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  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus: Just go ahead and ask anyone who have played about this and you'll get these two individuals who barely even qualify as human beings anymore:
  • Fire Emblem:
    • Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade:
      • King Desmond makes no bones about the fact that he loathes his son Zephiel and tries to kill him at least twice. Is it any wonder this wise, gentle boy grows up to be such a bastard in The Binding Blade?
      • Sonia raised Nino as her daughter, but only to use her as a pawn in her evil plans. Then she ordered her assassinated, but thankfully the assassin cared too much about Nino to go through with it.
    • In Fire Emblem Tellius, Soren's two foster homes treated him like dirt: the woman he stayed with shot constant verbal abuse at him while the sage who raised him afterwards subjected him to intense Training from Hell (and he was only four at the time). Ironically, his own father was less abusive despite being the Big Bad (though he did use the kid as a hostage to lure out his uncle). Given his lack of a stable family it's no wonder he became as snarky and merciless as he is.
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    • Fire Emblem Awakening:
    • In Fire Emblem Fates, King Garon of Nohr kidnapped the Avatar from their Hoshidan family as a little kid and raised them as his own child, but kept them isolated and treated them basically like dirt, even making several attempts on their life during the game. He even implies he'd kill his own blood children at one point! It turns out that Garon used to be a good person and a decent parent to his kids, but not only he became a bitter bastard after the Deadly Court of Nohr got to him and his second wife Arete died... but when he kicked it at some point, Anankos had Garon's remains eaten by a Blob Monster that absorbed his memories and posed as him for several years.
      • Anankos is a horrible father as well. After Garon Came Back Wrong as said above, he had him treat the Avatar as a disposable tool (plus Garon treated his own kids terribly as a side effect), and later had them sent on a suicide mission because they betrayed him by surviving. He didn't treat his daughter Lilith well either and used her as a tool, which caused the poor dragon girl to be devoted to him solely to gain his approval. Though it's also shown that Anankos' Soul, aka the incarnation of his remaining good emotions and the Avatar's actual birth father, did care for the Avatar and Lilith
  • Final Fantasy:
    • Not technically her parents, but the Gestahlian Empire from Final Fantasy VI was the closest that Terra Branford could call her parents due to Gestahl murdering her birthmother and then kidnapping her child, and subjecting her father to various experiments. And, sure enough, their raising her was very much abusive in terms of emotional and possibly other forms of abuse. She was raised in a loveless environment for most of her life, Kefka placed the Slave Crown on Terra to manipulate all of her actions, including burning 50 of their finest soldiers alive, and the one person who was even relatively decent to her, General Leo Cristolph, nonetheless placed the mind control device back on her when they finish training.
    • Hojo and Lucrecia from Final Fantasy VII did genetic experiments on their son while he was still in the womb in the name of science. The child, Sephiroth, did not take this well. Lucrecia at least harbored some regret for her part in the genetic experiments, even causing her to nearly commit suicide and then willingly place herself in a Fate Worse than Death. Hojo, on the other hand, had absolutely no regret for what he did. In fact, he enjoyed every single moment of it even afterwards, and was heavily implied to have manipulated all of Sephiroth's actions and everything in Sephiroth's life/lives.
    • In Final Fantasy X, Tidus's father often insulted and berated his son for being a crybaby. After believing Jecht had died at sea, Tidus's mother also pined and eventually died. As a result, Tidus harbored bitterness towards his father and never quite forgave him for it. While it's made clear Jecht actually did love his son, the man never, at any point in his life, told him such - throughout both that game and Dissidia, Jecht only admits his love for Tidus when the younger man is either absent or unconscious (or when he himself is dying).
    • Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood has Yotsuyu, the cruel Boomerang Bigot Viceroy of Doma. She was adopted by her relatives after her birth parents died and endured horrific abuse from her stepmother (who played favorites with her adopted brother, Asahi) before being married off by her stepfather to an abusive drunk who died penniless and forced Yotsuyu into prostitution to pay off his debts. Her harrowing experiences in her formative years molded her into a cruel and heartless woman who takes pleasure in inflicting misery upon her own countrymen. Later in the Stormblood MSQ, she suffers amnesia and seems to be better off for it, only for her equally assholeish brother Asahi to arrange a reunion as part of his plans to restore her memories and subvert attempts at peace between Doma and Garlemald. Immediately upon seeing her, her mother berates her before her father mentions possibly selling her back into prostitution. Having regained her memories by this point, Yotsuyu viciously murders them both.
    • Cid of the Lufaine is revealed in Dissidia to be the father of Chaos, and later the Warrior of light. While he technically only acted according to the circumstances put upon him and his family by the state seeking to exploit his wisdom, he appears to be responsible for the creation of the cycle's of war between Chaos and Cosmos. Thankfully, he later becomes horrified by what his desire for revenge had done and tired to correct his mistakes.
  • Pokémon:
  • Kano has this in his Mortal Kombat X ending, where he beats his son's weakness out of him.
