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28th Sep '16 5:05:53 AM Tron80
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* ''Fanfic/GhostsOfEvangelion'': Shinji and Asuka saved the world, but they got hurt physically, emotionally and psychologically, and their scars never fade. Even in their forties they still have nightmares and suffer from PTDS.
23rd Sep '16 1:40:34 AM WillyFourEyes
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** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Setsuna]]'' is also of this trope. He pretends to be TheStoic but inside, he's a huge ball of pain and self-hate for [[spoiler:[[MyGreatestFailure coldly killing his parents because Ali says so]] and later when his best friend Lockon Stratos pulls a HeroicSacrifice and dies because Setsuna arrives to a battle too late]]. And if that wouldn't be enough, TheMovie undoes two seasons' worth of CharacterDevelopment by revealing that [[spoiler:after Setsuna turns into an Innovator, he can no longer find his place among ordinary humans and is thus purposely distancing himself from them - even going as far as playing the ignorant at Feldt's timid approaches]].

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** Setsuna from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Setsuna]]'' Gundam 00]]'' is also of this trope. He pretends to be TheStoic but inside, he's a huge ball of pain and self-hate for [[spoiler:[[MyGreatestFailure coldly killing his parents because Ali says so]] and later when his best friend Lockon Stratos pulls a HeroicSacrifice and dies because Setsuna arrives to a battle too late]]. And if that wouldn't be enough, TheMovie undoes two seasons' worth of CharacterDevelopment by revealing that [[spoiler:after Setsuna turns into an Innovator, he can no longer find his place among ordinary humans and is thus purposely distancing himself from them - even going as far as playing the ignorant at Feldt's timid approaches]].



* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. Which he [[StepfordSmiler hides behind a smile]] and an [[SadClown upbeat cheerful attitude]]. In one chapter, [[NotGoodWithPeople Sai]] comments on this: "Even I can tell that Naruto's suffering, because of his promise to bring Sasuke back and his feelings for you. Both you and Sasuke cause him pain."

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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. Which he [[StepfordSmiler hides behind a smile]] and an [[SadClown upbeat cheerful attitude]]. In one chapter, [[NotGoodWithPeople Sai]] comments on this: "Even I can tell that Naruto's suffering, because of his promise to bring Sasuke back and his feelings for you.you [Sakura]. Both you and Sasuke cause him pain."



** Arguably Yami Yugi, particularly in the anime filler Season 4 (what is it with Yu-Gi-Oh! and Season 4?), when even after he recovers some of his drive, he is still vulnerable to a bit of mind control from Dartz. The rest of the time he tends to put on a strong front or attempt to take responsibility for pretty much everyone.

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** Arguably Yami Yugi, particularly in the anime filler Season 4 of ''Anime/YuGiOh'' (what is it with Yu-Gi-Oh! ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'' and Season 4?), when even after he recovers some of his drive, he is still vulnerable to a bit of mind control from Dartz. The rest of the time he tends to put on a strong front or attempt to take responsibility for pretty much everyone.



* Both original ''VideoGame/{{Mega Man|Classic}}'' original and ''[[VideoGame/MegaManX X]]'', often wonder how long they're going to have to keep fighting.

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* Both original ''VideoGame/{{Mega Man|Classic}}'' original and ''[[VideoGame/MegaManX X]]'', often wonder how long they're going to have to keep fighting.



** Kazuya is a notable example that could be an example of one who eventually went full-on FallenHero FaceHeelTurn. He's [[UsedToBeASweetKid good as a kid]], but once Heihachi took over his training and eventually tossed him to a cliff for being 'too weak' for his standards, that's the last straw and Kazuya turns into the vengeful, [[DrunkWithPower power-hungry]] [[BaitTheDog villain/false hero]] that we all know these days. Being good just hurts so much when you're in a BigScrewedUpFamily.

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** Kazuya is a notable example that could be an example of one who eventually went full-on FallenHero FaceHeelTurn. He's [[UsedToBeASweetKid good as a kid]], but once Heihachi took over his training and eventually tossed him to off a cliff for being 'too weak' for his standards, that's the last straw and Kazuya turns into the vengeful, [[DrunkWithPower power-hungry]] [[BaitTheDog villain/false hero]] that we all know these days. Being good just hurts so much when you're in a BigScrewedUpFamily.



