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15th Jan '17 4:33:53 PM nombretomado
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* [[spoiler: Ophelia's SuperpoweredEvilSide]] in ''BrutalLegend''. Lampshaded as she uses a lot of metaphors for drowning when commanding her army to attack.

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* [[spoiler: Ophelia's SuperpoweredEvilSide]] in ''BrutalLegend''.''VideoGame/BrutalLegend''. Lampshaded as she uses a lot of metaphors for drowning when commanding her army to attack.
15th Jan '17 12:51:30 AM Rava
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The Victorians fell crazy (so to speak) in love with this trope and Ophelias in the form of wronged maidens and deranged brides go pirouetting and flower-strewing through art, poetry and literature of the period while the "mad scene" for the soprano heroine became a staple of opera. Insanity was linked to [[http://www.herstoria.com/discover/madness.html female sexuality and desire for independence]]. (Not coincidentally, the vibrator was invented in this same period as a treatment for hysteria in women.) In fact, psychiatrists at that time used to encourage female patients in madhouses -- especially if they were youthful and pretty -- to dress the part and carry sheaves of flowers.

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The Victorians fell crazy (so to speak) in love with this trope and Ophelias in the form of wronged maidens and deranged brides go pirouetting and flower-strewing through art, poetry and literature of the period while the "mad scene" for the soprano heroine became a staple of opera. Insanity was linked to [[http://www.herstoria.com/discover/madness.html [[http://herstoria.com/?p=90 female sexuality and desire for independence]]. (Not coincidentally, the vibrator was invented in this same period as a treatment for hysteria in women.) In fact, psychiatrists at that time used to encourage female patients in madhouses -- especially if they were youthful and pretty -- to dress the part and carry sheaves of flowers.
10th Jan '17 7:10:50 AM JustTroper
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Maybe this particular cutie was just [[BreakTheCutie broken particularly hard]], maybe it was [[IllGirl an illness]] or maybe she was born that way, but the result is the same, a tragically beautiful, ethereal waif who's mad as a box of frogs. Her beauty is an important point here, underlining her fragility and the sadness of her fate. She usually talks in riddles and rhymes, can be sad or joyfully happy [[MoodSwinger (or switch between these states)]]. Her mind may be so far gone that she's likely to murder people, but she'll always have clear skin while doing it. Sometimes, too, she has [[WaifProphet important knowledge]] the sane may lack, in which case she'll often have [[CassandraTruth terrible trouble]] getting anyone to listen (a classical example of MadOracle). The original [[TheCassandra Cassandra]] from ''Literature/TheIliad'' was often depicted as a bit of an Ophelia.

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Maybe this particular cutie was just [[BreakTheCutie broken particularly hard]], maybe it was [[IllGirl an illness]] or maybe she was born that way, but the result is the same, a tragically beautiful, ethereal waif who's mad as a box of frogs. Her beauty is an important point here, underlining her fragility and the sadness of her fate. She usually talks in riddles [[CrypticConversation riddles]] and rhymes, [[RhymesOnADime rhymes]], can be sad or joyfully happy [[MoodSwinger (or switch between these states)]]. Her mind may be so far gone that she's likely to murder people, but she'll always have clear skin while doing it. Sometimes, too, she has [[WaifProphet important knowledge]] the sane may lack, in which case she'll often have [[CassandraTruth terrible trouble]] getting anyone to listen (a classical example of MadOracle). The original [[TheCassandra Cassandra]] from ''Literature/TheIliad'' was often depicted as a bit of an Ophelia.
7th Jan '17 11:52:59 PM Dravencour
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* In ''Manga/BladeOfTheImmortal'', [[spoiler: Manji's sister Machi]] crosses the DespairEventHorizon and reverts to a child-like stage after [[spoiler: Manji kills her husband without knowing who he is. She remains like that until [[spoiler: she's murdered in front of her brother by enemy ronin; her death leads him to protect Rin, as he doesn't want to fail her like he failed to Machi.]]

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* In ''Manga/BladeOfTheImmortal'', [[spoiler: Manji's [[spoiler:Manji's sister Machi]] crosses the DespairEventHorizon and reverts to a child-like stage after [[spoiler: Manji [[spoiler:Manji kills her husband without knowing who he is. is]]. She remains like that until [[spoiler: she's [[spoiler:she's murdered in front of her brother by enemy ronin; her death leads him to protect Rin, as he doesn't want to fail her like he failed to Machi.]] Machi]].
11th Dec '16 6:58:39 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* [[spoiler:Charlotte]] from ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'', after she cracks from the pressure on her and right before she [[spoiler: commits suicide]].

