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* ''Fanfic/GhostsOfEvangelion'': Asuka was -apparently- prideful and boastful, and she thought she was the best pilot ever. During the War she got humiliation after humiliation, beatings, a mind-rape and realized NERV never cared about her. After Third Impact she was very bitter and furious, but she tried to get better… and then [[spoiler:she got raped]].
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* Xanxus from ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn''. "YOU PIECES OF TRASH!" indeed. Too bad for him he lost so magnificently. To a 14-year-old, no less.
** Not that he became any less arrogant.
* In ''KichikuMegane'', [[{{Jerkass}} Midou]] suffers this [[spoiler:after being repeatedly and brutally tortured by Katsuya]]. (Though it happens in both the game and the manga, the manga goes on in more detail, including flashbacks from Midou's perspective, [[JerkassWoobie woobiefying]] him a bit)

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* Xanxus from ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn''. "YOU PIECES OF TRASH!" indeed. Too bad for him he lost so magnificently. To a 14-year-old, no less.
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less. Not that he became any less arrogant.
* In ''KichikuMegane'', ''Kichiku Megane'', [[{{Jerkass}} Midou]] suffers this [[spoiler:after being repeatedly and brutally tortured by Katsuya]]. (Though it happens in both the game and the manga, the manga goes on in more detail, including flashbacks from Midou's perspective, [[JerkassWoobie woobiefying]] him a bit)



* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', Neji Hyuuga is a [[InsufferableGenius genius who knows it]] and keeps insisting that everyone else's destiny is to lose to him. He is brought down ''hard'' by the titular character, [[DefeatMeansFriendship becoming much more likeable]].

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* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
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Neji Hyuuga is a [[InsufferableGenius genius who knows it]] and keeps insisting that everyone else's destiny is to lose to him. He is brought down ''hard'' by the titular character, [[DefeatMeansFriendship becoming much more likeable]].



--->'''Kakashi''' ''(to Sasuke)'': They say the nail that stands up is the one that gets hammered down.

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--->'''Kakashi''' ''(to Sasuke)'': --->'''Kakashi:''' ''[to Sasuke]'' They say the nail that stands up is the one that gets hammered down.



** Charloss's predecessor, Bellamy, got much the same treatment when he arrogantly laughed off the crew's goal of Sky Island and robbed one of their friends.
*** That's not even the worst of it. When Bellamy's employer Doflamingo heard of Bellamy's ignoble defeat, he had him cut down by one of his own crew mates and left him to die in the street, saying [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness he had no need for weaklings in his crew]]. Let's just say [[spoiler: those events changed him significantly, as Bellamy even ''thanks'' Luffy later for giving him a reality check since it helped him to [[TookALevelInBadass take a level in badass]] ]].

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** Charloss's predecessor, Bellamy, got much the same treatment when he arrogantly laughed off the crew's goal of Sky Island and robbed one of their friends.
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friends. That's not even the worst of it. When Bellamy's employer Doflamingo heard of Bellamy's ignoble defeat, he had him cut down by one of his own crew mates and left him to die in the street, saying [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness he had no need for weaklings in his crew]]. Let's just say [[spoiler: those events changed him significantly, as Bellamy even ''thanks'' Luffy later for giving him a reality check since it helped him to [[TookALevelInBadass take a level in badass]] ]].



* Princess Shoukei from ''TheTwelveKingdoms''. Oh, booooooy. First, she's a RoyalBrat who lives completely closed off from the world, while her KnightTemplar parents ruin their kingdom with their Spartamn rules. Then [[spoiler: the nobles get sick of the Royal Couple's bullshit and send out a ReasonableAuthorityFigure to punish them with death, which takes place in front of Shoukei. Which is followed by Shoukei being kicked out of the local royalty, meaning she is no longer an Immortal]]. Then [[spoiler: she becomes a PrincessInRags in a small village, taken care of by a peasant woman who loathes her because her son and neighbors were executed by Shoukei's father ''and'' Shoukei herself doesn't seem to learn from her experiences]]. ''Then'' [[spoiler: she is found out an almost subjected to a CruelAndUnusualDeath, with only a neighboring Queen's orders saving her from it]]. ''Then'' [[spoiler: she's forced into servitude of this Queen, who is a LittleMissBadass SternTeacher who takes no shit from anyone]]. And ultimately [[spoiler: she escapes from said Queen and is forced to fend off by herself, only ''now'' starting to see how the world '''actually''' is with the help of Youko's friend Rakushun]].

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* Princess Shoukei from ''TheTwelveKingdoms''.''LightNovel/TheTwelveKingdoms''. Oh, booooooy. First, she's a RoyalBrat who lives completely closed off from the world, while her KnightTemplar parents ruin their kingdom with their Spartamn rules. Then [[spoiler: the nobles get sick of the Royal Couple's bullshit and send out a ReasonableAuthorityFigure to punish them with death, which takes place in front of Shoukei. Which is followed by Shoukei being kicked out of the local royalty, meaning she is no longer an Immortal]]. Then [[spoiler: she becomes a PrincessInRags in a small village, taken care of by a peasant woman who loathes her because her son and neighbors were executed by Shoukei's father ''and'' Shoukei herself doesn't seem to learn from her experiences]]. ''Then'' [[spoiler: she is found out an almost subjected to a CruelAndUnusualDeath, with only a neighboring Queen's orders saving her from it]]. ''Then'' [[spoiler: she's forced into servitude of this Queen, who is a LittleMissBadass SternTeacher who takes no shit from anyone]]. And ultimately [[spoiler: she escapes from said Queen and is forced to fend off by herself, only ''now'' starting to see how the world '''actually''' is with the help of Youko's friend Rakushun]].



* In the original manga of ''Manga/YuGiOh'', Mokuba Kaiba undergoes this, changing from a stuck up brat who secretly longed for his big brother's approval to someone who was... well, [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold still a jerk sometimes, but mostly okay]], after Yugi defeated him at Capsule Monsters. Seto Kaiba sure could have used this plot in the anime, but no matter how many times he lost a duel, he came out of the subsequent HeroicBSOD as arrogant as ever.

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* ''Franchise/YuGiOh'':
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In the original manga of ''Manga/YuGiOh'', Mokuba Kaiba undergoes this, changing from a stuck up brat who secretly longed for his big brother's approval to someone who was... well, [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold still a jerk sometimes, but mostly okay]], after Yugi defeated him at Capsule Monsters. Seto Kaiba sure could have used this plot in the anime, but no matter how many times he lost a duel, he came out of the subsequent HeroicBSOD as arrogant as ever.



* The ''Comicbook/XMen'' during Craig Kyle and Chris Yost's run in ''New X-Men''. The senior team's decisions all end up actually hurting the younger students that they've sworn to protect leading to the death of some of them. By the [[spoiler: ''Children of the X-Men'' arc]], the team [[spoiler: makes a genuine effort to get to know their students personally instead of just making decisions for them based on what they think is best]].
** Worst hit is ComicBook/EmmaFrost, by the end of [[spoiler:the ''Mercury Falling'' story arc, she's been broken so hard that she gets a genuine PetTheDog moment with her MoralityPet ComicBook/{{X23}}]].
*** Long before that, Emma's HeelFaceTurn is precipitated by [[spoiler:her waking up from her coma to find that almost all the Hellions, who had trusted her as their mentor, were dead. She had been quite selfish before, but the realization that she had failed to protect her students turned her temporarily suicidal]].
* ''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}'''s AlphaBitch Sistah Spooky. Because ThereAreNoTherapists, underneath the glossy façade of her public persona lies a neurotic, popularity-obsessed mess of a woman. Which only makes what happens to her in volume 5 more tragic. Volume 6 is even worse.

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* The ''Comicbook/XMen'' during ''ComicBook/XMen'':
** During
Craig Kyle and Chris Yost's run in ''New X-Men''. The senior team's decisions all end up actually hurting the younger students that they've sworn to protect leading to the death of some of them. By the [[spoiler: ''Children of the X-Men'' arc]], the team [[spoiler: makes [[spoiler:makes a genuine effort to get to know their students personally instead of just making decisions for them based on what they think is best]].
** Worst hit is ComicBook/EmmaFrost, by the end of [[spoiler:the ''Mercury Falling'' story arc, she's been broken so hard that she gets a genuine PetTheDog moment with her MoralityPet ComicBook/{{X23}}]].
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ComicBook/{{X 23}}]].
**
Long before that, Emma's HeelFaceTurn is precipitated by [[spoiler:her waking up from her coma to find that almost all the Hellions, who had trusted her as their mentor, were dead. She had been quite selfish before, but the realization that she had failed to protect her students turned her temporarily suicidal]].
* ''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}'''s ''ComicBook/{{Empowered}}'''s AlphaBitch Sistah Spooky. Because ThereAreNoTherapists, underneath the glossy façade of her public persona lies a neurotic, popularity-obsessed mess of a woman. Which only makes what happens to her in volume 5 more tragic. Volume 6 is even worse.



* ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo: The Orphan Maker, Noriko's [[TheDragon Dragon]] earned his nickname through his skill and regularly abuses the slaves he's been put in charge of. Usagi fights him twice, [[EyeScream he jabs one eye and later slashes the other]] making Orphan Maker blind and swearing revenge. Usagi meets him in a later story being abused by bandits, Orphan Maker doesn't recognize him on account of being blind, and has mellowed out. He's now a monk and travels the countryside, he and Usagi have a friendly chat and leave on good terms, with him still ignorant to Usagi's identity.

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* ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo: ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo'': The Orphan Maker, Noriko's [[TheDragon Dragon]] earned his nickname through his skill and regularly abuses the slaves he's been put in charge of. Usagi fights him twice, [[EyeScream he jabs one eye and later slashes the other]] making Orphan Maker blind and swearing revenge. Usagi meets him in a later story being abused by bandits, Orphan Maker doesn't recognize him on account of being blind, and has mellowed out. He's now a monk and travels the countryside, he and Usagi have a friendly chat and leave on good terms, with him still ignorant to Usagi's identity.



