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15th Jan '17 9:05:41 PM Gamermaster
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* Fate Testarossa's only wish in the first season of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' was to have her mother be the happy, smiling woman she remembered from her early childhood. [[spoiler:Then she learns that in those memories, Precia was never smiling at ''her'', but at Alicia Testarossa, the daughter whose death drove Precia mad and drove her to create a [[CloningBlues clone]] of her as a ReplacementGoldfish. Unfortunately, even with Alicia's memories, Fate was not--and could never be--Alicia, a fact which Precia ''hated'' her for. Fortunately, she ends up getting HappilyAdopted by Lindy, [[GoodParents who's perfectly willing to give her the motherly love she craved]].]]

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* Fate Testarossa's only wish in the first season of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' was to have her mother be the happy, smiling woman she remembered from her early childhood. [[spoiler:Then she learns that in those memories, Precia was never smiling at ''her'', but at Alicia Testarossa, the daughter whose death drove Precia mad and drove her to create a [[CloningBlues clone]] of her as a ReplacementGoldfish. Unfortunately, even with Alicia's memories, Fate was not--and could never be--Alicia, a fact which Precia ''hated'' her for. Fortunately, she ends up getting HappilyAdopted by Lindy, Lindy Harlaown, [[GoodParents who's perfectly willing to give her the motherly love she craved]].]]
15th Jan '17 8:49:32 PM Gamermaster
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* Fate Testarossa's only wish in the first season of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' was to have her mother be the happy, smiling woman she remembered from her early childhood. [[spoiler:Then she learns that in those memories, Precia was never smiling at ''her'', but at Alicia Testarossa, the daughter whose death drove Precia mad and drove her to create a [[CloningBlues clone]] of her as a ReplacementGoldfish. Unfortunately, even with Alicia's memories, Fate was not--and could never be--Alicia, a fact which Precia ''hated'' her for.]]

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* Fate Testarossa's only wish in the first season of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' was to have her mother be the happy, smiling woman she remembered from her early childhood. [[spoiler:Then she learns that in those memories, Precia was never smiling at ''her'', but at Alicia Testarossa, the daughter whose death drove Precia mad and drove her to create a [[CloningBlues clone]] of her as a ReplacementGoldfish. Unfortunately, even with Alicia's memories, Fate was not--and could never be--Alicia, a fact which Precia ''hated'' her for. Fortunately, she ends up getting HappilyAdopted by Lindy, [[GoodParents who's perfectly willing to give her the motherly love she craved]].]]
15th Jan '17 8:39:31 PM Gamermaster
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** Said underling was trying to go back in time [[spoiler:and redo her life from the moment that it went horribly wrong]]. Bonus points for not realizing at that exact moment that her mother ''didn't'' forget her, she just got a GoldfishReplacement to mask the pain, and all of this could have been avoided if she ''walked five steps forward'' instead of deciding to invent time travel. Eventually, the weight of all her merciless war crimes (when thinking that she could just undo them by [[spoiler:not becoming a dark time mage]]) crushed her psyche, and she ends up using a high-risk version of time travel to pay her debts to society. At best, it hyper-ages her into an old lady, at worst, she really is dead.

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** Said underling was trying to go back in time [[spoiler:and redo her life from the moment that it went horribly wrong]]. Bonus points for not realizing at that exact moment that her mother ''didn't'' forget her, she just got a GoldfishReplacement ReplacementGoldfish to mask the pain, and all of this could have been avoided if she ''walked five steps forward'' instead of deciding to invent time travel. Eventually, the weight of all her merciless war crimes (when thinking that she could just undo them by [[spoiler:not becoming a dark time mage]]) crushed her psyche, and she ends up using a high-risk version of time travel to pay her debts to society. At best, it hyper-ages her into an old lady, at worst, she really is dead.
14th Jan '17 1:53:43 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* ''Film/CitizenKane'': Charles Foster Kane dream is IJustWantToBeLoved. Unfortunately, that dream is available to everyone but him: given the way he was raised, Charlie is used to paying for everything with money, and the idea of investing time and sacrificing his own interests for a relationship [[ItsAllAboutMe is absolutely beyond his comprehension]].

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* ''Film/CitizenKane'': Charles Foster Kane Kane's dream is IJustWantToBeLoved. Unfortunately, that dream is available to everyone but him: given the way he was raised, Charlie is used to paying for everything with money, and the idea of investing time and sacrificing his own interests for a relationship [[ItsAllAboutMe is absolutely beyond his comprehension]].
14th Dec '16 1:24:44 AM EvilKid
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** Tyrion Lannister only wants his fathers approval of him, but Tywin hates no matter how many times he did a good job and tries to have him executed in a show trial. Tyrion kills Tywin in a fit of rage when Tywin slept with his lover.
** Viserys Targaryen sacrificed everything including his dignity so he can get an army to win back the Iron Throne but it all takes a toll on him until he unwisely threatens to kill Daenerys and Khal Drogo's unborn child so he is killed and the task of reclaiming his crown falls to his sister.

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** Tyrion Lannister only wants his fathers approval of him, but Tywin hates no matter how many times he did a good job and tries to have him executed [[spoiler:executed in a show trial. Tyrion kills Tywin in a fit of rage when Tywin slept with his lover.
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** Viserys Targaryen sacrificed everything including his dignity so he can get an army to win back the Iron Throne but it all takes a toll on him until he unwisely threatens [[spoiler:threatens to kill Daenerys and Khal Drogo's unborn child so he is killed killed]] and the task of reclaiming his crown falls to his sister.
9th Dec '16 6:36:29 PM Gamermaster
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* Fate Testarossa's only wish in the first season of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' was to have her mother be the happy, smiling woman she remembered from her early childhood. [[spoiler:Then she learns that in those memories, Precia was never smiling at ''her'', but at Alicia Testarossa, the daughter whose death drove Precia mad and drove her to create a [[CloningBlues clone]] of her as a ReplacementGoldfish. Unfortunately, even with Alicia's memories, Fate was not--and could never be--Alicia, a fact which Precia ''hated'' her for]].

