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11th Mar '18 8:12:08 PM merotoker
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* A good chunk of 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.

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* A good chunk of Creator/LarsVonTrier movies, particularly the so-called ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Depression Trilogy]]''. Taken UpToEleven by {{Nymphomaniac}}, ''Film/{{Nymphomaniac}}'', in which one depressing event follows on the heels of another.



* Daniel Jackson in ''Film/{{Stargate}}'' and ''Series/StargateSG1''. Loses both his parents in an archeology accident when a giant slab of rock fell on them and he was present to witness it, has his scientific discoveries rejected and mocked... then, just as he finds that his theories aren't crazy after all and everyone thinks he's going to live HappilyEverAfter on another planet with his new wife, she is promptly taken away by the BigBad and implanted with a Goa'uld symbiote. After he spends three years fighting the Goa'uld, with the hope of seeing her again being his only motivation, he's forced to see her [[ShootTheDog killed]] by Teal'c, one of his best friends. He recovers, only to have ''another'' love interest taken away by another Goa'uld. Not even death stops the chain of unfortunate events: after [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascending]], he's quickly frustrated with his inability to intervene, and finally kicked from the ascended plane after trying to stop another BigBad from [[DroppedABridgeOnHim dropping a planet's worth of bridges]] on Abydos... and ''failing''. The most amazing thing is how he eventually gets over all this...

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* Daniel Jackson in ''Film/{{Stargate}}'' and ''Series/StargateSG1''. Loses both his parents in an archeology accident when a giant slab of rock fell on them and he was present to witness it, has his scientific discoveries rejected and mocked... then, just as he finds that his theories aren't crazy after all and everyone thinks he's going to live HappilyEverAfter on another planet with his new wife, she is promptly taken away by the BigBad and implanted with a Goa'uld symbiote. After he spends three years fighting the Goa'uld, with the hope of seeing her again being his only motivation, he's forced to see her [[ShootTheDog killed]] by Teal'c, one of his best friends. He recovers, only to have ''another'' love interest taken away by another Goa'uld. Not even death stops the chain of unfortunate events: after [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascending]], {{ascend|ToAHigherPlaneOfExistence}}ing, he's quickly frustrated with his inability to intervene, and finally kicked from the ascended plane after trying to stop another BigBad from [[DroppedABridgeOnHim dropping a planet's worth of bridges]] on Abydos... and ''failing''. The most amazing thing is how he eventually gets over all this...



* This trope (along with AllTheOtherReindeer) is both parodied and {{Discussed}} in the following tweet from the Website/{{Twitter}} blog ''Blog/WorstMuse'':

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* This trope (along with AllTheOtherReindeer) is both parodied and {{Discussed}} {{discussed|Trope}} in the following tweet from the Website/{{Twitter}} blog ''Blog/WorstMuse'':
21st Feb '18 3:08:16 PM RedScharlach
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* Yamcha of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' has a large one in the Cell Saga. His girlfriend of 15 years gets pregnant by the {{sociopath|icHero}} who oversaw his murder and his friends rub salt in the wound by asking if the baby is his. Shortly afterwards he gets impaled by a relatively weak android and realizes he'll never be able to [[CantCatchUp catch up]]. In Bojack unbounded its revealed he's broke and in his last DBZ appearance he still has no one as a 50 year old man (with his goal in life being to raising a family). His miserable lot in life is parodied in Manga/{{Gintama}}'s 202nd episode.

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* Yamcha of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' has a large one in the Cell Saga. His girlfriend of 15 years gets pregnant by the {{sociopath|icHero}} who oversaw his murder and his friends rub salt in the wound by asking if the baby is his. Shortly afterwards he gets impaled by a relatively weak android and realizes he'll never be able to [[CantCatchUp catch up]]. In Bojack unbounded its ''Bojack Unbound'' it's revealed he's broke and in his last DBZ appearance he still has no one as a 50 year old 50-year-old man (with his goal in life being to raising a family). His miserable lot in life is parodied in Manga/{{Gintama}}'s 202nd episode.



