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21st May '17 5:16:35 PM nombretomado
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* On WereAlive, Todd's death at the hands of the zombies is Lizzy's main reason for wanting to kill every zombie she sees.

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\n* On WereAlive, ''AudioPlay/WereAlive'', Todd's death at the hands of the zombies is Lizzy's main reason for wanting to kill every zombie she sees.
9th May '17 7:09:36 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* Creator/DonMcLean's song "American Pie" repeatedly references "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Day_the_Music_Died the day the music died]]" - the day of the plane crash that killed rock and roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson.

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* Creator/DonMcLean's Music/DonMcLean's song "American Pie" repeatedly references "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Day_the_Music_Died the day the music died]]" - -- the day of the plane crash that killed rock and roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson.
27th Mar '17 12:48:23 PM josh6243
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* In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsV'', [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsV Soji and Chitose]] lost their families to [[Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato2199 Gamilas]] bombardments. While this left a mark on their psyches, they are also quick to point out that there are a lot of people in the world with the same problem.
11th Mar '17 11:17:14 AM nombretomado
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* Hal Emmerich's motive for infiltrating the Big Shell in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2'' is to rescue his stepsister Emma, who is one of the hostages. Naturally, [[StuffedIntoTheFridge her death at the hands of Vamp is the cause of Hal's grudge towards Vamp]] in ''MetalGearSolid4''.

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Hal Emmerich's motive for infiltrating the Big Shell in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2'' is to rescue his stepsister Emma, who is one of the hostages. Naturally, [[StuffedIntoTheFridge her death at the hands of Vamp is the cause of Hal's grudge towards Vamp]] in ''MetalGearSolid4''.''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots''.
7th Mar '17 11:21:02 AM Dravencour
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* Katniss' father dies five years before ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', forcing her to toughen up and learn to hunt to support herself and her family. Later, [[spoiler: Rue dies in the games]], awakening her killer instinct. [[spoiler: Then in ''Mockingjay'', Primrose dies, driving Katniss towards deep depression and increasingly close to insanity.]]

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* Katniss' father dies five years before ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', forcing her to toughen up and learn to hunt to support herself and her family. Later, [[spoiler: Rue dies in the games]], awakening her killer instinct. [[spoiler: Then in ''Mockingjay'', Primrose Primrose, the sister that Katniss went through all the hell of the Hunger Games for, dies, driving Katniss towards deep depression and increasingly close to insanity.]]






* In the final episode of ''Series/BlackBooks'' it is revealed in response to Manny's TheReasonYouSuck speech that [[spoiler:Bernard's girlfriend died]] , triggering his transition into JerkassWoobie. Slightly subverted in that we are unsure how much of a bastard he actually was before she died, and whether he's just using it as an excuse. Also could be subverted with the reveal that [[spoiler: she didn't actually die, but he believed she did so it still counts.]]

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* In the final episode of ''Series/BlackBooks'' it is revealed in response to Manny's TheReasonYouSuck speech that [[spoiler:Bernard's girlfriend died]] , died]], triggering his transition into JerkassWoobie. Slightly subverted in that we are unsure how much of a bastard he actually was before she died, and whether he's just using it as an excuse. Also could be subverted with the reveal that [[spoiler: she didn't actually die, but he believed she did so it still counts.]]counts]].



** Subverted in the online mode of ''Dirge of Cerberus''. The main character is driven to sacrifice herself to destroy the Restrictor on the basis of memories of her little sister being cruelly murdered, only for Shelke to tell her corpse that she never had a sister; it was an implanted memory to get her to remove the Tsviets' captor so they could go on to try to bring about the end of the world. Cruel.
** Inverted by Shelke, for whom the sacrifice of her older sister is the inspiration for her to join the good guys and become Vincent's MissionControl.

