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* [[spoiler:Yukio Hans Voralberna]]'s FreudianExcuse in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''. [[spoiler: Being a CutePsycho, he took revenge via ''[[SelfMadeOrphan driving his parents to suicide]]''. And then Hitsugaya digs in, and the truth of his badly battered mindset becomes even uglier: Yukio convinced himself that he didn't mind it and he loved doing what he did, but with a little prodding, [[BerserkButton he explodes in anger and pain]].]]

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* [[spoiler:Yukio Hans Voralberna]]'s FreudianExcuse ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Yukio felt neglected by his parents because he was a silent child locked in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''. [[spoiler: Being a CutePsycho, his own fantasies. His parents were deeply disappointed that he took revenge via ''[[SelfMadeOrphan driving wasn't the child they'd imagined having. In revenge, he decided to [[SelfMadeOrphan drive his parents to suicide]]''. And then Hitsugaya digs in, suicide]]. He acts proud of this achievement and the truth of his badly battered mindset becomes even uglier: Yukio convinced himself that he didn't mind it and he loved doing what he did, but with when Hitsugaya digs a little prodding, [[BerserkButton he deeper, Yukio's battered psyche explodes in anger and pain]].]]pain.
11th Jun '16 12:30:01 AM Tron80
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* Defied in ''Fanfic/OnceMoreWithFeeling''. When SEELE suggests Shinji that he should move with his grandfather because Misato is too busy to take care of Asuka and him properly, Shinji replies that at the very least she tries to look after them, unlike his so-called blood relatives.
6th Jun '16 3:16:28 PM siberia82
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* In ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', Charles' mother is hinted to be emotionally distant towards her son, which is why Raven's maternal act backfires spectacularly.
-->'''Charles''': ''(telepathically communicates to Raven disguised as Mrs. Xavier)'' My mother has never set foot in this kitchen in her life, and she certainly never made me hot chocolate, unless you count ordering the maid to do it.
** There's also the fact that she apparently never noticed her son taking in and pretty much raising another girl from who-knows-where.

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''Film/XMenFirstClass'', Charles' mother is hinted to be emotionally distant towards her son, which is why Raven's maternal act backfires spectacularly.
-->'''Charles''': --->'''Charles''': ''(telepathically communicates to Raven disguised as Mrs. Xavier)'' My mother has never set foot in this kitchen in her life, and she certainly never made me hot chocolate, unless you count ordering the maid to do it.
** *** There's also the fact that she apparently never noticed her son taking in and pretty much raising another girl from who-knows-where.who-knows-where.
** ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': Ben Hardy suggests that a [[http://attitude.co.uk/ben-hardy-teases-whats-in-store-for-his-character-angel-in-x-men-apocalypse/ lack of parental nurturing]] is a major factor in Warren Worthington III turning to the dark side.
--->"People who don't get looked after enough can end up being very angry and I feel like this is where Angel's anger comes from and maybe that gives him the potential to transform and become one of the villains."
31st May '16 3:31:15 PM Pichu-kun
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* In ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'', although Tsuna's mother Nana loves him, she definitely doesn't really care enough about his future or his self-esteem to count as a very good parent (including not doing anything about his truancy or poor grades, and constantly belittling him in front of his friends and the [[SatelliteLoveInterest girl he likes]] as "[[ButtMonkey No Good Tsuna]]"--honestly, he's only 14 years old). She eases up a little when the truth comes out, though that could also be argued. And then there's his father, who [[DisappearedDad went missing for most of Tsuna's life]], and only reappears suddenly to force Tsuna (without even asking Tsuna [[IJustWantToBeNormal if he wants to first]]) into becoming a Mafia crimelord that will be targeted by countless assassins. (Though considering [[AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents what kind of parent he can be…]])

