Fictional Children Who Will Be The Most Messed Up Adults

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Vote up the fictional characters who seem like they're going to struggle.

Today we pit nature against nurture as we look at 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 of these characters have to avenge their families, some are required to be leaders before their time, and some are raised in truly awful worlds. Look at the precious ragamuffins below, and vote up the kids you feel certain are going to have a tough time as adults.

  • Mathilda - 'Léon: The Professional'
    Photo: Léon: The Professional / Gaumont Buena Vista International

    Plain and simple, Mathilda will never know a normal life. Even if her family wasn’t slain, it didn’t look like it was a happy life to be brought up in. 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 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.

  • John Connor is 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've got the fact that his destiny to be the leader of the human resistance against 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.

  • Kevin McCallister has got to be rife with mental demons. He’s got to have some serious abandonment issues, and a great resentment for his family who would forget him and abandon him on Christmas... TWICE. Not to mention facing off against two career criminals in a home invasion has got to be traumatizing for anyone at any age.

  • Walt Jr. - 'Breaking Bad'
    Photo: AMC

    Walter Jr., AKA Flynn, is going to be a messed up adult because he never got a good sense of closure with his father. Their last face-to-face meeting was tense, to say the least. Also, Heisenberg is famous, so Walt Jr. will have trouble outrunning his legend.