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23rd Jul '17 11:42:52 AM Samothrace42
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* This occurs in the backstory of [[VideoGame/Fallout4 Fallout 4]] for [[BigBad the]] [[MadScientist Institute]]. Having sequestered themselves far below the [[DeathWorld Commonwealth]] for roughly a century while working on creating [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots Ridiculously Human Robots]] to help rebuild civilization with, they were already pretty distrusted and regarded with suspicion by the residents of the Wasteland above, many of whom [[GenreSavvy saw their offers]] of [[WeCanRuleTogether We Can Rule Together]] as [[SchmuckBait Schmuck Bait]]. Eventually, the Institute decided to help the Commonwealth [[PetTheDog as a gesture of good will]] by [[TheManBehindTheMan secretly organizing]] the [[TheAlliance Commonwealth Provisional Government]], [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything an alliance of like-minded representatives of various settlements from across the Commonwealth]] [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution that would come together and help organize the beginnings of a new society]] ([[CallBack similar to the creation]] of the [[TheFederation New California Republic]] in [[VideoGame/Fallout2 Fallout 2]]). Unfortunately, unlike the historical Constitutional Congress they were based on, [[RealityEnsues the members of the CPG were never able to come to a consensus]] and [[KillEmAll killed each other]] - leaving only the Institute's representative the [[SoleSurvivor Sole Survivor]] of the shootout. The Institute was then [[NotMeThisTime promptly blamed]] [[PoorCommunicationKills by the rest of the Commonwealth]] for their [[HopeSpot chance at a new society]] [[ShootTheShaggyDogStory getting smashed to pieces]]. This set the Institute [[CynicismCatalyst on their dark path to villainy]], with them now regarding the Commonwealth [[FantasticRacism as a lost cause full of unkempt savages]] only worthy of being used as tools [[VisionaryVillain in their quest]] to [[WellIntentionedExtremist create a world that won't fall victim to]] [[AtomicHate Atomic Hate]].
18th Jul '17 11:43:25 PM VanSisean
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* ''Manga/{{Monster}}'': Despite the fact that Johan Liebert may as well have been born an EnfanteTerrible with a destiny as a natural-born villain (to the point that he displays several characteristics associated with the TheAntichrist), the series is principally devoted to finding out what in particular set him on his life trajectory to be as evil as conceivably possible (not least by committing and/or inspiring others to commit a series of murders). In the final episode and the series' semi-sequel ''Another Monster'', it is implied that pondering what his mother's reasoning and intentions for alternately rejecting either himself or his twin sister were when [[SadisticChoice she was forced to give one of the children to Franz Bonaparta and Peter Čapek]] (compounded by the fact that the two were HalfIdenticalTwins that were also dressed seemingly indistinguishably), combined with [[TraumaCongaLine internalizing all of the pain and fear that his sister experienced after she was the one taken away by Bonaparta and Čapek, and then being abandoned by their mother to live on their own]], was what induced Johan to begin killing and manipulating others in earnest.

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* ''Manga/{{Monster}}'': Despite the fact that Johan Liebert may as well have been born an EnfanteTerrible with a destiny as a natural-born villain (to the point that he displays several characteristics associated with the TheAntichrist), the series is principally devoted to finding out what in particular set him on his life trajectory to be as evil as conceivably possible (not least by committing and/or inspiring others to commit a series of murders). In the final episode and the series' semi-sequel ''Another Monster'', it is implied that pondering what his mother's reasoning and intentions for alternately rejecting either himself or his twin sister were when [[SadisticChoice she was forced to give one of the children to Franz Bonaparta and Peter Čapek]] (compounded by the fact that the two were HalfIdenticalTwins that were also dressed seemingly indistinguishably), combined with [[TraumaCongaLine internalizing all of the pain and fear that his sister experienced after she was the one taken away by Bonaparta and Čapek, and then being abandoned by their mother to live on their own]], was what induced Johan to begin killing and manipulating others in earnest.
8th Jul '17 4:15:11 AM azbyc15243
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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': In ''Literature/ColdDays'', Sarissa comments that Slate wasn't a bad person... until he accepted the [[ArtifactOfDoom Winter Mantle]].

