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18th Aug '16 9:17:55 PM PaulA
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* In [[Literature/TheVorkosiganSaga Mirror Dance]], ex-Tykebomb Mark Vorkosigan starts the story a confused, self-sabotaging mess of a man. After being captured and tortured by [[ArcVillain Baron Ryoval]], his mind shatters - with the result that his multiple personalities, finally aware of each other, can start working together, using PowerBornOfMadness to defeat Ryoval and rebuild his life.

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* In [[Literature/TheVorkosiganSaga Mirror Dance]], ex-Tykebomb ''Literature/MirrorDance'', ex-{{Tykebomb}} Mark Vorkosigan starts the story a confused, self-sabotaging mess of a man. After being captured and tortured by [[ArcVillain Baron Ryoval]], his mind shatters - -- with the result that his multiple personalities, finally aware of each other, can start working together, using PowerBornOfMadness to defeat Ryoval and rebuild his life.
8th Jun '16 4:22:02 AM Morgenthaler
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* In MichaelFlynn's Literature/SpiralArm novel ''Up Jim River'', Donovan is given a drug that a native culture uses for vision quests. When he recovers, he is not cured of his multiple personalities, but is definitely more integrated.
* In [[TheVorkosiganSaga Mirror Dance]], ex-Tykebomb Mark Vorkosigan starts the story a confused, self-sabotaging mess of a man. After being captured and tortured by [[ArcVillain Baron Ryoval]], his mind shatters - with the result that his multiple personalities, finally aware of each other, can start working together, using PowerBornOfMadness to defeat Ryoval and rebuild his life.

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* In MichaelFlynn's Creator/MichaelFlynn's Literature/SpiralArm novel ''Up Jim River'', Donovan is given a drug that a native culture uses for vision quests. When he recovers, he is not cured of his multiple personalities, but is definitely more integrated.
* In [[TheVorkosiganSaga [[Literature/TheVorkosiganSaga Mirror Dance]], ex-Tykebomb Mark Vorkosigan starts the story a confused, self-sabotaging mess of a man. After being captured and tortured by [[ArcVillain Baron Ryoval]], his mind shatters - with the result that his multiple personalities, finally aware of each other, can start working together, using PowerBornOfMadness to defeat Ryoval and rebuild his life.
20th May '16 2:08:55 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* In ''FanFic/HopeOnADistantMountain'', Makoto goes back into the Hope's Peak Academy as seen in a sandbox version of the D-7 simulation, a virtual reality program designed to push students past their emotional limits to test their mettle via [[DeadlyGames Deadly Games]][=.=] He does this in order to better understand the events that happened to him, and their effects on his psyche, and fortunately, there are AIs there to explain things to him. [[spoiler: Or unfortunately, given they still want to help Makoto "grow".]]



* In ''FanFic/HopeOnADistantMountain'', Makoto goes back into the Hope's Peak Academy as seen in a sandbox version of the D-7 simulation, a virtual reality program designed to push students past their emotional limits to test their mettle via [[DeadlyGames Deadly Games]][=.=] He does this in order to better understand the events that happened to him, and their effects on his psyche, and fortunately, there are AIs there to explain things to him. [[spoiler: Or unfortunately, given they still want to help Makoto "grow".]]

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* In ''FanFic/HopeOnADistantMountain'', Makoto goes back into the Hope's Peak Academy as seen in a sandbox version of the D-7 simulation, a virtual reality program designed to push students past their emotional limits to test their mettle via [[DeadlyGames Deadly Games]][=.=] He does this in order to better understand the events that happened to him, and their effects on his psyche, and fortunately, there are AIs there to explain things to him. [[spoiler: Or unfortunately, given they still want to help Makoto "grow".]]
6th May '16 5:12:29 AM Toxicworld
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* In ''FanFic/HopeOnADistantMountain'', Makoto goes back into the Hope's Peak Academy as seen in a sandbox version of the D-7 simulation, a virtual reality program designed to push students past their emotional limits to test their mettle via [[DeadlyGames Deadly Games]][=.=] He does this in order to better understand the events that happened to him, and their effects on his psyche, and fortunately, there are AIs there to explain things to him. [[spoiler: Or unfortunately, given they still want to help Makoto "grow".]]
23rd Jan '16 3:35:49 PM StFan
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* In ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' Gohan gets the chance to pummel his absent and neglectful father when a villain takes over his body.
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* Defied in Film/AmericanPsycho. The film closes with Bateman, in the middle of a MotiveRant to himself, realizes that even admitting he is a CardCarryingVillain to himself does not give him any catharis.

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* Defied in Film/AmericanPsycho. ''Film/AmericanPsycho''. The film closes with Bateman, in the middle of a MotiveRant to himself, realizes that even admitting he is a CardCarryingVillain to himself does not give him any catharis.

