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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' has Asuka, who constantly berates, belittles, and curses Shinji despite sharing an apartment with him and honestly wanting his attention. It's revealed that her mother died while her father was cheating on her, and she failed to get the affection of her guardian Kaji. She's left trying to pursue Shinji while still trying to keep him from from getting close to her, causing her and him no end of stress.
16th Sep '17 12:15:01 AM Eievie
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* ''Literature/ThePerksOfBeingAWallflower'': [[folder:Aunt Helen was molested as a young girl, which is why she herself molested Charlie.]]

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* ''Literature/ThePerksOfBeingAWallflower'': [[folder:Aunt [[spoiler:Aunt Helen was molested as a young girl, which is why she herself molested Charlie.]]
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* ''Literature/ThePerksOfBeingAWallflower'': [[folder:Aunt Helen was molested as a young girl, which is why she herself molested Charlie.]]
7th Sep '17 1:15:41 PM ironballs16
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** [[FridgeHorror Which brings the remaining 70% into a]] [[ChildHater disturbing]] [[JerkAss new]] [[ForTheEvulz light.]]

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** [[FridgeHorror Which brings the remaining 70% into a]] [[ChildHater disturbing]] [[JerkAss new]] [[ForTheEvulz [[ResentfulGuardian light.]]
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** [[FridgeHorror Which brings the remaining 70% into a]] [[ChildHater disturbing]] [[JerkAss new]] [[ForTheEvulz light.]]
13th Aug '17 8:50:17 PM Angeldeb82
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-> '''Blackadder:''' It is the way of the world Baldrick, the abused always kick downwards: I'm annoyed, and so I kick the cat, the cat ''(mouse squeaks)'' pounces on the mouse, and finally the mouse...

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-> '''Blackadder:''' It is the way of the world world, Baldrick, the abused always kick downwards: I'm annoyed, and so I kick the cat, the cat ''(mouse squeaks)'' pounces on the mouse, and finally the mouse...



But sometimes, you'll find out that the character who is notable for behaving abusively toward one or more others has a DarkAndTroubledPast themselves. Maybe ''they'' were abused at one point in their life, or are presently in an abusive situation. Or else, instead of or in addition to having been the target of an abuser, they [[HarmfulToMinors saw something as a child they were not meant to see]], were [[TheBully bullied]] and/or [[RapeAsBackstory raped]], DidNotGetTheGirl, have a CynicismCatalyst, or [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone did something that they'll never get past]] and may even [[TheAtoner be trying desperately to make up for]]. The TroubledAbuser is different from other abusers in that he or she has had (or currently has) a hard life themself in addition to making one of these for at least one other person. It may be a result of an InferioritySuperiorityComplex or else a form of BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil.

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But sometimes, you'll find out that the character who is notable for behaving abusively toward one or more others has a DarkAndTroubledPast themselves. Maybe ''they'' were abused at one point in their life, or are presently in an abusive situation. Or else, instead of or in addition to having been the target of an abuser, they [[HarmfulToMinors saw something as a child they were not meant to see]], were [[TheBully bullied]] and/or [[RapeAsBackstory raped]], {{rape|AsBackstory}}d, DidNotGetTheGirl, have a CynicismCatalyst, or [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone did something that they'll never get past]] and may even [[TheAtoner be trying desperately to make up for]]. The TroubledAbuser Troubled Abuser is different from other abusers in that he or she has had (or currently has) a hard life themself in addition to making one of these for at least one other person. It may be a result of an InferioritySuperiorityComplex or else a form of BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil.



Compare the TroubledSympatheticBigot, whose bigotry is seldom portrayed as sympathetic due to the ugly reputation bigotry has gained over the years, but is nevertheless a sympathetic person. The TroubledAbuser, given that (s)he is, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin troubled]], automatically gains some measure of {{Woobie}} status due to his or her status as troubled being out in the open, but unlike bigotry, abuse is less likely to be portrayed in an unsympathetic light. Sometimes, the TroubledAbuser may ''also'' be a TroubledSympatheticBigot.

