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18th Apr '18 11:24:54 PM ImperialStormTroper
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* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/Sourcery'', the wizard Ipslore the Red raised his son the "sourcerer" (a source of magical power, and much more powerful than wizards, who just manipulate it) to conquer the [[WizardingSchool Unseen University]], and then the world. Coin is expected to do this at the age of ten, and manages quite well before Rincewind [[spoiler:[[DefusingTheTykebomb Defuses him]] with his utter, comical harmlessness]].

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* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/Sourcery'', ''Discworld/{{Sourcery}}'', the wizard Ipslore the Red raised his son the "sourcerer" (a source of magical power, and much more powerful than wizards, who just manipulate it) to conquer the [[WizardingSchool Unseen University]], and then the world. Coin is expected to do this at the age of ten, and manages quite well before Rincewind [[spoiler:[[DefusingTheTykebomb Defuses him]] with his utter, comical harmlessness]].
18th Apr '18 11:22:05 PM ImperialStormTroper
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* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Sourcery'', the wizard Ipslore the Red raised his son the "sourcerer" (a source of magical power, and much more powerful than wizards, who just manipulate it) to conquer the [[WizardingSchool Unseen University]], and then the world. Coin is expected to do this at the age of ten, and manages quite well before Rincewind [[spoiler:[[DefusingTheTykebomb Defuses him]] with his utter, comical harmlessness]].

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* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Sourcery'', ''Discworld/Sourcery'', the wizard Ipslore the Red raised his son the "sourcerer" (a source of magical power, and much more powerful than wizards, who just manipulate it) to conquer the [[WizardingSchool Unseen University]], and then the world. Coin is expected to do this at the age of ten, and manages quite well before Rincewind [[spoiler:[[DefusingTheTykebomb Defuses him]] with his utter, comical harmlessness]].
17th Apr '18 6:20:26 PM ImperialStormTroper
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* Although most characters in ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'' become this to some extent, special mention goes to Itona Horibe, who has CombatTentacles and a serious case of UnstoppableRage. [[spoiler: He does end up [[DefusingTheTykebomb defused]], though.]]
15th Apr '18 6:26:34 PM nombretomado
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* Kid Amazo from the pages of ''{{JLA}} Classified''.

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* Kid Amazo from the pages of ''{{JLA}} ''ComicBook/{{JLA}} Classified''.
11th Apr '18 6:53:16 AM Pichu-kun
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* Mitsumi from ''Manga/PokemonDiamondAndPearlAdventure'', until Rowan [[DefusingTheTykebomb defuses her]].

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* Mitsumi from ''Manga/PokemonDiamondAndPearlAdventure'', until Professor Rowan [[DefusingTheTykebomb defuses her]].her]]. She was an orphan taken in by Cyrus as a young child and raised to be a very powerful Pokémon trainer. Mitsumi was cold and friendless until Rowan taught her about love.
29th Mar '18 3:38:06 AM Wyvern
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** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyType0'' is built around this trope. The playable cast are all members of Class Zero, an elite squad of fourteen teenagers with special powers, each of whom was taken from their parents at an early age and trained to master a particular weapon. As a result, they're devastating in battle but have little understanding of civilian life, to the point that learning about anything besides combat seems foreign to them. In part due to this, they're isolated from their peers but form [[TrueCompanions a close-knit group among each other.]]
14th Mar '18 6:47:49 PM orangekun21
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* Leprechauns in LightNovel/SukaSuka are a literal example of this trope. Their entire purpose in life is to serve as magical suicide bombers for the military. Sadly this is just about the only tactic still effective against the 17 Beasts, as the only other weapons capable of killing the monsters are over 500 years old and badly in need of repair. The high attrition rates mean that few Leprechauns live past their early teens. This somewhat changes with the arrival of the main character who, due to being frozen for 500 years, actually has the knowledge to repair the ancient beast killing weapons. As a result the military is able to change its tactics and no longer resort to suicide based magic attacks.
25th Feb '18 1:20:23 AM Randomfan11
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* [[BigBad Gaia]] of ''Manga/GingaNagareboshiGin'' has an [[ChildSoldiers army of young wolves]] under his command who have been raised to be so loyal to their ruler that they are not afraid to die for him. Usually, this is exactly what they must do since their favored method of attacking is [[TakingYouWithMe plunging their enemies along with themselves into lava]].

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* [[BigBad Gaia]] of ''Manga/GingaNagareboshiGin'' has an [[ChildSoldiers army of young wolves]] under his command who ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'':
** Almost all known Titan Shifters are this to one degree or another. Eren Yeager willingly and eagerly becomes a high-grade LaserGuidedTykeBomb, while [[spoiler: Annie Leonhart, Reiner Braun, and Bertolt Hoover]] are all hinted to
have been trained from a very young age in preparation for their mission against humanity. The series touches on the ugly reality of children being raised to be so loyal to as weapons, with all the enemy Shifters showing signs of [[VillainousBSOD severe]] [[TraumaInducedAmnesia trauma]] and [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone crushing]] [[TearsOfRemorse guilt]] over what their ruler mission has forced them to do. There's even an attempt to [[DefusingTheTykeBomb defuse]] them using ThePowerOfFriendship, though it fails with the implication that they all are not afraid to die for him. Usually, this is exactly what they must do since utterly terrified of the consequences of failing their favored method mission.
** It turns out that the only shifters who ''aren't'' this are [[spoiler:Eren, Ymir and maybe the Warhammer Titan. The other shifters are all ChildSoldiers trained by the Marley military with the sole purpose
of attacking inheriting one of the powers of the Nine Titans. Shifters have a time limit of 13 years, after which they die. If the powers aren't transferred to another person before this, a random Eldian baby gets them. Children between the ages of 5 and 7 can apply, and the strongest inherit whichever powers are up for grabs. This is [[TakingYouWithMe plunging how the above-mentioned Annie, Reiner and Bertolt came to get their enemies powers, along with themselves into lava]].the Beast Titan Zeke and the Cart Titan Pieck. The Jaw Titan was originally possessed by Marcel, who obtained it through the military programme, but he was eaten by Ymir, who eventually ended up "returning" the Jaw Titan to Marcel's brother Porco. The next batch of children are currently in the process of training, as time is running out for the current Marley-controlled shifters. [[note]]Marley control the Armored, Beast, Cart and Jaw Titans. They used to own the Colossal and Female Titans, but those are currently on Paradis Island with the main characters. The Warhammer Titan is controlled by the Tybur family, who reside within the Kingdom of Marley, but the military doesn't appear to have direct control. The Attack Titan's (Eren's Titan) allegiance isn't exactly known, and the Founding Titan has always resided within the Reiss family, who live on Paradis.[[/note]]]]
* Ennis from ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}!'', as well as many unnamed Homunculi before her, were [[ArtificialHuman homegrown]] by the BigBad Szilard to do most of his dirty work. Additionally, while [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter Chane Laforet]] might not have been born and bred as a tykebomb (rather, Huey was just wondering about the [[ImmortalityInfertility reproductive]] [[LamarckWasRight mechanics]] of immortals), that [[ManipulativeBastard didn't stop him from getting ideas]] after discovering she had [[WellDoneSonGuy a serious drive to make him happy, regardless of consequences]]. Fast forward some years later and now she's a [[KnifeNut knife-wielding]] killing machine at his back and call.
* In ''Manga/BlackButler'', Finny was one of these, until he escaped and went to work for Ciel Phantomhive.
* ''Manga/BlackCat'':
** Eve was raised from childhood to become a bioweapon.
** In the manga, it's revealed [[spoiler: that Train was raised to become a killer as well... by the person who killed his parents. And Train specifically sought out training from said assassin so that Train could avenge them one day.]]
** Baldor and Kranz are also tykebombs.
* ''Manga/BlackLagoon'':
** [[AxeCrazy Hansel]] [[NightmareFuel and]] [[CreepyChild Gretel]] probably count. [[spoiler:They do, in fact, turn on their current handlers, but]] they are ''so [[PrecisionFStrike fucked up]]'' that DefusingTheTykebomb is completely and utterly not an option.
** Balalaika, the woman responsible for putting the aforementioned CreepyTwins down, was ironically a borderline example herself -- she was raised by her grandfather to be the perfect soldier, and shipped off to fight in the Soviet-Afghan war when she was barely out of her teens. Flashforward a decade, and she's the leader of a vast criminal empire -- and [[BloodKnight completely]] [[DeathSeeker insane]] [[AxCrazy to boot]].
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' the BigBad revealed that Wonderweiss Margera, a very childlike arrancar, was modified to be exactly this, exchanging his ability to speak or reason for pure power. [[spoiler: In something of a play on words, he explodes on his defeat.]]
* Implied to be the case with many younger members of the Port Mafia in ''Manga/BungouStrayDogs''. Most members in their 20s now are shown to have been part of the Mafia as teenagers, with some possibly being recruited even younger. The most extreme would be Q, barely a teenager during the series proper; the cover of chapter 31 shows him already being a member at age 4 or 5.
* A non-fighting version appears in ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa''. [[spoiler: A former DoorstopBaby, Carlos Santana became this after his adoptive parents died and their boss forcefully recruited him, subjecting the kid to TrainingFromHell for several years until he became the "God of Soccer". He gets defused by Tsubasa and his friend Luciano Leo, though. ''And'' in the original manga, he's reunited with his MissingMom.]]
* The titular Manga/{{Claymore}}s are usually child survivors of Youma attacks, the theory being that they have nothing to lose and have the motivation to become the Organization's pet Youma killing machines. Later it's revealed that the Organization occasionally ''unleashed'' Youma on human settlements so they could conscript any surviving female children.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'':
** In season 2, Rolo Lamperouge turns out to be a tykebomb. His lack of experience beyond doing his duty (and being rather psychotic) makes him easy pickings for being manipulated and suborned by the very person he was sent after.
** The Geass lab, where countless kids were raised as human weapons with their Geasses. [[spoiler:And that's actually where Rolo comes from. In the infamous raid of R2 14, at some point Rolo is seen greeting the children with a sweet smile... and shooting them dead immediately afterwards.]]
** In the ''[[Manga/CodeGeassNightmareOfNunnally Nightmare of Nunnally]]'' AlternateContinuity manga, where [[spoiler: Rolo is recast as Lelouch's EvilTwin]], the role of the TykeBomb falls to [[spoiler:Anya]].
** Emperor Charles. His entire kingdom is run by his children, who he raises to be loyal... or dead. Kinda doesn't work when his three most competent children try to kill him, including one whom succeeds in doing so. Even [[AllLovingHero Euphemia]] doesn't like him.



* Crona in ''Manga/SoulEater'', as a [[LaserGuidedTykeBomb laser-guided]] version created to kill and replace [[BigBad Asura]]. [[spoiler: Kid is essentially Crona's opposite, having been created for the same purpose for different reasons. Fortunately, his father wasn't the Complete Monster [[AbusiveParents Medusa]] was.]]

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* Crona Apparently Shiro from ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland'' had been raised and made into a weapon.
* ''Manga/DogsBulletsAndCarnage'':
** Luki and Noki.
** Many of the other characters including Heine and Giovanni could also be considered this, as they were raised from a very young age to be SuperSoldiers. However, Heine has long since gone rogue.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'':
** Piccolo kidnapped and trained Son Gohan for a year to be a tykebomb against the oncoming Saiyans, and perhaps if he can use him against his father, Son Goku when he returns from his almost literal TrainingFromHell. However, he grew fond of Gohan over the year, and although Gohan was vital (and would especially be
in ''Manga/SoulEater'', later sagas), the Saiyans were too strong and it ended up with [[RedemptionEqualsDeath Piccolo sacrificing himself to save the boy.]] Krillin even {{Lampshades}} the idea when Piccolo kidnaps Gohan.
--->'''Krillin:''' If Gohan survives he'll turn out like Piccolo!
** Piccolo himself can be considered one. When King Piccolo died, he spat out Piccolo (jr)'s egg and ensured that all his memories and drive to kill Goku was implanted in it. So one could say Piccolo was brainwashed to carry out his sire's wishes from the day he was born, and Gohan unwittingly defused him.
** Played a little more straight with Frieza taking on Vegeta
as a [[LaserGuidedTykeBomb laser-guided]] version created child. Admittedly, Vegeta decided to switch sides a bit prematurely and thus wasn't exactly a threat to Frieza when he did, but when you consider the fact that Frieza's eventual demise was at the hands of Vegeta's son, the whole thing still seems rather ill-advised on Frieza's part.
** Played even straighter with Son Goku - sent to Earth as an toddler with the intention that he would wipe out the inhabitants as he grew up. Derailed when he fell of a cliff and hit his head in an accident, "defusing" him. That is what is widely believed. In ''Dragon Ball Minus'' it is revealed that Goku was sent to Earth for his protection. Although, he was still horribly violent and often attacked the senior Gohan.
** In general, all Saiyans children are raised as tykebombs. Raditz was considered a full-fledge warrior at five or seven and Goku was old enough to be a Frontier Baby at three. Part of the reason why Goku was sent to Earth was because no one would care if he wiped the planet.
* ''Manga/ElfenLied'':
** Every diclonius, despite being little girls, have enormous psychic power. This coupled with constant abuse and being ostracized from normal humans as well as a predisposition towards killing said humans (this may be a side effect of the abuse) creates a tragic and deadly experience for all.
** The manga makes it very plain that diclonius have a built in urge to kill normal humans. Nana, the only one that consistently resists this, is actually called a "traitor" by another diclonius precisely for this reason.
** Special mention goes to Mariko, who was [[spoiler:put into a completely sealed armored container with tubes for life support inserted into her, just days after her birth, and freed for the first time when she was six years old. She even came with a safety shut-off in the form of remotely controlled explosive charges implanted in her body.]]
* In ''Anime/{{Endride}}'', child assassins like Mischa are kidnapped or taken from the streets, [[EmotionlessGirl emotionally broken]] and {{brainwashed}}, and then trained to use their powers
to kill and replace [[BigBad Asura]]. [[spoiler: Kid [[SuperHumanTrafficking sold to the highest bidder]]. Fortunately [[WarriorTherapist Demetrio]] manages to successfully defuse Mischa by [[DefeatMeansFriendship besting her in battle]], breaking her SlaveCollar and offering her the chance to change her future.
* Cossette, from the ''Anime/ExcelSaga'' anime, was raised to become an assassin after her mother's death, with the verbal abuse included. She gets better with help from [[ResetButton the Great Will of the Universe]] that revives her mother. [[spoiler:Later on, she becomes an assassin again because she likes the smell of blood]].
* ''Manga/FlameOfRecca''
is essentially Crona's opposite, having been almost a perfect illustration of why you should treat your creations properly. The BigBad, Mori Kouran, secretly created dozens of genetically-engineered clones of his [[TheDragon Dragon]] Kurei, spliced together with genes from his own daughter, Kurenai, in an attempt to create a servant that would have Kurei's terrifying flame powers, but that Kouran could go to sleep around without worrying that he would wake up with his face burnt off. Only two of his creations survived: A girl, Renge, and a [[DudeLooksLikeALady boy]], Aoi. Renge had flame powers and childlike simplicity, exactly what Kouran had been looking for, and so he adopted her as his daughter and spoiled her with praises. She remained loyal right through the end of the series, up until when Kouran [[spoiler:killed her and absorbed her flame powers in order to give himself resistance to the protagonist's similar ones.]] Aoi, on the other hand, did not have flame powers, and so was considered a failure. He was treated like garbage, and although he did serve Kouran faithfully through most of the series (trying desperately to prove his worth), in the end ThePowerOfFriendship causes him to perform a HeelFaceTurn.
* Veronica from ''Manga/FrankenFran'' is an ArtificialHuman who looks maybe 14 years old and is [[YoungerThanTheyLook probably much younger]], built to be as specialised
for assassination as biologically possible, in a setting that runs on ArtMajorBiology.
* The Amestris government in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' did this for a group of babies. They were raised to [[spoiler:become
the same purpose for different reasons. Fortunately, puppet ruler of the nation]], and when they became old enough, they were injected with a Philosopher's stone. The survivor was named [[spoiler:King Bradley, and made ruler of Amestris only subservient to the real ruler, Father.]]
* ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'':
** Sousuke, being taken in by the KGB at 5 years old, was raised to be an assassin. And then he got taken in by Majihd to become a guerrilla at the age of 8. And after that, up until
his father current life (16 years old), Kalinin had trained him even more. This is one rare instance, however, where he generally wasn't treated badly by the Complete Monster [[AbusiveParents Medusa]] was.]]people who raised him to be a human weapon. {{Lampshaded}} in the novels, where he actually thinks to himself that he had been aware that he was always treated gentler and nicer by the other soldiers and fighters because [[EvenTheGuysWantHim he was pretty]].
** In Second Raid we also see Yu Lan and Yu Fan. They're also [[EmotionlessGirl emotionless]] CreepyTwins and serve as a major source of FanService for that season.
** Specially when we remember ''who'' raised and trained them: [[AxCrazy Gau]][[MemeticMolester ron]].
* [[BigBad Gaia]] of ''Manga/GingaNagareboshiGin'' has an [[ChildSoldiers army of young wolves]] under his command who have been raised to be so loyal to their ruler that they are not afraid to die for him. Usually, this is exactly what they must do since their favored method of attacking is [[TakingYouWithMe plunging their enemies along with themselves into lava]].
* Many examples come from the Franchise/{{Gundam}} metaseries:
** Several of the Artificial Newtypes from the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam UC Gundam continuity]], specially Four and Rosamia from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]'' and Elpe Puru from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Gundam ZZ]]''.
** Allenby Beardsley from ''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam G Gundam]]''. She *hates* being a Tykebomb for her government, trained ever since she lost her parents, and actually falls for [[HotBlooded Domon Kasshu]] because he's the first one who sees her as a normal girl, not a human weapon.
** [[spoiler: Triton Bloom aka Trowa Barton]] from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]'', a ChildSoldier raised by mercenaries after his parents's deaths and his sister's disappearance.
** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed Gundam SEED]]'' gives us [[FanNickname The Druggies]] aka the [[PsychoPrototype pre-Extended]] aka the biological [=CPUs=], Shani Andras, Clotho Bauer, and Orga Sabnak. Brought up by [[FantasticRacism Blue Cosmos]] to be anti-[[DesignerBabies Coordinator]] {{Super Soldier}}s, they are given a cocktail of [[PsychoSerum drugs]] that both increase their strength and reaction time, while ensuring their loyalty, as withdrawal begins after two hours and is always fatal. All three are [[AxeCrazy highly unstable]]. In ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny Gundam SEED Destiny]]'', we are introduced to their successors, the Extended, Stella Loussier, Auel Neider, and Sting Oakley. While less [[SuperPrototype powerful than the originals]], they are also far stabler, and can thus follow orders and perform undercover work better. They still show signs of severe psychological damage, with [[CloudCuckooLander Stella]] in particular [[PsychopathicManchild regressing into childhood]] as the show progresses.
*** In the ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDCE73Stargazer'' sidestory, VillainProtagonist Sven Cal Bayan is revealed to have been taken from his mother and father as a young child and raised alongside dozens of other boys and girls to be one of Blue Cosmos' elite troopers. Having undergone TrainingFromHell since a young age, he is one of the highest scoring Natural aces of the Second Bloody Valentine War.
** Also, many characters from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]''. More exactly: [[spoiler: Setsuna F. Seiei, Allelujah Haptism, the three Trinity siblings (Johann, Michael, Nena), and Marie Parfasy/Soma Peiris]]. Incidentally, [[BigBad FUCKING RIBBONS]] has a lot to do with making all of these examples.
* ''Manga/GunslingerGirl''.
** The title characters are all young girls who have psychological issues, and were trained to be ruthless assassins. They are all paired with a male "handler", who is responsible for the girls' training and well-being, and is free to use whatever method he likes.
** Also Pinocchio, though the trope is inverted in that he is raised by terrorist leader Christiano as an assassin, but Christiano becomes attached to Pinocchio as a surrogate son and tries to save him from the internal disputes that cause his own downfall.
* {{Anti Hero}}ic example in ''Manga/HadesProjectZeorymer''. The OVA ''begins'' with the protagonist finding out that his parents were paid by the government to raise him. There's a bit of FridgeHorror later on as he notes that he's their ''eldest'' child, heavily implying that he had younger siblings '''that would never see him again.'''



* {{Anti Hero}}ic example in ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'' with Shana being raised with sole motive of becoming a Flame Haze.
* {{Anti Hero}}ic example in ''Manga/HadesProjectZeorymer''. The OVA ''begins'' with the protagonist finding out that his parents were paid by the government to raise him. There's a bit of FridgeHorror later on as he notes that he's their ''eldest'' child, heavily implying that he had younger siblings '''that would never see him again.'''
* Mewtwo in the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime, a genetically engineered ''{{mon|s}}'' who blew up an island research facility, was recruited to work for Giovanni, then got fed up and blew up Giovanni's secret Gym base.
* Mitsumi from ''Manga/PokemonDiamondAndPearlAdventure'', until Rowan [[DefusingTheTykebomb defuses her]].
* In ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'', The Masked Man kidnapped children who showed promise as Pokemon Trainers in order to train and mold them into the perfect weapons. Two children, Blue and Silver, escaped and swore revenge on him for the cruelty they endured.
* Kirika Yuumura and Chloe from ''Anime/{{Noir}}'' were assassins trained from birth. As young teens, they have no problems with killing people. (In fact, [[spoiler: Kirika was killing people at age ''five'', some of them being ''Mireille's family'']].)
* The titular Manga/{{Claymore}}s are usually child survivors of Youma attacks, the theory being that they have nothing to lose and have the motivation to become the Organization's pet Youma killing machines. Later it's revealed that the Organization occasionally ''unleashed'' Youma on human settlements so they could conscript any surviving female children.
* See also the title characters of ''Manga/GunslingerGirl''.
** Also Pinocchio, though the trope is inverted in that he is raised by terrorist leader Christiano as an assassin, but Christiano becomes attached to Pinocchio as a surrogate son and tries to save him from the internal disputes that cause his own downfall.
* Fate Testarossa from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''.

