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

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* A good chunk of LarsVonTrier Creator/LarsVonTrier movies, particularly the so-called ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Depression Trilogy]]''. Taken UpToEleven by {{Nymphomaniac}}, in which one depressing event follows on the heels of another.
11th Feb '17 11:32:21 AM jroggs
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* Parodied in ''My Godawful Life'' by Michael Kelly (under the pseudonym Sunny Mccreary), as the protagonist endures ever more horrible and ridiculous misfortunes throughout his life, such as getting pushed into prostitution by his parents, resorting to cannibalism when trapped in a mine, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking being forced to live in]] [[FateWorseThanDeath Northumberland]].
6th Feb '17 6:55:15 PM GranChi
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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' -- every single male parental figure in the title character's life -- except Arthur, who was supposed to die in the middle of book five -- ends up dead, one by one. (Sort of Voldemort's plan)

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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' -- every single male parental figure in the title character's life -- except Hagrid and Arthur, who was supposed to die in the middle of book five -- ends up dead, one by one. (Sort of Voldemort's plan)
31st Jan '17 3:03:05 PM margdean56
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* A little bit in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''. Harry's mother dies in child birth, his father dies when he's 6, he gets adopted(and tutored in magic) by the wizard Justin DuMorne, who -SURPRISE- turns out to be evil, and uses Harry's girlfriend to attempt to mind control him, Harry escapes, accidentally sells his life to a semi-evil faery, kills his adopted father, and presumably his girlfriend at the time, with a massive [[KillItWithFire fire spell]](his specialty), then he gets dragged before the White Council(the UN of Wizards), for breaking the First Law of Magic(Thou Shall Not Kill By Use of Magic), gets sent to live with a 200+ year old wizard(which isn't bad-for a while), then starts a PI business, where he is promptly beaten, brused, burned, clawed, bitten, and generally attacked be various magical beasts, including a few genuine Christian Demons, loses the trust of his best friend, then the woman he loves is half turned into a vampire(the soul-less abomination kind), AND, he happened to start a war between the Vampire Court and the White Council, not to mention that the Council hated him LONG before he started said war.

