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Abusive Parents: Western Animation
  • In The Spectacular Spider-Man, Norman Osborn barely conceals his contempt for his son, Harry. This manifests in snide criticisms about his son's issues, hobbies and successes, and also in blatant, stunningly passive-aggressive displays of Parental Favoritism towards Harry's best friend, Peter Parker, when both boys are present. That is, when Norman isn't dismissing Harry and ignoring him entirely in favor of his job. Harry's mother does this too, not even verbally acknowledging him when he greets her. As a result, Harry has...issues.
  • In King of the Hill, Hank's father Cotton is an abusive jerkass of the highest order, who has considered Hank to be a horrific failure ever since the day he was born (it is said in one episode that this is because, through Cotton's negligence and lack of concern for his wife, Hank was born in New York City instead of Texas). While there are incremental moves towards a better relationship between the two, they always backslide by the end of the episode due to Cotton's aforementioned jerkass nature and Hank's difficulty with and distaste for anything emotional. When Cotton is finally called out on his deathbed, it made for one of the best scenes in the show's 12-year run. Despite this abuse, Hank is one of the most well adjusted characters on the show.
    • You know what Cotton's idea of complimenting his son is? He tells Hank that he's better at being a father because "You made Bobby, all I made was you."
    • A few episodes later we're introduced to Kahn's father-in-law, who has implied that he would have Kahn killed if he could get away with it.
    • Hank's kind of abusive towards Bobby too, he's nowhere near as bad as most of the examples on the page in any way, but his entire relationship with Bobby is an attempt to make him a mini-Hank, and he doesn't allow his son anything he doesn't agree with (fantasy books, clouds on his wall, video games, generally stuff that could make people see him as a nerd or a sissy). In the Grand Finale, he finally accepts his son and shows joy in what he's doing...because he's doing something Hank's been pressuring him to get into probably since he got into propane.
      • Another abusive attribute of Hank Hill is how he constantly contradicts himself when teaching Bobby which might explain the laters Too Dumb to Live mentality. Half the time Hank stresses that Bobby needs to grow up (such as ďLife in the Fast Lane Ė Bobby's SagaĒ) while the other half heís telling him that heís to young to do something (such as not letting him watch wrestling because its rated TV-14). An example of the negative consequences this has on Bobby is the episode Iím with Cupid. Hank and Peggy finally let Bobby stay home by himself only to have Bill of all people check up on him. The next time Hank and Peggy want to go out Hank chastises Bobby for being afraid of being by himself.
      • It is interesting to note that while Bobby may slack off he generally learns his lesson when Hank wants him to grow up. The only time he actually rebels is when Hank tells him heís to young to do something. See Credit Card Plot he also once drank because of the before mentioned tv-14 incident.
      • Hank and Peggy have repeatedly shown that they care more about the family dog then they do about Bobby, for example Hank once told Bobby that the house was more Ladybirds then his. It eventually reached the point where they kicked Bobby out of the house when he became inconvenient to them keeping Ladybird.
    • Bill's father was also said to be abusive (we only ever see him once in a flashback, he's dead in the present). It has been said that he spanked Bill consistently everyday for 8 years, he often humiliated him and made him wear dresses, he also said he was worthless and would never amount to anything. As a result, Bill is not the most stable person, and whenever the subject of his father comes up, he either calls him a bastard or begins to cry.
    Bill: My daddy spanked me every day for eight years and I turned out alright. (beat, voice cracking) Bastard.
    • This is all in contrast to Dale, who's the resident lunatic and is barely capable of running his own life, unknowingly raising a son who's biologically not even his. He manages to be the most loving, devoted, and caring parent on the entire show.
  • Abe Simpson of The Simpsons would waver between being a decent parent that Homer liked and a distant and condescending jerk toward him. Homer himself often does inconsiderate Jerk Ass things, including calling Bart an accident to his face ("But it's cute when I do it.") and putting a cell phone tower in his daughter's room.
    • In one of the episodes where they are telling fairy tale stories, the Hansel and Gretel story has the kids stumble past their older siblings (skeletons of Bart, Lisa, and Maggie), who have long since died of exposure. Gretel remarks "Face it, they're not the best parents."
    • Parodied when an orphan is glad he doesn't have parents because of this trope.
    • Homer took all the money Bart earned as a baby in another episode. Bart sues for emancipation and wins.
      • That same episode also features Bart returning the favor toward Homer by strangling him with his own belt. Many saw that as revenge for all the times Homer strangled Bart for screwing up.
    • Up to Eleven:
    Marge: (suffering from amnesia) You strangle your own child?
    Homer: Yeah, but he's cool with it... (looks at Bart shaking his fist) Right?
    Bart: (wheezing) It hurts when I swallow...
