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21st Oct '15 11:25:38 AM AnneElliotsCat
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* This trope starts off right at the beginning of the novel: Literature/{{Clarissa}} is ''entirely'' built on this concept.

* In ''Literature/{{War and Peace}}'', [[TheCasanova Anatole Kuragin]] does this to Natasha Rostov by seducing her into abandoning her marriage with Prince Andrei and running away with him. People manage to foil Anatole's plan, but she's never the same afterwards.
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* In ''Literature/{{War and Peace}}'', [[TheCasanova Anatole Kuragin]] does this to Natasha Rostov by seducing her into abandoning her marriage with Prince Andrei and running away with him. People manage to foil Anatole's plan, but she's never the same afterwards. And then [[spoiler: Andrei dies. And Natasha marries ''Pierre'' of all people.]] That's what ''really'' breaks her.
16th Sep '15 8:34:56 AM Kakai
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* In ''Literature/HorusHeresy'' novel ''Vulkan Lives'', this happens (ironically enough, given the title) to Vulkan, WhiteSheep of the Primarchs. He used to stand out as being caring and noble, but then he gets into Curze's hands and is tortured to the point of insanity. By the end of it, the only thing remaining of his mind is his knowledge of combat and unstoppable desire to murder Curze.
29th Jul '15 4:00:00 AM SanaMae
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** Effectively, ''every'' previous victor, since they all survived a televised fight to the death as teenagers. Special mention goes to Finnick Odair, who became the youngest person to ever win the Games at 14, and since then has [[spoiler: been used as a SexSlave by the Capitol, on the condition that Snow will kill his family if he refuses.]] He also had to watch his girlfriend (Annie, see above) lose her mind in her own games and later [[spoiler: be captured by the Capitol, he then gets to marry her but dies shortly after, never getting to meet his son.]]
21st Jun '15 1:17:14 PM Kankurette
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* Val's daughter Chris gets thoroughly broken in ''Literature/TheWomensRoom'', courtesy of a teenage rapist, and uncaring policemen and lawyers. She goes from a happy, precocious teenage girl to a frightened, miserable BrokenBird who gets terrified if her mother leaves the house, and can barely look her mother's friends or boyfriend in the eye. Eventually, Val sends her off to live with some friends on a commune. Chris is furious with Val, believing that her mother is abandoning her just when Chris needs her the most, and breaks off contact [[spoiler:(although she does attend Val's funeral).]] Sadly, [[spoiler:Mira]] never finds out what happened to her afterwards.
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* Val's daughter Chris gets thoroughly broken in ''Literature/TheWomensRoom'', ''[[Literature/TheWomensRoom The Women's Room]]'', courtesy of a teenage rapist, and uncaring policemen and lawyers. She goes from a happy, precocious teenage girl to a frightened, miserable BrokenBird who gets terrified if her mother leaves the house, and can barely look her mother's friends or boyfriend in the eye. Eventually, Val sends her off to live with some friends on a commune. Chris is furious with Val, believing that her mother is abandoning her just when Chris needs her the most, and breaks off contact [[spoiler:(although she does attend Val's funeral).]] Sadly, [[spoiler:Mira]] never finds out what happened to her afterwards.
21st Jun '15 1:16:34 PM Kankurette
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* Val's daughter Chris gets thoroughly broken in ''Literature/The WomensRoom'', courtesy of a teenage rapist, and uncaring policemen and lawyers. She goes from a happy, precocious teenage girl to a frightened, miserable BrokenBird who gets terrified if her mother leaves the house, and can barely look her mother's friends or boyfriend in the eye. Eventually, Val sends her off to live with some friends on a commune. Chris is furious with Val, believing that her mother is abandoning her just when Chris needs her the most, and breaks off contact [[spoiler:(although she does attend Val's funeral).]] Sadly, [[spoiler:Mira]] never finds out what happened to her afterwards.