** 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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** Essentially: Everything that can go wrong, will go wrong. And if its it's going right, tghat's that's just so the very next thing will be more devastating.



* D-Boy/Takaya Aiba of ''Anime/TekkamanBlade''. Gosh, his life is ''[[FromBadToWorse really]]'' sucks. [[spoiler: Fortunately, the sequel show him completely recovered from his loss so it all ends well, but the sheer crap he gone through is so nasty, its a wonder why he doesn't snap from all of it.]]

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* D-Boy/Takaya Aiba of ''Anime/TekkamanBlade''. Gosh, his life is ''[[FromBadToWorse really]]'' sucks. [[spoiler: Fortunately, [[spoiler:Fortunately, the sequel show him completely recovered from his loss so it all ends well, but the sheer crap he gone through is so nasty, its it's a wonder why he doesn't snap from all of it.]]



* ''Manga/ACruelGodReigns'': Jeremy gets this for the entire series. His mother, Sandra, falls in love and gets engaged, but it turns out the guy, Greg, [[spoiler: is a pedophile]]. Jeremy refuses Greg, Greg [[spoiler: cancels the engagement, Sandra tries to kill herself.]] Greg comes back at Jeremy's pleading but only if he [[spoiler: will sleep with him and promises it will be a one time deal.]] It's not. Sandra and Greg get married, and Jeremy is forced to move to England where he attends boarding school with his older step-brother Ian. He's saved, right? Nope. [[spoiler: Greg comes to school, and then beats him, threatening him to come home on the weekends.]] Jeremy seeks advice from a psychologist in London and begins to recover. [[spoiler: The psychologist dies.]]and Ian steals the girl he was falling in love with. Soon, a servant mistakes Greg kissing Jeremy as being consenting and [[spoiler: black mails him into giving her money he doesn't have]]. Jeremy has a FreakOut when Ian's friend tries to kiss him while drunk and [[spoiler: nearly blinds him, resulting in his near expulsion and more of Greg's wrath.]] Jeremy eventually [[spoiler: tampers with Greg's car and kills him, but it also kills his mother.]] Ian practically {{Mind Rape}}s him to get him to confess, [[spoiler: but when he does in addition to confessing to the abuse with a DrivenToSuicide and BungledSuicide, Ian accuses him of lying]]. Jeremy flees back to Boston where he [[spoiler: becomes a drug addict and prostitute to deal with the guilt]]. Ian has a MyGodWhatHaveIDone and drags Jeremy back to England to help him, but [[spoiler: ends up paying him for sex]] and yelling at him when Jeremy can't recover like Ian would like him to. The poor kid can't catch a break.

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* ''Manga/ACruelGodReigns'': Jeremy gets this for the entire series. His mother, Sandra, falls in love and gets engaged, but it turns out the guy, Greg, [[spoiler: is a pedophile]]. Jeremy refuses Greg, Greg [[spoiler: cancels the engagement, Sandra tries to kill herself.]] Greg comes back at Jeremy's pleading but only if he [[spoiler: will [[spoiler:will sleep with him and promises it will be a one time one-time deal.]] It's not. Sandra and Greg get married, and Jeremy is forced to move to England where he attends boarding school with his older step-brother Ian. He's saved, right? Nope. [[spoiler: Greg comes to school, and then beats him, threatening him to come home on the weekends.]] Jeremy seeks advice from a psychologist in London and begins to recover. [[spoiler: The psychologist dies.]]and Ian steals the girl he was falling in love with. Soon, a servant mistakes Greg kissing Jeremy as being consenting and [[spoiler: black mails him into giving her money he doesn't have]]. Jeremy has a FreakOut when Ian's friend tries to kiss him while drunk and [[spoiler: nearly blinds him, resulting in his near expulsion and more of Greg's wrath.]] Jeremy eventually [[spoiler: tampers with Greg's car and kills him, but it also kills his mother.]] Ian practically {{Mind Rape}}s him to get him to confess, [[spoiler: but when he does in addition to confessing to the abuse with a DrivenToSuicide and BungledSuicide, Ian accuses him of lying]]. Jeremy flees back to Boston where he [[spoiler: becomes a drug addict and prostitute to deal with the guilt]]. Ian has a MyGodWhatHaveIDone and drags Jeremy back to England to help him, but [[spoiler: ends up paying him for sex]] and yelling at him when Jeremy can't recover like Ian would like him to. The poor kid can't catch a break.



