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19th Nov '15 2:47:54 PM ANTMuddle
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No protagonist is perfect. Every man, woman, [[KidHero child]], or [[AmbiguousGender person of ambiguous or nonstandard gender]] brings their own unique flaws and difficulties to their role in a story. Often stories will be about a protagonist's struggles to overcome these flaws. However, whether they succeed or fail, many of them will experience at least one Moment of Weakness. That instant in which their emotions or the stress of a situation goes past critical and causes a thoughtless reaction that they would ''never'' have if they were thinking clearly. A Moment of Weakness can come and go, but will usually be recognized very quickly by the perpetrating protagonist. The typical response is usually one of two extremes. Either they'll wonder with horror "MyGodWhatHaveIDone" and try to [[TheAtoner atone]] [[RedemptionQuest for it]] or it will be the [[StartOfDarkness first step]] in a [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope running jump off the slippery slope]]. On occasion, you can even get someone who [[IgnoredEpiphany realizes the horror of their action, but not have that be enough to stop the leap.]] To mitigate the potentially subjective nature of this trope: A Moment of Weakness is a single moment in which a character's emotions or stress levels run so high that they act contrary to their usual nature. This action almost always causes damage of some kind, most commonly to someone the protagonist cares about. This is one cause of OOCIsSeriousBusiness.
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No protagonist is perfect. Every man, woman, [[KidHero child]], or [[AmbiguousGender person of ambiguous or nonstandard gender]] brings their own unique flaws and difficulties to their role in a story. Often stories will be about a protagonist's struggles to overcome these flaws. However, whether they succeed or fail, many of them will experience at least one Moment of Weakness. That instant in which their emotions or the stress of a situation goes past critical and causes a thoughtless reaction that they would ''never'' have if they were thinking clearly. A Moment of Weakness can come and go, but will usually be recognized very quickly by the perpetrating protagonist. The typical response is usually one of two extremes. Either they'll wonder with horror "MyGodWhatHaveIDone" and try to [[TheAtoner atone]] [[RedemptionQuest for it]] or it will be the [[StartOfDarkness first step]] in a [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope running jump off the slippery slope]]. On occasion, you can even get someone who [[IgnoredEpiphany realizes the horror of their action, but not have that be enough to stop the leap.]] To mitigate the potentially subjective nature of this trope: A Moment of Weakness is a single moment in which a character's emotions or stress levels run so high that they act contrary to their usual nature. This action almost always causes damage of some kind, most commonly to someone ''or'' something the protagonist truly cares about. This is one cause of OOCIsSeriousBusiness. OOCIsSeriousBusiness. Do not be surprised if an OhCrap follows.
2nd Oct '15 1:47:45 AM DannWoolf
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See MyGodWhatHaveIDone for more long-term examples and StartOfDarkness when the Moment of Weakness sends them the other way. If a rash action during such a moment leads to tragedy, see ATragedyOfImpulsiveness. Can potentially result in InsultFriendlyFire or KickTheMoralityPet. Compare InVinoVeritas, when this sort of thing can happen due to drunkenness. Also compare LetThemDie for when a normally heroic character becomes so enraged by a certain race that they lose all mercy towards them once their breaking point is reached.
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See MyGodWhatHaveIDone for more long-term examples and StartOfDarkness when the Moment of Weakness sends them the other way. If a rash action during such a moment leads to tragedy, see ATragedyOfImpulsiveness. Can potentially result in InsultFriendlyFire or KickTheMoralityPet. Compare InVinoVeritas, when this sort of thing can happen due to drunkenness. Also compare LetThemDie for when a normally heroic character becomes so enraged by a certain race or person that they lose all mercy towards them once their breaking point is reached.
30th Aug '15 11:51:54 AM FoolsEditAccount
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* In ''VideoGame/TelepathTactics'', Emma does not take her reunion with [[DrillSergeantNasty Silithis Predat]] well. [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness In a departure from her normally reserved behavior]], she immediately assumes the worst of Silithis and insults her when Silithis tries to apologize for her past abuse. [[spoiler:This ends up working out well for her, as it allows Silithis to realize that she really was too hard on Emma. Emma later accepts the apology when Silithis tries again.]]
