History Main / DarkAndTroubledPast

27th May '17 10:48:24 AM lillolillo
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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': Notable since this trope applies to virtually every character with any significance in the story, not simply the protagonist. Though technically speaking, every person on [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion NGE's]] Earth who lived through and survived the post-[[ApocalypseHow Second Impact]] [[AfterTheEnd global chaos]] would qualify.

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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': Notable since this trope applies to virtually every character with any significance in the story, not simply the protagonist. Though technically speaking, every person on [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion NGE's]] Earth who lived through and survived the post-[[ApocalypseHow Second Impact]] [[AfterTheEnd global chaos]] would qualify.



** [[CuteLittleFangs Ranka]] is also an orphan who [[spoiler: lost her family during a Vajra attack on their research fleet]], an event so traumatic that she [[LaserGuidedAmnesia lost her memories]] and, for a time, the [[TheVoiceless ability to speak]] before her adoptive brother got to her.
*** It's made worse for her that [[spoiler: the cause of the attack was her singing, which, thanks to the Vajra germs she got from her mother, allowed her to unknowingly comunicate with the Vajra.]]

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** [[CuteLittleFangs Ranka]] is also an orphan who [[spoiler: lost her family during a Vajra attack on their research fleet]], an event so traumatic that she [[LaserGuidedAmnesia lost her memories]] and, for a time, the [[TheVoiceless ability to speak]] before her adoptive brother got to her.
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her. It's made worse for her that [[spoiler: the cause of the attack was her singing, which, thanks to the Vajra germs she got from her mother, allowed her to unknowingly comunicate with the Vajra.]]



* ''Manga/CityHunter'': Ryo, big time. Orphaned at such a young age he doesn't even know his actual birthday? Check. Becoming a Child Soldier to survive being orphaned? Check. Being the initial test subject of the experimental drug Angel Dust, and the only man who has ever recovered from its withdrawal symptoms? Ouch!



* Franchise/{{Batman}} has probably the quintessential Dark and Troubled Past, which was his parents getting killed by an unknown mugger before his very eyes.

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* Franchise/{{Batman}} has probably the quintessential Dark and Troubled Past, which was his Franchise/{{Batman}}'s parents getting killed got murdered by an unknown mugger before his very eyes.



* And Comicbook/SpiderMan has his (which already includes losing both parents) tying in with [[MyGreatestFailure his greatest failure]], with Peter Parker refusing to stop a bad guy who would then go on to kill his beloved Uncle Ben. [[ILetGwenStacyDie Not that things would get much better afterwards]]...
* {{Deadpool}}-- [[NoFourthWall Hey! Why don't you go watch the]] [[WebAnimation/DeathBattle fight between me and]] [[TeenTitans Deathstroke]] right [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yn8ZqX82neg here!]]
* Comicbook/IncredibleHulk: Bruce Banner and his mother were regularly abused by his father, Brian. Brian eventually killed his wife, in front of Bruce.

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* And Comicbook/SpiderMan Franchise/SpiderMan has his (which already includes losing both parents) tying in with [[MyGreatestFailure his greatest failure]], with Peter Parker refusing to stop a bad guy who would then go on to kill his beloved Uncle Ben. [[ILetGwenStacyDie Not that things would get much better afterwards]]...
* {{Deadpool}}-- Comicbook/{{Deadpool}}-- [[NoFourthWall Hey! Why don't you go watch the]] [[WebAnimation/DeathBattle fight between me and]] [[TeenTitans Deathstroke]] right [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yn8ZqX82neg here!]]
* Comicbook/IncredibleHulk: Franchise/TheIncredibleHulk: Bruce Banner and his mother were regularly abused by his father, Brian. Brian eventually killed his wife, in front of Bruce.



* [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Superman's]] entire home planet was destroyed when he was just a baby, and in some continuities he's the LastOfHisKind.

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* [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Superman's]] Franchise/{{Superman}} and Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'s entire home planet was destroyed when he was they were just a baby, baby and in some continuities he's a little child respectively, and they're the LastOfHisKind.last of their kind.



