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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

  • In the drabble Sanctuary, Violet's Stage Mom mother is physically abusive. The first time Veruca notices is when she sees Violet with a black eye after winning second in a competition. The title comes from Violet claiming sanctuary at Veruca's several years later after her mom beats her up.

Code Geass

  • My Mirror, Sword and Shield: Suzaku’s unnamed mother was verbally abusive towards him, calling him a mistake and was neglectful of him, spending all their money on her drug habit. Suzaku remember that he had to take of her and himself more than it was the other way around until she overdosed when he was nine. When he accidentally time travels to the past, he deliberately decides to not help her, knowing that she won't change.


  • In the Demented Verse, Dean in particular is angry when he hears about Harry's upbringing with the Dursleys.
  • It's not given great attention, but in Harry Potter and the Mystic Force, the Rangers all express degrees of discomfort hearing about Harry’s childhood.
  • In Infinity Crisis, while Nebula’s history with Thanos comes up, Bruce Banner makes reference to his abusive father when talking with Caitlin Snow.
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  • In Interventions, Bob Bishop gets called out by Xander on his treatment of Elle.
  • In Lost in Camelot, Uther is a clear example of this, but Bo references her own grim history with her mother, as well as her adoptive parents’ harsh reactions after she unintentionally killed her first boyfriend.
  • In Once Upon a Supernatural Time, this is acknowledged for Regina in particular as in canon, but Dean also finds himself reflecting on John Winchester’s flaws as a father even if he still admires him as a hunter.
  • Professor Membrane was never a great father in canon, but the first Halloween Unspectacular makes him even worse: not satisfied with how Dib turned out, he conducted painful experiments on him as part of a government project to create a Physical God. Needless to say, you don't feel sorry for him when the project goes horribly right and he becomes one of the first victims of Dib's (now ReGenesis) rampage.


  • Despair's Last Resort:
    • Kaito Fujiwara's parents. Throughout his life they called him useless and a waste, blamed him for things he didn't do, and constantly held him up to the standards of his older brothers. Not even getting into Hope's Peak Academy was enough to please them, since they considered his talent a waste of time. This treatment is part of what leads him to kill Chiyo. If his animation work was destroyed, then everything his parents said about him would be true.
    • What little we know about Kumiko's parents suggests this. They're constantly at work, and when they are home they don't even talk to her. She keeps telling herself that it's just because their job keeps them busy, but there seems to be something that's making it harder for her to believe it.

Danny Phantom

  • Resurrected Memories: More of the neglectful variety but from all of the Flashbacks, it’s obvious that Ember’s parents weren’t good parents, being more focused on work and social climbing to notice their daughter’s needs, which may have contributed to her hated of adult authority. Luckily Ember’s sister Amy turned out to be a much better parent to her two children Zoe and Maggie.



  • Digimon: Children of Time: As revealed in Present chapter 26, Rumiko's yakuza father tried to sell her as a prostitute, but Seiko refused to let him and ran away to Shinjuku with Rumiko and her then-boyfriend, Rika's father, in tow.

Ever After High

  • The True Love Loophole: As a child, Raven's mother placed a curse on her, stopping her from crying more than a few tears at a time. Raven is also Covered with Scars because of her mother's physical abuse as well.

The Fairly OddParents!

  • In The Fairly OddParents! fanfiction, Never Had A Friend Like Me, Amanda's parents are never going to win a parenting award. They never wanted kids and don't want to waste time, energy, or money on the one they ended up with. They aren't physically abusive towards her. Emotionally and mentally, however... Well, when even Norm feels bad for you, you know that the kid deserves a break.

Goof Troop

  • Pete is clearly a psychologically Abusive Parent in the show's canon, but in the fanfic Anything Or Nothing, the author extends it to physical abuse. The lack of Social Services is explained by PJ (and his mother Peg) being too afraid of Pete to alert anybody to the problems. Consensus among reviewers is that it's frighteningly realistic in the portrayal of the abuse and how it is covered up by the family from friends and authority figures.

Hanna Is Not a Boy's Name

  • In Dead of Night, Conrad's dad berated his son for "terrible" life choices like wanting to be an artist, generally belittling him at every chance he got, before leaving the family. Conrad's mom, meanwhile, subjected her son to her many, many anxieties, leaving him something of a nervous wreck. On Vesser's side of things, his mother was implied to be crazy (even by selkie standards) and couldn't decide if she wanted him around or not, so she enchanted Lee into watching Vesser while she was in the ocean for years on end.
  • While Vesser's parents fall squarely into this trope, his dad reaches new lows in Lightwaves. In Vesser's backstory chapter, it's revealed that he got his selkie wife to marry him by forcing her to do so in exchange for protection. When she begs to be allowed to return to the sea, when Vesser's sixteen, he responds by hitting her and then hits Vesser for the horrible crime of staring in horror at the action. When Vesser, reacting purely in fear, bites his dad, Mr. Hatch reacts by calling the police to have his wife and son be arrested as Undesirables, leading to Mrs. Hatch's death and Vesser becoming an outlaw. The entire thing basically turns Vesser against all humans in the city.

Harry Potter

  • In the backstory of the Adam Winters series, it is revealed that Adam has had a few bad experiences with some of his past foster families, who blatantly favoured their own children over him even when he was being honest, although in their defence it was hard for them to consider the idea that magic might be a factor.
  • Mudsnake is an Alternate Universe Fic where a combination of Hermione's abusive parents, her history of being bullied, and her Friendless Background lead her to be housed under Slytherin. Snape becomes close to her because he's the only one who realizes her abused background, which he relates to.
  • Voldemort's Children: Dumbledore leaving Harry with the Dursleys may not have been the best idea. Similarly, Lucius Malfoy being friends with a Dark Lord seems to have lead to some fallout in Draco's upbringing...
  • In Ghost Of You (essentially the sequel to My Immortal) Hermione's parents, well known for being loving and understanding in canon, were actually abusers who kidnapped her from her real parents. According to Tara and Raven "this is possible because it is never implied that it's NOT true".
  • In My Immortal proper Arthur Weasley raped his kids "and stuff".


