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16th Apr '18 9:54:36 AM Pichu-kun
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* The theme of ''Literature/ADogsPurpose'' is a dog trying to figure out his purpose as he gets reincarnated several times. In his fourth life he almost [[DespairEventHorizon gives up]] due to [[WhoWantsToLiveForever not understanding why he's alive again after seemingly finding his purpose]], but it turns out he hadn't.

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* The theme of ''Literature/ADogsPurpose'' is a dog trying to figure out his purpose as he gets reincarnated several times. In his fourth life he almost [[DespairEventHorizon gives up]] due to [[WhoWantsToLiveForever not understanding why he's alive again after seemingly finding his purpose]], but it turns out he hadn't. In the end he figures out his purpose is [[spoiler:to be with humans, be their friends, and support them.]] To him, that's the purpose of all dogs.
16th Apr '18 2:01:58 AM NickHunter26
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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.

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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.life and endlessly rants about it, and TheAntiNihilist who tries to find one knowing there is no inherent meaning and/or who appreciates life for what it is. Compare and contrast AllergicToRoutine.
2nd Apr '18 10:26:19 PM josh6243
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* [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsX Amari Aquamarine]]'s starting point in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsX'' even though she's a member of the Order of Mages on Al-Warth. [[TookALevelInBadass She finds one as she fights for Al-Warth's citizens]].
20th Mar '18 8:38:10 AM 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."

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Jon Snow initially joins the Night's Watch to escape the shadow of only being viewed as "the Stark Bastard.""
** Tyrion Lannister spent his whole life trying to earn respect and a purpose. In the second season, when Varys deflects his question of "What do you want?" by asking him the same thing, he admits to Varys that he enjoys being acting Hand of the King because it's an opportunity to do something good with his life. He is visibly moved in the Season 6 finale when Daenarys makes him her official Hand.
3rd Mar '18 9:25:33 PM nombretomado
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* Peri from ''{{Spliced}}''.

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24th Feb '18 11:12:12 PM Pichu-kun
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* The theme of ''Literature/ADogsPurpose'' is a dog trying to figure out his purpose as he gets reincarnated several times. In his fourth life he almost [[DespairEventHorizon gives up]] due to [[WhoWantsToLiveForever not understanding why he's alive again after seemingly finding his purpose]], but it turns out he hadn't.
10th Feb '18 6:40:47 AM StFan
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* The ecchi anime series ''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.)
** In the manga one of the girls of the week shows the dark side of this trope. During her arc she gradually falls out of love with with [[HappinessInSlavery her master]], and in love with Kintaro because he will not break no matter what she does to him. So after he leaves because he has learned what he wanted to that arc she decides to chase after him to find a new purpose. In her efforts to track him down she runs across some of the people he helped in the past. She systematically broke them to find out if the purpose they gained from meeting him could be one she could use.

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* The In ''Manhwa/CielTheLastAutumnStory'', due to sort of having an empty abyss in her soul, Yvienne Magnolia is at a loss for why she should care whether she lives or dies. ChronicHeroSyndrome-experiencer Lariatte Kingdiamond ultimately helps provide some dreams for her.
* ''Manga/GoldenBoy'':
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ecchi anime series ''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.)
** In the manga manga, one of the girls of the week shows the dark side of this trope. During her arc she gradually falls out of love with with [[HappinessInSlavery her master]], and in love with Kintaro because he will not break no matter what she does to him. So after he leaves because he has learned what he wanted to that arc she decides to chase after him to find a new purpose. In her efforts to track him down she runs across some of the people he helped in the past. She systematically broke them to find out if the purpose they gained from meeting him could be one she could use.



** Actually, this is more of an inversion, as he already had his purpose to rebel against Britannia, it's just that at the time he didn't feel capable of doing so until C.C. handed him his Geass. He wasn't looking for a purpose in life, he was looking for a way to fulfill that purpose.
*** Rather a subversion - he really was looking like having no purpose in first episode, only to reveal he does have one later. He's just ''deep'' under cover.



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* ''FanFic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness'': As revealed in {{flashback}}s during Act II, Dark Kuyumaya is shown to be little more than a VigilanteMan rescuing girls from rapists and thugs and wondering if that was ''all'' he could do with his life; this led to him being recruited as a Fairy Tale agent by Kiria, who [[LockedOutOfTheLoop kept him in the dark about the organization's true nature]]. When Dark eventually found out and [[DefectorFromDecadence defected]], he's found one by the time of the fic's beginning: being a good soul and helping people.

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* ''FanFic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness'': ''Fanfic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness'': As revealed in {{flashback}}s during Act II, Dark Kuyumaya is shown to be little more than a VigilanteMan rescuing girls from rapists and thugs and wondering if that was ''all'' he could do with his life; this led to him being recruited as a Fairy Tale agent by Kiria, who [[LockedOutOfTheLoop kept him in the dark about the organization's true nature]]. When Dark eventually found out and [[DefectorFromDecadence defected]], he's found one by the time of the fic's beginning: being a good soul and helping people.



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* In ''Manhwa/CielTheLastAutumnStory'', due to sort of having an empty abyss in her soul, Yvienne Magnolia is at a loss for why she should care whether she lives or dies. ChronicHeroSyndrome-experiencer Lariatte Kingdiamond ultimately helps provide some dreams for her.
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19th Jan '18 2:33:34 PM mkmlp
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* Sarge has become this in season fifteen of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', because of the Reds and Blues making peace and all of their other previous enemies defeated, he's left as a soldier without a war and doesn't no what else to do with his life. [[spoiler: He even resorts to briefly [[FaceHeelTurn turning on his former comrades]] and joining in with [[EvilCounterpart Blues and Reds scheme]]]]. Luckily, he comes to his senses soon afterwards.
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15th Dec '17 6:42:53 AM FoxBluereaver
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* Like in canon, Serena has this in ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines''. According to Grace, it's partly because she tends to give up very easily on things whenever she makes a mistake, but unlike canon, she's very self-aware of this, partially due to staying in touch with Ash, [[ToBeAMaster who has a definite dream for his life]] and she wants to follow his example finding one of her own.
24th Oct '17 7:29:04 PM Iapetus22
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* Parodied in one ''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.

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* Parodied in one ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' strip, where a man pulls a bizarre object, complete with springs and brooms, from between the couch cushions. (Alternatively, he could be placing it there.) 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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