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22nd May '17 5:54:03 AM Nohbody
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* Medal of Honor recipient Audie Murphy, movie star and most highly decorated American soldier of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Earned his status as a MemeticBadass in the US Army. He was also a long-time sufferer of what would later be known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, at the time referred to as "Battlefield Fatigue" or "Shell Shock", and spoke publicly about his problems (something that many sufferers do not do even today) in order to bring attention to soldiers returning from Korea and Vietnam suffering from it. At one point became addicted to sleeping pills, and upon realizing this, proceeded to quit cold turkey by locking himself in a motel room for a week.
* Sylvester [=McCoy=]. Never even ''met'' his father, as he died in a submarine explosion during World War II, mother had a nervous breakdown and died in an asylum, and yet he manages to put a rather inventive "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger" spin on it: saying that [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsRbeG7dUxM as orphan-status increases your need to charm respect and love from others, it makes you who you are as a performer.]]
* Music/YoshikiHayashi, of the band Music/XJapan, is quite possibly the ultimate living example of this. His father committed suicide at age 10, then his childhood friend (and X Japan co-founder) Toshi was brainwashed by his wife into joining a cult, resulting in a ten-year breakup of the band, then his [[Music/HidetoMatsumoto lead guitarist]] and bass player met untimely deaths. This on top of his health issues and injuries that have made his live performances extremely painful, his decades-long struggle to get the band recognition outside of Japan, and his own lifelong battle with depression. Most people would have given up ten times over with the obstacles that he faced.
* The last Emperors of the Habsburg Empire, Franz Josef and Karl, fit this trope. In the case of "Franzi", it's almost a miracle that he kept his stern composure and sanity following the horrific deaths of his brother (Maximilian, executed in Mexico), son/original heir (Rudolf, who died alongside his mistress Maria Vetsera in the Mayerling Incident), wife (Elisabeth/Sisi, stabbed by an Italian anarchist - this one doubles as TheMourningAfter) ''and'' nephew/heir (Franz Ferdinand, murdered in public - which started UsefulNotes/WorldWarI), plus having the Kingdom of Italy, the ancient enemy turned ally, betray the Triple Alliance and join the enemy. His successor, on the other hand, faced the imminent downfall of Austria-Hungary and strove to at least ease the pain for his subjects. Though he did attempt (with failure) to reclaim Hungary after the War. He eventually died on Madeira from pneumonia, about two months before the birth of his youngest daughter, at the age of 34.
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zita_of_Bourbon-Parma Empress Zita of Bourbon-Parma]], Karl's widow (for 67 years!), was regarded as one too. From Wiki/{{Wikipedia}}: "After his funeral, a witness said of Zita: ''This woman really is to be admired. She did not, for one second, lose her composure... she greeted the people on all sides and then spoke to those who had helped out with the funeral. They were all under her charm''."
** It's also been argued that towards the end of his life, Franz Josef was a closeted DeathSeeker. In a sense, the mere fact that he outlived ''all'' his contemporaries while having to cope with the deaths of those closest to him was a FateWorseThanDeath.
** On the other hand, it could be argued that Franz Josef brought some of this stuff upon himself. He married an unwilling woman ("I could love him, if he weren't the emperor!" said his soon to be wife, who loved freedom, when told he wanted to marry her instead of her sister). He didn't talk to his son, except when Rudolf made an appointment (and the poor guy was psychologically abused as a kid by his Tutor and his father didn't do anything until his mother intervened.) He first failed his allies, so that staying on his side wasn't quite attractive and was a firm believer in absolutism until his end. Leaving it to his own successor, Karl (also the last reigning Emperor) to deal with the fallout, at which point it was too late.
* [[Creator/AnneBronte The]] [[Creator/CharlotteBronte Bronte]] [[Creator/EmilyBronte Sisters]]. Seriously, they managed, owing to the unfortunately placed source of their water, see their mother die, their sisters die, their brother die, and then the two older sisters die, even their AUNT died. Finally even Charlotte died, and the father was alone until he died 6 years later.
* Beethoven. Deaf composer. Considered by some to be the greatest composer of all time. He wrote some of the most moving pieces of music ever composed. While not able to hear them. The popular legend contends that he had a piano without legs, [[MemeticBadass and he would compose at it]] while laying on the ground to [[DisabilitySuperpower feel the vibrations]] since he couldn't hear the notes.
