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* Rick from ''Comicbook/TheWalkingDead'' has too many of these to count, most notably after [[spoiler: Lori and Judith die escaping the prison]].
* Tails suffer this in the ''[[Comicbook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Sonic the Hedgehog]]'' comics when he finds out [[spoiler: Fiona Fox, his crush, was a traitor and was cheating on Sonic for his negative counterpart Scourge, [[ForTheEvulz going to his side for the thrill of being bad]], and as if things weren't bad enough for him, she tells him off with a "You can't trust anyone." And she promptly slaps him several feet away, leaving him a confused, crying mess.]]
** Sonic himself had one when [[spoiler: his girlfriend, Princess Sally, is roboticized, the evil Ixis Naugus becomes king, the Babylon Rogues get away after endangering his city ForScience, Antione makes a HeroicSacrifice that saves Sonic's life (whom of which [[VitriolicBestBuds he wasn't exactly the nicest person to]]) and Bunnie runs away from feeling useless due to her recent derobotization]]. He's gotten better though.
** Sally suffered one following her watching Sonic pull off a seeming HeroicSacrifice. It got worse after Sonic came back and he was STILL fighting Eggman. This lead to the infamous slap.
*** She suffered another one shortly after the comic's ContinuityReboot. After her memories of the old timeline were restored and she remembered what she did as Mecha Sally, she breaks down into tears and, when the Freedom Fighters have to save Station Square, NICOLE and Cream help shake her out of the funk.
** NICOLE suffered one after [[spoiler:Ixis Naugus exiles her from New Mobotropolis after turning the citizens against her, thanks unwittingly to Mina Mongoose.]] When Mina arrives to try to talk to her, she's clearly not in that mood.

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* Rick from ''Comicbook/TheWalkingDead'' In ''ComicBook/AnimalMan'', Buddy Baker has too many a BSOD lasting at least several days when [[spoiler:an assassin murders his wife and children]]. This subverts [[spoiler:temporarily]] the normal tendency of [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks Dark Age]] superheroes to immediately go on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge. The storyline was a subversion of the Dark Age itself, and the [[TraumaCongaLine constant string of murder and humiliation]] its heroes were forced by their writers to endure.
* Franchise/{{Batman}}:
** Has one
of these to count, most notably after [[spoiler: Lori and Judith die escaping the prison]].
* Tails suffer this
in the ''[[Comicbook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Sonic Elseworlds series ''ComicBook/TheNail'' (set in a world where Superman was not raised by the Hedgehog]]'' comics Kents) when he finds out [[spoiler: Fiona Fox, his crush, was a traitor and was cheating on Sonic for his negative counterpart Scourge, [[ForTheEvulz going to his side for [[spoiler:he kills the thrill of Joker after being bad]], forced to witness the Joker's extremely sadistic double murder of Robin and as if things weren't bad enough for him, she tells Batgirl]]. He makes it back to the Batcave but is catatonic [[spoiler:until Catwoman (who did a HeelFaceTurn to help him off with a "You can't trust anyone." And she promptly slaps against the Joker) puts on the Robin costume and shocks him several feet away, leaving him a confused, crying mess.out of it.]]
** Sonic himself Prior to ''ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}'', Batman was heading down this path in something of a superhero midlife crisis: he failed to capture the Black Mask, he was butting heads with Commissioner Gordon's wife, he'd been beaten by a few one-shot villains he usually wouldn't and [[ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman Superman had just recently died in battle]]. He'd hit it full time with Bane breaking everyone out of Arkham Asylum with the hero staggering out and screaming to the heavens in anguish.
** His son Bruce Wayne Jr. has one in ''ComicBook/SupermanAndBatmanGenerations'' when he sees his wife Kara Kent (Supergirl) with her heart torn out of her chest.
** He has a much more grievous one in ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'' as the Society assaults every hero worldwide, and realizes that to make it worse, his rogue creation Brother Eye has dispatched an army to annihilate the Amazons, starting with Franchise/WonderWoman.
* ComicBook/BlackAdam
had one when of these upon discovering [[spoiler: [[ComicBook/FiftyTwo the death of Isis, his girlfriend, Princess Sally, is roboticized, wife at the evil Ixis Naugus becomes king, time]]]]. This lead to the Babylon Rogues get away [[spoiler:RoaringRampageOfRevenge that is known as WorldWarThree]].
* ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} has a rather bad one
after endangering [[spoiler: her sister is forced to watch her husband tortured into insanity]] by the Black Mask. Holly has a similar one at the same time after [[spoiler: killing Selina's friend.]]
* Meriem experiences one in ''ComicBook/{{Cavewoman}}: Primal'' when she believes Bruce is dead. She charges into the jungle in a dinosaur-slaying frenzy, seemingly trying to get herself killed.
* The title character has one of these in ''ComicBook/CerebusTheAardvark'' after witnessing what he believed to be the death of
his city ForScience, Antione makes love interest: Jaka. He spends several issues hanging out in a HeroicSacrifice that saves Sonic's life (whom of which [[VitriolicBestBuds he wasn't exactly the nicest person to]]) and Bunnie runs away from feeling useless due to her recent derobotization]]. He's gotten better though.
** Sally suffered
dinner/inn while in a near-catatonic state until somebody pushes his BerserkButton.
* In ''ComicBook/ConanTheBarbarian'' #197, Comicbook/RedSonja had
one following her watching Sonic pull off a seeming HeroicSacrifice. It got worse defeat by the warlord Bakht. Despite the ambush tactics and magical aid Bakht received during the battle, Sonja was so severely injured that she became convinced that she had lost her divine gift for combat. She was back to her old-self by the end of Conan #200, after Sonic came a confrontation which forced her to fight back and he was STILL fighting Eggman. This lead to the infamous slap.
*** She suffered another
or die proved that she still had her skills.
* The eponymous character of ''ComicBook/TheDesertPeach'' (UsefulNotes/ErwinRommel's brother) suffers
one shortly (complete with "Attempting reboot" comment) after some men in his army unit give him some compelling evidence about the comic's ContinuityReboot. After her memories implementation of the old timeline were restored and she remembered what she did as Mecha Sally, she breaks down into tears and, when the Freedom Fighters have to save Station Square, NICOLE and Cream help shake her out of the funk.
** NICOLE suffered one after [[spoiler:Ixis Naugus exiles her from New Mobotropolis after turning the citizens against her, thanks unwittingly to Mina Mongoose.]] When Mina arrives to try to talk to her, she's clearly not in that mood.
UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler's Final Solution.



