History DysfunctionJunction / AnimeAndManga

14th Sep '17 7:49:36 AM Pichu-kun
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* This is more-or-less obligatory in ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'' as cyborgs are orphaned or "unwanted" children used by the government to become [[ChildSoldier assassins]]. All the girls have [[DarkAndTroubledPast deeply troubled pasts]] ranging from Henrietta being rape after her family was killed in front of her to Angelica's father trying to run her over to get money from the "accident". The only reason they're not all suicidal and depressed is because their conditioning represses their memories and makes them [[{{yandere}} extremely loyal]] to their [[TheHandler handlers]]. Their handlers aren't the most functional men either. For example, Jose uses Henrietta as a ReplacementGoldfish for his sister Enrica while Rico's is abusive towards her.

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* Almost every single main and major supporting character in ''Manga/GoodnightPunpun'' has a very serious and realistic mental hangup. For example, the lead is a suicidal loner and his crush Aiko has an abusive mother.
* This is more-or-less obligatory in ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'' as cyborgs are orphaned or "unwanted" children used by the government to become [[ChildSoldier [[ChildSoldiers assassins]]. All the girls have [[DarkAndTroubledPast deeply troubled pasts]] ranging from Henrietta being rape raped after her family was killed in front of her to Angelica's father trying to run her over to get money from the "accident". The only reason they're not all currently suicidal and depressed (Henrietta was shown to have been both prior to becoming a cyborg) is because their conditioning [[RepressedMemories represses their memories memories]] and makes them [[{{yandere}} extremely loyal]] to their [[TheHandler handlers]]. Their handlers aren't the most functional men either. For example, Jose uses Henrietta as a ReplacementGoldfish for his sister Enrica while Rico's is abusive towards her.



* ''Manga/KoeNoKatachi'' has a cast of generally dysfunctional teenagers and adults. Shouya was [[KidsAreCruel a horrible]] [[TheBully bully]] to Shouko in elementary and starts the series with wants [[TheAtoner to atone]] before [[DrivenToSuicide killing himself]], Shouko [[spoiler:is a StepfordSmiler who was suicidal in the past and is driven to such intentions again as the manga progresses]], and a good portion of the others are either [[FriendlessBackground traditionally isolated]] or [[BitchInSheepsClothing have horrible personalities]].



* Almost every single main and major supporting character in ''Manga/OyasumiPunpun'' has a very serious and realistic mental hangup.



** Yuki outright refuses to believe there are zombies and her mind tricks her into believing that everything is fine and normal as a coping mechanism.
** Kurumi was forced to kill the upperclassman she had a crush on after he was transformed into a zombie.

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** Yuki outright refuses to believe there are zombies and her mind tricks her into believing that everything is fine and normal as a coping mechanism.
mechanism. [[spoiler:She ultimately gets better but keeps up the facade to make the others happy]].
** Kurumi was forced to kill the upperclassman she had a crush on after he was transformed into a zombie. [[spoiler:She also has to deal with slowly becoming a sentient zombie after being bit by a zombie and given a experimental vaccine]].



** Rii initially appeared the most emotionally stable out of the girls but later chapters shows her sanity hanging by a thin thread. She had a breakdown when [[spoiler: a helicopter crash renders the school inhabitable]] and she holds tremendous guilt over not trying to find her little sister who she last saw in the kindergarten school. [[spoiler:It's implied she's becoming delusional similar to Yuki, though only to the degree where she imagines a teddy bear is her little sister]].
** Megu-nee was always stressed as she was the only adult around these girls and having the task of trying to keep the girls physically and mentally safe. She harbored major guilt because she found out [[spoiler: the government and by extension, the school, knew about the outbreak and prepared emergency manuals]] and she felt she could have done more if she had [[spoiler: opened the manual earlier.]]

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** Rii initially appeared the most emotionally stable out of the girls but later chapters shows show that her sanity is hanging by a thin thread. She had a breakdown when [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a helicopter crash renders the school inhabitable]] and she holds tremendous guilt over not trying to find her little sister sister, who she last saw in the kindergarten school. [[spoiler:It's implied she's becoming [[spoiler:She later becomes delusional similar to like Yuki, though only to the degree where she imagines a teddy bear is as her little sister]].
** Megu-nee was always stressed as she was the only adult around these girls and having girl. She had the task of trying to keep the girls physically and mentally safe. She harbored major guilt because she found out [[spoiler: the government and by extension, the school, knew about the outbreak and prepared emergency manuals]] and she felt she could have done more if she had [[spoiler: opened the manual earlier.]]