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

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



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

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



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

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* [[Comicbook/XWingSeries Tycho Celchu]] can be seen as one of these. He was born and grew up on [[DoomedHometown Alderaan]] and was a very good pilot for TheEmpire. When the Empire blew up his homeworld, it was his birthday, and he was in a full-holo conference celebrating it with his entire family and his fiancee.fiancée. When the holo failed, for several hours he thought it was just "technical difficulties" and planned to rib them about it, since his family owned the station and had been suffering similar failures. Later, having switched sides and serving the Rebellion, he got kidnapped by Isard, the Empire's mistress of intelligence and brainwashing. She [[spoiler: failed]] and transferred him out of her secret prison into one from which he was able to escape. Since he told his superiors that Isard had kidnapped him, they believed he had been brainwashed - -- all previous brainwashed people hadn't been able to tell anyone - -- and restricted what he could and could not do. Since the head of Rouge Squadron trusted him, he was allowed to fly an unarmed shuttle into combat to rescue downed pilots, but he had a guard at all times. Later he got framed for Corran Horn's [[spoiler: apparent death]], and his friends and allies were forced to [[ClearMyName clear his name]]. Throughout this Tycho was unfailingly portrayed as incredibly calm and noble. His situation certainly got better later, but damn.
--> "I am Tycho Celchu, son of Alderaan, now orphan of the galaxy. I have come to this place of my birth to pay homage to who I was and those I knew. And those I loved and love still. It is my wish that when life abandons me, I am returned here to be among you, so that for eternity we may be together as we should have been in life. These gifts are but insufficient tokens of the love for you all that still burns within me. This fighter is another. It bears the colors of the Alderaanian Guard and transmits their code. It is my pledge to you - -- not of vengeance but of vigilance. I hope you rest well knowing you will rest alone, because it is my life's work to see to it that no one else suffers as you have. I won't rest until this quest is complete. Rest easy. I miss you all."
31st Jan '17 2:52:48 PM margdean56
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* Túrin from Creator/JRRTolkien's ''Literature/TheChildrenOfHurin''. His little sister died when he was 5. When he was 9, his father went off to war and was captured by the BigBad, who cursed his entire family. (Túrin didn't know about it and thought his father died.) He then leaves his pregnant mother behind to seek shelter from the Elf king, so he wouldn't be enslaved. When he was 20, he accidentally kills an Elf who attacked him verbally and physically. Believing the king would punish him, he exiles himself. The king forgave him when he found out the truth, and let Beleg, a good friend of Túrin, search for him. Túrin joins a band of outlaws and becomes their leader. He is captured by orcs and tied up. Beleg finds him at night and cuts his bonds, but his knife slips and wakes Túrin up. Túrin jumps up and kills Beleg. Later, his mother and the sister that was born after he'd left, Niënor, goes to the Elf king to look for Túrin. Obviously he's not there, so they go look for him. Glaurung the dragon puts a spell over Niënor so she forgets who she is. She goes running crazy into the woods until Túrin finds her. They fall in love and get married. Eventually Túrin goes to slay Glaurung. He fatally stabs him, but the blood makes him pass out. Niënor finds him and thinks he's dead. Glaurung tells her that she's pregnant by her brother and dies, thus lifting the spell. Niënor remembers everything and jumps off a cliff. Túrin wakes up and goes home, where he is told about Niënor from her StalkerWithACrush. He commits suicide by impaling himself on his sword which apparently talks to him.
** Tolkien makes the subtle point that most of Túrin's troubles can be traced to his angsty self-absorption. As somebody - Beleg? - points out, other people have their problems too. Given that the War Against Morgoth is being lost, that is something of an understatement!

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* Túrin from Creator/JRRTolkien's ''Literature/TheChildrenOfHurin''. His little sister died when he was 5. When he was 9, his father went off to war and was captured by the BigBad, who cursed his entire family. (Túrin didn't know about it and thought his father died.) He then leaves his pregnant mother behind to seek shelter from the Elf king, so he wouldn't be enslaved. When he was 20, he accidentally kills an Elf who attacked him verbally and physically. Believing the king would punish him, he exiles himself. The king forgave him when he found out the truth, and let Beleg, a good friend of Túrin, search for him. Túrin joins a band of outlaws and becomes their leader. He is captured by orcs and tied up. Beleg finds him at night and cuts his bonds, but his knife slips and wakes Túrin up. Túrin jumps up and kills Beleg. Later, his mother and the sister that was born after he'd left, Niënor, goes go to the Elf king to look for Túrin. Obviously he's not there, so they go look for him. Glaurung the dragon puts a spell over Niënor so she forgets who she is. She goes running crazy into the woods until Túrin finds her. They fall in love and get married. Eventually Túrin goes to slay Glaurung. He fatally stabs him, but the blood makes him pass out. Niënor finds him and thinks he's dead. Glaurung tells her that she's pregnant by her brother and dies, thus lifting the spell. Niënor remembers everything and jumps off a cliff. Túrin wakes up and goes home, where he is told about Niënor from her StalkerWithACrush. He commits suicide by impaling himself on his sword which apparently talks to him.
** Tolkien makes the subtle point that most of Túrin's troubles can be traced to his angsty self-absorption. As somebody - -- Beleg? - -- points out, other people have their problems too. Given that the War Against Morgoth is being lost, that is something of an understatement!



** When he goes to Nargothrond with Gwindor, Gwindor's fiancee falls for him, whilst he remains oblivious and he ends up destroying Nargothrond by persuading its inhabitants to fight. Gwindor dies wishing he'd never met Túrin and Finduilas dies because Glaurung hypnotises Túrin into letting orcs drag her off.

