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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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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
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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.
9th Mar '17 2:09:20 AM JahBulOn
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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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28th Feb '17 2:11:04 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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** 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.
23rd Feb '17 9:24:32 AM StFan
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* Every so often ''Anime/GhostInTheShell:StandAloneComplex'' uses this trope to great (chilling) effect. For example, in the episode entitled "Not Equal" an American Special Ops soldier is reduced to a gibbering, suicidal shell of a man after seeing [[spoiler: the memories of the experiences that aged a young girl into an old womanin the span of 16 years during her time as a prisoner of a paramilitary group.]]

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* Every so often ''Anime/GhostInTheShell:StandAloneComplex'' ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' uses this trope to great (chilling) effect. For example, in the episode entitled "Not Equal" an American Special Ops soldier is reduced to a gibbering, suicidal shell of a man after seeing [[spoiler: the memories of the experiences that aged a young girl into an old womanin the span of 16 years during her time as a prisoner of a paramilitary group.]]



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* ''Blog/InvisibleGames'' has this happen at least twice. In ''Killswitch'' a man acquires what may be the last surviving copy of the titular video game and promises to upload online videos of his playthrough. The only video he ever posts [[spoiler: is of him staring at the camera and crying while the game runs on a screen in the background.]] Later, in ''The Pentintytär Arcade,'' after discovering the scene of a woman's suicide a young boy begins to play the set of unique video games she had constructed. [[spoiler: The story that spans across the games haunts him for the rest of his life and drives him to relentlessly collect the games years after the set has been broken up and acquired by different collectors. He is last seen sitting naked among the game cabinets, crying and clutching a gun.]]
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** SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} ended up doing this to Carnage in ''Deadpool vs. Carnage'', revealing that they were all just little pawns in a writer's game that drove Carnage so out of his mind, he refused to leave his cell. And his cell door was unlocked.
* Much of the plot of {{Tron}}: Ghost in the Machine runs on this trope. The story opens with the [[VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh protagonist of the game]] being so paralyzed by what he saw inside the computer system that he went from being an avid programmer to being a shut-in afraid to touch electronics. From there, the whole comic spirals into a genuine MindScrew.
* In the ''{{Tintin}}'' book ''TheShootingStar'', scientist Philippulus goes mad from the news that an asteroid is about to destroy Earth, and starts calling himself "Philippulus the prophet" while [[TheEndIsNigh rambling about divine punishment]].

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** SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} ended ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} ends up doing this to Carnage in ''Deadpool vs. Carnage'', revealing that they were are all just little pawns in a writer's game that drove drives Carnage so out of his mind, he refused refuses to leave his cell. And his cell door was is unlocked.
* Much of the plot of {{Tron}}: ''Film/{{Tron}}: Ghost in the Machine Machine'' runs on this trope. The story opens with the [[VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh protagonist of the game]] being so paralyzed by what he saw inside the computer system that he went from being an avid programmer to being a shut-in afraid to touch electronics. From there, the whole comic spirals into a genuine MindScrew.
* In the ''{{Tintin}}'' ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'' book ''TheShootingStar'', ''Recap/TheShootingStar'', scientist Philippulus goes mad from the news that an asteroid is about to destroy Earth, and starts calling himself "Philippulus the prophet" while [[TheEndIsNigh rambling about divine punishment]].






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* Twilight Sparkle of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' gets in on the act in FanFic/TheMonsterMash. [[spoiler:They really need to erect a warning sign on that fourth wall.]]

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* Twilight Sparkle of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' gets in on the act in FanFic/TheMonsterMash.''FanFic/TheMonsterMash''. [[spoiler:They really need to erect a warning sign on that fourth wall.]]



* [[TheSlenderManMythos In the Slender Man fic]] ''Fanfic/ByTheFiresLight'', Jared Holloway spends the most time getting [[MindRape Mind Raped]] by the Slender Man. He briefly dances on the edge of going mad but decides to [[DrivenToSuicide take his own life instead in the end.]]
* In FanFic/DividedRainbow, Celestia authorizes Discord to cast what amounts to a grand {{Masquerade}}-by-way-of-brainwashing on practically the entire world, to prevent this from happening to the [[SwappedRoles Swapped Element Bearers.]] There are still several close shaves.

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* [[TheSlenderManMythos [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos In the Slender Man fic]] ''Fanfic/ByTheFiresLight'', Jared Holloway spends the most time getting [[MindRape Mind Raped]] by the Slender Man. He briefly dances on the edge of going mad but decides to [[DrivenToSuicide take his own life instead in the end.]]
* In FanFic/DividedRainbow, ''FanFic/DividedRainbow'', Celestia authorizes Discord to cast what amounts to a grand {{Masquerade}}-by-way-of-brainwashing on practically the entire world, to prevent this from happening to the [[SwappedRoles Swapped Element Bearers.]] There are still several close shaves.



