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20th Jan '17 5:45:48 AM SimiOfDoom
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* The Crippled God in ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' was just a foreign god who fell to earth as the result of a trap meant for [[TheEmperor Kallor]]. And went stark raving mad as a result of his torture and imprisonment in this foreign world. He is currently trying to destroy the world just so he can be free again.
19th Jan '17 5:18:45 AM Morgenthaler
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** Fits this trope because at the bottom of the scale the player becomes so irrationally self-centered and evil that they cannot be played and become an NPC. What kind of monster depends on the game: for mortals, you become a SerialKiller, werewolves become a movie-style wolf-man that hunts humans for fun, changelings become completely unable to tell imagination from reality, vampires become ravening blood-crazed beasts, and mages turn everything in their area of effect into a CthulhuMythos story.

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** Fits this trope because at the bottom of the scale the player becomes so irrationally self-centered and evil that they cannot be played and become an NPC. What kind of monster depends on the game: for mortals, you become a SerialKiller, werewolves become a movie-style wolf-man that hunts humans for fun, changelings become completely unable to tell imagination from reality, vampires become ravening blood-crazed beasts, and mages turn everything in their area of effect into a CthulhuMythos Franchise/CthulhuMythos story.
14th Jan '17 6:18:40 AM Nyame
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* Just like how the canon ''Manga/DeathNote'' was this for Light Yagami, ''FanFic/{{Fade}}'' is this for L. He goes to terrible lengths [[HeWhoFightsMonsters to prevent Kira's rise to power]] with his own Death Note, not realizing (or rather, refusing to) that all his efforts have already been for naught, as the new Kira has already risen -- L himself.
11th Jan '17 11:40:10 AM wootzits
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* In ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', the antagonists in seasons one and two are shown to have become villainous due to major psychological trauma leading to crises of faith in their formerly-held ideals (the massacre of Toguro's students by a youkai and Sensui's exposure to the depravity of humanity and then the Black Chapter tape). And in both cases enough self-hatred to stage really stupid, selfish [[spoiler: [[ThanatosGambit Thanatos Gambits]].]]
* Yuki from ''Manga/FutureDiary'' used to be a sweet, shy boy living an extraordinary life. However, once he obtains his Future Diary and meets [[{{Yandere}} Yuno]], that sweet boy becomes a faded memory, especially after [[spoiler:his mother dies. His morality begins to disappear as the show progresses and he comes to love the girl who has [[StalkerWithACrush stalked]] him and [[MurderIsTheBestSolution killed several people]].]]
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': Hell's mind was already unstable and unsound cause his upbringing (he was abused by everybody when he was young, including his parents. Particularly his mother, who often spouted she never wanted having children and she would be better off without him; and she was not above hitting him for no reason). However, when he found out the woman he loved was in love with another man [[spoiler:Juzo Kabuto, future builder of Mazinger-Z and [[TheHero Kouji]]'s grandfather]], he... [[LoveMakesYouCrazy flipped out]] and [[LoveMakesYouEvil attempted to murder his perceived rival]]. Shortly after he tried helping someone... and he got the crap beaten out of him for it. Later he was crawling back towards his home, bruised and blood-stained, muttering "Mediocre imbeciles! You don't deserve being alive! One day I'll purge the world off all of you! And then everybody will have kneel before me". When you heard his words and saw his utterly mad stare you realized he had snapped out completely and Dr. Hell had been born.
** Let's tell people had shunned him out of scorn before, but after that point they did it out of FEAR.
* The ''RozenMaiden Ouvertüre'' OVA explores the start of Suigintou's fierce rivalry with Shinku and the source of her massive inferiority complex that motivated her to become the first season's BigBad.
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOBG3CCew7Q 8th and final Parallel Works video]] for ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' is one of these for [[spoiler:Lordgenome]].
* "Two Father's Little Soldier Girls", the 21st episode of ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' contains a number of flashbacks to [[MagnificentBastard Balalaika's]] past detailing her childhood, service in Afghanistan, disillusionment with society and rise to power in [[TheMafiya Hotel Moscow]].
* ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia''

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* In ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', the antagonists in seasons one and two are shown to have become villainous due to major psychological trauma leading to crises of faith in their formerly-held ideals (the massacre of Toguro's students by a youkai and Sensui's exposure to the depravity of humanity and then the Black Chapter tape). And in both cases enough self-hatred to stage really stupid, selfish [[spoiler: [[ThanatosGambit Thanatos Gambits]].]]
