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28th Jun '16 3:08:27 PM Dravencour
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Other people can attempt to [[HaveYouTriedRebooting reboot]] the character; GetAHoldOfYourselfMan may work (especially in the stories where violence is always the answer), as may telling them to QuitYourWhining. The best thing that can happen to a hero suffering from a BSOD is meeting a friendly WarriorTherapist; the ''worst'' thing is meeting a ''hostile'' WarriorTherapist, as such a foe can BreakThemByTalking.

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Other people can attempt to [[HaveYouTriedRebooting reboot]] the character; GetAHoldOfYourselfMan may work (especially in the stories where violence is always the answer), as may telling them to QuitYourWhining. The best thing that can happen to a hero suffering from a BSOD is meeting a friendly WarriorTherapist; the ''worst'' thing is meeting a ''hostile'' WarriorTherapist, as such a foe can BreakThemByTalking.
[[BreakThemByTalking ensure that the hero crashes completely]], driving them over the edge into the DespairEventHorizon.
6th Feb '15 6:32:26 PM CaptEquinox
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Compare HeroicRROD (the physical equivalent), FreakOut, and DeerInTheHeadlights. One common reaction is IThinkYouBrokeHim. In RealLife psychology, this sort of thing is known as an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acute_stress_reaction acute stress reaction]], and is related to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. If a character starts singing about their (or someone else's) Heroic BSOD, then it's also an example of BSODSong

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Compare HeroicRROD (the physical equivalent), FreakOut, and DeerInTheHeadlights. One common reaction is IThinkYouBrokeHim. In RealLife psychology, this sort of thing is known as an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acute_stress_reaction acute stress reaction]], or a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mental_breakdown mental breakdown]], and is related to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. If a character starts singing about their (or someone else's) Heroic BSOD, then it's also an example of BSODSong
19th Nov '14 5:03:19 PM TomWalpertac2
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Individuals afflicted with this trope are often seen exhibiting the classic [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thousand-yard_stare "Thousand Yard Stare"]], with its blank, emotionless expression and unfocussed, empty eyes.

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Individuals afflicted with this trope are often seen exhibiting the classic [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thousand-yard_stare "Thousand Yard Stare"]], ThousandYardStare, with its blank, emotionless expression and unfocussed, empty eyes.
19th Nov '14 4:58:55 PM TomWalpertac2
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The trope is named in honor of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BSOD an infamous Microsoft Windows error]] that indicates that the system has screwed itself big time. A particularly literal version could involve a character (preferably a supercomputer or other ArtificialIntelligence) literally displaying a Blue Screen Of Death.

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The trope is named in honor of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BSOD an infamous Microsoft Windows error]] that indicates that the system has screwed itself big time. A particularly literal version could involve a character (preferably a supercomputer or other ArtificialIntelligence) literally displaying a Blue Screen Of Death.
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Individuals afflicted with this trope are often seen exhibiting the classic [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thousand-yard_stare "Thousand Yard Stare"]], with its blank, emotionless expression and unfocussed, empty eyes.
12th Jun '14 5:02:13 PM Acebrock
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Compare HeroicRROD (the physical equivalent), FreakOut, and DeerInTheHeadlights. One common reaction is IThinkYouBrokeHim. In RealLife psychology, this sort of thing is known as an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acute_stress_reaction acute stress reaction]], and is related to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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Compare HeroicRROD (the physical equivalent), FreakOut, and DeerInTheHeadlights. One common reaction is IThinkYouBrokeHim. In RealLife psychology, this sort of thing is known as an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acute_stress_reaction acute stress reaction]], and is related to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Disorder. If a character starts singing about their (or someone else's) Heroic BSOD, then it's also an example of BSODSong
28th Mar '14 1:27:30 AM IBG
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A stunning revelation or horrible event affects a character or someone they care deeply about, leaving them shocked to the point of mentally shutting down for a while, analogous to the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Screen_of_Death‎ Blue Screen of Death]]. The effect is similar to passing a DespairEventHorizon, but is temporary rather than permanent. Alternatively, if, say, this occurs during a fight, a hero may have a [[FoeTossingCharge violent outburst]], killing EvilMinions and hurling their own companions aside. They may run off and have to be tracked down by their friends for EpiphanyTherapy. AloneInACrowd typically represents a milder, non-disabling form of BSOD; a related trope is HeroicSafeMode, wherein the hero "defaults" to a fight or flight mindset before rebooting in safety. A ShellShockedVeteran may have a BSOD in their back story.

