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6th Apr '18 6:58:28 PM GeheimnisGoth
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** Steff, a [[spoiler: {{Transsexual}}]] half-elf with [[OurElvesAreBetter serious inadequacy issues]] and an obsession with death;

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** Steff, a [[spoiler: {{Transsexual}}]] {{Transgender}}]] half-elf with [[OurElvesAreBetter serious inadequacy issues]] and an obsession with death;
22nd Mar '18 9:57:05 AM Piriprimey
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16th Mar '18 4:43:03 PM RedScharlach
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** Aside from Klara, Whedon's run dials this trope back a bit; surprising, considering he usually gleefully subjects characters to as much as they can take and then some. Quite a few of the Runaways actually come out better or no worse off from their adventure. Chase gets new weapons and manages to move on from [[spoiler: Gert's death]], resisting the temptation to [[spoiler: go back in time to save her]]. Xavin manages to overcome his/her gender issues. Nico gets a new staff and powers (kind of like Willow). Molly remains unchanged. About the only one messed up further is Victor; [[spoiler: he falls for a new girl, Nico dumps him, and new girl doesn't go with him back to the present]]. One gets the feeling Whedon didn't like Victor.

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** Aside from Klara, Whedon's run dials this trope back a bit; surprising, considering he usually gleefully subjects characters to as much as they can take and then some. Quite a few of the Runaways actually come out better or no worse off from their adventure. Chase gets new weapons and manages to move on from [[spoiler: Gert's [[spoiler:Gert's death]], resisting the temptation to [[spoiler: go back in time to save her]]. Xavin manages to overcome his/her gender issues. Nico gets a new staff and powers (kind of like Willow). Molly remains unchanged. About the only one messed up further is Victor; [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he falls for a new girl, Nico dumps him, and new girl doesn't go with him back to the present]]. One gets the feeling Whedon didn't like Victor.



** The founding members consist of the aforementioned [[ComicBook/IronMan alcoholic ex-prisoner of war with recurrent relationship issues]], [[ComicBook/AntMan a man whose wife was abducted and murdered on their honeymoon]] who happens to be a literal MadScientist (bipolar disorder, dissociative episodes, borderline personality disorder (self-sabotage), impostor syndrome . . . the guy's a mess), [[ComicBook/TheWasp a young socialite who witnessed her father's murder]], then latched onto her father's colleague as a means to avenge her father/father figure/love interest, who bounces between TheDeterminator (she came up with the Avengers name and the idea to form the team) and ClingyJealousGirl as much as that origin might suggest, [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor a Norse God whose father brainwashed him into thinking he was a human who turned into a superhero using a magic hammer]], and [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk a scientist with latent multiple personality disorder caused by an abusive father, whose anger management issues can potentially destroy planets]].

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** The founding members consist of the aforementioned [[ComicBook/IronMan alcoholic ex-prisoner of war with recurrent relationship issues]], [[ComicBook/AntMan a man whose wife was abducted and murdered on their honeymoon]] who happens to be a literal MadScientist (bipolar disorder, dissociative episodes, borderline personality disorder (self-sabotage), impostor syndrome . . .syndrome... the guy's a mess), [[ComicBook/TheWasp a young socialite who witnessed her father's murder]], then latched onto her father's colleague as a means to avenge her father/father figure/love interest, who bounces between TheDeterminator (she came up with the Avengers name and the idea to form the team) and ClingyJealousGirl as much as that origin might suggest, [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor a Norse God whose father brainwashed him into thinking he was a human who turned into a superhero using a magic hammer]], and [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk a scientist with latent multiple personality disorder caused by an abusive father, whose anger management issues can potentially destroy planets]].



* ''[[ComicBook/XForce X-Statix]]'' had this essentially as its core premise -- this was a team of ''celebrities'', not heroes, and as such, extreme[[note]]read "clusterfuck"[[/note]] personalities clashing is to be expected. But to go into detail: the Orphan has an adversarial relationship with the Anarchist, who in turn is bitter rivals with the Spike. Phat and Vivisector don't get along with anyone except occasionally each other. El Guapo disrupts the team when it starts to gel, the Mysterious Fan Boy's naivite grates on everyone but forces them to at least ''pretend'' to like each other, Venus Dee Milo draws flak from fans and the media, which lessens her stock among the team members themselves, and Dead Girl is just... weird. U-Go Girl is probably the only one who functions semi-normally within the group.

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* ''[[ComicBook/XForce X-Statix]]'' had this essentially as its core premise -- this was a team of ''celebrities'', not heroes, and as such, extreme[[note]]read "clusterfuck"[[/note]] personalities clashing is to be expected. But to go into detail: the Orphan has an adversarial relationship with the Anarchist, who in turn is bitter rivals with the Spike. Phat and Vivisector don't get along with anyone except occasionally each other. El Guapo disrupts the team when it starts to gel, the Mysterious Fan Boy's naivite naivety grates on everyone but forces them to at least ''pretend'' to like each other, Venus Dee Milo draws flak from fans and the media, which lessens her stock among the team members themselves, and Dead Girl is just... weird. U-Go Girl is probably the only one who functions semi-normally within the group.



* This idea is deconstructed in ''Film/{{Mental}}''. The movie is about Shaz, a violent, drug-using ex-mental doctor. In order to wrangle up a team to get a shark that killed and ate her daughter, she finds five kids: The loneliest, least talented, and most mentally unstable children in all of Australia with a recently rehabilitated mother who went to hospital after believing her husband won Wheel of Fortune and bought tons of furniture, and an unfaithful father who hasn't eaten dinner with them since Coral, the eldest child, tried to kill herself by jumping off the roof [[BlackComedy and landing on his car while he was pulling in, knocking him unconscious for five minutes]], and tricks them into her scheme. However, it all falls apart when the children realise that they are sane ([[spoiler:well, Michelle has legitimate schizophrenia, but reacts well to the medication]]); in fact, everyone who Shaz presented as insane was actually sane, just to different degrees, but all of them were huge assholes who simply presented Hollywood archetypes of these illnesses (with one of them eventually committed after a combination of OCD and racist attitude causes her to go on a violent rampage), and Shaz was simply suffering from mental illness caused by the death of her daughter. The same goes for her ex husband, who simply wants her to suffer for being such a horrible mother.

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* This idea is deconstructed in ''Film/{{Mental}}''. The movie is about Shaz, a violent, drug-using ex-mental doctor. In order to wrangle up a team to get a shark that killed and ate her daughter, she finds five kids: The loneliest, least talented, and most mentally unstable children in all of Australia with a recently rehabilitated mother who went to hospital after believing her husband won Wheel of Fortune and bought tons of furniture, and an unfaithful father who hasn't eaten dinner with them since Coral, the eldest child, tried to kill herself by jumping off the roof [[BlackComedy and landing on his car while he was pulling in, knocking him unconscious for five minutes]], and tricks them into her scheme. However, it all falls apart when the children realise that they are sane ([[spoiler:well, Michelle has legitimate schizophrenia, but reacts well to the medication]]); in fact, everyone who Shaz presented as insane was actually sane, just to different degrees, but all of them were huge assholes who simply presented Hollywood archetypes of these illnesses (with one of them eventually committed after a combination of OCD and racist attitude causes her to go on a violent rampage), and Shaz was simply suffering from mental illness caused by the death of her daughter. The same goes for her ex husband, ex-husband, who simply wants her to suffer for being such a horrible mother.



* ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' has its eponymous team. Everyone but SHIELD agents has some kind of disorder or other issue.
** Count on [[ComicBook/CaptainAmerica Steve]] as well. The world he knew is gone, everyone he knew and loved is dead, and he seems to spend most of his time pounding on punching bags while plagued by war flashbacks, hinting that he's most likely suffering from combat-related PTSD. Also it's implied that he was ''[[AndIMustScream conscious]]'' at least for when he began de-thawing from the ice.

