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5th Jan '18 7:51:41 PM SomberCaelifera
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* The Master gets a some of this in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Sound of Drums". It's revealed he was driven insane during a procedure on Gallifrey of staring into the Untempered Schism, a gap in the fabric of reality which exposes the time vortex. This then expanded upon in "The End of Time", where it turns out Rassilon, Lord President of Gallifrey during the last days of the Time War, retroactively drove the Master insane on his own command to establish him as a link between Gallifrey inside the time-locked Time War and the tangible universe outside it.

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* The Master gets a some of this in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Sound of Drums". It's revealed he was driven insane during a procedure an RiteOfPassage on Gallifrey of Gallifrey, involving staring into the Untempered Schism, a gap in the fabric of reality which exposes the time vortex. This then expanded upon in "The End of Time", where it turns out Rassilon, Lord President of Gallifrey during the last days of the Time War, retroactively drove the Master insane on his own command to establish him as a link between Gallifrey inside the time-locked Time War and the tangible universe outside it.
27th Dec '17 10:41:41 AM RedScharlach
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* Yet another Start of Darkness for the Master in the ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' audio drama ''Master''. Apparently, it all goes back to when he and the Doctor were at the Academy, and he killed an older boy who was tormenting them. [[spoiler: This isn't what happened. The Doctor killed the boy and then made a deal with Death for the guilt to be transfered to his friend.]]

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* Yet another Start of Darkness for the Master in the ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' audio drama ''Master''. Apparently, it all goes back to when he and the Doctor were at the Academy, and he killed an older boy who was tormenting them. [[spoiler: This isn't what happened. The Doctor killed the boy and then made a deal with Death for the guilt to be transfered transferred to his friend.]]



** 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.

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** Sabrina Gaiden starts on with her as a 10-year old 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.



* ''Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen'', forthcoming prequel to the ''Literature/OldKingdom'' trilogy, is set to depict how its title character became [[spoiler: Chlorr of the Mask, an evil necromancer who served as one of the main villains of the second and third books]].

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* ''Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen'', forthcoming prequel to the ''Literature/OldKingdom'' trilogy, is set to depict how its title character became [[spoiler: Chlorr [[spoiler:Chlorr of the Mask, an evil necromancer who served as one of the main villains of the second and third books]].



* On ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'' Nucky Thompson's is giving Gillian over to The Commodore, its mentioned a few times but season 5 really drives this trope home by having a series of flashbacks showing Nucky's life building up to this point.

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* On ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'' Nucky Thompson's is giving Gillian over to The Commodore, its Commodore; it's mentioned a few times but season 5 really drives this trope home by having a series of flashbacks showing Nucky's life building up to this point.



** "It's Not Easy Being Green" shows how Zelena discovered in the course of one day that she was adopted, her stepfather never loved her, her mother abandoned her at birth and she had a sister who got everything she never had. [[spoiler: When she's passed over as Rumpelstiltskin's student]], her envy corrupts her and turns her into the Wicked Witch of the West.

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** "It's Not Easy Being Green" shows how Zelena discovered in the course of one day that she was adopted, her stepfather never loved her, her mother abandoned her at birth and she had a sister who got everything she never had. [[spoiler: When [[spoiler:When she's passed over as Rumpelstiltskin's student]], her envy corrupts her and turns her into the Wicked Witch of the West.



*** With ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'', as it turns out the game is the 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.

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



* From Wiki/{{Killerbunnies}}, we have Genevieve, a sixty-nine year old bitter, manipulative, and foul tempered rabbit, who is a BlackWidow, however, according to her backstory, her start of darkness came when she found out her first husband, Malcolm, was having an affair and, in her fit of upset, she poisoned him, leading for her continuous kill up to six husbands afterwards.

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* From Wiki/{{Killerbunnies}}, we have Genevieve, a sixty-nine year old sixty-nine-year-old bitter, manipulative, and foul tempered rabbit, who is a BlackWidow, however, according to her backstory, her start of darkness came when she found out her first husband, Malcolm, was having an affair and, in her fit of upset, she poisoned him, leading for her continuous kill up to six husbands afterwards.



** In the episode [[WhamEpisode "Holly Jolly Secrets Part 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]].

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** In the episode [[WhamEpisode "Holly Jolly Secrets Part 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) .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]].



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' episode "The Secret Orgin of Denzel Crocker," it is explained [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin how Crocker became obsessed with fairies]] and why he's so bitter toward his students and life. It's due to Timmy accidently costing him his fairies (ironically Cosmo and Wana in the 70s) when he travels back in time to discover what made Crocker so bitter. Naturally, Crocker doesnt remember this but before his memories were erased, he had time to scribble down "fairies are real" on a magic detector he managed to hide, leading to his lifelong obsession with proving their existance.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' episode "The Secret Orgin of Denzel Crocker," it is explained [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin how Crocker became obsessed with fairies]] and why he's so bitter toward his students and life. It's due to Timmy accidently accidentally costing him his fairies (ironically Cosmo and Wana in the 70s) when he travels back in time to discover what made Crocker so bitter. Naturally, Crocker doesnt remember this but before his memories were erased, he had time to scribble down "fairies are real" on a magic detector he managed to hide, leading to his lifelong obsession with proving their existance.
26th Dec '17 7:42:09 PM RezaMaulana98
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* Half-jokingly, fans said that Wrestling/UltimateWarrior's NoSell to Wrestling/TripleH's Pedigree at [=WrestleMania=] 12 was the moment that Triple H decided that he will use his [[MemeticMutation burial shovel]] to bury those that stand on his way to reach the top of the wrestling world.
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.
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