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7th Mar '17 2:10:18 PM Chariset
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* ''Franchise/TokimekiMemorial 4'' has [[spoiler: Okura Miyako]]. While she initially seems just fine, when the protagonits asks her out on a date, then wonders about a rabbit-doll she carries around and later makes a joke about how she'll become a great wife, due to her wonderful cooking, to some guy in the future, she completely breaks. Her dialogue revolves mostly around [[spoiler: things she and the protagonist did as kids]], showing how important is it to her. [[spoiler: Miyako breaks when she feels that the protagonist only [[PrankDate asked her out on a date as a joke]] ''and'' realizes that he has forgotten, or doesn't care about, their childhood events and that they made the rabbit-doll she carries around together. At this point, Miyako breaks and flat-out goes {{Yandere}} on the protagonist, making him fight the rabbit-doll if he goes on a date with another girl, purposefully cooks him terrible food and gives it to him to eat and overall talks in a very creepy tone of voice.]] The protagonist must date her for a prolonged time when this happens, but the big change comes in one scene where [[spoiler: Miyako lost the rabbit-doll's button eye next to the river and is frantically searching for it. The protagonist "heals" Miyako by telling her that, since they can't find the button, they should give up and rips a button off of his high school uniform and that she should use it for the doll's new eye]].

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* ''Franchise/TokimekiMemorial 4'' has [[spoiler: Okura Miyako]]. While she initially seems just fine, when the protagonits protagonists asks her out on a date, then wonders about a rabbit-doll she carries around and later makes a joke about how she'll become a great wife, due to her wonderful cooking, to some guy in the future, she completely breaks. Her dialogue revolves mostly around [[spoiler: things she and the protagonist did as kids]], showing how important is it to her. [[spoiler: Miyako breaks when she feels that the protagonist only [[PrankDate asked her out on a date as a joke]] ''and'' realizes that he has forgotten, or doesn't care about, their childhood events and that they made the rabbit-doll she carries around together. At this point, Miyako breaks and flat-out goes {{Yandere}} on the protagonist, making him fight the rabbit-doll if he goes on a date with another girl, purposefully cooks him terrible food and gives it to him to eat and overall talks in a very creepy tone of voice.]] The protagonist must date her for a prolonged time when this happens, but the big change comes in one scene where [[spoiler: Miyako lost the rabbit-doll's button eye next to the river and is frantically searching for it. The protagonist "heals" Miyako by telling her that, since they can't find the button, they should give up and rips a button off of his high school uniform and that she should use it for the doll's new eye]].eye]].
* Several times in the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' games:
** Initial antagonist Miles Edgeworth has a near-breakdown in court (after Phoenix acquits him of a murder he's been framed for) because he's convinced he accidentally shot and killed his father fifteen years prior. Phoenix is able to demonstrate that it was Manfred von Karma, Edgeworth's mentor, and the shock makes him completely rethink his life and decide to find a way to prosecute for noble reasons.
** In ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'', Athena Cykes also has a breakdown in court because she believed she'd killed her mother -- she remembers stabbing someone in her mother's lab, at any rate. Again, Phoenix connects the clues to pin the blame on the rightful culprit, freeing both Athena and an innocent man who confessed to the crime to protect her. To increase the irony, ''Edgeworth'' was the one who pushed her until she unlocked her repressed memory of the stabbing.
9th Feb '17 8:47:39 AM Kakai
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* In ''Literature/TheWitchlands'', Safi has huge problems with being proactive, and often prefers to ignore her problems until they become unavoidable. While she's been making strides to overcome this, when she has a near-death experience, the narrative explicitely calls it the epiphany that made her shift from being reactive to being active.



* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'': Issues didn't tend to stay cured whether they were fears of losing each other, the desire for a normal life or realising that relationships require compromise to make them work.

