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17th Sep '17 11:33:05 AM DustSnitch
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* ''WesternAnimation/StrangeMagic'': Marianne, after seeing her fiancee with another women right before their wedding. She gives up on love and becomes a sword-wielding {{Badass Princess}}.

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* ''WesternAnimation/StrangeMagic'': Marianne, after seeing her fiancee with another women right before their wedding. She gives up on love and becomes a sword-wielding {{Badass Princess}}.warrior.
3rd Sep '17 4:01:17 AM MagiMecha
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* In ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', the Tournament of Power becomes this towards Universe 11's Toppo and the Pride Troopers. Their entire universe ran on the ideals of justice, which their counterparts on Universe 2, the MagicalGirl trio Kamikaze Fireballs and their friends, used ThePowerOfLove. However, while Love helped them and others out, justice didn't -- the Pride Troopers were knocked down to just three of their number due to the power of the Saiyans, especially the meek Saiyan Kale of Universe 6. The final straw was when their attempt to defeat the assassin Hit lead to their number dropping to three, especially when Goku, whom Toppo called a villain for giving [[TopGod Zen-Oh]] the reminder for the Tournament of Power, dropped in to help Hit. After this, Toppo told remaining members Jiren and Dyspo that there was no justice or evil, only survival and erasure.
30th Aug '17 6:41:24 PM Pegase
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**The Ishbalan genocide prior to the main timeline of the story had this effect on a lot of characters. [[spoiler:Hawkeye]] in particular became cynical enough to [[spoiler: ask Colonel Mustang to burn and scar her back so she could never share the secret of her father's research again lest it be used in war again.]]
27th Aug '17 7:21:26 AM ACW
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* Ragna the Bloodedge, the protagonist of the ''VideoGame/{{BlazBlue}}'' series, has the event where he came home to the church where he and his two orphaned siblings lived only to find the building set on fire and the nun running it butchered. Then he finds his little sister barely breathing on the ground and his little brother who, in a fit of MindRape-induced madness, [[AnArmAndALeg cuts off Ragna's right arm.]] And ''then'' [[BigBad Yuuki Terumi]], CompleteMonster extraordinaire and the man behind this whole fucked up event shows up, spends a couple of minutes [[EvilIsPetty mocking]] and [[EvilLaugh laughing]] at Ragna before kidnapping Ragna's siblings and leaving Ragna himself unconscious in a pool of his own blood.

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* Ragna the Bloodedge, the protagonist of the ''VideoGame/{{BlazBlue}}'' series, has the event where he came home to the church where he and his two orphaned siblings lived only to find the building set on fire and the nun running it butchered. Then he finds his little sister barely breathing on the ground and his little brother who, in a fit of MindRape-induced madness, [[AnArmAndALeg cuts off Ragna's right arm.]] And ''then'' [[BigBad Yuuki Terumi]], CompleteMonster extraordinaire and the man behind this whole fucked up event shows up, spends a couple of minutes [[EvilIsPetty mocking]] and [[EvilLaugh laughing]] at Ragna before kidnapping Ragna's siblings and leaving Ragna himself unconscious in a pool of his own blood.
22nd Aug '17 12:18:07 PM IamTheCaligula
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* Ragna the Bloodedge, the protagonist of the ''VideoGame/{{BlazBlue}}'' series seems to have one of these dead little sisters until it's revealed at the end of the second game that she's not only quite alive, but the de facto ruler of the game's CrapsackWorld and the real BigBad. A subversion, huh?

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* Ragna the Bloodedge, the protagonist of the ''VideoGame/{{BlazBlue}}'' series seems to have one of these dead little sisters until it's revealed at series, has the end of event where he came home to the second game that she's not church where he and his two orphaned siblings lived only quite alive, but to find the de facto ruler of the game's CrapsackWorld building set on fire and the real BigBad. A subversion, huh?nun running it butchered. Then he finds his little sister barely breathing on the ground and his little brother who, in a fit of MindRape-induced madness, [[AnArmAndALeg cuts off Ragna's right arm.]] And ''then'' [[BigBad Yuuki Terumi]], CompleteMonster extraordinaire and the man behind this whole fucked up event shows up, spends a couple of minutes [[EvilIsPetty mocking]] and [[EvilLaugh laughing]] at Ragna before kidnapping Ragna's siblings and leaving Ragna himself unconscious in a pool of his own blood.
--> That was when I learned to hate everything.
12th Aug '17 9:59:25 AM Prometheus117
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* The Independents' crushing defeat at the Battle of Serenity Valley is presented as this for [[TheCaptain Malcom Reynolds]] in ''{{Series/Firefly}}''.