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* ''Manga/ASilentVoice'' has a cast of generally dysfunctional teenagers and adults. Shouya was [[KidsAreCruel a horrible]] [[TheBully bully]] to Shouko in elementary and starts the series with wants [[TheAtoner to atone]] before [[DrivenToSuicide killing himself]], Shouko [[spoiler:is a StepfordSmiler who was suicidal in the past and is driven to such intentions again as the manga progresses]], and a good portion of the others are either [[FriendlessBackground traditionally isolated]] or [[BitchInSheepsClothing have horrible personalities]].
6th Sep '17 5:02:51 AM Skylentt
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* ''Manga/DGrayMan'': Oh boy... name one character with a backstory that isn't depressing and you get a cookie.

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* ''Manga/DGrayMan'': Oh boy... name one character with a backstory that isn't depressing and you get a cookie. Special mentions go to:
** Allen Walker: The poor boy was born with a deformed left hand and was abandonned and sold to a circus by his family because of it. There he was used for dirty jobs and regulary abused culminating in being put in a cage with a lion... He finally found a foster father who seemed to love him and traveled with him until his father died a few years later. He then was tricked by The devil in a clown suit into [[ComeBackWrong reviving him wrong]] and forced to kill him. After recovering from the trauma, he was taken by an abusive master to be trained to become an exorcist and fight in a holy war. And this is all before the story begins...
** Yu Kanda: [[spoiler: Kanda was an exorcist who endured seeing his comrades falling on the battlefield for many years until his day came. But even death wasn't enough to release him from his duty because the Order retrieved his body and put his brain in a new body to have him fight again. He was forced to attempt synchronize daily with the innocence which caused excruciating pain. When he finally made a friend, the memory of his past life kicked in, causing him to become insane. His best friend met the same fate and slaughtered everyone in the lab, forcing Kanda to kill him. Multiple times.]]
10th Aug '17 6:12:05 PM KingNine
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* In ''Manga/{{Beastars}}'' most of the characters are mentally off-kilter in one way or another. This makes sense as they are unstable teenagers that also have animalistic urges and capabilities.
18th Jun '17 10:38:06 AM MsZephy7
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* Each of the younger princes in ''Manga/TheRoyalTutor'' have varying issues.
** Kai was reportedly kicked out of military school due to getting into fights with one instance of him getting caught beating up one student. Though [[spoiler: he only did so because said student was bullying and hurting Bruno]]. He also is very introverted and has difficulty with any social interaction other than his family because his FaceOfAThug frightens everyone else.
** Bruno recognizes that he is "average" compared to his naturally talented and genius oldest brother. He constantly strives to make himself noteworthy so he could receive praise from others.
** Leonhard appears very haughty and vain but actually hides a low self-esteem and is socially awkward. He acts like a {{Tsundere}} but craves attention and praise. He hates studying and teachers due to previous bad experiences as a child
** Licht was sickly as a young child and felt that because his father never visited him, his father never cared for him. He puts on a mask of a flighty and irresponsible person but [[spoiler: he enjoys working incognito as a waiter.]]
** And in addition, there is [[spoiler: Heine]] who is implied to have a DarkAndTroubledPast that has yet to be fully revealed. Certain unspecified details have been hinted at, such as formerly being a violent criminal.
16th Apr '17 7:05:53 AM sayaleviathan
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* ''Anime/PsychoPass''. The cast had tons of emotional baggage since majority are latent criminals or suspected to become latent criminals. Akane seems to be the only stable character and despite that her best friend and later, her [[spoiler: grandmother]] are brutally killed by the MonsterOfTheDay, she still keeps it cool and doesn't let stress hamper her job. And even then it's heavily implied that her eternally cool head is simply her winning in a SuperpowerLottery, which she had absolutely no control over, and it troubles her to no end.

