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13th Apr '18 5:28:40 AM jormis29
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* In the Creator/RogerCorman-directed Creator/VincentPrice film ''Pit and the Pendulum'' (bearing loose resemblance to the Creator/EdgarAllanPoe story it is based on), this is the goal of Nicholas Medina's tormentors. It [[GoneHorriblyRight goes horribly right]].

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* In the Creator/RogerCorman-directed Creator/VincentPrice film ''Pit and the Pendulum'' (bearing loose resemblance to the Creator/EdgarAllanPoe story it is based on), ''Film/ThePitAndThePendulum'', this is the goal of Nicholas Medina's tormentors. It [[GoneHorriblyRight goes horribly right]].
12th Feb '18 3:31:59 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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* In ''FanFic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'', [[spoiler:The Emerald Tablet, [[AIIsACrapshoot an malevolent A.I.]],]] uses the mental link Asuka has with Unit-02 in an attempt to gradually grind down her sanity by subjecting to constantly low-key mental stress, meant to bring out her BloodKnight urges and her inner fears and insecurities. It eventually starts affecting her by giving her increasingly vivid nightmares, bouts of extreme nausea, and culminates in [[spoiler:her viciously attacking Unit-08 and gravely injuring [[NewMeat Keiko]] in the process]].
12th Feb '18 5:24:45 AM thatother1dude
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* Many WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes characters end up doing this to their antagonists - of particular note are the mice Hubie and Bertie.
** Accordingly, the Warner Kids of ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' almost invariably manage to do this to anyone they have adopted as their "Special Friend" (generally someone who is being a jerk to start with).
** According to the "65th Anniversary" episode, the in-universe creator of the Warners had such a CreatorBreakdown that he ran off LaughingMad.
-->'''Weed Menlo:''' The next day we were supposed to show the cartoon to the studio head, but I couldn't find Lon around anywhere. Later I found out he went all funny in the head.
* Squidward in ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' occasionally becomes insane when the situation becomes simply too much for him. A notable example is in "Club [=SpongeBob=]" where, after losing all hope in escaping a forest, worships a toy conch with the rest of his companions.
* Newton in the ''WesternAnimation/NedsNewt'' episode "Jurassic Joryride" becomes angry [[spoiler:when being [[BerserkButton called a "big blue doofus"]]]].

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* Many WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes characters end up doing this to their antagonists - -- of particular note are the mice Hubie and Bertie.
** * Accordingly, the Warner Kids of ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' almost invariably manage to do this to anyone they have adopted as their "Special Friend" (generally someone who is being a jerk to start with).
** According to the "65th Anniversary" episode, the in-universe creator of the Warners had such a CreatorBreakdown that he ran off LaughingMad.
-->'''Weed Menlo:''' The next day we were supposed to show the cartoon to the studio head, but I couldn't find Lon around anywhere. Later I found out he went all funny in the head.
* Squidward in ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' occasionally becomes insane when the situation becomes simply too much for him. A notable example is in "Club [=SpongeBob=]" where, after losing all hope in escaping a forest, worships a toy conch with the rest of his companions.
* Newton in the ''WesternAnimation/NedsNewt'' episode "Jurassic Joryride" becomes angry [[spoiler:when being [[BerserkButton called a "big blue doofus"]]]].
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* ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGoofs'': [[BerserkButton Insult Candy]] and he will be this, enough to [[TheDogBitesBack bully you back]].



* In the second season of ''WesternAnimation/LaffALympics'', Mildew Wolf has shown signs of being driven to madness after enduring and doing commentary on the show's silly {{Pseudolympics}}. One episode at the end actually has him in a strait-jacket committed to a mental ward.
26th Jan '18 4:48:48 PM thatother1dude
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'', Joker does this to Detective Bennett in what's more or less an adaptation of ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke''. Unlike its inspiration, this story has Joker actually succeed and turn Bennett into a supervillain.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'', Joker does this to Detective Bennett in what's more or less an adaptation of a situation clearly inspired by ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke''. Unlike its inspiration, his comic counterpart, this story has Joker actually succeed succeeds and turn Bennett into a supervillain.
12th Dec '17 9:08:00 AM DarkPhoenix94
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* In ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'', Gravemoss is driven mad (well, ''madder'') thanks to long term exposure to [[ArtefactOfDoom the Darkhold.]] EvilIsNotAToy.
** In the sequel, ''Ghosts of the Past'', Harry is finally driven to the brink of insanity after a ''brutal'' TraumaCongaLine at the hands of the Red Room, who [[spoiler: tortured him and turned his BlankSlate body into the new and improved version of the Winter Soldier]]. The result? He becomes [[spoiler: the Dark Phoenix]], and is only ''barely'' talked down.
9th Nov '17 11:55:38 AM BeerBaron
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* This is [[MadGod Sheogorath's]] whole schtick in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', as Daedric Prince of Madness. He delights in driving mortals to madness.

