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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.
23rd Sep '17 10:58:59 AM WaterBlap
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* {{Discussed|Trope}} by Blog/WorstMuse: "Build sympathy for characters by having their relatives and peers harass and ostracize them for exaggeratedly petty reasons."
31st Aug '17 8:43:01 PM merotoker
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** Shinji. Almost anything bad can and will happen so he can angst about it. Potential replacement mother figure sucks at the job? Angst. [[BattleCouple Fellow pilot]] and LoveInterest is a dysfunctional world-class {{Tsundere}} with deep traumas and anger management issues? Angst. Same girl is then ''telepathically {{mind rape}}d from orbit''? Angst. Girl finally snaps and goes catatonic? Angst. [[ShootTheDog Permanently maims one of his friends (or in the manga, kills)]] without knowing about it until after the fact? Angst. Creepy fellow pilot nearly dies? Angst. Said girl then turns out to have been a science experiment [[spoiler:and basically his sister]], and an aquarium full of clones of her get diced? Angst. New friend that genuinely cares for him [[spoiler:turns out to be TheMole and Shinji has to crush him to death so he won't set off TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt]]? Angst. RocksFallEveryoneDies? ...uh, you get the picture.
** Asuka Langley Sohryu has it as bad as Shinji, and even their traumas are similar (Rei in chapter 25 and Shinji during End of Evangelion point out that they are NotSoDifferent). The universe ''loves'' making her life Hell, and she has at least ''two'' HeroicBSOD during the series. Mother gets crazy and does not recognize her? Angst. Father cheats on her mother with her mother's nurse and Asuka finds out? Angst. Mother commits suicide in a way that shows that she also wanted her daughter dead and Asuka finds the corpse? Angst. Father and step-mother make clear that she is a burden to them? Angst. Asuka gets new surrogate parents but they suck at the job and she has a crush on her father figure who is in love with her mother figure? Angst. Her [[TheRival rival]] is also her LoveInterest but he is [[ObliviousToLove utterly olivious to her feelings, never identifies her flirting attempts for what they are]] and almost never is there for her, ruining her fragile self-esteem? Angst. She underperforms at the task that she has been training her life for, the only thing that she feels that validates her existence, and gets surpassed by a weak rookie with no training? Angst. She gets repeatedly beaten, trashed, humilliated and even {{Mind Rape}}d? Angst. She tries to kill herself, falls in a coma -during which is used like a masturbation object-? Angst. She wakes up from her coma and find her happiness only to be defeated -again-, impaled and chopped into pieces? Er... You have the idea.

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** Shinji. Almost anything bad can and will happen so he can angst about it. Potential replacement mother figure sucks at the job? Angst. [[BattleCouple Fellow pilot]] and LoveInterest {{Love Interest|s}} is a dysfunctional world-class {{Tsundere}} with deep traumas and anger management issues? Angst. Same girl is then ''telepathically {{mind rape}}d from orbit''? Angst. Girl finally snaps and goes catatonic? Angst. [[ShootTheDog Permanently maims one of his friends (or in the manga, kills)]] without knowing about it until after the fact? Angst. Creepy fellow pilot nearly dies? Angst. Said girl then turns out to have been a science experiment [[spoiler:and basically his sister]], and an aquarium full of clones of her get diced? Angst. New friend that genuinely cares for him [[spoiler:turns out to be TheMole and Shinji has to crush him to death so he won't set off TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt]]? Angst. RocksFallEveryoneDies? ...uh, you get the picture.
** Asuka Langley Sohryu has it as bad as Shinji, and even their traumas are similar (Rei in chapter 25 and Shinji during End of Evangelion point out that they are NotSoDifferent). The universe ''loves'' making her life Hell, and she has at least ''two'' HeroicBSOD during the series. Mother gets crazy and does not recognize her? Angst. Father cheats on her mother with her mother's nurse and Asuka finds out? Angst. Mother commits suicide in a way that shows that she also wanted her daughter dead and Asuka finds the corpse? Angst. Father and step-mother make clear that she is a burden to them? Angst. Asuka gets new surrogate parents but they suck at the job and she has a crush on her father figure who is in love with her mother figure? Angst. Her [[TheRival rival]] is also her LoveInterest {{Love Interest|s}} but he is [[ObliviousToLove utterly olivious to her feelings, never identifies her flirting attempts for what they are]] and almost never is there for her, ruining her fragile self-esteem? Angst. She underperforms at the task that she has been training her life for, the only thing that she feels that validates her existence, and gets surpassed by a weak rookie with no training? Angst. She gets repeatedly beaten, trashed, humilliated and even {{Mind Rape}}d? Angst. She tries to kill herself, falls in a coma -during which is used like a masturbation object-? Angst. She wakes up from her coma and find her happiness only to be defeated -again-, impaled and chopped into pieces? Er... You have the idea.



