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  • The Book of Life:
    • General Posada shows little respect for his daughter and views her as a bargaining chip for most of the story. Most apparent when he coerces her into accepting Joaquin's proposal just after she learns of Manolo's death, despite Joaquin's attempt to stop him. However, he seems to understand that his daughter did love Manolo, he just wants Joaquin to be there when Chakal arrives. He was also very upset when it seemed like Maria had died.
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    • Implied with Luis Sanchez, but it's Played for Laughs. An early conversation between Manolo and Carlos reveals that Luis began teaching Carlos how to bullfight when he was nine... and apparently did so by putting nine year old Carlos in the ring with an actual bull, which ended with Carlos in a coma. A coma that lasted three years, according to Word of God.
  • Chicken Little: Buck Cluck sees the error of his ways towards the end, but for the vast majority of the film, he only cares about what the egotistical self-serving townsfolk want, over the well-being of his own flesh and blood. Whenever his son embarrasses him, Buck distances himself from Chicken Little as much as possible.
  • We have Stoick the Vast from How to Train Your Dragon. Completely ashamed of his son when his son embarrasses him, is completely blunt in expressing his dislike of Hiccup's unique habits, disowns Hiccup when the boy finds an alternate way to solve the conflict, and is only proud of Hiccup when he pulls off a Big Damn Heroes moment and rescues his life and that of the tribe full of jerks. By the end, he has apologized to Hiccup for how he treated him and has completely lost this trope come the sequel. It should be noted Stoick did genuinely care about Hiccup and was just trying to do what he thought was best for him... not that it was.
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  • In Cinderella III: A Twist in Time, Lady Tremaine is this to her own daughters as well as to Cinderella. It's revealed in an early scene that once Cinderella is out of the house, it's the daughters who are stuck with the slave-labor.
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame has this in the form of Judge Claude Frollo's relationship with Quasimodo. Frollo is only taking care of Quasi because he sees it as doing penance for killing Quasi's mother on the steps of Notre Dame, and actually tried to drown Quasimodo right after this, even though he was just a baby.
  • In The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Burbank Animation), it's implied that Claude Frollo is abusive towards Quasimodo, because of the fear Quasimodo shows towards him.
  • The Little Mermaid: King Triton presents himself as this during one of his weaker moments. When he finds out about Ariel's collection of human things, as well as the fact she's fallen in love with a human, he loses his temper and uses his trident to destroy Ariel's grotto right in front of her in an effort to "get through" to her. When Ariel is subsequently driven to tears, Triton immediately realizes he's gone too far and leaves the grotto in shame.
  • The Lion King:
  • The incarnation of the Mouse Queen from The Nutcracker Prince is implied to be this around her son. Though she only has one son at the time, she still treats him like he is worthless as well as the fact she belittles his thoughts and slaps him with her glove when he doubts her spells would work.
  • In Shrek the Third Artie opens up to Shrek about his abusive father who abandoned him at his school and he never heard from him again. Shrek understands this as his father was abusive as well. He had tried to eat him but Shrek says should have seen it coming because he gave him a bath in barbeque sauce and put him to bed with an apple in his mouth. This also explains why Shrek was so afraid of becoming an abusive father when he learns Fiona is pregnant with his children.
  • Not in the film itself, but heavily implied in the prequel novel to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Fairest of All, that Queen Grimhilde's father caused her to be extremely insecure of her beauty by refusing to acknowledge it, which ultimately drove her insane especially after her sisters created a magic mirror by fusing her father's spirit with it and become the vain maniac that she was in the film.
  • In the Superman: Doomsday movie, an adaptation of the Death Of Superman arc, Lex Luthor makes a clone of Superman that quickly gets into Beware the Superman territory. However, he keeps doing whatever Lex tells him, as he was programmed to do—including, in one of his early scenes, just standing there and taking it when Luthor has him walk into a red-sun chamber and then whales on him mercilessly with kryptonite-knuckled gauntlets while screaming out his frustration with Superman for dying and leaving him. Later he has the classic Abusive Parents line "I brought you into this world, and I can take you out of it."
    • This is all especially chilling because it's presumably what would have happened to the comics character Kon-El, Conner Kent, Post-Crisis Superboy, if Luthor's experiments had run a little more smoothly.
