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12th Jan '17 12:30:10 PM Mewseeker
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* In ''VideoGame/CreepyCastle'', [[spoiler:Moth, [[HiddenDepths of all people]],]] have issues like [[spoiler:feeling he has to be a hero despite being unqualified for the job and trying to not let people get near him and avoiding them getting hurt]]. Due to this, he fall easily to [[spoiler:Possessor's [[MoreThanMindControl influence]]]] and ends up having to [[spoiler:face his shadow.]]
24th Dec '16 4:12:00 PM Discar
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->''You want to know how to write a good story? You take a group of interesting, likable, wonderful characters. And you turn their lives into Hell on Earth.''
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->''You ->''"You want to know how to write a good story? You take a group of interesting, likable, wonderful characters. And you turn their lives into Hell on Earth.''
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-->-- '''Creator/ChrisClaremont'''
22nd Dec '16 12:30:01 PM Tron80
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** Pre-Crisis Supergirl's parents sent her to Earth because Argo City was dying. She lost her parents, her home and was dumped by her cousin into an orphanage that she hated. Her Supergirl duties interfered with her personal life to the point ''[[Comicbook/{{Supergirl 1972}} she couldn't keep a steady boyfriend]]'' and had to quit a job. Often she felt torn because she wanted to live like a normal woman but her vast powers entailed great responsibilities. At one point she met an OldFlame and realized what she still felt something for him two weeks before his demise. And then she fought a dimension-eating EldritchAbomination ''[[Comicbook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths to save her beloved cousin and the whole Multiverse]]'', and got killed (although to be fair, ''[[Comicbook/{{Convergence}} her death has been undone]]'').

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** Pre-Crisis Supergirl's parents sent her to Earth because Argo City was dying. She lost her parents, her home and was dumped by her cousin into an orphanage that she hated. Her Supergirl duties interfered with her personal life to the point ''[[Comicbook/{{Supergirl 1972}} she couldn't keep a steady boyfriend]]'' and had to quit a job. Often she felt torn because she wanted to live like a normal woman but her vast powers entailed great responsibilities. ''[[Comicbook/{{Supergirl 1982}} At one point point]]'' she met an OldFlame and realized what she still felt something for him ''[[Comicbook/YoungLove two weeks before his demise.demise]]''. And then she fought a dimension-eating EldritchAbomination ''[[Comicbook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths to save her beloved cousin and the whole Multiverse]]'', and got killed (although to be fair, ''[[Comicbook/{{Convergence}} her death has been undone]]'').
1st Dec '16 12:42:36 AM KeithM
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* HonorHarrington during the novel ''Flag in Exile'' has been forced out of active duty with the Royal Manticoran Navy and essentially run out of the Manticore system by political enemies due to her getting vengeance for the murder of her lover. She's trying to pull herself together on her adopted second home of Grayson, but is continually harassed by conservative elements outraged of the idea of a foreign woman (emphasis on the ''woman'') having political power, and those close to her note her depression.
14th Nov '16 4:58:35 AM Tron80
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** Pre-Crisis Supergirl's parents sent her to Earth because Argo City was dying. She lost her parents, her home and was dumped by her cousin into an orphanage that she hated. Her Supergirl duties interfered with her personal life to the point she couldn't keep a steady boyfriend and had to quit a job. Often she felt torn because she wanted to live like a normal woman but her vast powers entailed great responsibilities. At one point she met an OldFlame and realized what she still felt something for him two weeks before his demise. And then she fought a dimension-eating EldritchAbomination ''[[Comicbook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths to save her beloved cousin and the whole Multiverse]]'', and got killed (although to be fair, ''[[Comicbook/{{Convergence}} her death has been undone]]'').