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* Val's daughter Chris gets thoroughly broken in ''Literature/The WomensRoom'', ''Literature/TheWomensRoom'', courtesy of a teenage rapist, and uncaring policemen and lawyers. She goes from a happy, precocious teenage girl to a frightened, miserable BrokenBird who gets terrified if her mother leaves the house, and can barely look her mother's friends or boyfriend in the eye. Eventually, Val sends her off to live with some friends on a commune. Chris is furious with Val, believing that her mother is abandoning her just when Chris needs her the most, and breaks off contact [[spoiler:(although she does attend Val's funeral).]] Sadly, [[spoiler:Mira]] never finds out what happened to her afterwards.
21st Jun '15 1:15:59 PM Kankurette
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* Val's daughter Chris gets thoroughly broken in ''The Women's Room'', courtesy of a teenage rapist, and uncaring policemen and lawyers. She goes from a happy, precocious teenage girl to a frightened, miserable BrokenBird who gets terrified if her mother leaves the house, and can barely look her mother's friends or boyfriend in the eye. Eventually, Val sends her off to live with some friends on a commune. Chris is furious with Val, believing that her mother is abandoning her just when Chris needs her the most, and breaks off contact [[spoiler:(although she does attend Val's funeral).]] Sadly, [[spoiler:Mira]] never finds out what happened to her afterwards.
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* Val's daughter Chris gets thoroughly broken in ''The Women's Room'', ''Literature/The WomensRoom'', courtesy of a teenage rapist, and uncaring policemen and lawyers. She goes from a happy, precocious teenage girl to a frightened, miserable BrokenBird who gets terrified if her mother leaves the house, and can barely look her mother's friends or boyfriend in the eye. Eventually, Val sends her off to live with some friends on a commune. Chris is furious with Val, believing that her mother is abandoning her just when Chris needs her the most, and breaks off contact [[spoiler:(although she does attend Val's funeral).]] Sadly, [[spoiler:Mira]] never finds out what happened to her afterwards.
14th May '15 11:01:39 AM LaStella
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** Really, he saw his mother murdered when he was only a baby, then was shipped to abusive/neglectful relatives where he had been told that he should have died with his parents, constantly. Then he goes to Hogwarts where his ideal life of Magic is destroyed and he gets so much mental trauma that it's hilarious, getting attacked by a professor physically one of the ''least'' worst things to happen to him at that school. Then at 14 and 16 he watched [[spoiler: a classmate and his godfather die]] by [[GuiltComplex what he believes is his own fault]]. Then finds out that [[spoiler:he and Voldie have a kill or be killed thing going on.]]. And it keeps going on and on until the bright little boy who was awed by magic and wanted acceptance becomes an even more mentally scarred teenager who was destroyed and knew that [[spoiler:he actually had to die]] to save the 'world!'
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** Really, he saw his mother murdered when he was only a baby, then was shipped to abusive/neglectful relatives where he had been told that he should have died with his parents, constantly. Then he goes to Hogwarts where his ideal life of Magic is destroyed and he gets so much mental trauma that it's hilarious, getting attacked by a professor physically one of the ''least'' worst things to happen to him at that school. Then at 14 and 16 15 he watched [[spoiler: a classmate and his godfather die]] by [[GuiltComplex what he believes is his own fault]]. Then finds out that [[spoiler:he and Voldie have a kill or be killed thing going on.]]. And it keeps going on and on until the bright little boy who was awed by magic and wanted acceptance becomes an even more mentally scarred teenager who was destroyed and knew that [[spoiler:he actually had to die]] to save the 'world!'
29th Apr '15 8:13:43 AM ReGale
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* ''Literature/TheGirlNextDoor'' : Meg. A scary RippedFromTheHeadlines version (aka TruthInTelevision), as it's based on the case of Silvia Likens. Likens was an Indiana teen who was locked in a basement, tortured, and murdered. The book was made into a film. A TV movie starring Creator/EllenPage was also filmed about the case.
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* ''Literature/TheGirlNextDoor'' : Meg. A scary RippedFromTheHeadlines version (aka TruthInTelevision), as it's based on the case of Silvia Likens. Likens was an Indiana teen who was locked in a basement, tortured, and murdered. The book was made into a film. A TV movie starring Creator/EllenPage was also filmed about the case.case. * ''Literature/RevancheCycle'': semi-subverted with the honor- and knighthood-obsessed Mari. She's psychologically tortured to the point of madness, her dreams are systematically shattered, and she ends up [[spoiler:throwing herself at the feet of the witch who tortured her, vowing her devoted service]]. Subverted in that [[spoiler:Mari was ''always'' murderously batshit crazy; when we first meet her, it's after another character spent a year drugging and brainwashing her, implanting a "good" personality to keep her under control. All the Owl really does, arguably, is bring back the original Mari]].
