->'''Grelod the Kind:''' I will hear no more talk of adoptions! None of you riff-raff is getting adopted. Ever! Nobody needs you, nobody wants you. That, my darlings, is why you're here. Why you will always be here, until the day you come of age and get thrown into that wide, horrible world. Now, what do you all say?\\
'''Orphans:''' ''[unenthusiastically]'' We love you, Grelod. Thank you for your kindness.\\
'''Grelod the Kind:''' That's better. Now scurry off, my little guttersnipes.
-->-- ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim''

[[ParentalAbandonment Losing your parents]] is no fun. Depending on your circumstances (and the relative benevolence of your creator), you may end up with some clueless but good-natured MuggleFosterParents, or you could be RaisedByWolves. If you're ''really'' unlucky, though -- or if you need an appropriately tragic backstory -- you'll end up in an Orphanage of Fear.

No one cares for you a smidge when you're living in an Orphanage of Fear. You will usually presided over by gaunt, dour women--often [[NunsAreSpooky spooky nuns]]--with nasty sneers. Your chores are long, gruelling and mandatory; toys and other amusements are strictly forbidden. You can expect to be spanked, smacked, and otherwise "punished" frequently; no matter what you do, you can't please the lady in charge. The food is usually unidentifiable, mushy, and foul-smelling if it's solid at all; you may have nothing to eat but thin, probably cold vegetable broth. You will be in bed by 8 and up by 5, and you will never, ever, ''ever'' be allowed to have ''any'' fun. Your only hope of escaping is either to get adopted, find your real parents (after all, they're probably [[HesJustHiding only hiding]]), or simply run away. Or [[WhereIWasBornAndRazed kill everyone/destroy the place]].

The opposite of an Orphanage of Fear is the OrphanageOfLove -- a place where you will be cuddled, given plenty of toys, read to before bed, and have all your boo-boos kissed, even if you never get adopted. Although you will rarely find the series' KidHero thrust into one of these -- right off the bat, anyway -- a good way to make a character seem kind or loving is to put them in charge of an OrphanageOfLove.

Orphanages have been largely phased out in the western world, but they are still in use in parts of Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Asia, and parts of North America have them if there are no foster homes. Compare BoardingSchoolOfHorrors. Sadly, both institutions are still TruthInTelevision. Read up on conditions in Victorian orphanages some time; current group homes are not always significantly better. Modern orphanages are usually in disrepair. Also compare DepartmentOfChildDisservices.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis'', [[AllThereInTheManual the Hurricane Live videos and other extra material]] reveal this to be Priss's background, and the source of her rebellious nature.
* Kinderheim 511, from ''Manga/{{Monster}}.'' It was a heartless and abusive attempt to breed the perfect soldier, through severe physical and psychological abuse and neglect. It meets its end when [[spoiler: almost every single person kills themselves in a massive fight, instigated by none other than Johan]]. The children would do nice things for each other, in a desperate attempt to be remembered. ''[[MindRape Because they were starting to forget who they were.]]''
* One of the stories of the ''Manga/GhostInTheShell'' manga has Section 9 tackling one of these. It's used for manual labor because the water filters that the kids make are deemed more important than their human rights. It turns out to be [[spoiler:a government brainwashing facility that got out of hand, punishing those who try to escape with "ghost-back" or "ghost-out" -- cyber-brainwash or death]].
* Seto Kaiba from ''Anime/YuGiOh'' claims to have been in one of these. His brother Mokuba didn't seem to mind so much (but then again, ''he'' [[PromotionToParent had a parent]]).
** In the [[Manga/YuGiOh manga]], Mokuba definitely seems to have minded--and who knows what Seto managed to keep his little brother from knowing?
* Lucy/Nyuu[[spoiler: /Kaede]] from ''Manga/ElfenLied'' grew up in one of these. It wouldn't have been so bad except for [[KidsAreCruel the torment Lucy was subjected to by the other orphans]] for being different. She would eventually [[spoiler:[[BewareTheNiceOnes snap out and murder a room full of the little hellions]] after [[MoralEventHorizon they beat a dog she had started caring for to death right in front of her and made her watch]]]].
* ActionGirl Mylene from the anime ''Manga/ZeroZeroNineOne'' (a HotterAndSexier spin-off from ''Manga/{{Cyborg 009}}'') was placed into a teenage girls' version of this, after her parents died trying to escape the [[BerlinWall "Eastern Bloc"]]. Ah, sweet freedom.
* CreepyTwins Hansel and Gretel from ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' grew up in a Romanian version of this trope. This would have been bad enough for them, but after the Romanian government was overthrown and the orphanages were shut down, where they went next was [[HarmfulToMinors far]], [[SnuffFilm FAR]] worse.
* [[TheDragon Legato Bluesummers]] of ''Manga/TriGun'' has a manga backstory that implies this was a stage of his life, though he could have been in a lot of circumstances before being made a [[SexSlave catamite]].
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya'': All the future Saints had to deal with this at the Kido Fundation. They're taken away from normal orphanages by force (the one where Seiya was pretty much kidnapped from is a downright OrphanageOfLove, in example), [[TrainingFromHell forced to train all day long]], are beaten by Tatsumi if they step out of line, seen as mere objects and playthings for pre-CharacterDevelopment![[AlphaBitch Saori]] and the place has electric fences, dogs and security guards. Afterwards, they are sent to Training Grounds where 90% of them died at.
