History FreudianExcuse / Webcomics

18th Oct '17 12:43:42 PM WillBGood
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* In ''Webcomic/FluffyBunnyDomination'', this is Fluffy's explanation for [[http://www.fluffyart.com/2011/06/13/freudian-excuse/ Pony Play]].

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* %%* In ''Webcomic/FluffyBunnyDomination'', this is Fluffy's explanation for [[http://www.fluffyart.com/2011/06/13/freudian-excuse/ Pony Play]].
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7th Aug '17 9:40:32 AM GlassRain
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* ''Webcomic/LeifAndThorn'' starts with Thorn dead-set against getting into a relationship while in the military, because his mothers had marriage problems, and he blamed it on one mom's travel-heavy career. Eventually [[http://leifandthorn.com/comic/summer-sunshine-4884/ he accepts that he was using this as an excuse]] to let her off the hook for [[UsefulNotes/BipolarDisorder other issues]].
16th Jul '17 5:53:52 AM ACW
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* PlayedForLaughs in ''WebComic/AxeCop'' -- a comic where bad guys are usually {{Card Carrying Villain}}s doing it ForTheEvulz -- in the story "The Songster". The Torture Master is first introduced as a CompleteMonster, but then the Songster starts singing about his tortured past... which contains incidents that happen to everyone. (At most he might have been a ButtMonkey.) So it was things like unrequited love in college and losing in tic-tac-toe that made the Torture Master start tormenting people to death by enacting their worst fears. Then things get completely out of hand as the Songster's lyrics about how "that's how a monster is made" turn literal, and he uses his song to turn the Torture Master's past into the ultimate monster: [[spoiler: a mouse that sends you to Mars when you look at it]].\\

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* PlayedForLaughs in ''WebComic/AxeCop'' -- a comic where bad guys are usually {{Card Carrying Villain}}s doing it ForTheEvulz -- in the story "The Songster". The Torture Master is first introduced as a CompleteMonster, total villain, but then the Songster starts singing about his tortured past... which contains incidents that happen to everyone. (At most he might have been a ButtMonkey.) So it was things like unrequited love in college and losing in tic-tac-toe that made the Torture Master start tormenting people to death by enacting their worst fears. Then things get completely out of hand as the Songster's lyrics about how "that's how a monster is made" turn literal, and he uses his song to turn the Torture Master's past into the ultimate monster: [[spoiler: a mouse that sends you to Mars when you look at it]].\\
16th Jul '17 3:57:22 AM VVK
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* PlayedForLaughs in ''WebComic/AxeCop'' -- a comic where bad guys are usually {{Card Carrying Villain}}s doing it ForTheEvulz -- in the story "The Songster". The Torture Master is first introduced as a CompleteMonster, but then the Songster starts singing about his tortured past... which contains incidents that happen to everyone. (At most he might have been a ButtMonkey.) So it was things like unrequited love in college and losing in tic-tac-toe that made the Torture Master start tormenting people to death by enacting their worst fears. Then things get completely out of hand as the Songster's lyrics about how "that's how a monster is made" turn literal, and he uses his song to turn the Torture Master's past into the ultimate monster: [[spoiler: a mouse that sends you to Mars when you look at it]].\\
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In the same story, the Songster became a villain because he thought that the heroes had [[YouKilledMyFather killed his parents]]... but when he finds out it wasn't true, he decides to continue being a bad guy anyway because [[EvilFeelsGood he kind of likes it]].
16th Jul '17 3:33:34 AM VVK
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* Parodied in [[http://basicinstructions.net/basic-instructions/2013/5/2/how-to-create-a-compelling-villain.html this]] strip of ''Webcomic/BasicInstructions''.
* Though the revelation of ''Webcomic/SabrinaOnline'''s pornography producer/star Zig Zag's DarkAndTroubledPast (hint: it includes being sexually molested by her father) seems poised to give this for her overly flirty and sexual nature, it's subverted. Indeed, raising the idea that she has turned out the way she has because of her childhood abuse is Zig Zag's BerserkButton, and the very first time she reveals it results in a furious DontYouDarePityMe rant from her, with her insisting that she's gotten over it. Although some of her actions afterwards (such as her attempt to rape Sabrina and RoaringRampageOfRevenge against the people who slighted her) [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation suggest it may not be completely subverted]].

