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29th Dec '15 8:17:27 PM SteveMB
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* ''Fanfic/AloneTogether'': Each of the two suffers an injury that deprives them of a major character trait -- [[SheFu ultra-athletic]] Kim gets a broken ankle that doesn't properly heal; [[DeadpanSnarker sharp-tongued]] Shego is left mute in the aftermath of [[spoiler:her suicide attempt]]. Like everything else that physically happens to them in the Other World, these are [[ResetButton undone]] when they return home.
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* ''Fanfic/AloneTogether'': Each of the two suffers an injury Kim and Shego are each injured in a way that deprives them of impacts a major character trait -- [[SheFu ultra-athletic]] Kim gets a broken ankle that doesn't properly heal; [[DeadpanSnarker sharp-tongued]] Shego is left mute in the aftermath of [[spoiler:her suicide attempt]]. Like everything else that physically happens to them in the [[AlternateUniverse Other World, World]], these are [[ResetButton undone]] when they return home.
15th Oct '15 1:03:52 PM MajinAkuma
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* In ''Manga/KoeNoKatachi'', Shouko's right arm is in a sling after the events of chapter 43. Since she normally uses sign language to communicate and that is her writing hand, it makes her attempts to communicate more difficult and represents how she is being isolated from others.
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* In ''Manga/KoeNoKatachi'', Shouko's Shouko Nishimiya's right arm is in a sling after the events of chapter 43. Since she is deaf and normally uses sign language or notebooks to communicate and that is her writing hand, it makes her attempts to communicate more difficult and represents how she is being isolated from others.
28th Sep '15 10:19:45 PM morenohijazo
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* ''FanFic/IAmNotGoingThroughPubertyAgain'': this is [[spoiler:Sasuke]]'s reason for having refused a prosthetic arm.
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* ''FanFic/IAmNotGoingThroughPubertyAgain'': this is [[spoiler:Sasuke]]'s reason for having refused a prosthetic arm.for his left arm, as well as why he incinerates the very ''real'' left arm that he'd ripped off post time travel when Sakura offers to reattach it.

* The Pirate Captain from ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial "The Pirate Planet". His body is largely robotic and he is gaining material wealth ruthlessly, replacing his humanity with materials.
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* The Pirate Captain from ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial [[Recap/DoctorWhoS16E2ThePiratePlanet "The Pirate Planet".Planet"]]. His body is largely robotic and he is gaining material wealth ruthlessly, replacing his humanity with materials.
28th Sep '15 10:03:15 PM morenohijazo
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* FanFic/IAmNotGoingThroughPubertyAgain: this is [[spoiler:Sasuke]]'s reason for having refused a prosthetic arm.
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* FanFic/IAmNotGoingThroughPubertyAgain: ''Fanfic/AloneTogether'': Each of the two suffers an injury that deprives them of a major character trait -- [[SheFu ultra-athletic]] Kim gets a broken ankle that doesn't properly heal; [[DeadpanSnarker sharp-tongued]] Shego is left mute in the aftermath of [[spoiler:her suicide attempt]]. Like everything else that physically happens to them in the Other World, these are [[ResetButton undone]] when they return home. * ''FanFic/DirtySympathy'': Klavier lost his small toe because of Daryan to represent that he lost a small part of himself. * ''FanFic/IAmNotGoingThroughPubertyAgain'': this is [[spoiler:Sasuke]]'s reason for having refused a prosthetic arm.

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* ''FanFic/SonOfTheDesert'': To demonstrate his desire to no longer destroy things and have a new life, Scar/Kirah had his alchemy arm cut off by Edward.

* May or may not be the case with George Lucas' apparent obsession with having the two Star Wars protagonist's hands chopped off.
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* May or may not be the case with George Lucas' apparent obsession with having the two Star Wars ''Franchise/StarWars'' protagonist's hands chopped off. * Lee from ''Film/{{Secretary}}''.

* Gloucester in Theatre/KingLear. There are numerous references to eyes and him in the text. He can't see the truth about his sons [[CainAndAbel Edgar and Edmund]], due to [[BastardBastard Edmund]] though he is quite gullible. Eventually he gets his eyes torn out.
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* Gloucester in Theatre/KingLear.''Theatre/KingLear''. There are numerous references to eyes and him in the text. He can't see the truth about his sons [[CainAndAbel Edgar and Edmund]], due to [[BastardBastard Edmund]] though he is quite gullible. Eventually he gets his eyes torn out.

