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4th Apr '17 1:58:33 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Jon Snow initially joins the Night's Watch to escape the shadow of only being viewed as "the Stark Bastard."
1st Apr '17 4:08:55 AM Doug86
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* The ecchi anime series ''GoldenBoy'' has this with the hero's lust for women. Every episode he meets some new ridiculously attractive woman, and goes on an epic-level mission to win her favor. It inevitably ends with him having somehow managed to win her heart, leaving her ready and wanting... and watching him as he heads off into the sunset, off to win his next prize without even having claimed the last. (Oh, Japan.)

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* The ecchi anime series ''GoldenBoy'' ''Manga/GoldenBoy'' has this with the hero's lust for women. Every episode he meets some new ridiculously attractive woman, and goes on an epic-level mission to win her favor. It inevitably ends with him having somehow managed to win her heart, leaving her ready and wanting... and watching him as he heads off into the sunset, off to win his next prize without even having claimed the last. (Oh, Japan.)
19th Mar '17 1:00:39 PM akaun6899
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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.
19th Mar '17 7:18:29 AM MadAnthony94
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* Implied to be Joker's deal in ''BatmanArkhamOrigins''. In other entries in the series he's focused more on his feud with Bats, but, this taking place earlier, here he's just causing indiscriminate chaos and has no regard for even his own safety. In a sick way, discovering Batman is what gives his life focus.
7th Mar '17 3:56:05 PM manofwarb
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** Conrad Verner is the loser version of this trope. The PlayerCharacter first meets him hanging around in the ward markets, where he fawns over Shepard. An autograph and picture later, he asks you to sign him up as a Spectre like you, [[note]] Spectres are the Citadel Council's elite StateSec who have extralegal powers to protect the galaxy at all costs, and are usually chosen among the elite special operatives of the Council races. You are an N7 - the highest caliber of special forces operative in the human military [[/note]] without having gone through any training whatsoever. In the second game, you run into him again, playing "mercenary", but having been utterly duped by a would be extortionist. He claims to have done this because "you saved the Galaxy. And then you died!" In the third game, you find him among refugees, unknowingly "recruiting" for a pro-human organization that has actually gone bad. Except he was being used again as an annoying distraction while someone else was doing something nefarious. Talking to him again, reveals that he [[spoiler: has a Ph D in astrophysics and had written a dissertation on dark energy]]. Even with that, he had drifted around trying to be something he was not.
11th Feb '17 7:03:57 PM Willbyr
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* DonaldDuck has "found and mastered his true purpose in life" about a billion times now. No matter if it means facing danger or going against common sense, [[TheDeterminator he will keep trying again, and again, and again]], convinced the next time will be it. What if that doesn't work? Next time surely will!
* 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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* DonaldDuck ComicBook/DonaldDuck has "found and mastered his true purpose in life" about a billion times now. No matter if it means facing danger or going against common sense, [[TheDeterminator he will keep trying again, and again, and again]], convinced the next time will be it. What if that doesn't work? Next time surely will!
* Jay Garrick of ComicBook/{{Earth 2}}.''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/{{Annihilation}}: This is part of the reason Gamora is upset when saved from the Phalanx, since being part of them made her feel like she had a purpose again, after being spurned by the cosmic higher-ups under undisclosed circumstances. Her ex-boyfriend [[ComicBook/{{Nova}} Richard Rider]] uses this to convince her to join the ComicBook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy.

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* ComicBook/{{Annihilation}}: ''ComicBook/{{Annihilation}}'': This is part of the reason Gamora is upset when saved from the Phalanx, since being part of them made her feel like she had a purpose again, after being spurned by the cosmic higher-ups under undisclosed circumstances. Her ex-boyfriend [[ComicBook/{{Nova}} Richard Rider]] uses this to convince her to join the ComicBook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy.
8th Feb '17 2:30:57 PM LentilSandEater
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* Mr. Incredible in ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' after the super hero ban.

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* Mr. Incredible in ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' after the super hero ban. Stuck in a dead end insurance job watching his life steadily tick by, he'll do ''anything'' to break the tedium. Even it's a mission from a shadowy organization that he can't tell his family about.
7th Feb '17 1:57:28 PM starlight9
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* ''Literature/NightfallSeries'': Millennia of existence can do that to you. Prince Vladimir is constantly looking for new challenges. Even conquering the world gets boring after a while.
1st Feb '17 12:59:01 PM Berrenta
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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.]]
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9th Dec '16 12:10:43 AM M84
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* In ''Series/{{Westworld}}'', The Man in Black is a bitter old man who cannot find true satisfaction in the real world and has also become so jaded that even the escapism of venting psychopathic power fantasies in Westworld isn't quite enough for him anymore. He searches for the "maze" in Westworld, hoping that it will help him find true meaning in his life.
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