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24th Jun '16 2:24:41 AM Medinoc
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* Pullman likes this trope -- the Bolvangar installation in ''[[Literature/HisDarkMaterials The Golden Compass]]'' is an especially nasty variation. Seems exactly like, if not an OrphanageOfLove, a fairly middle-of-the-road boarding school (except for being situated in the middle of the Arctic); functions as a ''laboratory facility''.

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* Pullman likes this trope -- the Bolvangar installation in ''[[Literature/HisDarkMaterials The Golden Compass]]'' is an especially nasty variation. Seems exactly like, if not an OrphanageOfLove, a fairly middle-of-the-road boarding school (except for being situated in the middle of the Arctic); Arctic and populated with kidnapped children); functions as a ''laboratory facility''.
13th Jun '16 11:40:12 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/GeneStrattonPorter's ''Michael O'Halloran'', Mickey's mother had raised him to be able to look after himself because otherwise he would be taken to the home. When he meets Peaches after her granny died, other boarders are talking of how the girl will be taken to the home, and she's terrified.

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* In Creator/GeneStrattonPorter's ''Michael O'Halloran'', ''Literature/MichaelOHalloran'', Mickey's mother had raised him to be able to look after himself because otherwise he would be taken to the home. When he meets Peaches after her granny died, other boarders are talking of how the girl will be taken to the home, and she's terrified.
12th Jun '16 5:33:10 AM Dravencour
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->'''Grelod the Kind:''' I will hear no more talk of adoptions! None of you riff-raff is getting adopted. Ever! Nobody needs you, nobody wants you. That, my darlings, is why you're here. Why you will always be here, until the day you come of age and get thrown into that wide, horrible world. Now, what do you all say?\\

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->'''Grelod the Kind:''' Those who shirk their duties will get an extra beating. Do I make myself clear?\\
'''Orphans:''' Yes, Grelod.\\
'''Grelod the Kind:''' And one more thing!
I will hear no more talk of adoptions! None of you riff-raff is getting adopted. Ever! Nobody needs you, nobody wants you. That, my darlings, is why you're here. Why you will always be here, until the day you come of age and get thrown into that wide, horrible world. Now, what do you all say?\\
1st May '16 10:15:06 PM Whitewings
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* The Creator/ECComics story "Halloween" is set in one of these, though the direct childcare person is desperately trying to turn it into an OrphanageOfLove, the management tells her there simply isn't enough money for decent food, clothing, lights...and certainly not a jack-o-lantern! [[spoiler: Naturally the manager is revealed as having kept two-thirds of the orphanage's income for his own personal benefit...and then [[DecapitationPresentation the children get their jack-o-lantern]].]]

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* The Creator/ECComics story "Halloween" is set in one of these, these: though the direct childcare person is desperately trying to turn it into an OrphanageOfLove, the management tells her there simply isn't enough money for decent food, clothing, lights...and certainly not a jack-o-lantern! [[spoiler: Naturally the manager is revealed as having kept two-thirds of the orphanage's income for his own personal benefit...and then [[DecapitationPresentation the children get their jack-o-lantern]].]]
23rd Apr '16 6:03:34 PM JusticeReaper
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* In the back-story for ''Series/StreetJustice'', shortly after losing his parents and getting separated from Marine veteran Adam in Vietnam, Grady grew up in one of these, whose caretaker frequently beat on him. Grady ran away from there eventually...but unfortunately he wound up in prison, where he would spend a significant portion of time before eventually making his way to the United States.
30th Mar '16 11:48:16 PM Pichu-kun
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* In ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', [[spoiler: Miyoko Tanishi aka the BigBad Miyo Takano]] spends some time in an extreme version of this, as part of her StartOfDarkness. It's heavily implied that the kids are tortured and raped on a regular basis by the bitter ex-military staff. In the manga, it's especially horrifying.
** Ironically, this version does not use boney, scary looking nuns of any sort, but instead uses tall, bulky, powerful, huge men who barely even hide their love of putting the children through hell.
*** Also, in the anime, when she is [[spoiler: caught and given to the guard whose finger she had bitten]], it is heavily implied that he will either rape her or beat her to death, or both! [[spoiler: However, she is saved when Takano arrives to adopt her before the guard can truly lay a hand on her.]] In the manga, [[spoiler: [[ForcedToWatch she is shown the tortures all her teammates had gone through]], before she undergoes her actual punishment. Here, the guard defecates into a toilet in front of her before shoving her head in, telling her to clean his crap with her mouth. He then proceeds to rape her, while keeping a sadistic and luscious grin on his face. She is later given to Takano, AFTER the disgusting punishment -- and according to Miyo (then known as Miyoko) she didn't even get to shower or anything afterwards]]. Yeah, the manga really doesn't go easy on us.



