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25th Sep '17 3:53:47 AM SharpX
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** Vegeta's former boss, Frieza, becomes one after his defeat to Goku. He has nightmares about Goku and suffers from a clear case of PTSD. His mental status only get worse from his suffering in Hell. By the time he returns in ''Resurrection 'F''' and ''Super'', he is clearly not [[SanitySlippage sane]] anymore, [[RevengeBeforeReason only caring about revenge]].
23rd Sep '17 2:08:57 AM kome360
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* ''VideoGame/NierAutomata'': In the 12th millenium, combat androids wage proxy wars for their respective Human and Alien factions (the aliens are obsessed with the resurgence of magic that happened to concentrate on a InsignificantLittleBluePlanet, the surviving humans haven't taken losing their only world very well). On the surface, both species excel in future-warfare and emulate human emotions very fluently. But general lack of contact from the sentient organics that force them to fight these wars has left them nutty at best, with Androids experimenting on stuff to get high on, to Machines performing all kinds of human-based rituals from Theme Parks to Robot Sex to Cultist Religions to Suicide Shakespeare. In particular, the S-class Android series is equipped with high-grade abilities that make them elite agents on the field, but have an equivalent mental trauma as a result; since they're programmed to be inquisitive, they keep learning classified secrets (such as [[spoiler:population of unique human consciousnesses in the solar system: One. Population of organic humans in the solar system: ZERO.]]) and are assigned a partner that ''kills them every time they learn said secrets'', resetting a portion of their memories when they respawn but not the part where their partner spontaneously murders them with enough firepower to count as artillery. 9S in particular holds many unresolved issues, but stays sane by making relationships with his comrades. [[spoiler:Then his entire platoon dies and he deteriorates into madness pretty quickly.]]



* ''VideoGame/NierAutomata'': In the 12th millenium, combat androids wage proxy wars for their respective Human and Alien factions (the aliens are obsessed with the resurgence of magic that happened to concentrate on a InsignificantLittleBluePlanet, the surviving humans haven't taken losing their only world very well). On the surface, both species excel in future-warfare and emulate human emotions very fluently. But general lack of contact from the sentient organics that force them to fight these wars has left them nutty at best, with Androids experimenting on stuff to get high on, to Machines performing all kinds of human-based rituals from Theme Parks to Robot Sex to Cultist Religions to Suicide Shakespeare. In particular, the S-class Android series is equipped with high-grade abilities that make them elite agents on the field, but have an equivalent mental trauma as a result; since they're programmed to be inquisitive, they keep learning classified secrets (such as [[spoiler:population of unique human consciousnesses in the solar system: One. Population of organic humans in the solar system: ZERO.]]) and are assigned a partner that ''kills them every time they learn said secrets'', resetting a portion of their memories when they respawn but not the part where their partner spontaneously murders them with enough firepower to count as artillery. 9S in particular holds many unresolved issues, but stays sane by making relationships with his comrades. [[spoiler:Then his entire platoon dies and he deteriorates into madness pretty quickly.]]
23rd Sep '17 2:08:21 AM kome360
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* ''VideoGame/NierAutomata'': In the 12th millenium, combat androids wage proxy wars for their respective Human and Alien factions (the aliens are obsessed with the resurgence of magic that happened to concentrate on a InsignificantLittleBluePlanet, the surviving humans haven't taken losing their only world very well). On the surface, both species excel in future-warfare and emulate human emotions very fluently. But general lack of contact from the sentient organics that force them to fight these wars has left them nutty at best, with Androids experimenting on stuff to get high on, to Machines performing all kinds of human-based rituals from Theme Parks to Robot Sex to Cultist Religions to Suicide Shakespeare. In particular, the S-class Android series is equipped with high-grade abilities that make them elite agents on the field, but have an equivalent mental trauma as a result; since they're programmed to be inquisitive, they keep learning classified secrets (such as [[spoiler:population of unique human consciousnesses in the solar system: One. Population of organic humans in the solar system: ZERO.]]) and are assigned a partner that ''kills them every time they learn said secrets'', resetting a portion of their memories when they respawn but not the part where their partner spontaneously murders them with enough firepower to count as artillery. 9S in particular holds many unresolved issues, but stays sane by making relationships with his comrades. [[spoiler:Then his entire platoon dies and he deteriorates into madness pretty quickly.]]
22nd Sep '17 3:15:50 PM kome360
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* Squall in ''Videogame/FinalFantasyVIII''. He goes out of his way to come off as a {{stoic}}, professional badass who doesn't need other people, and succeeds admirably--he stands out as an exceptional soldier even among [[BadassArmy SeeDs]]. Much of the student population at Balamb Garden admires him for his extraordinary skills, and [[{{Bishonen}} "gorgeous" goes without saying for a Final Fantasy protagonist]]. But the entire thing is a JerkassFacade he puts on to hide his massive emotional insecurities. Underneath it, he's a ChildSoldier with NoSocialSkills who avoids getting close to people because he's afraid of the pain of losing someone he cares about.

