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30th Apr '18 10:32:43 AM Monolaf317
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* Kaoru from the Japanese film ''Film/MidnightSun'' is allergic to the sun. She can't do most things due to this allergy. She falls for a boy she sees out her window but can't interact with him. [[spoiler:Eventually she decides to go outside even despite her illness however it [[TheHeroDies eventually kills Kaoru]].]]

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* Kaoru from the Japanese film ''Film/MidnightSun'' is allergic to the sun. She can't do most things due to this allergy. She falls for a boy she sees out her window window, but can't interact with him. [[spoiler:Eventually [[spoiler:Eventually, she decides to go outside even despite her illness however illness; however, it [[TheHeroDies eventually kills Kaoru]].]]
30th Apr '18 9:55:16 AM KingLyger
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* Willy Loman in ''Theatre/DeathOfASalesman''. His life's dream is to succeed as a salesman and to be well-liked - but he was never cut out to be a salesman. The only reason he wants to be a salesman so badly is because some other guy that he loved and respected was one. He is atrociously bad at it. It's implied several times that had he become a carpenter, he could have been happy, but Willy rejects his own talents as being worthless. The play itself is set at the end of his life, and it explores what happens when someone must face that their dream is impossible.

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* Willy Loman in ''Theatre/DeathOfASalesman''. His life's dream is to succeed as a salesman and to be well-liked - but he was never cut out to be a salesman. The only reason he wants to be a salesman so badly is because some other guy that he loved and respected was one. He Willy himself, however, is atrociously bad at it. On top of that, Willy is a deconstruction of the {{Determinator}}; his complete and utter refusal to give up on his dream is instead presented as his FatalFlaw. It's implied several times that had he Willy become a carpenter, construction tradesman, he could have been happy, much happier and more successful, but Willy rejects his own talents as being worthless. worthless, leaving him and his family perpetually sad and broke. The play itself is set at the end of his life, and it explores what happens when someone must face accept that their dream is impossible.
10th Apr '18 10:16:43 AM Bisected8
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* The main characters of ''Manga/WanderingSon'' are preteens with [[{{Transsexual}} gender identity issues]]. Nitori is a trans girl while Takatsuki is a trans boy. Both dress as they want while alone together, but as bodies mature through adolescence their dysphoria only gets worse. The trope is eventually averted in the finale [[spoiler:with implications that Nitori will transition during or after college.]]

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* The main characters of ''Manga/WanderingSon'' are preteens with [[{{Transsexual}} [[{{Transgender}} gender identity issues]]. Nitori is a trans girl while Takatsuki is a trans boy. Both dress as they want while alone together, but as bodies mature through adolescence their dysphoria only gets worse. The trope is eventually averted in the finale [[spoiler:with implications that Nitori will transition during or after college.]]
29th Mar '18 2:38:37 PM Prfnoff
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* In ''Literature/TobaccoRoad'', Jeeter Lester never gives up his dream of raising a bale of cotton to an acre on some of the land his father used to own and raise cotton on. Unfortunately, the sandy upland soil has been considerably depleted from generations of cotton monoculture, and Jeeter is not just completely broke and starving but the last person anyone would consider worthy of lending credit to buy seed and guano. The novel's last paragraph has the dream living on after him in his son Dude.
29th Mar '18 2:27:29 PM TimeLordVictorious
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** Season 10 has Sam and Dean trying to remove the [[TheCorruption Mark of Cain]] from Dean, but at this point, they become borderline VillainProtagonists in doing so, going to lengths extreme even by their standards in order to do so. [[spoiler: This ends up backfiring hard on them in the final episodes of Season 10, with [[MoralityPet Charlie Bradbury]] becoming a casualty of their quest to remove the Mark of Cain, Dean gives in to the Mark of Cain's influence, sending him on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge and causing him to become a fully-fledged HeWhoFightsMonsters-type hunter. But none of that compares to what happens in the finale, as it's revealed by Death the Horseman that removing the Mark of Cain without passing it on to someone will unleash [[PrimordialChaos the Darkness]] upon creation. Death orders Dean to kill Sam in order to prevent Sam from going to extreme lengths once again, only for Dean to kill Death with the latter's own scythe. The Mark of Cain is finally removed, but the Darkness is finally unleashed upon creation as a result. The opening episodes of Season 11 has Sam and Dean having a HeelRealization about their actions in the past few seasons, and they resolve to actually live up to the "saving people" part of hunting.]]