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* ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' has its eponymous team. Everyone but the SHIELD agents has some kind of disorder or other issue.
** Count on [[ComicBook/CaptainAmerica Steve]] as well. The world he knew is gone, everyone he knew and loved is dead, and he seems to spend most of his time pounding on punching bags while plagued by war flashbacks, hinting that he's most likely suffering from combat-related PTSD. Also it's implied that he was ''[[AndIMustScream conscious]]'' at least for when he began de-thawing thawing from the ice.



** Kirk Lazarus is an uber-talented Australian [[MethodActing Method Actor]] who actually [[{{Blackface}} dyes his skin black]] so he can play an African-American soldier, and spends the movie seemingly convinced he is black (much to the chagrin of the actually black Alpa Chino), [[spoiler: and then suffers a short identity crisis]].

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** Kirk Lazarus is an uber-talented Australian [[MethodActing Method Actor]] who actually [[{{Blackface}} dyes his skin black]] so he can play an African-American soldier, and spends the movie seemingly convinced he is black (much to the chagrin of the actually black Alpa Chino), [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and then suffers a short identity crisis]].



** Alpa Chino [[spoiler: is hiding in the closet]].

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** Alpa Chino [[spoiler: is [[spoiler:is hiding in the closet]].



* Done seriously in La Historia De Juan by Juanes. A kid was abandonded by his mother, is abused by his father, and lives in the street alone and unlived, sleeping on a cardboard box. Then he dies.

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* Done seriously in La "La Historia De Juan Juan" by Juanes. A kid was abandonded abandoned by his mother, is abused by his father, and lives in on the street alone and unlived, unloved, sleeping on in a cardboard box. Then he dies.



* ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''. His uncle killed his father and married his mother. His mother may or may not have been in on this. Thanks to him, his girlfriend Ophelia has been rendered either insane or suicidal. With a good dose of AlternateCharacterInterpretation, he himself is either insane, suffering from an oedipus complex, or ''both.'' That's not even getting into the more minor characters.

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* ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''. His uncle killed his father and married his mother. His mother may or may not have been in on this. Thanks to him, his girlfriend Ophelia has been rendered either insane or suicidal. With a good dose of AlternateCharacterInterpretation, he himself is either insane, suffering from an oedipus Oedipus complex, or ''both.'' That's not even getting into the more minor characters.



* ''TabletopGame/BurningWheel'' requires you to spend resource points during character generation to acquire significant relationships. You get discounts for various aspects of said relationships, including having them be hateful, forbidden, and/or family. Thus, it's not unusual to have a party full of family dysfunction.

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* ''TabletopGame/BurningWheel'' requires you to spend resource points during character generation to acquire significant relationships. You get discounts for various aspects of said relationships, including having them be hateful, forbidden, and/or family. Thus, Thus it's not unusual to have a party full of family dysfunction.



** Lilly was left behind in Japan by her parents for six years, and according to Akira (who drops her carefree facade when talking about this), Lilly's blindness was a major reason for this. She developped the facade of a "perfect", collected mother figure (mostly toward Hanako), which give her difficulties to express her own desires.

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** Lilly was left behind in Japan by her parents for six years, and according to Akira (who drops her carefree facade when talking about this), Lilly's blindness was a major reason for this. She developped developed the facade of a "perfect", collected mother figure (mostly toward Hanako), which give her difficulties to express her own desires.



** Isn't it nice when one of the most well balanced characters in the series is an 800+ year old vampire with less life experience than a teenager, no friends or family and who lives only to kill vampires? Arcueid ''does'' have the worst backstory she just [[AngstWhatAngst doesn't let it get her down.]]

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** Isn't it nice when one of the most well balanced characters in the series is an 800+ year old 800-year-old vampire with less life experience than a teenager, no friends or family and who lives only to kill vampires? Arcueid ''does'' have the worst backstory she just [[AngstWhatAngst doesn't let it get her down.]]



** Mille Chanteau, her LoveInterest who's addicted to physical intimacy and is a bit conflicted about why she's so into Iriana (who likely directly manipulated her to feel that). Also has had tons of wierd relationships with older guys, certainly gaining a complex from that seeing as [[spoiler: [[YoungerThanTheyLook she's only 14]] and]] it tends to ruin any and all attempts at friendship with others. While she is easily one of the most optimistic characters in the story, it's obvious that she has absolutely no idea how to communicate with anyone without sex, and thus is extremely dependent on Iriana, who provides the only emotional relationship she's ever had. It's VERY abusive, yes, but she's so starved for heart-felt affection that she doesn't even see that part.

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** Mille Chanteau, her LoveInterest who's addicted to physical intimacy and is a bit conflicted about why she's so into Iriana (who likely directly manipulated her to feel that). Also has had tons of wierd weird relationships with older guys, certainly gaining a complex from that seeing as [[spoiler: [[YoungerThanTheyLook [[spoiler:[[YoungerThanTheyLook she's only 14]] and]] it tends to ruin any and all attempts at friendship with others. While she is easily one of the most optimistic characters in the story, it's obvious that she has absolutely no idea how to communicate with anyone without sex, and thus is extremely dependent on Iriana, who provides the only emotional relationship she's ever had. It's VERY abusive, yes, but she's so starved for heart-felt affection that she doesn't even see that part.
28th Feb '18 11:23:21 AM Woodrobin
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** The founding members consist of the aforementioned [[ComicBook/IronMan alcoholic ex-prisoner of war with recurrent relationship issues]], [[ComicBook/AntMan a man whose wife was abducted and murdered on their honeymoon]] who happens to be a literal MadScientist (bipolar disorder, dissociative episodes, borderline personality disorder (self-sabotage), impostor syndrome . . . the guy's a mess), [[ComicBook/TheWasp a young socialite who witnessed her father's murder]], then latched onto her father's colleague as a means to avenge her father/father figure/love interest, who bounces between TheDeterminator (she came up with the Avengers name and the idea to form the team) and ClingyJealousGirl as much as that origin might suggest, [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor a Norse God whose father brainwashed him into thinking he was a human who turned into a superhero using a magic hammer]], and [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk a scientist with latent multiple personality disorder caused by an abusive father, whose anger management issues can potentially destroy planets]].
22nd Jan '18 5:00:54 PM Paul_Geo
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* The overall tone [[CourtroomAntic overall]] [[KangarooCourt tone]] of ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' may belie it, but several of the main characters are packing some seriously sad backstories, often tied to the AlwaysMurder nature of the series and how many of its characters are related to ThatOneCase.

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* The overall tone [[CourtroomAntic overall]] [[KangarooCourt tone]] of ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' may belie it, but several of the main characters are packing some seriously sad backstories, often tied to the AlwaysMurder nature of the series and how many of its characters are related to ThatOneCase.
20th Dec '17 4:50:42 PM BattleMaster
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** Then there's the Dinobots, or, as they were originally called, the Dynobots. Five ex-gladiators who formed a team simply because they're each so screwed up that they can't work with anyone else. All of them have numerous war crimes under their belt. They could barely function while the war was raging and there was an actual ''need'' for a group that "does the things that allow heroes to stay heroes", once the war's over they're left without a purpose in life and unable to function in normal society. As Slug put it "we put the 'un' in unit."

