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5th May '16 9:30:16 AM KhymChanur
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->''"The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the light into the peace and safety of a new dark age."''
-->-- ''[[Creator/HPLovecraft The Call of Cthulhu]]''

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->''"The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either [[TropeNamer go mad from the revelation revelation]] or flee from the light into the peace and safety of a new dark age."''
-->-- ''[[Creator/HPLovecraft The Call of Cthulhu]]''
''Literature/TheCallOfCthulhu''
4th May '16 12:35:00 PM Anicomicgeek
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*** In the ''Series/PowerRangersMegaforce'' episode of ''[=HoPR=]'', Linkara, in the third case of him actually appearing on camera in ''[=HoPR=]'' (after [[WhamEpisode his shocked reaction to]] [[Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy Kendrix's death]] and [[{{Headdesk}} banging his head against a wall after]] [[Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive Dax lets Miratrix steal a scroll]], then reusing that last clip why Alpha 6 wasn't voiced by Creator/RichardStevenHorvitz, Creator/WendeeLee, or Caterina Lucciani) is his reaction to [[spoiler: Robo Knight's UnexplainedRecovery]], going LaughingMad, grabbing a gun, getting up from his chair and firing said gun until he emptys the clip and his laughing turns to outright screaming.

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*** In the ''Series/PowerRangersMegaforce'' episode of ''[=HoPR=]'', Linkara, in the third case of him actually appearing on camera in ''[=HoPR=]'' (after [[WhamEpisode his shocked reaction to]] [[Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy Kendrix's death]] and [[{{Headdesk}} banging his head against a wall after]] [[Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive Dax lets Miratrix steal a scroll]], then reusing that last clip why to express his disdain for Alpha 6 wasn't not being voiced by Creator/RichardStevenHorvitz, Creator/WendeeLee, or Caterina Lucciani) is his reaction to [[spoiler: Robo Knight's UnexplainedRecovery]], going LaughingMad, grabbing a gun, getting up from his chair and chair, firing said gun until he emptys empties the clip clip, and his laughing turns to outright screaming.
4th May '16 12:29:16 PM zeroblade386
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** Learning about it ''subconsciously''. Once she had conscious knowledge of it, she got noticeably better. Which isn't to say it made her sane.

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** Learning 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 it, Miranda and was able to finally free herself of the burden she got gets noticeably better. Which isn't to say it made her sane.
4th May '16 6:04:38 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/TheTwilightZone''
** 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".
** The 1980s 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.

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* ''Series/TheTwilightZone''
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''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 1980s 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.
4th May '16 5:59:47 AM Morgenthaler
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** ''[[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]].

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** ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E2GhostLight "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E2GhostLight Ghost Light]]'' 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 "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E11HeavenSent Heaven Sent]]'' 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]].
4th May '16 5:58:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' 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]].

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In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' 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]].
2nd May '16 1:29:44 PM Tron80
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* ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'': When people saw [[spoiler:Reigle]] -a ten-kilometer-tall, smiling EldritchAbomination who looked like a human corpse that had been left in a hot swamp for a month- for first time, they went instantly and permanently insane.
-->Standing up, [She] began to expand at a phenomenal rate, the same grotesque metamorphosis that had occurred before repeating itself on a scale a thousand times grander. Those that saw this happen invariably ran screaming when they did not collapse into quivering, vomiting piles of mental trauma. Those that had the misfortune for [her] ghostly flesh to pass through them were left gibbering wrecks, their sanity violently and permanently ripped from them by the horrific experience.
2nd May '16 10:53:49 AM Tron80
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* Fanfic/PacificWorldWarIIUsNavyShipgirls. Those that survived their encounter with the first Abyssal ship eventually slipped into madness. Thanks to ''New Jersey'' however, this was soon prevented from happening again.

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* Fanfic/PacificWorldWarIIUsNavyShipgirls.''Fanfic/PacificWorldWarIIUsNavyShipgirls''. Those that survived their encounter with the first Abyssal ship eventually slipped into madness. Thanks to ''New Jersey'' however, this was soon prevented from happening again.again.
* ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfAnElderGod'': Unsurprisingly, since this is a Franchise/CthulhuMythos/Evangelion crossover, it happens a lot. Most of people who tried to pilot an [[HumongousMecha Evangelion]] went mad, mutated or died because they had to synch with the mind of an EldritchAbomination. Most of people who saw "[[BrownNote The King Of Yellow]]" being performed went crazy and died when Hastur was summoned. And the list goes on...
17th Apr '16 9:08:58 PM FossilsDaDaDa
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** While much more [[DownplayedTrope subtle]] and different in execution, a nonetheless equally tragic example from the same game happened a long time ago to, [[HiddenDepths of all characters]], [[spoiler:Sans the skeleton.]] At an unspecified point prior to the game's events, [[spoiler:Sans' mysterious scientific exploits caused him to stumble onto the [[GroundhogDayLoop perpetual SAVE/LOAD loop]] that Flowey was causing. None of the characters in the game are able to remember when a LOAD or RESET occurs, and Sans is no exception, but from that point onward, he was fully aware that the world around him was constantly at risk of being brought back to square one at any given moment. This caused him to devolve from what is implied to be an adjusted and motivated scientist to an existentially-exhausted nihilist who can't be bothered to do much of anything that doesn't involve [[LivingEmotionalCrutch his beloved brother Papyrus]] in some way, and whether or not he gets any better (if he even can - Sans is not an easy person to read) depends entirely on what the player does once they inherit the ability to SAVE and LOAD from Flowey]]. What makes him an especially sad example of this trope is that he's [[StepfordSmiler outwardly an extremely friendly and laid-back guy]] with [[SadClown a lovably dumb sense of humor]], and while his condition is foreshadowed often, it's never done in a way that would be obvious to any player except [[RewatchBonus those who already]] [[CerebusRetcon know about it]].
-->[[spoiler:you can't understand how this feels. knowing that one day, without any warning... it's all going to be reset. to be blunt... [[TheFatalist it makes it kind of hard to give it my all]].]]

