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11th Feb '16 7:41:21 AM Xenbrus
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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.
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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 captured and tortured.]]
10th Feb '16 10:05:49 AM HeraldAlberich
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* ''Film/{{Serenity}}'': [[spoiler:Zoe's response to Wash's death . She was in no way paralyzed with fear. Her response when everyone else asked where he was reeked of "must focus on the matter at hand, my emotional state is not important right now." It seems that she was determined almost to the [[DeathSeeker point of suicide]] during the climactic fight, since she [[TheSlowWalk casually walks away from cover]] straight toward the waves of oncoming Reavers while firing her shotgun. The DVDCommentary says Creator/JossWhedon and Creator/GinaTorres, Zoe's actress, argued about it. She felt Zoe would be more angry, and Joss explained that Zoe was [[TranquilFury suppressing it right up until the aforementioned point]].]]
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* ''Film/{{Serenity}}'': [[spoiler:Zoe's response to Wash's death . death. She was is in no way paralyzed with fear. Her response when everyone else asked asks where he was reeked is reeks of "must focus on the matter at hand, my emotional state is not important right now." It seems that she was is determined almost to the [[DeathSeeker point of suicide]] during the climactic fight, since she [[TheSlowWalk casually walks away from cover]] straight toward the waves of oncoming Reavers while firing her shotgun. The DVDCommentary says Creator/JossWhedon and Creator/GinaTorres, Zoe's actress, argued about it. She felt Zoe would be more angry, and Joss explained that Zoe was [[TranquilFury suppressing it right up until the aforementioned point]].]]
28th Jan '16 8:37:42 AM Ciel12
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** Subverted when Yami himself appears to have a safe mode - when journeying through his soul room in the late manga, the gang find a door where Yami has locked his most painful memories so he can block them out and keep going.
12th Dec '15 5:30:44 PM nombretomado
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* ''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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* ''XWingSeries'': ''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.
7th Dec '15 12:29:10 AM Dravencour
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* [[spoiler:Akemi Homura]] of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' goes into a long-lasting one of these after seeing [[spoiler:all her friends die horribly and/or destroy the world, [[GroundhogDayLoop repeatedly]]. She only acts emotionless because she doesn't want a HeroicBSOD to get in the way of protecting Madoka from [[{{Faust}} Kyubey]]... That and Heroic [=BSODs=] usually lead to worse things in the Madokaverse, especially if you're a Puella Magi.]]
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* [[spoiler:Akemi Homura]] of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' goes into a long-lasting one of these after seeing [[spoiler:all her friends die horribly and/or destroy the world, [[GroundhogDayLoop repeatedly]]. She only acts emotionless because she doesn't want a HeroicBSOD to get in the way of protecting Madoka from [[{{Faust}} [[DealWithTheDevil Kyubey]]... That and Heroic [=BSODs=] usually lead to [[FateWorseThanDeath worse things in the Madokaverse, Madokaverse]], especially if [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie you're a Puella Magi.Magi]].]]
30th Nov '15 1:37:53 PM erforce
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* [[ActionGirl Sarah Connor]], in ''[[TheTerminator Terminator 2]]'', spends a good chunk of the movie this way, after the events of the first film. It's only after [[spoiler:she [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone nearly kills an innocent man in front of his wife and son]]]] that she snaps out of it and lets herself feel like a normal person again.
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* [[ActionGirl Sarah Connor]], in ''[[TheTerminator Terminator 2]]'', ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'', spends a good chunk of the movie this way, after the events of the [[Film/TheTerminator first film.film]]. It's only after [[spoiler:she [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone nearly kills an innocent man in front of his wife and son]]]] that she snaps out of it and lets herself feel like a normal person again.

* ''{{Ar Tonelico 2}}'' has the protagonist Croix and his adopted little sister as their own little family. They're actually pretty normal, without him seeming overprotective. That is, until she's actually in life-threatening danger. He manhandles most of an [[spoiler: entire battalion of soldiers before his own commander takes him down.]] When he wakes up and realizes she's not with him, he then heads for the facility where she is. Too bad they didn't [[spoiler: have another battalion there to stop him that time.]] He doesn't speak at all during the first part and shows no emotion, and he's very quiet during the second. [[spoiler: They don't bother him again because they're too scared to upset him]].
