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16th Jan '16 8:13:29 PM HeraldAlberich
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* In ''ShadowsOfTheEmpire'', Dash Rendar was supposed to fend off a missile attack from the ''Suprosa'' (the ship carrying the plans for the second Death Star), but failed to shoot the missile down, leading to the destruction of the Alliance's Bothan ships. Dash doesn't take kindly to the aftermath and continuously blames himself at the end of the battle. [[spoiler: Towards the end of the novel, the Rebels inform Luke that the ''Suprosa'' had been using [[InvincibleMinorMinion diamond-boron missiles]] that are immune to laser fire, so Dash couldn't have shot them down anyway. Luke learns this only after Dash was lost in an asteroid field and presumed dead.]]
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* Franchise/StarWarsLegends: ** In ''ShadowsOfTheEmpire'', ''Literature/ShadowsOfTheEmpire'', Dash Rendar was supposed to fend off a missile attack from the ''Suprosa'' (the ship carrying the plans for the second Death Star), but failed to shoot the missile down, leading to the destruction of the Alliance's Bothan ships. Dash doesn't take kindly to the aftermath and continuously blames himself at the end of the battle. [[spoiler: Towards the end of the novel, the Rebels inform Luke that the ''Suprosa'' had been using [[InvincibleMinorMinion diamond-boron missiles]] that are immune to laser fire, so Dash couldn't have shot them down anyway. Luke learns this only after Dash was lost in an asteroid field and presumed dead.]]]] ** In the book ''[[Literature/XWingSeries Wraith Squadron]]'', by Creator/AaronAllston, Myn Donos's Talon Squadron is destroyed around him in an ambush. He escapes, but becomes emotionally numb. Later, his astromech--whom he refers to later as "the last Talon"--is destroyed when his X-wing is hit in combat, and he [[AngstComa shuts down completely for a while]], feeling that he has now ''completely'' failed his squadron. ** It happens again in ''Solo Command''. This time, it's accidentally revealed that the one responsible for destroying Talon Squadron is currently a member of the Wraiths. After this revelation, Donos suddenly goes berserk, and attempts to shoot down his squadmate (who had executed a HeelFaceTurn in the previous book), nearly killing another squadmate in the process. He snaps out of it quickly, but this event reveals lingering issues that he still has to deal with. ** Han goes through a pretty major one following [[spoiler: Chewbacca's death]] in the Literature/NewJediOrder novel ''Vector Prime''. ** In the novelization of ''Literature/RevengeOfTheSith'': *** During the meeting with the Senators against Palpatine's increasing power grab, Padmé asks if she could discuss the matter with a Jedi she trusts. She meant to be referring to Anakin, but to her surprise instead finds she's thinking of Obi-Wan. The realization that she doesn't trust her own husband with this confidential matter fills her with guilt. *** Anakin has one that's much more intense than it is in the film, when he reports to Mace Windu that Palpatine is actually Sidious. In the film, he's clearly upset and agitated, but still functioning mostly as normal; in the book, however, he's on the verge of a total breakdown.

* Franchise/StarWarsLegends: ** In the book ''[[Literature/XWingSeries Wraith Squadron]]'', by Creator/AaronAllston, Myn Donos's Talon Squadron is destroyed around him in an ambush. He escapes, but becomes emotionally numb. Later, his astromech--whom he refers to later as "the last Talon"--is destroyed when his X-wing is hit in combat, and he [[AngstComa shuts down completely for a while]], feeling that he has now ''completely'' failed his squadron. ** It happens again in ''Solo Command''. This time, it's accidentally revealed that the one responsible for destroying Talon Squadron is currently a member of the Wraiths. After this revelation, Donos suddenly goes berserk, and attempts to shoot down his squadmate (who had executed a HeelFaceTurn in the previous book), nearly killing another squadmate in the process. He snaps out of it quickly, but this event reveals lingering issues that he still has to deal with. ** Han goes through a pretty major one following [[spoiler: Chewbacca's death]] in the Literature/NewJediOrder novel ''Vector Prime''. ** In the novelization of ''Literature/RevengeOfTheSith'': *** During the meeting with the Senators against Palpatine's increasing power grab, Padmé asks if she could discuss the matter with a Jedi she trusts. She meant to be referring to Anakin, but to her surprise instead finds she's thinking of Obi-Wan. The realization that she doesn't trust her own husband with this confidential matter fills her with guilt. *** Anakin has one that's much more intense than it is in the film, when he reports to Mace Windu that Palpatine is actually Sidious. In the film, he's clearly upset and agitated, but still functioning mostly as normal; in the book, however, he's on the verge of a total breakdown.
