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* William Boone in the first season of ''Series/EarthFinalConflict''. He figures out pretty quickly that the Taelons had his wife killed in order to "free" him to work for them (he previously refused because he wanted to spend more time with his wife). He seems to have settled down after Sandoval admits that he was the one who ordered her death to "spare" her. The second season opener reveals that Da'an was the one who ordered Sandoval to do that.

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* William Boone in the first season of ''Series/EarthFinalConflict''. He figures out pretty quickly that the Taelons had his wife killed in order to "free" him to work for them (he previously refused because he wanted to spend more time with his wife). He seems to have settled down after Sandoval admits that he was the one who ordered her death to "spare" her. The second season opener reveals that Da'an was the one who ordered Sandoval to do that. In fact, Da'an never explicitly denied it to Boone, only telling him that he "did not wish her death", which isn't the same as ordering it.


* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitaly_Kaloyev Vitaly Kaloyev]], a Russian architect who lost his wife and children in a flight accident in 2002. The accident was caused by a flight controller error, and the flight controller (a Danish man named Peter Nielsen) had been working for 16 hours continuously due to being an outsourced employee. Kaloyev tracked Nielsen to his house and stabbed him to death in front of his wife and children in 2004.


** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGaiden'' and its remake "VideoGame/FireEmblemEchoesShadowsOfValentia'', Valbar's entire family (parents, wife, child, younger siblings) were murdered by pirates. He, his best friend Leon and the hired sellsword Kamui can be recruited if they survive the battle they first appear in, and from then on he fights for Celica's cause.

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** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGaiden'' and its remake "VideoGame/FireEmblemEchoesShadowsOfValentia'', ''VideoGame/FireEmblemEchoesShadowsOfValentia'', Valbar's entire family (parents, wife, child, younger siblings) were murdered by pirates. He, his best friend Leon and the hired sellsword Kamui can be recruited if they survive the battle they first appear in, and from then on he fights for Celica's cause.


* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_I_of_Portugal Peter I of Portugal]] was deeply in love with noblewoman Inês de Castro while he was still crown prince, whose love affair didn't sit well in the court and resulted in her getting assassinated by other scheming nobles in [[HarmfulToMinors front of their children no less]]. Enranged, Peter found those responsible after ascending to the throne and [[BeatStillMyHeart ripped out their hearts]]. As if that wasn't enough, legends say that [[MummiesAtTheDinnerable he exhumed her body and had her dressed as a queen]] and [[HumiliationConga forced the nobles to kiss her hand]]. It's because of these deeds that he is known as "Peter the Cruel".

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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_I_of_Portugal Peter I of Portugal]] was deeply in love with noblewoman Inês de Castro while he was still crown prince, whose love affair didn't sit well in the court and resulted in her getting assassinated by other scheming nobles in [[HarmfulToMinors front of their children no less]]. Enranged, Peter found those responsible after ascending to the throne and [[BeatStillMyHeart ripped out their hearts]]. As if that wasn't enough, legends say that [[MummiesAtTheDinnerable [[MummiesAtTheDinnerTable he exhumed her body and had her dressed as a queen]] and [[HumiliationConga forced the nobles to kiss her hand]]. It's because of these deeds that he is known as "Peter the Cruel".

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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_I_of_Portugal Peter I of Portugal]] was deeply in love with noblewoman Inês de Castro while he was still crown prince, whose love affair didn't sit well in the court and resulted in her getting assassinated by other scheming nobles in [[HarmfulToMinors front of their children no less]]. Enranged, Peter found those responsible after ascending to the throne and [[BeatStillMyHeart ripped out their hearts]]. As if that wasn't enough, legends say that [[MummiesAtTheDinnerable he exhumed her body and had her dressed as a queen]] and [[HumiliationConga forced the nobles to kiss her hand]]. It's because of these deeds that he is known as "Peter the Cruel".

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* ''ComicBook/WonderWoman'': Paula von Gunther at first appeared to be a loyal Nazi spy, but after the reveal that the Nazis had murdered her husband and kidnapped her daughter to force her to comply and Diana saved her daughter Paula quckly switched to dedicating herself to aiding the Allies and Wonder Woman against the Nazis.


In what is possibly the mother of {{Dark And Troubled Past}}s, this guy[[note]](and yes, while not AlwaysMale, this trope happens much more often to guys)[[/note]] will have his spouse and children die. This may be because the author wants to go for broke in creating a hero with "nothing and no one to live for". After all, the lack of emotional attachments [[TheUnfettered holding him back]] and the burning drive for {{revenge}} makes for a singularly terrifying protagonist. Sometimes the kids ''do'' survive, and need [[{{Protectorate}} to be protected]] while not necessarily [[MoralityChain stopping their parent]] from making a whole mess of people into a holey mess. Or better yet, the child is someone the parent can [[SideKick mold]] into a [[TykeBomb weapon of vengeance.]] Of course, he might abandon the child to be raised by someone else, or do the revenging in secret. In a variation of this trope, the character might have no kids at all and not even be married, but the death of their girlfriend/boyfriend or fiance(e) will nevertheless motivate them to seek justice.