  • In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Lemkil of Rorikstead blames his twin daughters Sissel and Britte for his wife's Death by Childbirth and abuses them while complaining to everyone in town about them. For one of the "Scare my Enemy" quests, he will even pay the Dragonborn to assault one of his daughters and pay the player 50 gold while saying "Ha! There's nothing like a few cuts and bruises to drive home a point, huh?" If you kill him, you may get a thank-you letter from Sissel.
    • The Hearthfire DLC adds Lucia, one of the potential orphans the Dovahkiin can adopt. Her parents weren't abusive, but after they died, she was taken in by her aunt and uncle... who decided she wasn't worth the hassle and threw her out. If she's not adopted by the player, she lives on the streets of Whiterun, where only the local beggar is nice to her.
    • The Tamrielic king of this trope is Lord Harkon, leader of the Volkihar vampires, in the Dawnguard expansion. Centuries before the game, he forced his only child to become a devotee of the daedric prince Molag Bal; it's heavily implied that the ritual to become such involved her being raped by the entity. Later, he learned of a prophecy which could create endless night and thus allow vampires to rule the world. He had no qualms at all with the fact that bringing this about required his daughter's blood. Less horrifically, both he and his wife Valerica tended to use Serana as a pawn in their constant battles against each other; Valerica, at least, eventually apologizes when Serana calls her out on it.
  • Zettai Hero Project eventually reveals that the Main Character's parents constantly insulted and belittled him ever since he let himself and his sister get kidnapped 8 years ago. However, soon after this is learned it is revealed that the kidnapping was not Main Character's fault (he actually tried to stop it, but his sister was unable to vouch for him due to Trauma-Induced Amnesia). Once this is learned, the parents quickly clean up their act. The trauma of the incident caused the mother and father to constantly argue with each other when they're not busy insulting the Main Character, while his sister lashed out at everyone else because, due to her amnesia, she has no idea why everyone in her family was mad at each other.
  • Fallout 3 gives us James Hargrave, whose father was eaten by cannibals. Because of this, his mother becomes an abusive drunk and blames him for his father's disappearance. If you kill his mother, he doesn't seem to mind too much.
  • Cait, your Fighting Irish Dark Action Girl companion from Fallout 4, was actually sold into slavery by her own parents. Not as in like "they didn't want to but didn't have a choice", they were just bastards who were apparently raising her specifically to do so, as they captured her and dragged her back the few times she tried to run away as a teenager. She can't remember a single time they expressed any love or care for her as a daughter and they often verbally and physically abused her. It took Cait five years to get enough money to buy her freedom, and the moment she was free, guess what she did. Unsurprisingly, she considers this one of the main reasons she's such a screwed up person.
  • Tales Series:
    • Tales of Destiny: Hugo Gilchrist. Seriously. Twenty years of Tales games and he's still one of the worst parents out there. He's dismissive of Leon, beats him into a week-long coma for getting upset when he thinks Marian killed herself, and there's ambiguous hints he sexually abused Leon in the remake. And in the end, Hugo sends Leon to fight his only friends and floods the mine where they're fighting, knowing his son will most likely not survive.
    • In Tales of Symphonia, Zelos never had the nicest relationship with his mother, as she was forced into a loveless marriage, even though she "probably loved someone else". When she's killed in an attack that was intended to kill Zelos, her last words to him were "You should never have been born". It's shown in the manga that even before this, she was cold and dismissive of her son, often making the excuse that she's ill or has a headache to get out of having to see him. No wonder he's so messed up...
    • In Dawn of the New World, Emil lives with his uncle and aunt, who regularly abuse him both verbally and physically.
    • Tales of the Abyss has a spoiler filled example in Van Grants, the Big Bad. He acted like a good Parental Substitute, but emotionally abused and manipulated both Luke and Asch. A good chunk of their various issues can be traced back to how Van "raised" them. Who he was worst to is up for grabs; Asch was kidnapped by someone he trusted and then forced to depend on him, while in Luke's case Van made a point of making himself his Living Emotional Crutch so his entire life revolved around him. Finding out the truth of his nature hit the both of them hard. And for a bonus round, their blood parents aren't much better; Duke Fabre is harsh, strict, and never there while Lady Susanne tries but her status as an Ill Girl impedes her attempts to be a good parent.
  • In Guilty Gear Xrd REVELATOR, the Universal Will aka Ariel is a HUGE example of this towards her daughters, the Valentines. She treats them incredibly poorly, and deliberately identifies herself as their Mother when pressed by Elphelt. She programs them to make them believe that they are soulless tools, kills Ramlethal by exploiting her newfound conscience just to teach Elphelt a lesson, and has no issues with using Elphelt first as her Manchurian Agent, and then as a Barrier Maiden to power her ideal "humanity". One of her daughters/victims lampshades the trope to her face:
    Elphelt: "Mother... YOU'RE A MONSTER!"
