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23rd Jul '17 3:45:03 PM Sarakael
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** Lelouch Lamperouge's mother was killed and sister crippled early on, he and said sister were sent to Japan as a pawn only for said nation to get invaded, razed and colonized by the nation he now declares corrupt, leading him to take his sister along with him into hiding. And that's just the prologue. In the series proper, fate just loves bopping him one frequently, [[YankTheDogsChain every time he gets a leg up]] or in some cases [[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown just finished licking his wounds from his last misfortune]]. Just as he finds the means to start his rebellion, his old friend from Japan has just as suddenly become one of his biggest rivals. Right after he makes a deal with his half-sister he still fondly remembered that would ease things a little, [[spoiler:his geass activates at the wrong moment, forcing her into a massacre which he can only stop by killing her]]. Later his sister is kidnapped causing him to lose focus during the Black Rebellion, and as he tries to save her, he gets captured by his old friend and sold out to [[BigBad the Emperor]] for a promotion, with the latter rewriting his memories sidelining him for a whole year under surveillance among other consequences. His sister ends up back in the Britannian family under threat of being used against him at any moment. Just as things are on the up and up, his best fighter is captured for a few episodes, and [[spoiler:his fake brother [[MurderTheHypotenuse kills his would-be girlfriend]]]], leading him into insanity. His step-brother and worst enemy sabotages a potential truce with his best friend, indirectly leading to the destruction of Tokyo, with his sister among the dead [[spoiler:(apparently)]], and finally, Lelouch once again gets sold out to a Britannian royal, this time by his own resistance who have sided with said step-brother over some decidedly shady half truths [[spoiler:and later turns out to have hid his sister, who has [[CorruptTheCutie also been turned against him]]]]. It's a wonder the boy didn't completely snap.