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* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'': Issues didn't tend to stay cured cured, whether they were fears of losing each other, the desire for a normal life or realising that relationships require compromise to make them work.
11th Jan '17 10:05:29 PM ShiroAkuma
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** Vitti repeatedly thinks he's cured after minor epiphanies (some of which don't necessarily apply), and leaves treatment despite his psychologist insisting that there's much more buried beneath. Of course, he ends up still screwed up.

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** Vitti repeatedly thinks he's cured after minor epiphanies (some of which don't necessarily apply), and leaves treatment despite his psychologist insisting that there's much more buried beneath.underneath. Of course, he ends up still screwed up.
11th Dec '16 2:16:44 AM Xtifr
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* "Ailurophobe" by Creator/Anthony Boucher had the main character go through this therapy to cure his morbid fear of cats (he couldn't even stand to hear words including the syllable "cat"). Under hypnosis, he realized it derived from an early childhood incident when he nearly died because of an abusive nanny named "Kitty." He was cured of fearing cats; now he had a phobia of ''women''. Ironic, since it was his fiancee who'd wanted him to get over the original phobia.

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* "Ailurophobe" by Creator/Anthony Boucher Creator/AnthonyBoucher had the main character go through this therapy to cure his morbid fear of cats (he couldn't even stand to hear words including the syllable "cat"). Under hypnosis, he realized it derived from an early childhood incident when he nearly died because of an abusive nanny named "Kitty." He was cured of fearing cats; now he had a phobia of ''women''. Ironic, since it was his fiancee who'd wanted him to get over the original phobia.
11th Dec '16 2:06:28 AM Xtifr
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* "Ailurophobe" by Anthony Boucher had the main character go through this therapy to cure his morbid fear of cats (he couldn't even stand to hear words including the syllable "cat"). Under hypnosis, he realized it derived from an early childhood incident when he nearly died because of an abusive nanny named "Kitty." He was cured of fearing cats; now he had a phobia of '''women'''. Ironic, since it was his fiancee who'd wanted him to get over the original phobia.

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* "Ailurophobe" by Anthony Creator/Anthony Boucher had the main character go through this therapy to cure his morbid fear of cats (he couldn't even stand to hear words including the syllable "cat"). Under hypnosis, he realized it derived from an early childhood incident when he nearly died because of an abusive nanny named "Kitty." He was cured of fearing cats; now he had a phobia of '''women'''.''women''. Ironic, since it was his fiancee who'd wanted him to get over the original phobia.
21st Nov '16 10:52:30 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* ''WesternAnimation/RoughnecksStarshipTroopersChronicles'' had Dizzy being claustrophobic. With their survival on the line, the team's resident psychic "removed" her claustrophobia and made her a {{Badass}} again. It's a pretty dangerous procedure (as they point out to her before she consents to it) and they wouldn't dare try it if their lives weren't on the line. So instant psychic therapy isn't exactly an easy way out, just a fast one.

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* ''WesternAnimation/RoughnecksStarshipTroopersChronicles'' had Dizzy being claustrophobic. With their survival on the line, the team's resident psychic "removed" her claustrophobia and made her a {{Badass}} badass again. It's a pretty dangerous procedure (as they point out to her before she consents to it) and they wouldn't dare try it if their lives weren't on the line. So instant psychic therapy isn't exactly an easy way out, just a fast one.
7th Nov '16 4:29:43 PM dianastills
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* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': When Marshall's very-much-loved fiance just up and left him one night to go to San Francisco, he spent a long time crying, sitting in his apartment in his underwear, and trying to contact her. The rest of the gang supports him and does various things to try and help him get over her, but to no avail. During a talk about the matter with Ted, Marshall has an epiphany and decides that he's going to stop being so pathetic and start living again. Ted narrates that then it didn't happen, because "that's not how life works." Next morning, something reminds Marshall is reminded of Lily and he's right back to pathetic. But a couple of weeks later, he takes the first step towards moving on, and Ted narrates that the only thing that can fix a broken heart is time.

