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23rd Mar '17 4:45:12 AM Khrunwahl02
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* ''Film/BattleRoyale'': Mitsuko Souma, despite being forced into battle royale and not wanting to play the game, takes great pleasure at killing other students in her 9th grade class for her own survival mainly since she feels no sympathy for anyone but herself regarding an incident from her childhood when her mother pimped her out to a pedophile at age 6.
* ''Film/SuicideSquad'': Katana. The death of her husband has driven mad and she is left with very poor temper.
23rd Mar '17 4:40:58 AM Khrunwahl02
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* Arcee from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime''. First she lost Tailgate to Airachnid and then Cliffjumper to Starscream. This makes Arcee the most aggressive out of all the Autobots, concerning Optimus that anger and desire for revenge has clouded her judgment.

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* Arcee from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime''. First she lost Tailgate to Airachnid and then Cliffjumper to Starscream. This makes Arcee the most aggressive out of all the Autobots, concerning Optimus that Arcee's anger and desire for revenge has clouded her judgment.
18th Mar '17 7:01:17 PM nombretomado
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* The ''Franchise/{{Neopets}}'' character Sophie the Swamp Witch started out as [[TheCutie a sweet and innocent child]], but TookALevelInCynicism when her hometown was cursed and she was forced to flee into the woods. She was separated from her family for years afterward. Sophie is now a GrumpyBear SolitarySorceress.

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* The ''Franchise/{{Neopets}}'' ''Website/{{Neopets}}'' character Sophie the Swamp Witch started out as [[TheCutie a sweet and innocent child]], but TookALevelInCynicism when her hometown was cursed and she was forced to flee into the woods. She was separated from her family for years afterward. Sophie is now a GrumpyBear SolitarySorceress.
12th Mar '17 10:40:02 PM Khrunwahl02
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* Arcee from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime''. First she lost Tailgate to Airachnid and then Cliffjumper to Starscream. This makes Arcee the most aggressive out of all the Autobots, concerning Optimus that anger and desire for revenge has clouded her judgment.
7th Mar '17 1:03:11 AM azul120
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* Mr Mister's "Broken Wings" is about someone trying to help a broken bird pull [[AmbiguousGender themselves]] together


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* Music/{{Madonna}}'s "Oh Father" (from her album ''Music/LikeAPrayer'') is inspired by the loss of the singer's mother and the subsequent falling out she had with her father, with allusions to child abuse in the video.
4th Mar '17 7:17:25 PM LadyNorbert
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* Miko in [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8082443/1/Dirty_Little_Secrets Dirty Little Secrets]] is definitely one; she's just good at covering it up. It's a wonder she's not worse then she is; [[spoiler: she was born from a long line of prostitutes and raised to join the 'family business', starting when she was ''12''... and both children she became pregnant with were aborted against her will, with the second incident rendering her barren. To make matters worse, she was happy to get pregnant the first time and spent the time up to the abortion [[AintTooProudToBeg begging to be allowed to keep her baby]]. Additionally, due to her valuable status, one of her boss's favorite punishments when she acted up was [[ForcedToWatch making her watch him beat other less productive girls]]. And even once she manages to escape into protective custody in the States, she's legitimately terrified that if Jack and Raf's parents found out about her past, they'd forbid the boys from seeing her ever again. Her confused relief when June tells her that she'd never dream of doing that and that she doesn't think any less of Miko is heartbreaking.]]

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* Miko in [[http://www.''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8082443/1/Dirty_Little_Secrets Dirty Little Secrets]] Secrets]]'' is definitely one; she's just good at covering it up. It's a wonder she's not worse then she is; [[spoiler: she was born from a long line of prostitutes and raised to join the 'family business', starting when she was ''12''... and both children she became pregnant with were aborted against her will, with the second incident rendering her barren. To make matters worse, she was happy to get pregnant the first time and spent the time up to the abortion [[AintTooProudToBeg begging to be allowed to keep her baby]]. Additionally, due to her valuable status, one of her boss's favorite punishments when she acted up was [[ForcedToWatch making her watch him beat other less productive girls]]. And even once she manages to escape into protective custody in the States, she's legitimately terrified that if Jack and Raf's parents found out about her past, they'd forbid the boys from seeing her ever again. Her confused relief when June tells her that she'd never dream of doing that and that she doesn't think any less of Miko is heartbreaking.]]



