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* Miss Hattie from ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe'' runs a miserable orphanage where the children are forced to sell cookies but she keeps all the profits. If they don't sell enough they have to sit in a "box of shame".

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In any good OrphanageOfFear or BoardingSchoolOfHorrors, especially one for girls, there will probably a wicked governess or headmistress who delights in frightening and tormenting the children under her care. Under her, meals are small and usually served cold, mattresses are hard, and punishments are severe.

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In any good OrphanageOfFear or BoardingSchoolOfHorrors, especially one for girls, there will probably be a wicked governess or headmistress who delights in frightening and tormenting the children under her care. Under her, meals are small and usually served cold, mattresses are hard, and punishments are severe.

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* The Stump in ''Literature/{{Edgedancer}}'' is a subversion. She takes in children whom their parents can no longer look after, often because of injury, but she does so grudgingly because most of them are faking their injuries for free food. [[spoiler:They're not. She's a latent Knight Radiant, and she's unconsciously been using her Truthwatcher abilities to heal the children]].

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* ''ComicBook/TheGoon'' has Mrs. [=McGreg=], a surly, drunken old hag who runs the [=McGreg=] Home For Illegitimate, Wayward and Possibly Homicidal Youth. She routinely abuses the kids under her care, calling them "little unholy bastards" (which they [[AppropriatedAppellation adopt as the name of their gang]]) and they poison her every chance they get.


* "Mama" from ''Manga/ThePromisedNeverland'' is a kind woman who acts nothing like this... Until it turns out that [[FirstEpisodeSpoiler she is selling the children under her care to demons to protect herself]], and using psychological mind games to root out anyone who could try to escape.

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* "Mama" from ''Manga/ThePromisedNeverland'' is a kind woman who acts nothing like this... Until it turns out that [[FirstEpisodeSpoiler [[FirstEpisodeTwist she is selling the children under her care to demons to protect herself]], and using psychological mind games to root out anyone who could try to escape.


->''"The headmistress is an evil, cruel woman. They call her Grelod [[IronicNickname the Kind]]. But she's not kind. She's terrible -- to all of us!"''

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->''"The headmistress is an evil, cruel woman. They call her Grelod [[IronicNickname the Kind]].Kind. But she's not kind. She's terrible -- to all of us!"''


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* Miss Hannigan from {{Film/Annie 1982}} neglects the children in her care.

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* Miss Hannigan from {{Film/Annie 1982}} ''Film/{{Annie|1982}}'' neglects the children in her care.



* In the ''[[Literature/AmericanGirlsCollection American Girl]]'' book ''Changes for Samantha'', Samantha's best friend Nellie and her two younger sisters are sent to an orphanage called Coldrock House after their parents die and their uncle abandons them. Miss Frouchy, the woman who runs Coldrock House, is harsh and cruel to the girls, to the point where it's stated that Samantha's Uncle Gard has to pretend to be quizzing the younger girls on math in order to talk with them, and Nellie and Samantha have to meet in secret. It comes to a head when she tries to send Nellie on the Orphan Train without her sisters, leading to Samantha helping the girls run away and hiding them in the attic until she is caught.

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* In the ''[[Literature/AmericanGirlsCollection American Girl]]'' ''Literature/{{American Girl|sCollection}}'' book ''Changes for Samantha'', Samantha's best friend Nellie and her two younger sisters are sent to an orphanage called Coldrock House after their parents die and their uncle abandons them. Miss Frouchy, the woman who runs Coldrock House, is harsh and cruel to the girls, to the point where it's stated that Samantha's Uncle Gard has to pretend to be quizzing the younger girls on math in order to talk with them, and Nellie and Samantha have to meet in secret. It comes to a head when she tries to send Nellie on the Orphan Train without her sisters, leading to Samantha helping the girls run away and hiding them in the attic until she is caught.



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* Ms. Ricca in ''WebVideo/LaGolda'' runs her orphanage very strictly, forbidding the children to watch [=TV=] or have pets, under penalty of eviction if they do.

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* Ms. Ricca in ''WebVideo/LaGolda'' ''WebAnimation/LaGolda'' runs her orphanage very strictly, forbidding the children to watch [=TV=] or have pets, under penalty of eviction if they do.


* ''Literature/ThursdaysChild'', by Noel Streatfeild. St. Luke's Orphanage is run by "Matron" who steals from the children to enrich herself, and is physically abusive. After she leaves, it becomes an Orphanage of Love, due to the influence of Lady Corkberry.