    Homer: Why you little.. (resumes strangling Bart)
    • In The Movie, after Bart loses Ned Flanders' fishing pole, he starts gagging in anticipation of being strangled, then is shocked when Ned doesn't.
    • It's also implied a few times that Homer picked up his strangling habit towards Bart from experiences with his own father.
      • Although, after saying this in "Love Is a Many Strangled Thing", we see younger Homer strangling his father.
    • The episode "Love Is A Many Strangled Thing" almost turns this into a subversion when it's revealed that Homer's strangling Bart has actually been keeping some of Bart's worst tendencies in check. It gets to the point where Bart starts abusing Homer, becomes the school bully and ends up so disgusting the family therapist that he starts trying to choke Bart.
      • However this leads to another trope. Bart only starts acting out like this when his parents give him a legitimate punishment only to say forget it and let him off.
    • Then there's "A Tree Grows In Springfield", in which Homer throws Bart into the lion exhibit' to let him get eaten by the lion.
    • The abuse gets lampshaded on "Behind the Laughter", a parody of VH-1's Behind the Music. In the episode, the Simpsons are an actual family filming the series based on their lives. During a rehersal, Homer legitimately chokes Bart after being angered. The crew start laughing and tell them to Throw It In.
    Homer: And that horrible act of child abuse became our most popular running gag!
    • Depending on the episode, Marge can be a bad parent as Homer if not worse. However while Homer is physically abusive Marge is more emotionally and/or psychologically abusive, or just a neglectful parent. Any time someone does something bad to Bart she will either down play it or take the other persons side.
      • When Burns hit Bart with his car Marge is skeptical about suing him and while Dr. Riviera was exaggerating Bart's condition Burns did hit her child yet she equated it to $5 which was significantly less then Burns joke settlement of $100. At least the $100 barely covered Bart's medical bills
      • When Lisa indirectly disabled Bartís arm preventing him from playing the drums Marge told Bart he had to show empathy for Lisa and convinced him to give up all the money that was going to go to curing him away to her. This becomes Harsher in Hindsight when she later forces him to play an instrument he doesnít like then got made when he halfassed it.
      • When Bart confided into her that Nelson was going to beat him up her response was Yeah right. Despite the fact she has addressed Nelson as her sonís bully and has seen him do it in front of her.
      • When Homer kept taking credit for the Angry Dad movie Marge kept brushing it off by saying that there would be more awards. She even helped Homer Rush to the Oscars so he could do it again.
      • Marge is at her worse is season 24 she repeated says out loud that Bart will never amount to anything but a homeless bum. Admitted she sees her children as Replacement Goldfish in "Adventures in Baby-Getting" and eventually gave them away to perfect strangers.
      • What makes this worse is that when these same people offend Marge she will fight them tooth and nail.
      • "Catch Them If You Can" has Marge essentially saying that she hates being a mother and that she would abandon her kids if she had a chance, while also lying to Bart and Lisa about her whereabouts. In a particularly cruel moment, she and Homer laugh at a couple who want to have kids. Homer has a excuse of being a doofus, but Marge was a selfish jerk, caring about her needs than other people.
      • Other episodes also show some sneaky psychological abuse and emotional blackmail from Marge towards her kids. In "Marge Be Not Proud" when Bart shoplifts, her reaction is to (possibly unintentionally) stop showing him affection and exclude him from family activities - leading him to believe he's lost her love forever. "The Secret War of Lisa Simpson" she sends Lisa a tape that could come across as a calculated attempt to make Lisa feel guilty about not being at home.
      • Another form of psychological abuse is the fact that both Homer and Marge have been shown to treat other peopleís kids significantly better then their own.
      • The sad thing is as The Simpsons is a Crapsack World their really are no good parents. Even Flanders has been shown to shelter his kids to the point of absurdity to the point where every future depiction of them shows them never leaving the house
  • In the G.I. Joe cartoon, Low Light's father not only openly mocked him as a child for his "cowardice", he forced the kid to prove himself by dumping him in a junkyard at night and telling him not to come home until he had killed twenty rats. Even as an adult, this gives Low Light recurring nightmares.
  • Teen Titans: Arguably, the best thing Trigon ever did for his daughter was staying out of her life for as long as he did, and while he never actually lays a finger on her, he is Genre Savvy enough to threaten her friends instead. Thus, Raven's dad convinces her to essentially commit suicide in a ritual that will let him break out of his prison dimension and turn the planet into slag and lava. It works. For a staggering three episodes, even!
  • In Squidbillies, Early Cuyler is commonly abuses Rusty, in ways such as shoving him down a well for media fame, breaking his fingers for being better at playing the guitar than him, and beating him for interrupting a singing mounted fish. Any time he supposedly seems to show care for Rusty is for an ulterior motive such as only worrying about his safety because if he dies the government stops sending him his dependency welfare check.