How to Train Your Dragon

  • In The Blacksmith's Apprentice, it's hard to see Stoick as anything but abusive when he disowned Hiccup and left him basically a servant in his own village, although he swiftly recognises his mistake when Hiccup begins to prove himself.
    • Even Gobber qualifies as such to a degree; despite taking Hiccup in after he was disowned, over the past three years Gobber has become increasingly drunk and lazy through grief, essentially shattering Hiccup's spirit when he destroyed some of Hiccup's inventions and sometimes hitting Hiccup when he's drunk and Hiccup doesn't keep up with others' orders despite Hiccup having been working for hours without a break.
  • When Astrid refuses to disassociate herself from Hiccup in Lost Boy, her father Ivar resorts to beating her at home. It is not until Astrid nearly disowns herself and the fact that Snotlout is a cruel, abusive idiot is made obvious to him does he come to his senses, even deciding to trust Hiccup as her friend.
  • In Rivalry, Astrid's mother threatens to disown Astrid if Hiccup outdoes her in dragon-training.


  • It's implied that Rio had abusive parents in Deception Unveiled. As a teenager he used to hide bruises and would spend as much time at his girlfriend's as he could. This resulted in trust issues.
  • Farewell to Life the Way We Knew It:
    • Roxy had a physically abusive mother growing up, which her running away as a teen. Her step-fathers were also abusive. This has resulted in Roxy's dislike of being touched.
    • Pizzazz and Jetta both had emotionally abusive and neglectful parents.
  • In Shadow, Roxy explains to Stormer that she grew up with a neglectful and abusive mother. Her mother fed her nothing but canned tuna and ramen (and not just because they were poor), beat her up randomly, and did the bare minimum to take care of Roxy. When one of her boyfriends got too handsy, Roxy began hanging out with the Red Aces gang because her home life wasn't good. Eventually she outright ran away from home.

Kill la Kill

  • In Cellar Secrets, this is played with in Ragyo's case. While neither Satsuki or Nui gets the worst of her treatment, she does seem to abuse them psychologically and lorded over them with fear (i.e her beating her secretary and leaving them to see her injuries and the fact that they don't refer to her as "mother"). However, at the same, she was exceptionally cruel to Ryuuko, keeping her caged and isolated in the titular cellar and, apparently, physically abusing her. She does regret her treatment of her daughters and, as she dies, tells them she loves them, however, she acknowledges she can do nothing to atone.
  • The Crimson Garment:
    • Ragyo, even though it's implied that she wasn't always like this, is just as bad if not worse than her canon counterpart. The Parental Incest, even though it only takes place off-screen, is very much present. However the emotional abuse is much MUCH worse, as she's a very nasty combination of Education Mama, My Beloved Smother, and Fantasy-Forbidding Mother.
    • Houka Inumuta's father is a Fantasy-Forbidding Father who treats his older son like trash and encourages his younger son to bully him. Not to mention he gave his son's Canine Companion to REVOCS knowing that he would most likely die a test subject for Life Fibers.
    • This is implied to the case with Shiro's parents, as he spends a lot of time at his aunt's house and he's mentioned to not be on pleasant terms with them.
    • From what we get from the narrative, abusive parents of some form or another are highly common, given that Mako's parents are, so far, the only set we see that don't treat their kids less than human or as a means to an end.
  • In Kill la Kill AU, we have Ragyo's mother, Youko, in that she even stated she wished she never had her, states that she should have thrown her away, ignores her in favor of sitting in front of the TV and smoking cigarettes, and even cites her daughter's birthday it as the day where her life was ruined when she was only six years. Needless to say, after Ragyo is struck by car, her parents divorce and her father takes full custody of her. Likewise, Ragyo herself is a subversion, as she's shown to be very loving towards her children.
  • We have this in Kiryuuin Chronicles with Satsuki's step-father when he snatches her out of the closet (where she was hiding the night before) and throws her into a wall. This was after he had beaten her mother and her Parental Substitute.
  • A Minor Miscalculation takes Ragyo's canon physical, emotional, and sexual abuse of her daughters and highlights it; the fact that everyone's plans are going awry causes her to drop the excuses used in the series and openly torture Satsuki for fun and pleasure. She also violently attacks Nui - who otherwise enjoys the abuse - after hearing of her failure to kill Ryuko's father. Weirdly, she has some sort of Even Evil Has Loved Ones connection with Rei, to whom she's actually nice to and was enraged when she hears of her death.
  • While they're not her real parents, One More Time, One More Chance makes Ryuuko's foster parents these, as she was sent out to pretty bad homes. It's not clear what they did but, one chapter, had her wondering about "creepy people" and another chapter mentions she was kept as "entertainment".
  • In The Outside, while not a parent but a sibling and generally meaning well (but very misguided), Satsuki is a downplayed case of this, as, she could be pretty strict with her rules and how she enforces them. According to parenthesis, her answer to Ryuuko not eating all of her food was to glue her to the chair (literally). From what we got in chapter 27, her response to Ryuuko wetting the bed was to make her take a cold bath and, in chapter 35, we find out that the worst she's done so far was pull a then 3-year old Ryuuko's hair and give her pinches. Besides the aforementioned three, we can assume her punishments for Ryuuko were mainly benign. However, while she doesn't mean any harm by it, her treatment does have it's effect on Ryuuko mentally, as the latter feared breaking her rules for some reason or another.

The Lion King

  • There are a few examples in The Lion King Adventures:
    • Tama's parents are abusive, thus causing her evil streak.
    • The possessed Mufasa and Sarabi in Series Four would also count.
    • Shocker's parents are also strongly implied to be this.

