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%%* The second season of ''Anime/InazumaEleven'' was surprisingly relentless with this.

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%%* * The second season of ''Anime/InazumaEleven'' was surprisingly relentless with this.this, but the one who suffered the most is [[TheWoobie Fubuki]]. If losing his whole family in an avalanche accident and developing a SplitPersonality of his brother isn't enough, he spends the whole season struggling to get over his disorder, especially when Epsilon was their main threat. He manages to earn his happy ending after merging with his brother.
21st Nov '17 10:52:22 AM Gamermaster
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* Mikuru Asahina from the ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' series can be viewed as a work in progress for this trope. Haruhi has no hesitation in abusing her both consciously (like having another student grope her and photo it for blackmail) and unconsciously (like giving her eyebeam powers which requires Nagato to bite her in order to inject counter-nanobots). Arguably future Asahina seems well adjusted, but since Haruhi can alter the timestream that's not a guarantee. You have to worry for someone when they ask "will you still marrspoiler: [[HeroicSacrifice killed herself in order to keep Jack from using Oz to hurt more people]], ''right in front of Oz.'' And ''then'' he was shot at point-blank range by his ''other'' best friend]]. And then after a touching bit of reconciliation, his beloved uncle was [[spoiler:stabbed by the girl who tried to comfort him when he was awaiting execution by the Baskervilles, again ''right in front of Oz,'' and finished off by Oz's ''own adoptive father.'']] Said girl then later [[spoiler:dies in his arms]]. Oh, also, [[spoiler:Oz was never a human being, but a soul born inside a children's comfort toy that, due to the Will of the Abyss thinking sentient children's toys are the perfect murder weapons, ended up being given to Jack Vessalius as a "guide" and [[BodySurf sharing his body when Oz's own was destroyed.]]]]

