: I removed "* Kratos from the God of War
series, fell into this trope after learning that Zeus destroyed Sparta.
. He gets over it by killing things
. Lots and lots and lots
of things." Killing is not angsty, let alone wangsty.
"Wangst is less about the outward expression of the angst, but instead letting the angst be the sole defining characteristic of the character."
This is a very good way to phrase an important element of identifying Wangst. Thought I'd bring it to everyone's attention. It is also repeated/rephrased in the page description itself, fyi.
I am excising the following:
'Notice that, while overdone, Kagome had a valid reason to angst. Lots of people in the other era sees her less as the normal girl she is and more like the second coming of the Miko Kikyou (which she technically is), therefore Kagome either was seen as a poor Replacement Scrappy for her or a "living Shikon shard detector" (specially Naraku, who is specially good at taunting her with that). Combine this with Kagome having the revived and much more conflicted Kikyou as both her love rival and The Minnesota Fats, and with Inuyasha practically running off towards Kikyou whenever she was mentioned despite Kagome also needing his support (he even lampshades this to himself more than once... but does it anyway despite knowing he shouldn't), and it's just a thing of time before Kagome reaches her limits.'
This is yet another needless justifying edit. I'm not annoyed by it, it's an earnest rationale of her character's situation, as are many of these justifications.
But once again, this trope isn't about a character's situation. It's about how their internal drama is presented. Wangst is internal drama executed in a persistently poorly written fashion, yet played up far too much. Or something to that effect.
And if anything, the troper discredited the need for her very edit within the very first sentence. "Notice that, while overdone[...]"
If it's overdone, then it's wangst.
Before we make any additions to this page (and for that matter, before we make overly hasty removals) we should not only adhere to the disclaimer and note, but also re-read the page itself or at least read the critical paragraphs.
Helga: Just wanted to say, this is the definition of the word angst. Angst is used inappropriately almost all of the time. The word for what most people term angst is probably pathos. Angst is whining and anguish that is beyond what the situation calls for.
Somfin: No, you've misread things. Pathos is heroic sadness, and it's over quickly. Angst is overdone heroic sadness that, while you want to call the guy out on it, adds to the story. Wangst is overdone heroic sadness that drags on for so long, or is so overblown, that it loses the audience in its self-loathing. Angst can be good- Romeo was angsty- but Wangst cannot.
- The entire discography of the band Linkin Park.
Because the drive-by editor who took it out didn't provide any justification. Don't remove anybody else's stuff without discussing it first please-and-thank-you-drive-thru.
Randallw: I just came to discuss that very one, not to decide one or the other, just that at this very moment I am listening to Linkin Park. I don't know if I should be upset :)
Well...Linkin Park has some angsty songs, but not all of them are like that. I didn't get the example, and neither did any of the people I showed it to (some of them were fans though). Is there any band that you guys can think of that has a reputation for being wangsty?
OJ: Off the top of my head: Nine Inch Nails, Roger Waters era Pink Floyd, a lot of stuff by Garbage and Smashing Pumpkins, etc...
: I always figured the term was a portmanteau of "wang" and "angst"...
: Are you guys kidding me? The instant I hear a Linkin Park song that doesn't boil down to "Why didn't you love me, Daddy?" I might change my mind, but for the most part, they built their career on Wangst
}. I know NIN, Floyd, et al get angsty at times, but nobody does it quite as often or quite to the degree of Linkin Park (except possibly Smashing Pumpkins).
: let me preface by saying that I'm not a rabid fangirl here to defend my favourite band from any and all criticism. I like Linkin Park, but they're not my favourites, I'm not totally familiar with them, and I'm used to seeing bands I enjoy being harshly criticised. I'm just a pendant. So I listened to Linkin Park's Meteora album, and the following songs didn't come off as wangsty to me at all: Breaking The Habit, Hit the Floor, Don't Stay, Faint. I was using a definition of wangst that excludes things that imply that the speaker is trying to help themselves, and doesn't define anger as wangst unless it's self-directed. In addition, the only song on the album that could really be summed up like that is Numb, and possibly Faint. Beyond that you'd have to assume that the singer is referring to his father every time he mentions another person, and that's not really fair. But I'm not sure what their more recent stuff is like.