* Strangely inverted in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack''. In the first Gundam series Char has lost one of the most important people in his life but barely reacted. Now a decade later Char realizes he wants to avenge her and save others from the same fate by creating terrorist to give people a angst killer DeusExMachina. However, he makes one big mistake in his plan: assisting his target so that he can have a fair revenge.

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* Strangely inverted in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack''. In the first Gundam series Char has lost one of the most important people in his life but barely reacted. Now a decade later Char realizes he wants to avenge her and save others from the same fate by creating a terrorist to give people a angst killer an angst-killer DeusExMachina. However, he makes one big mistake in his plan: assisting his target so that he can have a fair revenge.



* ''Film/LilyaFourEver''. Movie about a 14-year-old girl living in the slums of the former Soviet Union. Almost unbearable sad.

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* ''Film/LilyaFourEver''. ''Film/LilyaFourEver'': Movie about a 14-year-old girl living in the slums of the former Soviet Union. Almost unbearable unbearably sad.



-->'''Ray''': No, it said Marlene here, Marlene died

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-->'''Ray''': No, it said Marlene here, Marlene dieddied.



* The whole plot of ''Franchise/LesMiserables'' is an example. Everyone in the cast suffers, and almost the whole cast dies. This is specially true with the title character, Jean Valjean: He lives 19 years in jail because he stole a loaf of bread (come on!!). Then after no one will even let him stay at an inn, he accidentally commits highway robbery and ends up living always on the run, even after faking his death as [[InspectorJavert one man refuses to let it go]]. But then, one girl that worked for him is fired, raped, teeth-pulled, hair sold, and so on so she can send money to her daughter. She dies, and Valjean becomes the guardian of the girl. THEN they go to Paris some years later, where not only is Javert still playing cat and mouse with him, but the whole city is planning a revolution and the small girl is now in love with one of the revolutionaries... This can only go wrong from here...

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* The whole plot of ''Franchise/LesMiserables'' is an example. Everyone in the cast suffers, and almost the whole cast dies. This is specially true with the title character, Jean Valjean: He lives spends 19 years in jail because he stole a loaf of bread (come on!!). Then after no one will even let him stay at an inn, he accidentally commits highway robbery and ends up living always on the run, even after faking his death as [[InspectorJavert one man refuses to let it go]]. But then, one girl that worked for him is fired, raped, teeth-pulled, hair sold, and so on so she can send money to her daughter. She dies, and Valjean becomes the guardian of the girl. THEN they go to Paris some years later, where not only is Javert still playing cat and mouse with him, but the whole city is planning a revolution and the small girl is now in love with one of the revolutionaries... This can only go wrong from here...



* ''Literature/{{Push}}'' by Sapphire has received criticism because of this. Precious Jones, the protagonist, is a completely illiterate 16 year old in the 8th grade. Her father raped her and caused her to get pregnant twice, the first time she was 13. The baby from the first pregnancy (Little Mongo) has severe Down's syndrome. She is currently pregnant with the second. When she was in labor with Mongo, her mother was kicking her on the floor. [[FromBadToWorse It gets worse]] (and a little bit better). By the end of the book, she is a [[spoiler: semi-literate HIV-positive teen mom living in a homeless shelter]]. And the sequel, ''The Kid'', is apparently even worse, with [[spoiler: Precious dying in the first chapter]]. Though the [[WordOfGod author]] has said that Precious was based on a girl she met when she was a teacher.