* Yuki from ''Manga/FutureDiary'' used to be a sweet, shy boy living an extraordinary life. However, once he obtains his Future Diary and meets [[{{Yandere}} Yuno]], that sweet boy becomes a faded memory, especially after [[spoiler:his mother dies. His morality begins to disappear as the show progresses and he comes to love the girl who has [[StalkerWithACrush stalked]] him and [[MurderIsTheBestSolution killed several people]].]]
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': Hell's mind was already unstable and unsound cause his upbringing (he was abused by everybody when he was young, including his parents. Particularly his mother, who often spouted she never wanted having children and she would be better off without him; and she was not above hitting him for no reason). However, when he found out the woman he loved was in love with another man [[spoiler:Juzo Kabuto, future builder of Mazinger-Z and [[TheHero Kouji]]'s grandfather]], he... [[LoveMakesYouCrazy flipped out]] and [[LoveMakesYouEvil attempted to murder his perceived rival]]. Shortly after he tried helping someone... and he got the crap beaten out of him for it. Later he was crawling back towards his home, bruised and blood-stained, muttering "Mediocre imbeciles! You don't deserve being alive! One day I'll purge the world off all of you! And then everybody will have kneel before me". When you heard his words and saw his utterly mad stare you realized he had snapped out completely and Dr. Hell had been born.
** Let's tell people had shunned him out of scorn before, but after that point they did it out of FEAR.
* The ''RozenMaiden Ouvertüre'' OVA explores the start of Suigintou's fierce rivalry with Shinku and the source of her massive inferiority complex that motivated her to become the first season's BigBad.
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOBG3CCew7Q 8th and final Parallel Works video]] for ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' is one of these for [[spoiler:Lordgenome]].
* "Two Father's Little Soldier Girls", the 21st episode of ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' contains a number of flashbacks to [[MagnificentBastard Balalaika's]] past detailing her childhood, service in Afghanistan, disillusionment with society and rise to power in [[TheMafiya Hotel Moscow]].
* ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia''
''WebComic/AxisPowersHetalia''



* Almost every ''Manga/RaveMaster'' villain gets at least a chapter for this. Some are a little sad, some will leave you temporarily cheering for the villain (until you remember that every single one aims to wipe out all life as we know it).
* One episode of ''Anime/RahXephon'' presents the back-story of Makoto Isshiki, an EvilAlbino who is a cold-hearted seducer and major jerk to everyone else. It shows him as a cute and kind boy who just wanted to find his parents. Then, one day he admitted to himself [[CloningBlues what he really was]], and his flashback ends with him getting an ImportantHaircut and taking on his nasty personality.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has Chapter 0, a special tie-in to the tenth movie. In it, we see Shiki and Gold Roger's rivalry, as well as the Flying Pirate's escape from Impel Down and his preparing for the movie's plot. Interspersed are scenes of people throughout the world, reacting to both Roger's death and Shiki's escape.
** To a lesser extent, the Fishman Island arc explains part of what made Arlong who he is.
* One episode in the second season of ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' focuses entirely on [[AntiVillain Kuzes]]' past, showing what motivated him to fight on the behalf of the people, even against the state.
* ''Anime/GaReiZero'' is [[WordOfGod explicitly stated]] to be the Start Of Darkness of Yomi. Judging from [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds what happen]] [[Manga/GaRei in the manga]], this might also qualify as Kagura's Start Of Darkness.

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* Almost every ''Manga/RaveMaster'' villain gets at least a chapter ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'': The Golden Age Arc serves as one for this. Some are a little sad, some will leave you temporarily cheering for [[spoiler:Griffith/Femto]], who was previously seen once, right before the villain (until you remember that every single one aims to wipe out all life as we know it).
arc started.
* One ''Manga/BlackLagoon'': The episode "Two Father's Little Soldier Girls" contains a number of ''Anime/RahXephon'' presents the back-story of Makoto Isshiki, an EvilAlbino who is a cold-hearted seducer flashbacks to [[MagnificentBastard Balalaika's]] past detailing her childhood, service in Afghanistan, disillusionment with society and major jerk rise to everyone else. It shows him as a cute and kind boy who just wanted to find his parents. Then, one day he admitted to himself [[CloningBlues power in [[TheMafiya Hotel Moscow]].