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** Subverted in the online mode of ''Dirge of Cerberus''.''VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus''. The main character is driven to sacrifice herself to destroy the Restrictor on the basis of memories of her little sister being cruelly murdered, only for Shelke to tell her corpse that she never had a sister; it was an implanted memory to get her to remove the Tsviets' captor so they could go on to try to bring about the end of the world. Cruel.
** Inverted by Shelke, Shelke herself, for whom the sacrifice of her older sister is the inspiration for her to join the good guys and become Vincent's MissionControl.
7th Mar '17 11:15:05 AM Dravencour
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* Happens to Guts ''twice'' in ''{{Manga/Berserk}}''. Guts' first traumatizing experience was at the age of 6 or 7 when [[spoiler: he was raped by a male soldier at the convenience of his adoptive father [[AbusiveParents Gambino]].]] After this, Guts had almost lost all of his trust in people. In his teen years, he joins the Band of the Hawk and over the course of the story line, Guts' trust in people starts to build up as the themes of [[ThePowerOfTrust camaraderie,]] [[ThePowerOfFriendship friendship,]] [[ThePowerOfLove and love]] prevail. Tragically, an even greater and more horrifying event happened during the Eclipse, where [[spoiler: all of his friends were sacrificed and eaten by hordes of demons and his lover was horrifically raped to insanity in front of him at the convenience of his former best friend, [[FaceHeelTurn Griffith]].]] This event all but utterly crushed Guts' spirit, to the point of becoming a ruthless AntiHero on the verge of [[HeWhoFightsMonsters losing his humanity to his undying hatred for Griffith and the demons]]. The Conviction Arc has him realizing that he fucked up big-time in leaving Casca alone to fight his demons and going through hell and high water to rescue her, picking up a new circle of TrueCompanions along the way. He then goes on a quest to [[FindTheCure find a way to cure Casca of her Eclipse-induced madness]], but the monster that Guts had to become through years of battle with the demons has never fully left him, and now takes the form of a monstrous EnemyWithin.

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* Happens to Guts ''twice'' in ''{{Manga/Berserk}}''. Guts' first traumatizing experience was at the age of 6 or 7 when [[spoiler: he was raped by a male soldier at the convenience of his adoptive father [[AbusiveParents Gambino]].]] Gambino]], who he later had to kill when he got drunk and tried to murder him]]. After this, Guts had almost lost all of his trust in people. In his teen years, he joins the Band of the Hawk and over the course of the story line, Golden Age storyline, Guts' trust in people starts to build up as the themes of [[ThePowerOfTrust camaraderie,]] [[ThePowerOfFriendship friendship,]] [[ThePowerOfLove and love]] prevail. Tragically, an even greater and more horrifying event happened during the Eclipse, where [[spoiler: all of his friends were sacrificed and eaten by hordes of demons and his lover was horrifically raped to insanity in front of him at the convenience of his former best friend, [[FaceHeelTurn Griffith]].Griffith]], who did it all to become a demon god.]] This event all but utterly crushed Guts' spirit, to the point of becoming a ruthless AntiHero on the verge of [[HeWhoFightsMonsters losing his humanity to his undying hatred for Griffith and the demons]]. The Conviction Arc has him realizing that he fucked up big-time in leaving Casca alone to fight his demons and going through hell and high water to rescue her, picking up a new circle of TrueCompanions along the way. He then goes on a quest to [[FindTheCure find a way to cure Casca of her Eclipse-induced madness]], but the monster that Guts had to become through years of battle with the demons has never fully left him, and now takes the form of a monstrous EnemyWithin.
7th Mar '17 11:10:26 AM Dravencour
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* Happens to Guts ''twice'' in ''{{Manga/Berserk}}''. Guts' first traumatizing experience was at the age of 6 or 7 when [[spoiler: he was raped by a male soldier at the convenience of his adoptive father [[AbusiveParents Gambino]].]] After this, Guts had almost lost all of his trust in people. In his teen years, he joins the Band of the Hawk and over the course of the story line, Guts' trust in people starts to build up as the themes of [[ThePowerOfTrust camaraderie,]] [[ThePowerOfFriendship friendship,]] [[ThePowerOfLove and love]] prevail. Tragically, an even greater and more horrifying event happened during the Eclipse, where [[spoiler: all of his friends were sacrificed and eaten by hordes of demons and his lover was horrifically raped to insanity in front of him at the convenience of his former best friend, [[FaceHeelTurn Griffith]].]] This event all but utterly crushed Guts' spirit, to the point of becoming a ruthless AntiHero on the verge of [[HeWhoFightsMonsters becoming like the very monsters he wanted to destroy]]. The Conviction Arc has him realizing that he fucked up big-time in leaving Casca alone to fight his demons and going through hell and high water to rescue her, picking up a new circle of TrueCompanions along the way. He then goes on a quest to [[FindTheCure find a way to cure Casca of her Eclipse-induced madness]], but the monster that Guts had to become through years of battle with the demons has never fully left him, and now takes the form of a monstrous EnemyWithin.