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* ''Literature/{{Push}}'' by Sapphire has received criticism because of this. Precious Jones, the protagonist, is a completely illiterate 16 year old 16-year-old in the 8th grade. Her father raped her and caused her to get pregnant twice, the first time when she was 13. The baby from the first pregnancy (Little Mongo) has severe Down's syndrome. She is currently pregnant with the second. When she was in labor with Mongo, her mother was kicking her on the floor. [[FromBadToWorse It gets worse]] (and a little bit better). By the end of the book, she is a [[spoiler: semi-literate HIV-positive teen mom living in a homeless shelter]]. And the sequel, ''The Kid'', is apparently even worse, with [[spoiler: Precious dying in the first chapter]]. Though the [[WordOfGod author]] has said that Precious was based on a girl she met when she was a teacher.



** 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]].

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** Then excessively ''Changes'' 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 apartment burnt, becoming paralised paralysed 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 something good is going to happen in Harry's life for a change, he is shot]].



** A more egregious example would be the Doctor, a [[TechnicalPacifist pacifist]] being forced to fight in the biggest war ever, the Time War, having to destroy his planet and kill his entire species in order to end it. But the Daleks still manage to survive, again and again. He finds love in Rose Tyler, but she is sucked into a parallel universe, never to be seen again. He discovers another of his kind still alive - but it's the Master, who takes over the entire Earth and subjects the Doctor to ritual torture humiliation for over a year, and showing the Doctor that his precious humans are capable of cannabalising themselves, turning themselves into mutants strapped into cold metal shells, and coming back in time to murder their ancestors "because it's fun". And then when shot, the Master chooses to die rather than regenerate purely to spite the Doctor and make him suffer. In the series four finale, he is reunited with all his past companions, even Rose, but one by one they all leave him, and he even has to [[MindRape wipe Donna's mind]] of all her memories of him, right after she saved the world and gained self-confidence for the first time in her life. For a family program, the show ain't half depressing sometimes; it sometimes seems that the writers of the new series take some sort of sadistic pleasure in emotionally torturing the Doctor and are determined to break him into little pieces. [[spoiler: No wonder he almost went [[AGodAmI completely mad]] over the course of the 2009 specials.]]

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** A more egregious example would be the Doctor, a [[TechnicalPacifist pacifist]] being forced to fight in the biggest war ever, the Time War, having to destroy his planet and kill his entire species in order to end it. But the Daleks still manage to survive, again and again. He finds love in Rose Tyler, but she is sucked into a parallel universe, never to be seen again. He discovers another of his kind still alive - but it's the Master, who takes over the entire Earth and subjects the Doctor to ritual torture humiliation for over a year, and showing the Doctor that his precious humans are capable of cannabalising cannibalising themselves, turning themselves into mutants strapped into cold metal shells, and coming back in time to murder their ancestors "because it's fun". And then when shot, the Master chooses to die rather than regenerate purely to spite the Doctor and make him suffer. In the series four finale, he is reunited with all his past companions, even Rose, but one by one they all leave him, and he even has to [[MindRape wipe Donna's mind]] of all her memories of him, right after she saved the world and gained self-confidence for the first time in her life. For a family program, the show ain't half depressing sometimes; it sometimes seems that the writers of the new series take some sort of sadistic pleasure in emotionally torturing the Doctor and are determined to break him into little pieces. [[spoiler: No wonder he almost went [[AGodAmI completely mad]] over the course of the 2009 specials.]]



