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* {{Steam Powered Giraffe}}, a generally lighthearted act featuring three performing automatons and a steampunk theme, has a shocking amount of this in their history. Even just a cursory glance over their official timeline and backstory reveals BodyHorror, [[AndIMustScream fates worse than death]], the funny robots experiencing the horrors of war first-hand, and the fact that Rabbit's core was once stolen and misused, resulting in an explosion that killed several people... including the descendant of his creator, Peter Walter II, whom Rabbit seemed to regard as a father figure. It is directly stated that this deeply bothers Rabbit, understandably. (It's later stated in his own bio that he spends his free time [[FridgeHorror feeding the ducks in the Walter family cemetery]].)
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* {{Steam Powered Giraffe}}, a generally lighthearted act featuring three performing automatons and a steampunk theme, has a shocking amount of this in their history. Even just a cursory glance over their official timeline and backstory reveals BodyHorror, [[AndIMustScream fates worse than death]], the funny robots experiencing the horrors of war first-hand, and the fact that Rabbit's core was once stolen and misused, resulting in an explosion that killed several people... including the descendant of his creator, Peter Walter II, whom Rabbit seemed to regard as a father figure. It is directly stated that this deeply bothers Rabbit, understandably. (It's later stated in his own bio that he spends his free time [[FridgeHorror feeding the ducks in the Walter family cemetery]].)
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26th Jul '17 10:07:34 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* '''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}'' has one that doubles as a GeniusBonus: the medal worn by [[FunnyForeigner The Great Bobinski]] is a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chernobyl_liquidators Liquidator's Medal,]] which was given to the clean-up crew of the ''Chernobyl Disaster''. Many of these people[[note]]Exact numbers and statistics are unknown due to the dissolution of the Soviet Union[[/note]] were left dead or permanently disabled from exposure to radiation, which casts Bobinski's blue skin, odd figure, and eccentricities in a ''much'' different light.

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* '''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}'' has one that doubles as a GeniusBonus: the medal worn by [[FunnyForeigner The Great Bobinski]] is a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chernobyl_liquidators Liquidator's Medal,]] which was given to the clean-up crew of the ''Chernobyl Disaster''. Many of these people[[note]]Exact numbers and statistics are unknown due to the dissolution of the Soviet Union[[/note]] were left dead or permanently disabled from exposure to radiation, which casts Bobinski's blue skin, odd figure, and eccentricities in a ''much'' different light.
21st Jul '17 1:47:21 AM kome360
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* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' eventually reveals that the two special Titans who brought down humanity's outer defence walls [[spoiler:are not only both human, but close friends of the main protagonists]]. This is later followed by the revelation that ALL Titans, including the completely mindless ones who gorge themselves on human flesh, [[spoiler:were originally human beings. And it is heavily implied that humanity's rulers created them intentionally.]]

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* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' eventually reveals that the two special Titans who brought down humanity's outer defence walls [[spoiler:are not only both human, but close friends of the main protagonists]]. This is later followed by the revelation that ALL Titans, including the completely mindless ones who gorge themselves on human flesh, [[spoiler:were originally human beings. And it is heavily implied Specifically, they are members of a demi-titan race called the "Marleys" that humanity's rulers created them intentionally.were injected with titan spinal cords and transformed into mindless man-eating monstrosities because of discrimination against their kind. The world outside is ruled by Nazis, is on the brink of war, and the antagonists are cruel and ruthless to the protagonists because if they don't steal the power to control titankind, their race will be exterminated and the war will engulf their home country.]]
9th Jul '17 8:51:20 AM Snowsky
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* Banette is an abandoned doll that sprung to life. They are not happy they were abandoned.
* The reason Farfetch'd is rare is because people are hunting them to the brink of extinction. Apparently they are really good roasted with leeks.