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* Mikuru Asahina from the ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' series can be viewed as a work in progress for this trope. Haruhi has no hesitation in abusing her both consciously (like having another student grope her and photo it for blackmail) and unconsciously (like giving her eyebeam powers which requires Nagato to bite her in order to inject counter-nanobots). Arguably future Asahina seems well adjusted, but since Haruhi can alter the timestream that's not a guarantee. You have to worry for someone when they ask "will you still marrspoiler: marry me, if I'm unable to" after a session with Haruhi.
** Haruhi and Yuki gets the treatment too. Let's start with Yuki.
*** Yuki lives through over 15,000 (15,498 in the novels, 15,513 in the anime) repetitions of the same 2 weeks without aging, remembering everything to do with it. And she can't do a single thing because her job is to observe. By the end of it, Kyon notices that TheStoic, turned UpToEleven is now openly showing her sadness. No wonder. She lived for nearly 600 years without aging a single bit.
*** Haruhi is closer to a BrokenBird than a Broken Cutie. She learns, rather painfully, that she isn't all that special, and in her quest to make her life special, goes on the hunt for aliens, time travellers and [=ESPers=] after some inspiration from Kyon. This leads to her general sociopathy, and her obsession with cosplaying Mikuru. A good part of the plot is her ''learning how to be a good person again'', as noted by Kyon.
* ''Manga/HeavensLostProperty''
** Nymph gets stomped and beaten on quite a bit early on.
** Chapter 47 is completely devoted to breaking [[spoiler: Chaos. She finally realized what love actually is and attempted to go back to Synapse, but the Master blasts her with his strongest weapon. She survives and goes to Tomoki's house but accidentally overhears him say that Angeloids should leave and never come back. She starts crying, and decides that love is pain again. Then she dives to the bottom of the ocean. The entire time, she held on to the shoes Tomoki gave her.]]\\\
[[spoiler: What makes this even worse is that the scene then shifts to Tomoki sitting in the playground where he met Chaos, and he has a bunch of toys all set for her to play with.]]\\\
[[spoiler: And now she not only has all the memories of one of the kindest and most loving cast members all wrapped up in her head, but she just stabbed Tomoki through the friggin' heart. Seems like the author is dedicated to pushing the poor thing until she finally snaps so bad that she has to be put down.]]
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'': Seras, who seems a cheerful and upbeat girl for most of the manga, has a rather dark and disturbing backstory, which seems to have happened when she was very young. It consists of her father being murdered by burglars, her mother hiding her in a cupboard to protect her, and her mother's subsequent murder by the same burglars. Seras tries to exact revenge by stabbing one of the guys in the eye with a fork. She gets shot for her trouble and one of the perpetrators proceed to rape her mother's corpse, due to it being "still warm". In full view of Seras who lies on the ground bleeding profusely watching it happen and unable to do anything to stop it.
** The seventh OVA is specifically dedicated to having Zorin Blitz do this to Seras as well. She delves deep into Seras' memories, forcing her to relive her painful childhood. While Seras is trapped in the illusion and crying profusely, Zorin hacks off her arm, stabs her through the back, and slices her eyes. Pip and his two remaining squad members arrive and manage to temporarily disable Zorin before she can kill Seras by shooting her multiple times. Pip tries to escape with the badly wounded Seras, but Zorin stabs him through the back. He kisses Seras in his agony, then tells her to bite him before he dies. Tearfully, she does so, healing most of her wounds. Seras then goes into RoaringRampageOfRevenge mode and utterly destroys Zorin's forces and Zorin herself.
** Integra didnít have it easy, either. She used to be a shy girl; then, her father died when she was twelve, leaving her the leader of Hellsing and a member of the Royal Order of Protestant Knights. Almost immediately after his death, her remaining blood relative, [[EvilUncle Richard]], tried to murder her. Escaping through the air vent and fleeing for her life, she stumbled upon Alucard out of pure luck. If Richard hadn't shot her in the shoulder first, Alucard would not have awakened in time to slaughter the two henchmen and block the bullet for Integra. She then shot and killed Richard, effectively losing the last of her family on the same day.
*** Further attempts of breakdowns consist of the attack to her mansion by the Valentine brothers that forced her to shoot down all her troops that had been turned into ghouls, what happened later on in London (she witnessed how it was destroyed to the ground and was the only real survivor of the attack), the deaths of Penwood and Walter (coupled with his betrayal), and Alucardís disappearance.
*** Neither had it as bad as Alucard himselfÖ[[spoiler: with his captivity and rape as a child]]. Quite honestly, he was a goddamn saint for Christendom throughout his entire life and was ''very'' repeteadly screwed over. [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice He might have very questionable hobbies]], [[KnightTemplar but was very much]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist a warrior of Christ]]. And the manga makes his position very, very clear in the scene of his human form's death, with him kneeling to lap at the blood of his homeland. The man, the most devout of the knights of God, stripped of ''everything'' that ever meant anything to him and left to see as the enemies of his faith are left to ravage his beloved homeland. And today, readers would bet ''every single one of you, reading this article, has only known Vlad III of Wallachia as '''{{Dracula}}'''.'' A ''monster''.
* Laila reaches this point in ''Manga/HeroTales'' when [[spoiler:she finds out Taito's fate as the Hagun resulted in death of her parents and their adoptive father, going so far as to try and kill him in anger before she comes to her senses.]]
* ''Manga/HighschoolOfTheDead'': Takashi and his friends first meet Asami, in chapter 18, and was a newly appointed patrol officer who'd been left in charge of the survivors at the mall. She was initially presented as cheerful, perky, and [[http://www.citymanga.com/highschool_of_the_dead/chapter-18/04/ eager to make a good impression.]] Unfortunately, her inexperience as an officer, along with her timid nature, made her [[http://www.citymanga.com/highschool_of_the_dead/chapter-18/18/ an easy scapegoat]] for the mall survivors who vented their frustrations on her [[http://www.citymanga.com/highschool_of_the_dead/chapter-18/19/ simply because of her position.]] Still, her growing affection for Hirano and [[http://www.citymanga.com/highschool_of_the_dead/chapter-18/06/ her faith in her CO]], who'd gone for help, provided her with some glimmer of hope. Until Hirano tried to let her down gently by explaining he was already part of a group, [[http://www.citymanga.com/highschool_of_the_dead/chapter-21/24/ which broke her heart]] and mere moments later discovers that [[http://www.citymanga.com/highschool_of_the_dead/chapter-22/ her CO didn't make it.]] Which caused her to lash out at Hirano, before running off to the roof, [[http://www.citymanga.com/highschool_of_the_dead/chapter-23/18/ believing she was a failure and that she had no one.]] The closest she comes to finding happiness was when Hirano asks her to come with him, making her cry TearsOfJoy as [[http://www.citymanga.com/highschool_of_the_dead/chapter-23/22/ she happily accepted.]] Except circumstance and her duty as an officer [[http://www.citymanga.com/highschool_of_the_dead/chapter-25/56/ wouldn't allow it]], ultimately resulting in [[http://www.citymanga.com/highschool_of_the_dead/chapter-25/62/ Hirano having to]] [[spoiler: KillTheCutie, [[http://www.citymanga.com/highschool_of_the_dead/chapter-25/63/ before "they" got to her]]]].
* In ''Himitsu no Hanazono'', the anime version of ''Literature/TheSecretGarden'', [[spoiler: Camilla and Max Hawkins]] were horribly broken in their backstories, which also [[spoiler: influences Max in his revenge quest against Archibald.]] Not to mention, we get to see ''exactly'' how badly [[spoiler: Lillias's DeathByChildbirth broke Mr. Craven himself...]]
* The plot of ''Manga/HonooNoAlpenRose'' pretty much ''bends over'' to try breaking Jeudi. [[spoiler: And it's very, VERY close to succeed. But she pulls through more than once.]]
* Tenshou from ''Manga/SoulHunter''. I mean, [[spoiler: his mom and aunt both kill themselves, he watches his dad die by acid rain right in front of him, and his older brother kicks it soon after.]] It is seriously no wonder the kid developed an abandonment complex.
** Possibly [[spoiler: Ou Eki]] too, although we never see what specifically broke him.
%%* Chapter's 304 and 305 in ''Manga/HunterXHunter''. Poor, poor, [[spoiler: Gon]].
* Neptune of Hyperdimension Neptunia is a goofy, 4th Wall Breaking, game loving bundle of happiness...who falls into two separate depressions in Episodes 9 and 10. The first is due to [[spoiler: Peashy missing and Neptune keeps forcing herself to ignore how bad she feels since the last time they were together they had a big fight and Peashy said she hated Neptune.]] She gets better thanks to Plutia/Iris Heart...and then she finds out [[spoiler: Peashy's been brainwashed and turned into a super powerful CPU, Yellow Heart,]] at the end of the episode. Then comes the absolutely heartbreaking events in Episode 10 where [[spoiler: Neptune had locked herself in her room...only to force herself to face Yellow Heart and do her best to make Peashy remember.]] She doesn't get better by the end of the episode, which ends with [[spoiler: Peashy remembering her just as she's taken back to her home dimension. Leaving Neptune to look over Peashy's drawings and cry.]]
* ''Anime/IdolDensetsuEriko'': Viga of ''WebVideo/IdolsOfAnime'' described the show as "Break the Cutie: The Anime". In the first episode, {{Ojou}} Eriko's parents get into a car accident which kills her father and leaves her mother in a coma. That sets the tone for the rest of the series.
* ''Anime/IeNakiKoRemi'': Remi, ''Remi,'' '''Remi'''. She's been through harsh winters, was nearly sold off to a slave trader by her adoptive dad, and beaten by someone who couldn't care less about children!
%%* Oh, lord, it'd probably be a shorter list to mention the unbroken characters in ''Manga/ImmortalRain''. Rain, Machika, Freya, Sharem to a degree, Ayla, Yuca somewhere along the line though we don't see it...
%%* The second season of ''Anime/InazumaEleven'' was surprisingly relentless with this.
%%* Too many examples to name in ''Anime/InfiniteRyvius''.
* ''Manga/InnocentsShounenJuujigun'' has many.
** Pretty much the entire plot of the story is breaking down Etienne's faith and driving him to suffering. From [[spoiler:his miracles being faked, to watching his friends die one by one, to seeing the true evil of the church he's devoted his life to, to finally being ''executed'' by that church]], Etty does not have an easy time.
** Nico starts out as an innocent kid looking for glory and fun. He winds up [[spoiler: a broken shell of a man who's watched numerous friends die in front of him, been too late to save the most important person in his life, and has to live with the guilt of knowing it's all his fault.]]
** Marc starts out as a happy go lucky kid who lives to clown around and make people laugh. [[spoiler: After his best friend is killed in front of him, he turns into a broken, nervous wreck bordering on an empty shell.]]
** Henri starts out as a sweet, young crybaby who ''already'' has some issues with being weaker than his peers. After being unable to fight properly, earning Nicolas's hatred, [[spoiler: accidentally killing one of his friends, and being raped and tortured by Hugo, he's so broken he tries to ''kill himself'' by impaling his own throat on a spiky branch, claiming that he'll never be brave enough to be a knight.]]
** As if everything else that happens during the course of the Children's Crusade, including multiple deaths and growing cold with his brother and best friend, isn't enough, Laurent gets to feel [[spoiler: his twin brother's death over their telepathy]]. Meaning he got to experience every second of what Lillian was feeling.
** Remy's entire life has been one long series of this. He started out as the cutest boy in the village, and then developed leprosy that made everyone but his family and Etienne hate him. He sets out on the Children's Crusade in search of a cure, but only gets [[spoiler: to experience his body slowly falling apart under him as exhaustion and trauma get the better of him. He finally dies, confused and believing that God will turn him away, and by that point, he's missing a ''lot'' of body parts on top of it all]]
* It has been suggested that Mari from ''Manga/InsideMari'' had this happen prior to the manga. She was a CheerfulChild until [[spoiler:her [[DotingGrandparent grandmother]] died. Her [[AbusiveParents emotionally abusive]] mother hated her mother-in-law and went as far as to change Mari's name from "Fumiko" - which was chosen by her grandmother - to the name she had wanted.]] This all ended up having an unexpected toll on Mari's psyche [[spoiler:to the point where as a teenager it's implied she developed a SplitPersonality and has dissociation issues]] due to that. She's also generally aloof and has StepfordSmiler tendencies [[spoiler:in her "Mari" persona.]]
* Kohaku from ''Manga/InuYasha''. [[DoomedHometown His village was destroyed]], he was possessed and forced to attack his companions, wounding his sister Sango almost fatally and [[SelfMadeOrphan murdering his father]] and friends, and then got killed. He was revived and [[BrainwashedAndCrazy brainwashed]] by [[BigBad Naraku]] (the one responsible of all of the above) to be used against his sister and her new friends and to help in his plots by slaughtering a lot of innocent people. When he finally regained his memories, two of his "protectors" were killed [[spoiler: (Kagura and Kikyo)]], he can't stand being near his sister because of the guilt and he thinks the only way to atone is [[RedemptionEqualsDeath to die killing Naraku]]. If that wasn't enough, he was later forced to relive the day he killed his father and friends over and over again for days. He used to be a shy, gentle and happy 11 year-old boy.
** Also said older sister Sango. The poor girl is as plucky as she can be after witnessing how poor Kohaku was BrainwashedAndCrazy into killing their dad and almost killing her, but seeing Kohaku lose his memories upon all of this shit and not being able to remember her ''because it'd mean he'd also remember killing their dad and friends''... it often ends up breaking her into tears. It's not helped by how her ChivalrousPervert love interest, Miroku, is getting closer and closer to fall victim to PowerIncontinence.
** Kagome doesn't have it easy either. She witnesses a good part of Sango's breaking process, is confronted by her DarkMagicalGirl past self [[AlwaysSomeonebetter who was supposedly more expert and skilled than she is though she is canonically more powerful and succeeded where Kikyou failed]], doesn't know what her real place in the world is as she goes back and forth in past and present, and Naraku often '''directly''' seeks to break her mind.
%%* ''Manga/{{IO}}'' hates cute kids, especially younger siblings.
* ''Anime/IronMan'': [[spoiler: Flashbacks reveal that after Yinsen miraculously avoided his DeathByOriginStory, he was taken in by a rural village, where he began to recover in both body and soul. However, the BigBad then destroyed the entire village using Stark weaponry in order to turn Yinsen against Tony.]]
* None of the characters are actually broken in ''Manga/{{Is}}'', but they do suffer some damage. Here is a tally.
** Iori's rehearsal regime is designed to break her on the theory that it will make her a better actor.
** Itsuki when she realizes she'll never have Ichitaka's heart.
** Aiko when her boyfriend dumps her.
** Iori when [[spoiler: she is almost raped for the second time. It is amazing she didn't need therapy by the end of the story!]].
%%* ''LightNovel/IsThisAZombie'': [[spoiler:Eu in episode 9.]]
* ''Manhwa/JackFrost'': [[spoiler:Why exactly is Noh-A dead in the first place? She committed suicide in life after realizing she was a DoomMagnet and being unable to stand the loneliness and the rumors.]]
* Sora is the target of ''lots'' of bullying in the first season of ''Anime/KaleidoStar'', until she proves she's more than Kalos's protege and has her own worth as a performer. And in the second one she's also the target of ridicule and lectures for her [[WideEyedIdealist rose-tinted vision of circus life]] and her own self-esteem problems.
** Also, a terrible BreakTheCutie process made [[spoiler: Leon Oswald]] the cruel, bitter person we meet. [[spoiler: He gets better.]]
* Maron from ''Manga/KamikazeKaitouJeanne'' has been the victim of one of these, [[spoiler: planned and executed since her birth]], due to being the reincarnation of Jeanne d'Arc.
* ''Anime/{{Karas}}'': Sagisaka's daughter Yoshiko is a post-break example, having become a near-catatonic mute after witnessing a mikura slaughter her entire class. [[spoiler:She gets better, with the help of Kure.]]
* Hiyori from ''Manga/KareWaTomodachi'' [[spoiler:especially when she finds out she's pregnant and gets a miscarriage]] and Kotone in her back story as [[spoiler:her mother's admittance that she should have never gave birth to her and Mizuno ignoring Kotone during middle school drove Kotone to online dating websites.]]
* ''Manga/KaseiYakyoku'': And how. Specially Sara, who [[spoiler: gets forcibly stripped and almost gangraped by {{yakuza}}]] in the second OAV, but the worst comes in the fourth, when she [[spoiler: nbrely survives the Kanto Earthquake, loses her and Junichirou's mother, witnesses Saburo's death after barely escaping from more thugs, ''and'' learns that Taka and Junichirou have left]]. [[TheWoobie Wah!]]
%%* Happens to Tsuna of ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' every arc. Usually as a result of trusting people too easily.
%%* ''Manga/KazeToKiNoUta'': Gilbert (although he was already pretty broken to begin with). Serge too, but to a lesser extent, but Serge tends to be more resilient.
* ''Anime/{{Kiba}}'': Rebecca's [[PeoplePuppets physically manipulated]] into stabbing her father by her teacher and forced into marriage with [[spoiler:Dumas, only to be given to Hugh instead in a plot to get one of the key spirits. Then her father is killed.]]
** Then there's Noah, who landed in Neotopia. Despite being rescued by a kindly couple and temporarily regaining his strength, he [[spoiler: results in Gale, the couple's son, killing his father due to the country's laws. Then Gale fights Keith and dies along with Aisha, both of whom Noah had befriended, after Noah unintentionally sets everything on fire.]] Then Noah ends up with some Seekers and [[spoiler:finds the key spirit Sachira, causing ''everyone but Sagiri and himself to die''.]] After he becomes Neotopia's top shardcaster, Hugh attacks the capital [[spoiler:and Zed drags Hyrum to him in exchange for the many civilians that are about to be eaten by Spirits. Hyrum kills himself, and Diana and Sagiri appear to die when the building collapses.]] Let us not forget about [[spoiler:the [[IllBoy debilitating illness]] that has plagued him since childhood, which will [[IncurableCoughOfDeath eventually kill him ]]and renders him [[WheelchairWoobie practically catatonic]] by show's end, nor the fact that the thing that started this series of events was his desire to help Zed... who's joined up with the opposition, becomes Noah's enemy, and ultimately takes him down.]] [[TraumaCongaLine That]] kind of [[DeusAngstMachina sucks.]] Is he a [[TheWoobie Woobie]] yet?
* Misaki in ''Anime/KidouTenshiAngelicLayer'' is a friendly, cute, sometimes shy and sometimes very energetic little girl...who has been repressing feelings of inadequacy and sadness due to her mom being gone for a large portion of her life. Her Break the Cutie moment comes in the Tearjerker filled Episode 25 when [[spoiler: she sees her mom is not only the Champion of Angelic Layer, but has had multiple opportunities to see her and never did. She starts question why her mom never saw her and runs away crying because she thinks she was bad and her mother didn't want to see her.]] She gets better.
* The title character from ''Manga/KimbaTheWhiteLion'' also had it pretty rough. Before he even was born, his father was shot by hunters, while his still pregnant mother was put on a boat to become a zoo animal. After several weeks Kimba was born, a storm was coming right towards the boat, so his mother forced him to leave her behind while she drowns in her cage. [[DownerBeginning Not the smoothest way to start out a series]].
* ''Manga/KingOfThorn'':
** Kasumi goes through ''a lot'' of this. Amazingly enough, she manages to get through it pretty well. Shizuku, on the other hand, [[HeroicBSOD doesn't fare quite as well]].
** Alice went through ''eight years'' of breaking, leading her to eventually become a BrokenBird.
* Najika gets hit with quite a bit in ''Manga/KitchenPrincess''.
* All the magic users come prebroken for your convenience in ''Manga/BrynhildrInTheDarkness''. You could think that further breaking is on the menu and we wouldn't blame you for it, anyways.
%%* ''Manga/{{Knights}}'': Poor Nina.
* Episode 9 of ''LightNovel/IsThisAZombie'' is this for Eucliwood Hellscythe [[spoiler:when her previous zombie servant returns and outright gives her a BreakingSpeech about how her powers could potentially put in danger anyone close to her if she loses control of emotions. When she witnesses firsthand what she's capable of, she distances herself from Ayumu and the others in order to protect them from herself.]]
* The first ten minutes and twelve seconds of the first episode of ''Manga/KotouraSan'' does nothing but systematically destroy the titular heroine's life. After [[BlessedWithSuck being born with a]] {{telepathy}} [[PowerIncontinence ability she can't control]], Kotoura [[InnocentlyInsensitive inadvertently starts blurting out her friends' and family's personal secrets]], causing her schoolmates to [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer label her as a freak]] and [[CassandraTruth compulsive liar]], making [[ParentalAbandonment her parents divorce]], and causing her mother to walk out on her and openly wish that [[IHaveNoSon she had never been born]]. This leaves her a [[BrokenBird bitter, broken shell]] of her former self who uses her power to drive away others so [[DoomMagnet she can't hurt them]]. Fortunately, after meeting Manabe and other friends who accept her telepathy, she starts getting better.
* ''Manga/KurobaraAlice'':
** '''Agnieszka'''! [[spoiler: So much that, right after vampire!Dimitri kills Theo and rapes her, she stabs herself to death.]]
** Dimitri himself, as his vampirism kicks in. [[spoiler: Which is what kicks the RapeAsDrama incident, in an attempt to kill himself.]]
%%* The Teikou arc in ''Manga/KurokoNoBasuke'' is essentially this for the entire Generation of Miracles, but particularly Kuroko and Aomine.
* ''Anime/LastExile'': [[spoiler:The character Dio. His [[TheCaligula sister Delphine]] kidnaps him while his [[BattleButler friend]] [[ExtremeDoormat Luciola]] stands by and does nothing (although, to be fair, they were outnumbered by Delphine's elite guards). Then, while he screams for Luciola to save him, he is brutally [[MindRape Mind Raped]] on his sister's orders. Pre-MindRape, Dio was a cheerful, if odd and extremely hyper, young man with a great fondness for [[TheGlomp glomping]] people and flying vanships. Post MindRape, he is a mentally unhinged killer with a tendency to stare off into space giggling and engage in BrotherSisterIncest with the one who made him that way.]] The birthday party scene made this even worse. Though [[spoiler: he got better.]]
*** [[spoiler: How exactly did he get better? He snaps out of his [[MindRape Mind Rape]] in a vanship, alone, just after having hallucinated being in a race and telling Luciora (who was already dead at that point) to jump out to reduce weight. Hard to imagine anything more [[TearJerker heart-breaking]].]]
* Happens with surprising frequency on ''Anime/LastExileFamTheSilverWing''. Victims include [[spoiler:Giselle (who the Skyship Hunt took its toll on) and Augusta Sara (who couldn't take her generals trying to kill each other)]].
* Robin is probably the happiest and most optimistic member of the main cast early in ''Anime/LeChevalierDEon''. By the end, however, he's become so angry and disillusioned he [[spoiler: changes his name and becomes the historical Maximilien Robespierre, responsible for the Reign of Terror.]]
%%* ''LightNovel/TheLegendOfTheLegendaryHeroes'': Practically the entire main cast.
%%** Rynerís childhood.
%%** Ferrisí entire childhood.
%%** Yep, Sionís childhood too.
%%** Close with Milk, but not quite.
%%** Kieferís past, though after meeting Ryner, she gets better.
%%** A mild example, in that Toale still stays fairly strong, but compare his first appearance to when he meets Ryner again. He's understandably exhausted, both physically and emotionally, and things never get truly better for him.
%%** What others try to do to Arua, though he ultimately stays strong.
* ''Manhwa/TheLegendOfMaian'': [[spoiler: Felix got hit ''very'' hard by Felicia's sacrifice. And it's implied that something bad happened to the Regis Knights during the TimeSkip.]]
** [[spoiler: Ruby gets this treatment also as her formerly kind, loving master turns into a {{Jerkass}} who abuses her.]]
%%* ''Literature/TheLegendOfSunKnight'':
** Judgement Knight in his training.
** Ice Knight's training was this, too, as revealed in his side story.
%% * ''Manhwa/LetDai''
%%* [[spoiler:Ayumi]] from ''Anime/LoupsGarous''
* Happens to Youji in ''Manga/{{Loveless}}'' during his confrontation with Seimei (though Natsuo helps him through it), and Soubi almost directy after (though he was pretty broken to begin with). Also Ritsuka, when he realizes quite how far Seimei is from the person he Ritsuka thought he was. Nana has a relatively minor one when she realizes it was the flaws in her security system that let Nisei and Seimei into the academy. Everyone in Loveless was either already broken, gets broken during the series, or will eventually; it is a CrapsackWorld afterall.
** Ritsuka Aoyagi from ''Manga/{{Loveless}}'' counts as one of these. First off, he's constantly suffering abuse at the hands of his mentally-ill mother Misaki because of his personality change after he lost all of his memories; because of this, he believes he isn't even the real Ritsuka and lives in fear that someday he'll disappear (he even needs therapy to try and recover his lost memories). Then he discovers the burned up body of his brother, the one who protected him from his mother, in his classroom. He had no friends and didn't really believe in love because of the trauma he experienced. After this, the only people who show him any kind of love are pedos and Yuiko. He's told that his real name is Loveless, which means "one without love". Plus the villains keep showing up trying to capture or kill him, and because he's the Sacrifice while Soubi's the Fighter, Ritsuka has to take all the damage whenever they fight. [[spoiler: Plus when Seimei finally comes back. Turn's out that he only faked his death... and he also murdered people, caused so much suffering for his little brother, even going as far as to try and convince Misaki to kill him. And all this is just because he's insecure and wants to "test" Ritsuka's love for him. It's even implied that he sexually abused Ritsuka when they were younger!]] And through all this, Ritsuka remains a forgiving pacifist who just wants to be loved.
* Lisette from ''Manga/LudwigRevolution'', who was tricked into slaughtering her family, as well as Hansel and Gretel, who had a poor abused childhood made much worse by an extremely deranged and savage experience, which turned them into cruel killers.
** [[spoiler: Lisette probably loved killing her parents, as they forced her into prostitution as a child]].
* ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' smacks [[IdolSinger Sheryl]] [[MsFanservice Nome]] with this one. ''Hard''. ''Along with'' BreakTheHaughty. [[spoiler:She ends up getting most of the example bad things: Her manager/best friend/practical foster mother turns out to be the BigBad and takes an openly sadistic pleasure in verbally beating Sheryl down and telling her that [[YourDaysAreNumbered she is going to die]], because Grace infected her with a V-type infection ten years ago in an extremely painful medical procedure that was supposed to help her, which turns out to now be in the very late stages, making it incurably terminal with Sheryl's remaining lifespan measured in weeks. Faced with all this, she is finally confronted with the notion that she may not even be remembered, as her former interstellar stardom is suddenly forgotten in favor of Ranka's, and she roams the streets without disguise completely ignored. And it's raining at the time. She finally breaks down into a sobbing wreck when she finds one of her concert posters discarded on the sidewalk and left in the rain like common trash. When she recovers, she becomes a better person overall]].
* [[spoiler:Fate Testarossa]] from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' is an inversion of this trope. When she is introduced, she is a cutie broken by severe emotional and physical abuse perpetrated by [[spoiler: her deranged MadScientist of a mother, Precia]]. Through ThePowerOfFriendship, a nice adoptive family and an interesting job, she ends up unbroken... But not before getting ''further'' broken shortly after being "[[DefeatMeansFriendship befriended]]" when she found out that [[spoiler:she was merely a clone of Precia's ''real'' daughter, Alicia, and Precia has ''despised'' her since the moment she was born]].
%%*** Even more, in the movie continuity... [[spoiler: '''Precia''' was the broken cutie. And it wasn't pretty, either.]]
** Subverted with Hayate in ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs A's]]''. After [[spoiler: being ForcedToWatch two people slaughter her family in front of her on Christmas Eve]], she seemingly snaps and is promptly possessed by the [[ArtifactOfDoom Book of Darkness]]. However, she is perfectly fine when she regains consciousness two episodes later and immediately sets about [[spoiler: reviving her family]] and stopping the destruction of the planet.
** Rinne in ''Anime/VividStrike'' was picked on a lot as a kid for her background as a poor orphan, [[spoiler: and it only got worse after she started attending school and others found out that she was adopted. Her not being able to keep her adoptive grandfather's keepsake safe and to arrive in time to meet him before he died as a result of being knocked out by bullies was the final straw that turned her into a girl "who despises the weak".]]
* Mel never completely breaks, but she's put under a lot of stressful and on occasion, dangerous situations over the course of ''Manga/MagicalXMiracle''.
* [[AdorablyPrecociousChild Negi]] of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'': his [[DoomedHometown hometown]] gets destroyed by demons at age four or so, and at age ten he ends not only with the responsibility of protecting his students after they get TrappedInAnotherWorld (and sold into slavery, get amnesia, and [[ClearMyName framed for terrorism]]), but he discovers that [[spoiler: his mother was framed for ''genocide'', and the people who did it are trying to kill him. And then there's the whole "having to prevent the magic world from collapsing" thing...]] Fortunately, all the crap that happens to him only [[TookALevelInBadass drives him to become stronger]].
** Also [[TheWoobie Ako]]. She starts as a [[ExtremeDoormat doormat]] with major self-esteem issues, then accidentally gets trapped in the magic world, where she gets a disease, forcing her and two of her friends to sell themselves into slavery to pay for the cure. To top it off, she then falls in love with someone who [[LovesMyAlterEgo turns out to be Negi's aged up alter ego]] and thus not even really exists.
** And Asuna as well [[spoiler: who gets so broken, her memory is blocked so she can have a chance at a normal life.]]
*** [[spoiler: Then has the block removed later to cause a HeroicBSOD, then after being sealed for 130 years, gets shattered TOTALLY on seeing everyone she knew dead and finding out that she would have been able to see her best friend one last time if she hadn't overslept. She probably would have crossed the DespairEventHorizon if Chao and Eva hadn't shown up.]]
** [[OurVampiresAreDifferent And Evangeline]], who was turned into a vampire and unwittingly killed her parents immediately afterwards. She then spent [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld centuries]] with everyone hating her, before her crush cursed her to stay in a school... [[SealedEvilInACan that she has spent fifteen years in]]. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking And she still looks ten.]]
* Mai Tokiha from '' Anime/MaiHime'' was a loving sister that worked hard for her [[IllGirl sickly brother's]] sake and an all-around nice girl, willing to sacrifice herself for others. However, [[spoiler:the combined weight of having to try to prevent her friends from killing each other, watching Shiho order Yuuichi to kiss her to ''deliberately'' make Mai jealous, and then watching her brother Takumi die in her arms (apparently at the hands of her best friend Mikoto, but it later turns out that Shiho killed Akira's child out of jealousy) finally pushed her over the edge]]. She calmed down a bit when [[spoiler:Mikoto temporarily came out of her BrainwashedAndCrazy state and [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone tried to apologize]], but was unable to call off Kagutsuchi's attack in time and watched as it seemingly burned Mikoto to ashes. With her brother who she built an identity around working to provide for dead, her love interest stolen by his childhood friend, her best friend having just died by her own hands, and with other [=HiMEs=] after her own life... Well, she [[BreakTheCutie breaks]].]]