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* ''Manga/{{Evangelion 303}}'': By the start of the history Asuka is [[AcePilot the top pilot in the base]], she knows it and ensures -loudly- that everyone else also knows it. However her performance had been slipping and she lost a coveted assignment to another pilot. Then she challenged [[TheRival the newcomer pilot]] to a [[OldSchoolDogFight duel]] and she lost. [[BelligerentSexualTension Her conflicting feelings]] towards Shinji got her distracted and she botched a mission. [[http://eva303.smackjeeves.com/comics/914657/033a/ Her self-image was collapsing]] but she got better after she sorted her feelings out and [[HeroesWantRedheads Shinji]] and she [[RelationshipUpgrade consummated their relationship]]. But shortly before [[spoiler:the war plane that she was piloting crashed]] and she spent several months in a coma. When she woke up she blamed herself for it and [[spoiler:her best friend's death]]. Later she had to fly another prototype and [[spoiler:it also crashed.]] With her self-confidence and self-esteem shattered she saw herself like a [[http://eva303.smackjeeves.com/comics/1794689/024/ pathetic]] [[http://eva303.smackjeeves.com/comics/1794691/025/ failure]]. She was so affected that she tried to [[spoiler:tried to kill herself]] and when Shinji stopped her, she ran away.

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* ''Manga/{{Evangelion 303}}'': ''Manga/Evangelion303'': By the start of the history Asuka is [[AcePilot the top pilot in the base]], she knows it and ensures -loudly- that everyone else also knows it. However her performance had been slipping and she lost a coveted assignment to another pilot. Then she challenged [[TheRival the newcomer pilot]] to a [[OldSchoolDogFight duel]] and she lost. [[BelligerentSexualTension Her conflicting feelings]] towards Shinji got her distracted and she botched a mission. [[http://eva303.smackjeeves.com/comics/914657/033a/ Her self-image was collapsing]] but she got better after she sorted her feelings out and [[HeroesWantRedheads Shinji]] and she [[RelationshipUpgrade consummated their relationship]]. But shortly before [[spoiler:the war plane that she was piloting crashed]] and she spent several months in a coma. When she woke up she blamed herself for it and [[spoiler:her best friend's death]]. Later she had to fly another prototype and [[spoiler:it also crashed.]] With her self-confidence and self-esteem shattered she saw herself like a [[http://eva303.smackjeeves.com/comics/1794689/024/ pathetic]] [[http://eva303.smackjeeves.com/comics/1794691/025/ failure]]. She was so affected that she tried to [[spoiler:tried to kill herself]] and when Shinji stopped her, she ran away.



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* In the remake of ''TheStepfordWives'', Joanna is a [[RichBitch successful]] [[CorruptCorporateExecutive TV executive]] with a lineup of sleazy reality shows pitting the genders against each other, all of which stating that Women are superior to Men in every way. Then she gets shot by the guy who lost his wife during said gameshow, is fired as no network will take any of her ideas after the backlash, and has a nervous breakdown. And then her husband suggests that they move to ''Stepford''...

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* In the remake of ''TheStepfordWives'', ''Film/TheStepfordWives'', Joanna is a [[RichBitch successful]] [[CorruptCorporateExecutive TV executive]] with a lineup of sleazy reality shows pitting the genders against each other, all of which stating that Women are superior to Men in every way. Then she gets shot by the guy who lost his wife during said gameshow, is fired as no network will take any of her ideas after the backlash, and has a nervous breakdown. And then her husband suggests that they move to ''Stepford''...



* Creator/StephenChow uses this trope a few times.
** Golden Leg from ''Film/ShaolinSoccer'' starts as an arrogant football ace who is so stuck up he makes his teammates kneel so he can put his foot on them to tie his laces. Within minutes he is crippled and after a TimeSkip we see he is now living off a charity job as a gopher for a former teammate.
** ''Film/GodOfCookery''

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* Creator/StephenChow uses this trope a few times.
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times. Golden Leg from ''Film/ShaolinSoccer'' starts as an arrogant football ace who is so stuck up he makes his teammates kneel so he can put his foot on them to tie his laces. Within minutes he is crippled and after a TimeSkip we see he is now living off a charity job as a gopher for a former teammate.
** ''Film/GodOfCookery''
teammate.



--->'''Hagrid''': ''[to Draco]'' Yeh done wrong and now yer gonna pay fer it!

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--->'''Hagrid''': --->'''Hagrid:''' ''[to Draco]'' Yeh done wrong and now yer gonna pay fer it!



** Percy Weasley also did a full arc-- starting a snobbish but harmless (a male GoGetterGirl at worst), he then turns on his family in order to get ahead in the ministry and renouces his father in book 5. It takes him over two years to come to his senses, and he rejoins his family (and the other good guys) in the final battle-- only to lose his brother mid-reconcilitation.

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** Percy Weasley also did a full arc-- arc -- starting a snobbish but harmless (a male GoGetterGirl at worst), he then turns on his family in order to get ahead in the ministry and renouces renounces his father in book 5. It takes him over two years to come to his senses, and he rejoins his family (and the other good guys) in the final battle-- battle -- only to lose his brother mid-reconcilitation.mid-reconciliation.



* The main plot of ''Eustacia Goes to the ChaletSchool''. Take the titular girl, an InsufferableGenius with academic parents, a MissingMom and a set of relatives who barely pay attention to her. Put her in the Chalet School, where her arrogance and tale-bearing make her unpopular with the other girls. Add a nasty accident that results in Eustacia being seriously injured and disabled, and voila! You have a sadder, wiser and nicer character who realises the error of her ways.

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* The main plot of ''Eustacia Goes to the ChaletSchool''.ChaletSchool'':
** The main plot.
Take the titular girl, an InsufferableGenius with academic parents, a MissingMom and a set of relatives who barely pay attention to her. Put her in the Chalet School, where her arrogance and tale-bearing make her unpopular with the other girls. Add a nasty accident that results in Eustacia being seriously injured and disabled, and voila! You have a sadder, wiser and nicer character who realises the error of her ways.



** Sinuhe in TheEgyptian is not overbearingly haughty, but gets plenty of humbling (and humiliating) moments where he either realises his mistakes or simply despairs for a while.

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** Sinuhe in TheEgyptian ''Literature/TheEgyptian'' is not overbearingly haughty, but gets plenty of humbling (and humiliating) moments where he either realises realizes his mistakes or simply despairs for a while.



* Corina, the VillainProtagonist of Sukhinov's ''Emerald City'' decalogy (which is based on "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz"), starts off as arrogant MagnificentBastard who by the end of the first book controls the Emerald city, practicaly controls most of the Magic Land's remainder (including Violet and Blue lands), and made the Good Witches prisoners in their lands. Then in the book two Ellie dethrones her, following which she starts a slow downward spiral. By the book ten she has been captured by the BigBad, BroughtDownToNormal, turned into a (non-talking) mouse, locked in a cage for ''weeks''... and the cage is currently located in a basement filling with water. After one of her previous opponents rescues her from said basement, even he refers to her as "poor Corina".

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* ''Emerald City'':
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Corina, the VillainProtagonist of Sukhinov's ''Emerald City'' decalogy (which is based on "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz"), ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz''), starts off as arrogant MagnificentBastard who by the end of the first book controls the Emerald city, practicaly practically controls most of the Magic Land's remainder (including Violet and Blue lands), and made the Good Witches prisoners in their lands. Then in the book two Ellie dethrones her, following which she starts a slow downward spiral. By the book ten she has been captured by the BigBad, BroughtDownToNormal, turned into a (non-talking) mouse, locked in a cage for ''weeks''... and the cage is currently located in a basement filling with water. After one of her previous opponents rescues her from said basement, even he refers to her as "poor Corina".



* Achilles in Creator/{{Homer}}'s ''Literature/TheIliad''
* Ulysses in ''Literature/TheOdyssey'' is an even more triumphant example.

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* %%* Achilles in Creator/{{Homer}}'s ''Literature/TheIliad''
* %%* Ulysses in ''Literature/TheOdyssey'' is an even more triumphant example.



---> '''Neroon''': ''I'' speak for our people! Who do ''you'' speak for?

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---> '''Neroon''': --->'''Neroon:''' ''I'' speak for our people! Who do ''you'' speak for?



* ''Series/DoctorWho'', New Series Episode "When a Good Man Goes to War". It doesn't last very long.
** Perhaps more accurately in The Waters of Mars "WhatTheHellHero" speech
* Mary and Edith from ''Series/{{Downton Abbey}}'' both qualify. Mary's love life is full of drama and scandal, and Edith makes one VERY bad choice that ends up slowly ruining her life.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'', ''Series/DoctorWho'':
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New Series Episode "When a Good Man Goes to War". It doesn't last very long.
** Perhaps more accurately in The "The Waters of Mars "WhatTheHellHero" Mars" WhatTheHellHero speech
* Mary and Edith from ''Series/{{Downton Abbey}}'' ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' both qualify. Mary's love life is full of drama and scandal, and Edith makes one VERY bad choice that ends up slowly ruining her life.



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* In ''Roleplay/DoubtAcademy'', both Misaki Watanabe and Akari Kagome have been subjected to this. Neither one was really a jerk, but both girls do carry a sense of entitlement. As of the most recent updates, [[spoiler: Both of Misaki's love interests have been murdered, and Akari was wrongly executed after a mental breakdown]].
* Jacques in ''Roleplay/YuGiOhEastAcademy''' is incredibly arrogant in his early appearances, but this soon changes following an absolutely ''crippling'' defeat at the hands of Peter. [[FromBadToWorse To make matters worse, he then finds himself a target for Gretel's bullying, who precedes to degrade and humiliate him even further]]. And to add to [[UpToEleven that]], he becomes the first duellist to lose to a cultist and is nearly crippled as a result.
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* In ''Theatre/{{Antigone}}'', Creon suffers this fate when [[spoiler: after he has the title character executed, his son and wife both commit suicide, leaving him alone and wishing for death]].
** Practically a requirement for any Greek tragedy, really. {{Pride}}, as noted above, was their favorite sin to attack.

