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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.
14th May '16 1:39:55 PM Tron80
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* In the beginning of ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'' Shinji, Asuka and Rei have endured a great deal of trauma they're still recovering from: parental abandonment, loneliness issues, post-traumatic distress...
26th Apr '16 8:17:06 AM Tron80
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* Shinji and Asuka in ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'' had got over their problems and insecurities, matured and [[spoiler:became parents…]] and then they were thrown back to the past without previous warning and [[spoiler:without their daughter.]] They spend most of time frightened, worried and pained because [[spoiler:Aki]] was all that mattered to them.
-->"You don't... you can't understand what it's like – how painful it is to assume... just to think that it hadn't been real... that it never happened," he eventually breathed with a low voice, his fists firmly clenched at his sides as all the once-joyful memories were repeated in his mind. "Not... not after we were forced to leave all that mattered to us behind."
21st Apr '16 2:48:19 PM rafi
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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Ichigo Kurosaki believed for a long time he was responsible for his mother's death. As a result, he takes it hard whenever he fails to protect others or save the day. This eventually came to a head when he was manipulated by a villain who stole all his powers and left him utterly unable to protect anyone, including himself. He was reduced to tears.



* Edward Elric from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' is constantly burdened with guilt over pressuring Alphonse to help him with his efforts to bring their mother back through human transmutation, and causing the subsequent loss of Al's entire body (and the loss of his own arm and leg). He also feels anger at his father's abandonment and holds him responsible for his mother's death.
** For that matter, Alphonse is wracked with guilt about his brother losing his arm [[PowerAtAPrice to save Al's life]].
*** To say nothing of the fact that during both brothers' times seeing [[BlatantLies The Truth about alchemy]], he got a bunch of [[MindRape wonderful images flash through his eyes]] (Yes, this is why they were ''screaming'' after it happened). And it happened to Edward ''twice'', since he used the Human Transmutation circle again to escape Gluttony's stomach.
** Roy Mustang, Riza Hawkeye, and Alex Louis Armstrong are all wandering around with buckets of guilt over the parts they played in the war in Ishval, where they were ordered to massacre innocent people. On top of this, Roy and Riza have sizeable doses of LoveHurts.
* Van of ''Anime/GunXSword'' exemplifies the broody AntiHero version: he's one of the gloomiest heroes you'll ever see. It's implied that at one point, he dealt with his pain through drinking (hence the nickname "Hangover Van"); he also seems to use [[InUniverseCatharsis violence]] to cope with it.
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'':
** This is somewhat the point of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''. Amuro is a massive ball of {{Wangst}}, but he still manages to basically single-handedly win the One Year War for the Federation and proceeds to kick more evil asses in the next few [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam following]] [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ major]] [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack conflicts]].
** ''[[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]].
*** It could be easier to say that an overwhelming majority of the 00 cast is this trope.
* All three Manga/{{Magic Knight|Rayearth}}s were this at the end of the first series of "Rayearth" and the beginning of the second. They hated how [[spoiler: they killed the very person they sought to save, and having Zagato's blood on their hands as well made them even more depressed.]]



* Kenzo Tenma from ''Manga/{{Monster}}''. He saved the life of a murderer, and decided to take responsibility for it.



* ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'': Ken "G1 The Eagle" Washio ([[DubNameChange or Mark]]) lost his father when he was a little child. Later he [[spoiler:finds out that his father is alive only to see how he was KilledOffForReal]] shortly after. At the ending of the series, Joe [[spoiler:commits a HeroicSacrifice to save them.]] At the next series his mentor and surrogate father [[spoiler:gets killed.]] All of that trauma slowly wore his sanity off, and although at the beginning he was the prototypical TheHero and TheLeader with NervesOfSteel, for the final series he had become so violent, uncontrollable and impulsive like TheLancer.
* Vash The Stampede of ''Manga/TriGun'', especially later in the series. And let's not even get ''started'' on the manga, where he's a StepfordSmiler of epic proportion and has a few {{Heroic BSOD}}s and fits of UnstoppableRage (not to mention the scenes of epic alcoholism). Meryl is shocked when [[spoiler: she gets engulfed in his memories during one of his most spectacular {{Heroic BSOD}}s]] and realizes he's just a ball of pain.
* Chise from ''Manga/{{Saikano}}'' is another spectacular StepfordSmiler, though [[{{Yandere}} how much of a heroine she is is up for debates]].



* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'':
** This is somewhat the point of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''. Amuro is a massive ball of {{Wangst}}, but he still manages to basically single-handedly win the One Year War for the Federation and proceeds to kick more evil asses in the next few [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam following]] [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ major]] [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack conflicts]].
** ''[[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]].
*** It could be easier to say that an overwhelming majority of the 00 cast is this trope.

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* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'':
''Franchise/PrettyCure''
** Yuri Tsukikage/Cure Moonlight of ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure''. On becoming a Precure, she immediately develops the mindset of "I'll shoulder all the burdens so no one has to suffer", carrying all those loneliness with a smile, which instead backfired when it cost the life of her fairy Cologne, and then she was utterly trounced by Prof. Sabaku and Dark Precure, losing her Precure powers and most of her cheeriness as a result. When she regains her power and spirit, she ends up discovering that [[spoiler:Sabaku is her DisappearedDad, Dark Precure is her 'sister', said dad was killed by Dune protecting her. If not for Tsubomi reminding her what's at stake, she would have given in to hatred and despair. But in the end, she prevailed without giving in to all her misfortunes.]]
** The mantle of hurt has been passed down to Kenzaki Makoto/Cure Sword of ''Anime/DokiDokiPrecure''.
This is somewhat the point of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''. Amuro is a massive ball of {{Wangst}}, but he still manages to basically single-handedly win the One Year War for the Federation and proceeds to kick more evil asses in the next few [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam following]] [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ major]] [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack conflicts]].
** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Setsuna]]'' is
also the installment that gives us not one but ''two'' different characters who are nicknamed [[FanNickname Cure Batman]], but neither of them fit this trope. He pretends archetype.
%%** Cure Heart, AKA, The Protagonist of the series, seems
to be well on her way to becoming one of these.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': [[spoiler: ''Homura''. Oh man, Homura. The saddest part is that despite being
TheStoic but inside, he's a huge ball of pain AntiHero she is clearly [[NotSoStoic more emotionally fragile than she looks]].]]
** Mami
and self-hate 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]].
* Chise from ''Manga/{{Saikano}}'' is another spectacular StepfordSmiler, though [[{{Yandere}} how much of a heroine she is is up
for [[spoiler:[[MyGreatestFailure coldly killing debates]].
* Sailor Venus / Minako Aino from [[Manga/SailorMoon any]] [[Anime/SailorMoon version]] [[Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon of]] ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' is the only senshi whose DarkAndTroubledPast are a direct result of having her mission to save the world and protect the princess given to her, and she doesn't even get a set of TrueCompanions to help her along, unlike Sailors Moon, Mercury, Mars, and Jupiter, until a year after her awakening. Even after getting integrated into the team, she still has emotional issues that stem from having to put her hopes and dreams in the backburner to aid Sailor Moon, only to watch her get all the glory. An episode in the [=SuperS=] season of the first anime has Venus confront a shadow version of herself, who tries to convince her to throw off the mantle by reminding her of how much she suffers in the name of the greater good, only to receive no appreciation for it.
* ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'': Ken "G1 The Eagle" Washio ([[DubNameChange or Mark]]) lost
his parents because Ali says so]] and later father when he was a little child. Later he [[spoiler:finds out that his best friend Lockon Stratos pulls father is alive only to see how he was KilledOffForReal]] shortly after. At the ending of the series, Joe [[spoiler:commits a HeroicSacrifice to save them.]] At the next series his mentor and dies because Setsuna arrives to a battle too late]]. And if surrogate father [[spoiler:gets killed.]] All of that wouldn't be enough, TheMovie undoes two seasons' worth of CharacterDevelopment by revealing trauma slowly wore his sanity off, and although at the beginning he was the prototypical TheHero and TheLeader with NervesOfSteel, for the final series he had become so violent, uncontrollable and impulsive like TheLancer.
* Ken Kaneki from ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' warns the audience in the first chapter
that [[spoiler:after Setsuna turns into an Innovator, he can no longer find his place among ordinary humans story will be a tragedy. He has a pathological need to shoulder all the burdens and is thus purposely distancing himself from them - even going as far as playing the ignorant at Feldt's timid approaches]].
*** It could be easier to say
responsibility himself, hiding his worries behind [[StepfordSmiler a smile]], and pushing away those that an overwhelming majority attempt to help him. Much of the 00 cast series is this trope.spent on his struggle with his powers and nature as a HalfHumanHybrid, shifting from one extreme to another and pretty much unable to find balance in his life. In the end, [[spoiler: he becomes suicidal and makes a failed attempt at SuicideByCop]]. In the sequel, Haise Sasaki is an AmnesiacHero as a result of repressed memories and suffers from a heaping dose of ChronicHeroSyndrome. He's even ''more'' of a StepfordSmiler than before, and struggles with feelings of self-doubt and constant fear of his past coming back to haunt him.
* Vash The Stampede of ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'', especially later in the series. And let's not even get ''started'' on the manga, where he's a StepfordSmiler of epic proportion and has a few {{Heroic BSOD}}s and fits of UnstoppableRage (not to mention the scenes of epic alcoholism). Meryl is shocked when [[spoiler: she gets engulfed in his memories during one of his most spectacular {{Heroic BSOD}}s]] and realizes he's just a ball of pain.