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* {{Anti Hero}}ic example in ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'' with Shana being In ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' Killua Zoldyck was raised with sole motive to be an assassin and eventually become head of becoming a Flame Haze.
his family of assassins. Repeatedly acknowledged by Killua himself throughout the series.
* {{Anti Hero}}ic example Hiura in ''Manga/HadesProjectZeorymer''. ''Manga/{{Kekkaishi}}''.
* In the {{OVA}} ''Anime/{{Kite}}'', the main villains have a pattern of adopting orphans, raising them, ritually molesting them, and deploying them as Tykebombs for hire.
The OVA ''begins'' with the protagonist finding out that his parents were paid by the government to raise him. There's a bit is one of FridgeHorror later on as he notes that he's their ''eldest'' child, heavily implying that he had younger siblings '''that would never see him again.'''
* Mewtwo in the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime, a genetically engineered ''{{mon|s}}'' who blew up an island research facility, was recruited to work for Giovanni, then got fed up
creations, and blew up Giovanni's secret Gym base.
* Mitsumi from ''Manga/PokemonDiamondAndPearlAdventure'', until Rowan [[DefusingTheTykebomb defuses her]].
* In ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'', The Masked Man kidnapped children who showed promise as Pokemon Trainers in order to train and mold them into the perfect weapons. Two children, Blue and Silver, escaped and swore revenge on him for the cruelty they endured.
* Kirika Yuumura and Chloe from ''Anime/{{Noir}}'' were assassins trained from birth. As young teens, they have no problems with killing people. (In fact, [[spoiler: Kirika was killing people at age ''five'', some of them being ''Mireille's family'']].)
* The titular Manga/{{Claymore}}s are usually child survivors of Youma attacks, the theory being that they have nothing to lose and have the motivation to become the Organization's pet Youma killing machines. Later
it's revealed shown that the Organization occasionally ''unleashed'' Youma on human settlements so they could conscript any surviving female children.
her master ''made her'' an orphan, while she watched. It's pretty ill.
* See also the title characters of ''Manga/GunslingerGirl''.
''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''.
** Also Pinocchio, though the trope is inverted in that he is raised by terrorist leader Christiano as an assassin, but Christiano becomes attached to Pinocchio as a surrogate son and tries to save him from the internal disputes that cause his own downfall.
*
Fate Testarossa is a prime example. A lot of her issues stem from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''.this.



* There are no fewer than ''three'' instances of this trope in ''Anime/MaiHime'', from two different factions. One escaped at an early age ([[spoiler:Natsuki]]), but the others ([[spoiler:Mikoto and Alyssa]]) are still active when the series unfolds....



* There are no fewer than ''three'' instances of this trope in ''Anime/MaiHime'', from two different factions. One escaped at an early age ([[spoiler:Natsuki]]), but the others ([[spoiler:Mikoto and Alyssa]]) are still active when the series unfolds....
* In the manga version of ''Manga/YuGiOh'', Ryuji Otogi (probably known better by his dub name, Duke Devlin) was raised from birth by his father to exact revenge against Yugi's grandfather for a Dark Game that he had lost, causing him to age several decades in one night as a result. Otogi never realized this plan until he was actually coerced into challenging Yugi to Dungeon Dice Monsters, and his father's plan ultimately failed. (The story was changed considerably in the anime; in fact, the story in the manga probably offers a more logical explanation for Otogi's HeelFaceTurn than the anime did, something that fans of the anime often had a problem with.)

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* There are no fewer than ''three'' instances of this trope in ''Anime/MaiHime'', from two different factions. One escaped at an early age ([[spoiler:Natsuki]]), but the others ([[spoiler:Mikoto and Alyssa]]) are still active when the series unfolds....
* In the manga version of ''Manga/YuGiOh'', Ryuji Otogi (probably known better by his dub name, Duke Devlin) was raised from birth by his father to exact revenge against Yugi's grandfather
''Anime/{{Monster}}'':
** Several characters were [[spoiler: orphans chosen
for a Dark Game psychological experiment attempting to create "perfect soldiers," which went catastrophically wrong. The titular character was even involved in ''two'' of them, having been born from parents who were paired off as the first stage of a eugenics experiment.]]
** In a way, the experiment can be seen as going [[spoiler:catastrophically RIGHT]]. They wanted the perfect killing machine, and [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor they got Johan]]
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': Kind of hard to avoid this one, since ChildSoldiers are a staple of the setting.
** Gaara whose Tykebombification went a little ''too'' well...
** Apparently [[spoiler:Naruto himself]] was set up in [[spoiler:his]] rather sucky position because [[spoiler:the fourth Hokage (his dad, Minato) knew the BigBad unleashed the fox on Konoha, and knew whoever was going to deal with it would need some extra power, so he sealed a gigantic rampaging monster into a baby Naruto, who]] is not happy about this. Bonus points for being sort of justified, though, as [[spoiler: Minato]] truly had no option about that.
** Many (if not most) of Orochimaru's subordinates could be considered tykebombs, as it appears
that he had lost, causing him find many them as children, often orphans, and raises them as fanatically loyal soldiers. Some he chose because they already possessed useful special abilities, and others he modifies, either genetically, through the curse seal or by providing them with weapons, sometimes implanted like those of the Sound ninja that participated in the Chuunin exam.
** Root also recruits a lot of their members young, especially orphans.
** [[spoiler:Yamato]] was the only survivor of a program (headed by Orochimaru, before he left Konoha)
to age several decades in one night as infuse an infant with the First Hokage's bloodline ability.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'':
** Rei and Asuka. Rei was intended to pilot EVA from the beginning [[spoiler: among other things]], while Asuka was recruited from
a result. Otogi never realized this very young age.
** Shinji himself can be seen the ultimate example of the trope. [[spoiler:His mother, Yui, is heavily implied to have planned to set up her own child to be the ultimate UnwittingPawn, meant to derail [[AncientConspiracy SEELE]]'s [[AssimilationPlot Instrumentality Project]] at the last moment, before she even knew who was going to father it. The most disturbing element of her
plan until is easily the fact that she specifically wanted Shinji to witness her own apparent death to traumatize him, so that he was actually coerced into challenging Yugi to Dungeon Dice Monsters, would have an easier time triggering the EVA's unbeatable berserker mode, and his father's plan eventually survive all the way to the date of SEELE attempting to pull off the Instrumentality Project, so Shinji would ultimately failed. (The story was changed considerably in be the anime; in one who made the decision of what to do with Instrumentality]].
* Kirika Yuumura and Chloe from ''Anime/{{Noir}}'' were assassins trained from birth. As young teens, they have no problems with killing people. (In
fact, the story in the manga probably offers a more logical explanation for Otogi's HeelFaceTurn than the anime did, something [[spoiler: Kirika was killing people at age ''five'', some of them being ''Mireille's family'']].)
* In ''Anime/NowAndThenHereAndThere'' it's implied
that fans Hellywood is trying to do this with its breeding program, although interestingly enough, none of the anime often had a problem with.)said tyke bombs are ever depicted on screen.



** Doflamingo himself is an interesting example.[[spoiler: Trebol saw potential in him and purposefully raised him for his goals, but instead of a soldier, he was trying to create a future boss who would lead his gang to power. He did everything that he could to turn an already unhinged child into a bloodthirsty power-hungry tyrant.]]
* In the {{OVA}} ''Anime/{{Kite}}'', the main villains have a pattern of adopting orphans, raising them, ritually molesting them, and deploying them as Tykebombs for hire. The protagonist is one of their creations, and it's shown that her master ''made her'' an orphan, while she watched. It's pretty ill.
* Eve from ''Manga/BlackCat'', who was raised from childhood to become a bioweapon.
** In the manga, it's revealed [[spoiler: that Train was raised to become a killer as well... by the person who killed his parents. And Train specifically sought out training from said assassin so that Train could avenge them one day.]]
*** And Baldor and Kranz.

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** Doflamingo himself is an interesting example.[[spoiler: Trebol [[spoiler:Trebol saw potential in him and purposefully raised him for his goals, but instead of a soldier, he was trying to create a future boss who would lead his gang to power. He did everything that he could to turn an already unhinged child into a bloodthirsty power-hungry tyrant.]]
* Mewtwo in the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime, a genetically engineered ''{{mon|s}}'' who blew up an island research facility, was recruited to work for Giovanni, then got fed up and blew up Giovanni's secret Gym base.
* In the {{OVA}} ''Anime/{{Kite}}'', the main villains have a pattern of adopting orphans, raising them, ritually molesting them, ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'', The Masked Man kidnapped children who showed promise as Pokemon Trainers in order to train and deploying mold them as Tykebombs into the perfect weapons. Two children, Blue and Silver, escaped and swore revenge on him for hire. The protagonist is one of their creations, and it's shown that her master ''made her'' an orphan, while she watched. It's pretty ill.
the cruelty they endured.
* Eve Mitsumi from ''Manga/BlackCat'', who was ''Manga/PokemonDiamondAndPearlAdventure'', until Rowan [[DefusingTheTykebomb defuses her]].
* {{Anti Hero}}ic example in ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'' with Shana being
raised from childhood with sole motive of becoming a Flame Haze.
* ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'':
** Akaya Kirihara. His sempai aren't evil people *per se* (though dangerously close
to become a bioweapon.
the KnightTemplar archetype, as much as sports manga allows), but they [[BrokenAesop encourage him]] to use his UnstoppableRage-induced Devil Mode when he plays, since that makes him ''very'' hard to beat.
** In the manga, it's revealed sequel [[spoiler: that Train was raised to become a killer Yanagi charges Shiraishi with DefusingTheTykebomb as well... by the person who killed Devil Mode pushed Kirihara ever closer to a mental breaking point]]. It works.
** In the anime, [[spoiler: Kevin Smith]] is also a Tykebomb, thanks to
his parents. And Train specifically sought out training from said assassin so that Train could avenge them one day.]]
*** And Baldor and Kranz.
abusive dad being a SoreLoser about losing to [[ChildProdigy Ryoma Echizen]].



* Every diclonius in ''Manga/ElfenLied'', despite being little girls, have enormous psychic power. This coupled with constant abuse and being ostracized from normal humans as well as a predisposition towards killing said humans (this may be a side effect of the abuse) creates a tragic and deadly experience for all.
** The manga makes it very plain that diclonius have a built in urge to kill normal humans. Nana, the only one that consistently resists this, is actually called a "traitor" by another diclonius precisely for this reason.
** Special mention goes to Mariko, who was [[spoiler:put into a completely sealed armored container with tubes for life support inserted into her, just days after her birth, and freed for the first time when she was six years old. She even came with a safety shut-off in the form of remotely controlled explosive charges implanted in her body.]]
* In ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' Killua Zoldyck was raised to be an assassin and eventually become head of his family of assassins. Repeatedly acknowledged by Killua himself throughout the series.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ''
** Piccolo kidnapped and trained Son Gohan for a year to be a tykebomb against the oncoming Saiyans, and perhaps if he can use him against his father, Son Goku when he returns from his almost literal TrainingFromHell. However, he grew fond of Gohan over the year, and although Gohan was vital (and would especially be in later sagas), the Saiyans were too strong and it ended up with [[RedemptionEqualsDeath Piccolo sacrificing himself to save the boy.]] Krillin even {{Lampshades}} the idea when Piccolo kidnaps Gohan.
--->'''Krillin:''' If Gohan survives he'll turn out like Piccolo!
** Piccolo himself can be considered one. When King Piccolo died, he spat out Piccolo (jr)'s egg and ensured that all his memories and drive to kill Goku was implanted in it. So one could say Piccolo was brainwashed to carry out his sire's wishes and Gohan unwittingly defused him.
** Played a little more straight with Frieza taking on Vegeta as a child. Admittedly Vegeta decided to switch sides a bit prematurely and thus wasn't exactly a threat to Frieza when he did, but when you consider the fact that Frieza's eventual demise was at the hands of Vegeta's son, the whole thing still seems rather ill advised on Frieza's part.
** Played even straighter with Son Goku - sent to Earth as an toddler with the intention that he would wipe out the inhabitants as he grew up. Derailed when he fell of a cliff and hit his head in an accident, "defusing" him. That is what is widely believed. In ''Dragon Ball Minus'' it is revealed that Goku was sent to Earth for his protection. Although, he was still horribly violent and often attacked the senior Gohan.
** In general, all Saiyans children are raised as tykebombs. Raditz was considered a full-fledge warrior at five or seven and Goku was old enough to be a Frontier Baby at three. Part of the reason why Goku was sent to Earth was because no one would care if he wiped the planet.
* In season 2 of ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Rolo Lamperouge turns out to be a tykebomb. His lack of experience beyond doing his duty (and being rather psychotic) makes him easy pickings for being manipulated and suborned by the very person he was sent after.
** The Geass lab, where countless kids were raised as human weapons with their Geasses. [[spoiler: And that's actually where Rolo comes from. In the infamous raid of R2 14, at some point Rolo is seen greeting the children with a sweet smile... and shooting them dead immediately afterwards.]]
** In the ''[[Manga/CodeGeassNightmareOfNunnally Nightmare of Nunnally]]'' AlternateContinuity manga, where [[spoiler: Rolo is recast as Lelouch's EvilTwin]], the role of the TykeBomb falls to [[spoiler:Anya.]]
** Emperor Charles. His entire kingdom is run by his children, who he raises to be loyal... or dead. Kinda doesn't work when his three most competent children try to kill him, including one whom succeeds in doing so. Even [[AllLovingHero Euphemia]] doesn't like him.
* The Amestris government in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' did this for a group of babies. They were raised to [[spoiler:become the puppet ruler of the nation]], and when they became old enough, they were injected with a Philosopher's stone. The survivor was named [[spoiler: King Bradley, and made ruler of Amestris only subservient to the real ruler Father.]]
* Akaya Kirihara from ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis''. His sempai aren't evil people *per se* (though dangerously close to the KnightTemplar archetype, as much as sports manga allows), but they [[BrokenAesop encourage him]] to use his UnstoppableRage-induced Devil Mode when he plays, since that makes him *very* hard to beat.
** In the sequel [[spoiler: Yanagi charges Shiraishi with DefusingTheTykebomb as the Devil Mode pushed Kirihara ever closer to a mental breaking point]]. It works.
** In the anime, [[spoiler: Kevin Smith]] is also a Tykebomb, thanks to his abusive dad.



* Many examples come from the Franchise/{{Gundam}} metaseries:
** Several of the Artificial Newtypes from the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam UC Gundam continuity]], specially Four and Rosamia from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]'' and Elpe Puru from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Gundam ZZ]]''.
** Allenby Beardsley from ''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam G Gundam]]''. She *hates* being a Tykebomb for her government, trained ever since she lost her parents, and actually falls for [[HotBlooded Domon Kasshu]] because he's the first one who sees her as a normal girl, not a human weapon.
** [[spoiler: Triton Bloom aka Trowa Barton]] from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]'', a ChildSoldier raised by mercenaries after his parents's deaths and his sister's disappearance.
** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed Gundam SEED]]'' gives us [[FanNickname The Druggies]] aka the [[PsychoPrototype pre-Extended]] aka the biological [=CPUs=], Shani Andras, Clotho Bauer, and Orga Sabnak. Brought up by [[FantasticRacism Blue Cosmos]] to be anti-[[DesignerBabies Coordinator]] {{Super Soldier}}s, they are given a cocktail of [[PsychoSerum drugs]] that both increase their strength and reaction time, while ensuring their loyalty, as withdrawal begins after two hours and is always fatal. All three are [[AxeCrazy highly unstable]]. In ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny Gundam SEED Destiny]]'', we are introduced to their successors, the Extended, Stella Loussier, Auel Neider, and Sting Oakley. While less [[SuperPrototype powerful than the originals]], they are also far stabler, and can thus follow orders and perform undercover work better. They still show signs of severe psychological damage, with [[CloudCuckooLander Stella]] in particular [[PsychopathicManchild regressing into childhood]] as the show progresses.
*** In the ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDCE73Stargazer'' sidestory, VillainProtagonist Sven Cal Bayan is revealed to have been taken from his mother and father as a young child and raised alongside dozens of other boys and girls to be one of Blue Cosmos' elite troopers. Having undergone TrainingFromHell since a young age, he is one of the highest scoring Natural aces of the Second Bloody Valentine War.
** Also, many characters from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]''. More exactly: [[spoiler: Setsuna F. Seiei, Allelujah Haptism, the three Trinity siblings (Johann, Michael, Nena), and Marie Parfasy/Soma Peiris]]. Incidentally, [[BigBad FUCKING RIBBONS]] has a lot to do with making all of these examples.
* Cossette, from the ''Anime/ExcelSaga'' anime, was raised to become an assassin after her mother's death, with the verbal abuse included. She gets better with help from [[ResetButton the Great Will of the Universe]] that revives her mother. [[spoiler:Later on, she becomes an assassin again because she likes the smell of blood]]
* Rei and Asuka from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. Rei was intended to pilot EVA from the beginning [[spoiler: among other things]], while Asuka was recruited from a very young age.
** Shinji himself can be seen the ultimate example of the trope. [[spoiler:His mother, Yui, is heavily implied to have planned to set up her own child to be the ultimate UnwittingPawn, meant to derail [[AncientConspiracy SEELE]]'s [[AssimilationPlot Instrumentality Project]] at the last moment, before she even knew who was going to father it. The most disturbing element of her plan is easily the fact that she specifically wanted Shinji to witness her own apparent death to traumatize him, so that he would have an easier time triggering the EVA's unbeatable berserker mode, and eventually survive all the way to the date of SEELE attempting to pull off the Instrumentality Project, so Shinji would ultimately be the one who made the decision of what to do with Instrumentality.]]

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* Many examples come from Seta Soujiro in ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', but it's complicated: a two-step process. First, the Franchise/{{Gundam}} metaseries:
** Several of
kid ends up in the Artificial Newtypes from custody of a completely monstrous foster family who abuses him to no end, conditioning him into a Type A StepfordSmiler. Then he happens upon Shishio Makoto, having ''just'' survived a KillItWithFire attempt. The creepy burn victim is the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam UC Gundam continuity]], specially Four and Rosamia from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]'' and Elpe Puru from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Gundam ZZ]]''.
** Allenby Beardsley from ''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam G Gundam]]''. She *hates* being a Tykebomb for her government, trained ever since she lost her parents, and
first person to actually falls acknowledge the kid as something significant, so they hit it off, allowing for [[HotBlooded Domon Kasshu]] because the second phase to kick in and Soujiro to kill his foster folks and follow Shishio. [[spoiler:He's eventually [[DefusingTheTykeBomb defused]] when he's defeated by Kenshin because his {{Pacifist}} philosophy clashes with Shishio's, prompting him to take a page from Kenshin's book and become TheDrifter so as to resolve the first mental conflict.]]
* In ''LightNovel/ScrappedPrincess'', there's Pacifica Casull, [[ApocalypseMaiden the poison that will destroy the world]], spends much of her life running and hiding because the whole world believes she is
one who sees her as a normal girl, not a human weapon.
**
of these. [[spoiler: Triton Bloom aka Trowa Barton]] from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]'', She is, but [[RageAgainstTheHeavens not the one they're thinking of]].]]
* ''Manga/SgtFrog'': Kiruru. -- read as [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Kiruru-Dot.]]
* Crona in ''Manga/SoulEater'', as
a ChildSoldier [[LaserGuidedTykeBomb laser-guided]] version created to kill and replace [[BigBad Asura]]. [[spoiler: Kid is essentially Crona's opposite, having been created for the same purpose for different reasons. Fortunately, his father wasn't the complete monster [[AbusiveParents Medusa]] was.]]
* In ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', [[spoiler:Albert Maverick]] had a spare NEXT kid on his hands [[spoiler:after murdering the kid's parents]]. Not wanting to let things go to waste, he used his own NEXT powers to doctor the kid's memory a bit, set himself up as their ParentalSubstitute, and
raised by mercenaries after his parents's deaths and his sister's disappearance.
** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed Gundam SEED]]'' gives us [[FanNickname The Druggies]] aka
the [[PsychoPrototype pre-Extended]] aka the biological [=CPUs=], Shani Andras, Clotho Bauer, and Orga Sabnak. Brought up by [[FantasticRacism Blue Cosmos]] to be anti-[[DesignerBabies Coordinator]] {{Super Soldier}}s, they are given child in a cocktail of [[PsychoSerum drugs]] manner that both increase would guarantee their strength fierce loyalty to his cause. [[spoiler:This child was Barnaby Brooks, Jr.]]
* In ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'', it is mentioned that many children orphaned in Ghoul attacks are taken in by [[HunterOfMonsters CCG]]
and reaction time, while ensuring their loyalty, trained to become future Investigators. {{Deuteragonist}} Amon is one such child, as withdrawal begins after two hours and is always fatal. All three are [[AxeCrazy highly unstable]]. In ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny Gundam SEED Destiny]]'', we are introduced to their successors, the Extended, Stella Loussier, Auel Neider, and Sting Oakley. While less [[SuperPrototype powerful than the originals]], they are also far stabler, and can thus follow orders and perform undercover work better. They still show signs of severe psychological damage, with [[CloudCuckooLander Stella]] in particular [[PsychopathicManchild regressing into childhood]] Juuzou]] and the twins, [[CreepyTwins Kuro and Shiro]]. They spend their teens in training, but are not allowed to actually begin working until adulthood. Then there's the mysterious facility known as the show progresses.
*** In the ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDCE73Stargazer'' sidestory, VillainProtagonist Sven Cal Bayan is revealed to have been taken from his mother and father
"Sunlit Garden", described primarily through euphemisms as a young child place that takes in "special children" and raised alongside dozens of other boys and girls to be one of Blue Cosmos' elite troopers. Having undergone TrainingFromHell since a young age, he is one of the highest scoring Natural aces of the Second Bloody Valentine War.
** Also, many characters from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]''. More exactly: [[spoiler: Setsuna F. Seiei, Allelujah Haptism, the three Trinity siblings (Johann, Michael, Nena), and Marie Parfasy/Soma Peiris]]. Incidentally, [[BigBad FUCKING RIBBONS]] has a lot to do
provides them with making all a "special education". Said children grow up without any sort of these examples.
* Cossette, from the ''Anime/ExcelSaga'' anime, was raised to become an assassin after her mother's death, with the verbal abuse included. She gets better with help from [[ResetButton the Great Will of the Universe]]
formal education or normal relationships, and are essentially killing machines that revives her mother. [[spoiler:Later on, she becomes an assassin again because she likes the smell of blood]]
* Rei
start hunting Ghouls in their mid-teens. Alumni include [[CuteButPsycho Hairu Ihei]], Ching-Li Hsiao, and Asuka from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. Rei was intended to pilot EVA from the beginning [[spoiler: among other things]], while Asuka was recruited from a very young age.
** Shinji himself can be seen the ultimate example of the trope. [[spoiler:His mother, Yui, is heavily implied to have planned to set up her own child to be the ultimate UnwittingPawn, meant to derail [[AncientConspiracy SEELE]]'s [[AssimilationPlot Instrumentality Project]] at the last moment, before she
possibly even knew who was going to father it. The most disturbing element of her plan is easily the fact that she specifically wanted Shinji to witness her own apparent death to traumatize him, so that he would have an easier time triggering the EVA's unbeatable berserker mode, and eventually survive all the way to the date of SEELE attempting to pull off the Instrumentality Project, so Shinji would ultimately be the one who made the decision of what to do with Instrumentality.]]legendary Kishou Arima.