%%* Sytry, Uriel, etc from ''Manga/MakaiOuji''
* ''LightNovel/VenusToMamoru'': [[spoiler: When Ayako was a child, her parents abandoned her because of her power. This is why she's so hostile to others and why she can't bring herself to trust them.]]
* ''Manga/{{MAR}}''
%%** Chimera. Though, to be fair, most of the Knights had lives this messed up.
** [[spoiler:Snow had been locked up and all alone as a child, and constantly had visions of Ginta and Koyuki in the other world and wished nothing more than be friends with Ginta. She wanted Ginta to rely on her the same way he relied on Koyuki back on Earth but Snow just kept failing. By the time she realizes this, she experiences a HeroicBSOD so bad she's willing to simply fade away and disappear forever. She's just a fragment of Koyuki's soul that was used and treated like an object instead of a person, destined to die to bring pain to others when all she wanted to do was help people. Ginta manages to pull her out of this despair with a CooldownHug and some kind words. Things get even more sad when she dies in his arms two episodes later after confesses her love to him.]]
** Anime fillers love do this to Alvis specifically the last arc where [[spoiler: he finds out that his idol Danna is actually the King that killed all of his friends. He canít bring himself to fight back and thatís all King needs in order to stab him which said wounds would later kill him.]]
*** And of course there's the Ghost Chess arc. In fact, Phantom was intentionally trying to break him [[spoiler: so he would submit to the Zombie Tattoo and be forever immortal with Phantom.]]
** [[spoiler:Phantom was just an innocent, 10-year-old kid who was attracted to the Caldean Orb due to his own unusually strong magic power, and was charmed into committing a taboo by that same evil presence. He was promptly chucked into prison, all the while quite clueless to the magnitude of his transgression. After a while his parents came to bring him back home, and all seemed well, his mom even cooked him a good meal. Next morning, he woke up to find his parents both dead, having taking their own lives because they couldn't find the resolution to kill ''him''. He ended up in prison for ten years and would likely have rotten there until he died, had Diana not gotten him out, and then he fell under the influence ''of the same dark force that caused his parent's deaths and his imprisonment''. Then he managed to find a girlfriend, but she left him the moment she knew he consented to being a zombie, a curse bestowed on him by the bad guy above, ''again''. Oh, and this bad guy is also responsible for her death, and barred her and her friends from entering heaven by sealing their souls inside a cave (note that they won't be released until ''6 years later, when Ginta arrives in MAR-Heaven''). He spent the next ten years fighting and dying, then resurrecting only to fight for that bad guy. After he loses, said bad guy releases his hold on him, allowing him for the first time to reflect on his life: everyone he ever loved are dead thanks to said bad guy, his opponent's ideals completely trumph his, and all he's left with is the immortality he no longer finds cool. No wonder he [[VillainDecay becomes such a depressed wreck of angst]] after the War Games.]]
** Chaton. [[spoiler:BreakTheCutie: In the anime, she is forced to watch Loco sacrifice her age to save them from the Ghost Chess and then she is forced to watch Alan die in front of her which sets her off.]]
%%* [[spoiler: Joshua]] at the peak of episode 13 of ''Anime/MarginalPrince''.
* The whole world of ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum'' seems to bend over to break the three Takakura siblings as well as their friend Ringo Oginome. And this is not counting how [[spoiler: Yuri and Tabuki]] were broken in their own pasts.
* ''LightNovel/MirageOfBlaze'': Kagetora[[spoiler:'s adoptive father sent him off as a hostage of the Hojo, he was raped and then forced to commit seppuku to escape dishonor when the castle fell]].
* ''Manga/{{Mitsudomoe}}'': Yabe suffers from this after episode two of Zouryouchuu. After having the worst Christmas ever by getting rejected by Kuriyama, sitting alone in his apartment while wearing a Santa outfit with a mannequin with glasses wearing a female Santa outfit in front of him, having his beloved mannequin fall face first onto his Christmas cake and then catch on fire, becoming Santa for Futaba when Soujirou is running late, getting the crap beat out of him by Soujirou after a misunderstanding and finally walking home in the freezing snow in nothing but a Santa hat and his boxers, his personality changes in the next episodes, becoming easily irritated, resigned and unsurprised of the weird attitude of his classmates.
* Louise Halevy from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' falls into this trope [[spoiler: after Nena Trinity obliterates her family at a wedding, leaving the girl without her left hand and completely distraught.]] Starting with the second season, [[spoiler: she joins the A-Laws, the secret police of the Federation, as she tries to get revenge on Celestial Being for the murders of her family. She finally finds the said murderer and gets her revenge, but it only serves to BREAK her further. She didn't find any satisfaction, she didn't find any praises from her dead parents from avenging them, and [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie she has become a murderer, just like the murdered]]. She got better, eventually.]]
** [[spoiler: Arguably Nena Trinity fulfills this category herself [[DarkAndTroubledPast once we learn her and her brothers' backstories.]] The Trinity siblings are {{Artificial Human}}s only born and raised to be Gundam Meisters, and the DNA used to "create" them is... Ribbons Almark's own. And their "daddy" ultimately sets them up to kill them. While it's not an excuse, nor does it exonerate Nena from her actions, it ''does'' explain a lot, specially considering that [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes the only persons they cared for were each other, and their mutual love was very genuine]].]]
* The other Gundam pilots also get quite broken. Examples?
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'': [[spoiler: Quatre.]] Although, his is an odd example, since it's the system he was hooked into to that psychically broke him. And then he bounced back.
*** Before piloting Wing Zero, [[spoiler: Quatre]] was ''already'' distraught over [[spoiler: his colony's betrayal, his father's death and one of his sisters being critically injured during the attack. The manga says she died, but in the anime she just vanishes - and later, the light novel says she lived on.]]. The system was merely a catalyst: he would've have been broken anyway without the Zero system, which sped up the breaking process.
** Setsuna F. Seiei murders his family as part of a requirement to fight for God. [[spoiler:Too bad the person who told him to do it really wasn't a messenger from God, and just got his kicks from killing people, something Setsuna finds out quite crappily when he finds this same person serving as a commander in an unrelated PMC.]]
*** Lockon Stratos [[spoiler:(The first one)]] starts out as a cute kid [[spoiler:who's life is torn apart when his family is killed in a terrorist attack]] [[spoiler:perpetrated by someone who turns out to be one of one of Setsuna's TrueCompanions.]] And then [[spoiler: he dies, left as a wreck of a man who gave hope and help to others, but was himself consumed by his desire for revenge, and he actively refused to meet the only relative he had left: his twin younger brother.]]
*** [[spoiler: The second Lockon (and said twin brother) didn't have it much better. He tried to get over his own revenge desire, but had to deal with his teammates distrusting him at first and comparing him to the first one for a while. And then his girlfriend turned out to be a ManchurianAgent, and when he was THIS close to subvert her brainwashing... she got brainwashed AGAIN, and Setsuna has to ShootTheDog. [[HeroicBSOD He almost breaks]].]]
*** As long as we're talking Gundam pilots, most of the non-Char non-Bright cast in ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam''. Four comes prebroken, but Rosamia, who seems like a CloudCuckoolander (if perhaps mildly mentally challenged) completely breaks during the series. [[spoiler: Kamille himself in the finale.]] What can you expect from a series with a mobile suit named the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Psyco Gundam]]?
** While not the main Gundam pilot, ''Anime/AfterWarGundamX'' has a picture of a young, happy [[TeamDad Jamil Neate]] prior to his stint as the GX's original pilot. Fifteen years later, he is [[TheStoic much more subdued]], has a huge scar across his face, [[spoiler: (the girl who's with him in the picture has been turned into a GirlInABox and disappeared)]], he is put into extreme pain when he uses his Newtype powers, and has a major "cockpit phobia" that prevents him from operating a mobile suit. (Not that any of these factors make him less of a total badass.) Plus the whole ''blaming himself for the apocalypse'' thing.
*** And while not shown openly, his adoptive daughter and fellow Newtype Tiffa Addil is strongly implied to have been treated as a little more than a lab rat for most of her 15 years of life, which left her [[ShrinkingViolet with a strong phobia of people]] aside of Jamil and the ''Freeden'' crew. A good part of her CharacterDevelopment consists on this particular broken cutie managing to put her own pieces together and remaining quiet, yet not as fearful as she used to be.
** Flit Asuno in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'', when [[spoiler:Yurin dies]]. From then on, he goes the [[spoiler: DarkMessiah]] route.
** As of the third generation, [[spoiler: his grandson Kio Asuno]] is getting quite broken as well. In episode 32, i.e., [[spoiler: the death of his CoolBigSis figure Shanalua]] '''hurt'''. And it gets worse when [[spoiler: he finds himself empathizing with a dying colony and falling for the IllGirl Lua...]]
* In ''{{Anime/Monster}}'', Johan is [[ManipulativeBastard especially]] prone to doing this to his victims, even simply to screw with them. For example, in volume 12, sending an abandoned small boy to look for his mother, telling him that if he sees her, and she sees him, if she truly loves him and wants him she'll take him back [[spoiler:(naturally, Johan is crossdressing as the much more wholesome Anna at the time, making it that much creepier)]]. He sends him to look for his mother in ''the red light district of Prague'' -- where the boy witnesses rape, depravity, a drug addicted prostitute dying from withdrawal begging him for money and the prostitutes themselves taunting him. [[spoiler: Tenma and Grimmer have to talk him out of jumping off a bridge after this. This still doesn't quite break the cutie. But it comes damn close. This boy is perhaps 7 or 8]]. This is one of Johan's most despicable acts of the series, and considering that he commits quite a few of them throughout, that's saying something.
** And Anna! Poor, poor Anna... Johan crushes her so many times in so many ways that she [[spoiler:comes ''this'' close to suicide]].
* In ''Manga/MotherKeeper'', Syal's backstory takes her from a happy life with her adopted family to being sold as a slave, [[spoiler: drugged and forced to fight to the death for around 6 months before being forced to kill the woman she cared about most. Then as the woman dies, she begs the authorities to save her life and let her die instead, only to be misunderstood and made into an immortal cyborg]].
* In ''Manga/MPDPsycho'', a SerialKiller kidnaps the girlfriend of the lead detective investigating his case, mutilates her, rapes her repeatedly (in that order), then delivers her -- limbless but still alive -- directly to the detective's office.
%% * ''Manga/MrArashisAmazingFreakShow''
* ''Manga/MrFullswing'': [[spoiler: The reason why Inukai and Tatsuragawa's friendship with Miyanagi broke off is because of the death of their mentor Ookami.]]
%%* Ep. 8 of ''Anime/{{Munto}}'' is pretty much ''just'' this to poor Yumemi.
* ''Manga/{{Narutaru}}'':
** Shiina goes through this throughout the whole series, culminating in her [[spoiler:crossing the DespairEventHorizon and bringing about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt alongside Mamiko]].
%%** Akira was broken before we even meet her in-series, and she breaks ''further'' as the story progresses.
** The utter ''hell'' Hiroko goes through at the hands of [[AlphaBitch Aki Honda]] and her GirlPosse, culminating in [[spoiler:being raped with a test tube. That they then threatened to break while it was still inside her]]. When Hiro-chan gets her shadow dragon, things turn ''[[StartOfDarkness very, very ugly]]'' for everyone involved.
** Averted by Norio Koga, which is impressive given what ends up happening to him. Sure, he was [[spoiler:raped to death]] but he didn't dwell on his situation, and instead [[spoiler:focused on helping out Tsurumaru and Shiina by taking out bombers, despite the giant pedophile on his back.]]
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** The deaths of [[BadassTeacher Jiraiya and Kakashi]], near-death of [[LivingEmotionalCrutch Hinata]], destruction of Konoha, and having the truth of the ninja system quite brutally explained to Naruto almost breaks him. However, thanks to a few well-placed flashbacks, Jiraiya's book, and a pep talk from Iruka, Shikamaru and his father, Naruto recovers just in time.
*** Actually, if you think about everything that has happened in the series, Naruto kinda qualified as a 'break the cutie' from the outset. First, his father sealed a demon inside him as the only way to save their village, his parents are dead, and he grows up ostracized by the entire village. Then, finally, when things start looking up, his best friend decides to turn on him, cue battling with the power inside him for control, his best friend tries to kill their female teammate, tries to destroy his village, and everyone is trying to get him to kill said best friend. And his parents gave their lives to save him when he was a baby, and he was made to house the Kyuubi inside of him, the very same Kyuubi that his mother housed for a time, killed his parents, and tried to kill him. Really not fun.
** Happened to Sasuke TWICE. Despite how he is now, in flashbacks he was shown to be a cute, naive kid. Until Itachi murdered their family... and then [[MindRape showed it to him]]... twice. The second time leading to his FaceHeelTurn.
*** To be more specific, the first mind rape and the actual massacre occur when he's about ''seven'', and the second time, aged twelve-thirteen, had him forced to watch everyone being slaughtered ''hundreds of times, over and over'', leaving him in a coma that only Tsunade is able to bring him out of. No wonder he [[{{FreakOut}} freaks out]], and then he [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope gets worse and worse]].
** Another possible candidate is Gaara (hear me out). He was initially a kindearthed child who just wanted some friends. Then he killed the one person he cared for because they were trying to kill him (on Gaara's dad's orders, no less,) due to the beast within him was something the village would rather forget. We've seen how this turns out...
*** Possible? Gaara was six years old when he realized that no one loved him. His father hated him for his inability to control Shukaku, his uncle hated him because Gaara's mother, his sister, died in childbirth, everyone else hates him because he's a "monster" ... he himself tries to hurt himself (in the flashback, he's trying to stab himself, and is disappointed when it doesn't work; later, he cries after being called a freak). His uncle tries to murder him [[spoiler: -- on his father's orders, which he actually questioned --]] and Gaara kills him in self-defense. He is effectively abandoned by everyone who should have cared. And the result? Sociopath at six, after he realigns his life's philosophy to fit with what he's learned; and serial killer by twelve, after he puts that philosophy into effect. No wonder he latched on to the idea of Shukaku as a "Mother" -- the demon was the only thing making any effort to protect him (it was only doing so out of self-interest). When you've been starved for love all your life, anything will do. Even after he reforms (which Naruto brings about by giving him a good heart-to-heart talk about caring for others) and builds a family with his brother and sister, he is still haunted by his past -- listen to what he says to Lee after saving him from Kimimaro, or what he says to Matsuri in what was one of the few good scenes in that filler arc. Six years of solid hate and horror? I'd call that broken. [[spoiler: Made all the more meaningful by him ''actually getting much better'' in the current arc. Specially now that he can call out his old man on all the shit he did to him, leading the Kazekage to acknowledge said shit and telling him that Shukaku's sand ''was'' sorta directed by his mom's spirit, and that said uncle who attempted to kill him only did it on orders from his father. In reality, Yashamaru never hated Gaara-the guy he actually hated was the Fourth Kazekage himself.]]
** One other example is Nagato/[[spoiler:Pain]]. He was a cute kid that [[spoiler:Jiraiya trained]] and was so cute that he cried [[spoiler:when he had to kill someone to save his friend's life]]. Then we found out about his childhood. He watched his parents get killed [[spoiler:because they were trying to protect him from ninjas from Konoha]] (though it was mainly a case of mistaken identity), bonds with a dog and makes friends. He subsequently loses the dog when an explosive kunai blows it up as collateral damage from Konoha ninjas fighting some guy. Years later he loses his best friend because a Konoha ninja [[spoiler:Danzo]] set him up to die. Not surprisingly, Nagato isn't too fond of Konoha.
** Sakura now fits this trope. It went like this: Sasuke's defection, then Naruto failed to bring him back. Then Naruto went 4 tails against Orochimaru and Kabuto makes her realize it's at least partially because she made him promise to get Sasuke back and he agreed that he would, and he's still trying to do that no matter what. They find Sasuke but he leaves with Orochimaru and Kabuto. Danzo gives permission to have Sasuke whacked. [[JerkassHasAPoint Sai gets her to realize Naruto's feelings for her]], and everything Naruto is going through: the burden of expectations she and the village pile on Naruto, and especially [[BrutalHonesty the suffering he's going through because of both her and Sasuke]]. Then Naruto [[WhatTheHellHero calls her out]] on her [[BreakHisHeartToSaveHim painfully fake]] [[FalseConfession love confession]], [[ShipSinking outright rejects her]], and then tells her that his promise to her was no longer the reason why he's trying to bring Sasuke back, for he has [[TrueCompanions his own reasons]] for doing so. And ''then'', she tries to kill Sasuke herself and fails, since she just can't go and kill [[SingleTargetSexuality the only guy she ever loved]], no matter how far gone he is. And then Sasuke tries to kill her. If the girl doesn't end up as a BrokenBird, it'll be a '''miracle'''.
** Also Kakashi, who was entered into the world of shinobi at the ripe old age of ''five'' and became a Chunin at six. Even with someone like Minato as his teacher, he must have seen some pretty bad stuff. And that was ''before'' his father committed suicide in front of him. Jeez, so much for a happy childhood!
** Haku watches his Mother get killed by his Father and then kills his Father. Now an orphan he's forced to live on the streets fighting off wild dogs for food. Ends his life as Zabuza's weapon.
** [[spoiler:Itachi of all people.]] He witnessed the horrors of war at just four years old, then grew up to dedicate his life to peace. Unfortunately, [[spoiler:the Uchihas decided to attempt a coup (for offenses that don't even seem to really exist) and his parents made it clear they saw him as a weapon and not a son by forcing him to spy on the village. He then became a double agent and put his faith in the Third Hokage to solve the issue through negotiations, but due to Danzo's interference and the Uchiha's stubbornness, this fell through. His best friend tried to use mind control to stop the coup, but was overpowered by Danzo and shortly thereafter committed suicide ''in front of Itachi'' so he'd be strong enough to stop the coup. Stopping the coup, unfortunately, entailed ''killing his friends, family, and lover,'' tormenting his beloved little brother and abandoning the village to lead the life of a wanted, hated fugitive at the age of thirteen. He then spends his time spying on Akatsuki for Konoha while waiting for said beloved brother to kill him and "avenge" the clan. Did I mention that he was battling a terminal illness too? And he still managed to [[TearJerker die wIth]] [[GoOutWithASmile a smile]] [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming on his face]].]]
** [[spoiler: Obito]] also counts as one. [[spoiler: The dude was basically an Uchiha version of Naruto: he grew up without ever knowing his parents, he had a one-sided crush on his female teammate Rin, who was in love with his rival Kakashi, and he dreamed of becoming Hokage and bringing peace to the world. His entire right side is crushed by a boulder while saving Kakashi, and he makes Kakashi promise to protect Rin. He is rescued by Madara, who tells him that he can't ever be a ninja again and goes on to tell him how pointless the ninja world is and how it will only bring him misery. Obito refutes his ideals and goes through a painful rehabilitation process, with the only thing to keep him going being the thought of his friends. And when he finally leaves what is the first thing he sees? Rin dying by Kakashi's hands and the realization that Madara was right. [[FreakOut No wonder the dude lost it]].]]
%%* Many characters in ''Manga/{{Necromancer}}''.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''
** Shinji got traumatized to the point of snapping into a psychological breakdown and [[spoiler:destroying humanity]]. It's particularly heartbreaking when we're shown a flashback of a toddler Shinji right before witnessing the death of his mother: a young child who's smiling and constantly laughing, without a hint of bitterness and actually seeming outgoing. His 'break the cutie' process started at 4 years old and just kept going downhill.
*** Well, things slowly started to look up for him and it looked like the series was going to progress towards a more positive ending...and then came [[spoiler: Episode 18 with the Eva-infecting angel Bardiel]] and Shinji's cycle of misery began anew.
** Asuka Langley Sohryu is -seemingly- prideful and annoying. Then we learn, in episode 22, that a full-blown BreakTheCutie chain of events made her arrogant and aggresive: [[spoiler: her mother Kyouko went crazy after having half her soul sucked in by the EVA 02, completely ignored Asuka and started seeing a CreepyDoll as a replacement for her (and may have tried to strangle little Asuka at least once), then hanged herself in her room with said doll (after breaking the doll's neck) ''in the same day Asuka was chosen as the EVA 02 pilot''. And the poor little girl was the one who found the body.]] Her "arrogant, annoying" self in reality is a fake persona that she donned in order to push everyone away because she -much like Shinji- was afraid of getting close to someone and get hurt again. Her real personality is a vulnerable girl with zero self-esteem that MAY be nice to someone that shows that genuinely cares for her. And how do we find that out? When she's under a horrendous MindRape that forces her to relive those memories.
** At least we get the hints that Shinji and Asuka (and most EVA characters) are messed up right away. But poor Maya Ibuki is probably the only character that manages to remain cheerful and well adjusted throughout the series. Which all falls apart in End of Evangelion when all their hard work was seemingly for naught and the JSSDF (their supposed allies and fellow humans) start breaking into their base and slaughtering people. Upon being given a gun and told to fight off fellow humans Maya proceeds to hide under her desk and hug her stuffed rabbit pillow for dear life while everyone else fights. She later graduates from this to completely snapping and turning into a bubbering shrieking mess as [[spoiler: she watches Asuka get torn apart, and Lillith Rei appears moving right through her, and she watches her fellow staff melt into orange liquid all around her. She finally only calms down when Ritsuko appears, except it's just Lilith Rei messing with her head, who promptly melts her as well.]]
* ''Anime/NightWizard'': Poor Eris. She learns that [[spoiler: she is the reincarnation of Shaimal, the God of Destruction; all of her memories before meeting Renji and the others were fabricated; of her friends, only Renji stays with her and he ends up fighting Akari and (almost) Kureha; and finally, just as Kureha joins them, she is killed by Kirihito, who then reveals himself to be Eris' mysterious benefactor and planned everything so that she'd fall into a DespairEventHorizon and awaken Shaimal within her.]] She gets better though.
%%* Kirika and Chloe from ''Anime/{{Noir}}''
* Ian from ''Manga/NotSimple'', pretty much the whole time. Even as an adult he has that wistful, innocent look that makes all the unsimple things even worse.
* Every likable character from ''Anime/NowAndThenHereAndThere'' -- but especially Sara, who, after being mistaken for Lala Ru, gets [[spoiler: abducted, beaten, and repeatedly raped, eventually committing murder in order to escape into the desert with no supplies, where she ends up buried in a sandstorm. She survives that only to later learn one of the rapes got her pregnant. She eventually chose to keep the child.]].
* ''LightNovel/{{No 6}}'': Sion in the Correctional facility during episode 10.
%%* ''Manga/OdeToKirihito'': How much pain and humiliation can Kirihito go through before he snaps? It is also implied it happened to [[spoiler: child Reika]].
%%* Kitahara from ''Manga/OnaniMasterKurosawa'' again, in a terrifyingly realistic way.
* ''Manga/OneechanGaKita'': Fujisaki's past reveals she was bullied, and even when she tried to be nice as told to by a teacher, boys still treated her with contempt.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'': Almost every time a Straw Hat pirate member has a flashback. The combination of Oda's skill at drawing cute kids and writing cruel back stories is just plain lethal.
** While the Straw Hats do tend to have traumatizing backstories, the only ones who have Break The Cutie moments are Nami, Robin, Zoro, Chopper and Franky. Luffy's trauma just makes him more obstinate than he was, Usopp's backstory has a BreakTheCutie moment for his best friend/possible love intrest and not for him, Sanji's back story was more encouragement to his dream than trying to break him, and Brook is more of a ThePollyanna than a Cutie.
** Nami has the added bonus of being broken by Arlong ''again'' when all her effort to buy back her village is destroyed when the Marines confiscate all her collected money. Her obviously forced smile when she tries to tell the Kokoyashi villagers that she can just get more money just makes it all the more heartbreaking, especially so when she breaks down after they've resolved to take down Arlong, no matter what the end result. By the time Luffy arrives, she's in full HeroicBSOD mode and a step or two away from DespairEventHorizon. It's here, in a voice uncharacteristically meek and helpless, she begs Luffy, "Help me..."
** And then there's Vivi, whose Broken Cutie status is built up throughout the whole Alabasta arc, and completely explodes during the climax of the civil war.
** Enies Lobby revealed that [=CP9=] managed to reopen the old wound that broke Nico Robin and cause her past 20 years to come crashing down on her. By the time the Straw Hats caught up with her, she was slipping past the DespairEventHorizon [[DeathSeeker wishing nothing more than to die]], but Luffy's rousing defiance of the entire world sets up one of the series' most powerful [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Crowning Moments of Heartwarming]].
** Second backstory for Luffy, and it fits right in. More like the entirety of the Impel Down and Marineford arcs in addition to the flashback serve as one huge moment of this.
** From the (canonical) Monsters story in ''Manga/OnePieceWanted'', Flare breaks down when [[spoiler: [[BitchInSheepsClothing Cyrano]], the guy she viewed as her hero for years, was actually the one who destroyed her hometown and killed her father (And everyone else in the village, directly or not). What made it even worse is that Cyrano was laughing about the whole thing]]. She tried to hold her tears, but eventually broke down and cried. [[TearJerker Really hard]].
** And a full-blown BreakTheCutie process is what made [[spoiler: Boa Hancock]] the huge bitch that we meet. More exactly, [[spoiler: she and her sisters Sandersonia and Marigold start out as normal little girls in the Kuja Pirates, then are kidnapped by slave drivers and fall in the hands of the World Nobles. They branded them like cattle, force them to eat Devil Fruits for their own amusement, and torture them and many others nonstop '''4''' years. When the Boa girls manage to escape thanks to a really badass fish man, the damage is already done, and Hancock has specially become a total bitch.]]
* Nanako Misonoo from ''Manga/OniisamaE''. Mariko, Rei, and Nanako's classmate Junko, too, although Mariko and Rei [[BrokenBird were already broken to begin with]]. [[spoiler:And Rei herself is so broken that she commits suicide in the manga. (In the anime she dies too, but it's an accident. One that happens ''when her life was starting to get better''.)]]
** Creator/RiyokoIkeda's other work, ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'', isn't a slouch either in the fields. The most notable examples are Oscar, Andre, Rosalie, [[spoiler:Charlotte]] and [[spoiler:MarieAntoinette.]]
** And ''Manga/{{Claudine}}'' (another Ikeda work) features Claudine, [[spoiler:who ends up committing suicide]], Rosemarie and Maura as well.
* ''Manga/OtomeYoukaiZakuro'': [[spoiler: Tsukuhane was repeatedly broken by the Elder of the Village of Oracles, then broken ''by her own son''. By the time she returned to the Village of Oracles she was a shell of her former self.]]
* Oz from ''Manga/PandoraHearts'' should be the poster boy for this trope. He's determined to be cute and cheerful in the face of horror so his friends won't worry about him, but that doesn't last long. He was [[ParentalAbandonment abandoned by his own father]] and called Ďfilthyí when he was trying to get his fatherís attention. And then [[spoiler: his father]] sent him to [[{{Hell}} the Abyss]] because of the sin of Ďexisting.í This is just the ''first chapter.''
** In the Cheshire Dimension arc, he freaked out and [[spoiler: almost [[BerserkButton destroyed the dimension]]]] when he saw [[spoiler: Aliceís corpse which has been murdered 100 years ago]].
** And donít forget the infamous Jackís Intention arc. First off, [[spoiler: Jack took control of his body and stabbed his friend]]. Then Jack revealed to him that [[spoiler:Jack caused the Tragedy of Sablier, using [[PersonOfMassDestruction Oz himself]] as his LivingWeapon]]. And then he saw that his dearest friend and sister figure [[spoiler:
[[HeroicSacrifice killed herself in order to keep Jack from using Oz to hurt more people]], ''right in front of Oz.'' And ''then'' he was shot at point-blank range by his ''other'' best friend]]. And then after a touching bit of reconciliation, his beloved uncle was [[spoiler:stabbed by the girl who tried to comfort him when he was awaiting execution by the Baskervilles, again ''right in front of Oz,'' and finished off by Oz's ''own adoptive father.'']] Said girl then later [[spoiler:dies in his arms]]. Oh, also, [[spoiler:Oz was never a human being, but a soul born inside a children's comfort toy that, due to the Will of the Abyss thinking sentient children's toys are the perfect murder weapons, ended up being given to Jack Vessalius as a "guide" and [[BodySurf sharing his body when Oz's own was destroyed.]]]]
14th Nov '17 9:45:38 AM TheNerfGuy
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* In ''Anime/DokiDokiPrecure'', which may hold the record as ''the'' darkest ''Anime/PrettyCure'' season to date ([[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForLittleGirls not to mention the most family unfriendly season]]), Mana, Makoto, and Regina are subjected to this to varying degrees. Mana almost crosses the DespairEventHorizon when [[spoiler:Regina gets brainwashed, rinsed and dried in episode 22]]. Makoto's homeworld was destroyed by the forces of King Jikochuu. And [[AntiVillain Regina]]... let's just say [[spoiler:"brainwashed, rinsed and dried" doesn't even begin to describe [[AbusiveParents what she has]] [[ElectricTorture to put up with]] on a regular basis]].