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Marvel Universe

  • Done with several characters in the companion series Ultimate Sleepwalker: The New Dreams and Ultimate Spider Woman: Change With The Light:
    • Mary Jane Watson grew up in a broken home, as she and her mother suffered appalling physical and emotional abuse at the hands of her father. This left Mary Jane with some major anger issues, and she originally becomes a superheroine for no better reason than to spite her superhero-hating father. A major part of her Character Development involves Mary Jane coming to terms with her childhood and fighting crime for the right reasons.
    • Little Bruce Banner was molested by his psychotic mother Rebecca Banner, who also viciously intimidated Bruce's father Brian to keep him from protecting their son. The anger Bruce felt at what was done to him, and his hatred of his father's pathetic weakness, were both major factors in his being so unstable when he became the Hulk.
    • Spider-Woman's enemy Polestar was repeatedly humiliated and ridiculed by his parents for not being as athletic as his older brother or as academically gifted as his younger sister. When he gained superhuman powers, one of the reasons he became a supervillain was specifically to humiliate his family by being associated with him.
    • The Green Goblin became an obsessive control freak who enjoyed terrorizing the people around him after he saw the way his father had destroyed the family fortune through his drunken binges and lack of self-control.
    • It's heavily implied that the reason that the Brothers Grimm became such Psychopathic Manchildren was because of all the cocaine their mother did while she was pregnant with them.

Monsters University

  • Born to Please:
    • Chet's parents. His father is a psychotic drunk who regularly beats and rapes his wife and children, including Chet.
    • Javier's parents aren't much better - they kicked him out of home when he was in his teens, forcing him to have to deal drugs and even prostitute himself while living on the streets to get by.

My Hero Academia

  • In From Muddy Waters, All For One is this to Izuku. While he never physically harmed Izuku and seems to care about him, he emotionally manipulated a younger Izuku into accepting the Quirks stolen from murdered heroes. This continued even after Izuku said he didn't want them. The experience crippled Izuku's self-esteem as he berates himself for not having the strength of will to defy his father.

