"It was my fault she died... It was my job to stop people like him. I came close, a few times... He wasn't too happy about that... He was trying to hurt me and he knew exactly how to do it. He came into my home, and took the only thing that made it a home. Sound familiar?"- Cable telling Deadpool of his family's death at the hands of Firefist.
A very common trend within fiction, many villains have gone through hardships and have suffered tragic pasts that are responsible for causing their descent into evil. This is often done to seek sympathy from the audience and have them understand and/or relate to the villain to some extent.
Tragedy comes in many shapes and forms; from abusive parents, to loss of family and/or innocence. However, heroes can also try and reach the villain and help give them the chance to recover from their pasts and rectify their mistakes. Above all: tragedy can lead to a villain's redemption.
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