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** Season 10 has Sam and Dean trying to remove the [[TheCorruption Mark of Cain]] from Dean, but at this point, they become borderline VillainProtagonists [[VillainProtagonist villain protagonists]] in doing so, going to lengths extreme even by their standards in order to do so. [[spoiler: This ends up backfiring hard on them in the final episodes of Season 10, with [[MoralityPet Charlie Bradbury]] becoming a casualty of their quest to remove the Mark of Cain, Dean gives in to the Mark of Cain's influence, sending him on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge and causing him to become a fully-fledged HeWhoFightsMonsters-type hunter. But none of that compares to what happens in the finale, as it's revealed by Death the Horseman that removing the Mark of Cain without passing it on to someone will unleash [[PrimordialChaos the Darkness]] upon creation. Death orders Dean to kill Sam in order to prevent Sam from going to extreme lengths once again, only for Dean to kill Death with the latter's own scythe. The Mark of Cain is finally removed, but the Darkness is finally unleashed upon creation as a result. The opening episodes of Season 11 has Sam and Dean having a HeelRealization about their actions in the past few seasons, and they resolve to actually live up to the "saving people" part of hunting.]]
29th Mar '18 2:26:30 PM TimeLordVictorious
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* Played with many times on ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** "[[Recap/SupernaturalS01E21Salvation Salvation]]" reveals that all John Winchester wants is a happy life, with his wife alive, and their sons not hunting.
** "[[Recap/SupernaturalS02E20WhatIsAndWhatShouldNeverBe What Is and What Should Never Be]]" plays this straight, with Dean waking up in a dream world where his mother is alive, he and Sam aren't hunting, and he has a girlfriend...and then subverts it when it's revealing that in this world, he and Sam are barely on speaking terms.
** The whole of Season 3 has Sam and Dean searching for a way to get Dean out of his [[DealWithTheDevil demon deal]], so that he won't get dragged off to {{Hell}}. It goes just as well as one would expect, although Dean does get better, thanks to Castiel.
** "[[Recap/SupernaturalS05E15DeadMenDontWearPlaid Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid]]" has [[TheGrimReaper Death]] [[HorsemenOfTheApocalypse the Horseman]] raise the dead in Sioux Falls. Among those dead are Bobby Singer's wife, and Jody Mills' son. Of course, they become zombies, forcing the heroes to kill those two.
** "[[Recap/SupernaturalS06E15TheFrenchMistake The French Mistake]]" plays this trope for laughs, as Sam and Dean wind up in an exaggerated version of RealLife, where they are characters on a show called ''Supernatural'', played by Creator/JensenAckles and Creator/JaredPadalecki, who are mentioned as not speaking to each other outside of filming. Of course, in actual RealLife, [[TrueCompanions Jared and Jensen's]] relationship is more akin to Sam and Dean's bromance on show.
** "[[Recap/SupernaturalS06E17MyHeartWillGoOn My Heart Will Go On]]" has the angel Balthazar altering history so that the Titanic never sunk, which somehow leads to [[TeamMom Ellen]] and [[LikeBrotherAndSister Jo]] not dying, with Ellen becoming Bobby's wife in this timeline. Of course, Castiel and Balthazar are later forced to change this timeline to what originally was, making Ellen and Jo dead again.
** Throughout Season 6, Dean tries to balance his hunting life whilst trying to keep his girlfriend's family safe and away from the world of hunting, but when Crowley's demons target them, he eventually had Castiel erase their memories of him, which puts an end to his relationship with them.
** After Season 5, Castiel does his best to reunify {{Heaven}} and the Angels after [[ArchangelMichael Michael]] and [[{{Satan}} Lucifer]] are imprisoned in Lucifer's Cage, which is a recurring theme for him in Season 6. However, he is driven to extreme lengths in order to defeat [[ArchangelRaphael Raphael]], who leads the opposing faction of Angels who want to restart the Apocalypse. Namely, Castiel makes a deal with Crowley to discover an entrance to Purgatory so that Castiel could use all the power of the souls inside of it to defeat Raphael. [[spoiler: Castiel ends up succeeding and turns the tables on everyone else, going full AGodAmI mode in the final scene of Season 6. Season 7's premiere however, has him going on a rampage and massacring hundreds of angels. He realizes his mistake and returns all the souls to Purgatory, but ends up freeing the [[EldritchAbomination Leviathans]] in the process of doing so.]]
** Season 8 has Castiel and Metatron trying to close the Gates of Heaven, in order to keep all the angels within Heaven so that their conflict won't devastate Earth. [[spoiler: Except Metatron is revealed to be EvilAllAlong, and Season 8 ends with him achieving his ''actual'' goal, which was to expel all of the angels from Heaven, thus leaving all of them on Earth, and has him stealing Castiel's grace, leaving the latter human.]]
** Season 10 has Sam and Dean trying to remove the [[TheCorruption Mark of Cain]] from Dean, but at this point, they become borderline VillainProtagonists in doing so, going to lengths extreme even by their standards in order to do so. [[spoiler: This ends up backfiring hard on them in the final episodes of Season 10, with [[MoralityPet Charlie Bradbury]] becoming a casualty of their quest to remove the Mark of Cain, Dean gives in to the Mark of Cain's influence, sending him on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge and causing him to become a fully-fledged HeWhoFightsMonsters-type hunter. But none of that compares to what happens in the finale, as it's revealed by Death the Horseman that removing the Mark of Cain without passing it on to someone will unleash [[PrimordialChaos the Darkness]] upon creation. Death orders Dean to kill Sam in order to prevent Sam from going to extreme lengths once again, only for Dean to kill Death with the latter's own scythe. The Mark of Cain is finally removed, but the Darkness is finally unleashed upon creation as a result. The opening episodes of Season 11 has Sam and Dean having a HeelRealization about their actions in the past few seasons, and they resolve to actually live up to the "saving people" part of hunting.]]
13th Mar '18 12:39:06 AM EricW
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* ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'': To Mara Jade, the ship she got as part of Talon Karrde's organization represented freedom. She was extremely protective of it, not unlike Han Solo with the ''Falcon''. When she sacrificed it in [[Literature/HandOfThrawn Vision of the Future]], it was a huge deal to her. A little later, though, she looks back on that instance and doesn't quite decide that ItsAllJunk, but she sees it as representing both her wish for trust and closeness and her unwillingness to let anyone near. She sees that continuing on that path would never have gotten her the closeness that she wanted, and she has to find a new way.

