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* Billy's lifelong mission has basically been to reunite with his mother. When he finally does, she pushes him aside as he tries to hug her before she reveals that she essentially abandoned him because she couldn't take care of him. Billy leaves her, heartbroken.

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* Billy's lifelong mission has basically been to reunite with his mother. When he finally does, she [[KickTheDog pushes him aside as he tries to hug her her]] before she reveals that she essentially abandoned him because she couldn't didn't want to take care of him. Billy leaves her, heartbroken.



** One of the first signs that his reunion isn't looking so good is when Billy is walking down the hallway to his mother's room and he hears a couple having a fierce argument in another room, implying that his mother's living in a rough neighborhood. As he meets his mother, she's shown to be looking very unhappy and we can hear her new husband shouting at her from offscreen. It implies that even after leaving Billy, her life isn't getting any better at all, if not worse.
*** The only reason she told him the cold truth that she abandoned him to foster care? Because [[CruelToBeKind it was the only way to explain why it was never his fault they got separated that day.]]


** That contrast is further explored later, when Sivana has Billy's foster siblings held hostage. Whilst he waits for Shazam to arrive, he sees the Vasquez's Christmas Reef, adorned with pictures of their foster children. Sivana's glare is a cold and cruel one, but one can sense longing behind those eyes. One can sense he deeply envies this family made up of [[FamilyOfChoice people who spontaneously care about each other]] when his own biological family ''never treated him with one iota of kindness''.

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** That contrast is further explored later, when Sivana has Billy's foster siblings held hostage. Whilst he waits for Shazam to arrive, he sees the Vasquez's Christmas Reef, adorned with pictures of their foster children. Sivana's glare is a cold and cruel one, but one can sense longing behind those eyes. One can sense eyes, how much he deeply envies [[StealthPun envies]] this family made up of [[FamilyOfChoice people who spontaneously care about each other]] when his own biological family ''never treated him with one iota of kindness''.


* There's very little grandeur or glory in the Wizard choosing Billy as his champion/successor; it's more an act of desperation. Part of this is due to it being in the aftermath of Sivana's attack and the release of the Sins, but even without that the Wizard is exhausted; he's the last of his kind, and he's picked someone who's not up to his standards, but is all he could find at an emergency. The best he can do is appeal to Billy to get his own council, so that he won't be alone like he himself was.

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* There's very little grandeur or glory in the Wizard choosing Billy as his champion/successor; it's more an act of desperation. Part of this is due to it being in the aftermath of Sivana's attack and the release of the Sins, but even without that the Wizard is exhausted; he's the last of his kind, and he's picked someone who's not up to his standards, but is it's all he could find at an emergency. The best he can do is appeal to Billy to get his own council, so that he won't be alone like he himself was.


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** That contrast is further explored later, when Sivana has Billy's foster siblings held hostage. Whilst he waits for Shazam to arrive, he sees the Vasquez's Christmas Reef, adorned with pictures of their foster children. Sivana's glare is a cold and cruel one, but one can sense longing behind those eyes. One can sense he deeply envies this family made up of [[FamilyOfChoice people who spontaneously care about each other]] when his own biological family ''never treated him with one iota of kindness''.

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** When she asks if he landed on his feet, Billy tells her he has rather than how he's thrown away countless chances to be happy looking for a woman who never wanted him. You can hear a slight hint of desperation in her voice as she aks him that, as if she's asking that her leaving him behind to find a better life wasn't AllForNothing.


** The worst part is Billy showing her the compass she won for him at that fair, the item he has held onto all these years, the only link to his mother... and she asks "what is that?"

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** The worst part is Billy showing her the compass she won for him at that fair, the item he has held onto all these years, and the only link to his mother... and she asks [[ButForMeItWasTuesday "what is that?"that?"]]

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* It's not hard to feel at least a little bit sorry for Sivana after he's defeated. He's locked in an uncomfortably small cell and all he can do is draw the seven symbols over and over on his cell walls in a desperate attempt to reclaim his power, or at the very least get out. Then his charcoal snaps and he howls in despair. It really sells the message about how self-destructive obsession can be.


** One of the first signs that his reunion isn't looking so good is when Billy is walking down the hallway to his mother's room and he heard a couple having a fierce argument in another room, implying that his mother's living in a rough neighborhood. As he meets his mother, she's shown to be looking very unhappy and we can hear her new husband shouting at her from offscreen. It implies that even after leaving Billy, her life isn't getting any better at all, if not worse.
*** The only reason she told him the cold truth that she abandoned him to Foster care? Because [[CruelToBeKind it was the only way to explain why it was never his fault they got separated that day.]]

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** One of the first signs that his reunion isn't looking so good is when Billy is walking down the hallway to his mother's room and he heard hears a couple having a fierce argument in another room, implying that his mother's living in a rough neighborhood. As he meets his mother, she's shown to be looking very unhappy and we can hear her new husband shouting at her from offscreen. It implies that even after leaving Billy, her life isn't getting any better at all, if not worse.
*** The only reason she told him the cold truth that she abandoned him to Foster foster care? Because [[CruelToBeKind it was the only way to explain why it was never his fault they got separated that day.]]