The causes behind the death vary: the character's loved ones may be [[StuffedIntoTheFridge murdered by an enemy]] while he was ForcedToWatch, die because of a mistake he made, or through some random act of human violence. In rare cases, they die in a horrible but (mostly) blameless accident. The "mostly" comes from the fact that he will somehow find a way to blame himself for their death in a form of SurvivorsGuilt, or better yet, blame {{God}}.

On the upside, this senseless and painful tragedy is a great [[TheLostLenore personal motivator.]] The Crusading Widower will earn the "crusading" part of his name by [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge hunting down and killing (at best apprehending) those responsible]], however tangentially. ''Or'' [[RefusalOfTheCall he will try to drown his sorrows]], only to be "rescued" by a friend who will motivate him with an offer to somehow [[TheAtoner atone]] or catch the culprits. If it's a fantasy or sci-fi setting, a third goal may present itself: [[{{Necromantic}} bringing them back to life.]] This is [[CameBackWrong rarely a good thing]]. His loved ones will probably beg him not to, or he will choose not to resurrect them as part of a FriendOrIdolDecision.

For obvious reasons, this character is usually on the low end of the [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism Idealism/Cynicism scale]], tending towards AntiHero, AntiVillain, or outright {{Villain}}. Very, ''very'' rarely will the Crusading Widower be a straight up [[TheHero Hero]].

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In what is possibly the mother of {{Dark And Troubled Past}}s, this guy[[note]](and yes, while not AlwaysMale, this trope happens much more often to guys)[[/note]] Officer Bob will have find that [[StuffedIntoTheFridge his spouse and spouse]], [[FamilyExtermination and/or his children die. This may be because have been killed]]. The cause behind the author wants killing varies, but it is ''always'' connected to go for broke in creating a hero with "nothing and no one to live for". After all, person or group of persons: the lack of emotional attachments [[TheUnfettered holding him back]] and trope earns the burning drive for {{revenge}} makes for a singularly terrifying protagonist. Sometimes the kids ''do'' survive, and need [[{{Protectorate}} to be protected]] while not necessarily [[MoralityChain stopping their parent]] "crusading" part of it's name from making a whole mess of the surviving family member's [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge ensuing quest to hunt down and either apprehend or kill the people into a holey mess. Or better yet, responsible]], regardless of how tangentially they are connected to the child is someone the parent can [[SideKick mold]] into a [[TykeBomb weapon of vengeance.]] Of course, he might abandon the child crime. The lost family member [[Administrivia/TropesAreFlexible doesn't need to specifically be raised by someone else, or do the revenging in secret. In a variation of this trope, spouse]]: the character might have no kids at all and not even be married, but the death of their girlfriend/boyfriend or fiance(e) will nevertheless motivate them to seek justice.

The causes behind the death vary: the character's loved ones may be [[StuffedIntoTheFridge murdered by an enemy]] while he was ForcedToWatch, die because of a mistake he made,
justice or through some random act of human violence. vengeance. In rare cases, they the family will die in a horrible but (mostly) blameless accident. The "mostly" comes from the fact that In those cases, he will somehow find a way to either [[SurvivorsGuilt blame himself for their death in a form of SurvivorsGuilt, deaths]] or better yet, [[RageAgainstTheHeavens blame {{God}}.

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God]].

This trope is often used when
the upside, this senseless author wants to go for broke and painful tragedy is create a great character with "nothing and no one to live for". After all, the combination of a burning drive for {{revenge}} and a [[TheUnfettered lack of emotional attachments holding him back]] makes for a [[NoNonsenseNemesis singularly terrifying individual]]: the loss of a loved one happens to be a [[TheLostLenore great personal motivator.]] The motivator]], and often comes with SurvivorsGuilt.

[[PayEvilUntoEvil For obvious reasons]], this character is usually on the low end of the [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism Idealism/Cynicism scale]], tending towards AntiHero, AntiVillain, or {{Villain}}. Very, ''very'' rarely will the
Crusading Widower be TheHero. Also, while this trope ''can'' happen to women, [[AlwaysMale it happens much more often to men]].

Sometimes the kids actually survive, and need [[{{Protectorate}} to be protected]]... that doesn't necessarily mean that they
will earn the "crusading" part of his name by in any way [[MoralityChain stop their parent]] from [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge hunting down and killing (at best apprehending) those responsible]], however tangentially. ''Or'' making messes of a whole mess of people]]. There's also the possibility that the child is someone the parent will try to [[TykeBomb mold into a weapon of vengeance,]] either by [[SideKick working with them]] or by [[TakeUpMySword having the child carry on in their stead]]. Of course, he might abandon the child to be raised by someone else entirely, or do the revenging in secret. He may also [[RefusalOfTheCall he will try to drown his sorrows]], sorrows at first]], only to be "rescued" by a friend who will motivate him with an offer to somehow [[TheAtoner atone]] for his mistake, or catch the culprits. If it's a fantasy or sci-fi setting, a third goal may present itself: [[{{Necromantic}} bringing them back to life.]] This is [[CameBackWrong rarely a good thing]]. His thing]]: his loved ones will probably beg him not to, or he will choose not to resurrect them as part of a FriendOrIdolDecision.