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

  • In Bubbles, Derpy's mother is emotionally abusive and might be physically abusive as well. She tries to kill Derpy but when that fails, she later abandons her in the woods.
  • In Codex Equus, there are several bad parentes to counter the number of Good Parents on the titular world.
    • High King Irminsul, leader of the Elternteil pantheon, was one. He originally intended to make his then-unborn son, Belyolen, into a complete God of Good by casting a divine ritual that would get rid of Belyolen's darker urges and flaws. When this resulted in the birth of Temnobog, Irminsul shunned and emotionally abused his younger son out of disgust while encouraging his family and peers to do the same, fearing that Temnobog's mere presence would "taint" the benevolence of the pantheon. He would also prevent the radiant Belyolen, who he favored, from connecting with Temnobog and taught him to view his dark twin as "inferior" because of what he embodied. Naturally, this led to utterly miserable Temnobog hating his brother for being loved and praised, to the point where his grudge would not be amended until years later. Belyolen also secretly grew disgusted with their family's abuse, but it wasn't until he overheard his parents and some of his siblings considering the option of killing Temnobog altogether that he confronted his family and shamed them all for their blatant hypocrisy and arrogance, stating that by abusing Temnobog who didn't do anything to warrant his mistreatment, they became no different than the evils they opposed. This moved his brothers and sisters into regretting their actions and siding with Belyolen, who left home to create the Bogolenya pantheon so he could give Temnobog the love, protection, and respect he believed his brother deserved. Things between Belyolen and Temnobog are good now since they buried the hatchet and reconciled, but Temnobog now focuses his hatred on Irminsul and tries to harm him if he thinks he could get away with it, while Belyolen, despite still loving his family and trying to keep the peace between the now three Deer pantheons, tries to keep the Elternteil deities at an arms' length because of their harmful attitudes, even warning his parents that as long they continue to display said attitudes, they are not welcome around him or the Bogolenya pantheon. Irminsul's actions also enraged Luminiferous, who called him out on enforcing his twisted ideas of perfection onto his child to the point of irreversibly warping them, and stated that he's also no different from the evil, narcissistic Alicorn Morning Star, who also believed in perfection without flaws. Mentálne speculates that Irminsul suffers from some form of Psychological Projection, being unable to get rid of his own flaws and venting his feelings on Temnobog for being a living reminder of his failure... either that, or he's "just a big jerk."
    • Subverted with Temnobog - while he embodies Deerkind's Evil and thus is no loving parent according to mortal standards, he really loves his children in his own way, even though he does encourage their innate evil as per his nature. He was really heartbroken when four of his children betrayed the family to either side with Ispita after she became a Fallen goddess, or commit heinous crimes that even Temnobog wouldn't approve of, but he still had to punish them according to their actions. So those who sided with Ispita were devoured and slowly digested, while the others were stripped of their powers and identities, and reduced to immortal playthings for the siblings that remained loyal to Temnobog. And while the Four Terrors commit very heinous acts in the name of their father, it's for altruistic reasons and they absolutely adore Temnobog, and he feels the same way.
    • Emperor Blackthorn, being the counterpart of Empress Blackrose in almost every way, is a horrible parent. When one of his First-Spawn sons, King Rhyniognatha, engineered what was called "The Fratricide" in an attempt to remain his father's sole favorite, Blackthorn sealed him yet did nothing about the traditions of backstabbing and treachery that would be common among his sons and other Summer Court Changelings - while it's debated in-universe whether he let it happen to punish his sons' incompetence, root out the weak among them, or just plain didn't care, the fact is that he still let his sons kill each other in their bids for power, and even encouraged it. However, he still respects most of them, especially if they had proven themselves worthy, and is generally careful enough to retain most of their loyalty (mostly by letting them do whatever they want so long as they help him run errands, and avoid doing anything to make them resentful).
    • The pony foster parents of Changeling King Lasius were worse - they were corrupt and lazy nobles who profited from the suffering of their subjects, and used their own money to fund their lavish lifestyles. They did nothing to encourage Lasius's brilliant intellect, causing him to grow increasingly bored and frustrated at home, and it's implied that if they got word of his true character, they would've tried persuading him into acting like them. Lasius eventually got fed up with this behavior and secretly assassinated every single member of the nobility and the kingdom's royal family during a party that he threw just for them. It's telling when Lasius's half-sister, Golden Bell, turned a blind eye to the familicide and had considered doing the deed herself, and even Blackthorn was pleased with Lasius for having plotted the entire nobility/royalty's downfall.
    • Blueblood's parents, also nobles, were controlling and emotionally abusive. When they weren't trying to mold him into the ideal unicorn, they were trying to make him develop tribalist attitudes towards non-unicorns, preventing him from playing with foals of non-unicorn nobles, and forbidding him from anything that seemed unbecoming of a unicorn noble. This left Blueblood feeling utterly miserable, to the point where it caused Celestia to take notice during a day in her court. When she learned why Blueblood looked so sad, Celestia immediately adopted him, and not only had Blueblood's parents escorted out when they protested, she also permanently banned House Platinum from her court. It's saying something when Blueblood made humorously ironic speeches for his parents' funerals years later, and treats Celestia like the mother he never had despite being officially Aunt and Nephew.
  • In Getting Back on Your Hooves, Trixie's father appears to have been of the emotional variety though Checker was actually making it seem worse than it was.
    • Helping Hoof's father forced him to act exactly the way he thought he should act, never letting him do what he wanted. As a result, he never got his cutie mark. Because of this, he called him worthless and belittled him, driving him to work for Checker.
  • The Immortal Game:
    • General Esteem to Rarity. He's a total nutcase as he subjected Rarity to extremely harsh Training from Hell from foalhood in a attempt to make her strong and "superior" like him, killing his wife because she objected to his belief. The reason Rarity and Sweetie Belle got away from him is because Celestia's intervention.
    • This is also the case with the Big Bad King Titan and his wife Queen Terra to Celestia and Luna. They also subjected them to Training from Hell the same as Esteem to Rarity, only million times worse.
  • My Little Pony: Totally Legit Recap:
    • Trixie heavily implies her father was emotionally abusive to her and he may have been molesting her sister.
    • Rarity's landlord in "Saddle Row Review" threatened to sell his own daughter into prostitution, if the Mane Six didn't move his drug shipment.
    • Chrysalis takes the cake; she forced Thorax/Steve to cross-dress and raped him just cuz.
  • For A Mark Of Appeal, the parents of Joyous Release are implied to have simply abandoned her after her mark turned out to be different from theirs. (Both parents are weather surveyors: Joyous has what appears to be a unique mark for sex appeal — which she can't turn off.) However, it turned out their marks had consumed them and effectively made them unable to operate outside the context of their talents: they seem incapable of thinking about anything beyond a minute or so unless it relates to weather survey.
  • In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfiction, it's a Fandom-Specific Plot that Scootaloo's unseen-in-the-show parents are abusive in some way.
    • One example is in The Nuptialverse, where they are emotionally abusive, constantly treating her like a foal and putting her down. When she stands up to her father, he starts beating her.
      • In the same series, Pinkie Pie's father became emotionally distant after his mother died, culminating in hitting Pinkie and accusing her of wasting his time when she got a cutie mark he didn't approve of (her mother didn't partake, but didn't stop him). This led to Pinkie running away and ending up in Ponyville. Unlike most examples, however, they're revealed to have eventually regretted what they'd done and try to make amends.
  • The Quiververse gives us another example of the emotional variety with Bitterhoof, father to one of the protagonists, Quiver Quill. After an incident in school leads to Quiver being suspended from classes, Bitterhoof viciously yells at him without getting his side of the story (Quiver was defending himself against a bully), and it ultimately escalates to the father seeing his son's new cutie mark and ordering him to "scrub it off". It never graduates to physical abuse, but to the events of the present day in the storyline, it never ceases, and Quiver considers such a thing inevitable. It's left a number of scars on him, to the point that when he sees Spoiled Rich graduate to physical abuse against a newly-reformed Diamond Tiara, he comes within a hair's breadth of killing the former.
  • In PONY.MOV, Pinkie claims that her father forces her to shove glass up her vagina, but it's a bold-faced lie, made because Pinkie felt nobody was paying attention to her.


  • Team 8: Hiashi is portrayed as one of these toward Hinata, with habits such as physically abusing Hinata during "training exercises" or not allowing her to sleep until she masters a new technique.
  • In Yet Again, Hinata and Gaara deal with theirs in different ways. Hinata grows a backbone, promptly snaps from all the stress and repressed sexual tension, and shows her entire clan what she's capable of, effectively scaring them into submission. Gaara simply allows Orochimaru to kill his father... again.

