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* '''Exaggerated''': Bob tripped and scraped his knee, and he is barely the same person he was before.

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* '''Exaggerated''': '''Exaggerated''':
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Bob tripped and scraped his knee, and he is barely the same person he was before.before.
** DespairEventHorizon


* '''Played For Drama''': Bob is a tortured, sad, soul who hides behind bitterness. Said bitterness makes people who're unaware of his backstory distrust him and leads to many tragic misunderstandings.

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* '''Played For Drama''': Bob is a tortured, sad, pathetic soul who hides behind bitterness. Said bitterness makes people who're unaware of his backstory distrust him and leads to many tragic misunderstandings.


* '''Exaggerated''': Alice tripped and suffered a bruise on her knee, and Bob is barely the same person he was before.
* '''Downplayed''': Bob became somewhat less trusting after Alice was brutally murdered on their birthday.

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* '''Exaggerated''': Alice Bob tripped and suffered a bruise on her scraped his knee, and Bob he is barely the same person he was before.
* '''Downplayed''': Bob became somewhat less trusting after Alice his entire family was brutally murdered on their his birthday.



** Bob believes that the accident was his fault, regardless of whether it really was.
* '''Inverted''': Alice's fate makes Bob realize how precious life is. He becomes much nicer and less cynical as a result.

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** Bob believes that the accident was [[GuiltComplex his fault, fault]], regardless of whether it really was.
* '''Inverted''': Alice's fate makes Bob realize how precious life is. He becomes much nicer and less cynical more optimistic as a result.


* '''Exaggerated''': Alice was killed on her birthday in a car accident Bob caused while rushing to get her a present (still drunk from the party that made him forget to buy one the previous day). He's barely the same person he was before.
* '''Downplayed''': Bob became much less trusting after he and his sister were mugged on her birthday by an UngratefulBastard they tried to help out earlier that day.

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* '''Exaggerated''': Alice was killed tripped and suffered a bruise on her birthday in a car accident knee, and Bob caused while rushing to get her a present (still drunk from the party that made him forget to buy one the previous day). He's is barely the same person he was before.
* '''Downplayed''': Bob became much somewhat less trusting after he and his sister were mugged Alice was brutally murdered on her birthday by an UngratefulBastard they tried to help out earlier that day.their birthday.



** Bob developed PTSD or other emotional problems due to the terrible experience
* '''Inverted''': Alice's fate makes Bob realise how precious life is. He becomes much nicer and less cynical as a result.

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** Bob developed PTSD or other emotional problems due to the terrible experience
experience.
** Bob believes that the accident was his fault, regardless of whether it really was.
* '''Inverted''': Alice's fate makes Bob realise realize how precious life is. He becomes much nicer and less cynical as a result.



* '''Averted''': Bob was always that cynical.

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* '''Averted''': Bob was always that cynical.No one's personality changes as a result of physical or emotional trauma.


* '''Plotted A Good Waste''': Bob is given a tragic backstory to avoid letting his cynical behavior make him less sympathetic.


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* '''Plotted A Good Waste''': Bob is given a tragic backstory to avoid letting his cynical behavior make him less sympathetic.


* '''Enforced''': Bob is given a tragic backstory to avoid letting his cynical behavior make him less sympathetic.

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* '''Enforced''': Bob is given a tragic backstory to avoid letting his cynical behavior make him less sympathetic.???



* '''Plotted A Good Waste''': Bob is given a tragic backstory to avoid letting his cynical behavior make him less sympathetic.



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* '''Deconstructed''': Bob's cynical personality is the result of him selfishly pushing other people away to avoid being hurt in the same way again.

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* '''Deconstructed''': '''Deconstructed''':
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Bob's cynical personality is the result of him selfishly pushing other people away to avoid being hurt in the same way again.

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** Bob's cynical personality only shows that he is not strong-willed enough to deal with the problems of the world.


* '''Justified''': The event with his sister left Bob traumatised; his new personality is a coping mechanism.

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* '''Justified''': '''Justified''':
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The event with his sister left Bob traumatised; traumatized; his new personality is a coping mechanism.



* '''Implied''': Bob is seen brooding over...something. How much it has to do with his attitude isn't explored.



* '''Implied''': Bob is seen brooding over...something. How much it has to do with his attitude isn't explored.