* Though it varies by personal Fanon, ''Anime/{{Death Note}}'''s Wammy's House can qualify - the place is basically set up to produce the ultimate TykeBomb, after all, which is bound to be an unpleasant process. ''LightNovel/{{Another Note}}'' tells us that [[DrivenToSuicide it doesn't work out so well for all of the kids]] L, Near, Matt, and Mello all seem pretty content with their upbringing, and L's absolute trust toward Watari would imply that Wammy's is something of an OrphanageOfLove; however, all four of them have their [[AmbiguousDisorder not]]-[[LackOfEmpathy so]]-[[HotBlooded normal]] traits. Then we get the ones like [[DeathByOriginStory A]] and [[SerialKiller Beyond]] [[IJustWantToBeYou Birthday]]...
* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' features one in the back story of Amon Kotarou, who was raised in a Catholic Orphanage. On the surface, it was an OrphanageOfLove run by a kind-hearted Russian Priest that loved Amon like his own son. But in truth, Donato Poropora was actually a sadistic Ghoul that enjoyed feasting on [[ChildEater children]], and used the excuse that they had been adopted to cover up their deaths. It was also implied that he was secretly [[TheSecretOfLongPorkPies feeding]] his victims to the other children, for his own amusement.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Cletus Kasady, the ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' villain better known as ComicBook/{{Carnage}} was dumped in one of these after he killed his father for killing his mother (or was it the other way around?). [[WhereIWasBornAndRazed He didn't take it very well]]. According to his own narrative in one comic, Kasady's father was sent to jail (and possibly executed) for murdering his mother, who was trying to kill Kasady. Of course, he testified ''against'' his dad to seal his fate, and the reason mummy wanted to kill him was because he was testing power tools on her poodle. The poor kid was then sent to live with his grandmother, whom he pushed down the stairs. Something suggests the orphanage was not exactly to blame. (Then again, he's an UnreliableNarrator.)
* From the ''ComicBook/NewGods'', Apokolips' Happiness Home, run by Granny Goodness. In ''spades.''
** Scott Free (Mister Miracle) grew up in (and broke out of) one of these in his first great act of escape art.
** The B. O. Goodley Orphanage, Granny Goodness's Metropolis base in ''Guardians of Metropolis''. According to the Newsboy Legion, it was an Orphanage of Fear ''before'' the forces of Apokalips got hold of it.
*** It was; it appears in one [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] Newsboys story.
* Mis Pritchard's orphanage in a ''[[Franchise/TheFlash Max Mercury]]'' story set in 1910s New York. Mrs P hates children, but gets money from the city to raise them. She ''also'' gets a cut from child-hating toymaker Archimedes Schott, for supplying him with cheap labour. And then she takes the kids' wages as well. When Schott tells her he's going to burn down his factory, because Max has pressurised him into giving the kids more rights, she decides to send them to work that day anyway. (And yes, Archimedes looks a lot like his presumed descendent, Winslow.)
* ''The Orphanage'' by Carlos Gimenez is a comic detailing the author's childhood in a Spanish orphanage during the civil war. In between the fascist and child-hating teachers and their abusive indoctrination, the sadistic and child-hating caretakers, the half-blind and child-hating doctor and the constant lack of food and water, it's pretty much the epitome of the trope.
* The Creator/ECComics story "Halloween" is set in one of these: though the direct childcare person is desperately trying to turn it into an OrphanageOfLove, the management tells her there simply isn't enough money for decent food, clothing, lights...and certainly not a jack-o-lantern! [[spoiler: Naturally the manager is revealed as having kept two-thirds of the orphanage's income for his own personal benefit...and then [[DecapitationPresentation the children get their jack-o-lantern]].]]
* The State Home for Foundlings in Nebraska that Comicbook/{{Cyclops}} ended up living in for a large point in his childhood. We don't know for certain how many of the other orphans actually existed, but we do know that his roommate was the mental projection of the man running the place who had an unhealthy obsession with him. The children were experimented on, had their memories wiped, and had mental suggestions placed in their brains, which is implied to be the reason why any real children bullied young Scott mercilessly. The director actually stopped several attempts to get children adopted and wiped the minds of teachers who suggested it (he is implied to have outright murdered a couple who wanted to adopt Scott) and the other adults were just as bad as the children.

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* Starting [[http://barnabas930.livejournal.com/18849.html in this chapter]], barnabus930's Dawn-centric ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' fic "American Girls" invokes a special (read:[[TheDarkSide Black Magic Powered]]) breed of Orphanage of Fear in Radclif's Home for Wayward Youths.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' fanfiction tends to use this, since if no one cared about Naruto, he would have had to have gone to an orphanage due to being an orphan. It's not known whether there was an actual Orphanage of Fear in the series, but [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer given the status of Jinchuuriki]], it doesn't seem at all unlikely. Not to mention, he was living ''by himself'' at the age of like twelve at the beginning of the series--it certainly seems to imply there was a place he couldn't get away from fast enough.
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' fanfiction tended to paint Mamoru's childhood home as one of these, at least in the early days. At least [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1155391/1/As_God_Is_My_Witness_I_Thought_Turkeys_Could_Fly one fanfiction]] {{lampshade|Hanging}}d this assumption by stating that Mamoru actually had it pretty good in the orphanage what with charity and donations, so he doesn't get why all the girls think he had a terrible childhood there.
* Within the fandom for ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', many fanfiction writers take advantage of the fact that Scootaloo of the Cutie Mark Crusaders, who accompanies the younger sisters of two other characters has no [[InvisibleParents visible family]] to portray her as an orphan. As such, Scootaloo is frequently depicted as either living in one of these or having run away to Ponyville in order to avoid living in one. This, combined with stories about Scootaloo having abusive parents have resulted in the creation of an entire subgenre within the fandom dubbed "Scootabuse". In contrast, many "Scootalove" stories have Rainbow Dash adopting Scootaloo.
