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18th Apr '18 6:54:10 AM TheHeroHartmut
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* One of the memories that [[AmnesiacHero Link]] can recover in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' is of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHatUvpGULM&t=43s the ceremony]] in which Princess Zelda had officially sworn him in as her appointed knight, as the chosen wielder of the Master Sword. Only Link, Zelda and the four Champions were present for this, and the awkwardness of Zelda's resentment of Link's status[[note]]which she bears due to her view, at the time, that Link had been [[HardWorkHardlyWorks handed his power on a silver platter]], while she was struggling to unlock her own divine powers (as the mortal reincarnation of the Goddess Hylia) despite all of her efforts[[/note]] was palpable in the air.
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11th Mar '18 10:57:06 AM Dravencour
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* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', becoming a Grey Warden involves [[spoiler:drinking a mixture including the blood of darkspawn and of an Archdemon]]. Most people who do this do not survive. [[spoiler:They're arguably the ''lucky'' ones.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', becoming a Grey Warden involves [[spoiler:drinking a mixture including the blood of darkspawn and of an Archdemon]]. Most people who do this do not survive. [[spoiler:They're arguably the ''lucky'' ones.ones, as the Taint kills all Wardens sooner or later.]]
11th Mar '18 10:54:39 AM Dravencour
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** Mages of the Circle of Magi must undergo the Harrowing in order to become a full Mage, which basically tests their ability to resist demonic possession by throwing them unprepared right into the Fade.

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** Mages of the Circle of Magi must undergo the Harrowing in order to become a full Mage, which basically tests their ability to resist demonic possession by throwing them unprepared right into the Fade. If they fail and get possessed, they get killed by Templars. And if they don't want to go through the Harrowing, they get made Tranquil, which many mages consider a FateWorseThanDeath.
11th Mar '18 10:51:51 AM Dravencour
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** Mages must undergo the Harrowing, which basically tests their ability to resist demonic possession by throwing them unprepared right into the Fade.
** And all Dalish Elves must be tattooed all over their faces to be considered adults. Screaming, crying, or otherwise expressing pain during the process is considered a sign that you're a wimp. [[spoiler:To add insult to injury, ''vallaslin'' is actually a ''SlaveBrand'' that the nobles of the Elven empire used on their slaves, who were lower class Elves.]]

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** Mages of the Circle of Magi must undergo the Harrowing, Harrowing in order to become a full Mage, which basically tests their ability to resist demonic possession by throwing them unprepared right into the Fade.
** And all Dalish Elves must be tattooed all over their faces to be considered adults. Screaming, crying, or otherwise expressing pain during the process is considered a sign that you're a wimp. [[spoiler:To add insult to injury, it's revealed in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' that ''vallaslin'' is actually a ''SlaveBrand'' that the nobles of the Elven empire used on their slaves, who were lower class Elves.]]



* Becoming a member of the Templar Order in ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'' involves being chained to a wall and beaten and starved for three days, then whipped. The inquisitors who carry out this ColdBloodedTorture tell the initiate that he is reliving his transgressions and everything that brought him tainted joy (since according to Kormac, your Templar follower, every Templar was once a convicted criminal) and that the whip removes the joy and his sin, leaving him "pure", then he is thoroughly indoctrinated into forgetting his former life so he can have a single-minded focus on his mission. The player characters all express disgust at the idea upon hearing the tale from Kormac. [[spoiler:As it turns out, the Templars don't really give a blessed damn about the guilt or innocence of an initiate, and will readily pile false sins upon an innocent if it means recruiting a good warrior into the Order, as happened to both Kormac and Jondar]].

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* Becoming a member of the Templar Order in ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'' involves being chained to a wall and beaten and starved for three days, then whipped. The inquisitors who carry out this ColdBloodedTorture tell the initiate that he is reliving his transgressions and everything that brought him tainted joy (since according to Kormac, your Templar follower, every Templar was once a convicted criminal) and that the whip removes the joy and his sin, leaving him "pure", then he is thoroughly indoctrinated into forgetting his former life so he can have a single-minded focus on his mission. The player characters all express disgust at the idea upon hearing the tale from Kormac.Kormac, the Wizard in particular telling Kormac that the inquisitors treated him worse than an animal. [[spoiler:As it turns out, the Templars don't really give a blessed damn about the guilt or innocence of an initiate, and will readily pile false sins upon an innocent if it means recruiting a good warrior into the Order, as happened to both Kormac and Jondar]].
9th Mar '18 5:49:50 PM foxley
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* ''Film/SistersOfDeath'' begins with a dignifies, pseudo-mystic ceremony to gain admittance to the sorority. The whole thing then turns tragic due to a NotSoFakePropWeapon.
9th Mar '18 8:34:43 AM SSJKamui
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* Many initiatory religions and occult groups involve a staged murder and rebirth of the initiate. Often, the initiate is even part of a mock burial. (Often, initiation ceremonies reenact the murder and resurrection of the mythical founder of the group, for example Hiram Abiff.)
19th Feb '18 9:07:51 PM WillBGood
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* The Creator/MaxAndDaveFleischer cartoon ''Bimbo's Initiation'' plays with several of these, ending happily with Bimbo dancing with a proto-WesternAnimation/BettyBoop.

