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17th Sep '17 2:58:51 PM Pichu-kun
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* The heroine of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' was like this when we first met her (and ''[[{{angst}} very]]'' much like this in the manga supplement of the [[TheMovie cinematic adaptation]]), despite the fact that she was ''nine years old.'' When a [[strike:boy]] ferret from another world asked her for help, she rushed to help him. Hers isn't so much a case of JumpedAtTheCall as it is already at the springboard looking for it. By the end, she's found her place in life and we now know her as the most badass MagicalGirl in history.

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The heroine of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' was like this when we first met her (and ''[[{{angst}} very]]'' much like this in the manga supplement of the [[TheMovie cinematic adaptation]]), despite the fact that she was ''nine years old.'' When a [[strike:boy]] ferret from another world asked her for help, she rushed to help him. Hers isn't so much a case of JumpedAtTheCall as it is already at the springboard looking for it. By the end, she's found her place in life and we now know her as the most badass MagicalGirl in history.



* The main theme of Mewtwo's story in the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' animé. After concluding that his early life was not at all to his liking, he decides to make his own purpose - first as [[Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie a genocidal supervillain]] [[TakeOverTheWorld hellbent on world domination]], then, when that turned out to be a bad idea, [[Anime/{{PokemonMewtwoReturns}} he settled as guardian of the clones he created]]. The last we see of him, along with various cameos in the opening credits of other seasons and movies suggests [[WalkingTheEarth he's taking up traveling the world]].

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The main theme of Mewtwo's story in the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' animé.story. After concluding that his early life was not at all to his liking, he decides to make his own purpose - first as [[Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie a genocidal supervillain]] [[TakeOverTheWorld hellbent on world domination]], then, when that turned out to be a bad idea, [[Anime/{{PokemonMewtwoReturns}} he settled as guardian of the clones he created]]. The last we see of him, along with various cameos in the opening credits of other seasons and movies suggests [[WalkingTheEarth he's taking up traveling the world]].


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* Rakka from ''Anime/HaibaneRenmei'' is a [[BornAsAnAdult recently hatched]] Haibane. She spends the first several episodes looking for a job to do and trying to find her place. [[spoiler:She ends up getting the very special job of cleaning up inside the wall that surrounds the village and picking the leaves which Haibane halos are made out of]].
30th Aug '17 11:13:38 AM CosmicFerret
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* Jay Garrick of ''ComicBook/{{Earth 2}}''. He barely graduated college and his girlfriend left him to follow her dreams. While he sits on a hill thinking what to do with his life, the roman god Mercury lands by the hill. With his dying breath, Mercury [[{{Superempowering}} transfers his powers]] to Jay; giving him the [[SuperSpeed speed of a god]] and he becomes TheFlash.

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* Jay Garrick of ''ComicBook/{{Earth 2}}''. He barely graduated college and his girlfriend left him to follow her dreams. While he sits on a hill thinking what to do with his life, the roman god Mercury lands by the hill. With his dying breath, Mercury [[{{Superempowering}} transfers his powers]] to Jay; giving him the [[SuperSpeed speed of a god]] and he becomes TheFlash.ComicBook/TheFlash.
28th Aug '17 8:08:15 AM ChaoticNovelist
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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.

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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.
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12th Aug '17 10:14:29 AM Gemser
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* [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] in ''Film/TheWorldOfKanako'': The narrator can't stand being bullied anymore and sees no happiness in a world with the lack of freedom he has. When he meets Kanako he wants to be like her first boyfriend Ogata and flee with her to start a new life. He fails to see that Ogata was forced into isolation and that his attitude makes him an easy target for a very manipulative and corrupting character who exploits all of his flaws. In the end, he [[spoiler: can't escape his bullies, resorts to violence and dies a cruel, embarrassing death]].
3rd Aug '17 11:18:52 PM creader
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* The two main characters in ''Film/LostInTranslation'' have this problem, which they express by moping. So much moping.
* In Guillermo del Toro's ''Film/HellboyIITheGoldenArmy'', most of humanity's folly originates from this; the beginning mentions humanity was created with a hole in their hearts. It's implied this leads to do whatever in search of purpose.
* This is the problem of the main character from Mike Judge's ''Film/OfficeSpace'': he's completely unhappy about his job, but has no idea what else to do with his life.
* ... And of course, [[TheHero Luke Skywalker]] in ''Film/StarWarsANewHope''! Constantly complaining about being shut in the door of Uncle Owen's house, he wants to seek to do something significant to change the [[CrapsackWorld crapsack]] reality of the galaxy produced by the EvilEmpire. Fortunately, meeting Obi-Wan Kenobi grants him his wish at last [[TearJerker (along with the death of his uncle and aunt)]], and he has consequently been kicking the empire's sorry ass for the rest of the ''Star Wars'' saga.
** Unfortunately, Yoda uses this to give Luke his TheReasonYouSuckSpeech in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''.