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** Pre-Crisis Supergirl's parents sent her to Earth because Argo City was dying. She lost her parents, her home and was dumped by her cousin into an orphanage that she hated. Her Supergirl duties interfered with her personal life to the point ''[[Comicbook/{{Supergirl 1972}} she couldn't keep a steady boyfriend boyfriend]]'' and had to quit a job. Often she felt torn because she wanted to live like a normal woman but her vast powers entailed great responsibilities. At one point she met an OldFlame and realized what she still felt something for him two weeks before his demise. And then she fought a dimension-eating EldritchAbomination ''[[Comicbook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths to save her beloved cousin and the whole Multiverse]]'', and got killed (although to be fair, ''[[Comicbook/{{Convergence}} her death has been undone]]'').
29th Oct '16 10:04:12 AM Tron80
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* ''Comicbook/SpiderMan'' is infamous amongst comic book fans for [[DeusAngstMachina the sheer amount of angstworthy drama dumped on Peter Parker]]. Some writers seem to think that the biggest appeal of Spider-Man is that things constantly go wrong for him. As a result, we get countless stories of Peter suffering humiliation, lack of money, sickly aunt, girl trouble and just all around unpleasantness, to the point that reading the stories can actually get a little depressing. Note that after John Romita Sr started working on the title with Creator/StanLee, the book became much LighterAndSofter than it had been recently, a move which led most fans to label it as the golden age of Spider-Man.

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* ''Comicbook/SpiderMan'' Franchise/SpiderMan is infamous amongst comic book fans for [[DeusAngstMachina the sheer amount of angstworthy drama dumped on Peter Parker]]. Some writers seem to think that the biggest appeal of Spider-Man is that things constantly go wrong for him. As a result, we get countless stories of Peter suffering humiliation, lack of money, sickly aunt, girl trouble and just all around unpleasantness, to the point that reading the stories can actually get a little depressing. Note that after John Romita Sr started working on the title with Creator/StanLee, the book became much LighterAndSofter than it had been recently, a move which led most fans to label it as the golden age of Spider-Man.Spider-Man.
* Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}:
** Being one of the most powerful beings in the planet will not protect you from emotional pain, heartache or will bring your loved ones back.
** Pre-Crisis Supergirl's parents sent her to Earth because Argo City was dying. She lost her parents, her home and was dumped by her cousin into an orphanage that she hated. Her Supergirl duties interfered with her personal life to the point she couldn't keep a steady boyfriend and had to quit a job. Often she felt torn because she wanted to live like a normal woman but her vast powers entailed great responsibilities. At one point she met an OldFlame and realized what she still felt something for him two weeks before his demise. And then she fought a dimension-eating EldritchAbomination ''[[Comicbook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths to save her beloved cousin and the whole Multiverse]]'', and got killed (although to be fair, ''[[Comicbook/{{Convergence}} her death has been undone]]'').
** Creator/PeterDavid's Linda Danvers was a troubled teen who was manipulated by her boyfriend into joining a cult and committing crimes. Said boyfriend attempted to sacrifice her to draw a demon into the world. She survived and became a hero to redeem herself. Unfortunately, every time she starts being happy, something happens that puts her through the wringer again.
** Post-Crisis Supergirl lived through Krypton's destruction. However she lost her home again when her parents sent her to Earth to save her life, before -apparently- dying. She met them again, but one of her enemies murdered them and blew up the world where the last Kryptonians settled in (hence, she has lost her parents twice and her home three times).
** Post-Flashpoint Supergirl lost her planet and her parents and was stranded in a strange, alien world. She was persecuted by villains and fell for someone who turned out to be an evil, ManipulativeBastard who broke her heart. She lost her only friend, and ''[[Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton joined a group of questionable anti-heroes]]'' only because she needed to belong with ''someone''. After a while she got over her issues, but then her cousin -the only famly she had left- died.
9th Oct '16 6:36:43 AM Sapphirea2
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** The Twelfth Doctor would ''seem'' to have less reason to hurt, as by the time he's "born" [[spoiler: Gallifrey has been saved, not destroyed]] so that burden of guilt has been lifted from his shoulders. But his days in the Last Great Time War still hang heavy on his hearts, to the point that he has a more pronounced aversion to the military than usual in Series 8 and a ''heartwrenching'' monologue on the topic of war in "The Zygon Inversion". And loss? ''Loss?'' A key theme in Series 9 is his struggle to move on from losing people, especially loved ones, which feeds into his ChronicHeroSyndrome to sometimes bitter ends. As he is a CreepyGood fellow with NoSocialSkills, he has only one companion in his first two series, and when they are separated by [[spoiler: her death, a senseless sacrifice]], the final stretch of the season follows his temporary transformation into a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds because ''he can't take the pain anymore''. It's so bad that the only thing that fully brings him back to his best self is [[spoiler: Mind Rape]].