* ''Anime/Danganronpa3'': The despair arc will show how [[spoiler:the students of Class 77]] became Ultimate Despair.
* ''Manga/DeathNote'': After Light realizes
what he really was]], and his flashback ends with him getting an ImportantHaircut and taking on his nasty personality.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has Chapter 0, a special tie-in to
posses, he decides that he enjoys having the tenth movie. In it, we see Shiki and Gold Roger's rivalry, power to kill those he views as well as the Flying Pirate's escape from Impel Down and his preparing for the movie's plot. Interspersed are scenes of people throughout the world, reacting to both Roger's death and Shiki's escape.
** To a lesser extent, the Fishman Island arc explains part of what made Arlong who he is.
* One episode in the second season of ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' focuses entirely on [[AntiVillain Kuzes]]' past, showing what motivated him to fight on the behalf of the people,
evil. He even against jumps the state.
* ''Anime/GaReiZero'' is [[WordOfGod explicitly stated]] to be the Start Of Darkness of Yomi. Judging from [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds what happen]] [[Manga/GaRei in the manga]], this might also qualify as Kagura's Start Of Darkness.
gun and starts his GodComplex after he finally meets Ryuk and tells him about his intentions.



* ''Manga/FairyTail'': In chapter 436, we are given a look into Zeref's past, including the source of his InstantDeathRadius. [[spoiler:He was cursed by a god for trying to bring his dead little brother back to life]]. However, this was only the beginning. Later on, Mavis reveals when Zeref truly fell into the darkness: [[spoiler:he fell in love with Mavis after he found out she had the same curse and she proposed that they give EternalLove a shot. However, their first and only kiss ''kills'' her because his love for her is strong enough to empower his curse to take her supposedly immortal life. To have the only person who ever brought him happiness be so cruelly ripped away is what would finally break Zeref and cause a downward spiral that he would never get out of]].
* ''LightNovel/FateZero'' is one for Kotomine Kirei.
* ''Manga/FutureDiary'': Yuki used to be a sweet, shy boy living an unextraordinary life. However, once he obtains his Future Diary and meets [[{{Yandere}} Yuno]], that sweet boy becomes a faded memory, especially after [[spoiler:his mother dies. His morality begins to disappear as the show progresses and he comes to love the girl who has [[StalkerWithACrush stalked]] him and [[MurderIsTheBestSolution killed several people]].]]
* ''Anime/GaReiZero'' is [[WordOfGod explicitly stated]] the Start Of Darkness of Yomi. Judging from [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds what happen]] [[Manga/GaRei in the manga]], this might also qualify as Kagura's Start Of Darkness.
* ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'': One episode in the second season focuses entirely on [[AntiVillain Kuzes]]' past, showing what motivated him to fight on the behalf of the people, even against the state.
* ''Anime/GuiltyCrown'': In episode 15, ''[[TheHeart Shu]]'' of all people has one of these. [[spoiler: Hare]] is killed right in front of him (in his arms) because of something stupid and selfish done by [[spoiler: Souta and his friends]] in order to prevent [[spoiler: the creation of the Void Ranking System.]] After [[spoiler: her]] death Shu gets DullEyesOfUnhappiness and [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything mounts Inori and forcibly removes her Void]] and procedes to chillingly emotionlessly systemetically rip to pieces the mechs attacking them. He then proceeds to go hysterical and begin pounding [[spoiler: Souta's]] face in before being dragged off by Yahiro. [[DespairEventHorizon His next words,]] [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness coming from]] Shu of all people, [[OhCrap hit the characters(and the audience) pretty hard]]:
--> '''Shu''': "I was wrong. Kindness is pointless. We have to separate the good from the trash. I'm going to become king." ''[[FanNickname Heil Mein Shurer]]''
* In ''{{Hellsing Ultimate}}'' it reveals that [[spoiler:Alucard was raped by the Turks when they invaded his nation.]] While that didn't break him, it can be considered the first step in his path to becoming [[spoiler:the ultimate vampire and most powerful being in this series]] as well as completely mad and battle-thirsty.
** 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.]]
* ''Anime/LastExileFamTheSilverWing'': Episode 11 shows the event that ended up shaping Luscinia Hafez into the series' BigBad.