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Tsuna's mother Nana loves him, she definitely doesn't really care enough about his future or his self-esteem to count as a very good parent (including not doing anything about his truancy or poor grades, and constantly belittling him in front of his friends and the [[SatelliteLoveInterest girl he likes]] as "[[ButtMonkey No Good Tsuna]]"--honestly, he's only 14 years old). She eases up a little when the truth comes out, though that could also be argued. And then there's his father, who [[DisappearedDad went missing for most of Tsuna's life]], and only reappears suddenly to force Tsuna (without even asking Tsuna [[IJustWantToBeNormal if he wants to first]]) into becoming a Mafia crimelord that will be targeted by countless assassins. (Though considering [[AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents what kind of parent he can be…]])



* Zai Vessalius from ''PandoraHearts'' was rarely around when Oz was a child and hardly paid any attention to him even when he was. Gil eventually confronted him about this, leading to Oz overhearing his father [[KickTheDog calling him disgusting and saying he should never have been born]]. As if ''that'' weren't enough, it is later revealed that Zai [[spoiler:created a whole fake cover story in order to convince the Baskervilles to condemn Oz to the Abyss for the crime of ''existing'']]. As it turns out, [[spoiler:Oz isn't even Zai's son but rather the soul of the [[OurMonstersAreDifferent chain]] B-rabbit in the [[MerlinSickness cursed]] body of Jack Vessalius. Jack caused Zai's first child to be stillborn in order to take its place, and this is the reason for Zai's utter loathing of both Jack and Oz]].

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* Zai Vessalius from ''PandoraHearts'' ''Manga/PandoraHearts'' was rarely around when Oz was a child and hardly paid any attention to him even when he was. Gil eventually confronted him about this, leading to Oz overhearing his father [[KickTheDog calling him disgusting and saying he should never have been born]]. As if ''that'' weren't enough, it is later revealed that Zai [[spoiler:created a whole fake cover story in order to convince the Baskervilles to condemn Oz to the Abyss for the crime of ''existing'']]. As it turns out, [[spoiler:Oz isn't even Zai's son but rather the soul of the [[OurMonstersAreDifferent chain]] B-rabbit in the [[MerlinSickness cursed]] body of Jack Vessalius. Jack caused Zai's first child to be stillborn in order to take its place, and this is the reason for Zai's utter loathing of both Jack and Oz]].



* In ''Manga/YuGiOh'', Yugi's mother is hardly ever around during the series, as well as being oblivious to the true nature of the [[SuperpoweredAlterEgo Millennium Puzzle]] or any other activity that his son engages in. Moreover, WordOfGod stated that the reason his father never shows up is because he's away on business (all the time, apparently). No wonder Yugi was a ShrinkingViolet at the very beginning.

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Yugi's mother is hardly ever around during the series, as well as being oblivious to the true nature of the [[SuperpoweredAlterEgo Millennium Puzzle]] or any other activity that his son engages in. Moreover, WordOfGod stated that the reason his father never shows up is because he's away on business (all the time, apparently). No wonder Yugi was a ShrinkingViolet at the very beginning.



* In ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'', Reiji Akaba believes that his father Leo wouldn't care if Reiji gets kidnapped. On the other hand, his mother Himika averts this trope.

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Reiji Akaba believes that his father Leo wouldn't care if Reiji gets kidnapped. On the other hand, his mother Himika averts this trope.



* [[spoiler: Yukio Hans Voralberna]]'s FreudianExcuse in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''. [[spoiler: Being a CutePsycho, he took revenge via ''[[SelfMadeOrphan driving his parents to suicide]]''. And then Hitsugaya digs in, and the truth of his badly battered mindset becomes even uglier: Yukio convinced himself that he didn't mind it and he loved doing what he did, but with a little prodding, [[BerserkButton he explodes in anger and pain]].]]

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* [[spoiler: Yukio [[spoiler:Yukio Hans Voralberna]]'s FreudianExcuse in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''. [[spoiler: Being a CutePsycho, he took revenge via ''[[SelfMadeOrphan driving his parents to suicide]]''. And then Hitsugaya digs in, and the truth of his badly battered mindset becomes even uglier: Yukio convinced himself that he didn't mind it and he loved doing what he did, but with a little prodding, [[BerserkButton he explodes in anger and pain]].]]