* Fay from ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' is cursed, and more than once: He had a twin, which in his world was considered a bad omen, so both little boys got imprisoned separately- only after their father has died and their mother has killed herself, supposedly because of the twins. Then the king who condemned the boys to an eternity in prison stabs himself through the neck in front of Fay (Yuui) while begrudging their birth. Still as a kid, the BigBad promises to have someone set him free ''if his brother dies'', and ''then'' he curses him. Twice. If he ever [[spoiler:meets someone more powerful than him,]] Fay will have to [[spoiler:kill them: this means stabbing Sakura, the heroine, whom he loves as a daughter.]] The other curse? He must [[spoiler:kill the king who rescued him from prison]], or else ''his world will implode''. [[spoiler:The king knows this and kills most of his people just so Fay would kill him in turn... but Fay still refuses, someone else kills the king, and the world implodes. Oh, and to get Fay out of the imploding world, Kurogane gives up one of his arms.]] It also turns out that Fay still wished to revive his brother, and found out the hard way that it was impossible. [[ButWaitTheresMore But wait, there's more!]] The kid that Fay grew to love like a daughter/younger sister is essentially dead and he will likely never see her again! What's more, the kid that Fay loved as a son/younger brother turns out to be a soulless clone who gouges out Fay's eye and eats it for its magic! And to survive, Fay gets turned into a vampire! ''And'' he can only feed from the man [[HoYay he loves!]] How fun!

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* Fay from ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' is cursed, and more than once: He had a twin, which in his world was considered a bad omen, so both little boys got imprisoned separately- only after their father has died and their mother has killed herself, supposedly because of the twins. Then the king who condemned the boys to an eternity in prison stabs himself through the neck in front of Fay (Yuui) while begrudging their birth. Still as a kid, the BigBad promises to have someone set him free ''if his brother dies'', and ''then'' he curses him. Twice. If he ever [[spoiler:meets someone more powerful than him,]] Fay will have to [[spoiler:kill them: this means stabbing Sakura, the heroine, whom he loves as a daughter.]] daughter]]. The other curse? He must [[spoiler:kill the king who rescued him from prison]], or else ''his world will implode''. [[spoiler:The king knows this and kills most of his people just so Fay would kill him in turn... but Fay still refuses, someone else kills the king, and the world implodes. Oh, and to get Fay out of the imploding world, Kurogane gives up one of his arms.]] It also turns out that Fay still wished to revive his brother, and found out the hard way that it was impossible. [[ButWaitTheresMore But wait, there's more!]] The kid that Fay grew to love like a daughter/younger sister is essentially dead and he will likely never see her again! What's more, the kid that Fay loved as a son/younger brother turns out to be a soulless clone who gouges out Fay's eye and eats it for its magic! And to survive, Fay gets turned into a vampire! ''And'' he can only feed from the man [[HoYay he loves!]] How fun!



** Sasuke Uchiha 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 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]].RoaringRampageOfRevenge.]]



* 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, 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]].it.]]



* Kiritsugu of ''LightNovel/FateZero'' is a lot like the guy in the trope description, except his life is ''even worse''. It all starts with a TroubledBackstoryFlashback to when he was a kid living on an island with his dad and a LoveInterest. [[spoiler:She suddenly turns into a zombie, and because Kiritsugu fails to MercyKill her, she turns everyone else he knows into zombies. When he learns that his dad caused this by screwing around with magic, he stabs his father to death. Then, a female zombie hunter drags him away from the miniature ZombieApocalypse. She becomes his mother-figure, so, naturally, he ends up being forced to kill her when she gets stuck on a plane infested with zombies. During the series proper, his only companions are his homunculus wife, her daughter, and his sort-of-mistress female partner. They all end up dead or permanently separated from him, some of them by his own unwilling hand. Kiritsugu himself ends up with some kind of IncurableCoughOfDeath so that he won't be around for the sequel series, and all he has left in the end is some random kid he found in the wreckage after he obliterated the Grail (the series's MacGuffin which could have invoked UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans) because it was "corrupted" and no longer usable. Thus, everything he did since the series proper, all his sacrifices and dirty business, was pointless. Did we mention the Grail was kinda-sorta his wife? [[note]] she was a catalyst for it [[/note]]]]