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': Hell's mind was already unstable and unsound cause his upbringing (he was abused by everybody when he was young, including his parents. Particularly his mother, who often spouted she never wanted having children and she would be better off without him; and she was not above hitting him for no reason). However, when he found out the woman he loved was in love with another man [[spoiler:Juzo Kabuto, future builder of Mazinger-Z and [[TheHero Kouji]]'s grandfather]], he... [[LoveMakesYouCrazy flipped out]] and [[LoveMakesYouEvil attempted to murder his perceived rival]]. Shortly after he tried helping someone... and he got the crap beaten out of him for it. Later he was crawling back towards his home, bruised and blood-stained, muttering "Mediocre imbeciles! You don't deserve being alive! One day I'll purge the world off all of you! And then everybody will have kneel before me". When you heard his words and saw his utterly mad stare you realized he had snapped out completely and Dr. Hell had been born.
** Let's tell people had shunned him out of scorn before, but after that point they did it out of FEAR.



* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has done this with many antagonists so far, and attempts to justify the [[spoiler: Uchiha examples, by claiming that their powers take hold of them because they love ''too much'']]:
** 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, having gone from a frendly outgoing boy to a brooding young man. He does start recovering when he meets up with Team 7, but his second encounter with Itachi 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 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 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 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. 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.]]
** Gaara grew up believing his mother named him as a curse against everyone else, for her having to die in childbirth. His father had warriors and himself to keep Gaara in line, because of the demon sealed within him, which would be unleashed if he lost control of his emotions or even slept. As a small child, he believed that there was only one person who loved him, his maternal uncle Yashamaru. [[DespairEventHorizon The betrayal of Yashamaru]] transformed him [[BreakTheCutie from an attention-starved waif to serial killer]]. He came around to the side of good once he realized what friendship was, long before any of the above was actually fixed, and years before it was all retconned to be [[spoiler: a big misunderstanding, and his parents always loved him]].
** When [[spoiler: Sasuke "defeated" Orochimaru]] the manga briefly touched on [[spoiler: Orochimaru]]'s past, while the anime expounded on it. His [[TragicDream deepest dream]] was to live long enough to meet his parents when they were reincarnated. Years of war and loss turned him cold and bitter until only the dream of living forever remained.
** [[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 by 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.
** [[spoiler: Kakuzu]] was imprisioned and punished for failing to kill the First Hokage. As a result [[spoiler: he steals the elders hearts and runs away.]]
** [[spoiler: Kabuto]] grew up an orphan, but that didn't let him get down. However, he never really knew who he was meant to be. He was inspired to be a ninja by the first people to challenge him to grow in his natural talents, [[spoiler: Orochimaru and Danzo]]. While on a mission for them, he was tricked ''by them'' into accidentally killing his foster mother, who in turn had failed to recognize him due to their brainwashing of her. After this happens he hits the DespairEventHorizon and [[spoiler: Orochimaru]] was the only person around that was there for him at that point. He commits some good, and a lot of evil, actions for the rest of the series, but only comes into his own once [[spoiler: Orochimaru dies]] and he no longer has any guidance or kindred spirit.
** [[spoiler: Obito Uchiha]], after some subtle mental influencing by [[spoiler: Madara]], witnessed first-hand the death of [[TheLostLenore his childhood crush]] at the hands of the friend who vowed to protect her and became convinced the world he lived in was hell. [[spoiler:He then decided to accept Madara's plan to create a better world by killing or brainwashing everyone in the world]].
** [[spoiler: Madara Uchiha]] lived through a time of warfare, like everyone else in his generation. Then, thanks to his best friend's work, which he attempted to co-opt and sabotage, things started getting better and he mostly got over the wars, like everyone else in his generation. Then this one time, he didn't get to be the top boss of the country, after he eavesdropped on a private conversation between his best friend and his best friend's brother, where he found out that not everyone liked him, because he was such a bully to other people, his own family, and the people they were supposed to be courting as allies. So instead of being happy for his friend who did get the job, he [[spoiler: used an ancient stone detailing the world's constantly warring history to assume said friend's system would fail and justify his becoming the BigBad and trying to brainwash or kill everyone in the world, despite that in no way saying he in particular should take any action]]. Ladies and gentlemen, your final villain. [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere Kind of.]]
* In ''{{Hellsing Ultimate}}'' it reveals that [[spoiler: Alucard was raped by the Turks when they invaded his nation.]] While that didn't break him, it can be considered the first step in his path to becoming [[spoiler: the ultimate vampire and most powerful being in this series]] as well as completely mad and battle-thirsty.
