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27th Aug '16 3:15:40 AM whereismytea
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* In ''Manga/Brave10'', Anastasia and her family were shipwrecked in Japan, where her family died and she was sold into sex slavery, then later trained to be a ninja. While looking for the last heirloom of her family, [[spoiler:Hanzo appeared to have it. He then coerced her to join the [[FiveBadBand Iga Grotesque Five]] and infiltrate the Braves as TheMole. This is also why the concept of 'family' is a BerserkButton for her and what made her hate the easy bonds between the rest of the Braves.]]
25th Aug '16 3:00:01 AM livestockgeorge
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** It comes completely unexpected with Delenn, who, throughout the show, is well known for her compassion and kindness, as well as being a firm believer in the just cause and a wise advisor to others, cautioning against anger and hatred. However, it's not until much later that some details from her earlier life get revealed. [[spoiler:She was aboard the ship that encountered the first human vessel and whose salute to the strangers scared the humans so much that they opened fire. When the initial salvo killed the most important religious leader of the minbari, she became the highest ranking person on the ship, and still holding the dead body of her teacher, immediately ordered a holy crusade by the whole minbari people [[KillAllHumans to completely annihilate the entire human race]]. When the destruction of earth was stopped at the very last moment, it was because she regretted her order.]]

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** It comes completely unexpected with Delenn, who, throughout the show, is well known for her compassion and kindness, as well as being a firm believer in the just cause and a wise advisor to others, cautioning against anger and hatred. However, it's not until much later that some details from her earlier life get revealed. [[spoiler:She was aboard the ship that encountered the first human vessel and whose salute to the strangers scared the humans so much that they opened fire. When the initial salvo killed the most important religious leader of the minbari, she became the highest ranking person on the ship, and still holding the dead body of her teacher, immediately ordered a holy crusade by the whole minbari people [[KillAllHumans to completely annihilate the entire human race]]. When the destruction of earth was stopped at the very last moment, it was partially because she regretted her order.]]
23rd Aug '16 4:10:38 AM Dark_Lord_
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* ''Franchise/KamenRider'':
** Eiji Hino from ''Series/KamenRiderOOO''. He is the son of a rich Japanese politician. During a visit to an African country, he befriended a local young girl named Alfreed. Unfortunately, he got caught up in a civil war and saw Alfreed die before his eyes. Eiji himself was captured and held for ransom. While his family did pay the ransom, his father used the tragedy Eiji went through as a way to gain more votes. This event left Eiji devoid of any selfish desire with him only wanting to live to help others.
** Haruto Souma from ''Series/KamenRiderWizard''. Both of his parents died in a car crash. Just before the series starts, he was used as a sacrifice in a magic ritual known as the Sabbath. He barely managed to survive as he found the will to do so in a promise he made to his parents, where he said he would never give in to despair.
** Kaito Kumon, TheRival in ''Series/KamenRiderGaim''. [[MegaCorp Yggdrassil]] shuts down his fathers factory, causing his family to become very poor. As a result, Kaito's father becomes an alcoholic who frequently abuses his family. To make matters worse, both of his parents commit suicide, resulting in Kaito being put into an orphanage.
21st Aug '16 6:10:23 AM ThePat
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* [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11772125/1/Metroid-Kamen-Rider-Generations-Full-Series Metroid: Kamen Rider Generations]]: Revisiting all of [[Franchise/{{Metroid}} Samus Aran's]] past experiences ranging from her parents' deaths, and to losing her closest friends, and all is quintessential to her characterization. But, what really stand out are the backstories of the two Kamen Riders who fought alongside with her -- [[Series/KamenRiderGaim Mitsuzane Kureshima]] (Kamen Rider Ryugen) and [[Series/KamenRiderDrive Gou Shijima]] (Kamen Rider Mach).
** Mitsuzane, during his time with Team Gaim up to betraying them and [[FaceHeelTurn subsequent]] [[TheQuisling alliance]] with his respective series' villains, out of his [[Yandere obsession]] with Mai, ends up being the UnwittingPawn to them (Sid, Redyue, Ryoma... You name it.). Kouta and Mai dying right before his eyes left him but an apathetic shadow of his former self and slow [[DrowningMySorrows descent into alcoholism]]. Ever since at the start of his [[TheAtoner road to redemption]], his past would continue to haunt him. No wonder why he began making barbed [[DeadpanSnarker sardonic jokes]] that land badly at anyone around him, and as [[StepfordSnarker an excuse to cope with]] [[SadClown his insecurities]]. [[spoiler:When he reaches out to Samus, [[LivingEmotionalCrutch he started to]] [[FlorenceNightingaleEffect get better]].]]