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* ''Anime/PsychoPass''. The cast had tons of emotional baggage since majority are latent criminals or suspected to become latent criminals. Akane seems to be the only stable character and despite that her best friend and later, her [[spoiler: grandmother]] are brutally killed by the MonsterOfTheDay, she still keeps it cool and doesn't let stress hamper her job. And even then it's heavily implied that her eternally cool head is simply her winning in a SuperpowerLottery, which she had absolutely no control over, and it troubles her to no end.
24th Mar '17 2:09:36 AM WillBGood
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** Just one example? For god's sake, this series is a WorldOfWoobie. How about [[spoiler:[[UnhappyMedium Seto]] who hated his ability because AMindIsATerribleThingToRead? [[ButtMonkey Kano]], who was actually the only one to know what really happened to his sister and had to keep it a secret to protect his siblings? Heck, Ayano herself, a heroic WellIntentionedExtremist who sacrificed herself to save her siblings and friends, falls into this too.]] And the icing on the cake? [[spoiler:They all die anyway. ''Multiple times''.]]

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** Just one example? For god's sake, this series is a WorldOfWoobie.CrapsackWorld. How about [[spoiler:[[UnhappyMedium Seto]] who hated his ability because AMindIsATerribleThingToRead? [[ButtMonkey Kano]], who was actually the only one to know what really happened to his sister and had to keep it a secret to protect his siblings? Heck, Ayano herself, a heroic WellIntentionedExtremist who sacrificed herself to save her siblings and friends, falls into this too.]] And the icing on the cake? [[spoiler:They all die anyway. ''Multiple times''.]]
11th Mar '17 9:40:59 AM nombretomado
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* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' -- unsurprisingly, since it was created by GenUrobuchi.

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* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' -- unsurprisingly, since it was created by GenUrobuchi.Creator/GenUrobuchi.
1st Mar '17 2:37:04 PM StFan
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* ''Literature/{{Durarara}}'', being a SpiritualSequel to ''Literature/{{Baccano}}'', -- you know you've got a messed up cast when ''every leg of your LoveTriangle'' is a {{Yandere}} [[StalkerWithACrush stalker]]. [[spoiler:And the fourth leg is ''[[ALoveToDismember a freaking head]]''.]]

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* ''Literature/{{Durarara}}'', ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'', being a SpiritualSequel to ''Literature/{{Baccano}}'', ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'', -- you know you've got a messed up cast when ''every leg of your LoveTriangle'' is a {{Yandere}} [[StalkerWithACrush stalker]]. [[spoiler:And the fourth leg is ''[[ALoveToDismember a freaking head]]''.]]
4th Dec '16 7:24:02 AM StFan
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3rd Dec '16 3:17:49 PM wootzits
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* ''Franchise/KagerouProject'' is chock full of this. There's the [[spoiler: bastard child whose father [[PaterFamilicide burned down their house]] and her older sister sacrificed herself to save her. After she survived the fire, she gained an ability to become invisible, got thrown into an orphanage and was called 'Ghost' and 'Monster' behind her back.]] And that's not going into what happens later. [[spoiler: She dies. Multiple times.]]
** Just one example? For god's sake, this series is a WorldOfWoobie. How about [[spoiler: [[UnhappyMedium Seto]] who hated his ability because AMindIsATerribleThingToRead? [[ButtMonkey Kano]], who was actually the only one to know what really happened to his sister and had to keep it a secret to protect his siblings? Heck, Ayano herself, a heroic WellIntentionedExtremist who sacrificed herself to save her siblings and friends, falls into this too.]] And the icing on the cake? [[spoiler: They all die anyway. ''Multiple times''.]]
** And what about the rest of the cast? [[spoiler: Shintaro, who had always been disillusioned with the world to begin with because of his intelligence, became a shut-in when Ayano died and in one route killed Ene and himself. Takane finally realized her feelings for Haruka and rushed to tell him, but she died before reaching the hospital. When she saw Haruka again, he had become Konoha and didn't remember her. Mary watched her mother die and lived alone for over a hundred years. Shintaro's sister Momo was the only one to shoulder her family at age 16. Hibiya watched Hiyori die multiple times in extremely NightmareFuel-ish manners and still suffered trauma over that memory.]] ThereAreNoTherapists, indeed.
* The latest group of antagonists in ''Anime/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'', YOMI (the disciples of YAMI), are all pretty messed up teenagers. Among them are a guy who was bought from a child slavery ring and put through TrainingFromHell that rivals Kenichi's, a prince who was LonelyAtTheTop his whole life and developed into a royal SmugSnake {{Jerkass}} as a result, a military nut obsessed with following orders to the point of suicide (possibly a ChildSoldier as well), and [[spoiler: Odin, whose sole motivation for becoming a vicious fighter was losing a childhood squabble with Kenichi over a badge]]. This is all ''before'' YAMI molded them into killing machines. Half the reason Kenichi is able to eventually triumph against all of them is because unlike them, [[SanityHasAdvantages Kenichi is not ''batshit insane'']]. Due to their issues, the YOMI members tend to have a VillainousBreakdown ''in the middle of the fight'' when confronted with Kenichi's conviction and/or his unexpected strength, allowing Kenichi to beat the crap out of his otherwise superior opponents.

