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30th Jun '16 7:33:23 AM TheWanderer
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A subtrope of TheStoic, also related to HeroicBSOD. They may be an OldSoldier, but probably not a BloodKnight and definitely not a {{phony|veteran}}. Expect him to have a SympatheticMurderBackstory. SuperTrope to TheVietnamVet.

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A subtrope of TheStoic, also related to HeroicBSOD. They may be an OldSoldier, but probably not a BloodKnight and definitely not a {{phony|veteran}}. Expect him to have a SympatheticMurderBackstory. SuperTrope to TheVietnamVet.
TheVietnamVet. Some may go FromCamouflageToCriminal and take up a life of crime due to the mental distress they've been put under.
30th Jun '16 7:31:38 AM TheWanderer
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* Jimmy Darmody and [[ColdSniper Richard Harrow]] of ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'' both served in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI and came back with lingering injuries (Jimmy has consistent pain from a leg wound and Harrow had [[FacialHorror half of his face disfigured]]) and severe shell-shock. Both are so mentally damaged by all of the killing they experienced and committed in the trenches that they take up work as hired killers with few qualms, and while they are still nice to friends, they exhibit a notable LackOfEmpathy. (Especially Richard, who once proposed to draw a target out of hiding by killing innocent family members).

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* Jimmy Darmody and [[ColdSniper Richard Harrow]] of ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'' both served in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI and came back with lingering injuries (Jimmy has consistent pain from a leg wound and Harrow had [[FacialHorror half of his face disfigured]]) and severe shell-shock. Both are so mentally damaged by all of the killing violence they experienced and committed in the trenches that [[FromCamouflageToCriminal they take up work as hired killers killers]] with few qualms, and while they are still nice to friends, they exhibit a notable LackOfEmpathy. (Especially Richard, who once proposed to draw a target out of hiding by killing innocent family members).
27th Jun '16 1:33:52 PM YT45
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* ''Fortunes of War'' by Music/IronMaiden describes in detail the emotional and psychological agony of a veteran with Post-Traumatic Stress, [[ShownTheirWork leaving out the myths propagated by pop culture about the condition]].
27th Jun '16 12:31:57 AM The12thDoctor
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[[caption-width-right:348:[[WarIsHell "If you have been inside my head, then you know what I've seen. The suffering."]]]]

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22nd Jun '16 6:16:33 PM DarkPhoenix94
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*** Later on, he develops full on PTSD, as does Carol Danvers, with one reviewer who'd suffered from PTSD remarking that [[ShownTheirWork the descriptions were dead on.]]
16th Jun '16 11:05:49 AM eowynjedi
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* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'': The horrible experiences he went through in the One Year War made Amuro "Shooting Star" Ray one of these. He only recovered 7 years later, in ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam.'' Side materials reveal that it took him just a little longer to get back into space because he was afraid [[TheLostLenore Lalah]] would be there.
** An even more extreme version is Kamille Bidan from Zeta Gundam, who...isn't doing well when he shows up in ''ZZ Gundam'', due to a combination of war trauma and MindRape from archvillain Scirocco.
*** Sidematerials indicate that this is also true of [[StateSec Titans]] [[TheDragon second-in-command]] [[GeneralRipper Bask Om]]. Captured and [[BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil tortured]] in a Zeon POW camp during the One Year War, he emerged with a fanatical hatred of the colonials, and a desire to see them all dead. Bask may have physically left that camp, but mentally, he's still there.

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* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}''
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''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'': The horrible experiences he went through in the One Year War made Amuro "Shooting Star" Ray one of these. He only recovered 7 years later, in ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam.'' Side materials reveal that it took him just a little longer to get back into space because he was afraid [[TheLostLenore Lalah]] would be there.
** An even more extreme version is Kamille Bidan from Zeta Gundam, who...isn't doing well when he shows up in ''ZZ Gundam'', due to a combination of war trauma and MindRape from archvillain Scirocco.
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Scirocco. Sidematerials indicate that this is also true of [[StateSec Titans]] [[TheDragon second-in-command]] [[GeneralRipper Bask Om]]. Captured and [[BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil tortured]] in a Zeon POW camp during the One Year War, he emerged with a fanatical hatred of the colonials, and a desire to see them all dead. Bask may have physically left that camp, but mentally, he's still there.


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** ''Anime/AfterWarGundamX'' has Captain Jamil Neate. Flashbacks show him as a fresh-faced teenage AcePilot. Present-day Jamil is scarred on his face and soul both and has become one of the endlessly roving, scavenging Vultures in a quest to find other Newtypes and protect them from becoming soldiers like he was. Having fired the shot that provoked the rebels into the mass ColonyDrop that nearly wiped out humankind on Earth, Jamil has a hell of a guilt complex, lost his Newtype powers, and a severe cockpit phobia that he doesn't start overcoming until a third of the way through the series.
13th Jun '16 12:39:47 AM JudasZala
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** [[BrokenAce Athrun Zala]] becomes this by the time ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'' rolls around. He's bitter, cynical, incapable of seeing anything but shades of grey, has some self-destructive tendencies, and cannot form meaningful connections to anyone who didn't serve alongside him in the first war. His ex-best friend/rival from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'', Kira Yamato, slowly becomes one of these over the course of the original show, hitting rock bottom and mental breakdown around the halfway point in the series. He seems to get better, but if the ThousandYardStare, flashbacks, and newly [[TheStoic stoic]] personality he displays at the start of ''Destiny'' are any indicator, he really hasn't. As for [[DecoyProtagonist Shinn Asuka]], he goes into the second war without having gotten over the death of his family (and particularly his sister) in the first conflict. In a lot of ways, Shinn seems to have emotionally frozen at the age he was when he found his sister's body, and has never actually moved on.

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** [[BrokenAce Athrun Zala]] becomes this by the time ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'' rolls around. He's bitter, cynical, incapable of seeing anything but [[GreyAndGrayMorality shades of grey, grey]], has some self-destructive tendencies, and cannot form meaningful connections to anyone who didn't serve alongside him in the first war. His ex-best friend/rival from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'', Kira Yamato, slowly becomes one of these over the course of the original show, hitting rock bottom and mental breakdown around the halfway point in the series. He seems to get better, but if the ThousandYardStare, flashbacks, and newly [[TheStoic stoic]] personality he displays at the start of ''Destiny'' are any indicator, he really hasn't. As for [[DecoyProtagonist Shinn Asuka]], he goes into the second war without having gotten over the death of his family (and particularly his sister) in the first conflict. In a lot of ways, Shinn seems to have emotionally frozen at the age he was when he found his sister's body, and has never actually moved on.
9th Jun '16 1:57:34 PM ANTMuddle
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A subtrope of TheStoic, also related to HeroicBSOD. They may be an OldSoldier, but probably not a BloodKnight. Expect him to have a SympatheticMurderBackstory. SuperTrope to TheVietnamVet.

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A subtrope of TheStoic, also related to HeroicBSOD. They may be an OldSoldier, but probably not a BloodKnight.BloodKnight and definitely not a {{phony|veteran}}. Expect him to have a SympatheticMurderBackstory. SuperTrope to TheVietnamVet.
8th Jun '16 12:00:20 PM Donnigan
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* ''Literature/ParadiseRot'': Oscar Pilson has been in so many wars and conflicts, as both a soldier and later a mercenary, that he can't seem to stop getting into even more.
7th Jun '16 10:46:45 PM gewunomox
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* SonataArctica's song ''Replica'' is about this.

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* SonataArctica's Music/SonataArctica's song ''Replica'' is about this.
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