* From ''Fanfic/KillLaKillAU'', we have this Ryuuko, who is a bit young for one, however, she seems to have a rather cynical view of the world, especially when it comes to her poor health, having been in and out of the hospital, along with the fact that she was separated from her mother when she was two, meeting her again fairly recently. Apparently, due to the aforementioned poor health, she counts how much time she might have to live, considering death to be a release.



* From ''Fanfic/KillLaKillAU'', we have this Ryuuko, who is a bit young for one, however, she seems to have a rather cynical view of the world, especially when it comes to her poor health, having been in and out of the hospital, along with the fact that she was separated from her mother when she was two, meeting her again fairly recently. Apparently, due to the aforementioned poor health, she counts how much time she might have to live, considering death to be a release.
4th Mar '17 7:14:52 PM LadyNorbert
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* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'': [[http://forums.sufficientvelocity.com/threads/a-crown-of-stars-nge-ou.11766/#post-2283165 The preface]] makes a good work summarizing how badly broken Shinji and Asuka were before the beginning of the story. To make a long story short: Their mothers died and their fathers abandoned them when they four. At the age of fourteen they were forced to fight alien monsters. Their pain, their inability to reach out to each other and the war broke them down, and then they died when the world ended. Shinji gave the humanity the possibility to return and they were reborn... into a wrecked world populated with warlords, bandits and starving masses. They were turned into the tools of bloody dictators for three years, and Asuka was turned into a plaything during that time. They went through another conflict where they got shot and nearly murdered, and at the end they stuck together because they felt that no one else in the world could understand their pain, but they were so soul-weary and broken that Asuka was afraid of loving Shinji and they had no hopes of developing a real relationship.

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* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'': [[http://forums.sufficientvelocity.com/threads/a-crown-of-stars-nge-ou.11766/#post-2283165 The preface]] makes a good work summarizing how badly broken Shinji and Asuka Firefly in ''Fanfic/AceCombatTheEquestrianWar''. [[spoiler: Her parents were before brutally killed by a griffin solider and due to a misunderstanding, she believed he was mocking her pain the beginning of the story. To make a long story short: Their mothers died and their fathers abandoned them when they four. At the age of fourteen last time they were forced face to fight alien monsters. Their pain, their inability to reach out to each other and the war face. She was so overcome with grief she completely broke them down, down and then they died when it takes most of the world ended. Shinji gave the humanity the possibility story to return and they were reborn... into a wrecked world populated with warlords, bandits and starving masses. They were turned into the tools of bloody dictators for three years, and Asuka was turned into a plaything during that time. They went through another conflict where they got shot and nearly murdered, and at the end they stuck together because they felt that no one else in the world could understand their pain, but they were so soul-weary and broken that Asuka was afraid of loving Shinji and they had no hopes of developing a real relationship.recover.]]



* FanFic/AGrowingAffection has Hanabi become one after [[spoiler:Madara's attempt to BodySurf into her]].
* Mako becomes one in ''Fanfic/AMinorMiscalculation'' after [[spoiler: Nui kills her brother at the Naturals Election.]]

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* FanFic/AGrowingAffection ''[[Fanfic/TwiceUponAnAge All This Sh*t is Twice as Weird]]'' reveals Cassandra to be this, given how many loved ones she has Hanabi lost and how much testing her faith has endured.
* The ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/{{Antiphony}}'' portrays recurring villain Mozenrath as one; he used to be a sweet, excitable child [[AllLovingHero who just wanted to help people]] and had a strong devotion to his god. Fast-forward fourteen years of what was essentially slavery and emotional-psychological torture, and he's
become one a sarcastic SocialDarwinist who scorns any form of faith and seeks power for himself.
* ''Fanfic/BaitAndSwitchSTO'': Recurring Orion character Captain Meromi Riyal of the IKS ''[=HoSbatlh=]'' had her parents murdered by a Syndicate boss and was given as a SexSlave to a Klingon nobleman. After escaping, she became a gangster and ArmsDealer, but was eventually captured and forced to become an {{Indentured|Servitude}} SlaveMook for the Klingon Defense Force. Her current boss, General Brokosh, freed her
after [[spoiler:Madara's attempt to BodySurf into her]].
* Mako becomes one in ''Fanfic/AMinorMiscalculation'' after [[spoiler: Nui kills
his wife became the head of her brother at house, but by now Meromi is bitter and bloodthirsty and seems to take pleasure only in killing enemies. She's also got a SlasherSmile that sends chills down the Naturals Election.]]spine of Brokosh, a battle-hardened mercenary himself.



