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10th Jun '17 9:53:43 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** In [[TheAntichrist Ishamael's]] backstory, he was a brilliant and world-renowned philosopher, until be became GenreSavvy to the fact that his world runs on EternalRecurrance. This revelation set him on a downward spiral of madness and nihilism that culminated in him becoming an OmnicidalManiac [[spoiler: and DeathSeeker]].

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** In [[TheAntichrist Ishamael's]] backstory, he was a brilliant and world-renowned philosopher, until be became GenreSavvy to the fact aware that his world runs on EternalRecurrance. This revelation set him on a downward spiral of madness and nihilism that culminated in him becoming an OmnicidalManiac [[spoiler: and DeathSeeker]].



** ''TabletopGame/CthulhuTech'', on the other hand, plays with this. Reading arcane texts, for example, can slowly drive you over the brink, as you'd expect exposure to the Necronomicon would. So does exposure to god-like aliens or their avatars or anything else that every natural law is struggling against. Realizing that the [[BodyHorror Doahanoids]] you [[ShootTheDog vaporized with a charge cannon]] ''weren't'' isn't good for your grip on reality, either. However, since the JapaneseMediaTropes the game adds to the Mythos call for a certain level of idealism, society at large is [[GenreSavvy entirely aware of these effects]], and [[ThereAreNoTherapists There Are Therapists]] to reduce or eliminate the dementia characters gain.

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** ''TabletopGame/CthulhuTech'', on the other hand, plays with this. Reading arcane texts, for example, can slowly drive you over the brink, as you'd expect exposure to the Necronomicon would. So does exposure to god-like aliens or their avatars or anything else that every natural law is struggling against. Realizing that the [[BodyHorror Doahanoids]] you [[ShootTheDog vaporized with a charge cannon]] ''weren't'' isn't good for your grip on reality, either. However, since the JapaneseMediaTropes the game adds to the Mythos call for a certain level of idealism, society at large is [[GenreSavvy entirely aware of these effects]], effects, and [[ThereAreNoTherapists There Are Therapists]] to reduce or eliminate the dementia characters gain.



** In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag'', the GenreSavvy Sage kills the RedShirt pirates brought along on the journey to the Observatory because they would go mad if they saw what's inside; Edward, on the other hand, he believes is made of sterner stuff.

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** In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag'', the GenreSavvy Sage kills the RedShirt pirates brought along on the journey to the Observatory because they would go mad if they saw what's inside; Edward, on the other hand, he believes is made of sterner stuff.
31st May '17 4:24:40 PM libertydude
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* In ''Film/IShotJesseJames'', Robert Ford completely loses it when he learns [[spoiler: that his LoveInterest Cynthy is leaving him for his rival John Kelley]].
21st May '17 11:16:34 AM AthenaBlue
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* In ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'', [[spoiler:Tobias Ragg]] goes insane upon finding out just what Sweeney and Mrs. Lovett have been getting up to in the evil basement (in particular [[HumanResources what is actually in the pies he's been eating]]). By the time he gets out of the basement, [[LockedIntoStrangeness his hair has gone completely white]] and he eventually [[spoiler:slits the title character's throat with his own razor]] before proceeding to [[spoiler:continue to turn the crank on the grinder]]. In the film version, the [[spoiler:killing sequence]] is more of a calm TranquilFury than anything else.
* ''Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire'': Stanley rapes Blanche in an attempt to invoke RapePortrayedAsRedemption, but Blanche, who's already a little nutty, has a total breakdown instead and falls into permanent insanity. It really is as heartbreaking and disturbing as it sounds.

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* In ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'', [[spoiler:Tobias Ragg]] goes insane upon finding ''Theatre/{{Brand}}'': The trope may also be played out just what Sweeney and Mrs. Lovett have been getting up to in on Agnes, because she has a very clear revelation at the evil basement (in particular [[HumanResources what is actually in the pies he's been eating]]). By the time he gets out end of the basement, [[LockedIntoStrangeness his hair has gone completely white]] and he eventually [[spoiler:slits fourth act, citing the title character's throat with his own razor]] before proceeding to [[spoiler:continue to turn the crank on the grinder]]. In the film version, the [[spoiler:killing sequence]] is more of a calm TranquilFury than anything else.
* ''Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire'': Stanley rapes Blanche in an attempt to invoke RapePortrayedAsRedemption, but Blanche, who's already a little nutty, has a total breakdown instead and falls into permanent insanity. It really is as heartbreaking and disturbing as it sounds.
biblical thesis that those that see God, dies from it. Agnes dies shortly after this.



* Theatre/{{Brand}}: The trope may also be played out on Agnes, because she has a very clear revelation at the end of the fourth act, citing the biblical thesis that those that see God, dies from it. Agnes dies shortly after this.

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* Theatre/{{Brand}}: The trope may also be played out on Agnes, because she ''Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire'': Stanley rapes Blanche in an attempt to invoke RapePortrayedAsRedemption, but Blanche, who's already a little nutty, has a very clear revelation at total breakdown instead and falls into permanent insanity. It really is as heartbreaking and disturbing as it sounds.
* In ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'', [[spoiler:Tobias Ragg]] goes insane upon finding out just what Sweeney and Mrs. Lovett have been getting up to in
the end evil basement (in particular [[HumanResources what is actually in the pies he's been eating]]). By the time he gets out of the fourth act, citing basement, [[LockedIntoStrangeness his hair has gone completely white]] and he eventually [[spoiler:slits the biblical thesis that those that see God, dies from it. Agnes dies shortly after this. title character's throat with his own razor]] before proceeding to [[spoiler:continue to turn the crank on the grinder]]. In the film version, the [[spoiler:killing sequence]] is more of a calm TranquilFury than anything else.
21st May '17 11:15:34 AM AthenaBlue
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* In ''Disney/BigHero6'', Hiro discovers that [[spoiler: Professor Callahan is alive and was Yokai the whole time, and that his brother Tadashi died for nothing]], prompting him to [[spoiler: reprogram Baymax into a killing machine to destroy him]].
* In ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', Elsa fled her kingdom Arendelle and built her own ice palace on a distant mountain, mistakenly believing that Arendelle would be safe from her dangerous power. When Anna delivers the news that Elsa in fact unleashed an eternal winter, Elsa is sent into a flurry of panic that leads her to [[spoiler: freeze Anna's heart.]]



* In ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', Elsa fled her kingdom Arendelle and built her own ice palace on a distant mountain, mistakenly believing that Arendelle would be safe from her dangerous power. When Anna delivers the news that Elsa in fact unleashed an eternal winter, Elsa is sent into a flurry of panic that leads her to [[spoiler: freeze Anna's heart.]]
* In ''Disney/BigHero6'', Hiro discovers that [[spoiler: Professor Callahan is alive and was Yokai the whole time, and that his brother Tadashi died for nothing]], prompting him to [[spoiler: reprogram Baymax into a killing machine to destroy him]].



[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/Oldboy2003'' Oh Dae-su discovers [[spoiler: the girl he had sex with was his daughter]], madness and [[spoiler: cutting out his tongue]] followed.
* In ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'', the Crystal Skull itself contains immense psychic power and knowledge, which turns Harold Oxley into a gibbering lunatic and almost Indiana Jones as well. [[spoiler:Though he regains his sanity once the skull is returned to Akator.]]
** [[spoiler:The Aliens at the climax also have incredible knowledge, which reduces the knowledge-hungry Soviet agent, Irina Spalko, to madness and then dust .]]
* In ''Film/DarkCity'', detective Eddie Walenski is driven mad by the revelation that [[spoiler:the City and everyone's identity is being mercilessly torn apart and remade by aliens, repeatedly.]] He compulsively draws spiral shapes on the walls of his room, refuses to acknowledge his wife's identity, and rounds off the evening by jumping in front of a train.
* During the ending of ''Film/InTheMouthOfMadness,'' after witnessing the collapse of human civilization in a rising tide of madness and mutation, John Trent cracks when he discovers that the [[TomeOfEldritchLore nightmarish book that did the deed]] was just a novelisation of everything he did in the last few days. He finds this out by watching the film adaptation.
* The Fourth Mistress in the movie ''Film/RaiseTheRedLantern'' was pushed over the edge when she saw the dead body [[spoiler:of the Third Mistress after her execution]].
* In the SlasherMovie ''Film/TerrorTrain'', poor Kenny finds out his designated "date" for the evening sitting in the bed is actually a corpse set there by his med schooler "friends". It drives him insane, leading him to get institutionalized and returning after couple of years to exact revenge upon everyone involved.
* Parodied in ''National Lampoon's Class Reunion'', in which the AxCrazy Walter got that way when he was set up for a masked tryst by his classmates, only to discover that the girl they'd recruited to hook up with him was [[spoiler: his own twin sister]].
* ''Film/BramStokersDracula'': Keanu Reeves' Jon Harker seems to have an episode of this when Dracula feeds his brides. He gets better.