** 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.]]
* The flashback arc in both incarnations of ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' seems at first to be the background for the highly [[MysteriousPast mysterious]] lead, but it's even more about the Start Of Darkness for the BigBad, his EvilTwin. In the anime version, the kid was always somewhat [[CreepyChild touched in the head]], and one [[FantasticRacism abusive crewman]], combined with the awareness that the human race destroyed the Earth and are [[HumansAreBastards now looking for a new planet]], push his pragmatism into KillAllHumans territory. In the manga...he has ''[[StrappedToAnOperatingTable much]]'' [[TheyWouldCutYouUp better]] [[TheReveal reason]].
** His ''manga'' [[AndIMustScream reason]] made ''Vash'' try to ''kill himself twice'' and laugh hysterically when he thought he'd accidentally killed [[HappilyAdopted Rem]]! And manga Knives UsedToBeASweetKid--more than Vash, even. Some of adult Vash's ideals are stuff ''Knives'' said as a kid.
** Legato also gets one of these, in the manga. Unusually, it has a very upbeat ending -- because psychotically serving an OmnicidalManiac who doesn't really give a damn about you is ''so'' much better than being raped to death by the guy who owns you. Knives didn't just spare him, he even [[TearJerker asked his name]]! Weirdest CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming ever. And nameless-boy-who-would-become-Legato goes stumbling after him naked and weeping for joy.
** Livio has one, too, although his is complicated by the fact that [[spoiler: first he got a psychotic alternate personality,]] and then later he was [[spoiler: acquired by the Eye of Michael and turned into a killing machine in his own right.]]
** Anime [[AntiHero Wolfwood]] also gets one. Manga Wolfwood just gets back story snippets. But because the anime is LighterAndFluffier, Wolfwood's philosophical position has a lot less pull there, so he needs a more clear-cut 'reason' to think the way he does.
* ''Anime/RomeoXJuliet'' practically drops it line for line with the episode "Darkness: The Origin", which gives Prince Montague a somewhat run-of-the-mill FreudianExcuse.
* 2007 adaptation of ''Manga/SkullMan'' features one for [[spoiler: Black Ghost, BigBad of ''Manga/Cyborg009'']]
* Episode 11 of ''Anime/LastExileFamTheSilverWing'' shows the event that ended up shaping Luscinia Hafez into the series' BigBad.
* ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' Golden Age Arc serves as one for [[spoiler: Griffith/Femto]], who was previously seen once, right before the arc started.
* ''[[Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie Pokémon: The Origin of Mewtwo]]'' is this to [[CaptainObvious Mewtwo]].
** The fourth Mega Evolution special is this for Alain.
* ''LightNovel/FateZero'' is one for Kotomine Kirei.



* Subverted in episode 10 of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''. It seems to be one of these for Homura, but instead, it ends up showing that she's far less villainous than she seems [[spoiler:(all of her AntiHero antics are an attempt to prevent Madoka from dying and/or suffering a FateWorseThanDeath)]]. Played straight for Kyoko in episode 7.
** Played straight, however, in ''[[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion Rebellion]]''. [[spoiler: Homura's infatuation with Madoka, causes her to trick her into appearing again, so she can steal her powers of godhood and become the devil. She does this to create a new perfect world where she believes Madoka will be happy (even though Madoka didn't want any of it) and will always be by her side.]]

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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has done this with many antagonists so far, and attempts to justify the [[spoiler:Uchiha examples, by claiming that their powers take hold of them because they love ''too much'']]:
** 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, having gone from a frendly outgoing boy to a brooding young man. He does start recovering when he meets up with Team 7, but his second encounter with Itachi 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 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 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 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. 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.]]
** Gaara grew up believing his mother named him as a curse against everyone else, for her having to die in childbirth. His father had warriors and himself to keep Gaara in line, because of the demon sealed within him, which would be unleashed if he lost control of his emotions or even slept. As a small child, he believed that there was only one person who loved him, his maternal uncle Yashamaru. [[DespairEventHorizon The betrayal of Yashamaru]] transformed him [[BreakTheCutie from an attention-starved waif to serial killer]]. He came around to the side of good once he realized what friendship was, long before any of the above was actually fixed, and years before it was all retconned to be [[spoiler:a big misunderstanding, and his parents always loved him]].