  • Batman Beyond
    • "Hidden Agenda" featured a student whose mother had unbelievable standards for him. When he got a 2391 out of 2400 on the annual exam, 2nd best in the school, she told him flat out he was a horrendous failure who would never get ahead in life. Any sympathy is lost, however, when he's revealed to be a rather psychotic leader of a gang of Jokerz. Then again, his mother may have caused his psychosis, as evidenced by the fact that many of his acts as gang leader are to try and get rid of the one person who is academically better than him.
    • Willie Watt consistently suffers ridicule from his father for being a "wimp" who can't physically stand up to the bullies at school. Then, Willie gets a hold of his father's construction golem, develops a psychic link to it, and uses it to trash a party after one more humiliation causes him to snap. When his father, tracking the golem's disappearance, finds Willy and berates him once again, Willy proceeds to turn the golem on him. Batman saves the day, but the end result shows that the father is still a major Jerk Ass.
    Mr. Watt: Well, at least he ain't a wimp no more. (Batman gives him a disgusted glare before leaving)
    • In the next episode featuring Willie, it's shown that Willie is detained in a high security juvenile center and is in fact very muscular and aggressive (what his father always wanted him to be). The guard who escorts Terry tells him that many in fact fear Willie and says that not even his father has visited him and that Terry is his first visitor.
  • Meg Griffin from Family Guy has been treated very poorly by her father Peter since the revival. He slaps her, beats her, throws things at her, sits on her head and farts on her, and on one occasion he greets her by shooting her in the face at point blank range. She is also frequently belittled by her mother, Lois, calling Meg disgusting for having a normal womanly problem, and at one point even implied that Meg should commit suicide. Lois can't even find it in her to tell her daughter that she loves her, and it is revealed on two occasions that if Meg or the Griffins entirely ended up in a deadly situation, Lois would willingly let Meg die. This is all Played for Laughs.
    • Peter also exhibited an odd attraction to her, forcing her to kiss him on the lips when tucking her in bed, and once implied when going through a redneck stage that he wants to have sex with her.
    • In the episode "Brian Griffin's House of Payne" Peter reveals to Meg and Chris that he has knocked both of them out plenty of times when they were younger and would hide their subsequent injuries, and is willing to continue hiding Stewie's unconsciousness from Lois until he can frame her for causing the injury. The next day, noticing Lois pulling out of the driveway, Peter throws Stewie behind her rear tire, making it appear that Lois has run him over. Lois suggests they frame someone else, but Peter only professes his love for her, finally suggesting they take Stewie to the hospital.
    • In the later episodes of Family Guy Peter and Lois frequently steal money from their children, doubling theft with the implications that they are also unable to financially support the family.
    • Additional neglect and emotional abuse for Meg includes Peter telling her "Who let you back in the house!" and grabbing her by the seat of the pants and kicking her out the door, once when James Woods tied up Brian outside Peter told him "Why are you tied to Meg's pole?", another shows him locking her out in the winter while she's cold and hungry and gets buried under a pile of snow, and in yet another all Lois packed for Meg's school lunch was a photo of herself eating.
    • They also sometimes abuse Chris, but not as often as they do Meg. This is partly because Chris is so thick-headed, it bounces off, so it's not as funny.
  • The Fairly OddParents: Timmy Turner's parents zigzag between this, Parental Neglect and Parents as People, always Played for Laughs. While they are generally neglectful, they have occasionally crossed into emotional abuse of Timmy by letting him know that they were much happier before he was born. They also let him know frequently that they wish he'd been a girl. In recent seasons you have acting like a complete Jerk Ass to Timmy to the point where they were jumping on a trampoline on hearing Timmy was going to military school (so that they could use his bedroom for extra space). And Timmy's mother has openly spent Timmy's college fund on stuff for herself several times.
  • In Moral Orel, Doughy Latchkey has extremely immature parents who still act like teenagers. They frequently kick him out of the house so they can have sex and sometimes threaten him with violence if he doesn't stop bothering them.
    • Clay Puppington often takes his son into his den and belts him whenever his exploits causes Hilarity to Ensue before giving out a Spoof Aesop based off of bigoted 1950's beliefs. He gets even worse as time goes on. In one of those, he instinctively reaches for his belt even though Orel hadn't done anything wrong and had to (innocently) have this pointed out.
    • The show gives him a particularly disturbing Freudian Excuse for being the person he is by showing how as a kid he accidentally caused his mother to die of a stroke, at which point his father became so emotionally distant that him slapping Clay was his only form of emotional acknowledgment to the point that he provoked his father whenever he can. Clay himself states in a drunken rant that he believes that the true meaning of "family" is constant suffering for people you despise for the sake of being a "good person".
