Abusive Parents: Visual Novels

  • Ace Attorney:
    • Pearl Fey's mother, Morgan Fey, screwed up the little girl horribly. To make a long story short, she essentially tried to use Pearl as a receptacle for the spirit of Morgan's other daughter, a sociopath named Dahlia, who was supposed to kill Morgan's niece Maya as a way of catering to a childish, spiteful sibling rivalry. Standard procedure for the Fey clan.
    • And now in Miles Edgeworth Investigations 2 we have Sebastian's father Blaise who throws down the mental abuse on him. Now it's subverted at first in which Sebastian is unaffected by the words because he's used to it, but then later double subverted when his father outright tells him that everything he worked for from his grades to his awards was because his father had made personal connections to allow his son to make it to the top. By default he seems to really get along well with his son, always teasing him in a manner that is clearly affectionate and sometimes even making comments that lead Edgeworth to think he is a doting dad. Once Sebastian messes up with his plans, however, he is willing to call him every name to get him to follow his orders. This repressive attitude towards his son, combined with how he has been deceiving him (about his real grades and his fatherís crimes) for the entirety of his life makes Blaise not so conventionally "abusive", but more accurately he's being too controlling in a way that he does not take Sebastian's real well-being into consideration.
    • Miles Edgeworth's adopted father, Manfred von Karma. The extent of his psychological abuse towards Miles is implied rather than stated, but seeing as he manages to turn Miles into the opposite of who his father was, some must have been involved. If that's not enough, letting Miles believe throughout his whole life that he had killed his biological father, and seeing him suffer from nightmares for fifteen years while actually being the culprit, has to count. He wasn't much better to his biological children, either; his daughter Franziska came out as an egomaniac Amoral Attorney, though she's gotten better since.
  • Matsuri, Aoba and Jun's parents in Family Project. Jun's are probably the worst. Her father molested her and her sister since they were small children for years until a neighbor noticed and they got taken away. Their mother? Envious. So she starved them for days on end and then would feed them horrible things. Like flat out poison to Jun, which nearly killed her and prevents her from eating anything but snack bars and drinks.
  • Fate/stay night:
    • Zouken Matou's treatment of his adopted granddaughter Sakura. While Zouken subjects her "only" to Training from Hell and the Matou crest worms, her stepbrother Shinji rapes her repeatedly. The twisted part is that Zouken's treatment of Sakura is a sign of favoritism because it's meant to nurture her magical potential. The only reason he doesn't subject Shinji to it is because the latter lacks that potential and thus isn't worth the effort — and Shinji is painfully aware of this. Hence his treatment of Sakura (not that it justifies it in any way whatsoever).
    • Sakura's adoptive uncle Kariya Matou was a victim of the same sort of Training from Hell via the crest worms, partially because Zouken liked to watch him suffer.
  • Higurashi: When They Cry:
    • While really more of an Abusive Uncle, Teppei Hojo definitely fits this trope. He beats Satoko and forces her to do chores for him, threatening to burn down her beloved brother's room if she doesn't comply. It's revealed later on that he's also a pimp, and is engaged in a fraud scheme with one of his working girls (Rina Mamiya) to scam half a million yen out of Rena's father. Teppei's fate changes in each of the three arcs he appears in, and none of them are pretty. He is murdered by Keiichi in Tatarigoroshi-hen; murdered by Rena in Tsumihoroboshi-hen; murdered by Rena, Keiichi, and Shion (all together) in Tsukiotoshi-hen; and arrested by Child Services in Minagoroshi-hen.
    • Though she is rarely mentioned, Satoko's aunt behaved in a similar manner. It didn't end well for her.
    • Also Oryou Sonozaki as an abusive grandmother, especcially to Shion. Planned on strangling her before her first bath, discards her by shipping her off to boarding school, and then decides to torture her just for being being with a boy from a family she hates through ripping her finger nails off. It comes as no surprise that Shion hates her (anything that reminds her of Onryu is a Berserk Button as seen in the cancelled Reality Breaking chapter). When Shion snaps in the Cotton Drifting and Eye Opening chapters, Onryu becomes her first victim. Best Grandmom ever.
  • Kara no Shoujo had Shinji's parents and Yaginuma's father.
  • Jigoro Hakamichi, Shizune and Hideaki's father, of Katawa Shoujo. He not only frequently insults his children, Shizune's friends and the student council, but also has refused to learn sign language to speak with his deaf daughter, and has tried for 12 years to get Shizune to learn how to speak, unwilling to accept that she is unable to do so.
  • No, Thank You!!!: One of the main cases in the game involves finding a little girl's missing mother. It turns out her mom had left her to die. Another case has a young man asking you to find his brother and send him home so that their mother might molest him less. Many of the main characters suffered abuse or neglect at the hands of their parents/parental figures, most notably the protagonist who's forced into a life of murder, torture, rape, et cetera et cetera as a slave... until he's promoted (to doing all that stuff as a lackey) after winning his father's version of The Hunger Games).
  • Umineko: When They Cry:
    • Rosa Ushiromiya has a very troubled relationship with her daughter Maria; when she isn't being extremely protective or overindulging her, she's slapping her across the face and yelling at her.
    • Rosa herself was on the receiving end of this trope along with her older siblings, and their father, Kinzo, makes his disdain of his own children quite clear several times in the series. And although he did genuinely love his illegitimate daughter Beatrice Ushiromiya, he deluded himself into thinking she was her mother and his beloved mistress reincarnated, leading to him raping her and getting her pregnant.
  • Grave from Symphonic Rain who physically abuses his daughter Lise just because her singing reminds him of his wife who left him for a singer.