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  • In Bronze Skin Inc. , the patriarch of the Marvires family, Raymond, treats his son Otto with disdain and rudeness.
  • Played for Laughs in this unsettling strip of Basic Instructions.
  • Jethro Pelsman's father in Lost Cause is a drunk who physically and mentally abuses his poor son, leading to Jethro's inability to socialize, connect with others and a fear of falling in love.
  • Muted 's Athalie is neglectful and emotionally abusive to her daughter and is very emotionally cruel to her niece who she's have to raise. She even branches out to physical abuse when she tortures her daughter's familiar, which her daughter can feel
  • Oasis' (adoptive) father in Sluggy Freelance uses mind control technology to turn her into his slave and personal assassin, who he plans to use to fulfill various fantasies.
    • To a lesser extent, it's heavily implied that Riff's mom, Dr. Lorna, deeply screwed him up when he was a kid. If she treated him anything like how she treats every other human being on the planet, then it's amazing he's not an even madder scientist than he is now. One confirmed instance is, well... She has a tazer that she uses on people on those occasions when she actually loses an argument. Riff won an argument about him getting a pony back in kindergarten. His memory immediately after that is a haze.
  • Leeza's father, Admiral Blake, in Terinu is implied to have merely been an Absent Parent when she was growing up. Now that she's an adult he's rebounded into a Manipulative Bastard, getting her fired when she thwarted his plans for Teri, sticking her with the boy's guardianship so he could still keep an eye on them both, culminating in arresting her and sending her to prison when she threatened to go public with the news that humanity wiped out Terinu's race.
  • The Order of the Stick: The only way in which Roy's father seems to care at all for either of his children is the extent to which they follow in his footsteps as a wizard. He has nothing but scorn for his eldest son Roy, who elected to take up the family Ancestral Weapon as a Fighter, and favors his spoiled Libby of a daughter instead (and almost never uses the words "crushing disappointment" when talking about her), yet even nowadays just views her as a means to get into heaven due to a blood oath that he failed to uphold. Oh, and his second son? The fact that he ignored Roy's pleading led to his death.
    • So much so that when Roy dies, he offers his father a bargain: Roy will only cooperate if his father agrees to go away and leave the entire family alone for eternity. For double points, Daddy jumps on the bargain and scoffs that Roy made his price so low.
    Roy Greenhilt: I don't know what's more depressing: That you agreed to that so easily, or that I knew that you would when I proposed it.
    • Haley's father seems to have crippled her ability to interact with others honestly due to the paranoia that came as a result of living as a member of the Thieves' Guild. Ian meant well, but had different, rather family unfriendly values he tried to teach to his daughter. When he finally appears, it seems he still loves Haley very much (although the feeling isn't entirely mutual). To his credit, unlike the other examples here, he realizes he screwed up and makes amends with Haley, encouraging her to live her life how she chooses. The two part on good terms.
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    • Elan's father General Tarquin is a double subversion. While he's very clearly evil, he also seems to care about his son to at least some genuine extent. Later played straight when we get to see why Nale turned out the way he did. Then Tarquin reveals he's such a control freak he's prepared to murder all of Elan's friends to force him into the protagonist seat. As Elan continues to defy him, he gets so pissed off that he attempts to murder Haley and chop off Elan's hand.
  • In Dreamkeepers, there's 2 variations going on: one is physically abusive (Grunn), the other shuts his daughter in and isolates her from the outside world (Viscount Calah).
  • What Birds Know: Dores' parents are both pretty bad, but her mother is an outright Jerkass who shows absolutely No Sympathy for her daughter. As far as she's concerned, Dores is an utterly worthless waste of space while Ian is her pride and joy. While the other parents are concerned by the girls' prolonged absence, Dores' mother just harps on about how she's going to punish her once she gets back and tries to shoot down everyone else's attempts to put together a search party.
  • In Kagerou, Kano's father was this. Though only a few details have been given, it's been revealed that Kano's father shoved him into a morgue box with a dead body in it, which is likely the cause for a large part of Kano's mental trauma.
  • In Voodoo Walrus, it's been suggested that Creep Knight's father has disowned him and refused to respect his choice to become a writer over being part of the Liechtensteiner royal family. Yet his father regularly sends mercenaries to test his son's mental and physical mettle and attempts to drag him back home.
  • Token Mini-Moe Jacquline from Samurai Princess has some family issues that mix abuse and abandonment.
    • Jacquline's father.
  • Kieri Suizahn from Slightly Damned, is a rather surprising example of this. Even angels can be abusive parents it seems.
  • Veser's father in Hanna Is Not a Boy's Name has been revealed to have beaten him from a young age.