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** Then there's the Dinobots, or, as they were originally called, the Dynobots. Five ex-gladiators who Originally formed a team simply because they're each so screwed before the war, Grimlock and Slug met when they were both in the brig for pissing off theri commanding officers (Slug having shot his). After teaming up with four other misfits, Swoop, Sludge, Snarl, and Skar, they became a black ops unit that was highly effect in spite of Slug's insistence that they can't work not be an actual team. Things were actually going well for them until an op looking for terrorist lead to an encounter with anyone else. All viscous cyber-morphic predators that resulted in the death of Skar and the other five being left with unstable, uncontrollable altmodes of those same creatures. When the Cybertronian government decided to use them have to study Skar's dynamic altmode adaption program rather than cure them, so they went on the run, feeling betrayed. They wound up rallying to help Optimus Prime when he called for everyone to rise against the Decepticons, but by then their altmodes' aggression was starting to seriously affect them and they turned to crime as a means of earning enough money to purchase passage off Cybertron before they became a danger to innocents. They ended up receiving help from the Autobots and joined the team, but even upon being cured they still stayed vicious {{Blood Knight}}s who committed numerous war crimes under during the war. Against orders, they chased Shockwave to Earth, and Grimlock set up a dead-man's switch on their belt.ship without telling the others, which caused it to fire on the battlefield as they fought Shockwave. This triggered a volcanic eruption that buried them all in lava. When they were dug out in the present day, the others confronted Grimlock over this, who defended himself by saying that yes, of course he did it because the Dynobots are a bunch of vicious amoral bastards who do that sort of thing. The others agreed that that was a valid reason. They could barely function while the war was raging and there was an actual ''need'' for a group that "does the things that allow heroes to stay heroes", once the war's over they're left without a purpose in life and unable to function in normal society. As Slug put it "we put the 'un' in unit."
20th Dec '17 4:30:26 PM BattleMaster
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-->'''Grimlock:''' We watch each other's back, we stick together through thick and thin, and no one '''ever''' tells us what to '''do!'''
20th Dec '17 4:24:59 PM BattleMaster
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** Then there's the Dinobots, or, as they were originally called, the Dynobots. Five ex-gladiators who formed a team simply because they're each so screwed up that they can't work with anyone else. All of them have numerous war crimes under their belt. They could barely function while the war was raging and there was an actual ''need'' for a group that "does the things that allow heroes to stay heroes", once the war's over they're left without a purpose in life and unable to function in normal society. As Slug put it "we put the 'un' in unit."
17th Dec '17 9:41:28 AM Prometheus117
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** The Primarchs are shaping up like this: Magnus is a half-daemon InsufferableGenius with a massive InferioritySuperiorityComplex stemming from being bullied by his brothers and father, [[spoiler:Rogal Dorn hides for ten thousand years under his father's nose because his magic pain glove told him too and clearly has suffered some brain damage, Vulkan is an incredibly cheery soul who sees the ghost of one of his dead brothers following him around that he constantly rebukes, and Corax is a depressed mess who sees the same ghost and agrees that he's worthless.]]

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** The Primarchs are shaping up like this: Magnus is a half-daemon InsufferableGenius with a massive InferioritySuperiorityComplex stemming from being bullied by his brothers and father, [[spoiler:Rogal Dorn hides for ten thousand years under his father's nose because his magic pain glove told him too and clearly has suffered some brain damage, Leman Russ is a battle-loving viking who's obsessed with wolves and has spent the last ten thousand years give or take drunk and pranking helpless daemons in the Warp, Vulkan is an incredibly cheery soul who sees the ghost of one of his dead brothers following him around that he constantly rebukes, rebukes and has constant spazz-outs where he starts talking Orkish, and Corvus Corax is a depressed mess who sees the same ghost and agrees that he's worthless.]]
18th Nov '17 8:12:12 PM VulgarBee
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* DysfunctionJunction/WesternAnimation