    • The clone is all Knight Templar, so he goes rogue from Lex after that, and the first thing he does is dig the kryptonite bomb out of his skull with laser vision (incidentally, apparently the hemispheres of his brain aren't linked?), and then he saves Lois and Jimmy from Lex...and then rather horribly slaughters Lex's incipient clone army, ranging from oversized fetuses to nearly-mature specimens, with the ironic comment "Evil Supermen? Not on my watch!" The line of clones at the stage of development Conner was when he entered the scene were especially nasty to see die, although it was obvious as soon as they were introduced that they'd all have to be massacred somehow.
  • Mother Gothel in Tangled delights in piling on the fear and doubt to keep Rapunzel locked in her tower; she excuses her cruel words with assurances that she's "just teasing," criticizes and diminishes everything Rapunzel does, and casts herself as a victim whenever there's a confrontation between them. This is disturbingly similar to how emotionally abusive mothers behave in real life.
    • In the song "Mother Knows Best," notice how she trips Rapunzel, then tells her she's clumsy (along with the other Jerkass things she says), only for Rapunzel to run into her arms for comfort at the end of the song. What makes it worse is that Mother Gothel has been doing this to Rapunzel for the past eighteen years.
    • And this is all while Rapunzel is submissive to her. At the end of the movie, when Rapunzel realizes that her beloved "mother" has actually been her jailer for eighteen years, Mother Gothel resorts to chaining Rapunzel up to keep her in line. Then she kills Eugene and blames Rapunzel for his death.
    • Tangled: The Series reveals that Gothel's behaviour was no different with her biological child. She treated her own daughter as a glorified servant and once she kidnaps Rapunzel for her Magic Hair, readily abandons her own daughter with no remorse.
  • Lotso from Toy Story 3 serves as a father figure to Big Baby. However, his treatment of him is downright child abuse, as he manipulates the toddler to do his dirty work, lies that his former owner Daisy never loved him at all in the first place, and screams at and hits Big Baby when he remembers his previous owner through his Tragic Keepsake (combined with breaking it in front of him). The last one horrifies all of his henchmen and causes them to pull a Heel–Face Turn.
  • The Beldam from Coraline is a stranger-danger predator crossed with an abusive parent. Posing as Coraline's magical "other mother", she is only loving in the shallowest of ways, and it turns out that she's more like a witch, who uses her idealized world to trick children into signing away their lives, only for her to eat their souls. Her behavior calls abusive patterns to mind.
    • At the beginning, she's very shallowly doting, providing Coraline with endless wonders and gifts, but no real emotional attention. She gets trust from children in the shallowest of ways so she can feed on their souls more quickly, and she has no real love for her targets.
    • The Beldam's Other World is carefree and seemingly with no negativity, but once Coraline resists, it all turns into a nightmare where everything is trying to hurt her. This is much like the dramatic shift in abusive parents when they get angry with their children and start to lose control.
    • She blames the children if they are resistant, roughly manhandles them, and guilts them for failing to meet unrealistic expectations. When Coraline, wise to her plans, demands to be sent home again, she is thrown into a room behind the hall mirror with the ultimatum "You may come out when you've learned to be a loving daughter".
    • At the very end, when she has lost control, she begins using verbally abusive language, and ceases pretending to love Coraline.
  • The Willoughbys: It's outright said that the Willoughby parents give so much love to each other that they have no love left for their children. The father's reaction to Tim's birth is to scold him for "insulting" the mother with his birth, and they don't get better as he gets older: they regularly starve and neglect their other children unless they feel like the kids are inconveniencing them in some way, regularly punish Tim for the smallest of infractions by locking him in a coal bin, they sell the house while on vacation while the kids are still home, and during the climax they willingly abandon the kids on a freezing mountaintop so they can continue their child-free adventures. Is it any wonder the kids want to orphan themselves?
  • Wonder Woman: Bloodlines: In a rather direct contrast to the source material "Mothers are Bad" appears to be a consistent motif in the film. Hippolyta banished Diana after she decided to help Steve Trevor, Julia was immensely strict and negligent with Vanessa to the point that watching her treat Diana differently drove her mad with jealousy, Pasiphae made her own son the Minotaur into an eternal brainwashed guardian of her shrine, and Veronica Cale describes her own mother as an alcoholic with an "icy glare".


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