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3rd Jul '17 6:37:38 PM erraticegomania
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* In ''Literature/{{Twig}}'', Sylvester displays two separate versions of this when his mind collapses under stress and trauma from the PsychoSerum he uses to give himself an edge, hallucinating versions of his friends who guide him (which ultimately fails, as they're ultimately just Sy talking to himself) and his enemies who taunt him and force him to drive others away so he can't hurt them.
15th May '17 6:21:03 PM nombretomado
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* Dan in ''TrintonChronicles'' can go into a [[spoiler: messiah-mode]] when knocked out and under much duress.

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* Dan in ''TrintonChronicles'' ''Literature/TrintonChronicles'' can go into a [[spoiler: messiah-mode]] when knocked out and under much duress.
7th May '17 9:12:41 AM Kakai
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* In ''Literature/TheSpiritThief'', Eli goes into this when he has to [[spoiler:give himself up to Benehime]] at the end of book four and is stuck in the safe mode throughout the beginning of the final book until he reaches his RageBreakingPoint.
27th Apr '17 11:02:08 AM FordPrefect
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* ''Film/StarTrekInsurrection'' reveals that Data has a literal Heroic Safe Mode. When in specific failure modes, his ethical subroutines take over control, leaving him in a state where the difference between right and wrong is the only thing he is capable of acting on. If damaged into such a state when witnessing something his ethical routines consider wholly wrong, he can become almost berserker-like.
* And in ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'' he has acquired the ability to toggle his emotion chip, keeping him from freaking out in combat the way he did in ''Film/StarTrekGenerations''.

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* ''Film/StarTrekInsurrection'' reveals that Data has a literal Heroic Safe Mode. When in specific failure modes, his ethical subroutines take over control, leaving him in a state where the difference between right and wrong is the only thing he is capable of acting on. If damaged into such a state when witnessing something his ethical routines consider wholly wrong, he can become almost berserker-like.
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''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'' he reveals that Data has acquired the ability to toggle his emotion chip, keeping him from freaking out in combat the way he did in ''Film/StarTrekGenerations''.


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* And ''Film/StarTrekInsurrection'' reveals that Data has a literal Heroic Safe Mode. When in specific failure modes, his ethical subroutines take over control, leaving him in a state where the difference between right and wrong is the only thing he is capable of acting on. If damaged into such a state when witnessing something his ethical routines consider wholly wrong, he can become almost berserker-like.
27th Apr '17 6:30:46 AM PSColdFire
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* Apollo Justice in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'' suddenly becomes dark and brood, determining to uncover the truth behind the death of his best friend Clay Terran. [[spoiler:The true reason for this is because his perceive abilty points out his colleague Athena Cykes is hiding something from him, and she turns out to be the main suspect for the crime. As the result, he shuts down his ability, refusing to believe Athena is a murderer.]]

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* Apollo Justice in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'' suddenly becomes dark and brood, brooding, determining to uncover the truth behind the death of his best friend Clay Terran. [[spoiler:The true reason for this is because his perceive abilty points out his colleague Athena Cykes is hiding something from him, and she turns out to be the main suspect for the crime. As the result, he shuts down his ability, refusing to believe Athena is a murderer.]]
5th Apr '17 1:52:16 PM Willbyr
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* As a suit of biological PoweredArmor, the ''{{Guyver}}'' has this trope as a safety feature. If the owner receives catastrophic brain damage, psychic attack, or emotional trauma, the suit goes into a killing frenzy to protect them while it [[HealingFactor restores their grey matter]]. Poor Sho though, has this happen while [[spoiler:fighting his BrainwashedAndCrazy dad]].

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* As a suit of biological PoweredArmor, the ''{{Guyver}}'' ''Manga/{{Guyver}}'' has this trope as a safety feature. If the owner receives catastrophic brain damage, psychic attack, or emotional trauma, the suit goes into a killing frenzy to protect them while it [[HealingFactor restores their grey matter]]. Poor Sho though, has this happen while [[spoiler:fighting his BrainwashedAndCrazy dad]].
29th Jan '17 1:31:24 PM Gosicrystal
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* Apollo Justice in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'' suddenly becomes dark and brood, determining to uncover the truth behind the death of his best friend Clay Terran. [[spoiler: the true reason for this is because his perceive abilty points out his colleague Athena Cykes is hiding something from him, and she turns out to be the main suspect for the crime. As the result, he shuts down his ability, refusing to believe Athena is a murderer.]]