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* Kiritsugu of ''LightNovel/FateZero'' is a lot like the guy in the trope description, except his life is ''even worse''. It all starts with a TroubledBackstoryFlashback to when he was a kid living on an island with his dad and a LoveInterest.{{Love Interest|s}}. [[spoiler:She suddenly turns into a zombie, and because Kiritsugu fails to MercyKill her, she turns everyone else he knows into zombies. When he learns that his dad caused this by screwing around with magic, he stabs his father to death. Then, a female zombie hunter drags him away from the miniature ZombieApocalypse. She becomes his mother-figure, so, naturally, he ends up being forced to kill her when she gets stuck on a plane infested with zombies. During the series proper, his only companions are his homunculus wife, her daughter, and his sort-of-mistress female partner. They all end up dead or permanently separated from him, some of them by his own unwilling hand. Kiritsugu himself ends up with some kind of IncurableCoughOfDeath so that he won't be around for the sequel series, and all he has left in the end is some random kid he found in the wreckage after he obliterated the Grail (the series's series' MacGuffin which could have invoked UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans) because it was "corrupted" and no longer usable. Thus, everything he did since the series proper, all his sacrifices and dirty business, was pointless. Did we mention the Grail was kinda-sorta his wife? [[note]] she was a catalyst for it [[/note]]]]



* ''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.
* The last sequence of ''LightNovel/AiNoKusabi'' cements just how much [[BornUnlucky Riki's]] life has sucked. Just when it seemed it was going to get a bit easier, things went FromBadToWorse. It amounts at best to a BittersweetEnding where [[spoiler: Riki and Iason die happy as StarCrossedLovers.]]

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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 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.]] lying]]. Jeremy flees back to Boston where he [[spoiler: becomes a drug addict and prostitute to deal with the guilt.]] 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.
* The last sequence of ''LightNovel/AiNoKusabi'' cements just how much [[BornUnlucky Riki's]] life has sucked. Just when it seemed it was going to get a bit easier, things went FromBadToWorse. It amounts at best to a BittersweetEnding where [[spoiler: Riki and Iason die happy as StarCrossedLovers.]]StarCrossedLovers]].



* ''ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}'' is famous for these bordering on DiabolusExMachina. It eventually turns out, in the mainstream Marvel Universe, that the reason he can remember almost nothing about his past (which, due to his HealingFactor, is over a century, at least) is because is his mutant HealingFactor deliberately blanks out the most painful memories of his life. And when you look at some of the things he does remember...

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* ''ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}'' ''Franchise/{{Wolverine}}'' is famous for these bordering on DiabolusExMachina. It eventually turns out, in the mainstream Marvel Universe, that the reason he can remember almost nothing about his past (which, due to his HealingFactor, is over a century, at least) is because is his mutant HealingFactor deliberately blanks out the most painful memories of his life. And when you look at some of the things he does remember...



* ''Comicbook/RobinSeries'': Since Tim Drake became Comicbook/{{Robin}}: His mother was poisoned to death, his friend Darla was killed [[spoiler: (but later came back to life)]], his dad was killed by a Captain Boomerang, his girlfriend Stephanie Brown, tortured and 'murdered', his stepmother was most likely killed via a nuke in Bludhaven, his best friends ComicBook/{{Superboy}} and [[ComicBook/TheFlash Bart Allen]] were killed [[spoiler: (but, as expected, later came back to life)]], his adopted sister [[Comicbook/{{Batgirl2000}} Cassandra Cain]] went insane, [[spoiler: (But eventually returned to the side of good]], his civilian best friend, Ives, has cancer [[spoiler: now in remission]], [[spoiler: and Batman supposedly died. But his girlfriend did come back only to start helping one of Tim's enemies in order to push him to become more efficient, on Batman's orders.]] The writers joke about giving him a puppy so they can kill it too. Tim's response to all this? To emotionally deaden himself and go the {{Jerkass}} route.