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%% Zero Context Example * Parodied in [[http://basicinstructions.net/basic-instructions/2013/5/2/how-to-create-a-compelling-villain.html this]] strip of ''Webcomic/BasicInstructions''.
* Though the revelation of ''Webcomic/SabrinaOnline'''s pornography producer/star Zig Zag's DarkAndTroubledPast (hint: it includes being sexually molested by her father) seems poised to give this for her overly flirty and sexual nature, it's subverted. Indeed, raising the idea that she has turned out the way she has because of her childhood abuse is Zig Zag's BerserkButton, and the very first time she reveals it results in a furious DontYouDarePityMe rant from her, with her insisting that she's gotten over it. Although some of her actions afterwards (such as her attempt to rape Sabrina and RoaringRampageOfRevenge against the people who slighted her) [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation suggest it may not be completely subverted]].
''Webcomic/BasicInstructions''.
14th May '17 8:45:25 AM SanjMerchant
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** Subverted in Start of Darkness with [[spoiler: Xykon. The opening scene has a child who will grow up to be Xykon crying over his recently deceased dog, Barky. He spontaneously reanimates it as a zombie. When the Barky attacks a bird and eats its brain, child!Xykon decides it's awesome and runs off to find more small animals for Barky to savage. Apparently, having a savage, gory murder machine is a lot more fun that whatever kind of dog Barky was in life.]]
14th Feb '17 4:31:03 PM Katsuhagi
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* ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'': Ariel, the [[NoAntagonist 'main character']] of the story. The 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. Once this happens she has a MyGodWhatHaveIDone realization and moves off the HeroAntagonist path to a more heroic one.

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* ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'': Ariel, the [[NoAntagonist 'main character']] of the story. The 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. Once this happens she has a MyGodWhatHaveIDone realization and moves off the HeroAntagonist VillainProtagonist path to a more heroic one.
14th Feb '17 9:19:05 AM Katsuhagi
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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}}'': 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 story. The 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. Once this happens she has a MyGodWhatHaveIDone realization and moves off the HeroAntagonist path to a more heroic one.
** Also claimed by Snadhya'rune, who is effectively the BigBad, who says that the pressure her mother the Empress put on her and the death/posession of her "twin" Khaless made her crack and eventually murder her own mother. It's suggested in story this is bullshit and she's actually a straight up sociopath, though.
** Snadhya's daughter Kalki, on the other hand, may have a genuine one since her mother passed her off to servants and never showed her affection, making Kalki a desperate AttentionWhore who feared she would be replaced, fears that were founded when Snadhya killed her in cold blood saying she was nothing but a tool.
7th Aug '16 6:30:06 PM Sushi
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* ''Webcomic/BittersweetCandyBowl'' is fond of this trope, partly out of the author's desire to make characters with realistic motivations.
** FridgeLogic suggests that the reason Tess refuses to get close to Paulo is due to her similar past experiences with older students. She was hurt and doesn't want Paulo to be. The memories of what she went through will keep her avoiding the idea of trying it because she can't help but think she'll just hurt him if she does. Her moments of trying to be close to Paulo may be less likely in the future than we know.
** [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c25/1.html Lucy]] was ostracized by boys ''and'' girls at a young age. She became less cheerful and got Yashy to love, as a coping mechanism. She's not so much unwilling to open up to others as ''unable'' to at this point. There's a lot of social trauma to work through before she begins to smile even half of the time. Hence, why [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c27/p6.html her pets see her differently than everyone]] -- [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c61/p3.html she opens up to them.]]
** Paulo's fear of barking and growling came from a somewhat-traumatic childhood experience based on them. His jerk-ish habits came from [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c26/p4.html a jerk teaching him how to be "cool"]] as a child.
** Abbey acting [[WifeBasherBasher violent]] or particularly angry makes him break down at realizing he's acting like his father. Justified, in that his father was a wife-beater. Also why he took Abbey, rather than Abe, as his nickname. His father went by Abe.
** The chapter "[[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c63/p1.html Pillow Talk]]" delves into ''why'' Jessica is so dead-set on making Tess miserable: [[spoiler:Tess's then-boyfriend broke the arm of Rachel's little brother. When Jess tried to find a way to get back at Roger, Tess twisted her abortive first attempt to paint Jess as a slut]].

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* ''Webcomic/BittersweetCandyBowl'' is fond of this trope, partly out of the author's desire to make characters with realistic motivations.
** FridgeLogic suggests that the reason Tess refuses to get close to Paulo is due to her similar past experiences with older students. She was hurt and doesn't want Paulo to be. The memories of what she went through will keep her avoiding the idea of trying it because she can't help but think she'll just hurt him if she does. Her moments of trying to be close to Paulo may be less likely in the future than we know.
** [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c25/1.html Lucy]] was ostracized by boys ''and'' girls at a young age. She became less cheerful and got Yashy to love, as a coping mechanism. She's not so much unwilling to open up to others as ''unable'' to at this point. There's a lot of social trauma to work through before she begins to smile even half of the time. Hence, why [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c27/p6.html her pets see her differently than everyone]] -- [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c61/p3.html she opens up to them.]]
** Paulo's fear of barking and growling came from a somewhat-traumatic childhood experience based on them. His jerk-ish habits came from [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c26/p4.html a jerk teaching him how to be "cool"]] as a child.
** Abbey acting [[WifeBasherBasher violent]] or particularly angry makes him break down at realizing he's acting like his father. Justified, in that his father was a wife-beater. Also why he took Abbey, rather than Abe, as his nickname. His father went by Abe.
** The chapter "[[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c63/p1.html Pillow Talk]]" delves into ''why'' Jessica is so dead-set on making Tess miserable: [[spoiler:Tess's then-boyfriend broke the arm of Rachel's little brother. When Jess tried to find a way to get back at Roger, Tess twisted her abortive first attempt to paint Jess as a slut]].
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!]]
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