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* In ''Film/{{Oldboy 2003}}'' Oh Dae-su discovers [[spoiler: the girl he had sex with was his daughter]], madness and [[spoiler: cutting out his tongue]] followed.

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* In ''Film/{{Oldboy 2003}}'' ''Film/Oldboy2003'' Oh Dae-su discovers [[spoiler: the girl he had sex with was his daughter]], madness and [[spoiler: cutting out his tongue]] followed.



* The entire point of the movie 'Film/{{Pi}}' is that this happens when you try to find the ratio that rationalizes pi, predicts the stock market, and is also the true name of God.

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* The entire point of the movie 'Film/{{Pi}}' ''Film/{{Pi}}'' is that this happens when you try to find the ratio that rationalizes pi, predicts the stock market, and is also the true name of God.



--> '''Lex''': But the bell's already been rung. And [[Comicbook/NewGods they've]] heard it, out there, amongst the stars. Ding dong, [[spoiler: the God is dead]]. The bell cannot be unrung! [[Comicbook/{{Darkseid}} He's]] hungry! He's found us. [[AStormIsComing And he's coming!]] Ding-ding-ding-ding-ding-ding. [[MadnessMantra Ding-ding-ding-ding-ding...]]

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--> '''Lex''': -->'''Lex:''' But the bell's already been rung. And [[Comicbook/NewGods they've]] heard it, out there, amongst the stars. Ding dong, [[spoiler: the God is dead]]. The bell cannot be unrung! [[Comicbook/{{Darkseid}} He's]] hungry! He's found us. [[AStormIsComing And he's coming!]] Ding-ding-ding-ding-ding-ding. [[MadnessMantra Ding-ding-ding-ding-ding...]]



* ''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''

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* Discussed in JohnDiesAtTheEnd. ''"Solving the following riddle will reveal the awful secret behind the universe, assuming you do not go utterly mad in the attempt."''

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* Discussed in JohnDiesAtTheEnd. ''"Solving ''Literature/JohnDiesAtTheEnd''. "Solving the following riddle will reveal the awful secret behind the universe, assuming you do not go utterly mad in the attempt."''"



* And one of the most famous examples in literature. Creator/RobertWChambers' short story anthology ''[[http://www.yankeeclassic.com/miskatonic/library/stacks/literature/chambers/stories/kinginye/contents.htm The King in Yellow]]'' concerns the eponymous and forbidden play that drives readers and viewers mad. ''Literature/TheKingInYellow'' and everything related to it was later incorporated into the CthulhuMythos.

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* And one of the most famous examples in literature. Creator/RobertWChambers' short story anthology ''[[http://www.yankeeclassic.com/miskatonic/library/stacks/literature/chambers/stories/kinginye/contents.htm The King in Yellow]]'' concerns the eponymous and forbidden play that drives readers and viewers mad. ''Literature/TheKingInYellow'' and everything related to it was later incorporated into the CthulhuMythos.Franchise/CthulhuMythos.



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* In ''{{Series/Smallville}}'', The Helmet of Nabu reveals the fate of everyone to the wearer and drives them insane.

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* In ''{{Series/Smallville}}'', ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', The Helmet of Nabu reveals the fate of everyone to the wearer and drives them insane.



* In ''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.

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* In ''Franchise/StarTrek'', having ''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'.
"meh".
** The ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Original Series]]'' episode "Is There In 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.



** 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.]]

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** From "The Alternative Factor", [[spoiler: Matter!Lazarus [[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.]]



* On ''{{Series/Dollhouse}},'' it's strongly implied that this is what happens to [[spoiler:Topher.]] He witnesses the death of [[spoiler:Bennett]] and then learns that he was responsible for creating the devices that will bring about the technological apocalypse. It's enough to drive him so far over the edge that he becomes terrified of his own intelligence, because the Rossum Corporation keeps forcing him to use it to hurt people.

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* On ''{{Series/Dollhouse}},'' ''Series/{{Dollhouse}},'' it's strongly implied that this is what happens to [[spoiler:Topher.]] He witnesses the death of [[spoiler:Bennett]] and then learns that he was responsible for creating the devices that will bring about the technological apocalypse. It's enough to drive him so far over the edge that he becomes terrified of his own intelligence, because the Rossum Corporation keeps forcing him to use it to hurt people.



