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Basic Trope: A character decides to ensure that they will never again suffer from something that happened to them before.

  • Straight: Bob had a harsh upbringing because his family couldn't afford better. He resolves to become rich so that he will be safe.
  • Exaggerated: Bob decides to take control of the entire economy so that he will never be even slightly inconvenienced by lack of wealth.
  • Downplayed: ???
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  • Justified: Bob was forced to constantly think about money and view lack of it as the cause of all his pain, and the attitude never left him.
  • Inverted: Bob learns how to be happy without money, seeing materialism as the reason he was unhappy with his childhood.
  • Subverted: Bob is a Self-Made Man who rose from poverty, but his motivation for becoming rich wasn't to escape from his old life.
  • Double Subverted: ...at least not entirely. He still doesn't want to have to suffer for lack of money ever again.
  • Parodied: Bob had to listen to a lot of music he didn't like as a child. He spends his adult life using his money in an effort to dismantle certain parts of the music industry.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Bob doesn't want more money than he needs, despite a childhood of money issues.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: ???
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  • Invoked: Alice deliberately sabotaged Bob's family financially, while at the same time teaching him the morals that would guide him to use his money for the good of others.
  • Exploited: Alice cons Bob out of what little money he has because he is too obsessed to see her deception.
  • Defied: Bob refuses to let his life be defined by the worst parts of his childhood.
  • Discussed: "The hell's the matter with you, Bob? You think you're the only one whose ever faced any personal hardship?"
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed:
    • Bob is far too focused on money to ever be happy. Everything about his lavish lifestyle reminds him of his unhappy childhood and leads him to depression.
    • Bob doesn't care who he hurts in his endeavors to avoid the pain he felt in the past.
    • Compounded with the above, Bob's aforementioned hurtful endeavors lead to him getting sued by his victims, and his entire fortune dwindles away, leaving him just as poor as he never wanted to be.
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