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19th Apr '18 10:06:32 PM Trogdor
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-->'''Diana:''' The one thing that's sure is that there is no cure, but that doesn't mean we don't fight.
10th Apr '18 12:44:18 PM Sixthhokage1
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* In ''Manga/GenkakuPicasso'', the general result is that once Picasso has helped with a person's mental trauma, they get a burst of confidence and understanding and are shown a few days later taking steps to finish overcoming it. Some stories, particularly [[spoiler:[[{{Transsexual}} Hishida]]'s]] ''do'' acknowledge that the person still has a lot work to do in taking their step forward.

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* In ''Manga/GenkakuPicasso'', the general result is that once Picasso has helped with a person's mental trauma, they get a burst of confidence and understanding and are shown a few days later taking steps to finish overcoming it. Some stories, particularly [[spoiler:[[{{Transsexual}} [[spoiler:[[{{transgender}} Hishida]]'s]] ''do'' acknowledge that the person still has a lot work to do in taking their step forward.
16th Nov '17 9:05:45 AM AgentKyles
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After a while, writers may feel that the character has to lose this flaw. In RealLife, deep-seated psychological traumas take years to deal with and cure even in the best case scenario, and most require a lifetime of treatment. In fictionland, however, ThereAreNoTherapists; fortunately, FreudianExcuse, MyGreatestFailure, the HeroicBSOD, InTheBlood, and DysfunctionJunction, can be cured with a simple WhoopiEpiphanySpeech, growing BoredWithInsanity, a friend telling them to [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan cop on]], confiding in someone about your BadDreams, the [[ThePowerOfLove strength]] or [[LoveRedeems redemption]] offered by love, or {{sidekick}}s or TrueCompanions showing them that ThePowerOfFriendship cures all wounds. The writers thus resolve the issue over the course of a single episode (or movie) and call it CharacterDevelopment, often at a cost of WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief. (On the plus side, this trope saves the audience a lot of time.)

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After a while, writers may feel that the character has to lose this flaw. In RealLife, deep-seated psychological traumas take years to deal with and cure even in the best case scenario, and most require a lifetime of treatment.treatment -- [[ScarsAreForever mental scars are]] ''[[ScarsAreForever also]]'' [[ScarsAreForever forever]], after all. In fictionland, however, ThereAreNoTherapists; fortunately, FreudianExcuse, MyGreatestFailure, the HeroicBSOD, InTheBlood, and DysfunctionJunction, can be cured with a simple WhoopiEpiphanySpeech, growing BoredWithInsanity, a friend telling them to [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan cop on]], confiding in someone about your BadDreams, the [[ThePowerOfLove strength]] or [[LoveRedeems redemption]] offered by love, or {{sidekick}}s or TrueCompanions showing them that ThePowerOfFriendship cures all wounds. The writers thus resolve the issue over the course of a single episode (or movie) and call it CharacterDevelopment, often at a cost of WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief. (On the plus side, this trope saves the audience a lot of time.)
18th Oct '17 4:13:58 AM Baeraad555
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* Subverted in ''Series/UnbreakableKimmySchmidt''. Kimmy's arc for Season 2 is realising that many of her dysfunctions are due to unresolved hostility towards her mother for [[ParentalNeglect neglecting her]] and failing to protect her from the [[SinisterMinister the Reverend]]. She finally seeks her mother out and they have [[CallingTheOldManOut a big argument]] which ends with them [[ParentsAsPeople recognising each other's positions]] and reconciling... and then Kimmy accidentally realises that her mother is also the cause of ''other'' hangups that she hadn't even thought to blame her for. She has an ImagineSpot about starting to yell at her mother over it... and then doesn't, but cordially says goodbye. Getting some long-overdue catharsis was probably necessary for her healing process, but it's not going to fix all her trauma in one go.
11th Sep '17 12:11:02 PM Piterpicher
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* Zigzagged but largely falling on the side of aversion with ''VideoGame/StardewValley''. A lot of the people you meet have surprisingly deep issues, and befriending them does ''not'' magically fix them; at best, getting closer lets them open up to you more (and thus you find out more about their problems) and you can be there for them when needs be. Marrying a BrokenBird can be hit-and-miss; [[spoiler:Sebastian]] gets some much-needed direction in his life and gets some appreciation from his family for once while [[spoiler:Abigail]] finally has the freedom to follow her dream, but [[Spoiler:Shane]] still suffers the consequences of [[spoiler:long-term alcoholism]].