* Beth Lestrade gets this ''twice'' in ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfTime'':
** Having to watch the man you love slide down the slippery slope, then running for your life for nine months, then finding out that said love interest has done a FaceHeelTurn, then committing a HeroicSuicide... will do that to you. The timeline in which most of the above happened is retconned into never having happened, but the main players, Beth included, still retain the memories. She later tells Sherlock that she was considering shooting herself.
** The beginning of the next season seems to imply that Season 2 might ultimately be about her CharacterDevelopment, just as Season 1 was ultimately about Sherlock's. Initially after Sherlock's rejuvenation, she seems okay, but future episodes prove that she's '''not''' to the point where even ''Professor Moriarty'' was concerned about her. (She spent a year thinking that her husband was irretrievably dead and became a DeathSeeker.)
* Satsuki's [[AdaptationalAngstUpgrade portrayal]] in ''Fanfic/TheCrimsonGarment'' paints her as one of these. The fic attempts to [[ShownTheirWork delve into the adverse affects of childhood sexual abuse]] through several tweaks in her character. From what we see so far, she despises physical contact and seems to see it as indication of dominance. It's also implied that her desire to control and be stronger than others is to compensate for her insecurities.
* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'': [[http://forums.sufficientvelocity.com/threads/a-crown-of-stars-nge-ou.11766/#post-2283165 The preface]] makes a good work summarizing how badly broken Shinji and Asuka were before the beginning of the story. To make a long story short: Their mothers died and their fathers abandoned them when they four. At the age of fourteen they were forced to fight alien monsters. Their pain, their inability to reach out to each other and the war broke them down, and then they died when the world ended. Shinji gave the humanity the possibility to return and they were reborn... into a wrecked world populated with warlords, bandits and starving masses. They were turned into the tools of bloody dictators for three years, and Asuka was turned into a plaything during that time. They went through another conflict where they got shot and nearly murdered, and at the end they stuck together because they felt that no one else in the world could understand their pain, but they were so soul-weary and broken that Asuka was afraid of loving Shinji and they had no hopes of developing a real relationship.
* Miko in [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8082443/1/Dirty_Little_Secrets Dirty Little Secrets]] is definitely one; she's just good at covering it up. It's a wonder she's not worse then she is; [[spoiler: she was born from a long line of prostitutes and raised to join the 'family business', starting when she was ''12''... and both children she became pregnant with were aborted against her will, with the second incident rendering her barren. To make matters worse, she was happy to get pregnant the first time and spent the time up to the abortion [[AintTooProudToBeg begging to be allowed to keep her baby]]. Additionally, due to her valuable status, one of her boss's favorite punishments when she acted up was [[ForcedToWatch making her watch him beat other less productive girls]]. And even once she manages to escape into protective custody in the States, she's legitimately terrified that if Jack and Raf's parents found out about her past, they'd forbid the boys from seeing her ever again. Her confused relief when June tells her that she'd never dream of doing that and that she doesn't think any less of Miko is heartbreaking.]]



* Miko in [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8082443/1/Dirty_Little_Secrets Dirty Little Secrets]] is definitely one; she's just good at covering it up. It's a wonder she's not worse then she is; [[spoiler: she was born from a long line of prostitutes and raised to join the 'family business', starting when she was ''12''... and both children she became pregnant with were aborted against her will, with the second incident rendering her barren. To make matters worse, she was happy to get pregnant the first time and spent the time up to the abortion [[AintTooProudToBeg begging to be allowed to keep her baby]]. Additionally, due to her valuable status, one of her boss's favorite punishments when she acted up was [[ForcedToWatch making her watch him beat other less productive girls]]. And even once she manages to escape into protective custody in the States, she's legitimately terrified that if Jack and Raf's parents found out about her past, they'd forbid the boys from seeing her ever again. Her confused relief when June tells her that she'd never dream of doing that and that she doesn't think any less of Miko is heartbreaking.]]

