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* While it's generally PlayedForLaughs, it's heavily implied in ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' that the nations have no choice but to obey their bosses, meaning that the characters all live in a world where their best friends or even family members could turn on them in an instant. When the series was in its webcomic format, it was played ''very'' seriously in [[http://hetalia.livejournal.com/2977183.html the story of China and Japan]]. China raises Japan and considers him a little brother, only for Japan to show up in the middle of the night and attack China with a katana. China has ''no idea at all'' this is coming, and is inviting Japan inside for some food when the blade is drawn.
* ''Manga/BitterVirgin''

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* While it's generally PlayedForLaughs, it's heavily implied in ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' that the nations have no choice but to obey their bosses, meaning that the characters all live in a world where their best friends or even family members could turn on them in an instant. When the series was in its webcomic format, it was played ''very'' seriously in [[http://hetalia.livejournal.com/2977183.html the story of China and Japan]]. China raises Japan and considers him a little brother, only for Japan to show up in the middle of the night and attack China with a katana. China has ''no idea at all'' this is coming, and is inviting Japan inside for some food when the blade is drawn.
* ''Manga/BitterVirgin''
''Manga/BitterVirgin'':



--> '''Goku''': Do as I tell you right now, before I lose what little sense of reason I have left!

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--> '''Goku''': ---> '''Goku:''' Do as I tell you right now, before I lose what little sense of reason I have left!



--> '''Goku''': [[OutlivingOnesOffspring Gohan is dead]]. [[note]][[ComicallyMissingThePoint Actually, the line was "Gohan and Vegeta are dead", but he doesn't count]].[[/note]]

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--> '''Goku''': ---> '''Goku:''' [[OutlivingOnesOffspring Gohan is dead]]. [[note]][[ComicallyMissingThePoint Actually, the line was "Gohan and Vegeta are dead", but he doesn't count]].[[/note]]



* While it's generally PlayedForLaughs, it's heavily implied in ''Webcomic/HetaliaAxisPowers'' that the nations have no choice but to obey their bosses, meaning that the characters all live in a world where their best friends or even family members could turn on them in an instant. When the series was in its webcomic format, it was played ''very'' seriously in [[http://hetalia.livejournal.com/2977183.html the story of China and Japan]]. China raises Japan and considers him a little brother, only for Japan to show up in the middle of the night and attack China with a katana. China has ''no idea at all'' this is coming, and is inviting Japan inside for some food when the blade is drawn.



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* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul''
** Adult ghouls, or frequently [[PromotionToParent older ghoul children]], go to extreme lengths to protect the young from the genocidal CCG. They move frequently, maintain connections who can produce false documents, keep ghoul children isolated from human children, and make a lot of effort to blend in with humans themselves to both suppress suspicion and draw attention.
** Adult friendships among ghouls are difficult to maintain, as they ally with various groups for mutual protection and then the CCG takes notice of growing alliances and targets them for eradication. The losses weigh heavier with each year and yet they continue to reach out to each other because, as one ghoul puts it, "Compared to crying alone, crying together is way better."
** Ghouls who survive to adulthood and humans alike must wrestle with their parents' errors and crimes, and work through a great deal of trauma and hatred to build a better world for the next generation.


** Luffy, Ace, and Dragon turning into criminals despite trying to raise them as marines could be a parental failure fear for Garp. [[spoiler:Even worse when Ace actually ''dies'', and Garp has to ask Sengoku to pin him down so he won't go straight towards his killer to get {{revenge}}.]]

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** Luffy, Ace, and Dragon turning into criminals despite trying to raise them as marines Marines could be a parental failure fear for Garp. [[spoiler:Even worse when Ace actually ''dies'', and Garp has to ask Sengoku to pin him down so he won't go straight towards his killer to get {{revenge}}.]]


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** After finally being pinned down and fatally wounded by his psychopathic brother, [[spoiler: Donquixote "Corazon" Rocinante]] uses the last moments of his life to protect and hide Law from Doflamingo and his subordinates, eventually dying without ever knowing for certain if Law escaped to safety.

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* ''Manga/DemonSlayerKimetsuNoYaiba'' opens on young teen Tanjiro Kamado (barely 13 years old) leaving his family for a day, as he goes into town. When he comes back, he's greeted by the sight of his mother and youngest siblings '''butchered''', while his only surviving sister has been reduced to a feral, bloodthirsty monster.


* The final arc of ''VisualNovel/{{AIR}}''. While its cause may be supernatural, the adult fear Haruko is made to confront is very real: that of [[spoiler: caring for a child through an incurable illness, knowing that she'll ultimately die no matter what you do for her]].












* ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'' utilizes several scenes very effectively such as when Nagisa is left standing in the rain after Tomoya basically ditched her. Given that she's been very prone to [[IllGirl being sick all her life]], usually to the point of missing LOTS of school (hell [[HeldBackInSchool it's practically a plot point]]), it's understandable when both [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Tomoya]] and Nagisa's parents [[OhCrap freak when they realize this.]] There's another scene where [[spoiler: Kotomi's parents die]] and her [[PartingWordsRegret last words to them were "I hate you"]] [[spoiler: because this happened after quite a fight]]; her resulting breakdown is quite understandable. The last example here, and quite frankly the most emotionally moving, is when both [[spoiler: Nagisa and Ushio die, though at different parts of the series.]] Watching them slowly [[spoiler: die]] is gut-wrenchingly saddening, it's surprising your actual guts aren't all over the floor after the respective [[spoiler: characters die]]. Knowing that people you care about are [[spoiler: dying]] and not being able to do a single damn thing about it is something that is enough to make anybody give up on life [[spoiler: as what happened with Tomoya]], our battered BreakTheCutie scene that's been dragged through the proverbial mud much of [[spoiler: his]] life.























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\n* In ''Animation/GuardianFairyMichel'', while it has comedic tones, Kim's concern over Poyo playing with her gun is played straight -- for good reason.






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\n\n* Episode 11 of ''Manga/ICantUnderstandWhatMyHusbandIsSaying'' is one long case of this. Working a dead-end job while living alone (as depicted in Kaoru's flashback) is close to a living nightmare, and is an experience that all too many loners are familiar with.


















* ''Anime/MiraiOfTheFuture'': The idea of children going missing is bad enough in safe Japan. [[spoiler:The demonic bullet train to Lonely Land, the implication that any children who board it are never seen again and how it actively tries sucking Kun and Mirai on board]] make for even more uncomfortable viewing for anyone from a country where child abduction is rampant.








* In ''Manga/{{Noragami}}'', Hiyori in her spirit form is kidnapped, leaving her physical body behind. If she remains too long in her spirit form, she will eventually die. Her parents, not knowing what is happening, could only helplessly watch as their daughter slowly slips further and further in a coma.













* The premise of ''Manga/ThePromisedNeverland'': Your family who you're seeing off to go to a great place they've been looking forward to their whole lives? That "great place" is a slaughterhouse, and the only one who have a chance to survive said fate are girls who have undergone severe testing. The caretaker that's raised you, played games with you, and been there for you your whole life (that you can remember, anyway)? She's in on it, and is the one who tests aforementioned girls. Everybody leaves by the age of twelve, which you and your two male best friends are rapidly approaching. And then there's one for said caretaker, when she discovers [[spoiler: that one of the children she's raising to be a ritual sacrifice is her biological son. And said son is the one who tells her]]. And then he [[spoiler: attempts suicide via self-immolation, and tampered with all the anti-fire measures beforehand to prevent her from doing anything about it.]]






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\n\n* Episode 3 ''Anime/RanpoKitanGameOfLaplace'', Watanuki kidnapping young girls from families so he could have his own children to raise. He has captured nine girls, and five of them have to suffer a horrific fate for refusing to acknowledge him as their new father. What's even worse is that even after he got released from jail, he's still searching for more girls to take....






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\n\n* The ending to ''Manga/SatouKashiNoDanganWaUchinukenai'' provides an example of this. Nagisa's best friend Mokuzu [[spoiler:is murdered by her father, Masachika, during a fight. There were numerous signs that he was abusive (she had a permanent, painful limp due to a hip injury she received as a baby and a ruptured ear drum which caused her to be partially deaf) and child services had been called on him, but she stood by him and her mother eventually left them. Even in her new town there were rumors he was abusive, some even wondering if he'd end up killing her one day, but still no police were involved: when the neighbors tried to contact Mokuzu, she refused to collaborate and no one could directly accuse her.]] Mokuzu has absurd, outlandish behavior (such as saying she is a mermaid or randomly singing) but [[spoiler:no one saw it as related to abuse, a sign for help, or a mixture of both until it was too late]].



* Megu-nee from ''Manga/SchoolLive'' was always stressed by being the only adult around and having the task of keeping three high school girls safe during a ZombieApocalypse. TheReveal that [[spoiler:the government knew about the threat and issued out emergency manuals in case of an outbreak]] caused her major guilt [[spoiler:because she felt she could have done something if she had opened it beforehand.]]





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\n* Tsumugi's walk through town in Episode 7 of ''Manga/SweetnessAndLightning'', which includes her almost getting run over by a bike. Another example from the same episode would be Kouhei waking up to find that Tsumugi snuck out of their apartment on her own.
* ''Anime/TheTaleOfThePrincessKaguya'':
** A toddler Kaguya strays from her father in the woods and gets nearly attacked by a wild boar. Luckily, she's rescued.
** Inadvertantly ruining your child's life when trying to give them a better one.










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\n\n* The blood of children is apparently more desirable than the blood of grown humans in ''Manga/VampireKnight''.














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\n\n* Although he rarely expresses anything outside of arrogance and anger, [[Anime/YuGiOh Seto Kaiba]] himself has one. Whenever his brother's life is at stake, he's terrified he will lose him. Being orphaned at a young age and a ParentalSubstitute to Mokuba are good reasons why he'd be scared to lose the family he has.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'' has a lot of this:
** In Episode 4, Yuzu and the kids of You Show Duel school are literally hanging on for dear life. How would their parents react to that!?
** In Episode 32, Yoko watched the building her son was in collapse on top of him. He got away, but for a second she thought she saw her son be seriously hurt or worse.
** Everything about what Kurosaki said in #33 and #34. [[spoiler: One day, you are minding your own business, and then your home is invaded for no reason. Your home becomes a war zone and you are forced to fight for survival as you watch as everyone you care about taken away and carded, which is for all intents and purposes killed.]]
** Another one for Yoko. Imagine yourself going to drop off some kids home when you get the call that says your son is in a coma.
** The Battle Royale sub-arc is filled with this. [[spoiler: Your son or daughter is in a tournament and after a while any feed of your child is cut as they are forced to fight for survival while you have no idea. The worst part has to be when the tournament is over and you find out your child was carded.]]
** You are told your child is missing and you have no way to get to them. That is a nightmare Shuzou is currently facing.
** You look away for a second and a small child you are looking after disappears.
** You are arrested and forced to leave your three young children alone without any guidance, protection or support. You later spot your children sneaking into a high-profile event, being chased by the guards, and you can do nothing to help.
** Your world is being attacked by an EldritchAbomination and your only child sacrifices herself to stop said EldritchAbomination with the four means to stop him, then found out you wake up with no memory, until you find out what happened, and trying to get your child back. [[spoiler: This is Leo's backstory in a giant nutshell]].














* Although he rarely expresses anything outside of arrogance and anger, [[Anime/YuGiOh Seto Kaiba]] himself has one. Whenever his brother's life is at stake, he's terrified he will lose him. Being orphaned at a young age and a ParentalSubstitute to Mokuba are good reasons why he'd be scared to lose the family he has.
* ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'' utilizes several scenes very effectively such as when Nagisa is left standing in the rain after Tomoya basically ditched her. Given that she's been very prone to [[IllGirl being sick all her life]], usually to the point of missing LOTS of school (hell [[HeldBackInSchool it's practically a plot point]]), it's understandable when both [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Tomoya]] and Nagisa's parents [[OhCrap freak when they realize this.]] There's another scene where [[spoiler: Kotomi's parents die]] and her [[PartingWordsRegret last words to them were "I hate you"]] [[spoiler: because this happened after quite a fight]]; her resulting breakdown is quite understandable. The last example here, and quite frankly the most emotionally moving, is when both [[spoiler: Nagisa and Ushio die, though at different parts of the series.]] Watching them slowly [[spoiler: die]] is gut-wrenchingly saddening, it's surprising your actual guts aren't all over the floor after the respective [[spoiler: characters die]]. Knowing that people you care about are [[spoiler: dying]] and not being able to do a single damn thing about it is something that is enough to make anybody give up on life [[spoiler: as what happened with Tomoya]], our battered BreakTheCutie scene that's been dragged through the proverbial mud much of [[spoiler: his]] life.
* The final arc of ''VisualNovel/{{AIR}}''. While its cause may be supernatural, the adult fear Haruko is made to confront is very real: that of [[spoiler: caring for a child through an incurable illness, knowing that she'll ultimately die no matter what you do for her]].
* The ending to ''Manga/SatouKashiNoDanganWaUchinukenai'' provides an example of this. Nagisa's best friend Mokuzu [[spoiler:is murdered by her father, Masachika, during a fight. There were numerous signs that he was abusive (she had a permanent, painful limp due to a hip injury she received as a baby and a ruptured ear drum which caused her to be partially deaf) and child services had been called on him, but she stood by him and her mother eventually left them. Even in her new town there were rumors he was abusive, some even wondering if he'd end up killing her one day, but still no police were involved: when the neighbors tried to contact Mokuzu, she refused to collaborate and no one could directly accuse her.]] Mokuzu has absurd, outlandish behavior (such as saying she is a mermaid or randomly singing) but [[spoiler:no one saw it as related to abuse, a sign for help, or a mixture of both until it was too late]].
* Episode 11 of ''Manga/ICantUnderstandWhatMyHusbandIsSaying'' is one long case of this. Working a dead-end job while living alone (as depicted in Kaoru's flashback) is close to a living nightmare, and is an experience that all too many loners are familiar with.
* In ''Animation/GuardianFairyMichel'', while it has comedic tones, Kim's concern over Poyo playing with her gun is played straight -- for good reason.
* Episode 3 ''Anime/RanpoKitanGameOfLaplace'', Watanuki kidnapping young girls from families so he could have his own children to raise. He has captured nine girls, and five of them have to suffer a horrific fate for refusing to acknowledge him as their new father. What's even worse is that even after he got released from jail, he's still searching for more girls to take....
* ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'' has a lot of this:
** In Episode 4, Yuzu and the kids of You Show Duel school are literally hanging on for dear life. How would their parents react to that!?
** In Episode 32, Yoko watched the building her son was in collapse on top of him. He got away, but for a second she thought she saw her son be seriously hurt or worse.
** Everything about what Kurosaki said in #33 and #34. [[spoiler: One day, you are minding your own business, and then your home is invaded for no reason. Your home becomes a war zone and you are forced to fight for survival as you watch as everyone you care about taken away and carded, which is for all intents and purposes killed.]]
** Another one for Yoko. Imagine yourself going to drop off some kids home when you get the call that says your son is in a coma.
** The Battle Royale sub-arc is filled with this. [[spoiler: Your son or daughter is in a tournament and after a while any feed of your child is cut as they are forced to fight for survival while you have no idea. The worst part has to be when the tournament is over and you find out your child was carded.]]
** You are told your child is missing and you have no way to get to them. That is a nightmare Shuzou is currently facing.
** You look away for a second and a small child you are looking after disappears.
** You are arrested and forced to leave your three young children alone without any guidance, protection or support. You later spot your children sneaking into a high-profile event, being chased by the guards, and you can do nothing to help.
** Your world is being attacked by an EldritchAbomination and your only child sacrifices herself to stop said EldritchAbomination with the four means to stop him, then found out you wake up with no memory, until you find out what happened, and trying to get your child back. [[spoiler: This is Leo's backstory in a giant nutshell]].
* ''Anime/TheTaleOfThePrincessKaguya'':
** A toddler Kaguya strays from her father in the woods and gets nearly attacked by a wild boar. Luckily, she's rescued.
** Inadvertantly ruining your child's life when trying to give them a better one.
* In ''Manga/{{Noragami}}'', Hiyori in her spirit form is kidnapped, leaving her physical body behind. If she remains too long in her spirit form, she will eventually die. Her parents, not knowing what is happening, could only helplessly watch as their daughter slowly slips further and further in a coma.
* Megu-nee from ''Manga/SchoolLive'' was always stressed by being the only adult around and having the task of keeping three high school girls safe during a ZombieApocalypse. TheReveal that [[spoiler:the government knew about the threat and issued out emergency manuals in case of an outbreak]] caused her major guilt [[spoiler:because she felt she could have done something if she had opened it beforehand.]]
* Tsumugi's walk through town in Episode 7 of ''Manga/SweetnessAndLightning'', which includes her almost getting run over by a bike. Another example from the same episode would be Kouhei waking up to find that Tsumugi snuck out of their apartment on her own.
* The premise of ''Manga/ThePromisedNeverland'': Your family who you're seeing off to go to a great place they've been looking forward to their whole lives? That "great place" is a slaughterhouse, and the only one who have a chance to survive said fate are girls who have undergone severe testing. The caretaker that's raised you, played games with you, and been there for you your whole life (that you can remember, anyway)? She's in on it, and is the one who tests aforementioned girls. Everybody leaves by the age of twelve, which you and your two male best friends are rapidly approaching. And then there's one for said caretaker, when she discovers [[spoiler: that one of the children she's raising to be a ritual sacrifice is her biological son. And said son is the one who tells her]]. And then he [[spoiler: attempts suicide via self-immolation, and tampered with all the anti-fire measures beforehand to prevent her from doing anything about it.]]
* The blood of children is apparently more desirable than the blood of grown humans in ''Manga/VampireKnight''.
* ''Anime/MiraiOfTheFuture'': The idea of children going missing is bad enough in safe Japan. [[spoiler:The demonic bullet train to Lonely Land, the implication that any children who board it are never seen again and how it actively tries sucking Kun and Mirai on board]] make for even more uncomfortable viewing for anyone from a country where child abduction is rampant.





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** Yuri gets transported into the Hittite Empire, in ancient Turkey, through a [[ItMakesSenseInContext puddle]]. The story follows her from there, but the real fear comes from thinking about the people she left behind in the present. Her boyfriend, Himuro, turned his back on her for a few seconds and then faced her again and - she's gone! [[http://i5.mangareader.net/red-river/1/red-river-619145.jpg Her bag is still hitting the ground]]! And he had just sworn to [[DeclarationOfProtection protect her]] because she was feeling scared of [[ItMakesSenseInContext water]]. You're out with your girlfriend, take your eyes off of her for a bit and then poof. She's gone and you have no idea where she is.

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** Yuri gets transported into the Hittite Empire, in ancient Turkey, through a [[ItMakesSenseInContext puddle]]. The story follows her from there, but the real fear comes from thinking about the people she left behind in the present. Her boyfriend, Himuro, turned his back on her for a few seconds and then faced her again and - -- she's gone! [[http://i5.mangareader.net/red-river/1/red-river-619145.jpg Her bag is still hitting the ground]]! And he had just sworn to [[DeclarationOfProtection protect her]] because she was feeling scared of [[ItMakesSenseInContext water]]. You're out with your girlfriend, take your eyes off of her for a bit and then poof. She's gone and you have no idea where she is.



* In ''Anime/AshitaNoNadja'':
** [[spoiler:Colette Preminger]] experiences a terrible dose of this when she [[spoiler:wakes up from an illness-induced coma]], only to be told [[spoiler:by her retainers]] that [[spoiler:her baby daughter Nadja had died of the same sickness that almost killed Colette herself. (Complete with a heartbreaking scene where Colette rushes to Nadja's wooden crib and finds it empty, collapsing in tears). In reality, Nadja had been sent away to an English orphanage to trick Colette into coming back home to her clan. And both mother and daughter only learn of the whole deal ''thirteen years later''. (No wonder Colette gets '''pissed''' at her father, the one to blame for this, when she learns the whole truth)]].
** What if a person you care immensely for is mistakenly blamed for something ''you'' committed, is about to go to jail for it... and refuses to clear up his/her name to protect you? [[spoiler: No wonder Keith almost snaps when Francis is willing to pull a TwinSwitch when ''he's accused of the thefts Keith committed as a GentlemanThief''.]]