  • Baek Doosan's backstory in Tekken 2 involves him having to put up with a decidedly unpleasant and abusive father, a result of alcoholism after a crippling injury forced him to leave Tae Kwon Do. How bad did it get? To the point where a sparring session degenerated into a fight in which Baek killed his father by accident.
  • Becomes a recurring theme in Grand Theft Auto IV, as the main character, Niko Bellic, and his cousin, Roman's, fathers were violent alcoholics who would regularly beat up both their children and their wifes. Dwayne Forge and Packie McReary had similar childhoods, and while the first comments how he felt "nothing" when his father was murdered, the second will at one point open up to Niko and tell that his violent father at one point even attempted and would have succeeded at molesting him, if his older brother, Gerry, had not intervened at the last minute.
  • Trevor of Grand Theft Auto V was physically abused by his father and emotionally abused by his mother, which resulted in his mental instability and psychopathic tendencies.
  • In the Japanese version of Earthbound, when Porky and Picky get back home at the beginning of the game, their father chases them offscreen, and can be heard spanking them. In the American version, this is changed to the sound made when enemies in battle use "word attacks," implying that their father was only scolding them.
  • Pachacamac from Sonic Adventure was this to Tikal.
  • In a scene near the end of No More Heroes, it's revealed that Travis' father constantly molested his sister. She eventually gets revenge by killing him, his wife, and attempting to kill his son. Although, having a sexually abusive father is quite possibly the most normal thing about her story...
  • Persona:
    • Persona 3: Junpei Iori grew up with an abusive drunk for a father, and one of the reasons he eagerly joined S.E.E.S. was so that he didn't have to share a roof with his dad.
    • Several members of Persona 5's cast have abusive parental figures. This likely helps in spurring the main cast's sense of justice, given what they do as the Phantom Thieves:
      • Ryuji Sakamoto's father physically abused both him and his mother. He explains in his Co-op that he became an athlete in the first place to help support his mother after she managed to leave him.
      • Instead of being Happily Adopted, Yusuke's guardian, an artist named Madarame, exploited him for his artistic talent since the age of three, barely furnished him, overworked and starved him, and took any profits for the pieces Yusuke made. As if that weren't enough, you learn before his boss fight that he let Yusuke's ill mother die so that he could take credit for a painting she made. His abuse of both Yusuke and his other students make him the thieves' second big target.
      • Futaba Sakura's previous guardian, her maternal uncle, made her sleep on the floor, wouldn't let her bath, and mistreated her in various other ways (including physically).
      • Haru Okumura's father had her raised to be an Extreme Doormat from a young age and is selectively oblivious to her unhappiness, which climaxes when he sets her up in an Arranged Marriage with the highly scummy son of a member of the Diet - a marriage he set up so that he could get into politics - and inside the Mental World, his Shadow essentially admits that he knows what kind of person his son-in-law is, and is willing to let her be treated as a mere plaything as long as he gets what he wants. The man himself is the president of a fast food company, and when you make him your fifth major target, you learn that he treats his employees on all levels poorly as well, seeing the company as nothing more than a stepping stone.
      • Goro Akechi had been raised in a string of abusive foster homes for most of his youth, eventually living by his lonesome when he became a teenager. His birth parents are worse: His father is the Big Bad, a power-hungry politician named Masayoshi Shido, and his mother is one of his mistresses who let herself die out of shame for conceiving Goro. To take it further, when Goro did get into contact with Shido, the latter treated him poorly and, as shown near the end of the game, was planning to kill him once he became Prime Minister of Japan, simply because Goro, as an illegitimate child, would be a threat to him (granted, Goro was planning on betraying Shido the moment his plan succeeded). Needless to say, Goro is filled with a lot of angst.
      • The Takases went into debt as a result of living beyond their means, and forced their debts onto their ward Taiki, forcing him to work himself ragged to pay them off while they continued to live the high life. All the while, they enjoyed seeing him suffer, simply because they were jealous of his birth parents. When he died in a car accident, they blamed his teacher and blackmailed her.
      • Over the course of Futaba's Confidant, you find out that her old best friend Kana Magario was taken out of school by her parents and forced to become a gravure idol in order to pay off their gambling debts.
  • Metal Gear:
    • In Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Emma was stated to have been sexually assaulted by her second stepfather, for which she injured him in self-defense shortly before graduating from High School. The game itself doesn't specify what kind of assault it was, but the script included in the Document of Metal Gear Solid 2 had in brackets "sexual" right before "assault." Not to mention that her first stepfather tried to drown her as he drowned himself in the family pool.
    • Otacon, to a certain extent, underwent this with his stepmom in the same game, although Otacon claimed she "seduced" him, implying that his part in it was willing.note 
    • In Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, Paz Ortega Andrade, real name Pacifica Ocean, according to her diary tapes, was an orphan, and was apparently adopted by Cipher (in other words, the Patriots faction run by Zero after the split), and she intends to obey Cipher's command, not simply due to her loyalty to the organization, but because she feels as though she has to obey them even if she doesn't agree with their goals because she'll otherwise suffer a fate worse than death if she doesn't.