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* ''Literature/ThursdaysChild'', by Noel Streatfeild.Creator/NoelStreatfeild. St. Luke's Orphanage is run by "Matron" who steals from the children to enrich herself, and is physically abusive. After she leaves, it becomes an Orphanage of Love, due to the influence of Lady Corkberry.

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* ''{{Film/Pan}}'' gives Peter Pan a backstory of being an orphan in 1940s England. His orphanage is run by a nun who's ugly, fat, greedy and child hating.


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* ''The Famine Secret'' features a workhouse instead of an orphanage, but there's a cruel matron there to KickTheDog when it comes to the outspoken young Fiona. Her older brother Martin theorises that even when he becomes old enough to leave, the matron probably won't let Fiona go out of spite.
* Inverted in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'' when Harry gets to see a flashback to Voldemort's childhood in an orphanage. The matron Mrs Cole is said to appear "more anxious than unkind" and it's the young Voldemort himself who's an EnfantTerrible.
* ''Literature/JaneEyre'' has Miss Scatcherd at Lowood, although she's more the BetaBitch for the evil Mr Brocklehurst. At one point she beats up Helen Burns for having dirty nails.


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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' reveals that the apparent BigBad - Sorceress Edea - used to be the orphanage matron for all the protagonists in their childhood. It's then subverted when we discover that Edea was possessed by another evil sorceress - and she was a kind matron to the children. Although there is her questionable decision to turn her orphanage into a military academy and many of the orphans into ChildSoldiers.

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* [[Fanfic/BloodSexSugarMagic IllMa]][[Fanfic/SoonIShallBeIndestructible deKnight]] has a recurring character in their ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' fanfics called "Ms. Ikari" who is infamous across the author's personal [[TheMultiverse Multiverse]] as this trope UpToEleven. One such version is the BigBad of the {{Crossover}} between BSSM, SISBI, and various others.

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* [[Fanfic/BloodSexSugarMagic IllMa]][[Fanfic/SoonIShallBeIndestructible deKnight]] has a recurring character in their ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' fanfics called "Ms. Ikari" who is infamous across the author's personal [[TheMultiverse Multiverse]] as this trope UpToEleven. One such version is the BigBad of the [[TheStarscream The Dragon]] in a {{Crossover}} between BSSM, SISBI, and various others.


* [[Fanfic/BloodSexSugarMagic IllMa]][[Fanfic/SoonIShallBeIndestructable deKnight]] has a recurring character in their ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' fanfics called "Ms. Ikari" who is infamous across the author's personal [[TheMultiverse Multiverse]] as this trope UpToEleven. One such version is the BigBad of the {{Crossover}} between BSSM, SISBI, and various others.

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* [[Fanfic/BloodSexSugarMagic IllMa]][[Fanfic/SoonIShallBeIndestructable IllMa]][[Fanfic/SoonIShallBeIndestructible deKnight]] has a recurring character in their ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' fanfics called "Ms. Ikari" who is infamous across the author's personal [[TheMultiverse Multiverse]] as this trope UpToEleven. One such version is the BigBad of the {{Crossover}} between BSSM, SISBI, and various others.


* ''Fanfiction/RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse:'' Lemonhearts. [[spoiler:She runs her orphanage as a Discordian farming operation. When any of her charges start showing signs of being a Discordian, she removes the chaos magic from them to feed herself, leaving the victim as an EmptyShell.]]

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* ''Fanfiction/RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse:'' ''Fanfic/RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse:'' Lemonhearts. [[spoiler:She runs her orphanage as a Discordian farming operation. When any of her charges start showing signs of being a Discordian, she removes the chaos magic from them to feed herself, leaving the victim as an EmptyShell.]]]] Eventually gets her comeuppance at the end of the one story she appears in.
* [[Fanfic/BloodSexSugarMagic IllMa]][[Fanfic/SoonIShallBeIndestructable deKnight]] has a recurring character in their ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' fanfics called "Ms. Ikari" who is infamous across the author's personal [[TheMultiverse Multiverse]] as this trope UpToEleven. One such version is the BigBad of the {{Crossover}} between BSSM, SISBI, and various others.


->"The headmistress is an evil, cruel woman. They call her Grelod the Kind. But she's not kind. She's terrible -- to all of us!"

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