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23rd Apr '17 2:14:20 PM nombretomado
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* The ''Franchise/TalesSeries'' should probably get its own folder. The heroes, villains, supporting cast and even random {{NPC}}s in pretty much any installment can be counted on to have ''serious'' issues. Even better, their pasts are usually plot-relevant, and since the franchise ''loves'' plots full of [[WhamEpisode Wham Episodes]], most characters' pasts are also spoilertastic.

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* The ''Franchise/TalesSeries'' ''VideoGame/TalesSeries'' should probably get its own folder. The heroes, villains, supporting cast and even random {{NPC}}s in pretty much any installment can be counted on to have ''serious'' issues. Even better, their pasts are usually plot-relevant, and since the franchise ''loves'' plots full of [[WhamEpisode Wham Episodes]], most characters' pasts are also spoilertastic.
23rd Apr '17 12:53:34 PM nombretomado
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* Casey Jones was given one of these for his ''[[TMNT2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' 2003 incarnation, in order to explain his vigilantism: when he was a kid, the Purple Dragon gang, led by a teenage Hun, burned his father's store before his very eyes. Afterwards, when Arnold Casey Jones Sr. tried to extract retribution, he was killed. Eventually, writers for the [[ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesMirage Mirage comic book]] integrated a modified and considerably less sanitized version of the story into the original canon.

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* Casey Jones was given one of these for his ''[[TMNT2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' 2003 ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'' incarnation, in order to explain his vigilantism: when he was a kid, the Purple Dragon gang, led by a teenage Hun, burned his father's store before his very eyes. Afterwards, when Arnold Casey Jones Sr. tried to extract retribution, he was killed. Eventually, writers for the [[ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesMirage Mirage comic book]] integrated a modified and considerably less sanitized version of the story into the original canon.
23rd Apr '17 10:42:24 AM dmcreif
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* Karen Page from ''Series/Daredevil2015'' is heavily implied to have one.
** She regularly implies that she had a dysfunctional childhood. She tells an anecdote in one episode about pretending her broom closet was a spaceship in which she could escape, that suggests that her home life may have been unhappy– probably even abusive.
** She doesn't talk about her family, not even with her closest friends (Matt is genuinely surprised when he learns she has a brother). Part of the reason she pushes Ben Urich so hard to expose Wilson Fisk is because she believes that she can't go public with any kind of story herself. Ben implies that whatever he dug up about her past activities makes her a noncredible source, which Karen doesn't even try to refute; when Mitchell Ellison hires on Karen at the ''Bulletin'' towards the end of season 2, and reveals that he's come into possession of Ben's research into Karen, he has to reassure her that he doesn't care about what she did in the past.
** It's heavily implied that Karen’s emotional connection to Frank Castle during season 2 may involve more than their shared experiences with homicide. There’s something about the death of Frank’s family– or his violent reaction to it– that seems to trigger something in her.
** When Fisk has Karen framed for murder, she doesn't get any support from her family. In "Semper Fidelis," when she's at Matt's apartment reminiscing about that night, she tells Matt that she knew, while sitting in the precinct interrogation room, that no one would come to help her. This suggests that if she does have family still living, at least one or both parties have gone to great lengths to shut the other out.
** She knows how to use a gun, and right before she kills James Wesley, she says, "Do you really think this is the first time I've ever shot someone?" implying that Wesley is not the first person Karen killed.

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* Karen ''Series/Daredevil2015''
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Page from ''Series/Daredevil2015'' is heavily implied to have one.
** She ***She regularly implies that she had a dysfunctional childhood. She tells an anecdote to Frank Castle in one episode the hospital about pretending her broom closet was a spaceship in which she could escape, that suggests that her home life may have been unhappy– probably even abusive.
** She ***She doesn't talk about her family, not even with her closest friends (Matt is genuinely surprised when he learns she has a brother). Part of the reason she pushes Ben Urich so hard to expose Wilson Fisk is because she believes that she can't go public with any kind of story herself. Ben implies that whatever he dug up about her past activities makes her a noncredible source, which Karen doesn't even try to refute; when Mitchell Ellison hires on Karen at the ''Bulletin'' towards the end of season 2, and reveals that he's come into possession of Ben's research into Karen, he has to reassure her that he doesn't care about what she did in the past.
** It's ***It's heavily implied that Karen’s emotional connection to Frank Castle during season 2 may involve more than their shared experiences with homicide. There’s something about the death of Frank’s family– or his violent reaction to it– that seems to trigger something in her.
** When ***When Fisk has Karen framed for murder, she doesn't get any support from her family. In "Semper Fidelis," when she's at Matt's apartment reminiscing about that night, she tells Matt that she knew, while sitting in the precinct interrogation room, that no one would come to help her. This suggests that if she does have family still living, at least one or both parties have gone to great lengths to shut the other out.
** She ***She knows how to use a gun, and right before she kills James Wesley, she says, "Do you really think this is the first time I've ever shot someone?" implying that Wesley is not the first person Karen killed.killed.
**Wilson Fisk grew up under the control of an abusive father, and eventually killed while defending his mother.
9th Apr '17 1:11:21 PM nombretomado
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* RussellBrand. Childhood Bulimia? Check. Traumatic incidents involving a tutor, and then a babysitter? Check. Self-mutilation? Check. Mother with cancer that reappeared four times? Check. Evil stepfather? Check. Bipolar disorder? Check. Misguided attempt by his father at bonding, involving a trip to Thailand and prostitutes? CHECK.

