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* Ango from ''Manga/SevenSeeds'' blames himself for Shigeru's death - thinking that if he had not been injured, he could've not been such a load when it was necessary. He also blames himself for Mayu's death, among other people who died during the Final Test, mostly because he feels he should've ''told'' them that the test would mean "Live Or Die" for all of them, though Shigeru's death is the biggest one for him and the one he blames himself the most about.
* The news of Katie's death hits hard ''Manga/{{Alyosha}}'', for the first time feeling anger and pain for the death of anyone. Fortunately, it was just a DisneyDeath.
* Eren Yeager from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' seems to be collecting them. As a child, he was helpless to save his mother from being eaten by a Titan. Years later, he becomes TheSixthRanger to TheSquad, a team of exceptionally skilled soldiers known as the Special Operations Squad. On their first mission together, he's repeatedly asked to [[ThePowerOfTrust believe]] in them and not take on the Female Titan. He decides to do just that, leaving them to face the Female Titan alone and watches helplessly from a distance as the entire squad is wiped out. He immediately blames himself for making the wrong decision, and goes on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge.



* Van and Ray Lundgren's would be wives are this in ''Anime/GunXSword''.

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* Van ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Ichigo transformed from a crybaby who got beat up by girls into a badass protector of everyone due to the death of his mother Masaki which he spent years thinking was his fault. The real cause of her death becomes very important to his decisions
and Ray Lundgren's would be wives behaviour in the final arc.
** Uryuu's resolve to protect people from hollows and also to work with a quincy's traditional enemies, shinigami, comes from guilt at being unable to save his grandfather's life despite having been a young child at the time. His (and especially his father Ryuuken's) behaviour is also deeply connected to the death of his mother, Kanae Katagiri, whose mysterious death becomes extremely important in the final arc and is also linked to the real cause of Masaki's death.
* Luna in ''Anime/CasshernSins''. Casshern apparently killed her, causing the Ruin, and we
are offered glimpses of his killing her at the beginning of every episode, although he doesn't remember any of it; his realization that he did it apparently causes a HeroicBSOD which leads him to try to make amends.
** Luna turns out to be alive later, but she also turns out to be a {{Jerkass}}, which leads the characters to question whether she is really Luna at all.
* In ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'', Mikoto starts going into a mix of HeroicBSOD and a rage when she sees [[spoiler:her clones]] get killed by Accelerator.
* Mary Magdalene's death in ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' is the main event in Chrono's background that drives a lot of his actions in the present. In the manga, her role is fleshed out and she has much more of a personality, but the anime gives her nothing more than a flashback in one episode, which weakens her as a character and gives her little more to do than to give Chrono a reason to angst.
* In ''VisualNovel/{{CLANNAD}}'', after Tomoya Okazaki's wife Nagisa dies in childbirth, he regrets ever meeting her in the first place. He gets so bad that he barely looks at his daughter Ushio for five years. Getting over
this forms the bulk of his CharacterDevelopment in ''Anime/GunXSword''.the second half of ''~After Story~''.



** Undine is also a shining example with Deneve as the Hero, and all the other Claymore who died in Pieta can be considered this
* Ango from ''Manga/SevenSeeds'' blames himself for Shigeru's death - thinking that if he had not been injured, he could've not been such a load when it was necessary. He also blames himself for Mayu's death, among other people who died during the Final Test, mostly because he feels he should've ''told'' them that the test would mean "Live Or Die" for all of them, though Shigeru's death is the biggest one for him and the one he blames himself the most about.

