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->"''Kids are cruel. All people are, by nature -- they just lose touch with it as they get older. Start thinking they know right and wrong. 'That's immoral!' War crime-this, Code of Conduct-that... Kids you can mold, manipulate into performing all kinds of atrocities -- and there's nothing like a good atrocity to keep a war going.''"
-->-- '''Sundowner''', ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance''

Many {{Big Bad}}s feel the best minions are [[RaisedByOrcs homegrown ones]]. Tykebombs are typically raised from birth (or creation, for SciFi) or early infancy with the idea of serving out of loyalty. This means putting an immense amount of potential power into the hands of a wildly inappropriate user, usually a young child.

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

Notably this trope is derived from real life, as many cultures took to training elite warriors from an early age. Medieval knights were commonly trained from early boyhood by a Knight mentor (the word ''boy'' is even derived from a word for "servant"). Middle Eastern mamluks and Turkish Janissaries were relatively similar, as are certain Asian {{warrior monk}}s. The real life [[TheSpartanWay Spartan Way]] began at age 7, making the trope at least OlderThanFeudalism.

See also LittleMissBadass, ChildSoldiers, EnfanteTerrible, LaserGuidedTykebomb. Can overlap with some types of SuperSoldier, especially those brought up in TheSpartanWay. For someone who's a ''literal'' bomb see WhyAmITicking or ActionBomb. May result in SacrificedBasicSkillForAwesomeTraining, usually empathy. Not to be confused with BabyBoomers. Contrast UpbringingMakesTheHero. WeaponizedOffspring may be a subtrope of this.

For kids who are raised to be scientists, musicians, etc. anything ''other'' than weapons see ChildProdigy - they're usually far happier with their situation (at least in fiction. Real people forced into being wunderkinds often suffer emotional trauma and burn out before they hit thirty).



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* [[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]].
* Hei, Pai, and most of the Contractors we see in ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' were both {{Tyke Bomb}}s and ChildSoldiers in Heaven's War.
* 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.]]
* [[{{Heroes}} Heroic]] example in ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' with Hayate during his early childhood going through TrainingFromHell to be Athena's butler.
* {{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 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.
* Fate Testarossa from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''.
** From season 3, we get a rare example of Tykebombs done ''right''. Jail Scaglietti's Numbers were all grown, turned into cyborgs, and used as assassins by him. But they all appear to have genuine loyalty and affection for him, so apparently he wasn't raising them with the 'horrible abuse' school of tykebomb training. He was also pretty good with mind control, so he might have just programmed them to like him...
** Jail later tries to claim that Fate is NotSoDifferent from himself and her own abusive mother since her adopted children have become soldiers utterly devoted to her. While Fate is unable to properly respond, her children rightly call out Jail on his bullcrap.
* Erstin from ''Anime/MaiOtome'' is a rare example whose loyalty was not abused, and who never changed sides, though she was sorely tempted and it broke her heart.
* 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.)
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Eight members of the secret government organization Cipher Pol #9, were trained from young ages the martial arts known as Rokushiki (Japanese for "six powers"), pushing their bodies to superhuman levels for the purpose of carrying out covert assassinations in the name of the World Government. Most notable of the group is Rob Lucci: so fearful that legends have been made of him from his efficiency, coldness and brutality to the point that it not only was believed he was the least likely of the group to ever be defeated, but can survive a Buster Call, which to put into perspective ''razed an island''.
** Even the protagonist, Monkey D. Luffy and his brother, Portgas D. Ace were technically examples of this trope. At least with Luffy, it was revealed that his inhuman strength, stamina and outright {{Determinator}} status was the result of his grandfather, [[spoiler:Vice-Admiral]] Garp throwing into deep ravines, cliffs and exposing him to high altitudes by ''tying him up to helium balloons'', all for the purpose of making him a strong Marine (likewise with Ace). Ironically, when Garp's back was turned (''for several years'', apparently) they ran off to become powerful pirates which even caught the World Government's attention. Had Lucci known that Luffy was trained by [[spoiler:Vice-Admiral]] Garp, maybe he wouldn't have taken him so lightly, and [[OhCrap then it wouldn't seem such a surprise when he rises from your best attack ready to retaliate]].