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* Everyone in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' whose families are mentioned gets this. Roy's father is a JerkAss who dumped the responsibility for a BloodOath on his son when he got bored with trying to fulfill it, Elan has a vicious EvilTwin brother who actively tries to ruin Elan's life at every turn, Haley came from a family ''and'' city of criminals, her mother died when she was young, and her father is in prison, Hinjo's uncle was a {{Chessmaster}} [[ObfuscatingStupidity faking senility]] in order to control everyone, Hinjo included, who ended up being killed by an AxeCrazy KnightTemplar Paladin fellow, and while Vaarsuvius had a normal family at the start, s/he shot it to hell by going DrunkOnTheDarkSide, resulting in getting served with divorce papers. And that's just the beginning...
** [[spoiler: S/He made a [[DealWithTheDevil deal with a devil, demon and deamon]] to gain enough power to defeat the dragon that was about to torture hir family, and planning to kill them and steal their souls. ''That'' must have left an emotional mark on all involved.]]
** With the start of the Empire of Blood arc, we find that Elan's mom makes as many convoluted plans as Nale, although without the evilness, Elan's dad is an [[spoiler: AffablyEvil MagnificentBastard (yes really), who has been the ManBehindTheMan to a series of EvilOverlord wannabes for at least a decade or so, and already considers himself to have won by getting a decade of luxury]], and Haley's dad [[spoiler: is locked up in the Bloodstone Correctional Facility, the Empire of Blood's gladitorial arena]].
* Webcomic/{{Vexxarr}}'s crew consists of a MasterComputer who, by way of entertainment, regularly [[AIIsACrapshoot plots his demise or makes him think the ship is doomed]], a sarcastic robot very similar to the computer, a WideEyedIdealist composed of nothing but eyestalks, and a prey species terminally afraid of being eaten despite the fact that it is NighInvulnerable. And Vexxarr himself, a lazy KnightInSourArmor for whom seething rage and frustration is the default.
* Summarized by the character Branwen, in [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp11112003.shtml this strip]] of ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'', as "Traumatic childhoods are the in thing these days. All the cool kids are doing it."
** Milholland's love of this trope (both using and [[SubvertedTrope subverting]] it) shines through even clearer in the BSideComics series ''Super Stupor'', despite (or perhaps because of) it being mostly unrelated vignettes of several loosely connected characters .
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Wigu}}'', Paisley Tinkle's tragic teenage trauma is not that her mother's a mildly selfish alcoholic, nor that her dad's constantly shirtless and is constantly trying to avoid or rebel against something he doesn't understand (when not doing his job as a porn music creator), but that she doesn't get to live in a family ruined by divorce.
* All five Webcomic/AgentsOfTheRealm seem to have their own problems. Norah is introvertic and can't make friends, Adele has some troubles at home, Paige is pathologically obsessed with getting good grades, Jordan is overly trusting and Kendall is described as an ExtremeDoormat.
* The Light Warriors in ''[[Webcomic/EightBitTheater 8-Bit Theater]]'': the [[TheDitz astoundingly stupid]] [[ILikeSwords sword-obsessed]] Fighter, the AxCrazy StupidEvil Black Mage (that, just to start, sacrificed orphans to get his most powerful spell; The spell was just a bonus), the overly greedy and manipulative Thief (who is also a fugitive prince), the {{Munchkin}} with some traumas (that are actually ''hallucinations caused by another character'') that make him [[CrossDresser cross-dress a lot]] Red Mage... Not only are they insane, but they also spend most of their time arguing with each other (sometimes going into physical aggression, or stabbing). And they [[DesignatedHero are supposed to save the world]].
** [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2009/08/13/episode-1162-semantics/ Also pointed out]] by JerkassGod Sarda:
-->"[[YouAndWhatArmy You and what ragtag band of adventurers with humorously conflicting personalities who learn the true meaning of friendship?]]
** But [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2003/10/21/episode-344-face-off/ even they got their limits]].
-->'''Black Mage''': ''This'' is why the dysfunctional hero trend needs to get over itself.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'': The main character was an orphan with [[OrphansPlotTrinket a plot trinket]], but her foster parents were very loving and functional. Even Gil Wulfenbach and his [[WellDoneSonGuy father]] have started getting AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther moments. (Uh, not in that way, obviously. Ew.) But the ''[[RoyallyScrewedUp Sturmvoraus]]'' family... hoo boy. [[spoiler:The father (who often said that if Providence hands you a powerless scapegoat, it is a sin not to use him) did dangerous Mad Science experiments on the daughter. Even if they'd been ''successful'' she'd have been [[GrandTheftMe possessed]] by the BigBad her father was apparently [[{{Squick}} in love with]]; since the experiment was a failure, she died horribly. Her brother built a robotic ReplacementGoldfish and didn't tell anyone she wasn't really the original transferred into the clank body- not even the Goldfish herself. Then the Goldfish killed "their" father, plotted with the brother to take over the world, or at least part of it... and then he became the BastardUnderstudy and shut her down to give her body to the Big Bad after all.]] Lovely people.
** And as if that weren't enough, [[spoiler: there may have been genetic engineering involved in the current generation, if Zola's "Let's just say they ''made sure'' there was a proper heir." conversation with Gil is to be taken at face value.]] Jesus, this family.
** It's enough to make you wonder if Othar Tryggvassen (GentlemanAdventurer) with his plan to [[KillThemAll kill all of the sparks]] actually might be the only sane person on the cast.
* ''Webcomic/CollegeRoomiesFromHell!!!'' Welcome to college, Dave, neurotic loser with a [[UnluckyChildhoodFriend crush on the girl you knew in high school]] [[spoiler:that led you to witness her parents' murders]]! Meet your [[WackyCollege wacky new roommates]]:
** Mike, spoiled-rotten ManipulativeBastard with an [[MyBelovedSmother insanely overprotective]] [[EvilMatriarch mother]] [[spoiler:who disciplines him and his siblings with a [[MaximumFunChamber torture chamber]] and is getting engaged to a [[Film/JamesBond Bond villain]]]].
** Roger, zany {{Cloudcuckoolander}} who really just wants to [[spoiler:hold on to a vestige of sanity with the knowledge that he's barely keeping himself from turning half-coyote as part of the family curse that caused his mother to go feral when he was a child]].
** Margaret, that cute girl from high school, who has a [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold heart of gold]] despite her absurdly large gun collection and [[{{Tsundere}} comically violent personality]] [[spoiler:due to her parents being murdered in front of her with a bomb she only escaped to scare '''you''' away, and recurring nightmares of her post-apocalyptic role as bearer of the Antichrist]].
** Marsha, the hottest girl in your year, even if she can be adorably obsessive about certain things, like her cooking or [[spoiler:her high school boyfriends, all of whom she's violently assaulted]].
** April, OnlySaneMan, despite the fact that she has an imaginary friend and [[spoiler:she's trying to leave her life in the circus behind, especially since she's [[CloningBlues a few letters away from a clown]]...]].
** And that's the start of freshman year. [[CerebusSyndrome It gets a lot worse]].
* Lampshaded in [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1196 this guest comic]] by John Campbell for ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent''.
--->'''Female character:''' Hey guys, [[OnlySixFaces which female character am I]]? Am I the one with the crippling psychological problems\\
'''Caption:''' [[DontExplainTheJoke That's all of them do you get it]]
:: Among the major female characters, Faye has intimacy issues stemming from a childhood trauma (not the one you're thinking of), Hannalore has severe OCD, Dora has massive trust issues that torpedoed her relationship with Marten and Marigold is a borderline {{hikikomori}} with no self-esteem. Raven and Penelope have yet to reveal any major neuroses.
* WebComic/{{Avalon}} starts off as a bit of a nonsensical slice-of-life story following normal teenagers with normal problems. [[CerebusSyndrome As the series went on]], their issues became even deeper. Much, ''much'' deeper.
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' the most obvious example, by far, is Grace, who had an arc devoted to her warped past and the trauma it caused her. Then there's also Tedd, who has MommyIssues from his mother abandoning him [[spoiler:and for a long time unrecognized gender-fluidity]] Justin and Nanase have {{Gayngst}}, Ellen has to deal with CloningBlues from her status as an OppositeSexClone of Elliot, who himself has to deal with his new magic [[GenderBender requiring him to become a girl for part of the day]], Susan's trauma from [[HarmfulToMinors seeing her father with an undressed woman]] [[YourCheatingHeart who was NOT her mother]] at a young age, and even Sarah, by far the most normal of the group, is resentful of her lack of magic compared to her friends.