      • This knowledge is required to fully understand why he cries in "sacrifice" after giving a massive "Reason You Suck" Speech to everyone in the bar and failing to provoke a violent reaction.
    • The abuse gets very horrifying without being sexual. Just watch the two-part episode "Nature". It speaks for itself.
  • In Batman: The Animated Series, before he became Robin, Tim Drake's father worked for Two-Face and often left his son (who was under 13 years old) alone to fend for himself for long periods of time. When he double-crossed Two-Face, he abandoned his son to run away, only to be found killed outside of Gotham.
  • Toki Wartooth in Metalocalypse was brutally beaten at the hands of his father, reverend Aslaug Wartooth. His offenses include whipping him heavily, leaving him (mostly) unclothed and out in the bitter Norwegian cold, and chaining his wrists together and letting him hang from the ceiling. It's implied that his father knew Toki was a herald of the apocalypse, and was using roundabout methods to try and kill him. He dies before he has time to learn that Toki and the rest of Deathklok might be on exactly the other side of the spectrum.
  • In The Boondocks, it's revealed Uncle Ruckus was beaten by his father on a fairly regular basis for even the littlest offenses and threw him out of the house at a young age. This, combined with his mother being a nutjob who glorified "the white man" in everything they do, caused severe psychological damage to him and was also responsible for his deformities and his hatred for other black people. It is later revealed that he beat him because he wanted to take out the stress of being beaten himself by his racist employers.
  • The Mouse King from the 1990 animated movie, The Nutcracker Prince, is physically abused by his mother when she scolds him about her plan (along with some neglect she sometimes gives).
  • It is implied in Drawn Together that Princess Clara is placed in this manner by her father, the King, when he is not neglecting her. For one thing, he once kissed her that was more passionate than familial, and also had her strip for him.
    • Specifically, Clara's father's biggest habit was simply ignoring his daughter at all time in favor of watching strippers and otherwise acting like a Dirty Old Man. This leads Clara to conclude that the sort of attention he gives strippers is "love" and attempts to get some herself.
  • According to the backstory, Murdoc Niccals of Gorillaz was, as a child, forced to participate in talent contests to win his father money, the most humiliating incident involving a performance of the Pinocchio song "I've Got No Strings" in costume, complete with false nose. Adding insult to injury, the prize for that one was only "£2.50 and the chance to humiliate yourself further in the biannual county finals". Murdoc also claims to have hit puberty at eight and lost his virginity at nine, so if he's telling the truth this may fall under the sexual abuse heading as well.
    • There's also the implication of physical abuse, since Murdoc's father is shown kicking the young boy onto the stage and threatening to smash his teeth in. It's widely known that Murdoc's wonky nose is the result of getting it broken and mended numerous times, but the artwork of him as a ten year old child suggests his face was already pretty wrecked by then. Fridge Horror anyone?
  • Found in X-Men: Evolution one episode, where we learn that Tabitha/Boom Boom's father was a con man who routinely pressured her into using her powers to help rob banks and/or run scams.
  • Poor Butters in South Park manages to hit every single instance of this trope and then some - he's frequently punished by his parents for every little thing (even if he didn't do anything), yelled at by them, and all-around belittled and humiliated. In "Jared Has Aides", he's alluded to being physically beaten by them; Comedy Central later yanked it off the air for this reason, though it can still be seen on the South Park Studios site. In "Pre-School" he is being beaten by a bully, and though his parents hear him screaming and begging they refuse to let him in. It's implied that his uncle abused him sexually at one point. In "Stupid Spoiled Whore Video Playset", his parents sell him to Paris Hilton for $250 million - even though all her pets kill themselves. In "Marjorine" he fakes his death, and his parents are devastated. However when he returns they think he is some sort of demonic monster returned from the dead, chain him in the basement and try to feed him a dead body. His total absence (even as a background character) in the next episode is rather telling, suggesting that he may have been kept in the basement for up to a week.
    • One would wonder how do his parents avoid being arrested for their treatment of Butters after Linda's attempt to drown Butters in "Butter's very own episode".
    • It's worth noting that Butters regularly calls his father 'sir' rather than 'dad'.
    • Sadly, in "Super Best Friends" (well before "Marjorine") Butters mentions that he falls asleep to the sound of his own screams, then wakes up screaming most mornings, suggesting he has been traumatised for a long time. Later, in "Imaginationland" we see that it's become so bad, Butters' mental visulisation of his father is as some kind of grounding-monster.
      • It's been suggested ever since "Marjorine" that Butters is so afraid of 'grounding' because he may directly associate it with more physical abuse such as the beatings he has mentioned being more frequent than he lets on, or that it may always involve him being locked in the basement.