** Reality is slightly less spectacular, but no less badass: By the time his hearing went, he was enough of a composer to know what the notes would sound like.
*** It's also argued by some music historians that the notion he was stone deaf may be physical tragedy spun into promotional hype during his life, then spun into urban legend after his death. In other words, he might not have been ''completely'' deaf - just ''very'' hard of hearing. His later symphonies, despite the wide variation in composition and scoring, all share one quality - they're pretty loud.
*** Then again, there's [[http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/2244/was-beethoven-unable-to-hear-the-applause-when-the-9th-symphony-premiered this often-related story]] about the premiere performance of his 9th Symphony.
* A surprising number of artists and visionaries throughout Western histories seem to have led lives of relative misery, to the point where many schools of thought contend that [[TrueArtIsAngsty it's either a prerequisite for or an inevitable side effect of genius]].
* Abraham Lincoln. Grew up impoverished. His mother, sister and his lover and/or closest friend all died before he was twenty three. He struggled with depression his entire life. He had his early political career shot to pieces for speaking out against the war on Mexico. He outlived two of his sons. AND his election to President [[TheLastStraw caused]] the greatest [[UsefulNotes/AmericanCivilWar civil strife]] in American history. Despite all this, became one of the greatest American presidents and all-around great guy. [[spoiler: [[ItWasHisSled Then he got shot]]]].
* The Chinese public views themself as this kind of Woobie. Just check out all those bad news about China, both political and economical, and ask someone there.
** Ditto the Jews... and the Kurds... and the nomadic Romanies (Gypsies)...
** The North Koreans suffer thrice the amount of misery as the ones above everyday.
* Richard Hatch from ''Survivor'' fame. He was raped twice before he turned ten, was thrown out of his house when he was 15, almost didn't graduate high school, flunked out of college because of drugs and he only got his corporate trainer job due to getting it handed from him. Also, he got married to a person who abandoned him for a green card! It also doesn't help when you realize ''everything'' he's done after Survivor Borneo was a failure. Also he got accused for not paying his taxes when he was innocent. His life is practically one bad event after another.
* The UsefulNotes/FurryFandom artist [[http://www.furaffinity.net/user/evotrex/ Evo T Rex]], once an active artist, lost his ability to draw because of brain cancer. He remained well-respected because of his artwork and his online presence, but he could no longer draw after the operation to have his tumor removed. The tumor grew back but he was usually in high spirits. He passed away January 6, 2013.
* Pitbulls. This is a breed that suffers pure NightmareFuel at the hands of ignorant people, but humane organizations note it is extremely common for dogs seized from absolutely horrific circumstances to greet their rescuers with wagging tails and kisses.
* Creator/HansChristianAndersen was said to possess [[{{Determinator}} a strong sense of confidence and belief in his own writings that pushed him to keep going]] where anyone else experiencing what he went through, i.e. an impoverished childhood, the devastating rejection given to him by the Royal Theatre after all his years there, failed romance after failed romance and a monstrously abusive and restrictive school life, would've long given up.
* Joanna Blackhart. After years of being harshly mocked and criticized fairly for her irrationality and opinions. She has tried to become one of the greatest aspiring guitarists.
* A lot of people with anxiety and depressive disorders often have very low opinions of themselves without even realizing it. It can get to the point where some may simply accept bad things that happen to them because they assume that it's only to be expected.
* Pigeons. People generally think of them as dirty flying rats, and even come up with specific ways to hurt them in large cities. Despite this, they're still extremely abundant, and are very loyal to people who show them kindness.
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11th May '17 2:18:10 PM Kakai
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* ''Literature/TheSpiritThief'' got itself two.
** Nico is a demonseed, meaning that every day of her life, a demon by the name of Master is trying to possess her, which would turn her into an unstoppable engine of destruction. To this end, he torments her with voices, pushes her deeper into HeroicSelfDeprecation and takes away her powers before mocking her when she can't help her friends. Despite that, not only does she resist him, she's one of the most skilled, selfless and helpful people in the story. When she finally confronts the Master and tells him to shove it, you can't help but cheer for her.
** From what little we see of the Hunter, he's a ridiculously badass version of this trope. He's had to fight hundreds upon hundreds of demons, all alone, for over five thousand years, only getting an hour's rest every century. He fights for a world he doesn't even get to live in, for spirits and humans he never sees, slowly realizing his enemies will never die and his Creator is not coming back to save them. And then his beloved sister, the one who comforts him during his brief rest and one of only two beings who fully understands what he goes through... betrays him and literally stabs him InTheBack.
10th May '17 1:10:50 PM sonicfan626
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* Joanna Blackhart. After years of being harshly mocked and criticized unfairly for her reasonability and opinions, she has become one of the greatest aspiring guitarists.

