->''"The truth is that I never shook my shadow\\
Every day it's trying to trick me into doing battle\\
Calling out 'faker' only get me rattled\\
Wanna pull me back behind the fence with the cattle"''
-->--'''Alexander''', "Truth"

->''"Did you kill your father?\\
[[Theatre/OedipusRex Sleep with your mother?]]\\
Idolize your sister, were you jealous of your brother?\\
Did you KickTheDog? Were you beat with a strap?\\
Were you really abused, were you fakin' all that?\\
Too tense!"''
-->-- '''Overkill''', "Birth of Tension"

->''"Something has been taken from deep inside of me\\
A secret I've kept locked away no one can ever see\\
Wounds so deep they never show, they never go away\\
Like moving pictures in my head, for years and years they've played"''
-->-- '''Music/LinkinPark''', "Easier to Run"

->''"You can't run from your past. You'll end up running in circles. Until you fall back down into the same hole you were trying to escape from, only the hole's grown deeper."''
-->-- '''''VideoGame/MaxPayne 2'''''

->''"No one can escape their past. The sins we've committed... and the sadness we've caused... No matter how far we run, our past remains as ever-present as the moon in the sky. It looms in wait... for the day when we are forced to face it. But only in doing so can we truly make peace and move on in hope towards tomorrow."''
-->-- '''Phoenix Wright''', ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies''

-> Ok, so he's got the cliché "Tragic Past" of 90% of all fictional characters.
-->-- ''Cracked'' [[http://www.cracked.com/funny-2639-the-dresden-files/ describing]] [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden]]

->'''''Liz''': There's no need to be sarcastic.\\
'''Dagless''': Maybe if everyone who'd ever been close to you had died, you'd be sarcastic, too.\\
'''Liz''': Yes, that makes sense.''
-->-- ''Series/GarthMarenghisDarkplace''

->'''Franky''': You gotta admit, that was nowhere near as bad as Chinatown, boy that was-\\
'''Goon''': Franky, don't even bring up Chinatown.
-->-- ''ComicBook/TheGoon''

->''Don't you just love to read pointless and poorly written garbage about fictional people's problems?\\
Well if you do you're a complete sadist but that's okay, you've come to the right place. This is the land where we step over the borderline from "tragic past" to "Loaded up with so many problems it's kind of sick". Sounds like fun huh?\\
Take a glance around the room and you will see our first victim. His name is L [[spoiler: Lawliet]]. Although he possesses legions of adoring fans they all seem to be obsessed with torturing him. Let's take a closer look.\\
L sat sadly in task force headquarters. He felt his imminent doom hanging over his head as well as the pain of his unrequited love for unnamed love interest/dead love interest. This reminded him of all the tragic things that had happened to him, the things that kept him awake every night for fear of terrible nightmares (because this explanation of L's insomnia isn't complete rubbish at all).\\
He thought back to his childhood as a poor orphan boy. He thought about that flashback he was going to have later in the series when [[spoiler: he died]] and how it showed how tragic a character he was.\\
It had all started when the young boy had to watch his family be brutally murdered. They were shot/burned/eaten/poisoned/exploded/forced to watch the ''[[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Pokémon]]'' movies. It was a horrifying memory that would haunt the detective all his life.\\
After many heart-breaking scenes of carnage Watari brought the young L to Wammy's house. He was very emotionally scarred and had no friends. Then one day Watari brought two new children to the house, A and B.\\
L immediately fell in love with A/B/random other chick. Unfortunately they died. All of them. Violently. While still carrying his child. Right in front of him. Other wretched stuff.''
-->-- '''FanFic/TheHumanWhoseNameIsWrittenInThisFanfiction''', ''"In Which Everyone Is Very Tragic"''

->''"GerardDepardieu is a big lump of pure messiness and that probably has a lot do with his screwed-up childhood. While some of us were spending the 10th year of our lives making friendship bracelets and choreographing dances to Taylor Dayne songs in our mom’s garage, Gérard Depardieu was on the streets, selling his ass to men. In his new memoir ''It Happened Like That'' (''Ca C’est Fait Comme Ca''), Gérard writes that his family was really poor, like Fantine in ''Theatre/LesMiserables'' poor, and so at the age of 10 he did sex stuff with grown dudes for money...When Gérard wasn’t working the streets as a child hooker, he was breaking into graves to steal jewelry from corpses. Now Creator/LindsayLohan knows why every time she broke into a grave in Paris to steal jewelry, the corpses would be bare. Gérard beat her to it decades before! ...This is why every era and every country needs its own [[{{Series/Dateline}} Chris Hansen]]."''
-->--'''''[[http://dlisted.com/2014/10/06/gerard-depardieu-was-a-10-year-old-rent-boy/ DListed]]'''''

-> "I'm sorry, what was that? I couldn't hear you over my TRAGIC PAST!!!"
-->-- [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty Fortune]], [[Webcomic/{{Hiimdaisy}} Lets Destroy Metal Gear Again!]]

-> "Let's recap: I was betrayed and killed, shot into space, captured by the Zerg, resurrected and infested, cured, given to Möebius to research the Protoss cure and was instead experimented upon as the cure slowly failed. Everyone up to speed? Good!"
-->-- '''Alexei Stukov''', ''VideoGame/StarCraftII''

->''"Never trust a survivor," my father used to warn me, "until you find out what he did to stay alive."''
-->-- '''Creator/KurtVonnegut''', ''Bluebeard''

->''Whenever you tell childhood stories, it's like [[CloudCuckooLander Rose Nylund]] from ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' meets ''Franchise/{{Saw}}''.''
-->--'''Nash''' to '''Tara''', ''WebVideo/WhatTheFuckIsWrongWithYou''

->''The only choice I ever got to make, was to become either a slave or a bandit.''
-->--'''[[NoNameGiven The Bandit]]''', ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid''

->'''Rory''': That's you.\\
'''Hunter''': Yeah. I was a cutpurse from the age of five, starved more than I ate. I knew what I'd do if she tried to harm me.\\
'''Snart''': Lucky for us, you didn't forget your roots.\\
'''Hunter''': Believe me, Mr. Snart, [[IHatePastMe I've tried]].
-->-- ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'', "[[Recap/LegendsOfTomorrowS1E12LastRefuge Last Refuge]]"

->One did not become an [[PrivateDetective Angel of Music]] unless one had a Past... usually an immediate Past fraught with scandal, peril and narrow escape. [[TheExile They had all quit countries where they were settled and fetched up in Paris]]. Clara, an Englishwoman who'd never set foot in England, was long resident in China, but had fallen foul of some mad mandarin and the colonial authorities. Her field of interest was prison reform... not in alleviating the sufferings of unfortunate convicts, but in [[TortureTechnician heightening and aestheticising their torments]]. Yuki had come from her native Japan, where there was a price on her head. Of her crimes, she merely said she had "[[RoaringRampageOfRevenge settled some family debts]]." Kate was on the wrong side of the financier Henry Wilcox. [[IntrepidReporter She had written in the Pall Mall Gazette]] about his penchant for purchasing children as "[[PaedoHunt maiden tributes of modern Babylon]]." He was no longer welcome in his clubs – justice of a sort, though she'd rather he serve a long sentence in a jail designed by Clara Watson. Wilcox's writserving lawyers and hired bully boys made London unhealthy for Kate this season.
-->--''[[Literature/AngelsOfMusic Guignol]]''