* Katurian of ''[[Creator/MartinMcDonagh The Pillowman]]'' has a ''reeaally'' sucky day. He's arrested by the police force of a [[TheGovernment totalitarian government]] and doesn't even know why. The cops won't tell him outright what the problem is, just that it seems to be related to the stories he writes. Offering to take out anything political doesn't make anything better and Katurian eventually finds out that the police have arrested his mentally-disabled little brother Michal as well, whom he has a [[BigBrotherInstinct strong instinct to protect]]. ''Finally'' Katurian finds out that the police are investigating a series of murders based on the stories he's written, which would tend to be upsetting, but after Katurian is ''tortured'' he finds out that [[spoiler: ''his brother Michal'']] is responsible for the killings which absolutely ''horrifies'' him. ''Then'' the police threaten to destroy his stories, which panics him, because even though everything he writes is gruesome and creepy, he considers his stories to be his whole life and his mark on the world to the point where he is willing to die to keep them safe. He ends up [[spoiler: killing Michal ''himself'' partly out of the horror of what Michal has done and partly to shield him from any further suffering before or during his execution]] and confessing to the murders (even though he didn't commit them) as part of a deal with the police to keep his stories safe (they promise not to destroy them if he tells them the truth, and since he know they'll believe he committed the murders, [[spoiler: and doesn't want them to find out that Michal did]], he decides this is his best option). Plus his {{backstory}} where his parents [[spoiler: tortured Michal and made him listen]] with the intent of making him into a great, dark author, and whom [[spoiler: he eventually killed at the age of 14 in order to save his brother]], which then saddled him, a 14 year-old, with the task of taking care of a [[spoiler: torture-induced]] mentally disabled child. He gets a [[HopeSpot small break]] when one of the most gruesomely murdered children [[spoiler: turns out to be alive and completely fine]], and things seem to be getting even better once the police [[spoiler: realize Katurian didn't murder the children after all]]. However, this means he ''did'' lie to them, breaking his part of the deal about the stories, and the police tell him they intend to now destroy them all. Then [[spoiler: they execute him]], and although we have a ''slightly'' uplifting ending in the fact that [[spoiler: the police choose ''not'' to destroy the stories]], it's not as if Katurian got to know that before [[spoiler: he died]].

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* Katurian of ''[[Creator/MartinMcDonagh The Pillowman]]'' has a ''reeaally'' sucky day. He's arrested by the police force of a [[TheGovernment totalitarian government]] and doesn't even know why. The cops won't tell him outright what the problem is, just that it seems to be related to the stories he writes. Offering to take out anything political doesn't make anything better and Katurian eventually finds out that the police have arrested his mentally-disabled little brother Michal as well, whom he has a [[BigBrotherInstinct strong instinct to protect]]. ''Finally'' Katurian finds out that the police are investigating a series of murders based on the stories he's written, which would tend to be upsetting, but after Katurian is ''tortured'' he finds out that [[spoiler: ''his brother Michal'']] is responsible for the killings which absolutely ''horrifies'' him. ''Then'' the police threaten to destroy his stories, which panics him, because even though everything he writes is gruesome and creepy, he considers his stories to be his whole life and his mark on the world to the point where he is willing to die to keep them safe. He ends up [[spoiler: killing Michal ''himself'' partly out of the horror of what Michal has done and partly to shield him from any further suffering before or during his execution]] and confessing to the murders (even though he didn't commit them) as part of a deal with the police to keep his stories safe (they promise not to destroy them if he tells them the truth, and since he know they'll believe he committed the murders, [[spoiler: and doesn't want them to find out that Michal did]], he decides this is his best option). Plus his {{backstory}} where his parents [[spoiler: tortured Michal and made him listen]] with the intent of making him into a great, dark author, and whom [[spoiler: he eventually killed at the age of 14 in order to save his brother]], which then saddled him, a 14 year-old, 14-year-old, with the task of taking care of a [[spoiler: torture-induced]] mentally disabled child. He gets a [[HopeSpot small break]] when one of the most gruesomely murdered children [[spoiler: turns out to be alive and completely fine]], and things seem to be getting even better once the police [[spoiler: realize Katurian didn't murder the children after all]]. However, this means he ''did'' lie to them, breaking his part of the deal about the stories, and the police tell him they intend to now destroy them all. Then [[spoiler: they execute him]], and although we have a ''slightly'' uplifting ending in the fact that [[spoiler: the police choose ''not'' to destroy the stories]], it's not as if Katurian got to know that before [[spoiler: he died]].



