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22nd May '16 12:39:18 PM Tron80
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* In ''Fanfic/LastChildOfKrypton'', Shinji is the more powerful hero in the planet, and he tries to be nice and upbeat despite of having abandonment and loneliness issues.
14th May '16 6:55:21 AM Doug86
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* Pretty much [[DysfunctionJunction everybody]] in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse. There's ComicBook/CaptainAmerica (grew up poor during the Great Depression, parents died when he was young, dead sidekick and identity issues), [[ComicBook/LukeCageHeroForHire Luke Cage]] (grew up in a bad part of New York, wrongly jailed for drug possession), ComicBook/IronMan (alcoholism, depression, self-worth issues, romantic issues and massive survivor's guilt), {{SelfDemonstrating/Deadpool}} (disfigured, partially reformed murderer, crazy), every single [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} X-Man]] (FantasticRacism), the [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Fantastic "I promise I'll make you normal again someday, Ben!" Four]], a certain Dr. [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk Bruce Banner]], Rick "the Hulk is my fault and I'm often trapped in the Negative Zone" Jones, the seething mass of neurosis that is {{Franchise/Spider Man}}, everything that's wrong with [[ComicBook/AntMan Henry Pym]], and... yeah, pretty much everybody else.

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* Pretty much [[DysfunctionJunction everybody]] in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse. There's ComicBook/CaptainAmerica (grew up poor during the Great Depression, parents died when he was young, dead sidekick and identity issues), [[ComicBook/LukeCageHeroForHire Luke Cage]] (grew up in a bad part of New York, wrongly jailed for drug possession), ComicBook/IronMan (alcoholism, depression, self-worth issues, romantic issues and massive survivor's guilt), {{SelfDemonstrating/Deadpool}} (disfigured, partially reformed murderer, crazy), every single [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} [[ComicBook/XMen X-Man]] (FantasticRacism), the [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Fantastic "I promise I'll make you normal again someday, Ben!" Four]], a certain Dr. [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk Bruce Banner]], Rick "the Hulk is my fault and I'm often trapped in the Negative Zone" Jones, the seething mass of neurosis that is {{Franchise/Spider Man}}, everything that's wrong with [[ComicBook/AntMan Henry Pym]], and... yeah, pretty much everybody else.
24th Apr '16 2:11:34 AM Tron80
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* ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'': [[AfterTheEnd After Third Impact]], [[ChildSoldiers Shinji and Asuka]] managed to overcome their many psychological issues and insecurities and became a little happier and more upbeat.
15th Apr '16 12:11:08 AM Tron80
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* When Shinji and Asuka got together and befriended Rei in ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'', the Children became a bit happier due to their stronger emotional bonds. They're still traumatized teenagers, but they smile more often and they're actually hopeful about their future. And they've become better warriors, too.
14th Apr '16 5:31:17 AM Tron80
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* In spite of everything what they endured in ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfAnElderGod'', the main characters -Shinji, Asuka, Rei and Touji- tried to remain optimistic and positive during and after the War.
23rd Mar '16 2:48:50 AM Tron80
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* ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'': Shinji, Asuka and Rei were abused children. When they convert to ''[[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Chaos]]'', though, they focus on the positive aspects of their dark gods, and although neither of them is nice, Shinji becomes optimistic and hopeful, Rei happy and mirthful, and Asuka courageous and passionate.
16th Feb '16 12:08:38 AM WillBGood
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* Leanne of ''{{VideoGame/ResonanceOfFate}}'' fame. Several times it's remarked how cute and sweet she is, and she is a perpetually upbeat, cheerful, determined and playful little thing. (At one point, a dorky, strange, not physically attractive possibly, uh, 'special' character hires her to go on a date with him as a job. At the end, she refuses the money and flirts honestly with him, saying 'It wouldn't be a date if I took that, now WOULD it?' With a wink and a sweet grin.) She's also totally girly, even when kicking ass and taking names in gun battles. Meanwhile, she's actually the only survivor out of twenty experimental children who were all supposed to die at set dates in an attempt to control the human lifespan. She is very aware of it, and, in fact, attempted to commit suicide immediately before her time was supposed to 'run out', so she would control her own fate. Only one person in her life cared for her, and she's not sure if he's even alive- the last she saw of him, he was being dragged away after setting her free, assuming she had only a year left to live. Perhaps not as tragic as some examples here, but it certainly counts.
* Vashyron, also from ''{{VideoGame/ResonanceOfFate}}'', fits this. He is often relied on for comic relief and comedic moments in the game, he is rarely very serious for long unless on a job, he seems to get along with pretty much everyone he comes across, he's a womanizer, [[PapaWolf protective]], and a fun loving eccentric. He is another lone survivor, however, after his entire military squad was wiped out. By a lone little girl. Well, okay, so she only looked like a little girl. If you don't count the horns. [[spoiler: or the wings, or the creepy too-old woman's voice and super-ninja powers. Seriously, what IS this chick, any way?]] Two of them originally escaped the carnage, but after a rather heart wrenching sacrifice- only Vashyron was left standing.