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** Lelouch Lamperouge's mother was killed and sister crippled early on, he and said sister were sent to Japan as a pawn only for said nation to get invaded, razed and colonized by the nation he now declares corrupt, leading him to take his sister along with him into hiding. And that's just the prologue. In the series proper, fate just loves bopping him one frequently, [[YankTheDogsChain every time he gets a leg up]] or in some cases [[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown just finished licking his wounds from his last misfortune]]. Just as he finds the means to start his rebellion, his old friend from Japan has just as suddenly become one of his biggest rivals. Right after he makes a deal with his half-sister he still fondly remembered that would ease things a little, [[spoiler:his geass activates at the wrong moment, forcing her into a massacre which he can only stop by killing her]]. Later his sister is kidnapped causing him to lose focus during the Black Rebellion, and as he tries to save her, he gets captured by his old friend and sold out to [[BigBad the Emperor]] for a promotion, with the latter rewriting his memories sidelining him for a whole year under surveillance among other consequences. His sister ends up back in the Britannian family under threat of being used against him at any moment. Just as things are on the up and up, his best fighter is captured for a few episodes, and [[spoiler:his fake brother [[MurderTheHypotenuse kills his would-be girlfriend]]]], leading him into insanity. His step-brother half-brother and worst enemy sabotages a potential truce with his best friend, indirectly leading to the destruction of Tokyo, with his sister among the dead [[spoiler:(apparently)]], and finally, Lelouch once again gets sold out to a Britannian royal, this time by his own resistance who have sided with said step-brother half-brother over some decidedly shady half truths [[spoiler:and later turns out to have hid his sister, who has [[CorruptTheCutie also been turned against him]]]]. It's a wonder the boy didn't completely snap.
12th Jul '17 12:51:13 AM salvadorfranz
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* [[TheHero Rean Schwarzer]] from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsOfColdSteel'' has so many problems piled up on him that some wonder if he drew the short end. In short order, as a kid he was abandoned at a snowy field as a kid and not remembering anything before that, he inadvertently made his adopted noble family outcasts from the other nobles, and he somehow has powers that he has no control whatsoever and starts being afraid of it as it could potentially harm his loved ones. Then at the end of the first game, he finds out that his friend and classmate is the BigBadFriend who starts the CivilWar by assassinating the chancellor, is soundly defeated by him thanks to the latter's 3-year experience piloting a HumongousMecha compared to Rean's one day experience, and is forced to abandon his classmates to uncertain doom. Then in the second game, after waking up a month after the first game and dealing with a magic knight, he finds out that jaegers started wrecking his hometown, his dad is in a coma from defending his territory, he watches as Altina kidnaps both his sister and the crown princess right before his eyes. While he gets a HopeSpot by reuniting with his classmates, he is forced to separate from them again thanks to the BigBadWannabe invading his hometown. While hostage, he finds out why the BigBadFriend of the first game killed the chancellor near the climax of the first game. Later on after he's free, he fails to save one of the terrorists from the first game to become TheAtoner, he fails to bring back the BigBadFriend to make him atone for his crimes because the latter had to perform a HeroicSacrifice for Rean to save the crown prince, and finds out that said chancellor is actually alive and well and that the chancellor wins the CivilWar. Then said chancellor "points a gun" at a neighboring city state and makes Rean participate in ''his war'' to make sure that the city state belongs to the Erebonian empire while making sure the enemy nation, Calvard, can't get it. Along the way, said chancellor reveals that he is Rean's biological dad. By the end of the second game, it's clear he's become so tired that he's just going through the motions. And then there's ''Cold Steel III'' where he decides to become a teacher, only to have two of his students not exactly his big fans; one of them comes from said city state that Rean helped take over and the other is from a noble family whose dream job was to protect the royal family, only for the chancellor to remove his family from protecting the royal family. Yeah, Rean just can't catch a break in his game.
10th Jul '17 4:46:38 PM Tehrannotaur
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* ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'''s Kirito's life is pretty dim. To start things off, his parents died in a car crash when he was ''2'', and he only found out about that by the time he was 10. Things take a nosedive for the worse once he gets into SAO, where he gets trapped alongside with several thousands of people, and if they die, they die for real. Not only that but he gets into the crosshairs of several particularly dangerous {{serial killer}}s, one of whom almost manages to kill him, sending him into a coma. And to top it off, he sees several of his closest friends die one by one, and they hit him so hard that he actually has [[DrivenToSuicide attempted suicide]], ''and twice''. The ending of volume 18 shows how hard his life has hit him.
5th Jun '17 7:57:39 PM Pichu-kun
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* Sasuke Uchiha from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' discovered at a young age that his own brother, Itachi, had allegedly killed their family and their entire clan on a whim, and was forced to live with the hatred he felt for a once-loved sibling over this act. Upon finally tracking down his brother, Itachi beats Sasuke to a pulp before using a MindRape technique on him to make Sasuke re-experience the entire ordeal. Not long after this, Sasuke realizes he CantCatchUp up to the main character or the increasing number of increasingly powerful antagonists, so he accepts a previous offer for TrainingFromHell from the then-BigBad [[BodySnatcher Orochimaru]] so that he can gain enough power to eliminate Itachi.
** Cue a TimeSkip, and Sasuke's CycleOfRevenge starts pedaling as he betrays Orochimaru and gathers a QuirkyMinibossSquad, and finally hunts down his brother. [[spoiler: However, this only serves to give Sasuke a case of RevengeMyopia as it turns out Itachi wasn't entirely to blame; which slowly but surely puts Sasuke on the path to a RoaringRampageOfRevenge]].

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Sasuke Uchiha from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' discovered at a young age that his own brother, Itachi, had allegedly killed their family and their entire clan on a whim, and was forced to live with the hatred he felt for a once-loved sibling over this act. Upon finally tracking down his brother, Itachi beats Sasuke to a pulp before using a MindRape technique on him to make Sasuke re-experience the entire ordeal. Not long after this, Sasuke realizes he CantCatchUp up to the main character or the increasing number of increasingly powerful antagonists, so he accepts a previous offer for TrainingFromHell from the then-BigBad [[BodySnatcher Orochimaru]] so that he can gain enough power to eliminate Itachi. \n** Cue a TimeSkip, and Sasuke's CycleOfRevenge starts pedaling as he betrays Orochimaru and gathers a QuirkyMinibossSquad, and finally hunts down his brother. [[spoiler: However, this only serves to give Sasuke a case of RevengeMyopia as it turns out Itachi wasn't entirely to blame; which slowly but surely puts Sasuke on the path to a RoaringRampageOfRevenge]].