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* Cloud in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' is the Ur-example of the Final Fantasy series; Cloud's aptitude with super soldier gene-therapy and combat prowess is unmatched by any other character in the series, to the point that he leads a team to destroy an EldritchAbomination who successfully exterminated an entire Precursor species with mastery over life and death, and WINS. But Cloud's mental state is... not there. He's antisocial, traumatized by watching his childhood hero murder almost everyone he cared about, and he even has multiple-personality disorder from all the genetic experiments Hojo did on him. Disc 3 happens because Cloud easily fails a will save that let a comatose, frozen psychopath compulse him to give away the "wake up genocidal titans" artifact of doom.
** Cloud also leads a few other BrokenAce specialists; Barrett is still haunted by the deaths of his mining town, Cid ruined a billion-dollar space program and takes it out on his spouse, and Vincent was Hojo's prototype for the gene-therapy thing.
* Squall in ''Videogame/FinalFantasyVIII''.''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII''. He goes out of his way to come off as a {{stoic}}, professional badass who doesn't need other people, and succeeds admirably--he stands out as an exceptional soldier even among [[BadassArmy SeeDs]]. Much of the student population at Balamb Garden admires him for his extraordinary skills, and [[{{Bishonen}} "gorgeous" goes without saying for a Final Fantasy protagonist]]. But the entire thing is a JerkassFacade he puts on to hide his massive emotional insecurities. Underneath it, he's a ChildSoldier with NoSocialSkills who avoids getting close to people because he's afraid of the pain of losing someone he cares about.about.
* Auron from ''Videogame/FinalFantasyX'' is revered as a legendary guardian who aided High Summoner Braska in defeating Sin. He's an unflappable badass who easily chops up dragons with a huge sword. He's the wise and snarky older mentor to the rest of the cast. All of that masks a bitter and broken man who wanted to change the world and failed. [[spoiler:He failed to stop Braska and Jecht from sacrificing themselves to stop Sin. And when he discovered they had sacrificed themselves for false hope, he even failed to avenge them. There's also the little fact that he's Unsent. It doesn't much more "broken" than being already ''dead''.]]



* Auron from ''Videogame/FinalFantasyX'' is revered as a legendary guardian who aided High Summoner Braska in defeating Sin. He's an unflappable badass who easily chops up dragons with a huge sword. He's the wise and snarky older mentor to the rest of the cast. All of that masks a bitter and broken man who wanted to change the world and failed. [[spoiler:He failed to stop Braska and Jecht from sacrificing themselves to stop Sin. And when he discovered they had sacrificed themselves for false hope, he even failed to avenge them. There's also the little fact that he's Unsent. It doesn't much more "broken" than being already ''dead''.]]
22nd Sep '17 3:03:08 PM kome360
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* Miranda from ''Videogame/MassEffect2''. Beautiful, intelligent, confident, skilled, a decent fighter, and "absolutely perfect" in every aspect. And then it is revealed ''[[DesignerBabies why]]'' she is perfect: "daddy issues" does not ''begin'' to cover it. She was genetically-engineered to be absolutely perfect and capable of accomplishing anything. This causes her to view anything she accomplishes to be a result of her father's money and planning, and believes that only her mistakes are truly hers. This means that when everything goes right she has no sense of accomplishment, and when everything goes wrong or she is surpassed somehow (such as through most of the plot of the game) she feels like a complete failure, because she was given everything she needed and still managed to screw it up. Thankfully, Shepard can fix that if he/she so chooses.