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** While much more [[DownplayedTrope subtle]] and different in execution, a nonetheless equally tragic example from the same game happened a long time ago to, [[HiddenDepths of all characters]], [[spoiler:Sans the skeleton.]] At an unspecified point prior to the game's events, [[spoiler:Sans' mysterious scientific exploits caused him to stumble onto the [[GroundhogDayLoop perpetual SAVE/LOAD loop]] that Flowey was causing. None of the characters in the game are able to remember when a LOAD or RESET occurs, and Sans is no exception, but from that point onward, he was fully aware that the world around him was constantly at risk of being brought back to square one at any given moment. This caused him to devolve from what is implied to be an adjusted and motivated scientist to an existentially-exhausted nihilist who can't be bothered to do much of anything that doesn't involve [[LivingEmotionalCrutch his beloved brother Papyrus]] in some way, and whether or not he gets any better (if he even can - Sans is not an easy person to read) depends entirely on what the player does once they inherit the ability to SAVE and LOAD from Flowey]]. What makes him an especially sad example of this trope is that that, [[BeneathTheMask outwardly]], he's [[StepfordSmiler outwardly an extremely friendly and laid-back guy]] with [[SadClown a lovably dumb sense of humor]], and while his condition is foreshadowed often, it's never done in a way that would be obvious to any player except [[RewatchBonus those who already]] [[CerebusRetcon know about it]].
-->[[spoiler:you can't understand how this feels. knowing that one day, without any warning... it's all going to be reset. ... to be blunt... [[TheFatalist it makes it kind of hard to give it my all]].]]
17th Apr '16 8:48:30 PM FossilsDaDaDa
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** While much more [[DownplayedTrope subtle]] and different in execution, a nonetheless equally tragic example from the same game happens to, [[HiddenDepths of all characters]], [[spoiler:Sans the skeleton]] At an unspecified point prior to the game's events, [[spoiler:Sans' mysterious scientific exploits caused him to stumble onto the [[GroundhogDayLoop perpetual SAVE/LOAD loop]] that Flowey was causing. None of the characters in the game are able to remember when a LOAD or RESET occurs, and Sans is no exception, but from that point onward, he was fully aware that the world around him was constantly at risk of being brought back to square one at any given moment. This caused him to devolve from what is implied to be an adjusted and motivated scientist to an existentially exhausted nihilist who can't be bothered to do much of anything that doesn't involve [[LivingEmotionalCrutch his beloved brother Papyrus]] in some way, and whether or not he gets any better (if he even does - Sans is not an easy person to read) depends entirely on what the player does once they inherit the ability to SAVE and LOAD from Flowey]]. What makes him an especially sad example of this trope is that he's [[StepfordSmiler outwardly an extremely friendly and laid-back guy]] with [[SadClown a lovably dumb sense of humor]], and while his condition is foreshadowed often, it's never done in a way that would be obvious to any player except [[RewatchBonus those who already]] [[CerebusRetcon know about it]].

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** While much more [[DownplayedTrope subtle]] and different in execution, a nonetheless equally tragic example from the same game happens happened a long time ago to, [[HiddenDepths of all characters]], [[spoiler:Sans the skeleton]] skeleton.]] At an unspecified point prior to the game's events, [[spoiler:Sans' mysterious scientific exploits caused him to stumble onto the [[GroundhogDayLoop perpetual SAVE/LOAD loop]] that Flowey was causing. None of the characters in the game are able to remember when a LOAD or RESET occurs, and Sans is no exception, but from that point onward, he was fully aware that the world around him was constantly at risk of being brought back to square one at any given moment. This caused him to devolve from what is implied to be an adjusted and motivated scientist to an existentially exhausted existentially-exhausted nihilist who can't be bothered to do much of anything that doesn't involve [[LivingEmotionalCrutch his beloved brother Papyrus]] in some way, and whether or not he gets any better (if he even does can - Sans is not an easy person to read) depends entirely on what the player does once they inherit the ability to SAVE and LOAD from Flowey]]. What makes him an especially sad example of this trope is that he's [[StepfordSmiler outwardly an extremely friendly and laid-back guy]] with [[SadClown a lovably dumb sense of humor]], and while his condition is foreshadowed often, it's never done in a way that would be obvious to any player except [[RewatchBonus those who already]] [[CerebusRetcon know about it]].it]].
-->[[spoiler:you can't understand how this feels. knowing that one day, without any warning... it's all going to be reset. to be blunt... [[TheFatalist it makes it kind of hard to give it my all]].]]
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