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3rd Dec '17 3:52:44 PM Storygirl000
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* [[spoiler: Varian]] gets his in the ''WesternAnimation/TangledTheSeries'' special "Queen for a Day". [[spoiler: After getting turned away by Rapunzel and finding his father frozen in crystal, he snaps and swears revenge on her and, by extension, Corona.]]
20th Nov '17 8:35:18 PM StardustSoldier
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Please note that this is about '''{{prequel}}s and [[FlashBack flashbacks]]''' that show a major villain's reasons for turning evil. If this is the subject of the main plot, you're watching a ProtagonistJourneyToVillain.

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Please note that this is about '''{{prequel}}s and [[FlashBack [[{{Flashback}} flashbacks]]''' that show a major villain's reasons for turning evil. If this is the subject of the main plot, you're watching a ProtagonistJourneyToVillain.
20th Nov '17 1:45:45 PM Flame
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** The events of Zero Day were this to Taiga Hanaya/Kamen Rider Snipe. He was the first rider to fight the Bugster virus, but this was hopeles effort from the start as Kuroto had stacked the odds against him as much as possible, ultimately causing him to fail to save a patient and have all the blame pinned on him. Past the DespairEventHorizon he is a selfish jerk who doesn't care about anyone or anything past his goals. [[EpisodeZeroTheBeginning Kamen Rider Snipe: Episode ZERO]] shows the process in agonizing detail.
14th Nov '17 9:05:37 AM Hanz
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* ''Comicbook/MyFriendDahmer'' is about Jeffery Dahmer's high school years as recounted by a former classmate of his and deals with Dahmer's troubled home life as well as him struggling with being a gay necrophiliac, both of which would be contributing factors into him becoming the serial killer he's known as.
14th Nov '17 1:14:46 AM FoxBluereaver
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* ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'' has several sidestories dedicated to this:
** Twenty Gyarados Bill Gaiden tells the story about how the title character went from a simple crewman in a fishing boat to the terror of coastal Johto. It all started with his crewmen giving him a Magikarp as a mocking gift and comparing him to it, calling him the "Magikarp of humans". [[AnalogyBackfire He took this to heart]] and decided that if he was the "Magikarp of humans", [[MagikarpPower then he'd become the "Gyarados of humans"]] and ensure that [[WhosLaughingNow nobody would ever laugh at him again]]. His rampages left such a mark in history, he was the reason why the six active Pokémon limit was established.
** Sabrina Gaiden starts on with her as a 10-year old discovering her psychic powers for the first time. Her father convinces her of [[ComesGreatResponsibility using her powers to help the townspeople]], which she gladly does. However, as time goes, people begin to take advantage of her kindness, which coupled with the fact that everyone lacks motivation to try and achieve greatness ends up disgusting her, ultimately driving her to make them change through fear.
** Mars Gaiden shows how she ended up joining Cyrus. After her parents died, she was taken in by her uncle and aunt, [[AbusiveParents who abused her both physically and verbally]]. The only reason she put up with it was because of her friend Kibou, with whom she shared the dream of becoming a trainer one day. [[spoiler: The story ends when Mars's uncle accidentally kills Kibou and plans to kill Mars and frame her for it, [[DespairEventHorizon which causes her to snap]] and kill him and his wife in turn.]] This ultimately drives her to join Cyrus and eventually become her most loyal follower in Team Galactic.
5th Nov '17 10:34:28 PM Macgyver644200
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* ''Film/{{Saw}}'' has Jigsaw's origin story in Film/SawII before it's expanded on in Film/SawIV. Saw II is less of a sympathy play as while it gives a perfectly logical reason for Jigsaw's actions, it's still not rational enough to be sympathetic. Saw IV is a more conventional bid for sympathy, but it could also be viewed as simply setting up his state of mind for Saw II.
28th Oct '17 4:19:07 PM HotelCalifornia
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* Episode 74 of ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'' and the now-discontinued ''Fall of the Seedrians'' prequel show this trope for Tsali and the Metarex. Tsali was originally a young farm boy when his planet gets destroyed, his family is killed, he got taken in by the Seedrians, and then got turned into a combat robot. This made him hit the DespairEventHorizon and he decided to kill the entire Seedrian race in revenge, with the survivors forming the Metarex to stop him.
18th Oct '17 2:08:28 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** Dominic is unique among POI arc villains in that he ''doesn't'' have a StartOfDarkness episode.

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** Dominic is unique among POI arc villains in that he ''doesn't'' have a StartOfDarkness Start of Darkness episode.



* ''Series/{{Gotham}}'' is actually as much a StartOfDarkness story for much of Batman's RoguesGallery as it is, an expanded OriginStory for Batman. The Riddler, Mr. Freeze, Firefly, the Executioner, the Red Hood gang, and Scarecrow have all undergone seminal villain-making experiences as of Season 4's premiere, and future Gallery members like Selina Kyle, Ivy, Tommy Elliot and Harvey Dent have made major or minor appearances. Several who were already villains (Cobblepot, Butch, the Electrocutioner) develop their characters and/or technology further towards their eventual personas, and there are now ''so many'' potential Jokers in Gotham that the lead candidate (Jerome) could invoke MultipleChoicePast simply by picking any or all of them, then ''claiming'' that's his [=SoD=].

