Much of the story in Classic Alice, especially the original plotline, revolves around what happens AFTER college; all the characters seem acutely aware of how difficult life is beyond hallowed halls and both fight against and and struggle to be accepted by adulthood. In book 9, Alice has some tough realizations about kindness vs the world of business that she struggles to marry. [[Sppiler: Alice's relationship also disintegrates rather than implodes, which is a much more adult way of a relationship ending]]. Cara encounters her own problems when Ewan outs her, Reagan gets into a car crash and issues about sex, responsibility, and more rise throughout the seasons.
The Autobiography of Jane Eyre, "Mistake" - Ep. 3: Jane left her mobile phone on the bus, which is a very stressful situation in itself. Moreover, she's on her way to start a new job that she found on Craigslist. She doesn't have a family or close friends, therefore nobody knows where she went. The person who was supposed to give her a lift from the bus stop didn't show up, and she only wrote the contact information in her mobile, so she can't phone them. It's nearly midnight and the bus terminal is in the middle of nowhere with no people around. She beats herself up emotionally for not being cleverer about the whole situation, and she starts suspecting that she's in the wrong place. Then she but half-expects that she will get mugged or worse... There was just time arrival mix-up. It was resolved only in the video description, which makes it all the more disturbing.
<JasonRene> living long enough to become isolated from anyone who cares about me, and then dying alone.
<JasonRene> You asked ;)
<Chelly> I know
<Chelly> I was expecting something like spiders.
On Das Sporking, one of the things that sporkers tend to find most upsetting are when authors write characters being "justifiably" abused or write a romance that reads like textbook Domestic Abuse. This is partially because the idea of the author mistreating a character is terrifyingly like watching someone ruin a weaker person's life just because they don't like them, partially because being helpless to stop such behavior is too similar to similar helpless situations with real-life abuse, and partially because it's a horrific reminder that there are people in the world who have such skewed views of justice or romance.
Demo Reel: The root of Donnie DuPre's damage. His mother committed suicide when he was away on a shoot, making him give his worst performance and resulting in years of abuse.
Rebecca was sent away on camping trips with her sexually abusive uncle because her parents just didn't want her around.
Elcenia: In Silver of the Elcenia series, Ehail and Gyre start adopting shren children—essentially, these children have a disability which is very much looked down upon, which is why the children's parents left them. When the disability becomes curable, many parents want their children, and so Ehail and Gyre end up losing their children to their birth-parents.
In The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, a large part of the story revolves around the Bennets' financial troubles and fears of losing their house. After Wickham announces he intends to release a tape of him having sex with Lydia, the sisters have to tell their father about what's been happening. Lizzie's account of it is heartbreaking. They somehow chose not to involve police and it's implied that they can't afford legal action and take it to the court.
Not Always Working has this nerve-wracking story of a new mother who went to the daycare to pick up her infant... only to find the workers locking up for the day, adamant that all children had been picked up already. Not only did they not know where her baby was, they didn't even want to open back up and look for her.
Out With Dad has a couple deal not only with the terror of their teenaged daughter running away, but the knowledge that THEY are the reason why.
Potter Puppet Pals parodies the whole concept of Adult Fear in "Harry's Nightmares", where, nestled in among the bizarre and occasionally juvenile ("In one dream, I was middle aged! Yuck!") traumas that haunt his noggin, was the dream he had where he gave birth to Ron, and raised him from infancy, but one day, he misplaced him, and that terrified him, because it meant he had failed as a parent.
Episode 7 of RWBY had a scene where Rubyunwisely rushes straight at the Nevermore only for it to shoot feathers at her and snag her cape. Yang rushes to help but can't reach her; she can only watch as Ruby struggles to free herself and the Nevermore circles overhead to deliver the coup de grace. Were it not for Weiss'timely intervention, Yang would've powerlessly watched her younger sister be killed right in front of her. Kicked up to an even further degree when you think about the kind of implied relationship that Ruby and Yang have: just how many older sisters do you know that read their younger sibling bedtime stories every night? The lyrics given in Red Like Roses and Gold, and the fact that neither of them ever bring up their mother - though their dad gets a very passing mention, all point to the implication that Yang is the closest thing Ruby has to a mother figure.
Volume 2, Episode 6 had another case: Ruby and Yang's mother (In Yang's case, stepmother) embark on a mission… and never come back. Yang, basically a kid, bundles Ruby, barely a toddler, into a little wagon, and starts walking. Hours later, they come across an abandoned house. By this point, Yang can barely stand from exhaustion, and Ruby has fallen asleep. Yang calls out for a sign of life, and is met with glowingred eyes. In Yang's own words, "all that's missing is a silver platter". Had Uncle Qrow not been there, Taiyang would've not only lost his wife but both of his little girls as well.
Spoony notes of the Twilight movies that from Charlie's point of view, the story is absolutely horrific. He watches as his daughter comes home bruised and battered, only for her to tell obvious lies and react angrily when he tries to find out what's going on. She ignores him, is constantly deceptive around him, and eventually runs off and marries a guy who Charlie hates for leaving her miserable and mistreating her.
In Vox And King Beau, the titular character Vox gets two: finding out that your partner is cheating on you, and finding out that you have a tumor that could kill you if treatment doesn't go right. Additionally, the "Beau and the Child Snatchers" chapter has a woman who steals children away in the middle of the night and either eats them or turns them into monsters.
The Last Generation is literally built on this. Inna, the main character, is forced to abandon her seven year old blind daughter on her homeworld because she knows that if she doesn't, she will die alongside the entire planet. The fear of not knowing whether her daughter is even alive or has already died alone and terrified stays with her throughout the entire journey. Brought to an extreme when an alternative version of her daughter is burned alive and dies slowly in her arms.