History FreudianExcuse / Literature

4th Jul '16 12:19:59 AM Morgenthaler
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* The mostly sane (he hears voices in his head, but that's alright, one of them is his psychiatrist!) protagonist of Eric Nylund's ''Literature/AGameOfUniverse'' has a more subtle FreudianExcuse for his background. His childhood (born on a hellhole of a planet, dad killed his [[MissingMom mom]] when he was born, dad whored out his brother to miners (a fate he only avoided by being too young at the time), then accidentally killed his brother '''while his brother was trying to rape him''') doesn't mess him up that badly, it's only when this background leads him to panic over a misunderstanding and murder [[TheObiWan his mentor]] does he really start to lose it. (He spends the next few months hiding in a sewer, and then the next few years in a school based on {{Klingon Promotion}}s.)

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* The mostly sane (he hears voices in his head, but that's alright, one of them is his psychiatrist!) protagonist of Eric Nylund's ''Literature/AGameOfUniverse'' has a more subtle FreudianExcuse for his background. His childhood (born on a hellhole of a planet, dad killed his [[MissingMom mom]] when he was born, dad whored out his brother to miners (a fate he only avoided by being too young at the time), then accidentally killed his brother '''while his brother was trying to rape him''') doesn't mess him up that badly, it's only when this background leads him to panic over a misunderstanding and murder [[TheObiWan [[TheMentor his mentor]] does he really start to lose it. (He spends the next few months hiding in a sewer, and then the next few years in a school based on {{Klingon Promotion}}s.)
20th Jun '16 3:42:23 PM roxana
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* ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' Luke Castellan, once we learn his backstory in the fifth book. His mother tried to host the Oracle when Luke was a baby and it went horribly wrong. She ended up driven insane, being [[TheOphelia not quite there at the best of times]], and at random moments she'd have visions of her son's fate. His father was [[DisappearedDad never there]]. He eventually ran away from home, and took up with Thalia and Annabeth. They had a horribly eventful trip to camp, during which Thalia was turned into a tree. He was later given a quest 'to keep him busy', and it resulted in him being permanently scarred. Yikes. No wonder he's given up on the world.

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* ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' Luke Castellan, once we learn his backstory in the fifth book. His mother tried to host the Oracle when Luke was a baby and it went horribly wrong. She ended up driven insane, being [[TheOphelia not quite there at the best of times]], and at random moments she'd have visions of her son's fate. His father was [[DisappearedDad never there]]. He eventually ran away from home, and took up with Thalia and Annabeth. They had a horribly eventful trip to camp, during which Thalia was turned into a tree. He was later given a quest 'to keep him busy', and it resulted in him being permanently scarred. Yikes. No wonder he's given up on the world. Sadly Hermes actually loves his son. He arranged the quest to let Luke be a real hero before his doom came down on him. It worked about as well as trying to beat fate ever does in Greek mythololgy.
14th Jun '16 6:05:48 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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* ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' has ''Luke Castellan'', who for the first four books is just portrayed as a douche and a ManipulativeBastard, before the fifth and final book tells the pretty sad tale of his past. Ok, so he doesn't know his father, who left him with a insane, abusive mother who threatened him and never let him leave the house. Then, at just nine years old, he's forced to run away and live on the streets, in dangerous, cold New York. After that, he finally meets his father, who essentially tells him he wants nothing to do with him and won't help him. (Justified in that it's dangerous for the gods to intervene with their children, but Luke didn't know that). Shortly afterwards, one of his only friends is turned into a freakin' '''TREE'''. Then the gods give him a quest "just to keep him busy", which involves him getting permanently disfigured. At this point he's naturally annoyed at the gods and joins the Titans. And then, once one of his few real friends comes back to life, she tries to ''kill'' him. Damn. And when he finally decides to do a HeelFaceTurn to save one of his friends (and consequently the world), he has to die for it. And while he's lying on the ground, the friend he just saved tells him she ''never'' loved him. Ouch.