Kitsune Inferno: I gladly admit the fact that Linkin Park is my favorite band, but I have to mostly agree with Heart Burn
Kid. LP did base their career on wangst, at least when Chester joined the band. The only song off of Hybrid Theory
(discounting the instrumental "Cure for the Itch") that wasn't really wangsty was "Papercut", which was about paranoia. As a matter of fact, the only songs which don't feature it as a crutch were their rap songs "High Voltage", "Step Up", and "It's Goin' Down". "Nobody's Listening" from Meteora
doesn't count because it's an attempt at justifying the amount of wangst in their songs. But it's not like they're totally humorless pricks; they've released a fanclub-only EP consisting solely of silly songs the two vocalists probably came up with while drunk. As for their latest album, unless you're willing to argue "Bleed it Out" is a metaphor for the song-writing process, all of it.
Roland: Is the FFVIII one strictly correct? (I'll admit it, I'm an FFVIII fan, so I may not notice it.)
: People really hate FFVIII. You'd think they'd stop caring after all this time, but I'm pretty sure they've probably played it through a few times just to properly express their anger at the game. Of course it's not Wangsty at all, but again, people just hate FFVIII for no reason at all.
: Took out "While he does have a lot of reasons to be reasonably angsty, Prince Zuko of Avatar: The Last Airbender
occasionally slips into Wangst territory, most infamously, a moment where he suddenly decided he deserved to be smited
. All suspiciously contradictory to the deep speech he gave in the previous season about how feels that struggle and hardship makes him a stronger person." since he's a villain, and stoicism
and one moment of losing it translates to angst, not Wangst
, unless... does every The Stoic
belong on this page? The silent, brooding, Leave Me Alone
side of angst is never presented sympathetically because Loners Are Evil
: First, I understood it as angst plus wank
due to the meaning of Fan Wank
. But that aside, can someone put up the reverse of this as a link on this page? Because as irritating as it is for the characters to mention the Dead Little Sister (or whatever) every single episode
, it's even more irritating to have them lose a major character (or, at least, a character with a major impact in their lives) and then completely forget them by the next episode. Or mention them once and never again. E.g., Neelix and/or the Doctor forgetting Kes once she leaves the ship. I think that's the right type of example. Anyway, I can't think of which trope this is right now (guess I'm just tired), so I'll leave it to someone else to put up a link. Thanks!
: Short Mourning Period
the grene kni3t: Angst? What Angst?
: For the last time, Cloud was not angsty! He was in complete denial
: This is more about Advent Children where the most often complained part was how Cloud had reverted back to his days as a member of Shinra.
H. Torrance Griffin: Concerning the Avatar
entry, am I the only one wondering if a twelve year old kid's anger/moodiness over losing the last living link to his Doomed Hometown
is petty enough to count as Wangst?
: I agree. I don't think Aangs behavior qualify as Wangst, even if he did suffer a temporary Freak Out
: Does Fullmetal Alchemist belong here? I would argue that it does not. Ed's angsting stems not from the fact that he lost his limbs or that his brother lost his body, but from the fact that he instigated the attempt to revive their mother, so he blames himself for his brother's predicament and feels a heavy burden of responsibility to restore him to normal. Al, whatever brotherly obligation he might feel to help Ed, does not feel particularly responsible, nor is there any reason for him to blame himself.
Dan: Technically every single character here has good reasons for their angst. It's when the writers overdo it that it becomes wangst. All these justifications seem to go against what this page is about. If it's truly justified then just remove the entry entirely. It seems to me what we have here are fanboys who don't like seeing their favorite show under a "negative" trope, but still want to get that body hit wick for some reason.