* Perhaps the Ur-example is ''OedipusRex'', who dug out his own eyes to punish himself for his refusal to see the truth until it was too late.
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* Perhaps the Ur-example is ''OedipusRex'', ''Theatre/OedipusRex'', who dug out his own eyes to punish himself for his refusal to see the truth until it was too late. late. [[AC:Roleplay]] * ''Roleplay/DoubtAcademy'': ** [[spoiler:When Emiko Shiromura is found dead, the self-inflicted wounds she clawed into herself after the first trial, trying to get incriminating evidence off of her have been sliced open once again. The murderer was possibly after her for this reason - to get revenge on her for escaping death.]] ** [[spoiler:Nanoka Era is blinded and made half-deaf as the scapegoat for the third trial. She is also the talent most dependent on her senses...]]

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* ''VideoGame/CorpseParty'': A cross between this and DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything. [[spoiler:The first ritual has the students rip a proxy doll apart, which is supposed to correspond to Sachiko, as the ritual carries her name. The correct ritual has the survivors '''unite''' said paper doll, begging her (for her forgiveness) so as to appease her wrath in order for her to pass on at last.]] * ''VideoGame/TheEvilWithin'': The very nature of the monsters' deformities and injuries; it's why their faces tend to be torn apart, or their bodies wrapped in barbed wire or impaled on glass/metal.
23rd Sep '15 4:40:47 PM nombretomado
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* In NorseMythology, Odin sacrificed one of his own eyes (giving up sensory knowledge) to drink from the well of wisdom (gaining mystical knowledge).
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* In NorseMythology, Myth/NorseMythology, Odin sacrificed one of his own eyes (giving up sensory knowledge) to drink from the well of wisdom (gaining mystical knowledge).
13th Sep '15 9:18:23 AM PomRania
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* This is extremely prevalent in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', where JerkassGod's law of EquivalentExchange dictates that the price of victory is enduring Symbolic Mutilation as a form of IronicHell. The HandicappedBadass main character Edward lost the arm that allowed him to perform alchemy and the leg on which he stood, damaging his pride by forcing him to depend on others. Similarly, his brother, who attempted to resurrect their mother in order to feel the warmth of her presence again, lost his entire physical being, now unable to feel anything at all. Their teacher, longing for [[spoiler:her dead child, loses her reproductive organs]]; action guy [[spoiler:Havoc gets paralyzed]]; the WideEyedIdealist [[spoiler:Mustang is blinded]]; the IncorruptiblePurePureness [[spoiler:Nina]] gets [[spoiler:gruesomely fused with ''her dog'' and then murdered]]; the silver-tongued [[spoiler:Kimblee has his throat torn out]]; the desperate-to-help [[spoiler:Lan Fan loses her arm]]; the list goes on from there.
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* This is extremely prevalent in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', where JerkassGod's law of EquivalentExchange dictates that the price of victory is enduring Symbolic Mutilation as a form of IronicHell. The HandicappedBadass main character Edward lost the arm that allowed him to perform alchemy and the leg on which he stood, damaging his pride by forcing him to depend on others. Similarly, his brother, who attempted to resurrect their mother in order to feel the warmth of her presence again, lost his entire physical being, now unable to feel anything at all. Their teacher, longing for [[spoiler:her dead child, loses her reproductive organs]]; action guy [[spoiler:Havoc gets paralyzed]]; the WideEyedIdealist [[spoiler:Mustang [[spoiler:Mustang]] is blinded]]; blinded. ** Not directly invoked by said JerkassGod, but still relevant: action guy [[spoiler:Havoc]] gets paralyzed; the IncorruptiblePurePureness [[spoiler:Nina]] gets [[spoiler:gruesomely fused gruesomely [[spoiler:fused with ''her dog'' and then murdered]]; the silver-tongued [[spoiler:Kimblee [[spoiler:Kimblee]] has his throat torn out]]; out; the desperate-to-help [[spoiler:Lan Fan Fan]] loses her arm]]; arm; the list goes on from there.