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* [[spoiler:Charlotte]] [[spoiler:Charlotte de Polignac]] from ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'', after she cracks from the pressure on her and right before she [[spoiler: commits suicide]].suicide]], acts like a mixture of this and a CreepyChild. She lets her hair down, babbles madly in front of everyone, takes off her shoes and finally [[spoiler: throws herself off a tower, while still giggling and babbling madly]].



* Diva from ''Anime/BloodPlus'', who also happens to be the BigBad. A good example is a scene when we see her giggling, dancing and prancing around in a cute and very princessy gown, [[LettingHerHairDown with her hair down]] and [[DoesNotLikeShoes lacking footwear]]... and then she [[spoiler: captures her twin sister and rival Saya and almost kills her.]]

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* Diva from ''Anime/BloodPlus'', who also happens to be the BigBad. A good example is a scene when we see her where she's seen giggling, dancing and prancing around in a cute and very princessy gown, [[LettingHerHairDown with her hair down]] and [[DoesNotLikeShoes lacking footwear]]... and then she [[spoiler: captures her twin sister and rival Saya and almost kills her.]]



** Also, [[spoiler: Alcyone]] in the second part of the TV series zig-zags between EmptyShell and this trope. [[spoiler: When she is captured by Cephiro after having become the BrainwashedAndCrazy minion of Debonair, the poor woman is seen despondent and quiet, only reacting at the sight of Lantis -- and that's because she's so far gone that ''she thinks Lantis is Zagato''.]]

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** Also, [[spoiler: Alcyone]] in the second part of the TV series zig-zags between EmptyShell and this trope. [[spoiler: When she is captured by Cephiro after having become the BrainwashedAndCrazy minion of Debonair, the poor woman is seen despondent and quiet, only reacting at the sight of Lantis -- and that's because she's so far gone that ''she thinks Lantis is Zagato''.]]



* ''Manga/DeathNote'': Misa Amane. Beautiful? Check. Insane? Check. Puts on pretty dresses and murders people? Definitely.

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* ''Manga/DeathNote'': Misa Amane. Beautiful? Check. Insane? Check. Puts on pretty dresses and murders people? Definitely. [[spoiler: Commits suicide at the end]]? Yeah.



** Rize initially looks like a ProperLady but is actually a FemmeFatale ghoul who lures men she finds attractive in with her beauty before satisfying her gluttonous nature by eating them or "scrambling their insides" with her kagune.
** Mutsuki was born as a girl but insists on living as a man. When he's captured by Torso he puts him into a white dress while declaring they are going to get married. His good looks are accentuated by the dress and flowers Torso puts him in and then [[spoiler: true horror starts when his past is revealed of him having murdered his abusive father and family, mutilated animals, and cannibalized corpses before we see him in the present with his dress covered in blood from him having mutilated and dismembered his stalker Torso to death.]]

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** Rize Kamishiro initially looks like a ProperLady but is actually a FemmeFatale ghoul who lures men she finds attractive in with her beauty before satisfying her gluttonous nature by eating them or "scrambling their insides" with her kagune.
** Tooru Mutsuki was born as a girl but insists on living as a man. When he's captured by Torso Saeki aka Torso, he puts him into a white dress while declaring they are going to get married. His Mutsuki's good looks are accentuated by the dress and flowers Torso puts him in and then [[spoiler: true horror starts when his past is revealed of him having murdered his abusive father and family, mutilated animals, and cannibalized corpses before we see him he's seen in the present with his dress covered in blood from him having mutilated and dismembered his stalker Torso to death.]]



* ''Manga/BlackLagoon'': To say Roberta she lost her shit following Diego's death is a very mellow way of putting it. Lots of guns? Check. Boiling blood? Check. Munching on stimulants like candy? Double check. Hallucinating? Oh yes. Delusions of still serving Garcia in the middle of a gunfight? That too. And that's not even factoring in the gratituious amounts of evil laughs and slasher smiles. She also goes around toting her weaponry and killing massive amounts of people off while looking pretty in her maid's dress. Subverted in the anime, [[AnArmAndALeg with her state]] at the end of the arc.

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* ''Manga/BlackLagoon'': To say Roberta she lost her shit following her master Diego's death is a very mellow way of putting it. Lots of guns? Check. Boiling blood? Check. Munching on stimulants like candy? Double check. Hallucinating? Oh yes. Delusions of still serving Garcia in the middle of a gunfight? That too. And that's not even factoring in the gratituious amounts of evil laughs and slasher smiles. She also goes around toting her weaponry and killing massive amounts of people off while looking pretty in her maid's dress. Subverted in the anime, [[AnArmAndALeg with her state]] at the end of the arc.



