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8th Jan '16 12:23:45 PM DarkHunter
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* Gamzee [[spoiler: going crazy under the order of Lord English and then going on a rampage]] is preceded by a simple, even avoidable, line. In a conversation with Karkat, Gamzee says something that completely goes against his character: ** TC [Gamzee]: shut up. ** CG [Karkat]: WHAT... ** TC: I SAID SHUT THE MOTHERFUCK UP, MOTHERFUCKER.
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* Gamzee [[spoiler: going crazy under the order of Lord English and then going on a rampage]] is preceded by a simple, even avoidable, line. In a conversation with Karkat, Gamzee says something that completely goes against his character: ** TC [Gamzee]: Gamzee, normally TheStoner who is all peaceful, calm, and prone to daydreaming, suddenly snaps: -->'''TC [Gamzee]''': shut up. ** CG [Karkat]: WHAT... ** TC: up.\\ '''CG [Karkat]''': WHAT...\\ '''TC''': I SAID SHUT THE MOTHERFUCK UP, MOTHERFUCKER.
1st Jan '16 7:12:50 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Smallville}}'' has its fair share of Not Himself episodes, no thanks to Red Kryptonite and the truly absurd number of villains who have possession abilities. * ''TheOffice'', American version: assistant manager (or assistant to the manager) Dwight Schrute, a pompous, anti-social jerk, inexplicably starts acting nice to everyone. Later it is discovered to be the effect of a concussion Dwight suffered as a result of a car crash earlier in the episode.
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* ''{{Smallville}}'' ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' has its fair share of Not Himself episodes, no thanks to Red Kryptonite and the truly absurd number of villains who have possession abilities. * ''TheOffice'', American version: ''Series/TheOfficeUS'': assistant manager (or assistant to the manager) Dwight Schrute, a pompous, anti-social jerk, inexplicably starts acting nice to everyone. Later it is discovered to be the effect of a concussion Dwight suffered as a result of a car crash earlier in the episode.
31st Dec '15 4:59:23 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Community}}'' - on Abed's birthday, Jeff meets him at a fancy restaurant, meaning to divert him to a 'Pulp Fiction' themed party his friends have arranged, but finds him acting oddly sociable and claiming to be over pop culture. [[spoiler: It turns out he's just 'doing' another movie scenario, 'My Dinner with Andre'.]]
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* ''{{Community}}'' ''Series/{{Community}}'' - on Abed's birthday, Jeff meets him at a fancy restaurant, meaning to divert him to a 'Pulp Fiction' themed party his friends have arranged, but finds him acting oddly sociable and claiming to be over pop culture. [[spoiler: It turns out he's just 'doing' another movie scenario, 'My Dinner with Andre'.]]
13th Dec '15 3:19:08 PM Vios
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* In the ''Literature/ErebusSequence'', Dino notes that both [[spoiler:Anea and Russo]] are acting strangely harsh and distant. It turns out that they're both using a ''tinctura'' which, presumably without their knowledge, strips away people's empathy and sentiment.
8th Dec '15 9:18:55 AM CompletelyNormalGuy
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What does a ymmv parabomb have to do with anything?
* Marianne Dashwood in ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility''. After she is jilted by her first love, she falls into a despair and eventually, after months of barely eating or sleeping, she stays out for hours in a rainstorm while insufficiently wrapped up. She nearly dies of fever or has a bad flu (YMMV), but when she recovers she has suddenly gained about five years' worth of emotional maturity, and not long afterward marries someone much older than herself. Marianne is passionate and talented and struggles to conform to what her society expects of a young unmarried woman. It feels as though Austen is building up to tragically killing her off... but at the last minute she backs off, and Marianne is suddenly able to deal with the pressures of hiding her feelings in the public space.
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* Marianne Dashwood in ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility''. After she is jilted by her first love, she falls into a despair and eventually, after months of barely eating or sleeping, she stays out for hours in a rainstorm while insufficiently wrapped up. She nearly dies of fever or has a bad flu (YMMV), flu, but when she recovers she has suddenly gained about five years' worth of emotional maturity, and not long afterward marries someone much older than herself. Marianne is passionate and talented and struggles to conform to what her society expects of a young unmarried woman. It feels as though Austen is building up to tragically killing her off... but at the last minute she backs off, and Marianne is suddenly able to deal with the pressures of hiding her feelings in the public space.
1st Dec '15 10:57:52 PM Heartlesswithaheart
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* Maya undergoes this in a flashback-themed dungeon in ''Persona2InnocentSin'', acting as a complete opposite of herself, refusing to participate in team conversations with demons, having a much more sinister portrait in fusion spells, and having yellow eyes. While the party notices she's acting rude, they never notice that she's clearly not the same person and wants them dead until the ''real'' Maya shows up.
24th Nov '15 12:27:33 AM LadyNorbert
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** Episode 21 has Ryuko behaving highly sociopathicly following [[spoiler:being both brainwashed by her mother.]]
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** Episode 21 has Ryuko behaving highly sociopathicly following like a sociopath after [[spoiler:being both brainwashed by her mother.]]

* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'', the Canterlot High School students under the Dazzlings' spell, becoming confrontational and ultra-competitive. Most notable with Flash Sentry, for whom it's completely at odds with his NiceGuy persona from the first movie. He even snaps once at Twilight Sparkle, making her cry.
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* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'', the Canterlot High School students under the Dazzlings' spell, becoming spell become confrontational and ultra-competitive. Most It's most notable with Flash Sentry, for whom it's completely at odds with his NiceGuy persona from the first movie. He even snaps once at Twilight Sparkle, making her cry.

* Inverted in ''Literature/DangerousLiaisons'', when the Vicomte Sébastien de Valmont, known to be a ruthless, womanizing manipulator genuinely falls in love with Madame Marie de Tourvel. He is forced into the situation by Marquise Isabelle de Merteuil, and with tears in his eyes has to push away the woman he loves through cruel manipulation. She is aware that it's [[OutOfCharacterAlert odd for the Vicomte to speak thusly to her]], but is heartbroken nonetheless.
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* Inverted in ''Literature/DangerousLiaisons'', when the Vicomte Sébastien de Valmont, known to be a ruthless, womanizing manipulator manipulator, genuinely falls in love with Madame Marie de Tourvel. He is forced into the situation by Marquise Isabelle de Merteuil, and with tears in his eyes has to push away the woman he loves through cruel manipulation. She is aware that it's [[OutOfCharacterAlert odd for the Vicomte to speak thusly thus to her]], but is heartbroken nonetheless.

* Quite a lot of this in ''Film/{{Fallen}}'': "I wanna tell you about the time I almost died...."
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* Quite a lot of this in ''Film/{{Fallen}}'': "I wanna tell you about the time I almost died....died..."

* In ''Literature/DragonBones'' one of his allies tries to stab Ward. They later find out that [[spoiler: the man was magically controlled by the ''real'' traitor. He gets to apologize and be forgiven before he dies.]] ** There's also the creepy moment when the CuteMute girl suddenly speaks. With a male voice, no less. [[spoiler: Turns out she's possessed. By a god, who is not actually ''evil'', but GoodIsNotNice and he's rather impolite.]]
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* In ''Literature/DragonBones'' ''Literature/DragonBones'', one of his allies tries to stab Ward. They later find out that [[spoiler: the man was magically controlled by the ''real'' traitor. He gets to apologize and be forgiven before he dies.]] ** There's also the creepy moment when the CuteMute girl suddenly speaks. With speaks - with a male voice, no less. [[spoiler: Turns It turns out she's possessed. By possessed by a god, who is not actually ''evil'', but GoodIsNotNice and he's rather impolite.]]

* In the VCAndrews novel ''April Shadows'', April's father starts to act like a {{jerkass}} to his family for seemingly no reason. [[spoiler: The reason turns out to be that he found out he had terminal cancer and he didn't want his family to feel sad for him when he died. So, he decides to make them hate him. Once April, her mother, and sister find out, though, they feel sorry for him anyway.]]
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* In the VCAndrews novel ''April Shadows'', April's father starts to act like a {{jerkass}} to his family for seemingly no reason. [[spoiler: The reason turns out to be that he found out he had terminal cancer and he didn't want his family to feel sad for him when he died. So, he decides to make them hate him. Once April, her mother, his wife and sister daughters find out, though, they feel sorry for him anyway.]]

* In the young adult novel ''Stranger With My Face'' by Lois Duncan, protagonist Laurie discovers that she was adopted as an infant and has an identical LongLostTwin, Lia. Lia has mastered astral projection and uses it to form a bond with Laurie. She teaches Laurie to do likewise, but it's a ruse to trick Laurie out of her body so Lia can possess it. Laurie is left in a ghostlike state, watching her body operate under her twin's power. The only people who notice that anything's amiss are her adoptive little sister, who spots that Laurie is acting out of character, and Laurie's boyfriend, who knows the whole story and suspects that Lia might have done exactly what she did.
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* In the young adult novel ''Stranger With My Face'' by Lois Duncan, protagonist Laurie discovers that she was adopted as an infant and has an identical LongLostTwin, SeparatedAtBirth twin, Lia. Lia has mastered astral projection and uses it to form a bond with Laurie. She teaches Laurie to do likewise, but it's a ruse to trick Laurie out of her body so Lia can possess it. Laurie is left in a ghostlike state, watching her body operate under her twin's power. The only people who notice that anything's amiss are her adoptive little sister, who spots that Laurie is acting out of character, and Laurie's boyfriend, who knows the whole story and suspects that Lia might have done exactly what she did.