* ''Manga/FlameOfRecca'' is almost a perfect illustration of why you should treat your creations properly. The BigBad, Mori Kouran, secretly created dozens of genetically-engineered clones of his [[TheDragon Dragon]] Kurei, spliced together with genes from his own daughter, Kurenai, in an attempt to create a servant that would have Kurei's terrifying flame powers, but that Kouran could go to sleep around without worrying that he would wake up with his face burnt off. Only two of his creations survived: A girl, Renge, and a [[DudeLooksLikeALady boy]], Aoi. Renge had flame powers and childlike simplicity, exactly what Kouran had been looking for, and so he adopted her as his daughter and spoiled her with praises. She remained loyal right through the end of the series, up until when Kouran [[spoiler:killed her and absorbed her flame powers in order to give himself resistance to the protagonist's similar ones.]] Aoi, on the other hand, did not have flame powers, and so was considered a failure. He was treated like garbage, and although he did serve Kouran faithfully through most of the series (trying desperately to prove his worth), in the end ThePowerOfFriendship causes him to perform a HeelFaceTurn.
* Several characters in ''Anime/{{Monster}}'' were [[spoiler: orphans chosen for a psychological experiment attempting to create "perfect soldiers," which went catastrophically wrong. The titular character was even involved in ''two'' of them, having been born from parents who were paired off as the first stage of a eugenics experiment.]]
** In a way, the experiment can be seen as going [[spoiler: catastrophically RIGHT]]. They wanted the perfect killing machine, and [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor they got Johan]]
* Apparently Shiro from ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland'' had been raised and made into a weapon.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': Kind of hard to avoid this one, since ChildSoldiers are a staple of the setting.
** Gaara whose Tykebombification went a little ''too'' well...
** Apparently [[spoiler:Naruto himself]] was set up in [[spoiler:his]] rather sucky position because [[spoiler:the fourth Hokage (his dad, Minato) knew the BigBad unleashed the fox on Konoha, and knew whoever was going to deal with it would need some extra power, so he sealed a gigantic rampaging monster into a baby Naruto, who]] is not happy about this. Bonus points for being sort of justified, though, as [[spoiler: Minato]] truly had no option about that.
** Many (if not most) of Orochimaru's subordinates could be considered tykebombs, as it appears that he find many them as children, often orphans, and raises them as fanatically loyal soldiers. Some he chose because they already possessed useful special abilities, and others he modifies, either genetically, through the curse seal or by providing them with weapons, sometimes implanted like those of the Sound ninja that participated in the Chuunin exam.
** Root also recruits a lot of their members young, especially orphans.
** [[spoiler:Yamato]] was the only survivor of a program (headed by Orochimaru, before he left Konoha) to infuse an infant with the First Hokage's bloodline ability.
* Luki and Noki from ''Manga/DogsBulletsAndCarnage''.
** Many of the other characters including Heine and Giovanni could also be considered this, as they were raised from a very young age to be SuperSoldiers. However, Heine has long since gone rogue.
* Hiura in ''Manga/{{Kekkaishi}}''.
* Sousuke from ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'', being taken in by the KGB at 5 years old, was raised to be an assassin. And then he got taken in by Majihd to become a guerrilla at the age of 8. And after that, up until his current life (16 years old), Kalinin had trained him even more. This is one rare instance, however, where he generally wasn't treated badly by the people who raised him to be a human weapon. {{Lampshaded}} in the novels, where he actually thinks to himself that he had been aware that he was always treated gentler and nicer by the other soldiers and fighters because [[EvenTheGuysWantHim he was pretty]].
** In Second Raid we also see Yu Lan and Yu Fan. They're also [[EmotionlessGirl emotionless]] CreepyTwins and serve as a major source of FanService for that season.
** Specially when we remember ''who'' raised and trained them: [[AxCrazy Gau]][[MemeticMolester ron]].
* Ennis from ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}!'', as well as many unnamed Homunculi before her, were [[ArtificialHuman homegrown]] by the BigBad Szilard to do most of his dirty work. Additionally, while [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter Chane Laforet]] might not have been born and bred as a tykebomb (rather, Huey was just wondering about the [[ImmortalityInfertility reproductive]] [[LamarckWasRight mechanics]] of immortals), that [[ManipulativeBastard didn't stop him from getting ideas]] after discovering she had [[WellDoneSonGuy a serious drive to make him happy, regardless of consequences]]. Fast forward some years later and now she's a [[KnifeNut knife-wielding]] killing machine at his back and call.
* [[AxeCrazy Hansel]] [[NightmareFuel and]] [[CreepyChild Gretel]] of ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' probably count. [[spoiler:They do, in fact, turn on their current handlers, but]] they are ''so [[PrecisionFStrike fucked up]]'' that DefusingTheTykebomb is completely and utterly not an option.
** Balalaika, the woman responsible for putting the aforementioned CreepyTwins down, was ironically a borderline example herself -- she was raised by her grandfather to be the perfect soldier, and shipped off to fight in the Soviet-Afghan war when she was barely out of her teens. Flashforward a decade, and she's the leader of a vast criminal empire -- and [[BloodKnight completely]] [[DeathSeeker insane]] [[AxCrazy to boot]].
* [[LightNovel/ScrappedPrincess Pacifica Casull]], [[ApocalypseMaiden the poison that will destroy the world]], spends much of her life running and hiding because the whole world believes she is one of these. [[spoiler: She is, but [[RageAgainstTheHeavens not the one they're thinking of]].]]
* In ''Manga/BlackButler'', Finny was one of these, until he escaped and went to work for Ciel Phantomhive.



* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' the BigBad revealed that Wonderweiss Margera, a very childlike arrancar, was modified to be exactly this, exchanging his ability to speak or reason for pure power. [[spoiler: In something of a play on words, he explodes on his defeat.]]
* A non-fighting version appears in ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa''. [[spoiler: A former DoorstopBaby, Carlos Santana became this after his adoptive parents died and their boss forcefully recruited him, subjecting the kid to TrainingFromHell for several years until he became the "God of Soccer". He gets defused by Tsubasa and his friend Luciano Leo, though. ''And'' in the original manga, he's reunited with his MissingMom.]]
* Seta Soujiro in ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', but it's complicated: a two-step process. First, the kid ends up in the custody of a completely monstrous foster family who abuses him to no end, conditioning him into a Type A StepfordSmiler. Then he happens upon Shishio Makoto, having ''just'' survived a KillItWithFire attempt. The creepy burn victim is the first person to actually acknowledge the kid as something significant, so they hit it off, allowing for the second phase to kick in and Soujiro to kill his foster folks and follow Shishio. [[spoiler:He's eventually [[DefusingTheTykeBomb defused]] when he's defeated by Kenshin because his {{Pacifist}} philosophy clashes with Shishio's, prompting him to take a page from Kenshin's book and become TheDrifter so as to resolve the mental conflict.]]
* In ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', [[spoiler:Albert Maverick]] had a spare NEXT kid on his hands [[spoiler:after murdering the kid's parents]]. Not wanting to let things go to waste, he used his own NEXT powers to doctor the kid's memory a bit, set himself up as their ParentalSubstitute, and raised the child in a manner that would guarantee their fierce loyalty to his cause. [[spoiler:This child was Barnaby Brooks Jr.]]
* Veronica from ''Manga/FrankenFran'' is an ArtificialHuman who looks maybe 14 years old and is [[YoungerThanTheyLook probably much younger]], built to be as specialised for assassination as biologically possible, in a setting that runs on ArtMajorBiology.
* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', almost all known Titan Shifters are this to one degree or another. Eren Yeager willingly and eagerly becomes a high-grade LaserGuidedTykeBomb, while [[spoiler: Annie Leonhart, Reiner Braun, and Bertolt Hoover]] are all hinted to have been trained from a very young age in preparation for their mission against humanity. The series touches on the ugly reality of children being raised as weapons, with all the enemy Shifters showing signs of [[VillainousBSOD severe]] [[TraumaInducedAmnesia trauma]] and [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone crushing]] [[TearsOfRemorse guilt]] over what their mission has forced them to do. There's even an attempt to [[DefusingTheTykeBomb defuse]] them using ThePowerOfFriendship, though it fails with the implication that all are utterly terrified of the consequences of failing their mission.
** It turns out that the only shifters who ''aren't'' this are [[spoiler:Eren, Ymir and maybe the Warhammer Titan. The other shifters are all ChildSoldiers trained by the Marley military with the sole purpose of inheriting one of the powers of the Nine Titans. Shifters have a time limit of 13 years, after which they die. If the powers aren't transferred to another person before this, a random Eldian baby gets them. Children between the ages of 5 and 7 can apply, and the strongest inherit whichever powers are up for grabs. This is how the above-mentioned Annie, Reiner and Bertolt came to get their powers, along with the Beast Titan Zeke and the Cart Titan Pieck. The Jaw Titan was originally possessed by Marcel, who obtained it through the military programme, but he was eaten by Ymir, who eventually ended up "returning" the Jaw Titan to Marcel's brother Porco. The next batch of children are currently in the process of training, as time is running out for the current Marley-controlled shifters. [[note]]Marley control the Armored, Beast, Cart and Jaw Titans. They used to own the Colossal and Female Titans, but those are currently on Paradis Island with the main characters. The Warhammer Titan is controlled by the Tybur family, who reside within the Kingdom of Marley, but the military doesn't appear to have direct control. The Attack Titan's (Eren's Titan) allegiance isn't exactly known, and the Founding Titan has always resided within the Reiss family, who live on Paradis.[[/note]]]]
* In ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'', it is mentioned that many children orphaned in Ghoul attacks are taken in by [[HunterOfMonsters CCG]] and trained to become future Investigators. {{Deuteragonist}} Amon is one such child, as are [[PsychopathicManchild Juuzou]] and the twins, [[CreepyTwins Kuro and Shiro]]. They spend their teens in training, but are not allowed to actually begin working until adulthood. Then there's the mysterious facility known as the "Sunlit Garden", described primarily through euphemisms as a place that takes in "special children" and provides them with a "special education". Said children grow up without any sort of formal education or normal relationships, and are essentially killing machines that start hunting Ghouls in their mid-teens. Alumni include [[CuteButPsycho Hairu Ihei]], Ching-Li Hsiao, and possibly even the legendary Kishou Arima.
* ''Manga/SgtFrog'': Kiruru. -- read as [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Kiruru-Dot.]]
* In ''Anime/NowAndThenHereAndThere'' it's implied that Hellywood is trying to do this with its breeding program, although interestingly enough, none of said tyke bombs are ever depicted on screen.
* In ''Anime/{{Endride}}'', child assassins like Mischa are kidnapped or taken from the streets, [[EmotionlessGirl emotionally broken]] and {{brainwashed}}, and then trained to use their powers to kill and [[SuperHumanTrafficking sold to the highest bidder]]. Fortunately [[WarriorTherapist Demetrio]] manages to successfully defuse Mischa by [[DefeatMeansFriendship besting her in battle]], breaking her SlaveCollar and offering her the chance to change her future.
* Implied to be the case with many younger members of the Port Mafia in ''Manga/BungouStrayDogs''. Most members in their 20s now are shown to have been part of the Mafia as teenagers, with some possibly being recruited even younger. The most extreme would be Q, barely a teenager during the series proper; the cover of chapter 31 shows him already being a member at age 4 or 5.

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* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' the BigBad revealed manga version of ''Manga/YuGiOh'', Ryuji Otogi (probably known better by his dub name, Duke Devlin) was raised from birth by his father to exact revenge against Yugi's grandfather for a Dark Game that Wonderweiss Margera, he had lost, causing him to age several decades in one night as a very childlike arrancar, result. Otogi never realized this plan until he was modified actually coerced into challenging Yugi to be exactly this, exchanging Dungeon Dice Monsters, and his ability to speak or reason father's plan ultimately failed. (The story was changed considerably in the anime; in fact, the story in the manga probably offers a more logical explanation for pure power. [[spoiler: In Otogi's HeelFaceTurn than the anime did, something of a play on words, he explodes on his defeat.]]
* A non-fighting version appears in ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa''. [[spoiler: A former DoorstopBaby, Carlos Santana became this after his adoptive parents died and their boss forcefully recruited him, subjecting the kid to TrainingFromHell for several years until he became the "God of Soccer". He gets defused by Tsubasa and his friend Luciano Leo, though. ''And'' in the original manga, he's reunited with his MissingMom.]]
* Seta Soujiro in ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', but it's complicated: a two-step process. First, the kid ends up in the custody of a completely monstrous foster family who abuses him to no end, conditioning him into a Type A StepfordSmiler. Then he happens upon Shishio Makoto, having ''just'' survived a KillItWithFire attempt. The creepy burn victim is the first person to actually acknowledge the kid as something significant, so they hit it off, allowing for the second phase to kick in and Soujiro to kill his foster folks and follow Shishio. [[spoiler:He's eventually [[DefusingTheTykeBomb defused]] when he's defeated by Kenshin because his {{Pacifist}} philosophy clashes with Shishio's, prompting him to take a page from Kenshin's book and become TheDrifter so as to resolve the mental conflict.]]
* In ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', [[spoiler:Albert Maverick]] had a spare NEXT kid on his hands [[spoiler:after murdering the kid's parents]]. Not wanting to let things go to waste, he used his own NEXT powers to doctor the kid's memory a bit, set himself up as their ParentalSubstitute, and raised the child in a manner
that would guarantee their fierce loyalty to his cause. [[spoiler:This child was Barnaby Brooks Jr.]]
* Veronica from ''Manga/FrankenFran'' is an ArtificialHuman who looks maybe 14 years old and is [[YoungerThanTheyLook probably much younger]], built to be as specialised for assassination as biologically possible, in a setting that runs on ArtMajorBiology.
* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', almost all known Titan Shifters are this to one degree or another. Eren Yeager willingly and eagerly becomes a high-grade LaserGuidedTykeBomb, while [[spoiler: Annie Leonhart, Reiner Braun, and Bertolt Hoover]] are all hinted to have been trained from a very young age in preparation for their mission against humanity. The series touches on the ugly reality of children being raised as weapons, with all the enemy Shifters showing signs of [[VillainousBSOD severe]] [[TraumaInducedAmnesia trauma]] and [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone crushing]] [[TearsOfRemorse guilt]] over what their mission has forced them to do. There's even an attempt to [[DefusingTheTykeBomb defuse]] them using ThePowerOfFriendship, though it fails with the implication that all are utterly terrified
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** It turns out that the only shifters who ''aren't'' this are [[spoiler:Eren, Ymir and maybe the Warhammer Titan. The other shifters are all ChildSoldiers trained by the Marley military with the sole purpose of inheriting one of the powers of the Nine Titans. Shifters have
anime often had a time limit of 13 years, after which they die. If the powers aren't transferred to another person before this, a random Eldian baby gets them. Children between the ages of 5 and 7 can apply, and the strongest inherit whichever powers are up for grabs. This is how the above-mentioned Annie, Reiner and Bertolt came to get their powers, along with the Beast Titan Zeke and the Cart Titan Pieck. The Jaw Titan was originally possessed by Marcel, who obtained it through the military programme, but he was eaten by Ymir, who eventually ended up "returning" the Jaw Titan to Marcel's brother Porco. The next batch of children are currently in the process of training, as time is running out for the current Marley-controlled shifters. [[note]]Marley control the Armored, Beast, Cart and Jaw Titans. They used to own the Colossal and Female Titans, but those are currently on Paradis Island with the main characters. The Warhammer Titan is controlled by the Tybur family, who reside within the Kingdom of Marley, but the military doesn't appear to have direct control. The Attack Titan's (Eren's Titan) allegiance isn't exactly known, and the Founding Titan has always resided within the Reiss family, who live on Paradis.[[/note]]]]
* In ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'', it is mentioned that many children orphaned in Ghoul attacks are taken in by [[HunterOfMonsters CCG]] and trained to become future Investigators. {{Deuteragonist}} Amon is one such child, as are [[PsychopathicManchild Juuzou]] and the twins, [[CreepyTwins Kuro and Shiro]]. They spend their teens in training, but are not allowed to actually begin working until adulthood. Then there's the mysterious facility known as the "Sunlit Garden", described primarily through euphemisms as a place that takes in "special children" and provides them with a "special education". Said children grow up without any sort of formal education or normal relationships, and are essentially killing machines that start hunting Ghouls in their mid-teens. Alumni include [[CuteButPsycho Hairu Ihei]], Ching-Li Hsiao, and possibly even the legendary Kishou Arima.
* ''Manga/SgtFrog'': Kiruru. -- read as [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Kiruru-Dot.]]
* In ''Anime/NowAndThenHereAndThere'' it's implied that Hellywood is trying to do this with its breeding program, although interestingly enough, none of said tyke bombs are ever depicted on screen.
* In ''Anime/{{Endride}}'', child assassins like Mischa are kidnapped or taken from the streets, [[EmotionlessGirl emotionally broken]] and {{brainwashed}}, and then trained to use their powers to kill and [[SuperHumanTrafficking sold to the highest bidder]]. Fortunately [[WarriorTherapist Demetrio]] manages to successfully defuse Mischa by [[DefeatMeansFriendship besting her in battle]], breaking her SlaveCollar and offering her the chance to change her future.
* Implied to be the case with many younger members of the Port Mafia in ''Manga/BungouStrayDogs''. Most members in their 20s now are shown to have been part of the Mafia as teenagers, with some possibly being recruited even younger. The most extreme would be Q, barely a teenager during the series proper; the cover of chapter 31 shows him already being a member at age 4 or 5.
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* The original members of the ''Comicbook/{{Runaways}}'' were bred to take over for their parents, to inherit the Earth and their parents' power. It did not go well. For irony, the children rebelled ''because'' their parents had treated them well, since the children grew up with healthy consciences. Thus, they wanted no truck with parents who ritually murdered other teenagers and were willingly serving monsters who intended to wipe out all life on Earth.
* More literal tykebombs existed in ''ComicBook/SinestroCorpsWar'' in the ''ComicBook/GreenLantern'' comic books. The so-called "Children of the White Lobe" are psychokinetic children raised from birth to be fanatical terrorist suicide bombers, and who make use of a mineral that becomes extremely explosive when stimulated by psionic powers such as their own--usually by swallowing a small chunk and then setting it off when the time is right.
* Third [[ComicBook/Batgirl2000 Batgirl]] Cassandra Cain was trained from a young age to be an assassin. She was horrified by her first kill, and ran away. She subsisted on the streets, until encountering Franchise/{{Batman}} and his allies.
** Similarly with Damian Wayne, Bruce and Talia's son. He was trained from an early age to be a warrior. The difference between him and Cassandra is that she was treated as a weapon. Damian was treated as a ''prince'', spoiled rotten and able to do whatever he wants. Even as Robin he's the most violent, surpassing even Jason Todd. Of course, spending time with [[NiceGuy Dick]] [[BigBrotherMentor Grayson]] (who he initially served as Robin under, not Bruce) has softened him up quite a bit.
* In ''ComicBook/KickAss'', the backstory of Hit-Girl was that she was over-trained at an early age by her vigilante-minded father to grow up akin to ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''. Though it must be considered that [[spoiler:the "defected cop whose wife was murdered" story [[BasedOnAGreatBigLie was made up by Big Daddy]]. The motivation for turning his daughter into a killing machine was not revenge, but [[IJustWantToBeBadass simple fun]].]]

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* The original members of the ''Comicbook/{{Runaways}}'' were bred to take over for their parents, to inherit the Earth and their parents' power. It did not go well. For irony, the children rebelled ''because'' their parents had treated them well, since the children grew up with healthy consciences. Thus, they wanted no truck with parents who ritually murdered other teenagers and were willingly serving monsters who intended to wipe out all life on Earth.
* More literal tykebombs existed in ''ComicBook/SinestroCorpsWar'' in the ''ComicBook/GreenLantern'' comic books. The so-called "Children of the White Lobe" are psychokinetic children raised from birth to be fanatical terrorist suicide bombers, and who make use of a mineral that becomes extremely explosive when stimulated by psionic powers such as their own--usually by swallowing a small chunk and then setting it off when the time is right.
* Third
third [[ComicBook/Batgirl2000 Batgirl]] Batgirl]], Cassandra Cain was trained from a young age to be an assassin. She was horrified by her first kill, and ran away. She subsisted on the streets, until encountering Franchise/{{Batman}} and his allies.
** Similarly with Damian Wayne, Bruce and Talia's son. He was trained from an early age to be a warrior. The difference between him and Cassandra is that she was treated as a weapon. Damian was treated as a ''prince'', spoiled rotten and able to do whatever he wants. Even as Robin Robin, he's the most violent, surpassing even Jason Todd. Of course, spending time with [[NiceGuy Dick]] [[BigBrotherMentor Grayson]] (who he initially served as Robin under, not Bruce) has softened him up quite a bit.
* In ''ComicBook/KickAss'', Before he met Batman and became the titular ''Comicbook/{{Batwing}}'', David Zavimbe was a frighteningly effective child soldier.
* Present in Garth Ennis' ''Comicbook/TheBoys'' in the form of the G-Men: "gifted" children selected from orphanages [[note]]read- ordinary kids snatched from the street by the nice man with the toys and candy and big shiny black limo[[/note]] and trained [[note]]injected with the [[PhlebotinumOverload potentially fatal mutagen]] [[SuperSerum Compound V]] and repeatedly sexually abused[[/note]] by John Godolkin and the senior members of the G-Men to become superheroes. Also implied in a less [[{{Squick}} creepy]] fashion with those supes whose powers were the result of pre-natal/parental exposure to the setting's SuperSerum, with foster parents raising and training them in a manner reminiscent of the culture around (child) beauty pageants.
** In fact, the trope is the major reason for its plot. We learn that Homelander (whose ficitional
backstory of Hit-Girl was is that she of Superman's) was over-trained at an early age by her vigilante-minded father raised in a lab with a nuke set to grow up akin to ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''. Though it must be considered that [[spoiler:the "defected cop whose wife was murdered" story [[BasedOnAGreatBigLie was made up by Big Daddy]]. The motivation blow if he got out of hand. Vought thought ahead for turning his daughter into once and looked for a killing machine was not revenge, but [[IJustWantToBeBadass simple fun]].way to neutralize him in adulthood. [[spoiler:So they created a clone and raised it from birth to kill him, called him Black Noir. Problem is, since BN's literally only purpose in life is to kill the Homelander, he started {{gaslighting}} him so he'd go insane, finally allowing BN's life to have a purpose.]]



* Michana Loomis in ''Nexus''. Paradoxically, despite her older sister Stacy's best efforts to [[LaserGuidedTykeBomb laser-guide]] her, she ended up saving Horatio from Stan in their final confrontation.
** Also Horatio's own daughters, since they were conceived by Ursula expressly for the purpose of [[LamarckWasRight inheriting Horatio's powers]], and raised by her to be warriors. They ended being good anyway though, and saved Horatio from the Loomis sisters.
* As recently revealed in the ''ComicBook/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' comics, [[spoiler:Lucien Draay]] was raised by Haazen in this way as part of his [[spoiler:revenge on Lucien's father Barrison]].
** This was Demagol's big pet project. He wanted tried to take DNA from Master Arca, an Arkanian Jedi and grow his own test tube Jedi for the Mandalorian war effort. He spliced master Arca's genes into children and sent them off to the Crucible to be trained. Jareal was one of the children from this program.
* All the Judges in the ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' universe start their training around age 6 or so (possibly earlier). In at least one story, the age is stated as 5 years old. Additionally, Justice Department has a cloning program to revive what were believed to be outstanding judges. Dredd himself was cloned from the first Chief Judge, so the ''whole reason'' for his existence was to fight crime.

