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2nd Apr '17 12:04:55 PM nombretomado
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* In ''VideoGame/BlazeUnion'', Gulcasa loses a number of people important to him through death and betrayal. He blames this on his own personal weakness (although every circumstance was pretty much out of his control) and vows to gain the power that he needs to really protect his loved ones. Three years later, another large-scale conflict starts; whether or not Gulcasa is capable of protecting his allies depends entirely on whether you're playing ''YggdraUnion'' ([[spoiler:he can't]]) or ''YggdraUnison'' ([[spoiler:he does]]).
* [[TearJerker Tatsuya Suou]]'s history in {{Persona 2}}. He pretty much threw the weight of the world on his shoulders and tasked himself to destroy [[EldritchAbomination Nyarlathotep]]'s plans before they started so his friends wouldn't have to suffer. He failed.

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* In ''VideoGame/BlazeUnion'', Gulcasa loses a number of people important to him through death and betrayal. He blames this on his own personal weakness (although every circumstance was pretty much out of his control) and vows to gain the power that he needs to really protect his loved ones. Three years later, another large-scale conflict starts; whether or not Gulcasa is capable of protecting his allies depends entirely on whether you're playing ''YggdraUnion'' ''VideoGame/YggdraUnion'' ([[spoiler:he can't]]) or ''YggdraUnison'' ([[spoiler:he does]]).
* [[TearJerker Tatsuya Suou]]'s history in {{Persona 2}}.''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}''. He pretty much threw the weight of the world on his shoulders and tasked himself to destroy [[EldritchAbomination Nyarlathotep]]'s plans before they started so his friends wouldn't have to suffer. He failed.
6th Dec '16 7:48:22 PM valozzy
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Princess Luna suffers from an unusually-literal version of this trope when she inflicts recurring nightmares on ''herself'' in which she turns into Nightmare Moon and (show is vague, but I would guess slays) the Mane Six, just to remind herself never again to give way to the Nightmare.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Princess Luna suffers from an unusually-literal version of this trope when she inflicts recurring nightmares on ''herself'' in which she turns into Nightmare Moon and (show is vague, but I would guess slays) defeats the Mane Six, just to remind herself never again to give way to the Nightmare.
1st Nov '16 1:00:14 PM heartofthemoon
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* An interesting variant happens in ''VideoGame/InFamous''. Cole McGrath gets superpowers. Later, he married the love of his life, Trish, and they had two daughters. Then the beast came, destroyed absolutely everything (and killed Cole's family), and Cole went back in time, gave Cole McGrath superpowers, and killed Trish to make sure Cole wouldn't do the same mistake he did.

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* An interesting variant happens in ''VideoGame/InFamous''. Cole McGrath [=McGrath=] gets superpowers. Later, he married the love of his life, Trish, and they had two daughters. Then the beast came, destroyed absolutely everything (and killed Cole's family), and Cole went back in time, gave Cole McGrath [=McGrath=] superpowers, and killed Trish to make sure Cole wouldn't do the same mistake he did.
7th Oct '16 8:57:17 AM OlmoJV
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* A backstory told during ''Fanfic/HopeForTheHeartless'' reveals that Avalina's currently in the same situation with [[VillainProtagonist the Horned King]] as she was four years earlier with her CoolHorse Mitternacht, even if she's unaware of it. The girl alone could see that the [[HellishHorse furious horse]] everyone believed to be a lost cause was just acting out of grief of losing his rider, and she had to tame him before a time limit was up and he'd be put down. {{The dreaded}} Horned King has a time limit to complete his [[RedemptionQuest only chance]] to earn his freedom from [[SoulJar the Black Cauldron]], and Avalina slowly comes to make them both realize [[BeingEvilSucks how lonely he is]]. Also, Avalina met both Mitternacht and the Horned King after being lost, goes through physical and emotional pain before she gets through to them (a task no one quite believes to be possible) and [[MusicSoothesTheSavageBeast has her musical talents as an asset]].
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24th Sep '16 7:30:06 AM xXD347HXx
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* In ''Film/{{James and the Giant Peach}}'', James' parents were killed by a runaway rhinoceros. Sure enough, in the movie version, the rhino reappeared.
15th May '16 5:43:20 AM Koveras
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->''"Like all the bad things in my life, it started with the death of a woman."''

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->''"Like -->''"Like all the bad things in my life, it started with the death of a woman."''
15th May '16 5:43:07 AM Koveras
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* An interesting variant happens in inFamous. Cole McGrath gets superpowers. Later, he married the love of his life, Trish, and they had two daughters. Then the beast came, destroyed absolutely everything (and killed Cole's family), and Cole went back in time, gave Cole McGrath superpowers, and killed Trish to make sure Cole wouldn't do the same mistake he did.

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* An interesting variant happens in inFamous.''VideoGame/InFamous''. Cole McGrath gets superpowers. Later, he married the love of his life, Trish, and they had two daughters. Then the beast came, destroyed absolutely everything (and killed Cole's family), and Cole went back in time, gave Cole McGrath superpowers, and killed Trish to make sure Cole wouldn't do the same mistake he did.