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* In ''Film/Oldboy2003'' Oh Dae-su discovers [[spoiler: the girl he had sex with was his daughter]], madness and [[spoiler: cutting out his tongue]] followed.
* In ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'', the Crystal Skull itself contains immense psychic power and knowledge, which turns Harold Oxley into a gibbering lunatic and almost Indiana Jones as well. [[spoiler:Though he regains his sanity once the skull is returned to Akator.]]
** [[spoiler:The Aliens at the climax also have incredible knowledge, which reduces the knowledge-hungry Soviet agent, Irina Spalko, to madness and then dust .]]
* In ''Film/DarkCity'', detective Eddie Walenski is driven mad by the revelation that [[spoiler:the City and everyone's identity is being mercilessly torn apart and remade by aliens, repeatedly.]] He compulsively draws spiral shapes on the walls of his room, refuses to acknowledge his wife's identity, and rounds off the evening by jumping in front of a train.
* During the ending of ''Film/InTheMouthOfMadness,'' after witnessing the collapse of human civilization in a rising tide of madness and mutation, John Trent cracks when he discovers that the [[TomeOfEldritchLore nightmarish book that did the deed]] was just a novelisation of everything he did in the last few days. He finds this out by watching the film adaptation.
* The Fourth Mistress in the movie ''Film/RaiseTheRedLantern'' was pushed over the edge when she saw the dead body [[spoiler:of the Third Mistress after her execution]].
* In the SlasherMovie ''Film/TerrorTrain'', poor Kenny finds out his designated "date" for the evening sitting in the bed is actually a corpse set there by his med schooler "friends". It drives him insane, leading him to get institutionalized and returning after couple of years to exact revenge upon everyone involved.
* Parodied in ''National Lampoon's Class Reunion'', in which the AxCrazy Walter got that way when he was set up for a masked tryst by his classmates, only to discover that the girl they'd recruited to hook up with him was [[spoiler: his own twin sister]].
* ''Film/BramStokersDracula'': Keanu Reeves' Jon Harker seems to have an episode of this when Dracula feeds his brides. He gets better.
Live-Action]]



* Loki from the new film ''Film/{{Thor}}'' after discovering [[spoiler: he is a Frost Giant]]. While he was already a bit unstable to start with [[spoiler: having allowed a few Frost Giants into Asgard for "a bit of fun" (and to discredit Thor)]], this was what truly tips him over the edge.
* When the mummified corpse of Imhotep comes back to life in original ''Film/TheMummy1932'', the archeologist who saw it went insane.
-->"He went for a little walk! You should have seen his face! HAHAHAHA!"
* This trope, mixed with HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace, is essentially the plot of ''Film/EventHorizon''. [[spoiler: The test run of the titular ship's hyperdrive sent it beyond the edge of the universe where the crew experienced something that can only be described as Hell. When the rescue crew watches the video logs on the now deserted ship after it returned from the journey they see the former crew engaging in various deranged acts of graphic self-mutilation after the madness of the place took them over.]]
* Implied with Father Brennan in ''Film/TheOmen1976''. [[spoiler: It turns out he was a former follower of Satan who freaked after witnessing Damien's birth.]] When Robert Thorn and Keith Jennings go to Brennan's residence, they find the walls plastered with crucifixes, pages of the Bible and other religious artifacts.
* ''Film/{{Creepshow}}''. After watching two people get eaten by the thing in "The Crate," Dex Stanley raves and giggles when he appears at Henry's house. He gets better.
* In ''Film/TheMatrix'', Morpheus suggested that adults freed from the Matrix have an exceptionally hard time adjusting to the real world, why is why they normally don't free people after they reach a certain age. A character remarked "We're gonna kill him. You understand that?" and "He's gonna pop!" on two different occasions regarding Neo reeling from TheReveal.
* ''Film/DarkAngelTheAscent'': One of the two detectives investigating the vigilante killer has the bad luck of finding out Veronica's true nature in a frightful vision the demon girl projects in his mind. He's a shivering wreck for the rest of the film and promptly calls off the investigation.



* ''Film/BramStokersDracula'': Keanu Reeves' Jon Harker seems to have an episode of this when Dracula feeds his brides. He gets better.
* ''Film/{{Creepshow}}''. After watching two people get eaten by the thing in "The Crate", Dex Stanley raves and giggles when he appears at Henry's house. He gets better.
* ''Film/DarkAngelTheAscent'': One of the two detectives investigating the vigilante killer has the bad luck of finding out Veronica's true nature in a frightful vision the demon girl projects in his mind. He's a shivering wreck for the rest of the film and promptly calls off the investigation.
* In ''Film/DarkCity'', detective Eddie Walenski is driven mad by the revelation that [[spoiler:the City and everyone's identity is being mercilessly torn apart and remade by aliens, repeatedly.]] He compulsively draws spiral shapes on the walls of his room, refuses to acknowledge his wife's identity, and rounds off the evening by jumping in front of a train.
* This trope, mixed with HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace, is essentially the plot of ''Film/EventHorizon''. [[spoiler: The test run of the titular ship's hyperdrive sent it beyond the edge of the universe where the crew experienced something that can only be described as Hell. When the rescue crew watches the video logs on the now deserted ship after it returned from the journey they see the former crew engaging in various deranged acts of graphic self-mutilation after the madness of the place took them over.]]
* In ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'', the Crystal Skull itself contains immense psychic power and knowledge, which turns Harold Oxley into a gibbering lunatic and almost Indiana Jones as well. [[spoiler:Though he regains his sanity once the skull is returned to Akator.]]
** [[spoiler:The Aliens at the climax also have incredible knowledge, which reduces the knowledge-hungry Soviet agent, Irina Spalko, to madness and then dust .]]
* During the ending of ''Film/InTheMouthOfMadness'', after witnessing the collapse of human civilization in a rising tide of madness and mutation, John Trent cracks when he discovers that the [[TomeOfEldritchLore nightmarish book that did the deed]] was just a novelisation of everything he did in the last few days. He finds this out by watching the film adaptation.
* In ''Film/TheMatrix'', Morpheus suggested that adults freed from the Matrix have an exceptionally hard time adjusting to the real world, why is why they normally don't free people after they reach a certain age. A character remarked "We're gonna kill him. You understand that?" and "He's gonna pop!" on two different occasions regarding Neo reeling from TheReveal.
* When the mummified corpse of Imhotep comes back to life in original ''Film/TheMummy1932'', the archeologist who saw it went insane.
-->"He went for a little walk! You should have seen his face! HAHAHAHA!"
* Parodied in ''National Lampoon's Class Reunion'', in which the AxeCrazy Walter got that way when he was set up for a masked tryst by his classmates, only to discover that the girl they'd recruited to hook up with him was [[spoiler: his own twin sister]].
* In ''Film/Oldboy2003'' Oh Dae-su discovers [[spoiler: the girl he had sex with was his daughter]], madness and [[spoiler: cutting out his tongue]] followed.
* Implied with Father Brennan in ''Film/TheOmen1976''. [[spoiler: It turns out he was a former follower of Satan who freaked after witnessing Damien's birth.]] When Robert Thorn and Keith Jennings go to Brennan's residence, they find the walls plastered with crucifixes, pages of the Bible and other religious artifacts.
* The Fourth Mistress in the movie ''Film/RaiseTheRedLantern'' was pushed over the edge when she saw the dead body [[spoiler:of the Third Mistress after her execution]].