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* Michana Loomis in ''Nexus''. Paradoxically, despite her older sister Stacy's best efforts to [[LaserGuidedTykeBomb laser-guide]] her, she ended up saving Horatio from Stan in their final confrontation.
** Also Horatio's own daughters, since they were conceived by Ursula expressly for the purpose of [[LamarckWasRight inheriting Horatio's powers]],
ComicBook/{{Dreadstar}}'s daughter was a very straight example, and raised by her to be warriors. They ended being good anyway though, and saved Horatio from the Loomis sisters.
* As recently revealed in the ''ComicBook/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' comics, [[spoiler:Lucien Draay]] was raised by Haazen in this way as part of his [[spoiler:revenge on Lucien's father Barrison]].
** This was Demagol's big pet project. He wanted tried to take DNA from Master Arca, an Arkanian Jedi and grow his own test tube Jedi for the Mandalorian war effort. He spliced master Arca's genes into children and sent them off to the Crucible to be trained. Jareal was one
a major plot point of the children from this program.
* All the Judges in the ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' universe start their training around age 6 or so (possibly earlier). In at least one story, the age is stated as 5 years old. Additionally, Justice Department has a cloning program to revive what were believed to be outstanding judges. Dredd himself was cloned from the first Chief Judge, so the ''whole reason'' for his existence was to fight crime.
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* [[spoiler: Red Skull]] seemed to be heading down this path in the [[ComicBook/UltimateMarvel Ultimate Universe]] - the illegitimate son of [[spoiler:Captain America]], he was taken from his mother and raised by the United States military, and proved to be leaps and bounds a better soldier than even his father... And then he killed everyone on the compound and [[NightmareFuel cut off his own face.]] At ''seventeen.''

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* [[spoiler: Red Skull]] seemed to be heading down this path All the Judges in the [[ComicBook/UltimateMarvel Ultimate Universe]] - ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' universe start their training around age 6 or so (possibly earlier). In at least one story, the illegitimate son of [[spoiler:Captain America]], he age is stated as 5 years old. Additionally, Justice Department has a cloning program to revive what were believed to be outstanding judges. Dredd himself was taken cloned from the first Chief Judge, so the ''whole reason'' for his mother and existence was to fight crime.
* In ''ComicBook/KickAss'', the backstory of Hit-Girl was that she was over-trained at an early age by her vigilante-minded father to grow up akin to ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''. Though it must be considered that [[spoiler:the "defected cop whose wife was murdered" story [[BasedOnAGreatBigLie was made up by Big Daddy]]. The motivation for turning his daughter into a killing machine was not revenge, but [[IJustWantToBeBadass simple fun]].]]
* As recently revealed in the ''ComicBook/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' comics, [[spoiler:Lucien Draay]] was
raised by the United States military, Haazen in this way as part of his [[spoiler:revenge on Lucien's father Barrison]].
** This was Demagol's big pet project. He wanted tried to take DNA from Master Arca, an Arkanian Jedi
and proved to be leaps and bounds a better soldier than even his father... And then he killed everyone on the compound and [[NightmareFuel cut off grow his own face.]] At ''seventeen.''test tube Jedi for the Mandalorian war effort. He spliced master Arca's genes into children and sent them off to the Crucible to be trained. Jareal was one of the children from this program.



* One issue of the limited series ''ComicBook/{{Muties}}'' featured a boy named Riek who suddenly developed the ability to manipulate time while serving with a Lord's Resistance Army expy.
* Michana Loomis in ''Nexus''. Paradoxically, despite her older sister Stacy's best efforts to [[LaserGuidedTykeBomb laser-guide]] her, she ended up saving Horatio from Stan in their final confrontation.
** Also Horatio's own daughters, since they were conceived by Ursula expressly for the purpose of [[LamarckWasRight inheriting Horatio's powers]], and raised by her to be warriors. They ended being good anyway though, and saved Horatio from the Loomis sisters.
* The original members of the ''Comicbook/{{Runaways}}'' were bred to take over for their parents, to inherit the Earth and their parents' power. It did not go well. For irony, the children rebelled ''because'' their parents had treated them well, since the children grew up with healthy consciences. Thus, they wanted no truck with parents who ritually murdered other teenagers and were willingly serving monsters who intended to wipe out all life on Earth.
* More literal tykebombs existed in ''ComicBook/SinestroCorpsWar'' in the ''ComicBook/GreenLantern'' comic books. The so-called "Children of the White Lobe" are psychokinetic children raised from birth to be fanatical terrorist suicide bombers, and who make use of a mineral that becomes extremely explosive when stimulated by psionic powers such as their own--usually by swallowing a small chunk and then setting it off when the time is right.



* ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}'s OppositeSexClone ComicBook/{{X 23}} is practically the tykebomb poster child. She deconstructs the Child Assassin archetype by showing just how much such an upbringing would actually mess up a young child literally raised to be a HumanWeapon: She suffers severe, bordering on suicidal depression, and struggles to interact with others in normal social situations. She's ''so'' conditioned to following orders that when Logan kicks her off X-Force (which she only joined because she interpreted Cyclops' invitation as an order) to prevent her from being damaged further, she ''breaks down in tears'' because she's mentally and emotionally incapable of making her own decisions.
* ComicBook/{{Dreadstar}}'s daughter was a very straight example, and a major plot point of the second series.
* Present in Garth Ennis' ''Comicbook/TheBoys'' in the form of the G-Men: "gifted" children selected from orphanages [[note]]read- ordinary kids snatched from the street by the nice man with the toys and candy and big shiny black limo[[/note]] and trained [[note]]injected with the [[PhlebotinumOverload potentially fatal mutagen]] [[SuperSerum Compound V]] and repeatedly sexually abused[[/note]] by John Godolkin and the senior members of the G-Men to become superheroes. Also implied in a less [[{{Squick}} creepy]] fashion with those supes whose powers were the result of pre-natal/parental exposure to the setting's SuperSerum, with foster parents raising and training them in a manner reminiscent of the culture around (child) beauty pageants.
** In fact, the trope is the major reason for its plot. We learn that Homelander (whose ficitional backstory is that of Superman's) was raised in a lab with a nuke set to blow if he got out of hand. Vought thought ahead for once and looked for a way to neutralize him in adulthood. [[spoiler:So they created a clone and raised it from birth to kill him, called him Black Noir. Problem is, since BN's literally only purpose in life is to kill the Homelander, he started {{gaslighting}} him so he'd go insane, finally allowing BN's life to have a purpose.]]
* Prior to meeting up with Franchise/{{Batman}} and becoming {{Batwing}}, David Zavimbe was a frighteningly effective child soldier.
* One issue of the limited series ''ComicBook/{{Muties}}'' featured a boy named Riek who suddenly developed the ability to manipulate time while serving with a Lord's Resistance Army expy.

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* ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}'s OppositeSexClone [[spoiler: Red Skull]] seemed to be heading down this path in the [[ComicBook/UltimateMarvel Ultimate Universe]] - the illegitimate son of [[spoiler:Captain America]], he was taken from his mother and raised by the United States military, and proved to be leaps and bounds a better soldier than even his father... And then he killed everyone on the compound and [[NightmareFuel cut off his own face.]] At ''seventeen.''
*
ComicBook/{{X 23}} is practically the tykebomb poster child. She deconstructs the Child Assassin archetype by showing just how much such an upbringing would actually mess up a young child literally raised to be a HumanWeapon: She suffers severe, bordering on suicidal depression, and struggles to interact with others in normal social situations. She's ''so'' conditioned to following orders that when Logan kicks her off X-Force (which she only joined because she interpreted Cyclops' invitation as an order) to prevent her from being damaged further, she ''breaks down in tears'' because she's mentally and emotionally incapable of making her own decisions.
* ComicBook/{{Dreadstar}}'s daughter was a very straight example, and a major plot point of the second series.
* Present in Garth Ennis' ''Comicbook/TheBoys'' in the form of the G-Men: "gifted" children selected from orphanages [[note]]read- ordinary kids snatched from the street by the nice man with the toys and candy and big shiny black limo[[/note]] and trained [[note]]injected with the [[PhlebotinumOverload potentially fatal mutagen]] [[SuperSerum Compound V]] and repeatedly sexually abused[[/note]] by John Godolkin and the senior members of the G-Men to become superheroes. Also implied in a less [[{{Squick}} creepy]] fashion with those supes whose powers were the result of pre-natal/parental exposure to the setting's SuperSerum, with foster parents raising and training them in a manner reminiscent of the culture around (child) beauty pageants.
** In fact, the trope is the major reason for its plot. We learn that Homelander (whose ficitional backstory is that of Superman's) was raised in a lab with a nuke set to blow if he got out of hand. Vought thought ahead for once and looked for a way to neutralize him in adulthood. [[spoiler:So they created a clone and raised it from birth to kill him, called him Black Noir. Problem is, since BN's literally only purpose in life is to kill the Homelander, he started {{gaslighting}} him so he'd go insane, finally allowing BN's life to have a purpose.]]
* Prior to meeting up with Franchise/{{Batman}} and becoming {{Batwing}}, David Zavimbe was a frighteningly effective child soldier.
* One issue of the limited series ''ComicBook/{{Muties}}'' featured a boy named Riek who suddenly developed the ability to manipulate time while serving with a Lord's Resistance Army expy.
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* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' has, in ''Ghosts of the Past'', [[spoiler: Maddie Pryor a.k.a. Rachel Grey, Jean's twin sister]], who was swapped at birth with a dead infant and [[MoreThanMindControl raised and conditioned]] by Sinister to believe that she was nothing more than a LivingWeapon and an extension of his will. Since she's ConditionedToAcceptHorror, she's at first indifferent to this, with occasional bursts of free will emerging [[spoiler: and being carefully encouraged by Gambit]], though this changes over time.
* ''Fanfic/TheImmortalGame'': [[spoiler: It turns Twilight had been trained by Celestia since she was a filly to lead her army in case she was ever disposed. Twilight is furious when she [[BrokenPedestal realizes that Celestia used her.]] ]]
* ''[[Fanfic/ANewChanceSeries A New Chance For Adventure]]'': Slave Pokemon. Pokemon who are raised by birth and [[BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil conditioned]] to be blindly obedient to whomever holds the ball. Ash is horrified by the concept. [[spoiler: Skailyn]] is enraged by this process, believing that Pokemon deserve free will, and thus, she must save these Pokemon in order to protect that right.



* In ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'', Gendo and NERV needed obedient and clueless puppets to fight the Angel War and serve as cannon fodder, so they raised Rei and Asuka for several years. When Shinji met both girls, Rei behaved like an emotionless robot and Asuka was an angry, sad, broken child on the verge of collapsing.

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* In ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'', Gendo ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' has, in ''Ghosts of the Past'', [[spoiler: Maddie Pryor a.k.a. Rachel Grey, Jean's twin sister]], who was swapped at birth with a dead infant and NERV needed obedient and clueless puppets to fight the Angel War and serve as cannon fodder, so they [[MoreThanMindControl raised Rei and Asuka for several years. When Shinji met both girls, Rei behaved like an emotionless robot conditioned]] by Sinister to believe that she was nothing more than a LivingWeapon and Asuka was an angry, sad, broken child on the verge extension of collapsing.his will. Since she's ConditionedToAcceptHorror, she's at first indifferent to this, with occasional bursts of free will emerging [[spoiler: and being carefully encouraged by Gambit]], though this changes over time.



* The ''{{Discworld}}'' of Creator/AAPessimal expands on the Assassins' Guild School of Ankh-Morpork - which could be viewed as an institution designed to create a reliable supply of Tykebombs... [[BadassIsraeli Rivka Ben-Divorah]] is a typical example. In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12650047/1/Strandpiel Strandpiel]]'', there is a suspicion that at the age of fourteen, she pulls an act of blatant arson as a favour to a teacher she really likes and respects.
** The younger daughter of career Assassin Johanna Smith-Rhodes actually ''gets'' the nickname "Tykebomb" from people around her, when she starts attending the Assassins' School. Miss Alice Band actually considers making Famke Smith-Rhodes-Stibbons the youngest person ''ever'' to be sent on the Vimes Run - just to rein her in a bit.



* ''Fanfic/TheImmortalGame'': [[spoiler: It turns Twilight had been trained by Celestia since she was a filly to lead her army in case she was ever disposed. Twilight is furious when she [[BrokenPedestal realizes that Celestia used her.]]]]



* ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'': Asuka was one when she was a child, being groomed by NERV to be cannon fodder in the incoming war. After going back in the time, she tries to help Rei, who is still a puppet loyal to Gendo.

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* ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'': Asuka was one when she was a child, being groomed ''[[Fanfic/ANewChanceSeries A New Chance For Adventure]]'': Slave Pokemon. Pokemon who are raised by NERV birth and [[BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil conditioned]] to be cannon fodder in blindly obedient to whomever holds the incoming war. After going back in ball. Ash is horrified by the time, concept. [[spoiler: Skailyn]] is enraged by this process, believing that Pokemon deserve free will, and thus, she tries must save these Pokemon in order to help Rei, who is still a puppet loyal to Gendo.protect that right.



* The ''{{Discworld}}'' of Creator/AAPessimal expands on the Assassins' Guild School of Ankh-Morpork - which could be viewed as an institution designed to create a reliable supply of Tykebombs... [[BadassIsraeli Rivka Ben-Divorah]] is a typical example. In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12650047/1/Strandpiel Strandpiel]]'', there is a suspicion that at the age of fourteen, she pulls an act of blatant arson as a favour to a teacher she really likes and respects.
** The younger daughter of career Assassin Johanna Smith-Rhodes actually ''gets'' the nickname "Tykebomb" from people around her, when she starts attending the Assassins' School. Miss Alice Band actually considers making Famke Smith-Rhodes-Stibbons the youngest person ''ever'' to be sent on the Vimes Run - just to rein her in a bit.

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* The ''{{Discworld}}'' of Creator/AAPessimal expands on the Assassins' Guild School of Ankh-Morpork - which could be viewed as an institution designed to create a reliable supply of Tykebombs... [[BadassIsraeli Rivka Ben-Divorah]] is a typical example. In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12650047/1/Strandpiel Strandpiel]]'', there is a suspicion that at the age of fourteen, she pulls an act of blatant arson as a favour to a teacher she really likes and respects.
** The younger daughter of career Assassin Johanna Smith-Rhodes actually ''gets'' the nickname "Tykebomb" from people around her,
''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'': Asuka was one when she starts attending the Assassins' School. Miss Alice Band actually considers making Famke Smith-Rhodes-Stibbons the youngest person ''ever'' was a child, being groomed by NERV to be sent cannon fodder in the incoming war. After going back in the time, she tries to help Rei, who is still a puppet loyal to Gendo.
* In ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'', Gendo and NERV needed obedient and clueless puppets to fight the Angel War and serve as cannon fodder, so they raised Rei and Asuka for several years. When Shinji met both girls, Rei behaved like an emotionless robot and Asuka was an angry, sad, broken child
on the Vimes Run - just to rein her in a bit. verge of collapsing.



* Kovu from ''Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride'' was raised by his mother to kill Simba and take over the Pridelands. As he was a sweet kid to begin with it only takes a few days for him to break his indoctrination and refuse to kill.
* Syndrome threatened to do this to Jack-Jack Parr in ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', until [[GooGooGodlike the baby turned into a demon]] and beat him.

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* Kovu from ''Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride'' was raised by his mother to kill Simba and take over the Pridelands. As he was a sweet kid to begin with with, it only takes a few days for him to break his indoctrination and refuse to kill.
* Syndrome threatened to do this to Jack-Jack Parr in ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', until [[GooGooGodlike the baby turned into a demon]] unleashed his budding powers]] and beat him.



* Common in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' galaxy, like with the Jedi Order, who are raised to be the ''good guys''. Also included are Darth Maul, selected and trained from the time he could walk, the clones of the Grand Army of the Republic, technically about 10 when they're sent out to fight due to their 2x speed growth rate, and [[VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed Galen Marek]], anyone?
** Jedi are supposed to be taken for training at an early age, specifically to ensure all they know is the Jedi way and they do not form attachments to anything or anyone outside it. This has... raised eyebrows, even in-universe.
** ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' notes that the stormtroopers of [[TheRemnant the First Order]] are conscripted solely from both orphans and children who were forcibly taken from their families.
** ''Also'' important with regard to Kylo Ren, whose mother, [[spoiler:Leia Organa,]] clearly stated that Snoke had been messing with his mind since "the beginning", which could be an allusion to his ''birth'', because he was born with a very strong connection to the Force and Snoke was able to manipulate him through that ability. It's also stated that Snoke ''still'' messes up with Kylo's head, so he has most probably been doing exactly that for at the very least 20 years.
* ''Film/LadySnowblood'' was conceived by rape and raised as an assassin from birth by an abusive monk solely to avenge her dead mother's murdered husband and son. FromBadToWorse.



* This trope is the entire premise of the 2005 Creator/JetLi movie ''Film/{{Unleashed}}''.
* The protagonist of ''Film/{{Soldier}}'' was raised in a mass-production boot camp, where infants are bar-coded at birth and brought up in TheSpartanWay.
* Jacob from ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet5TheDreamChild'' nearly became a Tykebomb ''before'' birth, as Freddy attempts to brainwash Alice's unborn son so he'll be a cooperative catalyst for Freddy's dream-invasion powers.

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* This trope is the entire premise of the 2005 Creator/JetLi movie ''Film/{{Unleashed}}''.
* The protagonist eponymous lead of ''Film/{{Soldier}}'' was ''Film/{{Hanna}}'' is raised in a mass-production boot camp, where infants are bar-coded at birth and brought up in TheSpartanWay.
* Jacob
the frozen wastes of Finland by her father who trains her from ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet5TheDreamChild'' nearly became a Tykebomb ''before'' birth, as Freddy attempts childhood to brainwash Alice's unborn son so he'll be a cooperative catalyst for Freddy's dream-invasion powers.the perfect assassin.



* The eponymous lead of ''Film/{{Hanna}}'' is raised in the frozen wastes of Finland by her father who trains her from childhood to be the perfect asassin.

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* The eponymous lead of ''Film/{{Hanna}}'' is ''Film/LadySnowblood'' was conceived by rape and raised in the frozen wastes of Finland by her father who trains her as an assassin from childhood birth by an abusive monk solely to be the perfect asassin.avenge her dead mother's murdered husband and son. FromBadToWorse.



* Jacob from ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet5TheDreamChild'' nearly became a Tykebomb ''before'' birth, as Freddy attempts to brainwash Alice's unborn son so he'll be a cooperative catalyst for Freddy's dream-invasion powers.
* The protagonist of ''Film/{{Soldier}}'' was raised in a mass-production boot camp, where infants are bar-coded at birth and brought up in TheSpartanWay.
* Common in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' galaxy, like with the Jedi Order, who are raised to be the ''good guys''. Also included are Darth Maul, selected and trained from the time he could walk, the clones of the Grand Army of the Republic, technically about 10 when they're sent out to fight due to their 2x speed growth rate, and [[VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed Galen Marek]], anyone?
** Jedi are supposed to be taken for training at an early age, specifically to ensure all they know is the Jedi way and they do not form attachments to anything or anyone outside it. This has... raised eyebrows, even in-universe.
** ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' notes that the stormtroopers of [[TheRemnant the First Order]] are conscripted solely from both orphans and children who were forcibly taken from their families.
** ''Also'' important with regard to Kylo Ren, whose mother, [[spoiler:Leia Organa,]] clearly stated that Snoke had been messing with his mind since "the beginning", which could be an allusion to his ''birth'', because he was born with a very strong connection to the Force and Snoke was able to manipulate him through that ability. It's also stated that Snoke ''still'' messes up with Kylo's head, so he has most probably been doing exactly that for at the very least 20 years.
* This trope is the entire premise of the 2005 Creator/JetLi movie ''Film/{{Unleashed}}''.



* Miss Havisham from ''Literature/GreatExpectations'' was left at the altar and swore revenge against all men, so she adopted a baby girl named Estella and raised her to be a sociopathic heart-breaker.
* Arguably Ivy from ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''. She is a living repository of all human knowledge, has no choice in the matter, should avoid any close emotional attachments and because of [[spoiler:the death of her mother]], acquired this awesome responsibility while a very young child. In fact, until she met Harry, she didn't even have a proper name, just the title of the Archive. Her only regular companionship is her bodyguard Kincaid.

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* Miss Havisham from ''Literature/GreatExpectations'' was left at In ''Literature/AnimalFarm'', [[BigBad Napoleon]] has the altar foresight to take a newborn litter of puppies under his wing. They eventually grow up to be fearsome and swore revenge totally loyal enforcers.
* The Howlers of the ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' series were eventually revealed to be a race of carefully engineered tykebombs. Having no concept of pain, defeat, or empathy, they fought
against all men, so she adopted their enemies with a baby girl named Estella childlike joy. They were eventually ruined when the concept of "love" was spread into their race's HiveMind.
* From Creator/AndrewVachss's ''Burke'' series:
** ''A Bomb Built in Hell'', Vachss' first novel, exemplifies this trope. Wesley, the "bomb" from ABBIH, makes acouple of appearances in the Burke series.
** In ''Dead
and Gone'', Burke learns near the end that [[spoiler: the child he had been tasked with retrieving had been kidnapped, indoctrinated and trained as a killer by Neo-Nazis. Said child would have gotten the drop on him if he had not been wearing a BulletproofVest.]]
* In ''[[Creator/AlastairReynolds Century Rain]]'', the Slashers produced huge numbers of specially-engineered child soldiers during their war with the Threshers a decade or two prior to the novel. This becomes important when [[spoiler: it turns out that the alternate Earth was being heavily manipulated by a faction of the Slashers, with many of their agents being said soldiers. The presence of creepy, not-quite-right children is one of the first clues to this being the case.]]
* The Mouse Army in ''Literature/TheDiamondAge''. And there's '''lots''' of them. Although it isn't entirely clear whether they were intended for good or nefarious purposes originally.
** Bonus points--it was originally intended, by [[spoiler:the people saving them from orphaned death in the turmoil-ridden interior]], that they simply be
raised her as normal girls, albeit normal girls who grew up entirely aboard giant offshore ships devoted to be the purpose. The agent of tykebombification was the pseudo-AI GreatBigBookOfEverything that was duplicated en masse to raise them--and the engineer who made both the original (intended for the granddaughter of a sociopathic heart-breaker.
hyper-rich neo-Victorian aristocrat) and the many copies altered the copies, under the pretense of making them more 'culturally appropriate' for the Chinese foundlings, to semi-condition them into complete loyalty to the holder of the original. Apparently for the lolz.
* Arguably Ivy from ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''.In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Sourcery'', the wizard Ipslore the Red raised his son the "sourcerer" (a source of magical power, and much more powerful than wizards, who just manipulate it) to conquer the [[WizardingSchool Unseen University]], and then the world. Coin is expected to do this at the age of ten, and manages quite well before Rincewind [[spoiler:[[DefusingTheTykebomb Defuses him]] with his utter, comical harmlessness]].
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
** Arguably, Ivy.
She is a living repository of all human knowledge, has no choice in the matter, should avoid any close emotional attachments and because of [[spoiler:the death of her mother]], acquired this awesome responsibility while a very young child. In fact, until she met Harry, she didn't even have a proper name, just the title of the Archive. Her only regular companionship is her bodyguard bodyguard, Kincaid.