** Trafalgar Law [[spoiler: was born in the city of Flevance, which was poisoned by the Amber Lead mined there. The rest of the world mistook the poisoning for a plague and walled the city off, after which war erupted and everyone was killed except Law, who snuck out by ''hiding in piles of dead bodies'' when he was only ten. He then joined the Donquixote Pirates to kill as many people as possible before his disease killed him. He was somewhat defused by Doflamingo's brother Rocinante, but Doflamingo killing Rocinante put Law on the path for a RoaringRampageOfRevenge at age thirteen, and thirteen years later he comes to collect.]]
** Sanji [[spoiler:and his older/younger siblings were genetically enhanced by their father Judge to turn them into {{Super Soldier}}s, able to lead the armies of the Germa 66 to their greatest victories. Sanji and his quadruplet brothers in particular were modified in utero to be born without empathy. Sanji's mother, Sora, tried to reverse this with a genetic drug that only saved Sanji at the cost of herself, which resulted in Sanji failing to make any progress, as he remained a regular human being thanks to the drug. Because of that, he was disowned and abused. His siblings, on the other hand, were stark successes, but only Sanji's sister, Reiju, has enough empathy to comprehend her family's depraved actions, [[TheseHandsHaveKilled and hates herself for it]].]]
** 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.]]
* 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.
* The BigBad from ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' [[spoiler: kidnapped a little human girl and raised her as a Raven, telling her constantly that [[MindRape she was a monster and unworthy of love]]. Kraehe, as he had named her, rebelled by creating her human identity, TheOjou Rue, and eventually found out about her own origins and switched sides completely.]]
* 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.
* In the ''Anime/ReadOrDie'' TV series, Junior, [[spoiler:the son of Nancy Makuhari and I-jun leader Ikkyu Soujun]], was raised up to be a tykebomb by [[spoiler:Joker of the British Library]].
* 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 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.]]
* A rare example from the (nominal) heroes, Omi Tsukiyono from ''Anime/WeissKreuz'' was rescued from abduction as a child by his handler, Persia, only to be raised as an assassin by him with the intention Omi would then be sent to [[spoiler: kill Reiji Takatori, the father who abandoned him, who was also Persia's older brother]]. Unfortunately for Persia, [[spoiler: Omi's paternity turned out to be rather less clear-cut than he'd imagined]] and he turned out to have [[spoiler: trained ''his own child'' to be a conditioned killer]]. And these are the ''good'' guys.
* ''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.
* ''Anime/{{Witchblade}}'' presents the whole [[TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse mildly disguised]] Tykebomb Factory and glimpses of their lives, in several variants up to [[DefusingTheTykeBomb trying to self-defuse]]. This life doesn't prevent possible unrelated awesomeness even for ones far enough from any human norms, but apparently more often than not it sucks to be a Neogene. This may have something to do with the head of this project (and consequently the true purpose) being batshit insane.
* 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.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* 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]].]]
* The Strafenkinder in ''ComicBook/TheBooksOfMagic'', sort of. The Margrave entices young, unhappy boys with lies and gifts, give them a fancy uniform and neat badges. And then send them back to their parents to ''explode''. A few of them can put themselves back together afterwards, but the Margrave doesn't seem too concerned about those who don't.
* 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.
* Kid Amazo from the pages of ''{{JLA}} Classified''.
* [[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/{{Thanos}} from ''Creator/MarvelComics'' and Gamora. Thanos raised a daughter from childhood to have a perfect assassin. As a subversion he did try to otherwise be a decent father to her, though she rebelled anyway.
* Most Sith from ''ComicBook/StarWarsLegacy''. Specifically Darth Talon, who is a [[MsFanservice Tyke Sex Bomb]].
* 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 its 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.
* The Jack O'Lantern featured in ''ComicBook/{{Venom}}'' was kidnapped by Crime-Master when he was a child and trained to become an assassin.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''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.
* ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'':
** When Shinji and Asuka start spending time with Rei, they realize many alarming facts about her which explain her weirdness: she doesn't remember her mother, she was taken in and raised by Gendo, she's no friends or life outside of NERV, she's being forced to take drugs which keep her unemotional and submissive, she's been instructed to be completely and unwaveringly loyal to Commander Ikari, obeying his orders to the letter and without hesitation, she would kill herself if she was ordered to do so... They are so horrified that they help her to cut her puppet strings.