* This was [[Comicbook/{{WITCH}} Will Vandom's]] ''life''. Let's see -- dad was a compulsive gambler, making their family broke. Mom divorced him and he disappeared. When her powers start to develop, she's ostracized by her friends for being weird. Mom decides to move to Heatherfield and she spends her first day of school in the rain with a broken bike. You'd think that after becoming a Guardian, her life would be better -- you'd think wrong. Stops Phobos? Mom wants to move back to their old town. Dad comes back? Turns out he wants to use Will to swindle money out of her mom... and when he's gone, her precious pet dormouse she got from her future boyfriend Matt is ''run down by a passing car''! It's no wonder when that happens, the first thing she says is "Why does this keep happening?!"

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* ''Comicbook/{{WITCH}}'': This was [[Comicbook/{{WITCH}} Will Vandom's]] Vandom's ''life''. Let's see -- dad was a compulsive gambler, making their family broke. Mom divorced him and he disappeared. When her powers start to develop, she's ostracized by her friends for being weird. Mom decides to move to Heatherfield and she spends her first day of school in the rain with a broken bike. You'd think that after becoming a Guardian, her life would be better -- you'd think wrong. Stops Phobos? Mom wants to move back to their old town. Dad comes back? Turns out he wants to use Will to swindle money out of her mom... and when he's gone, her precious pet dormouse she got from her future boyfriend Matt is ''run down by a passing car''! It's no wonder when that happens, the first thing she says is "Why does this keep happening?!"



* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' -- every single male parental figure in the title character's life -- except Hagrid and Arthur, who was supposed to die in the middle of book five -- ends up dead, one by one. (Sort of Voldemort's plan)
** Tip of the iceberg. Harry's whole life is epic Dickensian-level suck, from the ugly hand-me-downs to the ridiculously cruel relatives.

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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' -- every single male parental figure in the title character's life -- except Hagrid and Arthur, who was supposed to die in the middle of book five -- ends up dead, one by one. (Sort of Voldemort's plan)
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plan) Tip of the iceberg. Harry's whole life is epic Dickensian-level suck, from the ugly hand-me-downs to the ridiculously cruel relatives.



* Even ''Literature/TheBlackStallion'' series goes for this one. Jockey Alec Ramsey, having undergone a pretty eventful life already, falls in love with a bewitching [[TheDrifter free spirit]] named Pam in ''The Black Stallion and the Girl''. She [[PutOnABus leaves him]] to [[ButNowIMustGo continue her wandering ways]], but at the beginning of the next book, ''The Black Stallion Legend'', her bus [[BusCrash plunges off a cliff]], killing her and everyone else on board. Alec finds out about this through a newspaper account and goes quite mad. He recovers eventually.
** But not before he drives out into the desert with only his beloved horse, [[spoiler: gets lost, gets found by an Indian tribe who thinks the Black is some sort of spirit horse sent to lead them to safety, which seems more reasonable when a GIANT METEOR hits the Earth, causing disaster and destruction, including massive damage to Hopeful Farm which he finds out when he decides to call home and tell them he's not dead,]] but it does all get better in the end. Yeah, at this point, author Walter Farley was getting a bit odd. To be fair, Pam was modelled on Farley's daughter, who died in a car crash in Europe. ''The Black Stallion Legend'' was his way of handling it.

