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9th Jul '17 3:49:02 PM nombretomado
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* ''Literature/Timeline191'', by Creator/HarryTurtledove: At the end of the series about the aftermath of the Confederacy winning the Civil War, General Clarence Potter, a leader of the Confederacy [[spoiler: who have just been overwhelmingly defeated in WorldWarII, encounters an angry & disgruntled Confederate soldier intent on revenge. Potter tells the man to move on, accept the end of the war and get on with his life and then reflects that he wishes he'd said something similar to Jake Featherston, whose anger at the Confederacy's previous defeat to the USA turned him into this world's version of UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler.]]

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* ''Literature/Timeline191'', by Creator/HarryTurtledove: At the end of the series about the aftermath of the Confederacy winning the Civil War, General Clarence Potter, a leader of the Confederacy [[spoiler: who have just been overwhelmingly defeated in WorldWarII, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, encounters an angry & disgruntled Confederate soldier intent on revenge. Potter tells the man to move on, accept the end of the war and get on with his life and then reflects that he wishes he'd said something similar to Jake Featherston, whose anger at the Confederacy's previous defeat to the USA turned him into this world's version of UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler.]]
2nd Jul '17 10:09:32 AM nombretomado
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* ''Literature/SmileysPeople'', by JohnLeCarre: This is the driving theme; see the page quote.

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* ''Literature/SmileysPeople'', by JohnLeCarre: Creator/JohnLeCarre: This is the driving theme; see the page quote.
24th Jun '17 5:24:04 PM thatother1dude
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', the Captain of the Guard at Castle Wyvern felt guilty for betraying the castle to Hagon, who [[YouSaidYouWouldLetThemGo broken his promise]] and massacred all the gargoyles there except the Manhattan Clan. When he and Hagon fell to their deaths, his self loathing kept him shackled in a mystical cave along with Hagon. When Hagon enacted a plan to steal Goliath's life force to replenish their own, the Captain couldn't allow history to repeat and stopped Hagon, atoning for his betrayal and freeing him of his self hatred, allowing his spirit to finally rest in peace.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', the Captain of the Guard at Castle Wyvern felt guilty for betraying the castle to Hagon, Hakon, who [[YouSaidYouWouldLetThemGo broken his promise]] and massacred all the gargoyles there except the Manhattan Clan. When he and Hagon Hakon fell to their deaths, his self loathing kept him shackled in a mystical cave along with Hagon. Hakon. When Hagon Hakon enacted a plan to steal Goliath's life force to replenish their own, the Captain couldn't allow history to repeat and stopped Hagon, Hakon, atoning for his betrayal and freeing him of his self hatred, allowing his spirit to finally rest in peace.
24th Jun '17 5:21:19 PM thatother1dude
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', the Captain of the Guard at Castle Wyvern felt guilty for betraying the castle to Hagon, who massacred all the gargoyles there except the Manhatten Clan. When he and Hagon fell to their deaths, his self loathing kept him shackled in a mystical cave along with Hagon. When Hagon enacted a plan to steal Goliath's life force to replenish their own, the Captain couldn't allow history to repeat and stopped Hagon, atoning for his betrayal and freeing him of his self hatred, allowing his spirit to finally rest in peace.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', the Captain of the Guard at Castle Wyvern felt guilty for betraying the castle to Hagon, who [[YouSaidYouWouldLetThemGo broken his promise]] and massacred all the gargoyles there except the Manhatten Manhattan Clan. When he and Hagon fell to their deaths, his self loathing kept him shackled in a mystical cave along with Hagon. When Hagon enacted a plan to steal Goliath's life force to replenish their own, the Captain couldn't allow history to repeat and stopped Hagon, atoning for his betrayal and freeing him of his self hatred, allowing his spirit to finally rest in peace.
1st Jun '17 7:28:01 PM nombretomado
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* ''Literature/WheelOfTime'': This sort of [[EpiphanyTherapy epiphany]] is what [[spoiler:breaks Rand out of his "Grr arrgh gotta be hard and bastardly!" funk at the end of book 12.]]

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* ''Literature/WheelOfTime'': ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'': This sort of [[EpiphanyTherapy epiphany]] is what [[spoiler:breaks Rand out of his "Grr arrgh gotta be hard and bastardly!" funk at the end of book 12.]]
14th May '17 9:07:57 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Trigun}} (anime)'': In a flashback, it is shown that Vash's {{Mentor}} figure, Rem, had once tried to talk down a crewmember who had gone insane and killed his girlfriend. Another crewmember stepped in and forced the offender [[ThrownOutTheAirlock out of an airlock]] before the situation could be resolved otherwise. Much later, after Vash has been pushed past his DespairEventHorizon, he is captured by some locals who blame him for all of the horrible events that have happened throughout the series and plan to kill him in revenge. Until Meryl steps in. Citing an almost identical speech about the immorality of killing no matter the circumstances, and holding an [[CrucifiedHeroShot identical pose]], she convinces the group's leader to lay down his weapons, helping to restore Vash's faith in humanity and snap him out of his HeroicBSOD.