* ''VisualNovel/RoboticsNotes'' has a few.
** [[spoiler:Mizuka's]] death was pretty tragic, especially when you watch Kaito desperately doing everything in his power to try and save her.
** Akiho and Misa. An older sibling has cut off ties from their family with no explanation and ignores any and all attempts at contact, and the last conversation they had with the younger was them [[BreakTheCutie calling her plain and saying she'd never accomplish anything.]] Then it's revealed [[spoiler:she's being manipulated by someone else who is forcing her to cooperate by threatening the lives of everyone she cares about]].
* ''Franchise/CodeGeass'' has a couple notable ones. Lelouch and Cornelia are half-siblings from opposite sides of the conflict, with one thing in common: they both have full-blooded younger sisters, Nunnally and Euphemia, over who they would freak out if anything were to happen to them. In Lelouch's case this is VERY effectively invoked by Mao, who kidnaps Nunnally ''twice'' to catch his attention.
* ''Manga/{{Subaru}}'' has the protagonist's twin-brother. He's only 7 years old and has been hospitalized for ''two years'' due to a brain tumor. And said tumor will grow and impact his memories, making him forget everything, including speech. This is played absolutely straight and for all the drama it causes on the family. Just imagine that this is ''your'' son, with an illness that you are absolutely powerless against and you ultimately can do nothing but ''watch'' him slowly losing himself to the tumor.
* ''Manga/KotouraSan'': Haruka's backstory includes [[spoiler:having her mother, who [[ParentsAsPeople once tried to help her with her problems]] but ultimately couldn't cope with them, [[ParentalAbandonment callously abandon her]] in front of her grandfather and saying she wished she never gave birth to her]]. And we learn that this is after [[spoiler: Haruka's father utterly refused to help them either and then walked out on them]]! It's utterly heartbreaking.
* Here's one courtesy of ''Manga/DeathNote'': What if a new serial killer arose, more prolific than any killer before him... and that killer turned out to be ''your son?'' Doubling up on the Adult Fear: On top of all of that, it's the parent's responsibility now to capture this serial killer so that he can be put to death. Poor Soichiro...
* Taken on by the WhatDoTheyFearEpisode of ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu''. Since Sousuke grew up in a war zone, he's completely unfazed by the spooky atmosphere of the AbandonedHospital, and dismisses ghostly apparitions and a blood-drenched CreepyChild as not threatening enough to worry about. What ''does'' shake his composure is the thought that Kaname, his charge, has been seriously injured or even killed after falling through the floor.
* ''Anime/GraveOfTheFireflies'': Protagonist kids Seita and Setsuko are orphaned during wartime and have heart-wrenching difficulty in surviving afterwards, especially after they run away from their aunt who doesn't really care. Things like sucking on little stones and imagining they are food.
* ''Manga/HappySugarLife'':
** Taiyou Mitsuboshi is abducted by his manager and raped for a week. To make matters worse, while he does return home, he is permanently traumatized by the event developing an immense fear of older women.
** Shouko's parents were inattentive in her life, and she ends up getting murdered by her own best friend due to intruding in her affairs.
** Yuuna stands by in abject horror when her daughter Shio is nearly mowed down by a truck.

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* ''VisualNovel/RoboticsNotes'' has a few.
** [[spoiler:Mizuka's]] death was pretty tragic, especially when you watch Kaito desperately doing everything in his power to try and save her.
** Akiho and Misa. An older sibling has cut off ties from their family with no explanation and ignores any and all attempts at contact, and the last conversation they had with the younger was them [[BreakTheCutie calling her plain and saying she'd never accomplish anything.]] Then
While it's revealed [[spoiler:she's being manipulated by someone else who is forcing her to cooperate by threatening the lives of everyone she cares about]].
* ''Franchise/CodeGeass'' has a couple notable ones. Lelouch and Cornelia are half-siblings from opposite sides of the conflict, with one thing in common: they both have full-blooded younger sisters, Nunnally and Euphemia, over who they would freak out if anything were to happen to them. In Lelouch's case this is VERY effectively invoked by Mao, who kidnaps Nunnally ''twice'' to catch his attention.
* ''Manga/{{Subaru}}'' has the protagonist's twin-brother. He's only 7 years old and has been hospitalized for ''two years'' due to a brain tumor. And said tumor will grow and impact his memories, making him forget everything, including speech. This is played absolutely straight and for all the drama it causes on the family. Just imagine that this is ''your'' son, with an illness that you are absolutely powerless against and you ultimately can do nothing but ''watch'' him slowly losing himself to the tumor.
* ''Manga/KotouraSan'': Haruka's backstory includes [[spoiler:having her mother, who [[ParentsAsPeople once tried to help her with her problems]] but ultimately couldn't cope with them, [[ParentalAbandonment callously abandon her]] in front of her grandfather and saying she wished she never gave birth to her]]. And we learn that this is after [[spoiler: Haruka's father utterly refused to help them either and then walked out on them]]! It's utterly heartbreaking.
* Here's one courtesy of ''Manga/DeathNote'': What if a new serial killer arose, more prolific than any killer before him... and that killer turned out to be ''your son?'' Doubling up on the Adult Fear: On top of all of that,
generally PlayedForLaughs, it's the parent's responsibility now to capture this serial killer so heavily implied in ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' that he can be put to death. Poor Soichiro...
* Taken on by
the WhatDoTheyFearEpisode of ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu''. Since Sousuke grew up nations have no choice but to obey their bosses, meaning that the characters all live in a war zone, he's completely unfazed by world where their best friends or even family members could turn on them in an instant. When the spooky atmosphere of the AbandonedHospital, and dismisses ghostly apparitions and a blood-drenched CreepyChild as not threatening enough to worry about. What ''does'' shake his composure is the thought that Kaname, his charge, has been series was in its webcomic format, it was played ''very'' seriously injured or even killed after falling through in [[http://hetalia.livejournal.com/2977183.html the floor.
* ''Anime/GraveOfTheFireflies'': Protagonist kids Seita
story of China and Setsuko are orphaned during wartime Japan]]. China raises Japan and have heart-wrenching difficulty in surviving afterwards, especially after they run away from their aunt who doesn't really care. Things like sucking on considers him a little stones brother, only for Japan to show up in the middle of the night and imagining they are food.
* ''Manga/HappySugarLife'':
** Taiyou Mitsuboshi
attack China with a katana. China has ''no idea at all'' this is abducted by his manager coming, and raped is inviting Japan inside for a week. To make matters worse, while he does return home, he is permanently traumatized by the event developing an immense fear of older women.
** Shouko's parents were inattentive in her life, and she ends up getting murdered by her own best friend due to intruding in her affairs.
** Yuuna stands by in abject horror
some food when her daughter Shio the blade is nearly mowed down by a truck.drawn.





* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Brook. In a rare case of a main character who was middle-aged in his flashback, instead of the usual childhood traumas we got the story of a parent/authority figure losing friends and loved ones to tragedy and bad decisions, finally ending up old and alone.
** Shanks, possibly the most easygoing character in the series, outright ''panics'' when Luffy is stolen out of his sight by a lowlife.
** What happened to [[spoiler:Boa Hancock and her sisters, Sandersonia and Marigold]] in their past. [[spoiler:At a very young age, they were the junior members of a Kuja ship's crew... and once their older shipmates and caretakers simply took their eyes off the three pre-teen girls for mere minutes, they were kidnapped and then sold into slavery. It took them ''years'' to come back home... and they remain scarred, both physically and mentally, by the experience right up to the present day. Merely recalling the HELL they lived through can these three ''very'' badass women to tears. (And in Marigold's case, to a screaming HeroicBSOD)]]
** Luffy, Ace, and Dragon turning into criminals despite trying to raise them as marines could be a parental failure fear for Garp. [[spoiler:Even worse when Ace actually ''dies'', and Garp has to ask Sengoku to pin him down so he won't go straight towards his killer to get {{revenge}}.]]
** The Punk Hazard arc may have the worst case of this. Parents on the islands near Punk Hazard are told by a [[TheMole Mole]] in the Marines that their children suddenly died in accidents while they were out playing. In reality, they are being abducted for use in human experimentation which is poisoning them slowly to death.
** Kuina's death. In a world with fantastic powers and ancient weapons, she just...fell down the stairs. Death can come at any time, in any situation, even to a child.
** The Toy Soldier[[spoiler:/Kyros]] watched as his beloved wife was shot and killed before his eyes. And at one point, his adopted daughter Rebecca was kidnapped by people intending to sell her.
* ''Anime/{{Monster}}'': Johan will [[MindRape rape your mind]], [[DrivenToSuicide drive you to suicide]], and [[DissonantSerenity smile through it all]]. [[WouldHurtAChild It's even worse that he has no compunctions about doing this to children.]] Worse yet, Tenma has to not only live with the fact that Johan lives because of his own hand, but he is wanted by the police, as nobody except Johan's sister believes or knows Johan exists, meaning Tenma is suspect number one for the murders.
* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'': Done in the fifth arc, with [[spoiler:all of the Ushiromiya children except for Battler being killed off on the First Twilight. And then Battler in the sixth arc. Poor Rudolf.]]
* ''Manga/GameXRush'': The deep backstories. Abandonment of a child, severe and prolonged physical abuse by foster parents, near-insane idolization of a psychotic "mother" who uses said child as an excuse to kill... And that's just one of the main characters. The other involves severe and prolonged domestic abuse, accidental arson, murder of one parent in front of the child's eyes.

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* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Brook. In a rare case of a main character who was middle-aged in his flashback, instead of the usual childhood traumas we got the story of a parent/authority figure losing friends and loved ones to tragedy and bad decisions, finally ending up old and alone.
** Shanks, possibly the most easygoing character in the series, outright ''panics'' when Luffy is stolen out of his sight by a lowlife.
** What happened to [[spoiler:Boa Hancock and her sisters, Sandersonia and Marigold]] in their past. [[spoiler:At a very young age, they were the junior members of a Kuja ship's crew... and once their older shipmates and caretakers simply took their eyes off the three pre-teen girls for mere minutes, they were kidnapped and then sold into slavery. It took them ''years'' to come back home... and they remain scarred, both physically and mentally, by the experience right up to the present day. Merely recalling the HELL they lived through can these three ''very'' badass women to tears. (And in Marigold's case, to a screaming HeroicBSOD)]]
** Luffy, Ace, and Dragon turning into criminals despite trying to raise them as marines could be a parental failure fear for Garp. [[spoiler:Even worse when Ace actually ''dies'', and Garp has to ask Sengoku to pin him down so he won't go straight towards his killer to get {{revenge}}.]]
''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** The Punk Hazard arc may have the worst case of this. Parents on the islands near Punk Hazard are told by way he lost his mother as a [[TheMole Mole]] in the Marines that their children suddenly died in accidents while they were out playing. In reality, they are child left Ichigo unable to handle being abducted for powerless to protect those in danger. Villains often use this against him, culminating in human experimentation which is poisoning them slowly to death.
** Kuina's death. In a world with fantastic powers and ancient weapons, she just...fell down the stairs. Death can come at any time, in any situation, even to a child.
** The Toy Soldier[[spoiler:/Kyros]] watched as
one ArcVillain's mind-bending assault on his beloved wife was shot and killed before his eyes. And at one point, his adopted daughter Rebecca was kidnapped by people intending to sell her.family leading Ichigo into an HeroicBSOD.
* ''Anime/{{Monster}}'': Johan will [[MindRape rape your mind]], [[DrivenToSuicide drive you ** Having made two separate vows to suicide]], always protect his dead wife's younger sister and [[DissonantSerenity smile through it all]]. [[WouldHurtAChild always uphold the law, Byakuya's left dumbfounded when Rukia's execution brings the two vows into conflict. Although he's forced to support the execution, his worst fear is eventually confirmed to be Rukia dying. When it's exploited in battle by an enemy that manipulates fear, Byakuya is left paralysed by terror and suffers the most brutal defeat in the story's history: his body is shredded [[FamilyUnfriendlyViolence so badly]], his torso is [[DeathOfAThousandCuts flayed]] open [[GoryDiscretionShot to the spine]].
** At only age 40, Ryuuken Ishida has outlived every member of his family save for his teenage son Uryuu.
It's even worse implied that he's given up everything he has no compunctions about doing this was raised to children.]] Worse yet, Tenma has to not only live with the fact that Johan lives because of his own hand, but he is wanted by the police, as nobody except Johan's sister believes or knows Johan exists, meaning Tenma is suspect number one for the murders.
* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'': Done in the fifth arc, with [[spoiler:all of the Ushiromiya children except for Battler being killed off on the First Twilight. And then Battler in the sixth arc. Poor Rudolf.]]
* ''Manga/GameXRush'': The deep backstories. Abandonment of a child, severe
believe and prolonged physical abuse by foster parents, near-insane idolization of a psychotic "mother" who uses said child as an excuse cherish in order to kill... And that's just one of the main characters. The other involves severe and prolonged domestic abuse, accidental arson, murder of one parent in front of the child's eyes.protect Uryuu from their deadly family secrets.



* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''
** Arf's situation in [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha the first season]] is rather nightmarish. The person who she loves more than anything suffers from parental abuse, and she's powerless to stop the abuse or even convince the victim that it's wrong.
** The ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' finale began with the simple yet real fear of [[spoiler:losing your child because you were away when they needed you most - like it happened to Nanoha, Fate, and Vivio. Nanoha actually has [[HeroicBSOD an emotional breakdown]] because of it, [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness something that never happened before or since in the entire franchise]].]]
** This is the main reason that Nanoha was so hesitant to adopt Vivio in the first place, despite how appealing she found the idea. The possibility of her being injured or killed in the line of duty, thus leaving Vivio all alone, always exists (especially when you consider the fact that both she and her father have nearly been killed on the battlefield in the past).
** [[spoiler:Genya Nakajima's elder daughter, Ginga, is kidnapped and his younger daughter Subaru gets hospitalized. In the third Sound Stage of the series, he approaches her and recommends that she withdraw from the case, emphasizing how hard it is on her, but is willing to accept her decision to continue. When you consider that his wife was killed in the line of duty, it's easy to see that he fears losing Subaru too. (Thank God Subaru manages to rescue Ginga, but still)]].
** The first and second episodes of ''[=StrikerS=]'' show scenes from four years before the season proper where Subaru and Ginga were both trapped in a burning airport (with their father fully aware that they were in danger the entire time). [[spoiler:While neither of them were in any danger from the flames due to being cyborgs,]] both of them are nearly killed (Subaru is nearly crushed by a large statue, and Ginga falls several stories when the structural integrity of the stairwell she was on gives out). Had Nanoha and Fate not been present to assist in the rescue effort, it's likely that neither of them would have made it out alive.
** The source of the problem in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha TheMovie 1st'' was based on another one. Namely, what if the people in charge cared more about conserving time and money than making sure that the power plants they built were safe, [[IgnoredExpert to the point of ignoring concerns raised by their own engineers]]? [[spoiler: One of said engineers being the still sane Precia Testarossa.]] In a case of HarsherInHindsight, these fears turned into reality one year after the movie was released, when the Fukushima Nuclear Plant disaster happened and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fukushima_Daiichi_nuclear_disaster#Safety_issues investigations showed that it could have been avoided had officials taken the safety concerns raised by its own experts more seriously]].
** Hayate's plight in ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs A's]]'' is another; she has been [[IllGirl sick for a long time]], and seemingly wonders if she'll die soon, but doesn't fear it because she's always been alone. [[spoiler:And Graham believes that sealing her away with the Book of Darkness is regrettable, but in that case, few will miss her]]. And then there's the Wolkenritter's perspective, as they have to deal with the fear of losing a loved one to illness.
** Discussed in the ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaReflection Reflection]]'' manga, when Lindy mentions to Momoko that adopting Fate made her more worried about the idea of having Nanoha work for the TSAB and deny her the chance of having a peaceful life on Earth. Contrast with the original series' third Sound Stage (set before Fate's adoption), where she expresses minor annoyance that they'd have to wait six years for Nanoha to complete her compulsory education before they could recruit her full-time.
* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'':
** Satoko's EvilUncle Teppei. Made worse in Tatarogoroshi-hen by [[spoiler:Satoko having [[HatePlague Hinamizawa Syndrome]].]]
** The older children are victims. For example, a once happy child becomes withdrawn and paranoid -- even violent -- while their parents watch unable to do anything.
** Questioning your friendship with others and not being able to trust each other? Even if evil spirits and [[spoiler:conspiracies]] aren't involved, that is still unsettling.
* The otherwise incredibly lighthearted ''Manga/MinamiKe'' does one in the last episode when they find [[spoiler:what appears to be Kana's suicide note]].
* ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'':
** Kotetsu/Wild Tiger is a father in canon and therefore he ''really'' hates the mere idea of children being in any kind of danger. [[spoiler:Worse still, in the second episode his daughter Kaede ends up in danger, and Tiger is not ''quite'' quick enough to rescue her. Fortunately, Barnaby saves her life in the nick of time.]]
** Episode 15 brings a new Adult Fear for Kotetsu. Namely, [[spoiler:the possibility of having a rare, progressive condition that will force him to give up what he loves most]].
** Ivan is a teenager, but he still has to face the fear of not having been able to help his friend when he needed him the most. [[spoiler:Now said friend, Edward, is a supervillain.]]
** Barnaby has to face a huge one later in the series: [[spoiler:his parents' '''real''' murderer was... Maverick, his former ParentalSubstitute. So during a good part of his life, he has been raised ''by the guy who killed his mom and dad'', and a good part of his whole identity [[MindRape is based on]] ''[[MindRape lies]]''.]]
** The moment where [[spoiler:Maverick]] pats Kaede's head. The simple idea of what he [[MindControl could do]] to her gave the fanbase itself a major freak out.
** All friends and colleagues suddenly forgetting who he is and then trying to terminate him for a crime he didn't commit is gutwrenching. It's one of the many reasons that [[spoiler:Maverick]] is pure evil.
* ''Manga/WolfGuyWolfenCrest'' is insanely good at this. Stalkers, rape, violence, school shootings...
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** The way he lost his mother as a child left Ichigo unable to handle being powerless to protect those in danger. Villains often use this against him, culminating in one ArcVillain's mind-bending assault on his family leading Ichigo into an HeroicBSOD.
** Having made two separate vows to always protect his dead wife's younger sister and always uphold the law, Byakuya's left dumbfounded when Rukia's execution brings the two vows into conflict. Although he's forced to support the execution, his worst fear is eventually confirmed to be Rukia dying. When it's exploited in battle by an enemy that manipulates fear, Byakuya is left paralysed by terror and suffers the most brutal defeat in the story's history: his body is shredded [[FamilyUnfriendlyViolence so badly]], his torso is [[DeathOfAThousandCuts flayed]] open [[GoryDiscretionShot to the spine]].
** At only age 40, Ryuuken Ishida has outlived every member of his family save for his teenage son Uryuu. It's implied that he's given up everything he was raised to believe and cherish in order to protect Uryuu from their deadly family secrets.
* ''Manga/ProjectARMS'':
** Even though the ARMS teens are all actually raised by foster parents, they still are treated like the parents' own children. These parents then get to watch their children be attacked, nearly killed, and then get told "Hey, we have to leave for awhile and may not live, but we love you!"
** The Chapel children. They were all the result of a group of women being given, without their knowledge, drugs that altered the development of their unborn children. Not only that, but the parents are unable to properly care for their children because ''they're all afraid of them''. [[spoiler:Worse, though the children take on adult roles in the town they run, it becomes evident that the kids still need the love and support of their parents.]]
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'':
** It's revealed that [[spoiler:Ur had been told by some researchers that her IllGirl daughter Ultear had died, when in reality, they kidnapped and experimented on the girl, causing her to become one of the villains and to hate her mother Ur because she has been led to believe that Ur hated and abandoned her.]]
** Jude Heartfilia. A few weeks after he reconciles with his estranged daughter, Lucy, and manages to get over the sudden death of his wife Layla, who Lucy is the spitting image of, [[spoiler:she and her friends are attacked and seemingly killed]]. Even worse when [[spoiler:Lucy returns and finds out that he's been sending her birthday presents every year since her disappearance... and then died a month before her return.]]
* In ''Anime/AshitaNoNadja'':
** [[spoiler:Colette Preminger]] experiences a terrible dose of this when she [[spoiler:wakes up from an illness-induced coma]], only to be told [[spoiler:by her retainers]] that [[spoiler:her baby daughter Nadja had died of the same sickness that almost killed Colette herself. (Complete with a heartbreaking scene where Colette rushes to Nadja's wooden crib and finds it empty, collapsing in tears). In reality, Nadja had been sent away to an English orphanage to trick Colette into coming back home to her clan. And both mother and daughter only learn of the whole deal ''thirteen years later''. (No wonder Colette gets '''pisse''' at her father, the one to blame for this, when she learns the whole truth)]].
** What if a person you care immensely for is mistakenly blamed for something ''you'' commited, is about to go to jail for it... and refuses to clear up his/her name to protect you? [[spoiler: No wonder Keith almost snaps when Francis is willing to pull a TwinSwitch when ''he's accused of the thefts Keith commited as a GentlemanThief''.]]
* ''Anime/MyNeighborTotoro'':
** In the climax, Mei has a fight with he sister Satsuki, and runs away to go to the hospital and give Mama the fresh produce from their garden herself. Mei is four. She does not know the way. She gets lost. ''Nobody knows where she is.'' Literally ''everybody in town'' goes out to search for her, [[NeverSayDie fearing the worst]].
** One moment within the "searching for Mei" sequence stands out: The neighbors find a little girl's sandal in a pond, and show it to Satsuki. [[NeverSayDie Nobody ever says it]], but the obvious implication is ''they're afraid Mei drowned in the pond''. [[spoiler: It's not Mei's sandal, and she hasn't drowned.]]
* Another Creator/HayaoMiyazaki example is ''Anime/TheWindRises''. Protagonist Jiro has to watch the person he loves most in the entire world, [[spoiler: his wife Naoko]], succumbs to an untimely death at the hands of a horrible [[IncurableCoughOfDeath disease]].
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'':
** In ''Ishin Shishi e no Requiem'', Yahiko [[spoiler:runs away to join the rebels that were trying to overthrow the Meiji government, since his father died in a similar rebellion years ago.]]. Kaoru, having no idea where Yahiko had disappeared to, is frantic. When [[spoiler:Yahiko is ultimately left behind by the rebels and comes back to the dojo]], poor [[{{Tsundere}} Kaoru]] greets him with [[AngerBornOfWorry a slap to the face and then proceeds to sob into him]]. Kenshin immediately tells Yahiko that, had Kaoru not slapped him, he would've done that himself.
** The Jinchuu arc is a horrifyingly well-done attempt by [[spoiler:Enishi]] to use this on Kenshin. [[spoiler:So Kenshin wasn't able to protect his first wife Tomoe and the mere possibility of losing his girlfriend Kaoru terrifies him? Now Tomoe's vengeful brother deliberately exploits this fear to make Kenshin believe Kaoru has been bloodily murdered by him, thus making him revive these horrible memories. And Kenshin almost crosses the DespairEventHorizon after ''that''.]]
** The PsychologicalHorror implications of [[spoiler:Saitou going to the Kamiya dojo behind Kenshin's back]] brings out the Adult Fear card with incredible strength. Think about it: [[spoiler:''he could've killed everyone there easily if he wanted to'', and Kenshin wouldn't have been able to do anything.]] When Kenshin put two and two together, he almost had an HeroicBSOD.
** Played horrifyingly straight in [[spoiler:Anji Yukyuzan]]'s backstory. [[spoiler:The moment he left his old temple to meditate under a waterfall... it was the moment when he was beaten bloody by the local townspeople and said temple was burned to the ground. ''With Anji's adopted children inside''. The [[BreakTheCutie terrible psychological consequences]] lead him to his FaceHeelTurn.]]
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Chapter 501 and beyond has [[spoiler:Tobi threatening a newly born Naruto as an ultimatum to Minato and Kushina. After Tobi extracts the Kyubi from her, Kushina is left facing the reality that she will not live to see her son grow up. ''On top of that'', her and Minato die knowing that they're dooming their child to a lifetime of suffering and lonliness, unable to protect him from the fox, Tobi or the taunts of the villagers.]]. [[spoiler: And later Minato is revived to help his son in the war against Tobi...only to learn that Tobi is not really Madara, as he thought he was, but is actually his [[MyGreatestFailure presumed deceased student Obito, who was driven mad as a result of Rin's death, Minato's other student that Obito was in love with which Minato also failed to protect, and months of being influenced by the real Madara.]] The look on poor Minato's face when he realizes this and puts all the pieces together is heartbreaking, as he could have avoided all this by managing to save at least one of his students, or realizing sooner that Tobi was Obito and stopping him himself.]]
** Your eldest son, whom you love and raised/trained? [[spoiler:He's commissioned with killing you and your spouse. And ''everyone else in your family''. And when he comes for you, '''you clearly know it''', as well as how said son is suffering for it. Your only option is to tell him "well, our deal suck, but go ahead and kill us if that's what you truly have to do. We love you no matter what".]]
** Back in the old days, the war meant that ''everyone'' fought. The series was already known for having ChildSoldiers running around willy-nilly, but at least they're trained for combat and start out as civil servants/citizen soldiers--in the bad old days, this kind of thing amounted to ''seven-year-olds'' being declared shinobi, stuffed in armor and sent to the front lines. It's exemplified by how, when Hashirama Senju and Madara Uchiha's fathers met on the battlefield with their sons in tow, each adult's reaction was to ''immediately'' go for the other's kids. [[WarIsHell Morality? What's that]]?
* In ''Manga/ZombieLoan'', minor character Sougiya is a single father trying to pay off his contract to the Z-Loan. He knows that if he isn't able to keep his end of the contract, he will die and then no one will be left to take care of his young daughter.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''
** One girl has gone missing, another girl found dead, and their friend is very troubled by all that- but refuses any help from anyone. The mother of the latter is seen in the 11th episode, and doesn't cry because she tries to assure herself that the girl can probably handle the stress given enough time. Her mother must have felt powerless and desperate, seeing her once cheerful and gentle daughter grow so distant and detached.
** Say, has your (insert: daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece, cousin, student, neighbor, friend, friend's sister, classmate, etc.) been acting distant or evasive? Coming and going at all hours? Maybe one day she'll simply never come home, and even if you call the police, no one will ever find her or any sign of what happened to her.
** Kyubey is guilty of the crime of [[spoiler:HUMAN TRAFFICKING, and his exploitative recruitment methods are comparable to Child Porn. A ManipulativeBastard who uses the emotion and desperation of little girls in order to scam them into a DealWithTheDevil and force them in a dangerous job as enslaved prostitutes, er, "Magical Girls". Plus, being InvisibleToNormals means that those who contracts cant talk about him to anyone lest people think they're crazy.]]

