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19th Nov '17 2:02:32 AM lillolillo
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* In the Iron Man arc ''The Secret Origin of Tony Stark'', the rogue Rigellian Recorder robot (try saying that five times fast) designated 451 reveals he has been laboring for 500 years to place humanity - Earthlings - in a position where they can create a galaxy- or even universe-wide empire of harmony and peace. To this end he wishes them to give the ultimate deterrent to keep everyone who would destroy them at bay - Godkiller, arguably the ultimate weapon of mass destruction. The final piece was a pilot - to which end he had genetically engineered one human to be such. When Tony Stark - of course - is forced to interface with Godkiller, he and 451 discover that the system does not recognize him [[spoiler:because he's adopted]]. The interface does not work. When 451 realizes he has worked for five centuries and has directly or indirectly killed ''over 450,000,000 people'' for ''nothing'' he slumps down and stammers "One should not have acted."
* The ''Creator/DCComics'' ComicBook/{{Elseworld}}s story ''ComicBook/SupermanRedSon'' ends with Superman and Brainiac leading a Soviet invasion of Washington DC. President ComicBook/LexLuthor stops Superman by [[spoiler:sending him a written message: "Why don't you just put the whole WORLD in a BOTTLE, Superman?", a not-so-subtle reference to the city of [[strike:Kandor]] Stalingrad]]. Superman immediately breaks down.

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* In the Iron Man ''Franchise/IronMan'' arc ''The Secret Origin of Tony Stark'', the rogue Rigellian Recorder robot (try saying that five times fast) designated 451 reveals he has been laboring for 500 years to place humanity - Earthlings - in a position where they can create a galaxy- or even universe-wide empire of harmony and peace. To this end he wishes them to give the ultimate deterrent to keep everyone who would destroy them at bay - Godkiller, arguably the ultimate weapon of mass destruction. The final piece was a pilot - to which end he had genetically engineered one human to be such. When Tony Stark - of course - is forced to interface with Godkiller, he and 451 discover that the system does not recognize him [[spoiler:because he's adopted]]. The interface does not work. When 451 realizes he has worked for five centuries and has directly or indirectly killed ''over 450,000,000 people'' for ''nothing'' he slumps down and stammers "One should not have acted."
* In ''[[ComicBook/Supergirl1982 Supergirl Vol. 2]]'' issue #23, ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'' defeats an evil empowered mutant that her college professor Barry Metzner has been turned into first by [[IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight trying to reach Barry's real personality out to remind him he isn't a killer]] and then letting him believe he has killed her. The ''Creator/DCComics'' ComicBook/{{Elseworld}}s story evil personality has such a break-down that the real Barry Metzner regains his body's control.
* ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'':
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''ComicBook/SupermanRedSon'' ends with Superman and Brainiac leading a Soviet invasion of Washington DC. President ComicBook/LexLuthor stops Superman by [[spoiler:sending him a written message: "Why don't you just put the whole WORLD in a BOTTLE, Superman?", a not-so-subtle reference to the city of [[strike:Kandor]] Stalingrad]]. Superman immediately breaks down.
28th Oct '17 12:44:45 PM OlmoJV
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25th Sep '17 6:29:29 AM TMNTFanGirl
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her what she might have looked like but for her [[NotAllowedToGrowUp growth issue that has preserved her]] as a [[OlderThanTheyLook Shirley Temple looking toddler]].
25th Sep '17 6:26:18 AM TMNTFanGirl
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** Baby Doll gets one of these when confronted with a funhouse mirror that ''somehow'' shows her what she might have looked like but for her [[NotAllowedToGrowUp growth issue that has preserved her]] as a [[OlderThanTheyLook Shirley Temple looking toddler]].

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** Baby Doll gets one of these when confronted with a funhouse mirror that ''somehow'' shows what she might have looked like as an adult without the medical condition that [[NotAllowedToGrowUp stopped her body from physically-aging]] [[OlderThanTheyLook (in her case, she stopped growing past the age of five).]]
her what she might have looked like but for her [[NotAllowedToGrowUp growth issue that has preserved her]] as a [[OlderThanTheyLook Shirley Temple looking toddler]].



* In the ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "Northwest Mansion Mystery", Dipper [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech rips into]] local AlphaBitch Pacifica Northwest and her parents for doing nothing to stop a 150-year-old curse that their ancestors brought upon their family because [[LackOfEmpathy they simply didn't give a damn about the common folk]]. The next time Dipper sees her, she's left a [[HeelRealization self-loathing]] [[BreakTheHaughty husk of her old self]], fresh from the realization that her whole ancestry is comprised of nobody but apathetic liars, cheats, and frauds.
-->"You were right about me... I ''am'' just another link in the world's worst chain."

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "Northwest Mansion Mystery", Dipper [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech rips into]] local AlphaBitch Pacifica Northwest and her parents for doing nothing to stop a 150-year-old curse that their ancestors brought upon their family because [[LackOfEmpathy they simply didn't give a damn about the common folk]]. The next time Dipper sees her, she's left a [[HeelRealization self-loathing]] [[BreakTheHaughty husk of her old self]], fresh from the realization that her whole ancestry is comprised of nobody nothings but apathetic liars, cheats, cheaters and frauds.
-->"You were right about me... I ''am'' just another link in the world's worst chain."
28th Jul '17 11:29:23 PM Bassball_Batman
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-->-- '''Music/HammerFall''', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Mj6GRrYmgI "Last Man Standing"]]

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-->-- '''Music/HammerFall''', [[http://www."[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Mj6GRrYmgI "Last Last Man Standing"]]
Standing]]"



In these cases, the only solution is for the heroes to actively CareBearStare him into growing a conscience to make him voluntarily stop his rampage... because the accumulated [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone shame]], [[HeelRealization guilt]], and [[OutDamnedSpot mental instability]] over his misdeeds will be too much for him to bear. The heroes may not have used MindRape on him but they might as well have, because now that he has the heart and conscience of a hero he can't help but suffer a HeroicBSOD. He'll [[TearsOfRemorse weep openly]], [[DrivenToSuicide become suicidal]], and may either [[PuffOfLogic will himself into non existence]] or [[MercyKill beg to be killed.]] The heroes have basically [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath Talked The Monster To Death]] by helping him grow a conscience.

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In these cases, the only solution is for the heroes to actively CareBearStare him into growing a conscience to make him voluntarily stop his rampage... because the accumulated [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone shame]], [[HeelRealization guilt]], and [[OutDamnedSpot mental instability]] over his misdeeds will be too much for him to bear. The heroes may not have used MindRape on him but they might as well have, because now that he has the heart and conscience of a hero he can't help but suffer a HeroicBSOD. He'll [[TearsOfRemorse weep openly]], [[DrivenToSuicide become suicidal]], and may either [[PuffOfLogic will himself into non existence]] or [[MercyKill beg to be killed.]] killed]]. The heroes have basically [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath Talked The Monster To Death]] by helping him grow a conscience.



* It's impossible to tell how many of these Akito from ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' has. When [[spoiler:Hatsuharu almost beats her up for imprisoning Rin, during conversations about Shigure and Ren's relationship, when she stabs Kureno, and when Tohru falls from a cliff in front of her. She consequently goes through a very angsty, somewhat suicidal, phase. She ends up being saved from herself by Tohru's friendship and Momiji's statement that Akito should treasure the ones she cares for]].



* ''Anime/MagicalProjectS'': Pixy Misa, the evil magical girl, was overpowering and about to kill the heroine but entered a BSOD when she realised she was about to hurt her loved ones too and reverted to her powerless alter ego.
* [[ArtifactOfDoom Banestone/Sesshouseki]] possessors in ''Anime/GaReiZero'' are prone to this, [[spoiler:Mei]]'s powers fail occasionally, while [[spoiler:Yomi reverts to her non-evil side long enough to realize what she's doing.]] Both have MyGodWhatHaveIDone moments during their [=BSODs=] ([[spoiler:Yomi tries to take responsibility and attempt suicide, while Mei just panics]]) until their Sesshouseki kick in again.

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* ''Anime/MagicalProjectS'': Pixy Misa, ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' loves this trope, with several villains having emotional breakdowns upon being forced to confront and admit to [[MoralEventHorizon the]] [[AMillionIsAStatistic things]] [[TheMole they've done]]. Further complicating things, the evil magical girl, was overpowering series is fond of [[TragicVillain Tragic]] [[AntiVillain Anti-Villains]] with unknown motivations or goals, who are just as desperate and about to kill [[BecomingTheMask emotionally conflicted]] as the heroine but entered heroes.
** [[spoiler: Annie Leonhart]] breaks down more than once, when forced to confront the innocent lives lost due to their actions. [[spoiler: The first time, at Trost, she begins apologizing with
a BSOD vacant expression to the body of her friend, Mina. The second time, she is horrified when she realised she was about to hurt sees her loved ones too fight with Eren has crushed civilians]].
** Overcome with stress, [[spoiler: Reiner Braun]] breaks down
and reverted confesses to her powerless alter ego.
* [[ArtifactOfDoom Banestone/Sesshouseki]] possessors
their crimes. Breaking down in ''Anime/GaReiZero'' are prone tears, they claim to this, [[spoiler:Mei]]'s powers fail occasionally, while [[spoiler:Yomi reverts to her non-evil side long enough to realize what she's doing.]] Both have MyGodWhatHaveIDone just been [[TykeBomb stupid kids]] that didn't understand anything and worries their friends have made them weak. But even though their moral compass has been lost, they conclude they've [[IHaveComeTooFar come too far]] and have no choice but to see things through. [[spoiler: He's later revealed to have experienced such guilt over his actions that he suffers from episodes of TraumaInducedAmnesia]].
** [[spoiler: Bertolt Hoover]] finally breaks down when confronted by the others, who invoke ThePowerOfFriendship in an effort to defuse the situation. [[spoiler: He begins to cry TearsOfRemorse and admits to having been happy during his time with them, but knows his actions cannot be forgiven. Still, he refuses their LastSecondChance and tells them he doesn't have a choice]].
* ''Anime/TheBigO''. After receiving a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech and as he is being assimilated by his [[GiantRobot Megadeus]], Alan Gabriel's mech ''Big Duo'' scrolls on its main screen, "CAST IN THE NAME OF GOD [[spoiler:[[BaitAndSwitch YE GUILTY]]]]".
* AntiVillain Coyote Stark from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' has two of these. A powerful but lonely arrancar who considered the other Espada his TrueCompanions, Stark can't bring himself to try in his fights after his immediate peer [[NumberTwo Barragan]] is killed, but his companion (and other half) Lilynette snaps him out of it, convincing him to avenge Barragan instead. [[spoiler:In the anime, however, Lilynette's consciousness is destroyed by TakingTheBullet for Stark, which clearly destroys his will to fight, and to live;
moments during their [=BSODs=] ([[spoiler:Yomi tries to take responsibility later, Stark's opponent and attempt suicide, GoodCounterpart Kyoraku cuts him down as well]].
* Tsubame Otorii of ''Anime/CyberTeamInAkihabara''. Since her introduction, she acts as the Dragon to the BigBad, easily defeating the Cyber Team girls in every encounter. [[spoiler: In episode 20, Tsubame is dragged home by Hibari. She spends the entire episode slowly breaking down
while Mei just panics]]) until their Sesshouseki kick watching how Hibari's family interacts with one another, eventually suffering a Villainous BSOD and freakout by the credits, followed by a HeelFaceTurn in again.the next episode]]. The episode is also one long TearJerker, as we see how horrible a childhood Tsubame actually has had up to this point.
* One contractor from ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' has a renumeration of temporarily regaining her conscience and humanity every time that she uses her powers. The power in question is [[BadPowersBadPeople the ability to destroy other people's internal organs in a manner akin to Ebola]], so the regular Villainous BSOD is unavoidable.
** Havoc got a more permanent one -- after losing her powers when Heaven's Gate collapsed, she got all her emotions back. Which is a bit of a problem when your power is to create wide-scale ExplosiveDecompression, and your renumeration is to ''drink the blood of children''. The only way she got anywhere near Hell's Gate was after making Hei promise to kill her should her powers -- and her old mindset -- return.



* Self-inflicted (of sorts) example with Greed in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. [[spoiler:The second version of him, while having mostly the same personality, is at first much more malicious in keeping with the behavior of the other homunculi who are TheHeartless. After Greed kills Bido, who was the only surviving member of his former TrueCompanions after the rest were slaughtered by Bradley, Greed's memories return and Ling starts mocking Greed in his head while he's tormented by the memory of his comrade's screaming voices.]] While this also counts for AmnesiacDissonance, it fits this too, because the PowerOfFriendship is used as a weapon against him.

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* Anemone of ''Anime/EurekaSeven'' begins this after her [[spoiler: second failure against the Nirvash, due to her fear that Dewey will kill her for [[YouHaveFailedMe failing]]. This causes her to do nothing but lie down in her bed when she isn't fighting, and she gets worse after finding out Dominic went AWOL]].
* It's impossible to tell how many of these Akito from ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' has. When [[spoiler:Hatsuharu almost beats her up for imprisoning Rin, during conversations about Shigure and Ren's relationship, when she stabs Kureno, and when Tohru falls from a cliff in front of her. She consequently goes through a very angsty, somewhat suicidal, phase. She ends up being saved from herself by Tohru's friendship and Momiji's statement that Akito should treasure the ones she cares for]].
* Self-inflicted (of sorts) example with Greed in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. [[spoiler:The second version of him, while having mostly the same personality, is at first much more malicious in keeping with the behavior of the other homunculi who are TheHeartless. After Greed kills Bido, who was the only surviving member of his former TrueCompanions after the rest were slaughtered by Bradley, Greed's memories return and Ling starts mocking Greed in his head while he's tormented by the memory of his comrade's screaming voices.]] voices]]. While this also counts for AmnesiacDissonance, it fits this too, because the PowerOfFriendship is used as a weapon against him.



