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21st Aug '17 11:14:15 AM SeptimusHeap
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* ''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 [[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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* ''StarWarsExpandedUniverse'': ''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 [[HandOfThrawn [[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.
15th Aug '17 3:02:23 PM harostar
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* [[spoiler:Kenny Ackerman]] of ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' is an unrepentant murderer who views himself as a disgusting being. After witnessing the caring nature / mind control superpowers of [[spoiler:the true Kings]] and learning it's passed on by [[spoiler:the heir consuming the current King]] he wonders if he could become a good person by doing the same, or would conquer that good nature and become a mind-controlling overlord of all humanity. Either way would be fine. After years of preparation he discovered that only descendants of a specific family can properly inherit that nature and power, and for non-royals it's a recessive trait, meaning he never had a chance.

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* [[spoiler:Kenny Ackerman]] of ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' has quite a few of these.
** Kenny Ackerman
is an unrepentant murderer who views himself as a disgusting being. After witnessing the caring nature / mind control superpowers of [[spoiler:the true Kings]] and learning it's passed on by [[spoiler:the heir consuming the current King]] he wonders if he could become a good person by doing the same, or would conquer that good nature and become a mind-controlling overlord of all humanity. Either way would be fine. After years of preparation he discovered that only descendants of a specific family can properly inherit that nature and power, and for non-royals it's a recessive trait, meaning he never had a chance.chance.
** Erwin Smith's dream, held since childhood. [[spoiler: His father was a teacher that correctly theorized that some sort of mass LaserGuidedAmnesia struck the population a century ago, since no knowledge of the outside world remained. Erwin shared this theory with others, leading to his father's assassination by the SecretPolice. Since then, he dreamed of proving his father's theories correct and joined the military to pursue this goal. During the battle against the Beast Titan, Erwin accepts that his dream will never come true and leads a suicidal ZergRush against the enemy in hopes of giving ''others'' the chance to finally discover the truth about the world]].
** Reiner Braun's driving motivation turns out to be one. [[spoiler: A child of MixedAncestry, he desperately wanted to reunite his parents and live with his Marleyan father. To achieve this dream, he struggled through the selection process and was chosen as a Warrior Candidate. But on the eve of his mission to Paradis, he went to meet his father for the first time....and learned that the man already ''had'' a legitimate family and wanted nothing to do with Reiner. Heartbroken, he clung to the idea of becoming a hero as a substitute for his father's love. This new dream worked out just as well as the previous one did]].
31st May '17 7:11:43 PM nombretomado
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* Nessiah of ''VideoGame/YggdraUnion'' and ''VideoGame/BlazeUnion'' wants revenge on the racist, classist society that mutilated him, made him immortal, and cast him out for attempting to assert his own free will. From the same series, Gulcasa wants to save the world and rebuild society from the ground up so as to protect the peasantry from the abuses of nobility and rulers--and in doing so, preserve the ideals that he and his surrogate mother Siskier fought for. To this end, both of them have become something of {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s--Nessiah, believing himself too weak to do anything on his own without his original power, decided to [[MagnificentBastard manipulate the world]] into providing him power; Gulcasa decided that the best way to get rid of the old system would be to depose its rulers and conquer the world. Over the course of their canon timeline, both of them lose everything they ever loved as indirect consequences of trying to make their dreams come true, then die horribly. GaidenGame ''YggdraUnison'' gives them [[PlotArmor hero privileges]] and another chance--and it turns out [[DownerEnding Nessiah's dream was still doomed from the start]]. Gulcasa, however, ''actually makes his ideal world a reality'' and is fully appreciated for his efforts.

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* Nessiah of ''VideoGame/YggdraUnion'' and ''VideoGame/BlazeUnion'' wants revenge on the racist, classist society that mutilated him, made him immortal, and cast him out for attempting to assert his own free will. From the same series, Gulcasa wants to save the world and rebuild society from the ground up so as to protect the peasantry from the abuses of nobility and rulers--and in doing so, preserve the ideals that he and his surrogate mother Siskier fought for. To this end, both of them have become something of {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s--Nessiah, believing himself too weak to do anything on his own without his original power, decided to [[MagnificentBastard manipulate the world]] into providing him power; Gulcasa decided that the best way to get rid of the old system would be to depose its rulers and conquer the world. Over the course of their canon timeline, both of them lose everything they ever loved as indirect consequences of trying to make their dreams come true, then die horribly. GaidenGame ''YggdraUnison'' ''VideoGame/YggdraUnison'' gives them [[PlotArmor hero privileges]] and another chance--and it turns out [[DownerEnding Nessiah's dream was still doomed from the start]]. Gulcasa, however, ''actually makes his ideal world a reality'' and is fully appreciated for his efforts.
19th Apr '17 7:56:36 PM creader
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* ''Manga/FullMetalAlchemist''