: Wangst is not about whining for no good reason, its when the whining becomes a nuisance, and Ed was definatly a nuisance in the anime. The manga made it perfectly clear that he made a mistake, and he knows that but he doesn't let it dominate him. Also when he meets Rose he takes it to another level.
: Ed felt bad, he had his sad blank stare moments, but I don't recall any actual whining or his angst rendering him ineffectual. Even if that had been the case, well, dude's a 15-year-old boy. Now if a grizzled veteran like Roy had been acting in the same way, sure, it's probably wangst. Actually, reading over this makes me question the validity of this trope to begin with, since it seems very subjective, but whatever. Oh, and if that last sentence was a shot at me, Dan... What the hell? What did I do to warrant being called a fanboy? Even if I had done something, how is accusing other editors of being fanboys in any way conducive to discussion?
Sandria: He doesn't let it dominate him in the anime either. The fact that they showed a couple of scenes where he's blank-eyed and depressed doesn't really constitute the whining necessary for Wangst, as he's still proactive and still very much a Determinator
. I am considering removing it, because I do think that his angst was well-handled. I would be interested to see people who disagree provide some solid, canonical examples of the Wangst. Roy from the movie, though — he can stay.
H. Torrance Griffin: In the interest of avoiding an Edit War, may I ask why the expansions on the Avatar: The Last Airbender
entry were reverted?
: I'm guessing because the 2nd expansion justified it out of qualifying
, and that's accurate. A victim of child abuse is allowed to be depressed
, a 12-year-old who has to save the world is allowed to snap (maybe that should go under Deconstruction
of the Kid Hero
Dan: Because someone genuinely felt that to be Wangst. There's a reason "Aangst" jokes are made because there are times when he overdoes it (I recall at a forum I visit that when that part of season two aired "aangst" jokes were at an all-time high). And there's a reason the "Zuko = Sasuke" comparison exists. When you think about it, why is Sasuke here? When he was eight years old, he came home to find his entire family slaughtered and his older brother, who was responsible, told him he was weak and pathetic and that he wasn't worth killing. In real life, that'd probably take decades of therapy to get over. But yet some say he over-angsts. And what about Batman? A character who I've NEVER found to be wangsty is mentioned here because somebody out there does. What makes Avatar so different?
All characters here have justified reasons for their angst. But as the page mentions, you have to be careful when writing about it or it can come off as whiny and annoying.
This is a Subjective Trope
. By nature, not everyone's going to agree and cluttering the examples with justifying edits kind of ruins their point. It's much better to put a disclaimer at the top if it'll make you feel better. Really, as long as there's some basis for the opinion, I feel it is allowed to stay. Unlike, say, if somebody added a SpongeBob SquarePants
example where no sort of angst even exists.
: Which is precisely why I added it to the Subjective Tropes
list a few days ago.
That Other 1 Dude
: That is quite ironic that this article comes off as overly whiny about characters... being whiny
Somfin: That. Is. Not. Irony. It's appropriate. Ironic would be if it were whiny about happy characters.
I suggest you rewatch the movie, its explained that anyone who wants to can come back, and considering that both Shinji and Asuka are shown on screen, neither of them died (well permanatly) disqualifying it as a Kill 'em All
: ...is this page saying that the audience is Evangelion's Scrappy? Different.
Willy Four Eyes
: Sorry for the confusion. I put that there since I assumed Shinji Ikari
was going to be Wiki Worded
. I'll take it out.
Zelnor: I always wonder why the people have to borrow a word from german to use it for, as Angst means nothing more then plain "fear" in it's native german meaning. Denkt euch eure eigenen Begriffe aus. >_>
Frank75: What about the 1359621460356 English loan words in German? ;-)
Cut this line:
- According to his supporting characters, Hamlet in Shakespeare's play of the same name; you can barely turn a page without someone telling him he's not the first person to lose a father and to just get over it already.