2nd Mar '15 9:41:11 PM nitpickeryandsuch
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2nd Mar '15 9:40:56 PM nitpickeryandsuch
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* In ''Echo'', a short story by J. Nagibin, this happens to Vika, a 10 years old girl and a BlitheSpirit. She is caught SkinnyDipping by a bunch of local bulles, who proceed to thoroughly mock and harass her, including some [[MemeticMolester ambiguous threats]], while her friend doesn't have courage to stand up to them, and [[spoiler: promptly reveal her secret to them]]. The ordeal puts her into a HeroicBSOD, with tears, name-calling (though the boy ''did'' deserve that), and self-hatred. She is clearly a completely different person afterwards, much sadder, fearful and withdrawn. Her BlitheSpirit properties are completely gone and replaced by mistrust.
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* In ''Echo'', a short story by J. Nagibin, this happens to Vika, a 10 years year old girl and a BlitheSpirit. She is caught SkinnyDipping by a bunch of local bulles, who proceed to thoroughly mock and harass her, including some [[MemeticMolester ambiguous threats]], while her friend doesn't have courage to stand up to them, and [[spoiler: promptly reveal her secret to them]]. The ordeal puts her into a HeroicBSOD, with tears, name-calling (though the boy ''did'' deserve that), and self-hatred. She is clearly a completely different person afterwards, much sadder, fearful and withdrawn. Her BlitheSpirit properties are completely gone and replaced by mistrust.

* ''Literature/{{GONE}}'' by Michael Grant: ** Brittney Donegal. Starts off as a chubbly, sweet Christian girl who just wants to help Sam and his friends defend the power plant (HUNGER), going as far as risking her life to keep her friends safe...Then her brother dies at the hands of a coyote...[[spoiler: Then she's tortured by Drake Merwin to death...Then she discovers her power is immortality (the ability to withstand horrible ammounts of pain without dying)...However she is still buried underground for 3 months...Then she escapes from the grave...And is manipulated into becoming a slave for the Gaiaphage...And further tortured a couple more times, and at one points begs the main protagonist Sam to kill her.]] By this point, she is pretty much a ghost of herself, insane, deluded and heartbroken. ** Also Mary Terrafino, who is a kind hearted, much liked member of the FAYZ who selflessly look after the under 5s of Perdido Beach. [[spoiler: Then she relaspes on bulimia, has to watch children get eaten right in front of her eyes, is tied to a chair and force fed, starts to become addicted to prozac unaware it is running out, is then tricked into jumping off a cliff, and in FEAR we find out her fate when she escape the FAYZ...It's not very pretty.]]
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* ''Literature/{{GONE}}'' by Michael Grant: ** Grant: Brittney Donegal. Starts off as a chubbly, chubby, sweet Christian girl who just wants to help Sam and his friends defend the power plant (HUNGER), plant, going as far as risking her life to keep her friends safe...safe. Then her brother dies at the hands of a coyote...coyote, [[spoiler: Then she's tortured by Drake Merwin to death...Then she death, discovers that her power is immortality (the ability to withstand horrible ammounts amounts of pain without dying)...However she dying), is still buried underground for 3 months...Then she months, escapes from the grave...And grave, is manipulated into becoming a slave for the Gaiaphage...And Gaiaphage, is further tortured a couple more times, and at one points begs the main protagonist Sam to kill her.]] By this point, she is pretty much a ghost of herself, insane, deluded and heartbroken. ** Also Mary Terrafino, who is a kind hearted, much liked member of the FAYZ who selflessly look after the under 5s of Perdido Beach. [[spoiler: Then she relaspes relapses on bulimia, has to watch children get eaten right in front of her eyes, is tied to a chair and force fed, starts to become addicted to prozac unaware it is running out, is then tricked into jumping off a cliff, and in FEAR ''FEAR'' we find out her fate when she escape the FAYZ...It's not very pretty.]]

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