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* The Creator/MaxAndDaveFleischer cartoon ''Bimbo's Initiation'' ''WesternAnimation/BimbosInitiation'' plays with several of these, ending happily with Bimbo dancing with a proto-WesternAnimation/BettyBoop.
11th Feb '18 6:56:37 AM Njein
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* In order to become a made man in [[UsefulNotes/TheMafia the American Mafia]], the inductee has to be a male of full Italian descent (though this restriction has been loosened over time, some Mafia families are more restrictive of whom they want to bring in than others). An associate of a crime family who was in the police force or attended a police academy cannot become a made member of the Mafia. Before being inducted, a potential made man is required to carry out a contract killing. Traditionally, this was done in order to prove loyalty to the Mafia, but in modern times this also serves to show that one is not an undercover cop; any murder committed for [[ItsPersonal personal reasons]] "do not count". Committing one's first contract killing is referred to as "making your bones", and a potential inductee who does it earns his "button" in the Mafia - meaning that he is on track to becoming an official member. However, earning one's "button" did not always involve killing; good "earners," or experienced associates who have not necessarily murdered for the Mafia but are good in earning money, have in the past earned their "button" due to their other valuable contributions beyond contract killing. Until the 1980s, one only had to be involved in a murder (such as driving the getaway car) or be a major earner for the family in order to fulfill the requirements. It was not until the Donnie Brasco fiasco, which revealed that undercover FBI agent Joe Pistone was on the verge of being made into the Bonanno crime family, that a rule was made that potential inductees must actually perform a killing.

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* In order to become a made man in [[UsefulNotes/TheMafia the American Mafia]], the inductee has to be a male of full Italian descent (though this restriction has been loosened over time, some Mafia families are more restrictive of whom they want to bring in than others). An associate of a crime family who was in the police force or attended a police academy cannot become a made member of the Mafia. Before being inducted, a potential made man is required to carry out a contract killing. Traditionally, this was done in order to prove loyalty to the Mafia, but in modern times this also serves to show that one is not an undercover cop; any murder committed for [[ItsPersonal personal reasons]] "do not count". Committing one's first contract killing is referred to as "making your bones", and a potential inductee who does it earns his "button" in the Mafia - meaning that he is on track to becoming an official member. However, earning one's "button" did not always involve killing; good "earners," or experienced associates who have not necessarily murdered for the Mafia but are good in earning money, have in the past earned their "button" due to their other valuable contributions beyond contract killing. Until the 1980s, one only had to be involved in a murder (such as driving the getaway car) or be a major earner for the family in order to fulfill the requirements. It was not until the Donnie Brasco fiasco, which revealed that undercover FBI agent Joe Pistone was on the verge of being made into the Bonanno crime family, that a rule was made that potential inductees must actually perform a killing. Plus, doing a contract hit shows that the prospective member won't have any moral qualms killing someone when ordered to do so.
2nd Jan '18 7:13:14 PM nombretomado
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* A crewmember in one of the HonorHarrington muses on the fact that crossing the Hyper wall for the first time tends to bring about the same kind of ceremonies as crossing the international date line on old earth. Since she is from another star system and has thus already done this, she gets to be on the bridge rather than with her friends being shoved into a zero-g module blindfolded and in their skivvies and told to complete various disgusting but ultimately harmless tasks.

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* A crewmember in one of the HonorHarrington Literature/HonorHarrington muses on the fact that crossing the Hyper wall for the first time tends to bring about the same kind of ceremonies as crossing the international date line on old earth. Since she is from another star system and has thus already done this, she gets to be on the bridge rather than with her friends being shoved into a zero-g module blindfolded and in their skivvies and told to complete various disgusting but ultimately harmless tasks.
6th Nov '17 1:17:09 PM macrochasm
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*The horror film "Film/StarryEyes" combines this trope with CastingCouch.


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