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25th Aug '16 6:55:46 PM Steven
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* Heavily implied to be happening to [[spoiler: ''the player character'']] in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' during the Dark Knight job quests. They are so tired of always being the hero and they want to get away form it all so that they can do what they want to do rather than being everyone's knight in shining armor that also does menial tasks for people without a word of thanks in return. [[spoiler: It turns out that while the player character does harbor such feelings, it is only their inner darkness/turmoil that's eating them alive and wanting to come out so they can tell everyone how they ''really'' feel about them. The NPC that is in charge of teaching the player character new skills turns out to be the player character's inner desires of wanting to abandon the role of hero and it manifests itself as a separate entity, attacking the player character for total dominance since they're still resisting their inner desires.]]
10th Aug '16 8:48:20 PM nombretomado
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* Alaric Morgan is particularly prone to this in regards his {{Deryni}} powers. He is apt to use use his powers literally to the point of falling over at times, unless he he is prevented from doing so. Kelson scolds him for it in ''The King's Justice'', and Azim forbids him from helping with [[spoiler:Derry]] after he and Dhugal have just spent themselves Healing [[spoiler: Mátyás]] in ''King Kelson's Bride''.

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* Alaric Morgan is particularly prone to this in regards his {{Deryni}} Literature/{{Deryni}} powers. He is apt to use use his powers literally to the point of falling over at times, unless he he is prevented from doing so. Kelson scolds him for it in ''The King's Justice'', and Azim forbids him from helping with [[spoiler:Derry]] after he and Dhugal have just spent themselves Healing [[spoiler: Mátyás]] in ''King Kelson's Bride''.
25th Jul '16 1:11:33 AM PaulA
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* ''[[Literature/{{Chalion}} The Curse of Chalion]]'': Poor Cazaril! To list all his tribulations would be a massive wall of text, but to sum up: in the novel, he rides 800 miles on horseback with a demon-infested tumor in his stomach. ''Before'' the novel takes place, he holds a fortress against an extended seige, and the starvation and disease that go along with that. ''Then'' he's sold into slavery aboard a galley, where he nearly dies to save [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Oarman]]. By the end of the novel he has literally almost hero'ed himself to death.

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* ''[[Literature/{{Chalion}} The Curse of Chalion]]'': ''Literature/TheCurseOfChalion'': Poor Cazaril! To list all his tribulations would be a massive wall of text, but to sum up: in the novel, he rides 800 miles on horseback with a demon-infested tumor in his stomach. ''Before'' the novel takes place, he holds a fortress against an extended seige, siege, and the starvation and disease that go along with that. ''Then'' he's sold into slavery aboard a galley, where he nearly dies to save [[ChekhovsGun [[ChekhovsGunman Chekhov's Oarman]]. By the end of the novel he has literally almost hero'ed himself to death.
5th Apr '16 1:06:20 PM ZimFan89
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* ''WesternAnimation/SuperRobotMonkeyTeamHyperforce'': By the final episodes of the series, Sprx expresses a great deal of stress and weak will as the team tries to stop Valina and Mandarin from resurrecting [[BigBad Skeleton King]], since as he says so himself, despite all the team's efforts and sacrifices, Skeleton King is ''still'' a threat. [[spoiler: This leaves him vulnerable to the [[ArtifactOfDoom Fire of Hate's]] corruption, which renders him BrainwashedAndCrazy.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/SuperRobotMonkeyTeamHyperforce'': ''WesternAnimation/SuperRobotMonkeyTeamHyperforceGo'': By the final episodes of the series, Sprx expresses a great deal of stress and weak will as the team tries to stop Valina and Mandarin from resurrecting [[BigBad Skeleton King]], since as he says so himself, despite all the team's efforts and sacrifices, Skeleton King is ''still'' a threat. [[spoiler: This leaves him vulnerable to the [[ArtifactOfDoom Fire of Hate's]] corruption, which renders him BrainwashedAndCrazy.]]
5th Apr '16 1:05:05 PM ZimFan89
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* ''WesternAnimation/SuperRobotMonkeyTeamHyperforce'': By the final episodes of the series, Sprx expresses a great deal of stress and weak will as the team tries to stop Valina and Mandarin from resurrecting [[BigBad Skeleton King]], since as he says so himself, despite all the team's efforts and sacrifices, Skeleton King is ''still'' a threat. [[spoiler: This leaves him vulnerable to the [[ArtifactOfDoom Fire of Hate's]] corruption, which renders him BrainwashedAndCrazy.]]
18th Aug '15 5:58:18 PM azul120
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ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, this is a trope where TheHero, suffering (or enjoying, depending on the mood of the story) from ChronicHeroSyndrome, spends so much of his time and effort helping people, that it is physically and emotionally wearing him down to the breaking point. It can be [[BlessedWithSuck even worse for him]] if he has something akin to [[SuperSenses super hearing]] or [[{{Telepath}} telepathy]], so he can always hear people calling for help, even when he's trying to get an hour or two of sleep before [[TripleShifter clocking in for his]] [[StockSuperHeroDayJobs Stock Super hero Day Job]] and [[MustHaveCaffeine chugging coffee for the entire day]].