* In the SlasherMovie ''Film/TerrorTrain'', poor Kenny finds out his designated "date" for the evening sitting in the bed is actually a corpse set there by his med schooler "friends". It drives him insane, leading him to get institutionalized and returning after couple of years to exact revenge upon everyone involved.
* Loki from ''Film/{{Thor}}'' after discovering [[spoiler: he is a Frost Giant]]. While he was already a bit unstable to start with [[spoiler: having allowed a few Frost Giants into Asgard for "a bit of fun" (and to discredit Thor)]], this was what truly tips him over the edge.



* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', The Helmet of Nabu reveals the fate of everyone to the wearer and drives them insane.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' both pokes fun at this trope and plays it straight. One theory on the Reavers is that were men who were driven insane by seeing the edge of space. Not only is this theory eventually shown to be wrong, but Jayne is immediately puzzled: he's been out there, and it just looks like more space. However, at one point the Reavers intentionally induce Reaver-like insanity in one victim by killing the rest of his shipmates while he is ForcedToWatch. TheMovie reveals that at least part of River's psychosis was the result of [[spoiler:learning what happened on Miranda]].
** River suffers from this as she is forcibly turned into a psychic. She has no control at first and is paraded around various people of power and influence as an example of the success of the program, all the while learning things that she has no desire to know about, Miranda being the prime example. She was learning about it ''subconsciously''. Imagine learning about the holocaust by reading the minds of the Nazis who were there. It would drive you crazy due to the sheer horror. Once she had conscious knowledge of Miranda and was able to finally free herself of the burden she gets noticeably better. Which isn't to say it made her sane.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** Having sex with a Deltan makes one go mad. [[TakeOurWordForIt Or so we've heard.]] More precisely, the sex is apparently so ''good'' that Terrans, at least, have trouble coping afterwards, unless they're Captain James Tiberius Kirk. Then the sex was sorta "meh".
** The ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Original Series]]'' episode "Is There in Truth No Beauty?" revolves around Kollos, an ambassador of the [[EnergyBeings Medusan race]], whose physical appearance is so hideous -- or maybe so beautiful -- that any humanoid who looks at them directly goes insane. Kollos, in contrast with Shoggoths and Eldritch horrors, is clearly a good guy.
** Commodore Decker in "The Doomsday Weapon" is so traumatized by the fact that the titular weapon killed his crew when it attacked the planet he evacuated them to, he decides to commandeer the ''Enterprise'' on a suicide mission to stop it. What makes this bad is that everyone knows he's lost his mind, but since [=McCoy=] can't get him to stop and get him examined to relieve him of duty, the crew ''has'' no choice but to follow his lead until Kirk can drag Decker's ravaged ship back over and get Spock to shut him down.
** From "The Alternative Factor", [[spoiler:Matter-Lazarus goes stark raving mad upon learning of the existence of his Anti-Matter double and becomes hellbent on destroying him, even if it means the destruction of both universes.]]
** "The Omega Glory" has this after Tracey learns all his evil deeds are AllForNothing. You can see him snap at the news and proceeds to threaten Kirk for weapons for a pointless fight on a planet they by now can leave any time, and then he literally goes AxeCrazy.

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* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', Lampshaded in ''Series/BabylonFive'', when G'Kar has a guest over for dinner:
-->'''Na'kal''': Breen. You've managed to import breen from homeworld. How?\\
'''G'Kar''': It ... isn't actually breen.\\
'''Na'kal''': But the smell, the taste...\\
'''G'Kar''': It's an Earth food. They are called Swedish meatballs. It's a strange thing, but every sentient race has its own version of these Swedish meatballs. I suspect it's one of those great universal mysteries which will either never be explained or which will drive you mad if you ever learned the truth.
* ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003''
** Leoben Conoy - "To know the face of God is to know madness."
**
The Helmet of Nabu reveals Hybrids, who control the fate of everyone Cylon Basestars, continually spout out apparent gibberish that some believe to actually be the wearer and drives them insane.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' both pokes fun at
words of "The One, True God."
** D'Anna Biers experienced
this trope and plays it straight. One theory on first-hand in the Reavers is that were men who were driven insane by seeing Temple of Five after [[spoiler: looking upon the edge of space. Not only is this theory eventually shown to be wrong, but Jayne is immediately puzzled: he's been out there, and it just looks like more space. However, at one point the Reavers intentionally induce Reaver-like insanity in one victim by killing the rest of his shipmates while he is ForcedToWatch. TheMovie reveals that at least part of River's psychosis was the result of [[spoiler:learning what happened on Miranda]].
** River suffers from this as she is forcibly turned into a psychic. She has no control at first and is paraded around various people of power and influence as an example
faces of the success of the program, all the while learning things Final Five]].
* This happens in ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}'', when Annie (a ghost) whispers to [[spoiler: her killer, Owen]] a "secret
that only the dead know." He snaps almost immediately. Interestingly enough, when [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent George]] asks what she has no desire to know about, Miranda being the prime example. She was learning about it ''subconsciously''. Imagine learning about the holocaust by reading the minds of the Nazis who were there. It would drive you crazy due to the sheer horror. Once she had conscious knowledge of Miranda and was able to finally free herself of the burden she gets noticeably better. Which isn't to say it made her sane.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** Having sex with a Deltan makes one go mad. [[TakeOurWordForIt Or so we've heard.]] More precisely, the sex is apparently so ''good''
said, [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Mitchell]] shakes his head slightly, indicating that Terrans, at least, have trouble coping afterwards, unless they're Captain James Tiberius Kirk. Then the sex was sorta "meh".
** The ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Original Series]]'' episode "Is There in Truth No Beauty?" revolves around Kollos, an ambassador of the [[EnergyBeings Medusan race]], whose physical appearance is so hideous
Annie shouldn't say -- or maybe so beautiful -- that any humanoid who looks at them directly goes insane. Kollos, in contrast with Shoggoths and Eldritch horrors, is clearly a good guy.
** Commodore Decker in "The Doomsday Weapon" is so traumatized by
as well as the fact that the titular weapon killed his crew when it attacked the planet he evacuated them to, he decides to commandeer the ''Enterprise'' on a suicide mission to stop it. What makes this bad is that everyone knows it too.
* At the end of Episode 11 of Season 4 of ''Series/BreakingBad'', Walter is in desperate need of money for a life and death situation
he's lost running out of time on. When he finds out his mind, but since [=McCoy=] can't get him wife has had to stop give a huge portion of it away in a bid to keep their actions hidden, he lets out a scream of anguish ... and get him examined to relieve him of duty, then starts cackling like a maniac.
* ''Franchise/{{Buffyverse}}'': Lilah's timid about entering
the crew ''has'' no choice but to follow his lead until Kirk can drag Decker's ravaged ship back over White Room, mostly because of one employee who went in there and get Spock to shut him down.
** From "The Alternative Factor", [[spoiler:Matter-Lazarus goes stark raving mad upon learning of the existence of his Anti-Matter double and becomes hellbent on destroying him, even if it means the destruction of both universes.]]
** "The Omega Glory"
ended up in an asylum as a result.
* Sex with Brother Justin after he's transitioned into full-on AntiChrist mode
has this after Tracey learns all his evil deeds are AllForNothing. You can see effect in ''Series/{{Carnivale}}''.
* One episode of ''Series/CriminalMinds'' is about a man who [[NoMedicationForMe goes off antipsychotic meds]] in an attempt to access lost childhood memories, only for them to turn out to be so traumatic that they cause
him snap at the news and proceeds to threaten Kirk for weapons for a pointless fight go on a planet they by now can leave any time, and then he literally goes AxeCrazy. killing spree.



