History Main / DarkandTroubledPast

17th Jan '17 12:48:22 PM ectostar
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Expect to see the above ''overlap'' for extra Angst or {{Wangst}}.

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Expect to see the above ''overlap'' for extra Angst {{Angst}} or {{Wangst}}.



Female characters with a Dark and Troubled Past include the DarkMagicalGirl and the BrokenBird. Male characters with a Dark and Troubled Past are instant [[MrFanservice bait]] for the EstrogenBrigade who have [[DracoInLeatherPants bought him leather pants.]] Expect all nearby female characters to become afflicted with attraction to his TroubledButCute appeal, and try to help him heal his heart. [[DontYouDarePityMe Not happening]]. [[EpiphanyTherapy Or maybe it will?]]

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Female characters with a Dark and Troubled Past include the DarkMagicalGirl and the BrokenBird. Male characters with a Dark and Troubled Past are instant [[MrFanservice bait]] for the EstrogenBrigade who have [[DracoInLeatherPants bought him leather pants.]] pants]]. Expect all nearby female characters to become afflicted with attraction to his TroubledButCute appeal, and try to help him heal his heart. [[DontYouDarePityMe Not happening]]. [[EpiphanyTherapy Or maybe it will?]]



** All this merely cements his status as the biggest {{woobie}} in the history of ever. [[TearJerker Sniff.]]

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** All this merely cements his status as the biggest {{woobie}} in the history of ever. [[TearJerker Sniff.]]Sniff]].
16th Jan '17 12:54:59 PM ErebusElysium
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* AAARRRGGHH!!! from ''WesternAnimation/{{Trollhunters}}'' was once a Gumm-Gumm before defecting. He became TheAtoner to make up for his past.
8th Jan '17 11:13:13 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': There are two kinds of characters in the series: those who have this trope, and those who are ''living'' this trope.
** Sandor Clegane had half his face burned off by his own brother for borrowing a toy.
** Littlefinger UsedToBeASweetKid until his unrequited love for Catelyn Stark got him curb-stomped by Brandon Stark. Also, when Lysa reminds him of their "wedding night" many years ago, he looks like he's having a minor post-traumatic episode, subtly implying he didn't find it quite so pleasant as she did.
** Varys was a slave who was drugged, castrated, and left to die by a sorcerer as a boy.
** Melisandre was once a slave who was "scourged and branded" and always hungry until she was lifted up by the Lord of Light.
** Osha fled her homeland after being attacked by the wight of her husband.
** Xaro Xhoan Daxos arrived in Qarth less valued than a piece of cargo.
5th Jan '17 7:51:06 AM TudorRose
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* In Robin Jarvis' ''Literature/DeptfordMice'' trilogy, Thomas Triton is haunted by feelings of guilt for being responsible for the death of his friend Woodget Pipple. In the prequel book ''Thomas'', which describes the incident in detail, it is revealed that [[spoiler:the villainous Ma Skillet put him into a trance, causing him to throw Woodget (who could not swim) into the ocean. When he awoke from the trance, he realised what he had done and was filled with remorse. However, unbeknownst to him, Woodget was rescued by a siren whose song gave him amnesia. He was brought to the City of Hara in India and became their new sadhu.]]
1st Jan '17 8:51:36 AM Kazmahu
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* As part of its shtick of setting you up with fanservice and then smacking you in the face with drama, ''VideoGame/SenranKagura'' is not afraid to point out that high school students who are training to lead lives of demon-hunting or black-ops wetwork that would probably see them dead by 25 probably don't have the most stable backgrounds. Evil Shinobi schools accept any psychopath off the street, which compounds the problem, but even Good Shinobi (keep in mind these labels are [[GreyAndGrayMorality nominal at best]]) having training practices that [[TykeBomb preceded junior school]]. Just the most straightforward Good Shinobi team has:
** Asuka, who's the most at ease with the life of a Shinobi, but has never known a normal life and has an optimistic streak her foes ruthlessly exploit.
** Katsuragi, [[spoiler:whose parents have execute-on-sight orders active against them for abandoning a mission. Katsuragi's training to fulfill a bargain and clear their name.]]
** Ikaruga, who was adopted from an impoverished family into a noble house. There's no love in this arrangement, purely the family wanting a worth heir to inherit the family sword and name, and her adoptive older brother has ''not'' [[AxCrazy taken this turn of events well]].
** Yagyuu, who lost her sister in a car crash, only to discover Hibari is a dead ringer for the deceased, leaving her with a mess of issues as she tries to spend every waking second with the ReplacementGoldfish.
** Hibari herself, who never wanted to be a Shinobi, but was pressured into it by her family after being the only child to inherit a special ability. Happy to have a scion, they never pressured her when she fell short, leaving her horribly unequipped to deal with the high-stakes lifestyle, completely aware of this fact, and ''terrified'' she's going to screw up.
30th Dec '16 3:33:29 PM Dravencour
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30th Dec '16 3:28:01 PM Dravencour
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* This seems to be the case with a number of characters in ''Manga/ElfenLied'', most particularly, [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Lucy]].

