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27th Aug '16 3:26:00 AM flodoris
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** [[spoiler: Nagato]] lived in a state of constant war, as his homeland was the battleground for all the bigger countries' wars. For years, he was subtly manipulated and watched by [[spoiler: Obito as Tobi, and Madara as Black Zetsu]]. Then, his parents were killed in front of him. Eventually, [[spoiler:the death of his dear friend Yahiko and his subsequent crippling]] drove him to share his Pain with the rest of the world.

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** [[spoiler: Nagato]] lived in a state of constant war, as his homeland was the battleground for all the bigger countries' wars. For years, he was subtly manipulated and watched by [[spoiler: Obito as Tobi, and Madara as Black Zetsu]].Tobi. Then, his parents were killed in front of him. Eventually, [[spoiler:the death of his dear friend Yahiko and his subsequent crippling]] drove him to share his Pain with the rest of the world.
9th Aug '16 7:37:08 PM Willbyr
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[[RousseauWasRight Nobody is born evil]] (well, except maybe the EnfantTerrible). Something usually happened to push a villain down the path to [[{{Villains}} villainy]]. And hey, mightn't that make an interesting story?

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[[RousseauWasRight Nobody is born evil]] (well, except maybe the EnfantTerrible). Something usually happened to push a villain down the path to [[{{Villains}} villainy]].{{villain|s}}y. And hey, mightn't that make an interesting story?



* ''MutekiKanbanMusume'', being a DeconstructiveParody of the {{Shonen}} FightingSeries, has this in the short '' "Another Kanban Musume" '': Megumi has an extended FlashBack when she tells the story of how in [[FreudianExcuse her childhood she tricked a teacher into teaching her]] under a TrainingFromHell how to gain ImprobableAimingSkills so Megumi can defend herself against Miki Onimaru. The parody here is that Megumi is not a ClassicVillain nor is Miki TheHero. They both are only the SchoolyardBullyAllGrownUp and TheRival to each other. The deconstruction is that this story is not about ImprobableAimingSkills, because Miki always manages to DodgeTheBullet. Megumi is really talking about how she realized [[CantCatchUp that she was weaker than Miki]], [[SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids and how she renounced attacking her directly and resorted to lying]] and scheming to fight her… only Megumi doesn’t realize that, because she is a {{Hypocrite}}.

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* ''MutekiKanbanMusume'', ''Manga/MutekiKanbanMusume'', being a DeconstructiveParody of the {{Shonen}} FightingSeries, has this in the short '' "Another Kanban Musume" '': Megumi has an extended FlashBack when she tells the story of how in [[FreudianExcuse her childhood she tricked a teacher into teaching her]] under a TrainingFromHell how to gain ImprobableAimingSkills so Megumi can defend herself against Miki Onimaru. The parody here is that Megumi is not a ClassicVillain nor is Miki TheHero. They both are only the SchoolyardBullyAllGrownUp and TheRival to each other. The deconstruction is that this story is not about ImprobableAimingSkills, because Miki always manages to DodgeTheBullet. Megumi is really talking about how she realized [[CantCatchUp that she was weaker than Miki]], [[SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids and how she renounced attacking her directly and resorted to lying]] and scheming to fight her… only Megumi doesn’t realize that, because she is a {{Hypocrite}}.
1st Aug '16 4:35:11 PM DVB
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* In the episode [[WhamEpisode "Holly Jolly Secrets Part II"]] of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', we learn the Ice King's [[CerebusRetcon start]]. [[spoiler: [[WasOnceAMan He used to be a human named Simon]] [[Really700YearsOld from before]] [[ApocalypseHow The Great Mushroom War]] who bought a crown while a on trip with his fiancee Betty, whom he called "Princess." When he put on the crown he blacked out and when he came to his fiancee was disgusted and left him. Throughout the video he made you see him slowly morphing into his current form, wishing that whoever finds it to watch over him until he can figure out how to break the curse.]] It's ''really'' hard not to [[CryForTheDevil feel sorry for the]] [[SympathyForTheDevil guy after that]].

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* In the episode [[WhamEpisode "Holly Jolly Secrets Part II"]] of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', we learn the Ice King's [[CerebusRetcon start]]. [[spoiler: [[WasOnceAMan He used to be a human named Simon]] [[Really700YearsOld from before]] [[ApocalypseHow The Great Mushroom War]] who bought a crown while a on trip with his fiancee Betty, whom he called "Princess." When he put on the crown he blacked out and when he came to his fiancee was disgusted and had left him.him (But, turns out she did love him and through time-travel, the main cast brought her into the future) . Throughout the video he made you see him slowly morphing into his current form, wishing that whoever finds it to watch over him until he can figure out how to break the curse.]] It's ''really'' hard not to [[CryForTheDevil feel sorry for the]] [[SympathyForTheDevil guy after that]].