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** When he goes to Nargothrond with Gwindor, Gwindor's fiancee fiancée falls for him, him whilst he remains oblivious oblivious, and he ends up destroying Nargothrond by persuading its inhabitants to fight. Gwindor dies wishing he'd never met Túrin and Finduilas dies because Glaurung hypnotises Túrin into letting orcs drag her off.
31st Jan '17 2:47:06 PM margdean56
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* The whole point 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, 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 point 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, bread (come on!!) 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 [[InspectorJavert one man refuses to let it go''.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/HarryPotter'' -- every single male parental figure in the title character's life - except Arthur, who was supposed to die in the middle of book five - ends up dead, one by one. (Sort of Voldemort's plan)

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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' -- every single male parental figure in the title character's life - -- except Arthur, who was supposed to die in the middle of book five - -- ends up dead, one by one. (Sort of Voldemort's plan)
31st Jan '17 2:44:01 PM margdean56
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* ''Comicbook/{{Batgirl 2009}}'': Stephanie Brown grew up the child of a physically and emotionally abusive convict and a (now-rehabilitated) drug addict. Suffered attempted sexual molestation by her piano teacher at age 11. Almost had her face melted off by her own father with an acid capsule on her first foray as a vigilante. Set up for kidnapping and murder by her own father ''again'' several months later. Becomes pregnant by a boy who abandons her without even stopping long enough to learn that she ''was'' pregnant. Carries the child to term, then gives him/her/ up for adoption in a complete TearJerker of a moment, not letting herself even know her baby's sex or naming him/her because otherwise she could never force herself to let go. (And for extra angst points, almost dies of complications during the delivery.) Father (apparently) dies while trying to reform, leaving her entirely conflicted on the issue. Tortured grotesquely by Black Mask for hours. Upon returning from her faked death and one years' isolation in Africa, immediately ordered by Batman to betray her ex-boyfriend "for his own good", leading to complete alienation from him. Given the absolute minimum of support and validation in her superhero career, ''even by her own boyfriend'', throughout. Subjected to active ''discouragement'' from pursuing a superhero career by virtually ''everyone''. Depending on whether or not its CanonDiscontinuity yet, possibly still carrying the guilt for setting off a destructive gang war that killed hundreds. And her response? [[{{Determinator}} Total refusal to let any of this crap get her down.]] With arguably as much to angst about as her ex-boyfriend Tim, there is not ''one panel'' of her whining or indulging in self-pity available in the sixteen years the character has been in Bat-Comics. Steph entirely shares Commissioner Gordon's awesome immunity to [=PTSD=] or {{Wangst}}.

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* ''Comicbook/{{Batgirl 2009}}'': Stephanie Brown grew up the child of a physically and emotionally abusive convict and a (now-rehabilitated) drug addict. Suffered attempted sexual molestation by her piano teacher at age 11. Almost had her face melted off by her own father with an acid capsule on her first foray as a vigilante. Set up for kidnapping and murder by her own father ''again'' several months later. Becomes pregnant by a boy who abandons her without even stopping long enough to learn that she ''was'' pregnant. Carries the child to term, then gives him/her/ him/her up for adoption in a complete TearJerker of a moment, not letting herself even know her baby's sex or naming him/her because otherwise she could never force herself to let go. (And for extra angst points, almost dies of complications during the delivery.) Father (apparently) dies while trying to reform, leaving her entirely conflicted on the issue. Tortured grotesquely by Black Mask for hours. Upon returning from her faked death and one years' year's isolation in Africa, immediately ordered by Batman to betray her ex-boyfriend "for his own good", leading to complete alienation from him. Given the absolute minimum of support and validation in her superhero career, ''even by her own boyfriend'', throughout. Subjected to active ''discouragement'' from pursuing a superhero career by virtually ''everyone''. Depending on whether or not its it's CanonDiscontinuity yet, possibly still carrying the guilt for setting off a destructive gang war that killed hundreds. And her response? [[{{Determinator}} Total refusal to let any of this crap get her down.]] With arguably as much to angst about as her ex-boyfriend Tim, there is not ''one panel'' of her whining or indulging in self-pity available in the sixteen years the character has been in Bat-Comics. Steph entirely shares Commissioner Gordon's awesome immunity to [=PTSD=] or {{Wangst}}.