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A stunning revelation or horrible event affects a character or someone they care deeply about, leaving them shocked to the point of mentally shutting down for a while, analogous to the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Screen_of_Death‎ org/wiki/Blue_Screen_of_Death Blue Screen of Death]]. The effect is similar to passing a DespairEventHorizon, but is temporary rather than permanent. Alternatively, if, say, this occurs during a fight, a hero may have a [[FoeTossingCharge violent outburst]], killing EvilMinions and hurling their own companions aside. They may run off and have to be tracked down by their friends for EpiphanyTherapy. AloneInACrowd typically represents a milder, non-disabling form of BSOD; a related trope is HeroicSafeMode, wherein the hero "defaults" to a fight or flight mindset before rebooting in safety. A ShellShockedVeteran may have a BSOD in their back story.
26th Mar '14 9:50:22 PM thnidu
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A stunning revelation or horrible event affects a character or someone they care deeply about, leaving them shocked to the point of mentally shutting down for a while. The effect is similar to passing a DespairEventHorizon, but is temporary rather than permanent. Alternatively, if, say, this occurs during a fight, a hero may have a [[FoeTossingCharge violent outburst]], killing EvilMinions and hurling their own companions aside. They may run off and have to be tracked down by their friends for EpiphanyTherapy. AloneInACrowd typically represents a milder, non-disabling form of BSOD; a related trope is HeroicSafeMode, wherein the hero "defaults" to a fight or flight mindset before rebooting in safety. A ShellShockedVeteran may have a BSOD in their back story.

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A stunning revelation or horrible event affects a character or someone they care deeply about, leaving them shocked to the point of mentally shutting down for a while.while, analogous to the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Screen_of_Death‎ Blue Screen of Death]]. The effect is similar to passing a DespairEventHorizon, but is temporary rather than permanent. Alternatively, if, say, this occurs during a fight, a hero may have a [[FoeTossingCharge violent outburst]], killing EvilMinions and hurling their own companions aside. They may run off and have to be tracked down by their friends for EpiphanyTherapy. AloneInACrowd typically represents a milder, non-disabling form of BSOD; a related trope is HeroicSafeMode, wherein the hero "defaults" to a fight or flight mindset before rebooting in safety. A ShellShockedVeteran may have a BSOD in their back story.
2nd Mar '14 8:47:05 PM Kanjilearner
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Other people can attempt to [[HaveYouTriedRebooting reboot]] the character; GetAholdOfYourselfMan may work (especially in the stories where violence is always the answer), as may telling them to QuitYourWhining. The best thing that can happen to a hero suffering from a BSOD is meeting a friendly WarriorTherapist; the ''worst'' thing is meeting a ''hostile'' WarriorTherapist, as such a foe can BreakThemByTalking.

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Other people can attempt to [[HaveYouTriedRebooting reboot]] the character; GetAholdOfYourselfMan GetAHoldOfYourselfMan may work (especially in the stories where violence is always the answer), as may telling them to QuitYourWhining. The best thing that can happen to a hero suffering from a BSOD is meeting a friendly WarriorTherapist; the ''worst'' thing is meeting a ''hostile'' WarriorTherapist, as such a foe can BreakThemByTalking.
12th Feb '14 8:43:56 AM Spindriver
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Heroic Blue Screen of Death: An earth-shattering revelation or horrible event affects the hero or someone he cares deeply about, leaving him flummoxed or shocked to the point of mentally shutting down for a while, like a DespairEventHorizon, except temporary instead of permanent. Alternatively, if this occurs during a fight with one of the BigBad's minions, the hero may have a [[FoeTossingCharge violent outburst]], with the ensuing catastrophe killing EvilMinions and knocking his companions in different directions. In the latter case, the hero may disappear into the fog of war and have to be tracked down by his friends and given a heaping helping of EpiphanyTherapy.