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** Undine is also a shining example with Deneve as the Hero, and all the other Claymore who died in Pieta can be considered this
this.
* Ango from ''Manga/SevenSeeds'' blames himself for Shigeru's death - thinking that if he had not been injured, he could've not been such ''Anime/CodeGeass'' has at least Euphemia and Shirley, the latter eventually kick starts Lelouch's [[ThanatosGambit Zero Requiem]].
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'': Julia becomes
a load when it was necessary. He also blames himself for Mayu's death, among other people who died Gwen Stacy during the Final Test, mostly because final episode, and it leads Spike to his own ([[ShrugOfGod possible]]) death in a fight with his arch-nemesis, who also dies in the process.
* Leomon, from ''Anime/DigimonTamers'', could fall under this as a male example. Juri blamed herself for his death, and how she coped with it led to the D-Reaper almost destroying the world. She later realises what Leomon meant in his dying words to her (whether this lesson is about destiny or her [[DubInducedPlotHole having a lion's heart]] depends on the region), and begins to fight back against the D-Reaper.
** Wizardmon from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' is probably this for Gatomon, as even by season 02 when his digital ghost reappears, it still haunts her and the rest of the chosen children from the first series to this day.
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'' Rogue Cheney from the future suffers this of having his Shadow Dragon Magic succumbs him after Frosch is killed by [[FaceHeelTurn Gray Fullbuster]] when having a job request destroying [[ReligionOfEvil Avatar]], turning future Rogue evil as well, and plans to go back in time to use Zeref's Time magic and becoming a new Dragon King during Grand Magic Games arc. After his defeat at the hands of Natsu, but before returning to his timeline,
he feels warned and entrust Natsu about his present-self, Frosch, and Gray's fate next year, thus Natsu vow to fullfill future Rogue's promises to subvert his and Frosch's fate into repeating itself.
** Another example is [[BigBad Zeref]], which lead to ''his'' StartOfDarkness. When
he should've ''told'' them found out [[BigGood Mavis Vermillion]] had the exact same {{curse}} he has - specifically, CompleteImmortality combined with an InstantDeathRadius designed to kill anyone he could ever care about - he fell in love with her due to her [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe treating him with kindness]], and being the only person in the world who could ever truly understand him. The feelings were mutual, and they had TheBigDamnKiss... which [[KissOfDeath killed her]]. Zeref had killed the only person he thought he could ever safely allow himself to care about and be around, and worst of all, it was ThePowerOfLove that the test did it. That would mean "Live Or Die" for all of them, though Shigeru's break ''anybody.''
* CanonForeigner Lily [=McGwire=] fills this role in the ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' anime specials and movie. Despite defeating her murderer in the first TV special, Terry is still haunted by her
death is in the biggest one for second special and movie. Even when Lily's soul comes to him and explicitely tells him to not grieve for him.
* Edward Elric has this in spades in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. He was unable to revive his mother,
the one botched attempt to revive his mother cost his brother his body, and he blames himself wasn't able to do anything better than attaching his brother's soul to a suit of armor, and then he wasn't able to save Nina. On top of that, he has a considerable amount of SurvivorGuilt from Hughes' death.
* In ''Anime/GuiltyCrown'', Hare is killed off in an explosion mostly to make Shu feel bad. [[ForgottenFallenFriend She's promptly forgotten about by
the most about.next episode.]]
* Van and Ray Lundgren's would be wives are this in ''Anime/GunXSword''.



* Mary Magdalene's death in ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' is the main event in Chrono's background that drives a lot of his actions in the present. In the manga, her role is fleshed out and she has much more of a personality, but the anime gives her nothing more than a flashback in one episode, which weakens her as a character and gives her little more to do than to give Chrono a reason to angst.
* While not a death per se, Kolulu in ''Manga/ZatchBell'' largely fits this trope since, within the scope of the series, getting your book burned is, for all intents and purposes, death. She provides the bulk of the motivation for the main character to strive on to become King of the demon world.
** Also worth noting that Kolulu, Fllay, Stellar, and Clare are all voiced by [[Creator/HoukoKuwashima the same seiyu]].
* Yoji of ''Anime/WeissKreuz'' is primarily motivated by the death of his partner and love interest Asuka. Ouka also becomes TheGwenStacy for Omi after she's killed by MurphysBullet.
* Luna in ''Anime/CasshernSins''. Casshern apparently killed her, causing the Ruin, and we are offered glimpses of his killing her at the beginning of every episode, although he doesn't remember any of it; his realization that he did it apparently causes a HeroicBSOD which leads him to try to make amends.
** Luna turns out to be alive later, but she also turns out to be a {{Jerkass}}, which leads the characters to question whether she is really Luna at all.
* In ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', Kirito joins a guild of players, keeping the fact that he was a former beta tester and significantly higher in experience levels than his guildmates secret. This turns around to bite him in the ass when, while doing a dungeon run, he and his party get trapped in a room they can't warp away from. Kirito's level provokes the spawn of an entire horde of high level monsters that, although Kirito was skilled enough to barely survive, they were way too much for his guildmates to handle. This causes the death of the entire guild (his party members dying in battle and the leader being DrivenToSuicide). Kirito's guilt over letting his guildmates die drives him into IneffectualLoner / DeathSeeker territory for months afterward.