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Compare the TroubledSympatheticBigot, whose bigotry is seldom portrayed as sympathetic due to the ugly reputation bigotry has gained over the years, but is nevertheless a sympathetic person. The TroubledAbuser, Troubled Abuser, given that (s)he is, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin troubled]], automatically gains some measure of {{Woobie}} [[TheWoobie Woobie]] status due to his or her status as troubled being out in the open, but unlike bigotry, abuse is less likely to be portrayed in an unsympathetic light. Sometimes, the TroubledAbuser Troubled Abuser may ''also'' be a TroubledSympatheticBigot.



Comparable to, and sometimes overlapping with, FreudianExcuse, in which a villain cites a childhood of poor quality as having a role in his or her evil deeds or is revealed to have had a bad childhood in order to gain {{Woobie}} status. However, unlike a villain with a FreudianExcuse, the TroubledAbuser isn't just guilty of ''any'' morally questionable act, they are guilty of committing one or more of these acts against someone with whom they have or end up developing an interpersonal relationship. Additionally, the TroubledAbuser can be troubled in ways other than childhood experiences. Sometimes, the TroubledAbuser has a FreudianExcuse, in which case these two tropes overlap, but FreudianExcuse and TroubledAbuser are not exactly the same thing. For example, a serial killer who targets random women he doesn't know and is later revealed [[HarmfulToMinors to have witnessed]] [[DomesticAbuser his mother]] [[DomesticAbuse attack his father with a knife on a regular basis]] would go under FreudianExcuse, but would not be a TroubledAbuser because he is committing crimes, but not against people he has a relationship with, or even interacts with on a regular basis. [[AbusiveParents A female character who is the single mother of a child that she verbally abuses on a regular basis]], [[ParentalNeglect if she even gives the kid any attention at all]], but is revealed to be doing so because the kid is a ChildByRape and reminds her of her rapist is a TroubledAbuser without a doubt, but wouldn't fit under FreudianExcuse because the hard part of her life, as far as we know, did not happen in her childhood.

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Comparable to, and sometimes overlapping with, FreudianExcuse, in which a villain cites a childhood of poor quality as having a role in his or her evil deeds or is revealed to have had a bad childhood in order to gain {{Woobie}} [[TheWoobie Woobie]] status. However, unlike a villain with a FreudianExcuse, the TroubledAbuser Troubled Abuser isn't just guilty of ''any'' morally questionable act, they are guilty of committing one or more of these acts against someone with whom they have or end up developing an interpersonal relationship. Additionally, the TroubledAbuser Troubled Abuser can be troubled in ways other than childhood experiences. Sometimes, the TroubledAbuser Troubled Abuser has a FreudianExcuse, in which case these two tropes overlap, but FreudianExcuse and TroubledAbuser Troubled Abuser are not exactly the same thing. For example, a serial killer who targets random women he doesn't know and is later revealed [[HarmfulToMinors to have witnessed]] [[DomesticAbuser his mother]] [[DomesticAbuse attack his father with a knife on a regular basis]] would go under FreudianExcuse, but would not be a TroubledAbuser Troubled Abuser because he is committing crimes, but not against people he has a relationship with, or even interacts with on a regular basis. [[AbusiveParents A female character who is the single mother of a child that she verbally abuses on a regular basis]], [[ParentalNeglect if she even gives the kid any attention at all]], but is revealed to be doing so because the kid is a ChildByRape and reminds her of her rapist is a TroubledAbuser Troubled Abuser without a doubt, but wouldn't fit under FreudianExcuse because the hard part of her life, as far as we know, did not happen in her childhood.



* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'': Once upon a time there was an elderly martial artist called Ougai, the successor of ''Nanto Hou Ou Ken'' (South Star Phoenix Fist) adopted an innocent baby boy. Teaching him everything he knew, he gave the orphan with all the warmth and love of his heart, raising him to the the next sucessor of this mighty battle art. Little did the boy know on his fifteenth birthday, blindfolded for his final test, that [[ThereCanBeOnlyOne the traditions of Nanto Hou Ou Ken deamands one to slay his own master to inherit his title]]. Driven mad by grief, the innocent boy known as Souther grew up into a heartless tyrant, whom after the world was consumed by nuclear fire, built an Empire on the blood and tears of slave children to renounce of himself of the love that tore his heart apart.