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* Miko ''FanFic/FalloutEquestriaEmptyQuiver'': Despite being one of the much more optimistic stories set in [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8082443/1/Dirty_Little_Secrets Dirty Little Secrets]] the FoE universe, it's later learned that Crash Dive's blunt and extremely bitter qualities stem from this. [[spoiler: Her first and last mission as a true soldier of the Enclave ended in disaster after her platoon is definitely one; seemingly wiped out and she is left stranded in the wasteland. A lucky attack by a raider badly damages both wings to the point where they're little more than a charred useless mess, and the constant mental and physical agony drives her into a severe Med-X addiction. Combined with the Enclave's propaganda, this incident causes her to become so paranoid she isolates herself from the wasteland and almost forces her to commit suicide. Even after meeting up with the heroes, she's just good at covering it up. It's a wonder she's not worse then so overly protective of Night Strike - the only other Pegasus she is; [[spoiler: has seen in decades - that she was born from a long line almost murders another member of prostitutes and raised to join the 'family business', starting when she was ''12''... and both children she became pregnant with were aborted against her will, with the second incident rendering her barren. group over some light teasing. To make matters worse, she was happy just as Crash Dive starts to get pregnant the first time and spent the time up to the abortion [[AintTooProudToBeg begging to be allowed to keep her baby]]. Additionally, due to her valuable status, one of her boss's favorite punishments when she acted up was [[ForcedToWatch making her watch him beat other less productive girls]]. And even once she manages to escape into protective custody in the States, she's legitimately terrified that if Jack and Raf's parents found out about her past, they'd forbid the boys genuinely recover from seeing this, Night Strike begins to gradually slide down this slope herself.]]
* In ''Fanfic/Gensokyo20XX'', we have this with Yukari, who is the most noticeable than the others and became bitter towards
her ever again. Her confused relief when June tells her that she'd never dream experiences during the course of doing that and that she doesn't think any less of Miko is heartbreaking.]]the series.



* ''FanFic/AGrowingAffection'' has Hanabi become one after [[spoiler:Madara's attempt to BodySurf into her]].



* In ''Fanfic/KitsuneNoKenFistOfTheFox'', [[spoiler:Tenten]] is shown to be this. After all, losing both of your parents during a year-long rampage by [[TheDreaded the Kyuushingai]], having no other living relatives to take you in after the fact, bouncing about from place to place without a stable home for a long time following said orphaning, and being driven to learn how to fight just so you can take revenge on the people responsible for said orphaning can't be good for one's psyche.



* The ''Franchise/KamenRider''/''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' crossover fic, ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11772125/1/Metroid-Kamen-Rider-Generations-Full-Series Metroid: Kamen Rider Generations]]'' has a [[AdaptationalAngstUpgrade recovering example]] in [[Series/KamenRiderGaim Mitsuzane Kureshima]]. And yes, Micchy has fell into DespairEventHorizon ''thrice'' in the TV series. From being an UnwittingPawn by the likes of Sid, Redyue, and Ryoma Sengoku that he thought he had been manipulating to [[NotQuiteDead "killing" Kouta and let Mai die right before his very eyes]] are the worse for him. Since then, he has a well-hidden [[IHatePastMe self-animosity]] and [[GuiltComplex guilt]] over [[HeelRealization his past actions]] to the point he becomes more distant, he more often hides it by just making [[DeadpanSnarker snarky remarks]], or by just being normally [[StepfordSmiler cheerful and carefree]]. As the story progresses, he reaches out to Samus; who is in fact a BrokenBird herself, deciding to follow her throughout her journeys and the bounty hunter herself becomes Micchy's SecondLove.
-->'''Samus:''' I have a feeling that deep inside you, there is [[BreakTheCutie a scared little boy]] who is [[DespairEventHorizon hopelessly terrified]] that [[MyGreatestFailure he's too weak to protect or see his loved ones die right in front of him]], and you are generally [[JerkassWoobie nowhere as arrogant]], [[StepfordSmiler cheerful]], [[StepfordSnarker and snarky]] as [[TheSnarkKnight you might others want you to believe]].
* From ''Fanfic/KillLaKillAU'', we have this Ryuuko, who is a bit young for one, however, she seems to have a rather cynical view of the world, especially when it comes to her poor health, having been in and out of the hospital, along with the fact that she was separated from her mother when she was two, meeting her again fairly recently. Apparently, due to the aforementioned poor health, she counts how much time she might have to live, considering death to be a release.
* Mako becomes one in ''Fanfic/AMinorMiscalculation'' after [[spoiler: Nui kills her brother at the Naturals Election.]]
* In ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'':
** After losing her mother, being abandoned by her father, being treated like crap by NERV, used like cannon fodder against giant monsters, being mind-raped and abandoned... Asuka wakes up after spending several months in a coma and starts to get better.
-->“We make our own lives, not the lives others want for us.” Stop, a part of Asuka screamed as she spoke. Just stop now. Please stop. “If you depend on others, then you are weak, because you can’t live for yourself. It’s always what others want and what they impose on you. Even if it’s your own mother.”
** Shinji also starts to recover from his past issues after the war.