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* In ''Theatre/{{Antigone}}'', Creon suffers this fate when [[spoiler: after he has the title character executed, his son and wife both commit suicide, leaving him alone and wishing for death]].
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death]]. Practically a requirement for any Greek tragedy, really. {{Pride}}, as noted above, was their favorite sin to attack.



** Well that's open to debate. One of the play's characters suspects that Katharine's "taming" is her and Petruchio teaming up to scam them out of money because he had made a bet with them about her.



* ''AStreetcarNamedDesire'' is a deconstruction of this type of story, questioning why Stanley needs to see Blanche brought down. It's because he's a bully who can't stand the fact that, after all that's already happened to her, she's still an idealist.

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* ''AStreetcarNamedDesire'' ''Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire'' is a deconstruction of this type of story, questioning why Stanley needs to see Blanche brought down. It's because he's a bully who can't stand the fact that, after all that's already happened to her, she's still an idealist.



* [[{{Jerkass}} Luke Fon Fabre]] in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'': He first gets a minor PrideBeforeAFall in the beginning when he's teleported halfway across the globe and stranded without any friends or resources in a place where his family name is a death sentence. [[spoiler:This doesn't do much except inconvenience him. Then, he's [[EtTuBrute betrayed by his mentor]], [[WhatTheHellHero chewed out and abandoned]] by his TrueCompanions, and finally [[TomatoInTheMirror discovers he's a clone of one of the villains who was created to die in the villain's stead]].]] At which point, he [[HeroicBSOD snaps]].
** Also worth mentioning that the [[spoiler: betrayal noted above]] provokes Luke into [[spoiler: accidentally [[ColonyDrop causing an entire city to collapse,]] killing thousands of people in the process.]] Yeah, that probably also had something to do with that BSOD.
* Sonia in ''FireEmblem 7'' at the moment of her death, when she discovers [[spoiler: [[TomatoInTheMirror she's actually one of the morphs she despises so much and has been duped by Nergal all this time into thinking she was the one perfect human]].]]
* An even more tragic example in ''[[FireEmblemJugdral FE Seisen no Keifu]]'': Arvis. [[spoiler: First he's a MagnificentBastard[=/=]WellIntentionedExtremist who successfully kills Sigurd (after stealing his wife Deirdre), turns other Grannvale rulers against each other, kills ''them'' and becomes emperor of all of Jugdral, and instead of making it a tyrannical empire, [[WellIntentionedExtremist he made it an actually benevolent empire and it works]]. Then Manfroy intervenes and soon Arvis has lost his children, the woman he loved (aka the aforementioned Deirdre), ''and'' control of his empire, and turn it to a tyrannical empire far beyond his worst imagination. Oh, and his beloved brother Azel died at some point ''and'' his own son Julius is trying to usurp his throne, whereas his daughter Julia has been missing for a while already after said son attacked her ''and killed their mother''. He also found out at some point during the seventeen-year-time skip that Deirdre was, in fact, [[BrotherSisterIncest his half-sister]].]] No wonder he's so haggard by the time [[spoiler: we see him again in the second half of the game.]] (It's speculated that [[spoiler: he pretty much ''allowed Seliph to kill him'', in hopes of finishing his miserable existence]])
* The {{VideoGame/Deponia}} trilogy could easily be re-named "Break The Haughty: The Game". Main protagonist Rufus undergoes all sorts of torture, humiliations and beatdowns, both moral and physical, because of his enormous ego and his arrogance.
* One of the best examples comes from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'': [[spoiler: King Gangrel of Plegia]]. After [[spoiler: Queen Emmeryn of Ylisse undoes his SadisticChoice with her HeroicSuicide]] in front of both his and the enemy troops, pretty much all of his followers desert him, he has to resort to blackmail and trickery to keep ''some'' allies, [[spoiler: and by the time the Ylissean armies led by Emmeryn's ''extremely'' pissed off younger brother and heir Chrom reach for the Plegian capital, he's pretty much all alone against them.]] And later we find out that [[spoiler: after Gangrel's defeat, the only ones willing to sorta take him in are bandits, who treat him like absolute shit.]] And even if you manage to [[spoiler: make him join Chrom's Shepherds -- well, Chrom is ''still'' pissed off at Gangrel for what he did to his older sister, and [[AllLovingHero the Avatar]] is not convinced about [[ReformedButRejected his]] HeelFaceTurn for quite a while either.]]
* The Camarilla ending of ''VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' has [[spoiler:your BadBoss Prince Lacroix]] reduced to the level of begging at your feet for the game's MacGuffin, sniveling and whimpering about the inevitable [[ChineseVampire Kuei-Jin]] invasion until he's finally arrested.

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* [[{{Jerkass}} Luke Fon Fabre]] in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'': He first gets a minor PrideBeforeAFall in the beginning when he's teleported halfway across the globe and stranded without any friends or resources in a place where his family name is a death sentence. [[spoiler:This doesn't do much except inconvenience him. Then, he's [[EtTuBrute betrayed by his mentor]], [[WhatTheHellHero chewed out and abandoned]] by his TrueCompanions, and finally [[TomatoInTheMirror discovers he's a clone of one of the villains who was created to die in the villain's stead]].]] At which point, he [[HeroicBSOD snaps]].
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snaps]]. Also worth mentioning that the [[spoiler: betrayal noted above]] provokes Luke into [[spoiler: accidentally [[ColonyDrop causing an entire city to collapse,]] killing thousands of people in the process.]] Yeah, that probably also had something to do with that BSOD.
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'':
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Sonia in ''FireEmblem 7'' ''VideoGame/FireEmblem7'' at the moment of her death, when she discovers [[spoiler: [[TomatoInTheMirror she's actually one of the morphs she despises so much and has been duped by Nergal all this time into thinking she was the one perfect human]].]]
* ** An even more tragic example in ''[[FireEmblemJugdral ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral FE Seisen no Keifu]]'': Arvis. [[spoiler: First he's a MagnificentBastard[=/=]WellIntentionedExtremist who successfully kills Sigurd (after stealing his wife Deirdre), turns other Grannvale rulers against each other, kills ''them'' and becomes emperor of all of Jugdral, and instead of making it a tyrannical empire, [[WellIntentionedExtremist he made it an actually benevolent empire and it works]]. Then Manfroy intervenes and soon Arvis has lost his children, the woman he loved (aka the aforementioned Deirdre), ''and'' control of his empire, and turn it to a tyrannical empire far beyond his worst imagination. Oh, and his beloved brother Azel died at some point ''and'' his own son Julius is trying to usurp his throne, whereas his daughter Julia has been missing for a while already after said son attacked her ''and killed their mother''. He also found out at some point during the seventeen-year-time skip that Deirdre was, in fact, [[BrotherSisterIncest his half-sister]].]] No wonder he's so haggard by the time [[spoiler: we see him again in the second half of the game.]] (It's speculated that [[spoiler: he pretty much ''allowed Seliph to kill him'', in hopes of finishing his miserable existence]])
* The {{VideoGame/Deponia}} trilogy could easily be re-named "Break The Haughty: The Game". Main protagonist Rufus undergoes all sorts of torture, humiliations and beatdowns, both moral and physical, because of his enormous ego and his arrogance.
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existence]].)
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One of the best examples comes from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'': [[spoiler: King Gangrel of Plegia]]. After [[spoiler: Queen Emmeryn of Ylisse undoes his SadisticChoice with her HeroicSuicide]] in front of both his and the enemy troops, pretty much all of his followers desert him, he has to resort to blackmail and trickery to keep ''some'' allies, [[spoiler: and by the time the Ylissean armies led by Emmeryn's ''extremely'' pissed off younger brother and heir Chrom reach for the Plegian capital, he's pretty much all alone against them.]] And later we find out that [[spoiler: after Gangrel's defeat, the only ones willing to sorta take him in are bandits, who treat him like absolute shit.]] And even if you manage to [[spoiler: make him join Chrom's Shepherds -- well, Chrom is ''still'' pissed off at Gangrel for what he did to his older sister, and [[AllLovingHero the Avatar]] is not convinced about [[ReformedButRejected his]] HeelFaceTurn for quite a while either.]]
* The ''VideoGame/{{Deponia}}'' trilogy could easily be re-named "Break The Haughty: The Game". Main protagonist Rufus undergoes all sorts of torture, humiliations and beatdowns, both moral and physical, because of his enormous ego and his arrogance.
* ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'':
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The Camarilla ending of ''VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' has [[spoiler:your BadBoss Prince Lacroix]] reduced to the level of begging at your feet for the game's MacGuffin, sniveling and whimpering about the inevitable [[ChineseVampire Kuei-Jin]] invasion until he's finally arrested.



*** This is also standard practice for the Nosferatu in the tabletop version of ''Masquerade''. There's a whole subset of Nosferatu nicknamed "Cleopatras" -- beautiful people who got everywhere on their looks alone and who were Embraced to teach them a cruel lesson about what the ugly people went through.

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*** ** This is also standard practice for the Nosferatu in the tabletop version of ''Masquerade''. There's a whole subset of Nosferatu nicknamed "Cleopatras" -- beautiful people who got everywhere on their looks alone and who were Embraced to teach them a cruel lesson about what the ugly people went through.