* In ''ComicBook/AnimalMan'', Buddy Baker has a BSOD lasting at least several days when [[spoiler:an assassin murders his wife and children]]. This subverts [[spoiler:temporarily]] the normal tendency of [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks Dark Age]] superheroes to immediately go on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
** The storyline was a subversion of the Dark Age itself, and the [[TraumaCongaLine constant string of murder and humiliation]] its heroes were forced by their writers to endure.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'', Victor Mancha, a cyborg, goes into what characters describe as a Blue Screen of Death when he hears three pre-determined questions that conflict with his logic programming and spirituality. Only one has been used (Q: Could God make a sandwich so big, he could not eat it? A: [[spoiler:Yes, and then he would finish it anyway.]]), but Chase mentioned that there are three questions in total. However, each question only works once.
** The very last issue ends with Nico slipping into a more traditional BSOD, having realized that she has no idea where Chase is and her team might not trust her decisions anymore.

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* In ''ComicBook/AnimalMan'', Buddy Baker ''{{ComicBook/Echo}}'', [[ActionGirl Ivy Raven]] had more than a few rough spots throughout the series, but when she woke up and ''did not remember the story'' she began to break down.
-->'''Ivy:''' "I need to know...Julie, I woke up and I couldn't remember..."\\
'''Julie:''' "Remember what?"\\
'''Ivy:''' "''Anything''! I didn't know where I was, how I got here...I've been telling myself these changes to our bodies are just external but, I don't know. What if it's affecting our minds, too?"
* Two at the end of Vol 5 of ''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}'', right after another. [[spoiler:Sistah Spooky snaps upon being just a few seconds too late to save Mind????, something her powers warned her about but she didn't recognize the significance of at the time. Immediately afterwards, Emp breaks down as well, explaining to a murderous Sistah Spooky that if she had only been just a little bit more confident, maybe Mind???? would have let her try using her powers to survive re-entry into Earth's atmosphere.]]
* In ''Final Crisis Aftermath: Dance'', features each member of the ComicBook/SuperYoungTeam going through one of these at one point or another. Well-Spoken Sonic Lightning Flash has his when the team splits up, walking aimlessly and endlessly through the desert, while Big Atomic Lantern Boy's comes when Shiny Happy Aquazon explicitly turns him down for the first time.
* Franchise/TheFlash suffers an extended one due to the course of events over the Blitz story arc. A good friend turns nemesis Zoom, hospitalizing Flash's wife and killing his unborn children. The villain's permanently faster than Flash, exhausting the hero just trying to keep up. Three of the Flash family lose their powers trying to help, one permanently. At the end, the Flash stops Zoom, only to fall to his knees in horror at the realization that all he's gained from "saving the day" is a lost friend, weakened allies, and an uncertain future with his wife. Meanwhile, the next villain to come along gets to pick up where Zoom left off.
** Another famous one was in the "Return of Barry Allen" arc. When his own hero seemingly
has a BSOD lasting at least several days when [[spoiler:an assassin murders of his wife and children]]. This subverts [[spoiler:temporarily]] the normal tendency of [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks Dark Age]] superheroes to immediately go on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
** The storyline was a subversion of the Dark Age itself, and the [[TraumaCongaLine constant string of murder and humiliation]] its heroes were forced by their writers to endure.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'', Victor Mancha, a cyborg, goes into what characters describe as a Blue Screen of Death when he hears three pre-determined questions that conflict with his logic programming and spirituality. Only one has been used (Q: Could God make a sandwich so big, he could not eat it? A: [[spoiler:Yes,
own and then he would finish it anyway.]]), but Chase mentioned apparently commits one huge FaceHeelTurn and leaves him for dead, Wally loses his all his beliefs, throws his costume away, and shuts himself off from the rest of the world. Only the discovery that there are three questions "Barry" is actually [[spoiler: the original Zoom]] is enough to shake him out of it.
* Cassie Hack of ''ComicBook/HackSlash'' went through one (entering what was an AngstComa to boot) after the ''Film/ReAnimator'',
in total. However, each question only works once.
** The
which her long-lost father dies, and she's forced to kill her mother (... again).
* In ''ComicBook/ImmortalIronFist'''s ''Seven Deadly Weapons'' spin-off mini, Fat Cobra meets with the writer from whom he'd commissioned a biography. Fat Cobra has, through the power of chi, lived a
very last issue ends long time - and through the power of alcohol and concussions, has forgotten much of his life beyond the past decade or so. During their discussion, he learns just how he became the Cobra Warrior of Peng Lai; he [[spoiler:slept with Nico slipping many women and had scores of children. Those children grew into a adulthood and sought revenge on their deadbeat father. They came for him. He killed them, in so doing growing more traditional BSOD, having realized powerful than he ever had before, strong enough to finally claim the title of Cobra Warrior]]. Upon discovering this, he has his biography burned and dismisses his company. He glares at the fireplace in disgust as he sits alone.
* Billy Batson goes through one in DC Comics' ''[[ComicBook/LegendsDC Legends]]'', during the time
that she he believed that he as Captain Marvel killed Magno-Man. He gets over it when he realizes that [[FakingTheDead it was a hoax]].
* ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW'':
-->[[spoiler:'''Twilight:''' Maybe I've been wrong this whole time... The magic of friendship can't save everything... It couldn't save Spike.]]
* In New X-Men, all of the students have one when a bus full of depowered mutants is blown up right in front of them. Especially evident in Hellion, Elixer and Surge.
* ''ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}'':
** Dick Grayson
has no idea an enormous BSOD after a series of events [[spoiler:including an attack on Oracle, who proceeds to dump him; his circus, which was burned down; his apartment building being bombed]] that culminates in the death of a certain villain, and he plunges further into mind breakage when [[spoiler:he's subsequently raped by his [[AntiHero particularly]] [[FemmeFatale disturbed]] accessory to the death of said villain.]]
** He also had a milder one after the CrisisCrossover
where Chase is and her team might not trust her decisions anymore.he nearly killed the Joker.