** Lust from [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime]] has a subtle but noticeable one; after [[KickTheMoralityPet killing an alchemist that reminded her of a past lover]], she loses all enthusiasm for her work. [[spoiler: When Scar dies and she realizes her boss doesn't care about [[PinocchioSyndrome giving her what she wants]], she [[HeelFaceTurn quits altogether.]]]]
* One contractor from ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' has a renumeration of temporarily regaining her conscience and humanity every time that she uses her powers. The power in question is [[BadPowersBadPeople the ability to destroy other people's internal organs in a manner akin to Ebola]], so the regular Villainous BSOD is unavoidable.
** Havoc got a more permanent one -- after losing her powers when Heaven's Gate collapsed, she got all her emotions back. Which is a bit of a problem when your power is to create wide-scale ExplosiveDecompression, and your renumeration is to ''drink the blood of children''. The only way she got anywhere near Hell's Gate was after making Hei promise to kill her should her powers -- and her old mindset -- return.
* Cyrus in ''Manga/PokemonDiamondAndPearlAdventure'' has a BSOD for most of a chapter when he realizes that his grand plan to fix the world (by [[InTheirOwnImage destroying and rebuilding it]], natch) only managed to summon a pair of very angry gods whose fight will destroy everything ''without'' any hope of revival. Even near the end when he manages to get his act together, the impact of all this leaves him drained to the point where one of his officers has to help him stand.
** Colress gets one in the anime after his mind control machine breaks. He gets better.
* Tsubame Otorii of ''Anime/CyberTeamInAkihabara''. Since her introduction, she acts as the Dragon to the BigBad, easily defeating the Cyber Team girls in every encounter. [[spoiler: In episode 20, Tsubame is dragged home by Hibari. She spends the entire episode slowly breaking down while watching how Hibari's family interacts with one another, eventually suffering a Villainous BSOD and freakout by the credits, followed by a HeelFaceTurn in the next episode.]] The episode is also one long TearJerker, as we see how horrible a childhood Tsubame actually has had up to this point.
* In ''Manga/TokyoTribe 2'', Buppa has one of these in episode 10 when [[spoiler: Mera stabs him in the face.]] He stays in that state for nearly an episode before seeing Sunmi snaps him out of his BSOD. When someone points this out, he simply denies that the BSOD even happened.
* Anemone of ''Anime/EurekaSeven'' begins this after her [[spoiler: second failure against the Nirvash, due to her fear that Dewey will kill her for [[YouHaveFailedMe failing]]. This causes her to do nothing but lie down in her bed when she isn't fighting, and she gets worse after finding out Dominic went AWOL.]]
* In the 11th LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya novel, [[spoiler: Kyouko Tachibana has one when she realizes how bad the goal she's been working toward really is, and when her two teammates decide that they want to KILL Haruhi to accomplish it. This naturally leads to her HeelFaceTurn.]]
* Agahnim the wizard has one of these, in [[Manga/TheLegendOfZelda the Akira Himekawa manga]] of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast''.

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** Lust from [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime]] has a subtle but noticeable one; after [[KickTheMoralityPet killing an alchemist that reminded her of a past lover]], she loses all enthusiasm for her work. [[spoiler: When Scar dies and she realizes her boss doesn't care about [[PinocchioSyndrome giving her what she wants]], she [[HeelFaceTurn quits altogether.]]]]
altogether]]]].
* One contractor from ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' has a renumeration of temporarily regaining her conscience and humanity every time that she uses her powers. The power in question is [[BadPowersBadPeople the ability ''Anime/GaReiZero'': [[ArtifactOfDoom Banestone/Sesshouseki]] possessors are prone to destroy other people's internal organs in a manner akin to Ebola]], so the regular Villainous BSOD is unavoidable.
** Havoc got a more permanent one -- after losing her
this, [[spoiler:Mei]]'s powers when Heaven's Gate collapsed, she got all her emotions back. Which is a bit of a problem when your power is to create wide-scale ExplosiveDecompression, and your renumeration is to ''drink the blood of children''. The only way she got anywhere near Hell's Gate was after making Hei promise to kill her should her powers -- and her old mindset -- return.
* Cyrus in ''Manga/PokemonDiamondAndPearlAdventure'' has a BSOD for most of a chapter when he realizes that his grand plan to fix the world (by [[InTheirOwnImage destroying and rebuilding it]], natch) only managed to summon a pair of very angry gods whose fight will destroy everything ''without'' any hope of revival. Even near the end when he manages to get his act together, the impact of all this leaves him drained to the point where one of his officers has to help him stand.
** Colress gets one in the anime after his mind control machine breaks. He gets better.
* Tsubame Otorii of ''Anime/CyberTeamInAkihabara''. Since her introduction, she acts as the Dragon to the BigBad, easily defeating the Cyber Team girls in every encounter. [[spoiler: In episode 20, Tsubame is dragged home by Hibari. She spends the entire episode slowly breaking down
fail occasionally, while watching how Hibari's family interacts with one another, eventually suffering a Villainous BSOD and freakout by the credits, followed by a HeelFaceTurn in the next episode.]] The episode is also one long TearJerker, as we see how horrible a childhood Tsubame actually has had up to this point.
* In ''Manga/TokyoTribe 2'', Buppa has one of these in episode 10 when [[spoiler: Mera stabs him in the face.]] He stays in that state for nearly an episode before seeing Sunmi snaps him out of his BSOD. When someone points this out, he simply denies that the BSOD even happened.
* Anemone of ''Anime/EurekaSeven'' begins this after her [[spoiler: second failure against the Nirvash, due
[[spoiler:Yomi reverts to her fear that Dewey will kill her for [[YouHaveFailedMe failing]]. This causes her non-evil side long enough to do nothing but lie down in her bed when she isn't fighting, and she gets worse after finding out Dominic went AWOL.]]
* In the 11th LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya novel, [[spoiler: Kyouko Tachibana has one when she realizes how bad the goal
realize what she's been working toward really is, doing]]. Both have MyGodWhatHaveIDone moments during their [=BSODs=] ([[spoiler:Yomi tries to take responsibility and when her two teammates decide that they want to KILL Haruhi to accomplish it. This naturally leads to her HeelFaceTurn.]]
* Agahnim the wizard has one of these,
attempt suicide, while Mei just panics]]) until their Sesshouseki kick in [[Manga/TheLegendOfZelda the Akira Himekawa manga]] of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast''.again.



* AntiVillain Coyote Stark from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' has two of these. A powerful but lonely arrancar who considered the other Espada his TrueCompanions, Stark can't bring himself to try in his fights after his immediate peer [[NumberTwo Barragan]] is killed, but his companion (and other half) Lilynette snaps him out of it, convincing him to avenge Barragan instead. [[spoiler:In the anime, however, Lilynette's consciousness is destroyed by TakingTheBullet for Stark, which clearly destroys his will to fight, and to live; moments later, Stark's opponent and GoodCounterpart Kyoraku cuts him down as well.]]

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* AntiVillain Coyote Stark from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' In the 11th ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' novel, [[spoiler: Kyouko Tachibana has one when she realizes how bad the goal she's been working toward really is, and when her two of these. A powerful but lonely arrancar who considered teammates decide that they want to KILL Haruhi to accomplish it. This naturally leads to her HeelFaceTurn]].
* ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'': During his climatic fight with Joseph, Wamuu is tricked into a set-up that shreds his arms to
the point they're only attached by a couple of sinews. He nearly goes catatonic for a while as he realizes just how badly he was OutGambitted, only snapping out of it by putting out his own eyes (forcing him to rely on other Espada his TrueCompanions, Stark senses that can't bring himself be tricked as easily).
* In [[Manga/TheLegendOfZelda the Akira Himekawa manga]] of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'', Agahnim the wizard has one of these.
* ''Anime/MagicalProjectS'': Pixy Misa, the evil magical girl, was overpowering and about
to try in his fights after his immediate peer [[NumberTwo Barragan]] is killed, kill the heroine but his companion (and other half) Lilynette snaps him out of it, convincing him entered a BSOD when she realised she was about to avenge Barragan instead. [[spoiler:In the anime, however, Lilynette's consciousness is destroyed by TakingTheBullet for Stark, which clearly destroys his will to fight, hurt her loved ones too and reverted to live; moments later, Stark's opponent and GoodCounterpart Kyoraku cuts him down as well.]]her powerless alter ego.



* ''Anime/TheBigO''. After receiving a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech and as he is being assimilated by his [[GiantRobot Megadeus]], Alan Gabriel's mech ''Big Duo'' scrolls on its main screen, "CAST IN THE NAME OF GOD [[spoiler:[[BaitAndSwitch YE GUILTY]]]]".
* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', Degwin Zabi suffers this after [[spoiler:his youngest son, Garma, is killed.]] By the end, he's had enough of the war and wants it to end. In the anime, he attempts to broker peace [[spoiler:only for Ghiren to blast him and General Revil with the Solar Ray]]. The novel of the series, however, doesn't give him that chance - he can only watch as the rest of his children get plucked off before [[spoiler:Char takes over.]]
* In ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato'', Comet Empire series, in one of the episodes close to the end. Leader Desslock had earlier accepted a commission from Prince Zordar to defeat the Star Force, so he pins the Yamato by teleporting mines over to surround it. To escape, the Yamato executes a small warp and rams Desslock's ship. Deputy Captain Derek Wildstar boards the Leader's ship. The two of them face off on the bridge. Desslock slowly levels his pistol at Wildstar, while goading Wildstar to shoot him. But Wildstar, already injured earlier, falls to the deck while drawing his. His love interest, Nova, dashes out of hiding, grabs the pistol, blocks Desslock's aim, then aims Derek's pistol at Desslock. Moments later, she drops the pistol, places Derek's head in her lap, and comforts him while he remains semiconscious. Desslock gets his Villainous BSOD as he witnesses Nova's simultaneous display of extreme bravery and extreme devotion. It makes him change his mind about pursuing the Star Force, he declares to Nova that the war between Gamillon and Earth is over, and he offers her advice on the Comet Empire's one weak point in its mobile fortress. Doubles as a ''CrowningMomentOfAwesome'' AND a ''CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming''!

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* ''Anime/TheBigO''. After receiving a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech and as he is being assimilated by his [[GiantRobot Megadeus]], Alan Gabriel's mech ''Big Duo'' scrolls on its main screen, "CAST IN THE NAME OF GOD [[spoiler:[[BaitAndSwitch YE GUILTY]]]]".
* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', Degwin Zabi suffers this after [[spoiler:his youngest son, Garma, is killed.]] killed]]. By the end, he's had enough of the war and wants it to end. In the anime, he attempts to broker peace [[spoiler:only for Ghiren to blast him and General Revil with the Solar Ray]]. The novel of the series, however, doesn't give him that chance - he can only watch as the rest of his children get plucked off before [[spoiler:Char takes over.]]
over]].
* Cyrus in ''Manga/PokemonDiamondAndPearlAdventure'' has a BSOD for most of a chapter when he realizes that his grand plan to fix the world (by [[InTheirOwnImage destroying and rebuilding it]], natch) only managed to summon a pair of very angry gods whose fight will destroy everything ''without'' any hope of revival. Even near the end when he manages to get his act together, the impact of all this leaves him drained to the point where one of his officers has to help him stand.
** Colress gets one in the anime after his mind control machine breaks. He gets better.
* In ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato'', Comet Empire series, in one of the episodes close to the end. Leader Desslock had earlier accepted a commission from Prince Zordar to defeat the Star Force, so he pins the Yamato by teleporting mines over to surround it. To escape, the Yamato executes a small warp and rams Desslock's ship. Deputy Captain Derek Wildstar boards the Leader's ship. The two of them face off on the bridge. Desslock slowly levels his pistol at Wildstar, while goading Wildstar to shoot him. But Wildstar, already injured earlier, falls to the deck while drawing his. His love interest, Nova, dashes out of hiding, grabs the pistol, blocks Desslock's aim, then aims Derek's pistol at Desslock. Moments later, she drops the pistol, places Derek's head in her lap, and comforts him while he remains semiconscious. Desslock gets his Villainous BSOD as he witnesses Nova's simultaneous display of extreme bravery and extreme devotion. It makes him change his mind about pursuing the Star Force, he declares to Nova that the war between Gamillon and Earth is over, and he offers her advice on the Comet Empire's one weak point in its mobile fortress. Doubles as a ''CrowningMomentOfAwesome'' AND '''''and''''' a ''CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming''!''CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming''!
* In ''Manga/TokyoTribe 2'', Buppa has one of these in episode 10 when [[spoiler: Mera stabs him in the face]]. He stays in that state for nearly an episode before seeing Sunmi snaps him out of his BSOD. When someone points this out, he simply denies that the BSOD even happened.



* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' loves this trope, with several villains having emotional breakdowns upon being forced to confront and admit to [[MoralEventHorizon the]] [[AMillionIsAStatistic things]] [[TheMole they've done]]. Further complicating things, the series is fond of [[TragicVillain Tragic]] [[AntiVillain Anti-Villains]] with unknown motivations or goals, who are just as desperate and [[BecomingTheMask emotionally conflicted]] as the heroes.
** [[spoiler: Annie Leonhart]] breaks down more than once, when forced to confront the innocent lives lost due to their actions. [[spoiler: The first time, at Trost, she begins apologizing with a vacant expression to the body of her friend, Mina. The second time, she is horrified when she sees her fight with Eren has crushed civilians]].
** Overcome with stress, [[spoiler: Reiner Braun]] breaks down and confesses to their crimes. Breaking down in tears, they claim to have just been [[TykeBomb stupid kids]] that didn't understand anything and worries their friends have made them weak. But even though their moral compass has been lost, they conclude they've [[IHaveComeTooFar come too far]] and have no choice but to see things through. [[spoiler: He's later revealed to have experienced such guilt over his actions that he suffers from episodes of TraumaInducedAmnesia]].
** [[spoiler: Bertolt Hoover]] finally breaks down when confronted by the others, who invoke ThePowerOfFriendship in an effort to defuse the situation. [[spoiler: He begins to cry TearsOfRemorse and admits to having been happy during his time with them, but knows his actions cannot be forgiven. Still, he refuses their LastSecondChance and tells them he doesn't have a choice]].
* During his climatic fight with Joseph, [[Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure Wamuu]] is tricked into a set-up that shreds his arms to the point they're only attached by a couple of sinews. He nearly goes catatonic for a while as he realizes just how badly he was OutGambitted, only snapping out of it by putting out his own eyes (forcing him to rely on other senses that can't be tricked as easily).



* In the comics, Comicbook/DoctorStrange reawakened ComicBook/{{Galactus}}' conscience, invoking this trope.

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* In ''ComicBook/{{AXIS}}'', ComicBook/{{Carnage}} has a conscience forced on him, and states that the agony of having killed so many innocents is almost too much for him to bear.
** Carnage gets one earlier when Deadpool convinces him that he's a ''comic book character'' with no control of his life.
* In the comics, Comicbook/DoctorStrange ''Comicbook/DoctorStrange'' reawakened ComicBook/{{Galactus}}' conscience, invoking this trope.