* Though it varies by personal Fanon, ''Anime/{{Death Note}}'''s Wammy's House can qualify - the place is basically set up to produce the ultimate TykeBomb, after all, which is bound to be an unpleasant process. ''LightNovel/{{Another Note}}'' tells us that [[DrivenToSuicide it doesn't work out so well for all of the kids]].
** L, Near, Matt, and Mello all seem pretty content with their upbringing, and L's absolute trust toward Watari would imply that Wammy's is something of an OrphanageOfLove; however, all four of them have their [[AmbiguousDisorder not]]-[[LackOfEmpathy so]]-[[HotBlooded normal]] traits. Then we get the ones like [[DeathByOriginStory A]] and [[SerialKiller Beyond]] [[IJustWantToBeYou Birthday]]...

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* Though it varies by personal Fanon, ''Anime/{{Death Note}}'''s Wammy's House can qualify - the place is basically set up to produce the ultimate TykeBomb, after all, which is bound to be an unpleasant process. ''LightNovel/{{Another Note}}'' tells us that [[DrivenToSuicide it doesn't work out so well for all of the kids]].
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kids]] L, Near, Matt, and Mello all seem pretty content with their upbringing, and L's absolute trust toward Watari would imply that Wammy's is something of an OrphanageOfLove; however, all four of them have their [[AmbiguousDisorder not]]-[[LackOfEmpathy so]]-[[HotBlooded normal]] traits. Then we get the ones like [[DeathByOriginStory A]] and [[SerialKiller Beyond]] [[IJustWantToBeYou Birthday]]...



* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' fanfiction tends to use this, since if no one cared about Naruto, he would have had to have gone to an orphanage due to being an orphan. It's not known whether there was an actual Orphanage of Fear in the series, but [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer given the status of Jinchuuriki]], it doesn't seem at all unlikely.
** Not to mention, he was living ''by himself'' at the age of like twelve at the beginning of the series--it certainly seems to imply there was a place he couldn't get away from fast enough.

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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' fanfiction tends to use this, since if no one cared about Naruto, he would have had to have gone to an orphanage due to being an orphan. It's not known whether there was an actual Orphanage of Fear in the series, but [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer given the status of Jinchuuriki]], it doesn't seem at all unlikely.
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unlikely. Not to mention, he was living ''by himself'' at the age of like twelve at the beginning of the series--it certainly seems to imply there was a place he couldn't get away from fast enough.



* Within the fandom for ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', many fanfiction writers take advantage of the fact that Scootaloo of the Cutie Mark Crusaders, who accompanies the younger sisters of two other characters, has no visible family or home to portray her as an orphan. As such, Scootaloo is frequently depicted as either living in one of these or having run away to Ponyville in order to avoid living in one. This, combined with stories about Scootaloo having abusive parents have resulted in the creation of an entire subgenre within the fandom dubbed Scootabuse.

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* Within the fandom for ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', many fanfiction writers take advantage of the fact that Scootaloo of the Cutie Mark Crusaders, who accompanies the younger sisters of two other characters, characters has no [[InvisibleParents visible family or home family]] to portray her as an orphan. As such, Scootaloo is frequently depicted as either living in one of these or having run away to Ponyville in order to avoid living in one. This, combined with stories about Scootaloo having abusive parents have resulted in the creation of an entire subgenre within the fandom dubbed Scootabuse."Scootabuse". In contrast, many "Scootalove" stories have Rainbow Dash adopting Scootaloo.