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* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'': Once upon a time there was an elderly martial artist called Ougai, the successor of ''Nanto Hou Ou Ken'' (South Star Phoenix Fist) adopted an innocent baby boy. Teaching him everything he knew, he gave the orphan with all the warmth and love of his heart, raising him to the the next sucessor successor of this mighty battle art. Little did the boy know on his fifteenth birthday, blindfolded for his final test, that [[ThereCanBeOnlyOne the traditions of Nanto Hou Ou Ken deamands one to slay his own master to inherit his title]]. Driven mad by grief, the innocent boy known as Souther grew up into a heartless tyrant, whom after the world was consumed by nuclear fire, built an Empire on the blood and tears of slave children to renounce of himself of the love that tore his heart apart.



** Sakuya Ookuchi from ''Manga/SensualPhrase'': ([[spoiler: ChildOfRape, BrokenBird [[AlcoholicParent alcoholic mother]] who dies, FinancialAbuse from his ParentalSubstitute, bullying and isolation due to his American heritage]]);
** Uo Hakuron from ''Manga/HaouAiren'': (TykeBomb raised by TheTriadsAndTheTongs and turned into their top-one ChildSoldier, [[spoiler: murderous and abusive father, MissingMom]]);
** Klaus from ''Manga/MaidenRose'' (drug-addicted, with lots of [[ConflictingLoyalty conflicted loyalties]], a love interest [[TheChainsOfCommanding with]] [[BrokenMessiah his own]] [[WarriorPrince and strong]] [[CantHaveSexEver issues]]);

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** Sakuya Ookuchi from ''Manga/SensualPhrase'': ([[spoiler: ChildOfRape, ChildByRape, BrokenBird [[AlcoholicParent alcoholic mother]] who dies, FinancialAbuse from his ParentalSubstitute, bullying and isolation due to his American heritage]]);
** Uo Hakuron from ''Manga/HaouAiren'': (TykeBomb raised by TheTriadsAndTheTongs and turned into their top-one ChildSoldier, {{Child Soldier|s}}, [[spoiler: murderous and abusive father, MissingMom]]);
** Klaus from ''Manga/MaidenRose'' (drug-addicted, with lots of [[ConflictingLoyalty conflicted loyalties]], {{conflicted loyalt|y}}ies, a love interest [[TheChainsOfCommanding with]] [[BrokenMessiah his own]] [[WarriorPrince and strong]] [[CantHaveSexEver issues]]);



** Severus Snape is notable for his being a SadistTeacher who favors Slytherins over those from other Houses and dishing out cruelty, insults, and strictness to the latter. However, starting from ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban Prisoner of Azkaban]]'', the reader discovers that he is one of these. He was bullied throughout his school years by the Marauders, hinted to have had an abusive father and neglectful mother, and [[spoiler:lost any chance of being with his one true love, Lily Evans, when he called her a FantasticSlur. Then he had to watch her date and marry one of his bullies (who, unlike Snape, has learned his lessons and ''stopped'' being a JerkAss) and have a child with him. Finally, she ended up dying for that child, despite his attempts to make a deal with Voldemort to save her life.]] He then spends the next sixteen years trying to make up for what he's done [[spoiler: and playing a vital role as Dumbledore's double agent]]...while in a parallel bullying Neville to the point of traumatizing him, psychologically abusing Harry due to his heritage, verbally abusing Hermione when she's crying over having been humiliated by Draco, etc.
** Sirius subjects his house-elf, Kreacher, to a barrage of verbal and physical abuse because he is a reminder of his rotten childhood caused by his status as TheUnfavorite [[ParentalFavoritism in the eyes of his parents, who unsubtly liked his brother Regulus better than him]]. Even after he left his AbusiveParents, he couldn't catch a break. His best friends have been betrayed by someone they thought was their friend, resulting in their death and orphaning their son and Sirius's godson. To top it all off, ''he'' was blamed for every crime that said false friend committed and sent to [[FateWorseThanDeath Azkaban]], where he was subjected to enough MindRape to make him YoungerThanTheyLook.

