventures, but then Jack straps her to his back when he has to fight several robotic ogres and the sight is clearly shocking. Cut to the baby's family finding them and being dismayed at the baby's stern scowl, and Jack apologizing and telling them that the child has "seen death" and now has "the spirit of the samurai".
** PlayedForDrama in Season 5, when a flashback has a young Jack see his father fight and messily kill some bandits and be shocked and horrified, a marked difference from a flashback earlier in the series where seeing a samurai bloodlessly take on assassins made young Jack excited.
16th Mar '17 4:04:13 PM Khathi
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* ''Manga/BlackLagoon'': Hansel and Gretel's back story, Lets just say that their past is so horrific that they managed to be the most fucked up twisted characters in the series but also make you feel sorry for them.

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* ''Manga/BlackLagoon'': Hansel ''Manga/ZeroSevenGhost'': Teito Klein had his country invaded and Gretel's back story, Lets just say that their past is so horrific that they managed everyone he knew, including his adoptive father, murdered while still a small child, was made a [[ChildSoldiers combat]] [[MadeASlave slave]] and forced to be kill people daily for training for years and saw his only friend [[spoiler: die after he was possessed by the most fucked up twisted characters in the series but also make you feel sorry for them.man who killed Teito's father]].



* ''Manga/FruitsBasket'':
** Yuki was tortured, physically and mentally, when he was younger by Akito.
** Almost every Sohma Family member has experienced some sort of mental or physical violence in their past. Mostly by Akito - who admittedly is a special case, too. [[spoiler: And she was a ''victim'' of mental and physical violence as well, which completely broke her mind and drove her to, well, do lots of shit.]]
* The main characters in ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' range from six ([=ChibiUsa=] before she gains her senshi form) to fifteen or so, excluding Mamoru and Setsuna. All of them die or watch a loved one die (usually after being beaten senseless), [=ChibiUsa=] watches her entire city blown up and her mother knocked into a coma, their job is fighting Eldritch Abominations, Usagi routinely has to watch her team die horrifically to save her, etc. There's even [=ChibiChibi=] who is ''two'' but she's a different case as she's actually an adult woman in disguise ([[Manga/SailorMoon manga]]) or the personification of someone's purity ([[Anime/SailorMoon anime]]) so she's probably got a good handle on the whole death-and-destruction thing. In particular, Minako has a backstory that, depending on the medium, includes being involved into gun crimes in London and ''having a hand grenade thrown at her'' ([[Anime/SailorMoon anime]]) or [[spoiler: ''killing the man she loves'']] ''Manga/CodenameSailorV''.
* ''Manga/PeacemakerKurogane'': Poor Tetsunosuke saw his parents get murdered right in front of his eyes, years later he continues to see people get murdered, and the killer who murdered his parents tries to come after him later on too. Is it any wonder that he spends about four episodes in HeroicBSOD mode?
* ''Anime/GraveOfTheFireflies'' has this is spades, and is a stark reminder that children have no business trying to make it on their own, especially not with WWII Japan as the backdrop.
* Sagara Sousuke from ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic''. Even earlier than when he became a {{Child Soldier|s}}, he witnessed his beautiful mother dying for him, before his eyes. Her last words to him were for him to live, never give up, and fight. This most definitely contributed to his CrazySurvivalist ways in the future. Though, seeing how violent and filled with death his childhood was, he's actually ''remarkably'' [[AngstWhatAngst well adjusted]].
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'': Setsuna - who was most likely "inspired" by Sagara Sousuke of ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic''. This also happens in the film ''Blood Diamond'', when Solomon's son is kidnapped by rebel troops and turned into a kid soldier.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'':
** Misato saw (and miraculously lived through) Second Impact when she was 14.
** Shinji witnessed his mother's "death" in Unit 01 when he was a toddler.
** Asuka saw her mother in her deranged state after the contact experiment with Unit 02, and also found her after she'd hanged herself. In the manga version, her mother also tried to kill her.
* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Nunnally and Lelouch see their mother gunned down in front of them. Nunnally is left [[IllGirl crippled from injuries]] and blind from emotional trauma. For Lelouch, finding out who was responsible for the assassination and getting revenge on them is a major motivation. His father, Emperor Charles, also watched a carriage get dropped on their mother with his brother [[spoiler:V.V.]].
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** Brothers Ed and Al try to resurrect their dead mother using alchemy. Al loses his entire body and Ed loses his left leg. Ed then loses his right arm in a (successful) attempt to seal Al in a suit of armor. To make things even worse, the resurrection attempt fails miserably and Al (now sealed in a suit of armor) has to carry his bleeding and half dead brother over to their friend's house to keep him from dying. Ed and Al were 11 and 10 years old respectively.
** Ed discovers later that [[spoiler:the thing they created wasn't actually Trisha. While they both agonize over the fact that they went through so much pain for nothing, they're also immensely relieved that they didn't end up killing their mother a second time.]]
** Shou Tucker's ultimate crossing the moral event horizon moment: He turned his own 4-year-old daughter into a Chimera by fusing her with his dog, creating a horrible abomination whose life consisted of pain that being mercy-killed by Scar was the best thing anybody could to for her at that point.
** There's also the part in [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version]] where Al is forced to kill the abominable mess of organs and flesh they created in place of their mother, which mostly had her face. Talk about trauma. [[spoiler:It doesn't actually die (because it's not that easy to kill a homunculus) and eventually becomes Sloth.]]
* As a young child, Mireille Bouquet of ''Anime/{{Noir}}'' saw her parents and brother murdered in their home, which led to her and her uncle fleeing their native Corsica and her becoming an internationally renowned assassin. She had never managed to identify the killers, but swore vengeance against them if and when she ever did track them down. [[spoiler:Problem is, the shooter was none other than her partner Kirika, which is played for a major HeroicBSOD in the last five episodes.]]
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** Before becoming the shounen lead, Negi saw his entire village turned to stone by demons; and [[spoiler:Asuna]], at the age of four or so, she was the focal point of a war, and saw/partially caused a FloatingContinent to be destroyed by accident, presumably killing everyone there[[note]]It's later revealed that most survived, due to Arika evacuating the continent and containing the damage by sealing Asuna and taking the blame for the mess, making herself public enemy number one.[[/note]]. She then ends up as a prisoner, forcing Nagi to bust her out. By the end of it when she's finally out of the mess, she's a semi suicidal BrokenBird before the age of ten. Yay! Luckily she [[LaserGuidedAmnesia got better, sort of.]] And now the the amnesia is in the process of being undone.
** Negi's is more complicated, in a bad way. His cousin explained death (specifically, Negi's father's) as "going far away, where you can never see them again." This not five minutes after she told him that his father was a superhero, who would always appear to save anyone in trouble. So Negi spent the next year or so doing increasingly dangerous things to try and get his father to appear, which ended the day the the demons attacked his village. [[spoiler: At which point his father ''did'' appear.]] So for the rest of his life, there was always a little voice in his head whispering that the whole thing was his fault. Then it's revealed that [[spoiler: the people who ordered the attack on the village were specifically trying to kill Negi, due to him [[SinsOfOurFathers being the son of Arika]]. So in a way, it ''was'' his fault]].



* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** When he was about seven, Luffy watched his beloved idol Shanks get his arm ripped off by a sea king while being rescued by the former.
** Nami [[spoiler: watched her surrogate mother get shot in the head and killed]]. When you consider this and everything else she's been through, it's amazing she's sane.
** After she fell down the stairs and broke her neck, Zoro saw Kuina's dead body. And some in the audience keep thinking "For the love of God, don't leave the body where the cute 12 year old can see it!" ([[HowDareYouDieOnMe Certain other things only made it more traumatic for the poor guy.]]) Understandably, the people at Toei found this disturbing enough to omit from the anime adaptation. (by not showing the body directly, that is.) In the English dub, Zoro had to hear that several of the boys he knew who had also been beaten by Kuina had all ganged up on her and beat her ([[NeverSayDie to death]]). Which is arguably a much [[DubText worse]] death.
** Robin saw her ''entire civilization'' wiped out in an orgy of violence and explosions, with the three people in the world who were remotely kind to her (including her estranged mother, who had just returned with [[HarbingerOfImpendingDoom hell following behind her]]) murdered in front of her.
** Sanji, as a kid, was left stranded on a rock in the middle of the ocean. The most traumatic one was when he realized that the other castaway gave away all his food for him, and was forced TO EAT HIS OWN LEG to survive. Talk about traumatizing minors. No wonder that both of them swore that they'll never say no to anyone who asked for food, whoever he is.
** In his childhood, Trafalgar Law saw things no one, let alone kids, should ever see. His hometown was wiped out by soldiers, his parents killed by gunfire, the nun who was taking care of him, and all of his friends, likewise dead, ''and his home being burned to a crisp with his little sister still inside''. And last but not least, he had to ''[[BuriedInAPileOfCorpses hide in a pile of corpses to leave the city without getting killed himself]]''. At least Robin saw most of the destruction from a distance, while Law saw it up close and personal]]. No wonder [[CreepyChild he was so fucked up as a kid.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': Genma Saotome has a funny idea of raising his son. [[SinkOrSwimMentor Genma]] took his trusting young son at the age of six/ten (depends on version) and proceeded to put him through TrainingFromHell considered foolhardy and excessive even by others in the series (in which legitimate training techniques include trying to grab chestnuts from an open flame and being suspended in midair by a rope while having a huge boulder swung at the trainee). Said "training" consisted of wrapping Ranma up in jakuwa (dried sausages made from fish meat) and then throwing him into a pit filled with starving cats, over and over again, until Ranma developed a permanent phobia of cats as well as a fear-inducable BerserkMode in which Ranma's conscious mind switches off and a split personality that believes itself to be a housecat takes over, due to the human personality being unable to handle the terror any more. The kicker is that the training manual noted that this technique had been discontinued for ages because it was [[SanityHasAdvantages functionally useless]] and invariably killed or permanently traumatized the trainees... it just so happened that the warning was on the [[NowYouTellMe next page of the manual]], so Genma didn't see it until after he'd finished "teaching" it to Ranma, as he'd been too lazy to bother reading that far beforehand. There are reasons why [[AbusiveParents Genma Saotome]] will never win "Father of the Year".
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''
** A seven year old Sasuke Uchiha returns home to find his entire clan dead, and his older brother [[AloofBigBrother Itachi]] standing over the corpses of his mother and father. When a terrified and bewildered Sasuke asks Itachi what has happened, Itachi kindly [[MindRape uses his Mangekyou Sharingan to force his little brother to relive the massacre of the Uchiha clan for 72 hours]]. No wonder Sasuke does a FaceHeelTurn after Itachi turns up in Konoha and mindrapes him ''again''.
** Itachi in turn was motivated to massacre his clan by the fact that they were planning to try to take over the village, thus starting a civil war (and a world war, due to other nations seizing advantage). This prospect was unrelentingly flashing him back to his own childhood, when in the words of Tobi ([[spoiler:Obito]]), "During the Third aja World War, Itachi, barely four years old, witnessed countless people slaughtered in cold blood. A four year-old is still too immature to turn war into experience for a child, war is hell. The trauma turned Itachi into a boy who loathed war and strife, and only desired peace."
** Hatake Kakashi ''fought'' in that Third Ninja World War. He was genin at 5 and chunin by the time he was 6, and considering they were at war at the time it's unlikely he would have done kid-friendly missions. If Naruto and his friends were involved in life-death fights as 12 year olds during what's supposed to be ''peace'' time, what was a 6 year old chunin doing in ''war'' time? He also saw his father's body after he committed suicide, saw Obito die at 13, was forced to kill [[spoiler:his remaining team-mate Rin]] soon after, and a month before he hit 14 lost his sensei to the Kyuubi's attack. An adult Kakashi mentions that everyone he cared for is dead.
** Meanwhile in Wind Country, Gaara's father had the tanuki-like One-Tailed Shukaku, a tailed beast, sealed into his body while Gaara was still in his mother's womb, giving him the power to manipulate sand. The Fourth Kazekage, Gaara's father and the leader of the village of Sunagakure, intended to use Gaara as the village's personal weapon. Gaara was trained by his father throughout his childhood to help gain control over the abilities granted to him by Shukaku. Despite this, Gaara was ostracized by the Sunagakure villagers, who viewed him as a monster for being the host of a tailed beast. Gaara would occasionally snap from the villagers' stares and harm/kill them. These attacks on the villagers convinced Gaara's father that he was a failed experiment, and he ordered Gaara's assassination. All of the attempts on Gaara's life failed, as Shukaku would always protect Gaara from harm and kill the assassin. Realizing that he had been abandoned by his family, Gaara adopted the belief that he could only rely upon himself and Shukaku, and that he had to kill others in order to confirm the value of his own existence.
** Haku's childhood. Haku's father and mother were simple farmers, and they lived a peaceful life. They loved each other, and were kind to their child. Unfortunately, this all changed one day. Haku's mother was a carrier of a kekkei genkai: Ice Release. She hid this fact from her husband, hoping that the love and peace that was shared in their small family would last forever. One day, Haku discovered the ability to manipulate water. Amazed by this, Haku proudly showed this to his mother, who was horrified by what she saw, and harshly scolded Haku for displaying his ability. Unbeknownst to his mother, Haku's father had seen everything. When Haku's father discovered that his wife and child possessed a kekkei genkai, he assembled a small mob of villagers, and killed his wife. He would have done the same to Haku, but before he could, Haku killed them. Orphaned, Haku became a child who was wanted by no-one and was forced to take to the cold streets and rummage through trash bins for scraps of food, even sometimes having to fight off the wild dogs that roamed the streets. In time, he was found by Zabuza Momochi, who asked Haku to become his "weapon," which meant to become a dedicated kekkei genkai shinobi for Zabuza. Haku readily accepted this role, due to the purpose it gave him, devoting his life to becoming Zabuza's ultimate weapon.
** As Pain is [[spoiler: stabbing Hinata almost to death]] he tells Naruto, "It was just like this for me too. When I was young my parents were killed before my very eyes by ninja from the Hidden Leaf."
* ''Manga/DogsBulletsAndCarnage'':
** When Naoto was a child, she and her parents were attacked by someone with a sword. Her parents put her behind them to protect her from the killer, who in two strokes, quartered them and left Naoto with amnesia and a huge X-shaped scar on her chest. [[spoiler:Later, she finds out that the people she remembered as being her parents in fact weren't at all, but simply two scientists that betrayed a facility that performed ruthless, and often deadly experiments on children.]]
** Heine, Giovanni, Lilly (and other children) were experimented on and were forced to kill or be killed to test their new abilities. They watched fellow children get ripped apart by monsters until they realized they could fight back and tore apart the monsters (and sometimes, by accident, each other) with their bare hands.
* Czeslaw Meyer in ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}!'' is the target of extreme violence, because of his HealingFactor, he has been repeatedly tortured by a man he trusted for 200 years. He finally fights back and kills the man in question, but the only method by which he can do so involves [[GhostMemory absorbing all of his torturer's memories]], meaning that he's stuck with the memory of gleefully torturing ''himself''.
* ''Anime/{{Monster}}''. Even disregarding the {{backstory}}, at one point Johan very nearly gets a 10-year-old to kill himself by, when he finds out the kid is looking for his mother, sending him into a red light district with the kind, gentle assurance that if no one claims him as their child, he's unwanted and has no reason to live.
* In ''Anime/PrincessTutu'', it's revealed that [[spoiler:Fakir]]'s parents were viciously attacked and killed right in front of him by crows as a child. [[spoiler:It's made even worse in that the crows were actually trying to attack ''him'' because of him misusing his RewritingReality powers, and his parents died protecting him. [[FailureKnight And now you know why he's obsessed with protecting other people.]]]]
* In ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'', Satella and her butler are the only survivors of a demon attack that killed her family. Her older sister's badly injured body was carried off by the demon and may or may not be still alive--she's dedicated her life to avenging her family by being a demon-hunter-for-hire, while searching for the demon responsible for the attacks and the fate of her sister.

