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->'''Rosalyn:''' Calvin, take a look by the telephone and tell me what you see.\\
'''Calvin:''' A note mom left with emergency numbers.\\
'''Rosalyn:''' Right. Now, you [[ShameIfSomethingHappened wouldn't want me to have to CALL any of those numbers]], would you?\\
'''Calvin:''' Well, it must be 6:30. [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere I guess I'll turn in]].
-->-- ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes''

While becoming a BadlyBatteredBabysitter may be an adult's worst nightmare, having a BabysitterFromHell is a child's.

In RealLife, child abuse by a temporary or hired guardian is a very serious thing. But in fiction, it can be comedy gold. It's also a good way to give a character a DarkAndTroubledPast that's only [[ButNotTooEvil just dark enough]], without making the parents out to be bad. A common fate of characters with a HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood.

This villain type is always introduced the same way: parents need someone to care for their children. Often, possibly because either a parent or child has a bad reputation, short notice or bad timing (who'd have thought they'd schedule the high school prom and the elementary school PTA meeting on the same night?), the parents are left with few choices.

Only after the parents leave is the BabysitterFromHell [[TheReveal revealed]] for what they are. Usually this character can be identified by at least three of the following traits or behaviors:
# Children are frightened of them. HilarityEnsues as adults take little notice of a child's instinctive concern, being either too busy or assuming it's just ordinary separation anxiety.
# The babysitter is impatient, angsty, or just plain mean.
# The babysitter clearly has little experience in dealing with children of the age in question.
# The babysitter assigns the child a task or responsibility that is clearly inappropriate.
# The child is assigned all the chores while the babysitter chats on the phone, watches TV or otherwise refuses to help.
# The babysitter puts the child in a situation that is obviously dangerous, unhealthy, or frightening, such as locking them in the basement.
# When the child gets in trouble, is at risk of serious injury, or asks for help, the babysitter ignores them.
# The babysitter uses the parents' home to throw a party or conduct criminal activities. If the babysitter uses the ''children'' to commit a crime, they might be TheFagin.
# The babysitter deliberately [[KickTheDog makes the child miserable]] out of angst, revenge, etc., or ForTheEvulz.

To meet the requirements for this trope, all of the following must be true:
# A character is hired or otherwise entrusted with a child.
# They end up doing more harm than good.
# [[KarmaHoudini They get away with it repeatedly.]]

[[SocialServicesDoesNotExist With no support from adults]], the child is usually forced to take unilateral action to either foil or prank the babysitter. When the parents return, either the BabysitterFromHell has already left or blames anything the parents find amiss on the child. Since the parents usually don't believe the child, the threat that they will be back remains.

This is a villain type where on the SlidingScaleOfAntagonistVileness the BabysitterFromHell can range from CompleteMonster, to a JerkassWoobie with a DarkAndTroubledPast of their own, and AlternateCharacterInterpretation may allow some to be regarded as both.

The inversion of this trope is BadlyBatteredBabysitter. If you have a case where this trope is subverted, check BadlyBatteredBabysitter to see if it goes there first.

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!!Examples:

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* The Graphic Novel ''Blankets'' details this. Greg mentions that he imagined people who were mean to him eating their own excrement as revenge for the things they did. The picture shows his SadistTeacher, his schoolyard bullies, and the babysitter, whose eyes are never shown. It's never stated explicitly what he did... but the [[AdultFear novel gives enough hints to show that he sexually abused Greg and his brother]].

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* In Webcomic/KillLaKillAU, we get this Rei the drunk secretary, whose natural idea of babysitting Mako, Ryuuko, Mui,and Satsuki (the oldest of which is five and the youngest being two, along with the middle being three) involved sending them on a beer run when she runs out of booze, along with implications that she is rarely sober. Needless to say, Ragyo and Soichiro were none too pleased, Ragyo even hitting her with a baseball bat.