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** The Twelfth Doctor would ''seem'' to have less reason to hurt, as by the time he's "born" [[spoiler: Gallifrey has been saved, not destroyed]] so that burden of guilt has been lifted from his shoulders. But his days in the Last Great Time War still hang heavy on his hearts, to the point that he has a more pronounced aversion to the military than usual in Series 8 and a ''heartwrenching'' monologue on the topic of war in "The Zygon Inversion". And loss? ''Loss?'' A key theme in Series 9 is his struggle to move on from losing people, especially loved ones, which feeds into his ChronicHeroSyndrome to sometimes bitter ends. As he is a CreepyGood fellow with NoSocialSkills, he has only one companion in his first two series, and when they are separated by [[spoiler: her death, a senseless sacrifice]], Senseless Sacrifice inspired by wanting to be a hero like him]], the final stretch of the season follows his temporary transformation into a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds because ''he can't take the pain anymore''. It's so bad that the only thing that fully brings him back to his best self is [[spoiler: Mind Rape]]. A monologue from the penultimate episode of this season, "Heaven Sent", can be found on the Quotes page for this trope.
28th Sep '16 5:05:53 AM Tron80
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* ''Fanfic/GhostsOfEvangelion'': Shinji and Asuka saved the world, but they got hurt physically, emotionally and psychologically, and their scars never fade. Even in their forties they still have nightmares and suffer from PTDS.
23rd Sep '16 1:40:34 AM WillyFourEyes
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** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Setsuna]]'' is also of this trope. He pretends to be TheStoic but inside, he's a huge ball of pain and self-hate for [[spoiler:[[MyGreatestFailure coldly killing his parents because Ali says so]] and later when his best friend Lockon Stratos pulls a HeroicSacrifice and dies because Setsuna arrives to a battle too late]]. And if that wouldn't be enough, TheMovie undoes two seasons' worth of CharacterDevelopment by revealing that [[spoiler:after Setsuna turns into an Innovator, he can no longer find his place among ordinary humans and is thus purposely distancing himself from them - even going as far as playing the ignorant at Feldt's timid approaches]].

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** Setsuna from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Setsuna]]'' Gundam 00]]'' is also of this trope. He pretends to be TheStoic but inside, he's a huge ball of pain and self-hate for [[spoiler:[[MyGreatestFailure coldly killing his parents because Ali says so]] and later when his best friend Lockon Stratos pulls a HeroicSacrifice and dies because Setsuna arrives to a battle too late]]. And if that wouldn't be enough, TheMovie undoes two seasons' worth of CharacterDevelopment by revealing that [[spoiler:after Setsuna turns into an Innovator, he can no longer find his place among ordinary humans and is thus purposely distancing himself from them - even going as far as playing the ignorant at Feldt's timid approaches]].



* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. Which he [[StepfordSmiler hides behind a smile]] and an [[SadClown upbeat cheerful attitude]]. In one chapter, [[NotGoodWithPeople Sai]] comments on this: "Even I can tell that Naruto's suffering, because of his promise to bring Sasuke back and his feelings for you. Both you and Sasuke cause him pain."

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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. Which he [[StepfordSmiler hides behind a smile]] and an [[SadClown upbeat cheerful attitude]]. In one chapter, [[NotGoodWithPeople Sai]] comments on this: "Even I can tell that Naruto's suffering, because of his promise to bring Sasuke back and his feelings for you.you [Sakura]. Both you and Sasuke cause him pain."