* Tsubomi's parents in ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'' ''started out'' like this--they were always away on business and Tsubomi was always being watched over by her grandmother. Took Tsubomi a painful thirteen-fourteen years to break down and finally admit she was lonely. The rest of the series dual-wields this showing her parents willing to make up for all the lost time they had and Tsubomi trying to become a better person after years of accidental neglect.

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Tsubomi's parents in ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'' ''started out'' like this--they were always away on business and Tsubomi was always being watched over by her grandmother. Took Tsubomi a painful thirteen-fourteen years to break down and finally admit she was lonely. The rest of the series dual-wields this showing her parents willing to make up for all the lost time they had and Tsubomi trying to become a better person after years of accidental neglect.



* Subverted (sort of) in ''Literature/{{Coraline}}''. Yes, the heroine's parents never have time for her, but the [[ChangelingFantasy alternative]] is much, much [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor worse]]--and we see that the parents '''do''' care for Coraline when they finally find time.
** The movie plays it a little differently. While Coraline's parents do ignore her for much of the movie, it's because they're busy getting moved into their new place and putting together a gardening catalogue that needs to be finished as soon as they can. [[spoiler:When they finish both of those things, they spend plenty of time with their daughter and even give her a present as a thank you for dealin with it.]]
* While Literature/HarryPotter's real parents are absent due to being dead, Harry's aunt and uncle treated Harry like dirt, giving him lousy birthday and Christmas presents, locking him in a tiny closet and letting Dudley get away with bullying Harry, while lavishing all their attention on their son. Dumbledore called them out on this, implying, interestingly enough, that the Dursleys did more damage to ''Dudley'' than to Harry. That's understandable, since thanks to all of their pampering Dudley grew into a cruel and selfish SpoiledBrat who thought he could get away with ''anything''. [[spoiler: Fortunately, he later gets CharacterDevelopment and reconciles himself with Harry.]]
** Interestingly, Harry actually ''likes'' that the Dursleys shift towards ignoring him more and more as the series goes on. He can take care of himself fine and thinks it's an improvement to be left alone in his room to do whatever.

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* Subverted (sort of) in ''Literature/{{Coraline}}''. Yes, the heroine's parents never have time for her, but the [[ChangelingFantasy alternative]] is much, much [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor worse]]--and we see that the parents '''do''' care for Coraline when they finally find time.
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time. [[WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}} The movie movie]] plays it a little differently. While Coraline's parents do ignore her for much of the movie, it's because they're busy getting moved into their new place and putting together a gardening catalogue that needs to be finished as soon as they can. [[spoiler:When they finish both of those things, they spend plenty of time with their daughter and even give her a present as a thank you for dealin with it.]]
* While Literature/HarryPotter's real parents are absent due to being dead, Harry's aunt and uncle treated Harry like dirt, giving him lousy birthday and Christmas presents, locking him in a tiny closet and letting Dudley get away with bullying Harry, while lavishing all their attention on their son. Dumbledore called them out on this, implying, interestingly enough, that the Dursleys did more damage to ''Dudley'' than to Harry. That's understandable, since thanks to all of their pampering Dudley grew into a cruel and selfish SpoiledBrat who thought he could get away with ''anything''. [[spoiler: Fortunately, he later gets CharacterDevelopment and reconciles himself with Harry.]]
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]] Interestingly, Harry actually ''likes'' that the Dursleys shift towards ignoring him more and more as the series goes on. He can take care of himself fine and thinks it's an improvement to be left alone in his room to do whatever.



* In ''Literature/WickedLovely'', Keenan's mother Beira.

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Keenan's mother Beira.



* The titular character of the Music/MelanieMartinez album "Cry Baby" has two distant parents keeping up a HappyMarriageCharade. Her mother is an AlcoholicParent who has had a poor opinion on Cry Baby from the day she was born, though she seems to like her behind her dysfunctional behavior. Her father is distant in general and [[YourCheatingHeart has a mistress]]. [[spoiler:The mother kills both him and his lover, and is implied to [[OffingTheOffspring have tried to kill]] her daughter.]]