* The Brandi Carlile song "That Wasn't Me" is about how addiction can change how a person acts and cause them to hurt the ones they love and do things they're shamed of.[[note]]WordOfGod says the song was inspired by a friend's battle with addiction.[[/note]]
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* The Brandi Carlile Carlisle song "That Wasn't Me" is about how addiction can change how a person acts and cause them to hurt the ones they love and do things they're shamed of.[[note]]WordOfGod says the song was inspired by a friend's battle with addiction.[[/note]]
24th Nov '15 12:18:26 AM LadyNorbert
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* Marianne Dashwood in ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility''. After she is jilted she falls into a despair and eventually after months of barely eating or sleeping she stays out for hours in a rainstorm while insufficiently wrapped up. She nearly dies of fever or has a bad flu (YMMV) but when she recovers she has suddenly gained about five years worth of emotional maturity and not long afterward marries someone much older who she was not in love with. Marianne is passionate and talented and struggles to conform to what her society expects of a young unmarried woman. It feels as though Austen is building up to tragically killing her off but at the last minute she backs off and Marianne is suddenly able to deal with the pressures of hiding her feelings in the public space. ** Most probably intentional, as Austen didn't like the overly tragic endings that were the fashion at the time.
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* Marianne Dashwood in ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility''. After she is jilted by her first love, she falls into a despair and eventually eventually, after months of barely eating or sleeping sleeping, she stays out for hours in a rainstorm while insufficiently wrapped up. She nearly dies of fever or has a bad flu (YMMV) (YMMV), but when she recovers she has suddenly gained about five years years' worth of emotional maturity maturity, and not long afterward marries someone much older who she was not in love with.than herself. Marianne is passionate and talented and struggles to conform to what her society expects of a young unmarried woman. It feels as though Austen is building up to tragically killing her off off... but at the last minute she backs off off, and Marianne is suddenly able to deal with the pressures of hiding her feelings in the public space. ** Most probably intentional, as Austen didn't like the overly tragic endings that which were the fashion at the time.

* In ''Literature/EmilyTheStrangeTheLostDays'', Earwig knows she is not Molly and Molly's parents know she is not their daughter for various reasons.
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* In ''Literature/EmilyTheStrangeTheLostDays'', Earwig knows she is not Molly Molly, and Molly's parents know she is not their daughter for various reasons.reasons. * In the young adult novel ''Stranger With My Face'' by Lois Duncan, protagonist Laurie discovers that she was adopted as an infant and has an identical LongLostTwin, Lia. Lia has mastered astral projection and uses it to form a bond with Laurie. She teaches Laurie to do likewise, but it's a ruse to trick Laurie out of her body so Lia can possess it. Laurie is left in a ghostlike state, watching her body operate under her twin's power. The only people who notice that anything's amiss are her adoptive little sister, who spots that Laurie is acting out of character, and Laurie's boyfriend, who knows the whole story and suspects that Lia might have done exactly what she did.

** SuperPaperMario, there's a funny mini-game where you play as Peach trapped in a dating sim and can choose her reactions to the other character's fumbling attempts to court her. You can of course choose to have her react favorably... An interesting case in that doing this repeatedly will cause the princess to call -herself- on her bizarre behavior.
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** SuperPaperMario, In ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'', there's a funny mini-game where you play as Peach trapped in a dating sim and can choose her reactions to the other character's fumbling attempts to court her. You can of course choose to have her react favorably... An It's an interesting case in that doing this repeatedly will cause the princess to call -herself- ''herself'' on her bizarre behavior.

* Several illnesses or psychological factors can lead to a person's behavior changing dramatically. One of the most well known examples would be Phineas Gage, a railroad worker who was said to have been honest and reliable prior to an accident which lead to a metal pole being ''blasted through his head, damaging both his frontal lobes''. Afterwards, he became a much nastier person. The accident shed light on the effects that frontal lobe damage can have on personality.
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* Several illnesses or psychological factors can lead to a person's behavior changing dramatically. One of the most well known examples would be Phineas Gage, a railroad worker who was said to have been honest and reliable prior to an accident which lead led to a metal pole being ''blasted through his head, damaging both his frontal lobes''. Afterwards, he became a much nastier person. The accident shed light on the effects that frontal lobe damage can have on personality.
25th Oct '15 5:45:32 PM nombretomado
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* In L. Jagi Lamplighter's ''[[ProsperosDaughter Prospero in Hell]]'', Miranda admits that she had not noticed that Mab had been replaced with a shapeshifter, just that he was acting oddly.
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* In L. Jagi Lamplighter's ''[[ProsperosDaughter ''[[Literature/ProsperosDaughter Prospero in Hell]]'', Miranda admits that she had not noticed that Mab had been replaced with a shapeshifter, just that he was acting oddly.
24th Oct '15 5:19:47 PM nombretomado
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* Subverted in ''MagicalProjectS'' while Misao certainly wasn't acting like herself when she tortured the main cast as the [[DarkMagicalGirl evil magical girl]] Pixy Misa (she wasn't even aware of her other side) it was revealed that it was in fact herself (the repressed aspects of her personality),
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* Subverted in ''MagicalProjectS'' ''Anime/MagicalProjectS'' while Misao certainly wasn't acting like herself when she tortured the main cast as the [[DarkMagicalGirl evil magical girl]] Pixy Misa (she wasn't even aware of her other side) it was revealed that it was in fact herself (the repressed aspects of her personality),
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