    • There's also the fact that they created the clones of Big Boss. The fact that they were created without Big Boss's consent would make this a form of sexual abuse. Oh, and the project that created them also had six of their brothers essentially murdered during development so they could gain strong fetal growth. Then there is the fact that they kidnapped Olga's child, Sunny, after birth, and put her life on the line by having her life being connected to Raiden's vital nanomachines, meaning if he dies, they kill her, and it is heavily implied that even after Raiden defeated Solidus Snake, they still are placing her life on the line as a threat to Raiden, and she grew up completely withdrawn from people until the Patriots finally bit the dust. As a silver lining, Otacon (and to a lesser extent, Snake) do care about her and finally Otacon officially adopts her in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
    • Raiden had it rough too. The only parental figure he ever had was Solidus and he raised him as a soldier and twisted him in every possible way; on top of that, Solidus was the one who killed his birth parents. It takes a LONG time for Raiden to overcome his trauma, thanks to Rose and his son, John.
  • Bioshock has Sofia Lamb. An incredible list of abuse, mostly of the mental variety-though a degree of neglect etc. Attempting to condition your child in to the 'Peoples Daughter' (an individual who knows everything, or more accurately a conduit for everything), using a serum that reduced a fellow researcher to a sentient tumour, does not a good parent make.
    • Sofia Lamb may not even be Eleanor's mother, an audio log from her alludes that she did as little to be involved in raising her as possible, possibly even using a surrogate.
  • Silent Hill. Let's count: Dahlia Gillespie, Leonard Wolf, Thomas Orosco, the unnamed Mrs. Orosco, Walter's parents, Helen Grady, and those are just off the top of my head. There's been, what, one good parent in the series?
    • At least Harry Mason, the protagonist of the first game, is a Papa Wolf to the max.
      • In Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, depending on what ending you get, Cheryl will recall that Harry was an alcoholic abusive father, an unfaithful philandering father, or a genuinely loving father.
      • Additionally, one of the endings reveals Cheryl's mother Dahlia to be a spouse abuser. It's debatable whether she physically abuses her daughter as well, but the fact that she degrades and beats Harry in front of Cheryl at least stands as emotional abuse.
    • In Silent Hill: Homecoming, it's taken Up to Eleven with the entire adult population of Shepherd's Hill being abusers of the worst kind. All of them made at least one of their children into a torturous Human Sacrifice, a ritual that has been carried out by every generation since the town's founding, in order to keep the malign occult forces of neighboring Silent Hill at bay. When you arrive during the events of the game, the ritual has failed and the most recent crop of murdered children have come back as monsters to seek revenge. Zigzagged with the protagonist's parents, who did emotionally abuse him, but failed to sacrifice him the way their fellows did with their first-born. And it's implied they only hesitated because his younger brother had accidentally drowned, meaning they'd have no "replacement" child after the protagonist's death.
  • RELIUS CLOVER. This is the guy who experimented on his daughter, Ada, For Science!, turning her into a weaponized doll, Nirvana. However, he lost interest in the project about halfway through and happily turned to his wife instead, turning her into a much better and accomplished puppet, Ignis, after which he left his family's home and never came back. Meanwhile, his son, Carl, had been forced to finish the experiments he was conducting on Ada, leaving the poor little boy completely traumatized, having to show a lack of compassion and fend for himself as a Vigilante at such a young age. That's an abuse on mental, emotional and financial levels... and he went straight to physical (as in, attempted homicide) when Carl tried to get an explanation.
    "You've been a very naughty boy... spare the rod, spoil the child."
  • We learn very early into Blaze Union that Gulcasa's father beat and neglected him when he was a young child; his father blamed him for his mother's disappearance. We later learn that said mother is also neglectful and emotionally abusive; the last thing she ever did to her child was Mind Rape him into believing himself to be human while sealing his demon blood without his consent. While her reasons for doing so were arguably well-intentioned, it still left Gulcasa with residual brain damage that prevents him from being able to realize that Emilia is his sister when they first meet. And if that isn't enough, she also reveals that she was aware that Gulcasa's father was abusing him, but chose not to come back and do something about it. All of this started from Fantastic Racism, which was also the reason that no one tried to do anything about the abuse. Luckily for Gulcasa, his childhood friends were willing to become parental surrogates, and lovingly helped him grow up mostly undamaged by all this.
  • Embric of Wulfhammer's Castle . He's the Duchess' uncle, not her father, and the gory details aren't given, but Bad King Greyghast was not above imprisoning, drugging, killing animals, spying on, and sexually abusing his favorite niece to control her.
