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Freudian Excuse: Radio
  • Lampshaded in an otherwise weak episode of Adventures in Odyssey, which takes an oddly indecisive stance on the subject. When pressed, chronic troublemaker Rodney Rathbone ad-libs a story about being locked in the basement by his parents, then promptly admits that no, it was just something he heard on TV. That said, outright abuse aside, a lot of his behavior can undoubtedly be attributed to his upbringing.
    • In another episode, presumably by another writer, a one-episode bully named Brock is revealed to have a bad home life dominated by a drunken father. While it is stressed that this doesn't make him unaccountable for his actions, a little sympathy (properly executed) can go a long way.
  • Parodied in the penultimate episode of Bleak Expectations season 3, "An Evil Life Sort Of Explained". Card-Carrying Villain Mr Gently Benevolent turns out to have been raised by an evil mother, who married (and then murdered) a succession of evil stepfathers in order to ensure her son was properly evil (and in addition it's also In the Blood, the Benevolents are evil because they're descended from Judas's accountant). However he came very close to rising above this, and then his childhood sweetheart married someone else before he could escape from the Boarding School of Horrors.
  • Throughout the second season of Community it is revealed that Pierce has this. Pierce's inappropriateness, overzealous creativity, and pathological need to be accepted at all costs are all likely due to frustrations getting attention from his father.
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