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* Leanne of ''{{VideoGame/ResonanceOfFate}}'' fame.''VideoGame/ResonanceOfFate'':
** Leanne .
Several times it's remarked how cute and sweet she is, and she is a perpetually upbeat, cheerful, determined and playful little thing. (At one point, a dorky, strange, not physically attractive possibly, uh, 'special' character hires her to go on a date with him as a job. At the end, she refuses the money and flirts honestly with him, saying 'It wouldn't be a date if I took that, now WOULD it?' With a wink and a sweet grin.) She's also totally girly, even when kicking ass and taking names in gun battles. Meanwhile, she's actually the only survivor out of twenty experimental children who were all supposed to die at set dates in an attempt to control the human lifespan. She is very aware of it, and, in fact, attempted to commit suicide immediately before her time was supposed to 'run out', so she would control her own fate. Only one person in her life cared for her, and she's not sure if he's even alive- the last she saw of him, he was being dragged away after setting her free, assuming she had only a year left to live. Perhaps not as tragic as some examples here, but it certainly counts.
* Vashyron, also from ''{{VideoGame/ResonanceOfFate}}'', fits this.** Vashyron. He is often relied on for comic relief and comedic moments in the game, he is rarely very serious for long unless on a job, he seems to get along with pretty much everyone he comes across, he's a womanizer, [[PapaWolf protective]], and a fun loving eccentric. He is another lone survivor, however, after his entire military squad was wiped out. By a lone little girl. Well, okay, so she only looked like a little girl. If you don't count the horns. [[spoiler: or the wings, or the creepy too-old woman's voice and super-ninja powers. Seriously, what IS this chick, any way?]] Two of them originally escaped the carnage, but after a rather heart wrenching sacrifice- only Vashyron was left standing.
7th Jan '16 12:00:59 PM mystery_kcad
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** As we learn in the Heaven's Feel route, [[spoiler:Sakura Matou]] is broken to an even greater degree than Shirou is. [[spoiler:Born as Sakura Tohsaka, she was given up for adoption to the Matou family to serve as their heir. Doing so involves tortured daily by her adoptive grandfather, and later on raped by her adoptive brother. By the time of Heaven's Feel, she's endured the former for eleven years, and the latter for three.]]
28th Nov '15 1:35:06 AM MachRider1985
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* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'': Shinji and Asuka were severely traumatized due to deep childhood trauma and being children fighting a war they did not understand. They tried to save the world but at the end they were so broken that Shinji let it die. Their lives got worse during the next years while they tried survive in a devastated world ruled by warlords, but after getting help and an improved and more optimistic outlook they are again fighting to save their world.
8th Nov '15 9:25:38 AM sorako
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* Oz Vessalius from ''Manga/PandoraHearts'' pretty much ''embodies'' this trope. He's a CheerfulChild StepfordSmiler who was completely shunned by his father at a young age, despite wanting desperately to impress him. As of Retrace LXX, already pretty shaken up, he realizes that he is actually a freaking [[spoiler: stuffed bunny, the chain B-Rabbit who, one hundred years ago, was forced to murder countless innocent people.]] By the end of Retrace LXXIV, he is [[BreakTheCutie almost completely mentally and emotionally broken]] thanks to his memories resurfacing as well as [[BreakThemByTalking interference by]] [[spoiler: [[MagnificentBastard Jack]].]]
** not to mention Oz got shot by his most trusted [[spoiler:Gil]] (sadly for a while he did not realize [[spoiler:gil]] didn't mean to shoot him.)
*** He also watches his beloved [[spoiler:Alice]] disappear in front of his eyes; lost various friends such as [[spoiler:Elliot, who died, and Elliot's servant, who went to the dark side]].
*** His pride/confidence pretty much gets ''crushed'' after failing to save a girl from [[spoiler: her own death--illegal contractor]] and a little boy [[spoiler:who ends up losing his father and his own soul to chains.]] Nonetheless, he ''tries'' to act like he's fine and '''smiles to everyone'''.

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* Oz Vessalius from ''Manga/PandoraHearts'' pretty much ''embodies'' this trope. He's a CheerfulChild StepfordSmiler who was completely shunned by his father at a young age, despite wanting desperately to impress him. His pride/confidence pretty much gets ''crushed'' after failing to save a girl from [[spoiler: her own death--illegal contractor]] and a little boy [[spoiler:who ends up losing his father and his own soul to chains.]] Nonetheless, he ''tries'' to act like he's fine and '''smiles to everyone'''. As of Retrace LXX, already pretty shaken up, he realizes that he is actually a freaking [[spoiler: stuffed bunny, the chain B-Rabbit who, one hundred years ago, was forced to murder countless innocent people.]] By the end of Retrace LXXIV, he is [[BreakTheCutie almost completely mentally and emotionally broken]] thanks to his memories resurfacing as well as [[BreakThemByTalking interference by]] [[spoiler: [[MagnificentBastard Jack]].]]
** not to mention Oz got shot by his most trusted [[spoiler:Gil]] (sadly for a while he did not realize [[spoiler:gil]] didn't mean to shoot him.)
*** He also watches his beloved [[spoiler:Alice]] disappear in front of his eyes; lost various friends such as [[spoiler:Elliot, who died, and Elliot's servant, who went to the dark side]].
*** His pride/confidence pretty much gets ''crushed'' after failing to save a girl from [[spoiler: her own death--illegal contractor]] and a little boy [[spoiler:who ends up losing his father and his own soul to chains.]] Nonetheless, he ''tries'' to act like he's fine and '''smiles to everyone'''.
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