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* Mary Magdalene's In ''{{Guyver}}'' Chronos kidnaps Sho's father and turns him into a Zoanoid who rips out the Guyver's brain, causing Sho to go unconscious which leads the Guyver killing Sho's father on autopilot. Sho doesn't remember this, but he develops a psychological block against transforming. He doesn't find out about what he did until later on, where his angst lasts for about a minute before he takes care of business.
* Issei in ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'' experienced this when Asia had "died" the second time, causing him to activate [[DeadlyUpgrade Juggernaut Drive]] and ''eating'' Shalba Beelzebub, the guy responsible, ''alive''. He would have died too if it weren't for Vali's BigDamnHeroes moment where it was revealed he and his group were able to get Asia out of the void dimension.
** He also has an interesting example much earlier on. Interesting because the Gwen Stacy in question, [[BitchInSheepsClothing Yuuma]]/[[StarterVillain Raynare]], had [[FirstEpisodeResurrection already murdered him once]], killed above-mentioned Asia[[note]]This
death in ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' is resulting her her reincarnation as a devil, though he didn't know it at the main event time[[/note]], and mocked everything Issei had invested in Chrono's background that drives a lot of his actions in the present. In the manga, their brief relationship. Issei snaps punches her, only for her role is fleshed out to [[DirtyCoward revert to her Yuuma persona and she has much plead for her life]]. Issei couldn't bring himself to kill her, but left her to Rias' discretion, knowing Rias now had more of a personality, but the anime gives her nothing more than a flashback in one episode, which weakens her as a character and gives her little more to do than to give Chrono a reason to angst.
* While not a death per se, Kolulu in ''Manga/ZatchBell'' largely fits this trope since, within
ever to see her dead. His deeply conflicted feelings over the scope of the series, getting your book burned is, whole affair leave him with intimacy issues that haunt him for all intents and purposes, death. She provides the bulk of the motivation for a long time after.
* ''LightNovel/KazeNoStigma'' had
the main character character's lover die which motivated him to strive form the pact and create the story.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Haku and Zabuza. While their deaths weren't directly caused by Naruto or Team 7 (although it's arguable that Kakashi caused the death of Haku), they forced the three to realize the suffering that came with being a ninja, and inspired Naruto to create his own way of the ninja - to never go back
on his words.
** Kakashi has lived a life full of regrets because he blames himself for both of his teammates' deaths. Unfortunately, only Rin died. Obito didn't, and let's just say [[{{Understatement}} he didn't take Rin's death too well...]]
** During the Fourth Shinobi World War, [[spoiler:Hiashi mentally apologizes to Hizashi for letting Neji die, even though it wasn't his fault as Neji willingly [[TakingTheBullet took the bullet]] to save Naruto and Hinata]].
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', Ace's HeroicSacrifice caused Luffy to suffer a massive [[HeroicBSOD shutdown]], to the point he had to be carried off the battlefield by his allies. It's Ace's death that makes Luffy see that conviction and willpower alone isn't enough
to become King of the demon world.
** Also worth noting
Pirates, and that Kolulu, Fllay, Stellar, and Clare are all voiced by [[Creator/HoukoKuwashima he's far too weak to go to the same seiyu]].
New World yet.
* Yoji of ''Anime/WeissKreuz'' is primarily motivated ''Anime/PsychoPass'' has Akane's friend, Yuki, whose throat got slashed by the Makishima after she failed to shoot him. Her death changed Akane for the rest of his partner her life which made her mature and love interest Asuka. Ouka also becomes TheGwenStacy more cynical about the Sibyl System.
** Enforcer Teppei Sugo felt guilty
for Omi after she's killed by MurphysBullet.
* Luna in ''Anime/CasshernSins''. Casshern apparently killed her, causing the Ruin, and we are offered glimpses of his
killing her at the beginning of every episode, although he doesn't remember any of it; his realization that he did it apparently causes a HeroicBSOD own boss, Inspector Risa Aoyanagi, which leads him to try to make amends.
** Luna turns out to be alive later, but she also turns out to be a {{Jerkass}}, which leads the characters to question whether she is really Luna at all.
* In ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', Kirito joins a guild of players, keeping the fact
he didn't know that he was a former beta tester and significantly higher in experience levels than his guildmates secret. This turns around at time due to bite him in the ass when, while doing her having a dungeon run, he very high crime coefficient and his party get trapped in a room they can't warp away from. Kirito's level provokes the spawn line of an entire horde of high level monsters that, although Kirito was skilled enough to barely survive, they were way too much for his guildmates to handle. This causes the death of the entire guild (his party members dying in battle firing is blocked by a wall. Ginoza understood that he's following protocol and the leader being DrivenToSuicide). Kirito's guilt over letting his guildmates die drives then, told him into IneffectualLoner / DeathSeeker territory for months afterward.not to speak to him again.



* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'': Julia becomes a Gwen Stacy during the final episode, and it leads Spike to his own ([[ShrugOfGod possible]]) death in a fight with his arch-nemesis, who also dies in the process.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Ichigo transformed from a crybaby who got beat up by girls into a badass protector of everyone due to the death of his mother Masaki which he spent years thinking was his fault. The real cause of her death becomes very important to his decisions and behaviour in the final arc.
** Uryuu's resolve to protect people from hollows and also to work with a quincy's traditional enemies, shinigami, comes from guilt at being unable to save his grandfather's life despite having been a young child at the time. His (and especially his father Ryuuken's) behaviour is also deeply connected to the death of his mother, Kanae Katagiri, whose mysterious death becomes extremely important in the final arc and is also linked to the real cause of Masaki's death.
* Kamui Shiro of ''Manga/{{X 1999}}'' gets one in the form of his love interest Kotori Monou, whose murder sends him into a HeroicBSOD. After he snaps out of it, he carries on with the oath to never let it happen to his friends ever again.
** And Subaru Sumeragi has his own Gwen Stacy in the form of [[AngstySurvivingTwin his twin sister Hokuto]], who dies at the end of [[Manga/TokyoBabylon their own series]] after Subaru falls into a massive HeroicBSOD of his own. Subaru actually helps Kamui out of his BSOD through their mutual experience.
* CanonForeigner Lily [=McGwire=] fills this role in the ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' anime specials and movie. Despite defeating her murderer in the first TV special, Terry is still haunted by her death in the second special and movie. Even when Lily's soul comes to him and explicitely tells him to not grieve for him.