16th Jan '16 8:12:10 PM HeraldAlberich
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* The StarWarsExpandedUniverse contains a textbook example. In the book ''[[Literature/XWingSeries Wraith Squadron]]'', by Creator/AaronAllston, Myn Donos's Talon Squadron is destroyed around him in an ambush. He escapes, but becomes emotionally numb. Later, his astromech--whom he refers to later as "the last Talon" -- is destroyed when his X-wing is hit in combat, and he [[AngstComa shuts down completely for a while]], feeling that he had now ''completely'' failed his squadron.
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* The StarWarsExpandedUniverse contains a textbook example. Franchise/StarWarsLegends: ** In the book ''[[Literature/XWingSeries Wraith Squadron]]'', by Creator/AaronAllston, Myn Donos's Talon Squadron is destroyed around him in an ambush. He escapes, but becomes emotionally numb. Later, his astromech--whom he refers to later as "the last Talon" -- is Talon"--is destroyed when his X-wing is hit in combat, and he [[AngstComa shuts down completely for a while]], feeling that he had has now ''completely'' failed his squadron.

** Han goes through a pretty major one following [[spoiler: Chewbacca's death]].
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** Han goes through a pretty major one following [[spoiler: Chewbacca's death]].death]] in the Literature/NewJediOrder novel ''Vector Prime''. ** In the novelization of ''Literature/RevengeOfTheSith'': *** During the meeting with the Senators against Palpatine's increasing power grab, Padmé asks if she could discuss the matter with a Jedi she trusts. She meant to be referring to Anakin, but to her surprise instead finds she's thinking of Obi-Wan. The realization that she doesn't trust her own husband with this confidential matter fills her with guilt. *** Anakin has one that's much more intense than it is in the film, when he reports to Mace Windu that Palpatine is actually Sidious. In the film, he's clearly upset and agitated, but still functioning mostly as normal; in the book, however, he's on the verge of a total breakdown.

* The eponymous character of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' has one at the end of ''Grave Peril'' after [[spoiler: his girlfriend is partially turned into a Red Court vampire]]. He arguably has one in ''Fool Moon'' as well, when he basically shuts down for a little while due to being completely worn out and despairing because [[spoiler: Murphy no longer trusts him and has arrested him for withholding information in a murder investigation, when he had just begun to regain her trust after losing it in ''Storm Front'']]. ** In ''Turn Coat'' Harry Dresden uses his wizard's Sight to see the true nature of a skinwalker, and has a BSOD that is awesome in its proportions. He isn't just taken aback or slightly shocked - he loses consciousness, slowly comes to and realizes that he is crying hysterically, shaking uncontrollably, blacking out periodically, screaming non-stop, and is pretty much out of his mind. In a few seconds of lucidity he realizes where he is and manages to stagger to a friend's house that is luckily nearby, all the while counting prime numbers to keep himself sane. It's only after spending an hour in a dark room that he's able to pull himself together. \\ \\ Even days later he's still shaken by the memory, because anything you perceive using the sight is pretty much hard written into your mind forever, and the Skinwalkers are essentially angel sized bits of pure hate that feed on suffering and fear. The fact that he didn't GoMadFromTheRevelation is amazing to say the least. ** Harry's mind shuts down for a large chunk of time after a ''massive'' spell goes off in ''Changes''. The same spell causes nightmares and mental trauma in anyone even slightly magical on the ''entire planet''.
