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22nd Apr '17 2:10:25 PM nombretomado
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* One of the ''{{Suikoden}}'' series's main themes is what some fans have termed "Rune angst"--the suffering that comes from being the bearer of one of the True Runes, semi-intelligent artifacts that grant the bearer godlike power and immortality at the price of a [[YouCantFightFate constant struggle for control over their own fate]] and against the [[BlessedWithSuck inherent side-effects]] of the Rune. Which you will have to live with for the rest of your life. Which, unless you pass it on to some poor sap who's going to have to suffer in your place, will be ''forever.''

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* One of the ''{{Suikoden}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Suikoden}}'' series's main themes is what some fans have termed "Rune angst"--the suffering that comes from being the bearer of one of the True Runes, semi-intelligent artifacts that grant the bearer godlike power and immortality at the price of a [[YouCantFightFate constant struggle for control over their own fate]] and against the [[BlessedWithSuck inherent side-effects]] of the Rune. Which you will have to live with for the rest of your life. Which, unless you pass it on to some poor sap who's going to have to suffer in your place, will be ''forever.''
17th Feb '17 10:58:42 AM Morgenthaler
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Oddly, the ones most prone to this besides supernatural creatures, are [[TheHunter the people that fight them]]. [[HeWhoFightsMonsters Fighting monsters is not good for your mental health]], after all.

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Oddly, the ones most prone to this besides supernatural creatures, are [[TheHunter [[HunterOfMonsters the people that fight them]]. [[HeWhoFightsMonsters Fighting monsters is not good for your mental health]], after all.
24th Dec '16 1:25:42 AM intastiel
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Unsounded}}'', Duane suffers terribly over the fact that he's an undead being with a soul, in contrast to the magically animated [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Plod]] corpses. In his understanding, the only explanation for such an impossibility is that his God rejected him from the cycle of {{Reincarnation}} for some terrible sin.
9th Nov '16 1:19:16 PM intastiel
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* In ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'', Mr. Nutt picks up some angst about being [[spoiler:an Orc, which were infamous, dreaded, AlwaysChaoticEvil {{Super Soldier}}s.]] He gets over this when enough people remind him that he is also, first and foremost, [[NiceGuy Mr. Nutt]].
22nd Oct '16 1:04:17 PM intastiel
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* Averted, played straight, and somewhat lampshaded in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' with the three named vampires. One was turned and basically went back to business as usual. Another ended up comatose [[spoiler:and eventually dead]] because she couldn't cope and refused to feed. The third is a pleasant gent who cheerfully mentions that after being dead for two hundred years he's quite the social pariah.

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* Averted, played straight, and somewhat lampshaded Zig-zagged in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' with the three named vampires. One vampirism. [[spoiler:Count Hassildor]] was turned and basically went back to business as usual. Another [[spoiler:His wife]] ended up comatose [[spoiler:and eventually dead]] because she couldn't cope and refused to feed. The third [[Vicente]] is a pleasant an AffablyEvil gent who cheerfully mentions that after being dead for two hundred years he's quite the social pariah.pariah. Finally, when [[spoiler:the Arena Champion Agronak]] learns that his long-lost father was a vampire, he falls to depression and lets himself be killed in his next fight.
27th Jul '16 10:23:19 PM Scabbard
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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': It long ago hit the limits of real-world levels of angst (murdered loved ones, survivor's guilt, abandonment issues, family drama, tragic and sucky childhoods, etc.) Of course, it's set in the world of the supernatural, but a lot of its early angst was fairly normal, even if the root causes were supernatural (e.g. a murder committed by a demon.) As time went on, the only way to increase the angst was to use supernatural angst. A good example: Plain old post-traumatic stress vs post traumatic stress from being tortured for three decades before finally turning torturer for a decade...in literal hell. Yeah.

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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': It long ago hit the limits of real-world levels of angst (murdered loved ones, survivor's guilt, abandonment issues, family drama, tragic and sucky childhoods, etc.) Of course, it's set in the world of the supernatural, but a lot of its early angst was fairly normal, even if the root causes were supernatural (e.g. a murder committed by a demon.) demon). As time went on, the only way to increase the angst was to use supernatural angst. A good example: Plain old post-traumatic stress vs post traumatic stress from being tortured for three decades before finally turning torturer for a decade...in literal hell. Yeah.
25th Mar '16 1:55:56 PM StFan
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* {{Superman}}, DependingOnTheWriter and medium. He's a veritable demigod that balances his heroics as Earth's protector with trying to blend in with humanity. ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' had this out the wazoo (seeing as the character started out as a teenager), and ''Film/SupermanReturns'' dealt with some of this after he took five years off to look for Krypton.

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* {{Superman}}, Franchise/{{Superman}}, DependingOnTheWriter and medium. He's a veritable demigod that balances his heroics as Earth's protector with trying to blend in with humanity. ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' had this out the wazoo (seeing as the character started out as a teenager), and ''Film/SupermanReturns'' dealt with some of this after he took five years off to look for Krypton.




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* Louis of ''TheVampireChronicles'' is constantly in a state of despair over his existence as a blood drinking, undying vampire. In theory, vampirism in supposed to be a metaphor for the human condition, but this often fails and he and the rest of the characters end up pulling this trope.
* For [[TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden,]] Being a wizard has not been fun times for him, seriously. But except on rare occasions when it just gets to be too much, the reader is more likely to be crying about what he's been through than Harry himself is.