* Leomon, from ''Anime/DigimonTamers'', could fall under this as a male example. Juri blamed herself for his death, and how she coped with it led to the D-Reaper almost destroying the world. She later realises what Leomon meant in his dying words to her (whether this lesson is about destiny or her [[DubInducedPlotHole having a lion's heart]] depends on the region), and begins to fight back against the D-Reaper.
** Wizardmon from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' is probably this for Gatomon, as even by season 02 when his digital ghost reappears, it still haunts her and the rest of the chosen children from the first series to this day.
* Haku and Zabuza very much fill this role in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. While their deaths weren't directly caused by Naruto or Team 7 (although it's arguable that Kakashi caused the death of Haku), they forced the three to realize the suffering that came with being a ninja, and inspired Naruto to create his own way of the ninja - to never go back on his words.
** Kakashi has lived a life full of regrets because he blames himself for both of his teammates' deaths. Unfortunately, only Rin died. Obito didn't, and let's just say [[{{Understatement}} he didn't take Rin's death too well...]]
** During the Fourth Shinobi World War, [[spoiler:Hiashi mentally apologizes to Hizashi for letting Neji die, even though it wasn't his fault as Neji willingly [[TakingTheBullet took the bullet]] to save Naruto and Hinata]].
* Kisara from the last arc of ''Anime/YuGiOh'' is a prime example. Seto's romantic interest, she sacrifices herself to protect him and gives him the power of the Blue-Eyes White Dragon. This is what finally motivates him to reject the DarkSide.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' has at least Euphemia and Shirley, the latter eventually kick starts Lelouch's [[ThanatosGambit Zero Requiem]].
* ''LightNovel/KazeNoStigma'' had the main character's lover die which motivated him to form the pact and create the story.
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', Ace's HeroicSacrifice caused Luffy to suffer a massive [[HeroicBSOD shutdown]], to the point he had to be carried off the battlefield by his allies. It's Ace's death that makes Luffy see that conviction and willpower alone isn't enough to become King of the Pirates, and that he's far too weak to go to the New World yet.
* In ''{{Guyver}}'' Chronos kidnaps Sho's father and turns him into a Zoanoid who rips out the Guyver's brain, causing Sho to go unconscious which leads the Guyver killing Sho's father on autopilot. Sho doesn't remember this, but he develops a psychological block against transforming. He doesn't find out about what he did until later on, where his angst lasts for about a minute before he takes care of business.

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* Leomon, from ''Anime/DigimonTamers'', could fall under this as In ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', Kirito joins a male example. Juri blamed herself guild of players, keeping the fact that he was a former beta tester and significantly higher in experience levels than his guildmates secret. This turns around to bite him in the ass when, while doing a dungeon run, he and his party get trapped in a room they can't warp away from. Kirito's level provokes the spawn of an entire horde of high level monsters that, although Kirito was skilled enough to barely survive, they were way too much for his death, and how she coped with it led guildmates to the D-Reaper almost destroying the world. She later realises what Leomon meant in his dying words to her (whether this lesson is about destiny or her [[DubInducedPlotHole having a lion's heart]] depends on the region), and begins to fight back against the D-Reaper.
** Wizardmon from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' is probably this for Gatomon, as even by season 02 when his digital ghost reappears, it still haunts her and the rest of the chosen children from the first series to this day.
* Haku and Zabuza very much fill this role in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. While their deaths weren't directly caused by Naruto or Team 7 (although it's arguable that Kakashi caused
handle. This causes the death of Haku), they forced the three to realize entire guild (his party members dying in battle and the suffering that came with leader being a ninja, and inspired Naruto to create his own way of the ninja - to never go back on his words.
** Kakashi has lived a life full of regrets because he blames himself for both of his teammates' deaths. Unfortunately, only Rin died. Obito didn't, and let's just say [[{{Understatement}} he didn't take Rin's death too well...]]
** During the Fourth Shinobi World War, [[spoiler:Hiashi mentally apologizes to Hizashi for
DrivenToSuicide). Kirito's guilt over letting Neji die, even though it wasn't his fault as Neji willingly [[TakingTheBullet took the bullet]] to save Naruto and Hinata]].
* Kisara from the last arc of ''Anime/YuGiOh'' is a prime example. Seto's romantic interest, she sacrifices herself to protect him and gives him the power of the Blue-Eyes White Dragon. This is what finally motivates him to reject the DarkSide.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' has at least Euphemia and Shirley, the latter eventually kick starts Lelouch's [[ThanatosGambit Zero Requiem]].
* ''LightNovel/KazeNoStigma'' had the main character's lover
guildmates die which motivated him to form the pact and create the story.
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', Ace's HeroicSacrifice caused Luffy to suffer a massive [[HeroicBSOD shutdown]], to the point he had to be carried off the battlefield by his allies. It's Ace's death that makes Luffy see that conviction and willpower alone isn't enough to become King of the Pirates, and that he's far too weak to go to the New World yet.
* In ''{{Guyver}}'' Chronos kidnaps Sho's father and turns
drives him into a Zoanoid who rips out the Guyver's brain, causing Sho to go unconscious which leads the Guyver killing Sho's father on autopilot. Sho doesn't remember this, but he develops a psychological block against transforming. He doesn't find out about what he did until later on, where his angst lasts IneffectualLoner / DeathSeeker territory for about a minute before he takes care of business.months afterward.



