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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.
13th Feb '17 1:53:19 AM Domino355
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** Then excessively ''Changes'' [[spoiler: Finding out he has a daughter right after she was kidnapped by the Red Court. Having his office building blown up, his appartement burnt, becoming paralised and forced to make a deal with the devil in order to stand a chance. Then, in the finale, he is forced to watch the love of his life turned to a full vampire, kill her to save his daughter. And when you finally think that some good is going to happen in Harry's life for a change, he is shot.]]
13th Feb '17 1:02:16 AM Morgenthaler
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* A good chunk of LarsVonTrier movies, particularly the so-called ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Depression Trilogy]]''. Taken UpToEleven by {{Nymphomaniac}}, in which one depressing event follows on the heels of another.

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* A good chunk of LarsVonTrier Creator/LarsVonTrier movies, particularly the so-called ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Depression Trilogy]]''. Taken UpToEleven by {{Nymphomaniac}}, in which one depressing event follows on the heels of another.
11th Feb '17 11:32:21 AM jroggs
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* Parodied in ''My Godawful Life'' by Michael Kelly (under the pseudonym Sunny Mccreary), as the protagonist endures ever more horrible and ridiculous misfortunes throughout his life, such as getting pushed into prostitution by his parents, resorting to cannibalism when trapped in a mine, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking being forced to live in]] [[FateWorseThanDeath Northumberland]].
6th Feb '17 6:55:15 PM GranChi
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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' -- every single male parental figure in the title character's life -- except 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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* ''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)
31st Jan '17 3:03:05 PM margdean56
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* A little bit in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''. Harry's mother dies in child birth, his father dies when he's 6, he gets adopted(and tutored in magic) by the wizard Justin DuMorne, who -SURPRISE- turns out to be evil, and uses Harry's girlfriend to attempt to mind control him, Harry escapes, accidentally sells his life to a semi-evil faery, kills his adopted father, and presumably his girlfriend at the time, with a massive [[KillItWithFire fire spell]](his specialty), then he gets dragged before the White Council(the UN of Wizards), for breaking the First Law of Magic(Thou Shall Not Kill By Use of Magic), gets sent to live with a 200+ year old wizard(which isn't bad-for a while), then starts a PI business, where he is promptly beaten, brused, burned, clawed, bitten, and generally attacked be various magical beasts, including a few genuine Christian Demons, loses the trust of his best friend, then the woman he loves is half turned into a vampire(the soul-less abomination kind), AND, he happened to start a war between the Vampire Court and the White Council, not to mention that the Council hated him LONG before he started said war.

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* A little bit in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''. Harry's mother dies in child birth, childbirth, his father dies when he's 6, he gets adopted(and adopted (and tutored in magic) by the wizard Justin DuMorne, who -SURPRISE- turns [=DuMorne=], who--SURPRISE--turns out to be evil, and uses Harry's girlfriend to attempt to mind control him, Harry escapes, accidentally sells his life to a semi-evil faery, kills his adopted father, and presumably his girlfriend at the time, with a massive [[KillItWithFire fire spell]](his specialty), then he gets dragged before the White Council(the Council (the UN of Wizards), for breaking the First Law of Magic(Thou Magic (Thou Shall Not Kill By Use of Magic), gets sent to live with a 200+ year old wizard(which wizard (which isn't bad-for a while), then starts a PI business, where he is promptly beaten, brused, burned, clawed, bitten, and generally attacked be by various magical beasts, including a few genuine Christian Demons, loses the trust of his best friend, then the woman he loves is half turned into a vampire(the soul-less abomination kind), AND, he happened to start a war between the Vampire Court and the White Council, not to mention that the Council hated him LONG before he started said war.
31st Jan '17 2:58:31 PM margdean56
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* ''Literature/RealmOfTheElderling'': Fitz, from '''Farseer'' never seems to get an even break. Every time he appears to achieve or be about to achieve anything events conspire to dash his hopes and often make things much, much worse. Possibly justified because all the bad things that happen are the natural result of the setting and event transpiring around him, but included because he always seems to get the short end of the stick. ''This is Fitz's role in fate''. [[note]] Technically he doesn't have a normal fate like everyone else does because he wasn't supposed to exist, which means that [[spoiler:the Fool]] can use him as a wedge to drive the turning wheel of fate out of its current path. Meanwhile the wedge gets run over and ground down by the wheel in the process. [[/note]]

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* ''Literature/RealmOfTheElderling'': Fitz, from '''Farseer'' ''Farseer'', never seems to get an even break. Every time he appears to achieve or be about to achieve anything events conspire to dash his hopes and often make things much, much worse. Possibly justified because all the bad things that happen are the natural result of the setting and event events transpiring around him, but included because he always seems to get the short end of the stick. ''This is Fitz's role in fate''. [[note]] Technically he doesn't have a normal fate like everyone else does because he wasn't supposed to exist, which means that [[spoiler:the Fool]] can use him as a wedge to drive the turning wheel of fate out of its current path. Meanwhile the wedge gets run over and ground down by the wheel in the process. [[/note]]



** And that was just in the ''first'' volume! [[spoiler: In the second volume he's mostly just lonely, a bit sad, slightly [[ShellShockedVeteran shell-shocked]], and suffering from a mild deathwish; but in the third volume he watches his king (who is one of his few actual friends) die by inches (and it is quite explicit that the king's beloved, one of Vanyel's ''other'' few friends, will die with him), his Aunt is painfully killed because he dismisses her worries about a rash of fatal accidents, ''and'' he gets gang-raped... all because apparently he didn't have enough angst in his life already...]]