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** Severus Snape is notable for his being a SadistTeacher who favors Slytherins over those from other Houses and dishing out cruelty, insults, and strictness to the latter. However, starting from ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban Prisoner of Azkaban]]'', the reader discovers that he is one of these. He was bullied throughout his school years by the Marauders, hinted to have had an abusive father and neglectful mother, and [[spoiler:lost any chance of being with his one true love, Lily Evans, when he called her a FantasticSlur. Then he had to watch her date and marry one of his bullies (who, unlike Snape, has learned his lessons and ''stopped'' being a JerkAss) {{Jerkass}}) and have a child with him. Finally, she ended up dying for that child, despite his attempts to make a deal with Voldemort to save her life.]] He then spends the next sixteen years trying to make up for what he's done [[spoiler: and playing a vital role as Dumbledore's double agent]]...while in a parallel bullying Neville to the point of traumatizing him, psychologically abusing Harry due to his heritage, verbally abusing Hermione when she's crying over having been humiliated by Draco, etc.
** Sirius subjects his house-elf, Kreacher, to a barrage of verbal and physical abuse because he is a reminder of his rotten childhood caused by his status as TheUnfavorite TheUnfavourite [[ParentalFavoritism in the eyes of his parents, who unsubtly liked his brother Regulus better than him]]. Even after he left his AbusiveParents, he couldn't catch a break. His best friends have been betrayed by someone they thought was their friend, resulting in their death and orphaning their son and Sirius's godson. To top it all off, ''he'' was blamed for every crime that said false friend committed and sent to [[FateWorseThanDeath Azkaban]], where he was subjected to enough MindRape to make him YoungerThanTheyLook.



** Harry's Aunt Petunia is notorious for being one of Harry Potter's [[AbusiveParents Abusive]] MuggleFosterParents, but then we find out that she was jealous of her sister Lily's turning out to be a witch. She not only begged to be able to go to Hogwarts, but she felt overshadowed by her sister in the eyes of their parents. (Which wasn't exactly Lily's fault, though, and does NOT justify her horrible treatment of Harry.)

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** Harry's Aunt Petunia is notorious for being one of Harry Potter's [[AbusiveParents Abusive]] {{Abusive|Parents}} MuggleFosterParents, but then we find out that she was jealous of her sister Lily's turning out to be a witch. She not only begged to be able to go to Hogwarts, but she felt overshadowed by her sister in the eyes of their parents. (Which wasn't exactly Lily's fault, though, and does NOT justify her horrible treatment of Harry.)



** In another Creator/StephenKing novel, ''{{Carrie}}'', the eponymous character is regularly subjected to loads of abuse by her widowed Christian fundamentalist mother, Margaret White. We later find out that Carrie is a ChildByRape. At one point, Carrie's parents were so hard-line fundamentalist that they were remaining celibate and then Mr. White changed his mind and forced himself on Margaret in a combination of NotIfTheyEnjoyedItRationalization and MaritalRapeLicense. [[DefiledForever She is so ashamed of having "sinned"]] and so unwilling to think of her experience as rape that she refuses to believe that she's pregnant when she is, calling it "a cancer of the womanly parts."

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** In another Creator/StephenKing novel, ''{{Carrie}}'', ''Literature/{{Carrie}}'', the eponymous character is regularly subjected to loads of abuse by her widowed Christian fundamentalist mother, Margaret White. We later find out that Carrie is a ChildByRape. At one point, Carrie's parents were so hard-line fundamentalist that they were remaining celibate and then Mr. White changed his mind and forced himself on Margaret in a combination of NotIfTheyEnjoyedItRationalization and MaritalRapeLicense. [[DefiledForever She is so ashamed of having "sinned"]] and so unwilling to think of her experience as rape that she refuses to believe that she's pregnant when she is, calling it "a cancer of the womanly parts."



* Lionel Luthor on ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' is an ArchnemesisDad who abuses his son Lex [[FinancialAbuse financially]] and emotionally in an attempt at [[SocialDarwinist making him stronger]]. He is absolutly ruthless in his desire to make [[BastardUnderstudy Lex]] into a [[HeirClubForMen worthy heir]] for his [[MegaCorp corporate empire]], and easily deserves the title of "Worst Father Ever." In Season 3, however, we learn that Lionel's own parents were a pair of [[TheAlcoholic alcoholic]] [[JadedWashout washouts]] who beat him regularly and went out of their way to sabotage his success; if Lionel can be trusted, they actually wanted him to end up just like them. He eventually [[SelfMadeOrphan killed them]], then fabricated a new past for the family, claiming descent from Scottish nobility. Not only does this explain Lionel's drive for success, it also helps to demonstrate why he seems to be unaware that he is abusing Lex: in Lionel's mind, abuse is physical; he sees himself as an involved parent and nothing worse.