* The Spanish horror movie ''El orfanato'' ("Film/TheOrphanage"). The movie is actually about a woman returning to an orphanage years after she grew up there.
** Although according to her, she was actually happy at the orphanage, and all the kids saw each other as one big happy family. Until they got on [[spoiler: Benigna]]'s bad side, that is.

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* The Spanish horror movie ''El orfanato'' ("Film/TheOrphanage"). The movie is actually about a woman returning to an orphanage years after she grew up there.
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there. Although according to her, she was actually happy at the orphanage, and all the kids saw each other as one big happy family. Until they got on [[spoiler: Benigna]]'s bad side, that is.



* OlderThanRadio: ''Literature/OliverTwist'' starts out in one of these.
** Technically it's a workhouse- a homeless shelter where the inhabitants did grueling physical labor to pay for their extremely basic accommodation (though in reality they were more like work camps for the crime of being broke and desperate); these would encompass a section for children (some of whom would actually have one or both parents living in the men's or women's wards respectively.)
* ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables'', too. Slight subversion: Anne mentions that the staff meant well, and she wasn't abused, but it was a cold and dreary place where no one was loved.
** For Anne, though, the orphanage was often the better option than living with some of the many families she grew up with. Not only was she only "adopted" to take care of other people's children, but often these families didn't have enough to feed and clothe themselves (let alone Anne), and a few of the fathers were implied to be mean drunks.

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* OlderThanRadio: ''Literature/OliverTwist'' starts out in one of these.
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these. Technically it's a workhouse- a homeless shelter where the inhabitants did grueling physical labor to pay for their extremely basic accommodation (though in reality they were more like work camps for the crime of being broke and desperate); these would encompass a section for children (some of whom would actually have one or both parents living in the men's or women's wards respectively.)
* ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables'', too. ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables''. Slight subversion: Anne mentions that the staff meant well, and she wasn't abused, but it was a cold and dreary place where no one was loved.
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loved. For Anne, though, the orphanage was often the better option than living with some of the many families she grew up with. Not only was she only "adopted" to take care of other people's children, but often these families didn't have enough to feed and clothe themselves (let alone Anne), and a few of the fathers were implied to be mean drunks.



** Pullman likes this trope -- the Bolvangar installation in ''[[Literature/HisDarkMaterials The Golden Compass]]'' is an especially nasty variation. Seems exactly like, if not an OrphanageOfLove, a fairly middle-of-the-road boarding school (except for being situated in the middle of the Arctic); functions as a ''laboratory facility''.

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** * Pullman likes this trope -- the Bolvangar installation in ''[[Literature/HisDarkMaterials The Golden Compass]]'' is an especially nasty variation. Seems exactly like, if not an OrphanageOfLove, a fairly middle-of-the-road boarding school (except for being situated in the middle of the Arctic); functions as a ''laboratory facility''.



* PlayedWith in ''Literature/HarryPotter''--[[BigBad Voldemort]] grew up in a {{Muggle|s}} orphanage that Harry thinks is "grim," but the overworked staff is clearly taking care of the kids' needs as best they can. The worst thing about it is actually Voldemort (then called Tom) himself, an EnfantTerrible who uses his undeveloped magic to traumatize his peers, even if the staff can never figure out how he does it.

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* PlayedWith in ''Literature/HarryPotter''--[[BigBad ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Played with. [[BigBad
Voldemort]] grew up in a {{Muggle|s}} orphanage that Harry thinks is "grim," but the overworked staff is clearly taking care of the kids' needs as best they can. The worst thing about it is actually Voldemort (then called Tom) himself, an EnfantTerrible who uses his undeveloped magic to traumatize his peers, even if the staff can never figure out how he does it.



* Every living arrangement by the orphans in ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' works out to be an Orphanage of Fear.
** Although a few of those cases only turns that way because Count Olaf shows up.