Neon Genesis Evangelion

  • Advice and Trust: During their talks Shinji tells Asuka how he was abandoned by his father only to be called ten years later because his father needed him to pilot a giant robot; and Asuka explains Shinji how her father cheated on her mother, and after her demise he married to his lover and refused to take care of his own four-year-old daughter. Although the worst would be Asuka's step-mother, who put her on Benzodiazepine (which is incredibly dangerous when used improperly) to make her "a placid little doll".
  • The Child of Love: Shinji's mother chose to get absorbed into Unit 01 and for whatever reason wanted her son watching as she dissolved. Right after his father abandoned him. Meanwhile Asuka’s mother got crazy, stopped recognizing her daughter and eventually killed herself together with a doll she thought was Asuka. As she was institutionalised, Asuka’s father cheated on his wife with her nurse where Asuka could hear them, and after his wife’s death he got married with his lover and stopped looking after Asuka. Shinji and Asuka are screwed up due to this. And that was before Gendo used his son’s crush like a disposable pawn with no regard for his son’s feelings.
  • A Crown of Stars:
    • Shinji does not know if he will be able to forgive his father after the latter abandoned him and using him, his sister and Asuka as tools to achieve his plans.
    • Asuka bluntly wants nothing to do with her father after he cheated on her mother and abandoned her.
    • In contrast, Misato forgave her own father after his Heroic Sacrifice.
  • In Children of an Elder God, Shinji was abandoned by his father when he was four and recalled by Gendo ten years later because his father had an use for him. In chapter 7, when Shinji tells Asuka about it, she is shocked and furious.
  • Doing It Right This Time: Besides the usual culprits (Gendo abandoned Shinji and ordered Rei to live in a dump and be heavily sedated, Yui actually wanted Shinji watching as her body dissolved, Asuka’s father threw her aside after getting married to his lover...) Naoko Akagi is worse than she was in canon due to Rei’s changed background. She constantly abused her little daughter emotionally and later strangled her to death.
  • Ghosts of Evangelion:
    • Shinji, Asuka and Misato's parents. However Shinji mostly pities his father after getting over most of his anger, and Misato has forgiven hers after a fashion... but Asuka wants nothing to do with hers.
    • In 2025 Asuka's father goes to Japan to try to reconcile with her. Asuka feels tempted to burn bridges with him and salt the Earth, but she decides she will not throw away her chance out of respect for Shinji.
    • Shinji and Asuka are frightened of parenthood because they are afraid of being this to their child.
  • HERZ: Shinji and Asuka suffered due to their abusive parents ditching them right after their mothers' deaths. That is the reason that they got messed-up during the Angel War, took six long years before becoming a couple and are still traumatized in their late twenties. At least Gendo is genuinely remorseful and trying to atone for his actions, but Asuka's father is completely absent from his daughter's life.
  • Last Child of Krypton: Shinji's father abandoned him shortly after his mother’s death. After ten years Gendo summoned him and Shinji thought his father wanted to see him... but when Shinji failed synch with an Evangelion, he sent him back without even saying one word to Shinji. And then you have the “I’ll hurt your little girlfriend or use kryptonite with you if you get in the way” part...
  • Nobody Dies, a Neon Genesis Evangelion fanfic, features Kyoko Zeppelin Sohryu, who in this continuity was not driven insane by the contact experiments, but she emotionally abuses Asuka, turning her into a Shrinking Violet. In an interesting semi-aversion, Kyoko realizes her mistakes when the other NERV personnel nearly murder her for it, and resolves to try to become a better person. She and Asuka are now on at least amicable terms.
  • Once More with Feeling: Gendo treats Shinji and Rei like crap and doesn’t care about them at all (unlike his canon self who wanted to be a good father but didn’t know how to be one)
    Shinji: You know, on some level I should be surprised that you would threaten to have a fourteen-year-old Girl sent to her death if I didn't do exactly what you said… but I'm not.
    Fuyutsuki: Now Shinji, that's not what he-
    Shinji: Oh of course it is. You don't have any need to defend this man in front of me. Yesterday he paraded Rei out as the consequence of me defying him, putting her through hell just to blackmail me into Unit One. Every one of us knows she wouldn't have lasted five seconds in combat, but he didn't give a damn.
  • Gendo becomes more abusive than his canon self in Thousand Shinji. Rather ignoring his son, he set to break him because he needed him meek and easily manipulable. One of his worst actions was getting Asuka's best friend killed because it'd hurt Asuka, and Asuka being hurt would hurt Shinji.


  • Broken Legends's version of Norman is repeatedly described by its creators as an Actual Leaky Trashbag. And with good reason: he's an absolute Control Freak out to browbeat his daughter into obediance. He's done everything within his power to delay her getting a Pokemon of her own; 'ideally', he would've preferred she never become a trainer at all, and hoped to eventually find her a partner capable of 'keeping her in line'. The only reason physical abuse isn't a regular factor in his bag of tricks? She hits back. And when she gets cursed to become a Half-Human Hybrid, he gleefully helps turn all of Hoenn against their former Champion, eager for an excuse to keep her locked up the rest of her life.
  • Ghetsis displays this type of behavior in Natural Liberated, although N is not technically his biological son. He exposes N to abused Pokémon in order to make him believe that he must free them from trainers. Such abuse is the Freudian Excuse that N uses to justify his freeing of Pokémon from people, the first and the second time.
  • Pokémon Reset Bloodlines has quite a few examples, many of which fall into Fantastic Racism when their children turn out to be bloodliners:
  • Emily Hawthorne's mother from Pokemon: Johto Quest is one of these as she treated her daughter like her punching bag for a while. However, she feels bad about doing this and wants to repair her relationship with her daughter.
  • Secrets is a Pokémon Live inspired oneshot where Ash is Giovanni's Child by Rape. Delia originally resented Ash and named him a synonym for "dirt". She abused him and hated him for the first several years of his life, not even teaching him how to use the toilet until he was five. It all changed when a six-year old Ash saved her from getting hit by a car. Since then, Delia's been a devoted mom to Ash.
  • In The Pokémon Squad episode "The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Life of Timothy Green", RM proves to be a horrible father to the episode's titular character. He uses a parental advice book written by Mr. and Mrs. Turner, refuses to help him when he's bullied (because the book says so), rarely feeds him (and when he does, Timothy Green gets diarrhea), frequently left him alone in favor of video games, and constantly insists Timothy must call him "far". Eventually, Timothy gives RM a "The Reason You Suck" Speech and runs away. After this, RM casually admits he didn't want kids anyway. Most of it is Played for Laughs.
  • In Predators, Guzma's father is an alcoholic who is implied to murder his son's Pokemon, and his mother isn't much better, as her only response to the abuse is to tell him that he should stop provoking his father.