* The WebComic/{{Homestuck}} fanfiction [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/514097/chapters/906972?view_adult=true He Has A Name]] has Dave grow up in a particularly nasty example. Not only are the staff oppressive and dickish, but the children there are also being used as prostitutes. In Dave's case, this means that while staying there he was raped ''every night of his life from the age of about six'' and ended up a CuteMute from the trauma.
* In ''Fanfic/TheWitchOfTheEverfree'', Sunset analogizes her orphanage's ''social'' food chain to the Everfree Forest's ''physical'' food chain.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/WakkosWish'', Yakko, Wakko, and Dot lived in one of these for a time.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe'', Margo, Edith and Agnes live in one of these. If they don't make their quota selling cookies they are banished to the "box of shame".

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/{{Sparrows}}'', starring Mary Pickford, is about a horrific "baby farm" in which unwanted children are fed barely enough to keep them alive while being used as slave labor.
* The Spanish horror movie ''El orfanato'' ("Film/TheOrphanage"). The movie is actually about a woman returning to an orphanage years after she grew up there. Although according to her, she was actually happy at the orphanage, and all the kids saw each other as one big happy family. Until they got on [[spoiler: Benigna]]'s bad side, that is.
* Despite the best intentions of the staff the orphanage in ''Film/TheDevilsBackbone'' is an Orphanage of Fear thanks to the Spanish civil war, dwindling resources, and a ghost, but mostly the return of a now adult orphan.
* In the film ''Courage Mountain'', the main character and her friends are sent to an Orphanage of Fear when their boarding school is closed down because of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.
* The Catholic orphanage in ''The Boys of St. Vincent'' and ''The Boys of St. Vincent -- 15 Years Later'' definitely fits the bill.
** Then there's the Catholic girls' "asylum" in ''Film/TheMagdaleneSisters'', made all the scarier in that it's based on RealLife institutions.
* The orphanage in ''Film/SlumdogMillionaire'' definitely qualifies. The seemingly kind owner [[spoiler: drugs and blinds a boy so he'll earn more money busking]].
* ''Annie'', both the [[{{Film/Annie1982}} 1982]] and [[{{Film/Annie1999}} 1999]] versions.
* While not technically an orphanage, the juvenile detention facility House of Refuge from ''Film/{{Newsies}}'' qualifies; the corrupt warden bribes judges to condemn orphans to imprisonment there so he can pocket the money the government gives him to take care of them.
* The Rainbow Room orphanage from ''Franchise/{{RoboCop}}'' is a good example. The director of the orphanage is more concerned with making commercials to earn money than taking care of the kids.
* From ''Film/OurMothersHouse'': ''It's a place with bars on the windows. Big iron bars and you can't get out. And you're not allowed outside except when they say. And they whip you. They whip you with whips. And they never give you enough to eat. And you wear sackcloth and sleep on bare boards. And they put the girls in one place, and the boys in another. And you're not allowed to talk or they'll whip you!''
* The ironically named "House of Happy Children" seen in a flashback in the Korean film ''Film/HanselAndGretel2007'' is especially horrific -- the girls are raped and the boys are starved and beaten, sometimes to death.

* Lt. Richard Literature/{{Sharpe}} from Bernard Cromwell's ''Sharpe'' series grew up in this as a child. In the second book, it is written that despite ''twenty years and a battle regiment'', Sharpe still has PTSD when he returns and faces the orphanage master. If that weren't enough, the children are served gruel. [[spoiler: Of course, he savagely murders said orphanage master... right in front of a little orphaned girl no less before proceeding to the main plot, so I guess the second book brutally explores this trope front, back, and sideways.]]
* In the Franchise/{{American Girl|sCollection}} ''Samantha'' stories, Samantha's friend Nelly gets sent to one of these. Of course, she breaks out and is [[HappilyAdopted adopted by Sam's extraordinarily wealthy family]].
** It's made even ''worse'' in the TV adaptation, in which the matron finds out that Nelly and her sisters escaped with Samantha and promptly steals money that was donated for the orphans and plans to pin the theft on the girls. Fortunately, Samantha's aunt and uncle don't believe a word of it.
* OlderThanRadio: ''Literature/OliverTwist'' starts out in one of these. Technically it's a workhouse- a homeless shelter where the inhabitants did grueling physical labor to pay for their extremely basic accommodation (though in reality they were more like work camps for the crime of being broke and desperate); these would encompass a section for children (some of whom would actually have one or both parents living in the men's or women's wards respectively.)
* ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables''. Slight subversion: Anne mentions that the staff meant well, and she wasn't abused, but it was a cold and dreary place where no one was loved. For Anne, though, the orphanage was often the better option than living with some of the many families she grew up with. Not only was she only "adopted" to take care of other people's children, but often these families didn't have enough to feed and clothe themselves (let alone Anne), and a few of the fathers were implied to be mean drunks.
* The protagonists in ''Literature/TheWolvesOfWilloughbyChase'' by Joan Aiken get sent to one of these by their evil governess and her henchman.
* In the ''Literature/MollyMoon'' series, Molly begins her life in one of these. However, at the end of the first book, it becomes an OrphanageOfLove.
* In the ''Literature/{{Spellsinger}}'' books, one city orphanage is considered a great place with well behaved kids. Jon-Tom discovers it is [[spoiler:an Orphanage of Fear with every child required to be "perfect". The food is great and healthy, however any misbehavior is whipped and all kids have their sexual organs (castration, etc) removed because sex isn't "perfect"]].
* Creator/PhilipPullman's ''Literature/SpringHeeledJack'' includes the trio of orphaned protagonists escaping from one of these. The ones who run it pursue them relentlessly, because they don't get paid unless the orphanage is full to capacity.