* Edward Elric from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' is constantly burdened with guilt over pressuring Alphonse to help him with his efforts to bring their mother back through human transmutation, and causing the subsequent loss of Al's entire body (and the loss of his own arm and leg). He also feels anger at his father's abandonment and holds him responsible for his mother's death.
** For that matter, Alphonse is wracked with guilt about his brother losing his arm [[PowerAtAPrice to save Al's life]].
*** To say nothing of the fact that during both brothers' times seeing [[BlatantLies The Truth about alchemy]], he got a bunch of [[MindRape wonderful images flash through his eyes]] (Yes, this is why they were ''screaming'' after it happened). And it happened to Edward ''twice'', since he used the Human Transmutation circle again to escape Gluttony's stomach.
** Roy Mustang, Riza Hawkeye, and Alex Louis Armstrong are all wandering around with buckets of guilt over the parts they played in the war in Ishval, where they were ordered to massacre innocent people. On top of this, Roy and Riza have sizeable doses of LoveHurts.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Ichigo Kurosaki believed for a long time he was responsible for his mother's death. As a result, he takes it hard whenever he fails to protect others or save the day. This eventually came to a head when he was manipulated by a villain who stole all his powers and left him utterly unable to protect anyone, including himself. He was reduced to tears.
* Kenzo Tenma from ''Manga/{{Monster}}''. He saved the life of a murderer, and decided to take responsibility for it.
* All three Manga/{{Magic Knight|Rayearth}}s were this at the end of the first series of "Rayearth" and the beginning of the second. They hated how [[spoiler: they killed the very person they sought to save, and having Zagato's blood on their hands as well made them even more depressed.]]
* ''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]].
* Van of ''Anime/GunXSword'' exemplifies the broody AntiHero version: he's one of the gloomiest heroes you'll ever see. It's implied that at one point, he dealt with his pain through drinking (hence the nickname "Hangover Van"); he also seems to use [[InUniverseCatharsis violence]] to cope with it.
* Yuri Tsukikage/Cure Moonlight of ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure''. On becoming a Precure, she immediately develops the mindset of "I'll shoulder all the burdens so no one has to suffer", carrying all those loneliness with a smile, which instead backfired when it cost the life of her fairy Cologne, and then she was utterly trounced by Prof. Sabaku and Dark Precure, losing her Precure powers and most of her cheeriness as a result. When she regains her power and spirit, she ends up discovering that [[spoiler:Sabaku is her DisappearedDad, Dark Precure is her 'sister', said dad was killed by Dune protecting her. If not for Tsubomi reminding her what's at stake, she would have given in to hatred and despair. But in the end, she prevailed without giving in to all her misfortunes.]]
* The mantle of hurt has been passed down to Kenzaki Makoto/Cure Sword of ''Anime/DokiDokiPrecure''. This is also the installment that gives us not one but ''two'' different characters who are nicknamed [[FanNickname Cure Batman]], but neither of them fit this archetype.
** Cure Heart, AKA, The Protagonist of the series, seems to be well on her way to becoming one of these.
* Sailor Venus / Minako Aino from [[Manga/SailorMoon any]] [[Anime/SailorMoon version]] [[Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon of]] ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' is the only senshi whose DarkAndTroubledPast are a direct result of having her mission to save the world and protect the princess given to her, and she doesn't even get a set of TrueCompanions to help her along, unlike Sailors Moon, Mercury, Mars, and Jupiter, until a year after her awakening. Even after getting integrated into the team, she still has emotional issues that stem from having to put her hopes and dreams in the backburner to aid Sailor Moon, only to watch her get all the glory. An episode in the [=SuperS=] season of the first anime has Venus confront a shadow version of herself, who tries to convince her to throw off the mantle by reminding her of how much she suffers in the name of the greater good, only to receive no appreciation for it.
* Ken Kaneki from ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' warns the audience in the first chapter that his story will be a tragedy. He has a pathological need to shoulder all the burdens and responsibility himself, hiding his worries behind [[StepfordSmiler a smile]], and pushing away those that attempt to help him. Much of the series is spent on his struggle with his powers and nature as a HalfHumanHybrid, shifting from one extreme to another and pretty much unable to find balance in his life. In the end, [[spoiler: he becomes suicidal and makes a failed attempt at SuicideByCop]]. In the sequel, Haise Sasaki is an AmnesiacHero as a result of repressed memories and suffers from a heaping dose of ChronicHeroSyndrome. He's even ''more'' of a StepfordSmiler than before, and struggles with feelings of self-doubt and constant fear of his past coming back to haunt him.



