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28th Jul '17 11:47:19 AM CyberTiger88
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->''Such a tortured past, such a tortured past,\\
So much disappointment, happiness never lasts\\
Day after day with nothing going my way\\
This tortured past is how a monster is made.\\
\\
An ice cream cone dropped at my feet\\
A game of tic-tac-toe that ended in defeat\\
A beloved goldfish that ended up dying\\
An under-heated hot-pocket, so unsatisfying\\
A girl I loved in college didn't love me back\\
Walking in my socks and I stepped on a tack\\
\\
That's how a monster is made.''

-->-- ''WebComic/AxeCop'', [[http://axecop.com/comic/tortured-past-songster-page-17/ "Tortured Past"]]

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->''Such ->''"I always wanted a tortured past, such a tortured past,\\
So much disappointment, happiness
fire truck when I was little. I never lasts\\
Day after day with nothing going my way\\
This tortured past is how a monster is made.\\
\\
An ice cream cone dropped at my feet\\
A game of tic-tac-toe that ended in defeat\\
A beloved goldfish that ended up dying\\
An under-heated hot-pocket, so unsatisfying\\
A girl I loved in college didn't love me back\\
Walking in my socks and I stepped on a tack\\
\\
got one. That's how a monster is made.''

why I'm evil, heheheheheh!"''
-->-- ''WebComic/AxeCop'', [[http://axecop.com/comic/tortured-past-songster-page-17/ "Tortured Past"]]
'''Zorak''', ''WesternAnimation/CartoonPlanet''
16th Jul '17 4:00:25 AM VVK
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A girl that I loved in college didn't love me back\\

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A girl that I loved in college didn't love me back\\
16th Jul '17 3:59:35 AM VVK
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A girl that I loved didn't love me back\\

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A girl that I loved in college didn't love me back\\
16th Jul '17 3:46:30 AM VVK
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->''"I always wanted a fire truck when I was little. I never got one. That's why I'm evil, heheheheheh!"''
-->-- '''Zorak''', ''WesternAnimation/CartoonPlanet''

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->''"I always wanted ->''Such a fire truck when I was little. I tortured past, such a tortured past,\\
So much disappointment, happiness
never got one. lasts\\
Day after day with nothing going my way\\
This tortured past is how a monster is made.\\
\\
An ice cream cone dropped at my feet\\
A game of tic-tac-toe that ended in defeat\\
A beloved goldfish that ended up dying\\
An under-heated hot-pocket, so unsatisfying\\
A girl that I loved didn't love me back\\
Walking in my socks and I stepped on a tack\\
\\
That's why I'm evil, heheheheheh!"''
how a monster is made.''

-->-- '''Zorak''', ''WesternAnimation/CartoonPlanet''
''WebComic/AxeCop'', [[http://axecop.com/comic/tortured-past-songster-page-17/ "Tortured Past"]]
17th May '17 4:31:01 PM Owlorange1995
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See also StartOfDarkness, MonsterSobStory, JerkassWoobie, AbusiveParents, ParentalNeglect, ParentalAbandonment, WellDoneSonGuy, SingleIssuePsychology, TragicBigot, BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil, WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds, and WhosLaughingNow. In cases of {{Complete Monster}}s, the Freudian Excuse fails to justify anything, merely explain and nothing more. Not to be confused with FreudWasRight, AllPsychologyIsFreudian (or any of the other five or so Tropes that UsefulNotes/SigmundFreud was the TropeNamer for, actually.)

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See also StartOfDarkness, MonsterSobStory, JerkassWoobie, AbusiveParents, ParentalNeglect, ParentalAbandonment, WellDoneSonGuy, SingleIssuePsychology, TragicBigot, BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil, WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds, and WhosLaughingNow. In cases of {{Complete Monster}}s, the Freudian Excuse fails to justify anything, merely explain and nothing more. It could even be used to make the character ''worse'', since they reject the possibility of ever getting over their trauma and changing their ways. Not to be confused with FreudWasRight, AllPsychologyIsFreudian (or any of the other five or so Tropes that UsefulNotes/SigmundFreud was the TropeNamer for, actually.)
18th Mar '17 7:35:38 AM memememememe
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Instead, writers may keep the villain just as vile as before, but reveal that they have a reason for being that way. The most popular one is the Freudian Excuse: the villain had an [[DarkAndTroubledPast abusive and particularly violent childhood]] (such as AbusiveParents, [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer being bullied by peers]], etc.), making them insane and warping their perception on the universe, and that's why they're sociopathic {{Serial Killer}}s going on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge, or why they [[SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum want to destroy everything out of their misery]], or why they're {{Straw Nihilist}}s who adhere to TheSocialDarwinist philosophy that it's a CrapsackWorld where MightMakesRight. Sometimes, this is done for deliberate BadassDecay, but usually it isn't. The villain is as horrible as ever, only now the audience can look at them in a new way.

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Instead, writers may keep the villain (especially TheSociopath) just as vile as before, but reveal that they have a reason for being that way. The most popular one is the Freudian Excuse: the villain had an [[DarkAndTroubledPast abusive and particularly violent childhood]] (such as AbusiveParents, [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer being bullied by peers]], etc.), making them insane and warping their perception on the universe, and that's why they're sociopathic {{Serial Killer}}s going on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge, or why they [[SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum want to destroy everything out of their misery]], or why they're {{Straw Nihilist}}s who adhere to TheSocialDarwinist philosophy that it's a CrapsackWorld where MightMakesRight. Sometimes, this is done for deliberate BadassDecay, but usually it isn't. The villain is as horrible as ever, only now the audience can look at them in a new way.
13th Sep '16 7:54:20 PM VictorDamazio
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A variation of this trope is not being used on a Villain, just making an explanation on how a good or neutral character got a vice.

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A variation of this trope trope, is not being used on a Villain, villain or evil character, just making an explanation on how a good or neutral character got a vice.
13th Sep '16 7:53:47 PM VictorDamazio
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A variation of this trope is not being used on a Villain, just making an explanation on how a good or neutral character got a vice.
23rd Jan '16 9:37:05 AM Specialist290
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Takes the "It's Nurture" position of the "Nature vs. Nurture" argument. For the Nature position, see InTheBlood.

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Takes the "It's Nurture" position of the "Nature vs. Nurture" "NatureVersusNurture" argument. For the Nature position, see InTheBlood.
7th Jan '16 4:41:22 PM nombretomado
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-->-- '''Zorak''', ''[[SpaceGhostCoastToCoast Cartoon Planet]]''

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-->-- '''Zorak''', ''[[SpaceGhostCoastToCoast Cartoon Planet]]''
''WesternAnimation/CartoonPlanet''
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