* The eponymous character of ''ComicBook/TheDesertPeach'' (UsefulNotes/ErwinRommel's brother) suffers one (complete with "Attempting reboot" comment) after some men in his army unit give him some compelling evidence about the implementation of UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler's Final Solution.
* ''ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}'':
** Dick Grayson has an enormous BSOD after a series of events [[spoiler:including an attack on Oracle, who proceeds to dump him; his circus, which was burned down; his apartment building being bombed]] that culminates in the death of a certain villain, and he plunges further into mind breakage when [[spoiler:he's subsequently raped by his [[AntiHero particularly]] [[FemmeFatale disturbed]] accessory to the death of said villain.]]
** He also had a milder one after the CrisisCrossover where he nearly killed the Joker.
* Franchise/{{Batman}}:
** Has one of these in the Elseworlds series ''ComicBook/TheNail'' (set in a world where Superman was not raised by the Kents) when [[spoiler:he kills the Joker after being forced to witness the Joker's extremely sadistic double murder of Robin and Batgirl]]. He makes it back to the Batcave but is catatonic [[spoiler:until Catwoman (who did a HeelFaceTurn to help him against the Joker) puts on the Robin costume and shocks him out of it.]]
** Prior to ''ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}'', Batman was heading down this path in something of a superhero midlife crisis: he failed to capture the Black Mask, he was butting heads with Commissioner Gordon's wife, he'd been beaten by a few one-shot villains he usually wouldn't and [[ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman Superman had just recently died in battle]]. He'd hit it full time with Bane breaking everyone out of Arkham Asylum with the hero staggering out and screaming to the heavens in anguish.
** His son Bruce Wayne Jr. has one in ''ComicBook/SupermanAndBatmanGenerations'' when he sees his wife Kara Kent (Supergirl) with her heart torn out of her chest.
** He has a much more grievous one in ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'' as the Society assaults every hero worldwide, and realizes that to make it worse, his rogue creation Brother Eye has dispatched an army to annihilate the Amazons, starting with Franchise/WonderWoman.
* ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} has a rather bad one after [[spoiler: her sister is forced to watch her husband tortured into insanity]] by the Black Mask. Holly has a similar one at the same time after [[spoiler: killing Selina's friend.]]
* ComicBook/{{Cyclops}}, in Creator/JossWhedon's ''Astonishing ComicBook/XMen'' run, has a severe one of these when [[spoiler:Emma Frost reveals to him that his inability to control his powers is the result of a complex he developed about self-control as teenager, rather than a brain injury resulting from a concussion, as he had previously believed.]] He spends and issue or two in a completely catatonic state, his powers not functioning. He soon recovers enough to move around and lead the team (perhaps even more effectively than usual, with his self-control issues out of the way) and later [[spoiler:surprises everyone by revealing (with a point blank blast in the face of his interrogator) that his powers still work, and that he now has full control over them. At the end of the arc, this control fades as the "clarity" he got from Emma's intervention wears off. See {{Status Quo is God}}.]]
* The title character has one of these in ''ComicBook/CerebusTheAardvark'' after witnessing what he believed to be the death of his love interest: Jaka. He spends several issues hanging out in a dinner/inn while in a near-catatonic state until somebody pushes his BerserkButton.
* Franchise/SpiderMan is a master of this. The death of Gwen Stacy is the best and most famous example. In ''Clone Saga'' it happens one time after another and the level of his {{Wangst}} is just ridiculously big.
** ''ComicBook/SuperiorSpiderMan'' is hit with this in issue #29 when the Goblin King makes his move on Spider-Island, leaving him utterly speechless and unable to move his men.
* In ''ComicBook/ConanTheBarbarian'' #197, Comicbook/RedSonja had one following her defeat by the warlord Bakht. Despite the ambush tactics and magical aid Bakht received during the battle, Sonja was so severely injured that she became convinced that she had lost her divine gift for combat. She was back to her old-self by the end of Conan #200, after a confrontation which forced her to fight back or die proved that she still had her skills.
* ComicBook/BlackAdam had one of these upon discovering [[spoiler: [[ComicBook/FiftyTwo the death of Isis, his wife at the time]]]]. This lead to the [[spoiler:RoaringRampageOfRevenge that is known as WorldWarThree]].
* In ''ComicBook/SupermanBatman: The Search For K'', Franchise/{{Superman}} fell to his knees in despair when he and Batman found out that the squad armed to the teeth with kryptonite weapons and out for Supes' blood was created, funded, and sanctioned by the US Government itself. They don't give a crap about Superman's heroism and devotion to protecting the people, and want him ''dead''. Oh, and Lex Luthor had nothing to do with this, either. He bounces back in spectacular asskicking fashion when Batman says that ''he'' believes in him.
* Downplayed with Comicbook/SwampThing. He has a brief one in the first arc of Alan Moore's legendary run, after he learns that [[spoiler: he isn't Alec Holland turned into a plant, but a plant that absorbed the deceased Alec Holland's memories]]. His BSOD lasts one issue and ends with him accepting his true nature, so as to ensure that the series didn't bog itself down in the Wangst of Swamp Thing (already a serial moper) moping about because he was a literal monster and never Alec Holland to begin with.
* Cassie Hack of ''ComicBook/HackSlash'' went through one (entering what was an AngstComa to boot) after the ''Film/ReAnimator'', in which her long-lost father dies, and she's forced to kill her mother (... again).
* Two at the end of Vol 5 of ''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}'', right after another. [[spoiler:Sistah Spooky snaps upon being just a few seconds too late to save Mind????, something her powers warned her about but she didn't recognize the significance of at the time. Immediately afterwards, Emp breaks down as well, explaining to a murderous Sistah Spooky that if she had only been just a little bit more confident, maybe Mind???? would have let her try using her powers to survive re-entry into Earth's atmosphere.]]