Reasons for the BSOD vary, but usually involves something that shakes the very core of the character's being. Classic examples include losing a loved one (especially one that the character [[ILetGwenStacyDie failed to protect or save]]); discovering that the character is [[TomatoInTheMirror not who he thought he was]]; being [[EtTuBrute betrayed by someone]] [[HeartbrokenBadass the character cared about]]; being forced to go against a personal code, core belief, or deep abiding reason to live; cornered into despair by a personally impossible choice, such as a savior-type moralist pacifist having to choose between using violence and deadly force for the first time or putting friends and companions open to attack from said enemy via their failure to act, possibly compounded to by seeing cowardice and hipocrisy in their own actions; being delivered a nasty BreakingSpeech by a particularly crafty villain; [[ShellShockedVeteran being drafted into a]] [[WarIsHell war]]; [[MindRape having their mind broken]]; or [[MyGreatestFailure failing miserably at something that everything was riding on]]. First kills (intentional or otherwise) or inability to go through with said first kill despite clear consequences may also trigger this, especially if the character was previously depicted as innocent, though other tropes such as TheseHandsHaveKilled often overlap.

The result is a ThousandYardStare, one of the visible symptoms, or a form of non-consensual TenMinuteRetirement. The aftermath may cause the hero to become [[TheStoic emotionally]] [[AngstComa comatose]], [[OutDamnedSpot obsessive and guilt-ridden]], [[DumbStruck mute]], or in really bad cases, a [[JadeColoredGlasses jaded]] violent [[AmnesiacDissonance amnesiac]]. The most literal BSOD effect would be catatonia. GoMadFromTheRevelation is the even more severe form, where the BSOD becomes outright psychosis. Such personality changes may also scare the hell out of people who are now worried the hero is [[FallenHero as much a danger as the villain was]]. If the incident happened before the story takes place, it provides a rationale for him to be the ShellShockedSenior.

Compare FreakOut. In RealLife psychology, this is known as an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acute_stress_reaction acute stress reaction]], which is related to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

The best thing that can happen to a person suffering from a Heroic BSOD is meeting a friendly WarriorTherapist, or for an extra layer of awesome, [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan getting]] [[HaveYouTriedRebooting rebooted]] [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan with percussive force]]. Meeting a hostile WarriorTherapist, on the other hand, is the ''worst'' thing that can happen to them, as they'd [[BreakThemByTalking make damn sure]] that [[DespairEventHorizon the character crashes completely]]. If they don't meet either of these, they are quite likely to end up in the long-term version SafetyInIndifference where they are functional but [[EmotionSuppression emotionally cut off]].

HopeIsScary is a frequent reaction to the beginning of recovery.

The villain version of a Heroic BSOD is a VillainousBreakdown, which often involves the villain going completely crazy instead of shutting down, or VillainousBSOD, where the villain grows a conscience and reacts accordingly.

A subtrope of Heroic BSOD is the AngstComa, which specifically refers to entering a comatose or catatonic state as opposed to other forms of mental breakdown. A related trope is HeroicSafeMode, where the hero "defaults" to a fight or flight mindset before rebooting in safety.

Named in honor of the infamous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BSOD Blue Screen of Death]], common term for the Microsoft Windows error that indicates that the system has screwed itself big time and must be rebooted. A particularly literal version would include a character (preferably a supercomputer or such AIs) literally getting the infamous Blue Screen Of Death.

HesBack is what happens when the character recovers from a Heroic BSOD and returns to being the person he or she used to be. It is usually accompanied by a WorldOfCardboardSpeech. If the character never recovers from the Heroic BSOD or abandons his cause or moral outlook because of it, however, they've fallen over the DespairEventHorizon. AloneInACrowd typically requires a milder form of Heroic BSOD.

Compare HeroicRROD (the physical equivalent). One common reaction is IThinkYouBrokeHim. Characters can attempt to reboot the affected character by performing a GetAholdOfYourselfMan or telling them to QuitYourWhining. Compare DeerInTheHeadlights

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Heroic Blue Screen of Death: An earth-shattering A stunning revelation or horrible event affects the hero a character or someone he cares they care deeply about, leaving him flummoxed or them shocked to the point of mentally shutting down for a while, like while. The effect is similar to passing a DespairEventHorizon, except but is temporary instead of rather than permanent. Alternatively, if if, say, this occurs during a fight with one of the BigBad's minions, the fight, a hero may have a [[FoeTossingCharge violent outburst]], with the ensuing catastrophe killing EvilMinions and knocking his hurling their own companions in different directions. In the latter case, the hero aside. They may disappear into the fog of war run off and have to be tracked down by his their friends and given a heaping helping of EpiphanyTherapy.