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[[AC:Fan Works]] * This FanFic/IAmNotGoingThroughPubertyAgain: this is extremely prevalent in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', where JerkassGod's law of EquivalentExchange dictates that [[spoiler:Sasuke]]'s reason for having refused a prosthetic arm. -->[[spoiler:'''Sasuke''']]: It's symbolic. The hand I used when I tried to kill you is gone. Discarding it signifies my resolve to turn aside from the price dark path I walked in my younger years. It's a sign of victory is enduring Symbolic Mutilation as a form of IronicHell. The HandicappedBadass main character Edward lost the arm that allowed him to perform alchemy my penitence, and the leg on which he stood, damaging his pride by forcing him of my ultimate acceptance of your philosophy. -->''{{beat}}'' -->'''Naruto''': You know... [[FridgeLogic I'm pretty sure]] you've tried to depend on others. Similarly, his brother, who attempted to resurrect their mother in order to feel the warmth kill me plenty of her presence again, lost his entire physical being, now unable to feel anything at all. Their teacher, longing for [[spoiler:her dead child, loses her reproductive organs]]; action guy [[spoiler:Havoc gets paralyzed]]; the WideEyedIdealist [[spoiler:Mustang is blinded]]; the IncorruptiblePurePureness [[spoiler:Nina]] gets [[spoiler:gruesomely fused times with ''her dog'' and then murdered]]; the silver-tongued [[spoiler:Kimblee has his throat torn out]]; the desperate-to-help [[spoiler:Lan Fan loses her arm]]; the list goes on from there.your ''right hand'', too.
15th Jun '15 7:14:42 PM JustKnown
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Often a character can be mutilated. However this will often represent something about them. They might not see what is happening until they are [[EyeScream blinded]]. Similar to BlindSeer, who are sometimes the result of this.
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Often a A character can be mutilated. However this will often represent something about them. is mutilated in an explicitly symbolic way. They might not see what is happening the truth until they are [[EyeScream blinded]]. Similar to BlindSeer, blinded]]. A grasping or avaricious character might lose a hand, a vain character may be disfigured, a character who are sometimes refuses to act may be paralyzed, and one who fails to speak out against injustice might lose their tongue. Compare and contrast AnArmAndALeg, which also uses severe injury to advance the result of this. plot but the injury itself won't necessarily represent anything specific about the character.

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* Perhaps the Ur-example is ''OedipusRex'', who dug out his own eyes to punish himself for his refusal to see the truth until it was too late.
7th Apr '15 9:32:19 AM nombretomado
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* The Pirate Captain from DoctorWho serial The Pirate Planet. His body is largely robotic and he is gaining material wealth ruthlessly, replacing his humanity with materials.
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* The Pirate Captain from DoctorWho ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial The "The Pirate Planet.Planet". His body is largely robotic and he is gaining material wealth ruthlessly, replacing his humanity with materials.
3rd Apr '15 11:29:33 AM Viira
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* This is extremely prevalent in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', where JerkassGod's law of EquivalentExchange dictates that the price of victory is enduring SymbolicMutilation as a form of IronicHell- the HandicappedBadass main character Edward lost the arm that allowed him to perform alchemy and the leg on which he stood, damaging his pride by forcing him to depend on others. Similarly, his brother, who attempted to resurrect their mother in order to feel the warmth of her presence again, lost his entire physical being, now unable to feel anything at all. Their teacher, in mourning for [[spoiler:her dead child, loses her reproductive organs]]; the action guy [[spoiler:Havoc]] manages to [[spoiler:get paralyzed]]; the WideEyedIdealist [[spoiler:Mustang gets blinded]]; the IncorruptiblePurePureness [[spoiler:Nina]] gets [[spoiler:gruesomely fused with ''her dog'' and then murdered]]; the silver-tongued [[spoiler:Kimblee gets his throat torn out]]; the desperate-to-help [[spoiler:Lan Fan loses her arm]]; the list goes on from there.
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* This is extremely prevalent in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', where JerkassGod's law of EquivalentExchange dictates that the price of victory is enduring SymbolicMutilation Symbolic Mutilation as a form of IronicHell- the IronicHell. The HandicappedBadass main character Edward lost the arm that allowed him to perform alchemy and the leg on which he stood, damaging his pride by forcing him to depend on others. Similarly, his brother, who attempted to resurrect their mother in order to feel the warmth of her presence again, lost his entire physical being, now unable to feel anything at all. Their teacher, in mourning longing for [[spoiler:her dead child, loses her reproductive organs]]; the action guy [[spoiler:Havoc]] manages to [[spoiler:get [[spoiler:Havoc gets paralyzed]]; the WideEyedIdealist [[spoiler:Mustang gets is blinded]]; the IncorruptiblePurePureness [[spoiler:Nina]] gets [[spoiler:gruesomely fused with ''her dog'' and then murdered]]; the silver-tongued [[spoiler:Kimblee gets has his throat torn out]]; the desperate-to-help [[spoiler:Lan Fan loses her arm]]; the list goes on from there.
30th Mar '15 8:36:16 PM Zephyr7
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* In ''Manga/KoeNoKatachi'', Shouko's right arm is in a sling after the events of chapter 43. Since she normally uses sign language to communicate and that is her writing hand, it makes her attempts to communicate more difficult and represents how she is being isolated from others.
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