* ''Fanfic/SOE2LoneHeirOfKrypton'': During a heart-to-heart talk Asuka tells Shinji she strove to be strong-willed and excel at everything because after her mother went insane and died and her father abandoned her -making her realizing that he never loved her- she thought nobody would care about her unless she was the best.



* In ''Fanfic/OriginStory'', Alex Harris's conversation/therapy session with Doc Samson reveals just how much psychological trauma she's experienced over her young life. Alex's partner Louise also qualifies. The pair of them use their relationship to help each other heal.
* In ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', a ''MassEffect''[=/=]''StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]''[=/=]''[=Halo=]'']] MassiveMultiplayerCrossover, we are given OCStandIn Athena who is tricked into killing the only people she considers family, causing her to fly into an UnstoppableRage whose brutality haunts her. From the same galaxy, a RichBitch named Jackie Jakobs is set up [[ColdBloodedTorture quite]] [[ItsAllAboutMe unsympathetically]], but is revealed to have had [[FreudianExcuse reasons]] to act out in the ways she does.
* ''Fanfic/{{Quicken}}'':
** Emma was an average, carefree teenager... then she was assaulted and nearly raped. From that point on, she’s determined to survive not matter what and doing whatever it takes because no one else will help her.
** When she finally meets her best friend, it’s implied that Taylor became this as well after losing her mother and Emma in a very short lapse of time. She looks more adult, grimmer and more physically fit.



* ''FanFic/FalloutEquestriaEmptyQuiver'': Despite being one of the much more optimistic stories set in the FoE universe, it's later learned that Crash Dive's blunt and extremely bitter qualities stem from this. [[spoiler: Her first and last mission as a true soldier of the Enclave ended in disaster after her platoon is seemingly wiped out and she is left stranded in the wasteland. A lucky attack by a raider badly damages both wings to the point where they're little more than a charred useless mess, and the constant mental and physical agony drives her into a severe Med-X addiction. Combined with the Enclave's propaganda, this incident causes her to become so paranoid she isolates herself from the wasteland and almost forces her to commit suicide. Even after meeting up with the heroes, she's so overly protective of Night Strike - the only other Pegasus she has seen in decades - that she almost murders another member of the group over some light teasing. To make matters worse, just as Crash Dive starts to genuinely recover from this, Night Strike begins to gradually slide down this slope herself.]]
* Firefly in ''Fanfic/AceCombatTheEquestrianWar''. [[spoiler: Her parents were brutally killed by a griffin solider and due to a misunderstanding, she believed he was mocking her pain the last time they were face to face. She was so overcome with grief she completely broke down and it takes most of the story to recover.]]
* The ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/{{Antiphony}}'' portrays recurring villain Mozenrath as one; he used to be a sweet, excitable child [[AllLovingHero who just wanted to help people]] and had a strong devotion to his god. Fast-forward fourteen years of what was essentially slavery and emotional-psychological torture, and he's become a sarcastic SocialDarwinist who scorns any form of faith and seeks power for himself.
* Beth Lestrade gets this ''twice'' in ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfTime'':
** Having to watch the man you love slide down the slippery slope, then running for your life for nine months, then finding out that said love interest has done a FaceHeelTurn, then committing a HeroicSuicide... will do that to you. The timeline in which most of the above happened is retconned into never having happened, but the main players, Beth included, still retain the memories. She later tells Sherlock that she was considering shooting herself.
** The beginning of the next season seems to imply that Season 2 might ultimately be about her CharacterDevelopment, just as Season 1 was ultimately about Sherlock's. Initially after Sherlock's rejuvenation, she seems okay, but future episodes prove that she's '''not''' to the point where even ''Professor Moriarty'' was concerned about her. (She spent a year thinking that her husband was irretrievably dead and became a DeathSeeker.)