** In the episode "The Sound Of Drums", we learn that every Time Lord is forced at the age of eight to stare at a gap in the fabric of reality. Through this gap the entire Time Vortex can be seen, containing all that is, was, or will ever be. In the words of The Doctor, "Some would be inspired, some would run away, and some would go mad." It's initially suggested that this is what happened to the Master, though it's later revealed in ''The End of Time'' [[spoiler:that his madness was deliberately engineered by Lord President Rassilon to help pull the Time Lords out of the time locked Last Great Time War]].
** [[spoiler:Dalek Caan]] in "The Stolen Earth"/"Journey's End" [[spoiler:is arguably a case of someone who went ''sane'' from the revelation: despite exhibiting all the obvious characteristics of a MadOracle, having seen the whole of time itself left him utterly and completely disgusted at [[OmnicidalManiac his own genocidal race]] and thus set things in motion to have the Doctor and Donna Noble defeat the Daleks.]]
** In the episode "The Age of Steel", the Cybermen are defeated by [[spoiler: the Doctor stopping their emotional inhibitors from working. This causes them to remember who they really are, and what they have become, and they subsequently go insane as the shock kills them.]] The Doctor effectively uses the same technique to defeat [[spoiler: Mercy Hartigan in "The Next Doctor", severing her link with the Cyber King and allowing her to see the monster she's become, destroying her mind.]]
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E2GhostLight Ghost Light]]" introduced Redvers Fenn-Cooper, an explorer and hunter who was unlucky enough to witness [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien Light's]] [[SealedEvilInACan sleeping form]] in the cellar of a Victorian mansion. The experience turned his hair white and drove him into the depths of insanity. By the time the Doctor arrives, he's disassociated his own identity so well that if he does acknowledge his own name, it's [[ThirdPersonPerson in the third person]].
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E11HeavenSent Heaven Sent]]" sees a tragic combination of this trope and the HeroicBSOD when the Doctor, trapped inside a personalized torture chamber for [[spoiler: billions]] of years, doomed to repeat the same few days over and over, suddenly remembers all the past occasions in which he's gone though the chamber. Not only does this threaten to drive him mad, his grief over [[spoiler: the death of his beloved companion, Clara]] chooses that moment to boil over. Although he recovers ([[spoiler: thanks to a memory of Clara encouraging him to fight and win]]), this is a major factor in him later nearly becoming a [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Woobie, Destroyer of Time]].
* The ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' episode "Adrift" has a victim of the Rift who's permanently insane as a result of looking into the heart of a dark star. He's living in a secret Torchwood-sponsored care home in an old bunker, with at least a dozen other patients. [[spoiler: He screams for twenty hours a day...]]
* In ''Series/UprightCitizensBrigade'', a house has a "bucket of truth" in it that shows immutable truth; most people are driven to absolute despair by the sights within. A police captain who has been wallowing in despair looks into the bucket and shouts at the heavens, "Don't you think I know that?!"
* ''Franchise/{{Buffyverse}}'':Lilah's timid about entering the White Room, mostly because of one employee who went in there and ended up in an asylum as a result.

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** In the episode "The Sound Of Drums", we learn that every Time Lord is forced at the age of eight to stare at a gap in the fabric of reality. Through this gap the entire Time Vortex can be seen, containing all that is, was, or will ever be. In the words of The Doctor, "Some would be inspired, some would run away, and some would go mad." It's initially suggested that this is what happened to the Master, though it's later revealed in ''The End of Time'' [[spoiler:that his madness was deliberately engineered by Lord President Rassilon to help pull the Time Lords out of the time locked Last Great Time War]].
** [[spoiler:Dalek Caan]] in "The Stolen Earth"/"Journey's End" [[spoiler:is arguably a case of someone who went ''sane'' from the revelation: despite exhibiting all the obvious characteristics of a MadOracle, having seen the whole of time itself left him utterly and completely disgusted at [[OmnicidalManiac his own genocidal race]] and thus set things in motion to have the Doctor and Donna Noble defeat the Daleks.]]
** In the episode "The Age of Steel", the Cybermen are defeated by [[spoiler: the Doctor stopping their emotional inhibitors from working. This causes them to remember who they really are, and what they have become, and they subsequently go insane as the shock kills them.]] The Doctor effectively uses the same technique to defeat [[spoiler: Mercy Hartigan in "The Next Doctor", severing her link with the Cyber King and allowing her to see the monster she's become, destroying her mind.]]
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E2GhostLight Ghost Light]]"
[[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E2GhostLight "Ghost Light"]] introduced Redvers Fenn-Cooper, an explorer and hunter who was unlucky enough to witness [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien Light's]] [[SealedEvilInACan sleeping form]] in the cellar of a Victorian mansion. The experience turned his hair white and drove him into the depths of insanity. By the time the Doctor arrives, he's disassociated his own identity so well that if he does acknowledge his own name, it's [[ThirdPersonPerson in the third person]].
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E11HeavenSent Heaven Sent]]" In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E6TheAgeOfSteel "The Age of Steel"]], the Cybermen are defeated by [[spoiler: the Doctor stopping their emotional inhibitors from working. This causes them to remember who they really are, and what they have become, and they subsequently go insane as the shock kills them.]] The Doctor effectively uses the same technique to defeat [[spoiler:Mercy Hartigan in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E14TheNextDoctor "The Next Doctor"]], severing her link with the Cyberking and allowing her to see the monster she's become, destroying her mind.]]
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E12TheSoundOfDrums "The Sound of Drums"]], we learn that every Time Lord is forced at the age of eight to stare at a gap in the fabric of reality. Through this gap the entire Time Vortex can be seen, containing all that is, was, or will ever be. In the words of The Doctor, "Some would be inspired, some would run away, and some would go mad." It's initially suggested that this is what happened to the Master, though it's later revealed in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time"]] [[spoiler:that his madness was deliberately engineered by Lord President Rassilon to help pull the Time Lords out of the time locked Last Great Time War]].
** [[spoiler:Dalek Caan]] in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E12TheStolenEarth "The Stolen Earth"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd "Journey's End"]] [[spoiler:is arguably a case of someone who went ''sane'' from the revelation: despite exhibiting all the obvious characteristics of a MadOracle, having seen the whole of time itself left him utterly and completely disgusted at [[OmnicidalManiac his own genocidal race]] and thus set things in motion to have the Doctor and Donna Noble defeat the Daleks.]]
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E11HeavenSent "Heaven Sent"]]
sees a tragic combination of this trope and the HeroicBSOD when the Doctor, trapped inside a personalized torture chamber for [[spoiler: billions]] [[spoiler:billions]] of years, doomed to repeat the same few days over and over, suddenly remembers all the past occasions in which he's gone though the chamber. Not only does this threaten to drive him mad, his grief over [[spoiler: the death of his beloved companion, Clara]] chooses that moment to boil over. Although he recovers ([[spoiler: thanks to a memory of Clara encouraging him to fight and win]]), this is a major factor in him later nearly becoming a [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Woobie, Destroyer of Time]].
* ** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E6Extremis "Extremis"]]: The contents of ''[[TomeOfEldritchLore The Veritas]]'' are so [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow terrible]] that anyone who reads it is DrivenToSuicide. What does it reveal? [[spoiler:The world is a computer simulation created by hostile aliens in preparation for an invasion of Earth.]]
**
The ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' episode "Adrift" has a victim of the Rift who's permanently insane as a result of looking into the heart of a dark star. He's living in a secret Torchwood-sponsored care home in an old bunker, with at least a dozen other patients. [[spoiler: He screams for twenty hours a day...]]
* In ''Series/UprightCitizensBrigade'', a house has a "bucket of truth" in it that shows immutable truth; most people are driven to absolute despair by the sights within. A police captain who has been wallowing in despair looks into the bucket and shouts at the heavens, "Don't you think I know that?!"
* ''Franchise/{{Buffyverse}}'':Lilah's timid about entering the White Room, mostly because of one employee who went in there and ended up in an asylum as a result.
]]