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* ''Franchise/DragonBall''

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* In ''Disney/PrincessAndTheFrog'', Ray is in love with a beautiful firefly named Evangeline. [[spoiler: She's a star.]] This culminates in a ''massive'' TearJerker in which the [[spoiler: BigBad squishes him. But during his funeral, the mourning protagonists see that there is a [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane new star]] in the sky next to Evangline]]

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* In ''Disney/PrincessAndTheFrog'', ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'', Ray is in love with a beautiful firefly named Evangeline. [[spoiler: She's a star.]] This culminates in a ''massive'' TearJerker in which the [[spoiler: BigBad squishes him. But during his funeral, the mourning protagonists see that there is a [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane new star]] in the sky next to Evangline]]
17th Mar '17 7:16:51 PM nombretomado
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* Several characters in the ''{{Nasuverse}}'':

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6th Mar '17 7:03:08 PM MyFinalEdits
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* Mr. Freeze in ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' devotes his life to curing his wife Nora's terminal disease. His use of his company's cryogenic technology without their permission led to the circumstances that made him Mr. Freeze in the first place. And when he finally does find a means to cure her in the Lazarus Pit, [[CameBackWrong his impatience twists her into the evil Lazara]].
** And in some versions of the story, Batman reminds him that she's not even his wife- just a cryogenically frozen woman he grew obsessed with.

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* Mr. Freeze in ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' devotes his life to curing his wife Nora's terminal disease. His use of his company's cryogenic technology without their permission led to the circumstances that made him Mr. Freeze in the first place. And when he finally does find a means to cure her in the Lazarus Pit, [[CameBackWrong his impatience twists her into the evil Lazara]].
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Lazara]]. And in some versions of the story, Batman reminds him that she's not even his wife- just a cryogenically frozen woman he grew obsessed with.
6th Mar '17 10:57:02 AM dclark
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** And in some versions of the story, Batman reminds him that she's not even his wife- just a cryogenically frozen woman he grew obsessed with.
21st Feb '17 12:26:23 AM Chaot1kShadow5
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* In ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'', the common "solution" to the [[AndIMustScream Undead]] [[CameBackWrong Curse]] - constantly acquire souls to stave off Hollowing - can be viewed as this. Indeed, possessing a tangible goal, which can include chasing a tragic dream, is implied to be the ''only'' known way to permanently keep an Undead from Hollowing.
9th Feb '17 2:53:59 PM QuinineGlow
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* ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest'': Railroad Tycoon Morton desperately wishes to see his railway reach the Pacific Ocean before the tuberculosis that has crippled him fully claims his lungs and his life, so much so that he enlists the aid of a monster like Frank to 'clear the track' and eliminate any problems they find in the way (thus jump-starting the plot). Frank makes some grim comments about the progression of Morton's disease as they've crossed the country, and given Morton's pitiably feeble state it seems doubtful he'd ever make to the ocean [[spoiler:even if he weren't ultimately killed in a shootout at the end.]]

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* ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest'': Railroad Tycoon Morton desperately wishes to see his railway reach the Pacific Ocean before the tuberculosis that has crippled him fully claims his lungs and his life, so much so that he enlists the aid of a monster like Frank to 'clear the track' and eliminate any problems they find in the way (thus jump-starting the plot). Frank makes some grim comments about the progression of Morton's disease as they've crossed the country, and given Morton's pitiably feeble state it seems doubtful he'd ever make it to the ocean [[spoiler:even if he weren't ultimately killed in a shootout at the end.]]
9th Feb '17 2:53:00 PM QuinineGlow
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* ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest'': Railroad Tycoon Morton desperately wishes to see his railway reach the Pacific Ocean before the tuberculosis that has crippled him fully claims his lungs and his life, so much so that he enlists the aid of a monster like Frank to 'clear the track' and eliminate any problems they find in the way (thus jump-starting the plot). Frank makes some grim comments about the progression of Morton's disease as they've crossed the country, and given Morton's pitiably feeble state it seems doubtful he'd ever make to the ocean [[spoiler:even if he weren't ultimately killed in a shootout at the end.]]
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