* The setting of most of ''Literature/EndersGame'' is essentially a {{Tykebomb}} factory. Ender in particular is abused and pushed to his breaking point, just like the standard tykebomb, in an attempt to create the perfect commander. Since he believes in the cause, it works.
** Furthermore, Ender was BORN solely with this in mind. He's a "Third", the third born child in a civilization which utilizes a strictly enforced cap of two children per family. Authorized by the military in the hopes that a third child from his parents would combine his brother's ruthlessness and his sister's intelligence, while leaving out the uncontrollability of his brother and the compassion of his sister. It worked.
* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Sourcery'', the wizard Ipslore the Red raised his son the "sourcerer" (a source of magical power, and much more powerful than wizards, who just manipulate it) to conquer the [[WizardingSchool Unseen University]], and then the world. Coin is expected to do this at the age of ten, and manages quite well before Rincewind [[spoiler:[[DefusingTheTykebomb Defuses him]] with his utter, comical harmlessness]].
* A form of this occurs in ''Inkheart''. [[BigBad Capricorn]] knows that the best age to recruit his fireraisers is in their early teens. After all, "there's a lonely boy who likes to play with fire in every village". He despises all his men, thinks of them only as tools, and generally treats everyone like crap, even sentencing [[TheDragon his most loyal man]] to be killed by [[EldritchAbomination the Shadow]] for the crime of "stupidity".
* [[MamaBear Mara Jade Skywalker]] from the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse, minus the abuse, plus some favoritism and possibly a bit of mind control on Palpatine's part. The fact that I listed her full name should mean [[DefectingForLove something]]... if you know the universe well enough to know whose mama bear she is, or whose love she's defecting for. In case you don't, someone will be along shortly to explain. Hopefully. Fingers crossed!
* In ''Jedi Search'', from the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse, Qwi Xux was revealed to be the only survivor of an Imperial plan to create, not tykebombs ''per se'', but super-engineers capable of designing super-weapons, out of children from Omwat.
* Moke in ''Literature/StarTrekNewFrontier'' was not raised to be a Tykebomb, but he turned out to be one nonetheless. Moke is not the name his father would have given him. He'd have picked something more traditional like... [[spoiler:Thor]]
* [[BigBad Falcone]] in ''[[Literature/WarchildSeries Warchild]]'' made it his personal mission to make an army of tykebombs, his "protégés". He figured a soldier raised from a young age would be absolutely loyal to him. And if they went out and made their own protégés, these in turn would ''also'' be loyal to him. After a couple decades, he'd have an army of trained soldiers with no qualms about following his orders. Unfortunately (well, for him, not so much for the kids he manipulated), no one told him it might be a bad idea to sexually abuse those kids he obtained. Of the four he tried to create, one was rescued by a SpaceMarine and became his greatest enemy, another killed himself, the third escaped and later [[spoiler:murdered Falcone rather than see him escape]]. Only the fourth was loyal for any length of time.
* The Mouse Army in ''Literature/TheDiamondAge''. And there's '''lots''' of them. Although it isn't entirely clear whether they were intended for good or nefarious purposes originally.
** Bonus points--it was originally intended, by [[spoiler:the people saving them from orphaned death in the turmoil-ridden interior]], that they simply be raised as normal girls, albeit normal girls who grew up entirely aboard giant offshore ships devoted to the purpose. The agent of tykebombification was the pseudo-AI GreatBigBookOfEverything that was duplicated en masse to raise them--and the engineer who made both the original (intended for the granddaughter of a hyper-rich neo-Victorian aristocrat) and the many copies altered the copies, under the pretense of making them more 'culturally appropriate' for the Chinese foundlings, to semi-condition them into complete loyalty to the holder of the original. Apparently for the lolz.
* The ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'': Mark, secretly cloned from principal protagonist Miles and raised by his enemies. Over the course of several books, there's a lot of character development with him learning to be his own person away from the purpose his obsessive father created him for.
** Actually, a frequently-recurring theme in that series is genetically-engineered people who turn out not to be as obedient or predictable as their creator expects: the quaddies in ''Falling Free'', Taura, the ba in ''Diplopmatic Immunity'', etc.



* In the Creator/AndrewVachss Burke book ''Dead and Gone'', Burke learns near the end that [[spoiler: the child he had been tasked with retrieving had been kidnapped, indoctrinated and trained as a killer by Neo-Nazis. Said child would have gotten the drop on him if he had not been wearing a BulletproofVest.]]
** A Bomb Built in Hell, Vachss' first novel, exemplifies this trope. Wesley, the "bomb" from ABBIH, makes acouple of appearances in the Burke series.
* The Howlers of the ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' series were eventually revealed to be a race of carefully engineered tyke bombs. Having no concept of pain, defeat, or empathy, they fought against their enemies with a childlike joy. They were eventually ruined when the concept of "love" was spread into their race's HiveMind.
* In ''Literature/{{Firestarter}}'', Charlene [=McGee=] is a powerful pyrokinetic due to her parents being test subjects for a substance known only as Lot 6. The Shop, who developed Lot 6, hoped to train up her psychic powers to turn her into a weapon, but they severely underestimated just how much a 7-year-old girl loves her daddy.



* In the Redwall installment Taggerung, the Juska tribe steal a baby otter from Redwall and raise him as a prophesied warrior. [[spoiler: It doesn't work.]]
* In ''[[Creator/AlastairReynolds Century Rain]]'', the Slashers produced huge numbers of specially-engineered child soldiers during their war with the Threshers a decade or two prior to the novel. This becomes important when [[spoiler: it turns out that the alternate Earth was being heavily manipulated by a faction of the Slashers, with many of their agents being said soldiers. The presence of creepy, not-quite-right children is one of the first clues to this being the case.]]
* Jeremiah in ''Literature/SomeoneElsesWar'' is the product of rape, born to a female slave held captive by the LRA. He has been a [[ChildSoldiers soldier]] since the moment he could walk and understands little else but warfare. Sad case of TruthInTelevision.

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* ''Literature/EndersGame'':
** The setting is essentially a {{Tykebomb}} factory. Ender in particular is abused and pushed to his breaking point, just like the standard tykebomb, in an attempt to create the perfect commander. Since he believes in the cause, it works.
** Furthermore, Ender was BORN solely with this in mind. He's a "Third", the third born child in a civilization which utilizes a strictly enforced cap of two children per family. Authorized by the military in the hopes that a third child from his parents would combine his brother's ruthlessness and his sister's intelligence, while leaving out the sociopathic temper of his brother and the compassion of his sister. It worked.
* In ''Literature/{{Firestarter}}'', Charlene [=McGee=] is a powerful pyrokinetic due to her parents being test subjects for a substance known only as Lot 6. The Shop, who developed Lot 6, hoped to train up her psychic powers to turn her into a weapon, but they severely underestimated [[DaddysGirl just how much a 7-year-old girl loves her daddy]].
* [[spoiler:Eppon]] in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'', in a sense. The heroes find him as an infant and he grows very rapidly to adulthood - as per
the Redwall installment Taggerung, plans of the Juska tribe steal BigBad, to whom he's loyal.
* Miss Havisham from ''Literature/GreatExpectations'' was left at the altar and swore revenge against all men, so she adopted
a baby otter from Redwall girl named Estella and raise him as raised her to be a prophesied warrior. sociopathic heart-breaker.
* [[spoiler:Jacob Ricel]] in Creator/DianeDuane's ''Harbinger Trilogy''. Just to make things more fun, he's actually
[[spoiler: It doesn't work.]]
* In ''[[Creator/AlastairReynolds Century Rain]]'', the Slashers produced huge numbers of specially-engineered child soldiers during their war with the Threshers a decade or two prior to the novel. This becomes important when [[spoiler: it turns out that the alternate Earth was being heavily manipulated by a faction of the Slashers, with many of their agents being said soldiers. The presence of creepy, not-quite-right children is
one of the first clues to this being the case.]]
* Jeremiah in ''Literature/SomeoneElsesWar'' is the product of rape, born to a female slave held captive
several clone siblings raised together by the LRA. He has been a [[ChildSoldiers soldier]] since the moment he could walk and understands little else but warfare. Sad case of TruthInTelevision.evil corporate star nation]].



* [[spoiler: Eppon]] in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'', in a sense. The heroes find him as an infant and he grows very rapidly to adulthood - as per the plans of the BigBad, to whom he's loyal.
* [[spoiler: Jacob Ricel]] in Creator/DianeDuane's ''Harbinger Trilogy''. Just to make things more fun, he's actually [[spoiler: one of several clone siblings raised together by the evil corporate star nation]].

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* A form of this occurs in ''Inkheart''. [[BigBad Capricorn]] knows that the best age to recruit his fireraisers is in their early teens. After all, "there's a lonely boy who likes to play with fire in every village". He despises all his men, thinks of them only as tools, and generally treats everyone like crap, even sentencing [[TheDragon his most loyal man]] to be killed by [[EldritchAbomination the Shadow]] for the crime of "stupidity".
* The execrable 70s sci-fi novel ''I, Weapon'' is about a breeding program to create the ultimate human weapon, crossbreeding human subspecies. And then he goes on a mission that is best described as "trippy".
* In the 14th ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' installment ''Taggerung'', the Juska tribe steal a baby otter from Redwall and raise him as a prophesied warrior.
[[spoiler: Eppon]] in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'', in a sense. The heroes find him as an infant and he grows very rapidly to adulthood - as per the plans of the BigBad, to whom he's loyal.
It doesn't work.]]
* [[spoiler: Jacob Ricel]] in Creator/DianeDuane's ''Harbinger Trilogy''. Just to make things more fun, he's actually [[spoiler: one of several clone siblings raised together ''Literature/TheSagaOfArrowOdd'': Odd's [[ArchEnemy arch-enemy]], Ogmund Eythjofslayer, is begotten by the evil corporate star nation]].King of Bjarmaland on a troll-woman and raised, trained and "turned into a troll" by the Bjarmians specifically to kill Odd, in revenge for Odd's depredation of Bjarmaland.



* In ''Literature/AnimalFarm'', [[BigBad Napoleon]] has the foresight to take a newborn litter of puppies under his wing. They eventually grow up to be fearsome and totally loyal enforcers.
* The execrable 70s sci-fi novel ''I, Weapon'' is about a breeding program to create the ultimate human weapon, crossbreeding human subspecies. And then he goes on a mission that is best described as trippy.
* ''Literature/TheSagaOfArrowOdd'': Odd's [[ArchEnemy arch-enemy]] Ogmund Eythjofslayer is begotten by the King of Bjarmaland on a troll-woman and raised, trained and "turned into a troll" by the Bjarmians specifically to kill Odd, in revenge for Odd's depredation of Bjarmaland.
* The Qualgrist Protocol in ''[[Literature/TakeshiKovacs Woken Furies]]'' [[spoiler: when it became clear that Quellcrist Falconer's revolution was going to fail several of her followers altered their genes and went into hiding. Upon infection with a specially designed virus their descendants would become homicidal towards members of the ruling family. 300 years later some mercenaries raid an old Quellist bunker and accidentally release the trigger virus.]]

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* In ''Literature/AnimalFarm'', [[BigBad Napoleon]] has Jeremiah in ''Literature/SomeoneElsesWar'' is the foresight product of rape, born to take a newborn litter of puppies under his wing. They eventually grow up to be fearsome and totally loyal enforcers.
* The execrable 70s sci-fi novel ''I, Weapon'' is about a breeding program to create the ultimate human weapon, crossbreeding human subspecies. And then he goes on a mission that is best described as trippy.
* ''Literature/TheSagaOfArrowOdd'': Odd's [[ArchEnemy arch-enemy]] Ogmund Eythjofslayer is begotten
female slave held captive by the King of Bjarmaland on LRA. He has been a troll-woman [[ChildSoldiers soldier]] since the moment he could walk and raised, trained and "turned into understands little else but warfare. Sad case of TruthInTelevision.


* Moke in ''Literature/StarTrekNewFrontier'' was not raised to be
a troll" by Tykebomb, but he turned out to be one nonetheless. Moke is not the Bjarmians specifically to kill Odd, in revenge for Odd's depredation of Bjarmaland.
* The Qualgrist Protocol in ''[[Literature/TakeshiKovacs Woken Furies]]'' [[spoiler: when it became clear that Quellcrist Falconer's revolution was going to fail several of her followers altered their genes and went into hiding. Upon infection with a specially designed virus their descendants
name his father would become homicidal towards members of have given him. He'd have picked something more traditional like... [[spoiler:Thor]]
* From
the ruling family. 300 years later Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse:
** [[MamaBear Mara Jade Skywalker]], minus the abuse, plus
some mercenaries raid an old Quellist bunker favoritism and accidentally release possibly a bit of mind control on Palpatine's part. The fact that I listed her full name should mean [[DefectingForLove something]]... if you know the trigger virus.]]universe well enough to know whose mama bear she is, or whose love she's defecting for. In case you don't, someone will be along shortly to explain. Hopefully. Fingers crossed!
** In ''Jedi Search'', Qwi Xux was revealed to be the only survivor of an Imperial plan to create, not tykebombs ''per se'', but super-engineers capable of designing super-weapons, out of children from Omwat.



* In ''Literature/TheReader2016'', Archer and other boys taken by the Impressors are designed to be this, being brainwashed into loving violence and killing and eventually becoming leaders in Serakeen's army.

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* In ''Literature/TheReader2016'', Archer The ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'': Mark, secretly cloned from principal protagonist Miles and other boys taken raised by his enemies. Over the Impressors are course of several books, there's a lot of character development with him learning to be his own person away from the purpose his obsessive father created him for.
** Actually, a frequently-recurring theme in that series is genetically-engineered people who turn out not to be as obedient or predictable as their creator expects: the quaddies in ''Falling Free'', Taura, the ba in ''Diplopmatic Immunity'', etc.
* [[BigBad Falcone]] in ''[[Literature/WarchildSeries Warchild]]'' made it his personal mission to make an army of tykebombs, his "protégés". He figured a soldier raised from a young age would be absolutely loyal to him. And if they went out and made their own protégés, these in turn would ''also'' be loyal to him. After a couple decades, he'd have an army of trained soldiers with no qualms about following his orders. Unfortunately (well, for him, not so much for the kids he manipulated), no one told him it might be a bad idea to sexually abuse those kids he obtained. Of the four he tried to create, one was rescued by a SpaceMarine and became his greatest enemy, another killed himself, the third escaped and later [[spoiler:murdered Falcone rather than see him escape]]. Only the fourth was loyal for any length of time.
* The Qualgrist Protocol in ''[[Literature/TakeshiKovacs Woken Furies]]''. [[spoiler:When it became clear that Quellcrist Falconer's revolution was going to fail, several of her followers altered their genes and went into hiding. Upon infection with a specially
designed to be this, being brainwashed into loving violence virus, their descendants would become homicidal towards members of the ruling family. 300 years later, some mercenaries raid an old Quellist bunker and killing and eventually becoming leaders in Serakeen's army.accidentally release the trigger virus.]]



* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Kennedy knew how to use a crossbow since she was eight years old.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** The Unsullied are eunuch slaves trained from childhood to be soulless weapons.
** House Clegane, of the attack/guard dog variant. Both Clegane brothers were trained from a young age to serve as the Lannisters' most loyal, skilled and brutal fighters.
--> '''Sandor:''' When Tywin Lannister became Lord of Casterly Rock, he wanted more from his former kennel-master than fealty, he bet that training hounds to kill isn't far from training boys to kill. In just two generations my brother Gregor and I proved him right. I gutted my first man at twelve.
* Adria in ''Series/StargateSG1'' is a genetically engineered child that the Ori made in order to have a messenger in the Milky Way without dealing directly with the Ancients. She was also engineered to [[PlotRelevantAgeUp not stay a child for long]].
** In the first season SG-1 found a literal TykeBomb which would blow up the second she was returned to her home planet. She was adopted by Dr. Frasier.
** Ryak, Teal'c's son, was brainwashed into a tyke bomb at one point by Apophis to take out the SGC. Two missing teeth were replaced with fragile fakes which contained inert ingredients that when mixed by biting hard enough to break the teeth, would create a lethal gas.
* Max and her sibs from ''Series/DarkAngel'' were created with cat DNA mixed in and trained from birth to be soldiers before escaping and turning against their former "sponsors."

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Kennedy knew how to use a crossbow since she was eight years old.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
**
''Series/AgentCarter'': The Unsullied are eunuch slaves trained from childhood to be soulless weapons.
** House Clegane, of the attack/guard dog variant. Both Clegane brothers were trained from a young age to serve as the Lannisters' most loyal, skilled and brutal fighters.
--> '''Sandor:''' When Tywin Lannister became Lord of Casterly Rock, he wanted more from his former kennel-master than fealty, he bet that training hounds to kill isn't far from training boys to kill. In just two generations my brother Gregor and I proved him right. I gutted my first man at twelve.
* Adria in ''Series/StargateSG1'' is a genetically engineered child that the Ori made in order to have a messenger in the Milky Way without dealing directly with the Ancients. She was also engineered to [[PlotRelevantAgeUp not stay a child for long]].
** In the first season SG-1 found a literal TykeBomb which would blow up the second she was returned to her home planet. She was adopted by Dr. Frasier.
** Ryak, Teal'c's son, was brainwashed into a tyke bomb at one point by Apophis to take out the SGC. Two missing teeth were replaced with fragile fakes which contained inert ingredients that when mixed by biting hard enough to break the teeth, would create a lethal gas.
* Max and her sibs from ''Series/DarkAngel'' were created with cat DNA mixed in and trained from birth to be soldiers before escaping and turning against their former "sponsors."
Black Widow program. Full stop.



* From the second season of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', Elle Bishop, after her electrical powers manifested, was subjected to extreme electrical torture to see how much she could take. By her own father, no less. The end result is a sadistic and insane girl whose father sends her out in the field, referring to her as an "executioner."
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'''s Vorta and Jem'Hadar are the Founders' Tykebombs.
** The Jem'Hadar are not quite a straight-up example, as they're not necessarily mistreated by their creators, nor are they ruled over irresponsibly, and thus have pretty rock-solid loyalty. This loyalty, however, is achieved through an engineered, in-bred drug addiction; when they run out of that drug, they run the danger of playing this trope straight-up.
** The Remans of the Romulan Empire in TheMovie ''Nemesis'' are a much more straight-up example, especially since they are essentially ruled by a kid.
* River Tam of ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' was taken at an early age to be made into a BrainwashedAndCrazy [[PsychicPowers psychic]] SuperSoldier. As with most Alliance dirty tricks, it didn't quite work as planned.

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* From the second season of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', Elle Bishop, after The Salamanca twins, Marco and Leonel, from ''Series/BreakingBad'' are a textbook example - a flashback shows them fighting over a toy, chaperoned by their uncle Hector - to resolve this conflict, Hector ''drowns Leonel'', forcing Marco to hit him as hard as he can in order to save his brother. As adults, they are silent, brutally efficient killing machines and textbook {{Determinator}}s.
* Kennedy from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' knew how to use a crossbow since she was eight years old.
* Max and
her electrical powers manifested, was subjected to extreme electrical torture to see how much she could take. By her own father, no less. The end result is a sadistic siblings from ''Series/DarkAngel'' were created with cat DNA mixed in and insane girl whose father sends her out in the field, referring trained from birth to her as an "executioner.be soldiers before escaping and turning against their former "sponsors."
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'''s Vorta In ''Series/DoctorWho'', Madame Kovarian kidnapped [[spoiler: Melody Pond, Amy and Jem'Hadar are Rory's daughter]] to raise her as a tykebomb against the Founders' Tykebombs.
** The Jem'Hadar are not quite a straight-up example,
Doctor. Considering [[spoiler: Melody is seen in later life as they're not necessarily mistreated by their creators, nor are they ruled over irresponsibly, an ActionGirl with a [[MysteriousPast mysterious]] and thus [[DarkAndTroubledPast dark]] past who makes Daleks beg for mercy, is a convicted criminal (in a CardboardPrison), and admits to having killed a "good man,"]] it looks like this plan might have pretty rock-solid loyalty. This loyalty, however, is achieved through an engineered, in-bred drug addiction; when they run out of that drug, they run the danger of playing this trope straight-up.
succeeded.
** The Remans of the Romulan Empire in TheMovie ''Nemesis'' are a much more straight-up example, especially since they are essentially ruled by a kid.
* River Tam of ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' was taken at an early age to be made into a BrainwashedAndCrazy [[PsychicPowers psychic]] SuperSoldier. As with most Alliance dirty tricks, it didn't quite work as planned.
[[spoiler: [[FakingTheDead Not so much]].]]



* [[MagnificentBastard Scorpius]] on ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' was part of a Scarran breeding program designed to improve the species by blending it with other races; he was not considered a success, partly because of the health problems he suffered from, but mostly because he stabbed his nanny's eyes out and joined the Peacekeepers. [[spoiler: Sikozu is another example, having been genetically engineered to kill Scarrans as part of the Kalish resistance movement.]]
* River Tam of ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' was taken at an early age to be made into a BrainwashedAndCrazy [[PsychicPowers psychic]] SuperSoldier. As with most of Alliance's dirty tricks, it didn't quite work as planned.



* Dean and Sam Winchester from ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' were both trained as hunters from a young age. While this ParentalNeglect and [[TheSpartanWay training]] was part of demonic plans to [[CorruptTheCutie groom]] [[TheHeart generally nice]] [[BlackSheep Sam]] into becoming a powerful AntiChrist, Daddy Winchester seems to have worked [[WellDoneSonGuy Dean]] harder, having him shooting at the age of 6.
* Icheb from ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' was genetically engineered to produce a virus that would destroy any Borg cube he was picked up by.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'''s Borg are bred into the collective artificially, in addition to assimilating others.
* [[MagnificentBastard Scorpius]] on ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' was part of a Scarran breeding program designed to improve the species by blending it with other races; he was not considered a success, partly because of the health problems he suffered from, but mostly because he stabbed his nanny's eyes out and joined the Peacekeepers. [[spoiler: Sikozu is another example, having been genetically engineered to kill Scarrans as part of the Kalish resistance movement.]]

