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16th Jan '17 9:40:58 AM bwayrose7
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* In some ways, the beginning of ''Series/{{Victoria}}'''s reign follows this arc. Though young and naive, Victoria is proudly insistent that she does not need assistance in ruling or carrying out her duties. Following the scandal with Lady Flora Hastings and upon developing a closeness with Melbourne, Victoria slowly begins to realize that a monarch must be humble as well as noble and begins to accept help.
9th Jan '17 4:46:14 PM WillBGood
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* In ''Manga/NaruTaru'', [[AlphaBitch Aki Honda]] goes [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer to insane lengths]] to break [[TheOjou Hiroko]] [[LonelyRichKid Kaizuka]] with help of her also nasty GirlPosse, and to keep reluctant GirlPosse member [[ShrinkingViolet Miyoko Shito]] from finding her conscience in time to stop the spiraling madness. Well, [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds the cutie is broken]], and then, in some of the most gruesomely memorable sequences in animanga, ''the cutie breaks the haughty''. [[spoiler: One of the girls (Hiroka) is a mere thug, and dies a simple, but still brutal death in front of her classmates via being thrown off a window. One (Mihaya) is almost as sadistic as Aki, and her remains are left unrecognizable in a dark alley. The aforementioned Miyoko confesses her and the group's sins in public after witnessing Hiroka's death and lives, but she has a leg ''ripped off her body'' and is both forever scarred and haunted by how she could have stopped this. While Aki is reveling in her rule-breaking to the point of openly breaking [[BrotherSisterIncest one of the great taboos]], and plotting still ''more'' impossible to pin on her attacks on Hiroko, the broken cutie's vengeance finds her, and exacts her revenge in a magnification of [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil Aki's worst atrocity against her.]] Miyoko's pleas of sorry earn the former bully her life -- not so for Aki, whose pleas come only as she dies, and who is left with no doubt who's killing her and why, despite appearances]].

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* In ''Manga/NaruTaru'', [[AlphaBitch Aki Honda]] goes [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer to insane lengths]] to break [[TheOjou Hiroko]] [[LonelyRichKid Kaizuka]] with help of her also nasty GirlPosse, and to keep reluctant GirlPosse member [[ShrinkingViolet Miyoko Shito]] from finding her conscience in time to stop the spiraling madness. Well, [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds the cutie is broken]], and then, in some of the most gruesomely memorable sequences in animanga, ''the cutie breaks the haughty''. [[spoiler: One of the girls (Hiroka) is a mere thug, and dies a simple, but still brutal death in front of her classmates via being thrown off a window. One (Mihaya) is almost as sadistic as Aki, and her remains are left unrecognizable in a dark alley. The aforementioned Miyoko confesses her and the group's sins in public after witnessing Hiroka's death and lives, but she has a leg ''ripped off her body'' and is both forever scarred and haunted by how she could have stopped this. While Aki is reveling in her rule-breaking to the point of openly breaking [[BrotherSisterIncest one of the great taboos]], and plotting still ''more'' impossible to pin on her impossible-to-pin-on-her attacks on Hiroko, the broken cutie's vengeance finds her, and exacts her revenge in a magnification of [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil Aki's worst atrocity against her.]] Miyoko's pleas of sorry earn pleading apology earns the former bully her life -- not so for Aki, whose pleas come only as she dies, and who is left with no doubt who's killing her and why, despite appearances]].
9th Jan '17 4:44:38 PM WillBGood
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* Jean of ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' starts off incredibly self-assured and cocky, confident that he'll slide through training so he can join the top brass of the Military Police who, ironically, are the least likely to fight Titans. Once he gets caught up in a surprise attack and is forced to battle the Titans, [[WarIsHell he's given a rude awakening]] when half of his comrades are EatenAlive, [[DespairEventHorizon and the other half [[are crippled by fear and despair,]] sometimes going so far as to [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled kill themselves to avoid being eaten by the Titans]]. This culminates with him discovering the body of [[spoiler:Marco, his best friend who had given him solace with his words of encouragement that, even if he's weak, he can still understand how a normal soldier feels. Then he realizes that ''he'' is the only one mourning for poor Marco.]]. This is what triggers his CharacterDevelopment, setting him on the path to [[spoiler:join the Survey Corps]], claiming that it's so that he can die a noble death instead of being burnt in an anonymous pile of bones like [[spoiler:Marco]], but deep down it's really so he won't let [[spoiler:Marco]]'s high opinion of him go to waste.

