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5th Feb '17 11:56:37 AM eowynjedi
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* The second series of ''Series/HoratioHornblower'' casts Captain Sawyer's paranoia and insanity as a result of this. At one point he mistakes Archie for an admiral he knew, only to correct himself because the man was decapitated in front of him during a battle. Later, he drowns out the noise of a prisoner uprising by plugging his ears and reading aloud his report of the battle where he defeated three French frigates with one ship. Though the battle began his reputation for extraordinary courage, the report itself recounts a bloody and brutal affair. Essentially being forced to fight heroically for his whole career made him see enemies everywhere and turned him into a DeathSeeker.



* The second series of ''Series/HoratioHornblower'' casts Captain Sawyer's paranoia and insanity as a result of this. At one point he mistakes Archie for an admiral he knew, only to correct himself because the man was decapitated in front of him during a battle. Later, he drowns out the noise of a prisoner uprising by plugging his ears and reading aloud his report of the battle where he defeated three French frigates with one ship. Though the battle began his reputation for extraordinary courage, the report itself recounts a bloody and brutal affair. Essentially being forced to fight heroically for his whole career made him see enemies everywhere and turned him into a DeathSeeker.
5th Feb '17 11:55:41 AM eowynjedi
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* The second series of ''Series/HoratioHornblower'' casts Captain Sawyer's paranoia and insanity as a result of this. At one point he mistakes Archie for an admiral he knew, only to correct himself because the man was decapitated in front of him during a battle. Later, he drowns out the noise of a prisoner uprising by plugging his ears and reading aloud his report of the battle where he defeated three French frigates with one ship. Though the battle began his reputation for extraordinary courage, the report itself recounts a bloody and brutal affair. Essentially being forced to fight heroically for his whole career made him see enemies everywhere and turned him into a DeathSeeker.
27th Jan '17 5:32:59 AM Geoduck
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* ''Webcomic/Homestuck'': Dave Strider shows signs of this, mostly from his [[AbusiveParents upbringing with Bro]], who regularly beat the shit out of him.

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* ''Webcomic/Homestuck'': ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': Dave Strider shows signs of this, mostly from his [[AbusiveParents upbringing with Bro]], who regularly beat the shit out of him.him.
* ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'': Bubbles the ex combat unit was an AI version of this, to the point [[spoiler: she let Corpse Witch "encrypt" (actually erase) a chunk of horrific memories.]]
20th Jan '17 5:23:40 PM PaulA
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* In the ''[[Literature/MissMarple Miss Marple]]'' adaptation of ''The Moving Finger'', Jerry Burton is depicted as a BrokenAce war hero who, to paraphrase his sister, came through the war with flying colours yet seems to find the peace utterly defeating.

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* In the ''[[Literature/MissMarple Miss Marple]]'' ''Series/{{Marple}}'' adaptation of ''The Moving Finger'', Jerry Burton is depicted as a BrokenAce war hero who, to paraphrase his sister, came through the war with flying colours yet seems to find the peace utterly defeating. defeating.
7th Jan '17 6:13:42 PM qobiewuqwe98w5
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* ''Webcomic/Homestuck'': Dave Strider shows signs of this, mostly from his [[AbusiveParents upbringing with Bro]], who regularly beat the shit out of him.
7th Jan '17 6:24:23 AM BlackKnight359
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'''Frank:''' Tell that to Bobby Colby. All that kid wanted to do was go home! Well, he went home, all right! With a crater in his colon the size of a cutlet! Had to sit him on a cork the eighteen-hour flight home!

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'''Frank:''' Tell that to Bobby Colby. All that kid wanted to do was go home! Well, he went home, all right! right! ...With a crater in his colon the size of a cutlet! cutlet!\\
'''Kramer:''' Frankó\\
'''Frank:'''
Had to sit him on a cork the eighteen-hour flight home!
4th Jan '17 4:26:36 PM StarSword
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* Literature/AlexisCarew becomes one of these over the course of the first three books due to a string of misadventures: [[spoiler:losing several members of a prize crew she commanded when the SpacePirates they were riding herd on briefly retook the ship, sustained abuse by a sexist CO who meant to drive her out of the service altogether, and then losing almost her entire crew commanding a YouShallNotPass against a far superior ship]]. By ''HMS Nightingale'' she's developed recurring nightmares and a bit of a [[TheAlcoholic drinking problem]]. An EnforcedTrope: the author's notes on the subject state that he didn't find it credible that other MilitaryScienceFiction protagonists wouldn't develop issues dealing with their war experiences.
4th Jan '17 4:15:36 PM StarSword
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* Depending on dialogue choices, [[PlayerCharacter Commander Shepard]] from the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' series can fit this trope. If the right dialogue is chosen, [[KnightInSourArmor s/he's cynical and bitter with major emotional scars]] [[IronWoobie from his/her past experiences.]] And s/he's '''especially''' this in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' where [[NotSoStoic it becomes pretty clear]] how [[HurtingHero emotionally burned out]] s/he really is.
** Particularly since ''3'' really highlights the fact that Shepard never really dealt with the trauma of ''dying'' in the previous game and has been simply putting on a [[StepfordSmiler brave face]] for everyone's benefit.
** In ''3'', Joker mentions his concern that Shepard's vitals recorded by their armour registered them as being presently under more stress than they were at [[MultipleChoicePast Elysium/Torfan/Akuze]], just in their normal ''[[HeroicWillpower resting]]'' state.