19th Aug '15 11:05:06 AM babyhenchy1
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** One particularly notable one is during the assault on the Cerberus HQ, when Shepard finds a video describing how bad his/her body's condition was following his/her death at the beginning of ''2''. Almost completely absentmindedly, without even thinking about what they're in the middle of or the people around him/her, s/he goes into a brief existential crisis over whether or not s/he's the real Shepard or just an advanced VI programmed to think it's Shepard. It takes his/her TrueCompanions and possible LoveInterest reassuring him/her that they believe s/he is real to snap him/her out of it.
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** One particularly notable one is during the assault on the Cerberus HQ, when Shepard finds a video describing how bad his/her body's condition was following his/her death at the beginning of ''2''. Almost completely absentmindedly, without even thinking about what they're in the middle of or the people around him/her, s/he goes into a brief existential crisis over whether or not s/he's the real Shepard or just an advanced VI programmed to think it's Shepard.Shepard, talking more to him/herself than anyone else. It takes his/her TrueCompanions and possible LoveInterest reassuring him/her that they believe s/he is real to snap him/her out of it.
12th Aug '15 3:41:36 AM MechWarrior
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* In her background, [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Fujiwara no Mokou]] followed a troupe of soldiers to the top of Mount Fuji when they were about to dispose of an ImmortalityInducer elixir. She kept on going after them as they fell one by one until only one, Iwasaka, remained. When he was about to dump the thing into the volcano, he received a divine message telling him not to, lest he trigger a permanent eruption. Mokou took advantage of the tired soldier and killed him, taking the elixir for herself. Centuries later, she still feel enormous guilt over killing Iwasaka.
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* In her background, [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Fujiwara no Mokou]] followed a troupe of soldiers to the top of Mount Fuji when they were about to dispose of an ImmortalityInducer elixir. She kept on going after them as they fell one by one until only one, Iwasaka, remained. When he was about to dump the thing into the volcano, he received a divine message telling him not to, lest he trigger a permanent eruption. Mokou took advantage of the tired soldier and killed him, taking the elixir for herself. Centuries later, she still feel feels enormous guilt over killing Iwasaka.

* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Varsuuvius made the decision to make a DealWithTheDevil (and Demon, and Daemon). V knew that dealing with infernals was a bad idea, and they even offered an alternate method where the elf would owe them nothing. However, at that point, V was trance-deprived, guilt ridden, and both pride and body were crushed by a dragon, who was minutes away from killing the elf's family. Varsuuvius, unable to admit defeat like the alternate method would require, makes the deal and takes a step towards the DarkSide. The strip is even titled [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0634.html "The Wrong Reasons"]] in reference to a prophecy that Varsuuvius would obtain ultimate power by saying the right four words at the right time for all the wrong reasons.
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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Varsuuvius made the decision to make a DealWithTheDevil (and Demon, and Daemon). V knew that dealing with infernals was a bad idea, and they even offered an alternate method where the elf would owe them nothing. However, at that point, V was trance-deprived, guilt ridden, and both pride and body were crushed by a dragon, who was minutes away from killing the elf's family. Varsuuvius, unable to admit defeat like the alternate method would require, makes the deal and takes a step towards the DarkSide.TheDarkSide. The strip is even titled [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0634.html "The Wrong Reasons"]] in reference to a prophecy that Varsuuvius would obtain ultimate power by saying the right four words at the right time for all the wrong reasons.
12th Aug '15 3:40:35 AM MechWarrior
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** One particularly notable one is during the assault on the Cerberus HQ, when Shepard finds a video describing how bad his/her body's condition was following his/her death at the beginning of ''2''. Almost completely absent-mindedly, without even thinking about what they're in the middle of or the people around him/her, s/he goes into a brief existential crisis over whether or not s/he's the real Shepard or just an advanced VI programmed to think it's Shepard. It takes his/her TrueCompanions and possible LoveInterest reassuring him/her that they believe s/he is real to snap him/her out of it.