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* In ''Anime/DokiDokiPrecure'', which may hold the record as ''the'' darkest ''Anime/PrettyCure'' ''Franchise/PrettyCure'' season to date ([[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForLittleGirls not to mention the most family unfriendly season]]), Mana, Makoto, and Regina are subjected to this to varying degrees. Mana almost crosses the DespairEventHorizon when [[spoiler:Regina gets brainwashed, rinsed and dried in episode 22]]. Makoto's homeworld was destroyed by the forces of King Jikochuu. And [[AntiVillain Regina]]... let's just say [[spoiler:"brainwashed, rinsed and dried" doesn't even begin to describe [[AbusiveParents what she has]] [[ElectricTorture to put up with]] on a regular basis]].
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** Nunnally maintains a happy smile and only wants to be with her brother, despite being blind and crippled as a result of her mother being murdered in front of her. Although many things happen over the course of the show to separate them, she never lets them get her down. And by the second season she comes into her own, as Viceroy of Area 11. However, at the end of the show, [[spoiler:her brother uses his [[CompellingVoice Geass]] to force her to give him the key to a WMD, chains her up as a prisoner in a parade, then winds up dead (by his own orders) in an effort to unite the world in hating him. All this gets to her and she wails over his dead body.]]

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** Nunnally maintains a happy smile and only wants to be with her brother, despite being blind and crippled as a result of her mother being murdered in front of her. Although many things happen over the course of the show to separate them, she never lets them get her down. And by the second season she comes into her own, as Viceroy of Area 11. However, at the end of the show, [[spoiler:her brother uses his [[CompellingVoice Geass]] to force her to give him the key to a WMD, chains her up as a prisoner in a parade, then winds up dead (by his own orders) in an effort to unite the world in hating him. All this gets to her and she wails over his dead body. Even then, she still manages to take his place on the throne in order help finish bringing peace.]]