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* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** When he was about seven, Luffy watched his beloved idol Shanks get his arm ripped off by
As a sea king while being rescued by the former.
** Nami [[spoiler: watched
child, Yuri of ''Anime/AngelBeats'' witnessed her surrogate mother get shot in the head and killed]]. When you consider this and everything else she's been through, it's amazing she's sane.
** After she fell down the stairs and broke her neck, Zoro saw Kuina's dead body. And some in the audience keep thinking "For the love of God, don't leave the body where the cute 12 year old can see it!" ([[HowDareYouDieOnMe Certain other things only made it more traumatic for the poor guy.]]) Understandably, the people at Toei found this disturbing enough to omit from the anime adaptation. (by not showing the body directly, that is.) In the English dub, Zoro had to hear that several of the boys he knew who had also been beaten by Kuina had all ganged up on her and beat her ([[NeverSayDie to death]]). Which is arguably a much [[DubText worse]] death.
** Robin saw her ''entire civilization'' wiped out in an orgy of violence and explosions, with the
three people in the world who were remotely kind to her (including her estranged mother, who had just returned with [[HarbingerOfImpendingDoom hell following behind her]]) murdered in front of her.
** Sanji, as a kid, was left stranded on a rock in the middle of the ocean. The most traumatic one was when he realized that the other castaway gave away all his food for him, and was forced TO EAT HIS OWN LEG to survive. Talk about traumatizing minors. No wonder that both of them swore that they'll never say no to anyone who asked for food, whoever he is.
** In his childhood, Trafalgar Law saw things no one, let alone kids, should ever see. His hometown was wiped out by soldiers, his parents killed by gunfire, the nun who was taking care of him, and all of his friends, likewise dead, ''and his home being burned to a crisp with his little sister still inside''. And last but not least, he had to ''[[BuriedInAPileOfCorpses hide in a pile of corpses to leave the city without getting killed himself]]''. At least Robin saw most of the destruction from a distance, while Law saw it up close and personal]]. No wonder [[CreepyChild he was so fucked up as a kid.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': Genma Saotome has a funny idea of raising his son. [[SinkOrSwimMentor Genma]] took his trusting young son
younger siblings' murder at the age hands of six/ten (depends on version) and proceeded to put him through TrainingFromHell considered foolhardy and excessive even by others in a gang of robbers. This is the series (in which legitimate training techniques include trying to grab chestnuts from an open flame and being suspended in midair by a rope while having a huge boulder swung at the trainee). Said "training" consisted root of wrapping Ranma up in jakuwa (dried sausages made from fish meat) and then throwing him into a pit filled with starving cats, over and over again, until Ranma developed a permanent phobia of cats as well as a fear-inducable BerserkMode in which Ranma's conscious mind switches off and a split personality that believes itself to be a housecat takes over, due to the human personality being unable to handle the terror any more. The kicker is that the training manual noted that this technique had been discontinued for ages because it her anger towards God. It was [[SanityHasAdvantages functionally useless]] and invariably killed or permanently traumatized the trainees... it just so happened that the warning was on the [[NowYouTellMe next page of the manual]], so Genma didn't see it until after he'd finished "teaching" it to Ranma, as he'd been too lazy to bother reading that far beforehand. There are reasons why [[AbusiveParents Genma Saotome]] will never win "Father of the Year".
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''
** A seven year old Sasuke Uchiha returns home to find his entire clan dead, and his older brother [[AloofBigBrother Itachi]] standing over the corpses of his mother and father. When a terrified and bewildered Sasuke asks Itachi what has happened, Itachi kindly [[MindRape uses his Mangekyou Sharingan to force his little brother to relive the massacre of the Uchiha clan for 72 hours]]. No wonder Sasuke does a FaceHeelTurn after Itachi turns up in Konoha and mindrapes him ''again''.
** Itachi in turn was motivated to massacre his clan by the fact
also her "fault" that they were planning to try to take over the village, thus starting a civil war (and a world war, due to other nations seizing advantage). This prospect was unrelentingly flashing him back to his own childhood, when in the words of Tobi ([[spoiler:Obito]]), "During the Third aja World War, Itachi, barely four years old, witnessed countless people slaughtered in cold blood. A four year-old is still too immature to turn war into experience for a child, war is hell. The trauma turned Itachi into a boy who loathed war and strife, and only desired peace."
** Hatake Kakashi ''fought'' in that Third Ninja World War. He was genin at 5 and chunin by the time he was 6, and considering they were at war at the time it's unlikely he would have done kid-friendly missions. If Naruto and his friends were involved in life-death fights as 12 year olds during what's supposed to be ''peace'' time, what was a 6 year old chunin doing in ''war'' time? He also saw his father's body after he committed suicide, saw Obito die at 13, was forced to kill [[spoiler:his remaining team-mate Rin]] soon after, and a month before he hit 14 lost his sensei to the Kyuubi's attack. An adult Kakashi mentions that everyone he cared for is dead.
** Meanwhile in Wind Country, Gaara's father had the tanuki-like One-Tailed Shukaku, a tailed beast, sealed into his body while Gaara was still in his mother's womb, giving him the power to manipulate sand. The Fourth Kazekage, Gaara's father and the leader of the village of Sunagakure, intended to use Gaara as the village's personal weapon. Gaara was trained by his father throughout his childhood to help gain control over the abilities granted to him by Shukaku. Despite this, Gaara was ostracized by the Sunagakure villagers, who viewed him as a monster for being the host of a tailed beast. Gaara would occasionally snap from the villagers' stares and harm/kill them. These attacks on the villagers convinced Gaara's father that he was a failed experiment, and he ordered Gaara's assassination. All of the attempts on Gaara's life failed, as Shukaku would always protect Gaara from harm and kill the assassin. Realizing that he had been abandoned by his family, Gaara adopted the belief that he could only rely upon himself and Shukaku, and that he had to kill others in order to confirm the value of his own existence.
** Haku's childhood. Haku's father and mother were simple farmers, and they lived a peaceful life. They loved each other, and were kind to their child. Unfortunately, this all changed one day. Haku's mother was a carrier of a kekkei genkai: Ice Release. She hid this fact from her husband, hoping that the love and peace that was shared in their small family would last forever. One day, Haku discovered the ability to manipulate water. Amazed by this, Haku proudly showed this to his mother, who was horrified by what she saw, and harshly scolded Haku for displaying his ability. Unbeknownst to his mother, Haku's father had seen everything. When Haku's father discovered that his wife and child possessed a kekkei genkai, he assembled a small mob of villagers, and killed his wife. He would have done the same to Haku, but before he could, Haku killed them. Orphaned, Haku became a child who was wanted by no-one and was forced to take to the cold streets and rummage through trash bins for scraps of food, even sometimes having to fight off the wild dogs that roamed the streets. In time, he was found by Zabuza Momochi, who asked Haku to become his "weapon," which meant to become a dedicated kekkei genkai shinobi for Zabuza. Haku readily accepted this role, due to the purpose it gave him, devoting his life to becoming Zabuza's ultimate weapon.
** As Pain is [[spoiler: stabbing Hinata almost to death]] he tells Naruto, "It was just like this for me too. When I was young my parents were killed before my very eyes by ninja from the Hidden Leaf."
* ''Manga/DogsBulletsAndCarnage'':
** When Naoto was a child, she and her parents were attacked by someone with a sword. Her parents put her behind them to protect her from the killer, who in two strokes, quartered them and left Naoto with amnesia and a huge X-shaped scar on her chest. [[spoiler:Later, she finds out that the people she remembered as being her parents in fact weren't at all, but simply two scientists that betrayed a facility that performed ruthless, and often deadly experiments on children.]]
** Heine, Giovanni, Lilly (and other children) were experimented on and were forced to kill or be killed to test their new abilities. They watched fellow children get ripped apart by monsters until they realized they could fight back and tore apart the monsters (and sometimes, by accident, each other) with their bare hands.
* Czeslaw Meyer in ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}!'' is the target of extreme violence,
died because of his HealingFactor, he has been repeatedly tortured by a man he trusted for 200 years. He finally fights back and kills she couldn't find money in the man in question, but house to give to the only method by which he can do so involves [[GhostMemory absorbing all of his torturer's memories]], meaning that he's stuck with the memory of gleefully torturing ''himself''.
* ''Anime/{{Monster}}''. Even disregarding the {{backstory}}, at one point Johan very nearly gets a 10-year-old to kill himself by, when he finds out the kid is looking for his mother, sending him into a red light district with the kind, gentle assurance that if no one claims him as their child, he's unwanted and has no reason to live.
* In ''Anime/PrincessTutu'', it's revealed that [[spoiler:Fakir]]'s parents were viciously attacked and
robbers. They probably would've killed right in front of him by crows as a child. [[spoiler:It's made even worse in them all regardless, but that the crows were actually trying to attack ''him'' because doesn't really help Yuri's feelings of him misusing his RewritingReality powers, and his parents died protecting him. [[FailureKnight And now you know why he's obsessed with protecting other people.]]]]
* In ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'', Satella and her butler are the only survivors of a demon attack that killed her family. Her older sister's badly injured body was carried off by the demon and may or may not be still alive--she's dedicated her life to avenging her family by being a demon-hunter-for-hire, while searching for the demon responsible for the attacks and the fate of her sister.
guilt.



* Czeslaw Meyer in ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}!'' is the target of extreme violence, because of his HealingFactor, he has been repeatedly tortured by a man he trusted for 200 years. He finally fights back and kills the man in question, but the only method by which he can do so involves [[GhostMemory absorbing all of his torturer's memories]], meaning that he's stuck with the memory of gleefully torturing ''himself''.



