History FreudianExcuse / ComicBooks

15th May '17 12:40:53 PM CaptainTedium
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* ''TheFlash'' has a pile of unhappy backstories subverted (and not) to varying degrees, including --

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* ''TheFlash'' ''ComicBook/TheFlash'' has a pile of unhappy backstories subverted (and not) to varying degrees, including --


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* The second story in the tenth and final issue of the ''ComicBook/{{Madballs}}'' comic book published by Star Comics (a defunct subsidiary of Creator/MarvelComics) had the Madballs battle a villain named Grammar Moses. After she is beaten, she explains to the Madballs that she became a villain because she wanted to be an English teacher, but no one would hire her. The Madballs take pity on her crushed dreams and allow her to be their own private tutor.
16th Apr '17 2:56:11 AM Silverblade2
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** SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker himself likes to make fun of this trope, by making up horrible child abuse stories in order to mess with people's minds. He did this most notably in ''Mad Love''.

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** SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker himself likes to make fun of this trope, by making up horrible child abuse stories in order to mess with people's minds. He did this most notably in ''Mad Love''.
22nd Mar '17 5:53:21 PM comicwriter
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** In the ComicBook/{{New 52}}, it's established that as a teenager, Lex had the chance to develop a cure that could have save his [[IllGirl dying sister Lena]]. Instead, he sat by and did nothing because he was afraid of what would happen should he fail. When Lena died later that year, a grieving Lex vowed to never let anything stand in the way of him reaching his goals ever again. [[spoiler: This turns out to be a lie. Lex DID try to find a cure, but it failed and left her an invalid. However, unlike his fictionalized account, Lex claims this failure made him stronger]].

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** In the ComicBook/{{New 52}}, it's established that as a teenager, Lex had the chance to develop a cure that could have save saved his [[IllGirl dying sister Lena]]. Instead, he sat by and did nothing because he was afraid of what would happen should he fail. When Lena died later that year, a grieving Lex vowed to never let anything stand in the way of him reaching his goals ever again. [[spoiler: This turns out to be a lie. Lex DID try to find a cure, but it failed and left her an invalid. However, unlike his fictionalized account, Lex claims this failure made him stronger]].
13th Feb '17 7:06:17 AM comicwriter
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* Marvel's Comicbook/{{Loki}} would probably count. First, there is the fact that he is a midget giant who was abused by his real father for being weak and small. After he helps kill said father, he is adopted by Odin, who does so only because he is convinced that it is the only way to appease the spirit of his own dead father. After he is adopted, it is implied that [[TheUnfavourite Odin neglected him wholly in favor of his real son, Thor.]] Thor, in return, is implied to be one of maybe a hand full of people who like Loki, as well as maybe being one the only people who actually love him. For Loki, this boils down to a seething self-hatred, which he in turn projects onto Thor, which he only does because he knows that his brother will never completely turn him away. Lampshaded by Valeria Richards and Loki in issue #7 of ''Comicbook/LokiAgentOfAsgard'':

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* From ''Comicbook/TheMightyThor'':
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Marvel's Comicbook/{{Loki}} would probably count. First, there is the fact that he is a midget giant who was abused by his real father for being weak and small. After he helps kill said father, he is adopted by Odin, who does so only because he is convinced that it is the only way to appease the spirit of his own dead father. After he is adopted, it is implied that [[TheUnfavourite Odin neglected him wholly in favor of his real son, Thor.]] Thor, in return, is implied to be one of maybe a hand full of people who like Loki, as well as maybe being one the only people who actually love him. For Loki, this boils down to a seething self-hatred, which he in turn projects onto Thor, which he only does because he knows that his brother will never completely turn him away. Lampshaded by Valeria Richards and Loki in issue #7 of ''Comicbook/LokiAgentOfAsgard'':


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** Gorr from Jason Aaron's run was born on a deeply religious desert planet that was in the midst of a horrible drought. At a young age, he witnessed his mother being violently killed and eaten by a pack of wild animals shortly after she had expressed her faith in a higher power. Then, as a young man, he watched his pregnant wife fall to her death while she screamed for their gods to save her. [[TraumaCongaLine After that]], his children all starved to death, with the last one dying in his arms. The final humiliation came when the other members of his tribe attacked him and kicked him out after he tried to bury his son's body, which went against their religious customs. All of this inspired a deep, seething hatred of gods within Gorr, and when two injured deities fell from the sky one day, he killed them both and took their enchanted weapons. Adopting the name '''Gor the God Butcher''', he set off across the cosmos to kill any gods he stumbled upon, with the ultimate goal of creating a universe free of religious tyranny.
21st Nov '16 10:22:46 AM ACW
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** Which would make this one rare example of Cap being a [[JerkAss hypocritical douche]], since he himself did well enough to study art at college before he joined up. The Skull is his ArchEnemy and a [[Monster/MarvelComics thoroughly unpleasant individual]] besides, so he might probably be forgiven for this lapse.

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** Which would make this one rare example of Cap being a [[JerkAss hypocritical douche]], since he himself did well enough to study art at college before he joined up. The Skull is his ArchEnemy and a [[Monster/MarvelComics [[{{Understaement}} thoroughly unpleasant individual]] besides, so he might probably be forgiven for this lapse.
11th Oct '16 12:56:12 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Defied|Trope}} in the first strip of ''The Grievous Journey of Ichabod Azrael (and the Dead Left in His Wake)'': the {{narrator}} says he'd like to say Ichabod became a killer because his father beat him,but in reality, his childhood wasn't any harsher than any other kid at the time. Some people are just born mean.