* In ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'', Mikoto starts going into a mix of HeroicBSOD and a rage when she sees [[spoiler:her clones]] get killed by Accelerator.
* Edward Elric has this in spades in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. He was unable to revive his mother, the botched attempt to revive his mother cost his brother his body, and he wasn't able to do anything better than attaching his brother's soul to a suit of armor, and then he wasn't able to save Nina. On top of that, he has a considerable amount of SurvivorGuilt from Hughes' death.
* In ''Anime/GuiltyCrown'', Hare is killed off in an explosion mostly to make Shu feel bad. [[ForgottenFallenFriend She's promptly forgotten about by the next episode.]]
* Issei in ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'' experienced this when Asia had "died" the second time, causing him to activate [[DeadlyUpgrade Juggernaut Drive]] and ''eating'' Shalba Beelzebub, the guy responsible, ''alive''. He would have died too if it weren't for Vali's BigDamnHeroes moment where it was revealed he and his group were able to get Asia out of the void dimension.
** He also has an interesting example much earlier on. Interesting because the Gwen Stacy in question, [[BitchInSheepsClothing Yuuma]]/[[StarterVillain Raynare]], had [[FirstEpisodeResurrection already murdered him once]], killed above-mentioned Asia[[note]]This death resulting her her reincarnation as a devil, though he didn't know it at the time[[/note]], and mocked everything Issei had invested in their brief relationship. Issei snaps punches her, only for her to [[DirtyCoward revert to her Yuuma persona and plead for her life]]. Issei couldn't bring himself to kill her, but left her to Rias' discretion, knowing Rias now had more reason to ever to see her dead. His deeply conflicted feelings over the whole affair leave him with intimacy issues that haunt him for a long time after.
* The news of Katie's death hits hard ''Manga/{{Alyosha}}'', for the first time feeling anger and pain for the death of anyone. Fortunately, it was just a DisneyDeath.
* Eren Yeager from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' seems to be collecting them. As a child, he was helpless to save his mother from being eaten by a Titan. Years later, he becomes TheSixthRanger to TheSquad, a team of exceptionally skilled soldiers known as the Special Operations Squad. On their first mission together, he's repeatedly asked to [[ThePowerOfTrust believe]] in them and not take on the Female Titan. He decides to do just that, leaving them to face the Female Titan alone and watches helplessly from a distance as the entire squad is wiped out. He immediately blames himself for making the wrong decision, and goes on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'' Rogue Cheney from the future suffers this of having his Shadow Dragon Magic succumbs him after Frosch is killed by [[FaceHeelTurn Gray Fullbuster]] when having a job request destroying [[ReligionOfEvil Avatar]], turning future Rogue evil as well, and plans to go back in time to use Zeref's Time magic and becoming a new Dragon King during Grand Magic Games arc. After his defeat at the hands of Natsu, but before returning to his timeline, he warned and entrust Natsu about his present-self, Frosch, and Gray's fate next year, thus Natsu vow to fullfill future Rogue's promises to subvert his and Frosch's fate into repeating itself.
** Another example is [[BigBad Zeref]], which lead to ''his'' StartOfDarkness. When he found out [[BigGood Mavis Vermillion]] had the exact same {{curse}} he has - specifically, CompleteImmortality combined with an InstantDeathRadius designed to kill anyone he could ever care about - he fell in love with her due to her [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe treating him with kindness]], and being the only person in the world who could ever truly understand him. The feelings were mutual, and they had TheBigDamnKiss... which [[KissOfDeath killed her]]. Zeref had killed the only person he thought he could ever safely allow himself to care about and be around, and worst of all, it was ThePowerOfLove that did it. That would break ''anybody.''
* In ''VisualNovel/{{CLANNAD}}'', after Tomoya Okazaki's wife Nagisa dies in childbirth, he regrets ever meeting her in the first place. He gets so bad that he barely looks at his daughter Ushio for five years. Getting over this forms the bulk of his CharacterDevelopment in the second half of ''~After Story~''.
* ''Anime/PsychoPass'' has Akane's friend, Yuki, whose throat got slashed by Makishima after she failed to shoot him. Her death changed Akane for the rest of her life which made her mature and more cynical about the Sibyl System.
** Enforcer Teppei Sugo felt guilty for killing his own boss, Inspector Risa Aoyanagi, which he didn't know that at time due to her having a very high crime coefficient and his line of firing is blocked by a wall. Ginoza understood that he's following protocol and then, told him not to speak to him again.