* In ''Fanfic/KitsuneNoKenFistOfTheFox'', [[spoiler:Tenten]] is shown to be this. After all, losing both of your parents during a year-long rampage by [[TheDreaded the Kyuushingai]], having no other living relatives to take you in after the fact, bouncing about from place to place without a stable home for a long time following said orphaning, and being driven to learn how to fight just so you can take revenge on the people responsible for said orphaning can't be good for one's psyche.

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* In ''Fanfic/KitsuneNoKenFistOfTheFox'', [[spoiler:Tenten]] is shown ''Fanfic/SOE2LoneHeirOfKrypton'': During a heart-to-heart talk Asuka tells Shinji she strove to be this. After all, losing both strong-willed and excel at everything because after her mother went insane and died and her father abandoned her -making her realizing that he never loved her- she thought nobody would care about her unless she was the best.
* In ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'', Asuka’s life history is an endless cycle in which she loses something or someone dear to her, and she tries to get over her pain. In “Repeat” she was shattered because [[spoiler:her daughter had disappeared,]] but after a while she managed to recover her fighting spirit.
* ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'': When [[FieryRedhead Asuka]] was four her mother went crazy and hang herself (and her daughter was the one found her corpse). Shortly after her father remarried and virtually abandoned her. In response to it she tried to become stronger, tougher and fully self-reliant. [[LoveInterest Shinji]] discusses it at one point:
-->“Passing the favour forward? Yeah. I’ve been helping [[EmotionlessGirl Rei]] since I got here, she was far worse than she is now socially, and then you came along. You were the kid, the one in a million, who chose to become strong instead of break in response to such monumental adversity. But I could see it in your eyes, the tone
of your parents during a year-long rampage by [[TheDreaded voice in sheltered moments that you still carried the Kyuushingai]], having no other living relatives to take wounds, that you in after the fact, bouncing about from place to place without a stable home for a long time following said orphaning, and being driven to learn how to fight just so were more fragile than you can take revenge on the people responsible for said orphaning can't be good for one's psyche.seemed,” Shinji explains.