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* Banette is an abandoned doll that sprung to life. They are It is not happy they were abandoned.
that it was abandoned, and searches for the child who abandoned it to do Arceus-knows-what to them.
* The reason Farfetch'd is rare is because people are hunting them to the brink of extinction. Apparently they are taste really good roasted with leeks.




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* Phantump are the spirits of human children who died in the forest.
27th May '17 2:54:44 PM RacattackForce
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* ''VideoGame/{{Pikmin}}'' has WordOfGod stating that the Pikmin planet of the main games, PNF-404, is the planet Earth hundreds of millions of years in the future, after the extinction of most current species.
27th May '17 2:49:34 PM RacattackForce
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* ''VideoGame/{{SuperMarioBros}}'', mentioned above, is a surprising subversion. Although the brick blocks are transformed mushroom people, extra material states that breaking the blocks will free the victims. In fact, this is exactly the reason why some blocks contain special items: it is a token of gratitude.

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* ''VideoGame/{{SuperMarioBros}}'', ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1'', mentioned above, is actually a surprising subversion. Although the brick blocks are ''are'' transformed mushroom people, extra material states that breaking the blocks will free the victims. In fact, this is exactly the reason why some blocks contain special items: it is a token of gratitude.


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* Over the course of ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'', you can find secret documents that detail the history and culture of the Inklings, the anthropomorphized squid creatures that serve as the playable characters. Some of the documents, however, reveal that [[spoiler:the series takes place AfterTheEnd. Global warming caused the ice caps to melt and sea levels to rise, driving humans and all other mammals to extinction. Afterwards, sea life evolved to the point where it started walking on land and became sapient, beginning civilization anew.]]
11th May '17 1:03:45 PM rva98014
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* In ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'', it is made clear (via a LectureAsExposition at the very beginning) that that the [[FunnyAnimal inhabitants of this world]] had [[HollywoodEvolution evolved]] from ordinary wild animals, which naturally tended to kill and eat each other on a regular basis.

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* In ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'', it is made clear (via a LectureAsExposition at the very beginning) that that the [[FunnyAnimal inhabitants of this world]] had [[HollywoodEvolution evolved]] from ordinary wild animals, which naturally tended to kill and eat each other on a regular basis. In addition, an exhibit in the Natural History museum at the end of the film shows that the evolution of sapience did not occur to all mammals at the same time indicating that there was a period of time where sapient prey were still being hunted by non-sapient predators. And until their technology advanced to abolish the food chain, sapient obligate carnivores would have been forced into a SapientEatSapient situation with evolved prey.
31st Mar '17 2:03:11 AM RacattackForce
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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is mostly about Steven going on fun adventures with his [[{{Magitek}} magical]] [[StarfishAliens alien]] [[HasTwoMommies guardians]]. Who are the last survivors of an army that [[DefectorFromDecadence rebelled against their homeworld]], their allies either killed or corrupted into the monsters they spend most of the show fighting. And who arrived on Earth in the first place because they were part of an invasion force that planned to [[PlanetLooters devastate Earth in the process of creating new gem armies]]; [[spoiler:Amethyst]] is one of the products of this.
** And speaking of Amethyst, she herself had this as well, as she feels deep shame and has insecurity problems over her identity as a product of Homeworld's war. It's later revealed she came out of the Injector incubators 500 years late, leaving her to wander the empty Kindergarten for an unknown number of years after the GreatOffscreenWar ended and Rose found her.
** Pearl's is worse. Her tendency to obssess over minute details, keep things clean, a near-pathalogical devotion to keeping Steven safe, and dislike for his father Greg are played for laughs and she seems like the stereotypical overprotective mom. After many hints, it's revealed she was made as a member of a ServantRace, Pearls are the Gem equivalent of a BeautifulSlaveGirl, pretty, attractive objects that indicate a higher Gem's status and are made to follow orders without question. During the Rebellion, she met Rose Quartz, who convinced her she could [[GrewBeyondTheirProgramming become her own Gem]], and transfered her obssessive devotion to the only person to ever show her kindness. Pearl [[SenselessSacrifice pointlessly sacrificed herself constantly in battle]] if it meant there was a chance to keep Rose safe, and after the war, she had to see a human man walk into her life and romance her love away from her, later deciding she wanted to become human, effectively killing Rose to reincarnate as her half-Gem son Steven. The poor thing's still trying to work through her complicated emotional baggage.
** While not as traumatic, Garnet didn't have it easy during the war either. As Ruby, she was one of many disposable soldiers sent to bodyguard the high-ranking Sapphire, a member of Blue Diamond's court. When Sapphire used her future vision powers to predict the outcome of the war where the rebels would be captured and this did not come to pass, Blue Diamond was furious. What's more, part of this divergence was because Ruby refused to let Sapphire be poofed/reduced to her Gem form, then the two fused during a moment of shared protection. Blue Diamond ordered Ruby to be shattered, to which Sapphire spirited her away and they fled Homeworld's side to rediscover a new identity where they could love each other and be themselves as Garnet on the side of the Crystal Gems.