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* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': When Marshall's very-much-loved fiance just up and left him one night to go to San Francisco, he spent a long time crying, sitting in his apartment in his underwear, and trying to contact her. The rest of the gang supports him and does various things to try and help him get over her, but to no avail. During a talk about the matter with Ted, Marshall has an epiphany and decides that he's going to stop being so pathetic and start living again. Ted narrates that then it didn't happen, because "that's not how life works." Next morning, something reminds Marshall is reminded of Lily and he's right back to pathetic. But a couple of weeks later, he takes the first step towards moving on, and Ted narrates that the only thing that can fix a broken heart is time.
31st Jul '16 10:25:27 AM nombretomado
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* The ComicBook/MartianManhunter had a deep seated fear of fire as his AchillesHeel, which made the second most powerful being in DCComics Earth vulnerable to matches. Thanks to some epiphany therapy with a flame powered hottie, he managed to remove the fear... only to discover it was a mental block placed by non-NeglectfulPrecursors to avoid his species becoming [[AlwaysChaoticEvil psychotic fire demons]] drunk on power.

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* The ComicBook/MartianManhunter had a deep seated fear of fire as his AchillesHeel, which made the second most powerful being in DCComics Creator/DCComics Earth vulnerable to matches. Thanks to some epiphany therapy with a flame powered hottie, he managed to remove the fear... only to discover it was a mental block placed by non-NeglectfulPrecursors to avoid his species becoming [[AlwaysChaoticEvil psychotic fire demons]] drunk on power.
28th Jul '16 12:42:02 PM Willbyr
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* Similar to [[StarWars Darth Vader]] below, this is what happened to [[strike:Darth]] [[TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget Yomi]] from ''Anime/GaReiZero''. Basically, she experienced a barrage of trauma and this led her to slaughtering lots and lots of people. But she did realize how much she loves her little sister Kagura [[spoiler: [[ShootTheDog as Kagura killed her to stop her]] RoaringRampageOfRevenge]], [[DyingAsYourself allowing her to die as herself]]. [[spoiler: This is repeated in the final volume of the manga.]]

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* Similar to [[StarWars [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader]] below, this is what happened to [[strike:Darth]] [[TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget Yomi]] from ''Anime/GaReiZero''. Basically, she experienced a barrage of trauma and this led her to slaughtering lots and lots of people. But she did realize how much she loves her little sister Kagura [[spoiler: [[ShootTheDog as Kagura killed her to stop her]] RoaringRampageOfRevenge]], [[DyingAsYourself allowing her to die as herself]]. [[spoiler: This is repeated in the final volume of the manga.]]



* In ''FruitsBasket'', all of the Sohma family have deep-seated emotional problems, and while Tohru helps a number of them quite a lot, progress is realistically slow. For example, in the manga, [[spoiler: it seems like Tohru discovering Kyo's true form is going to be a case of EpiphanyTherapy, but Kyo is largely unchanged in the next volume - just somewhat happier and more trusting of Tohru. He still has major issues around being the cat from the Zodiac.]]

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* In ''FruitsBasket'', ''Manga/FruitsBasket'', all of the Sohma family have deep-seated emotional problems, and while Tohru helps a number of them quite a lot, progress is realistically slow. For example, in the manga, [[spoiler: it seems like Tohru discovering Kyo's true form is going to be a case of EpiphanyTherapy, but Kyo is largely unchanged in the next volume - just somewhat happier and more trusting of Tohru. He still has major issues around being the cat from the Zodiac.]]
24th Jul '16 10:47:17 PM rehberre
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* Averted in ''VideoGame/BaldursGateIIShadowsOfAmn''. Each of the original romanceable characters have their own issues, and it takes ''a lot'' of time (and sensible dialogue choices) for whomever you choose to deal with his/her problems, let alone move past them. If you continue the romance through ''Throne of Bhaal'', this even becomes a DefiedTrope -- [[spoiler: your love interest is forced to confront a wraith masquerading as someone from his/her past that strikes at their deepest fear or doubt.]] Some of them even say that it will take more than comforting words or a good snuggle to help them get over it.
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