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* Disney/TheLionKing fans just love using this trope on Scar and Zira. Usually comes in the form of an abusive childhood or the loss of a parent at a young age.

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* Disney/TheLionKing Franchise/TheLionKing fans just love using this trope on Scar and Zira. Usually comes in the form of an abusive childhood or the loss of a parent at a young age.

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* ''Fanfic/CastSwap'': Staci wants to impress people, so she lies about her family in order to do so. Dawn figures this out, and tells her that she doesn't need to lie.
* ''Fanfic/ChangeOfPlans'': The {{Flashback}}s establish that Ezekiel was desperate to prove himself as more than "some hick kid from the prairie," which helps explain his desire to stay in the game and resulting SanitySlippage.
* ''Fanfic/LoveAintEasyItsEzzy'': Duncan's underlying reason for his harshness toward Bridgette and her relationship with Geoff is so deep-seated that he isn't consciously aware of it until Izzy [[AwesomenessByAnalysis deduces it]]: Duncan once had a girlfriend in his hometown who resembled Bridgette in both appearance and attitudes, but she betrayed him by calling the police on him and making a crime he committed sound much worse than it actually was. Right after he was thrown in jail, she started dating his best friend.
* ''Fanfic/MyRidonculousRace'': Leo mentions the reason he doesn't try to pursue romance is because he saw his parents relationship crumble before his eyes as a young child. June also reveals that the reason she is so pushy comes from lingering habits passed down by her mother.
* ''Fanfic/TotalAlternateIsland'': Gwen from her cold behavior towards Duncan whenever he tried to hit on Leshawna due to [[spoiler: an ex-middle school teacher whom Gwen was taken in by, but he turned out to be a crazy StalkerWithACrush who tried to kidnap her to run away together with, until he got thwarted by Gwen's older brother]]. Leshawna towards Heather due to [[spoiler: a death of a friend in the past where a queen bee-type caused her friend to be driven to suicide]]. Finally Duncan to Harold with the nerd [[spoiler: looking like a friend who betrayed him and caused him to be locked up in juvie.]]
* ''Fanfic/TotalDramaChris''
** Harold dislikes Lindsay because he once dated a girl like her named Autumn. The date ended poorly, and afterward he was subjected to even more torment and teasing, convincing him that Autumn was in on the whole thing and that all dumb blondes are evil.
** Leshawna's used to be friends with a nice girl named Madison. Unfortunately, Madison's parents were racist bastards who promptly falsely accused her from stealing from them and filed a restraining order against her. Leshawna was ''ten'' at the time. Years later, they happened to attend the same high school; by that point, however, Madison had become the AlphaBitch, and immediately began picking on Leshawna, aided by racist teachers. Girl's got one hell of a chip on her shoulder for a ''reason''.
* ''Fanfic/TotalDramaCodysRedemption'': It's eventually revealed that Gwen hates Cody because a lot of geeks hit on her, and [[AllMenArePerverts none had good intentions]].
* ''Fanfic/TotalDramaComebackSeries'':
** Turns out Courtney gets her obsession with being perfect from her parents constantly pressuring her to be so. They had NoSympathy for the circumstances behind her losing the first season. Also, the fact that her school life became miserable after she got the boot (being insulted with names like Crazy In Training) and being beaten for the Student Council President by a guy who's rebuttal was essentially a giant poster of her being dragged down the dock of shame screaming.
** Heather reason for being so mean is that, in her tween years she had pimples all over her face, wore braces and was extremely fat, and thus she was bullied and teased by her classmates. After losing weight and getting rid of the braces and pimples, she decided that it was better to be the agressor than the victim.
* ''Fanfic/TotalDramaLetterz'
** Apparently, Chris Maclain had a tumor in his brain that caused him to act sadistic. This is revealed to be a lie in the Prologue of Letter Starz.
** Fifi Cleopatra became a man hater due to being mistreated by a lot of people due to being female.
** Tabitha Barrington parents taught her bad morals and beat her and hospitalized her every time she failed at something. All these years of abuse made Tabitha become lonely and VERY insecure. Tabitha even admits she was jealous of Uzuri.
** Apparently everything Kim Rosefelt does throughout the season is due to severe depression, and it's implied that something happened in her past intense enough to cause it. She also had no pills for the duration of Letterama as a result of her contract, and based on her reactions in the bonus chapter, her pills clearly help her a lot.
** Lankston Gallows parents neglected him as a child and nearly caused him to die.
** Nina Dumpster stays dirty because she fears taking a bath due to a near death experience when she was a kid.
* ''Fanfic/TotalDramaNations''
** Makoto's actions are due to his poor mental state and home life.
** Although in a rare inversion, it's actually used to explain why Hans Von Böse's not even more ruthless than he already is. After he and his brother nearly kill their abusive father, he vowed never to be as cruel again. Pushing Emma into the campfire triggered memories of this and made him realize he was awfully close to doing so.
* ''Fanfic/TotalDramaRevengeofTheForeverMine'': All of the characters' backstories are this. Especially for [[{{InTheBack}} Jo]] and [[{{DarkAndTroubledPast}} Mike.]]
* ''Fanfic/TotalDramaStranded'': Calvin explains his high school had a social hierarchy where showing weakness leads to getting crushed. He uses this as his excuse or wanting to have power over others.
* ''Fanfic/TotalHighschoolDrama'': It is revealed that the reason why Amy is mean to Sammy is because she believes she's responsible for their father's death.