* Bastila Shan of ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' endures this; when she fights Revan on the Star Forge, she's sure she'll win; Revan promptly kicks her ass three times in a row, which forces Bastila to face that she was wrong to choose the dark side, and that the only thing holding her back was herself. It sort of made her into the Woobie.
** [[spoiler:Before her FaceHeelTurn,]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWlGtszEzmc&feature=related many of her interactions with her more experienced teammates]] (especially [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiO5QkxoFcw&feature=related the player]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RseBiLHTsYo Carth]]) are attempts to poke holes in her massive ego/overconfidence complex. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewNy9UA7md8 The scene with Mission]] sort of backfired, though.

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* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'':
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Bastila Shan of ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' endures this; when she fights Revan on the Star Forge, she's sure she'll win; Revan promptly kicks her ass three times in a row, which forces Bastila to face that she was wrong to choose the dark side, and that the only thing holding her back was herself. It sort of made her into the Woobie.
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Woobie. [[spoiler:Before her FaceHeelTurn,]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWlGtszEzmc&feature=related many of her interactions with her more experienced teammates]] (especially [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiO5QkxoFcw&feature=related the player]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RseBiLHTsYo Carth]]) are attempts to poke holes in her massive ego/overconfidence complex. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewNy9UA7md8 The scene with Mission]] sort of backfired, though.



* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', the Kingdom of Gilneas and its king, Genn Greymane are notorious for isolationism, believing that their country could withstand any enemy force without aid. After the Second War, Greymane angrily pulled Gilneas out of the Alliance and erected the Greymane Wall, to prevent anyone from entering or leaving the country. The wall managed to protect the country from the plague that created the Scourge, and also coldly shut out any Lordaeron refugees from entering. However, it did ''not'' protect them from the worgen curse emanating from nearby Shadowfang Keep, resulting in the people of Gilneas slowly being transformed into worgen. The Greymane Wall will be broken down in the upcoming expansion ''Cataclysm'', and in a desperate attempt to save his people, King Greymane will turn to the very Alliance that he shunned so long ago.

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* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', the ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'':
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Kingdom of Gilneas and its king, Genn Greymane are notorious for isolationism, believing that their country could withstand any enemy force without aid. After the Second War, Greymane angrily pulled Gilneas out of the Alliance and erected the Greymane Wall, to prevent anyone from entering or leaving the country. The wall managed to protect the country from the plague that created the Scourge, and also coldly shut out any Lordaeron refugees from entering. However, it did ''not'' protect them from the worgen curse emanating from nearby Shadowfang Keep, resulting in the people of Gilneas slowly being transformed into worgen. The Greymane Wall will be broken down in the upcoming expansion ''Cataclysm'', and in a desperate attempt to save his people, King Greymane will turn to the very Alliance that he shunned so long ago.



* [[spoiler:Asha]], from ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}'', suffers from this.

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* %%* [[spoiler:Asha]], from ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}'', suffers from this.



* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'', Saren gets an extended case of this that actually started before the game [[spoiler:when he discovered Sovereign]]. He started out as an arrogant KnightTemplar [[FantasticRacism racist]] with ambitions to rule the galaxy [[spoiler:using [[EldritchAbomination Sovereign]]'s power]]. By the time you meet him in the game [[spoiler:he is already just another [[BrainwashedAndCrazy indoctrinated slave]] to Sovereign's will.]]
** It's also arguable that the discovery [[spoiler: of Sovereign]] sent his ambitions from galactic conquest to saving it thanks to pure fear. [[spoiler: Too bad he had no idea he was being influenced by Sovereign the entire time.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'', GLaDOS has some of this come her way. [[spoiler:She's beaten by a corrupted idiot, gets put into a potato, almost eaten by a bird, travels with Chell extensively for 3 chapters, learns that Chell is a decent person, finds out who she is, and sees how insane the new controller of the facility is, in a parody of herself. The irony is that in the end of the game she deletes all this information and goes back to being her old self, for better or worse, but still lets Chell go to her freedom. It's possible that [=GLaDOS=] did learn something after all and considers Chell a friend, and if not, then she's simply getting rid of her biggest problem by sending it away.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'', Saren gets an extended case of this that actually started before the game [[spoiler:when he discovered Sovereign]]. He started out as an arrogant KnightTemplar [[FantasticRacism racist]] with ambitions to rule the galaxy [[spoiler:using [[EldritchAbomination Sovereign]]'s power]]. By the time you meet him in the game [[spoiler:he is already just another [[BrainwashedAndCrazy indoctrinated slave]] to Sovereign's will.]]
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]] It's also arguable that the discovery [[spoiler: of [[spoiler:of Sovereign]] sent his ambitions from galactic conquest to saving it thanks to pure fear. [[spoiler: Too bad he had no idea he was being influenced by Sovereign the entire time.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'', ''VideoGame/Portal2'', GLaDOS has some of this come her way. [[spoiler:She's beaten by a corrupted idiot, gets put into a potato, almost eaten by a bird, travels with Chell extensively for 3 chapters, learns that Chell is a decent person, finds out who she is, and sees how insane the new controller of the facility is, in a parody of herself. The irony is that in the end of the game she deletes all this information and goes back to being her old self, for better or worse, but still lets Chell go to her freedom. It's possible that [=GLaDOS=] did learn something after all and considers Chell a friend, and if not, then she's simply getting rid of her biggest problem by sending it away.]]



* Cheren from ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' goes through a variant of this; while not arrogant, he has some ego issues and an obsession with being the strongest. After Alder makes him question what strength means he suffers a HeroicBSOD and ends up re-evaluating his stance.

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* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
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Cheren from ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' goes through a variant of this; while not arrogant, he has some ego issues and an obsession with being the strongest. After Alder makes him question what strength means he suffers a HeroicBSOD and ends up re-evaluating his stance.



** [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Groose]] gets in on this too. He starts out as a typical bully, pushing Link around and trying to sabotage his training, since he feels that he's the one that deserves Zelda's affections. Then when she's kidnapped, he blames Link for the incident, and much later, when he reaches the surface of the planet, he tells Link to go back home and let him handle the rescuing business. However, The Old Lady tells him that he's not meant to be the hero, which is already enough to make him throw a temper tantrum, but once he witnesses [[spoiler:the first breakout of [[SealedEvilInACan The Imprisoned]] and Link's resealing it]], he gets hit by a minor HeroicBSOD and finally acknowledges that Link's the one cut out for the job. [[spoiler:[[TookALevelInBadass He gets better, though]].]]

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** [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Groose]] ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'': Groose gets in on this too. He starts out as a typical bully, pushing Link around and trying to sabotage his training, since he feels that he's the one that deserves Zelda's affections. Then when she's kidnapped, he blames Link for the incident, and much later, when he reaches the surface of the planet, he tells Link to go back home and let him handle the rescuing business. However, The Old Lady tells him that he's not meant to be the hero, which is already enough to make him throw a temper tantrum, but once he witnesses [[spoiler:the first breakout of [[SealedEvilInACan The Imprisoned]] and Link's resealing it]], he gets hit by a minor HeroicBSOD and finally acknowledges that Link's the one cut out for the job. [[spoiler:[[TookALevelInBadass He gets better, though]].]]



* In ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2'', Chapter 2 is this for [[spoiler:Kuzuryuu. At the beginning of the game, he's one of the most abrasive characters, refusing to join in with the party, threatening to have Mikan sold into prostitution, and generally being a bit of a dick. Then he finds out that his sister was murdered, thanks to Monobear's minigame, and his right-hand woman Peko gets executed for killing Koizumi - who helped cover for his sister's murderer - on his behalf. She claims that he was the real murderer and she was merely acting as his tool (to Kuzuryuu's horror), but Monobear isn't having any of it and executes her. To add insult to injury, Peko accidentally slashes Kuzuryuu's eye during her execution, despite having sworn to protect him.]] On the plus side, from Chapter 3 onwards, he starts to calm down and is more willing to work with the others.

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* In ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2'', Chapter 2 is this for [[spoiler:Kuzuryuu. At the beginning of the game, he's one of the most abrasive characters, refusing to join in with the party, threatening to have Mikan sold into prostitution, and generally being a bit of a dick. Then he finds out that his sister was murdered, thanks to Monobear's minigame, and his right-hand woman Peko gets executed for killing Koizumi - -- who helped cover for his sister's murderer - -- on his behalf. She claims that he was the real murderer and she was merely acting as his tool (to Kuzuryuu's horror), but Monobear isn't having any of it and executes her. To add insult to injury, Peko accidentally slashes Kuzuryuu's eye during her execution, despite having sworn to protect him.]] On the plus side, from Chapter 3 onwards, he starts to calm down and is more willing to work with the others.



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* The BigBad of ''WebAnimation/BrokenSaints'' is all as proud and self-righteous [[spoiler: until Our Heroes ruin his grand plan]]. Most of the villains in this series start off arrogant and end up humbled. [[spoiler:Or [[KarmicDeath dead.]]]]
* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', Weiss confronts Professor Port and confides in him that she felt that Professor Ozpin made a terrible mistake in choosing Ruby over her as leader of the team, pointing out her superior combat skills. However, when Port confides that he trusts Ozpin's decision due to seeing her attitude in action, her snapping at him proves his point. When he tells her to stop trying to be the best leader and start being the best ''person'' she can be, she starts taking it to heart almost immediately.
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* ''{{Webcomic/EightBitTheater}}'' has Thief, a proud elf who somehow almost always can con anyone into anything [[KarmaHoudini using contracts to avoid repercussions]]. An attempt at this on a dragon has... different consequences.

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* ''{{Webcomic/EightBitTheater}}'' ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' has Thief, a proud elf who somehow almost always can con anyone into anything [[KarmaHoudini using contracts to avoid repercussions]]. An attempt at this on a dragon has... different consequences.