  • In Jared, the titular character's father, and possibly his mother as well beat him throughout his life. All pictures of him as a child show him with bruises and scars all over his face. He ended up as a Self-Made Orphan.
  • Drowtales
    • Quain'tana does not have a good track record with children, let's just say. To list the ways she screwed up her kids:
      • Syphile: Physically beat her, verbally berated her and handed her over to Sil'lice for "tutoring".
      • Mel'arnach: Imprisoned her and had her beaten for disobeying, and it's also implied that she had her men rape her in an attempt to conceive an heir. She also took Mel's child, Ariel, to raise as her own daughter.
      • Ariel: Took her away from Mel, her mother and handed her over to Syphile to raise (unsurprisingly Syphile did a terrible job and gave Ariel much the same treatment she herself had received). Didn't even see her for 10 years, and rejected her as a suitable heir until she killed a boy who had tried to kill her in a Sadistic Choice between him and one of her few allies. That said, Ariel seems to have grown into a much more well-adjusted person than her sisters and has a rather obvious case of hero worship for her mother, although the fact that she didn't spend anywhere near as much time in her care as Mel or Syphile did likely didn't hurt.
      • Her other children seem to have fared pretty well, considering, likely due Laele having been essentially Quain writ small and Kiel'noz being an indispensable voice of reason in the clan—and even he admitted that Quain was a horrible mother.
    • Snadhya'rune impressively manages to top Quain'tana in this regard. She never saw her daughter Kalki as anything but a tool. When she decided Kalki had become a liability, she used a summon to tear Kalki to shreds without batting an eyelash.
  • Luna Travoria from Dominic Deegan was emotionally abused by her mother in hopes that she would commit suicide while a knight was visiting, ensuring a hefty payout from the government.
  • Mitch and Jonas from Long Exposure both struggle or have struggled with emotionally and physically abusive parents. Mitch had a physically abusive stepdad who he stabbed after seeing him punch his mother, which left him with a juvie sentence, PTSD, and rumors that turned him into The Bully. Meanwhile, Jonas has emotionally distant foster parents and one over controlling foster dad making him the meek, needy nerd he is today.
  • Marena from Keychain of Creation had a mother with... interesting ideas on parenting. Marena has a long list of things to forgive her for.
  • Ryotaro Dojima in the Hi Im Daisy comics comes off as one, in a type we cannot peg yet... but he's an amusing raging psychopath of a father/uncle
    Hey, no need to be so formal. I've seen you NAKED
  • Kenta Fujiwara in Red String is a domineering force in his son's life, he has called Kazuo useless on more that one occasion, which has let deep scars on Kazuo's pschye. He has also hit Kazuo at least twice. Kazuo has been shown taking some sort of medication in some comics, which are widely believed to be self proscribed anti-depressents and Kazuo uses them to attempt suicide at the end of Chapter 43.
  • Endorsi Jahad from Tower of God and her adopted sisters were forced to fight each other by their father on a daily basis to decide which one would become a Princess of Jahad.
    • This is a rather common occurrence in the 10 Great Families.
      • The children of Hendrock Bloodmadder must die early because that is the condition he must fulfill to be immortal.
      • Khun's mother drove him to excel and be as ruthless and manipulative as she was. Until he'd had enough and used everything he'd learned to run away from home and steal a lot of expensive items on his way out that is...
  • El Goonish Shive: Damien ended up making himself a sort of twisted father figure to Grace and her brothers, but there is nothing "fatherly" about him at all. He is an abuser pure and simple, able to control his "children" through fear and constantly hitting them whenever they displease him. And like any parent whose children are young enough, he's too powerful for them to do anything about it.
    • Also, he intended to use Grace for breeding so he would have been a sexual abuser as well.
  • Grey is...: Black got severely beaten by someone in his home right up until he graduated from high school and moved away with White. We are not told directly but it is implied that the one abusing him was his dad.
  • Homestuck has a few variations on this theme; the most extreme is probably Vriska Serket's guardian, which forces her to capture hundreds of other children to feed it, but others include Dave's Bro (regularly beats the crap out of him and fills the apartment with creepy puppet porn, though it's mostly played for laughs) and Gamzee's lusus (just never there). It's unclear whether Rose's mom is actually the master of Passive-Aggressive Kombat that Rose makes her out to be or if she's honestly trying to connect with her, but either way she's perpetually drunk and on the negligent side. The introduction of Roxy, a teenage version of Rose's mom, and the revelation that her interests are all genuine instead of her trying to mock Rose, seem to heavily indicate the latter.