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* Every living arrangement by the orphans in ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' works out to be an Orphanage of Fear.
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Fear. Although a few of those cases only turns that way because Count Olaf shows up.



* ''They Cage The Animals At Night'', which is supposedly ''[[TruthInTelevision AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY]]'', puts the protagonist in one of these. It is run by nuns- some of them are nice, while others are...not. Apparently, the punishment for bed-wetting is '''[[MoralEventHorizon stripping the child naked and telling the rest of the orphans about it]]'''.
** And whipping them the whole time. While they're naked and unprotected, mind you.

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* ''They Cage The Animals At Night'', which is supposedly ''[[TruthInTelevision AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY]]'', puts the protagonist in one of these. It is run by nuns- some of them are nice, while others are...not. Apparently, the punishment for bed-wetting is '''[[MoralEventHorizon stripping the child naked and telling the rest of the orphans about it]]'''.
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it]]''' And whipping them the whole time. While they're naked and unprotected, mind you.



* St. Aegolius' Academy for Orphaned Owls in the ''Literature/GuardiansOfGaHoole'' series is a pretty good example; stealing hundreds of eggs and owlets and going on to indoctrinate them through brainwashing techniques, completely erasing their sense of self, fiercely punishing any who ask any questions, forcing them to do labor such as picking through pellets and organizing what is found in them, and so on...
** Also, one of the owls in charge [[spoiler:''eats owl eggs''.]]

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* St. Aegolius' Academy for Orphaned Owls in the ''Literature/GuardiansOfGaHoole'' series is a pretty good example; stealing hundreds of eggs and owlets and going on to indoctrinate them through brainwashing techniques, completely erasing their sense of self, fiercely punishing any who ask any questions, forcing them to do labor such as picking through pellets and organizing what is found in them, and so on...
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on... Also, one of the owls in charge [[spoiler:''eats owl eggs''.]]



* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Day of the Moon" featured one of these, with {{Mind Rape}}d single occupant, and "GET OUT NOW" [[RoomFullOfCrazy scrawled all over the walls]] for extra goodness. [[spoiler:Oh, and it's full of sleeping Silents on the ceiling.]]
** Made even worse later when you realize the little girl living there was [[spoiler:young Melody Pond/River Song.]]

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* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Day of the Moon" featured one of these, with {{Mind Rape}}d single occupant, and "GET OUT NOW" [[RoomFullOfCrazy scrawled all over the walls]] for extra goodness. [[spoiler:Oh, and it's full of sleeping Silents on the ceiling.]]
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]] Made even worse later when you realize the little girl living there was [[spoiler:young Melody Pond/River Song.]]



* The Shalebridge Cradle from ''VideoGame/{{Thief}}: Deadly Shadows''.
** The Cradle started out as a dedicated orphanage. Then when financial problems struck, it was sold to people who turned it into an asylum for the criminally insane. Out of the goodness of their hearts, the doctors allowed the orphans to remain there. So to clarify, The Cradle was an Orphanage of Fear and a BedlamHouse ''simultaneously''. Then it burned down with both children and lunatics inside. Then the building [[GeniusLoci developed sentience]] and imprisoned the souls of the children and inmates inside itself so it could play with them... For all eternity.

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* The Shalebridge Cradle from ''VideoGame/{{Thief}}: Deadly Shadows''.
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Shadows''. The Cradle started out as a dedicated orphanage. Then when financial problems struck, it was sold to people who turned it into an asylum for the criminally insane. Out of the goodness of their hearts, the doctors allowed the orphans to remain there. So to clarify, The Cradle was an Orphanage of Fear and a BedlamHouse ''simultaneously''. Then it burned down with both children and lunatics inside. Then the building [[GeniusLoci developed sentience]] and imprisoned the souls of the children and inmates inside itself so it could play with them... For all eternity.



* ''VideoGame/RuleOfRose''. Gods. It's ''far, far worse'' than even the one in ''Film/TheOrphanage''.
** Well, originally its evil was pretty banal. [[spoiler:Then came Wendy, and brought in a good helping of imaginative cruelty.]]

