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13th Jul '16 5:29:21 PM RaViola
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** Nico di Angelo: Starts out as a cheery, nerdy ten year old then his sister [[spoiler: dies]] and he runs away, then get manipulated by a ghost and trapped in the Labyrinth. He learns that he will never be accepted because he's the son of [[spoiler: Hades]] . When he's twelve he is learns of [[spoiler: his mother's death at the hands of Zeus and the curse that Hades put on the Oracle. Hades then says that he'd rather have had Nico die instead of Bianca. When he's 13, he finds out that Bianca was reborn without telling him. Then he goes on a solo mission to find the Doors of Death -for a prophecy he isn't even a part of- only to get sucked into actual Tartarus. Then he gets kidnapped by Gaea and trapped in a jar for days.]] Break the cutie indeed.

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** Nico di Angelo: Starts out as a cheery, nerdy ten year old then his sister [[spoiler: dies]] and he runs away, then get manipulated by a ghost and trapped in the Labyrinth. He learns that he will never be accepted because he's the son of [[spoiler: Hades]] . When he's twelve he is learns of [[spoiler: his mother's death at the hands of Zeus and the curse that Hades put on the Oracle. Hades then says that he'd rather have had Nico die instead of Bianca. When he's 13, he finds out that Bianca was reborn without telling him. Then he goes on a solo mission to find the Doors of Death -for a prophecy he isn't even a part of- only to get sucked into actual Tartarus. Then he He gets out by being kidnapped by Gaea and trapped in a jar for days.''for days''.]] Break the cutie indeed.
13th Jul '16 5:26:25 PM RaViola
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** Nico di Angelo: Starts out as a cheery, nerdy ten year old then his sister [[spoiler: dies]] and he runs away, then get manipulated by a ghost and trapped in the Labyrinth. He learns that he will never be accepted because he's the son of [[spoiler: Hades]] . When he's twelve he is learns of [[spoiler: his mother's death at the hands of Zeus and the curse that Hades put on the Oracle. Hades then says that he'd rather have had Nico die instead of Bianca. When he's 13, he finds out that Bianca was reborn without telling him. Then he gets kidnapped by Gaea.]] Break the cutie indeed.

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** Nico di Angelo: Starts out as a cheery, nerdy ten year old then his sister [[spoiler: dies]] and he runs away, then get manipulated by a ghost and trapped in the Labyrinth. He learns that he will never be accepted because he's the son of [[spoiler: Hades]] . When he's twelve he is learns of [[spoiler: his mother's death at the hands of Zeus and the curse that Hades put on the Oracle. Hades then says that he'd rather have had Nico die instead of Bianca. When he's 13, he finds out that Bianca was reborn without telling him. Then he goes on a solo mission to find the Doors of Death -for a prophecy he isn't even a part of- only to get sucked into actual Tartarus. Then he gets kidnapped by Gaea.Gaea and trapped in a jar for days.]] Break the cutie indeed.
8th Jun '16 4:44:19 PM eroock
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* The God Mara from Creator/DavidEddings' ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' series. He is the god of the Marags..maybe not a cutie, but a fairly benign god. He wakes up to find out that his entire race of followers have been raped and murdered by a neighboring nation. He proceeds to go into a GodMode version of BSOD. He snaps so hard that all he can do is stand there projecting the most gruesome aspects of what happened to his people... over his entire country...for thousands of years. Any normal human that ventures into his land are driven insane from his grief and horror. He only snaps out of it when it is learned some of his followers were sold into slavery and one of their descendants survives.
* Book 5 of the ''Literature/BlackCompany'' series features Timmy Lokan, a fun-loving neighborhood kid with a knack for exploration. In order, he has the flesh of his hand corrupted by the touch of an ancient evil (caused when retrieving an ArtifactOfDoom for his unsavory friends), watching said corruption spread into a genuine disease, having his hand amputated to prevent the corruption from killing him, and finally being beaten to death in an interrogation gone wrong.
* ''Literature/{{Candide}}'' absolutely crushes ''everyone'', especially its protagonist. Voltaire really didn't like the idea of the best of all possible worlds...
* ''Literature/ChameleonMoon'' has Finneus, a bubbly, chubby little taxi driver, who unfortunately has the power to cause random explosions whenever he feels any negative emotions. Of course, he's then [[spoiler: kidnapped and tortured until something "breaks inside him" and he can't feel any emotions at all- thus halting the explosions.]]
* ''Literature/ChaosWalking'': Every main character at some point. [[spoiler: For Manchee it's a literal BreakTheCutie]]
* The entire Leckery family, probably the one actually nice family, gets this in ''Literature/ChroniclesOfMagravandias'', but [[NiceGuy Khaster]] and [[TheIngenue Ellony]] get this the worst. The latter goes mad in a magical ritual and drowns and the former has a complete HeroicBSOD before running off into enemy territory. The Leckerys have been mourning for them ever since.
* David Wingrove's ''Literature/ChungKuo'' has Sweet Flute, a young and innocent prostitute at a high-end brothel, who is sold as a concubine before she has time to toughen up. It does not go well for her, especially not after she has a child.