Losing his father is one thing. Knowing that he was murdered, by his uncle(!), who also grabbed the kingdom that would rightfully be Hamlet's(!!) with the help of his mother(!!!) definitely is another. Angst ok, but for a good reason, so it's not Wangst.
: He was moping around refusing to move on before
he learned any of that. (And his mother wasn't in on the murder; Hamlet hated her for remarrying period. The fact that his step-father/uncle turned out to be his father's murderer was just fuel to the fire.) After he discovers the truth about his uncle actually seems to be the point when he starts to get over it.
Frank75: Don't get wangsty, get a sword and kill your Evil Uncle
? Or something like that.
Nerem: Editted out the SRW reference, because most ironically, its wangsting about what happened to Lamia. Its a long story, folks.
: Edited? More like 'removed'. 'Sides, putting aside Lamia's stuffs, Juergen is still an example of Wangst. It deserves to be there, though the other references can be put out.
: Rewrote part of the Roy Mustang, and deleted this because I made it more clear. Even in the anime, Roy Mustang could have put his connections with Grumman, (even though he was nowhere as close to Grumman as he was in the manga, he still played Chess with him), and his status as a hero into becoming one of the leaders of the country, and antoning for it in a productive manner instead of Self Exile in presumably mount Briggs, which doesn't help anyone. Not even Armstrong acted like that and his a Technical Pacifist
- No, Roy did not "get over" participating in outright genocide. What he did do is use his guilt at what he had done as an impetus to restore the Amestrian government to what it was before the Ancient Conspiracy took the country over. Once he achieved that, he went into exile to continue his atonement.
Austin: Is Kratos really an example? The only time he really goes wangsty is when he finds out that Zeus destroyed Sparta. Every other time, he mainly angsts internally, and he actually does something about his problems.
- Shadow the Hedgehog can't go five minutes without mentioning Maria, his dead childhood friend. Once the Adventure series rolled around, the entire cast became a one or two line characterizations. Tails is notoriously referenced to demonstrate this problem. Also, fortunately, Chaos doesn't get any spoken lines.
Regardless of what you think of the recent Sonic games, Shadow HAS gotten over his wangstiness regarding his past. And can someone tell me what does the second part of this example have to do with this trope in particular?
: I get the feeling a lot of the examples here are less about characters excessively complaining about their pasts and more complaining about characters that haven't gotten over their problems, no matter how complicated, within five minutes of them happening. That or complaining about characters actually *having* problems.
: I am thoroughly amused by the dispute over Final Fantasy Wangst
. I'd like to keep it to demonstrate the subjective nature of the trope (and get a few laughs at Final Fantasy
's Broken Base
's expense) but I do recognize it doesn't reflect well on the wiki's reputation.
Ikkin: On the subject of both Square-Enix characters and characters that merely have problems, Riku's actions in Chain of Memories seem to contradict this trope on all levels. Not only does he spend his entire portion of the game actively trying to deal with very recent problems, he's not even particularly whiny about them; his actual dialogue tends more towards bravado than self-pity, even when he admits that he hates what he is.
: Right, I think I've made too many Justifying Edits
. In fact, I feel terribly guilty for it. My pain is so great for it (puts on black shirt and dyes hair black)...Just kidding. But my urge to compress the natter is being tempered by the fact that cutting that entry down to express that some people think that Final Fantasy characters have too much angst and some people think those people are on crack is a lofty task in and of itself. I mean seriously, I don't know what a guy has to do in this franchise to not be accused of Wangst
. Possibly live as a hermit?
Ikkin: How did the mess that was the Final Fantasy
section manage to get even worse? I attempted a cleanup; here's what used to be there:
As for what a Squenix character could do to not be accused of Wangst
, I don't think even being a hermit could help, since they'd probably just end up suffering from Loners Are Freaks
- or, quite possibly, "Loners Are Emo."
