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17th Jul '16 8:21:11 PM eowynjedi
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* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', Harry is raised by the rather horrific Dursleys. Although he has to live there due to the magic surrounding his mother's HeroicSacrifice, neither the wizarding government nor Dumbledore bothers to check on "The Boy Who Lived" for ''eleven years'', during which Harry is ruthlessly abused, shouted at, and punished basically for existing. The only people who take them to task tend to be disapproved by wizard society, like Mr. Weasley or Moody. The government agency in charge of young wizards only takes notice in order to punish him for using magic without bothering to check that it was even him (or to drag him into a KangarooCourt), in keeping with the depiction of government bureaucracies as rife with [[DepartmentOfChildDisservices misfeasance]], [[ObstructiveBureaucrat malfeasance]], and nonfeasance. JK Rowling has a rather low opinion of social services and the British government born from personal experience.

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* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', Harry is raised by the rather horrific Dursleys. Although he has Ministry of Magic doesn't appear to live there due have any department specifically designated to the magic surrounding his mother's HeroicSacrifice, neither welfare of children--at most, an official investigating a ''different'' infraction might notice additional bad things going on in a home and try to do something themselves. The only time the wizarding government nor Dumbledore bothers to check on "The Ministry looks into the life of "the Boy Who Lived" for ''eleven years'', during which Harry is ruthlessly abused, shouted at, and punished basically for existing. The only people who take them when the Improper Use of Magic office threatens to task tend to be disapproved by wizard society, like Mr. Weasley or Moody. The government agency in charge of young wizards only takes notice in order to punish expel him for using magic without bothering to check that it on Privet Drive. (And ironically, the one case where Harry did actually use magic 1. himself and 2. unjustifiably, he was even him (or to drag him into a KangarooCourt), let off scot-free.) This is in keeping with the depiction of government bureaucracies as rife with [[DepartmentOfChildDisservices misfeasance]], [[ObstructiveBureaucrat malfeasance]], and nonfeasance. JK Rowling has a rather low opinion of social services and the British government born from personal experience.
17th Jul '16 7:56:53 PM eowynjedi
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* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', Harry is raised by the rather horrific Dursleys. Although he has to live there due to the magic surrounding his mother's HeroicSacrifice, neither the wizarding government nor Dumbledore bothers to check on him for ''eleven years'', during which Harry is ruthlessly abused, shouted at, and punished basically for existing. The only people who take them to task tend to be disapproved by wizard society, like Mr. Weasley or Moody. The government agency in charge of young wizards only takes notice in order to punish him for using magic without bothering to check that it was even him (or to drag him into a KangarooCourt), in keeping with the depiction of government bureaucracies as rife with [[DepartmentOfChildDisservices misfeasance]], [[ObstructiveBureaucrat malfeasance]], and nonfeasance. JK Rowling has a rather low opinion of social services and the British government born from personal experience.

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* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', Harry is raised by the rather horrific Dursleys. Although he has to live there due to the magic surrounding his mother's HeroicSacrifice, neither the wizarding government nor Dumbledore bothers to check on him "The Boy Who Lived" for ''eleven years'', during which Harry is ruthlessly abused, shouted at, and punished basically for existing. The only people who take them to task tend to be disapproved by wizard society, like Mr. Weasley or Moody. The government agency in charge of young wizards only takes notice in order to punish him for using magic without bothering to check that it was even him (or to drag him into a KangarooCourt), in keeping with the depiction of government bureaucracies as rife with [[DepartmentOfChildDisservices misfeasance]], [[ObstructiveBureaucrat malfeasance]], and nonfeasance. JK Rowling has a rather low opinion of social services and the British government born from personal experience.
16th Jul '16 7:52:31 PM eowynjedi
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* Literally half the cast of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' is living without parents or guardians. They're in ''middle school''. In fact, the only notable family is the titular character's. [[spoiler: Not that they can help their daughter much anyway.]]

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* Literally half the cast of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' is living without parents or guardians. They're in ''middle school''. While Kyoko's case is plausible, Homura and Mami live in their own apartments. Homura apparently registered herself in school after a lengthy hospital stay. In fact, the only notable family is the titular character's. [[spoiler: Not that they can help their daughter much anyway.]]



* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Harry himself is a victim of this. Surely locking a child in his room and refusing to let him out breaks ''some'' law. All government bureaucracies are depicted in the series as rife with [[DepartmentOfChildDisservices misfeasance]], [[ObstructiveBureaucrat malfeasance]], and nonfeasance. JK Rowling has a rather low opinion of social services and the British government born from personal experience.

