Created By: Earnest on October 11, 2010
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I killed your loved ones so you'd join me

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Alice is the best at her profession in the world, and Bob knows this. He wants her to join him and help in his potentially evil goals, but she refuses because she's happy with her friends and family (especially spouses), possibly even having quit from Bob's team in order to be near them.

How does Bob get her to join? He kills or kidnaps these people to remove all her links to mundane life. Usually he's smart enough to frame one of his enemies or at least make it seem like an accident, that way he can channel Alice's rage and despair towards his cause.

You can expect fireworks to come out once the secret is revealed.

Sometimes, Bob does this because the loved ones were "limiting your true potential", and he considers this a favor!
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  • October 11, 2010
    Starry-Eyed
    • In the Wolverine movie, this is apparently why Jimmy kills Kayla. Only it turns out, it was Stryker's plan, not Jimmy's, and Kayla is not actually dead.

    • Yu-gi-oh: This is how Dartz groomed each of his "Three Musketeers" to be vengeful bringers of the Apocalypse. It backfires on him when one of them discovers the truth about his tragic past, but Dartz has already acquired more than enough power to stop him.
  • October 11, 2010
    Mozgwsloiku
    In Battle Angel Alita, when Yasugun comes to his sensei to talk about fear of death, he is told that a perfect machine he is striving to be should feel no emotion and if its his sister that is the source of the doubt, he should kill her.
  • October 11, 2010
    randomsurfer
    In the comic book American Way the US government wants a college football coach to come back to work for them, training their super hero squad. The coach refuses for the sake of his wife, so the US government kills her so he'd come work for the gov't. Except it turns out they just gave her a million dollars to move to Wisconsin. Except not really, they did actually kill her.
  • October 11, 2010
    SweetMadness
    So this is just when someone intentionally invokes Doomed Hometown/The Call Knows Where You Live/Conveniently An Orphan?
  • October 11, 2010
    Earnest
    I hadn't thought of it that way, but yeah, the killer/Bad Boss is intentionally cutting off the character's roots so they will have nothing to live for (except potentially revenge) and follow their lead no matter how evil/dangerous.
  • October 11, 2010
    Mozgwsloiku
    appears in Knights Of The Old Republic, where we can make a minor character do a Heel Face Turn if we prove that his sith sensei offed his girlfriend for "limiting his potential".
  • October 11, 2010
    MartineBrooke
    Hoo boy Harpers Island.
  • October 11, 2010
    ElementX
  • October 11, 2010
    RedWren
  • October 11, 2010
    AP
    • In the first [[Movie:Spider-Man Spider-Man]] film, the Green Goblin attacks both Aunt May and MJ in order for Spider-Man to join him.
  • October 12, 2010
    Viddaric
    Black Cat (manga). Creed kills Saya because he thinks that she is holding Train back
  • October 12, 2010
    north5
    • Thufir Hawat in Dune.
  • October 12, 2010
    Bisected8
    In Law And Order Criminal Intent this is done to Goron by his old mentor.
  • October 12, 2010
    Speedball
    Yeah, seems like this is a sub-trope of The Call Knows Where You Live.
  • October 12, 2010
    Koveras
    This is what the villain of Decorator intends to do to Erast Fandorin in the end. Luckily, he fails.
  • October 12, 2010
    Irrisia
    Earth Final Conflict starts with this, when Boone's wife is killed by Sandoval. He does consider it a favour, too... then again, he committed his own wife to an insane asylum so she wouldn't interfere with his work for the Companions.
  • October 12, 2010
    randomsurfer
    ^"He" not meaning Boone, but the killer.
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