* PlayedForLaughs on ''Series/FatherTed'' when in "Cigarettes, Alcohol, and Roller Blading" [[TheAlcoholic Father Jack]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJ72tSlnXAA finally sobers up for the first time in years,]] which as Ted points out that to Jack must be like a maddening hallucinogenic. It gets worse when Ted and Dogual re-introduce themselves:
-->'''Jack''': What do you do then?\\
'''Ted''': We're priests.\\
'''Jack''': Priests?! DON'T TELL ME I'M STILL ON THAT FECKING ISLAND!
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' both pokes fun at this trope and plays it straight. One theory on the Reavers is that were men who were driven insane by seeing the edge of space. Not only is this theory eventually shown to be wrong, but Jayne is immediately puzzled: he's been out there, and it just looks like more space. However, at one point the Reavers intentionally induce Reaver-like insanity in one victim by killing the rest of his shipmates while he is ForcedToWatch. TheMovie reveals that at least part of River's psychosis was the result of [[spoiler:learning what happened on Miranda]].
** River suffers from this as she is forcibly turned into a psychic. She has no control at first and is paraded around various people of power and influence as an example of the success of the program, all the while learning things that she has no desire to know about, Miranda being the prime example. She was learning about it ''subconsciously''. Imagine learning about the holocaust by reading the minds of the Nazis who were there. It would drive you crazy due to the sheer horror. Once she had conscious knowledge of Miranda and was able to finally free herself of the burden she gets noticeably better. Which isn't to say it made her sane.
* This is reported to be common when an ordinary human sees a Wesen in GameFace on ''Series/{{Grimm}}''. Apparently, a tolerance can be built up, as Hank demonstrates.
* Another PlayedForLaughs in ''Series/TheLegendOfDickAndDom'' episode [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent "Hairwolf"]]; a man is driven mad by the horrors of the Hairwolf [[spoiler: eating his hair]] and dances around giving cryptic warnings like "Don't go to the castle, it's dangerous!", "Don't play the bassoon in the bath, it's wrong!" and "Don't feed a white rabbit brussels sprouts, it'll turn green!"



* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'': In the original series episode "Deaths-Head Revisited", a [[ThoseWackyNazis retired Nazi general]] returns to the death camp he worked at, only to be [[LaserGuidedKarma tortured to insanity by the ghosts of the people he murdered]]. Let's just say they showed him ''everything'' they went through while in his "care".
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1985'': The revival episode "Need to Know" featured William Petersen investigating an insanity epidemic in a small town. It turns out a resident has discovered the meaning of life, but to hear the secret is to go crazy.
* The ''Series/{{Thriller}}'' episode "The Cheaters" follows a pair of magic spectacles from owner to owner. Each goes mad, as the cheaters show their wearer the ''truth'' of everything seen through them. The final owner decides to look at himself in a mirror, just as the creator of the glasses did before his death. They offer to let him off without seeing the truth, but he insists, and instantly goes mad and then kills himself.
* This happens in ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}'', when Annie (a ghost) whispers to [[spoiler: her killer, Owen]] a "secret that only the dead know." He snaps almost immediately. Interestingly enough, when [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent George]] asks what she said, [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Mitchell]] shakes his head slightly, indicating that Annie shouldn't say--as well as the fact that he knows it too.
* Lampshaded in ''Series/BabylonFive'', when G'Kar has a guest over for dinner:
-->'''Na'kal''': "Breen. You've managed to import breen from homeworld. How?"\\
'''G'Kar''': "It .. isn't actually breen."\\
'''Na'kal''': "But the smell, the taste..."\\
'''G'Kar''': "It's an Earth food. They are called Swedish meatballs. It's a strange thing, but every sentient race has its own version of these Swedish meatballs. I suspect it's one of those great universal mysteries which will either never be explained or which will drive you mad if you ever learned the truth."
* One episode of ''Series/CriminalMinds'' is about a man who [[NoMedicationForMe goes off antipsychotic meds]] in an attempt to access lost childhood memories, only for them to turn out to be so traumatic that they cause him to go on a killing spree.
* In the ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' episode "The Serenity Now" Jerry has become emotionally mature (as opposed to his shallow self) by letting his emotions out. At one point he asks George to "let it all out". We cut back later to see George in a similar state of emotional maturity, but Jerry is horrified beyond words. Even though Jerry doesn't go insane, the revelation burned out his emotional maturity and returned him to the shallow sitcom character he was before.



* Another PlayedForLaughs in ''Series/TheLegendOfDickAndDom'' episode [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent "Hairwolf"]]; a man is driven mad by the horrors of the Hairwolf [[spoiler: eating his hair]] and dances around giving cryptic warnings like "Don't go to the castle, it's dangerous!", "Don't play the bassoon in the bath, it's wrong!" and "Don't feed a white rabbit brussels sprouts, it'll turn green!"

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* Another PlayedForLaughs in ''Series/TheLegendOfDickAndDom'' ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'': In the episode [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent "Hairwolf"]]; "First Anniversary", a man man's gorgeous wife of one year turns out to be a rather horrid-looking alien who is driven mad by suffering GlamourFailure because his mind is starting to develop an immunity. He's eventually carded off to a mental asylum and she [[HereWeGoAgain finds herself a new husband]].
* In
the horrors first season finale of ''Series/{{Preacher 2016}}'', this happens to pretty much the Hairwolf ''entire town of Annville''. The shocking revelation that [[spoiler: eating his hair]] God is real but has abandoned Heaven]], pushes most folks past the DespairEventHorizon, with some indulging in raging hedonism, others turning suicidal, and dances around giving cryptic warnings like "Don't go others becoming homicidal -- [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Quincannon]] in particular seems to suffer an outright break from reality. [[IncorruptiblePurePureness Emily]] is the castle, only person shown not to be overly affected, but it's dangerous!", "Don't possible she's just become a StepfordSmiler to try and cope.
* In the ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' episode "The Serenity Now" Jerry has become emotionally mature (as opposed to his shallow self) by letting his emotions out. At one point he asks George to "let it all out". We cut back later to see George in a similar state of emotional maturity, but Jerry is horrified beyond words. Even though Jerry doesn't go insane, the revelation burned out his emotional maturity and returned him to the shallow sitcom character he was before.
* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', The Helmet of Nabu reveals the fate of everyone to the wearer and drives them insane.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** Having sex with a Deltan makes one go mad. [[TakeOurWordForIt Or so we've heard.]] More precisely, the sex is apparently so ''good'' that Terrans, at least, have trouble coping afterwards, unless they're Captain James Tiberius Kirk. Then the sex was sorta "meh".
** The ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Original Series]]'' episode "Is There in Truth No Beauty?" revolves around Kollos, an ambassador of the [[EnergyBeings Medusan race]], whose physical appearance is so hideous -- or maybe so beautiful -- that any humanoid who looks at them directly goes insane. Kollos, in contrast with Shoggoths and Eldritch horrors, is clearly a good guy.
** Commodore Decker in "The Doomsday Weapon" is so traumatized by the fact that the titular weapon killed his crew when it attacked the planet he evacuated them to, he decides to commandeer the ''Enterprise'' on a suicide mission to stop it. What makes this bad is that everyone knows he's lost his mind, but since [=McCoy=] can't get him to stop and get him examined to relieve him of duty, the crew ''has'' no choice but to follow his lead until Kirk can drag Decker's ravaged ship back over and get Spock to shut him down.
** From "The Alternative Factor", [[spoiler:Matter-Lazarus goes stark raving mad upon learning of the existence of his Anti-Matter double and becomes hellbent on destroying him, even if it means the destruction of both universes.]]
** "The Omega Glory" has this after Tracey learns all his evil deeds are AllForNothing. You can see him snap at the news and proceeds to threaten Kirk for weapons for a pointless fight on a planet they by now can leave any time, and then he literally goes AxeCrazy.
* ''Film/TheStoneTape''. The scientists question a man who used to
play the bassoon in the bath, it's wrong!" castle as a boy. He breaks down and "Don't feed reveals how a white rabbit brussels sprouts, it'll turn green!"friend was accidentally trapped in the haunted room during a game of dare.
-->"He made out it spoke to him...and then [[EldritchAbomination the Others]] came."\\
"Can I meet him?"\\
"What for? He don't remember. They took him up the County, you know. They put him right. They can do that. He don't care a button [[LaughingMad he just la-a-a-ughs all the time]]!"