* Franchise/TheFlash suffers an extended one due to the course of events over the Blitz story arc. A good friend turns nemesis Zoom, hospitalizing Flash's wife and killing his unborn children. The villain's permanently faster than Flash, exhausting the hero just trying to keep up. Three of the Flash family lose their powers trying to help, one permanently. At the end, the Flash stops Zoom, only to fall to his knees in horror at the realization that all he's gained from "saving the day" is a lost friend, weakened allies, and an uncertain future with his wife. Meanwhile, the next villain to come along gets to pick up where Zoom left off.
** Another famous one was in the "Return of Barry Allen" arc. When his own hero seemingly has a BSOD of his own and then apparently commits one huge FaceHeelTurn and leaves him for dead, Wally loses his all his beliefs, throws his costume away, and shuts himself off from the rest of the world. Only the discovery that "Barry" is actually [[spoiler: the original Zoom]] is enough to shake him out of it.

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* Franchise/TheFlash suffers an extended one due to the course ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'':
** Victor Mancha, a cyborg, goes into what characters describe as a Blue Screen
of events over the Blitz story arc. A good friend turns nemesis Zoom, hospitalizing Flash's wife and killing his unborn children. The villain's permanently faster than Flash, exhausting the hero just trying to keep up. Three of the Flash family lose their powers trying to help, one permanently. At the end, the Flash stops Zoom, only to fall to his knees in horror at the realization Death when he hears three pre-determined questions that all he's gained from "saving the day" is a lost friend, weakened allies, and an uncertain future conflict with his wife. Meanwhile, the next villain to come along gets to pick up where Zoom left off.
** Another famous
logic programming and spirituality. Only one was in the "Return of Barry Allen" arc. When his own hero seemingly has been used (Q: Could God make a BSOD of his own sandwich so big, he could not eat it? A: [[spoiler:Yes, and then apparently commits one huge FaceHeelTurn and leaves him for dead, Wally loses his all his beliefs, throws his costume away, and shuts himself off from the rest of the world. Only the discovery he would finish it anyway.]]), but Chase mentioned that "Barry" there are three questions in total. However, each question only works once.
** The very last issue ends with Nico slipping into a more traditional BSOD, having realized that she has no idea where Chase
is actually [[spoiler: the original Zoom]] is enough to shake him out of it.and her team might not trust her decisions anymore.