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* ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'': ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'': To Mara Jade, the ship she got as part of Talon Karrde's organization represented freedom. She was extremely protective of it, not unlike Han Solo with the ''Falcon''. When she sacrificed it in [[Literature/HandOfThrawn Vision of the Future]], it was a huge deal to her. A little later, though, she looks back on that instance and doesn't quite decide that ItsAllJunk, but she sees it as representing both her wish for trust and closeness and her unwillingness to let anyone near. She sees that continuing on that path would never have gotten her the closeness that she wanted, and she has to find a new way. Which, thankfully she did find [[spoiler: when she married Luke Skywalker and became a Jedi Master]].
11th Mar '18 8:00:28 PM Mei-may
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* The VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition fanfic ''FanFic/WalkingInCircles'' has ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/10922811 a dream]]'', a deleted scene from the BadFuture caused by Redcliffe, in which when Solas meets Cole, the latter reveals that all the ancient elven god wants is a simple, domestic life with Evelyn. But instead, what he gets is a hopeless war against Corypheus after Evelyn was "killed" by Alexius.
25th Feb '18 10:27:03 PM nombretomado
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* [[spoiler:Claudia]] from ''SilentHill3'' commits murders and tortures a little girl horrifically hoping to bring Paradise to Earth.

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* [[spoiler:Claudia]] from ''SilentHill3'' ''VideoGame/SilentHill3'' commits murders and tortures a little girl horrifically hoping to bring Paradise to Earth.
17th Feb '18 1:37:26 PM SeptimusHeap
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* ''Film/AIArtificialIntelligence'': RobotBoy David was a kind of ReplacementGoldfish for his adopted parents and their comatose son, and when their son recovers, they come to reject David. He believes that if he finds the "Blue Fairy", she will [[Literature/{{Pinocchio}} turn him into a real boy]] and then his adopted parents will love him. He keeps pursuing this dream even long after they're dead. Eventually subverted when [[spoiler: aliens, the technological equivalent of fairies, revive him and reunite him with his mother, granting him his wish for one day.]]

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* ''Film/AIArtificialIntelligence'': RobotBoy WesternAnimation/RobotBoy David was a kind of ReplacementGoldfish for his adopted parents and their comatose son, and when their son recovers, they come to reject David. He believes that if he finds the "Blue Fairy", she will [[Literature/{{Pinocchio}} turn him into a real boy]] and then his adopted parents will love him. He keeps pursuing this dream even long after they're dead. Eventually subverted when [[spoiler: aliens, the technological equivalent of fairies, revive him and reunite him with his mother, granting him his wish for one day.]]
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