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* ''Fanfic/TheBoltChronicles'': In "The Survivor," Mittens's owners' bad behavior is largely explained because of early childhood disorders and abuse for Jack (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, foster home abuse) as well as Emily and Claire (Borderline Personality Disorder and parental abuse, as well as possible Attention Deficit Disorder for the latter).


* An interesting case where the hero has the excuse, "[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/13433054/1/Pokemon-Shadow-of-Time Pokémon: Shadow of Time]]" establishes that the reason Ash never pursued a romantic relationship with any of his female travelling companions was because he was afraid of turning out like his father, who left his mother and him when he was younger and never came back, Ash choosing to avoid relationships so he'd never hurt his partner like that.

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* An interesting case where the hero has the excuse, "[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/13433054/1/Pokemon-Shadow-of-Time Pokémon: Shadow of Time]]" ''Fanfic/PokemonShadowOfTime'' establishes that the reason Ash never pursued a romantic relationship with any of his female travelling companions was because he was afraid of turning out like his father, who left his mother and him when he was younger and never came back, Ash choosing to avoid relationships so he'd never hurt his partner like that.

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* ''Fanfic/UnbreakableRedSilkenThread'': Heather's actions, especially during TDI, cemented her as a manipulative, scheming and conniving bitch that has little regard for the well-being of others. Chapter 4 makes it quite clear this is due to her parents treating everyone, including each other, exactly the same if not worse.



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* ''FanFic/ARabbitAmongWolves'': Perry once aspired to be a veterinarian, and applied to medical school for his chance. He was denied a scholarship (which he legitimately qualified for) just for being a Faunus. After his dreams were crushed, Perry found no other choice but to join the White Fang. The narration afterward notes that his situation is nothing new.
--> ''Most anyone who joined the White Fang did so because something had affected them in the past. People called them insane Faunus Ė often using terms like rabid to drive home the `animal` angle Ė but the simple fact was a person wouldn't risk their life for no good reason. You needed something big enough to drive a person to action.''


** Nearís mother had him while she was young and dumped him on his sick grandmother. Presumably thereafter, most people he came across considered him a freak. With Roger as his only real confidante, itís revealed that he [[JerkassFacade acts the way he does]] so he wonít be hurt by anyone again. Not to mention his own [[BrokenPedestal feelings of resentment]] towards L, and the guilt he feels for not being there for Mello as much as he doesn't know how to express support for anyone.

