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23rd Jun '16 9:19:18 AM Quanyails
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** Though during his [[GambitRoulette MemoryGambit]], another side of Light is shown as well. When he loses his memories of ever using the Death Note, he becomes a WideEyedIdealist who not only despises the nature of Kira's actions, but even calls out L when his methods become too extreme.

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** Though during his [[GambitRoulette MemoryGambit]], MemoryGambit, another side of Light is shown as well. When he loses his memories of ever using the Death Note, he becomes a WideEyedIdealist who not only despises the nature of Kira's actions, but even calls out L when his methods become too extreme.
23rd Jun '16 9:18:24 AM Quanyails
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** Homura was also this, being a socially isolated orphan who spent half her life in the hospital. Part of the reason she [[spoiler:protects Madoka]] so adamantly is because- painful as the task is- it gives her a purpose to strive for and center her identity around. (In the finale, when this goal is actually achieved, she freaks out and starts crying.) Homura's character arc ends with her finding a meaningful purpose [[spoiler:that isn't dependent on Madoka or anyone else]] and asserting it [[spoiler:as she fights Wraiths]].

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** Homura was also this, being a socially isolated orphan who spent half her life in the hospital. Part of the reason she [[spoiler:protects Madoka]] so adamantly is because- painful because--painful as the task is- it is--it gives her a purpose to strive for and center her identity around. (In the finale, when this goal is actually achieved, she freaks out and starts crying.) Homura's character arc ends with her finding a meaningful purpose [[spoiler:that isn't dependent on Madoka or anyone else]] and asserting it [[spoiler:as she fights Wraiths]].
23rd May '16 4:45:11 PM MarkLungo
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[[caption-width-right:350:The meaning of life was right there all the time]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:The meaning of life was right there all the time]]time.]]
16th May '16 9:47:15 PM WillBGood
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->"What is the nature of the search? you ask. Really it is very simple; at least for a fellow like me. So simple that it is easily overlooked. The search is what anyone would undertake if he were not sunk in the everydayness of his own life."
* Violet Macrae in Ari Bach's ''{{Literature/Valhalla}}'' is utterly without purpose, as per the first sentence in the novel.
->"Of the million people in Kyle City, there was none so aimless as Violet MacRae."

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->"What -->"What is the nature of the search? you ask. Really it is very simple; at least for a fellow like me. So simple that it is easily overlooked. The search is what anyone would undertake if he were not sunk in the everydayness of his own life."
* Violet Macrae [=MacRae=] in Ari Bach's ''{{Literature/Valhalla}}'' is utterly without purpose, as per the first sentence in the novel.
->"Of -->"Of the million people in Kyle City, there was none so aimless as Violet MacRae.[=MacRae=]."
2nd May '16 6:30:40 PM MsChibi
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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 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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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 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."
" Or, he may find that he already has everything he needs, and a great life; he just didn't realize it before.



This is what happens when those that [[IJustWantToBeSpecial Just Wanted To Be Special]] and would have JumpedAtTheCall [[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.

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This is what happens when those that [[IJustWantToBeSpecial Just Wanted To Be Special]] and would have JumpedAtTheCall [[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. See also LifelongDream.
27th Apr '16 7:01:21 PM TSBasilisk
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** The antagonist in Jack's loyalty mission is the only other survivor from the research facility where she was raised. While Jack [[DestroyTheAbusiveHome wants to destroy it]], he wants to restart the program because he needs to believe there was some reason for all the suffering he and the others experienced.
22nd Apr '16 1:08:45 AM fdsa1234567890
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** In the episode "Nautilus", it turns out that [[spoiler: rival AI Samaritan]] is recruiting people that have this problem through an elaborate series of puzzles. The POI of the episode falls victim to it.
13th Apr '16 2:14:57 PM emeriin
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* Rebecca Stone from WebVideo/DemoReel is only 23 and has had ''42'' jobs in a short length of time. Those jobs have also made her depressed about misogyny in the acting industry (which makes her hopeless feelings worse), something her actress half-improvised from her own experiences.
13th Apr '16 1:46:30 PM Morgenthaler
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* The archetypal example here is Willy Loman, the [[DeathOfASalesman salesman who dies]] looking for success and the American Dream in the business world, when his true talent lies in mechanics and carpentry and he's long since turned down the opportunity to go work in the outdoors. Also his son, Biff, who ends up rejecting the dream his father had worked for and decided to make his own way in life, no matter how humble and small it might have been.

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* ''Theatre/DeathOfASalesman'': The archetypal example here is Willy Loman, the [[DeathOfASalesman salesman who dies]] dies looking for success and the American Dream in the business world, when his true talent lies in mechanics and carpentry and he's long since turned down the opportunity to go work in the outdoors. Also his son, Biff, who ends up rejecting the dream his father had worked for and decided to make his own way in life, no matter how humble and small it might have been.
9th Apr '16 12:14:00 PM kazokuhouou
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** "Call of the Cutie" reveals that ponies gain their cutie marks after discovering their purpose. This tends to occur around a certain age, leading to Apple Bloom desperately trying to discover her purpose because she doesn't want to be the last young pony in her class left 'blank-flanked'. The episode ends with Apple Bloom and two classmates forming a PowerTrio called the Cutie Mark Crusaders, specifically devoted to carrying out this trope. They spend various episodes trying to get their marks and while they might not have gotten the desired results yet, at least they're having a lot of fun trying. [[spoiler:The Cutie Mark Crusaders ''finally'' get their marks after five seasons of trying in "Crusaders of the Lost Mark". Their purpose is to help others find or understand their purpose.]]

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** "Call of the Cutie" reveals that ponies gain their cutie marks after discovering their purpose. This tends to occur around a certain age, leading to Apple Bloom desperately trying to discover her purpose because she doesn't want to be the last young pony in her class left 'blank-flanked'. The episode ends with Apple Bloom and two classmates forming a PowerTrio called the Cutie Mark Crusaders, specifically devoted to carrying out this trope. They spend various episodes trying to get their marks and while they might not have gotten the desired results yet, at least they're having a lot of fun trying. [[spoiler:The Cutie Mark Crusaders ''finally'' get their marks after five seasons of trying in "Crusaders of the Lost Mark". Their purpose is to help others find or understand their purpose. Of course, that means they're also at a loss at what to do ''afterward'', so initially they (or at least Apple Bloom) still do this in the episode "On Your Marks".]]
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