* He doesn't exactly angst over it but ''Webcomic/{{Nodwick}}'' has [[ButtMonkey all kinds of horrible things happen to him]] and [[ComedicSociopathy done to him (even by his allies)]] for the sake of comedy, including dying regularly - sometimes multiple times on the same page! When he gets the chance to hear why from [[PowersThatBe The Powers What Is]], they state that he is a "destiny sponge" soaking up all kinds of horribleness so other people and the world don't have to. Alternate worlds without him have gone from {{crapsack|World}} to pure hell.
* This was [[Comicbook/{{WITCH}} Will Vandom's]] ''life''. Let's see - dad was a compulsive gambler, driving their family broke. Mom divorced him and he disappeared. When her powers were starting to develop, she's ostracized by her friends for being weird. Mom decides to move to Heatherfield and she spends her first day of school in the rain with a broken bike. You'd think that after becoming a Guardian, her life would be better - you'd think wrong. Stops Phobos? Mom wants to move back to their old town. Dad comes back? Turns out he wants to use Will for to swindle money out of her mom... and when he's gone, her precious pet dormouse she got from her future boyfriend Matt is ''ran down by a passing car''! It's no wonder when that happens, the first thing she says is "Why does this keep happening?!"

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* He doesn't exactly angst over it but ''Webcomic/{{Nodwick}}'' has [[ButtMonkey all kinds of horrible things happen to him]] and [[ComedicSociopathy done to him (even by his allies)]] for the sake of comedy, including dying regularly - -- sometimes multiple times on the same page! When he gets the chance to hear why from [[PowersThatBe The Powers What Is]], they state that he is a "destiny sponge" soaking up all kinds of horribleness so other people and the world don't have to. Alternate worlds without him have gone from {{crapsack|World}} to pure hell.
* This was [[Comicbook/{{WITCH}} Will Vandom's]] ''life''. Let's see - -- dad was a compulsive gambler, driving making their family broke. Mom divorced him and he disappeared. When her powers were starting start to develop, she's ostracized by her friends for being weird. Mom decides to move to Heatherfield and she spends her first day of school in the rain with a broken bike. You'd think that after becoming a Guardian, her life would be better - -- you'd think wrong. Stops Phobos? Mom wants to move back to their old town. Dad comes back? Turns out he wants to use Will for to swindle money out of her mom... and when he's gone, her precious pet dormouse she got from her future boyfriend Matt is ''ran ''run down by a passing car''! It's no wonder when that happens, the first thing she says is "Why does this keep happening?!"