* Pullman likes this trope -- the Bolvangar installation in ''[[Literature/HisDarkMaterials The Golden Compass]]'' is an especially nasty variation. Seems exactly like, if not an OrphanageOfLove, a fairly middle-of-the-road boarding school (except for being situated in the middle of the Arctic); functions as a ''laboratory facility''.
* The protagonist of the Creator/VCAndrews novel ''Child of Darkness'' begins the story in one of these.
* The Working House for Young Women, from the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' book ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'', was one of these (and implied to be run by a PedophilePriest), with three characters having escaped from it, all of them pretty damaged. One lives on a hair trigger, one became a pyromaniac, and one thinks that the Duchess, the deified ruler of their country, talks to her. [[spoiler: As it turns out she does, and eventually reveals her presence. The first two, though, become bank robbers, and come back and burn the place down near the end.]]
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Played with. [[BigBad Voldemort]] grew up in a {{Muggle|s}} orphanage that Harry thinks is "grim," but the overworked staff is clearly taking care of the kids' needs as best they can. The worst thing about it is actually Voldemort (then called Tom) himself, an EnfantTerrible who uses his undeveloped magic to traumatize his peers, even if the staff can never figure out how he does it.
** Played with in the third book. Aunt Marge declares that Harry should be grateful to the Dursleys for taking him as he would have gone straight to an orphanage if he'd been [[DoorstopBaby dumped on her doorstop]]. Harry's unspoken retort is that he'd rather live in an orphanage than with the Dursleys.
* ''Literature/TheKiteRunner'' had one of these, though it was more the fault of the setting (Taliban-occupied Afghanistan) than any malevolence on the part of the owners.
* Every living arrangement by the orphans in ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' works out to be an Orphanage of Fear. Although a few of those cases only turns that way because Count Olaf shows up.
* While the children of Creator/JohnCWright's ''[[Literature/ChroniclesOfChaos Orphans of Chaos]]'' are not actively maltreated, they are certainly kept in the dark about their origins, and apparently kept captive past the age of majority. [[spoiler: They also learn that their keepers have used LaserGuidedAmnesia and {{Restraining Bolt}}s on them.]]
* ''Peppermints in the Parlor'', ''Sparrows in the Scullery'', ''Twin in the Tower'', and anything else Barbara Brooks Wallace ever wrote. She has one of the worst habits of self-plagiarism around, and that's neglecting the obvious influence from Frances Hodgson Burnett's ''A Little Princess'' (which is only an Orphanage Of Fear for the main character and the chimneysweep, being a fairly standard stodgy boarding school for everyone who can pay the bills).
* ''They Cage The Animals At Night'', which is supposedly ''[[TruthInTelevision AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY]]'', puts the protagonist in one of these. It is run by nuns- some of them are nice, while others are...not. Apparently, the punishment for bed-wetting is '''[[MoralEventHorizon stripping the child naked and telling the rest of the orphans about it]]''' And whipping them the whole time. While they're naked and unprotected, mind you.
* The Sunlight Home from [[Creator/StephenKing The Talisman]] probably qualifies, with boys who don't love Jesus enough being beaten, locked in a tiny shed or even killed. Inspired the Ash song "Jack Names The Planets".
* In Jean Webster's ''Literature/DaddyLongLegs'', Jerusha "Judy" Abbot grows up in a borderline example of the trope, John Grier House. The employers weren't directly abusive and the kids had what they basically needed thanks to the sponsors, but it was ''still'' far from an OrphanageOfLove and there was a lot of emotional/intellectual neglect of them. She's still smart and lucky enough to have one of the well-meaning sponsors, the titular DDL ([[spoiler: aka Jervis Pendleton, local BunnyEarsLawyer and TheCasanova]]), send her to a local college. [[spoiler: They meet in person, fall in love and get married]].
** The sequel to ''Literature/DaddyLongLegs'', ''Dear Enemy'', has Judy's school friend [[FieryRedhead Sallie]] [[{{Tsundere}} McBride]] struggling to turn John Grier House into a proper OrphanageOfLove, under Judy's explicit request. She manages to do it with the help of the orphanage's doctor, [[DrJerk Dr.]] [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Robin]] [[TragicHero McRae]]. [[SlapSlapKiss Whom Sallie falls]] [[BelligerentSexualTension in love with]].
* In ''The Declaration'' by Gemma Malley, Surpluses, or children born to people taking the immortality drug, are put in these. They are often told they do not deserve to exist and have futures as servants. The main character, Anna, escapes with the help of a boy named Peter. They are allowed to stay out of the group home because [[spoiler: both Anna's parents died, and Peter's father died, and the only way to get out of the homes is if one person in your family dies. That way, you're not adding more people to the world]].
* The Clarissa Frayne Institute for Parentally Challenged Boys in ''Literature/TheSupernaturalist'' qualifies. The institute gets the money for the boys' maintenance by making them test all kinds of products.
* This trope is not as common in Creator/RoaldDahl's books as one might think, but Sophie from ''Literature/TheBFG'' used to live in one of these. And the treatment that [[Literature/JamesAndTheGiantPeach James Henry Trotter]] gets from his aunts is pretty much equal to it.
* The children's home in the second half of "[[Literature/TheLastDragon The Last Elf]]" is pretty much this- no food, horrible 'caretakers' and so on. The children are told all day long about how their parents were selfish, horrible people and they deserved to die. Robi doesn't quite believe it.
* St. Aegolius' Academy for Orphaned Owls in the ''Literature/GuardiansOfGaHoole'' series is a pretty good example; stealing hundreds of eggs and owlets and going on to indoctrinate them through brainwashing techniques, completely erasing their sense of self, fiercely punishing any who ask any questions, forcing them to do labor such as picking through pellets and organizing what is found in them, and so on... Also, one of the owls in charge [[spoiler:''eats owl eggs''.]]