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* The titular character of the Music/MelanieMartinez album ConceptAlbum "Cry Baby" has two distant parents keeping up a HappyMarriageCharade. Her mother is an AlcoholicParent who has had a poor opinion on Cry Baby from the day she was born, though she seems to like her behind her dysfunctional behavior. Her father is distant in general and [[YourCheatingHeart has a mistress]]. [[spoiler:The mother kills both him and his lover, and is implied to [[OffingTheOffspring have tried to kill]] her daughter.]]






* Helga's parents, Bob and Miriam in ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold''. They're not ''bad'' people per se, but Helga was TheUnfavourite growing up (WordOfGod states that her mother Miriam was an alcoholic), and for a while it was her FreudianExcuse to be the school bully. The deal is totally inverted with Olga: the [[StageMom excessive and asphyxiating attention from Miriam and Bob]] shaped her into an insecure, hysteric, overachieving, whiny ExtremeDoormat FragileFlower who breaks down to a ridiculous degree if she makes a wrong step. In her own words, "[Helga,] you're ''lucky'' they don't even notice you."
** To put this in perspective, one episode had Helga change Olga's grade in a class to a B+, causing Olga to lock herself in her room for the better part of a week. She did it expecting to have some attention for herself... but the parents ''still' flocked to Olga, which spurred her to ultimately confess to Helga how sick she was of the whole deal.
** However played straight when AesopAmnesia kicks in: Both Helga and Olga ''completely forget'' their heart to heart, Olga starts playing the StepfordSmiler ''completely straight'' and Helga ''again'' thinks Olga ''enjoys'' all the attention (since ever since that ''one'' time, she hasn't shown she doesn't like it).

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* Helga's parents, Bob and Miriam in ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold''. They're not ''bad'' people per se, but Helga was TheUnfavourite growing up (WordOfGod states that her mother Miriam was an alcoholic), and for a while it was her FreudianExcuse to be the school bully. The deal is totally inverted with Olga: the [[StageMom excessive and asphyxiating attention from Miriam and Bob]] shaped her into an insecure, hysteric, overachieving, whiny ExtremeDoormat FragileFlower who breaks down to a ridiculous degree if she makes a wrong step. In her own words, "[Helga,] you're ''lucky'' they don't even notice you."
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" To put this in perspective, one episode had Helga change Olga's grade in a class to a B+, causing Olga to lock herself in her room for the better part of a week. She did it expecting to have some attention for herself... but the parents ''still' flocked to Olga, which spurred her to ultimately confess to Helga how sick she was of the whole deal.
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deal. This is however played straight when AesopAmnesia kicks in: Both Helga and Olga ''completely forget'' their heart to heart, Olga starts playing the StepfordSmiler ''completely straight'' and Helga ''again'' thinks Olga ''enjoys'' all the attention (since ever since that ''one'' time, she hasn't shown she doesn't like it).



* Parents in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' seem to be universally neglectful. Then there's Fry's parents, who are shown in flashbacks to be generally neglectful, with his mother being a LadyDrunk and his father being a ConspiracyTheorist. And then there's Cubert's "father", Hubert Farnsworth, who shows very little interest in Cubert beyond the fact that he is a successful experiment. At least in Fry's case is Dad seemed to genuinely love him on some level but was just insane. When finding out Phillip was missing he told the police to search, but DID take Fry's dog Seymour to try and find him himself.

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* Parents in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' seem to be universally neglectful. neglectful:
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Then there's Fry's parents, who are shown in flashbacks to be generally neglectful, with his mother being a LadyDrunk and his father being a ConspiracyTheorist. And then there's Cubert's "father", Hubert Farnsworth, who shows very little interest in Cubert beyond the fact that he is a successful experiment. At least in Fry's case is Dad seemed to genuinely love him on some level but was just insane. When finding out Phillip was missing he told the police to search, but DID take Fry's dog Seymour to try and find him himself.



* On ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' this can happen, often DependingOnTheWriter. Homer, especially is too involved in his own schemes, or too distracted by Bart to pay enough attention to Lisa and Maggie.