* ''Webcomic/MagickChicks'' is a series long one for the ''Webcomic/EerieCuties'' Melissa Hellrune

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** Despite being the resident InsufferableGenius, Vaarsuvius is still subjected to this twice. First, both figuratively and in a [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0627.html disturbingly literal way]] when s/he meets a black dragon who is more powerful than s/he is. Next, [[spoiler: after s/he gains the ultimate arcane power s/he always wanted, s/he confronted Xykon ''alone''. No surprise s/he failed.]] Vaarsuvius seems to believe that only sheer magical power can fix things. And we thought it was just [[RuleOfFunny funny]] because s/he was a mage!

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** Despite being the resident InsufferableGenius, Vaarsuvius is still subjected to this twice. First, both figuratively and in a [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0627.html disturbingly literal way]] when s/he meets they meet a black dragon who is more powerful than s/he is. them. Next, [[spoiler: after s/he gains they gain the ultimate arcane power s/he they always wanted, s/he confronted confronting Xykon ''alone''. No surprise s/he they failed.]] Vaarsuvius seems to believe that only sheer magical power can fix things. And we thought it was just [[RuleOfFunny funny]] because s/he was V is a mage!



* Kharisma from ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'' was an example of this; she started out as a truly detestable vain, shallow, and selfish rich playgirl, but over the course of the series she lost all her money, received disfiguring burns to the face and head, was framed (sort of) for murder and then sent to prison for it, where the local prison warder and the other inmates conspired to make her life a living hell until she was freed by a misguided admirer during a prison transfer and had to resort to life as a fugitive. If the point was to make the audience feel bad for wishing bad things on her, it would be about right for ''S* P''.
** However, unlike Mike, who got a similar BreakTheHaughty moment for being a pretentious rules-lawyering jerkass, Kharisma [[AesopAmnesia hasn't changed]] that much, other than gaining a little blue monster imaginary friend.

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* Kharisma from ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'' was an example of this; she started out as a truly detestable vain, shallow, and selfish rich playgirl, but over the course of the series she lost all her money, received disfiguring burns to the face and head, was framed (sort of) for murder and then sent to prison for it, where the local prison warder and the other inmates conspired to make her life a living hell until she was freed by a misguided admirer during a prison transfer and had to resort to life as a fugitive. If the point was to make the audience feel bad for wishing bad things on her, it would be about right for ''S* P''.
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P''. However, unlike Mike, who got a similar BreakTheHaughty moment for being a pretentious rules-lawyering jerkass, Kharisma [[AesopAmnesia hasn't changed]] that much, other than gaining a little blue monster imaginary friend.



* In ''Roleplay/DoubtAcademy'', both Misaki Watanabe and Akari Kagome have been subjected to this. Neither one was really a jerk, but both girls do carry a sense of entitlement. As of the most recent updates, [[spoiler: Both of Misaki's love interests have been murdered, and Akari was wrongly executed after a mental breakdown]].
* Jacques in ''Roleplay/YuGiOhEastAcademy''' is incredibly arrogant in his early appearances, but this soon changes following an absolutely ''crippling'' defeat at the hands of Peter. [[FromBadToWorse To make matters worse, he then finds himself a target for Gretel's bullying, who precedes to degrade and humiliate him even further]]. And to add to [[UpToEleven that]], he becomes the first duellist to lose to a cultist and is nearly crippled as a result.



* The BigBad of ''WebAnimation/BrokenSaints'' is all as proud and self-righteous [[spoiler: until Our Heroes ruin his grand plan]].
** Most of the villains in this series start off arrogant and end up humbled.[[spoiler:Or [[KarmicDeath dead.]]]]
* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'''s Trevor James Goodkind, scion of the wealthiest family on the planet, and one of a long line of mutant haters. Manifests as a mutant, gets kicked out of the family, gets horribly experimented on by his parent's MadScientist friend, gets treated like a dangerous criminal / animal, has to go live in the basement of a disgraced family member, loses his identity and most of his sexual characteristics, but gets CharacterDevelopment out of it all. He's now Phase, a female (mostly) mutant who is building a name for herself, building her own business empire, and generally proving herself as being a capable person and not just riding his parent's coat-tails.

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* The BigBad of ''WebAnimation/BrokenSaints'' is all as proud and self-righteous [[spoiler: until Our Heroes ruin his grand plan]].
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** Most of the villains in this series start off arrogant and end up humbled.[[spoiler:Or [[KarmicDeath dead.]]]]
* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'''s
Trevor James Goodkind, scion of the wealthiest family on the planet, and one of a long line of mutant haters. Manifests as a mutant, gets kicked out of the family, gets horribly experimented on by his parent's MadScientist friend, gets treated like a dangerous criminal / animal, has to go live in the basement of a disgraced family member, loses his identity and most of his sexual characteristics, but gets CharacterDevelopment out of it all. He's now Phase, a female (mostly) mutant who is building a name for herself, building her own business empire, and generally proving herself as being a capable person and not just riding his parent's coat-tails.



* Whenever WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic starts thinking too much of himself, he's usually pretty quickly broken down. In ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}'', he manages to avoid it for a while but the world's order is restored in the last episode.

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* Webstie/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses:
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Whenever WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic starts thinking too much of himself, he's usually pretty quickly broken down. In ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}'', he manages to avoid it for a while but the world's order is restored in the last episode.



* AlphaBitch Trisha in ''WebOriginal/TheWarComms'' has had this happen to her more than once, and Esmeralda is a walking ''magnet'' for it. Unfortunately, neither of them seem to learn a damn thing from their experiences.

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* ''WebOriginal/TheWarComms'':
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AlphaBitch Trisha in ''WebOriginal/TheWarComms'' has had this happen to her more than once, and Esmeralda is a walking ''magnet'' for it. Unfortunately, neither of them seem to learn a damn thing from their experiences.



* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', Weiss confronts Professor Port and confides in him that she felt that Professor Ozpin made a terrible mistake in choosing Ruby over her as leader of the team, pointing out her superior combat skills. However, when Port confides that he trusts Ozpin's decision due to seeing her attitude in action, her snapping at him proves his point. When he tells her to stop trying to be the best leader and start being the best ''person'' she can be, she starts taking it to heart almost immediately.



* Zuko and his pre-series fall from royal prince to banished prince on ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', followed by his fall from banished prince to TheDrifter.
** And then, just when he had managed to return to the Fire Nation and regain his place as prince, he [[spoiler:[[HeelRealization realized he'd been on the wrong side the whole time]] and went into exile again (this time voluntarily) to join forces with the Avatar. By that point the Good Guys were rather distrustful of Zuko's protestations that he had truly changed, considering he had (nearly) made a HeelFaceTurn once before but then chose not to at a critical moment, so he had to swallow the last dregs of his pride and beg for another chance until they accepted him. And TheLancer actually told him that ''she'd kill him with her own hands'', if he ever did something similar again. (Understandable, since she's TheHero's ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend ''and'' the one who witnessed his botched HeelFaceTurn.]]
** Zuko's sister Azula also suffers a rather magnificent [[spoiler: (read "psychotic")]] break. In the finale episode, Ozai [[spoiler: names himself the Phoenix King and appoints Azula Fire Lord.]] She begins [[spoiler: losing her mind, seeing visions of her MissingMom, chopping off hanks of her hair, banishing almost all of her servants at random, and eventually challenges Zuko to ''Agni Kai'', a firebending duel. She loses (eventually being defeated and captured by Katara), snaps completely, and it is later revealed that she is now in an asylum.]]
** Ozai himself. Ruthless, arrogant SocialDarwinist intent on destroying the world and rebuilding it in his own image until the KidHero royally kicks his ass [[spoiler: and spiritually castrates him, leaving him to lie useless and pathetic on the ground while the hero's friends taunt him. Then, to add insult to injury, he's visited in his lonely prison cell by the son he banished and tried to kill...who is now ''the new Fire Lord'']].
** In the [[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra sequel series]], Korra is incredibly proud of her bending skills and defines her entire life by her role as the Avatar. Naturally, when [[BigBad Amon]] reveals he has the ability to take away someone's bending, she becomes terrified of him. But due to her cocky and self-assured nature, she can't admit it even to herself. Determined to prove she's not afraid, Korra challenges Amon to a one-on-one duel. Amon instead ambushes her with a dozen chi-blockers and makes it very clear that he could easily defeat her any time he wishes, but he's ''choosing'' to wait until it better suits his purposes, and when they finally do battle it'll be on ''his'' terms. After he leaves, the usually [[PluckyGirl self-confident Korra]] [[HeroicBSOD completely breaks down]] and finally shows how scared she is.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
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Zuko and his pre-series fall from royal prince to banished prince on ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', prince, followed by his fall from banished prince to TheDrifter.
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TheDrifter. And then, just when he had has managed to return to the Fire Nation and regain regains his place as prince, he [[spoiler:[[HeelRealization realized he'd realizes he's been on the wrong side the whole time]] and went goes into exile again (this time voluntarily) to join forces with the Avatar. By that point the Good Guys were are rather distrustful of Zuko's protestations that he had has truly changed, considering he had (nearly) made a HeelFaceTurn once before but then chose not to at a critical moment, so he had has to swallow the last dregs of his pride and beg for another chance until they accepted accept him. And TheLancer actually told tells him that ''she'd kill him with her own hands'', if he ever did does something similar again. (Understandable, since she's TheHero's ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend ''and'' the one who witnessed his botched HeelFaceTurn.]]
** Zuko's sister Azula also suffers a rather magnificent [[spoiler: (read "psychotic")]] break. In the finale episode, Ozai [[spoiler: names [[spoiler:names himself the Phoenix King and appoints Azula Fire Lord.]] She begins [[spoiler: losing [[spoiler:losing her mind, seeing visions of her MissingMom, chopping off hanks of her hair, banishing almost all of her servants at random, and eventually challenges Zuko to ''Agni Kai'', a firebending duel. She loses (eventually being defeated and captured by Katara), snaps completely, and it is later revealed that she is now in an asylum.]]
** Ozai himself. Ruthless, arrogant SocialDarwinist intent on destroying the world and rebuilding it in his own image until the KidHero royally kicks his ass [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and spiritually castrates him, leaving him to lie useless and pathetic on the ground while the hero's friends taunt him. Then, to add insult to injury, he's visited in his lonely prison cell by the son he banished and tried to kill... who is now ''the new Fire Lord'']].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'':
** In the [[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra sequel series]], series, Korra is incredibly proud of her bending skills and defines her entire life by her role as the Avatar. Naturally, when [[BigBad Amon]] reveals he has the ability to take away someone's bending, she becomes terrified of him. But due to her cocky and self-assured nature, she can't admit it even to herself. Determined to prove she's not afraid, Korra challenges Amon to a one-on-one duel. Amon instead ambushes her with a dozen chi-blockers and makes it very clear that he could easily defeat her any time he wishes, but he's ''choosing'' to wait until it better suits his purposes, and when they finally do battle it'll be on ''his'' terms. After he leaves, the usually [[PluckyGirl self-confident Korra]] [[HeroicBSOD completely breaks down]] and finally shows how scared she is.