    • One episode turns the formula on its head, revealing that Mr. Garrison is estranged from his father because he wasn't sexually molested as a child. Everybody else agrees with this, including Mrs. Garrison and Mr. Mackey the school counselor) and they try to convince Garrison Sr. to molest his 41-year-old son (prompting him to ask if he's the Only Sane Man in town). Eventually, he gives in hires Kenny G to molest his son while making him think it's his father, which mends the relationship between father and son.
    • The McCormick kids' strictly agnostic foster parents in "The Poor Kid".
    • Clyde's mother according to "Reverse Cowgirl". Her public humiliation of her son over the toilet seat makes you have to rethink Kyle's mom as the biggest bitch in the whole wide world. Lucky for him, she dies near the end of the first act by falling into the toilet, because he left the seat up.
    • Subverted with Henrietta, who claims her parents are abusive despite them being cheerful and nice. "Goth Kids 3" depicts her friends reporting them to Social Services for calling her an "Emo" instead of a Goth (which are, of course, totally different).
      • Although her mother called her fatty in the ending. But that was perhaps called for (depending on how you look at it) judging by all the horrible things Henrietta says to her on a daily basis, which she usually just shrugs off.
  • Dr. Doofenschmirtz of Phineas and Ferb had these, played for laughs. He was the Unfavorite of both his parents, his mother preferring his younger brother Rodger while his dad preferred a dog, which he named "Only Son". His father made him replace the family lawn gnome after it was repossessed, forcing him to stand still for hours and through the night. Another episode revealed that his parents failed to show up at all of his birthdays, including the actual day of his birth. Yet another has him saying he was disowned by his parents and grew up with a family of ocelots. He often uses this as his Freudian Excuse for his EvilPlans.
    • Interestingly, he himself is not an example. He's over-pretective, if anything, to his daughter, Vanessa. It's the combination of this and his abusive parents that often gives him the Draco in Leather Pants label.
  • It's been hinted that Ed from Ed, Edd n Eddy suffers from both emotional abuse and neglect. His mom treats him like The Unfavorite in contrast to his spoiled sister Sarah, while his father seems largely apathetic to both his children:
    Ed: It's Sarah! We are so doomed! Help me, guys! She'll tell Mom and Mom will tell Dad and he'll say "Not now, I just got home from work!"
    • Probably best seen when Ed unconsciously sublimates the abuse to Johnny 2x4 in an All Just a Dream episode.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: Ozai fits three of the five (emotional, physical, and neglect), four if you assume being head of a nation counts for financial. He not only had a favorite and an unfavorite child, but he brutally scarred the latter, Zuko, and has attempted to kill him multiple times. Zuko found a better father figure in his uncle and mentor Iroh and eventually outgrew the need for Ozai's approval.
    • Ozai exiled and disowned Zuko when he was thirteen, for... speaking out of turn in a war meeting (the kid was not supposed to be there in the first place, but the level of punishment was overkill). In addition to burning a good fourth of his face off, Ozai loudly and publicly called Zuko an embarrassing failure and a traitor without honor, for the high crimes of idealism, a degree of rudeness and reluctance to face his father in a duel to the death. One line says all you need to know about how Ozai treated Zuko.
      "You WILL learn respect and suffering will be your teacher."
    • Because the treatment he gets is more painful in short term, Zuko tends to envy Azula. Actually, Ozai encourages her aggressive and murderous tendencies in order to make her his puppet, while her mother, by contrast, tried to help her be more compassionate and fit in with others. This is what brings her eventual downfall. In the end, Zuko points out to Ozai that he is such a horrible father that the best thing he ever did to him was to exile him. Because being treated as Azula is even worse.
    • Technically, Ozai's abuse of Zuko is also abusive to Azula, in a "this is what will happen to you if you don't live up to my expectations" kind of way.
      "You can't do this to me! You can't treat me like Zuko!"
    • There is some debate on whether or not Ursa was a good mother to Azula. Since the only depictions we have of Ursa are Zuko's somewhat biased and idealistic memories and Azulaís hallucination, itís hard to determine. At best, she was a caring mother who, through no fault of her own, failed to protect her daughter from Ozai. At worst, she was emotionally abusive and neglectful.
    • Ozai probably learned to be such a schmuck from his dad, Azulon, who at one point orders Ozai to kill Zuko so he would know what it is like to lose a son.
    • Toph's parents are in continual conflict with her. They locked her in the house, ostensibly to "protect" their helpless little blind girl. It's mostly just neglect and overprotective behavior, but verges into pure stupidity when they continue this behavior after she proves how badass she is. Then becomes downright idiotic when she runs away; they assume the Avatar kidnapped her and send two of her earlier kidnappers as bounty hunters to get her back.
