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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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Per quotes thread. Old quote did not indicate the trope at all.
->''"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''' ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim''

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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.
25th Dec '15 6:55:03 PM MsChibi
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** L, Near, 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 three 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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** 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 three 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]]...
18th Dec '15 11:33:09 AM LoisB.Fan
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*In Sam Gayton's ''Lilliput'', Finn was an orphan at one of these, ironically called "The House of Safekeeping". The clocks there were designed to run quickly during the orphans' free time, and slowly during their work time. Christmas Day was forty minutes long there.
15th Nov '15 12:41:55 PM Dravencour
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->''"MORE!!?"
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->''"MORE!!?"->''"MORE!!?"''
31st Oct '15 6:38:09 PM LittleZelina
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** 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.)
11th Oct '15 8:28:57 PM merotoker
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* Cletus Kasady, the ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' villain better known as ComicBook/{{Carnage}} was dumped in one of these after he killed his father for killing his mother (or was it the other way around?). [[WhereIWasBornAndRazed He didn't take it very well]]. ** According to his own narrative in one comic, Kasady's father was sent to jail (and possibly executed) for murdering his mother, who was trying to kill Kasady. Of course, he testified ''against'' his dad to seal his fate, and the reason mummy wanted to kill him was because he was testing power tools on her poodle. The poor kid was then sent to live with his grandmother, whom he pushed down the stairs. Something tells me the orphanage was not exactly to blame. (Then again, he's an UnreliableNarrator.)
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* Cletus Kasady, the ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' villain better known as ComicBook/{{Carnage}} was dumped in one of these after he killed his father for killing his mother (or was it the other way around?). [[WhereIWasBornAndRazed He didn't take it very well]]. ** well]]. According to his own narrative in one comic, Kasady's father was sent to jail (and possibly executed) for murdering his mother, who was trying to kill Kasady. Of course, he testified ''against'' his dad to seal his fate, and the reason mummy wanted to kill him was because he was testing power tools on her poodle. The poor kid was then sent to live with his grandmother, whom he pushed down the stairs. Something tells me suggests the orphanage was not exactly to blame. (Then again, he's an UnreliableNarrator.)

* Mis Pritchard's orphanage in a ''[[TheFlash Max Mercury]]'' story set in 1910s New York. Mrs P hates children, but gets money from the city to raise them. She ''also'' gets a cut from child-hating toymaker Archimedes Schott, for supplying him with cheap labour. And then she takes the kids' wages as well. When Schott tells her he's going to burn down his factory, because Max has pressurised him into giving the kids more rights, she decides to send them to work that day anyway. (And yes, Archimedes looks a lot like his presumed descendent, Winslow.)
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* Mis Pritchard's orphanage in a ''[[TheFlash ''[[Franchise/TheFlash Max Mercury]]'' story set in 1910s New York. Mrs P hates children, but gets money from the city to raise them. She ''also'' gets a cut from child-hating toymaker Archimedes Schott, for supplying him with cheap labour. And then she takes the kids' wages as well. When Schott tells her he's going to burn down his factory, because Max has pressurised him into giving the kids more rights, she decides to send them to work that day anyway. (And yes, Archimedes looks a lot like his presumed descendent, Winslow.)

* The 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 ECComics 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]].]]

* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' fanfiction tended to paint Mamoru's childhood home as one of these, at least in the early days. At least [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1155391/1/As_God_Is_My_Witness_I_Thought_Turkeys_Could_Fly one fanfiction]] {{lampshaded}} this assumption by stating that Mamoru actually had it pretty good in the orphanage what with charity and donations, so he doesn't get why all the girls think he had a terrible childhood there.
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* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' fanfiction tended to paint Mamoru's childhood home as one of these, at least in the early days. At least [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1155391/1/As_God_Is_My_Witness_I_Thought_Turkeys_Could_Fly one fanfiction]] {{lampshaded}} {{lampshade|Hanging}}d this assumption by stating that Mamoru actually had it pretty good in the orphanage what with charity and donations, so he doesn't get why all the girls think he had a terrible childhood there.