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**Bob developed PTSD or other emotional problems due to the terrible experience


'''Basic Trope''': A failure to protect his/her {{protectorate}} defines the character.
* '''Straight''': Jack promised to protect his little sister Jill after his parents' death, but she was murdered while he was working to support her; his purpose in life is {{Revenge}} on her killers.
* '''Exaggerated''': Jill was just some girl down the block, but Jack feels the need to go on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge anyway.
* '''Downplayed''': Jack promised to protect his little sister Jill after his parents' death, but he always hates himself for not being able to giver her the lift she could have had if their parents were still alive.
* '''Justified''': Jack had lost everything else he had to live for.
* '''Inverted''':
** Jack feels free at his sister's death; he had done everything he could, and now he gets to ''live.''
** Jack dies saving Jill from murderers, and Jill feels she must [[TakeUpMySword take up his sword]] to avenge him.
** '''[[PortmanteauTropeNames Invertexaggerated]]'''! When Jack sees Jill being killed, he yells out, "OH YEAH!"
* '''Subverted''':
** Jack is sad after the the death of Jill, but he get over it and moves on with his life.
** Alternately, the BigBad ''did'' kill his little sister, but Jack has more than just that as a reason to hunt the BigBad.
** [[ObfuscatingStupidity Jack is using the girl's death as a pretext.]]
* '''Double Subverted''': The death of Jill doesn't affect Jack in any way who moves on with his life. This is however just a coping mechanism and Jack is either [[DrowningMySorrows takes up to drinking]] or is [[BadDreams having nightmares]]. In the end, he decides to do something about it.
* '''Parodied''':
** Jack has 9001 Dead Little Sisters.
** Jill's literal ghost haunts Jack, [[AnnoyingYoungerSibling constantly harassing]] him about avenging her.
* '''Zig Zagged''': Joe believes his little sister was killed by the BigBad - until he meets the BigBad's PersonalMook and [[LukeIAmYourFather is surprised]].
* '''Averted''': Jack's reasons for taking on the bad guys have nothing to do with a dead loved one.
* '''Enforced''': "Jack really needs a reason to go after the BigBad. How about we have the Big Bad kill somebody he loves, a sister, perhaps?"
* '''Lampshaded''': "After lord Evulz, huh? What he do, kill your sister?"
* '''Invoked''': The BigBad is seeking a worthy adversary, so always leaves one member of a family alive in hopes they will be strong enough to challenge him.
* '''Exploited''': ???
* '''Defied''': The BigBad never kills one family member without killing the entire family, in order to ensure that no big brothers show up later to challenge him.
* '''Discussed''': "I want to take lord Evulz down, because he's, well, evil. I don't need some dead little sister for that!"
* '''Conversed''': "Look, it's another HollywoodAtheist. Bet you anything he's got a dead little sister somewhere".
* '''Deconstructed''':
** Jack's obsessive guilt reflects his own maltreatment of Jill, for which he can never now atone.
** Jack was protecting all his younger siblings, but at Jill's death, he completely forgets John and Jane, who fall into criminal ways and are recruited by the same criminals who killed Jill.
** Jack is trying to avenge Jill, but is simply killed by her murderers because of his blind rage.
* '''Reconstructed''': Joe eventually pulls himself together and learns from the experience, though it takes him time.
* '''Played For Drama''': While avenging Jill from one group of murderers, Jack [[HeWhoFightsMonsters becomes a Little Sister murderer himself]].

