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Abusive Parents: Web Comics
  • Played for Laughs in this unsettling strip of Basic Instructions.
  • The main character Ava in Avas Demon is implied to have had these by the lines on her arms which are confirmed by word of god to be scars.
  • Oasis' (adoptive) father in Sluggy Freelance uses mind control technology to turn her into his slave and personal assassin, who he plans to use to fulfill various fantasies.
    • To a lesser extent, it's heavily implied that Riff's mom, Dr. Lorna, deeply screwed him up when he was a kid. If she treated him anything like how she treats every other human being on the planet, then it's amazing he's not an even madder scientist than he is now. One confirmed instance is, well... She has a tazer that she uses on people on those occasions when she actually loses an argument. Riff won an argument about him getting a pony back in kindergarten. His memory immediately after that is a haze.
  • Leeza's father, Admiral Blake, in Terinu is implied to have merely been an Absent Parent when she was growing up. Now that she's an adult he's rebounded into a Manipulative Bastard, getting her fired when she thwarted his plans for Teri, sticking her with the boy's guardianship so he could still keep an eye on them both, culminating in arresting her and sending her to prison when she threatened to go public with the news that humanity wiped out Terinu's race.
  • The Order of the Stick: The only way in which Roy's father seems to care at all for either of his children is the extent to which they follow in his footsteps as a wizard. He has nothing but scorn for his eldest son Roy, who elected to take up the family Ancestral Weapon as a Fighter, and favors his spoiled Libby of a daughter instead (and almost never uses the words "crushing disappointment" when talking about her). Oh, and his second son? The fact that he ignored Roy's pleading led to his death.
    • So much so that when Roy dies, he offers his father a bargain: Roy will only cooperate if his father agrees to go away and leave the entire family alone for eternity. For double points, Daddy jumps on the bargain and scoffs that Roy made his price so low.
    Roy Greenhilt: I don't know what's more depressing: That you agreed to that so easily, or that I knew that you would when I proposed it.
    • Haley's father seems to have crippled her ability to interact with others honestly due to the paranoia that came as a result of living as a member of the Thieves' Guild. Ian meant well, but had different, rather family unfriendly values he tried to teach to his daughter. When he finally appears, it seems he still loves Haley very much (although the feeling isn't entirely mutual).
    • Elan's father General Tarquin is something of a subversion. While he's very clearly evil, he also seems to care about his son to at least some genuine extent. Later played straight when we get to see why Nale turned out the way he did. Then Tarquin reveals he's such a control freak he's prepared to murder all of Elan's friends to force him into the protagonist seat. As Elan continues to defy him, he gets so pissed off that he attempts to murder Haley and chop off Elan's hand.
  • In Dreamkeepers, there's 2 variations going on: one is physically abusive (Grunn), the other shuts his daughter in and isolates her from the outside world (Viscount Calah).
  • What Birds Know: Dores' parents are both pretty bad, but her mother is an outright Jerkass who shows absolutely No Sympathy for her daughter. As far as she's concerned, Dores is an utterly worthless waste of space while Ian is her pride and joy. While the other parents are concerned by the girls' prolonged absence, Dores' mother just harps on about how she's going to punish her once she gets back and tries to shoot down everyone else's attempts to put together a search party.
  • In Kagerou, Kano's father was this. Though only a few details have been given, it's been revealed that Kano's father shoved him into a morgue box with a dead body in it, which is likely the cause for a large part of Kano's mental trauma.
  • In Voodoo Walrus, it's been suggested that Creep Knight's father has disowned him and refused to respect his choice to become a writer over being part of the Liechtensteinian royal family. Yet his father regularly sends mercenaries to test his son's mental and physical mettle and attempts to drag him back home.
  • Token Mini-Moe Jacquline from Samurai Princess has some family issues that mix abuse and abandonment.
    • Jacquline's father.
  • Kieri Suizahn from Slightly Damned, is a rather surprising example of this. Even angels can be abusive parents it seems.
  • Veser's father in Hanna Is Not a Boy's Name has been revealed to have beaten him from a young age.
  • Jared's father, and possibly his mother as well beat him throughout his life. All pictures of him as a child show him with bruises and scars all over his face. He ended up as a Self-Made Orphan.
  • Quain'tana from Drowtales has a virtual laundry list of all the horrible things she's done to her children:
    • Syphile: physically beating her, verbally berating her and handing her over as a plaything to Sil'lice.
    • Mel'arnach: Imprisoning her and having her beaten for disobeying, and it's also implied that she had her men rape her in an attempt to conceive an heir. She also took Mel's child, Ariel, to raise as her own daughter.
    • Laelle'aell: No apparent abuse besides being raised The Spartan Way, and she was actually considered the pride of the family until she was possessed by a demon, at which point she was discarded except for use as a mass killing machine.
    • Kel'noz: No apparent abuse, but was witness to all of the above and admits that she's a terrible mother, also seems to be a Manipulative Bastard with his own agenda.
    • Koil'dorath: No apparent abuse, but being and adult and one of the few people capable of having a chance of fighting back when she was adopted probably helped.