--->'''Rei:''' “I thought you disliked me, because I was a ‘doll’.”\\
'''Asuka:''' “Well… yeah. I did. But it’s a lot harder to blame you for acting that way now that I know you’re drugged like this. That’s why I reacted so strongly… my step-mother tried something like that with pills when I was younger. I know what it’s like. It’s not like I think you would kill yourself or something just because Commander Ikari ordered you to or such.”\\
'''Rei:''' “If I was ordered to do so, I would.”\\
'''Asuka:''' “What?! Are you crazy? Why?”\\
'''Rei:''' “He has raised me for years. He cares for me. If he gave that order, I would trust he had a necessary reason for it… He is all I have.”
** Asuka gets even angrier when she realizes that NERV tried to do the exact same thing to her, raising her since she was three to be a good, obedient little soldier.
* [[spoiler:Gaara]] of ''Fanfic/ChasingTheShadow'' is this to a massive degree, as the [[spoiler:evil spirit living in his head and pretending to be his mother repeatedly berates him if he fails to kill often enough.]] It screws him up pretty badly.
* 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.
* Rei and Asuka in ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfAnElderGod'' were raised by NERV since they were little kids to be the organization’s tools because they were the only ones capable of piloting Evangelions without mutating, going insane or dying. Asuka grew into a relatively normal teenager, but Rei was extremely creepy and unable to lead a normal life.
* ''Fanfic/GhostsOfEvangelion'': NERV raised Asuka since she was four to be cannon fodder in the Angel War. She spends several decades trying to get over it. She still has nightmares about the War in her late forties, and when her daughter asks why, Asuka says “piloting” is the reason.
* In ''Fanfic/LastChildOfKrypton'', Asuka and Rei were indoctrinated by NERV into being ChildSoldiers. Rei had become a creepy, emotionless, obedient puppet, and Asuka lived for piloting an Evangelion after training rigorously for ten years.
* In ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'', Asuka and Rei were raised by NERV to be easily manipulable and disposable pawns. When the story starts out, they're trying to recover and find a new reason for living.
* ''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.
* ''Fanfic/OnceMoreWithFeeling'': When Shinji met both girls again, Rei was Gendo’s emotionless, mindless pawn and Asuka thought piloting Eva was everything she had. NERV had raised them to be an Apocalypse trigger and cannon fodder respectively.
-->Given that her pride in her piloting abilities was, when you got down to it, all that Asuka Langley Sohryu thought she ''had'', Shinji kept his peace. He had seen the nightmare that had happened when her pride was shattered and he had utterly no wish to see ''that'' door open ''ever again''…
* 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.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* 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.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* 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.
* In the beginning of ''Film/TheDeparted'', crime boss Frank Costello carefully grooms the young Colin Sullivan into becoming both staunchly loyal ''and'' respectable enough to become a highly-respected [[TheMole officer in the Massachusetts State Police]]. This was reflective of the [[TruthInTelevision actual events]] involving crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger and old neighborhood acquaintance John "Zip" Connolly, but in RealLife, the age gap between them was considerably smaller, and they didn't really concoct their [[EvilPlan scheme]] until both were into adulthood.
* 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.
* Hit-Girl in the ''Film/KickAss'' superhero movie. [[spoiler:Unlike in the comic, her father's story about her mother's death is true.]]
* 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.
* Inspired by a true story, ''Film/MeganLeavey'' has a scene that takes place on her first day deployed at a checkpoint in Iraq. She tells a young boy her dog's name and is quickly reprimanded for it. She is warned that [[TruthInTelevision insurgents use children]], and if the child knows the dog name it could call the dog to it and attach an explosive.

* 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.
** Harry himself, or at least it's implied Justin's plan was to make him and Elaine this. It's debatable, actually, if a little of the conditioning seeped in. At the very least it impacted Harry's life significantly and gave him major trust issues (doesn't help that those issues are reinforced every other book).
* 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 Frank Herbert's ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'' series:
** In ''Literature/DuneMessiah'', the conspiracy against Emperor Paul Muad'Dib created Hayt to assassinate him. Later in ''Literature/GodEmperorOfDune'', the conspiracy against the God Emperor Leto II created Hwi Noree for the same purpose. Leto himself created gholas of Duncan Idaho for companionship; most of them rebelled against him.
** In ''[[Literature/HeroesOfDune Paul of Dune]]'', Lady Margot and Count Fenring train and educate their daughter for the sole purpose of assassinating Paul Maud'Dib and taking his place.
* 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.
* Sicarius in ''Literature/EmperorsEdge'' has been groomed from birth to work as an assassin for the (now former) emperor, and managed to survive to his early 30s and extreme competence at killing people, but an utter lack of social skills.