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* [[https://www.''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11772125/1/Metroid-Kamen-Rider-Generations-Full-Series Metroid: Kamen Rider Generations]]: Generations]]'': Revisiting all of [[Franchise/{{Metroid}} Samus Aran's]] past experiences ranging from her parents' deaths, and to losing her closest friends, and all is quintessential to her characterization. But, what really stand out are the backstories of the two Kamen Riders who fought alongside with her -- [[Series/KamenRiderGaim Mitsuzane Kureshima]] (Kamen Rider Ryugen) and [[Series/KamenRiderDrive Gou Shijima]] (Kamen Rider Mach).
** Mitsuzane, during his time with Team Gaim up to betraying them and [[FaceHeelTurn subsequent]] [[TheQuisling alliance]] with his respective series' villains, out of his [[Yandere [[{{Yandere}} obsession]] with Mai, ends up being the UnwittingPawn to them (Sid, Redyue, Ryoma... You name it.). Kouta and Mai dying right before his eyes left him but an apathetic shadow of his former self and slow [[DrowningMySorrows descent into alcoholism]]. Ever since at the start of his [[TheAtoner road to redemption]], his past would continue to haunt him. No wonder why he began making barbed [[DeadpanSnarker sardonic jokes]] that land badly at anyone around him, and as [[StepfordSnarker an excuse to cope with]] [[SadClown his insecurities]]. [[spoiler:When he reaches out to Samus, [[LivingEmotionalCrutch he started to]] [[FlorenceNightingaleEffect get better]].]]
21st Aug '16 6:08:15 AM ThePat
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* [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11772125/1/Metroid-Kamen-Rider-Generations-Full-Series Metroid: Kamen Rider Generations]]: Revisiting all of [[Franchise/{{Metroid}} Samus Aran's]] past experiences ranging from her parents' deaths, and to losing her closest friends, and all is quintessential to her characterization. But, what really stand out are the backstories of the two Kamen Riders who fought alongside with her -- [[Series/KamenRiderGaim Mitsuzane Kureshima]] (Kamen Rider Ryugen) and [[Series/KamenRiderDrive Gou Shijima]] (Kamen Rider Mach).
** Mitsuzane, during his time with Team Gaim up to betraying them and [[FaceHeelTurn subsequent]] [[TheQuisling alliance]] with his respective series' villains, out of his [[Yandere obsession]] with Mai, ends up being the UnwittingPawn to them (Sid, Redyue, Ryoma... You name it.). Kouta and Mai dying right before his eyes left him but an apathetic shadow of his former self and slow [[DrowningMySorrows descent into alcoholism]]. Ever since at the start of his [[TheAtoner road to redemption]], his past would continue to haunt him. No wonder why he began making barbed [[DeadpanSnarker sardonic jokes]] that land badly at anyone around him, and as [[StepfordSnarker an excuse to cope with]] [[SadClown his insecurities]]. [[spoiler:When he reaches out to Samus, [[LivingEmotionalCrutch he started to]] [[FlorenceNightingaleEffect get better]].]]
** Gou, when he learns that his father, Professor Banno, an AxCrazy MadScientist who was ''never'' a father to him, of course. And when Chase was killed at the hands of said mad scientist also counts. He got better when Chase once again [[BackFromTheDead returns back to life]].
13th Aug '16 11:10:03 AM nombretomado
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* The characters in ''DGrayMan''. Specifically, a whole bunch of the main Exorcists. Kanda and Lenalee, in particular, had their traumatic pasts inflicted on them by the "good guys" so they could fight the "bad guys". Allen was abandoned, beaten, and such until he met Mana, who died shortly after. Miranda was always teased for being wimpy and useless and broke down when she was fired for the 100th time. Krory was bullied by the people in the village near his castle because of his grandfather's reputation and therefore chose to never leave even when his grandfather died. Lavi used to be cold and emotionless due to all the cruelties of humanity that he had been exposed to such as numerous wars, since recording such events is part of his life as a Bookman.[[spoiler: Kanda used to be an exorcist in a previous life, before he was killed by an Akuma. His brain was extracted and transplanted into his current body, to undergo multiple, painful and fatal synch attempts with his Innocence. He also killed his best friend. '''Twice''' ]]