** Temple Fugate, a ScheduleFanatic, decided to take a break from that schedule at the suggestion of then-Counselor Hill and [[DisasterDominoes things went horribly wrong]], costing him a court case. Temple snapped and vowed revenge on Hill, now Gotham's mayor, becoming the episode's titular villain, the Clock King. He orchestrates a smear campaign against Mayor Hill as a prelude to kidnapping him and putting him in a DeathTrap.\\\
Temple Fugate’s case is a bit of a DeconstructiveParody of this trope; Temple had NoSocialSkills and was a MeanBoss long before the fateful day he took Hill’s advice. Even when confronted with the fact that Hill meant him no harm, Temple ''reconstructs'' this trope when he refuses to admit he's taken his obsession too far, being a ScheduleFanatic, ''being punctual is the only thing he cares for.''

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** Temple Fugate, a ScheduleFanatic, decided to take a break from that schedule at the suggestion of then-Counselor Hill and [[DisasterDominoes things went horribly wrong]], costing him a court case. Temple snapped and vowed revenge on Hill, now Gotham's mayor, becoming the episode's titular villain, the Clock King. He orchestrates a smear campaign against Mayor Hill as a prelude to kidnapping him and putting him in a DeathTrap.\\\
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Temple Fugate’s case is a bit of a DeconstructiveParody of this trope; Temple had NoSocialSkills and was a MeanBoss long before the fateful day he took Hill’s advice. Even when confronted with the fact that Hill meant him no harm, Temple ''reconstructs'' this trope when he refuses to admit he's taken his obsession too far, being a ScheduleFanatic, ''being punctual is the only thing he cares for.''
1st Aug '16 3:50:09 PM DVB
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** Another point could be how he became a vampire. [[spoiler: Having waged war on the Ottoman Empire and having sacrificed everything, including his people and subjects for the glory and promise God would save them, he was captured and to be executed. Feeling betrayed, dark forces offered him power and by taking in blood, he turned his back on god and he became a vampire.]]
1st Aug '16 3:45:32 PM DVB
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** Deuteragonist Sasuke Uchiha witnessed his brother Itachi murder their parents, after murdering their entire clan. He then was subject to days of MindRape compressed into seconds, and a challenge to kill his brother when he's ready. None of this makes him "evil", so much as focused on killing his brother, a world-class criminal, on his own. After months of being shown up by his rival, Sasuke gets reminded by Itachi again that he's insignificant. He then follows Orochimaru, the series' first BigBad, to gain the power to beat Itachi. After he finds out [[spoiler: the truth about Itachi's backstory, that it was the clan itself that was evil and Itachi was just following orders, he begins to show signs of mental imbalance, playing into the hands of the new BigBad manipulating him, Tobi]], and he decides his best option is revenge on their entire home town.

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** Deuteragonist Sasuke Uchiha witnessed his brother Itachi murder their parents, after murdering their entire clan. He then was subject to days of MindRape compressed into seconds, and a challenge to kill his brother when he's ready. None of this makes him "evil", so much as focused on killing his brother, a world-class criminal, on his own. After months of being shown own, having gone from a frendly outgoing boy to a brooding young man. He does start recovering when he meets up by with Team 7, but his rival, Sasuke gets reminded by second encounter with Itachi again that not only undoes all the recovery he has been going through, but deal further damage to his sanity and doubts, leading him to fight his rival and protagonist Naruto out of fear he will be surpassed. This fragile state of mind means he's insignificant. He vulnerable to temptation; he then follows Orochimaru, the series' first BigBad, to gain the power to beat Itachi. After the TimeSkip and having become a colder person, he finds out does finally defeat his brother... until the mysterious Tobi decides to reveal some secrets. He tells Sasuke [[spoiler: the truth about Itachi's backstory, that it was the clan itself that was evil and Itachi was just following orders, he begins to show signs of mental imbalance, becomes seriously mentally imbalanced and unstable, playing into the hands of the new BigBad manipulating him, Tobi]], and he decides his best option is revenge on their entire home town.town. Only [[spoiler: after learning more about everything, defeating the final BigBad and one last battle with Naruto does he finally reach his end of the darkness.]]
1st Aug '16 1:24:27 PM Willbyr
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** [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Odin Quincannon]] is a coldhearted, borderline sociopathic, businessman who can do pretty much whatever he wants (up to and including murder) in Annville courtesy of being practically the only employer in town. The episode "El Valero" eventually reveals what drove him to this -- after the tragic deaths of his entire family in a cable car accident, he had a FreakOut and dismembered their bodies, finding that there was no difference between them and one of his cows, judging them as "just meat", and that the soul is a lie. This drives him to nihilistic atheism and madness, as he's determined to force everyone else to accept his own views.
** A series of flashbacks throughout the first season chronicle the origins of the cowboy who will become the Saint of Killers [[spoiler: that he himself is [[GroundhogDayLoop forced to relive]] in Hell]]. It sticks pretty close to the comic version.