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* ''{{Trigun}} ''Anime/{{Trigun}} (anime)'': In a flashback, it is shown that Vash's {{Mentor}} figure, Rem, had once tried to talk down a crewmember who had gone insane and killed his girlfriend. Another crewmember stepped in and forced the offender [[ThrownOutTheAirlock out of an airlock]] before the situation could be resolved otherwise. Much later, after Vash has been pushed past his DespairEventHorizon, he is captured by some locals who blame him for all of the horrible events that have happened throughout the series and plan to kill him in revenge. Until Meryl steps in. Citing an almost identical speech about the immorality of killing no matter the circumstances, and holding an [[CrucifiedHeroShot identical pose]], she convinces the group's leader to lay down his weapons, helping to restore Vash's faith in humanity and snap him out of his HeroicBSOD.
23rd Mar '17 10:35:36 PM tommythegun
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* In ''Film/OnTheWaterfront'', Terry Malloy's greatest failure was [[ICouldaBeenAContender throwing away his boxing career]] years before by letting the Mob (and his brother) fix the fights. The movie offers him a second chance to finally stand up to them.
21st Mar '17 9:09:16 PM Steven
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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' has this for both [[spoiler: Link and Zelda]]. They failed to defeat and seal [[BigBad Calamity Ganon]] years ago, which resulted in him slaughtering an entire town and killing several important people in the process. The entire game is basically the two of them getting a second chance at finishing what they started.
4th Mar '17 3:37:01 PM CumbersomeTercel
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** ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'': The episode "Obsession", in which Kirk encounters a monster he failed to destroy 11 years ago; he felt that his earlier hesitation at the ship's phaser console cost 200 crewmen and the ship's captain. He's determined to make up for that failure no matter what the cost. Along the way, it turns out that the creature is not affected by phasers and Kirk realizes firing on time on the creature in the earlier encounter would have made no difference.

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** ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'': The episode "Obsession", "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E13Obsession}} Obsession]]", in which Kirk encounters a monster he failed to destroy 11 years ago; he felt that his earlier hesitation at the ship's phaser console cost 200 crewmen and the ship's captain. He's determined to make up for that failure no matter what the cost. Along the way, it turns out that the creature is not affected by phasers and Kirk realizes firing on time on the creature in the earlier encounter would have made no difference.



*** The episode "Tapestry" has Q take Picard back in time to stop himself from getting in a fight which left him with an (about to kill him in the present) artificial heart. What he doesn't realize is how influential that old failure was in creating TheCaptain character he became.
*** The episode "The Pegasus": 12 years previous a fresh-from-the-academy Riker, in the name of following orders, kept quiet as part of the cover up for an illicit Starfleet experiment that got most of his crewmates killed. When the man in charge back then puts him in a similar situation in the episode (trying to restart the experiments), he disobeys orders in order to uphold his principles and save his crew.

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*** The episode "Tapestry" "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS6E14Tapestry}} Tapestry]]" has Q take Picard back in time to stop himself from getting in a fight which left him with an (about to kill him in the present) artificial heart. What he doesn't realize is how influential that old failure was in creating TheCaptain character he became.
*** The episode "The Pegasus": "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS7E11ThePegasus}} The Pegasus]]": 12 years previous a fresh-from-the-academy Riker, in the name of following orders, kept quiet as part of the cover up for an illicit Starfleet experiment that got most of his crewmates killed. When the man in charge back then puts him in a similar situation in the episode (trying to restart the experiments), he disobeys orders in order to uphold his principles and save his crew.



** In the SeriesFinale, Captain Janeway, many years in the future, recounts how it took over 20 years and too many deaths to bring Voyager home; when offered the chance to go back in time and SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong, she jumps at it.
** Another episode, "Timeless", Voyager was destoryed due to a mistake of Kim trying to fix a quantum drive so they could get back home quicker. He and Chakotay were the only survivors and managed to make it back to Earth. However he blamed himself and set out to fix the damage by sending instructions to the past. [[spoiler: Subverted the first time as it plays out the same. It seems YouCantFightFate is in effect but The Doctor (who still going as he's a hologram) suggests trying to avert the disaster rather adjusting the drive. This time it works and good thing too as their future selves are killed just as they save their past selves.]]

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** In the SeriesFinale, SeriesFinale "[[{{Recap/StarTrekVoyagerS7E23Endgame}} Endgame]]", Captain Janeway, many years in the future, recounts how it took over 20 years and too many deaths to bring Voyager home; when offered the chance to go back in time and SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong, she jumps at it.
** Another episode, "Timeless", "[[{{Recap/StarTrekVoyagerS5E6Timeless}} Timeless]]", Voyager was destoryed destroyed due to a mistake of Kim trying to fix a quantum drive so they could get back home quicker. He and Chakotay were the only survivors and managed to make it back to Earth. However he blamed himself and set out to fix the damage by sending instructions to the past. [[spoiler: Subverted the first time as it plays out the same. It seems YouCantFightFate is in effect but The Doctor (who still going as he's a hologram) suggests trying to avert the disaster rather adjusting the drive. This time it works and good thing too as their future selves are killed just as they save their past selves.]]
30th Jan '17 1:02:00 PM MotiveFan
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* Similarly, a season 6 episode of ''{{Cold Case}}'' has a debate professor bond with a young prodigy because he reminds him of himself in his younger years, before he had to quit debate after a serious loss he blames on his partner. Thing is, [[spoiler:he was responsible for his own loss and was in denial about it, and when the prodigy moves to quit and calls him out on his selfishness, the teacher kills him in a berserk rage.]]
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