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* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
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Depending on dialogue choices, [[PlayerCharacter Commander Shepard]] from the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' series can fit this trope. If the right dialogue is chosen, [[KnightInSourArmor s/he's cynical and bitter with major emotional scars]] [[IronWoobie from his/her past experiences.]] And s/he's '''especially''' this in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' where [[NotSoStoic it becomes pretty clear]] how [[HurtingHero emotionally burned out]] s/he really is.
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is. Particularly since ''3'' really highlights the fact that Shepard never really dealt with the trauma of ''dying'' in the previous game and has been simply putting on a [[StepfordSmiler brave face]] for everyone's benefit.
** In ''3'',
benefit. Joker once mentions his concern that Shepard's vitals recorded by their armour registered them as being presently under more stress than they were at [[MultipleChoicePast Elysium/Torfan/Akuze]], just in their normal ''[[HeroicWillpower resting]]'' state.state. Fortunately, though, after two games of playing WarriorTherapist to his/her party members, Shepard's friends return the favor this round. The next line after the page quote is:
--->'''Garrus:''' ... Before your friend picks you up, dusts you off, and tells you you're the best soldier he's ever known.



** This is completely played straight regardless of player choices in ''Mass Effect 3''. There are several side-quests and NPC's dealing directly with post-traumatic stress, with one NPC's name literally being "PTSD Soldier", an Asari commando who was forced to kill a young girl ([[spoiler: heavily implied to be Joker's sister]]), after her crying from a broken leg threatened to alert Reaper forces. If Shepard uses their Spectre authorisation to grant her request to carry a gun "for defense", upon returning to the Citadel she's revealed to have turned the [[DrivenToSuicide gun on herself]].

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** This is completely played straight regardless of player choices in ''Mass Effect 3''. There are several side-quests and NPC's dealing directly with post-traumatic stress, with one NPC's name literally being "PTSD Soldier", an Asari commando who was forced to kill a young girl ([[spoiler: heavily implied to be Joker's sister]]), after her crying from a broken leg threatened to alert Reaper forces. If Shepard uses their Spectre authorisation to grant her request to carry a gun "for defense", upon returning to the Citadel she's revealed to have turned the [[DrivenToSuicide turned the gun on herself]].
3rd Jan '17 3:29:11 PM BlackKnight359
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* Parodied on ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' with George's father Frank. He was a chef during the Korean War, but swore never to cook again after a horrifying incident ... he served some overseasoned/slightly rancid meat and "sent fifteen of my own men to the latrine that night!" He's eventually convinced to start cooking again and helps out at a big dinner, only [[spoiler:to go nuts when it looks like a guy's throwing up and knocks everyone's plates to the floor]].

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* Parodied on ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' with George's father Frank. He was a chef during the Korean War, but swore never to cook again after a horrifying incident ... he served some overseasoned/slightly rancid meat and "sent fifteen sixteen of my own men to the latrine latrines that night!" He's eventually convinced to start cooking again and helps out at a big dinner, only [[spoiler:to go nuts when it looks like a guy's throwing up and knocks everyone's plates to the floor]].floor]].
-->'''Frank:''' They were just ''boys!''\\
'''Kramer:''' Frank, you were a boy too. And it was war! It was a crazy time for everyone.\\
'''Frank:''' Tell that to Bobby Colby. All that kid wanted to do was go home! Well, he went home, all right! With a crater in his colon the size of a cutlet! Had to sit him on a cork the eighteen-hour flight home!
2nd Jan '17 4:12:14 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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*** Although Shinji has recovered a bit from Kaworu's death, he's badly traumatized, has given up any hope of having a healthy relationship with his father, and he doesn't know how fixing his relationship with Asuka.

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*** Although Shinji has recovered a bit from Kaworu's death, he's badly traumatized, has given up any hope of having a healthy relationship with his father, and he doesn't know how fixing to fix his relationship with Asuka.
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