* In a {{flashback}} during the RS arc of ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'', this is all but confirmed when a five year old [[spoiler:Ruby]] gets his ''head slashed at by a Salamance''. [[spoiler: Little Sapphire]] was all but mentally scarred by seeing [[spoiler: little Ruby]] smiling at her with blood running down his face.
* There's also Koya from ''Manga/PokemonDiamondAndPearlAdventure''. Up until now, he and his Growlithe had been extremely close, having been partners for a rather long time. And ''then'' Growlithe got [[CurbStompBattle violently whooped]] by a Gyarados (a Water-type Pokémon, super effective against Growlithe, and who seemed absolutely elated at its condition), so much so that it had to go to the Pokémon Center equivalent of the ER. And just to top it all off, when Growlithe finally awoke, it was so traumatized by the experience that it shrunk into a corner when Koya tried to touch it. No wonder he's a bitter half-pint in the International Police.

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* In a {{flashback}} during the RS arc of ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'', this is all but confirmed when a five year old [[spoiler:Ruby]] gets his ''head slashed at by a Salamance''. [[spoiler: Little Sapphire]] was all but mentally scarred by seeing [[spoiler: little Ruby]] smiling at her with blood running down his face.
* There's also Koya from ''Manga/PokemonDiamondAndPearlAdventure''. Up until now, he
''Manga/BlackLagoon'': Hansel and his Growlithe had been extremely close, having been partners for a rather long time. And ''then'' Growlithe got [[CurbStompBattle violently whooped]] by a Gyarados (a Water-type Pokémon, super effective against Growlithe, and who seemed absolutely elated at its condition), so much so Gretel's back story, Lets just say that it had to go to the Pokémon Center equivalent of the ER. And just to top it all off, when Growlithe finally awoke, it was their past is so traumatized by the experience horrific that it shrunk into a corner when Koya tried they managed to touch it. No wonder he's a bitter half-pint be the most fucked up twisted characters in the International Police.series but also make you feel sorry for them.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** When Ichigo was a child his mother got killed and eaten by a Hollow in front of him.
** Ishida saw his grandfather get killed and eaten by Hollows, with the shinigami nowhere in sight, when he was a child.
** When Orihime was a baby, her abusive parents would beat her if she made a fuss. Orihime's older brother (who was fifteen at the time) would hide her away and protect her from the beatings.



* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Nunnally and Lelouch see their mother gunned down in front of them. Nunnally is left [[IllGirl crippled from injuries]] and blind from emotional trauma. For Lelouch, finding out who was responsible for the assassination and getting revenge on them is a major motivation. His father, Emperor Charles, also watched a carriage get dropped on their mother with his brother [[spoiler:V.V.]].
* In ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'', Satella and her butler are the only survivors of a demon attack that killed her family. Her older sister's badly injured body was carried off by the demon and may or may not be still alive--she's dedicated her life to avenging her family by being a demon-hunter-for-hire, while searching for the demon responsible for the attacks and the fate of her sister.
* Most of [[spoiler:L's successors]] from ''Manga/DeathNote'' would probably fit this trope, as they are all orphans who may have witnessed the deaths of their families, and are ruthlessly groomed from a young age to [[spoiler:succeed L]], with seemingly little regard to their mental health.



* Subaru, in ''Manga/TokyoBabylon'', is shown in a {{Flashback}} early on making a mysterious [[CrypticBackgroundReference bet]] with [[spoiler: [[TheUntwist Seishirou]]]] under a [[CherryBlossoms sakura tree]]. Only later do we see that [[spoiler: Seishirou was standing over the corpse of his latest victim at the time]].

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* Subaru, in ''Manga/TokyoBabylon'', is shown in ''Manga/DogsBulletsAndCarnage'':
** When Naoto was
a {{Flashback}} early on making a mysterious [[CrypticBackgroundReference bet]] child, she and her parents were attacked by someone with [[spoiler: [[TheUntwist Seishirou]]]] under a [[CherryBlossoms sakura tree]]. Only later do we see sword. Her parents put her behind them to protect her from the killer, who in two strokes, quartered them and left Naoto with amnesia and a huge X-shaped scar on her chest. [[spoiler:Later, she finds out that [[spoiler: Seishirou was standing over the corpse of his latest victim people she remembered as being her parents in fact weren't at all, but simply two scientists that betrayed a facility that performed ruthless, and often deadly experiments on children.]]
** Heine, Giovanni, Lilly (and other children) were experimented on and were forced to kill or be killed to test their new abilities. They watched fellow children get ripped apart by monsters until they realized they could fight back and tore apart
the time]].monsters (and sometimes, by accident, each other) with their bare hands.



* ''Manga/ZeroSevenGhost'': Teito Klein had his country invaded and everyone he knew, including his adoptive father, murdered while still a small child, was made a [[ChildSoldiers combat]] [[MadeASlave slave]] and forced to kill people daily for training for years and saw his only friend [[spoiler: die after he was possessed by the man who killed Teito's father]].
* ''Manga/{{Zetsuai 1989}}'': When Izumi was five, his mother discovered his father was cheating on her, and murdered him in front of Izumi so that she could "possess him completely". Years after this, after getting out of prison, Izumi's mother goes to him, explains her reasons and kills herself in front of him. After this, it's easy to understand why Izumi becomes so hot-tempered and mistrustful of love.
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'':
** Himura Kenshin. Besides losing his parents to illness, being sold into slavery, and seeing the people who took care of him killed by bandits, he was out killing people at 15!
** Soujiro was an unwanted bastard and resented by the entirety of his father's family who felt inconvenienced in having to raise him and only did it because of appearances. Up until the incident with Shishio, they were horribly abusive and considered him a slave. Shishio just gives Soujiro, who is approximately 8 at the time, the means to make himself a SelfMadeOrphan [[OffingTheOffspring out of self preservation.]] This does not have a good effect on his [[DissonantSerenity mental health]].
* ''{{LightNovel/Durarara}}'' has Anri Sonohara's past. Watching your mother [[spoiler: kill your father (who's busy trying to kill you) and subsequently slit her own throat with a smile on her face]] can ''not'' be good for the psyche. It's implied in volume 5 that some of the stuff he had to deal with during his school days extended quite a bit beyond comically one-sided scuffles.

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* ''Manga/ZeroSevenGhost'': Teito Klein had his country invaded and everyone he knew, including his adoptive father, murdered while still a small child, was made a [[ChildSoldiers combat]] [[MadeASlave slave]] and forced to kill people daily for training for years and saw his only friend [[spoiler: die after he was possessed by the man who killed Teito's father]].
* ''Manga/{{Zetsuai 1989}}'': When Izumi was five, his mother discovered his father was cheating on her, and murdered him in front of Izumi so that she could "possess him completely". Years after this, after getting out of prison, Izumi's mother goes to him, explains her reasons and kills herself in front of him. After this, it's easy to understand why Izumi becomes so hot-tempered and mistrustful of love.
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'':
** Himura Kenshin. Besides losing his parents to illness, being sold into slavery, and seeing the people who took care of him killed by bandits, he was out killing people at 15!
** Soujiro was an unwanted bastard and resented by the entirety of his father's family who felt inconvenienced in having to raise him and only did it because of appearances. Up until the incident with Shishio, they were horribly abusive and considered him a slave. Shishio just gives Soujiro, who is approximately 8 at the time, the means to make himself a SelfMadeOrphan [[OffingTheOffspring out of self preservation.]] This does not have a good effect on his [[DissonantSerenity mental health]].
* ''{{LightNovel/Durarara}}'' has Anri Sonohara's past. Watching your mother [[spoiler: kill your father (who's busy trying to kill you) and subsequently slit her own throat with a smile on her face]] can ''not'' be good for the psyche.
** It's hardy better for Shizuo Heiwajima.
It's implied in volume 5 that some of the stuff he had to deal with during his school days extended quite a bit beyond comically one-sided scuffles.



* ''{{Anime/Texhnolyze}}'': When Ichise was a child, his father, Ikuse, was killed for what Ichise believes was betraying his friends and Ichise discovered his fathers mutilated body hanging from the ceiling. A short time after, his mother also died. All he was left with was a vial that contained some of his mother's cells. Soon after, he began his life as a fighter in an underground arena. His life after that was just one extreme BreakTheCutie moment after another.
* ''Hana to Ryuu'': As a child, Kasama Ryuuji watched his parents get murdered before his eyes by a rival Yakuza gang.
* ''Manga/ShionNoOu'': When Shion Yasuoka was a very young child, she witnessed the brutal murder of her parents. The trauma of the event rendered her mute.
* As a child, Yuri of ''Anime/AngelBeats'' witnessed her three younger siblings' murder at the hands of a gang of robbers. This is the root of her anger towards God. It was also her "fault" that they died because she couldn't find money in the house to give to the robbers. They probably would've killed them all regardless, but that doesn't really help Yuri's feelings of guilt.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** When Ichigo was a child his mother got killed and eaten by a Hollow in front of him.
** Ishida saw his grandfather get killed and eaten by Hollows, with the shinigami nowhere in sight, when he was a child.
** When Orihime was a baby, her abusive parents would beat her if she made a fuss. Orihime's older brother (who was fifteen at the time) would hide her away and protect her from the beatings.

