History FreudianExcuse / Webcomics

21st Jul '16 7:08:29 AM Josef5678
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* ''Webcomic/TheBedfellows'' strip where [[UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist Sheen]] starts seeing a shrink reveals that his bad attitude can be traced back to when he was heckled out of a kindergarten play. The hecklers? [[spoiler: His parents!]]
1st Jul '16 4:44:20 PM Anddrix
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** Eridan was raised in a society that encouraged him to be [[AxCrazy murderously violent]], and he belongs to nearly the most violent [[FantasticRacism bloodcaste]] in the hemospectrum. ([[BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork He also habitually murdered countless lusii in order to prevent Feferi from having to do it herself]].) [[SarcasmMode Curiously enough,]] most trolls refuse to take this as an excuse for his attempts at killing all landwellers, or [[spoiler: his FreakOut in which he [[FaceHeelTurn murders Sollux, Feferi and Kanaya]].]] Where the fandom's concerned, he's something of a BaseBreaker- Eridan's own narration [[SympatheticPOV cannot be trusted]], and the boundary between his emotional issues and many [[MoralEventHorizon cruel]] actions is vague at best.

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** Eridan was raised in a society that encouraged him to be [[AxCrazy murderously violent]], and he belongs to nearly the most violent [[FantasticRacism bloodcaste]] in the hemospectrum. ([[BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork He also habitually murdered countless lusii in order to prevent Feferi from having to do it herself]].) [[SarcasmMode Curiously enough,]] most trolls refuse to take this as an excuse for his attempts at killing all landwellers, or [[spoiler: his FreakOut in which he [[FaceHeelTurn murders Sollux, Feferi and Kanaya]].]] Where the fandom's concerned, he's something of a BaseBreaker- Eridan's own narration [[SympatheticPOV cannot be trusted]], and the boundary between his emotional issues and many [[MoralEventHorizon cruel]] actions is vague at best.
24th Dec '15 10:55:58 AM Nohbody
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'', Edge spent his formative years in a warehouse surrounded by unintelligent machinery. Robots, like humans, need proper socialization, and he's turned out with an ItsAllAboutMe attitude and the complete conviction that he's always the smartest (and most important) person about.

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'', Edge spent his formative years in a warehouse surrounded by unintelligent machinery. Robots, Robots using Dr. Bowman's {{AI}} architecture, like humans, need proper socialization, and he's turned out with an ItsAllAboutMe attitude and the complete conviction that he's always the smartest (and most important) person about.
20th Dec '15 4:27:33 PM intastiel
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* Parodied and invoked In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': [[TokenEvilTeammate Belkar]] at one point claims that his sociopathic demeanor comes from being mocked in his village, and that he became an adventurer to become strong enough to kill them all. However, he only says this to get free experience points for proper role-playing.
** Also played straight with Redcloak, who [[spoiler:lost his village to the crusading of the Sapphire Guard as a child]]. Subverted with extreme prejudice by Xykon, who has reveled in his wickedness practically from the cradle and eats villains that need a FreudianExcuse for their villainy for breakfast.

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* Parodied and invoked In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': [[TokenEvilTeammate Belkar]] at one point claims that his sociopathic demeanor comes from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** TokenEvilTeammate Belkar spins a sob story about
being mocked in his village, as a child and that he became becoming an adventurer to become get strong enough to kill them all.take revenge. However, he only says this to get free experience points for proper role-playing.
** Also played Played straight with Redcloak, who [[spoiler:lost his village to the crusading of the Sapphire Guard as a child]]. Subverted with extreme prejudice by Xykon, who has reveled in his wickedness practically from the cradle and eats villains that need a FreudianExcuse for their villainy for breakfast.child]].
15th Mar '15 12:00:44 PM TheUnsquished
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* In ''{{Fans}}'', Alisin Oberf, during her dark days when she was dying of a [[IncurableCoughOfDeath rare disease]], was, beneath her PerkyGoth [[StepfordSmiler exterior]], a self-loathing mess, who took pleasure in heavy bondage and sadism. Years later, after she was cured of the disease, but not her negative self-image, one of her "partners", Keith Feddyg, emerged as Alisin's greatest nemesis, using her own self-loathing to force her to become his sex slave and blaming her for his having become a psycho. Subsequent evidence indicates that he was [[{{Wangst}} already]] [[DepravedBisexual there]] before Aly ever showed up.

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* In ''{{Fans}}'', ''Webcomic/{{Fans}}'', Alisin Oberf, during her dark days when she was dying of a [[IncurableCoughOfDeath rare disease]], was, beneath her PerkyGoth [[StepfordSmiler exterior]], a self-loathing mess, who took pleasure in heavy bondage and sadism. Years later, after she was cured of the disease, but not her negative self-image, one of her "partners", Keith Feddyg, emerged as Alisin's greatest nemesis, using her own self-loathing to force her to become his sex slave and blaming her for his having become a psycho. Subsequent evidence indicates that he was [[{{Wangst}} already]] [[DepravedBisexual there]] before Aly ever showed up.