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* ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' has ''Luke Castellan'', who for the first four books is just portrayed as a douche and a ManipulativeBastard, before Luke Castellan, once we learn his backstory in the fifth book. His mother tried to host the Oracle when Luke was a baby and final book tells the pretty sad tale of his past. Ok, so he doesn't know his father, who left him with a it went horribly wrong. She ended up driven insane, abusive mother who threatened him being [[TheOphelia not quite there at the best of times]], and at random moments she'd have visions of her son's fate. His father was [[DisappearedDad never let him leave the house. Then, at just nine years old, he's forced to run there]]. He eventually ran away from home, and live on the streets, in dangerous, cold New York. After that, he finally meets his father, who essentially tells him he wants nothing to do took up with him Thalia and won't help him. (Justified in that it's dangerous for the gods Annabeth. They had a horribly eventful trip to intervene with their children, but Luke didn't know that). Shortly afterwards, one of his only friends is camp, during which Thalia was turned into a freakin' '''TREE'''. Then the gods give him tree. He was later given a quest "just to 'to keep him busy", which involves busy', and it resulted in him getting being permanently disfigured. At this point scarred. Yikes. No wonder he's naturally annoyed at the gods and joins the Titans. And then, once one of his few real friends comes back to life, she tries to ''kill'' him. Damn. And when he finally decides to do a HeelFaceTurn to save one of his friends (and consequently the world), he has to die for it. And while he's lying given up on the ground, the friend he just saved tells him she ''never'' loved him. Ouch.world.
14th Jun '16 5:50:33 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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* In ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'', [=DomDaniel=] was ''not'' a good father figure to the Apprentice/[[spoiler: Merrin Meredith]]. He kidnapped the Apprentice because he was the seventh son of a seventh son, [[spoiler: though he actually wasn't. He was an ordinary baby who got mistaken for the ''actual'' seventh son of a seventh son, Septimus Heap]]. His troubles started when nobody bothered to feed him when he arrived for more than a day, and got worse from there. He has no real Magykal ability of his own, and once [=DomDaniel=] figured that out, he was openly contemptuous of the boy. [=DomDaniel=] continuously belittled him, called him stupid, mistreated him and terrified him for most of his childhood. [[spoiler: And in the climax of the first book, he escapes a sinking ship by Consuming Merrin, which left the kid as an EmptyShell. Aunt Zelda only ''barely'' managed to save him. Merrin also has an inferiority complex relating to the ''real'' Septimus Heap, who actually is Magykal and whom Merrin believes stole his life from him.]]

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* In ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'', [=DomDaniel=] was ''not'' a good father figure to the Apprentice/[[spoiler: Merrin Meredith]]. He kidnapped the Apprentice because he was the seventh son of a seventh son, [[spoiler: though he actually wasn't. He was an ordinary baby who got mistaken for the ''actual'' ''real'' seventh son of a seventh son, Septimus Heap]]. His troubles started when nobody bothered to feed him when he arrived for more than a day, and got worse from there. He has no real Magykal ability of his own, and once [=DomDaniel=] figured that out, he was openly contemptuous of the boy. [=DomDaniel=] continuously belittled him, called him stupid, mistreated him and terrified him for most of his childhood. [[spoiler: And in the climax of the first book, he escapes a sinking ship by Consuming Merrin, which left the kid as an EmptyShell. Aunt Zelda only ''barely'' managed to save him. Merrin also has an inferiority complex relating to the ''real'' Septimus Heap, who actually really is Magykal and whom Merrin believes stole his life from him.]]
14th Jun '16 5:49:37 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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* In ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'', [[spoiler:Merrin Meredith's nastiness is explained by WordOfGod as coming from his bad life with [=DomDaniel=], and it's mentioned InUniverse as well.]]

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* In ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'', [[spoiler:Merrin Meredith's nastiness is explained by WordOfGod as coming [=DomDaniel=] was ''not'' a good father figure to the Apprentice/[[spoiler: Merrin Meredith]]. He kidnapped the Apprentice because he was the seventh son of a seventh son, [[spoiler: though he actually wasn't. He was an ordinary baby who got mistaken for the ''actual'' seventh son of a seventh son, Septimus Heap]]. His troubles started when nobody bothered to feed him when he arrived for more than a day, and got worse from there. He has no real Magykal ability of his bad own, and once [=DomDaniel=] figured that out, he was openly contemptuous of the boy. [=DomDaniel=] continuously belittled him, called him stupid, mistreated him and terrified him for most of his childhood. [[spoiler: And in the climax of the first book, he escapes a sinking ship by Consuming Merrin, which left the kid as an EmptyShell. Aunt Zelda only ''barely'' managed to save him. Merrin also has an inferiority complex relating to the ''real'' Septimus Heap, who actually is Magykal and whom Merrin believes stole his life with [=DomDaniel=], and it's mentioned InUniverse as well.]]from him.]]
14th Jun '16 5:35:15 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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* A kind of subversion, based on going into more details. In ''Literature/ArtemisFowl and the Lost Colony'' we are introduced to Billy Kong (previously called Jonah Lee), and told that his teenage brother was killed when he was quite young. Later, we learn that when Jonah was young, his brother claimed that he was part of a secret group that fought child-eating demons, in an attempt to keep Jonah off the Miami streets while their mother was working, due to trouble his brother had been having with a gang at the time. When his brother was murdered, Jonah was convinced that demons did it, and he and his mother moved to Taiwan (where she was from) shortly after. Jonah is said to have later decided his brother had deceived him, causing him to become inherently distrustful and making it easier to hurt people, which combined with the environment he grew up in, turned him into a violent criminal. Shortly before the book begins, he is hired to help capture a fairy demon, causing Kong to start wondering if his brother had been honest after all. When Holly is captured while trying to save the captive demon and is being interrogated, she uses her knowledge of Kong's past to try and psych him out, and unknowingly feeds into his delusions by "confirming" the abilities that Billy's brother said demons had. This leads to Kong having a rather tragic nervous breakdown, and starts an obsession with destroying all demons, and killing anyone who gets in his way.