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* Joanna Blackhart. After years of being harshly mocked and criticized unfairly fairly for her reasonability irrationality and opinions, she opinions. She has tried to become one of the greatest aspiring guitarists.
22nd Apr '17 6:16:12 PM nombretomado
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* To a certain degree, {{LetsPlay/Chuggaaconroy}}. His deleted 50 facts video revealed that he had four siblings that died in miscarriages, he nearly died from an allergic reaction as a kid, and he was bullied in school. He's also admitted that he was only pretending to be enthusiastic in his SuperMarioSunshine LP since he had been worrying about health problems during it. However, he doesn't talk about it or let it stop him from being the goofy, nerdy gamer we all know and love.

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* To a certain degree, {{LetsPlay/Chuggaaconroy}}. His deleted 50 facts video revealed that he had four siblings that died in miscarriages, he nearly died from an allergic reaction as a kid, and he was bullied in school. He's also admitted that he was only pretending to be enthusiastic in his SuperMarioSunshine ''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine'' LP since he had been worrying about health problems during it. However, he doesn't talk about it or let it stop him from being the goofy, nerdy gamer we all know and love.
18th Apr '17 5:48:23 PM nombretomado
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* Ryu of ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' fame becomes this in the ''Anime/StreetFighterIVThetiesThatBind'' anime OAV, the prequel to the StreetFighterIV game. He has been dealing [[StreetFighterAlpha for years already]] with an horrifyingly strong SuperpoweredEvilSide known as the Satsui no Hado, said SuperpoweredEvilSide has begun to become stronger, gets involved in a massive conspiracy due to such a side, [[spoiler: [[SplitPersonalityTakeover almost loses himself to it]] when one of his friends is beaten within an inch of her life]] and [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone is terribly shaken when that happens]] [[spoiler: and it turns out he could've severely beaten his HeroWorshipper while under the SES's influence]]... but ultimately he refuses to fall in despair and anger, [[CameBackStrong and with his friends's help he comes out stronger than he was before.]]

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* Ryu of ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' fame becomes this in the ''Anime/StreetFighterIVThetiesThatBind'' anime OAV, the prequel to the StreetFighterIV VideoGame/StreetFighterIV game. He has been dealing [[StreetFighterAlpha for years already]] with an horrifyingly strong SuperpoweredEvilSide known as the Satsui no Hado, said SuperpoweredEvilSide has begun to become stronger, gets involved in a massive conspiracy due to such a side, [[spoiler: [[SplitPersonalityTakeover almost loses himself to it]] when one of his friends is beaten within an inch of her life]] and [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone is terribly shaken when that happens]] [[spoiler: and it turns out he could've severely beaten his HeroWorshipper while under the SES's influence]]... but ultimately he refuses to fall in despair and anger, [[CameBackStrong and with his friends's help he comes out stronger than he was before.]]
18th Apr '17 9:02:54 AM MasterHero
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* ''LightNovel/TheAsteriskWar'': Kirin Toudou managaes to retain a positive attitude and gain the friendships of good people even when faced with an EvilUncle who only uses her to increase his political influence.

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* ''LightNovel/TheAsteriskWar'': Kirin Toudou managaes manages to retain a positive attitude and gain the friendships of good people even when faced with an EvilUncle who only uses her to increase his political influence.



* Leon Hardrada/ [[spoiler:Azrael]] in Story/AesirCrossWars. All at the ripe old age of 13, Leon gets beaten up and robbed by his friends, whom he trusted. He is heavily implied to be an orphan. Later on that day, his brother got murdered. The next day, he received an invitation to go to the City of Light, only for the event to get hijacked by resident GodOfEvil Loki. He locks him in Helheim with 10 other children, but half of them die right in front of him. In particular, Aria Lockhart,a girl he had a crush on, had one of the most brutal deaths in the story (Impaled on spears multiple times, then has her soul ripped out of her body.). When the survivors escaped, Leon goes home, only to find his parents have been slaughtered by Loki. After he meets up with the other 5 survivors, they are being confronted by Loki, who wants to sacrifice one of them, and then Leon [[TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth volunteers to die to keep the others alive]]. If not for the other gods taking action by [[spoiler:reincarnating him as the Angel Azrael]], he'd be too dead to make this trope. Despite all this, he is a NiceGuy who always gives second chances, and strongly believes RousseauWasRight.. In fact, now that he can fight, he never kills if it can be avoided. He is a happy, kind boy who was even willing to forgive and reform Loki's fanatical priests and followers.