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* The two main characters in ''Film/LostInTranslation'' have this problem, which they express by moping. So much moping.
* In Guillermo del Toro's ''Film/HellboyIITheGoldenArmy'', most of humanity's folly originates from this; the beginning mentions humanity was created with a hole in their hearts. It's implied this leads to do whatever in search of purpose.
* This is the problem of the main character from Mike Judge's ''Film/OfficeSpace'': he's completely unhappy about his job, but has no idea what else to do with his life.
* ... And of course, [[TheHero Luke Skywalker]] in ''Film/StarWarsANewHope''! Constantly complaining about being shut in the door of Uncle Owen's house, he wants to seek to do something significant to change the [[CrapsackWorld crapsack]] reality of the galaxy produced by the EvilEmpire. Fortunately, meeting Obi-Wan Kenobi grants him his wish at last [[TearJerker (along with the death of his uncle and aunt)]], and he has consequently been kicking the empire's sorry ass for the rest of the ''Star Wars'' saga.
** Unfortunately, Yoda uses this to give Luke his TheReasonYouSuckSpeech in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''.
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* Eddie from ''WesternAnimation/{{Sing}}'' is a somewhat downplayed example; His family is rich and he lives off of them. Because of this, he admittedly doesn't have any real aspirations in life. His parents moved him to their backyard pool house in an effort to help him become more independent and they've gotten him a life coach. [[spoiler:It's not until he helps Buster wash cars and later become the stagehand of the New Moon theater that Eddie finds a purpose.]]
* Smurfette in ''WesternAnimation/SmurfsTheLostVillage'', since she is the only female in Smurf Village and all the other Smurfs have some sort of purpose.
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* The two main characters in ''Film/LostInTranslation'' have this problem, which they express by moping. So much moping.
* In Guillermo del Toro's ''Film/HellboyIITheGoldenArmy'', most of humanity's folly originates from this; the beginning mentions humanity was created with a hole in their hearts. It's implied this leads to do whatever in search of purpose.
* This is the problem of the main character from Mike Judge's ''Film/OfficeSpace'': he's completely unhappy about his job, but has no idea what else to do with his life.
* ... And of course, [[TheHero Luke Skywalker]] in ''Film/StarWarsANewHope''! Constantly complaining about being shut in the door of Uncle Owen's house, he wants to seek to do something significant to change the [[CrapsackWorld crapsack]] reality of the galaxy produced by the EvilEmpire. Fortunately, meeting Obi-Wan Kenobi grants him his wish at last [[TearJerker (along with the death of his uncle and aunt)]], and he has consequently been kicking the empire's sorry ass for the rest of the ''Star Wars'' saga.
** Unfortunately, Yoda uses this to give Luke his TheReasonYouSuckSpeech in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''.



* Eddie from ''WesternAnimation/{{Sing}}'' is a somewhat downplayed example; His family is rich and he lives off of them. Because of this, he admittedly doesn't have any real aspirations in life. His parents moved him to their backyard pool house in an effort to help him become more independent and they've gotten him a life coach. [[spoiler:It's not until he helps Buster wash cars and later become the stagehand of the New Moon theater that Eddie finds a purpose.]]
* Smurfette in ''WesternAnimation/SmurfsTheLostVillage'', since she is the only female in Smurf Village and all the other Smurfs have some sort of purpose.
20th Jul '17 6:29:00 AM JohnShel91
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** Unfortunately, Yoda uses this to give Luke his TheReasonYouSuckSpeech in ''The Empire Strikes Back''.