Reasons
for EpiphanyTherapy. AloneInACrowd typically represents a milder, non-disabling form of BSOD; a related trope is HeroicSafeMode, wherein the hero "defaults" to a fight or flight mindset before rebooting in safety. A ShellShockedVeteran may have a BSOD vary, but usually involves something that shakes the very core of the character's being. Classic examples include losing a loved one (especially one that in their back story.

The trope name notwithstanding, [[TropesAreFlexible
the character suffering a Heroic BSOD may not necessarily be a fully-fledged hero]]. However, if something like this happens to a more ambiguous or mundane character, it is ''much'' more likely to be PlayedForLaughs or just taken less seriously. But a BSOD is never brief or trivial; the effect must involve some kind of total mental shut-down to qualify. Also, an outright ''villain'' suffering a similar effect will usually experience a VillainousBreakdown (often involving them going completely crazy instead of shutting down) or a VillainousBSOD (whereby they gain a conscience).

Possible triggers include [[MyGreatestFailure failing in something crucial]] such as
[[ILetGwenStacyDie failed to protect or save]]); discovering that the character is [[TomatoInTheMirror not who he thought he was]]; saving a loved one]], being [[EtTuBrute betrayed betrayed]] by someone]] [[HeartbrokenBadass the character cared about]]; a close friend]], being forced to go against a personal code, core belief, or deep abiding reason to live; cornered into despair by a personally impossible choice, such as a savior-type moralist pacifist make an "impossible" choice (e.g. having to choose between using violence and deadly force for the first time "evil" methods or putting laying friends and companions open to attack from said enemy via their failure to act, possibly compounded to by seeing cowardice and hipocrisy in their own actions; attack), or being delivered hit with a nasty BreakingSpeech by a particularly crafty villain; [[ShellShockedVeteran being drafted into a]] [[WarIsHell war]]; [[MindRape having their mind broken]]; or [[MyGreatestFailure failing miserably at something that everything was riding on]]. First kills (intentional or otherwise) or inability to go through with said first kill despite clear consequences may also trigger this, especially if the character was previously depicted as innocent, though other ArmorPiercingQuestion. Other tropes such as TheseHandsHaveKilled often overlap.

overlap. When the trope is PlayedForLaughs or used for {{melodrama}}tic effect, the cause can be less substantial; deranged behavior from someone supposedly sane, seeing something completely surreal, or being hit with a WallOfText, say.

Other people can attempt to [[HaveYouTriedRebooting reboot]] the character; GetAholdOfYourselfMan may work (especially in the stories where violence is always the answer), as may telling them to QuitYourWhining.
The result best thing that can happen to a hero suffering from a BSOD is meeting a friendly WarriorTherapist; the ''worst'' thing is meeting a ''hostile'' WarriorTherapist, as such a foe can BreakThemByTalking.

Even after regaining some function, a BSOD sufferer may evince
a ThousandYardStare, one of the visible symptoms, or a form of non-consensual go into TenMinuteRetirement. The aftermath may cause In the longer term, a hero to may become [[TheStoic emotionally]] [[AngstComa comatose]], emotionally comatose]] (entering an AngstComa), [[OutDamnedSpot obsessive and guilt-ridden]], [[DumbStruck mute]], or in really bad cases, a [[JadeColoredGlasses jaded]] violent [[AmnesiacDissonance amnesiac]]. The most literal A really long-term BSOD effect would be catatonia. catatonia; GoMadFromTheRevelation is the even more severe form, where the BSOD becomes outright psychosis. Such personality changes may also scare the hell out of people worst case. Those who are now worried the hero is [[FallenHero as much a danger as the villain was]]. If the incident happened before the story takes place, it provides a rationale for him to be the ShellShockedSenior.

Compare FreakOut. In RealLife psychology, this is known as an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acute_stress_reaction acute stress reaction]], which is related to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

The best thing that can happen to a person suffering from a Heroic BSOD is meeting a friendly WarriorTherapist, or for an extra layer of awesome, [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan getting]] [[HaveYouTriedRebooting rebooted]] [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan with percussive force]]. Meeting a hostile WarriorTherapist, on the other hand, is the ''worst'' thing that can happen to them, as they'd [[BreakThemByTalking make damn sure]] that [[DespairEventHorizon the character crashes completely]]. If they
remain functional but don't meet either of these, they are quite likely to end up in find a cure for the long-term version problem may eventually find SafetyInIndifference where or EmotionSuppression; other people may fear that they have become a FallenHero. Comedy and melodramatic uses of the trope are functional but [[EmotionSuppression emotionally cut off]].

far less likely to lead to long-term problems; the character simply snaps back after a few minutes. A character in a {{slapstick}} comedy show may be thrown into ''several'' blue screens in one episode, as a RunningGag.