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[[folder: Film: Live Action ]]

%%* ''The Babysitter'' (1980).
* ''Film/TheHandThatRocksTheCradle'' features a psycho nanny.
%%* Nanny (Creator/BetteDavis) in ''The Nanny''.
* In ''Theatre/{{Annie}}'', the musical, orphanage manager Miss Hannigan.
* The elderly Mrs. Sturak from ''Film/DontTellMomTheBabysittersDead'' wasted no time establishing herself as one of these. It's no wonder the kids didn't exactly mourn her passing.

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[[folder: Film: Western Animation ]]

* Elizabeth[=/=]Zee from ''MonsterHouse''.
* In ''Disney/TheRescuers'', Madame Medusa and Mr. Snoops need Penny to help them retrieve a diamond at the bottom of a cave too small for an adult to fit into. The cave is prone to flooding whenever the tide comes in, but Medusa in particular doesn't care as long as Penny gets the diamond. Oh, and they actually kidnapped her from an orphanage for this.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* The unnamed babysitter for Georgia and Shaun in ''[[{{Newsflesh}} Feed]]''. [[spoiler: She decides that Georgia doesn't really ''need'' her sunglasses and tosses them out into the backyard, making the twins search for them. Important detail: this is after the ZombieApocalypse and zombies are still shambling around everywhere. Fortunately for them, the same ocular medical condition that ''did'' make the sunglasses necessary allowed Georgia to see an incoming zombie in time for Shaun to deal with the threat. A decade later, he still thinks that's the best gift she's ever given him.]]
* ''TheBerenstainBears'' may have an example of this in "The Sitter." There's also a subversion where Mama and Papa Bear go on a vacation and leave the kids with their grandparents. They think they're in for a hell of boredom, but the grandparents turn out to be great fun.
* In ''On Writing'', StephenKing relates a story from his childhood: a babysitter named Buelah (or maybe Eulah)--who liked to sit on his head and fart--fed Little Stevie most of a dozen eggs, then locked him in a closet while she fell asleep. His mother was unimpressed, especially since he threw up in her good shoes.
* Neil Gaiman's ''Literature/TheOceanAtTheEndOfTheLane'' has Ursula Monkton, a babysitter [[spoiler:who is actually a low-level EldritchAbomination. She compels the protagonist's father to abuse him and have an affair with her, and has even worse things planned if he keeps disobeying.]]
* Miss Andrew from the ''Literature/MaryPoppins'' series is so conceited and verbally abusive, Mr. Banks refers to her as, "a Holy Terror!"

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* Mild instance in ''Series/FlashForward2009'', with the babysitter making out with her guy while the child in her care is upstairs asleep, right before the blackout.
* ''Series/EverybodyHatesChris'' has the "Everybody Hates The Babysitter" episode in which the babysitter won't stay in the house.
* A bloodcurdling example occurs on ''[[Series/{{CSI}} CSI: Crime Scene Investigation]]'' when the team finds a little boy's corpse in a garbage bag. They discover that the little boy was one of three brothers staying with a prostitute who happened to be their mother's cousin. The prostitute locked all three of them in the basement of the shed in her backyard, and when one of them died she simply got one of her johns to put the body into a garbage bag and hide it in someone else's trash. The hooker claims that her cousin simply dumped the boys on her without leaving any money to pay for feeding them. Brass later discovers that the boys' mother did in fact give her hooker cousin $300...and as Brass put it "that skanky bitch went out and bought a new TV!" The [=CSI=] team eventually find the two surviving boys in the basement of the hooker's shed, and they're both close to death. Brass quite bluntly threatens the prostitute with the warning that, if either of them dies, he's going to do everything in his power to make sure she gets the death penalty.
** This is also Nick's backstory - he was molested by his babysitter as a boy.
* Played with in an episode of ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'', when Malcolm is hired to babysit at a wealthy household. He later finds a secret panel in the wall with a nanny cam and videotapes of him doing minor things like taking too much food. He decides to teach the family a little lesson by making it look like he's going to put their expensive fish in a blender, and instead gives a lecture on trust before disabling the camera.