* This is reported to be common when an ordinary human sees a Wesen in GameFace on ''Series/{{Grimm}}''. Apparently, a tolerance can be built up, as Hank demonstrates.
* ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003''
** Leoben Conoy - "To know the face of God is to know madness."
** The Hybrids, who control the Cylon Basestars, continually spout out apparent gibberish that some believe to actually be the words of "The One, True God."
** D'Anna Biers experienced this trope first-hand in the Temple of Five after [[spoiler: looking upon the faces of the Final Five]].
* ''Film/TheStoneTape''. The scientists question a man who used to play in the castle as a boy. He breaks down and reveals how a friend was accidentally trapped in the haunted room during a game of dare.
-->"He made out it spoke to him...and then [[EldritchAbomination the Others]] came."
-->"Can I meet him?"
-->"What for? He don't remember. They took him up the County, you know. They put him right. They can do that. He don't care a button [[LaughingMad he just la-a-a-ughs all the time]]!"
* Sex with Brother Justin after he's transitioned into full-on AntiChrist mode has this effect in ''Series/{{Carnivale}}''.
* At the end of Episode 11 of Season 4 of ''Series/BreakingBad'', Walter is in desperate need of money for a life and death situation he's running out of time on. When he finds out his wife has had to give a huge portion of it away in a bid to keep their actions hidden, he lets out a scream of anguish ... and then starts cackling like a maniac.
* PlayedForLaughs on ''Series/FatherTed'' when in "Cigarettes, Alcohol, and Roller Blading" [[TheAlcoholic Father Jack]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJ72tSlnXAA finally sobers up for the first time in years,]] which as Ted points out that to Jack must be like a maddening hallucinogenic. It gets worse when Ted and Dogual re-introduce themselves:
-->'''Jack''': What do you do then?
-->'''Ted''': We're priests.
-->'''Jack''': Priests?! DON'T TELL ME I'M STILL ON THAT FECKING ISLAND!
* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'': In the episode "First Anniversary", a man's gorgeous wife of one year turns out to be a rather horrid-looking alien who is suffering GlamourFailure because his mind is starting to develop an immunity. He's eventually carded off to a mental asylum and she [[HereWeGoAgain finds herself a new husband]].
* In the first season finale of ''Series/{{Preacher 2016}}'', this happens to pretty much the ''entire town of Annville''. The shocking revelation that [[spoiler: God is real but has abandoned Heaven]], pushes most folks past the DespairEventHorizon, with some indulging in raging hedonism, others turning suicidal, and others becoming homicidal -- [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Quincannon]] in particular seems to suffer an outright break from reality. [[IncorruptiblePurePureness Emily]] is the only person shown not to be overly affected, but it's possible she's just become a StepfordSmiler to try and cope.

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* This is reported to be common when an ordinary human sees a Wesen in GameFace on ''Series/{{Grimm}}''. Apparently, a tolerance can be built up, as Hank demonstrates.
* ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003''
** Leoben Conoy - "To know the face of God is to know madness."
**
The Hybrids, who control the Cylon Basestars, continually spout out apparent gibberish that some believe to actually be the words of ''Series/{{Thriller}}'' episode "The One, True God."
** D'Anna Biers experienced this trope first-hand in
Cheaters" follows a pair of magic spectacles from owner to owner. Each goes mad, as the Temple of Five after [[spoiler: looking upon cheaters show their wearer the faces ''truth'' of everything seen through them. The final owner decides to look at himself in a mirror, just as the creator of the Final Five]].
* ''Film/TheStoneTape''. The scientists question a man who used
glasses did before his death. They offer to play in let him off without seeing the castle as a boy. He breaks down truth, but he insists, and reveals how a friend was accidentally trapped in the haunted room during a game of dare.
-->"He made out it spoke to him...
instantly goes mad and then [[EldritchAbomination the Others]] came."
-->"Can I meet him?"
-->"What for? He don't remember. They took him up the County, you know. They put him right. They can do that. He don't care a button [[LaughingMad he just la-a-a-ughs all the time]]!"
kills himself.
* Sex with Brother Justin after he's transitioned into full-on AntiChrist mode has this effect in ''Series/{{Carnivale}}''.
* At the end of Episode 11 of Season 4 of ''Series/BreakingBad'', Walter is in desperate need of money for a life and death situation he's running out of time on. When he finds out his wife has had to give a huge portion of it away in a bid to keep their actions hidden, he lets out a scream of anguish ... and then starts cackling like a maniac.
* PlayedForLaughs on ''Series/FatherTed'' when in "Cigarettes, Alcohol, and Roller Blading" [[TheAlcoholic Father Jack]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJ72tSlnXAA finally sobers up for the first time in years,]] which as Ted points out that to Jack must be like a maddening hallucinogenic. It gets worse when Ted and Dogual re-introduce themselves:
-->'''Jack''': What do you do then?
-->'''Ted''': We're priests.
-->'''Jack''': Priests?! DON'T TELL ME I'M STILL ON THAT FECKING ISLAND!
* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'':
''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'': In the original series episode "First Anniversary", "Deaths-Head Revisited", a man's gorgeous wife [[ThoseWackyNazis retired Nazi general]] returns to the death camp he worked at, only to be [[LaserGuidedKarma tortured to insanity by the ghosts of one year the people he murdered]]. Let's just say they showed him ''everything'' they went through while in his "care".
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1985'': The revival episode "Need to Know" featured William Petersen investigating an insanity epidemic in a small town. It
turns out a resident has discovered the meaning of life, but to be a rather horrid-looking alien who hear the secret is suffering GlamourFailure because his mind is starting to develop an immunity. He's eventually carded off to a mental asylum and she [[HereWeGoAgain finds herself a new husband]].
go crazy.
* In the first season finale ''Series/UprightCitizensBrigade'', a house has a "bucket of ''Series/{{Preacher 2016}}'', this happens to pretty much the ''entire town of Annville''. The shocking revelation truth" in it that [[spoiler: God is real but has abandoned Heaven]], pushes shows immutable truth; most folks past people are driven to absolute despair by the DespairEventHorizon, with some indulging sights within. A police captain who has been wallowing in raging hedonism, others turning suicidal, despair looks into the bucket and others becoming homicidal -- [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Quincannon]] in particular seems to suffer an outright break from reality. [[IncorruptiblePurePureness Emily]] is shouts at the only person shown not to be overly affected, but it's possible she's just become a StepfordSmiler to try and cope.heavens, "Don't you think I know that?!"



* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' short "Wally Llama" has the eponymous llama, who claimed to know the answer to every question, go crazy when he realises he doesn't know why it's 8 hot dogs to a pack but 10 hot dog buns. Admittedly, the seven minutes of harassment by the Warners prior to this probably didn't help his psychological state.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' -- In "Deep Cover for Batman!", Batman's only ally in this reversed dimension, Red Hood, is being questioned and tortured. We learn that he was disfigured by being thrown into a vat of chemicals by this universe's version of Batman. Sure enough, we see him look in a mirror, get a glimpse of green hair and bleached skin -- and hear a truly maniacal laugh start to rise. Averted when he grabs a chair and smashes the mirror, presumably at the last minute he could retain his sanity. What made this so effective? Really, it's the voice actor -- that laugh is as scary as anything Creator/JeffBennett ever unleashed.
* On one episode of ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'', the villain loses it when he realizes he's just been defeated by chipmunks.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** This is parodied in a Halloween Special based on ''Series/NightGallery'', in which Bart promises that a story based on a particular painting was so terrifying that it would instantly drive people mad. "..but it was far too intense. So we just threw something together with vampires. Enjoy!"
--->'''Homer:''' They're dogs! ''And they're playing poker!'' '''AAAAAHHHH!!!'''
** The episode "The Blunder Years" has a magician make Homer return to his twelve year old self, only to have him go into a screaming fit throughout the night and a good chunk of the next day. [[spoiler: It turns out it was a repressed memory of Homer finding the corpse of Smithers' father at the bottom of a quarry.]]
** This is basically what happens to the Frank Grimes character after spending a bit of time with Homer. Grimes snaps after seeing how a FatIdiot like Homer can have a better job than him, get paid more, have a nice house, and have decent food while he had to endure the hardships of his parents abandoning him when he was young, making just enough money to get cheap food, and living in an apartment that is above a bowling alley and beneath ''another'' bowling alley. After he sees people praise Homer for something so mind numbingly simple, Grimes goes off the deep end before he accidentally kills himself via electrocution.
* On one episode of ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'', the villain loses it when he realizes he's just been defeated by chipmunks.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' -- In "Deep Cover for Batman!", Batman's only ally in this reversed dimension, Red Hood, is being questioned and tortured. We learn that he was disfigured by being thrown into a vat of chemicals by this universe's version of Batman. Sure enough, we see him look in a mirror, get a glimpse of green hair and bleached skin -- and hear a truly maniacal laugh start to rise. Averted when he grabs a chair and smashes the mirror, presumably at the last minute he could retain his sanity. What made this so effective? Really, it's the voice actor -- that laugh is as scary as anything Creator/JeffBennett ever unleashed.
* ''WesternAnimation/TurtlesForever'' -- As [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 The Shredder]] surveys TheMultiverse, he discovers that each of its infinite worlds contains its own group of Turtles, a revelation that causes him to hatch a plan to [[OmnicidalManiac destroy it all]]--even if it kills him in the process.
* The titular Ren from ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' often went completely insane in various episodes leading to much horror. Two notable examples of this came at the end of "Svën Höek" where Ren completely lost it upon finding out what a mess Stimpy and Sven made in his house and the episode "Stimpy's Fan Club" at the end of which he contemplated strangling Stimpy in his sleep.
** This happens rather frequently with [[AxCrazy Ren]]:
** In "Hermit Ren," he gets so sick of Stimpy he leaves to join a hermit guild. They provide him with a cave and a boulder to lock him in forever. Completely alone. It doesn't take long for him to lose his mind. He gets kicked out for creating imaginary friends.
** His RecycledInSPACE counterpart goes insane in "Space Madness" when, confined to a spaceship on a long mission, he is deprived of all contact besides Cadet Stimpy. Interestingly Stimpy does absolutely nothing to instigate this as the only bit of mischief he causes in this episode occurs after Ren is long gone.
** Ren goes more than a little nuts at the end of "Farm Hands" when he thinks he and Stimpy are the last survivors after a devastating tornado. However, it turns out the farm's cow (a gorilla) also survive (and took a dump on them).
** Ren and Stimpy both slowly lose their sanity in "Big Flakes" while they're trapped in the cabin.
* In the episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' which deals with Mojo Jojo's origin, he is shocked to discover that prior to gaining his intelligence, he caused Professor Utoninum to hit the container of Chemical X that poured into his 'Perfect Little Girl Formula' resulting in the birth of the Powerpuff Girls. He is so shocked that he [[VillainousBreakdown continuously mumbles]] "It was me?"
** Also to point out, since it was the blast the girls were born from that transformed Mojo and gave him his intellect, it can be pointed out that he also caused his own origin.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' had Jimmy finding that the horrible episode was AllJustADream...until he realizes he just fainted and the situation is, indeed, as bad as it was. This happens several times until he's reduced to a blabbering mess.
* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' episode, "The Collect Call of [[TyopOnTheCover Cathulhu]]."[[note]]Yes, the spelling is a mistake (which is even pointed out in a DVDCommentary), but it is nonetheless how it appeared on the title card[[/note]] The guys lay eyes on Cthulhu himself... and aren't driven to madness. WordOfGod reasoned that it's because [[ConditionedToAcceptHorror the Ghostbusters encounter horrifying things on a regular basis.]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' short "Wally Llama" has the eponymous llama, who claimed to know the answer to every question, go crazy when he realises he doesn't know why it's 8 hot dogs to a pack but 10 hot dog buns. Admittedly, the seven minutes of harassment by the Warners prior to this probably didn't help his psychological state.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'''s origin has Dexter Douglas beamed into cyberspace after typing in a very specific line of code and exposed to the entirety of the internet. One can only imagine what would happen if he were exposed to the internet of today.



* In the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "Cheese Chasers", the dog goes insane when he tries to process the facts that the mice want the cat to eat them because they are tired of cheese and the cat wants the dog to kill him because the mice' behavior put him off of eating mice forever. He screams "it just don't add up!" and chases after a dog catcher to turn himself into the pound.
* Played for laughs in the "Pluto Nash Day" skit from ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'', where a bunch of studio execs, upon learning that ''Film/TheAdventuresOfPlutoNash'' was a BoxOfficeBomb, go crazy and start killing themselves and each other.
* Played for laughs in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. In "Tsst", a group of television nannies try to correct Cartman's bad behavior before realizing what he is and giving up. ''Series/{{Supernanny}}'' is the last one to attempt it. Within three days she's confined to a psychiatric hospital where she spends most of her time eating her own excrement and sobbing uncontrollably while screaming "From Hell! It's from Hell!".
** Also almost happens to Cartman himself in the same episode. He considers for just a brief moment that ''maybe'' the world doesn't revolve around him. The mere thought almost breaks his mind.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "Cheese Chasers", the dog goes insane when he tries to process the facts that the mice want the cat to eat them because they are tired of cheese and the cat wants the dog to kill him because the mice' behavior put him off of eating mice forever. He screams "it just don't add up!" and chases ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'''s origin has Dexter Douglas beamed into cyberspace after typing in a dog catcher very specific line of code and exposed to turn himself into the pound.
* Played for laughs in
entirety of the "Pluto Nash Day" skit from ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'', where a bunch of studio execs, upon learning that ''Film/TheAdventuresOfPlutoNash'' was a BoxOfficeBomb, go crazy and start killing themselves and each other.
* Played for laughs in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. In "Tsst", a group of television nannies try to correct Cartman's bad behavior before realizing
internet. One can only imagine what would happen if he is and giving up. ''Series/{{Supernanny}}'' is were exposed to the last one to attempt it. Within three days she's confined to a psychiatric hospital where she spends most internet of her time eating her own excrement and sobbing uncontrollably while screaming "From Hell! It's from Hell!".
** Also almost happens to Cartman himself in the same episode. He considers for just a brief moment that ''maybe'' the world doesn't revolve around him. The mere thought almost breaks his mind.
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "Cheese Chasers", the dog goes insane when he tries to process the facts that the mice want the cat to eat them because they are tired of cheese and the cat wants the dog to kill him because the mice' behavior put him off of eating mice forever. He screams "it just don't add up!" and chases after a dog catcher to turn himself into the pound.
* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' episode, "The Collect Call of [[TyopOnTheCover Cathulhu]]."[[note]]Yes, the spelling is a mistake (which is even pointed out in a DVDCommentary), but it is nonetheless how it appeared on the title card[[/note]] The guys lay eyes on Cthulhu himself... and aren't driven to madness. WordOfGod reasoned that it's because [[ConditionedToAcceptHorror the Ghostbusters encounter horrifying things on a regular basis.]]
* The titular Ren from ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' often went completely insane in various episodes leading to much horror. Two notable examples of this came at the end of "Svën Höek" where Ren completely lost it upon finding out what a mess Stimpy and Sven made in his house and the episode "Stimpy's Fan Club" at the end of which he contemplated strangling Stimpy in his sleep.
** This happens rather frequently with [[AxCrazy Ren]]:
** In "Hermit Ren," he gets so sick of Stimpy he leaves to join a hermit guild. They provide him with a cave and a boulder to lock him in forever. Completely alone. It doesn't take long for him to lose his mind. He gets kicked out for creating imaginary friends.
** His RecycledInSPACE counterpart goes insane in "Space Madness" when, confined to a spaceship on a long mission, he is deprived of all contact besides Cadet Stimpy. Interestingly Stimpy does absolutely nothing to instigate this as the only bit of mischief he causes in this episode occurs after Ren is long gone.
** Ren goes more than a little nuts at the end of "Farm Hands" when he thinks he and Stimpy are the last survivors after a devastating tornado. However, it turns out the farm's cow (a gorilla) also survive (and took a dump on them).
** Ren and Stimpy both slowly lose their sanity in "Big Flakes" while they're trapped in the cabin.
* In the episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' which deals with Mojo Jojo's origin, he is shocked to discover that prior to gaining his intelligence, he caused Professor Utoninum to hit the container of Chemical X that poured into his 'Perfect Little Girl Formula' resulting in the birth of the Powerpuff Girls. He is so shocked that he [[VillainousBreakdown continuously mumbles]] "It was me?"
** Also to point out, since it was the blast the girls were born from that transformed Mojo and gave him his intellect, it can be pointed out that he also caused his own origin.
* Played for laughs in the "Pluto Nash Day" skit from ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'', where a bunch of studio execs, upon learning that ''Film/TheAdventuresOfPlutoNash'' was a BoxOfficeBomb, go crazy and start killing themselves and each other.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** This is parodied in a Halloween Special based on ''Series/NightGallery'', in which Bart promises that a story based on a particular painting was so terrifying that it would instantly drive people mad. "..but it was far too intense. So we just threw something together with vampires. Enjoy!"
--->'''Homer:''' They're dogs! ''And they're playing poker!'' '''AAAAAHHHH!!!'''
** The episode "The Blunder Years" has a magician make Homer return to his twelve year old self, only to have him go into a screaming fit throughout the night and a good chunk of the next day. [[spoiler: It turns out it was a repressed memory of Homer finding the corpse of Smithers' father at the bottom of a quarry.]]
** This is basically what happens to the Frank Grimes character after spending a bit of time with Homer. Grimes snaps after seeing how a FatIdiot like Homer can have a better job than him, get paid more, have a nice house, and have decent food while he had to endure the hardships of his parents abandoning him when he was young, making just enough money to get cheap food, and living in an apartment that is above a bowling alley and beneath ''another'' bowling alley. After he sees people praise Homer for something so mind numbingly simple, Grimes goes off the deep end before he accidentally kills himself via electrocution.
* Played for laughs in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. In "Tsst", a group of television nannies try to correct Cartman's bad behavior before realizing what he is and giving up. ''Series/{{Supernanny}}'' is the last one to attempt it. Within three days she's confined to a psychiatric hospital where she spends most of her time eating her own excrement and sobbing uncontrollably while screaming "From Hell! It's from Hell!".
** Also almost happens to Cartman himself in the same episode. He considers for just a brief moment that ''maybe'' the world doesn't revolve around him. The mere thought almost breaks his mind.
* ''WesternAnimation/TurtlesForever'' -- As [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 The Shredder]] surveys TheMultiverse, he discovers that each of its infinite worlds contains its own group of Turtles, a revelation that causes him to hatch a plan to [[OmnicidalManiac destroy it all]]--even if it kills him in the process.