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* Even ''Literature/TheBlackStallion'' series goes for this one. Jockey Alec Ramsey, having undergone a pretty eventful life already, falls in love with a bewitching [[TheDrifter free spirit]] named Pam in ''The Black Stallion and the Girl''. She [[PutOnABus leaves him]] to [[ButNowIMustGo continue her wandering ways]], but at the beginning of the next book, ''The Black Stallion Legend'', her bus [[BusCrash plunges off a cliff]], killing her and everyone else on board. Alec finds out about this through a newspaper account and goes quite mad. He recovers eventually.
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eventually. But not before he drives out into the desert with only his beloved horse, [[spoiler: gets lost, gets found by an Indian tribe who thinks the Black is some sort of spirit horse sent to lead them to safety, which seems more reasonable when a GIANT METEOR hits the Earth, causing disaster and destruction, including massive damage to Hopeful Farm which he finds out when he decides to call home and tell them he's not dead,]] but it does all get better in the end. Yeah, at this point, author Walter Farley was getting a bit odd. To be fair, Pam was modelled on Farley's daughter, who died in a car crash in Europe. ''The Black Stallion Legend'' was his way of handling it.



* Voltaire's ''Literature/{{Candide}}'' is a book of this. Despite his assertions that we live in the best of all possible worlds, Candide is kicked out of his idyllic home for kissing a girl who is apparently his cousin (although this is never brought up by any of the characters), is tricked into joining the Bulgarian army, is flogged until he has no skin on his back and begs for death, sees horrific death and destruction caused by the war, has a chamber-pot emptied on him, finds out that his beloved teacher has become a beggar hideously disfigured by syphilis, learns that his childhood home was utterly destroyed and his love interest and her family have been murdered (after brutal mass rape), and the ship he's on is beset by a storm... in the first four chapters. In fact, every character in Candide suffers from this trope--it's hard to find a character who hasn't been enslaved, raped, flogged, or lost all their worldly possessions.
** Interesting in that it was all [[CrossesTheLineTwice played for laughs]]

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* Voltaire's ''Literature/{{Candide}}'' is a book of this. Despite his assertions that we live in the best of all possible worlds, Candide is kicked out of his idyllic home for kissing a girl who is apparently his cousin (although this is never brought up by any of the characters), is tricked into joining the Bulgarian army, is flogged until he has no skin on his back and begs for death, sees horrific death and destruction caused by the war, has a chamber-pot emptied on him, finds out that his beloved teacher has become a beggar hideously disfigured by syphilis, learns that his childhood home was utterly destroyed and his love interest and her family have been murdered (after brutal mass rape), and the ship he's on is beset by a storm... in the first four chapters. In fact, every character in Candide suffers from this trope--it's hard to find a character who hasn't been enslaved, raped, flogged, or lost all their worldly possessions.
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possessions. Interesting in that it was all [[CrossesTheLineTwice played for laughs]]



* The backstory of Music/EvelynEvelyn. The title characters were conjoined twins (actual names Eva and Lyn Neville) whose mother suffered DeathByChildbirth. The doctor attempted to separate them ''with a {{chainsaw|Good}}, then was shot by the sheriff who walked in just in time, causing him to accidentally kill the twins' father with the chainsaw. Then [[FromBadToWorse it got worse]].

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* The backstory of Music/EvelynEvelyn. The title characters were conjoined twins (actual names Eva and Lyn Neville) whose mother suffered DeathByChildbirth. The doctor attempted to separate them ''with a {{chainsaw|Good}}, {{chainsaw|Good}}'', then was shot by the sheriff who walked in just in time, causing him to accidentally kill the twins' father with the chainsaw. Then [[FromBadToWorse it got worse]].
5th Jun '17 4:46:28 PM azul120
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* The ''Comicbook/SpiderMan'' "ComicBook/BrandNewDay" storyline is nothing but DeusAngstMachina, mixed in with a healthy serving of non-stop {{Wangst}}. Every conceivable thing that can go wrong does. Twice. In a single issue. Just to remind us [[ExecutiveMeddling Spider-Man's deeper and more dramatic now!]]

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* The ''Comicbook/SpiderMan'' "ComicBook/BrandNewDay" storyline is nothing but DeusAngstMachina, Deus Angst Machina, mixed in with a healthy serving of non-stop {{Wangst}}. Every conceivable thing that can go wrong does. Twice. In a single issue. Just to remind us [[ExecutiveMeddling Spider-Man's deeper and more dramatic now!]]