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* Fate Testarossa's only wish in the first season of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' was to have her mother be the happy, smiling woman she remembered from her early childhood. [[spoiler:Then she learns that in those memories, Precia was never smiling at ''her'', but at Alicia Testarossa, the daughter whose death drove Precia mad and drove her to create a [[CloningBlues clone]] of her as a ReplacementGoldfish. Unfortunately, even with Alicia's memories, Fate was not--and could never be--Alicia, a fact which Precia ''hated'' her for]].for.]]
2nd Dec '16 9:23:46 AM Ereiam
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** Eddard Stark comes to dislike his position as Hand of the King and just wants to go home. [[spoiler: He is executed and Winterfell gets razed.]]
** King Robert wanted to marry Eddard's sister Lyanna but she died so he spends the rest of his life enslaved to her memory. He is also oblivious to the fact that she didn't love him back.

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** Eddard Stark comes to dislike his position as Hand of the King and just wants to go home. [[spoiler: He is executed and Winterfell gets razed.burned down.]]
** King Robert wanted to marry Eddard's sister Lyanna but she died so he spends the rest of his life [[TheLostLenore enslaved to her memory.memory]]. He is also oblivious to the fact that she didn't love him back.
2nd Dec '16 4:46:51 AM Morgenthaler
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This is a SubTrope of HopeSpot. SisterTrope to DreamCrushingHandicap, where the reason the dream is impossible is a physical defect. The DeafComposer may or may not be this, depending on if they're {{Badass}} enough to compensate for their disability. As the name would suggest, very often puts the Tragic in TragicVillain ''and'' TragicHero. If the dream is only impossible because it would mean the end of the story, it's FailureIsTheOnlyOption. If the character gets so desperate that they become willing to do ''anything'' to achieve this dream, that's TheUnfettered. Lastly, not to be confused with DyingDream, though in some cases the events within it may be related to the unfulfilled goals the character used to have when he or she was alive.

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This is a SubTrope of HopeSpot. SisterTrope to DreamCrushingHandicap, where the reason the dream is impossible is a physical defect. The DeafComposer may or may not be this, depending on if they're {{Badass}} badass enough to compensate for their disability. As the name would suggest, very often puts the Tragic in TragicVillain ''and'' TragicHero. If the dream is only impossible because it would mean the end of the story, it's FailureIsTheOnlyOption. If the character gets so desperate that they become willing to do ''anything'' to achieve this dream, that's TheUnfettered. Lastly, not to be confused with DyingDream, though in some cases the events within it may be related to the unfulfilled goals the character used to have when he or she was alive.
23rd Nov '16 11:41:41 PM Ramona122003
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* In ''{{Dragonball Z}}'', Future Trunks' appearance and desires are all based on his mother Bulma's wishes to live in a peaceful world without the androids terrorizing it, and eventually realizes that whatever changes he makes in the current timeline won't affect his timeline.
--> '''Trunks''': My mother wanted the world to have a good future, [[spoiler: [[TearJerker even if she couldn't live in it.]]]]
** This was also true of Vegeta, whose one goal in life was to become a Super Saiyan so that he would have the power to surpass Goku, and destroy Frieza to avenge the loss of his people and his planet. This is actually subverted when he actually achieves his dream of becoming a Super Saiyan in the Android Saga, but still never surpasses Goku [[spoiler: before Goku dies fighting Cell]] and then finally averted at the end of the Buu Saga when he admits Goku's better than him and makes peace with being [[AlwaysSecondBest second best.]]

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* In ''{{Dragonball Z}}'', ''Franchise/DragonBall''
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Future Trunks' appearance and desires are all based on his mother Bulma's wishes to live in a peaceful world without the androids terrorizing it, and eventually realizes that whatever changes he makes in the current timeline won't affect his timeline.
--> '''Trunks''': My mother wanted the world to have a good future, [[spoiler: [[TearJerker even if she couldn't live in it.]]]]
]]
** This was also true of Vegeta, whose one goal in life was to become a Super Saiyan so that he would have the power to surpass Goku, and destroy Frieza to avenge the loss of his people and his planet. This is actually subverted when he actually achieves his dream of becoming a Super Saiyan in the Android Saga, but still never surpasses Goku [[spoiler: before Goku he dies fighting Cell]] Cell and then finally averted at the end of the Buu Saga when he admits Goku's better than him and makes peace with being [[AlwaysSecondBest second best.]]best]].
** In ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', Future Trunks visits present day Gohan and gets to see the happy family Gohan made for himself. He briefly imagines what his life would be like if [[spoiler: Goku Black]] never invaded his world. We get a scene of Trunks having dinner with his mom, Mai, and even Scratch (the black cat) in the background. This causes Trunks to break down into tears since he knows that such a thing can never happen since [[spoiler: his mom is dead and so is Mai (so he thinks)]].
31st Oct '16 1:55:22 AM frankenmouse
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* In ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' John Marston's only dream is to live out a peaceful life with his [[HappilyMarried wife]] and son. Unfortunately for John, his past as a [[RetiredOutlaw outlaw]] combined with the fact that he lives in a [[CrapsackWorld crapsack world]] means that there's little chance of that, no matter [[TheAtoner what]] [[TheDeterminator he]] [[DownerEnding does]].
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