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20th May '17 8:27:34 PM SilentStranger
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* The ''HarryPotter'' fanfic ''TheEyes'' revolves around Harry having grown up in the Miscatonic Asylum, and having long since been driven insane by what he has glimpsed of the true nature of reality. Once he's brought to Hogwarts, [[spoiler: Dumbledore is driven mad as well after getting a glimpse of Harry's experiences and ends up comitting suicide]]. It's also revealed that both Ollivander and Professor Trelawney have also experienced the same thing long before, but in Ollivander's case, he's become so jaded to the point that he can function as a normal person, and Trelawney's powers of prophecy comes from her reading the ''Necronomicon'' as a child. [[spoiler: Snape is driven unhinged by the events of the story, but Obliviates himself, allowing him to live out the remainder of his life in relative peace]]



** Seeing the true form of the titular ''Literature/{{It}}'' tends to drive a person crazy.

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** Seeing the true form of the titular ''Literature/{{It}}'' tends to drive a person crazy. [[spoiler: The approximate idea of It's true form resembles a giant spider, though, like in Lovecraft's works, It is not actually a spider or anything even remotly terrestrial. It's just the closest concept our brains can grasp]]



** Also, seeing the ring of stones in King's short story "[[Literature/JustAfterSunset N]]."

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** Also, seeing the ring of stones in King's short story "[[Literature/JustAfterSunset N]]."" Or more specifically, ''counting'' them. See, there's 8 stones. But, once you realized that, sometimes there's 7. But it's supposed to be 8. And if there's 7, [[SealedEvilInACan the thing beyond the circle might break through...]]


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** [[NightmaresAndDreamscapes Crouch End]], basically a Lovecraft story set in King's universe (Lovecraft is mentioned as a writer in-universe) revolves around the London neighborhood of Crouch End. An American tourist named Doris wanders into a local police station in a hysterical state, and tells a story about how she and her husband got lost in Crouch End. The husband became unhinged after seeing something beyond a hedge, and disappeared while the two where walking through a tunnel. Shortly afterwards, Doris encounters two disturbing children who summon ''something'' from beneath Crouch End. She remembers nothing else after that.
--> '''Doris''': And there was something else down there... something like... ''eyes''!
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* ''Creator/JohnRingo'''s ''Literature/SpecialCircumstances'' series has several instances of this. Barb Everette (the main character, a paladin of God in all but name) is directly called by God, and she states "Hearing His voice, unfiltered and direct, was right on the edge of death". Several people who see the Gar (a huge eldritch abomination) simply start screaming and don't stop, ever.
31st Mar '17 9:54:00 PM Tenma-Yuuki
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* The Schleswig-Holstein Question. According to [[UsefulNotes/TheMenofDowningStreet Lord Palmerston]] "Only three people have ever really understood the Schleswig-Holstein business—the Prince Consort, who is dead—a German professor, who has gone mad—and I, who have forgotten all about it.".
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21st Mar '17 6:31:58 PM nombretomado
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* Invoked a lot in Simon R. Green's ''{{Nightside}}'' novels. One book features Madman, a former theoretical physicist who'd worked out the means to observe reality as it truly exists; his name says it all. In another incident, a minor character asked the animated corpse Dead Boy what it was like being dead, and was reduced to quivering catatonia by the reply.

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* Invoked a lot in Simon R. Green's ''{{Nightside}}'' ''{{Literature/Nightside}}'' novels. One book features Madman, a former theoretical physicist who'd worked out the means to observe reality as it truly exists; his name says it all. In another incident, a minor character asked the animated corpse Dead Boy what it was like being dead, and was reduced to quivering catatonia by the reply.
17th Mar '17 12:35:53 PM BeerBaron
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* Readers of the eponymous [[Franchise/TheElderScrolls Elder Scrolls]] whose knowledge doesn't go much further than what the Scrolls really are usually have their minds irreparably damaged from simply looking at one. Even those who've had training to actually read and understand a Scroll have odd personalities.
** A reader without comprehension is dazed or stunned by the twisting patterns. One who can comprehend but isn't mentally prepared is struck blind. Even those with training slowly lose their vision. Eventually all readers receive nothing from the scroll but a foretelling that if they read again, whatever they may learn, they will also go utterly blind. The monk either then resigns or prepares his mind to receive the mind-blasting knowledge of his final reading.

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Readers of the eponymous [[Franchise/TheElderScrolls [[TomeOfEldritchLore Elder Scrolls]] whose knowledge doesn't go much further than what the Scrolls really are usually have their minds irreparably damaged from simply looking at one. Even those who've had training to actually read and understand a Scroll have odd personalities.
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personalities. A reader without comprehension is dazed or stunned by the twisting patterns. One who can comprehend but isn't mentally prepared is struck blind. Even those with training slowly lose their vision. Eventually all readers receive nothing from the scroll but a foretelling that if they read again, whatever they may learn, they will also go utterly blind. The monk either then resigns or prepares his mind to receive the mind-blasting knowledge of his final reading. Finally, even those who merely ''study'' the nature of the scrolls, never actually using them, are driven to madness with almost clockwork regularity.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', it's implied that this will be the fate of [[BigBad Dagoth Ur]] and the [[PhysicalGod Tribunal]] via SanitySlippage. Dagoth is hit with it the worst, as he was much less restrained in his [[DeityOfHumanOrigin consumption of divine power]] from the [[CosmicKeystone Heart of Lorkhan]], but it's implied that the Tribunal will get there as well. In the ''Tribunal'' expansion, it's revealed that [[spoiler: Almalexia]] has already reached this point. Interestingly, it wasn't the power itself, but the ''loss'' of it, that drove her to madness.
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*The Schleswig-Holstein Question. According to [[UsefulNotes/TheMenofDowningStreet Lord Palmerston]] "Only three people have ever really understood the Schleswig-Holstein business—the Prince Consort, who is dead—a German professor, who has gone mad—and I, who have forgotten all about it.".
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