Well that's one way to handle it. I put it behind a folder for ease of reading this page. The current entry is really good. Nice, concise, neutral. I like it. Edit: Except I added Squall. Because even though I don't think he's an example or that he's "emo" at all, I know he's going to crop up again if something reasonable isn't added. I tried to use your example of explaining why some people could see him that way, and also why some people don't.
: I don't see Ash
as inappropriately wangsty
. I mean...that is a terrible situation, some aspects of it are Nightmare Fuel
Whatever: I cut this.
Because for crying out loud, where the hell did that come from? If a male character is a good Woobie and a female character is The Wesley
and/or The Scrappy
, it has to be because everyone's being sexist?
: Somebody please
sort the examples into folders. There are way too many examples to just leave like that.
: Done and done. I'll just have you know that this took a very long time and in the time it took me to do so, my hometown was destroyed by a meteor and my boyfriend broke up with me. Plus my hair has split ends. SPLIT ENDS! Ugh. I totally dyed my hair black to show how tormented putting the page into folders made me feel.
Count Dorku: There was only one problem with the folders (no offence meant) - someone left the Music folder as a link to the Music Tropes
page. So if you just wanted to open each folder individually, you couldn't, because trying to open Music
would bounce you straight to Music Tropes
without a saving throw. So I've shredded the link - try not to get too wangsty about it.
: So, um, with all the controversy surrounding Avatar's entries, does that mean I should not put in a picture of Zuko crying on that mountaintop in the rain? Because I thought of a really funny caption to go along with it. Maybe I should put it in the Emo Teen
: Just wanna say, the new page write-up is really good! It's sheer quality almost dulls the aching soul-pain I felt when I saw that my previous version had been replaced by a much superior version.
: I've moved the following example here for discussion:
Because although the Character Development
point isn't invalid, I think it's a pretty contentious example of Wangst; there's only one scene I can recall where Kirk himself even mentions
his father, much less angsts about him — there's the angry-young-man thing, true, but that's not really dwelt on that much or an overly unrealistic reaction from a young man who grew up without a father figure (plus, that's more an example of a sad backstory than Wangst). The other times Kirk's dad gets brought up tend to be other people either trying to get a rise out of Kirk by throwing it in his face or trying to inspire him on to better things. I mean, obviously mileage varies
but this doesn't really strike me as a particularly appropriate example. Naturally, I'm willing to be overturned here.
: I agree. Messed up backstory + Being a douche + Character Development
sandria: I removed a needless comparison between the Fullmetal Alchemist
anime and manga, since it didn't actually address the topic of the page. The example was already specified as animeverse. Please try to keep Complaining About Shows You Don't Like
, even if it is subtle, to the forums.
DD: Mkay, so what precisely is the point of the Wangst label? Is it meant to be some kind of thematic blacklist? Does tolerating or, horror of horrors, liking them make the viewer/reader/listener little more than an Emo Teen
? Hell, are Emo Teens
meant to just shut up, dress normal and put on a Stepford Smile? Surely negative thoughts and expression isn't merely an adolescent thing? Is catharsis to be shunned? Are we all meant to just snap our fingers and be normal, productive members of society, just like that? Or is it all just a case of Your Mileage May Vary
? And why oh why do I keep asking these questions?
That's my Wangsting over, carry on.
: I like to think of it as part of the anti-Emo fad on the net. I think it may be reaching saturation though. I seriously saw someone, with no hint of sarcasm, describe Kingdom Hearts II as "Grimdark". Oh, and most of the "Wangst" accusations are thinly-veiled attempts to simply complain about shows and characters the troper doesn't like. The fact this is now a subjective
trope makes that all the more obvious.
: The very first paragraph defines Wangst
as: The intended Woobie becomes a pathetically whiny character who insists on moping (often loudly and repeatedly) about a tragic past or event instead of, you know, trying to deal with it and stop being depressed all the time.