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* ''Comicbook/RobinSeries'': Since Tim Drake became Comicbook/{{Robin}}: His mother was poisoned to death, his friend Darla was killed [[spoiler: (but later came back to life)]], his dad was killed by a Captain Boomerang, his girlfriend Stephanie Brown, tortured and 'murdered', his stepmother was most likely killed via a nuke in Bludhaven, his best friends ComicBook/{{Superboy}} and [[ComicBook/TheFlash Bart Allen]] were killed [[spoiler: (but, as expected, later came back to life)]], his adopted sister [[Comicbook/{{Batgirl2000}} Cassandra Cain]] went insane, [[spoiler: (But (but eventually returned to the side of good]], his civilian best friend, Ives, has cancer [[spoiler: now in remission]], [[spoiler: and Batman supposedly died. But his girlfriend did come back only to start helping one of Tim's enemies in order to push him to become more efficient, on Batman's orders.]] The writers joke about giving him a puppy so they can kill it too. Tim's response to all this? To emotionally deaden himself and go the {{Jerkass}} route.



* The ''ComicBook/{{Chick Tract|s}}'' "Unloved" provides the page image, in which a [[ButtMonkey young man]] is treated as the UnFavorite of his family, and in short order as an adult, gets divorced by his wife, disowned by his parents and diagnosed with terminal cancer; the strain of all this causes him to be nearly DrivenToSuicide. The latter development was only revealed in passing in that panel.

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* The ''ComicBook/{{Chick Tract|s}}'' "Unloved" provides the page image, in which a [[ButtMonkey young man]] is treated as the UnFavorite TheUnfavourite of his family, and in short order as an adult, gets divorced by his wife, disowned by his parents and diagnosed with terminal cancer; the strain of all this causes him to be nearly DrivenToSuicide. The latter development was only revealed in passing in that panel.



* ''SixShooter'' starts with the main character on the train home from the hospital after finding out that his wife has died in an accident. He strikes up a conversation with a young man, who reveals [[spoiler: that his mother had been murdered the night before.]] Over the course of the movie said young man ends up [[spoiler:causing the suicide of a young mother who'd just lost her child,]] is found to be [[spoiler:the murderer of his mother, and dies in a shoot-out with the police (still on the train).]] The main character [[spoiler:picks up the discarded gun, which has two bullets left. He takes it home intending to commit suicide. He remembers his wife's rabbit and, being merciful, shoots it first so it doesn't have to starve. He then drops the gun, which fires its last bullet, and so he can't kill himself anymore.]] The last line? 'What a day.'

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* ''SixShooter'' starts with the main character on the train home from the hospital after finding out that his wife has died in an accident. He strikes up a conversation with a young man, who reveals [[spoiler: that his mother had been murdered the night before.]] before]]. Over the course of the movie said young man ends up [[spoiler:causing the suicide of a young mother who'd just lost her child,]] is found to be [[spoiler:the murderer of his mother, and dies in a shoot-out with the police (still on the train).]] train)]]. The main character [[spoiler:picks up the discarded gun, which has two bullets left. He takes it home intending to commit suicide. He remembers his wife's rabbit and, being merciful, shoots it first so it doesn't have to starve. He then drops the gun, which fires its last bullet, and so he can't kill himself anymore.]] anymore]]. The last line? 'What a day.'



* In ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', the Joker unleashes an escalating series of catastrophic events on Gotham City, including murdering cops and public officials, blowing up hospitals, and finally [[spoiler: turning the much admired "White Knight" district attorney Harvey Dent into the crazed killer Two-Face. By inducing a state of desperate panic and fear on the city, he hopes to prove that [[HobbesWasRight deep down, people are savage, selfish and ignoble.]]]] A good example, as it all goes to making it more satisfying to see him proven wrong.

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* In ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', the Joker unleashes an escalating series of catastrophic events on Gotham City, including murdering cops and public officials, blowing up hospitals, and finally [[spoiler: turning the much admired "White Knight" district attorney Harvey Dent into the crazed killer Two-Face. By inducing a state of desperate panic and fear on the city, he hopes to prove that [[HobbesWasRight deep down, people are savage, selfish and ignoble.]]]] ignoble]]]]. A good example, as it all goes to making it more satisfying to see him proven wrong.



