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10th Nov '17 3:45:31 PM Kartoonkid95
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* In the ''Series/FamilyMatters'' episode "I Should Have DOne Something", Carl is depressed because it's the one-year anniversary of an incident where he responded to a hostage situation at a convenience store that led to an innocent man getting shot and killed, and he feels guilty because he believes that things might have went differently had he done something to save the man.

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* In the ''Series/FamilyMatters'' episode "I Should Have DOne Done Something", Carl is depressed because it's the one-year anniversary of an incident where he responded to a hostage situation at a convenience store that led to an innocent man getting shot and killed, and he feels guilty because he believes that things might have went differently had he done something to save the man.
10th Nov '17 3:45:14 PM Kartoonkid95
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* In the ''Series/FamilyMatters'' episode "I Should Have DOne Something", Carl is depressed because it's the one-year anniversary of an incident where he responded to a hostage situation at a convenience store that led to an innocent man getting shot and killed, and he feels guilty because he believes that things might have went differently had he done something to save the man.
-->'''Harriette:''' Listen to me, Carl, that was a year ago. It was ''not'' your fault.
-->'''Carl:''' I know that here. ''(points to his head)'' But the problem is...I'm not sure I know that ''here''. ''(points to his heart)''
21st Oct '17 7:34:58 AM ironballs16
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* Mr. Incredible feels like this near the end of ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' for an atypical reason - he says that he's "not strong enough", but means [[spoiler: that he's not ''emotionally'' strong enough to face the idea that his wife and children could get killed in action, as he'd thought them dead when Syndrome shot their plane down just hours before]].

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* Mr. Incredible feels like this near the end of ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' for an atypical reason - he says that he's "not strong enough", but means which Helen assumes to mean this. [[spoiler: that he's not ''emotionally'' strong enough Bob was referring to face the idea that his wife and children could get killed in action, as he'd thought them dead when Syndrome shot having watched their plane get shot down and fearing the worst just hours before]].before]].
-->'''Bob''': [[spoiler:''[[ForcedToWatch I can't lose you again]]''! ...I can't. Not again. I'm not... strong enough.]]
-->'''Helen''': [[spoiler:If we work together, you won't have to be.]]
21st Oct '17 7:30:25 AM ironballs16
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* Mr. Incredible feels like this near the end of ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' for an atypical reason - he says that he's "not strong enough", but means [[spoiler: that he's not strong enough to face the idea that his wife and children could get killed in action, as he'd thought them dead when Syndrome shot their plane down just hours before]].

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* Mr. Incredible feels like this near the end of ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' for an atypical reason - he says that he's "not strong enough", but means [[spoiler: that he's not ''emotionally'' strong enough to face the idea that his wife and children could get killed in action, as he'd thought them dead when Syndrome shot their plane down just hours before]].
21st Oct '17 7:29:57 AM ironballs16
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* Mr. Incredible feels like this near the end of ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''.

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* Mr. Incredible feels like this near the end of ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''.''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' for an atypical reason - he says that he's "not strong enough", but means [[spoiler: that he's not strong enough to face the idea that his wife and children could get killed in action, as he'd thought them dead when Syndrome shot their plane down just hours before]].
2nd Jul '17 10:08:36 AM Flame
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* This is one of the many issues of [[FallenHero Taiga]] [[JerkassWoobie Hanaya]] in ''Series/KamenRiderExAid''. He failed to save a patient at [[ApocalypseHow Zero Day]] and has been always holding onto this failure from that day onwards. While it helped him TakeALevelInBadass and generally keeps him going, it also makes him just a mess of self-loathing under prickly exterior. [[spoiler: This eventually leads to him being gravely injured in a fight against [[ArchEnemy Graphite]]. He scolds himself for failing to beat him (again) and apologizes to [[MoralityPet Nico]] for [[SorryThatImDying not being able]] to take care of her any further.]]
17th May '17 6:08:27 PM creader
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-->'''Leonardo''' ''I did the best I could! There wasn't anymore I could have done!''
-->'''Ancient One''' ''If you did everything you could, [[ArmorPiercingQuestion then why do you keeping beating yourself up about it?]]''

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-->'''Leonardo''' -->'''Leonardo''': ''I did the best I could! There wasn't anymore I could have done!''
-->'''Ancient One''' One''': ''If you did everything you could, [[ArmorPiercingQuestion then why do you keeping beating yourself up about it?]]''
9th Nov '16 10:19:37 PM NickFalcon
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* This is one of the key elements of Franchise/SpiderMan. Our friendly neighborhood superhero never congratulates himself on the fact that he saves 99% of the people who fall into danger, but he always blames himself for that 1% he ''couldn't'' save.
6th Nov '16 6:23:53 PM ultimomant
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* Franchise/{{Batman}}. It's his shtick; he wasn't able to save his family as a child, leading him to become the criminal-pulping badass he is today. All in the name of trying to make sure no eight-year-old boy every has his parents taken away by a punk with a gun, ever again. This is a highly unlikely event that he'll succeed, but we still love the journey.

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* Franchise/{{Batman}}. It's his shtick; he wasn't able to save his family as a child, leading him to become the criminal-pulping badass he is today. All in the name of trying to make sure no eight-year-old boy every ever has his parents taken away by a punk with a gun, ever again. This is a highly unlikely event that he'll succeed, but we still love the journey.



* In Supernatural, Sam, Dean, Bobby, and Castiel...hell, all the good guys (or semi-good) have this problem. They save a lot of people, but never the "ones they needed to" or "the ones they should have". Dean almost goes into HeroicBSOD after failing to save Sam from the trials without [[spoiler: allowing an evil angel to possess him and heal him from the inside, and then kill Kevin Tran, who Dean felt was his responsibility]].

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* In Supernatural, ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Sam, Dean, Bobby, and Castiel...hell, all the good guys (or semi-good) have this problem. They save a lot of people, but never the "ones they needed to" or "the ones they should have". Dean almost goes into HeroicBSOD after failing to save Sam from the trials without [[spoiler: allowing an evil angel to possess him and heal him from the inside, and then kill Kevin Tran, who Dean felt was his responsibility]].
3rd Jun '16 3:49:02 PM mzytryck01
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* In ''Series/Elementary'', Sherlock actually ''encourages'' this mindset in his proteges; if they screw things up and apologise, he usually replies with "Don't be sorry, be better." In his view, being sorry leads to wallowing in guilt and self-recrimination which does nobody any good, and it's much more useful to make sure the mistake is not repeated in the future. He tries to hold himself to the same standards, and doesn't object when the same proteges call him out if he goes into a HeroicBSOD after mistakes of his own.

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* In ''Series/Elementary'', ''Series/{{Elementary}}'', Sherlock actually ''encourages'' this mindset in his proteges; if they screw things up and apologise, he usually replies with "Don't be sorry, be better." In his view, being sorry leads to wallowing in guilt and self-recrimination which does nobody any good, and it's much more useful to make sure the mistake is not repeated in the future. He tries to hold himself to the same standards, and doesn't object when the same proteges call him out if he goes into a HeroicBSOD after mistakes of his own.
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