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** Nearís mother had him while she was young and dumped him on his sick grandmother. Presumably thereafter, most people he came across considered him a freak. With Roger as his only real confidante, itís revealed that he [[JerkassFacade [[JerkassWoobie acts the way he does]] so he wonít be hurt by anyone again. Not to mention his own [[BrokenPedestal feelings of resentment]] towards L, and the guilt he feels for not being there for Mello as much as he doesn't know how to express support for anyone.


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* An interesting case where the hero has the excuse, "[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/13433054/1/Pokemon-Shadow-of-Time Pokémon: Shadow of Time]]" establishes that the reason Ash never pursued a romantic relationship with any of his female travelling companions was because he was afraid of turning out like his father, who left his mother and him when he was younger and never came back, Ash choosing to avoid relationships so he'd never hurt his partner like that.



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* This trope is dealt with at least two times in ''Fanfic/ATriangleInTheStars''.
** Bill especially has it bad, [[spoiler: having slowly had his [[UsedToBeASweetKid empathy extinguished]] and [[DrivenToMadness sanity degraded]] by the abuse and mistreatment.]] It's no wonder he's a psychopathic, evil jerk. [[spoiler: Unlike most examples, he eventually realized that [[HeelRealization he was definitely in the wrong for every other thing he's done since then.]]]] It's also part of the reason he [[spoiler: tries to kill himself in Chapter Forty-Four.]]
** [[spoiler: Gabriel, the story's first BigBad, had been tossed into the Void for more than a trillion years.]] Of course he'd be out for vicious revenge, [[spoiler: even though it was [[NeverMyFault mostly his fault]]]], and have lost more than a few marbles too.



* This trope is dealt with at least two times in ''Fanfic/ATriangleInTheStars''.
** Bill especially has it bad, [[spoiler: having slowly had his [[UsedToBeASweetKid empathy extinguished]] and [[DrivenToMadness sanity degraded]] by the abuse and mistreatment.]] It's no wonder he's a psychopathic, evil jerk. [[spoiler: Unlike most examples, he eventually realized that [[HeelRealization he was definitely in the wrong for every other thing he's done since then.]]]] It's also part of the reason he [[spoiler: tries to kill himself in Chapter Forty-Four.]]
** [[spoiler: Gabriel, the story's first BigBad, had been tossed into the Void for more than a trillion years.]] Of course he'd be out for vicious revenge, [[spoiler: even though it was [[NeverMyFault mostly his fault]]]], and have lost more than a few marbles too.



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** The people of Melromarc are suspicious of the Shield Hero on principle partially because a previous Shield Hero became king of Siltvelt and was such a monstrous tyrant that the world knew him as the "King of Rape".


* ''Fanfic/BookFiveLegends'' give us this for the villain's backstory. Unloved by virtually all except their mother, losing them devastated the villain to the point that they are trying to resurrect them Creator/MaryShelly style. And when that doesn't quite work out the way they hoped, they go full on ''burn it all down'' mode. To a lesser extend, the secondary antagonist has a similar excuse, having been shunned and abandoned by their real family and thus developing an unhealthy fixation on their [[spoiler:Big Bro Temuji]] as a result.

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* ''Fanfic/BookFiveLegends'' give us this for the villain's backstory. Unloved by virtually all except their mother, losing them devastated the villain to the point that they are trying to resurrect them Creator/MaryShelly Creator/MaryShelley style. And when that doesn't quite work out the way they hoped, they go full on ''burn it all down'' mode. To a lesser extend, the secondary antagonist has a similar excuse, having been shunned and abandoned by their real family and thus developing an unhealthy fixation on their [[spoiler:Big Bro Temuji]] as a result.