** Arguably Yami Yugi, particularly in the anime filler Season 4 (what is it with Yu-Gi-Oh! and Season 4?), when even after he recovers some of his drive, he is still vulnerable to a bit of mind control from Dartz. The rest of the time he tends to put on a strong front or attempt to take responsibility for pretty much everyone.

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** Arguably Yami Yugi, particularly in the anime filler Season 4 of ''Anime/YuGiOh'' (what is it with Yu-Gi-Oh! ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'' and Season 4?), when even after he recovers some of his drive, he is still vulnerable to a bit of mind control from Dartz. The rest of the time he tends to put on a strong front or attempt to take responsibility for pretty much everyone.



* Both original ''VideoGame/{{Mega Man|Classic}}'' original and ''[[VideoGame/MegaManX X]]'', often wonder how long they're going to have to keep fighting.

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* Both original ''VideoGame/{{Mega Man|Classic}}'' original and ''[[VideoGame/MegaManX X]]'', often wonder how long they're going to have to keep fighting.



** Kazuya is a notable example that could be an example of one who eventually went full-on FallenHero FaceHeelTurn. He's [[UsedToBeASweetKid good as a kid]], but once Heihachi took over his training and eventually tossed him to a cliff for being 'too weak' for his standards, that's the last straw and Kazuya turns into the vengeful, [[DrunkWithPower power-hungry]] [[BaitTheDog villain/false hero]] that we all know these days. Being good just hurts so much when you're in a BigScrewedUpFamily.

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** Kazuya is a notable example that could be an example of one who eventually went full-on FallenHero FaceHeelTurn. He's [[UsedToBeASweetKid good as a kid]], but once Heihachi took over his training and eventually tossed him to off a cliff for being 'too weak' for his standards, that's the last straw and Kazuya turns into the vengeful, [[DrunkWithPower power-hungry]] [[BaitTheDog villain/false hero]] that we all know these days. Being good just hurts so much when you're in a BigScrewedUpFamily.



** Ashley and Kaidan, if they survive Virmire, is one of these in Mass Effect 2, despite their small role, and in the beginning of 3. [[spoiler: Literally, too, after Dr. Eva beats the crap out of them on Mars and they nearly die.]] A hefty dash of BrokenPedestal for Shepard combined with [[spoiler: Udina's betrayal]] will do that. Fortunately, they can overcome it.

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** Ashley and Kaidan, if they survive Virmire, is one of these in Mass ''Mass Effect 2, 2'', despite their small role, and in the beginning of 3.''[[VideoGame/MassEffect3 3]]''. [[spoiler: Literally, too, after Dr. Eva beats the crap out of them on Mars and they nearly die.]] A hefty dash of BrokenPedestal for Shepard combined with [[spoiler: Udina's betrayal]] will do that. Fortunately, they can overcome it.
16th Aug '16 9:12:37 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* By the end of ''{{VideoGame/Halo4}}'' Master Chief has watched Cortana slowly go crazy and when he had expected to go out in a HeroicSacrifice, she one ups him to send him back home. Despite the helmet, he's obviously in deep pain and grief at the end of the game.
* ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'' follows that up by reopening all those wounds when he finds out [[spoiler: Cortana CameBackWrong and has become the main villain. He tries to withdraw emotionally but is still crushed when Cortana betrays him.]]

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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'': By the end of ''{{VideoGame/Halo4}}'' ''{{VideoGame/Halo 4}}'' Master Chief has watched Cortana slowly go crazy and when he had expected to go out in a HeroicSacrifice, she one ups him to send him back home. Despite the helmet, he's obviously in deep pain and grief at the end of the game.
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game. ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'' follows that up by reopening all those wounds when he finds out [[spoiler: Cortana CameBackWrong and has become the main villain. He tries to withdraw emotionally but is still crushed when Cortana betrays him.]]
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