* ComicBook/XMen villain Sebastian Shaw has a pretty good one at the climax of ''ComicBook/ActsOfVengeance''; when he realizes that Loki has hijacked control of his three Sentinels, which is now a magically merged Tri Sentinel combating the Captain Universe endowed ComicBook/SpiderMan. His first reaction is to fly into rage and yell at his R&D head that he's fired; of course, seeing as the Sentinel is about to demolish nuclear power plant, that's going to be moot in a few minutes. He calms down long enough to activate the Sentinels' LogicBomb failsafe, and a few tense minutes follow... and it doesn't work. Shaw's words to his henchmen now are quite simply, "Gentlemen, we are going to die." (Fortunately, Spider-Man disagrees, and fortunately, Shaw's efforts at least confused it enough to slow it down; Spidey uses the opportunity to crank the Uni-Power to the max and blow it to smithereens.)

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* ComicBook/XMen villain Sebastian Shaw has a pretty good one at the climax of ''ComicBook/ActsOfVengeance''; when he realizes that Loki has hijacked control of his three Sentinels, which In ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'', this is now a magically merged Tri Sentinel combating the Captain Universe endowed ComicBook/SpiderMan. His first [[BigBad Winnowill's]] reaction is when Leetah tries to fly into rage heal her, forcing her to relive her memories of how and yell at his R&D head why she turned to evil, and of everything she's done since. Too proud to spend the rest of eternity angsting and atoning for it all, Winnowill tries to kill herself.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'', the Joker [[spoiler:aka Martha Wayne]] is so horrified when [[spoiler:she finds out
that he's fired; of course, seeing as spoiler:in the Sentinel is about to demolish nuclear power plant, that's going to be moot in a few minutes. He calms down long enough to activate timeline where Bruce survived instead of her and Thomas, he becomes Batman (with all the Sentinels' LogicBomb failsafe, misery that entails) that she loses any remaining sanity and is DrivenToSuicide]].
* The ''Comicbook/GhostRider'''s Penance Stare makes
a few tense minutes follow... and it doesn't work. Shaw's words to his henchmen now are quite simply, "Gentlemen, we are going to die." (Fortunately, Spider-Man disagrees, and fortunately, Shaw's efforts at least confused it enough to slow it down; Spidey uses person feel all the opportunity suffering that they had inflicted upon innocents. This oftentimes leaves them catatonic.
** And he once even got
to crank the Uni-Power to the max and blow use it to smithereens.)on Galactus.



* Happened to the Joker once when the Jim Corrigan version of the Spectre attempted to punish him only for him to end up in control of the Spectre. Corrigan's travels through Joker's mindscape finds the empty box where his Conscience would have been (as his mindscape is a decrepit funhouse) and plugs himself in briefly giving Joker his own extremely potent conscience resulting in Joker breaking down in tears and losing control as the enormous guilt of all his murders crushes him.



* The ''Creator/DCComics'' ComicBook/{{Elseworld}}s story ''ComicBook/SupermanRedSon'' ends with Superman and Brainiac leading a Soviet invasion of Washington DC. President ComicBook/LexLuthor stops Superman by [[spoiler:sending him a written message: "Why don't you just put the whole WORLD in a BOTTLE, Superman?", a not-so-subtle reference to the city of [[strike:Kandor]] Stalingrad.]] Superman immediately breaks down.
** Lex himself gets one near the climax of ''Comicbook/AllStarSuperman''. [[spoiler: After a day of having Superman's powers, and knowing they're already fading, it finally sinks in to Lex that all he's done with them is blow stuff up.]]
** Lex gets one earlier in the mainstream storyline ''The Fall of Metropolis''. With his finger on a button ready to launch missiles to destroy Metropolis in a TakingYouWithMe moment, Superman appeals to Luthor's vanity, asking if he really wants to be remembered as that kind of monster. Luthor, dying from a clone-related malady, tearfully replies "No."... Which sends his assistant, Sydney Happersen, into a VillainousBreakdown and launch the missiles himself.
* In ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'', this is [[BigBad Winnowill's]] reaction when Leetah tries to heal her, forcing her to relive her memories of how and why she turned to evil, and of everything she's done since. Too proud to spend the rest of eternity angsting and atoning for it all, Winnowill tries to kill herself.
* The Comicbook/GhostRider's Penance Stare makes a person feel all the suffering that they had inflicted upon innocents. This oftentimes leaves them catatonic.
** And he once even got to use it on Galactus.
* ComicBook/{{Magneto}} had a well-done example of one mixed with a WhatHaveIDone moment when he believed that he had accidentally killed Kitty Pryde (Kitty actually had just been knocked unconscious due to massive feedback between her phasing and Magneto's powers). It could well mark the beginning of a HeelFaceTurn that culminated with him some 50 issues later taking over the X-Men from Professor X.
** His Ultimate counterpart also had a notable one. Upon learning of the mutants true origins, he has a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment and with tears in his eyes says that Xavier will understand and forgive him; completely forgetting he had snapped Xaviers neck not too long ago.
* In ''Franchise/{{Star Wars|ExpandedUniverse}}: ComicBook/TalesOfTheJedi'', Ulic Qel Droma suffers a rather massive one when he murders his own brother in a fit of rage. Before he had only been redeemed by the delusion that he was doing the right thing. After killing Cay, Ulic finally faces what he's become and simply breaks down sobbing while cradling his brother's corpse. Ironically, crossing the MoralEventHorizon finally forced him to change for the better. Raana Tey also undergoes this. After suffering an increasing breakdown over 12 issues, committing a multitude of atrocities against the protagonist, her plans go to hell, and when she's trapped Zayne tries to save her despite all the things she's done. This causes Raana to realize that she's the villain and not Zayne, and that he is in fact not the monster she think's he is. She dies less then a minute later, and her last words are essentially a plea for forgiveness from her mistress and from Zayne.



* In the Iron Man arc ''The Secret Origin of Tony Stark'', the rogue Rigellian Recorder robot (try saying that five times fast) designated 451 reveals he has been laboring for 500 years to place humanity - Earthlings - in a position where they can create a galaxy- or even universe-wide empire of harmony and peace. To this end he wishes them to give the ultimate deterrent to keep everyone who would destroy them at bay - Godkiller, arguably the ultimate weapon of mass destruction. The final piece was a pilot - to which end he had genetically engineered one human to be such. When Tony Stark - of course - is forced to interface with Godkiller, he and 451 discover that the system does not recognize him [[spoiler:because he's adopted]]. The interface does not work. When 451 realizes he has worked for five centuries and has directly or indirectly killed ''over 450,000,000 people'' for ''nothing'' he slumps down and stammers "One should not have acted".
* In ''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'', the Joker [[spoiler:aka Martha Wayne]] is so horrified when [[spoiler:she finds out that spoiler:in the timeline where Bruce survived instead of her and Thomas, he becomes Batman (with all the misery that entails) that she loses any remaining sanity and is DrivenToSuicide.]]

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* ''ComicBook/{{Magneto}}'' had a well-done example of one mixed with a WhatHaveIDone moment when he believed that he had accidentally killed Kitty Pryde (Kitty actually had just been knocked unconscious due to massive feedback between her phasing and Magneto's powers). It could well mark the beginning of a HeelFaceTurn that culminated with him some 50 issues later taking over the X-Men from Professor X.
** His Ultimate counterpart also had a notable one. Upon learning of the mutants true origins, he has a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment and with tears in his eyes says that Xavier will understand and forgive him; completely forgetting he had snapped Xaviers neck not too long ago.
* In the Iron Man arc ''The Secret Origin of Tony Stark'', the rogue Rigellian Recorder robot (try saying that five times fast) designated 451 reveals he has been laboring for 500 years to place humanity - Earthlings - in a position where they can create a galaxy- or even universe-wide empire of harmony and peace. To this end he wishes them to give the ultimate deterrent to keep everyone who would destroy them at bay - Godkiller, arguably the ultimate weapon of mass destruction. The final piece was a pilot - to which end he had genetically engineered one human to be such. When Tony Stark - of course - is forced to interface with Godkiller, he and 451 discover that the system does not recognize him [[spoiler:because he's adopted]]. The interface does not work. When 451 realizes he has worked for five centuries and has directly or indirectly killed ''over 450,000,000 people'' for ''nothing'' he slumps down and stammers "One should not have acted".
acted."
* The ''Creator/DCComics'' ComicBook/{{Elseworld}}s story ''ComicBook/SupermanRedSon'' ends with Superman and Brainiac leading a Soviet invasion of Washington DC. President ComicBook/LexLuthor stops Superman by [[spoiler:sending him a written message: "Why don't you just put the whole WORLD in a BOTTLE, Superman?", a not-so-subtle reference to the city of [[strike:Kandor]] Stalingrad]]. Superman immediately breaks down.
** Lex himself gets one near the climax of ''Comicbook/AllStarSuperman''. [[spoiler: After a day of having Superman's powers, and knowing they're already fading, it finally sinks in to Lex that all he's done with them is blow stuff up]].
** Lex gets one earlier in the mainstream storyline ''The Fall of Metropolis''. With his finger on a button ready to launch missiles to destroy Metropolis in a TakingYouWithMe moment, Superman appeals to Luthor's vanity, asking if he really wants to be remembered as that kind of monster. Luthor, dying from a clone-related malady, tearfully replies "No."... Which sends his assistant, Sydney Happersen, into a VillainousBreakdown and launch the missiles himself.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'', ''Franchise/{{Star Wars|ExpandedUniverse}}: ComicBook/TalesOfTheJedi'', Ulic Qel Droma suffers a rather massive one when he murders his own brother in a fit of rage. Before he had only been redeemed by the Joker [[spoiler:aka Martha Wayne]] delusion that he was doing the right thing. After killing Cay, Ulic finally faces what he's become and simply breaks down sobbing while cradling his brother's corpse. Ironically, crossing the MoralEventHorizon finally forced him to change for the better. Raana Tey also undergoes this. After suffering an increasing breakdown over 12 issues, committing a multitude of atrocities against the protagonist, her plans go to hell, and when she's trapped Zayne tries to save her despite all the things she's done. This causes Raana to realize that she's the villain and not Zayne, and that he is so in fact not the monster she think's he is. She dies less then a minute later, and her last words are essentially a plea for forgiveness from her mistress and from Zayne.
* In the ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' comic event [[ComicBook/TheTransformersDarkCybertron Dark Cybertron]], [[spoiler: Shockwave regains his mind, which had been altered by a corrupt senate years prior, and is
horrified when [[spoiler:she finds out by what he's become and what he's done. Unable to find any other way to fix what has happened, he begs Optimus to kill him, on the condition that spoiler:in the timeline where Bruce survived instead of her and Thomas, he becomes Batman (with all the misery that entails) that she loses any remaining sanity and is DrivenToSuicide.]]remembers him for "who he was"]].
-->'''Shockwave''' [[spoiler: What have I done? What happened to me? WHAT HAVE THEY TURNED ME INTO?!]]



* In ''ComicBook/{{AXIS}}'', ComicBook/{{Carnage}} has a conscience forced on him, and states that the agony of having killed so many innocents is almost too much for him to bear.
** Carnage gets one earlier when Deadpool convinces him that he's a ''comic book character'' with no control of his life.
* In the ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' comic event [[ComicBook/TheTransformersDarkCybertron Dark Cybertron]], [[spoiler: Shockwave regains his mind, which had been altered by a corrupt senate years prior, and is horrified by what he's become and what he's done. Unable to find any other way to fix what has happened, he begs Optimus to kill him, on the condition that he remembers him for "who he was".]]
-->'''Shockwave''' [[spoiler: What have I done? What happened to me? WHAT HAVE THEY TURNED ME INTO?!]]
* Happened to the Joker once when the Jim Corrigan version of the Spectre attempted to punish him only for him to end up in control of the Spectre. Corrigan's travels through Joker's mindscape finds the empty box where his Conscience would have been (as his mindscape is a decrepit funhouse) and plugs himself in briefly giving Joker his own extremely potent conscience resulting in Joker breaking down in tears and losing control as the enormous guilt of all his murders crushes him.

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* In ''ComicBook/{{AXIS}}'', ComicBook/{{Carnage}} ''ComicBook/XMen'' villain Sebastian Shaw has a conscience forced on him, and states pretty good one at the climax of ''ComicBook/ActsOfVengeance''; when he realizes that Loki has hijacked control of his three Sentinels, which is now a magically merged Tri Sentinel combating the agony of having killed so many innocents Captain Universe endowed ComicBook/SpiderMan. His first reaction is almost too much for him to bear.
** Carnage gets one earlier when Deadpool convinces him
fly into rage and yell at his R&D head that he's a ''comic book character'' with no control fired; of course, seeing as the Sentinel is about to demolish nuclear power plant, that's going to be moot in a few minutes. He calms down long enough to activate the Sentinels' LogicBomb failsafe, and a few tense minutes follow... and it doesn't work. Shaw's words to his life.
* In
henchmen now are quite simply, "Gentlemen, we are going to die." (Fortunately, Spider-Man disagrees, and fortunately, Shaw's efforts at least confused it enough to slow it down; Spidey uses the ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' comic event [[ComicBook/TheTransformersDarkCybertron Dark Cybertron]], [[spoiler: Shockwave regains his mind, which had been altered by a corrupt senate years prior, and is horrified by what he's become and what he's done. Unable opportunity to find any other way to fix what has happened, he begs Optimus to kill him, on crank the condition that he remembers him for "who he was".]]
-->'''Shockwave''' [[spoiler: What have I done? What happened to me? WHAT HAVE THEY TURNED ME INTO?!]]
* Happened
Uni-Power to the Joker once when the Jim Corrigan version of the Spectre attempted to punish him only for him to end up in control of the Spectre. Corrigan's travels through Joker's mindscape finds the empty box where his Conscience would have been (as his mindscape is a decrepit funhouse) max and plugs himself in briefly giving Joker his own extremely potent conscience resulting in Joker breaking down in tears and losing control as the enormous guilt of all his murders crushes him.blow it to smithereens.)



* One parody of ''Literature/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'' has the Grinch him die of a heart attack when his heart "grew three sizes too large" after witnessing the Whos' good cheer.

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* One parody of ''Literature/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'' In the ''Manga/DeathNote'' fic ''FanFic/ShadowOfTheValley'' Light has the Grinch him die of a heart attack one when his heart "grew three sizes too large" he sees a grave robber defacing [[spoiler: L Lawliet]]'s grave.
* In the ''Manga/DeathNote'' fic ''FanFic/ACureForLove'' Light
after witnessing he [[spoiler: loses L]] in both the Whos' good cheer.deleted scenes and in the main story. It's the variation where "the villain becomes ''more dangerous''" as Light goes off the MoralityChain.



