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4th Feb '16 4:57:10 AM Divra
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* Ulysses from ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' is an ardent patriot, but one who searches desperately for a nation he can in good conscience pledge himself to. He has had several candidates, all of whom he has found wanting in some way, either ideologically or martially.
18th Jan '16 10:02:35 PM SnowyWolf
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* This is practically a rite of passage for teenagers, possibly from their rapidly expanding worldview. Rare is the teenager who never wonders about a possible destiny or life-path for themselves or others.
18th Jan '16 1:17:42 PM hamza678
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* Depressingly played with in the animated short "The Monk's Purpose," which aired on ''LiquidTelevision''. A pilgrim comes to a stone idol in the desert, and asks it, "What is my purpose?" [[spoiler: the idol comes to life and eats him, then spits out his staff onto a nearby pile of similar staffs.]] * An episode of ''LittleBill'' played this lite, with Bill going around trying to "find my thing", the thing he's good at. * Betty Staines from ''StainesDownDrains'', who is shown starting a new job at the beginning of every episode.
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* Depressingly played with in the animated short "The Monk's Purpose," which aired on ''LiquidTelevision''.''WesternAnimation/LiquidTelevision''. A pilgrim comes to a stone idol in the desert, and asks it, "What is my purpose?" [[spoiler: the idol comes to life and eats him, then spits out his staff onto a nearby pile of similar staffs.]] * An episode of ''LittleBill'' ''WesternAnimation/LittleBill'' played this lite, with Bill going around trying to "find my thing", the thing he's good at. * Betty Staines from ''StainesDownDrains'', ''WesternAnimation/StainesDownDrains'', who is shown starting a new job at the beginning of every episode.
16th Jan '16 11:51:51 PM nombretomado
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* Parodied in one ''FarSide'' strip, where a man pulls a bizarre object, complete with springs and brooms, from between the couch cushions. The comic's caption reads: "Edgar finds his purpose." In the collected edition, Larson said this was based on someone he knew whose girlfriend's father accused him of not knowing what his purpose was.
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* Parodied in one ''FarSide'' ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' strip, where a man pulls a bizarre object, complete with springs and brooms, from between the couch cushions. The comic's caption reads: "Edgar finds his purpose." In the collected edition, Larson said this was based on someone he knew whose girlfriend's father accused him of not knowing what his purpose was.
13th Jan '16 8:56:58 PM Premonition45
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This is what happens when those that [[IJustWantToBeSpecial Just Wanted To Be Special]] and would have JumpedAtTheCall [[MissedTheCall never get the opportunity]]. They just never found their GoalInLife. Compare with LivingIsMoreThanSurviving, the basis of this trope where a purpose beyond survival is necessary for life. Contrast with StrawNihilist, who believes there is no purpose to find in life. Compare and contrast AllergicToRoutine.
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This is what happens when those that [[IJustWantToBeSpecial Just Wanted To Be Special]] and would have JumpedAtTheCall [[MissedTheCall [[RefusedByTheCall never get the opportunity]]. They just never found their GoalInLife. Compare with LivingIsMoreThanSurviving, the basis of this trope where a purpose beyond survival is necessary for life. Contrast with StrawNihilist, who believes there is no purpose to find in life. Compare and contrast AllergicToRoutine.
13th Dec '15 10:14:48 PM Discar
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* Liv in the first episode of ''Series/Izombie''.
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* %%* Liv in the first episode of ''Series/Izombie''.''Series/IZombie''.
1st Dec '15 12:19:14 PM sorako
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* [[LightNovel/KyouKaraMaou Shibuya Yuuri]] (Harajuku Fuuri) of [[WideEyedIdealist all]] people, was like this before stepping into his role as king of Shin Makoku. Typified by his not actually playing any baseball even though he likes it and trying to walk away and let Muraken get bullied, but not being able to go through with it once he realizes he's been recognized. ''Then'' he gets himself swirlied into another dimension while [[spoiler:Murata apparently cravenly abandons him, presumably runs straight for the cops, and in ''[[TheReveal reality]]'' must have stood right beside the toilets facilitating the dimensional leap from his side to make it possible.]]
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* [[LightNovel/KyouKaraMaou In ''LightNovel/KyouKaraMaou'', Shibuya Yuuri]] Yuuri (Harajuku Fuuri) of [[WideEyedIdealist all]] people, was like this before stepping into his role as king of Shin Makoku. Typified by his not actually playing any baseball even though he likes it and trying to walk away and let Muraken get bullied, but not being able to go through with it once he realizes he's been recognized. ''Then'' he gets himself swirlied into another dimension while [[spoiler:Murata apparently cravenly abandons him, presumably runs straight for the cops, and in ''[[TheReveal reality]]'' must have stood right beside the toilets facilitating the dimensional leap from his side to make it possible.]]
28th Oct '15 12:35:02 PM FF32
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* In ''HeavyRain'' one of [[spoiler:Norman's]] endings is this [[spoiler:He fails to help catch the origami killer and leaves drugs, ARI and the FBI behind to look for purpose and 'see what the real world's like'.]]
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* In ''HeavyRain'' ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'' one of [[spoiler:Norman's]] endings is this [[spoiler:He fails to help catch the origami killer and leaves drugs, ARI and the FBI behind to look for purpose and 'see what the real world's like'.]]
27th Oct '15 9:34:14 AM Willbyr
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* This trope is what at least [[{{Akumetsu}} Niikura Shou]] was experiencing when he discovered his origins and Akumetsu the clone army was born. Most other Shous are only shown after a lot of brainsharing, body-replacement, and Akumetsu's launch, so [[SendInTheClones they aren't really individuals anymore]], but him at least, and probably Hazama too.
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* This trope is what at least [[{{Akumetsu}} [[Manga/{{Akumetsu}} Niikura Shou]] was experiencing when he discovered his origins and Akumetsu the clone army was born. Most other Shous are only shown after a lot of brainsharing, body-replacement, and Akumetsu's launch, so [[SendInTheClones they aren't really individuals anymore]], but him at least, and probably Hazama too.
24th Oct '15 1:29:37 AM maxwellsilver
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Some will be lucky enough to quickly find a thing they can do. There are others who have to search a little bit more. The fellow who is DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife is searching for what he could be good at or what would spiritually satisfy him, and will try every possibility, even the most outlandish and odd. Obviously, with little or no success. If, for some reason, he succeeds in his new field, he will still feel empty, and will quickly abandon the effort at the first chance, going back to the pursuit of his "destiny."
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Some will be lucky enough to quickly find a thing they can do. There are others who have to search a little bit more. The fellow who is DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life is searching for what he could be good at or what would spiritually satisfy him, and will try every possibility, even the most outlandish and odd. Obviously, with little or no success. If, for some reason, he succeeds in his new field, he will still feel empty, and will quickly abandon the effort at the first chance, going back to the pursuit of his "destiny."
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