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* RussellBrand.Creator/RussellBrand. Childhood Bulimia? Check. Traumatic incidents involving a tutor, and then a babysitter? Check. Self-mutilation? Check. Mother with cancer that reappeared four times? Check. Evil stepfather? Check. Bipolar disorder? Check. Misguided attempt by his father at bonding, involving a trip to Thailand and prostitutes? CHECK.
4th Apr '17 6:05:04 AM BrainstormIsAnIdiot
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* ''Fanfic/AGemInTheRough'': Petrea (Miss Valentine) and Damian (Mr. 5) both have tragic backstories. To subvert this trope, Genevieve (Miss Goldenweek) does not appear have one. In fact, she is the only one who has not lost a parent of the bunch...possibly even the entire crew.
25th Mar '17 6:02:08 AM NinjaMango
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* Detective Bolivia Enzon from ''Webcomic/{{Lovesyck}}'' is the daughter of her mother's rapist, and consequently was never truly loved as a child while also being overshadowed by her genius sister who later turned serial killer. She then joined Hubble Police Force where her warnings of threats were ignored due to her reputation for paranoia, resulting in innocent deaths. At some point she also lost her unborn child while it was still in the womb.
24th Mar '17 9:36:06 AM dmcreif
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* Karen Page from ''Series/Daredevil2015'' is heavily implied to have one.
**She regularly implies that she had a dysfunctional childhood. She tells an anecdote in one episode about pretending her broom closet was a spaceship in which she could escape, that suggests that her home life may have been unhappy– probably even abusive.
**She doesn't talk about her family, not even with her closest friends (Matt is genuinely surprised when he learns she has a brother). Part of the reason she pushes Ben Urich so hard to expose Wilson Fisk is because she believes that she can't go public with any kind of story herself. Ben implies that whatever he dug up about her past activities makes her a noncredible source, which Karen doesn't even try to refute; when Mitchell Ellison hires on Karen at the ''Bulletin'' towards the end of season 2, and reveals that he's come into possession of Ben's research into Karen, he has to reassure her that he doesn't care about what she did in the past.
**It's heavily implied that Karen’s emotional connection to Frank Castle during season 2 may involve more than their shared experiences with homicide. There’s something about the death of Frank’s family– or his violent reaction to it– that seems to trigger something in her.
**When Fisk has Karen framed for murder, she doesn't get any support from her family. In "Semper Fidelis," when she's at Matt's apartment reminiscing about that night, she tells Matt that she knew, while sitting in the precinct interrogation room, that no one would come to help her. This suggests that if she does have family still living, at least one or both parties have gone to great lengths to shut the other out.
**She knows how to use a gun, and right before she kills James Wesley, she says, "Do you really think this is the first time I've ever shot someone?" implying that Wesley is not the first person Karen killed.
23rd Mar '17 1:22:06 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* O-Ren Ishii from ''Film/KillBill'' is a female example, losing both of her parents to vicious {{Yakuza}} gangsters at the age of seven and then getting her revenge just four years later.

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* O-Ren Ishii from ''Film/KillBill'' is a female example, losing lost both of her parents to vicious {{Yakuza}} gangsters at the age of seven and then getting her revenge just four years later.


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*''Film/AssassinsCreed2016'': Callum Lynch's father killed his mother [[spoiler: according to the Creed to preserve the secret of the Eden Apple of Granada as modern-day Templars led by Alan Rikkin were coming for them]]. Little Cal didn't know any of that so he grew up an orphan hating his father and drifted in and out of correctional facilities.
17th Mar '17 12:51:52 PM narm00
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* Then there's the ''Series/{{Angel}}'' side. There's Gunn, who ended up a street teen because vampires killed his family, and Fred, who got sent to a hell dimension, enslaved, and lived in a cave for five years.Plus Wesley, who was emotionally abused by his father and locked in a dark closet for hours. Plus Angel himself, of course. And Connor, good lord, Connor. Raised in a hell dimension to hate his real father and once tied to a tree and left behind at five years old so he could work to escape and find his foster father.

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* Then there's the ''Series/{{Angel}}'' side. There's Gunn, who ended up a street teen because vampires killed his family, and Fred, who got sent to a hell dimension, enslaved, and lived in a cave for five years. Plus Wesley, who was emotionally abused by his father and locked in a dark closet for hours. Plus Angel himself, of course. And Connor, good lord, Connor. Raised in a hell dimension to hate his real father and once tied to a tree and left behind at five years old so he could work to escape and find his foster father.



* ''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/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 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.
15th Mar '17 7:41:39 PM Nicolletta
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* Creator/KelseyGrammer: His entire life has been one tragedy after another. His father was murdered. His sister was murdered. Two half-brothers were killed in a diving accident. His longtime friend and ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' producer David Angell was killed in the 9/11 attacks. Another longtime friend was murdered in an inheritance scheme. He was abused by two ex-wives, one of whom attempted suicide while pregnant and killed their unborn child. Seriously, someone give this man a hug.



* Creator/KelseyGrammer: His entire life has been one tragedy after another. His father was murdered. His sister was murdered. Two half-brothers were killed in a diving accident. His longtime friend and ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' producer David Angell was killed in the 9/11 attacks. Another longtime friend was murdered in an inheritance scheme. He was abused by two ex-wives, one of whom attempted suicide while pregnant and killed their unborn child. Seriously, someone give this man a hug.



* [[Creator/{{U2}} Bono]]: Was 14 years old when his maternal grandfather died. Days later, while attending the funeral, his mother suffered a cerebral aneurysm and dropped dead in front of him.
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