* From ''OurMothersHouse'': ''It's a place with bars on the windows. Big iron bars and you can't get out. And you're not allowed outside except when they say. And they whip you. They whip you with whips. And they never give you enough to eat. And you wear sackcloth and sleep on bare boards. And they put the girls in one place, and the boys in another. And you're not allowed to talk or they'll whip you!''
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* From ''OurMothersHouse'': ''Film/OurMothersHouse'': ''It's a place with bars on the windows. Big iron bars and you can't get out. And you're not allowed outside except when they say. And they whip you. They whip you with whips. And they never give you enough to eat. And you wear sackcloth and sleep on bare boards. And they put the girls in one place, and the boys in another. And you're not allowed to talk or they'll whip you!''

* While the children of JohnCWright's ''[[Literature/ChroniclesOfChaos Orphans of Chaos]]'' are not actively maltreated, they are certainly kept in the dark about their origins, and apparently kept captive past the age of majority. [[spoiler: They also learn that their keepers have used LaserGuidedAmnesia and {{Restraining Bolt}}s on them.]]
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* While the children of JohnCWright's Creator/JohnCWright's ''[[Literature/ChroniclesOfChaos Orphans of Chaos]]'' are not actively maltreated, they are certainly kept in the dark about their origins, and apparently kept captive past the age of majority. [[spoiler: They also learn that their keepers have used LaserGuidedAmnesia and {{Restraining Bolt}}s on them.]]

* In ''The Declaration'' by Gemma Malley, Surpluses, or children born to people taking the immortality drug, are put in these. They are often told they do not deserve to exist and have futures as servants. The main character, Anna, escapes with the help of a boy named Peter. They are allowed to stay out of the group home because [[spoiler: both Anna's parents died, and Peter's father died, and the only way to get out of the homes is if one person in your family dies. That way, you're not adding more people to the world.]]
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* In ''The Declaration'' by Gemma Malley, Surpluses, or children born to people taking the immortality drug, are put in these. They are often told they do not deserve to exist and have futures as servants. The main character, Anna, escapes with the help of a boy named Peter. They are allowed to stay out of the group home because [[spoiler: both Anna's parents died, and Peter's father died, and the only way to get out of the homes is if one person in your family dies. That way, you're not adding more people to the world.]]world]].

* This trope is not as common in Creator/RoaldDahl's books as one might think, but Sophie from TheBFG used to live in one of these. And the treatment that [[Literature/JamesAndTheGiantPeach James Henry Trotter]] gets from his aunts is pretty much equal to it.
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* This trope is not as common in Creator/RoaldDahl's books as one might think, but Sophie from TheBFG ''Literature/TheBFG'' used to live in one of these. And the treatment that [[Literature/JamesAndTheGiantPeach James Henry Trotter]] gets from his aunts is pretty much equal to it.

* PlayedForLaughs in one of the Literature/WelkinWeasels books, when Scirf scares his captors with made-up stories of his terrible childhood.
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* PlayedForLaughs in one of the Literature/WelkinWeasels ''Literature/WelkinWeasels'' books, when Scirf scares his captors with made-up stories of his terrible childhood.

''Literature/EscapeToWitchMountain'' by Alexander Key The place Tony and Tia were sent to after Grandma Malone died was more reformatory than the Disney Orphanage in the movie. They are sent there because of the various minor offences they had committed out of innocence. Tia had a habit of opening locked doors to save animals she hear crying out for help for example. Tony can not make her understand why that is wrong, and since she is mute the adults think she defiant. This continues as Tia opens the locked library at the reformatory.
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* ''Literature/EscapeToWitchMountain'' by Alexander Key The place Tony and Tia were sent to after Grandma Malone died was more reformatory than the Disney Orphanage in the movie. They are sent there because of the various minor offences they had committed out of innocence. Tia had a habit of opening locked doors to save animals she hear crying out for help for example. Tony can not make her understand why that is wrong, and since she is mute the adults think she defiant. This continues as Tia opens the locked library at the reformatory.

* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': Granny Goodness gets another mention for her orphanage in "Abandoned", St. Louise's Orphanage. The place is made of pure horror, as scared young girls are psychologically abused (and it's heavily implied if not outright stated that they are beaten as well) and forcibly re-programmed into sadistic soliders-in-training to pave the way for Darkseid's coming invasion of the Earth, sometimes by being blood-thirsty assassins, but sometimes by becoming [[TheMole sleeper agents]] and penetrating the Earth's upper institutions to secretly spy on them and destabilize them for Darkseid, the revelation of which ends up being ParanoiaFuel among the good guys in-universe. What makes it even scarier is the possibility that St. Louise's used to be a regular orphanage until Granny Goodness showed up one day and [[TyrantTakesTheHelm took over.]] When [[spoiler: Tess]] rediscovers the place--which is where she grew up--a whole montage of very disturbing repressed memories play out on-screen. ** What makes the place even more disturbing is that Granny Goodness is very much a BitchInSheepsClothing, and FauxAffablyEvil to boot. She forcibly (and, by all accounts, ''painfully'') erases the memories of the girls in her care so that they have no memory of their ParentalAbandonment. And if she is forced to let one of her girls leave the orphanage, as is what happened in [[spoiler: Tess]]'s case, she also erases their memory of the orphanage completely. The entire first few years of [[spoiler: Tess's]] life were ''completely eradicated'', only popping back up as nightmares after Granny wanted her back ''twenty-five years later.''
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* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': Granny Goodness gets another mention for her orphanage in "Abandoned", St. Louise's Orphanage. The place is made of pure horror, as scared young girls are psychologically abused (and it's heavily implied if not outright stated that they are beaten as well) and forcibly re-programmed into sadistic soliders-in-training soldiers-in-training to pave the way for Darkseid's coming invasion of the Earth, sometimes by being blood-thirsty assassins, but sometimes by becoming [[TheMole sleeper agents]] and penetrating the Earth's upper institutions to secretly spy on them and destabilize them for Darkseid, the revelation of which ends up being ParanoiaFuel among the good guys in-universe. What makes it even scarier is the possibility that St. Louise's used to be a regular orphanage until Granny Goodness showed up one day and [[TyrantTakesTheHelm took over.]] When [[spoiler: Tess]] rediscovers the place--which is where she grew up--a whole montage of very disturbing repressed memories play out on-screen. ** on-screen. What makes the place even more disturbing is that Granny Goodness is very much a BitchInSheepsClothing, and FauxAffablyEvil to boot. She forcibly (and, by all accounts, ''painfully'') erases the memories of the girls in her care so that they have no memory of their ParentalAbandonment. And if she is forced to let one of her girls leave the orphanage, as is what happened in [[spoiler: Tess]]'s case, she also erases their memory of the orphanage completely. The entire first few years of [[spoiler: Tess's]] life were ''completely eradicated'', only popping back up as nightmares after Granny wanted her back ''twenty-five years later.''

* In ''BarneyMiller'', Jilly Pappalardo has similar feelings about the [[https://www.omh.ny.gov/omhweb/facilities/nyccc/facility.htm New York City Children's Centers]]. "I'm not going back to Children's Center. I hate it, I don't want to live there, you get pushed around and the food ''stinks!''" Sgt. Fish's reply: "If I can take it, you can take it." * In the first episode of ''Series/YGwyll'', "Devil's Bridge," the murder victim, Helen Jenkins, ran one of these. The Pontarfynach Children's Home also took in juvenile delinquents as a sort of "last resort" effort. The "fear" part of this trope is downplayed, but terrifying things that took place there included removing the children's teeth without anaesthesia, locking them in the "hard room" when they misbehaved, and [[spoiler:holding secret burials for the dead infants of one of the teens.]]
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* In ''BarneyMiller'', ''Series/BarneyMiller'', Jilly Pappalardo has similar feelings about the [[https://www.omh.ny.gov/omhweb/facilities/nyccc/facility.htm New York City Children's Centers]]. "I'm not going back to Children's Center. I hate it, I don't want to live there, you get pushed around and the food ''stinks!''" Sgt. Fish's reply: "If I can take it, you can take it." * In the first episode of ''Series/YGwyll'', "Devil's Bridge," the murder victim, Helen Jenkins, ran one of these. The Pontarfynach Children's Home also took in juvenile delinquents as a sort of "last resort" effort. The "fear" part of this trope is downplayed, but terrifying things that took place there included removing the children's teeth without anaesthesia, locking them in the "hard room" when they misbehaved, and [[spoiler:holding secret burials for the dead infants of one of the teens.]]teens]].

* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'''s Schola Progenium is a system of orphanages run by the [[ChurchMilitant Ecclesiarchy]] which train orphans to fill various offices in the Imperial military, especially [[ThePoliticalOfficer Commissars]] and [[AmazonBrigade Sisters of Battle]]. Harsh discipline and brutal training methods are commonplace, and deaths, while meant to be avoided, are expected and not uncommmon.
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'''s Schola Progenium is a system of orphanages run by the [[ChurchMilitant Ecclesiarchy]] which train orphans to fill various offices in the Imperial military, especially [[ThePoliticalOfficer Commissars]] and [[AmazonBrigade Sisters of Battle]]. Harsh discipline and brutal training methods are commonplace, and deaths, while meant to be avoided, are expected and not uncommmon.uncommon.

* ''VideoGame/ArcTheLad 2'' gives us the White House: unlike most exemples of this trope, the kids are not openly mistreated by uncaring or sadistic by the people in charge (in fact, [[spoiler: one of its former managers, Vilmer is shown to be a descent, loving grandfather]]), but when the employees are pretty much on [[EldritchAbomination Cthulhu's]] payroll, you know that the facility hides very dark, horrific secrets, and oh boy does it not disapoint: the orphans (which were forcingly taken from their family at best, [[spoiler: witnesses of their families slaughter and people's genocide at worst]]) are kept complient by [[spoiler: being forced to take "control medecines" suspicously similar to rape drugs which pretty much end up wiping their memories -the protagonist had amnesia for the better part of a decade thanks to them-]], until they are dissected (chairs equipped with huge rotating saws are found in the basement)... if they are lucky: if they are unlucky, the paid-by-the-local-Cthulhu scientists overseeing the orphanage will use [[spoiler: a mix of [[{{Magitek}} genetic engineering and dark magics]] which will turn the kids into sentient monsters whose free-will will then be overriden by powerful mind-control devices]].
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* ''VideoGame/ArcTheLad 2'' gives us the White House: unlike most exemples of this trope, the kids are not openly mistreated by uncaring or sadistic by the people in charge (in fact, [[spoiler: one of its former managers, Vilmer is shown to be a descent, loving grandfather]]), but when the employees are pretty much on [[EldritchAbomination Cthulhu's]] payroll, you know that the facility hides very dark, horrific secrets, and oh boy does it not disapoint: disappoint: the orphans (which were forcingly taken from their family at best, [[spoiler: witnesses of their families slaughter and people's genocide at worst]]) are kept complient by [[spoiler: being forced to take "control medecines" suspicously similar to rape drugs which pretty much end up wiping their memories -the protagonist had amnesia for the better part of a decade thanks to them-]], until they are dissected (chairs equipped with huge rotating saws are found in the basement)... if they are lucky: if they are unlucky, the paid-by-the-local-Cthulhu scientists overseeing the orphanage will use [[spoiler: a mix of [[{{Magitek}} genetic engineering and dark magics]] which will turn the kids into sentient monsters whose free-will will then be overriden overridden by powerful mind-control devices]].

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8th Oct '15 8:35:29 AM 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 horrifying.
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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.

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[[folder: WebOriginal]] * In ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', [[spoiler: Miyoko Tanishi aka the BigBad Miyo Takano]] spends some time Pinkie Pie from ''WebVideo/FriendshipIsWitchcraft'' lived in at least an extreme version of this, emotionally abusive one as part of a filly. It left 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 horrifying.with deep insecurities about being Romani. [[/folder]]
25th Sep '15 10:48:30 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'', [[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 horrifying.
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* In ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'', ''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 horrifying.
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