** Ashley and Kaidan, if they survive Virmire, is one of these in Mass Effect 2, despite their small role, and in the beginning of 3. [[spoiler: Literally, too, after Dr. Eva beats the crap out of them on Mars and they nearly die.]] A hefty dash of BrokenPedestal for Shepard combined with [[spoiler: Udina's betrayal]] will do that. Fortunately, they can overcome it.

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** Ashley and Kaidan, if they survive Virmire, is one of these in Mass ''Mass Effect 2, 2'', despite their small role, and in the beginning of 3.''[[VideoGame/MassEffect3 3]]''. [[spoiler: Literally, too, after Dr. Eva beats the crap out of them on Mars and they nearly die.]] A hefty dash of BrokenPedestal for Shepard combined with [[spoiler: Udina's betrayal]] will do that. Fortunately, they can overcome it.
16th Aug '16 9:12:37 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* By the end of ''{{VideoGame/Halo4}}'' Master Chief has watched Cortana slowly go crazy and when he had expected to go out in a HeroicSacrifice, she one ups him to send him back home. Despite the helmet, he's obviously in deep pain and grief at the end of the game.
* ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'' follows that up by reopening all those wounds when he finds out [[spoiler: Cortana CameBackWrong and has become the main villain. He tries to withdraw emotionally but is still crushed when Cortana betrays him.]]

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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'': By the end of ''{{VideoGame/Halo4}}'' ''{{VideoGame/Halo 4}}'' Master Chief has watched Cortana slowly go crazy and when he had expected to go out in a HeroicSacrifice, she one ups him to send him back home. Despite the helmet, he's obviously in deep pain and grief at the end of the game.
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game. ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'' follows that up by reopening all those wounds when he finds out [[spoiler: Cortana CameBackWrong and has become the main villain. He tries to withdraw emotionally but is still crushed when Cortana betrays him.]]
7th Aug '16 5:47:09 PM Iris
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* ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'': Percy himself, as part of his ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne package.
17th Jun '16 1:52:42 PM Kotomikun
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* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': [[spoiler: ''Homura''. Oh man, Homura. The saddest part is that despite being TheStoic AntiHero she is clearly [[NotSoStoic more emotionally fragile than she looks]].]]
** Mami and Sayaka too. [[spoiler: Mami regrets not saving her family with her wish, and Sayaka learns the truths about being a Magical Girl and it really gets to her. In fact, due to the nature of the MagicalGirl system in this anime, ''every single mahou shoujo'' goes through complete hell before either turning into a witch or dying]].

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* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': [[spoiler: ''Homura''. Oh man, Homura. The saddest part is that despite Due to the [[SubvertedKidsShow unexpectedly brutal consequences]] of being TheStoic AntiHero she is clearly a MagicalGirl in this universe, this happens to most of the characters; with the possible exception of Kyouko, who had some traumatic experiences but largely avoided wallowing in angst over them (partly by becoming kind of a selfish asshole).
** [[spoiler:Homura]], who was never particularly happy to begin with, repeatedly and consistently fails to [[spoiler:save Madoka]], even as somehow succeeding gradually becomes the only thing that matters to her. This really takes its toll on her,
[[NotSoStoic more though she tries to hide it]]. In TheMovie, [[spoiler:seemingly through the powers of love and angst, she takes over the entire universe using the powers she accidentally gave Madoka, in a questionable attempt to "save" Madoka and make her happy. Despite accomplishing her goal at last, Homura becomes ''more'' depressed and emotionally fragile than closed-off, because she looks]].feels like she's turned herself into Madoka's immortal enemy.]]
** Mami and Sayaka too. [[spoiler: Mami regrets not saving her family with her wish, and Sayaka learns the truths about being [[spoiler:has a Magical Girl and it really gets to her. In fact, due to the nature of the MagicalGirl system in this anime, ''every single mahou shoujo'' goes through complete hell before either turning into a witch or dying]].breakdown over her own weaknesses and some of the unpleasant details of the magical girl contract]].
** Madoka herself [[spoiler:subverts the trope by wishing to save all magical girls from becoming destructive hate-monsters, making herself happy and lessening the tragedy for everyone else]].
5th Jun '16 7:30:56 PM Dravencour
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* In ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', being a good guy SUCKS. The world is such a cruel, dark place that the only ones who truly enjoy their lot are the rotten ones, while the heroes must fight their own despair as well as the bad guys. Part of the reasons so many {{Manly|Tears}} and TenderTears are shed in the series.