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can happen, often DependingOnTheWriter. Homer, especially is too involved in his own schemes, or too distracted by Bart to pay enough attention to Lisa and Maggie.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' shows that Avatar Aang and Toph Beifong, the protagonists of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', were neglectful to their kids.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' shows ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''bshows that that Avatar Aang and Toph Beifong, the protagonists of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', were neglectful to their kids. kids:


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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'', Phyllis "Pizzazz" Gabor's MissingMom [[ParentalAbandonment ran off]] when she was a child and the trauma left her wealthy father distant. He rarely payed attention to her which didn't help Pizzazz's attitude. Even as an adult he's very aloof towards his daughter (especially in [[ComicBook/JemAndTheHolograms the comic adaptation]]). The lack of attention growing up [[FreudianExcuse led]] to her AttentionWhore and RichBitch personality.
25th May '16 10:06:40 AM Willbyr
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* Ataru Moroboshi of ''{{Urusei Yatsura}}'', mostly because of Ataru's mother. In the first manga story, Mrs. Moroboshi said "Ataru, you be sure to come home for the holidays!" and she always laments "I wish I never had him" throughout the manga and anime ([[JerkAss sometimes in hearing range of Ataru]]). Atop that, there's the "omiai" scene in the movie Only You, where the Moroboshis force join with Lum's parents to force him to marry her officially… all so that Ataru's parents will get better lives for themselves on the Oni homeworld. Atop that, Mr. Moroboshi always hides himself behind the newspaper and pretends nothing is happening: when Mrs. Moroboshi tries to provoke him into being a responsible father, he normally replies with some form of off-the-wall comment that does nothing.

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* Ataru Moroboshi of ''{{Urusei Yatsura}}'', ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'', mostly because of Ataru's mother. In the first manga story, Mrs. Moroboshi said "Ataru, you be sure to come home for the holidays!" and she always laments "I wish I never had him" throughout the manga and anime ([[JerkAss sometimes in hearing range of Ataru]]). Atop that, there's the "omiai" scene in the movie Only You, where the Moroboshis force join with Lum's parents to force him to marry her officially… all so that Ataru's parents will get better lives for themselves on the Oni homeworld. Atop that, Mr. Moroboshi always hides himself behind the newspaper and pretends nothing is happening: when Mrs. Moroboshi tries to provoke him into being a responsible father, he normally replies with some form of off-the-wall comment that does nothing.



* ''{{Psyren}}'': Sakurako Amamiya's parents are very neglectful, having both basically abandoned her after splitting up and not batting an eye when she vanishes for weeks at a time.
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* ''{{Psyren}}'': ''Manga/{{Psyren}}'': Sakurako Amamiya's parents are very neglectful, having both basically abandoned her after splitting up and not batting an eye when she vanishes for weeks at a time.
* ''Manga/MiraiNikki'':''Manga/FutureDiary'':
21st May '16 3:50:59 PM Doug86
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** Considering it's heavily implied he didn't see his own orphaned godson for the first 13 years of his life, Jiraiya certainly appears neglectful to the point of being abusive. He gets (somewhat) better after their initial meeting, though, if you call spending his godson's life savings on booze and hookers an improvement. But… [[AllInTheManual supplementary materials]] reveal Jiraiya's reason for not being with Naruto when he was growing up: He was keeping Minato's old enemies in check, tracking down Orochimaru, and tracking Akatsuki. He was keeping all threats from ''outside'' the village from getting to Naruto. It doesn't stop fans from resenting him, anyways, not helped by the fact that Jiraiya is fairly wealthy and could easily have hired tutors and caretakers to raise him, and no reason is given why he didn't even arrange for a proper foster family to care for his godson.

