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14th May '18 3:31:31 PM Kate
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* The horror novel ''Literature/Others'' has a whole wing of a nursing home filled with Freaks in the Attic. Some of them are nice people who just have a physical deformity of varying severity. The Others, though, either because of their imprisonment, or what the director of the home has been doing to them, or just madness, are true monsters.

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* The horror novel ''Literature/Others'' ''{{Literature/Others}}'' has a whole wing of a nursing home filled with Freaks in the Attic. Some of them are nice people who just have a physical deformity of varying severity. The Others, though, either because of their imprisonment, or what the director of the home has been doing to them, or just madness, are true monsters.
14th May '18 3:27:30 PM Kate
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* The horror novel ''Others'' has a whole wing of a nursing home filled with Freaks in the Attic. Some of them are nice people who just have a physical deformity of varying severity. The Others, though, either because of their imprisonment, or what the director of the home has been doing to them, or just madness, are true monsters.

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* The horror novel ''Others'' ''Literature/Others'' has a whole wing of a nursing home filled with Freaks in the Attic. Some of them are nice people who just have a physical deformity of varying severity. The Others, though, either because of their imprisonment, or what the director of the home has been doing to them, or just madness, are true monsters.
13th Apr '18 8:21:47 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' downplays this with Toph, who was born blind and thus confined to the family estate under her parents' misguided assumption that DisabledMeansHelpless. Unknown to her parents, she carried on a secret life fighting other [[DishingOutDirt earthbenders]] in the arena as the "[[BlindWeaponmaster Blind Bandit]]", and eventually ran away to join the main heroes as a [[SixthRanger fourth team member]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' downplays this with the Beifong family's secret daughter Toph, who was born blind and thus confined to the family estate under her parents' misguided assumption that DisabledMeansHelpless. Unknown to her parents, The situation was a pretty cushy GildedCage, but she carried on a secret life fighting nonetheless yearned for adventure in the outside world. By the time the heroes meet her, she's been regularly sneaking out to battle other [[DishingOutDirt earthbenders]] in the arena as the "[[BlindWeaponmaster Blind Bandit]]", and eventually ran away to join Bandit]]" in the main arena. At the end of she episode, she runs off with the heroes as a [[SixthRanger fourth team member]].new addition to the team]].
13th Apr '18 8:08:02 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' downplays this with Toph, who was born blind and thus confined to the family estate under her parents' misguided assumption that DisabledMeansHelpless. Unknown to her parents, she carried on a secret life fighting other [[DishingOutDirt earthbenders]] in the arena as the "[[BlindWeaponmaster Blind Bandit]]", and eventually ran away to join the main heroes as a [[SixthRanger fourth team member]].
11th Apr '18 5:14:33 AM Ninamarie124
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5th Apr '18 10:06:29 PM Pamina
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* In Frances Hodgson Burnett's ''Literature/TheSecretGarden'', Mary's uncle keeps his son and Mary's cousin, a bedridden hunchback and sickly child named Colin, hidden away in the house for fear that he will not be able to survive in normal society, and shuns him because of the boy's resemblance to his dead mother.

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* In Frances Hodgson Burnett's ''Literature/TheSecretGarden'', Mary's uncle keeps his son and Mary's cousin, a bedridden hunchback and bedridden, sickly child named Colin, hidden away in the house for fear that he will not be able to survive in normal society, and shuns him because of the boy's resemblance to his dead mother.
25th Mar '18 11:50:11 PM dvorak
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** ''Perfect'' has the narrator's cousin chained up in a cupboard under the stairs because she had Downs Syndrome, and his aunt wanted a "perfect" family. The greatest irony was that the strain of this ruined the family: the other two kids are severely depressed and the uncle was murdered for refusing to put up with such ill treatment of his daughter, and fed to her. The aunt ends the story as a crazy homeless woman.
25th Mar '18 12:45:04 AM dvorak
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* Music/StephenLynch's song ''Special Ed'' states that Edward lives in his mother's shed instead of the house, because "He's... special". However, he does get a bed, which is downright kingly compared to some of the other examples here.

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* Music/StephenLynch's song ''Special Ed'' states that his best friend Edward lives in his mother's shed instead of the house, because "He's... special". However, he does get a bed, bed and is allowed out to play with the other children, which is downright kingly compared to some of the other examples here.
25th Mar '18 12:31:11 AM dvorak
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* Music/StephenLynch's song ''Special Ed'' states that Edward lives in his mother's shed instead of the house, because "He's... special". However, he does get a bed, which is downright kingly compared to some of the other examples here.


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* The CreepyPasta ''I Caught My Grandfather Talking to an Air Vent'' involves this. The narrator's grandfather had a secret twin sister who was locked away in the attic, and they learned that they could talk through the vents. When [[ScareQuotes ""great""]] grandfather found out, he murdered her and buried her in the back yard.
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13th Mar '18 5:10:36 AM jormis29
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* The [[LighterAndSofter Lighter, Softer]], [[UsefulNotes/{{Scotland}} Pedantically Scottish]] and less successful remake of ''VideoGame/TheSeventhGuest'', ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clandestiny Clandestiny]]'', features the ''Monster Child [=MacPhiles=]'', who not only is a fright to behold but would haunt her familial captors with beautiful singing, just to remind them [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman what scoundrels they are for locking her away]].

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* The [[LighterAndSofter Lighter, Softer]], [[UsefulNotes/{{Scotland}} Pedantically Scottish]] and less successful remake of ''VideoGame/TheSeventhGuest'', ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clandestiny Clandestiny]]'', ''VideoGame/{{Clandestiny}}'', features the ''Monster Child [=MacPhiles=]'', who not only is a fright to behold but would haunt her familial captors with beautiful singing, just to remind them [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman what scoundrels they are for locking her away]].
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