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** And that was just in the ''first'' volume! [[spoiler: In the second volume he's mostly just lonely, a bit sad, slightly [[ShellShockedVeteran shell-shocked]], and suffering from a mild deathwish; but in the third volume he watches his king (who is one of his few actual friends) die by inches (and it is quite explicit that the king's beloved, one of Vanyel's ''other'' few friends, will die with him), his Aunt aunt is painfully killed because he dismisses her worries about a rash of fatal accidents, ''and'' he gets gang-raped... all because apparently he didn't have enough angst in his life already...]]



* [[Comicbook/XWingSeries Tycho Celchu]] can be seen as one of these. He was born and grew up on [[DoomedHometown Alderaan]] and was a very good pilot for TheEmpire. When the Empire blew up his homeworld, it was his birthday, and he was in a full-holo conference celebrating it with his entire family and his fiancee. When the holo failed, for several hours he thought it was just "technical difficulties" and planned to rib them about it, since his family owned the station and had been suffering similar failures. Later, having switched sides and serving the Rebellion, he got kidnapped by Isard, the Empire's mistress of intelligence and brainwashing. She [[spoiler: failed]] and transferred him out of her secret prison into one from which he was able to escape. Since he told his superiors that Isard had kidnapped him, they believed he had been brainwashed - all previous brainwashed people hadn't been able to tell anyone - and restricted what he could and could not do. Since the head of Rouge Squadron trusted him, he was allowed to fly an unarmed shuttle into combat to rescue downed pilots, but he had a guard at all times. Later he got framed for Corran Horn's [[spoiler: apparent death]], and his friends and allies were forced to [[ClearMyName clear his name]]. Throughout this Tycho was unfailingly portrayed as incredibly calm and noble. His situation certainly got better later, but damn.
--> "I am Tycho Celchu, son of Alderaan, now orphan of the galaxy. I have come to this place of my birth to pay homage to who I was and those I knew. And those I loved and love still. It is my wish that when life abandons me, I am returned here to be among you, so that for eternity we may be together as we should have been in life. These gifts are but insufficient tokens of the love for you all that still burns within me. This fighter is another. It bears the colors of the Alderaanian Guard and transmits their code. It is my pledge to you - not of vengeance but of vigilance. I hope you rest well knowing you will rest alone, because it is my life's work to see to it that no one else suffers as you have. I won't rest until this quest is complete. Rest easy. I miss you all."

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* [[Comicbook/XWingSeries Tycho Celchu]] can be seen as one of these. He was born and grew up on [[DoomedHometown Alderaan]] and was a very good pilot for TheEmpire. When the Empire blew up his homeworld, it was his birthday, and he was in a full-holo conference celebrating it with his entire family and his fiancee.fiancée. When the holo failed, for several hours he thought it was just "technical difficulties" and planned to rib them about it, since his family owned the station and had been suffering similar failures. Later, having switched sides and serving the Rebellion, he got kidnapped by Isard, the Empire's mistress of intelligence and brainwashing. She [[spoiler: failed]] and transferred him out of her secret prison into one from which he was able to escape. Since he told his superiors that Isard had kidnapped him, they believed he had been brainwashed - -- all previous brainwashed people hadn't been able to tell anyone - -- and restricted what he could and could not do. Since the head of Rouge Squadron trusted him, he was allowed to fly an unarmed shuttle into combat to rescue downed pilots, but he had a guard at all times. Later he got framed for Corran Horn's [[spoiler: apparent death]], and his friends and allies were forced to [[ClearMyName clear his name]]. Throughout this Tycho was unfailingly portrayed as incredibly calm and noble. His situation certainly got better later, but damn.
--> "I am Tycho Celchu, son of Alderaan, now orphan of the galaxy. I have come to this place of my birth to pay homage to who I was and those I knew. And those I loved and love still. It is my wish that when life abandons me, I am returned here to be among you, so that for eternity we may be together as we should have been in life. These gifts are but insufficient tokens of the love for you all that still burns within me. This fighter is another. It bears the colors of the Alderaanian Guard and transmits their code. It is my pledge to you - -- not of vengeance but of vigilance. I hope you rest well knowing you will rest alone, because it is my life's work to see to it that no one else suffers as you have. I won't rest until this quest is complete. Rest easy. I miss you all."
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