* ''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 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.]]
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chapter]]. Though the [[WordOfGod author]] has said that Precious was based on a girl she met when she was a teacher.



* Happens in Karen Hesse's ''[[DeathByNewberyMedal Out of the Dust.]]'' Not only is the main character's family poor and living in the middle of Kansas in the Great Depression and Dust Bowl, but she [[spoiler: accidentally burns her hands, destroying her musical talent, after she ''sets her pregnant mother on fire,'' eventually killing her.]]

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* Happens in Karen Hesse's ''[[DeathByNewberyMedal Out of the Dust.]]'' Not only is the main character's family poor and living in the middle of Kansas in the Great Depression and Dust Bowl, but she [[spoiler: accidentally burns her hands, destroying her musical talent, after she ''sets her pregnant mother on fire,'' eventually killing her.]]her]].



** 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'' [[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.]]shot]].



* Everyone in ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'', but Callisto in particular: [[spoiler:[[FreudianExcuse Her sociopathic/homicidal tendencies stem from witnessing her parents' deaths.]] Upon attaining Goddess-hood she has the chance to save them via time travel... and ''kills them in front of her younger self to ensure she becomes the person she is''.]]

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* Everyone in ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'', but Callisto in particular: [[spoiler:[[FreudianExcuse Her sociopathic/homicidal tendencies stem from witnessing her parents' deaths.]] Upon attaining Goddess-hood she has the chance to save them via time travel... and ''kills them in front of her younger self to ensure she becomes the person she is''.]]is'']].



* ''Series/GreysAnatomy'' is full of this, especially the {{season finale}}s. George gets hit by a bus while Izzie is undergoing a risky surgery for her brain tumor, which ends with them both being in comas at the end of the episode. One of them dies. Another episode has a CodeSilver situation which results in Meredith having a miscarriage and Cristina having her first major incident of PTSD. Later, half the cast is in a plane crash where [[spoiler: Lexie and Mark die, Arizona loses a leg, and Derek has to smash his hand so that he might not ever be able to do surgery again (or [[StatusQuoIsGod at least until midway through the last season]]).]]

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* ''Series/GreysAnatomy'' is full of this, especially the {{season finale}}s. George gets hit by a bus while Izzie is undergoing a risky surgery for her brain tumor, which ends with them both being in comas at the end of the episode. One of them dies. Another episode has a CodeSilver situation which results in Meredith having a miscarriage and Cristina having her first major incident of PTSD. Later, half the cast is in a plane crash where [[spoiler: Lexie and Mark die, Arizona loses a leg, and Derek has to smash his hand so that he might not ever be able to do surgery again (or [[StatusQuoIsGod at least until midway through the last season]]).]]season]])]].



* A bizarre mix of real life and storyline trauma afflicted Wrestling/JeffHardy during the end of his latest run in the Wrestling/{{WWE}}. First, his beloved older brother Wrestling/{{Matt|Hardy}}'s appendix bursts and he nearly dies from an infection. Then for several months he can't quite manage to get over the hump and win the WWE title, though he's coming closer than he ever has. Then he fails a Wellness test and gets suspended for two months, including WrestleMania, at which he had been rumored to win a high-profile match. While he's suspended, his house and everything he owns burns to the ground, and his cherished dog is killed in the fire as well. Then once he returns, he's set upon by a malevolent GM and still can't quite make it to winning the title. Finally, finally he wins it, but his brief run is marred by a mysterious person making repeated attempts on his life. His title run ends when his own brother turns on him in favor of Wrestling/{{Edge}}, who at the time was the mortal enemy of both. Matt then reveals that not only did he do that, he was the one repeatedly trying to kill Jeff, he was the one who burned his house to the ground, and he was the one who killed Jeff's dog, and he then goes on to soundly trounce Jeff in all but the very last match of their feud. After all this, he wins the title again but loses it within a few minutes to Wrestling/CMPunk, who then goes on to rail at Jeff about his drug issues and keeps the title from him through many underhanded tactics. And when things are finally looking up for Jeff...he's made peace with his brother, he'd won the championship again, all was just starting to look up, bam, he loses it and his job thanks to Punk. The sad thing is, there's probably some more things that got missed in all of this. Can't blame the guy for wanting to go home and lick his wounds for a while now, can you?