* In [[FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed Equestria: A History Revealed]], Luna suffers from a particularly bad one after her forces' defeat at the Battle of Canterlot, when she finally realizes the magnitude of what she had done in initiating the Equestrian Civil War. This inner conflict acts as the perfect catalyst [[spoiler: for the Nightmare forces to possess her and complete her transformation into Nightmare Moon]].
* One parody of ''Literature/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'' has the Grinch him die of a heart attack when his heart "grew three sizes too large" after witnessing the Whos' good cheer.
* ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone'': Although he's not a villain -- he's really not even a {{Jerkass}}, just an annoyance -- Spectrem: The Soft World goes through the wimpiest one possible of these after Paul destroys him with a series of questions and statements.
* In ''FanFic/MagicalPonyLyricalTwilight'', a ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fic, the Mane Six nail [[spoiler:Prescia Tessarossa]] with the Elements of Harmony. The next chapter, we find out that [[spoiler:she's locked up onboard the ''Asura'', healed mentally and physically, but broken down to the point where she begs Twilight to kill her]].
* Another ''Friendship Is Magic'' example happens in ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/90557/why Why?]]'', which elaborates on Discord's one from canon and makes it an even bigger example; when Discord realized how much it hurt to almost lose a friend, he realized [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone what it must have felt like for the Mane Six]] when he broke their friendship apart.
* In ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'', this is often the reaction of [[SuperPoweredEvilSide a Nightmare]] being purified and returned to sanity.
** [[spoiler:[[TrueFinalBoss Nightmare Eclipse]]]] experiences this when [[spoiler:her parents, turned into plants by Discord but then supercharged by earlier events restrain her so the heroes can finish her off, just like Shady did to Discord in his first defeat and Fluttershy's spirit did to bring down [[OneWingedAngel Odyne!Fluttercruel]]. The realization that she truly is NotSoDifferent than her hated enemy Discord leaves her ''catatonic'']].
*** [[spoiler:Her CoDragons experience this as well when it's revealed they survived Eclipse's defeat and were spiritually purified]].
** [[spoiler:Queen Chrysalis]] gets hit ''hard'' with this when [[spoiler:her plan to [[AGodAmI become an Alicorn]] by being hit with the Elements of Harmony [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor succeeds, but completes her better than she expected]], giving [[TheSociopath her]] a ''heart''. This more or less drives her ''insane'']].



* In the WesternAnimation/KimPossible fanfic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3867684/1/bSpirit_b_of_bSnow_b Spirit of Snow]]'', Monkey Fist goes through this in the present day scenes after his actions lead to [[spoiler: the "deaths" of his lover and unborn child,]] and Sensei helps him get through it. An interesting example in that he is in a BSOD from the very first chapter, and that the story is told through a series of flashbacks interwoven with the present day scenes to show [[HowWeGotHere how he got to this point.]]
* In the ''Manga/DeathNote'' fic ''FanFic/ShadowOfTheValley'' Light has one when he sees a grave robber defacing [[spoiler: L Lawliet]]'s grave.
* In the ''Manga/DeathNote'' fic ''FanFic/ACureForLove'' Light after he [[spoiler: loses L]] in both the deleted scenes and in the main story. It's the variation where "the villain becomes ''more dangerous''" as Light goes off the MoralityChain.
* In [[FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed Equestria: A History Revealed]], Luna suffers from a particularly bad one after her forces' defeat at the Battle of Canterlot, when she finally realizes the magnitude of what she had done in initiating the Equestrian Civil War. This inner conflict acts as the perfect catalyst [[spoiler: for the Nightmare forces to possess her and complete her transformation into Nightmare Moon.]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fic ''FanFic/MagicalPonyLyricalTwilight'', the Mane Six nail [[spoiler:Prescia Tessarossa]] with the Elements of Harmony. The next chapter, we find out that [[spoiler:she's locked up onboard the ''Asura'', healed mentally and physically, but broken down to the point where she begs Twilight to kill her.]]
* Another ''Friendship Is Magic'' example happens in ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/90557/why Why?]]'', which elaborates on Discord's one from canon and makes it an even bigger example; when Discord realized how much it hurt to almost lose a friend, he realized [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone what it must have felt like for the Mane Six]] when he broke their friendship apart.
* [[Manga/DeathNote Light]] has one in the [[BlackComedy darkly humorous]] CrossOver ''[[http://dn-kink2.livejournal.com/1491.html?thread=1178835#t1178835 Vigilante]]'' when he learns a shocking truth about Kira's latest victim:
-->'''Light:''' Ryuk, I killed .... Franchise/{{Batman}}.

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* In the WesternAnimation/KimPossible fanfic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3867684/1/bSpirit_b_of_bSnow_b Spirit of Snow]]'', Monkey Fist goes through this in the present day scenes after his actions lead to [[spoiler: the "deaths" of his lover and unborn child,]] child]], and Sensei helps him get through it. An interesting example in that he is in a BSOD from the very first chapter, and that the story is told through a series of flashbacks interwoven with the present day scenes to show [[HowWeGotHere how he got to this point.]]
* In the ''Manga/DeathNote'' fic ''FanFic/ShadowOfTheValley'' Light has one when he sees a grave robber defacing [[spoiler: L Lawliet]]'s grave.
* In the ''Manga/DeathNote'' fic ''FanFic/ACureForLove'' Light after he [[spoiler: loses L]] in both the deleted scenes and in the main story. It's the variation where "the villain becomes ''more dangerous''" as Light goes off the MoralityChain.
* In [[FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed Equestria: A History Revealed]], Luna suffers from a particularly bad one after her forces' defeat at the Battle of Canterlot, when she finally realizes the magnitude of what she had done in initiating the Equestrian Civil War. This inner conflict acts as the perfect catalyst [[spoiler: for the Nightmare forces to possess her and complete her transformation into Nightmare Moon.]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fic ''FanFic/MagicalPonyLyricalTwilight'', the Mane Six nail [[spoiler:Prescia Tessarossa]] with the Elements of Harmony. The next chapter, we find out that [[spoiler:she's locked up onboard the ''Asura'', healed mentally and physically, but broken down to the point where she begs Twilight to kill her.]]
* Another ''Friendship Is Magic'' example happens in ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/90557/why Why?]]'', which elaborates on Discord's one from canon and makes it an even bigger example; when Discord realized how much it hurt to almost lose a friend, he realized [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone what it must have felt like for the Mane Six]] when he broke their friendship apart.
* [[Manga/DeathNote Light]] has one in the [[BlackComedy darkly humorous]] CrossOver ''[[http://dn-kink2.livejournal.com/1491.html?thread=1178835#t1178835 Vigilante]]'' when he learns a shocking truth about Kira's latest victim:
-->'''Light:''' Ryuk, I killed .... Franchise/{{Batman}}.
point]].



* In ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'', this is often the reaction of [[SuperPoweredEvilSide a Nightmare]] being purified and returned to sanity.
** [[spoiler:[[TrueFinalBoss Nightmare Eclipse]]]] experiences this when [[spoiler:her parents, turned into plants by Discord but then supercharged by earlier events restrain her so the heroes can finish her off, just like Shady did to Discord in his first defeat and Fluttershy's spirit did to bring down [[OneWingedAngel Odyne!Fluttercruel]]. The realization that she truly is NotSoDifferent than her hated enemy Discord leaves her ''catatonic''.]]
*** [[spoiler:Her CoDragons experience this as well when it's revealed they survived Eclipse's defeat and were spiritually purified.]]
** [[spoiler:Queen Chrysalis]] gets hit ''hard'' with this when [[spoiler:her plan to [[AGodAmI become an Alicorn]] by being hit with the Elements of Harmony [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor succeeds, but completes her better than she expected]], giving [[TheSociopath her]] a ''heart''. This more or less drives her ''insane''.]]

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* In ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'', this is often By the reaction end of [[SuperPoweredEvilSide a Nightmare]] being purified and returned to sanity.
** [[spoiler:[[TrueFinalBoss Nightmare Eclipse]]]] experiences this when [[spoiler:her parents, turned into plants by Discord but then supercharged by earlier events restrain her so
the heroes can finish her off, just like Shady did to Discord in his first defeat and Fluttershy's spirit did to bring down [[OneWingedAngel Odyne!Fluttercruel]]. The realization season of ''WebVideo/SwordArtOnlineAbridged'', [[BigBad Akihiko Kayaba]] has fallen into one of these. [[spoiler:His career as a game designer is in shambles after he accidentally created a glitch that she truly is NotSoDifferent than her hated enemy Discord leaves her ''catatonic''.]]
*** [[spoiler:Her CoDragons experience this as well
killed players when it's revealed they survived Eclipse's defeat and were spiritually purified.]]
** [[spoiler:Queen Chrysalis]]
their characters died, he's one of the most wanted people on the planet after holding ten thousand players hostage inside of a video game that killed nearly half of them, he's spent two years trying to lead a bunch of gamers who can be TooDumbToLive, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking no one gets hit ''hard'' his movie references]], and to add insult to injury, as soon as he describes the situation that led to all this, Asuna [[StatingTheSimpleSolution immediately comes up with this when [[spoiler:her plan to [[AGodAmI become an Alicorn]] by being hit with the Elements of Harmony [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor succeeds, but completes her a better way of handling it]] than she expected]], giving [[TheSociopath her]] the MissingStepsPlan he slapped together in a ''heart''. This more or less drives her ''insane''.]]sleep-deprived panic]]. He admits to the protagonists that at this point he just wants it all to be ''over'' and says that before he makes his disappearance he needs to go "scream into that uncaring void for a bit."
* [[Manga/DeathNote Light]] has one in the [[BlackComedy darkly humorous]] CrossOver ''[[http://dn-kink2.livejournal.com/1491.html?thread=1178835#t1178835 Vigilante]]'' when he learns a shocking truth about Kira's latest victim:
-->'''Light:''' Ryuk, I killed .... Franchise/{{Batman}}.



* Although he's not a villain -- he's really not even a {{Jerkass}}, just an annoyance -- Spectrem of ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone'': The Soft World goes through the wimpiest one possible of these after Paul destroys him with a series of questions and statements.
* By the end of the first season of ''WebVideo/SwordArtOnlineAbridged'', [[BigBad Akihiko Kayaba]] has fallen into one of these. [[spoiler:His career as a game designer is in shambles after he accidentally created a glitch that killed players when their characters died, he's one of the most wanted people on the planet after holding ten thousand players hostage inside of a video game that killed nearly half of them, he's spent two years trying to lead a bunch of gamers who can be TooDumbToLive, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking no one gets his movie references]], and to add insult to injury, as soon as he describes the situation that led to all this, Asuna [[StatingTheSimpleSolution immediately comes up with a better way of handling it]] than the MissingStepsPlan he slapped together in a sleep-deprived panic.]] He admits to the protagonists that at this point he just wants it all to be ''over'' and says that before he makes his disappearance he needs to go "scream into that uncaring void for a bit."



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'', President/Lord Business undergoes one when [[spoiler:Emmet tells him that he ''is not'' the bad guy.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'', President/Lord Business undergoes one when [[spoiler:Emmet tells him that he ''is not'' the bad guy.]]guy]].



* The film adaptation of ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'' does have Voldemort briefly experiencing the trope whenever his horcruxes are being destroyed (in one instance, when he was bombarding Hogwart's barrier with spells, after firing a huge beam from his wand upon a horcrux being destroyed, he stares in shock, looks at his arm, and leaves without a word. Both the movie and the novel also imply that this is the reason why Harry and his friends were able to track down the remaining horcruxes.

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* The film adaptation ''Film/ThreeHundred'' has an epic one after Leonidas grazes Xerxes' face with a spear. After so long of ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'' does have Voldemort briefly experiencing the trope whenever his horcruxes are being destroyed (in one instance, when he was bombarding Hogwart's barrier with spells, after firing DrunkOnPower to the point of [[AGodAmI believing himself a huge beam from his wand upon a horcrux being destroyed, he stares in shock, looks god]], seeing himself bleed and feel pain leaves Xerxes unable to do anything except stare at his arm, and leaves without a word. Both the movie and the novel also imply that this is the reason why Harry and his friends were able to track down the remaining horcruxes.own blood in shock.



* The film adaptation of ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'' does have Voldemort briefly experiencing the trope whenever his horcruxes are being destroyed (in one instance, when he was bombarding Hogwart's barrier with spells, after firing a huge beam from his wand upon a horcrux being destroyed, he stares in shock, looks at his arm, and leaves without a word. Both the movie and the novel also imply that this is the reason why Harry and his friends were able to track down the remaining horcruxes.



* The Operative from ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', when shown what the Alliance did at Miranda.
-->'''Mal:''' They take you down, I don't expect to grieve overmuch. Likely to kill you myself, I see you again.\\
'''The Operative:''' You won't. There is nothing left to see.
* ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'' (''specifically'' the film): [[spoiler:Ozymandias appears to be going through one of these the last time he's seen on camera. He lets Nite Owl beat him, without even the slightest move to fight back this time, and then wanders over to watch the others leave while staring into space, stoop-shouldered and weak-looking. It's a bit complicated, given that his mass murder actually saved the world from a greater threat, but unlike in the comic, he can't just calmly meditate on his utopia, and in the sped-up footage showing New York being rebuilt, it's possible to pick out Veidt Enterprises building equipment taking care of things.]]
* ''Film/SawIII'' was supposed to have this. Jigsaw was to awaken on his makeshift hospital bed, and realize to his horror that for all his life before the films, for all his warped intent to try to make people reflect on what they've done with their lives, all that anyone would remember him as is a monster and a killer. The thought, naturally, was to have occurred too late in the film for him to do anything to save the current protagonist, leaving the man weeping and too weak to move. WhatCouldHaveBeen, indeed? A slasher movie villain feeling remorse for his crimes could arguably have redeemed the series from shallow {{Gorn}}.



* In ''Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'', the eponymous VillainProtagonist have one during [[SanitySlippageSong "Epiphany"]]. He goes into a heartbreaking one after [[spoiler: he realizes that he killed his wife.]]
* Darth Vader in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' saga could be said to be in one for the entire Original Trilogy. The unenergetic, almost catatonic way he goes about his duties is quite a contrast to the fiery passion he had before [[DespairEventHorizon Padme's death.]] It takes seeing his son brutally tortured by the Emperor to finally snap him back to his senses.

