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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.
20th Jul '17 4:14:44 PM DragonRanger
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* After being the GreaterScopeVillain in the first movie, Thanos is completely absent in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2''. He's still a factor in the movie, as Gamora and Nebula both have [[JustForPun entire subscriptions' worth of issues]] thanks to his screwed-up "parenting".


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* In ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'', [[spoiler:Yuya and Hase]] are both killed early on, leading to a lot of fallout: friends are concerned about their disappearances, Kouta angsts about the deaths once he finds out (both from stress that he's in a conflict where lives are on the line and from [[spoiler:guilt that ''he'' killed Yuya unknowingly]]), and Kouta and Mitsuzane's relationship starts taking a turn for the worse when they disagree over whether or not to tell the others that their friends have died.
5th Jun '17 5:30:23 PM Katsuhagi
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** In season 4 Pink Diamond is similar, but has been gone for over 5,000 years by the start of the story [[spoiler:having been shattered by Rose Quartz]] but her presence resounds throughout the story through other character's reactions to her death, in particular her "sisters" Yellow and Blue Diamond and their methods of coping with her loss.

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** In season 4 Pink Diamond is similar, but has been gone for over 5,000 years by the start of the story [[spoiler:having been (allegedly) shattered by Rose Quartz]] but her presence resounds throughout the story through other character's reactions to her death, in particular her "sisters" Yellow and Blue Diamond and their methods of coping with her loss.
24th May '17 2:38:02 PM Nyame
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* Tommy Merlyn in ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', with his death motivating Oliver to try to be a better man, forcing Laurel into alcoholism, and encouraging Malcolm to reach out to Thea. Even in Season 5, [[BigBad Prometheus]] mentions Tommy as an example of all of the people that Oliver has lost over the years.

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Tommy Merlyn in ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', with his death motivating Oliver to try to be a better man, forcing Laurel into alcoholism, and encouraging Malcolm to reach out to Thea. Even in Season 5, [[BigBad Prometheus]] mentions Tommy as an example of all of the people that Oliver has lost over the years.years.
** [[spoiler:Laurel Lance, after her death in Season 4. Season 5 makes it clear that Oliver is still in love with her, that he always will be, and that [[OneTrueLove she was the love of his life]], by showcasing how she was his LivingEmotionalCrutch throughout his five years away from home. Her death is the one that affects him most of all, even more so than Tommy's -- it causes him to regress on his ThouShaltNotKill stance and leaves him with a lot of hang-ups regarding romantic relationships. Even after Oliver makes peace with her death by telling "Laurel" in the Dominators' LotusEaterMachine everything he wanted to say to his Laurel, it's only after an encounter with her Earth-2 counterpart that he finally finds the strength to fulfill her last wish: a successor to carry on her legacy, so a piece of her will always be with him]].
19th May '17 12:38:57 PM shadowstormer11
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* Tommy Merlyn in [[Series/Arrow]], with his death motivating Oliver to try to be a better man, forcing Laurel into alcoholism, and encouraging Malcolm to reach out to Thea. Even in Season 5, [[BigBad Prometheus]] mentions Tommy as an example of all of the people that Oliver has lost over the years.

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* Tommy Merlyn in [[Series/Arrow]], ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', with his death motivating Oliver to try to be a better man, forcing Laurel into alcoholism, and encouraging Malcolm to reach out to Thea. Even in Season 5, [[BigBad Prometheus]] mentions Tommy as an example of all of the people that Oliver has lost over the years.
19th May '17 12:38:12 PM shadowstormer11
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* Tommy Merlyn in ''Series/Arrow'', with his death motivating Oliver to try to be a better man, forcing Laurel into alcoholism, and encouraging Malcolm to reach out to Thea. Even in Season 5, [[BigBad Prometheus]] mentions Tommy as an example of all of the people that Oliver has lost over the years.

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* Tommy Merlyn in ''Series/Arrow'', [[Series/Arrow]], with his death motivating Oliver to try to be a better man, forcing Laurel into alcoholism, and encouraging Malcolm to reach out to Thea. Even in Season 5, [[BigBad Prometheus]] mentions Tommy as an example of all of the people that Oliver has lost over the years.
19th May '17 12:37:41 PM shadowstormer11
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* Tommy Merlyn in ''Series/Arrow'', with his death motivating Oliver to try to be a better man, forcing Laurel into alcoholism, and encouraging Malcolm to reach out to Thea. Even in Season 5, [[BigBad Prometheus]] mentions Tommy as an example of all of the people that Oliver has lost over the years.
1st May '17 2:24:36 PM TrueBlue170
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* ''Franchise/StarWars'': The first line of the OpeningCrawl of ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' is "Luke Skywalker has vanished." The search for him is a major factor in the motives of the heroes and villains. [[spoiler:He finally appears in the very last scene, when Rey finds him on Ahch-To.]]

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* ''Franchise/StarWars'': The first line of the OpeningCrawl of ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' is "Luke Skywalker has vanished." The search for him is a major factor in the motives of the heroes and villains. [[spoiler:He finally appears in the very last scene, and is completely silent, when Rey finds him on Ahch-To.]]
26th Apr '17 11:38:50 AM corruptmalemenace
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* Laura Palmer in ''Series/TwinPeaks'' is [[PosthumousCharacter dead]] by the time the story starts - in fact, her death is ''why'' the story starts - but her influence is felt everywhere and drives much of the narrative.


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* ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange'' has Rachel Amber. Almost everyone Max interacts with has a connection to her, but she's been missing for months by the time the game starts and Max herself has never met her.
18th Apr '17 4:53:47 PM AthenaBlue
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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': In [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E18TwinSuns "Twin Suns"]], [[spoiler:the sum total of Luke Skywalker's actual presence in the episode is a distant cameo in the last scene as Obi-Wan watches. He's never even mentioned by name. Nevertheless, he's the reason Obi-Wan is on Tatooine at all, and a major factor in his decision to confront Maul. The final exchange between Obi-Wan and Maul emphasizes Luke's importance, as Maul believes he will avenge those who have died at the hands of the Sith.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': In [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E18TwinSuns "Twin Suns"]], [[spoiler:the sum total of Luke Skywalker's actual presence in the episode is a distant cameo in the last scene as Obi-Wan watches. He's never even mentioned by name. Nevertheless, he's the reason Obi-Wan is on Tatooine at all, and a major factor in his decision to confront Maul. The final exchange between Obi-Wan and Maul emphasizes Luke's importance, as Maul believes he will avenge those who have died at the hands of the Sith.]]
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