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[[folder: Music ]]

* In the song "Bad Babysitter" by Princess Superstar, the [[http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/princesssuperstar/badbabysitter.html lyrics]] are from the point of view of the VillainProtagonist.
* Inverted in Barry Louis Polisar's "When The House Is Dark And Quiet". Not a BadlyBatteredBabysitter case, as the kids don't run away or actually ''hurt'' their temporary caregivers: they just hassle them and drive them up the wall until they quit.
* [[{{Queen}} ""Left alone with big fat Fanny / She was such a naughty nanny . . ."]]

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[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]

* Calvin of ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' ''thinks'' his babysitter, Rosalyn, is this, but from her viewpoint, she's fending off becoming a BadlyBatteredBabysitter. [[spoiler:Then in her last appearance, a game of {{Calvinball}} brings them together, averting both tropes.]]
* In the original ''ComicStrip/LittleOrphanAnnie'' comic, the original orphanage manager, Miss Asthma, and her partner in crime, Mrs. Bottle, make Miss Hannigan seem saintly in comparison.
* ''TheFarSide'' has a strip in which the parents come home and find [[spoiler:that the witch they hired cooked and ate not one, but both children.]]
* Rat proved himself to be the absolute ''worst'' babysitter imaginable in the ''ComicStrip/BabyBlues''[=-=]''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'' crossover strip: Here's a rundown of what happened, he agrees to doing everything Wanda and Darryl ask of him, and as soon as they leave, [[DrinkingOnDuty prepares to waste himself with shots of Tequila (and started wearing a beer hat)]]. He then has Zoe and Hammie go out to a package and liquor store to get more bottles of tequila (note: Zoe and Hammie, are incredulously too young to drive, never mind below the age limit of purchasing alcohol, so he's risking their being potentially arrested and doing time at a Juvenile correction facility for driving below the age limit, underage purchasing of alcohol, ''and'' possession of alcohol while driving just to get himself drunk yet again, at the very least). Predictably, it goes as badly as possible, with Hammie apparently wrecking their parent's minivan, which also caused a gas station to explode, and apparently they accidentially ran over Jeremy from Zits, and his reaction was horror that their liquor run was delayed. Likewise, he left Wren unsupervised while he went to watch a movie, which nearly got Wren eaten by the crocodiles (only reason they didn't eat her is because she turned the tables on them and actually bludgeoned them to death [[BatterUp with a plastic bat]]). Honestly, at least [[TheFairlyOddparents Vicky]] expressed some concern when Timmy disappeared under her charge.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/TheAdventuresOfWillyBeamish'': One of the evening events has Willy and his younger sister are the victim of a vampire babysitter. The rest of the evening involves avoiding her.

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* Syphile from ''{{Drowtales}}'' in the first chapter manages to hit points 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 ''and'' 9, with 9 being a particularly brutal version of [[KillTheCutie Kill The Kitty]] in front of Ariel. It's little wonder that when asked what her greatest desire is, the 10 year old Ariel's response is "Kill Syphile."
* Von Pinn from ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' is actually a ''monster'' assigned to take care of the children, then students, in Castle Wulfenbach. Oh, and she'd like to kill Agatha. But you know what? Gil and Tarvek call her the closest thing to a mother they ever had, and the later revelation that she's [[spoiler:Otilia, the Muse of Protection, who was transferred into her fleshy body by [[BigBad Lucrezia]], which had the effect of driving her insane]].

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* [[http://www.keepersoflists.org/index.php?ldate=2003-07-29;dir=next Top 53 Signs That Your Babysitter Is Evil]]

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* Vicky from ''TheFairlyOddparents''. She currently provides the page image with her ''tamest'' appearance in the show (she's normally either chasing Timmy with power tools or using him as a footrest, among a thousand other tortures).
** A more "literal" case, is one episode where Timmy in an act of revenge read her diary and sabotaged her love life. Since Vicky was too upset to babysit, Timmy's parents hired a replacement. "THE FREAKING GRIM REAPER!!"
----> Grim Reaper: Give me the boy!!
----> Timmy: I have to get Vicky back!