  • The oneshot Ivory Bones revolves around Weiss' relationship with her abusive father. For the first few years of her life he all-but ignored her. As she grew, he began training her as his Trophy Child. Weiss is Covered with Scars from her father's abuse. When she was a teenager, he purposedly slashed her across the face during a mock battle to teach her a lesson against being meak. Weiss narrowly avoided being blinded and now she has a permanent scar.
  • The Makings of Team CRME has a couple examples.
    • My Name Is Cinder: Cinder’s mother, Brigit Stark, is a greedy sociopath who emotionally manipulated her siblings into hating her after she drove their father to suicide to get his money. She did this to make sure that beating and starving Cinder, as well as making her a slave in her own home, would be seen as justified to her other children. It’s not too surprising that Cinder ends up letting her burn alive.
    • The Black Hearts: Marcus Black is physically abusive to Mercury as was implied in canon, but his wife Melanie is verbally abusive to him as well. They're a big part of the reason that Mercury is so messed up in the series.
  • The Other Side is a Ruby/Pyrrha fic where Pyrrha stays with Ruby's family after her emotionally abusive mother beats her badly one night. Taiyang calls CPS on her mother after seeing Pyrrha's injuries.
  • Roar of the LION:
    • Inori is revealed to be Ovan's mother. She conducted horrific experiments on him and his sister, Virtue, with the latter being used as the power source behind her current Extermination Armor. Nowadays, Ovan's entire motive is to kill Inori for revenge.
    • Iris' father is a Control Freak who is furious that she broke their family tradition to become a Huntress. When she's taken home after the Fall of Beacon, she challenges him to an honor duel for the right to live her right as she wants. She wins... but then it turns out he poisoned her food with the deadly herb Scarlet Iago, which would have killed her had Ovan not come along and gotten the cure.
  • Ruby and Nora:
    • Pyrrha’s mother Lyra was a sadistic, Deranged excuse for an Atlas Colonel, who committed several atrocities to both her and others over the course of the Whole Episode Flashback.
    • Jacques is even worse then his canon counterpart.
  • RWBY: Dark:
    • Yang Xiao Long's biological mother, Raven Branwen, was an abusive alcoholic who frequently beat her daughter before eventually up and leaving the family altogether.
    • Jacques Schnee raised his children to be fighters and killers, and “toughened them up” by ordering them to undergo harsh combat training and be beaten by armed guards.
    • Mercury mentions that his father, Marcus Black, was the one that "took" his legs, resulting in him having to get prosthetics.
  • RWBY: Scars:
    • The Schnee siblings grew up with a neglectful mother and abusive father. Willow cares for her kids, but she prefers to block everything out, including her hallucinations, by drinking by herself. Weiss can count the conversations they've had while her mother was sober on her hands. Her distant husband Jacques is physically and emotionally abusive towards all three of their kids. Years of beatings and emotional abuse led to Winter running off to join the military, Weiss suffering from schizoaffective disorder, and Whitley being emotionally distant. It's also shown that Jacques refuses to allow Weiss to get mental health counseling and misgenders Whitley behind his back.
    • Pyrrha grew up with a suffocating Stage Mom who she can never please. Pyrrha doesn't even believe her mother loves her. She joined Beacon specifically to get away from her mother and use her athletic skills practically.
    • Militia and her twin sister Melanie grew up with a physically abusive father and they also have a distant, emotionally neglectful mother. They ran away from home as teens to distance themselves from their dad.
    • As in canon, Mercury grew up with a physically abusive, alcoholic father. He killed his dad in a fight.

The Simpsons

The Smurfs

  • In the Empath: The Luckiest Smurf alternate timeline story "Papa Smurf & Mama Smurfette", the Papa Smurf who married Smurfette is so spiteful to Empath and all his other little Smurfs for expelling him, his wife, and their daughter from the village that he strikes Sassette out of anger for daring to tell Papa Smurf that he stole Smurfette away from Empath, the only Smurf that she sees truly loves Smurfette. Of course, Papa Smurf realizes that he had let his anger toward Empath get the better of him, but it immediately makes Smurfette decide that she's better off without Papa Smurf and so she and the Smurflings leave him behind, with Smurfette taking their daughter with her.

Steven Universe

Story of Seasons

  • It Hurts Me is a short piece based off the first Harvest Moon title. Ellen's alcoholic father turns physically and verbally abusive when drunk.
  • Wine Red no Kokoro expands upon Karen's home life in Harvest Moon 64. Gotz is neglectful and verbally abusive. When Karen was younger he'd frequently punish her by locking her in the wine cellar.

Tolkien's Legendarium

  • Feanor from Lessons From The Mountain is a terrible father who talks to his sons with condescension and contempt and treats them as tools.

Total Drama


  • In Gensokyo 20XXI, while not her mother, at least technically, Kanako clearly fits in that she would beat Sanae to vent frustrations and over minor infractions. It was noted throughout the rest of the series that, while she regretted abusing her, she didn't get a chance at redemption, as Sanae had died (before being brought back from the dead through Yukari's reality warping in 20XXIV).

Young Justice

  • Darkseid's winning no parent of the year award in Young Justice: Darkness Falls because he sent Kalibak to somewhere where he can't even be in the plot. Jade and Artemis also both grumble about this being the reason they'll try to be Good Parents to their kids from now on.