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* Dean and Sam Winchester from ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' were both ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** The Unsullied are eunuch slaves
trained as hunters from childhood to be soulless weapons.
** House Clegane, of the attack/guard dog variant. Both Clegane brothers were trained
from a young age. While this ParentalNeglect age to serve as the Lannisters' most loyal, skilled and [[TheSpartanWay training]] was part brutal fighters.
--> '''Sandor:''' When Tywin Lannister became Lord
of demonic plans to [[CorruptTheCutie groom]] [[TheHeart generally nice]] [[BlackSheep Sam]] into becoming a powerful AntiChrist, Daddy Winchester seems to have worked [[WellDoneSonGuy Dean]] harder, having him shooting at the age of 6.
* Icheb
Casterly Rock, he wanted more from ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' was genetically engineered to produce a virus his former kennel-master than fealty, he bet that would destroy any Borg cube he was picked up by.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'''s Borg are bred into the collective artificially, in addition to assimilating others.
* [[MagnificentBastard Scorpius]] on ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' was part of a Scarran breeding program designed to improve the species by blending it with other races; he was not considered a success, partly because of the health problems he suffered from, but mostly because he stabbed his nanny's eyes out and joined the Peacekeepers. [[spoiler: Sikozu is another example, having been genetically engineered
training hounds to kill Scarrans as part of isn't far from training boys to kill. In just two generations my brother Gregor and I proved him right. I gutted my first man at twelve.
* From
the Kalish resistance movement.]]second season of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', Elle Bishop, after her electrical powers manifested, was subjected to extreme electrical torture to see how much she could take. By her own father, no less. The end result is a sadistic and insane girl whose father sends her out in the field, referring to her as an "executioner".



* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', Madame Kovarian kidnapped [[spoiler: Melody Pond, Amy and Rory's daughter]] to raise her as a tykebomb against the Doctor. Considering [[spoiler: Melody is seen in later life as an ActionGirl with a [[MysteriousPast mysterious]] and [[DarkAndTroubledPast dark]] past who makes Daleks beg for mercy, is a convicted criminal (in a CardboardPrison), and admits to having killed a "good man,"]] it looks like this plan might have succeeded.
** [[spoiler: [[FakingTheDead Not so much]].]]



* The Salamanca twins Marco and Leonel from ''Series/BreakingBad'' are a textbook example - a flashback shows them fighting over a toy, chaperoned by their uncle Hector - to resolve this conflict, Hector ''drowns Leonel'', forcing Marco to hit him as hard as he can in order to save his brother. As adults, they are silent, brutally efficient killing machines and textbook {{Determinator}}s.
* ''Series/AgentCarter'': The Black Widow program. Full stop.

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* The Salamanca twins Marco and Leonel from ''Series/BreakingBad'' are ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** Adria is
a textbook example - a flashback shows them fighting over a toy, chaperoned by their uncle Hector - to resolve this conflict, Hector ''drowns Leonel'', forcing Marco to hit him as hard as he can genetically engineered child that the Ori made in order to save his brother. As adults, have a messenger in the Milky Way without dealing directly with the Ancients. She was also engineered to [[PlotRelevantAgeUp not stay a child for long]].
** In the first season, SG-1 found a literal TykeBomb which would blow up the second she was returned to her home planet. She was adopted by Dr. Frasier.
** Ryak, Teal'c's son, was brainwashed into a tykebomb at one point by Apophis to take out the SGC. Two missing teeth were replaced with fragile fakes which contained inert ingredients that when mixed by biting hard enough to break the teeth, would create a lethal gas.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'''s Borg are bred into the collective artificially, in addition to assimilating others.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''':
** Vorta and Jem'Hadar are the Founders' Tykebombs.
** The Jem'Hadar are not quite a straight-up example, as they're not necessarily mistreated by their creators, nor are they ruled over irresponsibly, and thus have pretty rock-solid loyalty. This loyalty, however, is achieved through an engineered, in-bred drug addiction; when they run out of that drug, they run the danger of playing this trope straight-up.
** The Remans of the Romulan Empire in TheMovie ''Nemesis'' are a much more straight-up example, especially since
they are silent, brutally efficient killing machines and textbook {{Determinator}}s.
essentially ruled by a kid.
* ''Series/AgentCarter'': The Black Widow program. Full stop.Icheb from ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' was genetically engineered to produce a virus that would destroy any Borg cube he was picked up by.



* Dean and Sam Winchester from ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' were both trained as hunters from a young age. While this ParentalNeglect and [[TheSpartanWay training]] was part of demonic plans to [[CorruptTheCutie groom]] [[TheHeart generally nice]] [[BlackSheep Sam]] into becoming a powerful AntiChrist, Daddy Winchester seems to have worked [[WellDoneSonGuy Dean]] harder, having him shooting at the age of 6.



* In ''Tabletopgame/BattleTech'', the Clans utilize DesignerBabies for their "Trueborn" Warrior caste, which have been bred for loyalty, quick reflexes and great eyesight. Their most triumphant examples are the Elementals, 7 foot tall users of the eponymous PoweredArmor that can rip a man in half with their bare hands. Clans raise their warriors in TheSpartanWay with live-fire training by the time they are teenagers; out of a sibko of 100 cadets, only around 20 are expected to make it to adulthood as warriors, though some survive and merely flush out as Scientists or other castes.



** [[http://forgottenrealms.wikia.com/wiki/House_Xorlarrin House Xorlarrin]] of Menzoberranzan used to start early arcane training for all male offspring with high magical talents (by the way, other male children are either sacrificed or sold).

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** [[http://forgottenrealms.wikia.com/wiki/House_Xorlarrin House Xorlarrin]] of Menzoberranzan used to start early arcane training for all male offspring with high magical talents talents, who were in turn given a status that was nearly equal to all ruling females (by the way, the other male children are who didn't develop such talents were either sacrificed or sold).



* In ''Tabletopgame/BattleTech'', the Clans utilize DesignerBabies for their "Trueborn" Warrior caste, which have been bred for loyalty, quick reflexes and great eyesight. Their most triumphant examples are the Elementals, 7 foot tall users of the eponymous PoweredArmor that can rip a man in half with their bare hands. Clans raise their warriors in TheSpartanWay with live-fire training by the time they are teenagers; out of a sibko of 100 cadets, only around 20 are expected to make it to adulthood as warriors, though some survive and merely flush out as Scientists or other castes.



* The Assassins' Guild does this in the ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' series, taking in children orphaned by Gear rampages and the like. Among these children, Millia Rage became the dog that bit back, only it's kind of subverted in that she somehow saw a life beyond killing the whole time. The exact specifics of that waver due to the games' plots not being as import as their [[RuleOfCool rock and metal references.]]
* ''Franchise/MetalGear'' does this a lot, although usually deals with the psychological repercussions, too. [[spoiler:Raiden was ''six years old when he held his first AK'']], the three Snake triplets were all raised from their cloned conception to be extremely good soldiers, and in Portable Ops [[spoiler: Gray Fox is revealed to have been raised in a twisted isolation tank as part of the 'Perfect Soldier Project']].
** Meanwhile, Revolver Ocelot (ADAM), called "Adamska" by his fellow Russians, as well as Big Mama (EVA). Both were trained from young ages to be Super Soldiers, as well as to blend perfectly into various nationalities. Ocelot, being half-Russian and -American, could act as a spy for either country with relative ease. EVA, meanwhile was raised by the Chinese and trained to act and speak flawlessly like an American. In ''Webcomic/TheLastDaysOfFoxhound'', this is spoofed with Ocelot's lines: "I've been working for [The Philosophers] since I was born," and "I've been trained to be an X-Tuple agent from the age of four."
** Big Mama's resistance group consists entirely of war orphans whose only goal in life is to fight without any oner interests.
* For an example made by the good guys, the main character and the rest of the [=Spartan-IIs=] of the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' series were trained as warriors from the age of six and have been continually fighting since they were fourteen, but at least they were intended to survive into adulthood. The [=Spartan-IIIs=], however, were purposely trained to be prepubescent suicide troops: only a handful of Alpha and Beta Company survived past childhood, mostly the ones who were considered gifted enough to be transferred to more elite units. Of those who remained in Beta, only two survived, while no one who stayed in Alpha made it.

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* The Assassins' Guild does this in From the ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' series, taking in children orphaned by Gear rampages ''VideoGame/BioShock'' series:
** In ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'', [[spoiler:the player character]] turns out to be a Tykebomb.
** In ''VideoGame/{{BioShock 2}}'', [[spoiler:Eleanor Lamb would count, but averted it: She was supposed to be her mother's tool to fulfill her crazy utopia for Rapture and, probably, the world,
and the like. Among these children, Millia Rage became the dog that bit back, only it's kind of subverted in that she somehow saw a life beyond killing the whole time. The exact specifics of that waver due to the games' plots not being as import as their [[RuleOfCool rock and metal references.]]
* ''Franchise/MetalGear'' does this a lot, although usually deals with the psychological repercussions, too. [[spoiler:Raiden
was ''six years old when he held his first AK'']], the three Snake triplets were all raised to become this, albeit whether Sofia planned to take it to Combative manner prior to Eleanor's turn into a Little Sister and her turning into Rapture's New Boss is left for assumption. But thanks to some living with other kids, her mother's constant nagging and eventual experimentation, Delta's care for her while she was a Little Sister and some use of common sense, she rebelled. Still, she's one fighter. In the Bad Ending, she will evolve from their cloned conception Tykebomb to be extremely good soldiers, Woobie Destroyer of World and gets even with her mom, drowning her before she swears to destroy the world. They grow up so fast...]].
** Elizabeth
in Portable Ops ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite'', of a sort. [[spoiler: Gray Fox is revealed to have been Though not raised in a twisted isolation tank as part of the 'Perfect Soldier Project']].
** Meanwhile, Revolver Ocelot (ADAM), called "Adamska" by his fellow Russians, as well as Big Mama (EVA). Both were trained from young ages to be Super Soldiers, as well as to blend perfectly into various nationalities. Ocelot,
a warrior, she ''was'' being half-Russian and -American, could act as a spy for either country with relative ease. EVA, meanwhile was raised by the Chinese and trained to act and speak flawlessly like an American. In ''Webcomic/TheLastDaysOfFoxhound'', this is spoofed her father, Comstock, with Ocelot's lines: "I've been working the intent that she would take over for [The Philosophers] since I was born," him after his death and "I've been trained bring his plans to be an X-Tuple agent from use Columbia to purge what he saw as the age of four."
** Big Mama's resistance group consists entirely of war orphans whose only goal
corrupt surface world. After she is recaptured by Comstock, we learn that in life is one reality she does just that, before a MyGodWhatHaveIDone realization has her reach out to fight without any oner interests.
* For an example made by the good guys, the main character
Booker and the rest of the [=Spartan-IIs=] of the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' series were trained as warriors from the age of six help him rescue her alternate self before she can be broken and have been continually fighting since they were fourteen, but at least they were intended to survive turned into adulthood. The [=Spartan-IIIs=], however, were purposely trained to be prepubescent suicide troops: only a handful of Alpha and Beta Company survived past childhood, mostly the ones who were considered gifted enough to be transferred to more elite units. Of those who remained in Beta, only two survived, while no one who stayed in Alpha made it.this.]]



* The vampire [[BigBad Kagan]] in the ''VideoGame/BloodRayne'' series makes this standard policy for all of his offspring: He rapes human women, and once they give birth, he slaughters their entire families so the child has no one to turn to but him. He then raises them to be his loyal minions and the leaders of his plans to blot out the sun and conquer the world. Not that it stops them from trying to back-stab ''each other'', however. Rayne herself was rescued and [[RaisedByMuggles raised by fully-blooded humans]] before Kagan could get to her, and ironically was turned into this as a weapon ''against'' her father.
* In ''VideoGame/DeadRising'', [[spoiler:Carlito]] is revealed to [[spoiler:have set up adoptions for infected orphans all over America]] at the end of the 72-hour story. ''VideoGame/DeadRising3'' reveals that one of them [[spoiler:player character Nick]] was instead [[spoiler:granted immunity to the infection as a failsafe because Carlito didn't want his ZombieApocalypse to be unstoppable.]]
* The BigBad of ''VideoGame/Destiny2'', Dominus Ghaul, was abandoned as an infant for being an [[EvilAlbino albino]], only to be found and raised by [[NoNameGiven The Consul]] with the goal of overthrowing Emperor Calus for his humiliations at the Emperor's hands. Said Consul clearly only sees him as a weapon rather than a person, and in the end [[spoiler: Ghaul kills him when he finally admits it]]. In ''[[AllThereIntheManual The Cabal Booklet]]'', even the Emperor he overthrew seems to [[SympathyForTheDevil feel bad for him more than anything else]], even though he still wants Ghaul dead.
--> '''Calus:''' Imagine his venomous whispers - ''look at how happy they are! Look at how they revel and thrive! While we crack our hides in the filth, and pine for days of fear and gunfire''...Had the child only escaped him, had little Ghaul only crawled off the heap where he was found, so much might have been saved. How terrible the man who sees an orphan as a hollow weapon, and who loads that orphan with the munitions of his revenge. How pathetic the man who wishes only to be a fat parasite again.
* [[spoiler:JC Denton]] in ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' is [[spoiler:a clone raised from birth by "foster parents" employed by Page Industries, who are murdered by a MIB when they become attached to him and Paul]]. He was raised to be a nano-aug for UNATCO, [[spoiler:who are pawns of Page Industries, until his brother, Paul (having already defected), confronts him at an airbase and persuades him to examine the details more closely. JC does so, and in the process is labeled a traitor due to his actions. He then rescues Paul from eventual demise at the hands of a killswitch, turns on his former masters with the help of what remains of the Illuminati, unifies the Hong Kong Triads (who aid him), and canonically merges with Helios (in place of Bob Page, whom Helios decided wasn't worthy) to restore order and usher in a new, enlightened age.]]
** [[spoiler: What makes JC's background confusing though, is that if you read some of the datacubes lying around Area 51, they imply that JC's history wasn't the one mentioned above, but instead he was born a couple years before the game, had growth acceleration, and implanted memories. If you look at the "decanting tanks" in one room, one of them has your name on it, stating that you were born a few years earlier, and had a birth date assigned to you. Which theory is the truth is anyone's guess. ]]
* ''Franchise/DragonAge'':
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', as part of the ending [[spoiler:Morrigan proposes an alternative way to destroy the Archdemon without using a Grey Warden to trap its spirit after its dragon body has been killed. She will get herself pregnant by a Grey Warden so that she can destroy the dragon and the demon will be trapped in the growing child. Her only condition is, that she will disappear right after the Archdemon is destroyed and nobody will try to look for her, while she keeps the child and raises it. Since an archdemon is really a corrupted Old God, the child would be incredible powerful, whatever it might turn out to become. It's also worth considering that the whole thing was the idea of Flemeth. She is unique in having her spirit merge with that of a demon who possessed her, while still remaining her own self, and also one of the most powerful mages who ever lived. To prolong her life, she transfers her spirit into that of her daughters, and had the archdemon appeared a generation later, she would have done the ritual to create a child in with the Old God is bound. That child would have been a nuclear tyke arsenal.]]
** This tykebomb is defused in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition''. [[spoiler:Flemeth's goal is revealed to be revenge: the demon gods who ruled the world were "betrayed" (and not by the dread wolf, who was a loyal ally); the more demon gods (like the archdemon's soul) she can rally, the better her odds. If Morrigan sires a child, Flemeth offers them a choice: let the boy be raised by Flemeth, or be eternally hounded by Flemeth (bonus points if Morrigan drinks from the Well of Mythal, since Mythal is the demon goddess who can control anyone who drinks from her well ''and is the demon who is possessing Flemeth''). Morrigan immediately chooses the later... and Flemeth takes out the part of the kid that makes him TheChosenOne, no physical harm done, and leaves.]]
* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, it is mentioned that [[LizardFolk Argonians]] [[SignificantBirthDate born under the sign of the Shadow]] (which grants them {{Invisibility}}) are taken at birth to be trained in the arts of stealth and assassination by the [[MurderInc Dark Brotherhood]]. Some Argonian tribes take their duty of producing Shadowscales to such a degree that they have created potions which allow females to synchronize their egg-laying cycle with the Shadow constellation. This is Justified in-universe as the Hist, [[WiseTree sentient]] and possibly {{omniscient}} trees which the Argonians worship in their Black Marsh homeland, are said to "acknowledge" [[PowerOfTheVoid Sithis]] as the original creator of the universe. This would also help explain the Shadowscales, as the Dark Brotherhood operates in service to Sithis. However, by the 4th Era (the time of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]''), [[LastOfHisKind only one Shadowscale remains]]. (Cicero, caretaker of the Night Mother in ''Skyrim'', states in his journal that the Shadowscale training facility in the Argonian city of Archon had been closed down.)



* In ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', [[MadBomber Demomen]] are [[ParentalAbandonment abandoned by their biological parents]] at birth until their bomb-making skills manifest themselves, with horribly unpleasant results. It is described as "[[BlackComedy a long-standing, cruel, and wholly unnecessary tradition among the Highland Demolition Men]]"
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' has Celes and Terra. Justified in Celes's case, as the Magitek infusion process is said to be incredibly dangerous and painful when used on an adult. The last one they tried it on was [[MonsterClown Kefka]], [[FreakOut and]] that [[OmnicidalManiac didn't]] [[AGodAmI turn]] [[EarthShatteringKaboom out]] [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt well]].
** Terra herself was captured as an infant and raised as a tykebomb due to her [[HalfHumanHybrid natural gifts]].
* Sephiroth from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''. [[spoiler: He was engineered by [[MegaCorp Shinra]] scientists to be the perfect soldier, implanted in the womb with alien DNA to endow him with superhuman strength and intelligence. The procedure killed his mother in childbirth, though she remained NotQuiteDead. He was then raised by his "surrogate" father (who never told him they were actually related) and grew up to be one of the world's most famed war heroes... until he discovered (most of) his secret origins, went AxCrazy, and decided to destroy the planet and [[AGodAmI become a god]] in the process. He damn near succeeded.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', [[MadBomber Demomen]] are [[ParentalAbandonment abandoned by their biological parents]] at birth until their bomb-making skills manifest themselves, with horribly unpleasant results. It is described as "[[BlackComedy a long-standing, cruel, ''VideoGame/{{FEAR}}'', both [[spoiler: the Point Man]] and wholly unnecessary tradition among Paxton Fettel were raised as these. In additional, Project Harbinger involved [[spoiler: all of Team Dark Signal]], including [[spoiler: Michael Bekett, the Highland Demolition Men]]"
player character in ''Project Origin'']] were raised as psychic Tykebombs, and [[spoiler: Wade Elementary]] is a [[spoiler: school devoted to creating Tykebombs through use of drugs to generate psychic abilities.]]
* From the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series:
**
''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' has both Celes and Terra. Justified in Celes's case, as the Magitek infusion process is said to be incredibly dangerous and painful when used on an adult. The last one they tried it on was [[MonsterClown Kefka]], [[FreakOut and]] that [[OmnicidalManiac didn't]] [[AGodAmI turn]] [[EarthShatteringKaboom out]] [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt well]].
**
well]]. Terra herself was captured as an infant and raised as a tykebomb due to her [[HalfHumanHybrid natural gifts]].
* ** Sephiroth from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''. [[spoiler: He was engineered by [[MegaCorp Shinra]] scientists to be the perfect soldier, implanted in the womb with alien DNA to endow him with superhuman strength and intelligence. The procedure killed his mother in childbirth, though she remained NotQuiteDead. He was then raised by his "surrogate" father (who never told him they were actually related) and grew up to be one of the world's most famed war heroes... until he discovered (most of) his secret origins, went AxCrazy, and decided to destroy the planet and [[AGodAmI become a god]] in the process. He damn near succeeded.]]