* ''Webcomic/LasLindas'' is arguably an example. Mora is a selfish, ungrateful and oftentimes bratty JerkAss who had everything in her life ''given'' to her and tends to not appreciate what she has until she fears she'll lose it, though recent arcs have shown her trying to tone this down. Miles is a shallow, unrepentent lech who recently played Taffy's emotions like a fiddle and cruelly dumped her for a trivial reason and shows no signs of improvement even after being called out by one of his old friends. Idward is so hopelessly obsessed with Mora that he borders on StalkerWithACrush, though he's at least begun to get over it. Racheal lives in constant fear of losing Sarah or something otherwise happening to her and despises Mora for how she never had to work for her good life whereas she, by contrast, struggled her entire life just to get by. Taffy is still dealing with the emotional trauma of the aforementioned dumping and had a highly abusive mother. Sarah is so childishly innocent and naive that she often doesn't realize the consequences of her actions until its too late. Minos is currently struggling to balance his feelings for Mora and Racheal without hurting either one's feelings [[spoiler:and is heavily implied to have once served [[BigBad the Emperor]]]]. And finally, its heavily implied Alej's one-sided rivalry with Mora is in part due to a case of self doubt. The only characters who seem to have little to no problems are Randall and Digit, and evidence has begun to crop up that Randall may in fact be a StepfordSmiler. One of the main themes of Las Lindas is CharacterDevelopment, so take that as you will.
* Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}} thinks that Ultimate Marvel's ending ought to begin with Iron Man inventing a device that can measure the crapsackiness waves of the universe and noticing that the readings don't stop increasing. Eventually, if they don't stop it, everyone will be retconned into having a tragic past. Who pulled *that* Drama Tag?
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'s Hivebent'' arc is composed of twelve [[OurTrollsAreDifferent trolls from another universe]], all of which are ''very'' screwed up, even by their [[ValuesDissonance own culture's standards.]] Going down the list:
** Karkat - A [[HairTriggerTemper perpetually-angry]] JerkassWoobie extraordinaire who hates himself to an astonishing degree and [[spoiler:considers himself a freak because of his mutant "candy-red" blood]] and covers it up by bossing everyone else around.
** Aradia - An apathetic MadOracle who hears the voices of the dead. [[spoiler:DeadAllAlong, courtesy of Vriska, who mind-controlled Sollux into killing her; upon getting a robot body, she went on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge and beat Vriska to death]].
** Tavros - A massively-insecure WheelchairWoobie and [[TokenEvilTeammate Vriska's]] personal ButtMonkey.
** Sollux - Another MadOracle, but where Aradia is [[{{Catchphrase}} "0kay"]] with everything, he's a pessimistic MoodSwinger. [[spoiler:Still guilty about the fact that Vriska used him to kill Aradia]].
** Nepeta - Massive unrequited crush on [[spoiler:Karkat]]. Other than that, she seems harmless and cute until you remember that she kills wild animals with nothing more than her teeth and claws, eats their corpses, and sometimes wears their pelts for fun.
** Kanaya - The Alternian equivalent of a {{goth}} - which means she loves bright, varied colours and the sun (''creepy''). Despite her obsession with [[OurVampiresAreDifferent rainbow drinkers]] and [[GirlWithPsychoWeapon fondness for]] [[ChainsawGood chainsaws]], the OnlySaneMan.
** Terezi - MagnificentBastard AmoralAttorney BlindSeer who loves to mess with people and [[TheHyena laughs at almost everything]].
** Vriska - Thirteen-year-old SerialKiller, thanks to her [[AbusiveParents lusus's]] [[HorrorHunger refusal to eat anything but young trolls]]. {{Munchkin}}, {{Jerkass}}, TokenEvilTeammate, and [[spoiler:hiding some surprisingly tragic emotional insecurities]].
** Equius - Has an unsettlingly large collection of creepy {{fetish}}es and an obsession with the FantasticCasteSystem.
** Gamzee - [[TheStoner Constantly stoned]], bizarre religious beliefs, and [[ParentalNeglect his lusus was never there]]. [[spoiler:When he's ''not'' stoned and his beliefs are proven false, he's an AxCrazy MonsterClown]].
** Eridan - A genocidal, over-entitled, stuck-up douchebag who's [[CasanovaWannabe always hitting on everyone in sight]].
** Feferi - A GenkiGirl, and [[OnlySaneWoman surprisingly sane]], considering her caretaker is an EldritchAbomination that will kill everyone else in the galaxy if it ever gets hungry.
** This trope appears to be a theme amongst [[spoiler: post-Scratch]] sessions, as [[spoiler: Alpha]] Earth also has some problems to deal with:
*** Jane - Is being brainwashed by [[spoiler:Betty Crocker]].
*** Roxy - Drunken MadScientist who habitually sleepfloats into the Furthest Ring.
*** Dirk - Has his consciousness split between two bodies. Also, he and Roxy [[spoiler:are the last remaining humans alive hundreds of years into the future of a post-apocalyptic earth, to the point where Dirk claims to have ''raised himself''.]]
*** Jake - So far appears to be okay, except that he had to cremate his beloved grandmother as a prepubescent boy.
*** And that's not even getting into [[LoveDodecahedron the romantic situation]]. Let's just say that [[AllLoveIsUnrequited nobody is happy]] and leave it at that.
** Hussie references this in the book 2 commentary:
--->[[LittleMissSnarker Rose]] is wondering about his anxiety disorder in a way that is shamelessly hopeful. I'm sure nothing would delight her more to play therapist to a group of friends riddled with psychological problems. Luckily for her, those are exactly the sort of friends she has.
* Several of the characters in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' are either borderline psychopathic (Schlock springs to mind, and Elf generally isn't too far behind) or Paranoiac (Lieutenant Pi).
* When ''Webcomic/ElectricWonderland'' begins, Trawn seems selfish and single-minded in her desire to resurrect a dead form of media, and restore edge to a news climate oversaturated with corporate sponsors. NJ doesn't seem to share her passion for journalism and only takes the job out of desperation to find work. Shroomy has an inferiority complex which she masks through her naivete. Aerynn's seemingly endless knowledge of magic made it hard for years for her to connect with others. Torro hasn't matured at all since his college years. Among later additions, Natasha grew up unable to overcome the shadow of her father, developer of the most widely-used brand of antivirus software. Lululu is an impoverished brat who also can't walk because she impusively selected a mermaid's body for her avatar. At least some of these characters [[CharacterizationMarchesOn overcome their flaws before long]], though.
* ''{{Superego}}'''s characters all tend to be somewhat unusual, from boastful [[SmallNameBigEgo Rick]] to not-quite-there [[CloudCuckooLander Juliet.]] [[spoiler:[[HollywoodPersonalityDisorders They even each have a specific personality disorder theme.]]]]
* The four titular '[[VillainProtagonist good guys]]' of ''Webcomic/{{Roommates}}'' are certainly . . . [[TheFairFolk in]][[MadArtist ter]][[ChronicHeroSyndrome est]][[InspectorJavert ing]].
** [[TheFairFolk Jareth]]: Has a family that makes the ''[[Comicbook/XMen Summers]]''' look normal, a childhood crush on a girl who wasn't even born that time (and is extremly confused by his current advances), by definition an alien nature and a SuperpoweredEvilSide. He is very much a SadClown and JerkassWoobie too.
** [[MadArtist Erik]]: Misantrophic, workaholic, can't talk to women, with erratic sleeping patterns, no family and a history of [[AxCrazy violent behavior]].
** [[ChronicHeroSyndrome James]]: WellDoneSonGuy, with a drinking problem and blessed with the knowledge of BeingGoodSucks (died in heroic sacrifice... twice. But got no respect or even a thank you for it. He still has ChronicHeroSyndrome). Also possible candidate to become a part of Jareth's extended family. Resident {{Woobie}}.
** [[InspectorJavert Javert]]: FormerTeenRebel with a family he would rather forget (a criminal for father and a mentally unstable mother who is also related to Jareth), a story that was hellbent on deconstructing everything he ever believed in. This left him extremely cynical. Resident StoicWoobie.
* In ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent'', MissionControl intentionally hired BunnyEarsLawyer types for the expedition due to being low on funds to pay them. That resulted in getting a BookDumb BloodKnight as a captain, a medic who enjoys trolling people, a scout with an AmbiguousDisorder and a DemolitionsExpert with bad OpenMouthInsertFoot tendencies.
* ''Webcomic/{{Spacetrawler}}'' starts off with Nogg, Krep, and Gurf, all of whom have their own issues, from staggering incompetence to utter stupidity - and then they bring on Earthlings without any consent or consideration. Emily was [[RaisedByWolves raised by coyotes]], somehow; Pierrot is a weak pacifist except where animal rights are concerned; the less said about Dustin, the better. The second book has even more dysfunction thus far, especially in regards to Bikkie, the murderous BloodKnight kangaroo.
* The main team in ''Webcomic/TheLastDaysOfFOXHOUND''. The eponymous team consists of a blood-drinking shapeshifter who's lost most of his self-image (Decoy Octopus), an amnesiac idiot (Liquid Snake), an insomniac sniper with some weird personal issues (Sniper Wolf), a misanthropic mass-murdering psychic with deep-seated gynophobia (Psycho Mantis), and the TropeNamer for ChronicBackstabbingDisorder (Revolver Ocelot). Vulcan Raven, an enormous, [[WalkingShirtlessScene perpetually shirtless]] Inuit shaman who guns people down for calling him an "Eskimo", is the ''[[OnlySaneMan voice of reason]]''.
