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* ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'': King Triton presents himself as this during one of his weaker moments. When he finds out about Ariel's collection of human things, as well as the fact she's fallen in love with a human, he loses his temper and uses his trident to destroy Ariel's grotto right in front of her in an effort to "get through" to her. When Ariel is subsequently driven to tears, Triton immediately realizes [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone he's gone too far]] and leaves the grotto in shame.


* ''Literature/AFrozenHeart'', a tie-in novel to ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', reveals that Prince Hans' father, [[spoiler:[[GreaterScopeVillain the king of the Southern Isles,]] [[TheCorrupter emotionally manipulated and micromanaged]] his thirteen sons to the point that most have inherited his LackOfEmpathy, transforming them into [[WellDoneSonGuy his sycophantic enforcers]] over the years. Plus, he deliberately encouraged violence within his large family so that they'll be indoctrinated in his SocialDarwinist mindset. It's implied his wife tried to stop him from abusing their sons at some point in the past, [[DomesticAbuse but the fallout was so bad]] [[ExtremeDoormat that she gave up]]. Also, giving birth to so many children rendered her incapable of intervening. He also blatantly encouraged his older sons to torment Hans out of contempt for not fighting back and failing to exceed the extremely high but cruel standards he set for his children. This became Hans' FreudianExcuse, as he developed a nigh-impossible goal of [[WellDoneSonGuy winning his abusive father's respect, but at the same time]], compromised his own morals over the years working as his father's errand boy, and do things he ironically despised.]]

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* The Beldam from ''{{WesternAnimation/Coraline}}'' is a stranger-danger predator crossed with an abusive parent. Posing as Coraline's magical "other mother", she is only loving in the shallowest of ways, and it turns out that she's more like a witch, who uses her idealized world to trick children into signing away their lives, only for her to eat their souls. Her behavior calls abusive patterns to mind.
** At the beginning, she's very shallowly doting, providing Coraline with endless wonders and gifts, but no real emotional attention. She gets trust from children in the shallowest of ways so she can feed on their souls more quickly, and she has no real love for her targets.
** The Beldam's Other World is carefree and seemingly with no negativity, but once Coraline resists, it all turns into a nightmare where everything is trying to hurt her. This is much like the dramatic shift in abusive parents when they get angry with their children and start to lose control.
** She blames the children if they are resistant, roughly manhandles them, and guilts them for failing to meet unrealistic expectations. When Coraline, wise to her plans, demands to be sent home again, she is thrown into a room behind the hall mirror with the ultimatum "You may come out when you've learned to be a loving daughter".
** At the very end, when she has lost control, she begins using verbally abusive language, and ceases pretending to love Coraline.


* [[spoiler:Lotso]] from ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' serves as a father figure to Big Baby. However, his treatment of him is downright child abuse, as he manipulates the toddler to do his dirty work, lies that his former owner Daisy never loved him at all in the first place, and screams at and [[WouldHurtAChild hits Big Baby]] when he remembers his previous owner through his TragicKeepsake (combined with breaking it in front of him). The last one [[EvenEvilHasStandards horrifies all of his henchmen]] and causes them to pull a HeelFaceTurn.

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* [[spoiler:Lotso]] Lotso from ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' serves as a father figure to Big Baby. However, his treatment of him is downright child abuse, as he manipulates the toddler to do his dirty work, lies that his former owner Daisy never loved him at all in the first place, and screams at and [[WouldHurtAChild hits Big Baby]] when he remembers his previous owner through his TragicKeepsake (combined with breaking it in front of him). The last one [[EvenEvilHasStandards horrifies all of his henchmen]] and causes them to pull a HeelFaceTurn.


* Lotso from ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' serves as a father figure to Big Baby. However, his treatment of him is downright child abuse, as he manipulates the toddler to do his dirty work, lies that his former owner Daisy never loved him at all in the first place, and screams at and [[WouldHurtAChild hits Big Baby]] when he remembers his previous owner through his TragicKeepsake (combined with breaking it in front of him). The last one [[EvenEvilHasStandards horrifies all of his henchmen]] and causes them to pull a HeelFaceTurn.