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* VideoGame/MaxPayne keeps getting in eerily familiar situations where his attempts to do the right thing result in deaths of his loved ones and himself barely surviving yet another chaotic killing spree. He lampshades it regularly himself, such as this quote from the second game:
->''"Like all the bad things in my life, it started with the death of a woman."''
15th May '16 5:16:10 AM Koveras
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Simply put, backstory is a theme. And themes need resolutions. Thanks to the LawOfConservationOfDetail, you can probably bet that the resolution to a character's backstory will involve them facing the exact same or similar event that haunted their past, allowing them to conquer their demons once and for all... or die by them. Such event is guaranteed to be a climax of some sort.

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Simply put, backstory is a theme. And themes need resolutions. Thanks to the LawOfConservationOfDetail, you can probably bet that the resolution to a character's backstory will involve them facing the exact same or similar event that haunted their past, allowing them to conquer their demons once and for all... or die by them. Such event is guaranteed to be a climax of some sort.
sort, and is often [[InUniverseCatharsis highly cathartic]].



** Early in ''VideoGame/AceCombat5TheUnsungWar'', Nagase is almost shot down by a Yuktobanian missile but saved when her flight lead Captain Bartlett takes the hit for her and crashes. Bartlett isn't found, dead or alive, for much of the rest of the game, and the whole event weighs heavily on Nagase's conscience. Several months later, Nagase is finally shot down under similar circumstances, with no one to take the missile for her, but survives and emerges from the ordeal a much more well-adjusted individual.
** In a very meta way, the finale of ''VideoGame/AceCombatAssaultHorizon'' calls back to a particular mission of ''The Unsung War'', where [[spoiler:Chopper]] cannot eject from his crashing plane due to burnt-out circuitry, as you can only helplessly watch him die. In ''Assault Horizon'', Guts takes a missile for you (mirroring ''another'' {{wingman}}'s actions in ''VideoGame/AceCombatZero''), but Bishop (the player character of ''ACAH''), being an even more insane badass than Blaze (the ''[=AC5=]'' PC), puts up a spectacular display of high-altitude marksmanship and ''snipes'' off Guts' malfunctioning canopy so he can bail out into the sea.

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** Early in ''VideoGame/AceCombat5TheUnsungWar'', Nagase is almost shot down by a Yuktobanian missile but saved when her flight lead Captain Bartlett takes the hit for her and crashes. Bartlett isn't found, dead or alive, for much of the rest of the game, and the whole event weighs heavily on Nagase's conscience. Several months later, Nagase is finally shot down under similar circumstances, with no one to take the missile for her, but survives and emerges from the ordeal a [[InUniverseCatharsis much more well-adjusted individual.
better-adjusted individual]].
** In a very meta way, the finale of ''VideoGame/AceCombatAssaultHorizon'' calls back to a particular mission of ''The Unsung War'', where [[spoiler:Chopper]] cannot eject from his crashing plane due to burnt-out circuitry, as you can only helplessly watch him die. In ''Assault Horizon'', Guts takes a missile for you (mirroring ''another'' {{wingman}}'s actions in ''VideoGame/AceCombatZero''), but Bishop (the player character of ''ACAH''), being an even more insane badass than Blaze (the ''[=AC5=]'' PC), puts up a spectacular display of high-altitude marksmanship and ''snipes'' off Guts' malfunctioning canopy with his machinegun in mid-air, so he can bail out into the sea.
15th May '16 2:10:52 AM Koveras
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* ''VideoGame/AceCombat''
** Early in ''VideoGame/AceCombat5TheUnsungWar'', Nagase is almost shot down by a Yuktobanian missile but saved when her flight lead Captain Bartlett takes the hit for her and crashes. Bartlett isn't found, dead or alive, for much of the rest of the game, and the whole event weighs heavily on Nagase's conscience. Several months later, Nagase is finally shot down under similar circumstances, with no one to take the missile for her, but survives and emerges from the ordeal a much more well-adjusted individual.
** In a very meta way, the finale of ''VideoGame/AceCombatAssaultHorizon'' calls back to a particular mission of ''The Unsung War'', where [[spoiler:Chopper]] cannot eject from his crashing plane due to burnt-out circuitry, as you can only helplessly watch him die. In ''Assault Horizon'', Guts takes a missile for you (mirroring ''another'' {{wingman}}'s actions in ''VideoGame/AceCombatZero''), but Bishop (the player character of ''ACAH''), being an even more insane badass than Blaze (the ''[=AC5=]'' PC), puts up a spectacular display of high-altitude marksmanship and ''snipes'' off Guts' malfunctioning canopy so he can bail out into the sea.
29th Apr '16 12:05:05 AM SSJMagus
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* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Scar starts out a member of an oppressed ethnic group, the Ishvalans, wanting revenge on those who nearly wiped out his people, namely Amestris. By the end of the story, he pays an instrumental role in saving Amestris.

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* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Scar starts out a member of an oppressed ethnic group, the Ishvalans, wanting revenge on those who nearly wiped out his people, namely Amestris. By the end of the story, he pays an instrumental role in saving Amestris.Amestris...from the same cabal that manipulated Amestris into its war with Ishval.
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