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* ''Series/{{Gotham}}'' is actually as much a StartOfDarkness Start of Darkness story for much of Batman's RoguesGallery as it is, an expanded OriginStory for Batman. The Riddler, Mr. Freeze, Firefly, the Executioner, the Red Hood gang, and Scarecrow have all undergone seminal villain-making experiences as of Season 4's premiere, and future Gallery members like Selina Kyle, Ivy, Tommy Elliot and Harvey Dent have made major or minor appearances. Several who were already villains (Cobblepot, Butch, the Electrocutioner) develop their characters and/or technology further towards their eventual personas, and there are now ''so many'' potential Jokers in Gotham that the lead candidate (Jerome) could invoke MultipleChoicePast simply by picking any or all of them, then ''claiming'' that's his [=SoD=].



*** With ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'', as it turns out the game is the StartOfDarkness for Patriot too, formed by Zero, Signit, Para-Medic, Eva, Ocelot, and Big-Boss himself -- if said mission had not occured, said AncientConspiracy would not be born either.

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*** With ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'', as it turns out the game is the StartOfDarkness Start of Darkness for Patriot too, formed by Zero, Signit, Para-Medic, Eva, Ocelot, and Big-Boss himself -- if said mission had not occured, said AncientConspiracy would not be born either.



* The [[AllInTheManual manuals]] for the ''VideoGame/{{Disciples}}'' series detail the backstory, including the StartOfDarkness for the two evil deities of the setting (as opposed to just JerkassGods). Bethrezen started out as the [[{{God}} Highfather]]'s favorite angel, to whom the Highfather gave the power to create. Bethrezen then made Nevendaar (the game world) and asked other deities to fill it with life, himself creating humans. Then Bethrezen asked the other angels to watch over the world and went to get the Highfather to show him his creation. The jealous angels messed with the mortal races, so by the time the Highfather arrived to see Nevendaar, the world was afire with war and destruction. Outraged at Bethrezen, the Highfather entombed him within the molten core of his own creation for all eternity. After millennia in the core, Bethrezen grew bitter at the Highfather and the mortal races, becoming the setting's [[TheDevil Devil]] and creating the [[TheLegionsOfHell Legions of the Damned]] as his army. The demonic legions burst onto the surface in the elven woods, sending the elves running for the hills, which happened to be in dwarven territory. Assuming the elves were invading, the dwarves attacked them. The elven gods Gallean and Solonielle confronted the dwarven god Wotan and demanded that he punish his children for the unprovoked attack. Enraged, Wotan killed Gallean and threw his heart at the sun. Solonielle managed to jump and catch the heart, but her flesh was burned off. The grief, the desire for vengeance, and the pain warped Solonielle into the fleshless goddess Mortis, whoc slaughtered an entire people and raised them up as her Undead Hordes.

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* The [[AllInTheManual manuals]] for the ''VideoGame/{{Disciples}}'' series detail the backstory, including the StartOfDarkness Start of Darkness for the two evil deities of the setting (as opposed to just JerkassGods). Bethrezen started out as the [[{{God}} Highfather]]'s favorite angel, to whom the Highfather gave the power to create. Bethrezen then made Nevendaar (the game world) and asked other deities to fill it with life, himself creating humans. Then Bethrezen asked the other angels to watch over the world and went to get the Highfather to show him his creation. The jealous angels messed with the mortal races, so by the time the Highfather arrived to see Nevendaar, the world was afire with war and destruction. Outraged at Bethrezen, the Highfather entombed him within the molten core of his own creation for all eternity. After millennia in the core, Bethrezen grew bitter at the Highfather and the mortal races, becoming the setting's [[TheDevil Devil]] and creating the [[TheLegionsOfHell Legions of the Damned]] as his army. The demonic legions burst onto the surface in the elven woods, sending the elves running for the hills, which happened to be in dwarven territory. Assuming the elves were invading, the dwarves attacked them. The elven gods Gallean and Solonielle confronted the dwarven god Wotan and demanded that he punish his children for the unprovoked attack. Enraged, Wotan killed Gallean and threw his heart at the sun. Solonielle managed to jump and catch the heart, but her flesh was burned off. The grief, the desire for vengeance, and the pain warped Solonielle into the fleshless goddess Mortis, whoc slaughtered an entire people and raised them up as her Undead Hordes.
18th Oct '17 2:05:40 PM Manny20444
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'''s episode "Riddler's Revenge", depicting Edward Nygma's gradual transformation from geeky, unappreciated kid to murderous costumed criminal.
18th Oct '17 5:47:41 AM MagiMecha
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* A series of side quests and cutscenes in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' show the origin of Edda Blackbosom: [[spoiler:she was initially Edda Pureheart, a slightly inept Conjurer who was the ButtMonkey of the team of adventurers, including her fiance, a Gladiator named Avere. However, while exploring the Tam-Tara Dungeon, [[LeeroyJenkins Avere's decision to charge forward without help]] lead to [[OffWithHisHead him losing his head.]] Her teammates put the blame squarely on her shoulders as they broke apart and, after you give her a pep talk, she seems determined to start things anew. However, the grief of her fiance's death and a run in with a mysterious figure would lead her to turn to necromancy and turn evil.]]
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