* ''Brotherhood of the Rose'' by David Morrell. Although the protagonists aren't mistreated in their government-run orphanage, all the children are indoctrinated to become patriotic CannonFodder for the US military.
* In Allison Croggon's ''Literature/BooksOfPellinor'' series, the main character's younger brother (and the main character of book three) Hem grew up in a terrible orphanage in a corrupt and rotting town. It came complete with dismal living spaces, horribly abusive adults, murderously petty and emotionally scared children, all capped off with the disturbingly common instances of death by starvation or murder- because of the fierceness of the other children.
* ''Thursday's Child'', by Noel Streatfeild. St. Luke's Orphanage is run by "Matron" who steals from the children to enrich herself, and is physically abusive. After she leaves, it becomes an Orphanage of Love, due to the influence of Lady Corkberry.
* ''Faraway Dream'', by Jane Flory. Seafarers Safe Harbor for Orphans is run by Mrs. Dempey, who is physically abusive and lazy.
* The "boarding school" to which Charlotte Sophia is sent first in Creator/EdwardGorey's ''The Hapless Child''.
* The "Barbary Asylum for Female Orphans" in ''A Drowned Maiden's Hair'' by Laura Amy Schlitz.
* "Thrift House", run by the corrupt and abusive Mrs. Spindletrap in ''The Silver Spoon of Solomon Snow'', by Kaye Umansky.
* In "Literature/JackBlank and the Imagine Nation" the orphanage that the titular character comes from is called "St. Barnaby's Home for the Hopeless, Abandoned, Forgotten, and Lost." In fact, at one point, the headmaster attempts to change the title from "Home" to "Ward" simply because "home" sounds too pleasant.
* PlayedForLaughs in one of the ''Literature/WelkinWeasels'' books, when Scirf scares his captors with made-up stories of his terrible childhood.
* In ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', Katniss says that if it was ever discovered that their mother was depressed and couldn't take care of them, she and her sister Prim would be sent to the community home. The kids who live there always look sad, and Katniss was afraid it would crush Prim's spirit, so she began providing for the family herself to cover up her mother's illness.
* As Simon aptly describes it in ''Literature/TheWitchWatch'', Ravenstead Acadeny takes in orphans and ''teaches them to fear Lord Mordaunt.''
* In Creator/GeneStrattonPorter's ''Literature/{{Freckles}}'', Freckles grew up in one of the not actively cruel ones. Still --
-->''"Were they kind to you?" [=McLean=] regretted the question the minute it was asked.\\
"I don't know," answered Freckles. The reply sounded so hopeless, even to his own ears, that he hastened to qualify it by adding: "You see, it's like this, sir. Kindnesses that people are paid to lay off in job lots and that belong equally to several hundred others, ain't going to be soaking into any one fellow so much." . . . ."When I was too old for the training they gave to the little children, they sent me to the closest ward school as long as the law would let them; but I was never like any of the other children, and they all knew it. I'd to go and come like a prisoner, and be working around the Home early and late for me board and clothes. I always wanted to learn mighty bad, but I was glad when that was over. "
* In Creator/GeneStrattonPorter's ''Michael O'Halloran'', Mickey's mother had raised him to be able to look after himself because otherwise he would be taken to the home. When he meets Peaches after her granny died, other boarders are talking of how the girl will be taken to the home, and she's terrified.
* The [=McGreavy=]ís Home for Wayward Girls in the book ''Literature/WonderShow'', where Portia is sent.
* In Benjamin Black's (a.k.a. John Banville's) novels about pathologist Quirke, set in mid-twentieth century Ireland, Quirke spent his childhood in Carricklea, a horribly abusive orphanage run by the Christian Brothers. TruthInTelevision, unfortunately, as the novels are responding to recent revelations about what such orphanages could be like.
* Creator/AnaisNin describes one of these in her novella ''Children of the Albatross'', part of ''Cities of the Interior''. Djuna, a beautiful young woman with "enormous fairytale eyes", tells the story of how she grew up in one of these grim places. "The Watchman" was supposed to keep the girls within walls at night, but would let them out for a few hours in return for sexual favors.
* Subverted in ''Literature/TheReckonersTrilogy''. Most orphanages in Newcago are factories, where the children are forced to work dangerous jobs in exchange for meager food rations. David is quick to point out that in a CrapsackWorld, it could be ''much worse''--if someone is willing to look after kids and pay them for work, they're practically a saint. His own matron even saves up their money until they turn 18, and then gives them 25% of it every year for four years, by which point they hopefully understand how to spend it responsibly. Plus, they get goodies from the factories.
-->'''Abraham:''' How is a ''grenade'' a goody?\\
'''David:''' ''[genuinely confused]'' How is a grenade ''not'' a goody?
* In Creator/LJagiLamplighter's ''[[Literature/RachelGriffin The Raven, the Elf, and Rachel]]'', Siggy's warnings about what adults do to you show that while he doesn't complain about it, he grew up in one.
* ''Literature/EscapeToWitchMountain'' by Alexander Key The place Tony and Tia were sent to after Grandma Malone died was more reformatory than the Disney Orphanage in the movie. They are sent there because of the various minor offences they had committed out of innocence. Tia had a habit of opening locked doors to save animals she hear crying out for help for example. Tony can not make her understand why that is wrong, and since she is mute the adults think she defiant. This continues as Tia opens the locked library at the reformatory.