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* Lionel Luthor on ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' is an ArchnemesisDad who abuses his son Lex [[FinancialAbuse financially]] and emotionally in an attempt at [[SocialDarwinist [[TheSocialDarwinist making him stronger]]. He is absolutly absolutely ruthless in his desire to make [[BastardUnderstudy Lex]] into a [[HeirClubForMen worthy heir]] for his [[MegaCorp corporate empire]], and easily deserves the title of "Worst Father Ever." In Season 3, however, we learn that Lionel's own parents were a pair of [[TheAlcoholic alcoholic]] [[JadedWashout washouts]] who beat him regularly and went out of their way to sabotage his success; if Lionel can be trusted, they actually wanted him to end up just like them. He eventually [[SelfMadeOrphan killed them]], then fabricated a new past for the family, claiming descent from Scottish nobility. Not only does this explain Lionel's drive for success, it also helps to demonstrate why he seems to be unaware that he is abusing Lex: in Lionel's mind, abuse is physical; he sees himself as an involved parent and nothing worse.



* In ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'', the eponymous character has a StalkerWithACrush named Helga who is also eager to hide the fact that she has a crush on Arnold... by subjecting him to relentless bullying and harassment that includes physical and verbal abuse. She also has AbusiveParents [[ParentalFavoritism who favor her older sister over]] [[TheUnfavorite her]] [[ParentalNeglect and barely pay attention to her]] (and said sister [[StageMom doesn't have it much better]])

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* In ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'', the eponymous character has a StalkerWithACrush named Helga who is also eager to hide the fact that she has a crush on Arnold... by subjecting him to relentless bullying and harassment that includes physical and verbal abuse. She also has AbusiveParents [[ParentalFavoritism who favor her older sister over]] [[TheUnfavorite [[TheUnfavourite her]] [[ParentalNeglect and barely pay attention to her]] (and said sister [[StageMom doesn't have it much better]])better]]).
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Cersei Lannister. Between her experiences with her abusive husband, controlling, emotionally abusive father and uncontrollable, psychopathic son, Cersei takes it out on whom she has a chance at the moment. Sometimes it's Tyrion (though it tends to backfire on her). More often it's Sansa.
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** As for Kinzo, he's manipulated as the heir to the Ushiromiya family, [[DeathSeeker seeks his own death]], is sent off to WorldWarTwo, and [[spoiler:meets his love, Beatrice Castiglioni, only to have her and later her daughter both die]]. He winds up half-insane, is abusive to most of his children (specially to Eva, by denying her the right to be the heir [[HeirClubForMen purely for her gender]] despite being more talented in business than her eldest brother Krauss) [[spoiler:and has a child with his illegitimate daughter, Beatrice Ushiromiya, through implied rape]]. All in all, he had a terrible past - but he IS the one who made the Ushiromiyas the BigScrewedUpFamily they are.

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** As for Kinzo, he's manipulated as the heir to the Ushiromiya family, [[DeathSeeker seeks his own death]], is sent off to WorldWarTwo, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, and [[spoiler:meets his love, Beatrice Castiglioni, only to have her and later her daughter both die]]. He winds up half-insane, is abusive to most of his children (specially to Eva, by denying her the right to be the heir [[HeirClubForMen purely for her gender]] despite being more talented in business than her eldest brother Krauss) [[spoiler:and has a child with his illegitimate daughter, Beatrice Ushiromiya, through implied rape]]. All in all, he had a terrible past - but he IS the one who made the Ushiromiyas the BigScrewedUpFamily they are.
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* Makihisa Toono from ''{{VisualNovel/Tsukihime}}'' suffers from a constant risk of being take over by his family's [[SuperpoweredEvilSide demon blood]] and his only guaranteed method is keeping his mind under control is [[spoiler: forcing an 8 years-old Kohaku into sexual intercourse]]. The same situation later happens to his children [=SHIKI=] and Akiha. That said, the Toono family can be considered one of the most sympathetic example of this trope, as even their victim acknowledges that they did what they because they had no other choice.
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