* ''{{Literature/Pollyanna}}'': Title character Pollyanna Whitler is [[spoiler:struck by a car and paralysed]] after enjoying her first summer in her new town, cheering people up with the "Glad Game", and attempting to arrange situations that would better her neighbor's lives.
* Most of ''Literature/ALittlePrincess'' is devoted to breaking Sara Crewe. From being the richest, cleverest, and most beloved student at her BoardingSchool, she goes to a friendless and penniless servant after her father dies -- with the news delivered in the middle of her birthday party. The servants and especially Miss Minchin all try their best to break her from that point on. [[spoiler:Sara never breaks, but she does cool off and become much more distant and withdrawn, and almost breaks at one point.]]
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
** Arya Stark lives on the run as a StreetUrchin, sees [[spoiler: her father, mother and older brother]] die without being able to do anything to stop such deaths, progressively falls into insanity and is taken in by a murderous cult.
** Her older sister, Sansa, starts out sweet, frivolous, and naive, convinced that life is like a song: true knights, elegant princesses, chivalrous princes, all the fairytale rot. Then the breaking begins, kicked off by [[spoiler:watching the guy she was all starry-eyed over murder her father right in front of her]], and by the end of the second book, all such illusions have been crushed. By book four, the only person she can depend on is a [[{{Yandere}} mentally unstable]] MagnificentBastard, who is not only training her to follow in his manipulative footsteps but also molesting her.
** The aforementioned ManipulativeBastard, Petyr 'Littlefinger' Baelish, mentioned as having been [[UsedToBeASweetKid adorably mischievous as a child]], went through a similar process to Sansa, leading to his StartofDarkness.
** Their younger brother Bran loved nothing more than to climb, and wanted to be a knight when he grew up. Then he was pushed out a window by Jaime Lannister and broke his spine. Now he can't even cross the room without help. Then, he's [[spoiler:forced to flee his home to escape Theon Greyjoy, and has to go north, beyond the wall, to find someone who will help him master his powers as a skinchanger.]]
** Daenerys's brother Viserys is the only close surviving relative, and they were both kicked out of the only home she ever truly knew about. Her brother is horribly abusive, both mentally and physically, seeing her only as a pawn for power and marries her off to a scary barbarian warlord at the age of 13. Although they do both eventually fall in love, [[spoiler: nearly everything goes horribly wrong. Her brother is eventually killed, her husband nearly dies of an infected wound and becomes comatose after using blood magic to heal him, and she smothers him out of mercy. Her unborn son Rhaego dies as a result of said blood magic and she is betrayed by nearly everyone she comes across. The end of the first book shows that she's clearly not someone to fuck with anymore as she burns alive the witch that killed her son and made her husband a Soulless Shell and she hatches the only three dragons in the world.]]
** In the fifth book, [[spoiler:Sansa's friend Jeyne Poole, who is perhaps even more idealistic than Sansa,]] is married off to the [[BastardBastard Bastard of Bolton]]. Rape only begins to describe what follows.
* The God Mara from Creator/DavidEddings' ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' series. He is the god of the Marags..maybe not a cutie, but a fairly benign god. He wakes up to find out that his entire race of followers have been raped and murdered by a neighboring nation. He proceeds to go into a GodMode version of BSOD. He snaps so hard that all he can do is stand there projecting the most gruesome aspects of what happened to his people... over his entire country...for thousands of years. Any normal human that ventures into his land are driven insane from his grief and horror. He only snaps out of it when it is learned some of his followers were sold into slavery and one of their descendants survives.
* Book 5 of the ''Literature/BlackCompany'' series features Timmy Lokan, a fun-loving neighborhood kid with a knack for exploration. In order, he has the flesh of his hand corrupted by the touch of an ancient evil (caused when retrieving an ArtifactOfDoom for his unsavory friends), watching said corruption spread into a genuine disease, having his hand amputated to prevent the corruption from killing him, and finally being beaten to death in an interrogation gone wrong.
* ''Literature/{{Candide}}'' absolutely crushes ''everyone'', especially its protagonist. Voltaire really didn't like the idea of the best of all possible worlds...
* ''Literature/ChameleonMoon'' has Finneus, a bubbly, chubby little taxi driver, who unfortunately has the power to cause random explosions whenever he feels any negative emotions. Of course, he's then [[spoiler: kidnapped and tortured until something "breaks inside him" and he can't feel any emotions at all- thus halting the explosions.]]
* ''Literature/ChaosWalking'': Every main character at some point. [[spoiler: For Manchee it's a literal BreakTheCutie]]
* The entire Leckery family, probably the one actually nice family, gets this in ''Literature/ChroniclesOfMagravandias'', but [[NiceGuy Khaster]] and [[TheIngenue Ellony]] get this the worst. The latter goes mad in a magical ritual and drowns and the former has a complete HeroicBSOD before running off into enemy territory. The Leckerys have been mourning for them ever since.
* David Wingrove's ''Literature/ChungKuo'' has Sweet Flute, a young and innocent prostitute at a high-end brothel, who is sold as a concubine before she has time to toughen up. It does not go well for her, especially not after she has a child.



