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** [[spoiler:The King Ault Clay]] was originally a decent man and greatly skilled tactician until his sister's presumed death. This led him to loathe the Beast races and Demi-humans and by association the Shield Hero, who they viewed as a god. The hatred led to his decision to [[spoiler:sabotage Naofumi despite his wife's orders to treat him well]].

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** [[spoiler:The King Ault Clay]] Aultcray]] was originally a decent man and greatly skilled tactician until his sister's presumed death. This led him to loathe the Beast races and Demi-humans and by association the Shield Hero, who they viewed as a god. The hatred led to his decision to [[spoiler:sabotage Naofumi despite his wife's orders to treat him well]].


* Miles Edgeworth in the ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney'' series was a excitable and energetic child that strove to defend the innocent like his father was doing as a defense attorney. One day, Edgeworth's father was killed and he was taken in by Manfred von Karma, who raised him to be a ruthless prosecutor. Edgeworth grew up thinking defense attorneys were scumbags and the guilty should be punished. His personality also changed greatly where he is very stoic, rarely emotes, and always tries to keep up a professional front instead of just being himself. Edgeworth does lighten up a little bit after some CharacterDevelopment, but he's no longer the energetic and eager person he once was.

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Miles Edgeworth in the ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney'' series was a excitable and energetic child that strove to defend the innocent like his father was doing as a defense attorney. One day, Edgeworth's father was killed and he was taken in by Manfred von Karma, who raised him to be a ruthless prosecutor. Edgeworth grew up thinking defense attorneys were scumbags and the guilty should be punished. His personality also changed greatly where he is very stoic, rarely emotes, and always tries to keep up a professional front instead of just being himself. Edgeworth does lighten up a little bit after some CharacterDevelopment, but he's no longer the energetic and eager person he once was.was.
** Phoenix Wright in ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'' became very aloof, snarks openly instead of restricting it to FirstPersonSmartass, and makes jokes at Apollo's expense. Due to Phoenix losing his ability to practice law after being set up with false evidence, it's not hard to imagine him being at least bitter about it. By ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'', he returns to his old chipper self after his innocence is proven and he returns to the world of law.
** Ema Skye also goes through a cynicism phas in ''Apollo Justice'' where it's revealed she failed her forensics exam, thus she is shunted over to detective work instead of the forensics detective that she dreamed of becoming. Ema wanted to be in the field of forensics ever since she was a teenager, but her dreams being crushed left her very bitter and irritable. By the time of ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice'', she retakes her exam and passes it, becoming happy and chipper like she used to be.
** The "Dark Age of Law" brought out the cynical side of a few people in ''Dual Destinies''. First there's Professor Aristotle Means, a professor and defense attorney that saw how twisted the courts became under the dark age. Rather than trying to fight it, Means believed the twisted version of the law is something to embrace and he adopted the mantra of "the end justifies the means" where one will do anything it takes to win a case in their favor. There's also [[spoiler: Aura Blackquill]] who saw her brother being charged with a murder he did not commit and despite her demands for a retrial, she was ignored due to lack of evidence proving her brother's innocence. She then grew up becoming extremely bitter and distrusting towards the law and anyone that practices it.


* Chōji Suitengu from ''Anime/SpeedGrapher'' only maintained sanity throughout his years of hellish service in the military by thinking of finding his little sister Yui again after he got out. When he finally does, Yui is [[BreakTheCutie so utterly broken by her ordeal]] that the only thing he can do for her is [[MercyKill end her suffering]]]], turning him into a callous bastard and the BigBad of the series.

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* Chōji Suitengu from ''Anime/SpeedGrapher'' only maintained sanity throughout his years of hellish service in the military by thinking of finding his little sister Yui again after he got out. When he finally does, does,[[spoiler: Yui is [[BreakTheCutie so utterly broken by her ordeal]] that the only thing he can do for her is [[MercyKill end her suffering]]]], turning him into a callous bastard and the BigBad of the series.