  • All of the above happened to Alma Wade, in FEAR thanks to her father, Harlan Wade, and the Armacham Technology Corporation. (Save financial abuse, and that was because she was never old enough to have money in the first place.) Psychic Powers that made her susceptible to emotions, particularly negative ones and especially her fathers', coupled with physical and mental abuse due to being constantly experimented on, ultimately culminated in her being dragged away at her father's orders to be sealed in the Vault in an induced coma. Sexual abuse followed when Harlan Wade and Armacham used her unconscious body as a testing ground for psychic Super Soldiers, impregnating her twice and removing her from her prison only to give birth to the two prototypes. And worse still, she never got to hold her children. Needless to say, when Alma gets loose, hell follows her. So great is his abuse of her that her uber-powerful psychic ghost gets reduced into a scared, crying child whenever she feels The Creep, his psychic remnant, is around. After that, he goes and abuses his grandkids, For Science!. Swell guy.
  • Where to even start with Fei from Xenogears? After she got possessed by Miang, Fei's mother started experimenting on him, thus creating his Superpowered Evil Side Id, who then was used by his father possessed by the personality of one of Fei's former Incarnations as a Person of Mass Destruction, and that's not even all of it.
  • Adam Malkovich's treatment of Samus Aran in Metroid: Other M has been construed by some reviewers as romanticizing an abusive relationship between an otherwise capable bounty hunter and her surrogate father figure.
  • Lucien from Runescape was already notorious for being cruel, but the newest Fremminik Saga has confirmed rumors of him having a daughter. Specifically, a half human, half Mahjarrat daughter whom he abuses severely. Every time he speaks to her, he calls her a failure, finally declaring that when he next sees her, he will strangle her. And she just takes it.
  • Morton's grandfather felt this was the way to instill character in his grandson in The Dream Machine.
  • In Catherine, both Todd and Archie have issues with women that stem from abusive parents: Todd's dad was a successful businessman, but also a shameless womanizer who constantly belittled Todd, and even attacked him with an axe at one point. Archie, on the other hand, spent most of his childhood locked naked in a basement and was regularly sexually abused by his mother until the day he managed to escape and run away from home.
  • In The Way (RPG Maker), the parents of two characters are revealed to be abusive late in the game. They are Traziun's dad, and Slade's mom.
  • Borderlands 2 has Handsome Jack, who hooked his Siren daughter Angel up to a machine that pumps her full of Eridium so that he can use her as both a living supercomputer and a catalyst to charge the Vault Key. The sad thing is that despite all of this, Jack does seem to genuinely love Angel in his demented way, but is too insane to see that he's put her in a hellish state of living from which death is the only release. Her death (which she begs for) at the hands of the Vault Hunters drives him into a massive Villainous Breakdown.
  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! reveals that Nisha, the Sheriff of Lynchwood in 2 grew up with a physically abusive mother who terrorized both her and her father. When her dog eventually went rabid due to a bite from a Frenzyclutch and attacked her, Nisha remembered seeing her mother standing above her and laughing.
  • Razputin's father in Psychonauts, who puts him through tough, acrobatic circus training rather than allow him the use of his Psychic Powers, actively discouraging the use of the latter. While we don't see any of it, it apparently got so bad that Raz actually started questioning if he was simply trying to get him killed while making it look like an accident. At least, that's what Raz thinks. At the end of the game, we learn that his father is a kind and loving man who just wanted to make sure Raz didn't become over-reliant on his psychic abilities... and he's a powerful psychic himself. Raz simply misunderstood his intentions.
    • It's hard to say for sure, given the symbolic nature of the level he is in, but there's definitely a possibility that this is the case with Oleander's father, a.k.a The Butcher. Very little is factually known about him, other than the fact that he killed and butchered his son's favorite pet bunny right in front of his eyes, apparently in an attempt to teach him the family business.
    • Gloria Von Gouten's backstory heavily involves her mother, who abandoned her at a young age in order to pursue an acting career. The boarding house she left her in was not only very harsh, but it forced Gloria to pursue acting herself, which was something she was never even interested in in the first place. Once Gloria finally got out, however, she ended up becoming an even more successful actress than her mother, who soon committed suicide out of jealousy. Its implied that her mother knew full-well that doing this would be emotionally traumatic to her, and it was her death that finally made Gloria go insane.
    • Clem's father is implied to be emotionally abusive. One of his Campster discussions states "My dad says I'm a total idiot when it comes to canoeing. And most other things. He said he'd rather ride a seal into a pool of sharks than ride in a canoe into the lake with me. Sometimes I wonder if he's right — if I am to stupid for this world."
  • In Assassin's Creed III (and partially alluded to in Revelations), it's revealed that Desmond's father was physically abusive to him from a young age, ostensibly as part of his Training from Hell, and that this probably played a part (though wasn't the whole reason) in why he ran away from home at 16. In the present day, Desmond hates his dad but is still desperate for his approval. William himself admits that he "did a shitty job" raising Desmond and apologizes for it.