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* ''{{Ar Tonelico 2}}'' ''VideoGame/ArTonelico2'' has the protagonist Croix and his adopted little sister as their own little family. They're actually pretty normal, without him seeming overprotective. That is, until she's actually in life-threatening danger. He manhandles most of an [[spoiler: entire battalion of soldiers before his own commander takes him down.]] When he wakes up and realizes she's not with him, he then heads for the facility where she is. Too bad they didn't [[spoiler: have another battalion there to stop him that time.]] He doesn't speak at all during the first part and shows no emotion, and he's very quiet during the second. [[spoiler: They don't bother him again because they're too scared to upset him]].

* Perhaps not "heroic" but VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'s fighting game ''Hisoutensoku'' suggests that the birdbrained Reiuji Utsuho has a "nuclear supervisor" mode when she tends to the underground reactor. When the heroines from two scenarios descend into the reactor, they are intercepted by an Utsuho who delivers a rather dutiful but stilted monologue about the "core temperature dropping" due to "foreign material." Once she's KO'd, she goes back to her normal birdbrained self, easy BavarianFireDrill material.
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* Perhaps not "heroic" but VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'s ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'''s fighting game ''Hisoutensoku'' suggests that the birdbrained Reiuji Utsuho has a "nuclear supervisor" mode when she tends to the underground reactor. When the heroines from two scenarios descend into the reactor, they are intercepted by an Utsuho who delivers a rather dutiful but stilted monologue about the "core temperature dropping" due to "foreign material." Once she's KO'd, she goes back to her normal birdbrained self, easy BavarianFireDrill material.
24th Oct '15 9:40:27 PM Gideoncrawle
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'''Aang:''' You saw [[FoeTossingCharge what I did out there]]. I was so angry about [[BerserkButton losing Appa]], [[UnstoppableRage I couldn't control myself]]. I hated feeling like that.\\ '''Katara:''' But now you're not letting yourself feel anything. I know [[HopeIsScary sometimes it hurts more to hope]], and it hurts more to care. But you have to promise me that you won't stop caring. C'mon, you need a hug.\\ '''Aang:''' Thank you for your concern, Katara. ''(he walks away without returning the hug)''
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'''Aang:''' You saw [[FoeTossingCharge what I did out there]]. there. I was so angry about [[BerserkButton losing Appa]], [[UnstoppableRage Appa, I couldn't control myself]].myself. I hated feeling like that.\\ '''Katara:''' But now you're not letting yourself feel anything. I know [[HopeIsScary sometimes it hurts more to hope]], hope, and it hurts more to care. But you have to promise me that you won't stop caring. C'mon, you need a hug.\\ '''Aang:''' Thank you for your concern, Katara. ''(he walks ''[walks away without returning the hug)''hug]''
16th Oct '15 1:31:56 PM Koveras
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* In ''Literature/TheKingkillerChronicle'', Kvothe goes into great detail describing the ultra-safe mode that griped him after his parents and the rest of their acting troupe had been slaughtered by the Chandrian. This event is so traumatic, it reduces a bright young boy of many talents into a shaggy street rat concerned only with immediate survival for three years, before some of his higher brain function begin to awaken again. Two thirds of the narrative in, it is strongly implied that Kvothe has ''still'' not regained his full mental faculties, as his brain is still coping with the trauma he suffered.
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* In ''Literature/TheKingkillerChronicle'', Kvothe goes into great detail describing the ultra-safe mode that griped him after his parents and the rest of their acting troupe had been slaughtered by the Chandrian. This event is was so traumatic, it reduces reduced a bright young boy of many talents into to a shaggy street rat only concerned only with immediate survival for three years, before some of his higher brain function begin functions began to awaken again. Two thirds of the narrative in, it is strongly implied that Kvothe has ''still'' not regained his full mental faculties, as his brain is still coping trying to cope with the trauma he suffered.sustained.
16th Oct '15 1:30:09 PM Koveras
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* In ''Literature/TheKingkillerChronicle'', Kvothe goes into great detail describing the ultra-safe mode that griped him after his parents and the rest of their acting troupe had been slaughtered by the Chandrian. This event is so traumatic, it reduces a bright young boy of many talents into a shaggy street rat concerned only with immediate survival for three years, before some of his higher brain function begin to awaken again. Two thirds of the narrative in, it is strongly implied that Kvothe has ''still'' not regained his full mental faculties, as his brain is still coping with the trauma he suffered.
30th Sep '15 2:33:18 PM MadCat221
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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.
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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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