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** ''Literature/SmallFavor'' reveals the events that led to Marcone becoming the crime lord of Chicago. [[spoiler:He used to be a minor criminal, but an innocent girl was shot in an attack meant for him. This motivated him to take over the criminal organisations and enforce standards on them, so that something like this would never happen again]].
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In ''Literature/ColdDays'', Sarissa comments that Slate wasn't a bad person... until he accepted the [[ArtifactOfDoom Winter Mantle]].


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* The fifth volume of ''LightNovel/TheUnexploredSummonBloodSign'' is this for [[spoiler:the White Queen]]. It reveals that she wasn't initially evil, but childishly innocent, to the point of making a promise to never hurt anyone if it meant she could stay with [[spoiler:Kyousuke]]. But because others tried to exploit her power by [[spoiler:pretending to be Kyousuke]], she was forced to break this promise.
23rd Jun '17 9:08:23 PM LovePsychothefirst
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* A good chunk of the plot of ''VideoGame/TalesOfZestiria'' revolves around the main party to hunt down the Earthen Historia so as to watch past events, specifically those revolving around the [[TheDreaded Lord of Calamity]] [[BigBad Heldalf]].
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfBerseria'' follows in the footsteps of above (not surprising since it's a prequel) as during the massive WhamEpisode the truth of how the BigBad became how he is is revealed by the Earthen Historia. In a somewhat meta fashion, due to the HistoricalVillainUpgrade that [[AntiHero Velvet]] goes through in-universe (as the first one to hold the title of [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Lord of Calamity]]) the prologue of the game counts as this, showing what [[BreakTheCutie broke]] the sweet village girl she was before the Advent.
16th Jun '17 7:25:34 AM Gosicrystal
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* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'': An variation given he was already a hard-ass to begin with, but ''Gyakuten Kenji 2'' explains in more detail how Manfred von Karma turned from a "mere" {{Jerkass}} to a full-blown villain [[spoiler:who murdered Gregory Edgeworth for tarnishing his perfect win record. This was also the start for Miles, as Manfred took him in shortly thereafter and began to instill his "win at all costs" mentality in him.]]

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* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'': An A variation given he was already a hard-ass to begin with, but ''Gyakuten Kenji 2'' explains in more detail how Manfred von Karma turned from a "mere" {{Jerkass}} to a full-blown villain [[spoiler:who murdered Gregory Edgeworth for tarnishing his perfect win record. This was also the start for Miles, as Manfred took him in shortly thereafter and began to instill his "win at all costs" mentality in him.]]
6th Jun '17 9:36:19 PM superkeijikun
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* ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'': [[spoiler:Dan Kuroto was a ChildProdigy game developer for GENM Corp., coming up with amazing ideas for brand new video games. Then one day, he got a letter from a little boy named [[TheHero Hojo Emu]], who was so inspired by Kuroto's games that he came up with new ideas of games that he hoped Kuroto could develop. The idea that a child could even '''''think''''' of making games as good as him left Kuroto incensed, so much so that he decided to send a beta version of one game that he had been working on, albeit one infected with [[TheCorruption Bugster viruses]], thus making Emu PatientZero of the game disease epidemic.]]