* 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.
* The Career Tributes from the districts 1, 2 and 4 in ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' are raised from childhood to become warriors in the annual Hunger Games.
* [[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]].
* Sinfjotli in ''Literature/TheSagaOfTheVolsungs'' is conceived and raised for no other reason than to exact vengeance on King Siggeir.
* 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.]]
* In ''Literature/TheTraitorSonCycle'', the Red Knight was supposed to be one - his mother was raising him from birth to become a champion of the Wild and destroy the King of Alba. Fortunately for everone, the Knight ran away from home before the plan came to fruition.
* 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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* ''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."
* The series ''Series/{{Angel}}'' had Connor kidnapped only a few months after his birth and raised to his late teens in a hostile dimension, taught to become the ultimate opponent against his birth father. Angel spends the end of season three and all of season four trying in vain to defuse him.
* 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.
* Alpha and any other doll in ''{{Series/Dollhouse}}'', in a sense, given that they are implanted with a full set of memories going back to infancy when they are imprinted for engagements, despite having signed their bodies over to the Dollhouse as adults. An Active can thus have a lifetime's worth of training as a thief, assassin, or soldier.
* The Cortexiphan children in ''{{Series/Fringe}}'' were given drugs at extremely, disturbingly early ages in the hopes that [[spoiler: they would develop superpowers to become weapons in a potential war against another universe.]] In most cases, this left them as [[IncrediblyLamePun ticking tyke bombs]].
* 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.]]
* A recent episode of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' had one as the criminal of the day.
** Late Mossad Director Eli David raised a family of them. His illegitimate son Ari Haswari was the BigBad of the first two seasons, and his daughter Ziva was a part of Gibbs' team for the next seven seasons. They were raised from birth to infiltrate Hamas and to be a Mossad assassin, respectively.
* 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]].]]
* Sky from ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' was one of these (a more literal one than most, since she was designed to literally ''blow up'', hopefully eliminating her race's enemies in the process), but decided she liked her Earth friends better than her alien "mother".
* 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.
* Eleven in ''Series/StrangerThings'' was raised by scientists hoping to harness the telekinetic powers she was born with after her mother took part in LSD experiments while pregnant.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', the Deathlord known as the Dowager of the Irreverent Vulgate in Unrent Veils only has one Abyssal Exalt: a young girl called the Shoat of the Mire, who is always a member of the Dusk Caste, the Abyssals' ultimate warriors. Since Abyssals are usually stuck at the age they Exalted at, the Shoat will remain a young girl for the rest of her existence. Should one Shoat die, another will take her place.
** The Dowager is also hinted to be rather careless with the Shoat. Why? Blessed Trope Conjunction Method - OrphanageOfFear meets WeHaveReserves.
* ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' haven't much of this, except local anomalies like...
** [[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).
** Halruaa got Jordain, anti-talents their order raise and train from very young age. With amount of TheMasquerade surprising for such a presumably nice place. When in ''Literature/CounselorsAndKings'' one of them discovered how they are really created and saw what happens to their mothers in process, he mentioned it's good that his wizard dad is anonymous--he'll probably live longer this way. That's not counting some... "little details" (or rather lack thereof) concerning Jordain themselves.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
** The Space Marines are chosen for initiation prior to adolescence. While that is plenty of time for them to be used to other opinions, they train and fight for decades before becoming a versatile Tactical Marine, leaving a likely similar effect. They'll have been experienced killers long before being chosen for initiation anyway.
** Various Imperial Guard regiments get in on the trope as well, such as Cadians teaching their children to field-strip a lasgun before walking, or the planet of Krieg conditioning its people toward a culture of self-sacrifice and conformity (making perfect soldiers for [[WarIsHell embracing warfare at its most hellish]]) from birth in atonement for the planet having a rebellion take place on it centuries ago.
** SubvertedTrope by Catachans - they are not trained to be soldiers at a young age (indeed, Catachans are known for being atypically independent compared to other Guardsmen), they instead just have to actually survive their ludicrously lethal planet before they get recruited into the Imperial Guard at adult age.
** The Primarchs, grown from the Emperor's own genetic material, were meant to be his greatest generals who would aid him in galactic conquest. The Chaos Gods threw a monkey wrench into that plan by scattering them across the galaxy, denying the Emperor the chance to raise them all himself and exposing them to radically different upbringings. The Primarchs' gene-seeds in turn are used to transform ordinary humans into Space Marines.
