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



*''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.
24th Apr '16 6:07:34 AM Kakai
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* Colin Whisterfield, in Creator/AlanGarner's novel ''Literature/{{Boneland}}''. It is progressively revealed throughout the book that before he was thirteen, he was:
** possibly abducted and sexually abused by a man and a woman;
** His parents died in a plane crash;
** Lost his twin sister in mysterious circumstances - she went horse-riding by night, and only the horse was found; it is assumed she was thrown in the waters of a lake and drowned;
** Was struck by lightning while alone in the hills, suffering brain damage that wenmt undetected until an MRI scan in later adulthood.

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* Colin Whisterfield, in Creator/AlanGarner's novel ''Literature/{{Boneland}}''. It is progressively revealed throughout the book that before he was thirteen, he was:
he:
** was possibly abducted and sexually abused by a man and a woman;
** His lost his parents died in to a plane crash;
** Lost lost his twin sister in mysterious circumstances - she went horse-riding by night, and only the horse was found; it is assumed she was thrown in the waters of a lake and drowned;
** Was was struck by lightning while alone in the hills, suffering brain damage that wenmt went undetected until an MRI scan in later adulthood. adulthood.
* In ''Literature/TheDinosaurLords'':
** 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.
** Falk's father is said to have been extremely abusive, to the point that Falk still has nightmares about him and has o tell himself that the man can't hurt him anymore. He ended up pushing his father off the stairs, killing him, on orders of his mother, who's equally abusive, although in a [[WellDoneSonGuy different way]].
18th Apr '16 11:15:28 AM Willbyr
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* Pretty much every experiment in ''ProjectARMS''. To name a few:

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* Pretty much every experiment in ''ProjectARMS''.''Manga/ProjectARMS''. To name a few:
10th Apr '16 11:20:01 AM Derkhan
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* ''Manga/{{Aruosumente}}'': Almost every member of the main cast has a dark and troubled past, and the further the story progresses, the more is revealed in bits and pieces, all weaving together to form the events of ten years ago:
** Lante and Dante were [[spoiler:refugees taking in by Oracle Kian and the former Emperor just to prevent an enemy kingdom from getting their hands on Dante's fighting abilities, then sent out to certain deaths when Kian decided Dante was uncontrallable]].
** Moeran [[spoiler:saw his beloved teacher killed in connection to Oracle Kian, then got threatened with lifelong imprisonment unless he never tells anyone a word of what happened]].
** Legna, the protagonist, [[spoiler:was supposed to be raised in seclusion but then given to his father to be raised by him, only to lose his father and have to take over his position, without ever being told what actually happened]].
5th Apr '16 11:17:15 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''SinCity'' protagonists usually have one, even if we never get their full backstory. This comes in vague references to past events; Dwight apparerntly had a criminal past and Wallace likely had an abusive childhood, for instance. Marv was tied to a tree in the middle of the woods and left overnight once, was in prison, and once made a reference to being in a war.

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* ''SinCity'' ''ComicBook/SinCity'' protagonists usually have one, even if we never get their full backstory. This comes in vague references to past events; Dwight apparerntly had a criminal past and Wallace likely had an abusive childhood, for instance. Marv was tied to a tree in the middle of the woods and left overnight once, was in prison, and once made a reference to being in a war.
28th Mar '16 10:41:38 PM jedijackkenobi88
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* The main character from ''WesternAnimation/WhateverHappenedToRobotJones''. From having crazy parents who are close minded and don't normally let him explore the outside world, being constantly made fun of for being a Robot and not understanding humans, is constantly rejected by his crush, and a lot of people are out to get him.



* A VERY persistent trope in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''. Though the Crystal Gems had to deal with this the most. From them (except Amethyst and Steven) fighting in a war that left them traumatized for eternity, to losing the one that kept them together.

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* A VERY ''very'' persistent trope in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''. Though the Crystal Gems had to deal with this the most. From them (except Amethyst and Steven) fighting in a war that left them traumatized for eternity, to losing the one that kept them together.
22nd Mar '16 4:52:50 PM jedijackkenobi88
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* A VERY persistent trope in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''. Though the Crystal Gems had to deal with this the most. From them (except Amethyst and Steven) fighting in a war that left them traumatized for eternity, to losing the one that kept them together. Though Amethyst and Pearl are the winners for having the worst lives in the series. Who had thousands of years of insecurities, lack of friends, and losses of loved ones.

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* A VERY persistent trope in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''. Though the Crystal Gems had to deal with this the most. From them (except Amethyst and Steven) fighting in a war that left them traumatized for eternity, to losing the one that kept them together. Though Amethyst and Pearl are the winners for having the worst lives in the series. Who had thousands of years of insecurities, lack of friends, and losses of loved ones.
20th Mar '16 6:57:16 PM rednessamon
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* ''Fanfic/{{The Racket-Rotter Chronicles}}'': In Arc 5, [[spoiler: Sinbad reveals that he was used in dogfighting matches for a good portion of his life.]]
18th Mar '16 10:29:02 PM jedijackkenobi88
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* The main character from ''WesternAnimation/WhateverHappenedToRobotJones''. From having crazy parents who are close minded and don't normally let him explore the outside world, being constantly made fun of for being a Robot and not understanding humans, is constantly rejected by his crush, and a lot of people are out to get him.
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