  • Beyond: Two Souls depicts the protagonist Jodie Holmes' father being verbally abusive to her; he even calls her a monster to her face.
  • The Binding of Isaac has Isaac, the player character, actually fight the abusive mother, who deprives Isaac of his toys, his clothes, and eventually seeks to kill him.
  • Queen Larrsa of Mushihimesama Futari is so protective of Aki that when Aki dies, she goes completely apeshit and wants Reco dead, to the point of sending out entire armies to kill her. Palm, Aki's younger brother, believes that Reco is not a bad person despite having killed Aki. Larsa's response to this belief is to disown Palm. When Palm comes back later, she tries to kill him, using the same amount of strength she would use on Reco.
  • In Baldur's Gate the strongest contender for the title Most Abusive Parent in the Realms is Bhaal, the Lord of Murder. Bhaal, forseeing his own death, went out and fathered a countless number of children, storing a portion of his divine essence within each of them. Following his death, the priesthood of Bhaal took the children and their mothers to their temples, where he had commanded them to kill the children one by one to ensure his resurrection. To add further abuse to the equation, many if not most of the clergy doing the knifing were the mothers of the children being sacrificed.
    • Vaelag from Shadows of Amn beat his daughter until she slipped into a coma and is heavily implied to be a domestic abuser as well. Even Korgan is disgusted by him.
    • Despite your adoptive father's attempts to portray her as a tragic woman raped by Bhaal, your mother was actually one of his priestess, who happily planned to sacrifice her own child in his name.
  • Radiant Historia manages the hat trick of abusive father, abusive stepmother, and abusive uncle in one Royally Screwed Up family. King Victor had his son executed on false charges for making him look bad in comparison. Queen Protea threatens, harasses, ignores, and neglects Princess Eruca, brings up her brother's death whenever Eruca tries to contradict or argue with her, and tries to kill her several times over the course of the story, even succeeding in one bad end. For bonus points, she doesn't even recognize her stepson. And then there's Heiss, who, while genuinely well-intentioned, erased his nephew's entire identity via Mind Rape, goes to great lengths to isolate and control him, keeps trying to kill his friends, never respects his beliefs and decisions, and is ultimately responsible for pretty much every terrible thing that happens to Stocke all game.
  • [PROTOTYPE]: Alex Mercer's mother was in jail for the first nine years of his life, and when he was returned to her care at age ten, he actually preferred the various foster homes he was shipped around to over being with her.
  • Ares, as revealed in God of War: Ascension. While not actively abusive, he conceived Orkos with Alecto with the sole intent of creating a perfect warrior to support his Evil Plan to overthrow Olympus, only to disown him when Orkos turned out to be a disappointment. Likewise, the Furies manipulated Orkos into aiding their work in punishing traitors and oathbreakers, only to imprison and presumably torture him when he turned on them to help Kratos.
    • In God of War (PS4):
      • Kratos is a downplayed example at the start of the game, especially compared to the below examples where he is not acting in malice but in insecurity. While he is never physically abusive and it's clear that he genuinely loves his son, his abrasive attitude and deliberately distance from Atreus has obviously damaged Atreus and strained their relationship. Ironically, Kratos is doing this to protect Atreus from Kratos's Dark and Troubled Past. However as the game progresses, Kratos undergoes Character Development and learns to bond with Atreus.
      • After Modi fled from Kratos, Thor assumed that the former abandoned their brother and proceeded to beat the former within an inch of his life.
      • Freya took away Baldur's ability to feel anything in a misguided attempt to protect her son without asking him and even refused to remove the spell even when he begged her to, even though she could have any time. Unlike Kratos, who eventually realized he was wrong and changed, Freya continued to smothered her son and selfishly wanted to protect him. Not even Baldur trying to kill her would make her change her mind.
  • Dragon Age has its share of these.
    • Dragon Age: Origins:
      • This is seen in the Dwarf Commoner Warden's origin story. His/her father split years before the events of the game, and the alcoholic mother is verbally and emotionally abusive to the player character and his/her sister Rica.
      • Flemeth, Morrigan's mother, also fits the trope. Morrigan's dialogue with the player character suggests that she would have liked to be able to love her mother, but Flemeth's various levels of abusive behavior made it impossible. And that's before Morrigan learns that she was conceived as part of Flemeth's ongoing Grand Theft Me method of living indefinitely.
      • Alistair was raised by Arl Eamon, his biological father's brother-in-law, in Redcliffe Castle. But he wasn't really raised in the castle; he mostly lived in the kennels with the dogs. He once had to stay in a cage there for an entire day after he accidentally locked himself inside of it. Then Eamon got married, and the new lady of the house got rid of Alistair within a month - convinced he was her husband's bastard, she made Eamon pack the ten-year-old boy off to the Chantry. He claims that Eamon was good to him, but it's hard to see it that way when you know the details. It gets worse when you meet his half-sister and you learn she was driven away when their mother died in childbirth, told that the baby had died with her — therefore depriving both of them of any functional relationship. She's not actually his sister, but neither of them know that.