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* ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'': [[spoiler:Dan Dan Kuroto was a ChildProdigy game developer for GENM Corp., coming up with amazing ideas for brand new video games. Then one day, he got a letter from a little boy named [[TheHero Hojo Emu]], who was so inspired by Kuroto's games that he came up with new ideas of games that he hoped Kuroto could develop. The idea that a child could even '''''think''''' of making games as good as him left Kuroto incensed, so much so that he decided to send a beta version of one game that he had been working on, albeit one infected with [[TheCorruption Bugster viruses]], thus making Emu PatientZero of the game disease epidemic.]]
6th Jun '17 9:35:11 PM superkeijikun
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* ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'': [[spoiler:Dan Kuroto was a ChildProdigy game developer for GENM Corp., coming up with amazing ideas for brand new video games. Then one day, he got a letter from a little boy named [[TheHero Hojo Emu]], who was so inspired by Kuroto's games that he came up with new ideas of games that he hoped Kuroto could develop. The idea that a child could even '''''think''''' of making games as good as him left Kuroto incensed, so much so that he decided to send a beta version of one game that he had been working on, albeit one infected with [[TheCorruption Bugster viruses]], thus making Emu PatientZero of the game disease epidemic.]]
26th May '17 2:23:14 PM Morgenthaler
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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 had left 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]].

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In the episode [[WhamEpisode "Holly Jolly Secrets Part II"]] of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', II"]], 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 had left 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]].
21st May '17 5:39:21 PM Tomodachi
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In ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', we get brief glimpses of Tai Lung's when Oogway refuses to give him the Dragon Scroll. Master Shifu was partly to blame for this as well, since he never properly disciplined Tai Lung, and instead continuously praised and encouraged him, which helped lead to his FaceHeelTurn.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', we get brief glimpses of Tai Lung's when Oogway refuses to give him the Dragon Scroll. Master Shifu was partly to blame for this as well, since he never properly disciplined Tai Lung, and instead continuously praised and encouraged him, which helped lead to his FaceHeelTurn.
21st May '17 5:33:38 PM Tomodachi
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'' narrates his own start of darkness being the villain to Metro Man back when they were school kids. Metro Man was adored by their classmates, but no matter what he tried, no one liked Megamind. So, he decided, since being bad seemed to be the ONE thing he was good at, [[ThenLetMeBeEvil he would BE as bad as he could be]]!
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' gives us a {{flashback}} of [[spoiler:Lotso-Huggin' Bear]] being accidentally abandoned in a field on a picnic, then [[ReplacementGoldfish replaced with an identical model]]. The flashback's narrator tell us "something snapped that day." That's when [[spoiler:Lotso]] lost all trust in humans and started his path on the dark side, eventually [[spoiler:becoming the evil ruler of the Sunnyside Daycare Center]].
In ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', we get brief glimpses of Tai Lung's when Oogway refuses to give him the Dragon Scroll. Master Shifu was partly to blame for this as well, since he never properly disciplined Tai Lung, and instead continuously praised and encouraged him, which helped lead to his FaceHeelTurn.
* Shown in a prologue in ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' on how Mr. Incredible giving Buddy, his #1 fan, the cold shoulder eventually turned him into Syndrome.
* In ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', there was once a character named Turbo, protagonist of the racing game ''[=TurboTime=]'', who '''loved''' the attention he got from gamers when they played his game. When a newer racing game, ''Roadblasters'', came to the arcade and took the gamers' attention away from him, he [[BerserkButton didn't take it well]]. He took it '''so''' poorly, in fact, that he left his own game and entered ''Roadblasters'' in an attempt to sabotage it. He succeeded, at a price: both ''[=TurboTime=]'' and ''Roadblasters'' were deemed permanently out-of-order, unplugged and removed from the arcade. Turbo's reckless actions were so shocking that a phrase was created to describe them: "going Turbo". It's actually through an explanation of the meaning of the phrase that the aforementioned events are shown in a {{flashback}}. It turns out that [[spoiler:Turbo actually survived and went on to invade an even newer racing game by the name of ''Sugar Rush'', forcing himself into the game with a disguise and a new name: "King Candy". Unfortunately, the game already had a playable royal by the name of Vanellope von Schweetz, but he soon [[DummiedOut fixed that little issue]]. ...So, yeah, he's definitely the BigBad.]]
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