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* The Independents' crushing defeat at the Battle of Serenity Valley is presented as this for [[TheCaptain Malcom Reynolds]] in ''{{Series/Firefly}}''. Before then, even in the thick of battle he was always ready with a smile and a quip to his companions (though it's not made clear if it was genuine or a mask he wore to keep morale up for others and himself) and he had at least some faith in God. Their loss at Serenity and the war in general made him a lot [[HurtingHero more]] [[BrokenHero sober]] and caused him to lose his faith, [[ChronicHeroSyndrome though he never quite lost his sense of heroism]], [[KnightInSourArmor as much as he might try to deny it]].
10th Aug '17 1:10:37 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GamOfThrones'': Jaime Lannister's was the death of the Mad King Aerys Targaryen II at his hands: Turns out that instead of switching sides at the last minute like his father did, the ''real'' reason he killed Aerys was to prevent Aerys from using wildfire to annihilate everyone in King's Landing. One of his most truly noble and selfless acts resulted in everyone derisively referring to him as "Kingslayer". That's part of the reason he's become so bitter and lacking in empathy towards others. Later, watching his daughter die from a slow poison in his arms just after she told him how perfectly happy she was with her husband and unborn child has turned him into TheDragon for the Mad King's rightful successor.

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* ''Series/GamOfThrones'': ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Jaime Lannister's was the death of the Mad King Aerys Targaryen II at his hands: Turns out that instead of switching sides at the last minute like his father did, the ''real'' reason he killed Aerys was to prevent Aerys from using wildfire to annihilate everyone in King's Landing. One of his most truly noble and selfless acts resulted in everyone derisively referring to him as "Kingslayer". That's part of the reason he's become so bitter and lacking in empathy towards others. Later, watching his daughter die from a slow poison in his arms just after she told him how perfectly happy she was with her husband and unborn child has turned him into TheDragon for the Mad King's rightful successor.
10th Aug '17 1:10:17 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GamOfThrones'': Jaime Lannister's was the death of the Mad King Aerys Targaryen II at his hands: Turns out that instead of switching sides at the last minute like his father did, the ''real'' reason he killed Aerys was to prevent Aerys from using wildfire to annihilate everyone in King's Landing. One of his most truly noble and selfless acts resulted in everyone derisively referring to him as "Kingslayer". That's part of the reason he's become so bitter and lacking in empathy towards others. Later, watching his daughter die from a slow poison in his arms just after she told him how perfectly happy she was with her husband and unborn child has turned him into TheDragon for the Mad King's rightful successor.
7th Aug '17 11:34:41 AM Fireblood
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* ''Film/{{Casablanca}}:'' When Ilsa abandoned Rick in Paris. (Though as Louis notes, Rick's cynicism was never as thorough as he liked to believe.) When Rick and Ilsa reconcile, Rick is able to drop the cynicism and become a straight-up hero.

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* ''Film/{{Casablanca}}:'' When Ilsa abandoned Rick in Paris. (Though Paris (though as Louis notes, Rick's cynicism was never as thorough as he liked to believe.) believe). When Rick and Ilsa reconcile, Rick is able to drop the cynicism and become a straight-up hero.hero.
* ''Film/RedLights'': Both Margaret and Tom have these as motivations to debunk paranormal claims. Margaret's son is in a coma, which apparently caused a loss of faith and firm disbelief in all things supernatural or paranormal. Tom's mother died due to trusting in a faith healer rather than medicine, with the same results.
11th Jul '17 5:50:33 PM jormis29
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* In ''A Short Film About Killing'' directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski, the young man on death row espoused a life of crime because he was so haunted by his dead little sister's memory.

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* In ''A Short Film About Killing'' directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski, Creator/KrzysztofKieslowski, the young man on death row espoused a life of crime because he was so haunted by his dead little sister's memory.
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