    • Dragon Age II:
      • Isabela's mother decided to convert to the Qun and tried to force her daughter to do likewise. When she refused, her mother sold her into a horrible marriage in exchange for a goat and a few coins. ("Bitch didn't even try to haggle.")
    • Dragon Age: Inquisition:
      • Dorian's relationship with his father was ruined when he discovered that his father rather than accept Dorian's homosexuality, planned to use Blood Magic to re-wire his brain so he'd be straight. That there was a good chance it would have left Dorian a brain-dead vegetable didn't seem to concern him. Dorian was so hurt by this that it cemented his decision to leave Tevinter to join the Inquisition. His personal quest involves escorting him to meet with his father, who seems genuinely sorry for betraying his son's trust and is there to beg for forgiveness. The Inquisitor can encourage Dorian to forgive him or not; either way, Dorian admits that his relationship with his father will never be fully healed.
      • And near the end of the game, it's revealed that Flemeth's viewpoint wasn't that she was being cruel to Morrigan, but rather hardening her for how harsh the world can be, and that she was never in any danger of a Grand Theft Me, as it needs to be done willingly. Realizing that her own daughter thought otherwise actually hurts her, which makes sense considering she is one with Mythal, the Elven patron goddess of motherhood among other things.
  • In To the Moon Johnny's mother turns to be this when it is revealed that she always favored Johnny's twin brother, Joey, over him, and when Joey was accidentally killed by his mother, she made Johnny take beta blockers which caused him to forget his childhood and his dead twin brother. She then forced Johnny into becoming a copy of Joey right down to calling him "Joey", even on his wedding day.
  • The main characters of LISA the First and Lisa: The Painful RPG are haunted by their incredibly abusive father. The First takes Lisa through a World of Symbolism showing how she's haunted by Marty's actions, while Brad Armstrong has frequent flashbacks and hallucinations involving Marty, and he copes with these through Joy.
    • Despite his best efforts, Brad's Joy addiction leads him to become an abusive father to his own adopted daughter, Buddy, albeit in a much more indirect way than Marty. In fact, by the time Brad finds Marty near the end of the game, he's become The Atoner and actually proves to be a much better parental figure to Buddy than Brad is. Brad doesn't take this well. And this is before we learn about Brad's OTHER adopted child...
  • Mass Effect has Henry Lawson, the father of squad member Miranda Lawson. An extreme Narcissist, he uses his cloned DNA to create the perfect children whom he views as nothing more than his property to carry on his legacy. This means he attempts to control absolutely everything about them. If they don't live up to his near impossible expectations, he disposes of them and starts over. Miranda eventually ran away and took her baby sister, Oriana, with her, leading him to spend decades hunting the galaxy for both of them. The effects of his treatment are quite evident with Miranda, who is revealed to have a near crippling inferiority complex that she tries to desperately hide. When you finally meet him in Mass Effect 3, after seeing his other atrocities, he uses Oriana as a Human Shield and might also kill Miranda.
  • The Longest Journey: April's adoptive father had been been physically abusing her for years. She eventually shoved him off the stairs before escaping to Newport.
  • Played for Laughs in Sonic Lost World. Zomom, one of the Deadly Six, is a fat guy obsessed with food. However, a few lines of his dialogue imply that he has low self-esteem, wondering if it's possible to make him look worse than he already does, and telling Sonic not to make fun of his size because it's hurtful. The kicker, though, is his final quote upon being defeated in the last level.
    Zomom: Mom was right, I'm a failure!
  • Masochisia drives on this. Hamilton and his brother are getting emotionally abused by their mother and physically abused by their father, with both constantly mentioning how they should have killed Hamilton when he was just born, justifying their abusive behaviour with how they lost their first son Albert. While Walter turned out to become so heavily masochistic that their father didn't even want to abuse him anymore and instead locks him into his room, dressed with a muzzle and straight jacket, Hamilton can - depending on how one plays the game - also become heavily masochistic and thus enjoy the treatment and even kill the father.
  • Implied in Bad Day on the Midway character Ted's backstory. The first things he recalls about his father are his butterfly collection and him hitting Ted.
  • Many characters in Seraphic Blue have extremely abusive parents who only see them as tools at best and nuisances for being born at worst. Strangely, two of the Big Bad Duumvirate, Leona and Joshua, avert this trope by unconditionally loving their daughter even after she mutates into a Lucifer while some of the other parents turned on their children for far less.
  • Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls:
    • The Warriors of Hope all had parents so horribly abusive, it's no wonder they killed them and then made plans to genocide all adults to create a utopia for kids.
      • Masaru: Beaten and forced to go buy alcohol and tobacco for his father, which of course stores wouldn't sell him because he was a child, so he stole them, and was beaten even harder for it. Not for stealing, mind you, but for embarrassing his father by getting caught by the police. His father also thought he was a Creepy Child because he tried to smile through his suffering.