* In Sam Gayton's ''Lilliput'', Finn was an orphan at one of these, ironically called "The House of Safekeeping". The clocks there were designed to run quickly during the orphans' free time, and slowly during their work time. Christmas Day was forty minutes long there.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* On an episode of ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'', a wealthy man embroiled in a custody dispute is found murdered in his home. It eventually comes out that he was killed by his adopted sons, over whom he was engaged in a custody dispute: they had been raised in an Eastern European Orphanage of Fear, and their mother had tried to turn them against him by telling them that he would send them back if he got custody.
* Not orphanages per se, but the group homes for unplaced foster children on ''Series/TheWire'' are complete hellholes. Said to be the source of Laetitia's anger, and later shown to be where [[spoiler: Randy]]'s youthful innocence goes to die.
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Day of the Moon" featured one of these, with {{Mind Rape}}d single occupant, and "GET OUT NOW" [[RoomFullOfCrazy scrawled all over the walls]] for extra goodness. [[spoiler:Oh, and it's full of sleeping Silents on the ceiling.]] Made even worse later when you realize the little girl living there was [[spoiler:young Melody Pond/River Song.]]
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': Granny Goodness gets another mention for her orphanage in "Abandoned", St. Louise's Orphanage. The place is made of pure horror, as scared young girls are psychologically abused (and it's heavily implied if not outright stated that they are beaten as well) and forcibly re-programmed into sadistic soldiers-in-training to pave the way for Darkseid's coming invasion of the Earth, sometimes by being blood-thirsty assassins, but sometimes by becoming [[TheMole sleeper agents]] and penetrating the Earth's upper institutions to secretly spy on them and destabilize them for Darkseid, the revelation of which ends up being ParanoiaFuel among the good guys in-universe. What makes it even scarier is the possibility that St. Louise's used to be a regular orphanage until Granny Goodness showed up one day and [[TyrantTakesTheHelm took over.]] When [[spoiler: Tess]] rediscovers the place--which is where she grew up--a whole montage of very disturbing repressed memories play out on-screen. What makes the place even more disturbing is that Granny Goodness is very much a BitchInSheepsClothing, and FauxAffablyEvil to boot. She forcibly (and, by all accounts, ''painfully'') erases the memories of the girls in her care so that they have no memory of their ParentalAbandonment. And if she is forced to let one of her girls leave the orphanage, as is what happened in [[spoiler: Tess]]'s case, she also erases their memory of the orphanage completely. The entire first few years of [[spoiler: Tess's]] life were ''completely eradicated'', only popping back up as nightmares after Granny wanted her back ''twenty-five years later.''
* In ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'', a mother who is completely paranoid raised her children to believe that they would go to a Orphanage Of Fear where they would be raped and murdered if they were ever taken away from her. Her son is then convinced that they were going there so she has him kill his brother and then commit suicide, but for him the gun jammed.
* On ''Series/OnceUponATime'', Emma [[spoiler: and Pinocchio]] end up in one of these when they're transported from the fairy tale world to the real world.
* In ''Series/BarneyMiller'', Jilly Pappalardo has similar feelings about the [[https://www.omh.ny.gov/omhweb/facilities/nyccc/facility.htm New York City Children's Centers]]. "I'm not going back to Children's Center. I hate it, I don't want to live there, you get pushed around and the food ''stinks!''" Sgt. Fish's reply: "If I can take it, you can take it."
* In the first episode of ''Series/YGwyll'', "Devil's Bridge," the murder victim, Helen Jenkins, ran one of these. The Pontarfynach Children's Home also took in juvenile delinquents as a sort of "last resort" effort. The "fear" part of this trope is downplayed, but terrifying things that took place there included removing the children's teeth without anaesthesia, locking them in the "hard room" when they misbehaved, and [[spoiler:holding secret burials for the dead infants of one of the teens]].
* In the back-story for ''Series/StreetJustice'', shortly after losing his parents and getting separated from Marine veteran Adam in Vietnam, Grady grew up in one of these, whose caretaker frequently beat on him. Grady ran away from there eventually...but unfortunately he wound up in prison, where he would spend a significant portion of time before eventually making his way to the United States.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/LittleOrphanAnnie'': Annie started out in one of these. In the comic strip, the orphanage director was named Miss Asthma, not Miss Hannigan as in the musical and subsequent film adaptations.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' gives us the orphanage run by the Dowager of the Irreverent Vulgate in Unrent Veils. Just how bad can you make an orphanage? Well, if it's run by one of the [[OmnicidalManiac Deathlords]]... and ''she's'' the one who made them orphans in the first place... ''and'' she's basically using it as a [[WeHaveReserves backup plan]] in case her [[CreepyChild favored Deathknight]] gets killed in the field... pretty damn bad.
** Not to mention that the previous orphans in the orphanage were the parents of the current ones, and the toys the orphans play with are made out of their parents' souls. It's not very nice in general.
*** Oh, and another thing? She started this after the Great Contagion...which is to say, ''several centuries before the first Deathknights''. Before then? [[ForTheEvulz She was just entertaining herself.]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'''s Schola Progenium is a system of orphanages run by the [[ChurchMilitant Ecclesiarchy]] which train orphans to fill various offices in the Imperial military, especially [[ThePoliticalOfficer Commissars]] and [[AmazonBrigade Sisters of Battle]]. Harsh discipline and brutal training methods are commonplace, and deaths, while meant to be avoided, are expected and not uncommon.

* ''Theatre/{{Annie}}'' is definitely one of the most famous examples of this, perhaps surpassed only by ''Literature/OliverTwist''. One of the musical's most famous songs, "It's the Hard Knock Life", is all about this trope.