And later goes on to say: Angst/Wangst is not a crutch for drama and Character Development; good characters are defined by factors other than their Dark And Troubled Pasts.
As such, I removed Edward Elric's example, which went as follows (I retained the Justifying Edit
, as well):
- Edward Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist would constantly brood over his and his brother Alphonse's situation, (When not busy kicking ass) which made him look whiny in comparison to Al, who was in a worse situation but seemed to take it much better.
- Also, in fairness to Ed, he takes it harder than Al because he thinks Al's predicament is his fault. He's not moping about his own state, he's guilty about what he put his brother through.
My reason for removal is that a) the example cites no specific instance of the so-called moping, and b) while Edward's primary motivation has always been to regain his brother's body, all "moping" over it takes place towards the beginning of the series, and always for a minute or two out of an episode. Beyond that, it's always prompted by a legitimate, plot-related event. The most egregious example of moping was episode six, in which Edward sees a corpse of a child's mother and passes out. Then there's episode 8 - the Barry the Chopper episode - where he deals with his perfectly legitimate angst over Nina's death by not moping, but being angry and reactive, and going out to find whoever killed her. In any case, it is most definitely not
an example of wangsting about his dark-and-troubled past, but showing an appropriate level of grief about the recent loss of somebody he cared about. And the angst in the latter part of the episode comes from narrowly escaping his demise
at the hands of a psychotic killer.
Throughout the rest of the series, Edward's angsty moments are relegated to their appropriate time, with the rest of the episode being generally more lighthearted, and Edward reverting to his abrasive, Determinator
self. And in those cases it's because of difficult decisions that he has to make ("Should I transmute these soldiers to give Alphonse his body back?", "Should I kill Greed?", etc.) I'm not denying that he did brood more than his brother, but it was almost always derived from a consequence of him trying to fix the situation, rather than simply whinging about the past. Which is not really in line at all with the claims of the entry. Nevermind the fact that his brooding really never lasts that long, and is always followed by a bout of pro-activeness.
I also removed the following example:
- Altough he isn't hated for it (and is pretty much a Draco in Leather Pants for many fans), Ken Ichijouji from Digimon Adventure 02 is an active wangster, as he spends episode after episode moping about his past as the Digimon Emperor. It is justified, but it gets old after the 15th time. Takeru//T.K. has his share, but mostly keeps to himself.
Ken has his Heroic BSOD
, and when he comes out of it, what does he do? He finds Wormmon, has a touching reunion, and starts knocking down Dark Towers
. As opposed to moping (often loudly and repeatedly) about a tragic past or event instead of, you know, trying to deal with it and stop being depressed all the time
. His guilt does persist, but mostly in the form of him becoming emotionally reserved, sometimes to the point of being a bit shy. But wangsting? Not so much. Interestingly, his wish to "disappear from this world" is proclaimed while in the middle of volunteering himself to undertake a suicide mission to stop his old base from exploding. All in all, his overt angst can be said to have lasted until Miyako slaps him, at which point his aloof facade largely crumbles. And it's pretty much gone by the time Blackwargreymon shows up. (Blackwargreymon, however, is fairly wangsty.) And, I'm sorry, but Takeru displays practically no angst in the entirety of 02
, let alone Wangst
. Anger, sure - but not angst.
Kitsune Inferno: Removed the following:
- CRAWWWLING INNN MYY SKINNN!!! 'nuf said.
Meme that added nothing to the list.
- Excuse me. That was one song. From 2005. Can we PLEASE move on? Seriously, that is not Emo. And Chester Bennington was once molested by his uncle. That is a damn good reason to feel the way he did.
To this overly-defensive fan: techically, the song was released in 2000-2001. And despite what I said under the Alice in Chains example (So Chester Bennington's drug abuse.../If that's the case...), "Crawling" is the epitome of wangst, if only because he's screaming the chorus against loud and abrasive guitars. It's about how the angst was presented and in that song, it wasn't presented well. And then there's the rest of their discography, which luckily isn't nearly as bad, but the wangst is still noticeable.