* In ''Final Crisis Aftermath: Dance'', features each member of the ComicBook/SuperYoungTeam going through one of these at one point or another. Well-Spoken Sonic Lightning Flash has his when the team splits up, walking aimlessly and endlessly through the desert, while Big Atomic Lantern Boy's comes when Shiny Happy Aquazon explicitly turns him down for the first time.
* In ''{{ComicBook/Echo}}'', [[ActionGirl Ivy Raven]] had more than a few rough spots throughout the series, but when she woke up and ''did not remember the story'' she began to break down.
-->'''Ivy:''' "I need to know...Julie, I woke up and I couldn't remember..."\\
'''Julie:''' "Remember what?"\\
'''Ivy:''' "''Anything''! I didn't know where I was, how I got here...I've been telling myself these changes to our bodies are just external but, I don't know. What if it's affecting our minds, too?"
* In ''ComicBook/ImmortalIronFist'''s ''Seven Deadly Weapons'' spin-off mini, Fat Cobra meets with the writer from whom he'd commissioned a biography. Fat Cobra has, through the power of chi, lived a very long time - and through the power of alcohol and concussions, has forgotten much of his life beyond the past decade or so. During their discussion, he learns just how he became the Cobra Warrior of Peng Lai; he [[spoiler:slept with many women and had scores of children. Those children grew into adulthood and sought revenge on their deadbeat father. They came for him. He killed them, in so doing growing more powerful than he ever had before, strong enough to finally claim the title of Cobra Warrior]]. Upon discovering this, he has his biography burned and dismisses his company. He glares at the fireplace in disgust as he sits alone.
* In New X-Men, all of the students have one when a bus full of depowered mutants is blown up right in front of them. Especially evident in Hellion, Elixer and Surge.
* ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW'':
-->[[spoiler:'''Twilight:''' Maybe I've been wrong this whole time... The magic of friendship can't save everything... It couldn't save Spike.]]
* In ''ComicBook/{{Zot}}'', Jenny has a major one after [[spoiler: 9-Jack-9 kills the president's daughter, Susan.]] Zot himself has one as well, but manages to hold it off until after [[spoiler:bringing Jenny to Woody's house, telling him to take care of her.]]
* Franchise/{{Superman}}:
** In ''Comicbook/KryptonNoMore'', Superman is about to have a breakdown because of him feeling lonely and isolated. And then he is told that his life is a lie, and he just doesn’t know what to do…
** Superman suffered one early in his Post-Crisis career. After being dragged into another dimension to deal with three alternate universe Kryptonian criminals who had practically wiped all life from Earth, Superman is forced to execute them as there would be no other way to bring them to justice on his world. The decision causes him to have a breakdown and start sleepwalking... well, sleep''vigilante'' as Gangbuster until the Guardian snapped him out of it. Supes was so horrified by what he had done, he exiled himself from the Earth and stayed that way until he could confront his demons.

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* In ''Final Crisis Aftermath: Dance'', features each member of ''[[Comicbook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Sonic the ComicBook/SuperYoungTeam Hedgehog]]'':
** Tails suffer this when he finds out [[spoiler: Fiona Fox, his crush, was a traitor and was cheating on Sonic for his negative counterpart Scourge, [[ForTheEvulz
going through one of these at one point or another. Well-Spoken Sonic Lightning Flash has to his when the team splits up, walking aimlessly and endlessly through the desert, while Big Atomic Lantern Boy's comes when Shiny Happy Aquazon explicitly turns him down side for the first time.
* In ''{{ComicBook/Echo}}'', [[ActionGirl Ivy Raven]] had more than a few rough spots throughout the series, but when she woke up
thrill of being bad]], and ''did not remember the story'' she began to break down.
-->'''Ivy:''' "I need to know...Julie, I woke up and I couldn't remember..."\\
'''Julie:''' "Remember what?"\\
'''Ivy:''' "''Anything''! I didn't know where I was, how I got here...I've been telling myself these changes to our bodies are just external but, I don't know. What
as if it's affecting our minds, too?"
* In ''ComicBook/ImmortalIronFist'''s ''Seven Deadly Weapons'' spin-off mini, Fat Cobra meets with the writer from whom he'd commissioned a biography. Fat Cobra has, through the power of chi, lived a very long time - and through the power of alcohol and concussions, has forgotten much of his life beyond the past decade or so. During their discussion, he learns just how he became the Cobra Warrior of Peng Lai; he [[spoiler:slept with many women and had scores of children. Those children grew into adulthood and sought revenge on their deadbeat father. They came for him. He killed them, in so doing growing more powerful than he ever had before, strong
things weren't bad enough to finally claim the title of Cobra Warrior]]. Upon discovering this, he has his biography burned and dismisses his company. He glares at the fireplace in disgust as he sits alone.
* In New X-Men, all of the students have one when
for him, she tells him off with a bus full of depowered mutants is blown up right in front of them. Especially evident in Hellion, Elixer and Surge.
* ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW'':
-->[[spoiler:'''Twilight:''' Maybe I've been wrong this whole time... The magic of friendship
"You can't save everything... It couldn't save Spike.trust anyone." And she promptly slaps him several feet away, leaving him a confused, crying mess.]]
* In ''ComicBook/{{Zot}}'', Jenny has a major ** Sonic himself had one after when [[spoiler: 9-Jack-9 kills his girlfriend, Princess Sally, is roboticized, the president's daughter, Susan.]] Zot himself has one as well, but manages to hold it off until evil Ixis Naugus becomes king, the Babylon Rogues get away after [[spoiler:bringing Jenny to Woody's house, telling him to take care endangering his city ForScience, Antione makes a HeroicSacrifice that saves Sonic's life (whom of her.]]
* Franchise/{{Superman}}:
** In ''Comicbook/KryptonNoMore'', Superman is about to have a breakdown because of him
which [[VitriolicBestBuds he wasn't exactly the nicest person to]]) and Bunnie runs away from feeling lonely and isolated. And then he is told that his life is a lie, and he just doesn’t know what useless due to do…
her recent derobotization]]. He's gotten better though.
** Superman Sally suffered one early in his Post-Crisis career. After being dragged into following her watching Sonic pull off a seeming HeroicSacrifice. It got worse after Sonic came back and he was STILL fighting Eggman. This lead to the infamous slap.\\\
She suffered
another dimension to deal with three alternate universe Kryptonian criminals who had practically wiped all life from Earth, Superman is forced to execute them one shortly after the comic's ContinuityReboot. After her memories of the old timeline were restored and she remembered what she did as there would be no other way to bring them to justice on his world. The decision causes him to Mecha Sally, she breaks down into tears and, when the Freedom Fighters have a breakdown to save Station Square, NICOLE and start sleepwalking... well, sleep''vigilante'' as Gangbuster until the Guardian snapped him Cream help shake her out of it. Supes was so horrified by what he had done, he exiled himself the funk.
** NICOLE suffered one after [[spoiler:Ixis Naugus exiles her
from New Mobotropolis after turning the Earth and stayed citizens against her, thanks unwittingly to Mina Mongoose.]] When Mina arrives to try to talk to her, she's clearly not in that way until he could confront mood.
* Following the CosmicRetcon of ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehogMegaManWorldsCollide'', [[ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Antoine, Bunnie and Sally]] suffer these after they have the memories of the old Mobius restored. Thankfully, it's brief, but it shakes them up ''badly'', especially Sally, who know remembers her time as Mecha Sally.
* Franchise/SpiderMan is a master of this. The death of Gwen Stacy is the best and most famous example. In ''Clone Saga'' it happens one time after another and the level of
his demons.{{Wangst}} is just ridiculously big.
* ''ComicBook/SuperiorSpiderMan'' is hit with this in issue #29 when the Goblin King makes his move on Spider-Island, leaving him utterly speechless and unable to move his men.