* Mikuru Asahina from the ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' series can be viewed as a work in progress for this trope. Haruhi has no hesitation in abusing her both consciously (like having another student grope her and photo it for blackmail) and unconsciously (like giving her eyebeam powers which requires Nagato to bite her in order to inject counter-nanobots). Arguably future Asahina seems well adjusted, but since Haruhi can alter the timestream that's not a guarantee. You have to worry for someone when they ask "will you still marry me, if I'm unable to" after a session with Haruhi.
** Haruhi and Yuki gets the treatment too. Let's start with Yuki.
*** Yuki lives through over 15,000 (15,498 in the novels, 15,513 in the anime) repetitions of the same 2 weeks without aging, remembering everything to do with it. And she can't do a single thing because her job is to observe. By the end of it, Kyon notices that TheStoic, turned UpToEleven is now openly showing her sadness. No wonder. She lived for nearly 600 years without aging a single bit.
*** Haruhi is closer to a BrokenBird than a Broken Cutie. She learns, rather painfully, that she isn't all that special, and in her quest to make her life special, goes on the hunt for aliens, time travellers and [=ESPers=] after some inspiration from Kyon. This leads to her general sociopathy, and her obsession with cosplaying Mikuru. A good part of the plot is her ''learning how to be a good person again'', as noted by Kyon.
* ''Manga/HeavensLostProperty''
** Nymph gets stomped and beaten on quite a bit early on.
** Chapter 47 is completely devoted to breaking [[spoiler: Chaos. She finally realized what love actually is and attempted to go back to Synapse, but the Master blasts her with his strongest weapon. She survives and goes to Tomoki's house but accidentally overhears him say that Angeloids should leave and never come back. She starts crying, and decides that love is pain again. Then she dives to the bottom of the ocean. The entire time, she held on to the shoes Tomoki gave her.]]\\\
[[spoiler: What makes this even worse is that the scene then shifts to Tomoki sitting in the playground where he met Chaos, and he has a bunch of toys all set for her to play with.]]\\\
[[spoiler: And now she not only has all the memories of one of the kindest and most loving cast members all wrapped up in her head, but she just stabbed Tomoki through the friggin' heart. Seems like the author is dedicated to pushing the poor thing until she finally snaps so bad that she has to be put down.]]
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'': Seras, who seems a cheerful and upbeat girl for most of the manga, has a rather dark and disturbing backstory, which seems to have happened when she was very young. It consists of her father being murdered by burglars, her mother hiding her in a cupboard to protect her, and her mother's subsequent murder by the same burglars. Seras tries to exact revenge by stabbing one of the guys in the eye with a fork. She gets shot for her trouble and one of the perpetrators proceed to rape her mother's corpse, due to it being "still warm". In full view of Seras who lies on the ground bleeding profusely watching it happen and unable to do anything to stop it.
** The seventh OVA is specifically dedicated to having Zorin Blitz do this to Seras as well. She delves deep into Seras' memories, forcing her to relive her painful childhood. While Seras is trapped in the illusion and crying profusely, Zorin hacks off her arm, stabs her through the back, and slices her eyes. Pip and his two remaining squad members arrive and manage to temporarily disable Zorin before she can kill Seras by shooting her multiple times. Pip tries to escape with the badly wounded Seras, but Zorin stabs him through the back. He kisses Seras in his agony, then tells her to bite him before he dies. Tearfully, she does so, healing most of her wounds. Seras then goes into RoaringRampageOfRevenge mode and utterly destroys Zorin's forces and Zorin herself.
** Integra didn’t have it easy, either. She used to be a shy girl; then, her father died when she was twelve, leaving her the leader of Hellsing and a member of the Royal Order of Protestant Knights. Almost immediately after his death, her remaining blood relative, [[EvilUncle Richard]], tried to murder her. Escaping through the air vent and fleeing for her life, she stumbled upon Alucard out of pure luck. If Richard hadn't shot her in the shoulder first, Alucard would not have awakened in time to slaughter the two henchmen and block the bullet for Integra. She then shot and killed Richard, effectively losing the last of her family on the same day.
*** Further attempts of breakdowns consist of the attack to her mansion by the Valentine brothers that forced her to shoot down all her troops that had been turned into ghouls, what happened later on in London (she witnessed how it was destroyed to the ground and was the only real survivor of the attack), the deaths of Penwood and Walter (coupled with his betrayal), and Alucardís disappearance.
*** Neither had it as bad as Alucard himselfÖ[[spoiler: with his captivity and rape as a child]]. Quite honestly, he was a goddamn saint for Christendom throughout his entire life and was ''very'' repeteadly screwed over. [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice He might have very questionable hobbies]], [[KnightTemplar but was very much]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist a warrior of Christ]]. And the manga makes his position very, very clear in the scene of his human form's death, with him kneeling to lap at the blood of his homeland. The man, the most devout of the knights of God, stripped of ''everything'' that ever meant anything to him and left to see as the enemies of his faith are left to ravage his beloved homeland. And today, readers would bet ''every single one of you, reading this article, has only known Vlad III of Wallachia as '''{{Dracula}}'''.'' A ''monster''.
* Laila reaches this point in ''Manga/HeroTales'' when [[spoiler:she finds out Taito's fate as the Hagun resulted in death of her parents and their adoptive father, going so far as to try and kill him in anger before she comes to her senses.]]
* ''Manga/HighschoolOfTheDead'': Takashi and his friends first meet Asami, in chapter 18, and was a newly appointed patrol officer who'd been left in charge of the survivors at the mall. She was initially presented as cheerful, perky, and [[http://www.citymanga.com/highschool_of_the_dead/chapter-18/04/ eager to make a good impression.]] Unfortunately, her inexperience as an officer, along with her timid nature, made her [[http://www.citymanga.com/highschool_of_the_dead/chapter-18/18/ an easy scapegoat]] for the mall survivors who vented their frustrations on her [[http://www.citymanga.com/highschool_of_the_dead/chapter-18/19/ simply because of her position.]] Still, her growing affection for Hirano and [[http://www.citymanga.com/highschool_of_the_dead/chapter-18/06/ her faith in her CO]], who'd gone for help, provided her with some glimmer of hope. Until Hirano tried to let her down gently by explaining he was already part of a group, [[http://www.citymanga.com/highschool_of_the_dead/chapter-21/24/ which broke her heart]] and mere moments later discovers that [[http://www.citymanga.com/highschool_of_the_dead/chapter-22/ her CO didn't make it.]] Which caused her to lash out at Hirano, before running off to the roof, [[http://www.citymanga.com/highschool_of_the_dead/chapter-23/18/ believing she was a failure and that she had no one.]] The closest she comes to finding happiness was when Hirano asks her to come with him, making her cry TearsOfJoy as [[http://www.citymanga.com/highschool_of_the_dead/chapter-23/22/ she happily accepted.]] Except circumstance and her duty as an officer [[http://www.citymanga.com/highschool_of_the_dead/chapter-25/56/ wouldn't allow it]], ultimately resulting in [[http://www.citymanga.com/highschool_of_the_dead/chapter-25/62/ Hirano having to]] [[spoiler: KillTheCutie, [[http://www.citymanga.com/highschool_of_the_dead/chapter-25/63/ before "they" got to her]]]].
* In ''Himitsu no Hanazono'', the anime version of ''Literature/TheSecretGarden'', [[spoiler: Camilla and Max Hawkins]] were horribly broken in their backstories, which also [[spoiler: influences Max in his revenge quest against Archibald.]] Not to mention, we get to see ''exactly'' how badly [[spoiler: Lillias's DeathByChildbirth broke Mr. Craven himself...]]
* The plot of ''Manga/HonooNoAlpenRose'' pretty much ''bends over'' to try breaking Jeudi. [[spoiler: And it's very, VERY close to succeed. But she pulls through more than once.]]
* Tenshou from ''Manga/SoulHunter''. I mean, [[spoiler: his mom and aunt both kill themselves, he watches his dad die by acid rain right in front of him, and his older brother kicks it soon after.]] It is seriously no wonder the kid developed an abandonment complex.
** Possibly [[spoiler: Ou Eki]] too, although we never see what specifically broke him.
%%* Chapter's 304 and 305 in ''Manga/HunterXHunter''. Poor, poor, [[spoiler: Gon]].
* Neptune of Hyperdimension Neptunia is a goofy, 4th Wall Breaking, game loving bundle of happiness...who falls into two separate depressions in Episodes 9 and 10. The first is due to [[spoiler: Peashy missing and Neptune keeps forcing herself to ignore how bad she feels since the last time they were together they had a big fight and Peashy said she hated Neptune.]] She gets better thanks to Plutia/Iris Heart...and then she finds out [[spoiler: Peashy's been brainwashed and turned into a super powerful CPU, Yellow Heart,]] at the end of the episode. Then comes the absolutely heartbreaking events in Episode 10 where [[spoiler: Neptune had locked herself in her room...only to force herself to face Yellow Heart and do her best to make Peashy remember.]] She doesn't get better by the end of the episode, which ends with [[spoiler: Peashy remembering her just as she's taken back to her home dimension. Leaving Neptune to look over Peashy's drawings and cry.]]
* ''Anime/IdolDensetsuEriko'': Viga of ''WebVideo/IdolsOfAnime'' described the show as "Break the Cutie: The Anime". In the first episode, {{Ojou}} Eriko's parents get into a car accident which kills her father and leaves her mother in a coma. That sets the tone for the rest of the series.
* ''Anime/IeNakiKoRemi'': Remi, ''Remi,'' '''Remi'''. She's been through harsh winters, was nearly sold off to a slave trader by her adoptive dad, and beaten by someone who couldn't care less about children!
%%* Oh, lord, it'd probably be a shorter list to mention the unbroken characters in ''Manga/ImmortalRain''. Rain, Machika, Freya, Sharem to a degree, Ayla, Yuca somewhere along the line though we don't see it...
%%* The second season of ''Anime/InazumaEleven'' was surprisingly relentless with this.
%%* Too many examples to name in ''Anime/InfiniteRyvius''.
* ''Manga/InnocentsShounenJuujigun'' has many.
** Pretty much the entire plot of the story is breaking down Etienne's faith and driving him to suffering. From [[spoiler:his miracles being faked, to watching his friends die one by one, to seeing the true evil of the church he's devoted his life to, to finally being ''executed'' by that church]], Etty does not have an easy time.
** Nico starts out as an innocent kid looking for glory and fun. He winds up [[spoiler: a broken shell of a man who's watched numerous friends die in front of him, been too late to save the most important person in his life, and has to live with the guilt of knowing it's all his fault.]]
** Marc starts out as a happy go lucky kid who lives to clown around and make people laugh. [[spoiler: After his best friend is killed in front of him, he turns into a broken, nervous wreck bordering on an empty shell.]]
** Henri starts out as a sweet, young crybaby who ''already'' has some issues with being weaker than his peers. After being unable to fight properly, earning Nicolas's hatred, [[spoiler: accidentally killing one of his friends, and being raped and tortured by Hugo, he's so broken he tries to ''kill himself'' by impaling his own throat on a spiky branch, claiming that he'll never be brave enough to be a knight.]]
** As if everything else that happens during the course of the Children's Crusade, including multiple deaths and growing cold with his brother and best friend, isn't enough, Laurent gets to feel [[spoiler: his twin brother's death over their telepathy]]. Meaning he got to experience every second of what Lillian was feeling.
** Remy's entire life has been one long series of this. He started out as the cutest boy in the village, and then developed leprosy that made everyone but his family and Etienne hate him. He sets out on the Children's Crusade in search of a cure, but only gets [[spoiler: to experience his body slowly falling apart under him as exhaustion and trauma get the better of him. He finally dies, confused and believing that God will turn him away, and by that point, he's missing a ''lot'' of body parts on top of it all]]
* It has been suggested that Mari from ''Manga/InsideMari'' had this happen prior to the manga. She was a CheerfulChild until [[spoiler:her [[DotingGrandparent grandmother]] died. Her [[AbusiveParents emotionally abusive]] mother hated her mother-in-law and went as far as to change Mari's name from "Fumiko" - which was chosen by her grandmother - to the name she had wanted.]] This all ended up having an unexpected toll on Mari's psyche [[spoiler:to the point where as a teenager it's implied she developed a SplitPersonality and has dissociation issues]] due to that. She's also generally aloof and has StepfordSmiler tendencies [[spoiler:in her "Mari" persona.]]
* Kohaku from ''Manga/InuYasha''. [[DoomedHometown His village was destroyed]], he was possessed and forced to attack his companions, wounding his sister Sango almost fatally and [[SelfMadeOrphan murdering his father]] and friends, and then got killed. He was revived and [[BrainwashedAndCrazy brainwashed]] by [[BigBad Naraku]] (the one responsible of all of the above) to be used against his sister and her new friends and to help in his plots by slaughtering a lot of innocent people. When he finally regained his memories, two of his "protectors" were killed [[spoiler: (Kagura and Kikyo)]], he can't stand being near his sister because of the guilt and he thinks the only way to atone is [[RedemptionEqualsDeath to die killing Naraku]]. If that wasn't enough, he was later forced to relive the day he killed his father and friends over and over again for days. He used to be a shy, gentle and happy 11 year-old boy.
** Also said older sister Sango. The poor girl is as plucky as she can be after witnessing how poor Kohaku was BrainwashedAndCrazy into killing their dad and almost killing her, but seeing Kohaku lose his memories upon all of this shit and not being able to remember her ''because it'd mean he'd also remember killing their dad and friends''... it often ends up breaking her into tears. It's not helped by how her ChivalrousPervert love interest, Miroku, is getting closer and closer to fall victim to PowerIncontinence.
** Kagome doesn't have it easy either. She witnesses a good part of Sango's breaking process, is confronted by her DarkMagicalGirl past self [[AlwaysSomeonebetter who was supposedly more expert and skilled than she is though she is canonically more powerful and succeeded where Kikyou failed]], doesn't know what her real place in the world is as she goes back and forth in past and present, and Naraku often '''directly''' seeks to break her mind.
%%* ''Manga/{{IO}}'' hates cute kids, especially younger siblings.
* ''Anime/IronMan'': [[spoiler: Flashbacks reveal that after Yinsen miraculously avoided his DeathByOriginStory, he was taken in by a rural village, where he began to recover in both body and soul. However, the BigBad then destroyed the entire village using Stark weaponry in order to turn Yinsen against Tony.]]
* None of the characters are actually broken in ''Manga/{{Is}}'', but they do suffer some damage. Here is a tally.
** Iori's rehearsal regime is designed to break her on the theory that it will make her a better actor.
** Itsuki when she realizes she'll never have Ichitaka's heart.
** Aiko when her boyfriend dumps her.
** Iori when [[spoiler: she is almost raped for the second time. It is amazing she didn't need therapy by the end of the story!]].
%%* ''LightNovel/IsThisAZombie'': [[spoiler:Eu in episode 9.]]
* ''Manhwa/JackFrost'': [[spoiler:Why exactly is Noh-A dead in the first place? She committed suicide in life after realizing she was a DoomMagnet and being unable to stand the loneliness and the rumors.]]
* Sora is the target of ''lots'' of bullying in the first season of ''Anime/KaleidoStar'', until she proves she's more than Kalos's protege and has her own worth as a performer. And in the second one she's also the target of ridicule and lectures for her [[WideEyedIdealist rose-tinted vision of circus life]] and her own self-esteem problems.
** Also, a terrible BreakTheCutie process made [[spoiler: Leon Oswald]] the cruel, bitter person we meet. [[spoiler: He gets better.]]
* Maron from ''Manga/KamikazeKaitouJeanne'' has been the victim of one of these, [[spoiler: planned and executed since her birth]], due to being the reincarnation of Jeanne d'Arc.
* ''Anime/{{Karas}}'': Sagisaka's daughter Yoshiko is a post-break example, having become a near-catatonic mute after witnessing a mikura slaughter her entire class. [[spoiler:She gets better, with the help of Kure.]]
* Hiyori from ''Manga/KareWaTomodachi'' [[spoiler:especially when she finds out she's pregnant and gets a miscarriage]] and Kotone in her back story as [[spoiler:her mother's admittance that she should have never gave birth to her and Mizuno ignoring Kotone during middle school drove Kotone to online dating websites.]]
* ''Manga/KaseiYakyoku'': And how. Specially Sara, who [[spoiler: gets forcibly stripped and almost gangraped by {{yakuza}}]] in the second OAV, but the worst comes in the fourth, when she [[spoiler: nbrely survives the Kanto Earthquake, loses her and Junichirou's mother, witnesses Saburo's death after barely escaping from more thugs, ''and'' learns that Taka and Junichirou have left]]. [[TheWoobie Wah!]]
%%* Happens to Tsuna of ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' every arc. Usually as a result of trusting people too easily.
%%* ''Manga/KazeToKiNoUta'': Gilbert (although he was already pretty broken to begin with). Serge too, but to a lesser extent, but Serge tends to be more resilient.
* ''Anime/{{Kiba}}'': Rebecca's [[PeoplePuppets physically manipulated]] into stabbing her father by her teacher and forced into marriage with [[spoiler:Dumas, only to be given to Hugh instead in a plot to get one of the key spirits. Then her father is killed.]]
** Then there's Noah, who landed in Neotopia. Despite being rescued by a kindly couple and temporarily regaining his strength, he [[spoiler: results in Gale, the couple's son, killing his father due to the country's laws. Then Gale fights Keith and dies along with Aisha, both of whom Noah had befriended, after Noah unintentionally sets everything on fire.]] Then Noah ends up with some Seekers and [[spoiler:finds the key spirit Sachira, causing ''everyone but Sagiri and himself to die''.]] After he becomes Neotopia's top shardcaster, Hugh attacks the capital [[spoiler:and Zed drags Hyrum to him in exchange for the many civilians that are about to be eaten by Spirits. Hyrum kills himself, and Diana and Sagiri appear to die when the building collapses.]] Let us not forget about [[spoiler:the [[IllBoy debilitating illness]] that has plagued him since childhood, which will [[IncurableCoughOfDeath eventually kill him ]]and renders him [[WheelchairWoobie practically catatonic]] by show's end, nor the fact that the thing that started this series of events was his desire to help Zed... who's joined up with the opposition, becomes Noah's enemy, and ultimately takes him down.]] [[TraumaCongaLine That]] kind of [[DeusAngstMachina sucks.]] Is he a [[TheWoobie Woobie]] yet?
* Misaki in ''Anime/KidouTenshiAngelicLayer'' is a friendly, cute, sometimes shy and sometimes very energetic little girl...who has been repressing feelings of inadequacy and sadness due to her mom being gone for a large portion of her life. Her Break the Cutie moment comes in the Tearjerker filled Episode 25 when [[spoiler: she sees her mom is not only the Champion of Angelic Layer, but has had multiple opportunities to see her and never did. She starts question why her mom never saw her and runs away crying because she thinks she was bad and her mother didn't want to see her.]] She gets better.
* The title character from ''Manga/KimbaTheWhiteLion'' also had it pretty rough. Before he even was born, his father was shot by hunters, while his still pregnant mother was put on a boat to become a zoo animal. After several weeks Kimba was born, a storm was coming right towards the boat, so his mother forced him to leave her behind while she drowns in her cage. [[DownerBeginning Not the smoothest way to start out a series]].
* ''Manga/KingOfThorn'':
** Kasumi goes through ''a lot'' of this. Amazingly enough, she manages to get through it pretty well. Shizuku, on the other hand, [[HeroicBSOD doesn't fare quite as well]].
** Alice went through ''eight years'' of breaking, leading her to eventually become a BrokenBird.
* Najika gets hit with quite a bit in ''Manga/KitchenPrincess''.
* All the magic users come prebroken for your convenience in ''Manga/BrynhildrInTheDarkness''. You could think that further breaking is on the menu and we wouldn't blame you for it, anyways.
%%* ''Manga/{{Knights}}'': Poor Nina.
* Episode 9 of ''LightNovel/IsThisAZombie'' is this for Eucliwood Hellscythe [[spoiler:when her previous zombie servant returns and outright gives her a BreakingSpeech about how her powers could potentially put in danger anyone close to her if she loses control of emotions. When she witnesses firsthand what she's capable of, she distances herself from Ayumu and the others in order to protect them from herself.]]
* The first ten minutes and twelve seconds of the first episode of ''Manga/KotouraSan'' does nothing but systematically destroy the titular heroine's life. After [[BlessedWithSuck being born with a]] {{telepathy}} [[PowerIncontinence ability she can't control]], Kotoura [[InnocentlyInsensitive inadvertently starts blurting out her friends' and family's personal secrets]], causing her schoolmates to [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer label her as a freak]] and [[CassandraTruth compulsive liar]], making [[ParentalAbandonment her parents divorce]], and causing her mother to walk out on her and openly wish that [[IHaveNoSon she had never been born]]. This leaves her a [[BrokenBird bitter, broken shell]] of her former self who uses her power to drive away others so [[DoomMagnet she can't hurt them]]. Fortunately, after meeting Manabe and other friends who accept her telepathy, she starts getting better.
* ''Manga/KurobaraAlice'':
** '''Agnieszka'''! [[spoiler: So much that, right after vampire!Dimitri kills Theo and rapes her, she stabs herself to death.]]
** Dimitri himself, as his vampirism kicks in. [[spoiler: Which is what kicks the RapeAsDrama incident, in an attempt to kill himself.]]
%%* The Teikou arc in ''Manga/KurokoNoBasuke'' is essentially this for the entire Generation of Miracles, but particularly Kuroko and Aomine.
* ''Anime/LastExile'': [[spoiler:The character Dio. His [[TheCaligula sister Delphine]] kidnaps him while his [[BattleButler friend]] [[ExtremeDoormat Luciola]] stands by and does nothing (although, to be fair, they were outnumbered by Delphine's elite guards). Then, while he screams for Luciola to save him, he is brutally [[MindRape Mind Raped]] on his sister's orders. Pre-MindRape, Dio was a cheerful, if odd and extremely hyper, young man with a great fondness for [[TheGlomp glomping]] people and flying vanships. Post MindRape, he is a mentally unhinged killer with a tendency to stare off into space giggling and engage in BrotherSisterIncest with the one who made him that way.]] The birthday party scene made this even worse. Though [[spoiler: he got better.]]
*** [[spoiler: How exactly did he get better? He snaps out of his [[MindRape Mind Rape]] in a vanship, alone, just after having hallucinated being in a race and telling Luciora (who was already dead at that point) to jump out to reduce weight. Hard to imagine anything more [[TearJerker heart-breaking]].]]
* Happens with surprising frequency on ''Anime/LastExileFamTheSilverWing''. Victims include [[spoiler:Giselle (who the Skyship Hunt took its toll on) and Augusta Sara (who couldn't take her generals trying to kill each other)]].
* Robin is probably the happiest and most optimistic member of the main cast early in ''Anime/LeChevalierDEon''. By the end, however, he's become so angry and disillusioned he [[spoiler: changes his name and becomes the historical Maximilien Robespierre, responsible for the Reign of Terror.]]
%%* ''LightNovel/TheLegendOfTheLegendaryHeroes'': Practically the entire main cast.
%%** Rynerís childhood.
%%** Ferrisí entire childhood.
%%** Yep, Sionís childhood too.
%%** Close with Milk, but not quite.
%%** Kieferís past, though after meeting Ryner, she gets better.
%%** A mild example, in that Toale still stays fairly strong, but compare his first appearance to when he meets Ryner again. He's understandably exhausted, both physically and emotionally, and things never get truly better for him.
%%** What others try to do to Arua, though he ultimately stays strong.
* ''Manhwa/TheLegendOfMaian'': [[spoiler: Felix got hit ''very'' hard by Felicia's sacrifice. And it's implied that something bad happened to the Regis Knights during the TimeSkip.]]
** [[spoiler: Ruby gets this treatment also as her formerly kind, loving master turns into a {{Jerkass}} who abuses her.]]
%%* ''Literature/TheLegendOfSunKnight'':
** Judgement Knight in his training.
** Ice Knight's training was this, too, as revealed in his side story.
%% * ''Manhwa/LetDai''
%%* [[spoiler:Ayumi]] from ''Anime/LoupsGarous''
* Happens to Youji in ''Manga/{{Loveless}}'' during his confrontation with Seimei (though Natsuo helps him through it), and Soubi almost directy after (though he was pretty broken to begin with). Also Ritsuka, when he realizes quite how far Seimei is from the person he Ritsuka thought he was. Nana has a relatively minor one when she realizes it was the flaws in her security system that let Nisei and Seimei into the academy. Everyone in Loveless was either already broken, gets broken during the series, or will eventually; it is a CrapsackWorld afterall.
** Ritsuka Aoyagi from ''Manga/{{Loveless}}'' counts as one of these. First off, he's constantly suffering abuse at the hands of his mentally-ill mother Misaki because of his personality change after he lost all of his memories; because of this, he believes he isn't even the real Ritsuka and lives in fear that someday he'll disappear (he even needs therapy to try and recover his lost memories). Then he discovers the burned up body of his brother, the one who protected him from his mother, in his classroom. He had no friends and didn't really believe in love because of the trauma he experienced. After this, the only people who show him any kind of love are pedos and Yuiko. He's told that his real name is Loveless, which means "one without love". Plus the villains keep showing up trying to capture or kill him, and because he's the Sacrifice while Soubi's the Fighter, Ritsuka has to take all the damage whenever they fight. [[spoiler: Plus when Seimei finally comes back. Turn's out that he only faked his death... and he also murdered people, caused so much suffering for his little brother, even going as far as to try and convince Misaki to kill him. And all this is just because he's insecure and wants to "test" Ritsuka's love for him. It's even implied that he sexually abused Ritsuka when they were younger!]] And through all this, Ritsuka remains a forgiving pacifist who just wants to be loved.
* Lisette from ''Manga/LudwigRevolution'', who was tricked into slaughtering her family, as well as Hansel and Gretel, who had a poor abused childhood made much worse by an extremely deranged and savage experience, which turned them into cruel killers.
** [[spoiler: Lisette probably loved killing her parents, as they forced her into prostitution as a child]].
* ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' smacks [[IdolSinger Sheryl]] [[MsFanservice Nome]] with this one. ''Hard''. ''Along with'' BreakTheHaughty. [[spoiler:She ends up getting most of the example bad things: Her manager/best friend/practical foster mother turns out to be the BigBad and takes an openly sadistic pleasure in verbally beating Sheryl down and telling her that [[YourDaysAreNumbered she is going to die]], because Grace infected her with a V-type infection ten years ago in an extremely painful medical procedure that was supposed to help her, which turns out to now be in the very late stages, making it incurably terminal with Sheryl's remaining lifespan measured in weeks. Faced with all this, she is finally confronted with the notion that she may not even be remembered, as her former interstellar stardom is suddenly forgotten in favor of Ranka's, and she roams the streets without disguise completely ignored. And it's raining at the time. She finally breaks down into a sobbing wreck when she finds one of her concert posters discarded on the sidewalk and left in the rain like common trash. When she recovers, she becomes a better person overall]].
* [[spoiler:Fate Testarossa]] from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' is an inversion of this trope. When she is introduced, she is a cutie broken by severe emotional and physical abuse perpetrated by [[spoiler: her deranged MadScientist of a mother, Precia]]. Through ThePowerOfFriendship, a nice adoptive family and an interesting job, she ends up unbroken... But not before getting ''further'' broken shortly after being "[[DefeatMeansFriendship befriended]]" when she found out that [[spoiler:she was merely a clone of Precia's ''real'' daughter, Alicia, and Precia has ''despised'' her since the moment she was born]].
%%*** Even more, in the movie continuity... [[spoiler: '''Precia''' was the broken cutie. And it wasn't pretty, either.]]
** Subverted with Hayate in ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs A's]]''. After [[spoiler: being ForcedToWatch two people slaughter her family in front of her on Christmas Eve]], she seemingly snaps and is promptly possessed by the [[ArtifactOfDoom Book of Darkness]]. However, she is perfectly fine when she regains consciousness two episodes later and immediately sets about [[spoiler: reviving her family]] and stopping the destruction of the planet.
** Rinne in ''Anime/VividStrike'' was picked on a lot as a kid for her background as a poor orphan, [[spoiler: and it only got worse after she started attending school and others found out that she was adopted. Her not being able to keep her adoptive grandfather's keepsake safe and to arrive in time to meet him before he died as a result of being knocked out by bullies was the final straw that turned her into a girl "who despises the weak".]]
* Mel never completely breaks, but she's put under a lot of stressful and on occasion, dangerous situations over the course of ''Manga/MagicalXMiracle''.
* [[AdorablyPrecociousChild Negi]] of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'': his [[DoomedHometown hometown]] gets destroyed by demons at age four or so, and at age ten he ends not only with the responsibility of protecting his students after they get TrappedInAnotherWorld (and sold into slavery, get amnesia, and [[ClearMyName framed for terrorism]]), but he discovers that [[spoiler: his mother was framed for ''genocide'', and the people who did it are trying to kill him. And then there's the whole "having to prevent the magic world from collapsing" thing...]] Fortunately, all the crap that happens to him only [[TookALevelInBadass drives him to become stronger]].
** Also [[TheWoobie Ako]]. She starts as a [[ExtremeDoormat doormat]] with major self-esteem issues, then accidentally gets trapped in the magic world, where she gets a disease, forcing her and two of her friends to sell themselves into slavery to pay for the cure. To top it off, she then falls in love with someone who [[LovesMyAlterEgo turns out to be Negi's aged up alter ego]] and thus not even really exists.
** And Asuna as well [[spoiler: who gets so broken, her memory is blocked so she can have a chance at a normal life.]]
*** [[spoiler: Then has the block removed later to cause a HeroicBSOD, then after being sealed for 130 years, gets shattered TOTALLY on seeing everyone she knew dead and finding out that she would have been able to see her best friend one last time if she hadn't overslept. She probably would have crossed the DespairEventHorizon if Chao and Eva hadn't shown up.]]
** [[OurVampiresAreDifferent And Evangeline]], who was turned into a vampire and unwittingly killed her parents immediately afterwards. She then spent [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld centuries]] with everyone hating her, before her crush cursed her to stay in a school... [[SealedEvilInACan that she has spent fifteen years in]]. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking And she still looks ten.]]
* Mai Tokiha from '' Anime/MaiHime'' was a loving sister that worked hard for her [[IllGirl sickly brother's]] sake and an all-around nice girl, willing to sacrifice herself for others. However, [[spoiler:the combined weight of having to try to prevent her friends from killing each other, watching Shiho order Yuuichi to kiss her to ''deliberately'' make Mai jealous, and then watching her brother Takumi die in her arms (apparently at the hands of her best friend Mikoto, but it later turns out that Shiho killed Akira's child out of jealousy) finally pushed her over the edge]]. She calmed down a bit when [[spoiler:Mikoto temporarily came out of her BrainwashedAndCrazy state and [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone tried to apologize]], but was unable to call off Kagutsuchi's attack in time and watched as it seemingly burned Mikoto to ashes. With her brother who she built an identity around working to provide for dead, her love interest stolen by his childhood friend, her best friend having just died by her own hands, and with other [=HiMEs=] after her own life... Well, she [[BreakTheCutie breaks]].]]
%%* Sytry, Uriel, etc from ''Manga/MakaiOuji''
* ''LightNovel/VenusToMamoru'': [[spoiler: When Ayako was a child, her parents abandoned her because of her power. This is why she's so hostile to others and why she can't bring herself to trust them.]]
* ''Manga/{{MAR}}''
%%** Chimera. Though, to be fair, most of the Knights had lives this messed up.
** [[spoiler:Snow had been locked up and all alone as a child, and constantly had visions of Ginta and Koyuki in the other world and wished nothing more than be friends with Ginta. She wanted Ginta to rely on her the same way he relied on Koyuki back on Earth but Snow just kept failing. By the time she realizes this, she experiences a HeroicBSOD so bad she's willing to simply fade away and disappear forever. She's just a fragment of Koyuki's soul that was used and treated like an object instead of a person, destined to die to bring pain to others when all she wanted to do was help people. Ginta manages to pull her out of this despair with a CooldownHug and some kind words. Things get even more sad when she dies in his arms two episodes later after confesses her love to him.]]
** Anime fillers love do this to Alvis specifically the last arc where [[spoiler: he finds out that his idol Danna is actually the King that killed all of his friends. He canít bring himself to fight back and thatís all King needs in order to stab him which said wounds would later kill him.]]
*** And of course there's the Ghost Chess arc. In fact, Phantom was intentionally trying to break him [[spoiler: so he would submit to the Zombie Tattoo and be forever immortal with Phantom.]]
** [[spoiler:Phantom was just an innocent, 10-year-old kid who was attracted to the Caldean Orb due to his own unusually strong magic power, and was charmed into committing a taboo by that same evil presence. He was promptly chucked into prison, all the while quite clueless to the magnitude of his transgression. After a while his parents came to bring him back home, and all seemed well, his mom even cooked him a good meal. Next morning, he woke up to find his parents both dead, having taking their own lives because they couldn't find the resolution to kill ''him''. He ended up in prison for ten years and would likely have rotten there until he died, had Diana not gotten him out, and then he fell under the influence ''of the same dark force that caused his parent's deaths and his imprisonment''. Then he managed to find a girlfriend, but she left him the moment she knew he consented to being a zombie, a curse bestowed on him by the bad guy above, ''again''. Oh, and this bad guy is also responsible for her death, and barred her and her friends from entering heaven by sealing their souls inside a cave (note that they won't be released until ''6 years later, when Ginta arrives in MAR-Heaven''). He spent the next ten years fighting and dying, then resurrecting only to fight for that bad guy. After he loses, said bad guy releases his hold on him, allowing him for the first time to reflect on his life: everyone he ever loved are dead thanks to said bad guy, his opponent's ideals completely trumph his, and all he's left with is the immortality he no longer finds cool. No wonder he [[VillainDecay becomes such a depressed wreck of angst]] after the War Games.]]
** Chaton. [[spoiler:BreakTheCutie: In the anime, she is forced to watch Loco sacrifice her age to save them from the Ghost Chess and then she is forced to watch Alan die in front of her which sets her off.]]
%%* [[spoiler: Joshua]] at the peak of episode 13 of ''Anime/MarginalPrince''.
* The whole world of ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum'' seems to bend over to break the three Takakura siblings as well as their friend Ringo Oginome. And this is not counting how [[spoiler: Yuri and Tabuki]] were broken in their own pasts.
* ''LightNovel/MirageOfBlaze'': Kagetora[[spoiler:'s adoptive father sent him off as a hostage of the Hojo, he was raped and then forced to commit seppuku to escape dishonor when the castle fell]].
* ''Manga/{{Mitsudomoe}}'': Yabe suffers from this after episode two of Zouryouchuu. After having the worst Christmas ever by getting rejected by Kuriyama, sitting alone in his apartment while wearing a Santa outfit with a mannequin with glasses wearing a female Santa outfit in front of him, having his beloved mannequin fall face first onto his Christmas cake and then catch on fire, becoming Santa for Futaba when Soujirou is running late, getting the crap beat out of him by Soujirou after a misunderstanding and finally walking home in the freezing snow in nothing but a Santa hat and his boxers, his personality changes in the next episodes, becoming easily irritated, resigned and unsurprised of the weird attitude of his classmates.
* Louise Halevy from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' falls into this trope [[spoiler: after Nena Trinity obliterates her family at a wedding, leaving the girl without her left hand and completely distraught.]] Starting with the second season, [[spoiler: she joins the A-Laws, the secret police of the Federation, as she tries to get revenge on Celestial Being for the murders of her family. She finally finds the said murderer and gets her revenge, but it only serves to BREAK her further. She didn't find any satisfaction, she didn't find any praises from her dead parents from avenging them, and [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie she has become a murderer, just like the murdered]]. She got better, eventually.]]
** [[spoiler: Arguably Nena Trinity fulfills this category herself [[DarkAndTroubledPast once we learn her and her brothers' backstories.]] The Trinity siblings are {{Artificial Human}}s only born and raised to be Gundam Meisters, and the DNA used to "create" them is... Ribbons Almark's own. And their "daddy" ultimately sets them up to kill them. While it's not an excuse, nor does it exonerate Nena from her actions, it ''does'' explain a lot, specially considering that [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes the only persons they cared for were each other, and their mutual love was very genuine]].]]
* The other Gundam pilots also get quite broken. Examples?
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'': [[spoiler: Quatre.]] Although, his is an odd example, since it's the system he was hooked into to that psychically broke him. And then he bounced back.
*** Before piloting Wing Zero, [[spoiler: Quatre]] was ''already'' distraught over [[spoiler: his colony's betrayal, his father's death and one of his sisters being critically injured during the attack. The manga says she died, but in the anime she just vanishes - and later, the light novel says she lived on.]]. The system was merely a catalyst: he would've have been broken anyway without the Zero system, which sped up the breaking process.
** Setsuna F. Seiei murders his family as part of a requirement to fight for God. [[spoiler:Too bad the person who told him to do it really wasn't a messenger from God, and just got his kicks from killing people, something Setsuna finds out quite crappily when he finds this same person serving as a commander in an unrelated PMC.]]
*** Lockon Stratos [[spoiler:(The first one)]] starts out as a cute kid [[spoiler:who's life is torn apart when his family is killed in a terrorist attack]] [[spoiler:perpetrated by someone who turns out to be one of one of Setsuna's TrueCompanions.]] And then [[spoiler: he dies, left as a wreck of a man who gave hope and help to others, but was himself consumed by his desire for revenge, and he actively refused to meet the only relative he had left: his twin younger brother.]]
*** [[spoiler: The second Lockon (and said twin brother) didn't have it much better. He tried to get over his own revenge desire, but had to deal with his teammates distrusting him at first and comparing him to the first one for a while. And then his girlfriend turned out to be a ManchurianAgent, and when he was THIS close to subvert her brainwashing... she got brainwashed AGAIN, and Setsuna has to ShootTheDog. [[HeroicBSOD He almost breaks]].]]
*** As long as we're talking Gundam pilots, most of the non-Char non-Bright cast in ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam''. Four comes prebroken, but Rosamia, who seems like a CloudCuckoolander (if perhaps mildly mentally challenged) completely breaks during the series. [[spoiler: Kamille himself in the finale.]] What can you expect from a series with a mobile suit named the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Psyco Gundam]]?
** While not the main Gundam pilot, ''Anime/AfterWarGundamX'' has a picture of a young, happy [[TeamDad Jamil Neate]] prior to his stint as the GX's original pilot. Fifteen years later, he is [[TheStoic much more subdued]], has a huge scar across his face, [[spoiler: (the girl who's with him in the picture has been turned into a GirlInABox and disappeared)]], he is put into extreme pain when he uses his Newtype powers, and has a major "cockpit phobia" that prevents him from operating a mobile suit. (Not that any of these factors make him less of a total badass.) Plus the whole ''blaming himself for the apocalypse'' thing.
*** And while not shown openly, his adoptive daughter and fellow Newtype Tiffa Addil is strongly implied to have been treated as a little more than a lab rat for most of her 15 years of life, which left her [[ShrinkingViolet with a strong phobia of people]] aside of Jamil and the ''Freeden'' crew. A good part of her CharacterDevelopment consists on this particular broken cutie managing to put her own pieces together and remaining quiet, yet not as fearful as she used to be.
** Flit Asuno in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'', when [[spoiler:Yurin dies]]. From then on, he goes the [[spoiler: DarkMessiah]] route.
** As of the third generation, [[spoiler: his grandson Kio Asuno]] is getting quite broken as well. In episode 32, i.e., [[spoiler: the death of his CoolBigSis figure Shanalua]] '''hurt'''. And it gets worse when [[spoiler: he finds himself empathizing with a dying colony and falling for the IllGirl Lua...]]
* In ''{{Anime/Monster}}'', Johan is [[ManipulativeBastard especially]] prone to doing this to his victims, even simply to screw with them. For example, in volume 12, sending an abandoned small boy to look for his mother, telling him that if he sees her, and she sees him, if she truly loves him and wants him she'll take him back [[spoiler:(naturally, Johan is crossdressing as the much more wholesome Anna at the time, making it that much creepier)]]. He sends him to look for his mother in ''the red light district of Prague'' -- where the boy witnesses rape, depravity, a drug addicted prostitute dying from withdrawal begging him for money and the prostitutes themselves taunting him. [[spoiler: Tenma and Grimmer have to talk him out of jumping off a bridge after this. This still doesn't quite break the cutie. But it comes damn close. This boy is perhaps 7 or 8]]. This is one of Johan's most despicable acts of the series, and considering that he commits quite a few of them throughout, that's saying something.
** And Anna! Poor, poor Anna... Johan crushes her so many times in so many ways that she [[spoiler:comes ''this'' close to suicide]].
* In ''Manga/MotherKeeper'', Syal's backstory takes her from a happy life with her adopted family to being sold as a slave, [[spoiler: drugged and forced to fight to the death for around 6 months before being forced to kill the woman she cared about most. Then as the woman dies, she begs the authorities to save her life and let her die instead, only to be misunderstood and made into an immortal cyborg]].
* In ''Manga/MPDPsycho'', a SerialKiller kidnaps the girlfriend of the lead detective investigating his case, mutilates her, rapes her repeatedly (in that order), then delivers her -- limbless but still alive -- directly to the detective's office.
%% * ''Manga/MrArashisAmazingFreakShow''
* ''Manga/MrFullswing'': [[spoiler: The reason why Inukai and Tatsuragawa's friendship with Miyanagi broke off is because of the death of their mentor Ookami.]]
%%* Ep. 8 of ''Anime/{{Munto}}'' is pretty much ''just'' this to poor Yumemi.
* ''Manga/{{Narutaru}}'':
** Shiina goes through this throughout the whole series, culminating in her [[spoiler:crossing the DespairEventHorizon and bringing about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt alongside Mamiko]].
%%** Akira was broken before we even meet her in-series, and she breaks ''further'' as the story progresses.
** The utter ''hell'' Hiroko goes through at the hands of [[AlphaBitch Aki Honda]] and her GirlPosse, culminating in [[spoiler:being raped with a test tube. That they then threatened to break while it was still inside her]]. When Hiro-chan gets her shadow dragon, things turn ''[[StartOfDarkness very, very ugly]]'' for everyone involved.
** Averted by Norio Koga, which is impressive given what ends up happening to him. Sure, he was [[spoiler:raped to death]] but he didn't dwell on his situation, and instead [[spoiler:focused on helping out Tsurumaru and Shiina by taking out bombers, despite the giant pedophile on his back.]]
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** The deaths of [[BadassTeacher Jiraiya and Kakashi]], near-death of [[LivingEmotionalCrutch Hinata]], destruction of Konoha, and having the truth of the ninja system quite brutally explained to Naruto almost breaks him. However, thanks to a few well-placed flashbacks, Jiraiya's book, and a pep talk from Iruka, Shikamaru and his father, Naruto recovers just in time.
*** Actually, if you think about everything that has happened in the series, Naruto kinda qualified as a 'break the cutie' from the outset. First, his father sealed a demon inside him as the only way to save their village, his parents are dead, and he grows up ostracized by the entire village. Then, finally, when things start looking up, his best friend decides to turn on him, cue battling with the power inside him for control, his best friend tries to kill their female teammate, tries to destroy his village, and everyone is trying to get him to kill said best friend. And his parents gave their lives to save him when he was a baby, and he was made to house the Kyuubi inside of him, the very same Kyuubi that his mother housed for a time, killed his parents, and tried to kill him. Really not fun.
** Happened to Sasuke TWICE. Despite how he is now, in flashbacks he was shown to be a cute, naive kid. Until Itachi murdered their family... and then [[MindRape showed it to him]]... twice. The second time leading to his FaceHeelTurn.
*** To be more specific, the first mind rape and the actual massacre occur when he's about ''seven'', and the second time, aged twelve-thirteen, had him forced to watch everyone being slaughtered ''hundreds of times, over and over'', leaving him in a coma that only Tsunade is able to bring him out of. No wonder he [[{{FreakOut}} freaks out]], and then he [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope gets worse and worse]].
** Another possible candidate is Gaara (hear me out). He was initially a kindearthed child who just wanted some friends. Then he killed the one person he cared for because they were trying to kill him (on Gaara's dad's orders, no less,) due to the beast within him was something the village would rather forget. We've seen how this turns out...
*** Possible? Gaara was six years old when he realized that no one loved him. His father hated him for his inability to control Shukaku, his uncle hated him because Gaara's mother, his sister, died in childbirth, everyone else hates him because he's a "monster" ... he himself tries to hurt himself (in the flashback, he's trying to stab himself, and is disappointed when it doesn't work; later, he cries after being called a freak). His uncle tries to murder him [[spoiler: -- on his father's orders, which he actually questioned --]] and Gaara kills him in self-defense. He is effectively abandoned by everyone who should have cared. And the result? Sociopath at six, after he realigns his life's philosophy to fit with what he's learned; and serial killer by twelve, after he puts that philosophy into effect. No wonder he latched on to the idea of Shukaku as a "Mother" -- the demon was the only thing making any effort to protect him (it was only doing so out of self-interest). When you've been starved for love all your life, anything will do. Even after he reforms (which Naruto brings about by giving him a good heart-to-heart talk about caring for others) and builds a family with his brother and sister, he is still haunted by his past -- listen to what he says to Lee after saving him from Kimimaro, or what he says to Matsuri in what was one of the few good scenes in that filler arc. Six years of solid hate and horror? I'd call that broken. [[spoiler: Made all the more meaningful by him ''actually getting much better'' in the current arc. Specially now that he can call out his old man on all the shit he did to him, leading the Kazekage to acknowledge said shit and telling him that Shukaku's sand ''was'' sorta directed by his mom's spirit, and that said uncle who attempted to kill him only did it on orders from his father. In reality, Yashamaru never hated Gaara-the guy he actually hated was the Fourth Kazekage himself.]]
** One other example is Nagato/[[spoiler:Pain]]. He was a cute kid that [[spoiler:Jiraiya trained]] and was so cute that he cried [[spoiler:when he had to kill someone to save his friend's life]]. Then we found out about his childhood. He watched his parents get killed [[spoiler:because they were trying to protect him from ninjas from Konoha]] (though it was mainly a case of mistaken identity), bonds with a dog and makes friends. He subsequently loses the dog when an explosive kunai blows it up as collateral damage from Konoha ninjas fighting some guy. Years later he loses his best friend because a Konoha ninja [[spoiler:Danzo]] set him up to die. Not surprisingly, Nagato isn't too fond of Konoha.
** Sakura now fits this trope. It went like this: Sasuke's defection, then Naruto failed to bring him back. Then Naruto went 4 tails against Orochimaru and Kabuto makes her realize it's at least partially because she made him promise to get Sasuke back and he agreed that he would, and he's still trying to do that no matter what. They find Sasuke but he leaves with Orochimaru and Kabuto. Danzo gives permission to have Sasuke whacked. [[JerkassHasAPoint Sai gets her to realize Naruto's feelings for her]], and everything Naruto is going through: the burden of expectations she and the village pile on Naruto, and especially [[BrutalHonesty the suffering he's going through because of both her and Sasuke]]. Then Naruto [[WhatTheHellHero calls her out]] on her [[BreakHisHeartToSaveHim painfully fake]] [[FalseConfession love confession]], [[ShipSinking outright rejects her]], and then tells her that his promise to her was no longer the reason why he's trying to bring Sasuke back, for he has [[TrueCompanions his own reasons]] for doing so. And ''then'', she tries to kill Sasuke herself and fails, since she just can't go and kill [[SingleTargetSexuality the only guy she ever loved]], no matter how far gone he is. And then Sasuke tries to kill her. If the girl doesn't end up as a BrokenBird, it'll be a '''miracle'''.
** Also Kakashi, who was entered into the world of shinobi at the ripe old age of ''five'' and became a Chunin at six. Even with someone like Minato as his teacher, he must have seen some pretty bad stuff. And that was ''before'' his father committed suicide in front of him. Jeez, so much for a happy childhood!
** Haku watches his Mother get killed by his Father and then kills his Father. Now an orphan he's forced to live on the streets fighting off wild dogs for food. Ends his life as Zabuza's weapon.
** [[spoiler:Itachi of all people.]] He witnessed the horrors of war at just four years old, then grew up to dedicate his life to peace. Unfortunately, [[spoiler:the Uchihas decided to attempt a coup (for offenses that don't even seem to really exist) and his parents made it clear they saw him as a weapon and not a son by forcing him to spy on the village. He then became a double agent and put his faith in the Third Hokage to solve the issue through negotiations, but due to Danzo's interference and the Uchiha's stubbornness, this fell through. His best friend tried to use mind control to stop the coup, but was overpowered by Danzo and shortly thereafter committed suicide ''in front of Itachi'' so he'd be strong enough to stop the coup. Stopping the coup, unfortunately, entailed ''killing his friends, family, and lover,'' tormenting his beloved little brother and abandoning the village to lead the life of a wanted, hated fugitive at the age of thirteen. He then spends his time spying on Akatsuki for Konoha while waiting for said beloved brother to kill him and "avenge" the clan. Did I mention that he was battling a terminal illness too? And he still managed to [[TearJerker die wIth]] [[GoOutWithASmile a smile]] [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming on his face]].]]
** [[spoiler: Obito]] also counts as one. [[spoiler: The dude was basically an Uchiha version of Naruto: he grew up without ever knowing his parents, he had a one-sided crush on his female teammate Rin, who was in love with his rival Kakashi, and he dreamed of becoming Hokage and bringing peace to the world. His entire right side is crushed by a boulder while saving Kakashi, and he makes Kakashi promise to protect Rin. He is rescued by Madara, who tells him that he can't ever be a ninja again and goes on to tell him how pointless the ninja world is and how it will only bring him misery. Obito refutes his ideals and goes through a painful rehabilitation process, with the only thing to keep him going being the thought of his friends. And when he finally leaves what is the first thing he sees? Rin dying by Kakashi's hands and the realization that Madara was right. [[FreakOut No wonder the dude lost it]].]]
%%* Many characters in ''Manga/{{Necromancer}}''.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''
** Shinji got traumatized to the point of snapping into a psychological breakdown and [[spoiler:destroying humanity]]. It's particularly heartbreaking when we're shown a flashback of a toddler Shinji right before witnessing the death of his mother: a young child who's smiling and constantly laughing, without a hint of bitterness and actually seeming outgoing. His 'break the cutie' process started at 4 years old and just kept going downhill.
*** Well, things slowly started to look up for him and it looked like the series was going to progress towards a more positive ending...and then came [[spoiler: Episode 18 with the Eva-infecting angel Bardiel]] and Shinji's cycle of misery began anew.
** Asuka Langley Sohryu is -seemingly- prideful and annoying. Then we learn, in episode 22, that a full-blown BreakTheCutie chain of events made her arrogant and aggresive: [[spoiler: her mother Kyouko went crazy after having half her soul sucked in by the EVA 02, completely ignored Asuka and started seeing a CreepyDoll as a replacement for her (and may have tried to strangle little Asuka at least once), then hanged herself in her room with said doll (after breaking the doll's neck) ''in the same day Asuka was chosen as the EVA 02 pilot''. And the poor little girl was the one who found the body.]] Her "arrogant, annoying" self in reality is a fake persona that she donned in order to push everyone away because she -much like Shinji- was afraid of getting close to someone and get hurt again. Her real personality is a vulnerable girl with zero self-esteem that MAY be nice to someone that shows that genuinely cares for her. And how do we find that out? When she's under a horrendous MindRape that forces her to relive those memories.
** At least we get the hints that Shinji and Asuka (and most EVA characters) are messed up right away. But poor Maya Ibuki is probably the only character that manages to remain cheerful and well adjusted throughout the series. Which all falls apart in End of Evangelion when all their hard work was seemingly for naught and the JSSDF (their supposed allies and fellow humans) start breaking into their base and slaughtering people. Upon being given a gun and told to fight off fellow humans Maya proceeds to hide under her desk and hug her stuffed rabbit pillow for dear life while everyone else fights. She later graduates from this to completely snapping and turning into a bubbering shrieking mess as [[spoiler: she watches Asuka get torn apart, and Lillith Rei appears moving right through her, and she watches her fellow staff melt into orange liquid all around her. She finally only calms down when Ritsuko appears, except it's just Lilith Rei messing with her head, who promptly melts her as well.]]
* ''Anime/NightWizard'': Poor Eris. She learns that [[spoiler: she is the reincarnation of Shaimal, the God of Destruction; all of her memories before meeting Renji and the others were fabricated; of her friends, only Renji stays with her and he ends up fighting Akari and (almost) Kureha; and finally, just as Kureha joins them, she is killed by Kirihito, who then reveals himself to be Eris' mysterious benefactor and planned everything so that she'd fall into a DespairEventHorizon and awaken Shaimal within her.]] She gets better though.
%%* Kirika and Chloe from ''Anime/{{Noir}}''
* Ian from ''Manga/NotSimple'', pretty much the whole time. Even as an adult he has that wistful, innocent look that makes all the unsimple things even worse.
* Every likable character from ''Anime/NowAndThenHereAndThere'' -- but especially Sara, who, after being mistaken for Lala Ru, gets [[spoiler: abducted, beaten, and repeatedly raped, eventually committing murder in order to escape into the desert with no supplies, where she ends up buried in a sandstorm. She survives that only to later learn one of the rapes got her pregnant. She eventually chose to keep the child.]].
* ''LightNovel/{{No 6}}'': Sion in the Correctional facility during episode 10.
%%* ''Manga/OdeToKirihito'': How much pain and humiliation can Kirihito go through before he snaps? It is also implied it happened to [[spoiler: child Reika]].
%%* Kitahara from ''Manga/OnaniMasterKurosawa'' again, in a terrifyingly realistic way.
* ''Manga/OneechanGaKita'': Fujisaki's past reveals she was bullied, and even when she tried to be nice as told to by a teacher, boys still treated her with contempt.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'': Almost every time a Straw Hat pirate member has a flashback. The combination of Oda's skill at drawing cute kids and writing cruel back stories is just plain lethal.
** While the Straw Hats do tend to have traumatizing backstories, the only ones who have Break The Cutie moments are Nami, Robin, Zoro, Chopper and Franky. Luffy's trauma just makes him more obstinate than he was, Usopp's backstory has a BreakTheCutie moment for his best friend/possible love intrest and not for him, Sanji's back story was more encouragement to his dream than trying to break him, and Brook is more of a ThePollyanna than a Cutie.
** Nami has the added bonus of being broken by Arlong ''again'' when all her effort to buy back her village is destroyed when the Marines confiscate all her collected money. Her obviously forced smile when she tries to tell the Kokoyashi villagers that she can just get more money just makes it all the more heartbreaking, especially so when she breaks down after they've resolved to take down Arlong, no matter what the end result. By the time Luffy arrives, she's in full HeroicBSOD mode and a step or two away from DespairEventHorizon. It's here, in a voice uncharacteristically meek and helpless, she begs Luffy, "Help me..."
** And then there's Vivi, whose Broken Cutie status is built up throughout the whole Alabasta arc, and completely explodes during the climax of the civil war.
** Enies Lobby revealed that [=CP9=] managed to reopen the old wound that broke Nico Robin and cause her past 20 years to come crashing down on her. By the time the Straw Hats caught up with her, she was slipping past the DespairEventHorizon [[DeathSeeker wishing nothing more than to die]], but Luffy's rousing defiance of the entire world sets up one of the series' most powerful [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Crowning Moments of Heartwarming]].
** Second backstory for Luffy, and it fits right in. More like the entirety of the Impel Down and Marineford arcs in addition to the flashback serve as one huge moment of this.
** From the (canonical) Monsters story in ''Manga/OnePieceWanted'', Flare breaks down when [[spoiler: [[BitchInSheepsClothing Cyrano]], the guy she viewed as her hero for years, was actually the one who destroyed her hometown and killed her father (And everyone else in the village, directly or not). What made it even worse is that Cyrano was laughing about the whole thing]]. She tried to hold her tears, but eventually broke down and cried. [[TearJerker Really hard]].
** And a full-blown BreakTheCutie process is what made [[spoiler: Boa Hancock]] the huge bitch that we meet. More exactly, [[spoiler: she and her sisters Sandersonia and Marigold start out as normal little girls in the Kuja Pirates, then are kidnapped by slave drivers and fall in the hands of the World Nobles. They branded them like cattle, force them to eat Devil Fruits for their own amusement, and torture them and many others nonstop '''4''' years. When the Boa girls manage to escape thanks to a really badass fish man, the damage is already done, and Hancock has specially become a total bitch.]]
* Nanako Misonoo from ''Manga/OniisamaE''. Mariko, Rei, and Nanako's classmate Junko, too, although Mariko and Rei [[BrokenBird were already broken to begin with]]. [[spoiler:And Rei herself is so broken that she commits suicide in the manga. (In the anime she dies too, but it's an accident. One that happens ''when her life was starting to get better''.)]]
** Creator/RiyokoIkeda's other work, ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'', isn't a slouch either in the fields. The most notable examples are Oscar, Andre, Rosalie, [[spoiler:Charlotte]] and [[spoiler:MarieAntoinette.]]
** And ''Manga/{{Claudine}}'' (another Ikeda work) features Claudine, [[spoiler:who ends up committing suicide]], Rosemarie and Maura as well.
* ''Manga/OtomeYoukaiZakuro'': [[spoiler: Tsukuhane was repeatedly broken by the Elder of the Village of Oracles, then broken ''by her own son''. By the time she returned to the Village of Oracles she was a shell of her former self.]]
* Oz from ''Manga/PandoraHearts'' should be the poster boy for this trope. He's determined to be cute and cheerful in the face of horror so his friends won't worry about him, but that doesn't last long. He was [[ParentalAbandonment abandoned by his own father]] and called Ďfilthyí when he was trying to get his fatherís attention. And then [[spoiler: his father]] sent him to [[{{Hell}} the Abyss]] because of the sin of Ďexisting.í This is just the ''first chapter.''
** In the Cheshire Dimension arc, he freaked out and [[spoiler: almost [[BerserkButton destroyed the dimension]]]] when he saw [[spoiler: Aliceís corpse which has been murdered 100 years ago]].
** And donít forget the infamous Jackís Intention arc. First off, [[spoiler: Jack took control of his body and stabbed his friend]]. Then Jack revealed to him that [[spoiler:Jack caused the Tragedy of Sablier, using [[PersonOfMassDestruction Oz himself]] as his LivingWeapon]]. And then he saw that his dearest friend and sister figure [[spoiler: [[HeroicSacrifice killed herself in order to keep Jack from using Oz to hurt more people]], ''right in front of Oz.'' And ''then'' he was shot at point-blank range by his ''other'' best friend]]. And then after a touching bit of reconciliation, his beloved uncle was [[spoiler:stabbed by the girl who tried to comfort him when he was awaiting execution by the Baskervilles, again ''right in front of Oz,'' and finished off by Oz's ''own adoptive father.'']] Said girl then later [[spoiler:dies in his arms]]. Oh, also, [[spoiler:Oz was never a human being, but a soul born inside a children's comfort toy that, due to the Will of the Abyss thinking sentient children's toys are the perfect murder weapons, ended up being given to Jack Vessalius as a "guide" and [[BodySurf sharing his body when Oz's own was destroyed.]]]]