This may lead sooner or later to PassingTheTorch and RetiredBadass, or in more cynical works, a HeroicBSOD or a DespairEventHorizon, as the increasingly strung-out and hopeless hero just loses it because he [[SamaritanSyndrome can't save all those people who need him]]. This could of course apply to the villain, for many of the same reasons (well, presumably not the strain of constantly having to save people, but certainly the stresses of dealing with the superheros and law enforcement would be an issue). For the physical counterpart, where the mind is willing but the body is failing, see FeelingTheirAge.

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ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, this is a trope where TheHero, suffering from (or enjoying, depending on the mood of the story) from ChronicHeroSyndrome, spends so much of his time and effort helping people, that it is physically and emotionally wearing him down to the breaking point. It can be [[BlessedWithSuck even worse for him]] if he has something akin to [[SuperSenses super hearing]] or [[{{Telepath}} telepathy]], {{telepath}}y, so he can always hear people calling for help, even when he's trying to get an hour or two of sleep before [[TripleShifter clocking in for his]] [[StockSuperHeroDayJobs Stock Super hero Day Job]] and [[MustHaveCaffeine chugging coffee for the entire day]].

day]].

This may lead sooner or later to PassingTheTorch and RetiredBadass, or in more cynical works, a HeroicBSOD or a DespairEventHorizon, as the increasingly strung-out and hopeless hero just loses it because he [[SamaritanSyndrome can't save all those people who need him]]. This could of course apply to the villain, for many of the same reasons (well, presumably not the strain of constantly having to save people, but certainly the stresses of dealing with the superheros and law enforcement would be an issue). For the physical counterpart, where the mind is willing but the body is failing, see FeelingTheirAge.



* Franchise/{{Batman}} has a tendency to go through this anytime he (temporarily) gains super powers. ''Engineering'' this was Bane's goal in ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}, [[{{GenreSavvy}} and it worked.]] Notable in that Batman never mentally tires of the job; in his case, it's ''always'' physical exhaustion.
* Happened to The Plutonian prior to his ''massive'' FaceHeelTurn in ''ComicBook/{{Irredeemable}}'', part of his powerset was SuperSenses that he couldn't turn off, so he always heard everyone suffering everywhere. When he decided to go into space for a little while, where the vacuum would prevent him from hearing anything, his absence coincided with an alien virus breaking loose and causing the horrible deaths of hundreds of children.

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* Franchise/{{Batman}} has a tendency to go through this anytime he (temporarily) gains super powers. ''Engineering'' this was Bane's goal in ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}, [[{{GenreSavvy}} and it worked.]] worked]]. Notable in that Batman never mentally tires of the job; in his case, it's ''always'' physical exhaustion.
* Happened to The Plutonian prior to his ''massive'' FaceHeelTurn in ''ComicBook/{{Irredeemable}}'', part of his powerset was SuperSenses that he couldn't turn off, so he always heard everyone suffering everywhere. When he decided to go into space for a little while, where the vacuum would prevent him from hearing anything, his absence coincided with an alien virus breaking loose and causing the horrible deaths of hundreds of children.
children.



* ''{{Film/Daredevil}}'': We see the hero going through his before-bed routine, getting everything put away in just the right place, climbing into the sound-proof casket (necessary due to his [[SuperSenses super hearing]]), only for him to hear a woman somewhere nearby crying for help. He only lets out an exhausted sigh before slowly closing the casket to close out the sound.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'', [[spoiler: Metroman gets so tired of being a hero all the time he fakes his death.]]

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* ''{{Film/Daredevil}}'': ''Film/{{Daredevil}}'': We see the hero going through his before-bed routine, getting everything put away in just the right place, climbing into the sound-proof casket (necessary due to his [[SuperSenses super hearing]]), only for him to hear a woman somewhere nearby crying for help. He only lets out an exhausted sigh before slowly closing the casket to close out the sound.
sound.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'', [[spoiler: Metroman [[spoiler:Metroman gets so tired of being a hero all the time he fakes his death.]]



* ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan2'' uses this trope as well, [[{{RuleOfThree}} being about Spider-Man and all.]] [[spoiler: Gwen Stacy's death and being forced to fight a good friend of his drove Peter to despair, and he stopped being Spidey for ''five months.'']]

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* ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan2'' uses this trope as well, [[{{RuleOfThree}} [[RuleOfThree being about Spider-Man and all.]] [[spoiler: Gwen all]]. [[spoiler:Gwen Stacy's death and being forced to fight a good friend of his drove Peter to despair, and he stopped being Spidey for ''five months.'']]
months''.]]



* Alaric Morgan is particularly prone to this in regards his {{Deryni}} powers. He is apt to use use his powers literally to the point of falling over at times, unless he he is prevented from doing so. Kelson scolds him for it in ''The King's Justice'', and Azim forbids him from helping with [[spoiler: Derry]] after he and Dhugal have just spent themselves Healing [[spoiler: Mátyás]] in ''King Kelson's Bride''.

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* Alaric Morgan is particularly prone to this in regards his {{Deryni}} powers. He is apt to use use his powers literally to the point of falling over at times, unless he he is prevented from doing so. Kelson scolds him for it in ''The King's Justice'', and Azim forbids him from helping with [[spoiler: Derry]] [[spoiler:Derry]] after he and Dhugal have just spent themselves Healing [[spoiler: Mátyás]] in ''King Kelson's Bride''. Bride''.



* [[ComicBook/MartianManhunter J'onn J'onzz]] temporarily quits the WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague late in the third season of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' partly due to this. Mostly due to becoming [[HumansAreBastards estranged from humanity]], which Wonder Woman pointed out. [[spoiler: The next time he's seen is in the Grand Finale... with his human wife.]]

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* [[ComicBook/MartianManhunter J'onn J'onzz]] temporarily quits the WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague late in the third season of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' partly due to this. Mostly due to becoming [[HumansAreBastards estranged from humanity]], which Wonder Woman pointed out. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The next time he's seen is in the Grand Finale... with his human wife.]]
14th Jul '15 5:35:01 PM nombretomado
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* [[MartianManhunter J'onn J'onzz]] temporarily quits the WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague late in the third season of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' partly due to this. Mostly due to becoming [[HumansAreBastards estranged from humanity]], which Wonder Woman pointed out. [[spoiler: The next time he's seen is in the Grand Finale... with his human wife.]]

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* [[MartianManhunter [[ComicBook/MartianManhunter J'onn J'onzz]] temporarily quits the WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague late in the third season of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' partly due to this. Mostly due to becoming [[HumansAreBastards estranged from humanity]], which Wonder Woman pointed out. [[spoiler: The next time he's seen is in the Grand Finale... with his human wife.]]
1st Jul '15 6:48:37 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden]] goes through this all the time. Often he will forget to eat, or sleep when he's on a case and the world needs saving from supernatural doom. By the time he manages to solve everything he's usually so strung out that he often ends up just blacking out from exhaustion.

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* [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Harry Dresden]] Dresden goes through this all the time. Often he will forget to eat, or sleep when he's on a case and the world needs saving from supernatural doom. By the time he manages to solve everything he's usually so strung out that he often ends up just blacking out from exhaustion.
1st Jul '15 6:48:16 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''{{Smallville}}'', ''Sneeze'', Clark wears himself out trying to fix an entire ruined Metropolis.

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* In ''{{Smallville}}'', ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', ''Sneeze'', Clark wears himself out trying to fix an entire ruined Metropolis.



* In an episode of ''LoisAndClark'', Lois was near the breaking point when she realized that even with all of Superman's (borrowed) powers, she could not save everyone.
* In ''TheListener'' this turns out to be a plot point. Toby will [[spoiler: die if he continues to use his powers and in the second season finale, shuts off his telepathy]]

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* In an episode of ''LoisAndClark'', ''Series/LoisAndClark'', Lois was near the breaking point when she realized that even with all of Superman's (borrowed) powers, she could not save everyone.
* In ''TheListener'' ''Series/TheListener'' this turns out to be a plot point. Toby will [[spoiler: die if he continues to use his powers and in the second season finale, shuts off his telepathy]]
22nd Jun '15 3:08:15 PM Prfnoff
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* A superhero in ''MandatoryRollerCoaster'' routinely stands atop buildings in order to curse the city's inhabitants and feel sorry for himself.

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* A superhero in ''MandatoryRollerCoaster'' ''Webcomic/MandatoryRollerCoaster'' routinely stands atop buildings in order to curse the city's inhabitants and feel sorry for himself.
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