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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
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In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', Harry himself is a victim of this. Surely locking a child in raised by the rather horrific Dursleys. Although he has to live there due to the magic surrounding his room mother's HeroicSacrifice, neither the wizarding government nor Dumbledore bothers to check on him for ''eleven years'', during which Harry is ruthlessly abused, shouted at, and refusing punished basically for existing. The only people who take them to let task tend to be disapproved by wizard society, like Mr. Weasley or Moody. The government agency in charge of young wizards only takes notice in order to punish him out breaks ''some'' law. All for using magic without bothering to check that it was even him (or to drag him into a KangarooCourt), in keeping with the depiction of government bureaucracies are depicted in the series as rife with [[DepartmentOfChildDisservices misfeasance]], [[ObstructiveBureaucrat malfeasance]], and nonfeasance. JK Rowling has a rather low opinion of social services and the British government born from personal experience.
13th Jul '16 2:46:22 AM PaulA
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* While nearly every VCAndrews novel revels in this trope (except for the ''Orphans'' series, but just barely), ''Heaven'' is probably one of the worst cases. Heaven's father is an alcoholic who only comes home to screw his wife. When he comes home for good, he sells his children to childless couples for money. It doesn't help that Heaven tried to reach out to her teacher for help, but her teacher turns out to be incredibly useless, only taking Heaven and her brother out for an expensive lunch. You would think she would show more concern, since she ''knew'' Heaven and her siblings were on the verge of poverty and couldn't go to school every day because they had to work on the farm.

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* While nearly every VCAndrews Creator/VCAndrews novel revels in this trope (except for the ''Orphans'' ''Literature/{{Orphans}}'' series, but just barely), ''Heaven'' ''Literature/{{Heaven}}'' is probably one of the worst cases. Heaven's father is an alcoholic who only comes home to screw his wife. When he comes home for good, he sells his children to childless couples for money. It doesn't help that Heaven tried to reach out to her teacher for help, but her teacher turns out to be incredibly useless, only taking Heaven and her brother out for an expensive lunch. You would think she would show more concern, since she ''knew'' Heaven and her siblings were on the verge of poverty and couldn't go to school every day because they had to work on the farm.
14th Jun '16 12:10:45 AM PaulA
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* In keeping with the time period they were set/written in, the orphan protagonists of ''HoratioAlgerJr'' books tend to be left to their own devices to get ahead in the world. Charities exist, but are overstretched and can do no more than provide minimal food and shelter in bad weather for the children.

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* In keeping with the time period they were set/written in, the orphan protagonists of ''HoratioAlgerJr'' Creator/HoratioAlgerJr's books tend to be left to their own devices to get ahead in the world. Charities exist, but are overstretched and can do no more than provide minimal food and shelter in bad weather for the children.
10th Jun '16 7:01:14 AM Eievie
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Parents in many comedic series believe that this is a load of poppycock, but this isn't usually due to malice or disdain for their offspring. They are simply such {{Jerkass}}es, either through self-absorption or stupidity, that they don't even ''understand'' that passing all their debts onto their children, arranging random and contradictory marriages, and engaging in thoughtless abuse and neglect of their children could cause psychological harm. They aren't applying the rod to avoid spoiling the child - they don't even know it's there. (Rod or child, whichever.)

Needless to say, these sorts of parents tend to be the sort that would never be allowed to keep their children. At the very least neglectful parents would have to go through a few parenting sessions. But just as ThereAreNoTherapists in fiction, there are also apparently no social services, either. The helpless kid is just going to have to grin and bear it - and because it's usually played for comedy rather than drama, they usually do. Sometimes they can escape to StayingWithFriends.

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Parents in many comedic series believe that this is a load of poppycock, but this isn't usually due to malice or disdain for their offspring. They are simply such {{Jerkass}}es, either through self-absorption or stupidity, that they don't even ''understand'' that passing all their debts onto their children, arranging random and contradictory marriages, and engaging in thoughtless abuse and neglect of their children could cause psychological harm. They aren't applying the rod to avoid spoiling the child - they child--they don't even know it's there. (Rod or child, whichever.)

Needless to say, these sorts of parents tend to be the sort that would never be allowed to keep their children. At the very least neglectful parents would have to go through a few parenting sessions. But just as ThereAreNoTherapists in fiction, there are also apparently no social services, either. The helpless kid is just going to have to grin and bear it - and it--and because it's usually played for comedy rather than drama, they usually do. Sometimes they can escape to StayingWithFriends.