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* ''Anime/JewelpetTwinkle'': four out of the five main characters have issues with their families. For protagonist Akari, it's being TheUnfavourite; for Miria and Sara, it's parents who spend most of their time working abroad (Sara hasn't seen hers in ''years''); for Nicola, it's a StageMom who doesn't give a crap about him if he doesn't live up to her insane standards. The fifth character, Leon, lost his beloved dog who was trying to protect him. The villain was bullied for her powers, lost her mother and was separated from her brother to go live in a world she had never been to so an evil book of spells could never be unsealed (it's complicated).
* ''Franchise/KagerouProject'' is chock full of this. There's the [[spoiler: bastard [[spoiler:bastard child whose father [[PaterFamilicide burned down their house]] and her older sister sacrificed herself to save her. After she survived the fire, she gained an ability to become invisible, got thrown into an orphanage and was called 'Ghost' and 'Monster' behind her back.]] And that's not going into what happens later. [[spoiler: She [[spoiler:She dies. Multiple times.]]
** Just one example? For god's sake, this series is a WorldOfWoobie. How about [[spoiler: [[UnhappyMedium [[spoiler:[[UnhappyMedium Seto]] who hated his ability because AMindIsATerribleThingToRead? [[ButtMonkey Kano]], who was actually the only one to know what really happened to his sister and had to keep it a secret to protect his siblings? Heck, Ayano herself, a heroic WellIntentionedExtremist who sacrificed herself to save her siblings and friends, falls into this too.]] And the icing on the cake? [[spoiler: They [[spoiler:They all die anyway. ''Multiple times''.]]
** And what about the rest of the cast? [[spoiler: Shintaro, [[spoiler:Shintaro, who had always been disillusioned with the world to begin with because of his intelligence, became a shut-in when Ayano died and in one route killed Ene and himself. Takane finally realized her feelings for Haruka and rushed to tell him, but she died before reaching the hospital. When she saw Haruka again, he had become Konoha and didn't remember her. Mary watched her mother die and lived alone for over a hundred years. Shintaro's sister Momo was the only one to shoulder her family at age 16. Hibiya watched Hiyori die multiple times in extremely NightmareFuel-ish manners and still suffered trauma over that memory.]] ThereAreNoTherapists, indeed.
* The latest group of antagonists in ''Anime/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'', ''Anime/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'': YOMI (the disciples of YAMI), YAMI) are all pretty messed up teenagers. Among them are a guy who was bought from a child slavery ring and put through TrainingFromHell that rivals Kenichi's, a prince who was LonelyAtTheTop his whole life and developed into a royal SmugSnake {{Jerkass}} as a result, a military nut obsessed with following orders to the point of suicide (possibly a ChildSoldier as well), and [[spoiler: Odin, [[spoiler:Odin, whose sole motivation for becoming a vicious fighter was losing a childhood squabble with Kenichi over a badge]]. This is all ''before'' YAMI molded them into killing machines. Half the reason Kenichi is able to eventually triumph against all of them is because unlike them, [[SanityHasAdvantages Kenichi is not ''batshit insane'']]. Due to their issues, the YOMI members tend to have a VillainousBreakdown ''in the middle of the fight'' when confronted with Kenichi's conviction and/or his unexpected strength, allowing Kenichi to beat the crap out of his otherwise superior opponents.



* The Four Dragons in ''Manga/AkatsukiNoYona'' have varying degrees of this.

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* The Four Dragons in ''Manga/AkatsukiNoYona'' ''Manga/YonaOfTheDawn'' have varying degrees of this.
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