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'''Basic Trope''': A failure to protect his/her {{protectorate}} defines the character.
traumatic event that makes a character more cynical than before.
* '''Straight''': Jack promised to protect his little sister Jill Bob became a cynic after his parents' death, but she sister Alice was murdered while he was working to support her; his purpose killed in life is {{Revenge}} on her killers.
a car accident.
* '''Exaggerated''': Jill Alice was just some girl down killed on her birthday in a car accident Bob caused while rushing to get her a present (still drunk from the block, but Jack feels party that made him forget to buy one the need to go on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge anyway.
previous day). He's barely the same person he was before.
* '''Downplayed''': Jack promised to protect Bob became much less trusting after he and his little sister Jill after his parents' death, but he always hates himself for not being able to giver her the lift she could have had if their parents were still alive.
mugged on her birthday by an UngratefulBastard they tried to help out earlier that day.
* '''Justified''': Jack had lost everything else he had to live for.
* '''Inverted''':
** Jack feels free at his sister's death; he had done everything he could, and now he gets to ''live.''
** Jack dies saving Jill from murderers, and Jill feels she must [[TakeUpMySword take up his sword]] to avenge him.
** '''[[PortmanteauTropeNames Invertexaggerated]]'''! When Jack sees Jill being killed, he yells out, "OH YEAH!"
* '''Subverted''':
** Jack is sad after the the death of Jill, but he get over it and moves on
The event with his life.
** Alternately, the BigBad ''did'' kill
sister left Bob traumatised; his little sister, but Jack has more than just that new personality is a coping mechanism.
* '''Inverted''': Alice's fate makes Bob realise how precious life is. He becomes much nicer and less cynical
as a reason result.
* '''Subverted''': Alice is killed and Bob looks like he's about
to hunt the BigBad.
** [[ObfuscatingStupidity Jack is using the girl's death
have a FreakOut...but this turns out to be his EstablishingCharacterMoment as a pretext.]]
ThePollyanna.
* '''Double Subverted''': The death of Jill doesn't affect Jack in any way who moves on with Bob ends up being blamed for everything by his life. This is however just a coping mechanism parents and Jack this turns out to be his actual CynicismCatalyst.
* '''Parodied''': Alice suffers some minor nuisance (like a graze). Bob
is either [[DrowningMySorrows takes up to drinking]] or is [[BadDreams having nightmares]]. In the end, he decides to do something about it.
* '''Parodied''':
** Jack has 9001 Dead Little Sisters.
** Jill's literal ghost haunts Jack, [[AnnoyingYoungerSibling constantly harassing]] him about avenging her.
still traumatized.
* '''Zig Zagged''': Joe believes his little sister was killed by the BigBad - until he meets the BigBad's PersonalMook and [[LukeIAmYourFather is surprised]].
How much Alice's fate affected Bob varies DependingOnTheWriter.
* '''Averted''': Jack's reasons for taking on the bad guys have nothing to do with a dead loved one.
Bob was always that cynical.
* '''Enforced''': "Jack really needs Bob is given a reason tragic backstory to go after the BigBad. How about we have the Big Bad kill somebody he loves, a sister, perhaps?"
avoid letting his cynical behavior make him less sympathetic.
* '''Lampshaded''': "After lord Evulz, huh? What he do, kill your sister?"
"Bob's harsh, I wonder what made him that way..." "Probably a dead sister; AbusiveParents; [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking stolen lunch money]]; something like that."
* '''Invoked''': The BigBad is seeking a worthy adversary, so always leaves one member of a family alive in hopes they will be strong enough Bob's EvilMentor Claire arranges for Alice to challenge him.
have a tragic accident to toughen Bob up.
* '''Exploited''': ???
Claire guesses that Bob's cynicism is down to some tragic event, looks into his past and finds out about Alice. She uses this knowledge to manipulate him.
* '''Defied''': The BigBad never kills one family member without killing the entire family, in order Bob vows not to ensure that no big brothers show up later let Alice's accident get to challenge him.
* '''Discussed''': "I want to take lord Evulz down, because he's, well, evil. I don't need some dead little sister for that!"
"How's Bob doing?" "I'm worried about how this might change him..."
* '''Conversed''': "Look, it's another HollywoodAtheist. Bet you anything he's got "Oh look, a dead little sister somewhere".
cynical brooding character. I bet he'll have an episode devoted to whatever upset him so much".
* '''Deconstructed''':
** Jack's obsessive guilt reflects his own maltreatment
'''Deconstructed''': Bob's cynical personality is the result of Jill, for which he can never now atone.
** Jack was protecting all his younger siblings, but at Jill's death, he completely forgets John and Jane, who fall into criminal ways and are recruited by
him selfishly pushing other people away to avoid being hurt in the same criminals who killed Jill.
** Jack is trying to avenge Jill, but is simply killed by her murderers because of his blind rage.
way again.
* '''Reconstructed''': Joe eventually pulls himself together Bob has made (or makes) peace with his past, but the event still marks the point where his younger, more naive, self "grew up".
* '''Implied''': Bob is seen brooding over...something. How much it has to do with his attitude isn't explored.
* '''Played For Laughs''': Bob's guilt over the incident is shown as disproportionate
and learns from the experience, though it takes him time.
being brought up brings up many NotSoStoic moments.
* '''Played For Drama''': While avenging Jill from one group Bob is a tortured, sad, soul who hides behind bitterness. Said bitterness makes people who're unaware of murderers, Jack [[HeWhoFightsMonsters becomes a Little Sister murderer himself]].his backstory distrust him and leads to many tragic misunderstandings.