* To put it lightly, Tsugumi of ''VisualNovel/{{Ever 17}}'' has lived a really crappy life. She lives the first 12 years of her life quite normally until her friend dies of leukemia, then on the same day, she's hit by a truck. She wakes up in a test facility of a pharmaceutical corporation, where she learns she has caught a virus that will render her immortal after 5 years. She is then experimented on for eight years straight, lied to by the staff, and her only friend in the facility dies five years in. Then she escapes from said facility and lives as a fugitive for four years. Then she gets trapped in an underwater theme park, and just when it seems like her life is turning around after she's met a guy that she loves, he sacrifices himself so that she survives to escape the park. Then she goes on the run as a fugitive again from the corporation, and discovers she's pregnant with the guy's kids. After giving birth to them and living a hard but happy eighteen months with them, she's found again by the company and is forced to give up her children to an orphanage to hide them from the group so they may live normal lives. She goes on the run for 16 more years, and in this time, her son and daughter are found by the corporation anyway and are experimented on for ten years. At least it all ends up well for her in end.

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* To put it lightly, Tsugumi of ''VisualNovel/{{Ever 17}}'' has lived a really crappy life. She lives the first 12 years of her life quite normally until her friend dies of leukemia, then on the same day, she's hit by a truck. She wakes up in a test facility of a pharmaceutical corporation, where she learns she has caught a virus that will render her immortal after 5 years. She is then experimented on for eight years straight, lied to by the staff, and her only friend in the facility dies five years in. Then she escapes from said facility and lives as a fugitive for four years. Then she gets trapped in an underwater theme park, and just when it seems like her life is turning around after she's met a guy that she loves, he sacrifices himself so that she survives to escape the park. Then she goes on the run as a fugitive again from the corporation, and discovers she's pregnant with the guy's kids. After giving birth to them and living a hard but happy eighteen months with them, she's found again by the company and is forced to give up her children to an orphanage to hide them from the group so they may live normal lives. She goes on the run for 16 more years, and in this time, her son and daughter are found by the corporation anyway and are experimented on for ten years. At least it all ends up works out well for her in the end.
27th Jan '18 4:52:33 AM Chilliwack
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Your character is angsting. It seems that his dog just died in a freak accident. That accident involved his kindly uncle, who didn't swerve in time to avoid the poor puppy. However, he did swerve in time to go off an embankment and hit a bus full of high school students, killing many, including the character's beloved girlfriend, to whom he'd just been engaged the previous day. Unfortunately, the shock of the news caused the protagonist's kindly old mother to have a heart attack, which left his father devastated. More unfortunately, economic recession hits, and the character and his father are left without a job and sunk neck deep in debt. The character's brother turns to robbery but is caught and thrown in prison. Poor Daddy turned to drinking and lost all will to live, and [[DrivenToSuicide finally shot himself]] (along with several others in a mad shootout), leaving the character all alone in the world to deal with the trauma. And that just happens to be the day when the mother of all earthquakes [[DoomedHometown lays waste to the whole city, including the character's house.]] Our character (who now has to live on the streets) is pulled out of the ruins, perhaps having suffered a crippling injury, and is taken to the hospital, where the doctor diagnoses him with cancer.

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Your character is angsting. It seems that his dog just died in a freak accident. That accident involved his kindly uncle, who didn't swerve in time to avoid the poor puppy. However, he did swerve in time to go off an embankment and hit a bus full of high school students, killing many, including the character's beloved girlfriend, to whom he'd just been engaged the previous day. Unfortunately, the shock of the news caused the protagonist's kindly old mother to have a heart attack, which left his father devastated. More unfortunately, economic recession hits, and the character and his father are left without a job and sunk neck deep in debt. The character's brother turns to robbery but is caught and thrown in prison. Poor Daddy turned to drinking and lost all will to live, and [[DrivenToSuicide finally shot himself]] (along with several others in a mad shootout), leaving the character all alone in the world to deal with the trauma. And that just happens to be the day when the mother of all earthquakes [[DoomedHometown lays waste to the whole city, including the character's house.]] Our character (who now has to live on the streets) is pulled out of the ruins, perhaps having suffered a crippling injury, and is taken to the hospital, where the doctor diagnoses him with cancer.
cancer. Boy, what a day.
24th Jan '18 6:23:02 PM HammerOfJustice
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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': One arc to this point can arguably be summed up as [[spoiler:Vaarsuvius' Bad Day. Nearly every single twist in the plot, the timing and the contrived coincidences seem as if they were engineered with the explicit, deliberate purpose of breaking Vaarsuvius in mind and spirit. Or, to put it a bit more optimistically, with the purpose of bursting V's bubble and inducing crucial character growth]]. Although considering [[spoiler:this was mostly caused by him/her making a bargain with the manipulative forces of hell]] it's entirely possible it ''was'' engineered to break [[spoiler:him/her]].