    • Ariel: Being taken away from Mel, her mother and handed over to Syphile to raise (unsurprisingly Syphile did a terrible job and gave Ariel much the same treatment she had received) and not seeing her for 10 years, rejecting her as a suitable heir until she killed a boy who had tried to kill her in a Sadistic Choice between him and one of her few allies.
  • Luna Travoria from Dominic Deegan was emotionally abused by her mother in hopes that she would commit suicide while a knight was visiting, ensuring a hefty payout from the government.
  • Marena from Keychain of Creation had a mother with... interesting ideas on parenting. Marena a long list of things to forgive her for.
  • Ryotaro Dojima in the Peachi comics comes off as one, in a type we cannot peg yet... but he's an amusing raging psychopath of a father/uncle
    Hey, no need to be so formal. I've seen you NAKED
  • Kenta Fujiwara in Red String is a domneering force in his son's life, he has called Kazuo useless on more that one occasion, which has let deep scars on Kazuo's pschye. He has also hit Kazuo at least twice. Kazuo has been shown taking some sort of medication in some comics, which are widely believed to be self proscribed anti-depressents and Kazuo uses them to attempt suicide at the end of Chapter 43.
  • Androssi Zahard from Tower of God and her adopted sisters were forced to fight each other by their father on a daily basis to decide which one would become a Princess of Zahard.
    • This is a rather common occurrence in the 10 Great Families.
      • The children of Hendo Lok Bloodmadder must die early because that is the condition he must fulfill to be immortal.
      • Koon's mother drove him to excel and be as ruthless and manipulative as she was. Until he'd had enough and used everything he'd learned to run away from home and steal a lot of expensive items on his way out that is...
  • El Goonish Shive: Damien ended up making himself a sort of twisted father figure to Grace and her brothers, but there is nothing "fatherly" about him at all. He is an abuser pure and simple, able to control his "children" through fear and constantly hitting them whenever they displease him. And like any parent whose children are young enough, he's too powerful for them to do anything about it.
    • Also, he intended to use Grace for breeding so he would have been a sexual abuser as well.
  • Grey is...: Black got severely beaten by someone in his home right up until he graduated from high school and moved away with White. We are not told directly but it is implied that the one abusing him was his dad.
  • Homestuck has a few variations on this theme; the most extreme is probably Vriska Serket's guardian, which forces her to capture hundreds of other children to feed it, but others include Dave's Bro (regularly beats the crap out of him and fills the apartment with creepy puppet porn) and Gamzee's lusus (just never there). It's unclear whether Rose's mom is actually the master of Passive-Aggressive Kombat that Rose makes her out to be or if she's honestly trying to connect with her, but either way she's perpetually drunk and on the negligent side.
    • Later, someone managed to beat Vriska's lusus to the "Worst Parent of the Year" award: Doc Scratch, in caring for Aradia's ancestor the Handmaid. He keeps her locked in a tiny room, and when she gets out of line, he teleports her to outer space.
  • Averted in Rotting Johnny's of Zokusho Comics case. He apparently came from a fairly normal family.
  • In Bridges, Quinn's parents force her to portray a certain image to enhance her dad's political career, and they are insensitive to what she wants.
  • Implied with Cabbage in Cucumber Quest; he certainly is a Jerkass.
  • In No Rest for the Wicked, Claire broadly implies that the parents of a village are this -- their children are lost because they don't deserve to keep them. Under circumstances where this is taken as a confession of serial child killing.
  • Silver's adoptive father in Ball And Chain forced her to compete in to-the-death gladiator matches from a fairly young age.
  • In Last Res0rt: Jason's mother is revealed in this flashback as a rather vicious (and at least physically abusive) Djinn. The fact that Jason has held onto his Mother's jacket so tightly ever since indicates some serious Parental Issues...
  • Penny and Aggie:
    • Charlotte's mother is shown to beat her daughter when she does or seems to do things wrong, and it is very heavily implied that one of Charlotte's parents sexually abused her as a child too.
    • Helen's parents treat her as The Unfavorite in their household and give her a conditional love response when she is unable to complete an age-inappropriate task. No wonder she's turned into an Extreme Doormat.
    • Marshall's mother, Charisma, is usually just neglectful, but she has gone into emotional abuse too on occasion, telling her son to his face that he was put on earth to slow her down. When Aggie's father, Nick told her to look him in the eye and tell him that she wouldn't be happier if both their children didn't exist, she couldn't do it.
  • Jamie's mom in Khaos Komix, who belittles him constantly and on multiple occasions beats him or physically harms him in other ways. She is also so selfish that she values her own reputation over bringing the man who raped her son to justice. At one point someone threatened to call social services on her, though that never went anywhere.
  • PvP gives us Jade's mother. Her first appearance has her cancelling Jade's wedding, being openly emotionally abusive, and generally insulting everyone. When Jade told her she was pregnant, she tried to force her to move back home.
  • Norbert Olsen in The Overture physically and verbally abuses his son, Richard. Later, Norbert abandons his son in the wilderness and threatens to kill him if he returns home.
  • In Modest Medusa, the titular character's mother turns out to have dozens of daughters. So she feels no remorse about eating them alive whenever she feels peckish.
  • Distortion Nuzlocke has Johnny's dad, who's imagined as Giovanni. He outright tries to kill him at one point.


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