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* Mikuru Asahina from the ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' series can be viewed as a work in progress for this trope. Haruhi has no hesitation in abusing her both consciously (like having another student grope her and photo it for blackmail) and unconsciously (like giving her eyebeam powers which requires Nagato to bite her in order to inject counter-nanobots). Arguably future Asahina seems well adjusted, but since Haruhi can alter the timestream that's not a guarantee. You have to worry for someone when they ask "will you still marry me, if I'm unable to" after a session with Haruhi.
** Haruhi and Yuki gets the treatment too. Let's start with Yuki.
*** Yuki lives through over 15,000 (15,498 in the novels, 15,513 in the anime) repetitions of the same 2 weeks without aging, remembering everything to do with it. And she can't do a single thing because her job is to observe. By the end of it, Kyon notices that TheStoic, turned UpToEleven is now openly showing her sadness. No wonder. She lived for nearly 600 years without aging a single bit.
*** Haruhi is closer to a BrokenBird than a Broken Cutie. She learns, rather painfully, that she isn't all that special, and in her quest to make her life special, goes on the hunt for aliens, time travellers and [=ESPers=] after some inspiration from Kyon. This leads to her general sociopathy, and her obsession with cosplaying Mikuru. A good part of the plot is her ''learning how to be a good person again'', as noted by Kyon.
* ''Manga/HeavensLostProperty''
** Nymph gets stomped and beaten on quite a bit early on.
** Chapter 47 is completely devoted to breaking [[spoiler: Chaos. She finally realized what love actually is and attempted to go back to Synapse, but the Master blasts her with his strongest weapon. She survives and goes to Tomoki's house but accidentally overhears him say that Angeloids should leave and never come back. She starts crying, and decides that love is pain again. Then she dives to the bottom of the ocean. The entire time, she held on to the shoes Tomoki gave her.]]\\\
[[spoiler: What makes this even worse is that the scene then shifts to Tomoki sitting in the playground where he met Chaos, and he has a bunch of toys all set for her to play with.]]\\\
[[spoiler: And now she not only has all the memories of one of the kindest and most loving cast members all wrapped up in her head, but she just stabbed Tomoki through the friggin' heart. Seems like the author is dedicated to pushing the poor thing until she finally snaps so bad that she has to be put down.]]
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'': Seras, who seems a cheerful and upbeat girl for most of the manga, has a rather dark and disturbing backstory, which seems to have happened when she was very young. It consists of her father being murdered by burglars, her mother hiding her in a cupboard to protect her, and her mother's subsequent murder by the same burglars. Seras tries to exact revenge by stabbing one of the guys in the eye with a fork. She gets shot for her trouble and one of the perpetrators proceed to rape her mother's corpse, due to it being "still warm". In full view of Seras who lies on the ground bleeding profusely watching it happen and unable to do anything to stop it.
** The seventh OVA is specifically dedicated to having Zorin Blitz do this to Seras as well. She delves deep into Seras' memories, forcing her to relive her painful childhood. While Seras is trapped in the illusion and crying profusely, Zorin hacks off her arm, stabs her through the back, and slices her eyes. Pip and his two remaining squad members arrive and manage to temporarily disable Zorin before she can kill Seras by shooting her multiple times. Pip tries to escape with the badly wounded Seras, but Zorin stabs him through the back. He kisses Seras in his agony, then tells her to bite him before he dies. Tearfully, she does so, healing most of her wounds. Seras then goes into RoaringRampageOfRevenge mode and utterly destroys Zorin's forces and Zorin herself.
** Integra didn’t have it easy, either. She used to be a shy girl; then, her father died when she was twelve, leaving her the leader of Hellsing and a member of the Royal Order of Protestant Knights. Almost immediately after his death, her remaining blood relative, [[EvilUncle Richard]], tried to murder her. Escaping through the air vent and fleeing for her life, she stumbled upon Alucard out of pure luck. If Richard hadn't shot her in the shoulder first, Alucard would not have awakened in time to slaughter the two henchmen and block the bullet for Integra. She then shot and killed Richard, effectively losing the last of her family on the same day.
*** Further attempts of breakdowns consist of the attack to her mansion by the Valentine brothers that forced her to shoot down all her troops that had been turned into ghouls, what happened later on in London (she witnessed how it was destroyed to the ground and was the only real survivor of the attack), the deaths of Penwood and Walter (coupled with his betrayal), and Alucardís disappearance.
*** Neither had it as bad as Alucard himselfÖ[[spoiler: with his captivity and rape as a child]]. Quite honestly, he was a goddamn saint for Christendom throughout his entire life and was ''very'' repeteadly screwed over. [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice He might have very questionable hobbies]], [[KnightTemplar but was very much]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist a warrior of Christ]]. And the manga makes his position very, very clear in the scene of his human form's death, with him kneeling to lap at the blood of his homeland. The man, the most devout of the knights of God, stripped of ''everything'' that ever meant anything to him and left to see as the enemies of his faith are left to ravage his beloved homeland. And today, readers would bet ''every single one of you, reading this article, has only known Vlad III of Wallachia as '''{{Dracula}}'''.'' A ''monster''.
* Laila reaches this point in ''Manga/HeroTales'' when [[spoiler:she finds out Taito's fate as the Hagun resulted in death of her parents and their adoptive father, going so far as to try and kill him in anger before she comes to her senses.]]
* ''Manga/HighschoolOfTheDead'': Takashi and his friends first meet Asami, in chapter 18, and was a newly appointed patrol officer who'd been left in charge of the survivors at the mall. She was initially presented as cheerful, perky, and [[http://www.citymanga.com/highschool_of_the_dead/chapter-18/04/ eager to make a good impression.]] Unfortunately, her inexperience as an officer, along with her timid nature, made her [[http://www.citymanga.com/highschool_of_the_dead/chapter-18/18/ an easy scapegoat]] for the mall survivors who vented their frustrations on her [[http://www.citymanga.com/highschool_of_the_dead/chapter-18/19/ simply because of her position.]] Still, her growing affection for Hirano and [[http://www.citymanga.com/highschool_of_the_dead/chapter-18/06/ her faith in her CO]], who'd gone for help, provided her with some glimmer of hope. Until Hirano tried to let her down gently by explaining he was already part of a group, [[http://www.citymanga.com/highschool_of_the_dead/chapter-21/24/ which broke her heart]] and mere moments later discovers that [[http://www.citymanga.com/highschool_of_the_dead/chapter-22/ her CO didn't make it.]] Which caused her to lash out at Hirano, before running off to the roof, [[http://www.citymanga.com/highschool_of_the_dead/chapter-23/18/ believing she was a failure and that she had no one.]] The closest she comes to finding happiness was when Hirano asks her to come with him, making her cry TearsOfJoy as [[http://www.citymanga.com/highschool_of_the_dead/chapter-23/22/ she happily accepted.]] Except circumstance and her duty as an officer [[http://www.citymanga.com/highschool_of_the_dead/chapter-25/56/ wouldn't allow it]], ultimately resulting in [[http://www.citymanga.com/highschool_of_the_dead/chapter-25/62/ Hirano having to]] [[spoiler: KillTheCutie, [[http://www.citymanga.com/highschool_of_the_dead/chapter-25/63/ before "they" got to her]]]].
* In ''Himitsu no Hanazono'', the anime version of ''Literature/TheSecretGarden'', [[spoiler: Camilla and Max Hawkins]] were horribly broken in their backstories, which also [[spoiler: influences Max in his revenge quest against Archibald.]] Not to mention, we get to see ''exactly'' how badly [[spoiler: Lillias's DeathByChildbirth broke Mr. Craven himself...]]
* The plot of ''Manga/HonooNoAlpenRose'' pretty much ''bends over'' to try breaking Jeudi. [[spoiler: And it's very, VERY close to succeed. But she pulls through more than once.]]
* Tenshou from ''Manga/SoulHunter''. I mean, [[spoiler: his mom and aunt both kill themselves, he watches his dad die by acid rain right in front of him, and his older brother kicks it soon after.]] It is seriously no wonder the kid developed an abandonment complex.
** Possibly [[spoiler: Ou Eki]] too, although we never see what specifically broke him.
%%* Chapter's 304 and 305 in ''Manga/HunterXHunter''. Poor, poor, [[spoiler: Gon]].
* Neptune of Hyperdimension Neptunia is a goofy, 4th Wall Breaking, game loving bundle of happiness...who falls into two separate depressions in Episodes 9 and 10. The first is due to [[spoiler: Peashy missing and Neptune keeps forcing herself to ignore how bad she feels since the last time they were together they had a big fight and Peashy said she hated Neptune.]] She gets better thanks to Plutia/Iris Heart...and then she finds out [[spoiler: Peashy's been brainwashed and turned into a super powerful CPU, Yellow Heart,]] at the end of the episode. Then comes the absolutely heartbreaking events in Episode 10 where [[spoiler: Neptune had locked herself in her room...only to force herself to face Yellow Heart and do her best to make Peashy remember.]] She doesn't get better by the end of the episode, which ends with [[spoiler: Peashy remembering her just as she's taken back to her home dimension. Leaving Neptune to look over Peashy's drawings and cry.]]
* ''Anime/IdolDensetsuEriko'': Viga of ''WebVideo/IdolsOfAnime'' described the show as "Break the Cutie: The Anime". In the first episode, {{Ojou}} Eriko's parents get into a car accident which kills her father and leaves her mother in a coma. That sets the tone for the rest of the series.
* ''Anime/IeNakiKoRemi'': Remi, ''Remi,'' '''Remi'''. She's been through harsh winters, was nearly sold off to a slave trader by her adoptive dad, and beaten by someone who couldn't care less about children!
%%* Oh, lord, it'd probably be a shorter list to mention the unbroken characters in ''Manga/ImmortalRain''. Rain, Machika, Freya, Sharem to a degree, Ayla, Yuca somewhere along the line though we don't see it...
%%* The second season of ''Anime/InazumaEleven'' was surprisingly relentless with this.
%%* Too many examples to name in ''Anime/InfiniteRyvius''.
* ''Manga/InnocentsShounenJuujigun'' has many.
** Pretty much the entire plot of the story is breaking down Etienne's faith and driving him to suffering. From [[spoiler:his miracles being faked, to watching his friends die one by one, to seeing the true evil of the church he's devoted his life to, to finally being ''executed'' by that church]], Etty does not have an easy time.
** Nico starts out as an innocent kid looking for glory and fun. He winds up [[spoiler: a broken shell of a man who's watched numerous friends die in front of him, been too late to save the most important person in his life, and has to live with the guilt of knowing it's all his fault.]]
** Marc starts out as a happy go lucky kid who lives to clown around and make people laugh. [[spoiler: After his best friend is killed in front of him, he turns into a broken, nervous wreck bordering on an empty shell.]]
** Henri starts out as a sweet, young crybaby who ''already'' has some issues with being weaker than his peers. After being unable to fight properly, earning Nicolas's hatred, [[spoiler: accidentally killing one of his friends, and being raped and tortured by Hugo, he's so broken he tries to ''kill himself'' by impaling his own throat on a spiky branch, claiming that he'll never be brave enough to be a knight.]]
** As if everything else that happens during the course of the Children's Crusade, including multiple deaths and growing cold with his brother and best friend, isn't enough, Laurent gets to feel [[spoiler: his twin brother's death over their telepathy]]. Meaning he got to experience every second of what Lillian was feeling.
** Remy's entire life has been one long series of this. He started out as the cutest boy in the village, and then developed leprosy that made everyone but his family and Etienne hate him. He sets out on the Children's Crusade in search of a cure, but only gets [[spoiler: to experience his body slowly falling apart under him as exhaustion and trauma get the better of him. He finally dies, confused and believing that God will turn him away, and by that point, he's missing a ''lot'' of body parts on top of it all]]
* It has been suggested that Mari from ''Manga/InsideMari'' had this happen prior to the manga. She was a CheerfulChild until [[spoiler:her [[DotingGrandparent grandmother]] died. Her [[AbusiveParents emotionally abusive]] mother hated her mother-in-law and went as far as to change Mari's name from "Fumiko" - which was chosen by her grandmother - to the name she had wanted.]] This all ended up having an unexpected toll on Mari's psyche [[spoiler:to the point where as a teenager it's implied she developed a SplitPersonality and has dissociation issues]] due to that. She's also generally aloof and has StepfordSmiler tendencies [[spoiler:in her "Mari" persona.]]
* Kohaku from ''Manga/InuYasha''. [[DoomedHometown His village was destroyed]], he was possessed and forced to attack his companions, wounding his sister Sango almost fatally and [[SelfMadeOrphan murdering his father]] and friends, and then got killed. He was revived and [[BrainwashedAndCrazy brainwashed]] by [[BigBad Naraku]] (the one responsible of all of the above) to be used against his sister and her new friends and to help in his plots by slaughtering a lot of innocent people. When he finally regained his memories, two of his "protectors" were killed [[spoiler: (Kagura and Kikyo)]], he can't stand being near his sister because of the guilt and he thinks the only way to atone is [[RedemptionEqualsDeath to die killing Naraku]]. If that wasn't enough, he was later forced to relive the day he killed his father and friends over and over again for days. He used to be a shy, gentle and happy 11 year-old boy.
** Also said older sister Sango. The poor girl is as plucky as she can be after witnessing how poor Kohaku was BrainwashedAndCrazy into killing their dad and almost killing her, but seeing Kohaku lose his memories upon all of this shit and not being able to remember her ''because it'd mean he'd also remember killing their dad and friends''... it often ends up breaking her into tears. It's not helped by how her ChivalrousPervert love interest, Miroku, is getting closer and closer to fall victim to PowerIncontinence.
** Kagome doesn't have it easy either. She witnesses a good part of Sango's breaking process, is confronted by her DarkMagicalGirl past self [[AlwaysSomeonebetter who was supposedly more expert and skilled than she is though she is canonically more powerful and succeeded where Kikyou failed]], doesn't know what her real place in the world is as she goes back and forth in past and present, and Naraku often '''directly''' seeks to break her mind.
%%* ''Manga/{{IO}}'' hates cute kids, especially younger siblings.
* ''Anime/IronMan'': [[spoiler: Flashbacks reveal that after Yinsen miraculously avoided his DeathByOriginStory, he was taken in by a rural village, where he began to recover in both body and soul. However, the BigBad then destroyed the entire village using Stark weaponry in order to turn Yinsen against Tony.]]
* None of the characters are actually broken in ''Manga/{{Is}}'', but they do suffer some damage. Here is a tally.
** Iori's rehearsal regime is designed to break her on the theory that it will make her a better actor.
** Itsuki when she realizes she'll never have Ichitaka's heart.
** Aiko when her boyfriend dumps her.
** Iori when [[spoiler: she is almost raped for the second time. It is amazing she didn't need therapy by the end of the story!]].
%%* ''LightNovel/IsThisAZombie'': [[spoiler:Eu in episode 9.]]
* ''Manhwa/JackFrost'': [[spoiler:Why exactly is Noh-A dead in the first place? She committed suicide in life after realizing she was a DoomMagnet and being unable to stand the loneliness and the rumors.]]
* Sora is the target of ''lots'' of bullying in the first season of ''Anime/KaleidoStar'', until she proves she's more than Kalos's protege and has her own worth as a performer. And in the second one she's also the target of ridicule and lectures for her [[WideEyedIdealist rose-tinted vision of circus life]] and her own self-esteem problems.
** Also, a terrible BreakTheCutie process made [[spoiler: Leon Oswald]] the cruel, bitter person we meet. [[spoiler: He gets better.]]
* Maron from ''Manga/KamikazeKaitouJeanne'' has been the victim of one of these, [[spoiler: planned and executed since her birth]], due to being the reincarnation of Jeanne d'Arc.
* ''Anime/{{Karas}}'': Sagisaka's daughter Yoshiko is a post-break example, having become a near-catatonic mute after witnessing a mikura slaughter her entire class. [[spoiler:She gets better, with the help of Kure.]]
* Hiyori from ''Manga/KareWaTomodachi'' [[spoiler:especially when she finds out she's pregnant and gets a miscarriage]] and Kotone in her back story as [[spoiler:her mother's admittance that she should have never gave birth to her and Mizuno ignoring Kotone during middle school drove Kotone to online dating websites.]]
* ''Manga/KaseiYakyoku'': And how. Specially Sara, who [[spoiler: gets forcibly stripped and almost gangraped by {{yakuza}}]] in the second OAV, but the worst comes in the fourth, when she [[spoiler: nbrely survives the Kanto Earthquake, loses her and Junichirou's mother, witnesses Saburo's death after barely escaping from more thugs, ''and'' learns that Taka and Junichirou have left]]. [[TheWoobie Wah!]]
%%* Happens to Tsuna of ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' every arc. Usually as a result of trusting people too easily.
%%* ''Manga/KazeToKiNoUta'': Gilbert (although he was already pretty broken to begin with). Serge too, but to a lesser extent, but Serge tends to be more resilient.
* ''Anime/{{Kiba}}'': Rebecca's [[PeoplePuppets physically manipulated]] into stabbing her father by her teacher and forced into marriage with [[spoiler:Dumas, only to be given to Hugh instead in a plot to get one of the key spirits. Then her father is killed.]]
** Then there's Noah, who landed in Neotopia. Despite being rescued by a kindly couple and temporarily regaining his strength, he [[spoiler: results in Gale, the couple's son, killing his father due to the country's laws. Then Gale fights Keith and dies along with Aisha, both of whom Noah had befriended, after Noah unintentionally sets everything on fire.]] Then Noah ends up with some Seekers and [[spoiler:finds the key spirit Sachira, causing ''everyone but Sagiri and himself to die''.]] After he becomes Neotopia's top shardcaster, Hugh attacks the capital [[spoiler:and Zed drags Hyrum to him in exchange for the many civilians that are about to be eaten by Spirits. Hyrum kills himself, and Diana and Sagiri appear to die when the building collapses.]] Let us not forget about [[spoiler:the [[IllBoy debilitating illness]] that has plagued him since childhood, which will [[IncurableCoughOfDeath eventually kill him ]]and renders him [[WheelchairWoobie practically catatonic]] by show's end, nor the fact that the thing that started this series of events was his desire to help Zed... who's joined up with the opposition, becomes Noah's enemy, and ultimately takes him down.]] [[TraumaCongaLine That]] kind of [[DeusAngstMachina sucks.]] Is he a [[TheWoobie Woobie]] yet?
* Misaki in ''Anime/KidouTenshiAngelicLayer'' is a friendly, cute, sometimes shy and sometimes very energetic little girl...who has been repressing feelings of inadequacy and sadness due to her mom being gone for a large portion of her life. Her Break the Cutie moment comes in the Tearjerker filled Episode 25 when [[spoiler: she sees her mom is not only the Champion of Angelic Layer, but has had multiple opportunities to see her and never did. She starts question why her mom never saw her and runs away crying because she thinks she was bad and her mother didn't want to see her.]] She gets better.
* The title character from ''Manga/KimbaTheWhiteLion'' also had it pretty rough. Before he even was born, his father was shot by hunters, while his still pregnant mother was put on a boat to become a zoo animal. After several weeks Kimba was born, a storm was coming right towards the boat, so his mother forced him to leave her behind while she drowns in her cage. [[DownerBeginning Not the smoothest way to start out a series]].
* ''Manga/KingOfThorn'':
** Kasumi goes through ''a lot'' of this. Amazingly enough, she manages to get through it pretty well. Shizuku, on the other hand, [[HeroicBSOD doesn't fare quite as well]].
** Alice went through ''eight years'' of breaking, leading her to eventually become a BrokenBird.
* Najika gets hit with quite a bit in ''Manga/KitchenPrincess''.
* All the magic users come prebroken for your convenience in ''Manga/BrynhildrInTheDarkness''. You could think that further breaking is on the menu and we wouldn't blame you for it, anyways.
%%* ''Manga/{{Knights}}'': Poor Nina.
* Episode 9 of ''LightNovel/IsThisAZombie'' is this for Eucliwood Hellscythe [[spoiler:when her previous zombie servant returns and outright gives her a BreakingSpeech about how her powers could potentially put in danger anyone close to her if she loses control of emotions. When she witnesses firsthand what she's capable of, she distances herself from Ayumu and the others in order to protect them from herself.]]
* The first ten minutes and twelve seconds of the first episode of ''Manga/KotouraSan'' does nothing but systematically destroy the titular heroine's life. After [[BlessedWithSuck being born with a]] {{telepathy}} [[PowerIncontinence ability she can't control]], Kotoura [[InnocentlyInsensitive inadvertently starts blurting out her friends' and family's personal secrets]], causing her schoolmates to [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer label her as a freak]] and [[CassandraTruth compulsive liar]], making [[ParentalAbandonment her parents divorce]], and causing her mother to walk out on her and openly wish that [[IHaveNoSon she had never been born]]. This leaves her a [[BrokenBird bitter, broken shell]] of her former self who uses her power to drive away others so [[DoomMagnet she can't hurt them]]. Fortunately, after meeting Manabe and other friends who accept her telepathy, she starts getting better.
* ''Manga/KurobaraAlice'':
** '''Agnieszka'''! [[spoiler: So much that, right after vampire!Dimitri kills Theo and rapes her, she stabs herself to death.]]
** Dimitri himself, as his vampirism kicks in. [[spoiler: Which is what kicks the RapeAsDrama incident, in an attempt to kill himself.]]
%%* The Teikou arc in ''Manga/KurokoNoBasuke'' is essentially this for the entire Generation of Miracles, but particularly Kuroko and Aomine.
* ''Anime/LastExile'': [[spoiler:The character Dio. His [[TheCaligula sister Delphine]] kidnaps him while his [[BattleButler friend]] [[ExtremeDoormat Luciola]] stands by and does nothing (although, to be fair, they were outnumbered by Delphine's elite guards). Then, while he screams for Luciola to save him, he is brutally [[MindRape Mind Raped]] on his sister's orders. Pre-MindRape, Dio was a cheerful, if odd and extremely hyper, young man with a great fondness for [[TheGlomp glomping]] people and flying vanships. Post MindRape, he is a mentally unhinged killer with a tendency to stare off into space giggling and engage in BrotherSisterIncest with the one who made him that way.]] The birthday party scene made this even worse. Though [[spoiler: he got better.]]
*** [[spoiler: How exactly did he get better? He snaps out of his [[MindRape Mind Rape]] in a vanship, alone, just after having hallucinated being in a race and telling Luciora (who was already dead at that point) to jump out to reduce weight. Hard to imagine anything more [[TearJerker heart-breaking]].]]
* Happens with surprising frequency on ''Anime/LastExileFamTheSilverWing''. Victims include [[spoiler:Giselle (who the Skyship Hunt took its toll on) and Augusta Sara (who couldn't take her generals trying to kill each other)]].
* Robin is probably the happiest and most optimistic member of the main cast early in ''Anime/LeChevalierDEon''. By the end, however, he's become so angry and disillusioned he [[spoiler: changes his name and becomes the historical Maximilien Robespierre, responsible for the Reign of Terror.]]
%%* ''LightNovel/TheLegendOfTheLegendaryHeroes'': Practically the entire main cast.
%%** Rynerís childhood.
%%** Ferrisí entire childhood.
%%** Yep, Sionís childhood too.
%%** Close with Milk, but not quite.
%%** Kieferís past, though after meeting Ryner, she gets better.
%%** A mild example, in that Toale still stays fairly strong, but compare his first appearance to when he meets Ryner again. He's understandably exhausted, both physically and emotionally, and things never get truly better for him.
%%** What others try to do to Arua, though he ultimately stays strong.
* ''Manhwa/TheLegendOfMaian'': [[spoiler: Felix got hit ''very'' hard by Felicia's sacrifice. And it's implied that something bad happened to the Regis Knights during the TimeSkip.]]
** [[spoiler: Ruby gets this treatment also as her formerly kind, loving master turns into a {{Jerkass}} who abuses her.]]
%%* ''Literature/TheLegendOfSunKnight'':
** Judgement Knight in his training.
** Ice Knight's training was this, too, as revealed in his side story.
%% * ''Manhwa/LetDai''
%%* [[spoiler:Ayumi]] from ''Anime/LoupsGarous''
* Happens to Youji in ''Manga/{{Loveless}}'' during his confrontation with Seimei (though Natsuo helps him through it), and Soubi almost directy after (though he was pretty broken to begin with). Also Ritsuka, when he realizes quite how far Seimei is from the person he Ritsuka thought he was. Nana has a relatively minor one when she realizes it was the flaws in her security system that let Nisei and Seimei into the academy. Everyone in Loveless was either already broken, gets broken during the series, or will eventually; it is a CrapsackWorld afterall.
** Ritsuka Aoyagi from ''Manga/{{Loveless}}'' counts as one of these. First off, he's constantly suffering abuse at the hands of his mentally-ill mother Misaki because of his personality change after he lost all of his memories; because of this, he believes he isn't even the real Ritsuka and lives in fear that someday he'll disappear (he even needs therapy to try and recover his lost memories). Then he discovers the burned up body of his brother, the one who protected him from his mother, in his classroom. He had no friends and didn't really believe in love because of the trauma he experienced. After this, the only people who show him any kind of love are pedos and Yuiko. He's told that his real name is Loveless, which means "one without love". Plus the villains keep showing up trying to capture or kill him, and because he's the Sacrifice while Soubi's the Fighter, Ritsuka has to take all the damage whenever they fight. [[spoiler: Plus when Seimei finally comes back. Turn's out that he only faked his death... and he also murdered people, caused so much suffering for his little brother, even going as far as to try and convince Misaki to kill him. And all this is just because he's insecure and wants to "test" Ritsuka's love for him. It's even implied that he sexually abused Ritsuka when they were younger!]] And through all this, Ritsuka remains a forgiving pacifist who just wants to be loved.
* Lisette from ''Manga/LudwigRevolution'', who was tricked into slaughtering her family, as well as Hansel and Gretel, who had a poor abused childhood made much worse by an extremely deranged and savage experience, which turned them into cruel killers.
** [[spoiler: Lisette probably loved killing her parents, as they forced her into prostitution as a child]].
* ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' smacks [[IdolSinger Sheryl]] [[MsFanservice Nome]] with this one. ''Hard''. ''Along with'' BreakTheHaughty. [[spoiler:She ends up getting most of the example bad things: Her manager/best friend/practical foster mother turns out to be the BigBad and takes an openly sadistic pleasure in verbally beating Sheryl down and telling her that [[YourDaysAreNumbered she is going to die]], because Grace infected her with a V-type infection ten years ago in an extremely painful medical procedure that was supposed to help her, which turns out to now be in the very late stages, making it incurably terminal with Sheryl's remaining lifespan measured in weeks. Faced with all this, she is finally confronted with the notion that she may not even be remembered, as her former interstellar stardom is suddenly forgotten in favor of Ranka's, and she roams the streets without disguise completely ignored. And it's raining at the time. She finally breaks down into a sobbing wreck when she finds one of her concert posters discarded on the sidewalk and left in the rain like common trash. When she recovers, she becomes a better person overall]].
* [[spoiler:Fate Testarossa]] from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' is an inversion of this trope. When she is introduced, she is a cutie broken by severe emotional and physical abuse perpetrated by [[spoiler: her deranged MadScientist of a mother, Precia]]. Through ThePowerOfFriendship, a nice adoptive family and an interesting job, she ends up unbroken... But not before getting ''further'' broken shortly after being "[[DefeatMeansFriendship befriended]]" when she found out that [[spoiler:she was merely a clone of Precia's ''real'' daughter, Alicia, and Precia has ''despised'' her since the moment she was born]].
%%*** Even more, in the movie continuity... [[spoiler: '''Precia''' was the broken cutie. And it wasn't pretty, either.]]
** Subverted with Hayate in ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs A's]]''. After [[spoiler: being ForcedToWatch two people slaughter her family in front of her on Christmas Eve]], she seemingly snaps and is promptly possessed by the [[ArtifactOfDoom Book of Darkness]]. However, she is perfectly fine when she regains consciousness two episodes later and immediately sets about [[spoiler: reviving her family]] and stopping the destruction of the planet.
** Rinne in ''Anime/VividStrike'' was picked on a lot as a kid for her background as a poor orphan, [[spoiler: and it only got worse after she started attending school and others found out that she was adopted. Her not being able to keep her adoptive grandfather's keepsake safe and to arrive in time to meet him before he died as a result of being knocked out by bullies was the final straw that turned her into a girl "who despises the weak".]]
* Mel never completely breaks, but she's put under a lot of stressful and on occasion, dangerous situations over the course of ''Manga/MagicalXMiracle''.
* [[AdorablyPrecociousChild Negi]] of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'': his [[DoomedHometown hometown]] gets destroyed by demons at age four or so, and at age ten he ends not only with the responsibility of protecting his students after they get TrappedInAnotherWorld (and sold into slavery, get amnesia, and [[ClearMyName framed for terrorism]]), but he discovers that [[spoiler: his mother was framed for ''genocide'', and the people who did it are trying to kill him. And then there's the whole "having to prevent the magic world from collapsing" thing...]] Fortunately, all the crap that happens to him only [[TookALevelInBadass drives him to become stronger]].
** Also [[TheWoobie Ako]]. She starts as a [[ExtremeDoormat doormat]] with major self-esteem issues, then accidentally gets trapped in the magic world, where she gets a disease, forcing her and two of her friends to sell themselves into slavery to pay for the cure. To top it off, she then falls in love with someone who [[LovesMyAlterEgo turns out to be Negi's aged up alter ego]] and thus not even really exists.
** And Asuna as well [[spoiler: who gets so broken, her memory is blocked so she can have a chance at a normal life.]]
*** [[spoiler: Then has the block removed later to cause a HeroicBSOD, then after being sealed for 130 years, gets shattered TOTALLY on seeing everyone she knew dead and finding out that she would have been able to see her best friend one last time if she hadn't overslept. She probably would have crossed the DespairEventHorizon if Chao and Eva hadn't shown up.]]
** [[OurVampiresAreDifferent And Evangeline]], who was turned into a vampire and unwittingly killed her parents immediately afterwards. She then spent [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld centuries]] with everyone hating her, before her crush cursed her to stay in a school... [[SealedEvilInACan that she has spent fifteen years in]]. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking And she still looks ten.]]
* Mai Tokiha from '' Anime/MaiHime'' was a loving sister that worked hard for her [[IllGirl sickly brother's]] sake and an all-around nice girl, willing to sacrifice herself for others. However, [[spoiler:the combined weight of having to try to prevent her friends from killing each other, watching Shiho order Yuuichi to kiss her to ''deliberately'' make Mai jealous, and then watching her brother Takumi die in her arms (apparently at the hands of her best friend Mikoto, but it later turns out that Shiho killed Akira's child out of jealousy) finally pushed her over the edge]]. She calmed down a bit when [[spoiler:Mikoto temporarily came out of her BrainwashedAndCrazy state and [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone tried to apologize]], but was unable to call off Kagutsuchi's attack in time and watched as it seemingly burned Mikoto to ashes. With her brother who she built an identity around working to provide for dead, her love interest stolen by his childhood friend, her best friend having just died by her own hands, and with other [=HiMEs=] after her own life... Well, she [[BreakTheCutie breaks]].]]
