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22nd Dec '15 3:00:47 PM Scabbard
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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''' ''I Am the Night'' is all about Batman's distress about Commissionner Gordon being wounded on the field. So much that Gordon himself and his daughter are the ones who reconfort him and Bullock is clearly expected to be viewed as incredibly mean for chastising him.
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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''' ''I Am the Night'' is all about Batman's distress about Commissionner Gordon being wounded on the field. So much that Gordon himself and his daughter are the ones who reconfort comfort him and Bullock is clearly expected to be viewed as incredibly mean for chastising him.
27th Sep '15 9:37:23 PM SaraJaye
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* Shippy fanfic in general loves this trope, especially if a BodyguardCrush is involved.
2nd Sep '15 3:54:15 PM SaraJaye
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* In ''Creator/CoriFall'''s fic ''The Thorns of the Rose'', Jessie is triggered by memories of her previous abusive relationship during a vacation, and throws herself into work to distract herself. The story is told from James's point of view and focuses on his increasing angst and the fear that Jessie's stopped loving him.
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* In ''Creator/CoriFall'''s ''Creator/CoriFalls'''s fic ''The Thorns of the Rose'', Jessie is triggered by memories of her previous abusive relationship during a vacation, and throws herself into work to distract herself. The story is told from James's point of view and focuses on his increasing angst and the fear that Jessie's stopped loving him.
2nd Sep '15 3:53:59 PM SaraJaye
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* In ''Creator/CoriFall'''s fic ''The Thorns of the Rose'', Jessie is triggered by memories of her previous abusive relationship during a vacation, and throws herself into work to distract herself. The story is told from James's point of view and focuses on his increasing angst and the fear that Jessie's stopped loving him.
3rd May '15 7:05:47 PM nombretomado
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* Most people feel soooo bad for [[ClassicalMythology Hercules]] when he accidentally kills his wife [[http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/Herakles/megara.html Megara]][[note]]whose actual death depends on the version, some she escaped and/or married Hercules' nephew Iolaus afterward[[/note]] and their children.
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* Most people feel soooo bad for [[ClassicalMythology [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Hercules]] when he accidentally kills his wife [[http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/Herakles/megara.html Megara]][[note]]whose actual death depends on the version, some she escaped and/or married Hercules' nephew Iolaus afterward[[/note]] and their children.
20th Mar '15 6:20:42 PM Discar
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Someone's in trouble. The type of trouble can vary enormously -- they could have been brutally attacked, recently bereaved, or blaming themselves for a catastrophe they couldn't stop. So now they're laid up in hospital with half their body in plaster, or mid-HeroicBSOD. Even the most cynical of viewers can't blame the poor soul for going a bit {{Emo}}.
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Someone's in trouble. The type of trouble can vary enormously -- they could have been brutally attacked, recently bereaved, or blaming themselves for a catastrophe they couldn't stop. So now they're laid up in hospital with half their body in plaster, or mid-HeroicBSOD. Even the most cynical of viewers can't blame the poor soul for going a bit {{Emo}}. {{Emo}}.

The real point of the story isn't "the victim was attacked" but "look how protective/self-loathing/angsty/loving the victim's friend is." The scenario is set up for the friend to get CharacterFocus. The person who was hurt is [[TitleDrop Collateral Angst]].
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The real point of the story isn't "the victim was attacked" but "look how protective/self-loathing/angsty/loving the victim's friend is." The scenario is set up for the friend to get CharacterFocus. The person who was hurt is [[TitleDrop Collateral Angst]]. Angst]].

The only glimmer of hope for a "damage victim" is that they are important characters in their own right. Once they have recovered, things will be business as usual. It could be worse. If the wronged party isn't just injured, but dies in a particularly pointless way for the main character to angst over, they were probably StuffedIntoTheFridge. Someone who is living, breathing CollateralAngst - to the point the reader/viewer wonders if they're ever out of the hospital - and has little plot importance or characterisation beyond that is a DisposableWoman. Of course, [[AlwaysFemale two X-chromosomes are required]] to qualify. [[GenderFlip Usually]].
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The only glimmer of hope for a "damage victim" is that they are important characters in their own right. Once they have recovered, things will be business as usual. It could be worse. If the wronged party isn't just injured, but dies in a particularly pointless way for the main character to angst over, they were probably StuffedIntoTheFridge. Someone who is living, breathing CollateralAngst - to the point the reader/viewer wonders if they're ever out of the hospital - and has little plot importance or characterisation beyond that is a DisposableWoman. Of course, [[AlwaysFemale two X-chromosomes are required]] to qualify. [[GenderFlip Usually]].