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* ''{{Anime/Texhnolyze}}'': When Ichise was a child, his father, Ikuse, was killed for what Ichise believes was betraying his friends and Ichise discovered his fathers mutilated body hanging from Taken to the ceiling. A short time after, his mother also died. All he was left with was a vial that contained extreme in the VisualNovel/FateStayNight prequel novels (and anime adaptation) ''LightNovel/FateZero''. Not only do we finally get to see some of his mother's cells. Soon after, he began his life as a fighter in an underground arena. His life after that was just one extreme BreakTheCutie moment after another.
* ''Hana to Ryuu'': As a child, Kasama Ryuuji watched his parents get murdered before his eyes by a rival Yakuza gang.
* ''Manga/ShionNoOu'': When Shion Yasuoka was a very young child, she witnessed
the brutal murder of her parents. The trauma of the event rendered her mute.
* As a child, Yuri of ''Anime/AngelBeats'' witnessed her three younger siblings' murder
horrors Sakura underwent at the hands of a gang of robbers. This is the root of her anger towards God. It was Matou family, but we also her "fault" that they died because she couldn't find money in the house to give get treated to the robbers. They probably would've killed them all regardless, but that doesn't really help Yuri's feelings sight of guilt.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** When Ichigo was
Uryuu Ryunosuke offering up a small child his mother got killed and eaten to Bluebeard, who then cruelly treats that child to a HopeSpot before having him get dragged offscreen by a Hollow in front of him.
** Ishida saw his grandfather get killed and eaten by Hollows, with the shinigami nowhere in sight, when he was
tentacled abomination to be messily slaughtered an a child.
** When Orihime was a baby, her abusive parents would beat her if she made a fuss. Orihime's older brother (who was fifteen at the time) would hide her away and protect her from the beatings.
manner that we can hear all too well.



* Sora and Sunao of ''LightNovel/{{Sukisho}}'' were subjugated to immoral experiments by [[MadScientist Aizawa]] when they were children, which included psychological torture and starvation.
* In ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', Barnaby witnessed his parents' murder when he was just 4 years old. As a result, he's developed a bad case of post-traumatic stress disorder and a single-minded obsession with getting revenge on the offending party.
* Taken to the extreme in the VisualNovel/FateStayNight prequel novels (and anime adaptation) ''LightNovel/FateZero''. Not only do we finally get to see some of the horrors Sakura underwent at the hands of the Matou family, but we also get treated to the sight of Uryuu Ryunosuke offering up a small child to Bluebeard, who then cruelly treats that child to a HopeSpot before having him get dragged offscreen by a tentacled abomination to be messily slaughtered an a manner that we can hear all too well.

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* Sora ''Manga/FruitsBasket'':
** Yuki was tortured, physically
and Sunao of ''LightNovel/{{Sukisho}}'' were subjugated to immoral experiments by [[MadScientist Aizawa]] mentally, when they were children, he was younger by Akito.
** Almost every Sohma Family member has experienced some sort of mental or physical violence in their past. Mostly by Akito - who admittedly is a special case, too. [[spoiler: And she was a ''victim'' of mental and physical violence as well,
which included psychological torture completely broke her mind and starvation.
drove her to, well, do lots of shit.]]
* In ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', Barnaby ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** Brothers Ed and Al try to resurrect their dead mother using alchemy. Al loses his entire body and Ed loses his left leg. Ed then loses his right arm in a (successful) attempt to seal Al in a suit of armor. To make things even worse, the resurrection attempt fails miserably and Al (now sealed in a suit of armor) has to carry his bleeding and half dead brother over to their friend's house to keep him from dying. Ed and Al were 11 and 10 years old respectively.
** Ed discovers later that [[spoiler:the thing they created wasn't actually Trisha. While they both agonize over the fact that they went through so much pain for nothing, they're also immensely relieved that they didn't end up killing their mother a second time.]]
** Shou Tucker's ultimate crossing the moral event horizon moment: He turned his own 4-year-old daughter into a Chimera by fusing her with his dog, creating a horrible abomination whose life consisted of pain that being mercy-killed by Scar was the best thing anybody could to for her at that point.
** There's also the part in [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version]] where Al is forced to kill the abominable mess of organs and flesh they created in place of their mother, which mostly had her face. Talk about trauma. [[spoiler:It doesn't actually die (because it's not that easy to kill a homunculus) and eventually becomes Sloth.]]
* Sagara Sousuke from ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic''. Even earlier than when he became a {{Child Soldier|s}}, he
witnessed his parents' murder when he was just 4 years old. As a result, beautiful mother dying for him, before his eyes. Her last words to him were for him to live, never give up, and fight. This most definitely contributed to his CrazySurvivalist ways in the future. Though, seeing how violent and filled with death his childhood was, he's developed actually ''remarkably'' [[AngstWhatAngst well adjusted]].
* In ''LightNovel/{{GATE}}'' [[TheHero Youji Itami]] has had it quite rough as
a bad case of post-traumatic stress disorder and a single-minded obsession kid. Similarly to Sonohara from ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' first he had to deal with getting revenge on an [[TheAlcoholic alcoholic]] [[AbusiveParents abusive father]], and then his mother went mad from the offending party.
* Taken to
situation and after killing the extreme bastard [[DrivenToSuicide tried to self-immolate]]. Though saved, she's still institutionalized. Fortunately, Itami managed to find a ParentalSubstitute in an up-and-rising governmental bureaucrat by the VisualNovel/FateStayNight prequel novels (and anime adaptation) ''LightNovel/FateZero''. Not only do we name of Taro Kano, [[IntergenerationalFriendship with whom he bonded]] over their [[{{Otaku}} mutual hobby]].
* ''Anime/GraveOfTheFireflies'' has this is spades, and is a stark reminder that children have no business trying to make it on their own, especially not with WWII Japan as the backdrop.
* ''Hana to Ryuu'': As a child, Kasama Ryuuji watched his parents get murdered before his eyes by a rival Yakuza gang.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** Before becoming the shounen lead, Negi saw his entire village turned to stone by demons; and [[spoiler:Asuna]], at the age of four or so, she was the focal point of a war, and saw/partially caused a FloatingContinent to be destroyed by accident, presumably killing everyone there[[note]]It's later revealed that most survived, due to Arika evacuating the continent and containing the damage by sealing Asuna and taking the blame for the mess, making herself public enemy number one.[[/note]]. She then ends up as a prisoner, forcing Nagi to bust her out. By the end of it when she's
finally get to see some out of the horrors Sakura underwent at the hands of the Matou family, but we also get treated to the sight of Uryuu Ryunosuke offering up mess, she's a small child to Bluebeard, who then cruelly treats that child to a HopeSpot semi suicidal BrokenBird before having the age of ten. Yay! Luckily she [[LaserGuidedAmnesia got better, sort of.]] And now the the amnesia is in the process of being undone.
** Negi's is more complicated, in a bad way. His cousin explained death (specifically, Negi's father's) as "going far away, where you can never see them again." This not five minutes after she told
him get dragged offscreen by a tentacled abomination to be messily slaughtered an a manner that we can hear all too well.his father was a superhero, who would always appear to save anyone in trouble. So Negi spent the next year or so doing increasingly dangerous things to try and get his father to appear, which ended the day the the demons attacked his village. [[spoiler: At which point his father ''did'' appear.]] So for the rest of his life, there was always a little voice in his head whispering that the whole thing was his fault. Then it's revealed that [[spoiler: the people who ordered the attack on the village were specifically trying to kill Negi, due to him [[SinsOfOurFathers being the son of Arika]]. So in a way, it ''was'' his fault]].



