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Fictional Children Who Will Be The Most Messed Up Adults

Updated September 3, 2020 4.5k votes 1.4k voters 559.8k views10 items

List RulesVote 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.

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    Mathilda - 'Léon: The Professional'

    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.

    Scarred for life?
  • 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.

    Scarred for life?
  • 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.

    Scarred for life?
  • “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.

    It's easy to 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.

    Scarred for life?