* Joel Calley from ''{{Concession}}'' has about three Freudian Excuses: his father left their company to his older brother Julian, his sister Miranda was killed by Julian when they were young, and their parents blamed Joel for the murder and put him in an asylum where he was sexually abused by a doctor. There have also been a couple of throwaway gags which, if taken too seriously, could imply that his mother resents him for not being a girl. If there was a trope for Freudian Sue, Joel would probably be the poster boy. [[spoiler:However, much of, if not all of this is ultimately subverted when it's later revealed that Miranda actually died in her sleep and that demonic Miranda encouraged Joel to do bad things so she could feed on their suffering. It must be noted Joel ''willingly helped her'' and was already sadistic. When confronted about this, Joel immediately notes that his and Miranda's real motives are to gain power. In the end, Joel's only real excuse for his actions is that he's a goddamn psychopath.]]

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* Joel Calley from ''{{Concession}}'' ''Webcomic/{{Concession}}'' has about three Freudian Excuses: his father left their company to his older brother Julian, his sister Miranda was killed by Julian when they were young, and their parents blamed Joel for the murder and put him in an asylum where he was sexually abused by a doctor. There have also been a couple of throwaway gags which, if taken too seriously, could imply that his mother resents him for not being a girl. If there was a trope for Freudian Sue, Joel would probably be the poster boy. [[spoiler:However, much of, if not all of this is ultimately subverted when it's later revealed that Miranda actually died in her sleep and that demonic Miranda encouraged Joel to do bad things so she could feed on their suffering. It must be noted Joel ''willingly helped her'' and was already sadistic. When confronted about this, Joel immediately notes that his and Miranda's real motives are to gain power. In the end, Joel's only real excuse for his actions is that he's a goddamn psychopath.]]



* Pops up twice in ''KevinAndKell'': Ralph constantly tried to hunt and eat his brother-in-law Kevin because he didn't want his sister to go through the same heartbreak he did when his herbivore lover died in childbirth. More recently, Desdemona Fuscus tried to push Lindesfarne and Fenton to marry earlier and earlier. [[spoiler: This was because she was secretly a vampire bat, and didn't want Lindesfarne to find out and call off the wedding.]]

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* Pops up twice in ''KevinAndKell'': ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell'': Ralph constantly tried to hunt and eat his brother-in-law Kevin because he didn't want his sister to go through the same heartbreak he did when his herbivore lover died in childbirth. More recently, Desdemona Fuscus tried to push Lindesfarne and Fenton to marry earlier and earlier. [[spoiler: This was because she was secretly a vampire bat, and didn't want Lindesfarne to find out and call off the wedding.]]



* ''OffWhite'': She's not a villain, but the tragic death of most of her litter is at least partly to blame for Jera's attitude.

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* ''OffWhite'': ''Webcomic/OffWhite'': She's not a villain, but the tragic death of most of her litter is at least partly to blame for Jera's attitude.



* ''BittersweetCandyBowl'' is fond of this trope, partly out of the author's desire to make characters with realistic motivations.

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* ''BittersweetCandyBowl'' ''Webcomic/BittersweetCandyBowl'' is fond of this trope, partly out of the author's desire to make characters with realistic motivations.



* Jamie from ''KhaosKomix'' is a foul-mouthed homophobe who bullies Alex for supposedly being gay and disowns his best friends after they come out to him as a gay couple. Then you learn that [[spoiler:he was sexually abused as a child and has a mother who ''doused him in scalding water'' when she caught him PlayingDoctor with another boy which has led to him having massive issues about sex and sexuality]] and you wonder why he isn't even ''more'' messed up. However, he actually criticizes the use of this trope by stating that he doesn't believe that his traumatic past excuses his actions and that he still has to work hard to redeem himself.

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* Jamie from ''KhaosKomix'' ''Webcomic/KhaosKomix'' is a foul-mouthed homophobe who bullies Alex for supposedly being gay and disowns his best friends after they come out to him as a gay couple. Then you learn that [[spoiler:he was sexually abused as a child and has a mother who ''doused him in scalding water'' when she caught him PlayingDoctor with another boy which has led to him having massive issues about sex and sexuality]] and you wonder why he isn't even ''more'' messed up. However, he actually criticizes the use of this trope by stating that he doesn't believe that his traumatic past excuses his actions and that he still has to work hard to redeem himself.
11th Mar '15 12:55:10 PM TheUnsquished
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* In ''TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'', [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Galatea]] had a ''horrible'' childhood. Even if it did [[YoungerThanTheyLook only last a month.]]

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* In ''TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'', ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'', [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Galatea]] had a ''horrible'' childhood. Even if it did [[YoungerThanTheyLook only last a month.]]
14th Jan '15 7:01:39 PM ZanyDragon
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* ''Webcomic/Drowtales'': Ariel, the [[NoAntagonist 'main character']] of the story, is part honor-bound war hero and part child-killing maniac. It's relatively easy to feel sorry for her when her first 10 years of life were dominated by an sociopathic stepmother who envied her own child. And then forced by her high-standards grandmother to murder some punk who tried to kill her. And finally realizing that living up to her grandmother's standards caused her to fail in protecting her best friend. By the time she's done with all that, she lashes out at one of her friends and ends up killing an innocent in the crossfire.