* In ''Manga/OnePiece'' there's a beautiful, cheerful redheaded woman named [[spoiler: Russian]], who completely lost it and became this after [[OutlivingOnesOffspring her son]] [[spoiler: Gimlet]] died of illness and her husband, [[spoiler: Doflamingo's subordinate Senor Pink]], wasn't at home. The next time she was seen after such a tragedy she was in the hospital, looking as beautiful as always but acting like a [[DullEyesOfUnhappiness dull-eyed]] EmptyShell... [[spoiler: Senor Pink dresses like an adult baby because [[TheLostLenore the apparently now-dead]] Russian would only react and smile when she saw him in baby clothes, and now that she's dead he wants to remember her.]]

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* In ''Manga/OnePiece'' there's a beautiful, cheerful redheaded woman named [[spoiler: Russian]], who completely lost it and became this after [[OutlivingOnesOffspring her son]] [[spoiler: Gimlet]] died of illness and her husband, [[spoiler: Doflamingo's subordinate Senor Pink]], wasn't at home. The next time she was seen after such a tragedy she was in the hospital, looking as beautiful as always but acting like a [[DullEyesOfUnhappiness dull-eyed]] EmptyShell... [[spoiler: Senor Pink dresses like an adult baby because [[TheLostLenore the apparently now-dead]] Russian would only react and smile when she saw him in baby clothes, and now that since she's dead he wants to remember her.]]



*** A straighter example is [[RareMaleExample Prince Takumi]] in the ''Conquest'' path. He is a LongHairedPrettyBoy who, in this particular path, falls into madness for several reasons: his hate and jealousy to the Avatar, also from his sorrow from losing his mother [[spoiler: (actually, his ParentalSubstitute)]], his InferioritySuperiorityComplex, and the depression he got from all of that. Following the water theme of Ophelia, his clothes is mostly blue and white, unlike his siblings who wears red and white - blue and white are both common color theme for water. Not to mention, the kanji for his name can be read "ocean" . Granted, he is actually [[spoiler: under a ''huge'' MoreThanMindControl state caused by a water dragon god]], but it doesn't change the fact he exhibits several archetypical traits of this trope. When both hate and sorrow is the reason for his madness, the game emphasizes more on his hatred while fanworks emphasizes more on his sorrow, perfectly depicting the "beautifully broken" trait of this trope (and sometimes reducing him ''solely'' to that). He also often babbles to himself in that path.

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*** A straighter example is [[RareMaleExample Prince Takumi]] in the ''Conquest'' path. He is a LongHairedPrettyBoy who, in this particular path, falls into madness for several reasons: his hate and jealousy to the Avatar, also from his sorrow from losing his mother [[spoiler: (actually, his ParentalSubstitute)]], his InferioritySuperiorityComplex, and the depression he got from all of that. Following the water theme of Ophelia, his clothes is mostly blue and white, unlike his siblings who wears wear red and white - blue and white are both common color theme for water. Not to mention, the kanji for his name can be read "ocean" . Granted, he is actually [[spoiler: under a ''huge'' MoreThanMindControl state caused by a water dragon god]], but it doesn't change the fact he exhibits several archetypical traits of this trope. When both hate and sorrow is the reason for his madness, the game emphasizes more on his hatred while fanworks emphasizes more on his sorrow, perfectly depicting the "beautifully broken" trait of this trope (and sometimes reducing him ''solely'' to that). He also often babbles to himself in that path.
10th Dec '16 8:11:20 AM Willbyr
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---> '''SETSUKA''' (has an ikebana arrangement): Camellias. Red camellias.
---> '''SEISHIROU''': Your favorite flower.
---> '''SETSUKA''': I love it. I love camellias best when they fall (gets a dreamy look) It falls on the ground.... plop, like a human head. ''I love it.''

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---> '''SETSUKA''' (has an ikebana arrangement): Camellias. Red camellias.
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camellias.\\
'''SEISHIROU''': Your favorite flower.
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flower.\\
'''SETSUKA''': I love it. I love camellias best when they fall (gets a dreamy look) It falls on the ground.... plop, like a human head. ''I love it.''



* [[spoiler: Charlotte]] from ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'', after she cracks from the pressure on her and right before she [[spoiler: commits suicide]].

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* [[spoiler: Charlotte]] [[spoiler:Charlotte]] from ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'', after she cracks from the pressure on her and right before she [[spoiler: commits suicide]].



* ''SakuraGari'' features the young and pretty maid from the Saiki household who becomes this [[spoiler:after ''surviving'' Sakurako's [[ColdBloodedTorture torture]]/murder of Souma's lovers, but losing the baby of Souma's that she was pregnant with.]] The reader meets the girl shortly after [[spoiler: Souma attempts to kill himself]]; she looks pretty but frail and pale in her dark kimono, attempts to speak to the Saikis and then to Masataka to learn what's going on -- but then she catches a glimpse of [[spoiler: Sakurako herself]] and has a ''massive'' [[HeroicBSOD meltdown]], screaming for a "[[spoiler: white-haired]] demon" that is around the gardens, so the policemen have to calm her down. Considering that [[spoiler: she was tied up in UnwillingSuspension manner, gagged, savagely beaten ''and'' then photographed while half-naked and still BoundAndGagged]], she can't be blamed.