    • Mai's parents too. Though not as bad as Zuko or Toph's cases, it's revealed that she couldn't do much of anything except sit still and be quiet. If she made a comment at a dinner party, she got in trouble, if she fidgeted, she got in trouble. If she hugged her dad in public, she probably got in trouble. All because her parents just wanted to get higher and higher on the social ladder... and then they put her aside when her little brother Tom-Tom was born. Even worse they attack her when despite her breakup with Zuko they try to indoctrinate her AND Tom-Tom into the 'New Ozai Society'. Mai soundly defeats them and their followers, rescues her baby brother, and permanently moves in with her aunt.
    • In Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Search, Ozai's favoritism of Azula over Zuko is revealed to have truly petty and spiteful roots. During an argument, Ursa told Ozai that she wished Zuko wasn't his son. Ozai declared that she would get her wish and stopped treating Zuko as his son. Abusing Zuko was Ozai's way of paying Ursa back for insulting him.
  • Virtually all the misery that happens in The Legend of Korra's first season can be laid at the feet of Tarrlok's and Noatak's father Yakone. Both Tarrlok and Amon used to be sweet kids, but he was consumed with the idea that he could use them to get back at Republic City, so he taught Waterbending in an incredibly strict manner, and forced his children to learn Bloodbending, up to making them Bloodbend each other just so that they could avenge him.
    • And honorary mention goes to Hiroshi Sato. When he could see that Asami was not going to join the Equalists with him, he tries to kill her, deciding that she "cannot be saved". That is until Bolin comes to her rescue and calls him out for being a terrible father.
    • Unalaq is shaping up to be as bad as Ozai. He's not only an Evil Uncle to Korra who nearly has both her parents killed for a crime they didn't commit, he doesn't even acknowledge his daughter Eska's mental instability after Bolin ran out on their marriage. He also berates and verbally abuses both Desna and Eska, calling them failures to their faces and he doesn't care at all when Desna gets injured when the three try to open the Northern Portal. When Desna desperately tries to defend Unalaq against Korra's accusations that he doesn't care about them and that he's crazy for trying to release Vaatu, he visibly acts like Unalaq is about to hit him and then resigns himself in a droning tone 'My father is the wisest man in the world'. Once he turns into the Dark Avatar, they openly betray him. Both agree in the end that he was a deplorable man, with their only regret being how they would explain this to their mother.
  • Adventure Time
    • Princess Bubblegum has been implied to have been emotionally neglectful towards her psychotic idiot son Lemongrab, by sticking him in a castle far away from her kingdom and not speaking to him. As much as an ass he was, the fact still stands that she DID make him, then proceed to bully him for an episode.
    • The mama bear from "Storytelling," who kept smacking her son in the face
    • Even Joshua qualifies for this at times. He's shown being quite insensitive, even emotionally abusive, towards his children. Even though his intentions were good, this led to Finn getting depressed, even suicidal, at one point.
      • His worries stemmed that Finn was a crybaby as an infant (compared to Jake) and believed he would grow up as such so the dungeon was made to help toughen him up. At the end, he reveals he made the dungeon for him before expressing his pride, love and belief in Finn, saying he will do "great things in this world."
    • Lemongrab becomes this to an appalling degree. He literally beats and kicks his children, puts shock collars on them, and forces them to punch themselves for his own amusement. Lemongrab 2, however, is a doting, caring parent.
    • Marceline's dad was quite neglectful of his daughter, which led to Marceline even writing a song about it ("Daddy, Why Did You Eat My Fries?"). Thankfully, It Got Better and Marceline and her dad are starting to rebuild a father-daughter relationship. Her dad even becomes an amazingly embarrassing dad, sporting a fat belly, lounging around the house in his underwear while eating big sandwiches, and affectionately messing up Marceline's hair. He even (possibly) accepted Finn as a friend for his daughter, saying he was "pretty great."
  • Dr. Mar Londo from the Legion Of Superheroes cartoon series manages to be physically and emotionally abusive towards his only son Timber Wolf. For starters he performed illegal genetic experiments on his son transforming him into a werewolf-like monster and he turns it up to eleven in Season 2 where he implants nanites into his son's brain, driving him insane and using him to kill a clone of his just so he can get Timber Wolf to work with him again. The sad thing is judging by the photo Dr. Londo showed to the Legion of Superheroes in Timber Wolf's debut episode seemed to imply that he wasn't always abusive.
  • The entire Heinous line on Jimmy Two-Shoes is like this to the next generation. A flashback shows Lucius VI denying Lucius VII cake on his birthday for no other reason than For the Evulz. In another episode, Lucius VII notes he keeps Beezy "nice and miserable". In series, he has given him the necktie variant of Buried Alive and forced him into a Shotgun Wedding.