%%* Sytry, Uriel, etc from ''Manga/MakaiOuji''
* ''LightNovel/VenusToMamoru'': [[spoiler: When Ayako was a child, her parents abandoned her because of her power. This is why she's so hostile to others and why she can't bring herself to trust them.]]
* ''Manga/{{MAR}}''
%%** Chimera. Though, to be fair, most of the Knights had lives this messed up.
** [[spoiler:Snow had been locked up and all alone as a child, and constantly had visions of Ginta and Koyuki in the other world and wished nothing more than be friends with Ginta. She wanted Ginta to rely on her the same way he relied on Koyuki back on Earth but Snow just kept failing. By the time she realizes this, she experiences a HeroicBSOD so bad she's willing to simply fade away and disappear forever. She's just a fragment of Koyuki's soul that was used and treated like an object instead of a person, destined to die to bring pain to others when all she wanted to do was help people. Ginta manages to pull her out of this despair with a CooldownHug and some kind words. Things get even more sad when she dies in his arms two episodes later after confesses her love to him.]]
** Anime fillers love do this to Alvis specifically the last arc where [[spoiler: he finds out that his idol Danna is actually the King that killed all of his friends. He canít bring himself to fight back and thatís all King needs in order to stab him which said wounds would later kill him.]]
*** And of course there's the Ghost Chess arc. In fact, Phantom was intentionally trying to break him [[spoiler: so he would submit to the Zombie Tattoo and be forever immortal with Phantom.]]
** [[spoiler:Phantom was just an innocent, 10-year-old kid who was attracted to the Caldean Orb due to his own unusually strong magic power, and was charmed into committing a taboo by that same evil presence. He was promptly chucked into prison, all the while quite clueless to the magnitude of his transgression. After a while his parents came to bring him back home, and all seemed well, his mom even cooked him a good meal. Next morning, he woke up to find his parents both dead, having taking their own lives because they couldn't find the resolution to kill ''him''. He ended up in prison for ten years and would likely have rotten there until he died, had Diana not gotten him out, and then he fell under the influence ''of the same dark force that caused his parent's deaths and his imprisonment''. Then he managed to find a girlfriend, but she left him the moment she knew he consented to being a zombie, a curse bestowed on him by the bad guy above, ''again''. Oh, and this bad guy is also responsible for her death, and barred her and her friends from entering heaven by sealing their souls inside a cave (note that they won't be released until ''6 years later, when Ginta arrives in MAR-Heaven''). He spent the next ten years fighting and dying, then resurrecting only to fight for that bad guy. After he loses, said bad guy releases his hold on him, allowing him for the first time to reflect on his life: everyone he ever loved are dead thanks to said bad guy, his opponent's ideals completely trumph his, and all he's left with is the immortality he no longer finds cool. No wonder he [[VillainDecay becomes such a depressed wreck of angst]] after the War Games.]]
** Chaton. [[spoiler:BreakTheCutie: In the anime, she is forced to watch Loco sacrifice her age to save them from the Ghost Chess and then she is forced to watch Alan die in front of her which sets her off.]]
%%* [[spoiler: Joshua]] at the peak of episode 13 of ''Anime/MarginalPrince''.
* The whole world of ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum'' seems to bend over to break the three Takakura siblings as well as their friend Ringo Oginome. And this is not counting how [[spoiler: Yuri and Tabuki]] were broken in their own pasts.
* ''LightNovel/MirageOfBlaze'': Kagetora[[spoiler:'s adoptive father sent him off as a hostage of the Hojo, he was raped and then forced to commit seppuku to escape dishonor when the castle fell]].
* ''Manga/{{Mitsudomoe}}'': Yabe suffers from this after episode two of Zouryouchuu. After having the worst Christmas ever by getting rejected by Kuriyama, sitting alone in his apartment while wearing a Santa outfit with a mannequin with glasses wearing a female Santa outfit in front of him, having his beloved mannequin fall face first onto his Christmas cake and then catch on fire, becoming Santa for Futaba when Soujirou is running late, getting the crap beat out of him by Soujirou after a misunderstanding and finally walking home in the freezing snow in nothing but a Santa hat and his boxers, his personality changes in the next episodes, becoming easily irritated, resigned and unsurprised of the weird attitude of his classmates.
* Louise Halevy from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' falls into this trope [[spoiler: after Nena Trinity obliterates her family at a wedding, leaving the girl without her left hand and completely distraught.]] Starting with the second season, [[spoiler: she joins the A-Laws, the secret police of the Federation, as she tries to get revenge on Celestial Being for the murders of her family. She finally finds the said murderer and gets her revenge, but it only serves to BREAK her further. She didn't find any satisfaction, she didn't find any praises from her dead parents from avenging them, and [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie she has become a murderer, just like the murdered]]. She got better, eventually.]]
** [[spoiler: Arguably Nena Trinity fulfills this category herself [[DarkAndTroubledPast once we learn her and her brothers' backstories.]] The Trinity siblings are {{Artificial Human}}s only born and raised to be Gundam Meisters, and the DNA used to "create" them is... Ribbons Almark's own. And their "daddy" ultimately sets them up to kill them. While it's not an excuse, nor does it exonerate Nena from her actions, it ''does'' explain a lot, specially considering that [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes the only persons they cared for were each other, and their mutual love was very genuine]].]]
* The other Gundam pilots also get quite broken. Examples?
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'': [[spoiler: Quatre.]] Although, his is an odd example, since it's the system he was hooked into to that psychically broke him. And then he bounced back.
*** Before piloting Wing Zero, [[spoiler: Quatre]] was ''already'' distraught over [[spoiler: his colony's betrayal, his father's death and one of his sisters being critically injured during the attack. The manga says she died, but in the anime she just vanishes - and later, the light novel says she lived on.]]. The system was merely a catalyst: he would've have been broken anyway without the Zero system, which sped up the breaking process.
** Setsuna F. Seiei murders his family as part of a requirement to fight for God. [[spoiler:Too bad the person who told him to do it really wasn't a messenger from God, and just got his kicks from killing people, something Setsuna finds out quite crappily when he finds this same person serving as a commander in an unrelated PMC.]]
*** Lockon Stratos [[spoiler:(The first one)]] starts out as a cute kid [[spoiler:who's life is torn apart when his family is killed in a terrorist attack]] [[spoiler:perpetrated by someone who turns out to be one of one of Setsuna's TrueCompanions.]] And then [[spoiler: he dies, left as a wreck of a man who gave hope and help to others, but was himself consumed by his desire for revenge, and he actively refused to meet the only relative he had left: his twin younger brother.]]
*** [[spoiler: The second Lockon (and said twin brother) didn't have it much better. He tried to get over his own revenge desire, but had to deal with his teammates distrusting him at first and comparing him to the first one for a while. And then his girlfriend turned out to be a ManchurianAgent, and when he was THIS close to subvert her brainwashing... she got brainwashed AGAIN, and Setsuna has to ShootTheDog. [[HeroicBSOD He almost breaks]].]]
*** As long as we're talking Gundam pilots, most of the non-Char non-Bright cast in ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam''. Four comes prebroken, but Rosamia, who seems like a CloudCuckoolander (if perhaps mildly mentally challenged) completely breaks during the series. [[spoiler: Kamille himself in the finale.]] What can you expect from a series with a mobile suit named the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Psyco Gundam]]?
** While not the main Gundam pilot, ''Anime/AfterWarGundamX'' has a picture of a young, happy [[TeamDad Jamil Neate]] prior to his stint as the GX's original pilot. Fifteen years later, he is [[TheStoic much more subdued]], has a huge scar across his face, [[spoiler: (the girl who's with him in the picture has been turned into a GirlInABox and disappeared)]], he is put into extreme pain when he uses his Newtype powers, and has a major "cockpit phobia" that prevents him from operating a mobile suit. (Not that any of these factors make him less of a total badass.) Plus the whole ''blaming himself for the apocalypse'' thing.
*** And while not shown openly, his adoptive daughter and fellow Newtype Tiffa Addil is strongly implied to have been treated as a little more than a lab rat for most of her 15 years of life, which left her [[ShrinkingViolet with a strong phobia of people]] aside of Jamil and the ''Freeden'' crew. A good part of her CharacterDevelopment consists on this particular broken cutie managing to put her own pieces together and remaining quiet, yet not as fearful as she used to be.
** Flit Asuno in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'', when [[spoiler:Yurin dies]]. From then on, he goes the [[spoiler: DarkMessiah]] route.
** As of the third generation, [[spoiler: his grandson Kio Asuno]] is getting quite broken as well. In episode 32, i.e., [[spoiler: the death of his CoolBigSis figure Shanalua]] '''hurt'''. And it gets worse when [[spoiler: he finds himself empathizing with a dying colony and falling for the IllGirl Lua...]]
* In ''{{Anime/Monster}}'', Johan is [[ManipulativeBastard especially]] prone to doing this to his victims, even simply to screw with them. For example, in volume 12, sending an abandoned small boy to look for his mother, telling him that if he sees her, and she sees him, if she truly loves him and wants him she'll take him back [[spoiler:(naturally, Johan is crossdressing as the much more wholesome Anna at the time, making it that much creepier)]]. He sends him to look for his mother in ''the red light district of Prague'' -- where the boy witnesses rape, depravity, a drug addicted prostitute dying from withdrawal begging him for money and the prostitutes themselves taunting him. [[spoiler: Tenma and Grimmer have to talk him out of jumping off a bridge after this. This still doesn't quite break the cutie. But it comes damn close. This boy is perhaps 7 or 8]]. This is one of Johan's most despicable acts of the series, and considering that he commits quite a few of them throughout, that's saying something.
** And Anna! Poor, poor Anna... Johan crushes her so many times in so many ways that she [[spoiler:comes ''this'' close to suicide]].
* In ''Manga/MotherKeeper'', Syal's backstory takes her from a happy life with her adopted family to being sold as a slave, [[spoiler: drugged and forced to fight to the death for around 6 months before being forced to kill the woman she cared about most. Then as the woman dies, she begs the authorities to save her life and let her die instead, only to be misunderstood and made into an immortal cyborg]].
* In ''Manga/MPDPsycho'', a SerialKiller kidnaps the girlfriend of the lead detective investigating his case, mutilates her, rapes her repeatedly (in that order), then delivers her -- limbless but still alive -- directly to the detective's office.
%% * ''Manga/MrArashisAmazingFreakShow''
* ''Manga/MrFullswing'': [[spoiler: The reason why Inukai and Tatsuragawa's friendship with Miyanagi broke off is because of the death of their mentor Ookami.]]
%%* Ep. 8 of ''Anime/{{Munto}}'' is pretty much ''just'' this to poor Yumemi.
* ''Manga/{{Narutaru}}'':
** Shiina goes through this throughout the whole series, culminating in her [[spoiler:crossing the DespairEventHorizon and bringing about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt alongside Mamiko]].
%%** Akira was broken before we even meet her in-series, and she breaks ''further'' as the story progresses.
** The utter ''hell'' Hiroko goes through at the hands of [[AlphaBitch Aki Honda]] and her GirlPosse, culminating in [[spoiler:being raped with a test tube. That they then threatened to break while it was still inside her]]. When Hiro-chan gets her shadow dragon, things turn ''[[StartOfDarkness very, very ugly]]'' for everyone involved.
** Averted by Norio Koga, which is impressive given what ends up happening to him. Sure, he was [[spoiler:raped to death]] but he didn't dwell on his situation, and instead [[spoiler:focused on helping out Tsurumaru and Shiina by taking out bombers, despite the giant pedophile on his back.]]
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** The deaths of [[BadassTeacher Jiraiya and Kakashi]], near-death of [[LivingEmotionalCrutch Hinata]], destruction of Konoha, and having the truth of the ninja system quite brutally explained to Naruto almost breaks him. However, thanks to a few well-placed flashbacks, Jiraiya's book, and a pep talk from Iruka, Shikamaru and his father, Naruto recovers just in time.
*** Actually, if you think about everything that has happened in the series, Naruto kinda qualified as a 'break the cutie' from the outset. First, his father sealed a demon inside him as the only way to save their village, his parents are dead, and he grows up ostracized by the entire village. Then, finally, when things start looking up, his best friend decides to turn on him, cue battling with the power inside him for control, his best friend tries to kill their female teammate, tries to destroy his village, and everyone is trying to get him to kill said best friend. And his parents gave their lives to save him when he was a baby, and he was made to house the Kyuubi inside of him, the very same Kyuubi that his mother housed for a time, killed his parents, and tried to kill him. Really not fun.
** Happened to Sasuke TWICE. Despite how he is now, in flashbacks he was shown to be a cute, naive kid. Until Itachi murdered their family... and then [[MindRape showed it to him]]... twice. The second time leading to his FaceHeelTurn.
*** To be more specific, the first mind rape and the actual massacre occur when he's about ''seven'', and the second time, aged twelve-thirteen, had him forced to watch everyone being slaughtered ''hundreds of times, over and over'', leaving him in a coma that only Tsunade is able to bring him out of. No wonder he [[{{FreakOut}} freaks out]], and then he [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope gets worse and worse]].
** Another possible candidate is Gaara (hear me out). He was initially a kindearthed child who just wanted some friends. Then he killed the one person he cared for because they were trying to kill him (on Gaara's dad's orders, no less,) due to the beast within him was something the village would rather forget. We've seen how this turns out...
*** Possible? Gaara was six years old when he realized that no one loved him. His father hated him for his inability to control Shukaku, his uncle hated him because Gaara's mother, his sister, died in childbirth, everyone else hates him because he's a "monster" ... he himself tries to hurt himself (in the flashback, he's trying to stab himself, and is disappointed when it doesn't work; later, he cries after being called a freak). His uncle tries to murder him [[spoiler: -- on his father's orders, which he actually questioned --]] and Gaara kills him in self-defense. He is effectively abandoned by everyone who should have cared. And the result? Sociopath at six, after he realigns his life's philosophy to fit with what he's learned; and serial killer by twelve, after he puts that philosophy into effect. No wonder he latched on to the idea of Shukaku as a "Mother" -- the demon was the only thing making any effort to protect him (it was only doing so out of self-interest). When you've been starved for love all your life, anything will do. Even after he reforms (which Naruto brings about by giving him a good heart-to-heart talk about caring for others) and builds a family with his brother and sister, he is still haunted by his past -- listen to what he says to Lee after saving him from Kimimaro, or what he says to Matsuri in what was one of the few good scenes in that filler arc. Six years of solid hate and horror? I'd call that broken. [[spoiler: Made all the more meaningful by him ''actually getting much better'' in the current arc. Specially now that he can call out his old man on all the shit he did to him, leading the Kazekage to acknowledge said shit and telling him that Shukaku's sand ''was'' sorta directed by his mom's spirit, and that said uncle who attempted to kill him only did it on orders from his father. In reality, Yashamaru never hated Gaara-the guy he actually hated was the Fourth Kazekage himself.]]
** One other example is Nagato/[[spoiler:Pain]]. He was a cute kid that [[spoiler:Jiraiya trained]] and was so cute that he cried [[spoiler:when he had to kill someone to save his friend's life]]. Then we found out about his childhood. He watched his parents get killed [[spoiler:because they were trying to protect him from ninjas from Konoha]] (though it was mainly a case of mistaken identity), bonds with a dog and makes friends. He subsequently loses the dog when an explosive kunai blows it up as collateral damage from Konoha ninjas fighting some guy. Years later he loses his best friend because a Konoha ninja [[spoiler:Danzo]] set him up to die. Not surprisingly, Nagato isn't too fond of Konoha.
** Sakura now fits this trope. It went like this: Sasuke's defection, then Naruto failed to bring him back. Then Naruto went 4 tails against Orochimaru and Kabuto makes her realize it's at least partially because she made him promise to get Sasuke back and he agreed that he would, and he's still trying to do that no matter what. They find Sasuke but he leaves with Orochimaru and Kabuto. Danzo gives permission to have Sasuke whacked. [[JerkassHasAPoint Sai gets her to realize Naruto's feelings for her]], and everything Naruto is going through: the burden of expectations she and the village pile on Naruto, and especially [[BrutalHonesty the suffering he's going through because of both her and Sasuke]]. Then Naruto [[WhatTheHellHero calls her out]] on her [[BreakHisHeartToSaveHim painfully fake]] [[FalseConfession love confession]], [[ShipSinking outright rejects her]], and then tells her that his promise to her was no longer the reason why he's trying to bring Sasuke back, for he has [[TrueCompanions his own reasons]] for doing so. And ''then'', she tries to kill Sasuke herself and fails, since she just can't go and kill [[SingleTargetSexuality the only guy she ever loved]], no matter how far gone he is. And then Sasuke tries to kill her. If the girl doesn't end up as a BrokenBird, it'll be a '''miracle'''.
** Also Kakashi, who was entered into the world of shinobi at the ripe old age of ''five'' and became a Chunin at six. Even with someone like Minato as his teacher, he must have seen some pretty bad stuff. And that was ''before'' his father committed suicide in front of him. Jeez, so much for a happy childhood!
** Haku watches his Mother get killed by his Father and then kills his Father. Now an orphan he's forced to live on the streets fighting off wild dogs for food. Ends his life as Zabuza's weapon.
** [[spoiler:Itachi of all people.]] He witnessed the horrors of war at just four years old, then grew up to dedicate his life to peace. Unfortunately, [[spoiler:the Uchihas decided to attempt a coup (for offenses that don't even seem to really exist) and his parents made it clear they saw him as a weapon and not a son by forcing him to spy on the village. He then became a double agent and put his faith in the Third Hokage to solve the issue through negotiations, but due to Danzo's interference and the Uchiha's stubbornness, this fell through. His best friend tried to use mind control to stop the coup, but was overpowered by Danzo and shortly thereafter committed suicide ''in front of Itachi'' so he'd be strong enough to stop the coup. Stopping the coup, unfortunately, entailed ''killing his friends, family, and lover,'' tormenting his beloved little brother and abandoning the village to lead the life of a wanted, hated fugitive at the age of thirteen. He then spends his time spying on Akatsuki for Konoha while waiting for said beloved brother to kill him and "avenge" the clan. Did I mention that he was battling a terminal illness too? And he still managed to [[TearJerker die wIth]] [[GoOutWithASmile a smile]] [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming on his face]].]]
** [[spoiler: Obito]] also counts as one. [[spoiler: The dude was basically an Uchiha version of Naruto: he grew up without ever knowing his parents, he had a one-sided crush on his female teammate Rin, who was in love with his rival Kakashi, and he dreamed of becoming Hokage and bringing peace to the world. His entire right side is crushed by a boulder while saving Kakashi, and he makes Kakashi promise to protect Rin. He is rescued by Madara, who tells him that he can't ever be a ninja again and goes on to tell him how pointless the ninja world is and how it will only bring him misery. Obito refutes his ideals and goes through a painful rehabilitation process, with the only thing to keep him going being the thought of his friends. And when he finally leaves what is the first thing he sees? Rin dying by Kakashi's hands and the realization that Madara was right. [[FreakOut No wonder the dude lost it]].]]
%%* Many characters in ''Manga/{{Necromancer}}''.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''
** Shinji got traumatized to the point of snapping into a psychological breakdown and [[spoiler:destroying humanity]]. It's particularly heartbreaking when we're shown a flashback of a toddler Shinji right before witnessing the death of his mother: a young child who's smiling and constantly laughing, without a hint of bitterness and actually seeming outgoing. His 'break the cutie' process started at 4 years old and just kept going downhill.
*** Well, things slowly started to look up for him and it looked like the series was going to progress towards a more positive ending...and then came [[spoiler: Episode 18 with the Eva-infecting angel Bardiel]] and Shinji's cycle of misery began anew.
** Asuka Langley Sohryu is -seemingly- prideful and annoying. Then we learn, in episode 22, that a full-blown BreakTheCutie chain of events made her arrogant and aggresive: [[spoiler: her mother Kyouko went crazy after having half her soul sucked in by the EVA 02, completely ignored Asuka and started seeing a CreepyDoll as a replacement for her (and may have tried to strangle little Asuka at least once), then hanged herself in her room with said doll (after breaking the doll's neck) ''in the same day Asuka was chosen as the EVA 02 pilot''. And the poor little girl was the one who found the body.]] Her "arrogant, annoying" self in reality is a fake persona that she donned in order to push everyone away because she -much like Shinji- was afraid of getting close to someone and get hurt again. Her real personality is a vulnerable girl with zero self-esteem that MAY be nice to someone that shows that genuinely cares for her. And how do we find that out? When she's under a horrendous MindRape that forces her to relive those memories.
** At least we get the hints that Shinji and Asuka (and most EVA characters) are messed up right away. But poor Maya Ibuki is probably the only character that manages to remain cheerful and well adjusted throughout the series. Which all falls apart in End of Evangelion when all their hard work was seemingly for naught and the JSSDF (their supposed allies and fellow humans) start breaking into their base and slaughtering people. Upon being given a gun and told to fight off fellow humans Maya proceeds to hide under her desk and hug her stuffed rabbit pillow for dear life while everyone else fights. She later graduates from this to completely snapping and turning into a bubbering shrieking mess as [[spoiler: she watches Asuka get torn apart, and Lillith Rei appears moving right through her, and she watches her fellow staff melt into orange liquid all around her. She finally only calms down when Ritsuko appears, except it's just Lilith Rei messing with her head, who promptly melts her as well.]]
* ''Anime/NightWizard'': Poor Eris. She learns that [[spoiler: she is the reincarnation of Shaimal, the God of Destruction; all of her memories before meeting Renji and the others were fabricated; of her friends, only Renji stays with her and he ends up fighting Akari and (almost) Kureha; and finally, just as Kureha joins them, she is killed by Kirihito, who then reveals himself to be Eris' mysterious benefactor and planned everything so that she'd fall into a DespairEventHorizon and awaken Shaimal within her.]] She gets better though.
%%* Kirika and Chloe from ''Anime/{{Noir}}''
* Ian from ''Manga/NotSimple'', pretty much the whole time. Even as an adult he has that wistful, innocent look that makes all the unsimple things even worse.
* Every likable character from ''Anime/NowAndThenHereAndThere'' -- but especially Sara, who, after being mistaken for Lala Ru, gets [[spoiler: abducted, beaten, and repeatedly raped, eventually committing murder in order to escape into the desert with no supplies, where she ends up buried in a sandstorm. She survives that only to later learn one of the rapes got her pregnant. She eventually chose to keep the child.]].
* ''LightNovel/{{No 6}}'': Sion in the Correctional facility during episode 10.
%%* ''Manga/OdeToKirihito'': How much pain and humiliation can Kirihito go through before he snaps? It is also implied it happened to [[spoiler: child Reika]].
%%* Kitahara from ''Manga/OnaniMasterKurosawa'' again, in a terrifyingly realistic way.
* ''Manga/OneechanGaKita'': Fujisaki's past reveals she was bullied, and even when she tried to be nice as told to by a teacher, boys still treated her with contempt.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'': Almost every time a Straw Hat pirate member has a flashback. The combination of Oda's skill at drawing cute kids and writing cruel back stories is just plain lethal.
** While the Straw Hats do tend to have traumatizing backstories, the only ones who have Break The Cutie moments are Nami, Robin, Zoro, Chopper and Franky. Luffy's trauma just makes him more obstinate than he was, Usopp's backstory has a BreakTheCutie moment for his best friend/possible love intrest and not for him, Sanji's back story was more encouragement to his dream than trying to break him, and Brook is more of a ThePollyanna than a Cutie.
** Nami has the added bonus of being broken by Arlong ''again'' when all her effort to buy back her village is destroyed when the Marines confiscate all her collected money. Her obviously forced smile when she tries to tell the Kokoyashi villagers that she can just get more money just makes it all the more heartbreaking, especially so when she breaks down after they've resolved to take down Arlong, no matter what the end result. By the time Luffy arrives, she's in full HeroicBSOD mode and a step or two away from DespairEventHorizon. It's here, in a voice uncharacteristically meek and helpless, she begs Luffy, "Help me..."
** And then there's Vivi, whose Broken Cutie status is built up throughout the whole Alabasta arc, and completely explodes during the climax of the civil war.
** Enies Lobby revealed that [=CP9=] managed to reopen the old wound that broke Nico Robin and cause her past 20 years to come crashing down on her. By the time the Straw Hats caught up with her, she was slipping past the DespairEventHorizon [[DeathSeeker wishing nothing more than to die]], but Luffy's rousing defiance of the entire world sets up one of the series' most powerful [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Crowning Moments of Heartwarming]].
** Second backstory for Luffy, and it fits right in. More like the entirety of the Impel Down and Marineford arcs in addition to the flashback serve as one huge moment of this.
** From the (canonical) Monsters story in ''Manga/OnePieceWanted'', Flare breaks down when [[spoiler: [[BitchInSheepsClothing Cyrano]], the guy she viewed as her hero for years, was actually the one who destroyed her hometown and killed her father (And everyone else in the village, directly or not). What made it even worse is that Cyrano was laughing about the whole thing]]. She tried to hold her tears, but eventually broke down and cried. [[TearJerker Really hard]].
** And a full-blown BreakTheCutie process is what made [[spoiler: Boa Hancock]] the huge bitch that we meet. More exactly, [[spoiler: she and her sisters Sandersonia and Marigold start out as normal little girls in the Kuja Pirates, then are kidnapped by slave drivers and fall in the hands of the World Nobles. They branded them like cattle, force them to eat Devil Fruits for their own amusement, and torture them and many others nonstop '''4''' years. When the Boa girls manage to escape thanks to a really badass fish man, the damage is already done, and Hancock has specially become a total bitch.]]
* Nanako Misonoo from ''Manga/OniisamaE''. Mariko, Rei, and Nanako's classmate Junko, too, although Mariko and Rei [[BrokenBird were already broken to begin with]]. [[spoiler:And Rei herself is so broken that she commits suicide in the manga. (In the anime she dies too, but it's an accident. One that happens ''when her life was starting to get better''.)]]
** Creator/RiyokoIkeda's other work, ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'', isn't a slouch either in the fields. The most notable examples are Oscar, Andre, Rosalie, [[spoiler:Charlotte]] and [[spoiler:MarieAntoinette.]]
** And ''Manga/{{Claudine}}'' (another Ikeda work) features Claudine, [[spoiler:who ends up committing suicide]], Rosemarie and Maura as well.
* ''Manga/OtomeYoukaiZakuro'': [[spoiler: Tsukuhane was repeatedly broken by the Elder of the Village of Oracles, then broken ''by her own son''. By the time she returned to the Village of Oracles she was a shell of her former self.]]
* Oz from ''Manga/PandoraHearts'' should be the poster boy for this trope. He's determined to be cute and cheerful in the face of horror so his friends won't worry about him, but that doesn't last long. He was [[ParentalAbandonment abandoned by his own father]] and called Ďfilthyí when he was trying to get his fatherís attention. And then [[spoiler: his father]] sent him to [[{{Hell}} the Abyss]] because of the sin of Ďexisting.í This is just the ''first chapter.''
** In the Cheshire Dimension arc, he freaked out and [[spoiler: almost [[BerserkButton destroyed the dimension]]]] when he saw [[spoiler: Aliceís corpse which has been murdered 100 years ago]].
** And donít forget the infamous Jackís Intention arc. First off, [[spoiler: Jack took control of his body and stabbed his friend]]. Then Jack revealed to him that [[spoiler:Jack caused the Tragedy of Sablier, using [[PersonOfMassDestruction Oz himself]] as his LivingWeapon]]. And then he saw that his dearest friend and sister figure [[spoiler:
marrspoiler: [[HeroicSacrifice killed herself in order to keep Jack from using Oz to hurt more people]], ''right in front of Oz.'' And ''then'' he was shot at point-blank range by his ''other'' best friend]]. And then after a touching bit of reconciliation, his beloved uncle was [[spoiler:stabbed by the girl who tried to comfort him when he was awaiting execution by the Baskervilles, again ''right in front of Oz,'' and finished off by Oz's ''own adoptive father.'']] Said girl then later [[spoiler:dies in his arms]]. Oh, also, [[spoiler:Oz was never a human being, but a soul born inside a children's comfort toy that, due to the Will of the Abyss thinking sentient children's toys are the perfect murder weapons, ended up being given to Jack Vessalius as a "guide" and [[BodySurf sharing his body when Oz's own was destroyed.]]]]
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\n* Punpun from ''Manga/GoodnightPunpun'' starts the series after a CheerfulChild however the ''extremely'' cynical tone of the manga kills that very quickly. To start off the series he walks in on his father [[DomesticAbuse beating]] his mom, [[spoiler:though later we learn he was stopping her from committing MurderSuicide with her son]], and his father gets arrested. By his adulthood Punpun is a [[DrivenToSuicide suicidal]] loner with a dysfunctional obsession for his (deeply troubled herself) childhood crush Aiko, or more so he is in love with the ''idea'' of her rather than Aiko herself.
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** Tamura starts as a somber, quiet middle school boy with a crush on a [[IncompatibleOrientation straight classmate]]. They begin an [[DomesticAbuse abusive]] sexual relationship which helps spur RepressedMemories in Tamura. Once those memories surface Tamura's personality takes a [[CreepyCrossdresser horrible]] [[DepravedHomosexual turn]] and he displays [[DrivenToSuicide suicidal]] and overall self-destructive ideation.