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* Louis of ''TheVampireChronicles'' ''Literature/TheVampireChronicles'' is constantly in a state of despair over his existence as a blood drinking, undying vampire. In theory, vampirism in supposed to be a metaphor for the human condition, but this often fails and he and the rest of the characters end up pulling this trope.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': For [[TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden,]] Being Dresden, being a wizard has not been fun times for him, seriously. But except on rare occasions when it just gets to be too much, the reader is more likely to be crying about what he's been through than Harry himself is.



* In ''HisDarkMaterials,'' it is mentioned early in the first book that one human ''never'' touches another's dæmon, ever. Later on, Lyra's dæmon is seized by another human, and the incident is described in terms very similar to sexual assault. It renders Lyra, the indomitable, high-spirited Lyra, practically catatonic for a decent chunk of time.

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* In ''HisDarkMaterials,'' ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials,'' it is mentioned early in the first book that one human ''never'' touches another's dæmon, ever. Later on, Lyra's dæmon is seized by another human, and the incident is described in terms very similar to sexual assault. It renders Lyra, the indomitable, high-spirited Lyra, practically catatonic for a decent chunk of time.



* [[Literature/{{Twilight}} Edward Cullen]] often crosses the line into Supernatural ''{{Wangst}}'', although Stephanie Meyer's [[OurVampiresAreDifferent somewhat idiosyncratic take on vampirism]] does ''not'' count as CursedWithAwesome.

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* [[Literature/{{Twilight}} ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'': Edward Cullen]] Cullen often crosses the line into Supernatural ''{{Wangst}}'', although Stephanie Meyer's [[OurVampiresAreDifferent somewhat idiosyncratic take on vampirism]] does ''not'' count as CursedWithAwesome.

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* ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}''--whose three leads are a vampire, a ghost, and a werewolf--is ''built'' on this trope.

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* ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}''--whose Human|UK}}'' -- whose three leads are a vampire, a ghost, and a werewolf--is werewolf -- is ''built'' on this trope.




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23rd Feb '16 2:48:19 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. Pretty much the TropeNamer.
** For those who don't know the show: It long ago hit the limits of real-world levels of angst (murdered loved ones, survivor's guilt, abandonment issues, family drama, tragic and sucky childhoods, etc.) Of course, it's set in the world of the supernatural, but a lot of its early angst was fairly normal, even if the root causes were supernatural (e.g. a murder committed by a demon.) As time went on, the only way to increase the angst was to use supernatural angst. A good example: Plain old post-traumatic stress vs post traumatic stress from being tortured for three decades before finally turning torturer for a decade...in literal hell. Yeah.

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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. Pretty much the TropeNamer.
** For those who don't know the show:
''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': It long ago hit the limits of real-world levels of angst (murdered loved ones, survivor's guilt, abandonment issues, family drama, tragic and sucky childhoods, etc.) Of course, it's set in the world of the supernatural, but a lot of its early angst was fairly normal, even if the root causes were supernatural (e.g. a murder committed by a demon.) As time went on, the only way to increase the angst was to use supernatural angst. A good example: Plain old post-traumatic stress vs post traumatic stress from being tortured for three decades before finally turning torturer for a decade...in literal hell. Yeah.
1st Jan '16 7:47:04 PM nombretomado
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* The ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' often suffer from this trope as a result of their superpowers (and the fact that as victims of FantasticRacism they are hated and feared because of it).
* {{Superman}}, DependingOnTheWriter and medium. He's a veritable demigod that balances his heroics as Earth's protector with trying to blend in with humanity. {{Smallville}} had this out the wazoo (seeing as the character started out as a teenager), and SupermanReturns dealt with some of this after he took five years off to look for Krypton.

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* The ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' ''ComicBook/XMen'' often suffer from this trope as a result of their superpowers (and the fact that as victims of FantasticRacism they are hated and feared because of it).
* {{Superman}}, DependingOnTheWriter and medium. He's a veritable demigod that balances his heroics as Earth's protector with trying to blend in with humanity. {{Smallville}} ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' had this out the wazoo (seeing as the character started out as a teenager), and SupermanReturns ''Film/SupermanReturns'' dealt with some of this after he took five years off to look for Krypton.
4th Oct '15 7:22:23 PM nombretomado
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* ''Series/BeingHuman''--whose three leads are a vampire, a ghost, and a werewolf--is ''built'' on this trope.
** Interestingly, although the grounds for the vampires' and ghosts' angst remains largely the same in [[BeingHumanRemake the U.S. version]], it's handled a bit differently with the werewolves. In the U.K. version, George's issues with being a werewolf seem to stem largely from personal neurosis (not to discount the monthly nigh-unendurable pain). In the U.S. version, the external downsides are made clearer. Josh, George's counterpart, is given a more defined relationship with the family he left behind, and the "vampire Jim Crow" issue is made more explicit.

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* ''Series/BeingHuman''--whose ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}''--whose three leads are a vampire, a ghost, and a werewolf--is ''built'' on this trope.
** Interestingly, although the grounds for the vampires' and ghosts' angst remains largely the same in [[BeingHumanRemake [[BeingHumanUS the U.S. version]], it's handled a bit differently with the werewolves. In the U.K. version, George's issues with being a werewolf seem to stem largely from personal neurosis (not to discount the monthly nigh-unendurable pain). In the U.S. version, the external downsides are made clearer. Josh, George's counterpart, is given a more defined relationship with the family he left behind, and the "vampire Jim Crow" issue is made more explicit.
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