* ''Anime/YuGiOh'' being set in a world where children's card games rule doesn't save the young Ishtar clan members from being exposed to horrific violence at the hands of their father. The Tomb Keeper initiation in the anime is shown through a ShadowDiscretionShot, but the [[Manga/YuGiOh manga]] shows just how ten-year-old Malik/Marik got his scars in bloody detail.
* Despite being created to market the card game, all the other members of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise show varying amounts of this.
** Perhaps the most extreme is "Anime/YuGiOhZexal". Taking place in a beautiful, colorful, carnival like city called Heartland during a period when the duel monsters game is used as a MundaneUtility, you are led to think that it will be a cute, child friendly show; it's not (even in the English dub). The main character, Yuma, and his best friends being 11-13 years old (depending on the medium) doesn't save them from being pulled into the intergalactic numbers war and experiencing severe pain and torture at the hands of the villains. The Arklight siblings are verbally and mentally abused by their father, Tron, so that they will help him carry out his revenge which includes torturing a young child in front of his big brother before stealing his powers and nearly killing him, and attempting to kill another duelist's sister in a fire. The numbers duelist's working for Dr. Faker and Mr.Heartland were recruited as young children and put through brutal, almost fatal, dueling exercises to train them to steal peoples souls. The youngest member of the reoccurring cast Haruto/Hart, is a small CreepyChild who is manipulated into using his physic powers to attack innocent people in another dimension. The poor kid is also used as a pawn; [[spoiler:He is actually possessed]] and it has caused him to develop a sickness that will eventually become fatal, and this is used to convince the kid's brother to become a soul-steeling number hunter to cure him.
** The second part of the series ,Zexal II, is made EVEN WORSE, if that's even possible, by introducing the seven Barian Emperors; seven teenagers/young adults who are the reincarnations of the original seven Emperors. Originally, the seven were young kids who had short, brutal lives before they died filled with rage. Their reincarnations are convince to reprise their original forms to help their world; by destroying earth. The main characters, who, again, are all young kids, are forced to watch the destruction of their home and the deaths of thousands of innocents, before [[spoiler:each of them are forced into death duels or outright killed as sacrifices.]] The seven Barians realize their mistakes, but are all [[spoiler:killed as well]]. By the end of the series,[[spoiler: Everyone but Yuma has been killed off]],[spoiler: although they are resurrected by the end]]. Poor Yuma has a near mental breakdown and sinks into a HeroicBSOD again and again, [[EarnYourHappyEnding but he ends up better in the end.]].
** The manga makes it even worse ,if possible, by portraying the villains and their actions completely differently. The seemingly stupid, useless Mr.Heartland is actually an extremely sick psychopath who swindled 689 terminally ill people. The anime 1st BigBad who underwent a HeelFaceTurn is never given that chance in the books;[[spoiler: Dr.Faker was revealed to be a [[DeadAllAlong dead body turned into a puppet all along]]. Imagine Kaito's face upon discovering his father's - the last hope for Haruto's survival - rotten corpse]] The DiscOneFinalBoss is a once loving brother turned into a StrawNihilist OmnicidalManiac after strangling to death a child who looked like his beloved sibling (said child even [[KillAndReplace killed and replaced said sibling]]). The TrueFinalBoss is a torture loving EldritchAbomination calling herself the Goddess of Darkness/Pain. Needless to say, the characters mental states are even worse in the manga.
** "Anime/YuGiOhArcV" has recently surpassed Zexal as being the worst for the young protagonists. It features inter-dimensional wars, genocide, and child soldiers, all portrayed in a relatively realistic way.
* ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' has Fai, who watched [[spoiler: his twin brother die, and believed he caused it]] and Kurogane, who [[spoiler: saw his mother stabbed to death in front of his eyes.]] Their ages are never given, but they are children at that time.