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* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''
** Arf's situation in [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha the first season]] is rather nightmarish. The person who she loves more than anything suffers from parental abuse, and she's powerless to stop the abuse or even convince the victim that it's wrong.
** The ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' finale began with the simple yet real fear of [[spoiler:losing your child because you were away when they needed you most - like it happened to Nanoha, Fate, and Vivio. Nanoha actually has [[HeroicBSOD an emotional breakdown]] because of it, [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness something that never happened before or since in the entire franchise]].]]
** This is the main reason that Nanoha was so hesitant to adopt Vivio in the first place, despite how appealing she found the idea. The possibility of her being injured or killed in the line of duty, thus leaving Vivio all alone, always exists (especially when you consider the fact that both she and her father have nearly been killed on the battlefield in the past).
** [[spoiler:Genya Nakajima's elder daughter, Ginga, is kidnapped and his younger daughter Subaru gets hospitalized. In the third Sound Stage of the series, he approaches her and recommends that she withdraw from the case, emphasizing how hard it is on her, but is willing to accept her decision to continue. When you consider that his wife was killed in the line of duty, it's easy to see that he fears losing Subaru too. (Thank God Subaru manages to rescue Ginga, but still)]].
** The first and second episodes of ''[=StrikerS=]'' show scenes from four years before the season proper where Subaru and Ginga were both trapped in a burning airport (with their father fully aware that they were in danger the entire time). [[spoiler:While neither of them were in any danger from the flames due to being cyborgs,]] both of them are nearly killed (Subaru is nearly crushed by a large statue, and Ginga falls several stories when the structural integrity of the stairwell she was on gives out). Had Nanoha and Fate not been present to assist in the rescue effort, it's likely that neither of them would have made it out alive.
** The source of the problem in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha TheMovie 1st'' was based on another one. Namely, what if the people in charge cared more about conserving time and money than making sure that the power plants they built were safe, [[IgnoredExpert to the point of ignoring concerns raised by their own engineers]]? [[spoiler: One of said engineers being the still sane Precia Testarossa.]] In a case of HarsherInHindsight, these fears turned into reality one year after the movie was released, when the Fukushima Nuclear Plant disaster happened and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fukushima_Daiichi_nuclear_disaster#Safety_issues investigations showed that it could have been avoided had officials taken the safety concerns raised by its own experts more seriously]].
** Hayate's plight in ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs A's]]'' is another; she has been [[IllGirl sick for a long time]], and seemingly wonders if she'll die soon, but doesn't fear it because she's always been alone. [[spoiler:And Graham believes that sealing her away with the Book of Darkness is regrettable, but in that case, few will miss her]]. And then there's the Wolkenritter's perspective, as they have to deal with the fear of losing a loved one to illness.
** Discussed in the ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaReflection Reflection]]'' manga, when Lindy mentions to Momoko that adopting Fate made her more worried about the idea of having Nanoha work for the TSAB and deny her the chance of having a peaceful life on Earth. Contrast with the original series' third Sound Stage (set before Fate's adoption), where she expresses minor annoyance that they'd have to wait six years for Nanoha to complete her compulsory education before they could recruit her full-time.
* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'':
** Satoko's EvilUncle Teppei. Made worse in Tatarogoroshi-hen by [[spoiler:Satoko having [[HatePlague Hinamizawa Syndrome]].]]
** The older children are victims. For example, a once happy child becomes withdrawn and paranoid -- even violent -- while their parents watch unable to do anything.
** Questioning your friendship with others and not being able to trust each other? Even if evil spirits and [[spoiler:conspiracies]] aren't involved, that is still unsettling.
* The otherwise incredibly lighthearted ''Manga/MinamiKe'' does one in the last episode when they find [[spoiler:what appears to be Kana's suicide note]].
* ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'':
** Kotetsu/Wild Tiger is a father in canon and therefore he ''really'' hates the mere idea of children being in any kind of danger. [[spoiler:Worse still, in the second episode his daughter Kaede ends up in danger, and Tiger is not ''quite'' quick enough to rescue her. Fortunately, Barnaby saves her life in the nick of time.]]
** Episode 15 brings a new Adult Fear for Kotetsu. Namely, [[spoiler:the possibility of having a rare, progressive condition that will force him to give up what he loves most]].
** Ivan is a teenager, but he still has to face the fear of not having been able to help his friend when he needed him the most. [[spoiler:Now said friend, Edward, is a supervillain.]]
** Barnaby has to face a huge one later in the series: [[spoiler:his parents' '''real''' murderer was... Maverick, his former ParentalSubstitute. So during a good part of his life, he has been raised ''by the guy who killed his mom and dad'', and a good part of his whole identity [[MindRape is based on]] ''[[MindRape lies]]''.]]
** The moment where [[spoiler:Maverick]] pats Kaede's head. The simple idea of what he [[MindControl could do]] to her gave the fanbase itself a major freak out.
** All friends and colleagues suddenly forgetting who he is and then trying to terminate him for a crime he didn't commit is gutwrenching. It's one of the many reasons that [[spoiler:Maverick]] is pure evil.
* ''Manga/WolfGuyWolfenCrest'' is insanely good at this. Stalkers, rape, violence, school shootings...
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** The way he lost his mother as a child left Ichigo unable to handle being powerless to protect those in danger. Villains often use this against him, culminating in one ArcVillain's mind-bending assault on his family leading Ichigo into an HeroicBSOD.
** Having made two separate vows to always protect his dead wife's younger sister and always uphold the law, Byakuya's left dumbfounded when Rukia's execution brings the two vows into conflict. Although he's forced to support the execution, his worst fear is eventually confirmed to be Rukia dying. When it's exploited in battle by an enemy that manipulates fear, Byakuya is left paralysed by terror and suffers the most brutal defeat in the story's history: his body is shredded [[FamilyUnfriendlyViolence so badly]], his torso is [[DeathOfAThousandCuts flayed]] open [[GoryDiscretionShot to the spine]].
** At only age 40, Ryuuken Ishida has outlived every member of his family save for his teenage son Uryuu. It's implied that he's given up everything he was raised to believe and cherish in order to protect Uryuu from their deadly family secrets.
* ''Manga/ProjectARMS'':
** Even though the ARMS teens are all actually raised by foster parents, they still are treated like the parents' own children. These parents then get to watch their children be attacked, nearly killed, and then get told "Hey, we have to leave for awhile and may not live, but we love you!"
** The Chapel children. They were all the result of a group of women being given, without their knowledge, drugs that altered the development of their unborn children. Not only that, but the parents are unable to properly care for their children because ''they're all afraid of them''. [[spoiler:Worse, though the children take on adult roles in the town they run, it becomes evident that the kids still need the love and support of their parents.]]
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'':
** It's revealed that [[spoiler:Ur had been told by some researchers that her IllGirl daughter Ultear had died, when in reality, they kidnapped and experimented on the girl, causing her to become one of the villains and to hate her mother Ur because she has been led to believe that Ur hated and abandoned her.]]
** Jude Heartfilia. A few weeks after he reconciles with his estranged daughter, Lucy, and manages to get over the sudden death of his wife Layla, who Lucy is the spitting image of, [[spoiler:she and her friends are attacked and seemingly killed]]. Even worse when [[spoiler:Lucy returns and finds out that he's been sending her birthday presents every year since her disappearance... and then died a month before her return.]]
* In ''Anime/AshitaNoNadja'':
** [[spoiler:Colette Preminger]] experiences a terrible dose of this when she [[spoiler:wakes up from an illness-induced coma]], only to be told [[spoiler:by her retainers]] that [[spoiler:her baby daughter Nadja had died of the same sickness that almost killed Colette herself. (Complete with a heartbreaking scene where Colette rushes to Nadja's wooden crib and finds it empty, collapsing in tears). In reality, Nadja had been sent away to an English orphanage to trick Colette into coming back home to her clan. And both mother and daughter only learn of the whole deal ''thirteen years later''. (No wonder Colette gets '''pisse''' at her father, the one to blame for this, when she learns the whole truth)]].
** What if a person you care immensely for is mistakenly blamed for something ''you'' commited, is about to go to jail for it... and refuses to clear up his/her name to protect you? [[spoiler: No wonder Keith almost snaps when Francis is willing to pull a TwinSwitch when ''he's accused of the thefts Keith commited as a GentlemanThief''.]]
* ''Anime/MyNeighborTotoro'':
** In the climax, Mei has a fight with he sister Satsuki, and runs away to go to the hospital and give Mama the fresh produce from their garden herself. Mei is four. She does not know the way. She gets lost. ''Nobody knows where she is.'' Literally ''everybody in town'' goes out to search for her, [[NeverSayDie fearing the worst]].
** One moment within the "searching for Mei" sequence stands out: The neighbors find a little girl's sandal in a pond, and show it to Satsuki. [[NeverSayDie Nobody ever says it]], but the obvious implication is ''they're afraid Mei drowned in the pond''. [[spoiler: It's not Mei's sandal, and she hasn't drowned.]]
* Another Creator/HayaoMiyazaki example is ''Anime/TheWindRises''. Protagonist Jiro has to watch the person he loves most in the entire world, [[spoiler: his wife Naoko]], succumbs to an untimely death at the hands of a horrible [[IncurableCoughOfDeath disease]].
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'':
** In ''Ishin Shishi e no Requiem'', Yahiko [[spoiler:runs away to join the rebels that were trying to overthrow the Meiji government, since his father died in a similar rebellion years ago.]]. Kaoru, having no idea where Yahiko had disappeared to, is frantic. When [[spoiler:Yahiko is ultimately left behind by the rebels and comes back to the dojo]], poor [[{{Tsundere}} Kaoru]] greets him with [[AngerBornOfWorry a slap to the face and then proceeds to sob into him]]. Kenshin immediately tells Yahiko that, had Kaoru not slapped him, he would've done that himself.
** The Jinchuu arc is a horrifyingly well-done attempt by [[spoiler:Enishi]] to use this on Kenshin. [[spoiler:So Kenshin wasn't able to protect his first wife Tomoe and the mere possibility of losing his girlfriend Kaoru terrifies him? Now Tomoe's vengeful brother deliberately exploits this fear to make Kenshin believe Kaoru has been bloodily murdered by him, thus making him revive these horrible memories. And Kenshin almost crosses the DespairEventHorizon after ''that''.]]
** The PsychologicalHorror implications of [[spoiler:Saitou going to the Kamiya dojo behind Kenshin's back]] brings out the Adult Fear card with incredible strength. Think about it: [[spoiler:''he could've killed everyone there easily if he wanted to'', and Kenshin wouldn't have been able to do anything.]] When Kenshin put two and two together, he almost had an HeroicBSOD.
** Played horrifyingly straight in [[spoiler:Anji Yukyuzan]]'s backstory. [[spoiler:The moment he left his old temple to meditate under a waterfall... it was the moment when he was beaten bloody by the local townspeople and said temple was burned to the ground. ''With Anji's adopted children inside''. The [[BreakTheCutie terrible psychological consequences]] lead him to his FaceHeelTurn.]]
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Chapter 501 and beyond has [[spoiler:Tobi threatening a newly born Naruto as an ultimatum to Minato and Kushina. After Tobi extracts the Kyubi from her, Kushina is left facing the reality that she will not live to see her son grow up. ''On top of that'', her and Minato die knowing that they're dooming their child to a lifetime of suffering and lonliness, unable to protect him from the fox, Tobi or the taunts of the villagers.]]. [[spoiler: And later Minato is revived to help his son in the war against Tobi...only to learn that Tobi is not really Madara, as he thought he was, but is actually his [[MyGreatestFailure presumed deceased student Obito, who was driven mad as a result of Rin's death, Minato's other student that Obito was in love with which Minato also failed to protect, and months of being influenced by the real Madara.]] The look on poor Minato's face when he realizes this and puts all the pieces together is heartbreaking, as he could have avoided all this by managing to save at least one of his students, or realizing sooner that Tobi was Obito and stopping him himself.]]
** Your eldest son, whom you love and raised/trained? [[spoiler:He's commissioned with killing you and your spouse. And ''everyone else in your family''. And when he comes for you, '''you clearly know it''', as well as how said son is suffering for it. Your only option is to tell him "well, our deal suck, but go ahead and kill us if that's what you truly have to do. We love you no matter what".]]
** Back in the old days, the war meant that ''everyone'' fought. The series was already known for having ChildSoldiers running around willy-nilly, but at least they're trained for combat and start out as civil servants/citizen soldiers--in the bad old days, this kind of thing amounted to ''seven-year-olds'' being declared shinobi, stuffed in armor and sent to the front lines. It's exemplified by how, when Hashirama Senju and Madara Uchiha's fathers met on the battlefield with their sons in tow, each adult's reaction was to ''immediately'' go for the other's kids. [[WarIsHell Morality? What's that]]?
* In ''Manga/ZombieLoan'', minor character Sougiya is a single father trying to pay off his contract to the Z-Loan. He knows that if he isn't able to keep his end of the contract, he will die and then no one will be left to take care of his young daughter.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''
** One girl has gone missing, another girl found dead, and their friend is very troubled by all that- but refuses any help from anyone. The mother of the latter is seen in the 11th episode, and doesn't cry because she tries to assure herself that the girl can probably handle the stress given enough time. Her mother must have felt powerless and desperate, seeing her once cheerful and gentle daughter grow so distant and detached.
** Say, has your (insert: daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece, cousin, student, neighbor, friend, friend's sister, classmate, etc.) been acting distant or evasive? Coming and going at all hours? Maybe one day she'll simply never come home, and even if you call the police, no one will ever find her or any sign of what happened to her.
** Kyubey is guilty of the crime of [[spoiler:HUMAN TRAFFICKING, and his exploitative recruitment methods are comparable to Child Porn. A ManipulativeBastard who uses the emotion and desperation of little girls in order to scam them into a DealWithTheDevil and force them in a dangerous job as enslaved prostitutes, er, "Magical Girls". Plus, being InvisibleToNormals means that those who contracts cant talk about him to anyone lest people think they're crazy.]]