!!Examples: [[AC:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]] * Both Kisa and Rin are viciously attacked by Akito in ''Manga/FruitsBasket''. Rin in particular is badly injured after being pushed out of an upper floor window. However, both girls seem to discount these events in their catalogue of tragedies. Kisa is more worried about the bullying she suffers at school, while Rin desperately searches for a cure to the Sohma curse in between hospital visits. Their love interests, Hiro and Hatsuharu respectively, on the other hand, angst constantly about their failure to protect their girlfriends. Hiro especially sees his inability to stand up to Akito and prevent the attack as an insult to his masculine pride and proof that he is unworthy of Kisa.
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!!Examples: [[AC:{{Anime}} !!Examples: [[foldercontrol]] [[folder: Anime and {{Manga}}]] Manga ]] * Both Kisa and Rin are viciously attacked by Akito in ''Manga/FruitsBasket''. Rin in particular is badly injured after being pushed out of an upper floor window. However, both girls seem to discount these events in their catalogue of tragedies. Kisa is more worried about the bullying she suffers at school, while Rin desperately searches for a cure to the Sohma curse in between hospital visits. Their love interests, Hiro and Hatsuharu respectively, on the other hand, angst constantly about their failure to protect their girlfriends. Hiro especially sees his inability to stand up to Akito and prevent the attack as an insult to his masculine pride and proof that he is unworthy of Kisa.

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[[AC:LiveActionTelevision]] * Deconstructed twice in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'': ** When his best friend, Ben, is diagnosed with leukaemia, Dr. Cox doesn't cope well. Ben, in a rare subversion, actually calls him on this behaviour, pointing out that he's the one with the disease, and could use his friend's help rather than having to cope with Cox's issues.
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[[AC:{{Mythology}}]] * Most people feel soooo bad for [[ClassicalMythology Hercules]] when he accidentally kills his wife [[http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/Herakles/megara.html Megara]][[note]]whose actual death depends on the version, some she escaped and/or married Hercules' nephew Iolaus afterward[[/note]] and their children. [[AC:Other]]
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10th Mar '15 2:37:31 PM RoseAndHeather
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* Creator/DavidWeber makes a point of using this with his character deaths; the focus is almost always on the pain of the dead character's surviving friends and family. This is part of a larger, overarching WarIsHell aesop, in which Weber makes damned sure to remind his readers that no matter how noble or necessary a death might be, it's still going to hurt like hell for the people left behind. A prime example occurs in ''[[Literature/HonorHarrington At All Costs]]'': losing [[spoiler:Javier Giscard]] in battle hurts like hell, as is par for the course for Weber, but the ''real'' agony is in [[spoiler:his lover Eloise Pritchart]]'s reaction to losing [[spoiler:the man who was essentially her husband in all but name]]. (The reaction in question is, of course, an utterly broken heart.)
25th Jan '15 10:07:10 PM szaleniec1000
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I hate having to defend it, but.
* Hermione's rape in ''Fanfic/InThisWorldAndTheNext'' is very similar, in that it happens solely to motivate Harry to kill the perpetrator (a literal RonTheDeathEater) and is never mentioned after the first chapter, and Hermione's own reaction to it is never explored.
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* Hermione's rape in ''Fanfic/InThisWorldAndTheNext'' is very similar, in that it happens solely to motivate Harry to kill the perpetrator (a literal RonTheDeathEater) and is never barely mentioned after the first chapter, and Hermione's own reaction to it is never explored.
5th Jan '15 5:43:39 PM MarchVee
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* A big part of JodiPicoult's ''Literature/HandleWithCare'' is the fact that while Willow is physically injured for most of the book (she has brittle bone disease), it's her mother, Charlotte, that does all the angsting -- and it's her mother's lawsuit that threatens the family, not Willow's disease. Even Charlotte is forced to realise that the court case she's set in motion is more about herself that Willow.
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* A big part of JodiPicoult's Creator/JodiPicoult's ''Literature/HandleWithCare'' is the fact that while Willow is physically injured for most of the book (she has brittle bone disease), it's her mother, Charlotte, that does all the angsting -- and it's her mother's lawsuit that threatens the family, not Willow's disease. Even Charlotte is forced to realise that the court case she's set in motion is more about herself that Willow.
5th Jan '15 10:18:15 AM MarchVee
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* A big part of JodiPicoult's ''HandleWithCare'' is the fact that while Willow is physically injured for most of the book (she has brittle bone disease), it's her mother, Charlotte, that does all the angsting -- and it's her mother's lawsuit that threatens the family, not Willow's disease. Even Charlotte is forced to realise that the court case she's set in motion is more about herself that Willow.
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* A big part of JodiPicoult's ''HandleWithCare'' ''Literature/HandleWithCare'' is the fact that while Willow is physically injured for most of the book (she has brittle bone disease), it's her mother, Charlotte, that does all the angsting -- and it's her mother's lawsuit that threatens the family, not Willow's disease. Even Charlotte is forced to realise that the court case she's set in motion is more about herself that Willow.
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