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* A bizarre mix of real life and storyline trauma afflicted Wrestling/JeffHardy during the end of his latest run between 2007 and 2009 in the Wrestling/{{WWE}}. First, his beloved older brother Wrestling/{{Matt|Hardy}}'s appendix bursts and he nearly dies from an infection. Then for several months he can't quite manage to get over the hump and win the WWE title, though he's coming closer than he ever has. Then he fails a Wellness test and gets suspended for two months, including WrestleMania, Wrestling/WrestleMania, at which he had been rumored to win a high-profile match. While he's suspended, his house and everything he owns burns to the ground, and his cherished dog is killed in the fire as well. Then once he returns, he's set upon by a malevolent GM and still can't quite make it to winning the title. Finally, finally he wins it, but his brief run is marred by a mysterious person making repeated attempts on his life. His title run ends when his own brother turns on him in favor of Wrestling/{{Edge}}, who at the time was the mortal enemy of both. Matt then reveals that not only did he do that, he was the one repeatedly trying to kill Jeff, he was the one who burned his house to the ground, and he was the one who killed Jeff's dog, and he then goes on to soundly trounce Jeff in all but the very last match of their feud. After all this, he wins the title again but loses it within a few minutes to Wrestling/CMPunk, who then goes on to rail at Jeff about his drug issues and keeps the title from him through many underhanded tactics. And when things are finally looking up for Jeff...he's made peace with his brother, he'd won the championship again, all was just starting to look up, bam, he loses it and his job thanks to Punk. The sad thing is, there's probably some more things that got missed in all of this. Can't blame the guy for wanting to go home and lick his wounds for a while now, can you?



* Sweeney Todd.

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** Otacon turned out to have had deep layers of sexual trauma all this time that were never mentioned at all before the point he revealed them. Also the only person in the ''whole wide world'' that he loves platonically ([[HoYay or not]]) who hasn't died horribly yet is Solid Snake, and ''he's'' a self-destructive killer who happens to be [[PlotRelevantAgeUp ageing prematurely]] into the bargain. Then in MGS4, it's revealed that Solid Snake is carrying a mutated FoxDie that carries a high chance of turning him into a living bioweapon within six months, which means that Snake needs to commit suicide, be executed, or be permanently quarantined before that happens.

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** Otacon turned out to have had deep layers of sexual trauma all this time that were never mentioned at all before the point he revealed them. Also the only person in the ''whole wide world'' that he loves platonically ([[HoYay or not]]) who hasn't died horribly yet is Solid Snake, and ''he's'' a self-destructive killer who happens to be [[PlotRelevantAgeUp ageing prematurely]] into the bargain. Then in MGS4, ''[=MGS4=]'', it's revealed that Solid Snake is carrying a mutated FoxDie that carries a high chance of turning him into a living bioweapon within six months, which means that Snake needs to commit suicide, be executed, or be permanently quarantined before that happens.



* Kratos from ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' finds his own, murdering his wife and daughter in blind rage, then having their ashes permanently fixed to his body. [[spoiler: When asking the gods to make him forget his crimes, he is forced to live through it again at the hands of Ares. When he has killed Ares, and the gods tell him they lied to him to get him to do their dirty work for them, he tries to kill himself - and is instead given immortality, an eternity with his memories. No wonder he made a beast of himself to get rid of the pains of being a man (lot deeper than you thought, eh?)]]

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* Kratos from ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' the ''VideoGame/GodOfWarSeries'' finds his own, murdering his wife and daughter in blind rage, then having their ashes permanently fixed to his body. [[spoiler: When asking the gods to make him forget his crimes, he is forced to live through it again at the hands of Ares. When he has killed Ares, and the gods tell him they lied to him to get him to do their dirty work for them, he tries to kill himself - and is instead given immortality, an eternity with his memories. No wonder he made a beast of himself to get rid of the pains of being a man (lot deeper than you thought, eh?)]]



* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' - Arguably an example the main character (and again, arguably his/her entire party to an extent) suffers this in that over a ten year span you lose your father, your home, [[SchrodingersGun 'one' of your siblings]] is killed brutally on screen, you're forced into a year of servitude, your other sibling can [[SchrodingersGun die or otherwise be forced, or by their own choice, into ditching you]], your mother dies after finally getting back her childhood home and in a particularly heartwrenching fashion too and finally at the end of it all a partymember and possible love interest sets off a series of events where you are forced to make a gristly decision involving either massacring a series of mostly innocent mages and supporting the KnightTemplar or becoming an outlaw and possibly losing friends because they just weren't quite loyal enough. Damnit, Hawke just cannot catch a bloody break...or maybe that's the issue, [[IncrediblyLamePun he can.]]
** One companion, Fenris, practically embodies this. An elven slave in the evil Tevinter Imperium, he was forced to endure having lyrium tattooed into his skin in a ritual that stripped him of all his memories. The tattoos cause him great pain at all times, and he can't bear to be touched because of them. His masters were extremely physically (and, it's hinted, sexually) abusive, and continue to hunt for him to kill him and retrieve the valuable quantity of lyrium in his skin. Then, [[spoiler: he learns he had a sister who is still alive. After spending three years trying to contact her, and bringing her by ship all the way to Kirkwall, she betrays him by bringing his former master along with her to sell him out in exchange for a higher status in the Imperium. If you stop him from killing her on the spot, she tells him that he ''wanted'' the tattoos, and competed for them, before leaving (presumably forever).]] The universe just does not want this guy to be happy, and only the guiding hand of character development gives him the fanbase he has.

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* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' - Arguably an example the main character (and again, arguably his/her entire party to an extent) suffers this in that over a ten year span you lose your father, your home, [[SchrodingersGun 'one' of your siblings]] is killed brutally on screen, you're forced into a year of servitude, your other sibling can [[SchrodingersGun die or otherwise be forced, or by their own choice, into ditching you]], your mother dies after finally getting back her childhood home and in a particularly heartwrenching fashion too and finally at the end of it all a partymember and possible love interest sets off a series of events where you are forced to make a gristly decision involving either massacring a series of mostly innocent mages and supporting the KnightTemplar or becoming an outlaw and possibly losing friends because they just weren't quite loyal enough. Damnit, Hawke just cannot catch a bloody break...or maybe that's the issue, [[IncrediblyLamePun [[{{Pun}} he can.]]
** One companion, Fenris, practically embodies this. An elven slave in the evil Tevinter Imperium, he was forced to endure having lyrium tattooed into his skin in a ritual that stripped him of all his memories. The tattoos cause him great pain at all times, and he can't bear to be touched because of them. His masters were extremely physically (and, it's hinted, sexually) abusive, and continue to hunt for him to kill him and retrieve the valuable quantity of lyrium in his skin. Then, [[spoiler: he learns he had a sister who is still alive. After spending three years trying to contact her, and bringing her by ship all the way to Kirkwall, she betrays him by bringing his former master along with her to sell him out in exchange for a higher status in the Imperium. If you stop him from killing her on the spot, she tells him that he ''wanted'' the tattoos, and competed for them, before leaving (presumably forever).]] forever)]]. The universe just does not want this guy to be happy, and only the guiding hand of character development gives him the fanbase he has.



* ''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 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.]] 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]].



* {{Discussed}} by Blog/WorstMuse: "Build sympathy for characters by having their relatives and peers harass and ostracize them for exaggeratedly petty reasons."

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* {{Discussed}} {{Discussed|Trope}} by Blog/WorstMuse: "Build sympathy for characters by having their relatives and peers harass and ostracize them for exaggeratedly petty reasons."



** Then there's Kirk Van Houten's divorces, where [[WomenAreWiser his wife is shown as inherently right]] despite the divorce obviously coming from mutual resentment and disrespect, he's fired from his job for ''being single'', and apparently got nothing out of the divorce settlement so he ends up straight in low-income housing, and it's one of the few times the show defies StatusQuoIsGod by keeping it this way. All of this just to deliver a BrokenAesop to Homer about respecting his wife that [[AesopAmnesia he'll forget by the next episode]].