* [[TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong Eric]], in the ''WesternAnimation/DungeonsAndDragons'' cartoon.
* Eddy, of all people, gets one in the ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' [[TheMovie movie]]. ''Dear God''.

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* %%* [[TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong Eric]], in the ''WesternAnimation/DungeonsAndDragons'' cartoon.
* %%* Eddy, of all people, gets one in the ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' [[TheMovie movie]]. ''Dear God''.



* David Xanatos from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' suffers this in "The Gathering". After being able to manipulate everything and everyone to his advantage for the entire series, he is suddenly faced with a PhysicalGod bent on kidnapping his newborn son. Despite his best efforts and with the help of two of his antagonists, the Manhattan Clan and Halcyon Renard (David's father-in-law), he is ultimately completely helpless and unable to protect someone that is more important to him than wealth or power. For once Xanatos knows what it feels like to be a helpless victim.
** There are well-done moments in that where for the first time, Xanatos hears his father say he's proud of him, and reacts to that, all David's wealth and power never impressed Petros Xanatos, but his efforts to defend his son do. Later, in the last scene we see David, his ''smirk'' is gone.

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* David Xanatos from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' suffers this in "The Gathering". After being able to manipulate everything and everyone to his advantage for the entire series, he is suddenly faced with a PhysicalGod bent on kidnapping his newborn son. Despite his best efforts and with the help of two of his antagonists, the Manhattan Clan and Halcyon Renard (David's father-in-law), he is ultimately completely helpless and unable to protect someone that is more important to him than wealth or power. For once Xanatos knows what it feels like to be a helpless victim.
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victim. There are well-done moments in that where for the first time, Xanatos hears his father say he's proud of him, and reacts to that, all David's wealth and power never impressed Petros Xanatos, but his efforts to defend his son do. Later, in the last scene we see David, his ''smirk'' is gone.



* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', the Mysterious Mare-Do-Well is revealed to be [[spoiler: an intentionally constructed BreakTheHaughty scenario: The rest of the group got sick of Rainbow Dash's gloating and created the superhero persona to knock her down a few pegs.]]
** The "Great and Powerful" Trixie, a traveling magician, gets one off-screen. She's introduced in her first episode as the type of over-the-top "I'm the most awesome thing alive" antagonist you might expect to find in a children's cartoon, and after getting shown up by the [[FanNickname Mane]] character, is still going on about how awesome she is as she flees town. It turns out later that the event destroyed her career, to the point where she had work on a [[ItMakesSenseInContext rock farm]] to make ends meet.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** The
Mysterious Mare-Do-Well is revealed to be [[spoiler: an intentionally constructed BreakTheHaughty scenario: The rest of the group got sick of Rainbow Dash's gloating and created the superhero persona to knock her down a few pegs.]]
** The "Great and Powerful" Trixie, a traveling magician, gets one off-screen. She's introduced in her first episode as the type of over-the-top "I'm the most awesome thing alive" antagonist you might expect to find in a children's cartoon, and after getting shown up by the [[FanNickname Mane]] character, is still going on about how awesome she is as she flees town. It turns out later that the event destroyed her career, to the point where she had to work on a [[ItMakesSenseInContext rock farm]] to make ends meet. meet.



* Any episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' that centers on Squidward. The most subtle example must be the episode in which Squidward tries moving to a town of inhabitants who are just like him...only to end up so bored that he flips out. Naturally, the town haughtily expels him.

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* Any episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' that centers on Squidward. The most subtle example must be the episode in which Squidward tries moving to a town of inhabitants who are just like him... only to end up so bored that he flips out. Naturally, the town haughtily expels him.



* [[{{Jerkass}} Sentinel Prime]] of ''TransformersAnimated'' [[spoiler:[[LosingYourHead getting his head taken off]] and his body [[PeoplePuppets taken over]]]].
** Also in ''TransformersAnimated'', Wasp is an arrogant, talented bully classmate of Bumblebee's. If he hadn't been such a jerk, maybe [[spoiler: Bumblebee wouldn't have immediately suspected he was the Decepticon spy, and eventually gotten him sent to a prison so bad that when he finally escaped, he was reduced to a [[ThirdPersonPerson buzzing, muttering wreck]] with a [[TwitchyEye bad optic twitch]]. Harsh.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'':
**
[[{{Jerkass}} Sentinel Prime]] of ''TransformersAnimated'' [[spoiler:[[LosingYourHead getting his head taken off]] and his body [[PeoplePuppets taken over]]]].
** Also in ''TransformersAnimated'', Wasp is an arrogant, talented bully classmate of Bumblebee's. If he hadn't been such a jerk, maybe [[spoiler: Bumblebee wouldn't have immediately suspected he was the Decepticon spy, and eventually gotten him sent to a prison so bad that when he finally escaped, he was reduced to a [[ThirdPersonPerson buzzing, muttering wreck]] with a [[TwitchyEye bad optic twitch]]. Harsh.]]
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* Happens to several characters in GeorgeRRMartin's ''ASongOfIceAndFire''.

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* Happens to several characters in GeorgeRRMartin's ''ASongOfIceAndFire''.Creator/GeorgeRRMartin's ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''.
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** Viserys, the former prince of the Seven Kingdoms, whose life after exile has been one long HumiliationConga. He is, for the most part, an AssholeVictim. Viserys still believes himself the rightful King of Westeros and the last hope of House Targaryen, referring to Robert Baratheon as "the Usurper". After selling off his younger sister to a warlord, he goes through constant humilation traveling with them, believing that the Dothraki are simply savages he can control. He meets his demise after insulting his pregnant sister in front of her warlord husband, [[spoiler: who kills him by pouring molten gold over his head, "crowning" him.]]

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** Viserys, the former prince of the Seven Kingdoms, whose life after exile has been one long HumiliationConga. He is, for the most part, an AssholeVictim. Viserys still believes himself the rightful King of Westeros and the last hope of House Targaryen, referring to Robert Baratheon as "the Usurper". After selling off his younger sister to a warlord, he goes through constant humilation traveling with them, believing that the Dothraki are simply savages he can control. He meets his demise after insulting threatening his pregnant sister in front of her warlord husband, [[spoiler: who kills him by pouring molten gold over his head, "crowning" him.]]
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* ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'': Every person that ever met and underestimated Guts in battle dies. Horrifically.

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* ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'': ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': Every person that ever met and underestimated Guts in battle dies. Horrifically.



* [[spoiler: [[SmugSnake Kyoko]]]], from ''LightNovel/IsThisAZombie''. [[spoiler: She's the serial killer who murdered several people, including the primary character and zombie, Ayumu Aikawa, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking as well as a massive]] WalkingSpoiler. She committed the murders to gain immortality, by using souls stolen from the people she murdered to regenerate from anything thrown at her. She gets careless with this ability and throws around the souls she's stolen like water while gloating about how she's "untouchable", which gives Ayumu an opening - which he takes advantage of after disarming her, by fileting her with a chainsaw to run out her remaining supply of stolen souls. Realizing she's only got one life left at her disposal, i.e., her own, is enough to reduce her to a sobbing, pleading wreck.]]



* [[spoiler: [[SmugSnake Kyoko]]]], from ''LightNovel/IsThisAZombie''. [[spoiler: She's the serial killer who murdered several people, including the primary character and zombie, Ayumu Aikawa, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking as well as a massive]] WalkingSpoiler. She committed the murders to gain immortality, by using souls stolen from the people she murdered to regenerate from anything thrown at her. She gets careless with this ability and throws around the souls she's stolen like water while gloating about how she's "untouchable", which gives Ayumu an opening - which he takes advantage of after disarming her, by fileting her with a chainsaw to run out her remaining supply of stolen souls. Realizing she's only got one life left at her disposal, i.e., her own, is enough to reduce her to a sobbing, pleading wreck.]]



* Any episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' that centers on Squidward. The most subtle example must be the episode in which Squidward tries moving to a town of inhabitants who are just like him...only to end up so bored that he flips out. Naturally, the town haughtily expels him.