* In Fanfic/Gensokyo20XX, we have this with Yukari, who is the most noticeable than the others and became bitter towards her experiences during the course of the series.
* In ''Fanfic/OriginStory'', Alex Harris's conversation/therapy session with Doc Samson reveals just how much psychological trauma she's experienced over her young life. Alex's partner Louise also qualifies. The pair of them use their relationship to help each other heal.
* In ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', a ''MassEffect''[=/=]''StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]''[=/=]''[=Halo=]'']] MassiveMultiplayerCrossover, we are given OCStandIn Athena who is tricked into killing the only people she considers family, causing her to fly into an UnstoppableRage whose brutality haunts her. From the same galaxy, a RichBitch named Jackie Jakobs is set up [[ColdBloodedTorture quite]] [[ItsAllAboutMe unsympathetically]], but is revealed to have had [[FreudianExcuse reasons]] to act out in the ways she does.
* From Fanfic/KillLaKillAU, we have this Ryuuko, who is a bit young for one, however, she seems to have a rather cynical view of the world, especially when it comes to her poor health, having been in and out of the hospital, along with the fact that she was separated from her mother when she was two, meeting her again fairly recently. Apparently, due to the aforementioned poor health, she counts how much time she might have to live, considering death to be a release.
* Satsuki's [[AdaptationalAngstUpgrade portrayal]] in Fanfic/TheCrimsonGarment paints her as one of these. The fic attempts to [[ShownTheirWork delve into the adverse affects of childhood sexual abuse]] through several tweaks in her character. From what we see so far, she despises physical contact and seems to see it as indication of dominance. It's also implied that her desire to control and be stronger than others is to compensate for her insecurities.
* ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'': When [[FieryRedhead Asuka]] was four her mother went crazy and hang herself (and her daughter was the one found her corpse). Shortly after her father remarried and virtually abandoned her. In response to it she tried to become stronger, tougher and fully self-reliant. [[LoveInterest Shinji]] discusses it at one point:
-->“Passing the favour forward? Yeah. I’ve been helping [[EmotionlessGirl Rei]] since I got here, she was far worse than she is now socially, and then you came along. You were the kid, the one in a million, who chose to become strong instead of break in response to such monumental adversity. But I could see it in your eyes, the tone of your voice in sheltered moments that you still carried the wounds, that you were more fragile than you seemed,” Shinji explains.
* In ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'', Asuka’s life history is an endless cycle in which she loses something or someone dear to her, and she tries to get over her pain. In “Repeat” she was shattered because [[spoiler:her daughter had disappeared,]] but after a while she managed to recover her fighting spirit.
* In ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'':
** After losing her mother, being abandoned by her father, being treated like crap by NERV, used like cannon fodder against giant monsters, being mind-raped and abandoned... Asuka wakes up after spending several months in a coma and starts to get better.
-->“We make our own lives, not the lives others want for us.” Stop, a part of Asuka screamed as she spoke. Just stop now. Please stop. “If you depend on others, then you are weak, because you can’t live for yourself. It’s always what others want and what they impose on you. Even if it’s your own mother.”
** Shinji also starts to recover from his past issues after the war.
* ''Fanfic/{{Quicken}}'':
** Emma was an average, carefree teenager… then she was assaulted and nearly raped. From that point on, she’s determined to survive not matter what and doing whatever it takes because no one else will help her.
** When she finally meets her best friend, it’s implied that Taylor became this as well after losing her mother and Emma in a very short lapse of time. She looks more adult, grimmer and more physically fit.
* The ''Franchise/KamenRider''/''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' crossover fic, ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11772125/1/Metroid-Kamen-Rider-Generations-Full-Series Metroid: Kamen Rider Generations]]'' has a [[AdaptationalAngstUpgrade recovering example]] in [[Series/KamenRiderGaim Mitsuzane Kureshima]]. And yes, Micchy has fell into DespairEventHorizon ''thrice'' in the TV series. From being an UnwittingPawn by the likes of Sid, Redyue, and Ryoma Sengoku that he thought he had been manipulating to [[NotQuiteDead "killing" Kouta and let Mai die right before his very eyes]] are the worse for him. Since then, he has a well-hidden [[IHatePastMe self-animosity]] and [[GuiltComplex guilt]] over [[HeelRealization his past actions]] to the point he becomes more distant, he more often hides it by just making [[DeadpanSnarker snarky remarks]], or by just being normally [[StepfordSmiler cheerful and carefree]]. As the story progresses, he reaches out to Samus; who is in fact a BrokenBird herself, deciding to follow her throughout her journeys and the bounty hunter herself becomes Micchy's SecondLove.
-->'''Samus:''' I have a feeling that deep inside you, there is [[BreakTheCutie a scared little boy]] who is [[DespairEventHorizon hopelessly terrified]] that [[MyGreatestFailure he's too weak to protect or see his loved ones die right in front of him]], and you are generally [[JerkassWoobie nowhere as arrogant]], [[StepfordSmiler cheerful]], [[StepfordSnarker and snarky]] as [[TheSnarkKnight you might others want you to believe]].
* ''Fanfic/BaitAndSwitchSTO'': Recurring Orion character Captain Meromi Riyal of the IKS ''[=HoSbatlh=]'' had her parents murdered by a Syndicate boss and was given as a SexSlave to a Klingon nobleman. After escaping, she became a gangster and ArmsDealer, but was eventually captured and forced to become an {{Indentured|Servitude}} SlaveMook for the Klingon Defense Force. Her current boss, General Brokosh, freed her after his wife became the head of her house, but by now Meromi is bitter and bloodthirsty and seems to take pleasure only in killing enemies. She's also got a SlasherSmile that sends chills down the spine of Brokosh, a battle-hardened mercenary himself.
4th Mar '17 3:35:13 AM Hjortron18
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* Loki from the Marvel Cinematic Universe could be here. In ''Film/{{Thor}}'', we see that he is actually a relatively nice person deep down, who loves his brother and looks up to him immensely. Sure, he's manipulative most of the time, ruining Thor's coronation just because he thought Thor wasn't ready (he wasn't, but that's not the point), but learning that his whole life and family is a lie, and that he's actually part of a race he's been taught to hate his entire life is still pretty devastating. This is what ultimately makes him snap and go about violently trying to prove his worth in the worst way possible. After this, the downward spiral only continues... [[spoiler:although he does seem to get some redemption in ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld''. Or does he?]]