* In ''Manga/HiganbanaNoSakuYoruNi'', [[ShrinkingViolet Marie]] is sexually abused and blackmailed by her teacher, who tells her that no one would believe her if she told. And then [[spoiler:said teacher ''murders'' her when she finally threatens to tell someone.]]
* ''Manga/FruitsBasket'':
** Invoked in a flashback. Tohru's mother Kyouko comes from an abusive household where her parents heavily neglected her [[spoiler:and kicked her out of home right before her then-counselor and later-husband Katsuya came to ask them for marriage approval]], so once she finds out she's carrying a baby, she has a HeroicBSOD due to being terrified that her relationship with Tohru would go the way of hers with her own mother.
** For a double-hitter, while Kyoko is a good mother to Tohru, she [[PosthumousCharacter dies not long before the series starts]]. Her last thoughts, as she lies bleeding to death in the road, are complete panic at the idea that her daughter will be left all alone and uncared for. This carries over to Hanajima and Uotani (who are Tohru's friends, but also act as surrogate parents at times), who are shocked to learn that while they thought Tohru was living with relatives, she'd spent a week living in a tent. Specially considering that Tohru's only relatives come from Kazuya's side... and save for her grandfather, ''they all hate her''. (And when she has to stay with them for a while, they treat her like absolute shit.)
** There's also the ''massive'' amounts of abuse in general, and ''especially'' child abuse/neglect, both physical and psychological. Most of the characters are able to escape or overcome it by the end of the series, but it's still horrifying, especially considering how well most of it is covered up. And it's made even worse when [[spoiler:the biggest of the abusers... turns out to have been [[TroubledAbuser one of the most abused victims]]. [[EvilIsPetty For a really selfish and petty reason, too]].]]

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* In ''Manga/HiganbanaNoSakuYoruNi'', [[ShrinkingViolet Marie]] The core of ''Manga/CeresCelestialLegend'' is sexually abused this.
** [[spoiler: A woman's kind
and blackmailed by her teacher, who tells her endearing husband becomes [[CrazyJealousGuy so obsessed]] [[{{Yandere}} with her]] that no he starts restricting her behavior, like locking her in the house to prevent her from talking to men who aren't him, to beating her, forcing sex on her, and going so far as to [[OffingTheOffspring killing one of their kids]] out of fear that the little girl would believe take her if she told. And then [[spoiler:said teacher ''murders'' her when she finally threatens to tell someone.(Ceres) away from him (Mikage).]] This manga is a story of [[spoiler: DomesticAbuse.]]
* ''Manga/FruitsBasket'':
** Invoked in And on the anime side: after a flashback. Tohru's mother Kyouko disastrous mission, a very pregnant Aya comes home to an empty apartment. Her boyfriend [[spoiler: Toya]]'s shoes are by the door, his toothbrush is in a cup by the sink, his mug is on the counter, but he's not there, and he'll never be again. That's gotta be pretty high up the list of Adult Fears for most of us--having to come home to all the memories alone.
* ''Manga/ChisSweetHome'' is, for the most part, SweetDreamsFuel incarnate. However, there are some episodes that might qualify as this
from an abusive household where a pet owner's perspective. For example, Chi is at one point left alone with a pet parakeet while her parents heavily neglected owners are away. Nothing terrible actually happens, but it can be hard to watch for anyone who's owned both a cat and a bird, and knows about the dangers of keeping them together.
* ''Franchise/CodeGeass'' has a couple notable ones. Lelouch and Cornelia are half-siblings from opposite sides of the conflict, with one thing in common: they both have full-blooded younger sisters, Nunnally and Euphemia, over who they would freak out if anything were to happen to them. In Lelouch's case this is VERY effectively invoked by Mao, who kidnaps Nunnally ''twice'' to catch his attention.
* In ''Manga/{{Cyborg 009}}'':
** The heroes were abducted and forcibly turned into cyborgs because they could easily disappear without it being noticed. Except for Francoise/003, none of them have friends or family in positions to report their kidnappings. (Speaking of 003, in the manga
her [[spoiler:and kicked older brother watches her out being chloroformed and dragged into a car. He tries to save her, only to lose the chase because he happened to pick a plane that didn't have fuel in it.) Oh, and the Black Ghost operates on a global scale, so there's no chance of home right the various abductions being put together in some way to find a common thread.
** The series is centered around war and just how destructive it can be. The cyborgs see countless battles, both fictional and based on real life ones (like the Vietnam War in the manga, switched to African guerrilla actions in the recent series) and have to watch as people they bond with have their lives ruined over squabbles over power, land or money. African people like Pyunma/008 are sold into slavery, killed, or otherwise taken advantage of by imperialists. Native Americans like Geronimo/005 are forced to choose between poverty or turning themselves and their culture into a sideshow act for the amusement of others. Joe/009's life in Japanese society was more or less ruined from the start [[HalfBreedDiscrimination purely because of he's biracial.]] And while the protagonists agree that those issues are wrong and horrible and try to fight against them, even with superpowers there's often little they can '''actually''' do.


* Here's one courtesy of ''Manga/DeathNote'': What if a new serial killer arose, more prolific than any killer
before her then-counselor him... and later-husband Katsuya came to ask them for marriage approval]], so once she finds out she's carrying a baby, she has a HeroicBSOD due to being terrified that her relationship with Tohru would go killer turned out to be ''your son?'' Doubling up on the way Adult Fear: On top of hers with her own mother.
** For a double-hitter, while Kyoko is a good mother to Tohru, she [[PosthumousCharacter dies not long before the series starts]]. Her last thoughts, as she lies bleeding to death in the road, are complete panic at the idea that her daughter will be left
all alone and uncared for. This carries over to Hanajima and Uotani (who are Tohru's friends, but also act as surrogate parents at times), who are shocked to learn that while they thought Tohru was living with relatives, she'd spent a week living in a tent. Specially considering that Tohru's only relatives come from Kazuya's side... and save for her grandfather, ''they all hate her''. (And when she has to stay with them for a while, they treat her like absolute shit.)
** There's also the ''massive'' amounts
of abuse in general, and ''especially'' child abuse/neglect, both physical and psychological. Most of the characters are able to escape or overcome it by the end of the series, but that, it's still horrifying, especially considering how well most of it is covered up. And it's made even worse when [[spoiler:the biggest of the abusers... turns out parent's responsibility now to have been [[TroubledAbuser one of the most abused victims]]. [[EvilIsPetty For a really selfish and petty reason, too]].]]capture this serial killer so that he can be put to death. Poor Soichiro...



* ''Anime/FantasticChildren'': A 5-year-old child just disappeared without a trace and 6 years later his/her corpse was found amongst other children's. [[spoiler:There have been many parents who had to experience this throughout history since the 15th century]]. In one of the cases of missing children the police refuse to pursue the case further and conclude that the child left on his own, using his then 3-year-old sister's words for their convenience.
* ''WesternAnimation/GakuenBabysitters'' plays the terrifying idea of lost children fully straight. Whenever one of the daycare children goes off on their own, the fear in Ryuuichi eyes is completely visible as he fears for their safety and considers the possibility of them being taken away by a stranger.
* ''Anime/NowAndThenHereAndThere'' has the dangers of a child left alone in a foreign land. [[FridgeHorror It gets worse]] thinking about [[spoiler:Sara]] in the end. She may be trying to show the kids of this hellscape that there's always some glimmer of hope out there...but as far as her parents back home know, she was probably kidnapped, murdered, and disposed in some remote location.
* This happens in ''Manga/WanderingSon'' from time to time. Imagine your nine year old daughter goes to the local city without telling you, dressed as a boy, and the first thing that happens is she's hit on by a an adult. To make matters worse she and her friend go around hanging with them, even sleeping over at their house and being gone all day, without telling you. Thankfully [[CoolBigSis Yuki is nothing but a playful tease]] and she would '''never''' let any harm happen to either child, but..
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' occasionally relies on Adult Fear.
** ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'' and ''Manga/PhantomThiefPokemon7'' in particular prey on the "What if your young child is kidnapped and they can't be found?" fear. Interestingly enough, ''Pokémon Adventures'' has this fear belong to one of the main ''villains'', [[spoiler:Giovanni]] - his son was abducted, and at least one of his villainous schemes even stems from his desire to find him. It also briefly plays on the fear that, after you've been separated from your child for so long, they might not like you or want anything to do with you now that you've re-entered their life - because while he eventually comes around and accepts his father, deciding to involve him in his life, [[spoiler:Silver]] initially rants about how unfair it is that he'll never have a perfect family and that he can't possibly accept that his father is such a renown criminal (while [[spoiler:Giovanni]] is in the same room, in perfect hearing distance, though unconscious).
** In ''Theatre/PokemonLive'', Delia is scared of Ash confronting Team Rocket, not only because of the fear that he might be hurt, but because she used to date Giovanni and doesn't know how he'll take the news. It's implied she worries he'll ''hate'' her like he does the rest of Team Rocket.
* ''Anime/SpiritedAway'' has one scene where Yubaba frantically searches her son's room while believing he's been kidnapped. Chihiro's situation in general is pretty terrifying, especially when she's first lost in the world of the spirits. Her parents have been captured and left in a position where it's impossible to help her and she's stranded in a hostile world where everyone, except for one person, thinks she's naturally lazy, stupid, and greedy, like [[FantasticRacism they think most humans are]]. Until she reaches Yubaba and gets a job, she has to sneak around and has no idea if the people she interacts with will betray her or not. Oh, and the one ally she has? Between his shifts in personality and warnings from others, Chihiro wonders if he really is her friend or if he'll betray her to Yubaba.
* Ryuunosuke and Caster in ''LightNovel/FateZero'' are '''serial child murderers''' who like to give their victims a HopeSpot before brutally killing them. In one episode, you even see a memorial service for one of the victims, who happens to be one of little Rin's classmates. It's just a single photo frame, and you hear someone mention that they coundn't do a proper burial because the body was too mangled. It gets so bad that, in-universe, a reward is offered to whoever can kill Caster first, and the ''entire Holy Grail War'' is put on hold until then. Cue nearly everyone doing an EnemyMine to take these two down.
* In ''Kodomo no Jikan'', despite [[WifeHusbandry all]] [[KissingCousins Reiji's]] [[{{Yandere}} faults]], when Rin is in any danger, real or imaginary, he really freaks out. On the other hand, Reiji himself is no small cause of nightmares, with his disturbing and unhealthy interest in Rin.
* While it's generally PlayedForLaughs, it's heavily implied in ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' that the nations have no choice but to obey their bosses, meaning that the characters all live in a world where their best friends or even family members could turn on them in an instant. When the series was in its webcomic format, it was played ''very'' seriously in [[http://hetalia.livejournal.com/2977183.html the story of China and Japan]]. China raises Japan and considers him a little brother, only for Japan to show up in the middle of the night and attack China with a katana. China has ''no idea at all'' this is coming, and is inviting Japan inside for some food when the blade is drawn.
* The core of ''Manga/CeresCelestialLegend'' is this.
** [[spoiler: A woman's kind and endearing husband becomes [[CrazyJealousGuy so obsessed]] [[{{Yandere}} with her]] that he starts restricting her behavior, like locking her in the house to prevent her from talking to men who aren't him, to beating her, forcing sex on her, and going so far as to [[OffingTheOffspring killing one of their kids]] out of fear that the little girl would take her (Ceres) away from him (Mikage).]] This manga is a story of [[spoiler: DomesticAbuse.]]
** And on the anime side: after a disastrous mission, a very pregnant Aya comes home to an empty apartment. Her boyfriend [[spoiler: Toya]]'s shoes are by the door, his toothbrush is in a cup by the sink, his mug is on the counter, but he's not there, and he'll never be again. That's gotta be pretty high up the list of Adult Fears for most of us--having to come home to all the memories alone.
* ''Anime/WelcomeToTheNHK'' presents its viewers the consequences of being a hikkikomori for the rest of your life: Growing old, ugly, still living with your parents until they die and eventually homelessness.
** On Yamazaki's side, it's the fear that your dreams and aspirations are futile and you shouldn't even bother because, like it or not, your life has already been decided.
** With Hitomi, it's the fear that her life has no meaning. With Megumi, it's constantly being exploited by con artists and desperately searching ways to make income to support yourself and a parasitic relative.
* ''Manga/{{Life}}'' is just full of this. The manga centers around bullying and self-harm. After her friend betrays her in a jealous rage Ayumu begins to cut herself. Once she enters high school she meets a girl who acts like her friend but turns out to be a bully in disguise. None of her family members know about her turmoils. To make matters worse, the teachers try their best to downplay the bullying and make it seem like nothing is wrong.
* ''Manga/YourLieInApril'':
** Kousei's mothers concerns were about how he would be able to live decently without source of income and parental advices after she dies, and while her busy husband is away with business.
** Also, one of the RealLife parents nightmare is [[spoiler:having their only child succumbing with terminal illness that would claim his/her live in young age, like Kaori.]]



* In the ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'' OAV ''[[Anime/StreetFighterIVTheTiesThatBind The Ties that Bind]]'':
** [[spoiler:Ken and to a lesser extent Guile]] are slapped to the face with this when [[spoiler:Ken's wife/Guile's sister in law Eliza disappears.]] It's worse when [[spoiler:it turns out she was kidnapped. By Crimson Viper. Who, at the start, had posed as a reporter who had just spoken to Ken himself. Moreso, ''Eliza has just found out that she's pregnant''.]] The imaginery of [[spoiler:Ken speaking to Viper on the phone while the camera pans to a couch that has Eliza's knitting stuff on it ''and'' to [[EmpathyDollShot a small doll that sits on the fireplace]] ]] is pretty powerful.
** Another character starts losing [[spoiler: his]] own identity, completely snaps at some point under the pressure, and almost harms a person whom [[spoiler: he]] cares a lot for ''and'' who's trying to help him through his crisis. [[spoiler: That character is none other than Ryu. For SplitPersonalityTakeover reasons, but still - it's damn heartbreaking to see [[NiceGuy the always kind and serious]] [[SpiritedCompetitor Ryu]] [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone realising what he had already done and then was about to do]] [[MoralityPet to Sakura]], [[HeroicBSOD and almost shutting down as a result]]...]]

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* In ''Anime/DragonballZ'':
**
In the ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'' OAV ''[[Anime/StreetFighterIVTheTiesThatBind Saiyan Saga, Chi-Chi having no idea where Gohan was for a long period of time and having no way to contact him.
** Goku and the others (Krillin, Bulma, and Master Roshi) watching Gohan (as a 4-year-old) getting kidnapped by Raditz.
**
The Ties Frieza saga has a good one. When Goku turns Super Saiyan and notices that Bind]]'':
Gohan is still nearby, he starts urging him to get off the planet, fearing that he may hurt (or even worse, kill him) when he finally succumbs to his UnstoppableRage against Frieza.
--> '''Goku''': Do as I tell you right now, before I lose what little sense of reason I have left!
** [[spoiler:Ken In the past, King Vegeta was forced to hand over his son to Frieza. He later died trying to rescue the prince.
** In the movie ''[[Anime/DragonBallZBrolyTheLegendarySuperSaiyan Broly -- the Legendary Super Saiyan]]'', Broly maniacally asked Goku how much he loved his son, implying Gohan would be his next target, [[PapaWolf Goku]] immediately ordered Gohan to run. But despite Goku's efforts, Broly almost manages to kill the unconscious Gohan, if not for the timely arrival of Piccolo.
** Goku falling ill
and to a lesser extent Guile]] are slapped to being completely helpless in the face Android saga from an unknown virus and suffering incredible pain throughout it. His family and friends could do very little but watch and hope the medicine was working. All the while Goku is being hunted down by androids trying to kill him.
** Chi-Chi gets hit
with this again in the Majin Buu saga, when [[spoiler:Ken's wife/Guile's sister in law Eliza disappears.]] It's worse she hears the three words she has been pouring her heart and soul into avoiding for ''17 years''.
--> '''Goku''': [[OutlivingOnesOffspring Gohan is dead]]. [[note]][[ComicallyMissingThePoint Actually, the line was "Gohan and Vegeta are dead", but he doesn't count]].[[/note]]
** Gohan gets his own
when [[spoiler:it turns out she was kidnapped. By Crimson Viper. Who, he grows up. After a traumatizing childhood where his mistakes have gotten people killed, [[Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods Battle of the Gods]] has him getting drunk and making a mistake that nearly gets his wife and unborn daughter killed. He's ImmuneToBullets, but instead of catching them when he's shot at, he deflects them, only for the ricochet to hit Videl, who can be injured by bullets and who also happens to be, unbeknownst to Gohan at the start, had posed as a reporter who had just spoken to Ken himself. Moreso, ''Eliza time, pregnant.
** Goku
has just found out some new moments of this when ''[[Anime/DragonballSuper Super]]'' rolls around. When Goku decides to spend a day babysitting his new granddaughter Pan, she ends up wandering off and Goku gets noticeably distressed when he can't find her -- particularly because at the time he was temporarily stricken with a condition that she's pregnant''.]] The imaginery rendered him incapable of [[spoiler:Ken speaking to Viper on controlling his ki and he couldn't even fly properly. Then during the phone while the camera pans to a couch Future Trunks saga, Goku goes [[UnstoppableRage berserk]] when he learns that has Eliza's knitting stuff on it ''and'' to [[EmpathyDollShot a small doll that sits on the fireplace]] ]] is pretty powerful.
** Another character starts losing
Goku Black [[spoiler: his]] own identity, completely snaps at some point under stole his body and killed Chichi and Goten in another timeline]], and is still sore about the pressure, and subject even once he calms down -- which is pretty rare for Goku who almost harms never holds grudges.
** And in ''Anime/DragonBallSuperBroly'' we get two.
*** The first is when Bardock and Gine decide they must abandon their child to
a person whom far away planet in order for him to be safe. Gine pleads with Kakarot to not forget them. [[ForegoneConclusion He does]]. It's up to you to decide if their fears being founded makes it worse.
*** Later in the film, Paragus
[[spoiler: he]] cares a lot seems to realize how horribly hes treated his son at the expense of revenge and begs Feeza to do something. Unfortunately for ''and'' who's trying him, Freeza agrees he should do something, by killing Paragus to help him through make Broly go Super Saiyan. Paragus dies never getting to tell his crisis. [[spoiler: That character is none other than Ryu. For SplitPersonalityTakeover reasons, but still - it's damn heartbreaking to see [[NiceGuy the always kind and serious]] [[SpiritedCompetitor Ryu]] [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone realising what he had already done and then was about to do]] [[MoralityPet to Sakura]], [[HeroicBSOD and almost shutting down as a result]]...]]son that hes sorry.]]





* ''Anime/PsychoPass'' has quite a few of these:
** The first episode has a rapist actually rape someone on-screen.
** Another episode has a man who has been the ButtMonkey for years at his job finally snap and go on a killing spree at work.
** One arc has an all women's college, where parents and students alike become terrified of a SerialKiller turning the girls who attend the school into deranged plastic art and killing them through the process. Turns out the SerialKiller was under everyone's noses the whole time ([[spoiler:the student and local MadArtist Rikako Oryou]]); this leaves almost everyone who knew her feeling betrayed and scared.
** [[WholeEpisodeFlashback Episode 12]] has [[spoiler:Yayoi]] finding out someone she loved was rebelling against society through music and Molotov Cocktails. The person in question was also implicated in murder. Even worse is the first real insight into the conditions the asylums operate under. [[spoiler:Yayoi, in her cell, is locked away without access to the outside world, or anything to do to entertain herself, especially her beloved guitar. When she shows even the slightest bit of distress over what amount to her imprisonment, the room is gassed and the tannoy tells her to start calming down, and that doctors would be on their way to help her. The final situation is a place you are sent to where, if you show any free will, you're drugged into submission with cold, clinical efficiency.]]
** Episode 13 has [[spoiler:Akane]] dealing with the fallout of losing a friend, and then having to repeatedly relive the memories of watching a close friend die.
** One of the main characters is revealed to have had his father go insane with grief about his society and shame his family. [[spoiler:The character is Ginoza and his father is Masaoka, who now works under Ginoza.]]
** A death of a PosthumousCharacter turned [[spoiler:Shinya]] from an idealistic and law-abiding citizen to a despairing BloodKnight who is despised by society and is wracked with grief due to his friend dying.
** Episode 14 revolves around a woman being beaten to death in front of numerous citizens who do nothing. [[RealityIsUnrealistic Although some may think this is unrealistic]], this relates to a real-life phenomenon, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bystander_Effect Bystander Effect]].
** [[WhamEpisode Episode 15]] plays on many AdultFear scenarios; like those who feel wronged by society violently attacking those who society has favoured, [[spoiler:crime sprees, people losing faith in society and law, mass riots]] and ultimately the threat of [[spoiler:societal breakdown]].
** Another WhamEpisode, Episode 16 shows what it could be like for your life to be potentially saved by someone you trusted and respected, [[spoiler:just for them to then kill you. [[KillTheCutie Poor Shusei]].]]
** Yet another WhamEpisode, Episode 18 shows what it could be like to [[spoiler:find out the police department and the government is not only highly corrupt, but will try to have you killed when they find out you know too much or even if they think you could be detrimental to their plans.]]
** Episode 19 discusses the possibility of [[spoiler:someone destroying the majority of the food supply in a country, reducing everyone to fighting over food just to survive. It also brings up the [[RealitySubtext current controversy over genetically-modified "Frankenfoods" and how easily they can be taken out by rapidly evolving germs]].]]
** Episode 21 shows [[spoiler:how a father can try to save his son who he has a bad relationship with, and then die in front of said son trying to prove he loves his son...and how he can die before his son can even acknowledge him as his Dad. The relationship between Masaoka and Ginoza was mostly professional, but Masaoka's last words show how he wished it was father and son. Ginoza afterwards seems to feel the same.]]
* ''Manga/{{Shiki}}'' has quite a few of these, among them:
** Watching your children or other relatives die while you are powerless to stop it;
** Having your family members threatened;
** Being rejected by everybody and dying completely alone;
** Having your friends and family turn on you, or having to turn on them;
** Dying horrifically and pointlessly owing to circumstances beyond your control;
** Losing everyone and everything you know and love;
** The idea that people, no matter how nice or friendly they may seem, ''will'' commit unspeakable acts of violence and depravity, if the chips are down
* In ''Anime/XamdLostMemories'', there's quite a bit of this. The clearest example is in how the teenage lead characters, for one reason or another, all end up having to leave their families behind to participate in the war effort. Their parents know that they are in danger and could get killed, but there's nothing they can do to stop it.