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** Then there's Kirk Van Houten's divorces, divorce, where [[WomenAreWiser his wife is shown as inherently right]] despite the divorce obviously coming from mutual resentment and disrespect, he's fired from his job for ''being single'', and apparently got nothing out of the divorce settlement so he ends up straight in low-income housing, and it's one of the few times the show defies StatusQuoIsGod by keeping it this way. All of this just to deliver a BrokenAesop to Homer about respecting his wife that [[AesopAmnesia he'll forget by the next episode]].
30th Aug '17 11:14:03 AM CosmicFerret
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* ''Comicbook/RobinSeries'': Since Tim Drake became Comicbook/{{Robin}}: His mother was poisoned to death, his friend Darla was killed [[spoiler: (but later came back to life)]], his dad was killed by a Captain Boomerang, his girlfriend Stephanie Brown, tortured and 'murdered', his stepmother was most likely killed via a nuke in Bludhaven, his best friends ComicBook/{{Superboy}} and [[TheFlash Bart Allen]] were killed [[spoiler: (but, as expected, later came back to life)]], his adopted sister [[Comicbook/{{Batgirl2000}} Cassandra Cain]] went insane, [[spoiler: (But eventually returned to the side of good]], his civilian best friend, Ives, has cancer [[spoiler: now in remission]], [[spoiler: and Batman supposedly died. But his girlfriend did come back only to start helping one of Tim's enemies in order to push him to become more efficient, on Batman's orders.]] The writers joke about giving him a puppy so they can kill it too. Tim's response to all this? To emotionally deaden himself and go the {{Jerkass}} route.

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* ''Comicbook/RobinSeries'': Since Tim Drake became Comicbook/{{Robin}}: His mother was poisoned to death, his friend Darla was killed [[spoiler: (but later came back to life)]], his dad was killed by a Captain Boomerang, his girlfriend Stephanie Brown, tortured and 'murdered', his stepmother was most likely killed via a nuke in Bludhaven, his best friends ComicBook/{{Superboy}} and [[TheFlash [[ComicBook/TheFlash Bart Allen]] were killed [[spoiler: (but, as expected, later came back to life)]], his adopted sister [[Comicbook/{{Batgirl2000}} Cassandra Cain]] went insane, [[spoiler: (But eventually returned to the side of good]], his civilian best friend, Ives, has cancer [[spoiler: now in remission]], [[spoiler: and Batman supposedly died. But his girlfriend did come back only to start helping one of Tim's enemies in order to push him to become more efficient, on Batman's orders.]] The writers joke about giving him a puppy so they can kill it too. Tim's response to all this? To emotionally deaden himself and go the {{Jerkass}} route.
26th Aug '17 2:47:06 PM wuggles
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** Part of the problem is that the last thing in that list isn't really explored in detail and comes too late to have any other impact besides the obvious grief and anger. The rather lame epilogue doesn't help....
25th Aug '17 4:35:37 AM XFllo
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** Trafalgar Law went through some heavy TraumaCongaLine that no kid should ever have to go through such as [[spoiler: [[ParentalAbandonment dead parents]], DeadLittleSister, [[EverybodysDeadDave dead pretty much everybody else he knew]], hiding under corpses, [[YourDaysAreNumbered terminal disease]], being called a monster and, finally, [[MentorOccupationalHazard dead mentor]]]].

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** Trafalgar Law went through some heavy TraumaCongaLine that no kid should ever have to go through such as [[spoiler: [[ParentalAbandonment dead parents]], DeadLittleSister, deceased younger sister, [[EverybodysDeadDave dead pretty much everybody else he knew]], hiding under corpses, [[YourDaysAreNumbered terminal disease]], being called a monster and, finally, [[MentorOccupationalHazard dead mentor]]]].
5th Aug '17 6:43:13 AM VVK
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* In ''ComicBook/ForTheManWhoHasEverything'', Superman is held trapped by a plant that gives its victim the illusion of living the life they would have if their dearest desire was true. In Superman's case, he's living as an ordinary citizen on a Krypton that was never destroyed. However, since the plant provides a logical extrapolation of the consequences of the victim's wish, BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor applies, and in this case, life on Krypton has some serious downsides. Okay... there's probably no logical reason why a logical extrapolation of what it would be like would ''not'' involve Krypton having descended into social upheaval and riots, Superman's father having become a reactionary bigot, and his mother having died of cancer. But there's also no reason it would ''have'' to involve those things other than it being necessary for the plot.
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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.
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