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14th Jul '16 8:06:30 PM vorpalgirl
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*FinalFantasyVII has several cases of this: Aerith's biological mother, Cloud's mother and Tifa's Father being among those we're aware of having Died By Origin Story at a fairly early point in the game - in fact, the death of her father in [[DoomedHometown the Nibelheim Incident]], which also took Cloud's mother's life, was what prompted Tifa to join TheResistance against Shinra, since she blamed them for his death. Taking this even further though, to a gutwrenching extreme, is Zack Fair [[spoiler:the SOLDIER who saved Cloud's life after the Nibelheim Incident, and whom Cloud is [[BreakTheCutie so traumatized at losing]], he winds up with severe mental health issues that plague him for the entire original game and well into the sequel materials, including dissociation, flashbacks, and [[UnreliableNarrator memory issues]] that extend to forgetting for some time that Zack ever even existed; the experience of seeing him die was so horrific it caused ''all'' of this...and therefore some of the [[MindScrew most memorable]] elements of the game]]. Zack also falls prey to the "prequel" variation of the trope: he's the hero, Point of View Character, and PlayerCharacter in the prequel game ''Crisis Core''...meaning any player who knows the canon of the original game, released about decade earlier, is aware that he's [[spoiler:going to die having never made it back to Midgar. Oh, and for bonus points, we know that Cloud, by the time a few more weeks rolls around and he meets Tifa again? Will forget he ever existed, let alone the Heroic Sacrifice he made to save Cloud. ''[[TearJerker Ouch]]'']].
9th Jul '16 4:43:34 PM tytoman
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* The Origins set of ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' had a few of these, being focused on the backstories of five prominent characters and the tragedies that awakened their [[DimensionalTraveller Planeswalker]] sparks. More specifically:
** Kythian ([[ThisIsMyNameOnForeign now Gideon]]) threw a spear at the local god of death in a fit of hubris. He survived the response, being NighInvulnerable, but the friends with him weren't so lucky.
** Liliana's brother suffered ''un''death and tried to kill her when she [[EvilIsNotAToy misguidedly]] attempted to heal him with necromancy.
** Chandra had to go into hiding as a child because the local government wouldn't tolerate her pyromancy. Her parents died while trying to save her from execution.
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30th Jun '16 7:22:55 PM nombretomado
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* Toa Lhikan as part of the Toa Metru's origin story in ''{{Bionicle}}''.

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* Toa Lhikan as part of the Toa Metru's origin story in ''{{Bionicle}}''.''Toys/{{Bionicle}}''.
29th May '16 12:44:45 AM Doug86
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** Professor X of the ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' was shown as having lost his biological parents as well as his step-father in his origin story. Cyclops was introduced as an orphan (although it was later revealed that at least his father survived long enough to meet his children again).

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** Professor X of the ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' ''ComicBook/XMen'' was shown as having lost his biological parents as well as his step-father in his origin story. Cyclops was introduced as an orphan (although it was later revealed that at least his father survived long enough to meet his children again).
28th May '16 5:38:08 AM anza_sb
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* [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Dead Boy]] in the ''{{Nightside}}'' novels.

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* The main premise of ''LightNovel/KonoSubarashiiSekaiNiShukufukuO'' is that the main character dies and is resurrected in a fantasy world.
* [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Dead Boy]] in the ''{{Nightside}}'' ''Literature/{{Nightside}}'' novels.
27th May '16 1:00:27 PM Kaizen
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* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' has the death/disappearance of the Roman Empire. It is brought up at the very beginning of the series, and leaves the little Italy brothers to be tormented by other nations. Roman Empire makes a few appearances, but he's pretty obvious dead.

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* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' has the death/disappearance of the Roman Empire. It is brought up at the very beginning of the series, and leaves the little Italy brothers to be tormented by other nations. Roman Empire makes a few appearances, but he's pretty obvious obviously dead.
19th May '16 9:30:53 AM Doug86
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There are, however, some characters who ''stay'' dead. These are the [[FriendlyTarget loved ones]] who suffered DeathByOriginStory, and play a vital role in the motivations of the hero. Their death can be (in)directly the hero's fault (Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}}, Uncle Ben), not their fault but still a huge motivation (Franchise/{{Batman}}, Thomas and Martha Wayne) or simply there to add drama (Franchise/{{Superman}}, Pa Kent). Similarly, ScarsAreForever when they represent an important event for a character (for instance, [[Comicbook/{{Batgirl}} Barbara Gordon's]] lower body paralysis).

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There are, however, some characters who ''stay'' dead. These are the [[FriendlyTarget loved ones]] who suffered DeathByOriginStory, and play a vital role in the motivations of the hero. Their death can be (in)directly the hero's fault (Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}}, (Comicbook/SpiderMan, Uncle Ben), not their fault but still a huge motivation (Franchise/{{Batman}}, Thomas and Martha Wayne) or simply there to add drama (Franchise/{{Superman}}, Pa Kent). Similarly, ScarsAreForever when they represent an important event for a character (for instance, [[Comicbook/{{Batgirl}} Barbara Gordon's]] lower body paralysis).
18th May '16 11:40:26 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''{{CSI NY}}'': Mac's wife Claire, who died on 9/11--it's gotta be part of the mix of his motivation to fight for justice, alongside his Marine background.

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* ''{{CSI NY}}'': ''Series/{{CSINY}}'': Mac's wife Claire, who died on 9/11--it's gotta be part of the mix of his motivation to fight for justice, alongside his Marine background.
15th May '16 9:45:06 AM nombretomado
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** {{Magneto}}'s young daughter died in a fire while a mob tried to kill her father for his newly emerged mutant abilities.

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** {{Magneto}}'s ComicBook/{{Magneto}}'s young daughter died in a fire while a mob tried to kill her father for his newly emerged mutant abilities.
28th Mar '16 12:17:27 AM Tyk5919
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* ''Series/PrimevalNewWorld'': Evan's wife, Brooke, is killed by the ''Albertosaurus'' before the series began, thus turning the ''Albertosaurus'' into an AnimalNemesis and driving Evan into discovering the anomalies with his team.
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