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** It is somewhat implied in the main game and Another Day that this also happened to [[TroubledButCute Neku]] with [[spoiler: the death of his best friend who died in a car accident being this for him, causing Neku to develop massive amounts of SurvivorsGuilt and blame himself for what happened, thus getting him to shut himself off from the rest of the world.]]

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** Sasuke became obsessed with getting power at any cost following the massacre of his family, the Uchiha clan, at the hands of his elder brother Itachi. After discovering that Itachi was actually acting under orders from a Hidden Leaf Village to exterminate the Uchiha clan and prevent them from becoming a threat to the village, Sasuke redirects his desire for revenge against the Hidden Leaf Village.

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* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' explains Worf's cynicism and stoicism in the episode "Let He Who is Without Sin...": he was rambunctious as a child and, during a soccer game while in school, accidentally headbutted a rival while scoring a goal. While Worf never felt the impact, he had unwittingly broken his rival's neck. It was then that he came to realize that living among humans means reigning in his boisterous Klingon nature. In adulthood, this translates to Worf upholding Klingon virtues while exhibiting precious few of his race's HotBlooded tendencies.


** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'', Raiden already has his fair share of angst and cynicism due to his experiences as a ChildSoldier and his UnwillingRoboticization, but finding out rival [=PMCs=] deal in putting children through both of these experiences at the same time and his own company's unwillingness to put a stop to it due to their ties to a powerful senator serve to make him more disillusioned and make it easier for him to regress back to "[[SuperPoweredEvilSide Jack the Ripper]]".

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** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'', Raiden already has his fair share of angst and cynicism due to his experiences as a ChildSoldier {{Child Soldier|s}} and his UnwillingRoboticization, but finding out rival [=PMCs=] deal in putting children through both of these experiences at the same time and his own company's unwillingness to put a stop to it due to their ties to a powerful senator serve to make him more disillusioned and make it easier for him to regress back to "[[SuperPoweredEvilSide Jack the Ripper]]".



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* ''Series/MiamiVice'': The death of Crockett's second wife, Caitlin, is a major contributor to his burnout and depression in Season 5. As Tubbs puts it, "Ever since Caitlin died everything tastes sour."


* The Greek tycoon Aristotle Onassis and his daughter/heiress Christina had her son and her older brother die, respectively: Alexandre Onassis Livanos, who died in a plane crash at age 25 (which is a favorite topic among {{Conspiracy Theorist}}s). Both of his parents crossed the DespairEventHorizon at that: mother Athena Mary Livanos ("Tina") killed herself, Aristoteles's already decaying health plummeted and he died a few months later. Christina outlived everyone for more than a decade, [[BrokenBird but she didn't have it much easier either.]]
* Philip K. Dick's twin sister died when the two were only five weeks old. Being raised as a child with this knowledge, (his mother allegedly claimed that the wrong child had died during an argument) the loss haunted PKD throughout his life. The figure of the mysterious, dark-haired and unattainable woman that is prominent in so many of his works (especially "Flow My Tears, the Police Said") is said to be based on PKD's imaginings of what his sister would have been like had she lived.

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* The Greek tycoon Aristotle Onassis and his daughter/heiress Christina had her his son and her older brother die, respectively: Alexandre Onassis Livanos, who died in a plane crash at age 25 (which is a favorite topic among {{Conspiracy Theorist}}s). Both of his parents crossed the DespairEventHorizon at that: mother Athena Mary Livanos ("Tina") killed herself, Aristoteles's Aristotles's already decaying health plummeted and he died a few months later. Christina outlived everyone for more than a decade, [[BrokenBird but she didn't have it much easier easier, either.]]
* Philip K. Dick's twin sister died when the two were only five weeks old. Being raised as a child with this knowledge, knowledge (his mother allegedly claimed that the wrong child had died during an argument) argument), the loss haunted PKD throughout his life. The figure of the mysterious, dark-haired and unattainable woman that is prominent in so many of his works (especially "Flow My Tears, the Police Said") is said to be based on PKD's imaginings of what his sister would have been like had she lived.