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* Jean of ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' starts off incredibly self-assured and cocky, confident that he'll slide through training so he can join the top brass of the Military Police who, ironically, are the least likely to fight Titans. Once he gets caught up in a surprise attack and is forced to battle the Titans, [[WarIsHell he's given a rude awakening]] when half of his comrades are EatenAlive, EatenAlive and the other half [[DespairEventHorizon and the other half [[are are crippled by fear and despair,]] sometimes going so far as to [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled kill themselves to avoid being eaten by the Titans]]. This culminates with him discovering the body of [[spoiler:Marco, his best friend who had given him solace with his words of encouragement that, even if he's weak, he can still understand how a normal soldier feels. Then he realizes that ''he'' is the only one mourning for poor Marco.]]. This is what triggers his CharacterDevelopment, setting him on the path to [[spoiler:join the Survey Corps]], claiming that it's so that he can die a noble death instead of being burnt in an anonymous pile of bones like [[spoiler:Marco]], but deep down it's really so he won't let [[spoiler:Marco]]'s high opinion of him go to waste.
9th Jan '17 4:43:59 PM WillBGood
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* Jean of ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' starts off incredibly self-assured and cocky, confident that he'll slide through training so he can join the top brass of the Military Police who, ironically, are the least likely to fight Titans. Once he gets caught up in a surprise attack and is forced to battle the Titans, [[WarIsHell he's given a rude awakening when half of his comrades are]] EatenAlive, [[DespairEventHorizon and the other half are crippled by fear and despair, sometimes going so far as to]] [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled kill themselves to avoid being eaten by the Titans]]. This culminates with him discovering the body of [[spoiler:Marco, his best friend who had given him solace with his words of encouragement that, even if he's weak, he can still understand how a normal soldier feels. Then he realizes that ''he'' is the only one mourning for poor Marco.]]. This is what triggers his CharacterDevelopment, setting him on the path to [[spoiler:join the Survey Corps]], claiming that it's so that he can die a noble death instead of being burnt in an anonymous pile of bones like [[spoiler:Marco]], but deep down it's really so he won't let [[spoiler:Marco]]'s high opinion of him go to waste.

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* Jean of ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' starts off incredibly self-assured and cocky, confident that he'll slide through training so he can join the top brass of the Military Police who, ironically, are the least likely to fight Titans. Once he gets caught up in a surprise attack and is forced to battle the Titans, [[WarIsHell he's given a rude awakening awakening]] when half of his comrades are]] are EatenAlive, [[DespairEventHorizon and the other half are [[are crippled by fear and despair, despair,]] sometimes going so far as to]] to [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled kill themselves to avoid being eaten by the Titans]]. This culminates with him discovering the body of [[spoiler:Marco, his best friend who had given him solace with his words of encouragement that, even if he's weak, he can still understand how a normal soldier feels. Then he realizes that ''he'' is the only one mourning for poor Marco.]]. This is what triggers his CharacterDevelopment, setting him on the path to [[spoiler:join the Survey Corps]], claiming that it's so that he can die a noble death instead of being burnt in an anonymous pile of bones like [[spoiler:Marco]], but deep down it's really so he won't let [[spoiler:Marco]]'s high opinion of him go to waste.
7th Jan '17 6:31:49 PM Rhodes7
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* The entire premise of ''Fanfic/{{Purple Days}}}'' which has Joffery Baratheon sent back to the beginning of A Game of Thrones over and over again.
6th Jan '17 1:15:31 PM MiddleEighth
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*Spectrem goes through a little breaking in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World''.
31st Dec '16 10:47:50 PM nombretomado
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* In ''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.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/Portal2'', GLaDOS [=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.]]
30th Dec '16 5:56:59 PM LongTallShorty64
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* Joan Webster, from ''Film/IKnowWhereImGoing!'' is a ProperLady truly out of her element in the more down-to-earth Scottish Hebrides, and eventually this trope comes into play, mostly because she realizes [[AnAesop that money isn't everything]].

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* Joan Webster, from ''Film/IKnowWhereImGoing!'' ''Film/IKnowWhereImGoing'' is a ProperLady truly out of her element in the more down-to-earth Scottish Hebrides, and eventually this trope comes into play, mostly because she realizes [[AnAesop that money isn't everything]].
29th Dec '16 7:45:29 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Throughout Season 3, Theon is tortured to insanity by Ramsay.
** Jaime remains completely unbroken by months of captivity, but that all changes when he loses his sword hand.
** In ''The Mountain and the Viper", Oberyn is cool and generally badass the entire fight against Gregor (and for that matter, the whole season), but in the moments leading up to his...gruesome death, Gregor has him so utterly broken he's screaming like a child.
** By "Hardhome", confinement has turned Cersei into an absolute mess desperate enough to suck water off the floor, but she still refuses to confess and insists she will see her tormentors die.
23rd Dec '16 6:19:05 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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** 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.]]

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** 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.Lord like she wanted- but then crowns himself Phoenix King, basically making her a puppet ruler.]] 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.]]
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