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* The eponymous character of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' Literature/TheDresdenFiles: ** Harry Dresden has one at the end of ''Grave Peril'' ''Literature/GravePeril'' after [[spoiler: his girlfriend is partially turned into a Red Court vampire]]. He arguably has one in ''Fool Moon'' ''Literature/FoolMoon'' as well, when he basically shuts down for a little while due to being completely worn out and despairing because [[spoiler: Murphy no longer trusts him and has arrested him for withholding information in a murder investigation, when he had just begun to regain her trust after losing it in ''Storm Front'']]. ''Literature/StormFront'']]. ** In ''Turn Coat'' ''Literature/TurnCoat'', Harry Dresden uses his wizard's Sight to see the true nature of a skinwalker, and has a BSOD that is awesome in its proportions. He isn't just taken aback or slightly shocked - he shocked--he loses consciousness, slowly comes to and realizes that he is crying hysterically, shaking uncontrollably, blacking out periodically, screaming non-stop, and is pretty much out of his mind. In a few seconds of lucidity he realizes where he is and manages to stagger to a friend's house that is luckily nearby, all the while counting prime numbers to keep himself sane. It's only after spending an hour in a dark room that he's able to pull himself together. \\\n\\\n\\\ Even days later he's still shaken by the memory, because anything you perceive using the sight is pretty much hard written into your mind forever, and the Skinwalkers are essentially angel sized angel-sized bits of pure hate that feed on suffering and fear. The fact that he didn't GoMadFromTheRevelation is amazing to say the least. ** Harry's mind shuts down for a large chunk of time after a ''massive'' spell goes off in ''Changes''.''Literature/{{Changes}}''. The same spell causes nightmares and mental trauma in anyone even slightly magical on the ''entire planet''.
15th Jan '16 9:31:22 PM nombretomado
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* In ''WatershipDown'', the rabbit language actually has a word, ''tharn'', for this state of mind. Rabbits, being small, flighty animals at the bottom of the food chain, have a lot of opportunities in their lifetimes to bluescreen in the face of hopeless danger. Heartbreakingly, this is TruthInTelevision, as baby rabbits often suffer heart attacks if sufficiently frightened. Poor things. ** If ''WatershipDown'' were just a little more prominent, in fact, this trope might have been '''named''' "Tharn." It's shorter. * In ''TheStand'', Stu recalls the description of ''tharn'', realizes he's close to a similar mental state himself, and that he has to keep himself out of that state to have a chance at escaping from the Plague Center.
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* In ''WatershipDown'', ''Literature/WatershipDown'', the rabbit language actually has a word, ''tharn'', for this state of mind. Rabbits, being small, flighty animals at the bottom of the food chain, have a lot of opportunities in their lifetimes to bluescreen in the face of hopeless danger. Heartbreakingly, this is TruthInTelevision, as baby rabbits often suffer heart attacks if sufficiently frightened. Poor things. ** If ''WatershipDown'' ''Literature/WatershipDown'' were just a little more prominent, in fact, this trope might have been '''named''' "Tharn." It's shorter. * In ''TheStand'', ''Literature/TheStand'', Stu recalls the description of ''tharn'', realizes he's close to a similar mental state himself, and that he has to keep himself out of that state to have a chance at escaping from the Plague Center.
22nd Dec '15 10:40:00 PM AilavynSiniyash
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* A major character in Patricia McKillip's ''TheRiddleMasterOfHed'' has one that spans the course of a book, via a personality change.
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* A major character in Patricia Creator/Patricia McKillip's ''TheRiddleMasterOfHed'' ''TheRiddleMasterTrilogt'' has one that spans the course of a book, via a personality change.