* Meriem experiences one in ''ComicBook/{{Cavewoman}}: Primal'' when she believes Bruce is dead. She charges into the jungle in a dinosaur-slaying frenzy, seemingly trying to get herself killed.

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* Meriem experiences Franchise/{{Superman}}:
** In ''Comicbook/KryptonNoMore'', Superman is about to have a breakdown because of him feeling lonely and isolated. And then he is told that his life is a lie, and he just doesn’t know what to do…
** Superman suffered
one early in ''ComicBook/{{Cavewoman}}: Primal'' his Post-Crisis career. After being dragged into another dimension to deal with three alternate universe Kryptonian criminals who had practically wiped all life from Earth, Superman is forced to execute them as there would be no other way to bring them to justice on his world. The decision causes him to have a breakdown and start sleepwalking... well, sleep''vigilante'' as Gangbuster until the Guardian snapped him out of it. Supes was so horrified by what he had done, he exiled himself from the Earth and stayed that way until he could confront his demons.
* In ''ComicBook/SupermanBatman: The Search For K'', Franchise/{{Superman}} fell to his knees in despair
when she he and Batman found out that the squad armed to the teeth with kryptonite weapons and out for Supes' blood was created, funded, and sanctioned by the US Government itself. They don't give a crap about Superman's heroism and devotion to protecting the people, and want him ''dead''. Oh, and Lex Luthor had nothing to do with this, either. He bounces back in spectacular asskicking fashion when Batman says that ''he'' believes Bruce is dead. She charges in him.
* Downplayed with Comicbook/SwampThing. He has a brief one in the first arc of Alan Moore's legendary run, after he learns that [[spoiler: he isn't Alec Holland turned
into a plant, but a plant that absorbed the jungle deceased Alec Holland's memories]]. His BSOD lasts one issue and ends with him accepting his true nature, so as to ensure that the series didn't bog itself down in the Wangst of Swamp Thing (already a serial moper) moping about because he was a literal monster and never Alec Holland to begin with.
* Rick from ''Comicbook/TheWalkingDead'' has too many of these to count, most notably after [[spoiler: Lori and Judith die escaping the prison]].
* ComicBook/{{Cyclops}}, in Creator/JossWhedon's ''Astonishing ComicBook/XMen'' run, has a severe one of these when [[spoiler:Emma Frost reveals to him that his inability to control his powers is the result of a complex he developed about self-control as teenager, rather than a brain injury resulting from a concussion, as he had previously believed.]] He spends and issue or two
in a dinosaur-slaying frenzy, seemingly trying completely catatonic state, his powers not functioning. He soon recovers enough to get herself killed.move around and lead the team (perhaps even more effectively than usual, with his self-control issues out of the way) and later [[spoiler:surprises everyone by revealing (with a point blank blast in the face of his interrogator) that his powers still work, and that he now has full control over them. At the end of the arc, this control fades as the "clarity" he got from Emma's intervention wears off. See {{Status Quo is God}}.]]



* Following the CosmicRetcon of ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehogMegaManWorldsCollide'', [[ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Antoine, Bunnie and Sally]] suffer these after they have the memories of the old Mobius restored. Thankfully, it's brief, but it shakes them up ''badly'', especially Sally, who know remembers her time as Mecha Sally.
* Billy Batson goes through one in DC Comics' ''[[ComicBook/LegendsDC Legends]]'', during the time that he believed that he as Captain Marvel killed Magno-Man. He gets over it when he realizes that [[FakingTheDead it was a hoax]].