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* Apollo Justice in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'' suddenly becomes dark and brood, determining to uncover the truth behind the death of his best friend Clay Terran. [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:The true reason for this is because his perceive abilty points out his colleague Athena Cykes is hiding something from him, and she turns out to be the main suspect for the crime. As the result, he shuts down his ability, refusing to believe Athena is a murderer.]]
19th Jan '17 5:03:17 PM Dvandemon
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* [[Manga/MobPsycho100 Mob]] has been in safe mode since before the series started after being knocked out by bullies caused an eruption of his powers that not only injured them, [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone but his little brother as well]]. He's usually a dull and unassuming person, but his emotions still build under the surface until they explode outward. This is acknowledged by the narrative as a complex.
3rd Jan '17 2:50:28 PM margdean56
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* [[Literature/TheLegendOfDrizzt Drizzt Do'urden]] the Dark Elf, of several different books... no unnatural factors, but while his normal personality is pacifistic and compassionate, he will -- if pushed too far -- turn into "The Hunter", a beastlike personality he developed from decades living alone in The Underdark, one of the most lethal, monster-infested areas in the world. While Drizzt is driven by morals and ethics, The Hunter is driven entirely by survival instincts -- he'll attack anything threatening with all the strength at his disposal, flee from an enemy who proved too strong, and not care one whit about others... This is explained in all of the [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons official]] [[AllThereInTheManual materials]] that show the RPG mechanics of the universe the character is based in - he took a level in Barbarian during his time in The Underdark, a class that has UnstoppableRage as one of its features.
** Must be a retcon - Drizzt was conceived well before 3rd edition, which was the first system under which that would have been possible.

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* [[Literature/TheLegendOfDrizzt Drizzt Do'urden]] the Dark Elf, of several different books... no unnatural factors, but while his normal personality is pacifistic and compassionate, he will -- if pushed too far -- turn into "The Hunter", a beastlike personality he developed from decades living alone in The Underdark, one of the most lethal, monster-infested areas in the world. While Drizzt is driven by morals and ethics, The Hunter is driven entirely by survival instincts -- he'll attack anything threatening with all the strength at his disposal, flee from an enemy who proved too strong, and not care one whit about others... This is explained in all of the [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons official]] [[AllThereInTheManual materials]] that show the RPG mechanics of the universe the character is based in - -- he took a level in Barbarian during his time in The Underdark, a class that has UnstoppableRage as one of its features.
** Must be a retcon - -- Drizzt was conceived well before 3rd edition, Edition, which was the first system under which that would have been possible.



* Tobias of the Literature/{{Animorphs}} is a boy living in the body of a hawk, and he experiences the mind of the hawk as well as his own. The hawk is much freer from the problems of anxiety and sadness than humans in general [[TheWoobie or the human Tobias in particular]] (even physical pain doesn't bother the hawk as much as it would a human), and the hawk mind is perfectly capable of carrying on the normal functions for a hawk body. So for Tobias, allowing the hawk to be the dominant personality is a highly useful coping mechanism. This proves especially useful when he [[spoiler:get captured and tortured.]]

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* Tobias of the Literature/{{Animorphs}} is a boy living in the body of a hawk, and he experiences the mind of the hawk as well as his own. The hawk is much freer from the problems of anxiety and sadness than humans in general [[TheWoobie or the human Tobias in particular]] (even physical pain doesn't bother the hawk as much as it would a human), and the hawk mind is perfectly capable of carrying on the normal functions for a hawk body. So for Tobias, allowing the hawk to be the dominant personality is a highly useful coping mechanism. This proves especially useful when he [[spoiler:get [[spoiler:gets captured and tortured.]]



* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' novel ''Winner Takes All'', the Doctor is forced by the villains to [[spoiler: use Rose like a puppet / video game avatar without any way to ask for her consent. And worse, in order to save her and others, he has to physically hurt her and make his control over her body even more absolute.]] He gets really, really furious once he realises what he must do. More so than ever in the TV series. He punches the wall, throws things around. And then he simply shuts down, becomes calm and cold and just does it - while being utterly terrifying in the eyes of the kid who is with him at the time. Then he proceeds to use the rescue plan to arrange for the entire military force of the villains to be atomized. And he doesn't give them any chance to reconsider. Not even one. [[note]]Well, he kind of generically threatened that he was going to destroy their planet if they hurt one hair on her head. But at that point she wasn't in any immediate danger yet, and he wasn't in his I-really-mean-it mode yet, instead telling others that he just intended to destroy the villain's technology to make them stop doing what they were doing.[[/note]]

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* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' novel ''Winner Takes All'', the Doctor is forced by the villains to [[spoiler: use Rose like a puppet / video game avatar without any way to ask for her consent. And worse, in order to save her and others, he has to physically hurt her and make his control over her body even more absolute.]] He gets really, really furious once he realises what he must do. More so than ever in the TV series. He punches the wall, throws things around. And then he simply shuts down, becomes calm and cold and just does it - -- while being utterly terrifying in the eyes of the kid who is with him at the time. Then he proceeds to use the rescue plan to arrange for the entire military force of the villains to be atomized. And he doesn't give them any chance to reconsider. Not even one. [[note]]Well, he kind of generically threatened that he was going to destroy their planet if they hurt one hair on her head. But at that point she wasn't in any immediate danger yet, and he wasn't in his I-really-mean-it mode yet, instead telling others that he just intended to destroy the villain's technology to make them stop doing what they were doing.[[/note]]



* ''Literature/XWingSeries'': Myn Donos of Wraith Squadron is stuck like this through most of the first book, after his squadron was killed in an ambush. Other characters aren't ''afraid'' of him, but they definitely find him strange, and ones who knew him before are unnerved. Even Safe Mode can't protect him when his astromech - the only other being to survive - is destroyed. Fortunately his squadron mates are able to break him out of the subsequent BSOD, and in a later book when he threatens to go into Safe Mode again he's called out on it.