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%%* '''Implied''': ???
%%* '''Plotted A Good Waste''': ???
%%* '''Played For Laughs''': ???

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%%* '''Implied''': ???
%%* '''Plotted A Good Waste''': ???
%%* '''Played For Laughs''':
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* '''Downplayed''': Jack promised to protect his little sister jill after his parents' death, but he always hates himself for not being able to giver her the lift she could have had if their parents were still alive.

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* '''Downplayed''': Jack promised to protect his little sister jill Jill after his parents' death, but he always hates himself for not being able to giver her the lift she could have had if their parents were still alive.


* '''Downplayed''': ???

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* '''Downplayed''': ???Jack promised to protect his little sister jill after his parents' death, but he always hates himself for not being able to giver her the lift she could have had if their parents were still alive.

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'''Basic Trope''': A failure to protect his/her {{protectorate}} defines the character.
* '''Straight''': Jack promised to protect his little sister Jill after his parents' death, but she was murdered while he was working to support her; his purpose in life is {{Revenge}} on her killers.
* '''Exaggerated''': Jill was just some girl down the block, but Jack feels the need to go on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge anyway.
* '''Downplayed''': ???
* '''Justified''': Jack had lost everything else he had to live for.
* '''Inverted''':
** Jack feels free at his sister's death; he had done everything he could, and now he gets to ''live.''
** Jack dies saving Jill from murderers, and Jill feels she must [[TakeUpMySword take up his sword]] to avenge him.
** '''[[PortmanteauTropeNames Invertexaggerated]]'''! When Jack sees Jill being killed, he yells out, "OH YEAH!"
* '''Subverted''':
** Jack is sad after the the death of Jill, but he get over it and moves on with his life.
** Alternately, the BigBad ''did'' kill his little sister, but Jack has more than just that as a reason to hunt the BigBad.
** [[ObfuscatingStupidity Jack is using the girl's death as a pretext.]]
* '''Double Subverted''': The death of Jill doesn't affect Jack in any way who moves on with his life. This is however just a coping mechanism and Jack is either [[DrowningMySorrows takes up to drinking]] or is [[BadDreams having nightmares]]. In the end, he decides to do something about it.
* '''Parodied''':
** Jack has 9001 Dead Little Sisters.
** Jill's literal ghost haunts Jack, [[AnnoyingYoungerSibling constantly harassing]] him about avenging her.
* '''Zig Zagged''': Joe believes his little sister was killed by the BigBad - until he meets the BigBad's PersonalMook and [[LukeIAmYourFather is surprised]].
* '''Averted''': Jack's reasons for taking on the bad guys have nothing to do with a dead loved one.
* '''Enforced''': "Jack really needs a reason to go after the BigBad. How about we have the Big Bad kill somebody he loves, a sister, perhaps?"
* '''Lampshaded''': "After lord Evulz, huh? What he do, kill your sister?"
* '''Invoked''': The BigBad is seeking a worthy adversary, so always leaves one member of a family alive in hopes they will be strong enough to challenge him.
* '''Exploited''': ???
* '''Defied''': The BigBad never kills one family member without killing the entire family, in order to ensure that no big brothers show up later to challenge him.
* '''Discussed''': "I want to take lord Evulz down, because he's, well, evil. I don't need some dead little sister for that!"
* '''Conversed''': "Look, it's another HollywoodAtheist. Bet you anything he's got a dead little sister somewhere".
* '''Deconstructed''':
** Jack's obsessive guilt reflects his own maltreatment of Jill, for which he can never now atone.
** Jack was protecting all his younger siblings, but at Jill's death, he completely forgets John and Jane, who fall into criminal ways and are recruited by the same criminals who killed Jill.
** Jack is trying to avenge Jill, but is simply killed by her murderers because of his blind rage.
* '''Reconstructed''': Joe eventually pulls himself together and learns from the experience, though it takes him time.
* '''Played For Drama''': While avenging Jill from one group of murderers, Jack [[HeWhoFightsMonsters becomes a Little Sister murderer himself]].
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%%* '''Played For Laughs''': ???

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