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* ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'': Every character in the series, with the exception of Orel and a few other characters, is seriously messed up. And considering everything that happens to him, the fact he's not seriously messed up is a testament to Orel's emotional and psychological fortitude.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': The point of the BeachEpisode was to get the four dysfunctional teenaged [[AntiVillain villains]] together and spill their guts about their personal issues a la ''The Breakfast Club''. Or maybe that was just an excuse to provide us with {{Fanservice}}. The teenaged heroes [[ParentalAbandonment aren't much better off,]] but being main characters, they handle it with more grace. Although Azula takes her issues perfectly in stride until The Boiling Rock, which shakes her and starts a downward spiral that ends in the finale, at which point [[spoiler: she has a psychotic breakdown, turning into TheCaligula and hallucinating that her MissingMom is talking to her- and violently ''attacking'' the hallucination upon being told "I love you"]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'': Most of it in [[AllThereInTheManual the manual]] (and by manual, we mean [[Comicbook/TeenTitans original comic book]] and occasionally the ''ComicBook/TeenTitansGo'' comic). Raven's DarkAndTroubledPast is the only one which gets any detail, though. Cyborg's, Beast Boy's, and Robin's are only implied through dialogue and visual cues. Starfire seems to be the only one with a normal past until the episode "Go" which {{retcon}}s it into her tragic comic book origin.
** Robin has a pretty obvious traumatic past as he was raised by Batman after his biological parents were killed.
** Beast Boy was infected with a deadly virus in a jungle, then his parents found him a cure that had side effects which turned him ''green'' and made him unstable for a very long time, then his entire family was murdered in front of him, all this when he was just a kid. While he did get taken in by the ComicBook/DoomPatrol, the leader Mento cut him no slack for being a kid who wasn't ready to make tough decisions. At least Robin had the chance to live with Bruce Wayne, who was like a parent figure to him. Raven, too, who lived in a peaceful place like Azarath during her childhood. And let's not talk about Cyborg, whose case is worse than Beast Boy's.
** Cyborg. Victor Stone was the athletically inclined son of a pair of genius scientists, and his relationship with his father was...not great as a result. It got worse when he visited his parents' lab and arrived just in time to see his mother ''eaten alive by an EldritchAbomination'' that was accidentally brought to Earth by his parents' interdimensional portal invention. Then said Abomination got its tentacles on ''him''. After his father managed to teleport the thing away, he rebuilt Victor using cyborg prosthetics he had invented. Victor did not take being turned into a cyborg very well, to put it lightly. Then his long-time girlfriend dumped him because she couldn't handle the changes. He's only able to reconcile with his father after finding out [[spoiler: his dad is dying of radiation poisoning because of the monster that destroyed their family]] -- and they can only spend a few days together before the inevitable. And all of this still pales in comparison to what the rest of the series puts him through.
** Dude, Starfire didn't even know what the word "nice" was until she came to Earth, and the closest word she had on her planet was "weak", she had a CainAndAbel relationship with her sister, and she was sold into slavery by people who experimented on her before attempting to bring her to live out her days as a servant on another planet!
** Raven is half demon. Her father at his nicest just wants her to join the family business of destroying the universes. Her DangerousSixteenthBirthday involved her father trying to destroy the universe, using her to open a magic portal. Oh, and [[ChildByRape her mother didn't give consent]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', nearly every character with a backstory is tragic. Optimus [[spoiler: lost his friend Elita-1 (now Blackarachnia) to giant monster spiders]] and was thrown out of the Elite Guard despite being qualified for the rank of Prime, Ratchet has PTSD from the Great War, and more specifically having to [[spoiler: mindwipe Arcee to save her from Lockdown]], Blackarachnia was turned into a half-organic freak [[spoiler: because of said monster spiders]], Bumblebee was taken out of the running for Elite Guard training because of something that wasn't his fault [[spoiler: and also wound up getting the innocent Wasp arrested for treachery]], Bulkhead was mercilessly teased for his size and clumsiness during boot camp, and Prowl saw his master die before his eyes, with his last words admonishing him for his attempts to save his life.
** In fact, the fates of Elita-1 and Arcee led [[WordOfGod the writers]] to promise that they would make at least one female character without a tragic past during the second season. [[spoiler: Unless you count being cloned from Starscream as tragic.]]
** {{Transformers}} having tragic pasts and psychological issues is a constant no matter WHAT continuity you look at; in fact, many of the minor and toy-only characters, Autobot and Decepticon alike, are defined primarily by their neuroses. It's not like you'd expect a group of aliens who've been fighting for eons on end to stay well-adjusted. ''Comicbook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'' (in the Comics section) is so popular because of how it delves into this.
*** Autobot triple-changer Broadside takes the cake, though. He easily gets seasick and is afraid of heights, so what does he turn into? An ocean-going carrier and a jet fighter!
*** The Stunticons, the second Decepticon [[CombiningMecha combiner team]], are a FiveBadBand Dysfunction Junction, being made up of a fatalist, a psychopath, a schizophrenic, a win-at-all-costs egomaniac, and a tyrannical bully as the leader. When they unite into Menasor, the giant's personality is so messed up that he's not a warrior to command, he's a weapon to point at the enemy and get away from as fast as possible.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', despite being a show high in comedy, is very much this. Finn is a human who is secretly depressed about being the last of his kind (and may have issues with being sexually aroused by violence), Jake's parents are dead (and may have kleptomania issues), Princess Bubblegum has the stress of ruling a kingdom and never being able to be a kid, Marceline has daddy issues, the snail is possessed, the Tart Toter is insane, the Ice King suffers from severe dementia, Cinnamon Bun is brain-damaged, Peppermint Butler is borderline satanic, Lemongrab is practically autistic, LSP is surrounded by horrible idiots... in addition to being more or less of a bratty teenager-- or is that just a teenager [[{{Manchild}} personality]]?
* This trope is a defining feature of WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers, where every major character and most of the minor ones are profoundly damaged.
** Rusty Venture and his father, Jonas Venture Sr. Rusty endured kidnappings and [[ChildrenForcedToKill was forced to kill people at young age]] (once to save his father) among other things. His dad called him ungrateful for not liking his life as a boy-adventurer. Now he's a "SeenItAll" AntiHero[=/=]VillainProtagonist and a bit of an AttentionWhore. He puts his sons through the same adventures (as a result of having his dad's old life forced upon him) [[spoiler: and [[ReplacementGoldfish clones them after they die]].]] He also made a LotusEaterMachine or "Joy Can" PoweredByAForsakenChild.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', some of the characters had issues involving their families. Cartman's mother is a prostitute and he killed his own biological father. Stan has a father who, despite being a geologist, is a complete idiot who constantly takes up crazy activities and careers for the sake of being happy. Kyle has an overprotective mother and a strict father. Kenny and his family are poor, and his dad is sometimes battered by his mom. It could be worse, because... Butters is raised by AbusiveParents, end of story. And Craig's tendency to [[FlippingTheBird flip the bird]] [[ItRunsInTheFamily runs in the family.]]
* Every character in ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' can be defined by various neuroses. (or just being [[TheDitz plain stupid]]).
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', every member of Planet Express has some kind of issue, even if this Trope is played little bit lighter than the rest of the page's examples.
** Fry - the series's UnfazedEveryman -- isn't the sharpest knife in the kitchen because of a TimeParadox that makes him [[MyOwnGrandpa his own grandfather]], and he lost his whole family when he accidentally [[HumanPopsicle froze himself]].
** Leela is a {{cyclops}} orphan with some serious anger issues.
** Bender is a criminal, alcoholic, smoker who has barely a bit of conscience.
** Professor Farnsworth is the MadScientist who is so senile one keeps wondering how he keeps the company up and running.
** [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg Zoidberg]] is the resident ButtMonkey and a really incompetent doctor whose dreams of being a comedian were crushed by his mother.
** When he isn't available, the role passes to [[TheDitz Amy]], AsianAirhead who comes from a rich family but has mean and greedy parents, her father being the worst one.
** The one worker who is [[OnlySaneMan relatively sane and happy]] is [[ObstructiveBureaucrat Hermes]], and he takes strange delight from his job as an ObstructiveBureaucrat right into the point that he is {{Workaholic}} and borderline OCD-patient.
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] when Fry tries to convince Leela that getting phaser eye surgery (to split her one eye into two) is a bad idea:
-->'''Fry:''' The rest of us aren't normal and that's what makes us great! Like Dr. Zoidberg, he's a weird monster who smells like he eats garbage and does.
-->'''Zoidberg:''' Damn right!
-->'''Fry:''' And the Professor's a senile, amoral crackpot.
-->'''Professor:''' *babbles nonsensically*
-->'''Fry:''' Hermes is a Rastafarian accountant...
-->'''Hermes:''' Tally me banana!
-->'''Fry:''' Amy's a klutz from Mars...
-->'''Amy:''' *Drops drinking glass* Sploops!
-->'''Professor:''' And Fry, you've got that brain thing.