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* Lotso [[spoiler:Lotso]] from ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' serves as a father figure to Big Baby. However, his treatment of him is downright child abuse, as he manipulates the toddler to do his dirty work, lies that his former owner Daisy never loved him at all in the first place, and screams at and [[WouldHurtAChild hits Big Baby]] when he remembers his previous owner through his TragicKeepsake (combined with breaking it in front of him). The last one [[EvenEvilHasStandards horrifies all of his henchmen]] and causes them to pull a HeelFaceTurn.


* [[spoiler:Lotso]] from ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' serves as a father figure to Big Baby. [[spoiler:However, his treatment of him is downright child abuse, as he manipulates the toddler to do his dirty work, lies that his former owner Daisy never loved him at all in the first place, and screams at and hits Big Baby when he remembers his previous owner through his TragicKeepsake (combined with breaking it in front of him). The last one [[EvenEvilHasStandards horrifies all of his henchmen]] and causes them to pull a HeelFaceTurn.]]

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* [[spoiler:Lotso]] Lotso from ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' serves as a father figure to Big Baby. [[spoiler:However, However, his treatment of him is downright child abuse, as he manipulates the toddler to do his dirty work, lies that his former owner Daisy never loved him at all in the first place, and screams at and [[WouldHurtAChild hits Big Baby Baby]] when he remembers his previous owner through his TragicKeepsake (combined with breaking it in front of him). The last one [[EvenEvilHasStandards horrifies all of his henchmen]] and causes them to pull a HeelFaceTurn.]]


* ''Disney/TheLionKing'' fans love to use this as their FreudianExcuse to [[DracoinLeatherPants sympathize with the bad guys]]. To justify Scar's actions, many fans give him an abusive or at least [[ParentalNeglect neglectful father]]. Considering that Scar's parents literally named him "trash", they may have a point. With Zira, itís even worse, varying from an [[ParentalAbandonment absent father]] to one who [[OffingtheOffspring purposefully tries to kill her]]. At the extreme opposite, the mothers tend to be extremely loving and devoted, yet powerless to end their child's suffering. In canon, Zira does this to Nuka, abusing him verbally and physically, the effects of which visibly terrify Kovu and Vitani.
* The CutSong "We Know Better" from ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' (from an earlier draft with a more villainous Elsa) would have portrayed Anna and Elsa's parents as a mild example. In the song's DarkReprise, they call Elsa a "burden" and tell Anna that she isn't doing enough to set a good example for her sister.
** ''Literature/AFrozenHeart'', a tie-in novel to ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', reveals that Prince Hans' father, [[spoiler:[[GreaterScopeVillain the king of the Southern Isles,]] [[TheCorrupter emotionally manipulated and micromanaged]] his thirteen sons to the point that most have inherited his LackOfEmpathy, transforming them into [[WellDoneSonGuy his sycophantic enforcers]] over the years. Plus, he deliberately encouraged violence within his large family so that they'll be indoctrinated in his SocialDarwinist mindset. It's implied his wife tried to stop him from abusing their sons at some point in the past, [[DomesticAbuse but the fallout was so bad]] [[ExtremeDoormat that she gave up]]. Also, giving birth to so many children rendered her incapable of intervening. He also blatantly encouraged his older sons to torment Hans out of contempt for not fighting back and failing to exceed the extremely high but cruel standards he set for his children. This became Hans' FreudianExcuse, as he developed a nigh-impossible goal of [[WellDoneSonGuy winning his abusive father's respect, but at the same time]], compromised his own morals over the years working as his father's errand boy, and do things he ironically despised.]]