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* Leon Hardrada/ [[spoiler:Azrael]] Hardrada[=/=][[spoiler:Azrael]] in Story/AesirCrossWars. All at the ripe old age of 13, Leon gets beaten up and robbed by his friends, whom he trusted. He is heavily implied to be an orphan. Later on that day, his brother got murdered. The next day, he received an invitation to go to the City of Light, only for the event to get hijacked by resident GodOfEvil Loki. He locks him in Helheim with 10 other children, but half of them die right in front of him. In particular, Aria Lockhart,a girl he had a crush on, had one of the most brutal deaths in the story (Impaled on spears multiple times, then has her soul ripped out of her body.). When the survivors escaped, Leon goes home, only to find his parents have been slaughtered by Loki. After he meets up with the other 5 survivors, they are being confronted by Loki, who wants to sacrifice one of them, and then Leon [[TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth volunteers to die to keep the others alive]]. If not for the other gods taking action by [[spoiler:reincarnating him as the Angel Azrael]], he'd be too dead to make this trope. Despite all this, he is a NiceGuy who always gives second chances, and strongly believes RousseauWasRight.. In fact, now that he can fight, he never kills if it can be avoided. He is a happy, kind boy who was even willing to forgive and reform Loki's fanatical priests and followers.
14th Apr '17 4:51:50 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* Elise has had a very hard life, barely knowing [[AbusiveParents her father Garon]] before he underwent Sanity Slippage, having a mother [[ParentalNeglect who never loved her]] and drifting apart from Xander, her BigBrotherMentor with a PromotiontoParent, due to his duties. And if playing ''Birthright'', things get even worse for her, [[spoiler: ending with her being accidentally killed by said brother.]] Despite all this, she still manages to be one of the kindest and most optimistic characters in the game and the only sibling who never fights the Avatar under any circumstance, fully believing in peace between both kingdoms until the end. [[spoiler: This shows even in her FamousLastWords in ''Birthright'': she dies believing that the worlds need less war and more kindness.]]

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* ** Princess Elise has had a very hard life, barely knowing [[AbusiveParents her father Garon]] before he underwent Sanity Slippage, SanitySlippage, having a mother [[ParentalNeglect who never loved her]] and drifting apart from Xander, her BigBrotherMentor with a side of PromotiontoParent, due to his duties. And if playing ''Birthright'', things get even worse for her, [[spoiler: ending with her being accidentally killed by said brother.]] Despite all this, she still manages to be one of the kindest and most optimistic characters in the game and the only sibling who never fights the Avatar under any circumstance, fully believing in peace between both kingdoms until the end. [[spoiler: This shows even in her FamousLastWords in ''Birthright'': she dies believing that the worlds need less war and more kindness.]]
9th Apr '17 6:43:17 AM TooManyIdeasInMyHead
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* Chloe Sullivan of ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' qualifies, particularly in season eight... You know what? It's easier just to watch it than explain it. But she still manages to be [[PluckyGirl perky and upbeat]] despite what she's gone through. Must be something about those perky blonde girls...

