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28th May '16 11:56:45 PM JulianLapostat
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* ''Film/JohnnyGuitar'''s main characters Vienna and Johnny "Guitar" Logan have dark pasts dealing with their former lives as a prostitue and a ruthless gunslinger.
28th May '16 9:39:07 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ThePretender: Jarod, Miss Parker and Sydney all have dark and troubled pasts. Jarod's leads him to help people, Miss Parker's makes her icy and defensive and Sydney's leads him to stay at the Centre and try and prevent them doing as much damage as he can.

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* ThePretender: Series/ThePretender: Jarod, Miss Parker and Sydney all have dark and troubled pasts. Jarod's leads him to help people, Miss Parker's makes her icy and defensive and Sydney's leads him to stay at the Centre and try and prevent them doing as much damage as he can.
15th May '16 9:44:00 AM nombretomado
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* {{Magneto}}, in spades. His entire birth family was killed in the Holocaust, his daughter Anya died in a fire because he didn't know how to use his nascent powers to save her, and his wife (who was also his childhood sweetheart) called him a monster and fled after he -- literally -- exploded in rage and killed the villagers who'd prevented him from either concentrating on said powers or going after Anya by normal means. Later, he joined an American government agency to pursue Nazis, and agents killed his girlfriend because he had pursued one of the "wrong" Nazis. No wonder the guy has a deeply cynical attitude toward humanity.

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* {{Magneto}}, ComicBook/{{Magneto}}, in spades. His entire birth family was killed in the Holocaust, his daughter Anya died in a fire because he didn't know how to use his nascent powers to save her, and his wife (who was also his childhood sweetheart) called him a monster and fled after he -- literally -- exploded in rage and killed the villagers who'd prevented him from either concentrating on said powers or going after Anya by normal means. Later, he joined an American government agency to pursue Nazis, and agents killed his girlfriend because he had pursued one of the "wrong" Nazis. No wonder the guy has a deeply cynical attitude toward humanity.
14th May '16 10:45:27 PM nombretomado
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* Don Draper of ''MadMen'' lives this trope. He was born to a prostitute and frequently abused as a child because of this. Oh, and she died in childbirth. His father had his head kicked in by a horse in front of him. Don then joined the Army, went to Korea, saw his CO die violently in front of him, switched identities with his CO to get discharged, got discovered by his CO's widow, divorced his CO's widow and married his current wife, only to have lots of extramarital affairs.

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* Don Draper of ''MadMen'' ''Series/MadMen'' lives this trope. He was born to a prostitute and frequently abused as a child because of this. Oh, and she died in childbirth. His father had his head kicked in by a horse in front of him. Don then joined the Army, went to Korea, saw his CO die violently in front of him, switched identities with his CO to get discharged, got discovered by his CO's widow, divorced his CO's widow and married his current wife, only to have lots of extramarital affairs.
12th May '16 10:46:25 AM ThatGoodGood
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** Where do we start with Minako Aino/Sailor V/Sailor Venus, who over the course of her own series, goes from a carefree GenkiGirl into a MarriedToTheJob {{Badass}} who [[StepfordSmiler hides her countless emotional wounds?]] She was the first Senshi to have been awoken, and had to fight all the youma by herself for a year. Within that year, she'd not only [[spoiler: had to kill her first crush, who turned out to be a youma]], she is implied to have lost many friends because she was too busy being Sailor V to have a social life. At the end of ''Manga/CodenameSailorV'', she [[spoiler: learned that Kaitou Ace, her one true love was Danburite, a member of the Dark Kingdom, leaving her no choice to kill him]] and her only chance at happiness. Also, she remains cognizant of the Moon Kingdom's past life, [[spoiler: Serenity's suicide, and the subsequent destruction of the Moon Kingdom]], and place the blame squarely on her shoulders, thinking that it was her duty to [[spoiler: protect Princess Serenity at all costs]].