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''Disney/TheLionKing'' fans love to use this as their FreudianExcuse to [[DracoinLeatherPants sympathize with the bad guys]]. To justify Scar's actions, many fans give him an abusive or at least [[ParentalNeglect neglectful father]]. Considering that Scar's parents literally named him "trash", "trash" according to ''Literature/TheLionKingSixNewAdventures', they may have a point. point.
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With Zira, Zira from ''Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride'', itís even worse, varying from an [[ParentalAbandonment absent father]] to one who [[OffingtheOffspring purposefully tries to kill her]]. At the extreme opposite, the mothers tend to be extremely loving and devoted, yet powerless to end their child's suffering. In canon, Zira does this to Nuka, abusing him verbally and physically, the effects of which visibly terrify Kovu and Vitani.
* The CutSong "We Know Better" from ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' (from an earlier draft with a more villainous Elsa) would have portrayed Anna and Elsa's parents as a mild example. In the song's DarkReprise, they call Elsa a "burden" and tell Anna that she isn't doing enough to set a good example for her sister.
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''Literature/AFrozenHeart'', a tie-in novel to ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', reveals that Prince Hans' father, [[spoiler:[[GreaterScopeVillain the king of the Southern Isles,]] [[TheCorrupter emotionally manipulated and micromanaged]] his thirteen sons to the point that most have inherited his LackOfEmpathy, transforming them into [[WellDoneSonGuy his sycophantic enforcers]] over the years. Plus, he deliberately encouraged violence within his large family so that they'll be indoctrinated in his SocialDarwinist mindset. It's implied his wife tried to stop him from abusing their sons at some point in the past, [[DomesticAbuse but the fallout was so bad]] [[ExtremeDoormat that she gave up]]. Also, giving birth to so many children rendered her incapable of intervening. He also blatantly encouraged his older sons to torment Hans out of contempt for not fighting back and failing to exceed the extremely high but cruel standards he set for his children. This became Hans' FreudianExcuse, as he developed a nigh-impossible goal of [[WellDoneSonGuy winning his abusive father's respect, but at the same time]], compromised his own morals over the years working as his father's errand boy, and do things he ironically despised.]]


* We have Stoick the Vast from ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon''. Completely ashamed of his son when his son embarrasses him, is completely blunt in expressing his dislike of Hiccup's unique habits, disowns Hiccup when the boy finds an alternate way to solve the conflict, and is only proud of Hiccup when he pulls off a BigDamnHeroes moment and rescues his life and that of the tribe full of jerks. By the end, he has apologized to Hiccup for how he treated him and has completely lost this trope come the sequel. It should be noted Stoick did genuinely care about Hiccup and was just trying to do what he thought was best for him...not that it was.

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* We have Stoick the Vast from ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon''. Completely ashamed of his son when his son embarrasses him, is completely blunt in expressing his dislike of Hiccup's unique habits, disowns Hiccup when the boy finds an alternate way to solve the conflict, and is only proud of Hiccup when he pulls off a BigDamnHeroes moment and rescues his life and that of the tribe full of jerks. By the end, he has apologized to Hiccup for how he treated him and has completely lost this trope come the sequel. It should be noted Stoick did genuinely care about Hiccup and was just trying to do what he thought was best for him... not that it was.



* ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' has this in the form of Judge Claude Frollo's relationship with Quasimodo. Frollo is only taking care of Quasi because he sees it as doing penance for killing Quasi's mother on the steps of Notre Dame, and actually tried to drown Quasimodo right after this, even though he was just a baby.



* Lotso from ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' serves as a father figure to Big Baby. However, his treatment of him is downright child abuse, as he manipulates the toddler to do his dirty work, lies that his former owner Daisy never loved him at all in the first place, and screams at and hits Big Baby when he remembers his previous owner through his TragicKeepsake (combined with breaking it in front of him).



** And this is all while Rapunzel is submissive to her, mind. [[spoiler:At the end of the movie, when Rapunzel realizes that her beloved "mother" has actually been her jailer for eighteen years, Mother Gothel resorts to ''chaining Rapunzel up'' to keep her in line. Then she ''kills Eugene and blames Rapunzel for his death''.]]
* ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' has this in the form of Judge Claude Frollo's relationship with Quasimodo. Frollo is only taking care of Quasi because he sees it as doing penance for killing Quasi's mother on the steps of Notre Dame, and actually tried to drown Quasimodo right after this, even though he was just a baby.