** Most of the Imperium's special forces and operatives: Commissars, Assassins, Arbites and Sisters of Battle, etc., are the orphaned children of Imperial officials raised in boarding schools called the Schola Progenium. There they are indoctrinated to be fanatically loyal and trained to be the most deadly and merciless enforcers of Imperial will from an early age.
* 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.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''[[VideoGame/AdvancedVariableGeo Advanced V.G.]]'': K-1 and K-2 could pass for a pair of pre-teens[[note]]they look as if they're 12-13 years old[[/note]], but they were clones created by [[ResearchInc Section-9]], under [[BigBad Miranda]] [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Jahana's]] instruction. Each possessed pyrokinesis and lightning kinesis respectively, [[LightningBruiser in addition to genetically enhanced combat capability.]] They were later disposed of [[YouHaveFailedMe for failing to defeat Yuka Takeuchi]], and were subsequently replaced by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhMfp-jADZY the Martial Twins.]]
* 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 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."
** 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.
* The Vanguard bloodline of ''VideoGame/BloodlineChampions'' are stated in the background to be trained after being chosen in childhood.
* Both the [[VideoGame/FableI first]] and [[VideoGame/FableII second]] of the ''VideoGame/{{Fable}}'' games revolved around this trope.
* 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.]]
** Sephiroth's remnant, Kadaj, also qualifies. [[spoiler:After Sephiroth's defeat, he wills this guy (and two others) into existence with the mentality and appearance of a teenager, for the purpose of insinuating Reunion and bringing Ol' Seph back from the Lifestream, and sacrificing his own body in the process. It's unknown how much Kadaj actually knew of what would happen. He was programmed to press for it to happen. He also wanted his mommy, which is [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas kind of hard to explain]].]] Loz and Yazoo also count, but they don't get as much screentime.
** In ''VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus'', the three Tsviets who were born and raised in Deep Ground Weiss, [[SelfMadeOrphan Nero]], and [[AxCrazy Rosso]]) apply.
** ''Videogame/CrisisCore'' introduces Genesis and Angeal, Sephiroth's fellow First-Class Soldiers. [[spoiler:They were created in project "G" by Hojo's rival Hollander. Angeal's mother Gillian was infused with Jenova cells while pregnant with Angeal, and she was later harvested to expose Genesis' mother to Jenova cells while she was pregnant. Sephiroth, Angeal, and Genesis would become the star Soldiers of Shinra.]]
* 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 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.
* Cynder, from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfSpyro'' almost fits this. Her egg was stolen by the Dark Master's forces before her birth and she was raised within his evil influence, given [[PlotRelevantAgeUp seriously souped up powers and an adult form]] and sent out to help the Drk Master take over the world. And she is a total badass. Interestingly, the "Fury" attacks of Spyro (and Cynder in the third game) make them elemental tykebombs.
* 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.
* The main character in ''VideoGame/OverlordII'' started out as a CreepyChild in the little town of Nordberg. The Minions eventually found him and brought him back to the Netherworld. Then Gnarl raised him for 13 years to become the Overlord that they needed. The ''Minions'' being in charge of his early development goes a long way to explaining why the new Overlord is more explicitly evil than [[spoiler: his canonically NobleDemon father, the previous Overlord]].
* 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.
* In a way, Franchise/{{Pokemon}} the player creates through the in-game breeding system. You can breed them to have optimal move-sets via [[LamarckWasRight egg moves]] and then EV train to get their stats right.
** Mewtwo deserves another mention. Its story in the games involves it being the embryo of a pregnant Mew. Mewtwo was tampered and gene-spliced until it turned vicious and was made into a battling machine. It later went berserk and destroyed Dr. Fuji's Pokémon Mansion on Cinnabar Island. It then took shelter in Cerulean Cave (a place both it and Mew seem naturally attracted to).
** ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' reveals that [[spoiler: the leader of Team Plasma, N, is this. It turns out that his father is Ghetsis, his [[TheDragon Dragon]]. He had isolated N and left him with abused Pokemon, causing N to believe that [[WellIntentionedExtremist Pokemon and humans should be separated so humans could no longer harm Pokemon]]. Ghetsis did this so N would summon Reshiram/Zekrom and Ghetsis could [[UnwittingPawn use him]] to [[ItsAllAboutMe take over Unova and be the only one allowed to actually use Pokemon]]. When all this is suddenly revealed to N, who had just moments before failed at the task he had been raised all his life to achieve... is it any wonder he took off for a couple of years, distancing himself from human civilization to find himself?]]