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* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/13260174/4/Ambition-of-the-Red-Princess Ambition of the Red Princess]]'': When Malty was a child, she overheard her mother declaring she was useless as an heir, insisting on having another child, suggesting Malty be married off to [[TheBluebeard King Faubley]]. Given Malty's and Melty's respective ages, the princess was less than ten years old when her mother wrote her off. As a result, Malty becomes solely devoted to proving she's a better heir than her younger sister, [[PragmaticVillainy with all of her actions geared towards becoming queen]] rather than engaging in petty sadism.


* Fan Fiction in general whenever a villain is given a [[DracoInLeatherPants pair of leather pants.]]



* The whole of Fanfic/CodeGeassMaoOfTheDeliverance could be seen as a version of this trope taken UpToEleven for Mao.

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* In the ''{{Fanfic/Housemates}}'' universe it's discussed that {{Film/Thor}} and his buddies would play "very rough" with Loki when they were kids [[ValuesDissonance as in it would be considered abuse among Midguardian children.]]

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* The whole of Fanfic/CodeGeassMaoOfTheDeliverance ''Fanfic/CodeGeassMaoOfTheDeliverance'' could be seen as a version of this trope taken UpToEleven for Mao.

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* In the ''{{Fanfic/Housemates}}'' universe it's discussed that {{Film/Thor}} and his buddies would play "very rough" with Loki when they were kids [[ValuesDissonance as in it would be considered abuse among Midguardian Midgardian children.]]






* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6179989/1/# DEATHmatch]], by Shadow Crystal Mage, attempts to justify [[spoiler: Nekron's attempt to wipe out all life in Blackest Night]] by saying the paperwork had been getting him down

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* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6179989/1/# DEATHmatch]], by Shadow Crystal Mage, attempts to justify [[spoiler: Nekron's attempt to wipe out all life in Blackest Night]] by saying the paperwork had been getting him down
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* Subverted in ''Fanfic/KaraOfRokyn''. Albeit ComicBook/LexLuthor sees himself as the victim of an alien who betrayed him and ruined his life when they were teenagers, leading to being branded as a criminal and being kicked out of home by his father, an analysis of his life's story shows he just blamed ComicBook/{{Superboy}} for all of his own self-caused problems.


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* All the OriginalCharacters working with the villain in ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4267279/1/Hero-High-Sphinx-Academy Hero High: Sphinx Academy]] have their own FreudianExcuse. The main reason they follow him is because he was pretty much the only person that could see past that and treat them as people.

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* All the OriginalCharacters {{Original Character}} working with the villain in ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4267279/1/Hero-High-Sphinx-Academy Hero High: Sphinx Academy]] have their own FreudianExcuse. The main reason they follow him is because he was pretty much the only person that could see past that and treat them as people.



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* In the ''{{Fanfic/Housemates}}'' universe it's discussed that [[{{Film/Thor}} Thor]] and his buddies would play "very rough" with Loki when they were kids [[ValuesDissonance as in it would be considered abuse among Midguardian children.]]
* In ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', we have Jackie Jakobs, subjected to a TraumaCongaLine starting with ParentalAbandonment, continuing through RapeAsBackstory combined with a life as a StreetUrchin. Of course, this isn't all [[TheReveal shown]] right away as initially, all readers see is a RichBitch who's more than willing to [[ColdBloodedTorture torture]] the story's heroes.

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* In the ''{{Fanfic/Housemates}}'' universe it's discussed that [[{{Film/Thor}} Thor]] {{Film/Thor}} and his buddies would play "very rough" with Loki when they were kids [[ValuesDissonance as in it would be considered abuse among Midguardian children.]]
* In ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', ''Fanfic/{{Origins}}'', we have Jackie Jakobs, subjected to a TraumaCongaLine starting with ParentalAbandonment, continuing through RapeAsBackstory combined with a life as a StreetUrchin. Of course, this isn't all [[TheReveal shown]] right away as initially, all readers see is a RichBitch who's more than willing to [[ColdBloodedTorture torture]] the story's heroes.

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