'''Basic Trope''': The enemy kills TheChosenOne's loved ones and destroys his or her hometown, to make it clear that YouCantFightFate.
* '''Straight''': [[TheChosenOne Ruby's]] destiny pits her against [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queen]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Sangria]]. Ruby decides [[ScrewDestiny to head out of town to avoid said destiny]], but The Queen attacks Ruby's DoomedHometown. She then proceeds to brutally murder all of Ruby's friends and relatives.
* '''Exaggerated''': The Queen attacks Ruby's DoomedHometown and captures every survivor except Ruby. Over the next several months, she has them [[TortureAlwaysWorks tortured]], both to gain any information on Ruby that she can and [[ForTheEvulz simply because she can]]. Eventually, they're slaughtered, butchered, and publicly displayed so that everyone can see their corpses -- especially Ruby, [[YankTheDogsChain who was getting closer to tracking down and rescuing them]].
* '''Downplayed''': When Queen Sangria's forces attack the town, Ruby's parents escape, but their old livelihood is ruined and a few friends have died.
* '''Justified''': Queen Sangria learned of the prophecy and was trying to take Ruby out before she could accomplish anything. She missed.
* '''Inverted''':
** The Queen ignores the ancient prophecy about this destiny, until Ruby infiltrates her castle and kills [[TheDragon her heir to the throne,]] [[MeaningfulName Draco.]]
** Ruby JumpedAtTheCall, and the attack on her hometown is the point where she first realizes how serious things actually are.
** Queen Sangria [[BackFromTheDead resurrects Ruby's parents from the dead]] and repairs the damages to her hometown, in order to convince her that she ''isn't'' TheChosenOne.
* '''Subverted''':
** Ruby, not wanting to fight the powerful enemy the old crazy guy claimed she would have to, moves herself and her entire family to another country where they live under assumed names. Queen Sangria finds herself unable to track them down.
** It turns out it wasn't Queen Sangria who destroyed Ruby's hometown. The real villain, James, placed the blame on her.
* '''Double Subverted''':
** Until Queen Sangria's army razes Ruby's new hometown, killing her family, for [[ButForMeItWasTuesday entirely unrelated reasons]].
** [[BlatantLies This is a lie]]; Queen Sangria really is the main villain, and James is only a {{mook|s}}.
* '''Parodied''': Ruby comes home to find the evil army tickling her family and toliet papering her home. She reacts as if the army has murdered them and destroyed their hometown.
* '''Zig Zagged''': Ruby diverts the call to Jade, her best friend. While Jade is on a mission, her entire family is slaughtered by a third party not related to Queen Sangria or simply acting against her orders. Jade blames Ruby for the entire incident and decides to ally herself with Queen Sangria in revenge. Ruby must decide whether to bring her dear friend back to her side or DuelToTheDeath.
* '''Averted''':
** Nothing bad happens to Ruby's hometown because of her adventures.
** There is no prophecy or chosen one.
* '''Enforced''': "Ruby needs that really defining element of tragedy to [[RuleOfEmpathy make the audience care about her]]. Let's kill off her folks!"
* '''Lampshaded''': "Did destiny really have to kill my family to get me to go along? Why couldn't she just turn them into gerbils or something?"
* '''Invoked''': As part of her evil plan, Queen Sangria decides to bully Ruby before killing her.
* '''Exploited''': Ruby [[TheWoobie scores pity with her tragic backstory]], and gains allies this way.
* '''Defied''': The [[EnforcedColdWar rules of engagement]] between Ruby and Sangria prevent them from targeting each others' families unless they deliberately join the fight.
* '''Discussed''': "No, I won't try to fight Queen Sangria. If I were really TheChosenOne, she would have ruined my life long ago."
* '''Conversed''': ???
* '''Deconstructed''': [[EvilMentor Erik]] feels that the advantage of having Ruby on the side of LaResistance is more important than the inhabitants of her hometown, so he destroys the village and tells her that the Queen was responsible for it instead. When Ruby finds out later, she leaves the resistance effort.
* '''Reconstructed''': ...But when the rest of LaResistance learn of Erik's treachery, they oust him from his position as leader of the force and replace him with Ruby, who has now become an incredibly skilled fighter in the time she's spent rebelling against the Queen's reign. With a renewed dedication to more heroic ideals, the resistance fighters earn the respect and trust of the oppressed citizens and finally are able to depose of the Queen for good.
* '''Played For Laughs''': Ruby tells her future sidekick that she can't be the heroine because she has a life at home. Seconds later, a meteorite destroys her DoomedHometown, and she says, "Okay, I'm in."
* '''Played For Drama''': Ruby's little sister Garnet was the only other survivor of the assault, but was left horribly traumatized by the experience. Ruby also gets blamed for the attack by other people, especially by Jade, who [[LesYay was in love with Ruby's older sister Sapphire]].
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