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* In ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'', Mikoto starts going into a mix Yoji of HeroicBSOD ''Anime/WeissKreuz'' is primarily motivated by the death of his partner and a rage when she sees [[spoiler:her clones]] get love interest Asuka. Ouka also becomes TheGwenStacy for Omi after she's killed by Accelerator.
MurphysBullet.
* Edward Elric has this Kamui Shiro of ''Manga/{{X 1999}}'' gets one in spades in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. He was unable to revive the form of his mother, the botched attempt to revive his mother cost his brother his body, and he wasn't able to do anything better than attaching his brother's soul to a suit of armor, and then he wasn't able to save Nina. On top of that, he has a considerable amount of SurvivorGuilt from Hughes' death.
* In ''Anime/GuiltyCrown'', Hare is killed off in an explosion mostly to make Shu feel bad. [[ForgottenFallenFriend She's promptly forgotten about by the next episode.]]
* Issei in ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'' experienced this when Asia had "died" the second time, causing
love interest Kotori Monou, whose murder sends him to activate [[DeadlyUpgrade Juggernaut Drive]] and ''eating'' Shalba Beelzebub, the guy responsible, ''alive''. He would have died too if it weren't for Vali's BigDamnHeroes moment where it was revealed into a HeroicBSOD. After he and his group were able to get Asia snaps out of it, he carries on with the void dimension.
oath to never let it happen to his friends ever again.
** He also And Subaru Sumeragi has an interesting example much earlier on. Interesting because the his own Gwen Stacy in question, [[BitchInSheepsClothing Yuuma]]/[[StarterVillain Raynare]], had [[FirstEpisodeResurrection already murdered him once]], killed above-mentioned Asia[[note]]This death resulting her her reincarnation as a devil, though he didn't know it the form of [[AngstySurvivingTwin his twin sister Hokuto]], who dies at the time[[/note]], and mocked everything Issei had invested in end of [[Manga/TokyoBabylon their brief relationship. Issei snaps punches her, only for her to [[DirtyCoward revert to her Yuuma persona and plead for her life]]. Issei couldn't bring himself to kill her, but left her to Rias' discretion, knowing Rias now had more reason to ever to see her dead. His deeply conflicted feelings over the whole affair leave him with intimacy issues that haunt him for own series]] after Subaru falls into a long time after.
* The news
massive HeroicBSOD of Katie's death hits hard ''Manga/{{Alyosha}}'', for the first time feeling anger and pain for the death of anyone. Fortunately, it was just a DisneyDeath.
* Eren Yeager from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' seems to be collecting them. As a child, he was helpless to save
his mother from being eaten by a Titan. Years later, he becomes TheSixthRanger to TheSquad, a team own. Subaru actually helps Kamui out of exceptionally skilled soldiers known as the Special Operations Squad. On his BSOD through their first mission together, he's repeatedly asked to [[ThePowerOfTrust believe]] in them and not take on the Female Titan. He decides to do just that, leaving them to face the Female Titan alone and watches helplessly from a distance as the entire squad is wiped out. He immediately blames himself for making the wrong decision, and goes on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
mutual experience.
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'' Rogue Cheney Kisara from the future suffers last arc of ''Anime/YuGiOh'' is a prime example. Seto's romantic interest, she sacrifices herself to protect him and gives him the power of the Blue-Eyes White Dragon. This is what finally motivates him to reject the DarkSide.
* While not a death per se, Kolulu in ''Manga/ZatchBell'' largely fits
this trope since, within the scope of having his Shadow Dragon Magic succumbs him after Frosch is killed by [[FaceHeelTurn Gray Fullbuster]] when having a job request destroying [[ReligionOfEvil Avatar]], turning future Rogue evil as well, the series, getting your book burned is, for all intents and plans to go back in time to use Zeref's Time magic and becoming a new Dragon King during Grand Magic Games arc. After his defeat at the hands of Natsu, but before returning to his timeline, he warned and entrust Natsu about his present-self, Frosch, and Gray's fate next year, thus Natsu vow to fullfill future Rogue's promises to subvert his and Frosch's fate into repeating itself.
** Another example is [[BigBad Zeref]], which lead to ''his'' StartOfDarkness. When he found out [[BigGood Mavis Vermillion]] had the exact same {{curse}} he has - specifically, CompleteImmortality combined with an InstantDeathRadius designed to kill anyone he could ever care about - he fell in love with her due to her [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe treating him with kindness]], and being the only person in the world who could ever truly understand him. The feelings were mutual, and they had TheBigDamnKiss... which [[KissOfDeath killed her]]. Zeref had killed the only person he thought he could ever safely allow himself to care about and be around, and worst of all, it was ThePowerOfLove that did it. That would break ''anybody.''
* In ''VisualNovel/{{CLANNAD}}'', after Tomoya Okazaki's wife Nagisa dies in childbirth, he regrets ever meeting her in the first place. He gets so bad that he barely looks at his daughter Ushio for five years. Getting over this forms
purposes, death. She provides the bulk of his CharacterDevelopment in the second half of ''~After Story~''.
* ''Anime/PsychoPass'' has Akane's friend, Yuki, whose throat got slashed by Makishima after she failed to shoot him. Her death changed Akane
motivation for the rest main character to strive on to become King of her life which made her mature and more cynical about the Sibyl System.
demon world.
** Enforcer Teppei Sugo felt guilty for killing his own boss, Inspector Risa Aoyanagi, which he didn't know Also worth noting that at time due to her having a very high crime coefficient Kolulu, Fllay, Stellar, and his line of firing is blocked Clare are all voiced by a wall. Ginoza understood that he's following protocol and then, told him not to speak to him again.[[Creator/HoukoKuwashima the same seiyu]].