** When [[spoiler:Sasuke "defeated" Orochimaru]] the manga briefly touched on [[spoiler:Orochimaru]]'s past, while the anime expounded on it. His [[TragicDream deepest dream]] was to live long enough to meet his parents when they were reincarnated. Years of war and loss turned him cold and bitter until only the dream of living forever remained.
** [[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 by 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.
** [[spoiler:Kakuzu]] was imprisioned and punished for failing to kill the First Hokage. As a result [[spoiler:he steals the elders hearts and runs away.]]
** [[spoiler:Kabuto]] grew up an orphan, but that didn't let him get down. However, he never really knew who he was meant to be. He was inspired to be a ninja by the first people to challenge him to grow in his natural talents, [[spoiler:Orochimaru and Danzo]]. While on a mission for them, he was tricked ''by them'' into accidentally killing his foster mother, who in turn had failed to recognize him due to their brainwashing of her. After this happens he hits the DespairEventHorizon and [[spoiler:Orochimaru]] was the only person around that was there for him at that point. He commits some good, and a lot of evil, actions for the rest of the series, but only comes into his own once [[spoiler:Orochimaru dies]] and he no longer has any guidance or kindred spirit.
** [[spoiler:Obito Uchiha]], after some subtle mental influencing by [[spoiler:Madara]], witnessed first-hand the death of [[TheLostLenore his childhood crush]] at the hands of the friend who vowed to protect her and became convinced the world he lived in was hell. [[spoiler:He then decided to accept Madara's plan to create a better world by killing or brainwashing everyone in the world]].
** [[spoiler:Madara Uchiha]] lived through a time of warfare, like everyone else in his generation. Then, thanks to his best friend's work, which he attempted to co-opt and sabotage, things started getting better and he mostly got over the wars, like everyone else in his generation. Then this one time, he didn't get to be the top boss of the country, after he eavesdropped on a private conversation between his best friend and his best friend's brother, where he found out that not everyone liked him, because he was such a bully to other people, his own family, and the people they were supposed to be courting as allies. So instead of being happy for his friend who did get the job, he [[spoiler: used an ancient stone detailing the world's constantly warring history to assume said friend's system would fail and justify his becoming the BigBad and trying to brainwash or kill everyone in the world, despite that in no way saying he in particular should take any action]]. Ladies and gentlemen, your final villain. [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere Kind of.]]
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Chapter 0, a special tie-in to the tenth movie. In it, we see Shiki and Gold Roger's rivalry, as well as the Flying Pirate's escape from Impel Down and his preparing for the movie's plot. Interspersed are scenes of people throughout the world, reacting to both Roger's death and Shiki's escape.
** To a lesser extent, the Fishman Island arc explains part of what made Arlong who he is.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''
** ''[[Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie Pokémon: The Origin of Mewtwo]]'' is this to [[CaptainObvious Mewtwo]].
** The fourth Mega Evolution special is this for Alain.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'':
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Subverted in episode 10 of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''.10. It seems to be one of these for Homura, but instead, it ends up showing that she's far less villainous than she seems [[spoiler:(all of her AntiHero antics are an attempt to prevent Madoka from dying and/or suffering a FateWorseThanDeath)]]. Played straight for Kyoko in episode 7.
** Played straight, however, in ''[[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion Rebellion]]''. [[spoiler: Homura's [[spoiler:Homura's infatuation with Madoka, causes her to trick her into appearing again, so she can steal her powers of godhood and become the devil. She does this to create a new perfect world where she believes Madoka will be happy (even though Madoka didn't want any of it) and will always be by her side.]]]]
* ''Manga/RaveMaster'': Almost every villain gets at least a chapter for this. Some are a little sad, some will leave you temporarily cheering for the villain (until you remember that every single one aims to wipe out all life as we know it).
* ''Anime/RahXephon'': One episode presents the back-story of Makoto Isshiki, an EvilAlbino who is a cold-hearted seducer and major jerk to everyone else. It shows him as a cute and kind boy who just wanted to find his parents. Then, one day he admitted to himself [[CloningBlues what he really was]], and his flashback ends with him getting an ImportantHaircut and taking on his nasty personality.
* ''Anime/RomeoXJuliet'' practically drops it line for line with the episode "Darkness: The Origin", which gives Prince Montague a somewhat run-of-the-mill FreudianExcuse.
* The ''Manga/RozenMaiden Ouvertüre'' OVA explores the start of Suigintou's fierce rivalry with Shinku and the source of her massive inferiority complex that motivated her to become the first season's BigBad.