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* ''SakuraGari'' ''Manga/SakuraGari'' features the young and pretty maid from the Saiki household who becomes this [[spoiler:after ''surviving'' Sakurako's [[ColdBloodedTorture torture]]/murder of Souma's lovers, but losing the baby of Souma's that she was pregnant with.]] The reader meets the girl shortly after [[spoiler: Souma attempts to kill himself]]; she looks pretty but frail and pale in her dark kimono, attempts to speak to the Saikis and then to Masataka to learn what's going on -- but then she catches a glimpse of [[spoiler: Sakurako herself]] and has a ''massive'' [[HeroicBSOD meltdown]], screaming for a "[[spoiler: white-haired]] demon" that is around the gardens, so the policemen have to calm her down. Considering that [[spoiler: she was tied up in UnwillingSuspension manner, gagged, savagely beaten ''and'' then photographed while half-naked and still BoundAndGagged]], she can't be blamed.
22nd Nov '16 5:04:02 PM kazokuhouou
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* In ''Manga/{{Ooku}}: The Inner Chambers'' Shige, Shogun Ienari's consort, lost all her senses after her son was poisoned and she was accused of doing so to frame O-Shige, Ienari's concubine for it, to the point that she often mistakes Ienari for the deceased son. [[spoiler: Except it was all an act to lure her mother-in-law Harusada into a false sense of security so she and O-Shige (who also had her child poisoned) could get their revenge on Harusada, who was the real poisoner.]]

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* In ''Manga/{{Ooku}}: The Inner Chambers'' Shige, Shogun Ienari's consort, lost all her senses after her son was poisoned and she was accused of doing so to frame O-Shige, O-Shiga, Ienari's concubine for it, to the point that she often mistakes Ienari for the deceased son. [[spoiler: Except it was all an act to lure her mother-in-law Harusada into a false sense of security so she and O-Shige O-Shiga (who also had her child poisoned) could get their revenge on Harusada, who was the real poisoner.]]
22nd Nov '16 5:01:36 PM kazokuhouou
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* In ''Manga/{{Ooku}}: The Inner Chambers'' Shige, Shogun Ienari's consort, lost all her senses after her son was poisoned and she was accused of doing so to frame Ienari's concubine for it, to the point that she often mistakes Ienari for the deceased son. [[spoiler: Except it was all an act to lure her mother-in-law Harusada into a false sense of security so she and the concubine (who also had her child poisoned) could get their revenge on Harusada, who was the real poisoner.]]

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* In ''Manga/{{Ooku}}: The Inner Chambers'' Shige, Shogun Ienari's consort, lost all her senses after her son was poisoned and she was accused of doing so to frame O-Shige, Ienari's concubine for it, to the point that she often mistakes Ienari for the deceased son. [[spoiler: Except it was all an act to lure her mother-in-law Harusada into a false sense of security so she and the concubine O-Shige (who also had her child poisoned) could get their revenge on Harusada, who was the real poisoner.]]
22nd Nov '16 6:22:22 AM kazokuhouou
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* In ''Manga/{{Ooku}}: The Inner Chambers]] Shige, Shogun Ienari's consort, lost all her senses after her son was poisoned and she was accused of doing so to frame Ienari's concubine for it, to the point that she often mistakes Ienari for the deceased son. [[spoiler: Except it was all an act to lure her mother-in-law Harusada into a false sense of security so she and the concubine (who also had her child poisoned) could get their revenge on Harusada, who was the real poisoner.]]

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* In ''Manga/{{Ooku}}: The Inner Chambers]] Chambers'' Shige, Shogun Ienari's consort, lost all her senses after her son was poisoned and she was accused of doing so to frame Ienari's concubine for it, to the point that she often mistakes Ienari for the deceased son. [[spoiler: Except it was all an act to lure her mother-in-law Harusada into a false sense of security so she and the concubine (who also had her child poisoned) could get their revenge on Harusada, who was the real poisoner.]]
22nd Nov '16 6:18:54 AM kazokuhouou
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* In ''Manga/{{Ooku}}: The Inner Chambers]] Shige, Shogun Ienari's consort, lost all her senses after her son was poisoned and she was accused of doing so to frame Ienari's concubine for it, to the point that she often mistakes Ienari for the deceased son. [[spoiler: Except it was all an act to lure her mother-in-law Harusada into a false sense of security so she and the concubine (who also had her child poisoned) could get their revenge on Harusada, who was the real poisoner.]]
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