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* ''Webcomic/Drowtales'': ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'': Ariel, the [[NoAntagonist 'main character']] of the story, is part honor-bound war hero and part child-killing maniac. It's relatively easy to feel sorry for her when her first 10 years of life were dominated by an sociopathic stepmother who envied her own child. And then forced by her high-standards grandmother to murder some punk who tried to kill her. And finally realizing that living up to her grandmother's standards caused her to fail in protecting her best friend. By the time she's done with all that, she lashes out at one of her friends and ends up killing an innocent in the crossfire.
14th Jan '15 7:01:00 PM ZanyDragon
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'', Edge spent his formative years in a warehouse surrounded by uninteligent machinery. Robots, like humans, need proper socialization, and he's turned out with an ItsAllAboutMe attitude and the complete conviction that he's always the smartest (and most important) person about.
* ''Webcomic/StickyDillyBuns'' has Ruby, who was traumatised at the age of about 14 when she discovered that her sister Amber was a porn actress - by being exposed to one of Amber's videos at a teenage party. Okay, that involved her sister rather than her parents - but the problem seems to have been compounded by having to keep Amber's secret from their parents for the next several years. Fortunately, her "villainy" is limited to a fear of men and a petulant attitude towards Amber, but it makes her hard for Amber to live with.

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'', Edge spent his formative years in a warehouse surrounded by uninteligent unintelligent machinery. Robots, like humans, need proper socialization, and he's turned out with an ItsAllAboutMe attitude and the complete conviction that he's always the smartest (and most important) person about.
* ''Webcomic/StickyDillyBuns'' has Ruby, who was traumatised traumatized at the age of about 14 when she discovered that her sister Amber was a porn actress - by being exposed to one of Amber's videos at a teenage party. Okay, that involved her sister rather than her parents - but the problem seems to have been compounded by having to keep Amber's secret from their parents for the next several years. Fortunately, her "villainy" is limited to a fear of men and a petulant attitude towards Amber, but it makes her hard for Amber to live with.
22nd Nov '14 9:38:52 PM kome360
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* ''Webcomic/Drowtales'': Ariel, the [[NoAntagonist 'main character']] of the story, is part honor-bound war hero and part child-killing maniac. It's relatively easy to feel sorry for her when her first 10 years of life were dominated by an sociopathic stepmother who envied her own child. And then forced by her high-standards grandmother to murder some punk who tried to kill her. And finally realizing that living up to her grandmother's standards caused her to fail in protecting her best friend. By the time she's done with all that, she lashes out at one of her friends and ends up killing an innocent in the crossfire.
7th Aug '14 10:10:11 AM Spindriver
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** Gary's virginity and sexual dysfunction are allegedly a result of his severely repressive ultra-religious parents and cockteasing girls. (And he lives with two women who engage in a lot of sexual teasing, albeit mostly by accident, and lusts after a girl with penis-phobia. Um...) However, this has never been mentioned again since the early strips in which Gary told the story, and the writers may not consider it very important; Gary's problems don't need that much explanation -- he's just a hopeless {{geek}}, with his geekiness {{turned up to eleven}}. And when his mother 'phoned to wish him a happy birthday, she sounded nice enough.

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** Gary's virginity and sexual dysfunction are allegedly a result of his severely repressive ultra-religious parents and parents, plus cockteasing girls.girls in his teen years. (And he lives with two women who engage in a lot of sexual teasing, albeit mostly by accident, and lusts after a girl with penis-phobia. Um...) However, this has never been mentioned again since the [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness early strips strips]] in which Gary told the story, and the writers may not consider it very important; Gary's problems don't need that much explanation -- he's just a hopeless {{geek}}, with his geekiness {{turned up to eleven}}. And when his mother 'phoned 'phones to wish him a happy birthday, she sounded sounds nice enough.



* ''Webcomic/StickyDillyBuns'' has Ruby, who was traumatised at the age of about 14 when she discovered that her sister Amber was a porn actress - by being exposed to one of Amber's videos at a teenage party. Okay, that involved her sister rather than her parents - but the problem seems to have been compounded by having to keep Amber's secret from their parents for the next several years. Fortunately, her "villainy" is limited to a fear of men and a very petulant attitude, but it makes her hard to live with.

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* ''Webcomic/StickyDillyBuns'' has Ruby, who was traumatised at the age of about 14 when she discovered that her sister Amber was a porn actress - by being exposed to one of Amber's videos at a teenage party. Okay, that involved her sister rather than her parents - but the problem seems to have been compounded by having to keep Amber's secret from their parents for the next several years. Fortunately, her "villainy" is limited to a fear of men and a very petulant attitude, attitude towards Amber, but it makes her hard for Amber to live with.
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