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List of fictional children who are going to be messed up adults. Today we pit Nature vs. Nurture as we look at 15 fictional children who are going to make for some messed up adults. Does it come from parenting? Is it something already built into their DNA? Or does it have to do more with the environment they’re brought up in?

Some children on the our list have to avenge their families, some of them are destined to be leaders in a post- apocalyptic world, and someone of them are surrounded by so much death how can they not be desensitized?

Look at the precious ragamuffins below, read the cases as to why they’re ticking time bombs, and upvote who’s going to be the most trouble for either themselves and/or society at large. If there’s anyone we left off the list, feel free to add them.

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One underlining theme on The Simpsons is history repeating itself. Homer’s a bad father because his father Abe was a bad father, and unless something breaks the chain, I see the same fate befalling Bart. He already has a trouble-maker streak to him and a great disrespect for authority that’s bound to find Bart in more trouble in adulthood. Bart’s plans for the future have included dying in a stupid motorcycle stunt at the again of fifteen, and being reincarnated as a butterfly (because no one suspects the butterfly) to burn down his school and framing Principal Skinner. Also, I do believe that he and Satan are on a first name basis.

Every now and then we get to see glimpses into Bart’s future which has flip-flop from working on a demolition crew to being a mooch playing in a Jimmy Buffet cover band with Ralph Wiggum. If Bart has any hope in this world it’s in love. He needs to find his Marge. If there was one constant in his life growing up, it was that his mother and father loved each other and they stayed together no matter how bad things got. That or maybe his version of “Cheeseburger In Paradise” will put him on the map.

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Appears In: The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show, Do the Bartman, The Simpsons Movie, Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story, + more

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“Spoiled Rotten” aptly fits one Angelica Pickles. She was never taught boundaries, was never told “no,” and things always went her way or she would throw a fit. We all know people like this and they usually mean a world of hurt for people who were taught to think about others. Angelica is a product of her environment. She’s got the go-go work mom who never really gave her full attention and a spineless father who let Angelica walk all over him. In some ways she paid for this by not having friends her own age, putting all her affection into a banged up Cynthia doll.

I imagine Angelica would take more after her mother, climbing up the corporate ladder and becoming a Bill Lumbergh type boss for her office. She would have no problem making you work the weekends or laying you off just before the holidays. There was an episode of Rugrats, that took after It’s A Wonderful Life where if Chucky Finster wasn’t born Angelica would be an evil queen in a dystopian future. So we know she has that level of malice within he. So you should thank your lucky stars that we live in a world where Chucky Finster exists. 

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Appears In: Rugrats, All Grown Up!, The Rugrats Movie, All Growed Up, Rugrats Go Wild

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#47 on The Best Cartoon Characters of the 90s

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Mathilda is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Fictional Children Who Will Be the Most Messed Up Adults
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Plain and simple, Matilda will never know a normal life. Even if her family wasn’t murdered, it didn’t look like it was a happy life to be brought up in. The only death in the family she cared about was her kid brother. She wouldn’t be a contract killer, but she would have been unhappy and would have carried on the dysfunction to her children – and that’s only if she didn’t run away before it became too much. Matilda’s a headstrong person who can dive into whatever’s in front of her. She jumped into the idea of being a contract killer pretty quickly.

Matilda’s life is pretty laid out for her in Leon. She’ll live a lonely life with nothing really to dedicate to or to live for. There will just be the job and the money that comes after. Any loving relationship she pursues will just be her searching for a new Leon, but she’ll never find it. She’ll be a ghost. Not being able to leave her mark anywhere and not being able to get to know anyone, and this is for everyone’s safety. Maybe one day she’ll come across an orphaned kid who she can pass her training onto and die for – if she’s lucky enough or if she’s good enough to not lose her life sooner.

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Appears In: Léon: The Professional

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#13 on The Greatest Female Characters in Film History

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Poor Arya Stark. Her short life is already marred by great tragedy and in the world of Game Of Thrones we know it’s not the last of it. Arya’s life is committed to one mission and one mission only – revenge. Arya’s going to have to live a solitary and repressed life. She can never love anyone because everyone she’s ever loved ends up dead. Not to mention her feud is with the richest family in her land and it would be impossible to strikes any of them without making hundreds of enemies. She will forever be in a wolf’s den, constantly looking over her shoulders, and blocking out basic human intimacy. Arya also has death at her fingertips in Jaqen H’ghar who will assassinate anyone she asks. Arya is a young harbinger of death.

Even if Arya were to pull off her life’s great mission what happens next? Maybe she becomes a heartless blade for hire like the man who beheaded her father – Sandor “The Hound” Clegane. There are few people to stay “good” in the lands of Westeros and Essos, and they usually end up dead. Arya’s could become a powerful cutthroat who in the wrong hands could really sway who gets in power and who stays in power – a real wild card.

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Appears In: Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire

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