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* {{Defied|Trope}} in the first strip of ''The ''[[Comicbook/TheGrievousJourneyOfIchabodAzrael The Grievous Journey of Ichabod Azrael (and the Dead Left in His Wake)'': Wake)]]'': the {{narrator}} says he'd like to say Ichabod became a killer because his father beat him,but in reality, his childhood wasn't any harsher than any other kid at the time. Some people are just born mean.
7th Oct '16 9:16:41 AM WillBGood
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** Subverted with Mr. Zsasz, who had a happy, pampered childhood and youth, and ruined his life himself after his parents' death, by becoming a compulsive gambler who later took to murder to make sense out of his life.

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** Subverted with Mr. Zsasz, who had a happy, pampered childhood and youth, and youth; he ruined his life himself after his parents' death, death by becoming a compulsive gambler who later took to murder to make sense out of his life.
17th Sep '16 5:15:47 PM mewmdude77
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**It later turned out that his machine was actually tampered with, but not by Reed Richard. Instead, it turned out Ben Grimm had purposefully tampered with Doom's machine.
2nd Sep '16 1:39:33 PM comicwriter
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*** It's also established in ''Comicbook/SuperiorSpiderMan'' that he had an abusive father who used to beat the shit out of him. It's one of the reasons Ock WouldntHurtAChild.

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*** It's also established in ''Comicbook/SuperiorSpiderMan'' that he had an abusive father who used to regularly beat the shit out of him. It's one of the reasons Ock WouldntHurtAChild.



* 616 Doctor Doom has traces of this as well. His mother sold her [[DealWithTheDevil soul]] to [[BigRedDevil Mephisto]] in order to acquire greater magical powers, and she got killed when he was still a babe. His father tried to use science for the good of mankind, only to be oppressed by an [[AristocratsAreEvil local baron]] forcing him and Victor to run. Depending on the book you're reading, either Victor saw his father freeze to death or they were saved just in time.. only for his father to die of an illness... And then when he is about to save his mother, his most magnificent machine blows up... [[NeverMyFault Because of that Richards]].....

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* 616 Doctor Doom DoctorDoom has traces of this as well. His mother sold her [[DealWithTheDevil soul]] to [[BigRedDevil Mephisto]] in order to acquire greater magical powers, and she got killed when he was still a babe. His father tried to use science for the good of mankind, only to be oppressed by an [[AristocratsAreEvil local baron]] forcing him and Victor to run. Depending on the book you're reading, either Victor saw his father freeze to death or they were saved just in time.. only for his father to die of an illness... And then when he is about to save his mother, his most magnificent machine blows up... [[NeverMyFault Because of that Richards]].....



* {{Defied|Trope}} in ''ComicBook/XMen Noir''; [[spoiler:Jean Grey]]'s MotiveRant includes lamenting that Professor Xavier never truly accepted that she was ''always'' extremely immoral and manipulative. "Nobody touched me, nobody corrupted me. ''This is me.''"

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* {{Defied|Trope}} in ''ComicBook/XMen Noir''; [[spoiler:Jean Grey]]'s [[spoiler:Comicbook/JeanGrey]]'s MotiveRant includes lamenting that Professor Xavier never truly accepted that she was ''always'' extremely immoral and manipulative. "Nobody touched me, nobody corrupted me. ''This is me.''"



* Marvel's Loki would probably count. First, there is the fact that he is a midget giant who was abused by his real father for being a weak, midget giant. After he helps kill said father, he is adopted by Odin, who does so only because he is convinced that it is the only way to appease the spirit of his own dead father. After he is adopted, it is implied that [[TheUnfavourite Odin neglected him wholly in favor of his real son, Thor.]] Thor, in return, is implied to be one of maybe a hand full of people who like Loki, as well as maybe being the only person who probably actually loves him. For Loki, this boils down to a seething self-hatred, which he in turn projects onto Thor, which he only does because he knows that his brother will never completely turn him away. Lampshaded by Valeria Richards and Loki in issue #7 of ''Comicbook/LokiAgentOfAsgard'':

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* Marvel's Loki Comicbook/{{Loki}} would probably count. First, there is the fact that he is a midget giant who was abused by his real father for being a weak, midget giant.weak and small. After he helps kill said father, he is adopted by Odin, who does so only because he is convinced that it is the only way to appease the spirit of his own dead father. After he is adopted, it is implied that [[TheUnfavourite Odin neglected him wholly in favor of his real son, Thor.]] Thor, in return, is implied to be one of maybe a hand full of people who like Loki, as well as maybe being one the only person people who probably actually loves love him. For Loki, this boils down to a seething self-hatred, which he in turn projects onto Thor, which he only does because he knows that his brother will never completely turn him away. Lampshaded by Valeria Richards and Loki in issue #7 of ''Comicbook/LokiAgentOfAsgard'':
21st Aug '16 11:58:58 AM nombretomado
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* In ECComics' "...So Shall Ye Reap!" (''Shock [=SuspenStories=]'' #10), a 20-year-old boy about to be executed reflects on the sad course of his life, as do his parents. The son's recollections, juxtaposed with those of his parents, show them to have been jealously overprotective and morally hypocritical, yet in the final panel he only blames himself for not having listened to them.

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* In ECComics' Creator/ECComics' "...So Shall Ye Reap!" (''Shock [=SuspenStories=]'' #10), a 20-year-old boy about to be executed reflects on the sad course of his life, as do his parents. The son's recollections, juxtaposed with those of his parents, show them to have been jealously overprotective and morally hypocritical, yet in the final panel he only blames himself for not having listened to them.
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