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13th Jan '18 2:41:39 AM eroock
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-->-- '''unknown''', attributed to '''Edna St Vincent Millay'''

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-->-- '''unknown''', '''Unknown''', attributed to '''Edna St Vincent Millay'''
4th Jan '18 8:44:35 AM SeptimusHeap
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* Likewise, Uncle Ben in ''{{Spider-Man}}''.

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* Likewise, Uncle Ben in ''{{Spider-Man}}''.''Franchise/SpiderMan''.
26th Oct '17 7:33:04 PM Prometheus117
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* The [[BigGood Great Spirit Mata Nui]], despite being rendered comatose by [[BigBad Makuta]], is still an integral part of the story as he's considered the protector and watcher of the Matoran Universe, with the various {{Story Arc}}s built around trying to wake him up, rescuing those who are important to his survival, and even saving him from death. [[spoiler:Taken quite literally when it's revealed that the Matoran Universe itself is actually contained ''inside'' [[HumongousMecha Mata Nui's planet-sized body]], and when his spirit [[GrandTheftMe is evicted by Makuta]] after waking up, he finally takes the role of TheHero of the story to face off against Makuta once and for all]].

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* The [[BigGood Great Spirit Mata Nui]], Nui]] in ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'', despite being rendered comatose by [[BigBad Makuta]], is still an integral part of the story as he's considered the protector and watcher of the Matoran Universe, with the various {{Story Arc}}s built around trying to wake him up, rescuing those who are important to his survival, and even saving him from death. [[spoiler:Taken quite literally when it's revealed that the Matoran Universe itself is actually contained ''inside'' [[HumongousMecha Mata Nui's planet-sized body]], and when his spirit [[GrandTheftMe is evicted by Makuta]] after waking up, he finally takes the role of TheHero of the story to face off against Makuta once and for all]].
26th Oct '17 7:32:34 PM Prometheus117
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26th Oct '17 7:30:40 PM Prometheus117
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* The [[BigGood Great Spirit Mata Nui]], despite being rendered comatose by [[BigBad Makuta]], is still an integral part of the story as he's considered the protector and watcher of the Matoran Universe, with the various {{Story Arc}}s built around trying to wake him up, rescuing those who are important to his survival, and even saving him from death. [[spoiler:Taken quite literally when it's revealed that the Matoran Universe itself is actually contained ''inside'' [[HumongousMecha Mata Nui's planet-sized body]], and when his spirit [[GrandTheftMe is evicted by Makuta]] after waking up, he finally takes the role of TheHero of the story to face off against Makuta once and for all]].
6th Oct '17 1:10:53 PM nighttrainfm
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* Max herself in the prequel game, ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrangeBeforeTheStorm'', which is set during the period she stopped keeping in touch with Chloe.
6th Oct '17 1:07:43 PM nighttrainfm
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* John Winchester in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''
** Later on God becomes this as the brothers are trying to figure where He went and why He is not acting to stop the coming Armageddon. The demons and the top angels decide that they have free rein to 'finish things' while Castiel is struggling to figure out what God wants him to do.

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* John Winchester in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''
** John Winchester - the series is kicked off by him going missing, and the way he raised Sam and Dean drives much of their character arcs.
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Later on God on, ''God'' becomes this as the brothers are trying to figure where He went and why He is not acting to stop the coming Armageddon. The demons and the top angels decide that they have free rein to 'finish things' while Castiel is struggling to figure out what God wants him to do.
6th Oct '17 1:06:02 PM nighttrainfm
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* Sirius Black in ''Literature/HarryPotter'' does this a few ways:
** In ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban Prisoner of Azkaban]]'', he plays the "shadowy but unseen figure that drives the adventure", and between Azkaban and ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Order of the Phoenix]]'', he serves as a symbol of a happy future and the family Harry could have.
** Since ''Order of the Phoenix'', [[spoiler: his death]] weighs down Harry terribly, especially in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince Half-Blood Prince]]''.
*** [[spoiler: Dumbledore]] plays this a lot more straight in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]'', where not only does he have a posthumous plan that weaves all the characters through it, but throughout the novel, his death symbolizes the hopelessness of Voldemort's rise to power: [[CrapsackWorld no one is safe, evil is everywhere, and there's no beacon of hope to turn to]]. While others turn to Harry, Harry himself[[spoiler:, being used to turning to Dumbledore,]] is lost, and then becomes incensed when his perfect image of [[spoiler: Dumbledore]] is challenged.
** Also, Harry's parents for the whole series, even though they died before the first chapter of the first book.

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* ''Franchise/HarryPotter'':
** Harry's parents are dead before the first chapter of the first book. Harry is therefore sent to live with his abusive, uncaring relatives and grows up wondering who his parents were, only to learn they were not only wizards but heroes. As he grows older, he meets more and more of their old friends and associates, all of whom remain deeply affected by their loss.
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Sirius Black in ''Literature/HarryPotter'' does this a few ways:
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different ways. In ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban Prisoner of Azkaban]]'', he plays the "shadowy but unseen figure that drives the adventure", and between Azkaban and ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Order of the Phoenix]]'', he serves as a symbol of a happy future and the family Harry could have.
** Since
have. After ''Order of the Phoenix'', [[spoiler: his death]] weighs down Harry terribly, especially in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince Half-Blood Prince]]''.
*** ** [[spoiler: Dumbledore]] plays this a lot more straight in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]'', where not only does he have a posthumous plan that weaves all the characters through it, but throughout the novel, his death symbolizes the hopelessness of Voldemort's rise to power: [[CrapsackWorld no one is safe, evil is everywhere, and there's no beacon of hope to turn to]]. While others turn to Harry, Harry himself[[spoiler:, being used to turning to Dumbledore,]] is lost, and then becomes incensed when his perfect image of [[spoiler: Dumbledore]] is challenged.
** Also, Harry's parents for the whole series, even though they died before the first chapter of the first book.
challenged.
21st Sep '17 8:08:30 PM rbl_whtsrnm
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* Despite being dead, much of what happens in season one of ''Series/{{Riverdale}}'' revolves around Jason Blossom in some way or another, such as trying to find out who killed him and why, exactly what happened between him and Polly, and eventually what will become of [[spoiler: his and Polly's unborn children.]] Even smaller sublots, like Archie and Reggie competing for the vacant quarterback position and Clifford Blossom looking for a new heir to his business are due to Jason's death. The effects of his death are still shown even after [[spoiler: the murder is solved]], especially by Cheryl and [[spoiler: Polly.]]
23rd Aug '17 10:53:06 AM Grudgeal
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* In a ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' Catelyn Stark believes there are two ghosts who haunt her otherwise happy marriage with Ned: his late older brother Brandon, whom she was initially set to marry, and Jon Snow's mother, whom she fears Ned loved more than her.

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* In a ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', given there are LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, there are several:
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Catelyn Stark believes there are two ghosts who haunt her otherwise happy marriage with Ned: his late older brother Brandon, whom she was initially set to marry, and Jon Snow's mother, whom she fears Ned loved more than her.her.
** Tyrion's entire life is haunted by Tysha, a prostitute he married thinking she loved him and who left him convinced no-one would ever love him for what he is. [[spoiler:When Tyrion finally learns that Tysha ''wasn't'' a prostitute and ''did'' love him, and Tywin had lied to him to convince him otherwise, he takes it... Poorly.]]
** Prince Rhaegar Targaryen was this to numerous characters, including Robert (who saw him as a dead ArchEnemy who nonetheless 'won' despite Robert killing him), both Lannister twins (whose lives were much changed by him) Daenarys (who sees him in their visions) and Ser Barristan.
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