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* Following the CosmicRetcon of ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehogMegaManWorldsCollide'', [[ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Antoine, Bunnie and Sally]] suffer these In ''ComicBook/{{Zot}}'', Jenny has a major one after they have [[spoiler: 9-Jack-9 kills the memories of the old Mobius restored. Thankfully, it's brief, president's daughter, Susan.]] Zot himself has one as well, but manages to hold it shakes them up ''badly'', especially Sally, who know remembers her time as Mecha Sally.
* Billy Batson goes through one in DC Comics' ''[[ComicBook/LegendsDC Legends]]'', during the time that he believed that he as Captain Marvel killed Magno-Man. He gets over it when he realizes that [[FakingTheDead it was a hoax]].
off until after [[spoiler:bringing Jenny to Woody's house, telling him to take care of her.]]
25th Oct '16 1:54:29 AM Tron80
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** In ''Comicbook/KryptonnoMore'', Superman is about to have a breakdown because of him feeling lonely and isolated. And then he is told that his life is a lie, and he just doesn’t know what to do…

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** In ''Comicbook/KryptonnoMore'', ''Comicbook/KryptonNoMore'', Superman is about to have a breakdown because of him feeling lonely and isolated. And then he is told that his life is a lie, and he just doesn’t know what to do…
25th Oct '16 1:53:08 AM Tron80
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* ''ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}'' has an enormous BSOD after a series of events [[spoiler:including an attack on Oracle, who proceeds to dump him; his circus, which was burned down; his apartment building being bombed]] that culminates in the death of a certain villain, and he plunges further into mind breakage when [[spoiler:he's subsequently raped by his [[AntiHero particularly]] [[FemmeFatale disturbed]] accessory to the death of said villain.]]

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* ''ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}'':
** Dick Grayson
has an enormous BSOD after a series of events [[spoiler:including an attack on Oracle, who proceeds to dump him; his circus, which was burned down; his apartment building being bombed]] that culminates in the death of a certain villain, and he plunges further into mind breakage when [[spoiler:he's subsequently raped by his [[AntiHero particularly]] [[FemmeFatale disturbed]] accessory to the death of said villain.]]



** Prior to ''ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}, Batman was heading down this path in something of a superhero midlife crisis: he failed to capture the Black Mask, he was butting heads with Commissioner Gordon's wife, he'd been beaten by a few one-shot villains he usually wouldn't and [[ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman Superman had just recently died in battle]]. He'd hit it full time with Bane breaking everyone out of Arkham Asylum with the hero staggering out and screaming to the heavens in anguish.

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** Prior to ''ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}, ''ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}'', Batman was heading down this path in something of a superhero midlife crisis: he failed to capture the Black Mask, he was butting heads with Commissioner Gordon's wife, he'd been beaten by a few one-shot villains he usually wouldn't and [[ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman Superman had just recently died in battle]]. He'd hit it full time with Bane breaking everyone out of Arkham Asylum with the hero staggering out and screaming to the heavens in anguish.



* ''ComicBook/TheBoys'' is about a group of superpowered CIA operatives who provide a balance of power for rampant "SuperHero" groups, (who either do nothing but live as celebrities while [[TheHedonist indulging every sick whim, no matter who gets hurt]], or are [[VillainWithGoodPublicity villains with good publicity]] that [[BewareTheSuperman you should really be wary of]]) and the MegaCorp behind them that eventually wants to turns supers into [[PersonOfMassDestruction living weapons]]. In one arc, The Seven, (the most powerful of the super hero groups and essentially the Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica) and The Boys nearly get into a showdown when a member of the Seven is CaughtOnTape. At the last moment, the Seven realize that Butcher, the leader of The Boys, is telling the truth when he says that they didn't release the tape. The member of the Seven who was on the tape flies off in a huff, and everyone walks away, until [[spoiler:Butcher goes back downstairs and sees that his beloved dog Terror is dead]]. Butcher walks right out to where he knows that one member of The Seven will be, catches the guy by surprise, and begins stabbing him over and over, repeatedly asking [[spoiler:"Why'd you kill my dog, Jack?"]]. At one point [[spoiler:Jack]] tries to say something or maybe beg for mercy, but Butcher says something along the lines of how his mind isn't really even there, it's just watching what he's doing from somewhere far away. Then he goes back to the stabbing and questioning, over and over, long after [[spoiler:Jack]] is dead.



* Franchise/{{Superman}} suffered one early in his Post-Crisis career. After being dragged into another dimension to deal with three alternate universe Kryptonian criminals who had practically wiped all life from Earth, Superman is forced to execute them as there would be no other way to bring them to justice on his world. The decision causes him to have a breakdown and start sleepwalking... well, sleep''vigilante'' as Gangbuster until the Guardian snapped him out of it. Supes was so horrified by what he had done, he exiled himself from the Earth and stayed that way until he could confront his demons.