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** And this is all while Rapunzel is submissive to her, mind.her. [[spoiler:At the end of the movie, when Rapunzel realizes that her beloved "mother" has actually been her jailer for eighteen years, Mother Gothel resorts to ''chaining Rapunzel up'' to keep her in line. Then she ''kills Eugene and blames Rapunzel for his death''.]]
* ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' has this [[spoiler:Lotso]] from ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' serves as a father figure to Big Baby. [[spoiler:However, his treatment of him is downright child abuse, as he manipulates the toddler to do his dirty work, lies that his former owner Daisy never loved him at all in the form of Judge Claude Frollo's relationship first place, and screams at and hits Big Baby when he remembers his previous owner through his TragicKeepsake (combined with Quasimodo. Frollo is only taking care breaking it in front of Quasi because he sees it as doing penance for killing Quasi's mother on the steps him). The last one [[EvenEvilHasStandards horrifies all of Notre Dame, his henchmen]] and actually tried causes them to drown Quasimodo right after this, even though he was just pull a baby.HeelFaceTurn.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/ShrekTheThird'' Artie opens up to Shrek about his abusive father who abandoned him at his school and he never heard from him again. Shrek understands this as his father was abusive as well. He had tried to eat him but Shrek says should have seen it coming because he gave him a bath in barbeque sauce and put him to bed with an apple in his mouth. This also explains why Shrek was so afraid of becoming an abusive father when he learns Fiona is pregnant with his children.

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* Lotso from ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' serves as a father figure to Big Baby. However, his treatment of him is downright child abuse, as he manipulates the toddler to do his dirty work, lies that his former owner Daisy never loved him at all in the first place, and screams at and hits Big Baby when he remembers his previous owner through his TragicKeepsake (combined with breaking it in front of him).


** ''Literature/AFrozenHeart'', a tie-in novel to ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', reveals that Prince Hans' father, the king of the Southern Isles, [[TheCorrupter emotionally manipulated and micromanaged]] his thirteen sons to the point that most have inherited his LackOfEmpathy, transforming them into [[WellDoneSonGuy his sycophantic enforcers]] over the years. Plus, he deliberately encouraged violence within his large family so that they'll be indoctrinated in his SocialDarwinist mindset. It's implied that his wife tried to stop him from abusing their sons at some point in the past, [[DomesticAbuse but the fallout was so bad]] [[ExtremeDoormat that she gave up]]. Also, giving birth to so many children has made her incapable of intervening. He also blatantly encouraged his older sons to torment Hans out of contempt for not fighting back and failing to meet or even exceed the extremely high but cruel standards he set for his children. This becomes Hans' FreudianExcuse, as he developed a nigh-impossible goal of winning his abusive father's respect, but at the same time, compromised his own morals over the years working as his father's errand boy, and do things he ironically despised.

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** ''Literature/AFrozenHeart'', a tie-in novel to ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', reveals that Prince Hans' father, [[spoiler:[[GreaterScopeVillain the king of the Southern Isles, Isles,]] [[TheCorrupter emotionally manipulated and micromanaged]] his thirteen sons to the point that most have inherited his LackOfEmpathy, transforming them into [[WellDoneSonGuy his sycophantic enforcers]] over the years. Plus, he deliberately encouraged violence within his large family so that they'll be indoctrinated in his SocialDarwinist mindset. It's implied that his wife tried to stop him from abusing their sons at some point in the past, [[DomesticAbuse but the fallout was so bad]] [[ExtremeDoormat that she gave up]]. Also, giving birth to so many children has made rendered her incapable of intervening. He also blatantly encouraged his older sons to torment Hans out of contempt for not fighting back and failing to meet or even exceed the extremely high but cruel standards he set for his children. This becomes became Hans' FreudianExcuse, as he developed a nigh-impossible goal of [[WellDoneSonGuy winning his abusive father's respect, but at the same time, time]], compromised his own morals over the years working as his father's errand boy, and do things he ironically despised.]]


** ''Literature/AFrozenHeart'', a tie-in novel to ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', reveals that Prince Hans' father, the king of the Southern Isles emotionally manipulates and micromanages his thirteen sons to the point that most have inherited his LackOfEmpathy, transforming them into [[WellDoneSonGuy his sycophantic enforcers]] over the years. Plus, he deliberately encouraged violence within his large family so that they'll be indoctrinated in his SocialDarwinist mindset. It's implied that his wife tried to stop him from abusing their sons at some point in the past, [[DomesticAbuse but the fallout was so bad]] [[ExtremeDoormat that she gave up]]. Also, giving birth to so many sons has made her incapable of intervening. He also blatantly encouraged his older sons to torment Hans out of contempt for not fighting back and failing to meet or even exceed the extremely high but cruel standards he set for his children. This becomes Hans' FreudianExcuse, as he developed a nigh-impossible goal of winning his abusive father's respect, but at the same time, compromised his own morals over the years working as his father's errand boy, and do things he ironically despised.