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* A kind of subversion, based on going into more details. In ''Literature/ArtemisFowl and the Lost Colony'' we are introduced to Billy Kong (previously called Jonah Lee), and told that his teenage brother was killed when he was quite young. Later, we learn that when Jonah was young, his brother claimed that he was part of a secret group that fought child-eating demons, in an attempt to keep Jonah off the Miami streets while their mother was working, due to trouble his brother had been having with a gang at the time. When his brother was murdered, Jonah was convinced that demons did it, and he and his mother moved to Taiwan (where she was from) shortly after. Jonah is said to have later decided his brother had deceived him, causing him to become inherently distrustful and making it easier to hurt people, which combined with the environment he grew up in, turned him into a violent criminal. Shortly before the book begins, he is hired to help capture a fairy demon, causing Kong to start wondering if his brother had been honest after all. When Holly is captured while trying to save the captive demon and is being interrogated, she uses her (limited) knowledge of Kong's past to try and psych him out, and unknowingly feeds into his delusions by "confirming" the abilities that Billy's brother said demons had. This leads to Kong having a rather tragic nervous breakdown, and starts an obsession with destroying all demons, and killing anyone who gets in his way.
1st Feb '16 10:29:13 AM Tyk5919
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* ''Literature/OutOfPosition'' has Brian, who's very bitter towards Dev and football players after he was a victim of a gay bashing led by a few football players. His excuse is only justified in the first novel, however; by ''Divisions'' and ''Uncovered'', he's a BitchInSheepsClothing and an AttentionWhore, and his hatred against Dev and Lee goes to a personal level.
30th Jan '16 3:35:24 PM intastiel
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** Harry's aunt Petunia hates, ''hates'' wizards in general and her witch sister Lily in particular. Then we see when Lily got her acceptance letter to Hogwarts, Petunia got a letter too, telling her she wasn't a witch...
that's not techinally true. She only GOT a letter after she wrote a letter asking to go to the "magic school"

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** Harry's aunt Petunia hates, ''hates'' wizards in general despises magic and wizards, thanks in large part to having her witch childhood [[ParentalFavoritism overshadowed]] by her magical sister Lily in particular. Then we see when Lily got her acceptance Lily, getting a rejection letter from Hogwarts when she asked to Hogwarts, Petunia join Lily there, and [[NeverGotToSayGoodbye losing her estranged sister]] to a magical shadow war that she barely got a letter too, telling her she wasn't a witch...
that's not techinally true. She only GOT a letter after she wrote a letter asking
to go to the "magic school"
learn about.
24th Jan '16 2:41:35 PM PrincessCornflower
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that's not techinally true. She only GOT a letter after she wrote a letter asking to go to the "magic school"
11th Jan '16 6:27:36 AM ShorinBJ
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* Frank Benett from ''Literature/FriedGreenTomatoesAtTheWhistleStopCafe'' bases his hatred towards women purely on the fact that he saw his beloved mother having an affair with his uncle as a child. Ever since, he beats and rapes women, never wanting to change.

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* Frank Benett Bennett from ''Literature/FriedGreenTomatoesAtTheWhistleStopCafe'' bases his hatred towards women purely on the fact that he saw his beloved mother having an affair with his uncle as a child. Ever since, he beats and rapes women, never wanting to change.



** Invoked and consciously averted with Voldemort. His upbringing as an orphan was far from ideal, but others (most notably Harry himself) were brought up in worse conditions without using it as an excuse to become Wizard Hitler.

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** Invoked and consciously averted with Voldemort. His upbringing as an orphan was far from ideal, but others (most notably Harry himself) were brought up in worse conditions without using it as an excuse to become Wizard Hitler. And it's pretty clear he was just born a sociopath.
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