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* In ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' Gohan gets the chance to pummel his absent and neglectful father when a villain takes over his body.
* When the [[WebOriginal/RedVsBlue Reds and Blues]] finally get to beat the tar out of [[spoiler: ManipulativeBastard Felix]], it is ridiculously satisfying, for them and the audience.

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* A number of ancient societies had some form of ceremony that was intended for this purpose.
** In AncientGreece, there were rituals to propiate the gods and discharge the ritual pollution that had led to your problems -- such as insanity. If it failed, you needed to try another god; this was not the offended one. If it succeeded, you had achieved ''catharsis'' or cleansing.

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* A number of ancient societies had some form of ceremony that was intended for this purpose.
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purpose. In AncientGreece, there were rituals to propiate the gods and discharge the ritual pollution that had led to your problems -- such as insanity. If it failed, you needed to try another god; this was not the offended one. If it succeeded, you had achieved ''catharsis'' or cleansing.
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16th Dec '15 9:43:55 AM notatrollsix
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* When the [[WebOriginal/RedVsBlue Reds and Blues]] finally get to beat the tar out of [[spoiler: ManipulativeBastard Felix]], it is ridiculously satisfying, for them and the audience.
1st Oct '15 6:18:58 AM Materioptikon
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* Creator/AaronAllston's ''Literatute/XWingSeries novels are full of this. Most notably, [[TheWoobie Myn Donos']] arc in ''Wraith Squadron'' contains at least two distinct and separate examples of this trope.

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* Creator/AaronAllston's ''Literatute/XWingSeries ''Literatute/XWingSeries'' novels are full of this. Most notably, [[TheWoobie Myn Donos']] arc in ''Wraith Squadron'' contains at least two distinct and separate examples of this trope.
28th Jul '15 1:42:18 AM Koveras
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There is also a more serious form of catharsis where psychological ills are healed through ceremony or painful experiences. Basically, usually as a major plot point, a character either seeks or inadvertently goes through an experience that normally only a NightmareFetishist might seek, and it helps them deal with a medical, psychological, etc. condition. [[CatharsisFactor When a story does this for a reader in the real world]], it's YMMV. When it occurs InUniverse, it's less subjective. May take the form of PercussiveTherapy.

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There is also a more serious form of catharsis where psychological ills are healed through ceremony or painful experiences. Basically, usually as a major plot point, a character either seeks or inadvertently goes through an experience that normally only a NightmareFetishist might seek, and it helps them deal with a medical, psychological, etc. condition. [[CatharsisFactor When a story does this for a reader in the real world]], it's YMMV. When it occurs InUniverse, it's less subjective. May take the form of PercussiveTherapy.
PercussiveTherapy or a CatharticScream.
23rd May '15 1:33:23 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''{{Karin}}'', gloomy Fumio becomes an energetic optimist after being bitten by [[EmotionEater Karin]]. Everyone gets a boost from a bite from her or her brother but with Fumio it's the most noticeable.
* In ''Anime/DragonBallZAbridged'' Gohan gets the chance to pummel his absent and neglectful father when a villain takes over his body.

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* In ''{{Karin}}'', ''Manga/{{Karin}}'', gloomy Fumio becomes an energetic optimist after being bitten by [[EmotionEater Karin]]. Everyone gets a boost from a bite from her or her brother but with Fumio it's the most noticeable.
* In ''Anime/DragonBallZAbridged'' Gohan gets the chance to pummel his absent and neglectful father when a villain takes over his body.



* ''TheHorseWhisperer'' ends up helping both the horse and owner this way.

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* ''TheHorseWhisperer'' ''Film/TheHorseWhisperer'' ends up helping both the horse and owner this way.



* Defied in AmericanPsycho. The film closes with Bateman, in the middle of a MotiveRant to himself, realizes that even admitting he is a CardCarryingVillain to himself does not give him any catharis.

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* Defied in AmericanPsycho.Film/AmericanPsycho. The film closes with Bateman, in the middle of a MotiveRant to himself, realizes that even admitting he is a CardCarryingVillain to himself does not give him any catharis.



* ''StarWars'' [[StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]]: AaronAllston's [[XWingSeries X-Wing novels]] are full of this. Most notably, [[TheWoobie Myn Donos']] arc in ''Wraith Squadron'' contains at least two distinct and separate examples of this trope.

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* ''StarWars'' [[StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]]: AaronAllston's [[XWingSeries X-Wing novels]] Creator/AaronAllston's ''Literatute/XWingSeries novels are full of this. Most notably, [[TheWoobie Myn Donos']] arc in ''Wraith Squadron'' contains at least two distinct and separate examples of this trope.


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* In ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' Gohan gets the chance to pummel his absent and neglectful father when a villain takes over his body.
23rd May '15 1:31:10 AM Morgenthaler
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* Similar to the AnalyzeThis example above, Veronica once shot a pillow in her office (using a silencered gun) on BetterOffTed.

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* Similar to the AnalyzeThis example above, Veronica once shot a pillow in her office (using a silencered gun) on BetterOffTed.''Series/BetterOffTed''.
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