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* In ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', being a good guy SUCKS. The world is such a [[CrapsackWorld cruel, dark place place]] that the only ones who truly enjoy their lot are the rotten ones, while the heroes must fight their own despair as well as the bad guys. Part of the reasons so many {{Manly|Tears}} and TenderTears are shed in the series.
29th May '16 4:22:10 AM Benjayman
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* Pretty much every character in the Warhammer40k fanfic ''Fanfic/SecretWar'' is this. But by far the worst off is the main character Attelus Kaltos who is pretty much the epitome of this trope. He suffers from severe PTSD from surviving in the ruins of his home city during a chaos invasion. And [[spoiler: having to resort to [[IamAHumanitarian cannibalism]] to survive, not just that but the death of his mother, too.]] Driving him to becoming an elite mercenary assassin and abandoning his dream of becoming a [[BadassBookworm a scholar of Imperial history.]] But this all eclipsed at the end of Secret War end when he's [[spoiler:indirectly responsible for the Exterminatus of a hive world and the billions of [[SurvivorGuilt people living on it.]]]]

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* Pretty much every character in the Warhammer40k fanfic ''Fanfic/SecretWar'' is this. But by far the worst off is the main character Attelus Kaltos who is pretty much the epitome of this trope. He suffers from severe PTSD from surviving in the ruins of his home city during a chaos invasion. And [[spoiler: having to resort to [[IamAHumanitarian cannibalism]] to survive, not just that but the death of his mother, too.]] Driving him to becoming an elite mercenary assassin and abandoning his dream of becoming a [[BadassBookworm a scholar of Imperial history.]] But this all eclipsed at the end of Secret War end when he's [[spoiler:indirectly [[spoiler:[[UnwittingPawn indirectly]] responsible for the Exterminatus of a hive world and the billions of [[SurvivorGuilt people living on it.]]]]
29th May '16 4:06:31 AM Benjayman
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* Pretty much every character in the Warhammer40k fanfic ''Fanfic/SecretWar'' is this. But by far the worst off is the main character Attelus Kaltos who is pretty much the epitome suffers from PTSD from surviving in the ruins of his home city during a chaos invasion. And [[spoiler: having to resort to [[IamAHumanitarian cannibalism]] to survive, not just that but the death of his mother, too.]] Driving him to becoming an elite mercenary assassin and abandoning his dream of becoming a [[BadassBookworm a scholar of Imperial history.]] But this all eclipsed at the end of Secret War end [[spoiler:indirectly responsible or the Exterminatus of a hive world and the billions of people living on it.]]

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* Pretty much every character in the Warhammer40k fanfic ''Fanfic/SecretWar'' is this. But by far the worst off is the main character Attelus Kaltos who is pretty much the epitome of this trope. He suffers from severe PTSD from surviving in the ruins of his home city during a chaos invasion. And [[spoiler: having to resort to [[IamAHumanitarian cannibalism]] to survive, not just that but the death of his mother, too.]] Driving him to becoming an elite mercenary assassin and abandoning his dream of becoming a [[BadassBookworm a scholar of Imperial history.]] But this all eclipsed at the end of Secret War end when he's [[spoiler:indirectly responsible or for the Exterminatus of a hive world and the billions of [[SurvivorGuilt people living on it.]]]]]]
29th May '16 3:59:19 AM Benjayman
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* Pretty much every character in the Warhammer40k fanfic ''Fanfic/SecretWar'' is this. But by far the worst off is the main character Attelus Kaltos who is pretty much the epitome suffers from PTSD from surviving in the ruins of his home city during a chaos invasion. And [[spoiler: having to resort to [[IamAHumanitarian cannibalism]] to survive, not just that but the death of his mother, too.]] Driving him to becoming an elite mercenary assassin and abandoning his dream of becoming a [[BadassBookworm a scholar of Imperial history.]] But this all eclipsed at the end of Secret War end [[spoiler:indirectly responsible or the Exterminatus of a hive world and the billions of people living on it.]]
18th May '16 2:03:51 PM nombretomado
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* Mac Taylor in ''{{CSI NY}}'' ,who spent a lot of his series struggling with the loss of his wife on 9/11 and basically retreated into his work to forget the pain.

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* Mac Taylor in ''{{CSI NY}}'' ''Series/{{CSINY}}'' ,who spent a lot of his series struggling with the loss of his wife on 9/11 and basically retreated into his work to forget the pain.
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