* Grimlock has this in ''[[http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/transformers-fan-fiction/828948-transformers-meta.html Transformers Meta]]'', which theoretically warrants his aggressive personality.
** Jazz also seems to have it, [[SugarAndIcePersonality but does a better job at hiding it]].

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* Grimlock has this in In ''[[http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/transformers-fan-fiction/828948-transformers-meta.html Transformers Meta]]'', Meta]]'' Grimlock has this, which theoretically warrants his aggressive personality.
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personality. Jazz also seems to have it, [[SugarAndIcePersonality but does a better job at hiding it]].



* Some ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'' fanfics give the characters tragic pasts.



** Also, WV. A simple farmer willing for peace has his home and crops destroyed by war. [[spoiler:He [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome unites the Prospitian and Dersite pawns]] and leads a rebellion against the Black King. Then [[OmnicidalManiac Jackspers Noirlecrow]] shows up. Noir slaughters the King and all the rebellion, save for WV, dooming him to lead a life of SurvivorsGuilt.]]

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** Also, WV. A simple farmer willing for peace has his home and crops destroyed by war. [[spoiler:He [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome unites the Prospitian and Dersite pawns]] pawns and leads a rebellion against the Black King. Then [[OmnicidalManiac Jackspers Noirlecrow]] shows up. Noir slaughters the King and all the rebellion, save for WV, dooming him to lead a life of SurvivorsGuilt.]]
14th May '17 7:12:35 AM Kakai
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* ''Literature/TheMachineriesOfEmpire'': Jedao has some messed-up events in his past, such as [[spoiler:his superior raping him, him and his fellow agents being bombed by their own allies (with the other agent dying)]] and the Hellspin Massacre, when he had a psychotic break and ended up killing one million people on both sides of the conflict.
8th May '17 5:52:48 PM MissMarionette
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** Kabuto's past, much like his own character, was obscured for a very long time. It turns out that the single little nugget of info we had been given early in the series-that he was a war orphan-was true, but the real story includes so much more: [[spoiler:
8th May '17 5:51:17 PM MissMarionette
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** Itachi saw the end of the 3th ninja war and the kyuubi attack before he was even a ninja and decided to do ANYTHING to pevent war.
** Kakashi saw his father take his own life at 7, [[spoiler:then his friend Obito dies, giving him a sharingan and a new ninja way, then he is forced to kill Rin for an as of yet unknown reason, and finally, he loses Minato who was his teacher. Considering the [[ParentalSubstitute kind of bond teachers and students have]] in Naruto]], this must have hit him hard as well..]
** Sasuke, at 8, saw his clan get massacred by his older brother [[spoiler: under order of the Hokage]] and killed said brother at 16, [[spoiler: only to learn the truth after the act]], and set himself on the [[CycleOfRevenge Asura path]]
** There are many more examples to think of. Most of the villains have similar backgrounds, and quite a few good guys as well.