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** Tamura starts as a somber, quiet middle school boy with a crush on a [[IncompatibleOrientation straight classmate]]. They begin an [[DomesticAbuse abusive]] sexual relationship which helps spur RepressedMemories in Tamura. Once those memories surface Tamura's personality takes a [[CreepyCrossdresser horrible]] [[DepravedHomosexual turn]] and he displays [[DrivenToSuicide suicidal]] and overall self-destructive ideation. [[spoiler:Unlike Marika, he's troubled as adult]].



** Winry. She grows up fine into a [[GenkiGirl strong and cheerful girl]], despite her parents' death in Ishval while helping the wounded Ishvalans. [[RightBehindMe Then she found out]] who [[FreakOut killed]] [[InnocentBystander her parents]]. [[TearJerker All emotions break loose]].
** The identity of the Rockbells' killer differs between [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version]] and the manga/Brotherhood anime. A young and traumatized [[spoiler:Roy]] in the first series, [[spoiler:Scar]] in the manga/Brotherhood. But it's played amazingly both times.

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** Winry. She grows up fine into a [[GenkiGirl strong and cheerful girl]], despite her parents' death in Ishval while helping the wounded Ishvalans. [[RightBehindMe Then she found out]] who [[FreakOut killed]] [[InnocentBystander her parents]]. [[TearJerker All emotions break loose]].
loose]]. In the [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist 2003 anime]], that is played differently. She eventually learns who killed parents but she doesn't confront him. She does make it known through her body language that she hates him for what he did though.
** The identity of the Rockbells' killer differs between [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version]] and the manga/Brotherhood manga/''Brotherhood'' anime. A young and traumatized [[spoiler:Roy]] in the first series, [[spoiler:Scar]] in the manga/Brotherhood.manga/''Brotherhood''. But it's played amazingly both times.







* The titular heroines of ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'' get broken from the inside by their own cybernetic implants and by the brutal mental conditioning they receive to function as cold-blooded assassins. And that's not even mentioning the singularly horrible things that happened to them in order to necessitate them becoming cyborgs to survive. Henrietta for example was a normal little girl until [[spoiler:a home invasion ended in [[HarmfulToMinors her parents being killed in front of her]] and [[RapeAsDrama her being severely raped]] multiple times to the degree that it's implied that is why she [[NoPeriodsPeriod can't menstruate]].]] She ended up [[DrivenToSuicide suicidal]] however it was deemed she was a perfect candidate for being made into a cybernetic ChildSoldier. Her [[RepressedMemories traumatic memories were repressed]] so she acts like a happy child throughout the manga, even despite her [[AngstWhatAngst horrible life]] and the fact she's often treated as [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman sub-human]], however late in the manga [[spoiler:her personality and memories are removed which causes her to act robotic and [[EmotionlessGirl emotionless]]. She only gets better [[DyingAsYourself right before]] [[TheHeroDies her death]].]]

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* The titular heroines of ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'' get broken from the inside by their own cybernetic implants and by the brutal mental conditioning they receive to function as cold-blooded assassins. And that's not even mentioning the singularly horrible things that happened to them in order to necessitate them becoming cyborgs to survive. For example, Henrietta for example was a normal little girl until [[spoiler:a home invasion ended in [[HarmfulToMinors her parents being killed in front of her]] and [[RapeAsDrama her being severely raped]] multiple times to the degree that it's implied that is why she [[NoPeriodsPeriod can't menstruate]].]] She ended up [[DrivenToSuicide suicidal]] however it was deemed she was a perfect candidate for being made into a cybernetic ChildSoldier. {{Child Soldier|s}}. Her [[RepressedMemories traumatic memories were repressed]] so that she acts like a happy child throughout the manga, even despite her [[AngstWhatAngst horrible life]] and the fact she's often treated as [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman sub-human]], however sub-human]]. However, late in the manga [[spoiler:her personality and memories are removed which causes her to act robotic and [[EmotionlessGirl emotionless]]. She only gets better [[DyingAsYourself right before]] [[TheHeroDies her death]].]]



* ''Anime/HaibaneRenmei'': [[spoiler:Rakka, to the point she hits rock bottom, literally (in a dry well) and figuratively. Then she gets better.]]

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* ''Anime/HaibaneRenmei'': [[spoiler:Rakka, [[spoiler:Rakka]] hits this after [[spoiler:Kuu's Day of Flight occurs and she leaves]]. It gets to the point she hits rock bottom, literally (in ([[spoiler:in a dry well) well]]) and figuratively. Then she She becomes suicidal and [[spoiler:sin-bound, which causes her white wings to turn grey. This in turn causes her to [[SelfHarm cut off the affected feathers.]] Eventually [[spoiler:Rakka]] gets better.]]better after she comes to terms with everything.



* Punpun from ''Manga/OyasumiPunpun'' starts the series after a CheerfulChild however the ''extremely'' cynical tone of the manga kills that very quickly. To start off the series he walks in on his father [[DomesticAbuse beating]] his mom, [[spoiler:though later we learn he was stopping her from committing MurderSuicide with her son]], and his father gets arrested. By his adulthood Punpun is a suicidal loner with a dysfunctional obsession for his (deeply troubled herself) childhood crush Aiko, or more so he is in love with the ''idea'' of her rather than Aiko herself.
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** Takeru's companion, Patamon, also gets a lot of this. He is the most childlike, innocent and cute out of the main digimon, who is always looking out for Takeru. In the first episodes where he gets to be the main focus, he has a lot of issues with self confidence due to being the only one who cannot evolve, and even breaks down crying over this. When Ogremon and a brainwashed Leomon show up, Patamon tries to think of a plan to bring Leomon back to his senses and rescue Takeru, but is too weak to do anything and nearly gets crushed to death in the process. When Devimon is about to kill Takeru, Patamon attacks Devimon with all his might, only to realize that his attacks do nothing and, in a last desperate effort, flies in front of Takeru to shield him. This causes him to finally evolve into Angemon... Who instantly sacrifices his own life to kill Devimon. He comes back in the next episode as a baby, and then a few episodes later evolves into Tokomon. Then, as Tokomon, he gets kidnapped, ''beaten up and poked with sticks'' by a gang of Pagumon who lock him up. He gets rescued by Agumon and is reunited with Takeru... For a short while. A couple of episodes later, due to PicoDevimon's influence, Takeru ends up fighting with Tokomon and abandoning him, ''even though Tokomon saved his life.'' Tokomon is left on the beach alone, depressed and nearly starving to death. After he reunites with Takeru once more, he evolves into Patamon to beat up PicoDevimon and things seem to be going his way again. Then, in the movie ''Our War Game'', Patamon participates in the fight against Diablomon and before he can evolve into Angemon, he gets attacked and beaten to near death by Diablomon. ''Then in Zero Two'', the Digimon Emperor kidnaps Patamon and tries to put an Evil Spiral on him, and it's only thanks to Garurumon's interference that he doesn't succeed.
** Everything culminates for both Takeru and Patamon in ''Digimon Adventure tri.'' movie "''Confession''": [[spoiler:Patamon is the first of the eight main digimon to catch the infection and ends up biting Takeru. Takeru brings Patamon home in order to quarantine him from the other digimon. When Takeru gets home, Patamon realizes that he has been infected and, with a smile on his face, asks Takeru to ''kill him if he starts acting violently.'' Patamon tries to keep up the happy demeanor in order to not make Takeru cry, but in the end they both completely break down crying.]]

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** Takeru's companion, Patamon, also gets a lot of this. He is the most childlike, innocent and cute out of the main digimon, who is always looking out for Takeru.Takeru, yet he easily goes through the most hardships aside from Tailmon. In the first episodes where he gets to be the main focus, he has a lot of issues with self confidence due to being the only one who cannot evolve, and even breaks down crying over this. When Ogremon and a brainwashed Leomon show up, Patamon tries to think of a plan to bring Leomon back to his senses and rescue Takeru, but is too weak to do anything and nearly gets crushed to death in the process. When Devimon is about to kill Takeru, Patamon attacks Devimon with all his might, only to realize that his attacks do nothing and, in a last desperate effort, flies in front of Takeru to shield him. This causes him to finally evolve into Angemon... Who instantly sacrifices his own life to kill Devimon. He comes back in the next episode as a baby, and then a few episodes later evolves into Tokomon. Then, as Tokomon, he gets kidnapped, ''beaten up and poked with sticks'' by a gang of Pagumon who lock him up. He gets rescued by Agumon and is reunited with Takeru... For a short while. A couple of episodes later, due to PicoDevimon's Picodevimon's influence, Takeru ends up fighting with Tokomon and abandoning him, ''even though Tokomon saved his life.'' Tokomon is left on the beach alone, depressed and nearly starving to death. After he Tokomon reunites with Takeru once more, he evolves into Patamon to beat up PicoDevimon Picodevimon and things seem to be going his way again. Then, in the movie ''Our War Game'', Patamon participates in the fight against Diablomon and before he can evolve into Angemon, he gets attacked and beaten to near death by Diablomon. ''Then in Zero Two'', the Digimon Emperor kidnaps Patamon and tries to put an Evil Spiral on him, and it's only thanks to Garurumon's interference that he doesn't succeed.
** Everything culminates for both Takeru and Patamon in ''Digimon Adventure tri.'' movie "''Confession''": [[spoiler:Patamon is the first of the eight main digimon to catch the infection and ends up biting Takeru. Takeru brings Patamon home in order to quarantine him from the other digimon. When Takeru gets home, Patamon realizes that he has been infected and, with a smile on his face, asks Takeru to ''kill him if he starts acting violently.'' Patamon tries to keep up the happy demeanor and says he has made peace with his fate in order to not make Takeru cry, sad, but in the end [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PWffOyNrpc they both completely break down crying.]]crying]]. Realizing that Takeru is unable to put him down, Patamon meets with the other seven digimon and asks them to do it instead, saying that "''You guys are everything I have!''"]]
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** Seems tame in comparison to poor Juri but Ken Ichijoji also fits the bill, too. He goes from the BigBad and Evil Genius in the first season of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' to being TheWoobie and TheAtoner with a DarkandTroubledPast all in one go. He deals with everything from [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone crushing guilt]] to being completely isolated from everyone, to his [[IWishedYouWereDead brother's death]], to being infected with the Dark Spore, to kidnapping, to being occasionally dragged into a [[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecraftian]]-inspired other world... Somebody on the writing team really wanted to make sure this guy [[EarnYourHappyEnding earned his redemption.]]

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** Seems tame in comparison to poor Juri but * Ken Ichijoji also fits the bill, too. from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02''. He goes from the BigBad and Evil Genius in the first half of the season of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' to being TheWoobie and TheAtoner with a DarkandTroubledPast all in one go. He deals with everything from [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone crushing guilt]] to being completely isolated from everyone, to his [[IWishedYouWereDead brother's death]], to being infected with the Dark Spore, to kidnapping, to being occasionally dragged into a [[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecraftian]]-inspired other world... Somebody on the writing team really wanted to make sure this guy [[EarnYourHappyEnding earned his redemption.]]


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** Takeru's companion, Patamon, also gets a lot of this. He is the most childlike, innocent and cute out of the main digimon, who is always looking out for Takeru. In the first episodes where he gets to be the main focus, he has a lot of issues with self confidence due to being the only one who cannot evolve, and even breaks down crying over this. When Ogremon and a brainwashed Leomon show up, Patamon tries to think of a plan to bring Leomon back to his senses and rescue Takeru, but is too weak to do anything and nearly gets crushed to death in the process. When Devimon is about to kill Takeru, Patamon attacks Devimon with all his might, only to realize that his attacks do nothing and, in a last desperate effort, flies in front of Takeru to shield him. This causes him to finally evolve into Angemon... Who instantly sacrifices his own life to kill Devimon. He comes back in the next episode as a baby, and then a few episodes later evolves into Tokomon. Then, as Tokomon, he gets kidnapped, ''beaten up and poked with sticks'' by a gang of Pagumon who lock him up. He gets rescued by Agumon and is reunited with Takeru... For a short while. A couple of episodes later, due to PicoDevimon's influence, Takeru ends up fighting with Tokomon and abandoning him, ''even though Tokomon saved his life.'' Tokomon is left on the beach alone, depressed and nearly starving to death. After he reunites with Takeru once more, he evolves into Patamon to beat up PicoDevimon and things seem to be going his way again. Then, in the movie ''Our War Game'', Patamon participates in the fight against Diablomon and before he can evolve into Angemon, he gets attacked and beaten to near death by Diablomon. ''Then in Zero Two'', the Digimon Emperor kidnaps Patamon and tries to put an Evil Spiral on him, and it's only thanks to Garurumon's interference that he doesn't succeed.
** Everything culminates for both Takeru and Patamon in ''Digimon Adventure tri.'' movie "''Confession''": [[spoiler:Patamon is the first of the eight main digimon to catch the infection and ends up biting Takeru. Takeru brings Patamon home in order to quarantine him from the other digimon. When Takeru gets home, Patamon realizes that he has been infected and, with a smile on his face, asks Takeru to ''kill him if he starts acting violently.'' Patamon tries to keep up the happy demeanor in order to not make Takeru cry, but in the end they both completely break down crying.]]
7th Jun '17 4:09:18 PM Dravencour
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** Griffith was once a nice guy (albeit with a ManipulativeBastard streak), highly charismatic, who lead a mighty group of mercenaries and, through his leadership and strategy, was on the fast-track to becoming a noble and realizing his dream of leading his own kingdom. Then Guts, his best friend and closest confidant, decides to leave the Band of the Hawk in his own effort to be Griffith's equal. [[spoiler:Beside himself with grief, he sneaks into the Midland Kingdom's castle and takes the virginity of the princess, getting him arrested and tortured over the course of a year, leaving him unable to speak, walk, or even use his hands. Then his closest friends, who rescue him, take pity on him]]. After all that, it's not so hard to see why [[spoiler:he would decide to become a demon, kill off his men, and make Guts and Casca's lives a living hell from that day forward...]]

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** Griffith was once a nice guy (albeit with a ManipulativeBastard streak), highly charismatic, who lead a mighty group of mercenaries and, through his leadership and strategy, was on the fast-track to becoming a noble and realizing his dream of leading his own kingdom. Then Guts, his best friend and closest confidant, decides to leave the Band of the Hawk in his own effort to be Griffith's equal. [[spoiler:Beside himself with grief, he sneaks into the Midland Kingdom's castle and takes the virginity of the princess, getting him arrested and tortured over the course of a year, leaving him unable to speak, walk, or even use his hands. Then his closest friends, who rescue him, take pity on him]].him, [[DontYouDarePityMe something he wanted least]]]]. After all that, it's not so hard to see why [[spoiler:he would decide to become a demon, kill off his men, and make Guts and Casca's lives a living hell from that day forward...]]
29th May '17 1:15:09 PM LadyChaos
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* ''Manga/InnocentsShounenJuujigun'' has many.
** Pretty much the entire plot of the story is breaking down Etienne's faith and driving him to suffering. From [[spoiler:his miracles being faked, to watching his friends die one by one, to seeing the true evil of the church he's devoted his life to, to finally being ''executed'' by that church]], Etty does not have an easy time.
** Nico starts out as an innocent kid looking for glory and fun. He winds up [[spoiler: a broken shell of a man who's watched numerous friends die in front of him, been too late to save the most important person in his life, and has to live with the guilt of knowing it's all his fault.]]
** Marc starts out as a happy go lucky kid who lives to clown around and make people laugh. [[spoiler: After his best friend is killed in front of him, he turns into a broken, nervous wreck bordering on an empty shell.]]
** Henri starts out as a sweet, young crybaby who ''already'' has some issues with being weaker than his peers. After being unable to fight properly, earning Nicolas's hatred, [[spoiler: accidentally killing one of his friends, and being raped and tortured by Hugo, he's so broken he tries to ''kill himself'' by impaling his own throat on a spiky branch, claiming that he'll never be brave enough to be a knight.]]
** As if everything else that happens during the course of the Children's Crusade, including multiple deaths and growing cold with his brother and best friend, isn't enough, Laurent gets to feel [[spoiler: his twin brother's death over their telepathy]]. Meaning he got to experience every second of what Lillian was feeling.
** Remy's entire life has been one long series of this. He started out as the cutest boy in the village, and then developed leprosy that made everyone but his family and Etienne hate him. He sets out on the Children's Crusade in search of a cure, but only gets [[spoiler: to experience his body slowly falling apart under him as exhaustion and trauma get the better of him. He finally dies, confused and believing that God will turn him away, and by that point, he's missing a ''lot'' of body parts on top of it all]]
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