zoopyDoopy on Oct 8th 2017 at 12:50:52 PM
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zoopyDoopy on Nov 6th 2017 at 10:35:15 PM
Page Type: trope
A story beat is repeated, sometimes a small moment, sometimes part of an event. However, this time the moment is used to express how a character has fallen from grace, fallen on tough times, or is otherwise undergoing a start of darkness. This may coincide with Cerebus Syndrome. The opposite of the usual flow of a story or character arc - rather than the character enjoying a victory, they suffer a decline.
- In Your Lie in April, Kaori Miyazono's establishing character moment has her playing a mouth organ in a park, barefoot. This sets her up as a carefree character, in tune with music and herself. Later on she mimes playing a violin while barefoot in a hospital. This time she's on the verge of falling into despair due to her illness, and is once again barefoot. This time her feet are scraped and dirty, for drama.
- Inverted in Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Episode 10 reveals that Homura has been time-looping the previous month several times, trying to save Madoka from being killed. Episode 10 shows most of the moments from Episode 1 again, but Episode 10 shows them the first time they occurred. Before beginning the time loop, Episode 10 Homura was a wide-eyed innocent enjoying having friends for the first time. By comparison, the current Homura who is introduced in Episode 1 is a hardened warrior prepared to do anything to save Madoka. The trope is then played straight in Madoka Magica Rebellion: the first day sequence plays out again at the end of the movie, except now Homura has become the ruler of a false reality and the state of her sanity is questionable at best.
- In the final episode of the Death Note anime, Light reuses his "the world is rotting" monologue from the very first episode in his Motive Rant to the Kira Task Force. While the first time Light made the speech, he was about to embark on his quest and was a powerful, determined figure, the second time he makes it he is desperately trying to save his own life.
- The orphans in A Series of Unfortunate Events open the series on the beach, about to receive the bad news from banker Mr Poe that their parents are dead. They later return to the beach, older and much more world-weary, and embroiled in uncovering the mystery that led to their parent's death.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: In a Season Two episode, Buffy is feeling down and goes up to the balcony of the Bronze to brood. She manages to pick herself up by the end of the episode. This beat is repeated in Season Six: a newly resurrected Buffy is depressed by her return to life, its responsibilities, and slaying. She goes up to the balcony again but instead of picking herself up she gets dragged down further by Spike. Buffy's depression then continues for the majority of the season.
- In Life is Strange: the first episode ends with Max and Chloe standing on a cliff next to a lighthouse as the sun sets, after Max wakes up from a vision of a storm that will destroy the town in 5 days; Chloe believes Max's claims about the storm and her new powers after a flurry of unseasonal snow. In episode 5, they find themselves on the same cliff as Max wakes up from a nightmarish vision, and Chloe tries to convince Max that the only way to stop the storm is to go back in time and let Chloe die before she and Max were reunited (not only erasing the last week, but letting Chloe die alone at the very lowest point in her life). The player gets to decide whether it's worth it.
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