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** [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Odin Quincannon]] is a coldhearted, borderline sociopathic, sociopathic businessman who can do pretty much whatever he wants (up to and including murder) in Annville courtesy of being practically the only employer in town. The episode "El Valero" eventually reveals what drove him to this -- after the tragic deaths of his entire family in a cable car accident, he had a FreakOut and dismembered their bodies, finding that there was no difference between them and one of his cows, judging them as "just meat", and that the soul is a lie. This drives him to nihilistic atheism and madness, as he's determined to force everyone else to accept his own views.
** A series of flashbacks throughout the first season chronicle the origins of the cowboy who will become the Saint of Killers [[spoiler: that [[spoiler:that he himself is [[GroundhogDayLoop forced to relive]] in Hell]]. It sticks pretty close to the comic version.



* The TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness games all have a mechanic that encourages this trope for players: as the players sin or make immoral or counterproductive choices, they "degenerate", making future choices of slightly greater depravity and further degeneration easier and more likely. Each degeneration can also give a character a minor derangement such as a phobia or narcissistic tendencies, which can force further sins even if the player doesn't want to do so.

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* The TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'' games all have a mechanic that encourages this trope for players: as the players sin or make immoral or counterproductive choices, they "degenerate", making future choices of slightly greater depravity and further degeneration easier and more likely. Each degeneration can also give a character a minor derangement such as a phobia or narcissistic tendencies, which can force further sins even if the player doesn't want to do so.
1st Aug '16 10:57:18 AM ZimFan89
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* ''Series/{{Wentworth}}''
** In a series that acts as a reimagining/prequel to a show about a ruthless women's prison and the top dog that rules it, this is almost inevitable, but in Season 2 Episode 1 [[spoiler: we finally see it. Bea overcomes her drug dependency, but takes a final sedative so she can visit her murdered daughter, Debbie, one last time in a hallucination. She says her goodbyes and assures Debbie that she has a new purpose now. Then she stares down Debbie's murderer as the warm light of the idyllic scene is replaced with the cold green-gray of prison and says, [[BadassBoast "I'm gonna kill the fucker."]]]]

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* ''Series/{{Wentworth}}''
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''Series/{{Wentworth}}'': In a series that acts as a reimagining/prequel to a show about a ruthless women's prison and the top dog that rules it, this is almost inevitable, but in Season 2 Episode 1 [[spoiler: we finally see it. Bea overcomes her drug dependency, but takes a final sedative so she can visit her murdered daughter, Debbie, one last time in a hallucination. She says her goodbyes and assures Debbie that she has a new purpose now. Then she stares down Debbie's murderer as the warm light of the idyllic scene is replaced with the cold green-gray of prison and says, [[BadassBoast "I'm gonna kill the fucker."]]]]
* ''Series/{{Preacher 2016}}'':
** [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Odin Quincannon]] is a coldhearted, borderline sociopathic, businessman who can do pretty much whatever he wants (up to and including murder) in Annville courtesy of being practically the only employer in town. The episode "El Valero" eventually reveals what drove him to this -- after the tragic deaths of his entire family in a cable car accident, he had a FreakOut and dismembered their bodies, finding that there was no difference between them and one of his cows, judging them as "just meat", and that the soul is a lie. This drives him to nihilistic atheism and madness, as he's determined to force everyone else to accept his own views.
** A series of flashbacks throughout the first season chronicle the origins of the cowboy who will become the Saint of Killers [[spoiler: that he himself is [[GroundhogDayLoop forced to relive]] in Hell]]. It sticks pretty close to the comic version.
31st Jul '16 12:38:30 PM SSJMagus
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** The ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFiendshipIsMagic'' line details how [[BigBad Big Bads]] King Sombra, Tirek, the Sirens, and Queen Chrysalis came to power.

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** The ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFiendshipIsMagic'' line details how [[BigBad Big Bads]] King Sombra, Tirek, the Sirens, and Queen Chrysalis came to power. In Chrysalis's case, she makes it clear that there was never a time she ''wasn't'' evil.
-->'''Queen Chrysalis''': There is no story. I was born this way.
27th Jul '16 6:51:09 PM Emperor_Oshron
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* The trilogy of ''Franchise/StarWars'' prequels, showing how the Empire was formed and how Anakin Skywalker became Darth Vader.

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* The trilogy of ''Franchise/StarWars'' prequels, showing how the Empire was formed and how Anakin Skywalker became Darth Vader. Specifically, Anakin's journey to the Dark Side began when he started having visions of his mother in pain and went to Tatooine to find her. He did...mere moments before she died after who knows what kind of abuse at the hands of the Tusken Raiders. Anakin then murdered every last living thing in that village--men, women, children, and animals--and burned it to the ground.
23rd Jul '16 11:13:44 AM VVK
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* The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3QJ8Pgjj3c "Harbingers: Gul'dan" video]] released before the ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' expansion ''Legion'' details how Gul'dan became a power-hungry servant of demons after having been cast out from his birth village for being crippled.
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