yeah, i didn’t mean literally that backstory had to be tragic, i was referring to the Tragic Backstory trope that is supposed to ~explain everything the character does and is now~ and somehow become the whole focus of how you understand them ignoring the present day implications and consequences of their behavior, or newer experiences they’ve had since then

they just… become ABOUT that one thing that Had Happened To Them and it’s just??? maybe let’s not

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