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* This seems to be the case with a number of characters in ''Manga/ElfenLied'', most particularly, [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Lucy]].Lucy]], who had to deal with abuse from asshole kids at her orphanage who beat her dog to death in front of her, and her horrible experimentation at the research facility that she escapes from at the very beginning of the series.
30th Dec '16 3:20:49 PM Dravencour
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* ''Manga/AliceInSexland''
** Protagonist Alice was poor, but worked alongside her mother as housekeepers. As soon as she was considered even remotely sexually mature, she was forced into the life of a sex slave.

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* ''Manga/AliceInSexland''
''Alice In Sexland''
** Protagonist Alice was poor, but worked alongside her mother as housekeepers. As soon as she was considered even remotely sexually mature, she was forced into the life of a sex slave.SexSlave.



* Vash the Stampede from ''{{Trigun}}.'' He was born as an artificial human on a space cruiser transporting most of humanity to a distant world, where the crew was paranoid of him. Thanks to his brother, he got to watch the cruiser destroyed, killing millions, including his mother figure. Years later, after the discovery of his destructive powers, he unwittingly caused the annihilation of an entire city.

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* Vash the Stampede from ''{{Trigun}}.''{{Manga/Trigun}}.'' He was born as an artificial human ArtificialHuman on a space cruiser transporting most of humanity to a distant world, where the crew was paranoid of him. Thanks to his brother, he got to watch the cruiser destroyed, killing millions, including his mother figure. Years later, after the discovery of his destructive powers, he unwittingly caused the annihilation of an entire city.



** Revy is a Chinese-American who was abused by her alcoholic father (whom she later murdered) and brutalized by the police for laughs. She sometimes loses control of her bloodlust, slips into a scary-calm state of AxCrazy TranquilFury nicknamed "Whitman Fever" by Dutch, and starts shooting everyone she comes across whenever something gets too close to her past. She either has to run out of steam or get physically restrained whenever that happens.

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** Revy is a Chinese-American who was abused by her alcoholic father (whom she later murdered) and brutalized by the police for laughs. She sometimes loses control of her bloodlust, slips into a scary-calm state of AxCrazy TranquilFury nicknamed "Whitman Fever" by Dutch, and starts shooting everyone she comes across whenever something gets too close to her past. She either has to run out of steam or get be physically restrained whenever that happens.
25th Dec '16 3:33:22 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Kallen Selios is a survivor of the Siduban Chaos Explosion and her parents were not. She was adopted by her mom's business partner because her remaining blood family was afraid of her mutation. Since then she has faced discrimination for being a demon and a "labrat".

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* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'':
**Eric's initially low self-confidence and self-esteem is due to his past but it is mild compared to some of the people he meets.
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Kallen Selios is a survivor of the Siduban Chaos Explosion and her parents were not. She was adopted by her mom's business partner because her remaining blood family was afraid of her mutation. Since then she has faced discrimination for being a demon and a "labrat"."labrat".
**Zettai's parents were abusive, and after they died, she was homeless and vagrant. She traveled constantly to evade Ceiha's secret police because she was a courier in the magical black market. Then they eventually caught her and bad things happened to her behind bars. When Nolien shines an Illumination Orb over her at night, her automatic response is to shout "I'm innocent! Please don't arrest me!"
7th Dec '16 7:51:00 AM Troperinik
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* Mr. Cat from ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' is heavily implied to have had one of these. Most of it is a NoodleIncident, but what the show has revealed is [[AlcoholicParent an alcoholic father]], [[BigBrotherBully two abusive older brothers]] who were so cruel he had to run away from home, and the death of one or more loved ones.
-->'''Mr. Cat:''' As a kitten, I was tied up in a sack and thrown into a rushing river...
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