* Though not raised from birth, the [=SeeDs=] in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' are generally trained from a relatively young age, with the youngest accepted students being only five years old and the oldest being fifteen. Ostensibly they're being trained as supercharged mercenaries, but in reality [[spoiler:they're being prepared to wage war against the Sorceresses.]]
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' had [[spoiler: Rafa and Malak, who had their village destroyed, so they could become these after their elders refused to let the villain use them for his own purposes. Rafa turns and Malak follows shortly.]]
* Ramirez from ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' was made by the Silver Civilization to hunt down the [[CosmicKeystone Moon Crystals]] by infiltrating the Valuan Armada. Unfortunately, having NoSocialSkills due to his upbringing, exposure to the world beyond proved too much to him and he ended up as the BattleButler of charismatic BigBad Galcian - the very man he was sent to thwart.
** Taken a bit further with Galcian's training and indoctrination of Ramirez (he was just young enough for this trope to still qualify). Somewhat subverted, as it appears that Galcian genuinely cares for and respects Ramirez, acting as a father figure.
* In ''VideoGame/DeadRising'', [[spoiler:Carlito]] is revealed to [[spoiler:have set up adoptions for infected orphans all over America]] at the end of the 72-hour story. ''VideoGame/DeadRising3'' reveals that one of them [[spoiler:player character Nick]] was instead [[spoiler:granted immunity to the infection as a failsafe because Carlito didn't want his ZombieApocalypse to be unstoppable.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'', [[spoiler:the player character]] turns out to be a Tykebomb.
** In ''VideoGame/{{BioShock 2}}'', [[spoiler:Eleanor Lamb would count, but averted it: She was supposed to be her mother's tool to fulfill her crazy utopia for Rapture and, probably, the world, and was raised to become this, albeit whether Sofia planned to take it to Combative manner prior to Eleanor's turn into a Little Sister and her turning into Rapture's New Boss is left for assumption. But thanks to some living with other kids, her mother's constant nagging and eventual experimentation, Delta's care for her while she was a Little Sister and some use of common sense, she rebelled. Still, she's one fighter. In the Bad Ending, she will evolve from Tykebomb to Woobie Destroyer of World and gets even with her mom, drowning her before she swears to destroy the world. They grow up so fast...]].
** Elizabeth in ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite'', of a sort. [[spoiler: Though not raised as a warrior, she ''was'' being raised by her father, Comstock, with the intent that she would take over for him after his death and bring his plans to use Columbia to purge what he saw as the corrupt surface world. After she is recaptured by Comstock, we learn that in one reality she does just that, before a MyGodWhatHaveIDone realization has her reach out to Booker and help him rescue her alternate self before she can be broken and turned into this.]]
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'' gave us ''The School'', a facility that "reconditioned" children, both physically and mentally, to become HumongousMecha pilots. Eventually, the high mortality rate(there are only four known survivors, out of an unknown number of subjects) and the development of mecha training programs that could be safely used on normal people, The School was eventually closed down.
* The BigBad of ''VideoGame/Destiny2'', Dominus Ghaul, was abandoned as an infant for being an [[EvilAlbino albino]], only to be found and raised by [[NoNameGiven The Consul]] with the goal of overthrowing Emperor Calus for his humiliations at the Emperor's hands. Said Consul clearly only sees him as a weapon rather than a person, and in the end [[spoiler: Ghaul kills him when he finally admits it]]. In ''[[AllThereIntheManual The Cabal Booklet]]'', even the Emperor he overthrew seems to [[SympathyForTheDevil feel bad for him more than anything else]], even though he still wants Ghaul dead.
--> '''Calus:''' Imagine his venomous whispers - ''look at how happy they are! Look at how they revel and thrive! While we crack our hides in the filth, and pine for days of fear and gunfire''...Had the child only escaped him, had little Ghaul only crawled off the heap where he was found, so much might have been saved. How terrible the man who sees an orphan as a hollow weapon, and who loads that orphan with the munitions of his revenge. How pathetic the man who wishes only to be a fat parasite again.
* [[spoiler:JC Denton]] in ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' is [[spoiler:a clone raised from birth by "foster parents" employed by Page Industries, who are murdered by a MIB when they become attached to him and Paul]]. He was raised to be a nano-aug for UNATCO, [[spoiler:who are pawns of Page Industries, until his brother, Paul (having already defected), confronts him at an airbase and persuades him to examine the details more closely. JC does so, and in the process is labeled a traitor due to his actions. He then rescues Paul from eventual demise at the hands of a killswitch, turns on his former masters with the help of what remains of the Illuminati, unifies the Hong Kong Triads (who aid him), and canonically merges with Helios (in place of Bob Page, whom Helios decided wasn't worthy) to restore order and usher in a new, enlightened age.]]
** [[spoiler: What makes JC's background confusing though, is that if you read some of the datacubes lying around Area 51, they imply that JC's history wasn't the one mentioned above, but instead he was born a couple years before the game, had growth acceleration, and implanted memories. If you look at the "decanting tanks" in one room, one of them has your name on it, stating that you were born a few years earlier, and had a birth date assigned to you. Which theory is the truth is anyone's guess. ]]

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* ** Though not raised from birth, the [=SeeDs=] in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' are generally trained from a relatively young age, with the youngest accepted students being only five years old and the oldest being fifteen. Ostensibly they're being trained as supercharged mercenaries, but in reality [[spoiler:they're being prepared to wage war against the Sorceresses.]]
* ** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' had [[spoiler: Rafa and Malak, who had their village destroyed, so they could become these after their elders refused to let the villain use them for his own purposes. Rafa turns and Malak follows shortly.]]
* Ramirez from ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' was made by the Silver Civilization to hunt down the [[CosmicKeystone Moon Crystals]] by infiltrating the Valuan Armada. Unfortunately, having NoSocialSkills due to his upbringing, exposure to the world beyond proved too much to him and he ended up as the BattleButler of charismatic BigBad Galcian - the very man he was sent to thwart.
** Taken a bit further with Galcian's training and indoctrination of Ramirez (he was just young enough for this trope to still qualify). Somewhat subverted, as it appears that Galcian genuinely cares for and respects Ramirez, acting as a father figure.
* In ''VideoGame/DeadRising'', [[spoiler:Carlito]] is revealed to [[spoiler:have set up adoptions for infected orphans all over America]] at the end of the 72-hour story. ''VideoGame/DeadRising3'' reveals that one of them [[spoiler:player character Nick]] was instead [[spoiler:granted immunity to the infection as a failsafe because Carlito didn't want his ZombieApocalypse to be unstoppable.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'', [[spoiler:the player character]] turns out to be a Tykebomb.
** In ''VideoGame/{{BioShock 2}}'', [[spoiler:Eleanor Lamb would count, but averted it: She was supposed to be her mother's tool to fulfill her crazy utopia for Rapture and, probably, the world, and was raised to become this, albeit whether Sofia planned to take it to Combative manner prior to Eleanor's turn into a Little Sister and her turning into Rapture's New Boss is left for assumption. But thanks to some living with other kids, her mother's constant nagging and eventual experimentation, Delta's care for her while she was a Little Sister and some use of common sense, she rebelled. Still, she's one fighter. In the Bad Ending, she will evolve from Tykebomb to Woobie Destroyer of World and gets even with her mom, drowning her before she swears to destroy the world. They grow up so fast...]].
** Elizabeth in ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite'', of a sort. [[spoiler: Though not raised as a warrior, she ''was'' being raised by her father, Comstock, with the intent that she would take over for him after his death and bring his plans to use Columbia to purge what he saw as the corrupt surface world. After she is recaptured by Comstock, we learn that in one reality she does just that, before a MyGodWhatHaveIDone realization has her reach out to Booker and help him rescue her alternate self before she can be broken and turned into this.]]
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'' gave us ''The School'', a facility that "reconditioned" children, both physically and mentally, to become HumongousMecha pilots. Eventually, the high mortality rate(there are only four known survivors, out of an unknown number of subjects) and the development of mecha training programs that could be safely used on normal people, The School was eventually closed down.
* The BigBad of ''VideoGame/Destiny2'', Dominus Ghaul, was abandoned as an infant for being an [[EvilAlbino albino]], only to be found and raised by [[NoNameGiven The Consul]] with the goal of overthrowing Emperor Calus for his humiliations at the Emperor's hands. Said Consul clearly only sees him as a weapon rather than a person, and in the end [[spoiler: Ghaul kills him when he finally admits it]]. In ''[[AllThereIntheManual The Cabal Booklet]]'', even the Emperor he overthrew seems to [[SympathyForTheDevil feel bad for him more than anything else]], even though he still wants Ghaul dead.
--> '''Calus:''' Imagine his venomous whispers - ''look at how happy they are! Look at how they revel and thrive! While we crack our hides in the filth, and pine for days of fear and gunfire''...Had the child only escaped him, had little Ghaul only crawled off the heap where he was found, so much might have been saved. How terrible the man who sees an orphan as a hollow weapon, and who loads that orphan with the munitions of his revenge. How pathetic the man who wishes only to be a fat parasite again.
* [[spoiler:JC Denton]] in ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' is [[spoiler:a clone raised from birth by "foster parents" employed by Page Industries, who are murdered by a MIB when they become attached to him and Paul]]. He was raised to be a nano-aug for UNATCO, [[spoiler:who are pawns of Page Industries, until his brother, Paul (having already defected), confronts him at an airbase and persuades him to examine the details more closely. JC does so, and in the process is labeled a traitor due to his actions. He then rescues Paul from eventual demise at the hands of a killswitch, turns on his former masters with the help of what remains of the Illuminati, unifies the Hong Kong Triads (who aid him), and canonically merges with Helios (in place of Bob Page, whom Helios decided wasn't worthy) to restore order and usher in a new, enlightened age.]]
** [[spoiler: What makes JC's background confusing though, is that if you read some of the datacubes lying around Area 51, they imply that JC's history wasn't the one mentioned above, but instead he was born a couple years before the game, had growth acceleration, and implanted memories. If you look at the "decanting tanks" in one room, one of them has your name on it, stating that you were born a few years earlier, and had a birth date assigned to you. Which theory is the truth is anyone's guess.
]]



* Lily in ''VideoGame/FZero AX/GX''.
* The Assassins' Guild does this in the ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' series, taking in children orphaned by Gear rampages and the like. Among these children, Millia Rage became the dog that bit back, only it's kind of subverted in that she somehow saw a life beyond killing the whole time. The exact specifics of that waver due to the games' plots not being as import as their [[RuleOfCool rock and metal references.]]
* For an example made by the good guys, the main character and the rest of the [=Spartan-IIs=] of the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' series were trained as warriors from the age of six and have been continually fighting since they were fourteen, but at least they were intended to survive into adulthood. The [=Spartan-IIIs=], however, were purposely trained to be prepubescent suicide troops: only a handful of Alpha and Beta Company survived past childhood, mostly the ones who were considered gifted enough to be transferred to more elite units. Of those who remained in Beta, only two survived, while no one who stayed in Alpha made it.
* Cole [=McGrath=], the hero from ''VideoGame/InFamous'' could count as one, as Kessler set him up since his birth to make it so he could fight the Beast.



* The Zener Children in ''VideoGame/SecondSight'' were meant to not only prove the reality of psychic warfare, but also to act as the first generation of psychic super-soldiers loyal to the Soviet Union. However, the project was a failure: more than half of the children who learned to use their powers successfully were hideously disfigured by their medication, and the others were judged far too disconnected from the outside world to be of any immediate military use.
** Plus, in a subversion of standard Tykebomb fare, the research staff treated the Zener Children very well, and continued to do so even after the project's funding was cut.

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* The Zener Children in ''VideoGame/SecondSight'' In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', there's several protagonist tykebombs: Jack, a homicidal ball of rage who was abducted by Cerberus as an infant and transformed into the most powerful human biotic; Thane, who was trained as an assassin from age six; and Grunt, a tank-grown Krogan mega-soldier, who is as violent as he sounds.
* ''Franchise/MetalGear'' does this a lot, although it usually deals with the psychological repercussions, too.
** [[spoiler:Raiden was ''six years old when he held his first AK'']]; the three Snake triplets
were meant all raised from their cloned conception to not only prove be extremely good soldiers, and in ''Portable Ops'', [[spoiler:Gray Fox is revealed to have been raised in a twisted isolation tank as part of the reality of psychic warfare, but also 'Perfect Soldier Project']].
** Meanwhile, Revolver Ocelot (ADAM), called "Adamska" by his fellow Russians, as well as Big Mama (EVA). Both were trained from young ages to be Super Soldiers, as well as to blend perfectly into various nationalities. Ocelot, being half-Russian and -American, could act as a spy for either country with relative ease. EVA, meanwhile was raised by the Chinese and trained
to act as the first generation of psychic super-soldiers loyal to the Soviet Union. However, the project and speak flawlessly like an American. In ''Webcomic/TheLastDaysOfFoxhound'', this is spoofed with Ocelot's lines: "I've been working for [The Philosophers] since I was a failure: more than half of the children who learned to use their powers successfully were hideously disfigured by their medication, born," and the others were judged far too disconnected "I've been trained to be an X-Tuple agent from the outside world age of four."
** Big Mama's resistance group consists entirely of war orphans whose only goal in life is
to be of any immediate military use.
** Plus, in a subversion of standard Tykebomb fare, the research staff treated the Zener Children very well, and continued to do so even after the project's funding was cut.
fight without anyone's interests.



* In ''VideoGame/{{FEAR}}'', both [[spoiler: the Point Man]] and Paxton Fettel were raised as these. In additional, Project Harbinger involved [[spoiler: all of Team Dark Signal]], including [[spoiler: Michael Bekett, the player character in ''Project Origin'']] were raised as psychic Tykebombs, and [[spoiler: Wade Elementary]] is a [[spoiler: school devoted to creating Tykebombs through use of drugs to generate psychic abilities.]]
* In the Franchise/WarcraftExpandedUniverse we have Thrall of all people. He was raised by a corrupt human noble to lead an army of orcs to seize control the rest of the kingdom. [[GladiatorGames It]] [[TrainingFromHell did]] [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman not]] [[HumansAreBastards go]] [[ElementalPowers quite]] [[StormingTheCastle as]] [[VillainousBreakdown planned]].
** The Twilight Dragonflight was created by Deathwing and the Twilight's Hammer for the sole purpose of acting as weapons against the other Dragonflights. Having been magically aged, most are only a few years old compared to their centuries-old opponents.



* ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'' has given us the Chao, which, after enough breeding, can create offspring that have gigantic stat growth, to the point where a Chao of the highest grades in stats is equal to a mediocre Chao with twice as many levels.
* Lily in ''VideoGame/FZero AX/GX''.
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', there's several protagonist tykebombs: Jack, a homicidal ball of rage who was abducted by Cerberus as an infant and transformed into the most powerful human biotic; Thane, who was trained as an assassin from age six; and Grunt, a tank-grown Krogan mega-soldier, who is as violent as he sounds.
* Cole [=McGrath=], the hero from ''VideoGame/InFamous'' could count as one. As Kessler set him up since his birth to make it so he could fight the Beast.
* ''Franchise/DragonAge'':
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', as part of the ending [[spoiler:Morrigan proposes an alternative way to destroy the Archdemon without using a Grey Warden to trap its spirit after its dragon body has been killed. She will get herself pregnant by a Grey Warden so that she can destroy the dragon and the demon will be trapped in the growing child. Her only condition is, that she will disappear right after the Archdemon is destroyed and nobody will try to look for her, while she keeps the child and raises it. Since an archdemon is really a corrupted Old God, the child would be incredible powerful, whatever it might turn out to become. It's also worth considering that the whole thing was the idea of Flemeth. She is unique in having her spirit merge with that of a demon who possessed her, while still remaining her own self, and also one of the most powerful mages who ever lived. To prolong her life, she transfers her spirit into that of her daughters, and had the archdemon appeared a generation later, she would have done the ritual to create a child in with the Old God is bound. That child would have been a nuclear tyke arsenal.]]
** This tykebomb is defused in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition''. [[spoiler:Flemeth's goal is revealed to be revenge: the demon gods who ruled the world were "betrayed" (and not by the dread wolf, who was a loyal ally); the more demon gods (like the archdemon's soul) she can rally, the better her odds. If Morrigan sires a child, Flemeth offers them a choice: let the boy be raised by Flemeth, or be eternally hounded by Flemeth (bonus points if Morrigan drinks from the Well of Mythal, since Mythal is the demon goddess who can control anyone who drinks from her well ''and is the demon who is possessing Flemeth''). Morrigan immediately chooses the later... and Flemeth takes out the part of the kid that makes him TheChosenOne, no physical harm done, and leaves.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Syndicate}}'' (2012), unlike the original where Agents were civilians taken off the street for conversion, Agents are now recruited and trained from young. However, they don't get sent on operations until older, averting ChildSoldiers.
** Still, having your parents shot in front of you just to get the right kid to raise into a killer gets points. It's unknown if that memory really is Kilo's but the footage probably came from SOMEONE's traumatic childhood.
* The vampire [[BigBad Kagan]] in the ''VideoGame/BloodRayne'' series makes this standard policy for all of his offspring: He rapes human women, and once they give birth slaughters their entire families so the child has no one to turn to but him. He then raises them to be his loyal minions and the leaders of his plans to blot out the sun and conquer the world. Not that it stops them from trying to back-stab ''each other'', however. Rayne herself was rescued and [[RaisedByMuggles raised by fully-blooded humans]] before Kagan could get to her, and ironically was turned into this as a weapon ''against'' her father.



* Dr. Luis, antagonist of ''VideoGame/SouthOfReal'', devotes his life to creating children who can save the world from the oncoming horde of [[EldritchAbomination cosmic horrors.]] The player character, Alex, was one of those kids [[spoiler:and appears to be the only survivor. Subverted in that the experiments utterly fail to stop TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.]]
* In ''VideoGame/ThreeDirtyDwarves'', Laura, Gregory, Billy and Kyle were raised from test tubes by an experimental weapons contractor with the aim of making them {{Super Soldier}}s. When that project failed miserably, the kids were put to work designing super-weapons, and were provided with crayons and graph paper for the task. Instead of weapon designs, they created a TabletopRPG which they named ''Dwarves of Destiny''.
* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, it is mentioned that [[LizardFolk Argonians]] [[SignificantBirthDate born under the sign of the Shadow]] (which grants them {{Invisibility}}) are taken at birth to be trained in the arts of stealth and assassination by the [[MurderInc Dark Brotherhood]]. Some Argonian tribes take their duty of producing Shadowscales to such a degree that they have created potions which allow females to synchronize their egg-laying cycle with the Shadow constellation. This is Justified in-universe as the Hist, [[WiseTree sentient]] and possibly {{omniscient}} trees which the Argonians worship in their Black Marsh homeland, are said to "acknowledge" [[PowerOfTheVoid Sithis]] as the original creator of the universe. This would also help explain the Shadowscales, as the Dark Brotherhood operates in service to Sithis. However, by the 4th Era (the time of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]''), [[LastOfHisKind only one Shadowscale remains]]. (Cicero, caretaker of the Night Mother in ''Skyrim'', states in his journal that the Shadowscale training facility in the Argonian city of Archon had been closed down.)

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* Dr. Luis, antagonist The Zener Children in ''VideoGame/SecondSight'' were meant to not only prove the reality of ''VideoGame/SouthOfReal'', devotes his life psychic warfare, but also to creating act as the first generation of psychic super-soldiers loyal to the Soviet Union. However, the project was a failure: more than half of the children who can save learned to use their powers successfully were hideously disfigured by their medication, and the world others were judged far too disconnected from the oncoming horde of [[EldritchAbomination cosmic horrors.]] The player character, Alex, was one of those kids [[spoiler:and appears outside world to be of any immediate military use.
** Plus, in a subversion of standard Tykebomb fare,
the only survivor. Subverted in that research staff treated the experiments utterly fail to stop TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.]]
* In ''VideoGame/ThreeDirtyDwarves'', Laura, Gregory, Billy
Zener Children very well, and Kyle were raised from test tubes by an experimental weapons contractor with continued to do so even after the aim of making them {{Super Soldier}}s. When that project failed miserably, the kids were put to work designing super-weapons, and were provided with crayons and graph paper for the task. Instead of weapon designs, they created a TabletopRPG which they named ''Dwarves of Destiny''.
* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, it is mentioned that [[LizardFolk Argonians]] [[SignificantBirthDate born under the sign of the Shadow]] (which grants them {{Invisibility}}) are taken at birth to be trained in the arts of stealth and assassination by the [[MurderInc Dark Brotherhood]]. Some Argonian tribes take their duty of producing Shadowscales to such a degree that they have created potions which allow females to synchronize their egg-laying cycle with the Shadow constellation. This is Justified in-universe as the Hist, [[WiseTree sentient]] and possibly {{omniscient}} trees which the Argonians worship in their Black Marsh homeland, are said to "acknowledge" [[PowerOfTheVoid Sithis]] as the original creator of the universe. This would also help explain the Shadowscales, as the Dark Brotherhood operates in service to Sithis. However, by the 4th Era (the time of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]''), [[LastOfHisKind only one Shadowscale remains]]. (Cicero, caretaker of the Night Mother in ''Skyrim'', states in his journal that the Shadowscale training facility in the Argonian city of Archon had been closed down.)
project's funding was cut.



* ''VideoGame/ValdisStoryAbyssalCity'' has a rare heroic(ish) example. The dying goddess Valdis charged a mortal to protect her newborn daughter [[spoiler: Reina]]. The aforementioned mortal realised he might not be able to keep that oath forever, so took it upon himself to seduce a high-ranked demoness, and raised the resulting child to be a living weapon in [[spoiler: Reina's]] service. The two are unaware of this arrangement for most of the game, but by happy coincidence are close enough to get ShipTease with each other. [[spoiler: Reina]] herself is a more downplayed example, as Valdis created her specifically to overthrow the tyranny of her previous two daughters.

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* ''VideoGame/ValdisStoryAbyssalCity'' has a rare heroic(ish) example. The dying goddess Valdis charged a mortal Ramirez from ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' was made by the Silver Civilization to protect her newborn daughter [[spoiler: Reina]]. The aforementioned mortal realised hunt down the [[CosmicKeystone Moon Crystals]] by infiltrating the Valuan Armada. Unfortunately, having NoSocialSkills due to his upbringing, exposure to the world beyond proved too much to him and he might not be able ended up as the BattleButler of charismatic BigBad Galcian - the very man he was sent to keep thwart.
** Taken a bit further with Galcian's training and indoctrination of Ramirez (he was just young enough for this trope to still qualify). Somewhat subverted, as it appears
that oath forever, so took it upon himself to seduce a high-ranked demoness, Galcian genuinely cares for and raised respects Ramirez, acting as a father figure.
* Both ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'' and its [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure2 sequel]] gave us
the resulting child Chao, which, after enough breeding, can create offspring that have gigantic stat growth, to be the point where a living weapon in [[spoiler: Reina's]] service. The two are unaware of this arrangement for most Chao of the game, but by happy coincidence highest grades in stats is equal to a mediocre Chao with twice as many levels.
* Dr. Luis, antagonist of ''VideoGame/SouthOfReal'', devotes his life to creating children who can save the world from the oncoming horde of [[EldritchAbomination cosmic horrors.]] The player character, Alex, was one of those kids [[spoiler:and appears to be the only survivor. Subverted in that the experiments utterly fail to stop TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.]]
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'' gave us ''The School'', a facility that "reconditioned" children, both physically and mentally, to become HumongousMecha pilots. Eventually, the high mortality rate(there
are close enough only four known survivors, out of an unknown number of subjects) and the development of mecha training programs that could be safely used on normal people, The School was eventually closed down.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Syndicate}}'' (2012), unlike the original where Agents were civilians taken off the street for conversion, Agents are now recruited and trained from young. However, they don't get sent on operations until older, averting ChildSoldiers.
** Still, having your parents shot in front of you just
to get ShipTease with each other. [[spoiler: Reina]] herself is a more downplayed example, as Valdis created her specifically to overthrow the tyranny of her previous two daughters.right kid to raise into a killer gets points. It's unknown if that memory really is Kilo's but the footage probably came from SOMEONE's traumatic childhood.



* In ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', [[MadBomber Demomen]] are [[ParentalAbandonment abandoned by their biological parents]] at birth until their bomb-making skills manifest themselves, with horribly unpleasant results. It is described as "[[BlackComedy a long-standing, cruel, and wholly unnecessary tradition among the Highland Demolition Men]]".
* In ''VideoGame/ThreeDirtyDwarves'', Laura, Gregory, Billy and Kyle were raised from test tubes by an experimental weapons contractor with the aim of making them {{Super Soldier}}s. When that project failed miserably, the kids were put to work designing super-weapons, and were provided with crayons and graph paper for the task. Instead of weapon designs, they created a TabletopRPG which they named ''Dwarves of Destiny''.
* ''VideoGame/ValdisStoryAbyssalCity'' has a rare heroic(ish) example. The dying goddess Valdis charged a mortal to protect her newborn daughter [[spoiler: Reina]]. The aforementioned mortal realised he might not be able to keep that oath forever, so took it upon himself to seduce a high-ranked demoness, and raised the resulting child to be a living weapon in [[spoiler: Reina's]] service. The two are unaware of this arrangement for most of the game, but by happy coincidence are close enough to get ShipTease with each other. [[spoiler: Reina]] herself is a more downplayed example, as Valdis created her specifically to overthrow the tyranny of her previous two daughters.
* In the Franchise/WarcraftExpandedUniverse we have Thrall of all people. He was raised by a corrupt human noble to lead an army of orcs to seize control the rest of the kingdom. [[GladiatorGames It]] [[TrainingFromHell did]] [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman not]] [[HumansAreBastards go]] [[ElementalPowers quite]] [[StormingTheCastle as]] [[VillainousBreakdown planned]].
** The Twilight Dragonflight was created by Deathwing and the Twilight's Hammer for the sole purpose of acting as weapons against the other Dragonflights. Having been magically aged, most are only a few years old compared to their centuries-old opponents.