  • In Ambience: Platoon (Moebius Four) we eventually learn that Franklin's hatred of his parents comes from their attempts to raise him to be a perfect soldier, which frequently skirted close to if not outright became this.
  • Awkward Silence: Riko Shibata's mother is referred most commonly as "Ursula" for a reason. Over the course of the story, she emotionally and physically abuses Riko. We later find out that, when Riko was raped by her uncle when she was younger, her mother did nothing because she was having an affair with said uncle.
  • In the The Matrix fanfic Bringing Me To Life there's Max's dad, Mr. Jameson, who physically and emotionally abuses his son and wife, along with starving them if he doesn't feel like hitting them.
  • In Dark Dynasty, Pan takes the trope Up to Eleven by being an horrible father and grandfather: not only he threw his son away as trash, he also kidnapped his eldest grandson and treated him like prey, refraining from killing him because someone had to continue the bloodline. If you think it's a Pet the Dog moment, he's implied to have sold the kid to dark magic users for wind-wiping and forced rejuvenation because he thought it would be more fun. Nowadays he has ripped his great-grandson's heart to replace his and live forever, and actually plans to abduct his youngest grandson and make him his new toy. Okay, Pan doesn't know about the kid being his other grandson, but you can bet it wouldn't stop him if it were the case.
  • Demigod Power: A number of demigods come from broken homes. Notable examples:
    • Jolon's mother Jessica, who is revealed to have raised Jolon entirely so she can create a more powerful child from her bloodline. She's also incredibly homophobic and tries to kill Jolon with the intent of replacing him with a Heterosexual clone, so that that one could reproduce in the future.
    • Koda's mother as well, who beat him severely for most of his childhood.
    • On the immortal side, there's Phobetor, God of Nightmares, who's a dick to his children and actually rides around in his daughter's mind like a tumor.
    • Perses, Titan of Destruction, takes away his son's powers and challenges him to prove himself worthy of being his son.
    • Shirou's mother attempted to kill him more than once.
  • Double Reacharound Orange: If you show even the slightest bit of weakness, Dex's parents will go for the kill.
  • John Gage in this series of Emergency! had abusive uncles as surrogate parents in his backstory. So very,very much. They had him after his parents died and it was not pretty. His aunt rescued him eventually.
  • The Elfen Lied fic Family Sticks Together has this in the backstory of Alex. Prior to ending up in the orphanage, Alex lived with his maternal uncle, who beat him regularly, called him a freak, and locked him out of the house to fend for himself. When conversing with the spirit of his mother in chapter 10, she explains that she left the infant Alex in his uncle's care to protect him from Director Kakuzawa and his mooks, though she admits that, given his uncle's treatment of her son, it probably wasn't the best choice.
  • Harren Hoare from Forum of Thrones is heavily implied to be this. Three out of four children grew up to be messed up in some way and he likely had a hand in this. Firmly believing in raising his sons with a strong hand, he showed little love for them, combining this trope with Parental Neglect. On top of that, he respected them only when they earned it, which at least Harlan and Harndon never did. His physical beating of Harmund instilled the boy with a deep-seated wish to assure his dominance over others, which led to him becoming abusive to his younger siblings as well, something Harren either did not care about, or even outright encouraged.
    • In an interesting subversion to this, Harren is shown to have at least some love for his sons. He keeps even the mentally damaged Harndon around despite his lack of worth for the house and gets enraged like never before when Harlan is seriously wounded. This implies that his actions as an abusive father are actually a misguided case of Tough Love.
  • The backstory of Kathryn, the main heroine of The Heart Trilogy, involves a sadly misguided example of this trope. When she had her first vision at the age of six, her mother was mortified. Instead of following a shaman's advice and giving Kathryn to the wizards' care, she began to keep Kathryn on a tighter leash: restricting her to home, forbidding her to play with other children, locking her in her room at night, drugging her to keep her from having visions in her dreams, and tying her up to her bed as well as gagging her in case convulsions took over. While Kathryn's father didn't agree with this, he shared his wife's fear that superstitious villagers would kill Kathryn as a witch. Kathryn endured this for ten years until she ran away at the age of sixteen and never returned. When she sees her parents dying in a vision three years later, they're expressing regrets of driving their daughter away.
  • Hivefled:
    • Gamzee gets a double layer. First he's neglected by his lusus, and then when he meets his biological parents...
    • Further elaboration; the Grand Highblood and the Condesce went out of their way to have offspring and track them down, against the social norms of their society, specifically so they could do terrible things to them.
  • Mei Shirakawa's parents in the Horseshoes and Hand Grenades sidestory Wheel of Fortune don't care about the problems their daughter has to go through regarding Yamada Tatsumori's tyranny over her High School, with the mom going as far as to leave Mei in the hospital despite going there to check on one of her friends. It's later revealed that she was supposed to be the next heir to a family fortune by showcasing her untapped psychic powers which are attuned to her stress levels. The parents emotionally abuse her to get the powers to spike. They get killed off by Renenutet.
  • In I Will Remember You, Ulrich Stern's father is a vicious, depraved man who beats his wife and son for years. Mr. Stern ultimately destroys Ulrich mentally and leaves him covered in scars and living under a new name after the latter throws his father through a wall.
  • In one chapter of The Powerpuff Girls fanfic Ladder, Bubbles is at the hospital to get her blinded eye checked out and decides to try and cheer up some of the younger kids. She meets a boy her age who is bed-bound due to his father beating him up. He beat him so badly that he lost one of his eyes and had multiple lacerations.
  • Lorelei's parents from The Lorelei Chronicles fight constantly and are one of the reasons Lorelei universe-hops so much.
  • In Mega Man: Defender of the Human Race, Dr. Wily's father was this. It helped color his outlook on life.
  • The Minkiad:
    • Mainly Jennifer Bassett towards her son, Farkle.
    • As well, we also have Kermit Clutterbucket who sexually abused Maya and physically beat Katy for trying to stop him.
    • Edward Bassett is also revealed to be at least verbally abusive towards his daughter, sons, and his grandchildren.
    • If what Eunice says is any indication about her children growing up to not feel or understand love, then Teddy and Tommy Bassett are possibly just as abusive towards their children as Jennifer is to Farkle.
    • Claire Ferguson recalls not only her abuse from her father, but also her former husband’s abuse towards her and her daughter.
    • Morgan mentions that her former boyfriend was at least verbally abusive and would have been physical, if she wasn’t able to fight him back.