* ''Comicbook/SpiderMan'' is infamous amongst comic book fans for [[DeusAngstMachina the sheer amount of angstworthy drama dumped on Peter Parker]].

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* ''Comicbook/SpiderMan'' is infamous amongst comic book fans for [[DeusAngstMachina the sheer amount of angstworthy drama dumped on Peter Parker]]. Some writers seem to think that the biggest appeal of Spider-Man is that things constantly go wrong for him. As a result, we get countless stories of Peter suffering humiliation, lack of money, sickly aunt, girl trouble and just all around unpleasantness, to the point that reading the stories can actually get a little depressing. Note that after John Romita Sr started working on the title with Creator/StanLee, the book became much LighterAndSofter than it had been recently, a move which led most fans to label it as the golden age of Spider-Man.
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* Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse:
** Franchise/{{Superman}} is put through the wringer in both ''Film/ManOfSteel'' and ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice''. First, he has to endure being ostracized because of his powers, but when the Kryptonian invasion starts, Superman is forced to fight members of his own species [[spoiler:and has to kill General Zod to save an innocent family]]. Things get worse in the sequel, as Superman has to deal with skeptics who are afraid of his power and want him to answer to the government.
** Franchise/{{Batman}} is in mourning for his deceased sidekick Robin, who was killed by the Joker.
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