* Creator/VincentVanGogh had an older brother, also named Vincent, stillborn the year earlier. It's been suggested this knowledge deeply influenced him and his artwork. Whatever the case, he was a very unhappy person in adult life, and eventually killed himself.

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* Creator/VincentVanGogh had an older brother, also named Vincent, stillborn the year earlier. It's been suggested this knowledge deeply influenced him and his artwork. Whatever the case, he was a very unhappy person in adult life, and eventually killed himself. [[note]]Although recent re-examination (circa 2011) of the evidence has brought the suicide angle under heavy dispute due to the nature of the wounds.[[/note]]


* ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
** The first episode featured Gunn (Charles Gunn) who had his little sister become a vampire, forcing him to kill her.

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* ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
''Franchise/{{Buffyverse}}'':
** The entirety of Season 2 was like this for Buffy. When her boyfriend, Angel, turns evil right after sleeping with her, he proceeds to terrorize her for the rest of the school year. Needless to say, she never returned to her plucky personality from the first season.
** For Willow and Cordelia, it was when they walked into a room only to find that everyone inside was killed by a bunch of vampires.
** The first episode featured featuring Gunn (Charles Gunn) who had his little sister become a vampire, forcing him to kill her.


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** The biggest instance of this in the entire Buffyverse in what happened to Wesley. His attempt at saving Connor from a dangerous prophecy ends up going completely awry when he gets his throat slit, causing Connor to be tossed in a hell dimension. Despite everyone knowing that he was just trying to help, all of Wesley's friends ended up shunning him, especially Angel, who tries to smother him to death as revenge. From that point on, Wesley had become one of the most broken, cynical characters in the series.


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* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'': Antimony being forced to lead her own mother to the afterlife.


* Hannibal Lecter is given a dead little sister "Mischa" during ''Film/{{Hannibal}},'' causing a great deal of BadassDecay. Not enough to stop him from going on another killing spree, however.

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* Hannibal Lecter is given a dead little sister "Mischa" during ''Film/{{Hannibal}},'' ''Film/{{HannibalRising}},'' causing a great deal of BadassDecay. Not enough to stop him from going on another killing spree, however.


* ''Film/{{Underworld}}'': Selene's entire family was brutally murdered by Lycans, leading her to mercilessly hunt them once she became a vampire. Turns out Viktor, who turned her, was the one who actually killed her family.

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* ''Film/{{Underworld}}'': ''Film/Underworld2003'': Selene's entire family was brutally murdered by Lycans, leading her to mercilessly hunt them once she became a vampire. Turns out Viktor, who turned her, was the one who actually killed her family.


* In ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'' the brothers Guiseppe and Jean are both seeking revenge for the death of their sister Enrica at the hands of terrorists. The names of their chosen weapons, the cyborgs 'Henrietta' and 'Rico', reflect this. The difference is that Jean is cold-blooded towards Rico ([[JerkassFacade deliberately]]), whereas Guiseppe has created a [[ReplacementGoldfish surrogate]] in Henrietta, even (in the manga chapter "Fantasma") making her wear one of Enrica's dresses. Though Jean is visibly shocked by this act, he is unable to find the strength to reprimand his brother.

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* In ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'' the brothers Guiseppe and Jean are both seeking revenge for the death of their sister Enrica at the hands of terrorists. The names of their chosen weapons, the cyborgs 'Henrietta' and 'Rico', reflect this. The difference is that Jean is cold-blooded towards Rico ([[JerkassFacade deliberately]]), (deliberately behaving like a jerk), whereas Guiseppe has created a [[ReplacementGoldfish surrogate]] in Henrietta, even (in the manga chapter "Fantasma") making her wear one of Enrica's dresses. Though Jean is visibly shocked by this act, he is unable to find the strength to reprimand his brother.