* [[{{Jerkass}} Sentinel Prime]] of ''TransformersAnimated'' [[spoiler:[[LosingYourHead getting his head taken off]] and his body [[PeoplePuppets taken over]]]].
** Also in ''TransformersAnimated'', Wasp is an arrogant, talented bully classmate of Bumblebee's. If he hadn't been such a jerk, maybe [[spoiler: Bumblebee wouldn't have immediately suspected he was the Decepticon spy, and eventually gotten him sent to a prison so bad that when he finally escaped, he was reduced to a [[ThirdPersonPerson buzzing, muttering wreck]] with a [[TwitchyEye bad optic twitch]]. Harsh.]]
** Sentinel has one when he first meets Blackarachnia, who is really [[spoiler: Elita-1, his and Optimus' love interest who was led to her current fate by both boys]]. Made worse because he insults her before he realizes it is her. He is really broken up by this revelation, and goes so far to admit to Optimus [[spoiler:that they should never have gone to the spider planet that caused her current condition. He had taken every opportunity to mock Optimus about this failure before]]. There's another after that in "Decepticon Air", when Sentinel has to call on Optimus for help. After Optimus saves the day, Sentinel, in absolute seriousness, offers his comrade a place in the Elite Guard (which Optimus turns down politely) and salutes him as they part ways. Still, he's jealous when Optimus ends up as the hero in the final episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' has Silas, the murderous, power-hungry terrorist who [[spoiler:stole Breakdown's body]] and betrayed humanity to the Decepticons. [[spoiler:He ends up being used as a test subject for all kinds of painful experiments by a vengeful Knock Out, and eventually becomes an energon hungry zombie. By the time Airachnid kills him, he's actually ''grateful''.]]
* [[TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong Eric]], in the ''WesternAnimation/DungeonsAndDragons'' cartoon.

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* [[{{Jerkass}} Sentinel Prime]] One unique example of ''TransformersAnimated'' [[spoiler:[[LosingYourHead getting his head taken off]] and his body [[PeoplePuppets taken over]]]].
** Also
this Trope happens in ''TransformersAnimated'', Wasp is ''WesternAnimation/{{Bravestarr}}'', in an arrogant, talented bully classmate of Bumblebee's. If he hadn't been such a jerk, maybe [[spoiler: Bumblebee wouldn't have immediately suspected he episode where [[BigBad Stampede]] thought [[TheDragon Tex Hex]] was the Decepticon spy, and eventually gotten him sent starting to a prison so bad that when he finally escaped, he was reduced to a [[ThirdPersonPerson buzzing, muttering wreck]] with a [[TwitchyEye bad optic twitch]]. Harsh.]]
** Sentinel has one when he first meets Blackarachnia, who is really [[spoiler: Elita-1, his and Optimus' love interest
forget who was led to her current fate by both boys]]. Made worse because he insults her before he realizes it is her. He is really broken up by this revelation, and goes in charge. Stampede tells Hex - in so far to admit to Optimus [[spoiler:that they should never have gone to the spider planet many words - that caused her current condition. He had taken every opportunity to mock Optimus about this failure before]]. There's another after that in "Decepticon Air", when Sentinel has to call on Optimus for help. After Optimus saves the day, Sentinel, in absolute seriousness, offers his comrade a place in the Elite Guard (which Optimus turns down politely) and salutes him as they part ways. Still, he's jealous when Optimus ends up on his own, which means he loses his superhuman powers, and as a result, he's quickly arrested, and can finally stand trial for everything he's done (with Bravestarr himself prosecuting). Hex almost succeeds in getting off by managing to rig the hero in jury so that Hawgtie, one of his own henchmen is put on it (a unanimous vote is needed for a guilty verdict) and gets so confident at one point that he even ''admits'' to everything he's on trial for. ("Just ask Hawgtie!" he gloats. "He was there a few times!") Unbelievably, however, Bravestarr manages to convince Hawgtie to vote guilty along with the final episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' has Silas,
rest of the murderous, power-hungry terrorist who [[spoiler:stole Breakdown's body]] and betrayed humanity to jury, because the Decepticons. [[spoiler:He ends up henchman realizes that that he's being used as a test subject for all kinds of painful experiments by a vengeful Knock Out, and eventually becomes an energon hungry zombie. By the time Airachnid kills him, - just like he's actually ''grateful''.]]
* [[TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong Eric]], in
''always'' been. (Of course, after being sentenced, Hex almost ''wants'' to go to prison after Stampede comes to break him out, and tell him why he let it all happen, confident that he's now learned his place, with the ''WesternAnimation/DungeonsAndDragons'' cartoon.suggestion that things are going to be different from now on...)



* [[TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong Eric]], in the ''WesternAnimation/DungeonsAndDragons'' cartoon.
* Eddy, of all people, gets one in the ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' [[TheMovie movie]]. ''Dear God''.
* Happens to Gunther, Professor Farnsworth's hyper-intelligent JerkAss monkey in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "Mars University" when his AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents crash Parents Weekend.
* David Xanatos from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' suffers this in "The Gathering". After being able to manipulate everything and everyone to his advantage for the entire series, he is suddenly faced with a PhysicalGod bent on kidnapping his newborn son. Despite his best efforts and with the help of two of his antagonists, the Manhattan Clan and Halcyon Renard (David's father-in-law), he is ultimately completely helpless and unable to protect someone that is more important to him than wealth or power. For once Xanatos knows what it feels like to be a helpless victim.
** There are well-done moments in that where for the first time, Xanatos hears his father say he's proud of him, and reacts to that, all David's wealth and power never impressed Petros Xanatos, but his efforts to defend his son do. Later, in the last scene we see David, his ''smirk'' is gone.
* Lucius Heinous VII on ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' has this happening to him frequently. Once it results in a short-term VillainousBreakdown.



* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'':
** Heather often got hers in regards to her cruelty, but the second-to-last episode of ''Island'' is what really did it. [[spoiler: She gets a dare from Lindsay to shave her head, which is something she threatened to do to her several episodes ago. In a panic, Heather kicks the razor out of Chef's hand. It lands on her hair shaving her anyway. ''Then'' Chris tells her she's disqualified because technically she didn't accept the dare, resulting in an epic VillainousBreakdown]]. Then, in the special, she is shunned by everyone except Harold and eventually breaks down in tears.
** Alejandro suffers this in the final episode. Heather manipulates his feelings for her so that he'll hold off completing his victory to kiss her...and then promptly knees him the balls and pushes him down the mountain on a block of ice. After manipulating girls through love, Alejandro ultimately falls prey to the same tricks he used. And he gets burned by lava and stripped of his good looks. Now THAT is Karma.
** In ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaPresentsTheRidonculousRace'' the [[BigBad Ice Dancers]] make it clear that winning silver at the Olympics was [[CompetitionFreak one of the worst moments of their lives.]] [[spoiler: By the end of the series they don't win silver again...they win ''bronze''. Josee does not take it well.]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode "Weiner of Our Discontent", Roger claims to have been sent to Earth as the "decider" of humanity's fate. It turns out he was actually just a crash-test dummy for an alien UFO manufacturer.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TalesFromTheCryptkeeper'' involves a narcissistic adventurer who's definitely more about the glory (including his good looks) than about the less attractive aspects. He and his trusty but scrawny sidekick enter a castle where a maiden is held prisoner by a vampire. In the end, [[spoiler:the scrawny sidekick gets the maiden, and the adventurer gets turned into a vampire. His most lamented aspect of this development is that, as he has no reflection... "No more handsome checks!"]]
* One unique example of this Trope happens in ''WesternAnimation/{{Bravestarr}}'', in an episode where [[BigBad Stampede]] thought [[TheDragon Tex Hex]] was starting to forget who was in charge. Stampede tells Hex - in so many words - that he's on his own, which means he loses his superhuman powers, and as a result, he's quickly arrested, and can finally stand trial for everything he's done (with Bravestarr himself prosecuting). Hex almost succeeds in getting off by managing to rig the jury so that Hawgtie, one of his own henchmen is put on it (a unanimous vote is needed for a guilty verdict) and gets so confident at one point that he even ''admits'' to everything he's on trial for. ("Just ask Hawgtie!" he gloats. "He was there a few times!") Unbelievably, however, Bravestarr manages to convince Hawgtie to vote guilty along with the rest of the jury, because the henchman realizes that that he's being used - just like he's ''always'' been. (Of course, after being sentenced, Hex almost ''wants'' to go to prison after Stampede comes to break him out, and tell him why he let it all happen, confident that he's now learned his place, with the suggestion that things are going to be different from now on...)



* [[spoiler: Eddy]], of all people, gets one in the ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' [[TheMovie movie]]. ''Dear God''.
* Happens to Gunther, Professor Farnsworth's hyper-intelligent JerkAss monkey in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "Mars University" when his AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents crash Parents Weekend.
* Riven from ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub''. He leaves the fairies and his Specialist squad for an evil witch, Darcy, the resident flirty DarkActionGirl, and when she decides she and her sisters don't need him any more, she invites him to her house, where she and her sisters taunt Riven (one of them slices his cheek open with her fingernail) before sending him to the dungeon.
* David Xanatos from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' suffers this in "The Gathering". After being able to manipulate everything and everyone to his advantage for the entire series, he is suddenly faced with a PhysicalGod bent on kidnapping his newborn son. Despite his best efforts and with the help of two of his antagonists, the Manhattan Clan and Halcyon Renard (David's father-in-law), he is ultimately completely helpless and unable to protect someone that is more important to him than wealth or power. For once Xanatos knows what it feels like to be a helpless victim.
** There are well-done moments in that where for the first time, Xanatos hears his father say he's proud of him, and reacts to that, all David's wealth and power never impressed Petros Xanatos, but his efforts to defend his son do. Later, in the last scene we see David, his ''smirk'' is gone.
* Lucius Heinous VII on ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' has this happening to him frequently. Once it results in a short-term VillainousBreakdown.
* J.T. Thrash in X Duckx/Canards Extremes episode X-Treme Comet Surfing.
* Happens to of all people Miss Martian aka M'gann M'orzz in the second season of ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''. In the first half of the season, she constantly abuses her mental powers and freely justifies [[MindRape Mind Raping]] her enemies since it gets the job done. [[spoiler: Then, she mentally breaks the believed [[FaceHeelTurn traitor]] of the group Aqualad, not knowing he's actually TheMole for the team, and is horrified when she finds out the truth, spending a majority of the second half of the season a nervous wreck about using her powers.]]