For obvious reasons, this character is usually on the low end of the [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism Idealism/Cynicism scale]], tending towards AntiHero, AntiVillain, or outright {{Villain}}. Very, ''very'' rarely will the Crusading Widower be a straight up [[TheHero Hero]].
TheyWereHoldingYouBack and DisposableWoman are related tropes.



Can sometimes take the form of TakeUpMySword. Compare TheyWereHoldingYouBack. See also DisposableWoman.


* Invoked in ''VideoGame/Bayonetta2'': [[spoiler:The plot of the game (and by extension, [[VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}} the first game]]) is set in motion when Loptr disguises himself as Loki and murders Balder's lover Rosa and sends him on a quest for revenge as part of a plan to obtain the Sovereign Power and the Eyes of the World.]]

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* Invoked in ''VideoGame/Bayonetta2'': [[spoiler:The plot of the game (and by extension, [[VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}} the first game]]) is set in motion when Loptr disguises himself as Loki and Loki, murders Balder's lover Rosa Rosa, and sends him on a quest for revenge as part of a plan to obtain the Sovereign Power and the Eyes of the World.]]


* Invoked in ''VideoGame/Bayonetta2'': [[spoiler:The plot of the game (and by extension, [[VideoGame/Bayonetta the first game]]) is set in motion when Loptr disguises himself as Loki and murders Balder's lover Rosa and sends him on a quest for revenge as part of a plan to obtain the Sovereign Power and the Eyes of the World.]]

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* Invoked in ''VideoGame/Bayonetta2'': [[spoiler:The plot of the game (and by extension, [[VideoGame/Bayonetta [[VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}} the first game]]) is set in motion when Loptr disguises himself as Loki and murders Balder's lover Rosa and sends him on a quest for revenge as part of a plan to obtain the Sovereign Power and the Eyes of the World.]]

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* Invoked in ''VideoGame/Bayonetta2'': [[spoiler:The plot of the game (and by extension, [[VideoGame/Bayonetta the first game]]) is set in motion when Loptr disguises himself as Loki and murders Balder's lover Rosa and sends him on a quest for revenge as part of a plan to obtain the Sovereign Power and the Eyes of the World.]]


* Talion from [[VideoGame/ShadowOfMordor]] saw his entire family [[spoiler: sacrificed in a blood magic ritual by Sauron's minions on the night the Dark Lord returned to Mordor. Saved by the intervention of an elven wraith, he intends to exact retribution on ALL the denizens of Mordor]].
* Ryudo from [[VideoGame/EternalTwilight]] was an imperial soldier until his empire kidnapped and killed his wife and child because of their anti-magi policies, leading him to defect and seek revenge on the empire. Later, when an imperial officer mocks him for marrying a magi, Ryudo gets angry enough to relearn his [[SuperMode Instinct mode]].

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* Talion from [[VideoGame/ShadowOfMordor]] ''VideoGame/MiddleEarthShadowOfMordor'' saw his entire family [[spoiler: sacrificed in a blood magic ritual by Sauron's minions on the night the Dark Lord returned to Mordor. Saved by the intervention of an elven wraith, he intends to exact retribution on ALL the denizens of Mordor]].
* Ryudo from [[VideoGame/EternalTwilight]] ''VideoGame/EternalTwilight'' was an imperial soldier until his empire kidnapped and killed his wife and child because of their anti-magi policies, leading him to defect and seek revenge on the empire. Later, when When an imperial officer mocks him for marrying a magi, Ryudo gets angry enough to relearn his [[SuperMode Instinct mode]].

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* Ryudo from [[VideoGame/EternalTwilight]] was an imperial soldier until his empire kidnapped and killed his wife and child because of their anti-magi policies, leading him to defect and seek revenge on the empire. Later, when an imperial officer mocks him for marrying a magi, Ryudo gets angry enough to relearn his [[SuperMode Instinct mode]].

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* Talion from [[VideoGame/ShadowOfMordor]] saw his entire family [[spoiler: sacrificed in a blood magic ritual by Sauron's minions on the night the Dark Lord returned to Mordor. Saved by the intervention of an elven wraith, he intends to exact retribution on ALL the denizens of Mordor]].


** The ''[[Film/KickAss film version]]'' trains his daughter to get revenge on the drug lord who sent him to prison and left his depressed wife to OD on drugs.

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** The ''[[Film/KickAss film version]]'' trains his daughter to get revenge on the drug lord who sent him to prison and left his depressed wife to OD on drugs. [[spoiler: In contrast to the comic, the story appears to be real.]]

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