  • It's difficult to pin-point where to put the dads of The Venture Bros., but a mixture of neglect and emotional abuse likely puts all of them here.
    • Rusty Venture has almost no interest in his sons, particularly Hank, and barely shows any concern for them. He appears to love them deep down, as he kept making clones of them after they died upwards of twelve times, but he shrugs all his parenting duties off to the much-more-attentive Brock Samson. After his cloning facility got trashed, he showed a bit more concern for the boys, but is very verbally abusive to Hank and his "guidance" of Dean is likely screwing the boy up even worse.
    • Professor Richard Impossible is a Jerkass to his entire family, which eventually drove Sally to marry another man. At one point, when his infant child went missing and he decided to stay and work on an invention rather then look for him, Sally asked him what could be more important than his own son. Richard replied, "Science?"
    • Rusty's own father, Dr. Jonas Venture, manages to somehow top them both. In spite of having the outward image of a God-like scientist, he was secretly an immense Jerkass who treated his son as little more then a prop. Particular instances of abuse include him forcing Rusty to kill a man with a housekey at age ten, acting as Rusty's "therapist" by way of sneaking out of the room when Rusty was talking about his problems and then calling him ungrateful and whiney when he came back, and throwing him a birthday party and then inviting only supermodels, playboy bunnies, and prostitutes who were all much older then Rusty himself (this ended with Rusty having his swim trunks pulled down by other members of Team Venture and having his penis shot with a shrink ray, which is made even more traumatizing by the fact that Jonas' own penis is quite impressive, which is enough to traumatize Rusty for life, having seen his dad's penis at a young age). Aside from Rusty himself, no one seems to know about what a terrible person Jonas really was, to the point that there's a museum devoted to how awesome he was (which contains no reference to Rusty).
      • The museum was built by Jonas' other son, Jonas Jr., who was born (in an extremely unusual way) long after Jonas himself died. JJ goes by his father's public image that he was some kind of godlike figure and doesn't believe Rusty when he tries to tell him what an ass he was. However, the episode where this museum opened featured an old clip of Jonas being interviewed, where he did say that Rusty was the most important thing to him....which played after Rusty left the opening party. Although there's possibly an implication that Jonas said this for publicity.
  • Futurama
    • There's Mom, who treats her three sons like punching bags, regularly insulting and hitting them (and once said she flipped a coin to decide whether to keep Igner or the afterbirth which comes with a truly wonderful helping of Fridge Horror when the viewer remembers the parallel universe where all coinflips have the opposite outcome).
    • Bender adopted kids to get child support, then neglected them, which also qualifies under neglect unto abuse, and wound up trying to sell them as food to a Chinese restaurant when he worked out he wasn't making any money from them. In the second movie, he punts his own son into a vat of molten metal as trade for the Robot Devil's army. Even the Robot Devil was impressed.
    Robot Devil: Wow, that was pretty brutal even by my standards.
    Bender: No backsies.
  • Pingu: in at least two episodes, Pingu's mother slaps or spanks him for misbehaving. Because corporal punishment is forbidden in several countries in Europe, these two episodes are now considered lost episodes.
  • Pete on Goof Troop. His rare Pet the Dog moments seem more like the show trying to compensate for his far more frequent unpleasant side. He's not physically abusive, but he is negligent of PJ's safety. He regularly insults, shames, or rejects his son when he fails to live up to unrealistic or hypocritical expectations. He manipulates him through guilt, lies, and faked affection, for either selfish reasons or even because he thinks it's funny. He exploits him as unpaid labor or free advertising, often huge amounts in bad conditions (e.g. no breaks, work during a drought with no water). He's also very controlling of PJ, not for his son's safety, but for his own selfish ends, or to simply show that he is the one in control. This abuse has turned PJ into a Nervous Wreck, Extreme Doormat, and Shrinking Violet, and he rarely trusts his father. PJ is seen counting down the days until his 18th birthday, when he can leave home. When he does leave home in An Extremely Goofy Movie he is the most elated to get out, while Pete is just as pleased to get rid of him.
  • In American Dad! Toshi and Akiko's mother is very abusive to them, she expects them to be perfect at everything they do so they can get into a good college and beats them if they screw up in the slightest such as playing the wrong note in an instrument, she also doesn't allow them any entertainment or even bathroom breaks.