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** Itachi saw the end of the 3th ninja war 3rd Ninja War and the kyuubi Kyuubi attack before he was even a ninja and decided to do ANYTHING to pevent war.
** Kakashi saw his father take his own life at 7, [[spoiler:then his friend Obito dies, seemingly dies before giving him a sharingan and a new ninja way, then his Sharingan; he is forced to kill his remaining teammate Rin for an as in order to prevent the tailed beast inside her from falling into the hands of yet unknown reason, the enemy; and finally, finally his teacher, the 4th Hokage, dies when he loses Minato sacrifices himself to protect the village from the Kyuubi.]] And to think, when he was first introduced he seemed like such a laidback person who was his teacher. Considering simply wise and pragmatic about the [[ParentalSubstitute kind nature of bond teachers and students have]] in Naruto]], this must have hit him hard as well..]
being a ninja...
** Sasuke, at 8, saw stumbled upon the aftermath of his clan get massacred clan's massacre by his older brother [[spoiler: under order of the Hokage]] Danzo]] and killed said brother at 16, [[spoiler: only to learn the truth after the act]], and set himself on the [[CycleOfRevenge Asura path]]
** There are many more examples Gaara, of course, was feared by his village and his family for the one-tailed demon inside of him. His attempts at connecting with others proved fruitless and at times were rebuffed harshly by other kids. Not only that but out of self-defense he was forced to think of. Most kill the only person who stood by him and protected him. This tragedy and the realization that he was truly alone led him to look to his literal inner demon for solace, giving us the emotionless death machine which is initially introduced to us.
** Kimimaro was
of the villains have similar backgrounds, now-extinct Kaguya clan had been born with his clan's special kekkei genkai and quite the leader, fearing its power, locked him up in a few dark cage except on the occasions where he was needed for battle (which was often, since they were a war-like tribe). The Mist Village, deciding they had enough with this clan's bellicose nature, decided to commit an act of genocide and wipe them all out in one fell swoop. Kimimaro managed to escape this culling and wandered aimlessly and without purpose, until he met Orochimaru...
** Kabuto's past, much like his own character, was obscured for a very long time. It turns out that the single little nugget of info we had been given early in the series-that he was a war orphan-was true, but the real story includes so much more: [[spoiler:
** Haku was born with a special kekkei genkai-Ice Release-which was all well and
good guys except that within the Land of Water where his small village resided, the people still held extreme anger and pains from the death and destruction that a previous war had caused them due to both sides using people with kekkei genkai. He had inherited this ability from his mother, who hid it from her husband in order to maintain the illusion that they were normal and perhaps that one day they could reveal the truth to the man in hopes that love could trump the prejudice that still remained. Unfortunately, it was not to be. Haku had discovered his ability and while his mother quickly stifled it, Haku's father witnessed it and rounded a mob of villagers to attack them. Haku watched his mother be killed in front of him and was about to be murdered as well.well but he used his abilities to kill all of his assailants, thus rendering himself an orphan.
7th May '17 2:09:31 PM Derkhan
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* Both Veres and Shelena from ''Literature/LoyalEnemies'':
** Veres was a skilled, talented wizard on the verge of making his [=PhD=] and becoming an archwizard. Then [[spoiler:love of his life was suspected of being a crazy necromancer and he refused to be interrogated, believing her to be innocent. He was tortured for information for days.]] He was banished from the capital, left the prison as functional cripple, with all of his possessions confiscated and his career ruined. If he ever returns to the capital, he'll be killed. If it wasn't for his friend Darkness, who helped him and put him back together, he'd probably die just out of the city gates hours after his release.[[spoiler:The worst part? Tairinn wasn't innocent at all.]]
** Shelena's past isn't as elaborated upon, but she has her share. Among others, [[spoiler:her baby child was murdered by lynch mob, she lived for years in an unhappy marriage and she was once captured by AxCrazy monster hunter and tortured for hours, if not days, before being left to die.]] Not to mention that ever since she became a werewolf (which [[OlderThanTheyLook might've been]] more than fifty years before the book starts), she was on the run, going from city to city and hiding her darkling nature.

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* Both Veres and Shelena Most of the main characters from ''Literature/LoyalEnemies'':
''Literature/LoyalEnemies'' haven't lived a life of roses so far:
** Veres was a skilled, talented wizard mage on the verge of making handing in his [=PhD=] thesis and becoming an archwizard. archmage. Then [[spoiler:love the love of his life was suspected of being a crazy necromancer and he refused to be interrogated, believing her to be innocent. He [[spoiler:He was tortured for information for days.]] He days, left the prison as a functional cripple, was banished from the capital, left the prison as functional cripple, with had all of his possessions confiscated and his career ruined. thus ruined.]] To top it off, [[TheLostLenore his lover Tairinn was killed by a werewolf]] a week later. If he ever returns to the capital, he'll be killed. If it wasn't not for his friend Darkness, who helped him and put him back together, [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Gloom]], he'd probably die just out of the city gates hours after his release.have died right there and then. [[spoiler:The worst part? Tairinn wasn't innocent at all.all and never loved him, faking her own death.]]
** Shelena's past isn't as elaborated upon, but she Werewolf Shelena has her share. share of bad memories. Among others, [[spoiler:her baby first child was murdered by lynch mob, lynched, she lived for years in had to leave a man she loved behind because he despised the wolf side of her and wanted her to kill it with an unhappy marriage elixir, and she was once captured by an AxCrazy monster hunter and tortured for hours, if not days, days before being left to die.]] Not That's not mentioning all the times she had to mention leave everything behind because people found out she's a werewolf.
** Rest, Veres' apprentice, was thrown out of his home and by several masters he was apprenticed with, often for no good reason other than
that ever since she became a werewolf (which [[OlderThanTheyLook might've been]] more than fifty years before the book starts), she was they didn't want to feed another mouth anymore. Veres found him on the run, going verge of dying from city falling into the lake in the middle of winter beneath a flight of stairs, while his drunk father was about to city beat him for falling in.
** Virra is a seven-year-old half-elf girl who, due to her clan who all have the killing touch, is being shunned by both elves
and hiding humans. She lost her darkling nature.family to vicious bird-reptile monsters and has been told so often that she's a monster and worth nothing that she's started to believe it.
7th May '17 6:16:09 AM Kakai
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** As a child, Karyl saw his immediate family being eaten alive by a wild dinosaur. As if that wasn't traumatic enough, soon after his aunt kicked him out of the country to take over his family lands, leaving hism with nothing but a pair of trousers and his pet allosaurus Shiraa. He managed to climb out of it, though - he spent years serving as a mercenary on Shiraa's back until he amassed an army of his own and took his country back.

