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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.
6th Dec '16 12:06:42 PM DoctorCooper
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* Nearly every person who has ever lived has gone through this at some point. For some, their purpose comes easy. [[HeroicBSOD Others]], however look so long and find so little, that [[DespairEventHorizon they may assume their life is]] [[StrawNihilist meaningless]].
* This is a common state for people who have undergone a massive change in their lives recently, such as divorce, loss of a long-time job, or a sudden lifestyle change like leaving the military.
* People with depression or suicidal thoughts will sometimes feel this way, searching desperately for something that will help them to feel their life has meaning. Made worse by the fact that clinical depression actively makes the sufferer unable to perceive that meaningfulness: whatever he or she tries is doomed to fail. Medication and/or therapy is necessary to break out of the depressed state first.
* This is practically a rite of passage for teenagers, possibly from their rapidly expanding worldview. Rare is the teenager who never wonders about a possible destiny or life-path for themselves or others.
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3rd Dec '16 2:55:11 AM Morgenthaler
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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}} badass MagicalGirl in history.
27th Nov '16 7:47:50 PM Mhazard
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* Discussed in ''Literature/BookOfEcclesiastes''. The author of the book (believed to be King Solomon) laments about the meaning of life, but he finds them vanity. However, he eventually comes to this conclusion:
--> Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
24th Nov '16 11:13:26 AM jamespolk
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* ''[[Film/{{Wings 1966}} Wings]]'': In her youth, Nadya had an exciting life as a Russian fighter pilot in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Now she's living a boring existence as a middle-aged school principal. She finds herself adrift.
8th Nov '16 8:07:41 AM lakingsif
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* Music/TaylorSwift's "A Place in this World": "I don't know what I want/So don't ask me/'Cause I'm still trying to figure it out... Oh, I'm just a girl/Trying to find a place in this world".
26th Oct '16 4:29:21 PM Nintendoman01
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* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'': Cell becomes a minor example after reaching his perfect form; he candidly tells Trunks that now that he has attained ultimate power, even killing Goku, the purpose for which he was created, has lost all meaning to him. The Cell Games are basically his way of figuring out what to do next. He finally discovers it through an epiphany caused by his near-death and rebirth from self-destruction: that Dr. Gero hadn't created him just to kill Goku or destroy the Earth, but [[OmnicidalManiac to be the end of all living beings in the entire universe]], a role Cell embraces wholeheartedly with joy.


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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.
20th Oct '16 3:43:11 PM CnHGirl
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* To an extent, Pearl from ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''. She rebelled against Homeworld both out of devotion to Rose Quartz and to break from her ServantRace status. However, her primary role in the series proper has been to continue the clean-up from the Gem civil war and take care of Steven, both tasks inextricably tied to Rose Quartz and the Crystal Gem's mission. Despite being a free Gem for 5000 years, she hasn't established any identity outside of that in all that time, and for the most part doesn't seem to know how to. When [[spoiler: Peridot]] asks her "What are you for?" in "Back to the Barn", she is left incapable of coming up with an answer.
19th Oct '16 2:47:05 PM siberia82
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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.

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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.



** ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': The Four Horseman are downtrodden mutants who obey En Sabah Nur's "divine" will because he grants them a sense of direction and a feeling of worth from being specially chosen to form his "sacred" inner circle. From the Blu-Ray's "Clan of Akkaba: Apocalypse and His Horsemen" segment:

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** ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': The Four Horseman Horsemen are downtrodden mutants who obey En Sabah Nur's "divine" will because he grants them a sense of direction and a feeling of worth from being specially chosen to form his "sacred" inner circle.circle. Just like any cult leader, Apocalypse selects individuals who are at a low point in their lives and manipulates them into believing that his doctrine is the solution to their spiritual emptiness. From the Blu-Ray's "Clan of Akkaba: Apocalypse and His Horsemen" segment:
19th Oct '16 2:05:55 PM siberia82
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* In ''Film/TheWolverine'', Logan is essentially a wandering hobo when the film starts, mostly just living in the wilderness and avoiding contact with people as much as possible. Only when he meets Mariko does he start to have a renewed hope to go on living.

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* In ''Film/TheWolverine'', ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'':
** ''Film/TheWolverine'':
Logan is essentially a wandering hobo when the film starts, mostly just living in the wilderness and avoiding contact with people as much as possible. Only It's only when he meets Mariko does he start to have a renewed hope to go on living.living.
** ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': The Four Horseman are downtrodden mutants who obey En Sabah Nur's "divine" will because he grants them a sense of direction and a feeling of worth from being specially chosen to form his "sacred" inner circle. From the Blu-Ray's "Clan of Akkaba: Apocalypse and His Horsemen" segment:
--->'''Olivia Munn''': We're all looking for someone or something to give us a purpose.\\
'''Alexandra Shipp''': He is basically saying, 'You don't have to worry. I'm here. I'm your God. If you treat me as such, you will reap all of the benefits.'
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