* ''Life in the Fat Lane'', by Cherie Bennett is almost nothing ''but'' DeusAngstMachina Lara Ardeche, homecoming queen and teen beauty contestant, develops a chemical imbalance that causes her weight to double within months. Her GirlPosse [[BackstabbingTheAlphaBitch brush her off]] as a result; the school FatGirl, whom she'd inadvertently insulted, makes a point of gloating; and her relationship with her parents deteriorates. Later, [[spoiler:her father cheats on her mother, her mother attempts suicide, and]] the whole family moves to another town...where Lara is treated like a ButtMonkey at school for [[AcceptableTargets being fat]]. (And there's also her break-up with Jett...but that was [[ItsNotYouItsMe kind of]] [[{{Wangst}} her own]] [[InsecureLoveInterest damn fault]].)

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* ''Life in the Fat Lane'', by Cherie Bennett is almost nothing ''but'' DeusAngstMachina Deus Angst Machina Lara Ardeche, homecoming queen and teen beauty contestant, develops a chemical imbalance that causes her weight to double within months. Her GirlPosse [[BackstabbingTheAlphaBitch brush her off]] as a result; the school FatGirl, whom she'd inadvertently insulted, makes a point of gloating; and her relationship with her parents deteriorates. Later, [[spoiler:her father cheats on her mother, her mother attempts suicide, and]] the whole family moves to another town...where Lara is treated like a ButtMonkey at school for [[AcceptableTargets being fat]]. (And there's also her break-up with Jett...but that was [[ItsNotYouItsMe kind of]] [[{{Wangst}} her own]] [[InsecureLoveInterest damn fault]].)
4th May '17 1:26:18 AM SunriseWarrior
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* Mulder on ''Series/TheXFiles''. His sister disappears when he's a kid, which ends his parents marriage and he later finds out he was the one that was supposed to be taken. And he finds out that she was dead most of the time and was never going to find her. He works in a division that everyone thinks is a joke and no one ever believes most of the stuff he says (even though he's usually right) and he has very few friends. He gets shot three different times, once by his own partner, plus the countless times he gets beaten up and loses his gun. His father is murdered right in front of him, his mom has a stroke and later commits suicide. His partner and the only person he really trusts gets abducted by aliens and almost dies. The she gets cancer and almost dies again. He's been drugged, had his memories erased, arrested, imprisoned, tortured by Russian scientists, almost had his arm removed against his will, starts getting debilitating headaches and other problems and then has brain surgery against his will, and then gets abducted by aliens himself and is tortured in various gruesome ways. He's died and come back to life several times, and was once buried semi-alive. He's forced to leave Scully and their son, and by the time he comes back the baby has been given up for adoption. He gets caught on a secret government installation where he's arrested and tortured (again) in an attempt to brainwash him. He's put on trial and condemned to death but he escapes. Oh, and the guy he hated most who was at the head of most of the conspiracies he was trying to expose? Was his biological father.

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* Mulder on ''Series/TheXFiles''. His sister disappears when he's a kid, which ends his parents parents' marriage and he later finds out he was the one that was supposed to be taken. And he finds out that she [[spoiler:she was dead most of the time and was never going to find her.her]]. He works in a division that everyone thinks is a joke and no one ever believes most of the stuff he says (even though he's usually right) and he has very few friends. He gets shot three different times, once by his own partner, plus the countless times he gets beaten up and loses his gun. His [[spoiler:His father is murdered right in front of him, his mom has a stroke and later commits suicide. suicide.]] His partner and the only person he really trusts gets abducted by aliens and almost dies. The she gets cancer and almost dies again. He's been drugged, had his memories erased, arrested, imprisoned, tortured by Russian scientists, almost had his arm removed against his will, starts getting debilitating headaches and other problems and then has brain surgery against his will, and then gets abducted by aliens himself and is tortured in various gruesome ways. He's [[spoiler:He's died and come back to life several times, times]], and was once buried semi-alive. He's forced to leave Scully and their son, and by the time he comes back the [[spoiler:the baby has been given up for adoption.adoption]]. He gets caught on a secret government installation where he's arrested and tortured (again) in an attempt to brainwash him. He's put on trial and condemned to death but he escapes. Oh, and the guy he hated most who was at the head of most of the conspiracies he was trying to expose? Was [[spoiler:Was his biological father.]]
27th Apr '17 8:58:23 PM Golondrina
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* In ''Roomies'' and ''ItsWalky'', David Wallis' habit of dropping the DramaBomb meant that his characters often had to suffer through copious amounts of extremely unpleasant and traumatic things happening to them all at once (when they weren't [[{{Wangst}} angsting about things that had happened long ago, that is]]). His subsequent strip, ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}'', is relatively free of this in comparison.

