Fictional Children Who Will Be the Most Messed Up Adults  

John Ungaro
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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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Carl is the wave of the future – but what kind of future? It's no secret that Carl will have to one day take over and lead the group after his father, but what kind of leader will he be? At this point Carl is completely desensitized to shooting a person in the face. He gets plenty of practice with the walkers and he’s a crack shot for a person whose voice hasn’t even changed yet. In the comic books, Carl slowly becomes a sociopath, and that’s a realistic outcome growing up in a zombie apocalypse with no light at the end of the tunnel.

Carl will grow up to lead the group as an unwavering dictator. He won’t bend the rules for anyone because he’ll see the mistakes his father made. He’ll also have no trouble killing anyone living or dead, and he'll be able to make the harder decisions for group survival. Carl might not be crazy like The Governor (though it's not hard to imagine), but any normal human compassion he may have picked up in his few years will be completely drained from him. It’s a sad case of what could have been had the world not completely changed on the kid.

Appears In: The Walking Dead

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Mathilda is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Fictional Children Who Will Be the Most Messed Up Adults
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Plain and simple, Mathilda 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. Mathilda’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.

Mathilda’s life is pretty laid out for her in Leon. She’ll live a lonely life with nothing really 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.

Appears In: Léon: The Professional

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Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Fictional Children Who Will Be the Most Messed Up Adults
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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 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.

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

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John Connor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Fictional Children Who Will Be the Most Messed Up Adults
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Let’s take the Edward Furlong John Connor of Terminator 2: Judgement Day because the Rise of the Machines and Salvation sequels are better forgotten. You got John Connor: a living paradox. His mother is a mental institution patient and his father is not born yet to travel into the past to impregnate his mother – good luck explaining that to a therapist. Also you got the fact that his destiny to be the leader of the human resistance against killer robots has been erased. Good luck finding the same level of excitement and meaning when working in a cubical. Sarah Connor is his rock, but she’s also very unstable, even if she is justified in what she fears. She wouldn’t be able to shake all her mental strife off once the events of T2 ended, and she broke out of the mental institution. She’d always have to be on the run or if she got caught she’d be recommitted because there’s no way to prove their story of the robot apocalypse.

I imagine John Connor growing up to have a literal messiah complex. He’s also probably very paranoid about more time traveling assassins coming to murder him, and I doubt he’d be able to surround himself with any form of technology. John Connor could become a leader of an apocalyptic cult that shuns all forms of technology.

Appears In: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Terminator Salvation, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, T2 3-D:Battle Across Time, Terminator 2: Judgment Day

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