* ''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.
* In ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'', Project "W" was Oswell Spencer's first and grandest attempt to replace humanity with a superior breed. He infected many children with the Progenitor Virus, the original mutagenic virus that spawned all of Umbrella's other horrors, and indoctrinated them with his values. [[spoiler:Albert Wesker was one of the only survivors.]] He didn't take it well when he found out he was essentially manufactured and thus never really had any control over his own life.
* 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.)
* In order to get accepted to a government-backed Shinobi school in ''VideoGame/SenranKagura'', you have to already be training and display a level of natural talent (family connections also help). This implies that [[GreyAndGrayMorality "Good" Shinobi]] routinely train the next generation from toddlerhood.
* ''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.
* A relatively early WhamEpisode of ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' is that [[spoiler: Luke fon Fabre]] is one. Specifically [[spoiler: both the original and the replica; the original due to [[PropheciesAreAlwaysRight the Score]] the proclaims he will give his country great prosperity...at the small cost of him being a ''literal'' bomb to destroy a town and kill himself in the process. The replica comes from hijacking the plan with all the [[AwfulTruth facts]] known about the Score, and the original is taken in by the BigBad in an attempt to make him a personal tykebomb. Both tykebombs are responsible for screwing over all plans, but especially the replica.]]

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Miles Edgeworth in ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' had a happy, normal childhood until he was eight years old and his father was murdered. He was adopted by Manfred von Karma and raised to be a perfect, ruthless prosecutor who would do nearly anything for a guilty verdict [[spoiler: specifically because von Karma hated Edgeworth's father so much that he not only murdered him, but spent fifteen years twisting his son into everything Gregory Edgeworth stood against.]] Why? [[spoiler: [[DisproportionateRetribution Because Gregory Edgeworth made him take a penalty in court.]]]]
* Ilya in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', raised from around the age of eight to take part mercilessly in the Holy Grail War and to hate her father for abandoning her, though in truth he always tried to go back to her and the Einzberns would not allow it. [[spoiler:So now she has mixed feeling of wanting love from Shirou and wanting to dismember him for being her father Kiritsugu's adopted son and seemingly taking her place. Shirou can never truly bring himself to see her as an enemy even oblivious to the circumstances.]]
** Sakura is revealed to be this in Heaven's Feel. [[spoiler:Like Ilya, she was developed to be Matou's own Grail vessel, with TrainingFromHell just as physically and psychologically abusive, but much more demoralizing.]]
* Arcueid Brunestud of ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' was bred to be the strongest (and purest, without the innate desire for blood that plagued the rest of her race) of the True Ancestors, with the intent of having her hunt down their fallen brethren who had become insane blood drinkers, and the Dead Apostle vampires that ''they'' had spawned. In a slight twist on the trope, they had fully intended to give her a proper education and a normal (by True Ancestor standards, anyway) life after she'd finished her job, and had in fact started on doing so when things [[GoneHorriblyWrong got out of control]].

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/CodeNameHunter'' has Prince Matthew Mousira. In Queen Moraine's own words:
-->'''Queen Moraine:''' My grandson is a magical time bomb. No, everything is not fine.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'': Several chimerae were [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2002-03-17 created with this in mind.]] Grace and her brothers were animal shapeshifters created as a gimmick to stand out in an over-saturated assassination market. Due to a number of factors (not least being that the whole project was a stupid idea from the start), the project was terminated. Grace (AKA Shadetail) and her brothers were enslaved by Damien, another chimera who was supposedly the fulfillment of an ancient prophecy, though Dr. Sciuridae points out it's more likely someone tried to intentionally invoke the prophecy with genetic engineering. Grace somehow managed to retain her innocence throughout all this, helped by the fact that Dr. Sciuridae saw her as a granddaughter instead of a test subject. It eventually turned out that the Shadetail portion of the project [[spoiler:was an attempt to create a LaserGuidedTykeBomb to kill Damien. Shadetail was supposed to be genetically engineered from several alien sources and one physically perfect human. Dr. Sciuridae, who had recently lost his daughter in a car accident, swapped out the human sample for one from his own daughter. While everyone thought the project was ruined, Grace eventually ''does'' succeed in killing Damien without an undue amount of difficulty]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', the Handmaid (aka [[spoiler:Aradia Megido]]'s ancestor) was raised from a grub by Doc Scratch in order to be a servant of Lord English. Under English's orders, she sowed chaos throughout Alternian history and became regarded as a demon.