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* Chloe Sullivan *Jonathan Kent of ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' qualifies, particularly is one of the best examples here. The guy basically spent his entire adult life working to protect Clark's secret, and (along with Martha) dealing with Clark's developing powers. Then, he makes an unfortunate deal with the Jor-El AI that leads to his developing a heart condition that eventually kills him, all for the sake of saving Clark. Along the way, poor Jonathan had to deal with the stresses of running a barely-profitable farm that was constantly beset with financial difficulties. And how does Jonathan react to all of this? By NOT taking refuge in season eight... You know what? It's easier just Wangst. Instead, he tells Clark and Martha not to watch it than explain it. But she worry about him, and focuses on getting the job done. In Season 10, when we see Clark talking to Jonathan in the afterlife, Jonathan reminisces on his own life, and still manages refuses to be [[PluckyGirl perky dwell in self-pity. Now THAT'S an honorable character.
** Hell, even before Clark came on the scene, Jonathan had more than his fair share of trouble in life. Martha says that Jonathan
and upbeat]] his father never really got along, and Jonathan regrets never being able to patch things up between them. He met Martha while taking some classes at college (probably to manage the farm better), and she was way out of his league: daughter of a high-powered Metropolis attorney, and her father no love for the yokel Martha was falling for. In the end, Clark's grandfather was invited out of the family, and never really reconciled with his daughter, son-in-law, or grandson. Jonathan and Martha were also unable to have children of their own, despite what she's gone through. Must numerous attempts. And through it all, Jonathan had to keep a rather powerful rage in check to be something about those perky blonde girls...the good man he always wanted to be.
7th Apr '17 6:18:40 AM Iceaura39
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* Leon Hardrada/ [[spoiler:Azrael]] in Story/AesirCrossWars. All at the ripe old age of 16, Leon gets beaten up and robbed by his friends, whom he trusted. Later on that day, his brother got murdered. The next day, he received an invitation to go to the City of Light, only for the event to get hijacked by resident GodOfEvil Loki. He locks him in Helheim with 10 other children, but half of them die right in front of him. In particular, Aria Lockhart,a girl he had a crush on, had one of the most brutal deaths in the story (Impaled on spears multiple times, then has her soul ripped out of her body.). When the survivors escaped, Leon goes home, only to find his parents have been slaughtered by Loki. After he meets up with the other 5 survivors, they are being confronted by Loki, who wants to sacrifice one of them, and then Leon [[TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth volunteers to die to keep the others alive]]. If not for the other gods taking action by [[spoiler:reincarnating him as the Angel Azrael]], he'd be too dead to make this trope. Despite all this, he is a NiceGuy who always gives second chances, and strongly believes RousseauWasRight.. In fact, now that he can fight, he never kills if it can be avoided. He is a happy, kind boy who was even willing to forgive and reform Loki's fanatical priests and followers.

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* Leon Hardrada/ [[spoiler:Azrael]] in Story/AesirCrossWars. All at the ripe old age of 16, 13, Leon gets beaten up and robbed by his friends, whom he trusted.trusted. He is heavily implied to be an orphan. Later on that day, his brother got murdered. The next day, he received an invitation to go to the City of Light, only for the event to get hijacked by resident GodOfEvil Loki. He locks him in Helheim with 10 other children, but half of them die right in front of him. In particular, Aria Lockhart,a girl he had a crush on, had one of the most brutal deaths in the story (Impaled on spears multiple times, then has her soul ripped out of her body.). When the survivors escaped, Leon goes home, only to find his parents have been slaughtered by Loki. After he meets up with the other 5 survivors, they are being confronted by Loki, who wants to sacrifice one of them, and then Leon [[TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth volunteers to die to keep the others alive]]. If not for the other gods taking action by [[spoiler:reincarnating him as the Angel Azrael]], he'd be too dead to make this trope. Despite all this, he is a NiceGuy who always gives second chances, and strongly believes RousseauWasRight.. In fact, now that he can fight, he never kills if it can be avoided. He is a happy, kind boy who was even willing to forgive and reform Loki's fanatical priests and followers.
5th Apr '17 8:10:02 PM fsdfsdfsd
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* ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' has Future Trunks. After saving the world once from the androids who killed off half the planet, his father, his father's friends, and his mentor, you'd think life would give the guy a break. Instead Goku Black shows up and murders his mother in front of him, spends a year routinely beating the shit out of him, massacres almost everyone left on Earth and [[spoiler: all of the gods and all life on several other planets, making Earth literally the last line of defense for mortals.]] The guy never stops fighting, and the only times he allows himself to cry are when he and those he cares about are out of danger (or if it's appropriate and there's nothing productive he could be doing to help). Once he's safe in the past and waiting for repairs on his time machine, he quietly begins using a self-therapy technique to treat his own PTSD.

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* ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' has Future Trunks. After saving the world once from the androids who killed off half the planet, his father, his father's friends, and his mentor, you'd think life would give the guy a break. Instead Goku Black shows up and murders his mother in front of him, spends a year routinely beating the shit out of him, massacres almost everyone left on Earth and [[spoiler: all of the gods and all life on several other planets, making Earth literally the last line of defense for mortals.]] The guy never stops fighting, and the only times he allows himself to cry are when he and those he cares about are out of danger (or if it's appropriate and there's nothing productive he could be doing to help).help. Once he's safe in the past and waiting for repairs on his time machine, he quietly begins using a self-therapy technique to treat his own PTSD.
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