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** As a child, Karyl saw his immediate family being eaten alive by a wild dinosaur. As if that wasn't traumatic enough, soon after afterwards his aunt kicked him out of the country to take over his family lands, leaving hism with nothing but a pair of trousers and his pet allosaurus Shiraa. He managed to climb out of it, though - he spent years serving as a mercenary on Shiraa's back until he amassed an army of his own and took his country back.


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* ''Literature/TheSpiritThief'': While all three main characters have some degree of this going on, Nico takes the cake. As a young child, she was kidnapped by slavers and sold to the Dead Mountain cult, where she grew to be Master's worshipper by the way of Stockholm Syndrome. She was eventually implanted with a demonseed and sent out to murder everything - until the League of Storms beat her within an inch of her life and the Master abandoned her, took his powers away and told her she's a failure and should die. If it wasn't for Josef appearing at a fortunate moment, she absolutely would.
7th May '17 4:19:38 AM Zeiram1990
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** All this isn't even counting the pasts of more minor characters such as Jeong-Jeong, Pakku, Hama, Jet, and even [[TheDragonAzula]], who has MommyIssues.

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** All this isn't even counting the pasts of more minor characters such as Jeong-Jeong, Pakku, Hama, Jet, and even [[TheDragonAzula]], [[TheDragon Azula]], who has MommyIssues.
7th May '17 4:18:40 AM Zeiram1990
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** All this isn't even counting the pasts of more minor characters such as Jeong-Jeong, Pakku, Hama, Jet, and even [[MagnificentBastard Azula]], who has MommyIssues.

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** All this isn't even counting the pasts of more minor characters such as Jeong-Jeong, Pakku, Hama, Jet, and even [[MagnificentBastard Azula]], [[TheDragonAzula]], who has MommyIssues.
4th May '17 10:49:03 AM SullenFrog
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*** Nolandís Ďírealíí tragic past was told. Also the backstory of the Shandoran and Skypeanís ForeverWar, and Sky Knight Gan Fallís personal history were told.

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*** Nolandís Ďírealíí tragic past was told. Also the backstory of the Shandoran and Skypeanís Skypean’s ForeverWar, and Sky Knight Gan Fallís personal history were told.



** Icari Isidolde was orphaned at a young age when her familyís ship was boarded and destroyed by a PACT patrol. This tragedy drew her into a life of crime, and she became a highly-skilled assassin and bounty hunter with a burning desire for revenge.

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** Icari Isidolde was orphaned at a young age when her familyís ship was boarded and destroyed by a PACT patrol.patrol, and she spent the next five days helplessly drifting through space in an escape pod before anyone found her. This tragedy drew her into a life of crime, and she became a highly-skilled assassin and bounty hunter with a burning desire for revenge.
4th May '17 10:05:02 AM SullenFrog
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** Icari Isidolde was orphaned at a young age when her familyís ship was boarded and destroyed by a PACT patrol. This tragedy drew her into a life of crime, and she became a highly-skilled assassin and bounty hunter with a burning desire for revenge.
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