-->'''Fry:''' [[CloudCuckoolander I already did!]] So Leela, do you wanna be like us? Or do you wanna be like Adlai, with no severe mental or social problems whatsoever?
* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', we have [[Franchise/{{Batman}} an orphan who saw his parents shot in front of him when he was eight]], TheExile who was [[Franchise/{{WonderWoman}} forced to leave her home]], [[ComicBook/{{MartianManhunter}} two]] [[{{Franchise/Superman}} aliens]] who are the LastOfTheirKind, TheMole, [[{{Franchise/Hawkman}} Hawkgirl]], who first betrayed Earth then did a HeelFaceTurn on her home planet and was subsequently banished from there, and [[Franchise/{{GreenLantern}} a man]] who's serious about his duty most of the time. In fact, [[Franchise/{{TheFlash}} Flash]] is the only one from the Original Seven who doesn't quite fit here... which could tie into the strong implication that without Flash, the entire team would go off the deep end.
* The entire premise of ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'' revolves around this, the host explains in the first episode itself that the competitors were chosen because of how weird and messed-up they seemed in their audition tapes.
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'': Zim is a delusional megalomaniac with sociopathic tendencies; Dib is an obsessive,vicious AntiHero with no friends; Gaz will cause you immense pain for the sake of video games and pizza; and GIR.... is just bat-shit crazy.
* WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons were, in the early years, considered the epitome of dysfunction on television. UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush famously gave an address during which he stated that Americans needed to be 'less like The Simpsons, and more like Series/TheWaltons' [[note]] The show responded with Bart claiming that they were ''just'' like the Waltons, waiting for an end to the depression, too[[/note]]. Today, they are one of the more stable examples of a family on TV, which says a lot when you consider that...
** Homer has been in a downward spiral ever since his mother left to protest evil and his father kept bringing him down when he was little, leaving him a gluttonous, lazy, stupid oaf addicted to TV and beer. The only time he's not doing a half-assed job at home or work, he's going on some crazy, poorly thought-out adventure.
** Marge is a {{housewife}} constantly frustrated by Homer's boorishness, Bart's hell-raising, and her older sisters' belittling. She often goes on crusades to make everything around her as wholesome as possible, and has made several attempts at realizing her talents beyond the home only for them to fall through by way of StatusQuoIsGod.
** Bart constantly raises hell to cope with the fact that he knows he'll never achieve well academically due to genetic predisposition and a lack of focus that not even his best effort can counter. Both parents and teachers offer him little to no faith or support, and often drop everything to be there for Lisa.
** Lisa routinely grapples with [[IntelligenceEqualsIsolation depression and social anxiety due to her above-average intellect]]. Her preachy attitude and inability to accept the less than perfect grades that come from a genuine challenge stem from desperation for as much emotional gratification as possible.
** Maggie seems to be a clean slate, but the fact that she can effectively handle weapons before she's fully learned to walk or talk casts a lot of suspect about her upbringing.
** Really, almost everybody in [[CrapsackWorld Springfield]], from Ned Flanders being a Bible-thumping double widower, Police Chief Wiggum being a lazy, corrupt, incompetent boob, Krusty the Clown being a drug-addled sellout, and many more, is messed up in some way.
* The cast of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' are infamous for their mental breakdowns, which the lead writer admitted was partly due to writing the episodes on a [[CreatorBreakdown tight deadline with lots of coffee]].
** Twilight Sparkle is a neurotic perfectionist NeatFreak frequently terrified into full mental breakdowns by the prospect of academic failure, and who [[NoSocialSkills often fails to grasp basic social rules]].
** Pinkie Pie is [[GenkiGirl hyperactive]] to the point where she’s nearly [[InnocentlyInsensitive incapable of censoring herself]] or [[CloudCuckoolander communicating her thought patterns to others]], and occasionally has displayed a profoundly paranoid side that once resulted in a fully psychotic breakdown (complete with full on hallucinations).
** Fluttershy was [[KidsAreCruel bullied as a child]] and at the beginning of the series [[ShrinkingViolet wasn't even about to speak to a pony she didn’t know]]; she later admits to living her entire life in a state of nervous anxiety. Paradoxically, she also displays a terrifying HairTriggerTemper when pushed, and [[BewareTheNiceOnes has physically assaulted other ponies]] on several occasions.
** Applejack [[StubbornMule takes stubbornness to new extremes]], being willing to flee town and seriously imperil her own health [[SkewedPriorities for comparatively silly reasons]].
** Rainbow Dash, despite being a showoff, ultimately suffers from performance anxiety that at one point left her shuddering in the TroubledFetalPosition -- but she [[CharacterDevelopment ultimately got over it]] and hasn't had problems in that area since, leaving only comparatively mild issues such as {{narcissis|t}}m.
** Rarity is, while a DramaQueen, ultimately the sanest of the group; her only real issue is OCD, and her only breakdown of note was a completely understandable 'humiliated in front of the person she needed to impress to advance her career' FreakOut.
** Spike is plagued with an inferiority complex, given that at times he's seemly being [[ButtMonkey ignored/harassed/outperformed]] by ponies or even being ''replaced'' by a better pet sidekick. At most times, he just [[{{Wangst}} mopes about]]; at his worst, [[TemporarilyAVillain he disintegrates into a]] IneffectualSympatheticVillain.
* Sterling WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}, a womanizing drunkard with who is a jerk to everyone. This is due to his mother hardly being there for him when he was young, and when she is she makes his life miserable. [[RunningGag Cheryl/Carol/Carina/Cristal/Cherlene]] is an insane pyromaniac who is TooKinkyToTorture. Cyril is a {{Crazy Jealous|Guy}} ExtremeDoormat who cheated Lana several times. Even Lana, the OnlySaneWoman, is crazy. She attempts to shoot Archer multiple times when she's angry. [[spoiler: Her semi-HeartwarmingMoment involves her admitting that she still loves him, oh and that ''she stole his sperm to impregnate herself.'']]
* In hindsight, it's amazing how much ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' was [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar able to get away with]] for a kids show in regards to this.
** The titular protagonist is a CosmicPlaything who constantly gets dealt a raw deal, his parents [[NeverFoundTheBody vanished]] years ago while exploring UsefulNotes/SouthAmerica, causing him to live in a rundown boarding house with his grandparents.
** His grandmother is a delusional CloudCuckoolander, and his grandfather is the OnlySaneMan who is constantly driven up the wall by the antics of his wife and his kooky tenants, which considering how eccentric he can get, says a lot about them.
** Said tenants include a UsefulNotes/{{Vietnam}}ese immigrant who suffers from chronic depression due to ''severe'' family issues, a short tempered construction worker who is obsessed with breaking things and is a closet fanboy of the town's local jazz singer, a greedy, selfish deadbeat who constantly blows his money on gambling, much to his wife's chagrin, and a secretive man who is heavily implied to be a government agent.
** Among Arnold's friends, Gerald is mostly normal, but his father is an overbearing penny pincher, his younger sister's a SpoiledBrat, and his older brother's a JerkJock.
** Helga acts like the resident bully, but this ends up being an act as she is in fact ''in love'' with Arnold, but [[LovingBully acts like a bully towards him]] out of both fear and as a result of having lived in a broken home. Her mother's a jobless, chronically depressed drunkard, her father's a greedy, emotionally distant ManipulativeBastard who is obsessed with advancing his beeper company, and her older sister is a hugely successful business woman whose constant success has given Helga a massive inferiority complex.
** Said older sister also has severe problems of her own, thanks to her dad always pushing her to strive for the top, and [[TheBGrade had a breakdown when she thought she had a B+ on her report card]].
** Harold, like Helga, acts like a bully to mask his own insecurities, primarily his weight.
** Eugene is quite possibly the unluckiest person on the planet.
** Sid is mostly normal, but tends to have severe overreactions whenever something bad happens to him (see the germ episode and "Sid's Revenge" for examples).
** Rhonda is the resident RichBitch whose arrogance is kept in check only by her BlackBestFriend.
** Stinky is a dirt poor hillbilly.
** Curly is a maniacal schemer who constantly gets in trouble due to his zany schemes. And that's just the ''main'' characters.
** Lila looks [[ParodySue perfect]] at first glance but comes from an improvised family with a single father. WordOfGod is that she has a hidden darker side but it's never completely shown.
* Basically everyone in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is varying degrees of traumatized by the series' dark {{backstory}}:
** While Garnet is the most strong and stable, she admits that she masks her own weaknesses to bear TheChainsOfCommanding, made worse by the void Rose Quartz has left due to her DeathByChildbirth.
** Amethyst has an inferiority complex regarding the circumstances of her creation.
** Pearl was in love with Rose and tries to get over it by transferring her suicidally obsessive desire to protect from Rose to her son Steven.
** Steven has shown issues with [[MissingMom never having had a chance to know Rose]] and with the stress of [[KidHero being at the epicenter of all this]] and its consequences.
** Lapis Lazuli is severely traumatized by her years being used by the protagonists as an inanimate object and subsequent being used not much better by the villains, to the point of a TakingYouWithMe suicide.
** Onion might have abandonment issues from his father being at sea most of the time, but [[TheVoiceless it's hard to tell]].
** [[spoiler: Peridot]] is neurotic and has NoSocialSkills, and is also, to a point, [[spoiler:a de-powered Gem due to having been created during a resource shortage on Homeworld. Before discovering her ferrokinesis, she had a massive inferiority complex compared to other Gems, and most of her character arc is about dealing with the baggage of FantasticRacism instilled in her on Homeworld.]]
** [[spoiler: Jasper is arguably even worse. She and Rose Quartz both belonged to Pink Diamond before Rose Quartz killed Pink Diamond and rebelled, leaving Jasper to serve a Diamond she wasn't made for and thus doesn't care about. Her personal hangups were damaging enough to lead to her fusing with a corrupted Gem and becoming corrupted herself.]]
** [[spoiler: Even Rose isn't safe from this. While initially being presented as an ethereal goddess-like leader and the ultimate BigGood, she has since been revealed to have killed Pink Diamond and poofing and bubbling Bismuth for wanting to do the same to the other Diamonds, leaving ambiguity as to the order in which these events happened. Bismuth, on that note, turned into a WellIntentionedExtremist willing to go against Crystal Gem ideology to assassinate the Diamond Authority.]]
* The characters of WesternAnimation/GravityFalls have gradually been revealed to be this throughout season two.
** Dipper is a borderline NightmareFetishist with some major self esteem and trust issues. He tries to hide his insecurities by being TheSmartGuy.
** Mabel is an energetic StepfordSmiler who is secretly afraid of growing up and growing apart from her brother, so much so that she was willing to [[spoiler: freeze time]] so that he couldn't leave her. She can also get extremely emotional, showing severe depression in "The Time Travelers Pig" after loosing Waddles.
** Stan is a shyster and conman who has done some very shady things in the past including being in prison on more than one occasion. [[spoiler: "A Tale of Two Stans" reveals he was kicked out of his house as a teenager and all those things that he did was in order to try and get rich so he could return to his family.]]
** Soos spent years waiting for a [[DisappearedDad father that wanted nothing to do with him.]]
** Wendy has a calm demeanor, but reveals that she is actually stressed 24/7 due to her family and just tries to hide it.
** [[spoiler: The author of the journals]] held a petty grudge against his brother for many years and only bothered contacting him when he needed his help. He originally went to Gravity Falls to study the paranormal, but events regarding [[spoiler: the portal and Bill Cipher]] eventually drove him to near insanity.
** Old Man [=McGucket=] was once a highly intelligent, if slightly eccentric, inventor with a family and a fairly normal life... That is until he was exposed to [[spoiler: the portal]]. This lead him to create [[spoiler: The Society of the Blind Eye and erase his own memories]], which in turn drove him more insane.
** [[spoiler: Pacifica Northwest was trained like a dog by her parents and conditioned to obey them every time she heard her father ring a bell, leaving her TERRIFIED at the thought of disobeying them.]] [[AdultFear It's entirely as messed up as it sounds.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' has this in spades:
** Ed is a LethallyStupid CloudCuckooLander who's TheUnfavorite to his [[AbusiveParent emotionally-abusive mother]] and [[ParentalNeglect apathetic father]].
** Edd, the OnlySaneMan, is a SuperOCD DramaQueen who only goes along with his two friend's poorly-planned schemes because they're his only friends and he's too meek to stop them. His parents [[ParentalNeglect are almost never home and communicate with him through a mass amount of sticky notes.]] Although they are implied to be very caring when they're actually there.
** Sarah is an AxCrazy BrattyHalfPint who seems to hate her older brother for merely ''existing.'' Her only redeeming quality is her friendship with [[MoralityPet Jimmy.]]
** Jimmy started off as a FragileFlower who couldn't go two steps without getting horribly injured. CharacterizationMovesOn to make him a MagnificentBastard who gave [[DisproportionateRetribution disproportionate]] and [[MisplacedRetribution misplaced retribution]].
** Kevin is a classic JerkJock who belittles everyone except Rolf and Nazz.
** Nazz is one of the more levelheaded one of the kids, but always proves herself to be NotSoAboveItAll, along with some DumbBlonde attributes.
** Rolf is a FunnyForeigner who is without a doubt the nicest kid to the Eds and everyone else. [[BerserkButton Unless they (normally without knowing it) mock his old country's customs,]] [[BewareTheNiceOnes in which case mercy is forgotten.]]
** Johnny would be a harmless CloudCuckooLander, if not for the influence of his CompanionCube Plank, who manages to commit quite a few violent acts despite being a hunk of wood.
** The Kankers are [[StalkerWithACrush stalkers with crushes]] on the three Eds, as well as generally AxCrazy to anyone who has the misfortune to cross their paths. It's implied to be caused by their neglectful mother who ReallyGetsAround (they may or may not each have different fathers).
** Last, but most certainly not least, is Eddy. Eddy is a ConArtist with [[SmallNameBigEgo an ego bordering on narcissism]], [[{{Greed}} a love for money]], [[HairTriggerTemper a short temper]] and a NapoleonComplex) and wrapped up into a {{Snark Knight}} look on the world. All of which would make him utterly irredeemable, except [[TrueCompanions he truly cares for his true friends and all the effort to get rich and popular is for them, too.]] [[spoiler: TheMovie shed light on ''why'' Eddy acts like this: he was physically tormented by his sadistic older brother (previously said to be TheAce, which Eddy admits was all a lie), making Eddy grow up to believe that [[JerkassFacade acting like his brother]] would help him make friends.]]
* And now we can add ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'':
** Rick is often drunk and almost completely detached from what you and I would call morality due to his SuperIntelligence and experience with things far beyond humanity, as well as an inability to find meaningful happiness [[spoiler:to the point of [[BungledSuicide attempting suicide at least once]]]].
*** There's a commercial starring Rick and Morty for Film/AlienCovenant in which Rick is attacked by a facehugger, which dies within seconds of attaching to Rick. Rick explains that this is due to all the drugs and alcohol in his system.
** Morty is a whiny, horny, teenager who likely has a learning disability and has no experience with the nature and BlueAndOrangeMorality of the bizarre things Rick works with and the repercussions thereof.
** Jerry is an incredibly pathetic man in a failing marriage whose insecurity leads him to believe things that aren't real. As much as he wants to be a decent family man, just about every meaningful or validating moment turn out to be some sort of alien fake.
** Beth, while not as pathetic as Jerry, has similar difficulties swallowing her pride. She is deeply affected by Rick walking out on her when she was little, and as a result tries to gloss over the craziness Rick beings upon the family.
** Summer somehow manages to be least dysfunctional of the family, even though she's a typical teenage girl. Even then, weirdness of Rick's dealings does cause her a fair bit of ache. As did the revelation that her parents were going to have an abortion, but didn't go through with it because they got a flat tyre on the way to the clinic.
* ''WesternAnimation/BoJackHorseman'''s heavy focus on Hollywoo mental complexes results in this. The title character is a deeply depressed and unpleasant man who is discovering that having AbusiveParents, substance abuse issues and fundamentally good intentions doesn't justify his unlikeable behaviour - and that's just the beginning of his problems.
** Princess Carolyn's career makes her miserable and lonely, but she can't leave it due to her addiction to pulling other people out of crises. She also suffers from an inability to have kittens, which has ruined several of her relationships.
** Diane's high intelligence and great potential as a writer contrasts with her job ghostwriting celebrity memoirs and tweets, and even her relatively stable love-life is full of bad communication. Her family treated her awfully when growing up, and her inability to be let go and "just be happy" in her marriage takes a continual mental toll on her. She also suffers [[spoiler:Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after moving to a warzone for a job, and witnessing young children being killed. Upon her return, her failure to do something that matters also weighs heavily on her mind.]]
** Todd and Mr Peanutbutter are the more well-adjusted members of the main cast, but Todd's a directionless millennial whose achievements are systematically sabotaged by [=BoJack=] out of terror Todd will ever leave him, and Mr Peanutbutter is able to thrive in Hollywoo simply because it's as shallow, superficial, attention-deficit and cynical as he is.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': Everyone on the show is seriously messed up. Kaeloo is obsessed with being cute and perfect, Stumpy is an [[TheDitz idiot]] who sucks at everything, Quack Quack is addicted to [[GRatedDrug yogurt]], Mr. Cat is an AxCrazy sadomasochist, Pretty is a shallow, superficial AlphaBitch, Eugly is a shy ExtremeDoormat who spends her time being abused by the others, and Olaf wants to TakeOverTheWorld. There was actually an episode which showed that all of them need intensive psychotherapy.
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