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** Where do we start with Minako Aino/Sailor V/Sailor Venus, who over the course of her own series, goes from a carefree GenkiGirl into a MarriedToTheJob {{Badass}} who [[StepfordSmiler hides her countless emotional wounds?]] She Venus was the first Senshi to have been awoken, and had to fight all the youma by herself for a year. Within that year, she'd not only [[spoiler: had to kill her first crush, who turned out to be a youma]], she is implied to have lost many friends because she was too busy being Sailor V to have a social life. At the end of ''Manga/CodenameSailorV'', she [[spoiler: learned that Kaitou Ace, her one true love was Danburite, a member of the Dark Kingdom, leaving her no choice to kill him]] and her only chance at happiness. Also, she remains cognizant of the Moon Kingdom's past life, [[spoiler: Serenity's suicide, and the subsequent destruction of the Moon Kingdom]], and place shoulders the blame squarely on her shoulders, blame, thinking that it was her duty to [[spoiler: protect Princess Serenity at all costs]].
8th May '16 9:52:50 AM catmuto
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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.
** The Queen of Hearts is revealed to have had one, too. She was poor and homeless, then decided to sell her body as a prostitute as soon as she 'became a woman'. However, she seemed rather happy with that life, seeing it as a good way to give herself a decent life, compared to the nothing she used to have.
8th May '16 6:06:58 AM Morgenthaler
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* The Patient from ''TheBlackParade'' is implied to have had a violent past, in which he committed many misdeeds.

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* The Patient from ''TheBlackParade'' ''Music/TheBlackParade'' is implied to have had a violent past, in which he committed many misdeeds.
7th May '16 3:26:48 PM KomodoClassic
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* In ''Literature/AllForTheGame'', the Foxes tend to have these. The team is set up as something of a halfway house to give promising athletes second chances.
2nd May '16 1:47:02 PM ChaoticNovelist
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Stock {{Backstory}} for a character. Much like a MysteriousPast, except more {{trag|edy}}ic and troubled. Don't expect it to be revealed all at once, or sometimes ''at all''. It usually gets revealed in small doses through a TroubledBackstoryFlashback as the story progresses; possibly in a FlashbackNightmare where a happy memory transforms into a slaughter. Often used as a FreudianExcuse for an asocial character's JerkAss tendencies or [[TheQuietOne quiet]] [[TheStoic stoicism]]. Still, it is understandable that the character wants to keep it [[DarkSecret secret]] because TheyreCalledPersonalIssuesForAReason, after all.

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Stock {{Backstory}} for a character. Much like a MysteriousPast, except more {{trag|edy}}ic and troubled. Don't expect it Something terrible happened to be revealed all at once, or sometimes ''at all''. It usually gets revealed Alice; some tragic event in small doses through a TroubledBackstoryFlashback as the story progresses; possibly in a FlashbackNightmare where a happy memory transforms into a slaughter. Often used as a FreudianExcuse for an asocial character's JerkAss tendencies or [[TheQuietOne quiet]] [[TheStoic stoicism]]. Still, it is understandable her past that the character wants to keep it [[DarkSecret secret]] because TheyreCalledPersonalIssuesForAReason, shaped a fundamental level of her personality. Long after all.
the event is over, it still has a powerful influence in Alice's life.



This is a stock {{Backstory}} for a character. Much like a MysteriousPast, except more {{trag|edy}}ic and troubled. Don't expect it to be revealed all at once, or sometimes ''at all''. It usually gets revealed in small doses through a TroubledBackstoryFlashback as the story progresses; possibly in a FlashbackNightmare where a happy memory transforms into a slaughter. Often used as a FreudianExcuse for an asocial character's JerkAss tendencies or [[TheQuietOne quiet]] [[TheStoic stoicism]]. Still, it is understandable that the character wants to keep it [[DarkSecret secret]] because TheyreCalledPersonalIssuesForAReason, after all.



* Hakuron and Huo Long from ''Manga/HaouAiren''.

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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".