    • The final abuse support group meeting is attended by Eric’s old friend, Jason Marsden who hints that Desiree was abusive as well.
  • In Of Sheep And Battle Chicken, it's honestly rare to find parents that don't fulfill this trope, at least in regards to the main characters Shepard's especially qualify, selling her to an Asari slaver in exchange for drug money.
  • In A Triangle in the Stars, it was hinted at in several chapters and finally revealed in Chapter Thirty that Bill Cipher had these parents, by virtue that he was a triangle instead of a square, a pentagon or a circle.
    • And that's not all. Alex himself confirmed he had a much WORSE childhood than Stanley Pines did. OUCH.
  • The professors in Project Chimera - The Attic Hypothesis.
  • Queen of All Oni:
    • It seems that when Drago was sealed away by Lo Pei, Shendu intentionally left him that way in order to "build character".
    • Jade's parents almost veer into this from Parental Neglect; Tarakudo uncovers in a dream that after injuring herself exploring (sliding down a banister), her mother's reaction was to spank her for disturbing the adults' party rather than concern for Jade's well being (she ran into a statue at the end of the railing and had severe bruising and was crying). Jade truly considers going to live with Jackie to be the best thing that ever happened to her before she went evil.
  • The Racket-Rotter Chronicles:
    • Shark's mother Silver was a nasty alcoholic, and tries to kill him in Arc 1.
    • Sinbad's mother Maria apparently treated him terribly in the first few years he was alive. As a result, Sinbad does not ever want children.
    • According to Marc, his stepfather was an abusive man who beat Marc's mother Melanie to death.
  • The notorious Shinra High SOLDIER has three prominent examples: Julia's mother and father forced her into prostitution when she was younger and locked her up in a mental institution for three years. Her father beat and raped her, and ultimately tried to kill her. Hojo has been physically and mentally abusing Sephiroth since he was born.
  • In the Cardcaptor Sakura Continuation Fic Shadow of the Dragon, school bully Satome's mother Himiko, Tomoeda's district attorney, is revealed to be one, constantly beating him because he is the product of rape and she only sees him as a reminder of said rape; as a result, Satome has become a Straw Misogynist and serial rapist. In chapter 19, when Satome is in jail for his Attempted Rape of Tomoyo, he tells the lawyer assigned to him that his mother put him in the hospital eight times for a total of fifteen broken bones, and that he's perfectly willing to confess to all of his rape charges as long as it keeps him away from his mother until he's twenty. Shortly after, however, his mother arranges for him to be assassinated and his death ruled as a suicide because his status as a rapist would reflect poorly on her career of prosecuting sexual predators.
  • Son Of Apophis, a Yu-Gi-Oh! fanfic, takes the abuse Marik experiences to a whole new level. His father actually attempts to mute him.
  • In The Saga of Avatar Korra while Korra's biological parents are good people, she was kidnapped by the Red Lotus who claimed that her parents were dead, and they would become her new parents. For fourteen years, they subject Korra through psychological and physical abuse in a continuous Training from Hell regiment.
  • Swordsmen: Akane/Heather's parents, of the neglect and verbal variety, as by her recollection, her mother spent more time drunk than not, and her father couldn't speak a word to her without being overly critical. There's also Morgan Trevor's parents, as her father outright hates her since the only reason he married her mother was because her mother was pregnant with her, plus both of them verbally abuse her, with her mother having outright called her a slut on one occasion. Morgan's mother also forced her to get an abortion the first time she got pregnant, with the alternative being that she'd be thrown out on the street if she didn't comply.
  • During his confrontation with Gendo in the twelfth chapter of The Second Try, Shinji summarized everything what his father had done to him and called him out on it:
    "What?" he whispered hoarsely, his trembling arms tugging unconsciously on the cuffs around his wrists. "WHAT?? Those words... those words that I had been longing to hear for so long... and you dare," tears formed in his eyes, but he couldn't tell whether from anger or disappointment, "you DARE to say them now? You've never been a father to me. You've sent me away, only called me back to pilot against my will, forcing me through the worst time of my life. Just in the last few hours, you imprisoned me, indirectly threatened to kill me and worst of all used my missing child to torture the woman I love. And you seriously expect me just to be... a good son... and tell you everything you want to know..."
  • Threadbare South Park: Charlie's mother beats her so badly, she is left with bruises. When Mr. Mackey calls Ms. Pierzynski, in an attempt to confirm the accusations, she puts poor Charlie in the hospital. Doctors discover she was force fed bleach.
  • The Three Kings: Hunt: James Andrews is mentally and physically abusive towards his wife and both his children. The fic does a good job of portraying the issues that arise from abusive homes from Ryou's mental instability (kleptomania & insomnia etc.) to Amane's anger management issues.
  • Tabitha's parents from Total Drama Letterz not only encourage their daughter to eliminate other campers on Total Drama, but they'll also beat her to near death for the slightest failure.
  • The Triptych Continuum has multiple examples, usually related to a parent being disappointed in a child's cutie mark. Pinkie's father was extremely abusive to her, as she displayed an apparent lack of earth pony magic even before her mark manifested.
  • In the Pretty Cure fan fic, Twilight Pretty Cure, the Big Bad of the series, Zenjin, was abused by whom the fairies call an evil woman before the Rozanielans rescued him. Nobody knows who the woman is. It's implied that this caused his sociopathic, psychopathic, and homicidal tendencies.
  • Log-a-Log Brugo from What Lies Beyond the Walls, who beat his son over picayune issues and frequently raped him ever since he was a child.
  • In The Wheel and the Butterfly Saga, Dan's parents are confirmed to have been very abusive towards him, keeping him in a cage for the first few years of his life, in addition to the emotional abuse.
  • In Your Servant, Mistress, an all-human fic, Diaval's parents are the explanation for his scars. And Maleficent was raised by her aunt, who emotionally abused her.
  • The Young Justice story Life Ore Death may be notable for the realistic ways it averts this as often as it plays it straight. Wally's father was an abusive drunk when he was in elementary school, but Rudy sobered up and got counseling, so Wally now has a strong relationship with his father. Slade Wilson trained his kids, but because he had his non-criminal wife to balance him out he avoided this line, whereas Artemis was abused by her father and her mother may have been bad in the past, but reformed after jail.
  • In Missing Linc, Dirk O'Donnell forces his daughter Ginny to live her life as though it was merely one of his scripts, refuses to listen to her protests and punishes her severely if she disobeys him. While she argues with him on a regular basis, she's too browbeaten to stand up to him until she meets Leni and the rest of the Loud sisters.


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