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* [[spoiler: Eddy]], of all people, gets one in the ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' [[TheMovie movie]]. ''Dear God''.
* Happens to Gunther, Professor Farnsworth's hyper-intelligent JerkAss monkey in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''
Any episode "Mars University" when his AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents crash Parents Weekend.
* Riven from ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub''. He leaves the fairies and his Specialist squad for an evil witch, Darcy, the resident flirty DarkActionGirl, and when she decides she and her sisters don't need him any more, she invites him to her house, where she and her sisters taunt Riven (one
of them slices his cheek open with her fingernail) before sending him to the dungeon.
* David Xanatos from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' suffers this in "The Gathering". After being able to manipulate everything and everyone to his advantage for the entire series, he is suddenly faced with a PhysicalGod bent on kidnapping his newborn son. Despite his best efforts and with the help of two of his antagonists, the Manhattan Clan and Halcyon Renard (David's father-in-law), he is ultimately completely helpless and unable to protect someone
''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' that is more important to him than wealth or power. For once Xanatos knows what it feels like to centers on Squidward. The most subtle example must be a helpless victim.
** There are well-done moments in that where for
the first time, Xanatos hears his father say he's proud of him, and reacts to that, all David's wealth and power never impressed Petros Xanatos, but his efforts to defend his son do. Later, in the last scene we see David, his ''smirk'' is gone.
* Lucius Heinous VII on ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' has this happening to him frequently. Once it results in a short-term VillainousBreakdown.
* J.T. Thrash in X Duckx/Canards Extremes
episode X-Treme Comet Surfing.
* Happens
in which Squidward tries moving to a town of all people Miss Martian aka M'gann M'orzz in inhabitants who are just like him...only to end up so bored that he flips out. Naturally, the second season of ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''. In the first half of the season, she constantly abuses her mental powers and freely justifies [[MindRape Mind Raping]] her enemies since it gets the job done. [[spoiler: Then, she mentally breaks the believed [[FaceHeelTurn traitor]] of the group Aqualad, not knowing he's actually TheMole for the team, and is horrified when she finds out the truth, spending a majority of the second half of the season a nervous wreck about using her powers.]]town haughtily expels him.


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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TalesFromTheCryptkeeper'' involves a narcissistic adventurer who's definitely more about the glory (including his good looks) than about the less attractive aspects. He and his trusty but scrawny sidekick enter a castle where a maiden is held prisoner by a vampire. In the end, [[spoiler:the scrawny sidekick gets the maiden, and the adventurer gets turned into a vampire. His most lamented aspect of this development is that, as he has no reflection... "No more handsome checks!"]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'':
** Heather often got hers in regards to her cruelty, but the second-to-last episode of ''Island'' is what really did it. [[spoiler: She gets a dare from Lindsay to shave her head, which is something she threatened to do to her several episodes ago. In a panic, Heather kicks the razor out of Chef's hand. It lands on her hair shaving her anyway. ''Then'' Chris tells her she's disqualified because technically she didn't accept the dare, resulting in an epic VillainousBreakdown]]. Then, in the special, she is shunned by everyone except Harold and eventually breaks down in tears.
** Alejandro suffers this in the final episode. Heather manipulates his feelings for her so that he'll hold off completing his victory to kiss her...and then promptly knees him the balls and pushes him down the mountain on a block of ice. After manipulating girls through love, Alejandro ultimately falls prey to the same tricks he used. And he gets burned by lava and stripped of his good looks. Now THAT is Karma.
** In ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaPresentsTheRidonculousRace'' the [[BigBad Ice Dancers]] make it clear that winning silver at the Olympics was [[CompetitionFreak one of the worst moments of their lives.]] [[spoiler: By the end of the series they don't win silver again...they win ''bronze''. Josee does not take it well.]]
* [[{{Jerkass}} Sentinel Prime]] of ''TransformersAnimated'' [[spoiler:[[LosingYourHead getting his head taken off]] and his body [[PeoplePuppets taken over]]]].
** Also in ''TransformersAnimated'', Wasp is an arrogant, talented bully classmate of Bumblebee's. If he hadn't been such a jerk, maybe [[spoiler: Bumblebee wouldn't have immediately suspected he was the Decepticon spy, and eventually gotten him sent to a prison so bad that when he finally escaped, he was reduced to a [[ThirdPersonPerson buzzing, muttering wreck]] with a [[TwitchyEye bad optic twitch]]. Harsh.]]
** Sentinel has one when he first meets Blackarachnia, who is really [[spoiler: Elita-1, his and Optimus' love interest who was led to her current fate by both boys]]. Made worse because he insults her before he realizes it is her. He is really broken up by this revelation, and goes so far to admit to Optimus [[spoiler:that they should never have gone to the spider planet that caused her current condition. He had taken every opportunity to mock Optimus about this failure before]]. There's another after that in "Decepticon Air", when Sentinel has to call on Optimus for help. After Optimus saves the day, Sentinel, in absolute seriousness, offers his comrade a place in the Elite Guard (which Optimus turns down politely) and salutes him as they part ways. Still, he's jealous when Optimus ends up as the hero in the final episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' has Silas, the murderous, power-hungry terrorist who [[spoiler:stole Breakdown's body]] and betrayed humanity to the Decepticons. [[spoiler:He ends up being used as a test subject for all kinds of painful experiments by a vengeful Knock Out, and eventually becomes an energon hungry zombie. By the time Airachnid kills him, he's actually ''grateful''.]]
* Riven from ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub''. He leaves the fairies and his Specialist squad for an evil witch, Darcy, the resident flirty DarkActionGirl, and when she decides she and her sisters don't need him any more, she invites him to her house, where she and her sisters taunt Riven (one of them slices his cheek open with her fingernail) before sending him to the dungeon.
* Happens to of all people Miss Martian aka M'gann M'orzz in the second season of ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''. In the first half of the season, she constantly abuses her mental powers and freely justifies [[MindRape Mind Raping]] her enemies since it gets the job done. [[spoiler: Then, she mentally breaks the believed [[FaceHeelTurn traitor]] of the group Aqualad, not knowing he's actually TheMole for the team, and is horrified when she finds out the truth, spending a majority of the second half of the season a nervous wreck about using her powers.]]
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* In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', Pearl's crush on Rose Quartz gave her the impression that she was Rose's most trusted confidant, that she knew all her secrets, and that Rose loved her more than anything. Despite her status as the TeamMom, she was not above lording this over everyone else, becoming extremely unpleasant when her idea of her relationship with Rose was threatened. Truth is, Rose did care about Pearl, but their relationship was nowhere near as deep or trusting as Pearl imagined. Increasing evidence of this (Rose marrying Greg, the existence of Lion and everything Rose-related that he is privy to, Steven learning stuff about Rose that she didn't know) culminates in the song "It's over, isn't it?" where Pearl has no choice but to acknowledge these facts.
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** ''VideoGame/TheLegendofZeldaWindWaker'': Windfall Island's rich girl Mila and her father behave quite arrogantly with Link. Then [[spoiler:after Mila is abducted (and rescued) his father falls into poverty and she's even forced to steal.]]

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** ''VideoGame/TheLegendofZeldaWindWaker'': ''VideoGame/TheLegendofZeldaTheWindWaker'': Windfall Island's rich girl Mila and her father behave quite arrogantly with Link. Then [[spoiler:after Mila is abducted (and rescued) his father falls into poverty and she's even forced to steal.]]
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** ''VideoGame/TheLegendofZeldaWindWaker'': Windfall Island's rich girl Mila and her father behave quite arrogantly with Link. Then [[spoiler:after Mila is abducted (and rescued) his father falls into poverty and she's even forced to steal.]]
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* The third season and end of the second season of ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' have seen the titular character take quite a bit of karmic retribution, including the death of [[spoiler:his fiancee and possible biological father]], and then [[spoiler:his fiance being resurrected as a cyborg, only to leave Archer for the man who murdered her in the first place]].

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* The third season and end of the second season of ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' have seen the titular character take quite a bit of karmic retribution, including the death of [[spoiler:his fiancee and his possible biological father]], and then [[spoiler:his fiance being resurrected as a cyborg, only to leave Archer for the man who murdered her in the first place]].



* In the ''WesternAnimation/Ameri'' episode "Weiner of Our Discontent", Roger claims to have been sent to Earth as the "decider" of humanity's fate. It turns out he was actually just a crash-test dummy for an alien UFO manufacturer.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/Ameri'' ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode "Weiner of Our Discontent", Roger claims to have been sent to Earth as the "decider" of humanity's fate. It turns out he was actually just a crash-test dummy for an alien UFO manufacturer.
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** She is not the only one with this fate, however. [[IAmAHumanitarian Ogre Midgety]], [[MadScientist Paracels]], [[FallenHero Donald]], Elg, Argut and even [[TheHero Almar]] all suffer from their arrogance very often. Not being arrogant is one of the main themes in decalogy.

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** She is not the only one with this fate, however. [[IAmAHumanitarian Ogre Midgety]], [[MadScientist Paracels]], [[FallenHero Donald]], Elg, Argut and even [[TheHero Almar]] all suffer from their arrogance very often. Not being arrogant is one of the main themes in the decalogy.



** He did get a (for him) painful come-uppance in ''The Jiminy Conjecture'', when he was [[spoiler:shown to be wrong about the species of cricket the boys had been hearing. Causing him to lose a prized comic book over a bet]]

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** He did get a (for him) painful come-uppance in ''The Jiminy Conjecture'', when he was [[spoiler:shown to be wrong about the species of cricket the boys had been hearing. Causing hearing, causing him to lose a prized comic book over a bet]]
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