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* In ''Roomies'' ''Webcomic/{{Roomies}}'' and ''ItsWalky'', ''Webcomic/ItsWalky'', David Wallis' habit of dropping the DramaBomb meant that his characters often had to suffer through copious amounts of extremely unpleasant and traumatic things happening to them all at once (when they weren't [[{{Wangst}} angsting about things that had happened long ago, that is]]). His subsequent strip, ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}'', is relatively free of this in comparison.
19th Mar '17 9:22:40 AM TudorRose
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* Creator/RobinJarvis loves doing this to his characters. For one example, in the ''Literature/DeptfordMice'' trilogy, [[TheHero Audrey's]] father disappears and it turns out he has been murdered (she refuses to believe he is dead at first, but gradually comes to accept it), she is accused of being a witch and almost hanged [[spoiler:(with the only way to save her being marriage to a friend who is not her true love)]], Piccadilly (the boy mouse she is in love with) is murdered before she can confess her feelings to him, she is attacked by multiple brainwashed and violent ghosts of those she knew in life (including Piccadilly in a particular traumatic encounter, but she is able to jog his memory and tell him she loves him; though of course it is too late to do anything about it and she witnesses his crossing over to the other side), she is forced to face the BigBad Jupiter (the cause of the majority of her misery) head-on multiple times, and she is tricked into becoming the (at least initially) unwilling successor of the Starwife.

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* Creator/RobinJarvis loves doing this to his characters. For one example, in the ''Literature/DeptfordMice'' trilogy, [[TheHero Audrey's]] father disappears and it turns out he has been murdered (she refuses to believe he is dead at first, but gradually comes to accept it), she is accused of being a witch and almost hanged [[spoiler:(with the only way to save her being marriage to a friend who is not her true love)]], Piccadilly [[spoiler:Piccadilly]] (the boy mouse she is in love with) is murdered before she can confess her feelings to him, she is attacked by multiple brainwashed and violent ghosts of those she knew in life (including Piccadilly [[spoiler:Piccadilly]] in a particular particularly traumatic encounter, but she is able to jog his memory and tell him she loves him; though of course it is too late to do anything about it and she witnesses his crossing over to the other side), she is forced to face the BigBad Jupiter (the cause of the majority of her misery) head-on multiple times, and she is tricked into becoming the (at least initially) unwilling successor of the Starwife.
19th Mar '17 9:21:07 AM TudorRose
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* Creator/RobinJarvis loves doing this to his characters. For one example, in the ''Literature/DeptfordMice'' trilogy, [[TheHero Audrey's]] father disappears and it turns out he has been murdered (she refuses to believe he is dead at first, but gradually comes to accept it), she is accused of being a witch and almost hanged [[spoiler:(with the only way to save her being marriage to a friend who is not her true love)]], Piccadilly (the boy mouse she is in love with) is murdered before she can confess her feelings to him, she is attacked by multiple brainwashed and violent ghosts of those she knew in life (including Piccadilly in a particular traumatic encounter, but she is able to jog his memory and tell him she loves him; though of course it is too late to do anything about it and she witnesses his crossing over to the other side), she is forced to face the BigBad Jupiter (the cause of the majority of her misery) head-on multiple times, and she is tricked into becoming the (at least initially) unwilling successor of the Starwife.
15th Mar '17 8:48:54 PM Knightofbalance
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** Essentially: Everything that can go wrong, will go wrong. And if its going right, tghat's just so the very next thing will be more devastating.
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