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* ''VideoGame/RuleOfRose''. Gods. It's ''far, far worse'' than even the one in ''Film/TheOrphanage''.
** Well, originally
''Film/TheOrphanage''. Originally its evil was pretty banal. [[spoiler:Then came Wendy, and brought in a good helping of imaginative cruelty.]]



* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', [[spoiler: Miyoko Tanishi]] aka the BigBad [[spoiler:Miyo Takano]] spent some time in an extreme version of this, as part of her StartOfDarkness. It's heavily implied that the kids are tortured and raped on a regular basis by the bitter ex-military staff. Ironically, this version does not use boney, scary looking nuns of any sort, but instead uses tall, bulky, powerful, huge men who barely even hide their love of putting the children through hell. In the anime, when [[spoiler:Miyoko]] is [[spoiler:caught and given to the guard whose finger she had bitten]], it is heavily implied that he will either rape her or beat her to death, or both! [[spoiler:However, she is saved when Takano arrives to adopt her before the guard can truly lay a hand on her.]] In the manga, [[spoiler: [[ForcedToWatch she is shown the tortures all her teammates had gone through]] (one was even eaten to death by chickens),]] before she undergoes her actual punishment. Here, the guard [[spoiler:defecates into a toilet in front of her before shoving her head in, telling her to clean his crap with her mouth. He then proceeds to rape her, while keeping a sadistic and luscious grin on his face.]] She is later given to [[spoiler:Takano]], AFTER the disgusting punishment -- and according to [[spoiler:Miyo (then known as Miyoko)]] she didn't even get to shower or anything afterwards. Yeah, the manga really doesn't go easy on us.



* Pinkie Pie from ''WebVideo/FriendshipIsWitchcraft'' lived in at least an emotionally abusive one as a filly. It left her with deep insecurities about being Romani.

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* Pinkie Pie from ''WebVideo/FriendshipIsWitchcraft'' lived in at least an emotionally abusive one as a filly. It left her with deep insecurities about being Romani.Romani and being an [[FantasticRacism Earth Pony]].
24th Feb '16 6:43:19 PM MisterTulip
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* In ''Fanfic/TheWitchOfTheEverfree'', Sunset analogizes her orphanage's ''social'' food chain to the Everfree Forest's ''physical'' food chain.
9th Feb '16 12:43:05 PM HeraldAlberich
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'''Orphans:''' [unenthusiastically] We love you, Grelod. Thank you for your kindness.\\

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'''Orphans:''' [unenthusiastically] ''[unenthusiastically]'' We love you, Grelod. Thank you for your kindness.\\
31st Jan '16 7:10:11 PM Berrenta
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->''"Please, sir, I want some more."''
->''"MORE!!?"''
-->-- '''Literature/OliverTwist'''

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->''"Please, sir, ->'''Grelod the Kind:''' I want some more."''
->''"MORE!!?"''
will hear no more talk of adoptions! None of you riff-raff is getting adopted. Ever! Nobody needs you, nobody wants you. That, my darlings, is why you're here. Why you will always be here, until the day you come of age and get thrown into that wide, horrible world. Now, what do you all say?\\
'''Orphans:''' [unenthusiastically] We love you, Grelod. Thank you for your kindness.\\
'''Grelod the Kind:''' That's better. Now scurry off, my little guttersnipes.
-->-- '''Literature/OliverTwist'''
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29th Jan '16 5:58:32 AM MegaMarioMan
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* In ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankIntoTheNexus'', the orphanage the Progs were at seems to have been unpleasant at best; Vendra's holo-diaries mention that she and Neftin don't have any friends and the adults don't care that they're being bullied. On the inside, the nature of how the orphanage was run becomes noticeable. There are small metal baskets lying around and robotic claws are going along the ceiling, some still holding some of the baskets. Said claws follow a path that goes through some showers before ending at a conveyor belt which leads into the basement. The basement turns out to have been the windowless sleeping room for the children, with three giant hamster drinking stations.
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