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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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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.
13th Apr '16 11:14:33 PM Killerikala
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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.
10th Apr '16 11:45:57 AM Derkhan
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* ''Manga/{{Aruosumente}}'' has an intergenerational example. Oracle Kian had to die because he got too involved with matters of the military, after which a rule was established that the Oracle may not have any connections to the military. His son Legna's quest to find the source of the killing intent [[DreamingOfThingsToCome he dreamed of]], however, forces him to investigate more than the Senate would ever approve, and he becomes friends with Lante the commander of the White Knights , threatening him to unwittingly repeat what his father did.
7th Feb '16 1:35:04 PM MarkLungo
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30th Jan '16 11:27:07 AM eroock
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Compare with {{Bookends}} and MyGreatestSecondChance.

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Compare with {{Bookends}} {{Bookends}}, MyGreatestSecondChance and MyGreatestSecondChance.
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8th Jan '16 9:57:06 PM JohnChurchill
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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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