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* Miranda from ''Videogame/MassEffect2''. Beautiful, intelligent, confident, skilled, a decent fighter, and "absolutely perfect" in every aspect. And then it is revealed ''[[DesignerBabies why]]'' she is perfect: "daddy issues" does not ''begin'' to cover it. She was genetically-engineered to be absolutely perfect and capable of accomplishing anything. She can't even think that some of her talent came from unintended side-effects, ''because her father lethally disowned every child that didn't meet his standards to the exact level''. This causes her to view anything she accomplishes to be a result of her father's money and planning, and believes that only her mistakes are truly hers. This means that when everything goes right she has no sense of accomplishment, and when everything goes wrong or she is surpassed somehow (such as through most of the plot of the game) she feels like a complete failure, because she was given everything she needed and still managed to screw it up. Thankfully, Shepard can fix that if he/she so chooses.
22nd Sep '17 2:51:43 PM kome360
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** Also, the end-game goal of Hydra's founder is to turn all of humanity into Broken Aces.
17th Sep '17 8:20:16 AM PlasmaTalon
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* Kamoshida in ''VideoGame/Persona5'' is a handsome, fit, universally loved and respect ex-Olympic athlete. He's also cracked under the pressure of trying to live up to everyone's expectations of him as the hero who won Japan the gold. Turning into an abusive Gym coach who bullies and assaults his male students, while sexually harassing the girls on the school volleyball team.
15th Sep '17 3:05:02 PM thecarolinabull01
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* Olga Pataki of ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold''. She looks perfect on first glance, being very good at academics, music, has a personality many consider pleasant, and is considered very beautiful. However, with enough pressure, this facade of perfection can crack...revealing a young woman who's horribly neurotic, unstable and melodramatic due to having to live up to her parents' constant attention and enormously high standards, as well as dangerously out of reality. In Olga's own words to her little sister Helga: "You're ''lucky''[our parents] don't even notice you."

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* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'':
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Olga Pataki of ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold''. She looks perfect on first glance, being very good at academics, music, has a personality many consider pleasant, and is considered very beautiful. However, with enough pressure, this facade of perfection can crack...revealing a young woman who's horribly neurotic, unstable and melodramatic due to having to live up to her parents' constant attention and enormously high standards, as well as dangerously out of reality. In Olga's own words to her little sister Helga: "You're ''lucky''[our parents] don't even notice you.""
** Lila Sawyer is another example. She's pretty, smart funny, always polite and courteous, and all of the girls in Mr. Simmons class hate her for it. After pulling some mean-spirited pranks on her that send her home in tears, the girls are surprised to discover that Lila's life apparently isn't as perfect as they initially thought---Lila and her father (who's presumably a widower) live in a rather shabby place, and through eavesdropping on Lila and her father's conversation, they discover that they have a limited food supply until Mr. Sawyer can find a steady, well-paying job. Series creator Creator/CraigBartlett [[WordOfGod has stated]] that Lila has a repressed dark side, and several episodes hint that she may be a StepfordSmiler like Olga.
15th Sep '17 2:52:29 PM thecarolinabull01
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** "Mr. Perfect" Kurt Hennig could do just about anything, except put down the bottle which led to his death.

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** "Mr. Perfect" Kurt Curt Hennig could do just about anything, except put down the bottle which led to his death.
11th Sep '17 6:27:03 AM Veanne
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* ''FanFic/ABridgeOnceBroken'' gives Loki a DracoInLeatherPants treatment (like a pro!) by using large amounts of this trope. Turns out, his time with Thanos was [[spoiler: deliberately orchestrated by Odin]]. He's also NeverAcceptedInHisHometown in a pretty mean way.
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