* Morph in the 1990s ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}}'' series, a character created just so he could die in the first episode and give the characters (mostly {{Wolverine}}) a personal reason to fight. He came back later though, but as a bad guy, and it takes Wolvie a LOT to bring him back to the side of good...
** This is especially evident at the beginning of season 2. Morph had 'died' in part because Wolverine was forcefully prevented from going back to help him after he was severely injured on a mission. When Wolverine discovers he's still alive, but in bad shape and on the run, he initially ignores the others (that think Morph should be left alone to sort things out for himself), and chases Morph all the way to the Amazon, rather than "abandon" him again. He eventually does let him go...but he and Cyclops, who gave the order to leave him behind (and Jean), immediately fly off to what appears to be Australia as soon as Morph calls them for help in the season finale.
* Ironically enough, this was [[SparedByTheAdaptation averted with Gwen Stacy]] of ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan''. The question of whether or not she will die was one of the most frequently asked of the fandom. Viewers assumed she would be fine as long as she stayed away from bridges and the Green Goblin.
** She started dating Harry though.......She never got near a bridge at least.
** WordOfGod stated after the series ended that they hadn't intended to kill her.
** In ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'', Mary Jane instead received the Gwen Stacyesque treatment, but through the less permanent method of being dropped into a portal. Spider-Man goes through similar emotional torment. The adaption is taken even further: Mary Jane appears to return, and things proceed as normal and the two become HappilyMarried... and then MJ's revealed as a clone with the original's memories, and dies in that two-parter and there is nothing Peter can do (clones don't live very long). The same thing that happened some years after Gwen's death in the comics: she returned, and then revealed to be a clone made by the Jackal (meaning, the real Gwen was still dead and did not really return). At the final scene of the GrandFinale Madame Web took him along so that they can find her, as a reward for saving TheMultiverse; we don't see the actual reunion, but finding her is well within Madame Web's abilities.
*** WordOfGod said that if they'd done another season, he'd have found her in Victorian England. He was satisfied with the conclusion though, so no {{Wangst}} about that on his end.



* Ironically enough, this was [[SparedByTheAdaptation averted with Gwen Stacy]] of ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan''. The question of whether or not she will die was one of the most frequently asked of the fandom. WordOfGod stated after the series ended that they hadn't intended to kill her.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'', Mary Jane instead received the Gwen Stacyesque treatment, but through the less permanent method of being dropped into a portal. Spider-Man goes through similar emotional torment. The adaption is taken even further: Mary Jane appears to return, and things proceed as normal and the two become HappilyMarried... and then MJ's revealed as a clone with the original's memories, and dies in that two-parter and there is nothing Peter can do (clones don't live very long). The same thing that happened some years after Gwen's death in the comics: she returned, and then revealed to be a clone made by the Jackal (meaning, the real Gwen was still dead and did not really return). At the final scene of the GrandFinale Madame Web took him along so that they can find her, as a reward for saving TheMultiverse; we don't see the actual reunion, but finding her is well within Madame Web's abilities.
** WordOfGod said that if they'd done another season, he'd have found her in Victorian England. He was satisfied with the conclusion though, so no {{Wangst}} about that on his end.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'', Rodimus Prime's tenure as the new leader of the Autobots is tinged with his regret and guilt over his unfortunate role in the death of the previous leader Optimus Prime.