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* This In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, finding inventive ways to drive people to complete madness is within the realm of Sheogorath, the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] of [[MadGod Sheogorath's]] whole schtick in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', Madness]]. He even considers it ''[[MadHatter a blessing]]'':
--> '''Sheogorath''': ''"Madness is a bitter mercy, perhaps, but a mercy nonetheless. It is better to be seen
as Daedric Prince of Madness. He delights in driving mortals to madness.mad than hopelessly despondent."''
19th Oct '17 7:58:50 AM WillBGood
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** According to the "65th Anniversary" episode, the in-universe creator of the Warners had such a CreatorsBreakdown that after so much stress and lack of sleep, ran off in LaughingMad fit.

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** According to the "65th Anniversary" episode, the in-universe creator of the Warners had such a CreatorsBreakdown CreatorBreakdown that after so much stress and lack of sleep, he ran off in LaughingMad fit.LaughingMad.
19th Oct '17 7:57:59 AM WillBGood
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* In the play ''Gaslight'' (and the two film versions of the play) the husband plays tricks on his wife in order to convince her shes going crazy. The term {{Gaslighting}} was coined after the film for this kind of action.

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* In the play ''Gaslight'' (and the two film versions of the play) the husband plays tricks on his wife in order to convince her shes she's going crazy. The term {{Gaslighting}} was coined after the film for this kind of action.It became a TropeNamer.



* ''VideoGame/TheWedding'': Jack begins to become insane and mentally instable, the longer the portal in his basement is open. Lack of sleep was part of the reason why the demons and monsters roaming his house made it easier for him to go insane. His notes also indicate that his wife apparently summoned some extra demons, specifically to terrify him, but [[UnreliableNarrator exactly how accurate that is, given Jack's mental state when writing that part]]...

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* ''VideoGame/TheWedding'': Jack begins to become insane and mentally instable, unstable, the longer the portal in his basement is open. Lack of sleep was part of the reason why the demons and monsters roaming his house made it easier for him to go insane. His notes also indicate that his wife apparently summoned some extra demons, specifically to terrify him, but [[UnreliableNarrator exactly how accurate that is, given Jack's mental state when writing that part]]...
19th Oct '17 7:56:47 AM WillBGood
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* In the play ''Gas Light'' (and the two film versions of the play) the husband plays tricks on his wife in order to convince her shes going crazy. The term [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaslighting Gaslighting]] was coined after the film for this kind of action.

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* In the play ''Gas Light'' ''Gaslight'' (and the two film versions of the play) the husband plays tricks on his wife in order to convince her shes going crazy. The term [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaslighting Gaslighting]] {{Gaslighting}} was coined after the film for this kind of action.
19th Oct '17 7:54:19 AM WillBGood
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* ''Film/FullMetalJacket'' Has Pvt. "Gommer Pyle" who is target by [[DrillSergeantNasty Gunnery Sgt. Hartman]] because he can't keep up with the other recruits. [[FromBadToWorse It gets worse]] when [[IWillPunishYourFriendForYourFailure Gunnery Sgt. Hartman decides to punish everyone whenever "Pyle" messes up.]] It comes to a head when [[EtTuBrute Joker joins the other recruits in blanket party]] and Pyle actually improves in his training, but Joker becomes concerned when [[MadnessMantra he starts to talk to his rifle]] and becomes more and more disconnected from reality. It all ends when [[spoiler: in their final night before deployment, Pyle recites the rifleman creed at the top of his lungs, [[TheDogBitesBack and shoots Sgt. Hartman, after Hartman delivers one more insult too many.]] [[AteHisGun Pyle then turns the rifle on himself.]]]]

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* ''Film/FullMetalJacket'' Has ''Film/FullMetalJacket'': Pvt. "Gommer Pyle" who "Gomer" Pyle is target targeted by [[DrillSergeantNasty Gunnery Sgt. Hartman]] because he can't keep up with the other recruits. [[FromBadToWorse It gets worse]] when [[IWillPunishYourFriendForYourFailure Gunnery Sgt. Hartman decides to punish everyone whenever "Pyle" Pyle messes up.]] It comes to a head when [[EtTuBrute Joker joins the other recruits in blanket party]] and Pyle actually improves in his training, but Joker becomes concerned when [[MadnessMantra he starts to talk to his rifle]] and becomes more and more disconnected from reality. It all ends when [[spoiler: in their final night before deployment, Pyle recites the rifleman creed at the top of his lungs, [[TheDogBitesBack and shoots Sgt. Hartman, after Hartman delivers one more insult too many.]] [[AteHisGun Pyle then turns the rifle on himself.]]]]
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