* ''VideoGame/SuikodenII'':
** One of the reasons for Luca Blight's constant sociopathic UnstoppableRage is due to the fact that when he was a child, he and his mother were kidnapped by mercenaries, who forced him to watch as his mother was raped repeatedly in front of him and later died giving birth to his half-sister Jillia. When he found out that said mercenaries were hired by Muse, he developed a profound, murderous hatred towards them and to his father, Agares, who cowardly fled when his family was attacked.
** The Barows have their own example in Hiram, Euram and Luserina's older brother, who also got assassinated by Nether Gate during the same civil war. Their mother was bedridden afterwards, and it's implied that Euram's loutish behavior grew ''far worse'' following his brother's death, as he became heir apparent in his place.

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* ''VideoGame/SuikodenII'':
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''VideoGame/SuikodenII'': One of the reasons for Luca Blight's constant sociopathic UnstoppableRage is due to the fact that when he was a child, he and his mother were kidnapped by mercenaries, who forced him to watch as his mother was raped repeatedly in front of him and later died giving birth to his half-sister Jillia. When he found out that said mercenaries were hired by Muse, he developed a profound, murderous hatred towards them and to his father, Agares, who cowardly fled when his family was attacked.
** * ''VideoGame/SuikodenV'': The Barows have their own example in Hiram, Euram and Luserina's older brother, who also got assassinated by Nether Gate during the same civil war. Their mother was bedridden afterwards, and it's implied that Euram's loutish behavior grew ''far worse'' following his brother's death, as he became heir apparent in his place.



** In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Radiant Dawn]]'', Micaiah suffers this when forced to kill King Pelleas in order to free their country from the DealWithTheDevil he made. Except it turns out the [[HeroicSacrifice king's sacrifice]] is [[SenselessSacrifice useless]]. You can subvert this in following playthroughs and get him to live, though.
** In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemGenealogyOfTheHolyWar Genealogy of the Holy War]]'', Tiltyu and Blume are a variation; he was unable to prevent her death from a broken heart through his wife's emotional and physical abuses, but on the other hand he didn't even ''try'' since it'd mean he was siding with someone considered a traitor by his people. Tiltyu's children '''harshly''' call him out.

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** In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Radiant Dawn]]'', ''VideoGame/FireEmblemRadiantDawn'', Micaiah suffers this when forced to kill King Pelleas in order to free their country from the DealWithTheDevil he made. Except it turns out the [[HeroicSacrifice king's sacrifice]] is [[SenselessSacrifice useless]]. You can subvert this in following playthroughs and get him to live, though.
** In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemGenealogyOfTheHolyWar Genealogy of the Holy War]]'', Tiltyu ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGenealogyOfTheHolyWar'', Tailtiu and Blume are a variation; he was unable to prevent her death from a broken heart through his wife's emotional and physical abuses, but on the other hand he didn't even ''try'' since it'd mean he was siding with someone considered a traitor by his people. Tiltyu's children '''harshly''' call him out.


** Same for Liara. She goes through hell to retrieve Shepard's corpse, only for them to be nabbed by Cerberus. By MassEffect2, she's an information broker with a cruelty streak.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'': The war takes its toll on Shepard, but [[spoiler:after they lose Thessia to an asshole]], a Paragon Shepard will not be in the mood for Joker's black humor, and a Renegade Shepard will start getting tired of never giving up for once.

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** Same for Liara. She goes through hell to retrieve Shepard's corpse, only for them to be nabbed by Cerberus. By MassEffect2, the time of the sequel, she's an information broker with a cruelty streak.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'': The ** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', the war takes finally starts to take its toll on Shepard, though they do try to get through, but [[spoiler:after they lose Thessia to an asshole]], a Paragon Shepard will not be in the mood for Joker's black humor, and humor while a Renegade Shepard will start getting tired of never giving up for once.

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