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** The Madness Meters have many varieties of ways to show how a multitude of stressful experiences, among them anything dealing with the supernatural, can either harden you into a sociopath or drive you insane.\\
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** The Madness Meters have many varieties of ways to show how a multitude of stressful experiences, among them anything dealing with the supernatural, can either harden you into a sociopath or drive you insane.\\
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-->[[spoiler:'''Archbishop Benedictus''':]] I looked into the eyes of the dragon... and despaired.

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-->[[spoiler:'''Archbishop Benedictus''':]] --->[[spoiler:'''Archbishop Benedictus:''']] I looked into the eyes of the dragon... and despaired.



* ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed''

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* ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed''''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'':



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* ''WebAnimation/BravestWarriors'' has Beth's Horse, who was rendered almost completely catatonic after discovering the meaning of the universe.
-->'''Horse:''' Paralyzed Horse's Log, July 3rd 3085... Every day, I hear and I see eternity. I am frozen in awe of my knowledge of forever...
* PlayedForLaughs in ''WebAnimation/ProjectVoicebend'', where Amon has the power to "mind-bend", giving minor characters awareness of their irrelevance. Bolin is also subjected to this and finds out his parents' deaths were nothing more than plot devices.
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* ''Blog/InvisibleGames'' has this happen at least twice. In ''Killswitch'' a man acquires what may be the last surviving copy of the titular video game and promises to upload online videos of his playthrough. The only video he ever posts [[spoiler: is of him staring at the camera and crying while the game runs on a screen in the background.]] Later, in ''The Pentintytär Arcade,'' after discovering the scene of a woman's suicide a young boy begins to play the set of unique video games she had constructed. [[spoiler: The story that spans across the games haunts him for the rest of his life and drives him to relentlessly collect the games years after the set has been broken up and acquired by different collectors. He is last seen sitting naked among the game cabinets, crying and clutching a gun.]]



* When the IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight fails to work on [[spoiler: The Nostalgia Chick]] in ''WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee'', [[spoiler: WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows resorts to this trope, showing her his face. WordOfGod is that his face reflects one's soul, and WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick did not like what she saw. This is also why WebVideo/ObscurusLupa was just dandy after looking at it.]]

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* When the IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight fails to work on [[spoiler: The Nostalgia Chick]] in ''WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee'', [[spoiler: WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows [[spoiler:WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows resorts to this trope, showing her his face. WordOfGod is that his face reflects one's soul, and WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick did not like what she saw. This is also why WebVideo/ObscurusLupa was just dandy after looking at it.]]



* WebOriginal/JonTron has this gem from his review of [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII "Final Hallway XIII"]]: "I ''thought'' I was playing the game Jon... [[OhCrap But I've been using the wrong controller this whole time...]] The game's playing itself Jon! The game's playing itself Jon!!! THE GAME'S JUST PLAYING ITSELF JON!!!"

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* WebOriginal/JonTron has this WebOriginal/JonTron:
** This
gem from his review of [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII "Final Hallway XIII"]]: "I ''thought'' I was playing the game Jon... [[OhCrap But I've been using the wrong controller this whole time...]] The game's playing itself Jon! The game's playing itself Jon!!! THE GAME'S JUST PLAYING ITSELF JON!!!"



* ''WebAnimation/BravestWarriors'' has Beth's Horse, who was rendered almost completely catatonic after discovering the meaning of the universe.
-->'''Horse:''' Paralyzed Horse's Log, July 3rd 3085... Every day, I hear and I see eternity. I am frozen in awe of my knowledge of forever...
* PlayedForLaughs in ''WebAnimation/ProjectVoicebend'', where Amon has the power to "mind-bend", giving minor characters awareness of their irrelevance. Bolin is also subjected to this and finds out his parents' deaths were nothing more than plot devices.



--> '''Homer:''' They're dogs! ''And they're playing poker!'' '''AAAAAHHHH!!!'''

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--> '''Homer:''' --->'''Homer:''' They're dogs! ''And they're playing poker!'' '''AAAAAHHHH!!!'''



-->'''Hector:''' That guy. That '''guy. THAT GUY I''' '''''HATE!!!'''''
-->'''Officer:''' Are you...all right, sir?
-->'''Hector:''' Yes, thank you. I have merely gone blind with rage. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to jump off the pier.
* 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.

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-->'''Hector:''' That guy. That '''guy. THAT GUY I''' '''''HATE!!!'''''
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'''''HATE!!!'''''\\
'''Officer:'''
Are you...all right, sir?
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sir?\\
'''Hector:'''
Yes, thank you. I have merely gone blind with rage. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to jump off the pier.
* In the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes ''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.



* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' has [[spoiler:Fiddleford Hadron [=McGucket=]]] revealed to have gone under this after working with the journals and [[spoiler:repeatedly erasing his memory of any unusual events that occur in the town.]]
** It's further revealed in the episode [[spoiler: "A Tale of Two Stans"]] that [[spoiler: [=McGucket=] was college friends with the Author - who has since been revealed to be Stan's long lost twin brother, "Ford" - and agreed to help him build the universal portal. While doing a test run with a dummy, [=McGucket=] was accidentally pulled through the portal, but was pulled out by Ford. However, what [=McGucket=] witnessed while in the portal proved too much for him and he quit on the spot, only cryptically saying, "YROO XRKSVI GIRZMTOV [Bill Cipher Triangle]... When Gravity Falls and Earth become sky, fear the beast with just one eye."]] After that, [=McGucket=] became extremely paranoid, which propelled him to [[spoiler: create the memory eraser, [[SanitySlippage which only drove him further into madness]].]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' has ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'':
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[[spoiler:Fiddleford Hadron [=McGucket=]]] is revealed to have gone under this after working with the journals and [[spoiler:repeatedly erasing his memory of any unusual events that occur in the town.]]
** It's further revealed in the episode [[spoiler: "A Tale of Two Stans"]] that [[spoiler: [=McGucket=] was college friends with the Author - -- who has since been revealed to be Stan's long lost twin brother, "Ford" - and agreed to help him build the universal portal. While doing a test run with a dummy, [=McGucket=] was accidentally pulled through the portal, but was pulled out by Ford. However, what [=McGucket=] witnessed while in the portal proved too much for him and he quit on the spot, only cryptically saying, "YROO XRKSVI GIRZMTOV [Bill Cipher Triangle]... When Gravity Falls and Earth become sky, fear the beast with just one eye."]] After that, [=McGucket=] became extremely paranoid, which propelled him to [[spoiler: create the memory eraser, [[SanitySlippage which only drove him further into madness]].]]






[[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife This very wiki.... Completely ruined..... Ha.... HA....HAHA!... HAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!]]

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** Sasuke, understandably, [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone does not react well]] when he finds out the truth about [[spoiler:Itachi]]. Thankfully, after 200 or so chapters, he gets better.
** Likewise, [[spoiler: the real]] [[BigBad Madara Uchiha]] went mad after reading deeply into the Uchiha Tablet and discovering[[spoiler:[[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow that their war-torn world has always been such and that it only became worse once a princess sought to end all conflict by stealing Chakra from a God/Eldritch Abomination and becoming a goddess herself.]]]] Granted, he already had his problems and had suffered more than his fair share of personal tragedy, but digesting ''that'' piece of information was [[AssimilationPlot the straw that broke the camel's back.]] [[spoiler:Which was exactly what Black Zetsu intended when he rewrote the tablet. Madara was driven mad by a lie.]]