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** One particularly notable one is during the assault on the Cerberus HQ, when Shepard finds a video describing how bad his/her body's condition was following his/her death at the beginning of ''2''. Almost completely absent-mindedly, absentmindedly, without even thinking about what they're in the middle of or the people around him/her, s/he goes into a brief existential crisis over whether or not s/he's the real Shepard or just an advanced VI programmed to think it's Shepard. It takes his/her TrueCompanions and possible LoveInterest reassuring him/her that they believe s/he is real to snap him/her out of it.
12th Aug '15 3:40:20 AM MechWarrior
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* KatawaShoujo: Go on. You know you want [[spoiler: Misha]], don't you? She's right there. All you need to do is say "yes"... * Sonic has a particularly nasty one in ''[[VideoGame/SonicBoom Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric]]''. After warding a wave of robots outside of Lyric's Tomb, and even larger wave shows up. Whereas Knuckles, Amy and Tails move into place to face them, Sonic just sits there paralyzed; in his panic, he moves to open the door, with Amy telling him not to. Then Metal Sonic shows up, and Sonic caves, opening the tomb and leading everyone inside. Not only does this lead to [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Lyric getting loose]], but Sonic gets on the bad side of everyone watching: Amy, Knuckles, Tails, and even Shadow, who saw the whole thing from above.
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* KatawaShoujo: VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo: Go on. You know you want [[spoiler: Misha]], don't you? She's right there. All you need to do is say "yes"... * Sonic has a particularly nasty one in ''[[VideoGame/SonicBoom Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric]]''. After warding a wave of robots outside of Lyric's Tomb, and an even larger wave shows up. Whereas Knuckles, Amy and Tails move into place to face them, Sonic just sits there paralyzed; in his panic, he moves to open the door, with Amy telling him not to. Then Metal Sonic shows up, and Sonic caves, opening the tomb and leading everyone inside. Not only does this lead to [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Lyric getting loose]], but Sonic gets on the bad side of everyone watching: Amy, Knuckles, Tails, and even Shadow, who saw the whole thing from above.
2nd Aug '15 1:10:28 PM Materioptikon
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* In her background, [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Fujiwara no Mokou]] followed a troupe of soldiers to the top of Mount Fuji when they were about to dispose of an ImmortalityInducer elixir. She kept on going after them as they fell one by one until only one, Iwasaka, remained. When he was about to dump the thing into the volcano, he received a divine message telling him not to, lest he trigger a permanent eruption. Mokou took advantage of the tired soldier and killed him, taking the elixir for herself. Centuries later, she still feel enormous guilt over killing Iwasaka.
19th Jul '15 7:09:02 PM sgamer82
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* Daisuke Suwa found himself falling for the ''BitterVirgin'' Hinako Aikawa. But when she obliviously gives him a JustFriends line, he angrily blurts out that he knows her [[AbusiveParents dark secrets]]. He gets lucky that Hinako wasn't actually listening to him at that moment but is horribly ashamed of himself afterward.
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* ''Manga/BitterVirgin'': ** Daisuke Suwa found himself falling for the ''BitterVirgin'' Hinako Aikawa.Hinako. But when she obliviously gives him a JustFriends line, he angrily blurts out that he knows her [[AbusiveParents dark secrets]]. He gets lucky that Hinako wasn't actually listening to him at that moment but is horribly ashamed of himself afterward.
21st May '15 11:13:33 PM Dravencour
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A Moment of Weakness can come and go, but will usually be recognized very quickly by the perpertrating protagonist. The typical response is usually one of two extremes. Either they'll wonder with horror "MyGodWhatHaveIDone" and try to [[TheAtoner atone]] [[RedemptionQuest for it]] or it will be the [[StartOfDarkness first step]] in a [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope running jump off the slippery slope]]. On occasion, you can even get someone who [[IgnoredEpiphany realizes the horror of their action, but not have that be enough to stop the leap.]]
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A Moment of Weakness can come and go, but will usually be recognized very quickly by the perpertrating perpetrating protagonist. The typical response is usually one of two extremes. Either they'll wonder with horror "MyGodWhatHaveIDone" and try to [[TheAtoner atone]] [[RedemptionQuest for it]] or it will be the [[StartOfDarkness first step]] in a [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope running jump off the slippery slope]]. On occasion, you can even get someone who [[IgnoredEpiphany realizes the horror of their action, but not have that be enough to stop the leap.]]
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