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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': One arc to this point can arguably be summed up as [[spoiler:Vaarsuvius' Bad Day. Nearly every single twist in the plot, the timing and the contrived coincidences seem as if they were engineered with the explicit, deliberate purpose of breaking Vaarsuvius in mind and spirit. Or, to put it a bit more optimistically, with the purpose of bursting V's bubble and inducing crucial character growth]]. Although considering [[spoiler:this was mostly caused by him/her making a bargain with the manipulative forces of hell]] it's entirely possible it ''was'' engineered to break [[spoiler:him/her]].
24th Jan '18 6:22:20 PM HammerOfJustice
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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': The recent arc to this point can arguably be summed up as [[spoiler:Vaarsuvius' Bad Day. Nearly every single twist in the plot, the timing and the contrived coincidences seem as if they were engineered with the explicit, deliberate purpose of breaking Vaarsuvius in mind and spirit. Or, to put it a bit more optimistically, with the purpose of bursting V's bubble and inducing crucial character growth]]. Although considering [[spoiler:this was mostly caused by him/her making a bargain with the manipulative forces of hell]] it's entirely possible it ''was'' engineered to break [[spoiler:him/her]].

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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': The recent One arc to this point can arguably be summed up as [[spoiler:Vaarsuvius' Bad Day. Nearly every single twist in the plot, the timing and the contrived coincidences seem as if they were engineered with the explicit, deliberate purpose of breaking Vaarsuvius in mind and spirit. Or, to put it a bit more optimistically, with the purpose of bursting V's bubble and inducing crucial character growth]]. Although considering [[spoiler:this was mostly caused by him/her making a bargain with the manipulative forces of hell]] it's entirely possible it ''was'' engineered to break [[spoiler:him/her]].
31st Dec '17 1:03:22 AM pidget_spinner
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* The whole plot of ''Franchise/LesMiserables'' is an example. Everyone in the cast suffers, and almost the whole cast dies. This is specially true with the title character, Jean Valjean: He lives 10 years in jail because he stole a loaf of bread (come on!!). Then after no one will even let him stay at an inn, he accidentally commits highway robbery and ends up living always on the run, even after faking his death as [[InspectorJavert one man refuses to let it go]]. But then, one girl that worked for him is fired, raped, teeth-pulled, hair sold, and so on so she can send money to her daughter. She dies, and Valjean becomes the guardian of the girl. THEN they go to Paris some years later, where not only is Javert still playing cat and mouse with him, but the whole city is planning a revolution and the small girl is now in love with one of the revolutionaries... This can only go wrong from here...

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* The whole plot of ''Franchise/LesMiserables'' is an example. Everyone in the cast suffers, and almost the whole cast dies. This is specially true with the title character, Jean Valjean: He lives 10 19 years in jail because he stole a loaf of bread (come on!!). Then after no one will even let him stay at an inn, he accidentally commits highway robbery and ends up living always on the run, even after faking his death as [[InspectorJavert one man refuses to let it go]]. But then, one girl that worked for him is fired, raped, teeth-pulled, hair sold, and so on so she can send money to her daughter. She dies, and Valjean becomes the guardian of the girl. THEN they go to Paris some years later, where not only is Javert still playing cat and mouse with him, but the whole city is planning a revolution and the small girl is now in love with one of the revolutionaries... This can only go wrong from here...
7th Dec '17 8:22:32 PM PaulA
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* Any Creator/JodiPicoult book. It would be a TearJerker, except that she puts it on much too thick at times. Some examples include ''Literature/MySistersKeeper'' (one sister has leukemia, the other was [[WalkingTransplant born to give the other tissue]], and the brother is a serial arsonist), ''Literature/ThePact'' (teenage girl puts her boyfriend's hand to shoot the gun so she can die, results in criminal case for boyfriend, it is revealed that the teenage girl was pregnant, and had been raped as a child, and as a result could not bring herself to get an abortion).