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** Considering it's heavily implied he didn't see his own orphaned godson for the first 13 years of his life, Jiraiya certainly appears neglectful to the point of being abusive. He gets (somewhat) better after their initial meeting, though, if you call spending his godson's life savings on booze and hookers an improvement. But… [[AllInTheManual [[AllThereInTheManual supplementary materials]] reveal Jiraiya's reason for not being with Naruto when he was growing up: He was keeping Minato's old enemies in check, tracking down Orochimaru, and tracking Akatsuki. He was keeping all threats from ''outside'' the village from getting to Naruto. It doesn't stop fans from resenting him, anyways, not helped by the fact that Jiraiya is fairly wealthy and could easily have hired tutors and caretakers to raise him, and no reason is given why he didn't even arrange for a proper foster family to care for his godson.
18th May '16 10:32:10 AM Tron80
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* ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'': Misato cared about her wards Shinji and Asuka, but her own psychological issues prevented her from connecting with them, and she was so obsessed with avenging her father and Kaji and finding out about the truth behind NERV that she neglected them and they crumbled down. When the story starts out, Shinji mentions he barely sees her anymore. She gets better after a while, though.
-->He couldn't talk to Misato—even when she actually came home they barely saw each other anymore and she seemed to have so dedicated herself to her work that he hardly thought his problems would matter to her.
9th May '16 9:36:49 AM Pichu-kun
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* Maya's father from ''Anime/OccultAcademy'' spent so much time working on his school and studying the occult that he didn't have time for his family. He didn't even notice his ex-wife had died until two years after the fact.

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* Maya's father from ''Anime/OccultAcademy'' spent so much time working on his school and studying the occult that he didn't have time for his family. He didn't even notice that his ex-wife had died until two years after the fact.



* The titular character of the Music/MelanieMartinez album "Cry Baby" has two distant parents keeping up a HappyMarriageCharade. Her mother is an AlcoholParent who has had a poor opinion on Cry Baby from the day she was born, though she seems to like her behind her dysfunctional behavior. Her father is distant in general and [[YourCheatingHeart has a mistress]]. [[spoiler:The mother kills both him and his lover, and is implied to [[OffingTheOffspring have tried to kill]] her daughter.]]

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* The titular character of the Music/MelanieMartinez album "Cry Baby" has two distant parents keeping up a HappyMarriageCharade. Her mother is an AlcoholParent AlcoholicParent who has had a poor opinion on Cry Baby from the day she was born, though she seems to like her behind her dysfunctional behavior. Her father is distant in general and [[YourCheatingHeart has a mistress]]. [[spoiler:The mother kills both him and his lover, and is implied to [[OffingTheOffspring have tried to kill]] her daughter.]]
9th May '16 9:34:25 AM Pichu-kun
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* In the {{Pokemon}} fanfic ''Fanfic/OlivineRomance'', Jasmine's parents display this, in different ways:

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* In the {{Pokemon}} ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/OlivineRomance'', Jasmine's parents display this, in different ways:



* ''Literature/WarriorCats'': Crowfeather. The only reason he had Breezepelt was to get his Clan to forget about him [[spoiler:running off with Leafpool]], and it really shows in how well he treats his son.
** For that matter, most of the characters ignore their family completely. The families of most of the characters who were born before the beginning of the series are unknown because they never acknowledge being related to anyone.
*** Although this might not be abuse so much as seeing the ''entire Clan'' as their family.

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Crowfeather. The only reason he had Breezepelt was to get his Clan to forget about him [[spoiler:running off with Leafpool]], and it really shows in how well he treats his son.
** For that matter, most of the characters ignore their family completely. The families of most of the characters who were born before the beginning of the series are unknown because they never acknowledge being related to anyone.
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anyone. Although this might not be abuse so much as seeing the ''entire Clan'' as their family.



* ''Disney/{{Bambi}}'s'' mother gradually grows more distant in the novel, eventually abandoning Bambi once mating season arrives. She does come back, though.
** His father is distant in both the novel and the film, but not in the sequel to the film.

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* ''Disney/{{Bambi}}'s'' mother gradually grows more distant in the novel, eventually abandoning Bambi once mating season arrives. She does come back, though.
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* The titular character of the Music/MelanieMartinez album "Cry Baby" has two distant parents keeping up a HappyMarriageCharade. Her mother is an AlcoholParent who has had a poor opinion on Cry Baby from the day she was born, though she seems to like her behind her dysfunctional behavior. Her father is distant in general and [[YourCheatingHeart has a mistress]]. [[spoiler:The mother kills both him and his lover, and is implied to [[OffingTheOffspring have tried to kill]] her daughter.]]
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** Naruto himself is unintentionally running headlong into this territory in ''Naruto Gaiden'', with his work preventing him from spending as much time as he'd like with his children, especially his son, Boruto, who acts out in the same way Naruto did when he was young. It doesn't help that he seems to think being Hokage means taking on every burden himself and the villagers are indulging him possibly to make up for mistreating him as a child.