Echospeed: Not much to add except that I can't look at that picture from Gantz without laughing my tail off. "You don't understand me...no one understands me...huuuuuuuuu..." It sums up the article in one picture better than I thought possible!
Regarding this entry.
- Superboy Prime. Goodness gracious, Superboy Prime. His universe was destroyed, he was trapped in a paradise dimension, breaks out, and will not stop whining about his original universe was so much better than everywhere else. A good example of this is in Countdown, where, while he is flying through DC's 52 universes, exclaims "This universe isn't as good as MY universe."
- What's ironic is that when Prime finally manages to get back to his "perfect universe", he finds it's just as shitty as the 52 universes he just escaped from. This is because Earth-Prime is, for all intents and purposes, our world and anyone can pick up and read Infinite Crisis, Sinestro Corps War, and Legion of 3 Worlds and see that he was a freaking sociopath. Prime is reduced to a DC troll living in his parents' basement, wanting to get back to the Multiverse, because... well at least there, he had superpowers.
- "I'll kill you! I'll kill you to DEATH!!"
I mean, it's spelled out right there. Boy suddenly gets the powers of his favorite comic book character. Boy suddenly meets favorite comic book character who turns out to be a real being from another universe. Boy's universe is destroyed. Boy is stuck in the world of his comic books fighting the nastiest and most powerful menace he could possibly imagine. Then he gets stuck in a pocket reality forced to watch the remaining universe completely forgotten and without anyone he ever knew or loved. All this change happened to him in about 24 hours. Then he spent an endless amount of time in Limbo before finally deciding (due to the manipulations of one of the most brilliant men in the Multiverse) that maybe this universe needed to be fixed, only to have it all go horribly wrong again. It would drive any of us completely insane. Plus, it was easy for him to have a sociopathic disregard for these people because none of them were real to him. He either read about them in comic books or watched them behind glass.
- I will concede "I'll Kill you to death" is a pretty Wangsty line but the character was not made of Wangst the way some people seem to thing.
- The real problems are that his reasonable concerns haven't been well written. Many people that complain of him falling into this trope felt that it was less of a problem of the character being upset and more the writers making him obnoxious to read about. Of course, the real problem is that Countdown wrecked a number of great characters like this.
Spiecas: I'm thinking of adding a bullet to the Real Life section. Something like this:
- In Real Life, being truely depressed for no visible reason is actualy a very serious problem. Unlike fiction, depression isn't just caused by bad things happening to you. It can also be the result of a chemical imbalance in the body, or even lack of sunlight. Sadly, people like this tend to be viewed with the same disdain as Wangsty characters by those who think they should be able to "decide to be happy".
It's too bad there isn't a You Fail Psychology Forever trope. Anyway tell me if you think I should add this.
: Moved this point regarding the Tenth Doctor in Doctor Who
: "The End Of Time" here:
- Wasn't number Two a bit of a mess? Can't help feeling that Nine and Ten had at least a better reason for the w/angst than most. And death is still death for a Timelord regardless of how many regenerations they have since regeneration isn't simply a physical change. It's "a new man getting up and walking away". Death of your entire species at your hands? Check. Dying after your Hope Spot? Also check. I can't think of anyone who'd be getting over that quickly. Annoying to watch, maybe, but whether it's wangst is more questionable.
Not an invalid point, but surely the whole point of Wangst
is that it's presented in a fashion that's annoying to watch, justified or not? The justification is also partially rendered somewhat moot in that the Ninth Doctor was also quite unwangsty about his regeneration along with the others, which arguably — among those who subscribe to this view anyway — puts the Tenth Doctor in the "indulges in more self-pity than those who had equal reason to self-pity but didn't" aspect of this trope.