    • Stan - and on some occasions Francine - also fit this trope. Stan openly admits to disagreeing with everything Hayley stands for even when he understands when they are right. He constantly tries to raise Steve to be just like him, and despises the fact that his daughter is a liberal while his son is a nerd. Francine shows a need for Steve's approval for her rather than acceptance, and Francine goes out of her way to sabotage Steve's relationships with other girls so he can stay a mamma's boy. She even flat out tells him that his ex, Debbie, never loved him, and that no woman - not even any future wives or daughters - will love him as much as his mother. On the contrary, Stan is usually either neglectful of Steve or obsessive over any coming-of-age obstacle in his way, like getting his first kiss or going to a school dance. It is even revealed once that Stan is threatened that Steve may one day become the man of the house, but is calmed down when he remembers that the true man engages in intercourse, and Steve is a hopeless virgin. At one point, he concocts a perfect plan of revenge that includes having his family go broke, Steve losing a chance at sex, and Hayley selling her body to another man. On the ride home, Stan happily gloats about how good it feels to win while his family looks on with trauma.
      • Stan also shows Peter Griffin's idea of treatment with his children. His idea of shooting down Hayley's or Steve's beliefs is to fart on them (as shown in the first episode, as well as "The Missing Kink"), and giving Steve a charlie-horse for no reason (as seen in "Vacation Goo"). He once even wakes Steve up by scaring him in his dreams. The reaction is Steve jumping out of his window and twisting his arm. Francine is actually impressed by this.
      • In a subversion, Roger treats both children terribly, and the fact that he usually acts as a baby sitter or substitute guardian for them furthers the shock. He usually acts calm, but only if he is portraying himself, and acts completely different depending on his persona.
    • It is shown in one episode that one of Steve's bullies is abused by his father, and bullies Steve out of anger. When Steve tells him this, the bully cries on his shoulder, but also threatens Steve that he will beat him up simply because Steve now knows this fact.
  • Mallory Archer from Archer wasn't in her son's life until he was 5, then sent him to 12 straight years of boarding school. She stole his things to teach him a lesson, got him drunk and taught him to gamble.
  • From Young Justice
    • Word of God confirms Sportsmaster was both verbally and emotionally abusive to his daughters Artemis and Cheshire. He trained them to be assassins while giving them no sort of emotional love at all, and used to pit them against each other in fights. In addition, when Artemis is supposedly killed in a story arc, he's extremely upset...because she was killed without his permission and this will damage his reputation.
    • Luthor definitely qualifies against Superboy. He's never anything less than polite and considerate, but that's the same treatment he gives to everyone else, and he won't hesitate to emotionally manipulate and outright set his Mooks on him. It's never made particularly clear whether or not he even thinks of Superboy as a son and just doesn't care, or whether he just assumes the role to get his weapon back in line.
  • It's mentioned very early in Daria that Jake's father, "Mad Dog" Morgendorffer, was verbally and emotionally abusive, leaving Jake bitter towards his old man, and stuck with a few rage issues. What's surprising is that unlike many child abuse cases, Jake never seems to take his anger out on his own daughters, and even tries to be supportive where his father wasn't. A blink and you'll miss it line in Jake of Hearts suggests that he knows that he has the potential to turn into his father and is actively working not to.
  • The Looney Tunes 'Three Bears' series directed by Chuck Jones is all about Papa Bear smacking Baby Bear - a big hulking dimwit who heaps injury on his "Paw" in his many attempts to be helpful. Of course said abuse always backfires, leaving Paw in worse shape than before.
  • Cow and Chicken: The Red Guy's mother feeds him gruel & keeps challenging him to fight her like a man.
  • The Amazing World of Gumball: Nicole Watterson, despite being the Only Sane Man in the family much of the time, can fall into this with episodes such as "The Fridge" and "The Hero". In "The Fridge" she abandons Gumball in the middle of the desert, and in "The Hero" throws cement cupcakes and disowns Gumball/Darwin for not respecting Richard, something she doesn't even do. She also threatens her children with physical harm if she gets angry enough, and in "The Limit", she literally turns into a monster and tries to kill the family after they repeatedly push her Berserk Button.
  • The neglectful and emotional abuse variety turns up in Hey Arnold!, in regards to Helga. Her parents always preferred her older sister and would ignore Helga for hours at a time- meaning she'd get no lunches for school, or walk to school through the inner-city, alone, in the rain, when she was three. Her father was particularly gruff and abrasive towards her. Meanwhile, her mother was an alcoholic, and her attempts at being a good mother didn't always succeed.
    Helga: Miriam isn't exactly World's Greatest Mom material. What type of mother packs a lunch with silverware and towelettes, and no sandwich? Or takes impromptu naps behind the sofa when I'm starving? Or constantly forgets to pick me up from football practice?
    • It turns out that they're (particularly Bob) just as abusive to Olga, but in a completely different way. Their constant attention makes Olga feel forced to constantly perform "like a wind-up doll" and it's implied that her perfectionism is the result of some pretty extreme Education Mama tendencies. When a less than perfect grade drove Olga into a nervous breakdown, she admitted that she'd rather be treated like Helga.
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