13th Dec '15 4:15:45 PM aurast
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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', Sansa Stark spends [[spoiler: the Red Wedding]] in this state. She also has another when [[spoiler: she starts menstruationg, both because it means Joffrey will try to rape her to produce a heir, and because her cramps were VERY painful]]
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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', Sansa Stark spends [[spoiler: the Red Wedding]] in this state. She also has another when [[spoiler: she starts menstruationg, menstruating, both because it means Joffrey will try to rape her to produce a an heir, and because her cramps were VERY painful]]painful]].
12th Dec '15 5:44:53 PM nombretomado
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* The StarWarsExpandedUniverse contains a textbook example. In the book ''[[XWingSeries Wraith Squadron]]'', by Creator/AaronAllston, Myn Donos's Talon Squadron is destroyed around him in an ambush. He escapes, but becomes emotionally numb. Later, his astromech--whom he refers to later as "the last Talon" -- is destroyed when his X-wing is hit in combat, and he [[AngstComa shuts down completely for a while]], feeling that he had now ''completely'' failed his squadron.
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* The StarWarsExpandedUniverse contains a textbook example. In the book ''[[XWingSeries ''[[Literature/XWingSeries Wraith Squadron]]'', by Creator/AaronAllston, Myn Donos's Talon Squadron is destroyed around him in an ambush. He escapes, but becomes emotionally numb. Later, his astromech--whom he refers to later as "the last Talon" -- is destroyed when his X-wing is hit in combat, and he [[AngstComa shuts down completely for a while]], feeling that he had now ''completely'' failed his squadron.
9th Oct '15 4:38:42 PM nombretomado
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* [[PerfectDark Joanna Dark]] gets several ones after [[spoiler: the deaths of her father and of Benjamin Able, especially since she blames herself for both]].
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* [[PerfectDark [[VideoGame/PerfectDark Joanna Dark]] gets several ones after [[spoiler: the deaths of her father and of Benjamin Able, especially since she blames herself for both]].
8th Oct '15 4:01:35 AM Yugnat
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* In ''Literature/LesMondesDEwilan'', after escaping the government facility that captured her, [[spoiler:Ewilan]] spent several weeks in an almost catatonic state, completely emotioneless, [[ThousandYardStare her stare empty]], barely doing anything besides sleeping, and not even ''talking'' anymore. And to make it [[NightmareFuel even creepier]], [[NothingIsScarier we never find out]] [[MindRape exactly what happened]].
12th Aug '15 3:43:34 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* The StarWarsExpandedUniverse contains a textbook example. In the book ''[[XWingSeries Wraith Squadron]]'', by AaronAllston, Myn Donos's Talon Squadron is destroyed around him in an ambush. He escapes, but becomes emotionally numb. Later, his astromech--whom he refers to later as "the last Talon" -- is destroyed when his X-wing is hit in combat, and he [[AngstComa shuts down completely for a while]], feeling that he had now ''completely'' failed his squadron.
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* The StarWarsExpandedUniverse contains a textbook example. In the book ''[[XWingSeries Wraith Squadron]]'', by AaronAllston, Creator/AaronAllston, Myn Donos's Talon Squadron is destroyed around him in an ambush. He escapes, but becomes emotionally numb. Later, his astromech--whom he refers to later as "the last Talon" -- is destroyed when his X-wing is hit in combat, and he [[AngstComa shuts down completely for a while]], feeling that he had now ''completely'' failed his squadron.
11th Aug '15 10:20:58 AM Anddrix
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* In ''[[Literature/{{Divergent}} Allegiant]]'', after [[spoiler:Tobias]] finds out [[spoiler:that Tris is dead]], all he can do is stand still and say nothing.
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* In ''[[Literature/{{Divergent}} Allegiant]]'', ''Literature/{{Allegiant}}'', after [[spoiler:Tobias]] finds out [[spoiler:that Tris is dead]], all he can do is stand still and say nothing.
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