    • Later, someone managed to beat Vriska's lusus to the "Worst Parent of the Year" award: Doc Scratch, in caring for Aradia's ancestor the Handmaid. He keeps her locked in a tiny room, and when she gets out of line, he teleports her to outer space.
  • Averted in Rotting Johnny's of Zokusho Comics case. He apparently came from a fairly normal family.
  • In Bridges, Quinn's parents force her to portray a certain image to enhance her dad's political career, and they are insensitive to what she wants.
  • Implied with Cabbage in Cucumber Quest; he certainly is a Jerkass.
  • In No Rest for the Wicked, Claire broadly implies that the parents of a village are this -- their children are lost because they don't deserve to keep them. Under circumstances where this is taken as a confession of serial child killing.
  • Silver's adoptive father in Ball and Chain forced her to compete in to-the-death gladiator matches from a fairly young age.
  • In Last Res0rt: Jason's mother is revealed in this flashback as a rather vicious (and at least physically abusive) Djinn. The fact that Jason has held onto his Mother's jacket so tightly ever since indicates some serious Parental Issues...
  • Penny and Aggie:
    • Charlotte's mother is shown to beat her daughter when she does or seems to do things wrong, and it is very heavily implied that one of Charlotte's parents sexually abused her as a child too.
    • Helen's parents treat her as The Unfavorite in their household and give her a conditional love response when she is unable to complete an age-inappropriate task. No wonder she's turned into an Extreme Doormat.
    • Marshall's mother, Charisma, is usually just neglectful, but she has gone into emotional abuse too on occasion, telling her son to his face that he was put on earth to slow her down. When Aggie's father, Nick told her to look him in the eye and tell him that she wouldn't be happier if both their children didn't exist, she couldn't do it.
  • Jamie's mom in Khaos Komix, who belittles him constantly and on multiple occasions beats him or physically harms him in other ways. She is also so selfish that she values her own reputation over bringing the man who raped her son to justice. At one point someone threatened to call social services on her, though that never went anywhere.
  • PvP gives us Jade's mother. Her first appearance has her cancelling Jade's wedding, being openly emotionally abusive, and generally insulting everyone. When Jade told her she was pregnant, she tried to force her to move back home.
  • Norbert Olsen in The Overture physically and verbally abuses his son, Richard. Later, Norbert abandons his son in the wilderness and threatens to kill him if he returns home.
  • In Modest Medusa, the titular character's mother turns out to have dozens of daughters. So she feels no remorse about eating them alive whenever she feels peckish.
  • Distortion Nuzlocke has Johnny's dad, who's imagined as Giovanni. He outright tries to kill him at one point.
  • DICE: The Cube That Changes Everything begins with a young boy getting beaten by his drunken father. It's implied he was Dongtae in his previous life.
  • In Iron Violet: The Shy Titan, this is implied to be the reason behind the main character's severe self-doubt and Shrinking Violet nature.
  • Anthony Carver of Gunnerkrigg Court is of the emotionally abusive type. While it appears that he does care about his daughter Antimony in some way namely coming back to the Court in exchange for keeping her from getting expelled for cheating, it's only when he's drunk in front of his best friend that he admits the choices he made in abandoning her, nearly killing her in a misguided attempt to bring her mother back from the dead, and humiliating Annie in front of her class, were horrible choices. While he is a deeply flawed and neurotic man and regrets his choices, he also realizes he's a horrible parent and thinks that it's better to let everyone think the worst of him and keep his daughter at arm's length.
  • Mool Byhung from Welcome to Room #305 was beaten by his father and kicked out of his house after he came out as a trans man. As an adult he lives with his brother, who was also abused.
  • Dani from Between the Lines had previous abuse from her parents but after her mom found her out wearing girl's clothes it got worse.
  • Schtein's mother from String Theory, both mentally and physically. She believed showing your children affection gave them unrealistic expectations of the adult world. Might not be so far from the truth considering what kind of world they live in.
  • Benni's father from Forest Hill was not only physically abusive and neglectful to Benni but as went so far as to force Benni to have sex with men for money on a regular basis, to the point that Benni believed that it was normal for children to have sex with adults for money.
  • As revealed in The Bedfellows strip "Parents", Sheen's parents booed at him during a School Play along with other parents.
  • Several in Rain:
    • Emily's mother leaves her alone for months at a time and has made her feel unwanted her whole life.
    • Rain's father is heavily implied to have been physically and emotionally abusive, and abandoned his 12 year old child one day without a word.
    • Maria and Rudy's parents are cold towards them in general for being gay, but their father officially crosses this line when he begins doing research on camps for "curing" homosexuality and trying to isolate them from their friends after Maria comes out and Rudy breaks up with Rain.