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* Halloween Horror Nights 2010 features a house called The Orfanage, which is a prequel to the popular Screamhouse series revolving around the Caretaker, Albert Caine. The Orfanage features his daughter, fan favorite ex-icon Cindy, before her adoption in an orphanage where she and the other students were tortured until Cindy's latent pyrokinetic powers allowed her to free the children and burn down the orphanage. The house has you going through the burnt-down remains of the orphanage, facing the (ghosts of?) children and Cindy, with a spectacular scene involving fire roaring next to the window you walk by.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The Shalebridge Cradle from ''VideoGame/{{Thief}}: Deadly Shadows''. The Cradle started out as a dedicated orphanage. Then when financial problems struck, it was sold to people who turned it into an asylum for the criminally insane. Out of the goodness of their hearts, the doctors allowed the orphans to remain there. So to clarify, The Cradle was an Orphanage of Fear and a BedlamHouse ''simultaneously''. Then it burned down with both children and lunatics inside. Then the building [[GeniusLoci developed sentience]] and imprisoned the souls of the children and inmates inside itself so it could play with them... For all eternity.
* The ''Franchise/SilentHill'' cult ran one of these, where they brainwashed the children into new members. One of the areas you go to in ''VideoGame/SilentHill4'' is subtly implied to be part of it -- a mysterious cylindrical outbuilding alluded to in earlier games, then again here in case you forgot.
* ''VideoGame/RuleOfRose''. Gods. It's ''far, far worse'' than even the one in ''Film/TheOrphanage''. Originally its evil was pretty banal. [[spoiler:Then came Wendy, and brought in a good helping of imaginative cruelty.]]
* ''VideoGame/BattleArenaToshinden 3'' makes mention of the Organization's brands of orphanages setup all across the world. Their function? A shelter for children and youths, and a holding place for their blood required black occult magic rituals at night. FridgeHorror abound.
* ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'' has Jack's orphanage. Jack was creepy ''before'' he got his hands on the Emigre Manuscript. Now he sees the kids as ingredients. Unfortunately for him, one of the kids sent to it is a friend of Halley's, and Halley gets Yuri and allies involved... If you visit the orphanage after the story events, you learn it's now run by a woman who plans to make it an OrphanageOfLove.
* ''VideoGame/{{Painkiller}}'' features the ultimate Orphanage Of Fear, full of undead psychopathic children, a butcher with no feet and sad children in sacks who explode.
* The orphanage in the Elven Alienage in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''. It's an example because it was overrun by demons that massacred everyone inside, leaving nothing but insane ghosts.
** Oh no, it's much worse than that. The people in the orphanage were massacred during ThePurge ordered by Arl Howe. The demons and ghosts only arrived ''after'' the horrific bloodshed and lingering feelings of pain and rage tore a hole in the Veil.
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', Honorhall Orphanage in Riften is run by a terrible old woman called Grelod the Kind. She constantly gives speeches to the kids about how worthless they are and that they wont be adopted, ever. The kids themselves tell you that beatings are frequent and snooping around the building reveals that there is a cell with shackles on the wall. The kind normally seen in prisons. Grelod also starves the children by giving them only ''one'' meal a day in the afternoon. ''She even keeps them from being adopted'' -- she's that much of a power-hungry ControlFreak. It's so bad, that one of the kids escaped and tried to recruit [[MurderInc The Dark Brotherhood]] to kill Grelod. [[spoiler:You can pretend to be from the Brotherhood and kill Grelod yourself. The children will ''cheer'' and praise the Dark Brotherhood. Needless to say, the Dark Brotherhood is not happy about this. It is the only character in the game that you can murder in plain sight and not be bothered by guards afterwards as your Riften bounty will not increase for it. She is disliked that much by everyone.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'' there is the Little Sister Orphanage, which is really a front for little girls to be used in science experiments.
* ''VideoGame/ArcTheLad 2'' gives us the White House: unlike most exemples of this trope, the kids are not openly mistreated by uncaring or sadistic by the people in charge (in fact, [[spoiler: one of its former managers, Vilmer is shown to be a descent, loving grandfather]]), but when the employees are pretty much on [[EldritchAbomination Cthulhu's]] payroll, you know that the facility hides very dark, horrific secrets, and oh boy does it not disappoint: the orphans (which were forcingly taken from their family at best, [[spoiler: witnesses of their families slaughter and people's genocide at worst]]) are kept complient by [[spoiler: being forced to take "control medecines" suspicously similar to rape drugs which pretty much end up wiping their memories -the protagonist had amnesia for the better part of a decade thanks to them-]], until they are dissected (chairs equipped with huge rotating saws are found in the basement)... if they are lucky: if they are unlucky, the paid-by-the-local-Cthulhu scientists overseeing the orphanage will use [[spoiler: a mix of [[{{Magitek}} genetic engineering and dark magics]] which will turn the kids into sentient monsters whose free-will will then be overridden by powerful mind-control devices]].
* The Orphanage in the ''VideoGame/TheSims 2'', which is for both orphans and children removed by social workers, appears to be this: it seems to be like Literature/OliverTwist... or worse.
* The Edgewood Home for Lost Children in ''VideoGame/OurDarkerPurpose'' fits here. The enigmatic teachers are noted to be pleasant enough, but the administrators are capricious, and the entire place is an EldritchLocation where the architecture shifts and inanimate objects spring to hostile life. Once the teachers disappear and [[KidsAreCruel the children go feral]], things get even worse.
* In ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankIntoTheNexus'', the orphanage the Progs were at seems to have been unpleasant at best; Vendra's holo-diaries mention that she and Neftin don't have any friends and the adults don't care that they're being bullied. On the inside, the nature of how the orphanage was run becomes noticeable. There are small metal baskets lying around and robotic claws are going along the ceiling, some still holding some of the baskets. Said claws follow a path that goes through some showers before ending at a conveyor belt which leads into the basement. The basement turns out to have been the windowless sleeping room for the children, with three giant hamster drinking stations.
* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', [[spoiler: Miyoko Tanishi]] aka the BigBad [[spoiler:Miyo Takano]] spent some time in an extreme version of this, as part of her StartOfDarkness. It's heavily implied that the kids are tortured and raped on a regular basis by the bitter ex-military staff. Ironically, this version does not use boney, scary looking nuns of any sort, but instead uses tall, bulky, powerful, huge men who barely even hide their love of putting the children through hell. In the anime, when [[spoiler:Miyoko]] is [[spoiler:caught and given to the guard whose finger she had bitten]], it is heavily implied that he will either rape her or beat her to death, or both! [[spoiler:However, she is saved when Takano arrives to adopt her before the guard can truly lay a hand on her.]] In the manga, [[spoiler: [[ForcedToWatch she is shown the tortures all her teammates had gone through]] (one was even eaten to death by chickens),]] before she undergoes her actual punishment. Here, the guard [[spoiler:defecates into a toilet in front of her before shoving her head in, telling her to clean his crap with her mouth. He then proceeds to rape her, while keeping a sadistic and luscious grin on his face.]] She is later given to [[spoiler:Takano]], AFTER the disgusting punishment -- and according to [[spoiler:Miyo (then known as Miyoko)]] she didn't even get to shower or anything afterwards. Yeah, the manga really doesn't go easy on us.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony'' plays this for black comedy. Young Rainbow Dash grew up in a lot of abusive orphanages (and with a lot of equally-abusive foster families). As she explains in "Shameless Self Reference":
-->'''Rainbow Dash:''' Anyway, this is the seventh orphanage I got kicked out of. I think it was my third longest-running orphanage. [...] Aw, coming back here, so many good memories. I mean, there's a lot more ''bad'' memories, but there's a few good memories, too.

[[folder: WebOriginal]]
* Pinkie Pie from ''WebVideo/FriendshipIsWitchcraft'' lived in at least an emotionally abusive one as a filly. It left her with deep insecurities about being Romani and being an [[FantasticRacism Earth Pony]].

* A number of the main characters of WebComic/{{Dreamkeepers}} live in an orphanage run by Grunn, an angry shark who hates kids [[spoiler: and is probably only doing it as a cover.]]
* In ''Webcomic/WhenSheWasBad'', Gail Swanson grew up in an orphanage where "catching the biggest cockroaches was considered a fun past-time". She ran away from it when she was eleven years old.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', Leela grew up in Cookieville, a minimum-security orphanarium. With a warden. Who used to tell her, daily, that she's worthless and no one will ever love her. And there are bars on the windows. By her own account, the best day ever of her entire life was Double Soup Tuesday at the orphanarium.
** Although she is shown laughing about it all later, with the very same warden, and looks on this time of her life with some fondness.
--> '''Leela''': Just like old times. Gosh. The bars on the windows seemed so much thicker back then. Mr. Vogel? Remember me?
--> '''Warden''': Leela! You're worthless and no-one will ever love you!
--> ''(They laugh and hug)''
--> '''Leela''': You used to say that all the time!
--> '''Warden''': Oh, those were happier days.
** Also, there was an episode where Warden Vogel tried to take the kids ice-skating in Central Park, and seemed genuinely saddened when he was forced to cancel the field trip.
* The opening credits of ''WesternAnimation/TheReplacements'' imply that Riley and Todd used to live in one of these.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad'', Otto lived in an orphanage ran by a cruel nun who used the children that were in her care for cheap labor and kept them well underfed and is shown to be able to willingly physically harm children with a whip.
* The ChristmasSpecial ''WesternAnimation/TheChristmasTree'' is set in one these, where the lady in charge gambles away the orphanage's money on a regular basis. It's so bad, the children latch onto a huge pine tree for emotional comfort.
* A young girl named Olivia and her best friends the Chipettes from ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' grew together in one of these in Australia, managed by the evil Mrs. Grudge. When Olivia is lucky enough to be adopted, Grudge kidnaps and locks the Chipettes away so she won't be able to take them with her, intending to make money off the three little chipmunk girls. They barely manage to escape and then hide in a ship sailing to the USA...
* In ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad,'' Francine used to live in an orphanage before her Chinese parents adopted her. In that orphanage, any time she tried to use her left hand (being naturally left-handed) the nuns would smack her with a fish.
** Which is a reference to a now rarer practice of forcing people to be right handed that was once common in Catholic schools, and also happened in some secular schools.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheMarvelousMisadventuresOfFlapjack'', Flapjack gets sent to one in "Oh, You Animal". Well the caretaker was actually a good person and just wanted to protect, even adopt Flapjack. But what made it horrifying was the fact that the other orphaned boys were actually grown men disguising as little boys so they could have free meals and a roof over their head, and Flapjack being the only real kid in the place they bully him mercilessly.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' episode "Mom and Dad Have a Great Big Fight", Arthur and D.W. fear their parents may be getting a divorce and worry that they will be abandoned. Cue ''Literature/OliverTwist''[=-inspired=] ImagineSpot.
-->'''Arthur:''' We have to avoid going to an orphanage at all costs, especially one set in the 1800's.
* The orphanage in Tigress's story in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda: Secrets of the Furious Five'' qualifies. They feared her and she was left alone and ashamed, but with some help by Master Shifu, Tigress managed to learn to control herself and turned the place into an OrphanageOfLove.
* WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle: Sherman comes from one, before being adopted by Mr. Peabody.