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* ''Anime/PsychoPass'' has quite a few In ''Manga/FairyTail'':
** It's revealed that [[spoiler:Ur had been told by some researchers that her IllGirl daughter Ultear had died, when in reality, they kidnapped and experimented on the girl, causing her to become one
of these:
** The first episode has a rapist actually rape someone on-screen.
** Another episode has a man who
the villains and to hate her mother Ur because she has been the ButtMonkey for years at his job finally snap and go on a killing spree at work.
** One arc has an all women's college, where parents and students alike become terrified of a SerialKiller turning the girls who attend the school into deranged plastic art and killing them through the process. Turns out the SerialKiller was under everyone's noses the whole time ([[spoiler:the student and local MadArtist Rikako Oryou]]); this leaves almost everyone who knew her feeling betrayed and scared.
** [[WholeEpisodeFlashback Episode 12]] has [[spoiler:Yayoi]] finding out someone she loved was rebelling against society through music and Molotov Cocktails. The person in question was also implicated in murder. Even worse is the first real insight into the conditions the asylums operate under. [[spoiler:Yayoi, in her cell, is locked away without access
led to the outside world, or anything to do to entertain herself, especially her beloved guitar. When she shows even the slightest bit of distress over what amount to her imprisonment, the room is gassed and the tannoy tells her to start calming down, and believe that doctors would be on their way to help her. The final situation is a place you are sent to where, if you show any free will, you're drugged into submission with cold, clinical efficiency.Ur hated and abandoned her.]]
** Episode 13 has [[spoiler:Akane]] dealing Jude Heartfilia. A few weeks after he reconciles with his estranged daughter, Lucy, and manages to get over the fallout sudden death of losing a friend, his wife Layla, who Lucy is the spitting image of, [[spoiler:she and her friends are attacked and seemingly killed]]. Even worse when [[spoiler:Lucy returns and finds out that he's been sending her birthday presents every year since her disappearance... and then having to repeatedly relive the memories of watching died a close friend die.
** One of the main characters is revealed to have had his father go insane with grief about his society and shame his family. [[spoiler:The character is Ginoza and his father is Masaoka, who now works under Ginoza.
month before her return.]]
* ''Anime/FantasticChildren'': A 5-year-old child just disappeared without a trace and 6 years later his/her corpse was found amongst other children's. [[spoiler:There have been many parents who had to experience this throughout history since the 15th century]]. In one of the cases of missing children the police refuse to pursue the case further and conclude that the child left on his own, using his then 3-year-old sister's words for their convenience.
* Ryuunosuke and Caster in ''LightNovel/FateZero'' are '''serial child murderers''' who like to give their victims a HopeSpot before brutally killing them. In one episode, you even see a memorial service for one of the victims, who happens to be one of little Rin's classmates. It's just a single photo frame, and you hear someone mention that they coundn't do a proper burial because the body was too mangled. It gets so bad that, in-universe, a reward is offered to whoever can kill Caster first, and the ''entire Holy Grail War'' is put on hold until then. Cue nearly everyone doing an EnemyMine to take these two down.
* ''Manga/FruitsBasket'':
** A death of Invoked in a PosthumousCharacter turned [[spoiler:Shinya]] flashback. Tohru's mother Kyouko comes from an idealistic abusive household where her parents heavily neglected her [[spoiler:and kicked her out of home right before her then-counselor and law-abiding citizen later-husband Katsuya came to ask them for marriage approval]], so once she finds out she's carrying a despairing BloodKnight who is despised by society and is wracked with grief baby, she has a HeroicBSOD due to his friend dying.
** Episode 14 revolves around a woman
being beaten terrified that her relationship with Tohru would go the way of hers with her own mother.
** For a double-hitter, while Kyoko is a good mother to Tohru, she [[PosthumousCharacter dies not long before the series starts]]. Her last thoughts, as she lies bleeding
to death in front of numerous citizens the road, are complete panic at the idea that her daughter will be left all alone and uncared for. This carries over to Hanajima and Uotani (who are Tohru's friends, but also act as surrogate parents at times), who do nothing. [[RealityIsUnrealistic Although some may think this is unrealistic]], this relates are shocked to learn that while they thought Tohru was living with relatives, she'd spent a real-life phenomenon, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bystander_Effect Bystander Effect]].
** [[WhamEpisode Episode 15]] plays on many AdultFear scenarios;
week living in a tent. Specially considering that Tohru's only relatives come from Kazuya's side... and save for her grandfather, ''they all hate her''. (And when she has to stay with them for a while, they treat her like those who feel wronged by society violently attacking those who society has favoured, [[spoiler:crime sprees, people losing faith absolute shit.)
** There's also the ''massive'' amounts of abuse
in society general, and law, mass riots]] ''especially'' child abuse/neglect, both physical and ultimately psychological. Most of the threat characters are able to escape or overcome it by the end of [[spoiler:societal breakdown]].
** Another WhamEpisode, Episode 16 shows what
the series, but it's still horrifying, especially considering how well most of it could be like for your life is covered up. And it's made even worse when [[spoiler:the biggest of the abusers... turns out to be potentially saved by someone you trusted have been [[TroubledAbuser one of the most abused victims]]. [[EvilIsPetty For a really selfish and respected, [[spoiler:just for them to then kill you. [[KillTheCutie Poor Shusei]].petty reason, too]].]]
** Yet another WhamEpisode, Episode 18 shows what it could be like to [[spoiler:find out * Taken on by the police department and the government is not only highly corrupt, but will try to have you killed when they find out you know too much or even if they think you could be detrimental to their plans.]]
** Episode 19 discusses the possibility
WhatDoTheyFearEpisode of [[spoiler:someone destroying the majority of the food supply ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu''. Since Sousuke grew up in a country, reducing everyone to fighting over food just to survive. It also brings up the [[RealitySubtext current controversy over genetically-modified "Frankenfoods" and how easily they can be taken out by rapidly evolving germs]].]]
** Episode 21 shows [[spoiler:how a father can try to save his son who he has a bad relationship with, and then die in front of said son trying to prove he loves his son...and how he can die before his son can even acknowledge him as his Dad. The relationship between Masaoka and Ginoza was mostly professional, but Masaoka's last words show how he wished it was father and son. Ginoza afterwards seems to feel the same.]]
* ''Manga/{{Shiki}}'' has quite a few of these, among them:
** Watching your children or other relatives die while you are powerless to stop it;
** Having your family members threatened;
** Being rejected by everybody and dying
war zone, he's completely alone;
** Having your friends
unfazed by the spooky atmosphere of the AbandonedHospital, and family turn on you, or having to turn on them;
** Dying horrifically
dismisses ghostly apparitions and pointlessly owing a blood-drenched CreepyChild as not threatening enough to circumstances beyond your control;
** Losing everyone and everything you know and love;
** The idea
worry about. What ''does'' shake his composure is the thought that people, no matter how nice Kaname, his charge, has been seriously injured or friendly they may seem, ''will'' commit unspeakable acts of violence and depravity, if even killed after falling through the chips are down
* In ''Anime/XamdLostMemories'', there's quite a bit of this. The clearest example is in how the teenage lead characters, for one reason or another, all end up having to leave their families behind to participate in the war effort. Their parents know that they are in danger and could get killed, but there's nothing they can do to stop it.
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* ''Manga/GakuenBabysitters'':
** Ryuuichi reacts with panic and desperation if one of the children that he is watching over wanders off and he cannot find them. The idea of something bad happening to them terrifies him to the core, such as when Kirin jumping off a ledge trying to fly, Kotaro getting lost during a walk, suspicious people having ill intent towards the children, etc.
** Ryuuichi sometimes delves into the fact that he is Kotaro's only living relative alive and is now responsible for him. He wonders what he will have to do once they inevitably leave the Chairman's house to sustain both of them.
** While rarely getting angry at the children when they are naughty, there was one time Ryuuichi scolded them for locking their caretakers/family members outside the house. If something happened to the children while the adults are outside unable to get in, they could have gotten hurt.
** The show plays the terrifying idea of lost children fully straight. Whenever one of the daycare children goes off on their own, the fear in Ryuuichi eyes is completely visible as he fears for their safety and considers the possibility of them being taken away by a stranger.
* ''Manga/GameXRush'': The deep backstories. Abandonment of a child, severe and prolonged physical abuse by foster parents, near-insane idolization of a psychotic "mother" who uses said child as an excuse to kill... And that's just one of the main characters. The other involves severe and prolonged domestic abuse, accidental arson, murder of one parent in front of the child's eyes.
* ''Anime/GraveOfTheFireflies'': Protagonist kids Seita and Setsuko are orphaned during wartime and have heart-wrenching difficulty in surviving afterwards, especially after they run away from their aunt who doesn't really care. Things like sucking on little stones and imagining they are food.


* ''Manga/HappySugarLife'':
** Taiyou Mitsuboshi is abducted by his manager and raped for a week. To make matters worse, while he does return home, he is permanently traumatized by the event developing an immense fear of older women.
** Shouko's parents were inattentive in her life, and she ends up getting murdered by her own best friend due to intruding in her affairs.
** Yuuna stands by in abject horror when her daughter Shio is nearly mowed down by a truck.
* In ''Manga/HiganbanaNoSakuYoruNi'', [[ShrinkingViolet Marie]] is sexually abused and blackmailed by her teacher, who tells her that no one would believe her if she told. And then [[spoiler:said teacher ''murders'' her when she finally threatens to tell someone.]]
* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'':
** Satoko's EvilUncle Teppei. Made worse in Tatarogoroshi-hen by [[spoiler:Satoko having [[HatePlague Hinamizawa Syndrome]].]]
** The older children are victims. For example, a once happy child becomes withdrawn and paranoid -- even violent -- while their parents watch unable to do anything.
** Questioning your friendship with others and not being able to trust each other? Even if evil spirits and [[spoiler:conspiracies]] aren't involved, that is still unsettling.



* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'':
** In Part 3, Kakyoin leaves for Egypt to save Holly and defeat DIO without ever telling his parents. While he does state that he has sent them a letter while on the road, he doesn't know whether it arrived before [[spoiler:his death by DIO's hands]]. As far as his parents know, one day their teenage son went to his new school and vanished, only to be informed two months later that [[spoiler:he died in Egypt, thousands of miles from home.]]
** In the fourth part, Josuke and Joseph stumble upon lost baby with the ability to turn invisible. Of course, baby immediately gets attacked by a dog, and later, falls in a river and almost drowns.
** [[spoiler:Shigechi's]] death also qualifies - poor kid gets murdered by a serial killer, just because he [[HeKnowsTooMuch he accidentally took his bag and seen severed hand inside.]] His parents never find out what happened, since [[spoiler:Kira's ability means Shigechi's body was completely destroyed without a trace.]]
** Hayato is an elementary school student with the misfortune of [[spoiler:being the son of the man Kira chose for his new identity.]] If it's not bad enough for a child to be living in the same town as the serial killer who murdered his father and WouldHurtAChild, [[spoiler:the killer ''lives in his house''.]] The kid isn't even safe in his own home. The scene where [[spoiler:they take a bath]] together is terrifying, because he isn't just alone with a serial killer, [[spoiler:Kira didn't even break in. As long as he's disguised as his father, he has the ''social and legal right to be with him at all times'' (except at school)]]. And if he shows any sign of being afraid, Kira will kill him, because [[spoiler:he will take it as a sign that he knows that he's not his father, and therefore knows too much.]]
** Part 4 is generally closer to reality. Usually in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' heroes fight henchmen of a main villain, but many antagonists of part 4, despite their supernatural powers, are just dangerous types of people, that some people can meet in real life -- like a con artist, serial killer, or just particularly [[TheSociopath unhinged]] [[LoveMakesYouCrazy classmates]].



* In ''Kodomo no Jikan'', despite [[WifeHusbandry all]] [[KissingCousins Reiji's]] [[{{Yandere}} faults]], when Rin is in any danger, real or imaginary, he really freaks out. On the other hand, Reiji himself is no small cause of nightmares, with his disturbing and unhealthy interest in Rin.
* ''Manga/KotouraSan'': Haruka's backstory includes [[spoiler:having her mother, who [[ParentsAsPeople once tried to help her with her problems]] but ultimately couldn't cope with them, [[ParentalAbandonment callously abandon her]] in front of her grandfather and saying she wished she never gave birth to her]]. And we learn that this is after [[spoiler: Haruka's father utterly refused to help them either and then walked out on them]]! It's utterly heartbreaking.
* ''LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh'' gets some mileage out of this trope with Lady Celi. Not only has she outlived all three of her husbands, but she learns that all three of her sons carry the keys to the Forbidden Boxes in their blood - meaning her choice of lovers may well have doomed all of her children. It makes her occasional BrokenBird tendencies very understandable.



* ''Manga/{{Life}}'' is just full of this. The manga centers around bullying and self-harm. After her friend betrays her in a jealous rage Ayumu begins to cut herself. Once she enters high school she meets a girl who acts like her friend but turns out to be a bully in disguise. None of her family members know about her turmoils. To make matters worse, the teachers try their best to downplay the bullying and make it seem like nothing is wrong.
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''
** Arf's situation in [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha the first season]] is rather nightmarish. The person who she loves more than anything suffers from parental abuse, and she's powerless to stop the abuse or even convince the victim that it's wrong.
** The ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' finale began with the simple yet real fear of [[spoiler:losing your child because you were away when they needed you most - like it happened to Nanoha, Fate, and Vivio. Nanoha actually has [[HeroicBSOD an emotional breakdown]] because of it, [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness something that never happened before or since in the entire franchise]].]]
** This is the main reason that Nanoha was so hesitant to adopt Vivio in the first place, despite how appealing she found the idea. The possibility of her being injured or killed in the line of duty, thus leaving Vivio all alone, always exists (especially when you consider the fact that both she and her father have nearly been killed on the battlefield in the past).
** [[spoiler:Genya Nakajima's elder daughter, Ginga, is kidnapped and his younger daughter Subaru gets hospitalized. In the third Sound Stage of the series, he approaches her and recommends that she withdraw from the case, emphasizing how hard it is on her, but is willing to accept her decision to continue. When you consider that his wife was killed in the line of duty, it's easy to see that he fears losing Subaru too. (Thank God Subaru manages to rescue Ginga, but still)]].
** The first and second episodes of ''[=StrikerS=]'' show scenes from four years before the season proper where Subaru and Ginga were both trapped in a burning airport (with their father fully aware that they were in danger the entire time). [[spoiler:While neither of them were in any danger from the flames due to being cyborgs,]] both of them are nearly killed (Subaru is nearly crushed by a large statue, and Ginga falls several stories when the structural integrity of the stairwell she was on gives out). Had Nanoha and Fate not been present to assist in the rescue effort, it's likely that neither of them would have made it out alive.
** The source of the problem in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha TheMovie 1st'' was based on another one. Namely, what if the people in charge cared more about conserving time and money than making sure that the power plants they built were safe, [[IgnoredExpert to the point of ignoring concerns raised by their own engineers]]? [[spoiler: One of said engineers being the still sane Precia Testarossa.]] In a case of HarsherInHindsight, these fears turned into reality one year after the movie was released, when the Fukushima Nuclear Plant disaster happened and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fukushima_Daiichi_nuclear_disaster#Safety_issues investigations showed that it could have been avoided had officials taken the safety concerns raised by its own experts more seriously]].
** Hayate's plight in ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs A's]]'' is another; she has been [[IllGirl sick for a long time]], and seemingly wonders if she'll die soon, but doesn't fear it because she's always been alone. [[spoiler:And Graham believes that sealing her away with the Book of Darkness is regrettable, but in that case, few will miss her]]. And then there's the Wolkenritter's perspective, as they have to deal with the fear of losing a loved one to illness.
** Discussed in the ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaReflection Reflection]]'' manga, when Lindy mentions to Momoko that adopting Fate made her more worried about the idea of having Nanoha work for the TSAB and deny her the chance of having a peaceful life on Earth. Contrast with the original series' third Sound Stage (set before Fate's adoption), where she expresses minor annoyance that they'd have to wait six years for Nanoha to complete her compulsory education before they could recruit her full-time.



* The otherwise incredibly lighthearted ''Manga/MinamiKe'' does one in the last episode when they find [[spoiler:what appears to be Kana's suicide note]].
* ''Anime/{{Monster}}'': Johan will [[MindRape rape your mind]], [[DrivenToSuicide drive you to suicide]], and [[DissonantSerenity smile through it all]]. [[WouldHurtAChild It's even worse that he has no compunctions about doing this to children.]] Worse yet, Tenma has to not only live with the fact that Johan lives because of his own hand, but he is wanted by the police, as nobody except Johan's sister believes or knows Johan exists, meaning Tenma is suspect number one for the murders.
* ''Manga/MusukoGaKawaikuteShikataganaiMazokuNoHahaoya'': Lorem may be a demon, but her biggest worries are frequently in relation to her ability to care for her infant son Gospel. Whether it's fear he will hate her after her carelessness nearly gets him seriously hurt, worry that her checkered past will cause Gospel problems in the future, or concern that Gospel's development might be behind other kids when they meet another baby who can say her own name when Gospel can't.



* ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays'' will make you groan if you've ever had someone cheat on you, or had the fear of your romantic partner cheating on you. In one particular WhamEpisode, [[spoiler:Kotonoha scrambles to the school roof, excited to see her recently-hooked-up-with boyfriend Makoto, only to find out he's getting particularly dirty with Sekai. She has a ''very'' justifiably horrified face when she catches the two of them.]]
* In ''Anime/DragonballZ'':
** In the Saiyan Saga, Chi-Chi having no idea where Gohan was for a long period of time and having no way to contact him.
** Goku and the others (Krillin, Bulma, and Master Roshi) watching Gohan (as a 4 year old) getting kidnapped by Raditz.
** The Frieza saga has a good one. When Goku turns Super Saiyan and notices that Gohan is still nearby, he starts urging him to get off the planet, fearing that he may hurt (or even worse, kill him) when he finally succumbs to his UnstoppableRage against Frieza.
--> '''Goku''': Do as I tell you right now, before I lose what little sense of reason I have left!
** In the past, King Vegeta was forced to hand over his son to Frieza. He later died trying to rescue the prince.
** In the movie ''[[Anime/DragonBallZBrolyTheLegendarySuperSaiyan Broly - the Legendary Super Saiyan]]'', Broly maniacally asked Goku how much he loved his son, implying Gohan would be his next target, [[PapaWolf Goku]] immediately ordered Gohan to run. But despite Goku's efforts, Broly almost manages to kill the unconscious Gohan, if not for the timely arrival of Piccolo.
** Goku falling ill and being completely helpless in the Android saga from an unknown virus and suffering incredible pain throughout it. His family and friends could do very little but watch and hope the medicine was working. All the while Goku is being hunted down by androids trying to kill him.
** Chi-Chi gets hit with this again in the Majin Buu saga, when she hears the three words she has been pouring her heart and soul into avoiding for ''17 years''.
--> '''Goku''': [[OutlivingOnesOffspring Gohan is dead]]. [[note]][[ComicallyMissingThePoint Actually, the line was "Gohan and Vegeta are dead", but he doesn't count]].[[/note]]
** Gohan gets his own when he grows up. After a traumatizing childhood where his mistakes have gotten people killed, [[Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods Battle of the Gods]] has him getting drunk and making a mistake that nearly gets his wife and unborn daughter killed. He's ImmuneToBullets, but instead of catching them when he's shot at, he deflects them, only for the ricochet to hit Videl, who can be injured by bullets and who also happens to be, unbeknownst to Gohan at the time, pregnant.
** Goku has some new moments of this when ''[[Anime/DragonballSuper Super]]'' rolls around. When Goku decides to spend a day babysitting his new granddaughter Pan, she ends up wandering off and Goku gets noticeably distressed when he can't find her - particularly because at the time he was temporarily stricken with a condition that rendered him incapable of controlling his ki and he couldn't even fly properly. Then during the Future Trunks saga, Goku goes [[UnstoppableRage berserk]] when he learns that Goku Black [[spoiler: stole his body and killed Chichi and Goten in another timeline]], and is still sore about the subject even once he calms down - which is pretty rare for Goku who almost never holds grudges.
** And in ''Anime/DragonBallSuperBroly'' we get two.
*** The first is when Bardock and Gine decide they must abandon their child to a far away planet in order for him to be safe. Gine pleads with Kakarot to not forget them. [[ForegoneConclusion He does]]. It's up to you to decide if their fears being founded makes it worse.
*** Later in the film, Paragus [[spoiler: seems to realize how horribly hes treated his son at the expense of revenge and begs Feeza to do something. Unfortunately for him, Freeza agrees he should do something, by killing Paragus to make Broly go Super Saiyan. Paragus dies never getting to tell his son that hes sorry.]]
* ''Manga/ChisSweetHome'' is, for the most part, SweetDreamsFuel incarnate. However, there are some episodes that might qualify as this from a pet owner's perspective. For example, Chi is at one point left alone with a pet parakeet while her owners are away. Nothing terrible actually happens, but it can be hard to watch for anyone who's owned both a cat and a bird, and knows about the dangers of keeping them together.
* Although he rarely expresses anything outside of arrogance and anger, [[Anime/YuGiOh Seto Kaiba]] himself has one. Whenever his brother's life is at stake, he's terrified he will lose him. Being orphaned at a young age and a ParentalSubstitute to Mokuba are good reasons why he'd be scared to lose the family he has.
* ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'' utilizes several scenes very effectively such as when Nagisa is left standing in the rain after Tomoya basically ditched her. Given that she's been very prone to [[IllGirl being sick all her life]], usually to the point of missing LOTS of school (hell [[HeldBackInSchool it's practically a plot point]]), it's understandable when both [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Tomoya]] and Nagisa's parents [[OhCrap freak when they realize this.]] There's another scene where [[spoiler: Kotomi's parents die]] and her [[PartingWordsRegret last words to them were "I hate you"]] [[spoiler: because this happened after quite a fight]]; her resulting breakdown is quite understandable. The last example here, and quite frankly the most emotionally moving, is when both [[spoiler: Nagisa and Ushio die, though at different parts of the series.]] Watching them slowly [[spoiler: die]] is gut-wrenchingly saddening, it's surprising your actual guts aren't all over the floor after the respective [[spoiler: characters die]]. Knowing that people you care about are [[spoiler: dying]] and not being able to do a single damn thing about it is something that is enough to make anybody give up on life [[spoiler: as what happened with Tomoya]], our battered BreakTheCutie scene that's been dragged through the proverbial mud much of [[spoiler: his]] life.
* The final arc of ''VisualNovel/{{AIR}}''. While its cause may be supernatural, the adult fear Haruko is made to confront is very real: that of [[spoiler: caring for a child through an incurable illness, knowing that she'll ultimately die no matter what you do for her]].
* The ending to ''Manga/SatouKashiNoDanganWaUchinukenai'' provides an example of this. Nagisa's best friend Mokuzu [[spoiler:is murdered by her father, Masachika, during a fight. There were numerous signs that he was abusive (she had a permanent, painful limp due to a hip injury she received as a baby and a ruptured ear drum which caused her to be partially deaf) and child services had been called on him, but she stood by him and her mother eventually left them. Even in her new town there were rumors he was abusive, some even wondering if he'd end up killing her one day, but still no police were involved: when the neighbors tried to contact Mokuzu, she refused to collaborate and no one could directly accuse her.]] Mokuzu has absurd, outlandish behavior (such as saying she is a mermaid or randomly singing) but [[spoiler:no one saw it as related to abuse, a sign for help, or a mixture of both until it was too late]].
* In ''Manga/{{Cyborg 009}}'':
** The heroes were abducted and forcibly turned into cyborgs because they could easily disappear without it being noticed. Except for Francoise/003, none of them have friends or family in positions to report their kidnappings. (Speaking of 003, in the manga her older brother watches her being chloroformed and dragged into a car. He tries to save her, only to lose the chase because he happened to pick a plane that didn't have fuel in it.) Oh, and the Black Ghost operates on a global scale, so there's no chance of the various abductions being put together in some way to find a common thread.
** The series is centered around war and just how destructive it can be. The cyborgs see countless battles, both fictional and based on real life ones (like the Vietnam War in the manga, switched to African guerrilla actions in the recent series) and have to watch as people they bond with have their lives ruined over squabbles over power, land or money. African people like Pyunma/008 are sold into slavery, killed, or otherwise taken advantage of by imperialists. Native Americans like Geronimo/005 are forced to choose between poverty or turning themselves and their culture into a sideshow act for the amusement of others. Joe/009's life in Japanese society was more or less ruined from the start [[HalfBreedDiscrimination purely because of he's biracial.]] And while the protagonists agree that those issues are wrong and horrible and try to fight against them, even with superpowers there's often little they can '''actually''' do.
* Episode 11 of ''Manga/ICantUnderstandWhatMyHusbandIsSaying'' is one long case of this. Working a dead-end job while living alone (as depicted in Kaoru's flashback) is close to a living nightmare, and is an experience that all too many loners are familiar with.
* In ''Animation/GuardianFairyMichel'', while it has comedic tones, Kim's concern over Poyo playing with her gun is played straight--for good reason.
* Episode 3 ''Anime/RanpoKitanGameOfLaplace'', Watanuki kidnapping young girls from families so he could have his own children to raise. He has captured nine girls, and five of them have to suffer a horrific fate for refusing to acknowledge him as their new father. What's even worse is that even after he got released from jail, he's still searching for more girls to take....
* ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'' has a lot of this:
** In Episode 4, Yuzu and the kids of You Show Duel school are literally hanging on for dear life. How would their parents react to that!?
** In Episode 32, Yoko watched the building her son was in collapse on top of him. He got away, but for a second she thought she saw her son be seriously hurt or worse.
** Everything about what Kurosaki said in #33 and #34. [[spoiler: One day, you are minding your own business, and then your home is invaded for no reason. Your home becomes a war zone and you are forced to fight for survival as you watch as everyone you care about taken away and carded, which is for all intents and purposes killed.]]
** Another one for Yoko. Imagine yourself going to drop off some kids home when you get the call that says your son is in a coma.
** The Battle Royale sub-arc is filled with this. [[spoiler: Your son or daughter is in a tournament and after a while any feed of your child is cut as they are forced to fight for survival while you have no idea. The worst part has to be when the tournament is over and you find out your child was carded.]]
** You are told your child is missing and you have no way to get to them. That is a nightmare Shuzou is currently facing.
** You look away for a second and a small child you are looking after disappears.
** You are arrested and forced to leave your three young children alone without any guidance, protection or support. You later spot your children sneaking into a high-profile event, being chased by the guards, and you can do nothing to help.
** Your world is being attacked by an EldritchAbomination and your only child sacrifices herself to stop said EldritchAbomination with the four means to stop him, then found out you wake up with no memory, until you find out what happened, and trying to get your child back. [[spoiler: This is Leo's backstory in a giant nutshell]].
* ''Anime/TheTaleOfThePrincessKaguya'':
** A toddler Kaguya strays from her father in the woods and gets nearly attacked by a wild boar. Luckily, she's rescued.
** Inadvertantly ruining your child's life when trying to give them a better one.
* In ''Manga/{{Noragami}}'', Hiyori in her spirit form is kidnapped, leaving her physical body behind. If she remains too long in her spirit form, she will eventually die. Her parents, not knowing what is happening, could only helplessly watch as their daughter slowly slips further and further in a coma.
* Megu-nee from ''Manga/SchoolLive'' was always stressed by being the only adult around and having the task of keeping three high school girls safe during a ZombieApocalypse. TheReveal that [[spoiler:the government knew about the threat and issued out emergency manuals in case of an outbreak]] caused her major guilt [[spoiler:because she felt she could have done something if she had opened it beforehand.]]
* ''LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh'' gets some mileage out of this trope with Lady Celi. Not only has she outlived all three of her husbands, but she learns that all three of her sons carry the keys to the Forbidden Boxes in their blood - meaning her choice of lovers may well have doomed all of her children. It makes her occasional BrokenBird tendencies very understandable.
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'':
** In Part 3, Kakyoin leaves for Egypt to save Holly and defeat DIO without ever telling his parents. While he does state that he has sent them a letter while on the road, he doesn't know whether it arrived before [[spoiler:his death by DIO's hands]]. As far as his parents know, one day their teenage son went to his new school and vanished, only to be informed two months later that [[spoiler:he died in Egypt, thousands of miles from home.]]
** In the fourth part, Josuke and Joseph stumble upon lost baby with the ability to turn invisible. Of course, baby immediately gets attacked by a dog, and later, falls in a river and almost drowns.
** [[spoiler:Shigechi's]] death also qualifies - poor kid gets murdered by a serial killer, just because he [[HeKnowsTooMuch he accidentally took his bag and seen severed hand inside.]] His parents never find out what happened, since [[spoiler:Kira's ability means Shigechi's body was completely destroyed without a trace.]]
** Hayato is an elementary school student with the misfortune of [[spoiler:being the son of the man Kira chose for his new identity.]] If it's not bad enough for a child to be living in the same town as the serial killer who murdered his father and WouldHurtAChild, [[spoiler:the killer ''lives in his house''.]] The kid isn't even safe in his own home. The scene where [[spoiler:they take a bath]] together is terrifying, because he isn't just alone with a serial killer, [[spoiler:Kira didn't even break in. As long as he's disguised as his father, he has the ''social and legal right to be with him at all times'' (except at school)]]. And if he shows any sign of being afraid, Kira will kill him, because [[spoiler:he will take it as a sign that he knows that he's not his father, and therefore knows too much.]]
** Part 4 is generally closer to reality. Usually in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' heroes fight henchmen of a main villain, but many antagonists of part 4, despite their supernatural powers, are just dangerous types of people, that some people can meet in real life - like a con artist, serial killer, or just particularly [[TheSociopath unhinged]] [[LoveMakesYouCrazy classmates]].
* Tsumugi's walk through town in episode 7 of ''Manga/SweetnessAndLightning'', which includes her almost getting run over by a bike. Another example from the same episode would be Kouhei waking up to find that Tsumugi snuck out of their apartment on her own.

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* ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays'' will make you groan if you've ever had someone cheat on you, or had the fear of your romantic partner cheating on you. In one particular WhamEpisode, [[spoiler:Kotonoha scrambles to the school roof, excited to see her recently-hooked-up-with boyfriend Makoto, only to find out he's getting particularly dirty with Sekai. She has a ''very'' justifiably horrified face when she catches the two of them.]]
* In ''Anime/DragonballZ'':
''Manga/MyBoy'':
** In the Saiyan Saga, Chi-Chi having no idea where Gohan was for a long period of time Child predators abduct children quite often and having no way to contact him.
** Goku and the others (Krillin, Bulma, and Master Roshi) watching Gohan (as a 4 year old) getting kidnapped by Raditz.
** The Frieza saga has a good one. When Goku turns Super Saiyan and notices that Gohan is still nearby, he starts urging him to get off the planet, fearing that he may hurt (or even worse, kill him) when he finally succumbs to his UnstoppableRage against Frieza.
--> '''Goku''': Do as I tell you right now, before I lose what little sense of reason I have left!
** In the past, King Vegeta was forced to hand over his son to Frieza. He later died trying to rescue the prince.
** In the movie ''[[Anime/DragonBallZBrolyTheLegendarySuperSaiyan Broly - the Legendary Super Saiyan]]'', Broly maniacally asked Goku how much he loved his son, implying Gohan would be his next target, [[PapaWolf Goku]] immediately ordered Gohan to run. But despite Goku's efforts, Broly almost manages to kill the unconscious Gohan,
if not for the timely arrival of Piccolo.
** Goku falling ill and being completely helpless in the Android saga from an unknown virus and suffering incredible pain throughout it. His family and friends could do very little but watch and hope the medicine was working. All the while Goku is being hunted down by androids trying to kill him.
** Chi-Chi gets hit with this again in the Majin Buu saga, when she hears the three words she has been pouring her heart and soul into avoiding for ''17 years''.
--> '''Goku''': [[OutlivingOnesOffspring Gohan is dead]]. [[note]][[ComicallyMissingThePoint Actually, the line was "Gohan and Vegeta are dead", but he doesn't count]].[[/note]]
** Gohan gets his own when he grows up. After a traumatizing childhood where his mistakes have gotten people killed, [[Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods Battle of the Gods]] has him getting drunk and making a mistake that nearly gets his wife and unborn daughter killed. He's ImmuneToBullets, but instead of catching them when he's shot at, he deflects them, only for the ricochet to hit Videl, who can be injured by bullets and who also happens to be, unbeknownst to Gohan at the time, pregnant.
** Goku has some new moments of this when ''[[Anime/DragonballSuper Super]]'' rolls around. When Goku decides to spend a day babysitting his new granddaughter Pan, she ends up wandering off and Goku gets noticeably distressed when he can't find her - particularly because at the time he was temporarily stricken with a condition that rendered him incapable of controlling his ki and he couldn't even fly properly. Then during the Future Trunks saga, Goku goes [[UnstoppableRage berserk]] when he learns that Goku Black [[spoiler: stole his body and killed Chichi and Goten in
Satoko's intrusion Mashuu would've become another timeline]], and is still sore about the subject even once he calms down - which is pretty rare for Goku who almost never holds grudges.
victim.
** And in ''Anime/DragonBallSuperBroly'' we get two.
*** The first is when Bardock and Gine decide they must abandon their child to a far away planet in order for him to be safe. Gine pleads with Kakarot to not forget them. [[ForegoneConclusion He does]]. It's up to you to decide if their fears being founded makes it worse.
*** Later in the film, Paragus [[spoiler: seems to realize how horribly hes treated his son at the expense of revenge and begs Feeza to do something. Unfortunately for him, Freeza agrees he should do something, by killing Paragus to make Broly go Super Saiyan. Paragus dies never getting to tell his son that hes sorry.]]
* ''Manga/ChisSweetHome'' is, for the most part, SweetDreamsFuel incarnate. However, there are some episodes that might qualify as this from a pet owner's perspective. For example, Chi is at one point left alone with a pet parakeet while her owners are away. Nothing terrible actually happens, but it can be hard to watch for anyone who's owned both a cat and a bird, and knows about the dangers of keeping them together.
* Although he rarely expresses anything outside of arrogance and anger, [[Anime/YuGiOh Seto Kaiba]] himself has one. Whenever his brother's life is at stake, he's terrified he will lose him.
Being orphaned at a young age and a ParentalSubstitute to Mokuba are good reasons why he'd be scared to lose the family he has.
* ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'' utilizes several scenes very effectively such as when Nagisa is left standing in the rain after Tomoya basically ditched her. Given
unaware that she's been very prone to [[IllGirl being sick all her life]], usually to the point of missing LOTS of school (hell [[HeldBackInSchool it's practically a plot point]]), it's understandable when both [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Tomoya]] and Nagisa's parents [[OhCrap freak when they realize this.]] There's another scene where [[spoiler: Kotomi's parents die]] and her [[PartingWordsRegret last words to them were "I hate you"]] [[spoiler: because this happened after quite a fight]]; her resulting breakdown is quite understandable. The last example here, and quite frankly the most emotionally moving, is when both [[spoiler: Nagisa and Ushio die, though at different parts of the series.]] Watching them slowly [[spoiler: die]] is gut-wrenchingly saddening, it's surprising your actual guts aren't all over the floor after the respective [[spoiler: characters die]]. Knowing that people you care about are [[spoiler: dying]] and not being able to do a single damn thing about it is something that is enough to make anybody give up on life [[spoiler: as what happened with Tomoya]], our battered BreakTheCutie scene that's been dragged through the proverbial mud much of [[spoiler: his]] life.
* The final arc of ''VisualNovel/{{AIR}}''. While its cause may be supernatural, the adult fear Haruko is made to confront is very real: that of [[spoiler: caring for a child through an incurable illness, knowing that she'll ultimately die no matter what you do for her]].
* The ending to ''Manga/SatouKashiNoDanganWaUchinukenai'' provides an example of this. Nagisa's best friend Mokuzu [[spoiler:is murdered by her father, Masachika, during a fight. There were numerous signs that he was abusive (she had a permanent, painful limp due to a hip injury she received as a baby and a ruptured ear drum which caused her to be partially deaf) and child services had been called on him, but she stood by him and her mother eventually left them. Even in her new town there were rumors he was abusive, some even wondering if he'd end up killing her one day, but still no police were involved: when the neighbors tried to contact Mokuzu, she refused to collaborate and no one could directly accuse her.]] Mokuzu has absurd, outlandish behavior (such as saying she is a mermaid or randomly singing) but [[spoiler:no one saw it as related to abuse, a sign for help, or a mixture of both until it was too late]].
* In ''Manga/{{Cyborg 009}}'':
** The heroes were abducted and forcibly turned into cyborgs because they could easily disappear without it being noticed. Except for Francoise/003, none of them have friends or family in positions to report their kidnappings. (Speaking of 003, in the manga her older brother watches her being chloroformed and dragged into a car. He tries to save her, only to lose the chase because he happened to pick a plane that didn't have fuel in it.) Oh, and the Black Ghost operates on a global scale, so there's no chance of the various abductions being put together in some way to find a common thread.
** The series is centered around war and just how destructive it can be. The cyborgs see countless battles, both fictional and based on real life ones (like the Vietnam War in the manga, switched to African guerrilla actions in the recent series) and have to watch as people they bond with have their lives ruined over squabbles over power, land or money. African people like Pyunma/008 are sold into slavery, killed, or otherwise taken advantage of by imperialists. Native Americans like Geronimo/005 are forced to choose between poverty or turning themselves and their culture into a sideshow act for the amusement of others. Joe/009's life in Japanese society was more or less ruined from the start [[HalfBreedDiscrimination purely because of he's biracial.]] And while the protagonists agree that those issues are wrong and horrible and try to fight against them, even with superpowers there's often little they can '''actually''' do.
* Episode 11 of ''Manga/ICantUnderstandWhatMyHusbandIsSaying'' is one long case of this. Working a dead-end job while living alone (as depicted in Kaoru's flashback) is close to a living nightmare, and is an experience that all too many loners are familiar with.
* In ''Animation/GuardianFairyMichel'', while it has comedic tones, Kim's concern over Poyo playing with her gun is played straight--for good reason.
* Episode 3 ''Anime/RanpoKitanGameOfLaplace'', Watanuki kidnapping young girls from families so he could have his own children to raise. He has captured nine girls, and five of them have to suffer a horrific fate for refusing to acknowledge him as their new father. What's even worse is that even after he got released from jail, he's still searching for more girls to take....
* ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'' has a lot of this:
** In Episode 4, Yuzu and the kids of You Show Duel school are literally hanging on for dear life. How would their parents react to that!?
** In Episode 32, Yoko watched the building her son was in collapse on top of him. He got away, but for a second she thought she saw her son be seriously hurt or worse.
** Everything about what Kurosaki said in #33 and #34. [[spoiler: One day, you are minding your own business, and then your home is invaded for no reason. Your home becomes a war zone and you are forced to fight for survival as you watch as everyone you care about taken away and carded, which is for all intents and purposes killed.]]
** Another one for Yoko. Imagine yourself going to drop off some kids home when you get the call that says your son is in a coma.
** The Battle Royale sub-arc is filled with this. [[spoiler: Your son or daughter is in a tournament and after a while any feed of
your child is cut as they are forced going to fight for survival while you have no idea. The worst part has visit a grown adult at night to practice soccer and not only that, but said adult also takes them out to eat at a restaurant. This would come back to haunt Satoko when she was scheduled to be when the tournament is over and you find out your child was carded.]]
** You are told your child is missing and you have no way
relocated due to get to them. That is a nightmare Shuzou is currently facing.
** You look away for a second and a small child you are looking after disappears.
** You are arrested and forced to leave your three young children alone without any guidance, protection or support. You later spot your children sneaking into a high-profile event, being chased by the guards, and you can do nothing to help.
** Your world is being attacked by an EldritchAbomination and your only child sacrifices herself to stop said EldritchAbomination
her encounters with the four means to stop him, then found out you wake up with no memory, until you find out what happened, and trying to get your child back. [[spoiler: This is Leo's backstory in a giant nutshell]].
* ''Anime/TheTaleOfThePrincessKaguya'':
** A toddler Kaguya strays from her father in the woods and gets nearly attacked by a wild boar. Luckily, she's rescued.
** Inadvertantly ruining your child's life when trying to give them a better one.
* In ''Manga/{{Noragami}}'', Hiyori in her spirit form is kidnapped, leaving her physical body behind. If she remains too long in her spirit form, she will eventually die. Her parents, not knowing what is happening, could only helplessly watch as their daughter slowly slips further and further in a coma.
* Megu-nee from ''Manga/SchoolLive'' was always stressed by being the only adult around and having the task of keeping three high school girls safe during a ZombieApocalypse. TheReveal that [[spoiler:the government knew about the threat and issued out emergency manuals in case of an outbreak]] caused her major guilt [[spoiler:because she felt she could have done something if she had opened it beforehand.]]
* ''LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh'' gets some mileage out of this trope with Lady Celi. Not only has she outlived all three of her husbands, but she learns that all three of her sons carry the keys to the Forbidden Boxes in their blood - meaning her choice of lovers may well have doomed all of her children. It makes her occasional BrokenBird tendencies very understandable.
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'':
** In Part 3, Kakyoin leaves for Egypt to save Holly and defeat DIO without ever telling his parents. While he does state that he has sent them a letter while on the road, he doesn't know whether it arrived before [[spoiler:his death by DIO's hands]]. As far as his parents know, one day their teenage son went to his new school and vanished, only to be informed two months later that [[spoiler:he died in Egypt, thousands of miles from home.]]
** In the fourth part, Josuke and Joseph stumble upon lost baby with the ability to turn invisible. Of course, baby immediately gets attacked by a dog, and later, falls in a river and almost drowns.
** [[spoiler:Shigechi's]] death also qualifies - poor kid gets murdered by a serial killer, just because he [[HeKnowsTooMuch he accidentally took his bag and seen severed hand inside.]] His parents never find out what happened, since [[spoiler:Kira's ability means Shigechi's body was completely destroyed without a trace.]]
** Hayato is an elementary school student with the misfortune of [[spoiler:being the son of the man Kira chose for his new identity.]] If it's not bad enough for a child to be living in the same town as the serial killer who murdered his father and WouldHurtAChild, [[spoiler:the killer ''lives in his house''.]] The kid isn't even safe in his own home. The scene where [[spoiler:they take a bath]] together is terrifying, because he isn't just alone with a serial killer, [[spoiler:Kira didn't even break in. As long as he's disguised as his father, he has the ''social and legal right to be with him at all times'' (except at school)]]. And if he shows any sign of being afraid, Kira will kill him, because [[spoiler:he will take it as a sign that he knows that he's not his father, and therefore knows too much.]]
** Part 4 is generally closer to reality. Usually in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' heroes fight henchmen of a main villain, but many antagonists of part 4, despite their supernatural powers, are just dangerous types of people, that some people can meet in real life - like a con artist, serial killer, or just particularly [[TheSociopath unhinged]] [[LoveMakesYouCrazy classmates]].
* Tsumugi's walk through town in episode 7 of ''Manga/SweetnessAndLightning'', which includes her almost getting run over by a bike. Another example from the same episode would be Kouhei waking up to find that Tsumugi snuck out of their apartment on her own.
Mashuu.