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* Franchise/{{Superman}} Franchise/{{Superman}}:
** In ''Comicbook/KryptonnoMore'', Superman is about to have a breakdown because of him feeling lonely and isolated. And then he is told that his life is a lie, and he just doesn’t know what to do…
** Superman
suffered one early in his Post-Crisis career. After being dragged into another dimension to deal with three alternate universe Kryptonian criminals who had practically wiped all life from Earth, Superman is forced to execute them as there would be no other way to bring them to justice on his world. The decision causes him to have a breakdown and start sleepwalking... well, sleep''vigilante'' as Gangbuster until the Guardian snapped him out of it. Supes was so horrified by what he had done, he exiled himself from the Earth and stayed that way until he could confront his demons.
27th Sep '16 8:11:41 AM Blazer
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** He also has a mild BSOD after the death of Superman, making it easier for Bane to [[ComicBook/{{Knightfall}} wear him down]].

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** He also has Prior to ''ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}, Batman was heading down this path in something of a mild BSOD after superhero midlife crisis: he failed to capture the death of Superman, making Black Mask, he was butting heads with Commissioner Gordon's wife, he'd been beaten by a few one-shot villains he usually wouldn't and [[ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman Superman had just recently died in battle]]. He'd hit it easier for full time with Bane breaking everyone out of Arkham Asylum with the hero staggering out and screaming to [[ComicBook/{{Knightfall}} wear him down]].the heavens in anguish.
1st Aug '16 7:19:18 AM Tron80
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** He has a much more grievous one in ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'' as the Society assaults every hero worldwide, and realizes that to make it worse, his rogue creation Brother Eye has dispatched an army to annihilate the Amazons, starting with Wonder Woman.

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** He has a much more grievous one in ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'' as the Society assaults every hero worldwide, and realizes that to make it worse, his rogue creation Brother Eye has dispatched an army to annihilate the Amazons, starting with Wonder Woman.Franchise/WonderWoman.
21st Jul '16 11:16:47 AM Tron80
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* ComicBook/{{Superman}} suffered one early in his Post-Crisis career. After being dragged into another dimension to deal with three alternate universe Kryptonian criminals who had practically wiped all life from Earth, Superman is forced to execute them as there would be no other way to bring them to justice on his world. The decision causes him to have a breakdown and start sleepwalking... well, sleep''vigilante'' as Gangbuster until the Guardian snapped him out of it. Supes was so horrified by what he had done, he exiled himself from the Earth and stayed that way until he could confront his demons.

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* ComicBook/{{Superman}} Franchise/{{Superman}} suffered one early in his Post-Crisis career. After being dragged into another dimension to deal with three alternate universe Kryptonian criminals who had practically wiped all life from Earth, Superman is forced to execute them as there would be no other way to bring them to justice on his world. The decision causes him to have a breakdown and start sleepwalking... well, sleep''vigilante'' as Gangbuster until the Guardian snapped him out of it. Supes was so horrified by what he had done, he exiled himself from the Earth and stayed that way until he could confront his demons.demons.
* ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'':
** Superman's cousin Kara Zor-El had one of these after [[spoiler:the destruction of]] ''Comicbook/NewKrypton''. Superman hugged her while she cried in space, and she considered quitting the hero gig for a while.
** In the ''ComicBook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'' arc she went through one after meeting and beating Lobo, believing everyone wanted to manipulate her and she belonged nowhere. She was so upset and furious that she became a Red Lantern. A while later she was told that she would be a Red Lantern forever because she would die if she took her Power Ring off. She fell to her knees in despair and fury, threw her head back and screamed while incandescent light poured from her eyes.
7th Mar '16 5:38:12 PM WillBGood
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** Sonic himself had one when [[spoiler: his girlfriend, Princess Sally, is roboticized, the evil Ixis Naugus becomes king, the Babylon Rouges get away after endangering his city ForScience, Antione makes a HeroicSacrifice that saves Sonic's life (whom of which [[VitriolicBestBuds he wasn't exactly the nicest person to]]) and Bunnie runs away from feeling useless due to her recent derobotization]]. He's gotten better though.

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** Sonic himself had one when [[spoiler: his girlfriend, Princess Sally, is roboticized, the evil Ixis Naugus becomes king, the Babylon Rouges Rogues get away after endangering his city ForScience, Antione makes a HeroicSacrifice that saves Sonic's life (whom of which [[VitriolicBestBuds he wasn't exactly the nicest person to]]) and Bunnie runs away from feeling useless due to her recent derobotization]]. He's gotten better though.
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** He has a much more grievous one in ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'' as the Society assaults every hero worldwide, and realizes that to make it worse, his rogue creation Brother Eye has dispatched an army to annihilate the Amazons, starting with Wonder Woman.
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* In ''ComicBook/AnimalMan'', Buddy Baker has a BSOD lasting at least several days when [[spoiler:an assassin murders his wife and children]]. This subverts [[spoiler:temporarily]] the normal tendency of DarkAge superheroes to immediately go on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge.

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* In ''ComicBook/AnimalMan'', Buddy Baker has a BSOD lasting at least several days when [[spoiler:an assassin murders his wife and children]]. This subverts [[spoiler:temporarily]] the normal tendency of DarkAge [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks Dark Age]] superheroes to immediately go on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
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* In ''{{Echo}}'', [[ActionGirl Ivy Raven]] had more than a few rough spots throughout the series, but when she woke up and ''did not remember the story'' she began to break down.

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* In ''{{Echo}}'', ''{{ComicBook/Echo}}'', [[ActionGirl Ivy Raven]] had more than a few rough spots throughout the series, but when she woke up and ''did not remember the story'' she began to break down.
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