If opponents discover a character's BSOD trigger, they may employ it as a weapon -- although if they over-use it, the victim may wise up and seek treatment. Even comedy characters can find that a BSOD leads to CharacterDevelopment, marking the start of a series of new experiences, or causing them to revise their world-view.
HopeIsScary is a frequent reaction to the beginning of recovery.

The villain version of a Heroic BSOD is a VillainousBreakdown, which often involves the villain going completely crazy instead of shutting down, or VillainousBSOD, where the villain grows a conscience and reacts accordingly.

A subtrope of Heroic BSOD is the AngstComa, which specifically refers to entering a comatose or catatonic state as opposed to other forms of mental breakdown. A related trope is HeroicSafeMode, where the hero "defaults" to a fight or flight mindset before rebooting in safety.

Named in honor of the infamous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BSOD Blue Screen of Death]], common term
recovery for the Microsoft Windows error that indicates that the system has screwed itself big time and must be rebooted. A particularly literal version would include a character (preferably a supercomputer or such AIs) literally getting the infamous Blue Screen Of Death.

any character. HesBack is what happens when the character recovers from often marks a Heroic BSOD and returns to being the person he or she used to be. It is usually character's full recovery, perhaps accompanied by a WorldOfCardboardSpeech. If the Conversely, a character who never recovers from the Heroic BSOD or abandons his cause or moral outlook because of it, however, they've has fallen over the DespairEventHorizon. AloneInACrowd typically requires a milder form of Heroic BSOD.

DespairEventHorizon.

Compare HeroicRROD (the physical equivalent).equivalent), FreakOut, and DeerInTheHeadlights. One common reaction is IThinkYouBrokeHim. Characters can attempt In RealLife psychology, this sort of thing is known as an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acute_stress_reaction acute stress reaction]], and is related to reboot Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

The trope is named in honor of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BSOD an infamous Microsoft Windows error]] that indicates that
the affected system has screwed itself big time. A particularly literal version could involve a character by performing (preferably a GetAholdOfYourselfMan supercomputer or telling them to QuitYourWhining. Compare DeerInTheHeadlights
other ArtificialIntelligence) literally displaying a Blue Screen Of Death.
28th Jan '14 9:14:51 PM Adieu
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Reasons for the BSOD vary, but usually involves something that shakes the very core of the character's being. Classic examples include losing a loved one (especially one that the character [[ILetGwenStacyDie failed to protect or save]]); discovering that the character is [[TomatoInTheMirror not who he thought he was]]; being [[EtTuBrute betrayed by someone]] [[HeartbrokenBadass the character cared about]]; being forced to go against a personal code, core belief, or deep abiding reason to live; being delivered a nasty BreakingSpeech by a particularly crafty villain; [[ShellShockedVeteran being drafted into a]] [[WarIsHell war]]; [[MindRape having their mind broken]]; or [[MyGreatestFailure failing miserably at something that everything was riding on]]. First kills (intentional or otherwise) may also trigger this, especially if the character was previously depicted as innocent, though other tropes such as TheseHandsHaveKilled often overlap.

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Reasons for the BSOD vary, but usually involves something that shakes the very core of the character's being. Classic examples include losing a loved one (especially one that the character [[ILetGwenStacyDie failed to protect or save]]); discovering that the character is [[TomatoInTheMirror not who he thought he was]]; being [[EtTuBrute betrayed by someone]] [[HeartbrokenBadass the character cared about]]; being forced to go against a personal code, core belief, or deep abiding reason to live; cornered into despair by a personally impossible choice, such as a savior-type moralist pacifist having to choose between using violence and deadly force for the first time or putting friends and companions open to attack from said enemy via their failure to act, possibly compounded to by seeing cowardice and hipocrisy in their own actions; being delivered a nasty BreakingSpeech by a particularly crafty villain; [[ShellShockedVeteran being drafted into a]] [[WarIsHell war]]; [[MindRape having their mind broken]]; or [[MyGreatestFailure failing miserably at something that everything was riding on]]. First kills (intentional or otherwise) or inability to go through with said first kill despite clear consequences may also trigger this, especially if the character was previously depicted as innocent, though other tropes such as TheseHandsHaveKilled often overlap.
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