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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is mostly about Steven going on fun adventures with his [[{{Magitek}} magical]] [[StarfishAliens alien]] [[HasTwoMommies guardians]]. Who we soon learn that two of which are the last survivors of an army that [[DefectorFromDecadence rebelled against their homeworld]], their allies either killed or corrupted into the monsters they spend most of the show fighting. And who arrived on Earth in the first place because they were part of an invasion force that planned to [[PlanetLooters devastate Earth in the process of creating new gem armies]]; [[spoiler:Amethyst]] the third and youngest of his guardians, Amethyst is one of the products of this.
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** And speaking of Amethyst, she herself had this as well, as she feels deep shame In fact Amethyst's suffers from deep-seated self-hatred and has insecurity problems over due to her identity as a product creation. She hates that her birth was part of Homeworld's war. It's later revealed a practice that would have destroyed the planet Earth, and learning that she came out of the Injector incubators 500 years late, leaving ''wasn't even made properly'' makes her to wander the empty Kindergarten for an unknown number of years after the GreatOffscreenWar ended and Rose found her.
doubt her own abilities constantly.
** Pearl's is worse. Her tendency to obssess obsess over minute details, keep things clean, a near-pathalogical devotion to keeping Steven safe, and dislike for his father Greg are played for laughs and she seems like the stereotypical overprotective mom. After many hints, it's revealed she was made as a member of a ServantRace, Pearls are the Gem equivalent of a BeautifulSlaveGirl, pretty, attractive objects that indicate a higher Gem's status and are made to follow orders without question. During the Rebellion, she met Rose Quartz, who convinced her she could [[GrewBeyondTheirProgramming become her own Gem]], and transfered her obssessive devotion to the only person to ever show her kindness. Pearl [[SenselessSacrifice pointlessly sacrificed herself constantly in battle]] if it meant there was a chance to keep Rose safe, and safe. And thousands of years after the war, she had to see a human man walk into her life and romance her love away from her, and said love later deciding she wanted to become human, effectively killing Rose herself to reincarnate as her half-Gem son Steven. The poor thing's Pearl's still trying to work through her complicated emotional baggage.
** While not as traumatic, Garnet didn't have it easy during the war either. Technically. She's the fusion of two other Gems, Ruby and Sapphire. As Ruby, she was one of many disposable soldiers sent to bodyguard the high-ranking Sapphire, a member of Blue Diamond's court. When Sapphire used her future vision powers to predict the outcome of the war where the rebels would be captured and this did not come to pass, Blue Diamond was furious. What's more, part of this divergence was because Ruby refused to let Sapphire be poofed/reduced to her "poofed"[[note]]Unless you shatter the gemstone on their bodies completely, a gravely injured Gem form, then will simply retreat into the gemstone to regenerate rather than die. Being put into a regenerative state is called "poofing" by Steven, because of the poof of smoke that occurs when it happens[[/note]], leading to the two fused fusing during a moment of shared protection. Blue Diamond ordered Ruby to be shattered, shattered for actions, to which Sapphire spirited her away and they fled away, fleeing the Homeworld's side to rediscover base and eventually carve a new shared identity where they could love each other and be themselves as Garnet on the side of the Crystal Gems.
13th Feb '17 5:58:00 AM Revaryk
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** [[CorruptCorporateExecutive President [[spoiler:Max Profitt]] Haltmann]] is a dirty businessman who attempts to take over Pop Star for its resources. [[spoiler: However, if you look up Haltmann 2.0's description in Meta Knighmare Returns, you find out that he was quite the researcher back in his hayday. In fact, he was a family-man as well, as he had a daughter. Then it's found out said daughter vanished in an accident involving the BigBad, Star Dream. Haltmann became desperate, and became a cold man. This is worsened when he's absorbed into Star Dream. To KickTheDog even further, said daughter is working for him, and backstabbed him during the final battle.]]

