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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.
26th Jul '15 8:10:34 PM Jake
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* [[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.
31st Oct '14 1:07:54 PM WillBGood
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Related tropes include BlessedWithSuck, CantHaveSexEver, CursedWithAwesome, IHateYouVampireDad, WhatHaveIBecome, WhoWantsToLiveForever. Contrast with CursedWithAwesome and LivingForeverIsAwesome. Compare and contrast with FantasticAngst, which is when the Angst is caused by something which does happen in real life, but that thing is caused by something fantastic.

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Related tropes include BlessedWithSuck, CantHaveSexEver, CursedWithAwesome, IHateYouVampireDad, WhatHaveIBecome, BlessedWithSuck; CantHaveSexEver; CursedWithAwesome; IHateYouVampireDad; WhatHaveIBecome; WhoWantsToLiveForever. Contrast with CursedWithAwesome and LivingForeverIsAwesome. Compare and contrast with FantasticAngst, which is when the Angst is caused by something which does happen in real life, but that thing is caused by something fantastic.
19th Oct '14 3:55:12 PM LentilSandEater
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* [[TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden,]] possibly both invoked and subverted. 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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* For [[TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden,]] possibly both invoked and subverted. 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.
20th Jun '14 11:17:23 PM erraticegomania
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* ''Literature/{{Pact}}'' has Evan Matthieu, the ghost of a child who died of exposure while fleeing a goblin, who later gains the ability to shapeshift into a sparrow with [[OpenAndShut magic lockpicking powers]] after becoming a wizard's {{Familiar}}. He expresses that he's kind of ''glad'' that he died (being hunted by goblins is hellish), misses his parents and friends (who he can't talk to, being a ghost) and regrets that he never got to finish several video games (he gets help in this from a friend who agrees to push the buttons while he struggles with the joystick).

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* ''Literature/{{Pact}}'' has Evan Matthieu, the ghost of a child who died of exposure while fleeing a goblin, who later gains the ability to shapeshift into a sparrow with [[OpenAndShut magic lockpicking powers]] after becoming a wizard's {{Familiar}}. He expresses that he's kind of ''glad'' that he died (being hunted by goblins is hellish), misses his parents and friends (who but he can't talk to, being a ghost) and regrets that he never got doesn't want to finish several video games (he gets help in this from a friend who agrees move on to push the buttons afterlife-he died while he struggles with running from the joystick).inevitable, so it's not in his nature to really accept dying.
20th Jun '14 11:15:01 PM erraticegomania
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* ''Literature/{{Pact}}'' has Evan Matthieu, the ghost of a child who died of exposure while fleeing a goblin, who later gains the ability to shapeshift into a sparrow with [[OpenAndShut magic lockpicking powers]] after becoming a wizard's {{Familiar}}. He expresses that he's kind of ''glad'' that he died (being hunted by goblins is hellish), misses his parents and friends (who he can't talk to, being a ghost) and regrets that he never got to finish several video games (he gets help in this from a friend who agrees to push the buttons while he struggles with the joystick).
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