* 2007 adaptation of ''Manga/SkullMan'' features one for [[spoiler:Black Ghost, BigBad of ''Manga/Cyborg009'']]
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'': The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOBG3CCew7Q 8th and final Parallel Works video]] is one of these for [[spoiler:Lordgenome]].
* ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'': Midora starts to reminisce over his past during his battle with Ichiryu. The flashback chapters reveal how a nameless baby born to be fed to wild pigs eventually became one of the most powerful and dreaded beings on the planet.
* The flashback arc in both incarnations of ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' seems at first to be the background for the highly [[MysteriousPast mysterious]] lead, but it's even more about the Start Of Darkness for the BigBad, his EvilTwin. In the anime version, the kid was always somewhat [[CreepyChild touched in the head]], and one [[FantasticRacism abusive crewman]], combined with the awareness that the human race destroyed the Earth and are [[HumansAreBastards now looking for a new planet]], push his pragmatism into KillAllHumans territory. In the manga...he has ''[[StrappedToAnOperatingTable much]]'' [[TheyWouldCutYouUp better]] [[TheReveal reason]].
** His ''manga'' [[AndIMustScream reason]] made ''Vash'' try to ''kill himself twice'' and laugh hysterically when he thought he'd accidentally killed [[HappilyAdopted Rem]]! And manga Knives UsedToBeASweetKid--more than Vash, even. Some of adult Vash's ideals are stuff ''Knives'' said as a kid.
** Legato also gets one of these, in the manga. Unusually, it has a very upbeat ending -- because psychotically serving an OmnicidalManiac who doesn't really give a damn about you is ''so'' much better than being raped to death by the guy who owns you. Knives didn't just spare him, he even [[TearJerker asked his name]]! Weirdest CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming ever. And nameless-boy-who-would-become-Legato goes stumbling after him naked and weeping for joy.
** Livio has one, too, although his is complicated by the fact that [[spoiler:first he got a psychotic alternate personality,]] and then later he was [[spoiler:acquired by the Eye of Michael and turned into a killing machine in his own right.]]
** Anime [[AntiHero Wolfwood]] also gets one. Manga Wolfwood just gets back story snippets. But because the anime is LighterAndFluffier, Wolfwood's philosophical position has a lot less pull there, so he needs a more clear-cut 'reason' to think the way he does.



* In episode 15 of ''Anime/GuiltyCrown'', ''[[TheHeart Shu]]'' of all people has one of these. [[spoiler: Hare]] is killed right in front of him (in his arms) because of something stupid and selfish done by [[spoiler: Souta and his friends]] in order to prevent [[spoiler: the creation of the Void Ranking System.]] After [[spoiler: her]] death Shu gets DullEyesOfUnhappiness and [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything mounts Inori and forcibly removes her Void]] and procedes to chillingly emotionlessly systemetically rip to pieces the mechs attacking them. He then proceeds to go hysterical and begin pounding [[spoiler: Souta's]] face in before being dragged off by Yahiro. [[DespairEventHorizon His next words,]] [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness coming from]] Shu of all people, [[OhCrap hit the characters(and the audience) pretty hard]]:
--> '''Shu''': "I was wrong. Kindness is pointless. We have to separate the good from the trash. I'm going to become king." ''[[FanNickname Heil Mein Shurer]]''
* ''Manga/DeathNote'': After Light realizes what he posses, he decides that he enjoys having the power to kill those he views as evil. He even jumps the gun and starts his GodComplex after he finally meets Ryuk and tells him about his intentions.
* In ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'', Midora starts to reminisce over his past during his battle with Ichiryu. The flashback chapters reveal how a nameless baby born to be fed to wild pigs eventually became one of the most powerful and dreaded beings on the planet.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'': In chapter 436, we are given a look into Zeref's past, including the source of his InstantDeathRadius. [[spoiler:He was cursed by a god for trying to bring his dead little brother back to life]]. However, this was only the beginning. Later on, Mavis reveals when Zeref truly fell into the darkness: [[spoiler:he fell in love with Mavis after he found out she had the same curse and she proposed that they give EternalLove a shot. However, their first and only kiss ''kills'' her because his love for her is strong enough to empower his curse to take her supposedly immortal life. To have the only person who ever brought him happiness be so cruelly ripped away is what would finally break Zeref and cause a downward spiral that he would never get out of]].
* The despair arc of ''Anime/Danganronpa3'' will show how [[spoiler: the students of Class 77]] became Ultimate Despair.