* After retreating from Sivana, as if to add insult to injury, Billy has to face his Foster Parents reprimanding him for running off, skipping school, and whatever he did to get that nosebleed. The saddest part is, they can't comprehend that Billy is having the worst day imaginable.

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* After retreating from Sivana, as if to add insult to injury, Billy has to face his Foster Parents foster parents reprimanding him for running off, skipping school, and whatever he did to get that nosebleed. The saddest part is, they can't comprehend that Billy is having the worst day imaginable.


* A very subtle one but the throne room of the Wizard has other chairs, other thrones, there used to be other fighting along side the wizard like an ancient magical justice league, but now they are all gone and he is too weak to fight anymore.

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* A There's very subtle one but the throne room of little grandeur or glory in the Wizard has other chairs, other thrones, there used choosing Billy as his champion/successor; it's more an act of desperation. Part of this is due to be other fighting along side it being in the wizard aftermath of Sivana's attack and the release of the Sins, but even without that the Wizard is exhausted; he's the last of his kind, and he's picked someone who's not up to his standards, but is all he could find at an emergency. The best he can do is appeal to Billy to get his own council, so that he won't be alone like an ancient magical justice league, but now they are all gone and he is too weak to fight anymore.himself was.


** Later, Sivana [[LampShading lamp shades]] to Shazam the Wizard the [[DeconstructedTrope cruelty]] of telling a bullied little kid with low self-esteem that he's "unworthy".

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** Later, Sivana [[LampShading lamp shades]] lampshades]] to Shazam the Wizard the [[DeconstructedTrope cruelty]] of telling a bullied little kid with low self-esteem that he's "unworthy".

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*A very subtle one but the throne room of the Wizard has other chairs, other thrones, there used to be other fighting along side the wizard like an ancient magical justice league, but now they are all gone and he is too weak to fight anymore.

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** Later, Sivana [[LampShading lamp shades]] to Shazam the Wizard the [[DeconstructedTrope cruelty]] of telling a bullied little kid with low self-esteem that he's "unworthy".


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* Billy ''initially'' wanted no part in helping to fend Freddy from the bullies, even when they twist the knife by [[KickTheDog calling Freddy's foster family "fake"]]. However, what they say next that prompts Billy to help is even more sobering when one bears in mind it hits too close to home for Billy: the bullies taunting Freddy for being [[BerserkButton motherless]]. (Crosses over into Heartwarming for being the moment Billy has a heart).


* A (literally) tiny one, but ''anyone'' who's ever lost a prized collectible to simple bad luck can relate to Freddy when Billy (as Shazam) accidentally dropping the Superman Bullet in the sewers.

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* A (literally) tiny one, but ''anyone'' who's ever lost a prized collectible to simple bad luck can relate to Freddy when Billy (as Shazam) accidentally dropping drops the Superman Bullet in the sewers.

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* A (literally) tiny one, but ''anyone'' who's ever lost a prized collectible to simple bad luck can relate to Freddy when Billy (as Shazam) accidentally dropping the Superman Bullet in the sewers.


-->'''Freddy''': Everything I do is like some desperate attempt to get people to notice me, to not feel sorry for me. I mean, look at me! Look at me! Do you even see me? Cause most people don't, cause [[SelectiveObliviousness they don't want to]], and now you don't either.

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-->'''Freddy''': Everything I do is like some desperate attempt [[IJustWantToBeSpecial to get people to notice me, me]], to not feel sorry for me. I mean, look at me! Look at me! Do you even see me? Cause most people don't, cause [[SelectiveObliviousness they don't want to]], and now you don't either.



** It makes it all the more [[HarsherInHindsight harsh]] when one thinks back to Billy's [[EstablishingCharacterMoment establishing moment]], where he's standing before what he hoped to be [[ChangelingFantasy his biological mother's home]]. It was a beautiful little house at that, replete with all the Christmas Decorations a middle class can afford. Billy had hopes that waiting for him in that house would be a the [[TheAce amazing]] [[GlamorousSingleMother mom]] he remembered from years ago. To say the least, this scene is an IronicEcho to Billy's life-long expectations, as well as [[NostalgiaFilter his memories]].

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** It makes it all the more [[HarsherInHindsight harsh]] when one thinks back to Billy's [[EstablishingCharacterMoment establishing moment]], where he's standing before what he hoped to be [[ChangelingFantasy his biological mother's home]]. It was a beautiful little house at that, replete with all the Christmas Decorations a middle class can afford. Billy had hopes that waiting for him in that house would be a the [[TheAce amazing]] [[GlamorousSingleMother mom]] he remembered from years ago. To say the least, this scene is an IronicEcho to Billy's life-long expectations, as well as [[NostalgiaFilter his memories]].

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