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** [[CorruptCorporateExecutive President President]] [[spoiler:Max Profitt]] Haltmann]] Haltmann is a dirty businessman who attempts to take over Pop Star for its resources. [[spoiler: However, if you look up Haltmann 2.0's description in Meta Knighmare Returns, you find out that he was quite the researcher back in his hayday. In fact, he was a family-man as well, as he had a daughter. Then it's found out said daughter vanished in an accident involving the BigBad, Star Dream. Haltmann became desperate, and became a cold man. This is worsened when he's absorbed into Star Dream. To KickTheDog even further, said daughter is working for him, and backstabbed him during the final battle.]]
13th Feb '17 5:54:09 AM Revaryk
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* This has been showing up more often in the ''Franchise/Kirby'' series as of late. ''VideoGame/KirbyPlanetRobobot'' and ''VideoGame/KirbyTripleDeluxe'' in particular. Especially with their main villains.
** [[spoiler:Max Profitt]] Haltmann is a dirty businessman who attempts to take over Pop Star for its resources. [[spoiler: However, if you look up Haltmann 2.0's description in Meta Knighmare Returns, you find out that he was quite the researcher back in his hayday. In fact, he was a family-man as well, as he had a daughter. Then it's found out said daughter vanished in an accident involving the BigBad, Star Dream. Haltmann became desperate, and became a cold man. This is worsened when he's absorbed into Star Dream. To KickTheDog even further, said daughter is working for him, and backstabbed him during the final battle.]]

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* This has been showing up more often in the ''Franchise/Kirby'' ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' series as of late. ''VideoGame/KirbyPlanetRobobot'' and ''VideoGame/KirbyTripleDeluxe'' in particular. Especially with their main villains.
** [[spoiler: [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queen Sectonia]] is the cruel queen of Floralia. Obsessed with beauty and control, she only cares for herself. However, her descriptions reveal that she was not always this way. In fact, she wasn't always a giant bee, as shown in ''Planet Robobot'' when you defeat her clone. Queen Sectonia was corrupted by the Dimension Mirror that appeared back in ''Kirby and the Amazing Mirror'', and was cruel ever since. Even sadder is that, in the Japanese version, Sectonia Soul's description reveals that she truly regrets all she's done.]]
** [[CorruptCorporateExecutive President
[[spoiler:Max Profitt]] Haltmann Haltmann]] is a dirty businessman who attempts to take over Pop Star for its resources. [[spoiler: However, if you look up Haltmann 2.0's description in Meta Knighmare Returns, you find out that he was quite the researcher back in his hayday. In fact, he was a family-man as well, as he had a daughter. Then it's found out said daughter vanished in an accident involving the BigBad, Star Dream. Haltmann became desperate, and became a cold man. This is worsened when he's absorbed into Star Dream. To KickTheDog even further, said daughter is working for him, and backstabbed him during the final battle.]]
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