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* In episode 15 of ''Anime/GuiltyCrown'', ''[[TheHeart Shu]]'' of all people has ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'': the antagonists in seasons one and two are shown to have become villainous due to major psychological trauma leading to crises of these. faith in their formerly-held ideals (the massacre of Toguro's students by a youkai and Sensui's exposure to the depravity of humanity and then the Black Chapter tape). And in both cases enough self-hatred to stage really stupid, selfish [[spoiler: Hare]] is killed right in front of him (in his arms) because of something stupid and selfish done by [[spoiler: Souta and his friends]] in order to prevent [[spoiler: the creation of the Void Ranking System.]] After [[spoiler: her]] death Shu gets DullEyesOfUnhappiness and [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything mounts Inori and forcibly removes her Void]] and procedes to chillingly emotionlessly systemetically rip to pieces the mechs attacking them. He then proceeds to go hysterical and begin pounding [[spoiler: Souta's]] face in before being dragged off by Yahiro. [[DespairEventHorizon His next words,]] [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness coming from]] Shu of all people, [[OhCrap hit the characters(and the audience) pretty hard]]:
--> '''Shu''': "I was wrong. Kindness is pointless. We have to separate the good from the trash. I'm going to become king." ''[[FanNickname Heil Mein Shurer]]''
* ''Manga/DeathNote'': After Light realizes what he posses, he decides that he enjoys having the power to kill those he views as evil. He even jumps the gun and starts his GodComplex after he finally meets Ryuk and tells him about his intentions.
* In ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'', Midora starts to reminisce over his past during his battle with Ichiryu. The flashback chapters reveal how a nameless baby born to be fed to wild pigs eventually became one of the most powerful and dreaded beings on the planet.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'': In chapter 436, we are given a look into Zeref's past, including the source of his InstantDeathRadius. [[spoiler:He was cursed by a god for trying to bring his dead little brother back to life]]. However, this was only the beginning. Later on, Mavis reveals when Zeref truly fell into the darkness: [[spoiler:he fell in love with Mavis after he found out she had the same curse and she proposed that they give EternalLove a shot. However, their first and only kiss ''kills'' her because his love for her is strong enough to empower his curse to take her supposedly immortal life. To have the only person who ever brought him happiness be so cruelly ripped away is what would finally break Zeref and cause a downward spiral that he would never get out of]].
* The despair arc of ''Anime/Danganronpa3'' will show how [[spoiler: the students of Class 77]] became Ultimate Despair.
[[ThanatosGambit Thanatos Gambits]].]]
1st Jan '17 2:06:53 PM RGZReGZ
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*** With MetalGearSolid4, 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.
22nd Dec '16 8:07:14 AM MrItty
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them. When Gwendolyn Post tells her about it, you can clearly see the pain in her face. This winds up destroying her trust in them, which wound up having serious implications down the road.
22nd Dec '16 8:06:34 AM MrItty
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** Faith got hers when the Scooby gang saw fit to leave her out of the intervention they gave Buffy in regards to her hiding Angel from all of them. When Gwendolyn Post tells her about it, you can clearly see the pain in her face. This winds up destroying her trust in them, which wound up having serious implications down the road.

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** Faith got hers when the Scooby gang saw fit to leave her out of the intervention they gave Buffy in regards to her hiding Angel from all of them. When Gwendolyn Post tells her about it, you can clearly see the pain in her face. This winds up destroying her trust in them, which wound up having serious implications down the road.
22nd Dec '16 6:50:06 AM MrItty
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* In ''Disney/BigHero6'', [[spoiler:it almost happens to Hiro Hamada, in which the death of his older brother hardened his heart and gave him a desire for revenge. He snaps out of it thanks to his friends]].
** In fact, it's been stated by the creators that Yokai is [[spoiler:supposed to be a foil to Hiro, representing the path of revenge that he could have gone down.]]
19th Dec '16 4:53:26 AM Lizzardtong
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** The Hag lived in a quiet, friendly town. when the hag, formerly known as Lisa Sherwood, lost her footing and struck her head, slipping in and out of consciousness because of a sudden storm, she found herself captured by cannibals, when she finally escaped she proceeded to devour her kidnappers.
17th Dec '16 1:23:49 AM erforce
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* ''Franchise/{{Castlvania}}''

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* ''Franchise/{{Castlvania}}''''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}''
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