* If you think Wolverine has it bad, just wait until you read his daughter/OppositeSexClone, ComicBook/{{X 23}}'s life history: Enduring 13 years of torture, abuse, and TrainingFromHell to turn her into the perfect assassin. Had her HealingFactor forcibly activated at age ''seven'' by being stuffed into a radiation chamber and exposed to lethal doses of radiation. Several days after ''that'' she had her claws ripped out, coated with adamantium, and reimplanted one-by-one ''and was refused anasthesia''--It's not that anasthesia wouldn't have worked on her, ''they flat-out refused to administer it''. She endured constant physical and emotional abuse by both her AxCrazy handler and the surgical head (who [[RevengeByProxy blamed her for Wolverine killing his father]]) and was tortured into entering a [[UnstoppableRage berserker rage]] every time she smelled a particular trigger scent, which was tested on one of the ''only'' people who saw her as an actual human being. By the time she was thirteen she was forced to live with a body-count into the ''hundreds''. And then when her creator/mother ''finally'' got fed up with the project and broke her out, X-23 was forced to kill ''her'' with the trigger scent and [[TearJerker watched her mother die in her arms, knowing she was the one who killed her]]. Then, when she's tracked down and started establishing a good relationship with her only other family, her psychopathic handler turns up and she's forced to leave them and never see them again to keep her safe. And then she ends up as a StreetWalker suffering under an abusive and murderous pimp. Laura eventually escapes again and tracks down Wolverine intending to [[DrivenToSuicide put them both out of her misery]], and when he talks her down, she's captured by ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, who insists on turning her over to ComicBook/{{SHIELD}}. After spending some time after Steve lets her go with the X-Men, she's recruited to kill again on ComicBook/XForce, which sends her into an existential crisis including a demon trying to recruit her to his service by claiming that as a clone she doesn't have a soul. And ''just'' as it seems she's starting to put her life together, [[ComicBook/AvengersArena she gets shanghaied by Arcade to fight other teenage heroes to death for his amusement]]. After she escapes ''that'', she ends up [[ComicBook/AllNewXMen captured and tortured by purifiers and is found wandering the streets of Miami in an amnesiac state. And then Stryker, Jr. reveals to her that the ''whole world'' knows what she did in Murderworld]]. And the worst part? Unlike Logan, ''Laura remembers every single moment.''

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* If you think Wolverine has it bad, just wait until you read his daughter/OppositeSexClone, ComicBook/{{X 23}}'s life history: Enduring 13 years of torture, abuse, and TrainingFromHell to turn her into the perfect assassin. Had her HealingFactor forcibly activated at age ''seven'' by being stuffed into a radiation chamber and exposed to lethal doses of radiation. Several days after ''that'' she had her claws ripped out, coated with adamantium, and reimplanted one-by-one ''and was refused anasthesia''--It's anesthesia''--It's not that anasthesia anesthesia wouldn't have worked on her, ''they flat-out refused to administer it''. She endured constant physical and emotional abuse by both her AxCrazy handler and the surgical head (who [[RevengeByProxy blamed her for Wolverine killing his father]]) and was tortured into entering a [[UnstoppableRage berserker rage]] every time she smelled a particular trigger scent, which was tested on one of the ''only'' people who saw her as an actual human being. By the time she was thirteen she was forced to live with a body-count into the ''hundreds''. And then when her creator/mother ''finally'' got fed up with the project and broke her out, X-23 was forced to kill ''her'' with the trigger scent and [[TearJerker watched her mother die in her arms, knowing she was the one who killed her]]. Then, when she's tracked down and started establishing a good relationship with her only other family, her psychopathic handler turns up and she's forced to leave them and never see them again to keep her safe. And then she ends up as a StreetWalker suffering under an abusive and murderous pimp. Laura eventually escapes again and tracks down Wolverine intending to [[DrivenToSuicide put them both out of her misery]], and when he talks her down, she's captured by ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, who insists on turning her over to ComicBook/{{SHIELD}}. After spending some time time, after Steve lets her go go, with the X-Men, she's recruited to kill again on ComicBook/XForce, which sends her into an existential crisis including a demon trying to recruit her to his service by claiming that as a clone she doesn't have a soul. And ''just'' as it seems she's starting to put her life together, [[ComicBook/AvengersArena she gets shanghaied by Arcade to fight other teenage heroes to the death for his amusement]]. After she escapes ''that'', she ends up [[ComicBook/AllNewXMen captured and tortured by purifiers and is found wandering the streets of Miami in an amnesiac state. And then Stryker, Jr. reveals to her that the ''whole world'' knows what she did in Murderworld]]. And the worst part? Unlike Logan, ''Laura remembers every single moment.''
31st Jan '17 2:35:44 PM margdean56
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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 his 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 his 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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