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* Zigzagged but largely falling on the side of aversion with ''VideoGame/StardewValley''. A lot of the people you meet have surprisingly deep issues, and befriending them does ''not'' magically fix them; at best, getting closer lets them open up to you more (and thus you find out more about their problems) and you can be there for them when needs be. Marrying a BrokenBird can be hit-and-miss; [[spoiler:Sebastian]] gets some much-needed direction in his life and gets some appreciation from his family for once while [[spoiler:Abigail]] finally has the freedom to follow her dream, but [[Spoiler:Shane]] [[spoiler:Shane]] still suffers the consequences of [[spoiler:long-term alcoholism]].
18th Jul '17 5:22:11 AM AdamC
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** Cleverly averted in ''ComicBook/DarkAvengers.'' Norman Osborn pulls this on The Sentry to shake him out of an existential crisis, essentially just getting him to accept the "The Void" isn't real and he's in total control of his own life. Not only does this fail spectacularly, it sets up that Norman is transparently doing the same thing to his Goblin persona; trying and failing to convince himself that he's stable and will continue to be so as long as he keeps up the act.
10th Jun '17 2:18:48 PM nombretomado
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Writers sometimes try to add depth to their characters by giving them some sort of psychological problem -- [[SingleIssuePsychology always exactly one, neatly-explainable problem]]. Maybe they [[DoesNotLikeMen hate men]] due to a previous abusive relationship. Maybe the [[DarkAndTroubledPast memory of their dead little sister]] keeps getting them down. Or perhaps [[CartwrightCurse constantly having their girlfriend]] [[WomenInRefrigerators locked in a refrigerator]] causes them to drive potential [[LoveInterests lovers]] away due to [[ItsNotYouItsMe fear for their safety.]]

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Writers sometimes try to add depth to their characters by giving them some sort of psychological problem -- [[SingleIssuePsychology always exactly one, neatly-explainable problem]]. Maybe they [[DoesNotLikeMen hate men]] due to a previous abusive relationship. Maybe the [[DarkAndTroubledPast memory of their dead little sister]] keeps getting them down. Or perhaps [[CartwrightCurse constantly having their girlfriend]] [[WomenInRefrigerators [[Website/WomenInRefrigerators locked in a refrigerator]] causes them to drive potential [[LoveInterests lovers]] away due to [[ItsNotYouItsMe fear for their safety.]]
1st May '17 9:13:45 AM Mooncalf
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* Zigzagged but largely falling on the side of aversion with ''VideoGame/StardewValley''. A lot of the people you meet have surprisingly deep issues, and befriending them does ''not'' magically fix them; at best, getting closer lets them open up to you more (and thus you find out more about their problems) and you can be there for them when needs be. Marrying a BrokenBird can be hit-and-miss; [[spoiler:Sebastian]] gets some much-needed direction in his life and gets some appreciation from his family for once while [[spoiler:Abigail]] finally has the freedom to follow her dream, but [[Spoiler:Shane]] still suffers the consequences of [[spoiler:long-term alcoholism]].
29th Apr '17 1:17:33 PM nombretomado
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* ''Franchise/TokimekiMemorial 4'' has [[spoiler: Okura Miyako]]. While she initially seems just fine, when the 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]].

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* ''Franchise/TokimekiMemorial ''VisualNovel/TokimekiMemorial 4'' has [[spoiler: Okura Miyako]]. While she initially seems just fine, when the 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]].
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.
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