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* ''Literature/XWingSeries'': Myn Donos of Wraith Squadron is stuck like this through most of the first book, after his squadron was killed in an ambush. Other characters aren't ''afraid'' of him, but they definitely find him strange, and ones who knew him before are unnerved. Even Safe Mode can't protect him when his astromech - -- the only other being to survive - -- is destroyed. Fortunately his squadron mates are able to break him out of the subsequent BSOD, and in a later book when he threatens to go into Safe Mode again he's called out on it.
18th Dec '16 1:05:52 PM KingLyger
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* Martial arts specifically make you able to fight without even thinking. Random accidents may ensue if an attack-like gesture provokes a violent reflex ''before'' you can stop yourself! PlayedForLaughs in some anime.

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* Martial arts specifically make you able to fight without even thinking. Random accidents may ensue if an attack-like gesture provokes a violent reflex ''before'' you can stop yourself! PlayedForLaughs in some anime.



* Cops are often trained that way, too. There's a good reason for this. When you're confronted with an armed suspect that's shooting at you, if you don't react quickly enough, you'll be killed by them.

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* Cops are often trained that way, too. There's a good reason for this. this way. When you're confronted with an armed suspect that's shooting at you, if you don't react quickly enough, you'll be killed by them.you're dead.



* Anyone in emergency medicine. When you're seeing humans (or animals) that are near death every day, multiple times a day, all you can do is shut down your own emotions- specifically because they only get in the way. They definitely care -- they wouldn't be practising medicine for a living if they didn't -- but there's no time to cry over a dog that's got hit by a car, when in the next room you have a cat with a shredded leg at risk of amputation.
* Often used to deal with grief. If someone has just died or is about to die and has given instructions on what to do immediately following (concerning funeral arrangements, matters of estate, etc.), the person following them may enter a "Safe Mode" to carry them out: not joining the rest of the family in bereavement until the instructions are fully complete.
* This is how you're supposed to respond when you car has a severe mechanical-fault appear while on the road, such as a brake failure or an engine fire (or both at once, if you're really unlucky) or you're involved in an accident. You need to avoid panicking, get out of traffic, get the car stopped, and put on your flashers. Then you can deal with what happened, emotionally.
* ''Many'' RealLife {{Action Survivor}}s (such as people that survived a shooting, helped rescue others from a tragedy, or protected themselves and/or others against attackers) admit that their heroics and bravery were just as much a surprise to them as anyone else, and that they were merely acting on pure instinct and not really thinking about what they were doing. Especially common among parents whose children were in danger. Nothing says "You are ''dead''" like a MamaBear or PapaWolf coming after you, past experience or training be damned.

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* Anyone in emergency medicine. When you're seeing humans (or animals) or animals that are near death every day, multiple times a day, all you can do is shut down your own emotions- specifically emotions because they only get in the way. They These people definitely care -- they wouldn't be practising medicine for a living if they didn't -- but didn't. But there's no time to cry over a dog that's that got hit by a car, when in the next room you have a cat with a shredded leg at risk of amputation.
* Often used to deal with grief. If someone has just died or is about to die and has given instructions on what to do immediately following (concerning funeral arrangements, matters of estate, etc.), the person following them may enter a "Safe Mode" to carry them out: out, not joining the rest of the family in bereavement until the instructions are fully complete.
complete. Sadly, this can often be misinterpreted as the person "not caring" that someone has died, when in reality, they're trying to get everything sorted before dealing with it.
* This is how you're supposed to respond when you car has a severe mechanical-fault appear while on the road, such as a brake failure or failure, an engine fire (or both at once, if you're really unlucky) fire, or you're involved in an accident. You need to avoid panicking, get out of traffic, get the car stopped, and put on your flashers. Then you can deal with what happened, emotionally.
* ''Many'' RealLife {{Action Survivor}}s (such Survivor}}s, such as people that survived a shooting, helped rescue others from a tragedy, or protected themselves and/or others against attackers) attackers, admit that their heroics and bravery were just as much a surprise to them as anyone else, and that they were merely acting on pure instinct and not really thinking about what they were doing. Especially common among parents whose children were in danger. Nothing says "You are ''dead''" "You're dead" like a MamaBear or PapaWolf coming after you, past experience or training be damned.you.
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