* Jack Harkness gets a lot of this in ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''. The audience knows a bit of it due to remembering his origins in ''Series/DoctorWho'', but his actions over the last 100 years without the Doctor include [[spoiler: giving up twelve children to aliens who wanted to use them for substance abuse in exchange for a cure to a deadly virus, being a member of a less than morally outstanding Time Agency earlier, having his blood drained as part of an immortality plot]], and there are probably a few other things we haven't been made aware of.
* Speaking of ''Series/DoctorWho'', the Doctor himself has elements of this trope. At first, it wasn't that bad - sure, he stole the TARDIS from his own people and broke their laws on non-intervention. Then we started to wonder why he left... and when the doctor mentioned 'pressing reasons' we knew it couldn't be good. Then, just to make sure we know that he falls into this trope, the Time War happened off screen, and now his back-story includes a horrible war, at least two (near) genocides, and the destruction of his fellow Time Lords.

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* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'': Jack Harkness gets a lot of this in ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''.this. The audience knows a bit of it due to remembering his origins in ''Series/DoctorWho'', but his actions over the last 100 years without the Doctor include [[spoiler: giving up twelve children to aliens who wanted to use them for substance abuse in exchange for a cure to a deadly virus, being a member of a less than morally outstanding Time Agency earlier, having his blood drained as part of an immortality plot]], and there are probably a few other things we haven't been made aware of.
* Speaking of ''Series/DoctorWho'', the Doctor himself has elements of this trope. At first, it wasn't that bad - sure, he stole the TARDIS from his own people and broke their laws on non-intervention. Then we started to wonder why he left... and when the doctor mentioned 'pressing reasons' we knew it couldn't be good. Then, just to make sure we know that he falls into this trope, the Time War happened off screen, and now his back-story includes a horrible war, at least two (near) genocides, and the destruction of his fellow Time Lords.



* Shepherd Book in ''{{Series/Firefly}}'' was always implied to have one of these, having unusual knowledge of crime, combat, and other esoteric skills suited for a spy or soldier that ran counter to his nature as a Shepherd. In ''The Shepherd's Tale'' comic, this past is enumerated on; [[spoiler: his original name was Henry Evans, and he ran away from home to escape an abusive father, becoming a street criminal. He joined the Browncoat resistance to escape arrest and imprisonment, and became a spy that infiltrated the Alliance military and joined the Alliance command staff, first as an interrogator and then as a high-level officer. He was eventually disgraced when he planned an operation during the Unification War that got hundreds of Alliance soldiers killed, and was thrown out of the military to become a drunk drifter until, finally, he found and joined a monastery]] and became the Shepherd in the series.

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* ''{{Series/Firefly}}'': Shepherd Book in ''{{Series/Firefly}}'' was always implied to have one of these, having unusual knowledge of crime, combat, and other esoteric skills suited for a spy or soldier that ran counter to his nature as a Shepherd.[[GoodShepherd Shepherd]]. In ''The Shepherd's Tale'' comic, this past is enumerated on; [[spoiler: his original name was Henry Evans, and he ran away from home to escape an abusive father, becoming a street criminal. He joined the Browncoat resistance to escape arrest and imprisonment, and became a spy that infiltrated the Alliance military and joined the Alliance command staff, first as an interrogator and then as a high-level officer. He was eventually disgraced when he planned an operation during the Unification War that got hundreds of Alliance soldiers killed, and was thrown out of the military to become a drunk drifter until, finally, he found and joined a monastery]] and became the Shepherd in the series.
29th Apr '16 5:23:25 AM Nepeta
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* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' has a ''lot'' of this.
** We have [[spoiler:Soos]],[[spoiler: whose father never came back with his birthday, but wrote a lame excuse in the form of a postcard every time ('Couldn't make it'; 'I'll be there next year', etc). When he realized his father would ''never'' come back,]] he started working at the Mystery Shack and [[spoiler:views Stan as a father ever since]]. That's why he once said he wants [[spoiler:7 children, one to love every day of the week. He wants to be a better father than his father was!]]
** 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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