  • My Mama's a Weeaboo by Stefano Collavini has the titular character. The comic starts with her dressing her daughter in ridiculous outfits and ends with her having the doctors put her on so much medication that she's a doll. Just like Mama wanted. The comic subtly implies that Mama's abuse goes back for years to keep her daughter under her thumb.
  • There are a number of them in Charby the Vampirate:
    • Charby was a slave from infancy aboard Captain Robert Black's ship and was regularly beaten, tortured for entertainment and had to fight with dogs for scraps of food. The man thought teaching him to read was enough to constitute parenting.
    • Menu was told he was left in the trash.
    • Zeno’s parents ignored and shamed him before abandoning him in the woods.
    • Victor’s parents don’t believe him about the supernatural things constantly attacking him and think he is constantly acting up and trying to get attention so they ignore him and tell him to cut it out. His mother eventually kicks him out using the excuse that he’s going to corrupt her “only good son”.
    • Daray’s parents noticeably preferred his older brother and sent Daray on his dragon hunt intending that he never return. They eventually disown him and put a kill on sight bounty on him.
    • There are also a surprising number of unsupervised children who make their way into the forest, which is known to be overflowing with things which eat and attack humans even if the general populace thinks those things are bears, wolves and snakes.
  • In Megan Kearney's Beauty and the Beast, we eventually learn that the Beast's mother abused him verbally, psychologically and sometimes physically throughout his human years. When he finally stood up to her as a young man, she attacked him with a dagger, driving him to the suicide attempt that caused his transformation.
  • In It Hurts!! and Please Forgive Me!!!, there's Pasqualo's dad Obtusangelo, who is always no less than insulting to his child, though Pasqualo never seems to mind his abusive language. In It Hurts!!, there's also Pasqualo's mom Jennifer, who, despite appearing friendlier to and sharing more interests and personality traits with her child than Obtusangelo, still tries on multiple occasions to kill Pasqualo.
  • Although the imp in Imp has no biological parents, Celina fits the role of abusive guardian. She's physically violent towards him, and has beaten him severely on several occasions. She's also verbally abusive, and constantly calls him an idiot and threatens to kill him.
  • Connie from How to be a Werewolf was intentionally designed to be a true to life abuser in an Urban Fantasy setting. She's contrasted by Malaya's Good Parents.
  • Although Master Rothart of Never Satisfied isn't related to Lucy by blood, he neglects them at best and belittles them at worst.note 
    • Sylas' dad also fits under this. When Sylas quit the representative competition, his dad proceeded to give him the cold shoulder, even after an incident where he very well could have died.
      Sylas: Do you know what my dad said to me when he came home? NOTHING. He didn't say anything! He wouldn't even look at me! I already know he'll never be proud of me but he acted like I don't exist. Ugh! It'd be better if I didn't exist!
  • Existential Comics: David Hume is portrayed as a rather cruel father to his son (Hume didn't actually have any known children, along with never marrying) as part of demonstrating his philosophy.
  • The Adventures of Dr. McNinja: The Doctor's (ninja) parents have been putting their children through Training from Hell and endless tests that could kill them since they were little and up to the present day. They might justify this by saying a ninja has to stay extremely sharp and practiced if they're not to die. So what's their response to one of their children wanting some other profession than ninja? Dogmatic, stereotypical parental intolerance that itself counts as Black Comedy. It's hard to say which has been more psychologically damaging to their sons, the violence training or the intolerance.
  • Wylie's mom in Undead Friend.
  • Ennui GO!: Izzy and Adelie's mother was a drug addict and possibly bipolar, and made their lives a living hell. Reflecting on their mother brings back flashback of death and horror, and it's all but said out loud several times that a lot of Izzy's depressive fugues are PTSD-induced flashbacks to their childhood.
    Kirsty (Izzy's Clone): So what are our parents like?
    Izzy: We don't have parents. They're dead. In fact we NEVER had parents. We were formed from clay and brought to life by Zeus. FUCK OFF.
  • 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...
  • Bastard!!: It almost goes without saying when the main character's father is a serial killer who forces his son to help him with his kills. Jin's dad is also very manipulative, and forces him to remain weak so that he can't fight back.
  • Parental abuse is a focal point of When Heaven Spits You Out, where the main character, Ryan, is violently beaten and berated by his alcoholic father, Simon.
  • Aisopos: Yadmon's father, the former tyrant of Samos. He sold his wife, never cared for his son and only saw him as his throne's thief and never let him decide for anything (with the only exception being the woman he would marry). No wonder Yadmon chose to kill him…


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