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A whipping boy was a young boy who grew up with a young prince. If the prince did something wrong, the whipping boy was punished instead of the prince. Because both grew up together, punishing the whipping boy had strong psychological effects to the prince. In England this was very common. For instance the king of England Charles I had many whipping boys for his son. One of most famous whipping boy was Atte Kouva from Helsinki, Finland.