* ''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.



* Most of ''Literature/ALittlePrincess'' is devoted to breaking Sara Crewe. From being the richest, cleverest, and most beloved student at her BoardingSchool, she goes to a friendless and penniless servant after her father dies -- with the news delivered in the middle of her birthday party. The servants and especially Miss Minchin all try their best to break her from that point on. [[spoiler:Sara never breaks, but she does cool off and become much more distant and withdrawn, and almost breaks at one point.]]



* ''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]].



* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
** Arya Stark lives on the run as a StreetUrchin, sees [[spoiler: her father, mother and older brother]] die without being able to do anything to stop such deaths, progressively falls into insanity and is taken in by a murderous cult.
** Her older sister, Sansa, starts out sweet, frivolous, and naive, convinced that life is like a song: true knights, elegant princesses, chivalrous princes, all the fairytale rot. Then the breaking begins, kicked off by [[spoiler:watching the guy she was all starry-eyed over murder her father right in front of her]], and by the end of the second book, all such illusions have been crushed. By book four, the only person she can depend on is a [[{{Yandere}} mentally unstable]] MagnificentBastard, who is not only training her to follow in his manipulative footsteps but also molesting her.
** The aforementioned ManipulativeBastard, Petyr 'Littlefinger' Baelish, mentioned as having been [[UsedToBeASweetKid adorably mischievous as a child]], went through a similar process to Sansa, leading to his StartofDarkness.
** Their younger brother Bran loved nothing more than to climb, and wanted to be a knight when he grew up. Then he was pushed out a window by Jaime Lannister and broke his spine. Now he can't even cross the room without help. Then, he's [[spoiler:forced to flee his home to escape Theon Greyjoy, and has to go north, beyond the wall, to find someone who will help him master his powers as a skinchanger.]]
** Daenerys's brother Viserys is the only close surviving relative, and they were both kicked out of the only home she ever truly knew about. Her brother is horribly abusive, both mentally and physically, seeing her only as a pawn for power and marries her off to a scary barbarian warlord at the age of 13. Although they do both eventually fall in love, [[spoiler: nearly everything goes horribly wrong. Her brother is eventually killed, her husband nearly dies of an infected wound and becomes comatose after using blood magic to heal him, and she smothers him out of mercy. Her unborn son Rhaego dies as a result of said blood magic and she is betrayed by nearly everyone she comes across. The end of the first book shows that she's clearly not someone to fuck with anymore as she burns alive the witch that killed her son and made her husband a Soulless Shell and she hatches the only three dragons in the world.]]
** In the fifth book, [[spoiler:Sansa's friend Jeyne Poole, who is perhaps even more idealistic than Sansa,]] is married off to the [[BastardBastard Bastard of Bolton]]. Rape only begins to describe what follows.



* A double-whammy for Catherine in ''Literature/WashingtonSquare''. The first one comes from her father during their stay in Europe; when she tells him she still plans to marry Morris, he gives a speech lathed with sarcasm, comparing her to a mindless animal whose "value is twice as great" after her experiences abroad, ending it with "We have fattened the sheep before he kills it!" Then [[spoiler: Morris--after finding out that Catherine will not be as rich as expected-- turns his inner JerkAss UpToEleven hoping it will turn her off him, and when that fails, he cruelly dumps her and runs off to California.]]



* ''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.
* ''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]].

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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.
* ''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]].
1st Apr '16 2:58:31 AM Anddrix
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* Sal Vikram from ''Literature/TimeRiders'', particularly by ''The Mayan Prophecy''. She's the youngest character and has to deal with [[spoiler:the fact that she was modeled on a real girl, making her seem like a fake]], on top of all the pressures of working for the agency and keeping history as it is.

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* Sal Vikram from ''Literature/TimeRiders'', particularly by ''The Mayan Prophecy''. She's the youngest character and has to deal with [[spoiler:the fact that she was modeled on a real girl, making her seem like a fake]], on top of all the pressures of working for the agency and keeping history as it is.should be.
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.
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