* The Monster in the Dark in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' was raised by the Big Bad since he was very young.
** Subverted, [[spoiler:he's harmless so far.]]
* Bell from the ''Webcomic/PowerpuffGirlsDoujinshi'' is strongly hinted to be one of these. Project Rowdy also seems to be a government project that resurrected the Rowdy Ruffs to serve this very purpose (the Ruff resurrection happened before the canon resurrection by Him, which explains the difference).
* Ninja Blankfaces in ''Webcomic/SamAndFuzzy'' are raised from birth as assassins loyal to the upper echelons of the Ninja Mafia.
* Oasis from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' was raised by Dr. Steve to serve as an assassin and a tool for his plans. He avoided many of the problems by just [[{{brainwashed}} brainwashing]] her somehow, which has also prevented the good guys ''and herself'' from successfully [[DefusingTheTykebomb defusing]] her.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Literature/IlivaisX'' has its example, Iriana, rebel from the very start. Even though she's 17, she was designed to remain in a child-like form forever, adding to the very large lists of complexes she deals with over the course of the story.
* The [[ProudWarriorRace Grand Duchy of Remillia]] from the [[PlayByPostGames RP]] ''Roleplay/OpenBlue'' is a [[FantasyCounterpartCulture pseudo-Dutch]] nation that fields elite soldiers known as Angels.They are abducted from their families to begin training at the age of three.
* In ''WebOriginal/OrionsArm'', ''Homo jihadi'' were a [[WhyAmITicking quite literal]] example.
* ''Literature/{{Phaeton}}'' has Nakira Mite, she was however mind wiped and remembers nothing before her last reprogramming, but the muscle memory is still there. Many of the orphans we haven't seen are iplied to be this too.
* 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.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' had one villain attempting to clone Danny, in the process creating Danielle, an "imperfect" (younger, female) clone who had his powers but risked clone degeneration by using them. She stayed loyal to the villain... until he [[IdiotBall told her to her face]] that he didn't care about her except as a stepping stone to create a perfect clone of Danny. To be fair, [[RightBehindMe he didn't realize she was there]].
* 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.
* The ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "Wild Cards" features a Tykebomb of sorts in the form of [[CreepyChild Ace]], who was raised to be, essentially, [[NightmareFuel as terrifying as possible]]. The Royal Flush Gang in this episode is arguably a mega-Tykebomb. In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' the Gang originated in Cadmus, whose specialty is creating and raising up super-powered opponents ''just in case'' the League starts abusing its power [[spoiler: or, as the case may be, Lex successfully schemes to make it appear as if the League has]]. From their (chronological) introduction in this episode, they go on to become a staple of the WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond RoguesGallery.
** There is also an absolutely [[TearJerker heartbreaking]] case of DefusingTheTykeBomb, StayWithMeUntilIDie and PeacefulInDeath between Batman and Ace shown [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bOJ3uR0s2s here]].
** The season two finale reveals that [[spoiler:[[WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond Terry McGinnis]] is this to Bruce Wyane]].
* ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' character Karai is turned into one of these in the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 2003 cartoon]]. An orphan found and adopted by the Shredder at an early age, he turned her into one of his most loyal and capable lieutenants. The Shredder, surprisingly enough, turns out to be a rather good parent (at least from her account) and the ensuing loyalty she feels to him is at the core of her character arc.
* {{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".
* Superboy in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''. He has Superman's strength and speed but [[UnskilledButStrong lacks the discipline]] to use them properly. He has some anger issues that needs to be worked out and the part where his "father" Superman doesn't [[WellDoneSonGuy even acknowledge him]] makes him more [[IronWoobie upset and frustrated]]. He disrespected Black Canary, believing that he could win any fight based on his power and can be fairly harsh on his teammates. But he is [[CharacterDevelopment learning]], now respects Black Canary (after she made him swallow his words) and is more friendly with the rest of the Young Justice.
* ''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.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[KnightInShiningArmor Knights]] began their training in the age of 7. At the age of 13 they were expected to serve on the battlefield as varlets and servants.