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* ''Anime/YuGiOh'' being set in a world where children's card games rule doesn't save the young Ishtar clan members from being exposed to horrific violence at the hands ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'': Setsuna - who was most likely "inspired" by Sagara Sousuke of their father. The Tomb Keeper initiation ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic''. This also happens in the anime is shown through a ShadowDiscretionShot, but the [[Manga/YuGiOh manga]] shows just how ten-year-old Malik/Marik got his scars in bloody detail.
* Despite being created to market the card game, all the other members of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise show varying amounts of this.
** Perhaps the most extreme is "Anime/YuGiOhZexal". Taking place in a beautiful, colorful, carnival like city called Heartland during a period
film ''Blood Diamond'', when the duel monsters game Solomon's son is used as a MundaneUtility, you are led to think that it will be a cute, child friendly show; it's not (even in the English dub). The main character, Yuma, kidnapped by rebel troops and his best friends being 11-13 years old (depending on the medium) doesn't save them from being pulled into the intergalactic numbers war and experiencing severe pain and torture at the hands of the villains. The Arklight siblings are verbally and mentally abused by their father, Tron, so that they will help him carry out his revenge which includes torturing a young child in front of his big brother before stealing his powers and nearly killing him, and attempting to kill another duelist's sister in a fire. The numbers duelist's working for Dr. Faker and Mr.Heartland were recruited as young children and put through brutal, almost fatal, dueling exercises to train them to steal peoples souls. The youngest member of the reoccurring cast Haruto/Hart, is a small CreepyChild who is manipulated into using his physic powers to attack innocent people in another dimension. The poor kid is also used as a pawn; [[spoiler:He is actually possessed]] and it has caused him to develop a sickness that will eventually become fatal, and this is used to convince the kid's brother to become a soul-steeling number hunter to cure him.
** The second part of the series ,Zexal II, is made EVEN WORSE, if that's even possible, by introducing the seven Barian Emperors; seven teenagers/young adults who are the reincarnations of the original seven Emperors. Originally, the seven were young kids who had short, brutal lives before they died filled with rage. Their reincarnations are convince to reprise their original forms to help their world; by destroying earth. The main characters, who, again, are all young kids, are forced to watch the destruction of their home and the deaths of thousands of innocents, before [[spoiler:each of them are forced into death duels or outright killed as sacrifices.]] The seven Barians realize their mistakes, but are all [[spoiler:killed as well]]. By the end of the series,[[spoiler: Everyone but Yuma has been killed off]],[spoiler: although they are resurrected by the end]]. Poor Yuma has a near mental breakdown and sinks into a HeroicBSOD again and again, [[EarnYourHappyEnding but he ends up better in the end.]].
** The manga makes it even worse ,if possible, by portraying the villains and their actions completely differently. The seemingly stupid, useless Mr.Heartland is actually an extremely sick psychopath who swindled 689 terminally ill people. The anime 1st BigBad who underwent a HeelFaceTurn is never given that chance in the books;[[spoiler: Dr.Faker was revealed to be a [[DeadAllAlong dead body
turned into a puppet all along]]. Imagine Kaito's face upon discovering kid soldier.
* ''Anime/{{Monster}}''. Even disregarding the {{backstory}}, at one point Johan very nearly gets a 10-year-old to kill himself by, when he finds out the kid is looking for his mother, sending him into a red light district with the kind, gentle assurance that if no one claims him as their child, he's unwanted and has no reason to live.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''
** A seven year old Sasuke Uchiha returns home to find his entire clan dead, and his older brother [[AloofBigBrother Itachi]] standing over the corpses of his mother and father. When a terrified and bewildered Sasuke asks Itachi what has happened, Itachi kindly [[MindRape uses his Mangekyou Sharingan to force his little brother to relive the massacre of the Uchiha clan for 72 hours]]. No wonder Sasuke does a FaceHeelTurn after Itachi turns up in Konoha and mindrapes him ''again''.
** Itachi in turn was motivated to massacre his clan by the fact that they were planning to try to take over the village, thus starting a civil war (and a world war, due to other nations seizing advantage). This prospect was unrelentingly flashing him back to his own childhood, when in the words of Tobi ([[spoiler:Obito]]), "During the Third aja World War, Itachi, barely four years old, witnessed countless people slaughtered in cold blood. A four year-old is still too immature to turn war into experience for a child, war is hell. The trauma turned Itachi into a boy who loathed war and strife, and only desired peace."
** Hatake Kakashi ''fought'' in that Third Ninja World War. He was genin at 5 and chunin by the time he was 6, and considering they were at war at the time it's unlikely he would have done kid-friendly missions. If Naruto and his friends were involved in life-death fights as 12 year olds during what's supposed to be ''peace'' time, what was a 6 year old chunin doing in ''war'' time? He also saw
his father's - the last hope for Haruto's survival - rotten corpse]] The DiscOneFinalBoss is a once loving brother turned into a StrawNihilist OmnicidalManiac body after strangling he committed suicide, saw Obito die at 13, was forced to death kill [[spoiler:his remaining team-mate Rin]] soon after, and a month before he hit 14 lost his sensei to the Kyuubi's attack. An adult Kakashi mentions that everyone he cared for is dead.
** Meanwhile in Wind Country, Gaara's father had the tanuki-like One-Tailed Shukaku, a tailed beast, sealed into his body while Gaara was still in his mother's womb, giving him the power to manipulate sand. The Fourth Kazekage, Gaara's father and the leader of the village of Sunagakure, intended to use Gaara as the village's personal weapon. Gaara was trained by his father throughout his childhood to help gain control over the abilities granted to him by Shukaku. Despite this, Gaara was ostracized by the Sunagakure villagers, who viewed him as a monster for being the host of a tailed beast. Gaara would occasionally snap from the villagers' stares and harm/kill them. These attacks on the villagers convinced Gaara's father that he was a failed experiment, and he ordered Gaara's assassination. All of the attempts on Gaara's life failed, as Shukaku would always protect Gaara from harm and kill the assassin. Realizing that he had been abandoned by his family, Gaara adopted the belief that he could only rely upon himself and Shukaku, and that he had to kill others in order to confirm the value of his own existence.
** Haku's childhood. Haku's father and mother were simple farmers, and they lived a peaceful life. They loved each other, and were kind to their child. Unfortunately, this all changed one day. Haku's mother was a carrier of a kekkei genkai: Ice Release. She hid this fact from her husband, hoping that the love and peace that was shared in their small family would last forever. One day, Haku discovered the ability to manipulate water. Amazed by this, Haku proudly showed this to his mother, who was horrified by what she saw, and harshly scolded Haku for displaying his ability. Unbeknownst to his mother, Haku's father had seen everything. When Haku's father discovered that his wife and child possessed a kekkei genkai, he assembled a small mob of villagers, and killed his wife. He would have done the same to Haku, but before he could, Haku killed them. Orphaned, Haku became
a child who looked was wanted by no-one and was forced to take to the cold streets and rummage through trash bins for scraps of food, even sometimes having to fight off the wild dogs that roamed the streets. In time, he was found by Zabuza Momochi, who asked Haku to become his "weapon," which meant to become a dedicated kekkei genkai shinobi for Zabuza. Haku readily accepted this role, due to the purpose it gave him, devoting his life to becoming Zabuza's ultimate weapon.
** As Pain is [[spoiler: stabbing Hinata almost to death]] he tells Naruto, "It was just
like this for me too. When I was young my parents were killed before my very eyes by ninja from the Hidden Leaf."
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'':
** Misato saw (and miraculously lived through) Second Impact when she was 14.
** Shinji witnessed his mother's "death" in Unit 01 when he was a toddler.
** Asuka saw her mother in her deranged state after the contact experiment with Unit 02, and also found her after she'd hanged herself. In the manga version, her mother also tried to kill her.
* As a young child, Mireille Bouquet of ''Anime/{{Noir}}'' saw her parents and brother murdered in their home, which led to her and her uncle fleeing their native Corsica and her becoming an internationally renowned assassin. She had never managed to identify the killers, but swore vengeance against them if and when she ever did track them down. [[spoiler:Problem is, the shooter was none other than her partner Kirika, which is played for a major HeroicBSOD in the last five episodes.]]
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** When he was about seven, Luffy watched
his beloved sibling (said child even [[KillAndReplace killed and replaced said sibling]]). The TrueFinalBoss is idol Shanks get his arm ripped off by a torture loving EldritchAbomination calling herself the Goddess of Darkness/Pain. Needless to say, the characters mental states are even worse in the manga.
** "Anime/YuGiOhArcV" has recently surpassed Zexal as
sea king while being rescued by the worst for the young protagonists. It features inter-dimensional wars, genocide, and child soldiers, all portrayed in a relatively realistic way.
* ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' has Fai, who watched
former.
** Nami
[[spoiler: watched her surrogate mother get shot in the head and killed]]. When you consider this and everything else she's been through, it's amazing she's sane.
** After she fell down the stairs and broke her neck, Zoro saw Kuina's dead body. And some in the audience keep thinking "For the love of God, don't leave the body where the cute 12 year old can see it!" ([[HowDareYouDieOnMe Certain other things only made it more traumatic for the poor guy.]]) Understandably, the people at Toei found this disturbing enough to omit from the anime adaptation. (by not showing the body directly, that is.) In the English dub, Zoro had to hear that several of the boys he knew who had also been beaten by Kuina had all ganged up on her and beat her ([[NeverSayDie to death]]). Which is arguably a much [[DubText worse]] death.
** Robin saw her ''entire civilization'' wiped out in an orgy of violence and explosions, with the three people in the world who were remotely kind to her (including her estranged mother, who had just returned with [[HarbingerOfImpendingDoom hell following behind her]]) murdered in front of her.
** Sanji, as a kid, was left stranded on a rock in the middle of the ocean. The most traumatic one was when he realized that the other castaway gave away all
his twin brother die, food for him, and believed was forced TO EAT HIS OWN LEG to survive. Talk about traumatizing minors. No wonder that both of them swore that they'll never say no to anyone who asked for food, whoever he caused it]] is.
** In his childhood, Trafalgar Law saw things no one, let alone kids, should ever see. His hometown was wiped out by soldiers, his parents killed by gunfire, the nun who was taking care of him,
and Kurogane, who [[spoiler: all of his friends, likewise dead, ''and his home being burned to a crisp with his little sister still inside''. And last but not least, he had to ''[[BuriedInAPileOfCorpses hide in a pile of corpses to leave the city without getting killed himself]]''. At least Robin saw most of the destruction from a distance, while Law saw it up close and personal]]. No wonder [[CreepyChild he was so fucked up as a kid.
* ''Manga/PeacemakerKurogane'': Poor Tetsunosuke
saw his mother stabbed to death parents get murdered right in front of his eyes.]] Their eyes, years later he continues to see people get murdered, and the killer who murdered his parents tries to come after him later on too. Is it any wonder that he spends about four episodes in HeroicBSOD mode?
* [[spoiler:Michiru]] from ''Anime/PlasticMemories'' saw her [[RaisedByRobots Giftia father]] gunned down at age thirteen. He had became [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie a Wanderer]] and was aggressive towards everyone, even her.
* In a {{flashback}} during the RS arc of ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'', this is all but confirmed when a five year old [[spoiler:Ruby]] gets his ''head slashed at by a Salamance''. [[spoiler: Little Sapphire]] was all but mentally scarred by seeing [[spoiler: little Ruby]] smiling at her with blood running down his face.
* There's also Koya from ''Manga/PokemonDiamondAndPearlAdventure''. Up until now, he and his Growlithe had been extremely close, having been partners for a rather long time. And ''then'' Growlithe got [[CurbStompBattle violently whooped]] by a Gyarados (a Water-type Pokémon, super effective against Growlithe, and who seemed absolutely elated at its condition), so much so that it had to go to the Pokémon Center equivalent of the ER. And just to top it all off, when Growlithe finally awoke, it was so traumatized by the experience that it shrunk into a corner when Koya tried to touch it. No wonder he's a bitter half-pint in the International Police.
* In ''Anime/PrincessTutu'', it's revealed that [[spoiler:Fakir]]'s parents were viciously attacked and killed right in front of him by crows as a child. [[spoiler:It's made even worse in that the crows were actually trying to attack ''him'' because of him misusing his RewritingReality powers, and his parents died protecting him. [[FailureKnight And now you know why he's obsessed with protecting other people.]]]]
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': Genma Saotome has a funny idea of raising his son. [[SinkOrSwimMentor Genma]] took his trusting young son at the age of six/ten (depends on version) and proceeded to put him through TrainingFromHell considered foolhardy and excessive even by others in the series (in which legitimate training techniques include trying to grab chestnuts from an open flame and being suspended in midair by a rope while having a huge boulder swung at the trainee). Said "training" consisted of wrapping Ranma up in jakuwa (dried sausages made from fish meat) and then throwing him into a pit filled with starving cats, over and over again, until Ranma developed a permanent phobia of cats as well as a fear-inducable BerserkMode in which Ranma's conscious mind switches off and a split personality that believes itself to be a housecat takes over, due to the human personality being unable to handle the terror any more. The kicker is that the training manual noted that this technique had been discontinued for
ages because it was [[SanityHasAdvantages functionally useless]] and invariably killed or permanently traumatized the trainees... it just so happened that the warning was on the [[NowYouTellMe next page of the manual]], so Genma didn't see it until after he'd finished "teaching" it to Ranma, as he'd been too lazy to bother reading that far beforehand. There are reasons why [[AbusiveParents Genma Saotome]] will never given, but win "Father of the Year".
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'':
** Himura Kenshin. Besides losing his parents to illness, being sold into slavery, and seeing the people who took care of him killed by bandits, he was out killing people at 15!
** Soujiro was an unwanted bastard and resented by the entirety of his father's family who felt inconvenienced in having to raise him and only did it because of appearances. Up until the incident with Shishio,
they are children were horribly abusive and considered him a slave. Shishio just gives Soujiro, who is approximately 8 at that time.the time, the means to make himself a SelfMadeOrphan [[OffingTheOffspring out of self preservation.]] This does not have a good effect on his [[DissonantSerenity mental health]].
* The main characters in ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' range from six ([=ChibiUsa=] before she gains her senshi form) to fifteen or so, excluding Mamoru and Setsuna. All of them die or watch a loved one die (usually after being beaten senseless), [=ChibiUsa=] watches her entire city blown up and her mother knocked into a coma, their job is fighting Eldritch Abominations, Usagi routinely has to watch her team die horrifically to save her, etc. There's even [=ChibiChibi=] who is ''two'' but she's a different case as she's actually an adult woman in disguise ([[Manga/SailorMoon manga]]) or the personification of someone's purity ([[Anime/SailorMoon anime]]) so she's probably got a good handle on the whole death-and-destruction thing. In particular, Minako has a backstory that, depending on the medium, includes being involved into gun crimes in London and ''having a hand grenade thrown at her'' ([[Anime/SailorMoon anime]]) or [[spoiler: ''killing the man she loves'']] in ''Manga/CodenameSailorV''.



* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' is littered with children being exposed to horrific violence.
** Amon's FreudianExcuse centers on having walked in on his beloved foster father [[spoiler: ''eating'' his friend, and realizing this is what happened to all the other children supposedly adopted from the orphanage]].
** Hinami witnesses her mother being executed by Investigators, and later gets lured into a trap by the scent of her mother's severed arm in a bag. The Investigator follows this up with using weapons ''made from her parents'' to try to kill her and her caretaker.
** As children, [[CainAndAbel Touka and Ayato]] were betrayed by a neighbor and nearly killed by Investigators. Touka was roughly ''eight'' at the time, but managed to manifest her [[FeatherFlechette kagune]] for the first time to possibly kill one of the Investigators and allow their escape. They spent the next several years on the streets, becoming an infamously violent pair.



* [[spoiler:Michiru]] from ''Anime/PlasticMemories'' saw her [[RaisedByRobots Giftia father]] gunned down at age thirteen. He had became [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie a Wanderer]] and was aggressive towards everyone, even her.

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* [[spoiler:Michiru]] ''Manga/ShionNoOu'': When Shion Yasuoka was a very young child, she witnessed the brutal murder of her parents. The trauma of the event rendered her mute.
* Sora and Sunao of ''LightNovel/{{Sukisho}}'' were subjugated to immoral experiments by [[MadScientist Aizawa]] when they were children, which included psychological torture and starvation.
* ''{{Anime/Texhnolyze}}'': When Ichise was a child, his father, Ikuse, was killed for what Ichise believes was betraying his friends and Ichise discovered his fathers mutilated body hanging
from ''Anime/PlasticMemories'' the ceiling. A short time after, his mother also died. All he was left with was a vial that contained some of his mother's cells. Soon after, he began his life as a fighter in an underground arena. His life after that was just one extreme BreakTheCutie moment after another.
* In ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', Barnaby witnessed his parents' murder when he was just 4 years old. As a result, he's developed a bad case of post-traumatic stress disorder and a single-minded obsession with getting revenge on the offending party.
* ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' has Fai, who watched [[spoiler: his twin brother die, and believed he caused it]] and Kurogane, who [[spoiler:
saw his mother stabbed to death in front of his eyes.]] Their ages are never given, but they are children at that time.
* Subaru, in ''Manga/TokyoBabylon'', is shown in a {{Flashback}} early on making a mysterious [[CrypticBackgroundReference bet]] with [[spoiler: [[TheUntwist Seishirou]]]] under a [[CherryBlossoms sakura tree]]. Only later do we see that [[spoiler: Seishirou was standing over the corpse of his latest victim at the time]].
* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' is littered with children being exposed to horrific violence.
** Amon's FreudianExcuse centers on having walked in on his beloved foster father [[spoiler: ''eating'' his friend, and realizing this is what happened to all the other children supposedly adopted from the orphanage]].
** Hinami witnesses
her [[RaisedByRobots Giftia father]] gunned down at age thirteen. He had became [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie a Wanderer]] mother being executed by Investigators, and later gets lured into a trap by the scent of her mother's severed arm in a bag. The Investigator follows this up with using weapons ''made from her parents'' to try to kill her and her caretaker.
** As children, [[CainAndAbel Touka and Ayato]] were betrayed by a neighbor and nearly killed by Investigators. Touka
was aggressive towards everyone, even her.roughly ''eight'' at the time, but managed to manifest her [[FeatherFlechette kagune]] for the first time to possibly kill one of the Investigators and allow their escape. They spent the next several years on the streets, becoming an infamously violent pair.



* Most of [[spoiler:L's successors]] from ''Manga/DeathNote'' would probably fit this trope, as they are all orphans who may have witnessed the deaths of their families, and are ruthlessly groomed from a young age to [[spoiler:succeed L]], with seemingly little regard to their mental health.

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* Most of [[spoiler:L's successors]] ''Anime/YuGiOh'' being set in a world where children's card games rule doesn't save the young Ishtar clan members from ''Manga/DeathNote'' would probably fit being exposed to horrific violence at the hands of their father. The Tomb Keeper initiation in the anime is shown through a ShadowDiscretionShot, but the [[Manga/YuGiOh manga]] shows just how ten-year-old Malik/Marik got his scars in bloody detail.
* Despite being created to market the card game, all the other members of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise show varying amounts of this.
** Perhaps the most extreme is "Anime/YuGiOhZexal". Taking place in a beautiful, colorful, carnival like city called Heartland during a period when the duel monsters game is used as a MundaneUtility, you are led to think that it will be a cute, child friendly show; it's not (even in the English dub). The main character, Yuma, and his best friends being 11-13 years old (depending on the medium) doesn't save them from being pulled into the intergalactic numbers war and experiencing severe pain and torture at the hands of the villains. The Arklight siblings are verbally and mentally abused by their father, Tron, so that they will help him carry out his revenge which includes torturing a young child in front of his big brother before stealing his powers and nearly killing him, and attempting to kill another duelist's sister in a fire. The numbers duelist's working for Dr. Faker and Mr.Heartland were recruited as young children and put through brutal, almost fatal, dueling exercises to train them to steal peoples souls. The youngest member of the reoccurring cast Haruto/Hart, is a small CreepyChild who is manipulated into using his physic powers to attack innocent people in another dimension. The poor kid is also used as a pawn; [[spoiler:He is actually possessed]] and it has caused him to develop a sickness that will eventually become fatal, and
this trope, as is used to convince the kid's brother to become a soul-steeling number hunter to cure him.
** The second part of the series ,Zexal II, is made EVEN WORSE, if that's even possible, by introducing the seven Barian Emperors; seven teenagers/young adults who are the reincarnations of the original seven Emperors. Originally, the seven were young kids who had short, brutal lives before
they died filled with rage. Their reincarnations are convince to reprise their original forms to help their world; by destroying earth. The main characters, who, again, are all orphans who may have witnessed young kids, are forced to watch the destruction of their home and the deaths of thousands of innocents, before [[spoiler:each of them are forced into death duels or outright killed as sacrifices.]] The seven Barians realize their families, mistakes, but are all [[spoiler:killed as well]]. By the end of the series,[[spoiler: Everyone but Yuma has been killed off]],[spoiler: although they are resurrected by the end]]. Poor Yuma has a near mental breakdown and are ruthlessly groomed from sinks into a young age to [[spoiler:succeed L]], with HeroicBSOD again and again, [[EarnYourHappyEnding but he ends up better in the end.]].
** The manga makes it even worse ,if possible, by portraying the villains and their actions completely differently. The
seemingly little regard stupid, useless Mr.Heartland is actually an extremely sick psychopath who swindled 689 terminally ill people. The anime 1st BigBad who underwent a HeelFaceTurn is never given that chance in the books;[[spoiler: Dr.Faker was revealed to their be a [[DeadAllAlong dead body turned into a puppet all along]]. Imagine Kaito's face upon discovering his father's - the last hope for Haruto's survival - rotten corpse]] The DiscOneFinalBoss is a once loving brother turned into a StrawNihilist OmnicidalManiac after strangling to death a child who looked like his beloved sibling (said child even [[KillAndReplace killed and replaced said sibling]]). The TrueFinalBoss is a torture loving EldritchAbomination calling herself the Goddess of Darkness/Pain. Needless to say, the characters mental health.states are even worse in the manga.
** "Anime/YuGiOhArcV" has recently surpassed Zexal as being the worst for the young protagonists. It features inter-dimensional wars, genocide, and child soldiers, all portrayed in a relatively realistic way.
* ''Manga/{{Zetsuai 1989}}'': When Izumi was five, his mother discovered his father was cheating on her, and murdered him in front of Izumi so that she could "possess him completely". Years after this, after getting out of prison, Izumi's mother goes to him, explains her reasons and kills herself in front of him. After this, it's easy to understand why Izumi becomes so hot-tempered and mistrustful of love.
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