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* In ''Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'', the eponymous VillainProtagonist ''Film/SawIII'' was supposed to have one during [[SanitySlippageSong "Epiphany"]]. He goes into a heartbreaking one after [[spoiler: he realizes this. Jigsaw was to awaken on his makeshift hospital bed, and realize to his horror that he killed for all his wife.]]
* Darth Vader
life before the films, for all his warped intent to try to make people reflect on what they've done with their lives, all that anyone would remember him as is a monster and a killer. The thought, naturally, was to have occurred too late in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' saga film for him to do anything to save the current protagonist, leaving the man weeping and too weak to move. WhatCouldHaveBeen, indeed? A slasher movie villain feeling remorse for his crimes could be said to be in one for arguably have redeemed the entire Original Trilogy. series from shallow {{Gorn}}.
*
The unenergetic, almost catatonic way he goes about his duties is quite a contrast to Operative from ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', when shown what the fiery passion he had before [[DespairEventHorizon Padme's death.]] It takes seeing his son brutally tortured by the Emperor Alliance did at Miranda.
-->'''Mal:''' They take you down, I don't expect
to finally snap him back grieve overmuch. Likely to his senses.kill you myself, I see you again.\\
'''The Operative:''' You won't. There is nothing left to see.



* ''Film/ThreeHundred'' has an epic one after Leonidas grazes Xerxes' face with a spear. After so long of being DrunkOnPower to the point of [[AGodAmI believing himself a god]], seeing himself bleed and feel pain leaves Xerxes unable to do anything except stare at his own blood in shock.

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* ''Film/ThreeHundred'' has an epic Darth Vader in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' saga could be said to be in one for the entire Original Trilogy. The unenergetic, almost catatonic way he goes about his duties is quite a contrast to the fiery passion he had before [[DespairEventHorizon Padme's death]]. It takes seeing his son brutally tortured by the Emperor to finally snap him back to his senses.
* In ''Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'', the eponymous VillainProtagonist have one during "[[SanitySlippageSong Epiphany]]." He goes into a heartbreaking
one after Leonidas grazes Xerxes' face with a spear. After so long [[spoiler: he realizes that he killed his wife]].
* ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'' (''specifically'' the film): [[spoiler:Ozymandias appears to be going through one
of these the last time he's seen on camera. He lets Nite Owl beat him, without even the slightest move to fight back this time, and then wanders over to watch the others leave while staring into space, stoop-shouldered and weak-looking. It's a bit complicated, given that his mass murder actually saved the world from a greater threat, but unlike in the comic, he can't just calmly meditate on his utopia, and in the sped-up footage showing New York being DrunkOnPower rebuilt, it's possible to the point pick out Veidt Enterprises building equipment taking care of [[AGodAmI believing himself a god]], seeing himself bleed and feel pain leaves Xerxes unable to do anything except stare at his own blood in shock.things]].



* Elizabeth Bathory in ''Literature/CountAndCountess'' upon realizing that her closest handmaid has betrayed her and Vlad has stopped writing back to her. Her letters become notably shorter and more frantic before altogether stopping.
* In ''Literature/CrimeAndPunishment'', [[ManipulativeBastard Svidrigailov]] has a HeelRealization, [[PetTheDog gives his money to charity]] and [[spoiler: becomes unhinged and commits suicide in public]].
* Much of ''Literature/DeathStar'''s cast go through a HeelRealization by the time [[EarthShatteringKaboom Alderaan is destroyed]], and most of them go on to [[DefectorFromDecadence defect]]. Tenn Graneet, the head gunner on the Death Star, didn't, but he found that pulling the trigger brought him misery beyond his ugliest dreams. At the Battle of Yavin, the superlaser actually was ready to fire, but he stalled desperately until Luke's proton torpedoes hit home.
--> He wouldn't be able to walk on a street on any civilized planet on the galaxy; people wouldn't be able to abide his presence. [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Nor would he blame them]]. He couldn't stop thinking about it. He didn't believe he would ever be able to stop thinking about it. The dead would haunt him, forever. How could a man live with that?
* ''Literature/{{Edgedancer}}'' (a novella of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''): Upon his HeelRealization, [[spoiler:Nale]] drops his blade and falls to his knees, crying uncontrollably and stuck in a repeating loop of MyGodWhatHaveIDone. He would've probably stayed like this far longer if it wasn't for Lift giving him a CooldownHug.
* ''Literature/FindersKeepers'': BigBad Morris briefly suffers from one when, after years in prison and then several weeks of staying in line to get his Parole officer off his back, is finally able to retrieve the buried trunk with the notebooks he stole years ago…only to find it empty. He recovers when he learns who took the notebooks though (or at least thinks he knows).



* ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn'' [[spoiler: have the Storm King suffer this as the climax of the last book.]]



* Subverted in the Literature/{{Discworld}} novel ''Discworld/WyrdSisters'': Granny Weatherwax attempts to defeat the Duchess by pulling down the mental dividers that keep her from thinking about the horrors she's committed -- and the Duchess recovers almost immediately, announcing that [[ForTheEvulz she's perfectly fine with who she is, enjoys her work, and would happily do it all again given the chance]]; in fact, the only regret she has is not having done even worse things.[[note]]Arguably she's not really an {{Expy}} of [[Theatre/{{Macbeth}} Lady Macbeth]]; rather, she's closer to being [[Theatre/TitusAndronicus Aaron]].[[/note]] Luckily Nanny Ogg, who's even more of a CombatPragmatist than Esme, was ready with a MundaneSolution in the form of [[TapOnTheHead the nearest blunt instrument.]]
** Since [[TheGrimReaper Death]] tends to show up after people have been disconnected from all their glands and after death has stripped away any rose-tinted glasses villains may have had about their actions, he's been known to induce a few. Mr. Tulip gets a big one in Discworld/TheTruth (although he's probably better off than his associate Mr. Pin who didn't repent).
* When InspectorJavert from ''Literature/LesMiserables'' finds that Jean Valjean, while still a criminal, is a ''good person,'' Javert simply cannot reconcile his previous black and white system of morality with this demonstration that all along he had been wrong in his belief that what is lawful and what is right were one and the same. He [[DrivenToSuicide jumps off a bridge]] and drowns. His final song in [[Theatre/LesMiserables the musical]] is essentially a summation of his Villainous BSOD.

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* Subverted in the Literature/{{Discworld}} novel ''Discworld/WyrdSisters'': Granny Weatherwax attempts to defeat the Duchess by pulling down the mental dividers that keep her from thinking about the horrors she's committed -- and the Duchess recovers almost immediately, announcing that [[ForTheEvulz she's perfectly fine with who she is, enjoys her work, and would happily do it all again given the chance]]; in fact, the only regret she has is not having done even worse things.[[note]]Arguably she's not really an {{Expy}} of [[Theatre/{{Macbeth}} Lady Macbeth]]; rather, she's closer to being [[Theatre/TitusAndronicus Aaron]].[[/note]] Luckily Nanny Ogg, who's even more of a CombatPragmatist than Esme, was ready with a MundaneSolution in the form of [[TapOnTheHead the nearest blunt instrument.]]
** Since [[TheGrimReaper Death]] tends to show up after people have been disconnected from all their glands and after death has stripped away any rose-tinted glasses villains may have had about their actions, he's been known to induce a few. Mr. Tulip gets a big one in Discworld/TheTruth (although he's probably better off than his associate Mr. Pin who didn't repent).
* When InspectorJavert from ''Literature/LesMiserables'' finds that Jean Valjean, while still a criminal, is a ''good person,'' person'', Javert simply cannot reconcile his previous black and white system of morality with this demonstration that all along he had been wrong in his belief that what is lawful and what is right were one and the same. He [[DrivenToSuicide jumps off a bridge]] and drowns. His final song in [[Theatre/LesMiserables the musical]] is essentially a summation of his Villainous BSOD.BSOD.
* ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn'' [[spoiler: have the Storm King suffer this as the climax of the last book]].
* In ''TheVoyageOfTheJerleShannara'', Grianne Ohmsford, aka the Ilse Witch touches the Sword of Shannara, which forces her to accept the truth about herself--namely that she's a manipulative, backstabbing bitch who has built her entire life on a lie. She ends up going comatose from the shock, and doesn't recover until near the end of the final book.



** In Creator/JamesSwallow's Literature/BloodAngels novel ''Deus Sanguinius'', Arkio's first words when he is DyingAsYourself, "Brother, WhatHaveIDone?". He is deeply moved by Rafen's ManlyTears, and while quite certain of his own damnation, begs Rafen's forgiveness.

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** In Creator/JamesSwallow's Literature/BloodAngels novel ''Deus Sanguinius'', Arkio's first words when he is DyingAsYourself, "Brother, WhatHaveIDone?". WhatHaveIDone?" He is deeply moved by Rafen's ManlyTears, and while quite certain of his own damnation, begs Rafen's forgiveness.



** A hideously dark version in Age of Darkness. A failed CareBearStare attempts to [[spoiler: turn Kharn of the World Eaters back to the loyalist side. It fails when Kharn realises this, but the important thing is that the loyalist Thousand Son who tried knows that Kharn will now always live with the knowledge that siding with Horus (and Chaos) was wrong and that he could have willingly turned back. The loyal Thousand Son briefly wonders what effect this will have on Kharn in the future before dying. 10,000 years later and Kharn is well known for being psychopathically angry (even for a World Eater) and, most interestingly, perfectly willing to slaughter his own comrades...]]
* Much of ''Literature/DeathStar'''s cast go through a HeelRealization by the time [[EarthShatteringKaboom Alderaan is destroyed]], and most of them go on to [[DefectorFromDecadence defect]]. Tenn Graneet, the head gunner on the Death Star, didn't, but he found that pulling the trigger brought him misery beyond his ugliest dreams. At the Battle of Yavin, the superlaser actually was ready to fire, but he stalled desperately until Luke's proton torpedoes hit home.
--> He wouldn't be able to walk on a street on any civilized planet on the galaxy; people wouldn't be able to abide his presence. [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Nor would he blame them]]. He couldn't stop thinking about it. He didn't believe he would ever be able to stop thinking about it. The dead would haunt him, forever. How could a man live with that?
* In ''Literature/CrimeAndPunishment'', [[ManipulativeBastard Svidrigailov]] has a HeelRealization, [[PetTheDog gives his money to charity]] and [[spoiler: becomes unhinged and commits suicide in public.]]
* In ''TheVoyageOfTheJerleShannara'', Grianne Ohmsford, aka the Ilse Witch touches the Sword of Shannara, which forces her to accept the truth about herself--namely that she's a manipulative, backstabbing bitch who has built her entire life on a lie. She ends up going comatose from the shock, and doesn't recover until near the end of the final book.
* Elizabeth Bathory in ''Literature/CountAndCountess'' upon realizing that her closest handmaid has betrayed her and Vlad has stopped writing back to her. Her letters become notably shorter and more frantic before altogether stopping.
* ''Literature/FindersKeepers'': BigBad Morris briefly suffers from one when, after years in prison and then several weeks of staying in line to get his Parole officer off his back, is finally able to retrieve the buried trunk with the notebooks he stole years ago…only to find it empty. He recovers when he learns who took the notebooks though (or at least thinks he knows).
* ''Literature/{{Edgedancer}}'' (a novella of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''): Upon his HeelRealization, [[spoiler:Nale]] drops his blade and falls to his knees, crying uncontrollably and stuck in a repeating loop of MyGodWhatHaveIDone. He would've probably stayed like this far longer if it wasn't for Lift giving him a CooldownHug.

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** A hideously dark version in Age of Darkness. A failed CareBearStare attempts to [[spoiler: turn Kharn of the World Eaters back to the loyalist side. It fails when Kharn realises this, but the important thing is that the loyalist Thousand Son who tried knows that Kharn will now always live with the knowledge that siding with Horus (and Chaos) was wrong and that he could have willingly turned back. The loyal Thousand Son briefly wonders what effect this will have on Kharn in the future before dying. 10,000 years later and Kharn is well known for being psychopathically angry (even for a World Eater) and, most interestingly, perfectly willing to slaughter his own comrades...]]
]].
* Much of ''Literature/DeathStar'''s cast go through Subverted in ''Discworld/WyrdSisters'', a HeelRealization by Literature/{{Discworld}} novel: Granny Weatherwax attempts to defeat the time [[EarthShatteringKaboom Alderaan is destroyed]], and most of them go on to [[DefectorFromDecadence defect]]. Tenn Graneet, the head gunner on the Death Star, didn't, but he found that Duchess by pulling down the trigger brought him misery beyond his ugliest dreams. At the Battle of Yavin, the superlaser actually was ready to fire, but he stalled desperately until Luke's proton torpedoes hit home.
--> He wouldn't be able to walk on a street on any civilized planet on the galaxy; people wouldn't be able to abide his presence. [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Nor would he blame them]]. He couldn't stop
mental dividers that keep her from thinking about it. He the horrors she's committed -- and the Duchess recovers almost immediately, announcing that [[ForTheEvulz she's perfectly fine with who she is, enjoys her work, and would happily do it all again given the chance]]; in fact, the only regret she has is not having done even worse things.[[note]]Arguably she's not really an {{Expy}} of [[Theatre/{{Macbeth}} Lady Macbeth]]; rather, she's closer to being [[Theatre/TitusAndronicus Aaron]].[[/note]] Luckily Nanny Ogg, who's even more of a CombatPragmatist than Esme, was ready with a MundaneSolution in the form of [[TapOnTheHead the nearest blunt instrument]].
** Since [[TheGrimReaper Death]] tends to show up after people have been disconnected from all their glands and after death has stripped away any rose-tinted glasses villains may have had about their actions, he's been known to induce a few. Mr. Tulip gets a big one in Discworld/TheTruth (although he's probably better off than his associate Mr. Pin who
didn't believe he would ever be able to stop thinking about it. The dead would haunt him, forever. How could a man live with that?
* In ''Literature/CrimeAndPunishment'', [[ManipulativeBastard Svidrigailov]] has a HeelRealization, [[PetTheDog gives his money to charity]] and [[spoiler: becomes unhinged and commits suicide in public.]]
* In ''TheVoyageOfTheJerleShannara'', Grianne Ohmsford, aka the Ilse Witch touches the Sword of Shannara, which forces her to accept the truth about herself--namely that she's a manipulative, backstabbing bitch who has built her entire life on a lie. She ends up going comatose from the shock, and doesn't recover until near the end of the final book.
* Elizabeth Bathory in ''Literature/CountAndCountess'' upon realizing that her closest handmaid has betrayed her and Vlad has stopped writing back to her. Her letters become notably shorter and more frantic before altogether stopping.
* ''Literature/FindersKeepers'': BigBad Morris briefly suffers from one when, after years in prison and then several weeks of staying in line to get his Parole officer off his back, is finally able to retrieve the buried trunk with the notebooks he stole years ago…only to find it empty. He recovers when he learns who took the notebooks though (or at least thinks he knows).
* ''Literature/{{Edgedancer}}'' (a novella of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''): Upon his HeelRealization, [[spoiler:Nale]] drops his blade and falls to his knees, crying uncontrollably and stuck in a repeating loop of MyGodWhatHaveIDone. He would've probably stayed like this far longer if it wasn't for Lift giving him a CooldownHug.
repent).



* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': When Cersei directly confronts Tywin with her and Jaime's incest Tywin's trademark stoicism cracks, as he finally comes to realize that his family's claim to ultimate power — and hence his legacy — is predicated on a fiction that had been obvious to everyone but himself.
* Almost happens to a heartless giant in ''Series/TheStoryteller''. The young hero goes on a FetchQuest to locate the giant's heart (his source of weakness- otherwise, he's invincible). When the hero finds it, he briefly threatens the giant, but decides instead to have mercy and give it to the giant, who already had some NobleDemon qualities, so that he may feel remorse for his evil deeds and change for the better. Then, the hero's less-heroic brother grabs the giant's heart and [[HeelFaceDoorSlam smashes it]].

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': When Cersei directly confronts Tywin with her and Jaime's incest Tywin's trademark stoicism cracks, as he finally comes to realize that his family's claim to ultimate power — and hence his legacy — In ''{{Series/Breaking Bad}}'', Walter White is predicated on a fiction that had been obvious to everyone but himself.
* Almost happens to a heartless giant
struck by one in ''Series/TheStoryteller''. The young hero goes on a FetchQuest to locate the giant's heart (his source of weakness- otherwise, he's invincible). When episode "Ozymandias," following the hero finds it, he briefly threatens the giant, but decides instead to have mercy and give it to the giant, who already had some NobleDemon qualities, so that he may feel remorse for his evil deeds and change for the better. Then, the hero's less-heroic brother grabs the giant's heart and [[HeelFaceDoorSlam smashes it]].death of [[spoiler:Hank Schrader]].



* Arguably, Sylar in ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' goes through this in the first-season episode 'The Hard Part.' It doesn't take.
** Happens again in Season 4. [[spoiler: As of the end of the show, it seems to be taking just fine.]]
* In ''Series/NinjaTurtlesTheNextMutation'', the revealed 5th (and female) turtle named Venus with some rather spiritual abilities, turns Shredder's mind against itself. His suddenly activated conscience angrily wills Shredder into submission and destroys the Foot Clan. This is likely one of the reasons most fans say the series [[CanonDisContinuity never happened.]]
* Dukat in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' has a particularly bad one while the Federation is retaking the eponymous station. His lieutenant shoots his illegitimate mixed-race daughter Ziyal when she admits to helping release a group of terrorists (who happen to be main characters) from prison, and the episode ends with Dukat in a cell huddled in a corner talking to the absent Ziyal, still somehow convinced she is devoted to him. [[SubvertedTrope Ultimately, however,]] this only made Dukat a more dangerous antagonist. Acknowledging Ziyal as his daughter cost him his marriage and saw him [[IHaveNoSon formally disowned by his mother]]; she was all the family he had left, not to mention [[MoralityChain one of the few people who could moderate his ruthless streak]]. Without her, [[TheUnfettered he has no voice of reason and nothing left to lose.]]
* [[MagnificentBastard Malcolm Tucker]] is finally driven to one in series 3 of ''Series/TheThickOfIt'': "I USED TO BE THE FUCKIN' PHARAOH!"



** Most memorably, this trope was used to give the titular character in [[TheLoneDalek "Dalek"]] an AlasPoorVillain moment.
** Cassandra has one in her second appearance, when her continuous body-surfing lands her inside the body of a leper. She very suddenly [[BreakTheHaughty realises what it's like]] to ''actually'' suffer.
** Arguably, [[spoiler: The Master at the end of "The End of Time". "Get out of the way."]]
** The Doctor himself also falls victim to this at the end of "Waters of Mars".
** [[TheScrooge Kazran Sardick]] in a Christmas special that is sort of an AffectionateParody of ''Literature/AChristmasCarol''. The Doctor takes it UpToEleven by being both the Ghost of Christmas Past AND Christmas Future, in an attempt to modify Kazran's past in order to make him a [[MindScrew better person in the present.]]

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** Most memorably, this trope was used to give the titular character in [[TheLoneDalek "Dalek"]] "[[TheLoneDalek Dalek]]" an AlasPoorVillain moment.
** Cassandra has one in her second appearance, when her continuous body-surfing lands her inside the body of a leper. She very suddenly [[BreakTheHaughty realises realizes what it's like]] to ''actually'' suffer.
** Arguably, [[spoiler: The Master at the end of "The End of Time". Time." "Get out of the way."]]
way"]].
** The Doctor himself also falls victim to this at the end of "Waters of Mars".
Mars."
** [[TheScrooge Kazran Sardick]] in a Christmas special that is sort of an AffectionateParody of ''Literature/AChristmasCarol''. The Doctor takes it UpToEleven by being both the Ghost of Christmas Past AND Christmas Future, in an attempt to modify Kazran's past in order to make him a [[MindScrew better person in the present.]]present]].
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': When Cersei directly confronts Tywin with her and Jaime's incest Tywin's trademark stoicism cracks, as he finally comes to realize that his family's claim to ultimate power — and hence his legacy — is predicated on a fiction that had been obvious to everyone but himself.
* Arguably, Sylar in ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' goes through this in the first-season episode 'The Hard Part.' It doesn't take.
** Happens again in Season 4. [[spoiler: As of the end of the show, it seems to be taking just fine]].



* Mr. Wolf, the AntiVillain leader of a team of hostage-taking bank robbers, has one late in ''The Kill Point'', after his TokenGoodTeammate goes nuts from a combination of PTSD and gangrene and gets himself shot by the cops.
* Dr. Kelso from ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' isn't (usually) so much a villain as a boss playing the role of [[GoodCopBadCop Bad Cop]] with his underlings, but one episode of Season 5 definitely shows this happening to him. The episode states that it's a well known fact that no matter what happens at the hospital, the second Dr. Kelso leaves the building all his cares vanish. In this particular episode, Kelso promises Dr. Cox to allow Cox' patient (who is a really great guy) a spot for testing a new drug that should save his life. Later, Kelso bumps that patient off the drug trial in favor of a much richer one. Later we learn that Kelso's patient lives while Cox' dies. When [[WhatTheHellHero Cox angrily confronts him]] over this, [[ShootTheDog Kelso replies that it was a necessary evil]]; the rich guy donated a ton of money to the hospital afterward, which allowed Kelso to reopen the pre-natal ward and rehire Elliot. However, when Kelso leaves the hospital that night instead of going straight into being happy and cheerful, he has a moment where he just looks around in [[TearJerker heartbreaking]] sadness. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9UGIilzr6Q See it for yourself.]]

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* ''The Kill Point'': Mr. Wolf, the AntiVillain leader of a team of hostage-taking bank robbers, has one late in ''The Kill Point'', eventually, after his TokenGoodTeammate goes nuts from a combination of PTSD and gangrene and gets himself shot by the cops.
* In ''Series/NinjaTurtlesTheNextMutation'', the revealed 5th (and female) turtle named Venus with some rather spiritual abilities, turns Shredder's mind against itself. His suddenly activated conscience angrily wills Shredder into submission and destroys the Foot Clan. This is likely one of the reasons most fans say the series [[CanonDisContinuity never happened]].
* Dr. Kelso from ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' isn't (usually) so much a villain as a boss playing the role of [[GoodCopBadCop Bad Cop]] with his underlings, but one episode of Season 5 definitely shows this happening to him. The episode states that it's a well known fact that no matter what happens at the hospital, the second Dr. Kelso leaves the building all his cares vanish. In this particular episode, Kelso promises Dr. Cox to allow Cox' patient (who is a really great guy) a spot for testing a new drug that should save his life. Later, Kelso bumps that patient off the drug trial in favor of a much richer one. Later we learn that Kelso's patient lives while Cox' dies. When [[WhatTheHellHero Cox angrily confronts him]] over this, [[ShootTheDog Kelso replies that it was a necessary evil]]; the rich guy donated a ton of money to the hospital afterward, which allowed Kelso to reopen the pre-natal ward and rehire Elliot. However, when Kelso leaves the hospital that night instead of going straight into being happy and cheerful, he has a moment where he just looks around in [[TearJerker heartbreaking]] sadness. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9UGIilzr6Q See it for yourself.]]yourself]].



* In ''{{Series/Breaking Bad}}'', Walter White is struck by one in the episode "Ozymandias," following the death of [[spoiler:Hank Schrader.]]
* In the final episode of ''{{Series/Supernatural}}'''s eighth season, Crowley, after having been [[spoiler: repeatedly injected with the purified blood of Sam Winchester, breaks down into what appears to be uncontrollable stream-of-consciousness babble ending with a fervent declaration that he deserves to and only wants to be loved. Later in a moment of calm, he sincerely asks Sam where he could even begin to look for forgiveness for all he's done.]]

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* In ''{{Series/Breaking Bad}}'', Walter White is struck by Dukat in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' has a particularly bad one in while the Federation is retaking the eponymous station. His lieutenant shoots his illegitimate mixed-race daughter Ziyal when she admits to helping release a group of terrorists (who happen to be main characters) from prison, and the episode "Ozymandias," following ends with Dukat in a cell huddled in a corner talking to the death absent Ziyal, still somehow convinced she is devoted to him. [[SubvertedTrope Ultimately, however]], this only made Dukat a more dangerous antagonist. Acknowledging Ziyal as his daughter cost him his marriage and saw him [[IHaveNoSon formally disowned by his mother]]; she was all the family he had left, not to mention [[MoralityChain one of [[spoiler:Hank Schrader.]]
the few people who could moderate his ruthless streak]]. Without her, [[TheUnfettered he has no voice of reason and nothing left to lose]].
* Almost happens to a heartless giant in ''Series/TheStoryteller''. The young hero goes on a FetchQuest to locate the giant's heart (his source of weakness- otherwise, he's invincible). When the hero finds it, he briefly threatens the giant, but decides instead to have mercy and give it to the giant, who already had some NobleDemon qualities, so that he may feel remorse for his evil deeds and change for the better. Then, the hero's less-heroic brother grabs the giant's heart and [[HeelFaceDoorSlam smashes it]].
* In the final episode of ''{{Series/Supernatural}}'''s eighth season, Crowley, after having been [[spoiler: repeatedly injected with the purified blood of Sam Winchester, breaks down into what appears to be uncontrollable stream-of-consciousness babble ending with a fervent declaration that he deserves to and only wants to be loved. Later in a moment of calm, he sincerely asks Sam where he could even begin to look for forgiveness for all he's done.]]done]].
* [[MagnificentBastard Malcolm Tucker]] is finally driven to one in series 3 of ''Series/TheThickOfIt'': "I USED TO BE THE FUCKIN' PHARAOH!"



* One interpretation of Golden Earring's "Twilight Zone" is that it's about a spy-turned-killer having a self-inflicted Villainous BSOD moment.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Mj6GRrYmgI "Last Man Standing"]] by HammerFall:

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* One interpretation Styx's "Double Life" from the ''Killroy Was Here'' ConceptAlbum is sung from the point of Golden Earring's "Twilight Zone" is that it's about view of the villain, who has realized what a spy-turned-killer having a self-inflicted Villainous BSOD moment.
terrible hypocrite he is, but feels he's too far in to leave.
* [[http://www."[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Mj6GRrYmgI "Last Last Man Standing"]] Standing]]" by HammerFall:



* Styx's "Double Life" from the ''Killroy Was Here'' ConceptAlbum is sung from the point of view of the villain, who has realized what a terrible hypocrite he is, but feels he's too far in to leave.



* One interpretation of Golden Earring's "Twilight Zone" is that it's about a spy-turned-killer having a self-inflicted Villainous BSOD moment.



* In ''Theatre/AVeryPotterMusical'', Harry sort of half-heartedly tries this on Voldemort, who almost falls for it. He catches himself in time, though, and [[spoiler:Harry kills him the old-fashioned way. He gets better.]]

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* In ''Theatre/AVeryPotterMusical'', Harry sort of half-heartedly tries this on Voldemort, who almost falls for it. He catches himself in time, though, and [[spoiler:Harry kills him the old-fashioned way. He gets better.]]better]].



* The ''Videogame/CityOfHeroes'' grande finale' battle, in the alternate reality of Praetoria, gives us Emperor "Tyrant" Cole, who used his powers to take-over and oppress his version of the world, "For the greater good" ''of course''. When BigBad, Lord Recluse storms the place he promptly points out the fundamental flaw of the entire justification by showing how the people were actually cheering an unrepentant evil-doer like him on to kill Cole. Cole destroys Lord Recluse's entire force and tries to shrug it off... at first. By the time the player encounters Tyrant, the previously self-righteous, egocentric extremist has abandoned all pretense, consumed by a combination of self-hatred and abject rage at the world in which his actions can no longer be justified.
* In ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3'', when Yoshiro, Emperor of the Rising Sun, learns that the technologically-enhanced war machine that was the Japan he ruled only came about from [[MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight the Soviet Union messing around with history]], he becomes disenfranchised and steps down from the throne.
* Another [=MegaTen=] game, ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor'', has this happen to [[spoiler: Naoya]] in [[MultipleEndings the Law ending]].
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'': If you side with the Imperials in the Civil War quest and [[spoiler:kill Ulfric Stormcloak]] before finishing the main story, you can encounter him later [[spoiler:wandering the mists of Sovngarde]]. He's utterly distraught because he's come to realise that [[spoiler:his rebellion against the Empire was actually ''feeding [[EldritchAbomination Alduin]] with the immortal souls of his own people'']].



* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'': Golbez fleeing from Cecil after the first fight is heavily implied to be that of a Villainous BSOD (presumably, he retreated out of the shock that [[spoiler:Cecil was his younger brother]]).
* ''VideoGame/Infamous2'': in the Evil Ending, [[spoiler:John White, aka: "[[PersonOfMassDestruction The Beast]]", becomes so weary from the death and destruction following his rebirth as a super-powerful Conduit that he no longer has it in him to carry out his plan to "save" humanity by setting off Ray Sphere explosions to uplift Conduits at the expense of normal humans. He bestows his powers upon Cole and lets himself die, leveling New Marais in the process]].
* [[spoiler:Castor]] of ''VideoGame/LastScenario'' undergoes one after failing to defeat Hilbert's party a second time, as it reminds him of how [[spoiler:he nearly died in Cromwell 14 years prior to the game's beginning]]. It only gets worse after [[spoiler:Helio's sacrifice]], which he also blames on his weakness.
* For a rare literal example (or at least [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]]) in the Xbox 360 version of ''VideoGame/MarvelUltimateAlliance'', defeating M.O.D.O.K. results in a "Blue Screen of Death" achievement.
* In ''Franchise/MassEffect'', the penultimate boss and Dragon of the first game [[spoiler: Saren]] can be talked into taking his own life [[spoiler: when he is forced to understand his plan to help save a fraction of the galaxy is the means by which BigBad [[SapientShip Sove]][[EldritchAbomination reign]] is controlling him. His final words are, "Thank you, Shepard"]]. In addition, Matriarch Benezia [[spoiler: heroically gives herself a villainous BSOD during her boss battle. Handwaved as having sealed away some part of her mind]].
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', you can also [[spoiler:talk the Illusive Man into shooting himself by making him realize that he's nothing more than a pawn of the Reapers]].



** This is a [[EpilepticTrees possible explanation]] for how you win the final battle in ''Earthbound'', as well: [[spoiler:the prayers of all those you have met overwhelm the ultimate evil within him, and he tears himself apart in realization of what he is.]]
* In ''Franchise/MassEffect'', the penultimate boss and Dragon of the first game [[spoiler: Saren]] can be talked into taking his own life [[spoiler: when he is forced to understand his plan to help save a fraction of the galaxy is the means by which BigBad [[SapientShip Sove]][[EldritchAbomination reign]] is controlling him. His final words are, "Thank you, Shepard."]] In addition, Matriarch Benezia [[spoiler: heroically gives herself a villainous BSOD during her boss battle. Handwaved as having sealed away some part of her mind.]]
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', you can also [[spoiler:talk the Illusive Man into shooting himself by making him realize that he's nothing more than a pawn of the Reapers.]]

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** This is a [[EpilepticTrees possible explanation]] for how you win the final battle in ''Earthbound'', as well: [[spoiler:the prayers of all those you have met overwhelm the ultimate evil within him, and he tears himself apart in realization of what he is.]]
is]].
* In ''Franchise/MassEffect'', ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'', your party's M.O. is to break into the penultimate boss hearts of twisted individuals, steal their distorted desires, and Dragon cause them to have one of these. And, ''boy'', are they brutal; the first game [[spoiler: Saren]] can be talked into taking his own life [[spoiler: when he is forced to understand his plan to help save a fraction of the galaxy is the means by which BigBad [[SapientShip Sove]][[EldritchAbomination reign]] is controlling him. His final words are, "Thank you, Shepard."]] In addition, Matriarch Benezia [[spoiler: heroically gives herself a villainous BSOD ArcVillain contemplates suicide during her boss battle. Handwaved as having sealed away some part of her mind.]]
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', you can also [[spoiler:talk
his confession, while the Illusive Man second breaks down into shooting himself by making him realize that he's nothing more than a pawn of the Reapers.]]uncontrollable crying.



* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'', your party's M.O. is to break into the hearts of twisted individuals, steal their distorted desires, and cause them to have one of these. And, ''boy'', are they brutal; the first ArcVillain contemplates suicide during his confession, while the second breaks down into uncontrollable crying.
* Another [=MegaTen=] game, ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor'', has this happen to [[spoiler: Naoya]] in [[MultipleEndings the Law ending]].
* For a rare literal example (or at least lampshading,) in the Xbox 360 version of ''VideoGame/MarvelUltimateAlliance'', defeating M.O.D.O.K. results in a "Blue Screen of Death" achievement.
* The game ''You Find Yourself In A Room'' believes that its hatred and anger toward humanity and torment of yourself as you play is fully justified because it's a superior emotionless being disgusted by the flawed entities that created it. You then get a chance to point out that hatred and anger are actually emotions. This trope results, as it falls into a despair in which it simply lets you go, finding no more meaning to its life.
* ''VideoGame/Infamous2'': in the Evil Ending, [[spoiler:John White, aka: "[[PersonOfMassDestruction The Beast]]", becomes so weary from the death and destruction following his rebirth as a super-powerful Conduit that he no longer has it in him to carry out his plan to "save" humanity by setting off Ray Sphere explosions to uplift Conduits at the expense of normal humans. He bestows his powers upon Cole and lets himself die, leveling New Marais in the process.]]
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'': Golbez fleeing from Cecil after the first fight is heavily implied to be that of a Villainous BSOD (presumably, he retreated out of the shock that [[spoiler:Cecil was his younger brother]]).
* Queen Grimhilde (from ''Disney/SnowWhite'') suffers this trope during the battle with her in DisneyVillainsRevenge, which causes her to destroy the mirror before being killed herself.
* In ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3'', when Yoshiro, Emperor of the Rising Sun, learns that the technologically-enhanced war machine that was the Japan he ruled only came about from [[MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight the Soviet Union messing around with history]], he becomes disenfranchised and steps down from the throne.
* [[spoiler: [[VillainProtagonist Walker]]]] in ''SpecOpsTheLine'' undergoes one of these when he discovers [[spoiler: Konrad has been DeadAllAlong. What he thought was the real Konrad was an illusion, created by his mind in conflict with itself and acting as a sort of conscience. How Walker reacts to this development depends on the player; he can either [[DrivenToSuicide commit suicide]], or "shoot" the illusion of Konrad and radio for a backup team to continue his original mission of evacuating Dubai. Once they arrive, he can attack them and [[SuicideByCop lose]], attack them and ''win'', or lay down his weapon and go home, a broken man.]]
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'': If you side with the Imperials in the Civil War quest and [[spoiler:kill Ulfric Stormcloak]] before finishing the main story, you can encounter him later [[spoiler:wandering the mists of Sovngarde]]. He's utterly distraught because he's come to realise that [[spoiler:his rebellion against the Empire was actually ''feeding [[EldritchAbomination Alduin]] with the immortal souls of his own people''.]]
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'': The only way to stop Algalon the Observer from [[spoiler:pushing the ResetButton on the whole world]] is fighting him with such tenacity that he realizes there may be something more to these "imperfect" creatures that battle him, whereas his employers' perfect creations would've failed. As he does, he thinks of the endless worlds he ''actually'' [[spoiler:destroyed for the Titans to rebuild]], thinks over how much ''they'' would've loved life, perhaps as much as his opponents do, and surrenders from sheer guilt.
* At the end of ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'''s Pacifist Route, this is how the true final battle against [[spoiler:Asriel Dreemurr]] is resolved. For the entire game prior, [[spoiler:he is soulless and unable to feel any sense of empathy or love, taking the form of a sociopathic flower called Flowey. Throughout the True Pacifist route, he is orchestrating a series of events to draw every single character in the game to the same place, and once he does so, he absorbs all of their souls. This transforms him into the almighty PhysicalGod he's always wanted to be, but fortunately for the both of you, it also causes him to start feeling love and compassion again - the collective love and compassion of six humans and an entire civilization's worth of monsters, to be exact. He tries his best to repress these feelings for as long as he can, going so far as wiping the memories of each of the main characters' souls which must be restored via an IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight, but it's only a matter of time before he's reduced to a bawling, apologetic wreck.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'', your party's M.O. is to break into the hearts of twisted individuals, steal their distorted desires, and cause them to have one of these. And, ''boy'', are they brutal; the first ArcVillain contemplates suicide during his confession, while the second breaks down into uncontrollable crying.
* Another [=MegaTen=] game, ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor'', has this happen to [[spoiler: Naoya]] in [[MultipleEndings the Law ending]].
* For a rare literal example (or at least lampshading,) in the Xbox 360 version of ''VideoGame/MarvelUltimateAlliance'', defeating M.O.D.O.K. results in a "Blue Screen of Death" achievement.
* The game ''You Find Yourself In A Room'' believes that its hatred and anger toward humanity and torment of yourself as you play is fully justified because it's a superior emotionless being disgusted by the flawed entities that created it. You then get a chance to point out that hatred and anger are actually emotions. This trope results, as it falls into a despair in which it simply lets you go, finding no more meaning to its life.
* ''VideoGame/Infamous2'': in the Evil Ending, [[spoiler:John White, aka: "[[PersonOfMassDestruction The Beast]]", becomes so weary from the death and destruction following his rebirth as a super-powerful Conduit that he no longer has it in him to carry out his plan to "save" humanity by setting off Ray Sphere explosions to uplift Conduits at the expense of normal humans. He bestows his powers upon Cole and lets himself die, leveling New Marais in the process.]]
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'': Golbez fleeing from Cecil after the first fight is heavily implied to be that of a Villainous BSOD (presumably, he retreated out of the shock that [[spoiler:Cecil was his younger brother]]).
* Queen Grimhilde (from ''Disney/SnowWhite'') from ''Disney/SnowWhite'' suffers this trope during the battle with her in DisneyVillainsRevenge, which causes her to destroy the mirror before being killed herself.
* In ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3'', when Yoshiro, Emperor of the Rising Sun, learns that the technologically-enhanced war machine that was the Japan he ruled only came about from [[MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight the Soviet Union messing around with history]], he becomes disenfranchised and steps down from the throne.
* [[spoiler: [[VillainProtagonist Walker]]]] in ''SpecOpsTheLine'' undergoes one of these when he discovers [[spoiler: Konrad has been DeadAllAlong. What he thought was the real Konrad was an illusion, created by his mind in conflict with itself and acting as a sort of conscience. How Walker reacts to this development depends on the player; he can either [[DrivenToSuicide commit suicide]], or "shoot" the illusion of Konrad and radio for a backup team to continue his original mission of evacuating Dubai. Once they arrive, he can attack them and [[SuicideByCop lose]], attack them and ''win'', or lay down his weapon and go home, a broken man.]]
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'': If you side with the Imperials in the Civil War quest and [[spoiler:kill Ulfric Stormcloak]] before finishing the main story, you can encounter him later [[spoiler:wandering the mists of Sovngarde]]. He's utterly distraught because he's come to realise that [[spoiler:his rebellion against the Empire was actually ''feeding [[EldritchAbomination Alduin]] with the immortal souls of his own people''.]]
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'': The only way to stop Algalon the Observer from [[spoiler:pushing the ResetButton on the whole world]] is fighting him with such tenacity that he realizes there may be something more to these "imperfect" creatures that battle him, whereas his employers' perfect creations would've failed. As he does, he thinks of the endless worlds he ''actually'' [[spoiler:destroyed for the Titans to rebuild]], thinks over how much ''they'' would've loved life, perhaps as much as his opponents do, and surrenders from sheer guilt.
man]].
* At the end of ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'''s Pacifist Route, this is how the true final battle against [[spoiler:Asriel Dreemurr]] is resolved. For the entire game prior, [[spoiler:he is soulless and unable to feel any sense of empathy or love, taking the form of a sociopathic flower called Flowey. Throughout the True Pacifist route, he is orchestrating a series of events to draw every single character in the game to the same place, and once he does so, he absorbs all of their souls. This transforms him into the almighty PhysicalGod he's always wanted to be, but fortunately for the both of you, it also causes him to start feeling love and compassion again - the collective love and compassion of six humans and an entire civilization's worth of monsters, to be exact. He tries his best to repress these feelings for as long as he can, going so far as wiping the memories of each of the main characters' souls which must be restored via an IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight, but it's only a matter of time before he's reduced to a bawling, apologetic wreck.]]wreck]].



'''Flowey:''' If you let me live... [[WeWillMeetAgain I'll come back.]]\\

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'''Flowey:''' If you let me live... [[WeWillMeetAgain I'll come back.]]\\back]].\\



'''Flowey:''' ''I'll kill everyone.''\\

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'''Flowey:''' ''I'll kill everyone.''\\everyone''.\\



'''Flowey:''' ''I'll kill everyone you love.''\\

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'''Flowey:''' ''I'll kill everyone you love.''\\love''.\\



''[[[spoiler:Flowey ran away.]]]''
* [[spoiler:Castor]] of ''VideoGame/LastScenario'' undergoes one after failing to defeat Hilbert's party a second time, as it reminds him of how [[spoiler:he nearly died in Cromwell 14 years prior to the game's beginning]]. It only gets worse after [[spoiler:Helio's sacrifice]], which he also blames on his weakness.
* The ''Videogame/CityOfHeroes'' grande finale' battle, in the alternate reality of Praetoria, gives us Emperor "Tyrant" Cole, who used his powers to take-over and oppress his version of the world, "For the greater good" ''of course''. When BigBad, Lord Recluse storms the place he promptly points out the fundamental flaw of the entire justification by showing how the people were actually cheering an unrepentant evil-doer like him on to kill Cole. Cole destroys Lord Recluse's entire force and tries to shrug it off... at first. By the time the player encounters Tyrant, the previously self-righteous, egocentric extremist has abandoned all pretense, consumed by a combination of self-hatred and abject rage at the world in which his actions can no longer be justified.

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''[[[spoiler:Flowey ran away.]]]''
* [[spoiler:Castor]] of ''VideoGame/LastScenario'' undergoes one after failing to defeat Hilbert's party a second time, as it reminds him of how [[spoiler:he nearly died in Cromwell 14 years prior to the game's beginning]]. It only gets worse after [[spoiler:Helio's sacrifice]], which he also blames on his weakness.
* The ''Videogame/CityOfHeroes'' grande finale' battle, in the alternate reality of Praetoria, gives us Emperor "Tyrant" Cole, who used his powers to take-over and oppress his version of the world, "For the greater good" ''of course''. When BigBad, Lord Recluse storms the place he promptly points out the fundamental flaw of the entire justification by showing how the people were actually cheering an unrepentant evil-doer like him on to kill Cole. Cole destroys Lord Recluse's entire force and tries to shrug it off... at first. By the time the player encounters Tyrant, the previously self-righteous, egocentric extremist has abandoned all pretense, consumed by a combination of self-hatred and abject rage at the world in which his actions can no longer be justified.
away]].]''



* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'': The only way to stop Algalon the Observer from [[spoiler:pushing the ResetButton on the whole world]] is fighting him with such tenacity that he realizes there may be something more to these "imperfect" creatures that battle him, whereas his employers' perfect creations would've failed. As he does, he thinks of the endless worlds he ''actually'' [[spoiler:destroyed for the Titans to rebuild]], thinks over how much ''they'' would've loved life, perhaps as much as his opponents do, and surrenders from sheer guilt.
* The game ''You Find Yourself In A Room'' believes that its hatred and anger toward humanity and torment of yourself as you play is fully justified because it's a superior emotionless being disgusted by the flawed entities that created it. You then get a chance to point out that hatred and anger are actually emotions. This trope results, as it falls into a despair in which it simply lets you go, finding no more meaning to its life.



* ''Comicbook/GhostRider'''s "Penance Stare." Especially notable when he used it on freakin' [[PlanetEater Galactus]] in the ''WesternAnimation/FantasticFour'' cartoon.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''' nemesis, Mojo Jojo, has one after realizing that [[spoiler: while he was still The Professor's lab assistant, he inadvertently created the Powerpuff Girls]].
-->"[[spoiler: [[MadnessMantra It was me. It was me. It was me. It was me.....]]]]."
* Demona from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' goes through a very temporary one at the end of the four-part "City of Stone" when [[TheHero Goliath]] and [[TheFairFolk the Weird Sisters]] force her to realize that all of her [[FreudianExcuse Freudian Excuses]] were ultimately the results of her own actions, whether overly suspicious or outright evil. The shock is enough to make her reveal the access code that will foil her own evil plan. [[IgnoredEpiphany Despite reverting back to evil form and denying her fault in anything right afterward]], many consider it a TearJerker.
-->"The access code is...''[[spoiler:alone]].''"



* The guy who encouraged Palpatine to go into politics has one of these in ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken StarWars: Episode III'' when he realizes the tyrannical rule Palpatine has imposed over the [[TheEmpire former Republic]]. However, just as he raises his [[RayGun blaster]] to his head to [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone commit suicide]], his attention is [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny suddenly diverted]] by ''Series/WheelOfFortune''.
* For hundreds of years, Nox from ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'' has been killing many, many living beings and taking their [[LifeForce Wakfu]], with the ultimate goal of [[spoiler:travelling back in time to see his dead family again, with the side effect of [[ResetButton undoing every atrocity he has committed in the name of this goal.]]]] In the end, [[spoiler:he ''wins'', but all of his accumulated Wakfu is only enough to travel 20 minutes into the past.]] Hit with the realization of everything he's done, and that it was all for naught, he can only sit still, silently weeping in the wreckage of his HumongousMecha. The sight of the BigBad crying silently is unbearable even to Yugo, the hero, who stops the enraged Sadida army from enacting their vengeance. [[spoiler:When he recovers, he teleports away to commit suicide on the graves of his family.]]



** Baby Doll gets one of these when confronted with a funhouse mirror that ''somehow'' shows her what she might have looked like but for her [[NotAllowedToGrowUp growth issue that has preserved her]] as a [[OlderThanTheyLook Shirley Temple looking toddler.]]
** In "Judgement Day", it is heavily implied that [[spoiler:Two-Face]] experiences this in his final appearance. [[spoiler:He developed a third personality called The Judge, one that even he isn't aware of, and while in Arkham Asylum in the ending of the episode, Two-Face is deliberating in a court in his mind and, while staring blankly, pleads guilty.]]

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** Baby Doll gets one of these when confronted with a funhouse mirror that ''somehow'' shows her what she might have looked like but for her [[NotAllowedToGrowUp growth issue that has preserved her]] as a [[OlderThanTheyLook Shirley Temple looking toddler.]]
toddler]].
** In "Judgement Day", it is heavily implied that [[spoiler:Two-Face]] experiences this in his final appearance. [[spoiler:He developed a third personality called The Judge, one that even he isn't aware of, and while in Arkham Asylum in the ending of the episode, Two-Face is deliberating in a court in his mind and, while staring blankly, pleads guilty.]]guilty]].
* Demona from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' goes through a very temporary one at the end of the four-part "City of Stone" when [[TheHero Goliath]] and [[TheFairFolk the Weird Sisters]] force her to realize that all of her [[FreudianExcuse Freudian Excuses]] were ultimately the results of her own actions, whether overly suspicious or outright evil. The shock is enough to make her reveal the access code that will foil her own evil plan. [[IgnoredEpiphany Despite reverting back to evil form and denying her fault in anything right afterward]], many consider it a TearJerker.
-->"The access code is...''[[spoiler:alone]]''."
* ''Comicbook/GhostRider'''s "Penance Stare." Especially notable when he used it on freakin' [[PlanetEater Galactus]] in the ''WesternAnimation/FantasticFour'' cartoon.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "Northwest Mansion Mystery", Dipper [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech rips into]] local AlphaBitch Pacifica Northwest and her parents for doing nothing to stop a 150-year-old curse that their ancestors brought upon their family because [[LackOfEmpathy they simply didn't give a damn about the common folk]]. The next time Dipper sees her, she's left a [[HeelRealization self-loathing]] [[BreakTheHaughty husk of her old self]], fresh from the realization that her whole ancestry is comprised of nobody but apathetic liars, cheats, and frauds.
-->"You were right about me... I ''am'' just another link in the world's worst chain."



** One episode has [[ShrinkingViolet Fluttershy]], of all ponies, is charged with the less than enviable task of reforming [[MadGod Discord]]. Knowing it will be a difficult undertaking, and despite the protestations of her friends, she proceeds to treat Discord with kindness and allows him a measure of free reign with his magic. In return, he pretends to go along with it to [[ManipulativeBastard manipulate her.]] At a dinner with the rest of the group, Fluttershy reveals that she's come to see him as a friend, surprising everyone, especially Discord himself. When a calamity of his making arises, she reveals that she knew all along that something like it would happen, and confronts Discord with his bad behavior by stating that they are not friends any longer.
-->'''Discord''': You think you can just boss Discord around? You think I'm going to turn all this back because you say so? [[BecomingTheMask Because if I don't, I'll lose the one friend I ever had?]] ([[HeelRealization reflective pause]]) ''[[{{Touche}} Well played, Fluttershy. Well played.]]''

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** One episode has [[ShrinkingViolet Fluttershy]], of all ponies, is charged with the less than enviable task of reforming [[MadGod Discord]]. Knowing it will be a difficult undertaking, and despite the protestations of her friends, she proceeds to treat Discord with kindness and allows him a measure of free reign with his magic. In return, he pretends to go along with it to [[ManipulativeBastard manipulate her.]] her]]. At a dinner with the rest of the group, Fluttershy reveals that she's come to see him as a friend, surprising everyone, especially Discord himself. When a calamity of his making arises, she reveals that she knew all along that something like it would happen, and confronts Discord with his bad behavior by stating that they are not friends any longer.
-->'''Discord''': You think you can just boss Discord around? You think I'm going to turn all this back because you say so? [[BecomingTheMask Because if I don't, I'll lose the one friend I ever had?]] ([[HeelRealization reflective pause]]) ''[[{{Touche}} Well played, Fluttershy. Well played.]]''played]]''.



* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''' nemesis, Mojo Jojo, has one after realizing that [[spoiler: while he was still The Professor's lab assistant, he inadvertently created the Powerpuff Girls]].
-->"[[spoiler: [[MadnessMantra It was me. It was me. It was me. It was me]].....]]."
* The guy who encouraged Palpatine to go into politics has one of these in ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken StarWars: Episode III'' when he realizes the tyrannical rule Palpatine has imposed over the [[TheEmpire former Republic]]. However, just as he raises his [[RayGun blaster]] to his head to [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone commit suicide]], his attention is [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny suddenly diverted]] by ''Series/WheelOfFortune''.



* In the ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "Northwest Mansion Mystery", Dipper [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech rips into]] local AlphaBitch Pacifica Northwest and her parents for doing nothing to stop a 150-year-old curse that their ancestors brought upon their family because [[LackOfEmpathy they simply didn't give a damn about the common folk]]. The next time Dipper sees her, she's left a [[HeelRealization self-loathing]] [[BreakTheHaughty husk of her old self]], fresh from the realization that her whole ancestry is comprised of nobody but apathetic liars, cheats, and frauds.
-->"You were right about me... I ''am'' just another link in the world's worst chain."

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* For hundreds of years, Nox from ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'' has been killing many, many living beings and taking their [[LifeForce Wakfu]], with the ultimate goal of [[spoiler:travelling back in time to see his dead family again, with the side effect of [[ResetButton undoing every atrocity he has committed in the name of this goal]]]]. In the ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "Northwest Mansion Mystery", Dipper [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech rips into]] local AlphaBitch Pacifica Northwest and her parents for doing nothing end, [[spoiler:he ''wins'', but all of his accumulated Wakfu is only enough to stop a 150-year-old curse that their ancestors brought upon their family because [[LackOfEmpathy they simply didn't give a damn about travel 20 minutes into the common folk]]. The next time Dipper sees her, she's left a [[HeelRealization self-loathing]] [[BreakTheHaughty husk of her old self]], fresh from past]]. Hit with the realization of everything he's done, and that her whole ancestry is comprised of nobody but apathetic liars, cheats, and frauds.
-->"You were right about me... I ''am'' just another link
it was all for naught, he can only sit still, silently weeping in the world's worst chain."wreckage of his HumongousMecha. The sight of the BigBad crying silently is unbearable even to Yugo, the hero, who stops the enraged Sadida army from enacting their vengeance. [[spoiler:When he recovers, he teleports away to commit suicide on the graves of his family]].
27th Jul '17 8:36:58 AM TroperNo9001
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-->'''Discord''': You think you can just boss Discord around? You think I'm going to turn all this back because you say so? [[BecomingTheMask Because if I don't, I'll lose the one friend I ever had?]]([[HeelRealization reflective pause]]) ''[[{{Touche}} Well played, Fluttershy. Well played.]]''

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-->'''Discord''': You think you can just boss Discord around? You think I'm going to turn all this back because you say so? [[BecomingTheMask Because if I don't, I'll lose the one friend I ever had?]]([[HeelRealization had?]] ([[HeelRealization reflective pause]]) ''[[{{Touche}} Well played, Fluttershy. Well played.]]''



** Subverted in the Season 5 finale. Twilight Sparkle ''tries'' to defeat Starlight Glimmer this way by dragging her to the present that is now a [[BadFuture post-apocalyptic wasteland]] due to Starlights actions, and while it almost works she instead convinces herself it's merely a trick. Instead Twilight has to convince her they can teach her to make new friends to [[HeelFaceTurn turn Starlight around]]. The BSOD set in at that point, as Starlight stops responding when they return to the present, not saying anything until she is finally called in to hear what the Mane six have decided about her.

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** Subverted in the Season 5 finale. Twilight Sparkle ''tries'' to defeat Starlight Glimmer this way by dragging her to the present that is now a [[BadFuture post-apocalyptic wasteland]] due to Starlights Starlight's actions, and while it almost works she instead convinces herself it's merely a trick. Instead Twilight has to convince her they can teach her to make new friends to [[HeelFaceTurn turn Starlight around]]. The BSOD set in at that point, as Starlight stops responding when they return to the present, not saying anything until she is finally called in to hear what the Mane six have decided about her.
27th Jul '17 6:59:55 AM Allronix
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* Styx's "Double Life" from the ''Killroy Was Here'' ConceptAlbum is sung from the point of view of the villain, who has realized what a terrible hypocrite he is, but feels he's too far in to leave.
* Queensryche's ''Operation Mindcrime'' is an entire ConceptAlbum detailing the BSOD of its VillainProtagonist HitmanWithAHeart realizing how he'd been duped, used, and discarded by the shadowy organization he worked for.
25th Jul '17 6:14:35 PM Tacitus
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* By the end of the first season of ''WebVideo/SwordArtOnlineAbridged'', [[BigBad Akihiko Kayaba]] has fallen into one of these. [[spoiler:His career as a game designer is in shambles after he accidentally created a glitch that killed players when their characters died, he's one of the most wanted people on the planet after holding ten thousand players hostage inside of a video game that killed nearly half of them, he's spent two years trying to lead a bunch of gamers who can be TooDumbToLive, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking no one gets his movie references]], and to add insult to injury, as soon as he describes the situation that led to all this, Asuna [[StatingTheSimpleSolution immediately comes up with a better way of handling it]] than the MissingStepsPlan he slapped together in a sleep-deprived panic.]] He admits to the protagonists that at this point he just wants it all to be ''over'' and says that before he makes his disappearance he needs to go "scream into that uncaring void for a bit."
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': When Cersei directly confronts Tywin with her and Jaime's incest Tywin's trademark stoicism cracks, as he finally comes to realize that his family's claim to ultimate power — and hence his legacy — is predicated on a fiction that had been obvious to everyone but himself.
17th Jul '17 2:59:47 AM Doug86
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* {{X-Men}} villain Sebastian Shaw has a pretty good one at the climax of ''ComicBook/ActsOfVengeance''; when he realizes that Loki has hijacked control of his three Sentinels, which is now a magically merged Tri Sentinel combating the Captain Universe endowed ComicBook/{{Spider Man}}. His first reaction is to fly into rage and yell at his R&D head that he's fired; of course, seeing as the Sentinel is about to demolish nuclear power plant, that's going to be moot in a few minutes. He calms down long enough to activate the Sentinels' LogicBomb failsafe, and a few tense minutes follow... and it doesn't work. Shaw's words to his henchmen now are quite simply, "Gentlemen, we are going to die." (Fortunately, Spider-Man disagrees, and fortunately, Shaw's efforts at least confused it enough to slow it down; Spidey uses the opportunity to crank the Uni-Power to the max and blow it to smithereens.)

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* {{X-Men}} ComicBook/XMen villain Sebastian Shaw has a pretty good one at the climax of ''ComicBook/ActsOfVengeance''; when he realizes that Loki has hijacked control of his three Sentinels, which is now a magically merged Tri Sentinel combating the Captain Universe endowed ComicBook/{{Spider Man}}.ComicBook/SpiderMan. His first reaction is to fly into rage and yell at his R&D head that he's fired; of course, seeing as the Sentinel is about to demolish nuclear power plant, that's going to be moot in a few minutes. He calms down long enough to activate the Sentinels' LogicBomb failsafe, and a few tense minutes follow... and it doesn't work. Shaw's words to his henchmen now are quite simply, "Gentlemen, we are going to die." (Fortunately, Spider-Man disagrees, and fortunately, Shaw's efforts at least confused it enough to slow it down; Spidey uses the opportunity to crank the Uni-Power to the max and blow it to smithereens.)
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