There's a simple reason for this with the consistently abusive parents - [[StatusQuoIsGod the abuse is a big part of the series or movie,]] and if Social Services did step in and take the kids away, they'd probably never let them go back.

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There's a simple reason for this with the consistently abusive parents - [[StatusQuoIsGod parents--[[StatusQuoIsGod the abuse is a big part of the series or movie,]] and if Social Services did step in and take the kids away, they'd probably never let them go back.



* Ryuunosuke and her father in ''Anime/UruseiYatsura'', often considered the prototype for Ranma, although Ryuunosuke is an actual girl who was raised as a guy by a dad who refuses to recognize that she's a girl, mainly because he doesn't think a girl can take over his precious tea shop. This has left her with rather bad gender issues; she's fully aware she's a girl, and wants to be a "real" girl more than anything, but her father refuses to allow her to wear female clothes or even talk of herself as being a girl, nevermind try and get a boyfriend or try to act like a girl... in fact, because she's spent so long being brought up to act like a boy, she doesn't even know how to act like a girl. She also has an arranged marriage she doesn't want. Namely because her fiance Nagisa Shiowatara's father is just as much a loony as her own- upon having a son, rather than raise him as a boy, he deliberately raises him as a girl in order to match the "boy" that Ryuunosuke was raised to be. Unlike her, however, he does seem to know how to act like a guy, and he does realize that he's actually male, but he enjoys crossdressing. What makes things worse for her is that he possesses a number of ghostly powers, due to having died from eating sea urchin ice cream then coming back from the dead... though this also gives him some ghostly weaknesses, like being repelled by spirit wards. He's also, despite his {{Bishonen}} body, an expert sumo wrestler and quite capable of beating her in a fight.

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* Ryuunosuke and her father in ''Anime/UruseiYatsura'', often considered the prototype for Ranma, although Ryuunosuke is an actual girl who was raised as a guy by a dad who refuses to recognize that she's a girl, mainly because he doesn't think a girl can take over his precious tea shop. This has left her with rather bad gender issues; she's fully aware she's a girl, and wants to be a "real" girl more than anything, but her father refuses to allow her to wear female clothes or even talk of herself as being a girl, nevermind try and get a boyfriend or try to act like a girl... in fact, because she's spent so long being brought up to act like a boy, she doesn't even know how to act like a girl. She also has an arranged marriage she doesn't want. Namely because her fiance Nagisa Shiowatara's father is just as much a loony as her own- upon own--upon having a son, rather than raise him as a boy, he deliberately raises him as a girl in order to match the "boy" that Ryuunosuke was raised to be. Unlike her, however, he does seem to know how to act like a guy, and he does realize that he's actually male, but he enjoys crossdressing. What makes things worse for her is that he possesses a number of ghostly powers, due to having died from eating sea urchin ice cream then coming back from the dead... though this also gives him some ghostly weaknesses, like being repelled by spirit wards. He's also, despite his {{Bishonen}} body, an expert sumo wrestler and quite capable of beating her in a fight.
3rd Jun '16 12:43:11 PM dmeagher13
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** If you saw a sickly little boy who regularly looked like something bigger than a dog had been seriously mauling him, would you try and do something about it? Because if so, it seems that you think differently than any of Lupin's neighbors did when he was growing up. He never mentions this having been a downside of being a werewolf, which makes it a fairly reasonable assumption that nobody responded to what would have looked like some form of abuse from the outside.
26th May '16 10:22:44 AM mynameisntslick
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* In XMenFirstClass series [[http://archiveofourown.org/series/82162 Stars from Home]] Charles is trying to legally adopt Scott and they both meet with a social worker, averting the trope; played straight when Scott thinks about the years in [[OrphanageOfFear a foundlings' home in Omaha]] when he genuinely needed someone to protect him.
26th May '16 5:34:57 AM AgentTasmania
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* Mako's and Bolin's BackStory in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' implies there is no Social Services in Republic City, as "death of parents" = "orphans out on the street."

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* Mako's and Bolin's BackStory in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' implies there is no Social Services in Republic City, as "death of parents" = "orphans out on the street."" The era being emulated does predate such institutions.
17th May '16 9:21:33 AM Defbye
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* Azusa's entire living situation in ''Manga/GakuenOuji'' is just downright absurd. He's basically a MinorLivingAlone in an extremely run-down apartment. And he's so poor he has to sell himself for food, and has been doing so ''for years''. Several people know about this, and still does nothing about it. Of course, AdultsAreUseless in this manga.
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