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* Any Creator/JodiPicoult book. It would be a TearJerker, except that she puts it on much too thick at times. Some examples include ''Literature/MySistersKeeper'' (one Creator/JodiPicoult:
** In ''Literature/MySistersKeeper'', one
sister has leukemia, the other was [[WalkingTransplant born to give the other tissue]], and the brother is a serial arsonist), ''Literature/ThePact'' (teenage arsonist.
** In ''Literature/ThePact'', a teenage
girl puts her boyfriend's hand to shoot the gun so she can die, results in criminal case for boyfriend, boyfriend; it is revealed that the teenage girl was pregnant, and had been raped as a child, and as a result could not bring herself to get an abortion).abortion.
12th Oct '17 12:31:49 AM TheMisterSonic
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* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'': Acro (aka Ken Dingling)'s suffering in a list. First, his parents abandoned him and his brother, forcing them to join the circus (lessened by the fact that the ringmaster is the nicest guy you'll meet. Acro dedicates himself to repaying his kindness). Some time later, the ringmaster's daughter Regina gave Bat a scarf covered in pepper, to get him back for all the times he teased ''her'' with it. He then proceeded to go "If I can put my head in the lion's mouth you have to take me to the movies!" The lion sneezed with his head inside, putting him in a coma. Acro tried to save him, but that just put him in a wheelchair. Shame she's so innocent and naive that she believes Bat is just a star in the sky, making Acro think she's making fun of the whole thing. He plans on murdering her, but after a series of events, he ends up accidentally murdering the ringmaster, the man that has been his father figure all these years.

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* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'': Acro (aka Ken Dingling)'s suffering in a list. First, his parents abandoned him and his brother, forcing them to join the circus (lessened by the fact that the ringmaster is the nicest guy you'll meet. Acro dedicates himself to repaying his kindness). [[spoiler: Some time later, the ringmaster's daughter Regina gave Bat a scarf covered in pepper, to get him back for all the times he teased ''her'' with it. He then proceeded to go "If I can put my head in the lion's mouth you have to take me to the movies!" The lion sneezed with his head inside, putting him in a coma. Acro tried to save him, but that just put him in a wheelchair. Shame she's so innocent and naive that she believes Bat is just a star in the sky, making Acro think she's making fun of the whole thing. He plans on murdering her, but after a series of events, he ends up accidentally murdering the ringmaster, the man that has been his father figure all these years.]]
7th Oct '17 3:03:35 PM Augusto
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* This trope (along with AllTheOtherReindeer) is both parodied and {{Discussed}} in the following tweet from the Website/{{Twitter}} blog ''Blog/WorstMuse'':
-->[[https://twitter.com/WorstMuse/status/496051158675226624 "Build sympathy for characters by having their relatives and peers harass and ostracize them for exaggeratedly petty reasons."]]
3rd Oct '17 7:34:23 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.

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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. While he finally reconciles with the two above, his life goes FromBadToWorse in the final chapter of the third game where he finds out that [[spoiler: he finally finds out his DarkAndTroubledPast in full detail on the night of his sister and the royal princess' debut in society, one of his students shoots the emperor and is in critical condition thanks to a curse and is used as TheScapegoat, witnesses the [[CoolShip Courageous]] exploding in the sky with his allies still on-board, nearly sees his student die in front of him to protect him from a divine beast who was chewing him up, ''seeing'' his friend die in front of him to protect him and her soul is then used to forge a sword capable of defeating the beast. He then loses control of his powers and starts hacking at the FinalBoss in rage and kills it, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero only to unintentionally plunge his country in complete darkness]] and make the citizens lose control of their emotions and replace it with anger, who then directs it towards a neighboring country because the EvilChancellor tells the public that Calvard is to blame for the attempted assassination of the emperor.]] Yeah, Rean just can't catch a break in his game.game.
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