* The Hitler Youth, trained and indoctrinated from around 10 years of age. Attendance was mandatory, and the program produced such extremists as the ones found in Orwell's ''1984'' that reported their own parents for "subversive" behavior. Children found in conquered territories that resembled their Aryan ideal were kidnapped and forced in the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lebensborn Lebensborn,]] who "adopted" said children into Nazi Germany.
* An English king (probably Edward III) is quoted as having said, "To train a longbowman, start with his grandfather."
** Edward III was also a Tykebomb himself, forced to fight for the father he hated at the age of twelve, crowned by rebels at the age of fifteen. When he was eighteen, he dismissed the courtiers who had done this to him with extreme prejudice.
** English archers qualify for this. During the Hundred Years War, each English village had to train its young men in archery. You started at around six or seven. Ten years later, you would have enormous muscles in your upper body (so much so that peoples ''bone structures actually warped''), your own longbow (which only other archers were strong enough to draw), a scary reputation and a leader to fight for.
* Tragic examples: All too many RealLife ChildSoldiers and mercenaries...
** The Khmer Rouge of Cambodia apparently used real-life Tyke Bombs as their enforcers. They made them torture and kill small animals starting at a very young age, and gradually moved them up to dealing out pain to people. By the time they were twelve or so, they could execute a starving peasant as if they were squashing a fly, and obeyed the commands of Khmer Rouge cadres like trained dogs.
** Taken to disturbingly literal ends by various terrorist groups and less moralistic militias, who are often known to use them as [[ActionBomb suicide bombers]] (the Islamists are the most infamous for it today, but the LTTE and some of the less sane Basque and various political undergrounds have been known to use them).
*** The Viet Cong were infamous for this practice in UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar, such that US soldiers were ordered to shoot any kids approaching their positions. Subsequently this was one of the origins of the "Baby Killer" insult.
* During Moor occupation of Spain and Portugal a large number of the sultan's top soldiers were the ''saqalibas'', East European men kidnapped as children during occupations and invasions of their lands and raised as devoted and effective soldiers. They were educated in TheSpartanWay, didn't live in misery, and were destined to important military charges. They became a lobby with whom the pretenders to the throne had better be on good terms.
* And speaking of TheSpartanWay: All male citizens of ancient Sparta were trained as warriors starting at age 7. From then until they reached full adulthood, they lived only with other Spartan warriors and warriors-in-training.
* This goes for the Ottoman Sultan's Janissary corps as well, typically conscripts from Greek or Bulgarian Christian families who were taken during adolescence, circumcised, converted to Islam and given elite combat training. Because the Sultan's mother was invariably a member of the previous Sultan's harem, the Sultan was considered "half slave" and the Janissaries received their pay from him personally.
** Interestingly, since the Sultan wanted to avoid having an aristocratic class that would undermine his power, he picked all his high-ranking officials and governors from these children as well. No wonder that during bad times people were sometimes actively trying to get their children picked.
** Ironically, the Janissaries themselves ended up becoming the aristocratic class they were meant to prevent. After a couple hundred years of kingmaking, finally, one Sultan attempted to stop the decline that the entrenched Janissary elite was perpetuating to protect their privileges. Unfortunately, this was in the 19th century, by which time the Ottoman Empire [[VestigialEmpire had declined greatly]] and become the plaything of their neighbors.
* The [[SecretPolice Securitate]] in Ceaușescu's [[NightmareFuel Romania]] was feared for a reason. A good deal of them hailed from the infamous orphanages of the country that were constantly fed anew due to severe restrictions in reproductive rights ([[BabyFactory Abortion was outlawed and each woman was expected to bear four to five children]]) that were supposed [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything to boost the population]]. They were supposed to essentially become the presidential guard. After [[UsefulNotes/HoleInFlag revolution]] [[TropeCodifier in Romania]] got Ceaușescu couped and eventually executed, the regular Romanian [[HeelFaceTurn armed forces]] still had to cope with fighting exactly these poor souls to whom Ceaușescu's death meant the end of the world as they knew it.
* Some of the more [[CloudCuckoolander out-there]] Republicans suspect that UsefulNotes/BarackObama is this. He's far from the only official accused of this; odds are every public figure has at least one ConspiracyTheorist claiming they were trained from birth to fulfill some nefarious plan.
* An Arab witness describes what could happen when a child was born among the Swedish Rus Vikings:
-->''"When a child is born it is customary for the father to place a blade beside it and say: I shall leave you with no possessions. You have only what you can gain for yourself with this sword."''