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* Happens to Guts ''twice'' in ''{{Manga/Berserk}}''. Guts' first traumatizing experience was at the age of 6 or 7 when [[spoiler: he was raped by a male soldier at the convenience of his adoptive father [[AbusiveParents Gambino]].]] After this, Guts had almost lost all of his trust in people. In his teen years, he joins the Band of the Hawk and over the course of the story line, Guts' trust in people starts to build up as the themes of [[ThePowerOfTrust camaraderie,]] [[ThePowerOfFriendship friendship,]] [[ThePowerOfLove and love]] prevail. Tragically, an even greater and more horrifying event happened during the Eclipse, where [[spoiler: all of his friends were sacrificed and eaten by hordes of demons and his lover was horrifically raped to insanity in front of him at the convenience of his former best friend, [[FaceHeelTurn Griffith]].]] This event all but utterly crushed Guts' spirit, to the point of becoming a ruthless AntiHero on the verge of [[HeWhoFightsMonsters becoming like losing his humanity to his undying hatred for Griffith and the very monsters he wanted to destroy]].demons]]. The Conviction Arc has him realizing that he fucked up big-time in leaving Casca alone to fight his demons and going through hell and high water to rescue her, picking up a new circle of TrueCompanions along the way. He then goes on a quest to [[FindTheCure find a way to cure Casca of her Eclipse-induced madness]], but the monster that Guts had to become through years of battle with the demons has never fully left him, and now takes the form of a monstrous EnemyWithin.
7th Mar '17 11:09:02 AM Dravencour
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* Happens to Guts ''twice'' in ''{{Manga/Berserk}}''. Guts' first traumatizing experience was at the age of 6 or 7 when [[spoiler: he was raped by a male soldier at the convenience of his adoptive father [[AbusiveParents Gambino]].]] After this, Guts had almost lost all of his trust in people. In his teen years, he joins the Band of the Hawk and over the course of the story line, Guts' trust in people starts to build up as the themes of [[ThePowerOfTrust camaraderie,]] [[ThePowerOfFriendship friendship,]] [[ThePowerOfLove and love]] prevail. Tragically, an even greater and more horrifying event happened during the Eclipse, where [[spoiler: all of his friends were sacrificed and eaten by hordes of demons and his lover was horrifically raped to insanity in front of him at the convenience of his former best friend, [[FaceHeelTurn Griffith]].]] This event all but utterly crushed Guts' spirit, to the point of becoming a ruthless AntiHero on the verge of [[HeWhoFightsMonsters becoming like the very monsters he wanted to destroy]]. The Conviction Arc has him realizing that he fucked up big-time in leaving Casca alone to fight his demons and going through hell and high water to rescue her, picking up a new circle of TrueCompanions along the way as he goes on a quest to [[FindTheCure cure Casca of her Eclipse-induced madness]], but the monster that he had to become through years of battle with the demons has never fully left him, and now takes the form of a monstrous EnemyWithin.

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* Happens to Guts ''twice'' in ''{{Manga/Berserk}}''. Guts' first traumatizing experience was at the age of 6 or 7 when [[spoiler: he was raped by a male soldier at the convenience of his adoptive father [[AbusiveParents Gambino]].]] After this, Guts had almost lost all of his trust in people. In his teen years, he joins the Band of the Hawk and over the course of the story line, Guts' trust in people starts to build up as the themes of [[ThePowerOfTrust camaraderie,]] [[ThePowerOfFriendship friendship,]] [[ThePowerOfLove and love]] prevail. Tragically, an even greater and more horrifying event happened during the Eclipse, where [[spoiler: all of his friends were sacrificed and eaten by hordes of demons and his lover was horrifically raped to insanity in front of him at the convenience of his former best friend, [[FaceHeelTurn Griffith]].]] This event all but utterly crushed Guts' spirit, to the point of becoming a ruthless AntiHero on the verge of [[HeWhoFightsMonsters becoming like the very monsters he wanted to destroy]]. The Conviction Arc has him realizing that he fucked up big-time in leaving Casca alone to fight his demons and going through hell and high water to rescue her, picking up a new circle of TrueCompanions along the way as he way. He then goes on a quest to [[FindTheCure find a way to cure Casca of her Eclipse-induced madness]], but the monster that he Guts had to become through years of battle with the demons has never fully left him, and now takes the form of a monstrous EnemyWithin.
7th Mar '17 11:07:43 AM Dravencour
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** Its main character Shinn Asuka experiences ''hardcore'' cynicism catalyst when his little sister Mayu is accidentally blown up alongside their parents when they got caught in between battle fire. To the point where Shinn carries around her cell phone and listens to her "leave a message after the beep" recording when he gets down.