      • Kotoko: Her mother was a Stage Mom who frequently made use of the Casting Couch to get Kotoko acting roles, and didn't care one bit whether the couch owner was looking to sleep with her, Kotoko, or both of them together. Her father was a dental surgeon who was cheating on his wife with his assistant, and planned to sell Kotoko into the sex trafficking industry when she hit puberty.
      • Jatarou: Emotionally abused and neglected, with his mother wishing he would die so she could live a free life and forcing him to wear a mask because she hated looking at him. Jatarou came to believe it was because he was terribly ugly, but it was actually because he was so beautiful that his mother felt like she had to put more effort into taking care of him.
      • Nagisa: Treated as if raising him was a video game for his parents. He was forced to study nonstop for several days in a row in order to "level up," and was put on an IV drip of stimulants that would "restore his HP" when he got tired. They also used "items" (implied to be things like knives) to keep him in line. His father was also a teacher at Hope's Peak who used Nagisa as a test subject to see how much progress a child could make before they reached their breaking point. He didn't seem to be meeting expectations either as it seemed his father wanted to look for a different test subject due to him being less exceptional than desired.
      • Monaca: Abandoned by her mother but taken in by her father (who still had thoughts about sending her to an orphanage), she was treated very coldly by her family due to being an illegitimate offspring. Her father and half-brother physically abused her to the point where they ended up confining her to a wheelchair. Although she later reveals that her legs were merely broken and have since healed, she just kept Obfuscating Disability when she saw that it made them actually feel bad about their actions for once. They were neglectful and emotionally abusive towards her as well. They didn't keep track of what she was doing at all as long as she left them alone and kept making the family's company money with her genius inventions, and her brother regarded her more like an alien or a parasite living in his house than an actual family member.
    • More on the Hilariously Abusive side of things, Toko finally elaborates on a comment she made back in DR1 about how she lives with her dad and her two moms. Her dad slept with and impregnated both women, and they both gave birth at the same time in the same hospital. One of the babies died shortly after being born, but they didn't know which woman it belonged to. Both women refused to get a DNA test because they both wanted their baby to be the dead one, so in the end they were both stuck taking care of Toko together.
  • In Among the Sleep It's implied the main character's mother is fairly abusive.
  • Dead by Daylight makes note in its manual that the Hillbilly was walled in his room by his parents for his childhood because he was deformed. In fact, they didn't even bother to name him. Guess who his first victims are.
  • Dr. Luis of South of Real uses his adopted children as nothing more than fodder for his experiments to stop the end of the world. By the time the game proper rolls around, his own actions have left him a broken wreck of a human being. Even choosing to have the one survivor of the experiments kill him seems to be exactly what Luis wants.
  • The Caligula Effect:
    • Kotaro comes from an abusive family. His parents died when he was little, so his uncle took him in so he could get their life insurance. The uncle, as well as his cousin Yuto, treated him pretty poorly, causing him to develop Chronic Hero Syndrome.
    • Kotono was one, though she's come to regret it. She took her frustration from being a single mother out on her son, Takkun, hitting and being neglectful towards him. Plus, she inadvertently abandoned him when he was just 2 years old after coming to Mobius, forcing her mother to raise Takkun all by herself.
  • Zigzagged in Yandere Simulator: Ryoba definitely does love her daughter Ayano, but at the same time is raising her to be a Yandere like her and sees nothing wrong with that. It's been implied through Word of God that every mother in the Aishi line is like that.
  • Deltarune: The King of the Card Kingdom is a truly awful father to his son, Lancer. He neglects him at the best of times, and when Lancer befriends the heroes, the King responds by threatening to throw Lancer off of the tower to his death, both to punish him and to screw with the heroes. Yeah, this guy ain't winning the Father of the Year award any time soon.
  • Detroit: Become Human has Todd Williams, the owner of Kara, one of the android player characters. He is emotionally volatile and quite abusive toward his daughter Alice when he's drunk or on Red Ice, a habit that he picked up soon after losing his jobs, and Kara has the choice to either talk him down or protect Alice, the latter of which may end up leaving the guy dead by Alice's hand.
  • An interesting variation occurs in Devil May Cry 5 where Nero encounters and is badly beaten up by his father Vergil, including having his arm ripped off. However, neither were aware of their relationship and Vergil was not in a sane state of mind when they did the act. Similarly, his demonic side Urizen tried to kill Nero, as well as belittling and demeaning him, at every turn. Though to Vergil's credit as V, they express guilt afterwards and is genuinely caring and paternal towards Nero and later, Vergil does hold respect for Nero as a fighter and as his father.
  • Crash Tag Team Racing, along with some quotes that imply a really messed up childhood, implies Doctor N. Gin has some serious Daddy Issues with some of his race quotes:
    It's like my father always said to me... SHUT UP N.GIN, YOU FREAK!
    Take that father! What? Did I say father?


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