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* The characters in ''DGrayMan''.''Manga/DGrayMan''. Specifically, a whole bunch of the main Exorcists. Kanda and Lenalee, in particular, had their traumatic pasts inflicted on them by the "good guys" so they could fight the "bad guys". Allen was abandoned, beaten, and such until he met Mana, who died shortly after. Miranda was always teased for being wimpy and useless and broke down when she was fired for the 100th time. Krory was bullied by the people in the village near his castle because of his grandfather's reputation and therefore chose to never leave even when his grandfather died. Lavi used to be cold and emotionless due to all the cruelties of humanity that he had been exposed to such as numerous wars, since recording such events is part of his life as a Bookman.[[spoiler: Kanda used to be an exorcist in a previous life, before he was killed by an Akuma. His brain was extracted and transplanted into his current body, to undergo multiple, painful and fatal synch attempts with his Innocence. He also killed his best friend. '''Twice''' ]]
11th Aug '16 9:34:04 PM FruityOatyBars
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** Varric, the aforementioned storyteller and resident MetaGuy, lampshades this in a conversation with Blackwall in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', actually namechecking this trope: "Surely you have a dark and troubled past." He guesses someone he couldn't save, "bad judgment leading to too many deaths - I have a couple of people like that in my past," or betrayal. Blackwall denies all of these.
10th Aug '16 4:14:32 PM InfectedBlood
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* In ''Webcomic/TheGreenEyedSniper'', one of the main characters, Sekhmet, is a wanted war criminal who hides her past from everyone, until [[spoiler: she confesses it to another character, named Blitz and, later on, the other main characters, Shanti, finds out about it.]]
26th Jul '16 9:27:42 AM JJHIL325
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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' ''lives'' on this trope. Let's look it over;

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' ''lives'' on this trope.trope [[JustifiedTrope because it takes place in a cruel global war that the main characters are trying to end]]. Let's look it over;
25th Jul '16 2:29:22 AM Nepeta
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** The one who takes the cake when it comes to dark and troubled backstories, is however [[spoiler: ''Stan''!]] He [[spoiler:had a twin brother, Ford, who was his best friend, who left him to attain a prestigious university, and after Stan accidentically ruined his project, he was thrown out home. He was told he wasn't welcome until he made a fortune,]]which explains his greedyness.[[spoiler:And that's just one part of the story: It's revealed the Shack was once Ford's, but after he accidentically disappeared though a interdimensional portal, Stan tried for ''thirty years'' to get him back.]] That's a dark backstory and then some more.

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** We cannot forget about [[spoiler:Pacifica]]. She is part of a [[spoiler:lying, cheating and backstabbing family, whose ancestor unlawfully claimed the foundership of Gravity Falls. Her parents abused her using ''pavlovian conditioning'', like a trained dog. She, however, learned the fact you don't have to live up to your parents and make your own choices, finally breaking the spiral of misfortune and determined to fix the Northwest name]].
** The one who takes the cake when it comes to dark and troubled backstories, is however [[spoiler: ''Stan''!]] ''Stan'']]! He [[spoiler:had a twin brother, Ford, who was his best friend, who left him to attain a prestigious university, and after Stan accidentically ruined his project, he was thrown out home. He was told he wasn't welcome until he made a fortune,]]which fortune,]] which explains his greedyness.[[spoiler:And that's just one part of the story: It's revealed the Shack was once Ford's, but after he accidentically disappeared though a interdimensional portal, Stan tried for ''thirty years'' to get him back.]] That's a dark backstory and then some more.
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