* The premise of ''Manga/ThePromisedNeverland'': Your family who you're seeing off to go to a great place they've been looking forward to their whole lives? That "great place" is a slaughterhouse, and the only one who have a chance to survive said fate are girls who have undergone severe testing. The caretaker that's raised you, played games with you, and been there for you your whole life (that you can remember, anyway)? She's in on it, and is the one who tests aforementioned girls. Everybody leaves by the age of twelve, which you and your two male best friends are rapidly approaching. And then there's one for said caretaker, when she discovers [[spoiler: that one of the children she's raising to be a ritual sacrifice is her biological son. And said son is the one who tells her]]. And then he [[spoiler: attempts suicide via self-immolation, and tampered with all the anti-fire measures beforehand to prevent her from doing anything about it.]]
* The blood of children is apparently more desirable than the blood of grown humans in ''Manga/VampireKnight''.
* ''Anime/MiraiOfTheFuture'': The idea of children going missing is bad enough in safe Japan. [[spoiler:The demonic bullet train to Lonely Land, the implication that any children who board it are never seen again and how it actively tries sucking Kun and Mirai on board]] make for even more uncomfortable viewing for anyone from a country where child abduction is rampant.
* ''Anime/YourName'':
** Futaba died of a rare untreatable disease. ''Another Side: Earthbound'' reveals that Toshiki was [[DistractedFromDeath out desperately trying to find a doctor who could treat Futaba]] and NeverGotToSayGoodbye. Afterwards, he fell into depression and got evicted after developing irreconcilable differences with Hitoha. Even worse, both his dearly-beloved daughters rejected him when he asked them to go with him.
** Taki [[spoiler:falling inside the mountain shrine]] could have hurt him badly. Given how remote the place is [[spoiler:that no one has been there in 3 years]], it could easily appear to Taki's father and friends that he goes off without telling anyone where to and is never seen again.
** Taki [[spoiler:being unable to find a job after graduation]] is PlayedForComedy with his friends ribbing him over it, but it can be uncomfortable viewing.
* ''Manga/GakuenBabysitters'':
** Ryuuichi reacts with panic and desperation if one of the children that he is watching over wanders off and he cannot find them. The idea of something bad happening to them terrifies him to the core, such as when Kirin jumping off a ledge trying to fly, Kotaro getting lost during a walk, suspicious people having ill intent towards the children, etc.
** Ryuuichi sometimes delves into the fact that he is Kotaro's only living relative alive and is now responsible for him. He wonders what he will have to do once they inevitably leave the Chairman's house to sustain both of them.
** While rarely getting angry at the children when they are naughty, there was one time Ryuuichi scolded them for locking their caretakers/family members outside the house. If something happened to the children while the adults are outside unable to get in, they could have gotten hurt.

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* The premise of ''Manga/ThePromisedNeverland'': Your family who you're seeing off ''Anime/MyNeighborTotoro'':
** In the climax, Mei has a fight with he sister Satsuki, and runs away
to go to a great place they've been looking forward to the hospital and give Mama the fresh produce from their whole lives? That "great place" garden herself. Mei is four. She does not know the way. She gets lost. ''Nobody knows where she is.'' Literally ''everybody in town'' goes out to search for her, [[NeverSayDie fearing the worst]].
** One moment within the "searching for Mei" sequence stands out: The neighbors find
a slaughterhouse, little girl's sandal in a pond, and show it to Satsuki. [[NeverSayDie Nobody ever says it]], but the only one who have a chance to survive said fate are girls who have undergone severe testing. The caretaker that's raised you, played games with you, and been there for you your whole life (that you can remember, anyway)? She's obvious implication is ''they're afraid Mei drowned in on it, and is the one who tests aforementioned girls. Everybody leaves by the age of twelve, which you and your two male best friends are rapidly approaching. And then there's one for said caretaker, when she discovers pond''. [[spoiler: It's not Mei's sandal, and she hasn't drowned.]]



* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Chapter 501 and beyond has [[spoiler:Tobi threatening a newly born Naruto as an ultimatum to Minato and Kushina. After Tobi extracts the Kyubi from her, Kushina is left facing the reality
that one she will not live to see her son grow up. ''On top of that'', her and Minato die knowing that they're dooming their child to a lifetime of suffering and lonliness, unable to protect him from the fox, Tobi or the taunts of the children she's raising to be a ritual sacrifice is her biological son. And said son is the one who tells her]]. And then he villagers.]]. [[spoiler: attempts suicide via self-immolation, and tampered And later Minato is revived to help his son in the war against Tobi...only to learn that Tobi is not really Madara, as he thought he was, but is actually his [[MyGreatestFailure presumed deceased student Obito, who was driven mad as a result of Rin's death, Minato's other student that Obito was in love with which Minato also failed to protect, and months of being influenced by the real Madara.]] The look on poor Minato's face when he realizes this and puts all the anti-fire measures beforehand pieces together is heartbreaking, as he could have avoided all this by managing to prevent her from doing anything about it.save at least one of his students, or realizing sooner that Tobi was Obito and stopping him himself.]]
* ** Your eldest son, whom you love and raised/trained? [[spoiler:He's commissioned with killing you and your spouse. And ''everyone else in your family''. And when he comes for you, '''you clearly know it''', as well as how said son is suffering for it. Your only option is to tell him "well, our deal suck, but go ahead and kill us if that's what you truly have to do. We love you no matter what".]]
** Back in the old days, the war meant that ''everyone'' fought.
The blood series was already known for having ChildSoldiers running around willy-nilly, but at least they're trained for combat and start out as civil servants/citizen soldiers--in the bad old days, this kind of thing amounted to ''seven-year-olds'' being declared shinobi, stuffed in armor and sent to the front lines. It's exemplified by how, when Hashirama Senju and Madara Uchiha's fathers met on the battlefield with their sons in tow, each adult's reaction was to ''immediately'' go for the other's kids. [[WarIsHell Morality? What's that]]?
* ''Anime/NowAndThenHereAndThere'' has the dangers of a child left alone in a foreign land. [[FridgeHorror It gets worse]] thinking about [[spoiler:Sara]] in the end. She may be trying to show the kids of this hellscape that there's always some glimmer of hope out there...but as far as her parents back home know, she was probably kidnapped, murdered, and disposed in some remote location.




* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Brook. In a rare case of a main character who was middle-aged in his flashback, instead of the usual childhood traumas we got the story of a parent/authority figure losing friends and loved ones to tragedy and bad decisions, finally ending up old and alone.
** Shanks, possibly the most easygoing character in the series, outright ''panics'' when Luffy is stolen out of his sight by a lowlife.
** What happened to [[spoiler:Boa Hancock and her sisters, Sandersonia and Marigold]] in their past. [[spoiler:At a very young age, they were the junior members of a Kuja ship's crew... and once their older shipmates and caretakers simply took their eyes off the three pre-teen girls for mere minutes, they were kidnapped and then sold into slavery. It took them ''years'' to come back home... and they remain scarred, both physically and mentally, by the experience right up to the present day. Merely recalling the HELL they lived through can these three ''very'' badass women to tears. (And in Marigold's case, to a screaming HeroicBSOD)]]
** Luffy, Ace, and Dragon turning into criminals despite trying to raise them as marines could be a parental failure fear for Garp. [[spoiler:Even worse when Ace actually ''dies'', and Garp has to ask Sengoku to pin him down so he won't go straight towards his killer to get {{revenge}}.]]
** The Punk Hazard arc may have the worst case of this. Parents on the islands near Punk Hazard are told by a [[TheMole Mole]] in the Marines that their
children suddenly died in accidents while they were out playing. In reality, they are being abducted for use in human experimentation which is apparently more desirable than poisoning them slowly to death.
** Kuina's death. In a world with fantastic powers and ancient weapons, she just... fell down
the blood of grown humans stairs. Death can come at any time, in ''Manga/VampireKnight''.any situation, even to a child.
** The Toy Soldier[[spoiler:/Kyros]] watched as his beloved wife was shot and killed before his eyes. And at one point, his adopted daughter Rebecca was kidnapped by people intending to sell her.


* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' occasionally relies on Adult Fear.

** ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'' and ''Manga/PhantomThiefPokemon7'' in particular prey on the "What if your young child is kidnapped and they can't be found?" fear. Interestingly enough, ''Pokémon Adventures'' has this fear belong to one of the main ''villains'', [[spoiler:Giovanni]] -- his son was abducted, and at least one of his villainous schemes even stems from his desire to find him. It also briefly plays on the fear that, after you've been separated from your child for so long, they might not like you or want anything to do with you now that you've re-entered their life -- because while he eventually comes around and accepts his father, deciding to involve him in his life, [[spoiler:Silver]] initially rants about how unfair it is that he'll never have a perfect family and that he can't possibly accept that his father is such a renown criminal (while [[spoiler:Giovanni]] is in the same room, in perfect hearing distance, though unconscious).
** In ''Theatre/PokemonLive'', Delia is scared of Ash confronting Team Rocket, not only because of the fear that he might be hurt, but because she used to date Giovanni and doesn't know how he'll take the news. It's implied she worries he'll ''hate'' her like he does the rest of Team Rocket.
* ''Anime/MiraiOfTheFuture'': ''Manga/ProjectARMS'':
** Even though the ARMS teens are all actually raised by foster parents, they still are treated like the parents' own children. These parents then get to watch their children be attacked, nearly killed, and then get told "Hey, we have to leave for awhile and may not live, but we love you!"
**
The Chapel children. They were all the result of a group of women being given, without their knowledge, drugs that altered the development of their unborn children. Not only that, but the parents are unable to properly care for their children because ''they're all afraid of them''. [[spoiler:Worse, though the children take on adult roles in the town they run, it becomes evident that the kids still need the love and support of their parents.]]
* ''Anime/PsychoPass'' has quite a few of these:
** The first episode has a rapist actually rape someone on-screen.
** Another episode has a man who has been the ButtMonkey for years at his job finally snap and go on a killing spree at work.
** One arc has an all women's college, where parents and students alike become terrified of a SerialKiller turning the girls who attend the school into deranged plastic art and killing them through the process. Turns out the SerialKiller was under everyone's noses the whole time ([[spoiler:the student and local MadArtist Rikako Oryou]]); this leaves almost everyone who knew her feeling betrayed and scared.
** [[WholeEpisodeFlashback Episode 12]] has [[spoiler:Yayoi]] finding out someone she loved was rebelling against society through music and Molotov Cocktails. The person in question was also implicated in murder. Even worse is the first real insight into the conditions the asylums operate under. [[spoiler:Yayoi, in her cell, is locked away without access to the outside world, or anything to do to entertain herself, especially her beloved guitar. When she shows even the slightest bit of distress over what amount to her imprisonment, the room is gassed and the tannoy tells her to start calming down, and that doctors would be on their way to help her. The final situation is a place you are sent to where, if you show any free will, you're drugged into submission with cold, clinical efficiency.]]
** Episode 13 has [[spoiler:Akane]] dealing with the fallout of losing a friend, and then having to repeatedly relive the memories of watching a close friend die.
** One of the main characters is revealed to have had his father go insane with grief about his society and shame his family. [[spoiler:The character is Ginoza and his father is Masaoka, who now works under Ginoza.]]
** A death of a PosthumousCharacter turned [[spoiler:Shinya]] from an idealistic and law-abiding citizen to a despairing BloodKnight who is despised by society and is wracked with grief due to his friend dying.
** Episode 14 revolves around a woman being beaten to death in front of numerous citizens who do nothing. [[RealityIsUnrealistic Although some may think this is unrealistic]], this relates to a real-life phenomenon, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bystander_Effect Bystander Effect]].
** [[WhamEpisode Episode 15]] plays on many AdultFear scenarios; like those who feel wronged by society violently attacking those who society has favoured, [[spoiler:crime sprees, people losing faith in society and law, mass riots]] and ultimately the threat of [[spoiler:societal breakdown]].
** Another WhamEpisode, Episode 16 shows what it could be like for your life to be potentially saved by someone you trusted and respected, [[spoiler:just for them to then kill you. [[KillTheCutie Poor Shusei]].]]
** Yet another WhamEpisode, Episode 18 shows what it could be like to [[spoiler:find out the police department and the government is not only highly corrupt, but will try to have you killed when they find out you know too much or even if they think you could be detrimental to their plans.]]
** Episode 19 discusses the possibility of [[spoiler:someone destroying the majority of the food supply in a country, reducing everyone to fighting over food just to survive. It also brings up the [[RealitySubtext current controversy over genetically-modified "Frankenfoods" and how easily they can be taken out by rapidly evolving germs]].]]
** Episode 21 shows [[spoiler:how a father can try to save his son who he has a bad relationship with, and then die in front of said son trying to prove he loves his son...and how he can die before his son can even acknowledge him as his Dad. The relationship between Masaoka and Ginoza was mostly professional, but Masaoka's last words show how he wished it was father and son. Ginoza afterwards seems to feel the same.]]
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''
** One girl has gone missing, another girl found dead, and their friend is very troubled by all that- but refuses any help from anyone. The mother of the latter is seen in the 11th episode, and doesn't cry because she tries to assure herself that the girl can probably handle the stress given enough time. Her mother must have felt powerless and desperate, seeing her once cheerful and gentle daughter grow so distant and detached.
** Say, has your (insert: daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece, cousin, student, neighbor, friend, friend's sister, classmate, etc.) been acting distant or evasive? Coming and going at all hours? Maybe one day she'll simply never come home, and even if you call the police, no one will ever find her or any sign of what happened to her.
** Kyubey is guilty of the crime of [[spoiler:HUMAN TRAFFICKING, and his exploitative recruitment methods are comparable to Child Porn. A ManipulativeBastard who uses the emotion and desperation of little girls in order to scam them into a DealWithTheDevil and force them in a dangerous job as enslaved prostitutes, er, "Magical Girls". Plus, being InvisibleToNormals means that those who contracts cant talk about him to anyone lest people think they're crazy.]]



* ''VisualNovel/RoboticsNotes'' has a few.
** [[spoiler:Mizuka's]] death was pretty tragic, especially when you watch Kaito desperately doing everything in his power to try and save her.
** Akiho and Misa. An older sibling has cut off ties from their family with no explanation and ignores any and all attempts at contact, and the last conversation they had with the younger was them [[BreakTheCutie calling her plain and saying she'd never accomplish anything.]] Then it's revealed [[spoiler:she's being manipulated by someone else who is forcing her to cooperate by threatening the lives of everyone she cares about]].
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'':
** In ''Ishin Shishi e no Requiem'', Yahiko [[spoiler:runs away to join the rebels that were trying to overthrow the Meiji government, since his father died in a similar rebellion years ago.]]. Kaoru, having no idea where Yahiko had disappeared to, is frantic. When [[spoiler:Yahiko is ultimately left behind by the rebels and comes back to the dojo]], poor [[{{Tsundere}} Kaoru]] greets him with [[AngerBornOfWorry a slap to the face and then proceeds to sob into him]]. Kenshin immediately tells Yahiko that, had Kaoru not slapped him, he would've done that himself.
** The Jinchuu arc is a horrifyingly well-done attempt by [[spoiler:Enishi]] to use this on Kenshin. [[spoiler:So Kenshin wasn't able to protect his first wife Tomoe and the mere possibility of losing his girlfriend Kaoru terrifies him? Now Tomoe's vengeful brother deliberately exploits this fear to make Kenshin believe Kaoru has been bloodily murdered by him, thus making him revive these horrible memories. And Kenshin almost crosses the DespairEventHorizon after ''that''.]]
** The PsychologicalHorror implications of [[spoiler:Saitou going to the Kamiya dojo behind Kenshin's back]] brings out the Adult Fear card with incredible strength. Think about it: [[spoiler:''he could've killed everyone there easily if he wanted to'', and Kenshin wouldn't have been able to do anything.]] When Kenshin put two and two together, he almost had an HeroicBSOD.
** Played horrifyingly straight in [[spoiler:Anji Yukyuzan]]'s backstory. [[spoiler:The moment he left his old temple to meditate under a waterfall... it was the moment when he was beaten bloody by the local townspeople and said temple was burned to the ground. ''With Anji's adopted children inside''. The [[BreakTheCutie terrible psychological consequences]] lead him to his FaceHeelTurn.]]



* ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays'' will make you groan if you've ever had someone cheat on you, or had the fear of your romantic partner cheating on you. In one particular WhamEpisode, [[spoiler:Kotonoha scrambles to the school roof, excited to see her recently-hooked-up-with boyfriend Makoto, only to find out he's getting particularly dirty with Sekai. She has a ''very'' justifiably horrified face when she catches the two of them.]]
* ''Manga/{{Shiki}}'' has quite a few of these, among them:
** Watching your children or other relatives die while you are powerless to stop it;
** Having your family members threatened;
** Being rejected by everybody and dying completely alone;
** Having your friends and family turn on you, or having to turn on them;
** Dying horrifically and pointlessly owing to circumstances beyond your control;
** Losing everyone and everything you know and love;
** The idea that people, no matter how nice or friendly they may seem, ''will'' commit unspeakable acts of violence and depravity, if the chips are down
* ''Anime/SpiritedAway'' has one scene where Yubaba frantically searches her son's room while believing he's been kidnapped. Chihiro's situation in general is pretty terrifying, especially when she's first lost in the world of the spirits. Her parents have been captured and left in a position where it's impossible to help her and she's stranded in a hostile world where everyone, except for one person, thinks she's naturally lazy, stupid, and greedy, like [[FantasticRacism they think most humans are]]. Until she reaches Yubaba and gets a job, she has to sneak around and has no idea if the people she interacts with will betray her or not. Oh, and the one ally she has? Between his shifts in personality and warnings from others, Chihiro wonders if he really is her friend or if he'll betray her to Yubaba.
* In the ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'' OAV ''[[Anime/StreetFighterIVTheTiesThatBind The Ties that Bind]]'':
** [[spoiler:Ken and to a lesser extent Guile]] are slapped to the face with this when [[spoiler:Ken's wife/Guile's sister in law Eliza disappears.]] It's worse when [[spoiler:it turns out she was kidnapped. By Crimson Viper. Who, at the start, had posed as a reporter who had just spoken to Ken himself. Moreso, ''Eliza has just found out that she's pregnant''.]] The imaginery of [[spoiler:Ken speaking to Viper on the phone while the camera pans to a couch that has Eliza's knitting stuff on it ''and'' to [[EmpathyDollShot a small doll that sits on the fireplace]] ]] is pretty powerful.
** Another character starts losing [[spoiler: his]] own identity, completely snaps at some point under the pressure, and almost harms a person whom [[spoiler: he]] cares a lot for ''and'' who's trying to help him through his crisis. [[spoiler: That character is none other than Ryu. For SplitPersonalityTakeover reasons, but still -- it's damn heartbreaking to see [[NiceGuy the always kind and serious]] [[SpiritedCompetitor Ryu]] [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone realising what he had already done and then was about to do]] [[MoralityPet to Sakura]], [[HeroicBSOD and almost shutting down as a result]]...]]
* ''Manga/{{Subaru}}'' has the protagonist's twin-brother. He's only 7 years old and has been hospitalized for ''two years'' due to a brain tumor. And said tumor will grow and impact his memories, making him forget everything, including speech. This is played absolutely straight and for all the drama it causes on the family. Just imagine that this is ''your'' son, with an illness that you are absolutely powerless against and you ultimately can do nothing but ''watch'' him slowly losing himself to the tumor.


* ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'':
** Kotetsu/Wild Tiger is a father in canon and therefore he ''really'' hates the mere
idea of children going missing being in any kind of danger. [[spoiler:Worse still, in the second episode his daughter Kaede ends up in danger, and Tiger is bad not ''quite'' quick enough to rescue her. Fortunately, Barnaby saves her life in safe Japan. [[spoiler:The demonic bullet train to Lonely Land, the implication nick of time.]]
** Episode 15 brings a new Adult Fear for Kotetsu. Namely, [[spoiler:the possibility of having a rare, progressive condition
that any children will force him to give up what he loves most]].
** Ivan is a teenager, but he still has to face the fear of not having been able to help his friend when he needed him the most. [[spoiler:Now said friend, Edward, is a supervillain.]]
** Barnaby has to face a huge one later in the series: [[spoiler:his parents' '''real''' murderer was... Maverick, his former ParentalSubstitute. So during a good part of his life, he has been raised ''by the guy
who board it are never seen again killed his mom and how it actively tries sucking Kun dad'', and Mirai on board]] make for even more uncomfortable viewing for anyone from a country good part of his whole identity [[MindRape is based on]] ''[[MindRape lies]]''.]]
** The moment
where child abduction [[spoiler:Maverick]] pats Kaede's head. The simple idea of what he [[MindControl could do]] to her gave the fanbase itself a major freak out.
** All friends and colleagues suddenly forgetting who he
is rampant.
* ''Anime/YourName'':
** Futaba died of a rare untreatable disease. ''Another Side: Earthbound'' reveals that Toshiki was [[DistractedFromDeath out desperately
and then trying to find terminate him for a doctor who could treat Futaba]] and NeverGotToSayGoodbye. Afterwards, crime he fell into depression and got evicted after developing irreconcilable differences didn't commit is gutwrenching. It's one of the many reasons that [[spoiler:Maverick]] is pure evil.


* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'': Done in the fifth arc,
with Hitoha. Even worse, both his dearly-beloved daughters rejected him when he asked them to go with him.
** Taki [[spoiler:falling inside
[[spoiler:all of the mountain shrine]] could have hurt him badly. Given how remote Ushiromiya children except for Battler being killed off on the place is [[spoiler:that no one has been there First Twilight. And then Battler in 3 years]], it could easily appear the sixth arc. Poor Rudolf.]]



* This happens in ''Manga/WanderingSon'' from time
to Taki's father and friends that he time. Imagine your nine year old daughter goes off to the local city without telling anyone where to you, dressed as a boy, and the first thing that happens is never seen again.
** Taki [[spoiler:being unable to find
she's hit on by a job after graduation]] is PlayedForComedy an adult. To make matters worse she and her friend go around hanging with his friends ribbing him them, even sleeping over it, but it can be uncomfortable viewing.
* ''Manga/GakuenBabysitters'':
** Ryuuichi reacts with panic and desperation if one of the children that he is watching over wanders off and he cannot find them. The idea of something bad happening to them terrifies him to the core, such as when Kirin jumping off a ledge trying to fly, Kotaro getting lost during a walk, suspicious people having ill intent towards the children, etc.
** Ryuuichi sometimes delves into the fact that he is Kotaro's only living relative alive and is now responsible for him. He wonders what he will have to do once they inevitably leave the Chairman's
at their house and being gone all day, without telling you. Thankfully [[CoolBigSis Yuki is nothing but a playful tease]] and she would '''never''' let any harm happen to sustain both of them.
** While rarely getting angry at the children when they are naughty, there was one time Ryuuichi scolded them for locking their caretakers/family members outside the house. If something happened to the children while the adults are outside unable to get in, they could have gotten hurt.
either child, but..



* ''Manga/MusukoGaKawaikuteShikataganaiMazokuNoHahaoya'': Lorem may be a demon, but her biggest worries are frequently in relation to her ability to care for her infant son Gospel. Whether it's fear he will hate her after her carelessness nearly gets him seriously hurt, worry that her checkered past will cause Gospel problems in the future, or concern that Gospel's development might be behind other kids when they meet another baby who can say her own name when Gospel can't.
* ''Manga/MyBoy'':
** Child predators abduct children quite often and if not for Satoko's intrusion Mashuu would've become another victim.
** Being unaware that your child is going to visit a grown adult at night to practice soccer and not only that, but said adult also takes them out to eat at a restaurant. This would come back to haunt Satoko when she was scheduled to be relocated due to her encounters with Mashuu.


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* ''Anime/WelcomeToTheNHK'' presents its viewers the consequences of being a hikkikomori for the rest of your life: Growing old, ugly, still living with your parents until they die and eventually homelessness.
** On Yamazaki's side, it's the fear that your dreams and aspirations are futile and you shouldn't even bother because, like it or not, your life has already been decided.
** With Hitomi, it's the fear that her life has no meaning. With Megumi, it's constantly being exploited by con artists and desperately searching ways to make income to support yourself and a parasitic relative.
* Another Creator/HayaoMiyazaki example is ''Anime/TheWindRises''. Protagonist Jiro has to watch the person he loves most in the entire world, [[spoiler: his wife Naoko]], succumbs to an untimely death at the hands of a horrible [[IncurableCoughOfDeath disease]].
* ''Manga/WolfGuyWolfenCrest'' is insanely good at this. Stalkers, rape, violence, school shootings...


* In ''Anime/XamdLostMemories'', there's quite a bit of this. The clearest example is in how the teenage lead characters, for one reason or another, all end up having to leave their families behind to participate in the war effort. Their parents know that they are in danger and could get killed, but there's nothing they can do to stop it.


* ''Manga/YourLieInApril'':
** Kousei's mothers concerns were about how he would be able to live decently without source of income and parental advices after she dies, and while her busy husband is away with business.
** Also, one of the RealLife parents nightmare is [[spoiler:having their only child succumbing with terminal illness that would claim his/her live in young age, like Kaori.]]
* ''Anime/YourName'':
** Futaba died of a rare untreatable disease. ''Another Side: Earthbound'' reveals that Toshiki was [[DistractedFromDeath out desperately trying to find a doctor who could treat Futaba]] and NeverGotToSayGoodbye. Afterwards, he fell into depression and got evicted after developing irreconcilable differences with Hitoha. Even worse, both his dearly-beloved daughters rejected him when he asked them to go with him.
** Taki [[spoiler:falling inside the mountain shrine]] could have hurt him badly. Given how remote the place is [[spoiler:that no one has been there in 3 years]], it could easily appear to Taki's father and friends that he goes off without telling anyone where to and is never seen again.
** Taki [[spoiler:being unable to find a job after graduation]] is PlayedForComedy with his friends ribbing him over it, but it can be uncomfortable viewing.



* In ''Manga/ZombieLoan'', minor character Sougiya is a single father trying to pay off his contract to the Z-Loan. He knows that if he isn't able to keep his end of the contract, he will die and then no one will be left to take care of his young daughter.












* Although he rarely expresses anything outside of arrogance and anger, [[Anime/YuGiOh Seto Kaiba]] himself has one. Whenever his brother's life is at stake, he's terrified he will lose him. Being orphaned at a young age and a ParentalSubstitute to Mokuba are good reasons why he'd be scared to lose the family he has.
* ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'' utilizes several scenes very effectively such as when Nagisa is left standing in the rain after Tomoya basically ditched her. Given that she's been very prone to [[IllGirl being sick all her life]], usually to the point of missing LOTS of school (hell [[HeldBackInSchool it's practically a plot point]]), it's understandable when both [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Tomoya]] and Nagisa's parents [[OhCrap freak when they realize this.]] There's another scene where [[spoiler: Kotomi's parents die]] and her [[PartingWordsRegret last words to them were "I hate you"]] [[spoiler: because this happened after quite a fight]]; her resulting breakdown is quite understandable. The last example here, and quite frankly the most emotionally moving, is when both [[spoiler: Nagisa and Ushio die, though at different parts of the series.]] Watching them slowly [[spoiler: die]] is gut-wrenchingly saddening, it's surprising your actual guts aren't all over the floor after the respective [[spoiler: characters die]]. Knowing that people you care about are [[spoiler: dying]] and not being able to do a single damn thing about it is something that is enough to make anybody give up on life [[spoiler: as what happened with Tomoya]], our battered BreakTheCutie scene that's been dragged through the proverbial mud much of [[spoiler: his]] life.
* The final arc of ''VisualNovel/{{AIR}}''. While its cause may be supernatural, the adult fear Haruko is made to confront is very real: that of [[spoiler: caring for a child through an incurable illness, knowing that she'll ultimately die no matter what you do for her]].
* The ending to ''Manga/SatouKashiNoDanganWaUchinukenai'' provides an example of this. Nagisa's best friend Mokuzu [[spoiler:is murdered by her father, Masachika, during a fight. There were numerous signs that he was abusive (she had a permanent, painful limp due to a hip injury she received as a baby and a ruptured ear drum which caused her to be partially deaf) and child services had been called on him, but she stood by him and her mother eventually left them. Even in her new town there were rumors he was abusive, some even wondering if he'd end up killing her one day, but still no police were involved: when the neighbors tried to contact Mokuzu, she refused to collaborate and no one could directly accuse her.]] Mokuzu has absurd, outlandish behavior (such as saying she is a mermaid or randomly singing) but [[spoiler:no one saw it as related to abuse, a sign for help, or a mixture of both until it was too late]].
* Episode 11 of ''Manga/ICantUnderstandWhatMyHusbandIsSaying'' is one long case of this. Working a dead-end job while living alone (as depicted in Kaoru's flashback) is close to a living nightmare, and is an experience that all too many loners are familiar with.
* In ''Animation/GuardianFairyMichel'', while it has comedic tones, Kim's concern over Poyo playing with her gun is played straight -- for good reason.
* Episode 3 ''Anime/RanpoKitanGameOfLaplace'', Watanuki kidnapping young girls from families so he could have his own children to raise. He has captured nine girls, and five of them have to suffer a horrific fate for refusing to acknowledge him as their new father. What's even worse is that even after he got released from jail, he's still searching for more girls to take....
* ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'' has a lot of this:
** In Episode 4, Yuzu and the kids of You Show Duel school are literally hanging on for dear life. How would their parents react to that!?
** In Episode 32, Yoko watched the building her son was in collapse on top of him. He got away, but for a second she thought she saw her son be seriously hurt or worse.
** Everything about what Kurosaki said in #33 and #34. [[spoiler: One day, you are minding your own business, and then your home is invaded for no reason. Your home becomes a war zone and you are forced to fight for survival as you watch as everyone you care about taken away and carded, which is for all intents and purposes killed.]]
** Another one for Yoko. Imagine yourself going to drop off some kids home when you get the call that says your son is in a coma.
** The Battle Royale sub-arc is filled with this. [[spoiler: Your son or daughter is in a tournament and after a while any feed of your child is cut as they are forced to fight for survival while you have no idea. The worst part has to be when the tournament is over and you find out your child was carded.]]
** You are told your child is missing and you have no way to get to them. That is a nightmare Shuzou is currently facing.
** You look away for a second and a small child you are looking after disappears.
** You are arrested and forced to leave your three young children alone without any guidance, protection or support. You later spot your children sneaking into a high-profile event, being chased by the guards, and you can do nothing to help.
** Your world is being attacked by an EldritchAbomination and your only child sacrifices herself to stop said EldritchAbomination with the four means to stop him, then found out you wake up with no memory, until you find out what happened, and trying to get your child back. [[spoiler: This is Leo's backstory in a giant nutshell]].
* ''Anime/TheTaleOfThePrincessKaguya'':
** A toddler Kaguya strays from her father in the woods and gets nearly attacked by a wild boar. Luckily, she's rescued.
** Inadvertantly ruining your child's life when trying to give them a better one.
* In ''Manga/{{Noragami}}'', Hiyori in her spirit form is kidnapped, leaving her physical body behind. If she remains too long in her spirit form, she will eventually die. Her parents, not knowing what is happening, could only helplessly watch as their daughter slowly slips further and further in a coma.
* Megu-nee from ''Manga/SchoolLive'' was always stressed by being the only adult around and having the task of keeping three high school girls safe during a ZombieApocalypse. TheReveal that [[spoiler:the government knew about the threat and issued out emergency manuals in case of an outbreak]] caused her major guilt [[spoiler:because she felt she could have done something if she had opened it beforehand.]]
* Tsumugi's walk through town in Episode 7 of ''Manga/SweetnessAndLightning'', which includes her almost getting run over by a bike. Another example from the same episode would be Kouhei waking up to find that Tsumugi snuck out of their apartment on her own.
* The premise of ''Manga/ThePromisedNeverland'': Your family who you're seeing off to go to a great place they've been looking forward to their whole lives? That "great place" is a slaughterhouse, and the only one who have a chance to survive said fate are girls who have undergone severe testing. The caretaker that's raised you, played games with you, and been there for you your whole life (that you can remember, anyway)? She's in on it, and is the one who tests aforementioned girls. Everybody leaves by the age of twelve, which you and your two male best friends are rapidly approaching. And then there's one for said caretaker, when she discovers [[spoiler: that one of the children she's raising to be a ritual sacrifice is her biological son. And said son is the one who tells her]]. And then he [[spoiler: attempts suicide via self-immolation, and tampered with all the anti-fire measures beforehand to prevent her from doing anything about it.]]
* The blood of children is apparently more desirable than the blood of grown humans in ''Manga/VampireKnight''.
* ''Anime/MiraiOfTheFuture'': The idea of children going missing is bad enough in safe Japan. [[spoiler:The demonic bullet train to Lonely Land, the implication that any children who board it are never seen again and how it actively tries sucking Kun and Mirai on board]] make for even more uncomfortable viewing for anyone from a country where child abduction is rampant.




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* ''Manga/HappySugarLife'':
** Taiyou Mitsuboshi is abducted by his manager and raped for a week. To make matters worse, while he does return home, he is permanently traumatized by the event developing an immense fear of older women.
** Shouko's parents were inattentive in her life, and she ends up getting murdered by her own best friend due to intruding in her affairs.
** Yuuna stands by in abject horror when her daughter Shio is nearly mowed down by a truck.


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* ''Manga/MyBoy'':
** Child predators abduct children quite often and if not for Satoko's intrusion Mashuu would've become another victim.
** Being unaware that your child is going to visit a grown adult at night to practice soccer and not only that, but said adult also takes them out to eat at a restaurant. This would come back to haunt Satoko when she was scheduled to be relocated due to her encounters with Mashuu.



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* ''LightNovel/TheWeakestTamer'' has this as a '''central premise!''' Little Ivy, the main character, at age 5, is taken to the local temple of her home village by her family to learn her god-given skills. Her whole life she's been told that god will punish naughty little children by making them "starless." When the priest manages to magically discern her skills, her first skill is [Tamer] '''NO STARS''' and the second skill slot is blank. Her parents have a panic attack. The next morning, she wakes up by herself, comes down the stairs to see that her place at the kitchen table is missing. Her father sees her look confused and dismayed and responds ''by beating the shit out of her'' while shouting that the rest of the family are the ones troubled, prompting the little girl to run and take shelter in the nearby forest. After she's been living in the woods for three years, her only helper the local fortune teller, she learns that the fortune teller was denied live-saving medicine by the village chief, and if the survivor's guilt wasn't bad enough, she overhears the chief and her father conspiring to murder her, at which point, she has to flee the area, wandering the world, filled with dangerous monsters, bandits, and who knows what else, alone.


* The core of ''Manga/AyashiNoCeres'' is this.

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* The core of ''Manga/AyashiNoCeres'' ''Manga/CeresCelestialLegend'' is this.

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* ''Manga/MusukoGaKawaikuteShikataganaiMazokuNoHahaoya'': Lorem may be a demon, but her biggest worries are frequently in relation to her ability to care for her infant son Gospel. Whether it's fear he will hate her after her carelessness nearly gets him seriously hurt, worry that her checkered past will cause Gospel problems in the future, or concern that Gospel's development might be behind other kids when they meet another baby who can say her own name when Gospel can't.

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* ''Manga/WanganMidnight'': Koichi Hiramoto is too obsessed with street racing and his car to care about his wife Megumi and the child she's expecting, much to Megumi's distress. Fortunately he comes to his senses and gives up on his selfish hobby.

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** In the past, King Vegeta was forced to hand over his son to Frieza. He later died trying to rescue the prince.



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* ''Manga/ChisSweetHome'' is, for the most part, SweetDreamsFuel incarnate. However, there are some episodes that might qualify as this from a pet owner's perspective. For example, Chi is at one point left alone with a pet parakeet while her owners are away. Nothing terrible actually happens, but it can be hard to watch for anyone who's owned both a cat and a bird, and knows about the dangers of keeping them together.


*** Later in the film, Paragus [[spoiler: seems to realize how horribly hes treated his son at the expense of revenge and begs Feeza to do something. Unfortunately for him, Freeza agrees he should do something, by killing Paragus to make Broly go Super Saiyan. Paragus dies never getting to tell his on hes sorry.]]

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*** Later in the film, Paragus [[spoiler: seems to realize how horribly hes treated his son at the expense of revenge and begs Feeza to do something. Unfortunately for him, Freeza agrees he should do something, by killing Paragus to make Broly go Super Saiyan. Paragus dies never getting to tell his on son that hes sorry.]]

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