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** Sasuke, understandably, [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone does not react well]] when he finds out the truth about [[spoiler:Itachi]]. Itachi. Thankfully, after 200 or so chapters, he gets better.
better ([[BaitTheDog well, or so it seems]]).
** Likewise, [[spoiler: the real]] Likewise, [[BigBad Madara Uchiha]] went mad after reading deeply into the Uchiha Tablet and discovering[[spoiler:[[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow discovering [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow that their war-torn world has always been such and that it only became worse once a princess sought to end all conflict by stealing Chakra from a God/Eldritch Abomination and becoming a goddess herself.]]]] Granted, he already had his problems and had suffered more than his fair share of personal tragedy, but digesting ''that'' piece of information was [[AssimilationPlot the straw that broke the camel's back.]] [[spoiler:Which Which was exactly what Black Zetsu intended when he rewrote the tablet. Madara was driven mad by a lie.]]
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* It is generally forbidden to collect all of the [[Literature/ArabianNights Tales Of A Thousand And One Nights]] in one set, and not just because it would be difficult to do so. According to legend, reading them all in one sitting will make whoever does so go mad from the sheer majesty of it. This is because your brain would short out from lack of sleep. Seriously, a thousand and one tales with a narrative thread that connects them would be a LOT of reading for a single sitting.
* Paul Cohen said that he suspected that this had happened to Kurt Gödel, that his discoveries in logic caused him to have paranoid delusions later in life.
* The sad story of George Price, who used several mathematical and biological models to derive a mathematical equation that postulated that altruistic behavior and kindness do not actually come from true selflessness and concern for others, but are only naturally selected in order to promote one's own genetic heritage (people are more likely to be altruistic towards individuals with more similar genetic makeup, which explains why people often care more about their family than others). This theory states that there is no inherent selflessness in humans, and the altruistic acts are actually biogically self-serving. Unable to accept such a theory, Price decided to randomly perform altruistic acts, which led him to give away most of his possessions. When he was broke and kicked out of his rented house, he decided to take his own life. People said it was because of his despondency over his inability to continue helping the homeless.
* Some have tried to poetically paint Creator/FriedrichNietzsche this way. It sounds good: "He got so close to the Truth, a Truth he didn't believe in!" or something like that. He would have probably disagreed very much, being [[FanHater quite the despiser]] of any clichéd thought, but who knows? He really did pump out quite a few writings in the 1880s, and yet was very definitely insane by the end of that decade. Ultimately he succumbed to the brain disease that ailed him (identified as syphilis at the time, but whatever it was, it was there).
* Hallucinogenic or disassociative drugs have the potential to cause feelings of this; with some individuals, permanent psychosis can result.
* While not exactly "mad", Scientologists contend that anyone who reads the Xenu story without proper preparation (i.e., $200,000 in "donations") will become physically and mentally weakened. This may have something to do with a kind of "shock treatment" backfire similar to the VR in ''Manga/TwentiethCenturyBoys''. However, there were originally plans to make a FilmOfTheBook in order to let the public in on the [[strike:joke]] secret. [[Creator/LRonHubbard Hubbard]] changed his mind when he realized how much money he was making off the "[[YouKeepUsingThatWord audits]]".
* {{Wikipedia}}. Some pages aren't for the meek of the psyche, such as, say, the aptly-titled [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultimate_fate_of_the_universe Ultimate Fate of the Universe]].
* The sheer size of the Universe can drive people mad, as a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giordano_Bruno certain unfortunate monk]] experienced it. For example, watch this video of star size comparison: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vT4KEcslp_Y Link]]
* Some speculate this was the reason Nicolay Gogol burned the second and third volumes of "Dead Souls". Others, however, claim it was [[CreatorBreakdown because he realized he couldn't redeem the characters and thus the plot arc was futile]].
* Georg Cantor, the creator of the Continuum Hypothesis, went [[MadMathematician insane]] from trying to prove something that Kurt Gödel, another mathematician, later proved literally cannot be proved.
* Lord Palmerston, who was both Prime Minister and Foreign Minister in Victorian England, speaking of the extremely intricate political questions involved in [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schleswig-Holstein_Question the Schleshwig-Holstein Controversy]], said "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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17th Feb '17 11:09:19 AM Fighteer
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* The mathematical proof that [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/0.999 0.999... is equal to 1]]. The evidence has been known to cause opposition and skepticism in college classes, as it compels detractors to question perception of infinitesimals and numeric limitation (some declare the equation a paradox). The rejection is a popular case study in arithmetic, as the math can be proven in multiple methods, both simple and complex. Those who argue against the proof begin to apply irrational logic as they refuse to accept or perceive what is being presented before them. Many attempts to disprove the proof have been presented, but mathematical systems that reject the notion begin to reach incomprehensible complexity when multiplication and negation are applied. Individuals introducing arithmetic where 0.999... does not equal to 1, undo prevailing mathematics and increase the complexity of solving unrelated equations by unnecessary orders of magnitude. Professors such as Fred Richman and Timothy Gowers have argued ''0.999... is equal to 1'' represents AFormYouAreComfortableWith among mathematicians, as an alternative would be impossible to realistically implement as a replacement, [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow needlessly counter intuitive]], and setbacks arithmetic as a whole.



* Some studies show that extreme pessimists have the most realistic grasp of their abilities, place in the world, and the probability of something happening. They're also most likely to be seriously clinically depressed. The study differs depending on which study is consulted and what questions you ask. If it's something that people, in general, are overly optimistic about (e.g. WideEyedIdealist) the pessimists will be sometimes accurate. If it's something that people are overly paranoid about, (risk of death in a terror attack) the pessimists will be inaccurate.



* Possibly Buckminster Fuller.
* [[MadBomber The Unabomber]], after the MotiveRant he received as a test subject in the CIA's Project [=MKULTRA=].



* A more mundane example happens whenever people suffer extensive bodily trauma. During that time, the body releases adrenaline that dulls the pain so that you're unaware of the extent of your injuries until after you escaped a dangerous situation. In addition, there is also the psychological shock where your mind is essentially refusing the reality of the situation by disconnecting from your emotions and whatever else is going on around you. This was best exemplified in Film/{{Saving Private Ryan}}, where during the Normandy Invasion a soldier casually wanders around the battlefield looking for his severed arm after having it blown off.



* Apparently, studies show that mental illness is a common side effect of genius.
17th Feb '17 10:41:16 AM Nargrakhan
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