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'', Rodimus Prime's tenure as the new leader of the Autobots is tinged with his regret and guilt over his unfortunate role in the death of the previous leader Optimus Prime.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'', Rodimus Prime's tenure as the new leader of the Autobots is tinged with his regret and guilt over his unfortunate role Morph in the death of 1990s ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}}'' series, a character created just so he could die in the previous leader Optimus Prime.first episode and give the characters (mostly {{Wolverine}}) a personal reason to fight. He came back later though, but as a bad guy, and it takes Wolvie a LOT to bring him back to the side of good...
** This is especially evident at the beginning of season 2. Morph had 'died' in part because Wolverine was forcefully prevented from going back to help him after he was severely injured on a mission. When Wolverine discovers he's still alive, but in bad shape and on the run, he initially ignores the others (that think Morph should be left alone to sort things out for himself), and chases Morph all the way to the Amazon, rather than "abandon" him again. He eventually does let him go...but he and Cyclops, who gave the order to leave him behind (and Jean), immediately fly off to what appears to be Australia as soon as Morph calls them for help in the season finale.
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* Yoji of ''WeissKreuz'' is primarily motivated by the death of his partner and love interest Asuka. Ouka also becomes TheGwenStacy for Omi after she's killed by MurphysBullet.

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* Yoji of ''WeissKreuz'' ''Anime/WeissKreuz'' is primarily motivated by the death of his partner and love interest Asuka. Ouka also becomes TheGwenStacy for Omi after she's killed by MurphysBullet.
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* Mary Magdalene's death in ''ChronoCrusade'' is the main event in Chrono's background that drives a lot of his actions in the present. In the manga, her role is fleshed out and she has much more of a personality, but the anime gives her nothing more than a flashback in one episode, which weakens her as a character and gives her little more to do than to give Chrono a reason to angst.
* While not a death per se, Kolulu in ''GashBell'' largely fits this trope since, within the scope of the series, getting your book burned is, for all intents and purposes, death. She provides the bulk of the motivation for the main character to strive on to become King of the demon world.

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* Mary Magdalene's death in ''ChronoCrusade'' ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' is the main event in Chrono's background that drives a lot of his actions in the present. In the manga, her role is fleshed out and she has much more of a personality, but the anime gives her nothing more than a flashback in one episode, which weakens her as a character and gives her little more to do than to give Chrono a reason to angst.
* While not a death per se, Kolulu in ''GashBell'' ''Manga/ZatchBell'' largely fits this trope since, within the scope of the series, getting your book burned is, for all intents and purposes, death. She provides the bulk of the motivation for the main character to strive on to become King of the demon world.
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* Shulk, in ''VideoGame/XenobladeChronicles'' had a vision of Fiora, his [[ChilhoodFriendRomance childhood friend and longtime crush]] dying at the hands of Metal Face. Despite this, he was unable to prevent it from happening. [[spoiler: Of course, there's also the fact that Fiora isn't ACTUALLY dead...]]
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** Zero drops a single line about this in ''VideoGame/MegaManX5'' right before he is mortally wounded and lost in a collapsing base. It bugged him until ''VideoGame/MegaManZero 4'' when he finally realized who [[WorldOfCardboardSpeech he was fighting for.]]

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** Zero drops a single line about this in ''VideoGame/MegaManX5'' right before he is mortally wounded and lost in a collapsing base. It bugged him until ''VideoGame/MegaManZero 4'' when he finally realized who [[WorldOfCardboardSpeech he was was]] [[MemeticMutation fighting for.]]
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* Kai goes through this in ''Anime/{{Beyblade}}'' V-Force after Wyatt's ([[{{Mackere}} version specific]]) fate at the hands of an unstable cyber bitbeast.

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* Kai goes through this in ''Anime/{{Beyblade}}'' V-Force after Wyatt's ([[{{Mackere}} ([[{{Macekre}} version specific]]) fate at the hands of an unstable cyber bitbeast.
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* Kai goes through this in ''Anime/{{Beyblade}}'' V-Force after Wyatt's (version specific) fate at the hands of an unstable cyber bitbeast.

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* Kai goes through this in ''Anime/{{Beyblade}}'' V-Force after Wyatt's (version specific) ([[{{Mackere}} version specific]]) fate at the hands of an unstable cyber bitbeast.
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* Austin from ''Literature/HollowPlaces'' feels immensely guilty for using his sister as a meat shield when they were attacked by a predator drone a decade prior to the book's opening. Making up for her death is one of his main motivations for attempting his heroics.
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->''"Returning to the bridge where Gwen died had become an established ''Spider-Man'' cliché by that point -- and an overused one, at that. To this day, whenever a ''Spider-Man'' writer tries for dramatic irony or poignancy, it usually involves Spider-Man being at that bridge."''
-->-- '''Editor/Writer Glenn Greenberg''' on ''ComicBook/TheCloneSaga''
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