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** ''Literature/AFrozenHeart'', a tie-in novel to ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', reveals that Prince Hans' father, the king of the Southern Isles Isles, [[TheCorrupter emotionally manipulates manipulated and micromanages micromanaged]] his thirteen sons to the point that most have inherited his LackOfEmpathy, transforming them into [[WellDoneSonGuy his sycophantic enforcers]] over the years. Plus, he deliberately encouraged violence within his large family so that they'll be indoctrinated in his SocialDarwinist mindset. It's implied that his wife tried to stop him from abusing their sons at some point in the past, [[DomesticAbuse but the fallout was so bad]] [[ExtremeDoormat that she gave up]]. Also, giving birth to so many sons children has made her incapable of intervening. He also blatantly encouraged his older sons to torment Hans out of contempt for not fighting back and failing to meet or even exceed the extremely high but cruel standards he set for his children. This becomes Hans' FreudianExcuse, as he developed a nigh-impossible goal of winning his abusive father's respect, but at the same time, compromised his own morals over the years working as his father's errand boy, and do things he ironically despised.


** ''Literature/AFrozenHeart'', a tie-in novel to ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', reveals that Prince Hans' father, the king of the Southern Isles emotionally manipulates and micromanages his thirteen sons to the point that most have inherited his LackOfEmpathy, transforming them into [[WellDoneSonGuy his sycophantic enforcers]] over the years. Plus, he deliberately encouraged violence within his large family so that they'll be indoctrinated in his SocialDarwinist mindset. He also blatantly encouraged his older sons to torment Hans out of contempt for not fighting back and failing to meet or even exceed the extremely high but cruel standards he set for his children. This becomes Hans' FreudianExcuse, as he developed a nigh-impossible goal of winning his abusive father's respect, but at the same time, compromised his own morals over the years working as his father's errand boy, and do things he ironically despised.

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** ''Literature/AFrozenHeart'', a tie-in novel to ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', reveals that Prince Hans' father, the king of the Southern Isles emotionally manipulates and micromanages his thirteen sons to the point that most have inherited his LackOfEmpathy, transforming them into [[WellDoneSonGuy his sycophantic enforcers]] over the years. Plus, he deliberately encouraged violence within his large family so that they'll be indoctrinated in his SocialDarwinist mindset. It's implied that his wife tried to stop him from abusing their sons at some point in the past, [[DomesticAbuse but the fallout was so bad]] [[ExtremeDoormat that she gave up]]. Also, giving birth to so many sons has made her incapable of intervening. He also blatantly encouraged his older sons to torment Hans out of contempt for not fighting back and failing to meet or even exceed the extremely high but cruel standards he set for his children. This becomes Hans' FreudianExcuse, as he developed a nigh-impossible goal of winning his abusive father's respect, but at the same time, compromised his own morals over the years working as his father's errand boy, and do things he ironically despised.

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** ''Literature/AFrozenHeart'', a tie-in novel to ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', reveals that Prince Hans' father, the king of the Southern Isles emotionally manipulates and micromanages his thirteen sons to the point that most have inherited his LackOfEmpathy, transforming them into [[WellDoneSonGuy his sycophantic enforcers]] over the years. Plus, he deliberately encouraged violence within his large family so that they'll be indoctrinated in his SocialDarwinist mindset. He also blatantly encouraged his older sons to torment Hans out of contempt for not fighting back and failing to meet or even exceed the extremely high but cruel standards he set for his children. This becomes Hans' FreudianExcuse, as he developed a nigh-impossible goal of winning his abusive father's respect, but at the same time, compromised his own morals over the years working as his father's errand boy, and do things he ironically despised.

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* ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' has this in the form of Judge Claude Frollo's relationship with Quasimodo. Frollo is only taking care of Quasi because he sees it as doing penance for killing Quasi's mother on the steps of Notre Dame, and actually tried to drown Quasimodo right after this, even though he was just a baby.

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