* Surely no more extreme case of this exists than Bonesaw from ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', a young girl with an innate talent for surgically manipulating the human body. Her father figure within the group, Jack Slash, [[spoiler: recruited her into the Slaughterhouse 9 by repeatedly murdering her family members and forcing her to use her talents to revive them until she her mind breaks]]. From then on, she applies her talents to performing {{Body Horror}} experiments on her victims, such as turning a botanist into an organic Frankenstein puppet and [[spoiler: upon capturing the Undersiders, turning Grue's body inside out while still keeping him alive]]. The creepiest part is how damn ''cheerful'' she is through all this.

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* Surely no more extreme case of this exists than Bonesaw from ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', a young girl with an innate talent for surgically manipulating the human body. Her father figure within the group, Jack Slash, [[spoiler: recruited her into the Slaughterhouse 9 by repeatedly murdering her family members and forcing her to use her talents to revive them until she her mind breaks]]. From then on, she applies her talents to performing {{Body Horror}} experiments on her victims, such as turning a botanist into an organic Frankenstein puppet and [[spoiler: upon capturing the Undersiders, turning Grue's body inside out while still keeping him alive]]. The creepiest part is how damn ''cheerful'' she is through all this.



* Princess Azula from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' is the tykebomb of her father EvilOverlord Ozai. This is one of the most successful examples, as Ozai made sure to "coddle and praise" her rather than "abuse her and insist she is made to serve him" (that's what [[TheUnFavorite Zuko]] is for). She still [[VillainousBreakdown snapped]] eventually, due to the constant pressure and [[LonelyAtTheTop complete isolation]]. And he was already showing signs of [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness throwing her over]] towards the end...
** Mai learns that her father plans to invoke this trope with her little brother Tom-Tom in the comic ''[[ComicBook/AvatarTheLastAirbenderRebound Rebound]]''. Unlike what happened in the above example, Mai quickly puts a stop to it before it can begin.
* A rare example of a Tykebomb for good is [[spoiler:Terry [=McGinnis=]]] from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' as [[RetCon revealed]] in the FullyAbsorbedFinale.



* Slade from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' had designs on grooming Robin into a {{Tykebomb}}. When that failed, he moved on and succeeded with Terra. Then he pushed her too far and suffered the aforementioned explosive retaliation.
* X-23, a modified clone of Wolverine, in ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' (who later became a CanonImmigrant to the print comics)
* When the cartoon series ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower'' was created to be the DistaffCounterpart to ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'', it needed to [[RetCon explain]] why Prince Adam/He-Man suddenly had a twin sister (Princess Adora aka She-Ra) no-one had seen or heard of before. So... It seems Adora was kidnapped during infancy by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hordak#She-Ra:_Princess_of_Power the villain Hordak, who whisked her away to another dimension and raised her himself.]] She remains loyal to Hordak well into her adulthood, until an encounter with her brother leads to her HeelFaceTurn.
* A rare example of a Tykebomb for good is [[spoiler:Terry [=McGinnis=]]] from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' as [[RetCon revealed]] in the FullyAbsorbedFinale.
* Princess Azula from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' is the TykeBomb of her father EvilOverlord Ozai. This is one of the most successful examples, as Ozai made sure to "coddle and praise" her rather than "abuse her and insist she is made to serve him" (that's what [[TheUnFavorite Zuko]] is for.) She still [[VillainousBreakdown snapped]] eventually, due to the constant pressure and [[LonelyAtTheTop complete isolation]]. And he was already showing signs of [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness throwing her over]] towards the end...
** Mai learns that her father plans to invoke this trope with her little brother Tom-Tom in the comic ''[[ComicBook/AvatarTheLastAirbenderRebound Rebound]]''. She quickly puts a stop to it before it can begin.

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* Slade from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' had designs on grooming Robin into a {{Tykebomb}}. When that failed, he moved on and succeeded with Terra. Then he pushed her too far and suffered the aforementioned explosive retaliation.
* X-23, a modified clone of Wolverine, in ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' (who later became a CanonImmigrant to the print comics)
* When the cartoon series ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower''
{{Music/Gorillaz}} has [[spoiler:Noodle, who was created to be the DistaffCounterpart to ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'', it needed to [[RetCon explain]] why Prince Adam/He-Man suddenly had a twin sister (Princess Adora aka She-Ra) no-one had seen or heard of before. So... It seems Adora was kidnapped during infancy by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hordak#She-Ra:_Princess_of_Power the villain Hordak, who whisked her away to another dimension and raised her himself.]] She remains loyal to Hordak well into her adulthood, until an encounter along with her brother leads to her HeelFaceTurn.
* A rare example
22 other children as part of a Tykebomb weapons program for good is [[spoiler:Terry [=McGinnis=]]] from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' as [[RetCon revealed]] in the FullyAbsorbedFinale.
* Princess Azula from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' is
Japanese government. After all the TykeBomb children were deemed too unstable and dangerous, the project was shut down and the children were killed... except for Noodle, who was put in a state of her father EvilOverlord Ozai. This is amnesia and shipped off to Britain in a [=FedEx=] crate which the rest of Gorillaz would recieve, because one of scientist who worked on the most successful examples, as Ozai made sure project couldn't bring himself to "coddle and praise" her rather than "abuse her and insist she is made to serve him" (that's what [[TheUnFavorite Zuko]] is for.) She still [[VillainousBreakdown snapped]] eventually, due to the constant pressure and [[LonelyAtTheTop complete isolation]]. And he was already showing signs of [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness throwing her over]] towards the end...
** Mai learns that her father plans to invoke this trope with her little brother Tom-Tom in the comic ''[[ComicBook/AvatarTheLastAirbenderRebound Rebound]]''. She quickly puts a stop to it before it can begin.
kill her]].



* Hana, Ron's adoptive baby sister in the 4th season of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''. In the prophecies about her, she's even called "[[ItIsDehumanizing the weapon]]".
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' has a few examples:
** [[spoiler:Yakone raising his sons, Tarrlok and Noatak, as his instruments of revenge on Aang and Republic City by teaching them Bloodbending and drilling this idea into their heads. Even though Noatak betrays him, ironically, it works. Tarrlok becomes a corrupt councilman and Noatak becomes Amon.]]
** Season 2 introduces us to Eska and Desna, Korra's twin cousins; while they were not ''explicitly'' raised this way by their father, Unaloq, they're incredibly powerful Waterbenders who are emotionally detached from everything, and almost blindly loyal to their father's plans. [[spoiler:Eventually they tire of it and help the heroes stop their father]].
** If the twins count, then Korra herself certainly counts as well. [[spoiler:Tenzin and Tonraq]] may have ''intended'' to have her trained as TheChosenOne from early childhood for her own protection rather than as a means by which to turn her into a tool to use for personal gain, but the end result was effectively identical. Korra's own temperamental affinity for violence probably had something to do with it, but either way the result wasn't pretty -- she grew into a perfect weapon who believed she had no value outside of her powers and responsibilities, and she essentially failed to mature emotionally and spiritually past the age of four as a result (with [[WhatTheHellHero sometimes terrifying consequences]]). Korra's character arc in Books One and Two essentially involves her figuring out how to [[DefusingTheTykeBomb defuse]] herself and exist as her own person outside of her predetermined role (and even then, she can be pretty ruthless for a good guy!).
** In Book 3, we find out that [[spoiler: the Red Lotus attacked Korra when she was little in an attempt to kidnap her and train her, molding her to their way of thinking. They wanted her to grow up with the aim of overthrowing world leaders and "restoring the world to its natural state of disorder."]]
* The Daughters of Aku from ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' were trained from birth to hunt down and kill Jack, undergoing brutal TrainingFromHell at the hands of their [[AbusiveParents mother]].
** Jack himself is a benevolent version, as his father arranged for him to train with different fighters around the world if/when Aku broke free. Unlike the Daughters, Jack got a lot of social interaction with the various cultures (some of which helped save his life in the future, such as his memories of Egypt helping him figure out how to defeat the Minions of Set), ending up much more well-adjusted ([[spoiler:and unfortunately for the Daughters, effective]]) than a lot of other Tyke Bombs.
* When the cartoon series ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower'' was created to be the DistaffCounterpart to ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'', it needed to [[RetCon explain]] why Prince Adam/He-Man suddenly had a twin sister (Princess Adora aka She-Ra) no-one had seen or heard of before. So... It seems Adora was kidnapped during infancy by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hordak#She-Ra:_Princess_of_Power the villain Hordak, who whisked her away to another dimension and raised her himself.]] She remains loyal to Hordak well into her adulthood, until an encounter with her brother leads to her HeelFaceTurn.



* {{Music/Gorillaz}}: [[spoiler: Noodle.]]
* Hana, Ron's adoptive baby sister in the 4th season of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''. In the prophecies about her, she's even called "the weapon".

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* {{Music/Gorillaz}}: Slade from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' had designs on grooming Robin into a {{Tykebomb}}. When that failed, he moved on and succeeded with Terra. Then he pushed her too far and suffered the aforementioned explosive retaliation.
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'': Ultra Magnus reveals the goal of Project Omega is to create 12 [[PersonOfMassDestruction super-weapons with reduced intelligence]] so they would never question that their purpose in life is to destroy or kill. Ratchet is horrified at it, while Ultra Magnus justifies it with the Decepticon threat getting worse (several Con victories had planets destroyed). At the end of the war, only one is still active (one is in stasis, and the another is missing) with all the others dead. In the present Cybertron is thriving and at peace, while Ratchet questions if what they did to achieve that peace was right.
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'': Project Predacon was meant to create an army of these via FossilRevival to serve the Decepticons, but after discovering what the first on they produced was capable of, Megatron decided it was too risky to make any more.
[[spoiler: Noodle.He even goes so far as to lure the Autobots to the lab where the batch in progress is being cloned for the purposes of letting them destroy it. Unfortunately for Megatron, he can't keep this secret from getting out forever, and thus Predaking turns against him at the worst possible moment.]]
* Hana, Ron's adoptive baby sister X-23, a modified clone of Wolverine, in ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' (who later became a CanonImmigrant to the 4th season of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''. In the prophecies about her, she's even called "the weapon".print comics)



* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' has [[spoiler:Yakone raising his sons, Tarrlok and Noatak, as his instruments of revenge on Aang and Republic City by teaching them Bloodbending and drilling this idea into their heads. Even though Noatak betrays him, ironically, it works. Tarrlok becomes a corrupt councilman and Noatak becomes Amon.]]
** Season 2 introduces us to Eska and Desna, Korra's twin cousins, who while not ''explicitly'' raised this way by their father Unaloq, are incredibly powerful Waterbenders, emotionally detached from everything, and almost blindly loyal to their father's plans.
** If the twins count, then Korra herself certainly counts as well. [[spoiler:Tenzin and Tonraq]] may have ''intended'' to have her trained as TheChosenOne from early childhood for her own protection rather than as a means by which to turn her into a tool to use for personal gain, but the end result was effectively identical. Korra's own temperamental affinity for violence probably had something to do with it, but either way the result wasn't pretty -- she grew into a perfect weapon who believed she had no value outside of her powers and responsibilities, and she essentially failed to mature emotionally and spiritually past the age of four as a result (with [[WhatTheHellHero sometimes terrifying consequences]]). Korra's character arc in Books One and Two essentially involves her figuring out how to [[DefusingTheTykeBomb defuse]] herself and exist as her own person outside of her predetermined role (and even then, she can be pretty ruthless for a good guy!).
** In Book 3, we find out that [[spoiler: the Red Lotus attacked Korra when she was little in an attempt to kidnap her and train her, molding her to their way of thinking. They wanted her to grow up with the aim of overthrowing world leaders and "restoring the world to its natural state of disorder."]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'': Ultra Magnus reveals the goal of Project Omega is to create 12 [[PersonOfMassDestruction super-weapons with reduced intelligence]] so they would never question that their purpose in life is to destroy or kill. Ratchet is horrified at it, while Ultra Magnus justifies it with the Decepticon threat getting worse (several Con victories had planets destroyed). At the end of the war, only one is still active (one is in stasis, and the another is missing) with all the others dead. In the present Cybertron is thriving and at peace, while Ratchet questions if what they did to achieve that peace was right.
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'': Project Predacon was meant to create an army of these via FossilRevival to serve the Decepticons, but after discovering what the first on they produced was capable of, Megatron decided it was too risky to make any more. [[spoiler: He even goes so far as to lure the Autobots to the lab where the batch in progress is being cloned for the purposes of letting them destroy it. Unfortunately for Megatron, he can't keep this secret from getting out forever, and thus Predaking turns against him at the worst possible moment.]]
* The Daughters of Aku from ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' were trained from birth to hunt down and kill Jack, undergoing brutal TrainingFromHell at the hands of their [[AbusiveParents mother]].
** Jack himself is a benevolent version, as his father arranged for him to train with different fighters around the world if/when Aku broke free. Unlike the Daughters, Jack got a lot of social interaction with the various cultures (some of which helped save his life in the future, such as his memories of Egypt helping him figure out how to defeat the Minions of Set), ending up much more well-adjusted ([[spoiler:and unfortunately for the Daughters, effective]]) than a lot of other Tyke Bombs.
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These villains would probably be more effective if said creations were not typically abused or treated badly by villains who insist they exist to serve their master, rather than being coddled and praised; thus they tend to be [[SympatheticSentientWeapon sympathetic]]. This usually culminates in TheDogBitesBack, followed by escaping and eventually becoming a thorn in some hero's side. If the character is an actual child, this can complicate the hero's sense of morality of how he deals with people. Expect all but the worst of {{Anti Hero}}es to try DefusingTheTykeBomb. Expect an occassional KidSamurai amongst a lot of ChildSoldiers

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These villains would probably be more effective if said creations were not typically abused or treated badly by villains who insist they exist to serve their master, rather than being coddled and praised; thus they tend to be [[SympatheticSentientWeapon sympathetic]]. This usually culminates in TheDogBitesBack, followed by escaping and eventually becoming a thorn in some hero's side. If the character is an actual child, this can complicate the hero's sense of morality of how he deals with people. Expect all but the worst of {{Anti Hero}}es to try DefusingTheTykeBomb. Expect an occassional occasional KidSamurai amongst a lot of ChildSoldiers



** Also Pinochio, though the trope is inverted in that he is raised by terrorist leader Christiano as an assassin, but Christiano becomes attached to Pinochio as a surrogate son and tries to save him from the internal disputes that cause his own downfall.

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** Also Pinochio, Pinocchio, though the trope is inverted in that he is raised by terrorist leader Christiano as an assassin, but Christiano becomes attached to Pinochio Pinocchio as a surrogate son and tries to save him from the internal disputes that cause his own downfall.



** Donquixote pirates are very fond of this trope. In addition to abovementioned Law, Vergo, Buffalo and Baby 5 joined the gang when they were kids, and Dellinger was raised by the gang from infancy.
** Doflamingo himself is an interesting example.[[spoiler:Trebol seen potential in him and purposefully raised him for his goals, but instead of soldier, he was trying to create his future boss, that would lead his gang to power. He did everything, that he could to turn already unhinged child into bloodthirsty power-hungry tyrant.]]

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** Donquixote pirates are very fond of this trope. In addition to abovementioned Law, Law (mentioned above), Vergo, Buffalo and Baby 5 joined the gang when they were kids, and Dellinger was raised by the gang from infancy.
** Doflamingo himself is an interesting example.[[spoiler:Trebol seen [[spoiler: Trebol saw potential in him and purposefully raised him for his goals, but instead of a soldier, he was trying to create his a future boss, that boss who would lead his gang to power. He did everything, everything that he could to turn an already unhinged child into a bloodthirsty power-hungry tyrant.]]



** Shinji himself can be seen the ultimate example of the trope. [[spoiler:His mother, Yui, is heavily implied to have planned to set up her own child to be the ultimate UnwittingPawn, meant to derail [[AncientConspiracy SEELE]]'s [[AssimilationPlot Instrumentality Project]] at the last moment, before she even knew who was going to father it. The most disturbing element of her plan is easily the fact that she specifically wanted Shinji to witness her own apparent death to traumatize him, so that he would have a easier time triggering the EVA's unbeatable berserker mode, and eventually survive all the way to the date of SEELE attempting to pull off the Instrumentality Project, so Shinji would ultimately be the one who made the decision of what to do with Instrumentality.]]

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** Shinji himself can be seen the ultimate example of the trope. [[spoiler:His mother, Yui, is heavily implied to have planned to set up her own child to be the ultimate UnwittingPawn, meant to derail [[AncientConspiracy SEELE]]'s [[AssimilationPlot Instrumentality Project]] at the last moment, before she even knew who was going to father it. The most disturbing element of her plan is easily the fact that she specifically wanted Shinji to witness her own apparent death to traumatize him, so that he would have a an easier time triggering the EVA's unbeatable berserker mode, and eventually survive all the way to the date of SEELE attempting to pull off the Instrumentality Project, so Shinji would ultimately be the one who made the decision of what to do with Instrumentality.]]



** In fact, the trope is the major reason for its plot. We learn that Homelander (whose ficitional backstory is that of Superman's) was raised in a lab with a nuke set to blow if he got out of hand. Vought thought ahead for once and looked for a way to neutralize him in adulthood. [[spoiler:So they created a clone and raised it from birth to kill him, called him Black Noir. Problem is, since BN's literally only purpose in life is to kill the Homelander, he started {{gaslighting}} him so he'd go insane, finally allowing BN's life to have its purpose.]]

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** In fact, the trope is the major reason for its plot. We learn that Homelander (whose ficitional backstory is that of Superman's) was raised in a lab with a nuke set to blow if he got out of hand. Vought thought ahead for once and looked for a way to neutralize him in adulthood. [[spoiler:So they created a clone and raised it from birth to kill him, called him Black Noir. Problem is, since BN's literally only purpose in life is to kill the Homelander, he started {{gaslighting}} him so he'd go insane, finally allowing BN's life to have its a purpose.]]



** Meanwhile, Revolver Ocelot (ADAM), called "Adamska" by his fellow Russians, as well as Big Mama (EVA). Both were trained from young ages to be Super Soldiers, as well as to blend perfectly into various nationalities. Ocelot, being half-Russian and -American, could act as a spy for either country with relative ease. EVA, meanwhile was raised by the Chinese and trained to act and speak flawlessly like a American. In ''Webcomic/TheLastDaysOfFoxhound'', this is spoofed with Ocelot's lines: "I've been working for [The Philosophers] since I was born," and "I've been trained to be an X-Tuple agent from the age of four."

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** Meanwhile, Revolver Ocelot (ADAM), called "Adamska" by his fellow Russians, as well as Big Mama (EVA). Both were trained from young ages to be Super Soldiers, as well as to blend perfectly into various nationalities. Ocelot, being half-Russian and -American, could act as a spy for either country with relative ease. EVA, meanwhile was raised by the Chinese and trained to act and speak flawlessly like a an American. In ''Webcomic/TheLastDaysOfFoxhound'', this is spoofed with Ocelot's lines: "I've been working for [The Philosophers] since I was born," and "I've been trained to be an X-Tuple agent from the age of four."



** [[spoiler: What makes JC's background confusing though, is that if you read some of the datacubes lying around Area 51, they imply that JC's history wasn't the one mentioned above, but instead he was born a couple years before the game, had growth acceleration, and implanted memories. If you look at the "decanting tanks" in one room, one of them have your name on it, states that you were born a few years earlier, and had a assigned birth date to you. Which is the real theory is anyone's guess. ]]
* Jaffar from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword]]'' was allegedly found as an infant sleeping atop a pile of corpses, and groomed to be a powerful assassin by the local assassin's guild. Nino was probably a failed attempt at making one of these as well, although she turned out to be too softhearted, and in fact is who triggers Jaffar's humanity and his HeelFaceTurn.

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** [[spoiler: What makes JC's background confusing though, is that if you read some of the datacubes lying around Area 51, they imply that JC's history wasn't the one mentioned above, but instead he was born a couple years before the game, had growth acceleration, and implanted memories. If you look at the "decanting tanks" in one room, one of them have has your name on it, states stating that you were born a few years earlier, and had a assigned birth date assigned to you. Which theory is the real theory truth is anyone's guess. ]]
* Jaffar from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword]]'' was allegedly found as an infant sleeping atop on top of a pile of corpses, and groomed to be a powerful assassin by the local assassin's assassins' guild. Nino was probably a failed attempt at making one of these as well, although she turned out to be too softhearted, soft-hearted, and in fact is who triggers Jaffar's humanity and his HeelFaceTurn.



* Surely no more extreme case of this exists than Bonesaw from ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', a young girl with an innate talent for surgically manipulating the human body. Her father figure within the group, Jack Slash, [[spoiler: recruited her into the Slaughterhouse 9 by repeatedly murdering her family members and forcing her to use her talents to revive them until she her mind breaks]]. From then on, she applies her talents to performing {{Body Horror}} experiments on her victims, such turning a botanist into a organic frankenstein puppet and [[spoiler: upon capturing the Undersiders, turning Grue's body inside out while still keeping him alive]]. The creepiest part is how damn ''cheerful'' she is through all this.
* The protagonists of ''Literature/{{Twig}}'' are a group of twelve and eleven year olds who were altered immediately after birth to exhibit enhanced mental abilities to act as a gestalt unit, who act as spies for an AcademyOfEvil to hunt down individuals who threaten their information monopoly on the creation of Frankenstein-esque monstrosities.

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* Surely no more extreme case of this exists than Bonesaw from ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', a young girl with an innate talent for surgically manipulating the human body. Her father figure within the group, Jack Slash, [[spoiler: recruited her into the Slaughterhouse 9 by repeatedly murdering her family members and forcing her to use her talents to revive them until she her mind breaks]]. From then on, she applies her talents to performing {{Body Horror}} experiments on her victims, such as turning a botanist into a an organic frankenstein Frankenstein puppet and [[spoiler: upon capturing the Undersiders, turning Grue's body inside out while still keeping him alive]]. The creepiest part is how damn ''cheerful'' she is through all this.
* The protagonists of ''Literature/{{Twig}}'' are a group of twelve twelve- and eleven year olds eleven-year-olds who were altered immediately after birth to exhibit enhanced mental abilities to act as a gestalt unit, who act as spies for an AcademyOfEvil to hunt down individuals who threaten their information monopoly on the creation of Frankenstein-esque monstrosities.
13th Feb '18 2:34:28 AM Cryoclaste
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* In the WarcraftExpandedUniverse we have Thrall of all people. He was raised by a corrupt human noble to lead an army of orcs to seize control the rest of the kingdom. [[GladiatorGames It]] [[TrainingFromHell did]] [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman not]] [[HumansAreBastards go]] [[ElementalPowers quite]] [[StormingTheCastle as]] [[VillainousBreakdown planned]].

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* In the WarcraftExpandedUniverse Franchise/WarcraftExpandedUniverse we have Thrall of all people. He was raised by a corrupt human noble to lead an army of orcs to seize control the rest of the kingdom. [[GladiatorGames It]] [[TrainingFromHell did]] [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman not]] [[HumansAreBastards go]] [[ElementalPowers quite]] [[StormingTheCastle as]] [[VillainousBreakdown planned]].
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