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** Its The main character Shinn Asuka experiences ''hardcore'' cynicism catalyst has his life changed forever when his little sister Mayu is accidentally blown up alongside their parents when they got caught in between battle fire.the crossfire of a major battle. To the point where Shinn carries around her cell phone and listens to her "leave a message after the beep" recording when he gets down.



* ''Manga/NaruTaru'' has Shiina Tamai's older sister, Mishou, who died few after Shiina's birth. Her death tore the family apart and it'd take more than a decade and ''another'' death to patch things up.

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* ''Manga/NaruTaru'' ''Manga/{{Narutaru}}'' has Shiina Tamai's older sister, Mishou, who died few after Shiina's birth. Her death tore the family apart and it'd take more than a decade and ''another'' death to patch things up.



* Doubly subverted in ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' with Guts. Guts first traumatizing experience was at the age of 6 or 7 when [[spoiler: he was raped by a male soldier at the convenience of his adoptive father [[AbusiveParents Gambino]].]] After this, Guts had almost lost all of his trust in people. In his teen years, he joins the Band of the Hawk and over the course of the story line, Guts' trust in people starts to build up as the themes of [[ThePowerOfTrust camaraderie,]] [[ThePowerOfFriendship friendship,]] [[ThePowerOfLove and love]] prevail. Tragically, an even greater and more horrifying event happened during the Eclipse, where [[spoiler: all of his friends were sacrificed and eaten by hoards of demons and his lover was horrifically raped to insanity in front of him at the convenience of his former best friend, [[FaceHeelTurn Griffith]].]] This event all but utterly crushed Guts' spirit. [[HeWhoFightsMonsters He will]] [[TookALevelInJerkass most likely never]] [[BrokenBird fully heal after this one.]]

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* Doubly subverted in ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' with Guts. Happens to Guts ''twice'' in ''{{Manga/Berserk}}''. Guts' first traumatizing experience was at the age of 6 or 7 when [[spoiler: he was raped by a male soldier at the convenience of his adoptive father [[AbusiveParents Gambino]].]] After this, Guts had almost lost all of his trust in people. In his teen years, he joins the Band of the Hawk and over the course of the story line, Guts' trust in people starts to build up as the themes of [[ThePowerOfTrust camaraderie,]] [[ThePowerOfFriendship friendship,]] [[ThePowerOfLove and love]] prevail. Tragically, an even greater and more horrifying event happened during the Eclipse, where [[spoiler: all of his friends were sacrificed and eaten by hoards hordes of demons and his lover was horrifically raped to insanity in front of him at the convenience of his former best friend, [[FaceHeelTurn Griffith]].]] This event all but utterly crushed Guts' spirit. spirit, to the point of becoming a ruthless AntiHero on the verge of [[HeWhoFightsMonsters He will]] [[TookALevelInJerkass most likely never]] [[BrokenBird becoming like the very monsters he wanted to destroy]]. The Conviction Arc has him realizing that he fucked up big-time in leaving Casca alone to fight his demons and going through hell and high water to rescue her, picking up a new circle of TrueCompanions along the way as he goes on a quest to [[FindTheCure cure Casca of her Eclipse-induced madness]], but the monster that he had to become through years of battle with the demons has never fully heal after this one.]]left him, and now takes the form of a monstrous EnemyWithin.
21st Feb '17 8:29:07 PM nombretomado
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* From the books of DaleBrown, Patrick [=McLanahan=]'s little brother almost getting killed is what gets him started on a vigilante quest using the titular PoweredArmor of ''The Tin Man''. Eventually, both his wife and brother get killed.

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* From the books of DaleBrown, Creator/DaleBrown, Patrick [=McLanahan=]'s little brother almost getting killed is what gets him started on a vigilante quest using the titular PoweredArmor of ''The Tin Man''. Eventually, both his wife and brother get killed.
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