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* Loki from the Marvel Cinematic Universe could be here.''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse''. In ''Film/{{Thor}}'', we see that he is actually a relatively nice person deep down, who loves his brother and looks up to him immensely. Sure, he's manipulative most of the time, ruining Thor's coronation just because he thought Thor wasn't ready (he wasn't, but that's not the point), but learning that [[TheReveal his whole life and family is a lie, lie]], and that [[YouAreWhatYouHate he's actually part of a race he's been taught to hate his entire life life]] is still pretty devastating. This is what ultimately makes him snap and go about violently trying to prove his worth [[WellDoneSonGuy worth]] in the worst way possible. After this, the [[BigBadSlippage downward spiral only continues...continues]]... [[spoiler:although he does seem to get some redemption in ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld''. Or does he?]]
25th Feb '17 4:11:47 PM rva98014
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* A rare male example is Nick Wilde from ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' who started out as a happy, hell, downright ''sweet'' kid. Right up until [[spoiler: he tried to join the [[ScoutOut Junior Ranger Scouts]], only to have them attack him and slap a muzzle on him]]. This turned him brutally sarcastic, cynical, and bitter for two decades. It took Judy Hopps, the city's first bunny cop to pull him out of it, and he did everything possible to drive her up the wall prior to her finally getting through to him.

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* A rare male example is In ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'', Nick Wilde from ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' who started out as is a happy, hell, downright ''sweet'' kid. Right up rare male example. As a child, he was an idealistic dreamer like Judy until [[spoiler: his dreams were broken when he tried was bullied and muzzled for being a fox by prey animals. This made him cynical and bitter, deciding that he was never going to join the [[ScoutOut Junior Ranger Scouts]], only let anyone see that they got to have them attack him and slap a muzzle on him]]. This turned him brutally sarcastic, cynical, and bitter for two decades. It took Judy Hopps, resign himself to be the city's first bunny cop shifty, untrustworthy fox he's expected to pull him out of it, and he did everything possible to drive her up the wall prior to her finally getting through to him. be.
18th Feb '17 7:45:56 PM ThatGoodGood
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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': By the end of Volume 3, Yang has become this. [[spoiler:First, she is publically disgraced and arrested on internationally broadcast television, then she's told her MissingMom Raven is still around and also cares very little about her, and then she loses her school, her promising career, all of her friends (including Penny and Pyrrha, [[KilledOffForReal who are fatalities]], and [[BreakingTheFellowship her team-mates in RWBY who all go their separate ways]]) and even [[AnArmAndALeg her right arm]] in the [[YouCantGoHomeAgain devastating terrorist attack which destroys Beacon]] not long afterwards. The epilogue shows that even after several weeks have passed, the normally cheerful and easygoing Yang is bedridden and under her father's care, a depressed and emotionally broken girl who angrily admonishes Blake at the mention of her name and even brushes off Ruby's affection with little care. Poor thing.]]

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By the end of Volume 3, Yang has become this. [[spoiler:First, she is publically disgraced and arrested on internationally broadcast television, then she's told her MissingMom Raven is still around and also cares very little about her, and then she loses her school, her promising career, all of her friends (including Penny and Pyrrha, [[KilledOffForReal who are fatalities]], and [[BreakingTheFellowship her team-mates in RWBY who all go their separate ways]]) and even [[AnArmAndALeg her right arm]] in the [[YouCantGoHomeAgain devastating terrorist attack which destroys Beacon]] not long afterwards. The epilogue shows that even after several weeks have passed, the normally cheerful and easygoing Yang is bedridden and under her father's care, a depressed and emotionally broken girl who angrily admonishes Blake at the mention of her name and even brushes off Ruby's affection with little care. Poor thing.]]]]
** Blake is introduced rejecting the idea of a happy world. Her past of [[spoiler:leaving her family to remain a member of the White Fang, being in an abusive relationship with its leader, and finally going on the run to escape the violent ways of the organization]] left her emotionally damaged. It shows in her obsession with stopping Torchwick from [[spoiler:collaborating with the White Fang]], which compels her to throw away her health, grades, and sanity by not sleeping, eating, studying, or socializing. She also considers herself a coward, and hates herself for her past actions. The events that transpire during her confrontation with the White Fang's leader amidst the fall of Beacon ([[spoiler:she gets beaten and stabbed, and watches her best friend lose her arm trying to defend her]]) enforce her beliefs that she doesn’t deserve to be loved by anyone, and that she ought to shut herself away from the world. She also becomes paranoid, surly, ill-tempered, and physically abusive to Sun, whom she treats as a nuisance that doesn’t comprehend the reality of what she is going through.
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