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** Unfortunately, Yoda uses this to give Luke his TheReasonYouSuckSpeech in ''The Empire Strikes Back''.''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''.
20th Jul '17 6:28:17 AM JohnShel91
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** Unfortunately, Yoda uses this to give Luke his TheReasonYouSuckSpeech in ''The Empire Strikes Back''.
23rd Jun '17 4:33:51 PM WillyFourEyes
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** This comes full circle in the Anime, where during his final fight of the series with Yomi, Yusuke realizes that he still doesn't have a purpose beyond his anger, and that this is a problem since he is no longer angry. It takes a scolding from Raizen for Yusuke to finally realize what his purpose is: protecting his friends and reconciling his identity so he can be happy with Keiko.

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** This comes full circle in the Anime, anime, where during his final fight of the series with Yomi, Yusuke realizes that he still doesn't have a purpose beyond his anger, and that this is a problem since he is no longer angry. It takes a scolding from Raizen for Yusuke to finally realize what his purpose is: protecting his friends and reconciling his identity so he can be happy with Keiko.



* Nozomi, from ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'', is like this at the start of the series, though she finds [[MagicalGirl something to do]] by the end of the first episode. She's mentioned to have joined a series of different clubs, always ending in disaster. This is mostly credited that she has a rather short attention span, but when she actually ''decides'' that she's doing something, she'll go through it to the end.

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* Nozomi, from ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'', is like this at the start of the series, though she finds [[MagicalGirl something to do]] by the end of the first episode. She's mentioned to have joined a series of different clubs, always ending in disaster. This is mostly credited that she has a to her rather short attention span, but when she actually ''decides'' that she's doing to do something, she'll go see it through it to the end.



** Subverted by Kyon. The novel opens with him claiming he wanted espers, aliens and time travelers to exist, but closes that speech by saying he's given up and is fine with school and normal stuff.

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** Subverted by Kyon. The novel opens with him claiming he wanted espers, aliens and time travelers to exist, but closes that speech by saying he's given up and [[IJustWantToBeNormal is fine with school and normal stuff. stuff]].



* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Kurosaki [[TheHero Ichigo]] experienced this during the TimeSkip after [[BroughtDownToNormal sacrificing his powers]] to defeat Aizen. Despite assurances to his friends and family that he was happier as a normal person, all of them understood he was lying to himself. It's no surprise to anyone when he blindly latches onto the first opportunity to gain power again.

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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Ichigo Kurosaki [[TheHero Ichigo]] experienced this during the TimeSkip after [[BroughtDownToNormal sacrificing his powers]] to defeat Aizen. Despite assurances to his friends and family that he was happier as a normal person, all of them understood he was lying to himself. It's no surprise to anyone when he blindly latches onto the first opportunity to gain power again.



* This trope is what at least [[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.

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* This trope is what at least [[Manga/{{Akumetsu}} Niikura Shou]] Shou was experiencing when he discovered his origins and Akumetsu Manga/{{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.
19th May '17 12:52:40 PM KizunaTallis
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* In ''Series/{{Parks and Recreation}}'' 's 7th and final season, April seeks out a 'purpose' through finding a job that suits her wants (and, in a hilarious scene, looks for this in a visit to the morgue with Ben).

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* In ''Series/{{Parks and Recreation}}'' 's Recreation}}''[='s=] 7th and final season, April seeks out a 'purpose' through finding a job that suits her wants (and, in a hilarious wants. In one scene, looks for this in she decides to revisit her [[NightmareFetishist childhood dream]] of being a mortician on a visit to the morgue with Ben).Ben, but shoots it down when she finds she has to go to school and do paperwork first.
7th May '17 6:45:25 AM Kakai
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* In ''Literature/TheSpiritThief'', [[spoiler:the League of Storms]] suffers this as a whole following the BigBad's defeat and banishment. They eventually settle on [[spoiler:never recruiting again and spending the rest of their days observing Nico, just in case she gives in to her hunger.]]
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