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** Naruto himself is unintentionally running headlong into this territory in ''Naruto Gaiden'', ''Manga/NarutoGaiden'', with his work preventing him from spending as much time as he'd like with his children, especially his son, Boruto, who acts out in the same way Naruto did when he was young. It doesn't help that he seems to think being Hokage means taking on every burden himself and the villagers are indulging him possibly to make up for mistreating him as a child.



* ''Manga/MiraiNikki'': While Yukiteru's mother Rea maintains a close relationship with Yukiteru, she is rarely at home because of her work as a video game programmer and approves of Yuno as a potential bride for Yukiteru, even remaining oblivious to Yuno's [[{{Yandere}} psychotic and dangerous behavior]]. Really, when your son is on the run from the law, then disappears for a week after being exhonorated and comes back incredibly nervous, you should be at least a little concerned.

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While Yukiteru's mother Rea maintains a close relationship with Yukiteru, she is rarely at home because of her work as a video game programmer and approves of Yuno as a potential bride for Yukiteru, even remaining oblivious to Yuno's [[{{Yandere}} psychotic and dangerous behavior]]. Really, when your son is on the run from the law, then disappears for a week after being exhonorated and comes back incredibly nervous, you should be at least a little concerned.



* Meiko Akizuki's parents in ''Manga/MarmaladeBoy'' only seem to care about themselves and their marital problems/economic deals, fighting all the time when they're at home while almost completely ignoring Meiko's own needs, only showing some concern when it's obvious it well affect their reputation (like [[spoiler: their ParentalMarriageVeto in the anime]]. For worse, they simply ''can't'' get divorced because if they do, the Akizuki wealth will be divided and most likely lost.
** On top of it, Mrs. Akizuki is a LadyDrunk who is seen [[DrowningMySorrows drowning her sorrows]] on screen while bitching out her much hated husband.

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* Meiko Akizuki's parents in ''Manga/MarmaladeBoy'' only seem to care about themselves and their marital problems/economic deals, fighting all the time when they're at home while almost completely ignoring Meiko's own needs, only showing some concern when it's obvious it well affect their reputation (like [[spoiler: their ParentalMarriageVeto in the anime]]. For worse, they simply ''can't'' get divorced because if they do, the Akizuki wealth will be divided and most likely lost.
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lost. On top of it, Mrs. Akizuki is a LadyDrunk who is seen [[DrowningMySorrows drowning her sorrows]] on screen while bitching out her much hated husband.



* Maya's father from ''Anime/OccultAcademy'' spent so much time working on his school and studying the occult that he didn't have time for his family. He didn't even notice his ex-wife had died until two years after the fact.



* In the ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog'' comic, [[strike: Evil Sonic's]] [[EvilTwin Scourge]]'s father Anti-Jules made very little time for his son. Scourge would describe him as full of "empty words". It's heavily implied he was killed by his son.
* In the classic ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'' by Frank Miller, the new Robin has parents that are never visually seen, but heard off-panel in a state perpetual drug intoxication (Their dialogue suggests that they may be ex-hippies who just spend their time now commenting on how the world sucks while [[StonersAreFunny constantly high]]). She leaves them to join Batman.
--> Unidentified parent(Months after she left): Hey, didn't we used to have a kid?

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* In the ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog'' ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' comic, [[strike: Evil Sonic's]] [[EvilTwin Scourge]]'s father Anti-Jules made very little time for his son. Scourge would describe him as full of "empty words". It's heavily implied he was killed by his son.
* In the classic ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'' by Frank Miller, the new Robin has parents that are never visually seen, but heard off-panel in a state perpetual drug intoxication (Their (their dialogue suggests that they may be ex-hippies who just spend their time now commenting on how the world sucks while [[StonersAreFunny constantly high]]). She leaves them to join Batman.
--> Unidentified parent(Months -->Unidentified parent (months after she left): Hey, didn't we used to have a kid?
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