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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.
3rd Oct '17 12:34:16 PM Premonition45
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* In ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'', Spock theorizes that this is what V'Ger is trying to do in its quest for knowledge.
-->'''Spock:''' Each of us, at some time in our lives, turns to someone - a father, a brother, a God - and asks, "Why am I here? What was I meant to be?"
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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* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'':
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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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* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
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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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[[folder:Film]]
* 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''.
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