* There's a ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' cartoon in which the cat and mouse are on the same side, [[BadlyBatteredBabysitter protecting the baby from getting into danger]], but every time the teen girl hired as the actual babysitter pauses on the phone it's to beat them up for bothering the baby they just put back into the crib. In this case the babysitter is neglectful but not mean not the baby, with Tom and Jerry being the target.
* The first season of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' had the Babysitter Bandit, a criminal who tried to rob the place. Bart, Lisa and Maggie manage to defeat her and flee to a pay phone, [[spoiler:but Homer and Marge get home before the police arrive, untied her and let her leave. Homer even carried the bags of loot she'd stolen from them to her car]].
* ''AmericanDragonJakeLong'''s {{Muggle Best Friend}}s Spud and Trixie aren't such good babysitters for Jake's sister Haley -- but she is a dragon too. A rare case of IdiotHero BabysitterFromHell.
* A robot babysitter (voiced by Sarah Silverman) looks after Meatwad in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce.'' It's soon revealed she is psychotic and abusive.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': Stan's sister occasionally works as a babysitter, and she's terrible.
* ''TheAmazingSpiez!'' episode "Operation Spy-Sitter". The kids' parents hire a babysitter named Melinda to look after them. Melinda appears to be perfect, having just the skills to help each of them. She turns out to be a he - an enemy spy named Mel who's been kidnapping WOOHP spies, and now wants the kids.
* In ''WesternAnimation/KickButtowski'': Kick is chasing his sister Brianna, who has taken his trike.
-->'''Kick:''' You know you're not supposed to go out alone!
-->'''Brianna:''' ''Brad's'' watching me.
-->[cut to Brad lying on the sofa, picking his nose and watching TV. The TV announces Tankini Lumberjacks, and Brad cheers].
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' inexplicably features Dee Dee babysitting Mandark, in spite of the fact that they both appear to be about the same age. Dee Dee repeatedly denigrates Mandark by calling him by his real name, teases him for playing with 'dollies,' bathes him, and dresses him for bed- all the while, "Susie" grimaces in embarrassment. Ultimately, Mandark writes the experience off as a positive because his mother left instructions for him to [[AnywhereButTheirLips receive a goodnight kiss before bed]].
* WesternAnimation/CaptainFlamingo has Meghan: a lazy teenager who just can't seem to get off the phone. She takes almost no notice of Milo and his friends' antics, and if she does notice, it's not really that big a deal. How does she react:
--> '''Meghan:''' You can (insert activity here) when I'm done on the phone!
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' has Numbuh Two's mom hires ''Cree'', of all people, to babysit him and Tommy, who turns out to be only one of many babysitters plotting to dispose of their charges. [[spoiler:It turns out to be AllJustADream, but when Numbuh Two wakes up, his actual babysitter is at the door, [[OrWasItADream and the episode ends there]].]]
* Elmyra Duff from ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' is an unintentional example of this in the short, "Drooley Davey" (part of "The Wide World of Elmyra"). While she means no harm towards Davey, she is clearly too young and stupid to be a proper babysitter. Davey's parents are completely oblivious to their son being scared by Elmyra's presence and pass it off as him being excited to see her. At one point in the cartoon, Elmyra tries feeding him extremely hot milk. When Elmyra volunteers to babysit him again the following night, Davey packs his bags, says "I Quit" to his parents in a [[Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit Baby Herman]]-esque voice, and runs away.
* In JohnnyTest, twin geniuses Susan and Mary are head over heels in love with their dumbass next door neighbour Gil. But he never notices they exist despite they've been neighbours for seven years. So one episode he starts a babysitting service, in which to get close to him, the two turn themselves into babies. In which his babysitting routine includes "Bouncing on a pull out sofa" "Watching horror movies" and "Feeding them chili" (Not to mention he has no idea how to change a diaper) their brother Johnny calls him out on each one, and questions why he even started a babysitting business.

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